Roqberry Coco Joe black tea review | Champagne Twist

Roqberry Coco & Joe black tea – review | Champagne Twist

Roqberry tea - Coco and Joe review | Champagne Twist
Roqberry tea – Coco and Joe review | Champagne Twist

Purchased at the National Tea Day event in Woking, East London earlier this year, Roqberry’s Coco & Joe is a fascinating blend of 3 of the world’s favourite hot beverages – Tea, Coco and Coffee.  Usually, when I hear the mere mention of coffee, I run a mile.  I maintain that coffee is the drink of the devil and should be cast aside in all instances in flavour of the elegance of a good cuppa.  But apparently not everyone feels the same way as I do, so I reluctantly sampled this blend.

Perhaps I’m edging towards the dark side, but I found this tea to be delicious, enjoyable to drink and as it turned out, provides a great winter warming cuppa.

Roqberry Coco Joe black tea review | Champagne Twist
Roqberry Coco Joe black tea review | Champagne Twist
Roqberry Coco Joe black tea review | Champagne Twist
Roqberry Coco Joe black tea review | Champagne Twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tea is flavourful, the cocoa combining well with the black tea to provide a sweet, chocolatey taste.  The coffee, is there, but in a supporting role boosting the cocoa flavour notes.  It can be drunk with out milk, but I think it is best with, and I believe almond milk helps to bring out the nutty notes of the tea and coffee and compliments the cocoa.

I also found that when I was feeling very cold and low during the cold Autumn months, the tea helped to boost my spirits.  If you are thinking about cutting out sugar in your tea, I suggest rather than going cold turkey, to switch to this blend, as you can enjoy the sweet flavours, without all the calories.

Roqberry Coco Joe black tea review | Champagne Twist
Roqberry Coco Joe black tea review | Champagne Twist

Retailing at £6 for a box of 18 pyramid bags, represents good value for money.  It is recommend to use 1 bag per cup but you can get easily get away with 1 bag per 2 servings. The bags are also easy to dispose onto the compost heap.

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I paired this tea with my Ultimate Banana and Chocolate Bread, recipe to be published soon, but this tea would go well with any tea, coffee. nut, fruit or chocolate based dessert. It is a tea that can be enjoyed on its own, and makes an ideal gift for tea lovers.

I don’t usually give full marks, but I can’t fault this tea at all. Even if it does contain coffee!

Rating 5/5

 

Freaks of Nature: Cocoa Loco – Review | Champagne Twist

This is the last of the trio of vegan approved desserts from Freaks of Nature I have taste tested. As it turns out, I left the best till last.
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Like Zingy Thingy and Mango Fandango, the fun titled Cocoa Loco is gluten, dairy, egg and soya free.

cocoa loco fon

The creamy textured chocolate ganache is smooth, flavourful, with just the right level of sweetness.

Cocoa Loco Close up

Provided in their own sealed off selection to help keep their crisp, crunchy freshness, the chopped caramelised roasted hazelnuts are a perfect match for this pudding.

f of n cocoa loco

Of all the 3 puddings, I think the Cocoa Loco is my flavourite. Zingy Thingy for me could have benefitted with a little more lemon zest, and the Mango Fandango could have done with a little more vanilla bean seeds.  But the Cocoa Loco was simply perfect – lovely, rich chocolate flavour, creamy smooth texture and the delicious nutty crunch from the hazelnuts. The added bonus that such a luxurious dessert is gluten, dairy, soya and egg free – only plant based ingredients are included in these desserts.

These puddings represent clear examples that you don’t have to miss out if your diet  has exclusions. Nor do you need high amounts of sugar, salt or high fat ingredients to produce a delicious dessert.

I have mentioned the packaging before, and again state that I’m very impressed that such minimum packaging has been used to great effect. I’m also pleased to say that I have now found a home for all 3 of the pots in my sewing kit. I’m sure you could easily find a use for your DIY and crafting storage.

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Freaks of Nature have a new fan, and I will be following their progress as they develop new products. If these 3 are anything to go by, the future will be very bright for them, and delicious and healthier for me!

For more information about Freaks of Nature, please visit their website.

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Disclaimer:  I was gifted 3 different items from Freaks of Nature, which I have decided to review. This post is not sponsored and I have not been remunerated in any way. The opinions featured are my own.

 

B-tempted Flourless Brownie with Sea Salt – Review | Champagne Twist

Brownies can be a minefield, even with the usual ingredients. So I was intrigued to try these great looking brownies by B-Tempted.

The generous 6-pack are flour-less and gluten-free, yet from the taste you wouldn’t know.  The brownies have a cute and neat oval shape, with the all important moist centre. It’s easy to eat a whole bag of these in one sitting, but better to share with friends as part of an afternoon tea time treat.

These brownies don’t leave that clawing sensation in the month, you feel when you’ve eaten too many rich chocolate cakes, which adds to their appeal. I can tell that the quality of chocolate used is very high, and the addition of sea salt really enhances the flavour.

B-tempted gluten-free flour-less chocolate brownies
B-tempted Flourless Brownie with Sea Salt

You do have to be a little careful transporting these home, as they are easily squashed, but what’s a few crumbs between friends? You can always make them in an impromptu desert such as Eton Mess, or just enjoy them as they are.

In short, this is a good brownie, and I was surprised that the 6 piece treat pack retails at only the £3.99 mark, as the quality far outweighs the price, especially for a gluten-free product.  If you’re having trouble finding gluten free brownies, may I suggest this one?

 

Pip and Nut Chocolate, Coconut and Hazelnut Butter – Limited Edition – Review

It took me a while to get my mits on these, and nearly resorted to ordering a crate direct from Pip and Nuts online store. But then they sold out … argh!!!!

But thanks to Ocado, who currently have the butter on special offer, I scooped up 3 of the the beauties.

pip and nut trio

The Pip & Nut Limited Edition Chocolate, Coconut and Hazelnut butter. The very sound of it is delicious. But sadly the name is better than reality.

There have been a couple of disappointments – 1 being that the jar size is now a smaller 225g reduced from 250g, which is a bit sneaky. The offer price at £3.19 is high, making the RRP at £3.99 pretty pricy, especially as other butters in the range are around the £2 mark.

Taste wise, it’s not bad. I can’t eat this by the spoonful – believe me, I tried – as the coconut flavour is a little too prominent for me and contributes to an odd ‘fatty’ aftertaste.  But on toast, it is delicious. The butter has a good consistency and is great melted as a sauce for fresh fruit, pancakes or breakfast cereals.  I had planned to use the butter as a baking ingredient. Due to it’s cost and reduced size however, I can’t justify using 2 jars for a 1 cake. Why, oh why did they make the jars smaller?

I did try mixing a teaspoon of the butter with 2 heaped tablespoons of coconut yogurt. I added a few black raspberries harvested from the garden, and made a quick pudding. I later added a teaspoon of caramel sauce, as it helped to cut down the fatty aftertaste from the coconut butter.

fruit pip & nut yogurt

yogurt with black raspberries

As a treat, this is fab, I particularly like the fact that there is no trace of palm oil, which is where Nutella fails. The difference however is that I can easily eat Nutella by the spoonful, and at £5 for a 1kg jar, it is more economical.

Overall, I’m glad I got my 3 jars and am happy to use this product, sparingly. Unfortunately the search for a healthier, viable sub for Nutella continues.

Rating:

3-star


Edit – 23rd July

With regret, I’m going to have to take off another 2 points. I tried another jar of this butter and found that it tasted over salty. There’s no justification for salt in this product that I can think of, let alone in such high amounts.

I decided to try baking with it, and sadly with a too high levels of coconut oil coupled with hardly any chocolate or hazelnut flavour, the chocolate brownie I baked came out tasting mostly of salt and poor quality coconut oil. Bitterly disappointed with what should have been the perfect blend of 3 of my favourite flavours.

Revised Rating:

1-star

 

5 sweet pancake fillings for Shrove Tuesday – recipe ideas

So it’s Shrove Tuesday, Pancake day. You’ve a stack of pancakes ready, but what to fill them with? Here are 5 suggestions –

Limoncello Pancakes:

limoncello pancakes recipe | champagne twist
Limoncello Pancakes | Champagne Twist

Heat the pancakes (2 or 3 per person) in a frying pan, with 3 tablespoons of limoncello. Remove from the pan and place on a serving plate. Sprinkle with fresh lemon zest, a little fresh lemon juice and some golden caster sugar, honey or syrup.

Lingonberry Pancakes:

Lingonberry Pancakes Shove Tuesday pancake day recipe
Lingonberry Pancakes | Champagne Twist

Heat the pancakes, then serve with a tablespoon of lingonberry jam, thick yogurt, a dusting of icing sugar and a sprig of mint.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Pancakes:

Nutella chocolate and hazelnut pancakes, served with coconut yogurt recipe by Champagne Twist
Chocolate and Hazelnut Pancakes | Champagne Twist

Cover the warmed pancakes with Nutella, sprinkle with whole roasted hazelnuts, and a dusting of icing sugar. Serve with coconut yogurt, seen here with a dusting of ground chocolate.

Caramelised Spiced Apple Pancakes:

caramelised spiced apple pancakes recipe by Champagne Twist
Caramelised Spiced Apple Pancakes | Champagne Twist

Serve the warmed pancakes with a few slices of apple which have been caramelised and flambeed with brandy. Then fill the pancake with ginger yogurt, and dust with mixed spice, stem ginger pieces and icing sugar.

Coconut and Lime Pancakes:

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Coconut and Lime Pancakes | Champagne Twist

A few tablespoons of your favourite coconut yogurt, together with some fresh lime zest and a squeeze of lime juice will add a mojito zing to your pancakes. Finish with a drizzle of fruit or maple syrup.

How are you celebrating pancake day? If you would like the recipe for the pancakes, please visit this link Pancake recipe.

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Lindt Coconut Milk Chocolate Truffles – Review

Lindt chocolate truffles with coconut review by champagnetwist.wordpress.com
Milk chocolate truffles with coconut filling

Packaged in a beautiful sea green box, these coconut truffles are an absolute delight. You don’t get many in terms of weight, but for the current sale price of £3.50, if you’re looking for a last minute gift for the coco-nut or the chocoholic in your life, you could do far worse.

The coconut filling has a pleasant flavour, if a little over sweet in it’s aftertaste. The milk chocolate is smooth in texture and delicious – what you would expect from the Lindt chocolate house.

Coconut truffles with milk chocolate by Lindt
Milk chocolate truffles by Lindt, with coconut filling – review by Champagne Twist. champagnetwist.wordpress.com

The box weight is 200g, for which you will get around 16 truffles, or in my language, gifts for 2 people! (more on this later). Normally retailing for about £4.90, I suggest you take advantage of the current offer and treat yourself, or a loved one with these spherical delights.

I would have liked a few more in the box for the retail price, but for the sale price, I think it’s reasonable.

Rating 3.5/5

I shall be posting gifting ideas soon, including how to make presents for 2 people, out of 1 box of chocolates. For gifting ideas, subscribe to this blog to make sure you don’t miss out.

As ever, thanks for reading. If you have any comments or would like me to review other food and drink items, please share them in the comment box.

 

chocolate coconut honeycomb recipe

Chocconut Honeycomb Recipe

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Ingredients for Chocconut Honeycomb
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Golden Honeycomb Recipe champagnetwist.wordpress.com

 

 

As promised yesterday, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Honeycomb, or a homemade version of the Crunchie chocolate bar – but with a twist.

For the honeycomb recipe, click here.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz good quality chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or over a Bain-Marie.
  2. Stir in the coconut oil into the melted chocolate.
  3. Partially dip the pieces  of honeycomb into the chocolate mix, and place them on to a sheet of grease proof paper or a silicon tray.  Cool in the fridge.
  4. When the chocolate covering has dried, re-dip into the chocolate mix to ensure a thick covering.
  5. Sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the chocolate covered honeycomb, while the chocolate is still wet.
  6. Allow the chocolate to harden, and then enjoy.
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Chocconut Honeycomb Recipe
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Chocconut Honeycomb Recipe
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