When I think back on my teen years, the one thing I always remember was being limited on food I could eat for 6 years. For those 6 years, I wore braces. The instructions that you are given when you get braces is to not eat anything that could dislodge or get stuck in your teeth.
The thing that I missed the most during that time was caramel and popcorn. Now as an adult with braces no more, I am free to eat what I want without worry of repercussions.
Given that feeling it should be no surprise that when I had the opportunity to review some popcorn and caramel from Annie B’s I had very little hesitation.
When I find a popcorn that is Non GMO, Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Kosher while popping to half the size of typical popcorn and is virtually hulless, I tend to stop in my tracks.
While walking the floor at the Natural Product Expo this year I came upon the bright and colorful display that was The Little Kernel. As I looked at the bags, they were as colorful as the popcorn was flavorful. I knew that I wanted more and wanted to try the other flavors available.
When I was young one of my favorite things to do was hang around in coffee shops. My friends would come in and out, and I could be as social or anti-social as I chose. I loved the treats I could find in coffee shops and would always make a purchase to accompany my coffee treat
When I saw that popcorn maker Funky Chunky had released a line of flavors inspired by local coffee shops, I was not only intrigued, but curious since I was a coffee shop gal growing up.
As I have mentioned in the past we are a snack house – we love our snacks. The problem is that many times we are looking for a semi-heathy snack that we can eat without our hands being dirtied or full.
In our house, both of us spend many hours at our computers, and since we do not like to get our keyboards dirty, popcorn is often the snack that we end up choosing.
The problem is that since we eat so much popcorn, we grow tired of the flavors typically available. When I recently came across a company called Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn and saw their collection, I was interested to give these different flavors a try.
Masala Pop: Indian Spiced Popcorn Review + Giveaway
Often times my review items find their way to me by pure coincidence and other ones are by chance. When I heard that a company I have worked with in the past now is working with an Indian Spiced Popcorn company I was intrigued.
My sister in law is married to a French-Morrocan man, and thus my nieces and nephews are adept and used to the Indian spices. Since our household is not as familiar with these, I decided to seize on this opportunity in hopes that I would be able to recommend something yummy to my extended family. The company I was hoping to share was Masala Pop which makes an Indian inspired line of Masala popcorn’s.
Gourmet Gift Baskets: From The Heart Gift Tower Review + Giveaway
Each year when the middle of February rolls around, I see more declarations of love from my social media feeds, to late night television. The downside to this is that I am a believer that instead of choosing one date in February to declare our love for loved ones we should show them that love each day of their lives.
In light of this feeling, I think that random acts and loving gifts are wonderful throughout the year. My favorite type of gifts are the ones that are tasty and are also useful in another way such as presented in an attractive tin or boxes. When I saw From The Heart Gift Tower from GourmetGiftBaskets.com I was immediately struck by the attractive boxes and the ability to enjoy the treats and the boxes for months to come.
Gourmet Gift Baskets: Deluxe Junk Food Basket Review + Giveaway
Ever since I began this blog, I have stopped watching movies. There is something about watching something more than an hour, that seems like a huge time commitment on something that I may or may not enjoy.
With my husbands birthday approaching I was thinking of taking a night off and having a junk food and movie marathon with him. I knew that this was the perfect idea and the only thing in question was the snack and junk food that would be included.
Since we are such a junk food house when I saw this collection from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, and saw the Deluxe Junk Food Basket I knew that this would be a good gift for my husband’s birthday and an accompanying movie night.
King of Pop: Critic’s Choice Gourmet Popcorn Sampler Review + Giveaway
My favorite season has arrived – Award Season!!
When I met my husband for the first time I mentioned to him that if there was an award show on the television I would be sucked in to watch it. There is something magical, amazing and at times shocking. When there are awards shows on I watch the outfits, the categories and the speeches.
When I was contacted recently from KingofPop.com for a review and saw their The Critics Choice Gourmet Popcorn Sampler I thought this was the perfect way for me to join ranks in the upcoming awards season.
When I was a senior in high school I worked at a movie theater. There were a couple perks to this job including getting to see movies without having to pay and endless amounts of popcorn.
Now to most people this would be their idea of heaven but there were 2 problems for me. The first being that I would go home each night smelling like popped popcorn with butter. Sadly, on days I worked an 8 hour shift, I smelled like I had bathed in popcorn. The second problem was that I really got tired of the same old popcorn day in and day out. There was little variance in the flavoring and butter can wear on the taste buds.
During those long shifts, and days I wished that I could add a flavor to my popcorn – anything would have been better than butter. Now-a-days the idea of plain butter popcorn is as old as I was when I was a theater employee and popcorn companies like Gary Poppins Popcorn is making a “pop” in the popcorn market.
One of the things that I love about monthly boxes is the constant sampling of items and the opportunity to support a business that otherwise may go unknown.
The other thing that I really love about monthly boxes are that many times they are supporting the small businesses by providing product but may times the box itself is a small business themselves. I appreciate local items and the reason for this is that i live in a small town within a large city and to keep the appeal and the “funkiness” of our town, small business must prevail. Even my husband works for a small local business, and while part of a multi-location company, they are also supporters of other small business.
The way I see it, for the cycle of commerce to spin, all spokes must be turning at once. It takes companies and monthly boxes to assist in bringing awareness and support to other small companies and it takes consumers purchasing the boxes supporting the small companies. It all spins and all comes back together with the overriding theme of support.
I love when I am approached by a company or box subscription service that I have not previously heard of. I also love when I receive the box and it exceeds my expectations. I recently received the first months box from Crafted Gluten Free. Let me just say that this is not your typical box offering. The first box you will receive from Crafted Gluten Free will include 9 full size items that will range from snacks, to main dish to dessert.
Crafted Gluten Freewas generous enough to send me the first box that you will typically receive to sample and review.