Sunday, 30 August 2015

Review: Oykos Oh So Heavenly Vanilla or Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel Yogurts

Oykos have released two new four-packs of yogurt this summer - the Oh So Heavenly Vanilla and the Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel. I've been wanting to try both these flavours so I was delighted to be sent a few packs to review. 

Oykos Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel: This is a tempting combination of Greek-style yogurt over a thick layer of Salted Caramel. The yogurt here has a deliciously creamy and fresh flavour. It's not as tangy as my usual Greek yogurt - this is more of an indulgent creamy treat. The Salted Caramel layer adds to the indulgence with it's smooth texture and buttery, rich, slightly salty flavour that is not overly sweet. This is a really gorgeous treat that tastes more like a dessert than a yogurt!

Oykos Oh So Heavenly Vanilla: This is described by Oykos as the more angelic one with it's simpler combination of Greek-style yogurt with ground vanilla beans. I'm always on the lookout for vanilla flavoured yogurts made with real vanilla because it's a flavour that the whole family can enjoy. I often buy larger tubs of vanilla yogurt from other brands, but these individual four-packs are much more convenient. The yogurt here has lots of visible flecks of vanilla bean which add a deliciously sweet and creamy flavour to the Greek yogurt. I'll definitely be buying these in the future.

Grocery Gems Review: Oykos Luxury Greek Style Yogurts

RATING: 9 out of 10 for both flavours.

Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition: 162 calories (Vanilla), 172 calories (Salted Caramel).
Vegetarian: Suitable for vegetarians.
Purchased: Available in all major retailers until mid-October.
Price: RRP £2.39p for 4 x 110g.

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Review: Walkers Bring It Back Flavours - Barbecue and Cheese & Chive

Walkers have revived five retro flavours and are asking fans to vote for which favourite flavour they'd like to see return. There are five flavours from the Walkers back catalogue to try out and vote for - Cheese & Chive, Barbecue, Lamb & Mint, Toasted Cheese, and Beef & Onion. I found all the flavours in my local newsagent and since I don't remember most of them from their original releases (I think some are much more recent than others), I decided to give them a try, starting with Cheese & Chive and Barbecue.

Walkers Cheese & Chive: According to the Walkers website this flavour was around in the 1990's, and a few of my family members say they remember this one. I really enjoyed this flavour, so much so that it might be the one that ultimately gets my vote. The flavour is deliciously cheesey and salty, with visible flecks of chives that add a herby and slightly sweet flavour. The overall combination is really well balanced between the cheese and chive, creating a flavour that is not as strong or overpowering as classic Cheese & Onion and without the creaminess of Sour Cream & Chive crisps. I actually think the Cheese & Chive works better than those more traditional flavours but perhaps it's just the novelty value of them winning me over! 

Grocery Gems Review: Walkers Bring it Back - Cheese & Chive

RATING: 8 out of 10.

Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition: 168 calories per pack.
Vegetarian: Suitable for vegetarians.
Purchased: Newsagent.

Price: 2 packs for £1.00p (32.5g each).

Walkers Barbecue: To be honest I didn't even realise that this flavours wasn't already a permanent Walkers vareiety. It just seems like one of those flavours that has always existed. Perhaps it's because Walkers describe this flavour as a "recent star". I'm not sure how recent but if anyone knows then please leave a comment below. Anyway the flavour here is spot on for recreating the taste of a smokey barbecue sauce with a little dash of sweetness. I have to admit to a fondness for ketchup flavoured crisps and this Barbecue flavour appeals to me in a similar sweet and salty way. However, I don't think I would vote for this flavour overall as it doesn't seem very unique or different.

Grocery Gems Review: Walkers Bring it Back - Barbecue

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition: 169 calories per pack.
Vegetarian: Suitable for vegetarians.
Purchased: Newsagent.
Price: 2 packs for £1.00p (32.5g each).

You can vote for your favourite flavour online:

Friday, 28 August 2015

New Instore: Mini Summer Round Up

Just a very quick post to highlight some new products instore. I've been away for a few weeks but over the summer fellow new product fans have been getting in touch to send me photos. Here's a round up of what I've been missing!:  

Belvita Soft Bakes Red Berries: The latest breakfast biscuit from Belvita are these Soft Bakes which are available in three varieties: Red Berries, Chocolate Chip or Golden Grain. £2.79p per pack at Tesco.

Owl's Brew Coco-Lada: Lucy W. picked up this American Owl's Brew tea crafted for cocktails from Marks & Spencer food hall. The flavour combination sounds amazing - it's a blend of black tea, coconut, chai spices and pineapple. Lucy says it's definitely one she would buy again.

Müller Corner Caribbean Dream Limited Edition: This looks very similar to the Müller Corner Hawaiian Dream yogurt but it's actually slightly different. It's a smooth coconut yogurt with a side portion of coconut clusters coated in milk chocolate. Actually Lucy sent me this photo last month but it still seems to be available so I thought I would include it here! £0.68p at Morrisons. 

Oreo Peanut Butter & Golden Oreo: Nathan S. sent me this photo of the new UK release of Peanut Butter flavoured Oreo and Golden Oreo which were released last month. Thanks to Kirk N. who emailed me about these too - it seems from the packaging that they're actually made in Spain. I still haven't tried these yet! £0.54p at Morrisons.

Thorntons Chocolate Caramel Wafer Rolls: Thorntons have extended their range to include biscuits. There are quite a few varieties available: Thorntons Wafer Rolls in either Chocolate Caramel or Double Chocolate flavours; Thorntons Melts in either Mint Chocolate or Double Chocolate flavours; and Thorntons Caramel Squares Biscuits. Let me know if you've tried these! £1.80p a pack in Asda.

Cadbury Heroes new pack: Thank you to Luci J. for also sending me this photo of a new smaller pack size for Cadbury Heroes at 185g (shown next to the 323g size in the photo).

Tesco Finest Scones: In Red Berry or Triple Chocolate flavours - these look delish! Thanks to Richard W. for the photo via Twitter. £1.00p at Tesco for a pack of two.

Milkybar Mousse: Lastly this new Milkybar Mousse which is different to the smooth custard style Milkybar Dessert. Hazel K. sent me the photo above and described the Milkybar Mousse as being creamy, delightful and low in calories so it's a win, win. 

Many thanks again to Lucy, Nathan, Luci, Hazel K. and Richard W. for the photos. If you've spotted any new products instore then I'd love to hear from you - email or tweet me @grocerygems.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: Iceland Belgian Chocolate Chip Waffles

A few months ago I posted that Iceland had launched a new range of frozen bakery and patisserie items. I finally decided to give the range a go with the Iceland Belgian Chocolate Chip Waffles, which are fairly pricey at £3.00p for a pack of four. 

The instructions are to grill the waffles for 2 minutes on each side, but we found they needed quite a bit more than that to defrost fully and get a good colouring. The end result however is absolutely delicious waffles. These are so indulgent with a gorgeous buttery flavour, rich chocolate chips, and a lovely texture that is both crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. These would be divine with as a proper dessert - and especially amazing if topped with vanilla ice cream.

Grocery Gems Review: Iceland Belgian Chocolate Chip Waffles

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Iceland.
Price: RRP £3.00p.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Around the World - Malaysia: Double Decker Cheese Rings

In an attempt to get a move on with my Around the World Challenge I decided to buy these Double Decker Cheese Rings. I was a bit hesitant as I thought I should be able to find a more interesting snack from Malaysia. Anyway, how bad could a Cheese Rings snack be?

It turns out that they could be SO BAD that they're the worst snack I've ever tried. Not just the worst cheese snack, the overall worst snack of any type. It's not just their Day-Glo florescent orange colour that makes these so horrendous (and by the way I didn't edit the colour in the photo above - that's just how orange they are) but also the actual texture and flavour that are terrible too. The texture was not crunchy enough, so that they're slightly soft and almost chewy. Then on top of that there is so much seasoning powder on each snack that they have a chalky consistency. Mmmm chalky AND chewy. I could barely eat one of these Cheese Rings so this whole product is a bit of a disaster.

To be fair to Double Decker perhaps something went wrong in transit that caused them to be stale or damaged (although I'm not sure that can explain the orange-ness). Also, I'm pretty sure I've tried some other Double Decker branded snacks that were okay (but didn't take photos) so these are not a reflection on the rest of the range. 

On the plus side there is a Double Decker theme song on the back of the packet which I think deserves a couple of points on the Grocery Gems rating! 

Around the World: Double Decker Cheese Rings

Rating: 2 out of 10 (would be 0 out of 10 without the song on the packet...)
Country of Origin: Malaysia.
Purchased: Local grocery store.
Price: £0.99p (60g bag).
Nutrition: 550 calories (per 100g).

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