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Yummy Earth Organic Vitamin C & SuperSOUR Pops

Yea-I’m feeling candy this week. It’s DEFINETELY one of those weeks where I need some sweets!

And what better way to satisfy a sugary-sweet tooth than with a lollipop? I remember my favorites growing up were Charms- the ones with bubblegum in the center- and Tootsie Poponly in the grape flavor- which had a center of a soft tootsie roll. Well- now I’ve moved on to better and more healthier ways to satisfy my craving for a “sucker”. Yummy Earth produces lollipops unlike the commercial brands- no artificial dyes, no artificial colors, no refined sugar and made with real fruit extracts (does that mean if I eat these- it counts as a fruit serving? 😛 ) And, aside from all that good stuff, the ingredients are organic, gluten free, vegan, and soy/nut/dairy free. How’s that for a lollipop? 🙂

The lollipops come in several varieties- SuperSOUR Pops, Strawberry Pops, Fruit Pops, Fiesta Pops, and Vitamin C Pops. I got to try the SuperSOUR Pops and the Vitamin C Pops. Each pop is only 22 calories, and is round/flat in shape. They are about the size of a quarter or half dollar each.

Starting with the Vitamin C Pops- each bag has 3 flavors, strawberry smash, tooberry blueberry, and razzmatazz berry. 1 pop provides you with 25% of your daily needs of vitamin C.

strawberry smash- well if this pop isn’t smashing. I love strawberry flavored pops- and this one doens’t let me down. Sweet and  not too tart- reminds me of a strawberries & cream dessert in a lolly. 🙂

tooberry blueberry- ooh I like this one the best of the 3. It’s sweet with a nice blueberry taste- real blueberry,  not “fake” blueberry. It also has hints of grape flavors, and isn’t too tart. It doesn’t leave that “stinging” feeling sometimes lollipops give you on your tongue.

razzmatazz berry- this one has a mixed berry/fruit punch flavor. It is smooth and sweet, with stronger strawberry/raspberry fruit essences.

The SuperSOUR pops has 4 flavors- strawberry smash, sour apple tart, googly grape, and very very cherry. I was hesistant to try these- I’m so not a sour girl. In fact, I used to run my sour WARheads candy under the water when I was younger until all the “sourness” went away and it was all sweet afterwards. But, they, in fact, weren’t really sour at all- they just had a bit more of a kick than the original flavors.

strawberry smash- similar in taste to the Vitamin C variety- but with a bit more tang.

sour apple tart- I liked this one! It has a granny smith apple flavor to it, and it was the most sour of all 4 of the flavors. The tangyness really stayed the whole time eating the lollipop, and didn’t fade.

googly grape- this one is tied for my favorite with the sour apple tart. Normally I HATE grape flavored things (they usually taste like cough medicine…yuck..), but this baby reminded me of my favorite grape Tootsie Pops I used to eat when I was younger. Not tart at all- but a sweet, delicious, grape. 

very very cherry- Unfortunately- my bag didn’t have any very very cherry! And I LOVE cherry flavored pops. How disappointing 😦

Overall, I’m giving these 4 stars. It’s a much healthier (and more eco-friendly!) alternative to commercial lollipops, and they have no refined sugar. That’s a big plus for me- if I want candy, I like to feel at least a little less guilty knowing there is no refined sugars. They are perfect when I’m in the mood to nosh, but don’t want to blow a big calorie bang, and hit your sweet tooth quite nicely. I just hope that they evenly distribute the flavors better in the future– I didn’t get to try the very very cherry flavor, and only got one googly grape (figures it would be my favorite! 😡 ) in my bag.

3 pops are 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, and 0 grams of protein. Each pop is about 22 calories each.
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, and or OrganicRice Syrup, Citric Acid (from beet sugar), Natural Flavors, [may contain] Organic Black Carrots, Organic Apple, Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Black Currant, Organic Carrot, Organic Pumpkin.

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Halls Refresh & Fuzzy Bath Robe/Slippers Giveaway!

So I was sent in the mail and asked to review Halls Refresh Drops courtesy of Mike Pampalone. (thanks, Mike!) Halls are not all natural and are sweetened with artificial sweetners, but I decided to do the review anyway.                                                                                                                                                    

Halls typically makes Cough Drops- but the new Refresh drops are not for a cough, but to moisten and refresh your mouth. They are sugar-free and diabetic friendly, and come in 3 flavors Juicy Strawberry, Tropical Wave, and Refreshing Mint. I was sent the Juicy Strawberry and Tropical Wave flavors to try.                                                                                                                          

Each of the little samples came with 2 drops per package. The drops were oval in shape and you can actually see little “moisture beads” in the drop. Cool!  Both of them had a “minty” after taste that definietly will “wetten your whistle” and keep your mouth cool. They in fact, were, smooth tasting and refreshing! Especially good to keep my attention focused when my mind starts to wander (can we say boring College Calculus classes? I can. YUCK) I prefered the Tropical Wave over Juicy Strawberry. The Tropical Wave flavor was sweeter than the Juicy Strawberry, and more candy like than cough drop. It had a mix of an orangey/citrus flavor. The Juicy Strawberry had a mellow strawberry flavor, and wasn’t too sweet as I had anticipated from a candy. Overall, these aren’t bad. My mom really enjoyed them and kept asking for more after I let her try one (git your own!! 😛 )     

Each Drop is 6 calories, and 3 grams of carbohydrates. No fiber, fat, or protein.

Juicy Strawberry:
Isomalt; Less than 2% of: Acesulfame Potassium, Beta Carotene, Blue 1, Blue 2, Natural and Artificial Flavoring.                                                                     

Tropical Wave:
Isomalt; Less than 2% of: Acesulfame Potassium, Beta Carotene, Blue 1, Blue 2, Natural and Artificial Flavoring, Red 40, Soy lecithin, Sucralose.                   

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION!                                                                                  
Want to win a Halls Bath Robe & slipper gift set? One lucky winner will recieve a white bath robe with the Halls logo on the right hand pocket and set of slippers. All you have to do is….                                       

How do I enter?                                                                                                                 
1. Add me to your blogroll/google reader/ anything you have. Leave a comment telling me you did so.                                                                                        
2.leave a comment answering one of two questions posted on YESTERDAYS post.                                             

———> A. Do you know any all natural/organic puddings?                       
———–>B. What’s your favorite snack before bed?                                           

That’s it! The contest will run until Sunday Night, December 27th 2009. Hurry up & WARM UP 🙂 !!

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Hillside Candy Go Naturally Organic Hard Candies

We all love candddddyyy. Problem is- most candy doesn’t love US. It’s usually full of High Fructose Corn SYrup, color additives and refined sugar. LUCKILY, I found a brand of candy (Hillside Candy) that has a line GO Naturally, that produces “better-for-you” candy. Not only are they gluten free, they are organic, free of high fructose corn syrup, additives and artificial colors and flavors. They also don’t have refined sugars, and are sweetened with cane juice and brown rice syrup instead.

They come in 6 flavors, all of which I got to try. Apple, Cherry, Ginger, Honey, Honey Lemon and Pomegranate. Each of them are about the size of a nickel, and width wise about 4 nickels piled on top of each other. They lasted pretty long (as long as you don’t bite them!) and had a smooth texture.

Apple– this one had a “light sour apple” flavor. It wasn’t too tangy, but still had a granny smith tartness to it. It was nicely sweetened. 4 stars
Cherry- i like how this one wasn’t red as i expected. most cherry flavored things are red-  but this one was brown, like all the rest (no artificial dyes-woop!). It reminded me of the cherry flavored tootsie pops. Yum! 4 stars
Ginger-eh. I really didn’t care for this one. At first it wasn’t bad- it was a sweeter and milder version of a ginger flavor. I like ginger too- i enjoy those Ginger Chews which some people say are too spicy, but I enjoy. My mom, however, loved the ginger flavor of the  hard candy. Just not my cup of tea. 3 stars
Honey-yuuuum. Sweet, light and flavorful. Tastes like I was actually eating honey in “drop” form. smooth and delicious! 5 stars
Honey Lemon- this one tasted like the Honey flavor too, but, well, with a hint of lemon! It was nicely blended though, not too tart from the lemon and the perfect amount of sweetness from the honey. I can see myself having these especially when I have  a cold. 4 stars
Pomegranate- light and sweet. not tart at all, and i almost detected a hint of lemon blended with a milk pomegranate flavor. Delicious. 4 stars

Overall, these were definietely yummy. I would definietly buy the apple and the honey varieties especially if i saw them in stores by me, as those were my two favorite. They are a nice change on the traditional sucking candy, and as a whole, they deserve 4 stars for taste and nutrition. Good job Hillside! (and thank you for providing me some samples to try!) I would like to try other candies by Hillside, such as the GoLIGHTLY sugar free blends and the Hillside Sweets, sweetened with sugar.

4 pieces are 60 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15 carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

The ingredients are mostly organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, citric acid, and natural flavors.

DONT FORGET ABOUT THE HOLEY DONUTS! and CASH giveaway! Just pop them an e-mail with my blog name/website in the subject line, and win some donuts and 150$ cash! All rules and entries are HERE!

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Newman’s Own Organic milk chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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well i love peanut butter. in fact, it’s my favorite food. so pair with chocolate? it MUST be heaven! i haven’t had a Reese’s in years. Artificial flavors+ trans fats= boo! So, seeing Newman’s Own Organic Peanut Butter Cups certainly caught my eye.

So, i opened up the package, and to my delight, there were not one, not two, but THREE of these little cups to enjoy! Perfect if you just want to fix a sweet tooth without blowing your diet, sharing with friends, or relishing and enjoying all three to yourself (you devil!) . My room was a little hot, so these cups were a little gooey when i opened it up (fine by me!) I took a bite and got a full mouth of chocolate. Yumm. Creamy. i bit around the edges of the peanut butter cup to get all the chocolate and make way to the best part- the peanut butter! THe peanut butter was smooth and the consistency was creamy, light and fluffy even. Would have been better if there was a tad bit more of a salty flavor, but it was still good.

Overall, i liked it.  My mom had one too (she doesn’t eat all organic like i do), and she thought they were yummy as well. It definitely was creamy, and the peanut butter wasn’t dry and pasty tasting like Reeses can sometimes be. You can certainly tell they are made with better ingredients. They taste “cleaner” if you will. They are not identical to Reeses, but they will hit the spot if you need some chocolate and peanut butter, but want to fix your craving in a healthier way. The cocoa used in Newman’s Own’s products is also rainforest alliance certified. I don’t know if that has any affect on you, but now you know! 🙂

3 cups are 190 calories (not tooo bad for candy), 12 grams fat, 17 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic Milk Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Whole Milk Powder, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Soy Lecithin [an emulsifier], Organic Vanilla), Creamy Peanut Butter, Organic Yogurt Coating (Organic Sugar [evaporated cane juice] Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Nonfat Yogurt [Milk], Lactic Acid, Organic Soy Lecithin[an emulsifier], Salt and Organic Vanilla), Palm Kernel Oil, Peanut Flour, Salt.

Newman’s Own also comes in other varieties, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups,  Dark Chocolate Mint Cups, Caramel Cups, and Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups. I will be reviewing those as soon as I can- leave a comment if you have tried any!

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