A “Sparkling” Sip!

Good Morning! A bit of time has passed since I last posted, but I’ve been keeping myself busy, trying my best to soak up the early days of summer and heal myself from the brief cold I acquired. Given the warmth and humidity lately, it’s been imperative for everyone to stay hydrated, not to mention, this time of year, I seem to crave a refreshing beverage! Thankfully, over the recent weeks, I became acquainted with a sparkling flavored water (plus other varieties!) that I absolutely love! Much to my delight, I was provided with the opportunity to sample four flavors (plus, I’ve purchased other varieties on my own!) and am here today to introduce you the beverage I’m referring to – SPARKLING ICE!

Sparkling Ice Logo

SPARKLING ICE Background Information: (via sparklingice.com)

  • Sparkling Ice was created in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990’s.
  • The beverages of Sparkling Ice combine naturally sweetened flavored sparkling water, vitamins, antioxidants, and natural fruit juices (i.e. Vitamins D, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, B5 and Green Tea Extract)
  • The sweetener utilized in Sparkling Ice beverages is sucralose (brand name: Splenda).
  • The brand is regarded as the fastest-growing non-alcoholic beverage brand in the country!
  • Beverages are offered in a slim, easy-to-carry 17fl oz bottle and are typically offered at around $1 or slightly above in numerous stores, nationwide.
  • Zero Calories, Zero Carbs, Zero Sugar!
  • Introduced their newest product line, Sparkling Iced Teas in 2015!
  • Active Social Media Presence: Check out Sparkling Ice via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

SPARKLING ICE Product Lines: (i.e. Flavored Sparkling Waters – 11 flavors, Sparkling Lemonades – 6 flavors, Sparkling Iced Teas – 3 flavors)

  • Flavored Sparkling Water Flavors: black raspberry, cherry limeade, strawberry-watermelon, peach-nectarine, orange-mango, coconut-pineapple, crisp apple, lemon-lime, kiwi-strawberry, pink grapefruit, pomegranate-blueberry.

Sparkling Ice

  • Sparkling Lemonades Flavors: strawberry lemonade, raspberry-lemonade, classic lemonade, peach lemonade, mango lemonade, lemonade tea.

Sparkling Ice Lemonade

  • Sparkling Iced Teas Flavors: raspberry tea, lemon tea, peach tea (21 mg of caffeine per bottle)

Sparkling Ice Tea

My Review:

As I mentioned, I was generously provided with 4 flavors of Sparkling Ice to sample and review! I was delighted when they arrived on my doorstep, given how refreshing I know them to be and eager to sample the flavors. First up on my sampling endeavor was…

  • Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling Water:

Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade

My initial reaction to receiving and seeing this flavor was pure happiness and intrigue! For a number of years, I have been a dedicated fan of real strawberry lemonade, so I was overjoyed to see this flavor offered as a sparkling water, with absolutely no calories, PLUS, nourishing vitamins and sweet flavors! At first sip, I was greeted with a clean sweet flavor, lightly carbonated and bubbly, reminding me of the real strawberry lemonade with a less tart flavor. The familiar sweetness of the strawberry truly shined through and left me wanting more. I had to stop myself from enjoying the entire bottle in one sitting, wanting to savor every last bit! Definitely a winner, in my opinion!

  • Black Raspberry Sparkling Water:

Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice

Let me preface my reaction to this flavor by saying, since childhood, I’ve been a huge fan of the chewy raspberry-flavored candy, Swedish Fish, so this flavor of Sparkling Ice was right up my alley! At first sip, I was greeted with a sweet, familiar-tasting raspberry flavor, leaving me feeling as though I was enjoying my favorite chewy candy! It was both sweet and refreshing, again with the light carbonation I often crave (I confess, I am a big fan of Diet Soda, so the carbonation in Sparkling Ice is VERY appealing to me!). I like that with these sparkling waters, I am getting both the sweetness and carbonation I know and love, but in a much healthier manner (given the vitamins instilled in the beverages and the fact that it is sugar, carb and calorie-free!). Needless to say, I will definitely be enjoying this particular flavor in the near future!

  • Peach Lemonade:

Peach Lemonade Sparkling Ice

Generally, I am a big fan of lemonades, as I previously mentioned, so my expectations were high for this particular flavor and though it provided the sweetness and carbonation I like, it wasn’t my particular favorite. That said, it was still vastly palatable, but not a flavor I would first choose if given the option. Still, I was grateful for the opportunity to sample it. The peach flavor itself, though, tasted sweet and reminiscent of the actual fruit and was an ideal flavor for the summer, given it’s rampant appearance in stores and farmer’s markets throughout the country.

  • Raspberry Iced Tea Sparkling Ice:

Raspberry Iced Tea Sparkling Ice

The last flavor I was provided with was from Sparkling Ice’s newest line for 2015, Raspberry Iced Tea! I was curious and intrigued about this flavor and about the product line in general. At first sip, the flavor was unique and reminiscent of actual iced tea, but with the carbonation and sweetness Sparkling Ice is traditionally noted for. It was a light raspberry flavor that was refreshing and easy to sip on. It was a unique and different change from the traditional iced teas I’m used to and one I could definitely stand to enjoy again soon!

SPARKLING ICE Contest:

Sparkling Ice Contest

  • If you’re as into Sparkling Ice and contests as I am, then you’ll definitely want to enter the contest Sparkling Ice is currently running! Be sure to visit http://www.sparklingice.com/flavorfaceoff to register for your chance to be the face of your favorite flavor and get a year of Sparkling Ice FREE!
  • FREE BOTTLE of SPARKLING ICE: Plus, just for entering, you’ll be emailed a coupon entitling you to a completely FREE bottle of Sparkling Ice (up to a $1.50 value!). Now that is definitely something sweet to sip on!

*Thanks so much to the team at Sparkling Ice for providing me with this exciting and generous opportunity to sample the flavors! It was very much appreciated and enjoyed!

Words as a Remedy

Good morning! I hope the week has treated well and that your weekend will soon be off to a fun and exciting start! This past week and a half (nearly two weeks) has consisted of me battling some type of upper respiratory illness (not quite convinced it is a sinus infection or not, but I’m not entirely sure), so I’ve been trying my best to keep my spirits up. Lots of hot coffee, flavored waters, and fresh produce to try and keep me hydrated and my energy up. I’ve been attempting to push through as best as I can, but it can be challenging at times to push through the day when the comfort of my bed and a good book looks so very inviting.

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Needless to say, I spent much of the early parts of the day yesterday craving some quotable inspiration. My cravings were answered when I discovered a Winston Churchill quote, which I immediately tweeted, hoping that others might benefit from it as much as I proved to. Therefore, I decided to share with you some inspirational quotes I recently stumbled across; words which can be helpful to us really at anytime, but especially during those moments or days that leave you feeling perplexed and overwhelmed:

Believe Quote

Inspirational Quote Round-Up:

  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” (via Winston Churchill)
  • As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”
  • “Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”
  • “The pages of yesterday cannot be revised, but the pages of tomorrow are blank and you hold the pen. Make it an inspiring story.”
  • “Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.”
  • “Never let fear decide your future.”
  • “I hope you live a life you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.

With this Ring: Hallmark-Inspired Evenings!

Good morning! I hope your week is off to a great start, thus far. Unfortunately, I’m still feeling a bit under the weather. A couple days ago, I thought my cold/allergies were subsiding, but it seems I’ve caught a second wind of it. I’m hoping soon it will again subside and this time, permanently. Moving onto a topic that definitely boosts my spirits significantly is this weekend! Yes, I know it’s only Tuesday, but in my mind, Tuesday is one day closer than yesterday, to Saturday night! Given June is often a month synonymous for weddings, the Hallmark Channel has taken note of this and planned accordingly!

Hallmark Channel logo

If you’re unsure what I’m referring to, starting this Saturday night (6/20) at 9pm (U.S. Eastern Time), the Hallmark Channel kicks off it’s June Weddings Television Event! Both this weekend (Saturday – 6/20 AND Sunday 6/21), plus the following Saturday evening, viewers will be treated to brand-new wedding-related movies! In my mind, it is the perfect opportunity to kick back with a mug of coffee (or wine, or some other beverage of your choice) and perhaps a yummy snack and settle in for two hours of yes, I’ll admit, it can be slightly cheesy, but in a good way, love and lighthearted situations. In my opinion, it’s an effective and easy way to escape the stresses of daily life.

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Hallmark Channel’s June Weddings Movie Premiere Line-Up:

  • A Perfect Match (Saturday, 6/20 at 9pm, eastern time): Starring Danica McKellar (of The Wonder Years and most recently, Dancing with the Stars!) and Paul Greene. As described via (hallmarkchannel.com): When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom (Linda Gray) hires a wedding planner (Danica McKellar) and an event planner (Paul Greene) to help put together the wedding of their dreams.  The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results!

A Perfect Match movie

  • Love, Again (Sunday 6/21 at 9pm eastern Time): Starring Teri Polo (of The Meet the Parents movie franchise and most recently, ABC Family’s TV show, The Fosters) and Paul Johansson. As described via (hallmarkchannel.com): A couple is on the brink of a divorce when they must work together on planning their daughter’s wedding. While they don’t want to disrupt their daughter’s happiness by announcing their divorce, they must learn to work together to keep the wedding going, and soon discover their marriage just might be worth saving.

Love Again movie

  • A Country Wedding (Saturday, 6/27 at 9pm, eastern time): Starring Jesse Metcalfe (of the former soap opera, Passions, Desperate Housewives, etc) and Autumn Reeser (of The O.C., The Whispers, as well as other Hallmark Channel movies). As described via (hallmarkchannel.com): A country western star returns to his hometown to sell his childhood home prior to his wedding. Upon his arrival, he meets the girl he proposed to when he was 8-years-old and she helps plan the wedding in his fiancé’s absence. Faced with old feelings that come flooding back, he will discover what really matters in life.

A Country Wedding movie

Well, there you have it – the June Weddings movie line-up on Hallmark Channel! Looks like it will be an entertaining trio. Be sure to let me know if you happen to watch it and your thoughts on it!

Wedding Quote

A Supportive Paw

Good Morning! I hope your weekend has been a pleasant and relaxing one, thus far! On Friday, the temperatures ended up being extremely oppressive and uncomfortable with the humidity soaring, making it nearly impossible to be outside for more than a short period of time. Also, I made the poor decision of leaving my flip flops in a closed, sweltering car, which almost melted them! Lesson learned, for sure. Thankfully, they were able to be salvaged after taking some time to cool off in my air-conditioned house!

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Anyhow, given I follow several local television news stations in the area, I recently noticed my local ABC News affiliate, 6ABC Action News of Philadelphia, shared an article via social media (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) and since having stumbled across it on Thursday evening, it’s been on my mind. It’s not the first time I’ve heard of animals, in particular dogs, assisting in the most unique ways and providing a source of comfort, encouragement and companionship to people, even those they just met; (To preview the article/story I’m speaking of, here is a link, if you’d like to check it out: http://6abc.com/pets/newest-court-employee-dog-providing-comfort-to-kids-on-the-stand/778441/)

Therapy Dogs

In the city of Poughkeepsie, NY, specially-trained service dogs, will now be a permanent presence in the courthouse with the ability to provide children with support and comfort, as they take the stand, a task which can be anxiety-ridden and overwhelming for anyone, let alone children. Dogs such as Bosch, the canine featured in the article, will be trained by nonprofit organizations, such as the East Coast Assistance Dogs (ECAD), which, according to the article, has trained over 250 canines thus far and has been able to assist in an array of situations for over 20 years.

Employees of ECAD stated that the dogs provide children with the feeling that they can “tell their stories in a safe way.” The dogs are trained to sense anxiety and stress and perhaps already harbor an innate sense of recognizing these signs of distress. I was more than intrigued after reading this article and seeing how helpful and significant a dog’s presence can truly be. It’s not the first time I’ve read about an initiative such as this and in fact, I have experienced something relatively similar myself.

Years ago and fairly recently, as well, while waiting in my local hospital’s emergency room (both for myself and family members, at one point), a man walked through with a golden retriever on a leash. Instantly, I noticed the faces on many of the people’s faces light up. They were instantly taken with the sight of the friendly dog, who casually and happily walked over to many of them, greeting them and sending friendly and relaxed vibes through the otherwise, tense room. It was hard to be sad when in the presence of this dog and for a short while, he provided the room (and most definitely, me) with a pleasant distraction.

Therapy Dogs 2

In another instance, I also learned of a program where children read to dogs, as a form of therapy, comfort and a source of reassurance. One organization in particular, Therapy Dogs International (http://www.tdi-dog.org/OurPrograms.aspx?Page=Children+Reading+to+Dogs), state that their mission in providing the program is:

“To provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. Many of the children chosen for this program have difficulties reading and as a result have developed self-esteem issues. They are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates.

By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.”

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Ever since I was first made abreast of this program, it’s always been on my mind and I am in full support of it. Having worked with a vast array of children in school settings throughout the course of my life and having weathered through a host of self-esteem issues myself, there is nothing better than providing children with an alternative way to foster a love of reading and a boost of confidence.

My reason for this post today, is my desire to share with you, whomever may be reading, of the many ways dogs can often offer us something well-beyond what traditional therapies and “scientifically” proven methodologies can. It is proof that sometimes, the only “medicine” or “treatment” a child, or anyone, for that matter, truly needs, is unconditional love and unwavering support. A supportive presence, helping hand (or paw) and listening ear can make all the difference.

Therapy Dog Quote

Wake up Wonders

Good morning! Today, my area of the country (suburbs of Philadelphia) and elsewhere, I’m sure, are in for a steamy couple of days! It is expected that we will approach ‘heat wave‘ status, if we DO happen to reach three consecutive days above 95 or something of that nature, I believe. If you haven’t noticed, I am an avid follower of weather forecasting and always like to keep abreast of all that is occurring within the atmosphere. Needless to say, I’ll be limiting my time outdoors day, especially since the air quality is expected to be rather poor.

Anyhow, this post was intended for yesterday, but given the accidental deleting of the post, I decided to partially revise it and share my thoughts today. Given breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and has been since childhood (think bottomless bowls of cold cereal – Life and Crispix were favorites, filled to the brim). I’m not sure exactly what it is about breakfast that I love so much, but I tend to think it is the crunchy or crispy textures, different mix-ins, such as granola pieces, dried fruits, and different shapes. The possibilities are endless and even though one can be eating cereal each day, the experience can always be different, because of the significant number of cereal varieties gracing store shelves. Without further adieu, here are some new and exciting breakfast options I recently spotted on store shelves (and some which will be arriving shortly, if they haven’t already!):

Kellogg’s Origins Line:

Kellogg's Origins Ancient Grains Kellogg's Origins Fruit and Nut

As one of Kellogg’s newest product lines, Kellogg’s Origins arrives with several different varieties (everything from a traditional cereal, such as the two pictured above, to granolas, to muesli) and promises to be wholesome, nutritious and of course, packed with flavor and personality! They are available in the following varieties: (via kelloggs.com)

Traditional Cereals:

  • Ancient Grains Blend Cereal: touch of honey and a delicious combination of spelt, quinoa, barley and brown rice flakes and KAMUT® Khorasan wheat.
  • Fruit and Nut Blend Cereal: blend of toasted oats, puffed wheat, bran flakes, and wheat, corn and rice flakes.

Granolas:

Kellogg's Origins Cranberry Almond Kellogg's Origins Raisin Apple

  • Cranberry Almond with Pumpkin Seed Granola: blend of toasted oats, wheat, barley, spelt, rye, fruit and nuts.
  • Raisin Apple Granola: toasted oats, wheat, barley, spelt, rye and fruit.

Muesli: (note: can be eaten HOT or COLD)

Kellogg's Origins Raisin Apricot Kellogg's Origins Apricot Cashew

  • Apricot Cashew Coconut with Raisins and Almonds Muesli: blend of fruit and nuts, rolled oats, wheat, rye, spelt and barley
  • Raisin Apricot Cranberry with Pumpkin Seeds Muesli: blend of fruit and nuts, rolled oats, wheat, rye, spelt and barley

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with Energy Clusters:

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes

Before you question this cereal choice, I know it’s reputation is not always the healthiest, but this new version packs a whopping 9 grams of protein per serving! It is the traditional sweet cereal flakes, now with the addition of “energy clusters,” which I assume is something along the lines of granola. It is not specified on the Kellogg’s product page for this cereal what exactly the energy clusters are, but based on the image, I perceive it to be that of a granola taste/texture.

Yoplait Yogurt Plenti Line: (via yoplait.com)

Yoplait Plenti Strawberry Yoplait Plenti Blueberry

Another favorite way of mine to wake up each morning is a cool, creamy cup of yogurt! While I love traditional yogurt, Greek yogurt, in recent years, has become a reliable favorite/staple of mine, given the amount of protein, hearty and creamy texture and array of varieties and flavors now available. One company, Yoplait, has been a consistent favorite of mine for years, so I was excited to learn of this new variety – Plenti, to be hitting store dairy cases soon! It is available in both strawberry and blueberry and is described as:

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Whole Grain Oats
  • Flax
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Premixed; so it can be enjoyed at your leisure without much effort!

Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt and Yogurt Parfaits (influenced by Dannon):

Evolutin Fresh Parfaits     Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt

Given it’s rising popularity on refrigerated shelving in stores, you may already be familiar with the smoothies and juice drink beverages offered by the brand, Evolution Fresh. Appearing most frequently in the refrigerated cases at Starbucks, at a press conference at the end of March, it was announced that Evolution Fresh in partnership with Dannon, the beloved yogurt company, would be introducing a line of Greek yogurts and Greek yogurt parfaits in July 2015. Check out the official press release here: (https://news.starbucks.com/news/evolution-fresh-and-dannon-smoothies)

Greek Yogurt Parfaits (to be offered in Starbucks Cafe’s):

  • Strawberry
  • Dark Sweet Cherry
  • Fresh Berries (seasonal)
  • Honey

Fruit-on-the-bottom Greek Yogurts:

  • Blueberry
  • Black Cherry
  • Raspberry Blackberry
  • Pineapple Passion Fruit

Well, there you have it! This is just a sampling of select items I’ve spotted recently, but of course, I’m always on the lookout and will be sure to keep you posted on anything new and exciting I happen to come across! Enjoy!

Bouncing Back: A Tale of Resilience

Happy National Iced Tea Day and good morning! I hope your week has been a pleasant one, thus far. Today’s post was slated to be vastly different than this actual one, but somehow, I managed to completely delete the post which was literally minutes from completion. Needless to say, I was devastated, overwhelmed and felt like giving up. I was instantly returned many years prior to a day when I was pressed for time and crafting an essay for school. The entire essay was nearly completed and thoroughly researched, when suddenly, it was gone. When I say it was gone, I truly mean it. I tried everything to retrieve it, asked for help, but nothing I did could bring it back.

Courage quote

My first instinct after it happened, was to run my room and hurl myself onto my bed, sobbing for what it felt like hours. I remember back then, my mom walked into my room and told me I had two choices: I could choose to continue sobbing and feeling sorry for myself, or I could get back onto the computer, start crafting a new, even BETTER essay and save my words as I go along. Everything happens for a reason and maybe the first draft of my essay wasn’t all that great, similar to with the blog post I was nearly finished writing. Sure, it introduced some new products I was excited about, but more so than that, it taught me a lesson; a lesson that I need to get back up and write something else. What have I learned today? I’ve learned to save my drafts as I go along and maybe even write my blog posts in Microsoft Word and then transfer it to my blog and add photos and other little touches. So, I’ll think of this occurrence as a teachable moment, in a sense, one I can learn from and share with others. Like years ago, I could choose to feel sorry for myself, moan and whine about the deleted post, or take a deep breath and write something else. Maybe other people can relate to this or maybe not, but I figured I should share it.

Resilience Quote

Yesterday, while watching Kathie Lee & Hoda on NBC in the morning, they mentioned that people who voice their thoughts (even the whiny, negative, complaints) are often happier in life and feel more connected to others. I’d never really thought of it in this way, as I often will publicize my complaints, whines, worries and happiness with my mom and sister, but not many others, anymore. So this is me, today, being brave and bold, sharing my complaint and upset, about my deleted post and also sharing a bit of lighthearted happiness on a day that has me feeling a bit under the weather: free Iced Tea! It’s an easy way to cheer me up when I’ve been battling a cold and a quick pick-me-up from this unfortunate snafu with my deleted post.

So, if you’re craving some free refreshment today, like me, here are some quick tips for you:

National Iced Tea Day Freebies:

Iced Tea

  • *FREE* bottle of Snapple Iced Tea: visit http://sipyoursummer.com/ as quickly as you can to print a coupon! Prints are typically limited and the value is $1.25, so it should make for a free bottle! Keep in mind, the coupon is valid ONLY TODAY (June 10)! Yum! Happy Sipping!
  • *FREE* 16oz cup of Teavana’s new Pineapple Berry Blue Iced Tea at participating Teavana stores, nationwide! To find out where your nearest Teavana Retail location is, visit (teavana.com/retail)
  • *FREE* coupon for a bottle of Inko’s Iced Tea: simply visit https://www.inkostea.com/contact-us and enter your full mailing address and voila, your coupon will be on its way!

Scoops of Summer

Good morning! I hope your week has been a pleasant one! This week, has seemed like quite a long one. From dealing with the torrential rains and storms earlier in the week, to an unexpected snafu with my car yesterday, I’m looking forward to relaxing over the weekend and taking some time to catch up on reading and watching movies! That said, I’m very much looking towards the return of the warmer temperatures. Along with the inclement weather, the temperatures have been lingering on the upper 50’s to the 60’s; reminiscent of that of March (according to the local meteorologists!), so the anticipated temperatures in the 80’s this upcoming weekend, leads me to one of my favorite summer treats – ice cream!

Ice Cream Cones

Recently while shopping in my local grocery store, as well as scoping out some of my emails and favorite brands on social media (i.e. Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter), I’ve started to see the introduction of numerous unique ice cream and frozen dessert options! They’ve been so extraordinary in my opinion, I just had to share them (though you may already be familiar with them). Plus, for those of you who may be lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, or are looking to reduce your dairy intake, there are also non-dairy options appearing in store freezers, as well, which I will also share and detail below.

Without further adieu, here are some new frozen dessert options to enjoy this summer and beyond:

EDY’s Frozen Custard:

Edy's Frozen Custard            Edy's Frozen Custard 2

Depending on where you live, you may or may not be familiar with the Edy’s brand (in some areas within the U.S., I believe it is called Dreyers). The brand Edy’s (or Dreyers) features an array of different flavors of both ice cream and frozen yogurt and now, their newest offerings include a line of Frozen Custard! If you’re unfamiliar with what frozen custard actually is, according to Edy’s official website, it is referred to as similar to ice cream, but richer and extra thick and creamy, with wholesome ingredients! The new Frozen Custard line is available in an array of flavors, which includes:

  • Chocolate Malt
  • Mint Cookies ‘n Cream
  • Old Fashioned Vanilla
  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Salted Caramel Pretzel
  • Snickerdoodle

Turkey Hill Gelato:

Turkey Hill Gelato           Turkey Hill Gelato 2

For as long as I can remember, the brand, Turkey Hill has always been a staple in my family/household. When I was a child, I can fondly recall eating bowls and bowls of Turkey Hill’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and Fudge Ripple ice creams! To me, Turkey Hill has always been a high-quality brand producing ice creams and frozen yogurts that are comparable to those found in ice cream shops! Nonetheless, while it may be a local/regional brand (I’m not exactly certain), if you are able to purchase it, I highly recommend it and with the introduction of their new Gelato line, it is even more enticing! Though I’ve never actually tried gelato before, myself, seeing that Turkey Hill is now offering it, my interest is piqued.

Detailed on the official Turkey HIll website, their new line is Gelato is inspired by “Italian gelato recipes, made with fresh milk, cream and real sugar.” In comparison to traditional ice cream, it is denser, with less air whipped into the mix, creating a light and airy experience, packed with rich flavors. Their Gelato line has expanded, now offering up to 8 flavors:

  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip
  • Hazelnut
  • Purely Vanilla
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Sea Salted Caramel
  • Coffee Chip
  • Peach Mango

Baskin Robbins:

Baskin Robbins Coffee 'n Donut Ice Cream

Along with my love of Turkey Hill’s packaged ice creams and frozen yogurts, is Baskin Robbins, infamous for their “31 flavors.” Since childhood, I’ve been visiting Baskin Robbins for their consistently changing flavors (some of their classics flavors I’m fond of, as well) and love to learn of their flavors of the month. However, after seeing June’s current flavor of the month, I simply had to write about it. It is quite possibly, the most unique of them all, combining two of my favorite flavors – coffee and ice cream! If you haven’t already heard, June’s flavor of the month is… “Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee ‘n Donut Ice Cream!”

This flavor is affectionately described on the official Baskin Robbins website as, “Dunkin’ Donuts-flavored ice cream, with donut pieces and a chocolate-flavored icing ribbon, dunked within Dunkin’ Donuts coffee ice cream!” In one word, this flavor can be described as, “WOW!” Not having tried it yet, I can only imagine how incredible it must taste. If you’ve had the opportunity to try it, I’d love to hear about it!

GIANT Grocery Store’s Limoncello Chiffon Ice Cream:

Giant Limoncello

One of my favorite local grocery store’s, Giant, recently introduced a Limoncello-inspired line of products, which includes this flavor of ice cream – Limoncello Chiffon. Perhaps you’re familiar with Giant, but if you’re not, they are noted for having excellent store-brand items (at least in my opinion!), so I’m always intrigued and curious about the new store-brand products they introduce. This particular ice cream flavor, is described as “Lemon ice-cream with chunks of cheesecake swirled with a sweet graham cracker crust!” As a big fan of ice cream AND cheesecake, to me, this sounds like the ideal treat!

Breyers Gelato:

Breyers Gelato Indulgences  Breyers Gelato 2Breyers Gelato 3 Breyers Gelato 4

I’ve begun to notice a Gelato theme this season, so it’s only fitting one of my other favorite ice cream brands, Breyers, has also recently introduced a Gelato Indulgence line to their already expansive product offerings! The Gelato flavors offered by Breyers are unique and filled with various “mix-ins” and includes:

  • Vanilla Caramel
  • Raspberry Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu
  • Triple Chocolate
  • Cappuccino
  • Strawberry Truffle
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Chocolate Caramel

The next several product line’s are for those looking for a non-dairy frozen dessert alternative, without sacrificing on flavor and texture. Based on what I’ve seen and read about the following products, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed:

Amy’s Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts:

Amy's Frozen Dessert

Perhaps you’re already familiar and accustomed to purchasing Amy’s brand of products, given their extensive offerings of frozen meals, snacks and other options for those who are vegetarian, vegan, or simply looking for a meat-free product. Their foods are made with the highest quality ingredients and recently introduced a frozen dessert line, for those who are looking for a product similar to ice cream, without the addition of dairy. All of the following are made with coconut milk:

  • Mocha Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Vanilla

So Delicious Cashew Milk Frozen Desserts:

So Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned my newfound fondness for cashew milk and recently, one of my favorite brands, So Delicious proudly introduced their dairy-free Frozen Dessert line made with cashew milk! Already offering frozen desserts in almond and coconut varieties, the introduction of the cashew milk line, is bound to make those opting for dairy-free alternatives cheer with delight! Offered in the following flavors, the taste is apt to comparable to those of a dairy variety:

  • Cappuccino
  • Creamy Cashew
  • Dark Chocolate Truffle
  • Salted Caramel Cluster
  • Snickerdoodle

Blue Bunny Dairy-Free Desserts:

Blue Bunny Dairy Free 2   Blue Bunny Dairy Free

Another one of my favorite ice cream/frozen yogurt brands is Blue Bunny! Up until several years ago, I hadn’t heard of Blue Bunny, but suddenly noticed it appearing in my local grocery stores. With their supremely unique varieties and options, plus their generosity of frequently providing coupons on their official website, I was overjoyed to recently learn of their expansion into the dairy-free world! Made with almond milk, their dairy-free dessert line will be appearing in store freezers soon, if it’s not already there, in the following flavors:

  • Mocha Fudge
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate

Well, there you have it! I hope I was able to provide you with some new options and ideas to try out, not only for the summer, but year-round! Happy Scooping!