Oh dear, I have been a bad blogger. This is a bit of an 'oops' moment - a belated review, but still a very much relevant one. When the company Crate of Nothing launched earlier this year, they sent me a free crate to review but in among moving house and other such things, that review accidentally got put on hold a bit.
The premise of the company is interesting - a monthly create delivered to your door full of gluten (and dairy free, if specified) goodies for you to try. Some you will recognise, others you won't, so it's a great way to discover new gluten free brands. I guess it's a little like a graze box, except as well as snacks you also get ingredients to make a different recipe each month.
The branding of the website is pretty funky and I liked the idea - though at £20 per crate for a monthly subscription it's probably more than I would spend on snacks by a mile! However, if you like to discover new foods, and enjoy the fun of opening a box of goodies each month and being surprised by the contents, this is a great idea. I think a subscription would be a wonderful birthday gift, hint hint.
In my crate (January's crate, believe it or not!) I had the following (plus my thoughts on each item):
- An Apple & Pear Bar by Braw
I liked this a lot. It wasn't too sweet, and was perfect to just chuck in my bag when I was on the go.
- A Lemon Drizzle Cake by Incognito Cakes
This was SO delicious. It was moist and juicy and had a real tang to it - again, not too sweet, just how I like my lemon drizzle cakes.
- An incredible Lemon Cake Push Pop by Bakes Just 4U
This was my absolute favourite item!! It was so adorable in its little lolly-pop type form. The layers were amazing - thick lashings of frosting combined with tangy cake. I only wish the push pop had been the size of a full blown cake!
- A Ginger Bread Man by Stephs Kitchen
Steph's Kitchen never fails to impress me - another brilliant product from her. In fact, these gingerbread men were one of the first ever products I reviewed on this blog many years ago. It's so nice to have something which is gluten free but looks just like the 'real deal'.
- A BigOz Oat, Coconut & Strawberry Porridge Pot
I love the handy-sized pot, and the fact I could shove it in my bag and take to work to enjoy for brunch. The porridge was yummy and I liked the coconut flavours in it.
- A Moroccan Style Vegetable Tagine by Illumi
Hmm, I'll be honest, I wasn't really digging this. I am not a big fan of fruit in savoury things, so found this meal very sweet and if I'm honest, I couldn't finish it. Sorry illumi, just not my cup of tea...
- Ingredients for gluten free and dairy free brownies.
Steve and I had great fun making these! They were very yummy - though I am generally not a fan of dairy free items. I have to say they weren't as chewy and soft as I like my brownies but I did like the chocolate we melted and slathered on top!