A Taste Of History With American Heritage Chocolate (Plus Bonus American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe!)

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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an absolute chocoholic.  No matter what it is, how light or dark it is, I LOVE IT!  I recently got the chance to try out some American Heritage Chocolate so you know my answer to partnering with them was YES!  Of course, haha!  American Heritage Chocolate has a unique place in the history of MARS, Inc. and in the hearts and minds of people all over America who appreciate an artisanal, authentic approach to making and celebrating chocolate.  115 experts from around the globe came together to perfect this 18th century recipe that is absolutely unlike anything else on the market.  The brand’s unique flavor profile makes it a joy to explore new ideas!  Like the complexity of a fine wine, a bite of American Heritage Chocolate reveals layers of taste.  The mildly spicy and slightly sweet recipe is flavored with a blend of 11 spices and ingredients available during the 18th century that range from the heat of chili peppers, to the warmth of vanilla, to the freshness of orange peel.

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Did you know that in the 18th century chocolate was enjoyed as a beverage?  It wasn’t until the mid 1880s that chocolate became “candy” as we know it.  These American Heritage Chocolate Bites give you a sampling to be enjoyed grated and served as a beverage or just popped in your mouth, which is really the best way to enjoy any chocolate…especially this one!

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There individual American Heritage Chocolate Sticks make perfect stirrers for your morning coffee!  If you prefer, it can be grated and added to water for a tasty sample of this authentic 18th century chocolate.  I chose to skip my coffee creamer and stir my morning cup of joe with this stick and the flavor was AMAZING!!  I had fun sitting and imagining that this is how my distant grandparents enjoyed their morning coffee.  (Hey, don’t judge me!  I’m somewhat obsessed with the past and figuring out what life was like for my ancestors.)

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Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy this authentic recipe is the American Heritage Grated Chocolate.  Taste the sweeter side of the revolution!  This grated chocolate is delicious as a beverage and a great substitute for semi-sweet chocolate in a wide variety of recipes.

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I think the American Heritage Chocolate Block was by far my favorite item in my package.  Perfect for baking!  American Heritage is 63% cacao and a perfect substitution for the semi-sweet chocolate that your favorite recipe calls for.  I decided to use the chocolate blocks to make some peanut butter cups and the results were awesome!  Find the recipe below, try it out, and let me know what you think!

American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 six ounce package of American Heritage Chocolate Block
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Chop one 3 ounce block of chocolate into large size chunks.  You don’t need to worry about getting it too small, it will all melt down just the same.

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Using a heat-safe glass bowl and small saucepan filled with water, melt the chocolate down using the double boiler method.  Once completely melted your chocolate will be smooth and glossy.

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Place baking 4 paper baking cups into a large muffin mold, and place a small layer of chocolate in each cup.  Freeze about 20 minutes or until solid.

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In a small bowl, beat together powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract until the mixture is completely mixed.

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Divide the mixture into 4 pieces and form them into peanut butter patties.  Be sure to leave a little room on the edge so the chocolate on top can seal the whole thing together.

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Chop and melt the remaining chocolate block as you did before, and top your peanut butter cups off.  Freeze another 20 minutes or until solid and serve.

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The finished result is something that you and your friends and family just won’t be able to get enough of.

No matter how you choose to enjoy American Heritage Chocolate, you absolutely can’t go wrong.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

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Perfect Back To School Nutrition For Kids From Zone Perfect

 

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With Back To School just around the corner, I know most parents like myself are worried about proper nutrition with increased activity.  Zone Perfect Kidz bars are a perfect Back To School snack option for parents like myself who want quality snacks for our little ones.  The Zone Perfect Kidz bars are packed with the essential vitamins, minerals and the protein your child needs to fuel an active lifestyle.  These nutrition bars are tasty, yet nutritious, and come in 3 kid approved flavors that I couldn’t wait to try out with my kiddos.

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My daughter is just like me, a total chocoholic.  The Zone Perfect Kidz Chocolate Cupcake bars were her absolute favorite out of the three flavors available.  When you’re a kid, it’s always cupcake time!  This sweet and satisfying little snack is as nutritious as it is tasty. Rich.  Chocolately.  Totally snag-worthy and the most coveted “trade item” at the lunch table.

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What kid wouldn’t love a nutritious snack that tastes like sugar cookies?  The Zone Perfect Kidz Sugar Cookie bars are delish!  Treat your little one to a sweet little snack you can put in their pocket, lunchbox, backpack…just about anywhere!  Each bar has 5 delicious grams of protein to help keep little tummies full longer, and give little ones the energy they need to get through their day.

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Last, but certainly not least, the Zone Perfect Kidz bars are also available in Yellow Cupcake!   It’s a cupcake that fits in your pocket!  When your little one starts to get a little hangry, they can squash it right then and there and carry on with their day.

Zone Perfect has really made it easy for a busy mother like myself to rely on a wholesome snack.  Combine the great benefits of Zone Perfect Kidz nutrition bars with no artificial colors or flavors and you’ve got one great snack a mom like me can get behind.  Try out all of the flavors this Back To School season and see for yourself why these bars are so good.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Give Your Kids A Back To School Lunchbox Treat With Hi-Chew

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If you’re like me, you love giving your kids a healthy, nutritious, well-rounded meal to head off to school with…and sometimes to occasional  yummy treat.  This Back To School season, treat your kids to a chewy, fruity, fun snack in their lunchbox with Hi-Chew.  If you haven’t tried this incredible candy yet, you really don’t know what you’re missing.

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With roots that go as far back as 1865, it’s easy to see why Hi-Chew and Morinaga have become a worldwide sensation.  What began in 1956 as “Chewlets” has evolved into the incredibly delicious Hi-Chew candy that we have today.  There are a few new, fun ways to enjoy Hi-Chew and my kids just can’t get enough of it!

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The Hi-Chew Sticks are a great way to enjoy this sweet delight on the go.  The individual wrapping makes it easy to toss a few in a purse, diaper bag, backpack, lunchbox, or even just your pocket!  At first glance, they may look a little different but that’s for good reason.  Hi-Chew looks like nothing else on the market because IT IS NOTHING like anything else out there.  The texture is soft with a long and smooth chew and a slightly rubbery texture – almost a cross between gum and taffy.  With bursts of juicy flavor you’ll keep coming back for more and believe me…it will be hard to pick a favorite!  Currently you’ll be able to find kiwi, strawberry, mango, green apple, grape, cherry, and banana flavors in the stick packaging.

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One of the newest additions to the Hi-Chew family are the Hi-Chew Bites.  The Bites are a smaller version of the juicy, delicious Hi-Chew candy in fun mixes of flavors.  Each piece features a thin candy shell for quick and easy snacking without any sticky residue left on your fingers.  These yummy little bites are sold in a resealable pouch, and each pouch has two flavors for twice the fun.  You can find the Hi-Chew Bites in grape/strawberry as well as mango/orange bags.

With Back To School just a few weeks away, my kiddos can’t wait to take their new favorite treat to school and share with all of their friends.  Hi-Chew is gluten free, nut free, and made with real fruit juices and purees, which is perfect for allergy-conscious schools and students!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Delicious, Nutritious Lunchbox Essentials from Sneaky Chef

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For those of you that haven’t heard of Sneaky Chef, you’ll want to pay close attention!  This Back To School season is the perfect time to give Sneaky Foods a try!

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Sneaky Chef Foods is a company committed to developing products that improve children’s health by helping moms easily feed their kids the veggies they need in the foods they already love.  With the no-nut ‘pea-nut’ butter and chocolate spread, and now the addition of the fruit spreads, there’s never been a better time to try out Sneaky Chef.

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The Sneaky Chef Creamy No-Nut Butter is made from naturally sweet and nutty tasting golden peas. It’s a delicious peanut butter alternative, without a trace of peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, or soy.   My middle son’s favorite sandwich is PB&J, but he hasn’t been able to take it to school because children with nut allergies can’t be around it.  We’ve made it work but my son has really been missing being able to take a creamy PB&J to school.  The Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter is a great way to let kids have their favorite without risking anyone with a nut allergy getting exposed to it.  How great is that?

Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter is a delicious alternative to nut-based chocolate spreads, without a trace of peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, or soy. It’s made from naturally sweet and delicious tasting golden peas just like the regular no-nut spread.  You won’t taste the peas though!  The chocolate spread kinda tastes like a brownie batter, yum! Your whole family will love delicious chocolate nut-free spread, whether they can eat nuts or not. It’s got all the taste of your favorite chocolate spread without the nuts so everyone is happy.

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The newest addition to the Sneaky Chef family is a line of fruit spreads in fun flavors never seen before in the jelly aisle like Cherry Vanilla Pop, Blue Razz Berry, Caramel Apple and Watermelon Slice as well as time-honored favorites Grape-licious, Strawberry Patch and Red Razz Berry.  The best part?  Each jar of Sneaky Chef Fruit Spread contains three hidden veggies – carrot, beet and sweet potato.  We tried out the Blue Razz-Berry Fruit Spread and it was a HUGE hit with my kids!  My 14 year old saw the label after having some and said “Wait, there’s veggies in that stuff?”…why yes son, yes there is.

Sneaky Chef has a wide variety of products to help you sneak veggies in to the whole family’s diet and they’ll never notice!  Sneak some goodness into lunchboxes this Back To School season with Sneaky Chef.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Delicious Summer Snacks from Mighty Organic

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If you’re looking for a good summer snack that’s good for you, Mighty Organic is your one stop shop for snacks that will help you fuel your body.  Whether you’re spending the summer biking, hiking, swimming or just laying by the pool, there’s no wrong way to enjoy Mighty Organic.

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Mighty Organic makes a variety of meaty, delicious snacks that you just won’t be able to get enough of.  Using simple ingredients like organic apples and cranberries, Mighty Organic was created to be the best tasting 100% grassfed, organic beef snacks on the market.

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Jerky is always a crowd favorite in my household and the Mighty Organic Grassfed Beef Jerky was a huge hit!  This jerky is handcrafted in Minnesota with 100% grassfed beef and just 5 other simple ingredients. The Mighty approach is straightforward: great grassfed, organic beef with just the right amount of salty, mouth-watering, paleo-friendly perfection.  Although the jerky was just a little too tough for me, my kids enjoyed every last bit of it.

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The Mighty Organic Beef Bars are a delicious snack that are easy to take on-the-go.  Normally, snacks that are good for you aren’t supposed to taste this good.  But when you combine grassfed beef and delicious complimentary ingredients, it’s easy to make a delicious, healthy treat that can be there with you for 100% of your journey.

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The Mighty Organic Beef Sticks were my absolute favorite snack.  These meat sticks are certified organic and crafted with 100% grassfed beef.  With 6 grams of quality protein, these meat sticks are paleo-friendly and ready-to-eat.  The Spicy Jalapeno was my favorite snack and I have to say I will be ordering these by the case!  They are perfectly spiced with organic jalapeño flakes and just the right amount of sea salt for a snack that’s out of this world good.

No matter what your summer activities are, refuel your body with these tasty Mighty Organic snacks.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

New Hispanic Inspired Nerds, Fun Dip, Pixy Stix, and Laffy Taffy from Nestle

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Candy lovers all over are rejoicing as these new flavors of classic iconic candies hit the market.  This summer you can try out all of the new flavors that Nestle has come up with and taste how bold these candies are.  Filled with exciting new and intense flavor combinations inspired by the classic Dulcerías, Spanish for ‘candy store’, the new flavors have hit store shelves, offering fans a variety of tangy new flavors and are an unexpectedly delicious take on a summer treat.

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I was beyond excited to try out the new flavors!  These have been some of my favorite candies since I was a little girl and the temptation of the bold new flavors was just too much to pass up.  The new items debuting this summer are:

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NERDS® Guava and Mango Chile & NERDS® Lime and Pineapple – Inspired by the vibrant style and energy of Mexican professional wrestling, Lucha Libre, new NERDS ¡Lucha Grande! will  invigorate your taste buds with a variety of bold, Mexican-inspired flavors that are made with no artificial flavors.  Each pack introduces characters like the fiery El Mango Fuego and deceptively sweet Piña Furiosa whose adventures can be further seen in comic strips found at www.NestleDulceria.com.

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LAFFY TAFFY® Guava & LAFFY TAFFY® Pineapple From the candy that positively tickles your funny bone! Featuring jokes from acclaimed Hispanic comedian Anjelah Johnson, these new Laffy Taffy flavors are made with no artificial flavors and are perfect for a quick summertime treat.

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FUN DIP® Mango Lime & FUN DIP® Cucumber Watermelon – Ever feel like your Fun Dip dipping stick deserves more? With new Tamarind- and Lime-flavored dipping sticks, new Fun Dip Mango Lime and Fun Dip Cucumber Watermelon will leave you experiencing a whole new blast of intense taste combinations, made with no artificial flavors.

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PIXY STIX® Cucumber Watermelon, PIXY STIX® Mango Lime & PIXY STIX® Pineapple Add an extra burst of flavor with the iconic fruit tastes and combinations from Pixy Stix, a zesty treat made with no artificial flavors. Whether you’re garnishing your favorite mocktail glass rim, adding extra flair to whipped cream, or decorating Pinterest–worthy cookies, the possibilities are endless. But if all you crave is the familiar ritual of enjoying a Pixy Stix straw, simply tear it open, tip your head back and pour.

I don’t know how Nestle came up with such amazing flavors, but they did an incredible job!  Each and every new flavor is bursting with excitement and a fun spin on classic favorite candies.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Gluten Free Happiness From Bakery On Main

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For those of you who haven’t discovered Bakery On Main yet, you just simply don’t know what you’re missing.  It all started back in the small bakery of a natural foods market in Connecticut and has grown incredibly ever since.  It’s been no secret for quite some time now that gluten free foods typically taste like cardboard.  They often lack flavor and texture appeal so Bakery On Main set out to change that.  They set out to make delicious and unique gluten free foods that even those with food sensitivities can enjoy.  Not only are these tasty delights good, but they’re good for you…what could be better than that?

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Breakfast is possibly the most important event of the day.  It’s what will get your day going right, so you need a great meal to set your whole day in motion.  Bakery On Main has some delightfully delicious options that will make your tummy happy and keep you feeling full with all of it’s wonderful fiber.

Organic Happy Oats are a great way to kick off the day.  The Organic Happy Oats are perfect for breakfast, and great for baking and cooking too!  These oats are 3rd party certified gluten-free and NON-GMO Project Verified oats, certified organic as well!

Organic Happy Museli was a new one for me, but it’s so completely delicious I don’t know how I haven’t had it before.  This certified organic breakfast option honors this cereal’s century-old Swiss roots by combining certified gluten-free oats with various seeds and dried fruit.  The blueberries seemed to have been harvested at their peak of perfection…they were just bursting with incredible blueberry flavor!

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Sometimes you just need a quick breakfast that you can make and go, and Bakery on Main has some great options for those of us on-the-go as well.

This Ancient Grain Instant Oatmeal is the stuff dreams are made of.  This oatmeal is certified gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Kosher.  Feel good about starting your day with this audaciously premium instant oatmeal with its added benefits of flax, chia, and the ancient grains, quinoa and amaranth.

When I was a kid, I remember sitting at the table eating my hot cereal with peach slices on top…man, nothing was better than that.  Bakery On Main’s Organic Creamy Hot Breakfast will bring you right back to those days- only now with an oat, wheat, and gluten-free version!  This hot breakfast option is completely customizable to perfectly fit whatever mood you’re in. Enjoy it sweet for breakfast or savory with dinner.

If you’re really on the run and need something you can just grab with no prep involved, make sure you check out the 4.4.8 Granola Bars.  Bakery On Main shook up their original granola bars and soft & chewy bars.  This new line of gluten-free and NON-GMO Project Verified granola bars packs a powerful combination of 4g protein, 4g fiber, and only 8g sugar!  Loaded with the bakeshop delicious flavors you love, they are a perfect to start your morning or for a quick on-the-go snack.

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Y’all…if there’s only one product you try, try this Organic Happy Granola.  This bakeshop delicious, oat-based granola is certified organic, certified gluten-free, and NON-GMO Project Verified!  This tasty perfection is available in three varieties, each one is bursting with irresistible flavor that provides at least 18g whole grains per serving!  With each one boasting ancient and sprouted grains and seeds such as millet, quinoa, and flax, you can enjoy all the benefits of these premium ingredients in whichever delicious way you like- as a cereal, a topper, or a snack right out of the bag!

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The Gluten Free Granola actually became a quick favorite of my husband.  He works outside all day doing manual labor and he gets HANGRY!  This granola was great at keeping him full and satisfied so he makes sure he’s got some in his lunch box every day.  This granola features premium multigrain & bean crisps made with corn, brown rice, ancient grains, and navy beans are toasted with sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds.  It’s mixed with some of your favorite flavors to bring you bakeshop delicious, certified gluten-free, NON-GMO Project Verified, and oat-free granola that you won’t be able to get enough of!

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I didn’t get to try much of the Bunches Of Crunches, but the little bit I had was enough to tell you that this stuff is amazing.  My kids fell in love with this stuff at first bite and it only lasted a couple days with my ravenous monsters around.  Bunches Of Crunches is a fearlessly unique chocolate superfood “GRAIN-ola” brought to you by our granola superhero, the Crunch Crusader!  Scrumptious oat clusters loaded with superfoods, such as Chia seeds and Cacao, are complimented by the ancient grains Amaranth and Millet.  Enjoy 10g whole grains per serving from these audaciously premium ingredients.

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If you live in Arizona like me, chances are during the summer your appetite just isn’t the same.  We’ve been at 120 degrees daily for over a week now and some days it’s just too hot to eat much of anything.  One thing I love keeping on hand during the hotter months are protein bites.  I made a delicious recipe using the Bakery On Main Organic Happy Rolled Oats and the finished result was almost too delicious to believe.  If you guys want to try making these protein bites as well, make sure you check out the recipe I created.  These protein bites will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, but let’s be honest…they’ll be lucky to last a week with as tasty as they are!

Bakery On Main Protein Bites Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Bakery On Main Organic Happy Rolled Oats
  • 4 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 6 tbsp. reduced fat peanut butter
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein drink powder
  • 4 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. water

There’s really not much thinking to do here.  It’s as simple as mix the ingredients in one bowl, divide into 12 balls, and refrigerate.  These protein bites come in at 100 calories each, with 4.6 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

Make sure you check out everything Bakery On Main has to offer.  I’m sure you’ll be able to find a few items that you can’t walk away without trying.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***