Food: Vegesentials Beetroot, Pomegranate and Carrot Juice

I made the mistake of reading an article on the dangers of free sugar when I was in the mood for a smoothie – the article highlighted smoothies as a source of hidden free sugars as they took the fibre out of the fruit and released the sugar.

This meant that when I went to the shops I was confronted with the usual drinks I have as a treat and they looked extra sinister, so I was guilt tripped into getting a Vegesentials Beetroot, Pomegranage and carrot juice smoothie.

Vegesentials Beetroot, Pomegranate and Carrot Juice

It is made up of 28% Carrot, 20% Beetroot, Banana, Pear, Apple, Parsnip, Watermelon, 2% Pomegranate and Spinach – it also tastes GROSS.

Despite the 2 mile walk for this smoothie I couldn’t take more than 4 sips and ended up spilling down myself as the taste was so ick that I choked on it.

To hell with the free sugars I’m going to stick to nice smoothies from this point onwards!

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Food: Tropicana Essentials

Tropicana Essentials mixes fruit and veg into a juice that is claims it healthy. In this case I tried the pineapple, orange and carrot juice.

I can’t be bothered to look at the nutritional stats of this product as it tastes grim.

tropicana carrot juice

Thankfully my husband is less fussy so finished the disgusting stuff.

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Food: Soupologie Beetroot and Pomegranate

I have to confess something, I was too chicken to try the Soupologie Beetroot and Pomegranate soup.

It sat in the fridge looking at me until past the Use By Date and I then disposed of it.

I am not proud of this and eel a bit guilty – but it sounds a freaky combination of flavours and I am not sure if I even like soup as I’ve never tried it

soupologie

I don’t know why I’ve never eaten soup, I don’t recall a particular childhood trauma, it just doesn’t appeal and looks gloopy.

One day I will be brave enough to try soup, but definitely a safer sounding flavour than this!

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Food: Dirt & Worms fairy cakes taught me something about cherries…

When I was in America as a child I was introduced to the concept of ‘Dirt and Worms’.

Basically it is a very unhealthy but fun pudding which looks like this:

dirt and worms

(Photo from Kraft)

There are various recipes to make Dirt & Worms but it generally goes along the lines of:

  • instant pudding
  • cookies
  • some sort of whipped topping
  • jelly worms

 I’ve been roped into helping with a bake sale and wanted to make a fairy cake version of  these, for which I wanted to use a glace cherry to give the impression of innards… yes that is somewhat gross but I didn’t volunteer to bake so they are getting what I want to make!

It turns out that not all glace cherries are created equal, for example Sainsburys £1.40 for 200gr glace cherries ingredients look like:

Cherries (56%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Fruit And Vegetable Concentrates: Sweet Potato, Apple, Cherry, Radish; Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid; Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide

These taste very different to the Waitrose Cooks Ingredients £2.09 for 200gr glace cherries which contain less freaky sounding flavourings:

Cherries (54%), glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, CONCENTRATED FRUIT JUICE (2%) (cherry juice, aronia berry juice, elderberry juice), preservative sulphur dioxide

dirt and worm cakes

(Photo from Kraft)

As the taste is very noticeably improved with the Waitrose cherries I suppose I better splash out on those as I want to gross people out rather than leave them with a bad taste in their mouths!

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Food: Robinsons apple and blackcurrant jelly pot

The Robinsons No Added Sugar Apple & Blackcurrant Jelly Pot has no added sugar and is suitable for vegetarians but it isn’t really jelly, it is more akin to slightly solid water in a pot which tastes a bit weird but nothing like apple or blackcurrant.

robinsons apple and blackcurrant jelly

Looking at the ingredients it quickly becomes clear why apple and blackcurrant don’t feature in the taste:

Water , Maltodextrin , Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Agar) , Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Trisodium Citrate) , Purple Carrot Juice Concentrate , Flavourings , Sweetener (Sucralose) .

Goodness only knows why Robinsons’ didn’t just call this Purple Carrot jelly, they’d probably get as many people buying it the once and only once!

Boycotting Robinsons seems an appropriate response to this lying jelly.

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Food: Quorn Pork Pie

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I need to kick my habit of trying freaky weird food just because it is on offer/reduced/similarly priced so it feels like a bargain.

Today’s mistake was Quorn Pork Pies.

Quorn pork pie

I knew it was going to be a bad idea the second I saw them but they were discounted and it sounded funny that they were branded a pork pies as surely “pork style pie” is more honest?!

It was like biting into a compressed ball of sawdust. It was dry, it was tasteless and I honestly couldn’t tell which bit was meant to be pastry as oppose to filling.

The thing is I do eat Quorn Southern Fried Chicken Bites quite happily and actually much prefer them to similar meat items – they are really handy for bad days when I just want something to slam in the oven!

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Food: Cadbury Salted Peanut Biscuit Fingers

I like reduced price stickers, I really like reduced price stickers on weird sounding food combinations – such as Cadbury Salted Peanut Biscuit Fingers.

Salt and chocolate does seem to be very hip still – generally in the form of salted caramel, so salted peanut sounded weird.

On closer reading it is “Peanut flavoured biscuits with a salty crunch, enrobed in velvety smooth Cadbury milk chocolate.”

cadbury fingers salted peanut crunch

On even closer reading it says “may contain nuts” – may? I should hope that is does in some way contain nuts!

Anyhow, whether or not they contain nuts didn’t really impact the flavour as they tasted very mildly of nuts, a bit of salt and a lot of grit.

They were very very gritty, it wasn’t necessarily a bad taste or texture but it meant I could cheerfully eat one at a time and made 9 fingers (half the packet and technically just over two portions) spread out to last through an entire working day.

I will stick to Reeses feanut butter cups for the taste and try harder at rationing them!

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