Stride Sour Patch Kids Red Berry Gum

Checking out at a local grocery store, I had to do a triple take. I saw the classic sour patch kid on a package … but before me was gum, that’s when I noticed it was Stride Sour Patch Kids Red Berry Gum. GUM!? I grabbed a pack and put it on the conveyer belt … I was sold on the packaging’s claim alone.
It wasn’t until I opened the package that I was immediately sold on the product itself. Unwrapping the plastic wrapping I was awarded instantly with that classic sweet berry red sour patch kid scent. It smells JUST LIKE Sour Patch Kids, which was mind blowing. Popping it in my mouth … I have to say, it tastes JUST LIKE Sour Patch Kids! It’s sour yet sweet.  It did make my face pucker momentarily as is the case when anything sour hits my taste buds.  The sourness dissipates quickly and hat’s when the red berry flavor is at the forefront. While simply just chewing the gum the berry flavor is noticeable, but when going to blow a bubble your taste buds are awarded with that tangy sour flavor.  The overall flavor of the gum lasts about 10 minutes and after that it tastes like a very mild, mild berry flavor. Nonetheless totally worth it for the guilt free Sour Patch Kid experience.
As wit all sugar free gums, each piece of gum is less than 5 calories and is 0 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you spotted and/or tried the Stride Sour Patch Kids Red Berry gum?

Raspberry Peanut Butter Balls / Buckeyes

This year I decided to make cookie trays for family and friends. Initially peanut butter balls weren’t on my list of things to make, but when my original idea using my PBCrave Razzle Dazzle Peanut Butter didn’t fit the bill, I decided to whip up a quick batch of these “test run” peanut butter balls.
Truth be told they were SO good, I made a second batch two days later and ended up incorporating these delicious desserts into my trays … and they were one of the show-stopper desserts. They’re your classic peanut butter ball but with a unique twist which makes them truly remarkable.
In case you’re not aware, Razzle Dazzle is sold and made by PB Crave.  The peanut butter itself is a natural peanut butter, which is a blend of red raspberries, wild honey, white chocolate and a delicious dark chocolate flavor.  Unlike typical natural butters this one is actually relatively thick and doesn’t need to be stirred together to reincorporate the oils into the butter.
The points plus/calories associated with each ball truly depends on the amount made. The first batch I got roughly 45 balls, whereas the second batch I made, I got over 60.
Serves 60. 3 Points Plus Values.
Ingredients:
  • 1 16 oz. jar PB Crave Razzle Dazzle
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Crisco
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl add in butter and the full jar of Razzle Dazzle peanut butter. Using a handheld mixer, beat the mixture together until smooth and fluffy.
Drizzle in vanilla and add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Blend until the mixture forms a thicker batter.
Line a tray with wax paper, pick up a large rounded teaspoon amount of mixture and roll into a ball. Place the balls on the wax paper and repeat until all mixture is incorporated into balls.
Place the tray into the refrigerator to harden for at a minimum 1 hour.
Before removing the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator, in a microwave safe bowl, combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips and Crisco. Microwave in 30 second intervals, blending the mixture together with a spoon in between.  I found after 3 trips into the microwave, my chocolate mixture was perfectly melted.
Using a toothpick, pierce the balls and dunk in the chocolate. Return the ball to the tray – repeating until all balls are coated. You can use another toothpick to smooth over the pierced holes or you can leave as is.
Return the tray filled with dipping peanut butter balls to the refrigerator to harden. Allow to harden for a minimum of 1-hour.

Bailey’s Walnut Fudge

Every year at Christmas time I make fudge to give to family and friends as a “thinking of you” type of gift.  This is my “go-to” Bailey’s Walnut Fudge recipe. It’s delicious, sweet, nutty with a mellow hint of Bailey’s in the background. This fudge is very smooth and creamy and a piece is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.

If you are going to try this recipe do keep in mind this makes a large 13×9 pan of fudge.
I put my recipe into the Recipe Builder on Weight Watchers and I throw in the amount of fudge pieces I end up with to figure out the points.  Typically I end up with 4-5 Point Plus Value pieces of fudge.
Now onto the recipe:
4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 pound butter
2 (12 ounce) packages milk chocolate chips
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
4 cups mini marshmallows
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup & 2 tbsp Bailey’s
2 cups chopped walnuts

Pour chocolate chips, 4 cups mini marshmallows, vanilla extract, Bailey’s and walnuts in a very large bowl. Set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, place the butter, sugar and evaporated milk into the pan.

Cooking on medium/high to medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil (don’t forget to stir it).

Once you start to see bubbles forming set your timer and cook for exactly 11 minutes (depending on how it’s boiling you can lower your heat setting a little from medium-high to medium), stirring constantly.   Make sure you stir constantly or it WILL burn on you.

Once done, pour your hot liquid mixture over the ingredients in the bowl and stir slowly to blend using a metal spoon.
Right before your mixture until it’s set.
Pour into a buttered 13 x 9-inch pan and chill very well. Cut when cold.

Twix Gingerbread

Around the holidays, I like scoping out the new and interesting flavors companies come out with.  Needless to say when I spotted Twix Gingerbread at Wal-Mart, they found a temporary home in my shopping cart.  Since these are “fun size” they’d be perfect in the candy dish in the living room, so they’d inevitably be eaten, especially during the holidays.
The other night I was in the mood for a little sweet, so I cracked open the bag. Peeling it, it looks like your plain ole Twix.  After the first bite, I wasn’t impressed – my initial reaction was “Gingerbread? There’s no gingerbread!” But after the second bite I found the gingerbread flavor … and I found it to be strange. Twix are chocolate, cookie and your classic caramel, so having a gingerbread flavor in it, takes it to a whole new level. I admit I’ve had gingerbread cookies, muffins, etc., but I’ve never had gingerbread meet chocolate or caramel.  These aren’t gross, but I feel they’re “meh”. Nothing to truly write home about… or run out to buy, but if you enjoy gingerbread and chocolate you may truly enjoy these.
A serving is a cookie bar, which is 80 calories or 2 points plus. If you can’t stop yourself at one, you can have 2 for 160 calories or 5 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Twix Gingerbread candies?

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


I’ll be the first to admit – I’m not the biggest fan of dark chocolate. In fact … I’m not really a fan. But I spotted these Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for 99 cents (instead of the large tub of them that are usually sold) and decided to give them a try. I figured with peanut butter involved … you can’t quite go wrong … and boy was I right.
I opened up the bag to have one as a snack and was pleasantly surprised with how delicious they were. The chocolate is a rich, smooth dark chocolate flavor which is creamy and melts in your mouth. The peanut butter is smooth, creamy, flavorful and the center (and quite literally) of attention. The dark chocolate and peanut butter truly play off one another perfectly.  I found one was enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
I shared the bag with my boyfriend who on the other hand quite enjoyed them and polished off the rest of the bag – minus one, leaving that one for me to have whenever I wanted it.  I think that mean he liked them … and I think that means I need to pick up another bag when I go back to Trader Joe’s!
A serving (3 pieces) is 180 calories or 5 points plus values.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite peanut butter cup?

Pumpkin Spice M&M’s


As mentioned in a previous post – I am a pumpkin fanatic.  So when I saw there was Pumpkin Spice M&M’s being sold, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon, put them into my Target shopping cart and had to bring them home. I love pumpkin and I love chocolate and any way to bring the two together is a-okay in my book!
I cracked open the bag the day after buying them because I wanted chocolate.  But I have to say… I was a little disappointed. They’re not bad, but they definitely don’t pack a pumpkin punch.  They taste like a classic M&M that’s slightly bigger in size and after chewing there’s a very, very mild pumpkin taste in the background. But it’s literally so mild it’s almost not noticeable.  I guess this may be a good thing for some – but for others who are expecting a true pumpkin spice flavor they’d be a bit disappointed as I had.
A serving size is 1.5 oz which is roughly ¼ cup of the bag (which is more than what is in my hand in the photograph above) and is 210 calories.  A serving is 5 points plus values.
QUESTION:
What is one of your favorite fall/Halloween flavored candies?

Trader Joe’s Salt Water Taffy

This was a rather impulse buy from Trader Joe’s.  I am a huge fan of salt water taffy, but I’m a little picky about the brand. Usually I only get some when we’re at the beach and it’s being made inside the candy shop. This way I can get a few pieces and I’m on my way.  But when I saw this I had to get it, it was $2 I believe, or definitely under $3.
The five flavors listed on the package immediately sold me: Cherry, Strawberry Banana, Red Licorice, Sour Apple and Watermelon.  Some of my favorite flavors, plus a few I had never tried before.  The package states a serving size is 7 pieces, which in my opinion is far too many pieces to eat in one serving, let alone in one day.  Salt water taffy is very sweet for me … I have 2 pieces and I’m good for the day. Anymore than 2 pieces and I’m cringing at the sugar rush.
The taffy itself is firm enough that it doesn’t turn into a wad of sticky mush in the wrapper. Once removed from the wrapper, you can feel how soft it is and once you eat it, you can tell how fresh and chewy it actually is.  I quite enjoy it and typically find myself really only having one because they are terribly sweet, as all taffys are, but once in a while I will have 2 but I cannot have more than that.
A serving is 170 calories which is equal to 5 points plus values.  My usual serving of 1 or 2 is 1 points plus value. Not bad for a nice cure to the sweet tooth.
QUESTION:
Do you like salt water taffy?

Justin’s Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


When I spotted these Justin’s Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups I was immediately excited. I LOVE peanut butter cups – or rather, I should say: I LOVE Reese cups … as well as homemade buckeyes.
I’ve seen Justin’s peanut butter in small serving pouches countless times at Target, but I have never picked up a pack.  On its own, I’m not the biggest peanut butter fan.  I enjoy it once in a while on toasted bread, but I felt purchasing the peanut butter was a waste since I’d rather a Cookie Butter sandwich over a pb sandwich any day.  Chocolate and peanut butter is a heavenly sin and since Justin’s is a healthier form of peanut butter and since it was organic, I decided I’d give it a shot.
A pack is 6 points plus, or you can have one cup for 3 points plus.  I opened the package, took my photos, gave my boyfriend a cup and took a bite of mine … and was immediately done.  The peanut butter was dry. The chocolate was drier. It was pale in comparison to the peanut butter cups I’m used to enjoying. Truthfully, after the first bite, it wasn’t worth my points and I offered it to my boyfriend.  He felt they were “ok” but agreed they were very dry.
I’m sorry to say but I’ll be sticking with my Reese cups going forward. Those never let me down plus they’re the same points plus values as the Justin’s.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Justin’s peanut butter cups?

Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Crisps


These delicious littleMilk Chocolate Crisps are a chocolate I have been eyeing on numerous trips through Trader Joe’s.  I evidently was in a chocolate mood because they finally made their way into my shopping cart.  I will point out that I have seen a Walgreen’s version of this sold in their stores BUT I have not tried those, so I cannot vouch for those but I can vouch for these.
There were a few things that sold me on these particular chocolate crisps.  First and foremost they are shaped like potato chips. Secondly they are milk chocolate with crunchy bits in them. Third of all they have a 12 piece serving size.  To say these lived up to my expectations, isn’t saying enough. These delicious little treasures exceeded my expectations.  They were just phenomenal from the first bite. Smooth and creamy milk chocolate with little crunchy rice bits (which really reminded me of broken up potato chips).  In all honesty 6 pieces is more than enough to satisfy any sweet tooth because they can become very rich after a few crisps. They just hit a home run for my boyfriend and I.
For 12 pieces it calculates into 6 points plus values, which I felt wasn’t bad for the serving size.  The serving size can easily be cut in half for 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the crisps from Trader Joe’s and/or the Walgreen’s version of these?

Russell Strover S’mores (Caramel and Original)


I originally tried these Russell Strover’s S’mores last year around Halloween time.  I only purchased one, thought they were delicious … so needles to say when I saw these at Walmart right before the 4th of July I picked up one of each flavor – original and caramel.  My boyfriend and I didn’t have any plans for the fourth, we wanted to stay in so I figured these would be a nice treat for us after hanging in all day.  Well … I’ll just say these didn’t make it to the 4th BUT they did make it to 2 days beforehand!
These are a delicious invention and they should certainly be available all year long.  It’s a classic s’more but with a very unique twist.  There’s two graham crackers sandwiched between an ooey gooey super soft marshmallow which is coated in chocolate then stuck between the graham crackers.  The only difference with the caramel s’mores is in between the chocolate and marshmallow there is a layer of ooey gooey caramel.  The caramel was hands down my favorite.
These are great because its portion control at its finest.  S’mores are one of those summer treats that can easily be over eaten because it’s sugar overload.  Whereas with these packaged s’mores you open the packet and once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can note the points in your tracker and there’s no guilt, there’s no “double dipping”, etc.
The original s’mores is 6 points plus for the whole thing or 3 points plus for half.  The caramel s’mores is 7 points plus for the whole thing or 3 points plus for half.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Russell Strover’s packaged S’mores?