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A Thank You from Honeybuns and a Giveaway #40

Once upon a time, many months ago, I wrote a review of Honeybuns: gluten free baking. by Emma Goss-Custard. It’s not often I get thanked for a book review, but I was surprised and delighted to receive a box of Honeybuns minis in the post one day with a lovely note thanking me for the review. Now I had every intention of reviewing this box of delights, for delightful every one of those gluten free treats most certainly were. I did make a bit of a start, but somehow, CT and I managed to polish them all off before I got very far.

Tidying up my desk recently, I came across the Honeybuns note which reminded me of just how good the cakes were. Somewhat shamefacedly, I renewed contact and lo and behold another box arrived. This one contained a biscuit, a cake and four minis – all chocolate.

All of the Honeybuns range is gluten free with some products being dairy free too and made with good quality ingredients containing no artificial colours or preservatives. Whether one is gluten intolerant or not, the cakes I have tried are all interesting, not overly sweet and tasty. Very few of the products have sugar as the main ingredient, which, in my experience, is highly unusual in commercial cakes and biscuits. All products are made on the family farm in Dorset. Looking after nature, especially bees is a key objective and to this end the farm includes a nature reserve and is involved in various conservation projects. Packaging is biodegradable and comes with fun facts and stories about Honeybuns and their products. The minis, as the name suggests, are little cakes weighing in at 40g; they are the perfect size for sticking in your pocket to maintain energy levels on a bracing Cornish cliff walk.  The full sized cake bar (85g) carries the following salutory warning: this cake is an indulgent treat, if you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Oh bother, another fifty mile hike needed!

Heathcliffe Browniedark chocolate, free range eggs, butter, sugar, ground almonds, whole almonds, orange zest, ground coffee, orange oil, sea salt, vanilla.
These were very chocolatey, which I guess should be no surprise given this was the main ingredient. It had a noticeable, but not dominant orange flavour which CT would have approved of, except he didn’t get a look in. Nice fudgy brownie consistency, that was both smooth and chewy at the same time, due to the generous amount of almonds chunks. If Cathy had any sense, she would have gone for this rather than the man himself.

Triple Chocolate Tinker Cookie ground almonds, rice syrup, milk chocolate, plain chocolate, dark chocolate, salted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, ground coffee.
Strong chocolate aroma. We both liked the texture which was slightly sticky and rather chewy; it forces your jaws to get some exercise even if the rest of the body is static.  Not too sweet with a good chocolate flavour and a hint of treacle. Tinker Tuesdays are an institution at Honeybuns it seems; each week, they give away a tin of their cookies. I’m definitely tempted to enter this, what about you?

Congo Barcaramel, pecans, polenta, ground almonds, butter sugar, milk chocolate, nibbed almonds, coconut xanthan gum.
A little like millionaires shortbread but more interesting and not as sweet. A polenta and ground almonds shortbread base, covered with a layer of caramel and then topped with a crunchy layer of toasted pecans, coconut and chocolate. Just as well CT was around when I tried this one or I would have had to have put my walking boots on again. Then again, I think it would have been worth it.

Milk Chocolate Brownie – milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butter, sugar, ground almonds, free-range eggs
Like the Healthcliff Brownie before it, this had crunchy nuts and chocolate pieces studded throughout, but was slightly sweeter and had a vanilla and coffee flavour rather than an orange one. The taste lingered on the palate in a pleasant manner with the coffee coming more to the fore, but without any bitterness.

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread
The first thought in biting into this, was thank goodness it’s not tooth-achingly sweet. It was in fact delicious with a dark top? and a the polenta base seemed ideal to mop up any excess sweetness and was deliciously biscuity.

Snowy Hills (the only one I wrote up from the first batch)- Ginger and polenta shortbread with a lemon sponge topping – delicious, moist, nice varied texture with nibbed almonds for extra crunch. Not too sweet and just a subtle flavour of ginger and lemon.

Giveaway

Honeybuns are kindly the following two items as a giveaway on Chocolate Log Blog.
 
Picnic in a Purse includes two milk chocolate brownie minis, a packet of phacelia seeds (to keep the bees happy), a napkin and a linen purse.
 
Cake Mix is 300g of ingredients to make a gluten free sponge – just add eggs and butter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
To be in with a chance of winning these two items, please fill in the Gleam app below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. You need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
 
Prizes are offered and provided by Honeybuns and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
 
Closing date is Saturday 7 December 2013

Do take a look at my giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.

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116 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach

    9th November 2013 at 5:58 pm

    There are so many we hear about on the news. In the U.K the tiny Harvest Mouse’s numbers have dropped right down & there are breading programmes were they are bred to be released into certain areas in the U.K where they will do well.

    Reply
  2. laura banks

    9th November 2013 at 6:01 pm

    i’m not too sure really maybe otters

    Reply
  3. Emma Jackson

    9th November 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I think Bees after watching a documentary recently about how they’re being depleted 🙁

    Reply
  4. Delilah Reviewsx

    9th November 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The bee

    Reply
  5. lucky321

    9th November 2013 at 6:33 pm

    elephants

    Reply
  6. anthony harrington

    9th November 2013 at 6:34 pm

    the dormouse

    Reply
  7. Sarah

    9th November 2013 at 6:47 pm

    The tiger

    Reply
  8. mister_steven

    9th November 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Bats

    Reply
  9. Amanda Hart

    9th November 2013 at 6:56 pm

    mountain gorilla

    Reply
  10. mo3733

    9th November 2013 at 7:19 pm

    the bee

    Reply
  11. Angie Schneider

    9th November 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I would love to try the chocolate caramel shortbread!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th November 2013 at 8:00 pm

      It is rather good Anglie 🙂

      Reply
  12. tabbaz123

    9th November 2013 at 7:45 pm

    The Elephant

    Reply
  13. Alison Joyce

    9th November 2013 at 7:53 pm

    So many need protection but probably the Bee is the most important because of it’s effect on our whole eco system.

    Reply
  14. Sarah Birkett

    9th November 2013 at 8:21 pm

    so many to choose from, and many of those are just evolution but the bees have a direct effect on our food supply and we need to protect them for our own sakes

    Reply
  15. Anonymous

    9th November 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Bees – we have tried to do our bit by planting a bee mat and lots of bee-friendly flowers. Such a worry. 🙁

    @rachiegr

    Reply
  16. Galina Varese

    9th November 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Siberian togers

    Reply
  17. mummy24

    9th November 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Tigers

    Ashleigh

    Reply
  18. Gill

    9th November 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Walruses!

    Reply
  19. Julie Guy

    9th November 2013 at 9:07 pm

    The Elephant

    Reply
  20. Nikki Stewart

    9th November 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Elephant

    Reply
  21. katie skeoch

    9th November 2013 at 9:37 pm

    whales – hate seeing the news stories about harpooning – barbaric

    Reply
  22. Beky Austerberry

    9th November 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Tigers

    Reply
  23. John Tingay

    9th November 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Snow Leopard

    Reply
  24. Caroline

    9th November 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Bees – we all depend on them.

    Reply
  25. liz denial

    9th November 2013 at 10:39 pm

    tigers

    Reply
  26. Herbert Appleby

    9th November 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Giant Pandas

    Reply
  27. twannywun

    9th November 2013 at 10:57 pm

    the “ugly” and forgotten creatures… insects and reptiles…

    Reply
  28. veejaybee

    9th November 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Polar bears because the ice is melting

    Reply
  29. saurus

    10th November 2013 at 8:13 am

    Polar bears

    Reply
  30. Claire C

    10th November 2013 at 9:27 am

    Bees

    Reply
  31. debbie creasey

    10th November 2013 at 9:32 am

    The badger as there is no proof that they carry tb.

    Reply
  32. soozybee

    10th November 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  33. scott Holloway

    10th November 2013 at 1:48 pm

    None, things die things live its the circle of life. mybe its time for a species to be extinct so the universe will continue.
    At some point in time humans are going to be on the list

    Reply
  34. Katie

    10th November 2013 at 3:21 pm

    These all sound delicious. I’ve only ever tried their caramel shortbread bar which I picked up at an airport once. They all sound delicious and gluten free too – bonus!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th November 2013 at 4:00 pm

      I thought these might appeal to you Katie 🙂

      Reply
  35. Charlotte Ingham

    10th November 2013 at 5:01 pm

    There’s so many to choose from, but I’m going to choose tigers because they’re incredibly beautiful and there’s so few of them left 🙁

    Reply
  36. Rachel Cotterill

    10th November 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Wow, it’s always impressive when you find gluten free treats that taste good enough! 🙂

    Reply
  37. D Lloyd

    10th November 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  38. Linzi_Barrow

    10th November 2013 at 7:18 pm

    What a fab prize

    Reply
  39. Victoria

    10th November 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  40. Megan Hughes

    10th November 2013 at 10:06 pm

    the bee

    Reply
  41. julie laing

    11th November 2013 at 12:34 am

    tiger

    Reply
  42. Maya Russell

    11th November 2013 at 10:53 am

    Red squirrels because they are being overrun by the greys.

    Reply
  43. secksy34

    11th November 2013 at 11:18 am

    tigers , would be such a pity to lose such a majestic creature !

    Reply
  44. tamalyn

    11th November 2013 at 11:35 am

    elephants in their natural home!

    Reply
  45. Hayley Mulgrove

    11th November 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I think Pandas

    Reply
  46. kiki

    11th November 2013 at 3:51 pm

    orangutans – the farming of palm oil is destroying their homes!

    Reply
  47. sue

    11th November 2013 at 7:35 pm

    hedgehogs

    Reply
  48. Hannah ONeill

    11th November 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Bees or bats

    Reply
  49. mellysocks

    11th November 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  50. Emma Lewis

    12th November 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The Siberian Tiger.

    Reply
    • Emma Lewis

      12th November 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Sorry, for some weird reason I put my answer instead of my name in the widget!!

      Reply
  51. Gill Bland

    12th November 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  52. Joe Lorena

    13th November 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Orangutans!

    Reply
  53. Jo Glasspool

    13th November 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Red Sqirrells x

    Reply
  54. tinam1

    14th November 2013 at 11:08 am

    Bees

    Reply
  55. Mickie Bull

    14th November 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Slow-Worms

    Reply
  56. Adele Hill

    14th November 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  57. Sarah Davies

    15th November 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Bees as they are so important to so many other areas of life

    Reply
  58. jo

    15th November 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Bees they keep the world going

    Reply
  59. Jayne

    16th November 2013 at 11:50 am

    The bees, we’d be really lost without them.

    Reply
  60. Garden Tea Cakes and Me

    16th November 2013 at 2:14 pm

    as a gardener got to be the poor bee. I love baking with vanilla, in fact I have put vanilla paste on my christmas list!

    Angela

    Reply
    • Garden Tea Cakes and Me

      16th November 2013 at 2:16 pm

      one minute I’m reading your vanilla review the next minute I’m post the comment on your giveaway! Well in my head I knew what I was doing 😉

      Angela

      Reply
  61. Anonymous

    18th November 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Bees, no more honey !

    Reply
  62. Andrew Bostock

    21st November 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Tigers.

    Reply
  63. Flossie651

    23rd November 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  64. Stephanie Whitehouse

    25th November 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Water vole

    Reply
  65. Laura W

    26th November 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I can’t choose just one. I think we should be working to protect them all.

    Reply
  66. Janice

    30th November 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  67. Solange

    30th November 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Tigers

    Reply
  68. R

    1st December 2013 at 1:38 am

    bees

    Reply
  69. Angie Hoggett

    2nd December 2013 at 4:53 pm

    the buzzy bees!

    Reply
  70. Anonymous

    2nd December 2013 at 5:39 pm

    The bee – they are vital for our survival!

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

    Reply
  71. Peggy Muncie

    2nd December 2013 at 10:43 pm

    the siberian tiger, which is being hunted to extinction

    Reply
  72. Rey Chun

    2nd December 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Tiger

    Reply
  73. Simon

    3rd December 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Giant pandas

    Reply
  74. Isis1981uk

    3rd December 2013 at 6:49 pm

    The African Rhinos

    Reply
  75. headsy12

    3rd December 2013 at 7:37 pm

    bees, we need them.

    Reply
  76. clairew137

    4th December 2013 at 9:13 am

    The badger

    Reply
  77. tarcsafalvi

    4th December 2013 at 4:21 pm

    bees

    Reply
  78. Linda

    5th December 2013 at 10:32 am

    many animals need to be potected
    as life moves on
    and without them
    children will never know them
    a tiger has many stripes
    just dont let them die

    Reply
  79. ammaline

    5th December 2013 at 9:58 pm

    There’s so many endangered species but the bee is perhaps the one that would have the most impact on humans if they were extinct

    Reply
  80. Jennifer Rhymer

    5th December 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Snow Leopards

    Reply
  81. Philip Traynor

    6th December 2013 at 3:00 am

    The Bee

    Reply
  82. WeeWillieWilkie

    6th December 2013 at 7:38 am

    The orangutan

    Reply
  83. Sarah

    6th December 2013 at 2:38 pm

    There are too many to choose which are vital to their own individual ecosystem and if that ecosystem fails then who knows what will happen? That said I think the humble bumble bee would be a loss to the UK

    Reply
  84. Richard Turner

    6th December 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Tiger

    Reply
  85. Claire Barker

    6th December 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Orangutang.

    Reply
  86. sheridarby

    6th December 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Rhinos

    Reply
  87. sallyb

    6th December 2013 at 8:15 pm

    After seeing the photo on Facebook of the horrendous woman who shot a lion in Africa just for the status, I would have to say lions

    Reply
  88. diva1977

    6th December 2013 at 9:33 pm

    bees

    Reply
  89. Anonymous

    6th December 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Every animal should be protected, if humans had been the main impact! Humans are the ONLY animal that has no right to do what they want with the planet!

    @jamiecomps

    Reply
  90. Robyn Logan Clarke

    6th December 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Tigers

    Reply
  91. Sarah Mcknight

    6th December 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  92. Ellen Stafford

    6th December 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Bees

    Reply
  93. Anonymous

    7th December 2013 at 12:02 am

    Whale

    @jaizduck

    Reply
  94. nbrad1234

    7th December 2013 at 12:11 am

    bees

    Reply
  95. Alisa Moore

    7th December 2013 at 1:46 am

    bees

    Reply
  96. Naomib1980

    7th December 2013 at 2:30 am

    Giant sea turtle numbers are dropping really fast x

    Reply
  97. Erica Price

    7th December 2013 at 7:49 am

    Whales

    Reply
  98. Charlotterussell01

    7th December 2013 at 9:36 am

    Tigers

    Reply
  99. Liam Hughes

    7th December 2013 at 11:08 am

    dolphins

    Reply
  100. ClairejB

    7th December 2013 at 11:33 am

    I wouldn’t want to chose one species over another – I think all endangered species need protecting but seeing as no-one has mentioned hedgehogs I thought I would! 🙂

    Reply
  101. Anonymous

    7th December 2013 at 11:41 am

    Elephants

    Reply
  102. Dena Thomas

    7th December 2013 at 11:59 am

    I think all animal need to be protected.x

    Reply
  103. Annamarie Riddiford

    7th December 2013 at 12:16 pm

    The Maui striped dolphin as there are less than 50 of them left in the whole world and estimated only 20 females.

    Reply
  104. soozwales

    7th December 2013 at 12:50 pm

    dolphins as we have seen people kill them for fun

    Reply
  105. Severe Rambler

    7th December 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Definitely bees. They are integral to our world.

    Reply
  106. littlemisstrivia

    7th December 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Tigers

    Reply
  107. @dollylaboo

    7th December 2013 at 3:08 pm

    tigers

    @dollylaboo

    Reply
  108. Lyndsey Beckford

    7th December 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Tigers – they are so beautiful!

    Reply
  109. Jakki Bradshaw

    7th December 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Tiger

    Reply
  110. Kathleen Connolly

    7th December 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Honey bees

    Reply
  111. joanna_kow

    7th December 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Tigers I believe

    Reply
  112. Jan

    7th December 2013 at 10:19 pm

    BBBees

    Reply

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