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There are many 'Build a bear workshops' around areas all over the world. (and you can find yours closest by a list on the 'Build a bear' website) Build a bear workshop is a brightly coloured friendly store, where you can choose a stuffed animal, (from Bears, panda and monkeys to even hello kitty!) customise it and watch it being stuffed and even buy it clothes and shoes! I shall take you through the process i had making my Build a bear:
There were many different Stuffed toys to choose from and there was a big difference in price, the cheapest being £9 for a plainer coloured (but still adorable) teddy bear, the inbetween prices which were £13.50 to £15 for other such animals like Pandas, owls, dogs etc to the more expensive end of the scale which were £18 for (i think) a kind of husky dog or wolf (not sure!) and the most expensive a Hello Kitty for £20! Each toy had a hole in its back and a long thread to stitch it up with.
I chose a Panda for £13.50.
After choosing your toy, you take it to a stuffing area.
If you like you can add a voice box into it. (there are different things it can have such as "i love you" to roars, meows, barks and even songs to a personalised message or a beating heart)
you will see a large kind of colourful machine with a large wheel spinning loads of stuffing. you have an assitant (usually ready to help without asking) and you are asked to step on a peddle, which turns the stuffing machine on as they insert the back on the bear onto a large pipe which the stuffing comes out of.
When they are done, they ask if the bear is right for you, (soft enough, if you want it more firmer etc.) and then you choose a little heart out of a tub (where i went was either red hearts with white writing saying 'I love you' or a green flower/clover) they tell you to kiss the heart and make a wish (really sweet!) and they tuck it into the bears stuffing before sewing it up. (this should only take about a couple of minutes!)
Your bear is ready! There is then a rnage of clothes you can pick from to dress your bear in. (they even do wardrobes, beds and shoe storages for around £25-8 each) There are many styles to pick from, even seasonal clothing! There are shorts, trousers, tops, skirts and dresses (summer wear, wedding, party, casual etc.) and fancy dress. (snow white and other various fairy tales) You can even purchase night ware, Knickers, socks and swim wear!
You can but shoes which go with various outfits, (sparkly shoes, trainers, slipper, roller skates etc) and accesories. ('ear' bows, items they can hold like microphones, sun glasses, bags etc.)
The list could go on, there are so many items to name!
Prices for clothes can be about £6-10 a dress or nice outfit like a cheerleader of fancy dress, about £6-9 for a casual outfit, £5-6 for some shoes and accesories are anywear between £1.50-6.
After you select your bears outfit, you go over to the little computer wear it will ask you some questions, (name, adress etc.) then fill in information about your bear. (its name, date of birth etc)
The computer tell you your done, you go over to the serving desk with your bear and they put it into a nice little box. (a bit like a little house with very pretty drawings) You get a 'Birth certificate' with the information you filled out on the computer. You pay for your bear and its done!
Now you can buy 'Smallfrys' which are tiny 'Build a bears' (already made) for £8 with a choice of small clothing which are £10 an outfit.
Build a bear is great for kids and i think even adults will enojoy it!
My only downside is the price. The outcome can be quite pricey but the experience is great and you get a great bear!
Expect to see a price of around £30 for a clothed bear depending on the bear you choose and the amount of clothes, and you may want to go back for a new outfit for you friend!
Build a bear also do parties, but there is more info about it on the website,
Over the years, Quality Streets chocolates by Nestle are a common family chocolate box mostly seen at Christmas. You can buy these in a pretty purple Tin (as seen above but is now a bit more sparkly and the lettering on it is a bit 3-D) or a Box of chocolates, the same as the other big 'Christmas' chocolates: Celebrations by Mars, Roses by Cadbury and Heros which are also by Cadbury.
Although each chocolate is in a different coloured foil, they all have 'Quality Street' printed all over the wrappers which is repeated.
As i cannot eat whole nuts, the 'Purple one' cannot be reviewed by me but is probably is just like the Caramel swirl but longer and with a nut in lol.
Green Triangle: This one is in a green foil and in the shape of a triangle, so pretty obvious. This is kind of a Hazelnut creme, a bit like a truffel ('Noisette paste') I think this one is really nice and the flavour is really nutty and just like a good truffel. 5/5
Chocolate toffee finger (gold stick): this is a bit like the 'Toffee Deluxe' and is a chewy toffee covered in a Nestle chocolate coating!The flavour of Toffee is good and quite buttery although a bit of chewing is required! 4/5
Toffe penny (gold wrapper): There are 3 toffee's in Quality Street's selection and this is the one without the chocolate. This is basically a blob of toffee in a sort-of circle shape. the flavour is the same as both the chocolate covered toffee's although i think without the chocolate it is a bit more hard to chew on. 3.5/5
Vanilla Fudge (pink wrapper): The flavour of the fudge is very nice and a bit like country fudge in the Roses selection although this time obviously coated in the Nestle chocolate. The flavour is sweet and has buttery notes. 4/5
Strawberry delight (red wrapper): The chocolate on this creme is darker. The creme inside is not a pink colour like the Roses strawberry creme, instead just really white. i Prefer this flavour of strawberry creme to the Roses one because i find it more tasting like a strawberry and not so artificial. 5/5
Coconut eclair (blue wrapper): This is basically just a Nestle version of a Bounty. I think they pulled thos one of quite well. The chocolate tasted good on the coconut and the coconut itself was sweet and tasty although a little dry. 3.5/5
Caramel Swirl (gold dome): Much like a 'golden barrell', this milk chocolate Nestle dome is filled with sweet runny Caramel. There is a good amount of caramel in the dome, just enough to get a lovely flavour. The caramel itself tasted almost like the Cadbury golden barrell in roses, exept not quite so powerful. 4/5
Milk chocolate block (green wrapper): This is simple, just like Roses have their block of 'Dairy Milk', Quality Street have a blcok of Nestle milk chocolate. Some people will like this and some won't depending on how much you like Nestle chocolate just on its own. Some like it more than others and i like Nestle chocolate and its close behind Cadbury. 3.5/5
Orange Crunch (Orange wrapper): This is a octagon of Nestle chocolate with some of the Orange creme in and (i think) some pieces of biscuit. This tastes fab and the biscuit pieces arn't dry and have a great crunch to them. The creme is really sweet and not at all artificial tasting. 5/5
Orange creme (bright orange rectangle): A bit like the Orange crunch, the orange creme has a great flavour. Really sweet and orangey, not a bit artificial tasting just like the strawberry creme. 5/5
Overall, i really like Quality Street. Their cremes are really great, some of the best i have tasted. If there is one thing i could change is maybe replace a chocolate toffee with a different flavour.
I give Nestle Quality Street a 7.5 - 8/10
A while ago i bought these very cute little Tom and Jerry strawberry flavour cupcake kit from Greens. I bought this because it was reduced from about £1.80 to 84p just because the box was a little bit bashed. When i opened it, the packets inside were all fine and none had been damaged or split so i thought i got a pretty good bargain!
The front of the box is really colourful with a pink background with the tom and jerry characters on the front and a picture of a rather nice and neat looking strawberry cupcake with Tom's face on the front.
There was also a rather nice little activity booklet put into the box which would be great for when cooking with the kids as they have nice puzzles in like spot the difference and a wordsearch.
When opening the box, i found 4 things:
the cake mix powder.
the icing powder.
a tube of 'blackcurrant' decorating gel.
12 wafers to decorate with various Tom and Jerry faces on.
Apart from the things in the box you will also need a medium sized egg, some vegetable oil and water, which are very simple to get hold of and will most likely have in your house already.
On the back of the box and very easy step by step instructions on how to make and bake these cupcakes with nice pictures of Tom and Jerry helping out with the cooking!
Its very eay as you just mix the cake mix powder (which is a nice light pink colour) together with with the egg and oil to produce the cake mix, bung it into the cases and straight into the oven for the quick time of around 15 minutes!
The mixture is meant to make about 12 little cupcakes, and i did manage to fill all 12 and they did rise very nicely, just right!
For the icing, you mix the icing powder with the water. You may need a tad more than the suggested amount to get the right consistancy!
There was just about the right amount of icing to cover the cakes nicely and then you pop a mini wafer on top! You can decorate hoe you like with the blackcurrant gel which would be great for kids to make up their own designs!
I took a bite out of my cupcake and the flavour is really nice and very cakey! it does actually taste very well of strawberry and the icing does as well, but not sickly so!
The taste is lovely and i highly recommend this kit for a rainy day with the kids or just in a summer or half term holiday!
obviously, as a cake, its not very healthy but to me the calories and fat content look pretty good for a cake!
Calories - 75
Protein - 0.8g
Carbohydrates - 14.4g
Fat - 1.5g
Fibre - 0.2g
Sodium - trace
i rate this cake kit a 5 out of 5 stars! The kit is fun, easy and also tastes great and will appeal to the kids!
I saw these on the shelves when the chocolates came out for Christmas (very early, isn't it!) and had never seen these before, although i think they have been out past Christmas times as well?!
The bag is very pretty and cute. Mine is slightly different from the picture provided by Dooyoo. This year the packaging is more purple instead of blue and where on the provided pictures packet it is light blue, on mine it is lighter purple and the rest is the usual Cadbury dark purple. Also on mine to the left is a cute little smiling snowman peeking out from the corner wearing a rather dashing top hat and stripy scarf. aww. To the right of mine is a small Christmas tree and in the middle is a half bitten Snow Bite. There is also a half bitten one for the dot on the i.
The White powdery like substance dusted onto the balls is icing sugar, and this comes off very easily. Even picking one of them up leaves a light dusting of it onto your fingers.
When the dusting has gone, you are left with a crunchy shell and underneath that is just a yummy solid chocolate Cadbury ball. A bit like Cadbury 'SHOTS'.
I rate these a 3 out of 5. Its a very nice package and a cute idea, but it really is just a icing sugar dusted Shot. Althoguh this is still a nice and tasty product, it really isn't anthing special and it is a tad over priced at £1.20. You may be able to find a offer somewhere since its near Christmas. I guess you are kind of paying also for the cute packaging.
Sorry, but i probably won't buy them again unless on offer.
Along with my other bar of plenty, i bought this one also for the £1 offer. I didn't buy the nutty one because im allergic to most nuts.
really much the same as the other bar, It has the usual Cadbury purple background and Willy Wonka style wrting.
This time the picture is (quite obviously) of the Toffee apple chocolate. The chunk at the front still shows the insides of the chocolate. Also the packaging shows a few pieces of sliced green apples and toffee flakes floating around.
I did enjoy this chocolate bar, perhaps not QUITE as much as the fruit and shortcake, but its a very close second and almost a draw.
The thing my family members didn't like about this bar was the fact that the apple had quite a fairly strong cinnimon flavour to it. I didn't mind this as i quite like the flavour of cinnimon, but if you don't like it, perhaps try and stick away from this bar.
Also the apple was quite chewy and the lumps of it were slightly bigger than we expected, although this isn't always a bad thing.
The toffee is very nice, not chewy in the least just very slightly crispy which is nice. The flavour still does come across well despite the fact fo there being apple in there as well.
i rate this bar a 4 just because the apple was a bit chewy for my liking but other than that (and the chewyness of the apple wasn't really too bad) it is very tasty and satisfiying.
Also i imagine this bar would be great at halloween with some toffee apples! :)
This is now easily one of me and my mums favourite chocolate bars. It is great and very sweet!
The packaging has that recognisable 'Milka' lilac background the the iconic 'Milka' white and purple cow, wearing a rather fetching bells around its neck. To one side is a picture to tell you its re-sealable (which is handy when eating over a period of days) and to the other is wording saying 'cream' on a creamy coloured background with 2 chunks of the chocolate and a dollop of cream next to them. lovely packaging and really unique.
Upon opening the bar, you will see that each row has 3 chunks, unlike Cadburies which has around 4 to 5. This is because the chunks are bigger but still fairly thin. On each square are the words 'milka'
When taking a bite of a chunk, the flavour hits you straight away. Its SO creamy, SO light, SO delicious.
The cream flavour really is lovely and tastes different from the milka chocolate which is creamy on its own, but it does taste different and dosen't just hide its flavours away in the chocolate. You do get quite a thin layer of cream filling, but it really is enough. Anymore filling would be just a bit TOO much. They have nailed just the right amount of filling.
I reccomend this chocolate bar 100% and obviously give it a 5 out of 5 rating. They have recently bought out 2 new flavours: Cookie and cream and a popping candy one. I bought theese 3 for £2 (which is GREAT) and have already tried the cookies and cream bar. It is just like this with chocolate cookie pieces in and it is also lovely!
If you ever see a offer on this fantastic choccie, buy it and even if it isn't on offer, for around 97p to £1, i still totally reccomend it!
We bought this and the Toffee Apple bar of plenty for the £1 offer. At the original RRP of about £1.69 it is a bit much.
Its very pretty. It has the usual Cadbury background on it with Willy Wonka type writing about the picture saying 'Bar of plenty'.
There is a pretty picture of 2 chunks of the chocolate on it, one showing the insides of it. Above them are pictures of various fruit, like strawberries and cranberries etc. but you don't actully get loads of fruit in it, i think its just cranberries really.
The taste of the chocolate is yummy and the fruit is just nicely sour without being too sour. The shortcake is also good and crispy too, giving a really nice texture to the chocolate.
We give this a 5 out of 5 and think its the best of the plenty bars :)
I went into my local Sainsburies yesterday and saw the lovely (but early) christmas choccies and decorations.
I scouted the shelves of chocolates seeing if i could find i good offer. well, i found one. 2 Terry's chocolate oranges for £2! i purchased this popping candy version and the snowball.
In the evening, i tried some of this orange...
This choclate orange comes in the usal square box with the orange in a coloured foil in the middle, held in with a plastic covering.
This time the foil around it is purple with a pink Terrys sticker on it to hold the foil together. The box is purple with little popping candy pictures around it. Underneath the orange it says "...it's sensational!"
Also on the back of my box, i found a cute little wordsearch. cool.
i wasn't quite sure if this popping candy thing was going to work.
I bit into a segment and started to chew.
well, the orange is lovely, like usual, but the popping candy was a bit of a let down in my eyes. it wasn't strong really, and the popping calmmed down within seconds.
i give this orange a 3 out of 5.
The chocolate was lovely like usual but the candy was a bit of a disapointment.
I was sharing a Galaxy dark bar with my family as i got one on my birthday. We thought it was great, here is my review.
The wrapper could almost be confused with a normal galaxy, the only difference is that the background is slightly darker and the words 'dark' have been added after 'smooth' in small letters! Be careful when going to purchase a bar of this because i've known people that have pciked up the wrong bar!
The design of this bar isn't any different to any of the other galaxy bars. The rows have the same amount of chocolate. (5 small squares going across and 6 going down)
The smell is sweet and dark and the chocolate is a very nice dark colour.
This is now my mums favourite choccie. She loves it! It is now one of my favourites to! It melts in the mouth and is slightly sweeter than a Cadbury Bourneville so if you prefer sweeter dark chocolate than a more stronger bitter version, this is the one to buy! It is also very moreish so dont start eating it on your own!
I rate this bar a 5 out of 5 and i think this is the best dark chocolate i've ever tasted! You can find these priced (100g bar) in some supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsburies and Asda for £1 but not always. I think the main retail prices for a 100g bar is about £1.69 or something along those lines, but i still think it is worth this as it is gorgeous!
I got 2 bars of Nestle Caramacs for my birthday. I gave one half of a bar to a member of my family.
The packaging is nice and simple: red and yellow. The background is red with the 'Nestle' logo at the top and 'caramac' written on the front in yellow.
the sides where you open the bar up are also printed yellow.
You get 6 thinish, longish chunks in 1 bars of a Caramac. As i was spliting up the bar to share, some of the pieces shattered easily. This makes it difficult to eat as when you hold it to bite, there is a risk of it snapping into small pieces and dropping on the ground. Each square has the words 'caramac' in bumpy letters. I also realised that the bar was slightly a lighter colour than it used to be.
The taste wasn't as strong as it used to be and took me and my family member a few of our pieces to get the full flavour. I swear they used to be a LITTLE bit stronger. Still, the Chocolate was creamy and light and i thought it tasted like Caramel after i ate a few of my share.
Over all i give the Caramac bar 3 out of 5 beacause of the design of it shattering very easily and the flavour not being quite as powerfull. Still lovely Chocolate and the caramel flavour was not at all synthetic and came across well after 2 pieces.
These are one of my favourites. Me and my family have fun picking out a chocolate and guessing what we would get this time!
The bag or pouch, (whichever size you may have bought) is striped orange, brown, orangey red and yellow. upon each coloured stripe is a picture of a chocolate, some round and toher flat. in big white outlined letters is the name of the choccies - 'Revels'
There are SEVERAL different flavours you can get in a bag of Revels.
Coffee - this is a great flavour. It comes across really nice and sweet and you can tell what the flavour is clearly. It is almost like a creme but thicker. I find with this flavour (as well as the Orange) if you eat too many, they WILL get a bit sickly though.
Orange - the flavour, again, is really clear and the creme type substance is still there. I find its almost like a Terry's Chocolate orange.
Maltesers - Can't say much. This is just a Malteasers. Melts in the mouth and tastes lovely.
Caramel - i would say this is also a slight toffee. It tastes like careml and the colour is a light caramel colour, but MAN, this is certainly chewy! The flavour is great though and if you don't like chewing toffee you could suck it and still get a great flavour!
Raisin - There used to be peanut but i think this was replaced with chocolate coated raisins. i love chocolate raisins so this is a great one for me. Some people don't like them, and some peope also don't like peanuts! This one really depends on your taste. Still, the raisin is plump and chewy and not at all dried!
Chocolate - This (and the raisins) are the only one you can tell more clearly what the Chocolate is going to be. This the the flat disk shaped one. It is a but like a Mintrel but without the crunchy outer! Yummy Chocolate and melts nicely!
Overal, i give this product a 5 out of 5 rating, just because we all love the flavours. Some of them might not be to some people tastes, but it really is a matter of opinion!
Well, its only coming up for the end of September and ALREADY the christmas choccies are up on the shelves! In our local Co-op is a shelve of Cadbury christmas delights. These include: Cadbury wishes stars, Snow bites, solid chocolate snowmen and these magic elves.
I bought 6 of these bars to share with my family and we thought they are a cute little treat.
These come in the traditional Cadbury purple packaging. They were sold in 1 elf packaging but i've heard you can get big packages of about 10, but i haven't seen them being sold around here so maybe thats just in specific places.
I didn't count how many designs of different elves there were, but all 6 of mine were different. they all had different names and different elve pictures on the front of the packaging. a few of ours were: Emerald, Ruby, Topaz and Citrine. All had different back stories.
Emeralds was: Devises ideas and designs for gifts that match the recipient, writes on all gifts (Christmas wishes and instructions) and wraps every present that leaves the North Pole - however, has a very bad temper and often wraps up other elves when cross.
These are quite nice for kids as they have different little stories on that they can enjoy.
When taking the bar out of its packet, it is sort of a slightly smaller and thinner version of a Freddo frog. It has a elve design engraved into the choclate, agian, this will appeal more to kids eating this bar.
The taste test:
Well, the chocolate is the good old Dairy milk bar, which i do love. Creamy and sweet. The new addition to this bar is it has popping candy! The candy pops wonderfully in the mouth and works really well! It dosen't have a flavour, just a sweet, sugar taste. I think i would have been cool for each elve to maybe have a different flavour. (i'e Ruby has strawberry popping candy.)
My thoughts and ratings:
I think this was a fun little treat, as did my family. I think that in future they should try out flavoured popping candy and see what public think! I think 1 elve comes to the price of 20p. This isn't awful, and if you are out shopping and the kids want a treat, it won't break the bank and is just the right size not to fill you up to much but to give you a choccie hit!
I rate this bar 4 out of 5!
Cadbury heroes are a box of chocolates that are sold all year round but can be noticed more around Christmas time as they are sold more widely in a purple Tin box.
the box, (as shown in picture provided by Dooyoo) is nice purple colour. in big letters on the front is the 'Cadbury' and HEROES in big capitals.
around this are the (now) 7 chocolates: Creme Egg twisted, Dairy milk, Dairy milk caramel, twirl, fudge, eclaire and Bourneville. They are quite cute as each picture of chocolates have a nice feature. (i.e caramel has a pink feather boa, Dairy milk has a gold crown etc.)
The box design is the same on the back and on the sides of the box has nutritional information.
Dairy milk: well, not much to say. Everyone loves a good old square of Cadbury Dairy milk Chocolate. This is great for the people who arn't too keen on fillings like caramel, or toffees etc.
Creme Egg twisted: i think almost everyone i know likes Creme Eggs and the twisted bars, so its nice that these are now included in the box. The filling is yummy and sweet just like a creme egg should be! Its great for people who like the creme egg, but think that the whole egg or bar is a bit to much and like a smaller version to nibble at.
Dairy milk caramel: This one should always be included in a good cadbury selection. Its a classic after all. I think Cadbury caramel is one of the most popular chocolate bars. This is one of the quickest to leave the box!
Twirl: This is a bit like a flake incased in Cadbury chocolate, so its not to messy! Great for people who just like plain chocolate but with just a little bit more texture.
Eclaire: This is a great little toffee with a yummy cold chocolate centre. The toffee is very chewy so not one for the poepl with fillings!
Bourneville: This is very rich dark chocolate, one of my dads favourites! If you prefer slightly sweeter dark chocolate, (like me) you could try Galaxy dark!
Fudge: This is a all time classic which goes a LONG way back! This is another one that leaves the box at a rapid pace! The fudge is nice and sweet and not to hard, just right!
What do i rate Cadbury Heroes?:
I give theese chocolates a 4 out of 5 rating. This is because they don't have so much selection as they used to and took out all the favourite ones of ours! (Dream, crunchie, picnic, fruit and nut and time out) i hopethey someday put them back in and have the larger selection like they used to!
Apart from this, its a great little selection and one of the favourites in out household!