Friday, 22 August 2014

New Walkers Cheesy Beans on Toast

I'll admit I wasn't sure if I even wanted to try these when I first saw the flavour. It reminds me of the Walkers Builders Breakfast crisps from a few years ago that I thought were horrible (although that was because they were too eggy!). These are part of the new Walkers Do Us A Flavour range that includes the flavours; Hot Dog with Tomato Ketchup, Pulled Pork in a Sticky BBQ Sauce, Sizzling Steak Fajita, Chip Shop Chicken Curry, Cheesy Beans on Toast, and Ranch Raccoon. 

Even though I didn't really have high expectations for the Cheesy Beans on Toast flavour, I still found them a bit disappointing. They didn't really have the baked beans flavour that I was expecting. Not that I think it's a particularly great flavour for crisps, but if that's the inspiration then I would expect it to be more prevalent. They definitely have a cheesy flavour, that's milder and less pungent than Walkers usual cheese flavoured crisps. The baked beans flavour does provide a subtle sweet and tangy background flavour that reminded me a bit of ketchup flavouring, but it wasn't really strong enough here. At least these Cheesy Beans on Toast were much nicer than the Builders Breakfast crisps I remembered! 

Which flavour will you be voting for?

More info on all the flavours here:

Grocery Gems Verdict: Walkers Cheesy Beans on Toast

RATING: 6 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Maybe (my son really liked them!).
Nutrition: (per 40g bag) 210 calories.

Vegetarian: Suitable for Vegetarians.
Purchased: Local newsagent.
Price: £0.60p.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Fox's Mint Choc Crunch Creams - Limited Edition Collection

Thanks again to @amywoodger who Tweeted me about these new Fox's Crunch Creams Mint. It's part of a "Limited Edition Collection" which includes various ice cream inspired flavours; Raspberry Ripple Party Rings, Neapolitan Jam & Cream biscuits, and Viennese Clotted Cream flavour. 

The biscuits themselves are described as chocolate flavoured but I have to admit I couldn't actually taste much chocolate there. They have that golden sugary crunch that is common across the Fox's Crunch Cream range. Their darker colouring and crunchy texture actually reminded me a bit of the ginger crunch creams. 

There is a thick layer of the inner mint cream which has tiny chocolate chips (so small I'm not sure they actually count as chips) within. The mint flavour here is very strong, sweet at first but with quite a refreshing punch at the end. The little chocolate chips (shards? shavings? dust?) provide the only real chocolate flavour but it makes a minuscule impact - these cookies are all about the mint. If you like mint flavoured biscuits, chocolates or desserts, then these are definitely worth a try.

Grocery Gems Verdict: Fox's Mint Choc Crunch Creams

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: I'd try the Raspberry Ripple Party Rings next.
Nutrition: 78 calories per biscuit
Purchased: Sainsbury's. 
Price: £1.15p.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New Walkers Chip Shop Chicken Curry

I have a confession - I really have no idea what flavour "chip shop chicken curry" is meant to be. I know chip shops sell curry sauce but to be honest I've never tried it. This interesting flavour is part of Walker's new  "Do Us A Flavour" promotion. The six new flavours available are; Hot Dog with Tomato Ketchup, Pulled Pork in a Sticky BBQ Sauce, Sizzling Steak Fajita, Chip Shop Chicken Curry, Cheesy Beans on Toast, and Ranch Racoon. 

The flavour in these Chip Shop Chicken Curry crisps is much blander than I was expecting it to be. It has a generic curry powder flavour, and an underlying sweetness that I was quite surprised by. In some ways the flavour reminded me a lot of Coronation Chicken - the very sweet and mild curry that is often used in sandwich fillings - rather than any other chicken curry I've tried. There is dried chilli powder listed in the ingredients but it wasn't enough to trouble my taste buds. If you've tried a real chip shop chicken curry then I'd love to know what you think of this flavour in the comments below!

More info on all the flavours here:

Grocery Gems Verdict: Walkers Chip Shop Chicken Curry

RATING: 7 out of 10 - sweet and  mild curry flavour but still quite tasty.
Buy them again?: Maybe.
Nutrition: (per 40g bag) 211 calories.

Vegetarian: Not Suitable for Vegetarians.
Purchased: Local newsagent.
Price: £0.60p.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Chocolate Reviews: E.Wedel Whole Hazelnuts & Fin Carré Dark Chocolate Ginger

My lovely online friend +BringBack Banjo Chocolate (shortened to BBBC from now on!) sent me a gorgeous selection of chocolates and wafers. Please check out her campaign to bring back the much missed Banjo Chocolate Bar that was discontinued by Mars in the 1980s. Check out the campaign Facebook page HERE for more details. 

E.Wedel Mleczna Z Calymi Orzechami - Translates as Luxury Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts. This chocolate bar was just sensational, it was so simple but extremely delicious. 

The milk chocolate is definitely of the sweet and mainstream variety, but it has a lovely creamy flavour. However, the whole hazelnuts are the real star here - they are just so crunchy and fresh tasting. I haven't had a Cadbury Whole Nut in many years but I don't remember them tasting as lovely as this one by E.Wedel. Definitely one to look out for if you have a local Polish shop.

Fin Carré Dark Chocolate Ginger: Some of you may recognise the Fin Carré name as being part of the Lidl brand. I've tried a few chocolates from their ranges before and they've always been surprisingly good, especially considering the low prices.

With this Dark Chocolate Ginger, the lovely BBBC, has sent me another stunner of a chocolate. The flavours are all excellent, from the smooth dark chocolate without any bitter edge, to the gorgeously indulgent pieces of ginger. The combination here is just heavenly and just a few pieces are enough to satisfy a chocolate craving. Definitely worth a try if you like ginger!

Mamba: BBBC also sent me a little pack of Mamba sweets. I've never heard of this brand before but they're apparently a German creation that were originally launched in 1953. The packaging shows an apple inter spliced with watermelon - definitely an interesting flavour combination. These taste really sweet and fruity, especially from the apple flavour, and have a softly chewy texture.

Many thanks to Bring Back Banjo Chocolate for sending me these wonderful treats. Please don't forget to check out the Facebook page here and sign the petition here! Thank you :)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Meiji Rich Banana 70% bar (Japan)

I've been wanting to try this Meiji Rich Banana 70% bar for a while now, so I was very happy when I found it at the Hyper Japan event a few weeks ago. I bought it from the Tofu Cute stand, and unfortunately it seems to be out of stock at the moment on their website HERE. There is also a 70% Strawberry bar that is still available. This Meiji Rich Banana 70% is described as a chocolate bar made with 70% real banana. It's such an unusual idea! 

It was a very hot day when I bought this so it had bloomed a little bit, luckily it didn't seem to affect the flavour. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of banana flavoured chocolates which is slightly foolhardy of me, since more often than not, the banana flavour is too artificial or too weak. I wasn't expecting much from this Meiji bar, it was more curiosity that compelled me to buy it, but surprisingly enough I enjoyed the flavours here. The banana is very well done, it's very strong tasting and authentic. From the ingredients listed there don't appear to be any artificial flavours and it definitely shows through in the end result. The actual "chocolate base" is a bit too sugary for my liking, but it doesn't really have any flavour of it's own, allowing the banana to dominate and linger. I couldn't eat more than a few pieces of this at a time, it's far too sweet, but I still found it tasty - it's a bit like eating a creamy banana ice cream in a chocolate bar format.

Grocery Gems Verdict: Meiji Rich Banana 70%

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: I'd definitely try the Strawberry one.
Purchased: Tofu Cute.
Price: £2.20.
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