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Shango Rum, reviewed

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In the spirit of National Rum Day, I thought I’d mention a new rum I tried recently: Shango. Rum is defined as a spirit “distilled from the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses or other sugar cane by-products… having the taste, aroma and characteristics generally attributed to rum” and with an alcohol content of 40-95% (80-190 proof)(per TTB standards). Shango ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bites

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As much as I love soft pretzels, their crunchy counterparts are difficult to resist – especially when they’re covered in chocolate. The contrast of the salt topping a pretzel and the sweet bitterness of chocolate (or just sweetness, if you’re indulging in a milk chocolate pretzel) is wonderful. It is also now widely utilized by all kinds of chocolatiers, pastry chefs and home bakers looking ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates

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Trader Joe’s usually has a good selection of both imported and/or store-branded chocolates at any given time. They company keeps a sharp eye out for what sells, and what doesn’t, so the less popular products are regularly taken out of rotation in favor of new items. I always look for the newer foods and, a few weeks ago, I came across Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates. ... Read More »

Justin’s Nut Butters

squeezable peanut butter

All natural and USDA certified organic, Justin’s Nut Butters are made with high quality ingredients to produce a high quality product. In fact, the company’s stated goal is to “create the best peanut and nut butters in the world.” Now, determining “the best” peanut butter is not something that one person can do, but after trying a variety of the butters, I can definitely say that ... Read More »

Bloom Energy review

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Bloom Energy is a new, fruit juice-based energy drink from Del Monte. Each lightly carbonated beverage has 100 calories per 10.5-oz can and delivers a full serving of fruit, as well as Vitamins B, C and D, calcium and a boost of antioxidants. They are also naturally caffeinated using white tea extract and guarana. Every can has about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee ... Read More »

Hershey’s with Crisp Corn Bits, reviewed

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When I first noticed the Hershey’s with Crisp Corn Bits bar in the candy aisle at my local supermarket, a series of thoughts ran quickly through my mind: What is that? Corn? Who wants corn in a candy bar? It kind of looks like those honeycomb chocolates on the package, but those don’t have corn in them. I wonder if it’s crunchy. It’s on sale ... Read More »

Diet Coke Plus, reviewed

new diet coke

Have you heard about Diet Coke Plus? It is regular, zero-calorie diet coke that has had vitamins and minerals added to it. The soda is Coke’s newest offering and is designed to turn diet coke into a health drink in the minds of consumers. The company has no plans to change or replace regular diet coke, but merely to give consumers another (healthier) option when ... Read More »

Reeses Pieces Eggs, reviewed

easter candy innards

As much as I enjoy Easter candy, even the newer ones don’t really surprise me like they used to when I was a kid. Perhaps I’ve just become a bit jaded, as the “limited edition” this and “New!!!” that don’t seem nearly as special or new as they should. I will admit that I was surprised, however, when I first bit into one of the ... Read More »

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