Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chocolate. Show all posts

Cadbury - Obey Your Mouth House

Chocolate Lovers - Check this out!
Cadbury recently opened the doors to the 'Obey Your Mouth House' to celebrate the new Cadbury singles range.  The Obey Your Mouth House is a brand new immersive experience, giving fans the chance to experience five exciting rooms, all relating to different Cadbury chocolate bars.


Obey Your Mouth House has already been to London Southbank, Wireless Festival, V Festival back in June.  But fear not; the good news is there's still time to pop into the house at the Glasgow Summer Sessions 27th-28th August 2016

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Cadbury Chocolate Monster Truck Taxi in the UK

Calling all Chocolate fans; check this out!  Fasten your seat belt and get your taste buds ready because Cadbury Dairy Milk gets the choc on the road with the UK’s first ever Monster Truck Taxi.

The impressive vehicle was specially created to celebrate the launch of the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste and bring Brits chunks of deliciousness and a ride to remember.


Dwarfing all other cabs on the roads, the Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi is 9ft tall and weighs a whopping 1.5 tonnes. Adorned with the iconic Cadbury purple, the car will open its doors to chocolate fans all around the country that are curious to discover the thrilling taste sensation of the new bars in the range: Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Toffee Whole Nut, Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Oreo Crunch and Cadbury Dairy Milk Triple Choc Sensation.

Sitting at over 2 meters in height passengers are sure to be in for a treat when they climb inside the cab.  The Big Taste Monster Truck Taxi takes to the streets of London on 27th May 2016 and will then set off on a journey across the country, making a stop in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool where it will give chocolate fans the chance to enjoy an exhilarating experience inside the cab, as well as sample some delicious new product.

See how this amazing Cadbury Big Taste Monster Truck was built in this video.



To keep up to date on exciting news about Cadbury, visit www.facebook.com/cadburyUK

Twitter @CadburyUK
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Disclosure:  I received a supermarket voucher to cover my time writing up this post.  
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Luxury Chocolate Delivery from Heartier - Review

Heartier is an online marketplace that until fairly recently were known as Market Porter.
Having made a great success of their fantastic meat delivery service, Stefan Porter and Nick Ford have now added more products hence the name change.  Of course they continue their ethos of traceable, ethically produced British meats into other products; Cheese, Charcuterie and now......Chocolate!



Above image kindly provided by Heartier

Chocolate is delivered in letterbox sized packaging meaning so there's no need to be home in order to receive it; in fact the same goes for anything ordered from Heartier.

Heartier says;
Meat boxes will be with you within 24 hours of packing, but should there be a rare but unavoidable delay and your box cannot be delivered until the next day, due to the brilliantly designed packaging the contents will be safe and cool for at least 48 hours which ensures that your meat will be fresh as a daisy the next day too.

Back to the Chocolate!
Whether you are after the most exclusive chocolate from around the world, something a little more accessible, or the best of both, Market Porter has it covered.  Quite literally they go to the ends of the earth to find your chocolate each month.  You can buy by the bar, or pick one of our selection boxes as a one off or subscription.




There are many, many small scale producers, all sourcing top quality beans direct from the farmers themselves and turning them into the most amazing chocolate.  If you're looking for the most premium single origin bars on the market or something a little different, you'll definitely find it over at Market Porter.  You can read more about Chocolate from Market Porter by clicking on the link.

Taste
My 'Posh Chocolate Selection' box arrived very well packaged in a sturdy but slim letterbox sized cardboard box.  Inside the selection box for the month of May was 4 Luxury Chocolate bars:

Rose Pale by Amelia Rope
Pistachio and Sea Salt White also by Amelia Rope
Fig and Orange 70% Dark by Ocelot
46% Milk Chocolate and Crushed Coffee by The Chocolate Society

Best before dates: 
All four bars delivered to me had a good best before dates which with the earliest being almost 3 months away so no worries there.

Now, readers of this blog will know that I can't ever get too excited about chocolate, so that's where Paul (the husband) comes in; he is the chief taster of all things chocolate that arrive here at A Glug of Oil.

Paul - 'Did someone say CHOCOLATE'?.......I guess it's over to him for this bit!  

Rose Pale
Now he wasn't too sure he would like this one since he thought the rose might make the chocolate taste a bit odd.  But this isn't the case at all.  The chocolate is so smooth it melts in your mouth and although it does does have a floral taste about it, it really isn't over powering.

Pistachio and Sea Salt White
Creamy tasting smooth white chocolate with just the right amount of pistachios and saltiness.  Oh yes this is really good stuff.

Fig and Orange 70% Dark
Whoa!! Dark and rich tasting chocolate is in Paul's opinion the best.  Dark chocolate and orange is always going to be a good match.  But the added chewiness of the fig along with the fragrance of orange oil make this stand out from any other chocolate and orange bar he's ever tasted.

46% Milk Chocolate and Crushed Coffee
Again, lovely creamy tasting chocolate with the right amount of coffee flavour.  All in all each and every bar has a big fat YES from Paul.

So, if you're a lover of chocolate or would just like to send a gift to someone you know then do check out Heartier.  Don't forget Heatier isn't just about Chocolate; there's also has an absolutely fantastic range of Fresh Meat and Poultry products along with Cheese and Charcuterie.


Disclosure:  I received the Posh Chocolate selection box to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies - Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave

Having had the Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combination Microwave for a few months now I've been busy trying out it's many functions.  I'm totally impressed with this oven; whether you are using it for steaming, as a convection oven, microwave, grill or a combination of these, or simply to defrost frozen food, this oven is fantastic.   When I made my Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers I used the steam function to cook the potatoes followed by the conventional oven and grill.

When used it as a convectional oven as I did to make these cookies you can see it cooks evenly too.

chocolate chip cookies

In fact I'll go as far as to say it's pretty much faultless. When used in steam only mode it's true the oven walls do get wet, but all is needed is a quick wipe to get it dry again.  You can read my review to find out more about this oven and it's features.
I have made so many things in it including bread rolls to which I added a shoot of steam during cooking and they were lovely and soft on the inside and perfectly cooked.


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The Easter Goody Bag - Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

Well it's almost Easter (again) and the lovely people over at Hotel Chocolat are giving the chance for one lucky reader to win this eggciting Easter Goody Bag!

Having been sent one to try I can tell you it is really yummy and packed full of delicious goodies.
I say the Salted Caramel Slab is the best thing ever.  The Raspberry Egglets were Paul's favorite, I didn't really get a look in.


There's a trio of Scrambled Pralines and the Caramel City Bunnies are too good!  Along with a trio of cute milk chocolate bunnies.  The Hotel Chocolat Easter Goody Bag is the perfect gift for sharing.   The goody bag sells at £18 but arrives perfectly packaged and I'd say it's a great price considering the excellent  quality; it actually looks more expensive than it is. There's a free personalised message gift card included in the box too. 
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Recipe for the Best Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars - Really easy to make

My breakfast bars are just the thing to stop craving sweets and chocolate.  Okay they do contain chocolate but really not very much; just enough to do the trick.  Great for kids lunch boxes since you can cut them even smaller in order to make 36 mini bites.  These are also far nicer and cheaper than shop bought bars too since you know what's gone into them and they don't contain nasty sounding ingredients such as emulsifier (eeeeek)!
    
Low in salt compared to shop bought and packed full of good things; oats, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts and dates and can be made in next to no time.  That said you do have to chill them in the fridge for about 4 hours which is a bit of a nuisance; but it has to be done in order for them to set. 

Breakfast bars with chocolate

The recipe can be adapted to suit you.  Just as long as you use the same amount (100g) of nuts they can be whatever nuts take your fancy!  Same goes with the dates, if you don't like them just replace them with raisins, chopped goji berries or I dunno, apricots!

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Christmas and New Year Drinks and Treats - Budgens Supermarket

Budgens supermarket have kindly sent us some truly lovely Christmassy products to try.  They have a fantastic range of drinks to entertain your guests in style.

It's great to start Christmas and New Year off with a nice glass of bubbly, but it doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune; La Gioiosa Prosecco is £7.99 or the Mionetto Prosecco is only very slightly more at £8.99 both in our opinion equally good so we decided we couldn't pick a favorite.

   
Rosé sparkling wine is great with a starter course but is just as nice served with dinner.  Seddlescombe Organic English Sparkling Wine at £24.99 - okay this is a little on the expensive side but having checked the price on the net Budgens is the best price and it is an organic wine produced to strict EU Organic standards.


Stocking fillers and gifts such as this cute Lindt Santa is just £3.00 and at the time of writing, are on offer; 2 for £5 so even better.

The Monty Bojangles Berry Bubbly Truffles at £3.00 are amazing; raspberry and popping candy cocoa dusted truffles - yes they fizz in your mouth!

If you like Turkish Delight and you like Chocolate, then these Mr Stanley Chocolate Enrobed Turkish Delight (the best of both worlds) and the price is £8.00 a box.

Little bit about Budgens:
Budgens is believed to be the oldest supermarket in Great Britain. Initially a small, local grocer, the company has expanded and over time the Budgens name appeared on a number of stores throughout the South of England, establishing a reputation for servicing the local communities around England’s high streets and suburban towns with quality products.

In 2015, Budgens became part of the Booker Group and today Budgens has over 150 stores and are known for their great quality food and drink.

Budgens also have a luxurious range of party food too that's well worth checking out.  To find out more and to locate your nearest store pop over to Budgens.

Twitter @DiscoverBudgens

*Please note the prices I've mentioned in this post are subject to change.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the above products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.
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Toblerone Custard Fondue

Everyone loves Toblerone and most people love custard, so what can be better then Toblerone Custard?  Answer: a Fondue filled with hot Toblerone Custard Sauce that's what!

Add bananas and marshmallows for dipping and you have the perfect Chocolate Lovers sharing dessert.  Yes you do have to share! 


The nice people over at Toblerone asked me to come up with a fondue recipe that included Toblerone. So armed with the rather nice Fondue set they sent me along with lovely bars of Toblerone, into the kitchen I went and came up with Toblerone Custard.
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Roundup of Great Foodie Books - Chocolates and Snacks

Oooh what a fantastic lot of foodie books I have here; along with yummy chocolates from Elizabeth Shaw and Snacking Salami from The Serious Pig.....Well that's a bit of a mixture I hear you say, and indeed it is but all are well worth checking out!


Listed in no particular order (although you all know I'm a big lover of cheese) here we go.
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Spooky Halloween Chocolate Cakes

Kids will love these Halloween Spooks made in a silicone cake mould from Premier Housewares.
The mould is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and of course can be used in the oven up to 230 degrees; it can also go in the freezer too.


The eyes and mouths didn't show up to well in my finished cakes, but I'm not one to be beaten so I used a micro marshmallow cut into three pieces; just cut one piece slightly bigger than the other two to make the mouth.  Stick them on with a tiny bit of marmalade and the jobs a gooden.  Anyway, kids will love to decorate their own spooks!
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New Products - Chocolate Biscuit Snack Bars

I thought I'd share with you a couple of chocolate biscuit products new on the market - in no particular order here they are!

New - PiCK UP! Black 'N' White



Both of us really liked these - personally I'd go with the original milk chocolate every time but Paul preferred the black n white. Good amount of chocolate (as always with Bahlsen  products) and nice crunchy biscuit too.

NEW PiCK UP! Black ‘N White - a sumptuous, silky smooth, thick slab of white chocolate perfectly complemented by two crisp chocolate flavoured biscuits.
The classic PiCK UP! Milk Chocolate is a deliciously thick milk chocolate slab sandwiched between two crisp biscuits.



PiCK UP! biscuits are available as a pack of five or as an individual biscuit bar from supermarkets and independent retailers nationwide.  Each bar is individually wrapped to stay fresher for longer.
 
Multipack (x5 individual biscuits) -  RRP £1.69 and Single - RRP 40p
For more information pop over to http://www.pickupbiscuits.co.uk

  
Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch



We loved these - nice thick milk chocolate and really liked the oaty crunch - the chocolate is mainly on the inside so they're less messy to eat.  Everyone loves Cadbury!
 
At just 150 calories, new Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch contains two breakable golden oaty biscuits sandwiched together with a delicious layer of Cadbury Dairy Milk milk Chocolate, making it the ideal playful snack to keep you going until lunch.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oat Crunch is available in 30g bars, divided into two segments (RRP 58p) as well as a three bar multipack (RRP £1.49*).
For more information visit www.cadbury.co.uk

Disclaimer:  I was sent these products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 
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Orange Flavoured Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Caramelised Orange Slices

With Pancake day just around the corner, now's the time to get creative in the kitchen and serve up something other than the normal everyday kind of pancake.  Come on, get cooking!  That said, personally I actually like and prefer pancakes with a just sprinkle of sugar and a good squeeze of lemon - I'm easily pleased!

Pancakes

First job is to get yourself a good decent non-stick frying pan that's up to the job. This rather nice looking frying pan from Judge Cookware Continental range is the very fellow.  This pan heats up quickly making it perfect for pancakes.  Of course this frying pan isn't only for pancakes. Great for everyday use and perfect for that Saturday morning bacon sandwich or a good fry up.

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Pure Chocolate Beads - for Drinking

Whoa!  This has to be the Most Creamy Chocolaty Tasting Drink ever - Pure Chocolate Beads that you simply melt in hot milk (or water) but it just wouldn't be the same.  Yes indeed, it's like drinking a bar of chocolate!

Anyone that reads this blog will know I'm not a one for anything chocolate but of course I did try it and it really is like drinking a bar of chocolate!  Paul (the husband) however loves chocolate, and declared Hans Sloane the best hot chocolate drink ever.  It's really rich and perfect for cold winter nights, you need about 3 tablespoons per mug but of course you can add more or less according to your taste.
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Jus Rol Bake it Fresh - Pain au Chocolat Review

I'll be honest (as always of course) I'd never thought about buying Jus Rol 'Bake it Fresh' products before - although I always buy Jus Rol ready made pastry since personally I think it's the best out there.  But having been sent some vouchers to try a few Bake it Fresh products off out I went to get some, and I'm glad I did.
Oh my, it has to be said I am really impressed with the quality of the the end product and how very easy they are to prepare. 


The rather ingenious packaging consists of what looks like a tin but with cardboard sides.  All you do is pull down on a tab and the tin pops open and out comes the ready made dough and appropriate filling - marvelous!
For example the Pain au Chocolat dough is ready made and once out of the tin it just needs unraveling since it's rolled up like a Swiss roll.  The portions are ready marked out and almost cut through so all you do is separate them.  Included in the pack (amazingly since the package is really quite small) are sticks of chocolate.  You place one stick of chocolate at either end of each slice then roll towards each other.  Pop onto a baking sheet seam side down, glaze with beaten egg and bake for 12 minutes at 200c - simples. 

Jus Rol products can be found in all good supermarkets and are located near the butter.  The range includes Cinnamon Swirls, Apple Danish, Pain au Chocolat, Croissants, Focaccia, Crusty Rolls and even Pizza Bases with Tomato Sauce.  To find out more pop over to Jus Rol.

Disclaimer:  I was sent vouchers to buy some Jus Rol products.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 
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Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine - Review

Tassimo hot drinks machines have intelligent barcode technology which means the barcode on Tassimo T DISCs are scanned by the machine and register the correct brewing time, temperature and the amount of water required for each beverage.  It's all completely automatic, all you have to do is pop in a disc, press the button and your drink is prepared and dispensed into your cup.

Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks Machine

Having been asked to review the Tassimo Vivy machine here's how I got on.  The instructions that are supplied with the machine are a series of pictures which are really easy to follow.

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Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet.  I first came up with a possible of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne but sadly although it tasted okay it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography wise.
I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!


If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.

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Yogurt Ideas - Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip

Strawberry and Marshmallow or Banana and Chocolate Chip - which would you choose? 
You may have seen my post 'How to Make Yogurt using the Judge Digital Yogurt Maker' which was my first attempt.  I made Summer Berry and Vanilla yogurt but if you missed it just click the link and have a quick read.  I said I'd come up with a few more ideas and since this yogurt maker is so very easy to use, I've not stopped using it since it arrived!


I made yogurt in the usual fashion following the easy to follow instructions that came with it.  As before, I used Jersey milk and Yeo Valley Natural Live Bio Yogurt as the 'yogurt starter'.  
But time I wondered what would happen if I added banana flavoured Nesquik to the prepared milk (once it had reached the cooled down to 40C stage and after mixing in the yogurt starter (live yogurt).  
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Coconut Chocolate Bars - Easy to Make Recipe

The nice people over at Dr. Oetker recently sent me a bundle of their baking goodies.  Bars of milk, white and dark chocolate, chocolates chips, sprinkles, egg white powder, baking powder and more.  

They asked me to try out one their recipes for these Coconut Chocolate Bars. 

Coconut Chocolate Bars


These coconut bars were something of an achievement for me as I'm so useless when it comes to baking but the recipe was very easy to follow and it worked.  Okay, mine might not look as fancy as they could have but they certainly tasted good - Paul the husband ate all of them bar one, which was declared mine!
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Thorntons Marvellously Magnificent Easter Egg - Giveaway

The lovely people at Thorntons are kindly giving one lucky reader of A Glug of Oil the chance to win one of their 'Marvellously Magnificent' Easter Eggs - a Massive 1kg hollow Milk Chocolate Egg!


Having been sent one to try I must say this is a very impressive Easter egg and once you can bring yourself to break it in order to eat, there's plenty of nice thick chocolate pieces to share with a good few people - or maybe you can just keep it all for yourself?  But 1kg is a serious amount of chocolate!

 Allergy, Intolerance & Recipe Info
     Suitable for vegetarians
     No gluten-containing ingredients
     Alcohol-free recipe
     May contain nuts
     Contains added milk
     Contains added soya
     Free from artificial colour
     Free from artificial flavouring

You can see this and the whole range of beautiful Easter eggs in a price range to suit everyone over at Thorntons.

  Now for the Giveaway and how to Enter:


One lucky reader of this blog will win a Marvellously Magnificent Milk Chocolate Easter Egg (subject to availability) from Thorntons worth £24.99

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Goji Berries

Goji-berries, also known as Chinese Wolfberry, grow on the common matrimony vine, a shrub up to 4m high.  The fruits can be harvested from August to October. The name "goji" is derived from the Chinese term "Ningxia gouqi", which apparently means something along of the lines of "from the region of Ningxia wolfberry". In China, they have been revered as a vitality and energy source for millennia.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Goji Berries
  
Goji Berries are Good for You!
These amazing little berries are rich in high levels of iron including B12, vitamins and carotenoids (pro-vitamin A) B vitamins and other ingredients.  Containing over 20 trace elements and minerals as well as all essential amino acids.  It is especially valued for its "adaptogenic effect" (promoting vitality and resistance to stress).  They can be eaten raw or used in any recipe to enrich your meal.  
Western medicine is only beginning to discover the goji berry.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji berry has been used for a long time.
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