Review of Skinny Pop Popcorn

Popcorn is often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy and can make a nice change for a treat to enjoy on the go as an alternative to a packet of crisps. So on my recent adventure across America I popped into Whole Foods and found the aisle with the popcorn in the hope that I could find some that was safe to me to eat. Surprisingly, it was quiet hard to find some that were safe for me to eat. Luckily, I found a multipack of Skinny Pop popcorn that was safe to eat. So I grabbed to have as my savoury snack to enjoy on my travels.
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I loved the simplicity of the packaging of this popcorn with the mini packets of popcorn looking like coming towards you to be eaten. On the front of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being gluten free, and suitable for vegans. On the ingredients list to the popcorn popped maize, sugar and sunflower oil are listed. As I got this popcorn in America the regulations on food labelling is slightly different. The popcorn is labelled to the back of the packaging as being dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free.
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On opening the bag I was greeted by a faint subtle salty aroma. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like even sized pieces of the popcorn which looked plain. This was a positive to me as I didn’t want my popcorn to be too salty. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got the taste of plain popcorn this was preceded by a subtle taste of salt the strength of which was spot on. The texture of the popcorn was just right. I experienced a combination of textures initially it was slightly crunchy followed by a light airy softness of the popcorn. This popcorn was a great safe savoury treat for me to enjoy whilst on my travels. In fact the large multipack didn’t last long. Luckily, I was able to stock up at local convenience stores. I even took some home with me to enjoy on the plane on the way home.
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So would I recommend this flavour of popcorn? Gosh yes I would. I liked everything about this popcorn from its simple packaging, through to its flavour and textures. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this popcorn a try as a savoury treat. So thank you Skinny Pop for producing a nice popcorn I can enjoy as a treat. I shall be buying some more of your popcorn on my next visit to America.
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Review of Waitrose Peppermint Infusion Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I recently popped into Waitrose I found myself in the tea aisle and I seemed to be drawn to their peppermint infusion tea. So I thought that I would give it a try.
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Onto the ingredients list I personally found this to be a tad annoying and disappointing. There are no ingredients listed. It is just described as a pure peppermint infusion. I am guessing that it means that it only contains peppermint. I therefore checked the Ocado website which I shouldn’t have to do. Peppermint is listed under the ingredients list. There were no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On the packet I was greeted by a sealed foiled packaging. I personally like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the foil packaging the teabags emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very pleasant peppermint aroma. It was a lot stronger than I had anticipated compared to other supermarket own brand teas. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test and but did seem weaken on smelling an individual teabag. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It took a couple of minutes for the teas aroma to develop but once it had it was it had it was very pleasant and continued to strengthen and became fairly strong.
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On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger peppermint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was nearly as strong as the aroma. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other peppermint teas that I have tried it was certainly one of the strongest and nicest that I have tried. I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped on it.
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Would I recommend this peppermint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest everyday peppermint teas that I have tried. It has a strong but very pleasant peppermint aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the teabag for a minute. I will be buying these teabags again. So thank you Waitrose for producing a nice peppermint tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Tesco’s Barbecue Tortilla Scoops

I popped into Tesco’s the other day to pick up a few essentials until our regular online food shop was due. My other half fancied some tortilla chips and asked me to pick some up whilst I was shopping. I saw some Tesco’s own brand tortilla scoops in barbecue flavour and thought that they looked interesting. So into my shopping basket they went.
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Onto the packaging I liked red packaging and the picture of a bowl of the tortilla scoops. They looked very inviting and if I’m honest I fell for this and this why they said go on buy me as opposed to all of the other tortilla chips. Onto the ingredients list no allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. Oh they are also labelled as being suitable for a vegetarian diet. I have to admit to being a tad excited that I could have these tortilla scoops because I had just assumed that they would not be suitable for my dairy free diet.
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On opening the crisps I noted a faint aroma which I would describe as being similar to that of a barbecue sauce with a subtle undertone of tomato noted. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. The tortilla scoops had an even distribution of flavouring noted on them. On biting into the tortilla scoops there was a nice crunch noted. This then changed to a texture of what I would describe as a nice light floury texture. This was different to other tortillas I have tried but a pleasant change. Onto the flavour I could definitely taste the barbecue flavour initially this was followed by a subtle tomato undertone. I didn’t expect this but the combination of flavours worked well together and we’re pleasant nether the less. Onto a positive note the crisps had a nice crunch and didn’t leave any greasy or powdery residual on my fingers. This is personally a big bonus for me.
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So would I recommend these tortilla scoops? Yes I would. The flavour wasn’t quiet as I had expected but it was pleasant. They were not greasy, had a good crunch and didn’t leave a powdery residual on my fingers. Most of all it was great to have a flavoured packet of tortillas that I can enjoy. So if you follow a dairy free or a vegetarian diet why not give these tortillas a try. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a flavoured packet of tortillas that I can have.
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Review of Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea

One of the teas or herbal infusions that I like enjoy on a regular basis is chamomile. It is often a tea that I tend to drink later on in the day. On a recent trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Bigelow Cozy Chamomile tea as option to enjoy after a meal in a restaurant in San Francisco. I of course just had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home.
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Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the packaging, with the bright yellow colour scheme to the top. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were listed as chamomile flowers. The tea is also labelled as being gluten free and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad surprised. There was a fairly strong grassy aroma coming from the teabag. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test this didn’t change. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a pale yellow colour. On infusing the tea produced a nice subtle grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste with a subtle grassy undertone noted. It was light, refreshing and provided a slightly comforting and soothing sensation in my stomach. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. It’s aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered for a split second I was back on my holidays.
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So would I recommend this camomile tea? Yes I would it is one of the nicer everyday chamomile teas that I have tried. I liked everything about this tea which I have to admit being pleasantly surprised at. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice chamomile tea.
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Happy New Year

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Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope that you have a fun packed and reaction free 2017. I am very lucky that I had an amazing 2016. I had a trip of a lifetime travelling from the east to west coast of America via train. In addition to this my blog also got nominated in two categories in the Allergy Blog Award UK. So I’m not really how sure how 2017 can top this. Of course I had to set myself some goals for the year ahead. My new year’s resolutions for 2017 are to meet fellow bloggers at the Allergy & Free From Show as I missed this last year. To attend the Free From Festival as sadly I was unable to make it at the last minute due to stupid allergic reactions. To start saving up for my next big adventure. I have also decided to change my blog post schedules. I will now try to publish a new food/eating out review on a Thursday and continue with Tuesdays new tea review. Sadly, I just can’t fit the time in at the moment to publish three posts a week. If I can squeeze any extra in I will. So thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. I really appreciate it. Oh and good luck with those New Year resolutions, C.

Review of co-op Turkey & Stuffing Christmas Tree Tortillas

I popped into my local co-op yesterday to pick up a few essentials to tide us over until the New Year. Whilst picking up my essentials I noticed a stand of festive tortilla chips. I had a quick glance as so often flavoured tortillas are not an option with my dairy free diet. I saw suitable for vegans so grabbed a packet and popped it into my shopping basket. I have to admit to being a tad excited Christmas may be over but I could try these festive savoury treats.
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Onto the packaging I liked the purple colour scheme subtle Christmas decorations and the small bright star to the centre of the front of the packet. Onto the ingredients list no allergens are highlighted ingredients and there is no may contain warning. Oh they are also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.
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On opening the tortillas I noted a faint aroma which I would describe as Paxo style stuffing that I associate with Christmas. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. The tortillas are Christmas tree shaped and had an even distribution of flavouring noted on them. On biting into the tortilla there was a nice crunch noted. The texture is what I would describe as a regular tortilla chip. This was slightly different to what I expected as they do not contain any wheat and this can often result in a tortilla having a slightly different texture. Onto the flavour to be fair I wasn’t sure what to expect when I purchased these tortillas but after opening the packet I expected them to taste like stuffing. I could definitely taste the stuffing element to these tortillas. It was spot on the flavouring was subtle and not to strong or artificial tasting. I didn’t experience any flavours relating to turkey. This didn’t matter at all. The flavour of these tortillas exceeded my expectations. Onto another positive note the tortillas didn’t leave any greasy or powdery residual on my fingers. This is personally a big bonus for me.
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So would I recommend these tortillas? Yes I would. The flavour was spot on. They were not greasy, had a good crunch and didn’t leave a powdery residual on my fingers. Most of all it was great to have a flavoured packet of tortillas that I can enjoy. I know they are marketed as being a Christmas snack, but they have a good best before date and can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It’s just a shame that they are a seasonal treat. So if you follow a dairy free or a vegan diet why not give these tortillas a try. So thank you co-op for producing a flavoured packet of tortillas that I can have.
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Review of teapigs spiced winter red tea

I have been trying more rooibos tea lately in an ongoing attempt to reduce my caffeine intake. My mum recently treated me to a packet teapigs winter spice red tea. I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try as it seemed like the perfect tea to enjoy during the colder months.
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Onto the packaging well it is typical of all of the teapigs tea in a brown cardboard box, which allows you to see the tea temples inside. I find this a tad dull if I’m honest. However, what I did like about this particular tea was the picture of the snowman with a big smile and claret top hat.
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The tea is made primarily from rooibos, natural flavourings and contains orange peel, ginkgo leaves, orange blossom, cinnamon, ginseng, cloves and safflower petals. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list, and no may contain warning. However, they are made in a factory that handles nuts.
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I opened the box and what immediately struck me was their aroma. It was stronger than I anticipated but highly inviting. It reminded me of winter. I could definitely smell the aroma of the orange and cinnamon with a subtle undertone of cloves noted. It smelled wonderful but would this aroma remain once the tea was infused with some hot water? I placed the tea in my cup and let it infuse with freshly boiled hot water as instructed. The water soon changed to a medium brown colour. The aroma from the tea intensified as it infused with the water and this didn’t change on my famous close sniff test. I felt like I was going to maybe trying a non alcoholic mulled wine. Sadly, I was not on ski slope but in front of a nice fire instead. It recommends topping up the tea with hot frothy milk. However, as I am dairy free I tried mine milk free. On sipping the tea I was a little surprised I expected the flavours of the tea to be much stronger due to its delightful aroma. However, I think that this may have been a tad unfair. I could definitely taste the orange and cinnamon, this was followed by the subtle clove element to this tea. I struggled to taste the ginseng, gingko leaves and safflower petals. That said the flavours of this tea worked really well with the slight woodiness from the rooibos. It is a nice comforting drink for when it’s cold and outside.
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So would I recommend this tea? Yes, I would. I enjoyed both the aroma and flavour of this tea. So thank you Teapigs for producing a nice decaffeinated tea that can be enjoyed during the winter months.
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