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Are you fed up having to clean the toasty maker after every use? Or does your filling simply seem to ooze out of the back and make a mess of the place. These are two things that really annoy me about making toasties. I also hated the amount of time it took to prepare. I always had to butter both sides to make sure the toasty doesn't stick to the machine; this usually resulted in butter all over the counter top. All in all toasties are wonderful to have but can be a real hassle to make. The JML Toastabags are designed to give you all the luxury of a toasty without the painful preparation process. BEFORE USE Before you go out and purchase these, it's best to check something. The bags are made big enough to hold two slices of bread along with some filling, make sure that your toaster slot is wide enough to fit all the ingredients and the bag, otherwise you will be wasting your money. DESIGN The design of these is much like a miniature shopping bag. There is enough space to fit your average sandwich and the material covers the entirety of the sandwich. There is a small handle at the top; this is to allow you to take the toastabag out of the toaster once the product is ready. It shows that they designers really thought of everything as the contents inside the bag can become extremely hot, therefore it is essential that you use the handle, otherwise you are at great risk of burning yourself. MATERIAL If you inspect the bags closely you can see how the material has been woven together. This is usually woven Teflon or maybe fibre glass threads. This makes the bag durable and is also what allows the bags to be re-usable. EASE OF USE The making of a toasty with these bags couldn't be simpler. Prepare a sandwich as if you were going to eat it cold and then place it into the toastabag. Put this into the toaster and push down the toaster button as per normal operation. Leave until the colour of your choice, some people may like it more toasted than others. Once ready take the toasty from the bag and eat. WARNING Contents and bag will be warm. The bag can be washed ready to be used again as required. The end result is you have a nice toasty in a few minutes with almost minimum clean up required afterwards. Also the bag stops any contents of the sandwich falling down into the toaster. PROS Quick and easy to use Re-usable - apparently up to 100 times but I have never used them enough to test this claim. CONS I would never walk away leaving the toasty to cook in the toaster, its best to keep an eye on it as it is highly likely that the toasting process will be a lot different when compared to normal toast. This is due to the bag and filling which will change the process and timing. This lesson was learned when one of the first toasties came out rather black and also burnt the bag a little, meaning it wasn't fit for re-use. This is a more personal con, but I feel that it lacks the authenticity of a proper toasty. To me a toasty has to be all pressed together at the sides and along the middle, sealing in the ingredients inside. I enjoy taking them out, in their now triangular shape and having the crusty pressed bread on the edges and the pocket of filling in the middle. You just can't get that with a toastabag. Overall they are convenient and easy to use, but doesn't compare to a proper toasty maker for me, and I think you should keep an extremely close eye on them while cooking.
Fed up having to deal with the mess of liquid glue and having it go everywhere? Do you work with children and know that liquid glue would give you all kinds of headaches? Then Pritt Stick is exactly what you need. WHAT IS IT? Pritt Stick is a plastic tube with a lid on top. Inside there is a circular stick of glue which isn't solid but has just the right consistency that when rubbed into a surface the glue will transfer to the surface, making it sticky. If you require more glue then usually there is a twist mechanism at the bottom that pushes the stick to the stop of the tube. They just remind me of chap sticks although you would never want to get the two confused! HOW DOES IT WORK Ok so this has been covered a little above with the twist mechanism. With the glue slightly at the end of the tube you put the glue onto the surface you wish to make sticky and it is almost like writing with a pen or chalk. What's great about it is that the plastic tube holds the glue, thus you will never have to get any on your fingers. Should it fall it is very unlikely that glue will go everywhere as it is not in liquid form. PROS This makes it extremely suitable for younger kids to use and to reduce the possibility of mess. It also usually washable, non-toxic and solvent free. Reducing any negative effects it could have. CONS The major con of the Pritt Stick is it probably can't compete with most liquid glues. These are simply better at getting into all the small spaces thus giving a better bond. Pritt Stick may lose its stickiness after a while and can sometimes leave a bumpy look to final items due to its semi-solid nature. Overall it's a handy thing to have around and is extremely useful for doing arts and crafts with children. I wouldn't consider it useful for tasks such as gluing the sole of a shoe to a trainer etc as it would never last.
Fairy is the leading brand when it comes to washing up liquid and is produced by the company Procter and Gamble. Fairy is most well known for being green but also comes in other ranges of colours and scents nowadays. HOW TO USE Using this liquid couldn't be any simpler. I find it best to have an empty washing basin and begin running the warm water. For every day washing I would say no more than a few drops are needed. As the warm water it swirling around it mixes up the soap into the water spreading it throughout and suds begin to appear. I quick swirl with the hand can also help mix the liquid in. From there you simply put the dishes into the sink and clean with a cloth, or whatever you prefer to use in washing up. If you put too much in then your dishes will come out of the water with a lot of soap suds and you will probably need to rinse them so ensure there is no residue. Otherwise you might get more than you bargained for when you pour a drink into a glass later. PACKAGING Generally is comes in a clear bottle, which means the amount of liquid in the bottle is clearly visible. It comes with a red to which simply clicks closed and flips open for ease of use and storage. Generally a bottle of Fairy can last a decent amount of time, in a 'normal' size household. DISTRIBUTION Generally Fairy comes in bottles ranging from 500ml and greater. From looking through dooyoo it is apparent that large 5L bottles can be purchased, allowing you to refill an empty bottle and re-use it. This could potentially reduce the cost of purchasing this soap and the bottles are very sturdy so would be more than suitable for re-use. It is also known to have additional ingredients to stop skin drying out and keep hands soft even after washing. It would take a great deal to knock this brand from the top spot, which is why it's the most popular house product according to dooyoo.
Kick is an energy drink that is sold under Tesco's own brand name. This allows the store to sell it for much cheaper than some of the leading brands of energy drink. FLAVOUR First of this stuff tastes horrible, but I still used to drink it. It was so cheap it made it nasty but in my younger years I didn't care how I got the energy or hat taste I had to endure. If it was affordable and would give me a boost in energy I would buy it. As this was my local store I visited it more often than other stores and generally only bought this when I was out and about. I would never buy it to take home and sit in the house and drink. I don't believe there has been any attempt to add a flavour to this drink, which means the taste comes from the energy ingredients. I see this much like Red Bull which has the same sort of taste, which I didn't give a good review. So this is in the same boat. PACKAGING The bottles come in a silver colour, unlike most bottles which are see through. Why you ask? If you could see the colour of the liquid inside, you probably wouldn't buy it all. I can only liken it to apple juice, which I don't think is a rather appealing colour. (Still don't mind apple juice though) It has a blue label and can be easily identified. DISTRIBUTION This can be bought in can and bottle form for prices as low as 30p a can I believe, which is why it appealed to me in my younger days. Definitely wouldn't go near this product even again unless I was in dire need of energy drink, for what reason I don't know, and it was the only thing I could afford to purchase. So hopefully it's a scenario I won't ever find myself in.
Tango is a brand that has been around for a long time. It used to have lots of comedy themed ads and coined the phrase "You know when you've been Tango'd" I don't think it is quite as popular anymore as I do not see a lot of people drinking this. FLAVOUR To me it is pretty much the same as Fanta Orange, although maybe a little bit fizzier. Like most orange drinks it tastes good and is also rather refreshing. You can't fail to notice that it is orange flavoured. PACKAGING Tango has adopted a very simple design for their packaging. It consists of a black background will a large splash of colour. This matches with the colour of the fruit flavouring. So in this case it is orange. Could possibly be an exploding orange but it would be hard to tell. The words Tango Orange are written in black with a white outline. It is simple yet effective. DISTRIBUTION I can't say I have seen it in the shops very often but I imagine it comes in the usual 330ml can and 2L bottles. I wouldn't say no to think drink if it was put in front of me. It's just as good as some other orange flavoured drinks. It just wouldn't be the first one that springs to mind these days. If I saw it on a really cheap offer I would have no problems buying it.
Schweppes is probably most well known for its lemonade, and also it's difficult to spell as I had to triple check it! So who are Schweppes? Some quick research led me to finding out that Schweppes is a Coca-Cola brand. This is something I find extremely interesting as I believe it would sell better if more people knew that it was a Coca-Cola brand. However Coca-Cola has made a considerable stance in the mixer market by putting creating the Schweppes brand exclusively for this purpose. Schweppes Lemonade would never be in my list of potential drinks to buy if I was looking for a drink, but usually comes back to the house in with a weekly shop, as someone else does the majority of household shopping. This is usually in the 2L bottle, which is what my review will be based on. What is it? Schweppes lemonade is a carbonated soft drink which gets its flavour from the addition of real lemon juice. FLAVOUR As stated, the flavour comes from real lemon juice. I personally do not enjoy the taste of lemons as a fruit, which is what really puts me off this drink. However, I find it tolerable if I had to drink it I just wouldn't particularly enjoy it. PACKAGING Schweppes is clearly labelled across the front stating that it is lemonade; there is also a picture of a slice of lemonade. The label splits the colours of silver at the top and blue on the bottom. The list of ingredients is also shown on the label. The see through bottle allows you to see the clear liquid inside. I am only extremely familiar with the 2L bottle packaging as it is what regularly comes into the house hold. NUTRITIONAL VALUES The Coca-Cola website allows you to choose various amounts on the lemonade drink and will provide you with nutritional values per serving. A 250ml serving is listed as having 46kcal calories, 10.5g of sugar, 0 fat and saturates and 0.01g of salt. When compared to GDA this equates to 2% calories, 12% sugars and 2% salt. Therefore, the drink seems rather healthy and low in calories. The only high value is the sugar content, which is to be expected in a carbonated drink. DISTRIBUTION I have only seen this in small can versions and 2L bottles. To this reviewers knowledge it isn't sold in individual 500ml bottles for personal consumption. USES As noted previously Schweppes is aimed at the market of mixers. This beverage is traditionally used as an addition to alcoholic drinks suck as whiskeys and spirits. However, not being the alcohol type I have some more appropriate uses. I like to mix this with diluting juice, as this will mask the flavour of the lemonade and makes it drinkable. This transforms what would have been a still drink, from the addition of water, into a fizzy drink. This provides a nice change if I'm in the mood for a fizzy drink and these are the only available options. Overall I would never drink this on its own, but it is useful for other things and is most certainly aimed at the mixers market.
Fanta Fruit Twist has always been a drink that I have been unsure about. Perhaps because I grew up most of my life simply asking for Fanta, meaning I would expect to have a fizzy orange flavoured drink placed in front of me. To me Fanta will always be an orange flavoured drink. Although I don't think the flavour ever truly caught on because I find when I ask for Fanta nowadays, I'm not asked whether I would like orange or fruit twist, it's always orange. So what can be said about this new flavour? First off I love the colour, which to me is cloudy red and screams out flavour. FLAVOUR So what does it taste like? Like other reviews on here I find it extremely hard to pin down. Whatever the combination I find it nice and refreshing and certainly enjoying to the taste buds. It is certainly something different from the original orange flavour and I think Fanta where brave to try it. PACKAGING As mentioned it is in a see through bottle showing of its dramatic red colour, which ties in well with it being a fruit twist drink. I imagine most fruit blending experiments would end up looking that colour. The label has also adopted this red tone to give it a distinct look, with Fanta fruit twist labelled on the front. DISTRIBUTION Been a while since I noticed it in the supermarket but I believe it still comes in bottles, cans and multipacks. Overall it is a nice drink and I have enjoyed it when I have had it but to me Fanta will always be orange and this will be left sitting in its shadow.
For many years I could never tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi, which seemed to shock a lot of people, to me a coke flavoured drink was a coke flavoured drink. I got more involved in the debate and eventually on day I sat down with a can of Coca Cola and a can of Pepsi to sort this out once and for all. For the first time I could taste what people where talking about. And which one did I prefer? For me I prefer Pepsi although I do still enjoy drinking Coca Cola, but I would always pick Pepsi over it. Who makes Pepsi? Pepsi is made by the company Britvic which is one of the two biggest and leading in the UK. About Pepsi Pepsi is a well known brand of coke flavoured carbonated drink. Its main rival is the soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola; therefore I think it is best to compare it to its main rival, which will be the focus of this review. FLAVOUR So what is so different about it? I feel that Pepsi has a smooth taste which is relaxing and also has a slight hint of fruitiness to it, whereas I believe Coca-Cola has a much sharper taste and has a bit of a kick to it. This difference in sharpness means that I find Pepsi more enjoyable to drink while having something to eat. There coke flavour is very evident and like most fizzy drinks has a sweet taste, which is to be expected. FIZZINESS To some people this is a very important aspect of a carbonated drink and a lack of fizz can make a product less appealing. This is where I feel that Pepsi loses some ground to Coca-Cola. I find that Pepsi doesn't have as much as a fizz when compared to Coca-Cola. However, I do not overly enjoy extremely fizzy drinks so the reduction in fizz is something that appeals to me. I even enjoy letting drinks go flat before I drink them, so if you are this kind of person then I believe Pepsi is suitable for you. This means that for the health conscious among you that Coca-Cola would actually be a better choice. I won't post the information here but it is easily obtainable online if you wish to compare. NUTRITIONAL VALUES As I currently do not have a can or bottle to hand I took to the internet to try and source some of this information. Which incidentally I found notoriously hard to find, compared to that of Coca-Cola. The data I gathers is that for a rough 250ml serving it contains 100 calories, zero fat, 2mg of salt and 28g of sugar. This means that for the health conscious among you that Coca-Cola would actually be a better choice. I won't post the information here but it is easily obtainable online if you wish to compare. However since I currently do not worry about these things (yet) this has no impact on my preference of Pepsi PACKAGING Pepsi are associated with the colour blue. Their cans and wrappers come with this colour as the main background colour. The design is relatively simple with the word Pepsi written in white font. The brand name is also accompanied by their circular logo, which is red, white and blue. This makes it very distinct from its main rival Coca-Cola. DISTRIBUTION As with most soft drinks Pepsi can be purchased in various can sizes and bottle sizes. It is also available in various multipack forms. These will have a variety of price ranges depending on the purchase you make. Pepsi is most common in 330ml cans, 500ml bottles and large 2L bottles. All designed to suit various needs and preferences. Overall Pepsi wins in the battle against Coca-Cola but this is my own personal preference. If you have yet to find the right coke flavoured drink for you, then give this a try.
I enjoy drinking milk. Even when I was growing up I would go into the shop and come out with a small carton of milk while everyone else had a can or bottle of something fizzy. I think someone really missed out on disguising milk to make it more popular. Yazoo is probably one of the first milk shakes I tried and definitely got me hooked onto flavoured milk. FLAVOUR This particular kind is strawberry flavoured. Upon your first sip there is a rush of strawberry to the taste buds. This also makes it ideal for children that maybe don't like the natural taste of milk. With this drink I only focused on the strawberry flavour. Also it has to be drunk from chilled, pretty much like all milk, unless it's a nice glass of warm milk but I'm digressing. Otherwise it just tastes extremely horrible. TEXTURE For me I don't enjoy a thick milk shake. I usually want something that can quench my thirst and a thick milk shake just can't do that for me. Yazoo pretty much pours and drinks like normal milk, which I think is excellent. So maybe it should be a milkshake and is simply flavoured milk? But either way it's great for me Overall it's a great drink but the problem is you can pay a lot for such a small bottle. If flavoured milk is what you really want for the house then there are cheaper alternatives that give you more for your money. However, this is good for on the go and certainly doesn't look as odd as a milk carton.
Coffee is the fuel that my body runs on. I can happily drink 4/5 coffees in a day, with my most important one being my morning coffee which helps me shake off my lethargy. If I'm ever struggling to stay awake or have a long day ahead then I can count on coffee to help me make it through. So what is coffee? Well it comes from coffee beans which grow on a coffee plant, it's that simple. For the most part these beans are roasted and then ready to be processed into the coffee that eventually reaches the shelves. So it's straight from good old Mother Nature. There are various types of coffee that can be bought. The most common is instant coffee, which to me looks very far removed from coffee but the essence is still there and takes minimum effort to make. More expensive coffees come in a granular form and require a coffee machine so that the water can filter through these granules and acquire the coffee straight from the bean. The latest coffees in supermarkets claim to be made of the original coffee been. But have been processed in such a way that they can still be made like instant coffee, without the need of a coffee machine. This has definitely broadened the coffee market and I'm enjoying trying out these new products. For me coffee is a basic requirement and I will probably have withdrawal symptoms if I ever stopped drinking it.
Lucozade Energy Orange is most definitely number one when it comes to my list of energy drinks that I like to have. I don't drink a lot of fizzy drinks but this is something I could have all the time. When I used to work long shifts in a clothes shop in the summers having this was a necessity to keep me going. I also like to take it to the cinema, just in case there is a long boring bit in the movie I need to stay awake in. It is just a good all round drink to have and the fact that it provides extra energy is a plus. TASTE First of all you will not even know that you are consuming an energy drink, unlike most other energy drinks. The orange flavour is extremely refreshing and I feel it adds to the uplifting feeling of the energy drink. However because of the orange flavour and the added energy ingredients, it is quite a sweet drink. But if you like orange then this is the way to go. PACKAGING It usually comes in bottle form, although I have also seen cans of Lucozade. You cannot fail to notice the bright orange packaging and lid with Lucozade in bright yellow writing. The bright colours add the energy that the drink brings to you. I prefer to buy this in multipacks as it is usually cheaper. Stores will often have this in promotion for 2 for £5. That's about 42p a bottle. I could also get a 6 pack with 2 free for £3, about 38p a bottle. So if you shop around you really can find it at a decent price. I would never buy a bottle on its own as they are far too overpriced.
Ever since starting University I couldn't live without coffee, it is the sole drink to wake me up in the morning and keep me going through the day. From the very beginning my main coffee has been Nescafe Original. What's great about this is that it is instant coffee. The manufacturer has done all the work for you so that all is required is some hot water (and a cup/mug obviously) along with milk and sugar if you take them. This makes it extremely easy to prepare and can be done quickly, although I wouldn't try drink it as quick as you can make it unless you want to burn your mouth off. For many years this was the only coffee I would drink. However I have gotten more into coffee and it just can't compete with some of the coffees out there, when you make it in the coffee machine from freshly ground beans. But then it was never made to compete against these. To make those coffees you have to wait forever for the machine to work and then have the hassle of having to clean it once it's all done. With instant coffee I can have it when I need it and trust that it will perk me up for the day ahead. I will always fall back on instant coffee as it's convenient and Nescafe Original will always have first place for me. As it is so popular I also see it on offer quite a lot. So if you buy this coffee, stock up on it when the promotions are on it is even better. It's not like is needs to be used in a week.
Seeing the words Cherry Coke, brings back a lot of nostalgic memories of youth. When Coca Cola first brought out their Coke drinks with slight twists in flavour, in this case cherry, I believe they were extremely popular and I remember having them in my younger years. Sadly as I have grown up I have taken a bit of a dislike to cherry so this flavour really isn't for me. The only reasons I have tried it are because my mum will sometimes buy these for her and offer me one. I would never buy them of my own accord FLAVOUR So basically you have Diet Coke, which has been given a hint of cherry flavour. I never found the cherry flavour to be over powering in any way and it still blends nicely with the coke flavour to give a somewhat different, and nice sensation to the taste buds, especially if you like cherry. The two flavours work together well and it is a nice change from the standard Diet Coke taste. PACKAGING It is extremely similar to the Diet Coke packaging but has cherry written on it and a little picture of cherries. DISTRIBUTION As far as I'm aware it is available in the usual various forms but I can't say I have noticed it in the shops much. But then again I'm not looking for it.
Ok so I just finished reviewing Pepsi Max so I thought it would be appropriate to compare this to its main rival Coca Cola Zero. As with Pepsi Max, Coke Zero is more specifically aimed at the male gender. I like the naming of this version as it is a lot closer to the truth for me. Coke Zero is a low calorie version of their original brand. I haven't drunk this variation very much because, 1. I'm not a real lover of fizzy juice 2. If I'm having fizzy juice I want the works, nothing less. It is much of the taste that you will expect from Coca Cola but without all the major calorie ingredients. Thus like most alternative versions there are always going to be something missing from the original. The things that make our foods all taste so good to us are bad for us, we know that. PACKAGING The packaging does appeal to me. The labels and cans come in a black colour with the Coca Cola written in red. There is no way that you can get confused with what you're buying and it definitely stands out to me. It's completely opposite to the Diet packaging which is all silver and light. You can tell it's definitely made to appeal to the guys. DISTRIBUTION Again it comes in a variety of can and bottles sizes for your convenience. All with variations in price and options to buy in multipacks. Leaving lots of choice for the consumer to pick what is best and cheapest for them.
100th review yay! Sorry couldn't contain myself too special to miss. Ok so here we have Pepsi Max which is actually quite contradictory to what the name suggests. Max to me means everything, nothing left out where as at Britvic it clearly means something else. Pepsi Max is a low calorie version of the popular Pepsi soft drink and it is also sugar free. So what about Diet Pepsi? Well apparently that has zero calories and no sugar so that's the differences out the way. Pepsi Max along with other more fashionable names for diet where introduced to appeal to the male population. The word diet is usually associated to women and what self-respecting guy would order diet. So this is supposed to be an alternative option for us macho men (apparently). Either way I think the name is a little misleading but I'm just being picky. FLAVOUR Ok so onto the important things how does it taste? Surprisingly I don't think it tastes all that much different from the original version. I think Britvic have done well to reduce the calorie and sugar content without losing too much of the original flavour. Unlike Coca Cola I would say that Pepsi isn't as fizzy but the Pepsi Max version does seem the froth up more than original Pepsi. It also has a much smoother taste compared to its main rival PACKAGING You can stop Pepsi due to its well known association with the colour blue. The only thing really different is that there is a MAX plastered somewhere noticeable so you don't get it confused. There are usually sports people or something like this on the packaging, I think to try and show it's youthful and energetic. DISTRIBUTION As with most fizzy drinks it comes in a variety of forms from bottles to cans, so you can pick whichever is suitable to your needs at the time.