Be the most popular house on the block this Halloween with Justin’s White Chocolate confections


Justins Peanut Butter Cups

I have a weakness for chocolate, especially when it’s combined with peanut butter. I could literally eat chocolate and peanut butter all day long – every day! I don’t think I would ever get sick of it. I haven’t yet. :-)

When my kids were still into trick-or-treating I would lay claim to every chocolate and peanut butter candy they received (of course I would share a few with them). They are my favorite.

I know many people are also a fan of chocolate and peanut butter candies. If you are one of them you should check out the new White Chocolate Peanut Butter confections from Justin’s.

Justin’s, maker of all-natural, high-quality nut butters and organic peanut butter cups, announces the launch of the latest addition to its nutty family: White Chocolate Peanut Butter confections. Currently available in dark and milk chocolate, Justin’s line of organic peanut butter cups are crafted to please consumer palates everywhere as a confectionery treat you’ll feel good about eating.

“The richness of the white chocolate pairs perfectly with the finest, organic peanut butter creating a truly incredible flavor combination,” said Justin Gold, founder of Justin’s. “Adding a dash of sea salt makes for a melt-in-your mouth experience that is out of this world, and takes confections to the next level. We are completely nuts about this innovation, and are excited to share it with the world!”

Delivering an exceptionally sweet and velvety taste and texture, Justin’s White Chocolate Peanut Butter confections offer a guilt-free treat perfect for Halloween candy bowls, holiday stockings or everyday snacking. The USDA-certified organic cups, made from Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa, are gluten free, contain 0g trans fat, and are undeniably delicious. Get ready to treat yourself, as the White Chocolate Peanut Butter confections will be available in stores nationwide this October for $1.99.

I received several packages to try out with my family.

Justins White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

OH-MY-GOODNESS!!! They are heavenly! Normally I’m not a fan of white chocolate but it goes very well with these candies. The melt-in-your mouth creamy goodness of the chocolate pairs perfectly with the flavorful creamy peanut butter filling. Mmm… I think I’m going to grab a package after I am done writing this post. LOL!

If you are not familiar with Justin’s you can read my review about them here – Justin’s Nut Butters – Something for Everyone.

Justin’s makes all-natural, high-quality nut butters and peanut butter cups that deliver great taste, unique texture and convenient nutrition. Established in 2004 in the home kitchen of health enthusiast Justin Gold, Justin’s supports an on-the-go lifestyle and was the first nut butter brand to market nut butters in single-serve squeeze packs. Justin’s peanut butter cups are USDA-certified organic and are made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa, while the nut butters offer six to seven grams of protein, are enriched with vitamin E and serve as a good source of fiber. Every product is sourced as locally and sustainably as possible, as Justin’s emphasizes taking care of the community, helping fuel hunger relief efforts and Pine Ridge Reservation through local nonprofit Conscious Alliance.

If you gave these White Chocolate Peanut Butter confections out on Halloween your home would be the most popular in the neighborhood. Parents will start knocking on your door dressed in costume just to get one of the sweet treats. Ha Ha.

The peanut butter treats are also available in dark and milk chocolate too.

These candies would also be great to give out during the Christmas holiday. You can use them as fillers in gift baskets and as stocking stuffers. You could even give one to a neighbor or co-worker “just because”.

If you would like more information about Justin’s visit www.Justins.com. You can also find them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JustinsNutButter) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/Justins).

Justins Products


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

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Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety Perfect for Trick-Or-Treating


Mike and Ike Vampire Variety

You can’t walk into most grocery stores or drug stores these days without coming face-to-face with candy. It’s Halloween season so most places are stocked up on candy to sell to people to give to the little trick-or-treats on Halloween night.

I both love and loathe this time of year. I LOVE candy, but I also loathe the temptation of having all that candy around. I literally have to buy candy at the last minute otherwise my family – or myself – will eat half the bag (if not the entire bag!) before Halloween night. I intentionally try and buy candy we DON’T like to avoid that temptation. But it’s hard. Candy is so yummy. :-)

If you are still looking for Halloween treats you should check out the Halloween candies from MIKE AND IKE.

Just Born Quality Confections offers Halloween themed editions of the iconic MIKE AND IKE® fruity, chewy candy.  MIKE AND IKE® Mummy’s Mix and the MIKE AND IKE® Vampire Variety are perfect for all trick-or-treaters this Halloween!

All MIKE AND IKE® Halloween mixes and other varieties including Original Fruits, Tropical Typhoon®, Berry Blast®, Red Rageous!™ and more, are now made with real fruit juice that enhances all the great flavors!  Mummy’s Mix contains the great tastes of Lemon, Orange, Grape, Lime and Raspberry while Vampire Variety includes Cherry, Raspberry, Grape, Watermelon and Fruit Punch.

The Halloween flavors are available in several packages, including 5 oz theater boxes of both Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety.  There are also 45 count and 72 count variety bags that contain individually wrapped snack size packages of Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety.  Also available are 21 count snack packs of Mummy’s Mix. The SRP for the Halloween theater box varieties ranges from $1.00-$1.39.The snack pack and variety bags range from $3.00 – $6.99 SRP, depending on the pack size, retailer and location.  The Halloween mixes and all other varieties can be found in supermarkets, mass market retailers and drug stores near you.

“Don’t be afraid to try our MIKE AND IKE® Halloween varieties!” says an enthusiastic Koren Ivie, Brand Manager for MIKE AND IKE® candy.  “The Halloween candy is perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages.”

Mike and Ike Mummy Mix

The individual bags are ideal for trick-or-treating. Each bag holds just enough candy to satisfy your sweet tooth. The flavors are great too. I like the flavors in the Vampire Variety the best, but both packages are good.

I’ve always been a fan of MIKE AND IKE candies. I have been enjoying them since I was a kid. They have been around since 1940 (I’m not THAT old… but I did enjoy them as a kid). They are from the brand Just Born Quality Confections. They are the same company that bring you other delicious treats including PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES®, MIKE AND IKE® and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®. I love all of these candies.

All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.

Look for MIKE AND IKE and other Just Born Quality Confections at a retail store near you.

For more information visit JustBorn.com.

What is your favorite Halloween candy (or candy)? Are you a fan of MIKE AND IKE or any of the other Just Born Quality Confections? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.



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

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Happy National Pasta Day! (10-17-14). Imagine the “impasta”bilities!



Friday, October 17, 2014 is National Pasta Day. Are you planning on celebrating by preparing your families favorite pasta dish?

I love pasta. I love it a lot. I could eat it every day at every meal if it was possible. I’ve never met a pasta dish that I didn’t fully enjoy. My family enjoys pasta too (thankfully).

The great thing about pasta dishes is that they are typically super easy and quick to prepare. You can have a big bowl of spaghetti with sauce on the table for your family in a matter of minutes. That is why pasta is my “go-to” meal option on those nights where I don’t have anything defrosted for dinner or I’m just too tired to cook a bit meal.

One of our favorite pasta dishes is spaghetti tacos (pictured above). It’s spaghetti served in warmed taco shells. Sometimes we add meat and cheeses too.

What if you were asked to celebrate National Pasta Day WITHOUT using pasta? That seems like a very odd request. How can you celebrate day dedicated to pasta without pasta?

Earlier this week I was asked to just that – created a pasta-less pasta dish.

I’m not a “foodie”. I know a lot of bloggers who are. I’m always amazed at how they can wipe out drool-worthy recipes with just a few ingredients and an idea. I love how creative those types of bloggers are. I wish I could be more like that.

I have been known to make a meal out of odd ingredients that might not sound like they would go well together but actually do, like pineapple and mushrooms. Yumm!


Earlier this week myself and a few other bloggers were invited to an event hosted by Ragu in New York City. I grew up with Ragu. It was the only pasta sauce my mom ever used. As far as my family was concerned there was no other pasta sauce available but Ragu. My mom wasn’t even tempted to try another brand.

I married into a 100% Italian family. My mother in law made her own sauce and “gravy” every Sunday. Needless to say she wasn’t exactly too keen on me using sauce from a jar but that was OK with me. It’s what I grew up with.

When I arrived at the event I was thinking we were going to learn how to make some delicious pasta dishes using Ragu’s sauces. That was some what correct, but there was a twist. We learned how to make pasta-less pasta dishes in honor of National Pasta Day.

One of the recipes we learned how to make was Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese. It was made with cooked cauliflower, bread crumbs and a jar of Ragu Cheese Sauce. You could even toss in other ingredients like bacon and/or peas.

I know what you are thinking. How can cauliflower make a delicious “mac and cheese”? I wondered that too. I happen to like cauliflower, but my family won’t eat it. I was surprised just how delicious the Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese tasted. It was so good that I plan on making it for my family. I think they will enjoy it too and I’ll finally be able to get them to eat cauliflower.


Ragu’s chef (I wish I could remember her name!) also showed up how to make Eggplant Lasagna which is basically lasagna but instead of pasta you use sliced of eggplant.

Then came the big surprise. We were paired up and told to create our own “impasta” recipe (a pasta-less pasta recipe). Yikes! I had no clue what to make. Thankfully there were plenty of wonderful ingredients made available to use so we could get as creative as we wanted to.

I was paired up with David from SpicedBlog.com. If you’d like the Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese and other recipes we were taught how to make you should visit his website. David was kind enough to list the recipes on his site – National Pasta Day.

I wish I could give you the specifics for the recipe we created, such as how much of each ingredient. We didn’t measure anything. We literally just put together ingredients we thought would taste great together.

Our recipe consisted of the following.

In a pan we drizzled some olive oil and sauteed some pancetta, onions, red peppers, garlic, a pinch of salt and basil. We also roasted some squash with a drizzle of olive oil on top. Once our ingredients were ready we mixed them into a bowl of cooked spaghetti squash that had prepared (so it looked like real spaghetti). After tossing in all our ingredients we added some ricotta cheese, spinach, breadcrumbs and about 1/2 a jar of Ragu Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion sauce. We also topped our dish off with more of the Ragu sauce, breadcrumbs and some Parmesan cheese. We even topped it off with some fresh basil leaves which sadly shriveled up in the oven when it was baking.


Our “impasta” turned out SO GOOD! I was very impressed. I think we did a great job (it was YUMMY!). I wish I had a way of taking some home with me to share with my family.

After all the teams were done we sat down for lunch and sampled each others creation. The dishes were all A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It’s hard to believe that all the dishes were made our of veggies, Ragu sauce and other ingredients EXCEPT pasta. Most of the dishes were meatless too with the exception of some pancetta.

It was an eye opening experience. I’m excited to try and come up with more pasta-less pasta dishes.

National Pasta Day

If you would like more recipe ideas visit Ragu.com. You can also find the brand (and recipe ideas!) on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like some great “impasta” recipes check out Ragu’s National Pasta Day Impastas Pinterest page. Use the hashtag #NationalPastaDay for more recipe ideas.

Ragu is also hosting a Twitter party on Friday, October 17, 2014 (National Pasta Day) at 1:00 PM (EST). They will be giving away a lot of prizes including a $750 grand prize!

Here are the details.

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 at 1PM EST

Where: #NationalPastaDay on Twitter

Follow: @Crowdtappers & @RaguSauce

Prizes: $725 in Visa gift cards

Questions: Ask @Crowdtappers

Are you planning on celebrating National Pasta Day? What is your favorite pasta dish? What do you think about the idea of creating “Impastas”? Do you think it’s something you and your family would enjoy? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.


*I was compensated for my participation however the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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NEW Dole Strawberry Dippers – Have Your Fruit & Your Chocolate Too!



Are you familiar with Dole Dippers? I blogged about the banana and chocolate Dole Dippers a long time ago when they first came on the market. They are yummy slices of bananas dipped in delicious chocolate coating. You can read my review here – Dole Dippers Review. Please note that the giveaway is long over with.

Dole Dippers has expanded it’s product line to include Dole Strawberry Dippers. That’s right – chocolate covered strawberries!

Dole Strawberry Dippers are fresh frozen strawberry halves which are covered in rich, dark chocolate. There are four pieces per package and six individually wrapped packages per box.

Chocolate covered strawberries are considered an indulgence treat, which can be very expensive. They are affordable and found in your grocer’s freezer.

Dole Strawberry Dippers are also only 60 calories per pack. Now you can enjoy the sweet indulgence of chocolate covered strawberries without worrying about calories. These are a much better alternative to chocolate bars or other candy. One chocolate bar can have over 200+ calories, not to mention a lot of fat grams. The Dole Strawberry Dippers are certainly a better for you snack option.

Dole Strawberry Dippers

You can enjoy Dole Strawberry Dippers any time. You can even serve them as a dessert. Simply remove the strawberries pieces from the packaging and serve on a pretty dessert plate.

Personally I enjoy dark chocolate over milk chocolate. I think the dark chocolate really compliments the sweet strawberries better.

You should let the Dippers thaw for 10 minutes before enjoying – that is if you can wait that long. I don’t. I just grab one out of the freezer and enjoy it right away. :-)

My kids love the new Dippers, so much so I had to hide a box in the back of the freezer so that they didn’t gobble them all up on me.

The pieces are small in size. When people think chocolate covered strawberries they think of those huge, juicy strawberries. The strawberries used in the Dippers are small strawberries. Personally I don’t mind. I think they are an ideal size to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. The individually wrapped packages also help with portion control.

You can find Dole Strawberry Dippers, and Banana Dippers, in the freezer section of your local grocery store.

For more information visit the product page on the Dole website (Dole.com). Dole can also be found on the various social media sites.

Have you tried the new Dole Strawberry Dippers yet? If so, what do you think about them? Feel free to share your thoughts.




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

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Sweet Indulgence – Pillsbury Meets Cinnabon


Bun 1

If there is one thing that many people can agree on is that things freshly baked in the oven are heavenly. There is just something oh-so-special about warm cookies, cakes and pastries fresh from the oven.

Cookies are great any time – but a cookie straight from the oven is a million times better.

Now that the air has a bit of chill to it and people are already gearing up for the upcoming holidays, I can’t help but think about baking. Apple pies, homemade cookies, lucious cakes… Mmm…

I love how the aroma of freshly baked goods fills the air and makes my home smell so good and inviting. It’s the same feeling I used to get when we had a Cinnabon store at our local mall. You knew Cinnabon was right around the corner because the sweet smell would float through the air. Even if I wasn’t shopping in the general area of Cinnabon I would still walk that way just to smell their cinnamon buns. Most of the time I had to stop and get one too. :-)

If you are a fan of Cinnabon I have great news to share with you – Pillsbury and Cinnabon have partnered together to bring the Cinnabon experience into your home.

Introducing the new Cinnabon® Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls. They are jumbo cinnamon rolls dripping with ooey-gooey™ Cinnabon cinnamon and topped with thick, rich delicious frosting.

They are so huge that they come four to a package. Often packages have more than that, but there is a good reason why. These are so big that one is more than enough. They are the size of the kind you buy at your local Cinnabon store.

Bun 2

Preparing the Cinnabons are easy, it’s the waiting that is hard.

To bake simply remove the buns from the roll and place them in a greased pan. They recommend a cake pan but I used a shallow pan and it was fine.

After they are on the pan you’ll need to smear some of the cinnamon topping across the top.

When the Cinnabons are done baking remove them quickly from the pan and place them on a plate then top with the sweet white “glaze” and enjoy. You can also omit the glaze if you want to make the bun/buns less sweet.

I have a really nice bright white flat plate. I should have taken a photo of the Cinnabons on that. The photos would have come out better.

The Cinnabon® Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls are available nationwide and conveniently located in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

These buns are great to enjoy “just because”. You could even serve them to guests if you are planning to have people over for the upcoming holiday season.

For more information visit Pillsbury.com. There you can find product information, recipes, coupons and more. You can find Pillsbury on social media too.

Have you tried the new Cinnabon® Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls yet? If so, what do you think about them?

Cinnabon® Bakery Inspired Cinnamon Rolls

PHOTO SOURCE: Pillsbury.com


*I received free product coupons and some extra goodies in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Got Shrimp? Red Lobster sure does!


NEW Sriracha Shrimp at Red Lobster.

NEW Sriracha Shrimp at Red Lobster.

I love seafood – crab, lobster, shrimp, fish, calamari, clams… you name it, I love it!

I wish I knew how to cook fish. The only fish I know how to make is fish sticks and how to open up a can of tuna. :-)

In order for me to enjoy my beloved sea food I have to order it at a restaurant, like Red Lobster.

Currently Red Lobster has a special promotion going on called Endless Shrimp. If you are a shrimp lover this promotion is for you. You can enjoy shrimp cooked a variety of different ways and as much as you want. You can mix it up too and try a few different varieties.

My family and I recently went to Red Lobster and I was excited to order from the Endless Shrimp menu. I chose the two shrimp option from the menu and ordered Shrimp Linguine Alfredo and Parmesan Shrimp Scampi. My daughter is also a shrimp lover and she ordered Garlic Shrimp and also the Parmesan Shrimp Scampi.

Best biscuits ever!

Best biscuits ever!

We stared off our meal with Red Lobsters “to-die-for” biscuits. Have you ever had them before? They are out of this world delicious!

My family also shared an order of mozzarella sticks as an appetizer. We followed that with a yummy salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I suspect the vinaigrette was raspberry vinaigrette. It had a berry taste to it.

Red Lobster

To be honest with you I was getting full between the biscuits, mozzarella sticks and salad but I kept some room in my tummy for the shrimp.

I ordered French Fries with my meal. I don’t know why. I was in the mood for fries.

I didn’t know what to try first – the Parmesan Shrimp Scampi or the Shrimp Linguine Alfredo. They book looked so good.

The Shrimp Linguine Alfredo was so good. The rich, creamy, cheesy Alfredo sauce went beautifully with the juicy shrimp. I couldn’t get enough of it. In fact I had planned on ordering more as part of my Endless Shrimp meal but I was too full from all the great food I had eaten thus far.

The Parmesan Shrimp was equally as delicious. I love Parmesan cheese. I’ve never had it on shrimp before. Parmesan and shrimp taste great together.

I loved it so much that I ordered more Parmesan Shrimp. It’s part of the reason why I didn’t order more of the Shrimp Linguine Alfredo – because I was full from everything I had eaten. I was also planning on trying the Coconut Shrimp Bites, but I was too full.

Parmesan Shrimp Scampi (Left) and Shrimp Linguine Alfredo (Right)

Parmesan Shrimp Scampi (Left) and Shrimp Linguine Alfredo (Right)

The available shrimp options as part of the Endless Shrimp promotion include;

My second helping of Parmesan Shrimp Scampi.

My second helping of Parmesan Shrimp Scampi.

My dinner was very satisfying. In hindsight I should have skipped the mozzarella sticks and salad to make more room for the shrimp dishes.

The Endless Shrimp promotion at Red Lobster is going on right now until November 2, 2014. I am hoping to get back to Red Lobster before then because I really want to try the Coconut Shrimp Bites and more of the Shrimp Linguine Alfredo.

If you’d like to find a Red Lobster location near you visit www.RedLobster.com. You can also check them out on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a favorite shrimp dish from Red Lobster? Of all the Endless Shrimp options, which one do you think sounds the yummiest?

All done! It was YUMMY!

All done! It was YUMMY!


*I received free gift cards in order to try out the Endless Shrimp promotion. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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