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Make Christmas 2017 special with Kinder chocolate

Published October 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Kinder is the well known kids confectionery brand by Fererro. Ferrero being the 4th largest player in the global confectionery market. Kinder are most known for their kinder eggs which I have been around for as long as I can remember. Kinder chocolate has its own unique milky taste which is certainly identifiable once tasted. As well as those chocolate eggs with mini toys inside, Kinder now has a selection of festive stocking fillers and pre Xmas goodies.

 


For getting children in the festive spirit, nothing quite beats an advent calendar. Especially not one full of melt in the mouth mini kinder bars.
 


Kinder even have a letter to Santa kit too. This could be given with the advent calendar at the beginning of December. The kit contains writing paper, stickers and an addressed envelope to Santa’s grotto. It also includes 8 kinder bars.



Kinder has a fair few products to be used as stocking fillers or even small gifts for relatives and friends children. These include Kinder surprise Christmas eggs, bar packs, tubes, baskets, chocolate figures and even a Kinder mini fluffy toy gift set.

 


All of these yummy Kinder products will be in stores and supermarkets this month. Products will vary per store. These festive chocolate products range in price from just one pound to just under £8.00 each.

More kinder Christmas treats can be found on the Fererro website.

Choc affair: good for a cold Winter night 

Published October 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The October chill is kicking in quickly and there is only one perfect warning drink for those cold Winter nights and freezing frosty mornings – hot chocolate of course!

Luxury milky flavoursome hot chocolate that is, like these One shot mini tins from Choc Affair. In this little gift pack there are three tins of hot chocolate, all of which can be purchased as individual larger tins.

The hot chocolate is best made with steaming hot milk, then allowed to cool. My favourite is the salted caramel but they are delicious in there own way.

I was slightly baffled by the instructions. It tells me to use the whole tin in one drink? Or at least I think it means that. However I used less than a third of the tin for one cup of milk and the flavour is very rich, so I certainly don’t think they are meant as one drink tins.


And look what else we have from Choc Affair!

This is also a gift set but it’s chocolate pieces called Dinky Dots. These are disc shaped, a bit like buttons and again in three mini tin varieties.

Aimed more towards dinky people obviously but good for us big people too and perfect together with the hot chocolate.

Both gift sets cost £6.75 each, buy direct from Choc affair .

Aero heavenly mousse

Published October 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Many of you may have spotted these delightful big pots of Aero heavenly in the yoghurt aisles of supermarkets.
 


They look like regular chocolate mousse but are a bit more special, well the lids are gold after all.

The exciting new desserts come in large single pots. I believe these could be intended for sharing, but not in this house they’re not. So what’s inside the pots – well there’s fluffy soft mousse, contrasted with sprinkles of nuts and the sauce. 
 


Aero Heavenly comes in two great-flavours: a rich chocolate mousse with salted caramel sauce, and a divine salted caramel mousse, including a caramel sauce swirled with pecan nuts.  


 Most supermarkets now sell Aero heavenly mousse  including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, ASDA, Tesco and Ocado. They can be found in the yoghurt/chilled desert aisles. Prices seem to vary but Asda currently has them for £1.30 a pot.  


 They really are heavenly, but also very sweet, I couldn’t eat more than one in a short period, but yes they make a divine heavenly lovely fluffy treat. 

Trick “r” Treat? It’s Haribo time

Published October 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

You may have already had an inkling that Haribo may just turn up on one of my Halloween features, and today that’s exactly what’s happened.



Yes Haribo never let us down when it comes to Halloween, and year after year the very same ghosts and ghouls return for their Haribo handouts.


 Now here’s an interesting Halloween fact. Many people believe the practice of trick or treating began in America, but that’s incorrect. It actually began right here in the UK and Ireland and goes as far back as the 16th century. America did not adopt this tradition until the 1920s. Of course sweets like Haribos just did not exist back in the 16th century but costumes did and people would dress up back then and go from house to house in exchange for food on Halloween, reciting verses and giving warnings if nothing was exchanged. 


 This tradition is hundreds of years old and has not changed all that much over the centuries. Kids still dress up and still knock on doors singing Halloween rhymes , only now it’s in exchange for sweets. 


 Now on Halloween night there are two types of households in the UK. The ones that happily open their door and give sweets and then the miserable gets who refuse to do so, this is of course excluding the vulnerable people such as elderly, disabled, mentally ill, unwell, etc. I mean the bah humbugs of Halloween, the grown ups who have never been children. 


 If you are one of those people who gladly opens their door to the little monsters then it’s always a good idea to stockpile the sweets at least a week before Halloween night, otherwise the only sweets left will be the unaffordable ones. 


Haribo of course have many inexpensive sweet bags and tubs to choose from and they always go down so well with most children too.

The Scaremix tub is shaped like a pumpkin and inside is a duo of Tangfastics and Scaremix jelly type chewy sweets. 400g of each variety. Great for trick or treaters and parties. This big reusable tub costs around £4/£5. 


The Haribo
individual bags are usually sold extremely cheaply at just a pound a bag, sometimes even less, and sometimes on special offers depending on the store.



So if you remember just one thing this Halloween, then remember the Haribo’s. Available almost everywhere!

Degustabox September reveal

Published October 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it’s that time of the month again! It’s Degustabox reveal, the box that keeps coming packed full of foodie surprises.




It’s a fairly random mix this month, perhaps not quite as many sweet/snack type products as I would have liked but there are some good food cupboard (as I call them) useful things here.  

Chocolate from Green & Blacks: £1.99. A really dark deep 70% cocoa bar here. Perhaps a little too strong on the cocoa for me but it would be great for making cakes or deserts with.

Mentos mints sharing pouch £1.19. There aren’t too many food things that I dislike; but! unfortunately mint and mint flavours are one of them. I can’t even use mint toothpaste as it makes me gag, even the thought of it. So no I’m certainly not a mint person. Luckily my children do like the occasional few mints so they had them.

 Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp £2.49. Nice big full size box as always. I really hate those small sample packs, they just seem to linger in the cupboard for all eternity. Full boxes get opened and used. I’m not a cereal person, I rarely eat breakfast but I have three children who need fuel before school and cheerios is quite healthy. 

Green’s egg custard mix £0.69 – I’ve not got around to using this yet. Just not had time or found a suitable recipe. It looks easy enough to make egg custard so hopefully I’ll give it a go soon.

Knorr concentrated stock £2.20 – A bottle of liquid beef stock. This goes good with beef stews or casseroles for added flavour.

Midi Ramen noodle kit – not got around to making these yet. I’m not overly keen on packet noodles such as these but we will see.

Dreams Rice Quinoa £1.60 – A milk alternative for those who can’t or don’t want to drink cows milk. It’s plant based. It’s okay, wouldn’t want to make me swap my normal milk tho. 

Wild Planet Albacore wild tuna steaks £3.49. I think this is damn expensive for one tin of tuna. It’s a no drain type but still expensive. I wouldn’t buy this due to the price and as three of us in our home (plus cats) eat tuna then it would get expensive. However it was nice, a richer flavour compared to other cheaper brands.



Tuna pasta is a really great easy meal. Large quantities can even be refrigerated and used for packed lunches in tubs etc. It’s really versatile too as any ingredients and sauce can be added.

The Virtue can you see here  was also in the box. I had two of them and they cost £1.35 each. It’s flavoured sparkling water. I found them a little bland and tasteless with only a slight hint of flavour. Not really something I would choose to drink. 

San Migel £2.00 per bottle – It’s beer and gluten free but again not for me. I’m not a beer drinker.

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen £1.85 per pack.

Santa Maria have launched a new range of cooking sauces and rice packs. Latin American brings the flavours of South America here. There are five varieties of rice and five of the sauce.

Easy to make. Add chicken or other suitable meats, add any vegetables, add sauce, cook on high heat. The rice can be microwaved in the pack for a few minutes. Then serve and enjoy!


And that concludes my Degustabox reveal. All of this for just £12.99 a month which includes postage and packing too. With this box I was able to make two family meals with drinks, treats and a big box of cereal.
Get your Degustabox here. First time triers get a box for just £5.99!

Monty Bojangles Scofflets

Published September 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Monty BoJangles have launched their brand new packs of Scofflets!

Scofflets come in 100g pink bags in three varieties – Caramel & cookie, hint of sea salt and Maple & Hazelnut all inside their famous chocolate truffles.

And of course they taste heavenly and just melt away in the mouth. I love to dip them in a hot drink so they go all soft, they are delicious.

But don’t take my word for it. They are available in Waitrose and The Range’ and  if you head over to Instagram then you can enter a competition to win a massive 3KG box of Monty Bojangles truffles. Wow, I get full just looking at my 100g bags.

It’s really easy to enter, Just upload a photo using the caption #Scofflets.

Get More Vits 

Published September 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m giving More Vits drinks another mention today, one of the reasons being is that many schools seem to be getting tough on the contents of children’s packed lunch bags. This is understandable with the increasing obesity and dental problems in young children recently. One of the main causes of dental cavities, fillings and extractions in young children is sugary drinks which also contributes to early years obesity.

I rarely let my children have drinks such as Coca Cola, only as a treat every now and again. I tend to buy the no added sugar juices. Obviously it would be amazing if they stuck to just water and milk but that’s just not going to happen. 

The More Vits drinks are a healthier choice. They are sugar free and it’s just flavoured spring water at just the right level of  sweetness. 


Not only that but each drink contains different vitamins which our bodies need. The red bottle for kids , as an example is full of vitamin D which supports bone growth. Each colour is a different flavour and contains different vitamins. More information about the vitamins can be found on the website – Get More Vits.

The drinks are made for both adults and children, both fizzy and still varieties and come in small and large bottle sizes. The drinks can be purchased from most large supermarkets as single bottles and multipacks. These will be fine for school packed lunch bags too and they also make a much healthier refreshing alternative to people like myself who drink too much unhealthy fizzy stuff.

Appy Kids drinks 

Published September 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Appy kids co have lots of lovely fruity drinks for children. The drinks are a perfect size for school lunch bags, or for taking on day trips. 

There new drinks come in character themed pouches with lots of fruity flavours such as apple, orange, mixed berry and multi fruit. These pouches come in boxes of 5 and include straws. 


Paw patrol, Dora, and turtles and just a few characters that appear on these drinks. Each drink combines water with fruit juices to give a refreshing sweet drink that is low in sugars. 

These drinks can be purchased from most supermarkets. 

Slabs – the biggest crisps I’ve ever seen! 

Published September 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Anyone who enjoys a good old bag of crisps will love a bag of slabs


Slabs are mammoth sized crisps. Not only are they big in size but they are also very thick too. Not as thick as wedges but they certainly pack some chunkiness compared to the rest.


These are like big chunky man sized crisps. The sort you could imagine a group of men on a building site happily tucking into. Of course anyone can eat them and they are also full of awesome flavour too.


There are five flavours in total to choose from, so a bit of something for everyone. Most of the flavours being based around more traditional crisp flavours such as the mature cheddar and onion and the salt & malt vinegar. For those who don’t like the flavoured crisps there is a sea salt variety too. My favourite being sweet red chilli. 

Two packet sizes – a 40g single serve and the larger 80g bag for the greedy gets! I think the larger may be meant for sharing? 

As these crisps are so big and thick, the way a crisp should be, it means hardly any crumbs. The odd chipped off chunky broken bits maybe but no small crumbs at the bottom of the packet with these.

Slabs are a very new product so are only available to buy in a few select stores at the moment. They are available to trade via the slabs website and will be on display at various foodie fares and shows across the country. I am hoping the crisps will appear in local stores or supermarkets in the near future.

BritMums #HealthyRedMeat challenge 

Published September 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I like to try and cook meals from scratch for my children and use healthy ingredients. This is extremely difficult when you have the worlds most fussiest teenage boy. However he is also a good cook and often chooses to cook his own thing, albeit not always the healthiest. 

One of the healthiest, tastiest and most versatile ingredients is lean red meat. Red meat includes pork, beef, lamb and less popular meats such as Veal, Mutton, goat and horse.  

 Experts  recommend including it in children’s diet from weaning onwards. It provides a range of important nutrients that are often low in toddlers and children – including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium.

 The  #HealthyRedMeat challenge via BritMums UK is sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel. I was challenged to create a  recipe with beef, pork or lamb.


And I chose lamb, my overall favourite one. Lamb can be expensive sometimes depending on the cut. I opt for small joints like this from Tesco as there are only 3 of us eating it. 

For my dish I chose a lovely traditional roast dinner. However I prepare the lamb with a little honey and herbs, thyme, basil, salt, pepper prior to placing in the oven and slow cook on low heat for about 3 hours. 

 

With a bit of luck the meat will be soft, tender and will literally fall off the bone with ease. The honey and herbs give it extra flavour. 

Then add potato and some vegetables, and gravy. 

 

Me and my girls all enjoyed our delicious lamb dinner. 
This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.
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