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Trying Out Rootles, A Chocolate Covered, Veg Based, Healthy Snack Made In Derbyshire


Published On Wednesday 14 Sep 2022 by Sticky Beak
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About a mile and a half away from Beak H.Q. is the fantastic Luke Evans Bakery, run by husband and wife team David and Helen Yates. Not content with their extensive (already delicious!) range of breads, cakes and biscuits, Helen decided she was going to create a snack that comes in at around the 100 calorie mark (121cals to be precise) -which the government recommends - and also packs a punch in the taste and treat stakes! No mean feat, but Helen is not a lady that gives in easily and so the ‘Rootles’ range of vegetable based, chocolate covered snacks was born.



There is currently a trio of Rootles snacks to savour: White Chocolate and Beetroot, Milk Chocolate and Carrot, and Dark Chocolate and Carrot (this one is vegan friendly). I do love a trail-blazer, and it’s thought that these morsels are the first SWEET veg-based snack to hit the market; yet again magnificent Derbyshire has the pioneer spirit – c’mon the ‘shire!!

All three varieties are scrummy and their crunchy, crumbly texture will have you oohing and aahing in delight as you bite into them, totally guilt-free thanks to low calorie, and high fibre and just a little bit smug because they’re healthy. Best of all, littlies (and older kids) won’t even realise that they’re snaffling something that’s a) good for them and b) got vegetables in because they’ll be completely focussed on the fact that they’re getting a chocolate covered treat.



My own favourite was the White Chocolate and Beetroot variety, and they were so good that I’d finished the trio of fingers in the pack all too soon! There was a nice layer of chocolate on each biscuit to give you that sense of having a treat – which is what we all want, isn’t it? – and the biscuits were substantial enough to satisfy any hunger pangs. The fingers weren’t too sweet or savoury and they had a superb crumbly, crunchiness to them, with a great ‘chew time’ in the mouth.


The chocolate indulgence carried on with the Dark chocolate and Carrot, and Milk Chocolate and Carrot versions, so whatever your personal preference for chocolate is, you’re sure to still be in for a treat (pun intended). His Nibs even liked them and we all know what a health-and-anything-vaguely- vegetable dodger he is!!! We’re not alone in our new-fan status either; the judges at the Baking Industry Awards (run in conjunction with British Baker Magazine) have put Rootles Milk Choc and Carrot forward to the finals in the New Product of the Year 2022 award category.



I should just mention that all varieties have Sweet Potato in them too, for even more veggie goodness.

If you want to get your mitts on these wonderfully tasty, unique snacks then you can find them across Derbyshire at Ascona fuel station in Heanor, James retail at Derby Bus Station, Whites Spar and Fuel station in Calver, and Croots Farm Shop in Duffield. Online you can get them at www.rootles.co.uk or  Amazon  At the retailers they cost £1 - £1.39 per pack and online they’re priced £1.99 individually, or £11.99 for a box of 12.

If you’d like to try these deliciously unconventional biscuits, the team at Rootles are offering a 20% discount and free shipping on all boxes of 12, to all Sticky Beak readers. Just enter stickybeak20 at the checkout. (when ordering via www.rootles.co.uk)

The Man Bird and I really enjoyed Rootles, so Hot Wings given to these brilliant, “deliciously unconventional” biscuits.


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