10 Apr 2018

News: Ruby Kit Kat Pink Chocolate to be released in UK!


Image: Kit Kat

A quick post with some exciting news that I just had to share - Nestlé UK is going to release their gorgeous looking Ruby Cocoa Beans Kit Kat bar in the UK next week! 

'Pink Chocolate' was first developed by chocolatier Barry Callebaut amidst claims that it was the first natural variety of chocolate since white chocolate was created. Apparently a unique way of processing the cocoa beans creates the distinct colour and an intense berry-like flavour.

This ruby chocolate Kit Kat collaboration was first unveiled in Japan and Korea but thankfully the UK will be the first country outside of that market to try the ruby treat. It's available from next week - Monday 16 April at Tesco. Who's excited? I know I am!

2 Apr 2018

Degustabox Review March - Subscription Foodie Box & Discount Code!


The March Degustabox arrived full of surprise groceries and treats. There were plenty of new brands inside, alongside the usual big hitters, and a chocolate treat for Easter too. Keep reading for details of all the products in the Degustabox and also a fab discount code.

Discount Code - 8TL75

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. 

The discount code gives you £5 off your first box, making it only £7.99 delivered. Check out the Degustabox website below and enter the new discount code: 8TL75

Here's a quick round up of all the products I received in the latest Degustabox:


Shreddies Max Granola: A full sized box of Shreddies Max Granola. I've tried this cereal before and enjoyed it. The granola pieces are made up of crunchy oat clusters with Shreddies pieces. 


Ribena Pineapple & Passion Fruit: I was excited to find this new summery Ribena flavour in the March Degustabox as I haven't seen this one instore yet in this larger size. The Ribena Mango & Lime was one of my favourite drinks last summer so I can't wait to give this Pineapple & Passion Fruit flavour a try.


Canny All Natural Chocolate Milk: Degustabox often features quirky drinks by brands that are new to me. This chocolate milk by the Newcastle based brand Canny is made with no added sugar, 100% natural ingredients and is sweetened with date nectar. I don't like milk based drinks myself so I gave this one to my teenage son and he really enjoyed it, especially the strong chocolate flavour.


Appy Kids Co Roald Dahl Fruit Drinks: These cute Matilda themed cartons from the Appy Kids Co. are also all natural, no added sugar drinks. This Mixed Berry flavour is a mix of water and natural fruit juices to give a refreshing, light flavour.

Tenzing Energy Drink: Another quirky drink is this energy drink inspired by the stimulating brews used by the Sherpa people during their Everest expeditions. It's even named after Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who was one of the first men on Everest. The drink itself is a combination of Green Coffee, Guarana, Green Tea, Himalayan Rock Salt, Beet Sugar and Lemon Juice. 


Encona Carolina Reaper Chilli Sauce: This is an interesting addition to the Degustabox - it's the type of product that I wouldn't buy myself but I'm always curious to try! It's a limited edition sauce made with the world's hottest chilli pepper. I'll update with just how hot we found this one...



Smarties & Milkybar Mini Eggs: I must have missed this one in the shops because I would have snapped up several bags. This large bag is filled with a mixed selection of milk chocolate Smarties mini eggs and white chocolate Milkybar mini eggs. There's also a easy recipe included in the Degustabox leaflet for Easter Chocolate Brownies using these eggs that looks just delicious. I'm hoping to give those a go over the Easter holidays.


Cirio Pasta Sauce: Cirio is one of my favourite brands that I was introduced to via Degustabox. I'd never tried this range before but now I'm a huge fan of all of their products. This new to the UK classic sauce, Cirio Cuor Di Pelato, is a delicious tomato sauce made with added vegetables. 


Mr Lee's Noodles: Mr Lee's is an award winning range of premium noodles in a cup that are gluten free, low in sugar, low in saturated fats, and free of nasties such as MSG. This Dragon Fire Vegetables pot has a medium spicy flavour with lot of added taste from the freeze dried mushrooms, green beans and bamboo shoots.



Hafervoll Flapjack: A gorgeous looking flapjack in a limited edition Lebkuchen flavour. It's full of delicious spices including cinnamon, ginger and clove. I love these types of spices and they're the perfect warming flavours for an Easter treat too. 





Cheesestrings Snack Mix: Also included in the March Degustabox is a voucher for a fresh product -  the Cheesestrings Snack Mix. I was lucky enough to be sent a few of the packs to try out. There are three varieties available.; Fruit Mix, Cherry Strings or Fruity Cubes. Each pack consists of a crunchy cracker or pretzel, some real cheese cubes and a sweet treat. These are such a fun and tasty snack for kids. It's fun to mix them up if you're so inclined or to eat them separately with the fruity section as a sweet dessert.


Once again I enjoyed unpacking all the surprise groceries in this month's Degustabox. I was especially happy to find the Cirio sauce, Ribena, Cheesestrings Snack  Mix and Mini Eggs. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this months Degustabox in the comments below.

For more details:
Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com

I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.

31 Mar 2018

TAFFY MAIL REVIEW - US Candy Box & Discount Code!


Taffy Mail is the original subscription box for American candy in the UK. I first tried one of their boxes back in 2014 (Taffy Mail Review) and I'm pleased to find that they are even better than ever. 

There are now three subscription level packages available to suit different budgets; £7.49p for Taffy Mail Lite, £14.99 for the Taffy Mail Classic and £24.99 for their Taffy Mail Extra. 

10% DISCOUNT CODE

The great news is that Taffy Mail have given my readers a 10% discount code off any of their boxes for the next THREE MONTHS! 

Simple enter the following code upon checkout: GROCERY2

www.taffymail.co.uk

Here's a quick round up of what was in my Taffy Mail box:



Uncle Rays Kosher Dill Flavored Chips: The star product is a large bag of Uncle Ray's potato chips. Dill is an unusual crisp flavour here in the UK so I was excited to give these a try. The crisps themselves have a thick and crunchy texture. They're deliciously salty with a perfectly matched and strong dill flavour. I absolutely loved these and it's made me keen to try to track down more dill flavoured snacks!



Jolly Rancher Hard Candy: A large bag of Jolly Racher hard candy in classic American flavours - Grape, Watermelon,  Cherry, and Blue Raspberry. I'm not usually one for hard candies but these are really fun to try. The flavours are all fruity and strong, especially the Grape which is very overpowering. My favourite was the Blue Raspberry which is just like a blue Slush Puppy drink in a candy.




Sour Patch Watermelon & Airheads Xtremes Watermelon: Another popular American flavour that we don't seem to get as much here (especially in sweets) is watermelon. Why is it so ubiquitous in America? Anyway, these are both large sized products and have the same bright green and pink colours. The AirHeads packet has 8 long candy strips so it's perfect for sharing. We all enjoyed the sweet and sour fruity flavours here.


Reese's Peanut Butter Topping: This is exactly the type of American foodie product that I buy if I spot it anywhere. It's a peanut butter flavoured topping that can be used for ice cream but I can think of a million other uses too. 


100 Grand & Oh Henry: I also received two full sized candy bars in the Taffy Mail. These are both American classics and I've enjoyed them both in the past. 


Mrs Freshley's Dreamies: These creme filled cakes are basically fake Twinkies! I'm not complaining though, since Twinkies are now available in most poundshops, it's actually more interesting to try this harder to find brand.


Duff Energy Drink: This is such a fun looking product and was probably the one that got the most reaction when we were opening the box. It's an orange flavoured energy drink but the real selling point is that this looks just like Homer's favourite drink.


Snyder's Pretzel Pieces: I'm already a fan of Snyder's Pretzel pieces, especially their delicious Jalapeno flavour. This Hot Buffalo Wing variety is just as delicious and was also packed full of spicy flavour.


Starburst Sweet Heat & Sweetart: These Starburst are all fruity flavours with a spicy kick! The full list of flavours is certainly unique; Fiery Watermelon, Flamin' Orange, Strawberry Mango and Pipin' Pineapple. The Sweetarts are chewy sour flavoured sweets in cute pastel colours.



Mallo Cup & Yum Yum Candy Cones: There were also lots of smaller items in the Taffy Mail. These are both cute additions. The Boyer Mallo Cup are chocolate cups are filled with a whipped creme center. The Yum Yum Cones were very hard to photograph but they're really cute - little wafer ice cream cones filled with a soft candy.


Junior Mints & Nerds: A couple of mini sized products too. The Junior Mints are creamy mints in milk chocolate - I've always wanted to try these! Also a little pack of Nerds in a great Lemonade Wild Cherry flavour.


Pop Rocks & Kool-Aid: Finally there were also two little sachets in the Taffy Mail - a Pop Rocks popping candy in strawberry flavour and a Kool-Aid drink mix in strawberry kiwi flavour.


This Taffy Mail really did have an amazing selection. There were 18 products in total which would be similar to the Taffy Mail Extra category. I was sent a general box but I know that the most recent Taffy Mail for subscribers had lots of fun Easter products. It's well worth keeping in mind as a gift for the foodie in your life.

Discount Code - GROCERY2

For more information check out: www.taffymail.co.uk
Follow on Twitter: @TaffyMail

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21 Mar 2018

Degustabox February Review: Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code


The February Degustabox arrived pack full with an exciting mix of groceries. This month feels like a box of two halves with lots of healthy products alongside some more indulgent and fun snacks. Keep reading for details of all the products in the Degustabox and also a fab discount code.

Discount Code - 8TL75

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. 

The discount code gives you £5 off your first box, making it only £7.99 delivered! Check out the Degustabox website below and enter the new discount code: 8TL75 

Here's a quick round up of all the products I received in the latest Degustabox:


Primrose's Kitchen: The Degustabox Product of the Month is this intriguing Raw Beetroot & Ginger Muesli from Primrose's Kitchen. It's a very unique and pretty looking product. The flavour combination is also interesting and not one that I've encountered before in a muesli.The muesli is vegan and gluten free, with wholefood ingredients. The zingy flavours didn't really work for me but they certainly provide a punchy wake up call first thing in the morning!


True Nopal Cactus Water: Carrying on the healthy theme is this 100% natural, gluten free and vegan drink made with prickly pear cactus puree. It's a very refreshing drink with a subtle flavour and a delicate sweetness. The flavour is hard to describe but it's very light and similar to an aloe vera drink.



Indie Bay Snacks: Another vegan friendly product, these Sunflower Pretzel Bites have been made with ingredients such as Spelt and Quinoa for a healthier snack. They are also a source of fibre and protein. I really enjoyed these little pretzel bites. The flavour is deceptively simple, lightly salty, but the overall snack is very moreish and delicious.




The Protein Ball Co.: Two packs of Cherry + Almond high protein balls made using raw pitted dates, almonds, free-range egg white protein, juicy sultanas and sour cherries. I had high hopes for the cherry and almond combination and I wasn't disappointed. It has all of the delicious cherry bakewell type flavour I was hoping for alongside a great fudgey texture. There are six little balls in each pack but they're very sweet so I could only eat a couple at a time.


Emily's Fruit Crisps: These crunchy banana chips are gluten free and suitable for vegans and are made with no added sugar. These are super sweet and have a deliciously creamy and strong banana flavour.



Haribo Fruitilicious: Two large bags of fun fruit shaped Haribo made with 30% less sugar. I would never guess that these are made with less sugar as the flavour is exactly the same as you would expect from Haribo. I enjoyed all the different fruity flavour and the little smiley faces on each one are super fun.


Tootsie Roll Midgees: I've never tried Tootsie Rolls before so I was very curious to give these a try. These small individually wrapped candies have a chewy texture and milky, chocolatey flavour. It's a bit like a chocolate milkshake crossed with a toffee.


Kit Kat Chunky New York Cheesecake: Another chocolate that I hadn't got around to trying before. This Kit Kat Chunky New York Cheesecake flavour features a large creamy layer on top of the usual layers of wafer. It's not exactly cheesecakey but it does have a enjoyable vanilla flavour.


I really enjoyed the overall selection in this months Degustabox - there were lots of delicious snacks with something for every taste. This month, I was especially pleased with the Haribo, Indie Bay and Emily Fruit Crisps. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this months Degustabox in the comments below.

For more details:
Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com

I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.

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