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Free From Fellows sweets review and giveaway

For the last few years, I have become more aware of how bad sugar can be for us. It is known to be one of the worst foods for a variety of common diseases like arthritis, cancer and autism. I enjoy sweet treats far too much to eliminate them, but I do try my best now to reduce my sugar intake. I’m now buying less refined sugar and opting to purchase the likes of date sugar or coconut sugar instead. I’ve made a few little changes like always having fruit with my porridge instead of sugar and sometimes opting for something like a cheese scone or slice of fruit bread rather than cake.

Now although I feel like I personally am gradually winning the battle against sugar, it is a different story when it comes to my youngest son. He is such a fussy eater and so skinny compared to his brother, but he does have a sweet tooth. So we do have sweet treats in the store cupboard for him to help himself to, as I don’t aways have time to bake and sometimes he rejects my lower sugar baking anyhow. And one thing he has always been partial to is the likes of Haribo.

Free From Fellows sweets

So I was delighted when Free From Fellows contacted me, asking if I would like to review their sweet range. They sent me 9 free packs of their sweets along with a Utopia preserving jar. I used this to make a very retro look sweets jar. It looked just like a mini version of what I fondly remember being stocked at the sweet shop when I was a child. I particularly have fond memories of counting out chocolate mice from such a jar.

Free From Fellows sweets

The range includes the following six varieties.
Gummy Bears
Cola Bottles
Midget Gems
Rhubarb & Custard
Pear Drops
Lollipops (packet contains cola and strawberry flavours)

Their sweets are sugar free, gelatine free, gluten free and have no artificial colours or flavours. They are also suitable for vegans which is great as so often gummy sweets can contain pork gelatine. Apart from the lollipops packet which was 60g or 5 lollys, the other packets were all 70g each. All the packets were very long-dated to 2020.

However when I looked at the packets, I found they did contain other sweeteners instead of sugar. The 3 gummy varieties contain maltitol syrup and steviol glycosides whilst the lollipops contain isomalt and steviol glycosides, and the other 2 hard sweet varieties contain isomalt and sucralose. This reminded me that I had planned to do some research into sugar substitutes a while ago, but this is still outstanding.

Free From Fellows sweets

With all the choice of sweets in the jar, the boys took their time choosing which variety to try first. But once they had tried them all, everything got the thumbs up. And I have to say I’m struggling to decide whether cola bottles or rhubarb & custard is my favourite.

Free From Fellows sweets

Free From Fellows are stocked both in-store and online at Sainsburys, Morrisons, Ocado and Boots plus many smaller health food stores. I was just browsing in a small independent store called Honest To Goodness last week whilst on holiday and spotted all the varieties on the shelf there.

However one thing that was a shame was the packaging. Not only was it plastic packets, but the pear drops, rhubarb & custard and lollipops were all individually packed in plastic again inside the outer plastic packet, so an unnecessary double layer of plastic. How about considering compostable packets like a few brands are starting to move towards? Or since they were keen for me to use a jar, how about selling them in jars in the first place?

Free From Fellows sweets

One word of caution though. However tasty they are, don’t eat too many at one time. There is a little word of warning on the back of the packet that if eaten in large quantities, the sweets can occasionally give some an upset tummy.

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 12 packs of sweets from Free From Fellows to one lucky winner. That will be 2 packs of each variety. What a sweet treat of a prize.

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I’d love to hear about your favourite reduced sugar treats. Or perhaps you have an idea to share for an addition to the Free From Fellows range?

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Have you heard of Wallaroo – plus giveaway

I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks, particularly as son2 is always ready for a snack on the bus on the way home from school. He would very happily munch on biscuits or crisps, but I do prefer him to have something more healthy. So I was very pleased to be offered the opportunity to review some natural snacks from Wallaroo for free. And I love their unique name. When I googled it, I wondered how I hadn’t spotted the obvious – a wallaroo is a marsupial size in-between the kangaroo and wallaby. I wonder how they came up with that identity for their snacks?

Wallaroo snacks

I received one pack of each of the current range as follows:-
Gently dried mango slices
Gently dried pineapple chunks
Toasted organic coconut chips

So firstly the mango. Son2 was very pleased to see this as he already loves mango, whether fresh or dried. And this packet certainly lived upto his expectation. He reluctantly let the rest of us have a small taste. From my point of view, it is great that it is in a portion-controlled size, as son2 has been known to take a 100g pack of dried mango from the store cupboard and quickly scoff the lot.

Wallaroo snacks

I’m the only one in our household who loves coconut, so I took this pack as a snack to work with me. It was yummy and very moreish. However I managed to only eat a few at a time, so that it lasted throughout my entire shift. Great result therefore avoiding eating additional snacks. And the coconut is 100% organic.

Wallaroo snacks

Similarly, I am the only one in our family who usually eats pineapple, but son1 gave the pineapple flavour a try, seeing as son2 had hogged most of the mango. He was very surprised to find that he did enjoy it, although he said he preferred the mango.

Wallaroo snacks

Wallaroo snacks are 100% natural with no added sugar, salt, preservatives or sulphites. They are also vegan, gluten free and non-GM. And the mango and pineapple packs are each equivalent to 1 of your 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. However I must warn you that the packets mention that they have been packed in a facility which handles nuts, peanuts and sesame.

One feature that I was especially delighted to see is that the packaging is home compostable with no plastic waste. I’ve not come across such a feature before, so full marks to Wallaroo. We’ve all got to do our bit to beat plastic pollution. I’ve popped the empties in my food waste bin, but I can’t stop to watch them biodegrade before I post my review. That could be ages, as the best before dates range between January to March 2019. I just hope, that unlike my food bin liners which are already biodegrading on the roll and splitting, that the packaging really does last until that date for anyone who can hold out that long before munching these tasty snacks.

Wallaroo compostable packaging

Wallaroo snacks are available online with a current RRP of £1.45 per 30g pack and are also sold in boxes of 10 for £12.50. I do not know where you can purchase them in-store, although I understand that they are also sold in-store. And certainly their eye-catching packet designs are very attractive. In summary, a great snack in my opinion and I hope they add some more flavours to the range.

Also as a runner, it was nice to read that Wallaroo had sponsored a running event in their local community. Their snacks would be an ideal energy boost after a long run.

And I have an offer to pass on to my readers – 15% off all purchases at Wallaroo with discount code: AUTUMN15

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway one pack of each of the three Wallaroo varieties to one lucky winner. That is 3 packs in total.
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I’d love to hear what other flavours you think should be included in the range? Son2 has suggested apricot.

With only one pack of each variety, there wasn’t enough to think about saving any for a recipe. However I would be keen to hear your recipe ideas using any of the flavours.

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Nim’s Kids Fruit and Vegetable Crisps plus giveaway

Regular readers of my blog may remember when I promoted Nim’s crowdfunder campaign last year. Well I am pleased to say that they reached their target and have launched their new kids range. And I was very happy to now receive some free samples of the Nim’s kids range to try.

Nim's kids crisps

I received one pack of each of the kids range as follows:-
Apple
Pear
Carrot
Cucumber

The boys shared the packs with me, so that we could do the taste test together. The apple and pear flavours were declared very popular all round. Son1 also enjoyed the carrot crisps, but son2 who is very fussy about what he will try, had already made his mind up that as he doesn’t eat fresh carrot or courgette, that he wouldn’t enjoy these. Meanwhile I enjoyed them all.

Nim's kids apple crisps

And I love that Nim’s Kids Crisps are 100% natural and are air-dried, not fried. Each pack is equivalent to 1 of your 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. They are fat, gluten and dairy free and are suitable for vegans and coeliac sufferers. They retain fibre and vitamin C. They are made in the UK using British fruit and veg where available.

Plus Nim’s have pledged to donate 1p from the sale of every pack of its kids range to the Hope Children’s Charity.

Nim's kids carrot crisps

Nim’s Kids Crisps are a great healthy snack either to send with the boys to school, or to have when I pick them up after school, or just at home.

Nim's kids pear crisps

Nim’s Kids crisps are available online with a current RRP of 75p per pack and are also stocked at some local independent retailers, cafes, garden centres and farm shops.

Nim's kids courgette crisps

Meanwhile, as I had courgette crisps going spare, I decided to experiment, by breaking some into smaller pieces and sprinkling them on my salad just before serving. They gave it a lovely crunch boost.

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a full set of the kids range of Nim’s Fruit and Vegetable crisps to one lucky winner and a full set of the original range to a second winner. To clarify, there are currently 4 flavours in the kids range and 7 in the original range.
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I’d love to hear what other flavours you think should be included in either range? Son2 previously suggested apricot.

Or let me know your recipe ideas using any of the flavours.

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Nim’s Fruit and Vegetable Crisps plus giveaway

I have received some free fruit and vegetable crisps from Nim’s to review. I have previously purchased their delicious 100% natural apple crisps, so was looking forward to trying the rest of the range.

Nim's Fruit and Vegetable Crisps

I received one pack of each of the current range as follows:-
Melon & Orange
Pear
Pineapple
Apple
Pineapple & Kiwi
Tomato & Cucumber
Beetroot & Parsnip
Peppers & Courgettes

Unlike my other half who was only willing to try flavours where he liked the corresponding fresh fruit or vegetable, the boys joined me in a full taste test. They were pleasantly surprised to find they enjoyed some flavours that they weren’t expecting to, including pineapple which came in at position number two, only surpassed by apple. I’m the only person in our house who eats fresh pineapple. The boys even remove it from pizza. So great to know that I can now buy them packets of Nim’s Pineapple Crisps.

And I love that Nim’s Fruit Crisps are 100% natural and are air-dried, not fried. Each pack is equivalent to 1 of your 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. They are fat, gluten and dairy free and are suitable for vegans and coeliac sufferers. They are made in the UK using British fruit and veg where available.

Enjoying Nim's Fruit CrispsNim’s Fruit Crisps are a great healthy snack either to send with the boys to school, or to have when I pick them up after school, or just at home.

Enjoying Nim's Fruit Crisps

Nim’s Fruit crisps are available online with a current RRP of £1.25 per pack and are also stocked at some local independent retailers, cafes, garden centres and farm shops. I’ll certainly be keeping my eye out for a few more flavours now.

And Nim’s are hoping to launch their kids range soon with a little help from us. They have a crowdfunder campaign which looks a lot better than the ones I watched on The Apprentice last week. There are some great rewards on there for you. But be quick, the campaign closes on 13th December. And please share the campaign with your friends.

Nim's Fruit Crisps crowdfunder campaign

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a full set of the current range of Nim’s Fruit and Vegetable crisps to one lucky winner. That is eight packs in total.
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I’d love to hear what flavours you think should be included in the new kids’ range? Son2 has suggested apricot. And I would suggest that they focus more on fruit rather than vegetables, as our taste test revealed that the vegetable flavours were too strong for son2’s palate, although son1 was happy with them.

We were too busy munching to think about saving any for a recipe. However I would be keen to hear your recipe ideas using any of the flavours.

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