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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Alter Eco Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate

Alter Eco, a pioneer of globally crafted foods, recently launched its Dark Salted Burnt Caramel chocolate bar, a smooth Ecuadorian chocolate atop an alluring, deep caramel crunch that’s sprinkled with sea salt for an irresistible indulgence. Like all Alter Eco products, the new bar is free of gluten, emulsifiers, artificial flavors and soy and is USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified.

Like most people in the world, I absolutely LOVE chocolate! Seriously, I think I eat something with chocolate in it or a candy bar...every day. Yup, I am officially a chocoholic!
Recently I received two 2.82 oz. chocolate bars from Alter Eco to try out for all of you and after just one bite...I was in pure chocolate heaven!!! Each of these bars contain two servings of 5 chocolate sections each. Furthermore, each serving is only 230 calories each.

Usually I am greedy when it comes to my chocolate but I was feeling generous and decided to share with my husband and mother. I know...don't faint...I shared! LOL

The Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate bars have a deep salty crunch that is well-balanced with the sweet caramel. It's the perfect marriage between sweet and salty. Sometimes dark chocolate can taste bitter but with the additions of the burnt caramel and salt...this chocolate bar is sweet but not overly-sweet.
The texture, taste and oh-so-good melt factor are just perfect! I love to break off one section at a time and let it gently melt in my mouth. Oh my gosh...so good, so satisfying! This chocolate bar is a real winner!!!

Head on over to Alter Eco and take a look around. You can learn more about the company and the product that I reviewed by visiting their site online. I highly recommend that you give these chocolate bars a try! I am glad that I did.

Disclaimer: Shelly H. has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. The Shakin N Bakin Blog is not responsible for delivery/shipping of giveaway items won from this blog nor are we responsible for mis-use or injury caused by items won from this Blog. Content on this blog is copyrighted, all rights reserved. We reserve the right to legally pursue anyone who violates our rights and/or steals our copyrighted material.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: The Dehydrator Bible

Whether you grow your own food, buy it locally from farmer's markets or farmstands or even buy it from a supermarket, seasonality still affects its price and abundance. Therefore, it makes sense to preserve food for those times when it's not as plentiful, or not available at all. Drying food is a wonderfully tasty and easy way to do this.

Title: The Dehydrator Bible
Authors: Jennifer MacKenzie, Jay Nutt & Don Mercer
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0213-6

The Dehydrator Bible is a comprehensive food dehydration book with 400 pages containing 400+ recipes and numerous color photos. The recipes cover dehydrating herbs & seasonings, fruits, vegetables, meats and fish.

The easy-to-follow drying instructions and time guidelines will make even a novice cook feel like a seasoned pro. Now that it's gardening season...you will want to plant extra rows of all of your favorite vegetables, fruits and herbs. Come harvest time, you can load them up in your dehydrator and preserve them for future use.

This book will teach you how to dehydrate cucumbers, onions, squash, green beans, cherries, bananas and everything in between. Once you get through all of those sections you will find delicious recipes that call for those types of ingredients. Recipes like: Apricot Almond Muffins,Cranberry Newtons, Banana Nut Oatmeal, Cornbread Johnny Cakes, Campfire Hash Browns, Viking Stew, Chicken & Potato Stew, Bean Fajitas, Pasta Sauce, Mac & Cheese, Cajun Shrimp & Rice, Stove-top Scalloped Potatoes, Raspberry Chocolate Pudding and many, many more!

I have a 7-tray food dehydrator that I've owned for about 5 years now. I know how to do some basic things with it but this book has really expanded my knowledge on what I can do with it. I am also an avid gardener and this book has given me all kinds of ideas on what I should be planting in my garden and what I can do with it when harvesting time comes.

Since receiving, I've read it cover-to-cover and bookmarked numerous pages. I can't wait until late summer when we begin harvesting our fruits and veggies. I will definitely be utilizing The Dehydrator Bible all season long as I dehydrate foods for the upcoming winter season. It's a comprehensive book that is great for the beginner or the experienced foodie.

Disclaimer: Shelly H. has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Organo Gold Premium Coffee Collection

Today I am writing you to tell you all the great things about the coffee I am reviewing. It is byOrgano Gold Premium Coffee Collection. The flavor I am reviewing is caramel vanilla, yum yum! First off I will tell you a little bit about Organo Gold. The CEO and founder, Bernardo Chua, he began Organo Gold already as a successful business man. His vision was to bring the ancient Chinese herb known as Gandoderma to the rest of the world. He and co-founder, Shane Morand, who has sold tons of Gandoderma infused products, added it to their line of coffee.

For those of you who do not know, Gandoderma is known to have anticancer effects, immunoregulatory effects, antioxidant activities, liver-protecting effects, hypoglycemic effects, antibacterial effects, antiviral effects, antifungal effects, and can help reduce blood cholesterol. Now who wouldn’t want that paired with a delicious cup of coffee!

The Organo Gold I tried was a combination of rich caramel and smooth vanilla. These flavors go awesome together and are sure to satisfy all who try it! This coffee comes in convenient Brew Kups. You can use any K-Cup system you have. I have a Keurig and it worked perfect!

You can add the right amount of sweetener and milk, substitute sweetener, creamer, or flavored creamer to suit your taste. Personally, I prefer a flavored creamer. I chose to pair my coffee with caramel macchiato flavored creamer and I used Stevia as a sweetener. Let me tell you, I could not stop at one cup! I even tried some iced cubes for a chilled iced coffee in the afternoon, that worked wonderful as well! This has to be one of the best coffee’s I have ever tried. Gave me a nice burst of energy and no caffeine jitters!

I am excited to try all of the single Brew Kup flavors and their other beverages and products. Any coffee lover will fall in love with Organo Gold! For more information check out their website at www.organogold.com . Their Twitter page is at @OrganoGold to follow, and Facebook at Organo Gold.

Disclosure: This review is by Christine O. No monetary compensation was received. Christine's opinion is 100% her own and was not influenced by the sponsor. Please visit the company's site to learn more about them and their products.