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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Coffee… “Community” style!

Good Morning, to you and Happy Weekend! I hope the rest of your week was a pleasant one and that your weekend will be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable one! If you’re a big coffee-drinker like me, or even a tea drinker, then I have just the right find to share with you today! Perhaps you may have heard of them and are already a big fan like me, or maybe you’ve heard of them, but aren’t familiar with their products, OR, you may not have heard of them at all, but in any case, the company Community Coffee is one that I am proud to share with you today and hope you’ll consider them the next time you’re in the market for a soothing cup of java!

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Anyone who knows me knows that one of my favorite beverages and conversational topics is coffee! I’ve tried dozens and dozens of varieties, everything from nationally-known brands, to lesser known brands and even store brands, in many flavors, both ground and whole bean, and k-cups, as well. Though, in recent months, I learned of a brand that unbeknownst to me at the time has been around for years and is not only brewing/harvesting incredibly tasteful and exquisite coffee, but also supporting the local and national communities, including our military.

The company I am referring to is Community Coffee, truly living up to their name and serving as the epitome of what it means to be community-oriented.

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Recently, they generously provided me with the unique opportunity to choose three varieties of coffee (either ground or k-cup versions) of my choice. After perusing through their website, I chose the three varieties that most stood out to me (ever being the fan of flavored coffees!) – Pecan Praline, Vanilla Creme Brulee, as well as Hazelnut. All three sounded incredible and as though they would provide me with much incentive to stumble out of bed each early morning in anticipation of their fresh, wholesome, full-bodied brews.

The Coffee Samplings:

Within several days, the coffees arrived at my doorstep, packaged neatly, awaiting my sampling. Here is a quick snapshot of the coffee packages:

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Having been particularly curious and intrigued about the Pecan Praline flavor, given it’s uniqueness, I opted to try it first, the very next morning! I awoke early that day, and quickly prepared my coffee-maker, patiently awaiting the completion of the brewing process. Within several minutes, a steaming mug of Pecan Praline coffee graced my hands and I was instantly greeted by the nutty, caramel-infused taste of coffee. It was both full-bodied and rich with a strong, pleasant flavor and aroma. The smell in itself was comforting to the point where I was almost convinced that glazed Pecan cinnamon buns were baking in my oven! Such incredible flavor and aroma, Pecan Praline coffee definitely did not disappoint! If you’re looking for a flavorful, yet still strong coffee flavor, this is definitely an excellent option to consider.

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Next up on the coffee sampling agenda, was none other than Vanilla Creme Brulee! The next morning, I again woke early in anticipation of trying this second coffee flavor, intrigued and curious about it’s flavors. Much of the time, I am a fan of vanilla-flavored coffees, but in the past have had some not so pleasant experiences, so while I was eager to sample this flavor, at the same time, I was a bit apprehensive. After completing the brewing process, the fragrant aroma of subtle vanilla and caramel notes immediately filled the air. The aroma reminded me of a favorite, comforting bowl of oatmeal infused with vanilla and syrup. Immediately, I rushed to pour myself a mug of the brew, enveloped in its pleasant aroma. The first sip solidified my already blossoming love of Community Coffee, as a company. The taste of the Vanilla Creme Brulee coffee was reminiscent of drizzled syrup and sweet vanilla. Again, like Pecan Praline flavor, the coffee was rich and full-bodied, with impeccable coffee-flavor and delicate sweetness.

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As the next morning beckoned, I counted the minutes until it was time to prepare the last sample of Community Coffee, none other than Hazelnut! In selecting coffees to purchase, I most frequently gravitate towards Hazelnut, as the flavor is a nutty, caramel-like flavor, both of which I’ve taken a fondness to. It was easy to select this flavor when given the option, curious as to how Community Coffee’s version might compare to other Hazelnut coffees I’ve experienced in the past. As I did with the two other flavors, I quickly completed the necessary brewing steps and patiently awaited it’s completion. Within minutes, the familiar, nutty aroma of Hazelnut filled the air, blanketing me in comfort as I took a sip. The flavor seemed to shine through, complemented by the again, full-bodied coffee taste and texture. What I loved most about all the brews of Community Coffee is how truly potent the coffee is, never watery or faint, but always able to shine through, no matter the flavor. The Hazelnut version tasted like a combination of nuts, caramel and hints of chocolate and even cinnamon; all leaving me wanting more and eager to try the abundant other flavors offered by Community Coffee.

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Many, many thanks to the Devin and the wonderfully kind and generous team at Community Coffee, who graciously provided me with these coffee samples, affording me the opportunity to share my personal opinions and reviews with fellow Community Coffee fans or perhaps soon-to-be Community Coffee fans!

Community Coffee as a Company:

Backtracking a bit, I thought it was important to share that in light of May being Military Awareness month, it is important to note of Community Coffee’s Millitary Match Program (learn more specific information about it at their website – http://www.communitycoffee.com/militarymatch.) In a nutshell, Community Coffee Company supports U.S. military personnel by doubling orders to ensure servicemen and servicewomen get a cup of home. When you buy a Military Match set of four 12oz, 16oz, or Single Serve 18ct coffees, Community will match your order with an additional four, and send all eight items – plus a signature military mug – to the APO/FPO or military base address you provide.

Started by Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage back in 1919, according to the official Community Coffee website (www.communitycoffee.com) “The success of Community Coffee Company can be attributed to prioritizing the two things most important to Cap—making the highest-quality coffee and a strong sense of community. Cap called his coffee “Community” because of the overwhelming support he received from the community that he loved. Today, the company gives back through its Community Cash for Schools® program, which has helped schools earn funds for over 25 years, and its Military Match Program, which doubles orders of coffee shipped to troops in support of U.S. military service. “We are committed to meeting and exceeding expectations,” says fourth generation owner of Community Coffee Company Matt Saurage. “Everything we do has to be as good as our coffee.”

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Product Lines:

As a diverse company, Community Coffee offers a vast array of products with new versions and varieties always emerging and includes, but not limited to:

  • Premium Ground Coffees (i.e. Vanilla Creme Brulee, Pecan Praline, etc)
  • Private Reserve Ground Coffees (i.e. Ground Louisiana Blend, Ground Evangeline Blend, etc)
  • Featured Coffee of the Month
  • Premium Whole Bean Coffees (i.e. Whole Bean French Roast, Dark Roast, etc)
  • Private Reserve Whole Bean Coffees (i.e. Whole Bean Brazil Santos Bourbon, etc)
  • Military Match Coffees (i.e. Cafe Special, Dark Roast, etc)
  • Pre-Measured 3oz Packs Coffees (i.e. French Vanilla, Hazelnut, etc)
  • Instant Coffees (i.e. Coffee and Chicory, Dark Roast, etc)
  • Single-Serve Versions (i.e. K-cup Pods, cups, Military Match varieties)
  • Tea (i.e. Leaf, Pod, Instant, Pre-Measured Packs)

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Connect with Community Coffee:

Since first discovering Community Coffee fairly recently, I’ve interacted with them on numerous occasions via social media (primarily through Twitter and Facebook). Much to my delight, they have always responded in a friendly, welcoming fashion, keeping in close contact with their fans and customers, quickly responding to the messages they receive. To me, this says something about a company and most importantly, is proof that Community Coffee is living up to its name, truly evoking a sense of community through building, fostering and maintaining relationships, working to provide customers with the highest quality products.

Keep in touch with Community Coffee through their various mediums:

In the words of Community Coffee (via communitycoffee.com), “The story of Community Coffee is a story of relationships; It’s the story of the relationships we have with each other, with our farmers, with our partners, with the local communities we serve, and most importantly, with you. Those relationships, built upon the values we’ve held dear for 95 years, are what connect us today.”

*Thanks again to the team at Community Coffee for providing me the opportunity to review and sample your great coffees, it was a pleasure and an incredible opportunity!

Old El Paso: A Homestyle Mexican Fiesta!

We’ve made it to Friday! I hope your week has been a pleasant one and that your weekend will be one filled with excitement, relaxation and enjoyment. Last night, I thought it would be fitting to treat my mom to a little homestyle “Mexican Fiesta!” However, it was more or less effortless since the popular General Mills brand, Old El Paso took care of the handiwork for us! Last month, on behalf of General Mills through the MyBlogSpark program, I was provided with the opportunity to sample an Old Paso Frozen Entree for Two variety of my choice! To say the least, I was very excited and eager to sample and select a variety. After the product coupon arrived, I made my way on over to my local Target to choose a flavor I thought my mom would enjoy, since she and I are both huge Mexican fans! After perusing the available varieties (i.e. Fajitas, Burritos, Enchiladas and Quesadillas in either Chicken or Beef), ultimately, I selected the Burritos, knowing they are a favorite of my mom’s.

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Before I delve into my review and experience with the Old El Paso Frozen Entree for Two in the Chicken Burritos variety, I’d like to share some insider product information with you:

  • Old El Paso is a General Mills company providing consumers with a vast array of frozen entrees, such as those I detailed above, created and crafted by Chef Jonathan according to (wwww.oldelpaso.com), as well as shelf-stable burrito kits, hard and soft tacos with taco seasonings and sauce packets, in addition to stand ‘n stuff taco dinner kits which come complete with soft tortilla bowls, seasoning mix and taco sauce!
  • The Old El Paso website (www.oldelpaso.com) is brimming with not only product information, but also recipes and step by step guides to creating the ideal, authentic, restaurant-quality Mexican meal at home!
  • As a national company, Old El Paso maintains an active social media presence via Facebook (www.facebook.com/oldelpaso), Pinterest (pinterest.com/oldelpaso), Twitter (twitter.com/bettycrocker) & Instagram (instagram.com/oldelpaso). They encourage their customers and fans to post photos, thoughts and ideas to their social media pages, to foster a sense of community.

Now that you’re packed with knowledge in regards to the Old El Paso company and family, I’d like to share with you some specifics in regards to the Chicken Burritos my mom enjoyed last night!

Old El Paso Frozen Entree: Chicken Burritos Variety (enough for two individuals):

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  1. What’s in it? These Chicken Burritos contain: (2) salsa verde, seasoned white chicken, rice, black beans, a blend of Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses, fire roasted corn and chopped cilantro in a flour tortilla.
  2. How is it prepared? It is a super simple preparation – simply place it in the microwave for 4-6 minutes (depending on your microwave) with the cellophane packaging on (the packaging directly indicates which side up when microwaving) After heating it up, it is now ready to instantly eat and enjoy!
  3. Nutrition: The Burritos contain 480 calories and 23 grams of protein, plus 6g of dietary fiber, as stated on the official packaging.

Thoughts on the Sampling Experience:

When my mom arrived home from work last night, I offered to prepare a Chicken Burrito for her. She happily agreed and I quickly retrieved a burrito from the box, read the directions and placed it into the microwave for 5 minutes (the packaging states 4-6 minutes in the microwave depending on the microwave), with the cellophane packaging on. After 5 minutes, I could smell the savory ingredients circulating through the kitchen and retrieved the soft burrito from the microwave. Soon, my mom was ready to dig in. In her words, the flour tortilla was packed with flavor and she liked how soft and pillowy it was. She also felt the size was decent and satisfying. However, she felt the tortillas were filled a little too generously with rice and beans, as opposed to chicken and cheese, which she would have liked more of. Therefore, to complement and round out the meal, I served her the burrito with a sweet potato on the side. Lastly, while my mom enjoys meals with savory flavor, in this particular situation, she felt the burritos were slightly on the spicy side, relatively too much for her taste. If the spiciness was toned down a bit, she felt it would be more enjoyable and to her liking.

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Overall, it was an easy and quick meal to prepare and serve. Asked if she would purchase it on her own, my mom stated she would, but perhaps she would try a different variety, such as the fajitas or quesadillas. If you’re looking for a quick and easy Mexican fix to eat at home, work, on the go, Old El Paso is the way to go! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

QUESTION: What are some of your favorite entrees? Have you ever tried an Old El Paso meal?

“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.”

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