Wednesday, 29 October 2014

New Instore: Asda Desserts & Fox's Biscuits


Many thanks to Lucy W. who spotted all these new products in Asda. It seems like Asda has plenty of new products in the frozen aisle and I'll definitely be taking a look next time I'm instore. Thanks for all the great photos Lucy!


Asda Chocolate Praline Cheesecake: This looks so good! It's a creamy hazelnut mousse and rich chocolate praline on a hazelnut biscuit base and all topped with roasted hazelnuts. £2.00.


Asda Ice Cream Trifle: A very festive looking ice cream dessert. It's a strawberry and raspberry ice cream with sponge pieces, layered with a custard flavoured ice cream and raspberry sauce, topped with cream ice cream and red & green sugar strands. I'm buying one! £3.00.


Asda Tiramisu Cheesecake: This looks like an interesting twist on a classic dessert. This cheesecake has a biscuit base, layered with sponge soaked in espresso extract and Marsala wine and topped with Mascarpone cream and dark chocolate shavings. £2.00.


Asda Toffee Apple Cheesecake: I'm tempted to get this for bonfire night. It has a biscuit base with vanilla cheesecake, Bramley apple, toffee sauce and a butter crumble topping. It's like a cross between an apple crumble and a cheesecake! £2.00.

Image: Asda

Asda Loaded Gingerbread Fudge Ice Cream: Many thanks to Natalie who let me know about another new ice cream at Asda - their Loaded Gingerbread Fudge ice cream. It has a gingerbread flavour ice cream with toffee sauce, gingerbread biscuit pieces and fudge pieces. I really MUST find this one! A bargain at only £1.50 at Asda.


Fox's Chocolatey Ginger Biscuit: Lucy also sent me this photo of these new Fox's dark chocolate & ginger biscuits from their Chocolatey range. There was also a new Choc Orange variety in the range too. 

Many thanks again to Lucy and Natalie. As always if you spot any new products instore do drop me a line - grocerygems@gmail.com.


New Peppadew Roasted Red Peppers


Peppadew have released a new Roasted Red Peppers product that launched at the Co-Op this week - the first non piquanté product the brand has released in the UK. I reviewed their stuffed Piquanté Pepper range last month (see review HERE), and I was delighted to be asked to try out this latest release. The Peppadew Roasted Red Peppers are different from other brands of peppers in jars. because they have been flash roasted, creating the same effect as barbecuing over hot coals, whilst retaining both the texture and colour of the natural pepper. 


Each jar is a large 465g in size and is crammed full of vibrantly red peppers that have been kept in whole generous portions. I was surprised by just how many large peppers were in each jar.


The Peppadew Roasted Red Peppers are presented in a sweetened vinegar brine which gives them a lovely tangy flavour along with their natural sweetness and chargrilled taste. They're recommended as being ideal for serving as part of an antipasti plate, in a salad, or as an accompaniment to a barbecue. It's a very versatile product to have in the store cupboard as the flavours are so easy to pair with many dishes.  I've already used them to perk up lunch time salads and also enjoyed them as a topping on home made pizza. They've been delicious in each and every meal we've used them in! I can just imagine that these Roasted Red Peppers would be the perfect addition to an antipasti platter and I'll definitely be saving a jar to try that way next.

Overall, the Roasted Red Peppers are another gorgeous product from Peppadew - something special to enjoy as a real treat.

For more information take a look at: www.peppadew.co.uk

Grocery Gems Verdict: Peppadew Roasted Red Peppers stuffed with cheese/tuna

RATING: 9 out of 10
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Available at Co-Op stores.
Price: Awaiting price - will update.


Product sent for an honest review.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

New Philadelphia Duo Cremoso Range


Philadelphia have released a new range of indulgent cream cheeses that feature an outer layer of creamy Philadelphia with a lightly whipped core. There are three flavours availoable: Vine-Ripened Tomato, Cracked Peppercorn, and Garlic & Fine Herbs. Each Duo Cremoso pot comes with a paper wrapped cream cheese that can be lifted out and served. I've been really curious to see what these are like so I was delighted to be asked to be sent a few pots to try out.


Once the pot is opened it reveals a large block of cream cheese wrapped in a sort of frilly paper that is easy to lift out.


There is a thick Philadelphia layer around the lighter and softer textured centre. Each of the fillings has a strong flavour that is complimented by the creamy Philadelphia.


Garlic & Fine Herbs: This one is packed full of flavour, with a rich garlic taste that we all enjoyed. It's fantastic on some crusty bread and was my kids' favourite of the three. It was also the one that we managed to finish in one sitting!


Vine-Ripened Tomato: I love the combination of tomatoes and cream cheese and it's a great match in this Philadelphia Duo Cremoso. The creaminess of the Philadelphia combined with the robust tomato flavour of the filling is very tasty.


Cracked Peppercorn: This was my personal favourite of the three, although it's a close call as I really did enjoy all of them. I just love black peppercorns and the filling here has a lovely freshly cracked peppercorn flavour. We enjoyed this on a Salt & Pepper Baguette from Tesco and it was just divine!

Grocery Gems Verdict: Philadelphia Duo Cremoso

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition: 83 calories per 30g.
Vegetarian: Not suitable for vegetarians.
Purchased: Sainsbury's.Price: RRP - £2.49p for 150g (but currently £1.50p at Sainsbury's).

Products sent for an honest review.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Thermos #OvernightCoffee Challenge & A Coffee Masterclass


Last Saturday I attended a bloggers event for iconic brand Thermos at a very trendy London coffee house called Prufrock Coffee. As soon as I arrived I was presented with a large Thermos that had been filled with coffee the night before. We were all invited to open up the Thermos and try it out and I was delighted to find that the coffee inside was still wonderfully hot and enjoyable. 


If you've read my Nespresso reviews then you'll know I'm a just a little bit of a coffee addict. The staff at Prufrock Coffee are experts not only the art of making the perfect cup of coffee, but also in coffee tasting and appreciation too. I learnt the various stages of grading coffee, from the initial scent through to the actual taste. 


The coffee tasting was my favourite part of the event because we were introduced to the spectrum of different flavours that can be detected within each cup of coffee. It was a bit like a wine tasting, with lots of slurping as we tried the coffee, and much talk of spicy, carbony and flowery notes. The staff there also treated us to a masterclass in making the perfect cup of coffee. It turns out that I'm not a natural when it comes to steaming milk or creating latte art, and it's all far more complicated than I imagined!


After the event I got to take home a Thermos goodie bag in order to make my own overnight coffee challenge. The large Thermos Vintage Flask in the photo above (available in black or red HERE) is double walled which means it can keep drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours. I'm the type of person who likes my hot drinks really HOT, and I was pleased with how hot the Thermos kept the coffee overnight. I found that it was best if the Thermos is filled with drink to the top, if it's only half filled then the drink was warm rather than hot. The red Thermos travel mug has a great design which means it keeps the coffee hotter for longer and is virtually leak proof too - very different from my previous travel mug which I'm very pleased to now replace!

Thank you to Thermos and the staff at Prufrock Coffee for a lovely event!

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