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The Pink mouse company:  Mother’s Day gift ideas

Published March 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If looking for a special Mother’s Day sweet treat this year, the head over to The pink mouse company website where you will find a whole host of yummy sweet treats.

Now I’ve been treated to a rather early Mother’s Day gift by The pink mouse company. First there was this yummy sweet tree. 

The one which I had; (and I sat had, as it’s all been eaten) is a chocolate m&ms tree but the sweet trees can be made with many other well known chocolates and sweets. They arrive presented in a lovely hamper style basket and wrapped with a big ribbon ready for gifting. 

The majority of these sweet trees even come in 3 size choices – small, medium and large. I think the large one would probably be too big as a solo gift and more suitable to parties or weddings, which The pink mouse company also cater for. 

Our M&ms tree was thoroughly enjoyed by us all. The sweets stay on the tree really well. I think the chocolate binds them together but once we managed to pick the first few off, the rest came off easy enough.

And if our sweet tree wasn’t enough of a chocolate fix, we also got this lovely Chocolate hot shots hamper.

This also arrives with beautiful presentation and contains a cup 6 chocolate hot shots and marshmallows. The hot shots and big blocks of chocolate attached to a wooden spoon. They get dipped and stirred into hot milk to melt into a hot chocolate drink. 

Add marshmallows which also melt in the milk and it’s just delicious and especially good just before bedtime.

Perfect chocolate gifts that any mum would love to receive. 

American goodies 

Published February 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

We are having a blast trying all these unusual and strange snacks which kids in other countries enjoy daily. This time it’s the turn of the great USA and there’s just something pretty special about their snacks compared to ours I think.

A big box of American goodies came from American Goodies UK. They are a company based in the U.K. who specialise in selling all sorts of American snack and grocery items. The stuff you just can’t easily get over here. 

America has many sweets and candys that we don’t and we have recently got the chance to try quite a few thanks to American goodies. Just look at all these! 


There are a few similarities there to what we have over here such as the love hearts and drumstick lollies etc; but also a few not seen before. The Baby Ruth bars are the ones that appear in goonies apparently, or so my son tells me anyway. 


Those yellow butterfing bars are really yummy too. 

Then there are these, never seen before snacks. 


The minions pack ate like little banana lollies on plastic dome type sticks. Jolly rancher being fruity sweets and then these: 

Think those French fries crisps, plain flavour but with extreme heat and spice. I couldn’t manage more than two. Very hot indeed.

Oreos are known world wide, but Americans have many different flavours and pack sizes.


These open a bit like baby wipe packets (kids opinions). And there’s lots of Oreos inside too, more than we get in packets here.

Of course we just had to give some American cereal a go too and nothing quite puts a smile on my kids faces like a box of this does.

It’s Lucky charms cereal which seems to be very popular in the USA. However it did leave me thinking “do kids really eat this stuff every morning”. It’s cereal mixed with coloured marshmallows which expand with the milk, hardly the healthiest stuff but I’m letting my kids have it until it’s gone as a one off thing. I don’t do breakfast myself and wouldn’t personally eat this but of course kids are going to love it. 


American people also love their soda and drink cans of the stuff. They have far more varieties than we do of brands such as Fanta. The root beer, although called beer is actually a soda too. It can be bough as soda or the alcohol version.

And a few more snacks that I found in box! 

The m&ms are peanut butter flavour and we don’t get them here, nor the tropical skittles or the cookie bar twix. America just has so much more variety.

Now the final item – Bean boozled. These have become quite a well known joke/game item recently and it’s a coincidence we got them as my son was only talking about them a few weeks back. 

Inside the box are flavoured jelly beans. However some are regular “nice” flavours and some are down right disgusting. 

I declined to take part. The thought of munching on dog food flavours or boogers does not excite me one bit. My kids and their friends instead took turns to eat one each. Their faces were hilarious. Not sure who thought these up but they definitely have a very perculiar sense of humour.

Well yes we have been munching on American sweets and treats this half term and next week I’ll have to get back to the gym as they aren’t the healthiest things around but nice all the same. It’s no wonder America has high obesity when their snacks taste this good.

To try a vast range of American snacks, visit American goodies UK

Munchpack subscription 

Published February 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A few years ago, when this blog first started, there were a few subscription boxes around but not so many to choose from. Today there are literally hundreds of them specialising in many different categories of goodies inside. They all seem to share one element and that is “Surprise”. With subscription boxes you usually won’t know what’s inside until you open the box. 

I do love my subscription boxes, of which I have tried many. I especially love snack boxes, as do my children; and Munchpak is just that. 

Munchpak ships from the USA but is available world wide. The box we have is the Munchpak mini, which is the smallest box. The other options being original and family size.

Inside Munchpaks are a selection of snacks from around the world, as opposed to being from just one country like many boxes are.

The Munchpak mini gives at least 5 different snacks per month. And in our box we got six. 

There was a small selection of candy, chocolate and savoury snack bag. Unfortunately I could not find any sort of guide or leaflet to tell me what each item was. Luckily many of the products did have English txt on them or at least images of what the product was.

This type of snack box allows us to sample snacks from various countries each month rather than just one place. The monthly subscription starts at $9.95. All amounts are in dollars and payment via debit cards or PayPal. 

Unusual but delicious – Choc on choc 

Published February 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Once again, it’s the time of year where many people start thinking chocolate and chocolate gifts. After all it is nearly Valentine’s Day and then Mother’s Day and then Easter – chocolate all the way for the next few months! 

Many supermarkets are already full of chocolate hearts and chocolate eggs of many varieties. It does seem to be the same old chocolate products year after year; so if your wanting something chocolate but different it seems you have to look a little further and head to the good old internet to find a place such as Choc on choc.

The guys at choc on choc seem to beable to turn chocolate into pretty much anything. Many of their products don’t even look like chocolate and look fat too good to eat. Of course, we have had the great pleasure of sampling some of choc on choc creations.


From the outside this looks just like your regular box of eggs, but when we opened up, look what we discovered inside!


Yes not one, but six chocolate eggs. The eggs are the same size are regular eggs but I would say they weigh more. These are not hollow chocolate eggs, but instead a mass of solid milk and white chocolate and yummy gooey chocolate sauce. 


Now it is rather tempting to dunk a spoon or even a finger inside the eggs, but really there is no need to because the eggs don’t come alone! 


Is that toast? You may wonder! Well in a way, yes it is. It is shaped like toast and sliced like toast soldiers that get dipped into – boiled egg.

 

So; a double treat! Chocolate toast soldiers and big chunky chocolate eggs to dip in. Just delicious.

This chocolate treat would be excellent as an alternative to the usual Easter eggs this Easter. The chocolate is much better quality than regular Easter eggs, it is chunkier and lasts longer. I enjoyed my egg and toast with a hot drink just to melt and soften it a little. Of course my kids also loved their eggs too. 

The egg kit costs £15.00.

Continuing with alternative Easter treats is a Chocolate nest.

This one costs just £8.99. It may look smallish but once we took the nest out of the box, it’s easy to see why it has the price tag that it does. Apart from the lovely nest design, the chocolate is again really thick and chunky. One person would struggle to eat this on one sitting as the chocolate is really filling. This would also make a lovely Easter gift.

My favourite Christmas chocs

Published December 16, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Christmas is certainly no time for dieting, that can come later. It’s about good food and chocolate and lots of it. I don’t eat lots of chocolate but when I do, there is one sure favourite that stands out above the rest. Yes it’s Hotel chocolat, consider expensive by sons and an absolute luxury for me.

So what has Santa bought me this year?? Yeh may wonder! Well take a look at this!


Yes it’s a Yule log, it is Christmas after all. Of course this isn’t any old chocolate Yule log that can be bought almost anywhere, this is a very very special one for those of us on Santa’s nice list. 

The shape is created via a 3D scanner and finished with white chocolate for a finish of fresh snow. 50% milk chocolate praline with hazelnuts and crisped rice. It is very easy to slice for that carving-the-log moment, and can serve 14 tho this depends how generous one is being with sharing it. 

It is very very sweet and just pure chocolate throughout. This is no lightweight Yule log either I could immediately feel the weight of it, all 420g of pure indulgent chocolate. 

This is one that needs to be hidden from the kiddies because at £20.00 a go your not going to want to share with everyone.
Am I also have one of these too! It’s a chocolate wreath and it costs £8.00. This is a smaller version of the large wreath that Hotel Chocolat have costing £20.00. I actually had the large wreath at Xmas about 2 years ago. It’s huge and certainly not one for individuals plus you need an industrial type blade as the chocolate in them is very thick. This small wreath weighs 100gms and this particular one is the rare and vintage which is made with dark chocolate and infused with nuts, almonds and cranberries. There are 2 other small wreath varieties in milk and white chocolate choices and similar choices for the big wreaths.The small one would make a lovely gift or stocking filler and I think it’s just the right size for an individual.

As always, absolutely amazing, luxurious chocs from Hotel chocolat and certainly worth paying thaf extra bit of money for on special occasions.

Personalised advent calendars

Published November 25, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s the time of year when young children everywhere in the U.K. are not only counting down to Christmas but also excitedly awaiting December 1st as this is the day that those small doors on the advent calendars start to be opened. 

Now back in the day, a long time ago, when I was a little girl, advent calendars (tho still exciting) were a little boring compared to the ones in shops today. That’s because behind the doors of those old style advents was just a Christmas image and that’s all. Yup; no chocolate, sweets or fancy gift awaiting us behind the torn card, just a coloured image. 

Well times have certainly changed over the many years. I do vaguely remember the introduction of chocolate advent calendars but I remember them being very expensive at the time and I definitely do not recall ever having one. (Or maybe my parents were just tight sods) Anyway these days advent calendars never have just a boring image behind the door. The majority bare a piece of shaped chocolate behind each and these can be purchased for just a pound each in many stores. Many of them come with familiar character images, such as the calendars from Kinnerton.

Kinnerton have lots of character calendars to choose from for boys and girls. As well as the advent calendars they also sell many character chocolates including selection boxes and the majority of their products can be found in supermarkets and store such as Poundland. 

Izebella has one of their Trolls calendars which also came personalised. This option has now closed as it’s getting so close to the start of December but the Trolls calendars without personalisation are available pretty much everywhere.


Izebella loves Trolls at the moment and especially so Poppy troll. She has seen this calendar and her little face lit up. I cannot comment on how good the chocolate inside is as it’s not December 1st yet and I don’t believe in opening these early. However I have tried Kinnerton chocolate a few times and it’s not at all disappointing. Also the foil wrap in these calendars keeps the chocolates fresh! (I did always wonder how shops could sell them so early on)

Take a look at their other character chocolate products on the website which include Shopkins, peppa pig, simpsons and many more. 

Yummy snacks roundup

Published September 19, 2016 by Bizzimummy

As I have been trying out a fair few tasty treats in the past week or so, I have decided to include them all in one combined post. So here we go, and warning! It may just make you hungry.

Belvita yoghurt crunch 

Belvitas selection of tasty healthy snacks are perfect for busy people and busy families who may not always have time to sit and eat breakfast. The yoghurt crunch breakfast biscuits come in packs of 2, with 5 packs per box so 10 in total. The biscuits are made with whole grain and provide essential vitamins and nutrients to start off the day. The filing is made with honey and live yoghurt. The biscuits are ideal for just about anyone (who is allergy free) and can also be enjoyed at other times of the day or put in lunch boxes.


http://www.belvitabreakfast.com

Cocoa Hernando

I do love trying out new varieties of luxury chocolate. It’s possibly one of the best bits about being a blogger. 

These delicious tasting chocolate discs come from Cocoa Hernando. They cost £7.00 a box and needless to say they did not last too long in my house. These chocolate discs come in other flavours as well as the mandarin which we got to try. The boxes can even be personalised.

Mrs Crimbles large choc Macaroon 
Mrs Crimble’s – Britain’s much loved gluten free bakery brand – is helping to raise money for the UK’s leading breast cancer research charity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its bestselling Choc Macaroons. For every pack sold, 5p will be donated to Breast Cancer Now, meaning that enjoying Britain’s favourite Macaroon (one is sold every second) will be virtuous as well as utterly delicious!

These tasted absolutely heavenly, dip them in a hot drink and it all melts and crumbles away in your mouth and they are really big too. They also pack some weight, very thick and each bite is just amazing. 

They are of course also gluten free too. http://www.mrscrimbles.com


Dr Oetker: Easy choc and Easy ice.

Published July 4, 2016 by Bizzimummy

All baking mums (and dads) will be familiar with the Dr Oetker brand and their range of baking goodies. The most recent products from Dr Oetker make it easier to ice and coat cakes. These products are known as “Easy choc” and “Easy ice”. 


Easy choc comes in both milk and white chocolate. It comes in small plastic tubs and when opened this is what you get. 


Yes it’s a large cup shape slab of milk chocolate which actually looks very tempting to just pick up and nibble on all night, I did find it rather hard to resist. However what one needs to do is heat it up in the microwave until it looks like this. 


And it still looked so damn tempting to just eat there and then. 

So the idea of this easy to choc is; once melted, to pour, cover or drizzle over cakes. Or it can be used for dipping – “think strawberries and marshmallows and who needs an expensive chocolate fountain”

Ryan made some cherry scones at school in his cookery class, and it just so happened that our tubs of easy choc had arrived that same morning. We therefore had the rather smart idea to turn the scones into chocolate covered scone cakes with cream. Ryan was very happy to demonstrate how to do it. 


So! There is no complex science or instructions behind easy choc, you simply, heat, pour, cool and enjoy and that’s it. And it’s just delicious yummy chocolate which makes everything taste much better. (Not that I’m knocking Ryan’s scones one bit)


Now onto the other product – “Easy ice”. Icing cakes can sometimes be difficult and daunting. Rolling ice or finding correct icing bags and even making the stuff correctly to begin with. Dr Oetker seem to take a lot of stress away with their easy ice packets. 

There are 3 packets to choose from at the moment being pink, yellow and chocolate. The icing is already made and sealed inside the packets so no mess with the icing sugar. It can go a little firm inside the packet, especially if kept for a while. To soften it again the packet just needs to be placed in a cup of hot water for a short while and kneaded a little. 

To use, snip the corner of the packet open and simply squirt over the cakes or biscuits.


Again this is Ryan demonstrating how it works, he loves baking and cooking and here we are using plain fairy cakes. If you want the icing to look neater then just use a knife or spoon to spread around evenly. Then cool in fridge.


Ryan also decided to add various sprinkles to his cakes, which I should add are all part of the Dr Oetker brand too.

Easy choc and Easy ice can be purchased in most supermarkets and many smaller shops. Easy choc pots are approximately £1.79 each and Easy ice just 79p each.
I have often wondered why the baking brand is called Dr Oetker and it turns out that Dr Oetker dud actually exist.

“In 1893 pharmacist Dr. August Oetker introduced Bakin a convenient and superior quality form of Baking Powder packed in small sachets containing exactly the right amount needed to make the popular Gugelhupf cake (the German equivalent of our ever popular Victoria sponge cake).         Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited is part of the International Dr. Oetker group, a privately owned business, established in 1891 that has been successfully run by four generations of the Oetker family, with its international head office in Bielefeld Germany.

        Home Baking is at the heart of Dr. Oetker and Bakin was the company’s very first product launch, in 1893.”

Bahlsen biscuits

Published April 5, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Whist my 3 little ones were happily munching on Easter eggs and making me feel a little left out, a lovely package arrived full of Bahlsen biscuits. So; it turns out I did get treated over Easter after all.

If you have not heard of Bahlsen then you may very well have spotted these fine looking packets in your local supermarket and at E even been tempted to try them!  

 
And you should, because these are probably one of the finest, tastiest makes of biscuit around. These are the Choco Leibniz. I have been enjoying them for years and these are possibly what Bahlsn is best known for. 

The biscuits look like rectangle slabs. Plain sweet biscuit on the bottom and coated in a thick layer of chocolate. Just delicious and just the thought of dipping them in a hot brew! (Which I have done many times)

 
I have been used to buying packets of milk and dark Leibniz for some time. There are now 3 more varieties being white, orange and caramel. The only real problem is deciding which ones to buy and try first.

I find Leibniz in almost every supermarket I shop in and that’s all of them. They usually cost between £1 – £1.50 a packet and I find them on offer a lot too. 
As well as the delicious Leibniz biscuits, Bahlsen also makes lots of other biscuits and treats. These include the Pick Up! selection. 

 
With these you get 2 biscuits and inbetween a slab of chocolate. I had previous tried the milk chocolate one and was pleased to see 3 new varieties in these too. Dark chocolate, Choco & caramel, & Black n white. These come as four and five packs and each biscuit comes individually wrapped. They are therefore good for trips out and lunches. 

 
Again these can also be picked up in most supermarkets at a very low cost.

Bahlsen is the leading biscuit brand in Germany and it’s easy to understand why because they are just so damn tasty.

By the way, I did not eat them all myself, I did share! 

Easter at Hotel Chocolat

Published March 18, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s just over a week to go until the chocolate eggs and bunnys all come out. Easter certainly comes early this year and even earlier for me. 

My favourite chocolatiers have once again made me my quite happy with the arrival of their Easter goody bag.  

 
As always with Hotel Chocolat products the packaging is top notch luxury. This goody bag resembles one of those high class shopping bags and is of course packed full of chocolate goodies.  

  
  

As its Easter there are lots of bunnys in this, 9 in total split amongst 2 packs. The 6 pack are the city caramel bunnies and then a 3 pack of milk chocolate bunnies

 
There is of course some small eggs too, known as egglets. These are in a delicious raspberry flavour and in a little gift bag type thing. Some of these eggs come wrapped and some unwrapped. 


The Chocolate slab in salted caramel was the first thing I ate and loved it, tho I would of liked it to be a big bigger. My overall favourite from this goody bag are the trio of pralines. Unfortunately only 3 but I loved each one. Very creamy and indulgent. 

 
I have really enjoyed this goody bag, I did not save it for Easter as it was just too good. It costs £18.00 and Hotel Chocolat also have a lovely selection of Easter eggs and other yummy  Easter treats. The goody bag contents can also be purchased separately too in larger quantities for next time.
 

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