Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

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About Wondermade:

Every box of Wondermade marshmallows is handcrafted and taste great right out of the box. You can also drop a few in a cup of hot chocolate, melt them on top of baking brownies, or toast them on a skewer or in a s’mores.

I received these Marshmallows as part of the Christmas Set available from Wondermade.

What I Think:

These are my last marshmallows from the Wondermade Christmas box.  I saved the best for last!  These were my favorite marshmallows from this package.

These are extraordinarily minty.  I can definitely taste the menthol here!  They’re very cool and refreshing and YUMMY!  They’re delicious when eaten right out of the box (I love the little boxes in which these little bite sized marshmallows are packaged!) and they add a wonderful minty flavor to a cup of hot chocolate!

My Final Thoughts:

Yum!  I love Wondermade.  Yeah … I still love that other marshmallow company too.  I just have two favorites now.

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Product Description:

These roasted chestnut chocolate bars are crafted by the Ticket Kitchen of Sacramento. Roasted chestnuts are chopped up and gently mixed into fine couverture chocolate for a taste of nostalgia you won’t find anywhere else.

I received this bar of chocolate in my December Knoshbox!  (Yeah, I know, I’m behind!)

Tea Suggestion:

I prefer hot tea when I eat chocolate – they seem to go together really well.  And I usually prefer a black tea with natural cacao notes to it – like this Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea from Teavivre.  The naturally sweet notes of the tea brought out some of the deeper flavors of the chocolate and also nicely emphasized the flavor of the roasted chestnuts in the candy bar.

What I Think:

YUM!

This is a great chocolate bar.

First, I love it when the packaging is cute and clever like this chocolate bar is.  The shiny, gold mylar package is not all that special, but it’s been wrapped with a craft cardstock outer packaging that is folded “matchbook” style and secured close with a piece of decorative tape.  It just looks different and cool.

But, that would mean nothing to me if the chocolate inside the package wasn’t good – and this is delicious!  It’s milk chocolate, which isn’t my immediate choice in chocolate bars (I prefer dark chocolate) but, it is rich, smooth and creamy. It doesn’t taste overly sweet the way some milk chocolate bars can taste.  I can taste the deeper flavors of the cacao here.

And the roasted chestnuts are chopped very fine and give the overall bar a nice “crunch” bar kind of texture … but with tasty, toasty chestnuts instead of puffed rice.  The aftertaste (after the bar is gone … and it disappears way too fast!) is nutty and reminiscent of freshly roasted chestnuts.

My Final Thoughts:

I like this candy bar a lot!  And this isn’t my first tasting of Ticket Kitchen chocolates – I’ve had their hot chocolate on a stick in the past and enjoyed those quite a bit too.  I like it when I find a chocolate bar that’s just a little unusual – like this one with roasted chestnuts (not something you find in an everyday chocolate bar!) and check out some of their other unique flavors!  I think I’m going to have to try their Waffle Pecan Chocolate bar!

Well, technically, when this published, it will have arrived yesterday.  But on the day that I wrote this review (yesterday) … it arrived today.  Confused yet?  I am, and I’m the one writing it.  I can only imagine how confused the reader must be at this point.

DecKnoshboxSorry about that.  It’s just … the arrival of my Knoshbox is one of the highlights of my month … it is, without a doubt, my favorite sampler box that I subscribe to.  The only thing better than getting my Knoshbox in the mail is getting tea in the mail.  Now, if Knoshbox were to do a tea-time theme one month … that would be absolute perfection.

The theme this month, though, is “The Holiday Collection” – and I’m really happy about it too, because the box was filled with delights to appeal to my sweet tooth.  Two treats from Butter + Love:  Gingerbread Mustache Cookies and a Jam Cookie Sampler.  From S’more Bakery, there was a package of “The Pepp” s’mores.  There’s also a chocolate bar from The Ticket Kitchen (that name may sound familiar to anyone who’s read my blog for a while, the Ticket Kitchen makes those amazing hot chocolate on a sticks!) and finally a “Snow Witch” white chocolate brownie from Fat Witch Bakery.

My goodness!  What an amazing bunch of sweet goodness!  My sweet tooth is ready to dive right in!  Please keep watching my blog for individual reviews of each item!

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Product Description:

More savory than sweet, these crunchy peanuts are tossed lightly with maple syrup, a dash of cayenne, thyme, and small chunks of salty, smoky bacon.  Holiday snack, solved.

What I Think:

This was one of two items featured in the Bacon and Bourbon box that prompted me to choose it for my tasting box this month.  I’ve had my eye on this product for months now!  I knew I had to – at some point, when finances would allow me to – try it.

And it is the first item to be sampled this month too.  I tried to hold off on trying them, but these actually seemed to be calling out to me.  I do try not to devour everything once I get them, trying to find just the right time to try them and the right tea with which to taste them, but these just could not wait… so I made a mad dash for the kitchen and brewed some tea!

The name of this product is a little deceiving, at least for me.  When I think of “brittle” I think of the hard, candied sugar and nut type treat.  What I have before me are more like “candied nuts” that are more on the spiced savory side than on the sweet side.

They are deliciously crunchy, with a crispy shell of maple and spices.  These spices creep up on you, let me tell you!  It starts out rather mild, and after a few handfuls, you’re in need of a beverage to cool things down.  The shell is also salty, of course, not just from the peanuts, but also from the teensiest, tiniest morsels of bacon.  The bacon delivers a hint of smoky flavor, but every once in a while, I encounter a slightly larger bit of bacon and it is slightly chewy, smoked bacon-y and YUMMY!

Surprisingly, though, I learned that these yummy bits of goodness are not for everyone.  I gave some to my oldest daughter to try and she did not care for them, and neither did my husband, whom I was actually afraid to share some with because I thought for sure he’d love them and want to eat them all before I had a chance to write this article.

Ahhh, well, that’s just fine by me, because I’m loving them, and now I don’t have to share them!  As for tea … well, the first tea that came to mind was Maple Bacon Tea from ManTeas, but since I do not have any of that on hand, a good smoky Keemun like this Premium Keemun Hao Ya from Teavivre is what I chose to sip along with these delicious bits of peanut and bacon goodness.  The smoky tones of the Keemun encouraged some of the smoky tones of these “confections” to come out and play.  A really delicious combination.

My Final Thoughts:

These are really good … and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to finally try them.  But as they don’t appeal to everyone … if you’re on the fence about it, you might do well to find a couple of other people who might be interested in trying it and purchase the 3-pack and split it amongst you.  However, you might find yourself ordering them again soon!