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I was in the cinema for the first time in ages the other week and noticed that they where now serving Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, now the price in the cinema was too expensive for my liking but after seeing this flavour advertised i promised myself that as soon as saw it on offer i would treat myself, and tho and behold good things come to those who wait
The tub is the standard old fashioned cardboard used for all Haagen Dazs ice-creams. The tub is also easily recognisable due to the bold white Ben & Jerry's Logo and the Chocolate Fudge Brownie tag underneath. These are particulary highlighted agains the chocolate brown background. Another design that grabs your attention is the lumps of brownies on the cover which look absolutely mouth watering and give you a preview of what your about to experience. On the reverse the following nutritional information is provided;
Per 500ml Tub
Calories 1040 kcal
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrate 124 g
Fat 52 g
Smell & Taste
As soon as the lid is poped off a wonderfully rich chocolatey aroma floats up to greet you. As soon as this happened i launched myself right in, big mistake. The ice-cream is really thing and luscious however on immediate remove from the freezer the ice-cream is rock hard, and i barely succeded in getting a single scope before my spoon bent. After this i decided to leave it to defrost for a few minutes while making do with the single scope i had. From that frst taste i knew i was on to a winner. The chocolate is fantastic, the taste is undeniably belgian which a beautiful dark, rich taste. However even this pales into insignificance beside the brownie pieces. The pieces looks like little piece of chocolate cake and the taste is once again that of rich, dark chocolate, this time however there is a great chewy texture which only enhances the experience. The only problem with the ice-cream, and one i have encountered with numerous brands is that there is never enough pieces compared to the amount of ice cream. Just as your getting into you realise that you've already scoffed them all down and yet your left with 4/5 of the tub left with nothing but ice-cream. Grrrr i hate it when that happens. The other thing that annoys me is that before you realise it you've gone and finished the entire tub y yourself, oh well it was buy one get one free at least i still have some for later.
Value is once again another problem i have with a lot of ice-creams. Now i don't care what people say i personally don't believe any tub of ice-cream is worth £3.50+. For this reason i always wait till it is on offer and judging by how often it is on offer i don't think i'm alone.
I was feeling like a treat when I noticed that the Haagen Dazs ice-creams where on offer at my newsagent and I decided I wonder buy a couple. Anything to write a review, eh. So heres what I thought of the first one, Choc Chip Cookie Dough.
The tub is the standard red and bronwy bronze of all haagen dazs ice-creams. On the front in a big white cloud (possibly hinting at its heavenly taste?) is the words Haagen Dazs. Below this in white writing is the name of the flavour, in this case Choc Chip Cookie Dough. And below this is a picture of scoops of cookie dough withchunks of fudge in them. On the back is the usual nutritional information which for this tub is as follows;
Per 500ml Tub
Calories 1310 kcal
Protein - 23g
The only other thing on the back worth noting is that it says it contains 5% cookie dough, which to me seems very little. So basically its 95% vanilla ice-cream, grrrr if Id of known that I would have just taken the vanilla instead of getting my hopes up that this would be something different.
Smell & Taste
The ice-cream is wonderfully smooth and creamy textured ice cream, with a nice full flavored vanilla taste. After a few spoonfuls your hit the cookie dough, which seems to be concentrated from the middle down. The pieces are beautiful; they are soft which surprised me as most chucks in ice cream tend to rock hard and very sweet, although not over poweringly sweet. I was actually surprised at how much was in it, there definitely seems to be an awful lot more than the 5% listed. Also sprinkled around the ice-cream is a generous amount of chunky, yet chewable, pieces of fudge. Altogether these combined perfectly and the taste is heavenly. In my haste to taste it I almost forgot to smell it. There is little smell from the fudge and the cookie dough, but instead you get a nice sweet aroma of vanilla given off, which once again is just heavenly.
Here is the only downfall of Haagen Dazs a 500ml tub will set you back roughly £4, which in my view is far two much for a tub of ice-cream, even Haagen Dazs. Luckily I got this in a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) over round at my newsagents. So expect another review in the coming days.
As Im home from University for the summer and have yet to find a job I often end up eating snacks instead of meals something I never use to do. Alas today we were down to our last bag of crisp, I havent had ready salted in ages and I thought Id share it with you.
The packet is bright, shiny red with the standard WALKERS logo on the Front. Underneath that is the flavor of the crisps in this case 'Ready Salted Crisps'.
On the back the first thing you notice is a small paragraph on the left hand side telling you that the crisps now have 30% less saturated fat, however as they dont tell you how much saturated fat in the crisps this is impossible to check. What the nutritional information gives you is as following for a 34.5g bag.
Calories 184 kcal
Noticeably they dont tell you how much saturated fat there is probably as it would scare you off them.
Smell & Taste
Upon opening the bag your nostrils are greet with the saltiest smell next to the beach. If theres one thing I hate about ready salted crisps its the smell it always takes me a good few seconds to adapt to the smell. The crisps themselves are standard fair; they are small, yellowy brown in colour and more often than not broken. As you got to take your first crisp you feel the oil and salt on the inside of the wrapper, youd reckon if anything would get you to stop eating crisps unfortunately it has no effect on me. When you start to eat the crisps the first two things you notice is just how crisp they are and secondly just how much salt there is on them. After the taste of the salt dies down you start to taste the oil in it, which is probably the saving grace as the sunflower oil is pretty nice. After a few more bites the crisp becomes a mushy remnant of the potatoes it once was, it is also now that you get a taste of potatoes albeit a faint one, now I remember why I hadnt had ready salted in years. However Im still sure theres a drug or brainwashing at work because no matter how bad I find crisps before I know what Im doing Im reaching for another, and then another and before I know it Im turning the bag over and emptying the last few crumbs into my mouth.
At 38p for a 34.5g bag I think its a bit overpriced luckily however walkers always have special offers on with their larger multipacks, although even at regular price you get 6 packs for £1 at the local Farmfoods. For this reason I very seldom buy single bags anymore.
Having not seen this bar in a few months I literally leapt at the chance to grab one when I saw at my local newsagents. Sod the new diet, I can always lose weight tomorrow but the risk of not taking one of these little beauties is more than I can bear.
The bar itself sticks out very clearly, hence how I noticed it from half way across the newsagents. It consists of chocolate brown, blue and cream colour swirls with Nestle Double Milk written on the front. The back also informs you that the cocoa is from Ecuador while Divine Double Cream is used, I wonder what the gods would thing of this. Also hidden away on the back is a table of nutritional information threat merely tells you each bar contains 244 calories and 14.2g of fat, damn that definitely is another diet down the pan, it also mentions that it contains traces of nuts. The wrapper itself has always been different, a sort of mix between your regular wrappers, the paper bit not the foil and the wrappers you get on cereal bars. These two make for a very bad combination as you end up breaking the bar trying to get it out of the wrapper as every time you try to rip it stretches instead.
Smell & Taste
However once you get the aroma youre greeted with a heavenly scent of intense chocolate. If nothing else at least the wrapper keeps it fresh. When you taste it the first thing you notice is just how creamy the bar is, well it is called double cream. Once you get by this you start to notice the soft almost chewable texture not all that different from a bar of galaxy, although its not just as good. Once finished it I realized just hoe standard the bar was, sure it was nice but there was nothing that great about it, so either theyve changed the bars since I last had one or my memory isnt what it used to be, either way the bar is pretty much a poor mans galaxy only at the same price. The other downfall is that the bar seems pretty small at only 8 small pieces in it, theres no mass given on the wrapper. However this may be due to the fact that I managed to smash most of the pieces opening the thing, but I think there bar itself is just a below average size.
At 40p for a bar of chocolate with only 8 small bits I reckon its a bit too expensive, especially when you can usually get galaxy cheaper due to multipack offers. Perhaps I built up my expectations to much, but the fact remains this bar is average and nothing more.
Hope This Helps, MJ.
Aah the summers are here, nice weather, sleep-ins and more often than not in our house no food other than ice creams. This has the overall of effect of reducing man to the basics i.e. toasties and beans on toast, the last of which leads to my review today on Tesco Value Baked Beans and Sausages.
Well first off the tin has a very simple design, which consists of a white paper label and with the name and nutritional values written in dark blue and a red ring around the bottom. The first thing you notice however is the lack of a ring pull, which really annoys me as I have no idea where I left the can opener I brought back from Uni and am now reduced to using the one thats been sitting in the cupboard for the last 20 years. Once open you are greeted by a sea of tomato sauce, for the price they really do give you a lot of sauce, also present is a decent two person sized portion of beans. The main problem however is the lack of sausages, its different in every pack but I reckon on average I get about 10 small ones, which for a pack this size is quite a let down. The nutritional info on the back is as follows;
Calories 105 kcal
Protein - 5.7g
Smell & Taste
There is little smell when the can is first opened, however that changes once the cooking begins, which for me is always done on the hob as the microwave has a great tendency to make them soggy. The smell is a simple tomato one, not all that different from the smell of Heinzs own product. Once ready the beans and sausage are poured over my toast and brunch begins. The beans themselves are quite nice given that they are a value product they have a nice balance of softness and firmest meaning most people will at least fine them manageable. The sausages are also pretty standard affair, they tend to come out soft, which usually leads to them getting broke as your stirring which isnt that big a deal as they are actually pretty nice although a bit saltier than I would have liked. The only major downfall is the sauce, at first all appears fine, theres lots of it its thick and its got quite a dark orange colour thats looks full of flavor. Sadly the last assumption was an error on my part, other than the faintest taste of tomatoes there is now taste to it. Once again Tesco seem to have tried to please everyone and failed completely. The sauce is by no means bad its just that it doesnt have a whole lot going for it either.
A 567g tin costs 0.38p, however the tin makes two decent sized portions so its only 0.19p per portion. Overall its not bad, its just that its pretty standard affair however this really should have been guessed from the label. If I was short of money I would buy them without hesitation, but when the money was present I would defiantly go with a bigger name brand. So all in all youve got a product that gets the job done but lacks any nice surprises.
Hope this helps.
While it would be nice to talk about the history of The Ramones and how much of an impact they had on the music scene in the 1970s I, alas, was not alive to witness it and as such will skip straight on too the album itself and besides if you really need to more about The Ramones Im pretty sure youll get your fill on wikipedia or such.
From the start the one thing you notice about the album is the sheer intensity of it all. Dee Dee with thundering bass line after bass line, Johnnys energetic guitar play, the always uniquely infectious lyrics of Joey, only Tommy on drums seems to be in control with some nice steady drum beats. While they may never have been the greatest musicians that ever lived, they possessed something that few musician then or now have, a desire to make good music just for the sake of it.
The original release of the album feature the following songs;
Blitzkrieg Bop (2:14)
Starts off with a fast and powerful bass line that blow you away, then Joey cries out the immortal words, Hey Ho, Lets Go. The greatest intro I have ever heard. 2 years since I first heard it and I still cant resist tapping along to it when it comes on.
Beat on the Brat (2:32)
Beat on the Brat with a baseball bat! Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah, Oho now lets be honest they dont make lines like that anymore. Quite a funny song about snotty kids, another song I just have to dance to whenever I hear it.
Judy is a Punk (1:32)
A song of two of their fans, Jackie and Judy and one of the greatest songs of their career.
Fast paced, energetic and a good steady drum beat, everything The Ramones became famous for was evident even this early in their career.
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (2:24)
A bit of a flower power, 60s throwback. Slower and quieter than all other songs on the album but there is still an underlying Ramones feeling to it. A great tribute to Joeys 50s vocal group inspirations.
Chain Saw (1:56)
One of the few songs that you shouldnt look into the lyrics, it starts off with the sound of a chainsaw going before breaking into a nice 1:30 of god wholesome punk/pop.
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (1:36)
Now I wanna sniff some glue,
Now I want something to do,
All them Kids wanna sniff some glue,
all them kids want something to do!
It doesnt matter that theres only 4 lines of lyric, it doesnt matter that theres no chance in background music all that matter is that you want to be entertained and thats all The Ramones want to do. No where else is there passion for music as evident as it is here.
I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement (2:40)
Not really a big fan of this track. Its a tribute to cheap, tacky horror movies, much like chainsaw. The lyrics are pretty basic and the beat seems to be a slightly slowed down version of that evident on the previous song.
A bit of a pattern developing here as it is another song quite similar to Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, it would appear that they really like this tune and wanna, sorry wanted to get their moneys worth out of it. Once again four lines of lyrics, however this time there seems to be a lack of passion behind it.
Havana Affair (1:57)
PT-boat on the way to Havana
I used to make a living, man
Pickin' the banana.
Now I'm a guide for the CIA
Hooray for the USA!
Great tune and some hilarious lyrics, not a very fast song and at the end you really do wish it lasted more that its 1:57 running time.
Listen to my Heart (1:58)
A mediocre song saved from obscurity by Joeys great vocal work on it.
53rd and 3rd (2:21)
A song about where people would turn a trick to get money for drugs. A decent chord and a steady drum beat, Ive never understood why this song is so highly waited, its by no means a bad song, its just that theres so much better elsewhere on the album.
Let's Dance (1:52)
Now this is what The Ramones were all about, A wonderful cover which they really make their own. Once again showing their 50s inspiration. They even manage to work an organ into it. One of the few covers I prefer to the original.
I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You (1:43)
A good chord and beat which is more rock than any other on the album, and also the song to feature backing vocals. Decent but quickly forgotten.
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (2:17)
Begins decently, before descending into 30 seconds of Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World chanting. Okay but nothing special.
Well thats the original tracklist from the 1976 release, however the Remastered disc also features the following.
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Demo) (3:02)
Slower and nicer than the released version, I can only assume it was altered to make it sound more Ramone-like.
Judy is a Punk (Demo) (1:36)
Quieter than the original, but identical in all other respects.
I Dont Care (Demo) (1:55)
Slower than the released version, which appeared on Rocket To Russia.
I Cant Be (Demo) (1:56)
Cant find this only any of the other albums I own to compare it. However it has a good chord and drum beat, with simple but well sung lyrics, your standard Ramones affair.
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Demo) (1:42)
Once again slower than the final version, however this has a really good interlude in the middle that was for some reason left out in the end.
I Don't Wanna Be Learned / I Don't Wanna Be Tamed (Demo) (1:05)
Another song I cant find anywhere else, coincidentally sounds quite similar in style to Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, but I guess when you only have 4 lines of lyrics it must be quite limiting.
You Should Never Have Opened That Door (Demo) (1:54)
The released version appeared on Leave Home and it is a much superior version than this one. Starts off with a couple of pauses that really put it out of sort early on, probably why they never tried it again. Also played slower than the final version, and it just doesnt work for this song.
Blitzkrieg Bop (Single Version) (2:12)
Identical to the album version except that they have upped the bass output, definetly sounds more aggressive and edgy, and works out quite well for them.
A great debut that showed the potential that The Ramones would soon realize, if your going to get any Ramones album get this one while I might not have been their best technically, the raw passion and intensity of it is enough to get you dancing in no time. Especially with FOPP currently selling all the Ramones remastered CDs for £5.