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      28.08.2009 12:43
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      Damn that MR Kipling Damn him to Damnation!

      MR Kipling might well bake exceedingly good cakes and he might well be one of the best cake makers in all this fine land but I have a theory about him and that theory is that he might be the devil himself.


      The reason I come to this conclusion is that only the devil could have made something as scarily fattening as the delicious French fancy.


      The French fancy cake for anyone unfortunate enough never to have tried them is a simple sponge cake with a generous dollop of vanilla cream on top and covered in a soft, sweet, super delicious icing.


      They come in three colours, those being brown, pink and yellow, the brown one is chocolate flavoured but the other two are simply fondant icing without added flavouring although many people seem to be certain the yellow one is lemon flavoured.


      These cakes are so deliciously moreish, it is simply impossible to have only one at a time and to make matters worse, the devil man that is MR Kipling seems to have designed these so that if you do not finish the entire box in one day then the icing starts to go crisp even when kept in an air tight container.


      The icing is much better when soft and therefore as well as needing more than one at a time you also feel obliged to eat the whole box in one day, thus piling on layers of disgusting flab because the calorie and fat content is so high, you see, you thought I was mad but he really could be the devil.


      Each French fancy contains 105 nasty calories, 16.7g of scary sugar and 2.7g of horrid fat one whole gram of which will saturate and turn into instant fat on the hips (never the boobs)!!


      The only thing that makes me think perhaps (just perhaps) MR Kipling is not the devil is the fact that he has not added any hydrogenated fat or artificial colourings, had these been present it would have been "I rest my case your honour".


      So there you have it, these cakes are no doubt delicious and they are certainly one of my first choices but they are very dangerous when it comes to your waist line and also your pocket at £1.71 for a packet of 8, oh and not to forget that they might just make all your teeth turn brown or fall out too.

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      • Aldi / Highstreet Shopping / 66 Readings / 68 Ratings
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        07.11.2008 12:32
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        Ok for people on a budget!

        I have visited Aldi on a few occasions now, the first time I went it was purely to be nosey and see what the place was all about and now I mainly go when there is a particular offer that attracts me to go. I expected Aldi to be all about minimalistic packaging, stock stacked in boxes rather than being shelved and hardly a member of staff to be seen to cut costs but in truth it is not at all like that and they simply sell cost effective goods in the same manor that any other supermarket would sell the big brand names.

        Aldi tends not to stock many big brand name products and you can honestly say that after a trip round the store you will only have heard of around a quarter of the things being sold unless of course you have been to Aldi before. You really should not let this put you off as some of the stuff is fairly good and if money is tight then it is well worth trying.

        Some of the best things on offer in Aldi are their crusty loafs of bread, a few of their very inexpensive white wines, and they do some very good biscuits as well but there is a lot to watch out for too. The worst thing I have purchased from Aldi was without doubt a carton of so called fresh orange which was branded Throskat pure juice, it was utterly disgusting and left a terrible after taste, it was so bad I had to double check it was actually in date.

        So you have to be prepared to do the trial and error thing really if you want to get the best out of Aldi. Personally I just check the leaflets for the month ahead and see if there are any great offers on and if there are I head down for exactly what I want but I rarely now try anything else form the shop but if I were cash strapped it is nice to know Aldi is there.

        The one thing to watch out for with Aldi is their fruit and veg, they regularly advertise the lowest fruit and veg prices around but often they are selling the poorest quality fruit and veg and that is why the price is so low.

        I would certainly not say people should avoid Aldi but neither would I shout from the roof tops about the place either. The staff are all friendly enough and the store is clean and well laid out but there are good and bad products throughout so you need to take care when purchasing and be prepared to adopt a trial and error style of shopping for a bit but if you are on a budget then it's worth a go.

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        • KP Choc Dips Original / Snacks / 54 Readings / 50 Ratings
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          29.10.2008 15:09
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          Look out for cheap multi-packs!

          As a young girl KP Choc dips were one of my favourite treats but although I loved them dearly I just seemed to grow out of them or tire myself of them or something because I just suddenly stopped eating them.

          I now have two kids of my own and my son has been right into these for a few years now and it has re-kindled my love for them.

          I now buy them again regularly and my son and I fight over them, the thing of most notice with these now is that the biscuit sticks seem a bit shorter and the price has shot up big time.

          Going back around 10 years ago when I was eating these as a 13 year old, I (well my mum) was paying 20p for one of these but nowadays unless you find them on offer somewhere you will be looking at 55p for this small treat.

          The treat is made up from a small pot of chocolate spread or dip and 8 biscuit sticks to dip in the chocolate, the chocolate is very nice and the sticks are sort of like rich tea biscuits but obviously in stick shape rather than round. The sticks are nice and sweet, without being too sweet and they have a nice crisp crunch to them.

          If KP were to give us ten sticks rather than eight then there would probably be enough to use all the chocolate but for now I have to scoop the last of the chocolate out with a my finger.

          The pot size is 32g and in that 32g you will find 170 calories and 9.5g of fat so as with any chocolate treat you have to try to limit yourself to how many you have in order to avoid the dreaded bulge.

          At 55p a tub I find them very expensive for what you get but my local Farmfoods freezer shop has packs of three of these foe 99p and I snap them up at that price!

          Thanks for reading.

          © 2008 lynseyb

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            17.10.2008 15:51
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            Recommended!!

            We recently purchased this Fisher price laugh and learn kitchen for our baby daughters first birthday and my fiancé built it and said that the construction of it was simple, all the pieces just click into place as the diagram shows and there is only about a dozen or so screws hold the whole thing together.

            Once assembled it is a fairly sturdy unit and I get the feeling it will last well even although kids can be very hashy with things and especially my heavy handed daughter. She has so far had it for just over four months and has been her usual destructive self with it but it has come to no harm.

            We paid £34.99 for it and at that price we are happy with our purchase but the unit retails at around £60 and I am not sure I would have been so happy had I had to part with that much cash. It has three different modes, songs and learning, numbers and sound effects, each of which has a lot of different sounds from ones that emulate kitchen noises to just random beeps and noises.

            The kitchen has all the bits and pieces you would expect such as a wash basin, a fridge, a cooker and much more including lots of utensils and cutlery. Our little girl loves to open and shut the fridge and just generally mess about with the oven door as if cooking, w were slightly worried this would lead her to want to play with the real oven but it has not yet.

            My daughter plays with this every day and really enjoys her time with it and through watching her we can see her learn what all the things are for and she has started trying to copy all the noises so the unit is quite educational as well as fun and I would recommend it to others happily!

            Thanks for reading!

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            15.10.2008 12:34
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            Nothing fabulous here!

            Being a lover of Lyons chocolate cup cakes I was very disappointed to find that Tesco did not have any on a recent shop. Rather than go elsewhere I decided to take a chance on the chocolate cup cakes they did have on their shelves which were made by the wrongly named Fabulous bakin boys. I can tell you there is nothing fabulous about these cakes.

            The sponge base which is always light and very moist on the Lyons version was very dry and almost tasteless relying on the chocolate fondant icing to give the chocolate taste but unfortunately it was very bitter tasting and too hard also.

            The icing on the Lyons version is a nice creamy chocolate flavour and always soft and melt in the mouth perfection.

            Everything about this cake was very artificial and especially the taste and the worst thing about it for me was the fact that I had paid ten pence more for these than I usually pay for the delicious Lyons version.

            The box contained the same six cakes that the Lyons version does but as well as not being as good they are also more fattening, a Lyons cup cake has 146 calories and 3.5g of fat whereas a Fabulous bakin boys cup cake has 147 calories and a whopping 8g of fat.

            I paid £1.12 for these as opposed to the normal £1.02 for my beloved Lyons ones and I would urge people not to make the mistake I made. If the shop you are in does not have your favourite then shop around rather than substituting for a different brand to avoid disappointment.

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              28.09.2008 23:46
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              Powdery watery rubbish with tiny pieces of hard vegetables!

              Batchelors are the king of dried foods being that they are responsible for the most famous cup-a-soups and also the super noodles. Don't get me wrong I am not saying being the kings of dried foods is a good thing, far from it in fact.

              The Batchelors cup-a-soups are awful things and I have only ever tried them twice and that is more than enough to know they are terrible and they are so far from actually being soup it is incredible.

              Soup to me is a thick stock based substance with lots of fresh vegetables in it not a watery based liquid with solid hard freeze dried bits of vegetables floating in it and a powdery residue that gathers around the mug you have it in.

              The powdery residue is probably the thing I hate most about these although there are a lot of other things that come a close second. The most obvious being the brick hard vegetables and the fact that the so called soup is as good as tasteless.

              The two I have tried are the chicken flavour which doesn't even contain any chicken and the golden vegetable which is just like water with a few tiny pieces of hard veg floating around, both are horrible and I will never try another.

              There are eight flavours in total I think although there may be more, the eight I know of are as follows...

              Tomato
              Golden vegetable
              Cheese and broccoli
              Chicken
              Beef and tomato
              Mushroom
              Chinese noodle
              Minestrone

              In order to make one of these so called soups you simply tip the contents of the packet into a mug then pour boiling water in the mug and stir for a couple of minutes until you get a clear watery liquid with bits and pieces floating in it and you are done.

              So yes they are quick and easy but they are also horrible and realistically how much quicker are they, than opening a tin of much better quality soup and heating in a pot or in the microwave?

              Personally there is no substitute in my opinion for a good homemade soup but there are many good tinned soups out there, these cup-a-soups though are very poor quality and as I say taste little or nothing at all like soup in reality.

              They are inexpensive if you actually like them, priced at only 90 odd pence for 5 sachets which make 5 mugs of soup but in my opinion they are actually very poor value for money because of how awful they taste.

              They do have benefits such as being low in fat and low in salt and not containing many calories but then boiled water and powder really shouldn't contain too much that's bad for you should it.

              Most tinned soups or homemade soups will be fairly healthy too so really the only thing these have got going for them is nothing special and can be found in most much better tasting soups too, leaving me to conclude that these are a waste of money and you should avoid them i favour of better products.

              Thanks for reading!

              © lynseyb

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              • KitKat Fine Dark / Chocolate / 43 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                25.09.2008 12:51
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                Bow down to the dark one!

                The humble Kit-Kat has been around since before the dinosaurs it would seem but has never really been a favourite with me, I am never sure whether it is a biscuit or a chocolate bar and I am never sure what to make of it either. However all that said there is now the Kit-Kat dark and this is a whole new ball game.

                The Kit-Kat dark is so delicious it is dangerous, the addition of the rich dark chocolate to those little wafer fingers turns them from mild mannered simple snacks into a devilishly good more upper class fiend of a snack.

                I can regularly be seen in and around town buying these dark delights and shamelessly stuffing them into my mouth with not a thought for what it is doing for my figure, almost any other sweet I eat will make me feel guilty afterwards but with these it just seems so right.

                The fine dark Kit-Kat is covered in chocolate that has at least 50% cocoa solids and has a darker yet still creamy taste, a lovely bitter sweet chocolate that melts on the taste buds calling out for you to take your next bite before you have even swallowed your last.

                Eating this dark delight is almost like being possessed, you get lost in the moment and it does not matter at all that you have a chocolate moustache from shoving the fingers in so quickly and that everyone is staring at you, it matters even less that you have just consumed 233 calories and are already considering having another one, all that matters is that your dark side is being fed.

                Costing only the same as a normal Kit-Kat (around 45p for the four finger version) you do not need to worry that your habit will become too expensive and that you will be forced into a life of crime to feed your dark side, although if you were you would not care about that either just so long as you could have your fine dark Kit-Kat!

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                  23.09.2008 01:22
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                  Well done Tesco!!

                  I am the kind of girl who knows what I like and I like to stick to what I know but with money how it is for everyone these days I have started to be tempted into the odd bargain and these Tesco value rich tea biscuits appeared to be a very good bargain.

                  A 300g packet for only 26p had to make good sense when you consider that for a packet of McVities rich teas I would have had to lay out more than double that. I was unsure of what to expect but nothing ventured nothing gained, so I popped them in the trolley and hoped for the best.

                  The same evening as I bought them they were to be put to the test when I decided that a cup of tea and some rich teas to dunk would be just the thing. My other half being the kind soul that he is made me a cuppa then handed me the biscuits at the same time as calling me a cheap skate, I may be a cheap skate but I am glad I tried them because they are actually very nice.

                  They are a bit harder that the McVities rich tea but as I was going to be dunking them this mattered little and when dunked apart from being slightly smaller than the McVities ones there was little to tell them apart. I like the fact that they are a bit smaller too because I often found that a Mcvities rich tea would be too big to dunk in some mugs without breaking first.

                  Each biscuit contains 36 calories, 1.6g of sugar and 1.2g of fat, I am unsure how this compares with the McVities offerings but I am sure they are very similar and everyone knows that all biscuits are going to be reasonably fattening and not great for your teeth so this info is probably of little interest.

                  They look and taste like any other rich tea if a little smaller, they are nice and sweet without being sickly and when dunked are of a decent consistency so they do not break up and flop in the tea unless left in too long. A great cheaper alternative to McVities in my opinion and the first choice rich tea for me from now on!

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                  © lynseyb

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                • Haribo Star Mix / Sweets / 40 Readings / 39 Ratings
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                  22.09.2008 13:05
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                  I am such a big kid!!

                  I am such a big kid when it comes to Haribo it is unreal, I just have to catch sight of the snazzy deep blue coloured bags with the bright red Haribo name and that's it I gotta have them.

                  In Asda recently they have been selling the 225g packet of Haribo starmix for 50p (normally priced 99p) and it is just too much temptation for me to pass it by.

                  The starmix consists of many types of jelly and foam sweets mainly aimed at kids but hey us adults gotta get some pleasure too. Most of the sweets in the selection can be found in mixtures from shops but they tend to be made by other companies rather than Haribo and not to be of as high standard. So heres a run down on what you get........

                  Jelly bears - different flavoured beards made of yes you guessed it jelly, my favourite is the orange one and you usually get plenty of them.

                  Fried eggs - these are foam based fried egg lookalike sweets with a hard yellow jelly to emulate the yolk, probably my favourite out of all the starmix.

                  Cola bottles - everyone remembers these I am sure, little jellies shaped like bottles and flavoured like cola.... Lovely!

                  Jelly hearts - one side is foam and the other side jelly, the jelly side bright red and the foam side pure white...... tasty!

                  Jelly rings - these are flavoured jellies shaped like yep you guessed it rings, they have two flavours per jelly and my favourites are the green and red ones. I remember when we were kids we used to wear these on our fingers into class at school then eat them during lessons!

                  As a fully grown woman now my liking for these sweets is a bit childish but they are very nice and lovely to stuff my face with when watching TV and chocolate is not what I fancy.

                  I always have a few bags of these starmix floating around the house as well as a choice of other Haribo sweets. Great value at 50p per bag but still worth buying at their usual price of 99p per bag.

                  You also get giant tubs of these which I believe hold around 450g and cost around the £3.50 mark, i think Woolworths is the place to get them but I won't be bothering because the more I have the more I will eat and like any other sweet they are not good for you in large amounts!

                  Thanks for reading!

                  © lynseyb

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                    19.08.2008 14:09
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                    A great washing machine and a great choice made by me!!

                    A few weeks ago I was forced to splash out on a new washing machine as my old one simply gave up on me and was not economically viable to repair. I am very fussy when it comes to spending a lot of money on a product and done some serious reading of reviews before eventually choosing the Hotpoint BHWM129, which was described by some as having a built in fully functional laundry in your kitchen.

                    It has a large wash load of 6.5kg which is useful for washing larger items like bath towels or even duvets but also leaves fewer creases in clothes when a smaller load is put in.

                    It has an energy rating of A, which is the best you get and will save you money by using a lot less electricity and as it also uses less water it is good on the pocket and the environment.

                    Similarly it has a top of the range wash performance rating again of A, which simply means it gives the best wash performance available and is proven to be super efficient at removing stains.

                    It has a hand wash function which is particularly useful if you have a lot of clothes marked for hand wash only but have no time or just can't be bothered with hand washing you can now use this very delicate wash to save any hand washing.

                    One of my favourite functions on the machine is the anti-crease function, if you have ever put on a washing then went out to return to a bundle of wet clothes lying in a heap at the bottom of the drum badly creased then you too will love this function.

                    When set to this setting the drum will continue to turn intermittently after the cycle has finished preventing the clothes from falling into a crumpled heap, this also helps with their drying.

                    The other things I love about the machine is that it looks very nice and also very modern and best of all it is extremely quiet. I could not believe just how quiet it was compared to my old machine and even it was not the loudest I had heard.

                    OTHER TOP FEATURES.

                    Variable Spin
                    Spin Stability
                    Variable Temperature
                    Overflow Protection
                    Overflow Protection
                    Quickwash

                    Another huge part of searching for the right machine for me was having to take in to consideration how much space I had in my fitted kitchen for the new machine to go and this one fitted my dimensions perfectly. The dimensions of this machine are.....

                    Height - 82cm
                    Width - 59.5cm
                    Depth - 55cm

                    Be very, very careful where you buy this machine should you choose to, I paid only £331 plus £19.99 for delivery from Sainsbury online but I also saw this machine priced as high as £504 other places online.

                    I could not believe the difference in prices of this and had to double check with Sainsbury before buying that this was the same machine I had looked at other places but it was. They have recently reduced it to this price from £440 but I don't think it is just an offer I think it is a permanent price drop.


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                    ©2008 lynseyb

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                      05.08.2008 16:24
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                      The best air freshenr there is for cars and can be use in other places too!

                      Does a small piece of cardboard cut into the shape of a tree and covered with scented felt really constitute magic? .......... I think not!

                      I chose to review these because not only are they my choice of car air freshener but I also have a story to tell about them which I will get to later, firstly on to the trees.

                      Ok I am sure most of you if not all of you have heard of magic trees and know that they are not only designed for cars but can also be used around the home or in caravans or basically any where that is likely to get a bit niffy.

                      I am a big fan of these because they work; it is as simple as that. However be very careful which scent you choose, some are very nice and some are absolutely horrible.

                      Let's start with the ones to avoid, wild cherry, berries and spice, rosemusk which smells like a grannies perfume mixed with urine and the dreaded vanilla which leads me to my story.

                      In my younger years before I was able to drive, around the age of 15 I was dating a very nice guy (not true but I thought so at the time) he was older (18) and had a car and my mum was having none of it. She was sure he would lead me astray and he was only after me for one thing and mums being mums she turned out to be right but he never got what he wanted and dumped me. Before the end of our relationship however came my first encounter with magic trees.

                      My mum had warned me that I was grounded if she found out that I had been out in the car with this guy and that my up coming weekend away would be cancelled.

                      Not wanting to miss out on my weekend away I had to be really careful not to get caught so when he dropped me off that night I got dropped off a good long way away from my house and walked home as if I had been at my usual hangout. No use because the first thing my mum said when I walked through the door was you have been out in that bloody car young lady.

                      I thought how the hell does she know? ........ simple my hair was stinking of his bloody vanilla magic tree as it had done every other night I had been out in the car! He was one of those people who rip it straight from the bag rather than peeling it back a bit at a time which I have to admit I do too but the vanilla was so rancid and strong you stank of it for days.

                      So that's the ones to avoid, here's the good ones. Jasmine, new car scent and the newest one to date black ice. These three are all very nice my personal favourite is the new car scent, although it smells nothing like a new car in my opinion it does smell very nice.

                      The problem for me is that its blue, why couldn't they make the nice ones in girly colours? The newest one black ice is of course black and I have no idea why they would call it black ice, the others are all named after their scent but as far as I am aware black ice is something that forms on the road during winter and surely has no smell and definitely wouldn't smell like this magic tree does I am sure of that.

                      How much you spend on these little marvels can vary dramatically, petrol stations are charging between £1.25 and £149, Halfords and most other big car accessories stores are around the £1.20 mark but be clever and check the car section in your local asda where you can buy them for 69p. As I mentioned earlier the idea is that you remove them from the pack a little at a time but to hell with that just rip them out, hang them up and they will last you around 2 weeks. 69p for two weeks top smelling freshness can't be bad.

                      Oh I was just about to wrap up this review when I remembered the original scent that magic tree done. Forest fresh, green in colour, what ever you do, do not buy this one. Oh my god it is bloody horrible.

                      I hope my story entertained you and the review was of some use!

                      Prices or makes may be different now as this review was previously posted on Ciao over a year ago.

                      I can tell you now by way of an update that Asda are now 2 for £1.50 or 89p each.

                      P.S the Quick ratings below have nothing to do with the product but had to be filled in, Come on Dooyoo fix it out!

                      Thanks for reading

                      © 2008 lynseyb

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                        23.07.2008 16:26
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                        It is almost too good!

                        I love chocolate and to enjoy this ice cream you have to because unlike some so called chocolate ice creams, Haagen das Belgian chocolate ice cream is super chocolaty and super delicious.

                        The ice cream itself whatever flavour is always perfect when it comes from Haagen das, it is smooth and very creamy and it never goes that frosted way no matter how long it is kept in the freezer (not long in my house).

                        Belgian chocolate and the everyday chocolates you get do vary in taste with Belgian chocolate having a slightly more bitter taste but not as bitter as dark chocolate and the taste is emulated brilliantly in this ice cream. You get both the delicious strong chocolate taste when eating but it is also followed up by the lip licking delicious after taste that a good chocolate leaves in your mouth.

                        Haagen das is available in a few tub sizes all of which are fairly expensive, I usually buy mine in 500ml tubs which cost me £3.09 from Tesco but watch out for offers from both Tesco and Asda that can see these reduced as low as £2.00 per tub. Whatever the price it is a fabulous ice cream that cant in my opinion be beaten and is worth every penny asked for it.

                        Eating instructions.

                        Right you are now thinking I have gone mad, trying to tell you how to eat ice cream but I have in fact found the perfect method for eating Haagen das. When taken from the freezer you will find that this ice cream is brick hard and I have bent many a spoon trying to get it out the tub in that form. It is best left for a few minutes (a few only mind) then it will have softened enough to be scooped out.

                        I used to enjoy just eating this from the tub but found that after giving it a few minutes to soften then eating some from the tub that the bottom of the ice cream became runny, so the perfect method is to remove from freezer give approx three minutes to soften then scoop desired amount into a bowl and enjoy!

                        The bad point with this ice cream and any other for that matter is that if you eat too much of it you will end up the size of a small country. I think this warning is especially important with Haagen das because it is very, very calorific at the same time as being very, very addictive.

                        I am sure that wherever you shop you will find they sell some varieties of Haagen das of which there are many. I have a few favourites in the range some of which I might write about at a later date but for now I will leave you with the thought of this delicious chocolate offering!

                        Thanks for reading!

                        ©2008 lynseyb

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                        • What's In Your Bag? / Discussion / 39 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                          How glad am I that I changed my ways!

                          Right first things first, if I had written this review about a year ago I would have broken the Dooyoo record for the longest review but I have since cleared out my old handbag that was more like a shopping bag and replaced it with a newer much smaller bag to prevent me from loading up with too much unwanted rubbish.

                          Right here goes, firstly my purse can always be found in my handbag although these days I tend not to carry much cash, mainly because I don't have much but also because I prefer to deal with cards. There is always a bag of mint imperials in my handbag because I am addicted to the bloody things and along with them there will always be a packet of chewing gum (not always the same kind).

                          In my bag right now there is a lipstick and a lip gloss along with an eye liner and some foundation, I could never be caught without these items. In the side pocket of my hand bag I have countless receipts; I always keep them there because otherwise they would simply be lost.

                          I have a little pocket on the inside that my mobile fits into perfectly and I usually have my mp3 player in my bag too. My keys are usually found in my handbag also although finding them in my old bag used to be a real challenge especially if I was standing at the door in the pouring rain trying to get in.

                          The only other thing that is always in my handbag now is a little silver plated heart that my 5 year old son found and gave to me, he made me promise to keep it forever so keep it I will.

                          So there you have it, the insides of my handbag, normally such a private place has just been opened up for you all to have a good look round. The contents of my old bag would have been much more interesting I am sure but also a bit embarrassing so glad it's gone really!

                          Thanks for reading!

                          ©2008 lynseyb

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                          • Cadbury's Wispa / Chocolate / 60 Readings / 56 Ratings
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                            Come on Cadbury give us back our Wispas!!

                            In 1981 a phenomenon happened, the greatest chocolate bar of all time appeared on our shelves. People tried to liken it to an aero but the truth was that there was no comparison for this amazing Cadbury chocolate bar. The bar I refer to is the awesome Wispa bar.

                            A Wispa bar made chocolate even more enjoyable than it normally is by doing something to the chocolate that probably only Cadbury will ever fully understand. They did not go as far as the Aero bar which has bubbles through it but there was the tiniest little pockets of air throughout the bar and this made the chocolate melt on the tongue with velvety like texture.

                            Now any fans of the bar will know that it disappeared with no trace from our shelves in 2003, this seemed then and still does now to be a bizarre decision from Cadbury as the bar had so many fans.

                            It was missed so much in fact that a series of internet campaigns were launched to bring the bar back and in 2007 Cadbury finally announced to every ones delight that the Wispa bar was to return to the shelves but they then shattered the joy by announcing that it would be for a limited time only.

                            The demand for the bar during this time saw some stores limit the amount one person could buy at a time, should this hysteria not point out to Cadbury that this bar is a real winner and should always be available?

                            There were different versions of this bar available when it was big in the 80`s, some good some bad. The loss of these bars was to go virtually unnoticed but when the original Wispa was discontinued it led to dismay and amazement that Cadbury could make such a decision.

                            The other Wispa bars that were once available were.......

                            WISPA GOLD - This was undoubtedly the best of the bar`s alter ego`s an everyday Wispa bar with a chamber hollowed out through the middle and filled with delicious caramel. I enjoyed this bar but have to admit it was a bit sickly.

                            WISPA MINT - Now although I do like mint chocolate I was never a big fan of this bar the mint was a bit strong and it did not seem to work with the Wispa type of chocolate.

                            WISPA BITE - This bar took the Wispa caramel to another level by adding biscuit pieces to the caramel centre, again a tasty bar but too sickly for me.

                            WISPACCINO - Cadbury got this one totally wrong, I personally do not like any coffee flavored chocolates so I was never going to enjoy this but even people who did enjoy that taste seemed to hate the Wispaccino which led to it disappearing faster than it had appeared.

                            The original Wispa and really the only one worth talking about came in a deep blue wrapper with the word Wispa in large gold lettering with a gold outline directly below the word Cadbury which was in all gold but smaller lettering. When they were readily available they were priced in line with other chocolate bars and could be found in almost all stores.

                            I am a huge fan of Cadbury chocolate in general especially the plain and simple Cadbury dairy milk bar, in fact I never thought there would be a chocolate bar I would prefer to a dairy milk but Cadbury took a plain Cadbury chocolate bar and without adding anything to it made it into a Wispa.

                            This was done apparently by aerating the molten chocolate with nitrogen which caused the microscopic bubbles to appear in the chocolate giving it this unique and delicious velvety texture and for me creating the perfect chocolate bar.

                            Through research I have found that although the Wispa was withdrawn from British stores in 2003 it could still be bought abroad in certain countries for a good 2 years to come and now that the re-launch is over and they are no longer available here again you can still buy them in places online, so come on Cadbury what's going on if you are still producing this bar why are you not selling it here?

                            Now according to Cadbury they would release 23 million bar`s during the re-launch and if sales were high enough they would bring them back on a permanent basis, within the first two weeks of their arrival it was almost impossible to find one which surely constitutes high sales does it not. I am sure there was not a store in the country that was left with stock it could not get rid of, I know my local Spar store did not even bother stacking them on shelves they just opened the boxes and stacked them in front of the tills and they were gone in three days.

                            So the long and the short of it is that I have no idea why Cadbury are doing this to us Wispa fans but the sooner they give us our Wispa`s back the better and come on Cadbury stop trying to pretend to us that the Cadbury dairy milk bubbly is a direct replacement for it. I loved Wispas and I don't even like the dairy milk bubbly so you have got it totally wrong!

                            OTHER WISPA INFO

                            Wispa bars saw advertising campaigns with some of the biggest starts of the time such as, Nigel Hawthorne, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters and even Peter Cook.

                            In February 2008, Rebecca Wells auctioned an original out-of-date Wispa bar on Ebay and raised £1000 for charity.

                            There are still bring back Wispa campaigns running on almost every social networking site including MySpace, Bebo and face book.

                            Each bar contained

                            Energy 900 kJ
                            215 kcal
                            Protein 2.3g
                            Carbohydrate 21.6g
                            Fat 13.3g

                            And will again soon I hope!!!!

                            Thanks for reading!

                            ©2008 lynseyb

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                            • Wrigleys Extra Peppermint / Sweets / 37 Readings / 36 Ratings
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                              Chewing gum is one of the most popular products on the British market and with Wrigley's way out in front as the best brand it is hardly any wonder that their Extra chewing gum is in my opinion and the opinion of thousands of others the best gum money can buy.

                              Wrigley`s peppermint comes in a blue wrapper with an internal silver foil wrapper for freshness, inside the two wrappers you will find tem pieces of gum, rectangular in shape with crisp white candy shells. The candy crunch when you first start chewing Wrigley`s gum is for me what stands it apart from other gums on the scene.

                              Although the flavour is at its strongest when you first chew through the crisp shell it lasts very well and I find I can chew a piece of this gum comfortably for around 20 minutes as opposed to around ten with other gums.

                              I love to chew gum for many reasons including to help me concentrate but the main use for gum for me is to keep my breath smelling fresh. I find Extra to be particularly useful on a night out where much alcohol has been consumed or perhaps after a meal containing garlic or some other smelly ingredient. It is also ideal for the dreaded morning breath.

                              With a regular packet of Extra containing ten pieces costing as little as 30p in some places it is very reasonably priced although be careful where you buy because I have seen a packet costing as much as 49p in a petrol station so don't be caught short keep stocked up!

                              There seems to be an ever growing choice of flavours in the Extra range but the peppermint in the blue packet or the spearmint in the green packet are the only two I ever use with peppermint being my first choice.

                              I would be happy to recommend this gum to anyone it is a true leader in the gum market and the only gum out there that gets a ten out of ten from me!

                              Thanks for reading!

                              ©2008 lynseyb

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