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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. 

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


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