Charbonnel et Walker 

Published June 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

What a lovely way to round off a week of posts. Charbonnel et Walker remains one of the oldest and finest chocolatiers of the UK. It’s hard to believe that their first shop opened way back in 1875 in London Bond Street. As for the name; it’s the surnames of the ladies behind the brand – Mrs Walker and MMe Charbonnel. 

I did visit the London store many many years ago. It is one of those very upmarket shops, the type where your wary of knocking anything over but a lovely luxury shop and certainly worth a visit if down that way. Charbonnel is a luxury brand and therefore as you can imagine; the chocolates come at a luxury price. These are not your everyday or weekly supermarket munchies but rather luxury gifts for very special occasions.

They sell just about every type of chocolate gift, be it boxes of truffles, hampers, chocolate selection boxes, even a chocolate shoe and a champagne set. I think the least expensive item is one of their 80g chocolate bars which cost £5.00 each one, so you get an idea of just how luxury this chocolate is. 

Like many other chocolatiers they have chocolates for everyone and for every occasion and even have themed chocolates for children. We have a few of their children’s chocolate products here.


Charbonnel’s children’s gifts include themes of Peter Rabbit and Alice through the looking glass. With a company like this; it is not just about the chocolate inside (which of course is exceptionally good) but the packaging too.  No one wants to pay extra for chocolate that comes in plain or not so nice wrappers as it’s just not as appealing. 


These are two of the Peter Rabbit products. The blue packet on the left is an 80g chocolate bar which costs £5.00. I would not normally pay this much for a bar of this size, but again this is a luxury brand. The Peter Rabbit box is part of a gift set costing £29.00. The set includes a Peter Rabbit book and a mixed box of chocolates. 


The box is fully reusable, made of tough board and could be used for small toys, trinkets, bobbles etc. I think if I was to pay £29 then I’d certainly want to keep the box too. The chocolate box can also be purchased alone, without the book for £25.00, but in my opinion you may as well pay the extra £4.00 and then at least there is something to show once the chocolates are gone.


These slim/mini  bars come as both the character theme packs. A seven bar pack is £6.95. If you’re wondering what an Un-birthday is; as it says on the larger pack then here is a short explanation which I spotted on one of the bars.


The chocolate inside is very good quality, a lovely creamy chocolate taste which sort of just melts in the mouth and we have too much of it! Yes I know, it is meant for my children but I’m a big kid at heart and this luxury stuff is just too good.

Here’s their website if you want some too, and you don’t like anywhere near London – Charbonnel et Walker.

And now I’ll get back to eating it all! 

Oh and of course my kids too! (Honest)

Inspirations box subscription 

Published June 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My first subscription box of the week is Inspirations club.

These boxes contain a curated package of ribbons, fabric, materials, buttons and other craft type materials. 


Now I am usual hopeless when it comes to making anything and especially so when it comes to sewing, but this package seems to make it much easier for people like myself. 

As well as all the craft materials, several project ideas will be included each month. My box gave easy guides to making a cactus keyring, fabric pencil case and a cactus pin cushion. The boxes come with different themes each month, hence the many cactus ideas in this box. Of course if your good and better than me at crafting you could just make whatever you wish with all these items.


The fabrics in my box were the first thing to catch my eye as there are a fair few of them. The blue fabric underneath shows how big the fabrics arrive and they all feel very good quality. 

Inspirations club offer a number of monthly subscription packages beginning with their basic package which starts at just £10 per month. The higher priced subscriptions contain larger sheets of fabric and are more suited to those who regularly make things or run a small business. 

It has been a good experience trying this box as it certainly differs from the rest. 

Degustabox June reveal 

Published June 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A few days ago my monthly Degustabox arrived with a Summer bbq theme. 

This time I thought it would be a nice change to do something different with the box, so I decided to make an unboxing video showing all the contents. 

All the products are shown in the video. I am including a few pictures too for those who can’t be bothered watching the whole video.

Snacks 

Brands are – Haribo, Walkers shortbread, &a Light Bites


Drinks

Brands – Eisberg, berrywhite, Westons cider & ENRJ drinks.


Cupboard items

Brands – Spoon Granola, Capsicana, Schwartz & Original O’s


Degustabox normally costs £12.99 per month with box contents adding up to much more than what you pay. If you use my DISCOUNT CODE” 0MES2 then this gives a massive £7.00 off a box.
Find Degustabox at http://www.Degustabox.com and on social networks:

Instagram: @Degustabox_uk                   Twitter: @DegustaboxUK                 Facebook: @DegustaboxUK

Summer dresses at “Their Nibs” plus pyjama giveaway 

Published June 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Every little girl loves a pretty summer dress and Izebella has a brand new one from Their Nibs.


This dress is part of the French vintage collection. The French vintage print which runs all the way around this dress is inspired by vintage handkerchiefs and painted using soft pink hues. The dress itself seems to take inspirations from the 1950s/60s eras. It has one of those lovely twirly skirts, the type that flare up as the wearer spins around. 


It is a lovely light weight material and just perfect for the hot Summer days that we have been having recently. It’s also very pretty and could make a good party dress too. 


Izebella is wearing a pair of white sandals which match the dress perfectly, add a small kids clutch type bag or purse and she would be ready for the ball. 


I guess the park will have to just do for now! 

This dress costs about £30 and there are a few similar ones over at Their Nibs. The size I requested for Izebella was 5-6 years. She’s only 4 but quite tall and as you can see on the pictures, it fits her perfectly. I think it’s always best going one size up.
GIVEAWAY

Their Nibs also sell kids pyjamas amongst many other things and are. They have styles for both girls and boys ages 2-8 years. These cost £20 per pair.

Their Nibs are giving away 2 pairs of their pyjamas. One from the girls section and one for the boys. It is therefore important to state on the entry option which is your preference.

The giveaway will close on July 12th 2017 and open to UK citizens only. 

ENTER HERE!!!

Utensa GlideX professional bakeware 

Published June 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just recently I have been doing far more baking and cooking than usual and a lot of that is down to new products I have been trying out with my children. These products don’t just extend to the food on our plates but also what the food is cooked in.

There are so many bakeware/oven tray products on the market and they all seem to have one thing in common. That one thing is that the majority of them claim to be non-stick. Non stick meaning (to most people) that cooked food will easily come away from the tray with no bits stuck or left behind and will also easily come clean isinh soap and water. Sadly this is very rarely the case. The majority of cheap bakeware products can even ruin food and especially so cakes. A cake that is stuck to its oven tin is more or less ruined and will just fall apart.

“A non-stick surface is a surface engineered to reduce the ability of other materials to stick to it.”

GlideX  bakeware is very different to other bakeware products. Most branded bakeware has its non-stick coating sprayed on. This sprayed-on coating easily flakes off and is prone to scratching. This flaking and scratching causes the non-stick layer to break down. This is why a lot of non-stick bakeware quickly becomes sticky or even – sticky from day one.

GlideX uses a roller method which rolls the non-stick coatings over the metal to ensure uniform thickness across the entire product so you don’t get any breaking or weak spots in the coating.

Time to put this theory to the test!!!


Utensa are one of the UK suppliers of the GlideX products. They sell their bakeware via Amazon which includes roasting/baking oven trays and various cake tins.


First up was the medium roasting tin which is on sale on Amazon for £8.99.

My first thoughts were that the inside of the tin did feel much smoother and a little different to the usual cheap tins I have bought. 

I do love my roast dinners so this was a perfect opportunity to make one. 

In went the chicken, followed by the yorkshires. This is a medium size tin, the chicken was on the large side but there was room for a few roast potatoes too, I just forgot to buy them.

The chicken was cooked for the same time and exactly how it is in any other dish or tray I use. Usually the legs, wings or underside will stick slightly meaning some of the chicken pulls away and remains stuck with the grease and bits. This time that did not happen. The chicken lifted clean out. The grease was pretty minimal and nothing remained in the tin once emptied of food. After sink washing it came up looking brand new, no stains, marks or leftover bits stuck on. 
The two cake tins I tried also gave the same good surprising results.


These come as a twin pack to enable bakers to create a double layered cake. As well as being made with the new GlideX coating, they also feature a loose bottom base. This means the bottom of the tin can be removed making cake removal a little easier.

So cake ready to go in!

Cake baked!


And one cake perfectly removed!


I did not use any sort of greasproof/baking paper or spray whilst baking this. It was easy to release the cake tin bottom once cooled a little and nothing stuck to the tin at all. 

This twin pack of cake tins costs just £14.99. They also sell the tins as fixed base too. 

So yes therefore these product do what they say on their tins! No sticking and wash up totally clean and mess free. It’s time to ditch my old horrible bakeware which no doubt has unremoveable burnt on bits and replace it all with the good non stick GlideX. Trust me, if this was not non stick then I would not be posting about it. 

Robinsons Refresh’d

Published June 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

How hot is this sun at the moment? I can’t recall any Summer hotter than this one for a very long time. I do love the sun and hot days when my children can sit outside and play. Of course it is vital that my children get enough fluids, otherwise dehydration and headaches can quickly set in. 

Robinsons have recently bought out some on the go type drinks called Refresh’d. These come in 3 fruity flavours and contain real fruit mixed with spring water.

The 3 flavours – Apple & Kiwi, Apple & Raspberry and Orange & Lime are all made with 100% natural ingredients and have no added sugar, no flavourings, sweeteners, preservative or added colouring. 


These drinks have been produced to help the nation reduce their sugar intake as well as staying refreshed. They could not have come at a more perfect time with this baking hot weather. Each bottle is 500ml of refreshing juice, all of the flavours have their own natural sweetness and fruity flavours. Both myself and my children found them really hydrating. 

The new drinks should be on supermarket shelves by now as well as a few other shops and priced at around £1.29 per bottle. I would certainly choose to buy a bottle on a hot day like this when out and about. 

The snack organisation presents…….

Published June 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Their freeze dried fruit snacks & flavoured rice crackers! 

The snack organisation are a new brand in the UK and have a healthy selection of snacks including crackers and freeze dried fruit packets. 

I have been very lucky, sampling both the fruit and the crackers recently. 


The fruit packets contain 18g of real fruit. The fruit goes through a special process of freeze drying I’ve no idea what exactly happens during this process but they taste amazingly good. 

I’ve tried a few dry fruit snacks in my time. I found some of them damn right disgusting , some taste just like they say – “dried fruit” as in fruit that’s been left to dry out in the sun. Yuk! Needless to say these previous snacks were not worthy of a blog mention, but the Snack organisation  variety are. 


There are a few fruit varieties. I have the pineapple packer on display here with a few strawberry pieces at the side. It’s hard to pick a firm favourite but the mixture of banana with strawberry gives a nice mixed treat.


As far as this type of product goes (dried fruit snacks) these rank amongst my top picks. They seem to not just retain, but increase in sweetness compared to the original fruit itself.

These snacks, whilst full of nothing but 100% fruit; do give a whole different taste experience to eating actual fruit. So for fussy children these may come in very useful. Whilst they don’t taste like sweets, they do taste like a sweet fruity snack (if that makes sense. And young children especially may not even realise that actual fruit and nothing else is in the packs. 

And then, there was all these! 


These crackers come baked instead of fried which instantly makes them more healthier than any fried product. The packs are 100g and they come with many flavours to choose from, my personal favourite being sweet chilli. 

You will probably notice that some packets of crackers have different packaging. This is because there are 2 versions of the rice crackers. The oriental type in the black packets and the Ancient grains in the other packets. The main difference between these two is that the Ancient grain varieties are made with brown rice & quinoa and a few other different ingredients to the other packets. 


These rice crackers make a good tasty light snack and can be included in a packed lunch. They are fine to eat alone or use with some sort of sauce or healthy topping.

Again good for both adults and kids alike. My children really like these crackers. The shape and size of each one is perfect for small hands and the variety of flavours, including lightly salted means there is one to suit most tastebuds.

Both the crackers and dried fruit products can be purchased via The Snack organisation website but only as multiple packs, not individual. Individual packs can be purchased from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other good shops and supermarkets.

Choc nibbles & win some! 

Published June 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m sure most of us parents who grew up in the 1980s/90s will remember these! 


The memories of coming out of school and straight into the local shop to buy a quarter of choc nibbles  for 30p with left over dinner money or (if we were lucky!) pocket money.

I loved and still love choc nibbles. If you don’t remember them, then maybe you just didn’t get out much. The best way to describe them is like a mixture of soft caramel, mixes with choc lick (another old favourite) and maybe a bit of ground biscuit and something else, then coated with chocolate and made into little sticks which taste delicious. 

It’s a shame how most corner shops have changed over the years, I loved looking at all the plastic sweet jars behind shop counters frantically browsing for the choc nibs.

 Although the shops may have changed and the majority of the cheap sweets in big jar memories are long gone, I am happy to say that Choc Nibbles are still around and here to stay.


You see I have discovered a place on the internet that loves those old fashioned chocolate sweets just as much as I do, it’s even called Choc nibbles. Their tasty treats aren’t available via the website but their are several stockists around the UK, including one just a few minutes away from me. 

The choc nibs can be purchased as jars or in bags or from sweet shops by measure. 

I never understood what exactly a quarter was, which we all would ask for as kids. A quarter of what exactly? Who knows but it was always a pretty big paper bag full. 

The bags contain 250g of sweets, yes even the measurements have changed over the years. 

These taste just like I remember. It is possibly the only thing that hasn’t changed about the nibbles over the years. 

They also make a slightly different variety too. 


These are similar in taste but appear to have been a little jazzed up with an extra shiny chocolate coating giving them a smoother and brighter appearance. Thus less cocoa powder on the hands like the original version. 

They do a few other versions of chocolate nibbles too such as toffee crumble nibbles and a Jammie version too. Also original choc lick, remember the chocolate dust stuff in white paper bags, that we dipped wet fingers in and licked off? Then by the time half had gone the bag got soggy and we ended up with chocolate dust all over our white tops! Oops!!


It’s like being a kid again with all these sweets! 

Giveaway 

I have two bags of choc nibbles to give away. If you want to win them then just click the link! 

ENTER HERE!
The giveaway is for two bags of choc nibbles and will close on July 3rd 2017.


It’s all about the bacon! Cure & Simple subscription 🥓🥓🥓

Published June 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

All bacon lovers will love this subscription from Cure & Simple because a bacon experience is what’s on offer. With this subscription you even get the choice of weekly or fortnightly deliveries rather than just one monthly one. Their bacon even comes with a choice of nine different varieties which can be changed whenever you fancy something different or just choose a mixture with each order.


I have three varieties of bacon here. The packs are vacuum sealed and so easily fit through letterboxes so I didn’t even need to be in when they arrived. 

“Cure & Simple bacon is handmade using an old fashioned process and has water actively removed which means if the seal remains intact on the packet the bacon doesn’t need to be refrigerated”


Each pack of bacon is 200g with 6-8 pieces per pack. This bacon is really tasty and it’s great that it comes with flavours that just aren’t available in supermarkets. 

I tend to cook bacon on a George Foreman grill or under the cooker grill. I found very minimal shrinkage when cooking the cure & simple bacon.


The Thai flavoured bacon was certainly the most unusual one. I think I was expecting it to be super spicy hot and leave my mouth on fire, but no; it was more of an aromatic flavour and certainly one I would like to try again.


Yes we all love our cooked breakfasts here in this house every now and again and this bacon also makes a very good few bacon butties! 


And if your wanting a bacon subscription  then sign up at Cure & Simple. Plans start from just £5.95. 

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