Review of Hartley’s 10 Cal Cranberry & Raspberry Jelly

I have always enjoyed jelly and it was often the only safe dairy free treat I could have at parties. I love the fact that you can easily pick up ready-made jellies from supermarkets. I recently purchased some Hartley’s 10 cal jelly as it was on offer to try.

I liked the simplicity of the packaging with a Purple Heart and circles. The jelly itself comes in a cup style plastic container meaning that you can see the jelly inside. There were no allergens listed on its ingredients label it was therefore suitable for a dairy free diet. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegetarian diet.

On opening the lid and a very faint aroma of what I would describe as being similar to summer berries. I wouldn’t describe as cranberry and raspberry but it was still very pleasant. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed my spoon into the pot. The jelly had a nice wobble noted. However, it did have the tendency to fall of my spoon back into the pot. As for the flavour of the jelly it was very similar to the aroma. It tasted a bit similar to summer berries I could taste a hint of raspberries but struggled with the cranberry. To be honest I enjoyed the flavour so this didn’t bother me at all.

So would I recommend this jelly? Yes I would. I enjoyed everything about this jelly from the aroma through to its flavour and texture. It’s also a bonus that it is low in calories. So thank you Hartley’s for producing a jelly that I can enjoy.

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Review of Valsoia Ice Cream Lollies

I have to confess to being a tad excited about the sudden availability of new vegan ice creams that are becoming readily available. My personal mission is of course to try as many as possible. So when I saw on Ocado that Valsoia did a chocolate coated vegan ice cream lollies I just had to try them.

I liked the pale blue colour of the packaging with the inviting picture of a partially eaten ice cream lolly to the right. As the ice cream lollies are from Italy an English label is placed over the original. They are labelled as being non dairy ice cream with cover. They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, gluten free, and 100% plant based. Onto the ingredients list soya is in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning.


On opening the box I was greeted by 3 large sized lollies in the same style packet as the packaging. On removing this I discovered a thick chocolate covered lolly. The initial aroma was a nice chocolately one. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. On biting into the lolly I got a nice crisp crunch from from a nice thick chocolate coating. This was followed by the what I can only describe as a smooth ice cream centre. Onto the taste the chocolate layer was spot on it was strong but not too rich and overpowering. I certainly got my chocolate hit. This was followed by a neutral flavour from the ice cream. I was expecting a little vanilla element or something similar to this. This may be a tad unfair on reflection as vanilla is not listed on the ingredients list. That said I enjoyed this as it makes for a nice change from artificially flavoured ice creams.

So would I recommend these ice cream lollies? Yes I would. The thickness of the chocolate outside is spot. This combined with the smooth ice cream makes for a nice treat. So thank you Valsoia for producing a delicious ice cream lolly that I can enjoy.

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Review of Twinings Salted Caramel Green Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. So when a friend kindly gave me a couple of packets of Twinings salted caramel green tea to try I couldn’t wait to open a packet.

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It is light green with a picture of what I would describe as a slightly exploding cupcake. This is surrounded by pieces of salted caramel. Onto the ingredients well there are sadly none in the back of the packet. So I had to check on the Twinings website. Green tea and natural flavouring (7%) are listed. I personally wish that the details of the flavouring was more detailed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sweet caramel aroma that was slightly artificial yet tempting. There was no grassy aroma that I associate with green tea. I was hoping for a slightly grassy meadow aroma intermingled with a hint of sweet caramel. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green colour. The aroma of the sweet caramel intensified and I struggled to smell the grassy aroma that I associate with green tea. This remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the sweet caramel which was the predominant flavour with delicate grassy undertones noted. That said it still tasted like a nice light green tea with the bonus of added sweet salted caramel. This made a pleasant change to other green teas that I have tried. It was nice to experience a lighter green tea with a very sweet kick. It was a nice light refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea. It is a great way to resolve those sweet cravings without all of the calories.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the sweet aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a light refreshing green tea with a very sweet twist. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank Twinings for producing a refreshing yet sweet green tea.

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Review of Lidl Sweet Popcorn

Popcorn is often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy and can make a nice change for a treat to enjoy on the go as a sweet treat. So on a recent trip to Lidl I fancied some popcorn and grabbed a packet of their sweet popcorn to try.

I really didn’t like the packaging of this popcorn. I personally found it too busy with the red cinema movie theme, black film roll and pieces of popcorn. On the back of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being suitable for vegans. Onto the ingredients list to maize, sugar and oleic sunflower oil are listed. No allergens are listed and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the bag I was greeted by a faint sweet aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like even sized pieces of the popcorn with an intermittent sweet coating. This was a positive to me as I didn’t want my popcorn to be too sweet. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got the taste of plain popcorn this was preceded by a very intermittent sweetness which was  a little disappointing. The texture of the popcorn was also a tad disappointing. I was hoping for a combination of textures with a slight subtle crunch from the sweet coating. This just wasn’t present nor was light airy softness that I expect from popcorn.  Very disappointing if I’m honest.

So would I recommend this popcorn? I’m afraid not. I really didn’t like anything about this popcorn from its busy style packaging, through to its flavour and textures. Sorry Lidl but this popcorn really wasn’t for me.

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Review of Morrisons Free From Celebration Tray Bake

When I heard via social media that Morrisons had added tray bakes to their free from range I admit to being a little excited. They were not only gluten free but milk free and perfect for dairy free me. So I sent my dad out hunting to grab me one with the plan being that I could share it with my mum and nephew who are both gluten free. My dad popped into Morrisons and they were sold out so were obviously popular. My dad finally managed to get me the chocolate celebration tray bake to try. I couldn’t wait to give it a try and had it all to myself as my mum and nephew had managed to find several gluten free cakes on holiday to enjoy.


Onto the packaging. Well it’s in the same style of all of the other free from ranges in Morrisons with the green style packaging. What I liked about this packaging was that it had a clear film to the top which meant that you could see the tempting treat inside. Onto the ingredients it is clearly labelled as being both gluten free and milk free to the front of the packaging. On the ingredients list egg and soya are clearly in bold as allergens. There is a no may contain warning.

On opening the pack I was greeted by a nice sweet but artificial chocolatey aroma which was pleasant and stronger than I had anticipated. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The tray bake consisted of 2 clear layers the chocolate sponge underneath and a top chocolate butter icing style with hundreds and thousands sprinkled on the top. On biting into the cake the it had three textures which complimented each other nicely. On my initial bite I got the smoothness from the chocolate butter style icing intermingled with an intermittent crunch from the hundreds and thousands. This was proceeded by the chocolate flavoured sponge which was light and airy and slightly bouncy in texture. A pleasant surprise if I’m honest. However, the sponge was slightly crumbly which did result in some of the sponge separating from the rest of the cake when the it was cut. The combinations of textures worked really well and the hundreds and thousands added that little extra to the cakes texture. Onto the cakes flavour well the main chocolatey element came from the top layer. The actual sponge was a little bland in flavour if eaten in isolation but worked perfectly with the topping. I personally think that if the sponge had been more chocaoltely the cake would have been too rich. I loved the hundreds and thousands on the top. They were sweet but added a little extra to this tray bake.

So would I recommend this  free from chocolate tray bake? Yes I would I’m not surprised that they are popular. I enjoyed everything about this cake from its aroma through to its flavour and texture. I will definitely be buying this again. So if you follow a dairy free, and or gluten free diet why not give this tray bake a try.

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Review of Miiro Chocolate Hazelnut Lollies

I have to confess to being a tad excited about the sudden availability of new vegan ice creams that are becoming readily available. My personal mission is of course to try as many as possible. So when I heard about a new company called Miiro that had produced a range of new vegan ice creams I just had to try them. I had planned to try them at the Allergy and Free From Show in London but was just too full to have one. So I ordered some from Ocado. They proved to be very popular as they only flavour left was chocolate hazelnut. So this was the flavour I had to try.

I liked the dark green colour of the packaging with the picture of lolly to the centre. However, I found the rest of the design to be a little to busy for my personal taste. They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, gluten free, and suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list hazelnuts are in bold as an allergen. There is also a warning that they are produced in a factory that handles milk and nuts.


On opening the box I was greeted by 3 large sized lollies in the same style packet as the packaging. Which I thought looked worse in a smaller version, sorry. On removing this I discovered a thick chocolate covered lolly. The initial aroma was pretty special an aroma of strong cacao. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. On biting into the lolly I got a nice crisp crunch from what I can only describe as a very thick chocolate coating. This was followed by the what I can only describe as a disappointment. I was hoping for a smooth ice cream centre. Instead it was slightly crunchy a bit like a naff sorbet where you get those ice crystals but these weren’t present in the lolly. I found it difficult to lick the lolly and had to bite it. Onto the taste the chocolate layer was something special its strong cacao element was rich and indulgent. I certainly got my chocolate hit. However, this was let down by the ice cream centre it seemed to lack flavour. If I was blindfolded I would have never been able to tell it was hazelnut. Perhaps the strong cacao just overpowered this.

So would I recommend these ice cream lollies? No I wouldn’t. The chocolate outside layer of this lolly was something special but the lack of flavour and the non smooth texture of the ice cream inside just let it down. Sorry Miiro but these lollies just weren’t for me.

Review of Sainsbury’s Fizzy Fangs Sweets

Now I have to confess to not really having that much of a sweet tooth. Chocolate is my go to sweet treat. Every now and again I get the occasional craving for sweets. With food allergies you can’t just grab a packet and hope for the best you have to study the label. So when I dashed into a Sainsbury’s local a packet of fizzy fangs grabbed my attention. I saw the vegan label and hoped for the best. If I couldn’t have them I knew someone who would.

Ok liked the packaging of these sweets. The bright yellow packaging with a star and a crafty face smiling at you. Aimed at children maybe, but hey I’m a kid at heart. Onto the ingredients list wheat is clearly highlighted as an allergen and there is a no may contain warning. As mentioned earlier they are clearly labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet and were also suitable for dairy free me.

On opening the packet I was greeted by fang shaped sweets. They looked like great fun. They were eveningly coated in a sugary coating some of which was at the bottom of the packet. They smelt just like Haribo Tangtastics, slightly sweet yet sour at the same time. On biting into the sweet I got immediate sour hit, this followed by a slight sweetness and a hint of strawberry. As for the texture this was soft and slightly gooey but nice and different to your everyday Haribos. I quiet enjoyed it. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by these fangs.

So would I recommend these sweets if you follow a dairy free and or a vegan diet? Yes definitely. I loved the fun packaging and the taste and texture of this naughty treat. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a packet of sweet that I can enjoy.