Our New Flavours

Heritage New FlavoursWe’re excited to share some seriously delicious new Heritage Dip flavours with you – Gorgonzola, Pear & Walnut and Goat’s Cheese & Black Truffle!

These limited edition flavours will be hitting selected Woolworths supermarkets this week and will be available for a short time only, so be sure to keep an eye out!

Christmas Gift Ideas

1U9A6554-10Christmas is just days away, so get prepared by creating easy-to-make gifts from our very own terracotta pots. As part of our Heritage Range, you can make our premium terracotta pots last longer than the delicious flavours within them, with some easy DIY gifts, fun for both you and the kids!

Read on below for some great Christmas gift ideas you can make with Chris’ terracotta pots:

Marbled Pots

Ideal for the girls in your family, a marbled pot is perfect to hold jewellery, small beauty products like hair ties and nail polishes or taillight candles.

You’ll need:

  • Matte white spray paint or white spray paint ‘undercoat’
  • Plastic painters sheet
  • Newspaper/scrap paper
  • Rubber gloves
  • Disposable plastic  drinking cups (1 per pot used)
  • 1 large plastic container
  • 2 small plastic containers
  • 3 kinds of complimentary acrylic paint (white, grey, & black)
  • Small jug of water
  • Paintbrush or disposable fork
  • Clear Coat glossy spray paint
Method:
  • 1U9A6569-20Outside, lay down painters sheet
  • Spray 2-3 layers of matte undercoat/white spray paint onto each pot (wait for each layer to dry before doing the next)
  • Leave to dry for approx. 60 mins
  • Mix 2/3 water and 1/3 base colour acrylic paint (white) in a large plastic container
  • Using the same water to paint ratio, mix into two separate vessels the two other acrylic paints (grey & black)
  • Starting from lightest to darkest, flick and pour grey paint into the container of white acrylic, making patterns as you wish
  • Add smaller amounts of second colour (black) in the same manner until mixed to you liking (less is more!)
  • Using two hands and rubber gloves, roll undercoated pots clockwise into the paint, letting paint run into the inside and draining excess out one coated evenly
  • One desired pattern is achieved, on newspaper or painters sheet, place pots bottom-side-down onto the rim of the plastic cups, balancing carefully
  • Leave to dry for 24-72 hours (depending on thickness of paint coat) in a dry, cool area out of the weather/reach
  • Once dry, using plastic cups again as a stand, spray 2-3 times with clear coat spray paint, making sure to coat evenly.
  • Wait 8 hours to ensure they’re dry.

Pine Cone Christmas Trees:

Christmas themed gifts like a pine cone Christmas tree are great to give to teachers, colleagues, grandparents and friends and family.

What You Need: 

  • Terracotta pot
  • 1 Pine cone per pot
  • Metallic paint for the pot and green paint for the pine cone
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Mini star

1U9A6549-7Steps:

  • Wash the inside and outside of the pot using warm water and soap and rinse with water. Leave to dry
  • Paint the outside of the pot in a colour of your choice – metallics are great and festive!
  • Paint the pine cone green by holding above newspaper and painting by hand or by using a spray bottle
  • Apply a thin line of glue to the tips of the pine cone edges and sprinkle glitter so it looks like snow has fallen
  • Once dried apply hot glue onto the bottom of the pine cone and the terracotta pot and place inside. You may need to hold it there for a while until it dries
  • Next glue a star on top

Festive Succulent Pots:

Get in the festive spirit with these succulent pots! Gift them to your family and friends who can use them as table toppers, or to be placed around the home for a festive feel.

1U9A6539-1You’ll need:

  • Terracotta Pots
  • 2 Succulents/Plants of choice
  • Small hand shovel or spoon
  • Garden gloves
  • Ribbon/decorative garnish
Method:
  • Use shovel/spade to delicately un-pot the plants
  • Transfer immediately to terracotta pot, being careful not to damage roots
  • Make sure roots are covered with soil, add a small amount of water to moisten if needed
  • Decorate with festive decorations

We want to know how you are re-using your terracotta pots! Comment and share with us below or email shelleyf@chrisdips.com.au with your ideas and we will share our favourite suggestions on this page.

A Guide To Healthy Snacking

Here at Chris’ Dips, we are big fans of snacking (obviously,) from delicious dips with crackers or veggies to a handful of nuts and fruit with Greek Yoghurt, snacking is great as long as it’s done in moderation and by making healthy choices. 

If you’re unsure of how to snack in a healthy way, read on for our top tips.

Snack because you are hungry not bored: 

You’ll be surprised at just how many times you seem to feel hungry, but are really looking for something to do. If this is something you think you have trouble with, wait 15 minutes and occupy yourself with something else. If you’re still hungry then you can snack although be mindful of the timing. If you have an hour until dinner, it’s probably best to wait it out, where as when it comes to ‘3:30-itis’ snack away as you probably won’t be eating again for a good three or more hours.

Choose wisely and make it count:

Snacking is actually highly beneficial for your metabolism, especially if you snack between one to three times per day. The best time to schedule a snack in your day is when you find yourself going three – five hours without eating. This is usually in the mid to late afternoon depending on your schedule.

Know the difference between a snack and a treat:

While we all love a treat at times, treating yourself throughout the day to things like cookies and cake can lead to weight gain. Make sure you choose snacks that are high in protein, fibre and calcium to nourish your body and sustain you. Wholegrain crackers are a good choice when paired with Chris’ Tzatziki or classic Hommus dips. If you work in an office, bring the dip to work and store in the fridge with some cut up carrot, celery and wholegrain crackers to keep that afternoon hunger pains away! (You could even choose our ‘Fun-Size’ snacks to control your portion size.) 

Useful tips:

Now you know some great points to remember, it’s time to prepare! Food preparation is essential to stop you from making those unhealthy choices in the midst of some serious hunger. Cut up vegetables, fruit and a handful of almonds are good choices, as is Greek Yoghurt, or mixed with fruits like berries with oats. If you’re after something tastier, why not try Chris’ Down 2 Earth Sweet Potato & Harissa Hommus or the delicious Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric dips which are great to not only eat yourself, but share with your colleges at work or guests when entertaining. We guarantee you’ll be popular!

Do you have a favourite snack or flavour of our dips? Comment and share with us, we’d love to know!

A Win for Chris’ Dips!

APDA Gold Winner Logo15We’re very excited to announce that our Heritage Dips have taken home the Gold Award for food at the 2015 Australian Packaging Design Awards! These Awards aim to celebrate and recognise companies who are imaginative, innovative and creative in producing packaging of a high standard.

Chris’ Australian owned, made and designed Heritage Dips were recognised as a leader in the food industry, and it’s easy to see why. With our sustainable terracotta pots (that make entertaining easy by allowing you to serve on your table straight from the designer pot, and really make the gourmet ingredients inside the star attraction,) and our innovative sleeves that bring the ingredients to life with beautiful photography, our Heritage Dips really are leading the way.

For more information on the Australian Packaging Design Awards, visit their website –  www.pca.org.au/awards