Hoots Snacks Review… A Versatile Snack for All Occasions

I was recently extremely lucky to receive a box of scrumptious treats courtesy of HOOTS SNACKSHoots Snacks are a range of bite-sized bread-based snacks, perfect for eating just as they are straight from the packet or used as part of a canape or with dips. In fact, the list of ways to enjoy these snacks is endless! Let me tell you a bit more about them.

They are available in 5 delicious flavours: Smoked Bacon, Cheese and Onion, Salt and Pepper, Pickled Onion, and Salt and Vinegar. The flavours are fairly strong but not too much, just perfect. They are a great source of fibre and contain wholegrain and seeds, which makes them extra yummy. They are baked rather than fried, and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, no nuts and no MSG. As they contain less fat, they are healthier than many potato-based snacks. They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans too.

They are available in individual 35g serving packs or in larger 120g sharing bags. The smaller packs are perfect for lunchboxes for school or work, and are ideal for taking on days out for snacks.

As well as eating them straight from the packet, they are ideal to use like croutons in soups, or broken up slightly and sprinkled over a salad. You can crush them up and use them like toasted breadcrumbs to coat chicken before cooking it. (I’m going to have to get some more to do that… I’ve only just thought of it but it would be soooo good with the flavours of these snacks). You can serve them with any number of toppings: smoked salmon, cream cheese, any cheese in fact, beetroot, pickles… the list goes on. They are amazing with dips too. We enjoyed ours with houmous and various homemade dips.

The main picture at the top is Hoots Snacks with 3 of the dips I made. The top dip was based on my love of Coronation chicken. I put cooked chicken breast, mayonnaise, mango chutney, curry powder and a dash of tomato puree in a food processor, and blitzed it all together. It was a lovely mix of sweetness and spiciness.

The bottom left dip was my son’s favourite. It was super easy to make. I just mixed together tuna, cream cheese and a tiny bit of mayonnaise, until it was smooth and creamy. My son ate a whole packet of the snacks to himself with this dip!

The last dip in that picture was homemade tahini. I blitzed together toasted sesame seeds, garlic, rapeseed oil, lemon juice, ground coriander and turmeric until the mixture was smooth.

I did make one other silky smooth dip for them… I blitzed peas, garlic and cream cheese together for a really light refreshing dip.

We also enjoyed the snacks with a delicious baked Brie. I baked the Brie in the oven for 10 minutes, cut the top crust off and added a spoonful of caramelised onion chutney. The warm gooey cheese was the perfect accompaniment to the crunchy snacks.

There is only one problem with Hoots Snacks. They are so exceptionally moreish (you have been warned) but not yet available in supermarkets. But don’t worry, there are many online places to buy them from. Click on THIS LINK to see where you can get them.

How will you eat yours? Straight from the pack, or with dips and toppings… or can you think of another way? I’d love to hear from you.

DISCLAIMER: I received these snacks for free from Hoots Snacks. This in no way affects my views on them though. I don’t believe in giving false reviews. My entire blog is based on honesty. I only recommend products or services I genuinely liked, and Hoots Snacks are definitely something I like!!!

BakedIn Baking Club March Box… Chocolate Orange Hot Cross Buns

I really look forward to receiving my BakedIn Baking Club kit each month. My heart skips a beat when I see the long green box on my doormat. The March box was a perfect recipe for Easter… hot cross buns. They sent all the dry ingredients for you to either make traditional or chocolate orange hot cross buns.

As well as the packets of flour, sugars, yeast, spices, sultanas, chocolate chips etc, they also sent a butter measure (as always), a piping bag, baking parchment and the easy to follow recipe card. Last month they sent a tea temple from teapigs which I loved, so I was very happy to find they had sent another one in this box too! This time it was their Everyday Brew and it was so refreshing. Perfect to start the day the right way or as an energiser mid-morning with a hot cross bun 🙂 This tea is extra special for another reason, apart from the fact it tastes so good. Most of their tea comes from Rwanda, a country that unfortunately still has a stigma attached to disability. Teapigs fully funds one house (the teapigs house) which provides specialist care and accommodation for children and young adults with disabilities, and they also send donations to other similar houses and to help with the costs at the UCC Children’s School, a school which has over 500 children (52 of them with severe physical or learning disabilities). Every time you buy a pack of the teapigs Everyday Brew, they donate some of the money to these extremely worthwhile causes. So you get a cuppa that makes you feel good in more ways than one!

The kit also included a little pot of Boddington’s Berries orange marmalade to use as part of the glaze for the buns. The citrus smell as I peeled back the foil top was just beautiful! And it tasted as good as the smell suggested.

I had never made hot cross buns before so was excited but nervous about making these. I knew with BakedIn though every stage of the process would be explained brilliantly, and the end results would be scrumptious. I was right. The hardest part of the whole thing was the waiting while the dough proved. The recipe involved kneading the dough by hand, but I’ve had a bit of a kitchen nightmare which has meant I haven’t had much worktop space, so I used my stand mixer to knead mine. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. I was so impressed with the resulting buns! We all tried each of the flavours and couldn’t decide which we preferred. They were both delicious. It was really good to have the chance to try a different flavour to the traditional ones too. They were so soft and light yet so so tasty. BakedIn continuously impress me with their recipes and their attention to detail. I have recommended them to so many people as they are such a fantastic club to be part of.

The Baking Club usually costs just £7.99 per month, which INCLUDES delivery! It is amazing value considering everything you receive, and the fact you are baking recipes exclusively created for BakedIn by Michel Roux! Michel Roux!!!!!! I know!!!!!!! How lucky are we?? If you enter the code TRY499 at the checkout you will receive your first box for £4.99! Click HERE to go to the website and begin your baking adventure. Happy baking! 🙂