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Sweetworks Father’s day Chocolates

[ 283 ] June 11, 2014 |

Sweetworks Ovation and Niagara Chocolates for Dad!

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Sweetworks sent us over some chocolatey samples to review for Father’s Day and boy, do we have a treat for you! Sweetworks Father’s Day chocolate selections are perfect for your dad. Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better. Take a peek at the Sweetworks website to see all their great products.

For Father’s Day we are focusing on three great products, two from their Ovation line: Break-A-Parts and Sticks and one from their Niagara line: a chocolate tool kit for dad!

Ovation Break A parts

Sweetworks Break-A-Parts

Break-A-Parts are quite possibly the most fun candy that you will ever experience.  They come in a big ball, which you then smack on a counter, and the ball literally Breaks-A-Part into sections…hence the name. Ovation Break-A-Parts come in orange, raspberry, key lime, almond, toffee, peppermint, and pumpkin flavors. Raspberry is the Chief Blonde’s favorite!

Ovation sticks

Sweetworks Ovation Sticks

These Ovation sticks are the  perfect complement to cappuccinos, coffee, and ice cream. Ovation sticks also make a decadent snack right out of the box, and at 15 calories per stick, this is a great low calorie treat to keep at home or in the office. WAIT…WHAT? 15 calories..um yeah!  Perfect diet food…kind of.  Each box contains 40 individually wrapped sticks. Ovation sticks are all natural, US made and kosher certified.

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Niagara Chocolates Tool Kit

Father’s day perfect! This 5-piece chocolate tool set is made with high-quality milk chocolate. Packed in a red box designed to look like a tool kit with a see-through lid, the construction set is ready for gifting!

THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway runs from June 12-18 11:59 PM EST. US ONLY 18years+

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy it these Chocolates and more at Sweetworks website.

PRIZE:

One Winner will win $60 in Sweetworks Chocolates,  two sets of the following Candy. One to give to Dad and you to share (or KEEP). MMMM…

  • Milk Chocolate Orange Break-a-part
  • Dark Chocolate Orange Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Mint Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Almond Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Key Lime Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Raspberry Break-a-part
  • Irish Cream Ovation Sticks
  • Mint Ovation Sticks
  • Milk Chocolate Tool Kit

Update: This giveaway is over and the Rafflecopter entry device has been removed. It had 5900+ entries.  See Giveaway Winners. 

Blog Notes

Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo

[ 323 ] April 14, 2014 |

Can you say Cake + Brownies?

Bake Me A wish Cake and Brownie ComboBake Me a Wish Bakery Combo — Choice of Classic Cake + 1 Dozen Gourmet Brownies ($75)

From the MOMENT I received my review sample from Bake Me A Wish Bakery,

Bake Me A Wish UnBoxing Collage

UnBoxing is FUN with Bake Me A Wish!

until I laid the cake and cookies out for my family and friends to eat:

Bake Me A Wish Ready to Eat Collage

the excitement and anticipation just didn’t end…

still blonde after all these YEARSThe Chief Blonde Remarks: As you may know, I have previously reviewed Bake Me a Wish! On that occasion, I tried their cookies and Freedom Cake. I hope you will go over and read the review, because the Freedom Cake is very very special, especially if you have a loved one in the military.

For this review, it was time to try another Bakery Combo! This time it was the Lava Cakes and Brownies. MMMM…Brownies. The 12 Brownies I received were delectable. I served them to my friends at a card party. We had six different flavors to try (2 each), including Velvet Ganache Chocolate, Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Crunch, Fudge Walnut, Orange Macadamia and Raspberry Crumb! The crowd agreed they liked the Velvet Ganache and the Raspberry Crumb the best, although seconds were tried of the other flavors too. The brownies were rich and dense just like a gourmet product should be.

I took the Lava Cakes to my parents because my mom and dad LOVE cake with ice cream. If you have never had a lava cake before, you really must try Bake Me A Wish’s version. You heat the cake up before serving, and when you cut into the cake with your fork, hot fudge comes pouring out of the cake (just like LAVA!). OMGoodness… I am not sure anyone breathed while we were snarfing this down.

I would highly recommend Bake Me a Wish’s Bakery combos. They are a perfect thing to order for a loved one who is far from home. The combo allows them to have a cake and then have another goodie for later. It’s really one of those gifts that keeps on giving, and who doesn’t like that?

A bit more about Bake Me A Wish

The Company Says:

Bake Me a Wish! started as the nationwide service for delivery of gourmet birthday cakes. Our cakes are made with only the finest, freshest ingredients by an award-winning family run New York bakery that also supplies pastries to some of Manhattan’s most elite restaurants. We then added other gourmet bakery items – cookie and brownies – along with an exceptional selection of gift baskets (launching holiday 2012).

We are happy to bring you our delicious gourmet gifts at an extremely affordable price. Now, whether it’s your son in college, your trusted associate, your old friend, or your granddaughter across the country, you will always have a simple and wonderful way to remember them on the one day each year that belongs to them – their birthday.

Buy Bake Me a Wish Cakes and Bakery Products on their Website.

UPDATE:  This Giveaway is over. The Rafflecopter was removed and had 4794 entries.  See Giveaway Winners.

Blog Notes

Vitalicious VitaTops Review

[ 183 ] April 13, 2014 |

 Vitalicious Chocolate Chip VitaTops

New Flavor, Same 100 Calories

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Oh Boy!  Chocolate Chip VitaTops

These new 100-calorie, all-natural VitaTops are chock full of delicious chocolate chips surrounded by a light, fluffy, cakey muffin. Each 2 oz Chocolate Chip VitaTop has 8g of fiber, 4g of protein, 15 vitamins and minerals, and only 1.5g of fat.

As with all of Vitalicious’ products, Chocolate Chip VitaTops are made from all-natural ingredients without any artificial coloring or preservatives of any kind.

Vitalicious sent me 3 different flavors of VitaTops to Sample: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate and Blue berry. I just can’t believe a product that tastes this good, has so few calories, comes in so many varieties, and contains so many great ingredients! How do itaTops taste? Like the top of a 500 calories muffin! I am not kidding (and we all know the top is the best part anyway!)

Vitalicious VitaTops Varieties– A flavor for Everyone!

Vitalicious Vitatops

  • Apple Crumb
  • Assorted
  • Banana
  • Banana Nut
  • BlueBran
  • Blueberry
  • Carrot
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Mint
  • CranBran
  • Dark Choc. Pomegranate
  • Deep Chocolate
  • Fudgy PB Chip
  • Golden Corn
  • Pizza (WANT TO TRY!!!)
  • Pound Cake
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Raspberry
  • Sugar Free Banana Nut
  • Sugar Free Chocolate
  • Triple Chocolate

Fun VitaTops Facts

I was surprised at all the different ways you could prepare VitaTops including: in the toaster, microwave, right out of the freezer, or as a snack.

Vitatops make fun recipes including Whoopie Pies, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Ice Cream Treats…the possibilities are endless.

Can’t wait to WIN it?

Buy VitaTops at the Vitalicious Website, follow them on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter.

THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Runs from April 13, 2013 to April 23 11:59 PM EST

THE PRIZE

1 winner will take home 3 Packages of VitaTops (24 count) including the newest flavor…Chocolate Chips (ARV. $90)

UPDATE:  The Giveaway is over.  The Rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 2635 entries.  See Giveaway Winners!

Blog Notes

Sweetworks Spring and Easter

[ 219 ] April 9, 2014 |

Sweetworks Candy for Spring and Easter YUM!

Sweetworks Sixlet Cupcakes

Sweetworks sent us over some great samples to review and boy, do we have a treat for you! Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better.  Take a peek at the Sweetworks website to see all their great products.

I can attest to how much fun Sweetworks candies are to when baking. Just take a look at that gorgeous cupcake I made above!  Sweetworks also sponsored our December Flashing Santas this year and we featured different Sweetworks products each day.

PRIZE:

I am so excited to be partnering with Sweetworks to present two fabulous Easter candy prize packs for our readers! I will be receiving a similar package and can’t wait to see all the Easter goodies. Sweetworks has generously offered $120 in candy for the first day of Blog Pop!  TWO prize packs ($60 Each)  containing all of this fun candy:

Sweetworks Easter Prize

  • Shimmer Pink Gumballs Peg Bag
  • Shimmer Lime Green Pearls Peg Pouch
  • 3.5 oz. Foiled Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs Bag
  • Shimmer Spring Mix Sixlets Jar
  • 3 oz. Semi-Solid Foiled Rabbit
  • Semi-Solid Milk Chocolate Assortment
  • Shimmer Lavender Sixlets Peg Bag
  • Sweetworks Ovation Mint Sticks
  • 3.5 oz. Foiled Semi-Solid Milk Chocolate Chick
  • Foiled Solid Dark Eggs
  • Shimmer Powder Blue Sixlets Peg Pouch
  • 2 oz. Solid Milk Chocolate Rabbit
  • Sixlets Pastel Laydown Bag
  • Shimmer Spring Mix Pearls Jar
  • Ovation Milk Raspberry Break-A-Part
  • Shimmer Lavender Sixlets Peg Pouch
  • Shimmer Spring Mix Sixlets Peg Bag

Woo hoo! Now that is a fun assortment of Easter candy!

UPDATE: Giveaway is OVER.  The Rafflecopter Entry Device has been removed.  The Giveaway had 7513 Winners.  See Giveaway WINNERS.

Blog Notes

Adult Snacks with Class!

[ 14 ] March 14, 2014 |

Adult Snacks — Class up your snacking

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Adult snacking doesn’t have to mean beer and chips

Walt and I lead a crazy busy life as many of my readers know. Attending sporting events of local college teams and our nephews, renovating condos, traveling or helping out our four college kids keeps us on the road and away from our kitchen quite often. It’s easy to throw the concept of fine dining and even classy snacking right out the window when you keep this kind of a schedule. When driving around in a mini-van, it’s so easy just to stop for fast food, right?

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However, I prefer to pack my own snacks rather than buy them on the run at a concession stand or fast food joint. It’s fun after a hard day of condo renovating to sit down and have a refreshing classy snack joined with balanced food pairings. I have a great backpack cooler that I take with me EVERYWHERE that provides that extra touch of sophistication to our brief in-between meal respites.

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Walt and I are both over 50 and we do try to lead a better-for-you lifestyle. Walt’s a big man (6′ 6″) and very athletic. He avoids sweets usually (except with his tea) so his preferred brand of snack involves proteins (meats, cheeses and nuts) coupled with wholesome fruits, grains and vegetables. As a result, my tastes have shifted over time and now we both tend toward nutrious snacking. It just feels more adult to us.

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Oscar Mayer’s new adult snack, P3 Portable Protein Packs are a snack that meets mine and Walt’s on-the-go needs. Yes, it’s a snack that is grab-and-go, yet still fits our snacking requirements as classy fuel! Each package has 14 g of protein and less than 1 g of sugar. I like that the flavors include 4 varieties: Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast, Applewood Smoked Ham, Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast, and Slow Roasted Turkey Breast because Walt likes smoked meats and I prefer roasted or rotisserie. Walt loves that each package includes Oscar Mayer meats and Planters Nuts, while my focus is on the inclusion of Kraft Cheese….mmmm.

With the convenient sizing, we can each have our own, share one or pair it with other delectable wholesome foods. P3 is a lot better snacking option then beer and chips for us.

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What amazed me too was the pricing. At my local Walmart, the day I shopped, the Portable Protein Packs were a mere $1.00. In the picture below, this little placard next to the Oscar Mayer P3 made me chuckle. The placard read: The scientific name for this protein is “meat, cheese, and nuts.” Fun way to talk about #PortableProtein and #MeatCheeseNuts, don’t you think?
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So now whether we are renovating, cheering for the Spartans, arriving home from work or heading off on travels we have another better-for-you food that we can grab for our cooler. Meat, cheese and nuts all packaged into the Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Packs seems like a classy affordable in-between snack to stave off adult hunger pains.

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