From time to time I'm sent a new product to try or I stumble across something new myself. I thought I'd take a few minutes to share my latest discoveries with you.
Sometimes I'll like a product, sometimes I'll love it and occasionally I'll hate it.
Do let me know if you've made any great new discoveries.
I used to hate Turkish delight, until I tasted the real deal in Turkey and Cyprus (Cyprus delight) and not those pre-wrapped boxes that have been lying about in a shop for years, no I am talking about a gorgeous fresh selection. You usually have to wait until someone comes back from their hols, but now it is available in the UK from Gulluoglu who have been making Turkish delight for nearly 150 years.
What do I like about this Turkish delight? It's marshmallowey!
That's a big thing for a vegetarian that loves marshmallows, but can't eat them. Oh and it's vegan too, except for the milky walnut ones.
My favourite flavours are the Coco Sultan Delight and the Orange Rolled Sultan Delight.
Pick and mix your own. They have 50% off at the moment and delivery in the UK is free.
RRP 24p -48p for each delight (while the sale is on)
My Friend Andrew told me about these jelly sweeties. I love jelly sweets and have long been miserable about not being able to eat them because of the gelatin.
My first break through was when Ikea started selling Swedish fish, unfortunately they stopped selling them. Then M&S got on board with their Veggie Percy, which are lovely, then came the latest edition to the veggie sweet family, the Katjes Better Bunny from Tesco. They are actually very similar to Percy in texture and flavour, maybe a little softer and from looking at the back of the pack I can see they are also made with pea protein for that extra chewiness, so they might be made by the same factory.
Soft, chewy and sweet. I do really like them, but I prefer Veggie Percy.
RRP £1.48 from Tesco (currently on at the sale price of £1)
3. veg.out range from Holland and Barrett
Holland and Barrett sent me some of their veg.out chilled range to try. They are all suitable for vegetarians and most are suitable for vegans.
- Vegout Sos’roll - Score 8/10
- Vegout Vegetarian Scotch Egg - Score 3/10
- Vegout Cornish style lattice - Score 6/10
- Vegout Jerky veg lattice - Score 9/10
4. Hartley's 10 Calorie Jelly pots
I was very excited when I discovered these. I know, that's so sad, isn't it?
They are for my fast days. By now you must know I am doing the 5:2 Diet. On fast days I can only have up to 500 calories, so there isn't much chance to have a treat at all.
And that is why I was so excited about these. I can enjoy 2 of these on a fast day, feel like I've had a real treat and will have only used 20 of my precious calories.
I love this Mango and Passionfruit flavour, but there is also blueberry & blackcurrant and cranberry & raspberry. They are totally fat free, only 10 calories and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
RRP 66p from Tesco (currently on offer at 6 for £2)
5. Bee Sugar Pot from Mia Fleur
This beautiful pot will be seeing a lot of action once berry season arrives and I start building up my supply of homemade jam again.
Mia Fleur sent it out to me for review. Isn't it pretty?
Mia Fleur is an online homewares boutiques selling lots of vintage and unusual items for your home or for gifts.
My jam pot (they call it a sugar pot, but if we are going to be picky about it, it should probably be a honey pot) is made from pewter and glass and comes in a elegant gift box.
I would give it a 9/10, but I would have liked the lid to be a little bit of a tighter fit. Now who's nit-picking? I do love it really!
(this bee pot has been so popular after featuring in Lady Magazine, it has sold out. Mia Fleur are expecting to restock)
Have you tried any exciting new products recently?
Disclosure: I was sent the Turkish delight, veg.out range and bee pot to review, the other items I purchased myself. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.