Delicious chocolate that changes lives

I must admit that I absolutely love chocolate.  I feel more reassured in life knowing that I have some chocolate hidden in the house that only I know about, so I was delighted to try chocolate from a company called Choc Affair.  I received the Library Collection which consists of four of their best selling bars in a smart presentation box.  Each bar was wrapped in gold paper complete with a beautiful paper sleeve design reflecting the taste combinations that lay inside.  I think this makes a brilliant Christmas present as it is not the standard box of supermarket chocolates which look terribly boring alongside the Choc Affair chocolate.

I started with the salted caramel.  This is largely because I am a fan of salted caramel I think a lot of people get this wrong and make the chocolate to salty.  I need not have worried the creamy caramel flavour melts in your mouth with a slight sea salt hit afterwards – perfect.  My children couldn’t get enough of this chocolate and they would usually shy away from the idea of anything being salted.  Next, I or should that be ‘we’ tried the peach and raspberry white chocolate. I don’t think I have ever had peach chocolate before but it is definitely my favourite now as it was very creamy and delicate with a fruits of the summer taste combined with the comforting hug of creamy chocolate.

The orange and geranium chocolate transported me back to my childhood as it just has a very subtle hint of Turkish delight flavour about it but with the smoothest chocolate, I have ever tasted.  Also a big hit with the children.

I have to say I am not naturally a dark chocolate fan but the dark chocolate infused with lime and sea salt has a sharpness that all dark chocolate fans will love and does go down particularly well with my morning coffee.

Not only do Choc Affair make the best and creamiest chocolate, I have an admiration for a company that can look at a very full and competitive marketplace that chocolate retail is and just go for it anyway!  Not only that, they are creating a better tasting chocolate bar than the large confectionary companies.   Through their initiatives in Colombia and Uganda, they know the origin of their cocoa beans and are making a real difference to the lives of the cocoa farmers they work with – fabulous!

Can I also just come back to the packaging?  I am a big fan those simple touches from the gold paper to the beautiful paper wrappers that create a such a luxurious feel to a £2.75 chocolate bar.   I would happily give this as a Christmas stocking filler or extra gift for Christmas as it looks special.  Not only that, all the Choc Affair packaging to made a few miles from their factory.  A great combination of supporting local British Businesses and improving lives in developing countries.

My children are now convinced I have a direct line to Willy Wonka and I think they will be looking for a bar of Choc Affair’s chocolate in their stocking on Christmas morning.  What could be better for a child on Christmas morning than a delicious treat of chocolate to fire their taste buds and maybe a Roald Dahl book to ignite their imagination?

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Cookie Crumbles – yummy cake time!

I was delighted to receive a cake for one baking kit from Cookie Crumbles.  The mug was delivered in a presentation box with a sweet little spoon and cooking instructions (very important).

 

Looks simple enough!

 

All you have to do is pour your dry cake mix into the mug, add 2 tbsp of milk and 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, stir well and put it in the microwave.  A kind of magic that Disney himself would be proud of then happens.   I wouldn’t have thought possible with so little effort from me.  I only wish my children could have seen this coconut chocolate cake of goodness rising in its cup, they would have been spellbound.  After the microwave had gone ping, the difficult part!  I am not sure how I coped with the 2 minute wait before I could plunge my little spoon in but I did and it was worth wait – it was delicious.  Although it is a cake, it has the comforting warmth of a chocolate pudding too.  It was like a big chocolate hug as the weather is turning cooler in the run up to Christmas.

I am so pleased to see that the ingredients list has all things you would expect to find a cake and nothing more – wholemeal wheat, flour, sugar, desiccated coconut, plain chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and baking powder.  Not 2o additional ingredients that I cannot pronounce much less know what they are.  It is such a joy to find none of the artificialness usually associated with cake mixes.

I must admit, I am feeling slightly guilty now as my mug for my little cake of wonderfulness does say ‘Cake for One Special Dad’.  Oopps! Never mind,  I can still have the empty mug!   I think Cookie Crumbles Mug cakes are a great Christmas gift for a Dad or Mum (a pretty pink version is also available) as a different type of stocking filler or as an unexpected gift this Christmas

The finished or should that be half eaten cake!

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Update on Ordnance Survey special offers

Ordnance Survey Voucher Codes and special offers.

Just a couple of quick updates on special offers from Ordnance Survey. I share these because they have some great gift ideas for people who love getting out in the countryside and who might otherwise be difficult to buy for.

Save 10% on standard paper and waterproof ‘Active’ OS maps

This Ordnance Survey special offer is only available between Tuesday 13nd December 2016 04:15PM and Friday 16th December 2016 04:14PM

Click here to visit https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/maps.html?cat%5B0%5D=20

 

 

Save on a range of amazing gifts for the outdoor enthusiast this week only!.

This Ordnance Survey special offer is only available between Tuesday 13nd December 2016 04:13PM and Friday 16th December 2016 11:59PM, here are some examples of their great gift ideas:

 

Click here to visit https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/sale/under20.html?dir=asc&order=position

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This weekend only: Save up to 50% on maps, outdoor gear, GPS devices, fitness trackers at Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey Voucher Codes and special offers.

Ordnance Survey have let me know that they are running a special offer as part of Black Friday this weekend. You can save up to 50% on maps, outdoor gear, GPS devices, fitness trackers and loads more so thought I’d do a very quick post to let you know. Their quality maps and outdoor kit make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves getting out and exploring the countryside.

This Ordnance Survey special offer is only available between Thursday 24th November 2016 11:00AM and Monday 28st November 2016 11:59PM

So if you are looking for something a little different this Christmas why not checkout their site now, Click here to visit https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/blackfriday.html

Note: Cannot be combined with any existing discount codes.

About Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey – the national mapping agency of Great Britain and leading provider of mapping products

The Ordnance Survey Shop offers printed and digital mapping that is used by walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders, climbers and everyone that enjoys discovering the Great British outdoors.
All of their leisure products can be bought online, most with free UK delivery.

Ordnance Survey products are popular gifts, and sell especially at Christmas, Fathers Day for birthdays for people who love the outdoors, countryside or those who just love studying maps.

Ordnance Survey Personalised maps – ideal for Gifts

Ordnance Survey Custom Made maps are only available through the Ordnance Survey website – they can’t be found on the high street. You can select an area, upload a cover photo and add their own title. They are hugely popular as gifts, especially for Fathers Day and over Christmas.

Printed paper maps

The Ordnance Survey online store hold in stock the complete ranges of OS Explorer maps OS Landranger Maps with fast, free UK delivery. They also stock some other selected types including international maps, historic maps, geologic and wall maps. Ordnance Survey has fostered a strong reputation amongst walkers, runners and cyclists who have been reliant upon their paper map for years.

Digital mapping – OS Maps

The latest Ordnance Survey browser based online mapping tool, which now works on PC, Mac, tablet and any modern browser. It gives access to all our leisure maps for printing, route planning, GPX file import/export and more. Visitors can try before they buy with free registration and a choice of subscription lengths.

Outdoor products

Ordnance Survey sell a growing range of quality outdoor products, from headlamps to GPS units and camping food. Due to their links with the manufacturers, Ordnance Survey are able to offer very competitive prices making these very appealing offers. These make excellent gifts.

Ordnance Survey Historical mapping

Used by researchers, amateur and professional historians and people who are just interested in their local area, our reproduction historical maps cover most of Great Britain in traditional 1 inch to 1 mile scale.

Click here to visit https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/blackfriday.html

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Boots Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Boots is most definitely a giant on the High Street.  It is far from just a chemist with it’s many services it provides.  At Christmas, however, they become a great source of inspiration for Christmas Gifts that you don’t see elsewhere on the High Street.  As far as I can remember they were also at the fore front of introducing 3 for 2 offers especially with gifts for Christmas, helping to reduce the cost for stylish presents.  I really enjoy the Boots Christmas Guide every year.  Even the front cover manages to mix the luxury end like Chloe and Clarins with their very own No 7 and Champneys.

Boots 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Boots 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

As I have previously mentioned, I love perfume for Christmas and I will certainly checking out the Boots offering this year.  I do like the perfume presentation boxes that you only seem to get at Christmas, and noticed the Gucci Bamboo set. I love Gucci perfume so will be getting myself into Boots to check it out.  You can also look for in their wonderful gift guide for further perfume inspiration.  It is useful to note which perfumes fall in to which categories as this really helps when matching gift to lucky recipient.

 

Boots Perfumes

Boots Perfumes

Not forgetting the men, there are pages of sweet smelling treats for them too, however, for the geek, I mean man, in my life I was drawn to their ‘Hit the Tech’ page.  I think the Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Bluetooth Printer looks great.  Expensive at £99.90 and definitely a bit of a luxury but generally speaking Christmas gifting is based upon desire rather than need.  I have no idea why the white version of this is £10 more than the black version – perhaps white is the new black!

Tech Christmas Gifts

Tech Christmas Gifts

 

 

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