That title made me laugh, but let me assure you that I don’t eat snacks all day every day and that I do eat properly. However, I am trying to gain weight so I need to keep my calories up as well as exercising.
Today I’m going to do another bumper post of snacks which I’ve been eating recently, I found a lot of these on The Vegan Womble’s Morrisons post, the others are from The Grape Tree.
The first thing I ate was Morrisons fizzy fangs, I don’t have much of an opportunity to eat vegan friendly chewy sweets so I jump at the chance when I see new ones. They were thicker than I expected and harder, not very jelly like. They had an artificial strawberry taste that wasn’t unpleasant, but it wasn’t particularly delicious either. They weren’t too sour and they weren’t overally covered in sugar either, something which I liked because who has time to clean up loads of sugar that falls of sweets? In sum, these were just meh and I don’t really care if I eat them again or not. I paid 37p for the 75g packet, so very cheap indeed.
Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Wheat Starch, Modified Maize Starch, Acids (Acetic, Lactic, Malic), Modified Potato Starch, Flavouring, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate), Elderberry Concentrate.
The second item I tried was the Beech’s mint crisp dark chocolate, after trying the rose creams I was interested in trying another of Beech’s products. I absolutely love mint chocolate, especially crispy mint chocolate, so I knew I was onto a winner here. There is nothing like the smell that comes from this type of chocolate, except maybe coffee. It reminds me of Christmas much more that spiced products. The chocolate is dark and rich but not bitter and overpowering, I found that the mint kept it fresh. The texture is hard and first but it quickly yields, and the crunchy bits of sugar are divine. My only problem was that there wasn’t enough! I paid £1.99 for the 60g bar at The Grape Tree and would happily do so again.
Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecthin), Natural Vanilla Flavouring), Sugar, Natural Peppermint Flavouring.
Another item I bought from The Grape Tree was the cashew and coconut Wholebake flapjack. This flapjack was very thick and substantial, it was sweet, full of coconut flavour and very tasty. I enjoyed the taste of the cashews and the texture of the coconut chips inside. The only thing which could have improved it was a drizzle of vegan friendly chocolate over the top. I can’t actually remember what I paid for this bar but it wasn’t over £2.
Ingredients: Oats (37%), golden syrup, vegetable margarine (vegetable oils, water, salt, emulsifier E475, natural flavouring), raw cane sugar, cashew nuts (7%), coconut chips (6%), soya flour, natural flavouring
Another item which I picked up in Morrison’s was the dark chocolate and orange thins, I love mint thins but orange thins are like a gift from the heavens. The surrounding chocolate is very thin and crispy (not in the crunchy way), the orange fondant inside is more moist than the fondant you’d find in chocolate creams. The chocolate is not too dark and the orange has a nice sweet flavour but I’d have liked it to be a little stronger. I paid £1.17 for the 200g box and was very happy with my purchase.
Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (65%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Vanilla Extract), Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Water, Invert Sugar Syrup, Orange Oil.
The last Morrisons own brand product that I bought was their banana milkshake powder. The Vegan Womble’s page says that the vitamins in this powder have been confirmed as not being derived from animals, which is great because it boasts quite a few. I mixed up the powder with soya milk and found it very sweet, full of flavour and really enjoyed drinking it. However, it is full of sugar and I wouldn’t want to give this to children with any sort of regularity. I paid £1.47 for the 300g pot.
Ingredients: Sugar, Dextrose, Glucose Syrup, Colours (Plain Caramel, Riboflavin), Flavouring, Vitamin C, Niacin, Banana Powder, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Vitamin A, Folic Acid, Vitamin D.
On the subject of bananas, I also bought small Soreen banana loaves. I have been informed that the regular fruit bread is not vegan, but the banana version is. Which is great news because I couldn’t care less about regular fruit bread. Uch. As soon as you open the packet the smell of gorgeous banana wafts out, the little loaves are small, squidgy and full of banana flavour. They also have a sort of cake like flavour. The loaves are sweet and delicious and I would eat them all the time if I could. I paid £1 for 5 small loaves, which is alright in my books.
Ingredients: Fortified Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin (B3), Thiamin (B1)), Water, Sweetened Banana Flavoured Pieces (12%) (Fructose Glucose Syrup, Concentrated Pear Purée, Concentrated Banana Purée, Humectant: Glycerol, Sugar, Wheat Fibre, Palm Fat, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Malic Acid, Natural Flavouring, Concentrated Lemon Juice), Banana Purée (9%), Sugar, Vegetable Fats (Rapeseed, Palm), Dextrose, Salt, Yeast, Flavourings, Preservative: Calcium Propionate (Added to Inhibit Mould Growth), Colour: Lutein.
The final product from this post is the Kettle Bites maple barbecue wholegrain waves. These crisps have a similar feel to Walker’s sunbites, although their texture is more of a puffed crispiness. I found them quite full on, a bit salty and packed with flavour, but they were still an enjoyable eat. I could go without eating them again. I paid £1.87 for the multipack of 5.
Ingredients: Whole Wheat Grain Flour (32%), Rice Flour, Corn Flour, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Oat Flour, Corn Starch, Dried Tomato, Salt, Black Barley Malt Flour, Yeast Extract, Dried Red Bell Pepper, Smoked Sea Salt, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Dried Barley Malt Vinegar, Ground Paprika, Ground Black Pepper, Chilli Powder (Ground Chilli, Ground Cumin, Salt, Dried Oregano, Dried Garlic), Maple Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavouring, Paprika Extract, Potato Maltodextrin.
I hope you enjoyed the review and your weekend has been fun, I have a three day weekend for Easter so I’m currently enjoying knowing that I don’t have to work on Monday 🙂