As a Christmas and New Year tradition for the last four years, my fiance, pooch and I have toured somewhere in Britain in our camper van. This usually involves woolly fleeces, coastal walks and quick easy comfort food. Oh, and Christmas dinner at someone else’s.
This year however, was our turn to be the host, but as soon as the festive period was over, our camper was packed and off we were on our jollies Boxing Day afternoon.
But to make sure we were on the straight and narrow (and let’s face it, left over Christmas treats are pretty hard to resist), Ricola, the Swiss herbal sweet company challenged me to “switch and ditch” sugar by offering me a selection of 7 sugar free “mouthwatering good” lozenges.
I’ll let you in to a little secret though; I don’t normally buy sweets. I’m definitely more a savoury person than a sweet tooth, but when we start these camping trips, our healthy living goes out the window.
And two of the feelings I hate are hunger and being too cold, but nature is too bloomin’ beautiful not to travel (or snow chase). So when we’re camping or hiking in the Winter, I take plenty of food that has a good shelf life, high energy and quick that’s painless to make. But as for sweet things, these pocket sized guys came in very handy to get us through our 2 week holiday. They’re made up of a series of 13 Swiss Herbs, cultivated in the Swiss Alps and all (apart from Luxurious Liquorice in my opinion), taste lovely and unique. But let’s get something straight. I hate ALL liquorice things and there’s no convincing the taste buds.
And because most have a slight hint of mint, they were really refreshing to eat. So much in fact, it often felt like I was sipping on a drink. I did really like the lemon too but I think I’d appreciate it a bit more if I were feeling poorly. The Fresh Mountain Mint positively took me by surprise too because I love spearmint and tasted so natural.
Another thing I really enjoyed with them for a warming treat was to turn them in to a flavoured tea. I just popped one in a mug, added some boiling water and stirred until it dissolved!
And one final note is that we couldn’t tell they were sugar free at all which I know many of you will be wondering and they’ve been perfect on an evening for an easy quick fix.
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Ricola Swiss Herbals Sweets which are available at major supermarkets, health food stores and chemists. You can also buy them directly at Ricola.com.