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.
I am trying to change my diet and the things I eat. My weight is fine, I can lose that easily and I weigh just under 9stone. The problem is my stomach. I exercise daily and my upper abs are starting to feel harder. The problem lies with my lower stomach and this awful bulge around my triple C section scar. I’m beginning to wonder if it will ever go.
I do enjoy sweet things. Chocolate bars and cakes. Maybe this is where my problem lies. Maybe it’s all the sugar going to my lower stomach.
Anyway a company called The Primal Kitchen sent me out some of their bars to try. Their bars obviously being far more healthy and nutritious than the chocolate ones I am used to.
The bars come in 3 varieties. All of which I found quite tasty, as did Izebella who just has to have some of whatever I’m eating.
The flavours are Almond & Cashew, Brazil nut & Cherry and Coconut & Macadamia.
The bars are handmade here in the UK. All cold-pressed and each containing no more than 5 healthy ingredients.
They are free of just about every nasty and anything that causes allergies. Fine for those with gluten free diets, vegetarians, vegans and just about everyone else. No junk whatsoever just great tasting fruits, nuts, almond oil and healthy ingredients.
Now when trying health bars such as these. I am always a little wary as to whether I will like them or not. This is for two reasons. The first being that I sometimes find them a little bland boring or even down right disgusting in taste. (Not the case this time tho!)
The second reason is that I really dislike “dried fruit”. By dried fruit I mean raisins, currants, sultanas and other similar yukky sticky renamed dried out fruits. I do however like dried apple, banana, coconut and apricots. It’s only when the fruit turns black and gets renamed, it then tastes horrible in my opinion.
So with the above dislikes in mind and previous experience of testing out various similar products; I was not expecting much from these bars. I was pleasantly surprised!!
No dried fruits, and if they are in there, then they must be so small I cannot taste them. No boring awful flavour- all the bars tasted lovely. Like a sponge mixed with a chewy cereal bar. The consistency of the bars was spot on and the flavours just delightful. My favourite one being the Coconut & Macadamia which itself was quite sweet and just bursting with yummy coconut pieces and flavour.
Overall these bars would make a good alternative quick breakfast or a lunchbox snack instead of a chocolate bar. Also great as part of a weight loss diet as they don’t contain anything to worry about.
These bars are still fairly new. Only launched in March this year. They can be purchased directly from The Primal Kitchen and also been bought from Ocado, a selection of leading health stores and selected gyms. £1.49 each.
Christmas may be over and new year resolutions made. However mine certainly did not include giving up chocolate at all. I can’t help it, I love the stuff and love trying out new types and new brands.
This post is all about a company named Beech’s Fine Chocolates and to start here’s a little Info and history all about them.
Beech’s Fine Chocolates are based in Preston (not too far from myself) and have been makers of traditional British chocolates since way back in the 1920s. Beech’s has had several owners including some large well known food groups such as Renshaw Scott and Supercook. It’s now owned privately by Andrew Whiting and Robert White.
The chocolates themselves are well renowned for the unique quality and taste and are packaged under Beeches own label. The chocolates are created using natural raw material ingredients and are free from artificial colours and flavours. The products are also suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Beech’s are UTZ certified which stands for sustainable farming and ensures better working conditions and opportunities for farmers and there families. Beech’s aim is to be using 100% UTZ chocolate.
The first delicious treats I have been lucky enough to sample are these Chocolate Brazil Nuts they are an absolute must for all those chocolate but lovers out there.
They come in a choice of milk or dark chocolate and several different box sizes. The smallest box is 90g then 140g, 260g and huge 1700g boxes. All different sizes perfect for a variety of occasions. Eating alone, couples, families, large groups etc. perfect for giving, sharing or keeping them all to yourself.
The Brazil nuts used in these fine chocolates are whole nuts and shipped straight from South America. The Brazil nuts are of highest quality and not panned like many others currently on sale. Each nut benefits from a double layer of thick chocolate. The nuts are then inspected individually prior to being packaged in a protective sleeving inside the box.
The chocolate on the nuts is very thick. I found I had to bite through a very thick layer before reaching the but inside. The nuts are very generous in size giving a generous mouthful of chocolate and crunchy nut each time.
I can’t decide if I prefer the milk or the dark ones. They both taste equally delicious and they are perfect for just sitting down at night with a hot drink, telly on and just tucking into a few. The nuts taste really fresh and smooth and a great quality to them.
These have to be the best chocolate coated nut products I have tried both for their size and taste and I especially enjoy the thickness of the chocolate.
The boxes start at £2.99 for the smaller box and increase slightly with size. If you are after a nice family treat or perhaps want to cheer someone up who enjoys this type of product then I would highly recommend trying these. Everyone who I invited to try them loved them.