Friday, 16 March 2018

Today's Review: Chee Zees

I don't know if these are Chee Zees or Cheezees, but I'll assume they're separate words due to the packaging. I picked up this bag in Tesco, in the American food section, for a very cheap 60p. I was hoping they'd be similar to Cheetos, and thankfully they are. In particular, they taste a lot like Crunchy Cheetos, which are my favourite kind of Cheetos. This bag contains some fairly sizeable, nobbly crunchy sticks that pack a lovely bold, cheesy flavour. 

I tried to differentiate how they were different from the big brand, but without a side by side comparison, I must say that I was pretty blown away by these. I mean, Crunchy Cheetos are available in the UK now, so these will set you back more, but I think the tiny bags of Cheetos you get here have disappointingly thin sticks, while the Chee Zees are satisfyingly thick, much like the massive bags of Cheetos you can pick up in the US. So this is a great way to get that cheesy, crunchy fix without breaking the bank. They even leave that telltale dust all over your fingers, it's an authentic Cheeto experience for a fraction of the price.

My rating: 5/5

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Today's Review: Mr. Kipling Unicorn Slices

Yeah, I bought unicorn slices, big whoop, wanna fight about it? I picked these up not only because they looked interesting, but because my daughter is really into unicorns right now. That's only a good thing, because you can get anything in a unicorn theme at the moment, and these slices are just the icing on the cake... on the cake? Anyway, these cake slices aren't so much unicorn-like as rainbow-coloured, but since rainbows and unicorns seem to go hand in hand I guess it all makes sense somehow.

There's really not much to say about these, they're pretty much just a shameless cash in on the unicorn craze. Essentially they're angel slices, but with different colours. They're not even that rainbow-themed, just a mix of pink, purple and yellow. Clearly they know what they're doing with the branding, because my daughter ate these up, quite literally. But I see through your sham, Mr. Kipling. You could have at least have added something in marshmallow or candy floss flavoured. I guess they could have as much to do with unicorns as anything else. But no, just repackaged angel slices, and they're slightly smaller too! What a cheek. Maybe pick up a box for the unicorn enthusiast in your life, but I don't think they're worth it.

My rating: 1/5

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Today's Review: Barratt Sour Bon Bons

Here's a quick review of this bag I grabbed in Poundland, and seeing as I like both bon bons and sour sweets, I had some high expectations. These come in four fruity flavours, you've got lemon, apple, cherry and raspberry (which is blue, obviously). To be fair, they are quite sour upon the first taste, but unfortunately it fades once the initial coating has been licked off. What's underneath is fairly decent, quite chewy, and packing a fair amount of fruity flavour. The cherry and raspberry are good, but the others seem to trail off after a few good chews. This is sort of a mixed bag, everything is okay, but I know that they could have done better. Maybe a bit more variety, a bit more flavouring, and definitely some more sour stuff chucked in there, and these could have been great. Worth trying for £1, but don't expect too much.

My rating: 3/5

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Today's Review: Snacks 101 Sriracha Popcorn

Spicy popcorn is a fairly new thing, but I've tried out a few over the last few years. Here we have a bag from Snacks 101, which is apparently the first baked popcorn, made with coconut oil, and only 49 calories per cup! How healthy! But blurb aside, how does the stuff taste?

This popcorn is a little weird, the texture isn't all that great, I'll put it down to the baked element, and I guess the coconut oil. It's a little soft, and when I think of great popcorn I imagine that satisfying crunch. It's not overly sweet either, which I guess is what contributes to the low calorie count. Still, what starts out as a bland popcorn does get better when the sriracha kicks in. It's a slow burn that takes some time to build up, but by the end there was a satisfying level of heat, not too intense, but a fairly nice experience. That spice saves what would have been an otherwise disappointing bag. This may be the world's first baked popcorn, but it makes me wonder if baked popcorn is really necessary.

My rating: 3/5

Monday, 12 March 2018

Today's Review: Cadbury Dairy Milk Popping Candy Bunny

Chocolate bunnies are a staple at Easter now, and while you can't beat a good old Lindt bunny, Dairy Milk is always a good thing to have on hand. This year you can pick up not only a bunny made out of Dairy Milk, but one that has popping candy thrown in for good measure. Popping candy in chocolate greatly appeals to me, though I'm not entirely sure why, it's often somewhat muted from being embedded in dairy goodness. Still, I couldn't help but grab one of these bunnies.

Well, it's all a bit underwhelming really. This bunny is made of Dairy Milk, which is nice, but it's so thin it's not really that satisfying. Good chocolate, sure, but we all know it tastes better when it's thicker. The popping candy is somewhat generously smattered throughout, but the pops aren't particularly strong, they're mostly lacklustre, with a few good ones occurring after the first chew. But all in all, this is a good idea with poor execution. There's just not enough chocolate here to make a substantial treat, and the popping candy isn't the best quality. Certainly edible, but nothing special.

My rating: 3/5

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Today's Review: Sharing Plates Of Vegetables In Restaurants

I'll openly admit, I am not a fine diner. I visit far more fast food joints and cut price chain pubs than those with more character and class, though it's not through lack of desire. It's more an issue of money, or lack thereof. Sure, occasionally I go out for a nice meal, and the food is normally pretty great. But what I can't abide is going to a fancy place, ordering a roast dinner, and being presented with a plate of vegetables to share between two or more people.

The roast dinner I had today cost £14, but still I was expected to dig into a communal vegetable pot instead of having my own private collection on my plate. It makes me uneasy. I have to ensure I take the correct amount, and the right proportion of each vegetable. If I take too much, I'll seem greedy and selfish. If I take too little, everyone else may be obliged to take too little, and you end up with wasted vegetables. It's just a stressor that I don't expect when I'm just going out for a nice Sunday roast.

I get there may be reasons behind the separate vegetables, but I don't see how any of them are that important. If you must separate the veg, at least give me my own private portion. Even if it's an issue of some people not wanting their vegetables saturated with gravy, at least put the vegetables on the plate and serve the gravy on its own. But still individually, mind, I find sharing a jug of gravy even more stressful than sharing a plate of vegetables.

My rating: 0/5

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Today's Review: Cadbury Mini Stars

I picked up this box of Cadbury biscuits in Poundland. I have no idea how long they've been around, I hadn't heard anything about them until I found them tucked away in the corner. But hey, some of the best things come as a surprise. These are Mini Stars, which are small packets of biscuits, with a milk centre and a chocolate topping. Perfect for lunchboxes, some may say, but I just saw them as a good opportunity to eat a tasty treat.

These things are small, but they're pretty good. You get six per pack, which is pretty generous, and they're good quality biscuits, reminiscent of shortbread, although a little on the dry side. Thankfully the filling is there to alleviate that, there's a decent layer of chocolate that gives that Cadbury experience, while the milk centre underneath is light and creamy. It all blends together to make a very decent biscuit. Great for kids' lunches, and very nice for a snack. Worth looking out for.

My rating: 4/5