Monday, 19 February 2018

Today's Review: Daim Orange

Daim is one of those classic chocolate bars that don't seem to have undergone any changes for a long time. Apart from the fact that they used to be called Dime, they're still that good old smooth on the outside, crunchy on the inside (not to be confused with armadillos). But now there's an orange Daim bar, which is like a regular Daim bar, but with orange chocolate.

A simple change, sure, but it's a welcome one. I do love a bit of orange chocolate, and this stuff is pretty good. It is a little overwhelming with the orange flavouring, especially in the initial stages of chewing. But once the caramel centre kicks in, it all comes together quite nicely into some crunchy, chocolatey orange goodness. A neat little twist on a classic chocolate bar. Pick them up while you still can.

My rating: 4/5

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Today's Review: Diet Coke Feisty Cherry

After trying the Exotic Mango Diet Coke the other day, I was on the hunt for the Peach Coke Zero. Unfortunately, while I found a standee dedicated to the new flavours, it was only populated by this new Feisty Cherry Diet Coke. Now, I'm pretty sure Cherry Diet Coke was already a thing, so I'm not sure what they want to accomplish by putting "Feisty" in the name. I'm pretty sure it was a re-branding for the new American Diet Coke flavours, but I figured I'd pick up a bottle and see if the formula has been re-worked.

They've done something to this drink, that's for sure. It's not good. It smells a little of cherry, and the initial taste is there a little, but it soon gives way to a chemical flavour, and for some reason it burns my tongue and throat after I've drunk it. Forget the feisty, this Coke is fiery, and I don't know why. Cherry Diet Coke was already fine, it wasn't the best, but it was alright for a diet drink. I don't know what they've done to this, but it's nowhere near the same league. It's a chemical tasting sweetened mess that leaves my throat on fire. That's not what I want from a refreshing drink at all. Coke have really dropped the ball on this one.

My rating: 1/5

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Today's Review: My Missing "V" Key

My laptop is slowly disintegrating, as is the fashion when I have small children who use it on occasion. When I bought it my "V" key was somewhat loose, but easy enough to snap back on if it became detached. Ah, the perils of buying second-hand. But now the kids have had their way with this thing, the key has fully come off, and is nowhere to be seen, leaving a gaping hole where the "V" should be.

Thankfully it still works, I just need to shove my fingertip somewhat forcefully into the hole to type the appropriate letter. Some may say it's not a huge loss, "V" isn't exactly one of the most common letters, but just look how much I've just used it. Basically, losing any key is a pain, it's a disruption in the typing flow that I've developed over the years, it's jarring having to change the angle and pressure that I apply to every other key just to get that one letter of the alphabet. I suppose I should stop being lazy and just order another key, but while it's annoying, it's not quite annoying enough to be entirely frustrating. Just mildly inconvenient, and that, perhaps, is the worst of all.

My rating: 1/5

Friday, 16 February 2018

Today's Review: Vimto Lolly Mixture

I love Vimto sweets, they've tackled a lot of different varieties and done a pretty good job at all of them. I picked up this bag of Vimto lollies in Home Bargains the other day, and it's a pretty great way to get that Vimto fix in small bursts. These come in cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant flavours, much like the drinks, and I have to say, they're put together very well. Every lolly has that distinctive taste you can link to the classic Vimto flavours, and there are a lot of lollies packed into this bag. The blackcurrant ones in particular are good, there's a variety in there with added fizziness which makes it even better. A pretty fantastic bag of lollies, I'm hoping I can keep some on hand for a while, great for a sweet little pick-me-up.

My rating: 5/5

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Today's Review: Walkers Sensations Sweet Chilli Prawn Crackers

As the Beach Boys once said, "I'm snacking on new Sensations." I may be paraphrasing, but it does adequately describe me right now, in the wake of not one, but two new varieties of Sensations hitting the shelves. There's a carribean jerk chicken version of the regular crisps, but these ones piqued my interest more, some sweet chilli prawn crackers. I'm used to the greasy ones you get with your Chinese, which are fine, but I was hoping these would add a little bit of finesse.

These are some clean tasting crackers, no greasiness in sight, and a satisfying crunch when you bite into them. The prawn is evident straight away, it's not an outrageously strong flavour, and it sticks around for quite a while. There are a few spices chucked in there to add a bit of an exotic taste, but the heat doesn't particularly present itself in the initial stage. After eating a few I started to feel a certain amount of spiciness that is still slightly present in the after taste, but I was hoping for a simultaneous prawn and chilli experience. Still, these are some really nice prawn crackers, well worth a try.

My rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Today's Review: Diet Coke Exotic Mango

Happy Valentine's day! I'm sure you've all had enough of the lovey dovey sentiment by now, so let's move from the erotic to the exotic. Exotic mango to be exact, which is the interesting new flavour of Diet Coke that's hit the shelves. I've been a bit of a mango fiend of late, so as soon as I heard about this flavour I rushed out to grab one, thankfully finding it in my nearest Tesco Express. 

This is definitely an ambitious flavour for good old Coca Cola, maybe one they should have tackled in a full sugar drink before moving onto the diet version. Still, this is a decent effort, despite being sugar free the mango flavour is emulated pretty well, it's instantly apparent and a pretty nice fruit flavour. It does dissipate eventually, leaving behind that sweetener-like taste, but at least while it lasts this bottle has some nice tropical fruity undertones. Not perfect by any means, but an interesting new addition to the range. Now to track down that peach Coke Zero I've heard about...

My rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Today's Review: Lamps With Weird Toggle Switches Close To The Bulb

I don't own a lot of lamps, but I do realise their usefulness. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of light to read a book or not stumble blindly around the room. Most lamps have a fairly easy to locate switch, normally along the wire that leads to the socket. But some lamps are baffling, and have that weird plastic toggle switch that blends in with the rest of the lamp, making you fumble blindly in order to get a bit of light.

I guess it makes sense from an aesthetic standpoint. Camouflaging the switch prevents some bulky switch sticking out of the sleek wire. But logistically it's not effective. Sometimes I spend a lot longer than I need to fumbling for a switch, and when I'm turning the ring off the switch's proximity to the bulb means it's really hot. I just don't like these cryptic switches. Give me something simple, and visible.

My rating: 1/5