CocoChlo loves Cookie Doe

Breaking news!!! Heaven comes in little tubs and can be ordered online!!

I don’t even know how I came across this amazing website but as soon as I came across Cookie Doe London I knew I had to put an order in!!!

I bought a few different flavours to sample over the Easter break (makes a change from Easter eggs!) and stuck them in the freezer to avoid eating them all at once!

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Cookie Doe has been specially made to eat raw and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients such as raw egg. The Cookie Doe needs to be kept in the fridge and will last for five weeks or can be frozen in which case it will last up to three months.

There are a wide range of flavours available on the website and new and seasonal flavours are added on a regular basis. Here are the flavours I have sampled:

Milk Chocolate Chip

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Salted Caramel – my absolute favourite! There are dark chocolate chips in this one which compliment the salted caramel sauce perfectly!

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Cookies and Cream 

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White Chocolate Delight

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And two Easter specials:

Cream Egg 

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Chocolate Nest 

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Other flavours available are Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Hazelnut and Strawberries and Cream.

Two sizes are available for all the flavours – an 8oz tub and 16oz tub. The 8oz tubs range from £4.85 to £4.99 and the 16oz tubs range from £7.50 to £7.80 so you get more value for money for the larger ones (although it means you will probably eat 16oz in one sitting rather than 8 so I stuck with the smaller tubs on this occasion!) Variety and multipacks are also available…..

The ONLY downside to ordering a little piece of heaven online – due to the weight of the tubs and the fact they have to be delivered with an ice pack to keep the cookie dough cool and fresh, the postage and packing is rather pricey. For the order I placed the postage and packing was £7.95, so I ordered enough to keep in the freezer to make the postage cost more worth while.

This website is an absolute must for Cookie dough fans! The Cookie Doe is a lot smoother than home-baked cookie dough and it doesn’t have that gritty texture (which I actually like!) but the flavour is amazing and it’s fantastic to know that its completely safe to eat as opposed to the raw egg contained cookie dough you are eating out of the bowl at home!

I will definitely be looking out for new flavours to try in the near future once I have worked my way through my last bulk order!

Sweet Trees for my sweets!

I mentioned in my Easter blog that I hadn’t bought traditional Easter treats for my family this year and had decided I wanted to do something a little bit different! I eventually decided on these fabulous Sweet Trees from Sweet Tree by Browns – aren’t they brilliant??

All of the sweet trees are made with edible centres and the trees will stay edible for four to six months if kept in its packaging.

They have a huge range to choose from (over 100 different designs) and because a member of my family only likes dark chocolate they made the dark chocolate Lindt one for me specially!

These are the trees I ordered:

Malteaser and Malteaser Bunny

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Ferrero Rocher 

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Licorice Allsorts

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Mixed Truffles (milk, white and dark Lindt truffles and Ferrero Rocher and Raffaello truffles)

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Mini Egg and Malteaser Bunny 

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Galaxy Golden Egg

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Dark Lindt Truffle

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The trees come in four sizes – 25cm (the ones I ordered), 35cm, 50cm and 65cm and are delivered in glass vases full of sweets. The glass vase can also be personalised with a message.

Prices start from around £19.99 for a 25cm Licorice Allsorts tree and increase to around £24.99 for the mixed truffles tree. For the next size tree up (35cm) you are looking at around £35.

Delivery is free and I found that all of my orders were delivered within three days. As they looked pretty fragile I was worried by the time I had got them that they may have been damaged but they were all really well packaged and not a single one was damaged or had any of the sweets fall off the tree so I was very impressed!

They proved to be very popular Easter gifts and I’ve already decided I am going to buy some more for my friends for their Birthdays!

 

 

 

Sweet Trees by Browns also sell chocolate plaques and chocolate scotch eggs which, judging from their Twitter account have also proved to be very popular!

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Easter time fun!

 

Even though Easter is probably my third favourite annual event after Christmas and Halloween, it is still one of the best times of the year – the warmer weather is (usually!) arriving by now, Springtime is underway and fluffy bunnies and Bank Holidays come to mind!

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Of course then theres also the large amount of Easter Eggs, Hot Cross Buns and other Easter goodies such as Easter Biscuits and Simnel Cake which make this holiday worth waiting for!

Each year I arrange a three course family lunch on Easter Sunday and there’s usually around 8 to 10 of us. I try and do a different menu each year (which is proving harder and harder with everyone’s different tastes!) and I try and arrange some Easter fun and games as well. A few years back I made everyone their very own Easter baskets with their names on and from that year onwards I sent them off into the back garden to fill their Easter baskets with chocolate. Although the family loved their Easter Egg hunts, everyone had so much in their Easter Baskets that they still had some left over months later! So this year I thought it was best to try something a little bit different!

This year I came across these lovely little Easter Bunnies from Lidl! They were only £3.99 each and each one has a yellow, white or orange flower in it. Everyone had their very own bunny with their name on it and an Easter trail clue which told them how to find this years Easter surprise! Each bunny is slightly different which made me like them even more!

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The Easter bunnies held a clue which took everyone to the hiding place of their Easter treat – instead of Easter Eggs this year I bought everyone their very own fantastic Sweet Tree! How amazing are these?? I’m so impressed with them I’m going to give them a blog all on their own so watch this space!

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As part of the Easter celebrations, every place setting has its very own obligatory set of bunny ears in pink, blue or yellow, and each year I buy everyone an Easter table favour to match.

This year I found these amazing Wax Amaryllis bulbs in matching blue, pink and yellow – perfect Easter pastels! They don’t need to be watered and will sprout in only a couple of weeks – I found them in the flower section of my local Marks and Spencer’s!

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Anyway, onto the best bit – dessert!! I am not going to be particularly surprising here as I stuck with my old faithful friend – The English Cheesecake Company to sort out our incredible dessert! I went for the Fruit Fantasy Variety cake as it had 4 different flavours of cheesecake to choose from – Mango Passionate, Raspberry Split, Summer Fruits, and Sicilian Lemon, and I also ordered a Butterscotch Caramel Crunch for the chocolate lovers of the family so there was something for everyone. You can have the cheesecakes delivered pre-portioned so you can keep them in the freezer and then just take out however many you need to defrost for a couple of hours before serving!

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As I was feeling especially greedy at the time of ordering, I also ordered their special edition Easter Cheesecake Minis!! Ooops!

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English Cheesecake Company really are amazing, I’ve been using them for a while now – check out my blog about them here.

As usually happens at times like Christmas and Easter, after most people had gone home for the day my sister and brother in law stayed for the evening so we could eat and drink some more!

I had a few bottles of Prosecco we could work our way through this evening and bought some amazing additions from Popaball to go with it! Check out their amazing new product Shimmer for Prosecco! People’s faces light up when you serve them a glass of Prosecco with this added in – it makes the Prosecco go a Rose Gold colour with little gold hearts floating in it – it looks amazing and tastes like raspberry! The Shimmer for Prosecco is £6.99 a pot and one pot will be enough for around 14 glasses of Prosecco.

When we finally got over our sugar rush from earlier, and after sinking a Amaretto Sours and Strawberry Daiquiri’s we then tucked into several varieties of “Cookie Doe”! This product is an absolute must for cookie dough lovers! A separate blog on this great product is to follow!

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And of course it wouldn’t be Easter without Hot Cross Buns! This year I stocked up on Salted Caramel and Chocolate Chip (a la Tesco’s) and Toffee Fudge and Belgian Chocolate from Marks and Spencer’s just as a change from the normal fruity flavours that are available!

Another amazing Easter celebration full of fun, family, food and drink!! Still working my way through the washing up though!!

Happy Easter everyone!

CocoChlo’s London Adventure – Day Two

We got up early this morning as we have a busy day ahead, the Hutton’s Hotel cooked breakfast this morning was brilliant, we had a choice of eggs (scrambled or fried), sausages, bacon, baked beans, hash browns, cheese, fruit, cornflakes, muesli, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and orange juice – just what we needed to start us off for day two!

First thing this morning we walked over to Harrods to visit the food hall – I have been several times before but the items you find in there still never cease to amaze me! There are cakes and pastries and bread and biscuits and macarons…. the list goes on.

 

 

 

Whilst we were there I bought a (very expensive!) bumper sized pack of La Duree macarons as they are my absolute favourite and all other macarons I have tried just do not compare to these! You can order them online however be aware because they are fresh and very fragile, shipping is expensive so bumps the price up even more!

 

I also bought some amazing Unicorn cupcakes! How cute are these??

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After spending way too much time (and money!) in the Harrods food hall, we wandered down to the Science Museum. The museum opens at 10am and closes at 6pm and is free entry. We spent a couple of hours here, the museum is not as big as we had imagined but is full of really interesting sections such as the energy hall, exploring space, agriculture and atmosphere. We didn’t spend as long here as we thought we would and in all honesty we didn’t enjoy it as much as previous visits we had paid to the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, but I have friends who have been here and have really enjoyed it. The other thing to bear in mind, if you go during the week, the museum will be chokka with school kids which makes it difficult getting close to some of the exhibits!

After over-working our brains at the science museum for a few hours, we caught an Uber over to the place I have really been looking forward to during our visit – Camden Market!

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There really are so many amazing places to visit and eat at that we couldn’t possibly visit (and eat at!) them all, but here are a few of the places you can try:

Chin Chin Nitro Icecream – AMAZING ice cream which is frozen using liquid nitrogen. We had cream cheese flavoured ice cream on top of a warm red velvet cake with cinnamon crunch toast – it was the best ice cream I have EVER had! Follow them on Instagram @Chin Chin Ice Cream.

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La Churrerialdn – I have always loved churros so this was one of the must visit places on my list! We bought 6 large warm churros rings with caramel sauce and tiny marshmallow sprinkles – delicious! Follow them on Instagram @lachurrerialdn.

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The Mac Factory – THE BEST mac and cheese I have ever tried!! All three of us had the “Nostalgic” which consisted of a blend of mature cheddar and mozzarella with a thyme and parmesan crumble topping. There are also lots of other choices including the “Super Mario” which includes sautéed portobello mushrooms, truffle oil and wild garlic and the “Lobster Mac” which includes lobster poached in a garlic and parsley butter with a lemon garnish. Yum! More info is available on their website.

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Hallumi Fries – One of the main reasons we visited Camden Market is to sample these amazing things!! I spotted them ages ago on Instagram and have been looking forward to trying them ever since! £5 a box is well worth it – pieces of hallumi are deep fried and then covered in za’atar yogurt, pomegranate molasses, mint, sumac, turkish chilli and pomegranate seeds. Incredible.

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Half Hitch Gin – I am not a gin drinker but my Mum and sister love it so they bought a bottle each. Although I didn’t try any, the small of it was delicious! The key botanicals for Half Hitch Gin is black tea, bergamot, wood, hay and pepper. For more information, visit their webpage here where you can also order bottles online.

 

South East Cakery – Award winning brownie bars including Oreo and Honeycomb, I settled for the Salted Caramel version! I took mine away for later but you can have them made up then and there to include whipped cream, salted caramel popcorn and pretzels too!

Also well worth a visit whilst you are here – the statue in tribute to the amazing Amy Winehouse. The statue is a really beautiful tribute to her as she stands amongst the market crowds.

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I ate way, way too much today! Could really do with going on a long, long run tomorrow morning to burn off just some of today’s calories!!

Later in the evening we visited the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue to go and watch Thriller Live – what an amazing show! Every singer and dancer and musician was outstanding and we were lucky enough to get seats only 5 rows back! What a brilliant day and evening!

English Cheesecake Company

I’ve been placing orders through the English Cheesecake Company for well over a year now, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to write about how amazing they are! I can’t even remember how I came across them in the first place, I think it may have just been a good old google search….

Anyway, I came across their website. They have hundreds of amazing cakes to choose from and do seasonal versions for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Any flavour cheesecake you can think of, it’s likely that English Cheesecake Company have it; and more! From After Dinner Mint to Pina Colada to Pecan Pie to Salted Caramel Toffee Swirl, you are bound to come across several flavours you can’t resist giving a try!

Aside from cheesecakes, they also sell delicious fudge cakes and these amazing little inventions called cupcake cheesecakes which are regular sized sponge cupcakes with a cheesecake centre and topping – you must try them! My favourite of the cheesecake cupcakes are the Lotus Caramelised Biscoff Cheesecake Minis.

If cheesecake really is your thing, they also stock humungous cheesecakes for weddings and parties which serve up to 60 people. Flavours include chocolate fudge profiterole, chocolate cookie mudslide and chocolate truffle strawberry shortbread.

Here are some of the delicious flavours my family and I have sampled over the past year or so:

The Gold Digger – Vanilla cheesecake covered with Dulce De Leche toffee on a chocolate biscuit base, one half is covered with crunchy chocolate honeycomb and the other half is covered with shortbread chunks drizzled in chocolate! Both halves were amazing but the chocolate honeycomb side was my favourite!

Cinnamon Bun Streusel cheesecake – This one is my husbands favourite so we have ordered this one a couple of times and it’s unlike any other cheesecake I have tried! On the bottom is cinnamon sponge topped with vanilla cheesecake covered with cinnamon streusel crumble and then drizzled with white icing!

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Butterscotch caramel crunch – This is one of my brother in law’s favourites – a chocolate cookie base topped with vanilla cheesecake, Dulce De Leche toffee and LOTS of dime bars then drizzled with a chocolate fudge sauce!!

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Cookie Dough Collision – This one is my absolute favourite as I am obsessed with cookie dough! In the middle of the vanilla cheesecake is a huge chunk of cookie dough! The cheesecake is then topped with cookie chunks and dark chocolate chips and then drizzled in chocolate sauce – IT IS AMAZING!!!

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12 Cheesecake minis – 12 little cheesecakes of all different flavours – ideal for dinner parties as everyone is bound to find a flavour they like!! The selection consists of: Toffee Pecan, Raspberry White Chocolate, Toffee Crunch Daim Bar, Chocolate Profiterole Smash, Oreo Cookie’s and Cream, Honeycomb Golden Nugget, New York Baked Vanilla, Millionaire’s Shortbread, Alphonso Mango Passionate, Blueberry White Chocolate, Sicilian Lemon and Strawberries and Queen Cheesecake.

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Lotus Caramelised Biscoff Cheesecake Minis – These were the first cheesecakes I ordered from English Cheesecake Company. My sister and I were having the day off together and I ordered these as a surprise for us to scoff our faces whilst enjoying our duvet day together – they did not disappoint! When they turned up we unpackaged them and struggled to wait until they had defrosted until we started eating them! This selection box consists of 6 cheesecake filled Lotus biscuit topped cupcakes and 6 cheesecake minis. I would definitely order them again! Really tasty! My sister asked me about them again the other day as she remembered how good they were!

Rocky Road Cheesecake – I wanted to give this one a go as my sister loves Rocky Road! It’s a chocolate cookie base, covered with a layer of chocolate fudge, vanilla cheesecake and chocolate crumb. On top there’s loads of shortbread chunks, malted chocolate balls and marshmallows all with a chocolate drizzle on top!

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12 Christmas Cheesecake minis – I ordered these for over Christmas for when people are popping over so I always had a dessert on hand just in case and with this selection box I would have every taste catered for! This selection box is a Christmas edition so unfortunately it’s not available on the website anymore – the flavours were Luxury Mince Pie, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Honeycomb Smash, Profiterole Snowball, Mandarin Mayhem, Rasberry Pavlova, Peppermint Bark, Festive Chocolate Log Truffle, Gingerbread Man, Cranberry and Lime and Christmas Chocolate Star.

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Valentine’s Red Velvet Cheesecake – This was my most recent purchase – my husband and I started this for our dessert on Valentine’s Day and I have still got around half left in the freezer! This one is another one of my favourites so far – The vanilla cheesecake is filled with cocoa filled red velvet sponge and topped with a layer of chocolate fudge. On the top are lovely red and black chocolate hearts, mini chocolate heart pieces and red and white sprinkles. Definitely one to try!! Although it is a Valentine’s Day edition, they do also offer the regular Simply….Red Velvet Cheesecake as an alternative.

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Easter Cheesecake Mini’s

A lovely selection of 12 mini’s – 6 mini cheesecakes and 6 mini cheesecake cupcakes. Ideal for serving to guests over Easter and can be kept in the freezer until you need them! The cheesecake cupcakes are delicious!

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Prices range from £25 to £36 depending on whether you go for a traditional 12 slice cheesecake or 12 mini cheesecakes – keep an eye open for any of their “Cake of the moment”offers as when you buy a cheesecake with this offer, you get a free cheesecake added to your order! Flavours depend on what is being prepared on that day, I got a free one with my Christmas Cheesecake Minis order and the flavour I got was Raspberry and pomegranate. I gave this one to my Mum to enjoy over Christmas and unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of it before I sent it on its way!

When you place your order you can add personalised chocolate discs to the order (milk or white chocolate in round or heart shaped discs) and gift boxes and gift cards. You can also add “pre-portioning” to your order which means they will cut up the cheesecake into sections for you – this makes it much, much easier if you are freezing the majority of the cake and then just getting a few pieces out at a time. It is almost impossible to cut the cheesecake when it is frozen and you should not defrost it in order to cut it and then re-freeze it for obvious reasons. So I always add the pre-portioning to my order – it cost’s £1.99 and is more than worth it in my opinion.

Another thing I love about English Cheesecake is that delivery is included in the price (unless you want it delivered on a Saturday). You can select your nominated delivery date (they don’t deliver on Sunday’s or Monday’s though) and if you order early enough you can even get next day delivery! (An additional charge of £1.99 applies). The Cheesecakes are really well packaged in a polystyrene container and are delivered frozen with dry ice to keep them cool.

A highly recommended company with amazing products and brilliant customer service! Check out their website and drool away!!