Coco Crush: Food and Drink Round-Up

We love a good food and drink round-up here at #TeamCoco. With new releases on chocolate treats, Far Eastern foods, and plenty more to get your teeth into – we’ve even thrown in a couple of Christmas foodie gifts to mix it up a little!

Montezuma’s

As we are fast approaching Organic September we thought we should add some chocolate from Montezuma’s on to our list of delicious treats.

We are drooling over the Montezuma’s Absolute Black range, which is a collection of 100% cocoa bars (gluten, soya and dairy-free) with flavours including; Absolute Black with Orange & Cocoa Nibs, Absolute Black with Almond and Absolute Black with Hemp and Sea Salt.

Priced at £13.99 for the full range (5 bars), available from Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and www.montezumas.co.uk

We also have a thing for Montezuma’s Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Truffle Bites, oh yes we do! These fun 120g grab bags full of vegan friendly soft-centred salted peanut butter truffles are covered in dark chocolate, the perfect on the go chocolate offering.

Priced at £2.99, available from Ocado and www.montezumas.co.uk

Divine Chocolate

Divine, the only Fairtrade chocolate company owned by cocoa farmers, are launching a seriously delicious festive range of new bars, treats and gifts. Moreish sharing boxes, warming hot chocolate and beautifully designed advent calendars are included in the line-up – and we are all over it!

Winter Warming Spiced Hot Chocolate (RRP £5), available at Oxfam and Amazon. Divine Organic Gift Set (RRP £10), available at Oxfam, Ocado and Amazon. Divine Milk Chocolate Pretzel Bites (RRP £5), available at Oxfam and Amazon. Divine Dark Chocolate Fudge (RRP £5), available at Oxfam and Amazon. Giant Milk Chocolate Coin (RRP £2.20), available at Oxfam and Amazon. Milk or Dark Chocolate Coins (RRP £2.20), available at Oxfam and Amazon. Divine Vegan Friendly & Fairtrade 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar (RRP £5), available at Oxfam UK and Ireland, Waitrose and Amazon % Dark Chocolate. Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar (RRP £4), available at Oxfam, Ocado, wholesalers and independent stores. Limited Edition Flavour Sharing Bars (RRP £2.29), available at Oxfam, Amazon, wholesalers and independent stores.

Watermelon Granita with Hermesetas Granulated

Hermesetas the pioneering Swiss brand, which launched as one of the world’s first branded evidence-based low-calorie sweeteners, has compiled a list of some great treats, which makes them almost guilt-free.

We are loving the sound of this homemade Watermelon Grantia, here’s how to make it yourself.

Ingredients

Watermelon Peel and Deseeded – 600g
Lime – 1
Hermesetas Granulated – 2 tsp
Mint to garnish – optional

Method

1. Cut the fruit flesh away from the skin and chop into large pieces, removing the seeds. Place the melon flesh in the blender. Squeeze the lime and add the juice to the blender together with 2 tsp of Hermesetas Granulated. Purée.
2. Then press the purée through a sieve, pour into a container with a tight-fitting lid and place in the freezer for approx. 2 hours. Note: The granita will be very liquid at this point. A container with a tight-fitting lid will prevent any spills in the freezer.
3. When the granita begins to freeze, stir repeatedly or loosen the partially frozen mass with a fork so that the ice crystals that form are as small as possible. Then return it to the freezer. Repeat the process as frequently as possible until the granita has reached the desired consistency. Serve in dessert bowls or glasses and garnish with fresh mint.

Itsu

Our favourite Far Eastern lunchtime eaterie has to be Itsu, and we were thrilled to hear of their brand new breakfast bacon bao bun.

It’s tasty oven baked bacon with a tangy teriyaki glaze in a fluffy steamed bao bun! And, at only 226 calories, with 10g of protein, and under £2 we are totally into this taste sensation.

Available at Euston Station, Victoria Station, Heathrow T5, Gatwick and Stansted itsu restaurants.

Rachel McAlley

Rachel is currently a UK travel writer and beauty writer for House of Coco, she spends most of the week locked away in her country garden studio watching the world whizz by, and most of the weekend whizzing around the UK!

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