Review of Kinnerton Just Chocolate

Now I’m a lady who loves her chocolate as a guilty sweet treat. It can however be quiet difficult to get a chocolate fix when you follow a dairy free diet. So many chocolates contain milk. So I always have to a secret supply of chocolate for such occasions. I tried Kinnerton dark & smooth chocolate mints last year and loved everything about them. So I decided to try to hunt down one of their chocolate bars to try. Easier said than done. I finally found some in Morrisons and grabbed a few bars to try.

Onto the packaging I liked the simplicity of this chocolate. It’s brown colour with a simple cream logo, sometimes simple is best. It is described as being deliciously smooth and dark that’s all I need to know. They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free. They are also suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list the only allergen highlighted is soya. To the back of the packet the labelling also states that they are suitable for individuals who have a peanut and tree nut allergy.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a lovely cocoa aroma that I associate with dark chocolate. This didn’t change of my famous close up sniff test. On biting into the chocolate a nice hard crunch was noted followed by a smooth consistency. Onto the flavour my taste buds got hit by the slight bitterness intermingled with a slight sweetness. This was perfect as it resulted in me only needing to consume a few pieces.

So would I recommend this chocolate? Yes I would. I loved everything about this chocolates from the aroma, through to the texture and flavour. It was well worth the wait. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan diet why not give this chocolates a try. So thank you Kinnerton for producing a nice bar of chocolate that I can enjoy.

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Review of Tesco’s Free From Blueberry Yogurt

I enjoy a yogurt most days as part of my packed lunch or as an extra addition to fresh fruit. The choices of vegan yogurt seems to have rapidly expanded. You can now easily pick them up from your local supermarket. Despite this I tend to buy the same yogurt so I thought that was about time that I tried some new yogurt. As I was picking up a few treats in Tesco I decided to try their free from blueberry yogurt.

I liked the style of the packaging. It’s simple cream background with an inviting bowl of blueberries and a glass pot filled with the yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being gluten free, milk free and suitable for a vegan diet. The only allergen listed is soya.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a slightly greyish/purple yogurt which in all honesty was slightly off-putting. Sadly this isn’t very apparent in my photos. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma of this yogurt. I was expecting to smell an aroma that I associate with blueberries. Instead I got greeted by a sweet artificial aroma that I would not describe as blueberries. On placing the spoon into the yogurt it was slightly thinner in texture when comparing it to other yogurt that I have previously tried. On tasting the yogurt I was hit by two textures. The slightly thin texture from the yogurt itself which was combined with fine small pieces from the blueberry puree. These worked well together. As for the flavour this was quiet sweet and artificial. If I had tasted it in a blind test I am not sure that I would be able to recognise the flavour as being blueberry. In fact I struggled to finish the yogurt, I did finish all four pots because I had paid for them.

So would I recommend this yogurt? I’m afraid not. They seemed to lack any real blueberry flavour and the colour just wasn’t visually appealing. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet I would perhaps try a different yogurt instead. Sorry Tesco’s this yogurt just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Alpro Unroasted & Unsweetened Almond Milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. So I am trying really hard to find some new dairy free milks to try. One of my favourite milks is almond as I like it’s fairly neutral flavour and that it’s low in calories. So when I saw my regular almond milk was out of stock I decided to try Alpro’s unroasted and unsweetened almond milk instead.

I liked both the colour and design of the packaging. It’s cream background with almonds with the milk cascading outside. Onto the ingredients list with 2.1% almonds noted. The almond is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is a may contain warning for nuts. The milk is labelled as being milk free, gluten free and suitable for vegans.

On opening the carton there was a subtle marzipan like aroma to the milk. I’m personally not keen on milks that have a sweet artificial aroma but I was intrigued by this aroma. It poured easily into a glass it was cream/faint green in colour. It was slightly runny and wasn’t really creamy in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was a pleasant faint but subtle marzipan flavour to this milk. That said it didn’t taste artificially sweet compared to other brands that I have previously tried. I also warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate or form a skin to the top of the milk. Its marzipan like aroma intensified slightly. It was absorbed easily by the Weetabix. On tasting the Weetabix the milk impacted on its flavour. This may sound a little strange but the Weetabix tasted a little like an almond based cake. The subtleness of the flavour was spot on and it added a great flavour to my Weetabix. It made for an enjoyable breakfast.

So would I recommend this almond milk? Yes I would. I liked everything about this milk from its aroma through to its flavour. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this almond milk a try. So thank you Alpro for producing an almond milk that I can enjoy.

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Review of Chocologic Free From Christmas Chocolate Lollies

This year I decided that I should make it my mission to start my Christmas reviews early. So when I discovered that Tesco’s had launched their Christmas free from range I had to pop in store and find out more. Sadly, a lot of the section was already out of stock. However, there was chocolate and I love chocolate so I decided to grab some to try. The first festive chocolate I decided to try was Chocologic free from lollies.

I personally liked the packaging, simple clear cellophane which means you can tell exactly what you are going to eat. To the back is a white label with the ingredients list. It is clearly labelled as being dairy free and suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list with regards to allergens soya is highlighted. There is a may contain warning for peanuts and nuts.


On opening the packaging I was immediately greeted by a subtle aroma of sweetness that I associate with free from the chocolate. I was looking forward to trying this chocolate Santa. The actual chocolate is made up of one piece which was impossible to break into pieces. On biting into the chocolate my taste buds were first hit by the sweetness from the chocolate. Onto the chocolates texture. The chocolate was slightly hard to initially bite into. This soon became smooth in texture and melted slightly in the mouth. I ate this chocolate in one sitting and confess to licking the stick it was on to make sure that nothing was left behind.

So would I recommend this chocolate Santa? Yes I would It is a great value festive chocolate with the right balance of flavour and texture. So if you like chocolate and follow a dairy free, gluten free and or vegan diet give this festive treat try. So thank you Chocologic for producing festive chocolate that I can enjoy.

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Review of Lidl Bats & Webs Barbecue Snacks

With Halloween fast approaching I found myself in Lidl looking at their special buys section. Next to this I spotted a display of Halloween themed savoury snacks. I spotted a packet which was barbecue flavour and decided to grab a packet to take home to try.

I liked the simple orange packaging with a picture of a bat to the centre and a spider on a web to the bottom left of the front of the packet. In addition to this there is an accurate picture of the snacks inside and the phrase terrifyingly tasty to the top right corner. Onto the ingredients list no allergens are highlighted. No allergens are highlighted on the ingredients list and there is a may contain warning for gluten.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly weak barbecue aroma. This aroma did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The snacks were of a varying sizzle and in the shape of webs and bats. They didn’t have an obvious scattering of the barbecue flavouring on them. On biting into the chips was a nice clean crunch was noted. The barbecue flavouring wasn’t scattered eveningly across the snacks and as a result it was hit and miss on the flavour front. After trying a few snacks there was a powdery residual left on my fingers from the flavouring. A little disappointing as the flavouring on the snacks were a little hit and miss in the first place. So loosing more of this may have impacted on the strength of the flavour which wasn’t that strong in the first place.

So would I recommend these barbecue snacks, no I wouldn’t. I liked the festive style of this savoury snack and enjoyed their crunchy texture. But their lack of flavour and powdery residual just outweighed this. So if you follow a dairy free, or a vegan diet I would give this Halloween treat a miss. Sorry Lidl but this festive savoury treat just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Marks & Spencer Lemon & S-Lime Popcorn

Whilst on a day out shopping at Bluewater my mum and we decided to pop into Marks & Spencer food hall to pick up some Halloween treats. I spotted a few packets of Halloween popcorn and decided to have a quick look just in case I could have it. To my utter surprise it was clearly labelled as being gluten free and suitable for vegans on the front of the packaging. It was therefore suitable for dairy free me so I just grabbed a packet to take home to try.

I loved the bright orange packaging of this popcorn with the popcorn looking like they were popping out of cauldron. I also liked the clever marketing of the popcorn’s name calling it s-lime instead of lime. Onto the ingredients list soya is highlighted in bold as an allergen in the ingredients list. It is labelled as not being suitable for nut and peanut allergy suffers due to the manufacturing process.

On opening the bag I was greeted by a slightly artificially sweet lemon aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like popcorn with intermittent pieces having a slightly green colour. On biting into the popcorn I got a subtle taste of lemon the strength of this was spot on. This was intermingled with pieces of lime coated popcorn which actually turned out to be sharp and slightly sour. This was a surprise and worked really well with the lemon flavouring.The texture of the popcorn was just right. I experienced a combination of textures the softness from the lemon popcorn and the slight crunchiness from the lime pieces.

So would I recommend this Halloween themed popcorn? Gosh yes I would. It may not be the healthiest popcorn I have had, but who cares it just nice to have a sweet treat to enjoy at Halloween. I liked everything about this popcorn from its packaging, through to its flavour and textures. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this popcorn a try as a Halloween treat. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice packet of popcorn I can enjoy.

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Review of Provamel Blueberry Yogurts

I enjoy a yogurt most days as part of my packed lunch or as an extra addition to fresh fruit. The choices of vegan yogurts seems to have rapidly expanded. You can now easily pick them up from your local supermarket. Despite this I tend to buy the same yogurts so I thought that was about time that I tried some new yogurts. My first choice was Provamel blueberry yogurt.

I liked the style of the packaging. It’s simple cream background with blueberries cascading into a thick creamy yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being gluten free and lactose free. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for almonds and hazelnuts.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a medium consistency creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell an aroma that I associate with blueberries. Instead I got a slightly sweet artificial aroma that I would describe as berries. On placing the spoon into the yogurt it was slightly creamy in texture with pieces of blueberries intermingled within this. On eating the yogurt I was hit by two textures. The slight creamy texture from the yogurt itself which was very pleasant but this was combined by a horrible grainy texture from the blueberries. I found the grainy textures tad off-putting if I’m honest. I was expecting squishy slightly juicy blueberries not a grainy texture. I found this to be very disappointing. As for the flavour there was a hint of blueberries but nowhere near as strong as I had hoped. In fact I struggled to finish the yogurt, I did finish all four pots in the hope that maybe the grainy texture was a one-off sadly this was not the case. These have to be one of the most disappointing yogurts that I have tried in both terms of both flavour and texture.

So would I recommend this yogurt? I’m afraid not. They seemed to lack any real blueberry flavour and the intermittent grainy texture from the fruit pieces wasn’t very appetising. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet I would perhaps try a different yogurt instead. Sorry Provamel this yogurt just wasn’t for me.

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