To secretly lust after the cakes in the Iceland Xmas advert?

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FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 14:24:46

Iceland gets a right slating from lots of people on MN, and I stay well clear of the place myself. However, I do find myself drooling over the cakes (especially the Baileys ones) on their Xmas ad, despite them being kind of cheap and nasty.

So, AIBU to secretly lust after Icelend cakes and maybe get a big creamy one in for Xmas? My friends would be horrified! grin

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 14:36:32

I've never been in there, or eaten any of the food, so I find myself lusting after it all blush.

Especially the little chocolate eclairs and some of the prawn-in-patry-bits.

I'd even like to have a try at their prawn ring.

But I suspect I have unsophisticated tastes.

Mandy2003 Mon 26-Nov-12 14:39:38

There's something on the front of The Sun this morning about a voucher inside for a free Iceland Strawberry E Number Custard Tart Slice or some such, if you really feel the urge grin

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 14:41:29

But don't you find that you just fancy something like that sometimes Maryz? smile

It's a bit like when you are hungover and only a sneaky Burger King can sort you out. blush

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 14:42:54

The bailys cheesecake is lovely, I think morrisons sell the same one to around christmas.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 14:43:31

Oh and I don't mind shopping in iceland, I'm not a snob about shops smile

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 14:43:48

I suspect my liking of them would be directly proportional to the amount of wine I had imbibed grin.

I'm in Ireland. I have only just realised that there is an Iceland in Dublin. I might try to find it between now and Christmas so I have a freezer full of emergency food.

I have three teenagers. They aren't fussy. e-number tart would be great for when they have bottomless pits friends to stay.

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 14:45:55

I have shopped in Iceland a few times but not for years. I want the Bailey's profiteroles cake and tbe after dinner mints and the mini beef burgers and the strawberry cakes and the Iceland party food range really blush all of it so there isn't one pack left, it's all in my multiple frezers.

ObiWan Mon 26-Nov-12 14:47:19

You are an actual grown up. You can buy as many cakes as you want, from where ever you want. It is one of the few advantages of being (quite) old.

Iceland sell Coppenrath & Wiese cakes, which are lovely.

Lose your inner snob, and embrace the cakes. It will set you free.

Their cakes are vile. They are so full of preservatives and that's what they taste like.

So to blow the illusion!

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 14:48:11

I also think wine has a lot to do with it Maryz. I get the right munchies when I've had a drink. Right now I suspect that PMT has a lot to do with my lust for Icelands cakeage though.

DP is a bit of a health fanatic, but I think he'll come round. I'm not a shop snob as such, but we don't have a local Iceland anyway.

Baileys cheese cake, that sounds scrumptious. grin

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 14:48:44

I don't suppose there is anyone on here who would admit to eating any of it recently (you could name-change first I suppose, and have a couple of glasses of wine), and tell us which bits are nice.

I suspect quite a lot of is is very edible.

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 14:49:42

Hmm imagine the cakes etc are yuck. I've turned Into Verucca Salt

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 14:49:49

I want greggs sausage rolls and pastys mmm
and then there fake bailys is pretty good and fake malibu and archers
a black forest cake thingy (can't spell the g word)
money bag party range
and buffalo chicken wings

and while we're at it I love a chicken kiev mmm

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 14:50:05

Go away Tee.

You are American, so have Americanised taste-buds. I still hanker after 1970's school food grin.

Bailey's Cheesecake sounds hopeful.

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 14:50:32

Oh, chicken wings. Yum.

MrsBucketxx Mon 26-Nov-12 14:50:57

i think they look scrummy too.

i might even be getting the baileys one mmmmm

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 14:51:52

It's spelt as you say it Brandy, gatuxx. Do they really sell Greggs in Iceland?

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 14:52:37

I'm sick of being mostly virtuous and living off vegetables and pulses. blush

Additives seem very appealing right now, especially as I'll be 'visiting the red planet' next week. I always crave deliciously unhealthy food just before my 'Mars mission'.

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 14:53:07

Now you're talking Maryz. Chocolate concrete cake, for moi taste buds.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 14:53:24

Oh thanks sole, and yes in the first freezer on the left sausage rolls, cheese and onion pastys and apple turnovers.

Pandemoniaa Mon 26-Nov-12 14:54:58

I went to a BBQ where several visually luscious Iceland cakes were served. Sadly they were indeed "all fur coat and no knickers" taste-wise.

You know, I'm a horrible food snob but I think some of it looks quite naice smile

I was telling someone at the school how I won't buy the horrible Kinnerton character advent calendars because the chocolate is grim - she said actually Kinnerton make chocolate for M&S shock

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 14:55:08

Do they taste as nice as they do from the bakery?

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 14:56:09

Yes sole they are lush! You get a hot straight out your oven greggs in your living room.

TroublesomeEx Mon 26-Nov-12 14:56:20

And female prawns have their eyes plucked off their stalks to encourage reproduction in order to produce lots of cheap prawns for cheap prawn rings and prawns in pastry.

The cakes just taste like all other cheap shop bought cakes.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 14:56:52

I love kinnerton advent calenders, I love their easter eggs to. Must have good taste if M&S use them wink

dinkybinky Mon 26-Nov-12 14:57:54

Oh gawd no, I want to vomit each time an Iceland commercial comes on the television. The food looks positively inedible. Yuck

artifarti Mon 26-Nov-12 14:57:57

My Mum loves a bit of Iceland so I have sampled a great deal. I am sad to report that the prawn ring was vile. As were the defrosted pineapple chunks with chocolate dip. Bailey's cheesecake sounds gooood though, might have to point her in its direction...

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 14:58:59

You see, when it comes to feeding my kids these days, I have gone beyond the "give them good healthy food" stage and am on to the "how the fuck am I going to fill them all up without taking out a second mortgage".

Especially when two or more of them each think it's a good idea to appear with half a dozen friends before or after a night out.

A freezer filled by Iceland might just do the job.

Though I'm not sure I could bring myself to buy bags of frozen cooked sausages. But then again, I can just eat the nice stuff myself, and feed them the shit?

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 14:59:56

Your oven is in your living room Brandy? Hehe

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 15:00:16

defrosted pineapple chunks with chocolate dip

I'm not surprised that was vile, it sounds absolutely shocking! shock

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 15:03:07

You see, when it comes to feeding my kids these days, I have gone beyond the "give them good healthy food" stage and am on to the "how the fuck am I going to fill them all up without taking out a second mortgage".

Am I right in thinking you have at least one teenage son Maryz? grin

There's a time and a place for principles, and teenage lads do eat a lot! Mine is very skinny, but you can never fill him up, literally 10 mins later he's back to the kitchen and opening the fridge and cupboards. I'm surprised that the hinges haven't worn out.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 15:05:11

No I didn't explain that properly then!grin

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 15:06:26

Hehe <mischevious>

My husband agrees with me and he's Northern Irish through and through.

On the other hand, their frozen Gregg's range is gorgeous as is their American Dinner Food. I love their stuffed potato skins.

molly199 Mon 26-Nov-12 16:13:37

I actually work for Iceland lol, less than 1/8th of the food is bad quality but a lott of it is fantastic. The party food is brilliant all good quality and available all year round. Their cakes are fine depending on the one you get but it the same with all store, at least they have a different range to choose from.

usualsuspect3 Mon 26-Nov-12 16:15:49

I'm quite open about my lust for iceland cakes.

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 16:17:56

I also like the look of the strawberry, champagne and white chocolate one. I really really want one! The nearest Iceland is such a faff to get to though, but it might be worth it for the cake.

TerrorNotSoFrightened Mon 26-Nov-12 16:23:14

Ah, but it would be defrosted by the time you got home, So you would have to eat it straight awaygrin

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 16:27:18

Damn! What a shame. grin

Currently "on the Mars mission" (love the euphemism!) and Iceland e-cake sounds divine...

My freezer is broken so I would have to eat the whole thing in one go. Oh shucks.

TiggyD Mon 26-Nov-12 17:21:30

I'm planning on getting some of their party food soon. It all looks so nice. Duck spring rolls and filo prawns on stick. Mmmmmm.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 17:27:31

I sometimes buy their party food just for a friday night beige treat so I don't have to wash up or cook. The mini pizzas are really nice, the prawn ring is fine, again the buffalo wings, the garlic mushrooms, the money bags, and the indian platter is ok.

issey6cats Mon 26-Nov-12 17:29:24

i fancy the strawberry champagne one too and baileys anything goes down well with me but no iceland in halifax so will have to see what asda has this year, you think iceland is crap you aught to see the rubbish that jack fultons sell thats the choice here and a massive bribe wouldnt get me through thier doors

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 17:32:07

Mmm, beige treat. grin

Mrsjay Mon 26-Nov-12 17:34:17

dont get the little frozen cheese cakes they taste like feet I swear they are vile, everything else knock yourself out the eclairs and little puffy savoury things i could eat all days

Mrsjay Mon 26-Nov-12 17:37:15

I feel a bit queasy reading about eyeless prawns though

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 17:40:21

Yes I did oh poor prawns when I read that but since don't I discriminate I will eat cheap or expensive prawns wink

usualsuspect3 Mon 26-Nov-12 18:03:35

Poor no eyed prawns sad

issey6cats Mon 26-Nov-12 18:05:59

the prawns dont bother me havent eaten any for years since i found out thier favourite habitat is sewage outlet pipes in the sea and they are scavengers yuk no thanks

usualsuspect3 Mon 26-Nov-12 18:06:50

I still eat them though grin

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 18:06:50

OK, makes note of cheesey feet cheese cakes. Massive strawberry and white chocolate cake it is then. smile

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 18:10:50

The chocolate coated strawberrys are disgusting, do not be tempted just because they are £1 they are rank. A spit it out your mouth rank.

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 18:13:08

OK, thanks for the top tip Brandy smile. I probably wouldn't have brought them, chocolate covered fruit still sounds a bit too healthy for my liking!

StickEmUp Mon 26-Nov-12 18:14:09

Im going to iceland for my BOXING DAY buffet. Cant wait.

KinkyDoritoWithJingleBellsOn Mon 26-Nov-12 18:14:38

The Bailey's profiterole cake is gorgeous.

ChablisLover Mon 26-Nov-12 18:17:33

Have heard the baileys cheesecake is rank. But all others are nice

Loving the greggs morrello cherry slices

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 18:20:27

Wow, all these year I've been missing out it seems. It's probably just as well that the nearest Iceland is so far away, I'd be scoffing cakes all the time by the sound of it.

GreenEggsAndNichts Mon 26-Nov-12 18:24:14

I'm not snobby about the prices of shops. I shop at Aldi and Lidl all the time.

I hate Iceland brand foods, though. The creamy cakes are generally tasteless, and the meat is just disgusting. Someone (student age!) brought pre-made frozen burgers from Iceland at a BBQ this summer. All cartilage and nasty.

DH actually noticed and laughed at the cakes in the advert last night, and he never notices anything like that. They all look like the sort of cakes you see in the windows of bad bakeries, made of wax or something.

I'm all up for hankering after things (the few things I've had from Greggs have been just fine, for example!) but Iceland just doesn't do it for me..

CheeryCherry Mon 26-Nov-12 18:24:50

issey! there's an Iceland opening up Pellon lane, this weekend I think?!

The food in the ad LOOKS amazing.
Shame that when you get it out of the packet and heat or defrost it it's often broken or flattened.

Mind you I do get my sausage rolls etc from Iceland...

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 18:29:44

Great idea StickEmUp.

I think I might have to investigate, for research purposes of course.

So far on my list is:

prawns in filo pastry [sorry prawns]
indian bits
greggs sausage rolls
potato skins
various baileys-related sweet things
e-number strawberry cake
chocolate eclairs/profiteroles

Have I missed anything out?

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 18:32:42

If you like boil in the bag fish with butter/parsley sauce maryz thats nice to.

Maryz Mon 26-Nov-12 18:40:13

Oh, ds would like that.

Another instant heat from frozen meal to fob him off with when he is eyeing up my dinner ingredients hmm

StickEmUp Mon 26-Nov-12 18:44:07

Thanks maryz grin. I thought id get whooshed off MN for suggesting it waa good enough for a secial occasion.
Ive done it for xmas family party things before.

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 18:49:57

I need to go to the town where the nearest Icelend is this week. smile

I'm going to buy some balieys cakes, hopefull the strawberry one and some other random stuff.

ObiWan Mon 26-Nov-12 18:51:34

Oh, not cakes, but I bought 'square sausage' from Iceland a while ago (after I read about it on here).

It's kind of like the flat thing you get in a McDonalds breakfast. If you use your imagination, it tastes a tiny bit like white pudding.

But I still have 80% of them left in the freezer, so not sure it's exactly a recommendation, more a 'you have to try it once' kind of thing.

toofattorun Mon 26-Nov-12 19:14:29

Whenever I hear the word "Iceland", I think of Dawn French impersonating Bjork! "I am shopping in Iceland and everything is frozen"!

ariadneoliver Mon 26-Nov-12 19:14:50

I don't get the loathing for Iceland, they have some good stuff in there. The Onken yoghurt is cheaper than elsewhere and the frozen spinach is far better than Waitrose's. All supermarkets sell a mix of good stuff and junk Iceland is no different.

ArtVandelay Mon 26-Nov-12 19:27:15

I just had to go on YouTube to see their ad. It looked a bit too good to be true but still, the cakes looked so impressive. Crap ad though, I miss Kerry looking all shiney while brandishing a prawn ring.

AlexReidsLonelyThisChristmas Mon 26-Nov-12 19:31:43

I love square sausage, instant hangover cure. I haven't seen it being sold anywhere in ages, a trip to Iceland is in order I think. smile Will look out for the Baileys profiteroles too.

piprabbit Mon 26-Nov-12 19:40:29

Those Iceland cakes are a bit pricey aren't they? wink
We catered my DDs birthday party with Sainsbury's frozen cake thingies from about £2 each.

I keep the Raspberry Brulee cheescake for myself.

Glossynotflossy Mon 26-Nov-12 20:15:44

Not sure about the cakes buy they do a nice chiken and muhroom risotto that tastes like a local restaurant's hmm

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 20:19:31

grin Glossy. You got your suspicious expression on?

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 20:30:35

When I worked in a cafe we used to serve icelands lasange up as our own, and charge £5 for it. grin I completely forgot about that.

SoleSource Mon 26-Nov-12 20:31:35


Arthurfowlersallotment Mon 26-Nov-12 20:33:01

Yuck. Just watching the advert gives me heartburn.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 26-Nov-12 20:34:18

Well it did have icelands straight cup chips on the plate to sole grin was cheaper then the wholesalers.

I've nothing against Iceland per se, it's just all the mini buffet stuff that makes me feel a bit ick. Which is strange because I am greedy.

SIL/MIL are fans though, so we will be treated to a selection over Christmas. Yes, I agree the strawberries in choc last year were pretty grim. I think I've blanked the rest out.

The lasagne bites in the current advert have DH and I shuddering. Blee.

IAmLouisWalsh Mon 26-Nov-12 20:53:21

Those little cream slices are dead nice. Honest.

FunBagFreddie Mon 26-Nov-12 20:53:34

I wouldn't buy any processed meat from Iceland, but I am eager to try the cake!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 26-Nov-12 20:54:46

I bought a Sarah lee type Black Forest gateaux yesterday. Not from Iceland but its the sort of thing they'd sell. Was £1.50 for a good size cake.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 26-Nov-12 20:55:55

Tesco used to sell baileys cheesecake and its lovely.

Snog Mon 26-Nov-12 20:59:53

Iceland is my fave Xmas advert!
I never buy though as my little freezer is already full the whole time

Mandy2003 Mon 26-Nov-12 21:08:38

That kind of Black Forest gateaux used to be a Christmas tradition for me - the day before Christmas Eve I'd buy and eat a whole one myself. Don't do it now, it's Baileys in mid-November now that puts me in the Christmas mood.

mamasmissionimpossible Mon 26-Nov-12 21:19:18

The packets of mixed frozen fish (pollock, haddock and salmon, I think?!) are good value. I make a mean fish pie with mine.

Djembe Mon 26-Nov-12 21:30:13

Love this, have just informed DH we're having Iceland tea on Friday and he looked at me like hmm

I married up.

ArtVandelay Mon 26-Nov-12 21:43:32

If I offered my DH Iceland tea he would look at me like he never realised just how in love he was with me. He loves all that battered beige salty nibble stuff. He's never seen an Iceland, he'd probably think he'd gone to heaven if he did. I think I married down smile

HELPMyPooIsStuck Mon 26-Nov-12 21:47:48

They do a marshmallow/ ice cream/ mousse thing which is bloody amazing.

zukiecat Mon 26-Nov-12 21:57:23

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