Review of Kinnerton Dark & Smooth Chocolate Mints

Now I’m a lady who loves her chocolate as a guilty sweet treat. It can however be quiet difficult to get a chocolate fix when you follow a dairy free diet. So many chocolates contain milk. So I always have to a secret supply of chocolate for such occasions. One chocolate that I heard about via social media was Kinnerton dark & smooth chocolate mints. I love mint chocolate so just had to give them a try. They were quiet difficult to find so I was mightily pleased when my other half got me a box as a surprise treat.
Onto the packaging I liked the simplicity of the design of the box. It’s brown colour with a simple green ribbon to the centre with a circle describing the chocolates inside. I also like the subtle addition of a mint leaf within the circle.
They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free. They are also suitable for a vegan diet. Onto the ingredients list the only allergen highlighted is soya. To the back of the box the labelling also states that they are suitable for individuals who have a peanut allergy.
On opening the box I have to admit to being a tad surprised. I was greeted by three separate layers of 9 chocolate discs. Onto the aroma I was greeted by a subtle cocoa that I associate with dark chocolate. This didn’t change of my famous close up sniff test. If I’m honest I was a tad disappointed as I hoped for a combination of cocoa and mint. Maybe this is a little unfair. On biting into the chocolate disc a nice hard crunch was noted followed by a smooth consistency. Onto the flavour my taste buds got hit by the slight bitterness from the chocolate this was preceded by a slight sweetness from mint. The mint wasn’t too strong and overpowering and complimented the cocoa perfectly. They would make a perfect after dinner mint.
So would I recommend these chocolates? Yes I would. I loved everything about these chocolates from the simplicity of the packaging through to their subtle aroma, textures and flavours. It was well worth the wait. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, nut free, or vegan diet why not give these chocolates a try. So thank you Kinnerton for producing some mint chocolates that I can enjoy.

Review of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk

I thought it was about time that I started to try some new dairy free milks. In years gone by it was hard get an alternative to cows milk and it was always from a health food store. The rapidly expansion of the free from market means that you can easily pop into your local supermarkets and find a suitable milk if you are are following a dairy and or lactose free diet. My favourite milk of choice at the moment is almond milk, especially the unsweetened variety. It is often lower in calories than it’s alternatives and is great to have on a fasting day on the 5:2 diet. I opted to choose Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk, I am not sure why, if I am honest it was a random choice. The only criteria was it had to be of the unsweetened variety. The packaging looks inviting showing a white milk being poured over almonds. A 100mls serving contains 29 calories, 2.3g of fat, 0.2g of sugar and 0.3g of salt.
I personally found it quiet difficult to open the seal to the carton. On opening the packet I found it hard to smell the almonds. On pouring the milk into the bowl it was a pale cream colour. It appeared to be slightly thinner in appearance making it look compared to other varieties of almond milk that I have tried.
I tasted it prior to heating up to have with my breakfast cereal. It lacked any real flavour and I felt was quite bland I personally found it hard to taste it’s nutty flavour. On heating the milk the colour and constancy remained the same. The flavour also remained bland. If you are following a dairy or lactose free diet or just wish to try some almond milk I wouldn’t recommend it. Sorry, Blue Diamond but I personally feel that I have had nicer unsweetened almond milks.