New season, new obsessions. Meet our current food and drink faves
When we were kids, autumn was all about stationery shopping. A new pencil case here, a fancy sharpener there – all so shiny and full of promise that you could almost forget the drizzle and the long, long year of geography homework stretching out before you.
But how can you recapture that thrill as a grown-up, when your days of competitive bubble writing are long behind you? With food, of course! And drink, and gadgets. Kit out your kitchen with some of the most exciting new edibles out there, and you'll soon get over the misery of putting the barbecue into storage.
Here are the hot new foodie buys that are currently whetting our appetite...
1. Sibberi birch water
Still drinking coconut water? You're barking up the wrong tree. This season the hipster hydrator of choice is birch water, made from the thin, naturally sweet sap of the birch tree.
Unsweetened, undiluted and sustainably harvested straight from Nordic birches, Sibberi bottled birch water is much tastier than you'd imagine anything with the word 'sap' on the ingredients list to be. It also claims to be packed full of electrolytes and antioxidants, but we're mainly just excited to tell everyone at yoga that we're drinking tree juice. £2.99, available in organic food shops or online here.
2. Doisy & Dam superfood chocolate
The name might be a mouthful, but Doisy and Dam's prettily packaged superfood (sorry, 'superdelicousfood') chocolate goes down very easily indeed. Because, let's be honest – organic chocolate is a far more appealing vehicle for goji berries, hemp seed and spirulina than smoothies.
We're partial to the coconut and lucuma flavour, which features fruit from the Peruvian Andes and tastes like a beach holiday – but there's no need to choose when you can buy the whole set in miniature. Aww. £1.75/£3.50 each, available here.
3. Maille Black Truffle & Chablis mustard
La Maison Maille has been turning out the royal standard of condiments for more than 250 years, so they really know how to cut the... well, you know. Their signature earthy, aromatic black truffle and Chablis mustard is served fresh from the pump, making it far too fancy to leave languishing on the side of your Sunday roast.
Only available when truffles are in season, you can welcome it back with open arms when it returns next week. You could say we're keen as the proverbial mustard. From £29, available from here from 7 September.
4. The Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters
No chef worth their salt would serve a meal without seasoning it... but how about your drinks? Welcome Cucumber Bitters, the latest addition to the bitters collection from expert mixologists The Bitter Truth.
Packing a delicate, refreshing punch of cucumber flavour in just a few drops, think of it like seasoning for your cocktail. Add a dash to spruce up your G&T, try it in an elderflower collins or branch out by using it in green gazpacho for a taste of breezy English summer (however many jumpers you're wearing). £14.29, available here.
5. Giving Tree peach crisps
Just when you think you've seen every animal, mineral and vegetable that can possibly be turned into crisps, turned into crisps (hello, broccoli), those crazy kids over at The Giving Tree pull another one out of the bag – peach crisps.
We're not saying that freeze-dried peach pieces will ever replace our trusty salt and vinegar McCoy's, but they're a whole lot easier to get on board with than a packet of salty kale. Thumbs up. £1.85/£2.85, available from organic food shops and online here.
6. Shay and Blue's Salt Caramel perfume
You've baked with it, iced cake with it, cooked bacon in it and drizzled it liberally over everything that's stayed still in your kitchen for long enough. So what's the next logical step for your salted caramel obsession? Wear it, obvs.
Shay and Blue are award-winning perfumiers – and mind-readers, apparently – who have made all our dreams come true by creating a Salt Caramel perfume. Rich, intriguingly dark and sweetly addictive, we like to imagine it's exactly how Nigella smells. From £30, available here.