Saturday, August 20, 2016

August Degusta Box Review & Recipe


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you the August Degusta Box as well as a recipe. The Degusta Box is full of goodies. The products in the Degusta Boxes are food items. Some of which are new items. Read below to see what's inside the August box.


 

So, what's inside?..

Sir Kensinton's Chipotle Mayonnaise

Sir Kensinton's Chipolte Mayonnaise has a rich, smoky flavor to it. Goes perfectly on fish tacos or corn.
 
ALO Drink Alo Allure Pulp Free
 
ALO Drink infused their drinks with real aloe vera pulp and juice. Yummy! 
 
Popchips Ridges- Sour Cream & Cheddar
 
Popchips Ridges come in 4 bold flavors. These extra crispy ridges are never fried and do not contain any yucky stuff!

Goetze's Candy Co., Inc. Mini Cow Tales

Goetze's Mini Cow Tales are made in the USA and they are nut-free!
 
Oregon Chai Chai Tea Latte
 
Oregon Chai Chai Tea Latte Mix is great for a cold day. Oregon Chai uses only the best 100% all-natural ingredients to make their chai teas.

JM Smucker White Lily White Grape Wheat Flour
 
White Lily Grape Wheat Flour is perfect for making breads, or cakes. Even great for making pancakes and cookies!

Post Honey Bunches of Oats- Strawberry
 
Post's Honey Bunches of Oats with Strawberries makes a great breakfast. A breakfast your whole family will enjoy.
 
Loacker Rose of the Dolomites Chocolates

Loacker Rose of the Dolomites are made with hazelnut cream, crispy hazelnut pieces and delicious chocolate.
 
Goya Foods Inc. Maria Cookies
 
Goya's Maria Cookies are a product of Spain and they are gluten-free!
 
Vermont Smoke & Cure Mini Meat Sticks- Cracked Pepper & Uncured Pepperoni
 
Vermont Smoke & Cure Mini Meat Sticks are made in Vermont in small batches. A great snack while hiking or while on-the-go.




Frozen Chai Tea Latte with Ice Cream

Ingredients

1/2 cup of ice
4 ounces of cold Oregon Chai's Chai Tea
3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1 scoop of Cool Whip
Paper Straw

Directions

1) Add one packet of Oregon Chai's Chai Tea Latte to 8 ounces of boiling water. Let cool.
2) Put ice, chai tea and vanilla ice cream into a blender and blend until combined.
3) Pour into a glass and top with cool whip and a paper straw. Enjoy!

My Thoughts

I love the Degusta Boxes. If you love getting food inspired subscription boxes, this one is for you. At only $19.99 a month, it's so worth it. Each box comes with mostly full sized products and a few samples sized products. In the August box, the only sample product is the Popchips. The rest are full sized.

My family loved this month's box. My sons loved the cow tales and the cereal. They especially like the cereal because the box had a few characters from Ice Age on it. I personally loved the chai tea and my husband loved the pepperoni sticks. All-in-all, August's box was the best!

I received a Degusta Box in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SUBSCRIBE | $19.99/month
 
~Melissa~
Friday, August 19, 2016

Candy is Magic Gift Box from Quin Candy- Review & Giveaway!


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you yummy candies from Quin Candy! Quin Candy sent me their Candy is Magic Gift Box to review and I must say, these candies are delish! The Candy is Magic Gift Box contains 24 piece of candy. Read my review below and enter to win a gift box of your own!

 
Quin Candy is reimagined, updated and modernized. Quin's skilled staff embraces expertly burnished caramel and perfectly buoyant gumdrops. Each piece of candy is made by hand as well as cut by hand. Quin is located in Oregon and they source all of their top notch ingredients locally. Real Oregon berries, housemade coffee extract made from locally roasted beans, hazelnuts from a few miles outside Portland, tea blended just a few blocks away from their candy kitchens and specially blended fruit and vegetable extracts for color and flavor.

 
Quin Candies do not contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or waxes. Caramel flavors included in this gift box include: Dreams Come Chew, Salty::Sweet Caramels and Twizzlie Chews.




My Thoughts

This gift box is nice because you get to try all of their best selling caramels. Which are all delicious, by the way. I'd have to say that I love every single flavor. Each flavor is unique. The Twizzlie Chews contain brewed coffee, chocolate & salt. The Salty Sweet Caramels are, well, salty & sweet! :) The Dreams Come Chew caramels are fruity and fresh. This gift box gives you a great mixture of flavors and it makes an awesome gift. I love the fact that Quin Candy uses all natural ingredients. Caramels that you'll feel good about feeding to your family. I highly recommend!

I received a Candy is Magic Gift Box in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

GIVEAWAY!
 
Enter to win one(1) Candy is Magic Gift Box from Quin Candy! One(1) winner will be chosen and notified via email. Prize fulfilled by Quin Candy. US only, please. Good luck!
 
 
 
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~Melissa~
Friday, August 12, 2016

Mama Bear Candles Review


 
Hello! Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you Mama Bear Candles. This is a brand new candle company that is based in Connecticut (my home state). Mama Bear Candles are hand crafted. Each candle is individually hand poured. Mama Bear Candles are unlike any candle that I have seen before.


Mama Bear Candles are all-natural. They are made with soy wax. Soy wax is natural, healthy and it burns clean and slow. Mama Bear Candles carefully selects and combines scents to create an amazing experience. They carry a variety of scents including florals, Woods, Citrus, Earth, Herbal and Spices.


Mama Bear Candles come wrapped beautifully. A nice white box, wrapped with twine and a cute bear paw print sticker. Perfect for a gift!

 Citrus Bloom
 
 Sweet Peach
 
White Lilac
 
My Thoughts
 
Mama Bear Candles burn nicely. They burn very slowly and clean. As the wick burns, the wax melts evenly in its glass container. The candles have a nice scent. Not too strong, just perfect! I love the smell of these 3 candles. Especially when they are burning. I also love the smell of the soy wax. It just smells clean. I feel a lot better about burning soy wax versus regular wax in my home.
 
These 3 scents that Mama Bear Candles created are wonderful. I love each one of them. They give my home a soft scent. The scent lasts, too. After snuffing the candle, my home smells good for hours after. I highly recommend Mama Bear Candles.  
 
Grab a few of Mama Bear Candles for your home. They are great to burn every day. The holidays are right around the corner. A candle makes a great gift!
 
I received product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
 
SHOP | 12 oz. $18, 2 oz. $15
 
~Melissa~
Monday, August 8, 2016

The Hive Box- June Review


 
 
Hello :) Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you The Hive Box. The Hive Box is a monthly subscription box filled with goodies pertaining to "bees!" Each month, The Hive Box features items such as raw honey, artisan treats, beeswax-based products and bee themed paper goods and home goods. Definitely a subscription box to buzz about!!


The Hive Box ships out on the 25th of each month. Each box contains 4-5 bee-based goodies. Ranging from homemade soaps to homemade candies. The Hive Box team works hard to bring us high-quality goods made from small business owners. Each Hive Box comes with business information that way, if you find a products that you really like, you can buy them! Their website also has a limited amount of these products on sale in the "shop" section. :)

So, what's in June's box?..



Raw, Untreated Honey from SeedGeeks- Pure artisanal raw honey. Untreated and free of chemicals. 8 oz. $8.95


Honeybee Focus Stone from Grateful Heart- These handmade stones are great for holding while meditating, or to just carry in your pocket! $7.00


Busy as a Bee Notepad from Wit & Whistle- A to do list notepad with 50 sheets. Cute & Funny! $9.00


Pure Beeswax Candle from Sunbeam Candles- Cute Norway Spruce cone shaped candle made from 100% pure beeswax and an unbleached lead-free cotton wick.  Small $6.99

My Thoughts

My name, Melissa, means Honeybee. Which is why I love all things "bee". The Hive Box is full of bee themed goodies. All of which I love. All-in-all, June's box is amazing!

I keep the Focus Stone in my kitchen. Every time I look at it, it gives me strength and makes me smile. The stone is a little bit bigger than a quarter and easily fits into my palm. I love it. The Beeswax Candle I have in my china cabinet next to a few other beeswax candles. This candle has a light beeswax smell. I love its shape. I am always looking for a notepad, so I was excited about receiving one in this month's box. The back of it does not have a magnet on it. Which would be the only thing that I change. Other than that, I love it and I love the cute design. The Honey is amazing! I love making homemade honey butter so that is exactly what I made with SeedGeeks' raw honey. So delicious. I also love to add a teaspoon to my tea.

Each month, The Hive Box costs $24.95. The product value in June's box is $31.94.

I received The Hive Box in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

See April's box HERE.

SUBSCRIBE | $24.95/monthly
 
~Melissa~
Friday, August 5, 2016

CrateChef Subscription Box Review- July/August


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you July's CrateChef Subscription Box. This month's box is curated by Chef Kent Rathbun. Chef Kent Rathbun, an Iron Chef America Champion, has put together an awesome box that is FULL of goodies!


So, what's in the box?..


Falksalt Crystal Flakes Natural Sea Salt- Falksalt has been producing their salt since 1830. The salt flakes are produced in the old fashioned way from Mediterranean seawater. The seawater is heated and evaporated until the delicate pyramid shaped crystal flakes appear. The salt is then harvested, dried and finally packed, all by hand. The great texture and crunch is a great for finishing any meal. 4.5 oz. $6.75



Kukuruza Salted Caramel Popcorn- This flavor is Chef Kent Rathbun's favorite flavor. Seattle based Kukuruza has nailed the classic caramel taste and mixed it with Hawaiian Alean sea salt which give the popcorn a salty kick. Handcrafted in Seattle, WA. "Kukuruza" means corn in Russian. 3.3 oz. $4.00


Chroma Type 301 Paring Knife- This knife is designed by the renowned automobile manufacturer F.A. Porsche. Chroma Knives are beautifully crafted to maximize both aesthetic appeal and functional value. Chroma Type 301 knives bear the strength and edge retention that is synonymous with Japanese craftsmanship. The blade of each knife is carefully sharpened by the hand of a master. This pairing knife features an ergonomic handle and sleek design suitable for professional or home use. $54.95


Larry's Bag of Smoke- This hand sewn 4 oz. muslin bag filled with natural aged Texas hickory will flavor your barbeque with up to four hours of smoking time. Handmade by Larry in his garage workshop in Katy, TX. for over 25 years. Perfect for smoking meat, poultry, fish or vegetables. Reusable up to five times. Makes a great gift for a grill lover. $5.95


Kent Rathbun Elements Family Barbeque Rub- An essential part of good barbeque and a great way to put extra kick into any food. This rub will add flavor and zing and will lock in the natural juices of your meat. For vegetarians, combine the rub with steamed or grilled vegetables for an extra pop of flavor. 12 oz. $8.99


Kent Rathbun Elements Steak & Chop Garlic Salt- The essential seasoning for Chef Kent's kitchen. This salt can be used anywhere you need extra flavor. It's ideal for grilling, searing, smoking or to add extra zip to steamed or grilled vegetables. The smooth roasted garlic flavor makes everything tastier. 16 oz. $8.99 (via CrateChef & Chef Kent)

 
The CrateChef box also comes with 3 great recipe cards-
  • Wood Grilled Pork Tenderloin Filets with Jalapeno Charred Corn & Molasses Barbeque
  • Texas Buffalo Filet with Shiner Bock Beer Braised Roots
  • White Cheddar-Thyme Muffins
My Thoughts

Wow! This CrateChef box is out of this world! The box contains a great mixture of products. There is a snack, an awesome knife and spices and seasonings that are perfect for summer grilling.

I never expected a knife so awesome to be in a subscription box. I was super excited to use it, and it work better than any other knife I own. The Sea Salt tastes amazing on a juicy steak and a baked potato. I want to make homemade sea salt caramels and use Falksalt's salt. The popcorn is unlike any other popcorn that I have had before. It's loaded with caramel and sea salt. Super flavorful and just delicious. I have yet to try Chef Kent's Rub & Garlic Salt and the Wood Chips, but I plan to this weekend.

CrateChef is a bi-monthly subscription box. This July/August box was just released and it is still available for purchase. Use my code HONEY10 and save 10% off your first box! Visit CrateChef for more information.

I received CrateChef in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SUBSCRIBE | $45/bi-monthly

~Melissa~
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kur Bars- The Scandinavian Bite-size Bar Review & Giveaway


 
 
Hello! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Kur Bars! These Scandinavian Bite-size Bars are healthy & delicious and they are made with simple ingredients. They are yummy snack that can be taken with you on-the-go. Kur Bars might be bite-size, but they are filling! They were created in Copenhagen, Denmark and they are made right here in the USA!


Kur Foods' mission is to create a wholesome snack - nutritious and delicious AND to stay true to the high-quality standards of Scandinavia, by creating a product that is pure and simple – inside and out. Their bars are made with Organic ingredients. They contain no added sweeteners, syrups or soy. Kur Bars are Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Vegan and Raw.


Kur Bars are available in 3 yummy flavors- Cacao Mint, Brownie and Coconut Cashew. Ingredients listen in each below:

Cacao Mint- dates, cashew butter, cacao powder, cacao nibs, cashews, almonds & essential peppermint oil.

Brownie-  dates, cashew butter, cacao powder, almonds, cinnamon & essential orange oil.

Coconut Cashew- dates, cashew butter, cashew & dried shredded coconut.



My Thoughts

I really like these bite-size bars! They're chewy and flavorful. My favorite flavor, out of the three, is the Cashew Coconut. This bar is full of coconut shreds and cashews. I enjoy eating them for breakfast and as a snack. The Brownie flavor is chocolatey, satisfying and super moist. The Cacao Mint flavor has a hint of mint and chunks of almonds. All-in-all, Kur Bars get a thumbs up! I highly recommend them.

The Variety Pack allows you to try each flavor. The box contains 4 Brownie, 4 Cashew Coconut and 4 Cacao Mint. Share them with your friends, or just keep them all to yourself. :) Giveaway below!

I received Kur Bars in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

 
~Melissa~


Giveaway!

Enter to win a Variety 12 pack of Kur Bars and a Oko Tote Bag! One winner will be chosen and contacted via email. Prize fulfilled by Kur Foods. Contest ends 8/12/16. Good luck!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Botticelli Foods Review


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you products from Botticelli Foods! Botticelli Foods contacted me to see if I wanted to review their Angel Hair Pasta, Tomato & Basil Sauce and their Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I love Italian food, I couldn't say no! Review and photos below :)
 
 
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 
Botticelli's Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains the highest quality olives that are carefully selected. It is derived from the natural, unprocessed product of the first pressing of olives, and has the characteristic dark green color, full-fruit flavor and rich aroma. Botticelli's EVOO is great for sautéing, frying, or for drizzling on top of your favorite salads or foods.
 
Available in 8.4 oz., 16.9 oz., 25.3 oz., 33.8 oz. and 50.7 oz. bottles, and 67.6 oz. and 101.4 oz. tins. Starting at $3.99.
 
 
Tomato & Basil Sauce
 

Botticelli Foods uses 100% high quality Italian tomatoes. They make their sauces from scratch and in small batches. Their Tomato & Basil sauce contains a special blend of spices and all natural ingredients.
 
Available in 24 oz. jars. $7.99
 
Angel Hair Pasta
 
Botticelli's pasta is made with 100% Italian Semolina. Their pastas are made with non-GMO ingredients and they are USDA approved. The pastas are all natural. They contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
 
Available in 16 oz. packages. $1.99
 



My Thoughts

The pasta cooks in 4 minutes. Yes, 4 minutes! My husband and I agreed that this angel hair pasta is the best pasta we have ever had. It cooks nicely and it cooks fast! When cooked Al Dente, the pasta is amazing!

The Tomato & Basil Sauce is amazing, too. I could tell just by tasting the sauce that it is made with only the best ingredients. The sauce has a great taste and it tastes homemade. Your guests would never know that it came out of a jar! This sauce can be used for making pizzas.

The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is fantastic! I love sautéing and frying with it. Botticelli Foods is not lying when they say that they use only the best olives. Every household should have at least one bottle of Botticelli's EVOO.

Botticelli Foods makes it super easy to create a delicious meal in under 20 minutes. Grab some Botticelli Foods products and your family and make them a meal that they won't forget :)

 
I received Botticelli Foods products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
 

~Melissa~