Saturday, 6 February 2016

Review: Aldi Chocolate Bars - Racer, Titan, Dreemy & Wacko

I recently stepped into Aldi to buy a few fruit and veggies and ended up adding at least five different packs of chocolate bars to my basket. In my defense they're all chocolates that are obviously based on popular chocolate bars - it's only fair that I buy them for a comparison review right? The DairyFine Dreemy is basically a Milky Way, the DairyFine Racer is Snickers, the DairyFine Titan is a Mars Bar and the Belmont Caramel Wacko is a bit like Twix (although not really - see below). These all come in multipacks of various sizes and value but they were all fairly cheap.

DairyFine Dreemy: These are described as lightly whipped nougat covered in milk chocolate. The nougat centre has a darker, more caramel type colour compared to a MilkyWay, but the flavour is very similar. It fact the Dreemy even has the same sweet malty aftertaste that Milky Way chocolate bars have. The outer chocolate is quite thick and has a good cocoa flavour to it as well. Overall these compare very favourable to a Milky Way and I would definitely buy them again. 

RATING: 8 out of 10.
INFO: £0.42p for a six pack. 100 calories per 22g bar.

DairyFine Titan: The Titan is described as a milk chocolate with soft nougat and caramel centre. It looks and tastes very similar to a Mars bar. The caramel especially has a good flavour and the chocolate outer is generously portioned with a very thick layer and has a lovely creamy flavour. The only slight negative is that I did find the nougat a little bland and the whole thing is a bit too sweet for me. However, I would probably say the same thing about Mars bars so they're a decent enough replacement!

RATING: 7 out 10.
INFO: £0.59p for a six pack. 172 calories per 38g bar.

DairyFine Racer: This is a soft nougat with roasted peanuts and caramel coated in milk chocolate. I  much prefer a Snickers bar over a Mars bar any day - the slightly salty edge from the peanuts makes all the difference for me. I was happy to find that the Racer really does capture that delicious roasted peanut and caramel flavour of a Snickers. The nougat layer is quite thin here and there seems to be more caramel which I enjoyed. The chocolate is again very thick and creamy. Mr. Grocery Gems is a Snickers fan and he gave the Racer a thumbs up too.

RATING: 9 out of 10.
INFO: £0.59p for a six pack. 185 calories per 38g bar.

Belmont Wacko: I actually meant to include the DairyFine Jive at this point as it's pretty much an exact match for Twix bars from Aldi (just a bit smaller). However, the Jive bars were all eaten before I could take a photo, which should probably tell you just how good they are. Instead, here are the Wacko chocolate biscuit bars with caramel. They're also delicious with a crunchy shortcake biscuit, thick caramel and creamy chocolate. It's obviously not as Twix-y as the Jive bar so I'll have to update this review at some point.

Rating: 8 out of 10.
INFO: £0.89p for 9 biscuit bars. 102 calories per 21g biscuit bar.

Let me know if you've tried any of these bars in the comments below. I'd also love to hear from you if you've tried any of the other copycat Aldi bars such as the DairyFine Romeo (coconut bars that look similar to Bounty).

Monday, 1 February 2016

New Instore: Easter at Aldi

A quick round up of the new Easter selection at Aldi. 

Dairy Fine Super Minis Easter Egg: If your looking for something a bit different from the same old Cadbury or Mars selection egg then this Super Minis Easter Egg might just be a fun replacement. It contains mini versions of Aldi chocolates such as Jive, Titan, Dreamy (which are very similar to Twis, Mars and Milky Way). £2.79p at Aldi for 347g.

Choceur Eggjoyables: These look so cute, I had to buy both packs (let's see if they last until Easter!). The Aldi Eggjoyables consist of egg carton boxes containing four cream filled eggs (and two spoons) in two varieties; Chocolate or Vanilla. They look similar to the Cadbury Egg N' Spoon, but of course, a little cheaper. £1.49p per box at Aldi.

Dairy Fine Mini Beanie Eggs: Apologies for the terrible photo but these also looked interesting. Each 100g bag is filled with 8 quite big chocolate bean filled eggs. They remind me of those little Smarties filled chicks that usually cost something like 2 for £1.00p. I picked up a few bags of the Dairy Fine Mini Beanie Eggs instead - very useful for Easter egg hunts. £0.99p each bag at Aldi.

Dairy Fine Choccies Medium Egg: On the subject of chocolate beans I was also tempted by this colourful Choccies filled egg at the bargain price of 79p. If you've tried it then let me know in the comments below - thanks! £0.79p at Aldi.

Moser Roth Easter Eggs: They had quite a few impressive looking Easter Eggs in the more upmarket Moser Roth range. I saw four varieties: Banoffee Pie, Dark Fudge Brownie, Pink Delight or Chocolate Wonder. Not sure on the price but I think they were around the £3.49p mark. Will update.

Easter Marshmallows: I'm a sucker for a novelty shaped marshmallow and I couldn't resist picking up these Bunny & Chick Shaped Marshmallows. £0.99p for 225g at Aldi.

Star Wars Sweet Popcorn: And lastly, I couldn't resist including this non-Easter item. Perhaps stretching the boundaries of acceptable merchandising, but this multipack of popcorn is actually quite impressive looking. Each of the bags features a solid R2-D2 design on the front which looks really cool. Also available in a Disney Frozen version. £1.49p at Aldi.

As always if you've spotted any new products instore then I'd love to hear from you - email or tweet me @grocerygems.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Degustabox December Review & £6 Discount Code

The latest Degustabox is aptly called the "Healthy New Year" box as it's full of healthier products - although, don't worry, Degustabox managed to sneak a few treats in there too! If you haven't seen my previous posts, Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that is always filled with a mix of foodie surprises from new and established brands.

Discount Code: BLDEG15

Each Degustabox costs £12.99 a month, which includes delivery, with no fixed contract involved. Degustabox have kindly provided my readers with a massive £6.00 off your next Degustabox, brining the cost to £6.99 delivered. Enter the Discount Code: BLDEG15

Here's a quick round up of all the products I received in the January Degustabox:

Koko Dairy Free Original: I always use dairy free alternatives in my tea, coffee and on cereal, so I was happy to find a full size Koko Dairy Free in the Degustabox. It's made with freshly pressed coconut milk and contains fewer calories than skimmed milk. The flavour is lovely and creamy and I especially like it with cereal.

Barilla:  I first discovered the Barilla brand in a previous Degustabox and it's now become a regular feature of my grocery shopping. I always try to go for the wholewheat option when buying pasta and the Barilla Integrale is just as delicious as their other varieties. The Mediterranean Vegetables sauce was a big hit with the whole family too, it has just the right amount of chunky veg in a lovely sweet and ripe tomato sauce. I'll be stocking up on both products from now on!

Crabbie's Light: Crabbie's Alcoholic Light Ginger Beer offers a lighter drink with all the flavour of their original Ginger Beer. It can be enjoyed straight from the fridge or paired with a spirit to create a home cocktail of your choice. 

TreeVitalise Birch Water: TreeVitalise is a range of all-natural birch waters from the Carpathian Mountains. It contains only 10 calories per bottles and is said to be packed with micronutrients. I've certainly never tried birch sap water before so this was a new one to me! The flavour is unique and quite subtle. It's a little tangy (a bit like lemon water) but with an extra sweetness too. 

The Fabulous Bakers Mango & Pineapple Bars: A box of four all natural bars made with real fruit (mango, pineapple, and papaya), oats and coconut.

These bars have a lovely soft and squidgy texture, especially compared to most cereal bars. The flavour is very sweet and the pineapple comes through nicely, but I couldn't really taste as much 'tropical' flavour as I was expecting from the fruity ingredients. 

Hip Pops Snacks:  There were two bags of Hip Pops in this months Degustabox; Sweet Chilli Flavour and Cheese & Onion Flavour. Hip Pops are a healthier snacks compared to similar fried or baked products with typically 50% less fat than standard potato crisps. 

The texture is very similar to other popped snacks such as Popchips and has the same moreish quality. Both flavours had plenty of seasoning which made them a very tasty alternative to crisps.

Nothing But: There were also two packs of Nothing But, a healthy freeze dried fruit and vegetable range. I received the Pineapple & Grape and the Strawberry & Banana snacks.

I love freeze dried fruit like this, it always reminds me of those space-food packets you can buy. I wish these were easier to find in stores, especially since one of these tasty packets counts towards 1 of your 5 a day.

Red Square Toffee Vodka: A mini bottle of Red Square Toffee which is made with 100% pure vodka that is 7 times distilled. Not only that, it's also toffee flavoured! I'm not sure how this fits into the 'healthy' theme but I guess we all need a little treat now and again (and this one is mini-sized after all!).

Complete Energy: These low calorie bites are infused with caffeine (1 bite = 1 large premium coffee) to provide an instant boost of energy. They're especially recommended to take five minutes before physical exercise etc. I gave these to Mr. Grocery Gems for his next 10K run!

Betavito: Two sachets of Betavito, a crispy heart shaped oat cereal which is proven to lower your cholesterol and blood sugar. One daily serving of Betavito provides the required 3g of beta-glucan from oats needed to reduce blood cholesterol, as well as reducing the amount of blood glucosse your body produces. The ingredients are 60% oat bran, cornmeal and fructose, so the actually flavour here is very plain. I can imagine these are useful for sprinkling on your usual cereal or oats for an extra boost of beta-glucan.

Drink Me Chai: A little extra gift from Degustabox - a sample sachet of the Drink Me Chai Latte Skinny Latte which is the latest addition to their range. It's spiced with a hint of clove and contains 42 calories per cup. They're available in Waitrose, Sainsbury's & Ocado. 

Overall, I was impressed with the healthier selection in this months Degustabox. There was an interesting variety of new brands that I haven't tried before. My favourites this month were the Barilla pasate and sauce, Hip Pops, and Nothing But fruit snacks.

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I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.

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