This Easter, balance the basket with snacks from Clif Kids



Are you sick and tired of Easter candy yet? Many people purchase the candy to stuff into Easter baskets, but many of us (myself included) tend to “sample” the candy as time goes by. It’s hard not to be tempted by all that candy. I admit that I have enjoyed one too many jelly bean and a nice assortment of chocolates. Usually by the time Easter comes around I don’t want to look at anymore candy.

As a mom I was always careful not to over do it with the candy in my kid’s Easter baskets. I rather fill their baskets with non-edible items like movies, books, activity books, crayons and small toys. I did include some candy but not too much. Their grandparents gave them baskets too which were overflowing with candy so it was a nice balance without going overboard.

There are no set “rules” when putting together an Easter basket. You can fill the baskets with anything you think your child (or grandchild) would enjoy. It doesn’t need to be candy either. There are plenty of yummy treats you could include in baskets that children will enjoy. Better yet, there are some that are better for you than sugary, high calorie candies.

CLIF Kids has some Zbar options that would make a great addition to any Easter basket. In addition to being tasty, they also provide your child with essential vitamins and nutrients. So it’s a “win-win” situation.

Here are just a few examples that would be an ideal addition to any basket.

CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip

CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip

Ideal for lunchboxes, after-school or post-practice snacks, Zbar Protein contributes to kids’ daily intake of protein (5g), which is important for growth. And, made with organic whole grains, Zbar Protein offers necessary nutrients that are essential for growing kids but are often lacking in their diets – it is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of fiber, iron, zinc and vitamin D.

CLIF Kid Zbar Iced Lemon Cookie

CLIF Kid Zbar Iced Lemon Cookie

Zbar Iced Lemon Cookie features the zing of lemon blended into organic whole grain oats topped with a drizzle of organic icing. USDA-certified organic and portion-sized for kids, Zbar Iced Lemon Cookie offers nine grams of whole grains, three grams of fiber and provides 12 vitamins and minerals that are important for kids’ growing bodies. It also leaves out what parents consider “no-no’s,” such as partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives and artificial flavors. Zbar Iced Lemon Cookie contains zero grams trans fat.

CLIF Kid Zfruit Mixed Berry

CLIF Kid Zfruit Mixed Berry

Zfruit is a tangy, chewy organic fruit snack that offers a serving of organic fruit and is a great source of vitamin C.  Zfruit offers a great-tasting fruit snack that doesn’t need to be washed, peeled, cored, seeded, cut or refrigerated before eating, making it easy for kids to eat organic fruit anytime, anywhere.

CLIF Kid Zfruit + Veggie Mango Mania

CLIF Kid Zfruit + Veggie Mango Mania

CLIF Kid Zfruit + Veggie – the latest addition to the CLIF Kid Zfruit line of organic snacks. Made with vegetable puree, Zfruit + Veggie is a good source of fiber and an excellent source of vitamin C, making it a nutritious snack that kids enjoy eating.  CLIF Kid Zfruit + Veggie is gluten free, crafted with organic ingredients, and does not contain “no-no’s,” such as partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, synthetic preservatives and artificial flavors.

My kids are teenagers and they enjoy the CLIF Kid Zbars and Zfruit products. I’m an adult and even I find them enjoyable.

You can certainly fill your child’s basket with anything you want. I’m just telling you about CLIF Kid products as a better for you alternative.

CLIF Kid products are available at many retail locations across the country as well as online.

For more information about these and other CLIF Kids products visit www.CLIFBar.com and search their product line for the Zbars and Zfruit products. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.

Are you and your family fans of CLIF Kids or other CLIF products?

Do you add better for you alternatives to your child’s Easter basket?



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

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New Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks and a fun holiday craft/treat idea


Pirates Booty Carrot Snacks

Ahoy Mates!

Are you a fan of the brand Pirate’s Booty? My family and I love their Aged White Cheddar Puffs. We enjoy them often (I can’t get enough of them – I can eat a whole bag on my own!).

Recently we had the chance to try their new Fruity Booty snack.

Pirate’s Booty has launched another brand new snack – one I find very interesting. The new snack is made out of carrots.

I could not imagine how Pirate’s Booty would be able to make a puffed snack out of carrots. Carrots are also not something you see many snacks made out of. As soon as I heard about them it piqued my interest. I love carrots and I love Pirate’s Booty so this sounds like a great match.

The new snack is made with real carrots and corn. The snacks are baked to create a crispy puff, just like the brand’s Aged White Cheddar snack puff.

The first time I saw the new carrot snacks my first thought was that they resembled a cheese puff. Maybe that is not such a bad thing. It might make little ones think they are eating the high calorie, greasy cheesy puffs but instead they are enjoying a better for you option made out of carrots. Not only that, the carrot snacks are an excellent source of Vitamin A.

Pirates Booty Logo

The carrot snacks are certified gluten free and contain 0 trans fat per serving and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

“Finding snack options that appeal to both parents and kids can be difficult, which is why we are pleased to offer new twists on the snack that everyone knows and loves, Pirate’s Booty,” said Michael Sands, executive vice president of snacks at B&G Foods. “Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks are tasty and fun for kids because they have a vibrant color and crispiness that kids look for in a snack.”

I will admit that initially I wasn’t overly keen on the flavor, but I love Pirate’s Booty snacks I gave the carrot snacks a fair chance. The taste grew on me. Now I do like them. I think it just took a bit because they have a unique flavor to them and I am so used to the Aged Cheddar flavor that my mind was thinking the carrot snacks would taste more like those snack puffs.

It’s an acquired taste. My husband didn’t like them and my daughter is “on the fence.” My son likes them and I like them. So I guess you need to try them for yourself to see how much you like these unique snack puffs.

You can find the new Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks where ever you buy Pirates Booty. They will have a suggested retail price of $3.19.

Since Easter is this coming weekend, I have a fun craft/treat idea that you might want to try out that features the new Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks. These would make a great addition to an Easter basket. I also think they would look cute on a dinner plate if you are having guests over for holiday dinner. They would service as a “party favor” and/or dessert.

Easter Basket

It think it’s a cute idea to make a carrot out of carrot snacks.

To make these cute treats you’ll need some Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks, cone shaped plastic bags (available at craft stores or baking supply aisles) and some green ribbon.

Simply fill the cone bag most of the way with the carrot snacks, then tie off the opened end with the green ribbon.

These are so easy to make that young children could make them. This would be a fun activity to do as a family. If you are a teacher or work at a daycare this would also be fun to make with the kids too.

Carrot Snacks Pirates Booty

Even if you don’t celebrate Easter these are cute to make. You can make them as part of a Spring craft/theme.

I was going to make these in my classroom but it’s been very quiet at work and not many kids have come around.

For more information about the new Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks and other Pirate’s Booty products visit www.PiratesBrand.com. You can also find the brand on social media. The links to all their social media sites is found at the top right of their home page.

Have you tried the new Pirate’s Booty Carrot Snacks yet? If so, what did you think about them?

How do you like this craft/treat idea? Does it look like something fun you’d like to make with your family?

Pirates Booty Carrot Snack Craft Treat


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

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Easter Basket Giveaway Bonanza – from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution (giveaway ends 4/11/15)


Gift Basket Giveaway


Easter is almost here and our wonderful friends over at CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distrbution would love to help you celebrate not only Easter, but also Spring time. After the bitter cold winter we had this past season, I’m sure many of us are embracing the Springtime weather.

I have a wonderful gift basket giveaway filled with plenty of great goodies for your family. Please note that the giveaway ends after the Easter holiday, but you can still enjoy the DVDs, toys and other fun goodies.

This wonderful gift basket includes the following items.

Dorothy In The Land of Oz

Come join Dorothy, and her new friends the Wizard, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on an unforgettable adventure when this Dove Family-approved special Dorothy in the Land of Oz arrives on DVD. In addition to these iconic characters, meet the newest members of the Oz family: Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik-Tok, Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinker and the Hungry Tiger.

Peter & The Magic Egg

Just in time for Easter comes the heartwarming family adventure, Peter & The Magic Egg on DVD. Peter’s family farm is in danger of being repossessed by the greedy Tobias Tin Whiskers, who has bought the whole village and renamed it “Tin Town.” With no money to save their home, Peter soon meets the Easter Bunny and joins with him to save the holiday, and the farm. The magical tale features the voice talents of Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz) and Russi Taylor (The Simpsons).

Puff The Magic Dragon

Relive three classic adventures when the Dove Family-approved collection Puff The Magic Dragon Triple Feature arrives on DVD, just in time for Easter. Based on the famous song by Peter, Paul & Mary, Puff the Magic Dragon comes to life in these three stories of friendship, courage, caring, and fantasy. This family-friendly set stars Academy Award® nominee Burgess Meredith as the voice of Puff and includes the following adventures:

  • Puff The Magic Dragon
  • In The Land of Living Lies
  • Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody

Strawberry Shortcake: Double Feature

One of television’s most beloved animated heroines returns in the Dove Family-approved Strawberry Shortcake: Double Feature – The World Of Strawberry Shortcake / Strawberry Shortcake In Big Apple City, arriving on DVD this February. In The World Of Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry and her friends Huckleberry Pie, Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Tart and Plum Pudding celebrate her sixth birthday. While her birthday preparation is underway, a villain called the Peculiar Purple Pieman plots to steal the berries from Strawberry’s home in order to bake his pies. Strawberry Shortcake In Big Apple City sees Strawberry compete with the Peculiar Purple Pieman in a televised bake.

All of these DVDs are currently available for purchase. Look for them where ever DVDs are sold.

In addition the gift basket includes a Rubber Duckie, candy and more!

Giveaway Movies

Thank you CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 11, 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 which of the DVDs in the gift basket you think your family would most enjoy?

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 gift basket 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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Take care of all your holiday needs at JCPenney



I can’t believe that Easter is less than a week away. It’s almost April! Wasn’t it just Christmas yesterday? It would seem that way.

It’s time to shake the snow off our boots and pack them away. It’s spring time. I am so looking forward to nicer weather.

Did you know that you can find many items to complete your Easter, or freshen up your look for spring, at JCPenney?

JCPenney was kind enough to send me a few items from their fashion and home collection that are ideal for both Easter and spring.

Whether you are looking for the perfect Easter ensemble, or to update your spring wardrobe, JCPenney has got you covered. From beautiful Easter dresses to sheer pastel blouses – JCPenney has something for everyone.

Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse

I received a beautiful lightweight spring blouse that would also be great for Easter. I received the Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse. I absolutely love the floral appliqué. It makes the flowers have a 3D look to them.

The blouse is sheer and comes with a matching tank top. This top could be dress up or dressed down. It would look equally as nice with a matching skirt or your favorite pair of jeans.

Sadly the blouse wasn’t in my size so I am unable to wear it. I did pass it on to my stepmother. She really liked it.

To go along with the blouse I also received a beautiful, and colorful, necklace – Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace.

Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace

To round out the look I received a bag, also from Liz Clariborne, that I can’t stop looking at. I love it! It’s so pretty and perfect for the spring time.

I received the Liz Claiborne® Undone Satchel. The bag is available in different colors including black, white, petal (an peach-like color), clear water (a light turquoise color) and in a print. I received the print.

Look how lovely this bag is. I love it! Love it! Love it! Not only is it so pretty it also has A LOT of pockets and places to put things on the inside. It’s more than enough room for what I need.

Liz Claiborne® Undone Satchel

In addition to great fashions, JCPenney has plenty of great items for your home, including items that can be very useful for the Easter holiday, such as the JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate.

I really wish that we had the opportunity to dye Easter eggs this weekend. They would look so nice on this charming egg plate. I can picture using this as a centerpiece on our holiday table decorated with colored eggs.

This plate is also a great way to serve deviled eggs which is a popular dish at barbecues, picnics and backyard parties.

JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate

Another delightful product that would look nice a holiday table, or simply enjoy year round, are the Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers.

My photo didn’t turn out so well so I included another photo for their website.

Not only do I plan on using these colorful tumblers for Easter I also plan on using them year round to serve orange juice (or any kind of juice) in.

I just love the colors. They are so pretty.

Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers


Lastly, if you are planning on hosting family or friends for the Easter holiday, or any time throughout the year, you’ll want to make them feel right at home and provide them with everything they might need for their visit. That would include freshly washed sheets, comfortable bedding, clean towels and maybe even all the little things they’ll need such as toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.

I think it would be a nice idea to put all the things your guests would need in a pretty baskets, such as the Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket. I also received one from JCPenney.

The basket is currently available online in Espresso (the color I have) and natural.

Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket.

I plan on putting hand towels in our basket, or maybe fill it with shampoo, conditioner and body wash and put it in our bathroom closet to make things look more neat and organized.

Our cats even like it. They think the basket is for them to sleep in. LOL!

I love all the wonderful items I received from JCPenney. Of course they offer consumers so much more than Easter items and things for spring time. They have plenty of items for house & home, great fashions, jewelry, shoes and so much more.

To find a JCPenney location near you visit www.JCPenney.com. You can also find them on all the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom left of their website).

Do you shop JCPenney for the holidays?

Are you looking to spruce up your fashion or home for the spring?

JCPenney Logo


*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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Hippity Hoppity Easter is on it’s way!



It’s springtime (finally!) and you know what that means – Easter!

Easter is next weekend (April 5, 2015). Have you finished making up an Easter basket for your child or grandchild yet? What about a special Easter treat for someone older like a teen or an adult? After all, grownups enjoy sweet treats at Easter too.

There are plenty of yummy holiday candy found in abundance at your local grocery or retail store, but not all of these treats are geared towards grownups. For those who can appreciate the finer things in life, check out these adorable (and delicious!) offerings from Lindt.

Lindt Gold Bunny and their new Chick

Lindt Gold Bunny and their new Little Chick

Lindt GOLD BUNNY (3.5 oz and 7 oz): The iconic Lindt GOLD BUNNY is the perfect centerpiece for any Easter basket or celebration. This premium, hollow 3.5 oz bunny is available in Milk, Dark and White Chocolate, and the hollow 7 oz Lindt GOLD BUNNY is available in Milk Chocolate. SRP: $3.99 and $7.49 

Lindt Bunny Ears

Lindt Bunny Ears come with a little Gold Bunny


Lindt GOLD BUNNY All Ears (1.7 oz): Get playful this Easter season and dress up with Lindt GOLD BUNNY. The iconic, hollow 1.7 oz Milk Chocolate bunny comes packaged with plush GOLD BUNNY ears so you can bring the Easter spirit to life. The Lindt GOLD BUNNY All Ears makes for a fun addition to any Easter basket and will provide entertainment for all at your Easter celebrations. SRP: $6.99 


Also pictured is the Lindt Milk Chocolate Egg (the large egg)


New! LINDOR Mini Egg Bags (4.4 oz): Add a touch of Lindt to your Easter basket! The LINDOR Mini Egg bags come in both Milk Chocolate and Assorted varieties, and are great for a mini personal indulgence or as a colorful addition to Easter baskets of all sizes. SRP: $3.99 each

New! LINDOR Milk Eggs (0.99 oz): The new LINDOR Milk Eggs will make for the ultimate smooth melting indulgence to enjoy on your own or share with loved ones! Individually wrapped, the Milk Chocolate LINDOR Milk Eggs are the perfect Easter treat. SRP: $0.69 (pictured above and below)

Lindt Chick

Little Chick is pictured with the Lindt Milk Chocolate Egg


New! Lindt Little Chick (3.5 oz and 1.7 oz): Lindt Little Chick is the cute, new Easter creation for families to enjoy! Created with the finest Milk Chocolate, this playful figure is lovingly dressed with a ribbon and will be a sweet addition to all Easter celebrations. Lindt Little Chick is available in a 3.5 oz Milk Chocolate hollow figure or in a package of five mini Milk Chocolate hollow figures. Available exclusively at Target. SRP: $3.99 each

Also available are these adorable Mini Chicks. They come 5 to a package (not all of them are seen in the photo).

Mini Chicks

The Mini Chicks, Little Chick and Gold Bunny are too cute to eat! I get a Lindt Gold Bunny every year for Easter and it takes me a while to eat him because I feel bad breaking him up because he’s so cute. I haven’t the heart to eat the Little Chick (yet). As for the Mini Chicks a few of them have already been enjoyed.

Young and old alike enjoy Lindt products, I just think they are more geared towards grownups because it’s a finer quality of chocolate that is meant to savor and enjoy, not gobble up along with an assortment of jelly beans and marshmallow bunnies. LOL!

I love how rich, smooth and creamy their chocolate is. It melts in your mouth. It’s the kind of chocolate that you savor each morsel.

Lindt products are available online, at Lindt stores and at many retail locations. Look in the Easter candy section. Not all products are available at all retail locations. If you are looking for a specific product, like Little Chick, your best bet would be to order online or visit a Lindt store near you.

Premade Easter baskets are also available on the Lindt website.

Lindt Easter Basket

Please note that until April 5, 2015 (Easter), for every Lindt Gold Bunny (3.5 ounce) sold, Lindt will be donating .10 cents to Autism Speaks. They have been doing this for several years now. I think it’s a wonderful thing. In addition they also auction off autographed Lindt Gold Bunnies signed by celebrities to also benefit Autism Speaks.

For more information about any of these products or other Lindt products visit LindtUSA.com. You an also find the brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram). The links are found at the bottom of their website.

Have you ever enjoyed any Lindt products? Do you have a favorite? I love their truffles.

Lindt Logo


*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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This Easter stuff your baskets with new products from NESTLE® and PEANUTS®



I have delightful news for candy lovers and fans of Charles Schulz PEANUTS® gang. NESTLE® and PEANUTS® have come together this holiday to offer consumers their favorite NESTLE® products in adorable PEANUTS® characters shapes and packaging.

In addition to this great news, NESTLE® also announced the purchase of certified, sustainable cocoa equal to the amount needed to produce the entire Easter chocolate collection for 2015. This is important because nearly 80% of consumers recently surveyed said they would prefer to purchase chocolate products made with sustainable cocoa if they were easy to find and didn’t cost more. Nestlé is thrilled to make those purchases possible this Easter.

Did you know that Easter is the second highest selling candy holiday, just behind Halloween? That makes sense.

My family and I are HUGE fans of the PEANUTS® gang. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Pig Pen, Marci, Peppermint Patty… we love them all.

“Candy is the number one gift shopped for during the Easter season and it plays a starring role in Easter egg hunts and at family gatherings,” said Tricia Bowles, Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. “This year, we’ve introduced PEANUTS® characters to our Nestlé Easter collection and a few exclusive, novel treats that are sure to surprise and delight this holiday season.”

“Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS® gang love NESTLÉ CRUNCH,” said Carolann Dunn, executive director of hard goods at Peanuts Worldwide. “We’re thrilled to partner with NESTLÉ CRUNCH for its Easter chocolate collection. It’s an honor to have the PEANUTS® gang share in memory-making moments with Nestlé Crunch this Easter.”

Thanks to this wonderful “pairing”,  NESTLE® has introduced these wonderful PEANUTS® shaped or packaged products and more goodies this holiday.



The beloved Snoopy comes to life with the NESTLE® CRUNCH® Snoopy “bunny.” Classic NESTLE® CRUNCH® chocolate takes the shape of everyone’s favorite PEANUTS® character creating the perfect Easter basket addition. (MSRP $3.49, 4.5 oz)

My husband LOVES NESTLE® CRUNCH®. It’s one of his favorite candies. To be honest I never saw these candies. My husband pretty much enjoyed them all himself. He took them to work with him and put them in a large mason jar he keeps on his desk that he fills with sweets. At least I was able to take a photo of them. LOL!


NEW! NESTLE® CRUNCH® Sharable Medallion

Getting in on the fun are the NESTLE® CRUNCH® Sharable Medallions – happiness is sharing these bite-sized chocolate pieces with friends and family. (MSRP $0.49, 1.2 oz)


NEW! NESTLE® CRUNCH® Creamy Caramel NestEggs

There are many ways NESTLE® CRUNCH® can be combined with complimentary flavors and the NESTLE® CRUNCH® Filled NestEggs with Creamy Caramel are a delicious example. Taking the familiar taste of NESTLE® CRUNCH® and combining it with rich, creamy caramel makes for the tastiest Easter eggs ever! (MSRP $2.99, 10 oz)

If you love chocolate and caramel you need to try these. They are oh-so-good! I love that they are individually wrapped “eggs.” Just one (or two) is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. They bite sized too. My husband tosses a small handful in his lunch bag. He likes being able to grab one or two when he’s craving something at work.


NEW! SweeTARTS® Chewy Sours

For some, nothing satisfies like sour candy! New this year is SweeTARTS® Chewy Sours, which are made with no artificial flavors and deliver every bit the sour kick needed for an exciting holiday treat. (MSRP $2.29, 12 oz)

These are super sour. My kids and my husband absolutely love these. They are just too sour for my taste. I do like that they are chewy. And they are packed with flavor. They just make my lips pucker. LOL!

Not mentioned above are Peanut Butter filled NESTLE® CRUNCH candies that also feature the lovable PEANUTS® character Charlie Brown.


These candies are very rich and creamy. If you love peanut butter and chocolate together you’ll want to try these out. They even have the crispy crunch of regular NESTLE® CRUNCH candies.

Of course there are plenty of other great NESTLE® products to fill your Easter baskets with this year. I “heart” NESTLE® Butterfingers. I find that the bars are too much. I enjoy the snack size ones better. These Butterfinger eggs are even better.

We haven’t used the jelly beans yet. I’m saving them for an Easter Egg hunt we’re planning on the holiday.

My kids enjoyed the Nerds candies.

nestle candy

I love the PEANUTS® packaging, especially because my family are such huge fans of the franchise.

I think it’s fabulous that these two iconic American brands have come together to offer fans and consumers one-of-a-kind chocolate collections for the holidays. I hope that they continue their partnership throughout the year and beyond.

Look for NESTLE® and the new NESTLE® PEANUTS® products at a store near you.

For more information about NESTLE® brand visit NestleUSA.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media outlets.

What do you think about this fun partnership? Who is your favorite PEANUTS® character? What is your favorite NESTLE® product? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Nestle Peanuts


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

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