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Chewy Moon snack box review and giveaway

I have received a free sample Chewy Moon healthy snack box via Talk To Mums. The box size is designed to fit through your letterbox.

Chewy Moon snacks

These boxes are aimed at children from age 3 upwards and son2 was really excited when he saw the pug on the outside of the box. Even though he is fairly dog-phobic, he has recently started asking if we can get a pug. Whilst son1 who is equally wary round dogs wants a labrador. But no need for them to argue over breeds, as a puppy is not on the agenda since I work full-time.

These boxes contain 5 individual snack portions along with some fun activities and a page of nutrition facts. Our activitites were a pop-out frog, a short comic story and facts about ants.

Chewy Moon snacks

The 5 snacks we received were:-
Snacko Italiano (Tuscany cashews and baked cheese)
Happy BBQ (smokey almonds and coconut chips)
Crazy Crunch (smoothie bites)
Cherry Cola (cola raisins, cherry, cranberry)
Freaky Fruits (blackcurrant drops, apricot sticks, cherry cubes, peach cubes, raspberry strips)

Chewy Moon snacks

Son1 chose the Snacko Italiano first whilst son2 opted for the Cherry Cola. He did insist that son1 give him the empty Snacko Italiano pug box afterwards though. Son1 loved the pieces of toasted cheese, but only liked the Italian herby cashews. He let me try a couple of the cashews and I thought they were delicious. Meanwhile son2 quickly scoffed the Cherry Cola.

Chewy Moon snacks

The next time son2 selected Freaky Fruits whilst son1 went for Crazy Crunch. Once again son2’s snack vanished very quickly and he gave both a resounding thumbs up. Although son1 is a huge smoothie fan, he wasn’t convinced by the Crazy Crunch flavour, so offered them to the rest of us. We all enjoyed them but none of us guessed the flavour correctly which was blueberry and red beet.

Chewy Moon snacks

And to avoid arguments, I got the fifth pack, the Happy BBQ, which was right up my street, as I love almonds and coconut. Very yummy indeed.

Chewy Moon snacks

These packs are ideal for an after school snack. But if your children attend a school that has a nut-free policy like my boys’ school, then you wouldn’t be able to send either Snacko Italiano or Happy BBQ in as a playground snack. However there is a “no nuts” option when ordering.

You get to rate the snacks, to build up a profile of which your child does and doesn’t like for future boxes. Each box currently costs £4.93 including 98p P&P, but you can get your first box free. You select between fruit box, variety box or savoury box and you can order for multiple children. The boxes are delivered weekly and you may cancel your subscription at any time. A competitive price in my opinion.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a month’s Chewy Moon subscription of 4 boxes to one lucky winner. What a tasty prize.
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I’d love to hear about your favourite snack ideas.

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Disclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.

High Protein Snacks review & giveaway

My other half announced a few months ago that he wanted to eat less carbs. I’m now finding it quite challenging to come up with meal ideas for the whole family as the boys’ favourite meals are pizza and pasta, so carb loaded. And since they tend to turn their nose up at a large piece of meat or fish, I usually stick to cooking what they enjoy. So my poor other half ends up more often than not with a plate of carbs. And if he chooses not to eat it, there is unlikely to be an alternative prepared.

So I was pleased to receive a box of high protein snack packs, free to review from Top Herd Snacks.

Top Herd High Protein Snacks

I received 1 each of the following varieties.
Tangy Tomato Beef Jerky
Smoky BBQ Beef Jerky
Sweet Pickle Beef Jerky
Honey Mustard Pork Jerky
Zesty Lemon Turkey Jerky
Chilli & Lime Turkey Jerky
Tomato & Paprika Skinny Salami
Chilli Pepper Skinny Salami

Son2 as usual was very skeptical and refused to taste them, but the rest of us tried every variety and gave them a thumbs up all round. I liked all of them, but my favourite is the Honey Mustard Pork Jerky. I did find that the salamis are very chewy, but there is a warning on the packet stating that the snack is only suitable for strong teeth. Meanwhile son1 liked both the salamis best, whilst my other half opted for the same as me – the Honey Mustard Pork Jerky.

These snacks are all high in protein ranging from about 38g – 50g per 100g depending on the variety. They are also gluten free and made from 100% natural ingredients. Another big plus point is that they are long-life products which do not need to be refrigerated.

At present, these snacks are only available to purchase via the Top Herd website, but they plan to be in supermarkets later this year. They are sold in packs of 8, either 8 of the same type or a mixed flavour bundle, currently retailing at £15.92 which equates to £1.99 for each individual 35g packet of jerky or 40g packet of salami. I highly recommend that you give them a try. I’ve already placed my first order and can say that checkout was simple.

top herd jerky & salami snacks

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a mixed flavour bundle of 8 high protein snack packs courtesy of Top Herd to one lucky winner. A yummy prize.

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I’d love to hear your favourite savoury snack?

And finally I have a new discount code FS0250 to share with my readers which will give you 50% off one mixed flavour bundle pack of Top Herd Snacks. Valid until 21st February.

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Tommy Tucker Popcorn review

I have received some free popcorn from Tommy Tucker to review. The boys love popcorn as their grandad sometimes treats them to a bag and I occasionally make my own from popping corn.

Tommy Tucker popcorn

Tommy Tucker is not a brand I had previously heard of but apparently they are the UK’s leading supplier of popcorn and confectionery to the cinema industry, producing 45+ million servings per year. And they have 100+ flavours in their range. Yes you read that correctly. I can’t even imagine that many flavours but their brochure goes from chilli & lemon to caramel summer fruits.

I’ve always thought popcorn to be a more healthy snack than crisps. And their brochure backs that up stating that Tommy Tucker only use the very best A grade corn, with natural flavourings and colourings and no GMO.

The four flavours I received are salted, sweet, sweet & salt and toffee. We got a thumbs up from all the family for all the flavours and you can see from the photos that we enjoyed snacking on the popcorn in a variety of situations. If I had to pick a favourite, I would say sweet & salt, but I liked them all.

Tommy Tucker popcorn

Tommy Tucker Popcorn

Tommy Tucker Popcorn great for an after school snack

Tommy Tucker Popcorn

Tommy Tucker Popcorn great for a snack in the car whilst waiting for your brother

Enjoying Tommy Tucker popcorn

Enjoying Tommy Tucker popcorn whilst watching a dvd

Enjoying Tommy Tucker popcorn

Enjoying Tommy Tucker popcorn in the garden

Tommy Tucker are shortly launching their online shop, so you’ll soon be able to purchase their tasty popcorn to enjoy at home as well as at the cinema.

And watch this space for details of a popcorn giveaway soon.

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Snacks for Santa and the Reindeer

I’ve drawn the short straw as working 12 hour shifts all this week including Christmas Day. This meant I missed one of my favourite parts of Christmas today – the crib service at church. The rest of the family went without me. However I did get home in time to help the boys make some magic reindeer food. We mixed together oats and star shaped cake decorations. The boys then sprinkled this on the lawn for the reindeer.

Preparing magic reindeer food

magic reindeer food

sprinkling magic reindeer food

Son2 had made some mince pies at school a couple of weeks ago and had specially frozen one to save for Santa, so we got that out to defrost. The boys put it ready on the table by the fireplace along with a drink of milk and a carrot for Rudolph.

snacks for Santa

So we’re all ready for the big arrival tonight. Just need to wait for son1 to go to sleep. I’d love to hear your Christmas Eve traditions.

And as for tomorow. I don’t want to miss out too much on the boys’ fun. So I’ve just learnt how to use FaceTime and if it is not too busy at work, I hope to remotely watch them open some of their presents.

Vegan Tuck Box review & giveaway

I was quite excited to find out what goodies were contained in the latest free parcel that I have received. It is a vegan tuck box. No I’m not vegan, but you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy vegan treats. I used to be vegetarian for about 20 years, but reintroduced meat back into my diet last year when everyone was so generously cooking us homemade meals after son1’s leukaemia diagnosis. I have very fond memories of a holiday about 10 years ago at Yuva in Turkey where all the meals were vegetarian or vegan. And now although I do eat meat sometimes, I usually will opt for a vegetarian or vegan alternative.

vegan tuck box

When I opened it, I found the contents were as follows…

Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup
Braw blackcurrant oat bar
Go Max Go Foods Cleo’s peanut butter cups
Howdah Snacks Bombay Puri
Meridian Almond Bar
Moo Free Mini Moo Mint
Nothing But pineapple and grape
Premium Chocolatiers No No’s
Provamel coconut and rice drink
Rawlicious pizza crackers
Seed stacked Thai sprinkles

Howdah Snacks Bombay Puri
On reading the pack I thought that this would really appeal to son1, but on tasting it we found it was quite spicy, even though the packaging said it was subtly spiced. I loved it but son1 found it too spicy. This product is NOT gluten free, but the accompanying leaflet indicated that some of the other products in the Howdah range are gluten free.

Bombay puri

Nothing But Pineapple and Grape Snack
Although I like pineapple it is not usually one of my favourite fruits. However this freeze-dried pack of pineapple and grape was so flavoursome. I could easily have munched twice the amount. This is gluten free.

Pineapple & Grape

Braw blackcurrant oat bar
I cut this into 4 pieces so we could all have a taste. 2 of us thought it was okay, son2 thought it was excellent but son1 wasn’t too keen on it. This is a gluten and nut free product.

Peanut butter cups

Go Max Go Foods Cleo’s peanut butter cups
There were 2 of these in the packet, so I cut them in halves so we could all try. I really loved them but the other 3 weren’t keen at all. This is gluten free. Once I removed the sticker detailing ingredients in German, I was able to read the allergy information underneath and since it is clearly labelled as a vegan product I was surprised to read that it is not suitable for persons with an allergy to milk. Umm vegans don’t eat dairy so I can only assume this refers to the next sentence which mentions that it is manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing dairy, eggs and wheat.

Meridian Almond Bar
I took this as a snack to work. I do like almond flavoured products a lot and I found this quite pleasant. This is gluten free.

Premium Chocolatiers No No’s
Another item that we all really enjoyed although son2 only wanted the blue ones. Son1 and hubby were surprised when I told them that these contained marshmallow, as they usually express a dislike of marshmallow. Again gluten free.

pizza crackers

Rawlicious pizza crackers
3 of us weren’t particularly keen on these although we did say they were better when eaten with a dip. But son2 hated them. These don’t list the ingredients, only nutritional facts. Very odd as I do think it is important for ingredients to be listed on a product. So I have looked them up online. I still didn’t find an ingredient list but it did say that they are free from wheat, gluten, buckwheat, refined salt and sugar.

Seed stacked Thai sprinkles
I took these to work for a snack, as I do enjoy snacking on seeds. These were no exception and I liked the Thai flavouring. These are gluten free. They are quite short-dated with a best before date of 21/11/14, but this could be because I am reviewing what would have been the September selection.

Minty moo

Moo Free Mini Moo Mint
Another item which I cut into 4 pieces so we could all try. We all loved this and son1 said it was just like the chocolates that they serve at our local Indian restaurant. This is gluten free.

Provamel coconut and rice drink
This was an individual size 200ml carton. I offered it to the boys to taste but neither of them was particularly keen. I however found it quite refreshing. It is an organic product. The info is just under the glue for the straw but I think it says it is lactose, gluten and wheat free and is unsweetened. A blend of water, rice and coconut-milk.

Coconut Syrup

Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup
This can be used as a substitute for sugar. The bottle suggests using it in tea or coffee. Or over pancakes, waffles, cereal and oatmeal. And it mentions a link to recipe suggestions on their website. The glass bottle was carefully wrapped in bubble wrap. So I decided to try it out on a bowl of porridge. I added a teaspoon of the coconut syrup instead of my usual brown sugar. Yes very nice.

bali nutra coconut syrup

So apart from the Bombay Puri, all these products were gluten free. I like to look out for gluten free products for when my brother-in-law visits us, since he has to follow a gluten-free and oat-free diet for health reasons. So he wouldn’t be able to have the Braw blackcurrant oat bar.

The box I received was the classic selection which contains between 10-12 different sweet and savoury vegan snacks each month. You may choose between an ongoing monthly subscription at £17 per box or prepaying for 3 or 6 boxes or buying a single box for £19. Prepaying for 3 equates to £19 per box and prepaying for 6 equates to £18 per box. Very good value in my opinion. But please note these prices do not include shipping.

There are also options for mini boxes with 5-6 items or gluten free boxes. And you may purchase products individually. Browsing their website, I can also see some tasty Christmas treats.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a classic vegan tuck box to one lucky winner. This will contain a different selection of products to those featured here, as my review is of what would have been in the September selection.

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And you may see my other giveaways here.

And finally I have a special offer to share with my readers. 10% off your first Vegan Tuck Box when you subscribe with code veganbox at check out.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.