Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Drinks and Snacks on my 'Spring' Kitchen Table


Spring has definitely sprung now, after a beautiful sunny Easter weekend in Scotland, there can be now doubt about that.  I'm afraid I don't have any lovely outdoors photos for you, although I did spend a couple of hours in the sun on Saturday, shifting logs for our neighbours before heading back inside for more painting duties.


As you can see work continues around my Kitchen Table, in the background you can see the old laths awaiting a new coat of plaster.  The worktops are protected by sheets of cardboard and there is much painting going on.  What you need in these circumstances are some tasty snacks to keep you going.

First up are the Nice and Nobbly Organic, Gluten Free, Granola Bars from Nature's Path.  They come in two flavours - Trail Mix and Dark Choc Chip - and are a great alternative to the often taste-less and bland gluten-free products on the market.  They are very tasty, hold together well and I would definitely buy them.  9/10

Cawston Press, the  premium soft drinks company, is now launching sparkling drinks in cans, for the very first time. They come in two flavours - Rhubarb and Cloudy Apple and are a welcome change to the often additive-packed canned soft drinks on the market.   I am not a huge fan of fizzy drinks and fortunately these weren't over-carbonated.  I reviewed the sparking juices on my New Year Kitchen Table in bottle form, which I preferred, as I really find a whole can too much.  The flavours were equally delicious and I guess cans can be useful when you are travelling around and don't want glass bottles.  The fruit flavour comes through well, however I have to say that ultimately I prefer Cawston Press  'Picked and Pressed' fruit juices which have a really intense fruity flavour that I love. 7/10

Not many people can resist Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate and now they have combined their delicious creamy chocolate with two different biscuits, the semi-sweet LU biscuit and the savoury Ritz Cracker.
I preferred the LU biscuits and my husband preferred the Ritz Crackers.  What I liked about them was the way you were able to break the pack up into four individual biscuits, great for sharing. Cadbury Dairy Milk LU and Cadbury Dairy Milk Ritz are available in 35g bars, each with four mini segments (RRP £0.58) and in three bar multipacks (RRP £1.49). 8/10

Something different now,  from Vita Coco, currently Britain's biggest coconut water brand.
The newest additions to the Vita Coco Range, Coco Cafe, provide a healthier way to get your caffeine fix! Combining the super hydrating nature of coconut water with a shot of espresso, some semi-skimmed milk, and even a little bit of chocolate for the Mocha flavour,  without all the artificial colourings, flavourings and sweeteners of traditional energy drink.  They are definitely an improvement on some other energy drinks and I can see that they would be a great alternative to coffee on a warm summer's day.

The Coco Cafe Latte  and Coco Cafe Mocha come in handy screw-top 330ml cartons and cost £1.99
7/10

I hope you've enjoyed reading about the products I've been reviewing on my kitchen table, back soon with more recipes and reviews. 

I received samples of the products , I was not paid for these reviews and all opinions are my own.


18 comments:

  1. How lucky Janice - I especially like the sound of the Rhubarb soft drink. I like the decorarting props in the pics lol!

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    1. Thanks Stuart, Rhubarb is an unusual flavour for a soft drink but it works well.

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  2. I have been wanting to try those Ritz cadbury's biscuits for ages - they look amazing.

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  3. Great round up Janice, love the packaging of the Cawston Press cans. Is your building site, sorry kitchen, nearly finished?
    Janie x

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    1. Work in progress Jane! Feels a bit more like a kitchen than a building site but not finished.

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  4. I love coconut water - I had a mocha one recently - amazingly good.

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  5. A fun selection of things to try. I need to try the cocoa cafe.

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    1. Thanks Bintu, hope you find some Coco Cafe to try.

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  6. nice roundup. I am so bad at actually doing them myself!!!

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  7. A lovely round up of some interesting grub Janice! I am like Fiona, I have a few to collate and share too! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen, I;ll look forward to seeing your reviews.

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  8. Just as well you've got lots of snacks to keep you going Janice, it looks like a lot of hard work.

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    1. Yes, need something to keep you going!

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  9. The Cawston Press sodas look interesting; we don't have them in the US, though. Same with the Coco Cafe!

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    1. Oh that's a shame, Jean. Perhaps they will start to sell there soon.

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