Hermit, Will You Marry Me? (Newman’s Own Organics Review)

Hey Bloggity Friends!

Just wanted to check in and report back to you about some of the Newman’s Own Organic products that I have tried thus far. First, you should know that they are a super cool company and give tons of many to charity. And by tons, I mean like over 300 million dollars. Yeah, they are pretty awesome.

And just as a disclaimer: yes, they sent me the products for free. No, I am not required to say nice things about them.

But, how to do their products taste? Well, I already mentioned that these pretzels are awesome.

Seriously, you should go buy some. Like now.

Next up, we tried their Hint O’ Mint Newman-O’s.

I really enjoyed these. The taste/texture is very similar to that of an Oreo, but with a slight minty flavor. So, if you like Oreos you are sure to love these. While I wouldn’t consider these healthy (darn it!), I do like that they are made with mostly organic ingredients and certainly believe they can be part of a nutritious diet.

 

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The only chocolate I’ve tried so far is the 70% dark chocolate. It’s smooth and has a nice flavor, something I would totally purchase. Perfect amount of darkness, without being too bitter. While I eat 90% chocolate sometimes, 70% or so is really my favorite. You people who eat 100% straight up are crazy…. but I love ya anyway :)

 

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Fig Newman’s. But, I probably don’t like Fig Newton’s either so I’m not a very good judge. Everyone else who tried them seemed to enjoy them, so I’m sure they’re wonderful, just not my cup of tea (I do love a good cup of tea!)

I loved the orange flavor in the Orange Chocolate Chip cookies. It’s what set them apart from the average store-bought cookie, in my opinion. My mom’s comment was “I don’t usually buy store-bought cookies but if I was going to, I’d buy these.” The only issue I have with them is that a serving is only four and the cookies are pretty small so if you’re like me and have the self control of a monkey it would be easy to eat way more than a serving.

But, by far the favorite thing I’ve tried so far that Newman’s sent me are these little guys.

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Cinnamon Hermits. They’re so chewy and soft and flavorful and delicious and I like that they’re different from your regular ol’ cookie. They actually taste homemade. Overall, I love them. Like, I might marry them if I could. Is marrying cookies legal? In California?

I think that’s all that I’ve tried to far. In a few weeks, I’ll report to you about the rest of the stuff and hopefully I’ll eventually have a giveaway too!

Have you tried any of Newman’s Own Organics products? Which of the above sounds the best to you?

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cups

I’m participating in Alex’s sugar-free challenge. But, I wasn’t going to let that keep me from enjoying a delicious dessert.

So, yesterday I created dark chocolate raspberry cups

They were so good I had to make more today so that I could eat more get exact measurements and take pictures so I could share them with you.

They’re kind of extremely delicious. You should try them.

Dark Chocolate raspberry Cups

Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free

Makes 12

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup shredded coconut (plus more for garnish)

1/4 cup coconut butter (coconut oil, regular butter, or margarine would work too)

4 dates

2 oz (or  more) bakers 100% chocolate finely chopped*

1/3 cup all fruit raspberry jam (I use 365 brand)

Fresh raspberries (for garnish)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners.

In a food processor (or blender) combine almonds, oats, and shredded coconut well blended. Add coconut butter and dates and blend until everything is mixed. Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups. Using the back of a spoon pack the measure firmly into each muffin cup. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread a heaping teaspoon of raspberry jam on each one. Top with 1/12th of the chocolate and more jam if desired. Bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Garnish with raspberries and coconut . Place in fridge or freezer until the chocolate solidifies. Serve and enjoy! Store in the fridge.

*I usually find 100% chocolate way too bitter but, mixed with the sweetness of the jam it is perfect.

What’s your favorite summer dessert? Do you have any tips for improving food photography? (I’ve been working on improving my picture quality but I’ve still got a long way to go)

P.S. I’m submitting this to Katie as a delicious vegan dessert. You can submit something here!