Saturday, 9 November 2013

A Thank You from Honeybuns and a Giveaway #40

Once upon a time, many months ago, I wrote a review of Honeybuns: gluten free baking. by Emma Goss-Custard. It's not often I get thanked for a book review, but I was surprised and delighted to receive a box of Honeybuns minis in the post one day with a lovely note thanking me for the review. Now I had every intention of reviewing this box of delights, for delightful every one of those gluten free treats most certainly were. I did make a bit of a start, but somehow, CT and I managed to polish them all off before I got very far.

Tidying up my desk recently, I came across the Honeybuns note which reminded me of just how good the cakes were. Somewhat shamefacedly, I renewed contact and lo and behold another box arrived. This one contained a biscuit, a cake and four minis - all chocolate.

All of the Honeybuns range is gluten free with some products being dairy free too and made with good quality ingredients containing no artificial colours or preservatives. Whether one is gluten intolerant or not, the cakes I have tried are all interesting, not overly sweet and tasty. Very few of the products have sugar as the main ingredient, which, in my experience, is highly unusual in commercial cakes and biscuits. All products are made on the family farm in Dorset. Looking after nature, especially bees is a key objective and to this end the farm includes a nature reserve and is involved in various conservation projects. Packaging is biodegradable and comes with fun facts and stories about Honeybuns and their products. The minis, as the name suggests, are little cakes weighing in at 40g; they are the perfect size for sticking in your pocket to maintain energy levels on a bracing Cornish cliff walk.  The full sized cake bar (85g) carries the following salutory warning: this cake is an indulgent treat, if you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Oh bother, another fifty mile hike needed!

Heathcliffe Brownie - dark chocolate, free range eggs, butter, sugar, ground almonds, whole almonds, orange zest, ground coffee, orange oil, sea salt, vanilla.
These were very chocolatey, which I guess should be no surprise given this was the main ingredient. It had a noticeable, but not dominant orange flavour which CT would have approved of, except he didn't get a look in. Nice fudgy brownie consistency, that was both smooth and chewy at the same time, due to the generous amount of almonds chunks. If Cathy had any sense, she would have gone for this rather than the man himself.

Triple Chocolate Tinker Cookie - ground almonds, rice syrup, milk chocolate, plain chocolate, dark chocolate, salted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, ground coffee.
Strong chocolate aroma. We both liked the texture which was slightly sticky and rather chewy; it forces your jaws to get some exercise even if the rest of the body is static.  Not too sweet with a good chocolate flavour and a hint of treacle. Tinker Tuesdays are an institution at Honeybuns it seems; each week, they give away a tin of their cookies. I'm definitely tempted to enter this, what about you?

Congo Bar - caramel, pecans, polenta, ground almonds, butter sugar, milk chocolate, nibbed almonds, coconut xanthan gum.
A little like millionaires shortbread but more interesting and not as sweet. A polenta and ground almonds shortbread base, covered with a layer of caramel and then topped with a crunchy layer of toasted pecans, coconut and chocolate. Just as well CT was around when I tried this one or I would have had to have put my walking boots on again. Then again, I think it would have been worth it.

Milk Chocolate Brownie - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butter, sugar, ground almonds, free-range eggs
Like the Healthcliff Brownie before it, this had crunchy nuts and chocolate pieces studded throughout, but was slightly sweeter and had a vanilla and coffee flavour rather than an orange one. The taste lingered on the palate in a pleasant manner with the coffee coming more to the fore, but without any bitterness.

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread
The first thought in biting into this, was thank goodness it's not tooth-achingly sweet. It was in fact delicious with a dark top? and a the polenta base seemed ideal to mop up any excess sweetness and was deliciously biscuity.

Snowy Hills (the only one I wrote up from the first batch)- Ginger and polenta shortbread with a lemon sponge topping - delicious, moist, nice varied texture with nibbed almonds for extra crunch. Not too sweet and just a subtle flavour of ginger and lemon.

Giveaway

Honeybuns are kindly the following two items as a giveaway on Chocolate Log Blog.

Picnic in a Purse includes two milk chocolate brownie minis, a packet of phacelia seeds (to keep the bees happy), a napkin and a linen purse.

Cake Mix is 300g of ingredients to make a gluten free sponge - just add eggs and butter.




To be in with a chance of winning these two items, please fill in the Gleam app below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. You need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.

Prizes are offered and provided by Honeybuns and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.

Closing date is Saturday 7 December 2013

Do take a look at my giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.

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116 comments:

  1. There are so many we hear about on the news. In the U.K the tiny Harvest Mouse's numbers have dropped right down & there are breading programmes were they are bred to be released into certain areas in the U.K where they will do well.

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  2. i'm not too sure really maybe otters

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  3. I think Bees after watching a documentary recently about how they're being depleted :(

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  4. mountain gorilla

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  5. I would love to try the chocolate caramel shortbread!

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  6. So many need protection but probably the Bee is the most important because of it's effect on our whole eco system.

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  7. so many to choose from, and many of those are just evolution but the bees have a direct effect on our food supply and we need to protect them for our own sakes

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  8. Bees - we have tried to do our bit by planting a bee mat and lots of bee-friendly flowers. Such a worry. :-(

    @rachiegr

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  9. whales - hate seeing the news stories about harpooning - barbaric

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  10. Bees - we all depend on them.

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  11. the "ugly" and forgotten creatures... insects and reptiles...

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  12. Polar bears because the ice is melting

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  13. The badger as there is no proof that they carry tb.

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  14. None, things die things live its the circle of life. mybe its time for a species to be extinct so the universe will continue.
    At some point in time humans are going to be on the list

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  15. These all sound delicious. I've only ever tried their caramel shortbread bar which I picked up at an airport once. They all sound delicious and gluten free too - bonus!

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    1. I thought these might appeal to you Katie :)

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  16. Charlotte Ingham10 November 2013 17:01

    There's so many to choose from, but I'm going to choose tigers because they're incredibly beautiful and there's so few of them left :(

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  17. Wow, it's always impressive when you find gluten free treats that taste good enough! :)

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  18. Red squirrels because they are being overrun by the greys.

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  19. tigers , would be such a pity to lose such a majestic creature !

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  20. elephants in their natural home!

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  21. orangutans - the farming of palm oil is destroying their homes!

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  23. Bees as they are so important to so many other areas of life

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  24. Bees they keep the world going

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  25. The bees, we'd be really lost without them.

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  26. as a gardener got to be the poor bee. I love baking with vanilla, in fact I have put vanilla paste on my christmas list!

    Angela

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    1. one minute I'm reading your vanilla review the next minute I'm post the comment on your giveaway! Well in my head I knew what I was doing ;)

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  27. Bees, no more honey !

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  28. I can't choose just one. I think we should be working to protect them all.

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  29. The bee - they are vital for our survival!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  30. the siberian tiger, which is being hunted to extinction

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  31. many animals need to be potected
    as life moves on
    and without them
    children will never know them
    a tiger has many stripes
    just dont let them die

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  32. There's so many endangered species but the bee is perhaps the one that would have the most impact on humans if they were extinct

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  33. There are too many to choose which are vital to their own individual ecosystem and if that ecosystem fails then who knows what will happen? That said I think the humble bumble bee would be a loss to the UK

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  34. After seeing the photo on Facebook of the horrendous woman who shot a lion in Africa just for the status, I would have to say lions

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  35. Every animal should be protected, if humans had been the main impact! Humans are the ONLY animal that has no right to do what they want with the planet!

    @jamiecomps

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  36. Whale

    @jaizduck

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  37. Giant sea turtle numbers are dropping really fast x

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  38. I wouldn't want to chose one species over another - I think all endangered species need protecting but seeing as no-one has mentioned hedgehogs I thought I would! :)

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  39. I think all animal need to be protected.x

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  40. The Maui striped dolphin as there are less than 50 of them left in the whole world and estimated only 20 females.

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  41. dolphins as we have seen people kill them for fun

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  42. Definitely bees. They are integral to our world.

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  43. tigers

    @dollylaboo

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  44. Tigers - they are so beautiful!

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