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Pana Cacao Orange & Mint Chocolate Review

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I was recently sent a selection of chocolates from the UK importers of Pana Cacao, an Australian company that produces raw, vegan, organic and handmade chocolate bars without the use of dairy or sugar. Instead they use agave and coconut syrup, cacao butter and raw cacao. Today I'm reviewing the mint and orange bars, which are some of the simpler flavours in the range but very tasty ones indeed.

The bars come in recyclable boxes printed with vegetables ink, and each contains a 45g bar with a paper inner wrapper. The chunks have messages printed on, such as "Love your insides" on the orange variety...


And "Love the earth" on the mint one:


I've tried a few Pana bars previously, and was a big fan so I was super excited to try these flavours...

The Orange variety contains raw cacao, dark agave nectar, tangerine and orange oil and spices like cinnamon and carob. The first thing I noticed biting into it was just how fudgey and soft it was, it was more like eating…

Emily Veg Crisps Sweet Potato Sticks

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Recently, Tesco Express stores have been selling a range of snacks from Emily Crisps, and one that caught my eye were these Sweet Potato Sticks. They cost £1.10 for a 35g bag.


The bag contains both purple and yellow sweet potato chips, sprinkled with sea salt and fried in sustainable palm oil.


I opened the bag, and was a little disappointed there didn't seem to be much in it - little more than a handful.

I wanted to like them, I really did but they were just somehow lacking. They tasted too greasy, and seemed like they had been overcooked, spoiling any natural flavour of sweet potato. I think they made a mistake in using palm oil rather than a lighter oil like sunflower, and it really shows in the taste.

Overall, these were a let down for me and not something I would buy again. I feel they're overpriced for what they are - the larger bags are over £2.50.

Have you tried Emily Veg Crisps? Are you a fan? Let me know in the comments!

5 out of 10.


Donald Trump Novelty Items at Home Bargains

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Since Donald Trump is making his controversial UK visit this week (and there will be the amazing Donald Trump Baby balloon, pictured above, flying over London to mark the occasion!) I thought I'd post something topical, not a review but a Spotted In Shops with these Donald Trump inspired novelties that can be found in Home Bargains stores. They're pretty genius items to poke fun at the man, and include...

Build That Wall Chocolate Bar:

This says it all really! Maybe Mr Trump would like a goody bag of British sweets with one of these in...

Make America Save Again Money Box:

In need of need a pot of dreams? Make America save again!

Donald Trump Rubber Duck:
Imagine having that thing in the bath with you...it's the stuff of nightmares! *shudder*

There were a few other Trump-themed items in Home Bargains although I didn't get pictures of them all...if anyone spots them, let me know in the comments!


Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Ice Cream

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Considering the heatwave we are experiencing lately I thought I'd review something appropriate for the weather - ice cream! Not just any ice cream but vegan, dairy free, gluten free and organic ice cream made by Booja Booja! I've reviewed their Caramel Pecan Praline Ice Cream before and really loved it, so how does this "Hunky Punky Chocolate" variety compare?


I found this reduced to £2 at a local market stall which is an absolute steal (it usually costs around £6 at Waitrose) so naturally I stocked up. It's made with a blend of reverse osmosis water (how fancy!), agave syrup (a type of cactus), cashew nuts and cocoa powder. Pretty simple ingredients and no weird fillers or stabilizers - can't get more natural than that!


I scooped some into a bowl. It had a nice chocolatey smell and I couldn't wait to get stuck in!

It tastes very good indeed, super creamy and chocolatey, with a light sweet edge from the agave syrup. It's certainly on par with regular…

Munchy Seeds Choccy Ginger & Honey Seeds

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Following my review of the Munchy Seeds Salted Caramel Topper, today's review is for some of the smaller packs from the Munchy Seeds range. I was sent a variety to review but today I'll be focusing on the Honey, Salted Caramel and Choccy Ginger. The Salted Caramel Topper is the same thing as these smaller packs, so click the link above for that.


Moving onto the Honey Seeds, these have won a Great Taste Award and are coated in a mixture of sugar and honey. And they're pretty nommable! (is that a word? I'm pretty sure it is nowadays!) They taste crunchy, sweet and slightly savoury all at once with the delicate honey flavour giving them a lighter edge compared to the Salted Caramel. They taste just as good and I suppose you can even pretend they're healthier since honey is more natural than sugar ;) Regardless, it's pretty easy to get through the bag, although they are a lot more filling than similar products like Nakd bars.

8 out of 10. 


The Choccy Ginger variety…

Snacks Box Competition! Including Twix Soft Centres, Oreo Coconut etc

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Today's post is a first for Kev's Snack Reviews - I'm doing a joint competition on Instagram @kevssnackreviews with @InstaBics!


The prize will be a box of some of the latest and greatest snacks, including:

1. Kinder Bueno Mini Mix
2. Cadbury Freddo Faces Cakes
3. Nutella B-ready pack
4. Oreo Thins
5. Twix Soft Centres
6. McVities Moments Salted Caramel Billionaires 
7. Orange Smarties Limited Edition
8. Smarties Unicorn Edition
9. Cadbury Freddo Biscuits
10. Limited Edition Skittles
11. Kitkat Senses Mixed Box
12. Jaffa Cakes Lemon & Lime
13. McVities Digestives Chocfilled Thins Double Chocolate
14. Oreo Thins Coconut
15. Maltesers Buttons
16. McVities Hobnobs Nibbles Hazelnut
17. Galaxy Chocolate Rounds
18. Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Sandwich
19. Nestle Kitkat Ruby
20. McVities Digestives Thins Milk Chocolate
21. Mr Kipling Unicorn Slices
22. Galaxy Wafer Curls

Conditions of Entry - you MUST:
1. Like the Instagram post for the competition
2. Follow @kevssnackreviews and @InstaBics

EXTRA ENTRIE…

Vita Coco Light Coconut Milk

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I reviewed Vita Coco Original Coconut Milk last year when they launched it, and am quite a big fan of it now. I buy it whenever it's on special offer and prefer it to most nut or rice based milks, as the taste is fresh and the consistency pretty similar to regular milk. However Vita Coco have brought out a new "Light" version, meaning it is lower in fat. It seems a bit unneccesary to me, but I know people are still concerned about fat even in natural products, so I can see there's a demand for it. I picked up this bottle for £2 on special offer in Waitrose recently.


There is half the fat in this version compared to the Original, so the consistency is of course thinner and the taste is not as creamy. I found it very refreshing, just like the original version, but I still much prefer the original. And there's not really much to say about it other than that...it's good for those watching their fat intake I suppose, although IMO I don't think there's a n…