#8 The Nottingham Doughnut Co. review

Finally got to try these famous doughnuts on a Wednesday afternoon, after being greeted by a “SOLD OUT” sign the last three times I visited.

I really wanted to try the lemon curd ones, but when I visited they weren’t available. So I opted for the Red Velvet and took home the Chocolate for the next morning’s breakfast.

The Nottingham Doughnut Co. isn’t exactly cheap –  3 regular doughnuts for £5 (1 for £2). But they’re a lot larger than your average supermarket/Goose Fair doughnut. And obviously more decadent-looking.

Of the two, I preferred the Red Velvet. The topping was generous; the icing was sweet but not sickeningly so, and had a distinct cream cheese taste coming through. The Chocolate, on the other hand, tasted pretty much like a normal chocolate doughnut, but perhaps the quality deteriorated from being microwaved.

The doughnut bread base (it’s not a cake doughnut) was quite oily and a bit too chewy for my liking, but I personally enjoy soft fluffy doughnuts to bready ones. I have yet to find a doughnut that matches up to the texture of those cheap sugar doughnuts sold at fairs.

Price: £5 for three
Rating: 6.5/10
Would I buy again? Yes, as an occasional treat.

#7 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Reduced Sugar review + comparison

Photo Mar 10, 1 40 22 PM

I purchased this for the two usual reasons: 1. it was on sale, and 2. I like trying new things.

I have tried Blue Diamond’s sweetened and unsweetened almond milks before, and found them quite standard, although I prefer Alpro’s because theirs are slightly more flavourful, and more importantly, often on sale.

Blue Diamond’s “Reduced Sugar” Almond Milk seems to be a new variety in the UK, and was being sold at an introductory price of £1 at Sainsbury’s, so I gave it a try.

Well, it tastes like unsweetened almond milk to me. I can’t detect any sweetness at all. The almond milk tastes fine, yes, but I don’t really understand the point of introducing a reduced sugar version if it doesn’t taste noticeably different from the unsweetened version. If I were cutting sugar/calories I would just buy the unsweetened version and if I wanted a sweet drink I’d buy the sweetened version. Unless, of course, only the reduced sugar version was on sale.

Price: £1 at Sainsburys
Calories: 15 kcal/100 ml
Rating: 6/10
Would I buy again? Not with specific intent, but yes if it’s the only almond milk on sale.

 

 

#6 Inferno Pizza Nottingham review

Dubbed by people as “Subway for pizza”, I did not have high expectations for the newest pizza place in Nottingham, Inferno Pizza. But after trying it last week I was converted!

The only Subway-like aspect of Inferno is the way you order: if you opt for the pick your own pizza (£7.95) you get to pick sauce(s), cheese(s), toppings, and veggies – and what’s great is that you’re allowed to add as many choices as you want at no extra cost! Which is exactly what we did with the toppings and veggies… except a few odd ones like anchovies and tuna and a few others.

After paying we took a seat closer to the front door, and our pizza was ready in about ten minutes. I didn’t mind the wait, but I thought the system could be improved upon. One of us had to keep going to the counter to check if our pizza was ready because the place is quite large and it was difficult to hear whose name they were calling out. Perhaps they could utilise a speaker system or a digital number board.

The pizza looked fresh and delicious (as you can see), and it tasted just as good. The base was amazingly thin and crispy, even better than Domino’s thin n’ crispy crust (the former love of my life). The amount of toppings was appropriate – not overflowing but not miserly either. The BBQ sauce and the chicken were especially nice, but the zucchini was too oily and the sliced meats too salty. The pizza overall was quite oily, probably because we added two cheeses and nearly all the toppings?

If I recall correctly, each pizza is 11 inches, which is a decent amount for two hungry people to share, or up to four not very hungry people. However I wouldn’t recommend taking it away as the crust gets soggy quite quickly. Regardless, I foresee myself returning to Inferno, but I’d probably be more selective (and less greedy) with my toppings.

Price: £7.95 for a ‘create your own’ 11 inch pizza
Rating: 8/10
Would I visit again? Yes!

#5: Warburtons Weightwatchers Soft White Danish review

At only 50 calories per slice this is possibly the lowest calorie loaf of bread you could find in any UK supermarket. Their malted version is 51 while Hovis Nimble and Warburtons Medium Wholemeal are 52 and 55 calories, respectively.

I’m actually not a fan of white bread as I find it too artificial-tasting, but thought it’d be a nice change from wholemeal. This loaf is soft and slightly sweet, a bit thin but manages to hold up to heavier toppings such as crunchy peanut butter (evidenced in my review of Hi-Pro Crunchy Peanut Butter). It toasts really well, becoming light and crispy without too much browning.

While I’m on this subject of bread I might as well do a quick comparison between the aforementioned low-calorie loaves. Ranked in order of my preference:

  1. Warburtons Medium Wholemeal (55 kcal/slice): My favourite. I always come back to this. It’s substantial and never ‘hole-y’ and stays fresh for the longest time.
  2. Weightwatchers Malted Danish (51 kcal/slice): A good, standard loaf. Thinner than Warburton’s though but it has fewer calories.
  3. Weightwatchers Soft White Danish (50 kcal/slice): Similar to their Malted Danish loaf, except white. The only reason it’s in third place is because I like brown bread more.
  4. Hovis Nimble (52 kcal/slice): Last place by far… Extremely thin with an unacceptable number of holes, burnt far too easily, and worst of all, got mouldy a mere 2 days after the best before date. I was actually quite shocked because I have never had a loaf go mouldy on me in my entire life.
Note: The Weightwatcher’s bread is actually also baked by Warburtons. Impressive.
Calories (per slice): 50 kcal
Price: 80p at Sainsburys
Rating: 7/10
Would I buy again: Maybe once in a rare while when I am sick of brown bread.

 

#4: Poundland Printed Glass Jar Candle review – Cotton Fresh

I just felt like this product deserved a review on my blog. This ‘cotton fresh’ scented candle from Poundland smells amazing. It’s sweet but not sickly, and it’s strong enough to make a room smell good the moment you open the door. I kept catching whiffs of it throughout the day and trying to remember what soap product I had used that smelled so nice when I realised it was this little candle! Really pleased with this purchase.

Price: £1
Rating: 9/10
Would I buy again? Yes!

#3: Cameo apples review

Yes, I am reviewing an apple. But this is not just any apple, it’s a Cameo apple. Cameo apples are a very new apple variety originating in Washington. I had never heard of them or even seen them until last week at Sainsburys. I love new things so I thought, well why not?

Appearance-wise, these apples have funny colouring. I would even say it’s unappealing because they just look so… diluted. I also noticed they have an unusually long stem compared to other apples, and they’re pretty small in size, comparable to pink lady apples.

Cutting them open you’ll see they look just like any other apples. However I found them too crunchy for my liking and the taste was too bland. Slightly more sour than sweet, but not remarkably so in either aspect. New things are fun, but I’ll be sticking to golden delicious or pink lady apples next time.

Calories (per apple): 80? (According to the internet)
Rating: 6/10
Price: £1 for 5 apples
Would I buy again? No.

#2: Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream review

It’s finally here in the UK! I’ve been trying to avoid dairy but how could I resist a tub of Ben & Jerry’s, in Cinnamon Buns flavour (I love cinnamon rolls to death), and for only £1.94?! I only ever bought Ben & Jerry’s on sale, and usually at £2.25 instead of the regular £4.99, so this was really quite a steal.
The ice cream is described as “caramel ice cream with a cinnamon swirl and chunks of cinnamon bun dough”. I was a bit worried about the ice cream itself because I don’t like caramel, but luckily (for me) it tasted overwhelmingly of cinnamon – just like a cinnamon bun – which is amazing. My only complaint is that it’s too sweet, but that holds true for all Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

 

There wasn’t a lot of cinnamon swirl in my tub, but what I tasted of it was great. Again, very cinnamonn-y and sweet. The cinnamon dough balls however, I didn’t really enjoy. They were too solid for my liking and too sweet, basically frozen sugary pieces with some cinnamon flavour.
Overall, it didn’t disappoint, and I don’t regret braving my dairy allergy to try it once. I wish it was a little less sweet, but I can’t complain about the flavour because it’s as cinnamon-y as I could possibly want.

Calories (per 2 scoops/100ml): 247 kcal
Rating: 8/10
Price: £1.94 at Sainsburys
Would I buy again? No, but I don’t regret trying it.