Teapigs Spiced Winter Red Tea

Today's review is rather festive since we are fast entering the Christmas holiday period, it's for a brand I've always loved but don't buy unless it's a special occasion due to the price. Teapigs! Teapigs are well known for their "biodegradable tea temples" and have won Great Taste awards for their range - this particular flavour has won a 2016 Great Taste award.

Costing £4.15 for 15 tea temples these contain a mixture of red rooibos tea, natural flavourings, orange peel, ginkgo leaves, orange blossom, cinnamon, ginseng, cloves and safflower petals. They're made in a factory that handles nuts.

The instructions advise brewing for 3-5 minutes with water at 100c. But as usual I didn't really pay attention to this and left the bag in my cup for a much stronger drink!

The tea is very nice and warming, and not too strongly spicy but gentle and subtle. Almost too subtle for my liking actually. Most of the spicy flavours are in the aftertaste which is no…

Holland & Barrett Gingerbread Dark Chocolate

It's nice to see the range of dairy free/vegan chocolate options expanding in the UK, with the likes of Waitrose, Ombar and others making some respectable options, and so it seems fitting that health food store Holland and Barrett have created their own range. They are now selling Organic Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread dark chocolates, which come in 100g blocks and cost £3. A bit too pricey if you ask me, but nevertheless I was curious enough to give this a try when I spotted it - it's made with 58% cocoa solids and contains gluten free ginger cookie pieces.

Opening the wrapper it certainly had a pleasant ginger aroma that reminded me of dark chocolate gingers. 

The cookie pieces are clearly visible within the chocolate and pretty evenly dispersed. Taking a bite they're very evident and nice and crunchy. The chocolate is pretty smooth and sweet, which surprised me as usually chocolate with this percent of cocoa can be a little bitter. It's clearly of good quality and prob…

Mr Beans Coffee Review

A big thankyou to Mr Beans Coffee (no, not the comedy character!) for sending me a sample of their freshly roasted coffee to review recently. I'm a fan of quality coffee - the stronger the better  especially when it's made in a cafetiere, so I was super excited to try this! I was given advice on how to brew it for the perfect cuppa beforehand, and the coffee arrived freshly ground within a day through the post. Top marks for service!

The coffee comes in a sealed packet, and opening it revealed a fresh coffee scent...there's no better smell in the morning is there?!

This particular coffee is the Brazilian Twister, a unique blend of Arabica coffee originating from Peru. I used two large spoonfuls in my cafetiere and filled it with hot water. The aroma was great - definitely fresh and good quality in comparison to supermarket brands.

The taste was great too - flavoursome, fresh and slightly malty with a hint of fruitiness. No traces of chemical taste like you get in some bra…

Tesco Finest Plantain Crisps with Sea Salt

I'm a quite the fan of plantain chips, and often buy the various flavoured varieties now available from the likes of Tesco and Morrisons, such as spicy, garlic etc. They're usually found in the World Foods sections, so it's nice to see Tesco bringing them more into the mainstream under their Tesco Finest brand. I assumed these were part of their Christmas range but they're situated amongst the other "posh" bags of crisps rather than in the Christmas aisle, so I'm guessing they must be permanent. They cost £1.25 for a 125g bag, are hand cooked, suitable for vegans and made with plantain, sunflower oil and sea salt.

Opening the bag, the crisps are in a range of shapes, from the more rounded part of a plantain - which looks like regular potato crisps - to the longer part, which looks like thin strips.

They're pretty tasty, but I found them inferior to the other bands of plantain crisps on the market. They're a little oily, probably due to the fact t…

Morrisons The Best Lemon & Juniper Gin Dark Chocolate

Just a quick review for this Lemon and Juniper Gin Dark Chocolate from Morrisons today. I bought this a while back so no longer have the packaging, but from my notes it's vegan, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians and contains around 52% cocoa solids. I don't believe there was any actual alcohol in the ingredients, although it does of course contain juniper berry and lemon flavorings. (edit: Ingredients list is on Morrisons website).

I'm not a huge fan of gin, at least from the little of it that I've tried thus far, so wasn't sure what to expect from this. But it's actually rather pleasant! The taste is more of lemon and citrus, with a hint of the more herby juniper, that works quite well with it. The chocolate is just rich enough and just sweet enough to please fans of both darker chocolate and sweeter chocolate. If you're vegan or dairy free and need some variation in your chocolate choices, this is a great option. It's not something I'd buy …

Baboo Handmade Gelato Review

A big thankyou to Baboo Gelato for today's review, they kindly sent me some of their Gelato range recently and it's been quite a delightful experience to say the least! Baboo Gelato is handmade award winning ice cream, from Bridport, Dorset and is available from Delis in the Bridport area, although will gradually be expanding as other stores stock them. If you're interested in seeing these please do let local stores know! Baboo use organic milk from a local farm and a lot of the fruit comes from their own rambling garden. It's lower in fat content than traditional ice cream, and more intensely flavoured.

The range I was sent had some lovey varieties, there's the super moreish Bah Humbug, based on butter mint sweets, Brandy Gelato which is appropriately boozy, Crystallized Ginger Gelato, Pear Sorbet which has won a Great Taste Award, and an alcoholic Gin and Tonic sorbet.

Starting with my absolute favourite from the range - Bah Humbug! This has a festive design on …

New Yeoman Mash Pots Range

A big thanks to Yeoman Foods for sending me their new Mash Pots range to review recently. I hadn't eaten instant mash in quite a while and didn't know it came in handy pots like this, much less with added flavours. The Yeoman Mash Pot range is all Gluten Free, made from real potatoes, suitable for vegetarians, with no artificial colourings and is ready in 30 seconds. Just what you need for a quick snack! There's 4 flavours - Chicken, Beef, Onion and Cream which should be available from Heron Foods, Home Bargains, The Range and Poundstretcher now.

I started with the Chicken variety. Opening the lid revealed the potato granules and herbs - it had an aroma that reminded me of Chicken cup-a-soup.

I added hot water as directed, which transformed the mixture pretty quickly into a tasty, buttery mash. I was surprised by just how buttery it tasted actually - the addition of real cream in the ingredients makes a big difference. I don't know how they've achieved the chicken…