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Product Description:

The prize in this caramel corn is the flavorful burst of fresh pistachios …

Learn more about CC Made on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

This caramel corn would be good with just about any tea, I think, but, for a real pistachio treat, try it with some Pistachio Ice Cream flavored Green Tea from Butiki Teas – and this time of year you should serve it iced, of course!

What I Think:

It took a while for me to get to try this yummy caramel corn.  It was not in my Boardwalk Box when I first received it (I received the spiced almond caramel corn, but not the pistachio) … I wrote a note to Foodzie and they sent me a fulfillment box (Foodzie has EXCELLENT customer service!) but the box contained more of the spiced almond as well as a bag of the lightly salted pistachios but not the pistachio caramel corn!   While I can’t really complain because I was happy to get more of that tasty spiced almond caramel corn as well as those amazing pistachios, I still really wanted to try this Pistachio Caramel Corn.

So I contacted them again, and they sent me another box, this time with the Pistachio caramel corn.  (did I mention how much I love Foodzie’s customer service?)

This is very much like the spiced almond except that this does not have the spice – and while I do like the flavor contrast between salty, sweet and spicy, the lack of spices here allows me to better explore the dimension of the caramel flavor.

As I mentioned in my review of the spiced almond caramel corn, what I really love about this caramel corn from CC Made is that each bite is an adventure.  I can really taste the butter!   These are rich, buttery, and sweet.  Each popcorn kernel is light and popped up to its fullest and fluffiest, to give each bite a light crunch.  The pistachios add to the crunchy texture and give this a deliciously satisfying nutty flavor.  The saltiness starts out light and develops, and by the end of the bag I notice a “salted caramel” kind of thing going on with it that would rival even some of the finest salted caramels I’ve tasted.

My Final Thoughts:

I LOVE this caramel corn.  I think that for my daughter’s stocking this year, I might get her some of this – she loves pistachios and caramel corn.  Basically, I’ll get her some of this, because it gives me an excuse to get myself some of this!   My only complaint is that the package that they included in the Boardwalk Box was small … and it was so good that it disappeared too quickly!   This is seriously yummy stuff!

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Product Description:

This lolly is more than just a looker. It gets its cheery colors and creamy flavor from natural ingredients. We’re suckers for this lollipop.

These lollipops are available on Foodzie for a limited time.

Tea Suggestion:

I found this lollipop to be very enjoyable with a pure green tea like this Garden Bancha from BigTeaHouse.  The tea is mildly sweet and a pleasant earthiness, offering an agreeable contrast to the sweet, creamy taste of the lollipop.  This lollipop and a cup of tea is a really lovely way to spend an afternoon!

What I Think:

The first thing I noticed about this lollipop – besides the size (I like the size of this lollipop – not too small, but it’s not one of those monstrously huge lollipops that are about the same circumference of a baby’s head) and the colorful swirls – was the stick.  The stick is not one of those wimpy sticks made of tightly wound paper.  It is a thick, wooden stick … or perhaps it would be better described as a thin wooden dowel!  It is substantial enough to support the lolly without it drooping or falling apart midway through eating it, and it is a comfortable fit in the hand.  It doesn’t feel too thin, and because it’s made of wood and not paper it doesn’t begin to disintegrate in the hand … and that’s important because this is not a lollipop that you’re going to finish in a couple of minutes, you know?

And I like the size of the lollipop too, like I said, it’s not too small, but, it’s not so big that I get tired of it before it’s finished.  It’s just the right size.

This is a sweet confection, but it doesn’t taste like it’s been artificially flavored.  It tastes creamy, in fact, I taste more of the cream than of the strawberry in this.  I found myself kind of searching for the strawberry … and I wish that there was more strawberry to this.  The cream tastes very pleasant, though, and it is an enjoyable lolly, I just was hoping that a strawberry & cream flavored lollipop would have more strawberry taste to it.

My Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this.  I don’t know that I enjoyed it enough to buy it by the dozen (as offered on Foodzie), but I found it to be a tasty treat, and certainly a welcome addition to this month’s tasting box!

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About CC Made:

Cassandra Chen’s first career was on the trading floor, but after spontaneously asking for a job in the kitchen of one of her favorite restaurants, found she preferred the even more intense energy of working on the line. She gravitated toward pastry, and ultimately decided to take her caramel corn commercial when her youngest son started pre-school. The rest is sweet, sweet history.

Learn more about CC Made on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

You’ll want some iced tea with this tea … because it has a spicy kick to it!  This Cucumber Mojito Green Tea from Inspired Leaf is really refreshing when chilled, and I like the way the crisp peppermint cools the palate after I’ve had a bite of spice from this Caramel Corn.  A very refreshing way to enjoy this amazing snack!

What I Think:

I grew up loving cracker jacks.  Well, think of this as cracker jacks … all grown up.   We have the popcorn, but instead of the little bits of popcorn that are all clustered up because of the sticky caramel, each piece of popcorn is light, fluffy and whole … and completely coated in delicious, golden brown caramel.  Sweet and chewy, the caramel isn’t as sticky as I remember cracker jacks being, and instead it is buttery.  It seems to be dripping in butter.  I can feel Paula Deen smile as I eat this!

And instead of the peanuts of cracker jacks, we have whole almonds.  Crunchy and delicious, these pack a good punch of nutty flavor and just enough salty taste to add to the overall profile of sweet, salty and spicy.

Oh yes.  Did I mention the spicy?  Yes, that’s where this treat and cracker jacks really part ways, because this has some real kick to it.

Every bite of this is an adventure:  with the first bite, I notice a rich, buttery flavor like a popcorn kernel that’s been dipped in real butter.  YUM.  The next bite, I’ll notice a bit of the salty flavor and the crunch of the almond.  A moment or two later, I feel the heat start to radiate through my mouth and tickle the back of my throat.

The heat is powerful, and just when you think your mouth can’t take another bite of it, some sweetness comes through to temper the heat enough to encourage you to take another bite!

My Final Thoughts:

This Spiced Almond Caramel Corn just made the boardwalk box the BEST box yet.  OK… well, maybe it’s #2, just after the Tea Time box, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I’m a tea nerd (that’s what my husband calls me!) than the true merit of the box.  Because if they had put tea in this box (maybe instead of the root beer?) this would definitely be #1.  I guess my heart will always belong to tea first.

Product Description:

Pistachios are certainly better when they are processed with love. CB’s Nuts USDA Certified Organic Pistachios are treated with care from day one. Grown on soil that is protected from environmental threats by fastidious farmers and picked when they’re ripe, these pistachios are naturally delicious. (Ever wonder about pistachios that haven’t opened? Don’t break you’re teeth – the shell opens when it’s ripe, so if it’s not open it was picked early – Mother Nature wanted it to be easy for us!)

Learn more about CB’s Nuts on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

I would normally suggest an iced tea with these, because snacking on pistachios seems to go naturally with iced tea, but, just for fun I decided to brew up a cup of this Honey Nut Biscotti tea from Kally Tea and drink it hot.  The delicious, nutty flavor of the pistachios really brought out the nutty tones of the tea in a beautiful way.  A really nice, somewhat unconventional tea time snack!

What I Think:

While I love pistachios, I wasn’t all that excited about receiving a bag of these pistachios in the Boardwalk Box.  I mean, I’ve had pistachios before, and I’ll be honest, I always bargain shop when it comes to these nuts.  They aren’t cheap, you know?  So, paying $7.00 for an 8 ounce bag of pistachios seems a little steep for me.

All these thoughts occurred to me BEFORE I opened the pouch and tried my first pistachio.  These are SO good… and seriously, they are better than any pistachios I’ve had in the past … err, with the possible exception of the Garlic Onion Pistachios … so I guess it would be more accurate for me to say these are the best roasted and salted pistachios I’ve ever had.

The first thing that I noticed is that my hands are not covered in salt.  These say “Lightly Salted” and they mean it.  They are salted just enough to bring out some of the natural goodness of the nut without making them taste like a typical salty snack.  Drawing from the theme of the Boardwalk Box from which they came, these taste as though they were seasoned by the sea air… salted, yes, but, they don’t taste like I just ran my tongue across a salt lick.

And this makes a huge difference.  I can TASTE the pistachio.  As I mentioned before, I love the taste of pistachios, but this may be the first time I have actually been able to explore the true flavor of the nut uninterrupted by excess flavoring.  The result is a delicious, toasty, sweet, nutty flavor.

Now that I’m more than halfway through the bag, I’ve noticed something else as well.  Every single shell is opened.  With the bargain bags of pistachios, I usually find at least one closed shell out of every ten pistachios.  That’s an estimate, of course, I’ve not actually conducted a study or anything.  But based upon what the description from the CB’s Nuts website, a closed pistachio shell means that the nuts were picked too early.  And the fact that these have been carefully selected and I’ve not found one shell that’s closed, that’s pretty impressive!

My Final Thoughts:

I really liked these much more than I thought I would.  I mean, I knew I’d like them, I love pistachios!  But, I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed with them as I am.  I didn’t expect them to be so different from the bargain bag of pistachios.  But they are!  And I love that these are a locally crafted product.