Food Bites

Want to know what’s going on in the world of food? Then look no further. From the best brands to try to the latest supermarket launches, here’s all the foodie newness you need to look for…

Hip Chips Sweet

Think all crisps should be savoury? Think again. Like sweet and salty popcorn, Hip Chips Sweet edition combines heritage potato crisps with three sweet dips - caramel, chocolate and passion fruit. The secret ingredients that makes this weird and wonderful combination a success? a sprinkling of cinnamon on the crisps. Think churros and you get the idea. A surprise hit in SL HQ.

Available at Sainsbury's

Yaar Bars

Is it a choc ice? Is it a cheesecake? No - it’s a Yaar bar! Available is three favours – vanilla, cloudberry and toffee – each YAAR bar is made of quark and coated in either a Belgian milk chocolate, caramel or toffee glaze. The smooth centre is mouthwateringly delicious with a thick and creamy yoghurt taste and the soft fluffy texture of a cheesecake. Despite tasting quite indulgent, every bar is less than 140 calories, gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and has no artificial colours, additives or preservatives. Store them in the fridge and nibble them cold for a low-cal treat.

99p a bar, available at Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Market in the chiller aisle

The Magnum Company

Rosé drinkers, it’s time to celebrate in style! The Magnum Company are the only stockist of Studio by Miraval in the UK in magnum form. From the vineyard of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the moniker is inspired by the production chateau, which acted as a recording studio for countless international musicians. Light and dry on the palate, the aroma of this rosé blends scents of raspberries and rose petals, while the taste incorporates elements of strawberry, pomegranate and red cherry.

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Pasta fans will fall in love with this newest, tangy addition from Rana. The fresh egg pasta is filled with sausage, ricotta and spicy ‘nduja – a unique ingredient which adds incredible texture and rich flavour to the filling. Ready in two minutes, it’s the ultimate quick fix supper; just drizzle over olive oil, Parmesan and black pepper. Rana Spicy ‘Nduja, Sausage and Ricotta Tortelloni is available in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Ocado, from £2.50. 

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Unlike many nut butter producers who use palm oil, Yumello’s use of argan oil is central to the brand’s ethos. It tastes great and celebrates the farmers and land it’s grown on and, as a bonus, it has many great health benefits – it is rich in essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and-6 which are renowned for their positive impact on inflammation and heart health and Vitamin E, which is required for healthy skin, hair and eyes as well as having powerful antioxidant properties. Founders Esther and Omar Elhajji met in the Atlas mountains. Big food lovers, the couple were inspired to bring their love of Berber flavours, spices and quirks to the UK. There are four variations but our favourite is the Smooth Salted Date Almond Butter, which oozes caramel flavour.
 From £2.85-£4.95; visit

Kikkoman Poke Sauce

If you love a poke bowl and struggle to choose the right sauce, Kikkoman’s new Poke Sauce is an authentic combination of naturally brewed soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, lemon juice and a little chilli. As well as being perfect for poke bowl recipes, it can be used as a table sauce, dip and dressing for salads and noodles.

£2.99, available at Ocado

The Flexitarian Cookbook: Adaptable Recipes For Part-Time Vegetarians

With meat-free Mondays firmly fixed in many of our weekly meal planning, tweaking our cooking to incorporate more vegetables and less meat is becoming more mainstream. The Flexitarian Cookbook, available from August, is a collection of delicious, modern vegetarian recipes with simple options for switching in meat or fish, as the mood takes you.

£14.99, Cico Books, available to buy here

Event: The National Geographic Traveller Food Festival

For a global food experience without leaving the country, visit the inaugural The National Geographic Traveller Food Festival 20-21 July and immerse yourself in a world of food, drink and travel. With stall-by-stall world tour of some of the planet’s most exciting dishes, and masterclasses, workshops, expert panel discussions and interviews with top chefs, this is the festival to go to for the latest in global food trends.

More information available here


If you want a G&T but you’re looking to cut down your alcohol intake, try Atopia. Created from natural distillates, Atopia contains just 0.5% ABV and is the first ultra-low alcohol spirit from family distillers, William Grant & Sons. There are two new flavours: Spiced Citrus, perfect with Indian tonic water and garnished with a slice of orange and Wild Blossom, where green apple meets floral notes with a hint of smokiness, ideal with Mediterranean tonic water. The best bit? If you're choosing to drink mindfully, an Atopia G&T contains 75 times less alcohol than a regular G&T.

From £24, from Sainsbury’s and Ocado

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