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      14.10.2009 22:07
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      Cereal bars are perfect at almost any time of the day and I enjoy nothing more than trying them! One I've recently sampled is the Harvest Chewee milk chocolate flavour!

      Harvest Chewee bars in the milk chocolate flavour unfortunately can be found in most supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, and are also available in various newsagents and smaller shops. Out of all of the flavours of the harvest chewee bar, these are probably most widely available, if not the most popular. They come in multi packs and are not sold singly which can be a downside if you just want to sample them. The box contains 9 bars and will cost you £1.56. Currently in Tesco you can buy two boxes for the price of one which is a brilliant offer and one to take advantage of!

      The bars come in a cardboard box which is a nice square/rectangle shape. It is a mixture of lots of different colours. I detected some deep red, bright blue, deep brown and even a bit of yellow on the box too! On the front such as product information and a lovely picture of the bar inside which really is quite delicious looking! The backside of the box contains all the nutrition information as well as ingredients and allergy advice. This was all neatly written and easy to read and work out!

      The box is easy to open and the bars are easy to pull out. They are wrapped in a foil wrapper and the design follows the same pattern as the outer cardboard box however they are slightly more blue in colour than the main box. Opening the wrapper you are revealed with a lovely looking bar. It looks golden in colour with lots of different oats and textures. There are clearly bits of milk chocolate in it too and these seem to be pretty well distributed.

      Biting into the bar is a delicious experience. The first thing I tasted was, surprisingly the milk chocolate. I wasn't expecting it to be a strong flavour but it was utterly delicious and very predominant. It was quite sweet but a nice creaminess shone through too. The oat taste was gorgeous and the texture of the bar was incredibly chewy and required a nice but of chewing. The bar wasn't overly filling though I must admit and I'd opt for having it for part of a packed lunch or as part of a snack alongside something else.

      One of these bars contains 95 calories and 3.5g of fat. These are suitable for vegetarians however be careful if allergic to nuts and stay away if you have any allergies to whey, wheat or milk.

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      14.10.2009 21:53
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      Cereal bars are perfect at almost any time of the day and I enjoy nothing more than trying them! One I've recently sampled is the Harvest Chewee "I love toffee" flavour.

      Harvest Chewee bars can be found in all supermarkets including Asda and Ocado however we always tend to buy ours at Tesco. I must point out however that recently we were unable to find them in our Asda store but this may be because they were out of stock. They come in a multi pack which contains 9 bars, each weighing 22g which is a pretty average, if not on the low side, weight for a cereal bar. The multi pack costs £1.59 from Tesco, however at the moment there is a special offer on and you can buy one get one free. Its definitely worth taking advantage of this special offer.

      The bars come in a cardboard box which is a nice square/rectangle shape. It is a nice deep red in colour with a sort of golden undertone to it obviously giving the hint of a toffee treat hidden inside. There is all the usual information on the front such as product information and a lovely picture of the bar inside. The backside of the box contains all the nutrition information as well as ingredients and allergy advice.

      The box is easy to open and the bars are easy to pull out. They are wrapped in a foil wrapper and the design follows the same pattern as the outer cardboard box. Opening the wrapper you are revealed with a lovely looking bar. It looks golden in colour with lots of different oats and textures. There are clearly bits of toffee in it too but there doesn't seem to be a huge amount!

      Biting into the bar is a delicious experience. The first thing I noticed was the sweetness. It didn't taste of toffee to begin with but simply a sweet taste sensation. The delicious wheat/oaty taste of the cereals was gorgeous and the chewyness of the bar was superb. There was, after a while a gorgeous toffee taste however it wasn't overly strong. It was a great tasting bar but was a bit small and I could have done with two..or maybe even three or four! Perfect for packed lunches or a mid morning treat along with a bit of fruit of bag of crisps!

      One of these bars contains 87 calories and 2.9g of fat. These are suitable for vegetarians however be careful if allergic to nuts and stay away if you have any allergies to whey, wheat or milk.

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    • Walkers Quavers / Snacks / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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      14.10.2009 21:28
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      I never used to like Quavers however over the past month they have become a staple part of my diet. They are available in various different sized packs. You can purchase them in multipacks which contain either 12 or 6 packets of the crisps. Of course they can also be bought singly. The bags which are purchased on their own weigh slightly more than the multipack versions (18g) at 20g. This is not a huge weight however the crisps are very light so this is the reasoning.

      I tend to buy the single packets as I usually enjoy them when I'm out and about however sometimes they are just lovely to tuck into in front of the television. The packet is really quite attractive and stands out. They seem to be targeted at younger children though rather than the older customers. The bag is a lovely bright yellow colour, definitely not your baby lemon shade! In large green bubble writing, QUAVERS is written, sprawled out upon the front of the packet. "the lighter potato snack" and "cheese flavour" are also printed in smaller green writing. The word "lighter" immediately gives the impression that these crisps are slightly healthier than your normal bag! On the front there are also some delicious looking pictures of the crisps themselves. They look lovely and golden.
      The single packet costs between 30 and 45p in all supermarkets and newsagents. The multi
      pack which contains 6 packets of crisps costs around £1.10-£1.30 and the larger pack around £2. You often can find "BIG EAT" bags which cost around 60p.

      The bag is really easy to open and simply requires a pull open at one end. As soon as the bag is open, the delicious cheesy smell wafts out. Its not as strong as I once remember it however it is definitely there. The bag is not overly full however there is a nice amount in the bag and perfect for a little snack! The crisps themselves don't seem as large as they are portrayed to be on the front which was a bit of a let down!

      Biting in the first thing I realised was the crunch noise they made when my teeth sunk in. although crunchy though, they did melt very quickly on my tongue. They had a delicious cheese flavour too them which was nice and strong. There seemed to be a powder substance on the crisps too but nowhere near as messy as say, Wotsits. Overall the taste were lovely however they weren't overly filling and for a snack I'd recommend them alongside a bit of fruit, or a chocolate biscuit if you want a treat!

      They are fairly healthy though, and one bag contains a mere 87 calories and 4.9g of fat. This is really quite good especially the calorie content. The crisps are not suitable for those allergic to whey, milk, powders, soya and wheat!

      A delicious snack perfect for a packed lunch and suitable for young children too!

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      19.09.2009 01:05
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      I've never been a huge fan of cakes. At birthday parties I usually passed up the offer of a slice of birthday cake, especially if it was chocolate cake. I've always been partial to sponge cake though, particularly if it's a delicious home made victoria sponge sandwiched with butter cream and sweet raspberry jam! Cupcakes and fairy cakes have always been a guilty pleasure of mine, especially, again the ones iced with delicious butter cream or laced with a caramel topping.
      So when I was waltzing down the bakery and cake aisle in Tesco the other week, and spotted this product on special offer, I decided that it was too good an opportunity and threw a packet, well gently placed, a packet into my trolley.

      The Fabulous Bakin' Boys have been around for 11 years, producing delicious cakes for everybody to enjoy. The company specialise mainly in cupcakes however do make an assortment of confectionary products such as flapjack, muffins and other cakes.

      In Tesco at the moment, there are two types of the Bakin' Boys cupcakes on offer. These are the chocolate version, and the Assorted Cupcakes. As I am not overly keen on chocolate muffins and the fact that I'd tried them before, I opted for the assorted cupcakes. These came in a box of 6. Normally, the pack of 6 cupcakes would set you back £1.25, however at the moment there is a special offer on, and you can get the packet for £1. This works out at 17p per cake which does seem marginally better than the 21p! I personally feel, for a branded name, this is a pretty good price however any more money and I would grudge paying it a little.

      The packaging was fairly attractive and did stand out on the shelf. However I personally prefer it when you can properly see the product through the packet and this is how I normally make my decisions. With this particular product however it is only possible to catch a glimpse of the product inside, through a small triangular see through window at the bottom corner of the box. Even then you don't properly get to see the product, however it is just enough to tempt you in! the box is a nice royal blue in colour and does give the impression of a good, top quality product. The usual information is stated on the box, and some delicious looking pictures of the products are printed too. There is a nice fun feel to the packet however it also gives some information such as nutrition ,stating that it contains "no hydrogenated fats". this is appealing to me as I do worry a bit about nutritional values these days. The back of the pack is home to all ingredients, allergy and nutritional information, much the same to any other packaging you get these days.

      The box is easy to open and simply requires a tear at the end. Once opened, it cannot be fully sealed again however we used a special box seal and this did the trick. Inside, the cakes are kept on a thin plastic tray each sat in their own little compartment. I thought this was quite cute. In the box, there were two raspberry cupcakes, two lemon and two chocolate. They didn't look overly big in size however they were definitely a step up from say a "Mini" cake. They were easy to remove from the packaging and because each one was in its own little cake case, they weren't sticky at all.

      The first one I tried was the chocolate one. This is because I was positive it would be my least favourite and therefore wanted to get it over and done with. I wasn't displeased with though and it was fairly tasty. There was no chocolate smell coming from the cake but there was a delicious cake aroma. The cake on the bottom was a nice pale colour and the chocolate section on the top was nice and thick. Biting in the first thing I detected was in fact the strong chocolate flavour. It tasted really sweet and not very creamy at all. It wasn't bitter though and was definitely milk chocolate rather than dark. The cake on the bottom was fairly nice however it is not the nicest cake I've tasted. It was nice and soft and had a rich buttery taste to it too.

      Moving on, I tried the lemon. This was much similar in appearance however instead of a brown colour on the top it was a lovely pale lemon colour. There was a sweet lemon smell coming from the cupcake however it was only very subtle indeed. The cake on the bottom was infact almost the same colour and the top layer. The lemon was instantly recognisable as I sank in my teeth. It seemed slightly softer than the chocolate topping, with less of a crunch. This may be due to the fact it had been out in room temperature longer though. It was a fairly strong lemon flavour but it wasn't too sour and had a nice subtle tang to it. The cake on the bottom tasted more vanilla like that the chocolate one. Together the combination was lovely and I was thoroughly enjoyed with this cake.

      The raspberry cake was a bit of a let down. I was expecting a delicious fruity topping bursting with the taste of fresh raspberries however instead I was given a minor fruity taste. It did taste slightly of raspberries but not overly so and it could have passed for strawberries. It had a slight taste of a fruity chewy sweet too such as starburst which I found unusual. The cake was gorgeous though and was delicious vanilla like. It wasn't an unpleasant eating experience by any means however it was just not as fruity as I'd have expected.

      With cakes and such like you can never really tell what the nutritional values are going to be like. One cupcake in this case will cost you a rather large 147 calories. For a cake it isn't too bad, however for the size of these cakes it is! I was expecting nearer 100! The fat content is pretty high too at a staggering 8g. Again for the size of these cakes, I wasn't too impressed. The cakes contain 11g of sugar too, however this is just what you can expect from such a sugary treat. All in all, I feel these are ok to have for just a treat now and again and would be perfect to serve up at a buffet parties however for everyday "use" , they aren't ideal.
      Allergy wise, these cakes are not suitable for those allergic to wheat, gluten, milk or whey. And although they do not directly contain nuts, there may be traces so be careful if you do have a nut allergy.

      Overall I would recommend these cakes. They are of a very high quality and do taste delicious. They arent the best I've ever had however for a party or such like, and when on special offer as they are at the moment, they are definitely worth a shot!

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      23.08.2009 21:20
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      I'm not on a diet however occasionally I do like to watch what I'm eating and when I'm going through this kind of phase I often turn to the weight watchers products. They do a huge variety of things including soups, meals, jams and spreads, drinks, cakes, sweets and snacks! Recently I've tried a range of their soups and one I am particularly fond of is the Lentil and Carrot soup.

      The weight watchers soups can be found in every single supermarket really however we buy them from Tesco as it is the store we shop at most. The soups can be found alongside all of the other soups from brands such as Baxtor's and the well known Heinz! They are usual on the middle shelf so are very easy to find however in asda I am pretty sure they are kept up on a higher shelf! Each tin of soup weighs 295g and costs 75p which I find is quite expensive. A regular tin of soup is 400g so this is quite a big difference.

      The tin is fairly attractive. There is a bright label on it which has an image of the glorious soup inside. It is viewed to be in a bowl and it looks really quite thick! There is all the usual information around the label including product information, nutrition, ingredients and how to contact the weight watchers company if you have a problem. The tin is easy to open too and can be done simply with a tin opener!

      You can either heat the soup up on the stove in a pan, or in the microwave however I opt for the latter as it is less time consuming and easier. To heat it up simply pop it in a microwavable bowl and depending on your microwave settings pop it in for the designated time given on the label. For my particular microwave I give it 3 and ahalf minutes and by this time it is piping hot. On one or two occasions I have heated it up way to much so it has burnt and turned in to a thick gloop! Not very appealing at all.

      After it has been heated a faint carrot soup smell fills the air. It is more carrot smelling than lentil to me! It is easy to pour out and I noticed it wasn't as thick as it looked on the tin however it wasn't runny or watery too much. I give it a little mix before digging in! the taste is quite delicious. It tastes lentilly at first however it then turns into a lovely carrot taste. The texture is good too it is not to thick but not runny either! It is not overly filling though and I find my self eating a sandwich with it or sometimes two or three slices of bread. If you are following the weight watchers diet though its not recommended you eat the accompaniments or definitely not in those quantities.

      One tin of the soup contains a brilliant 91 calories and 0.4g of fat!

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      23.08.2009 21:11
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      I have never been a huge fan of chocolate cake so when my mum brought home a 6 pack of the Fabulous Bakin' Boys chocolate cupcakes from Tesco the other day I wasn't too fussed to try them! However once they had been opened and I saw them in all their glory, I was tempted and so I sampled!

      They come sold in a box of 6 like I said and this is the only size of box available. They can be found in all supermarkets including Tesco, Asda and Morrisons! They are found in the cake aisle alongside the other cupcake products. In our local Tesco they were sat up next to the other Bakin' Boys products. The box of 6 costs roughly the same in all supermarkets however obviously the price varies slightly. In Tesco at the moment they will set you back £1.25. This works out at averagely 21p per cake. This is feel is a little expensive considering the size of the mini delights.

      They come in a nice cardboard package which is really quite attractive. There is a tiny small, triangle shaped window in the bottom right hand corner where you can just see one of the little cakes through. This is the only hint of the real product you get though! On the front is all the usual information on the product and the back is quite obviously home to all details on nutrition, ingredients and such like. There are some gorgeous looking images of the product on the front too which are very tempting indeed.

      Inside the cakes come in a little tray and each separate cupcake is in its own little white case. They did look pretty small and I was a bit miffed at the price I'd paid for them! Pulling out the cake from the case I was very happy however at what I found. I'd been expecting a chocolate sponge cake but instead I was faced with a sponge very light in colour with a thick layer of chocolate on top! Perfect!

      There was a nice aroma coming from the cake. It smelled very like birthday cake with the slight hint of chocolate scent to it too! Biting in to the top layer I noticed just how crunchy the chocolate was. It required a bit of bite to get into but then crumbled ever so slightly and released its delicious taste. It was a very sweet chocolate however it had a delicious creaminess to it too! Underneath, lay the sponge. It was really soft and melted in my mouth. It tasted similar to victoria sponge cake but had a slight difference to it, almost more milkier! Together, the taste combination was delicious. It was a small treat though and I have to admit I actually treated myself to two of them!

      For such a little cake I was expecting great things from the nutrition values however was gutted when I found out that one little cupcake contained a whopping 152 calories and a rather big 8g of fat, of which 4g saturates! Fair enough there is lots of chocolate on it, however for the tiny size I was expecting it to be nearer to 100 calories mark and maybe 4 or 5g of fat.

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      • KP Salted Peanuts / Snacks / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        09.08.2009 18:37
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        After being in holiday in Turkey for a fortnight this summer, I grew accustomed to making sure I was getting not only plenty of water, but also plenty of salt. So when I came back I was desperate to cut down as I felt I was eating way to much salt and drinking way to much drink! It wasn't easy though and im doing it gradually. One thing that I have been eating to keep my salt intake high up is KP salted peanuts! We took a stash of these with us as we weren't sure they would be available to buy abroad!

        They can be bought either singly or in a multi pack. The smaller single packet weighs 300g and costs £1.08. I find this is quite expensive! The larger packet weighs 500g and costs £1.89. Again this isn't overly cheap however I guess for a brand name product this could be a lot worse! We opted for buying multi packs though which provided us with 6 mini bags of 30g. This was the perfect size for a little salty snack. This multipack costs £2.18 which is super expensive considering the bag contains not even 300g! None the less we purchased them.

        The wrapper whether it is a multi pack or single package is a shiny blue in colour. It is actually really attractive and stands out wonderfully on the shelves. The front of the pack always has the large yellow KP sign on it and under this is always some brief information on the product. The back of the packs are home to ingredients and nutrition information as well as often jokes and promotions or offers. The packet is very attractive I feel and would probably appeal more to men than to woman.

        Opening the packet you immediately are hit by an extremely salty smell. It doesn't smell of salt and vinegar crisps though like you may expect but it just has a really strong salt smell to them. Glaring into the bag you notice that the side seems to be coated with salt and grease. This is slightly worrying however not to worry as they are marketed as "salted peanuts" so this is really all you can expect.

        The peanuts are small in size and are in the typical oval shape. Popping one into my mouth the first thing I detect is the utter taste to it. It is incredibly salty but not unpleasantly so. The texture is nice. It is crunchy but has a nice softness to it too. Overall the taste of the peanuts is lovely.

        A 30g back contains 177 calories and 14.7g of fat. Personally I don't feel that the calories are all that bad. They are high, yes, but for what your getting itisnt to bad. I feel the fat content is pretty high though however with nuts its never going to be low. The nuts are obviously not suitable for those with nut allergies and they may contain traces of gluten, milk and soya.

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          09.08.2009 18:29
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          I never used to be a fish person however I have developed a new love for it especially if it is in breadcrumbs or batter. I remember trying scampi as a child and loving it but for some reason up until a fortnight ago I hadn't tried it in over 5 years! My mum brought back Tesco Value Breaded Scampi from the supermarket and I was more than willing to try.

          The scampi can be found in the freezer section and is in amongst the other breaded fish products. It was in the fridge with the other Tesco products however this was in the freezer next to the one with the branded fish in it such as Birds Eye. These must be kept in the freezer at home too even when they have been opened already and are being put back.

          They come in a decent 300g packet. This packet costs £1.99. Personally I find this really good. A 250g packet of the branded Kintyre scampi will cost a whopping £3.99. This is £2 more than the Tesco scampi and is also a smaller bag! Therefore this is worth choosing especially if you aren't too fussed on quality or are trying to save a bit of dosh!

          They come in a plain, pretty boring Tesco value bag. There is the usual information on it including ingredients and nutrition as well as given the basic product information. There is no succulent looking pictures on the wrapper which I tend to be swayed by. The bag is see through though so you can clearly see the pieces of scampi through It!

          All of the cooking information is on the back of the packet and is easy enough to follow. It depends on your cooker or fryer as to how long to cook them for. I opted for oven cooking as it seems a bit healthier and totally contradicting myself I decided to serve them up for lunch with chips and vegetables! For one person, me, I had 7 pieces of the scampi however depending on your appetite or how hungry you are you may want to change this! They didn't look overly appealing when out of the packet. They were a decent size but they did look a bit pale.

          After they had finished cooking, a delicious smell filled the air. It was gorgeous and really fishy however not over poweringly so. The smell of breadcrumbs were pretty strong too and this gave it a bit more of a "fun" feeling to it. They were easy to serve up and hadn't stuck to the tray at all however they were very hot so be careful when you are serving up.

          Biting in the first thing I noticed was the breadcrumb batter coating. It was fairly crispy but this is when I began to understand why they were so cheap. The coating was fairly thin and although with a nice enough taste didn't have an awful lot of flavour. I ended up slapping on the salt and pepper and brown sauce to my meal. the fish inside was nice and flaky but again didn't have to much flavour. Overall the taste was decent but it really reflected the price!

          150g so half a packet contains 295 calories and 14.3 g of fat. Personally I find that this isn't too bad!

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          09.08.2009 18:18
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          I've never been a huge fan of chocolate desserts and so was a bit worried about how this one would work out for me! However willing to try it I popped it in the trolley.

          The Tesco finest chocolate brownie sundae can obviously only be found in Tesco. However in shops and other supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsbury and Marks and Spencer, the equivalent can be found. It can be found in the fridge aisle and this particular one was in the dessert section however I do know that sometimes it is placed in amongst the yoghurts.

          The 215g dessert costs £1.98. Although the sundae is very large and looks so luxurious I still find that this is slightly expensive. At the moment however there is a special offer on. You can, at the moment until next week, buy it for £1.48 which is a saving of 50p. This is quite a decent saving and if you are buying more than one if will add up and save you quite a bit.

          The sundae comes in a plastic container. It is thin at the bottom but then widens on its way up which eventually ends up in a dome shaped lid. The plastic is see through for the most part so you can see the delicious treat inside. There is also a label on the front of it too. The label Is deep purple in colour and aswell as giving information on the product and nutrition, also has a delicious looking picture of pieces of chocolate brownie mixed in amongst curls of delicious looking milk chocolate pieces.

          To remove the label you simply have to rip it, and then to open to the pot you just have to fiddle a bit with the lid and then lift it off. It was very easy and caused no hassle at all. The first thing I noticed was the delicious smell. It actually had a very caramel like smell to it however the delicious smell of milk chocolate was strong too and very delicious. On first glance it looked very appealing too!

          The dessert sundae is made up of chocolate mousses, fudge brownie, chocolate custard, chcoolate sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and milk and white chocolate on top for decoration. The milk chocolate curls on top were really tasty and resembled Cadbury chocolate which for me was amazing. The white chocolate was very sweet and stood out greatly. There were about 5 milk chocolate curls and 4 white chocolate curls. They were large though so it seemed like there were more. The next part of the dessert I came too was the whipped cream. There was a great layer of this and it wasn't to thick nor was it too thin. It tasted really creamy and resembled any normal whipped cream you get. It was good as there was no chocolate taste to it so this was a bit of light relief. Next I came to the chocolate mousse. At first I wasn't to sure and thought it tasted a bit bitter however after two spoonfuls it began to taste really sweet just like milk chocolate. It had a lovely creaminess to it too and the texture was perfect very light and fluffy! Mixed in amongst the whole sundae was chocolate sauce. It was sticky but really lovely. It had a nice fudge taste to it too which was gorgeous. There were chocolate chips mixed through it too which were nice. They were very crunchy and seemed more like strands than chips. The chocolate custard was gorgeous. It had a delicious gloopy texture to it just like any other custard. As it was cold it was the perfect taste sensation resembling milk chocolate to an extreme. The last layer on the bottom was the fudge brownie. They were lovely and chewy but with just the right amount of crumble to them too. They didn't taste too chocolate like either which was great but instead had a delicious fudge caramel taste to them. They were coated in sticky chocolate sauce too. Overall the taste of this was splendid but was very filling and if you don't have a big appetite id recommend eating on different occasions or sharing it with a friend.

          The whole dessert contains a whopping 779 calories and 56.5 g of fat. This is utterly terrible and im so glad I staggered this over a few days. In terms of allergies this is not suitable for those allergic to gluten, wheat, eggs, milk lactose, whey or evaporated milk.

          Its not healthy, but it is delicious so id recommend if you have a sweet tooth! Its also worth looking out for special offers as it can be a bit expensive.

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            Sometimes only ice cream will do. I've loved it ever since I was a child and it never gets boring due to the fact there are so many wonderful concoctions and combinations out there. Some plain and fuss free, and some pretty wacky. Although I do really enjoy a nice branded ice cream treat such as Haagen Dazs, or Mackies, sometimes I'll settle for a supermarkets own brand. I've recently tried the Tesco creamy caramella ice cream.

            The ice cream can be found in the freezers alongside all of the other ice creams and specifically the Chocolatino ice cream in the same range. The ice cream comes in a one litre tub which is exceptionally good for an ice cream carton. For this litre, it will cost you only £2. I feel that this is utterly amazing seeing as though you are charged almost £4 for a 500ml tub of Ben and Jerry's. there are also sometimes offers on with this product but not currently.

            I find that the tub is really attractive and is actually more appealing than branded version such as Haagen Dazs. It is oval in shape, and it is longer than it is wide. Its made out of a thick plastic and so the gorgeous ice cream can be clearly seen through the tub. There is a sticky label on both sides of the tub as well as on the lid so that all vital information can be given. On the lid there is a product description, name and brand name. there is also on the lid, a delicious looking picture of large, toffee fudge slabs. The toffee actually looks like tablet. The side labels give the same information and pictures as well as supplying nutritional information too.

            The lid is easy to remove but requires a bit of fiddling with the seal. Once you open it though you are met by a glorious site. It is filled pretty much up to the top, and looks delicious. The ice cream is a slightly off white cream colour and this is swirled with what looks like gallons of toffee sauce. On top there are lots of little toffee fudge pieces. There are a lot of the cubes however they are only on the top and are not distributed throughout. There is a glorious creamy smell coming from the ice cream however it smells only of vanilla and there is no toffee scent there much to my disapproval.

            A recommended serving size is 54.5g however I'm not sure if I had this amount as I just scooped out how much I felt I needed. It was easy to scoop out and even after being out of the freezer only 5 minutes, it had softened off nicely. There had now begun to be a slight toffee smell to which was just splendid.

            The taste of the ice cream was lovely. The vanilla ice cream was very creamy, almost creamier than Ben & Jerry's, but not quite. It was a lovely texture too, more soft than it was icy. The sauce was very sticky sweet and very thick too. It was quite well placed throughout the tub however I feel a bit more could have been included. The toffee cubes were really chewy and at first were brick hard. They added a lovely flavour and a lovely texture to the pudding too!

            As I said a recommended serving size is 54.5g , and if you stick to this you will be taking in 122 calories and 5g of fat. I feel personanlly that this is no where near enough and I reckon I had nearer 100g of the ice cream. This ice cream is not suitable for those with milk, soya, buttermilk or wheat intolerances.

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          • Tesco Onion Rings / Snacks / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            19.07.2009 16:51
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            As a kid I completely detested onions and anything onion related. If I was offered onion crisps I would have completely been disgusted at the thought. However now, I enjoy a nice portion of them and there are occasions when only onion rings will do. I love the luxury ones you get however I think the Tesco option are just as good!

            They can be found in the crisp aisle in Tesco and they will be nestled in neatly among the other Tesco crisps including the potato rings and the salt and vinegar sticks. They come in one size of bag only and this is 150g. This is quite a lot bigger than your typical bag of crisps which weighs between 25g and 35g. Normally this bag will cost 80p however at the moment there is a special offer on where you can get the rings for 74p. This isn't a huge saving however its still money off!

            The bag is bright green and colour and not overly appealing to be honest. It does stand out on the shelf as it is so bright however for a food product its not the nicest and most appealing of colours. The back of the packet gives information on nutrition and ingredients as well as information on how to contact Tesco if you have a problem or complaint about the product. The front of the packet gave all useful information such as product description but my favourite part was the delicious looking picture. The image splashed across the front was the onion rings being poured into a bowl.

            The bag is easy to open and once opened the delicious onion smell wafts out. It is not dissimilar to any branded versions however it is slightly less strong. The bag seems to be filled rather full and when I pulled one out I noticed they were quite thick. They weren't overly big but the depth of them was great.

            Popping one into my mouth the first thing I detected was the texture. They really were quite crunchy and had a nice chew to them. They weren't soft and soggy like I was expecting them to be. The taste was lovely a real onion tang. The taste wasn't too strong though however it was lovely and just powerful enough. Overall I really enjoyed the taste of them! I managed to scoff about just over half of the bag which considering a typical serving size is 25g is really quite bad.

            Like I said a typical serving size is 25g. If you stick to these guidelines you will be consuming 124 calories and 6.4g of fat. This is quite terrible and these should really be eaten in moderation and on special occasions. They are not sutiable for those who are lactose intolerant, wheat and gluten intolerant or allergic to semolina or milk;.

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          • Tesco Cheese Puffs / Other Food / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            19.07.2009 14:36
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            I've always loved crisps and I have tried a wide variety of types. Wotsits used to be a favourite snack of mine and I could devour packet after packet of them. However when I came across Tesco Cheese Puffs in the store last week, I decided it was about time I gave them a go.

            They can be found in the crisp aisle in Tesco and were alongside the other Tesco crisps such as the onion rings and salt and vinegar sticks. Its wise to make sure you don't get these mixed up with the cheese balls as the packet is very similar.

            The crisps come in one size of bag only and that Is a 150g bag. This is a lot bigger than your average sized bag of crisps. It will serve roughly 3 or 4 people I imagine however these are pretty large serving sizes. The bag costs 80p which I think is superb. A single 25g packet of cheesy wotsits will cost you around 40p, so for the double the price you get around 6 times the amount of crisps! This is superb.

            The bag is really attractive I feel but it is very minimal. It is mainly a bright orange colour with white writing on it telling you about the product. On the back is the nutrition information and ingredients and some information on how to contact Tesco with problems. On the front of the packet there is a delicious looking picture of the crisps which have been emptied out into a bowl. They look delicious and look slightly larger than Wotsits.

            Opening the bag is easy and you will be immediately hit with a cheesy smell. Taking one out I realised they were slightly larger than the branded version however were a bit paler in colour. They had a nice texture to them but did have a lot of coating on the front. The first thing I noticed when popping into my mouth was the subtle cheese flavour. It wasn't a strong flavour but it was really nice. They were quite crunchy but if you let them sit on your tongue they slowly began to melt. Gorgeous.

            Crisps are never going to be healthy and in fact a 25g portion which is a recommended size of serving contains 133 calories and 8g of fat. Its easy to munch say 75g let alone 25g, and sometimes even the whole bag will be polished off in a oner! This bumps up the calorie content quite a lot.

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              18.07.2009 20:38
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              I'm not one to pass up a special offer in the supermarket so when I came across Tesco Dark Chocolate Fudge cake reduced I didn't hesitate before I bought it.
              This ice cream is part of the premium range, which includes different flavours such as strawberry cheesecake, rocky road and toffee almond.

              The ice cream can be found in the freezers alongside the other ice creams. These ice creams were in a freezer to themselves however in the next door container was Haagen Dazs. This was quite encouraging as surely if they were next to an amazing branded name, they would be good quality. The name "premium" also suggests luxury, so I was ever so keen to try it. I popped two different cartons into my trolley, and one of them was the dark chocolate fudge cake option.

              The ice cream comes in one size only, and this size is one litre. The one litre container costs £3 usually. However like I said at the start of my review, at the moment, there is a special offer on , and you can get the tub for only £2. This means that it works out at only £1 per 500ml. This is superb considering that a branded version such as Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Dazs, will cost usually £3 or sometimes even £4. Even when the ice cream is at full price, this is still a good price.

              The ice cream comes in a plastic tub. Normally ice creams of this "quality" come in a cardboard tub so I was pleased to have a proper plastic container. The lid is also made out of plastic and is very big and wide. The container has quite a fun feel to it. it's a milky dark brown colour, and there is some information written on about product name, and description in fun, friendly writing. Around the side of the container is nutritional information and ingredients details. Its all really easy to read due to the fact its well and clearly set out. There is no proper picture on the carton, only a tiny little picture of a block of chocolate. The tub is really quite attractive but I feel it would be even more tempting if it had a mouth watering picture on it.

              The plastic lid is actually really quite difficult to remove and requires a bit of fiddling. I actually cut my finger on the plastic. Underneath the plastic there was no foil lid or anything which I found a little odd because usually with these kinds of ice cream there is a layer of protection for freshness. None the less, I carried on. The ice cream looked really quite delicious. The ice cream did look pretty dark however not as dark as I was expecting considering the name. there were clearly little pieces of brownie sticking out of the top of it. The smell was quite strong, and smelled just like any other chocolate ice cream.

              Its worth while taking out the dessert about ten minutes before consuming so that it softens off as it is very hard and rock ice hard if you don't. once its melted a little tiny bit, it's a lot easier to scoop out into your bowl. I had a nice little portion to myself! The first thing I detected was the amazing strong chocolate taste. It actually tasted really milky but it did have the slight taste of dark chocolate in it. It was quite strong and if it hadn't had extra bits in it, I probably wouldn't have been able to eat any more than a few spoonfuls. This was not a problem though due to the chocolate sauce and brownie pieces. There was plenty of sauce through it. It was nice and thick and actually quite gloopy. It had a lovely chocolate taste to it. The ice cream was loaded with brownie pieces too. They were really quite large and well distributed. They were nice and chewy and seemed to have a gooey chocolate centre. Altogether this ice cream was amazing but extremely chocolatey.

              Of course this isn't very healthy and isn't suitable for those with a milk allergy or who are allergic to gluten.

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                18.07.2009 20:16
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                I've never been a huge fan of smoothie and definitely wouldn't have chosen it myself however the past two months or so, I've loved to have a nice drink of fresh fruit smoothie during the day. I do like the branded versions however Tesco smoothies are incredibly good too. One of the ones that I have taken joy in trying is the Tesco strawberry and banana smoothie!

                The smoothie comes in two different sizes. The smaller bottle is 250ml which is a typical serving size anyway and this size would be bought if you were on the go and wanted a nice fruity top up. The larger bottle contains a litre and would therefore be more for storing at home and will give you around four servings from it, obviously depending on what size your portion is. The smaller bottle costs 97p and the larger £1.97. This is quite expensive however if you look at the branded version, the Innocent smoothie in the same flavour, a little 250ml bottle will cost £1.75 and the larger almost £3. Therefore looking at it like this, the price of the Tesco one is pretty damn good.

                The bottle, for me is quite attractive. It is a see through plastic bottle which means you can see the delicious looking smoothie from the first glance you make. This for me is more appealing and makes my decision easier than any fancy designs on labels. It looks nice and pink through the plastic and it is a pretty, pleasant colour. The lid is made of plastic. The label around the bottle is made from a thin plastic material. On it, is nutrition and ingredients information ,details on the product and information on how to contact Tesco if you have any problem. There are no pictures on the label but this is ok because you don't need it when you can clearly see the product itself.

                Before you open the smoothie, you are advised to give it a good shake and so I did, making sure the lid was tightly on! The plastic cap is pretty easy to unscrew but be careful not to tip the bottle over when doing so as it may require a bit of a yank! The smell when the lid comes off is absolutely glorious. I wasn't expecting too strong an aroma considering it is a Tesco's own product however the fruity scent that came from the bottle was absolutely gorgeous. The smell was mostly like berries however I did detect a slight banana smell to it too. Gorgeous.

                Now for the most important part, the drinking. I took a swig and was immediately hit by the texture. It seemed a lot thinner than I had been expecting. It wasn't watery however it definitely wasn't as thick as branded versions. Towards the bottom of the smoothie it was a bit thicker which I didn't really understand as I had given it a mighty great shake. The taste was mostly like berries. It did have a nice strawberry tang too it however I think there was a raspberry tint to it too. The banana could be tasted towards the end and it was wonderful. The smoothie was really sweet though and actually became a little bit sickly towards the end of the bottle.

                Although this is a "healthy" snack, the nutrition isn't actually overly great. The 250ml will give you 115 calories and 0.5g of fat. The fat content is super but the calories seems a bit high considering you could have probably two whole crates of strawberries for the same amount of calories. The smoothie also has a whopping amount of sugar in at a horrendous 25g! The smoothie is suitable for vegetarians.

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                Please note however that Est Est Est is now known as Gusto's.

                "Est Est Est" was a restaurant we just happened to stumble upon one afternoon in Edinburgh. The restaurant is situated on George Street which is an extremely popular street in the heart of the Edinburgh city centre. The restaurant is quite easy to spot from the outside and it lies very near the Roxburgh Hotel.


                We arrived at the restaurant around 6pm, however we had booked a table in advance just to make sure we got a place in the restaurant. From the outside of the hotel it seems very pretty. There were a few tables outside however these were completely filled full. They seemed to be only two or three seated tables so if there were more of you, you may find it difficult to sit together if you wanted to dine outdoors. The restaurant had a nice marbled, green exterior which looked really fresh and posh.

                Going through the doors we were greeted immediately by a charming Italian waiter! I love it when you go into special foreign restaurants and the people who will be serving you for that evening are of that exact nationality! It makes it seem a bit more authentic I think! He asked if we had a table booked, and we told him we had a 4 seat table booked under our name. He quickly scanned his records before looking up at us, smiling and signalling for us to follow him. He lead us back to a table quite near the back of the restaurant which suited me greatly as I like to be tucked away. There didn't seem to be many tables free however this is probably to do with the fact it was a very popular dinner time. The table we were sat up at was very nice. It was laid with a white table cloth, and the chairs were very comfortable too. The tables weren't overly huge however there was just enough room for all of us!

                Not long had we sat down, before the waiter who had introduced himself at the beginning came back to take our drinks orders. I simply opted for a diet coke, as did my little brother however my grandma decided on one of their special red wines, and my grandad followed her choice by going for a red wine, but of a different kind. While the drinks were coming, I had time to inspect the restaurant a little bit. It certainly looked very fresh and clean. The tables were neatly spaced out so that nobody was bumping into each other. The majority of diners were adults however there did seem to be a few other boys around my age with their families. There were no children or toddlers though, which for me, who hates loud noises, was excellent. I wouldn't necessarily say that this was a no children restaurant however I do think you'd have to be positive your children were on their best behaviour before they dined. In the restaurant there was some very faint, Italian music playing however it just made the atmosphere a little more original and didn't really add anything to the experience. There was a nice little chitter, chatter sound however most of the diners were civilised and speaking at low levels.

                After around three minutes the waiter arrived back at our tables with our drinks! The diet cokes were a lovely size, however I was a bit worried about the glasses of wine! They were absolutely massive. My grandad joked that he had ordered a glass of wine, not a litre of wine, however I know secretly he wasn't complaining. The cokes were really fizzy however there was a slice of lemon in it which I hadn't requested. I wasn't too keen on this but as I fished it out straight away it wasn't a problem! Apparently the wine was beautiful. My grandma commented that hers was lovely and "dry" however my grandad's was apparently "anything but dry". Once we'd received our drinks we were given a menu. I thought this a bit weird as usually you are given your menu as soon as you sit down however I suppose it gave us a little bit of time to get organised and settled in.

                The menu was very large and when we were each holding up our menu's we couldn't see each others faces as they were so large. There was a lot to choose from on the menu, all of your original typical Italian dishes as well as some more unusual meals. After around 5 minutes of skimming the menu we decided on what we wanted. The waiter had obviously been watching us and the second we had placed our menu's down he was over at our table with his pen and paper taking our requests. He smiled and joked with us as he ordered but I had a little trouble understand him because his accent was so strong! My grandma seemed to find him hilarious though!

                While we were waiting on the meal arriving, I went to the toilets. They were very clean and very fresh. In the toilets there was some louder, Italian music playing which made me giggle a little bit. There were around 4 cubicles downstairs but only one of them was filled when I was down so I didn't have to wait. There was plenty of loo roll, and in the 3 out of the 4 soap dishes there was soap. One thing that got to me a bit though was the smell. It didn't smell to pleasant at all and actually smelled pretty similar to McDonald's toilets.

                I returned to my seat, and around ten minutes later, our starters arrived. I thought fifteen minutes was an alright amount of time to have to wait on our first course however any longer and I would have got a bit agitated. I had ordered my starter from the "healthy living" section of the menu. I had eventually chosen the warms figs, walnut and goats cheese, raisin bread with a honey and butter drizzle. The plateful I was given was a lovely size. It wasn't too big however it wasn't tiny either. I was given three three figs, two blocks of cheese, and two slices of raisin bread. I was also given a knife. I'm not overly keen on the taste of figs however these ones were lovely and sweet and didn't have the disgusting taste I often find they have. I only managed one fig though. The cheese was lovely. Although it was goats cheese it actually tasted very much like cheddar cheese. It was nice and hard too which is the way I like it. The raisin bread was gorgeous and the raisins were nice and chewy, big , fat and plump! Delicious. I was really glad I'd opted for a healthy living starter! My brother had ordered for his first course, a serving of cheese garlic bread. He was given three decent sized slices. He thoroughly enjoyed his garlic bread and said it tasted like a garlic pizza, minus the tomato! Surely this is a good thing. My grandparents were a bit more adventurous and one ordered tiger prawns and the other otped for pea and mint soup. The soup was a splendid bright green in colour and looked to be steaming hot. My grandma thoroughly enjoyed her soup and said she was glad that there was only a very, very mild minty taste. My brother had a spoonful of the soup but didn't like it. The tiger prawns were massive so luckily my grandad was only given two of them. They came with three mini pots, one filled with tomato salsa, the other with a cream and chive dip and the other was a green guacamole. Overall we were all thoroughly impressed with our starters.

                Ten minutes after we had finished our first course, and our plates had been cleared away, we were brought our main courses. My brother and I were also brought another diet coke, and the jug of water my grandparents had requested had arrived on the table too. I had ordered a simple Margherita pizza where as my little brother had gone for a delicious bowl of spaghetti Bolognese. We had been a bit boring compared to 'granny and 'grandpa's choices. My grandma had chosen a salmon dish, and my grandad had eventually decided on a wild mushroom risotto!

                I had been told my pizza came in two sizes, so I decided on the smaller one after all I had already had a starter! It was a lovely size, it was still a bit on the big side for me though and I did leave a slice of it. It was delicious though. The dough base was lovely and soft and doughy which is jus the way I like it. The crusts were nice and crisp and had a lovely crunch to them. The tomato base was unusual! It wasn't just plain tomato sauce but instead there were whole chunks of tomato on it! I would have personally preferred it to be just smooth as I had chunky textures however the lovely tangy taste made up for it. There seemed to be an awful lot of tomato on it though and it was actually spilling off from the sides. There was a nice serving of cheese on the top two which tasted just like typical mozzarella cheese. It was nice and chewy and at times was a bit TOO stringy! My brother enjoyed his spaghetti Bolognese for sure! He ended up with the majority of it sprayed all over his white tshirt and his cheeks. It was a massive bowl but he did manage to finish most of it. The spaghetti looked fresh and there was a lovely serving of the meaty Bolognese mixed through it too! He thoroughly enjoyed it!
                My grandma was pleased with her salmon dish too. She was served up a large piece of salmon, mashed potato and a jug with some sort of sauce in it. She was also given a side plate of green beans and some other type of vegetables which she happily munched through. She says that the salmon "had a very fishy taste to it but it wasn't too strong" and the mash was lovely and soft and tasty but it could have "done with a little bit more salt". check out grandma the food critic! My grandad enjoyed his rissotto. He opted for the "large" which maybe was a bit too large for him as he struggled towards the end. I have to say, the smell of all our different meals combined was utterly gorgeous!

                Dessert arrived around fifteen minutes following this. It was good as it gave us a little bit of time to digest our maincourse though personally I could have done with about ten minutes more than that! I decided on a sticky toffee pudding! I was asked whether I'd like a small or large portion and feeling a bit guilty I opted for the small portion. My grandma ordered the sticky toffee pudding too meanwhile my grandad ordered pear and almond tart and my brother a chocolate mousse. The small portion of sticky toffee pudding was just enough. It came with either vanilla ice cream, or cream but I chose the ice cream. The sponge was lovely and soft but had a great chew to it too. The sauce was deliciously sweet but incredibly sticky so I was careful not to get it on my hands. The ice cream was nice and creamy but wasn't anything too special. The slice of tart that my grandad had was absolutely huge. It also came with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream. The tart was very hot at first, however the smell radiating from it was utterly divine. It smelled very pastry like! Apparently it was delicious and the taste of almond, fruit and tart combined amazingly well together. My brother enjoyed his chocolate mousse but couldn't finish It as it was so sickly sweet.

                Overall, we were really quite pleased with our meal. all of the food had been hot and to a brilliant quality and the portion sizes had been very generous, sometimes even too big! The service we received throughout was good however I found the waiter a bit too in your face for my liking and annoyed me a bit when he kept coming throughout our meal asking if we had enjoyed it!

                We each had 3 courses, and my grandparents had a glass of wine each, as well as a diet coke each. My brother and I had two glasses of fizzy juice too. For all of this, we were charged £116. Personally I feel for the quality of this food, this isn't too bad! We left a tip of £7 as we felt that this was appropriate.
                I feel our experience at this restaurant was really good, and would go back once again!

                It Is worth booking a table though before dining here, as it can be quite busy especially around lunchtimes and dinner times. This can be done easily over the phone or online and as far as I am aware doesn't require an extra booking fee, or it didn't when we booked anyway!

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                If you are more interested in the menu and what it has to offer then I'm sure a full menu can be found on their website too!

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