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)
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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:
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14 Jun 2017

Review: Limited Edition Nespresso On Ice


As soon as I heard about the new Nespresso On Ice coffee capsules I knew I had to try them. Luckily my husband has a Nespresso store near his work and was able to get one of the gorgeous assortment boxes. 



There are two varieties in this latest Limited Edition; the Intenso On Ice and the Leggero On Ice. I adore the Mediterranean themed packaging and especially the colours used in the designs, it's simply stunning.


Nespresso Intenso On Ice:  The Intenso On Ice is described as a bold coffee specifically designed to provide an intense yet refreshing iced beverage at home. The flavour here is excellent, creating a full bodied coffee with a deeply roasted flavour. There's no bitter aftertaste at all as these blends have been developed to curb the acidity when used with ice.

Nespresso Leggero On Ice: The Leggero On Ice has a milder flavour and is described as a mild coffee with a fruity and balanced aroma. This is probably my favourite Nespresso coffee of recent years. I'm hoping that this will not stay a limited edition as it's too good not to buy regularly! The flavour is just delicious (I had mine over ice and with frothed, cold soya milk), with a natural sweetness and smoothness. I didn't need to add any vanilla syrup to curb the bitterness, which I usually do when using a regular Nespresso capsule to make an iced coffee. The Leggero On Ice is just perfection all on it's own. 

Overall I highly recommend giving both of these new Nespresso On Ice coffees a try. I'm planning on stocking up on these very special Limited Editions - especially the Leggero On Ice. 

Grocery Gems Review: Nespresso On Ice

RATING: Leggero On Ice - 10 out of 10, Intenso On Ice - 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Nespresso store.
Price: £3.90 per sleeve.


12 Jun 2017

Degustabox Review - Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code!


The latest Degustabox arrived with a fun 'Picnic' theme. It was packed full of my favourite type of foodie products - snacks! 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

The selection of products can vary but here's a quick round up of all the products I received in the May Degustabox:


MOMA Gluten Free Raspberry & Coconut Bircher Muesli: This ticks so many boxes in my 'ideal product' list. The raspberry and coconut flavour is one of my favourite combinations anyway but I was delighted to see it in a muesli. I also love the fact that this is a bircher muesli and can be pre-prepared and left overnight soaked in apple juice and a few spoons of yogurt. It's such a delicious and filling treat.


Homepride Strong White Bread Flour: I have a bread machine that we use on a fairly regular basis, although more for making banana bread than actual bread. So far I've used this Homepride Strong White Bread Flavour to make pizza bases and bread rolls and it's given perfect results every time.


Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer: Crabbie's Ginger Beer is crafted for 6 weeks using real Asian ginger and a secret recipe. It's a lovely refreshing drink with a pleasantly warming ginger flavour. This product is included in the alcohol version of the Degustabox only.




Cadbury Dairy Milk Peanut Caramel Crisp: I haven't tried any of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste range so I was excited to find this huge bar in the Degustabox. The description of this bar is epic- a peanut filling with peanut pieces and crunchy crispies, all topped off with goey caramel and peanut halves. As a peanut fan I had high expectations for this one and it certainly didn't disappoint. The peanut flavour comes through superbly and is sheer perfection with the sweetness of the caramel and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. This is one of the best new Cadbury chocolate bars I've tried for ages. I just have to get my hands on the original Milka version next time!


Hippeas: This new range is made with organic chickpeas to create a delicious puffed snack. The flavour 'In Herbs We Trust' is absolutely delicious - packed full of Mediterranean flavours such as rosemary and oregano. The ingredients list is reassuringly simple and handily makes these snacks vegan and gluten free. The snacks don't really taste of chickpea and I certainly wouldn't have guess if I hadn't known - they're just very satisfying and moreish! I would definitely buy these again.


Portlebay Popcorn: There are two flavours available in this Degustabox; either Wasabi & Sweet Ginger or Sweet Thai Siracha.  I'm a big fan of authentic Siracha sauce but I'm not as keen on Siracha flavoured snacks. This one has a strong chilli and manages to successfully capture that unique Siracha flavour. 


Millions: Three packs of Millions sweets including the new Chocolate Covered Strawberry Millions and Sour Strawberry Millions. The chocolate covered ones are surprisingly tasty!


Cereal Lovers CrunchTime Nuggets: A crunchy, yet chewy, cereal snack made with oats and seeds and flavoured with nutmeg, cinnamon and orange. I often snack on cereal so I liked the idea of these nuggets and I enjoyed the strong cinnamon flavour.



Candy Kittens: I've always wanted to try this brand so I was pleased to find a large packet in the Degustabox of the Eton Mess flavour. These Candy Kittens are made with natural flavours and colouring and are gluten free. The flavour and texture here is enjoyable but I couldn't really detect the 'Eton Mess' element, they reminded me more of blackcurrant sweets.


Zeo Peach & Grapefruit: Zeo drinks are all natural, low calorie soft drinks made with natural fruit juices and botanicals. I really enjoyed this Peach & Grapefruit flavour, it had a strong peachy flavour with a zingy citrus finish.

Deli Kitchen Skinni Wraps: These wraps have a very unique shape, pointy at one end, that makes them super easy for making sandwiches or savoury wraps with no mess. They're also less than 100 calories per large wrap.


Raw Bean Bags Striking El Salvador: A very innovative new way to enjoy a filter coffee. These one-cup pyramid shaped coffee bean bags are easy to use and create a delicious cup of coffee. I'm a bit of a coffee addict and these really hit the spot!


That's the full packed list! I was really impressed with this month's surprise selection from Degustabox. I especially enjoyed the Moma Bircher cereal (a new favourite!), Hippeas and Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste. 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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22 May 2017

Review: New Costa Coffee Banoffee Frostino


I was excited to hear about this new Coffee Banoffee Frostino at Costa Coffee. I still miss the delicious (and sadly limited edition) Coffee, Oats, & Banana Smoothie that they launched earlier this year - see my review here : Costa Coffee Oats & Banana Smoothie Review.


The Costa Coffee Banoffee Frostino is a creamy iced drink made with fresh banana, espresso, milk, ice and topped with a caramel drizzel and fudge pieces. I've had this drink twice now and both times it's been made with lots of ice which gives it a very thick texture that slowly becomes easier to drink. I would prefer it with slightly less blended ice and a bit more coffee but it's still a very refreshing (and sweet!) drink for these warmer days. The whole thing is not as delicious as their previous banana smoothie, that one had a bit more of a banana and coffee hit, but it's definitely one I'll be buying again this summer. 

If you've tried this drink then I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Grocery Gems Review: Costa Coffee Banoffee Frostino

RATING: 8 out of 10
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Costa Coffee.
Price: £3.50p.


10 May 2017

Degustabox April Box Review: Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code!


The April Degustabox arrived last week packed full of new foodie treats and surprises. I was especially pleased to find plenty of full sized groceries such as cereal and pasta included in this months 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

The selection of products can vary but here's a quick round up of all the products I received in the April Degustabox:


Dorset Cereal Ultimate Adventures: I've been a fan of Dorset Cereals ever since I first reviewed their muesli - see my post here Dorset Cereals Muesli Review. I like the idea of this new Ultimate Adventures range of muesli which is inspired by travels around the world. There are two varieties available in the Degustabox; the inca trail inspired Machu Picchu flavour and the Route 66 inspired American Road Trip Muesli. I received the latter which is a blend of cranberries, almonds and orange zest. It's a great tasting combination and I've been enjoying this zesty flavour every morning with yogurt.


There are two types of Degustabox alcohol or non-alcohol. Depending on which box you choose you would have received one of these drinks.

Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water: This is a botanically brewed, pink grapefruit flavoured tonic water that is ideal for mixing with Gin or Vodka. I might try this with a fruit juice for a non-alcholic version.

Celia Organic Lager: This 100% organic Czech lager is brewed using just three ingredients. It's very refreshing and is also gluten free.



Nothing But.: Two snack packs of freeze dried fruits and vegetables containing nothing bu 100% wholesome ingredients. They're suitable for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. I received the Strawberry & Banana Snack and the Pea & Sweetcorn Snack. I've previously tried the fruity flavour and enjoyed it so I was more curious to try the peas and sweetcorn! Freeze drying the vegetables certainly gives them a unique texture, they honestly felt quite papery and dry. However, the flavour was good and surprisingly sweet.


Garafalo Whole Wheat Penne Pasta: I've reviewed Garofalo before in a previous Degustabox and I was delighted to find more from this brand. Garofalo pasta always gives great results and the whole wheat variety is very tasty too. 


Good Hemp: These Hemp Seed Hearts are high in protein, fibre and Omega-3. They're useful for sprinkling on cereal, yogurts and even salads and stir fries. I've seen some suggestions for adding these to overnight oats instead of chia seeds so I'll definitely be giving that a go.



VIP Nuts Hot Chilli: This is NOT one of those hot chilli snacks with only a hint of chill. Guard your tastebuds because these little peanuts have a full on intense chilli flavour with a serious heat. Unfortunately these are not for me as I found them far too hot - definitely one for fans of a proper chilli kick only!



Seabrook Lattice: The shape of these crisps is very impressive and is designed to hold even more flavour. I enjoyed the deliciously simple combination of the sea salt and black pepper which created a very moreish snack.


Whitworths Full of Super: These Vanilla Maca-Roons are so good! They're crammed with almonds, flakes of coconut and golden flax seeds. I loved the natural tasting coconut flavour with the nuts and seeds. The texture is great too and the whole thing is very filling and satisfying.



Doisy & Dam's Quinoa, Smoked Tea, & Vanilla Chocolate: This is an unusual new find in a very unqiue flavour - Quinoa, Smoked Tea & Vanilla Chocolate. It's made with Bolivian popped quinoa and organic Dominican 39% milk chocolate. I wasn't sure at first about this one but the flavour is surprisingly good. The quinoa pieces reminded me of puffed rice cereal in it's texture. The smoked tea is unusual and comes through in an initial smokey hint that soon reveals the subtle tea flavour. It's all very lightly done and creates a very tasty chocolate.


POLO Sugar Free Pot: A handy and convenient version of the classic mint that usually comes in paper wrapped tubes. I like the thought of this sealed pots as it's probably less likely to fall apart at the bottom of my bag!


Overall I was pleased with this month's surprise selection from Degustabox. I especially enjoyed the Seabrook Lattice Crisps, Dorset Cereals and Whitworths Vanilla Maca-Roons. 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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