Christmas Adverts 2017 – It’s Started!

Every year, it’s fun to see the Christmas adverts rolling out. It’s big business these days, we’re long past the day of Woolies sticking their prices on a song and dance on stage…now we have elaborate animations and productions, multi-million pound adverts purely focused on brand building rather than products. Christmas adverts are becoming a…

League Tables Update

Here it is then, the most up to date league table of Mince Pies. I’m going to add a note to this over the next few days indicating what year the review is from. At the moment, only the Sainsbury’s Ice Topped are from this year. Remember, there is a link at the top of…

Supermarkets and Christmas in July

Considering the amount of money spent by the supermarkets on these press events to launch their Christmas food, there is a real lack of publicity out there. I’ve been trawling the Internet, relatively unsuccessfully it must be said, to find what all of them are planning. I’ve found a couple of bits and pieces though…

Final Christmas Advert Roundup

So…this might be a long post, full of Youtube links that’ll expire in about 2 months (or two days if we’re really unlucky). I’ve scoured Youtube (once more, doing work so you don’t have to, you are very welcome). Let’s start with John Lewis. I already said, this advert sucks and it’s really disappeared this…

Mr Kipling Winter Whirls

So, these popped up yesterday at home and I was ordered to examine them. Being nothing if not professional about these things, I agreed. The things I do for science. Let’s start by noting the packaging. I’ve not really looked at much by Mr Kipling on here but I’ve seen them lying around, unloved in…

December 1st – Now let us really get started!

One of the most exciting dates of the year today…for about an hour until you realise, it’s still a normal day at work, the weather is just dull as usual. The only thing is, it’s the first day of the year that it’s socially acceptable to have a proper chocolate sweet for breakfast. But, anyway,…

The Mince Pie – League Table Update

You can always get the Mince Pie League Table by clicking the link at the top, but here’s the latest update. We’ve now reviewed 13 different mince pies, I have a couple more to go and that will probably cover it for this year. December starts very soon and next weekend it’s time for the…

This weekend…

It’s been quiet on the blog I know last couple of days. I’m about to make up for it though. Keep an eye on the blog over the weekend, there will be reviews of M&S Star Mince Pies, Tesco Finest Mince Pies, Iceland Luxury Mince Pies, Greggs Mince Pies and…a really special treat after being unavailable…

M&S Christmas Biscuits

Can’t really review biscuits…but I figured I’d draw these out. It’s the middle of November after all and this is the inevitable lull before Black Friday and the madness of December really kicks off. So this lot then, as my daughter said, is this really Christmassy? Well, it’s a good question, but I can see…

Twisted Roses

I mentioned this briefly previously…so, in the interest of pure science and nothing else, I’ll be purchasing me a tub of Roses this weekend to examine the new packaging. In case you haven’t heard yet. Cadbury’s have switched the Roses sweets from twist wrapped to something called flow wrapped. Twist wrapping is that lovely thing…

Public Information Service: Last Posting Days

Boring post alert…I mean who sends letters now right? So, the Royal Mail website here: http://www.royalmail.com/greetings has all of the really useful dates and I’ve dropped a bunch of the dates into the calendar that’s on the right hand side of this page. Unless you’re on mobile, then I can’t help you. Anyway, some highlights: Surface Mail…