Tried & Tested: Three products this week

Tried & Tested: Three products this week

Well this years got off to a slow start for me. I know it’s only natural, but I tend to want to hibernate and with a working day and my events work on the side, I don’t get a huge amount of time to get ‘stuff’ done in between this and feeling the need to hibernate like a small field mouse.

However, what I have done is eat! I know against the rules when it’s “New Year New Me” month. I did try to go to an ab class and then body attack but they cancelled the class…! I have also sniffed at the idea of getting my jogging gear back on but no joy yet. I blame the house buying process, it’s all consuming of any spare brain power. On a brighter note there; I’m promised to see a flood of new houses on the market, so it won’t be too long until I can share the good news that I’ve actually bought a house! My first home! Woo!

OK so these products:

Panda Liquorice Softie Bars
Strawberry Flavour
– Vege and Vegan but not gluten free.

I’ve always been a fan of flavoured liquorice, particularly Panda liquorice. My mum used to give it to my brothers and I as a treat alongside sesame snaps (which I now incidentally HATE) when we went shopping as it was a healthier option.

Well I picked these up in Sainsbury’s and grabbed them in a hurry not really noticing that they are not my usual faves. They are a new product in their range of yummy items. Quite expensive at £1.30 a pack of four. These, rather than my usual faves of just the raspberry flavoured liquorice, are liquorice sticks with a strawberry flavoured centre. It’s pretty obvious from the packet but in a mad dash I just didn’t notice the detail. My bad.

Obviously as soon as I got home I tore one open to ‘test’ them for poison and whatnot. Just in case. I was not THAT impressed. Partly because I was expecting to taste a strong strawberry flavour and the gooey middle put me off a bit. Just due to the fact I wasn’t expecting it really. I ate the bar in two seconds flat so I clearly liked it!

The ingredients are pretty good. Molasses syrup is a healthier alternative to refined sugar, as its naturally occurring and is touted to contain antioxidants and all sorts of goodness. Wheat flour for those who can’t eat wheat or gluten is going to put a lot of people off. I’m not even sure why there is wheat in there?! Sugar, well it’s the master of ageing and fattening us up nicely. There is a lot in there too.. you can tell as it is the second listed ingredient so its quite a sugar fest. However they do not use bleached sugar which is a bonus – good for them as its not necessary. The acidity regulators are citric acid which is commercially made using corn, beet sugar or molasses. The gelling agent is made using pectin from fruit so no harm done. Over all a product I would buy again based on its ingredients. A good choice I’d say for children too, as a wee treat.  Also, these are low fat and low calorie too!

I will not buy these particular bars again. However I will keep my eye out for my favourite raspberry flavoured treats and I am keen to try their blueberry flavoured liquorice to.

Find out more about their yummy products here.



Product Two
Heath & Heather Honey & Camomile Tea
– Good for everyone


I am lucky enough to have lovely, lovely friends. One of them got me this AMAZING tea. It is honestly the most beautifully scented, calmingly yummy tea, to date. I believe she got it from a health food shop and it was a good find. I am still getting the occasional waft of light fruity honey loveliness from the finished cup beside me.

Chamomile is known for its calming properties and I often will have a tea in the evening to wind down. I feel super relaxed and enjoyed every sip. Especially as it tasted so smooth and smelt so so yummy.

The ingredients are simple; chamomile, honey flavour and honey. Yum.



The company are based in the UK, which is good. It’s nice to support local businesses, especially when the product is so lovely.

You can find Heath&Heather on Facebook if you fancy finding out more or see more of their products here.

I will definitely be purchasing again and I am keen to try their organic fennel tea which sounds equally as amazing.

Product Three
Charbonnel et Walker; Dark Marc de Champagne Truffles
– Vege but not vegan

A seriously strong contender on the chocolate front. Dark, rich and dangerously delicious. These are for you if you love chocolate, but more importantly, Champagne!

A hard outer shell cases a soft champagne infused truffle filling. One truffle for me is satisfyingly enough which is a good thing as there are quite a few calories in chocolate.

However don’t be put of entirely because of a high calorie count. Ingredients wise; 77% dark chocolate, which is full of powerful antioxidants – way more than most other foods. It also contains nutrients such as fibre, iron and magnesium which are just a few of the nutrients found. There are a lot of health benefits to good quality dark chocolate but be warned that a lot of the chocolate on the market is rubbish. Look for organic, dark chocolate that is 70% or higher in cocoa content. The darker the chocolate the less sugar.

These dark chocolate truffles contain about 60% cocoa solids so not one to buy for the complete health benefits.

Soy lecithin; For me this is an ingredient I do not like to see listed. Its a controversial ingredient as it is a GMO product and GMO means bad news. Unless stated as ‘organic’, soy lecithin is something to avoid if you can. For those of you whom check ingredients you will know this will be tricky. Generally speaking if you avoid processed foods you will be OK and the odd little bit here or there is not the end of the world.

I can’t help but noticing that they are expensive at £12.95 a box for 8 truffles and the ingredients are not high end so you are essentially paying for the fancy packaging. I can’t deny that it is pretty, however I would rather have a really good quality product.

Having looked further into what goes into making these, I will not be buying them again but rather looking out for a better, less expensive alternative.

See their other products here, there are quite a few!



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