IF YOU THINK TEA HAS SHOT UP IN PRICE NOW LOOK AT HOW IT SHOT UP IN THE 1700’s…

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According to The Sun Newspaper ‘FANS of a cuppa are the latest to be hit by the cost of living crisis as the price of tea has soared by almost a third.

The price of teabags, loose leaf, builder’s brew and herbal remedies have all gone up in recent months, according to new research byThe Grocer.’

Its research covered the“big four” supermarket chainsover a period of eight weeks, analysing the prices of major brands as well as supermarket own-brand brews.

However, due to the high cost of tea in the 1700s, which went up to 119%, it was often smuggled into the country. Smugglers added dry leaves, bark and brick dust to swell their profits.

Let’s hope we don’t need to keep our eye on smugglers in 2022.

Source: The Sun The Grocer

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6 OF THE MOST ORIGINAL FOODY ADVENT CALENDARS…

I love buying my advent calendars and I buy them not only for my grandchildren but my own grown-up children and their partners. This year the choice is massive so I decided to just look for some that were a little bit different from the normal advent calendars. Here are my top six.

  1. Joe & Seph’s Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar – This is the world’s first Vegan Chocolate Popcorn Advent Calendar. This new Vegan Advent Calendar opens up like a giant Christmas storybook and depicts a snowy scene of Joe’s Popcorn Kitchens at Christmastime. Behind 24 festive cubbyholes discover mini packs of Joe & Seph’s handmade popcorn in 8 unique, vegan flavours! Including Joe & Seph’s popular Vegan Salted Caramel and Vegan Toffee Apple & Cinnamon, as well as several new and exclusive Vegan flavours. £34.95

2. Candy Kittens Pop-up Advent Calendar – A Christmas tree FULL of sweets. Introducing our 2022 build-your-own, 3D Pop-Up Advent Tree. Our fresh new updated design and flavours will make your countdown to Christmas one of the sweetest yet. Packed full of your favourite must-have-more vegan sweets, there’s enough in the box to have two Candy Kittens per day. £12

3. Beanies Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar – This Limited Edition item means that you can guarantee your fix of Beanies every day in December up until Christmas, with a special gift both on the 1st and the 24th of the month! £27.99

4. Monty Bojangles Truffle Advent Calendar – Gorgeously illustrated Christmas advent calendar – a collection of intensely chocolatey cocoa-dusted truffles waiting to be discovered behind delightfully decorated windows. Why not gift it as an early Christmas present to a vegan chocoholic friend? They will be overjoyed! Containing 3 flavours – award-winning Cocoa Nib Nights, Berry Blush and Caramel Haze. £12.99

5. Limited Edition: Bonne Maman Advent Calendar. Fruit Jam: 23 Mini Jars (30g) of fruity jam or sweet spread, a different one for each day during the countdown to Christmas. Enjoy two surprise gifts – one on day 1 and one on day 24. Every jar features unusual flavours or special Christmas combinations. £21.99

6. The Ultimate Advent Calendar For Cheese Lovers. The Worlds First & Only Cheese Advent Calendar! Behind Each Door Are Mini Cheeses & Cheesy Jokes. Cheeses Include – Jarlsberg, Applewood, Mexicana, Ilchester Cheddar Cheese, Ilchester Red Leicester Cheese, Ilchester Double Gloucester Cheese, Ilchester Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries & Ilchester Wensleydale Cheese and Gingerbread. A Unique ‘Book Style’ Packaging Design, Allowing One Half To Be Torn Off After The Initial 12 Days Of Christmas To Maximise Fridge Space. £20.95