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Raw chocolate snacks from the Raw chocolate company

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The raw chocolate company was one of my very early posts when I first started this blog. That was a long time ago and I am pleased to be munching away on their tasty products once again.


These are raw chocolate snacks. If like me your not too sure what raw chocolate is then the process is explained in detail here. To cut it short, raw chocolate is just how its name says, its raw and its organic. The main ingredients in raw chocolate products are organic fair trade raw cacao and organic fair trade virgin cacao butter. When chocolate is made raw it can be a little bitter or too strong to eat so to give the raw chocolate a sweeter taste; natural sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, fruit powder, vanilla and Xylitol are added.

No milk is added to the raw chocolate or any other animal product making it fine for vegans to eat too. The chocolate does not contain any type of additives or anything artificial making it totally organic and raw.

The Raw chocolate company make and sell both raw chocolate bars and chocolate snacks. The snacks consist of raw chocolate over a selection of nuts and berries. Almonds, ginger, mulberries to name just a few. They look just like many other chocolate nibble type snacks and are good and healthier than regular chocolate snacks  for both adults and children.


The snack bags are 25g and a large bag 110g. These can all be purchased on the website.

As the chocolate is raw and made differently it is more like dark chocolate than the milk chocolate variety that most of us are used to. They do make a white chocolate bar, again with organic natural ingredients but no milk is used in their products.

I don’t mind dark chocolate anyway but I do not like the really dark strong 70% plus cocoa chocolate. It tastes way too bitter and not like chocolate at all. Raw chocolate snacks don’t have that extra strong bitter chocolate taste due to the natural sweeteners used along with the sweetness of the berries used. The stronger taste is the cacao powder dust which many of them are coated in.

They make a nice quick snack for us all. The 

April Degustabox reveal 

Published May 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m starting the week off with one of my favourite and regular subscription boxes which of course is the Degustabox. The big box of foodie surprises delivered to doorsteps all over the UK for just £12.99 per month and no extra cost for shipping. 


This most recent box contained a varying assortment of items. The first thing to be consumed was the big bag of Seabrooks Lattice crisps. This was a nice sized share bag containing chunky cross cross style crisps in a sea salt & black pepper flavour. 

Plenty more snack items in this box too, such as these Whitworths: full of super!


Vanilla maca-roon health balls. These are not usually something I would go for but they are surprisingly good. 

Then a few packs of Nothing but. I’ve had these a few times. I was glad to find the fruit snacks as opposed to the dried vegetable variety which I just don’t get at all. They are what they say on the packets and that is simply – freeze dried fruit slices. They even count towards the recommended 5 a day fruit.

Here’s quite a strange one – Doisy & Dams: Quinoa, smoked tea and vanilla chocolate.

Yes you heard that right. The chocolate is thick and chunky but this flavour jusr did not sit right with my pallette at all, it almost tasted like smoked bacon flavour chocolate and it just does not taste so good. 

New York Delhi – brings me nuts, hog chilli VIP nuts that is. 


Also – Polo sugar free pack- my son pinched and ate these before I could snap an individual photo but polos it seems now come in little tubs as well as the packets and are now sugar free so kinder to teeth. I don’t like mints or mint flavours so was happy to let my son have them.

“And something for the cupboard”

Dorset cereal – One from the ultimate adventures range of breakfast cereals. It’s essentially muesli  with Brazil nuts, berries and coffee! Maybe my girls will like it as I’m not a cereal person, in fact I haven’t eaten breakfast at all in decades. 

Pasta from Garofalo. Obviously Italian and penne type pasta tubes. This should come in useful for a nice bolognaise or tuna pasta dish. 

Good hemp? – I do occasionally come across food items that I have absolutely no idea what it is or what to do with it and this is one of them. Hemp seed hearts??? I’m clueless but the packet says for baking, topping and sprinkling and they have a nutty type flavour. 

“And the drinks”

Just two drinks this month one being organic lager from a company called Celia organic. No lager drinkers in my house so I can’t comment on that one.

And finally from Fentimans; the well known company for those traditional old fashioned looking glass bottles of pop and alcohol. It’s a pink grapefruit tonic water. This I think is intended as a mixer with the likes of gin or vodka etc, but I just couldn’t resist a good old mouthfuls of it by itself. It’s very sweet but refreshingly good. 

Aprils box did seem to be themed towards more healthy products with lots of organic, and sugar free products. It’s a mixed feeling box this month. Some products I liked, others I did not. The products I don’t use get passed to friends and family.

Degustabox is usually £12.99 a month. However they currently have an offer on for jusr £5.99 a box meanings big £7.00 off. You can find more details about this offer on their website.

Two by Two Artisan biscuits for children (& mummies of course!)

Published May 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Think of all the biscuit flavours that you may have tried in the past, be it strawberry, or any other fruit flavour. Do they actually taste anything like the fruit they are meant to be? I don’t think so! Usually not even close. Until now that is…..


These little cuties are the new Two by Two peach biscuits from Artisan biscuits. They are called two by two because each box contains two characters from well known nursery rhymes and stories. These include George and the dragon, Owl & Pussycat and the most recent addition – Mary and her little lamb. The nursery rhyme is even printed on the underside of the box. 

Artisan biscuits are a family run bakery who started over 70 years ago. All their products are still handmade by people and not robots with all natural ingredients sourced in the UK.

These new character biscuits are made with real peach juice and clotted cream. Of course I had to try the odd one myself to make sure my kids would like them as always! And I have to say Wow! These biscuits certainly are mouthwatering delicious. They do taste like real peaches with cream and if I had to liken the taste to anything then it would be the peach Oykos yoghurys which are also peaches with creamy yoghurt. I honestly was not expecting such an amazing flavour from a child’s biscuit. 

The packs contain about ten biscuits, five of each character. Each one roughly the size of my palm.  The designs are pretty, the flavour is just heavenly and of course my kids love them (as do I!) 

The other two by two products also contain natural juices and flavours including strawberry, toffee, lemon curd and vanilla. I think I may just have to try a few more flavours from the Artisan kids biscuits shop or rather my children will (honest!!). These biscuits cost £2.30 a box which is a good price for a special treat. 


They have lots of other goodies and biscuits too, even a whole section of treats just for us grown ups

March Degustabox reveal 

Published March 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I was left very happy after opening up my Degustabox this month. It’s possibly one of the best ones I’ve had. Lots of yummy treats which we have all enjoyed. 


And as always I will start with the treats, sweets and snacks.

1) Cadbury’s dairy milk Oreo – I found two bars in my box, one being peanut butter and the other mint. I had the peanut butter and Jordanna had the mint one to herself as I’m not a fan. These bars combine the tastes of dairy milk, Oreo and flavours together. 

2) Jelly bean factory – Certainly one for my kids. I don’t think I got to try a single one and there are apparently 36 flavours inside the box. 

3) £onepounders chocolate eclairs – Called £onepounders because they cost just a pound. Many more £1 sweet bags to choose from too. 

4) Pipers crisps – I have tried Pipers before but not this cider vinegar and sea salt flavour. They don’t contain any sort of cider so don’t let the name put you off.  It’s a unique flavour and differs from the usual salt & vinegar. Pipers crisps are full of flavour and chunky real round crisps, hardly any crumbs or small bits at the bottom and a good sized share bag too. 

And of course lots of refreshing drinks to try! 

5) Gusto organic lemon drink – I am always a little dubious with unknown organic drinks in glass bottles. I’ve tried a few and some of them from previous Degustaboxes and they have not always been that nice. This one, I’m pleased to say is nice, very nice actually. It’s pleasantly refreshing, sparkling and fruity. Best served chilled of course.

6) Rebel kitchen chocolate mylk – No it’s not a spelling mistake it’s how this drink is spelt. Rebel mylk products are dairy free. They are made with coconut milk and added ingredients to flavour such as cocoa. For a drink that is dairy free, this tastes very good indeed. A different taste to a regular chocolate milk drink but just as good.

7) Naturelly – I was unsure whether to add this to the drinks section or the snack section as it can be a drink or jelly snack. Unfortunately ours had leaked a little in the box so there wasn’t too much of it left. It’s suitable for youngsters aged one year and over so probably more a healthy type drink/snack for toddlers than adults or bigger kids.

8) Weetabix on the go – I was glad to find two of these. I was feeling a little unwell, sore throat and sniffles and was in need of a cool refreshing milky drink or two. Now I hate weetabix, detest the stuff. To be honest I don’t like cereal full stop, never eat the stuff but weetabix is definitely at the bottom end for me. These drinks do not in any way taste like weetabix, they just happen to be made by the same people. They don’t need to just be for breakfast either and of course they are pretty healthy too. 

Now for some cupboard treats: in other words those bottles, tubs, tins, tubes and packets that can be stored in my cupboards for a while! 

9) Heinz: (seriously) good sauces – I did not realise Heinz did stuff like this, I am more used to beans and baby food from them. I think there are a few varieties which come in glass jars. I was lucky to get this creamy pepper sauce, which of course is just perfect for steak. 

The sauce is ready to use from the jar and can be heated if required. It saves me the job of making it from a packet, which usually ends up burnt in a pan.

10) Maldon smoked sea salt flakes – okay so it’s salt, probably not the most interesting thing but it is good for cooking with and especially fish dishes. I coat fish fillets in this stuff prior to cooking and it helps bring out the flavours. The salt is like little crystals. It’s also good on chicken. 

And I also had two cans of cider in my box being from Caple road & Purity brewing:pure hopped. I don’t drink cider and have not done for years. An extremely drunken episode in my younger days put me off for life so I did not drink these but passed them to a friend who does so at least they have not been wasted. 

This has been one damn good Degustabox this month. I hope next months is just as good or even better. 

And if you want a Degustabox to try them head on over to Degustabox uk. You can also find them on social media channels and view what others think of their boxes too. @DegustaboxUK, Instagram- @degustabox_uk, and Facebook.

February Degustabox Reveal 

Published March 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well about two weeks ago came a knock at my door and the arrival of my monthly Degustabox snack box. As always packed full of delicious sweets, treats and goodies and oh; was this a great box!

Starting with a few of my favourites – the goodies (sweets, crisps and all that) 


Look at these sweet goodies I found tucked in the box –

 1) Willy Chase: apple cider vinegar popcorn – a very strange flavour of “fit” popcorn but very nice and a rather huge (movie share) bag too. 

Next two bags of sweets courtesy of Bebeto – cheesecake jelly type sweets and Candy crush soft candy mix which was a colourful sticky assortment of many sweets. These didn’t last long as you can see. 

Finally and one of my favourite products from the February box – 3) Maui & Sons chocolate coated banana chips. These were delicious. I don’t normally like dried fruits but dried banana is an exception and when it’s covered in chocolate it’s even better. This is certainly one product that I’ll be looking out for again. 

“And then even more snacks!”


4) Peppersmith are mints and chewing gum. Mints and gum are two  of the few things that I really dislike. However they did not go to waste because my children do like mints and my friend got the gum. 

5) Ameicanos – The label states perfect with coffee and that’s probably because these are coffee. Coffee beans with dark chocolate coating. They were okay but not really something I’d go out and buy. The coffee taste was slightly overpowering. 

“Moving on to the beverages”

Lots of refreshing beverages came in February’s box. 

6) Coldpress – A blend of fruity greens in a bottle – kiwi, banana, and a bit of celery  and kale all blended together. The taste wasn’t really for me but my 9 year old daughter loved it.

7) Just Bee – This one is honey water with blueberry flavour and a natural antioxidant. I did not taste any honey in this drink and the blueberry flavour was fairly weak but tasteable. The drink on the whole is extremely refreshing and seems to be a real thirst quencher so these would be good for Summer bbqs.

8) Double Dutch – Cucumber and watermelon sparkling tonic. There are other varieties of course and all come in glass bottles. They are designed as mixers to have with a gin or vodka or any other tipple. However once again my daughter Jordanna; spotted this drink and asked if she could try it (minus any added alcohol of course). I tried it too and for a drink which contains cucumber it isn’t too bad at all. The fizziness makes it all the more better. 

9) Blossom Hill – Oh the excitement when I pulled this bottle out of the box! It’s wine and fruity bubbly “rosé” type wine too, my absolute favourite. Their fruit bloom wine is just 5.5% and has hints of summer fruits. A sweet fruity refreshing taste.

10) Koko dairy free – Its a milk alternative aimed mainly at people who can’t; for whatever reason drink regular cows milk. This one is made from freshly pressed coconut milk. The overall taste isn’t too bad – I’ve certainly tried worse milk alternatives. It does however claim to be similar to cows milk and suitable for use in hot drinks such as coffee and tea. This is where I have to disagree: and it may just be my opinion, but! It just does not taste right in a hot drink or on a bowl of cereal. 

 

“And last but not least!”


These are what I call the “cupboard” items or if I’m being old fashioned – the “pantry” stock. Those tins and packets that can be stored for a while. I often find 2/3 items in most of my Degustaboxes, some great, some not so good and some that last ages.

11) Heinz – Yes its beans, love them or hate them but us Brits seem to go through millions of the tiny orange things. These mini tins are a new no added sugar recipe. I don’t mind the smaller tins, in fact I prefer them because the bigger tins end up being wasted as only my two girls really eat them in our house. 

12) Willy’s apple cider vinegar – This was an extra free sample item included in Feb’s box. If I’m being totally honest I have absolutely no idea how or on what to use this stuff. I don’t think it’s the sort of thing to shake onto my fish and chips. I have read somewhere on the internet that it has a fair few health benefits as well as perhaps being used in some sort of cooking. The brand “Willy’s” being William Chase.

13) Kabuto – Its noodles, rice noodles to be exact. One of those on the go type pots that gets filled with hot water. Slightly spicy, not really something I eat myself but my daughter loves them.

And that concludes my February Degustabox reveal. All those goodies for just £12.99 a month, full sized products too and no tiny samples. Postage is free so sign up today at Degustabox UK

Chewy moon snack box for kids

Published March 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Chewy moon is a weekly subscription snack box for kids. 

The boxes are created based on the child’s age and come packed full of healthy natural snacks for children ages 3 and over.

Each box contains many snacks, each of these snacks comes in its own colourful package which all have animal images on them. 

Now when I hear the words “healthy snacks” I immediately think – raisins, dates, prunes etc, all the things I dislike and my kids aren’t overly keen either, especially not prunes. As you can see there were many snack boxes to try and not one of them contained raisins or prunes. The majority of the snack boxes were actually really tasty with sweet berries or nuts and other fairly healthy items. 

A menu detailing what everything is and what the ingredients in each pack are, comes included as do a few kids activity sheets.

Chewymoon sends a box of snacks weekly for approximately £4.99. It’s a mixture of sweet and savoury snacks which we all enjoyed, none of us found any thaf we really disliked. 

Chewy moon differs from other similar subscription services because – 

Snacks are sampled and approved by kids

And made by nutritionists who are experts in children’s nutrition

100% natural: packed with goodness, not sugar or other additives

Tailored and addressed to the child

Stories, fact cards and totems in every pack, making snacking and learning a brilliant experience.

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

New fridge fruit packs from Dole 

Published February 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Dole are probably most well known for their tinned fruits and the most popular fruit cocktail in a tin. They have recently bought out all new resealable fridge packets. 

The packets contain similar tasting fruits just as I’d find in the Dole tins but the difference being, these can be resealed and keep for longer than say half an opened tin would. 

They can be eaten and used just as any fruit would be it breakfast toppings, baking, or just as a healthy snack. The convenient resealable packs is enough to give one of your “5 a day”, every day, with no fuss. The Dole Resealable Fridge Packs are available in four options: Tropical Gold, pineapple chunks, mixed fruit, peach slices and prunes.


My two girls both love fruit, my boy is still as fussy as ever but the girls seemed really fascinated by the new packets in the fridge. 

This is the mixed fruit in cherry juice which Jordanna could not wait to open and try. 

And its a thumbs up from my girls. They both love eating tins of fruit cocktail as it is and now that its in a packet, it makes it much easier and less dangerous than attempting to open tins.

Dole has also bought out fruit freezer packs in six varieties. These get stored in the freezer until needed. 

The fridge packs cost approx £1.19 each and freezer packs £2.29 each and both fridge and freezer packs should be available to buy in supermarkets. I would say that each pack gives two fairly reasonable sized portions and so enough for two or more people to share. 

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. 

Movie night goodies – Tommy Tucker + Giveaway

Published February 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

As a family we like to do occasional movie nights. This is where we will choose a movie or two to all watch (on a none school night) and bring in a few munchies, pop etc. Not always the healthiest choices but it’s not every night.

Now when this big box arrived packed full of munching goodies; we knew it was time for another family movie night.


The box was sent to us from Tommy Tucker. They sell many movie style snacks including popcorn, potato snacks and even candy floss. 


Some of the popcorn, along with the candy floss even comes in movie style resealable plastic tubs, meaning we can just place them on our knees and help ourselves as we wish.


Each tub contains a litre of popcorn. The candy floss looked just like a tub of fluff and Izebella loved it.

These large 120g sharing bags also went down really well. 

Jordanna seems to enjoy the salty varieties of popcorn more than the sweet or toffee. With the share bags it’s 142 calories per serving tho I’m not too sure if a serving means the whole bag or not.

My favourite was the new luxury popcorn bags. These are just delicious.

Each bag is 200g of pure indulgent toffee popcorn goodness. Choose from cocoa, salted caramel & vanilla, tropical coconut and raspberry sensation. All of them taste amazing and the bags can be very addictive once opened. It all just tastes so nice and creamy aswell as crunchy. 


All Tommy Tucker products can be purchased via the website in multi packs and of course, you may just spot them in your local cinema too.
PRIZE GIVEAWAY 

If you liked the look of all those goodies above then enter this giveaway. The winner will also receive a large box of Tommy Tucker goodies; just perfect for a movie night.

Entrants need to be UK based and have valid Facebook, twitter and email accounts. Closing date is February 28th 2017.

ENTER HERE!

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