Free and Easy – Organic Three Bean Chilli – 400g for £2.09
There has been a trend in recent years to introduce food from other countries into British culture. That’s why products such as the Free and Easy range in Hornett Wholefoods (including the reviewed product) exist – which is completely vegan. But first, allow me to talk about the Free and Easy brand, which belongs to the company Healthy Food Brands.
Healthy Food Brands are based in West Sussex.
The product consists of a typical mixed bean product with various spices added into the recipe. This would make the product sound like an average supermarket brand, although the organic nature of the product insists of its uniqueness.
The chilli begins with a rich, tomatoey taste provided by the base of mixed beans. This builds into a mild, spicy flavour, which continues and fades again after a while. As a fan of spicy foods, I would rank this product higher as the spice doesn’t overtake any other side dishes because of its mild nature. This product goes well with a side dish, such as a flatbread from the range at Hornett Wholefoods.
Seed and Bean – Organic Extra Dark Chocolate ~ Chilli and Lime – 85g for £2.49
I have noticed veganism has become increasingly popular recently. That’s why products such as Seed and Bean’s range in Hornett Wholefoods (including the reviewed product) exist – which is completely vegan, funnily enough. But first, allow me to talk about Seed and Bean.
Stephen Rudkin created the chocolate making company Seed and Bean in 2005. The company is based in Corby, Northamptonshire; they source their chocolate from areas such as Germany, Italy and Poland. Stephen works with the cocoa suppliers in order to help them sustain themselves through the growth of their crops.
Next, I will get to the moment you’ve all bean been waiting for and introduce the product itself.
The packaging is very eye catching and appealing in its green and brown colouring scheme. This is especially true if you’re a gardener, I suppose.
The chocolate itself consists of twelve segments with a vine design moving down the segments from top to bottom and the Seed and Bean logo filling in the blank spaces left by the design. Personally speaking, this unusual design makes it stand out against every other chocolate.
The chocolate initially has a tart taste given by the dark chocolate. The lime reinforces the tartness of the dark chocolate with a typically citrus sweetness laying underneath. This is before a chilli kick is introduced at the back of the throat, moving towards the tart taste on the tongue. The combined tastes persist for a fair while. This product goes well with a soft drink, such as the ones in the range at Hornett Wholefoods.