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Num noms Crazy Creation

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s those Num Noms once again! Love them or hate them but it seems they are here to stay. Here are a few of the season 3 characters.


Again the little plastic collectables come with various bits, we get the Num and the nom but also lip balms, stamps and rubbers. 

Of course Num noms are all about food and crazy creations with food and the people behind Num noms have launched a new campaign #NumNomsCrazyCreation and so I was left to make a tasty but wacky food combination.

Now this is probably not to everyone’s taste and it may sound revolting to some of you. It’s not the type of thing I could eat often or eat a lot of but it did actual work together fairly well. 

This is my very own – Baconana nut sarnie! 


It’s a strange one but very easy to make. All I needed was – bread, bananas, peanut butter and bacon! Yes bacon with banana!!!

There are a few ways to put it altogether. The bread can be toasted first or the whole thing toasted under a grill together which is my preferred method.


It’s best to start with the peanut butter and use according to taste/preference. It’s a good idea to cook the bacon first before peeling and  chopping the banana as bananas tend to develop black spots quickly after chopping them. 

The banana slices go on top of the peanut butter and then add the bacon. Add as much as you like of each. I preferred more banana on mine where as Jordanna only wanted 6 slices and 2 bacon and a good helping of crunchy peanut butter.

I did not use any extra butter or spread on the bread and I cooked the bacon in a George Foreman machine to minimise the grease and fat. 

Once the sandwiches were built, they went under the grill for a few minutes each side in order to make it a crispy bite. 

And that is our #NumNomsCrazyCreation. 

Brownie bar Yum Yum! 

Published May 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

After a hectic few days, it was time to put my feet up with a nice hot cup of tea and a big gooey yummy brownie from Brownie bar

The brownie bar is a unique subscription box which I came across over on Cratejoy. It is a monthly subscription which starts at £14.50. Each month bringing a selection of delicious brownie to your door. Each month with a new delicious flavour too. 


And there is my large bar of brownie. Baked to perfection just as a brownie should be – like sponge cake on the top and all soft and gooey in the middle. We got 8 smaller individual slices from this. 

Brownie bar must have read my mind as they sent me salted caramel flavour which happens to be one of my favourites. The top even came sprinkled with gold. 


And just look how thick these brownies are! 


And they are so filling too. Just one of the slices was enough to fill my belly for a while. They are very sweet, very gooey and just incredibly delicious. What more can I say? 

The brownie subsctipton can be ordered via Cratejoy or directly from the Brownie bar website. They deliver to addresses in the U.K. They have a choice of normal brownie box or gluten free and nut free boxes. If you don’t want to sign up for a subscription straight away then individual brownie bars with 8 square pieces can also be purchased. 

You can also find Brownie bar here on Facebook.

Raw chocolate snacks from the Raw chocolate company

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The raw chocolate company was one of my very early posts when I first started this blog. That was a long time ago and I am pleased to be munching away on their tasty products once again.


These are raw chocolate snacks. If like me your not too sure what raw chocolate is then the process is explained in detail here. To cut it short, raw chocolate is just how its name says, its raw and its organic. The main ingredients in raw chocolate products are organic fair trade raw cacao and organic fair trade virgin cacao butter. When chocolate is made raw it can be a little bitter or too strong to eat so to give the raw chocolate a sweeter taste; natural sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, fruit powder, vanilla and Xylitol are added.

No milk is added to the raw chocolate or any other animal product making it fine for vegans to eat too. The chocolate does not contain any type of additives or anything artificial making it totally organic and raw.

The Raw chocolate company make and sell both raw chocolate bars and chocolate snacks. The snacks consist of raw chocolate over a selection of nuts and berries. Almonds, ginger, mulberries to name just a few. They look just like many other chocolate nibble type snacks and are good and healthier than regular chocolate snacks  for both adults and children.


The snack bags are 25g and a large bag 110g. These can all be purchased on the website.

As the chocolate is raw and made differently it is more like dark chocolate than the milk chocolate variety that most of us are used to. They do make a white chocolate bar, again with organic natural ingredients but no milk is used in their products.

I don’t mind dark chocolate anyway but I do not like the really dark strong 70% plus cocoa chocolate. It tastes way too bitter and not like chocolate at all. Raw chocolate snacks don’t have that extra strong bitter chocolate taste due to the natural sweeteners used along with the sweetness of the berries used. The stronger taste is the cacao powder dust which many of them are coated in.

They make a nice quick snack for us all. The 

The Pudding Post subscription 

Published May 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes I can’t get enough of these subscription boxes/services. I just absolutely love them all. 

This one is a new one for me. Yes it’s a recipe/food type box of which I’ve had a few, but this is the first time I’ve had a pudding subscription box.  It’s also the first one I have come across in the UK. 

It’s called The Pudding post and just like the  meal/savoury recipe boxes I was sent all I needed along with a recipe card to make a pudding. This is a monthly subscription and so a different pudding  gets sent monthly. 


This is pretty much how the boxes look. All the ingredients are pre-measured and then vacuum sealed which keeps everything really fresh and prevents squashing in transit. The vacuum packaging also means everything shrinks to fit in a smallish box. 

For my box I got all the ingredients to make a Pear, Hazelnut chocolate torte with ginger biscuit base. If anyone had told me I could make this previously I would of laughed and said no chance! To look at the photograph of it, it looks quite difficult, but it’s fairly easy. 


This pudding involved 3 stages of preparation. The biscuit base, the chocolate mix and the pear poaching. The instructions were really clear throughout and it really helped that everything came already measured. The only things that are not supplied by The pudding post are butter , eggs and of course the water.


My pear peeling went a little “pear shaped” I’m not the best at peeling but they poached just fine and I was able to get a few okay shaped slices from them. 

This is the pudding prior to baking for 40 minutes. 


I used graseproof paper rather than greasing the tin. 

And once baked! 


I am quite impressed by my first attempt at this pudding. The pears are visible on top of the pudding. The top is firm and crumbly and inside is like a gooey brownie, soft, chocolatey and sweet. Ginger chocolate was used along with dark chocolate and poured onto a base of crushed ginger biscuits making it very gingerish.  All the ingredients and flavours work really well together and it tastes amazing. My kids love it too.

The pudding post subscription is £14.85 a mine and will certainly give subscribers something to look forward to each month. 

April Degustabox reveal 

Published May 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m starting the week off with one of my favourite and regular subscription boxes which of course is the Degustabox. The big box of foodie surprises delivered to doorsteps all over the UK for just £12.99 per month and no extra cost for shipping. 


This most recent box contained a varying assortment of items. The first thing to be consumed was the big bag of Seabrooks Lattice crisps. This was a nice sized share bag containing chunky cross cross style crisps in a sea salt & black pepper flavour. 

Plenty more snack items in this box too, such as these Whitworths: full of super!


Vanilla maca-roon health balls. These are not usually something I would go for but they are surprisingly good. 

Then a few packs of Nothing but. I’ve had these a few times. I was glad to find the fruit snacks as opposed to the dried vegetable variety which I just don’t get at all. They are what they say on the packets and that is simply – freeze dried fruit slices. They even count towards the recommended 5 a day fruit.

Here’s quite a strange one – Doisy & Dams: Quinoa, smoked tea and vanilla chocolate.

Yes you heard that right. The chocolate is thick and chunky but this flavour jusr did not sit right with my pallette at all, it almost tasted like smoked bacon flavour chocolate and it just does not taste so good. 

New York Delhi – brings me nuts, hog chilli VIP nuts that is. 


Also – Polo sugar free pack- my son pinched and ate these before I could snap an individual photo but polos it seems now come in little tubs as well as the packets and are now sugar free so kinder to teeth. I don’t like mints or mint flavours so was happy to let my son have them.

“And something for the cupboard”

Dorset cereal – One from the ultimate adventures range of breakfast cereals. It’s essentially muesli  with Brazil nuts, berries and coffee! Maybe my girls will like it as I’m not a cereal person, in fact I haven’t eaten breakfast at all in decades. 

Pasta from Garofalo. Obviously Italian and penne type pasta tubes. This should come in useful for a nice bolognaise or tuna pasta dish. 

Good hemp? – I do occasionally come across food items that I have absolutely no idea what it is or what to do with it and this is one of them. Hemp seed hearts??? I’m clueless but the packet says for baking, topping and sprinkling and they have a nutty type flavour. 

“And the drinks”

Just two drinks this month one being organic lager from a company called Celia organic. No lager drinkers in my house so I can’t comment on that one.

And finally from Fentimans; the well known company for those traditional old fashioned looking glass bottles of pop and alcohol. It’s a pink grapefruit tonic water. This I think is intended as a mixer with the likes of gin or vodka etc, but I just couldn’t resist a good old mouthfuls of it by itself. It’s very sweet but refreshingly good. 

Aprils box did seem to be themed towards more healthy products with lots of organic, and sugar free products. It’s a mixed feeling box this month. Some products I liked, others I did not. The products I don’t use get passed to friends and family.

Degustabox is usually £12.99 a month. However they currently have an offer on for jusr £5.99 a box meanings big £7.00 off. You can find more details about this offer on their website.

Two by Two Artisan biscuits for children (& mummies of course!)

Published May 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Think of all the biscuit flavours that you may have tried in the past, be it strawberry, or any other fruit flavour. Do they actually taste anything like the fruit they are meant to be? I don’t think so! Usually not even close. Until now that is…..


These little cuties are the new Two by Two peach biscuits from Artisan biscuits. They are called two by two because each box contains two characters from well known nursery rhymes and stories. These include George and the dragon, Owl & Pussycat and the most recent addition – Mary and her little lamb. The nursery rhyme is even printed on the underside of the box. 

Artisan biscuits are a family run bakery who started over 70 years ago. All their products are still handmade by people and not robots with all natural ingredients sourced in the UK.

These new character biscuits are made with real peach juice and clotted cream. Of course I had to try the odd one myself to make sure my kids would like them as always! And I have to say Wow! These biscuits certainly are mouthwatering delicious. They do taste like real peaches with cream and if I had to liken the taste to anything then it would be the peach Oykos yoghurys which are also peaches with creamy yoghurt. I honestly was not expecting such an amazing flavour from a child’s biscuit. 

The packs contain about ten biscuits, five of each character. Each one roughly the size of my palm.  The designs are pretty, the flavour is just heavenly and of course my kids love them (as do I!) 

The other two by two products also contain natural juices and flavours including strawberry, toffee, lemon curd and vanilla. I think I may just have to try a few more flavours from the Artisan kids biscuits shop or rather my children will (honest!!). These biscuits cost £2.30 a box which is a good price for a special treat. 


They have lots of other goodies and biscuits too, even a whole section of treats just for us grown ups

Jelly Belly Jelly beans + giveaway 

Published April 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Jelly Belly products are instantly recognisable with their red and gold label. The beans first appeared in the USA  back in 1965 with the mini jelly bean and the first actual jelly bean appearing in 1976  at a Californian ice cream parlour. The first ever flavours of jelly beans were  Very Cherry, Tangerine, Lemon, Green Apple, Grape, Licorice, Root Beer, and Cream Soda.

Since then a lot has happened. The jelly Belly jelly beans are sold worldwide with hundreds of flavours and a fair few different packs available. 

Jelly Belly are now known as Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Jelly Belly are the ones responsible for the rather well known “Beanboozled” packs which I actually refused to try over Christmas when my son got a pack. It’s a box containing ordinary looking jelly beans but each colour may not be the same. It could be a normal flavour or something revolting such as rotten egg or stinky socks. YUK! and I hear that they do actually taste like their revolting name too. Kids seem to love them and they seem good for adult parties too.

I much prefer the more normal flavours. The thought of tasting rotten egg or moldy cheese just does not interest me. I would much rather stick with these.


I have a traditional jelly bean box with a massive 50 flavours. A jewel collection which come with a iridescent sheen a bit like a gem or shiny polished rock. You can see the difference here. 

And finally, one I’ve not come across before is the cocktail mix which comes with a few well known cocktail flavoured jelly beans. 

Jelly beans are good for a sweet fix and also seem to be a popular gift choice and stocking filler for kids. I just hope the Beanboozles don’t make a return this year. 

Each one of my boxes above is 200g and they can be purchased pretty much anywhere that sells sweets and confectionery.

COMPETITION 

Jelly Belly are giving away a selection of their products to one winner. The prize will most likely be the same products as above (subject to availability). This giveaway will close on May 11th 2017. The only rules are that you have to live in the UK and need a valid email address, Facebook and twitter account.

ENTER HERE!

Easter eggs from Stas Chocolatier

Published April 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I get fed up seeing the same old Easter eggs in the same old boxes in shops and supermarkets year after year. I’m not sure why it bothers me as I rarely get Easter eggs for myself but obviously my kids get loads. It’s always good to find chocolate products that stand out from the rest and are more unique as I know more thought and work has gone into them and this usually reflects the slightly higher sale price. 

Of course I would not be writing this post unless I had found those rather special Easter Eggs, and those eggs come from Stas Chocolatiers

Take a look at these very pretty eggs.


Each egg comes individually wrapped with tags and ribbon and unlike those boxed eggs, you can actually see what your getting with these. They look so much better and more luxurious. The eggs are all made with fine chocolate at their Kent factory and designed with flowers and smartie type sweets. They look like pretty little gift bags and the lack of big box also means less waste to dispose of.


The eggs come in various sizes and start from £8.00 each. I am of course saving the eggs for Easter Sunday for my children as I believe that’s how it should be. I think giving eggs early spoils the whole Easter surprise and especially so for the very young ones. I know my children are going to be delighted with their eggs from Stas chocolatiers as they are just so different from the usual ones they receive. 


As well as Easter eggs and Easter treats, Stas chocolatiers have many other chocolate products for sale all year round including boxed chocolates, buttons and many chocolate novelty products. 

Time for those Easter treats: Hotel Chocolat 

Published April 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it’s here already, a third of the way through the year and Easter is upon us once again. Not only is it Easter Sunday in our house but my son turns into a teenager on the same date, a big 13 years old this time so double celebrations all round. 

When I think of Easter, only one thing pops to mind, and that’s chocolate. Yes I know Easter has more deeper and religious meanings that chocolate. I am quite fussy when it comes to chocolate. I never used to be but since blogging and trying a lot of different brands, my taste for it has altered. However there is one brand that I have not gone off and still continue to love……………….. Yes it’s Hotel Chocolat. 


Here I have an assortment of Hotel Chocolat Easter treats which are, I believe designed with children in mind. Well I’m a big kid at heart so I guess that counts me in too. 

These designs look fabulous and in first glance they may not even look like chocolate but more like toys or figures. 


These are the penpals, containing three farmyard friends, all with names and in white, caramel and dark chocolate. A pack of these cute tasty friends costs £10.00 and they look so much better than a pack of small eggs don’t they?

Of course no Easter would be right without seeing a bunny of some sort. 

This big city bunny comes in a choice of three types of chocolate. Again it’s really well designed with eyes, nose, clothes, buttons all sculptured in chocolate. The lovely bunnies cost £7.50 each. 

And then there’s this!

This one is an Easter hunt Bunnies basket which contains 15 yummy solid milk chocolate bunnies and chicks, each one individually wrapped. 

This is just perfect for my 3 children and I intend to hide them around the house on Easter morning. 

This one costs just £8.00.
Hotel chocolat treats can be found in Hotel chocolat stores across the country and online at Hotel chocolat U.K..

Chocolate treat for me 

Published April 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With Easter being just days off, my bedroom is slowely piling up with chocolate eggs and chocolate animals, and none of it’s for me despite the temptation. Therefore I was so happy when some chocolate arrived just for me. 


These rather luxury looking chocolate bars came from Amelia Rope chocolate. Amelia Rope being the name of both the company and the woman behind the company. 


I found the packaging very intriguing. It reminds me of the brown paper packages which of course are one of my favourite things. Plain, maybe but all the more reason to take a closer look and see what’s inside. The coloured foils  which the chocolate comes wrapped in seem pretty unique and each flavour bar comes with a different colour. Amelias idea for the colours came from colouring pencils with the colour nibs appearing at the end of a neutral pencil stem. You can read more about that here and also more about how Amelia started.

And as for the chocolate inside. Take a look at this!


This idea for cubed blocks was influenced by Amelia’s love for stained glass windows and mosaics with their clear blocks of colour. 

I chose three bars to taste – Sea salt, being one of my favourite chocolate additions and therefore honeycomb with sea salt and a white pistachio and sea salt bar. I could really taste the sweet and salty flavours working together here. The chocolate was lovely and soft (tho not melting soft) and just right to melt in the mouth. I loved the blend of honeycomb (another one of my favourite additions, along with pistachios. The white bar gave a totally different lovely flavour.

My third bar was a totally new chocolate flavour which is violet. The only time I have tried anything violet foodwise are those Parma violet sweets and this chocolate bar did taste a little like those sweets if I had to describe it. It’s a strange combination – violet with chocolate but it certainly worked for me. It is made using violet aroma infused into Ecuadorian chocolate.

Amelia Rope luxury 75g chocolate bars come with a huge 17 choices of infused aromas and flavours as well as plain chocolate choices. They taste and look much better than anything found in the chocolate aisle of a supermarket and therefore make a nice chocolate treat. Especially so for us Mums around Easter time when kids get all the eggs. Each single origin bar costs £5.60 and they can be purchased directly from the Amelia Rope website. 

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