As we all enjoy summer days filled with sunshine and wonderful longer and lighter evenings, it’s a treat to try something new and tasty.

Whether you are into trying new flavours of ice cream or cereal, wine or whisky, we’ve thought of everything for your picnic hamper so that you don’t have to.

Savoury Treats

Payst, Thai Sauces

Plenty of amazing flavours to choose from with Payst Thai Sauces, including curry pastes, curry kits, stir fry sauces, vegan sauces, and gift packs. Prices start from £4.25 (per paste) to £5.49 (per sauce), and from £13.50 (stir fry sauce gift pack) to £80 (the ultimate gift pack). Visit Payst for a flavour sensation.

Crosta & Mollica, Arancini & Pasta Fritta

Newly launched indulgent Italian bites from Crosta & Mollica includes, Truffled Mushroom Arancini, and Cacia e Pepe Pasta Fritta. These aperitivo oven-ready snacks are enjoyed in Italy as a light nibble with a drink. Exclusively available from Ocado, priced at £5.50 each box.

Charlie & Ivy’s, Blackberry, Thyme & Basil Bread Dipper

Cold pressed rapeseed oil, and balsamic infused with whole blackberries and fresh garden thyme. Perfect when poured into a bowl alongside hearty chunks of crusty bread to generously dip. Equally delicious served over duck, game or goat’s cheese. Priced at £6 (200ml bottle), from Charlie & Ivy’s.

Sweet Treats

Rollagranola, Nootropics Range of Granola

This four-part range from Rollagranola the proper granola company includes, Calm (cashew, mango & chocolate), Energise (cappuccino & white chocolate), Body & Soul (berries & walnut), and Complete Vegan (hazelnut, cranberry & pea protein). Nootropics are compounds or supplements than can enhance cognitive performance such as memory, focus, mood and energy. Priced from £7, available from Rollagranola.

Häagen-Dazs, The Mini Joys Collection x Co-Op x Barnardo’s

An exciting limited edition from Häagen-Dazs; The Mini Joys Collection includes four classic and beloved flavours, salted caramel, Belgian chocolate, strawberry cheesecake, and macadamia nut brittle. Jointly with Co-op and Barnardo’s, Häagen-Dazs will raise 50p per sale to help bring communities together to help tackle the growing challenges that young people face today. Priced at £5.65 (4 x mini cups), exclusively from Co-op. Visit Co-op to find out more.

Just Love Food Company, Vanilla Celebration Cake

The UK’s leading Inclusive Celebration Cake company known for its allergen-safe vegan and gluten-free cakes, has launched a brand-new cake. Filled with vanilla frosting and delicious plum and raspberry jam, it is finished with soft icing, decorations and stars. From Asda, priced at £8 (serves 10).

KIND, Chocolate Chip Cashew Bars

An exciting addition to KIND, the Chocolate Chip Cashew is made with 81% nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts), and dark chocolate chips. They are high in fibre, and are a great source of protein, plus they contain no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives and are gluten free. Available from Sainsbury’s and Boots, priced at £1.39 (per bar).

Soft Drinks

Volvic, Touch of Fruit Kiwi & Lime

Adding to Volvic’s popular sugar free range, this refreshing thirst-quencher combines kiwi and lime to give a crisp, refreshing, and tangy drink. Perfect for a hot summer’s day! Priced at around £1.40 (1.5l bottle) from Sainsbury’s and Asda.

MOJU, Gut Health Shots

MOJU helps people build healthier habits and kick-starts their day with power, quality and flavour with a range of gut health and immunity shots. A new bottle design along with improved flavours, including Ginger, Turmeric, Multi-Berry, Hot Mango, Raspberry, Tropical, and Ginger Extra Strength. Available from all good supermarkets, plus Amazon, Wholefoods, and MOJU Drinks, priced from £6.95 each bottle (7 shots per bottle).  

Boozy Drinks

Casillero del Diablo, Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc

From the Colchagua Valley, Chile this white wine stands out for its freshness, with aromas of tropical fruit mix with soft herbal touches. On the palate it is expressive with notes of citrus and grapefruit. Ideal with fresh fish, shellfish, and creamy fatty cheeses. Priced at £9 from Asda, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, and more.

Echo Falls, Sparkling Summer Garden

With irresistible flavours of strawberry, orange, elderflower, cucumber, and mint this gluggable and refreshing wine is the perfect accompaniment to summer 2023. Pour a glass and enjoy Echo Falls: Sparkling Summer Garden. Priced at £4.95 from Tesco and other leading supermarkets.

Glenglassaugh, 12 Years Coastal Malt

The newly launched 12 Years Old embodies the Glenglassaugh signature coastal style. Matured in bourbon, sherry, and red wine casks. It is luminous gold in colour, and has an aroma of sweet ripe apricot, fig, toasted vanilla, and tropical flora. The taste incorporates candied pistachio, date, sweet fig, morello cherry, whipped cream, and fresh coastal air. Priced at £50 (70cl), visit Glenglassaugh to find out more.  

Berry Bros & Rudd, 2023 Spirits for Summer

This is the 325th anniversary year of Berry Bros & Rudd Wine & Spirit Merchants. They have released six Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, an Exceptional Cask Blend Malt, and a Brazilian Rum to celebrate. The 2023 Spirits for Summer release includes: Malthouse 2017 Cask #16 (£125), Exceptional Blended Malt 1979 Cask #5 (£450), Small Batch Benrinnes 2010 (£70), Glen Moray 2008 Cask #5710 (£90), Dufftown 2008 Pineau Finish Cask #96 (£100), Caol Ila 2010 Oloroso Finish Cask #311751 (£108), Orkney 2006 Oloroso Finish Cask #5051 (£120), and Epris 2011 Cask #11 (£105). From Berry Bros & Rudd.

Nohrlund, Pre-Mixed Cocktails

The premium organic Danish cocktail brand Nohrlund has released a collection of pre-made cocktails. The range includes: Passion Martini, Mojito, Espresso Martini, Bramble, Raspberry & Peach Collins, and Gin & Mango Smash. Available from Sainsbury’s and Amazon along with Abel & Cole. 180ml sized bottles are priced at around £2.60 – £2.85.

Croft Sherry, Summer Spritz

Croft recently partnered with Great British Bake Off star Sandro Farmhouse, launching this summer’s must-have sundowner spritz. Croft Original is priced at £13 (75cl) from all leading supermarkets including Sainsbury’s.

1 x orange, 1 x lemon, 200ml Croft Original, 2tbsp pineapple syrup, 300ml sparkling wine, 100ml soda water, ice cubes, fresh mint (to serve), candied peel (to serve).

Cut orange and lemon into wedges, add wedges to cocktail shaker, add Croft Original along with pineapple syrup and shake vigorously. Pour drink from the shaker into wine glass and top with wine, water, and ice. Garnish glass with candied orange peel and fresh mint. Enjoy!

Cook Book

Wholesome Bowls, Food for Mind, Body & Soul by Melissa Delport

Wholesome Bowls are a deliciously simple concept: one dish recipes that use only fresh, whole foods to build a bowl of flavour, comfort and nourishment. All the recipes are designed to fit busy lifestyles and allow you to fall in love with cooking.

Heal your relationship with food: take the time to get to know your body, treat it with respect and enjoy real, fresh foods that fuel you and leave you feeling energised.

Melissa Delport is an international award-winning cookbook author, integrative holistic health coach, private chef and wellness retreat facilitator who found fame after entering MasterChef in South Africa.

Originally published in South Africa, Wholesome Bowls is a bestseller – selling over 10,000 copies and the book was also awarded World Gourmand Award for Best Photography 2019!

Find out more about Melissa Delport. Buy the book from Watkins Publishing for £20.


A veteran in global travel, Rachel also loves to explore hidden gems on home turf. She’s a writing connoisseur of Britain’s best hotels, luxury beauty products, and UK food and drink launches.

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