A Costcutter summer review

Who doesn’t love a summer of picnics and barbecues? Well, when we have a warm summer, that is! I know we do, and now we have a garden it’s great to just get the barbecue out and be able to eat outside. The boys & I love having a garden picnic too and we have a beautiful view for it now to appreciate it more.

Our household was lucky to be chosen to receive a hamper of Costcutter own brand food & drink items to enjoy for a Costcutter summer of eating! We haven’t really had chance to go on many picnics this summer but we have had a couple of barbecues, and we have been enjoying the food selection in different instances over the last few weeks.

Independent, the brand owned by Costcutter, launched in 2014 and now has over 600 lines across all categories including fresh meats and vegetables through to household items and confectionery. In just two years since launch, the brand has already received industry acclaim with its Strawberry Bonbons and Thai Sweet Chilli Crisps, winning top awards, as well as Shortbread Biscuit Fingers winning silver at The Grocer Own Label awards this year.

The Independent range is available in Costcutter, Mace, Supershop, Kwiksave and SimplyFresh stores across the UK.

In the hamper

A selection of:

  • meat products suitable for the barbecue
  • crisps and tortilla chips
  • dips and houmous
  • sweets
  • drinks
  • cheese
  • oven chips

My thoughts

I only had a vague idea of what was going to be in the hamper so when it arrived I couldn’t wait to dive in the box. The boys took a definite interest in the sweets! They had a handful of both for their snack for a few days so they certainly enjoyed them.

A Costcutter summer review, sweets

We used the BBQ pork ribs and chicken thighs for a barbecue. The ribs didn’t have a lot of meat on them, but the flavour was delicious. We had the Chinese pork steaks as part of an everyday meal and they were very substantial and flavoursome. I would buy these again if only for the flavour. The oven chips were a good addition for a barbecue accompaniment too as a change to wedges.

A Costcutter summer review, ribs

The dips were great to use with the tortilla chips, and I actually used the plain ones and the cheese to make cheesy nachos, and topped them with the salsa and sour cream. The sour cream was deliciously creamy and the salsa’s were full of flavour – the spicy one wasn’t overly so but had a bit of a hit.

The houmous was a good accompaniment to the tortilla chips too, and also with veg sticks for a garden picnic. I sometimes find the chickpea taste in houmous a bit overpowering but this was a subtle flavour and I could have in fact eaten the whole tub!

The hand cooked crisps were beautiful, just as good as the leading brand. I loved the Thai sweet chilli ones (my favourite flavour in general!) and the boys enjoyed a few of the sea salt ones.

A Costcutter summer review, tortilla chips

A Costcutter summer review, hand cooked crisps

A Costcutter summer review, dips

The lemonade, soda water and tonic water were as to be expected; they were all great for drinking on their own, and they would have also been perfect for both alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails!

Overall, the Costcutter own brand range is an affordable and enjoyable option for summer eating, whether it be picnics, barbecues, or general snacks and meals. It’s defnitely worth a consideration for a top up or quick shop if you have one local to you.

RRP – various

Our rating – 4.5/5

I was sent this hamper of products free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.


I'm Stacey, in my (very) early 30's, from a small village in North Lincolnshire. I'm a stay at home mum to two boys and a mental dog. You'll find me blogging mainly about food & lifestyle with a bit of random thrown in.

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  1. Does look a nice lot of goodies to try. We love homemade nachos here

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