One of my favourite things in the whole wide world is chocolate. Hands up who loves chocolate? I bet that its most of you! It’s hard to resist that moment of yummy scrumtiousness that’s in your mouth as the chocolate melts.
We as a nation are huge chocolate lovers. The average Britain consumed approximately 11kg of chocolate last year. That’s a rather large amount, but I suppose it’s about 3 bars a week if you break it down. I know I can easily eat 3 a week!
So when Choc Affair asked me if I wanted to try some of their chocolate, yep me! chocoholic Rachel! I really could not turn them down. I love all types of chocolate, milk white and dark. I love all things with chocolate in, like chocolate cheese spread and my one of my favs chocolate orange cheese which we had at work a couple of years back. That one was a bit weird but delightful none the less.
Choc Affair:

Here is a bit about Choc Affair

Choc affair is a family-run business from York. They have great values that they live by and they endeavour to make a difference. Choc affair have partners in Columbia and Uganda where they work with the farmers and communities helping to provide for their futures.

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“Established and trusted British chocolate producer with family values at the heart of everything we do.”

Choc Affair: Chocolte Bars, Rhubarb, lime and sea salt, raspberry and rose, orange and geranium
So now onto the tasting of the chocolate. Choc affair were kind enough to send me 4 full size bars of chocolate! I got my husband involved as well in trying all the flavours.
I love the fact that all their bars are made with sustainably grown chocolate. They directly invest in people to change lives through the love of chocolate. This is just amazing – spreading chocolate love around the world.
 

“…Changing lives through chocolate”

 
 
 
Lime & Sea Salt
The first bar I had to try was the dark chocolate lime and sea salt. Out of all the bars this one intrigued me the most and also had the most bold eyecatching wrapper.
I have this thing about smelling food before I try it, but with this bar all I had to do was open the gold foil wrap and the lime just hits you.
The first taste just blew my tastebuds away. You get that salty taste first then the lime just bursts into your mouth. I am a huge lover of dark chocolate and with this flavour fusion combination it works really well.
The dark chocolate is very crisp but not too bitter like some dark chocolate can be.
Orange & Geranium
 
Next up was the orange and geranium bar. My husaband and I adore orange flavoured chocolate so this one has a great flavour twist on that.
The chocolate is smooth with the perfect taste of orange. Not too overpowering that the geranium doesn’t shine through. It’s funny as I have never tasted anything geranium like before but have smelt it obviously. Its one of my favourite flowers. It’s a delicate taste reminding me of Summer.
This is one bar everyone should try.
Choc Affair Chocolate bars, chocolate squares
Rhubarb
 
I have always loved rhubarb all my life. My parents have a rhubarb plant that must be over 25 years old and my mum always made gooseberry and rhubarb crumble when we were kids.
So discovering rhubarb flavoured chocolate has brought back lots of childhood memories. It’s not something I would have imagined as a flavour in chocolate. I was also eager to try this one. My husband not so much so as he doesn’t like rhubarb.
When I opened the wrapper I got a faint wiff of rhubarb – mmmmm I just imagined rhubarb and custard from when I was a kid!
The chocolate again was very smooth and tasty. The rhubarb flavour was not quite as strong as I expected. My husband liked it for that reason, but for me as a rhubarb lover I would have liked a more stronger rhubarb taste.
Raspberry & Rose
 
The last chocolate bar we tried was raspberry and rose flavoured. I have tried raspberry flavoured chocolate before but not with a rose flavouring.
I love the design on the paper wrapper, its very old English style with the roses.
My first thought when i broke into the gold foil wrapper underneath was how will the rose change the raspberry and chocolate flavour?
The answer is that you get the smell and taste of Turkish delight. Yep that amazing Turkish delight smell that is just intoxicating and the combination of raspberry makes this chocolate a one in a million smell and taste sensation.
This is a chocolate bar for the ladies.
My favourite chocolate bar out of these 4 has to be the lime & sea salt, it really has an extraordinary taste.
Well this is one review I have allowed myself to munch my way through bars of chocolate while writing. Thank you Choc affair! It’s been a pleasure to write a review on your chocolate. I really do love my job!
Why not pop over to Choc Affair and check out their website. They offer other chocolatey goodies as well. Such as hampers, drinking chocolate and lollies.
Oh and don’t forget to have a look at the rest of the chocolate bar range where I have spotted other flavours like salted caramel and peppermint.
You can follow Choc affair on TwitterFacebook and Instagram
 
Which one of these flavoured chocolate bars would you like to try?

 

A Cornish Mum

 

Mummy in a Tutu

Well it’s Thursday again and I thought I would do another 7 Hints and Tips, as it’s been a while. This time it’s for using a slow cooker and some easy recipe ideas to go with it.
Earlier in the year we bought a slow cooker, and it has been a life saver with a new baby. I am sure we wouldn’t have been eating as healthy if we did not have it.
We have found we can eat so much more cheaply while using a slow cooker, great if you are on a strict food budget.
Beef and Vegetables

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At the end of last month (March) I won a competition on Twitter with Rizopia. The prize was a case of Rizopia gluten-free brown rice pasta, It is free from wheat, egg, milk, corn, nut as well as gluten-free. As a fantastic bonus all the brown pasta rice is also organic.
Free from Organic Pasta - Rachel Bustin

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We have been going to our local Caffe Nero on Boscowen Street in Truro every Saturday morning for a while now. Unlike Costa the staff are a lot more friendly and will have a chat with you no matter how long the queues are. 
But this branch of Caffe Nero is beginning to get a bit tired and is not very pram friendly – must consider this now we have baby girl! It’s hard to manoeuvre the pram between the tables without giving some poor old chap a knock spilling his coffee! 
Anyway they have opened up a new branch just a few weeks ago a couple of streets away from the old one on Lemon Quay. We have asked and they are keeping both coffee shops open. The new one is right opposite a huge Primark that is due to open in October, a perfect spot for business it seems! 

This new branch of Caffe Nero has been designed just amazingly. The decor inside has that perfect relaxing feel, and with a wide entrance door and a great layout of the tables and chairs inside it’s very pram or wheelchair friendly. 
They have an enormous book shelf on the back wall filled with all sorts of wonderful books you can read whilst have a coffee or tea -with cake of course! 
They have lots of bright sparkly hanging lights as you can tell from the photos! 

I love the idea of this long table and chairs – great for larger families or groups of people out for coffee and cake. I must mention the floor tiles they have put in, they are very pretty and give it a homely feeling. 

I just love all the different tables and chairs they have used. This one above is my favourite it’s very pretty and makes you feel quite posh sitting in it. 
I have to end the review with showing you a picture of the great big scrumptious hot chocolate I always have when I visit Caffe Nero and a toasted panatone with jam – sorry I ate that before I realised I didn’t take a photo of it! 
My only disappointment was that my husband came back to the table with the hot chocolate and it didn’t have any marshmallows on it, but I will let them off this time as they had a lovely new barista in training.
My husband had the pain au raisin and the latte with sprinkles. 

Overall I would give the new Caffe Nero on Lemon Quay in Truro a 4 out of 5. I couldn’t give it a 5 out of 5 due to the missing marshmallows – sorry they mean a lot to a sleep deprived new mummy! 
It gets a 5 out of 5 for the stunning interior design though. A very chilled out relaxing space- perfect for a wet Saturday! 

Happy Saturday!



Petite Pudding

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Last week I got a slow cooker for my birthday. I have wanted one for ages but have never got around to actually buying one. For my first cook I thought I would start simple and just do beef and vegetables. I know people usually use a slow cook type of beef like braising steak or brisket but all I had was a small joint of topside in my fridge, so I sliced this up into steaks. I made this recipe up as I went along and it turned out very tasty!
                 Slow Cooker vegetables


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