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      13.06.2010 18:06
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      Muller Rice Strawberry - creamy rice with strawberries in syrup.

      I have finally loosened up the purse strings, as my children have been complaining about the lack of good snacks in our house. Over the last few weeks I have started to buy in puddings, but I have been trying to pick up ones on special offer. This week it is the turn of Muller Rice Pots!

      I do really enjoy these rice pots and used to buy them on a regular basis. As my food bill rose to scary heights though, I cut back and these were one of the treats that disappeared from my shopping list.

      Muller Rice come in plastic pots, wth a foil lid. They come in a variety of colours, depending on the contents and the one I chose contained strawberries. This pot was therefore in red and white with a close-up shot of strawberries and creamy rice.

      Peeling back the foil, the first thing you notice is the sweet creamy smell of the rice, which is instanstly recogniseable. You can also smell the strawberry, but this is more subtle. This snack does look very appetising, as the pieces of strawberry and sauce are swirled into the rice, which adds to the attraction.

      I like to scoop up some rice and strawberry together, as it tastes even nicer when these flavours are mixed together. The rice is very thick, rich and creamy and although lovely on it's own, can be a little boring after a few spoonfuls. It is very soft and requires no effort to eat, so is great if you are feeling under the weather or in need of comfort food. The chunks of strawberry are small, but full of flavour. They are also quite soft but still add a little bite to the snack. There is also a syrupy strawberry sauce, which is deliciously sweet and adds lots of lovely flavour to the rice.

      This snack can be heated in the microwave, if you fancy it warm. I personally prefer mine cold, straight from the fridge.

      *Nutritional Value Per 100g*

      Energy - 107kcal
      Protein - 3.2g
      Carbohydrate - 18.4g
      of which sugars - 12.5g
      Fat - 2.3g
      of which saturates - 1.3g
      Fibre - 0.4g
      Sodium - 0.1g
      Calcium - 92mg

      This product contains eggs and milk. It is free from artificial colours and preservatives.

      Muller Rice 190g Pots are available from Tesco for 52p but are on special until 29th June at 8 for £2, which is a brilliant offer.

      I would definitely recommend these and advise anyone who enjoys them to snap them up at this price!

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      • Beko RA610 / Fridge / 60 Readings / 58 Ratings
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        13.06.2010 02:11
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        Beko RA610 - quality affordable fridge in a basic design.

        When I moved last November, I had to leave behind my fridge, as it was integrated into my kitchen. As I need a new kitchen in my new house, I decided to buy a cheap fridge to tide me over until I can afford to fit one.

        After doing some research online, I decided to buy a Beko RA610 in white, as it matched the units and looked like it had enough space for everything I needed it to hold.
        I purchased my Beko from Argos and although I am not sure how much I paid for it last November, it is at the moment being sold for £144.99, which is pretty good value compared to many other brands. It is quite a small fridge, with a net fresh food storage volume of 3.5 cu ft and a freezer compartment which takes 0.5 cu ft of food. The freezer compartment will not freeze fresh food, but your frozen food can be safely stored for around 3 days.

        The Beko RA610 has two adjustable shelves, which I find very handy and I have set them at a level that suits me. I also find it much easier to give them a thorough clean, as I can remove them and wash them in the sink. At the bottom of the fridge is a salad crisper, which is also removable, as is the glass shelf which sits on top of it. The salad crisper is an excellent size and I have never managed to fill it yet. I usually have it stocked with lettuce, tomatoes, a bunch of spring onions and half a cucumber and there is always space left over, so it really is very roomy.

        The door on the RA610 can be set to open either left or right. On the inside of the door are three different levels of storage and all of them are strong and sturdy. The bottom rack is large enough to hold 2, six pint cartons of milk. The middle one has an egg rack, which will hold six eggs and I usually store some more eggs alongside this. The top shelf is where I keep my blocks of cheese and cheese slices.

        When I originally bought this fridge, I was a bit worried that it would not have enough room for a family of five, but I have been very pleasantly surprised. With it's adjustable shelves and large salad crisper, I have found I can keep it very well stocked and it holds a large amount of food. I tend to use the freezer compartment for ice lollies and ice cream or anything else that I know is going to be eaten very quickly and it has never let me down yet.

        The fridge has an energy rating of A and consumes 165 kwh per year.

        I have found that the fridge as a whole, is very well built. It has a solid sturdy feel, with not one piece of it being flimsy or cheaply manufactured. I also find it very easy to keep clean, which is of major importance in an item which holds food.

        I would definitely buy Beko branded goods again and would be more than happy to recommend this fridge to anyone looking for a reasonably priced, basic fridge.

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        • Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bar / Snacks / 28 Readings / 28 Ratings
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          13.06.2010 00:24
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          Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Apple bars - soft bake bar with juicy apple centre.

          I am always looking for something for my kids to snack on after school. The first thing they look for when they come in the door, is something to eat. Although I am happy for them to have a snack, I do not want them to be too full for their dinner. Kellogg's Nutri Grain Bars do the trick nicely and make a nice change from biscuits and crisps.

          Nutri-Grain bake bars come in a narrow cardboard box, mainly in the colours of red and cream. The package has a close-up picture of a soft bake bar, cut in half and healthy, fresh apples.

          Inside, you find that the foil wrapped bars have a soft golden outer crust, which is made from wheat and wholegrain oats. Although the crust is soft, it still has a nice bite and tastes sweet and tasty. There are different varieties and these ones are filled with a good layer of juicy apple, which is also very sweet and has a strong appley flavour.

          *Nutritional Value Per 37g Bar*

          Energy - 130 kcal
          Protein - 1.5g
          Carbohydrate - 26g
          of which are sugars - 12g
          starch - 9g
          Fat - 3g
          of which saturates - 1g
          Fibre - 1.5g
          Sodium - 0.1g
          Salt - 0.3g

          This product contains oats, wheat and milk and is suitable for vegetarians.

          Kellogg's Nutri-Grain bars are available from Tesco in a pack of eight for £2.11. but are on special for £1.50 until 22nd June.


          I like buying Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars as an after-school snack for my kids. They do have a lot of fruit filling but not too sure how healthy you could call them, as they do have quite a lot of sugar.
          Although this is balanced somewhat by the fact that they are a source of fibre. They also contain six B Vitamins, calcium and iron, so they are healthier than many snacks on the market.

          I would say these are worth buying as an occasional snack, but as with all snacks, they should be consumed in moderation.

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        • Fox's Crinkle Crunch Butter / Snacks / 52 Readings / 50 Ratings
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          11.06.2010 13:24
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          Fox's Crinkle Crunch Butter - delicious sweet crunchy biscuits.

          I personally do not eat a great deal of biscuits these days, just the odd digestive, with my cup of tea. Sometimes though I do fancy something different and this week I spotted Fox's Crinkle Crunch Butter biscuits at the special price of 60p, which I thought was a bargain!
          I have always loved the Fox's brand, finding them to be excellent quality and flavour, so decided to snap up a pack of these yummy looking biscuits.

          Fox's Crinkle Crunch come in a thin, plastic wrapper, in a bright, cheerful yellow colour. The Fox's logo is large and each letter is in a different colour and there is a close-up shot of a delicious looking biscuit surrounded by some crumbs.

          Opening the pack, you find that the biscuits are quite thin and are rough in texture. Biting into them, you find that they are indeed very crumbly and do make quite a mess!
          They really are worth the mess though, as they are gorgeously sweet and tasty. Fox's Crinkle Crunch taste very fresh and really do 'crunch'. You can definitely taste the oats, which do have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth at times. They also taste very buttery and this does give them a quality flavour, which makes you feel as if you are having a treat, rather than an everyday biscuit.

          *Nutritional Value Per Biscuit*

          Energy - 50 kcal
          Protein - 0.6g
          Carbohydrate - 7.7g
          of which sugars - 3.4g
          Fat - 1.9g
          of which saturates - 1.0g
          Fibre - 0.3g
          Sodium - 0.05g
          Salt - 0.13g

          This product contains gluten, oats, wheat, milk, soya/soyabeans and may contain nuts. It is suitable for vegetarians.

          Fox's Crinkle Crunch Butter are available from Tesco and would normally cost 89p for a 250g pack, but until 22nd June they are only 60p.

          I really love these biscuits and would purchase them again when I fancy a treat. I would not buy them every week though, as I try to stick to value biscuits whenever possible.

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            11.06.2010 12:55
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            Cornetto Classico - creamy ice cream, lovely topping and crunchy wafer cone.

            Spica, an Italian ice-cream manufacturer first registered Cornetto in 1960, when they brought their ready-made ice-cream cones to the market.
            Unfortunately for them, they did not sell very well and in 1976, Unilever bought Cornetto from them, turning it into the well known, very popular brand we know today.

            I would be happy to sit down to any flavour of Cornetto, but mainly buy mint or strawberry. This week for a change I went for the original one with chocolate and nuts. With 5 in our family, I always buy the family pack, which contains 6 cones.
            The outer box is made of strong cardboard, which stop the cones getting crushed. It is decorated in mainly blue and white and has a close-up shot of a classic Cornetto on the front.

            Inside you find your Cornetto wrapped in a thick paper with an inner foil. The top of the cone is protected by a thin, cardboard disc.
            When you peel off the paper cover, you are faced with a very attractive dark golden wafer cone and white ice-cream with a chocolate and nut topping.

            The ice-cream is the bit I always head for first. It is vanilla in flavour and is smooth and creamy. The chocolate topping is thick, smooth and sweet and it combines perfectly with the delicate vanilla ice-cream.

            The cone on a Cornetto is amazing! It is sweet and really tasty and unlike most cones, it is really thick, crispy and crunchy. Inside the cone is a layer of milk chocolate, but the biggest surprise comes near the bottom of the cone. This is where the layer of chocolate turns into a solid piece of chocolate and it is really tasty and filling. This makes a Cornetto a great filling snack, or it serves just as well as a nice pudding after a main meal.


            *Nutritional Value Per Cone*

            Energy - 180 kcal
            Protein - 2.5g
            Carbohydrate - 20.0g
            of which sugars - 14.0g
            Fat - 10.0g
            of which saturates - 8.0g
            Fibre - 0.9g
            Sodium - 0.07g
            Salt - 0.18g

            This product contains wheat and mlik. It is free from artificial colours and flavours.

            Wall's CornettoClassico are available in Tesco in a six pack for £2.19. This is pretty good value as singly these usually cost around £1 each.

            Wall's do make some lovely ice-creams and I think Cornetto are one of the best.

            I would be happy to recommend them and award them 5 stars.

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              08.06.2010 13:57
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              Alpen Light Apple & Sultana Cereal Bar - yummy, chewy cereal bar.

              Ever since I bought Alpen bars during the easter break, they have become firm favourites with both myself and my children. I am now slowly working my way through the variety of favours and this week I picked up Alpen Light Apple & Sultana.

              These Alpen bars come in quite a slender cardboard package, with a very attractive picture of mountains on the front. There is also a picture of an Alpen bar, sitting unwrapped on a wooden table, surrounded by oats, grapes and slices of apple. This pack is clearly marked as being 'Light', with 'Fewer than 70 calories per bar', prominently displayed on the front.

              Inside the box, you find 5 bars which are individually wrapped in easily opened, foil packaging. When opened you find an extremely attractive cereal bar, which has a mix of cereals, sultanas and apple and is finished off on top with a drizzle of yogurt. Yum!

              The bar smells sweet and fruity, which does get my mouth watering. The cereal bar is delicious, with the mix of juicy raisins, sweet, crunchy apples and crunchy, chewy cereal. These ingredients are bound together by a light syrup, which makes it chewy and sweet, but not in the slightest bit sickly. They really are more-ish.

              I did slightly miss the thick base of chocolate or yogurt that you get on the original bars, but this does make for a bar which is lighter in calories. If you are watching your calories, this is the cereal bar to go for!

              *Nutritional Value Per 21g Bar*

              Energy - 59 kcal
              Protein - 1.2g
              Carbohydrate - 14.0g
              of which sugars - 4.3g
              Fat - 0.8g
              of which saturates - 0.3g
              Fibre - 5.0g
              Sodium - 0.03g
              Salt Equivalent - 0.07g

              This product contains wheat, barley, oats, milk, soya/soybeans, sulphur dioxide/sulphites and may contain traces of nuts. It is suitable for vegetarians.

              Alpen Light with Apple & Sultana cereal bars are available from Tesco in a pack of 5 for £1.57

              I can't say I find this particularly good value, as the bars are tiny and are gone in about three bites. They do taste gorgeous though and make a nice change from the usual bar of chocolate.

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            • Tesco Value Tortilla Chips / Snacks / 71 Readings / 71 Ratings
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              03.06.2010 16:25
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              Tesco Value Tortilla Chips - lightly salted tortilla chips.

              A couple of weeks ago I decided to get the kids together, in one room and have a movie night. For me, a successful movie night must be accompanied by lots of snacks and plenty of refreshments. As I am always on a mission to save the pennies, I thought I would try out Tesco Value Tortilla Chips. I had read a review on here and decided they were worth giving a go and I am so glad I did!

              Tesco Value Tortilla Chips come in a basic plastic pack in the easily recognised white, red and blue colours, which Tesco have chosen for all their value range. Once opened you would be best to transfer them into an airtight container, as they will get soft pretty quickly. Our's did not last anywhere near long enough to soften!

              Opening the pack, you can smell the savoury chips inside and the aroma is surprisingly attractive for such a cheap product. The chips are golden in colour and irregular in size and shape, giving them a hand-baked look. Like all tortilla chips, they have a slightly rough, grainy texture. They taste very fresh and have a lovely crunch to them. I did find them quite salty, but not overly so, but I was glad that I had a drink to hand. We actually had a selection of dips to go with them, which worked really well. Although the tortillas chips were salty, this did not affect the taste of the dips and they went brilliantly together.

              *Nutrition Value Per Quarter Pack (25g)*

              Energy - 120 kcal
              Protein - 1.5g
              Carbohydrate - 14.8g
              of which sugars - 0.1g
              Fat - 6.1g
              of which saturates - 0.6g
              Mono Unsaturates - 4.8g
              Polyunsaturates - 0.7g
              Fibre - 1.8g
              Sodium - 0.1g
              Salt Equivalent - 0.2g

              This product cannot be guaranteed to be nut free. It is suitable for vegetarians.

              Tesco Value Tortilla Chips cost 25p for a 100g bag, which is amazing value in my opinion. My whole family enjoyed them and we could easily have demolished another pack.

              I will definitely buy these again and would be happy to give them 5 stars. They may not come in any exciting flavours, but are such exceptional value that I would recommend them to anyone!

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                02.06.2010 15:37
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                Border Milk Chocolate Viennese - melt in the mouth whirls with a chocolate coating.

                I had a real craving for a nice biscuit this week and while browsing Tesco online, I came across Border Milk Chocolate Viennese biscuits. I had never tried them before and they did sound very tempting. For a luxury pack of biscuits I thought they were quite good value at £1, so I popped a pack in my online basket.

                Border biscuits are very nicely packed in a rectangular cardboard box, coloured in pale cream. There are close-up pictures of the viennese whirls, large chunks of milk chocolate and sticks of vanilla. As they are made in Scotland, there is a very light trim of tartan on the packaging too. On one end of the box is a small window, through which you get to glimpse the gorgeous whirls.

                Inside the pack you find eight chunky biscuits, each with a generous coating of milk chocolate on the bottom. Your teeth sink into them very easily and they have a soft crunch. They are very light in texture and melt in the mouth, leaving a subtle sweet, vanilla aftertaste which is very pleasant. The chocolate is smooth, rich and creamy and the bakers have been generous with it. The combination of flavours and textures is just perfect and I did manage to eat two before I made myself stop!

                *Nutritional Value Per Whirl*

                Energy - 95 kcal
                Protein - 1.1g
                Carbohydrate - 11g
                of which sugars - 5.3g
                Fat - 5.4g
                of which saturates - 1.6g
                Fibre - 0.3g
                Sodium - 0.1g

                This product contains wheat, gluten, cow's milk, egg and soya. It contains no hydrogenated fats.

                I bought my pack of eight Border Viennese Whirls in Tesco for £1 only and I notice that Asda has them at the same price. I am not sure if this is a special offer though, as most Border biscuits are more expensive than this.

                I wouldn't buy these every week, but would definitely purchase them again when I fancied a special treat.

                I do feel they are worthy of 5 stars, as they taste absolutely wonderful.

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                  29.05.2010 01:01
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                  Muller Corner Tropical Crunch - clusters of dried fruit and granola with yogurt.

                  Muller Corners have been very popular in our house over the past few weeks and I have got into the habit of buying them. I prefer the fruity variety but my kids love all of them, especially the chocolate digestive ones.

                  I think Muller had a brilliant idea when they created corners. Not only do they taste great but they are great fun too and I, as well as my kids, love mixing the two flavours together.

                  Muller Corner comes in a plastic tub, which is divided into two different sized sections. The tub is sealed with a foil lid, which keeps the contents fresh. The Tropical Crunch variety has changed a bit since the above photo was taken. The 'healthy balance' logo has now been replaced and the word 'bio' is now being used. There is a close-up shot of some pineapple on the lid, which I find very attractive, as I absolutely love pineapple.

                  Peeling back the foil, the first thing you notice is that the fresh looking pineapple you spotted on the lid, does not exist inside the tub. I was quite disappointed to find that the small section of the tub contained clusters of dried pineapple, banana and papaya, with a honeyed granola mix. The clusters did taste nice and sweet and they were also very crunchy, but they were not what I was expecting.

                  I scooped up some yogurt and clusters together. The clusters did taste nice, sweet and very crunchy, but they were not what I was expecting. I was left with my mouth feeling quite dry and felt desperate for a drink afterwards. I will definitely have to start taking a closer look at what I am buying, because I wasn't that keen on this corner.

                  *Nutritional Value Per 100g*

                  Energy - 119 kcal
                  Protein - 5.4g
                  Carbohydrate - 18.2g
                  of which sugars - 13.1g
                  Fat - 2.4g
                  of which saturates - 1.5g
                  Fibre - 0.6g
                  Sodium - 0.1g
                  Calcium - 164mg

                  This product contains oats, wheat and milk and may contain nuts. It is free from artificial colours and sweeteners and is suitable for vegetarians.

                  Muller Corner Bio varieties are available from Tesco for 52p but are on special until 8th June at 4 for £1, which is very good value.

                  I was a bit disappointed with the tropical crunch flavour, as I had been expecting some fresh fruit, but it was still reasonably good. I would definitely try another flavour next time though.

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                    28.05.2010 18:36
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                    Wall's Magnum Classic - vanilla ice cream wrapped in milk chocolate.

                    Well spring-time definitely seems to have arrived and hopefully summer is just around the corner. I am already enjoying some icecreams and ice lollies and this week I treated myself and my family to a couple of boxes of Magnum Classic, as they were on special offer.

                    Magnum Classic come in a box of three, generous sized ice lollies. The box is a dark chocolate brown and is nicely shaped, which gives it a distinctive look and feel of pure luxury.

                    Unwrapping the Magnum from its glossy wrapper, I am faced with a thick, attractively shaped block of vanilla ice cream, wrapped in milk chocolate. The chocolate smells very inviting and it makes a good cracking sound when I bite into it. The chocolate is a reasonable thickness and is gorgeously sweet and creamy. The cold vanilla ice cream is refreshing. It has a smooth texture and is also sweet and creamy on my taste buds.

                    This is an ice cream to savour and I really enjoyed sitting back and taking my time with it. The creamy milk chocolate went perfectly with the cold refreshing vanilla ice cream and the combination of flavours was wonderful. I also found it quite a filling snack and felt very satisfied by the time I had finished it.

                    *Nutritional Information Per 86g Lolly*

                    Energy - 260kcal
                    Protein - 3.5g
                    Carbohydrate - 25.0g
                    of which sugars - 23.0g
                    Fat - 16.0g
                    of which saturates - 12.0g
                    Fibre - 1.5g
                    Sodium - 0.05g
                    Salt - 0.13g

                    Wall's Magnum Classic are available in a pack of 3 from Tesco for £1.99, but at the moment they are on special offer at 99p only, until 14th June.

                    At full price I do find these lollies a bit expensive, especially as I always have to buy a couple of packs. At 99p though, I think they are worth the money as they really are a quality ice cream, that all my family love.

                    I will definitely be buying a few more packs before the offer is finished. If you are a fan of Magnum Classic, get into Tesco and snap them up for 99p!

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                    • Nabisco Ritz Crackers / Snacks / 71 Readings / 69 Ratings
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                      Ritz Crackers - bite size cracker with a nice crunch.

                      It had been a while since I had sat down with my family to watch a good film, so last weekend we had a movie night. To help make the most of our time together I bought lots of snacks including tortillas, Ritz crackers and dips.

                      Ritz crackers come in both plain and cheese flavour. As I was having them with dips, I chose the plain ones which came in a 200g cardboard box. The box was an attractive bright red colour with a close up shot of a stack of crackers, with one sitting to the side topped with cheese and tomato.

                      Opening the top of the box, you find that the crackers are contained within a clear plastic bag. Inside the bag you find lots of golden crackers which smell both savoury and salty.

                      The crackers are bite size, with tiny holes in the middle. They taste fresh and crisp, with a light crunch and soften very quickly when chewed. They are excellent for using with dips, as they do not have a strong flavour of their own, so you really do taste the dip. We did manage to polish the whole lot off in one go. If you don't, the only thing you can do is fold down the bag or transfer them into an airtight container to keep them fresh. I imagine they would be fine for a couple of days in the box, but this type of snack does tend to get soft quite quickly.

                      I did find myself feeling pretty thirsty after eating a few, most likely down to the salt content, so it's best to have a refreshing drink on standby.

                      *Nutritional Value Per 25g (approx. 8 biscuits)*

                      Energy - 123 kcal
                      Protein - 1.8g
                      Carbohydrate - 14.4g
                      of which Sugars - 1.7g
                      Fat - 6.5g
                      of which Saturates - 3.1g
                      Fibre - 0.7g
                      Sodium - 0.3g
                      Salt equivalent - 0.8g

                      This product contains barley and wheat and may contain eggs, milk, mustard and sesame seeds. It is suitable for vegetarians.

                      Ritz Crackers are available from Tesco in a 200g box for £1.03, but until 1st June Tesco are generously knocking a whole 3p off!

                      My family and I really did enjoy these crackers and I would definitely buy them again. I am sure they would go along with lots of different toppings and not just dip and they really are great for sharing!

                      Well worth 5 stars.

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                      • Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm / Lip Care / 48 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                        Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm - gorgeous lip balm that softens, moisturises and smells great.

                        I absolutely love lip balms and always carry one with me everywhere I go. I usually buy The Body Shop's Vitamin E one, but as I was buying some goodies from Lush online, I decided to try their Honey Trap lip balm for a change.

                        This Lush one comes in a lovely little silver tin and has a screw top lid. The 10g tin is the perfect size for popping into your pocket and is so handy for carrying around wherever you go. There is an ingredients label on the bottom of the tin and a pink label on top with the Lush logo and name of the lip balm in white lettering.

                        Inside you find a pale honey coloured balm with the same consistency of vaseline. It is quite hard when you first start to use it, but softens quickly with the heat of your fingers. It is very smooth and goes on your lips quickly and easily. You can definitely smell the honey, vanilla and also the peppermint, which make up some of the ingredients. I do find that my lips tingle for a few seconds after application which I think may be down to the peppermint oil.

                        Although I do not make a habit of licking my lips, I have found that this lip balm does taste really nice and sweet, with a subtle white chocolate flavour. According to my son though, I smell of custard creams, but as these are one of his favourite biscuits, I'll take that as a compliment!

                        After application my lips very quickly feel soft and moisturised and this feeling lasts for a while. The balm also leaves a light coating on the surface of your lips, which leaves them feeling well protected.

                        Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm will cost you £4.75 which although expensive, does last for a long time. I have been using mine regularly for about a month and I have hardly made a dent in it!

                        I am also attracted to the fact that they do not test any of the ingredients or products on animals. They also use as little packaging as they can and wherever possible, this is recyclable.

                        I will definitely buy Lush Honey Trap lip balm again and would be more than happy to recommend it.

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                      • McVities Mini Hob Nobs / Snacks / 64 Readings / 63 Ratings
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                        McVities Mini Hob Nobs - oaty biscuits with a milk chocolate coating.

                        I have started to buy the mini range of biscuits, available in supermarkets on a regular basis now. I find that bars of chocolate are just so expensive, many working out at between 30p and 40p per bar, so these mini packs are much more economical. You still manage to get your sweet treat, but you manage to save a bit of money at the same time.

                        My most recent buy were McVities Mini Chocolate Hob Nobs, in a multipack of 6 bags. The outer bag is made of strong plastic, which is coloured in two shades of blue. The lettering stands out well in white and there are close-up pictures of mini chocolate hob nobs, dotted over the front of the packaging.

                        Inside this bag, you find six 25g bags, in the same packaging, only in miniature this time. On opening, you are met with a mouth watering sweet, milk chocolate smell and a lovely aroma of oats.

                        These hob nobs look just like the full size ones, but are a cute bite size instead and can easily fit into your mouth in one go. The chocolate is quite thin, but it is creamy, smooth and sweet and just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, without being sickly.

                        The oaty biscuit is golden brown in colour and has a nobbly texture which gives you a lovely 'crunch' when you take a bite. You can really see and taste the oats and these do give the biscuit some bite. Once you have given it a chew, your mouth is filled with a gorgeous sweet flavour. I find the combination of the sweet, crunchy biscuit and the smooth creamy milk chocolate just perfect.

                        I always get into a real mess when I eat McVities Hob Nobs, because they are very crumbly. Whenever I stand up, the tell-tale signs that I have been munching are all around me!

                        *Nutritional Value Per 25g Bag*

                        Energy - 121 kcal
                        Protein - 1.7g
                        Carbohydrate - 15.3g
                        of which sugars - 8.4g
                        Fat - 5.9g
                        of which saturates - 2.9g
                        Fibre - 1.1g
                        Sodium - 0.1g

                        This product contains gluten, maltodextrin, oats, wholemeal, milk, whey, soya and soya lecithins and may contain nuts. It is free from artificial colours and flavours and is suitable for vegetarians.

                        McVities Mini Chocolate Hob Nobs are available from Tesco in a 6 pack for £1.35, but they are on special offer until 1st June for £1 only.

                        They are great little biscuits, in handy little packs and I would happily recommend them.

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                        Dolmio Bolognese Sauce - rich tomato sauce, with quality ingredients.

                        I absolutely love all of Dolmio's sauces and have tried most of their range. This week I had a notion for spaghetti bolognese, so bought a large jar of Dolmio from Tesco.

                        Dolmio Bolognese sauce is a gorgeously, delicious mix of ripe chunky pieces of tomato, onions and tasty herbs. This lovely sauce comes packaged in a glass jar with metal, screw-top lid, which keeps it very fresh.

                        When you open a jar of Dolmio, the first thing you notice is the lovely aroma of tomatoes. The sauce smells of good quality, very fresh ingredients and I know the bolognese is going to taste great. The sauce is an attractive deep red colour and you can clearly see the herbs in it. These are not tiny flecks of herb but recognisable, dark green, herb pieces.

                        Dolmio Bolognese sauce, tastes great. The tomatoes are quite sweet and are full of flavour and the chunks give the sauce body and bite. This combines well with the plain tasting spaghetti and the dish tastes perfect.

                        I always have this sauce with my Quorn mince and spaghetti and it makes a very quick and easy meal. I just fry up the mince and add the sauce. This only takes five minutes to heat through and the spaghetti cooks up quickly too.

                        *Ingredients*

                        Tomatoes (76%), Tomato Paste (14%), Lemon Juice, Onions, Sugar, Olive Oil, Salt, Basil, Garlic, Herbs, Parsley, Spices.

                        Dolmio Bolognese Sauce has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.

                        *Nutritional Value Per 100g*

                        Calories - 49 kcal
                        Protein - 1.4g
                        Carbohydrate - 7.8g
                        of which sugars - 5.9g
                        Fat - 1.4g
                        of which saturates - 0.2g
                        Fibre - 0.9g
                        Sodium - 0.5g

                        Dolmio Bolognese Sauce is available from Tesco in the following:

                        750g - £1.84
                        500g - £1.58 ( 2 for £3 until 1/6/10 )
                        320g - £1.23
                        170g pouch - £1.08

                        I do find that this sauce is on special offer quite often and try to stock up when it is.

                        It is definitely one of the best bolognese sauces around and well worth 5 stars.

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                        Muller Corner - thick, creamy yogurt and sweet juicy fruit.

                        My husband bought Muller Rice in Tesco last week. We enjoyed them so much we decided to buy some more puddings this weekend. So much for saving money!

                        I do really enjoy a nice yogurt, although I do usually buy Alpro Soya these days. Muller Corners are very attractive though, with their seperate helpings of fruit and other sweet treats. They are far more interesting and are fun for the kids, who love mixing the two flavours together.

                        Muller Corners come in a plastic tub, which is divided into two sections. The tub is sealed with a foil lid, which keeps the contents fresh. The lid comes in a variety of colours, depending on the contents and the one I chose contained strawberry. This foil was therefore in red and white with a close-up shot of large, juicy strawberries.

                        Peeling back the foil, the first thing you notice is the sweet strawberry aroma. You can also smell the creamy yogurt, but this is more subtle. This snack does look very appetising as the strawberry pieces look plump and juicy, the syrup looks thick and rich and the yogurt is thick and creamy.

                        I like to scoop up some yogurt and strawberry together, as it is far tastier when these flavours are mixed together. The pieces of strawberry are small, but full of flavour. They are also quite soft but still add a little bite to the snack. There is also a syrupy sauce, which is deliciously sweet and adds lots of lovely flavour to the yogurt.

                        *Nutritional Value Per 175g Pot*

                        Energy - 113 kcal
                        Protein - 3.8g
                        Carbohydrate - 14.9g
                        of which sugars - 14.9g
                        Fat - 3.9g
                        of which saturates - 2.4g
                        Fibre - 0.5g
                        Sodium - 0.1g
                        Calcium - 124mg

                        This product contains milk. It is free from artificial colours and preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.

                        Muller Corners 175g Pots are available from Tesco for 52p but are on special until 18th May at 4 for £2.

                        I do feel these are too expensive to buy on a regular basis, but they do make a lovely occasional treat.

                        I would give them 5 stars for flavour, but have to deduct a star due to the high price.

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