Tasty Tuesdays: 11 of the Best Autumn Snacks and Drinks ProductsBy Francesca Brooking
It’s autumn, it’s Tuesday and we’re back with another round of Tasty Tuesdays. This week we’re embracing the season with a round-up of autumn-inspired treats, snacks and drinks to get stuck into. From gingerbread spiced rum to a hearty Coq au Vin, here are our 11 favourite autumnal food and drink products of the week:
What: Nut butter aficionados, Pip & Nut have launched a seasonal Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter to spread (sorry!) the autumn joy this year.
The Lowdown: Pip & Nut’s festive edition Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter is a delicious blend of Californian almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. It’s essentially autumn in a jar. Add a healthy dollop to your morning porridge, bake it into a cake or simply spread it on toast for a perfect seasonal snack that will see you right through the chilly months. Pip & Nut have gained an impressive cult following thanks to their healthy nut butter range, and in keeping with this tradition, their new festive edition is palm oil-free and made from natural ingredients.
What: Is the cold weather igniting your chocolate cravings? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with Seed & Bean’s new spiced ginger dark chocolate mini bars. Trust us, they’re just the ticket.
The Lowdown: Seed & Bean is here to satisfy your cravings with the new and tantalisingly moreish spiced dark chocolate mini bars. This little chocolate is 58% dark chocolate flavoured with spiced ginger for a little extra oomph. It’s dairy-free, vegan, and like the rest of Seed and Bean’s range, it’s 100% organic and Fairtrade. Passionate about their environmental impact, Seed & Bean’s packaging is fully compostable right down to the foil. So, go on, treat yourself.
Price: £1.20 25g mini bar.
Stockists: Seed & Bean online.
What: Captain Morgan is here to cosy up your weekends with their very own limited edition gingerbread spiced rum.
The Lowdown: Grab a blanket, put the fire on and hunker down for the evening with a nip of Captain Morgans gingerbread spiced rum. With notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper, this autumn-flavoured rum is best served hot or cold with apple juice or your favourite mixer. It’s a perfect drink to watch the fireworks with or shelter from the cold with friends. Hurry though as this limited edition drink will only be around until stocks last.
Stockists: Asda and Green King pub’s nationwide from 21st October 2019 and available until stocks last.
What: Now for something a little more unusual: spice up your hot chocolate or hot toddy this autumn with a drop or two of Holy Lama’s Cinnamon Spice Drops.
The Lowdown: Add a little warmth to your cooking this autumn with Holy Lama’s Cinnamon Spice Drops. One little bottle contains the finest quality gluten-free and vegan ingredients and it’s free of nasties such as artificial flavourings, colourings, alcohol, salt or sugar. Just one drop adds an instant authentic burst of cinnamon to food or drink without the need to grate or grind up anything fresh. The entire Spice Drops range is ethically made in a factory in Kerala, India where 80% of the staff are disadvantaged and vulnerable women who gain financial independence and a sense of self-worth by working there.
Stockists: Selected Whole Food Markets and online at Amazon, Ocado and Holy Lama.
What: Hallowe’en is fast approaching and Adnams are getting in the spirit of things with their own ghostly collection of Ghost Ship Citrus Pale Ale.
The Lowdown: Spooking things up this October, Adnams new Ghost Ship Citrus Pale Ale is a well-rounded beer with hearty biscuit flavours, citrus aromas and enough Citra and American hop varieties to create a truly hoppy refreshment. For those wanting to cut down on the booze, Adnams has also launched a Ghost Ship 0.5%. It has all the flavour of the regular pale ale with only 5% abv so your hangover won’t be coming to haunt you the next day.
Price: £13.49 for a pack of 8 x 500ml bottles and £15.00 for a 5L mini-keg. £12.49 for a pack of 8 x 500ml 0.5% bottles.
Stockists: Adnams online and across supermarkets nationwide.
What: With the colder months descending upon us it’s time to crank up the hearty stews and soups. French bakery and patisserie, PAUL is here to warm us up with London’s first grab & go Coq au Vin.
The Lowdown: Autumn is for nourishing soups and consuming your weight in stews and broths with handfuls of crusty bread. PAUL is making this tradition happen with its new authentic and warming French classic, the Coq au Vin, to take away. A real savoury indulgence, this casserole is made with succulent chicken, smoky bacon, carrots and mushrooms in a rich red wine and garlic sauce, seasoned with herbs-de-Provence and served with creamy mashed potato. Grab a box and devour at home for the ultimate foodie indulgence.
What: Inspired by the classic apple pie, LÄRABAR’s apple and cinnamon snack bar is tasty, moreish and even a little bit nutritious.
The Lowdown: LÄRABAR’s apple and cinnamon snack bar is made with only five ingredients – dates, apples, almonds, raisins and cinnamon to make a tasty treat for on the go. If that wasn’t enough, these bars are 100% vegan, gluten and dairy-free and they have no added flavours and no added sugar. LÄRABAR is the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your cravings without feeling like you’re being too unhealthy.
Price: £1.20 per bar and £2.90 for a pack of three.
Stockists: Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods, WHSmith, Ocado and Amazon.
What: For a perfect snack to watch the fireworks with, why not treat yourself to a bag of Joe & Seph’s toffee apple and cinnamon popcorn?
The Lowdown: Winner of the Great Taste Awards in 2015, Joe & Seph’s toffee apple and cinnamon popcorn has all the warm fruity flavours of an ideal autumnal snack. The popcorn is coated in sweet toffee and dusted with the flavour of sweet apple and Saigon cinnamon to finish. This distinct gourmet flavour makes for a sumptuously moreish and oh-so-snackable bag of popcorn.
Price: Standard (80g) £4 and medium (120g0 £5.
Stockists: Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado and online at Joe & Steph’s.
What: MONIN has launched a brand new fruity and versatile syrup made from William’s pears that can be added to cocktails, smoothies and juices for an added kick.
The Lowdown: Celebrate the autumn harvest by trying a bottle of MONIN’s new William’s pear syrup. This luxurious syrup is made from sweet and succulent William’s pears that have been harvested when ripe to capture their distinct fruity flavour. Thick and slightly grainy in texture, this syrup-purée is an ideal topping for desserts and smoothies, or add a generous splash to a cocktail or two.
Stockists: Online at MONIN.
What: From 30th October till 19th November Heck are getting into the Bonfire Night spirit with their limited edition Guy Porks sausages.
The Lowdown: It’s time to get ready for the annual Bonfire Night BBQ and Heck’s sweet and savoury Guy Porks sausages are here to help you celebrate. A savoury twist on the classic toffee apple, these limited edition Heck sausages are made with lean British pork, diced apple and a hint of black treacle. Enjoy in a hot dog bun or get inventive and serve as a ‘sausage pop’ on a toffee apple stick.
Price: £2 per 400g pack.
Stockists: Sainsbury’s – available between 30th October and 19th November 2019.
What: Spice up your autumn cocktails or soft drinks this year with Lixir’s aromatic blood orange and cinnamon tonic.
The Lowdown: Bold, experimental and without being overbearing, Lixir’s blood orange and cinnamon tonic is an aptly seasonal mixer that complements your drinking style. Add to a shot of bourbon for an intensely warm and rich flavour in a glass or go teetotal and pour over ice for a refreshing and sophisticated soft drink. With no artificial flavouring, sweeteners or added preservatives, Lixir’s blood orange and cinnamon tonic water is a distinctive and delicious autumn tipple.
Price: £1.30 and as part of a Lixir Tonic gift box selection with x4 tonics for £6 from John Lewis.
Stockists: Gin Kiosk, 31 Dover and John Lewis.