Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: Good2Go Almond Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

In my last Good2Go review, I mentioned my history with the "G2G" tagline but I'll refrain bringing that up again just to spar you the insanity (stupidity) of my life.  Instead, I'll just dive into today's review where I obtained these Good2Go Almond Chocolate Chip Protein Bars via a free product sampling via the company itself.  There are eight bars in a box and each bar clocks in at 2.47 ounces and a precise 298 calories (I'll spare that diatribe again too) with eighteen grams of protein.  It's also gluten free, seemingly as an increasing number of products are.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Incredible Things Crafted From Chocolate

Chocolatiers all over the world turn chocolate into an art form. For them, it's simply not enough to create a bar of the sweet delight, or a set of truffles. Though they do that very well too, of course, they instead revel in the making of masterpieces. Impressive 3D creations are becoming increasingly easy to come across, from chocolate replicas of famous landmarks such as Stone Henge, to record-breaking sculptures and even entire rooms made of the stuff.
Let's take a look at some of our top picks...
Suite Life
As part of his collaboration with ice-cream makers Magnum, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld created a chocolate suite complete with a man lying on the bed, who was modelled on his muse and regular catwalk-walker, Baptiste Giabiconi. It was chocolatier Patrick Roger who made it happen, by using a whopping 11 tons of Belgian chocolate. Doesn't it all look fantastic? We're pretty fond of the bed's headboard, which simply looks like a huge bar of chocolate. Delicious.

Kick Back and Relax
In 2009, Mars' Galaxy started a reading initiative called 'Irresistible Reads'. And what better way is there to celebrate than with a chocolate sofa? With actress Emilia Fox sitting on it accompanied by a good book, the 'studded' quilted panel looks sumptuous, while the silky smooth dark chocolate cushion ticks all the boxes. Combined with the slogan 'Melt into a good book', it's no wonder the campaign was a rip-roaring success.

Game of Roulette
More recently, Ladbrokes Casino has created a chocolate roulette wheel in partnership with Suffolk chocolatiers Artistry in Cocoa. Made up from over 18,000 large chocolate buttons, the creation is a real work of art. There are
438 individual pieces, which have all been crafted with moulds that took an abundance of calculation. The plywood moulds for the outer and inner rings were designed mathematically in sections, before being filled with plaster of Paris to make two masters which were then used as the patterns to vacuum form plastic moulds for the chocolate. Confused? We are too. But it looks seriously fantastic!
Catwalk Couture
If you're looking for a strapless dress made from chocolate, then take inspiration from this design. Known as Eternal Diamond, this fashionable number was made by Lauren Smith with the help of the Lindt Master Chocolatier over a two week period. We're impressed by just how stylish it looks. Though we can't imagine it'd last very long when next to all that body heat...
We hope our favourites have inspired you to make chocolate sculptures. You don't have to create an entire room, but smaller scale projects couldn't be easier with some moulds and, of course, the chocolate itself.
Would you give it a go?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Van's Ultimate Cheddar Penne Gluten Free Pasta

A while back, Van's sent me a box of some of their new gluten free pastas.  I've reviewed one already, but I've been a little slow in getting around to reviewing the others.  The good news is that dried pastas have a long shelf life, so I was able to delay my review of this box of Van's Ultimate Cheddar Penne Gluten Free Pasta until now.  This box of gluten free pasta comes in at 7.0 ounces and within that are three individual servings.  Each one cup serving is 280 calories (prepared) and has a whopping (or so they say) 28 grams of whole grains in every serving.  So, with that, I was ready to dive into Van's take on the American classic dish, macaroni and cheese.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: That's it. Apple + Coconut Bar

That's it. bars have been difficult for me to find.  They aren't in my typical stores and I've only been able to find them in healthy stores and sometimes in out of the way locations (for me).  That said, I was very appreciative when a representative of That's it. contact me recently and asked if I'd like to review a sampling of their bars to add to the limited review collection on this blog.  I happily agreed and this leads me to the first of many reviews as I take a look at this That's it. Apple + Coconut Bar.  The bar itself comes in at 1.2 ounces and has a minuscule 110 calories and one gram of protein.  The whole point of That's it. bars is that they only have the ingredients listed in the name and that is the case here as this bar is made up of one apple and 1/4 coconut.  It's also all natural, fat free, gluten free, kosher, raw and vegan.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: Yoplait Plenti Blueberry Plentiful Greek Yogurt

I mentioned in my last Yoplait Plenti review that these cups of Greek yogurt seemed like they were something that had been out forever and that's why I had steered away from reviewing them, figuring that I already had.  As I mentioned, it turns out that they were new-ish and I was just dreaming that they had been reviewed before.  So, since I've neglected them in the past, I figured it was time to plow through with another review as I grabbed this Yoplait Plenti Blueberry Plentiful Greek Yogurt off the shelves of Kroger for $1.00.  It's 5.3 ounces and is packed with 140 calories and twelve grams of protein.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Review: Pure Protein Cranberry Almond Cashew Bar

I mentioned in my last Pure Protein bar review that Kroger sneakily put a couple of new Pure Protein flavors on the shelves of my local store and it was probably quite a while before I actually noticed it.  Well, I picked up a couple of those and today's review of this Pure Protein Cranberry Almond Cashew Bar is the second of those reviews.  Like the last, this one was $1.00 and it comes in at 1.58 ounces with 200 calories and eighteen grams of protein.  It's also gluten free for the celiacs of the world as well.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: Good2Go Peanut Butter Fruit Nut Protein Bars

So, another day, another freebie.  I love them and can't get enough of them and if you are a regular reader to the blog, you've heard me talk about them all the time.  Recently a company reached out to me regarding some free bars and I naturally accepted without even really thinking about it.  When the bars arrived, I looked at the box above and saw "G2G" and immediately though of the instant messaging acronym of "got to go" that my sister always used to drop on me when she was trying to drop me from a conversation.  Turns out that G2G in this case means "Good2Go", which certainly is not as defeating as the acronym that was in my mind.  My failures as a conversationalist aside, I tore open this box of eight Good2Go Peanut Butter Fruit Nut Protein Bars to get ready for a review.  Each bar in the box is 2.47 ounces and has a peculiar and exact 298 calories.  Not often that you see a company be that exact with their measurements, so that amused me.  There is also eighteen grams of protein packed in here, so this is definitely the protein bar that it proclaims to be.

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