Thanks to Scavi & Ray, and also to Bahlsen for our Christmas samples.
Scavi & Ray Alcohol Free Prosecco
I have to say, that I haven’t understood the Prosecco thing. I’m pretty much teetotal, but not through deliberate or sustained choice. I’ve had times in my life when I’ve drunk alcohol, it’s just that it hasn’t been that often, and I rarely ever found a drink I actually enjoyed.
Wine for me, is a bit hit or miss. I rarely drink it in company, as it tends to be either very dry, or to me, pretty bitter. I’m usually a cheap fizzy wine girl when I choose to imbibe, as I have absolutely zero alcohol class, and because it’s rarely on offer, I usually say no. I’d been quite negative around the Prosecco culture, but I hadn’t ever really tasted it, nor had I understood why it’s talked about so much.
Scavi & Ray asked me to try the Alcohol free version, so I gave it a go. I also have to say, I’ve never understood the put the kids to bed and have a glass of wine thing that goes on in blogging circles. I’d rather have chocolate…… Perhaps it’s just the younger ones, but hey ho. The times I do miss having a drink in my hand, is at the Christmas dinner table, or at New Year. I usually end up having to drive, so it’s often fizzy grape juice, but you know how it goes, there’s often someone, who’s usually had a drink or two, and they’re trying to push ‘just one,’ glass on you. It annoys me that they push, and it annoys them that I don’t take.
The bottles really do look like a real bottle of wine. I received two sample bottles, in a perfect size, and immediately – my Xmas and New Year problem is solved on the fooling those who are drinking into my actually taking one. Unless they scrutinise the bottles very carefully, they’re not going to know.
Tasting some of my wine, I realised it’s a sparkling wine, and is refreshing, almost as sweet as grape juice but it looks like the real stuff. I have no idea if this tastes like the alcoholic version of Prosecco, as I’ve never tried it, but if it does, I understand why it’s popular. I have also realised the attraction…..and it’s that many people who drank wine, used to pretend they like the other stuff……. This non-alcoholic Prosecco is fizzy wine, and doesn’t have a name that’s frowned upon. It’s also very easy to drink…
I don’t think I’d be persuaded to go down the alcohol version route, as I don’t fancy a hangover with my daily routine. There are no days off when you have 2 people with disabilities in your house, and you need to be able to get up during the night when the need arises. Available from Amazon.
Bahlsen Christmas Goodies
This type of Christmas food, is something else I hadn’t ever tried, so is the main reason for choosing to feature these on my blog.
Our samples were:
- Lebkuchen Mischung – An assortment of spiced lebkuchen cakes with chocolate.
- Mohn-Stollen – A Christmas stollen with a poppy seed filling.
- Zimtsterne – Star shaped cinnamon spiced, hazlenut cakes.
My favourite is the Mohn-Stollen. I honestly thought the crunch was nuts, but it’s the poppy seeds. I don’t mind either way, as it was delicious.
The Zimtsterne and Lebkuchen Mischung tasted very similar to me, but with slightly different textures than I expected. From the shape and size, I expected crunch biscuit, but they really are a cake like texture in the middle. I believe Waitrose, Amazon, Ocado, Asda, Morrison and Tesco stock Bahlsen goodies. The cakes tasted cinnamony to me, but my youngest is convinced they are ginger based. I checked the packaging and I was right. That’s why I liked them, as cinnamon is my favourite spice of the season.
Sadly, I opened the Mohn-Stollen early afternoon, and it was half gone in less than an hour. I can’t see this hanging around for long.
I hope you all enjoy your own pick of Christmas goodies when you go shopping this month.
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