Choc Chick Raw Chocolate Making Kit

This kit contained 100g of organic cacao butter, 100g of organic cacao powder, 100ml of Sweet Freedom (a sweetener derived 100% from fruit), baking cases, and an instruction manual.  It cost us £12.99 from our local health food shop.

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After the chocolate coin debacle, I was a little wary of chocolate making.  This kit, however, was very easy to use.  We needed a bain marie, a spatula, and  a metal balloon whisk.  We added vanilla bean extract, sea salt, and Sainsbury’s sugar stars as flavourings.

Our first job was to melt the cacao butter in the bain marie.  Allergy Little was really interested to see the constituent parts of chocolate, and he was surprised by the cacao butter “that looks like butter, but smells like stinky chocolate.”  After that, we simply whisked in the cacao powder, Sweet Freedom, salt, and vanilla extract.  The chocolate was very runny at this point and it was very difficult to pour it into the paper baking cases without spillages.  This is the only part of the process that I would change; I would use sturdier silicon moulds next time.  Allergy Little decorated the chocolates with the sugar stars, and they went in the freezer for 20 minutes.  They were ready by lunch time, and Allergy Little declared them “delicious”.

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I think the chocolates were best eaten fresh as by the next day the texture had changed slightly as the ingredients had separated slightly.  The kit actually contained more cacao powder and Sweet Freedom than we needed so we used the extra ingredients to make a cake.

In summary, a good little kit.  Adults can make the chocolates they really want.  Kids can play Willy Wonka and learn about the ingredients in a popular food.

 

 

Aduna Baobab Bar

Aduna Superfood Energy Bars

Well, I’ve messed up here a bit.  I have taken a photo of the Boabab bar, but not the Moringa bar.  I saved the wrapper of the Moringa bar for the ingredients list, and threw away the Baobab bar packaging.  It’s been one of those weeks.

Maybe I would be having a better week if I ate more food like these bars?  These bars are raw bars with a source of protein.  They are gluten free, wheat free, and contain no dairy ingredients.  Their big selling point is the presence of African superfoods, Moringa and Baobab fruit.

Let’s start with the Moringa Green Superleaf Energy bar.  Ingredients – Dates, Cashew nuts, Dried mango, Apple juice, Rice protein, Moringa leaf powder, Ground ginger.  (Made in a facility also handling other nuts, sesame seeds, gluten, milk and soya.)

I wasn’t very impressed with my first bite of this bar.  It tasted uncompromisingly leafy and green.  However, once I was used to this, it was actually quite a pleasant bar.  If getting more super foods, like Moringa, in your diet is important to you then there are certainly worse ways to do it than this bar.

Aduna Baobab Bar

The reason I didn’t keep the Baobab bar wrapper is because I actually threw half the bar away.  This is very unusual for me.  I just found the bar too tangy, tart and sour.  Baobab fruit is not my thing.

Thank you to Suma, the whole food suppliers and workers’ cooperative, for providing the free samples.  These were provided with no expectation of a review.

Photograph of Kale-Os packet

Inspiral Kale-Os (Tomato & Pizza Flavour) & Thanks To All Our Readers

Hello/Bonjour to our readers in the USA, Australia, Canada, France, and here in Blighty!  I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been reading the blog.  We relaunched the blog just two weeks ago, and since then it has been so exciting logging on every day and seeing how many hundred views we have had.  So thank you; we really doing appreciate you popping by our little corner of the internet.  I had a massive backlog of product reviews I wanted to do and the packaging pile is now at a manageable level of clutter so we might not be blogging quite as regularly!  However, we are hoping to be able to do some more in-depth posts now the Allergy Brothers are back at school and nursery.  Also I will have time to test some new recipes.  Finally, I really want to work on the accessibility and look of the website.  Plus, I need to finalise our big birthday surprise to celebrate the blog’s first birthday.  Busy times, but happy busy!

And now to the product review…

Photograph of Kale-Os packet

Ingredients: Curly kale (73%), Extra virgin olive oil (10%), Sundried tomatoes (6%), Deactivated nutritional yeast, Palmyra blossom nectar, Himalayan crystal salt, Lime juice, Basil, Tomato juice powder, Garlic, Black pepper, Oregano.

I wish the packaging hadn’t said kale crisps because that made me think of crisps!  In comparison with a slice of delicious, greasy, fried potato, these are disappointing.  The kale isn’t even that crisp.  However, if I wasn’t making that comparison then I would have been really happy.  They are flavoursome and tasty, while still being green and leafy.  In fact, I didn’t even use them as crisps.  I used them as a convenience food and mixed them with some rice and vegan cheese to make a quick meal.  A thing the packaging did get right though is that the crisps are packaged in special ecobags that can be composted at home.  So yay to Kale-Os as a superfood ready meal!

Creative Nature “Heavenly Cacao” bar

I am going to have a slight digression to explain why my blogging might not be quite up to standard today.  Suma, the natural food wholesaler, provided me with a sample box of their new products for July and August.  This evening, I thought I would try a tin of Edamame beans (by Geo) as an accompaniment to my main meal shared with the Allergy Brothers.  I was quite surprised when I opened the tin as the beans were surrounded by jelly.  However, this was fairly simple to wash off and then I was left with lots of bright green beans.  I was quite a bit more surprised when I had an allergic reaction after eating them. So I am writing this while high on Piriton.

Anyway, I am not holding this against Suma and, earlier in the day, I was happy to try this raw bar from Creative Nature that was also in the sample box.

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Ingredients : Dried fruit (sultanas, dates, cranberries, goji berries), Oats, Vegetable glycerine, Cacao powder, Cacao nibs, Cacao butter, Maca powder.  Contains sulphur dioxide.

This came with a leaflet that proclaimed that this bar was “healthy chocolate!”  I, cynically, thought that that just means not very nice chocolate.  I was pleased to be proved wrong.  This bar really was very chocolate flavoured, although not chocolatey in texture.  Often with these type of bars, there is a small amount of a superfood and lots of cheaper, filler ingredients, such as oats.  This bar has it the other way round.  As there is so much dried fruit, this bar is also really sweet and it didn’t feel like a chore to eat it.

Right, I think I need to lie down in a darkened room to recover.  Please report any errors in the comments, and I will correct them when I am not in an anti-histamine haze.

Ombar Buttons

OmbarButtonsIngredients – coconut sugar, raw cacao mass, raw coconut cream, cocoa butter, vanilla, bacillus coagulans GBI- 30 6086.

We are a quite glutinous here at Allergy Towers. In fact, this entire blog is just a justification for me to be eating yummy things constantly. So you know there is a problem when something is left uneaten here. I hated these coconut chocolate buttons so much that I left them in the fridge after eating one (I am starting to think that me and raw coconut are just not that in to each other). Allergy Dad rescued them. He ate one – “it’s like a Bounty button. These are nice. Oh hang on, that is one awful aftertaste. ” He tried a second one and then they got abandoned in the fridge again. The next step is to chuck them in the bin. This has never happened before…