Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jacob Bromwell Original Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper (Fireplace, Campfire) Review and Giveaway $42 Value

I am HUGE into family traditions....passing on important memories as well as special items down for future generations to remember and use.

Check out my blog from last year, One Well Worn Pot and Spoon that I featured an important family tradition and specially loved pot and wooden spoon that was passed on from my husband's mother to me (and a fantastic peanut brittle recipe).  I can't wait some day to pass on the antique pot and spoon for my children to be able to create Marge's peanut brittle just as I did, and so did she.

It seems like now a days most kitchen/cooking products are made to wear out quickly.  They don't stand up well or very long to normal use.  Notice how I used the word "MOST". 

I have had the privilege to try out, and now review AND GIVEAWAY an amazing hand crafted Popcorn Popper.

Authentic Jacob Bromwell Since 1819....

Back in 1819 Jacob Bromwell has an idea...handcrafted, quality baking, cooking and food preparation products that American families could count on to last year after year. 

Did you know Bromwell is recognized nationwide as the oldest known manufacturer of corn poppers? And guess what?  The design that brought the pleasure of popping corn into their homes of Americans more than 150 years ago remains basically unchanged today.

Fast forward ohhhh almost 200 years and the Jacob Bromwell Company still continues the fine tradition, including handcrafting their Original Popcorn Poppers. 

ALMOST 200 YEARS!!  That says it all.  For a company to survive that long, you know their products are high quality. 

One of the BEST part is The Lifetime Guarantee an all Jacob Bromwell's products!

If it every breaks...they will fix it!

I was so excited when the package arrived in the mail.  The popcorn popper was beautiful and unique.  We waited for the perfect night to try it out over out backyard firepit.  It was perfect!
The fire was extremely hot, but the Jacob Bromwell Popcorn Popper held up beautifully to the heat.  And the clean up was so easy (Dishwasher safe!)

My boys loved the popcorn and the whole experience of hearing and smelling it.  It was so easy to make.  3 Tablespoons of oil and 1/3 cup of popcorn and a nice fire.  But if you don't have a fire you can use your stove top. 
Now my only two problems are ..... Keeping enough popcorn kernels on hand...and...figuring out which of my son's this Excellent hand crafted popcorn popper is going to be passed down to in years to come.

Now on to the giveaway details.....

One Winner will receive: Their own Original Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper from Jacob Bromwell a $42.00 Value

Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 09/12/11 at 11:59pm MST.

Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.

*** Mandatory Entry - Visit Jacob Bromwell and tell me which of their products you would like to or have tried.**

Bonus Entries:

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Good Luck Everyone!
Thank you Jacob Bromwell for continuing such a special tradition.  Here is too at least 100 more years!!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Lord Nut Levington - Uniquely Flavored Peanuts, You Will NEVER Forget Review

I never thought there would be a day I would be reviewing a flavored peanut and using the words...complex...layered flavors....outrageously amazing flavor combinations.....

But here I am....about to use all of those word and more....



Lord Nut Levington was gracious enough to send me out samples of their entire line of flavorful peanuts.

First of all if you haven't already clicked the link above you definitely have to visit Lord Nut Levington web page.  It is so creative, unique and fun to watch.  After watching their web page for awhile, it will help give in insight in to the creative nature of this company. 

"Levington found his mission in life - to lead the Taste Resistance and make a stand against bland. He would bring freedom of flavor to those oppressed by taste conformity.
So, to those destined for flavor greatness, or those needing to be liberated from a flavorless existence - join him and continue this revolution. All in flavor, say YES!"

Now on to my review....


 Rebel Mary...Spicy Bloody Mary Peanuts...

Spicy Bloody Mary flavor with celery, lemon and pepper.  Now I can eat a Bloody Mary!  How inventive.  Even with all the seasoning on each and every last peanut in the can, these peanuts remain nice and crunchy.  I have no idea how Lord Nut Levington is able to combine so many flavors, but none of them get lost. 

Momma Mia ....Tomato, Garlic and Cheese.

These flavor packed nuts were my absolute favorite.  Any Italian food lovers dream.  The spices and cheese used to create this marriage of flavors left me begging for more.  I love the fact Lord Nut Levington doesn't skimp on seasoning, but in the same regard, doesn't over season.  That is a fine balance they have definitely mastered.

Thai Dyed....Thai Curry and Lemongrass

My husband swore up and down he will never eat another flavored peanut again without wishing it was a Lord Nut Levington Thai Dyed.  The flavor profile with these peanuts is amazing and worth spreading the news!  What a unique flavor combination.  They are a tiny bit spicy and kind of sweet...very complex, but perfect!

Cinnapplooza....Apples, Cinnamon and Vanilla.
To be honest, I was a little bit worried about trying these ones.  The flavor combination on peanuts didn't sound like a winner.  But, I went ahead a popped on in my mouth.  I began to smile.  The Cinnapplooza peanuts were not sweet, like I was anticipating.  They were savory and layered.  I couldn't get over the flavor experience.  I was able to taste each individual flavor all as separate times during my tasting.  I LOVED IT!  Lord Nut Levington...HOW DID YOU DO THIS???

El Cheddarales...Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno

Another well balanced flavor combination.  They definitely had some heat mixed into this flavorful nut.  Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno...do I need to say more.  Perfection.


If you want to learn more about these Unique and Tasty Peanuts you can find out more on

Facebook.....Twitter....or their web page.

Thank you Lord Nut Levington for a flavorful experience!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Show your dog you care...Take the Hill's Science Diet Challenge today!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hills Pet Nutrition for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As everyone knows, who follows my blog and looks at my “Fishful Thinking” design…our two furry family members are a huge part of our family.  They are treated just like our children.  Well taken care of and spoiled rotten.

We are always on the lookout for new and improved pet food products to feed out fur babies.  Our yellow lab, Lucky has been suffering with joint problems for years now.  We have been supplementing his diet with different products to help easy his joint pain. 

We have always been huge Science Diet dog food fans.  It is all we have used.  I was so excited a few months ago to find out they had expanded their food line.  Now they make Science Diet® Healthy Mobility™ dog food. Hill's Pet Nutrition...What a perfect fit for our family.  The first time I saw it in the store, I bought some.  We have been buying it ever since.

The best part is I love a great bargain and saving money.  Science Diet is hosting a Hill’s Healthy Mobility Challenge.  It is so easy to be a part of this Challenge.  You register and great things happen…

Hill's Healthy Mobility Coupon You receive $30 in coupon offers

You are automatically entered in the Healthy Mobility Challenge Sweepstakes.  You could be one of 30 lucky winners who will receive FREE PET FOOD for a year!!

Make the best choice for your pets.  Feed them only quality pet food you know you can trust and that will benefit their health.  You can learn more about Hill’s Science Diet dog food by visiting

And if you are a Facebook addict like me, you can find Hill's Pet Nutrition on Facebook as well.

I noticed a substantial difference  in Lucky's comfort level and movement in only 30 days.  Plus they both LOVE the taste!

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Buddy Fruits Pure Fruit Bites and Pure Blended Fruit Pouches Review and Giveaway $15 Value

I am a very, very lucky mother.  My three boys eat very healthy and enjoy fruits and veggies. 
But sometimes I enjoy finding new products to mix up their healthy eating....and provide NEW and EXCITING ways to incorporate nutritious foods.
Buddy Fruits fits my goal to a "T".

I was so excited to find out that Buddy Fruits has created three different kinds of products to help my boys get the balanced diet, every child desperately needs.

Pure Blended Fruit in a resealable pouch
Pure Fruit Bites in a resealable bag
Blended Fruit and Milk in a resealable pouch

Buddy Fruits sent me out a wonderful box of their Pure Blended Fruit....
and Pure Fruit Bites for my children to sample and review.
I want to say as a mother, I LOVE the fact that Buddy Fruits is 100% Fruit...That's It!  ALL FRUIT!!!

1 Buddy Fruits = 1 Portion of Fruit!

And the best part is my boys really, truly enjoyed it!

I was able to sneak, just one of the Pure Fruit Bites and they were very flavorful and had a nice chewy texture.  The come in a wide variety of flavors, even including Pomegranate & Acai Buddy Fruits Bites which are made of 7.2oz fresh apple and 5.3oz of fresh pomegranate.  I smile thinking of the health benefits.  The releasable bag is a wonderful idea, but we didn't have to worry about releasing them as they ate all of them in one sitting. 


I chilled the Pure Blended Fruit Pouches before serving them to our boys.  These pouches are so convenient and the perfect size for a lunch box.  They contain:



No preservatives



No colorings



No additives


No fat


I had one little taste of the Mango, Passion & Banana and it was delicious.  It had a very smooth texture and apple sauce consistency.


Now on to the giveaway details.....



One Winner will receive: An assortment box of Buddy Fruits just like the one I received with Pure Fruit Bites and Pure Blended Fruit, a $15.00 Value


Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 09/10/11 at 11:59pm MST.


Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.
*** Mandatory Entry - Visit Buddy Fruits and tell me which of their products or soon to be products you would like to or have tried.**


Bonus Entries:


"Like" Buddy Fruits  on Facebook.







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Thank you Buddy Fruits for make eating healthy convenient and tasty!

Endangered Species Chocolate Bar Review and Giveaway $20 Value












Stop for a moment and imagine the world without these sights, smells, and sounds. Biodiversity enriches our lives and inspires awe.

Every day, plant and animal species face habitat destruction, human-made pollutants, the introduction of non-native species, and countless other threats. It’s the perfect time to be part of the solution. Support global efforts to protect our Earth’s flora and fauna today.


10% of Endangered Species Chocolate's net profits support species, habitat, and humanity. Read about these animals inside each of their chocolate bar wrappers. 

So as you are basking in the chocolate deliciousness..you can be learning something too!
 Endangered Species Wrappers are even....

  • 35% Post-Consumer recycled content that is 100% recycled and recyclable (inner












  • foil wrapper excluded)











  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified











  • Printed with water-based inks












  • No environmentally harmful coatings












  • Chlorine-free bleaching












  • Yes, it is true, you can lose the guilty feelings when you are purchasing delicious chocolate to enjoy...because by purchasing Endangered Species Chocolate you are actually making a positive impact on our world!

    I was delighted to find such an amazing company with the want, need and ability to be stewards for the natural environment and its inhabitants (plus they make very good chocolate).

    Endangered Species Chocolate sent me three of their All Natural 3 oz Chocolate Bars to review and provide a giveaway of $20 of Endangered Species Chocolate to one lucky bloggy buddy.
    I want to share that all of these Chocolate bars were made with ethically traded, shade grown cacao and all-natural ingredients!  How many chocolate bars can say that? 

    Plus, as you have seen in one of my previous photos...each bar features photos of an at-risk species with educational information about the species on the inside of the wrapper.

    All the chocolate was so nice a shiny with the Endangered Species Chocolate "tree" logo on each and every square.

    My favorite bar I sampled was the Smooth Milk Chocolate featuring the Sea Otter.
    It was sooo smooth and creamy.  It slowly melted in my mouth as I learned Mother sea otters use the water to help protect pups from harm.

    The Dark Chocolate with Cranberries & Almonds featuring the Gray Wolf was also complex and delicious.
    It was crunchy!  It was chewy!  It was dark and luscious!  Plus I learned Gray Wolves travel in packs of 4 to 7.

    The last bar I sampled was the Dark Chocolate with Deep Forest Mint featuring the so important Rain Forest.
    The Deep Dark Chocolate stole the show with this bar.  The mint had a nice light note in this extreme 72% Cocoa bar.  It left my mouth nice and cool.  Did you know...The Amazon Rainforest alone provides more than 20% of the world's oxygen supply.


    Now on to the giveaway details.....

    One Winner will receive: An assortment of Endangered Species Chocolate Valued at $20!!
    Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 09/09/11 at 11:59pm MST.


    Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.


    *** Mandatory Entry - Visit Endangered Species Chocolate and tell me which bar you would like to or have tried.***

    Bonus Entries:

    "Like" Endangered Species Chocolate on Facebook


    Follow Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog


    Follow Fishful Thinking on Twitter


    Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

    Copy and Paste Tweet:

    #Win $20 of Endangered Species Chocolate @ESC_Chocolate on @busch0218 blog #Giveaway Ends 9/9 http://fishfulthinking-cbusch.blogspot.com/2011/08/endangered-species-chocolate-bar-review.html?spref=tw


    Tell me which blog post you like best on Endangered Species Chocolate.


    Share a "green tip" you learned from Endangered Species Chocolate.


    Share something you learned about chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate.


    Share how you are trying to make a positive impact on the environment.


    Enter other active Giveaway's on Fishful Thinking Fresh Feet Wipes -2 Winners $6 Value Each (Ends 8/28), Penna Great Olives Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives & Parmesan-Asiago Dip$15 Value (Ends 8/30), Gail Ambrosius Fine Chocolates $33 Value (Ends 9/3),Mehlenbacher's Taffy 11 Winners $200.50 Grand Total Value (Ends 9-27). Buddy Fruits $15 Value (9/10), Jacob Bromwell Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper $42 Value (Ends 9/12),  Manna Organics Bread $25 Value (9/17), Tropical Traditions Dish Soap $50 Value (Ends 9/17) make sure to leave a comment about each one you enter.

    Thank you Endangered Species Chocolate for caring so much!!!  You are making a difference.

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    HUGE Mehlenbacher's Taffy Review and Giveway $200.50 Total Value *1 Grand Prize and 10 Runner Up Prizes - featured in Rachael Ray's Everyday Magazine and Martha Stewart

    Remember the days gone by?

    The simple pleasures and Handmade treats....

    The pride and workmanship put into each and every product produced....

    The excitement and sparkle in a child's eyes when they were given a VERY Special Treat...

    I have recently found a company that makes me feel like I have stepped back in time!

    ....Back in time to the early 1900's......

    MEHLENBACHER'S TAFFY

    They are proud of their hand pulled and artisan crafted with love and care Taffy (And it shows as you can see by this very colorful photo).

    Mehlenbacher's Taffy uses only the finest, natural ingredients including grade A butter.  NO preservatives are use!

    The beautiful taffy is made in small batches, and is truly an "artisan" taffy.

    It's still pulled and packaged by hand and flavored with simple methods just like it was over 100 years ago.

    You won't find other mass produced taffy with Mehlenbacher's attention to detail.



    I was so honored Mehlenbacher's Taffy sent me an assortment of taffy to sample (and love), review and giveaway with a HUGE group of my bloggy friends...watch for details below!  Believe it or not....look at all this taffy and it is not all the flavors Mehlenbacher's make.  Wow!

    First of all did you know that Mehlenbacher's was just featured in one of my favorite magazines in the August 2011 - Everyday with Rachael Ray, in her Fun Favorites Eats.  In my book Rachael Ray has excellent taste...so what does that say about this amazing artisan taffy? (Also featured more than one by Martha Stewart)

    Mehlenbacher's makes over 50 different flavors and are developing new ones all the time!  Amazing.  They even create seasonal flavors like Cranberry, Wintergreen, Brown Sugar, Pumpkin Spice, Eggnog, Caramel Apple and Maple.

    They have gotten creative with their MIXER line with flavors combinations like Raspberry Lemonade, Limeade (lemon lime), Neapolitan (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla), and Berry Blast just to name a few.  I had the chance to try the Raspberry Lemonade and it was so refreshing, and chewy, and silky, and sticky, and flavorful, and stretchy, and shiny with each and every bite and trust me there is a LOT to bite on.....look at how BIG each stick is....
    Each stick of Mehlenbacher's Taffy is HUGE - over 5 inches and 3/4 of an inch in diameter of chewy goodness. 

    Another line of Taffy is Cheesecake.  Don't turn your nose up, until you try this hand made confection.  The Key Lime Cheesecake was the best.  It had the texture and feel of taffy...but it you were to close your eyes, and focus on the flavor, you would think you had a piece of Key Lime Cheesecake in your mouth.  Mehlenbacher's you have done us candy lovers a great service....I will never be able to enjoy another piece of taffy every again, without wishing it was yours.

    I want to make sure to mention Mehlenbacher's even created six new flavors this year.
    Iced Coffee...Cinnamon Roll...Pineapple...Huckleberry...Cotton Candy...Key Lime

    So who wants some Mehlenbacher's Taffy???

    You can enter below for your chance
    and/or
    Head on over to Mehlenbacher's Taffy on Facebook and follow along (I heard they are possibly going to be having a GRAND OPENING on facebook with a chance to win some of their taffy)
     and/or
    Buy some right now from their online store (any order over $50 includes FREE Shipping)


    Now on this the Stick..olicious Giveaway!
    One Grand Prize Winner will receive: One 35 Piece Sampler box of Mehlenbacher's Taffy ($52.50 Value) **will be randomly drawn first**
    AND
    TEN!!! Runners-up will each Win an 8 Stick Sampler Bag of Mehlenbacher's Taffy ($14.80 value each) **only one winner per address/person** 
    Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 09/27/11 at 11:59pm MST.

    Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.



    *** Mandatory Entry - Mehlenbacher's Taffy and tell me which Flavor of Taffy would like to try or have tried (that was not mentioned in my blog).***

    Bonus Entries:


    "Like" Mehlenbacher's Taffy on Facebook.


    Follow Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog

    Follow Mehlenbacher's Taffy on Twitter


    Follow
    Fishful Thinking on Twitter

    Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

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    #Win HUGE #Giveaway @Mehlenbachers Artisan Taffy Candy $200 Total 11 Winners @busch0218 blog http://fishfulthinking-cbusch.blogspot.com/2011/08/huge-mehlenbachers-taffy-review-and.html?spref=tw 
    Ends 09-27 

    Leave a comment telling me you showed "a little love" on Mehlenbacher's Facebook Page **You can mention what flavor you would love to try!**.

    Leave a comment telling me what fun idea you like best to use Mehlenbachers Taffy.

    **Place an order for some Mehlenbacher's Taffy from their site** - 10 Entries (Leave 10 separate comments) It will be confirmed you placed an order for the entries to count.


    Let me a Fact you learned on the
    FAQ on Mehlenbacher's site.

    Enter other active Giveaway's on Fishful Thinking Spongefoot Steak Wash and Wing Sauce $8 Value (Ends 8/27), Fresh Feet Wipes -2 Winners $6 Value Each (Ends 8/28), Penna Great Olives Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives & Parmesan-Asiago Dip$15 Value (Ends 8/30), Gail Ambrosius Fine Chocolates $33 Value (Ends 9/3), Endangered Species Chocolate $20 Value (Ends 9/9), Buddy Fruits $15 Value (9/10), Jacob Bromwell Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper $42 Value (Ends 9/12), Manna Organics Bread $25 Value (9/17), Tropical Traditions Dish Soap $50 Value (Ends 9/17) ,  240 Sweet Artisan Marshmallows $15 Value (Ends 9/19), Twomato Sauce and Pasta $29.35 Value (Ends 9/21), Dublin Dog Collar and Toy $42 Value (Ends 9/22), Illinois Nut & Candy Co. Caramel Clusters $18 Value (Ends 9/28) make sure to leave a comment about each one you enter.
      
    Thank you Mehlenbacher's Taffy!  Another Proud Artisan Made in the USA Product!!

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Fine Chocolates Made by Hand Review and Giveaway Caramels and Truffles









    In 2003, when Gail Ambrosius learned that it was likely she was going to be laid off from her job as a cartographer with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, she decided to take the leap of her life. She was 43 years old, a single mom, and she had a dream that had been steeping in her soul for decades. She wanted to make chocolates—dark, delicious gourmet truffles like the ones she had devoured on a high school trip to Paris. When the layoff materialized, she was ready. She had a business plan in hand. Then she want back to school, taking an online class from Ecole Chocolat, and returning to France to study under the renowned Valrhona and Cluizel chocolatiers.
     
    When she returned to Madison, Wis., going from business to business with her swoon-worthy truffles in late 2004, she discovered that she was on to something special. That first holiday season, friends and family helped her out at her tiny shop. Within six months, she hired her first employee. Now an award-winning chocolatier, she ships her deliciously creative small-batch, handmade chocolates around the country.









    Based in Madison, Wis., she and her small staff make each chocolate by hand in small batches at her shop in the city’s funky East Side. True to her Madison roots, Gail is progressive in her approach to chocolate and business. She’s involved in every step of the process from ensuring the cacao farmers receive fair payment and practice sustainable agriculture to purchasing the equivalent of 100 percent of her energy use in wind and solar power. She regularly travels to Costa Rica to work with the cacao farmers near Lake Nicaragua, sharing her expertise about the American chocolate market and helping the families learn how to make and sell their own chocolate bars.
    Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier was so gracious to send me out two of her wonderfully exquisite and unique chocolate creations to review and giveaway to one of my lucky bloggy friends.
    Oh Heavens, where do I begin..... 

    Sorry, my mind and taste buds were wandering, longing for another chocolate experience, like nothing else I have ever had before. 
    Gail Ambrosius "Smooth, oh-so-sweet caramel wrapped in silky dark chocolate and sprinkled with a touch of fleur de sel marries the very best of sweet and salty. It's melt-in-your-mouth, swoon-worthy chocolate heaven. Oh, caramel joy!"
    I am a huge fan of salty and sweet.  Gail has done an amazing job and combining these two elements, plus differing textures into a mouth water flavor explosion!  The love and now crave the creamy rich dark chocolate and soft buttery caramel delicacy...with the over the top salty crunch of the fleur de sel.  The only bad part is I am writing this, drooling, and my box of 5 are already gone. 
    I wish there was some way I could find to create "taste-o-vision" with Gail's Truffles...that way I could share with the world how unique, daring, palette pleasing and over all worldly experience.

    I am so honored the Gail hand selected the 12 piece Chocolatier's Choice Truffle Box just for me (and one of my lucky followers) to experience and enjoy.
    This is an actual photo of my hand selected box.  Aren't they gorgeous!  Each one very different and a work of art.  I am going to decide a few of the truffles I received.

    **Don't be afraid of these special creative combinations!  They are all amazing and like no other chocolate I have ever had.  The flavors and textures so how combine to udder perfection with the skills of Gail.**


    Rose
    "Rishi’s delicate Wild Rose Tea, infused in sweet cream, romances the mild smoothness of Venezuela’s Carenero Superior chocolate. Tasting this light and delicate play on the taste buds is like breathing in a heady bouquet of roses. It’s a mindful muddling of the senses, best savored in blissful quietude."  The truffle was absolutely beautiful with the small dried rose petal on top!  The flavors are beautifully mild and work so well together to melt in your mouth...a small bite of perfection!

    Lemongrass with Ginger
    "Inspired by Asian cuisine, this fragrant fusion—featuring mild, buttery 70% Venezuelan chocolate—tastes of lemon groves and the steamy tropical sun. Gail infuses dried organic lemongrass into coconut puree with a few generous scoops of sharp ginger pulp. Topped with candied lemon peel and dried safflower, this meeting of East and West has rapidly become a favorite."  This was so complex and enjoyable.  I loved the contrast of textures from the smooth, silky, creamy center to the bright chewy ginger topping this artful truffle.
    Cinnamon/Cayenne
    "This ancient recipe began the enduring love affair with chocolate—earthy cacao blended with the sweetness of cinnamon and the fire of roasted chilies. Gail uses toasty, nutty 65% Colombian chocolate and a suggestion of cinnamon to lure your taste buds into happy complacency before the heady rush of heat on the finish. It will leave you glowing."  The balance of this sweet heat was perfection at its finest.  As the truffle melts in your warm mouth the flavors combine to tease your palette.  It is spicy?  It is sweet?  Yes and Yes, you won't be disappointed!
    Espresso
    "The strong, deep flavors of Ecuadorian Arriba chocolate demand an equally strong flavor companion. Gail uses Just Coffee espresso, made from organic, fair-trade beans here in Madison. Arriba’s hint of floral rides lightly atop the earthy espresso and chocolate to fully awaken your taste buds."  This truffle doesn't take much explaining...Chocolate and Coffee always a beautiful marriage! 


    Now on to the Giveaway and Details:


    One Winner will receive:


    $33 worth of Gail Ambrosius Fine Made by Hand Chocolates..5 piece caramel box and 12 piece Chocolatier's Choice Truffle Box 

    Open to US residents only age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. This giveaway Ends 09/03/11 at 11:59pm MST.
    Please leave a separate comment with your email address for each entry that you complete.


    *** Mandatory Entry - Visit Gail Ambrosius and tell me which Hand Made Fine Chocolate you would like to try or have tried.***


    Bonus Entries:

    "Like" Gail Ambrosius on Facebook.

    Follow Fishful Thinking on Google Friends Connect - on the right side of my blog

    Follow Fishful Thinking on Twitter

    Follow Gail Ambrosius on Twitter


    Tweet about the Giveaway: You can copy and paste the following Tweet over on Twitter once per day. Remember to let me know you tweeted.

    Copy and Paste Tweet:

    #Win $33 of Gail Ambrosius Fine Chocolates @GailAmbrosius @busch0218 blog  http://fishfulthinking-cbusch.blogspot.com/2011/08/gail-ambrosius-chocolatier-fine.html?spref=tw Ends 09/03 #giveaway

    Leave a comment telling me one place that Gail Ambrosius is sold.


    Subscribe to Gail Ambrosius Newsletter (bottom of their web page).


    Tell me which sense you enjoy the most to experience chocolate.


    Tell me which is your favorite blog post from Gail Ambrosius.


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    Thank you Gail for Elevating Chocolates to a whole different level.  Each one is a flavorful experience!
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    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps and Disney Fruit Crisps Review

    Healthy....Out of this world texture.....Flavor, flavor, flavor.....

    NO SUGAR Added...NO Preservatives.....100% All Natural Real Sliced Fruit....

    2 Fruit Servings per bag...SAME Nutrition as Fresh Fruit....

    Low in Calories.....Light and Crispy.....Bursting with Flavor...

    NO Sulphur Dioxide...1 Year Shelf Life

    So do I have your attention?

    I thought I did!



    My boys thought they hit the jack pot when our package arrived from Brothers-All-Natural to review.

    I best part for me was I still had the chance to steal a few pieces of this delicious, healthy and convenient fruit choice.  I am in LOVE and need to get a store locally to carry it. 

    The boys of course wanted to try the Disney Fruit Crisps first.  Surprise! Surprise!

    Who can blame them with this eye catching packaging.  The best part is the packaging getting their attention towards something healthy and the taste keeps them coming back for more.
    I was pleasantly surprised, once the Disney packages were gone...and that happened lightening fast.  They went right to the non-Disney packaging.
    The pictures on these bags are so colorful and capture the essence of bright flavors of all these freezed-fruits. 

    It was so excited seeing how carefully Brothers-All-Natural treats their fruits.  I have never seen freezed dried fruit still in slices or natural pieces, like they have accomplished.
    I have never seen Freeze-Dried Mandarin Oranges ever....that is until this amazing review for Brothers-All-Natural.  I need more of these.  Let me tell you how much these were loved around our house.  A fight broke out when the last bag was being opened...and I was part of it! 

    Brothers-All-Natural carries a huge selection of fruits to please anyone young or old.  Fruit like:
    Thank you Brothers-All-Natural for making a piece of fruit available anytime of the year with the same great flavors and health benefits from fresh fruit.

    You are amazing!

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