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      30.05.2014 21:04
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      Great, but what's up with the layout?

      Admittedly, I have been on and off this site for the past 2 years or so of my membership, and whilst enjoying writing reviews for Dooyoo due to a massive workload I have been unable to for almost a year. :(

      Anyway, due to this I might not have got the hang of some new features, so please just bear with me and leave a comment if that is the case.

      So let''s begin with the positives. There are many positives to the site, however I am not going to go into them in great detail because most of these are probably very obvious to any members reading this. There is a real, friendly environment to this site, and it gives reliable reviews for products which are very useful for comparison and so on. On more than one occasion I have been moved so much by a review that I have been forced to buy the product, even if it is something that I hadn''t really considered before. Furthermore you get to earn money for writing reviews, something I would do anyway. How much better can it get?

      However, now for some feedback and general suggestions. Let''s talk about this new layout. Like I said, I haven''t been on this site for close to a year so I''m not sure when exactly this updating-the-layout happened. For all I know, I could be discussing something hilariously out of date. But to put it quite frankly, I don''t like it.

      That might seem a bit harsh, I know. And in some ways it is; after all it makes the site look so much more snazzy and modern. But, and I cannot stress this enough, I preferred the old layout more. Yes, it was simpler and yes, it looked more traditional, but it also was so much easier to navigate. Personal opinion, obviously, but what isn''t is the numerous typing errors found just by looking at the ''My dooyoo'' section. For example: ''Miles Help Statment'' and ''Miles chashed in''. Now these are just small things that can easily be fixed but they are quite an eyesore.

      Also, where is the section to see who has read your reviews?

      So maybe I am making a big deal out of a few typos and the lack of ease of navigation, which may be due to me having not used the site for so long. But the old layout just seemed more... comfortable, that''s all.

      Just some general feedback, and I must stress though this review has been mainly on negatives, I still have great admiration for this site and something as trivial as layout is nowhere near enough to make me even mildly dislike it. I could write pages and pages on positives of dooyoo, but this is more about improving what''s there than stressing the things that have already been done. Nevertheless, keep up the good work! The friendly environment and what the site stands for seems to have remained much the same. There are just a few aesthetic features that should be tended to, that''s all.

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      12.08.2013 19:22
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      A lovely zesty drink

      I have been trying all sorts of interesting tasting flavoured teas recently, and this Twinings Orange and Lotus Flower Green Tea is one of them. Available for £1.49 (or two for £2 which is better value for money and you can mix and match) for 20 tea bags from Tesco, this is not the cheapest of teas. However, for the unique flavours and the good brand I think that the price is perfectly acceptable.

      This tea is packaged in a lovely classy and sophisticated looking Twinings (the logo is embossed on a nice gold panel near the top) tea box in the colour green. The colour fades from deep bold green to a lighter green the closer you get near the bottom which I think is a nice effect, and helpful to remind you that it is a green tea. There are pictures of orange flowers on the front to emphasise the 'orange and lotus' flavour of the tea. Once you open the box, the front section opens and closes and acts like a lid for the box to protect the tea bags. I think this packaging is very nice; both aesthetically appealing and practical at the same time

      The instructions for brewing this tea are on the side of the packaging, and go as follows:
      "We suggest brewing this tea for a maximum of 2 minutes, any longer and you'll lose the delicate taste. Allow one bag per person and add freshly boiled water".

      This is easy to follow, however I find I have to add a small teaspoon of honey to each cup as I find most teas too bitter without a little bit of sweetening up. But I am trying to reduce the amount of honey I add bit by bit and cup by cup so that the subtle flavours really show through more.

      I think the orange and lotus flower really complement each other in this tea, and tastes nice especially with the green tea (which I prefer to black tea). The zesty taste of the orange is the most noticeable, I would say, and this makes the tea taste fresh, fruity and interesting. I really like the citrus taste against the lotus flower and it is a nice combination with the green tea. I would say that this is more of a 'good morning' tea rather than a hot drink for night time, but I suppose it would work for both purposes. It is just that the zingy orange taste makes me think more of sunshiney mornings.

      The taste is nice, but I think that the flavour can be a little too delicate if you leave it in for the recommended time of 1-2 minutes; having said that, I do not want the flavour to be too bold and strong. It has a zesty yet relaxing aroma to it which is very calming. I would not say that this is the most delicious flavoured tea in the world, but I do still think that it is very nice.

      Altogether, I think that this is a lovely zesty tea, which tastes quite nice. I would recommend it with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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      12.08.2013 16:23
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      Convenient breakfasting

      I like to have a bowl of steaming porridge now and then, but I don't have much time in the mornings before I have to dash so I thought that this Quaker Oat So Simple product would be a good buy. I had tried Quaker Oats in the past and found them to be of a good quality, so I felt assured that this is would be both a sensible and convenient purchase.

      One 324g box (each box of this contains 12 sachets) of Quaker Oat So Simple will cost you £2.44 from Tesco, or 2 for £4. Even on special offer, these oats are still quite pricey and you could save a lot of money by just buying a big sack of microwave oats. However, I don't mind buying these occasionally for the convenience that comes with it, but I certainly won't buy this as something to eat every single morning as it would just not be worth the cost.

      These oats are packaged in a cardboard box with a classic Quaker blue skies and golden fields look. It makes you think of the morning just by looking at it. It has the Quaker logo and in very big writing on a signpost it indicates that it is 'Now only 2 mins to perfect porridge'. Altogether, it has quite a nice and classic appearance to it. Once you open the box up at the side, there is a tab design where you can tuck one piece of cardboard into another to keep it fresh. Inside, the oats are stored in individual paper sachets which are handy.

      These oats are very easy and quick to make, as promised. You can just pour the milk into the sachet after you have emptied it of its contents which I thought was quite clever design wise (there are lines indicating where the milk should go up to. Then you pour the milk over the oats, give it a little stir, microwave it and then your oats are ready! Unfortunately the bowl does get very hot in the microwave so you have to wait for a minute or two before taking it out. Alternatively, you can use a pair of oven gloves.

      If a microwave is not available for use, 'Simply boil 180ml of milk in a saucepan and stir in the contents of one sachet of oats. Simmer for 2 minutes or until milk is absorbed, stirring occasionally'.

      Other flavours are available for example Apple and Blueberry or Golden Syrup which I do like but buying the Original kind means that you can whatever you like in your own porridge and you get to flavour it yourself.

      Altogether, this is a good product for the convenience and how fast it can be prepared. You can save a lot of time on breakfast. I would recommend this product with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars (with the one star dropped because you could save quite a bit of money buying big packs of oats instead of individual sachets).

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        12.08.2013 15:30
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        Good for icing

        Icing sugar is very useful to have handy as you can make some nice icing to top your cakes and other baked creations, though I do not like to use too much of it. A good choice for this would be Tate and Lyle Icing Sugar as it is good quality and gives nice results every time.

        A 1 kg bag of sugar will cost you £1.88 from Tesco which I think is quite good value for money for icing sugar from a good brand that is of good quality. And anyway, one bag can last me for ages as I don't tend to use icing sugar that much (I find too much icing can be sickening) so the cost does not stack up that high in the end.

        The packaging is typical of Tate and Lyle sugar products; the design has pink silhouettes of plants on it. The colours used are predominately pink and white and this is what I look for when I am searching for icing sugar in the aisle as it is very distinctive. Altogether, the packaging is quite aesthetically pleasing and it makes you think that it is a good quality product.

        This icing sugar is very fine so when you open the package a fine dust of sugar sort of explodes out of it. There is not too much harm in this but the air tastes sweet for a while after, so just be careful when opening and handling the sugar.

        This is very easy to use, and this icing sugar has a very distinct taste to it that is unmistakable. It is very good quality sugar, and has never failed me for its many purposes so far. Sometimes little lumps do tend to form if you leave the sugar for too long, which you can sieve out but since the icing is so fine I don't tend to bother with that. You can simply crush it with the back of a spoon into fine powder.

        There are instructions on the back for how to make glace and butter icing.

        For 'glace icing' you need '225g/8oz Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Icing Sugar, 2-3 tbsp water' and you 'Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, gradually beat in enough water to give a smooth icing, thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Use immediately.'

        For 'butter icing' you need '75g/30z butter, softened, 175g/6oz Tate and Lyle Fairtrade Icing Sugar, 1 tbsp milk' and you 'Put butter into a bowl, beat until creamy. Sift and gradually beat in the icing sugar, add the milk and beat again.'

        These little bits of information and recipes are really helpful as all you have to do is turn to the back and see how to make the icing instead of having to look online or in a recipe book so it saves you time. Both types of icing are easy to make and yield nice results. I tend to prefer making buttercream using this instead of glace icing because it has a nice smooth creamy texture that you can make very nice cup cakes with. However, glace icing can look rather droopy and messy, and has too much of a sugary sweet taste to it.

        I also like using some of this icing sugar just to dust off some of my cakes and baked creations as it gives them a rather authentic finish. Not too much, mind you, or the cakes will taste too sweet.

        This Tate and Lyle product is Fairtrade (it says so on the front) so it is nice to know that the company is being ethical.

        In conclusion, this Tate and Lyle Icing Sugar is a really useful product to have in your cupboard to ice your cakes and to generally make them look more pretty. This is very good quality icing sugar and I would recommend it with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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          Works just as well as expensive brands

          As most cake and some other baking recipes call for self raising flour instead of plain flour, it is useful to have a bag or two stored up in your kitchen cupboard for when the time comes that you need some. Besides, it is just not worth the hassle of having to add baking powder or other raising agents. This Asda Smart Price Self Raising Flour is a good choice as it is much cheaper than many competitors on the market and so you could end up saving quite a bit of money on your cake baking.

          You can get a 1.5kg (that is quite a few cakes!) for only 45p from Asda which I think is brilliant value for money considering how useful it is. As far as I can see or taste there is really no noticeable difference between this and more expensive brands so this is a really good bargain buy. If it is any use, the plain flour version of this from Asda will cost you the same price, so it is even better value for money if you are making cakes instead of having to buy plain flour and then some kind of baking agent.

          This flour is packaged in a simple paper bag with the 'Asda Smart Price' logo on it. It says 'White Self Raising Flour' clearly on the front so you can distinguish this from the plain flour version of this. It has the main colours of green and white so you can easily tell that it is from the Asda brand. Altogether, not the most attractive flour packaging in the world, but for something as cheap as this my expectations of the aesthetic appeal were not that high, really. Keep this flour away from moisture, as it will easily seep through the paper bag. Keep it somewhere cool and dry like a kitchen cupboard.

          Small lumps can sometimes form from the powder so it is useful to have a sieve on hand to sort these out but I haven't had much of a problem with this and anyway most of the lumps crumble into fine powder with a vigorous shaking around.

          As mentioned above, I really cannot tell the difference between this self raising flour and other more expensive branded self raising flour, apart from the very basic packaging. There is really no point paying extra for basically the same product, and this could save you quite a lot of money when you are baking. I would recommend this product as something of a bargain buy with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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          12.08.2013 13:23
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          Does the job just fine

          Flour is a really essential ingredient in cooking and baking for me so I do not want to be spending a fortune on it every time I want to bake, say, some cookies. Luckily for me supermarket value brands of flour are available in most supermarkets for a much cheaper price than you would buy branded flour from. I normally buy this Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour to satisfy all my plain flour needs.

          For a a 1.5kg paper bag of flour, this will cost you 45p (obviously, from Tesco). This is enough to satisfy several recipes, so each bag will even last you quite long. This is quite cheap compared to other branded flour packages available in the supermarket, so you can save a lot of money. Though flour does not typically cost too much to begin with, I do find I get through a lot of bags of this so the spending does stack up.

          The packaging is really simple as what else can you expect from a Tesco Value product that costs so much less than branded ones? This flour is packaged in a simple paper bag with purple and orange design of cooking equipment on it. It says 'Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour' on it so that you know it is plain flour not the self raising kind. The paper bag is easy to open and to extract the flour out of it. To store it after opening, I would recommend that you roll up the bag after use, peg it up and then put it in a cool dry kitchen cupboard.

          This Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour has many, many uses, as flour does. You can use it to make cakes, cookies, pancakes, batter, pies... the list goes on. For something that has so many uses and that I need so much of in my everyday cooking and baking, I don't want to be spending so much money on it. That is why this flour is so useful for someone on a budget or if you are just looking to save some money on simple grocery items!

          I don't see why you would need to pay more for such a simple product, unless of course you needed some type of specialised flour such as wholemeal flour or bread flour. This does the job just as well as the more expensive brands, and I really can't tell the difference apart from the no frills packaging. If you insist on paying more for the pretty packaging or the brand name you are going to end up spending much more than you have to.

          Altogether, I think that if you use this product instead of splashing out on more expensive branded products you could end up saving quite a bit of money on your grocery bill in... the pennies do add up! I think that this is a bargain buy for flour, and if it does the job, then why not? I would recommend this product with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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            11.08.2013 11:54
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            A good one to try

            Recently, I have found myself steering further away from my everyday plain tea to more flavoured teas. It is always nice to have a variety to choose from and sample, and Twinings does have quite a lot of flavours on offer. Since it is also one of my favourite tea brands, I thought that I would give this Twinings Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla tea a go since it sounded interesting.

            A 40g box of 20 teabags will cost you £1.29 from Tesco. Well, this is more expensive for a tea but it is classic Twinings price, really, and I believe that for the quality the company provides it is worth paying that little bit extra. At any rate, you can often find flavoured teas for much more than this.

            This tea is packaged in a pink cardboard Twinings box. It does still look very classy and sophisticated which is nice. The top section, once open, acts like a sort of cardboard lid that you can lift up and extract the tea bags from. Altogether, I find the packaging to be quite nice and rather typical of a product made by Twinings.

            You can taste the blackcurrant very easily, but I would say that the vanilla holds a more subtle flavour, but you can still taste it. The ginseng flavour, quite noticeable but not too strong, gives the tea its 'edge' I would say, from becoming too fruity, and though it is not my favourite taste in the world (it is more something you would have to get used to), I would say that it adds character to the overall flavour of the tea. I think altogether it has quite a distinctive and unusual taste to it, and it can be a bit overpowering, though not sickening.

            I use boiling water to pour on top of the teabag, and leave it in for around five minutes. This also leaves time for the water to start to cool so it is not too hot to drink. Though the teabag looks quite brown initially, the reddish purple colour of the blackcurrant really shows both in the tea and in the teabag after soaking it in for a while. It has quite a pleasant colour in the end that looks nice to drink. I always have to add honey to my tea, though, or else I find it a bit too bitter. One teaspoon of honey is more than sufficient to sweeten the tea up.

            In conclusion, this tea has a very calming aroma, and it does taste quite nice but its not something that I would swap my normal everyday tea for as I find that sometimes the taste (and especially the smell) can get overpowering if you drink this too frequently. It is interesting and a nice drink, but I think it is better consumed occasionally and in smaller amounts, or I might get sick of it. This is not my favourite flavour from Twining's flavoured teas range, but it is rather nice especially on cold winter nights. I would recommend it with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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            • Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes / Snacks / 47 Readings / 45 Ratings
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              10.08.2013 23:00
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              Lovely Jaffa Cakes

              Jaffa Cakes are one of my favourite snacks and McVities do them really well. A 150g box of these will set you back £1.19 from Tesco. The box is rather small. Yes, this is a bit pricey for a couple of Jaffa Cakes, but it is not that expensive for a branded product made by McVities, and anyway these are way better quality. Obviously you can get Jaffa Cakes not only from McVities but from other brands most commonly supermarkets' own ones. These will cost you less money to buy, obviously, so you might think that they are better value for money, but they do not taste as good as these ones. McVities Jaffa Cakes are noticeably better in quality than others available and they are really tasty. Anyway, I see these Jaffa Cakes on special offer really frequently from store to store which provides even better value for money.

              A box of Jaffa Cakes is recognisable from basically a mile around as the packaging is really distinctive and eye catching. It uses bold colours on the box; blue and orange. I don't find this particularly attractive, but it is not unpleasant either and at least it is instantly identifiable. Inside the box the Jaffa Cakes have a neat plastic wrapper around them to keep them fresh.

              You can get different pack sizes of Jaffa cakes; the ordinary one that I normally get is quite a short rectangular tube, but you can also get these in double packs. They sell cake bar versions of these Jaffa Cakes which I have never tried before but plan on tasting sometime in the near future as I expect that they will taste rather nice. And at around Christmas time, I saw tubes of Jaffa Cakes which were about a metre long for sale which I thought would make a really cool gift.

              It says on the packaging that you can earn McVities VIP points on these which is some sort of loyalty scheme. I don't have an account with them so I have no wisdom to impart on this topic though I should probably join up soon since I do buy a lot of products from them and it would be nice to get something back.

              Jaffa cakes are shaped like biscuits, but when you bite down you realise that it has a lighter, more cakey texture. It feels lighter than your average biscuit. There is a circle of orange with a very jelly like texture on top of this. This is both sweet and slightly sour which I like. And on top of this there is a nice coating of chocolate. They taste really nice as the tangy flavour of the orange corresponds very well with the darkness of the chocolate and these are quite filling. However, it is far too easy to eat lots and lots of these without even noticing!

              In conclusion, these are very nice Jaffa Cakes which are ideal for snacking on and even though it is a branded product it is even good value for money if you find on special offer, which is rather often. These are a very good buy and I would highly recommend them with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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              I bought this Tresemme Split Remedy Conditioner along with its matching shampoo as I was searching for a solution to combat my split ends and I thought that this would work for me as I have trusted the Tresemme brand to bring about results in the past. Indeed, I have bought some of their other hair products in the past and have been suitably impressed by them, but this one was a big and bitter disappointment.

              At 2 bottles for £6 (the other bottle I bought was the matching shampoo) or £4.99 for a single bottle, this was quite pricey for a conditioner even on special offer. There are good conditioners that do a fantastic job for around £1, but most of those do not claim to 'mend' split ends, which is what would have been ideal for me. So I thought (wrongly) that it would be worth it to splash out on this conditioner.

              This conditioner is packaged in a tall sleek Tresemme bottle, which does look quite professional and a bit like what you would expect to come from a salon. It is quite easy to operate and looks nice so little complaint about the packaging. However, there is a problem with most Tresemme shampoo and conditioners, and that is that it is really hard to get the conditioner out one you are nearing the last bits of conditioner as it is simply too hard to squeeze out. So more than a bit of the precious 500ml of conditioner ends up being completely wasted. The only way around this I can think of would be to rinse it out with a bit of water into your palm, but the idea of watery conditioner is not ideal.

              This conditioner did not live up to what it promised, or even its name. It is not a 'remedy' for my split ends since after many washes there is no visible difference and I still have as many split ends as ever. And this is using this paired up with the shampoo as well! This is such a disappointment as it promised such wonderful things that it just couldn't live up to leaving me all the more angry that I decided to pay so much for such a product.

              And do you know what? It is not even that great of a conditioner! It is usable, I suppose, and though I find my hair slightly more manageable after use it is nowhere near as good as some (may I add much cheaper) conditioners I have tried before. My hair does not feel noticeably softer, smoother and I certainly can't see any added shine to it. So, it lacks even the basics of what I require from a conditioner. This is certainly not salon quality, whatever it says on the bottle.

              In conclusion, this conditioner just DID NOT WORK for what I intended it for. It is an embarrassment to call it a 'Split Remedy', quite frankly. I just really don't agree with brands promising what they cannot deliver. Why get our hopes up when the results just aren't there? Unfortunately I would not recommend this product and would give it 2 out of 5 stars.

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                Great peach slices!

                I have always loved tinned peaches as they always seemed like a treat and a really tasty way to eat fruit. And these Tesco Peach Slices in light syrup cater perfectly to my tinned peach cravings!

                There is also a great advantage over fresh peach slices for this product; it has a much longer shelf life. So you could basically keep these in your kitchen cupboard for years and they would still be just as tasty for eating! I like to stock up on these peach slices when I am in a Tesco store as because of their long shelf life they won't really be going off for some time.

                A 410g tin of these will cost you 65p which I think is a bargain for peach slices as some other brands will charge you way more for these, whereas the Tesco ones taste just as good. Obviously other supermarkets will offer these at around the same price, but since Tesco is convenient for me and their peach slices taste really good, I find myself turning to them rather than their competitors. Really, it may be a supermarket's own branded product but if you took it out of the tin it wouldn't really be apparent at all; these are as tasty as the more expensive tinned peaches out there, and much cheaper.

                The packaging is quite simple, nothing extraordinary or displeasing either, and you can't really ask for too much in terms of design for a value product. The tins that they store these in are good at keeping the peaches in good quality so you can store them easily. The thing I dislike about tinned products (apart from their lack of freshness, obviously) is that you have to get a tin opener in order to get to what's inside. I shouldn't complain, really, as how else would you manage to keep the food in such good condition for so long, but I do find it a bit of a hassle to have to cut through the metal using a tin opener every time. But once they are open, all you have to do is tip the peaches into a bowl and consume, consume, consume! Not only is it great as a fruity dessert, but you can really eat them any time of the day you want.

                There are a reasonable amount of peaches in the can in relation to the space inside, so it is not just a whole lot of syrup with a few peach slices floating around. These taste really fruity and juicy and especially sweet, though I suppose that it just because of the syrup they add. It makes me feel guilty to say this, but I actually think I prefer these to fresh peaches! They just taste nicer and have a nicer texture in my opinion. They are also kind of slimy, but actually in a nice pleasant sort of way, if you can imagine that.

                In conclusion, these are really nice and delicious peach slices offered by Tesco for a good price, and they are very convenient. I would highly recommend them with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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                  Cheap eating!

                  Pitta bread can be consumed in many ways; it is really good for making wraps or dipping and I often turn to Sainsbury's to provide me with a pack of their Sainsbury's Basics White Pitta Breads.

                  These are quite amazingly cheap at only 22p per pack of 6! That makes it under 4 pence per pitta which I think is excellent value for money, and honestly, what else could you do with four little pennies? Pitta bread isn't exactly known to be expensive, of course, and you might be able to pick up some at a similar price in other supermarkets, but the price of these is just fantastic as these are enough to make a meal out of- indeed, a couple of meals as there are 6 whole pittas to a bag. This is indeed very cheap eating and it has saved me quite a lot of money when I have needed wrap making materials.

                  The pitta bread is packaged in rather plain plastic packaging that can easily be torn off. This bears Sainsbury's classic colours of orange and white for its 'basics' selection (and indeed these pitta breads are quite plain and basic). The packaging is not exactly attractive, but it is not bad either and for a simple product you do expect simple packaging. It is suitable enough for keeping the pitta bread fresh before you consume it.

                  The pitta bread themselves do not exactly look pretty as they are quite uneven especially around the edges, but it is not too bad at all, and if you are looking for a simple quick and cheap meal it doesn't really matter about how the actual bread has been baked. Also, this gives them the effect of being authentically made.

                  These are rather plain tasting (though this is not to say they are bad tasting- they are rather nice in fact but just rather dry so it is nice to have something else slightly moist with it) and I wouldn't fancy eating them alone as a meal, but they are really good for making wraps with the ingredients of your choosing or for cutting up into strips and dipping into dips for example houmous. I find that pitta bread tastes better once it has been heated up for a bit in the oven or the microwave, as they go slightly softer, but they can be eaten straight out of the packet if preferable.

                  In conclusion, these are really cheap pitta breads! You could end up saving a lot of money by buying these and they can be used for a multitude of things. I would highly recommend these with 5 out of 5 stars.

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                    09.08.2013 16:50
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                    Nice strawberry chews

                    Ever since I was a child I have loved fruit chews of all kinds and flavours, but most of all I loved strawberry chewy sweets. These strawberry flavoured Chewits have always been something of a favourite of mine, despite the fact that years have gone by. They are great for chewing away your boredom or just if you have a constant craving for sugar.

                    You can sometimes see a five pack of these sweets on offer in major supermarkets for £1 which I think is great, and good value for money compared to some other soft chew sweets you can find on the market. I think the normal retail price of these may be a bit higher, and it is more expensive to buy a tube individually, but I only buy them when they are on offer in order to save money.

                    These are packaged in long red rectangular blocks, made out of paper which you can easily tear at the top and work your way down the packet, each containing little cubes of strawberry Chewits. Each cube is individually wrapped, for freshness I suppose in some more paper with the red Chewits logo lightly printed on. These are easy to unwrap, however, you do end up with a lot of individual wrappers! The packaging is a little child orientated, admittedly, because of course these sweets are supposed to be aimed towards children, but I find that it looks fine, nothing too extraordinary.

                    The flavour of these Chewits is really nice; the strawberry taste is really fruity and juicy. They also have a slightly creamy taste to them, which I like. Other brands which also make strawberry flavoured soft chew sweets tend to overdo the flavour, or not add enough in, but in my opinion these Chewits get it just right.
                    They are, being sweets, very sweet, but not in a sickening kind of way unless of course you eat too many of these.

                    My only regret? That they get chewed up so quickly! I could finish a whole 5 pack of Chewits in a day, if I wanted to (though it would probably be a very unhealthy option). The good thing about having them in separate blocks as opposed to all jumbled together in a bag as you find with some chewy sweets is that you can sort of measure how much you have eaten.

                    Obviously, being sweets, they are not really a healthy option and definitely are not good for you teeth. But it should be fine if you only eat these from time to time, as I do.

                    In conclusion, these are lovely strawberry chew sweets which are available for a reasonable price. They do bring back memories of childhood! I would highly recommend these as they are delicious sweets to be eaten in moderation, and I would give them 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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                      No good for what I bought it for

                      I have been having problems with split ends, which I think is because I have been using heated hair products more regularly nowadays, and I have been searching for a solution to battle them. I had tried products from the Tresemme range before which were quite good, I thought. Tresemme has a whole split end defying range which I thought looked quite good and might actually work for me. I thought that it would be a good idea to pick up some of this Tresemme Split Remedy Shampoo (as well as the matching conditioner). By the way, I was wrong.

                      I bought this on a 2 for £6 offer for boots (the original price was £4.99 per bottle so I thought that this was a rather good deal). This made it come to £3 per bottle which is more expensive than many other good shampoos I have used before. But then, this bottle is quite big (it contains 500ml of shampoo in it), it promised salon results and anyway, I really wanted to get my split end problem sorted, and £3 did not seem like it was too grand of a price to pay. If it had worked, I would have called it a bargain, even.

                      It has a rather classic 'Tresemme' appearance to it, as it looks like a revamped version of some of their other hair products. The black bottle looks sleek and professional, as Tresemme claim to have salon quality hair products for less money, and it does look rather impressive. It is easy to squeeze out the shampoo at first, however I find that, as the bottle contains less and less shampoo it becomes really hard to squeeze out so I have to turn the bottle upside down, wait a few moments, and then squeeze it before I can shampoo my hair. Apply this as you normally would with a normal shampoo, from root to tip.

                      It is OK for cleaning hair, but I have seen better results from much cheaper shampoos, and my hair does not even feel that refreshed, strong or nourished. As for the split ends, well, this product promises 'up to 80% reduction in split ends after 3 uses'. Well I used this product many many times, much more than just 3 in hope that after a bit I would see results. Well, I didn't. My hair seemed exactly the same with no noticeable effect on my split ends at all which was very disappointing.

                      In conclusion, I guess that as a shampoo it is OK, but not absolutely brilliant, but they should not have made claims they could not live up to. I can carry on using it as a shampoo so that it is not a waste of money but what a shame it is that it could not deliver what it promised! Maybe if they had not promised so much, my expectations may not have been so high and I would not have been so disappointed. I wouldn't recommend this, at all, if you are searching for a solution for split ends and I would give it 2 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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                      • Ovaltine Original / Soft Drink / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                        A nice hot drink

                        When I first discovered Ovaltine, the first thing I thought was: "Oh, this tastes like Maltesers!". Since then I have been buying this drink on occasion for a comforting night time drink which does especially well for the winter months.

                        A 300g pot of Ovaltine powder (the Add Milk version) will cost you £2.49 from Tesco, which is quite expensive compared to many hot chocolate drinks available, but for something more nutritional I think that this price is acceptable. Anyway, I only buy and drink this on occasion so the cost doesn't really add up to much.

                        Ovaltine comes in a plastic tub which has orange and brown packaging which looks quite simplistic, to match with the drink itself. The orange lid is easy to screw on and off so that you can access the Ovaltine powder inside. This packaging is simple and efficient for keeping out moisture and germs, provided you close the cap properly. I think I actually prefer this compared to some of the glass jars you can get hot drink powders in as it is much lighter and easier to handle.

                        If you leave the powder in the pot for too long lumps do tend to form, but as long as they are quite small it is OK since it will be dissolved into the milk anyway.

                        The version I always get is the one where you have to add milk. There is a lighter version where you add water instead which has less calories but I do prefer the milk one as it tastes more creamy and comforting in my opinion. But it is nice to know I have other options. I warm my milk up in the microwave to heat it up, but for those who want to, there is always the option of pouring some milk into a saucepan and heating it using the hob, before transferring to a mug. They advise you to add 4 teaspoons of powder per mug, but you can always tweak the concentration to your personal taste. I find that 3 heaped teaspoons is plenty for me, and even then there is often some residue left at the bottom of the cup. Anyway, all you have to do is add the powder to your hot milk, give it a good stir, and it is ready to drink!

                        This drink tastes nice and calming. This has a nice malty flavour which has a slight degree of sweetness to it and it is brilliant especially in the winter, and I would like to think that it is a healthier alternative to having something like hot chocolate instead. It is a mild drink so not something that you would perhaps want to drink if you are looking for something more flavoursome, but I think that this has a nice taste to it and the malt in it tastes good. It is a good way of weaning yourself off hot chocolate.

                        In conclusion, this is a nice and mild malty drink that can be obtained for a reasonable price and I would recommend it with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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                        • Tesco Iced Fairy Cakes / Snacks / 27 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                          Fine, but much more economical to make yourself

                          Fairy cakes are a light airy snack that you can easily obtain, and children seem to love them, so I thought that I would give these Tesco Iced Fairy Cakes a go, seeing as I was hungry and also, I thought that the iced option would be an interesting change from normal plain fairy cakes.

                          A bag of 12 iced fairy cakes will cost you £1.30 which I thought was quite dear seeing as these are just simple fairy cakes with a bit of icing on them. I would have expected them to charge you around the £1 mark, or less, for this. I think that they do overcharge for something that is so easily made at home using cheap ingredients, and I am pretty sure that you could. These cakes are fine to eat as a snack but they are quite small and it does turn out to be quite expensive snacking in the end.

                          Packaged in a plastic bag (easy to rip open but then if you do not finish all the fairy cakes in one go, you have to put them in a container to maintain freshness as it is not so easy to reseal), you get 4 cakes with yellow icing, four cakes with pink icing, and four cakes with white icing. I can't taste the difference between them, and I guess they just coloured them to make them look pretty, and well, it's nice to be able to mix and match. They are contained in paper cake liners which are quite easy to peel apart from the fairy cakes, and also to hold the crumbs, as eating these can be quite crumby. The cakes themselves are quite thin and they certainly don't reach out over their wrappers, and they are quite light, so they don't really feel like they were worth the money as they are so small and simple.

                          What they count as 'iced' is a small circle of icing in the centre of the cake, which does not even cover the whole surface. I don't really mind about this as icing is something that I think you should have in moderation as it is really sweet. They do look quite cute and simple, but the icing circles are often off centre which is slightly annoying but this is not a big issue.

                          These cakes do have a light and airy texture which is nice, and they are very sweet. They do have a nice taste to them, but nothing extraordinary from the supermarkets' own branded fairy cakes I have tried, and these are a little more expensive than what you could find from some cheaper supermarkets. The icing is very sweet and so it is good there is only a small circle of it, but it does match well with the cakes.

                          In conclusion, yes, these fairy cakes are quite nice to eat but they are nothing spectacular from what you could get from any other supermarket and for the price that they charge you for it, it is really better value for money if you were to bake a big batch yourself. They are not bad cakes; in fact they are rather tasty, but I just don't think they are worth the price you pay so I would give them 3 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

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