New in my kitchen – chocolate & gadgets

Welcome to the second instalment of ‘new in my kitchen’. (You can read the first one here if you’re interested.) Once again I have something I was sent to try, and again I have something I treated myself to. Well, two things I treated myself to actually. Both absolutely essential purchases…

The first thing, which I was sent to try, is some Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Mint Thins.

Elizabeth Shaw mint thins Elizabeth Shaw mint thins

Elizabeth Shaw is a reasonably well-known chocolate brand, and has had kosher approval for as long as I can remember. Thus, the end of virtually every Jewish celebratory meal I’ve ever been to, be it wedding, bar mitzvah, or miscellaneous other, has been marked by a cup of (usually horrible) coffee and a foil wrapped Elizabeth Shaw mint chocolate.

As such, I was excited to try out the latest addition to the Elizabeth Shaw range. The box arrived in a jiffy bag and when I opened it a strong aroma of mint wafted out, which Kipper announced was “delicious!” I then had a struggle to prevent her from sticking her head in the jiffy bag. But I digress. Despite the scent, the chocolates were not overpoweringly minty, but had just enough mint flavour to be interesting. Each chocolate is a thin rectangle topped with crunchy sugar crystals, and is just the right size for two bites – lovely! Perhaps I’ll be seeing these at the next bar mitzvah I go to…? The Mint Thins are available at Tesco and cost £3 for a 100g box.

Now onto the treats I bought myself. The first is an OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer. To be honest, I’m not sure we eat enough avocados to really warrant a special tool, but it is pretty cool. Take a look.

Oxo good grips 3-in-1 avocado tool

It has a blade to score around the avo, a stone-remover, and a thing for cutting the flesh away from the skin while simultaneously slicing it. Awesome! The best part is definitely the stone-remover – just place it over the exposed stone, twist, and out it pops with no fuss at all. Brilliant!

I’ve been buying lots of avocados recently, and enjoying them on toast, in sandwiches, in pate, in salads, and even just spooned out of the skin directly into my mouth. This fabulous tool just adds to the joy 🙂

And finally, how could I resist these dinky measuring spoons?!

dinky measuring spoons

The spoons are engraved ‘pinch’, ‘dash’ and ‘smidgen’ which are 1/8, 1/16 and 1/32 of a teaspoon, apparently. Useful for accurately measuring small amounts, I persuaded myself. Mostly they were just too cute to leave in the shop! These would be a great gift for the cook/foodie who has everything.

Of course the BIG new thing in my kitchen is my Kenwood blender. You can read all about that here

Let me know what new goodies you’ve been enjoying recently. And look out for the next exciting instalment of “new in my kitchen…”

I was provided with the Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Mint Thins to review. I was not required to write a positive post and any opinions expressed are my own. 



  1. I have a colleague who is utterly obsessed with avocados and now I know what to buy her for her birthday!

  2. Ooh – I’m using a lot of avocados at the moment while Roo is weaning – what a great tool!

  3. Chocolate never goes amiss in this household, but I’m really rather envious of your avocado tool. It looks as though it might actually be useful.

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