Archive for September, 2012

Unreal™ Candy

CAAANNNDYYY!!!!

*Ahem*

Sorry, I did get a little excited about this campaign. As a self-admitted junk-oholic, I was thrilled to be invited. The BzzKit consisted of an envelope with some BOGO Free coupons, and as with most campaigns, a coupon for a free Unreal item to try so I can give my honest feedback. LET ME CLARIFY, I AM A BZZAGENT AND I GOT THIS PRODUCT FREE THROUGH THEM.!!!!!!!

Anyway, this campaign was the first time I’d heard of Unreal Candy. Their schtick is “unjunking” candy by getting rid of artificial stuff like high fructose corn syrup, genetically modified ingredients, preservatives, and the like. This is something I can definitely get behind! Yeah, I love my chocolate, but I’m also a Mom and the primary shopper and chef for my family, so I care about what goes into our bodies.

It took a little effort to find somewhere that sold the Unreal brand, and I couldn’t find it at either of my normal groceries, but it was at the candy counter in CVS. I picked up Unreal 8 (their version of Snickers) and Unreal 77 (peanut butter cups.) The packaging is a little confusing and takes some effort to find out what exactly you’re buying. I suppose once you’ve bought it a few times you’d recognize the color, but for a new customer, I had to read all the packages for a minute (crouched down on the store floor.)

The sizes of the candies were slightly smaller than, but still comparable to, their popular name brand counterparts. I didn’t miss the extra few grams. As far as taste? I thought they were about what I would expect. They were a little less sweet (just fine by me!) I tried the 77 first and found the peanut butter to be thicker, smoother, and less gritty than a Reese’s cup. It had more of a real peanut butter taste. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was definitely something I would eat again. The 8 was much the same – better texture, still a similar flavor to the Snickers. I wouldn’t mind trying them at the same time to see what the real difference is – it’s been some time since I’ve eaten a Snickers.

Of course, candy still isn’t healthy, but if I’m going to eat it (and I’m not making it myself,) any of the Unreal varieties would be a fine choice. I look forward to seeing some of their future offerings – I’m looking at you, Butterfinger!

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Progresso™ Recipe Starters™

When it rains it pours – I had no campaigns for a few months, and then BAM! three at once. So here’s the first, Progresso Recipe Starters. Not much came in the bzzKit, just some coupons and a free can of Creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce (my choice – I’m a sucker for anything garlic!) But boy was I glad I had that can a few nights ago when dinnertime came around and I realized I didn’t have a plan! The recipe on the back of the can looked good (Easy Weeknight Chicken Pot Pie) but I decided to scan the QR code on the can to see what their other ideas for the sauce included. The one that caught my attention was for Chicken Enchiladas – and since I had everything on hand, I decided to go for it.

When I opened the can, the first thing I noticed was the sauce was much more liquid than I expected – not like a condensed cream soup. The second thing I noticed was that it smelled exactly like chicken pot pie! I started to second guess my dinner choice, but went ahead with enchiladas anyway. I reduced the amount of cheese (tip: don’t look at the nutritional info for these – yikes!) and used fresh chiles instead of canned.

My family loved the enchiladas, including the two-year-old. I’m not certain if I’ll make this recipe, but I do think I’ll be trying Progresso Recipe Starters again – next time, I’d like to try another flavor. It was really great to have on hand when I needed it and so convenient. I do wish they had a lower sodium version – especially when I’m already cooking, I like to have more control over the salt level of the foods I prepare.