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A Special package and one of my most favourite treats in the world…Hot Chocolate

So, some of you sparkly people may or may not know, one of my undoings in life is hot chocolate. Like seriously, if I don’t have my hot chocolate fix everynight, I get grumpy. I am an avid hot chocolate drinker and I can safely say, i’ve tried every type of instant hot chocolate available here in Northern Ireland, except for one flavour ”go bananas” from the options hot chocolate brand……until TODAY!
The options hot chocolate range, is one of my favourites. Especially ”wicked white hot chocolate” as I am insanely in love with white chocolate…. ImageNext comes Cadbury and Galaxy instants, om nom nom. Though in saying that, i’ve been wanting to try Hot chocolate instant from ”Whittard of chelsea” for like evers, their white hot chocolate one looks absolutely amazing! Maybe they’ll find this post and take pity on my ”student-with-no money-who-needs-her-hot chocolate-in-order-to-survive-life-self” tehehehe 😛

So, thank you to the lovely Miss Katherine, from one of my favourite review blogs: Grocerygems  You probably know of her blog from my recent posts, and if not, seriously go check out it out,it’s awesome 🙂
So,  I recommended options hot chocolate range for Miss Katherine to review a couple of weeks back and as we both love Banana flavoured items, we found out options had a limited edition flavour ”Go bananas”. So naturally we HAD to track it down! 😛

You can check out Katherine’s review here:

Unfortunately no luck for me here in Belfast as they are limited edition :(. So Miss Katherine, legend she is, found them at Sainsbury’s and very kindly sent me some today in the post to try! Along with my ultimate favourite chocolate…Malteasers which has been made into a new bar!

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So, options is fab for not leaving lumps in your mug, however like Katherine mentioned, I also use a small mug to make these sachets in so they stay all chocolately! So, tonight I made it up in my Cinderella mug my mommabear got for me, which I am not ashamed of at all…NOT ONE BIT, NOPE. Do not judge me, I am a princess, afterall 😛
Great part about this range is, they’re fantastic for a chocolate fix if you’re on a diet, seeing as they range from 39-44 calories, or if you want a more moreish chocolate treat, they also have an ”indulgent range”, ranging from 61 calories or less, make them up with milk even for more creaminess!

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I loved this flavour so much, of course I knew I would though, because really anything banana flavoured is wonderful, it’s one of my favourites! Chocolate and Banana however? The PERFECT combination honestly.
I love how this flavour didn’t leave a fake banana flavour and leave a bad after taste, as some banana flavour products, unfortunately can do. 
That being said, of course, as always, options done it right, I was left with wonderful strong fruity banana flavours and  indulgent chocolate tones.

Defiantly gets a 10/10 from me 🙂 It is really sad this is only limited edition though, however options have a lot of different flavours and if you haven’t had them, go get some! Foreals they’re yum and can be purchased  in most shops really. Check out their flavours here:

I will be tracking down their new ” Belgian Choc Butterscotch” because it sounds nommy, nom noms!

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Options, you are hands down, one of the best products out, I seriously can’t go a night without you in my life….marry me? 😛
I love all your flavours and really wish you would make an ”Irish creme” flavour, just because I’m Irish, biased and well, c’mon, it’s Irish cream and chocolate, sounds divine right? 😛 Or even just let me come work for you….I’ll take much care of the merchandise 😉

Thanks so00000000 much again, Katherine….this was such a lovely treat tonight, after doing lots of crappy college work, I enjoyed it with my GORGEOUS Malteasers bar, it cheered me up so much!

Which by the way is absolutely amazing for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet! Though, my taste test reviewing defiantly needs worked on, so go check out this review by one of my other favourite blog owner’s, Miss Hannah, who if you remember, very kindly sent me a whatchamacallit bar from U.S.A to taste test 🙂  Hannah (the review addict)
She’s awesome and just like Miss Katherine, will save you from making bad decisions on food and drinks with her awesome reviews ;D

So go cheer your sparkly selves up and make a big mug of hot chocolate 🙂

Lots of love and sparkles, Bex!

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Two Eejits, One bag of Mozzarella and Pesto kettle crisps and a review!!

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So this GLORIOUS bag of deliciousness, was one of the items from my amazing package kindly sent to me by the lovely Miss Katherine from ”Grocery gems blog” !

Katherine knew how much of my love for Italian food and thought this would be a great item for me to try, in which….she was absolutely 100% correct ;D I was soooooo excited to try these crisps as unfortunately, I have actually never noticed this flavour here in Northern Ireland, even up until now…which makes me sad that they aren’t available here, but thankfully Miss Katherine to the rescue….yaaay! 😀

However, my best friend/partner in crime is staying over this weekend and is also a HUGE pesto fan so I figured I’d play nice and have her to do a taste test with me, as everyone knows the meaning of ”taste testing” means a nibble at ONE crisp, comments and verdict….then give the rest of the bag to Becca, right? mwahahahahaha 😀

So first of upon opening the bag, I was immediately hit by the over powering yummy smell of basil, obviously the ”pesto element”.
If you arn’t 100% sure on what pesto is, basically the traditional pesto recipe, at least how I know it consists of: Basil, garlic,olive oil pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.  It really is a scrummy combination of flavours and usually I find works very well with dishes like pasta, minestrone soup, taty’s etc. It really is yum, so if you haven’t tried it, go get some pesto and make Nigella proud! 😀 Even check out some recipes here if you are a:   “I  can’t boil water” type cook 🙂


I loved the garlic element of these crisps, anything garlic is amazeballs, and it keeps away vampires, so everybody wins eh? Well….unless your vampire is Robert Pattinson you’re kinda screwed to be honest but BACK to the crisps Becca…

The cheese flavour, I found was really creamy but quite mild compared to the rest of the flavours, however just enough to balance out the whole crisp flavour. Honestly, i’m not a huge savoury person but these crisps were sooooooo delicious. I have actually never tried any of the kettle brand crisps before but I completely loved how crunchy and non oily they were. I felt like I was eating something just baked from the oven, hence the ”handcooked” part, which makes me want to go for the ”kettle” brand for sure next time when I need a savoury fix! I just loved how much of the love and care actually taken to make these crisps shines through with the flavour, non oilyness and also the freshness of the crunch as a whole!

As for Grace’s opinion:
“There is a very organic and sophisticated element to these crisps, I loved the hand cooked part as I hate anything food wise artificial, I am also a huge pesto fanatic so these crisps were right up my street.”

Our verdict:
As two tree hugging vegetarians, we absolutely loved these crisps! Hopefully seeing as they’re ”seasonal edition” they’re here to stay though….
Smell wise: It reminded us of an Italian restaurant, so now we want to order Pizza hut…..oh dear.
Crunch?: Super crunchy, but edible enough not to break our too many teenager filled bad diet sweet food….as a result ”teeth” 😀
Ratings: For the pesto and healthy elements alone, 8.5/10

Thank you again, so much to Miss Katherine for these nommy nom nom crisps, who also done her very own review on this product, check it out here, http://grocerygems.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/kettle-chips-mozzarella-pesto-review.html her blog is AWESOME 😀 

Safe to say, I’ll be sleeping with one eye open tonight as I’ve a feeling there will be an empty bag of ”Mozzarella and pesto kettle crisps” with mouse crumbs leading up to Grace’s side of the bed, come AM.

If you love crisps, especially anything cheese and onion type, then I suggest going on a hunt and finding these before they go!

Lots of Love and sparkles,

Becca and Gracie

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Taste testing- Hershey’s Whatchamacallit chocolate bar!

Hello to all my lovely bloggers! 🙂

So, today my Pappabear and I taste tested an American Candy bar, ”Whatchmacallit” which was so very, very kindly sent to me, by one of my favourite blogs and bloggers….Miss Hannah 🙂 Hannah’s blog is totally awesome, you guys need to check it out, she seriously taste tests some nommy food, and potentially saves you from eating some horrible shite, haha!
So for that, we thank you Hannah!
Please check Hannah’s blog out here and follow, she’s amazeballs!
http://www.thereviewaddict.com/

Okies so, I was really excited about trying this bar, as the first thing I noticed was ”peanut butter”. Anything with peanut butter is just perfection, then again, it’s an American candy bar, so therefore if there wasn’t peanut butter in it, it’d be like Ireland without potatoes….
ImageNow I apologise for my dodgy picture taking, however my camera of course died as soon as I turned it on, so had to use my phone.

This bar is described as:
Peanut-Flavoured Crisp topped with a layer of caramel and dipped in chocolate. It is a 45g bar and will set you back 230 calories.
Firsty, upon opening this bar It instantly had an overwhelming wonderful aroma of peanut butter, so I was instantly intrigued. Image
On first bite, I noticed how it was a unique blend of four separate flavours and three separate textures. You have the crunchiness of the little crispies, which kind of reminded me of the inside of a toffee crisp bar we have here in the UK, which I personally love. Then it continues on with a rich, smooth chocolate. Sandwiched in between is the caramel. The caramel isn’t the type of caramel I usually love, which is a flowing type of caramel you get in galaxy or cadbury caramel bars, however it had a nice chewy texture to it, kind of the texture you would get with a curly wurly bar. But Whatchamacallit contains good caramel. Lightly sweet, so thin and soft that you can enjoy its intermingling with the other flavours, especially the peanut butter. Image

Verdict:
My dad loved the peanut butter flavours and the light, crispy texture as did I. However, just like most American chocolate bars, the chocolate coating was overly sweet and had a slight cooking chocolate element to it. Dad and I both agreed that had this bar been en wrapped in Cadbury chocolate, then it would be perfection, sorry Americans, but your chocolate just is lacking so much creaminess! However, the name for this chocolate bar is too cool, especially when you’re a scatterbrain like me and call everything I can’t remember the name of ”a whatchamacallit”.

However, I did have so much fun taste testing this bar. As it is imported from America, I believe Hannah picked this bar up for £1.09 from http://www.americansweets.co.uk/
Thank you so much Hannah, once again for sending me this, I truly appreciate it!

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One of my favourite blogs!

Since I have started up my own blog, I’ve been exploring around other blogs and coming across some really interesting ones. I found this lovely lady’s blog, and as it says on the tin, in her words ” My name is Hannah and I am a Review Addict!” . Personally I LOVE review blogs, they’re so helpful, especially when you are a poor student like myself and you don’t have the spare change around sometimes to risk trying something to absolutely hate it. At least this way, you’ve a good insight on the product! I was really excited to stumble across Hannah’s blog, as she reviews everything from, cleaning products, pet products, gadgets, food, drinks and beauty products (love this one!).
So Recently, I noticed McDonald’s new promotion for Christmas, ”The Orange flavour chocolate pie”
McDonalds webpage/chocolate orange flavour pie:

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I’ve been hesitant towards it, as it looks incredibly sickening, so I was excited to find that Hannah accepts requests on products to review, so I emailed her asking if she would be able to do a review on the pie and she, much to my appreciation had it done within the day. I was really honoured, as she has been my first ”review request”! Defiantly one of my top favourite blogs. Don’t take my word for it tho, check out Hannah’s blog and follow! 🙂 You wont be disappointed. Her reviews are extremely thorough with pictures!!  Also please check out her review on my request, those pies sound delicious, if you try one, let me know your opinion too in the comment section below!

Link to Hannah’s blog/request:

Thanks so much again Hannah, absolutely love your blog, I’ve found it extremely helpful and I love your reviewing techniques, looking forward to your next post, and I’m glad you enjoyed your pie!
Have a fantastic Christmas 🙂

Becca x

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