Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Competition! Win a Box of Walkers Bring It Back Crisps

Walkers recently revived five retro crisp flavours in their Bring It Back Campaign. Crisp fans can vote for which of the following crisp flavours they'd like to see brought back: Cheese & Chive, Barbecue, Lamb & Mint, Toasted Cheese, and Beef & Onion.


These retro flavours are only available instore for a limited time but you can win a whole box thanks to Walkers! They've kindly offered my readers the chance to WIN a box of Bring it Back Crisps. To win simply enter via the Rafflecopter form below.


  • Simply fill in the Rafflecopter entry form below to verify your entries (you can choose as many or as few options to fill in as you like)
  • Competition open to UK residents only
  • Closing date 22nd October 2015.
  • Winner must reply within 5 days or a new winner will be chosen.
  • Prize will be sent by Walkers.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don't forget you can still vote in the Walkers Bring It Back Campaign until 1st November 2015 with a chance to win £100,000! Enter by voting via the Walker website at www.walkers.co.uk or on Facebook and Twitter using the following flavour hashtags:


New Instore: Cadbury Amaze Bites - Chocolate Covered Brownie Cake Bites

A quick post about these new Cadbury Amaze Bites - many thanks to James M. who sent me the photo via Facebook. 

Cadbury Amaze Bites: These new tubs of chocolate covered brownie bites are available in three flavours: Double Chocolate, Chocolate & Mint, and Chocolate & Orange. Each mini brownie contains chocolate chips and is covered in Cadbury milk chocolate. Spotted at Asda - RRP is £1.99p but I think they're on special offer for £1.20p at the moment.

Don't forget if you spot any new products in store please let me know via email - grocerygems@gmail.com or Twitter etc. Thank you!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Review: Kellogg's All-Bran High Fibre Muesli

Kellogg's have launched a range of high-fibre All-Bran Mueslis which are available in two flavours; Cranberry & Sultanas with pumpkin seeds, and Fruit & Nut with banana, coconut, sultanas and hazelnuts. They both have 30% more fibre than the average muesli, and are made with a blend of wholegrain oats, wheat bran shreds and fruit pieces.

All-Bran Fruit & Nut: It's probably no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I absolutely loved the Fruit & Nut variety. The combination of banana and coconut is just delicious. The fruity banana chips and juicy sultanas add plenty of sweetness to the muesli whilst the coconut curls and crunchy hazelnuts are packed full of flavour. I've been obsessed with this muesli since I first tried it and it's going to be a permanent addition to my shopping list from now on.

All-Bran Cranberry & Sultanas: This is a mix of cranberry fruit pieces, pumpkin seeds and sultanas. The mix of flavour is not as sweet as the Fruit & Nut variety above. The pumpkin seeds in particular dominate the other fruity flavours.  However, it's still a very tasty muesli and I really enjoyed the unusual addition of cranberry pieces. 

Overall, these are both excellent muesli cereals from Kellogg's All Bran. I liked the addition of the high fibre bran shreds with the more traditional ingredients of a muesli. Both varieties were delicious but I especially enjoyed the sweeter Fruit & Nut and I'll certainly be buying it again in future.

Grocery Gems Review: Kellogg's All-Bran High Fibre Muesli

RATING: 9 out of 10,
Buy them again?: Yes - especially the Fruit & Nut.
 158 calories (per 45g serving).
Vegetarian: Yes.
PurchasedAvailable at most supermarkets.
Price: RRP - £2.99p (550g bag).

PR Samples.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: Kellogg's Star Wars & Frozen Multi-Grain Biscuits

The recent Star Wars and Frozen cereals have obviously been a hit with kids and film fans alike, with September seeing the launch of another Disney themed product from Kellogg's. The new Kellogg's Frozen and Star Wars Multi-Grain Biscuits feature fun Disney designs and are high in fibre with no artificial colours, flavouring or preservatives.

Each box contains 6 individually sealed packets of 4 biscuits. The Star Wars Multi-Grain Biscuits are chocolate flavoured biscuits with added chocolate pieces.

The Kellogg's Star Wars Biscuits all feature either a TIE Fighter or X-Wing design (totally didn't need to look that up on google...). The flavour here was not the simple chocolate and oaty combination that I was expecting. The chocolate has more of a cocoa flavour that is quite milky. It's hard to describe but my son said it was like a creamy hot chocolate in a biscuit. The cereal base is not too sweet and the added chocolate pieces provide an extra pop of chocolatey flavour.

The Kellogg's Frozen Multi-Grain Biscuits are described as cereal and milk flavoured. The designs featured are Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer which are both really cute. The flavour here is sweeter than the chocolate version, with a lovely vanilla aroma and taste, against a wheaty and oaty background. This was my kids' favourite of the two biscuits, although I wasn't surprised as they usually favour vanilla flavour over chocolate.

I love how the boxes have images on both sides and can be displayed either way. The Star Wars boxes have Darth Vader/Yoda sides, whilst the Frozen boxes have Elsa & Anna/Olaf sides. I'm sure these Multi-Grain biscuits will be very popular with fans young and old, especially with the upcoming release of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, in December.

Grocery Gems Review: Kellogg's Star Wars Cereal

RATING: 8 out of 10,
Buy them again?: Yes - especially the Frozen biscuits.
 96 calories (per 2 biscuits).
Vegetarian: Yes.
PurchasedAvailable at most supermarkets.
Price: RRP - £2.49p (box of six packs x 4 biscuits).

Check out my previous reviews:

Kellogg's Disney Frozen Cereal Review

PR Samples.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Retro Baking & Walker's Bring It Back Campaign!

If you're watching the Great British Bake Off final tonight then I hope you've got some cakes or sweet treats in! Walker's recently invited me to take part in sharing a retro baking recipe. It's to celebrate their Bring It Back campaign which relaunched five retro crisp flavours for a limited time. I've reviewed all of the flavours HERE.

When I saw the words 'retro baking' I immediately thought of making either a Black Forest Gateau or a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. In the end I decided to make a Pineapple Upside Cake as I have vivid memories of loving this cake as a child. In fact I'm pretty sure I had it as my birthday cake for a few years in a row! And I realised that my kids have never tried one, and bonus, it's such an easy recipe that they could get involved with making it too. 

Of course I had to add a little twist to the original so this is a Pineapple & Coconut Upside Down Cake! 

Pineapple & Coconut Upside Down Cake


8 pineapple rings
1-2 tbsp golden syrup
150g soft butter/margarine
150g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
8 glace cherries
25g dessicated coconut (plus more for decorating).


  • Grease a large tin. 
  • Arrange pineapple rings in a circular pattern in the tin.
  • Place a glace cherry or other small fruit in centre of each pineapple ring (I used a mix of glace. cherries and mango pieces).
  • Drizzle golden syrup over the pineapple rings.
  • In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs. 
  • Sift in the flour and mix until creamy.
  • Pour cake mixture over pineapples and smooth down.
  • Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
  • Once cooled drizzle a little more golden syrup on top (I used a brush to dab some on each pineapple ring).
  • Sprinkle with dessicated coconut to decorate.

It's quite easy to make and the result is a fruity and super sweet cake that was a winner with the family! 

Thanks to Walkers for inviting me to bake a retro recipe. Don't forget you can still vote in the Walkers Bring It Back Campaign until 1st November 2015 with a chance to win £100,000! Enter by voting via the Walker website at www.walkers.co.uk or on Facebook and Twitter using the flavour hashtags:


Which flavour will you be voting for?

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