Edible Sweet Gifts for Under £10 (2017)

We don’t all have endless amounts of space so sometimes when buying gifts I think it is a good idea to consider buying gifts that are edible rather than ones we hope the recipient will use for years to come.  I know I have limited space and although I appreciate another great quality pan for example I have literally no storage space left.  Well meaning friends and family always buy me items for the kitchen which is lovely but for me no longer practical as I have nowhere to put them and they just get piled up onto of others that have yet to be used.  Sometimes gifts that are edible can be a welcome change and may be used as a gift or part of a selection of gifts depending on how much you want to spend.  There are so many different sweet treats to choose from and today I wanted to focus on items that you can find for £10 or less.  If you are dieting look away now!

Prosecco Sweets

These have become increasingly popular and I for one would love to try them in some shape or form.  John Lewis has two different types bonbons (200g) £5.00 and gummies (250g) £6.50.  These adult treats are not actually alcoholic and are sure to go down well with Prosecco lovers.

Marshmallows

With the rise of gourmet marshmallows there has never been so much choice available.  From basic vanilla to champagne and strawberry flavour we are more than spoilt for choice.  Yumbles have a range of foodie items including lemon meringue pie marshmallows (pack of 10) £4.75 and coconut marshmallows (130g) £6.00.  These make a great addition to any gift and would be welcomed by all marshmallow lovers.

 Chocolate Covered Nuts

I know so many people that love chocolate covered nuts and these make a great gift or additional gift.  Hotel Chocolat do some gorgeous dark chocolate Brazil nuts (230g) that come in a reusable tin for £10.  What something for a little less they have a range of tie bag options like their dark salted caramel almonds (130g) for £5.50 or £5 if you buy two or more.

Chocolate

Chocolate is always a winner unless although you come across the odd person that doesn’t eat it.  I know how unusual but apparently there are a few out there.  Us chocolate lovers do outnumber them greatly and a selection such as the Guylian praline seashells (250g) available at Tesco for £3 or the 375g box for £5 also from Tesco generally goes down very well.  These are my sisters favourite chocolates and she always gets some for birthdays and Christmas.

Biscuits

Now when I mention biscuits as a gift I don’t just mean any old thing.  For it to be suitable as a gift you need to take into consideration the quality of the biscuit, flavour and also packaging!  Here is were Harrods seems to have excelled.  These stunning biscuit boxes (contain 300g of biscuits) are perfect as gifts, on the left the daffodil tin contains chocolate chunk hazelnut biscuits and on the right the rose tin contains delicately spiced stem ginger biscuits.  These are suitable for vegetarians.  The tins cost £10 each and of course the box is great for storing bits and bobs from makeup to piping nozzles.

 So as you can see you can find a wide variety of items that make lovely gifts and cost less than £10.  There are so many more items to choose from but of course it all depends on the taste of the recipient where your search will be guided.  For those like me that love their chocolate I have one last thing to mention.  A super little competition thanks to the generous guys at Guylian who agreed with me that we should share the love and the chocolate so here we go.  If you fancy trying your luck have a quick read below to find out how to enter.

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Afternoon Tea at Harrods

Having had such a wonderful time when I went with a friend using a Buyagift voucher to have afternoon tea at the Waldorf a little while back we were very keen to repeat the fabulous foodie experience.  Our plan is to work our way through the numerous restaurants and afternoon teas in London and report back to you all so you can see them in action and get a feel of each experience for yourselves from the privacy of your own homes.  Let’s face it, seeing the posts with the food itself makes it much easier to decide where you want to go and I will warn you from now you are going to see some exquisite treats as you scroll down so I really hope you are not reading this on an empty stomach.

We took a look at the Buyagift site as we were really impressed with the level of service the last time we used them.  Yet again I struggled to decide where to go to next as there are so many fabulous afternoon teas on their site which is great for foodies like myself as I love to have a variety to choose from.  Finally the decision was made and thinking back it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The title of my post gives it away, but the afternoon tea we decided to experience was at none other than at the world famous Harrods store in London.  Once we ordered the gift experience from Buyagift the voucher took next to no time to arrive which was great as we were extremely excited to get ourselves booked in, who wouldn’t be!  The afternoon tea experience makes a super gift and it’s not just foodies that are catered for on the site, they also have offers for days out, driving experiences, short breaks and much more which is useful to know as Christmas is rapidly approaching.  You might also like to take a look at their special offers, would you believe they have experiences starting from £10!

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The day arrived and in our excitement and chatter about the previous Afternoon Tea we had experience recently the time flew by and we arrived at Knightsbridge Station.  A brief walk and we were at the world’s most famous department store.

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As we strolled through the store taking in the ambience we couldn’t help but notice some gorgeous handbags.

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What more could a girl want, a spot of shopping and a luxury afternoon tea, now that’s my idea of heaven.

Off to the Georgian restaurant with it’s bright airy room and extremely comfortable and spacious seating.  The attire here is smart casual.

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The best time to come or should I say the quietest is during a weekday at around 11.30 when they open.  By about 1pm the room was much livelier although this did not in any way affect the service and it was not what one might called packed.

Tea Time!

A lovely light Jasmine Dragon Pearls, China tea was the perfect accompaniment for the impending feast.

A beautiful selection of savoury and sweet arrived at the table .

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Our server for the two hours (that’s how long a time slot is) was the fabulous Loretta.  She ensured that the service was impeccable throughout the duration of the afternoon tea and was also kind enough to pose for photos too.  If the guys at Harrods are reading this I hope you know how great a member of staff she is.

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The sandwiches were dainty, freshly prepared (the bread was soft and not dry on the outside a tale tale sign of freshness) and there were four different ones plus a warm tartelette with sundried tomato and mozzarella which was yummy with the flavour of the sundried tomato really coming through nicely.  The pastry was lovely and crumbly and the filling aside from the generous chunks of sundried tomato was smooth and creamy.

Sandwiches from left to right (in the photo above):

Egg and cress on plain white bread.  It was nice as I do like egg and cress although I could’t see much cress in mine.  The filling was chunky and creamy and there was plenty of it.

Roast beef with blue cheese, rocket salad and caramelised onions in granary bread.  This was a great mix of flavours that worked well and created a delicious sandwich which you will wish was full sized!  The most prominent flavours were the blue cheese and onion.  The inside of this sandwich was moist which was nice as you don’t always get that with sandwiches containing beef .

Turkey and sundried tomatoes in carrot bread.  The prominent flavour here was the sundried tomato with was nice, the flavours were not as strong as those in the beef sandwich so I would suggest eating the beef sandwich last.

Smoked salmon and herbs in beetroot bread.  I love smoked salmon and it was beautiful complimented by the selection of herbs that appeared to have been blended with butter and spread on the bread.  Just in case you’re curious you can’t taste the beetroot in the bread.

Once everything was close to vanishing the lovely Loretta appeared and offered us another plate.  Of course it would be rude to say no.  After the second plate of sandwiches we were ready to tuck into the scones which again appeared perfectly timed like a military operation, it was flawless.  The scones were warm and ready for us to tuck into.  By this stage I was wondering whether I could bribe Loretta to come live at mine she was aware of everything happening in the room and was very efficient and fast.  If the tea needed refilling or even a fresh pot of tea brewed she was there to do just that before we batted an eyelid.  Plates were cleared between courses and fresh ones brought out and placed in front of one person and then a trip around the table (no leaning over one to get to the other) to place the second plate in front of the next person.

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We were brought two plain scones and two with raisins with the option of more if wanted.

We declined a second portion as by this stage we were getting pretty full!

The selection of toppings included lemon curd, strawberry jam and rose jam with rose petals.  Each was delicious but I struggled to decide which to use on the second side of the second scone (side 4).  And then a moment of pure genius I didn’t have to choose I could have all three which I suggest you all try.

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I bet your mouth is watering now, it would be hard to resist these gorgeous freshly made scones which were nice and buttery with a soft fluffy centre.

Next a colourful array of delicious pastries that were simply stunning and tasted just as good as they looked.

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Mixed berry glamour.  This tantalising dessert was mouthwateringly tasty with a refreshing berry flavour.  It was lovely and smooth and not very tart and was one of my favourites from the selection.

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Next along was the vanilla millefeuille with Chantilly cream.  This was divine, the pastry was moist, with a buttery flavour yet still flaky and combined with the vanilla custard and topped with cream, the millefeuille in its entirety tasted superb.  If I wasn’t feeling pretty full by this stage I would have considered second helpings.

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This was followed by the banana toffee cheese cake.  I must admit this was not quite on par with the rest of the pastries but they still managed to vanish all the same.

The vanilla eclairs looked really cute.  The choux pastry was exemplary and these were everything you would expect from an eclair.  With the range now available in eclairs I would personally suggest swapping these for an alternative flavour that is a little more adventurous like a pistachio eclair or salted caramel or the like although we still enjoyed it very much.

Last but certainly not least was the jasmine macaroon.  In a word fantastic!  This was extremely delicate and it was tricky to not destroy it with fingers as it made the journey to our mouths.  This was moist and literally melted in the mouth and was really good.  I freely admit that it is even better than my homemade macaroons, I better get practising!

The final item served was a Harrods trifle which was exceptional.  Although we were fit to burst by the time it came, our plans just to have a just one spoon just to try soon flew out of the window as it was the best trifle ever!!!  This strawberry trifle had just the right amount of sponge, compote, custard and crumbly topping and was expertly made so that the flavours and layers combine like a dream.  It was almost a case of blinking and the trifle had vanishing it was that good and just thinking about it is making my mouth water.

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This was such a great afternoon and the atmosphere in the Georgian room was very relaxed which combined with the fabulous service meas you simply won’t want to leave.  The thought of going back to reality, doing the school run, going home to do hours of homework was not quite as appealing but unfortunately it had to be done.  For the moment I must dwell on the memory and photos from this lovely day out and thank both Buyagift and Harrods for the fabulous service and making this afternoon tea the best I have ever experienced.  Hopefully the next afternoon tea will be just around the corner and of course I will again share some more photos of the delightfully delicious delights with you all.

Delicious Desserts from Pots & Co and your Chance to Win a Dessert Hamper

I’m pretty well known for being the person that makes the yummy desserts amongst my friends and family and this is a title I have worked hard to achieve and will strive to maintain. A recent example of my work is my my Almond and Amaretto Cake in a Double Chocolate Cage which not only looked good it tasted fabulous although it was enormous.

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The only problem is if you make your desserts yourself when you decide you want cake or dessert but don’t have the time or the inclination to make your own ( we’ve all been there ) you are stuck as many desserts in stores are simply not up to scratch, trust me I have tried a fair few and would now rather eat nothing than suffer their sickly sweet offerings in some cases and in others sponges that are bland or too sweet and feel overly dense or like eating something equivalent to a dry aerated sponge. Fortunately I have found my salvation in the form of some excitingly scrummy dessert pots from Pots & Co.
I want your full attention now as food for me is serious business.

Pots & Co have a range of desserts by Michelin-starred chefs which have been designed to give people like myself who are not Michelin-starred chefs but enjoy flavoursome greater tasting and superior quality desserts than those found on supermarket shelves.  You don’t need to be a food snob to appreciate well made delicious desserts.  These desserts are handmade from the finest ingredients with no artificial colours or preservatives or flavours.  The desserts that are cooked are baked are slow baked so as to give just the right texture and flavour.  These desserts are even suitable for vegetarians and gluten free!

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the following delicious flavours and must say this is one of the best dessert tasting I have done.

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Little Pots of 70% Chocolate

Rich smooth and delicious once you try this you will understand when I say one pot is not enough.  With a spoon attached these are easy to transport, great for the hardcore chocoholic that simply can’t be caught without chocolate on standby.  This divine chocolate ganache is made with the finest 70% Belgian chocolate.  The texture is gorgeously smooth and this dessert simply melts in the mouth.  These are great for lunchboxes whether you are 3 or 63 I doubt there will be any complaints.

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Passion Fruit & Orange Pot

Here we have a combination of passion fruit and orange compote set on a cheesecake cream that is in itself bursting with tangy flavour.  It is not only a great combination but again a fabulously thick and smooth dessert that smells just as good as it tastes.  I love the fruity taste of this dessert it’s a great alternative if you want a change from something chocolatey but still yummy!

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Rhubard & Custard

This consists of a smooth Madagascan vanilla custard set on fresh and tangy rhubarb compote.  This fabulous summer dessert flavour pot is one that you will want to eat all year around.  The quality of the ingredients is clear from the taste this is a gorgeous dessert, it’s so good, you’ll want to lick the pot!

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Salted Caramel & Chocolate Pot

The combination of salted caramel. chocolate and sea salt is simply amazing. The flavours work incredibly well together as the ingredients and their quantities have been combined perfectly.  Possibly my favourite although I’d need to try them all again for comparison purposes of course just to make sure.  This super velvety dessert is bound to be a winner with adults and children.  Chocolate lovers will be running back to stores to stock up on their supplies once they have sampled this seriously good pot.

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Little man was very excited about trying the delicious looking dessert.

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My mini food critic in the making was in heaven, he loved the pot and sat in silence whilst he ate with the biggest smile you have ever seen.  Clearly he was happy with the dessert.

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We were extremely impressed at the quality of the desserts.  Each had its own distinct yet delicious flavour and is a real treat for the tastebuds.  I also loved the fact that most came in the cutest coloured ceramic dishes perfect for my own dessert creations.  In fact if I play my cards right I may be able to fool friends and family into thinking I made them lol.

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Available to buy from Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Budgens and Harvey Nichols the larger pots are normally priced at £2 a pack although if you look you may find some on offer.

I was sent some products for an honest review, all views are my own.