Thursday, 26 November 2015

New Instore: Pringles Pigs In Blankets & Kit Kat Festive Break

Pringles Pigs In Blankets: Thank you to Richard W. who sent me this great find and photo via Twitter. I believe this is a new Pringles flavour for the UK this season. Basically these Pringles are sausage AND bacon flavour! It's certainly a great festive flavour and looks a lot more appealing than some of their wacky sweet flavours from last year. Available at Waitrose (and currently on a buy one get one free offer).

Nestlé Festive Break Cookies & Cream: Kit Kat have undergone a little festive makeover on their packaging. Even though the flavours aren't new it's still nice to see some new Christmassy designs. Each multipack features a different cute character. The Cookies & Cream Festive Break is my favourite with it's snowman. Spotted at Asda.

Nestlé Festive Break Original:: The regular Kit Kat has the most traditional design with a cheerful Santa. Spotted at Asda.

Nestlé Festive Break Dark: The packaging looks great and the black background really suits the flavour. Spotted at Asda.

Nestlé Festive Break Orange & Toffee Treat: The Kit Kat Orange and Toffee Treat flavours have also had a Festive Break makeover. The only one that didn't have festive packaging was the Mint variety so let me know if you spot that one! Available at Asda.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Review: J20 Midnight Amber & Midnight Forest

J20 have recently released two new limited edition range of Midnight Blend juice drinks. There are two flavours in the range, Midnight Amber and Midnight Forest, which are both inspired by the 'dark and mischievous moment each night when the end of one day blends into the start of the next'. The design of the each bottle is gorgeous, with gold lettering and images that really captures the midnight theme of these drinks. 

J20 Midnight Forest: The Midnight Forest is described as a blend of real orange and cherry juices with a hint of chocolate flavour. As a big fan of the J20 Glitter Berry limited edition I was really excited to try the Midnight Forest blend. The flavour here is mainly of the unusual combination of orange and cherry, which surprisingly works together really well. The orange is the dominant flavour but underneath it all is an extra sweetness and richness from the subtle hints of chocolate. It's a lovely combination that is not too overpowering or heavy (especially with the chocolate) and is still a wonderfully sweet and refreshing juice.

J20 Midnight Amber: The Midnight Amber is described as a burst of orange and lemon fruit juices blended with winter spice flavour. I was expecting this one to be lighter tasting but the hints of spices give it a touch of warmth and seasonal flavour. The base juices of orange and mandarin come through strongly with the lemon adding a tart edge. The hint of spices is quite subtle, and I would have preferred them to be a bit stronger, but I could detect some cinnamon and ginger in there. 

J20 Midnight Forest is available at all major supermarkets and the J20 Midnight Amber is exclusively available at Marstons, Greene King and Fullers pubs. 

Grocery Gems Review: J20 Midnight Amber & Midnight Forest Juice Drinks

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition (per bottle): Midnight Amber - 74 calories, Midnight Forest - 77 calories. 

PR Samples.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Review: Press'd Arabica - Coffee In A Squeeze!

Press'd is a new range of pure Arabica concentrated coffee in little squeezable bottles. Made for coffee lovers who are pressed for time, each pocket-sized bottle makes 16 cups of coffee - simply squeeze and add water. I received two Press'd samples to review; Press'd Colombian Arabica Coffee and Press'd Caramel Arabica Coffee. 

As expected the coffee is super easy to make. A quick squeeze adds a good amount of the glossy and thick coffee liquid. I added hot water (200ml is recommended, otherwise it will be too watery or need an extra squeeze) and a little almond milk. Even though I was excited to try the Press'd concept I have to admit I was a little sceptical as to how good the coffee would taste. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised by just how enjoyable I found both varieties. The coffee  has a lovely, smooth flavour that is quite rich and strong. It didn't froth up like my usual coffee does but it still has a satisfying flavour that is similar to a filter coffee. 

The Press'd Caramel is made with natural flavouring rather than a sugary syrup, so it's not too cloying or sweet. The caramel flavour is quite subtle at first but builds nicely with each sip. I don't usually enjoy flavoured instant coffees at all but this one was very enjoyable. The added flavour does not overpower the actual coffee itself which is how I prefer it.

Overall, I was impressed by both varieties of Press'd Arabica Coffee. The squeezy bottle is really handy and I can think of about a million scenarios where it would be useful! 

Grocery Gems Review: Press'd Coffee

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition (per cup): 5 calories. 
Purchased: Available at Ocado. 
Price: £2.99p.

PR Samples.

New Instore: New Christmas Desserts at Lidl


A big thank you to Sarah W. who spotted lots of new Christmas themed deserts in Lidl. There are plenty of treat to choose from, including: 

Lidl Spiced Chocolate Orange Pudding
Lidl White Berry Cheesecake
Lidl Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
Lidl Brioche Rum & Raisin Bread and Butter Pudding
Lidl Ginger & Chocolate Melt in the Middle Pudding.


I can also spy something called a 'Gingerbread Pudding' in the top right corner of the photo. I'll have to track that one down!

Many thanks again to Sarah for the great photo and list! As always if you've spotted any new products instore then I'd love to hear from you - email or tweet me @grocerygems.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

New Instore: Cadbury Rudoph & Robin Cakes & More.

Cadbury Rudolph & Robin Cakes: The Cadbury Christmas range that I've seen so far seems fairly similar to previous years. These Rudolph & Robin Cakes have a cute design and are described as a chocolate flavoured sponge layered with white chocolate creme, covered in milk chocolate and finished with white chocolate decoration and a light sweet dusting. £1.00p at Co-Op.
Image: Cadbury
Cadbury Festive Cake Selection: The Rudolph cakes also seem to feature in this new Festive Cake Selection Leave One for Santa. There are ten cakes in each box, including one with Santa's name for Christmas Eve! £3.00p at Morrisons.

Kellogg's Coco Pops Seasons Greetings Box: Staying on the Christmas theme, look out for the new festively decorated boxes from Kellogg's. So far I've spotted three different ones. £2.00p at Sainsbury's.

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Seasons Greetings Box: This box is just the cutest and I've already picked up a box. Even though my kids are not really keen on Rice Krispies as a breakfast cereal they won't say no to Rice Krispies treats! £2.00p at Sainsbury's. 

Kellogg's Corn Flakes Seasons Greetings Box: Finally, a very retro looking box for Kellogg's Corn Flakes with a jolly laughing Santa and plain white background. If you spot any other festive Kellogg's boxes then let me know via the details below - thanks! £2.00p at Sainsbury's. 

Müller Corner American Classic Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Yogurt: This latest limited edition yogurt was spotted by Lucy W. in Tesco. Many thanks for the photo Lucy! It's described as a cheesecake flavour yogurt with a raspberry layer and chocolate brownie pieces. £0.68p at Tesco.

Boots Delicious Cranberry, Orange & Belgian White Chocolate Popcorn: Thanks also to Luci J. for this new find and photo. This combination of cranberry, orange and white chocolate is a really unique and interesting one. Luci said that it was really delicious and a great flavour for popcorn lovers. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for these next time I'm in Boots! £0.70p at Boots.

Thanks again to Lucy W. and Luci J. If you've spotted any new products instore then I'd love to hear from you - email or tweet me @grocerygems.

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