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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.

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.

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! 

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!

Degustabox October reveal

Published October 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My October degustabox arrived a few days ago. And as always, here is my box reveal.


TREATS!


My favourite bit of Degustabox are the treats. The chocolates, sweets, crisps etc. 

This month bought me a large bag of Chippeas which seem to be a new take on puff type crisps. Instead of being made from potatoes they are made with chickpeas. Unfortunately they was not to everyone’s taste. I thought they was okay, a little herby but my children did not like them at all.

Millions Vimto however went down a right treat. I actually didn’t even get to try one of the tiny flavoured vimto sweets and it was a fairly big tub too. My kids were like vultures with these. 

Michel et Augustin cookies – I made sure I did get to try one of these. I say one because there were only two cookies in the pack. Soft, sweet and ever so slightly like the taste of rusk. I would of liked a few more but yes these get the thumbs up. 

Nuttvia breadsticks – This is a new type of chocolate spread product, similar to Nutella but claims to contain 97% less sugar. It comes as a jar spread as well as the breadstick pots which are like the old retro choc pots I had when younger. The chocolate is delicious and certainly doesn’t taste like there is less sugar. They do not come cheap tho, forget the old 30p choc snack. These cost £2+ each. It was probably my favourite product this month from my box but there is no way I would pay that amount for a small breadstick and chocolate dip snack. 

 The small white packet contains a chocolate disc from the Real hot chocolate company. These discs are all wrapped and sealed individually by hand. They make an excellent cup of dreamy milky hot chocolate. Just what I need on a cold Autumn dark night.



DRINKS!

Just two drinks this month, both of which I am quite familiar with.

They are from the same company – Feel Good. The infusions being one of the new refreshing additions but not really a flavour I’m too fond of. It just doesn’t sit well with my palette, I don’t like mint and it’s quite watery too. The orange and mango still juice is on the other hand a lovely refreshing treat.



CUPBOARD ITEMS!

Finally the cupboard treats, or the items with a longer shelf life that can be stored in my cupboard.


Heinz spaghetti hoops, the no added sugar variety make a very simple and easy lunch during school holidays. Tinned spaghetti on toast being one of the rare things that all three of my kids will actually eat.

Misfortune cookie – I think this was put in as a Halloween treat, or trick. They don’t taste too great.

Lo salt – I don’t think this needs much explanation. It’s a tub of salt that contains less sodium than regular salt so a bit healthier. 

Pulsin bar – A healthy bar, they don’t taste great to me tho and far too expensive. It’s probably cheaper to make my own. 


AND ALSO !


Kabuto Noodles – I’ve had a fair few of these noodle pots in my boxes over the past few months. Unfortunately again, I’m not a big fan of pot noodle snacks or microwave noodles so I end up giving these away.

Valfrutta seems to be a vegetable Quinoa product. I have not made this yet. Not too sure if I will or what I’ll make it with.

Lee Kum Kee – Now these look really interesting and tasty. Real Chinese, Cantonese and oriental sauces to make delicious dishes. Instructions in English too. I cannot wait to make the king prawn dish. I just have to get round to buying the ingredients.


 I found the October box a little bit of a strange one. There seemed to be a fair few “repeat” products from previous months. A few social network comments from box subscribers state the same too. 

 I did enjoy a few of the products, mainly the Nuttvia, hot chocolate, and my children loved the millions and always enjoy spaghetti. The salt will come in useful as it will last a while, salt of course being used for many things, not just chips. The Chinese sauces will be used in the next few weeks and I’ll hopefully remember to get a quick snap of the dishes I make. All the treat products are now gone, along with the drinks. I did like the addition of the novelty fortune cookie, even tho they don’t taste great to eat, it’s one of those silly food type products that everyone wonders what’s actually inside. None of us like the protein bars or the noodle snack, but apart from that it’s been a fairly good box. 

The content total is approximately £21.00 or just over and subscribers pay just £12.99 per box including the postage and packing. Therefore it’s still worth it even with the odd few products that we don’t really like. Degustabox currently have an amazing offer of 55% off a box, meaning the box only costs £5.99 (including p&p) instead of the usual £12.99.

 If you’re new to reading my posts and have never heard of Degustabox then head over to Degustabox UK to read all about the monthly subscription.

In a nutshell you get up to 15 different full size products delivered in a box each month. The products are usually new items that have recently appeared in UK stores and supermarkets or even products yet to hit stores, sometimes mixed with a few well known items. The products will never be small sample packets as no one wants those do they? Some boxes contain alcohol, some don’t, you can choose whether to receive an alcohol box or not. It’s all about trying new things each month. Yes there will usually be one or two items which you won’t like but just do what I do and offer them to friends and family to try instead.

Degustabox is without a doubt my favourite food/snack subscription box and yes I’ve sampled a fair few different ones.

Foodie tried and tested roundup

Published October 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Recently we have been trying a few new foods and snack products; so! I thought I would start featuring a few. From now either every week, or every fortnight (depending on the amount of items) I’ll be listing a few foodie products that we have tried and liked.

And here is today’s list!








Popcorn Shed – It was hard to not get excited about bags of gourmet popcorn which is exactly what popcorn she’d have. The three mouth watering flavours being pecan pie, salted caramel and rich chocolate. Absolutely delicious as far a popcorn goes and well, not really the thing I would be happy sharing as it’s just so good.



SavourSmiths – I would describe these as posh flavoured crisps with rather unusual flavours of Wagyu beef with honey mustard and Truffle with Rosemary, these are certainly not the everyday bag of cheese and onion. The crisps are chunky and the flavouring is strong and rather rich. It’s a new brand and so only four flavours to choose from at the moment. Certainly makes a different snack experience. SavourSmiths UK 
Yazoo – I can see why both kids and adults alike love Yazoo milkshake. I like it too and more so just out of the fridge when it’s ice cold and first thing in the morning. The shakes got a shake up a while ago to include kid sized handy bottles which are also the “no added sugar variety”. They now come in chocolate, banana, strawberry and chocolate. Yazoo UK.  

Simple Bakes – A new flavoured savoury snack from Wellabys UK. Odd shaped pieces of flavoured crackers. Good for snacking on, dipping and great for kids lunch boxes too. They come in large 120g bags, I found them rather filling and would certainly struggle to get through a full bag myself. My favourite are the sweet chilli. Wellabys UK
Heinz spaghetti hoops – This one may seem a strange inclusion, considering that Heinz spaghetti has been around for years. The reason for including them is that the tins seem to have recently gone through a slight makeover and the hoops are now “no added sugar” and also (I’m told) one of our five a day (I’m guessing it’s the tomato sauce). Did you also know that Heinz spaghetti is packed full of good stuff too? , such as Vitamin D and Iron. Spaghetti hoops make an easy quick hot meal when time or money is limited. I loved spaghetti hoops on toast when younger and my kids eat it today too. The hoops can also be served as a side portion with a meal. Heinz UK 


And that sums up my foodie product round up for this week.

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 .

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