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Mar 15, 2015 - camino milk chocolate with almonds and raisinsCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

You know I’m not a big chocolate fan. It’s just not something I’d put on my top 10 list of goodies to consume which is an odd thing to say since I do like the occasional brownie, chocolate cake, or cup of mocha. Then again, a brownie isn’t exactly the same thing as a chunk of chocolate. I’m just not a big fan.

I received a goodie pack from the dear folks at Camino a while back and it’s finally taken my family this long to crack into one of the chocolate bars. On this particular day, we chose to test out the Camino Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins. My big kid was quick to point out, “Hey mom, see it’s ORGANIC.” Those of you who regularly read know that I had goofed up a while back. No need to dwell on the past here but I’ll be sure to include a link to it at the bottom of today’s post.

Wait until you see this chocolate bar.
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Mar 4, 2015 - yum earth organics citrus grove vitamin c dropsHave you ever seen these Citrus Grove Vitamin C Drops by Yum Earth Organics? Given the way the weather’s been going lately, I’ve been at my local health food store more often than not and stumbled upon this little treat. I love fruits and veggies but there are times during the day when I could use a sweet treat. If it happens to also come with vitamin C and from a company I trust?

If you ask me, that sounds like a magic formula for success.

I mean, would you rather chomp on a generic candy loaded with unidentifiable ingredients or would you rather chomp on something that’s organic, has vitamin C and tastes good?

That’s a no brainer, really. – Continue Reading

Feb 21, 2015 pic - ughCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

You know I’m not a big fan of chocolate. I eat it occasionally and I’ll never turn down a good chocolate mousse or hot chocolate covered in whipped cream but chocolate isn’t on my top 10 list of yummy foods.

I found this recent post from the FDA that I found interesting and wanted to share with all of you. Translation: yes, more homework.

Here’s a question to start off the homework: do you think dark chocolate contains milk? – Continue Reading

Dec 19, 2014 - PC concerto milk chocolate topped all-butter biscuitsCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

I suppose I should confess. You know I’m not a big fan of chocolate but I have to confess that I don’t hate all things chocolate. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’ll know that some chocolates do get my thumbs up. For me, I like chocolate that isn’t overly sweet which is why I like the PC Concerto Milk Chocolate Topped All Butter Biscuits. Now I won’t eat the whole box in one sitting but I’d happily enjoy 2 or 3 before calling it quits and that says a lot! – Continue Reading

Dec 12, 2014 - barkleys naturally better mintsCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

It’s holiday season and chances are, you’ll be eating a lot of foods and you’ll also do a lot of talking. Fresh breath is likely to be high on your list.

A while back I did a review on Vermints which I happen to really like. They have a great cinnamon kick to them and they really do energize your breath. The only thing is, not all of my friends liked the chalky texture. I personally didn’t mind the texture but it did get some mixed reviews.

Enter Barkley’s Naturally Better Mints. I found them at the same health food store as the Vermints and they were roughly the same price so I decided to pick up a pack of the cinnamon ones for a taste test.

Let’s just say the results were a little surprising. – Continue Reading

Nov 28, 2014 - brookside dark chocolate fruit crunchCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Not that I don’t already sound like a broken record (OMG, I’m dating myself. How many people actually even know what a record player is?!) but I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m not a big fan of chocolate. My big kid likes chocolate and I do concede to occasionally liking chocolate but quite often, I’d rather skip it for something savoury.

I have this friend who found a phenomenal deal on Brookside chocolates. If you know the Brookside brand, you know it usually costs at least $4 for a bag. Well, my pal went to a store and found them on sale for $2 which means I scored myself a free bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch. She tells me she loves it and that I must try it and that I’ll love it too.

Well, here we are. I’ve got a bag in my hands and she’s begging me to try it. Fine, fine, fine….

Let’s hope she’s right. – Continue Reading

Nov 20, 2014 pic - caminoCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Just when I think life can’t get any better on a dreary, dark, and gloomy snowy day (I can’t wait until Spring), I get a surprise in the mail.

One box. It looks relatively unassuming until I see the sender and I open the box. Inside: decadent goodies from Camino.

Translation: one very happy child who opened the box and said, “There’s milk chocolate in there. A lot of it!!”

Talk about a happy child. She unpacked, re-packed, unpacked, and re-packed that box over and over again. She scrutinized every label, commented on every product, and made decisions about which ones she’d try and which ones were designated for me (hint: I definitely got the coffee).

Truth be told, we’ve both been a little under the weather lately and have yet to dive into our Camino goodies. We haven’t even TOUCHED the Halloween stash yet and if past years are any indication, we likely won’t touch much of it. I mean, why would you if you’ve got an entire box of Camino beckoning you?

I mean, talk about motivation for getting better!

Put Winter 2014 aside, both the big kid and I can’t wait to start testing out all the Camino products. Thank you again, Camino for the generous gift!

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Nov 12, 2014 - christie thinsations chips ahoyCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

See this bag of Thinsations Chips Ahoy! Thin Crisp cookies? It was given to me as a treat for snack. You may not believe this but I really don’t ever recall trying it before so I figured I could review it for I mean, I’ve seen these little Thinsations snacks everywhere and I’ve had some of the other ones before but I’ve never been enticed to try the Chips Ahoy! Version. – Continue Reading

Oct 24, 2014 - cuisine camino bittersweet chocolate chipsCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Updated post: October 24, 2014. Call me clueless or maybe I just fell asleep with my eyes wide open? I owe the folks at Camino a HUGE apology. My early post on Oct. 15, 2014 noted that their bittersweet chocolate chips weren’t organic. What was I THINKING? They’re clearly marked as ORGANIC right there on the packaging. Thank goodness I include photos in my posts! Apologies to our readers for the confusion if any. I am definitely human, no spam posting here! Thank you to the folks at Camino for contacting me as well so that I could do this update post!!

Chocolate is not my favourite word in the alphabet, you know that, but it doesn’t mean I don’t eat it. My big kid happens to like chocolate and I do on very rare occasions. If my big kid is going to eat chocolate, I’d like her to eat something that isn’t completely disgusting and filled with garbage.

Enter Camino Bittersweet chocolate chips. The Camino Bittersweet chocolate chips were on sale so I picked up a bag to test out. We sometimes make chocolate pancakes or chocolate chip cookies so it doesn’t hurt to have some decent chocolate at home.

Question is: are your chocolate chips made as well as these ones? – Continue Reading

Oct 22, 2014 - nutella and goCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

I’m in the grocery store and I come across this gigantic display. I look and oh! It’s nutella. I know nutella, everyone pretty much knows nutella but this was a little different. It’s a new kind of packaging like nutella with a twist called nutella & GO!

Question is, would you nutella & GO!?

You see, I wouldn’t. Sure, the display was enticing and the nutella & GO! looks really neat but I’m a label reader and I’ve read the nutella label before and I didn’t like it then so unless they did something drastic to their recipe, I was 99.999990% sure I wouldn’t buy it. – Continue Reading

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