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Sweet treats from GoOrganic Candy (giveaway ends 5/9/16)

 

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I have a “sweet tooth.” Thankfully it’s not an every day thing, but there are times that I am totally craving something sweet. I think we all experience days like that.

I like to keep small candies (bit size and individually wrapped) on hand at all times. I keep most of them at home but I do have some stashed in my car just in case I am craving something when I am driving or at work.

I am always on the look out for a new favorite. I think I may have found that in a brand called GoOrganic Candy.

GoOrganic Candy, as you can probably guess, it 100% organic. In addition the candy is non-GMO, gluten-free, allergen-friendly* and kosher. The candy is also does not contain trans fats, preservatives, corn syrup, FD&C colors or hydrogenated oils.

The candy gets it’s sweetness from organic evaporated cane juice and organic brown rice syrup. The organic brown rice syrup they use in their candies is minimally processed and not highly refined like the sugars found in most candies.

I should also not that ALL GoOrganic hard candies are produced in a nut-free facility. GoOrganic chewy candies are manufactured, in a facility that handles nuts, but the product itself is nut-free. All products are soy-free, casein-free, nut-free, and vegan (except Honey & Honey Lemon).

The brand’s mission is to provide a healthier alternative to other premium candies.

GoOrganic Candy Collection

As a parent I have always been concerned about my children having too many sweets. They are great from time to time, but not all the time. As with anything else, it’s OK within moderation.

I enjoy hard and chewy candies, but most on the market have the same old flavors (cherry, grape, lemon…). What I like about GoOrganic hard and chewy candies is that they come in interesting and exciting flavors like Chocolate Ginger, Blood Orange, Apple and Ice Mint Mango. Needless to say, GoOrganic candy is not your average, ordinary candy.

GoOrganic sent me all of their varieites (chews and hard candies) to try out. I wasn’t sure which to try first. They all sounded so good.

I am a big fan of ginger. I like the spiciness to it.

Originally I bought hard ginger candies to keep on hand for when I travel (I get motion sickness). I found that they were so good that I ate them all the time (they were candy – not medication). Because of that I was really looking forward to the Chocolate Ginger and Ginger Xtreme.

Sadly, chocolate and ginger don’t pair together very well – in MY opinion. I wanted to like them, I truly did. But I didn’t like the flavor combination. That is not to say others won’t love it. My mom always said “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

Ginger Xtreme

The Ginger Xtreme is really good. If you like hot and spicy things, this is for you. They remind me of Fire Balls or Red Hot – but with a Ginger taste. The regular Ginger candy was my favorite out of all of them.

The Honey Lemon is also very good. It’s a nice combination between the two flavors. It’s not too lemony -not too much honey.

Normally I am not a fan of mango, but GoOrganics Ice Mint Mango is an interesting combination.

I LOVE the GoOrganic Fruit Chews. Each one is individually wrapped (as with all the GoOrgnaic candies). The fruit chews come in Strawberry, Lemon, Raspberry and Sour Apple flavors. YUMMY!!!

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The only product that is not individually wrapped is the GoOrganic Fruit Snacks Fruit Medley. These are made with real fruit and provide you with 100% of Vitamin C per serving.

My only “complaint” (and I use that term loosely) is that you cannot re-seal the bag once you open it. That is fine for the hard candies and chews, but with the Fruit Snacks you want the bag to be able to close unless you plan on eating the whole bag (3 servings). Aside from that I have nothing but great thing to say about the candies I received to review.

If you would like to learn more about GoOrganic candies and where to purchase them, visit www.GoOrganicCandy.com.  At the top of their website where it says “Our Brands” you’ll find the page for the GoOrganic Candies.

You can also order them online on Amazon.com

You can also check out the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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GoOrganic would love to give a lucky winner a large assortment of their candies, just like the ones I received. Thank you GoOrganic!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 9, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Win Mom 9 Months of Gourmet Brownies – Enter #GiveMomGourmet From the Vermont Brownie Company

 

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that special lady in your life?

As a mom, my favorite Mother’s Day gifts are gifts from the heart, especially handmade gifts. Other favorites of mine include dinner out, a clean home, a clean car, flowers and/or chocolate.

One gift I never really considered – but I would love – is the gift of gourmet brownies. I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Especially anything made with chocolate.

Are you familiar with the Vermont Brownie Company? They have several brownie packages that would make a yummy gift for mom.

The Vermont Brownie Company offers consumers soft, moist, delicious brownies in a variety of flavors including Maple Toffee Crunch, Walnut Chunk, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Chevre, Triple Chocolate Chunk, Espresso Dulce de Leche and of course the classic brownie.

Brownie package range from 6 brownies to 36 brownies in a single flavor, or variety packs which range from 6 to 72 brownies (I’ll take one of the 72 brownie packages please – LOL).

You could even give mom the gift that keeps on giving year round with Vermont Brownie Company’s Browie of the Month Club (available in 3, 6, 9 and 12 month subscriptions).

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I had the yummy opportunity to try out some of their brownies. They are SO GOOD! They are very fresh tasting. They taste like I just made them myself. They don’t taste mass produced or artificial.

Walnut Chunk, Maple Toffee Crunch and Espresso Dulce de Leche are my favorites.

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The Vermont Brownie Company is hosting a contest where they are giving away brownies for Mother’s Day. There will be 3 winners.

1st Place – 9-Month Brownie Program | $299.99 value

2nd Place – Gourmet Brownie 12-Pack | $39.50 value

3rd Place – Gourmet Brownie 6-Pack | $21 value

The contest ends at 11:59 AM (EST) on May 2nd. They only information required to enter is an email address. You can also earn extra entries by referring others to enter the contest.

If you would like to enter visit www.VermotBrownie.com/pages/Give-Mom-Gourmet.

For more information about the Vermont Brownie Company visit VermontBrownie.com. You can also find them on social media (the links are found at the bottom of their website).

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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NEW Passover Products and Contest from Manischewitz

 

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My family and I celebrate the Easter holiday, but we have plenty of friends and family members who celebrate Passover. I thought others who celebrate Passover might be interested in learning more about some new products and a great contest from Manischewitz, as well as their partnership with Welch’s Grape Juice.

I don’t normally post press releases but I will this time because I don’t want to miss sharing any important information.

Manischewitz®, America’s #1 Kosher Brand, is proud to announce a special partnership with Welch’s®, America’s #1 Grape Juice Brand.   Manischewitz and Welch’s have teamed up to offer consumers 100% Grape Juice Kosher for Passover and all year round.  Welch’s Manischewitz Grape Juice is blended from a selection of the finest, fresh-pressed Concord Grapes.  Perfect for Passover and other celebrations, Welch’s Manischewitz 100% Grape juice is offered in 64 oz and 96 oz bottles.  Welch’s Manischewitz Grape Juice is a nutritious and wholesome option for consumers that has no artificial ingredients, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial preservatives and is sulfite free.  Welch’s and Manischewitz are also offering a delicious non-alcoholic, Sparkling Grape Juice in a 25.4 oz bottle that has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and is sulfite free.

“Manischewitz and Welch’s are clearly focused on product quality and the Welch’s Manischewitz Grape Juice launch reinforces our ability to bring to market a delicious and wholesome drink.” says David Sugarman President and CEO of The Manischewitz Company. “With Welch’s expertise in Grape Juice combined with Manischewitz leadership in Kosher, we are thrilled to offer consumers a quality product from two well respected brands.”

“This product gives us the chance to bring a nutritious alternative to consumers who have only had one option for Grape Juice that’s Kosher for Passover,” says Ike Kim, Senior Brand Manager for Welch’s. “We’re excited to bring consumers our expertise in delivering a unique and delicious Concord Grape taste.”

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New Manischewitz products for Passover include:

We just added a new flavor to our growing Macaroon lineup.  Hazelnut Chocolate Macaroons has bursts of chocolate made with real hazelnuts. This year our new Macaroon flavor won “Best New Item for Passover” at Kosherfest.

  • For your baking and cooking needs we have Gluten Free Matzo Meal and GlutenFree Cake Meal.  Great items for coating and cooking.  Both items have delicious recipes on pack to help you enhance your Passover holiday.
  • We expanded our Gluten Free Matzo with a new 3 pack of our 10oz Matzo bundled for convenience at a value price.
  • Adding to our line of Gluten Free Noodles we now have a Tri-Color Spiral Noodles with great texture and taste.
  • Introducing brand new gluten free cereal for Passover, Magic Max’s Chocolate Crunch Puffs and Magic Max’s Vanilla Crunch Puffs have pockets full of crème that are great for breakfast and snacking!
  • For families that are on-the-go we have some great snacking items to offer.  Our Thin Potato Chips and Ripple Potato Chips will now be available with 9 snack-sized bags in a multipack tray.
  • We will also have brand new Gluten Free Grab n Go Chocolate Cookies and Gluten Free Grab n Go Chocolate Chip Cookies in a convenient take away cup that comes with a re-sealable lid.
  • Blueberry Bran Muffin Mix which include real blueberries to ensure great tasting muffin every time.  These muffins are also a good source of fiber to be enjoyed morning, noon or at night.
  • Our Balsamic Vinegar is also our latest item which is imported from the Modena region of Italy.  Manischewitz Balsamic Vinegar is great for vinaigrettes, marinades and glazes. This new item displays the Protected Geographical Indication seal which certifies it is an authentic product of Modena, Italy.

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 Manischewitz is also hosting a #Grape4Passover contest that you might be interested in entering.

Manischewitz® invites you to submit a photo of you and a bottle of Welch’s Manischewitz 100% Grape Juice to enter the “Manischewitz #Grape4Passover Contest.”  A panel of judges will review all eligible entries to select the four (4) weekly winners and one (1) Grand Prize

From now until Sunday, April 10, 2016; 11:59 PM (ET) consumers can enter the “Manischewitz  #Grape4Passover.” There are 4 chances to be a winner from the beginning to end, with a second chance to be a grand prize winner.  To enter go to the official Facebook page (Manischewitz, www.facebook.com/Manischewitz), you will then see where you can upload one photo per person of your entry.

I am a big fan of Welch’s Grape Juice. I have been since I was a child. It’s so good!

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.

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Introducing Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder

 

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I love peanuts and peanut butter. I eat it several times a week. I enjoy it as a sandwich, on toast, on crackers and my personal favorite, with tart Granny Smith apples. What I like to do is spread peanut butter on a burrito wrap, top it with some chopped up Granny Smith apple, then roll it up and enjoy. It’s one of my “go-to” grab-and-go breakfasts.

I also love to get a bag of roasted peanuts whenever we go to the country fair. I also add peanuts on top of ice cream or just enjoy “as is.”

Oh yes! I forgot to mention that chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. I love chocolate and peanut butter combined.

I’ve tried many peanut butters over the years – crunchy, creamy, flavored – but I have never had Peanut Powder before. It’s like peanut butter, but in a powdered version.

Santa Cruz Organic offers consumers two different Peanut Powder. One is regular and the other is will milled chia seeds.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder

Why choose Peanut Powder? Because it gives you the same great roasted peanut flavor but with fewer calories and less fat.

I compared Santa Cruz Peanut Powder with a popular name brand peanut butter and this is what I found.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons is 285 calories.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons is 70 calories.

Brand name creamy peanut butter – 3 tablespoons equals 24 grams of fat.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder – 3 tablespoons equals 2 grams of fat (3 grams for the powder with the chia seeds)

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Wow! That is a huge difference. Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Powder also has less carbs than the brand name creamy peanut butter. When it came to protein, the brand name creamy peanut butter had more than the Peanut Powder.

So how does one enjoy Peanut Powder? It’s simple, simply add it to your favorite recipes, smoothies or desserts. You could mix a spoonful in your oatmeal for a peanut butter flavored oatmeal. You could also sprinkle a little bit on top of your ice cream.

The Peanut Powder tastes exactly like peanuts because it IS real peanuts, it’s just chopped up so fine that it’s a powder. *Santa Cruz Organic’s Peanut Powder is made with ONLY organic peanuts. That’s it. There is no added ingredients, flavors or colors.

*All Santa Cruz Organic products are Certified USDA Organic Non-GMO Project® Verified

Granola

Santa Cruz Organic has a recipe on their site that utilizes their Peanut Powder. It’s for an Apple Peanut Granola. It not only provides a nourishing breakfast but it also doubles as an easy and portable snack. Best of all, there are no “mystery ingredients” because you’ll know everything that went into making it. It’s a quick and easy recipe and you can adapt it to suit your family’s tastes.  

You can find the recipe on their site. I omitted the salt and added in walnuts and raisins (in addition to the pecans).

This recipe is made with applesauce and maple syrup, both of which were surprise ingredients to me. Santa Cruz Organic also makes applesauce. The brand sent me both Peanut Powders to try out (with and without Chia seeds) as well a a jar of organic applesauce.

Granola Recipe

My kids love it and I plan on making more. They mostly used this as a snack, but my daughter did add it to her yogurt and I think it would make a delicious ice cream topping too.

You can find more recipes like this on the Santa Cruz Organic website.

I think Peanut Powder is a unique idea. I love that you can still the same great peanut butter-like taste, but with much less fat and calories. I like the idea of challenging myself to find yummy ways to incorporate it into recipes too.

If you would like to learn more about Santa Cruz Organic, their Peanut Powder and/or Applesauce, visit SantaCruzOrganic.com. You can also find the brand on social media. The links are found on the top of their website.

Have you ever tried Peanut Powder? Are you a fan of the Santa Cruz Organic brand? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Introducing Heavenly Organics

 

Bee Honey

As a mom I want what is best for me and my family. I try and purchase products that are “Earth friendly.” I try and buy natural, organic foods whenever possible. I also opt for more natural remedies (such as Aloe for burns) instead of over the counter medications if there is a more natural option available.

I also like to purchase products that I know are doing good for others, such as Fair Trade products. If you are not familiar with Fair Trade is means:

Trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.

That means that the people who work to provide you with products are paid fairly and in good working conditions (not working for mere pennies in a “sweat shop.”).

If you put in the time and effort to make something I do feel you need to be compensated fairly for your time and effort. That is why I fully support Fair Trade products.

One such brand, Heavenly Organics, not only practices Fair Trade, they also strongly believe in respecting the earth, animals, humankind, and all who contribute to the circle of life.

Heavenly Organics (www.HeavenlyOrganics.com) is a manufacturer of organic, non-GMO, gluten free and fair trade certified sweets. Heavenly Organics produces the highest quality chocolates, 100-percent organic raw honey and 100-percent organic whole-cane sugar available on the market. The 100-percent organic raw honey is harvested from naturally occurring, wild beehives where bees roam free.  Harvesters use bee-friendly and smoke-free methods that protect wild bee colonies and eliminate the potential for forest fires.  Organics raw honey comes in three diverse varietals; White, Neem and Acacia and its Chocolate Honey Patties each contain 4 ingredients or less and are available in Ginger, Mint, Pomegranate, Double Dark Chocolate, Peanut, and Almond varieties.

You can read more about how Heavenly Organics came to be on the “Our Store” page on the brand’s website.

Heavenly Organics sent me some of their products to review.

Patties

I have to admit, I was very curious about their Chocolate Honey Patties. I love honey and I love chocolate, but I have never experienced the two together.

Heavenly Organic’ Chocolate Patties are available in the following flavors:

  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Almond
  • Peanut
  • Pomegranate
  • Double Dark Chocolate

The patties are small and bite size. They are creamy on the inside.

You can tell from the first bite that they use organic, more natural, chocolate. It doesn’t taste like mass produced store bought chocolate. It has a fresh, natural taste to it like PURE chocolate. I believe the chocolate is 100% chocolate. The higher the percentage the more “bitter” the chocolate taste is (but in a good way).

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Most are made with only THREE ingredients (the Double Dark Chocolate only has two ingredients).

The Heavenly Organic patties are…

  • Made  with 100% Organic Raw White Honey
  • Made with Organic 100% Dark Chocolate
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • OU Kosher Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • No Added Sugar
  • Made wtih Sustainably Produced Ingredients

Of the flavors I tried the Mint was my favorite. It tasted exactly like a mint patty. You can’t even tell its made with honey.

Honey, if you didn’t already know, is good for you. Google it and you will be amazed at how wonderful honey really is.

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In addition to the “heavenly” tasting patties I also received a jar of their Acacia Honey to try out.

The raw honey from Heavenly Organics is…

  • Raw
  • 100% USDA Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Antibiotic & Pesticide Free
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • OU Kosher Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Sustainably Harvested
  • Wild Collected
  • Bee Friendly

I’ve never had a flavored honey before.

Heavenly Organics Raw Acacia Honey has a bit of a fruity flavor to it.

I haven’t tried baking or cooking with this honey yet, but I have used it in tea (both black tea and green tea), on top of oatmeal and mixed in with Greek yogurt. I like that it adds sweetness with a touch of fruitiness.

In addition to their scrumptious products, Heavenly Orgainics is doing what they can to help farmers around the world.

Today, Heavenly Organics supports nearly 600 family farmers and produces 100% Organic Raw Honey, Chocolate Honey Patties and 100% Organic Whole Cane Sugar.

This work helps displaced people find markets to sell their goods and ensures them a reliable income.  Without it, their means of livelihood would be very limited.  For the past decade, Heavenly Organics has been leading the authentic fair trade movement and creating big change.  Our goal is to increase the number of farmers we work with to 5,000 in the next five years and to extend this business model into other countries to help create long-lasting sustainable economies in other isolated areas and conflict zones.

If you ask me it’s a win-win situation. Consumers get great tasting, natural products and the farmers that help make the products get paid fairly and have on-going work available to them.

For more information please visit HeavenlyOrganics.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

There is a store locator on their website for your convenience.

What do you think about Heavenly Organics? Would you be interested in trying out their products?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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What in the world is a Pelmeni and Vareniki?

 

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Have you ever heard of a Pelmeni or a Vareniki? Some readers might know exactly what they are. Up until recently I have never heard either of those words.

A Pelmeni  is similar to Italian tortellini and a Vareniki is a crescent-shaped ravioli. They are Russian foods.

I’ve never had them before, but they do sound good.

A company called Popkoffs makes authentic Pelmeni and Vareniki that go from frozen to cooked in 5 minutes.

According to the brand:

Pelmeni are filled with chicken, beef or cheese and Vareniki are filled with potato and onion or cabbage and carrot. Popkoff’s uses the highest-quality ingredients to make the best-tasting and cleanest products possible: non-GMO King Arthur Flour; Mary’s Free Range Chicken, which is air-chilled and free from antibiotics and steroids; and Meyer Natural Angus Beef, which is free from antibiotics and steroids. They’re made with 100% all-natural ingredients and completely free of preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, soy, or fillers.

Mmm… I just had to try them.

Popkoffs sent me a variety of products to sample with my family. They arrived frozen so I popped them in my freezer until I was ready to make them.

They truly do look like little ravioli.

Preparing the Pelmeni or Vareniki are super easy. Simply boil water (you can add a pinch of salt if you want but it’s not needed), boil for the instructed time, drain the water and serve. You can top the products with butter, cheese sauce, marina, a drizzle of Olive oil or eat them plain/”as is.” It’s totally up to you. I preferred them with a little bit of butter.

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I received to review Chicken, Beef and Farmer’s Cheese Palmeni and Potato & Onion Vareniki.

I LOVED the Potato & Onion Vareniki. They were like little mashed potato filled raviolis with touch of onion flavor. They were very good. I only had the one package for my family of four to try, so we each only had a few pieces. My whole family commented on how much they liked them and my kids asked me if I could get more.

The Farmer’s Cheese Palmeni are identical to a ravioli (or even a cheese filled tortellini). They are a delicious mixture of pasta and cheese. We also ate these with a touch of butter, but you could easily top this with marinara or your favorite pasta sauce.

The Chicken and Beef varieties of Palmeni were also good. I preferred the chicken over the beef. I’m not much of a beef eater to begin with.

Each variety I tasted seemed like they were freshly made. They didn’t taste bland or like they have been sitting in a freezer for months. Once cooked they were fresh and flavorful.

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The packaging says that it contains two servings. If you were enjoying this as a side dish I can see them being two servings. As a main meal I don’t think it would be enough to fill up two adults unless you included a side salad and/or vegetables.

Admittedly I have eaten an entire package for lunch on more than one occasion. It left me completely full and satisfied. I didn’t need anything else to go with it.

I guess how you want to serve them is up to you (as an individual meal, a meal for two with side dishes or as a side dish).

Me and my family enjoyed all the flavors we were sent to review. I would certainly purchase them again (especially the Potato & Onion – YUMMY!).

It's not a good photo but you can see the mashed potato inside of the pasta.

It’s not a good photo but you can see the mashed potato inside of the pasta.

Popkoffs products can be found at retailer around the country. You can visit the Store Locator section of their website to find a location near you. They seem to be mostly on the East Coast, West Coast, Florida and Chicago areas.

For more information about Popkoffs products visit Popkoffs.com. The brand is also on social media. You can find their links on the bottom right of the brand’s website.

If you visit the site you should check out the recipe section.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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