24 Sep 2017

New Review: Hartley's 10 Calorie Jelly - Key Lime Pie, Black Forest Gateau & Lemon Cheesecake

Hartley's 10 Calorie Jelly pots are perfect for anyone trying to watch their calorie intake and it's great to see that they have added three dessert inspired flavours to their fruity line up. The three new flavours are; Lemon Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie and Black Forest Gateau. 

Black Forest Gateau: I don't know how Hartley's have done it but there is a definite taste of cake with a fruity taste of cherry coming through too. It's sweetly satisfying and would be perfect with extra fresh cherries cut on top.

Lemon Cheesecake & Key Lime Pie: I found these two flavours very similar so I'll just review them together. They both have a decent citrus flavour that is similar to that found in sugar free lemon and lime jelly. The only real difference is that both also have a creamy edge to them that you don't get in the regular jelly.

Overall I enjoyed these new jelly flavours from Hartley's. I've complained before on this blog about the boring range of jelly flavours in the UK so it's nice to find something a bit different. They're fairly expensive but I've never seen any other jelly flavours like these. 

Grocery Gems Review: Hartley's 10 Calorie Jelly - Dessert Flavours

RATING: Black Forest Gateau: 8 out of 10, Lemon /Key Lime Pie: 7 out of 10.
Buy it again?: I'd buy the Black Forest Gateau again.
Purchased: Asda
Price: £0.75p

20 Sep 2017

New Review: Kellogg's Unicorn Froot Loops

A quick post about this awesome limited edition cereal from Kellogg's - Unicorn Froot Loops. Seriously how cute is this packaging? I'm never throwing this box away!

Cute colouring on back of the box.

The cereal itself is the same as the regular Kellogg's Froot Loops (the version in the UK at least) but with different colours - pink, purple and orangeish instead of the previous colours. 

It's not actually that different and it's a shame there are no extra marshmallow pieces but I understand that sugar content is always a concern for kids cereals in the UK. The flavour is sweet but very natural tasting - nothing at all like the American version. There's a hint of fruit that makes them very moreish - I've been eating them as a straight up snack without milk! 

Overall, these limited edition Unicorn Froot Loops are super cute and fun and I'll definitely be picking up another box before they disappear.

Grocery Gems Review: Kellogg's Unicorn Froot Loops

RATING: 9 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
Purchased: Asda
Price: £2.00p (special offer)

You might also be interested in  - Kellogg's Froot Loops Review (UK version)

19 Sep 2017

Degustabox 'Back To School' Box Review: Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code

The August Degustabox arrived whilst the whole family was still at home - and everyone was eager to take the first peak inside! This box had a 'Back to School' theme and contained a mix of favourite brands, as well as a few new brands and drinks, that are perfect for packed lunches and snacks.

About Degustabox & Discount Code8TL75

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. 

The discount code is a massive £7 off, making the first box only £5.99 delivered! Check out the Degustabox website below and enter the new discount code: 8TL75 

Here's a round up of all the products I received:

Seabrook Crisps: A multipack of classic crisp flavours from Seabrooks - Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Cheese & Onion. The kids loved these, especially my eldest who prefers crinkle cut crisps. They're crunchy and filling. 

Bahlsen PICK UP! Black 'n White: Bahlsen is a brand that features fairly regularly in Degustabox. The Black 'n White biscuits are rich chocolate biscuits with a white chocolate filling that are unique and tasty. They're all individually wrapped which makes them extra useful too. 

Hellman's Real Mayonnaise: I usually buy 'Light' mayo but it's useful to have this classic version for the kids' sandwiches (my sons are both super skinny so I'm always looking for ways to bulk them up!). 

Jelly Squeeze: These are a fun way to have jelly on the go or in a packed lunch (no need for a spoon). Even better they're gluten and lactose free, and also suitable for vegans and vegetarians. The choice of flavours was great for us too as I have one orange fan and one blackcurrant fan.

Light Bites Popped Chips: Light Bites are made using soya and chickpea (no potatoes here) to create popped chips with under 100 calories per pack. They're gluten free, vegetarian friendly and free from artificial colours, preservative and flavours. I received two gorgeous flavours: Pesto & Sundried Tomato and Sweet & Smoky Chipotle. Both were delicious - full of flavour and very moreish.

Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce: I liked the look of this when I first unpacked the Degustabox but I didn't realise that this would become one of my favourite products in a long time. It's a mild and tangy sauce that adds a dash of pure jalapeno flavour to any dish. I'm loving this on my lunch time salad but I've basically been adding a dash to most meals. My kids love it too and even added a sprinkle to their spaghetti dinner! I'll be buying this one again and again.

Twisted Halo: An intriguing combination of coconut water, ginger and vodka. The coconut water adds a naturally sweet taste (there are no added sugars), that's perfect with the warming ginger flavour and hint of zesty lime. 

Refreshers Softies: I'm not the biggest fan of Refreshers as a sweet, the flavour is a bit too 'chalky' for my tastes. However, fans will be pleased that these new softies have the same classic Refreshers flavour but in a soft and chewy texture. I do prefer this texture but the flavour is still not for me. 

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste: I reviewed one of the large versions from the Cadbury 'Big Taste' range in a previous Degustabox review - HERE. It's great to see these available in smaller versions too as I really enjoyed the flavour but I wouldn't buy the bigger bars very often.

Cadbury CurlyWurly Squirlies: Degustabox often contains brand new products and it's always exciting to find one from Cadbury! These bitesize Curly Wurly pieces are perfect for sharing. They don't look very attractive (at all!) but I can confirm that they're just as tasty as the regular Curly Wurly classic. 

Orangina Summer Bottles: I must admit I didn't realise that these bottles had bikini designs on them until I was taking the photos. They certainly give them a summery vibe... Funnily enough I haven't had Orangina for years so I enjoyed trying it again. Both versions are very fruity and refreshing but I think I prefer their original designs.

Maggi Fusion Noodles: These noodles are interesting because they contain a little sachet of veggies as well spices and oil. The flavours are actually quite mild but the whole thing is very tasty for an instant noodle.

Overall I was pleased with the 'Back to School' selection in the August Degustabox - there were plenty of useful products as well as tasty treats. This month, I especially enjoyed the Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce, Seabrook Crisps and Cadbury chocolate. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this months Degustabox in the comments below.

For more details:
Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com

I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.

16 Aug 2017

Review: KIND Bars - Almond & Coconut and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond

I was recently sent a selection of KIND bars to review. My favourites were the Almond & Coconut and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond flavours - both very different but packed full of flavour and delicious ingredients.

KIND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond: This bar is made with 58% whole almonds and is gluten and dairy free, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.  The dark chocolate gives this bar a deliciously rich flavour without any bitterness, whilst the almonds are all super crunchy and full of flavour. The hint of coffee flavour that comes through adds to the deliciousness and is perfect for any coffee fan. 

KIND Almond & Coconut: The almond and coconut bar has a softer and chewier texture compared to the first dark chocolate bar. It's made up of 32% almonds and 27% coconut and is also gluten and dairy free with no added nasties. The crunchy almonds and soft coconut is such a wonderful combination and the flavours work together perfectly to create a deliciously sweet treat.

I'd never tried the range of KIND bars before but I will definitely be buying them in the future. The ingredients list is reassuringly simple but the flavours are all decadent and filling.

Grocery Gems Review: KIND Bars

RATING: Coconut & Almond: 9 out of 10, Dark Choc Mocha Almond: 10 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
NutritionCoconut & Almond: 194 calories, Dark Choc Mocha Almond: 199 calories
Purchased: Available at Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Amazon and Whole Foods. 
Price: £1.29p.

PR Samples.

12 Aug 2017

Degustabox Summer Box Review - Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code

We're well into the summer holidays now and having the kids around made it even more exciting to open up the new Degustabox. The latest box arrived with a timely 'summer' theme and, as always, was packed full of a surprise selection of groceries. 

Check out all the products I received in the July Degustabox aswell as a discount code for £7 off your first box:

Discount Code - £7 off: 8TL75

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. 

The discount code is a massive £7 off, making the first box only £5.99 delivered! Check out the Degustabox website below and enter the new discount code: 8TL75 

Here's a round up of all the products that I received:

Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin:  I've had my eye on the Weetabix Coconut & Raisin for a while now so I was excited to give it a try. I also want to add that I'm always pleased to find full sized boxes of cereal in the Degustabox as we get through so much of it in our house! The Weetabix was just as tasty as I'd hoped with a delicious coconutty flavour.

Crafted: A range of fruit juice drinks with no added sugar or sweeteners. I received the Mango & Passionfruit which is light and refreshing. The carton recommended adding a slice of lime which is how I enjoyed it.

Thor Dry Apple Spritz: Thor drinks were created as a real alternative to alcohol. It's described as having a crisp and dry flavour instead of the usual sweetness of soft drinks. I received the Mint and Ginger flavours of Thor Dry Apple Spritz. I especially enjoyed the Mint with it's crisp apple background and fresh garden mint flavour. The Ginger flavour was quite intense with a strong and spicy heat from the ginger. These drinks are available in the non-alcoholic version of the Degustabox.

Blossom Hill Spritz: A full sized bottle of Blossom Hill Spritz which is described as a fresh and fruity twist on wine. It's lightly bubbly and contains natural fruit flavours. It's especially delicious over ice. There are two flavours available (one is included in the alcohol version of the Degustabox only); Elderflower & Lemon and  Raspberry & Blackcurrant.

Ryvita Thins Three Cheese: I love Ryvita Thins and this new Three Cheese flavour is no exception. Each flatbread is topped with Cheddar, Regato and Emmental cheeses - perfect for dipping!

Oloves: These delicious little packets of olives are great for summer snacking. They're seasoned with chilli, garlic and oregano and are full of flavour. I've reviewed the whole range previously here - Oloves Review.

Merchant Gourmet Quinoa: I have to admit that even though I like quinoa, I rarely eat it unless it's from one of these ready made packets. This Red & White Quinoa has a lovely nutty flavour and is great as a base for a simple summer meal of salad, veg and hummous.

Maille Dijon Originale: A jar of the classic favourite mustard from France. It's a useful store cupboard ingredient and is great for serving with steak or in a delicious baguette sandwich.

Rowntrees Randoms: The Degustabox Product of the Month is the new Rowntree's Randoms with 30% less sugar. Each pack is still free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. Admittedly I haven't eaten Randoms for awhile but I couldn't tell the difference in the sweetness of this 30% less sugar variety - they were just as tasty as ever.

Collective Dairy Vouchers: There are also several vouchers in this month's Degustabox for Collective Dairy yogurts - a free Kids Big Tub and two pro-yo pouches. The Kids Big Tubs come in three flavours; Mango, Strawberry & Raspberry and Banana & Vanilla. They're made with whole milk and are free from added nasties. My kids really enjoyed the mango flavour and especially the fact that the texture is so smooth!

Fry Light Avocado Oil: I'm a big fan of Fry Light and I like trying out all the different varieties. I didn't know about this Avocado Oil variety so I was pleased to find it in the Degustabox. I'll be using it in all my usual summer recipes.

Overall, I was extremely happy with this months Degustabox, it had a good mix of new products, with a few new brands to me (Crafted and Thor drinks), aswell as the new products from more well established brands (Weetabix, Ryvita). If you received the July Degustabox then I'd love to know what you thought of it in the comments below! 

For more details:
Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com
I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.

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