Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Today's Review: Hooper's Alcoholic Dandelion & Burdock

Excuse the overexposure, I was in a darkened room at the time, but I had to snap a picture of this interesting bottle I spied in the fridge behind the bar. Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer is a firm favourite of mine, but I didn't realise people were taking a shot at other classic fizzy drinks too. This is an alcoholic dandelion & burdock, and there's not much I can say to describe it, other than it's an alcoholic dandelion & burdock. 

It's a good job the bottle informed me this is alcoholic, because it certainly doesn't taste like it. Instead it's a sweet concoction with aniseed-like hints, a dark and fruity mixture that pretty much tastes indistinguishable from non-aloholic dandelion & burdock. While the flavour itself may be an acquired taste, I thought this stuff was delicious, and potentially quite dangerous if I could drink a whole bottle without tasting the alcohol. This is definitely one I'll be adding to my drinks of choice.

My rating: 5/5

Monday, 29 August 2016

Today's Review: The Lid Wall Bracket In The Train Toilet

I needed the toilet on the train the other day. You may be asking yourself "Why do I need to know this?", but it's quite pertinent to the review I am about to write. You also probably could have guessed that from the title. But I digress. After ensuring the train was betwixt stations, so that my urine found its resting place in a quiet area, I made my way to the train toilet. This wasn't a particularly fancy one, not one with a sliding door, it was more like a plane bathroom in size. As I went about my business, I found that the toilet lid was affixed to the wall with a plastic bracket. Now, I'm sure most people wouldn't think much of this, they'd just get out of the toilet and be on their way. But I had questions.

Why is this necessary? The reasoning behind this baffled me. Yes, having a fully functioning toilet lid on a train is not important, but why not just take the lid off? It could potentially make the seat more uncomfortable, but I don't think it would. I don't know, I don't sit on train toilets. My point is that simply removing the lid would be a lot less effort than that they expended to pin it to the wall with a separate plastic bracket. I'd understand if you could move the bracket to put the lid back down, but you can't, I tried. So this solution is overly complex, and quite unnecessary. Just take the lid off. 

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My rating: 0/5

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Today's Review: Fish 'N' Chips Cheesy Chips

These Fish 'n' Chips flavours are coming out quite quickly, the red and brown sauce varieties already popped up earlier this year. Now we have the cheese flavoured, or as they're stylised, Cheesy Chips. I know I love a tray of cheesy chips from the chippy, but can they be encapsulated in crisp form?

No, they can't. These aren't that good, to be honest. They have a bit of a cheesy flavour, but it doesn't last too long. They remind me a bit of Wotsits, but they're stodgier and they don't taste a nice. The flavour wore off quickly and I was just left chewing flavourless, fish shaped crisps. I'm quite fond of other Fish 'n' Chips flavours, but this one is a no go for me. I'd stick with the classics if I were you.

My rating: 1/5

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Today's Review: Mentos Shakies

I often overlook Mentos, even though they're generally pretty tasty. It's a good thing I had a good glance at them in Poundland yesterday though, as I was greeted by this pack of "Shakies". They're milkshake flavoured Mentos, basically. The three flavour in these packs are strawberry, banana, and, strangely, enough, peach.

Yeah, a peach milkshake. Can't say I've ever had the real life version, but it sounded nice enough in sweet form. But let's start with the classics. The banana is very sweet and somewhat artificial tasting, but it's pretty much in line with any other banana flavoured sweet, so I can let that slide a little. The strawberry is a bit less pronounced, it's a mellow taste that is definitely strawberry, but it mixes in more with the milkshake elements of the sweet. The peach is probably my favourite, sitting nicely between the two, not too strong, not too weak, just a nicely bold, very peach-like flavour. Each one also has a lovely milky twist to them, so they do taste like shakes. I wouldn't say I'd pick these up over the regular fruit Mentos, but it's a nice little twist on the formula that is pulled off quite well. These are worth seeking out.

My rating: 4/5

Friday, 26 August 2016

Today's Review: Ben & Jerry's Wholly Couch

I tried out the new Ben & Jerry's Sofa So Good flavour last week, and while it wasn't a contender for the top spot, it was still Ben & Jerry's, so it was pretty good. I went back to Tesco and picked up its partner flavour, which is also sofa themed, entitled Wholly Couch. It consists of vanilla ice cream with caramelised pecans, blondie brownies and a salted caramel swirl.

I don't know why I get turned off at the idea of a vanilla ice cream in a Ben & Jerry's tub, they actually do it very well. It's a creamy, flavoursome ice cream that doesn't get in the way of all the other elements in the tub. Thankfully, the other bits are great. The pecans provide a great sweet, nutty flavour that lasts for a good few spoonfuls, and they pack a crunch that is very satisfying. The brownies are a marked improvement on those in the Sofa So Good, they're smaller and less stodgy, a nice chewy chunk of brownie with a good chocolate flavour. The caramel swirl provides a sweet undertone that brings it all together, making this an overall great tub of ice cream. It's not as outlandish or jam packed as some varieties, but it does everything well. If you're after a living room furniture themed Ben & Jerry's, I'd say this is the one to go for.

My rating: 5/5

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Today's Review: Vimto Still Remix

I've been after this one since I saw that advert with the two battling Vimtoads, so I guess that can be classed as effective advertising? Anyway, I finally found this in Sainsbury's, and it's a still Vimto drink, but with pineapple, mango and strawberry flavours instead of the norm. Pineapple and mango are my kind of thing, so I was quite looking forward to a more tropical Vimto.

The pineapple is pretty strong, that's the main thing I can say about this. It's a nice enough pineapple I guess, but it's quite overwhelming, and a little too artificially sweet. I know I can't expect pure pineapple juice, but this is just a little off. If the other flavours were in balance it would be alright, but the mango and strawberry are very much in the back seat. There are hints of them here and there, and they were quite nice when I picked them up, but overall this drink isn't all that great. Maybe they should re-mix it up some more.

My rating: 2/5

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Today's Review: Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough

The Kit Kat Chunky is one of those bars I've been consistently impressed with. They started out with a fantastic formula of a thicker Kit Kat, and everything they've added into it since then has been delicious. They were doing peanut butter chocolate in the UK years ago, and that bar is still one of my favourites. But now there's a new bar on the scene, it's a Kit Kat Chunky with cookie dough in it. How could it go wrong?

The short answer is that it can't. Look at that nice big layer of cookie dough there. It's good stuff too, it has a nice gritty texture, with a lovely doughy flavour, and chocolate chips scattered throughout. Even with the thick chocolate on the outside of the Kit Kat itself, the cookie dough comes through, with an extra crunch provided by the classic wafer. Although it's quite a substantial amount of dough, I didn't find it sickly, it's just a great, chocolatey cookie delight, a fantastic addition to a great range. I hope it sticks around.

My rating: 5/5