Summer Parites are meant for Pepsi Next & Frito Lay – plus a FREE For All Friday at Kroger (giveaway ends 5/29/13) #FritoLayFreeForAll


My family loves barbecues. Sadly we are not allowed to have one in our condo complex. The Fire Marshall made everyone get rid of their barbecues. We were allowed to keep them but we would have to barbecue 200 feet from the nearest building. Since our building is on a steep hill that is not possible. Thankfully my father and stepmother have a barbecue. We try and visit often so that we can enjoy barbecuing as much as possible.

When you think about barbecuing I’m sure you think about things like hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken and steaks. You might even think about garden salads, pasta salad and potato salad. Others “must haves” to make a barbecue perfect are chips and beverages. Frito Lay and Pepsi Next were made for backyard barbecues.

Have you had the opportunity to try out the newest products from Frito-Lay, Cheetos Mix-Ups and Doritos Locos Tacos Flavored Tortilla Chips? They sent me free samples to try out with my family.

Cheetos (made by Frito-Lay) has two new snack mixes available – Cheetos Mix-Ups Xtra Cheezy Mix and Cheetos Mix-Ups Cheezy Salsa Mix.

What was left of delicious grilled ham steak.

What was left of delicious grilled ham steak.

My family, as well as my father and stepmother, had the opportunity to try them both out recently. Originally our “game plan” was to have a barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers, but at the last minute my stepmother thought grilled ham steaks would be better. I had purchased the roll for both hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as picked up things like pickles and other condiments. I wasn’t prepared for grilled ham steaks. Oh well, that is OK. The food was great. Plus we’re having a barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs this coming Sunday. So it’s all good. 🙂

Cheetos Mix Ups

The new Cheetos Mix-Ups Xtra Cheezy Mix features four fun shapes and four different flavors in each bags. My kids loved the new shapes. The Nacho Cheese and Parmesan shapes/flavors were our favorites. Thankfully everything is labeled on the outside of the bag so you knew which shape was which flavor. Also in the bag are double cheddar and cheddar flavors.

The Cheetos Mix-Ups Cheezy Salsa Mix had a bit of a kick to it. The green jalapeno puffs were especially spicy. My personal favorite was the salsa picante flavor. Other flavors included chipotle cheddar and cheddar.

One new chip that we served at our get together was the new Doritos Locos Tacos Flavored Tortilla Chips. Mmm…. they were so good! They were the first chip to disappear from the serving platters. That was a personal favorite of mine and apparently everyone else too. In fact my son asked me if we could pick up another bag the next time we go shopping.

I forgot to take a picture of the bag of Doritos (sorry) but you can see them mixed in with the Cheetos Mix-Ups Cheezey Salsa Mix (the Locos Tacos Doritos are in the middle section).

Cheetos Mix-Ups Cheezy Salsa Mix & Doritos Locos Tacos Chips

Cheetos Mix-Ups Cheezy Salsa Mix & Doritos Locos Tacos Chips

Cheetos Mix-Ups Xtra Cheezy Mix

Cheetos Mix-Ups Xtra Cheezy Mix

With all these yummy snack mixes to enjoy, not to mention mouth watering barbecued ham steaks and other treats, we needed something to wash it all down with. We had plenty of of Pepsi NEXT on hand.

I have always loved Pepsi but when Pepsi NEXT came along I found my new favorite. It does give you that great cola taste but with less sugar. I like that the soda is not that sweet. In fact I prefer is that way. My family also enjoys Pepsi NEXT.

Did you know that it has a whopping 60% LESS sugar than other colas? That is a huge difference. You would never know it with the taste. It takes like regular cola (just not as sweet).

Pepsi NEXT

Pouring Pepsi NEXT

FYI… You can get a FREE bottle of Pepsi NEXT at www.WheelofLevy.com.

Our little get together was a belated birthday party for my dear hubby. We were going to get him a sheet cake for his birthday but my stepmother ended up making him a cake instead. Interestingly enough this coming weekend we’re not only having the hamburgers and hot dogs we were suppose to have the last time, but my father and stepmother are also picking up a sheet cake for my birthday and my daughter’s birthday.


Since we’re getting together again this coming weekend for a barbecue I’ll have to swing by the grocery store to pick up some more Pepsi NEXT, Cheetos Mix-Ups and Doritos Locos Tacos chips.

Speaking of grocery store, do you live near a Kroger store? If so I’m sure you will be interested in knowing that this coming Friday (May 17, 2013) Kroger is having another one of their fabulous Free For All Friday. This week they will be giving away samples of the new Cheetos Mix-Ups and Pepsi NEXT soda.

Join Frito-Lay, Pepsi and Kroger at the final Free For All Friday event– the third this spring — hosted at Kroger (and its banner) stores across the U.S.. During the event, shoppers can visit their local chain to score free samples of select PepsiCo brands, while supplies last. The last Free For All Friday event is all about taking snacking to a whole new level by offering free samples of some of its newest, boldest and most innovative PepsiCo products which include: Doritos Locos Tacos tortilla chips, Cheetos MIX-UPS snacks and Pepsi Next.

Get ready for summer snacking, and join us for the last Free For All Friday event at Kroger stores on May 17, 4 to 8 p.m. local time!

For more details about Free For All Friday and a list of participating Kroger (and its banner) stores, visit: krogerpepsifritolayfreeforall.com and let us know you’re participating by using #FritoLayFreeForAll.

I wish we had a Kroger near us. I would love to attend the Free For All events.


Make sure you mark you calendar so that you don’t miss out. 🙂

Check out the Frito-Lay and Pepsi brands on Facebook and Twitter too.

@FritoLay                  www.Facebook.com/FritoLay

@DoritosUSA           www.Facebook.com/DoritosUSA

@PepsiNext              www.Facebook.com/PepsiNext

@ChesterCheetah    www.Facebook.com/Cheetos

Even if you don’t live near a Kroger store you can still try out these tasty new products from Frito-Lay as well as Pepsi NEXT. All products are available at many retail stores across the country. You can also win a special prize package right here from Frito-Lay.

One lucky reader will win a special Frito-Lay and Pepsi prize package. The package includes;

  • Cheetos Mix-Ups (both varieties)
  • Doritos Locos Tacos
  • Bottles of Pepsi NEXT
  • Drinking glasses
  • Napkins


The prize package would be PERFECT for your next barbecue or get together.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on May 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which product you are most anxious to try – or – which is your favorite product in the prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries will not qualify. Extra entries are optional.

When tweeting please include the hashtag #FritoLayFreeForAll.

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*I received free samples and funds to cover the cost of supplies. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Frito-Lay and Pepsi will be providing the prize package.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Alana Vester says:

    I am anxious to try the Cheetos.

  2. I’m curious to see how the pepsi next tastes!

  3. I’d like to try the Doritos Locos Tacos.

  4. Cynthia R says:

    i want to try the doritos locos tacos

  5. The new Doritos!

    Samantha “D

  6. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    The Cheetos Mix-Ups Is What I’m Excited To Try!

  7. Heather Hayes Panjon says:
  8. I’d like to try the Doritos Locos Tacos.

  9. kelley wood says:


  10. Jessica B says:

    The Doritos look good to me! They’re making my mouth water!

  11. Veronica G. says:

    I love Doritos and those Locos Tacos look yummy!

  12. Lisa DAvis says:

    I want to try the Cheetos Mix Ups

  13. Leanne M says:

    I would love to try the Cheetos MIX-UPS

  14. Tabathia B says:

    the doritos los tacos

  15. April Yedinak says:

    I want to try the Doritos Locos Tacos.

  16. I like Dorito’s and Classic Pepsi
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  17. Danielle D says:


  18. The Doritos! Yum!

  19. I recently tried the Cheetos Cheesy Salsa Mix-ups, and I loved them! Maybe a little too much – they are addictive!

  20. Lorena Keech says:

    We’ve tried and like the Doritos.