Sip it Like “Crazy!” Flavor Your Day with Crazy Cups!

Good Sunday Morning to you, wherever you may be. Here in the Philadelphia suburbs, a cold front has swept through the region, bringing the return of frigid temperatures and intense wind gusts. Though, on a positive note, I do have something I’d love to share with all of you who might be reading: Crazy Cups! At this point, you might be wondering, what in the world is Crazy Cups? Well, given coffee is one of my favorite beverages to enjoy and one I look forward to each morning and throughout the day/evening, my recent discovery of Crazy Cups has significantly broadened and improved my coffee repertoire.

Since my last teens, I became truly vested in coffee, not only for the taste, aroma, and ability to add a bit of warmth to my day, but for the experience, noting all the vast methods and possibilities of brewing a cup of java. It intrigued me how unique each brewing process could be: everything from freshly grinding coffee beans, using a percolator, pour-over, or French Press, a traditional drip coffee-maker, instant packets, k-cups (or any single-cup brewer method), and beyond!

With that being said, I traditionally begin each morning with several small cups of caffeinated coffee, but starting the afternoon and through evening, will switch to decaffeinated blends, or occasionally will indulge a caffeinated variety. However, I often find it challenging to locate a flavored decaf coffee blend, one that is flavored in such a way that is reminiscent of dessert or something like that. With traditionally caffeinated coffee, it is relatively easy to find an abundance of flavors. Numerous months ago, my hopes were answered as I innocently perused the coffee section on Amazon.com, a favorite website of mine to shop for coffee. As I scanned through their offerings, I suddenly settled my eyes upon a brand I’d never heard of before: Crazy Cups! Their flavors and offerings appeared endless and shocking. Not only were their flavors decadent (picture: Frosted Oatmeal Cookie, Chocolate Coconut Dream, Caramel Truffle Sundae… just to name a few!), but they were available in DECAF varieties, much to my surprise and delight! No worries about their nutritional content, either, they are all calorie-free and naturally or artificially sweetened!

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Early last month, I was presented with the unique opportunity to review Crazy Cups and within a few short days, I received a Crazy Cups box filled with a variety of K-cups, lattes, ciders, and hot chocolates! In addition, a bright orange baseball cap emblazoned with Crazy Cups also made it’s way into the box – their latest addition in their product offerings, now allowing me to sport my love of Crazy Cups while out and about!

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In a bit, I’ll share my review with you, but prior to that, I thought it would be best to indulge whomever may be reading with a bit of pertinent background info on Crazy Cups and a brief synopsis of all they offer. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Crazy Cups History & Vision: (via CrazyCups.com)

  • Crazy Sol, the creator of Crazy Cups, sought to create a line of coffee and coffee-inspired beverages reminiscent of favorite desserts, candies and decadent indulgences, like Boston Cream Pie and Red Velvet Cake, just to name a few.
  • Nearly completely consumer-driven, Crazy Cups prides itself in operating based off of consumer suggestions and feedback. With that being said, they ultimately created what they affectionately refer to as: #FlavorNation.

Crazy Cups Social Media/#FlavorNation: (via CrazyCups.com)

  • Crazy Cups is extremely active and interactive on various social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. In fact, each new Twitter follower gets a personalized acknowledgment/shout-out and a thank you for their support and following of the company!
  • Crazy Cups Facebook: @CrazyCupsCoffee
  • Crazy Cups Twitter: @CrazyCupsCoffee
  • Crazy Cups Pinterest: @CrazyCups0802
  • Crazy Cups APP: Truly profess and indulge in your love and interest in Crazy Cups by downloading the official Crazy Cups app!* Learn about exclusive sales, new and innovative product offerings and flavors; communicate with other #FlavorNation members and build friendships, share and view photos and even earn prizes, enter contests and shop, all right from the app!

*Available for both Apple products (via App store) and Android devices (via Google Play store)

Crazy Cups Newsletter: (via CrazyCups.com)

  • Be sure to sign up for the Crazy Cups newsletter for the latest news and updates. Simply provide your name and email on the official Crazy Cups website by scrolling to the bottom of the page!

Crazy Cups Product Offerings:

  • Not only does Crazy Cups offer some of the most unique, decadent and indulgent-flavored coffees, but there are countless other options for non-coffee drinkers, or for those who may enjoy coffee, but like to mix it up a bit. Enjoy beverages such as lattes, hot chocolates, tea lattes, ciders and beyond! There is always something new and innovative to enjoy, no matter your tastebuds!

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  • Plus, now you can even “wear” your love of Crazy Cups, by sporting the all new, limited-edition Crazy Cups official Orange Logo Adjustable cap for $5.99! (Available for purchase via CrazyCups.com)

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Crazy Cups Flavored Coffee Flavors (*indicates Decaf variety!):

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  • Frosted Oatmeal Cookie *
  • Death By Chocolate *
  • Bananas Foster Flambe *
  • Chocolate Coconut Dream *
  • Caramel Truffle Sundae *
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Apple Pie a La Mode *
  • Salted Caramel
  • Cinnamon Churro
  • Peppermint Chocolate Mocha *
  • Pumpkin Vanilla Creme *
  • Chocolate Raspberry Truffle *
  • White Christmas
  • Caramel Pecan Cluster *
  • Italian Chocolate Cheesecake *
  • Crazy Jamaican Java *
  • Blackberry Bliss (seasonal)
  • Variety Packs
  • Pina Colada (seasonal)
  • Chocolate Chipotle Mole
  • Spiced Gingerbread
  • Root Beer Float
  • Cinnamon Babka
  • Sweet Potato Pie (seasonal)
  • Chocolate Covered Almonds
  • Rum Vanilla Rhumba
  • Coconut Bunny
  • Blackberry Meringue (seasonal)
  • Hyper-Caffeinated Vanilla Blast

Crazy Cups Lattes:

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  • Red Velvet Revolution
  • Creamy Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte
  • Green Matcha Madness Green Tea Latte

Crazy Cups Hot Chocolates:

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  • Maple French Toast
  • Salted Caramel Fudge
  • Irish Creme Cheesecake
  • Caramelized Banana Split
  • Frosted Cinnamon Bun
  • Peppermint Patty
  • Molten Chocolate Souffle
  • Dulce De Leche
  • Frosted Oatmeal Biscotti

Crazy Cups Ciders:

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  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Southern Peach Cider
  • Spiced Orange Cider (seasonal)

Crazy Cups Additional Product Offerings:

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  • Gift Boxes
  • Variety Packs

How to Order Crazy Cups:

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  • At this point, you may be thinking, okay, I’m convinced, now clue me in – where do I buy?! Well, you’re in luck, quench your thirst and cravings with liquid indulgence that is Crazy Cups by choosing one or combination of the following ordering options:
  • Via Crazy Cups.com = order directly from the official Crazy Cups website or APP, plus secure FREE shipping on orders $35 and up!
  • Via Amazon.com = Where I, myself, first discovered this unique and exciting brand. Choose from most flavors and varieties.

My Crazy Cups Review:

What I Received:

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  • Coffee: Caramel Pecan Cluster, Pumpkin Vanilla Creme, Italian Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Coconut Dream, Coconut Bunny, Cinnamon Churro, Blackberry Meringue, Peppermint Chocolate Mocha, Hyper-Caffeinated Vanilla Blast-Flavored Bold Roast, Chocolate Covered Almonds and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.
  • Ciders: Spiced Orange, Hot Apple, and Southern Peach.
  • Hot Chocolates: Dulce de Leche, Molten Chocolate Souffle, Frosted Cinnamon Bun, Peanut Butter in a Cup, Maple French Toast.
  • Lattes: Red Velvet Revolution, Green Matcha Madness Crazy Tea Latte
  • Creamy Cinnamon Chai Crazy Tea Latte

My Perspective:

  • Given the dedicated coffee fan I am, I chose to indulge in the coffees first. Without much question, I enjoyed all of them, however, there were quite a few standouts in my opinion. First off, Chocolate Coconut Dream stood out as my favorite. The flavor was the ideal combination of a creamy, decadent chocolate combined with the tropical hints of coconut, which complemented each other. The flavor, to me, was reminiscent of my childhood favorite candy – Tootsie Rolls! What a joy to have in a cup! The chocolate covered almonds was also a favorite decadence of mine for similar reasons; the creamy chocolate flavor was expertly accentuated with the nutty, aroma and taste of almonds. In addition, the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle reminded me of a chocolate-covered Swedish Fish candy and left my kitchen pleasantly scented with notes of chocolate and sweet raspberries.
  • Given my mom is a fan of hot chocolate, she gladly sampled several of the varieties and quickly determined the Frosted Cinnamon Bun was her favorite, reminding her of the Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies we both loved. As far as lattes, Red Velvet Revolution was quickly recognized as a favorite of ours, with the smooth, creamy texture and rich, crimson color. It was a satisfying taste of Red Velvet creamy desserts in a cup.
  • The traditional Hot Apple Cider was also a favorite of ours, as it reminded and took me back to the days of wandering around the local farm in my area, taking in the haunted houses and enjoying the bonfires outside, while enjoying a cup of warm, comforting Hot Apple Cider. It was easy to note the sweet taste of fresh apples, accentuated with warm notes of cinnamon spice, nutmeg and other warm spices.

* Overall, it was an incredible experience leaving me so very grateful and enthused to have been given the chance by Crazy Cups to sample and review their various products! Their hospitality and generosity is very much appreciated and enjoyed. So, for a bit of flavor and excitement in your cup, as well, I encourage you to check out Crazy Cups and enjoy the kaleidoscope of flavors!

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Sips from the Farm: Hydrate the Califia Way

Good Morning! I hope your Wednesday is off to a pleasant start! If you’re like me, one of my favorite meals is breakfast. When I was much younger, (think middle through high school years), I was not a breakfast-eater by any means. In the mornings, I was cranky, tired and eager to return to sleep and therefore eating a healthy breakfast was the furthest thing from my mind (of course, I often regretted this mid-day when I was ravenous and gobbling crackers, etc). That being said, nowadays, breakfast each morning is a staple and one I look forward to! Complete with a steaming mug of coffee and a banana, I tend to rotate my morning meal between cereal (a various assortment of types for variety and flavor!) with milk or yogurt (either non-fat Greek or nonfat traditional style).

Choosing the type of milk I add to my cereal and/or cook/bake with is one that can be rather involved, or at least one that requires some choice and thought. On any given day, a trip to the grocery store dairy department affords shoppers with a plethora of milk options. There is everything from traditional dairy (i.e. cow’s milk), coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, combinations of almond-coconut or almond-cashew, and the list continues. Not only are there different flavors and types, but also an extensive brand list.

A couple months ago, while browsing the dairy department at my local grocery store, a uniquely-shaped, sleek, long-necked bottle caught my eye, reeling me in. Within minutes, I was opening the glass door, removing the intriguing bottle from the case. I was pleased to see it was almond milk (though there was an array of other types, as well) by the brand, Califia Farms. It was a brand I’d never heard of before, but given the claims imprinted on the bottle (unsweetened, non-GMO, environmentally-friendly, etc), I was sold and placed the bottle in my shopping cart, eager to return home to try it!

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Soon after trying it in my cereal bowl, the Califia Farms line of milks were instantly added to my milk repertoire, making a point to place it in my cart the next time I shop. With a vast array of product lines and offerings, each experience with Califia Farms is bound to be a unique and exciting one!  Thus, as I began to try more Califia Farms‘ products, I was thrilled beyond belief to be provided with the unique opportunity to sample one of their new holiday beverages (other holiday options includes: Peppermint Mocha, Holiday Nog, etc) – Pumpkin Spice Latte made with almond milk! As one of the biggest pumpkin fans around, their new Pumpkin Spice Latte combines nearly all my favorites; pumpkin, coffee, and almond milk! It is truly a one healthy treat in a cup! Plus, it is naturally-sweetened, low-calorie and refreshing. Upon trying it, I was instantly delighted, envisioning all I would enjoy it with (on its own as a refreshing, hydrating beverage, cooked into oatmeal for subtle pumpkin-java notes, added to smoothies, milkshakes – the possibilities are truly endless!). Plus, the flavor of pumpkin truly shines through with a subtle sweetness. It is a taste of the holidays in a glass! 

Califia Farms Holiday Drinks

As a brand, Califia Farms (www.califiafarms.com) is dedicated towards the community and it’s customers, operating as a transparent company who is honest in their practices and geared towards providing healthy, nourishing beverages. They are consistently active on several forms of social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter – @CalifiaFarms, Pinterest, Instagram and also maintain their own blog- http://www.califiafarms.com/blog/ where they publish recipes featuring their products!).

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Company Background: (accessed via http://www.califiafarms.com)

  • A grower-owned company based in San Joaquin Valley, California, according to their official website (www.califiafarms.com), Califia Farms was founded by Greg Steltenpohl, with a goal of “creating the most remarkable company of the future, powered by plants.”
  • The unique name, Califia Farms, comes from the warrior queen, Califia, who ruled over California, as an earth goddess, storyteller and mother. The warrior queen is identified as an icon of California’s “heritage and healthful bounty.”
  • 100% of coffee in their beverages is grown on Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms (meaning farmers follow more sustainable agricultural practices, protecting forests, rivers, soils and wildlife. Workers are also afforded respectable/better wages and living conditions)
  • Community Oriented – Supports Xerces Society to support Bee Biodiversity; works with BOXSMART to reduce waste and recycle up to 20,000 lbs of paper per month.
  • All cartons of Califia Farms‘ products are 100% recyclable, so not only can you feel good about what you’re drinking, but you can also help in keeping the environment beautiful!

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General Califia Farms‘ Product Information/Facts:

  • All products are non-GMO, with forthcoming plans for organic versions, as well.
  • Products are acceptable for cooking and can be used in identical ways as cow’s milk.
  • All are Gluten-Free.
  • 50% more calcium than cow’s milk (added by calcium carbonate)
  • Fresh for 7-10 days within opening.
  • Califia Farmsjuices are freshly-squeezed and bottled at their own juice plant.
  • Sweeteners used = pure cane sugar and/or monk fruit concentrate.
  • By the end of 2015, Califia Farms will have an entire carrageenan-free portfolio.

Califia Farms Almond Milks:

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  • Unsweetened
  • Vanilla
  • Unsweetened Vanilla
  • Original
  • Coconut Almond Milk
  • Chocolate Coconut Almond Milk
  • Barista Blend (coffee-creamer)
  • Classic Cinnamon Horchata (new)
  • Vanilla Coconut Horchata (new)
  • Holiday Nog (new)

Califia Farms Single Serve Versions:

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  • Vanilla Protein
  • Chocolate Protein
  • Chocolate Almond Milk
  • Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk

Califia Farms Coffee Creamers:

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  • Original Almond Milk
  • Pecan Caramel
  • Hazelnut
  • Vanilla

Califia Farms Cold Brew Coffees:

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  • Peppermint Mocha (new/seasonal)
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte (new/seasonal)
  • Concentrated Cold Brew (new)
  • Cafe Latte
  • Double Espresso
  • Mocha
  • Salted Caramel
  • XX Espresso
  • Mocha Mexica (new, single serve)
  • Dirty Chai (new, single serve)
  • Triple Shot (new, single serve)
  • Cocoa Noir

Califia Farms Aqua Fresca (fruit drinks):

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  • Cranberry Cocktail (new, seasonal)
  • Mango Chili Lime (new)
  • Pineapple Ginger (new)
  • Watermelon Ginger Lime
  • Strawberry Basil
  • Kiwi Cactus Lemonade

Califia Farms Citrus Juice:

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  • Tart Cherry Lemonade
  • Lemon Limeade
  • Lemonade
  • Orange Juice
  • Tangerine
  • Limeade

So, there you have it! With an extensive product line, Califia Farms truly offers a beverage for everyone! To find out where Califia Farms is offered nearest you, be sure to check out their store locator via their website (califiafarms.com/store-locator). Happy Sipping!

Pour on the Sweet: Let Torani Sweeten Your Day!

Good Morning! This weekend was a bit rough, but on a positive note, the other week, I had a pleasant delivery arrive at my home from one of my favorite companies: Torani! It’s a company you may or may not be familiar with at this point in time, though it’s popularity and presence is rapidly expanding. Active on an array of social media platforms (including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter (@Torani), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/ToraniFlavor), plus a very comprehensive website – http://www.Torani.com), Torani is a family-owned, San Francisco, California based company and one that is as friendly as it is delicious! Every interaction I’ve ever had with the Torani company is always a positive and friendly one, making the experience even more appealing and so it is without question, I am a loyal customer, frequently replenishing my supply numerous times each month. Though, if you’re not familiar with Torani, you might be wondering what the company offers and what it is all about. Read on to learn more about this exciting company and its offerings:

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According to the official Torani website (www.torani.com), Torani was founded by Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre in 1925, after visiting family in Lucca, Italy. Given their love of Italian sodas, the Torres’ sought to introduce the special beverage to the US and did so with the creation of flavored syrups. With a wide assortment of syrups ranging from fruit flavors, to classic Hazelnuts, Vanillas, and a wide array of other eclectic flavors, the Torre family went on to create the world’s first flavored latte with syrup, we all know and love!

Nowadays, the Torani company maintains an active global presence and following with their product lineup and assortment rapidly expanding and responding to customer need and inquiries. Today, their product offerings are impressive, offering more than 100 flavored syrups, sauces and beverage bases. With Torani, the sky is the limit when it comes to food and beverage creations (often used to flavor coffees, sodas, teas, smoothies, cocktails, and both sweet and savory food recipes), given the unique sampling of flavors and options.

At this point, you might be wondering, okay, sounds great, but where can I purchase it? Well, you’re in luck, Torani products are available for purchase through the following (but not limited to):

  • The Official Torani website (www.Torani.com)
  • Amazon.com
  • Area Grocery Stores
  • Select Bed, Bath and Beyonds

*Note: For more specific location offerings central to your home, please consult the Torani store locator on their website (http://www.torani.com/#/store-locator)

Unique Torani Facts:

  • Remains a family business today and prides itself in answering the questions and requests of customers. Every time I’ve contacted Torani, I’ve always received a personalized, customized and honest response, with my needs and inquiries attended to.
  • Recipes are featured on their website specific to each product offering! For instance, find that you purchased a flavored syrup/sauce because you liked how the flavor sounded, but are unsure as to what to create with it? Fear not, Torani’s website maintains a plethora of recipes for easy access and reference (http://www.torani.com/#/recipes), so you never have to worry about what to create. Plus, you can search for recipes specifically for the product you have on hand!
  • Active in the Community: As a unique and attractive attribute, Torani prides itself in maintaining an active community presence in the area it calls home – San Francisco, California. The company’s volunteerism efforts spill into after school programs, community-wide parades, cleaning Golden Gate Bridge Park, Boys & Girls Clubs, in addition to a wide assortment of other activities and ventures. Also, Torani encourages the public to reach out to them for support in causes they are interested in, making it known, they are a company who truly cares about the needs of their customers, both product and community-wise.
  • Sugar-Free Friendly: Adding to it’s uniqueness and accommodating nature, Torani features a wide assortment of sugar-free offerings, sweetened by Splenda brand sweetener! (Fact: My favorite way to use Torani syrup, is by adding it to my coffee, typically using a sugar-free variety – most often either sugar-free vanilla or classic hazelnut!)
Use Torani syrup to create a makeshift latte by adding Torani syrup to your coffee or espresso!

Use Torani syrup to create a makeshift latte by adding Torani syrup to your coffee or espresso!

Torani Product Line-Up:

Given the number of products currently offered by Torani, it would be impossible to list all the available flavor and variety offerings, but for easy and direct access, here is a link to the product offerings on the Torani website: (http://www.torani.com/#/products) That being said, the following are some of the newest offerings by Torani:

  • Bourbon Caramel Syrup (Recently, I had the opportunity to sample this particular flavor and was absolutely delighted by the mild, buttery flavor and the complement/contrast of the bourbon to the caramel syrup! Used in coffee to create a makeshift latte, or to a tea latte, the possibilities are endless and of course, delicious! It is a smooth and sweet flavor and adds just the right amount of flavor to whatever it is added to)

Torani Bourbon Caramel Syrup

  • Ginger Lemongrass Syrup
  • Lemon Tea Syrup
  • Peach Tea Syrup
  • Raspberry Tea Syrup
  • Salted Chocolate Caramel Sauce: (Much to my delight, I was also provided with this sauce to sample! What a wonderfully sweet treat it was to add to ice cream! The combination of chocolate and caramel is one I deeply enjoy, so I was thrilled to learn it was being offered as a sauce by Torani. It was a syrup with texture, not too thin, not too thick, provided in a squeezable bottle, so whichever amount I wanted could be easy released. It was an instant sundae and added a sweet dose of flavor!)

Torani Salted Chocolate Caramel Sauce

Use Torani syrup to create a unique frappuccino, frappe or other frozen beverage of your choice!

Use Torani syrup to create a unique frappuccino, frappe or other frozen beverage of your choice!

  • Spicy Kola Nut Syrup
  • Sugar-Free Belgian Cookie Syrup
  • Sugar-Free S’mores Syrup

Torani Sauces

Sweeten and customize a milkshake with Torani syrups/sauces!

Sweeten and customize a milkshake with Torani syrups/sauces!

A Sampling of Classic Flavors (here is a brief synopsis of some of the more “classic” flavors offered by Torani):

  • Caramel Syrup
  • Classic Hazelnut
  • French Vanilla
  • Raspberry

Torani Sugar-Free Syrup

Exotic/Unique Torani Flavor Offerings (again, here is a brief sampling of some of the more unique Torani syrup flavors):

  • Chai Tea Spice Syrup
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Syrup
  • Cupcake Syrup
  • Peanut Butter Syrup

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Well, there you have it! It’s easy to see I’m a big fan and supporter of Torani and have been so for numerous years. With Torani, we’re given the ability to make each experience a unique and different one. Add a little syrup or sauce or a lot to any recipe, drink or food and it’s a guarantee it will taste satisfying each time!

*I’d like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to the Torani team for their hospitality and for providing me with the unique and incredible opportunity to sample their sauce and syrup; It is very much appreciated and was put to good use!

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!

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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)

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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!