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Chocolate Dipped Madeleine

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Product Information:

Our soft, moist Traditional madeleines dipped in a chocolate coating. Savor the contrast in texture and taste. These beautiful madeleines are a decadent and harmonious treat.

I received one of these Madeleine cookies in my December Love with Food box!

Tea Suggestion:

I decided to enjoy a chai with this madeleine cookie, and the chai that I reached for today was this Coconut Chai Tea from Zhi Tea.  I liked how the creamy coconut melded with the buttery cake-like cookie, and how the black tea and spices seemed to bring out the flavor of the dark chocolate.  Really delightful.

What I Think:

YUM!

When I look at a Madeleine cookie, I always expect them to be a crunchy cookie (I don’t know why!) but these are so soft and cake-like!  I suppose because they look to me like a cookie that has been pressed through a cookie press (although I know that they’ve been baked in a mold).

So, no, they aren’t a crunchy cookie, these are light and soft, with a delicious buttery taste.  It has a rich flavor, but there is a certain delicateness to it too.  It seems to melt in my mouth when I bite into it.

The cookie on its own is quite a treat, but then to dip it in dark, rich chocolate – oh yum!  It becomes quite a heavenly little treat.

My Final Thoughts: 

Love these.  I would buy these without a second thought if I saw them in the store.

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Hearty multi-grain pita chips make the perfect partner for creamy hummus in this deliciously portable snack pack that needs no refrigeration. The classic Mediterranean dip, made with chickpeas, sesame paste and a hint of lemon is healthy and all-natural.

I received this “snack kit” box in my January Goodies Box.

Tea Suggestion:

I recommend a sweet, vegetative green tea to go with hummus and pita chips!  This Lin Yun Green Tea from Infussion is perfect!  A delightfully refreshing tea to serve with this snack.

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This is a fun snack kit.  Inside the box is a bag of pita chips and an easy-to-squeeze tube of hummus.

The multi-grain pita chips are very crunchy and dense.  They look to me like they were made from real pita bread … they’re thick and dense like that.  The flavor is hearty and nutty, with a nice saltiness.  Not too much salt … but enough to enhance the overall flavor of the chip.

???????????????????????????????I probably wouldn’t want to eat these on their own though.  The thickness is really kind of difficult to get past without the dip.  They aren’t enjoyable to snack on without the dip.  With the hummus dip, though, this becomes a really enjoyable snack.  The hummus dip is smooth and creamy … and I like that there is enough dip in this little tube to generously cover each of the pita chips in the bag … I’m not left with a lot of extra pita chips and no dip to enjoy with them.

My Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this snack kit.  I think I probably would have preferred a little something in the hummus dip, since I usually prefer a roasted pepper or a garlic flavored hummus as opposed to the plain or traditional hummus.  This is good, but, I think that a roasted pepper or garlic flavored hummus would have been even better.  Good, but not awesomely great.

Product Information:

This is our classic guacamole in a fun, 100 calorie, portable size. This is an easy guacamole to love. Simple guacamole goodness in the convenience of a travel pack.

Learn more about Wholly Guacamole on their website.

Note:  for the purposes of this review, I chose to eat the guacamole with plain, ole tortilla chips.  Nothing fancy, nothing even name brand… we usually buy the cheapest, bargain brand tortilla chips and that is what I used for this review. 

What I Think:

I heard about Wholly Guacamole on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  I don’t know if you saw the episode when Ellen had one of her staff dress up like a tortilla chip and dive into a huge bowl of “guacamole” … but, I got a kick out of the bit so I decided I wanted to give it a try.  Shortly after that, we found coupons in our Sunday paper, so it was a done deal!

Not every store carries this stuff, so you need to shop around.  I found mine at our local Safeway, and it’s shelved in the little refrigerated shelves near the deli section.

This is every bit as good as Ellen led me to believe with her bit.  It tastes like fresh avocado.  It doesn’t taste like green tinted sour cream the way so many other commercially packaged guacamole.  Seriously, before now, I had resorted to enjoying guacamole only when I was out to eat or when I would break down and make it myself (which is next to never… I think I’ve only made it myself once!)   But this stuff tastes so good:  smooth, creamy with a chunk of avocado every now and again… it’s very avocado-y, and it’s not overly spicy.  I do taste a hint of spice at the start, and it builds as I continue to eat, but, it never becomes hot-spicy.  And even more importantly, it doesn’t taste as though it’s been processed with a lot of other stuff… and a quick glance at the ingredients proves this.

Ingredients:  Hass Avocados, Jalapeño Puree (white vinegar, jalapeño peppers, salt), Dehydrated Onion, Salt, Granulated Garlic.

My Final Thoughts:

This guacamole is a great success!  I will definitely be buying this again.  I love avocado, and while this is a little on the pricy side (but really, so is fresh avocado!!!) it is really worth it if you like guacamole.

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Product Description:

Add a little spice to your life!  Our original sauce, and winner of 18 national awards, Sultry Sauce is the pinnacle of heat and flavor. You can cook with it, put it on a sandwich, or add it to anything for heat that builds with every bite.

Learn more about Torchbearer Sauces on their website.

Note:  For the purposes of this review, I tried this sauce a couple of different ways:  first, I used it as a condiment on a fried egg, then, I tried it as a dip with some tortilla chipsNext time I’m in the grocery store, I might pick up the ingredients I need to try my hand at making this Spinach Dip.

What I Think:

It took me a while to get around to writing this review, mostly because this stuff is so tasty that I don’t think about taking the time to write my thoughts about it while I’m eating it!

As a condiment – in small amounts to minimize the heat and therefore be able to appreciate the flavor in addition to the burn – it really adds a lot of flavor and dimension to an otherwise humble fried egg. In addition to the HEAT from the habañero pepper, there is a slight sweetness that I taste from the carrots and mandarin oranges.

These other ingredients also give this sauce some thickness, making it quite nice to serve as a spicy-hot salsa-esque dip for chips.   And it is as a salsa that this Sultry Sauce really stands out for me.  I can really taste the sweetness from the oranges now.  This isn’t all about the heat – although there is PLENTY of heat to this sauce – and it doesn’t immediately set your mouth aflame.  Your taste buds get a chance to explore these other interesting flavors in the sauce, while the heat builds, and then BAM!  It kicks you right in the mouth.

My Final Thoughts:

If you read my article about the arrival of the “Some Like It Hot” box, then you’re probably aware that I had wished that Foodzie had put the local favorite Secret Aardvark Habañero Hot Sauce instead of this sauce that was – at the time – unknown to me.  That being said, I am really happy that I got to try something new, and this IS really very good.  However, I don’t think I’ll buy this particular sauce again (although I might try some of their other sauces) because I want to stay loyal to the local Aardvark.