25 Jun 2021

Kit Kat Vegan Review

A quick review of the new Kit Kat Vegan which has hit the shelves this week in Sainsbury's. I managed to find a stand full of them in a smaller Sainsbury's Local store after having no luck in the larger stores near me.

Kit Kat has always been one of my favourite chocolate bars and as a kid I would annoy everyone around me by nibbling all the chocolate off the edges first before eating the wafer layers. Thankfully I've outgrown that! 

I had high hopes for the Kit Kat Vegan and it mostly delivered a very similar flavour to the original Kit Kat - even my kids found it hard to tell the difference. The vegan chocolate is well done and what it lacks in milky flavour it makes up for in sweetness. I was worried that it would taste like a dark chocolate Kit Kat but the sweet chocolate here is not bitter at all. I do wish the chocolate had a creamier flavour but understandably that is quite hard to acheive in a vegan chocolate.

Overall this is a successful vegan alternative of a classic chocolate bar and that's great news for anyone following a dairy free or vegan diet.

Grocery Gems Review: Kit Kat Vegan Review

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
Purchased: Sainsbury's, £1.00p each.

3 Jun 2021

Pepsi Max Lime Review

I've become more of fan of Pepsi Max over the years, especially their Pepsi Max Cherry variety. I also still enjoy the Pepsi Max Ginger (see my Pepsi Max Ginger Review from 2017). I love anything citrus flavoured though, and often add a slice of frozen lemon or lime to my drinks if I'm feeling fancy, so I was especially looking forward to trying the new Pepsi Max Lime.

The initial aroma on opening this Pepsi Max Lime was very promising with a lovely lime scent. However the lime flavour itself was not as strong as I was hoping for. There is a sweet lime flavour that I did enjoy but it's not as boldly citrus as it should be. The citrus flavour should be the main aftertaste but instead it's the sweet Pepsi Max flavour that lingers, as a result the lime flavour itself doesn't dominate. Having said all that, I still found this a really refreshing Pepsi Max flavour and the hint of lime is still enough fo me to buy it again - I might just add a couple of extra lime slices next time though.

I'll have to update when I've tried the Diet Coke Sublime Lime but let me know in the comments if you've tried both and which you prefer!

Grocery Gems Review: Pepsi Max Lime Review

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
Purchased: Tesco.

30 May 2021

Review: Curiously Cinnamon Churros Cereal UK

Curiously Cinnamon is one of my family's favourite cereals so I was both excited, and indeed even curious, to try the new Curiously Cinnamon Churros. It's great to get a UK version of the American Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros cereal - and at £2.90 it's definitely cheaper.

The first thing I noticed about the Curiously Cinnamon Churros cereal is just how crunchy they are. To be fair the box does have SUPER CRUNCHY on the front so that should have been a clue. The cinnamon flavour was also slightly disappointing. There is a pleasing enough cinnamon flavour but it's just not as flavourful or sweet as the original Curiously Cinnamon variety. The addition of milk unfortunately made the cinnamon flavour even weaker. Even though it's been awhile since I tried the US version I also remember those as being more cinnamony and sweet.

That's not to say we didn't enjoy these - I would pick up a pack again if they are on special offer. They are enjoyable enough as a snack without milk and I always appreciate a new and fun cereal variety.

Grocery Gems Verdict: Curiously Cinnamon Churros

RATING: 6.5 out of 10
Buy them again?: Probably.
Nutrition (30g): 118 calories
Vegetarian: YES - Suitable for Vegetarians.
Purchased: Tesco.
Price: £1.50p (on offer regular price £2.90p).

28 May 2021

Review: Nespresso Cafezinho do Brasil Returns!


Guess who's back? That's right it's me the much missed Nespresso Cafezinho do Brasil! I was so surprised when I saw this on a visit to an actual Nespresso store. The original Cafezinho do Brasil blend was released back in 2016 (see my review Nespresso Cafezinho do Brasil) and I still have family members who talk about how much they miss it.  

The packaging and capsules look exactly the same as they did in 2016 - but the big question is do they still taste the same? The Nespresso assistant assured me that the blend had not changed and that the taste is still identical. 

The good news is that the 2021 edition of the Nespresso Cafezinho do Brasil does taste just as good as I remember. The flavour is robust and strong but without any bitterness or aftertaste. It tastes smooth and fresh whilst still packing a punch with a unique strength. My husband also agreed that this was as good as the original. 

If you were also a fan of the 2016 release of Cafezinho and have tried the latest version then I'd love to know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

Grocery Gems Review: Nespresso Cafezinho do Brasil

RATING: 10 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes - I will be back for more.
Purchased: Nespresso store.
Price: £4.20p per sleeve.

21 Aug 2019

Review: New Nescafé Gold Vegan Oat, Almond & Coconut Latte Sachets

Nescafé Gold has released three new dairy-free varieties of their instant coffee sachets. I used to love these type of sachets when I was younger. I haven't had them for years but the release of these plant based lattes was enough to get me interested in coffee sachets again!

Each sachet is quite large and makes a decent 200ml of coffee. There are 66 calories per cup for the Oat and Almond varieties and 62 calories for the Coconut.

Almond Latte: Almond milk is my first choice of dairy free milk so I was excited to try this one first. It was sweeter than I was expecting with a mild coffee flavour. I would definitely have this as a soothing afternoon pick me up.

Oat Latte: This one was actually my favourite of the three. It seemed frothier and tasted creamier than the other two which made me enjoy it even more. 

Coconut Latte: The coconut aroma is quite strong here and leaves an aftertaste that I didn't really like. This is purely personal taste as I'm not really a fan of coconut milk. My vegan family members all enjoyed this one more than me.

Grocery Gems Review: Nescafé Gold Dairy-Free Oat, Almond & Coconut Latte

RATING: 7 out of 10 for the Oat and Almond.
Buy them again?: Yes.

Purchased: Tesco.
Price: £2.50p each (currently on offer for 2 packs for £3.00p). 

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