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Welcome to the world of Taste Buds

Specially created for children aged 4-10, our exclusive Taste Buds range of meals and lunch box options has been developed with Great Ormond Street Hospital and Marks & Spencer’s nutrition experts

Taste Buds

Healthy, fuss-free, delicious food 

Our Taste Buds range features a selection of healthy, convenient and yummy food, from nutritious meals to must-munch lunch box favourites. All the products in the range have been developed by M&S with the nutrition experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for children aged 4-10, to be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet. The range is free from artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners and salt substitutes. The best bit? All our Taste Buds food tastes amazing, too!

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M&S and GOSH Charity partnership

We’ve partnered with GOSH Charity to help support seriously ill children and their families at Great Ormond Street Hospital. For every Taste Buds product sold, we’ll donate 5p to GOSH Charity.

GOSH is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, with the broadest range of dedicated children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. GOSH’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK and beyond with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions.

All the money raised through the Taste Buds range will help support the hospital’s urgent needs, including research into pioneering new treatments for children, providing the most up-to-date medical equipment, funding support services for children and their families and supporting the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.

GOSH is also one of our Sparks charities. Simply join Sparks, select GOSH as your chosen charity, scan your Sparks card every time you shop and we’ll donate money! 

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Maia’s story

Maia was born six weeks premature with holes in her heart and a narrow trachea. Within weeks, she had heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and later a pioneering procedure to strengthen her windpipe. Meera, Maia’s mum, says, “It was a difficult time for us as a family, but the care Maia received at GOSH was fantastic. All the staff and volunteers at GOSH are so caring and so personable. Maia is now doing well. She had a procedure on her windpipe a couple of years ago and she still comes back to GOSH for monitoring, but she’s thriving.”

Help GOSH to continue to change and save children’s lives by choosing GOSH Charity as your Sparks charity. Simply join Sparks, select GOSH Charity, scan your Sparks card every time you shop and we’ll donate money!

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Lovely lunchbox ideas 

Make sure your little ones’ lunch boxes are exciting, delicious and nutritious by filling them with a few Taste Buds treats. Our snacking cheese and fromage frais are great sources of calcium – important for growing bones. Fruity nibbles such as sultana and strawberry boxes or apple slices will keep little tums happy.

Wondering what to pop in their sarnie? Try these nutritious ideas: 

  • Mix tuna with a little yoghurt and some sweetcorn and sandwich between slices of our vitamin D bread.  
  • Fill our wheat and white bread with blitzed cooked beetroot and ham and tomato. 
  • Wrap up shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, yellow peppers and beetroot in our vitamin D mini wraps. 

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Quick and tasty after-school dinners 

Made with super-cute animal-shaped pasta and smoky sausage, our Taste Buds hot dog pasta is guaranteed to keep little tummies happy. The dish includes one of their five-a-day, carries our Eat Well logo, is low in salt and has no added sugar. What’s more, like all our Taste Buds dishes, it’s quick and easy to prepare!

Or serve up our Taste Buds chicken and broccoli bake that again includes one of their five-a-day and is high in protein – great for growing kids. 

Finally, discover our Taste Buds little fishies in store, which are made with 100% responsibly sourced cod in a golden crispy crumb. They are part of our Eat Well range, high in protein and feature no added sugar. Try serving with peas and homemade wedges or in a sandwich with lettuce and sauce.

Looking for more ideas for kids’ lunches and dinners? Check out the Taste Buds range in store now.

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Nutrition criteria

The Taste Buds range has been designed to help parents choose a healthier diet for their children (aged 4-10). As a retailer, we take our responsibility seriously, offering a range of kids’ food that is both delicious and meets children’s nutrient requirements.

Our Eat Well criteria is at the forefront when creating our children’s ranges. Taste Buds products are developed to contain no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. The M&S Taste Buds guidelines have been put together using a combination of current government and reputable NGO guidelines on nutritional requirements for children.

Children’s eating occasions have been designed based on the inclusion of a main meal with vegetables, a drink (ideally water) and a dessert. This reflects the way that most children are fed and so, when we consider eating occasions, it is also important that additional components likely to be consumed alongside the ‘core’ meal are considered. Taste, balanced nutrition, calorie content and portion size were taken into account when each product was created. 


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