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Experience the Pucker Power® of Lemonhead candies (giveaway ends 9/27/14)

 

Box of Lemonheads

Yesterday I wrote a post about the Candy Club monthly candy subscription service. The review package I was sent contained and assortment of sour candies.

I used to love sour candies when I was younger. I guess my taste buds have changed over the years because I find sour candies that I used to enjoy a bit too sour for me.

My husband and my kids on the other hand LOVE sour candies. Next to gum it’s my kid’s favorite type of candy (my husband would probably choose chocolate over a sour candy but sour candy would be his second choice).

My husband keeps a large bag of Lemonhead candy in his wardrobe. He usually has a small baggie full of Lemonheads in his lunch box. Aside from the fact that he loves Lemondheads he says sometimes he likes to have a hard candy to suck on and Lemonheads are his hard candy of choice.

My kids are always dipping their hands into his Lemonhead bag. They too love Lemonheads and like to take a few to school with them to suck on in class.

Lemonheads are made by Ferrara. Ferrara has been making candy for 100+ years (since 1908 to be exact). Even though so much time has past Ferrara still holds the same creativity and innovation at heart today as they did in the company’s early years.

Ferrara are also the #1 non-chocolate candy manufacturers in the United States.

There is some new news in the world of Lemonhead candy. The iconic sweet and sour candy has been tantalizing taste buds for over 50+ years (since 1962). The brad wants to bring this famous candy to a new generation.

This year Lemonhead has come out with new packaging and a new logo. Not only does it give the candy a fresher, updated look, the brand also introduced new products to their candy line.

New Lemonheads

Lemonhead candy still has it’s infamous Pucker Power®, but now they have introduced new flavors including Apple, Cherry, Grape, Orange and Lemon. There are also Chewy Lemonhead and Lemonhead Gummies.

Lemonhead sent my family an awesome package filled with classic Lemonhead candy as well as the new product line.

My favorite is the Chewy Lemonhead variety package that includes the new flavors (cherry, grape, apple, lemon…). I also really like the Lemonhead gummies which also come in a variety of flavors in each package.

My kids really like the Grapehead flavor candies. I think that was both of their favorite new flavor.

My husband’s eyes grew as big as saucers when he saw the assortment of Lemondhead candies we received, including his favorite classic Lemonhead.

I like that that brand is staying true to it’s roots but at the same time offering fans new and exciting products.

The new Lemonhead products are available at retailers nationwide.

You can visit the brand online at www.Lemonhead.com. Also check out the brand’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/Lemonhead) for more information. The brand is also on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (links are found on the brand’s website).

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Lemonhead would love to give a lucky reader a nice assortment of Lemonhead products packaged in a Lemonhead branded drawstring tote bag (my daughter uses the bag for her gym class). Thank you Lemonhead!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 27, 2014 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 why you’d like to win this prize package and/or what new Lemonhead product you would like to try?

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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Kimberly

*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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A “sweet” service to satisfy your sweet tooth and special discount savings

 

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you find yourself craving something sweet, sore or chocolaty from time to time? Do you enjoy trying out new things? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you should look into the Candy Club.

The Candy Club is a monthly subscription service that you can order month-to-month, six month or for a full year.

Each month you’ll receive 2-3 pounds of hand picked candies and treats from the companies enormous collection. You’ll never know what you’ll get so each month it will be a surprise.

You don’t just get a small sampling of candies – you get a fairly large amount which you can share with family and friends. In addition some of the candies come in an adorable clear plastic container with a removable lid that you can re-purpose. You can use them to store things in (buttons, paperclips…) or turn into a piggy bank.

I received a box from the Candy Club to review. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

The box the candy arrive in was big and surprisingly heavy. That is because there is 2-3 pounds of candy in every box.

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Inside the box I found literature about the Candy Club and product information on the candies included in the box.

Underneath the literature I found three containers of candy, a small box of candy and surrounding everything was a couple of handfuls of taffy.

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Inside the box I found the following candies.

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Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy

The salt water taffy is the light blue candy pictured in front of the other candy containers.

I love salt water taffy, but the problem with it is that it often sticks to the wrapper and when you put it in your mouth it’s hard to chew. I often joked that its going to rip one of my fillings out if it get stuck on a tooth.

Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy is different. It DOESN’T stick to the wrapper and it’s not hard or sticky in your mouth. In fact it’s smooth and almost creamy.

I’m not sure what flavor I was sent. I think it might be a cotton candy flavor.

The candy is really enjoyable, especially if you like salt water taffy.

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Sour Power Wild Cherry Belts

If I had to describe this candy in one would I would say SOUR! More like VERY sour – so sour that I thought my face would cave in. LOL!

My husband loves sour candies and he even though these were very sour. The funny thing is my teenagers (also fans of sour candies) didn’t think this candy was very sour at all. I even watched their faces when they tried the candy just to see the funny looks on their faces when the sour taste hit them but there was no facial reaction whatsoever.

It’s weird how me and my husband thought this candy was super sour and my kids didn’t.

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Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans

I love Jelly Beans, especially when I can get them in a variety of flavors because it changes the taste every time you put a random assortment in your mouth.

These are sour, but not overly sour. I’m not a big fan of sour candies and I liked these.

These are great to keep on your desk at work (or at home) and grab a few whenever you are craving something sweet (0r sour).

Unlike other brand assortments (like Jelly Bellys) I liked each of the individual flavors (I tried each flavor one by one too).

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Haribo Gummi Techo Bears

I love Haribo gummies. They are my favorite gummy candies.For me, no other gummy bear comes close to a Haribo gummy bear.

These bears are done up in funky colors with a bit of a shimmery shine to them. They are pretty cool.

These gummies are also a bit sour, but not that bad. They are also very flavorful which is something I come to expect with Haribo gummies.

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Butterfield’s Peach Buds

These are hard candies that have the most realistic peach flavor I have ever experienced in a candy. It tastes like a real peach! I was pleasantly surprised.

So far my family and I have been enjoying all the candies. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the empty containers yet but I plan on re-purposing them some how. I might just refill one of them with other candies to keep on my desk.

Honestly I wish I could afford this club. I think it’s fun to get surprises in the mail, especially when you don’t know what candies will be in the box. Plus I love trying out new things. I wish I could sign up for 6 months or a year. Plus I could share the candy with family and friends who come and visit, or give them a container as a token gift.

If you’d like to learn more about Candy Club visit CandyClub.com. The company can also be found on all the social media sites (the links are found at the top right of their home page).

If you are interested in trying out the club I have a special discount offer for readers, compliments of Candy Club.

You can get 35% off your first month’s payment using the code 35offjs2b21.

OR …

Receive 35% off a full, one time payment by following this link – http://ow.ly/Bg6XH. The total savings would be as follows…

  • $10.50 off 1 month plan (single box purchase)
  • $26.24 off the 3 month plan
  • $48.28 off the 6 month plan
  • $83.96 off the 12 month (one year) plan

What do you think about the Candy Club? Is it something you would want to try out for yourself or give as a gift?

What are your favorite candies?

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Kimberly

*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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Do you skip your vegetables? Ask Celebrity Chef Gina Neely how to get more veggies in your family’s meals

 

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Growing up my mom always made dinner, most of the time from scratch too. I did not grow up eating take out or ordering pizza. In fact, going to the pizza place or ordering a pizza was a special treat. Sadly for some families pizza and take out are a weekly occurrence.

Growing up dinner always consisted of a meat (protein), starch (such as potato, rice or pasta) and vegetables. We also had dessert after dinner which was usually canned fruit with a dollop of whip cream, Jell-O or pudding, and it was served in a tiny glass dish.

When I cook for my family I cook the same way my mom did, except not always from scratch. Times are different and many families are always on the go-go-go so cooking from scratch is not always an option.

Recently Green Giant put out he 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey** for consumers about dinner time and it resulted in some interesting findings.

When it comes to dinnertime, the majority of parents (78%) would rather spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying dinnertime with their kids. Other finding show that parents run into many challenges at dinnertime, including:

  • Never having enough time to cook dinner leaves more than two-in-three (63%) parents falling back on the same tried-and-true, go-to meals, which most often include spaghetti (60%), sandwiches (39%) or chicken tenders (37%).
  • When genuinely trying to incorporate veggies into meals, 70% identify challenges, including getting kids excited about eating them (42%), not having vegetables on hand (32%) or not knowing how to prepare them (20%).
  • Learning to cook new and different meals comes with its own set of challenges. Nearly half (44%) of parents are worried their families won’t like new recipes, 27% don’t want to spend the time or money trying to hunt down unfamiliar ingredients and 21% say there are so many recipe resources available that they just don’t know where to start.

To be honest with you these results don’t surprise me. Maybe the percentages are a bit higher then I would expect, but the challenges that families face at meal time seem to be common.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

I am grateful (oh so grateful) that my kids love vegetables. And not just a handful – they enjoy a large variety of vegetables including ones that most kids try to avoid like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. They snack on veggies (we go through A LOT of baby carrots each week) too. My daughter also prefers her vegetables raw (I always steam vegetables).

When I hear other parents talking about how their child won’t eat vegetables it makes me sad. Not only are they missing out on the nutrients that vegetables provide for our bodies, but they are also missing out on a lot of tasty foods.

Green Giants wants to help families get more vegetables into their diets. To help consumers they’ve created the Fresh Take on What to Make campaign.

“The ‘Fresh Takes’ survey highlights real dinnertime challenges facing parents today who are balancing a lot – work, kids’ school and after-school activities, house chores and pets’ needs, to name a few,” said John Stockman, Associate Marketing Director for Green Giant. “We want to help make dinnertime exciting again by showing families how to transform their go-to meals in simple ways that let the veggies shine and bring families together.”

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant has teamed up with Celebrity Chef Gina Neely to show families just how easy it can be to eat more vegetables.

As a mom, I know parents have the best of intentions and want to prepare exciting and nutritious dinners every night, but hectic schedules lead to falling back on those go-to meals – spaghetti, anyone?” says Gina Neely. “Easy steps, like preparing your grocery list and stocking up on simple ingredients like Green Giant Steamers, can make a big difference in the kitchen.”

This campaign aims to teach busy on the go families helpful tips and ideas to reinvent dinner time and to show consumers how simply and easy just adding something like Green Giant Steamers into your family’s favorite “go to” dishes can get vegetables into your diet.

I actually use Green Giant Steamers with my family. They offer 25 different (and delicious!) steam-in-the-bag varieties. Plus I love that I don’t have to break out my steamer, pots or pans to cook them. Simply pop the bag the microwave.

Some of the Green Giant Steamers are made with unique sauces, seasons and blends which add more “pizzazz” to your meal.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant Steamers offer families a convenient and simple way for families to enjoy their vegetables.

Gina came up with some delicious recipes using Green Giant Steamers that take about 20 minutes to make and use just five ingredients. Any family could easily whip these up, even on a busy weeknight.

If you would like more information, tips and delicious recipes please visit GreenGiant.com/EasyMeals.  You’ll even find money savings coupons on the site.

You can also connect with Gina Neely and Green Giant and ask questions during a Twitter Chat on September 16 at 8pm ET and during a Google+ Hangout on September 23 at 8pm ET.

Do you have any questions for Gian Neely and/or Green Giant that you’d like me to ask for you? I should be at the Google Hangout and I’d be happy to ask questions for you and post the replies. Simply leave your questions in the comments section of this post.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Kimberly

**The 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by ORC International from August 5-8, 2014 among a sample of 986 American parents of children under the age of 18, comprising 487 men and 499 women.

*I have partnered with Green Giant to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New Pillsbury Melts

 

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Oh my goodness! Have you tried the new Pillsbury Melts yet? They are YUMMY!!!!

Have you ever had a Lava Cake before? Lave Cake is a small cake that is filled with hot chocolate syrup inside. When the cake is cut open with your fork (or spoon) the “lava” (hot chocolate sauce) oozes out all over the plate. You can dab the pieces of cake into the chocolate sauce bringing the dessert to a whole other level.

If you had (or seen) a Lava Cake before, imagine that in a smaller version – like a cookie.

The new Pillsbury Melts are pre-made cookies that are stuffed with sweet, delicious goodness. They are so easy to make too. Simply place them on a cookie sheet and bake. That’s it! That is all there is to it. Within minutes you’ll have fresh, hot, ooey, gooey cookies that your whole family will rave about.

The cookies come with a chocolate syrup packet that you can use to drizzle on top of the cookies too.

My daughter made the cookies the other night. She made both the S’more Sensation and Molten Fudge Cake cookies.

I’ll let her photos speak for themselves.

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As you can imagine these cookies were heavenly. They are also very sweet and rich. Normally I could eat a few cookies fresh from the oven. I wasn’t able to do that with these cookies because they are very decadent and filling. That doesn’t mean they went to waste. NO WAY! My family gobbled them all up in a matter of a day.

We put them in the fridge to keep them fresh however they are much better when enjoyed straight from the oven. The insides (chocolate or marshmallow depending on the cookie) is more enjoyable when it oozes from the warm cookie.

These are more than just a cookie – these are more like mini desserts. :-)

For more information please visit Pillsbury.com. You can also check out the brand on social media.

Look for the new Pillsbury Melts at a grocery store near you.

Have you tried the cookies yet? If so, what did you think about them?

If you haven’t tried the cookies yet which flavor would you love to try first? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product coupons 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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I’m participating in Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown!

 

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Football season is already in full swing. I don’t mind. I actually love football, although I can’t watch it for 16+ hours straight like my husband does on Sundays.

My husband is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. I grew up watching the Oakland Raiders with my dad. I liked the Kansas City Chiefs too (not sure why – I just did).

My husband has always been a big time Cowboys fan. So much so our son is named after the team (Dallas is one of his middle names). My husband was so thrilled to have a child named after his favorite football team that he carried his Social Security card around with him for a long time. Ha Ha.

When you are enjoying an exciting football game you need delicious foods. Football and food go hand-in-hand. Whether its chips and dip or a full out tailgating party with barbecue ribs, food is part of the football experience.

Game-day snacks and recipes are as traditional as team chants and lucky jerseys. Don’t get me started on my husband’s game day traditions. Personally I think he’s a bit nutty. Ha Ha.

I was asked if I wanted to participate in the Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown! Frito-Lay is an official NFL partner for the 2014-2015 NFL season.

The challenge is to create a nacho recipe that will go head-to-head with another blogger (just like a football game). After the campaign is over a winning recipe will be chosen based on votes by consumers.

Normally I shy away from these types of competitions. I’m not really a “foodie” and I’m not as creative as other bloggers, however it did sound like a fun challenge so I accepted it.

My recipe is inspired by the Dallas Cowboys and the state of Texas. When I think about Texas I think about barbecues and Tex-Mex foods. I wanted to create something that would incorporate both ideas so I came up with a Barbecue Chicken recipe.

Recipe ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 large rotisserie chicken
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 block of your favorite cream cheese
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 2 cans of Mexican corn
  • Mexican flavored shredded cheese (or your favorite shredded cheese)
  • Assorted vegetables (onions, peppers…).

*I made mine in a crock pot. You can use a pot on your stove top to melt the cream cheese and warm up the other ingredients if you don’t have a crock pot.

Directions:

  1. Remove the chicken from the bone and shred it by hand into small pieces.
  2. Place the chicken in the crock pot (or pot)
  3. Add in the bottle of barbecue sauce (I used the whole bottle), corn (drain out the water first), cream cheese, chopped onions and chopped red and green peppers (I used pre-cut vegetables to make this recipe easier).
  4. Before adding in the kidney beans be sure to rinse them off a few times.
  5. Once everything is in the crock pot (pot) let the ingredients warm up until the cream cheese is fully melted and the recipe has a creamy consistency. Make sure you still often so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Serve on top of nachos or in serving bowls to let guests scoop it up.

This recipe was super easy to make from start to finish. The only time consuming part was waiting for the cream cheese to fully melt. Using pre-cut vegetables made it quick and easy too (my kids snacked on the carrots and zucchini that came with the pack).

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All the ingredients in the crock pot

Of course once you have something as yummy as this recipe you need some tasty chips to go with it. I picked up some RUFFLES® Original Potato Chips, TOSTITOS® SCOOPS!® Tortilla Chips (this is a “scoop-worthy” topping) and TOSTITOS® Cantina Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips.

The TOSTITOS Cantina Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips had information on it about the NFL sweepstakes Frito-Lay is hosting. More on that later.

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Once I had everything ready it’s time to lay it out for family and friends to enjoy, along with a great football game (or two).

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The thing poking out is an onion I neglected to cut up.

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I used a patriotic basket because football is as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Plus the Cowboys are often called "America's Team".

I used a patriotic basket because football is as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Plus the Cowboys are often called “America’s Team”.

Was it good? YES IT WAS!!! My whole family enjoyed it – even my nitpicky kids.

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Here is a photo of the finished product. I neglected to add the cheese before serving it so I had to retrieve one of the bowls to add the cheese.

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What do you think of my recipe? Does it sound like something you’ll want to try at your next football gathering?

My recipe will go head-to-head against other blogger’s recipes. The recipe contest will be held on Frito-Lay’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/FritoLay. I hope you’ll consider voting for me and my recipe.

In addition you can check out Frito-Lay on Twitter (@FritoLay), Instagram and Pinterest (there are a lot of great recipes on the Pinterest page). The brand’s official website is FritoLay.com (also check out Snacks.com).

Frito-Lay is also hosting an Instagram Sweepstakes. Consumers are encouraged to submit their own nacho recipe on Instagram using the hashtag #FritoLayKickoffEntry. Each week one person will be randomly selected to win a prize package from Frito-Lay. So show your team pride by celebrating and making America’s Favorite Snacks part of your tradition plus enter to win a great prize pack from Frito-Lay.

In addition, consumers who vote for their favorite blogger recipe (like mine :-) ) will also be randomly selected to win a Frito-Lay prize package.

Bring game-day party and traditions to life this season with TOSTITOS® brand products.

What is your favorite recipe to create and enjoy while watching football?

Which is your favorite NFL team?

I hope you’ll consider entering the Instagram Sweepstakes and please consider voting for my recipe. I would appreciate that a lot.

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Kimberly

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

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Gold Kili: A Ginger Beverage for Every Day Health

Ginger I am not a big fan of over the counter or prescription medications. If I can find a natural alternative to what ails me I would rather go that route first and foremost. When it comes to my health I also like to take extra vitamins and minerals to help me stay healthy. Currently I am taking extra vitamins to help boost my immunity. I work with young children and with winter coming I don’t want to pick up colds and/or the flu and bring it home to my family. One natural product with health benefits is ginger. I use ginger to help relive and upset stomach. I used to have chewables made out of ginger that I would chew when I wasn’t feeling well or when I got car sick. In fact I found out how well it helped for an upset stomach due to motion sickness years ago when I went to New York City for a blogger event and neglected to take Dramamine for motion sickness (I get car sick when I have to sit in the backseat). I found some ginger chewables and they quickly helped me to feel better. Ginger is not only a tasty ingredient in your recipes, but it also has health benefits. According to WebMD;

Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain. Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.

Ginger also tastes good, so it’s both a tasty recipe ingredient or beverage. If you want to find ways of incorporating ginger into your diet there are plenty of delicious recipes you can make such as Ginger & Herb Rice or grated ginger sprinkled on top of vanilla ice cream. You can also drink ginger. Gold Kili A company called Gold Kili (SRP: $3.99) can help make getting ginger into your body a bit easier. Gold Kili is an all natural ginger beverage that is made from the finest grade ginger, giving a sharp spicy character. The various flavors produce a very pleasant and refreshing beverage with no sugar added. Gold Kili is available in four different varieties:

  • All Natural Ginger
  • All Natural Ginger Lemon
  • Instant Ginger
  • Instant Ginger Lemon

The All Natural Ginger and Ginger Lemon flavors can be enjoyed hot, while the Instant Ginger and Instant Ginger Lemon flavors can be enjoyed either hot or cold. I was sent a few samples of Gold Kili to review. I liked both the All Natural Ginger Lemon and Instant Ginger Lemon. The All Natural Ginger and Instant Ginger seemed like it was missing something. I didn’t want to add sugar. I ended up adding some lemon juice and on another occasions a smidgen of all natural honey. The honey really goes well with the spiciness of the ginger. I really enjoyed that combination. I preferred the beverage hot, even though you can enjoy it cold too. Even with the lemon the taste can be a bit strong so if you are not a fan of ginger, or have never tried ginger before, keep that in mind. I suppose you could water it down a bit if needed. I don’t know if I would drink these beverages on a daily basis, but will keep a few in my pantry just in case I needed a natural remedy for an upset stomach or other digestive issue. If you would like more information about Gold Kili ginger products visit www.GoldKili.com.sg (there is an extra .sg at the end). Have you tried these products before? Are you a fan of ginger? Feel free to share your thoughts. Ginger Tea   Kimberly *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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