Häagen-Dazs

I received a sample of Häagen-Dazs through Crowdtap. This review is 100% honest.

haa This couldn’t have come at a better time! I am majorly needing ice cream and Häagen-Dazs has been my favorite for a long time. I prefer it over Ben & Jerry’s pints any day.

I have needed chocolate and been low on estrogen, if you catch my drift… so I went for the Destination Series “Mayan Chocolate.” I wanted to go out of the box for something spicy and I thought this was perfect. I wanted to see what they could do because I knew they would keep it sweet. Low and behold, I forgot about sweet spice… cinnamon. Ugh. I don’t like cinnamon whatsoever usually. Especially not with chocolate!

How they roped me in:

“the distinctive taste of our mexican-inspired chocolate ice cream is balanced with a warming touch of cinnamon spice, rich fudge, and chocolate truffle chunks. the result is a deliciously complex flavor for the serious chocolate lover.”

I thought “a touch” is not a lot. I guess it’s not, but I am not a fan of cinnamon whatsoever in chocolate I learned. I was supposed to get Brownies A’La Mode. It’s my absolute favorite of the Destination Series I’ve tried. It’s like a better version of milk and brownies. It emulates a good cup of ice cold milk. It’s wonderful on the tongue and the aftertaste. haa4

It seemed to get better in a cake cone, but I love cake cones, so my perception could have been skewed.

I think this would be an awesome truffle base or some type of sweet recipe base to just drown out the cinnamon to a real hint and keep the rich chocolate truffle pieces and fudgy ice cream taste all intact.

I really would have enjoyed this ice cream without the cinnamon in it, with anything else, so Cinnamon lovers rejoice, you got another great addition to your family of sweet spicy goodies.

I’ll stick to trying the Caramel Cone the next time I go… they’re still on sale at Heinen’s, I better stock up 😉

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Might as well try with this one. 

 

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Johnsonville Grillers

I received complimentary Johnsonville Grillers through Crowdtap to facilitate a review. This review is 100% honest from my heart (& tummy).

Check out my Johnsonville Grillers review on their website with the other Grillers available:

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I don’t sugar coat it, I tell it how it is.

j5Johnsonville Grillers are pretty tasty for being a frozen pork product playing as a burger!

I was hesitant to try these because the ingredients are a bit crazy and daunting to look at, the nutrition is horrible, and the flavors didn’t appeal to me tremendously.

Nevertheless, I gave these a go by broiling them and eating them with garlic bread. I was pleasantly surprised! These cooked better than a frozen burger to me, they got some color and they are pre-smoked, so it tastes like you’re bite into a “real grill”-type of bite.

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I actually found these taste exactly like bacon pulled from a bacon cheeseburger. I would like to shave these down and top them on a real beef burger because that would be the perfect combination of cheese & bacon.

I actually plated mine with garlic bread and a potato. These were a heavier bite for me, so I would have preferred a salad or something light with them. The garlic bread brought out a nice combination of flavors and I know they had a Steakhouse and Onion flavor that would probably marry well with the garlic bread.

j2 I wouldn’t put these directly on a bun, some people might, I just don’t eat bread that often. I prefer it with a beef burger or a hot dog, but this pork wouldn’t have been appetizing for me.

It’s definitely not kosher as it’s 100% pork cuts, so be wary of your consumers when you take for a BBQ. These are perfect to take for a regular BBQ and as I said, you could make a box last a while if you cut them down once they are cooked. They don’t lose water like frozen burgers, they actually plumped up to me because the cheese expanded.

I would definitely recommend them for pork lovers out there. Be aware that the website also indicates that these are best consumed prior to 30 days of freezing. After 30 days, I guess they lose some flavor; so, don’t stock up on these, only buy when you’re ready to use. I found that interesting as I don’t deal with much frozen pork product and never really gave much thought to the tenderloins I throw in the freezer. Let me know if you tried any of the other flavors!

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