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Products We Love: June 2017

June 28, 2017

Being a food writer comes with a lot of fun perks, not the least of which is the fact that a lot of companies send us fun food products to try out with the hopes that we share some of our favorites with our readers! I’ve been getting a lot more of these products lately, so we wanted to share with you some of our favorites that would be perfect for a 4th of July party, summer cookout, or just because!

1. Pure Growth Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits

I did not take this picture. I wish I was that talented!

I will admit that because these are marketed at kids, I assumed they would not really be my thing. I threw them in the car while I was driving to Atlanta, thinking maybe it would delay how long I was able to drive before stopping for food. To my surprise, they were absolutely delicious! And pretty filling, too. I ate 1 pouch and was good for the whole 5-hour drive to Atlanta. Kids or not, if you often eat breakfast on-the-go, I highly recommend these!

Where to buy:, Target

2. Lowcountry Kettle Potato Chips

Let’s just put them all together in one bowl and let what happens happen.

How am I only just discovering these amazing chips?! As someone who usually doesn’t love potato chips (they’re just too greasy, I don’t get it), these were like a reinvention of the classic potato chip. They’re super crunchy and don’t leave your fingers feeling like an oil slick afterward. My favorite flavor is the Spicy Pimento Cheese, although the State Fair Fried Pickle is a close second.

Where to buy:, local grocery stores around Charleston

3. Arctic Zero Lactose-Free Ice Cream

So I’ve recently been trying to cut down on my dairy intake because I think I’m starting to develop a bit of an intolerance to dairy (which I ignore most of the time). When Arctic Zero sent me a couple of their pints, I was super pumped. The peanut butter swirl was my all-time favorite. Keep note that it doesn’t taste like regular ice cream, but as a frozen dessert, it was pretty delicious.

Where to buy: Amazon, Bi-Lo, Walmart, Publix, Earth Fare

4. Fire Department Coffee

Isn’t their branding pretty?

Coffee that’s aged in liquor barrels? Why not! If you’re a fan of Irish Coffees, then you’ll love this brand. My favorite is the bourbon roast. I will say that I am not a fan of the tequila roast (tequila and coffee isn’t my jam, apparently…good to know). I also really like this company because they partner with organizations like Sons of the Flag, which benefits burn victims, so I can feel like I’m doing a good deed with each morning brew.

Where to buy:

5. Muuna Cottage Cheese

Muuna acai bowl FTW!

This month was apparently about me learning to like foods I had previously thought I didn’t care for. Muuna Cottage Cheese sent me a few different flavors to try, and I went in not sure how if I was going to like any of them. I can safely say that the blueberry flavor is delicious when mixed with some granola or as part of an acai bowl (which is how I’ve been using it), and the plain is really good when used in dips!

Where to buy: Ingles and Giant

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Products We Love: May Edition

May 10, 2017

Being a food writer comes with a lot of fun perks, not the least of which is the fact that a lot of companies send us fun food products to try out with the hopes that we share some of our favorites with our readers! I’ve been getting a lot more of these products lately, so we wanted to share with you some of our favorites that would be perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or just because!

Yes, I know my numbering system makes a squiggly line. I like it that way.

1. Moscatino Sparkling Rose Wine

So I got a bottle of Moscatino just before TQuizzle’s bachelorette party, which couldn’t have been more perfect. I planned the bash, and everything I did was pink and sparkly, so a sparkling rosé was the cherry on top of everything. Moscatino advertises that the flavor has notes of “peach, jasmine, rose, grapefruit, and jam,” and that’s probably true. I am no wine expert, so I’ll just say that it was slightly sweet with very little acidity and fun little bubbles on your tongue.

Where to buy:

2. Diestel Turkey Ranch Breakfast Sausage

This is the sort of meal that tastes awesome, but doesn’t photograph as great as I’d like it to.

I’m going to start this by saying that compared to pork breakfast sausage, there really isn’t any comparison. Pork is just better. But I’ve been trying to eat healthier, so I’ve been eating my way through a couple of different kinds of turkey sausage, and so far this one is my favorite. It has no artificial ingredients, growth stimulants, or gluten, which I know is important to a lot of people (I mostly only care if it tastes good, and it does). My only complaint is that it doesn’t crumble the same way traditional breakfast sausage crumbles. I have to chop it up separately before I add it to my favorite breakfast hash (recipe coming soon!), which can be kind of annoying some days. But as far as turkey sausage goes, Diestel gets a thumbs up!

Where to buy: Diestel’s Website, $11.95 for 1 pound.

3. Rise Buddy Rice Snacks

I’ve had 27 years, you’d have thought I’d have a better handle on my eyeliner situation by now.

So I was kind of skeptical that I would like “baked rice snacks,” but Rise Buddy really surprised me! I tried a variety of flavors, and although I didn’t love all of them, I did really love the Pizza flavor. In fact, I might be eating some as I type this (don’t judge me). Rise Buddy talks about the importance of the fact that they’re gluten free, they have 0 grams of trans fat, and feature hardly any added sugar. Since I’m trying to be a lot more mindful of what I eat, it’s nice to have a snack I can throw in my bag and eat without having to feel guilty. Plus, they’re really not anymore expensive than other junk food.

Where to buy: Amazon, $18 for a pack of 12

4. POW! Gluten-Free Pasta

Again, it tastes better than it photographs.

As you know from my many previous posts, I’m something of a mac and cheese addict, so I jumped at the chance to try POW! Mac And Cheese. Healthy Mac & Cheese?! It was right up my alley! The pastas at POW! are made from other ingredients you’re likely to find in your pantry in order to make them gluten free. Things like green lentils, black beans, red lentils, and quinoa. I tried the black bean elbows and the pre-packaged mac & cheese, which is supposed to be a healthier equivalent to Kraft’s Blue Box mac for kids. It really does taste similar, although I would recommend going with the sharp cheddar versus the mild cheddar because it’ll have a lot more flavor. The black bean pasta cooks wayyy faster than regular pasta, so I accidentally overcooked it (because I didn’t read the directions), but flavorwise, it didn’t really have an overwhelming flavor. Should be easy to swap it for your favorite pastas for a better alternative.

Where to buy: Earth Fare, Whole Foods, Amazon

5. Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze

“Munk” is short for “chipmunk,” but it still makes me uncomfortable.

Let me start by saying that Munk Pack has possibly the least appetizing sounding name. I think because it rhymes with “funk,” and I don’t want to eat anything funky. And “squeezable oatmeal” definitely qualifies as funky. It took me a minute to get used to the consistency, but the flavors are actually pretty good. I would recommend this to parents whose kids already love those squeezable fruit snacks.

Where to buy: Publix, Amazon, Whole Foods, Earth Fare

Note: This post features products that I received for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I only review products that I like. I did not receive compensation for this review. This post also features some affiliate links.
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