Monday, 5 October 2015

Westin Gourmet Online Meat

As my readers may know, I recently quit sugar, and it's been tough to stay off it with so many new snacks in the shops, and so I've found myself in search of more healthier foods and snacks! One thing I've been getting into a lot recently is grass fed meat. Grass fed meat is popular with those following The Paleo Diet, as it contains more nutrition and healthy fats compared to meats fed on grains. It also tastes muuuuch better! 

I was recently contacted by Westin Gourmet who actually deliver quality grass fed meats online, which is a great idea since it can be so difficult to find good meat locally. They do a nice range from poultry, beef, lamb, pork, burgers, sausages, steaks as well as seafood and cheese. All their meat is responsibly sourced, British and with high welfare standards and they've even won a Great Taste Award for 2015. The meat arrives chilled upon delivery, and is never frozen.

To peruse Westin Gourmet's meats check out

I'm hoping to try some of their stuff soon, and will hopefully have a review up shortly!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Licktators Jiggy Pop Popcorn Ice Cream

Recently, Heron Foods started selling some of The Licktators ice creams for only £1.50 a tub, so naturally I couldn't say no to giving them a try! The flavours include the "John Lemon" lemon curd ice cream which I reviewed previously, a praline chocolate variety and also this "Jiggy Pop" popcorn flavour. I haven't tried a popcorn ice cream since Butterkist brought out their own ice cream, which sadly now seems to have been discontinued. Boo!

This ice cream contains pieces of popcorn, toffee sauce, and crunchy caramel pieces and is absolutely delicious! I previously complained that the Marshmallow Law variety was a little boring and needed something extra to jazz it up, well I certainly can't complain of that here! All the elements work perfectly together, the popcorn pieces add a nice crunch, the toffee adds gooey delicious sweetness and the caramel pieces add extra crunchy sweetness, all wrapped in delicious creamy ice cream. For £1.50 this is an absolute steal, and nicer than a lot of other ice creams out there.

Overall, this is a fantastic ice cream from The Licktators. I hope to see more of their interesting flavoyrs in shops, and hopefully not at the extortionate prices The Co Op charge for them!

RATING: 8.5 out of 10. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Thorntons Toasted Marshmallow Truffles

Last (but not least) of my reviews of the new limited edition Thorntons chocolates are these Toasted Marshmallow Truffles. They cost £1 a bag (or two for £1.60) at Wh Smiths. The other two flavours are Candyfloss Truffles and Toffee Apple Caramels, and you can vote for the ones you want to remain on shelves via Thorntons website:

These are described as "marshmallow flavour truffle dipped in dark and milk chocolate, sprinkled with coconut". I wasn't quite sure what to exoect from a marshmallow truffle since marshmallows are mostly just sugar and gelatin...

Turns out they were very tasty, I'm not sure they tasted of marshmallow really but they were very creamy with a lovely coconut edge. In fact it was the coconut combined with the richer dark chocolate that made these stand out to me, they were very moreish and the sweet truffle contrasted very nicely with the richer chocolate coating.

Overall, these are some tasty truffles and if you like coconut chocolates I'd recommend giving them a try. They won't be getting my vote out of the three flavours, but I liked them a lot more than the Candyfloss variety.

RATING: 8 out of 10.

Have you tried these new Thorntons chocolates? If so which flavour was your favourite? 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Thorntons Toffee Apple Caramels

Thorntons have brought out some new limited edition chocolates, available directly from their stores or Wh Smiths. I highly recommend only buying them from WH Smiths though as they're much cheaper there! The flavours include Candyfloss Truffles (which I reviewed yesterday), Toasted Marshmallow Truffles and these Toffee Apple Caramels. You can vote for the flavour you want to remain on shelves via Thorntons website:

These are described as "soft gooey caramels flavoured with apple juice and wrapped in milk chocolate", and as you can see in my pics, they seem to have attracted the attention of the local pigeons!

I can see why the pigeons were so interested...these are some tasty caramels! I wasn't a fan of the Candyfloss truffles in this range as they were so sweet, however these were perfect. They're runny, gooey soft caramels which is always the best type in my opinion, with a lovely refreshing apple tang. The flavour actually works well, it's not too weak or strong, and gives a perfectly balanced toffee apple taste. The chocolate is rich enough to balance out the sweet caramel (30% cocoa), but is still milky and comforting, as Thorntons chocolate tends to be.

Overall, these are some very tasty chocolates and they're the ones to get my vote out of these new flavours. If you love toffee apples, these are definitely worth a try!

RATING: 8.5 out of 10.

Stay tuned for my review of the Toasted Marshmallow Truffles in this range! 

Monday, 7 September 2015

Thorntons Candyfloss Truffle Chocolates

Recently I spotted a new range of limited edition Thorntons chocolates at WH Smiths, so naturally I couldn't resist giving them a try, not when the flavours are as interesting as these! They include Toffee Apple Caramels, Toasted Marshmallow Truffles and also these Candyfloss Parfait Truffles. You can vote for the flavour you want to stay on shelves via Thorntons website

These are described as "Candyfloss flavour parfait in white chocolate with pink sugar sprinkles", but the filling also contains raspberry powder to give it that pink colour. They cost £1 a bag, or you can get them on offer of 2 for £1.60 at Wh Smiths. Weirdly, they cost £3 a bag in actual Thorntons stores!

They're nice and there's a definite sweet raspberry flavour, but it's very sugar dominated! That's all I could really taste, which I guess is no surprise since Candyfloss is pretty much just sugar. The white chocolate was overpowered by the filling, which is saying something since white chocolate is very sweet anyway. These really are sugar bombs!

Overall, I think these Candyfloss chocolates are a nice idea that don't really work in practice. They look good but they're just far too sweet to be enjoyable. 

RATING: 6 out of 10

Stay tuned for a review of the Toffee Apple & Marshmallow varieties which were much nicer!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Licktators John Lemon Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Heron Frozen Foods have recently been selling some new ice creams from The Licktators for the bargainous price of only £1.50 a tub, so naturally, I simply couldn't refuse to try them! The flavours included are Lemon Curd, Popcorn and Chocolate Praline.

Like all The Licktators ice creams, it comes with a pun in the name...this one is John Lemon, presumably to tie in with the "British" theme The Licktators love so much?

Whilst I "imagine" some John Lenon fans (and possibly Yoko Ono) might be incensed by this change of name, I think it adds an amusing touch. But what's most important of course is the taste...and I think John would've approved of such a delicious ice cream!

This is simply one of the nicest ice creams I've had in ages, but then maybe I'm just easily pleased! It's a simple vanilla ice cream with lots of tangy lemon curd sauce rippled through, and there's a generous amount of it too. It's very strong and refreshing and if you love lemon curd tarts as I do, you'll adore this; it works beautifully!

My only gripe is they use a thickener called carrageenan in the ingredients - this is a type of seaweed which can cause stomach upset in sensitive types (like myself!) - just google it if you want to know the gory details - but needless to say, it's not a good additive. I did suffer some tummy upset after eating this, and I don't usually have troubles with ice creams like Haagen Dazs since they don't use such thickeners, so I could definitely tell the difference.

Sensitivity aside, the carrageenan likely won't be a problem for most people, and this is such a tasty ice cream I can overlook it on this occasion, but be aware of it if you do have food sensitivities. This still gets a big thumbs up from me - be sure to look out for The Licktators ice cream in Heron Foods, or The Co Op (unfortunately The Co Op charge extortionate prices - boo!)

RATING: 7.5 out of 10. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Haagen Dazs Vanilla & Florentine Almond Orange Caramel (limited edition)

Recently I broke my "sugar free" diet and went on a mini snacks binge, so since Heron Frozen Foods were selling these limited edition Haagen Dazs I couldn't resist giving them a try. I loooove Haagen Dazs ice cream, it's probably even nicer than Ben and Jerrys for quality. This limited edition is one I've only seen in Waitrose before; I'm not sure if it was meant to be a Summer Edition, but it seems it's now being discontinued so these probably won't be in shops again for a while.

It's basically regular vanilla Haagen Dazs with chunks of almond florentine and swirls of orange flavoured caramel.

The combination is very interesting and naturally very tasty thanks to the delicious Haagen Dazs ice cream, but I'm not sure it works perfectly as a combination. It's not something I would choose over other Haagen Dazs flavours, but it's something that's nice to try as a one-off. I can see why they're only limited edition. 

Overall, this is a nice change from the regular Haagen Dazs flavours but it's not the best. I wouldn't miss it if it never makes a return...I hope they try something different for their next limited edition, perhaps they could try cinnamon or something like that.

RATING: 7.5 out of 10.