I was recently sent some Oloves Olives to review for you. I didn't used to like olives when I was younger, I remember many holidays as a child, where the olives of three people's dinners would all find their way to my mum's plate while she tucked in. But I grew up, and to my mum's dismay, I discovered that I did like olives after all, so I was quite pleased to be sent some Oloves to try out.
I received three little snack bags of Oloves, in Basil & Garlic, Lemon & Garlic, and Hot Chilli Mama (Habanero Chilli) flavours to try out. And got slightly confused when I visited their website, as it looks as though the recipes have changed slightly, the website shows some different flavour combinations.
I popped open the Basil & Garlic pack first, never being one to save my favourites til last. Each little pack is a 50 calorie snack pack, making them ideal for popping in your handbag for work, a picnic, or a little pick-me-up of an evening, without worrying about your weight. The packs contain at least 12 olives (I counted 15, but it varies by the size of each olive), and are really designed for eating on the go - there's no liquid, the olives are tossed in oil & flavouring, but the bag doesn't contain any liquid, and happily for me, they're not stuffed, the flavours are in the oil, not in the olive. I'm still not keen on stuffed olives, so these were just right for me.
The pack was just enough for me, Daddy still isn't an olive eater, and I find with a lot of supermarket olives, the pack sizes are just too big, when I'm the only person eating them, I don't want olives with everything for a month! So I tucked in and enjoyed. I actually really, really liked them, and might have teamed them up with a cheeky glass of rose. All in the name of writing a full and accurate review, of course. They went very well with a glass of Bordeaux Rose that needed drinking. :-)
I also broke into the Hot Chilli Mama habanero chilli olives, which were a bit spicier than I would normally manage to eat, at least on their own. But I had a bright idea for these, you see, and teamed them with some mini pasta shapes, some tuna and a squeeze of lemon juice for my lunch at work. I get to look all domesticated, have something impressive and tasty, and it only took five minutes to make. The packet is the perfect size for throwing into a salad, or in pasta like I've done, which makes them really versatile and a great idea to keep a couple in the kitchen cupboard to brighten up a boring meal.
When I saw the name Oloves, I thought they sounded familiar, and on checking their website, they're sold on board various airlines, including RyanAir, Thomas Cooks & Thomson's. We've already booked next summer's holiday, (the things you do to get a free child space!) so I'll be keeping an eye out for them then, and grabbing myself a couple of bags for the journey. They're also stocked in Shell Service Stations, Wetherspoons, and Holland & Barrett, amongst others, so there's plenty of opportunity for a healthy & tasty snack, whatever you're up to. Retail prices vary.
Disclosure: I was provided with three packs of Oloves free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not told what to write and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for convenience only, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme & will not receive reward for their use.