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I have been buying and using this Sainsburys basic white chocolate for many years now. It has recently gone up in price - It is now 35 pence for 100 grams, which I feel still represents good value for money. I think this chocolate is OK taste wise for a treat (although it can be a bit sickly after a couple of chunks) but its brilliant for baking with. The white chocolate is quite sweet and quite tasty. Consistency is Ok aswell, its quite amooth in texture and appearance except fo a few waves indented in each chunk of chocolate. I dont find it as smooth in the mouth as some of the more expensive brands but if you have a sweet tooth and dont want to spend more than a few pennies then this chocolate bar is a worthwhile purchase. The packaging doesnt help the chocolate bars appeal, it is very bland and cheap looking, which I think cheapens a perceftly good chocolate bar! Calories wise this is chocolate, so a little in moderation is OK. However, should you eat the whole bar you will have had more than a few calories towards your daily allowance - and no doubt be feeling really sickly afterwards. I have eaten a whole bar before and I think white chocolate should be eaten in moderation to really enjoy it. Overall I thinks its a product that is well worth its money. When you think what branded white chocolate bars cost thi one is a real steal. Size wise I have never found any bar biger than 100g which is somewhat frustrating if you want to do lots of baking or eating?
I enjoy giving my pets a bit of variety, especially when it comes to meal times. So, with this in mind I try and buy one off tins (as and where I can). I recently brought a 400g tin of butchers tripe mix from my local home bargains store. I have had butchers before but not for a while, and to be honest the thing that tempted me was the £0.35pennce price tag (on offer).
The packaging is plain and simple. I picked up a celebrating 25 years (limited edition) tin, which is blue and white striped with a photo of a happy looking dog on it.
Contents wise, this tin was quite full. It is a pet hate of mine where you buy a tin and it only be half full, but this one was nearly 90% full. Appearance wise the wet food is quite bland in colour, it is a light brown/cream colour, which doesn't look very appetizing for me, but the dogs enjoyed it!
Ingredients wise each 400g tin contains vitamins A and Vitamins D3. There is no soya, ceral of preservatives in each tin, which it says on the back of the tin, and to be honest I prefer it. I find my dogs are a lot more calmer when they eat food that doesn't contain cereals and unnecessary preservatives.
Taste wise - It passed the taste test. The mix was consumed with pedigree dry mixer, and was gone before you even had time to blink - so it must be OK!
In terms of price, I feel I got it at a bargain price, however I have seen it retail for around £.050 pence which I feel is still good value for a good sized tin of dog food.
Overall I would not hesitate to recommend and would feed to my dogs as a one off again. Not sure about regularly, or what long term benefits the dogs' gain, but in the short term it filled them up, kept them happy and gave them a change from the routine.
I like eating pizzas, they are quick to cook, easy to serve and tasty at any time of the year. Normally from Iceland I tend to stick to their chees and tomato or cheese and garlic pizzas. However a few weeks ago, I saw this pizza on the end of the aisles which caught my eye. The packaging is bright, eye-catching and I think very non Iceland.
The pizza sat in my freezer until a few nights ago, when I just fancied it. Upon opening the pizza I have to say I was surprised. I know nothing looks like the picture, but this honestly looked nothing like the picture. It looked small, and squashed, and almost as though someone had sat on it in transit. It was colourful, I will give it that, but the ingredients just looked proceeded, especially the yellow and red peppers. I could see red onions, but the spinach and courgettes the back of the package promised were included were nowhere to be found.
After looking at it and deciding whether to cook it or not I thought what the heck, I have brought it now so I might as well give it a go, and to be honest I wish I hadn't bothered. Lack of taste is a real understatement. I found this pizza to be very bland and tasteless. It tasted more like a supermarket value pizza than a pizza packed with vegetables.
Overall for me the packaging was the highlight. If the pizza was of the same standard as the outer packaging then I would have no problem, but I suppose it comes down to you get what you pay for.
I would suggest that if you are looking for a tasty vegetable pizza then you steer clear of this one, and consider spending double to get the quality and the taste - I know this is what I will be doing in the future.
I have never really tried curry sauce out of a jar before (not sure why) just haven't! So, I thought I would start off by trying a popular and medium flavour/taste sauce. I brought this 420g Tikka Masala sauce from my local Sainsburys, when it was on offer for just £1.00. As I am vegetarian I decided to make a chicken style curry with it. To be fair expectations weren't high. The sauce didn't look too appetizing in the jar, and even less so once open, as I had to scoop it out! However, looks really are deceiving as this sauce tastes lovely. I added it to Quorn chicken style pieces and white rice to make my "curry".
Even though the consistency of the sauce was a bit odd for me (I found it to be a bit thick) it does in fact thin out as you add it to your chosen dish. Scent/Smell wise this sauce is not too overpowering, and smells really quite fresh when it's being cooked. Flavour and taste wise this sauce has its own unique taste, of course it doesn't taste like a curry you get from a takeaway, but, I feel you can really taste the ginger and coriander in the mix, making it taste much more like a "proper curry"
Price wise, I thought £1.00 was a bargain. I have since brought more and found it varies between £1.79 and £1.89 which I still feel is good, as the sauce when added to chicken or similar makes enough to serve 4, which I think represents good value for money.
The packaging of the curry sauce is distinct. It can be easily seen and spotted on the supermarket shelves thanks to its bright orange and yellow label.
Overall I feel this is a good halfway house for curry lovers out there. The tikka masala sauce offers a fresh yet quite warm taste that is hard to replicate.
For a long time now I have always used fairy liquid, but I thought I would have a change and try out easy washing up liquid. I brought 2 of these large bottles (650ml) from my local bargain store for just £1.00, so thought I would give them a go for what it was worth. I usually buy fairy original, but I decided to go with Easy's lemon fragrance. Of course the bottle didn't and still doesn't look anything special. It looks like every other washing up liquid bottle (bar supermarket value ones), it's clear, easy to hold - even with wet hands, and it's recyclable.
Even though the bottle didn't excite me the product did. To be totally honesty I was really sceptical. I have brought value/cheaper products before and ended up using twice as much, so I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised when I only had to use a small amount of liquid to get clean and sparkling dishes. The lemon fragrance is lovely, and quite strong, which is great for me as I find fragrances make my dishes smell and feel that extra bit cleaner and shinier!
I use about a capful every time I wash the pots, and I wash pots three times a day, so as you can imagine I get through a bit of liquid every day. I didn't think it would last longer than a couple of weeks but it's lasting quite well. The length of time it lasts was another concern of mine, as I am used to one bottle of fairy lasting around 5 weeks, and so far 1 bottle has kept me going 4 weeks - and there's still a bit left in the bottom!
So overall I am really happy with this product, I am saving money and still getting clean dishes as a result, so I have lost nothing! BUT I will be saving around £1.00 every time I buy easy washing up liquid. This washing up liquid also comes in other fragrances such as aloe vera which I can't wait to try, and it is readily available in bargain stores, so I will be buying it again as soon as I need some.
When it comes to buying treats and hygiene products for my two dogs I can sometimes get a bit flustered. There are literally hundreds of sticks, treats and chews out there all claiming to clean my dogs teeth and keep them healthy and happy. I brought pedigree denta stix for the first time 2 weeks ago. Normally I buy Bakers but a family friend recommended these to me so I thought I would give them a go. Having one little dog, aged 3 and one very large dog aged 6, meant I had to buy two different packets from my local pets at home store. The small pack of 7 cost me £1.40 and the large pack for my large dog cost me £2.45 (again for a pack of 7).
Packaging of this product is instantly recognisable. The bright yellow pedigree packaging always stands out on any store shelf, so I am sure you will have no trouble finding these. Price wise I thought these were very good value, especially for the job they are doing. As of late in my recent pets at home store I have seen these on offer, sometimes 2 for £2.50 on the smaller packets, so it's worth keeping an eye on the price as it can fluctuate.
Appearance wise these denta stix are not that appealing (to me anyway) but my dogs seem to think otherwise. Each long star shaped stick is a bland cream/beige colour. So as you can see don't be expecting anything too exciting when you unwrap the stixs. I have found the stixs are quite easily and quickly consumed even by my little dog, so don't expect this to be a treat for them that will last them any longer than a couple of minutes.
I give these to my dogs every few days as they have a raw and dry food mix, but I think you know when it's best to give them to your dog, and if you are ever in doubt there are guidelines on the back of each packet.
Overall after 2 weeks of usage on both of my dogs I have noticed there teeth looking a bit cleaner (and their breath smelling better) Denta stixs claim to reduce the build up of tartar which to be honest I am sure they do, and this is why I will continue to use them in the future.
Although I do not suffer from dandruff that often, I do have bouts of it, and these periods are every few months, when I just simply cannot get rid of the stuff, which to be honest is embarrassing!. I have tried several hair care ranges from the mighty expensive (for me) at around £6.00 a bottle, to the run of the mill value shampoo from the big supermarkets.
To be totally honest, I do not usually buy this brand however, I decided to purchase this head and shoulders shampoo for two reasons. The first reason being because it was on offer (two for £5.00 if memory serves) and secondly because it had been recommended to me on a previous occasion. I brought the product and immediately started to use it just the same as my normal everyday shampoo- once every day. At first I didn't notice a difference at all and I have to admit I was very disappointed, however after around 2 weeks of usage the dandruff began to clear up. Although it did not disappear while using this shampoo, and to be honest I am not quite sure why it did not, it still made me feel better within myself, and it sure helped get rid of the visible dandruff I had previously had.
The shampoo looked just like every other shampoo, it was light blue/white and colour and quite creamy when applied to my hair (before being rubbed in). In terms of value for money I think this product is ok, a 250ml bottle lasted me just over 3 weeks, which I thought was OK.
Ingredients wise this shampoo contains a multitude of ingredients such as limonene, sodium benzoate and zinc carbonate to mention but 3. Before purchasing this shampoo I would recommend that you read what ingredients the shampoo contains before applying it, as I know from a family friend that this anti dandruff shampoo is not suitable for all sensitive hair types/scalps.
Overall I saw visible results, and even though the shampoo did not eradicate the dandruff I had it did make it better.
Like most people I love nothing more than a nice cup of tea. I am however quite loyal to food/cupboard brands, so have to admit, when it comes to Tea, I have literally drunk no other Tea bags in about 10 years.
Anyway, I usually buy the 500g bags, which contain 160 tea bags. Normally this packet is priced around £3.80 where I shop. I feel packaging for this product is instantly recognisable. It is bright blue, and of course has the Tetley logo emblazoned onto the middle. Ingredients wise, it includes what it says on the packet, and by this I mean it only contains 100% passion and tea! Apart from this and some contact details/advertising for Tetley red bush I have found the packaging to be quite boring and simple.
Now, on to the tea bags. The tea bags are round in shape and about ½ full of tea, even though I am sure they used to be ¾ full. Usage wise, I have found that each tea bag normally makes two decent cups of teas. Trying to save money and use the tea bag more just isn't worth it in my opinion, as after making 2 cups the teabag just ends up producing tea that looks like and tasting like warm milk.
Taste wise I feel Tetleys used to be quite distinctive, I am not sure what it was, but it just tasted refreshing and full of life (if that makes sense) However, as of late I have noticed the tea tastes differently, I have found with the last couple of bags that the tea has left an awful aftertaste in my mouth, something that it kind of musky and artificial. As the brand and teabag itself has changed so much over the years I am not sure that you would now even notice the difference between a Tetley cup of tea and its competitors.
Overall I like, in fact I love a good cup of tea, however unfortunately Tetley's lack of strength and flavour, has left me trying and switching to other brands.
As you can probably tell from my other reviews I am quite a fan of meat free products, of course some offer health benefits, but I also find them quite tasty! The burgers I am reviewing are often on offer in my local tesco's for 3 quorn products for £5.00, which works out good value for me, and as such I take the offer up as and when I can.
These breaded chicken style burgers are tasty, filling and quite succulent for saying they are not "real meat". Each burger is ok in size, and although only about 1.5 - 2 cms thick the filling you get more than makes up for the lack of size/appearance this burger has to offer. Each burger is well covered in breadcrumbs, and I have found that when cooked in the oven, or on the stove, they still only manage to lose a few crumbs off each burger, which I think is good as sometimes the breadcrumbs and coating can come off products when they are being cooked.
I have found these burgers perfect for all year round eating and also for bbq's. Taste wise I think they are scrummy, they kind of melt in your mouth and they don't look too bad either. Some meat free food can look very bland and colourless, however these burgers have a golden breaded coat on them which makes them look more substantial.
As I have had these burgers on several occasions and for many months now I have noticed the packaging can vary. Sometimes the burgers come in a box, and other times just loose in a packet. Although the packaging is clean, bright and somewhat fresh looking it is not really noticeable on the supermarket shelves, and as such I feel you have to actually look hard for these products (well in my local supermarket anyway!!)
Quantity wise you usually get 4 burgers in each 252g pack, however I have had one with 5 in before (lucky me!). Healthy eating wise each burger contains -123 calories per burger, 0.8 g of salt equivalent, and 7.2 g of proteins. In terms of ingredients this product contains a mixture, including free range egg whites, wheat protein, sunflower oil and milk proteins to name but a few.
Overall I find these burgers good value for money, and ideal for any time/occasion throughout the year.
I am one of the very few people I know that actually enjoys trying different types and varieties of washing powder, from tablets to powder, you name it I have tried it!
I brought the Lavender and Chamomile 800g box around 2 weeks ago, and it has just ran out. I have used bolds 2 in 1 powders before and have often found they do not live up to all they promise, however this 2 en 1 was/is different to the other powders within the range - I'm sure of it.
As soon as you open up the box you can instantly smell the frange which is strong, feminine yet fresh smelling all at the same time. After getting the first scoop out of the box I thought the fragrance would disappear, leaving my washing smelling just clean, however I was pleasantly suprised. I could smell the pretty floral scent of the powder even when it was in the drawe of my washing machine which I was very impressed with.
I wash all loads on 30/cold wash, and thought this might cause some of the scent to be lost during washing, however I was yet again suprised in a good way. I pulled the washing out and could still smell (virtually instantly the lavender, which was lovely)
So, it had passed the washing stage, but the real test was going to be would it pass the 12 hour stage (as it says on the top of the box - 12 hours of wear clean and fresh feeling) I found that with each piece of clothing washed in the bold 2 in 1, lavender and chamomile, clothes stayed fresh for aroun 8 hours, which was good enough for me, maybe I didnt use enough?
I brought this box fore £3.50 from my local tesco express store, which I thought was a little bit pricey, but hey it was convenient. I am sure you can get it for a lot cheaper if you are prepared to shop around.
Lastly and not leastly the only thing I haveto comment on is the texture of the powder and how many washes I was able to get out of an 800g box. Firstly, the powder is white with little blue bits (crystals) in and looks very much like any other washing powder I have seen before, and secondly I only got 9 washes out of my box, even though it says I should get 10 (For the record I followed washing guidelines on side of box)
In conclusion if you want fresh smelling clothes that leave you feeling clean and fresh for 8 hours, then this is the product to buy.
Having a house full of pets means I am always cleaning to ensure I keep the place looking like a house, and not a zoo! This is not my first carpet cleaner, and so to be honest I kind of knew what I was looking for, and this just fit the bill. As you can probably tell, I have owned carpet cleaners before and have never really been anything but happy with them, but my vax is literally my saviour. I honestly do not know where I would be without it.
I brought my Vax from homebase, just over a year ago, and I brought it because it was on special offer (I think it was in a clearance section after xmas). At first I thought it was pricey, even for a reduced model, but now I know why it was more than similar (yet cheaper) models. With this carpet cleaner I am truly getting very good value for money.
The Vax carpet cleaner is really easy to use, and very easy to clean, literally everything can be washed out from the attachments to the suction pipe, which makes cleaning it a breeze. My model came with two attachments that are suitable for carpet cleaning even those small nooks and crannys within your home. I have to say, my carpet cleaner gets its use, on average it is used about once every two weeks, and so far, so good.....
Over a year of use and it still cleans like it did when I bought it. Although not one of the lightest models around this carpet cleaner is easy to move around from room to room.
On another note, when I first got this model, I used nothing but VAX AAA carpet cleaner, which doesnt come cheap, however, nowadays I use whats on offer/own brand name shampoo, which works just as well, and hasnt affected the cleaner in any detrimental way (touch wood).
I like to buy different varieties of pizza like most people. I like to get a pizza that suits the mood I am in. I have tried many brands over the years from stores own to Goodfellas, and I have to say first off I have not had a Goodfellas pizza for over a year now, just because I thought prices were extortionate. However, upon a recent shopping trip I decided to purchase a deep pan cheese pizza as it was on offer in my local Morrison's for just £1.00. A few days after my shopping trip, I went on to consume the pizza. Upon opening the box for the pizza this is for me where the disappointment began. At first glance you could see gaps where there was no cheese, and on further inspection you could clearly see that there was not a very good coating of cheese, which I felt was poor for saying the pizza was called "Loaded Cheese". The pizza took just a bit over 20 minutes to cook which I was happy with as on the back of the packet the guideline says 22-25 minutes at 190.
Once the pizza was out of the oven, cooked and ready to cut up I couldn't help but notice at how small it actually was and how much it had shrunk while being cooked. Let's just say, it ended up looking more like a value pizza than a Goodfellas pizza. After this disappointment, I cut the pizza up ready. Upon consuming the pizza I was disappointed once again, this time by the lack of taste. I was honestly expecting a cheese overload especially as that is what it is called, however during consumption I have to admit that I could taste a bit of cheese, but no where near enough. I could taste more tomato then anything. The pizza served 4, but the portions were very small, and not ideal if you have a large appetite. Overall I have only given this pizza one star, simply because it was on offer and was cheap. If it was full price I would definitely not buy it, as I feel that the packaging is more exciting than the pizza itself.
I have two cats. One that loves the outdoors and another who just cannot face going outdoors, even when it is sunny and dry. Having never owned an indoor cat I struggled to find a nutritious dry food that he would enjoy eating and that would be good for him. They both eat wet pouches in addition to their dry food so the wet food was not a problem, but, what dry food was I going to get for my indoor cat, to make sure he was not missing out on anything?
I went to my local pets at home store and got talking to a sales assistant who recommended I try go cats indoor dry food, so I did. At first I was a bit pessimistic, not because of the price, even though it is quite pricey, but more so because it didn't look any different to normal dry cat food.
The first time I came to feed my cat his breakfast he rushed to see what I had given him, and thankfully he ate the whole thing and then wandered off, so it must have been OK. After 3 weeks of feeding him his go cat I have to say his fur is a lot smoother than it was previously and his eyes definitely appear brighter. I am very happy with the results I have achieved from this indoor cat food and because of the results it is a product I will continue to use, and one I will continue to recommend to other indoor cat owners.
The packaging for the go cat complete for indoor cats is bright yellow and easy to find on any good supermarket shelf. Price of the food does vary dependant on of course where you buy it from. I have however found Wilkinson's (the larger stores) to be very competitive on price and the cheapest around (for me).
The cat food looks more appetizing than cheaper alternatives. It has green and orange pieces of food in it, as apposed to just brown pieces that you just seem to get with cheaper cat food.
In my opinion if you care about your indoor cat and want to make sure they get the nutrients they need and want then you will not go far wrong with this go cat, just make sure you shop around to get the best price around, as prices vary quite widely, and you don't want to pay more than you have too.
Having two dogs means that it's essential I give them a variety of food and treats, simply to keep them entertained and happy, as who wants to eat the same thing over and over again. I saw these prize fishy treats for dogs while in Wilkinson's for around 89p and thought hey what the heck, they are cheap, they are on offer and they might like them, so, I brought them, and since that day nearly 3 months ago I have never looked back. The treats are now one of the best things my dogs have, and they love them. The treats are not the most exciting things to look at, in fact they are quite boring to look at and brown, so not the most appealing. Having said this though my dogs love them, especially as they are quite fishy smelling, which totally surprised me. Although the scent of fish is not overpowering or strong in the slightest, you can tell they are fish scented treats.
For me how the treats smell is almost as important as how they look and having previously brought Wilkinson's pet food and treats before I was not expecting the treats to actually be fishy, but blimey, some bags are fishy, when you open the bag you can certainly smell them. It is at this point that the dogs (and cats) go crazy for them, so I have found it's wise to open them in a different room.
The bags are very easy to open and resealable, which is always handy. On several occasions I have noticed the bags/packaging are a bit flimsy for my liking, as if you open them just wrong the bag will split so far that your fishy treats will end up all over the floor.
Overall if you are looking for good, tasty treats that give a bit of variety to your dogs everyday diet then these are perfect, as they are affordable, and handy in size. I have one patterdale dog and one Labrador and with them they last about 2 weeks however they will easily keep you going for days, maybe longer, dependant on the frequency you give your dog/s treats.
I have two cats and sometimes keeping them entertained and giving them treats that they enjoy, and are actually interested in is somewhat difficult and expensive. I have tried them with many treats from cat sticks to cat nip. Most recently I tried out some new cat nip, simply to save a bit of money. I picked up these good girl catnip drops while in town recently. Normally anything to do with cat nip sparks the cat's interest but not this product I am sad to say and I don't think I can blame them! When I opened the packet, I was a bit disappointed to see these tiny green/cream coloured drops that looked very plain and boring. Apparently the cats thought the same things as they would not go near them, even the local greedy fat cat turned his nose up at them!
I paid 65 pence for these treats from a local pet store, but I was expecting more for my money than I got. Ok, so I wasn't expecting a treat that was super exciting, but to be honest I was expecting something that my cats even looked the slightest bit interested in. Upon further inspection of the packet, on the front and on the back it does say the drops are "flavoured" with real cat nip. So, based on this it doesn't look like they used enough flavouring, as my cats aren't the pickiest in the world, but they definitely won't make do with something that is basically nothing!
Packaging for this product is plain and easy to spot on the shelf. The packet I have is bright red, and it is easy to open, but, you have to be careful when you open the packet. I have noticed, on one to many occasions that the bag splits all too easily meaning the little drops go all over the place. In hindsight I have learnt my lesson, I would rather pay more for a product that my cats enjoy, or at least show a bit of interest in than cheaper lower end market products that are tasteless, unappealing and mass produced.