16 Aug 2017

Review: KIND Bars - Almond & Coconut and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond

I was recently sent a selection of KIND bars to review. My favourites were the Almond & Coconut and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond flavours - both very different but packed full of flavour and delicious ingredients.

KIND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond: This bar is made with 58% whole almonds and is gluten and dairy free, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.  The dark chocolate gives this bar a deliciously rich flavour without any bitterness, whilst the almonds are all super crunchy and full of flavour. The hint of coffee flavour that comes through adds to the deliciousness and is perfect for any coffee fan. 

KIND Almond & Coconut: The almond and coconut bar has a softer and chewier texture compared to the first dark chocolate bar. It's made up of 32% almonds and 27% coconut and is also gluten and dairy free with no added nasties. The crunchy almonds and soft coconut is such a wonderful combination and the flavours work together perfectly to create a deliciously sweet treat.

I'd never tried the range of KIND bars before but I will definitely be buying them in the future. The ingredients list is reassuringly simple but the flavours are all decadent and filling.

Grocery Gems Review: KIND Bars

RATING: Coconut & Almond: 9 out of 10, Dark Choc Mocha Almond: 10 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
NutritionCoconut & Almond: 194 calories, Dark Choc Mocha Almond: 199 calories
Purchased: Available at Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Amazon and Whole Foods. 
Price: £1.29p.

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12 Aug 2017

Degustabox Summer Box Review - Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code

We're well into the summer holidays now and having the kids around made it even more exciting to open up the new Degustabox. The latest box arrived with a timely 'summer' theme and, as always, was packed full of a surprise selection of groceries. 

Check out all the products I received in the July Degustabox aswell as a discount code for £7 off your first box:

Discount Code - £7 off: 8TL75

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. 

The discount code is a massive £7 off, making the first box only £5.99 delivered! Check out the Degustabox website below and enter the new discount code: 8TL75 

Here's a round up of all the products that I received:

Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin:  I've had my eye on the Weetabix Coconut & Raisin for a while now so I was excited to give it a try. I also want to add that I'm always pleased to find full sized boxes of cereal in the Degustabox as we get through so much of it in our house! The Weetabix was just as tasty as I'd hoped with a delicious coconutty flavour.

Crafted: A range of fruit juice drinks with no added sugar or sweeteners. I received the Mango & Passionfruit which is light and refreshing. The carton recommended adding a slice of lime which is how I enjoyed it.

Thor Dry Apple Spritz: Thor drinks were created as a real alternative to alcohol. It's described as having a crisp and dry flavour instead of the usual sweetness of soft drinks. I received the Mint and Ginger flavours of Thor Dry Apple Spritz. I especially enjoyed the Mint with it's crisp apple background and fresh garden mint flavour. The Ginger flavour was quite intense with a strong and spicy heat from the ginger. These drinks are available in the non-alcoholic version of the Degustabox.

Blossom Hill Spritz: A full sized bottle of Blossom Hill Spritz which is described as a fresh and fruity twist on wine. It's lightly bubbly and contains natural fruit flavours. It's especially delicious over ice. There are two flavours available (one is included in the alcohol version of the Degustabox only); Elderflower & Lemon and  Raspberry & Blackcurrant.

Ryvita Thins Three Cheese: I love Ryvita Thins and this new Three Cheese flavour is no exception. Each flatbread is topped with Cheddar, Regato and Emmental cheeses - perfect for dipping!

Oloves: These delicious little packets of olives are great for summer snacking. They're seasoned with chilli, garlic and oregano and are full of flavour. I've reviewed the whole range previously here - Oloves Review.

Merchant Gourmet Quinoa: I have to admit that even though I like quinoa, I rarely eat it unless it's from one of these ready made packets. This Red & White Quinoa has a lovely nutty flavour and is great as a base for a simple summer meal of salad, veg and hummous.

Maille Dijon Originale: A jar of the classic favourite mustard from France. It's a useful store cupboard ingredient and is great for serving with steak or in a delicious baguette sandwich.

Rowntrees Randoms: The Degustabox Product of the Month is the new Rowntree's Randoms with 30% less sugar. Each pack is still free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. Admittedly I haven't eaten Randoms for awhile but I couldn't tell the difference in the sweetness of this 30% less sugar variety - they were just as tasty as ever.

Collective Dairy Vouchers: There are also several vouchers in this month's Degustabox for Collective Dairy yogurts - a free Kids Big Tub and two pro-yo pouches. The Kids Big Tubs come in three flavours; Mango, Strawberry & Raspberry and Banana & Vanilla. They're made with whole milk and are free from added nasties. My kids really enjoyed the mango flavour and especially the fact that the texture is so smooth!

Fry Light Avocado Oil: I'm a big fan of Fry Light and I like trying out all the different varieties. I didn't know about this Avocado Oil variety so I was pleased to find it in the Degustabox. I'll be using it in all my usual summer recipes.

Overall, I was extremely happy with this months Degustabox, it had a good mix of new products, with a few new brands to me (Crafted and Thor drinks), aswell as the new products from more well established brands (Weetabix, Ryvita). If you received the July Degustabox then I'd love to know what you thought of it in the comments below! 

For more details:
Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com
I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.

13 Jul 2017

Review: Green Cola (Ocado)

A quick review of the new Green Cola which is available at Ocado and Amazon. It's a product that many have been waiting for - a zero calorie cola sweetened with the natural Stevia plant rather than Aspartame. 

Green Cola is not just free from aspartame but also from phosphoric acid, sodium cyclamate and preservatives. It does list Sucralose as a sweetener in the ingredients alongside the Stevia, however, unlike the soon to be departing Coke Life (see my Coke Life Review), it's also free from regular sugar.  The name 'Green Cola' comes from the green coffee beans that are used to add a natural pop of caffeine.
The flavour is satisfying and refreshing with a strong aftertaste. It's a different flavour compared to other 'diet' colas, not in bad way, but it definitely has it's own unique flavour. I found it to have quite a strong fizzy element too so I preferred to drink it over ice which tones down the fizz and the aftertaste quite a bit. I have to add that my husband really enjoyed this drink and actually polished off most of the cans himself!

I bought a six can multipack online via Ocado. It's worth a try if you're interested in a Stevia sweetened cola but I would highly recommend having it with ice rather then on it's own. 

Grocery Gems Verdict: Green Cola

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
Nutrition: 0 calories
Purchased: Ocado. 
Price: £2.87p multipack (on special offer - usual price £3.59p).

12 Jul 2017

Review: Sunbites Honey Glazed Barbecue and Tomato & Mozzarella new flavours

A quick review of the new flavours from the Walkers Sunbites Muligrain Crispy Snacks range - the Tomato & Mozzarella and Honey Glazed Barbecue flavours.

Sunbites Honey Glazed Barbecue: These were much sweeter than I was expecting with a strong honey taste that gives way to a more classic barbecue sauce flavour. I wasn't too keen on these at first as I'm not keen on honey flavoured products (although I do like honey itself). However, I have to give these snacks a higher rating based on my eldest sons reaction - he really loved them. He's not a big fan of crisps in general and hardly ever eats them, but he's asked me to buy more of this flavour.

Sunbites Sun Dried Tomato & Mozzarella: I enjoyed the flavour here which combines a creamy cheese with a herby tomato flavour. It didn't particularly taste like sun dried tomatoes but the combination still reminded me of pizza flavoured snacks I've had in the past and especially suited the wholegrain base of the Sunbites. 

Grocery Gems Review: Walkers Sunbites

RATING: Barbecue - 8 out of 10 (for kids!), Tomato & Mozzarella - 7 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
Purchased: Ocado - but I've also spotted the multipacks in Poundland.
Price: £1.00p (for multipack of 6)

7 Jul 2017

Degustabox June Review - Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code

The latest Degustabox arrived with a seasonal 'BBQ' theme - perfect for the summer months. It was packed full of an exciting mix of new products and useful favourites. Check out all the products I received in this surprise foodie box below as well as a discount code for £7 off.

Discount Code - £7 off: 8TL75

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. 

The discount code is a massive £7 off, making the first box only £5.99 delivered! Check out the Degustabox website below and enter the new discount code: 8TL75 

Here's a round up of all the products I received in the June BBQ Degustabox:

Original O's: I've never heard of this snack before and I'm so glad I got to discover it through Degustabox. These little bagel shaped snacks are deliciously flavoured with cumin and sesame seeds. I really enjoyed the unique flavour combination in these crunchy O's.

Spoon Granola: A 400g box of delicious Apple & Peanut Granola that is made with wholegrain jumbo oats, crispy coconut chips, whole roasted peanuts and baked apple pieces. It's high in fibre with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is sweetened with maple syrup. I loved the unusual combination of apple and coconut here - it's lovely with yogurt and sliced banana.

ENRJ Energy Juice Drink: Two bottles of this innovative energy drink. Unlike other chemical laden energy drinks, ENRJ is made with freshly pressed fruit juice and is naturally caffeinated with unroasted green coffee beans. Each bottle contains as much energy as a canned energy drink (a double espresso!) but also counts as one of your 5 a day! I received two flavours; Apple & Berries and Mango & Passion Fruit. These drinks are available in the non-alcoholic version of the Degustabox only.

Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine: A small bottle of the UK's number one alcohol free wine. It's made in the same way as regular wine but with the alcohol gently removed. Each serving is only 28 calories. 

BerryWhite Organic Drinks: I've tried BerryWhite drinks in a previous Degustabox and enjoyed them. They're made with organic fruit juice blended with mineral water and count as one of your five a day. I received the Organic Peach and I enjoyed the naturally sweet and refreshing flavour.

Westons Cider: Two cans of Westons Cider Rosie's Pig branded cider. The Rosie's Pig Flat Tyre is an award winning cloudy sparkling cider with rhubarb. Rosie's Pig Handbrake is a cloudy sparkling cider with damson and a unique fruity taste. These drinks are available in the alcoholic version of the Degustabox only.

Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs: A box of Scottie Dog shaped shortbread biscuits. Walkers shortbread is always delicious and these cute shapes are just as tasty.

Schwartz Authentic American Flavours: I'm always pleased to find the latest Schwartz recipe mixes in the Degustabox as I these can be quite difficult to find in the shops. I received two flavours that are perfect for the summer season; BBQ Pulled Chicken and Spicy Buffalo Wings. Both are super easy to make in the oven. 

Haribo Summer Frenzy: Two large bags of the new Summer Frenzy flavours from Haribo. I haven't even seen these in the shops yet so I was delighted to find them in the Degustabox. The Haribo Starmix is Berry themed with flavours such as Blueberry, Raspberry and Blackberry. The Haribo Tangfastics has an Ice Cream theme and includes new flavours such as Peach Ice Cream, Bubblegum Ice Cream and Pink Grapefruit Sorbet. I'll have a full review soon!

Light Bites - Mango with Vanilla Yogurt Chips: These are part of the Lighter Life 5:2 fast range which is available at Superdrug. The freeze dried yogurt and fruit chips have a sweet flavour and airy texture.

Light Bites Superfood Bar: Also included in the Degustabox is a Superfood Seed bar from the same Lighter Life range. It's made with Quinoa, Honey & Pumpkin Seeds and has a light texture from the puffed quinoa. I'm not really a fan of pumpkin seeds but this bar was surprisingly filling. 

I was once again impressed with this month's surprise selection from Degustabox. I especially enjoyed the Haribo Summer Frenzy, Spoon Granola and Original O's. If you're a subscriber then I'd love to hear your thoughts on this months Degustabox selection in the comments below.

For more details:
Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com
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