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Jelly Bean Wedge Box of Fruit Cocktail Flavoured Beans 225 g (Pack of 3)
Jelly Bean Wedge Box of Fruit Cocktail Flavoured Beans 225 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £7.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Flavour all the way through; delectable jelly beans that are not overpoweringly sweet, 27 July 2016
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Fruit Cocktail Jelly Beans are delectable if you're a fan of jelly beans that are not tooth-achingly sweet and have the bright, distinct, but never overwhelming flavour of the advertised fruit or spice combinations. The flavour genuinely runs through the entire product.

These Jelly Beans are a pleasant chew as they are but they're a good addition when sliced up and added to fruit salad or a meringue/pavlova as a boost to the flavour of otherwise lacklustre fresh fruit. Likewise, these are a helpful decoration for baked goods such as fairy cakes or Swiss Rolls or where sugar strands or crystals don't seem appropriate.

These Jelly Beans are a good item for children's parties or barbecues because they are 'Free From' a substantial number of allergens and GMO ingredients for parents who cross-examine you about such concerns as well as being appropriate for vegetarians plus kosher and halal compliant.

I'd purchase these Jelly Beans again and I'd recommend them to other people.


Doucet Gourmet Range Raisins in Thyme Liqueur 200 g
Doucet Gourmet Range Raisins in Thyme Liqueur 200 g

1.0 out of 5 stars Overpowering scent and taste of thyme - more like cough medicine, 23 July 2016
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These were inedible when I opened the bag as the scent and taste of the thyme liqueur was overwhelming. I tried leaving them for a few days but neither the scent nor taste ceased to be less than medicinal or overpowering.

Finally, I removed the product from the bag and it was only after being exposed to the air for several days that the scent was brought down to tolerable levels and it was possible to eat the product without being reminded of botanical cough medicine.

I have no idea whether there was a production problem with this batch or somehow poor storage in the distribution centre upset the taste and scent profile of this product. The overwhelming taste of thyme made it impractical to judge the quality of the fruit, nut layer, or chocolate.

I would not purchase these again: these were poor value for money.


Doucet Gourmet Range Raisins in Verveine Du Velay 200 g
Doucet Gourmet Range Raisins in Verveine Du Velay 200 g

3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough product but overall poor value for money, 23 July 2016
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These raisins were macerated in a supposedly distinctive liqueur (Verveine Du Velay is a nicely complex liqueur with thirty-two botanicals in its formula) before being wrapped in almond paste and coated in dark chocolate with a colourful, glossy white chocolate finish.

Overall, these were a pleasant chocolate raisin (roughly what one might expect of High St. retailer) but neither their taste nor texture justifies their price tag and neither the almond paste coating nor the liqueur were readily discernible. The size was nicely small.

These chocolate raisins have a pleasing colour and appearance but the price tag would only be justified by a much better quality of fruit and chocolate and a distinctive taste from the many herbs in the Verveine Du Velay.

I've tried several products in the Doucet chocolate-covered fruit or nuts range and the indifferent quality of the chocolate is common to all of them.

Better than other chocolate covered nuts or fruit in the Doucet range but I would not purchase them again nor are they value for money.


Doucet Pro Range Raisins in Genepy 2.5 kg
Doucet Pro Range Raisins in Genepy 2.5 kg

3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough but not for this price or implied quality: not distinctive, 23 July 2016
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These raisins were macerated in a supposedly distinctive liqueur before being wrapped in almond paste and coated in dark chocolate with a colourful, glossy white chocolate finish.

Overall, these were a pleasant chocolate raisin (roughly what one might expect of High St. retailer) but neither their taste nor texture justifies their price tag and neither the almond paste coating nor the liqueur weret readily discernible. The size was nicely small.

These chocolate raisins have a pleasing colour and appearance but the price tag would only be justified by a much better quality of fruit and chocolate and a distinctive taste from the artemisia or genepy.

Better than other chocolate covered nuts or fruit in the Doucet range but I would not purchase them again nor are they value for money.


Doucet Gourmet Range Les Calades De Provence Pralines 200 g
Doucet Gourmet Range Les Calades De Provence Pralines 200 g

2.0 out of 5 stars Indifferent quality ingredients: poor value for money, 23 July 2016
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The Doucet Calades de Provence styled itself as "a tasty blend of roasted almonds and hazelnuts. Coated in cream of nougat from montelimar as well as white and milk chocolate" and sounded delicious.

It's possible that poor storage in the distribution centres impaired the flavour but it was not possible to distinguish the almonds from the hazelnuts and the texture wasn't the pleasant snap or rich flavour that one associates with roasted nuts. The thin coating of montelimar cream of nougat was not readily discernible through the overwhelming flavour of the external coat of an indifferent quality of white and milk chocolate.

Again, it's possible that poor storage impaired the taste and texture of this product. However, the taste and texture were those associated with a product line that uses indifferent ingredients rather than one that is self-categorised as gourmet.

I would not purchase this product again: it represents poor value for money.


Doucet Gourmet Range Citrons Confits Aux 2 Coated Fruits 200 g
Doucet Gourmet Range Citrons Confits Aux 2 Coated Fruits 200 g

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1.0 out of 5 stars Indifferent quality of ingredients: poor value for money, 23 July 2016
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The citron confit is disappointing and I can only guess that it was stored badly as the lemon tasted overwhelmingly artificial rather than natural. The almond paste that coated the confit was not distinctive and the external coating was an indifferent quality of chocolate, both the dark chocolate and the (coloured) white version.

It's possible that storage problems impaired the flavour of this product but it tasted like a cheap product made from indifferent quality ingredients rather than a gourmet line. I would not purchase this product again and consider it poor value for money.


Doucet Gourmet Range Coeur De Figue Coated Fruits 200 g
Doucet Gourmet Range Coeur De Figue Coated Fruits 200 g

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Indifferent quality of chocolate; poor value for money, 23 July 2016
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Fig coated in hazelnut paste and then chocolate, presented in two colours is a pleasing idea but the indifferent quality of the chocolate lets this product down. The fig is decent and the overall appearance is attractive albeit I'd never have guessed that the darker colour is violet to reinforce the idea and taste of the fig. The size of the confection can be 2-3 bites so it's not a convenient post-dinner item.

I would not purchase this item again. It is poor value for money and nothing like the quality that one would expect for this price range.


Allos Organic Amaranth Honey Poppies Cereal 300 g (Pack of 2)
Allos Organic Amaranth Honey Poppies Cereal 300 g (Pack of 2)
Price: £6.74

2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent quality; beware the high sugar content, 7 Feb. 2016
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Allos Organic Amaranth Honey Poppies Cereal is: 53% popped amaranth; 21% honey; 20% agave syrup; unhydrogenated palm oil. I'd consulted the nutrition panel in the above illustration before purchasing this product but the crease over the English section was such that I couldn't read the full information. I'd never have purchased a cereal that contains 41% added sugars if I'd been aware of it. (The product description is now available and gives a clear list of ingredients.)

I've purchased Allos Organic Amaranth Popcorn 125 g (Pack of 6) and that product doesn't contain unhydrogenated palm oil so it was an unpleasant surprise to find it here. The high added sugar content means there's little in common between the straightforward popped amaranth and the honey version: there's substantially less fibre and protein (per 100g, there's 8.6g v. 15.7g fibre; 8.6g v. 15.8g protein).

Even within the same packet, some of this is a pleasant, honeyed, chewy cereal but other grains taste somewhat grassy and earthy. I haven't encountered this strong a taste in the plain popped amaranth so don't know if it's a consequence of the sweetening process.

I'd purchase the Allos Organic Amaranth Popcorn 125 g (Pack of 6) again because the high volume relative to the mass makes it an easy way to extend the chewy mouthfeel when adding it to granola or muesli while reducing the overall calorie count (and this can be helpful for some people). Approximately 30ml (2 tablespoons) of the plain amaranth popcorn weighs about 4g (16 calories) whereas the honey version weighs 7g (28 calories); a comparable volume of some granolas would be 17g (approx. 70-100 calories). However, I wouldn't choose to purchase a cereal with this amount of sugar nor palm oil so I will not re-order this Honey Poppies product.


Nyakers Small Ginger Hearts in Old Town Motive 300 g (Pack of 5)
Nyakers Small Ginger Hearts in Old Town Motive 300 g (Pack of 5)
Price: £24.46

2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent flavour and snap but a product that is failed by its packaging, 31 Dec. 2015
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NyŚkers is reputedly the oldest biscuit bakery in Sweden and located in a region that is reportedly known as the “Promised Land of gingerbread biscuits”: it's claimed that there's a local saying, “it is well known that you become good-natured by eating gingerbread biscuits”.

Well, yes and no.

Excellent thin ginger biscuit with a gratifyingly crisp snap: the biscuits are a pleasantly hot but not fiery ginger flavour with a mellow hint of clove and cinnamon. If they suit your preferences then NyŚkers' Ginger Hearts are probably one of the best biscuits of their type that is available commercially and might well contribute to becoming good-natured.

However, the two stars reflect the experience of all the reviewers who've purchased this product and might detract from the feeling of being good-natured. The tins are not padded inside with the sort of plasticised cardboard that is used in many biscuit tins to pad the insides, nor is there a liner of any sort. The ginger hearts are loose and the breakages are unacceptable: in each tin more than half of the biscuits were broken. Maybe this would be OK if this were someone's idea of an anti-St. Valentine's Day gag gift but you can't plan to give this to someone as a gift. It's not even as if it could be given to children to 'glue' a couple of fragments together with icing as many of the hearts are reduced to shards and crumbs, not even large pieces.

We were reduced to using the biscuit shards in a fridge cake and the crumbs went into a crumble topping and Jamie Oliver's recipe for a Grasmere-style Gingerbread.

I wouldn't purchase this product again unless the company announced that it had revised its packaging: if sleeves of the biscuit were available then I would try those because they are a very fine biscuit.

Ingredients: Wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil (palm, rapeseed, coconut), sugar syrup, raising agent (E500), cloves, cinnamon, ginger, salt, flavour.
Nutrition 100g
Energy 1750 kJ (420 kcal)
Fat 15g
of which saturated fat 7g
Carbohydrates 67g
of which sugars 35g
Protein 4.5g
Salt 1.6g


JustIngredients Essential Dried Sweetened Cranberries 100 g (Pack of 6)
JustIngredients Essential Dried Sweetened Cranberries 100 g (Pack of 6)
Price: £11.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality; clean taste; keeps it colour in a variety of recipes, 18 Nov. 2015
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Just Ingredients Essential Dried Sweetened Cranberries have a good, clean taste and hold a vibrant colour in a variety of savoury and sweet recipes. The fruit is a pleasant texture unlike some products that are so dry that they are tough, or stiff because of the super-saturation in sugar syrup.

It's helpful that Just Ingredients is transparent that this product contains 60% cranberries and the remainder is added sugar and the trace of sunflower oil to prevent the fruit from clumping. So many people now want to estimate the amount of 'free sugars' in a recipe (as distinct from the 'intrinsic sugar' that is present in, e.g., dried fruit) that this information is very useful (too many products don't state the amount of sugar or it can be as high as 70%).

I wish that I could obtain unsweetened dried cranberries or a product with substantially less sugar so that it is easier to adapt recipes around this level of sweetness. However, Just Ingredients offers this decent dried sweetened cranberry and I would purchase it again.


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