Friday, February 4, 2011

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Don't miss this giveaway!

Congratulations to Catherine G.N.A.T.!  You're the winner of the Equal Exchange chocolate giveaway!  Please e-mail me your shipping address ASAP (less dot sweet at gmail dot com)!

I love it when companies whose products I already buy contact me to review their products!  I love Equal Exchange chocolates.  Their dark chocolate has a luscious, deep chocolate flavor, and the company is a worker-owned Fair Trade company to boot.  Equal Exchange is "building equitable trade relationships with co-ops of small-scale farmers, while also working to reform an increasingly consolidated and unjust food system."

Equal Exchange has two new chocolate offerings just in time for Valentine's Day.  The first is Organic Ecuador Dark Chocolate (65% cacao content).  This chocolate has a fantastic deep chocolate flavor.  My kids (also dark chocolate fiends) loved it as much as my husband and I did.  It's a delicious chocolate that I would happily buy.
The second new offering is one that speaks directly to my heart.  I love caramel as much as I love chocolate, and add sea salt to the mix...swoon!  Equal Exchange has a new Organic Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt (55% cacao content) bar.  This bar is so good that I gave my husband a small square to try and hoarded the rest for myself.  If you like caramel and chocolate, this is a bar that will make you go weak in the knees.
Here's the best part - Equal Exchange is giving one lucky reader a box of assorted Equal Exchange fairly-traded chocolate bars!

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me which Equal Exchange chocolate bar you would most like to try.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm Saturday, Feb 5.  The winner must provide a valid shipping address by noon MST on Monday, February 7. 

Everyone wins!
Equal Exchange is also offering a coupon code for $5 off a case of Equal Exchange chocolates on the Equal Exchange webstore.  Use the code chocolate5 to take advantage of this coupon.  The coupon is valid through 2/28/11.

Good luck!!

Disclaimer:  All chocolates were provided by Equal Exchange.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Celestial Seasonings Tea giveaway!

Congratulations, Wendy!  You're the winner of the Celestial Seasonings Tea giveaway!

When I was a grad student in Boulder, CO, my husband and I lived in the condos across the street from Celestial Seasonings.  We both have fond memories of Celestial Seasonings.  Not only do they make good tea, but they were good neighbors too.  I particularly loved watching the prairie dogs that lived on the Celestial Seasonings property and walking and rollerblading on the service road (nicely marked for distance) around the building.

Today I'm having a Celestial Seasonings tea giveaway!  Celestial Seasonings has four new teas - Celestial Seasonings Antioxidant Max Green Teas in Blood Orange Star Fruit, Dragon Fruit Melon, and Blackberry Pomegranate flavors and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Decaf Green Tea in Lemon Jasmine flavor. 

The Celestial Seasonings Antioxidant Max Green Teas boast 100% natural ingredients as well as 20% RDI Vitamin C per serving.  As you might expect from the name, these teas also have 35% more flavonoid antioxidants than other flavored green teas.  These teas contain caffeine, so they're good for a soothing, flavorful pick-me-up during the day.  My favorite is the Blood Orange Star Fruit flavor.  I like the subtle citrus undertone of this tea.  These teas have a stevia-based sweetener inside of the tea bag, so the resulting tea is already slightly sweet.  I usually add a little sugar to my tea, but I didn't feel like these teas needed any extra sugar.

The Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Decaf Green Tea in Lemon Jasmine also has 100% natural ingredients and flavors.  This tea is naturally decaffeinated and has no added sweetener making it the perfect relaxing tea to drink before bedtime.  My husband has been enjoying an occasional cup of this tea before bedtime lately.
Celestial Seasonings is graciously giving away a box of each of these teas to one lucky reader!

To enter, friend @SleeptimeBear on Twitter or like Sleepytime Bear on Facebook - one entry for each that is done.  Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Simple!

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm Thursday, February 3.  The winner must provide a valid US shipping address within two days of the winner announcement on this blog.

Happy drinking!

Disclaimer:  All teas were provided by Celestial Seasonings.  All health claims are from Celestial Seasonings.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Superbowl Giveaway!

Congratulations to Stephanie Rose Carol SB Party Gal!  Please e-mail me at less dot sweet at gmail dot com ASAP with you shipping address.

Who are you rooting for in the Superbowl?  Ok, really, who cares about the teams?  I want to know what you're eating during the Superbowl!  Chances are pretty good that chips are on the menu.

One of my favorite brands of tortilla chips is Garden of Eatin'.  Their tortilla chips are light and crunchy, and they don't drown you in salt.  These chips are made with organic corn and simple ingredients.  We first switched to Garden of Eatin' tortilla chips when we really started thinking about our sodium intake.  Their Blue Chips have half the sodium of the name brand chips we were buying before.  I like a little bit of salt on my chips, but they have a no-added sodium tortilla chip that is very good if you want all of the salt to come from your salsa or dips.

If you aren't really thinking about your sodium, no worries!  These chips taste great!

Whether you're having a Superbowl party or not, this is a giveaway you won't want to miss!  The winner of this giveaway will receive:
In short, you'll get everything you need for the start of a great party with this giveaway!  

To win, leave a comment telling me something you plan to eat while watching the Superbowl.  You can get an extra entry for each of the following:
A separate comment is needed for each entry - no exceptions.   Comments will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Monday, January 31.  The winner will have two days to provide a US shipping address. 

Disclaimer:  Giveaway items were provided by Garden of Eatin'.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Eat your applesauce and help the Breast Cancer Foundation!

Disclaimer:  The cookbook and applesauce were given by Musselman's for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

Quick!  Go to your grocery store and buy some Musselman's applesauce!  Musselman's is pairing with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).  Musselman's is donating ten cents for every package of Musselman's Natural and Healthy Picks applesauce purchased in the month of January.  It's part of their Simple Steps, Big Impact initiative.  Musselman's hopes that by pairing with the NBCF their consumers will be reminded to take the first simple step of having a mammogram for early breast cancer detection in 2011. 

 On a personal note, my family loves Musselman's Natural Unsweetened Applesauce.  This applesauce has the simple ingredient list that I like - apples, water, and ascorbic acid (aka vitamin C as a preservative).  I like to keep this applesauce on hand for my baking, and my husband likes to take it up to work for a midday snack.

We've also become big fans of their Healthy Picks line.  My husband adores the Granny Smith flavor, while my son and daughter ask for the Blueberry Pomegranate and Raspberry Acai flavors in the lunch boxes.  We've not been such applesauce fiends in the past, but these Healthy Picks flavors have managed to win us over.

Musselman's was kind enough to send me a cookbook as part of their promotion - Substitute Yourself Skinny by Susan Irby.  It's full of recipes that lighten up by using sensible substitutions - like replacing fat with applesauce when baking.  There are lots of good looking recipes in this cookbook (and applesauce is only one of the many substitutions in the book).  We recently tried the Cinnamon-Apple Pancakes.  Delish!  This recipe makes a great pancake using very little processed sugar and no fat - both are replaced by unsweetened applesauce.  This recipe got two thumbs up from us all!

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes
from Substitute Yourself Skinny

1/2 cup plain flour (I used 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour)
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (I doubled this because I'm crazy for cinnamon)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup nonfat milk
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Mix well.  Add the milk and applesauce, and stir to combine.

Heat a griddle to medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Pour about 1/4 cup of batter* onto the griddle for each pancake.  Cook until the center begins to bubble and the edges are dry.  Using a flat spatula, flip the pancakes and continue to cook until lightly browned.

*The batter for these pancakes is very thick.  I had to use a spoon to kind of help the spread the batter out a bit on the griddle.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Great new options from Musselman's!

Are you an applesauce fan or the parent of an applesauce fan?  Even if you aren't, you'll want to read about two great new applesauce offerings from Musselman's!

We were fortunate enough to try two new applesauces from Musselman's recently.  Our family runs the gamut - I don't care so much for snacking on applesauce (though I love using it in baking), my kids are so-so on it, and my husband loves to take some to work as a snack.  Despite that, we were universally thrilled with the two new applesauces.

Musselman's Healthy Picks Granny Smith applesauce has that distinctive Granny Smith twang to it.  My husband thinks that this is the best applesauce he has ever had.  Seriously.  Musselman's Totally Fruit Mixed Berry has a strong berry flavor to it.  Some flavored applesauces taste mostly of apple with just a hint of whatever flavor it's supposed to taste like.  Musselman's Totally Fruit Mixed Berry leaves no doubt - it has berry flavor to spare.  My kids were crazy for this applesauce!  It's rare for them to actually request applesauce, but not only did they request it, they devoured it.

The Healthy Picks applesauce has no added sugar and, yes, does contain Granny Smith apples as one of the primary ingredients.  As a plus, it has added fiber, vitamin C, and calcium.  The Totally Fruit applesauce is sweetened with fruit juice and contains real berry puree from several different berries. 

Will I buy these?  Absolutely!  In fact, my one complaint with these applesauces is that they're not available in my area yet!  These applesauces were an undeniable hit here, and I can't wait to get my hands on some more!  I have a feeling that they will become a pantry staple.

Disclaimer:  The applesauce was provided free of charge by Musselman's.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fire Up the Flavor with Terra Chips! Giveaway!

After 2 redraws...Wendy from Atlanta, you're the new winner!  Please e-mail me your mailing address ASAP!

Congratulations to Elana!  Elana, you've won this fabulous giveaway.  E-mail me (less dot sweet at gmail dot com) with your shipping address ASAP!

Every now and then I am contacted by a company about reviewing their product, and I can't help but get excited because I know that it's a good product.  This is one of those times.  I love TERRA Chips and was thrilled when they contacted me to do a review and giveaway.

What makes TERRA Chips different?  TERRA chips aren't your run-of-the-mill potato chips.  In fact, usually they aren't potato at all!  TERRA uses unusual roots and other vegetables to make their chips - things like sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, and blue potatoes.  The resulting chip is delicious and unusual and a nice change from a plain old potato chip.

For this review, I tried four different varieties of TERRA chips:
  • TERRA Exotic Harvest with Sea Salt - This bag full of kabocha squash, carrot, and blue potato chips is my favorite, and one that I actually buy when I'm in the mood for chips.  I especially love the flavor of the carrot and kabocha squash chips.
  • TERRA Original - This bag features their original blend of sweet potato, taro, yuca, batata, parsnip, and ruby taro.  This is the bag that introduced me to TERRA chips.  It's a nice blend  of exotic chips with good flavor and crunch.  I have to admit, I find myself selectively picking out the sweet potato and parsnip when I eat this variety.
  • TERRA a la Mexicana - The classic mix of TERRA chips with a Mexican flair.  The seasoning is subtle so the flavor of the chip shines through, but these chips have a nice salsa undertone.  A good choice if you want something a little different from a plain chip.
  • TERRA Blues - Made with blue potatoes, these chips are fun and delicious.  A great choice if you are looking for simple potato chips.  Interestingly, these chips are the official chips of Jet Blue.  How appropriate!
Win it!
TERRA is giving one lucky reader their Fire Up the Flavor giveaway prize!  The winner will receive four bags of chips - one of each flavor reviewed above, TERRA coupons, a martini glass inspired serving bowl, and an entertaining guide filled with recipes.

To win, leave a comment below telling me which TERRA chip is your favorite or which you most want to try.  You can see all of their varieties on the TERRA Chips website. Earn an extra entry for each of the following:
Each extra entry needs its own comment!

Entries will be accepted until Monday, August 16 at 11:59 pm MST.  The winner will be announced next Tuesday.  Winners must provide a US shipping address by Saturday, August 21 or a new winner will be chosen.

Whether you win the prize pack or not, you can enter to win TERRA Chips Fire Up the Flavor Sweepstakes.  Twenty-five lucky  Grand Prize winners will receive a TERRA Summer Party Pack that includes a charcoal grill, serving bowl, $250 grocery gift card, 12 bags of TERRA chips, and a TERRA entertaining guide.  Fifty 1st Prize winners will receive 6 serving bowls, an array of TERRA chips, and a TERRA entertaining guide.

Visit TERRA Chips online to enter!

Disclaimer:  The chips in this review were provided by TERRA Chips.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

truwhip giveaway!

Kara and Sandy...congrats!  You're the winners!  Because I'm a day late announcing the winners, you each have an extra day to e-mail (less dot sweet at gmail dot com) your shipping address to me!

Disclaimer:  Product coupons have been provided by Truwhip, but all samples for this review were bought by my.  

Usually when I hold a giveaway, a company representative has contacted me to see if I'm interested in reviewing their product.  This time it's a little different.  I've been buying Truwhip for about a year now.  On a whim, I decided to contact Truwhip to see if they would be interested in participating in a review/giveaway.  (Actually, the whim was when I had a little freak-out moment when the grocery store where I usually buy Truwhip suddenly ran out.  Never fear!  I found it at another grocery store in town.)

Why Truwhip?  When we went HFCS-free a couple of years ago, Cool Whip became an issue.  (Sugar-free Cool Whip, I believe, is actually free of HFCS.)  And then when we went trans-fat free last year, Cool Whip was taken off of the menu completely.  The last time I looked at Cool Whip, every single variety of Cool Whip (and there are many different varieties of Cool Whip) contained hydrogenated oils.  You know what that means - trans fat!  Some of the other goodies in Cool Whip include our friend HFCS, polysorbate 60, and sorbitan monostearate.  Yummy!

Enter Truwhip.  No HFCS.  No hydrogenated oils.  Completely trans fat free!  Gluten free.  Great flavor.

Take a look at the ingredients:
Water, organic tapioca syrup, expeller-pressed palm kernel oil, organic cane sugar, organic palm kernel oil, contains less than 2% of each of the following: organic soy protein concentrate, sodium caseinate (milk protein), organic tapioca starch, natural flavors, organic soy lecithin, xanthan gum, guar gum. contains milk and soy. 
Not as simple as real whipped cream, of course, but Truwhip is a lot lower in calories (30 compared to 100 calories of the same amount of whipped cream).  Best of all, Truwhip is a whipped topping I can keep in my freezer until needed, and it works in all of my old recipes that call for Cool Whip.  Score!

Win it!
I have two coupons for a free container of Truwhip!  That means that two lucky readers will each win one coupon.  (Wondering if it's in your store?  Check out the Store Finder at the Truwhip site.  If it isn't, maybe you should request it!)

To enter, simply leave a comment.  For extra entries, you can do one of the following:
Leave a separate comment for EACH entry!

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Saturday, April 17 with winners announced on Monday, April 19.  The winners must provide a valid US mailing address by the end of Thursday, April 22 or a new winner will be selected.

Visit the Truwhip site now for a 55 cent coupon good toward a tub of Truwhip!