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Tesco Orchard Christmas Showstoppers Review

Hello everyone,

Today i am going to be reviewing the Tesco orchard Christmas showstoppers programme i was lucky enough to be invited too.

Firstly for those who are probably thinking what on earth is Tesco orchard it is a programme where you sign up (free of charge) and fill in surveys to get points when programmes become available you will receive a email to say if you have been invited or not, once you receive the email you simply reply by the ‘i want in’ button and fill out a short form, sounds complicated? not at all once you have filled out the form all you do is sit back and wait for the coupons to be posted out to you. Spending the coupons is the fun part you basically get to try new things for free or for less and there is no problems at the checkout or embarrassment when using the vouchers you then have to try the product (yummy) and give feedback on the Tesco orchard website you do earn club-card points and receive more points to get a better score and better chance on future invites.

Before Christmas i was invited to this programme what sounded so fun i could not wait to get my coupons, when they arrived i received i received coupons for a free Christmas pudding which i think was worth a massive £10 and a free coupon to try a Tesco cranberry sauce, there was also 3 more coupons to give to friends but i did do this one a little different i had over 17 family members round at Christmas so it involved lots of food and lots of pudding but thanks to the Tesco Orchard i had the chance to save massive amounts on my Christmas puddings.

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Tesco Cranberry Sauce Review: 

Firstly i will be reviewing the cranberry sauce unfortunately i do not have a picture of the sauce but the packaging was very eye catching and the brand was Tesco’s own make. I have to admit i am not really a lover of cranberry sauce this was my first time trying it and i was not dissapointed, i added the sauce to my turkey which give the meat more flavour and that special touch. The cranberry sauce was a sweet taste and the cranberries where not too overpowering but they could be distinguished and since trying the sauce i have started to add it to more dishes i think the sauce is a big hit with cheesy rice dishes as it gives them more flavour. Overall i was really happy with this product i had the chance to try it for free and me and my family was all discussing about how lovely it was i would highly recommend.

Tesco Finest 12 month matured Christmas pudding review: 

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Moving onto the first Christmas pudding we tried this product was Tesco finest 12 month matured and was recommened to serve 8 but this easily shared 8 with a bit left over and each of us had a generous amount. I served the pudding with custard to give it that extra flavour this pudding was out of this world it simply melted in my mouth! the Christmas pudding was infused with cider, amontillado, sherry and ruby port none of the ingredients where over powering but there was enough flavour to recognise each one. One of my family members asked if i could serve their’s with vanilla ice cream this looked absolutely gorgeous i did have to try it the vanilla and pudding went lovely together but i did prefer the custard version as it was better served hot and the custard melted over. We was enjoying out pudding with a nice bottle of sherry which was a perfect idea as the pudding had ruby sherry in too.

The ingredients inside the pudding included: Vine Fruits (38%) (Raisins, Turkish Sultanas, Greek Vostizza Currants), Demerara Sugar, Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Brandy Soaked Glacé Cherries (6%), Cider (4.5%), COURVOISIER® VS Cognac (4%) (Contains Colour: Plain Caramel), Vegetable Suet (Palm Oil, Rice Flour, Sunflower Oil), Amontillado Sherry (2.5%), Almonds, Mixed Peel (Orange Peel, Lemon Peel), Free Range Pasteurised Egg, Pecan Nuts, French Brandy (2%), Humectant (Glycerine), Molasses, Ruby Port, Single Cream (Milk), Mixed Spice (Coriander, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cardamom), Yeast, Salt, Spirit Vinegar, Wheat Protein, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Mono- and Di-Acetyltartaric Esters of Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Orange Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil, Lemon Oil, Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid), Brandy Soaked Glacé Cherries contain: Cherries, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, French Brandy, Colour (Anthocyanins), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)

I would not recommend this product to anyone with nut allergies as this may contain traces of nuts, overall i was really happy with this pudding and my family also spoke highly about it my Nan asked if there was a little bit left for her to take home with her i did not hesitate to cut her a piece as there was quite a lot left but it was hard to give away as the taste was unreal this was certainly the finest of pud’s!!

Tesco Finest Matured Christmas pudding review:

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The second pudding was a small version of the last one i reviewed this one was a little cheaper i think it was something silly like £3-£4 on offer at the time i purchased it which was a absolute bargain. This product was put away for boxing day as we had 6 friends over for dinner and what better way than to round of your roast dinner with this gorgeous pudding this isn’t just any old Christmas pud this was a Tesco finest rich infused pudding that all my family was talking about when i served this smaller version with friends after our dinner again everyone passed comment on how lovely it was and asked me where it was from i did not hesitate to explain where i got it from and i could not recommend it enough. This pudding served 4 people but we stretched it out to 6 people i have tried many puddings over the years but this has to be my favourite so far i usually love Marks & Spencer’s deserts but after trying this particular product i will not be buying anything else in the upcoming years i would highly recommend to anyone especially those who have a sweet tooth everything about this Christmas product screams premium.

Toffee & Pecan Sponge Pudding Review: 

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Last but not least was the all time favourite for me the toffee and pecan pudding was a big hit, on New Year’s Day it is tradition for me and my family to have another lovely dinner but the pudding can also be a dilemma finding a pudding for all of you and your family to agree on can be tricky but after trying the previous 2 i had confidence in this product and it certainly lived up to expectations. This product was a moist all butter sponge pudding with crunchy pecans finished with a creamy toffee sauce. I am a sucker for sweet deserts so this was my favourite out of the 3, I served this pudding with vanilla ice cream (a family members suggestion) as if i added custard it probably would of ruined it or made it too sweet so the vanilla ice cream was the safest choice. The pecan sponge fell apart on the spoon it was a dish of yummines! i have never tried pecans before i am aware of pecan pies but they was not really appealing for me but i really enjoyed this particular desert it was another finest pud!! the pecans really added the flavour and could only be described as mouth watering i did serve this piping hot so when brought to the table it was steaming and the toffee was the first thing i could smell so i could not wait to tuck into this. Overall i was really happy with this product they where value for money and i would pay full price for them all the offers around Christmas on these products where a bargain and i now understand why Tesco have a Finest range. I would urge anyone to try this if you like pecans or are a fan of toffee puddings this is the product for you i am counting down until Christmas 2016 so i can try more from the range.

Overall i was really happy with this programme at first it was not very appealing to me but i certainly chose the right programme, other vouchers i could of received ranged from meats to Christmas cakes, wines, festive puddings etc but i went ahead with the safest product that won all my family round and me too i will be buying more in the future and will simply pay that bit more for Tesco Finest products it is not all about the brand it was the quality and ingredients price is nothing if you are getting what you pay for and on this occasion they are worth every penny.

As always thank you very much for reading sorry my review is long but i could write about these products all day, i would love to hear more feedback or any recommendations for Tesco Finest products and hope to review more in the future as well as more Tesco Orchard invites i will link the website below for anyone wanting to sign up you will not be disappointed #TriedForLess #TriedForFree #TescoOrchard.

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Tesco Orchard website: https://orchard.tesco.com/ 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tunnock’s Biscuit’s Review:

Hello everyone,

Today i am going to be reviewing some gorgeous biscuit’s i very kindly had sent to try and review on my blog, I have been a big fan of milk chocolate caramel wafer’s for many year’s now so i very kindly emailed Tunnock’s in the kindest possible way and asked if it would be possible for a sample to review on my blog.

I was very kindly sent a box of goodie’s a few month’s back now but i have been really ill hence why i have not been posting on my blog much, but i am fully better now so hopefully i can continue my blogging obsession. Tunnock’s is one of my favorite biscuit companies so as soon as i received my parcel my face lit up i was sent out 2 more packet’s of biscuit’s to review on my blog which are a 8 pack of caramel log biscuit’s and a 8 pack of dark chocolate wafer biscuit’s.

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Firstly i am going to be reviewing the dark chocolate caramel wafer biscuit’s, the milk chocolate wafer’s are my favorite so i was diving straight into the pack of dark chocolate as this was something new for me to try. I am always honest in my review’s and i absolutely HATE dark chocolate! but these biscuit’s where yummy, i always love the 5 layer’s of wafer biscuit’s they are a lovely crunchy texture and the dark chocolate is not over powering. The blend of chocolate, caramel and wafer go really well together and this is a biscuit i could enjoy every day each biscuit has 5 layer’s of wafer, 4 layer’s of caramel and if fully coated in real dark chocolate.

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This was the first time i have tried the dark chocolate wafer’s and i have to say i really enjoyed them i would certainly buy them if i come across them in the supermarket, I also like the packaging i always think you can tell a lot about a company just by packaging if they are willing to put time and effort into making a product not only taste delicious but also look eye catching and really stand’s out.

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Each biscuit is individually wrapped in a lovely shiny metallic blue and gold paper so this keep’s the biscuit nice and fresh as you can see on the picture the biscuit has a very generous amount of chocolate coating and anybody who love’s chocolate / dark chocolate i would urge you to try if you haven’t in the past.

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Overall i was really happy with this biscuit Tunnock’s did not fail to disappoint and this must be the only dark chocolate product that i like and would purchase again after trying.


Last off all i will be reviewing the second product i was very kindly sent to try and review this again was the first time i have tried the caramel log biscuit’s i am not a big fan of coconut either but after sharing with my family they was gone in a matter of hour’s! my dad is a big fan of coconut chocolate and biscuit’s so he was really pleased with the way Tunnock’s presented all of his favorite ingredient’s into one tasty bar.

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The caramel log biscuit’s are a wafer and caramel biscuit fully covered in chocolate and sprinkled with roasted coconut again these are a tasty biscuit with lot’s of layer’s of wafer and caramel. If you are a fan of coconut’s i would highly recommend for you to try these biscuit’s.

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Unfortunately these biscuit’s got eaten so fast i could not take a picture of the actual biscuit so i have had to copy one from google ( i do apologise ) but when i buy more in the future i will take picture’s and edit my review. As you can see from the picture there is a generous amount of roasted coconut covering the biscuit some of you may think it would just taste like a coconut wafer but i could taste all ingredient’s (the caramel, chocolate and coconut)

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Overall i have really enjoyed working with Tunnock’s trying and reviewing product’s i have not yet tried before but i will now be buying in the future my favorite out of them both would have to be the dark chocolate caramel wafer biscuit’s but my dad is a big fan now of the caramel log biscuit’s.

A little information from Tunnock’s website:

How do you create ever-popular biscuit products? Well, start with excellent ingredients. Add layers of ownership by the same, caring family. Then cover with a generous sprinkling of attention to detail and personal service.

This winning formula was initiated by Thomas Tunnock in 1890, after he paid £80 for a shop in Uddingston. Under the guidance of Thomas (and later his son, Archie), Tunnock’s operated only as bakers and purveyors of quality flour confectionery until the 1950s. This decade saw the emergence of four original speciality items: Caramel Wafers, Snowballs, Caramel Logs and Teacakes. Consequently, business boomed and factory extensions followed, the latest as recent as 2002.

The innovative management has always remained true to the original principles and is close to the local community. Indeed, it is funny how the more things change at Tunnock’s, the more they stay the same.

I will be buying more Tunnock’s product’s and will be reviewing them on my blog soon, i also have some other new and exciting product’s i will be reviewing in the upcoming week’s and really hope you all enjoy reading my review’s.

I will as always link website and link’s below i would as always advise for you to follow social media page’s to stay up to date with latest competition’s, new’s, new product’s and information etc.

Website: http://www.tunnock.co.uk/

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/tunnocks_time/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TunnockMerchandise?fref=ts

Tunnock’s have a mouth watering range of tasty biscuit’s for all the family to enjoy including:

  • Milk chocolate caramel wafer’s
  • Dark chocolate caramel wafer’s
  • Milk chocolate tea cake’s
  • Dark chocolate tea cake’s
  • Caramel log
  • Chocolate wafer cream
  • Chocolate snowball’s

All Tunnock’s product’s are available in a large amount of store’s e.g. Pound store’s, Tesco, Morrison’s, Amazon, Tunnock’s website etc and product’s can retail from as little as £1 which is a very reasonable price for a yummy mouth watering biscuit / treat.

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Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink Review’s:

Hello everyone,

Today i am going to be reviewing 2 new product’s i have been very kindly sent to try and review.

I have never heard of Scheckter’s energy drink’s before so when a friend recommended for me to try them i headed straight to there website i must say there site is fab lot’s of information about product’s and what they are for etc.

One thing i like most is looking on website’s to find out how company’s where established in this case Scheckter’s was created in 2010 by a racing driver ( Toby Scheckter’s) and son of formula 1 (Jody Scheckter’s) and this company where the first to make a organic, vegetarian and Fairtrade certified energy drink.

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When i received my parcel i was really excited to open it as i new exactly which company it was from with a nice logo on the box, the 2 can’s where protected very well in bubble wrap with some fun sticker’s and a little but lovely message from the company i was also sent a card with Scheckter’s information on e.g email address, telephone number etc along with a information leaflet about the product’s and also where i can purchase them from which i thought was lovely as i always like reading information about company’s.

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Organic original energy drink review: 

Firstly i will be talking about the original sparkling energy fruit flavor drink, I love the can’s they have a really lovely texture to them they are not just a simple energy drink can they have been very well thought about and the useful information is all on the can’s followed by a list of ingredient’s and lovely bold letter’s on the front of the can’s to make them stand out if i seen these in my local supermarket i would certainly pick one up.

I do love my energy drink’s but recently i have been unable to drink them due to the lack of sugar i use to like Monster drink’s but since reading about the sugar’s and what is actually included in the drink i just seemed to stop buying them. Now that i have found a company that i like who have created a perfect refreshing drink which is healthy and organic.

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I had my can first thing yesterday morning as i was having a tired day but after drinking the energy drink it certainly gave me the boost i needed to start my day. This is a lovely refreshing drink but is so much healthier than any other energy drink’s for the people who buy drink’s like these you will no how much sugar is in a normal one e.g. red bull, monster’s have around 36g of sugar but these can’s have no more than 7-8g which i was very surprised about as they are lovely and you can tell they are organic and natural ingredient’s. The Organic energy drink’s also include 80mg of caffeine which is equivalent to a cup of expresso coffee why i decided to drink mine in the morning as coffee keep’s me awake.

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Overall i was really happy with trying the original can as this was the first time i have tried these drink’s the only thing i regret it not being made aware of this company sooner. I have enjoyed trying both as the flavor’s go great together they are refreshing so great for summer to for anybody who like’s organic product’s like myself you will definitely not be disappointed by trying the original can and i was really hoping for my ‘lite’ can to be just as nice i was worrying a little as i was not expecting it to be as nice but none of these product’s failed to disappoint.



Organic lite energy drink: 

Last of all i am going to be sharing my review’s about the lite energy can which i tried this morning, again i wanted to have in the morning as this can also includes 80mg of caffeine the lite is available in a fruit drink also which is lovely i put this 1 in the fridge to enjoy cold and it was so much nicer the blend of fruit’s are all noticeable the taste is a mix of lemon juice, pomegranate juice and elderberry juice so if you are a fan of these flavor’s i would highly recommend to try these! Scheckter’s have really pulled of a delicious drink and has certainly considered me to start buying more my dad also take’s 2 to work every night as he work’s night’s and i did let him try a bit of 1 my original can an he loved it just as much he is now thinking of changing energy drink’s and taking 2 of these which is great.

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Overall i am really happy with this can too both drink’s have a enjoying taste they are a little different to other brand’s as they are organic and natural but they make you feel so active. I had my niece for the weekend and after feeling tired for the past few day’s i was dreading it because i knew i was going to be tired when she was here but these drink’s have give me the boost i needed to stay active and on the go i have just ordered more from Amazon! 🙂


A little information from Scheckter’s website: 

Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy drink was initially launched in the United Kingdom and is now also available in the USA, South Africa, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Finland and Russia (with more countries to come!)

The flavour of Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy comes from a mix of organic Sicilian lemon juice,
Eastern Mediterranean organic pomegranate juice and organic elderberry juice from Central Europe.

The organic lemon juice also acts as a natural preservative but because this makes the drink a bit tart we add a little raw cane sugar (in Scheckter’s Original)
or agave nectar (in Scheckter’s LITE) to create a pleasant taste.

To provide you a sustained energy boost without the crash we use our OrganicEnergy blend of raw green coffee beans,
Brazilian guarana, green tea and ginseng.

Every can of Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy contains the perfect combination of organic and natural ingredients to provide you a sustained energy boost.

WHEN TO DRINK A CAN OF SCHECKTER’S

Morning: A kick start to your morning.

Afternoon: A refreshing drink to get you through the dreaded afternoon slump.

Workout: A great companion to provide an extra boost of energy before or after exercise.

Evening: A tasty mixer for an evening drink.

Organic energy drink’s are available in most store’s e.g. Asda, Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Planet Organic, Tesco, Waitrose, Whole Food’s Market and many more! also available in the UK, USA, SA & other countries. Both can’s retail around £1.28-£1.35 which to me is great value for money it is worth every penny for such a creative product this company have also earned lot’s of award’s for being the first company to create a organic, vegetarian and Fairtrade if you would like to find out more information about this company you can by clicking here or if you would like to make a purchase you can pick your favorite retailer here.

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Thank you for reading everyone i hope you all enjoyed my review as much as i enjoyed trying them and also working with this company.

If anybody has any question’s or would like to ask me anything please feel free i will be more than happy to answer all question’s best i can. Has anybody else ever tried these drink’s or would recommend any other’s?
Would love to hear more review’s and feedback! 🙂

I will post link’s to Scheckter’s website and social media site’s below and as always would advise people to follow social media page’s and visit there website for the latest new’s, new product’s, information or future competition’s.

Website: http://www.schecktersorganic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SchecktersOrganicEnergy?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scheckterenergy

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Sponge Cake’s Review

Hi everyone,

Before i start i would just like to apologise as i haven’t made a blog post for a few month’s due to being ill but now that i am better i will be reviewing more product’s again.

Today i am going to review ‘Sponge’ cake i recently received an Easter sponge that i very luckily won in a competition i was over the moon when i received the email to say ‘Congratulations’ i had to re-read the email at least 10 time’s before the news finally sunk in.

I was so excited to receive my Easter sponge cake as i have always wanted to try this companies cakes i was thinking it was impossible to post a cake out for it to arrive in one piece but when i finally received my sponge i was shocked it was perfect and so big! i could not wait to cut this and share with my family even though it was too nice to cut.

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I received a 10” sponge which was a chocolate sponge with white chocolate buttercream topped with flakes of chocolate and mini eggs there was a very generous amount of toppings and the sponge was huge! i was expecting the sponge to be very dry but the cake was absolutely delicious as the chocolate buttercream in the center of the cake was a generous amount it kept the sponge moist and for anyone who likes chocolate as much as me this was heaven!

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I finally cut my gorgeous cake into pieces on Easter day as this was an Easter sponge it was perfect as we had family round and i could show off my cake. The whole 10” cake is supposed to serve 8 people but i think it could serve easily 10+ i only cut small piece’s but this was just enough after sharing my sponge with myself and 3 other family members i still had nearly 3/4 left i was shocked! This cake was the nicest i have ever tasted and i was so lucky to win.

Sponge cake company first established in 2000 in a cafe and then in 2009 they took Sponge out of the comfort of their Byfords home & created a new look under the company named SPONGE. All cakes are made from scratch (when i say scratch i mean no packet sponge mixes all proper ingredient’s) and their sponge is lovely i would highly recommend. Also the thing i love about this company is their website is packed full of yummy treats not only can you order a sponge you can also add extras like a card, alcohol, candles, cake toppers and more yummy treats this is great for friends and family who do not live near or if somebody is on the other side of the world for a special occasion you can simply order a sponge and put a smile on someone’s face.

Sponge have a wide range of cakes available including their new Angel Cake (which i will be trying) Apple Crumble, Bakewell, Chocolate & Orange, Coffee, Rocky Road, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramel & Peanut or they also have a normal Victoria sponge available which i have heard is absolutely yummy! If that is not enough you can also create your own sharing sponge!!! Wow :) if you have a fussy family and would like 1 cake but different slices and different flavors then this company is where you should be heading you can choose a cake you like and decorate it however you like and i have great faith in saying you would not be disappointed.

Overall, i am really happy with my competition win and is defiantly my favorite prize this year, i am so glad i won as this has now convinced me to start buying more i am currently counting down my next special occasion or upcoming event just to order or i could be a little greedy and order for myself ;) after all my birthday is June. Sponge’s cakes are available in a 7” sponge or a 10” sponge or you can also order miniature sponges which are ideal for weddings, baby showers and birthday parties.

7” sponge cakes start from £12.50 or 10” sponge cakes start from £19.99 which to me is extremely reasonable as not only are you getting a delicious cake you can choose exactly how you want it to look and add that extra special touch. Gluten free cakes are also available on their website and they have a range to choose from for no extra cost! i love how creative this company is and how well they have created their website it has every little last detail and bit of information you need and if that is not enough and you do have any problems it is so easy to contact them and you will receive a fast response via email like myself i spoke to a lovely lady and she was very helpful.

I could not recommend this company enough this has by far been my best product to review this year i could continue to write all day, i will without a doubt be ordering soon and can’t wait to try the new angel sponge what has recently been voted favorite sponge to bring back! :)

For more information about sponge cakes you can visit the websites below,

Website: https://www.sponge.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpongeCakesLtd

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpongeCakesLtd

Instagram: https://instagram.com/spongecakesltd/

Thank you so much for reading everyone if anybody has any question’s please feel free to ask i will try to answer them the best i can, i would also highly recommend to follow each of the website’s above for latest new’s and competition’s etc.

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