Little Yummy Snippets …
Cadbury’s have a selection of spooky treats perfect for trick and treating. Crunchy spiders filled with green crispy rice come in black and pink (£1.30 for 2) and the screme egg is a twist on the traditional Creme egg, but is filled with green goo (69p).
Crazy Jacks Organic Apricots
These won a gold at the recent Soil Association awards and was also named best store cupboard staple. Rich, sweet and juicy there are perfect for adding to granola, museli or for snacking. Without any preservatives the fruit is naturally darker than preserved dried apricots. I added a few to my morning green smoothie. (£2.99/250g Tesco, Ocado and Amazon).
A new seasonal flavour of smoked paprika, porcini & garlic butter. This have big big flavours and a hefty kick from the smoked paprika as well as a pleasant taste of the almost truffle flavour (but not overpowering porcini). Great for snacking or dipping and washing down with a gutsy glass of red wine.
Walkers are a family firm who have been making shortbread since 1898. To day the grandchildren of Jospeph and his original employees are still making shortbread to the original recipe. The range now contains lots of different shapes and some new flavours. Delicious, buttery and short and very moreish. I was interested to discover that Petticoat tails derives from the French petit gastelles for little cakes – I had always thought that it was related to the shape of a petticoat peeping out from under a skirt! Well worth keeping a packet or two in stock in case of unexpected guests – or for enjoying yourself. My new tea time treat is a piece of shortbread spread with speculoos!
Ben & Jerry’s Core
Ben and Jerry’s is not the ice cream to reach for if all you’re after is a tub of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate, preferring flavour combinations with a dash of the favourites of childhood. We tried Peanut Butter Me Up: peanut butter and vanilla ice creams surrounding a core of raspberry jam, with little chocolate peanut butter cups dotted throughout the ice cream. Although I never went to school with PB&J sandwiches in my lunchbox, they were an occasional treat, there is something about the way the jam offsets the peanut butter that just works. We found the ice cream very creamy, rich and sweet, with a little hint of nostalgia. We look forward to trying the Vermonster, a maple syrup flavour with caramelized pecans and a caramel swirl.
These are a Fuss Free staple, delicious, wholefood with no added nasties. Perfect to pop into your bag when you have a journey, or know you will be out for the day. They are also pretty handy for dropping into a smoothie if you are out of fresh fruit. I am mildly addicted to the rhubarb and custard flavour and the new oatie bars. Around £14.99 for a mixed case of 18 bars from Natural Balance Foods.
The Potted Fish Company
Ed adores potted crab so we were very happy to receive some samples from The Potted Fish Company. Firstly we were delighted to see that all their products are locally sourced, sustainable and were delivered in recyclable / compostable packaging. Potted crab (also with chilli) and mackerel come topped with a thick layer of clarified butter – delicious spread on toast – as well as on top of a jacket potato or stirred through pasta – we did think the potted crab was quite heavy on the nutmeg – but that is our personal taste as neither of us are that keen on nutmeg.
The company also makes prawn cakes with lemon & spring onion and crab cakes with ginger & coriander. Both were very good, and we were especially impressed with the crab cakes. One big benefit is that both products will cook from frozen in about 15mins, putting them on our list of things to keep in the freezer for easy, quick and delicious meals. Stockists here. One to look out for.
Many thanks to all the brands featured for samples.