Forget what you thought you knew about bulk food bins, this stuff is is gourmet. Over the summer, I got to sample a few Alison’s Pantry goodies which I shared with anyone who would eat them with me. Funny enough, it’s not so hard to find friends to sample sweet and savoury tidbits. I even roped in a few strangers. Equally at home in your snack drawer or on platters for entertaining over summer.
Thanks to Alison’s Pantry, one of you will win a prize pack containing eight different platter products including both sweet and savoury options (Valued at $120). Due to logistics, this prize is only open to New Zealand locals and actual products may vary from samples pictured.
To enter, fill in the form at the bottom of this post, including a skill question.
Alison’s Pantry offer a bulk food range in New Zealand supermarkets. Great if you just want raw ingredients without the fancy packaging. Endorsed by Dame Alison Holst, the “Mother of New Zealand Cooking”, the range can be found in in the New World and PAK’n SAVE supermarkets across New Zealand.
Here’s a run down on the treats we tried…
Crunchy roasted chickpeas with a hint of garlic, Karengo (a New Zealand seaweed from the Deep South), Pumpkin and Sunflower seeds, almonds and goji berries. I was surprised by the rich savoury flavours in this. The Karengo was a wonderful surprise. NZ seaweed is rare in most New Zealand diets. This is a great introduction if you’ve never had New Zealand seaweed before.
A traditional Indian snack, crunchy, full flavoured, spicy and salty. Reminds me of a lighter Bhuja mix, gets a bit spicy after a few handfuls. Great with beer.
Horopito (also known as Pepper Tree) is a native New Zealand plant with peppery leaves which flavours these crunchy roasted cashews. An umami hit that reminds me a bit of Japanese furikake. My favourite. Super addictive. Great with a cold drink, first to be finished.
Chai Chocolate Almonds
Milk chocolate almonds coated in a delicious combination of warm exotic spices with a delicious hint of sea salt. Tastes like Christmas.
Raspberry and Cacao Nougat
Soft European-style nougat, enchanced cacao nibs and tart raspberries. Generous pieces, creamy and delicious. The Koala loved these.
Cashews coated with a Canadian maple syrup crust. Pretty awesome. Exactly as I imagined.
Orchard fruits are a blend of seasonal fruits. The pieces are super generous. The mix we got included nectarine, peach, apricot, apple, kiwi, sultanas and pear.
Whole figs. Woohoo! Naturally sweet, great for baking, desserts or as a snack. Considering the short season and price of figs, this was a lovely treat. Could be used as a substitute for dates.
Terms and conditions
- This competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
- 1 entry per person.
- Prize may not be exchanged for cash.
- Entries close Wednesday 11 February 2015. Winner will be drawn on Thursday 12 February 2015. Winner will be contacted by email, announced here and on Facebook.
Skill question: Name an Alison’s Pantry snack that uses a native New Zealand plant.
This competition is closed.