Monday, 7 April 2014

German Snack Megapost - Grocery Exchange Part 2!


Last year I took part in a brilliant grocery exchange with Steffi, a lovely reader and fellow snack fan from Germany. We both enjoyed the experience (it was so much fun choosing what to send!) and we agreed to do it all over again! You can find the details of our first Grocery Exchange HERE. Safe to say I had a great time taking part again! Take a look at all the wonderful goodies Steffi sent me and a few quick reviews. There will be more reviews once I've devoured more of the contents! I've also included a photo of what I sent to Steffi at the end of this post.


Ritter Sport Cookies & Cream and Baiser Nüss: I'll start with the Cookies & Cream because it was the one product that I asked Steffi to include if she could find it. I love anything Cookies & Cream inspired and being such a fan of Ritter Sport Chocolate, so this is one I had to try. Steffi also included a new bar from Ritter Sport, Baiser Nüss, which is an interesting meringue and nuts combination. I'll have a review of both of these soon!


Haribo Sweets: I loved the liquid filled Haribo Cola Bottles that Steffi sent me in our last swap so I was thrilled to find some more Haribo in the parcel.


The Haribo Bärchen Päachen are completely adorable! They are cute little bear couples that are holding hands and are sour on one side and sweet on the other (Steffi's brilliant description!). There was lots of oohing and aahing when I showed these to my family, and I had to take very quick photos as everyone was so eager to give these a try! There are six fruity flavours; apple, orange, lemon, cherry, blueberry and blackcurrant. The bear on the left of each pair is the sour one. They're not too sour but but each one has a completely different flavour from the sweet side of the pair. Isn't it just such a clever idea?


The Haribo Jogi Fari are yogurt animal shaped sweets. Steffi tells me these are new and already very popular in Germany. I can see why, as they taste absolutely delicious! There is a varied mix of fruity flavours; apple, pineapple, apricot, strawberry, cherry and passion fruit. The white pineapple flavoured ones were my favourites, so fruity and sweet but with a pleasant yogurt kick too.


Milka Brezel Time: Steffi made the valid point that most new German Milka bars are quite similar to Cadbury products we can already get in the UK, but she still managed to find me a brilliant exception. I had to exert real willpower not to just crack this open straight away. I love Milka chocolate and this one sounds so good - salty pretzels in milk chocolate. Review coming soon!


Jumpys: Another cute snack! These are paprika flavoured potato snacks that are kangaroo shaped! Steffi tells me that these have been around for a long time and she remembers them fondly from her school days. I had sent some llama shaped snacks in my parcel so it made me smile that we both selected animal shaped savoury snacks!


And, oh my goodness, these are so tasty I could just devour the whole bag in one sitting! The Jumpys are hollow potato snacks with a wonderfully crunchy texture, very similar to crisps. The flavour is of a sweet paprika rather than smokey one, making them incredibly moreish. I need to find a shop near to me that stocks these!


Alnatura Nougat Oster Tierchen: The ingredients in these Alnatura Easter shapes are wonderful in their simplicity. They're made from; organic cane sugar, cocoa butter, hazelnuts (13%), milk powder and cocoa mass. I'm going to save these gorgeous looking organic chocolates for Easter. 


Vivani Weisse Mango Cocos: I was so happy to see this Vivani chocolate bar included in the parcel! I've actually tried this one before and it's a heavenly combination of white chocolate with mango and coconut. A real gourmet treat of a chocolate bar.


Dinkelchen: These are little organic spelt cookies covered in chocolate. I don't think I've ever had a spelt cookie before so I'm looking forward to these! Steffi recommends them for snacking but also for adding to muesli with fresh or dried fruit. I've been eating muesli for breakfast everyday recently so I'll definitely be giving that suggestion a try.


Hitschler Apfel Schnüre: Hitschler is a sweets manufacturer based in Cologne. Steffi included these especially for my boys and it was a spot on choice because they were super excited when they saw these! Apparently these Schnüre (laces) are often used to make "nests" of grass for giving sweets and chocolates at Easter. It's so close to Easter now that I decided to save these sweets for that very purpose. I'll hopefully share some photos before they all get eaten :)


Since Steffi doesn't have a blog I took a quick photo of the parcel I sent to her before packing it up (don't worry it won't spoil the surprise as she's already received it!). There were quite a few smaller snacks but some of the main items were; Propercorn Coconut & Vanilla, Eat Natural Almond & Apricot bars, Chokablok Banoffee Bonanza, Prestat Cinnamon Chocolate, Yu! Snacks, Nakd Crunch bar, some M&S Easter sweets, and a few other bits and pieces.

A massive THANK YOU to Steffi for another awesome Grocery Exchange! I love everything that I received and the products are all ones that I would buy for myself and my family if I went to Germany! That's it for now but look out for some upcoming reviews from this yummy swap! :)


22 comments:

  1. What an utterly brilliant review, and fabulous idea. I only recently found your blog but love reading your reviews as I am always up for trying something new. If you were arranging another international blog swap I'd be keen to pop my name in the frame.

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    1. Thank you! So lovely to hear that you enjoy my blog, I really appreciate it.

      Is like to do another swap at some point. Whereabouts in the world are you based? Send me an email to grocerygems@gmail.com so that I can contact you in future. Thanks :)

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  2. Sooooo glad you like everything! It's so exciting to read your reviews of the things I selected. :)
    And again, thank you for your parcel! I love everything. :) I'm actually eating one of the Eat Natural bars right now, so good!

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    1. Glad you like the review Steffi :)

      Still so many goodies to try. Thanks again!

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  3. What an awesome idea, how lovely to be able to sample different things. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    1. It really is a lovely opportunity to try unknown products. You're very welcome too, thanks for hosting such a great link up!

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  4. Wow! What a lovely load of goodies!! I'm moving to Germany! :D

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    1. I know! I need to book a holiday there ASAP! :)

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  5. Wow what a fantastic thing to do, I would love to do something like this x #TriedTested

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    1. It's been such fun, I'd love to set up some kind of international Grocery Exchange for bloggers!

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  6. A great idea! Love the look of those Jumpys & I do love Milka :)

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    1. Thanks! Just opened the Milka today and oh my, it's so good!

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  7. WOW!! What a fantastic idea. I am so jealous right now. Those Haribo's holding hands are just adorable

    I've come over as part of #triedtested and would love you to pop on over to carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk to say hi too!

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  8. Ritter Sport!! nom nom nom, best chocolate in the world

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    1. It's definitely up there with my favourites :)

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  9. What a great idea! I think you should send this list to Lidl to inspire them what to stock! Those bears look so cute

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    1. Thanks! I might send it to Aldi too... :)

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  10. Jumps used to be available in the UK. I don't remember paprika flavour but we used to be able to get ready salted at least. I remember them being awesome. Nom nom!

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    1. Ah thanks for letting me know. I wonder why they stopped selling them here? We need a Bring Them Back campaign!

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  11. Oh, I didn't know about Jumpy's! They look adorable on the bag! O_O

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    1. I was so impressed by the Jumpy's!

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