Creams chocolate strawberry cookie dough

Today marks the start of a well needed week off from work. When I last thought about, I haven’t had a week off since Christmas and…needless to say I am absolutely shattered! My partner has also managed to book this week off so we have a very busy weekend planned of movie nights, lazy days playing video games and possibly a few day trips now that we are allowed out and about a bit more now.

To start the week, we decided to test out a place that we always say we are going to try and yet have never really been there before. Creams is a dessert parlour chain, with locations all over the place. They do have a pretty extensive menu online but I have found that most of the actual venues will have slightly less than what is advertised online. Which is quite annoying because the vegan selection at my local is really not much of a selection: two cookie dough flavours and a milkshake. They do have gelato but honestly I don’t think it’s hot enough still in Britain to justify anything like that.

I decided to try the strawberry and chocolate cookie dough and LORD HAVE MERCY….

The waitress wished me good luck when she put it down in front of me. Which probably says all you need to know about this dish. That, and two words: Sugar. Shock.

This was so sickly sweet I think I will be done with sweet treats for he rest of the year. Genuinely thought I could see sound by about the third bite and I am very impressed I didn’t have a heart attack at the end of this. It was very yummy though.

The cookie dough was not what I was expecting, but then I don’t think I have had cookie dough in…well…6 years at this point. I thought it would be more like a very gooey, nearly fully baked cookie, but it was more crumbly than that. It had the grainy texture of a cookie that had been blitz into crumbs, and then loosely backed onto the bottom of the tray and then microwaved with chocolate sauce. It was boiling hot when it came out, so maybe just be aware of that as I think I burnt my mouth.

The strawberries were super sharp and were actually a really nice contrast to the hot cookie dough. I like to think that at least they counted as one of my five a day but….really I don’t think they did much to offset the copious amounts of sugar I was also ingesting.

I hate to admit it but this is not something that I could have eaten on a regular basis. This is like a once a year treat. It was a lot of sugar and while it was a pretty big size, about an hour later I was hungry again but still feeling too sickly to actually want to eat anything. So it is clearly not at all nutritionally valuable – but I don’t know why you would expect anything different.

Overall: 7/10. It was good to have a sugary binge, but I think that is me sorted for another year.

T xxx

Lovett’s apple pie

Oh dear oh dear…I knew I was finding too many good things for it to last.

In winter there is nothing more comforting and heart warming than an apple pie. Or apple crumble. Or anything apple based really. We actually got this just before Christmas but have only now had the opportunity to try it. It is a frozen dessert so lasts a really long time.

But my what a let down. It tasted….fine. It tasted like apples and a bit of pastry. That’s it. There was nothing else to it. It was very bland and just….pointless.

It also didn’t cook too well. Maybe this is just my oven but the outside crust got burnt and the inside of the pie was still raw….or maybe it just got really soggy from being frozen but either way it was mush in the middle and brunt to a crisp on the outside. And yet it still didn’t taste of anything!

Overall: 1/10. Just make your own. Any taste – even bad taste – is better than no taste.

T xxx