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Degustabox November 

Published December 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ho ho ho t’s nearly Christmas and my latest Degustabox contains a few festive themed treats.  


 We have this bag of Planters fruity chocolate crunch. It’s a big bag and a mixture of peanuts, cranberries and chocolate buttons which went down a treat.


Ooh and look what we have here! Lots of yummy treats. 


Cadbury picnic bites – just like the big bar version but smaller bite size chunks and just as delicious. 
Proper corn popcorn – perfectly sweet flavour and great with a movie.

Jellybean factory super sours – These really tickle the tastebuds. I’m not a huge fan of jelly beans but my kids are. 



Two drinks in this months box, one of them I could not wait to open and drink, the other I’m not so keen on. 


Dalston’s fizzy apple was just lovely. This one bottle is packed full of crushed apples. It’s sweet and so refreshing.

Alo – is an aloe Vera drink and I wasn’t so keen. 


A few cupboard staples in this box too – Ryvita & Flippo Berio, both snack products rye cakes and a savoury Italian biscuit type snack.
English provender caramelised onion chutney – I’ve not opened this yet. It will be opened Christmas Day with the turkey. 
Taylor’s of Harrogate single origin coffee – this is a really impressive find considering it costs  £4.49 which is over a third of the total box cost. 

Kallo – stock pots. Another one for Christmas Day and gravy. 



Oh and more tuna too – 

Rio Mare tuna in olive oil. It’s a nice strong flavoured tuna with big chunks. It does cost £3.00 per tin tho. 


 And finally one for the breakfast table – Weetabix Additions Apple and raisin. Traditional weetabix chunks with fruit. I gave some to a friend to try and she absolutely loved them. 
And wow all this for just £12.99 including delivery. It’s unbelievable value and my favourite snack subscription box too.

Get yours at Degustabox UK for an amazing discount price of just £5.99.

Robinson’s fruit creations

Published December 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Robinson’s recently launched two brand new ranges, Fruit Creations and Fruit Cordials. The new offerings for Robinsons are both new squashes aimed more at grown ups.

 

Robinsons new Fruit Cordial was created to offer a sophisticated twist to squash through combinations of real fruit and botanicals flavours. Contained in a glass bottle the cordial is a new more concentrated way to bring a burst of Robinsons’ flavour to the dinner table.

 Robinsons Fruit Creations which contains twice the fruit and more natural and fruitier flavours. As well as containing exciting new flavours, the Creations range also features five Robinsons core flavours that have been reformulated and given a fruity boost.

 We were sent over a bottle of the new fruit creations in a delicious apple and elderflower flavour. This certainly has a very unique taste compared to previous Robinson’s cordial drinks. 

It even arrived in its own presentation box making it look very much for us grown ups only, although not surprisingly my kids have already helped themselves to drinks of this.

These new cordials should be appearing in UK supermarkets very soon if they haven’t already.

Forest feast Christmas collection

Published December 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Forest feast are home to tasty fruit and nut snacks and have recently launched a festive collection in time for Christmas.

These festive snack packs combine blends of both sweet and savoury ingredients together such as nuts, dried fruits and even bits of chocolate. These make lovely Xmas day nibbles for all the family.

If I’m being totally honest, I’m not usually a big lover of nuts or dried fruits, but I do make an exception around Christmas and these do taste incredibly good. The vanilla cashew, cranberry, chocolate, fruit and nut went down a treat. I would usually expect a mix like this to contain some sort of dried fruit that I don’t like such as raisins, currants, dates etc but no, it contained dried cranberries which are one of the very few dried fruits I actually like.

There are four festive varieties to choose from and each one costs £3.50 per bag.

Wise words from the book of everyone.

Published December 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This book would make a brilliant stocking filler or small gift this Christmas!

Wise words comes from the creators of The book of everyone. Wise words is designed for the younger people, not tots or pre schoolers but more towards young teens and older children like my ten year old.

It’s a personalised book with the child’s name and who it’s from (mum). The books pages are full of quotes and funny tips which may just prove useful one day.

These quotes and tips can be chosen from a list and even altered to suit the child and the situation, just like this.

The quotes are all placed where an animals head should be and the pages are all designed with colour and themes.

It’s an absolute buzz to read through it. I would have loved for someone to give me a book like this when I was younger. I chose the quotes which are relevant to Jordanna and her current behaviour. Hopefully she will take some of it in.

Wise(ish) words for kids supports the Well child charity who’s aim is to support seriously unwell children at home.

Wise words comes as many formats to purchase – digital, soft back, hard back and deluxe and all the prices and options can be viewed on the website.

Churchill’s retro tins for Christmas

Published November 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love my tins from Churchill’s confectionery and especially so at this time of year. If you’re reading this and are not familiar with the Churchill’s brand then take a look at their website. The majority of their confectionery products come in special highly decorative tins which makes them more unique than the rest. Festive, flowers, Art Deco and fairground are just a few of the themes on the tins.

This Christmas we are going all retro on the tins, with a touch of the USA too. I am amazed at just how realistic these tins look.

These tins resemble retro American gas pumps. They look really authentic and if i didn’t know better, I would never guess there is confectionery inside them.

Not one, but two big bags of creamy English toffees all in golf wrapping. The toffees are delightful and the tins reusable. Once the toffees are gone they can be used to store other things or just put out on display.

These retro phone booths don’t have a load of wires or change inside, but instead are full of cookies.

These look fab placed on a kitchen unit or table as everyone asks what they are? No one suspects that cookies are inside. They even have an attached little retro phone too.

Plus many other features of old retro style phone booths like the coin slots, coin return and the phone maintenance door ar the bottom.

And of course the cookies taste lovely too.

All of these retro tins and many other themed tins from Churchill’s confectionery would make amazing unique and very festive gifts for anyone young or old this Christmas

Churchill’s products can be purchased from their online shop, their London store, Amazon and a selection of other stores across the UK.

Check with Heck: Meat & two veg

Published November 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yorkshire-based sausage brand Heck, is working alongside The Movember Foundation. The Movember Foundation are the world leading men’s health charity. HECK have renamed themselves as CHECK for the duration of November, in order to encourage men to search for lumps on their scrotum and prevent men from dying from testicular cancer.

The main reason for Heck’s involvement is due to the company’s founder Jamie Keel personal experience of the cancer two years ago.

The research shows a high lack of knowledge among both men and female partners who admit they would not know what a cancerous lump would feel like which is a pretty scary result. Further research results can be read on the Heck website.

Heck sent me over some packs of their sausages and asked me to create a dish which combines meat and two veg. Meat being the sausages.

Now I don’t mind the odd sausage now and then, but I’m not usually overly big on them. That’s because I’d never tried Heck sausages before. Their 97% pork sausages taste so different to the usual cheap crap that they don’t taste like sausage at all.

These are so full of succulent juicy flavour that I know I’ll be buying more.

This is our meat and two veg creation, kept simple as I have fussy kids. I used peas and potatoes which I mashed. Gravy added after this was taken and yes my daughter has attempted to make a face here.

The sausages were enjoyed by all four of us which is a rarity that we all enjoyed the same thing at meal times.

Of course the message being to check and get checked.

Christmas shortbread from Walkers 

Published November 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Walkers are well known for their fabulous range of shortbread biscuits and gifts. The factory is based in Scotland and Walkers  began over a hundred years ago. 

Walkers began with one man back in 1898 – Joseph Walker and has remained a family company ever since. The history of Walkers Shortbread makes an interesting read over on the Walkers website

 Walkers shortbread products are available in all supermarkets and many shops throughout the year. At Christmas time, Walkers bring out a few extra special products containing their finest shortbread and a few extra products too. 

 



Walkers shortbread has a unique sweet buttery taste that sort of just melts away in the mouth. Combine that shortbread with rich chocolate and a hot drink on a cold Christmas night and it’s just divine. These luxury shortbread Christmas boxes contain assortments of chocolate shortbread, just perfect for the festive season.  

Walkers also produce various cakes, tarts and mince pies as well as their famous shortbread.

 


I have no idea how to correctly pronounce Ecclefechan tarts but they are a little similar to mince pies in that they contain a mixture of sultanas, cherries, sugar and almonds inside a butter pastry casing. The mince pies here contain a few extra “Christmassy” type ingredients such as more fruit and a few extra spices. But both go down very well on a Christmas dinner table. 


 Walkers also boast some lovely shortbread gifts too. Such as these two tins. 



The Rockin Robin tin actually stands up and contains star shaped shortbread biscuits. The Christmas wreath tin is full of chocolate cookies. 

 



Lots more Christmas gifts are available to buy direct from the Walkers website. Of course shortbread is one of those products that can be enjoyed all year round but seeing packs of Walkers Shortbread always makes me think of Christmas! 

Haribo Christmas 

Published November 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just 49 days to go until Santa comes calling once again. I love Christmas. I love the decorations and present buying, the turkey dinner, the yearly bottle of Baileys and of course – the treats and sweets! 

Sweets such as these!


These are some of the Christmas 2017 sweet selection from Haribo. They even have their own sweet selection box this year which makes a change to the usual chocolate boxes. As well as that, there is a large share tub packed full of Haribo jelly favourites, A small starmix in the shape of a star (good stocking filler). Plus the MAOAM stripes cracker which is full of these things! 


Small flavoured chewy bars which my kids seem to love. 

Finally a bag of Giant trees, which of course are all designed to resemble cute Christmas trees. 


So give them as gifts, as stocking fillers, get them for Xmas parties or just a sweet treat on Xmas day, even have them for breakfast! It’s Christmas after all and it’s only once a year. 

And unlike Halloween, no monsters will call to steal the sweets away! 

Monty Bojangles 

Published November 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just a quick post to let you all know that all of these scrumptious truffles are all available now in Sainsbury’s stores. 


Choose from choccy scoffy, scrumple nutty or go for the mixed box of Taste Adventures. Which one will you buy? 

See more at Monty Bojangles.

Lily O’Briens petit indulgence Collection

Published November 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If chocolates are on your to buy present list this Christmas then consider making it a special box of chocolates rather than the usual same old yearly box.

Lily O’Briens are one brand that I would consider more suited for special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays. A nice luxury box with assortments of fine truffles and melt in the mouth pralines. Surprising they don’t cost the Earth either despite being much nicer than many other chocolate brands found in supermarkets. 

Yes that’s correct, many of Lily O’Briens chocolate boxes can be found in various supermarkets.

 

This Petit Indulgence Collection is very deceptive. The box is small so it made me think that there was not going to be all that many chocolates inside. However what I did not realise is that this small box actually contains 3 layers of six chocolates per layer, thus giving 18 chocolates in total.
 

There are six varieties of chocolate in this one box, 3 of each one, so plenty to share if feeling generous. Each one is extremely satisfying in its own way. It’s also a mixed combination of milk, dark and whites chocolate varieties and a mixture of fillings.

And all for just £5.50 in Waitrose too. 

The presentation box and quality of chocolates would easily fool a recipient into thinking it had cost a whole lot more. So this Christmas it’s time to ditch those horrible cheap bog standard boring chocolates and buy a box of these instead. And if anyone is feeling generous then feel free to send me some more too as mine are now all gone!
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