Saturday, 27 August 2016

Today's Review: Mentos Shakies

I often overlook Mentos, even though they're generally pretty tasty. It's a good thing I had a good glance at them in Poundland yesterday though, as I was greeted by this pack of "Shakies". They're milkshake flavoured Mentos, basically. The three flavour in these packs are strawberry, banana, and, strangely, enough, peach.

Yeah, a peach milkshake. Can't say I've ever had the real life version, but it sounded nice enough in sweet form. But let's start with the classics. The banana is very sweet and somewhat artificial tasting, but it's pretty much in line with any other banana flavoured sweet, so I can let that slide a little. The strawberry is a bit less pronounced, it's a mellow taste that is definitely strawberry, but it mixes in more with the milkshake elements of the sweet. The peach is probably my favourite, sitting nicely between the two, not too strong, not too weak, just a nicely bold, very peach-like flavour. Each one also has a lovely milky twist to them, so they do taste like shakes. I wouldn't say I'd pick these up over the regular fruit Mentos, but it's a nice little twist on the formula that is pulled off quite well. These are worth seeking out.

My rating: 4/5

Friday, 26 August 2016

Today's Review: Ben & Jerry's Wholly Couch

I tried out the new Ben & Jerry's Sofa So Good flavour last week, and while it wasn't a contender for the top spot, it was still Ben & Jerry's, so it was pretty good. I went back to Tesco and picked up its partner flavour, which is also sofa themed, entitled Wholly Couch. It consists of vanilla ice cream with caramelised pecans, blondie brownies and a salted caramel swirl.

I don't know why I get turned off at the idea of a vanilla ice cream in a Ben & Jerry's tub, they actually do it very well. It's a creamy, flavoursome ice cream that doesn't get in the way of all the other elements in the tub. Thankfully, the other bits are great. The pecans provide a great sweet, nutty flavour that lasts for a good few spoonfuls, and they pack a crunch that is very satisfying. The brownies are a marked improvement on those in the Sofa So Good, they're smaller and less stodgy, a nice chewy chunk of brownie with a good chocolate flavour. The caramel swirl provides a sweet undertone that brings it all together, making this an overall great tub of ice cream. It's not as outlandish or jam packed as some varieties, but it does everything well. If you're after a living room furniture themed Ben & Jerry's, I'd say this is the one to go for.

My rating: 5/5

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Today's Review: Vimto Still Remix

I've been after this one since I saw that advert with the two battling Vimtoads, so I guess that can be classed as effective advertising? Anyway, I finally found this in Sainsbury's, and it's a still Vimto drink, but with pineapple, mango and strawberry flavours instead of the norm. Pineapple and mango are my kind of thing, so I was quite looking forward to a more tropical Vimto.

The pineapple is pretty strong, that's the main thing I can say about this. It's a nice enough pineapple I guess, but it's quite overwhelming, and a little too artificially sweet. I know I can't expect pure pineapple juice, but this is just a little off. If the other flavours were in balance it would be alright, but the mango and strawberry are very much in the back seat. There are hints of them here and there, and they were quite nice when I picked them up, but overall this drink isn't all that great. Maybe they should re-mix it up some more.

My rating: 2/5

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Today's Review: Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough

The Kit Kat Chunky is one of those bars I've been consistently impressed with. They started out with a fantastic formula of a thicker Kit Kat, and everything they've added into it since then has been delicious. They were doing peanut butter chocolate in the UK years ago, and that bar is still one of my favourites. But now there's a new bar on the scene, it's a Kit Kat Chunky with cookie dough in it. How could it go wrong?

The short answer is that it can't. Look at that nice big layer of cookie dough there. It's good stuff too, it has a nice gritty texture, with a lovely doughy flavour, and chocolate chips scattered throughout. Even with the thick chocolate on the outside of the Kit Kat itself, the cookie dough comes through, with an extra crunch provided by the classic wafer. Although it's quite a substantial amount of dough, I didn't find it sickly, it's just a great, chocolatey cookie delight, a fantastic addition to a great range. I hope it sticks around.

My rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Today's Review: Strawberry Cheesecake Oreo

New Oreos are always an exciting thing. Well, apart from the last time, when the peanut butter variety turned out to be a bit disappointing. But hey, everyone deserves a second chance, and these strawberry cheesecake ones sounded pretty great. Even regular cheesecake would have been enough, but the addition of strawberry is something else.

These are pretty good actually, not perfect, but they're a hell of a lot better than the peanut butter. The filling has a definite strawberry flavour, though it is a little artificial. The cheesecake element is pretty good, a creamy, sweet edge that gives it quite a unique flavour. It all works pretty nicely with the cookie, I wouldn't normally say a strawberry chocolate cheesecake would be that great a combination, but it's pretty good in biscuit form. This is a nice, interesting addition to the Oreo range, definitely better than the peanut butter, I hope these stick around for longer than a limited edition.

My rating: 4/5

Monday, 22 August 2016

Today's Review: Kit Kat Bites

These are Kit Kat Bites. They are bite sized Kit Kat fingers. Observe:

There's really not much to say about these, as you could probably gather. They are literally miniature Kit Kat fingers. Same taste, same composition, but bite size. Now, this is not a bad thing, chocolate pouches of bite sized versions of other chocolate bars have been pulled off quite well, just check out Cadbury's range. But most of these pouches do something a little different. Crunchie has the clusters, the Twix and Mars opted for a spherical iteration of their chocolate bars. These are just smaller Kit Kats. There has already been a Kit Kat based sharing bag on the market, in the form of Pop Choc, and they changed up the formula in a very decent way. Even though these are still nice, they're just boring in comparison. I hope that these aren't a replacement for the Pop Choc, it would be sad for them to sink into blandness. 

My rating: 3/5 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Today's Review: Dairylea Pepperoni Pizza Lunchables

Since I haven't been to school in a long time, Lunchables fail to excite me in the way they used to. But I did get a quick thrill when I laid my eyes upon this new pepperoni pizza variety. It's like your regular Lunchables, but the ham is pepperoni, and the crackers taste like pizza! Sounds like a winning combination to me.

I wouldn't say the crackers taste a whole lot like pizza. They're herby, with a hint of tomato, but it's not particularly strong. The pepperoni is a nice enough touch, but it's not the best you'll find, it's a little bland, I was expecting a bit more spice I suppose. These cheese is your standard processed stuff, chewy sliced cheese goodness, it's a good thing they've highlighted them as "cheese food slices" so we still know that it's actually food. You know, I don't see how kids can get so worked up over Lunchables, this stuff just isn't good. I mean, it's adequate for shoving something in your face, but the whole thing was quite dry. Maybe with some tomato sauce these would be more like pizza, but as they are they're just dry and flavourless. Plus, look at that picture on the packaging. Why would you stack it up like that? I constructed a three cracker tower, and that was hard enough to fit in my fully grown mouth, a child would find that monstrosity impossible. 

I may have felt a pang of excitement when I stumbled upon these Lunchables, but that has long gone. These will definitely not earn a permanent place in my lunch box.

My rating: 2/5