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    • Mars Revels / Chocolate / 28 Readings / 27 Ratings
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      REVELS
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      I have recently started buying Revels after many years of not primarily due to the current promotion running on the packaging in collaboration with Blockbuster films called "Bag A Free Film". When buying a pack of Revels you can gain credits towards a free film rental at Blockbusters, which is a rather inticing promotion for me as I love films! Three 35g bags will entitle you to one free rental.


      Now concerning the Revels. They come in a standard single 35g pack with a recognisable orange, yellow and brown striped packaging, with Revels written across the front in a bold white font. Not that hard to miss on the sweet counter. You can also find revels in a number of different size packages including, 85g 'Treat Bag, 140g, 240g and 4 x 35g Multi-pack.

      Revels are quite a long standing company, first coming to the UK in 1967 and I for one can remember then from a very young age being a possible choice at the sweetie counter! However they have changed slightly from the original offerings of flavours which originally consisted of orange creme, coconut, toffee, peanut, galaxy counters and maltesers.

      I was happy to see that the coconut was replaced with coffee, a firm fravourite of mine personally. Additionally, peanut has been replaced with raisin and galaxy counters are only in certain packs.

      The packs now contain six varieties of assorted centered chocolates which should include orange, coffee, raisin, maltesers, chocolate and toffee. However, I do find that not all varieties may be included in every pack, especially the smaller 35g packs, a disadvantage for me.

      I find the chocolate orange soft centered, sweet and tangy. The coffee is similar in shape, round and soft, with a rich and true coffee flavour (my favourite). The chocolate only variety is disked shaped, quite solid and milk chocolate, similar to a minstrel in texture and taste. The malteser is well a malteser, quite light and crispy. The toffee chocolate is small and rounded and hard in texture and the raisin choclate is soft and moist.


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      For a single 35g pack, the nutritional information is clearly displayed on the reverse of the packaging as follows:

      Per 100g

      Energy KJ= 2014KJ
      KCal= 480KCal
      Protein= 5.1g
      Carbohydrates=67.4g
      Fat=21.1g


      Overall an okay option. Interseting "lucky dip" selection, makes it fun to eat, unless you get all the oranges and not much else, which unfortunately can happen and is a disadvantage for me. Quite low in calories at 168 for a 35g back so not too bad in that regard. I would buy it again, especially if on promotion, but not my first choice.

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        08.06.2010 14:34
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        Slimfast Chocolate Caramel Bar
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        On a recent walk around town I popped into Wilkonson's and saw the following Slimfast snack bar on offer at 31p a bar reduced from 51p. As I was currently on a mission to loose some weight before going on holiday I picked up the bar as a quick snack that was low in calories and that hopefully would curb my cravings for chocolate and "treats"! I wasn't dissapointed at all by the product!


        I have tried the shakes that slimfast are especially known for and regulary have one for my breakfast in an attempt to control my calorie intake, so I was looking forward to trying this snack bar by the same company. The chocolate and caramel bar contains 95 calories which I think personally is very good considering the quality and taste of the product. Unlike other "diet" products I could not tell the difference between this chocolate bar and one that you would buy off the shelves at a newsagents. Therefore, it can give you that hit of chocolate that you may be craving without the big hit of associated calories!


        The bar comes in an orange plastic wrapper with the brand name Slimfast written in white across the front as well as a picture of the snack bar and a description of Slimfast's "eating plan" which you may be following. This basically consists of eating three snacks a day (this can include the snack bar being discussed), two slimfast meals such as a shake and one sensible meal of your choice at approxiamtely 600 calories. I personally am not following this plan, but find that the slimfast snack bar is a useful addition to my own calorie controlled diet.


        This snack bar consists of soft nougat and caramel coated in milk chocolate. To taste it is very soft and slightly chewy with the caramel and chocolate melting in the mouth. Very tasty and definately worth a try!


        Ingredients are as follows:
        Caramel (30%)
        Milk chocolate (22%)
        Glucose syrup
        Sugar
        Cocoa powder (3%)
        Cocoa Mass (2%)
        Sunflower oil
        Egg white
        Salt
        Flavourings


        Nutritional Information (per snack bar):
        Calories= 95
        Protein= 0.9g
        Carbohydrates= 16g
        Of which sugars= 12g
        Fat= 2.5g
        of which saturates- 1.5g
        Fibre= 0.4g

        I would reccommend this product and at only 95 calories you can't really go wrong!


        Thanks for Reading

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        • Coca-Cola / Soft Drink / 170 Readings / 165 Ratings
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          08.05.2010 00:00
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          4 out of 5 stars.

          Coca-Cola
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          Whenever I think of Coca Cola the first thing that comes to mind is the famous christmas time "Holidays are coming" Coca Cola advert which most of us will know. The one where santa is driving down a road in a large red truck with Coca-Cola emblazoned across it in large letters. It always signals the start of the christmas season for me!

          Anyway back to the review.I have always been a fan of Coca Cola and struggle to decide whether I prefer this offer of cola over Pepsi's. I find both enjoyable but it's hard to rival an ice cold glass of Coca-Cola on a hot day.

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          Coca Cola is a black carbonated (fizzy) soft drink which is sold world-wide and is available in all supermarkets, newsagents, vending machines and most restaurants and pubs. Since first being introduced in 1886 it has steadly become one of the most popular fizzy drinks on the market and is a massively recognised brand all over the world.

          Since it's first introduction the coca-cola brand have brought out a number of different varieties including diet coke, coke zero, cherry coke and caffiene free. However, Coca-Cola remains my favourite variety.

          It's very hard to describe the taste of Coca-Cola but it's sweet in taste and quite artificial in flavour. The recipe is very secret so I can't comment much on that aspect as it isn't published but I know that it contains caffeine, vegetable extracts and sugar.


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          The packaging can vary depending on whether you buy a can or bottle but both can be recognised by the famous red and white branding. A red backgroung with white cursive script writing saying "Coca-Cola" which was designed in the 19th century and has remained seemingly unchanged.

          The bottle is made of sturdy clear plastic with a red label wrapped around the centre of the bottle and a red plastic screw cap (see picture). The label has all the usual information included such as nutritional information and contact details.

          You can also buy Coca-Cola in a tin can which can be identified by the formely mentioned red background with white writing. It's hard to miss on the supermarket sheld due to the highly recognisable branding.

          A 330ml can will cost between 0.50p-0.90p depending on where you buy if from and a 500ml plastic bottle typically cost approximatley £1.03 (Tesco price). You can usually buy two Coca-Cola 500ml bottles on offer for £1.70.

          Apart from the two sizes already mentioned you can also buy in bottle sizes 1.25litre, 2litre and 3litre.


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          We all know that Coca-Cola is renouned for how awful it is for us and its extremely high sugar content! So I would recommend that you drink this rarely unless you want your teeth falling out or try and opt for a sugar free version. I try to have Coca Cola zero as it sugar free and low calorie, I think its a good compromise and very similar in taste. Although I wont lie and say that I never drink orignial Coca Cola!

          So here's the dreaded nutrition per 250ml;
          Calories=105
          Sugar=27g (!!!!!!!)
          Fat=0.0g

          Overall I enjoy the product and find that it's best served extra cold. However the sugar content is beyond awful and therefore this limits the amount I drink of it. I would recommend that you try Coke Zero!

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            07.05.2010 17:59
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            Good for peoplel look for a light bread.

            Warburtons Danish White Bread
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            On a recent food shop in Asda I found myself pondering in the bread aisle trying to find a loaf of bread that I wanted that didn't cost more than a pound. Bread seems so expensive to me these days, especially the big brand named ones like Kingsmill and Hovis, so I was glad to see a 400g loaf of Warburtons for the reasonable price of 0.68p. Warburtons is an established and recognised brand so I was hopeful that the quality would reflect this.


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            The loaf I bought is Warburtons "Danish" white sliced bread. The loaf weights 400g and is the average sized loaf.

            Warburtons describe this bread "The lighter white bread", which refers to its light fluffy texture and reasonable calorie content. The slices are quite thin compared to others on the market which I like and taste light to eat. Once toasted they become extra crispy. However when using fresh it can be quite difficult to spread margerine on because it is so fluffy and thin in texture.

            It is suitable for home freezing if you wish or can be stored in a cool dry place and will stay fresh in my experience for about 3-4 days if stored correctly and the packaging is sealed back up after use.


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            The bread comes in a half clear, half coloured blue thin plastic wrapper (see picture). As half of the plastic wrapper is clear you can easily see the bread through the packaging and judge the colour and thickness of the bread before you buy. On the lower blue half of the wrapper the words "Danish" and "The lighter white bread" are written as an indication to the type of bread you are buying. Also the name Warburtons and the usual nutritional information, ingredients and contact details are printed on the packaging.

            On average this bread currently cost 0.68p for a 400g loaf (Asda & Tesco).


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            Each slice of this bread has 61 calories, 0.3g of fat, 0.6g of sugar and 0.3g of salt.

            For those with allergies please be advised that this product contains wheat flour, wheat gluten, soya any soya flour.

            Ingredients include:
            Wheat flour, Water, Yeast, Salt, Dextrose, Emulsifiers, Soya Flour, Preservative Calcium Propionate, Flour Treatment Agent Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).


            Overall, I am happy with this bread and will continue to buy it. If you like thick bread I don't recommend this bread due to it light texture. A good option for people that are looking to control their weight due to the reasonable calorie content per slice.


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              07.05.2010 01:42
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              5 out of 5 stars from me!

              ASDA Blackcurrent Squash
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              I have never really enjoyed blackcurrent squash and instead favoured tropical or peach varieties. However I bought Asda's blackcurrent squash recently and it has been the first blackcurrent squash that I liked. I have since bought this squash every week from Asda.


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              I like my squash quite strong, so in a pint glass I put in about two fingers (horizontal) worth of squash and then dilute with cold water. I have also tried this squash with less but I prefer it to be strong to get the full flavour. It tastes similar to ribenna in it's sweetness of blackcurrent flavour.

              This squash has no artificial colours or flavourings and I feel this is reflected in the taste. It doesn't taste artificial and is best served chilled.

              The 1 litre bottle lasts for about a week with only me drinking it. On the bottle it suggests that once diluted the contents will make 20 servings.


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              The squash comes in a clear plastic 1litre bottle with a blue plastic screw top and light blue paper label around the centre of the bottle.

              All the usual information is included on the label including brand name and description, ingredients, nutrition, instructions for use and contact details.

              The bottle is recyclable and so is the paper label.


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              No added sugar.

              Per 100ml:
              Calories=8
              Protein=0.3g
              Carbohydrates=1.3g
              Fat=Trace
              Fibre=0.7g
              Vitamin C=24.0mg = 40% Recommended Daily allowance!!!


              Overall I think that this is one of the best blacurrent squashes that you can buy that isn't a famous brand like ribenna. It has no added sugar and has added vitamin C goodness. A 1 litre bottle cost £1 in Asda and makes water more interesting to drink!

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              07.05.2010 00:23
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              5 out of 5 stars from me! Great product. Try it :)

              Gillette for Women Satin Care "Wild Berry" Shave Gel
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              For a couple of years now I have been stealing my boyfriend's shaving gel when shaving my legs because I found that his was just better than mine. He had a Gillette brand...for men. I found that when I used my own shaving gel it didn't thicken up enough and stay in place on my legs, so I just stole his on the sly. After a while he tired off me using his things and suggested that I try buying a gillette shaving gel for myself and trying it to see if it was any better than my current.

              I had a look in Wilkinsons and found the product that I am reviewing on special offer AND it was Gillette so had high hopes that it would be of a similar quality to the men's one. I wasn't dissapointed!


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              The shaving gel comes in a 200ml metal canister and is lilac in colour with the following white writing on the front; Gillette for Women. Satin Care. Wild Berry with Silk. On the reverse of the canister is contact details and ingredients.

              The product was on offer when I purchased it at the reasonable price of £1.00. The standard price is approximately £2.60. This product will last me about 1-2 months using it a couple of times a week.


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              The gel is lilac in colour, the same colour as the outside of the packaging and smells sweet and luxuroius like berries.

              Only a small amount of gel is needed as it thicken up really easily and provides a good coverage with relative ease. A walnut sized amount should be enough to cover one leg.

              Applcation is easy. Smooth over a walnut sized amount (or as much as you need) of gel over the are you wish to shave. It will immediatley thicken and turn from lilac to white in colour. The shave as normal. Wash away any residue gel.

              This is the best shaving gel I have ever used. It smells delicious and very feminine with berry essences and leaves you legs ultra smooth, soft and silky due to it's moisturising properties. After washing off your skin will still lightly smell of berries. Also gives you a great close shave.


              I would definately recommend this product to all women who shave. A great product!


              Thanks for Reading

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              • Twix / Chocolate / 35 Readings / 35 Ratings
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                3 out of 5 stars. Would be higher if not so bad for you!

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                My partner just came home from work and bought me a Twix bar for pudding so it's the perfect opportunity for me to review it whilst I'm chomping on it!


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                Twix is a chocolate bar made by Mars and was introduced to the UK market in 1967. A standard pack consists of two biscuit fingers topped with a layer of caramel and coated in chocolate.


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                The standard twix bar comes in a gold foil wrapper with the brand name "TWIX" largely displayed across the front in red writing with a white border. To the right of the brand name is a picture of the twix bar with a cross section so that you can see the different layers of biscuit, caramel and chocolate. On the back of the chocolate bar wrapper is the nutritional information, ingredients and contact details.

                To open the foil wrapper hold the top left corner and pull the right side corner (same end) downwards. The foil wrapper should easily tear open and create an opening which you can easily pull out the biscuit bar.

                A two bar Twix typically cost about 0.41p (my local Tesco price).

                Multipacks are also available to buy in supermarkets and contain between 5-28 twix bars and cost between £1.25-£2.90.


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                The twix bar is made up from sugar, syrup, wheat flour, vegetable fat, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter and mass, lactose, milk fat, whey protein, salt, vanilla extract and raising agent.

                On the packaging it states that there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives in this chocolate bar.

                To my horror each piece contains 142 calories, 1.4g of protein, 19g carbohydrates and 6.9g of fat! Not really for those on diets, or looking to control their weight.

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                Although this chocolate bar is not good for me at all I find it delicious! The combination of crunchy biscuit, soft smooth and sweet caramel with melk in the mouth chocolate is just my type of thing.

                However, admittedly I do sometimes forget about this offering from Mars and overlook it whilst browsing the chocolate bar aisle in the newsagents primarily due to its rather bland and boring packaging. It certainly dosn't shout out "buy me!".

                When you bite into the bar you will firstly be met with a crunchy buttery biscuit finger and then the taste of smooth sticky and sweet caramel. As soon as you start cheewing the chocolate coating will melt in your mouth and combine with all the other flavours. The biscuit gives the chocolate bar some substance and can be quite a filling snack. Rather addictive too.


                Overall I really enjoy the taste combination of this chocolate bar and it is great as a snack. Bear in mind the calories and fat content which is the only let down of this product.

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                • Quidco.co.uk / Internet Site / 60 Readings / 57 Ratings
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                  After writing my review on Maximiles and mentioning it's similarities to Quidco I though it was about time that I wrote a review on Quidco, my second favourite website after MoneySavingExpert ;-)!

                  This is where I first came to hear of Quidco on the MoneySavingExpert forum whereby once someone had posted a "too good to miss deal" they would say- Don't forget Quidco!!!

                  So I though hmmm what's this Quidco about?
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                  Well Quidco is a cashback website.

                  Sign up to it and go via this site to do your online shopping, e.g. Tesco, Amazon, Burtons, and you will recieve a percentage of the amount you spend back into your quidco account (CASH not points).

                  You can search on their site to find which retailers offer cashback and what percentage, such as 3% or 12% of your total buy. Every online retailer I have searched for on Quidco I have found to offer cashback.

                  Some retailers also offer a certain cashback sum of money instead of a percentage of what you buy. This is typical for companies where you sign up to mobile phone contracts, electricity/gas and car/home insurance. At the moment for example "Virgin" are offering £60 cashback for you taking out mobile broadband with them. You must go through Quidco to get your cashback!!


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                  Once you have gone through Quidco to another companies website and purchased something, this purchase will "track" on your quidco account. This basically acknowledges your transaction, shows the company name, how much you spent and the expected cashback you will recieve. Once quidco has recieved the cashback it will then be ready to be passed onto you at the end of each month (paypal or bank transfer). No minimum payout threshold.

                  Cashback can take between 1 week and up to 3 months to be received by Quidco. This will be explained in the terms and conditions of the cashback and specified. If you have a query regarding cashback being tracked or recieved then contact their customer support by email who will willingly help resolve the matter (usually respond within 24-48 hours). I have never had any problems with transactions tracking or being received so seems reliable to me in my own personal experience.


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                  To have the priviledge of using this site you will have to pay £5 out of your earning each year (once per year). If you don't earn more than £5 cashback in a year you don't have to pay. The first £5 that clears in your Quidco account will be taken for this "administration fee". Some people don't like this aspect but it is very easy to earn more than this so I am happy to pay. Most people can redeem about £200-300 a year cashback from this site. I have already met this by signing up to lots of "no brainers"- recieve cashback but no spend required which can't be covered by your cashback.


                  As well as earning cashback through online spending with Quidco you can also receive money by signing up and registering with companies. Requesting free sim packs for your mobile, entering competitions and signing up to free trials (lovefilm is popular with about £15 cashback on average). Lots of casino and gambling websites also offer good cashback deals.

                  Overall a good website. Worth a look at if you haven't heard of it before and especially if you shop online already.

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                  • Jacob's Cream Crackers / Snacks / 24 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                    Since I was younger I have always enjoyed the simplicity of crackers as a quick and easy snack or light lunch. I especially like them with a spread of margerine, lump of cheese and tomatoes or cucumber. I have also tried and enjoyed cottage cheese and marmite as options to put on my crackers.

                    Cream crackers are a flat square savory biscuit and approximately 8cm squared (size of a post-it note). Jacob's were the first comapany to produce crackers in 1885, and at the height of their popularity Jacob's held a 50% share of the market.

                    They are cream and brown in colour, with one side quite flat and the other more bumpy and flakey. On the flatter side the following words are imprinted into the biscuit; " Jacob & Co. Cream Crackers".

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                    They are dry, crunchy and flakey to eat. This doesn't really make them sound all that appealing, but add some creamy margerine and a chunk of cheese and they become quite an appealing mouthful! Eaten plain I think they are too dry so I would advise that they are consumed with a spread or topping. In terms of taste you can pick up wheat and yeast, and they smell of baked bread.


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                    The following ingredients are listed on the packaging; Wheat flour, Vegetable oil, Salt, Bicarbonate and Yeast. For those who have intolerences this product contains gluten.

                    Each cracker contains:
                    Calories=35
                    Protein=0.8g
                    Carbohydrates=5.4g
                    of which sugars=0.1g
                    Fat=1.1g
                    of which saturates=0.3g
                    Fibre=0.3g

                    Jacob's claim on the packaging that these crackers are a good source of fibre and contain no artificial colours of flavourings or hydrogenated vegetable oil.


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                    Jacob's crackers come in a bright orange plastic wrapper with all the usual information included, such as nutritional information, ingredients, weight, contact details and brand name. The brand name and product description is displayed in a black diamond shape on the front of the pack making it easy to see and stand out against the orange background. Also on the front is a picture of the cream crackers with cheese and tomatoes as a topping (see picture).

                    These crackers are available in two different sized packet, either 200g or 300g. I most recently bought the 300g packet for 0.75p in Tesco.


                    Overall I think that they are a quick and easy snack to enjoy. Limited fuss and you will have something that is appealing to eat. I think best served with cheese!

                    Thanks for reading x

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                    • Heinz Salad Cream / Sauces / Soups / 28 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                      5 out of 5 stars from me!

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                      Salad cream has always been a product that I have in my fridge as I prefer the flavour to mayonaise. It is a useful condiment to have around and add to salads, sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc. Similar to mayonaise, salad cream can be a nice addition to many other meals than just salad.


                      From the Heinz website (www.heinz.co.uk):

                      "If you are watching your weight Original Heinz Salad Cream is 66% less fat than the standard mayonnaise market leader"


                      Heinz is the one of the primary producers of salad cream, and like it's ketchup range it is known for it's quality and superior taste over other brands.

                      Since last year my partner and I have had to tighten up our spending on food and have experimented with different brands of salad cream in an effort to reduce spending. Although having tried a number of different supermarket brands we haven't been able to find an alternative salad cream that comes close to the flavour offered by Heinz. We find that the majority have too strong a taste of vinegar for our own personal taste. As such when we have seen Heinz salad cream on special offer we will buy this over the other brands everytime.


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                      Price can vary by the size and shape of bottle you buy, but the one I bought retails for £2.06 for a 460g unside down squeezable bottle.

                      Other sized bottles you can buy include a 258g glass bottle, 295g handy pack, 425g plastic squeezy bottle, 460g and 600g upside down squeezable plastic bottle (see www.heinz.co.uk). Prices on average range from £1.45-£2.20.

                      The squeezable bottle is made of clear plastic so you can see the contents inside and has a plastic screw top which has a lid that you can flip up to reveal a whole for squeezing out the salad cream. Before using the salad cream you need to unscrew the lid from the bottle and remove a foil seal. Screw the lid back on and shake the salad cream before use. By squeezing the bottle it makes the salad cream very easy to get out of the bottle in comparison to the upright glass bottle.

                      All information concerning nutritional information, ingredients and contact details are included on the product wrapper fixed onto the centre of the bottle.


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                      For those with allergies please be advised that this product contains eggs and mustard.

                      This product is free from any artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.

                      Nutritional information per 15g serving:

                      Calories=50
                      Protein=0.2g
                      Carbohydrates=3.0g
                      of which sugars=2.6g
                      Fat=4.0g
                      of which saturates=0.3g
                      Fibre=Trace
                      Sodium=0.2g
                      Salt Equivalent=0.4g


                      The following ingredients are listed on the bottle as being included in this product: Vinegar, Vegetable Oil (25%), Water, Sugar, Mustard, Salt, Egg Yolks (3%), Modified Cornflour and Stabilisers.


                      The product is tasty and has a slight tangy taste given by the mustard and is a smooth texture. It is off white and slightly yellow in appearence and thick and creamy in consistency. There is a slight smell of egg and vinegar when sniffed.


                      Heinz salad cream is also available in light and extra light versions.


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                    • maximiles.co.uk / Internet Site / 44 Readings / 43 Ratings
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                      5 out of 5 stars from me!

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                      I joined Maximiles about a year ago after reading about the offers that were available through it on the forum MoneySavingExpert. Formely Maximiles was called Ipoints.


                      Information about Maximiles
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                      This site is a rewards-based online shopping network, in which you can gain rewards in exchange for loyalty points. You can collect points by shopping online at retailers and going through your Maximiles account. By going through your account you will recieve cashback in terms of points for each spend. For example collect 8 points per £1 spend at specified retailer. You can also collect points by filling out surveys and registering with companies.


                      Example of Maximiles "Offers"
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                      Until recently I haven't really used my account, prefering to use the site Quidco for cashback on my online spending, however about a week ago I received an email from Maximiles with an offer I felt too good to miss. In this email it described and had a website link for an introductory sign up bonus incentive for a casino (Intercasino), in which if you signed up to this online casino, deposited and waged £10 you would receive 12,500 points into your maximiles account (equivelant to £50 in vouchers). I went ahead and gambled my £10, unfortunately I didn't win, but did recieve my points within a week. So after refunding myself the £10 out of the points I recieved (Asda voucher for my weekly shop), I was £40 up!!

                      I have now put this equivelant £40 worth of vouchers towards one of their numerous "rewards" called 'a week in the sun', in which 12,500 points will buy you a self catering hotel room for 7 days in a choice of one out of 5 hotels in either Andalucia, Portugal or Tenerife (name and details of hotels provided). This is for between 2-4 people. Great offer, and free accomodation in my eyes! So...this is one aspect of Maximiles.

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                      Sign up online at maximiles.co.uk and you will be able to earn points through a number of different ways. These points you can redeem against their "rewards", which are numerous! I will list a select few rewards for your reference:

                      *A week in the sun (Hotel for 2-4 people, self-catering, 7 days)
                      *Food and Drink vouchers (e.g. Asda £10, Sainsbury £10, Bella Italia £30)
                      *Fragrances (Men/Women)
                      *Health and Beauty (GHD's, Beauty creams etc)

                      Plus many MANY more. Definately something for everyone.

                      You can choose a broad search under rewards, e.g. 0 points- 499 points in which all rewards in this bracket will be displayed. Or choose a sub topic e.g. Food vouchers and search these rewards.

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                      There are a number of ways you can collect points, these include the following.

                      *Complete online surveys (sent to you via email from maximiles)
                      *Enter competitions (on the maximiles site)
                      *Register for services (e.g. free trial/free test drive/casino)
                      *Respond to emails (email sent about product, click through to website to gain 5 points)
                      *Cashback for your online shopping (via points, e.g. 4 points per £1 spend at Burtons)

                      I have so far completed a number of surveys, rewarded on average 300 points per survey lasting 15 minutes. Responded to emails asking me to click through to an affiliate website, 5points received on each one of these. I have also registered for some of the services listed (there are many!), especially the ones where you don't have to spend anything or buy anything. For example free trials, request a free brochure, sign up to free forum etc. These are easy and free ways to accumulate points.


                      Points can take up to a maximum of 90 days to appear in your account (see Maximiles website), although I have not had to wait any longer than 2 weeks but this may vary for others.

                      Website is clearly layed out and you can easily navigate through the site using the tabs at the top of the homepage.

                      So far my experience has been totally positive and I am glad that I have joined. Looking forward to booking my now FREE hotel for my summer holiday ;-)!

                      Recommended.


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                        5 out of 5 stars. Great product for those on a budget.

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                        I have been buying Tesco value orange juice for many years and have consistently been happy with the product in terms of quality, taste and price. Over the years I have also tried many other brands of orange juice including value/basic, mid range and premium. I have pleasently come to the conclusion that this offering from the Tesco value range can hold it's own within this market as a great competitor especially when price is considered!

                        The consistency and flavour of the orange juice can rival all other more premuim brands of orange juice who sell a smooth orange juice product. In my personal opinion I cannot tell much difference in the quality of flavour between this budget juice and more premium ones. As such, why bother spending more money on a product than you need to?


                        Saving money wherever possible is important to my partner and I, so this product is a great compromise. A 1 litre carton of this juice currently costs 0.56p, and is available in all large Tesco supermarkets and some smaller Tesco metro's stores.


                        Now we come to the packaging and this is where some people may have problems with this product. It's the dreaded VALUE packaging that some people feel is like a beacon announcing to the world that they are oh so poor! Now personally I don't mind at all, why should the packaging matter if the contents are good and the packaging is functional? Be a savvy shopper, save the pennies and put them towards something that matters if you like this product.

                        The carton is made of cardboard which you can recycle if you wish, and is white, blue and red in design. The normal value branding we all know (see picture). On the front of the carton is a picture of a glass of orange juice to illustrate the contents and on the reverse is the normal nutritional information, ingredients and contact details. Nothing special really. To open the carton lift up the edge corner on the top of the carton and you will be able to rip the corner off (or cut with a pair of scissors).


                        This juice is made from concentrate, is smooth in consistency with no "bits" and is best served chilled. Due to it being a longlife product you will be able to store this product unopened for months before it reaching it's expiry date. On opening this product you will be greeted with a mellow orange smell and the taste is refreshing and true to orange. Not too bitter or sharp.


                        Nutritional information per 100ml:
                        Calories=42
                        Fat=Trace
                        Protein=0.6g
                        Saturated fat=0.0g
                        Sugar=9.4g
                        Salt=Trace


                        If you don't mind the packaging and like plain smooth orange juice I would recommend this product as a good compromise to more expensive premium brands.


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                        • Oasis Citrus Punch / Soft Drink / 43 Readings / 40 Ratings
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                          4 out of 5 stars.

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                          Oasis Citrus Punch is a fruity juice drink which can be purchased in nearly all supermarkets, convenience shops, newsagents and cinema's etc. To buy in a supermarket it usually costs approximately £1.00-£1.10 for a 500ml bottle. If you buy this drink at smaller shops or at an attraction (e.g. cinema) then it will most probably cost more, nearer £1.50.

                          Oasis is a brand owned by the big company Coca-Cola and was introduced into the UK market in 1995 as a refreshing fruity drink.

                          Oasis Citrus Punch is a still mixed citrus fruit juice drink and contains no atrificial colours or flavourings. It is not the consistency of standard "fruit juice" drinks but more like the consistency of flavoured squash. Nevertheless, it is full of fruity flavour and quite powerful compared to other squash like products on the market. This is probably why it has been named Citrus "punch", in terms of a full punch of flavour! For people who don't like quite strong squash, I wouldn't like to recommend this drink.

                          The bottle is made of clear plastic and you can therefore see through the packaging to the liquid inside. The Oasis drink is bright yellow in colour making it very easy to sopt on the shelf. Wrapped around the centre of the outside of the bottle is a blue plastic wrapper which holds all the nutritional information, ingredients, brand name, storage instructions and contact details. The lid is a blue plastic screw top which can be easily opened by hand.


                          Nutritional information per 250ml serving, as displayed on the bottle:

                          Calories=42
                          Sugars=10.3g
                          Fat=0.0g
                          Saturates=0.0g
                          Salt=0.0g.

                          Ingredients for the citrus punch include, water, sugar, fruit juice from concentrate 5% (ORANGE, TANGERINE, LEMON), citric acid, safflower and stabilisers.


                          Oasis citrus punch definitively tastes like the ingredients stated, with a sweet orange flavour. Possibly slightly too sweet. Very easy to drink and refreshing.


                          There are a number of other varieties of flavour, including Oasis... Summer fruits, Peach and Passionfruit and Extra light summer fruits (reduced calories).


                          For more information about Oasis visit www.coca-cola.co.uk/nutrition


                          This product is a nice alternative to fizzy drinks and is surprisingly refreshing and tasty. I find that it can quench my thirst quickly unlike fruit juice drinks and can be easily gulped down unlike fizzy drinks!

                          Thanks for reading my review of Oasis Citrus Punch.

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                        • Heinz Tomato Ketchup / Other Food / 34 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                          4 out of 5 stars.

                          Heinz Tomato Ketchup
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                          I have tried a number of different tomato sauces, including basic supermarket varieties, mid range and famous brand named ketchups. Although, I haven't necessarily been dissapointed by all the other tomato sauces on the market, I have a particular fondness for the flavour and richness in taste of Heinz tomato ketchup.


                          Heinz tomato ketchup was initially launched in 1879, but since this date there have been a number of changes including the removal of sodium benzoate as a preservative due to it's questioned safety by the US Food and Drugs Administration. In 1906 Heinz launched the first ketchup that was free of artificial preservatives.


                          Tomato ketchup is a condiment made primarily of tomatoes among other flavourings. And Heinz is probably one of the most desired tomato sauces on the market, being one of the top selling brands of ketchup and is exported all over the world. As a condiment most people enjoy using it as a dip for chips, or served with burgers and hotdogs. However, this sauce can also be used in recipes as a flavouring, such as in lasagne and stews. Adding a splash to cheap tomato beans will also give them more flavour and richness.


                          Although previously only available in a glass bottle, Heinz is now available in an assortment of different bottles and sizes, including a squeezable bottle which was initially introduced in 1983 and in 2001 an upside down squeezable bottle. This is the bottle that I have most recently purchased as I find that it is convenient to use and avoids any accidents where by a dig dolloup of sauce flies across the table by the force you need to use to get it out of the bottle!

                          Due to continuing popularity Heinz currently sells 650 million bottles of tomato ketchup a year worldwide!

                          Heinz ketchup usually retails at approximately £1.50-£2.00 for a 500ml bottle at supermarkets.

                          Nutritional information per serving;
                          18 Calories
                          0.2g Protein
                          4.1g Carbohydrates
                          Trace Fat
                          0.5g Salt equivalent
                          0.1g Fibre

                          Thanks for reading.

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                            5 out of 5 stars. Yummy!!

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                            I never really used to eat pizza, especially purchase it from a take-out. If I wanted to indulge and have a take-out I would immediately think of chinese or Asian food, or a quick McDonalds/KFC. Since living with my partner, whenever a take-out was mentioned he would suggest pizza and as I didn't feel like it we would compromise and order something else. However, I started feeling bad about this and ordered one for the both of us from Domino's.

                            To sum it up, it was fantastic and yummy! I am now fully converted and we have pizza from Domino's as our main take-out. I am now the one making him decide on pizza now!!

                            Ordering from Domino's is really easy, you can order online, phone up or pop into the local take-away and order there. I normally order over the phone but have tried over the internet aswell.

                            As I live in the city, we regulary get new menu's and special offers/discount coupons through our letter box as an incentive to buy from them. I find this very useful and appreciate that the company offer these coupons making the take-away more affordable.

                            I find that the main disadvantage of Domino's is their price. A medium pizza is priced at between £11.99 for a Pepperoni pizza, to £12.99 for a Mighty Meaty pizza. Large pizza's are between £13.99-£14.99.

                            As my partner and I like to indulge and have a medium pizza each and sometimes a side or two between us, this can add up to a rather expensive take-away. As such, when we buy from them we always use a voucher or offer to make it more affordable.

                            If you don't have access to these coupons which are delivered to you then if you look online there normally seems to be a discount voucher available which you can use online against your order (e.g. vouchercodes.co.uk). At the moment Domino's also offer a "Two for Tuesday" promotion, in which you can buy two medium or large pizza's and only pay for one (most expensive one).

                            Domino's offer a range of different pizza's with meaty and vegetarian options. The sizes of pizza are; Personal (4 slices), Small (6 slices), Medium (8 slices) and Large (10 slices). With all medium and large pizza their is a free garlic and herb dip included. I love it and my favourite pizza is Texac BBQ chicken!!

                            You can also buy starters/sides, for example Garlic Pizza bread, Potato Wedges, Coleslaw and combinations ranging in price from £2.99-£5.99. Dips at 0.39p each. Fizzy Drinks at £1.99 for a 1.25 ltr bottle and deserts including waffles and ice cream.

                            When ordering online go to the website www.dominos.co.uk and click on "Order now". This will take you through to a page showing the pizza options, where you can select what size and variety you want. At the top of the page are tabs that you can click on to take you to other items, including Sides, Desserts, Drinks and Deals. As you click and select the things you want from the website, your order will be shown on the right of the screen with the total amount. You can change and ammend this. Click on the Payment tab when you are ready to confirm your order and provide delivery address details etc.

                            Pay online/on the phone with a bank card or with cash/card on delivery.

                            Home delivery or collection is available. Delivery is free if your order is over £10. Delivery usually takes between 20-45 minutes.

                            Thanks for reading! I'm off to eat my Domino's! x

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