Valentine’s Day is approaching (next Monday I believe???)
We’re not really a Valentine’s Day family, nor even a Valentine’sy day couple pre kids. Yadda yadda commercialism etc – none of that, just something we didn’t do. I think, personally, the best Valentine’s Day I ever had was after getting out of a long term, seriously not good relationship, and only very newly into a fabulous one (one which is still going, mind) and spending the evening with my new-beloved working (because he is a chef and ran a wedding reception venue and – surprise surprise – there was a wedding booked) and me comforting a friend after a terrible breakup.
It was THE BEST!
Now, what with kids and stuff and things going on, getting that night out is not as easy as desired. Even if you do manage to organise a good night out for dinner of Valentine’s day with the love of your life (and no, I’m not referring to any of the kids here, even the favourite/newborn) everywhere is booked out, babysitters are hard to come by and restaurants are crowded.
The upshot of that is, whilst you’re lying with your head on the table, because you’re so tired, you can look over at the newly weds at the next table, and slur to your hubby, because you’ve had half a glass of red, “Thish’ll be you shoon!” and snigger. A lot.
I’m digressing. Or, perhaps, off on a little fantasy about what going to a nice restaurant, kid free, might be like. We do do nice restaurants. Just we usually have kids in tow. Or hubby is in the kitchen and I’m at a table by myself.
I’m babbling again, aren’t I?
Anyhoo, Coles have recently, like as of earlier this week, released a range of Valentine’s Day treats. They are all pink and girly with little hearts on them and include things like:
- Coles Valentine Cupcakes (2 pack) – RRP $3
- Coles Bakery Valentine Donuts (6 pack) – RRP $2
- Coles Bakery Valentine Hearts – RRP $3
- Coles Bakery Valentine Sponge (sadly, not a 6 pack) – RRP $5
This is what arrived at my door:
Which meant, of course, that I had to eat them. All.
Whilst I am not, personally, a fan of girly pink stuff, and have a house full of boys, one of whom is highly allergic to pink, one who doesn’t care and one who yells “CAKE CAKE” at anything remotely cake-like, this was very easily overlooked during the consumption process.
I am also not a fan of donuts. They are not my preferred choice of cake-like substance. These. Donuts. Were. YUM! And I’m not just saying that. Yes, I would overlook them should I be presented with a selection of treats – becuase they are donuts and I’m not partial to them. Having consumed one for the purpose of this review, as far as donuts go, these were most definitely up there with the better tasting ones.
(Also, just to prove it, we are a family of 5 and there were 6 donuts in the box. Thus – if you is good at maths like me, you will deduct that there was 1 remaining. Usually, that donut would remain until a boy child (inlcuding husband) returned home and discovered it (usually husband). It didn’t last that long because I ate it!
(Yes, I’m one of those freaky people that can eat half a block of chocolate and leave the rest for months and months. I still have chocolate from last Easter in the cupboard)
Now, the cupcakes …. they are a vanilla cupcake with a strawberry frosting. They are also very delicious. I am an avoider, personally, of non-home-made cupcakes. I avoid pre-mixes and cake mixes like the plague. I would rather eat a bag of chips than a cake made from a packet.
I eat my words after eating one of these. I was really surprised at their taste. I didn’t detect any processedy manufacturey taste (which is what puts me off bought cakes and pre-mixes. Not judging – its just a personal thing for me). They were very nice. I do like vanilla. And strawberry. Which probably helped a lot, but really, they were moist, fluffy and really lovely tasting.
The unanimous consensus – because we shared the two cupcakes we had – was that there was far too much frosting, albeit nice frosting, on the cupcakes. You could probably pass one around for your kids to lick the frosting off, and have enough frosting for all the kids.
Also, the toddlers bit had spaghetti bolognaise on it. But I don’t think that had so much to do with Coles as it does with the way he eats.
Both the cupcakes and the donuts presented quite nicely too.
So, all you lovely men out there whom have forgotten it is Valentine’s Day on Monday … it is Valentine’s Day on Monday! … nick down to Coles and grab your lovely beloved some scrumptious, girly pink, delicious fare. Also, they are ridiculously cheap, so you can purchase that diamond she’s been wanting for aaaages as well, and maybe hide it in the donut hole or cupcake frosting? Just a suggestions. Not a new ironing board though. It won’t hide well in a sponge cake. It may very well find its way into your head, however.
Ladies – we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach (just not with the good carving knife, ok?), so you can serve these up on a platter and tell him you whipped them up just for him.
And if you’re not Valentine’sy Day people like us, these would make a bloody brilliant addition to a chocolate scoffing, wine quaffing night with your girly friends and a chick flick. Perfect!