Friday, 2 October 2015

Degustabox September Review and a £6 Discount Code!

The September Degustabox may just be my favourite one yet (even though I'm sure I say that every month!). It's full of snacky delights as well as some really fab drinks and new products. 

This month Degustabox have doubled the discount code, offering a massive £6 off next month's box. That's a box packed full of surprise groceries for only £6.99p delivered. So if you've been thinking about giving Degustabox a whirl now is the the perfect time to give them a try!

Discount CodeBLDEG15

Each Degustabox costs £12.99 a month, which includes delivery, with no fixed contract involved. Degustabox have kindly provided my readers with the following Discount Code for £6.00 off your next Degustabox, bringing the cost to £6.99 delivered. Enter the code - BLDEG15

Here's a closer look and review of the products inside this months Degustabox:

Portlebay Popcorn: Award winning, artisan popcorn in two delicious flavours; Sweet & Salty and their brand new Cappuccino. Portlebay Popcorn is popped by hand in Devon using a splash of rapeseed oil, unrefined raw cane sugar and all natural seasonings. 

I've never tried Portlebay Popcorn before but I was pleased to find that the Sweet & Salty variety has the perfect balance of sweet flavour and salty edge. The Cappuccino popcorn is just such a wow flavour. It has a unique combination of sweet coffee flavour with a little chocolate and an unexpected hint of salt that is just delicious. I really loved this one and I'll be tracking down more from this range.

More Drinks: These drinks are great for anyone who doesn't like popping multivitamin pills. The More Drinks are made with spring water, natural flavours and no added sugar. There were two varieties included in the Degustabox, a Vitamin D Still Mango & Passionfruit and a Multivitamins Sparkling Lemon & Lime. The range is available in selected Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, WHSmith and Ocado.

I really liked the Still Mango & Passionfruit with it's sweet and refreshing tropical flavour. It's not just a hint of flavour, this tastes somewhere between a flavoured water and a squash. I can imagine buying these tasty drinks in the future if I feel like I need a vitamin boost.

UP&GO: This popular breakfast drink brand from Australia was launched in the UK earlier this year with the cheeky advertising campaign tagline 'Aussies Suck'. I received two flavours in the Degustabox; Vanilla & Chocolate. Each drink has a lovely sweet flavour and is packed with fibre, protein and calcium. It's basically a bowl of cereal in a drink.

Mallow And Marsh Raspberry Marshmallows: This is a box of three large 100% natural marshmallows. I have to say right from the start that I absolutely loved the sweet and fruity raspberry flavour here. I've tried a few brands of gourmet marshmallows but these delights from Mallow & Marsh (love that name!) are easily the best. Thank you Degustabox for introducing me to these!

The above photo shows just one of these marshmallows cut in half. Just look how fluffy and soft but also a little gooey they are! The texture is just divine but the fruity raspberry flavour is the real winner for me. I love raspberry as a flavour and it's used to perfection here. 

Bassetts Jelly Babies Berry Mix: A pack of Bassetts Jelly Babies which features their most popular flavours of Blackcurrant, Raspberry and Strawberry. The 190g bag contains only natural colours and flavourings.

As much as I like the citrus flavoured jelly babies it's lovely to have a selection of only the sweeter berry flavours. 

Maynards Wine Gums: Maynards is bringing back it's Red n' Black assortment as a permanent addition to it's range. Each pack features the popular wine gum flavours of Blackcurrant and Strawberry. I have to admit I'm not a fan of wine gums so I passed these along to a family friend who said she really enjoyed the simpler mix of flavours. 

Complete Energy Bites: These are low calorie chocolates that are infused with caffeine. One of these Complete Energy Bites is equal to one large premium coffee. They provide an instant boost that can improve alertness, endurance and physical energy. 

Each box  has six chocolate bites wrapped in their own little plastic tubs. They're recommended to be taken five minutes before physical exercise (or driving, studying or partying!) so I've given these to Mr. Grocery Gems who does a lot of 10k running. Each Energy bite has 44 calories and a whopping 135mg of caffeine.

Miracle Noodle: A range of low calorie, soy free, gluten free, vegan and non gmo, Shirataki noodles and rice. Shirataki noodle are made from konjac flour and are very low in calories and carbohydrates. This 200g pack of Miracle Noodles only contains 10 calories. I'm not really sure how I'm going to use these so if you have any recipe suggestions let me know in the comments - thanks!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: It probably goes without saying that I'm already a fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups so I was delighted to find two packs in this months Degustabox. 

Each pack has 3 delicious Reese's Peanut Butter - sweet peanut butter filling encased in milk chocolate. 

Sweet Sally Tea: This 'Winter Spice' black tea drink is flavoured with a hint of citrus and spice. It's a blend of organic Ceylon black tea, with Spanish oranges, Sicilian lemons, a touch of sugar and also cinnamon and cloves. I love iced teas and flavoured teas in general so I was really excited to try this one. The flavours are really well balanced and the black tea base is light and very refreshing. The citrus flavours add a little zesty freshness and sweetness. The cinnamon and cloves are both evident and each sip is deliciously spiced without being too overpowering. I would happily buy this again!

Overall, I loved the selection in this months Degustabox. There was a wonderful mix of useful items and indulgent confectionery treats. There are so many to mention, but my favourites this month were the Portlebay Popcorn, Sweet Sally Tea, Mallow & Marsh, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Get More vitamin drinks.

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

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Review: Mr Kipling Tiger Slices

A quick review of the new Tiger Slices from Mr. Kipling. I was quite surprised by these as Mr. Kipling have recently released plenty of new holiday-themed products, such as the Mr. Kipling Witches Hat Fancies and the Mr. Kipling Elf Slices. I'm not sure if the new Tiger Slices are a limited edition release, or if they are a permanent addition to the Mr. Kipling range, but I'll update here once I find out.

The Mr. Kipling Tiger Slices are described as orange flavoured and chocolate flavoured sponges, topped with a decorated orange coloured icing. Don't they look amazing? I love the striped sponge cake and the wavy tops, the whole thing looks very impressive.

The flavour is good too, although it's a much lighter chocolate and orange flavour than I was expecting. Mr Grocery Gems even called them 'slightly bland' but as I'm not really a fan of chocolate-orange, I was fine with the lighter flavour here. The orange flavour is certainly not as strong as the recent orange flavoured Mr. Kipling Witches fancies and thankfully they're far less sweet too. The texture seemed a little drier than the usual cake slices from Mr. Kipling which I often find quite greasy, but the cake itself is still nice and soft. 

Overall, even though the orange and chocolate flavours are not particularly strong, we still all enjoyed these new Tiger Slices from Mr. Kipling. Let me know if you've tried them!

Grocery Gems Review: Mr Kipling Tiger Slices

RATING7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
 111 calories per slice (29g).

Purchased: Asda.
Price: £1.00p.

New Instore: Mr. Kipling Tiger Slices, Müller Light Yogurts & More!

Mr Kipling Tiger Slices: Another day, another new Mr. Kipling cake. These new chocolate and orange flavoured slices have a gorgeous tiger stripe pattern and look grrreeeat! I'll have  review up soon. £1.50p at Asda.

Müller Light Coffee Shop Inspired Yogurts: The much missed Müller Light Skinny Cappuccino is back in a slightly new format along with another coffee flavoured yogurt - the new Skinny Latte. These yogurts are very popular with Slimming World followers and I'm sure they'll be flying off the shelves. £2.00p at Asda.

Müller Light Inspired by Florida: Thank you to Richard W. who spotted the new Muller Light Florida Key Lime Pie yogurts in Morrisons. It follows previous yogurts in this around the world range, such as the Müller Inspired by Bali and the Müller Light Inspired by Barbados. I like the idea of a Key Lime Pie flavoured yogurt and I'll be giving this one a try soon. $0.68p each at Morrisons.

Chicago Town The Pizza Melt: I've mentioned these before but this is the first time I've spotted it instore. The question is, is it a pizza or is it a burger? £1.25p at Asda.

Weetabix Protein Crunch Chocolate: Protein seems to be the new buzzword in the world of cereals. I know this Weetabix Protein Crunch has been available for awhile but for some reason my locals supermarkets haven't stocked it. Available in two flavours - chocolate and an original version. £2.98p at Asda.

Kellogg's Disney Variety Pack: I love these new mini boxes of the Kellogg's Frozen and Kellogg's Star Wars cereal - they're just too cute! There are also new Kellogg's Disney Multi-Grain Biscuits in this Frozen and Star Wars range which I'll be reviewing soon. £2.49p at Asda.

Chupa Chups Monstrous: Apologies for the terrible photo. These Halloween themed 'eye-ball' lollipops looked more interesting than usual as they are all 'colour changing'. The front of the packaging says 'lick to change the eye colour'. £1.00p at Asda.

Haribo Minions Gone Batty: I've previously reviewed the original Haribo Minions and Haribo Tangy Minions and I've been trying to find the bagged versions of the latest Halloween edition - Haribo Minions Gone Batty. So far I've only seen them available in this large tub. If you spot the bags then please do let me know in the comments below. Thank you! £2.00p at Asda.

If you've spotted any new products instore then I'd love to hear from you - email or tweet me @grocerygems.

Review: Old El Paso Restaurante Chicken Tinga Soft Taco Kit

I was recently sent a few recipe kits from the new Old El Paso Restaurante range. There are four Mexican inspired flavours available; Chicken Tinga, Baja Fish, Steak Carne Asada, and Pork El Pastor. I received the first two kits and decided to give the chicken one a go first. Chicken Tinga or "Tinga de Pollo" is inspired by a local street-food recipe from the Puebla region of Mexico. The Tinga flavour is a delicious combination of tomatoes, onions, garlic and chipotle chillies.

The Chiken Tinga kit comes with 10 mini flour tortillas as well as a Tinga Chiken seasoning and a Chipotle sauce. It also needs a few fresh ingredients; 500g chicken breasts and 1 onion. You can also add avocado, shredded lettuce and chopped coriander as suggested toppings.

The recipe itself is quite interesting compared to similar meal kits I've tried before. To get the shredded chicken needed for the finished tacos, the chicken breasts are first cooked whole in the sauce (yay - no chopping required!). Once cooked, the chicken breasts are then shredded with forks and added back to the sauce which then needs to be reduced down for a few minutes. It's all very quick and easy and creates a really succulent and flavourful chicken that tastes as if it's been marinading for ages!

The flour tacos are small but quite thick, and unfortunately they're not curved as they appear on the box. I'm sure there is some way to warm them up so they curve but I just served them as wraps. The Chicken Tinga flavour is really smokey and delicious, and combined with the chipotle sauce, creates a lovely zingy and flavourful meal. Everyone enjoyed the flavours and this will certainly be a meal kit I would buy in the future.

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Grocery Gems Review: Old El Paso Restaurante Chicken Tinga

RATING8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes - I'm looking forward to trying the Baja Fish next!
Purchased: Available at Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose Morrisons and Tesco.
Price: RRP - £3.79p .

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Review: Belvita Soft Bakes - Golden Grain & Red Berries

Belvita Soft Bakes are the newest addition to the popular Belvita range. As the name would suggest, the Belvita Soft Bakes, have a softer texture than traditional breakfast biscuits. Each Soft Bake is made with 5 wholegrains and provides a source of fibre. They're available in three flavours; Chocolate Chip, Golden Grain or Red Berries. 

Each box has five large soft bakes which are all individually foil-wrapped. 

Belvita Soft Bakes Red Berries: This one looks great, with plenty of visible berries and a lovely fruity aroma. The texture is soft, but not crumbly at all, it's more of a chewy softness. There is also an added texture from the inclusion of puffed cereal pieces and the chewier dried fruit. I really loved the fruity flavour here, which is mainly of a gorgeously sweet raspberry. 

Belvita Soft Bakes Golden Grains: The rest of the Grocery Gems household (who are not really fans of dried fruits) preferred the less sweet oaty flavour of the Golden Grains variety. I thought these had quite a strange texture at first. Without the added fruit pieces of the first variety, the crispy, yet chewy, cereal pieces in this Soft Bake seemed to be more prominent. It would have been better if these pieces were crunchier as the chewiness slightly spoils the overall soft texture somewhat. I was hoping the flavour might be similar to an oat flapjack, but since these don't contain any golden syrup they're not as sweet or buttery as a flapjack. The texture is also much lighter than a flapjack, but each Belvita Soft Bake is still very filling for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack. 

Grocery Gems Review: Belvita Soft Bakes

RATING7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes - especially the Red Berries variety.
 Golden Grains - 193 calories; Red Berries - 191 calories.

Purchased: Available at Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Tesco. The Chocolate Chip variety is available exclusively at Tesco until Jan 2016.
Price: RRP - £2.79p .

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