CraveRight Cookies and Giveaway

Admit it.  You want to eat cookies for a meal.  In fact, you’ve probably eaten cookies for a meal before.  I know I have.  Somebody else had the same idea.

Enter Roya’s CraveRight Cookies.

Certified gluten-free, vegan, and no dairy, soy, egg, nuts, or corn, these cookies are made with sesame meal as the “flour.”  Two cookies contain 4-7 grams of protein, 3-4 grams of fiber, 6-10 grams of sugar, and 11-15 grams of fat.  They even contain 15% of your daily value of iron.  In. A. Cookie!

CraveRight Cookies

Sesame cookies…who knew?  I’ve never had a sesame cookie before.  These cookies are firm and a little soft, with a very interesting flavor.  There is a LOT of sesame flavor, surrounded by sweet, buttery goodness (but there’s no dairy!).  Corice gives it a thumbs up, but Carter isn’t quite sure about all the sesame seeds.  I like it, but it is probably something that I’d be more likely to have once in awhile (though if I eat it once in awhile, I may like it even more).

The Chocolate Chip cookies are very akin to a shortbread cookie, in that it has that dry, crumbly texture.  It has some crispy puffed rice in it (I had to look at the ingredients to figure it out), that break it away from a typical shortbread, though.  You can’t tell it is made with sesame meal.  Carter and Corice both think it is the best of the cookies.

Firm, but not crunchy, the Brownie Chocolate Chip cookies are just a bit soft.  big chunks of chocolate, and even more chocolate flavor in the “brownie” cookie.  The best of both worlds: cookies and brownies!  As with the chocolate chip cookie, you can’t taste that this one is made with sesame meal.  Corice and Carter both give this one two thumbs up.  It’s definitely a go-back-for-seconds kind of cookie.  For me, it was the best one.  In fact, now that I’m alone again, I’ll eat another one.  :)

CraveRight would like you to try their cookies, too!  They’ve got a set of three bags (one of each kind) for TWO lucky winners!

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment about your favorite time to eat cookies (you know mine’s breakfast, lol).  This giveaway will close at 9pm central on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

CraveRight

Don’t forget to enter the Ian’s giveaway and the ThinkThin giveaway.

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thinkThin Giveaway

Week one of the new semester is now complete.  What a crazy week it has been for me.  I had been prepared to teach two different lecture classes, but got a lab added and then another lab added on the third day of classes!  Apparently, students decided to do a lot of registering after classes began this semester.  I’m glad for the money, but it makes my Wednesdays super long.  Luckily for me, I have fall-back food.

In fact, it’s how I got through my last month of grad school: thinkThin Bars.  I received some samples of their caramel fudge flavor prior to the semester ending.

The Caramel Fudge bar is obviously not a candy bar, but it has a very minimal “protein” aftertaste.  Carter is currently stealing what’s left of my bar, saying in his evil genius voice “it’s all mine.”  The chocolate outside is great – smooth and just sweet enough.  The caramel-flavored inside is good, too.  It is not caramel in texture, however, but has the typical thick peanut butter (from a natural jar that wasn’t stirred) texture with a few small chunks of peanuts throughout.

I’m not kidding when I say these babies got me through grad school.  They are satisfying, easy-to-eat, enjoyable, and quite portable.

German Chocolate Divine bar and Caramel Fudge bar

German Chocolate Divine bar and Caramel Fudge bar

ThinkThin Divine: treats without the guilt!  It is the candy bar version for those of us who are being health conscious.  The German Chocolate bar is “Mmmmmm” (says Carter) outstanding.  It is packed with coconut goodness and chocolate, but it also has 8 grams of dietary fiber and 6 grams of protein.  It does remind me of a German chocolate cake (wrapped in a layer of chocolate).  The chocolate is smooth and sweet, but not overly sweet.  When you’re trying to eat right but need a treat, it is a “very, very, very, very yummy” (again, Carter) option to satisfy that need you’ve got.

Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond

ThinkThin also has a fiber line.  I’ve had the chance to try the Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond.  Thirteen grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber make it a pretty healthy snack or meal replacement (only 2 grams of sugar), and should help fill you up.  The “nougat” part is soft and chewy.  The toffee flavor is very faint compared to toffee candies, but the flavors work together very well.  I really enjoyed the bar I shared with Carter, even if it had been squished by a textbook or two.  Carter liked it even more than German Chocolate Divine bar!

ThinkThin has offered us a box of Caramel Fudge bars for a giveaway!  To enter, you must LIKE thinkThin on facebook and then comment on this post about your when you need a bar to eat (like when you’re running between classes and forget to pack a lunch every day…).  This giveaway will close on  Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9pm central.

Don’t forget to enter the Ian’s giveaway!

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Crunchies Grapes

Crunchies Grapes Pkg

“Freeze dried grapes?”  Yes, Carter, there are freeze dried grapes.

Crunchies recently sent me a sample of their new freeze dried grapes.  My first bite: astounding.  There is SO MUCH grape flavor in these!  They are super sweet, too, but all it is is grapes.

Crunchies Grapes contain only 3-4% of the grapes water content (which is unnoticeable to us), but contain an average 90% of the fruits nutrients (compared to 45% of dried fruits).  Carter says “they are super super crunchy and taste like candy, but better than candy.”  Have you mixed up grape juice from concentrate and licked the concentrate?  It’s kind of like that.

Even though they’re crunchy, they are not hard to eat.  The grapes dry with tiny air pockets all over, so they break down in your mouth fairly easily.

You’ve got to try these yourself, as they are really not like anything I’ve had before.

Raisins only wish they could be Crunchies Grapes.

Crunchies Grapes

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Crunchmaster Recipe Contest

I found this little gem hiding in my way-too-overfull inbox.  Maybe one of you can win…

Crunchmaster® Kicks Off Six-Month Gluten Free Recipe Challenge

Monthly Prizes Awarded plus $2,500 Grand Prize

LOVES PARK, Ill., December 11, 2013 – Crunchmaster®, America’s #1 selling brand of gluten free crackers, kicked off a monthly recipe challenge on Monday, Nov. 18. The six-month competition seeks the best original, gluten free recipes from chefs across the country.

Crunchmaster will award monthly prizes of $500 and $250, and a grand prize of $2,500 for the best recipe submission. All winning recipes will be featured in a unique Crunchmaster cookbook. Home chefs are encouraged to develop and submit several recipes throughout the six-month recipe challenge.

“The Crunchmaster brand is committed to making gluten free foods that taste great. We thought it would be fun to take it a step further to see what tasty recipes can be developed using any variety of Crunchmaster crackers as an ingredient,” stated Dani Dahlberg, Marketing Manager for the Crunchmaster brand. “Crunchmaster crackers can be used to create many dishes including appetizers, main courses, sides and desserts. We anticipate receiving creative gluten free recipes that everyone will love.”

In addition to including a Crunchmaster product, each recipe submission must include a secret ingredient that Crunchmaster will announce each month atFacebook.com/Crunchmaster. The secret ingredient for November was apples. The secret ingredient for December is Greek Yogurt.

A judging panel will identify the winning recipes. After verifying submissions are gluten free, the panel will prepare the top recipes and score each based on specific criteria including simplicity, creativity and flavor to identify the monthly winners and runners-up. Chef Jim Faretta will be selecting the top recipes and preparing them at the end of the contest.

Recipes will be judged on:

  • ·        Simplicity – recipe is easy to prepare with readily available ingredients and clear directions.
  • ·        Creativity – the secret ingredient and a Crunchmaster product are well incorporated and the recipe is out of the ordinary using ingredients in a unique way.
  • ·        Flavor – final product is a great-tasting, gluten free dish.

Monthly winners will receive $500 cash and runners-up will receive $250. After all of the monthly winners and runners-up are selected, the winning recipes will be posted on the Crunchmaster Facebook page where consumers will be able to vote for their favorite one. The recipe with the most votes will win the $2,500 grand prize. For the complete official rules click here.

About Crunchmaster and TH Foods, Inc.

Crunchmaster® is a registered trademark of TH Foods, Inc. Headquartered in Loves Park, Ill., TH Foods is a leading manufacturer in the natural snack food industry. The company was founded in 1984 and joined with Mitsubishi International Corporation and Kameda Seika (the leading producer of rice crackers in Japan) as a joint venture in 1989. TH Foods strives to bring innovative, authentic “Better for You” balanced nutrition, rice-based crackers and snacks to North America. For more information, visit www.crunchmaster.com orFacebook.com/Crunchmaster.

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Ian’s New Products and Giveaway

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would ever eat a pre-made sausage in a pancake again, I would have laughed in your face.  Finding prepared gluten-free pancakes was basically impossible back then.  Now, they come with sausage, too?

I recently received some samples from Ian’s Natural Foods.

Sausage Pancrepes: it’s a sausage in a skinny pancake!  The sausage has a hint of spicy heat and the pancake is a bit sweet.  The crepe holds together well and isn’t crumbly (like you often find with frozen bread products).

Sausage Pancrepes

The Chicken Nuggets have a medium-thick cornmeal breading.  I could taste some garlic, but just a bit.  They definitely have that kid-friendly chopped chicken which holds together well inside the breading.  The flavor of the chicken pulls at a memory, but I can’t grasp it (do you ever have one of those moments?).  It goes great with some honey or spicy barbecue sauce (or both)!

Chicken Nuggets

French Bread Pizza Supreme has a thick, crispy crust.  There’s just enough dairy-free cheese that you know there’s cheese there, but not enough that you could tell it’s dairy-free.  Lots of sauce, peppers and onions, sausage and pepperoni top this lunch-time treat.  I would definitely be happy if my school served these.  The French bread has just enough flavor that it’s not bland, but not so much that it overpowers the toppings (even though it is a lot of bread in comparison to the toppings – this comes from the girl who eats cracker-thin pizza crusts).

French Bread Pizza Supreme

Ian’s would like to give you a chance to try their new products.  One lucky reader will win a coupon for a free Ian’s product of their choice.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post: what new product did you think you’d never see gluten-free and/or what are you still waiting for in a gluten-free form? For example, I’m still waiting for readily available cheese-it/cheese-nips – type crackers.

This giveaway will end at 9:00 pm central on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

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