Sunday, 20 January 2019

Today's Review: Cadbury Freddo Treasures

For those of you with children who have spent countless hours watching YouTube videos of people opening "surprise eggs", this is one thing you won't be surprised about. Cadbury have taken this Easter as an opportunity to get in on that lucrative surprise toy chocolate market with Freddo Treasures, a plastic treasure chest that contains chocolate and a toy!

I mean, Freddo is there on the label, but he's nowhere to be found inside. What you get is two foil sealed compartments, one of which contains that elusive toy, and one of which contains 14 Buttons. Not even Giant Buttons, just 14 regular, tiny Buttons. I mean, we all know Buttons are great, but what's in here amounts to a small mouthful. As for the toy, the one I got in mine was a spinning top. That's Christmas cracker fodder guys, where's the good stuff? The appeal of Kinder Surprise has worn off over the years, I must admit, but getting a few pieces to put together at least injected a little fun into my day, and finding those rare porcelain pieces was quite a thrill. With Freddo, however, one measly spin and I was done with my treasure, and all that was left was an empty plastic shell and a faint trace of chocolate on my lips. Maybe I've lost that child-like wonder, but really I don't see how this will stand up to the big boys. It's a pretty disappointing effort from those Cadbury giants.

My rating: 1/5

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Today’s Review: McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles

The share bag craze continues, McVitie’s are getting in on it with this bite size version of Jaffa Cakes.  I always thought a box of the originals was already well tailored for sharing, but hey, here we are. I guess it’s slightly more acceptable to eat through this bag than a box of the cakes, but do these provide the same experience?

In a word, no. These aren’t great. The chocolate coating is probably the nicest bit, dark but smooth and creamy. That doesn’t count for much though as the rest is bad. The sponge is hard and flavourless, and the orange filling isn’t nearly as generous as it is in the picture. A disappointingly small amount of orange in the middle of what basically amounts to a stale Jaffa Cake. Don’t pick these up, they’re not worthy of the great Jaffa scales name.

My rating: 1/5

Friday, 18 January 2019

Today’s Review: When The Sweet Wrapper Gets Stuck To The Sweet

I don’t like unwrapping individual sweets at the best of times, but I have to admit it’s worth it. Just look at Starburst, or the excellent Fruitella I’m making my way through now. Unfortunately I hear Fruitella were bought a while ago, and while they’re fine to eat due to their main ingredient being sugar, they have gotten to that slightly empty stage where the wrapper is so much harder to get off.

I just want to eat a sweet, I don’t want to spend ages picking off tiny bits of paper with my sticky hands. Every time I think I’m getting it off nice and clean the wrapper tears asunder and leaves me delving my fingers into the soft sticky sugary goodness. It’s infuriating, but it still has to be done. Because after all that unwrapping, these Fruitella are still worth it.

My rating: 1/5

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Today’s Review: Making The Cat Pounce On My Rug

I may be slouched fatigued on the sofa, but that doesn’t stop me having fun. The cat walked next to the rug, so I moved it with my foot, and now she’s pouncing all over it. She must think it’s a giant, really flat animal, and she wants to kill it. Ha, cats are silly, and I’m clearly very tired as this is all very entertaining. So let’s just say how great this is and go to bed.

My rating: 5/5

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Today’s Review: Goodwyns Cookie Nibbles

It’s not often you can pick up a tub of cookies for £1, but you can if you go for these little morsels of biscuit goodness. These cookie nibbles are less than bite size, they’re tiny, but you do get a lot of them in the tub, so I guess it works out. They’re pretty much the same size as Cookie Crisp, but I didn’t go as far as to cover them with milk. Instead I ate them as nature intended, several at a time, popped into my gaping maw.

As far as cookies go, these aren’t bad. I wasn’t expecting gourmet, but these have a decent crunchy biscuit, and there’s some variety within the tub, with some having a more chocolate dough. The chips embedded throughout aren’t great, in fact they’re just “chocolate flavoured”, but they’re small enough that it doesn’t ruin the experience. This is a cheap tub of passable, tiny cookies that are good enough to share around at a little gathering. 

My rating: 3/5

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Today’s Review: Popping Pork

Now for the latest episode of “Things Nobody Asked For”, featuring Popping Pork! I found this suspicious package alone on a clip strip at Poundland, and upon scanning it wasn’t even a pound, it’s was like 45p. Very odd, but then again everything about this is odd. I wouldn’t have thought bacon flavoured popping candy would be at the top of anyone’s list, but I guess e do live in an age where all manner of bacon related product exist, so I figured I’d try this one out for you guys.

Surprisingly, it’s not bad. The smell upon opening the pack is very much like a bag of bacon crisps, and the flavour is pretty much the same too. A definite meaty taste, with a bit of sweetness thrown in from the candy itself. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly nice, but it does do what it says on the packet. This is popping candy that tastes like bacon, and it has a satisfying pop to it as well. Unfortunately, the after taste isn’t too great, but it’s all still better than I thought it would be. An interesting bacon themed product.

My rating: 3/5

Monday, 14 January 2019

Today’s Review: Wearing Something Straight From The Tumble Dryer

We all have those days where things just aren’t quite organised. I’ve experienced a few occasions where I wanted to wear a certain item of clothing, but it wasn’t quite dry from the last time it was washed. But never fear, the tumble dryer is here to speed up the process and provide you with dry, toasty clothing.

Putting on something fresh from the dryer is amazing. Be it t-shirt or underwear, that instant warmth is enough to melt a heart of stone. I’d probably rank it with my top feelings of all time, alongside scratching a really annoying itch or having a good sneeze. Unfortunately the clothes don’t stay warm for long, the experience is fleeting, you have to grab it while you can. So although it’s short lived, it’s one of the simplest pleasures in life.

My rating: 4/5