It’s that time again where I share with you some of the foodie products I’ve been trying out. Have a scroll through and see what takes your fancy.
Pilgrims Choice Crumbles
Pilgrims Choice Crumbles are 4mm diced cubes of cheddar which are designed for cooking with since they melt more evenly. One could argue that pre-diced cheese is something of a slovenly convenience, but the Mature Cheddar Crumbles with Black Pepper flavour and the Extra Mature Cheddar Crumbles with Breadcrumbs and Herbs flavour add a little something special to makes and bakes, so I think they’re a fun purchase to use in lazy Sunday bakes.
Get stockist and price info on the Pilgrims Choice website.
These are great little bottles of concentrated spice flavouring. You only need a drop or two where you’d use a teaspoon of dried alternative, and because it’s liquid, it distributes through the dish really well. I used the cinnamon drops in an apple cake recently and it was perfect, plus they take up much less space on the spice shelf, so they’re a brilliant solution for small kitchens.
Get stockist and price info on the Holy Lamas website.
Wyld Wood Cider
I’m really impressed with the smoky, almost meaty tasty of this uncarbonated organic still cider from Wyldwood. If you like cider, you’ll like this.
Get stockist and price info from Westons.
Smooze Ice Desserts
I’m not a huge fan of coconut water drinks – there seem to be too many around – but I do like these fruit and coconut milk frozen desserts. They’re gently sweet and slightly creamy but healthier than sugar packed alternatives as they’re made from 100% natural ingredients – just fruit and coconut milk.
Get stockist and price info from the Smooze website.
Amanzi make a delicious range of loose leaf teas, including a refreshing, caffeine free fruit blend for kids with real dried fruit pieces.
They come in attractive tins and you can also pick up this brilliant tea maker (£17.99) which has a valve in the base so that once you’ve brewed your tea, you simply place it on top of a mug, which pushes up the valve so it will drain through. Lovely!
Get more info on prices and stockists from the Amanzi website.
Jack Daniels sauces
These sauces blend classic flavours with a little of the unique taste of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.
In the case of the Extra Hot Habanero sauce, it’s blended with habanero chillies to create a smokey flavour with a fiery kick of heat, while the Hot Pepper Steak Sauce, blended with jalapeno peppers, ramps up the temperature to create a sweet but spicy sauce
My husband has deemed the Extra Hot Habanero sauce to be “the best thing ever to be put on a bacon sandwich anywhere in the world ever”, so I’d say he’s keen.
Get more info on stockists and pricing over on the Jack Daniel’s Sauces website.
If you’re heading to the gym and fancy a protein boost, Upbeat drinks are a tasty, smooth, dairy-based mix of protein and fruit purée. Each bottle is 150kcals and contains 20g protein and only 4.4% sugar, which isn’t bad at all.
It doesn’t have many more calories than an equivalent quantity of skimmed milk, yet the protein will make you feel fuller for longer, so it would make sense as an afternoon snack, when teamed with a healthy, active lifestyle. Note though, it contains Sucralose, so if you’re consuming other Sucralose sources, you may want to keep an eye on your overall intake.
Check out more info, stockist and pricing details on the Upbeat website.
Marvellous Mix Ups
Since Cadbury was bought by an American giant, it’s gone through some changes and has lately been releasing a whole load of new chocolate ideas that take it well way from it’s classic, pretty safe image of yesteryear. The Mix Up packs contain a mix of mini Cadbury chocolate classics like fingers of Fudge and chocolate buttons, with jellied sweets and Nabisco classics such as mini Oreos. Grab them for a mixed up treat.
Stockist and price info is available on the Cadbury website.
New York Bakery Co Seeded Bagel
Seeded bread is my favourite kind and they’ve got the balance just right in these bran-rich bagels.
They’re amazing toasted, slathered with salted butter and a little blackcurrant jam, but best served, I think, with cool cream cheese. Yum.
Get stockist and price info over on the New York Bakery Co website.
Cracker Drinks Co make clean tasting juice drinks with no added sugar. The Mango & Passion Fruit is particularly refreshing and works great in cocktails and as a base for quick ice lollies. The lemonade is a little tart for my tastes, though. There’s also a child-friendly range which is made with water and a splash of juice.
Silly really, and not that healthy, but good fun for an occasional, lazy treat, these are potato cakes in the shape of asterisks, hashes, smileys and @ symbols. A comment on the modern age, perhaps?
Get stockist and price info on the Birdseye website.
Claudi & Fin Smoothies
Saving the most delicious for last, these Greek-style frozen yoghurt and fruit purée lollies from Claudi & Fin are absolutely stunning. They’re also enriched with vitamin D, which helps with the effective absorption of calcium. They come in mango and strawberry flavours and contain around 80% less sugar than typical competitors. Great for a treat.
Get stockist and price info on the Claudi & Fin website.
Disclosure: we were sent the items featured for review.