Confirmed sighting: Haagen-Dazs Cherries and Cream
Posted: 11:10 Sun 21-Jun-2009. Price: £4.19. Location: Blockbuster, Marple.
As luck would have it, I subsequently found a tub in Morrisons for just £2.50 (and have since updated the "awaiting sightings" column), but it was still enough for first-time spotter "freakfire" to get in touch about this impressively cherry-packed limited edition, reporting: Only seen it in one Blockbuster but they prob have them in every store. Surprised this is still under "awaiting sightings"...
...Sadly, I haven't seen any similar price reductions on the Antonio Federici Gelati that Foodstuff Finds seems at least mildly positive about, though I think I paid a pound or less for this optimistically co-branded Conditorei Coppenrath and Wiese
Mandarin Cheesecake made with Kraft Philadelphia in Tesco. And in other loosely dessert-related limited editions: there doesn't seem to be much sign so far of the hilariously topical Credit Crunch Cereal, though I'd be more suspicious if the same wasn't true of the presumably bigger-budget launch of Honey Monster Foods' more "health-orientated" Monster Rocks and Banana Puffs (Monster Rocks recommended price around £1.99).
Confirmed sighting: Walls Magnum Temptation/ Carte D'Or Caramel Cinnamon Waffle
Posted: 12:44 Sun 19-Apr-2009. Price: £3.40 (pack of 3)/ £2.99. Location: Lanark Somerfield/ Hamilton Sainsbury's. Sub-flavours: (Magnum Temptation) Caramel and almonds, or "Chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce plus white Belgian chocolate chunks and brownie pieces in a dark Belgian chocolate shell".
A double-scoop of Zeddy today, opening with: The chocolate Magnum has chocolate ice cream, brownies and white chocolate pieces all wrapped in a Belgian chocolate coating. The ice cream isn't too chocolatey in that overpowering cocoa-type way. The brownies are chewy and the white chocolate pieces are suitably chocolatey (I'm struggling here, aren't I?) This Magnum is quite nice but not a patch on that Dark Wispa'd centre one I found in Spain a while back.
3 to a pack each in a separate little coffin.
...(In case you were wondering, these appear to be an improved form of the trial version "robertster" sampled in late 2007, though the individual boxes remind me most of KFC's Boneless Banquet from the same year.) Anyway, Zeddy seems much more tempted by Walls' Carte D'Or Caramel Cinnamon Waffle, hailing it as: "IMMENSE! Yes that's right. Absolutely delicious! I'm pretty sure I will develop a 'habit' for this stuff. Creamy, caramel-icious and (drum roll) cinnamon-tastic.
This is my product of the year."
If you'd like to have a go yourself: "I'm working with Ben and Jerry's," admitted "Lee Washington", "and thought that you'd be interested to hear that Ben and Jerry's today announced a competition called Do The World A Flavour", where you can win a trip to the Dominican Republic and possibly have your idea made into Ben and Jerry's 2010 worldwide flavour (like what they claimed happened with 2006's Glastonberry). Thanks "Lee", but you didn't think it worth mentioning that this Tue 21 Apr is also Ben and Jerry's Free Cone Day?
Confirmed sighting: Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Macadamia/ Phish Food Frozen Yogurt/ (US) Ginger Snap
Posted: 11:04 Sun 15-Mar-2009. Location: (first two from) Sainsbury's, Southampton.
"choccieman" reports: Still haven't found the elusive new Cheesecake Brownie flavour but did get my hands on this and Phish Food Frozen Yogurt. Usual high quality B+J ice cream here, for those not so keen on nuts (myself included) it is surprisingly tasty. This is largely because although the tub claims "10% chocolatey covered macadamia nuts", in the ingredients it actually lists 3% nuts! That means each 'nut' is made up of over twice as much chocolate as there is actual macadamia.
As for the Phish Food Frozen Yogurt this is the same change (compared to regular) as Chocolate Fudge Brownie was/is, ie not as creamy therefore not as nice a taste, but equally not quite as heavy.
...And congratulations to "choccieman" (who's sent in some great stuff over the past 5 years or so) for submitting Snackspot's 1000th posting - thanks to everyone else who's contributed in any way, here's to the next 1000! In other pint-sized celebrations, "Graham" paid $4.49 for a tub of Ben and Jerry's Ginger Snap at his regular haunt of Safeway, Shoreline, WA, USA, revealing: I hadn't seen any other Limited Batch products recently and its promise of "brown sugar cinnamon ice cream with gingersnap cookies and a ginger caramel swirl" promised a nice alternative to the usual cinnamon options. I liked it quite a lot - not unlike the ginger snap/vanilla ice cream cookies I used to make when I was a kid. If I were to be hyper critical the cookies are more squish than snap, but it doesn't really detract much.
Caramel Cinnamon Waffle is also this summer's new flavour of Walls' Carte D'Or, part of a (Mc)flurry of ice-cream launches that includes Magnum Temptation,
Pure White Delight or Mint Choc Truffle Thorntons sticks,
Haagen-Dazs Limited Edition Cherries and Cream and the slightly unusually-named Cornetto Love Chocolate, which combines "milk, dark and white flavour chocolate ice creams in a chocolate wafer cone topped with triple chocolate curls".
Confirmed sighting: Muller Light with Chocolate Flakes
Posted: 21:49 Thu 08-Jan-2009. Price: £1.50 for a 6 pack. Location: ASDA, Great Bridge. Sub-flavours: Vanilla with Dark Chocolate Flakes; Orange with Dark Chocolate Flakes; Vanilla and Black Cherry with Dark Chocolate Flakes. Nutritional unusualness: Real Dark Chocolate flakes and less than 100 calories per 165g pot.
"Talk Show Host" reports: As news of a £7.5 million relaunch of Muller Light was announced but a few days ago, I was quite pleased to stumble into an ASDA store and see that they had the new Dark Chocolate Flake variety in stock. Better still, they were at a launch price of just £1.50 for 6 pots. In the multipack you get three flavours (2 pots of each), with 165g of dessert in them, a full 35g less than a standard Muller Light. For this reason the claim on the packaging that they are less than 100 calories is kind of a con as they contain way less in them than a run-of-the-mill Muller Light.
Anyway, enough of the facts and onto the important thing. What do they taste like? I tried the Black Cherry one first and thought it was delicious. The layer of cherry is on the bottom and is suitably 'bitty' with a sweetness that reminded me of the Black Forest cakes of days gone by. The dark chocolate is in just the right amount too, not too much as to overpower the yoghurt. A definite hit. Second I tried the orange one and it was quite impressive as I am not a big fan of orange yoghurt at any time. The contrast of the chocolate and orange was perfect and the overall flavour was certainly similar to the dark segments of Terry's Chocolate Orange (that you only seem to be able to get in those big monster tins). Another hit!
Lastly, the vanilla one was another hit as it had slightly more chocolate than the others. The vanilla was slightly sweeter than the standard Muller Light Vanilla and this was a plus point for me. This is set to be the only flavour available outside of the Multipack and I can see it being a success. Overall, I was really impressed with these and they made me skip my usual pot of Rachel's Organic Divine Rice for a full 6 days. Are they better than normal Muller Light? YES, definitely. Are they better than Rachel's Rice or Extra Thick yoghurts? Sadly no, but then what is?
...A reassuringly detailed sighting from our regular
ASDA/Muller correspondent there, while "A really nice variant - more saucy stuff than the other flavours!" was all that "ninja" managed regarding Muller Rice Limited Edition Cherry Flavour (69p in Covent Garden, London). Elsewhere, Danone's Activia Intensely Creamy seems to have a tamer definition of "Intensely" and "Sumptuously" (as in "Strawberry") to most usages (also available in Luscious Cherry, Zesty Lemon and otherwise-unremarkable Peaches and Cream), so I've been keeping my Tummy Working Like Clockwork (TM) with these Muller Vitality Yogurts - a concept they've invitingly illustrated on the packet with a pic of large, metal interlocking gears.
International sighting: Haagen Dazs Peppermint Bark
Posted: 14:53 Wed 24-Dec-2008. Price: $3.50 a pint. Location: Safeway, Shoreline, WA, USA.
"Graham" reports: This is about my fifth or sixth tub of this stuff, I ate all the others before remembering to take a photo. I only had peppermint bark for the first time the other week and wasn't too keen, but when you put it in white chocolate ice cream and combine it with peppermint candy pieces it's about as near to mint ice cream perfection as you can get.
...And international greetings to you, "Graham" - now I'm wondering whether that guy who does those scary Bodyworlds exhibitions should do something similar for ice-cream under the new name of Dr Gunther von Haagen Dazs. Personally I've been dissecting plenty of Lyle's Golden Syrup Sponge Ice Cream (currently only £2/litre in Tesco, compared to £1.95/500ml for Ben and Jerry's in Sainsbury, including the new-ish Jamaican Me Crazy and Mango Berry Swirl), mostly to pass the time until the arrival of Unilever's coffee-flavoured drink/ice cream hybrid, Cafe Zero (though I'm unclear if this'll improve on the Original Chino-style machines seen in the Cinnabon shops popping up all over central London).
Continuing the caffeinated theme, those of you old enough to buy what Tesco very nearly calls Gifts for
Alcoholics may have already sampled Baileys with a Hint of Coffee as trialled in Asda in the run-up to Christmas, while St Helier are adding a Peach Pear cider to the startling range of fruit flavours already on sale, though I think they'll have their work cut out against the likes of Aspall Perronelle's Blush with a dash of Blackberry Liqueur. And finally, it sounds like drinkers of all ages will be able to enjoy the Juice Brewery's
Hoppers soft brew, a non-alcoholic adult drink which "mixes beer ingredients, such as hops and malt, with fruit flavours, [such as] apple, citrus and blackcurrant". Cheers!
Confirmed sighting: Cadbury Cones
Posted: 21:00 Fri 04-Jul-2008. Price: Currently £1.19 for 4 (half-price?) in some Tescos. Location: Tesco Danestone, Aberdeen. Sub-flavours: Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Fudge (and previously a 'Chocolate Twist'?).
"C. Byron" reports: These have been out for a while now and have recently had a packaging makeover (but I preferred the old one myself). They come in chocolate with either mint or fudge twisted through. I couldn't find the chocolate and vanilla or whatever it is! I will keep a lookout.
...A brief but to-the-point sighting from first-time spotter "C. Byron" - the Fudge variety tastes a bit different to how you'd imagine an ordinary chocolate one would, while the Mint version is a lot like these Matchmakers Ice Cream Bars I found for half-price in Sainsbury's, or indeed the Mint Choc flavour of McDonald's new Cornetto McFlurry (all three McFlurries have the same sprinkling of chocolate chunks and crunched-up wafers, then the flavour is in the sauce - and apologies if I say this every time they bring out a new one, but "Cornetto McFlurry" really does sound like the name of an Irish-Italian henchman in a 1930s gangster film).
In more conventionally-chocolatey cones: I was disappointed to find that Cadbury's Dairy Milk Buttons Cornetto-alike (as mentioned in that Talking Retail article) didn't have a better way of making the mini Buttons stick to the ice-cream once you'd taken the wrapper off, and I haven't yet sampled KFC's "From You, To: You" Chocolate And Caramel Avalanche, though I hope it follows the (inadvertent?) example of the Burger King Luxury Summer Berry Burst I tried recently, which seemed to have a McDonald's Fudge Sundae-style hot sauce...
Confirmed sighting: Heinz Taste of Home Gorgeous Classic Creamy Custard
Posted: 14:21 Thu 01-May-2008. Price: 35p. Location: Netto, Leicester. Sub-flavours: Delicious Creamy Rice Pudding, Scrumptious Strawberry Jam Pudding, Super Sticky Treacle Pudding, Irresistible Sticky Toffee Pudding, Delightful Spotted Dick Pudding, Indulgent Chocolate Puddings (phew).
"Nick T" reports: Fresh from the laboratory, this Heinz 'Taste of Home' custard is fair enough but leaves a slightly odd metallic tang in the mouth. Good value though and gives the excellent Aldi custard a good run for the same price. The Taste of Home range also includes rice pudding (not tasted yet).
...No kidding, "Nick" - apparently the full range comprises seven new and six re-launched products in Taste of Home packaging (eg the tinned Indulgent Chocolate Pudding looks a lot like Heinz's old Cadbury's branded one). Heinz are also launching a gourmet Special Blend tomato ketchup at around £1.75/bottle but, returning to puddings, Zeddy's whole family are getting in on the act with this White Chocolate version of last year's Aero Double Chocolate Swirl - apparently: "Zeddy jnr spotted these and made his demands known. The label reads 'White chocolate mousse with swirls of chocolate'. Would that be milk chocolate, Nestle? It is, I can see brown stripes in it. Zeddy jnr thinks they are good but then kids will eat any old rubbish."
Confirmed sighting: Bassetts Jelly Babies Wobbly Lollies
Posted: 20:17 Tue 08-Apr-2008. Price: £1.99. Location: Sainsbury's Nantwich, Cheshire. Sub-flavours: Strawberry, lime, blackcurrant, orange. Nutritional unusualness: 65 calories per lolly.
"DazDude" reports: As I am rather partial to the odd
Jelly Baby I thought I would give these a go. The box which claims contains "8 assorted lollies" in 4 flavours ended up in typical Jelly Babies fashion containing at least 4 green (lime) ones, along with a couple of strawberries and oranges. Most other boxes should contain at least a blackcurrant flavoured variant.
A noticeable thing that sets these apart from other frozen lollies is they actually wobble, so don't be alarmed if it looks like they are about to fall off their sticks! Flavour-wise they are actually a lot more fruitier than their smaller sugary cousins but with more than 25% real fruit juice a lolly you certainly can't complain as they are certainly quite tasty.
...I think "DazDude" might be a first-time spotter (rather than the return of this guy) - I'll just mention that I've recently tried (both versions of) Thornton's Ice Cream sticks (£1.40 each in Costcutter Kentish Town), but you should soon also be able to cool down with the likes of Walls' Footballissimo and Cornetto Frutti Disc (65p and £1.10, respectively), Del Monte 100% Juice lollies (£1.99 for 3),
Mars Galaxy Minis (£2.99/ box),
plus the Starburst Smoothie lolly (£1.00), or Galaxy Vanilla and Chocolate Temptation cone (£1.25).
Confirmed sighting: Ben and Jerry's Baked Alaska
Posted: 17:18 Fri 14-Mar-2008. Price: £2.66 (on offer). Location: Sainsbury's, Southampton. Nutritional unusualness: Seemingly not B+J Fair Trade vanilla.
"choccieman" reports: B+J's leak another new product onto the market with barely a word. Apparently there are adverts out for their new sorbets, but I haven't seen anything about this. With the tag "If it's melted it's ruined", B+J's are sending a bit of a climate message with this tub, containing vanilla ice cream, marshmallow swirls and white chocolate polar bears. It's worth noting that the vanilla doesn't appear to be fair trade (like their regular vanilla) but the dairy is 'free range' according to the tub.
The description sounds nice enough, and a bit more interesting than Vanilla Toffee Crunch, but the flavour (much like toffee crunch) is just their (admittedly very nice) vanilla ice cream with some bits in (the aforementioned chocolate bears). For some reason the marshmallow swirl seems almost completely absent, which is a shame. Definitely worth a try if you're not familiar with B+J's vanilla, but perhaps not worth it if you're expecting something like their chocolate or caramel based tubs.
...In other upmarket tubs: Carte D'Or have launched three kinds of sorbet (and a
Chocolate Inspiration); Raspberries and Meringue is the new Limited Edition from Haagen-Dazs; and Movenpick of Switzerland is coming to Tesco. And thank goodness it's just the chocolate-making rather than the human sacrifices that have helped "inspire" Walls' Magnum Mayan Mystica (2 packs for £2.80 in Somerfield, Larkhall), described by "Zeddy" as "Another of the Magnum range. This time milk chocolate covering chocolate ice cream with nutmeg, cinnamon and honey. You can taste the nutmeg and cinnamon in the ice cream. Unfortunately for me chocolate ice cream isn't my favourite so I wasn't a huge fan of these. Still it's a worthy addition to the range."
Confirmed sighting: Nestle Cheesecake Lollies
Posted: 19:44 Thu 31-Jan-2008. Price: £2.49. Location: Tesco, Inverness. Nutritional unusualness: 67% of your daily saturates per lolly.
While I'd been keeping an eye out for Thornton's individual Ice Cream luxury sticks or Cadbury's 'twist' Cones, possible first-time spotter "Elaine" reports: I am a cheesecake fiend so when I seen cheesecakes on a stick I didn't hesitate to place them in my basket. Yummy yoghurty/cream cheese white chocolate outer with ice cream that has little bits of cheesecake-style base and swirls of raspberry through. Quite nice actually! 67% Of your daily saturates in one bar though, holy cow!!!
...In other cake-related eccentricity: I've only tried the Apricot and Honey flavour, but there's a convincingly "so gritty, it must be good for you" texture to McVitie's Wholesense Wholegrain Cake (£1.49, Sainsbury, also available in Cranberry and Almond); and I'm not sure if I'd pay the recommended £4.99/ box of 12 for these "Filthy" Captivating Caramel Bites (reduced to £2 in Sainsbury, also available in Cheeky Chocolate, Seductive Strawberry, or Kinky Creme Brulee). Plus, there's something about the combination of calling yourself The Filthy Food Company and producing chocolate products that's exactly what Disney are trying to avoid with this year's Hollow Milk Chocolate "Winnie" - ie, that there wouldn't be quite the same audience for a Hollow Milk Chocolate "Pooh".