Hooked on M&S reduced priced food – March 2014

It’s become a tradition for me that whenever I pass by an open Marks & Spencer shop, I have to go in and look for reduced priced vegetarian products.

When a product’s best before date is approaching, M&S marks it as reduced. Generally, although a product is about to expire, you can still use it till one month after its best before date. I started taking this opportunity to try different M&S vegetarian food.

Last month I visited 4 Marks & Spencer shops; 2 in Sliema, 1 in Valletta and 1 in St Julians.

Not all shops have the same products marked reduced. For example, I found Bechamel Sauce at reduced price only at the Valletta shop. So if you have time to kill and want to grab a bargain, it would be best to visit more than one shop.

So here’s what I bought last March …

  • Sour cream and Jalapeno flavour potato snacks 150g @ €1.50
    Ingredients: Dried potatoes, potato starch, sunflower oil, sour cream and jalapeno flavour seasoning (dried whey, salt, dried milk, dextrose, sugar, dried onions, paprika, dried soured cream, dried yeast extract, dried yeast, dried garlic, flavourings, citric acid, anti-caking agent: E551, dried chillies, dried parsley, colour: paprika extract, jalapeno pepper extract, acidity regulator: calcium lactate), maltodextrin, emulsifier: soya lecithin, E471, sugar, antioxidant: E304, stabiliser: E450.
  • Sugar free lemonade 500ml @ €0.60 instead of  €1.00
    Ingredients: Carbonated water, lemon fruit from concentrate (2%), lemon juice from concentrate (1%), citric acid, lemon flavouring, preservative: E202, E211, sweetener: sucralose, stabiliser: gum arabic, vegetable oil.
  • Lemon and green tea water 750ml @ €1.70
    Ingredients: Spring water, fruit extract, lemon juice from concentrate (2%), flavouring (tea, lemon), acidity regulator: citric acid, green tea extract, antioxidant: ascorbic acid.
  • Sugar free ginger beer 500ml @ €0.75 instead of  €1.25
    Ingredients: Carbonated water, ginger flavoring (contains ginger root extract), citric acid, acidity regulator: E331, sweetener: sucralose, stabiliser: gum arabic, preservative: E202, coconut oil.
  • Bechamel sauce 420g @ €1.80 instead of €2.95
    Ingredients: Whole milk (41%), water, double cream (8%), wheatflour, butter (4%), cornflour, salt, ground white pepper, ground nutmeg.
  • Apple juice / Orange juice / Tropical juice 330ml @ €0.60 each instead of €1.00
    Ingredients: Juice from concentrate (100%).
  • Belgian milk chocolate coated butter toffee popcorn 95ml @ €0.90 instead of €1.50
    Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, dried whole milk, cocoa mass, glucose syrup, maize, dried skimmed milk, butter, soya oil, emulsifier: soya lecithin, vanilla flavouring, tapioca starch, salt, single cream, molasses, partially inverted sugar syrup, glazing agent: gum arabic, palm oil. Milk chocolate contains cocoa solids 30% minimum, milk solids 19% minimum.
  • Popcorn chocolate honeycomb crunch 145g @ €1.80 instead of €2.95
  • Caramel and pretzel chocolate clusters 125g @ €1.80
    Ingredients: Sugar, dried whole milk, cocoa butter, wheatflour, cocoa mass, glucose syrup, vegetable oils (rapeseed oil, palm oil, shea oil), skimmed milk, sea salt, dextrose, emulsidier: soya lechitin, E472, sunflower lecithin, flavourings, cornflour, humectant: glycerol, salt, dried yeast. Milk chocolate contains cocoa solids 30% minimum, milk solids 20% minimum.
  • Belgian milk chocolate coated californian raisins 125g @ €1.10 instead of €1.75
    Ingredients:  Raisings (47%), sugar, cocoa butter, dried whole milk, cocoa mass, dried skimmed milk, emulsifier: soya lecithin, tapioca starch, vanilla flavouring, glazing agent: gum arabic, shellac, glucose syrup, palm oil. Milk chocolate contains cocoa solids 30% minimum, milk solids 19% minimum.
Although some of them sound strange, for instance the pretzel chocolate clusters, I haven’t been disappointed with any of the above products. I will be buying from Marks & Spencer not only whenever they have reduced priced products but even when I get fed up from scanning every product at my supermarket to make sure the products I am buying are suitable for vegetarians.


DISCLAIMER: The products mentioned in this post were bought by me. I wasn’t paid, forced or asked by anyone to do this post.


(a.k.a. Fiona Vella) Malta-born blogger. I have been blogging during these last 6 years on my cruelty-free lifestyle including recipes, beauty and makeup products that I discover, receive, buy and try.