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Centrum Flavor Burst Mixed Fruit

My diet is terrible, and I freely admit that. Unlike my editor/fiance Kat Graham, a pescatarian, I will cower in fear at the thought of eating almost any vegetable. I’d much prefer to eat animals that are (um… were?) vegetarians. This trait of mine, unhealthy as it may be, isn’t changing anytime soon, so taking a vitamin supplement is part of my daily routine.

A couple of years ago, every supplement company on Earth began making decently flavored gummy vitamins. Made a lot of sense; if it’s not so torturous to consume their products, people might take them more regularly, resulting in a boost in sales. I’m a bit too lazy to go nosing around for sales figures, but judging by the explosion of options now available, my guess is that this strategy is working out fairly well.

Centrum did something a little different with Flavor Burst. These have a chewy texture, a lot like what you’d find in chewy Sweet Tarts, or Shock Tarts. Hard outer shell filled with yummy goodness. Per bottle, at least in the Mixed Fruit variety, you get three flavors which I can only assume are cherry, grape, and blueberry. I could be wrong, but I’m close enough.

Flavor Bursts taste great. I can see me eating them as candy; they have that nice sweet/sour mix that I really love. All three are more than palatable. I prefer the red ones, but your results may vary. They taste less like vitamins than some other things I’ve sampled lately, and for that I tip my hat to those at Centrum that made Flavor Bursts possible. They get a ‘Yea!’ and will be my supplement of choice for a while. Be on the look out for a review of other flavor combinations in the near future.

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-Jeremy Hobbs

MorningStar Farms

I have been a pescatarian since the day I was born.  I’ve never had a hamburger, never cut into a steak or visited many popular fast-food joints.  Call my family crazy, but that’s just how I was raised and at this point in my life I see no need to change that.  One of the first questions I get when people find out I’ve never had meat, they usually ask me what I do eat, how I get my protein and what on earth my mother was thinking when she signed me up for a life without meat.

My answer? Morningstar Farms!  This is a vegetarian (and often vegan) food company that makes meat substitute products.  They make soy vegetarian hamburgers, sausage, lasagna, chick’n and about a dozen other foods.  Thoroughly delicious, Morningstar Farms food looks exactly like real meat and from what I’ve heard tastes quite convincingly like the real thing.  And they’re not just for the vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian group either.  Many dieters love Morningstar Farms because their products have around 75% less fat and many calories fewer than meat.  And you know what? Some people eat it because it just tastes great!

So whether you eat a meatless diet and you’re looking for a new food or you just want to shake up your meals Morningstar Farms is the way to go! Definite “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

 

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Ruffles Flame Grilled Steak Chips

A grilled slab of dead cow can be one of the most delicious, flavorful things one can eat. As a side dish, most steak eaters prefer having some form of potato, be it fried, baked, or mashed. The term ‘meat and potatoes’ didn’t just accidentally appear in our vernacular. Frito Lay has tried to take advantage of this, introducing a limited edition flavored Ruffles chip, ‘Flame Grilled Steak.’

Combining the flavors was solid logic, and I was easily convinced to grab them as an impulse buy. The delicious looking cut of beef on the bag reeled me in.  Upon opening the bag, I was greeted by powerful, but pleasant aroma of smoke. I was brought back to a happier time of grilling out with the family, instead of eating out of a box like I do now.

But, alas, my bubble went bust upon first bite. These reminded me more of a potato marinated in liquid smoke, then crinkle cut and fried up to be served to unsuspecting steak lovers. Sure, they’re edible, and I had no trouble downing the bag, but Ruffles Flame Grilled Steak chips probably won’t find their way into my cart again. Your results may vary. Solid ‘Meh.’

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-Jeremy Hobbs

Thin Mint Girl Scouts Candy Bar

Girl Scout cookies on the go, anyone?  Yes, please!  The new limited edition Thin Mint Girl Scouts Candy Bars are convenient, enticing and oh-so delicious. I tried the Thin Mint inspired bar and fell in love (don’t tell my fiancée!)  Nestle has combined the gorgeous mint flavor with milky chocolate and the new Crunch element that makes me want to sing a Hallelujah Chorus.  I promise even the purist old-school Girl Scout cookie fan will enjoy this new twist on the classic cookie.  Do I sound a little over-enthused? Try one and you will be too, I dare you!

The bars are perfectly portioned and scored across the middle I’m assuming with the intention of being able to have a few bites now and save the rest for later.  But let me tell you, no Nestle Crunch Girl Scouts Candy Bar of mine will make it to a second serving.  The individually wrapped bars will leave you satisfied and binge-free.  Take it from me, the girl who can go through cookies like there’s no tomorrow, this is a good thing…a very good thing.

The only drawback as far as I’m concerned is that these babies are hard to find.  I scoured a Walgreens, Winn-Dixie and Walmart before aforementioned fiancée spotted a lone bar at our local CVS.  Hopefully with time these bars will become more and more popular  and they’ll be easier to find, because in my book, they are a definite “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

Nestle Crunch Caramel & Coconut Girl Scouts Candy Bar

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Rockstar Super Sours Bubbleberry

I saw this in the cooler while doing some market research for The Consumer’s Corner (a.k.a. ‘going to the store’). I’m a major fan of energy drinks, by themselves or used as mixers for cocktails. The bite is just different from regular sodas, and they make me feel good. Another thing–I also have a great appreciation for is sour candy: Sweet Tarts, Nerds, sour gummy worms, etc. So grabbing a can of Rockstar Super Sours Bubbleberry was a no-brainer; this was going to be my new favorite energy drink.

In a word? No. The first sip tastes very bitter. Hear me out, bitter and sour are very different flavors. Bitter is like biting into a non-chewable vitamin. In fact, ‘vitamins’ was my response at first taste. That nastiness eased off after a sip or two once my palette adjusted, but ‘ewww’ is not what any company wants a consumer thinking when they taste their product.

Even after the adjustment period, I was not inspired to go in for seconds at all. I’ve been very impressed by the Rockstar line in the past (‘Punched’ is my go to energy drink) but Supersours Bubbleberry left me disappointed, and two dollars poorer. Going to have to give this one a ‘Bleh!’ Sorry Rockstar.

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-Jeremy Hobbs

Ed Sheeran – + (Deluxe Version)

Why it’s taken me so long to review Ed Sheeran’s album + (Deluxe Version) I will never know.  I’ve been listening to it non-stop for over a month now.  It’s about as addicting as the alcohol and cigarettes of which he sings.  I’ve found myself time and time again logging on to my computer only to open iTunes and listen to + all the way through, forgetting whatever task for which I had originally signed on.

Ed Sheeran is taking the world by storm with his album + (Deluxe Version).  Sheeran’s soft-spoken voice is clearly the focal point of this album with his guitar and piano taking supporting positions.  Songs vary from an instrument or two to a gentle electronic approach.  In + Sheeran takes an point-blank approach to some sometimes-sticky subjects such as prostitution, drug use, alcoholism, smoking, sex and a debated Pro-Life stance in his song Small Bump.  Despite some more “adult” topics and the politics of some of his songs, I can’t imagine Sheeran’s music not appealing to someone.  It’s complete lack of Autotune makes it sound as if Sheeran is whispering lyrics in you ear one second and beat-boxing the next.  The clarity and musical integrity of this album is astonishing.

One of Sheeran’s most notable tracks The A Team is a chart-topping sensation, which if you haven’t heard by now…well I don’t know where you’ve been the past few months.  Balancing out his heavier songs is Kiss Me, a sweet song rumored to have been written by Sheeran for his mother’s wedding. It’s sure to be a Prom favorite and a first dance song for many couples, but it happily lacks the sickly sweet sound of many other love songs.  If you looking for a thought-provoking album that can carry you through any mood or day + is the album for you.  Sheeran has created an instant classic that will be enjoyed for years to come. Definite ‘Yea!’

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-Kat Graham

Cup Of Joe

This review isn’t so much for a product, but a wonderful idea. To tell the truth, I don’t remember how I discovered the ‘Cup Of Joe’ program, but I think it’s really amazing, and I wanted to spread the word.

I have enough friends in the military to form a decent sized militia. Knowing them all very well, male and female, I can’t imagine any of them getting all that excited if they received a letter from a random pen pal, no matter how great the intention was. I applaud the organizations that offer said pen pal services, and I’m sure our troops appreciate the communication, but Cup Of Joe goes a step beyond that. You can express your appreciation not only with words, but a friendly token. Gourmet style coffee, just like they order at home from their neighborhood Starbucks.

When I’ve written, I’ve kept it brief and generic, and honestly never expected a reply. My admiration for them runs so deep, I didn’t feel as if I deserved one. They’ve always written me back though, and it’s a cool feeling seeing that message on your screen. For $2, I’m able to correspond with a real hero, and given them a few moments of enjoyment. What bigger ‘Win!’ is there? Also, browse the store, and learn about the company, Green Beans Coffee. You can grab some amazing products. They do some really great work with the profits. Big ‘Yea!!’

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–Jeremy Hobbs

Nestle Crunch Caramel & Coconut Girl Scouts Candy Bar

It was a terrible disappointment for me to miss out on my annual binge on Samoa Girl Scout Cookies (now boringly named ‘Caramel & Coconut’ because America has become too politically correct for its own good). I could just never find myself in the vicinity of a Girl Scout at the right time and place. Every year I’ll buy three to four boxes, and happily gain a pound or two. I’ve been known to down an entire box in one sitting. Don’t judge me.

Then, like a vision beamed down straight from God Himself, I saw a commercial for limited edition versions of my beloved cookies, only they were in candy bar form, and part of the Nestle Crunch line. To say I was intrigued would be a gross understatement. Picking one up as soon as possible made my to-do list.

It is amazing how accurate the flavor was. I’m typically impressed with Nestle products, but I admit I was a bit skeptical. All skepticism ceased as soon as I took a bite. Endorphins flooded my brain, and a smile spread from ear to ear on my face. Then I figured I better pay for the thing before I was arrested for shop lifting.

The texture is more Crunch than Scout, but the flavor is all that you would expect had a cute kid in a green dress had handed it to you herself. Should you try one yourself? Yea!!!

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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