Back to school with Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter, Fruit Spread & Apple Sauce


School Lunch

By now most kids are back into the school routine of going to bed early, getting up and ready for school, homework, studying and activities. I’m sure most parents are back into their routines too – helping with homework, driving kids back and forth to games and activities and making sure the kids get enough sleep.

One of the most important things a parent can do is pack a healthy and delicious lunch for their child.

As a mom I was always making sure that my kids had enough foods to keep their tummies food and to help keep their minds on their classwork. Every lunch always included a protein, fruit, vegetable, water and a yummy treat. My kids also knew they should eat all their lunch BEFORE their treat. After all, I wouldn’t want their treat to fill them up and they don’t have room for the better-for-you foods.

I don’t have to make lunches for my kids much anymore (occasionally for my son). My kids are teenagers and can prepare their own lunch. My daughter is at college all day so she eats on campus. My son brings in lunch on occasion and since he doesn’t usually have time in the morning I often make lunch for him.

A lunch staple in my home is Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches. My kids love them, as does my husband. He often bring a PB&J for lunch too.

I recently had the opportunity to try some organic peanut butter and fruit spread from Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz products are organic. They are USDA Certified.

Santa Cruz Peanut Butter

They sent me to review their Organic Peanut Butter to try out. Their peanut butter is made with certified USDA organic Spanish peanuts. They contain no hydrogenated oils, no added sugars and no artificial ingredients.

This is NOT your typical grocery store peanut butter. The first thing you’ll notice about it is that the oils tend to rest on top. That is what happens with freshly made peanut butter. Don’t let the oils turn you off. Simply stir the peanut butter and oil for a minute or two and everything will be mixed up perfectly leaving behind a smooth and creamy peanut butter.

I store the peanut butter in the fridge after opening it to maintain it’s freshness. I also store it upside down. It’s helps to keep the oil from forming on top.

This is not your typical peanut butter. It tastes different because it’s not made with a lot of ingredients or artificial ingredients. This peanut butter tastes as if you made it yourself. It tastes THAT fresh.

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter

This type of peanut butter is not for everyone. My husband didn’t like it. Initially my daughter wasn’t fond of it either, but it grew on her. Now she eats it like she does any other peanut butter. My daughter is a bit of a “health nut,” which is why she continued to try the peanut butter until she acquired a taste for it.

Me and my son enjoyed it from the first taste. We both love peanut butter.

I also received to review Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spread.

This is not a “jelly” or a “jam.” This is a fruit spread which can be used and enjoyed the same way jellies and jams are.

This spread tastes just like fresh fruit. Once again it tastes like something homemade. It’s much fruiter than jellies and jams too.

Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spread

It spreads easily and tastes amazing when paired with the Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter. I actually prefer the fruit spread on toast and on crackers.

Santa Cruz has several different fruit spreads. Eventually I’d love to try them all out.

  • Apricot
  • Blackberry Pomegranate
  • Concord Grape
  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Seedless Red Raspberry

I received to review the Strawberry. Even thinking about it as I type out this post is making me crave it. I think I know what I’m having for lunch later.

I failed to mention that both products smell amazing too. As soon as you open the jars the heavenly scent hits you. Mmmm… they smell as yummy as they taste.

In addition to the peanut butter and fruit spread, Santa Cruz also sent me an Apple Sauce pouch.

Apple Sauce

My kids are teens so they can enjoy apple sauce without making too much of a mess. These pouches are ideal for little ones who tend to make a mess. They are also great for packing in a lunchbox because they don’t require a spoon. You eat the apple sauce directly from the pouch.

I like that it has a screw on cap too so that you are able to save any uneaten apple sauce instead of having to throw it away and wasting it.

The Apple Sauce is available in three flavors;

  • Apple
  • Cinnamon Apple
  • Strawberry Apple

Santa Cruz Organics offers consumers many products in addition to the peanut butter, fruit spread and apple sauce. They also have beverages (100% fruit juice, lemonades…), chocolate syrup, carbonated beverages and peanut powders.

For more information on Santa Cruz Organics visit www.SantaCruzOrganic.com.

You can also check out the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Have you tried any Santa Cruz Organic products? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I always love to hear from readers.

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*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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Are you ready for some football?



It’s football season! Time for parties, tailgating and cheering on your favorite team.

We are a football family. I knew long before my husband and I married that he loved to watch football. To be honest, it doesn’t matter to me. He does so much for our family and he works hard. If he wants to watch football all day and night on Sunday, as well as Monday and Thursday night football, I don’t mind. I can always find something to do or pop a movie in my computer or watch Netflix.

My husband is a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He has been since he was a little boy. We may life in New York (home of the Giants, Jets and Bills), but we are Cowboy fans. In fact, our son’s middle name is Dallas. It was going to be his first name but after he was born by emergency C-section we changed it. We still kept Dallas, just bumping it to a middle name.

For many years my husband only watched football by himself, or I would watch with him. I happen to enjoy watching football – just not for 10+ hours.

Years ago he met a guy who is just as much as a die hard Cowboys fan that he is. Now they take turns going to each other’s homes to watch the game. My husband’s friend is married with children too, so we usually have a home full of people to watch the games.

When you have guests over to watch the games you need food – and a lot of it. Most especially for the big games like the first game of the season, play offs and of course the all mighty Super Bowl.

When you are hosting football get togethers you need to have plenty of foods and beverages on hand. That is why I headed off to our local BJ’s to stock up on must have snacks for football parties.

As I mentioned, I live in New York. Where we live most people are Giants or Jets fans. It came as no surprise that BJ’s Wholesale Club had plenty of team paper plates and napkins available. I wish they had ones for the Cowboys.



My daughter thought it would be funny to hold up a Giants plate/napkin set. She knows my husband cannot stand the Giants. Needless to say I never showed him this photo. Ha Ha.

No football party would be complete without chips and dips. I’m not sure if it’s the practice in BJ’s stores across the country, but in our store they have a special deal where you can pick any two bags of chips (the large, party size ones) for a low, discounted price (what it would cost to get ONE normal sized bag at the grocery store). I made sure to take advantage of the special pricing by picking up some potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos chips.



I even found a great deal on a 3-pack of dips – Salsa, Salsa Con Queso and a Creamy Spinach Dip.

I knew I needed to pick up a few beverages. I always have coffee, tea, ice tea and lemonade on hand but I picked up some soda too just in case our guests wanted to enjoy a cold glass of soda instead.


Shopping with my daughter might not have been the best idea. She has a tendency to throw me off track. Case in point – my daughter made a new “friend” – a GIANT teddy bear. The bear was taller than my daughter (she’s 5′ 2″).

She wanted to buy it and take it home but I knew that wouldn’t be possible. I don’t even know how we’d get it in the car. Although we did try putting it in another cart just to see if we could possibly even move this thing around.



Another thing she wanted me to buy was football shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yes… they are football shaped. But I didn’t think they were really something the guys would want to nibble on when watching the game. Besides, if I had them in our home I would eat them all myself. I LOVE them!


Chips and dips are normal things that people serve when they are getting together to watch a football game (or two). I wanted to offer our guests something more than that. Thankfully BJ’s had a lot of hot foods to choose from.

I knew I wanted to get wings. I was going to buy a frozen bag of wings until I found ones that were more freshly made. I opted for the freshly made ones.

Wings 1

Wings 2

Wing 3

I like the fresher wings from BJ’s more than the frozen ones because they are quicker to warm up. The frozen ones take a bit longer.

I contemplated getting boneless ribs. Not this time around. Maybe next time I’ll get that instead of the wings.

I also saw Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Burritos. I wanted to get some to try. It sounds like they would be delicious. Before spending money I figured I’d ask my husband, my kids and our guests if they would like something like that. I did finally get to ask them and they all said “YES!,” so the next time I am at BJ’s I’m going to pick up a couple of packages to try out.



I picked up some other foods that I was quickly and easily able to warm up for my guests including mozzarella sticks (my son actually requested them), White Castle Cheeseburgers and some Buffalo Chicken Rolls. I bought the Buffalo Chicken Rolls to give them a “test drive” to see if I could serve them to our guests next time. They are really good (a lot better than I expected – I’m not necessarily a fan of Buffalo Chicken). We have some left over and I plan on picking up another box the next time I go. They make not only a good snack but a tasty lunch too.



My daughter insisted that we get some freshly baked cookies from BJ’s bakery too – but those were more for her then for our guests. That’s OK. I had plenty of good foods and treats to serve to our guests when they came over to watch the Dallas Cowboys play.


Did you know that you can order things from the bakery so that they could be ready when you need them? You can get cakes and cupcakes baked especially for you – even personalized. I think I’ll hold off getting a personalized cake until I know the Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl.

Most BJ’s Wholesale Clubs have a bakery. Simply stop by, pick up a form, fill it out (cake size, flavor, personalization …) and hand it to a bakery representative and they will have it ready for you on the date and time you select.

Some BJ’s Wholesale Clubs have on site delis too. I REALLY wish our BJ’s did. I really want to order a 3′ Sub Sandwich for our guests. They LOVE stuff like that and it’s a nice change of pace from the regular chips and dips.

As it is with the bakery, you can order sandwiches and platters from BJ’s Deli. Simply pick up a form, fill it out and hand it in. Your platter and/or sandwiches will be ready for pick up when you need them.

Even writing about it I am craving an Italian Sub. Mmm!!!!

To learn more about BJ’s bakery and deli services please visit this page. Remember, not all stores have a bakery and/or deli, so please call your local store to make sure they have the service you require.

To find a BJ’s Wholesale Club location near you please visit BJs.com. You can also find the brand on social media (all the links can be found on their website).

What are the #1 essentials you like to have when you get together to watch football games?

Have you ever used BJ’s Deli or Bakery services? Feel free to share your experiences.



*I received a BJ’s gift card in exchange for this post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Celebrate the season with Chuao Chocolatier



I know a lot of people love the summer season, but I’m not a big fan of heat and humidity. I love autumn. It’s my favorite season. I love the perfect-weather days and cool nights (I sleep so much better when it’s cool outside). I also love the leaves changing colors and the start to the holiday season.

Now that our minds are off of flip flops and bathing suits, we have moved on to more seasonal things like sweaters and anything pumpkin spice flavor.

Pumpkin spice things are nice, but there are other ways you can enjoy the fall season. One such way is with gourmet chocolate. And no, I don’t mean pumpkin spice chocolate either (although that does sound good).

If you read my blog on a regular basis you have probably seen reviews for Chuao Chocolatier. They have some truly unique flavor combinations.


Here is a little background information about the brand;

Chuao Chocolatier is a pioneering brand that is arousing consumers’ senses with today’s most innovative flavor combinations, including milk and dark chocolate paired with potato chips, bacon, honeycomb, chilies, popping candy, panko breadcrumbs, olive oil and more. The brand’s all-natural, handcrafted and ethically sourced line of chocolate bars, bonbons, drinking chocolates and specialty items are crafted from a proprietary blend of premium chocolate and fresh, natural ingredients. All of Chuao’s delicious creations are developed at the masterful hand of Venezuelan Chef Michael Antonorsi, Master Chocolatier!

I have tried several flavors fro the brand. They recently sent me a few flavors that are ideal for the fall season.

Cinnamon Cereal Smooch: What better time of the year for a hint of cinnamon? In the morning or at night, this bar is a perfect mouth-watering snack at any time.

This chocolate does taste like it’s mixed with cinnamon breakfast cereal – kind of like Cinnamon Toast Crunch (or at least that is how it tastes to me).

I love chocolate kissed with a touch of cinnamon. It’s a great flavor combination. You would never think to put cinnamon and chocolate together – but they perfect flavor combination. I wish more chocolates were made with cinnamon.

I wouldn’t recommend eating this for breakfast (LOL!) but it is a nice late morning / early afternoon snack treat.


Strawberry Waffle Wild: Crunchy waffles fall for bits of tangy strawberry in milk chocolate.

I know what you are thinking – strawberries are not a fall staple. But warm, fluffy waffles on a chilly fall morning are.

Strawberries and waffles… is there a better flavor combination? Toss in some chocolate and you have a flavorful chocolate bar. I challenge  you not to want to eat the entire bar in one sitting. Personally I had a hard time stopping. I had to break off a piece, wrap up the rest of the bar and put it away or I WOULD eat the whole bar.

Just like with the Cinnamon Cereal Smooch bar, this one is not for breakfast (but it sure does taste like it would make a great breakfast).

Baconluxious:  If you’re craving a hint of maple, don’t hesitate to dive in to the maple-y sweetness of this salty meets sweet bar. The crispiness of bacon touched with the sweet maple syrup is a pairing to entertain your mouth.

I was anxious to see what my son thought about this chocolate bar. Lately he’s been obsessed with bacon. He’s into anything made with bacon. I just had to have him try this chocolate bar.

I can’t imagine why anyone would think to pair bacon (a cured meat) with chocolate. It sounds kind of gross.

This was one chocolate bar I was a bit hesitant to try. After seeing my son enjoying it I gave it a try. It’s actually really good. You can taste the bacon and the sweetness of maple syrup, but it’s not overpowering. It’s most like a touch of bacon. You don’t eat huge chunks of it. Dare I say I really like this one, even though I really didn’t get a chance to eat much of the bars because my son claimed them for himself.

C Chocolates

I forgot to mention that these bars smell good too. I also appreciate that they are sectioned off into bite size pieces so you can take as little (or as much) as you want. I’m a 3-square person. I always go for three squares.

Now that the fall season is finally here it’s time to celebrate with delicious, mouth-watering flavors from Chauo Chocolatiers.

If you would like to learn more about the brand, or check out their other unique flavor combinations like Triple Nut Temptation, Oh My S’mores, Firecracker or Orange to Go Go, visit ChuaoChocolatier.com.

You can also find them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.



*I received free product sample 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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Burgers for Better Schools at Red Robin (gift card giveaway ends 10/10/15)


Burgers for School

Now that the kids have been back to school for a few weeks our minds have turned from buying backpacks and school supplies to homework, studying for tests, after school clubs and sports.

As a child I never really gave education a thought. It was just something we all had to do. Even my mom made it known that graduating from high school wasn’t an option – it was mandatory.

It wasn’t until I became a parent that I really gave education a lot of thought. It really is very important for children to receive the best education as possible. Education offers opportunities and opens doors to students. In order to be successful you need to be educated.

Sadly, some children are not receiving the best education possible, mostly due to funding. Some schools struggle to fund new books and supplies for students.

Now there is a way you can help and you don’t have to do much more than enjoy a tasty hamburger from your local Red Robin restaurant as part of the brand’s Burgers for Better Schools program.

Here is some important information about the program.

Red Robin Burgers for School

Burgers for Better Schools is an extension of Red Robin’s loyalty rewards program, which gives members the opportunity to support local K-12 schools simply by dining at participating Red Robin restaurants and using their Red Robin Royalty member account. When a Red Robin Royalty member’s account is presented at the time of purchase, Red Robin will donate one percent of the total bill (excluding taxes, gratuities and gift card sales) to their school of choice.

If you are not already a Red Robin Royalty member, it’s FREE to sign up. Once you are a member you can select your child’s school so that the donation goes to them. You can also change your school selection at any time.

Through the dashboard you can also make additional donations to the school of your choice if you want.

There are even tools available to members to help spread the word about the program.

If you would like to learn more about this program please visit www.RedRobin.com/BetterSchools.

If you are not already a rewards members you should certainly sign up for it. Not only can you help your child’s school but you can also get perks such as getting every 10th item purchased FREE, a FREE birthday burger and so much more.

For more information please visit Royalty.RedRobin.com.

My husband, son and I recently ate at Red Robin. It’s a wonderful family restaurant. My husband have also ate at Red Robin on a “date night.”

I love their drinks – especially their popular “Freckled Lemonade.” My son had soda and my husband had the VERY delicious Poppin’ Purple Lemonade. I’ll have to get that the next time we go.


My husband had a burger and I had fish and chips, as did my son. I know, we’re at one of the most popular burger places around, but when I saw fish and chips on the menu I suddenly had a craving for them. My son was going to buy a burger too, but after he heard me order fish and chips he changed his mind.

Our meals came with “bottomless” French fries too.


One of my most favorite things to order from Red Robin are their onion rings. I LOVE their onion rings!!!

Onion Rings

Their decor is pretty cool too. Where we were sitting there was a piece of artwork made out of old 8-track tapes. For those of you around my age (40-something) you might vaguely remember them (they were phasing out around the time cassettes were popular).


Did you know the first Red Robin restaurant opened in Seattle, Washington back in 1969. Did you know it’s been around that long? There are now over 500+ Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada.

If you love burgers, you’ll love Red Robin. They have over two dozen high-quality burgers and other menu items made from fresh, quality ingredients. In fact, their burgers are made fresh, never frozen, from all-natural, domestic, USDA-inspected beef. They also use hormone free poultry and locally sourced product.

Red Robin offers “bottomless” steak fries, soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, mixed beverages and mouth-watering desserts.

 To find a Red Robin location near you please visit their official website. In addition you can find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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One lucky reader will win a $75 Red Robin gift card, compliments of Red Robin. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 10, 2015. 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 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 what is your favorite Red Robin menu item or what is your favorite type of burger?

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*I received a free gift card in order to visit a local Red Robin in exchange for my participation. The Red Robin information and gift cards have been provided by Red Robin. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Pumpkins, Costumes and Candy – OH MY! (giveaway ends 10/8/15)


My kids when they were little enjoying picking out a pumpkin to carve.

My kids when they were little enjoying picking out a pumpkin to carve.

Boooooooooooo! It’s that time of year again – Halloween season. Actually, several stores where I live have been ready for Halloween since mid-August (no kidding!). I don’t understand the need to rush the holidays and seasons.

It’s hard to get into the Halloween spirit until the weather starts to cool down a bit.

Last week my husband and I visited a Halloween store – one that specifically sells awesome decorations and more costumes than you can possibly imagine. It was from that moment on that we have been in the Halloween spirit.

I miss my kids being little and buying costumes for them. They are teenagers now and don’t go trick or treating, although my daughter is going to a Halloween bash this year.

One of my weaknesses this time a year (aside from buying new decorations) is the candy. Oh my! The candy is everywhere! It’s hard not to buy up all my favorites because I know they’ll be gone before Halloween night swings around.

PEEPS® has a new product this year, as well as some returning favorites. I know that PEEPS® are not something you would normally give out to trick or treaters, but they are delicious treats for your kids, grandchildren, party guests and even yourself.

New this year, PEEPS® is offering;

Peeps & Company Candies

NEW PEEPS® Tombstones: These fun and frightening PEEPS® marshmallow shapes are sure to be gobbled up this fall. The scary grave markers include silly epitaphs that will grab fans’ attention. The new shape is perfect for recipes and crafting spooky décor for Halloween festivities! SRP: $1.49 – $1.79 for a nine count package.

NEW PEEPS® Pumpkin Spice Flavored Chicks Dipped in White Fudge: With the arrival of fall starts the pumpkin spice craze! Now PEEPS® is joining the highly anticipated trend with new marshmallow Chicks in a pumpkin spice flavor that are dipped in white fudge. SRP: $1.99 for three count package.

NEW PEEPS® Caramel Apple Flavored Chicks Dipped in Caramel Fudge: Caramel apples now come in a cute and quirky Chick shape! PEEPS® captured the taste of this fall tradition with marshmallow Chicks that are apple flavored and dipped in caramel fudge. SRP: $1.99 for three count package.

NEW PEEPS® Candy Corn Flavored Chicks Dipped in White Fudge: Orange, yellow and white, these PEEPS® Chicks are sure to delight! PEEPS® is now making Chicks that are candy corn flavored that will be gobbled up this fall. To really give your taste buds an extra treat these festive Chicks are dipped in white fudge. SRP: $1.99 for three count package.

I love that PEEPS® now has a Pumpkin Spice product. Pumpkin Spice is so “in” these days. Everyone is on the “pumpkin spice bandwagon.” LOL!

I’ve tried each of the new PEEPS® and let me tell you, they are DELISH! My favorite is the Caramel Apple. The PEEPS® dipped in caramel. Marshmallows and caramel – who knew they would make a yummy combination.

Our Peeps & Company candies in a cute "bat" basket/decoration.

Our Peeps & Company candies in a cute “bat” basket/decoration.

I have to laugh about the first time my kids saw the Tombstone PEEPS®. They are actually gray in color (a light gray). My kids were trying to guess what flavor they were. They actually don’t have much of a flavor. They simply taste like marshmallows.

PEEPS® is also bringing back some favorite Halloween PEEPS® too.

PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Cats: A black cat crossing your path is usually a scary sight around Halloween time, but these chocolate mousse cats are sure to delight. Any child would be happy to get these yummy cats as a Halloween favor. SRP: $0.79 – $0.99 for four count package, $1.39 – $1.69 for eight count package.

PEEPS® Marshmallow Ghosts: Boo! These white ghost-shaped marshmallows adorned with spooky faces can be enjoyed in a package size of three or nine. These marshmallow flavored ghosts are perfect for decorating and crafting throughout the Halloween season. SRP: $0.79 – $0.99 for three count package, $1.39 – $1.69 for nine count package.

PEEPS® Marshmallow Pumpkins: Have fun with Halloween pumpkins without all the carving mess! These orange pumpkin-shaped marshmallows decorated with jack-o-lantern faces come in a delicious marshmallow flavor. SRP: $0.79 – $0.99 for eight count package, $1.39 – $1.69 for 24 count package.

PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Orange Chicks: Indulging in this package of three delectable marshmallow Chicks dipped in milk chocolate is a perfect way to reward yourself with a sweet treat this Halloween. These Chicks are a representation of iconic Halloween colors with the orange marshmallow and deep chocolate color. SRP: $1.99 for a three count package.

Halloween Peeps

I love the milk chocolate dipped Chicks. The orange color throws me off (it’s such a bright color) but they taste so good. Marshmallow and chocolate together is a great combination.

My husband prefers the ghosts and pumpkins over the flavored or dipped PEEPS®. He’s “old school” I guess.

If you are looking for treats to pass out to trick or treaters, check out the individually packaged MIKE AND IKE® Halloween offerings.

Mummy’s Mix/Vampire Variety Snack Pack: When you can’t decide between the two delicious varieties, what do you do? MIKE AND IKE® won’t make you choose and wants you to have both. This variety bag comes with MIKE AND IKE® pouches of both the Mummy’s Mix and the Vampire Variety flavors. SRP: $5.00 – 5.50 for 45 count package, $7.00 – 7.75 for 72 count package.

Mike and Ike

Original Fruits Snack Pack: MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits has been loved by kids and adults alike for 75 years. This fall you can enjoy the mix that started it all and give out the perfect treat to trick-or-treaters. This variety comes in both a snack pack and a new Halloween theater box. The Halloween theater box is available exclusively at Walmart. SRP: $2.50 – 3.00 for 21 count package, $1.00 – 1.50 for theater box.

I’ve always been a fan of MIKE AND IKE® candies. Even though you are suppose to chew them, I sometimes like to suck on them. I wait for the coating to dissolve then I chew the gummy part.

The original flavors are great but if you are looking for something that packs a powerful flavor punch, you should try the Vampire/Mummy Mix variety. The fruity flavors are really intense.

Hot Tamales

There is another fun option to hand out to trick or treaters this year – one I never though of before – HOT TAMALES®. If you have never had them before they are similar to MIKE AND IKE® candies as far as size, shape and texture – but these little candies pack a serious punch! They are super hot. Or at least I think they are hot. My kids and husband tell me that they are not hot at all. I guess you’ll have to try them for yourself.

I think this is a fun candy to offer kids at Halloween. It’s not something you typically find in their trick or treat bags. It’s unique.

Fierce Cinnamon Snack Pack: Want to give your trick-or-treaters something extra spicy for Halloween? This HOT TAMALES® snack pack is perfect for party favors or Halloween lunchbox treats. This variety comes in both a snack pack and a new Halloween theater box. The Halloween theater box is available exclusively at Walmart. SRP: $2.50 – 3.00 for 21 count package, $1.00 – 1.50 for theater box.

Another uncommon treat option is GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®. Sadly, not too many people I know personally know about these candies. I don’t know why. I’ve liked these for years. They are available year round in most candy aisles. They are the perfect combination of chocolate and peanuts.

Now these classic candies are available in individually wrapped snack size versions that you can pass out to those who come knocking on your door Halloween night.

We have – or should I say HAD – two bags of these (one milk and the other dark chocolate). My family has managed to eat them all up already. Now I have to go buy more for the trick or treaters.

Goldenbergs Peanut Chews

  • GOLDENBERG’S® Original Dark and Milk Chocolatey PEANUT CHEWS®: Just in time for Halloween, you can now buy Goldenberg’s® Original Dark or Milk Chocolatey Peanut Chews®. A monster’s favorite kind of Halloween candy is a combination of chewy chocolatey bites loaded with crunchy peanuts! This bag is perfect for handing out treats to all the neighborhood children. SRP: $2.99 – $3.49 per 12oz bag.

If you are on the look out for some great candies to offer to guests and trick or treaters you should consider PEEPS®, MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES® and/or GOLDENBERG’S® Original Dark and Milk Chocolatey PEANUT CHEWS®. They are available where most Halloween candy is sold.

All of these brands are part of Peeps & Company. They are also available on the Peeps and Company website for purchase including other fun treats and goodies.

You can also save 30% off on the purchase of these candies by visiting the Peeps & Company website and using the discount code HALLOWPEEPS15. This code expires on October 31, 2015

You can also check out the brands on their official websites and on social media.

Peeps & Company – Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Peeps – Website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Mike & Ike – Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Peanut Chews – Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Hot Tamales – Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Also, check out what others are saying by following the hashtag #Peepsonality.


Peeps & Company would like to give a lucky reader a box full of treats from the brands and products mentioned in this post. Thank you Peeps & Company!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 8, 2015. 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 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 of the above mentioned candies are your favorite – OR – which one are you most anxious to try?

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New Outback Steakhouse Grand Opening (giftcard giveaway ends 10/10/15)



Do you love Outback Steakhouse? My family does. My husband and son love their burgers. I personally like the Alice Springs Chicken or the Teriyaki steak meat on a skewer. My daughter always orders their grilled salmon.

No trip to Outback Steakhouse would be complete without a Bloomin’ Onion. We LOVE Bloomin’ Onions!

I know that many readers don’t like in the New York City area, but I do know that people often travel to this area or might know someone who lives in the area. That is why I wanted to share the news about a new Outback Steakhouse restaurant opening in the Bronx, New York.

The newest Outback restaurant is located at 270 Baychester Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday. Call-ahead seating is available by calling the restaurant at 718-304-0483, or get seated faster by adding your name to the wait list that same day through Click Thru Seating at Outback.com/Seating. Upon arrival, you’ll be seated as quickly as possible.

Although the doors will open at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 28th, there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony that evening at 5:30 PM. Local residents are invited to attend.

“We’re thrilled to be the newest neighbor in the Bronx and to set roots in this thriving community,” said Marc Barnes, Local Proprietor, Outback Steakhouse. “We’ve expanded our Outback family to include nearly 180 local residents at this new location.”


This new restaurant will feature a “Modern Australia” design with décor that mirrors the indigenous flora and fauna, adventure, geography and leisure of modern day Australia. Guests will also enjoy a spacious, energetic bar area that includes a community table – a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy specialty beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails. The new bar will also feature customized seating and furnishings and is connected directly to the outdoor dining patio.

Sounds lovely! I love the idea of an outdoor dining patio. I wish our local Outback Steakhouse had one of those.

In addition to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, those who come to the new restaurant in the Bronx can enjoy the following;

For a limited time, the Bronx Outback is offering mouthwatering steak paired with unlimited Garlic Herb Butter Shrimp or Crispy Shrimp with new Volcano Dipping Sauce starting at just $15.99. Plus, in addition to Outback’s signature bold steak dinner entrées, guests can enjoy new core menu innovations, including the new Wood-Fire Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Premium Sides, such as Steakhouse Mac & Cheese, Loaded Mash and Parmesan Fries. The restaurant will also feature a wide variety of fast and affordable lunch combos, starting at just $6.99, such as the Aussie Steak Tacos or the new ½ Ribeye Melt.

There is even more reason to celebrate the new restaurant opening. The new location is hosting a “Give Back” event on Monday, October 5, 2015 to support their local community. A portion of the sales from that day will be use to support Harry S. Truman High School.

Harry S. Truman High School promises to engage students in rigorous instruction, to ensure a safe and nurturing learning environment, and to graduate young men and women who are skillful problem solvers, creative thinkers and global citizens. For more information, please visit www.BXTrumanHighSchool.com.


It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

If you live in the Bronx, plan on visiting the Bronx or know anyone who lives and/or works in the Bronx I hope you can pass along the information about the new restaurant opening and the “Give Back” event.

To find an Outback Steakhouse location near you please visit www.Outback.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Outback gift card

To celebrate the new store opening I have a $50.00 Outback Steakhouse gift card to give to a lucky reader (the gift card can be used at any location), compliments of Outback Steakhouse. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 10, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email 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 what your favorite menu item is from Outback Steakhouse?

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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*I have partnered with Outback Steakhouse to bring you this information and giveaway. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own (unless otherwise noted) and were not influenced in any way.

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