Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review: Lidl Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo


Lidl always has a very tempting selection of chocolates, with many interesting flavours compared to other supermarkets, but it was the Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo that caught my eye on my last visit. If you've never heard of Neo biscuits before, they're basically the Lidl equivalent of Oreo cookies. It's a fun idea for Lidl to offer a chocolate bar with their own brand of cookies inside.


The packaging has a fantastic appearance, with a classic foil and paper wrapping, within a cardboard sleeve. The chocolate bar itself is very thick and chunky and weighs in at a hefty 200g - all great considering it only costs £0.99p.


Everything about the flavour is exactly as I had hoped. The chocolate has a great cocoa flavour with a creamy, smooth melt. There are plenty of large cookie pieces in each segment, providing lots of extra sweetness and crunch. It's nice to have the cookie pieces within the chocolate itself rather than within a "creme" or softer centre. Of course the Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo is quite a sweet bar overall, and a few pieces go a long way to satisfying a chocolate craving, but it's definitely one I would buy again. 

Grocery Gems Review: Lidl Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
Purchased: Lidl.
Price: £0.99p (200g bar)
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

New Instore at Tesco: Disney Frozen Pizza, Vegan Ice Cream Cones & More!


A selection of new items spotted at Tesco this week:

Goodfellas Little Fella's Disney Frozen Enchanted Chicken Pizza: Giving a whole new meaning to the words "frozen pizza". The packaging looks good with the Disney Frozen but the theming doesn't seem to go beyond the box... enchanted chicken flavour?? The pizza is made with low fat mozarella and wholemeal flour for added fibre. £1.50p at Tesco.


Goodfellas Little Fella's Cheese & Tomato Pizza: There is also a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse version available. It's a shame it isn't a Mickey shaped pizza - I'm sure Tesco used to sell those a few years back. £1.50p at Tesco.


Tesco Salted Caramel Dairy Ice Creams: I've already heard that these are really good so I can't wait to give them a try! They're dairy ice creams coated with Belgian chocolate with a salted caramel filling. £2.00p at Tesco.


Walkers MixUps Popcorn Mix Sweet & Spicy: I've already reviewed most of the Walkers MixUps range but I haven't tried this Popcorn Sweet & Spicy mix. £1.00p at Tesco.


Robinsons Fruit Shoot Limited Edition Peach & Mango: I don't buy this range for my kids so I'm not entirely sure if there have been limited editions in the past or not. £1.89p at Tesco.


Tesco Sweet Potato, Paneer & Spinach Bakes: I often buy vegetarian burgers as they make a quick dinner with some salad or cous cous on the side. I'll have a review of these soon. £1.75p at Tesco.


Tesco Free From Strawberry & Vanilla Cones: These are free from dairy, wheat and gluten, and suitable for vegans. That's right - an "ice cream" cone that is suitable for vegans! This is really exciting and I'm sure they will be very popular. £2.00p at Tesco.

If you've spotted or bought any interesting new products then I'd love to hear from you - grocerygems@gmail.com.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Review: Müller Rice Remix Greek Inspired - Apple


A quick review for the new Greek Inspired Müller Rice Remix Apple flavour. I don't usually buy Müller Rice but I couldn't resist the description of the rice flavoured with a 'hint of cinnamon'. This is much more appealing to me than regular rice pudding.


I was hoping that the 'hint of cinnamon' would actually be a stronger than just a 'hint' and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The rice has a lovely golden brown colouring with plenty of cinnamon spice throughout. The flavour is deliciously creamy with a well balanced cinnamon flavour - not too strong or too weak. The apple compote on the side has a sweet stewed apple flavour and adds some additional fruitiness and sweetness. However, I could happily enjoy the rice on it's own without the fruit - it's all about the cinnamon for me!


There is also a Strawberry flavour available too - let me know if you've tried that one.

Grocery Gems Review: Müller Rice Remix Greek Inspired - Apple

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition (per 100g): 107 calories - each pot is 150g.
Purchased: Asda.
Price: £1.96p (multipack)
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review: Cornetto Cookies 'n' Dream Ice Cream Cones


In the review for the new Cornetto Peanut Butter Love I mentioned that there were also two other flavours available: Cookies 'n' Dream and Cornetto Caramel. I have a weakness for ice cream and cookie combinations so I couldn't wait to try the new Cornetto Cookies 'n' Dream.


Each cone is filled with a cookie flavoured ice cream with chocolate chips and a chocolate sauce core, which is topped off with a chocolate disc filled with cookie pieces. The appearance has the same unique look as the Cornetto Peanut Butter Love, with the solid circle of chocolate on top. This chocolate disc is very tasty, with a lots of lovely crunch from the cookie pieces, but can be a bit challenging to bite into!


The ice cream has a strong vanilla flavour with little flecks of chocolate. As expected the core was very chocolaty and complimented the ice cream well. It's quite a rich, dark tasting chocolate, and with the addition of a chocolate wafer too, this is definitely an ice cream cone for chocoholics! I would have liked to have a bit more of a cookie element within the ice cream itself, perhaps with cookie pieces instead of the chocolate chips. However, this is still a very delicious ice cream cone and it's miles better than the Cornetto Enigma Cookie

Grocery Gems Review: Cornetto Cookies 'n' Dream

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Asda.
Price: £3.00p (box of four)
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Saturday, 21 March 2015

New Instore: Asda Celebration Cakes, Yogurts & Ice Cream (Part 3!)


Another round up of new products spotted at Asda - they're on a roll at the moment! A big thanks to Lucy W. for letting me know about the new cakes. As usual, Asda is following the latest trends in the world of cake decorating (such as with their Piñata Cake), in releasing their version of the popular gravity cakes. These cakes usually involve a cascading effect above the cake, often using candy such as M&M's. Asda has take a slightly different approach!

Asda American Waffles & Syrup Gravity Cake (photo above): This celebration cake already looks impressive with it's cake design of a stack of waffles covered in syrup, bacon and butter. However, the real fun comes in the extra attachment, a bottle of syrup decoration that, once added, will look like it's pouring syrup on the cake. £12.00p at Asda.


Asda Pub Grub Pie & Gravy Gravity Cake: For a more British inspired version there is the Pub Grub Pie & Gravy Cake which even has fondant chips and a pile of peas on the side. This one has a gravy boat attachment which will look like it's pouring gravy on the cake. £12.00p at Asda.


M&M's Chocolate Celebration Cake: Asda had a M&M's Sofa Celebration Cake instore last year but it seems that the design has changed to this bathtub version. It's really bright and colourful but I wonder how it tastes? Let me know if you've tried it! £10.00p at Asda.


Hello Kitty Celebration Cake: This is slightly different design to the Hello Kitty Celebration Cake available at Asda last year. Is it wrong that I want this as my birthday cake? £10.00p at Asda.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration Cake: One of the best things about the range of celebration cakes at Asda is that they always have an up to date selection of popular character cakes available. They also had a Big Hero 6 Celebration Cake instore. £10.00p at Asda.


Asda Monster Truck Mania Cake: Asda continue to release some really fun cakes too - this Monster Truck Mania cake is just awesome! £10.00p at Asda.


Asda Ripplicious Ice Creams: Thank you to Lot-O-Choc who commented on a previous post with details about this new Ripplicious range. I only spotted two varieties; Café Latte and White Chocolate & Passion Fruit, but I know there are various other flavours available too. £2.75p at Asda.


Rowntrees Randoms Minis: A new addition to the growing trend for mini ice lollies. The Rowntrees Randoms Ice Lollies come in a box of 12 lollies with three different flavours; lemon and lime, orange and strawberry. They consist of a fruit-flavoured outer layer with a marshmallow ice cream and a blackcurrant jelly centre. I'm sure I'll buy these in the future. Let me know in the comments if you've tried them! £2.48p at Asda.


Jammie Dodgers Jammie Bakes: These actually look really good - they're packs of large biscuits with a jammy filling. There are two flavours; Raspberry or Apricot. £1.59p at Asda.


Minions Iced Biscuits: Large tubs of Minions shaped cookies decorated with yellow icing. I've also seen these available in smaller multipack bags with exactly the same biscuits inside. £2.00p at Asda.


Twix Creamy Mix Yogurts: These consist of yogurt on a layer of caramel sauce with a side portion of chewy chocolate and biscuit pieces. There is also a Mars version available. £0.99p at Asda.


Ski Mousse Limited Edition Peach Mousse & Raspberry Sauce: I first tried this range with the Ski Mousse Coconut & Chocolate edition. I'll definitely be trying this Peach & Raspberry combination too. £1.00 (four pack) at Asda.


Müller Bliss Whipped Greek Style Crunchy Almond Clusters: I reviewed the Müller Bliss range when it was first released last year. This new Crunchy Almond Clusters flavour doesn't really appeal to me but if you've tried it then I'd love to know what you thought! There is also a new Mango & Passion fruit variety available. £1.50p (four pack) at Asda.


Müller Püd Corner: I finally managed to spot the new Müller Püd Corner desserts in two flavours; Toffee Dessert and Chocolate Dessert. They were also available to purchase as individual pots. £2.49p (four pack) at Asda.


Müller Rice Remix Greek Inspired: These look great, not so much because of the fruit flavours (apple and raspberry), but because the rice is flavoured with cinnamon. That's enough to make me want to try these. £1.96p at Asda.


Müller Hawaiian Dream Corner Multipack: At first this didn't look very exciting, I thought it was just the multipack of the Hawaiian Dream Pineapple limited edition (which I bought a few weeks ago but haven't reviewed yet). However, on closer inspection this multipack contains 3 x Coconut Crunch Yogurts and 3 x Mango Crunch Yogurt. Since coconut and mango happen to be my favourite yogurt flavours I'm ridiculously happy about this! £3.98p at Asda. 

As always, if you've spotted or bought any interesting new products then I'd love to hear from you too - grocerygems@gmail.com.


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