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Bite-Size: what's new in food and drink this week

We've rounded up some of the top new launches


This week's round up of the latest in the world of food and drink brings good news for gin fans, and some great ways to enjoy a sweet treat while aiding important causes. 

Blackwater Gin has announced its latest Tasters Box release, chocolate brand Tony's Chocolonely has launched a clever campaign to draw attention to an important issue in the chocolate issue and if you have a special occasion coming up, you'll want to know all about Food By Sally Ann. Read on for all the info.

Special occasions
Catering expert Sally Ann Luykx is putting her 25 years of experience in the industry to good use by launching a range of at-home menus this month. There’s an extensive offering of mains, sides, salads and desserts to serve four to six people, making them ideal if you’re celebrating a special occasion at home. There is also a selection of grazing boards on the way and for Valentine’s Day next month there is a dinner for two box priced at €45 per person. You can check out the full range of dishes here. 

Sweet solution

Tony’s Chocolonely has launched four limited-edition look-alike chocolate bars, and an online petition, to raise awareness about the use of illegal labour in the chocolate industry. The bars are inspired by some very famous chocolate brands and profits will be donated to 100WEEKS, a platform that works to assist women in escaping the cycle of extreme poverty. Priced at €4 each, the bars are available on brownthomas.com and Fresh. You can read more about the initiative here.

Gin fans take note; the first Blackwater Tasters box of the year has been announced and contains two limited-edition spirits. First up is Blood Orange Gin with notes of blood oranges, bitter orange and sweet orange. The second is Love Potion No 5, a bitter-sweet spirit with pomegranate, saffron, peppercorns, pink roses, citrus peel and cardamon. The closing date to sign up for the release is 9th February. A single box is €39.99, a six-month sign up provides three boxes for €105, while a 12-month membership offers six boxes for €185. You can sign up here

Piece of cake

Aldi has added two new cakes to its core range and for every one sold 25 cent will be donated to children’s charity Barnardos. The cakes, baked by the family-owned O’Hara’s of Foxford, Co. Mayo, come in two flavours, Cappuccino Caramel and Chocolate Fudge. Both are priced at €2.99  and are available in all 145 Aldi stores nationwide. The launch comes on the back of Aldi’s recently announced  two-year partnership with Barnardos to raise €1 million for vulnerable young children across Ireland. Aldi.ie

Kids’ play

Kellogg’s new W.K Kellogg by Kids Oaty Bars were developed in collaborative workshops with 2,000 children and parents, Available in two flavours, Orange & Carrot and Strawberry, Raspberry & Beetroot, the bars are made with wholegrain and are a source of fibre but don’t contain any added sugar, or artificial colours or flavours. They’re currently available in Dunnes stores with an RRP of €2.99 for a pack of five, with more retailers on the way. Kelloggs.ie