I think my tastebuds are becoming spoiled – me
It’s that time again where I round up some of the foodie products I’ve been trying this month. Take a look at my pick of the crop…
Knorr Flavour Pots
Knorr seem to be leading the charge in the move from powdered flavour packs to liquid ones and these little Knorr Flavour Pots are wonderful. Honestly, try stirring the Mixed Herb one into a tomato pasta sauce, or the Garlic one into a white sauce, or the chilli one into…just about anything.
The flavour is fresh, balanced and blends well with the other notes in your dish. They’re well worth trying. Pick them up in your local supermarket for £1.89 for a pack of four.
Organix Red Berry Burst Rice Cakes
These thin, oblong Red Berry Burst Rice Cakes have a fine, sweet layer of natural mixed berry flavouring on one side. They’re completely free from junk, contain no added sugar and have proved a huge hit with Miss J.
At £2 for four 3-packs from ASDA, they’re perfect to pack in your bag when travelling so that you can offer a healthy snack instead of reaching for the salty, sugary, fatty snacks on offer at the average train/service station cafe.
Innocent Tropical Juice for Kids
We’ve long been fans of Innocent Smoothies, and the new 100% Tropical Juice for Kids is well liked by our two little ones.
It’s made from juice from apples, oranges, pineapple, mango and passionfruit with no bits and absolutely no nasties. Each 180ml pouch counts as 1 of their 5-a-day, so it’s definitely a good choice for lunch boxes. Pick them up in the supermarket for £2.79 for a pack of four.
Brown Bear Hot Chocolate
Brown Bear Hot Chocolate is a dark, smooth luxury hot chocolate containing 55% minimum cocoa solids, sugar and natural vanilla flavouring. If you like your hot chocolate sweet, you’ll probably want to add sugar or fruit syrup, but either way, it’s a real treat.
Grab a 350g tub for £6.99 from the Brown Bear website.
The Chia Co Chia Seeds
I learned recently that Chia is the highest plant based source of Omega 3, fiber and protein you can get. I’m told it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and that nutritionists recommend eating 15g/0.5oz (one tablespoon) of Chia every day for adults and 1 teaspoon of Chia every day for children.
The Chia Co make that easy with pouches (£4.95 for a 150g pouch from Birchbox) and individual ‘Shots’ (£4.95 for a box of ten 8g pouches from Birchbox) of white and black chia seeds. I’ve been sprinkling them on my cereal mostly, and they simply add a bit of crunch.
If it’s good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow…
Beauty’in snacks and drinks
beauty’in products contain hydrolysed collagen, which is the protein responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin. I’m told that if hydrolysed collagen is eaten/drunk over a prolonged period of time, it’s scientifically proven to enhance the appearance of your skin.
The drinks are £3.50 each and also contain vitamins, while totalling just 7 calories each – they taste of artificial sweetener, but are no less palatable that the average light cordial. Unfortunately, they’re not suitable for vegetarians.
Meanwhile, the organic cereal bars are free from artificial colours and sweeteners, contain no add sugar and are enriched with hydrolysed collagen, vitamins and antioxidants. They’re quite tasty too with each £2.50 sachet containing 6 squares at 20kcal each.
Do they make you look more beautiful? I’ve no idea – I’ve only tried a small handful for a short period, but it’s worth a shot, eh?
9Bar Breakfast Bars
I used to survive on the Original 9Bar when I was at uni as they’re packed with energy – but these Breakfast 9Bars are new to me.
They’re big, chunky, chewy and most importantly tasty bars containing mixed seeds rice syrup, agave nectar, soya protein, gluten free oats, raw cane sugar plus dried fruit and nuts, depending on the flavour. My favourite is Breakfast Apricot & Strawberry which isa delicious as it is nutritions, but all of the flavours and really, very yummy and perfect if you are heading out for a busy day and don’t have time for a sit down breakfast.
Order 16 x 50g bars through the 9Bar website for £14.40.
Vita Coco Kids
Vita Coco Kids coconut water currently comes in two flavours, Apple & Blackcurrent and Mango & Pineapple. It’s made with filtered water, 37.5% coconut water, natural flavouring from fruit and no preservatives and colourings.
The kids seem to really like them and they contain about half the sugar and calories of regular kid’s juices. Get them 24 pouches for £19.74 from Amazon.
Get Fruity Bars
I kind of feel bad for not wanting to share these Get Fruity Bars with the kids, but they are SO nice. Actually, I’d say they’re the nicest fruit and oat bars I’ve ever tasted.
They come in three flavours: Moist Mixed Berry, Scrumptious Strawberry, and Juicy Apricot, Orange & Ginger. They’re all made using real fruit, natural fruit juices and British wholegrain oats, blended together with the virgin coconut oil – a superfood which is said to stimulate the metabolism. There’s no refined sugar in these lightly baked juicy bars, nor any artificial flavours and colours. They are soft with a little chew and crunch and truly delicious, especially the strawberry flavour.
Send Get Fruity a tweet to find out where you can pick them up.
Rachel’s Greek Style Lemon Yoghurt
If you like yoghurt, I’ve little doubt you’ll love Rachel’s Greek Style Lemon Yoghurt. It’s super thick, rich and creamy, with a mouthwatering lemony flavour. It’s like eating fresh lemon curd swirled into double cream. Mark loves it, I love it, the kids love it.
Grab it from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Ocado priced at RRP £1.99 for a 450g pot.
Gran Luchito Paste, Mayo and Honey
Buy some Gran Luchito mayo and spread it on to thick toast, top with grated cheese and grill til it bubbles. OH MY SWEET HEAT – it’s good. Gran Luchito is made with rare smoked Mexican chillies and has a meaty flavour that warms slowly in your mouth and holds a full but not overpowering smoky heat on your tastebuds.
Buy the set of three pictured above for £12.99 on Amazon.
Jacob’s Mixed Grain Crisp Bread
Newly launched Jacobs Mixed Grain Crisp Breads are genuinely delicious. They’re very light, seeded and go brilliantly with all manner of cheeses, salad and other cool toppings. Try them with houmous and olives – crazily good. Get them for £1.39 for 5 packs of 4 crispbread.
Jacob’s Oddities are little packs of crackers in fun shapes, with flavours kids will like, such as Smoky Bacon, Cheese or Salt & Vinegar. Given the salt, they’re not the healthiest snacks in the world, but the kids love them and they’re free from artificial colours and flavours, so I tend to have a pack of two in my bag in case of hunger emergencies.
Pick up a pack of five in Tesco, ASDA, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s for £1.59.
Godiva Belgian Chocolates
I’ve been using the Godiva Belgian Chocolate drops for cooking and they’re great quality.
At Easter and other festive occasions, they also offer speciality chocolates, such as the eggs above, by weight, so you can order as little or as much as you like, making it an affordable taste of luxury or a great gift.
I have to confess, when these little Robinsons Squash’d pods arrived for review, I wasn’t sure what to make of them. But actually, it’s really handy to have a pocket size bottle of super concentrated cordial in my bag – it means all we need to do is fill an empty bottle with tap water and we can create juice whenever we need it. Get them from all major supermarkets for £2.48.
Fruit Bowl Fruit Shapes
If your kids like sweets but you worry about the high sugar content, you might like to try Fruit Bowl Fruit Shapes. They’re made with apple, pear, strawberry and blackcurrant juice and contain no added sugar, nor any artificial flavours or colours – a pack even counts as one of your five-a-day!
Grab a pack of five 18g bags for £1.89.
Finn Crisp Original
For those who like their crackers ultra-crisp and slightly sour so that they pair perfectly with a cool, creamy topping, Finn Crisp Original Thin Sourdough Rye Crispbread is the cracker pack to buy.
I have been eating them with a little light cream cheese and cherry tomatoes, or dipping them into sweet tomato soup – very nice indeed.
Grab a 200g pack for £4.40 from Amazon – it might sound expensive, but a small pack goes a long way.
Kelly’s of Cornwall Clotted Cream & Honeycomb Ice Cream
I’ve written before about Kelly’s of Cornwall ice cream. It’s so creamy and delicious, with a perfectly sublime aftertaste. I just had to include the Clotted Cream & Honeycomb flavour in this month’s round up as it’s probably my favourite ice cream out there right now.
It’s luscious cornish ice cream with dots and swirls of honeycomb. It’s so, so good. Grab a litre from most supermarkets for £3.97.
Icefresh Star Wars Lightsaber Lollies
I’ve included these Star Wars Lightsaber Lollies in this month’s round up because they appealed to the kids (and Mark) so much! Luke’s lightsaber is Lemon & Lime flavour, while Darth’s lightsaber is Strawberry flavour – they’re kind of taste like slush puppies but free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
Get a pack of four for your little Star Wars fans for £2.
Weight Watchers Frozen Desserts Classic Range
If you are following a low fat diet, or just want a treat with fewer grams of fat, check out the Weight Watchers Frozen Desserts Classic Range. They’re not suitable for vegetarians as they use gelatine, but they’re convincingly creamy, according to my brood.
The caramel crunch flavour with its crunchy toffee pieces, toffee sauce, creamy ice cream and sponge base is the current favourite – very indulgent and only 5 ProPoints.
Each pack of two retails for £1.78 from most supermarkets.
Divine Milk Chocolate with Whole Almonds
It’s quite unusual to find a really good quality, fairtrade chocolate with whole almonds in it, so I’m keen to recommend Divine Milk Chocolate with Whole Almonds. It’s very moreish, the chocolate is smooth and sweet and the nuts are fresh. Lovely.
Buy a 100g bar for £2 from Waitrose and Ocado.
Hans Sloane Drinking Chocolate
Genuinely my favourite hot chocolate, Hans Sloane Drinking Chocolate comes in packs of little chocolate beads that melt luxuriously into hot milk. It’s so velvety and sweet that I guarantee you a pack won’t last more than a few days – we were even eating the chocolate straight out the pack. The honey flavour in particular is out of this world.
Pick up a pack 270g for £4.99 from Tesco and Waitrose – it’s not cheap, I know but believe me, it’s worth every penny.
And from Degustabox…
Schwartz Flavour Shots
A clever solution for the novice cook, or anyone in a hurry to prepare a quick, tasty tea, Schwartz Flavour Shots offer a combination of herbs in oil balanced to create perfectly flavoured dishes, such as Spanish Paella or Italian Creamy Herb.
Flavour Shots are available to buy in Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. One pot is enough to flavour a recipe for four, and costs £1.40
Some days, I have to get in a cab at 4.30am to get to a job, so MOMA Porridge is great.
I’ve tried the Plain Porridge (No Added Sugar), Golden Syrup and Cranberry & Raisin flavours and all you do is whip the lid of the pot, add hot water, stand, then eat. It’s a great little breakfast on the go and much healthier than a sugar-filled pastry.
MOMA started selling from a stall in Waterloo station but you can now get them Waitrose for £1.29 per single serving pot.
Tyrrells Proper Popcorn Sweet & Salty
It took a little leap of faith for me to believe that Tyrrells Proper Popcorn Sweet & Salty could be tasty. “Sugar and salt on the same popcorn?!” I thought. Then I tasted a pack – it is GOOD!
The Weaver Gold corn kernels are popped at Tyrrells Court Farm in Herefordshire to give fluffy, delicious popcorn. Tyrells also comes in Salted, Mature Cheddar, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Sour Cream & Jalapeño Chilli.
Pick a pack up from Waitrose, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Tesco and Ocado for £1.20-£1.70, depending on the size of the pack.
Drink Me Chai Tea Latte
I hadn’t really tried chai latte before drinking a cup of Drink Me Chai Tea Latte. I’d expected a more flowery, Earl Grey-like flavour and was surprised by the spicy tones.
This one is available in 20g sachets in Waitrose and Sainsburys. There is a chocolate version to but that’s not really to my taste – the spice and chocolate makes for an odd combination.
Shaken Udder Milkshakes
If your kids won’t drink milk, Shaken Udder Milkshakes might be a good alternative. They’re made with real fruit or Belgium chocolate and blended with fresh British milk.
As with almost all drinks of this type, there’s added sugar, but if you’re keen to provide a calcium boost as part of a healthy, balanced diet, they’re tasty and free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Get the 330ml milkshake bottles for £1.29 from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco and the packs of 3 x 200ml kid’s cartons for £1.85 in Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Mexican Dave’s Legendary Tortilla Chips Nacho Cheese
I’m ashamed to say I’m rather an unstoppable force when presented with a pack of Mexican Dave’s Legendary Tortilla Chips Nacho Cheese. Despite being quite the opposite of a high class snack, they’re really rather nice, with a good crunch and strong cheesy flavour. Get a 225g pack for just £1 in Nisa, Iceland, Poundstretcher and dip them in a cool spicy salsa.
Organico considers itself part of the Slow Food movement, standing for ‘good, clean, fair foods’ – good quality, clean ingredients and environmental impact, and fair dealings with suppliers and workers.
Organico Fusili Italian Durum Wheat Pasta is sourced from an organic co-operative in the La marche region which was set up to protect vanishing jobs in the countryside and to promote bio-diversity and rich agricultural soils that renew themselves – it’s also a good pasta with plenty of texture.
Organico Tomato and Basil Sauce comes from another co-operative in Tuscany, where tomatoes are picked and packed within 24 hours. It’s high on flavour and great on its own or as a base to a bolognese sauce.
If you’re curious about how Degustabox works, I also did a video unboxing of last month’s delivery. Here it is…
That’s it for this month. I do hope you join me for the next roundup in June.
Disclosure: some of the products featured were sent for review.