Favorite Finds: Snacks

Hey all!

I am busy studying away for my board exam, but I just wanted to get in a quick post about some little snack items that I am just loving right now! I am a big stress eater, and am always looking for sweets when I want to relax – so all of these things are pretty sweet! Some on the healthy side, and some not!

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Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream: Let’s talk about this for a moment. I saw this on pinterest like, two years ago. I was so excited I immediately went to buy it and discovered that in order to get some to your house, you had to buy minimum 6 pints and then spent about $60 for shipping. NO THANKS! I mostly forgot about it and then by some twist of fate a couple of weeks ago, I found it in a liquor store near my house. I have now had 3 flavors: Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Strawberry Sparkling (made with Moscato), and Chocolate Cabernet (my favorite, but not pictured). I personally love them all, but I will say this: first two ingredients are cream and wine. So, it actually tastes like wine. Some people I have given spoonfuls to haven’t enjoyed that. But to me that’s the whole point – TASTES LIKE WINE! Will you get drunk? Well, the most I’ve had at one time is half a pint, and no, I did not get drunk. This is coming from someone who gets tipsy off a glass and silly off of two glasses.

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Boom Chicka Bites: I bought these for two reasons – I like their popcorn and they were on sale at Target. I got this Tropical Mix and the Mixed Berry, and boy do I love them! They taste like their names. There isn’t much else to say. But the good thing about them is they are made with real fruit. You can see the blueberries and the pineapple pieces. It isn’t just candied syrup. I highly recommend these if you enjoy flavored popcorn.

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Bai5: THESE. I cannot say enough about these drinks. I have one almost every day. They have both sparkling and still drinks. I’ve pictured the grapefruit, but I am REALLY in love with the Tanzania Lemonade Tea. Can’t beat 10 calories for a huge, sweet, half and half. But these little 5 calorie sparkling cans are a great fizzy drink to help fill your tummy without having soda. I like them in grapefruit and pineapple (both of which are great for your belly!) I also feel like they would make good mixers for spirits, but I always drink them before I get the chance to try. The downside is they are a little pricey (like, over a dollar per can, so not THAT bad but still) .

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Elli Quark: I originally heard about these through Tone It Up, and I bought them because they are TIU approved AND because of the flavors. Mint chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Bananas Foster, and Red Velvet. Well, those are the flavors I bought. They have reasonable flavors too. Apparently this is some form of German cheese, and they claim it is less bitter than Greek Yogurt. Personally I find them to be about equal in taste (I eat really sugary greek yogurt anyway), but the win here is that its 80 calories and more natural. Greek Yogurt, if you get the legit kind, is over 120. Any low-cal Greek Yogurt is packed with more artificial flavors and higher sugar. The annoying thing for me is that I can’t find the dessert flavors in any store near me, so I have to order them. I may put a request in at my grocery store, but I feel like that requires more effort.

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Ghiradelli Cabernet Matinee (I should not need to link this for you hah): This is the dark chocolate that made me fall in love with dark chocolate. Each square is amazing, and somehow manages to satisfy all of your cravings. Trust me, I cannot ration out chocolate. I am terrible at it. But I have never sat down and eaten and entire one of these bars. I have only ever eaten 2 squares at most, and that has been enough. I also clearly have a thing for chocolate cabernet flavors. Also, if you pair this with some popcorn and a glass of wine on the night your favorite tv show comes on, you’re in for a real treat!

So those are some of my favorite treats at the moment, besides my usual snacks of fruit and protein shakes.

Have you discovered any amazing food brands or snacks lately? Let me know!

❤ L

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Fleshing It Out: Sugar

To get all this going, I think I’ll start by going more in depth about each aspect of the blog personality. Let’s start with sugar. I am by no means creative with my food. Mostly because I don’t have the time and money to waste in the kitchen at the moment. I would love to start experimenting with my own baked goods (especially learning to work with fondant) in the future. I have been a student up until….well, Monday. Once I get settled in the workforce and have a real income, perhaps I can start dreaming up my own cute things. But until then…PINTEREST! My Pinterest boards for food are outrageous, especially the dessert section. I always love to pull new things to try, especially when I have the opportunity to make something cute around the holidays. Below are a few things I have churned out over the past couple of years.

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My own variation of this Bunny Butt Cake – I stayed up until midnight icing it and then ran 12 miles the next morning. Miserable. But it was delicious!

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These Easter Egg chicks were an interesting first attempt at Deviled Eggs. Literally, I had never made Deviled eggs. I also do not eat Deviled eggs, so I don’t even know how they tasted. I was told they were good.

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The Frankenstein Cupcakes I made last Halloween are by far my favorite baking experience. They were ADORABLE and delicious. Actually, Your Cup of Cake is one of my favorite blogs ever for adorable and delicious cupcakes.

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Fourth of July treats – Red, White and Blue strawberries and cupcakes. Nothing too crazy but they were fun.

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A Brownie Bottomed Cheesecake topped with chocolate covered strawberries was my first adventure into cheesecake making. And it was absolutely amazing. I am honestly not even sure where I pulled the recipe from because I can’t find it on my pinterest board. 😦

So that is just a small sample of some of the yumminess I have cranked out of the kitchen! If I can gather the photos and recipe links I may do some more throwbacks in the future. Mostly, I am excited to have a venue to share all of my future adventures! I have so many things I want to try!

❤ L