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The packaging of the Tesco Jelly Babies which I'm reviewing is different to that pictured above. The ones I have came in a green packet with a picture of scattered jelly babies and a rainbow design on the front. The front of the packet also carries an at-a-glance nutritional guide, which I have to admit I try not to look at so that I don't have to be reminded of the fact that just 3 of these jelly babies contains 60 calories and a wopping 12.4g of sugar!!
The main reason I buy these Tesco Jelly Babies, is the fact that at 54p per packet, they are vastly cheaper than Bassett's Jelly Babies (which I love). Although I don't enjoy these jelly babies as much as Bassett's ones, they are, on the whole, quite nice. The sweets are a variety of fruit flavours, and the packet claims that they contain no artifical colours or flavours. The texture and consistency of the sweets is just as you would expect a jelly baby to be, squidgy jelly in the middle and more firm on the outside. They are coated with a white powder, probably a bit too much powder for my liking, they have a very 'dusty' feel. The taste of the sweets is quite pleasant, but I have to say I find them extremely sweet. I really can't eat more than about four or five before I start to feel a bit sickly. I find these much more sweet and sickly than a lot of other fruit / jelly sweets, but they are enjoyable in small doses, and for the low price are good value for money.
Pret A Manger is a chain of coffee shops in the UK. Most big towns and cities have at least one of these outlets, if not more than one. The shops offer a variety of hot and cold drinks, salads, sandwiches, hot wraps, sweet and savoury pastries and soups, as well as a small selection of puddings, crisps and fruit.
Some Pret shops have an inside seating area, whilst some, I believe are take-away only. In good weather, some of the shops also offer an outside seating area.
What I like most about Pret is that, in comparison with other similar shops, such as Starbucks or Cafe Nero, Pret seems to offer a much greater range of savoury food choices. A couple of times when I've been out shopping with friends and stopped for a quick lunch in Starbucks, I've been disappointed to find that they have only had a few different sandwiches to choose from. However, with Pret I've never been disappointed as their range is so wide I've always been able to find something to suit my fancy. Pret claim that they create "handmade natural food avoiding the obscure chemical, additives and preservatives common to so much of the 'prepared' and 'fast' food on the market today." I like the idea of this, and whilst I certainly haven't tried all of the foods products they offer, those that I have tried have been well made and tasted really fresh.
I've also always found Pret shops to be very clean, and the waiting time for hot drinks has always been short, even when the shop's been very busy.
The only reason I haven't given this shop 5 stars, is that it can be a little expensive. For example, a 250ml bottle of apple juice costs £1.50. Although, I suppose you're paying a premium for the fact that the food is freshly prepared daily with good quality ingredients. There are probably cheaper places where you could get a quick bite to eat, but I've never been disappointed by a visit to Pret, and so for me, as an occasional treat, I don't mind paying a little bit extra.
My only other minor gripe with Pret is that they don't sell any iced coffees, which I was disappointed about today, as I could have really fancied one, but they do have plenty of other drinks to choose from, so it's not a big problem.
Primark is a retailer which sells men's, women's and children's clothing, as well as accessories, shoes and a small range of homewares such as towels and cushions.
The price range of this retailer is generally very low in comparison to other highstreet retailers, and the products which they offer are either plain everyday basics (t-shirts, vest tops etc), or current fashions.
Unfortunately, the quality of the majority of products which I've purhcased from this store has been very poor. A number of items have not lasted more than a handful of wears before the seams or hems have started to come loose, or the garment has become mishapen. Considering the low cost of the products, I suppose the low quality is probably not surprising. This is definitely not the place to shop if you're looking for an item that will stand the test of time and keep it's shape well. However, if you're looking for something to tide you over, or to fit in with a trend, and don't expect to keep the item for years, then this shop is great. The low prices mean that you can get something fashionable and up to date without breaking the bank.
I would have to say that this Farmhouse Fare Luxury Sticky Toffee Pudding claims the prize for the nicest shop bought sticky toffee pudding I've tried to date.
The price is £3.50, which although at first glance might seem a little steep, I think is actually quite good value considering that actually the pudding is quite large (about the size of a loaf tin) and would serve between four and eight people. It comes in a takeaway-style tin tray with a cardboard lid, and whilst they recommend that you heat it in the oven, you can also remove from the tin and heat in the microwave, which is handy.
After heating in the oven for around 20 minutes, the pudding is moist, and rich, but not too heavy or stodgy. The bottom of the pudding is delicously gooey, the half is more firm, and the whole thing is topped with a smooth and sticky toffee sauce. The taste of the pudding, in my opinion, is simply delicious. The sponge has a pleasant flavour of dates and caramel, and the toffee sauce is rich and full of flavour without being too sweet. Seeing as there are only two of us, try as we might we couldn't manage a whole pudding between us in one sitting. I was unsure who well the remainder would reheat, but three days later and reheated in the microwave, I was inpressed to find that the second portion tasted just as good as the first.
This really is a great product, and is very good value for money. For the time it would take, and the cost of the ingredients, I could not make a sticky toffee pudding myself which would come anywhere near the quality of this product, so I would definitely buy this pudding again.
This review is of the Slug and Lettuce in Reading. I visited this venue this afternoon with my boyfriend, and have to say we were thoroughly pleased with both the food and the service. The bar is located in the Oracle complex, by the riverside. There is a small outside area with a handful of tables, and a rather bigger inside area. Although there are lots of tables inside, they are well spaced so the place does not feel cramped. Both the interior and exterior were very clean and tidy and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxed. Another plus point for me was that the toilets were very clean well maintained. I always find it off-putting when a seemingly nice restaurant or bar has really horrid toilet facilities, makes me start to wonder about the state of the other areas which the public don't see, like the kitchen!
The menu is not huge, but there is a nice variety of main meals, starters, snacks and puddings, including a fair amount which would be suitable for vegetarians. The food was served quickly and was of a good quality for the price and very tasty.
We also found the staff to be very friendly and keen to help. They were never very far away if we wanted anything but we didn't feel like they were hovering or making us feel rushed.
This is not the cheapest place for food, but the food is good quality and there are often vouchers around offering money off or special deals.
I have to say that Carmex has to be one of my favourite lip treatments of all time. The tub is very small, so it's a perfect size to leave in yor bag so it's there whenever you need it. Despite the pot being small, you actually get quite a lot of balm (7.5g). I use mine a lot, but this pot has lasted for ages and has been great value for money.
The balm itself is a nice consistancy, similar to Vaseline but a little thicker. It's easy to apply, has a nice smooth texture and soaks in really nicely. The balm also contains menthol and camphor, which creates a pleasant tingly sensation on your lips and gives the added impression that the balm is doing some good, especially when your lips are particularly dry or cracked. Overall I find that carmex always leaves my lips feeling soft and moisturised without being greasy or sticky.
I've tried a number of Slim-Fast products in the past, but until today I'd not tried these Cheddar Flavour Bites, which are offered as one of the plan's 'snack' options.
These snack bags are sold individually, each one containing one recommended snack portion of 23g. One pack provides: 99 calories, 0.5g saturated fat and 0.11g sodium. For such a small portion, I find the price of 59p per packet a bit steep, although Superdrug had them on offer today at 2 for 65p, which is a bit more reasonable. I suppose you're paying a premium for the convenience of knowing that one pack = one snack, and the fact that you don't have to decide how much is a sensible portion or be having to weigh out a portion and calculate the calories. For me, this can sometimes be a blessing, as I often suffer from a serious lack of self control!
The packing is clear and concise, showing nutrional information, as well as giving an example of how the snack should fit in to your daily food plan.
The Cheddar Bites are oven baked wheat and potato biscuits. They're small, very thin and pleasantly crisp and crunchy. The flavour is similar to that of cheese and onion crisps. In comparison to some other 'diet' snacks which I've tried in the past, I found these to be relatively tasty and flavourful, and not at all bland or dry. The only drawback with the flavour, is that the taste is fairly salty, which makes them rather moreish, which isn't too great when the pack size is so small and you're trying to limit your food intake!
Normally when buying herbal teas, I would choose a supermarket's own brand over Twinings. However, on this occasion these Twinings packs were on offer in Tesco so I decided to try them.
The packaging is attractive and has quite a luxurious feel, in yellow and gold tones with a healthy looking image of some fresh lemon and ginger root (the box I have is slightly different in appearance to the one pictured here). The front of the pack also states that the teabags contain all natural ingredients, which is good to know.
The box contains 20 teabags, which are naturally caffeine free and with no added sugar.
I'm often a bit disappointed with herbal teas, as I find that whilst the tea can smell delicious, the flavour is often a bit of a let down. However, this lemon and ginger tea has both a lovely aroma and a strong flavour to match. Unfortunately though, the flavour of ginger somewhat overpowers the lemon flavour, which is a shame. I would have expected a much more even balance of flavours, but despite this, I found this tea pleasant and refreshing. I also found that adding a drop of honey to the tea takes the edge off the strong ginger taste if you're in the mood for a slightly more mellow taste.
Some time ago, I was with my mum when she was using Johnson's Dreamy Skin Body Cream, and I made a comment about how nice the smell was. Mum said that if I liked it, I could have it, as she'd only use it a couple of times and was finding the smell was actually giving her a headache. I couldn't see how it could be, as it smelled so lovely, so I said thank you very much and went on my merry way with an almost full tub of body cream. Yay!
The cream I have comes in a round screw top plastic tub of 250ml. The packaging claims that that the cream is "enriched with Moonflower aroma" and that when used as part of your nightly routine, the product "helps to calm your senses for better sleep" and you will "awaken to beautiful skin". The cream itself has a very thick luxurious texture and is pale lilac with a lovely shimmery appearance. I found the body cream nice to use, although I did notice that before it properly soaks in it can feel a little sticky. Having said that, it did indeed leave my skin feeling much softer.
Sadly though, after having used this body cream a few times, I did have to concede that mum was right about the smell. For me, the scent is far too strong and after a while I began to find it very sickly sweet, which is a shame. I did make an effort to finish the tub, as I don't like to be wasteful, but it's not a product I would buy in the future.
I bought these because I love jaffa cakes but, having gone all money-saving lately, I can't really justify the cost of McVities Jaffa Cakes considering that given half a chance I could wolf down a whole packet almost without stopping for breath! So, when I first saw this pack of 24 jaffa cakes in the Tesco Value range, I thought I'd give them a try. I'm so glad I did!
The plain white packaging is not too appealing, but it does the job, with a basic product picture and an at-a-glance nutritional information bar on the front. However, the jaffa cakes themselves much more appealing than their packing - nice light sponge base, a spot of orange jelly and a thin topping of dark chocolate - perfect! The only thing I noticed is that if you accidentally leave them uncovered, the sponge goes hard fairly quickly, although I imagine that this is probably the case with all makes of jaffa cakes.
All in all, I would say that for less than 40p for 24 cakes, these are great value. As long as these are available, I will continue to buy them in preference to more expensive brands.