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Magical May Food & Drink News

Magical May Food & Drink News

Delicious Food and Quaffable Drinks Round-up

May 11th, 2023

Always so much to share about food and drink launches across the UK each and every month, but there’s something special about May. May brings with it warmer weather, the promise of summer on the horizon, lighter nights, and generally a sense of better times ahead.

Without further ado let us share some fabulous news about food and drink products new to launch that you can get your teeth into.

Food News

Pleese, Freezecakes

Silky smooth and irresistibly creamy, swirled with crunchy biscuit pieces and pockets of indulgent sauce – the world’s first frozen cheesecake (in a tub) hit supermarket shelves across the UK recently. The revolutionary dessert is brought to you by the Instagram-famous cheesecake connoisseurs, Pleese (previously Pleesecakes), known for their fully loaded cheesecakes. They include Butterscotch & Caramel, Lemon & Raspberry, and Double Chocolate. Priced at £5 each (350g tub), from Co-Op and Waitrose.

Munchy Seeds

Sweet and savoury snack packs come in five tasty combos from Munchy Seeds including Mega Omega, Mild Chilli, Honey Roasted, Salted Caramel, and Warm Cinnamon. Containing vegan or vegetarian roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, full of fibre and containing more than 6g of protein in each pack, these flavourful snack packs are a quick and easy way to add more nutrients to your diet. Priced at £0.75p per snack pack or £5 for the full snack pack range, from Munchy Seeds.

ZENB Sauces

Two delectable new ragu ZENB sauces just launched. They include Aubergine with Basil & Olive Oil, and Mushroom with Marjoram & Olive Oil. The ZENB name is derived from the word zenbu (全部) the Japanese expression for whole, and the ragu sauces reflect this and use as much of the whole vegetable as possible, including skin, seeds and stem. Priced at £3.33 each, from ZENB.

Nairn’s, Coconut & Chai Oat Biscuits

Delicious Coconut & Chia Oat Biscuits are bang on trend flavour-wise and are packed with natural flavour from toasted coconut and added crunch from chia seeds. They contain no artificial colours or flavours, are full of the goodness of wholegrain oats and are high in fibre too. Compared to over 100 similar everyday-premium biscuits they contain 55% less sugar on average, and they are only 45 kcal per biscuit. Priced at £1.40 from Sainsbury’s.

Locako, DIY Peanut Butter Collagen Brownies

Who said low-calorie snacks had to be boring? At 96Kcal per brownie slice, the DIY kits can be enjoyed guilt-free and in the convenience of your own home. With just a few easy additional ingredients, such as butter and eggs, the only struggle you’ll have when making these is having the self-control to share the treats. Available from Locako, priced at £10.39.

Drink News

Hawksbill Rum

Hawksbill brings together the very best Caribbean rums from Trinidad and Guyana, along with its own blend of spices, and combines its rum with a worthy cause: helping to save endangered turtles. The Hawksbill range includes Caribbean Spiced Rum, Mango Spiced Rum and Pineapple Spiced Rum. With every bottle sold 10% of the profits goes to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project in the Caribbean, helping to protect the environment of the Hawksbill Turtle and preserve its future. Priced at £23 per 70cl bottle, available from Hawksbill Rum.  

Fettercairn Single Malt, Warehouse Collection, Warehouse 14

Fettercairn Distillery announced the final instalment of their Warehouse Collection, an experimental limited-edition release. From pioneering Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass, ‘Icons of Whisky 2023 Distiller of the Year’ is a rare and remarkable Single Malt, bottled at 51.2% ABV (non-chill-filtered and natural colour). Warehouse 14 is shaped by Fettercairn’s unique dunnage Warehouse 14 and the whisky maker’s expert balance of unusual casks. Priced at £70 from Fettercairn Whisky.

Fungtn, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Coffee

Fungtn has teamed up with Balance Coffee to launch a brand-new Lions Mane Mushroom Coffee, combining speciality high grade coffee with high quality dual extract of Lions Mane Mushroom to create a ground coffee for home brewing. The unique ratio of coffee to mushroom gives a warm depth of flavour to the coffee and helps to balance the caffeine hit, whilst adding the benefits of Lions Mane. Lions Mane has shown in studies to help improve memory and mental clarity, balance the caffeine impact on the body as an adaptogen and help increase focus. Priced at £18.99 for 250g, from Fungtn

Belvoir, Summer Spritz

A new fruity blend crafted with nature to taste wild from Belvoir. The limited edition Summer Spritz is a juicy, sweet and vibrant blend of sparkling spring water mixed with strawberry, apple, elderberry and lime juices, and finished with a hint of cooling mint. Made with 100% natural ingredients, it contains no preservatives, flavourings, artificial colours or artificial sweeteners and is suitable for vegans. Priced at £2.25 (750ml bottle), from Ocado and Amazon, launching into Aldi at the end of June.

Greene King, Craft Beer Launch

Brewing company Greene King has launched two new premium beers craft beers. Level Head, a 4% session IPA and Flint Eye, a 4.5% dry hopped lager. Level Head offers delicately balanced tropical and grapefruit notes. Flint Eye combines peach aromas with subtle pine notes showcasing a crisp and refreshing lager. Priced between £5.50 - £6 from Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, and Sainsbury’s.

Château del ISH, Alcohol Free Sparkling Rosé

With notes of plum, strawberry and raspberry this blend of Merlot and Pinot Noir grapes is nicely balanced in its acidity and perceived as dry (or Secco) for sparkling wines. Château del ISH Sparkling Rosé gives you that classic easy-to-drink rosé experience. Priced at around £19 per 750ml bottle, from The Mindful Drinking.

Cook Book News

Özlem’s Turkish Table

Özlem’s Turkish Table: Award-Winning Cookbook Shares Authentic, Easy-to-Follow Turkish Recipes.Written by Özlem Warren, Özlem’s Turkish Table was named “Best in the World” at the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Heritage for Turkey and received an Honorary Mention at the 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. This book shares easy-to-follow authentic Turkish recipes and, with the current fundraising efforts from Warren, aims to raise funds to help those who were devastated by the recent earthquake in Turkey. 25% of sales will go straight to Turkey Earthquake Relief when purchased on the UK GB Publishing website. Priced at £25.99.

Rachel McAlley

Rachel McAlley

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.