Our Halloween In Review

We enjoy Halloween, we don’t go crazy like some of my friends who really do go all out and decorate their whole house but we do enjoy seeing the trick or treaters and having a bit of Halloween fun. We tend to stay home and have fun there, this year was no different.

What We Ate

The lovely people at Lékué sent us some great cake moulds to use. Any excuse to make cake hey? They sent us a fantastic Pumpkin 3D cake mould and a Halloween mould to make the cakes with.

The moulds are made from easy to use and easy to clean silicone, they of course were bright orange and just perfect for Halloween. Now I’m no top baker so I must admit I was really nervous about totally naffing it up however they were so easy to use you couldn’t really get anything wrong. A suggested recipe was included with the Pumpkin mould and this was the one we used to make our cake. The cake mould comes apart in two halves and has a well in the middle so that when you remove the cake from the mould you can actually fill the hole with sweets. What’s not to like? We mixed up all the ingredients poured the mixture into the hole at the top of the mould with a jug and put it into the oven (as it was with no tray required underneath).

The cake came away easily from the mould – we used a little oil brushed over it which was suggested for the first few uses and none of the cake was stuck on removal once the cake had cooled for a while. We then cut out some eyes,nose and mouth and filled the holes with melted chocolate to make it look more like a cut out pumpkin. You can see below how it came out along with a pumpkin my daughter made with the Halloween mould again filled in with melted chocolate.

We were very pleased with the way the cakes came out and stuffed our faces silly with them. I hadn’t actually heard of Lékué  prior to my review, they are an innovative Spanish cookware brand from Barcelona and on checking our their site they have lots of brilliant ideas for cooking, baking and even recipes. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

What We Drank

We were sent some really gorgeous Crystal Head Vodka from the fab people at 31Dover which really was beautiful. The pictures really don’t do it justice. In ‘real life’ it really is so pretty not sure that’s the right word for a skull but I’m sticking with it! Plus vodka. Win. Canadian Vodka filtered through crystals no less.

Crystal Head is the creation of actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander who both shared an avid interest in the legend of the 13 crystal heads.  These crystal heads were found in regions around the world and according to urban legend are thought to possess spiritual powers. That’s just wet your pants exciting stuff. And that couldn’t be more ideal for Halloween if it tried could it!!

The vodka itself is 40% vol and has a lovely flavour none of your cheap burny stuff it’s really clean and no nasty aftertaste. My one and only complaint is that I wanted more 😀 I was sent the  50 ml version, I think they’ve heard what a loud and silly drunk I am and wanted to protect my poor neighbours 😉

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They have a whole host of drink choices for your parties or just you know because it’s a day with y in it. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


I was also very excited to be sent some Coldpress Pumpkin Power juice. No Halloween is complete without pumpkin and this is a healthy drinkable version! It’s made from pumpkin puree, apple juice, carrot puree, apple puree, pineapple juice and lemon juice with a little bit of ginger puree and cinnamon.

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We were sent both 250 and 500 ml bottles to try and we thought they were yummy. I found the taste very much reminded me of carrot cake so if you’re a lover of that you won’t go far wrong with this! It’s a bright orange (naturally) easy to drink smooth juice. You can also feel all smug about drinking it as it has no added sugar and a 150ml serving counts as one of your 5 a day. They’re suitable for vegans.

Coldpress juices are cold pressed and not heated so they have more taste, vitamins and nutrients than conventional pasteurised juices.

The juices are available to purchase:

  • 500ml – £2.79 Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Whole Foods, Ocado, Budgens.
  • 250ml – £1.49 Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods.

Coldpress can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

What Amused Us

Last but not least were the ever so sweet Limited Edition Wizard of Oz Itty Bitty’s we were sent from Hallmark UK. We received the Wicked Witch and Good Witch. Now she might be called the Wicked Witch but the Itty Bitty version of her couldn’t be cuter if it tried! She has her trademark hat, corset style dress and cape. Glinda the good witch has a pink dress and silver crown and both are made from a super soft plush material which went down a storm with the kids. They have sewn in detailing to the facial features and clothing and are well made. They are around 13cm tall just right for small hands as you can see from the picture of my son.

They got a bit cheeky though and tried to get in on the cake action 😉 we have had some Itty Bitty’s before and we were really pleased that these were just as huggable as the others. There are lots of different types you can get at Hallmark UK stores or Amazon.

You can find Hallmark UK on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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*All products featured were gifted for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

 

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