Check out what is new from Edy’s (Dreyer’s) – Frozen Custard


Edy's Frozen Custard

It’s that time of year ago when families and sports teams like to stop by their local ice cream parlor to enjoy a cold, creamy treat. My family will occasionally stop by our local ice cream shop, but ideally we like to enjoy our ice cream at home. It’s by far a lot less expensive and we are able to create almost any treat we want using a variety of toppings, including ones you won’t find at an ice cream shop like cereal and granola.

Edy’s is one of our favorite brands of ice cream. In some parts of the country the brand is known as Dreyer’s. It’s the same company, it just goes by a different name. For the purpose of my review I’ll use Edy’s because that is what it’s known as here in the North East.

My husband is a huge fan of Edy’s Chocolate and Vanilla ice creams. My kids and I like their other flavors (in addition to Chocolate and Vanilla). Their Butter Pecan and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors are so good!

NEW! Edy's (Drayer's) Frozen Custard in mouth watering flavors

NEW! Edy’s (Drayer’s) Frozen Custard in mouth watering flavors

Recently the brand introduced a new product line – Frozen Custard.

To be honest with you I wasn’t really sure what the difference it between Frozen Custard and regular ice cream.

According to Google;

The high percentage of butterfat and egg yolk gives frozen custard a thick, creamy texture and a smoother consistency than ice cream. Frozen custard can be served at −8°C (18°F), warmer than the −12°C (10°F) at which ice cream is served, in order to make a soft serve product.

Edy’s has recently released several Frozen Custard flavors and the great news is that they are NOT limited editions. These flavors are here to stay. Yeah!

Old Fashioned Vanilla


Old Fashioned Vanilla – Great vanilla flavor. Plain. Simple. Great for topping with your favorite toppings.

Chocolate Malt

Chocolate Malt – This tastes like a rich chocolate but with a “kick.” You can really taste the malt. My husband thought it was a coffee flavored custard. It’s not. I guess he doesn’t really know what malt tastes like.



Mint Cookies n Cream

Mint Cookies N’ Cream – Love! Love! Love this flavor. It has a rich, mint flavor with bits of chocolate cookie. The cookie pieces are crunchy too, not soft and mushy like add ins can be in ice cream like products.

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie – This flavor is a favorite of my neighbors. I had received a lot of custard samples so I shard them with neighbors. They could not stop raving about this flavor. I couldn’t wait to try it for myself. YUMM!!! I can see why everyone was raving about this one. If you love peanut butter you’ll want to try this flavor. It’s not “overly” peanut buttery either.

Salted Caramel Pretzel


Salted Caramel Pretzel – I really wanted to like this one a lot but I found that it needed more pretzels. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. It’s really good. I just wish it had more pretzel pieces. The pieces are pretty big, and cover in chocolate (a nice touch). I just wish there were more of them. It does have a nice caramel flavor. In fact you’ll get plenty of delightful spoonful’s of caramel. Yum!



Snickerdoodle – This is an interesting frozen custard flavor. It’s vanilla custard with swirls of cinnamon and little bits of cinnamon cookies. Sometimes cinnamon can have too much of a “kick” to it but that was not the case with this flavor. In a way it reminded me of cinnamon buns without the sticky, sugary topping. This flavor really does remind me of a Snickerdoodle cookie.  

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake – If you like strawberry shortcake this is THE FLAVOR for you. I really does taste like a slice of strawberry shortcake. I would not consider this strawberry custard. It has a cake-like taste to it. When I eat this flavor I can envision myself eating a slice of strawberry shortcake which was my favorite type of cake growing up. No one in my immediate family likes strawberry shortcake so I haven’t enjoy it in  many years. This this ice cream flavor I can literally have my cake and eat it too. LOL!

I have enjoyed all the frozen custard flavors. They all have a thick, rick and creamy consistency. You can tell the difference between the frozen custard and ice cream when you compare them. We happened to have Edy’s Vanilla and Chocolate in the freezer when these arrived at my door. When you take a spoonful of each the frozen custard is by far more creamier.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, we are big fans of Edy’s ice cream (Grand). I think from now on we might just reach for one of the frozen custard varieties if they are readily available at our local grocery store. You can’t beat the rich and creamy texture.

We had A LOT of yummy Edy's to enjoy and share with neighbors.

We had A LOT of yummy Edy’s to enjoy and share with neighbors.

I also like that the add ins (pretzels, cookie pieces…) see fresh and even retaining it’s crunch. Sometimes add ins get soft and mushy. They are still good, but not the same as having a bit of a crunchy texture. The frozen custard adds in tasted like we added them in ourselves.

If you would like to learn more about these and other Edy’s products please visit www.Edys.com (www.Dreyers.com in other parts of the country). You can also find the brands on social media.

Have you tried Edy’s/Dreyer’s new frozen custards yet? If so, do you have a favorite flavor? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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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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New Limited Edition “BIG” RITZ Crackers



Are you a fan of those RITZ crackers?

My family loves RITZ crackers. Not only do we enjoy them “as is,” we also enjoy them with a lot of different toppings. My personal favorites are sharp cheddar cheese and peanut butter (NOT together – meaning peanut butter on top of a RITZ OR sharp cheddar).

RITZ crackers also go great crushed up and sprinkled on top of a piping hot bowl of soup.


RITZ have come along way over the years. These days you can find these buttery crackers in a variety of tasty flavors including Honey Wheat, Garlic Butter and Bacon flavored. The crackers are also available in snack pack sizes.

For a limited time these popular crackers will be available in a new size – BIG!

Big RITZ crackers are the same crackers that you love to eat – except in a larger size.

RITZ sent me a package of the new Big crackers to try out for myself.

Big Ritz


The regular RITZ cracker is on the bottom/left and the new limited edition Big RITZ is on the top/right.

The Big crackers are just as yummy as their smaller cousins.

It’s unfortunate that these are a limited edition. I happen to love the larger size. You can use them with a lot of great toppings. I also like that you can use them as part of your lunch, just not a snack. I enjoyed the larger RITZ crackers with tuna fish for lunch one day. It was very filling and satisfying.

Look for the Big RITZ crackers where ever RITZ crackers are sold.

For more information about Ritz crackers, as well as delicious recipes, visit www.RITZCrackers.com. You can also check out the brand on social media – Facebook.com/RITZCrackers and Twitter.com/RITZCrackers.

Do you and your family enjoy RITZ crackers? Do you enjoy them “as is” or do you like to top them with different things? What is your favorite way to enjoy this cracker?



*I received a 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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Celebrate Earth Day with Entenmann’s Little Bites, TerraCycle and the Arbor Day Foundation (Giveaway ends 4/22/15)



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Earth Day is on April 22, 2015. In fact it’s celebrated annually on the same day. It was first celebrated in 1970. Sadly I didn’t know about Earth Day until a few years ago. Our school district never did anything to support this important day.

Earth Day is celebrated by nearly 200 countries from around the world. This worldwide event is held in support of environmental protection.

We only have one Earth. We all need to come together to do what we can to protect it.

There will be many events held across the globe to celebrate Earth and to educate people about environmental issues.

This year the brand Entenmann’s is celebrating Earth Day with two great campaigns featuring one of their popular snack lines – Entenmann’s Little Bites.

My family loves Little Bites, most especially the Brownies. I can’t keep them in the house long enough. I also really like the Blueberry Muffins.

Little Bites

I like that Little Bites are portion controlled. I also like that they are individually packaged so you can enjoy them on the go or tuck them inside your lunch or tote bag.

Here is a little more information about the Entenmann’s initiatives.

Entenmann’s Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), has announced two major eco-initiatives for Earth Day 2015 for its Little Bites brand.  For the third year in a row, Entenmann’s will partner with TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste, for the Little Bites “Turn Trash to Cash” recycling campaign. Entenmann’s will also partner with the Arbor Day Foundation for Earth Day 2015 to launch a special Facebook Sweepstakes to help plant up to 25,000 trees in forests in need throughout the United States.

Kids (and families) can turn their Little Bites pouches into CASH for their school with the “Trash to Cash” program.

Terracycle Panel

Entanmann’s Little Bite snacks have partnered with “upcycling” experts TerraCycle to re-purpose the snack bags the Little Bits come in.

I met some people from TerraCycle a few years ago and was able to make a really cool tote bag out of re-purposed packaging and duct tape. It was fun to do and I learned a lot about “upcycling.”

As part of the Trash for Cash program, participating “Pouch Brigades” throughout the country will be collecting empty Little Bites packaging. These will in turn be delivered to TerraCycle where they will be redeemed for cash the schools can use to buy supplies or whatever they need. TerraCycle will use the empty packaging and turn them into tote bags, pencil cases and even picnic benches (it’s true! I learned about that a few years ago).

Not only does this program re-purpose packaging and help schools raise money it also keeps the packaging out of the landfills.

Click here to learn more about how the Little Bites Pouch Brigades work.


In addition to the Trash for Cash program, Little Bites also has an Arbor Day Sweepstakes you might be interested in.

Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks announced a new partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation as part of its 2015 Earth Day initiatives. Through a special Facebook Sweepstakes, for every entry received (fan or not), Entenmann’s Little Bites will donate $1 to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree, up to 25,000 trees.  What a way to make Earth Day extra green!

The Sweepstakes launched last month but will run through April 23, 2015. Twenty five (25) first prize winners FREE Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks for one year (as 52 Little Bites $5 coupons, a $260 retail value.)

You can also enter to win an assortment of weekly prizes, including 100 second place prizes of a Little Bites upcycled tote bag and four Little Bites $5 coupons (a $35 retail value) or one of their 150 third place prizes of one Little Bites $5 coupon.

Entry is through the Sweepstakes on the Entenmann’s Little Bites Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET April 23, 2015.

For additional information, including official sweepstakes rules, visit the Little Bites Facebook page.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to once again work with TerraCycle on a program that not only helps the environment, but also aids schools and students across the country,” said Maureen Sticco, Director of Marketing Services, Entenmann’s. “This year, the additional partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation adds a wonderful new benefit for our environment — the chance for Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks to help plant 25,000 trees in our nation’s forests in most need.”

Why did Entenmann’s Little Bites team up with the Arbor Day Foundation?

Trees help clean the air!  They improve the quality of the air we breathe by capturing dust and pollution particles that can affect our health.

  • These particles cling to the leaves rather than float in the air.  When it rains, the dust and particles are simply washed to the ground.
  • Global forests removed about one third of fossil fuel emissions annually from 1990 to 2007.

Trees help fight climate change. As trees grow, they remove greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon, and release pure oxygen into the atmosphere.

  • In one year an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000  miles.
  • One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
  • More than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply is actually produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

Trees planted along waterways can help filter out chemicals that might otherwise wash to our water sources. They also can create stable soil and help prevent soil erosion, flooding and even landslides!

  • In 1997 NYC spent $1.5 billion to preserve the forested watershed that supplies it’s drinking water by purchasing thousands of upstate acres of forested watershed (A filtration plant large enough to clean the city’s water supply would have cost more than $6 billion!)
  • Today, New Yorkers enjoy some of the cleanest drinking water in the world and NYC has even won regional water taste competitions.

Trees properly planted around a home can help lower air conditioning and heating costs by up to 25%!

  • Carefully placed shade trees  — planted to the west, east or northwest of a house — can save that household’s energy needs for cooling during the warm weather months. (The overall cooing effect of a healthy, mature tree is equivalent to TEN room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day!)
  • When these trees loose their leaves in the winter, they also allow the sun to reach and warm the house, saving energy for heating as well.
  • Evergreen trees planted to the north or northwest can serve as ‘windbreaks’ and help reduce cold winter winds, blowing snow, dust and even block out noise!  This all means less burning of fossil fuels, which is good for the environment.

For more information about Entenmann’s Little Bites please visit the Entenmann’s website, www.Entenmanns.com. You can also find the Entenmann’s brand on social media.

Entenmann’s would like to give a lucky reader a fun prize package. The prize package includes a TerraCycle Little Bites tote bag and four (4) coupons for FREE Little Bites products (up to a $5 value each). Thank you Entenmann’s!


This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 22, 2015 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 what your favorite Entenmann’s Little Bites flavor is?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received the same prize package 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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Check out what’s new from Ciao Bella



I love ice cream, gelato, sorbetto and Italian ices. We don’t enjoy them as much in the winter as we do in the warmer weather months. During the winter we opt for hot chocolate instead of cold treats, for obvious reasons.

Now that the warmer weather is just about here (spring has been a bit too cold for us thus far), our thoughts are turning to the fun things we like to do when the weather is warm such as visit our favorite parks, head off to the beach and enjoy ice cream on a park bench at our nearby “mom and pop” ice cream stand.

Have you ever tried gelato? It’s a lot like ice cream but it’s made a different way.

One brand that is well known for their gelatos is Ciao Bella. Have you ever tried any products from Ciao Bella?

Crafted like no other, Ciao Bella’s indulgent collection of gelato and sorbetto creates moments of happiness everywhere with an unparalleled, incredibly unique dessert experience. We simply rely on a chef inspired blend of pure, naturally intense ingredients and a passion for evoking pleasure and delight in every frozen bite.

Offering unique and intense flavors, like Blood Orange Sorbetto and Key Lime Graham Gelato Squares, Ciao Bella uses only the most pure ingredients, resulting in frozen specialties that embody both classic Italy and modern America. The brand has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, AOL’s home page, and has won seventeen (17) NAST sofi™ gold awards for its captivating and mouthwatering creations.

Ciao Bella’s product line is always expanding. They have added some new flavors that you should try out if you get the chance.

Ciao Bella sent me some of their new flavors to try out with my family.


Chocolate Marscapone

Chocolate Mascarpone

I wasn’t sure about this flavor at first. Mascarpone is a creamy cheese. So the idea of chocolate cream cheese didn’t sound so good, but then I thought about chocolate cheesecake, which for me is what this flavor tastes like. It has a smooth, creamy texture. For a flavor I worried I might not like I can’t get enough of it.

Blueberry Passion Fruit Sorbetto

This is a delightfully fruit sorbetto. It’s sweet and tart at the same time. I’m a big fan of blueberries so I love anything made with blueberries. It’s also very light because it’s a sorbet, not a gelato. This is the perfect summer time treat (or any time of year).

Ciao Bella Blueberry Passion Fruit

In addition Ciao Bella also sent me these other flavors to try out.

Strawberry Limonata

Invigoratingly sweet in flavor and in fragrance, refreshingly juicy with every pretty pink bite.

This is very tart and sour. It’s a lot like strawberry lemonade, but more so lemon than strawberry. The strawberry taste is there, but the lemon is certainly the “main act” in this show. If you love tart flavors you’ll want to try out this one.

Alphonso Mango

The delicate tropical flavor and juicy flesh of perfectly ripened mangoes brings a thick, almost creamy, texture to this Sorbetto.

This is very fruity and tastes exactly like mango. Sadly I am not a fan of mango. I did try some just for the sake of knowing how it tastes for this post, but it’s not for me. If you like mango than this is the sorbet for you. It tastes exactly like the fruit.

Bourbon Caramel Chocolate

This flavor is AMAZING! It combines two of my favorite flavors – chocolate and caramel. It has a deep, rich, creamy flavor. It’s very rich. I can only eat this in small amounts, which is fine. It has a gourmet quality to it – like something that would be served at a five star restaurant, yet it’s available in your grocer’s freezer.

Madagascar Vanilla

Rich, buttery gelato flecked with vanilla beans. Who says vanilla has to be plain?

This is a really nice vanilla flavor. This doesn’t taste like the type of vanilla. It’s a much more intense flavor. Similar to the Bourbon Caramel Chocolate, this has a more “gourmet” quality to it. My husband, a bit fan of vanilla, practically gobbled the whole container up on his own.

If you would like to learn more about these or other Ciao Bella flavors/products visit them online at CiaoBellaGelato.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Ciao Bella is sold at many retail locations across the country. There is a store locator on their site.

Have you tried Ciao Bella products before? Do you have a favorite flavor?

Ciao Bella 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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New Mini Peanut Butter Cups from Justin’s


Mini Cups

A few months ago I was introduced to a brand called Justin’s. Justin’s makes amazing nut butters such as Honey Almond Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, Chocolate Almond Butter and Classic Almond Butter. Let me tell you they are SO GOOD!

You can read my review post here – Justin’s Nut Butters – Something for Everyone!

In addition to nut butters Justin’s also makes organic peanut butter cups.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall that peanut butter cups are a weakness of mine. I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS!

I’ve also had the opportunity to try out Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. Their dark chocolate peanut butter cup is out of this world delicious. Mmmm… just thinking about them make me crave some.

Justin’s just introduced a new product to their ever growing product line – new Organic Mini Peanut Butter Cups. They are the same great tasting peanut butter cups, just in a mini size.

The Organic Mini Peanut Butter Cups are available in both milk and dark chocolate.

PB Cups

Each mini cup is the perfect bite size. They are individually wrapped making them great for sharing or for enjoying on the go.

The cups are 70 calories each. If you are looking for some chocolate to help satisfy a craving these little cups are a great option. They can help you with portion control, providing that you can stop at just one (I sure can’t – LOL).

The mini cups are so good that they even won this year’s first place award, “Best of West” at the Natural Products Expo West.

If you would like to learn more about the yummy mini peanut butter cups, or other Justin’s products, please visit Justins.com. You can also find the brand on all the social media sites. All the links are found at the top right of their home page.

Justin’s also has some great recipes on their site worth checking out.

Have you tried any Justin’s products yet? If so, which products and do you have a favorite?



*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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Craving a delicious ice cream shake? Head on over to SONIC Drive-In



It’s spring time. I time for the weather to get warmer, the skies to get bluer and the grass to get greener. So far that hasn’t happened yet. Winter is still holding on for as long as it can.

We cannot wait for the weather to get nicer so we can resume the things we enjoy doing such as hanging out at the parks along the Hudson River, visiting the state park, enjoying the afternoon at the zoo, attending baseball games at our local stadium and visits to the ice cream shop.

We love ice cream shakes. I’ve tried to make them at home but they never taste as good as they do when you get them from an ice cream shop.

Most ice cream shops around here only carry the classic vanilla or chocolate. Those flavors are great but sometimes you want something a little more.

How about a Jalapeno Chocolate shake, or maybe a Coconut Cream Pie shake? Personally I think an Oreo Chocolate shake or a Strawberry Cheesecake shake are more my speed. The Jalapeno one is a little too adventurous for me.

Where can you find such unique ice cream shake flavors? That’s easy – your nearest SONIC Drive-In.

SONIC Drive-In offers a total of 25 creamy and delicious shake flavors. There is something for everyone on their list.

Here are just a FEW of the mouth watering ice cream shake flavors available at your local SONIC Drive-In.



  • Caramel
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Cherry Cheesecake
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Covered Banana
  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Peanut Butter & Bacon
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Hot Fudge

Of course they offer the classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry too.

“Our team of culinary experts always delivers innovative flavors to make the SONIC experience more exciting, and just like anything else at SONIC, our 25 Shake flavors can be mixed and matched with endless combinations to make sure each guest gets exactly what they want,” said Chef Claes Petersson, vice president of product innovation of Sonic Corp. “Because each Shake is hand-mixed to order, our team members can whip up any flavor the guest can think of. We hope guests will see these 25 flavors as a starting point – a canvas for them to create their own perfect Shake masterpiece!”

Guests are encouraged to get creative and come up with their own creamy concoction; whatever enticing flavors guests are in the mood for, SONIC can whip up a special Shake just for them.


All SONIC Real Ice Cream Shakes are hand mixed and made to order.

We don’t have a SONIC Drive-In close to us, but there is one upstate that we visit a few times a year (mostly in the warmer weather). We enjoy their food and always try to squeeze in an ice cream shake if we’re not too full. Sometimes we specifically stop in just for the shakes.

I really wish we had a SONIC Drive-In near by. I hope SONIC Drive-In will bring one to our area in the near future. That would be awesome.

To make things even sweeter, SONIC Drive-In will offer their yummy real ice cream shakes for half-price EVERY DAY after 8:00 PM from now through the end of summer. Now you see why I wish we had a SONIC Drive-In local to us? We’d visit it almost every week. :-)

To find a location near you visit www.SonicDriveIn.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Are you a fan of SONIC Drive-In? Have you tried their ice cream shakes? Do you have a favorite flavor?



*I received a SONIC Drive-In gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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