Monday, 27 July 2015

Review: Cornetto Caramel - Limited Edition Retro Pack

In the summer months I usually keep a box or two of Cornetto ice creams (or the supermarket own brand equivalents) in my freezer and I always look out for any new flavours. The Cornetto Caramel Limited Edition Retro Pack caught my eye on a recent trip to Asda. From the "retro" inspired packaging I assume it's not a new variety but it's still not one that I've tried before. I know there is a Cornetto Enigma Caramel and also a Caramel flavour in the Mini Cornetto packs, but they are both quite different to this one. 

The Cornetto Caramel is a combination of vanilla and caramel ice creams, with a caramel core centre, topped with a chocolate coating and decorated with caramel flavour white chocolate curls. The flavours are all fairly simple but I immediately liked the caramel curls on top alongside the vanilla ice cream and solid chocolate coating.

However, it was only when the inner caramel core and caramel ice cream were revealed that the Cornetto Caramel became more interesting. I really enjoyed the thick and gooey caramel centre with it's sweet and buttery flavour. It doesn't run all the way through but there's enough of the caramel sauce to make an impact. When it comes to the ice cream, I was pleased to find that the caramel ice cream actually has a distinctive caramel flavour that contrasts nicely with the vanilla ice cream. Overall, it's still a simple flavour combination but one that provides a satisfying caramel hit. 

Grocery Gems Review: Cornetto Caramel

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
215 calories.
Purchased: Asda.
Price: £1.89p (box of 6).

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Review: Steve's Leaves - Persian Cress & Herby Baby Leaves

I was recently sent a few packs of Steve's Leaves - Persian Cress & Herby Baby Leaves salad mix to review. I hadn't heard of Persian Cress before but apparently it's being hailed as 'the new salad rocket' thanks to it's distinctive sweet and mild peppery flavour. It's a distant cousin of watercress and has been popular in Persian cuisine for centuries. 

The new salad mix is the creation of Dr Steve Rothwell, the man behind Steve's Leaves, who just so happens to be the first person in the UK to have a PhD in watercress!

The Persian Cress & Herby Baby Leaves salad has a lovely fresh appearance, with the small, delicate, frilly leaves of the Persian Cress making an appealing addition. The Herby Baby Leaves are a combination of Baby Green Batavia, Baby Red Cos and Wild Rocket. 

I enjoyed mine with simply with cous-cous and added baby plum tomatoes, cucumber curls and yellow peppers. The combination of the peppery Persian Cress and the sweeter baby leaves is really tasty and moreish. Apparently these leaves also make a great partner for spicy foods - I'll have to try that next time! There is lots of recipe inspiration on the Steve's Leaves website too:

Steve's Leaves are available at Waitrose, online at Ocado and other foodie retailers.

Friday, 17 July 2015

New Instore: Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Rocky Mallow Road

The latest addition to the Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations range is the fun sounding Rocky Mallow Road. It's a combination of pink marshmallows, strawberry jellies and shortcake biscuit pieces. This new variety was announced in July but I haven't been able to track it down in stores yet. However,  Richard W. managed to find the new bars today in the Co-Op and sent me the fab photo above via Twitter.

I had no joy in my local Co-Op but do let me know in the comments below if you've spotted the new Cadbury Rocky Mallow Road instore anywhere. I'll have a review as soon as I find it! 

Many thanks to Richard W. For the great find!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Review: McVitie's Breakfast Oaty Breaks

A quick review for the new breakfast biscuits from McVitie's - Breakfast Oaty Breaks. They're available in Porridge Oats & Golden Syrup or Porridge Oats, Raisin and Cinnamon flavours. 

Each box has six individually sealed packs with two attached biscuits. The biscuits are made with oats and golden syrup with added vitamins and iron.

They have quite a knobbly, oaty appearance that is not too dissimilar to Hobnob biscuits, but just in a rectangular shape. The flavour is very similar too, and they also reminded me of plain flapjacks with their simple oats and golden syrup combination. The texture however is nicely crunchy and holds it's shape without being too crumbly. They're basically a crunchy version of an oat flapjack!

Grocery Gems Review: McVitie's Breakfast Oaty Breaks

Buy them again?: I'd try the other flavour.
Nutrition: 190 calories per pack.
Purchased: Sainsbury's.
Price: £1.50p (medium size).

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Review: Starbucks Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Starbucks has introduced two new Frappuccinos for summer; the intriguing Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino and the lemon meringue pie inspired Lemon Vanilla Frappuccino. As a fan of bubble teas I  was most curious to try the Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino. 

It's a combination of three layers - new coffee jelly, creamy caramel Frappuccino and a topping of whipped cream and caramel drizzle. I asked for mine without the cream as I really don't like the stuff. The coffee jelly is made from brewed Starbucks Premium roast coffee and adds a unique texture to the drink.

I really loved everything about the flavour and texture of the Caramel Coffee Frappuccino. The base of the drink is the creamy and sweet caramel Frappuccino which just so happens to be my favourite Frappuccino anyway. The jelly pieces are quite soft and are easily sucked up through the straw, providing a burst of mild coffee flavour alongside it's jelly consistency. This isn't really one for anyone who is texture-phobic and who doesn't like the thought of lumps in their drinks! The additional jelly means the drink is not quite as heavy as a regular Frappuccino but I found it much more refreshing as a result. It won't appeal to everyone but it's certainly one that I'll be buying again this summer.

If you've tried the Starbucks Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino or the new Lemon Vanilla Frappuccino then I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Grocery Gems Review: Starbucks Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Buy them again?: Yes.
Price: £3.75p (medium size).

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