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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini
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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini

RTDs, or ready-to-drink beverages, generally get a pretty bad wrap. Mostly sickly sweet or too basic, they rarely taste anything like the analogue version they are supposed to. Until now. After three (long) years of research and development, the legendary Mr Black Espresso Martini team has unveiled a 200-ml can to shake up and enjoy anywhere. Made using top-grade arabica coffee, pure Australian vodka, and a generous splash of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur (obviously), the new ready-to-drink offering means you never have to endure a mediocre espresso martini ever again. We'll cheers to that. more

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Crumbtastic! Green's has launched Golden Gaytime cake mix
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Crumbtastic! Green’s has launched Golden Gaytime cake mix

Whether it's a hot summer's day or we're just craving a sweet treat, nothing hits the spot quite like a Golden Gaytime ice-cream. Now, the frozen national treasure and its signature crumb is set to be transformed into something only a gaggle of culinary geniuses could have concocted. Hold on to your spatulas, friends, as Green's has released Golden Gaytime cake mix and somewhere out there a certain baking matriarch that rhymes with Fetty Rocker is shaking. more

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Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread is a thing and we know where to snag some
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Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread is a thing and we know where to snag some

One of our favourite choccies to grace the confectionery aisle is no doubt M&M’s. These rainbow-hued morsels taste as sweet as they look and have been a beloved snack staple since childhood. Now, this darling treat has been smashed, swirled and jarred to create something so delicious, so ingenious that we just have to get our hands on it ASAP. Introducing Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread. more

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Relish taste sensations with help from condiment company Sidepiece
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Relish taste sensations with help from condiment company Sidepiece

When it comes to perfecting a dish, condiments are crucially important. Be it a simple sandwich or salad, fiery spices, fruit-infused relishes and zesty dressings can take an ordinary meal to extraordinary levels. West End condiment company Sidepiece knows this to be true, and its small-batch fermented hot sauces, relishes and other condiments made from local produce and native bush foods are living proof that we all need to spice up our lives a little. more

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Eden Health Retreat has launched its new Goodness Granola – and is celebrating by giving away a three-night stay for two
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Eden Health Retreat has launched its new Goodness Granola – and is celebrating by giving away a three-night stay for two

There’s a reason folks say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it’s where you set the tone for the day to come, so it’s best to ensure you hit the ground running. Granola has become one of the most versatile and dependable day starters going, and Currumbin Valley relaxation destination Eden Health Retreat is entering the market with a nutrient-rich take that’ll have folks setting an early alarm to have breakfast sooner. Oh, and its also celebrating the launch with a special giveaway … more

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Get the drop on small-scale wine producers from Australia and abroad at Mermaid's SOMM Wine Store
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Get the drop on small-scale wine producers from Australia and abroad at Mermaid’s SOMM Wine Store

Everyone needs a wine friend. You know, that person who is infectiously passionate about what's currently 'trending' in the world of wine (chardonnay is back, baby!), must-try varieties from emerging and established winemakers and which bottles offer the best value for money. Joe and Natalie Caruso are those friends. You may not know them personally (yet) but if you're fond of a drop, you will soon enough as the husband-and-wife duo has just opened SOMM Wine Store along the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach. The sommelier-owned space is devoted to showcasing small-scale producers that focus on sustainable farming and low-intervention winemaking from Australia and abroad. more

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It's easy being green – sparkling sip Motive Matcha has launched with four fruity flavours
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It’s easy being green – sparkling sip Motive Matcha has launched with four fruity flavours

Known as the souped-up green tea, matcha is made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. This powder – which can be enjoyed with milk or in smoothies – is widely celebrated for its many health benefits, which include boosting metabolism and energy enhancement, making it an admirable alternate to coffee. Now, you can try the Hulk-coloured sip on the go as Australia’s first ready-to-drink sparkling matcha, Motive Matcha, has just hit the market. more


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Level up your morning tea with Brookie's new Davidson plum GinJam
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Level up your morning tea with Brookie’s new Davidson plum GinJam

If you consider yourself a gin enthusiast, then you're probably well acquainted with – and have maybe even paid a visit to – Cape Byron Distillery, the home of much-loved libation Brookie’s Gin. Known for its banger botanical sips, the Byron Bay-based company has launched a new product that's a little out of left field. Get ready to spread the love to its newest creation Byron Slow GinJam, a bougie condiment that we can't wait to add to our pantry. more

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Take a plant-based break – vegan KitKat is coming soon to your local confectionery aisle
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Take a plant-based break – vegan KitKat is coming soon to your local confectionery aisle

Whilst we love to switch to plant-based alternatives where we can, getting one's hands on a vegan treat that isn't sugar-free (read: tasteless) or costs the same as our lunch proves to be a difficult task. Thankfully, the big brands are now jumping onboard the plant-based train and offering vegan versions of their beloved sweets. Enter snack-making machine Nestlé, which is finally making plant-based dreams come true with the launch of KitKat V, a vegan alternative to the OG KitKat. more

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Bougie up your bar cart with a crystal-shaped bottle of Elegance Vodka
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Bougie up your bar cart with a crystal-shaped bottle of Elegance Vodka

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, and we'd tend to agree. If you fancy your bar cart resembling a jewellery box, then brand-new tipple Elegance Vodka will be right up your alley. This ultra-premium Australian-made spirit is distilled in small batches from 100-percent Chardonnay grapes sourced from the Barossa Valley, then bottled into a diamond-shaped vial that looks almost too good to open. Key word, almost. more

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Shame-free sipping – Basic Babe launches sparkling cocktails in a can
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Shame-free sipping – Basic Babe launches sparkling cocktails in a can

If there's one thing that always gives us post-party regret, it's the icky feeling that comes after consuming way too much sugar via super-sweet pre-mixed drinks. We've resolved to do without the sugar-crash shame spiral, so now we're looking for a less treacherous tipple. The team at Basic Brands (the makers of alcoholic seltzer Basic Babe) has just released a fresh set of canned cocktails – low in calories and 99 percent sugar free. We might have just found our next soiree sidekick ... more

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Cheese louise! You can get a cheesy fondue kit delivered straight to your door
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Cheese louise! You can get a cheesy fondue kit delivered straight to your door

If we were ever in the difficult position of choosing our last meal, you can absolutely put money down that we would order something slathered in cheese. If cheese is also your favourite food group, then please prepare yourself for some gouda –nay, great – news. Mould, the crew behind the virtual cheese festival that we took full advantage of through lockdown, has cooked up a new product to get us through the chilly nights. Give a warm welcome to the Fondue For Two Box, the perfect winter evening accompaniment. more

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Master the art of sourdough with You Knead Sourdough's handy starter kits
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Master the art of sourdough with You Knead Sourdough’s handy starter kits

One of the more unexpected pursuits that emerged from the COVID lockdown of 2020 was the sudden interest in home bakers attempting sourdough. Many tried and failed, as evidenced by the flood of semi-burnt, rock-like loaves that filled Instagram feeds daily. Thankfully, You Knead Sourdough is here to help you master the art for yourself with a super handy starter kit complete with everything you need to know to get baking. more