Saturday, 31 October 2015

Limited Edition Nescafé Lattes

Starbucks​ is a little like a coffee-scented calendar. You don't need leaves or trees, because Starbucks does an excellent job of letting you know where you are in the year. For instance, right now, I know I'm in the thick of Halloween because Starbucks is selling the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but when the Christmas beverages come back on the menu, I'll know it's time to start thinking about buying gifts (panic) and feeling festive. According to the Countdown to Red Cups’ website, the date to mark in your diaries is Tuesday, November 3 so get your taste buds ready. But if you fancy a seasonal cuppa and don't want to leave your house, then Nescafé gives you a couple of options: comforting Gingerbread Latte or aromatic Mint Mocha with rich chocolatey undertones. 
£2.99 for a box of 8 sachets (which is about the same price as 1 Starbucks seasonal latte), Tesco

Cuckoo Bircher Muesli

A glorious blend of chunky fruit, British jumbo oats, creamy yoghurt and super-food linseed available in a fantastic variety of highly original taste sensations : Elderflower & Cranberry with blueberry & blackcurrant compote, Coconut & Mango with a tropical twist of lime and ginger, Apple & Cinnamon spice with plump and juicy flame raisins, Apricot & Madagascan Vanilla with a tangy raspberry compote and lastly, there's one to prove that you can have satisfy your chocolate cravings and be healthy simultaneously: Choco Sour Cherry with a smooth layer of Madagascan Vanilla. 

 £1.50 each, Waitrose

Mini Ice Cream Fondue

What an original idea. This new product from Tesco includes six plain vanilla flavour mini ice cream lollies. The kit also includes chocolate drops to melt for dipping your lollies, and pots of coloured sugar strands and dark, milk and white chocolate coated cereal balls. Either eat there and then as a gooey fondue mess, or (if you can resist the temptation) leave to cool by putting the dipped ice creams in the fridge for original, jazzed-upped choc-ices. 
£2.49, Tesco

Friday, 30 October 2015

Ben & Jerry's Cinnamon Buns Ice Cream

This is another of Ben & Jerry's seasonal offerings, although I'm not sure why it's so seasonal, because Cinnamon Buns are a treat worth celebrating all year round. This cool salute to cinnamon buns is sensationally cinnamon sweet, super cinnamon swirled & so deliriously dough-loaded, there's no telling where the cinnamon buns end or the caramel ice cream begins.You may think it couldn't get any sweeter, but it can! Because this fun flavour is also fairtrade certified - happy days!
£2.24, Asda

Ben & Jerry's Cinnamon Buns Ice Cream

Muller Corner: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie

What a classic. An American classic! But I certainly don't mind if means both cheesecake AND brownie combined in a yogurt. The yogurt is cheesecake flavour and there's also a raspberry layer. There are BOTH digestive AND chocolate brownie pieces to mix in. It's almost as if the guys at Muller had an couldn't agree which classic American treat to put into their latest concoction. I like to imagine that they had punch-ups and slanging matches in the offices at Muller HQ, but nobody won and this is the result. We thank both the cheesecake guys and the brownie guys for their persistence.
Currently 60p, Waitrose

Crosta & Mollica Street Pizza

Hot on the heels of the release of Dr Oetker's calzone pizza, Crosta & Mollica have launched a range of folded pizzas inspired by Italian street food. They're rather more sophisticated that Dr Oetker's calzone. In fact, they're a LOT more sophisticated; they're the proper Italian-style thin crispy pizza as opposed to the American style bread-like loaded pizza. The range has three flavours: Margherita, Americana (salami, mozzerella & tomato) and Tonno Rosso (tuna, tomato and red onion). Great for pizza-on-the-go!
£1.59, Waitrose

crosta and mollica folded pizza

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Rice Pudding, but not as you know it!

Some like it hot. Some like it cold. Everyone likes it naughty. It's time to shake things up with the rice pudding revival. These rice pudding pots from Naughty but Rice are deliciously indulgent and certainly give Muller Rice a good run for their money.  Let's face it, you can't always be good. Both Muller Rice and this new brand share the salted caramel flavour, but you can also try refreshing coconut & raspberry or good old chocolate orange.
£1., Morrisons

Fiery Vindaloo Supernoodles

Think you can handle the heat? Test yourself with these new Fiery Vindaloo Supernoodles!
81p, Morrisons

New Crisps and Snacks

While surfing the Ocado site a little while ago, I stumbled across a range of new crisps and products and thought that I should investigate. These are my findings.... 

Metcalfe's Popcorn Crisps
These popcorn crisp are the macho nacho cousin of Metcalfe's best-selling popcorn. Each and every popcorn crisp is flash griddled to ensure more crunch and flavour and less fat than a typical crisp. These popcorn crisps combine the crunch of crisps and the lightness of popcorn in one satisfying snack. 
Available in original, sweet chilli and cheese.
89p per bag, Ocado

OriginalSweet ChilliSay Cheese

Taking the Pea
Have you ever wished that peas came in your favourite crisp flavours? No, me neither. But apparently the guy behind this innovative new snack did. So we now have 'Taking the Pea', which are dried peas liberally seasoned available in 4 familiar flavours; Wacky Wasabi (of course), Smoked Ham, Sweet Chilli Salsa and Cheesy Peasy & Onion.
£1.50 for 40g, Ocado

Emporium of Tyrrells Tortillas
All hail the Emporium of Tyrrells, where extraordinary morsels are celebrated... like these unashamedly hexagonal corn tortillas. Double the sides; double the joy. Wonderfully punchy, six-sided chilli corn tortillas crafted with delightfully piquant, properly chopped jalapeño. An altogether edgier nibble. There are two variants; chilli with jalapeno and sour cream with poppy seeds. I like the originality of the latter.
Currently £1.09 from Ocado

Tabasco Popcorn
Like your popcorn to have a kick? Tabasco Sauce  pairs perfectly with savory snacks like Sweet Chili Cheese Popcorn or Sweet Chilli BBQ Popcorn.
£1.59, Ocado

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Limited Edition: Tilda Firecracker

This will certainly awaken your senses! Steamed grains of Tilda Basmati with a blend of vibrant, natural ingredients including; red chilli, ginger, Szechuan pepper, soy sauce and garlic to add a little heat to your favourite Asian dishes. It has a distinctive warmth and smokiness.

£1.00, Waitrose

Cadbury Snowy Delight Pots of Joy

They're back, which must mean that Christmas is coming. Enjoy with it this Christmassy chilled dessert made with melted Cadbury Dairy Milk. Smooth & creamy Cadbury white chocolate dessert over a Cadbury milk chocolate dessert layer.
£1.00 for pack of 4, Asda

Cadbury Dairy Milk Snowy Delight Pots of Joy

Warburtons Giant Crumpets

You can now get crumpets the size of your actual face in your local supermarket. I KNOW, it’s just too much!
This thrilling crumpet innovation is the work of Warburtons, who claim that their giant crumpets are just under double the size of a regular one. So there you have it – now you’ll never have to fish a crumpet out from the bottom of your toaster with a wooden spoon again.

70p for a pack of 2, Sainsbury's

(Picture: Warburtons)

Eat Natural 'Light & Lovely'

Good news for those who are watching their waistlines.... Eat Natural has finally realized the plight of dieters and released a lower-calorie option. They've called it 'light and lovely'. At the moment there's only one flavour, but I reckon there's potential for a whole range of light and lovely bars. The flavour is red apple and chia seeds and is available in a single bar from Boots, or as a four-bar multipack in Waitrose (£2.18).

Limited Edition Popchips

New to the range of healthy, air-popped crsisps are sea salt, garlic & rosemary and sea salt, caramelised onion & thyme . In both cases there certainly isn't any compromise on the flavour; they are well-balanced and very authentic. Both flavours are available in 85g sized sharing bags
Waitrose, £1
Popchips unveil two new flavours

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Starbucks Autumn Drinks

The temperature’s dropping and this means one thing – new autumn coffees, Frappuccinos and mulled drinks on the menu.
Key coffee bulletin one – the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s back in an adorable autumn-themed cup.

Key coffee bulletin two – there’s a new, bonkers frozen beverage in town for Halloween – the Vampire Frappuccino. The Vampire Frappuccino is a creme-based mocha Frappuccino blended with strawberry sauce out from October 26 to November 1, costing £3.50. So get it while it’s hot (or cold!!).

Key coffee bulletin three – a new range of Mulled Fruit drinks are coming, the first of which are Hot Mulled Grape and Hot Mulled Apple. The mulled drinks are a mix of Tazo chai and fruit concentrate, topped with a cinnamon stick and a slice of apple or orange.

New Covent Garden Soup co. Flavour of the Month

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble (well soup kettles anyway). This Halloween the New Covent Garden Soup Co. have stirred up a storm and created a spooky twist on cream of pumpkin soup. A silky blend of pumpkin, carrot, tomatoes, single cream and Blood orange for a bit of added bite - not forgetting a touch of garlic to keep the Vampires at bay. All round this soup is deliciously warming - perfect to serve at any trick or treat bash. So fire up your lanterns, get set for some apple bobbing and enjoy this pumpkin potion.
£2.00, Sainsbury's

Scream of Pumpkin

Tesco Treats

If you're after something a little different for Christmas, then check out what I've spotted on the shelves recently...

Crunchy toffee with roasted cashew nuts and sea salt
All butter fudge with maple syrup and sea salt
£1.25, Tesco

White Chocolate Caramel Shortcakes
Spiced Tiffin Bites 
£1.50 for 9, Tesco

Tesco Christmas White Chocolate Caramel Shortcake 9 PackTesco Christmas Spiced Tiffin Bite 9Pk

Gingerbread Cupcakes: Ginger sponge cakes filled with toffee sauce, topped with ginger icing and a sugar decoration.
Yule Log Cupcakes: Chocolate flavoured sponge cakes filled with chocolate flavoured sauce, topped with chocolate flavoured frosting and a chocolate flake. Ring a ding ding.

Tesco Yule Log Cupcakes 2 PackTesco Gingerbread Cupcakes 2 Pack

Monday, 26 October 2015

Proper pops

Yes, these are yet another air 'popped' crisp. They're popped under pressure and don't go near a fryer, but that's not what makes these so great. These are revolutionary. They're made from casein, a slow-release protein derived from milk, so they're loaded with enough protein, calcium and fibre to make super foods pale in comparison. Plus they have almost 90% less fat than you're average crisp. And what's even better is that you don't have to go to a health food shop to get your hands on them; they're available from Sainsbury's (although currently only in the Lemongrass & Chilli flavour).
£1.50 for a small(ish) tub. 

Proper Pops

Nomadic Strawberry & Pomegranate

The yogurts from Nomadic take their inspiration from the Eastern Mediterranean, which is famed for traditionally thick eating yogurts. So naturally this latest drinking yogurt is blissfully smooth and creamy, but delightfully refreshing and full of both strawberry and pomegranate flavours because it contains real fruit compote. 
£1.49 for 330ml in Tesco

Nomadic Strawberry &Pomegranate Yoghurt To Drink 330Ml

Carte D'Or Chocolate Hazelnut Log

Forget the Arctic Roll. Forget the Baked Alaska. Sooooo last year. Meet the new guy in town: Carte D'Or Chocolate Hazelnut Log. It's dark chocolate ice cream and hazelnut ice cream with pieces of caramelised hazelnut and dark chocolate, milk chocolate sauce and biscuit, with a chocolate flavour coating and topped with golden dark chocolate curls and a golden chocolate leaf. For serious chocoholics only. 

           £4.00, Waitrose

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Christmas Crisps

Simply tasting these fine new additions to the Kettle Chips family will have you humming Christmas carols and writing your Christmas cards already! Yup, they're practically Christmas in a bag.
Choose from Beef, Red Wine & Shallot, or White Stilton & Cranberry Relish.
£2.00 each in Sainsbury's.

If you're hungry for more festive flavours, then stop by Tesco because you've got a few to choose from...

Roast Turkey with Herb & Onion Stuffing, or the sweet, delicate Elderberry with Prosecco.  If you like a sweetness to your crisps, then you'll also enjoy Brie & Cranberry.

Tesco Finest Limited Edition Roast Turkey And Stuffing Crisp 150GTesco Finest Limited Edition Prosecco Elderberry Crisps 150GTesco Finest Limited Edition Brie And Cranberry Crisps 150G

The Prosecco and Elderberry crisps are very similar to Marks & Spencers Winter Berries & Prosecco with fizz and sparkle.

WAIT! There's more!

Tyrrells Merry Crisp-mas
A merry medley of naturally red and white potatoes cooked to a festive crunch and perfectly seasoned with a sprinkling of sea salt.
£2.99, Tesco

Marks & Spencers Maple & Pancetta Parsnip Crisps

New Cereal Bars

Kind Bars
Available in 3 flavours:
Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt is a sweet and salty blend of pecans, almonds, peanuts and a sprinkle of sea salt, bound together with a touch of maple syrup.
Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt is a sweet and salty blend of almonds, peanuts, walnuts and a sprinkle of sea salt, bound together with a touch of honey and drizzled in chocolate.
Caramel Almond & Sea Salt is a sweet and salty combination of caramel & sea salt drizzled over whole almonds, bound together with a touch of honey.

£1.29 each in Tesco - extortionate for one cereal bar if you ask me.

Perkier Quinoa Bars
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is the queen bee in the land of health food. Chuck in some other superfoods and you're on to a winner. That's what makes these new cereal bars from Perkier a hit....
The three variants on stock in Asda are: Cacao & Cashew, Goji & Cranberry and Cashew, Chia & Pumpkin Seed. 
75p each in Asda

Perkier Cacao & Cashew Quinoa BarPerkier Goji & Cranberry Quinoa Bar
Perkier Cashew

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