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Kroger Private Selection Upside Down Cakes

Instant gratification – it’s so American. When I joined the Private Selection Upside Down Cakes campaign through BzzAgent.com, I didn’t have to wait for a BzzKit to arrive – I was able to load a coupon for a free PS Upside Down Cake onto my Kroger card instantly! And speaking of instant gratification, these cakes are the next best thing to homemade desserts – 12 minutes in the oven (or 3 in the microwave!) and you have a warm, melty confection fit to serve company!

I had a hard time choosing a flavor when I went to pick up my free cake. There are three available: German Chocolate Fudge, Double Chocolate Molten, and Amber Honey Apple Spice. Part of my decision was made for me when there were none of the Apple variety in stock.  I decided to try the German Chocolate since that’s not something I have very often (or ever.) As a side note, these cakes are available in the bakery section, not the frozen foods like I expected.

My husband was actually more excited to try the cake than I was, which is pretty crazy because I have the sweet tooth in this house. He preheated the oven and took the cake out of the wrapper. All he had to do was put the cake on a baking sheet, warm it for a bit, and then flip it onto a plate. It all came out in one fell swoop, thanks to a sheet of parchment on the bottom of the “pan.” So easy!

There was a good amount of the coconut/nut frosting although it didn’t drip down the sides much like in the pictures. The cake was very dense and moist (thanks to a a number of delicious-but-terrible-for-you ingredients like real butter, cream, and sugar) and a small slice goes a long way. Seriously though, do yourself a favor and skip reading the nutritional values. You are better off in denial. That said, the ingredient list only includes things you would use in your own kitchen, so I can appreciate that.

The cake isn’t as good leftover as it is the first night, but that’s to be expected. It also isn’t as good cold, obviously. The only real problem I had with this product was the price. $10 seems a little steep – for $10 I want something I couldn’t do myself, like a well-decorated bakery cake or ice cream cake, not something that is “like homemade.” If this cake were closer to the $7-8 range, I might purchase it for a special occasion.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these Private Selection Upside Down Cakes, they are available at your local Kroger store. You might be able to find a digital coupon online, as I have been told they exist, but at the time of writing this I don’t see them available.

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Private Selection Taste of Summer

Food campaign! My favorite kind! I do about half my grocery shopping at Kroger, so I’m no stranger to the Private Selection label. This campaign centers around picnic fare – ground beef, chips, ice cream, pie, yum! What came in the kit? A bag of kettle-cooked Sea Salt and Black Pepper potato chips, and coupons, coupons, coupons!

Of course, kettle-cooked chips are vastly superior to all other kinds. I’ve been a fan since my first taste of Cape Cod Potato Chips during a stay on Cape Cod twenty years ago, but I love that they’ve become so popular. Shelling out $4 or more for a small bag of chips is not really worth it for me. The Private Selection brand has everything I’m looking for – huge crunch, tasty seasonings, and at a price I think is reasonable.

The coupons granted me a free pound of ground beef, 6″ pie, and a discount on ice cream (which ended up costing only about a quarter, since it was on sale!) I haven’t been eating much ground meat lately (though I occasionally grind my own) so the beef was a bit of a treat. I made a super tasty taco salad with my Angus ground beef sirloin. (I would have made burgers if I’d bought a fattier cut – but the sirloin is perfect for taco salad!)

The pie was fine, but not as good as homemade. A little more cinnamon in my Northern Spy Struesel Apple Pie would have been better, but I do love the crumb topping. We ate our pie heated up, but I should have served it with ice cream!

Speaking of ice cream, YES YES YES. I’ve been buying Private Selection ice cream since it’s been available, and it is thick, creamy, and delicious, with great flavor options. My favorite is the Mint Moose Tracks, but I guess that doesn’t come in pint size, so I opted for the Black Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chunk. You had me at dark chocolate, but the raspberry really comes through too – it’s not a fake, cloying berry flavor either, but a yummy fresh fruit flavor. I am blessed with living in a city known for ice cream – Graeter’s and Jeni’s are just two amazing options – but for the price, you can’t beat Private Selection.