You may remember my review of our fruit and vegetable box that I did a while ago.
Well, we’ve continued to get the boxes, but I also like to browse the Abel and Cole site for what else they have. For example, I don’t like most of the Christmas desserts that you usually get, so I ordered a chocolate orange log from Abel and Cole with our Christmas order last year. Chilled things come in durable bags with ice packs. The bags are lined with sheep’s wool, which keeps in the cold and is better for the environment than some of the cooler bags that you can buy. You just put your cooler out before your next delivery is due and the driver will collect it, meaning there’s no waste.
In this week’s box we got satsumas, apples, a mango, potatoes, courgettes, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and broccoli. I’m now into the habit of checking what’s due to be in the box two days before our delivery, and I swap out anything we don’t want. So there’s never “too many carrots” as I was complaining about before. Also, if you still have a lot of fruit and veg one week, you can change the frequency to every two weeks for a while or until you catch up.
Special Easter treats
So, as Easter is coming up, I wanted to try out some of the Easter treats on the Abel and Cole site and I added a few extra things to our order this week.
I’d already tried the delicious chocolate owl lollies from Cocoa Loco, and there are some Easter bunny ones too. I got one for me and one for S – because I’m an only child and we don’t share chocolate 😉 Anyway apart from being delicious organic chocolate, I love the way that these little lollies are so tactile. You can feel the floppy bunny ears, the fluffy tail, and the shape of the rest of the body.
If you want something bigger, they also do a thumpingly chocolatey solid marbled rabbit. I haven’t tried that yet, but we just might!
I like the fact that you can read a bit about the products and their producers on the Abel and Cole page, so you know where your food comes from.
These rabbits are home-made in Horsham. The cocoa is grown in gaps in the rainforest canopy, not from clear-cut areas, which presumably means that no rainforest is destroyed to grow the chocolate. They’re listed as organic, vegetarian and fair trade.
That’s another thing – if you’re doing a search, you can put filters on your results to match your dietary requirements such as vegetarian or dairy-free..
I then decided to try a couple of things from the Authentic Bread Company, which was set up by a couple in Gloucestershire, who transformed their garage into a fully-functioning bakery. Since then, the company has won 15 awards, including 6 Soil Association awards. Now it really is a family business because the two adult children have joined as well.
The shortbread chick biscuits are made from organic flour, sugar, butter and rice flour. They’re cut into cute little chick shapes and rather moreish! I don’t think they’ll last long!
I also got some mini chocolate and orange hot cross buns. I’m not so much a fan of hot cross buns, but the addition of chocolate persuaded me to try and they’re made with chocolate chips, rather than a hint of chocolate flavouring. The orange is more subtle, but it is there.
Sunflower bread isn’t something for Easter, but I love sunflower seeds, so I decided to get a small loaf as well. You have two options for the size and I may get a larger one next time. It’s delicious, made using traditional processes, and contains no preservatives or palm oil.
These are just a few of the things available as well as the fruit and vegetables! We also got some falafel for lunch!
How about you?
Have you tried these boxes? Let me know what you think in the comments!
Also, if you’re interested in trying out one of the boxes, they do a recommendation scheme. If you send me your email address, I can invite you, which means you get £20 off your first order! Even if you get your first box half-price, you can still fill up your order to make sure you get the full value for your £20 – just remember to check out the basket (I didn’t the first time, so I only got my box and not the extra things I’d added).
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