Oh Hey, Influenster Perk: Reese’s Spread

So the latest Influenster perk? Reese’s spread. Chocolate and peanut butter in frosting spreadable form. It’s like they plucked the idea directly out of my head.

2015/01/img_9851.jpgThe spread is a lot like Nutella, but with a definite peanut butter kick. It’s a little bit saltier, too, which makes it a lot easier to “accidentally” eat way more than you planned to.

I had it on toast, and it was pretty good. Not as good as Nutella, but not bad.

2015-01-21 13.09.51Then I had it on a spoon. And it was HEAVEN.

There are tiny bits of peanut (like in the inside of a Reese’s peanut butter cup) blended in with the chocolate. Seriously, it’s like nomming a spoonful of melted candy, without having to go to all the trouble of melting it and stirring it together and having people look at you funny. I could eat this ALL DAY.

(I may or may not have finished the whole jar entirely by spoonful. IT IS JUST THAT GOOD.)

THANK YOU, Influenster, for giving me Reese’s goodness in exchange for a review. You can do that again ANY TIME.

Dinner’s on Influenster Tonight

I love free stuff. I mean, seriously, I almost don’t even care what it is, because: free! (I also feel this way about lasagna. Who cares what’s in it? It’s lasagna!) So it’s a nice surprise when it’s actually, you know, good.

My inaugural Influenster perk* was a free Annie’s Homegrown family-size frozen entree, which we devoured with glee.

2014-03-21 17.35.07-4Like I said, I am a fan of pretty much all lasagna, but this one was really good. WAY better than most frozen lasagna (*cough* Stouffer’s *cough*). I could actually taste the ricotta, and the meat sauce was yummy. The noodles were a little bit chewy, but that’s better than being too soft.

And – wonder of wonders – the kid LOVED it. He’s very much not a child who enjoys food of any non-pizza variety, so the fact that he wolfed down his portion goes a long way toward making me love this dinner.

The big downside? The Annie’s entrees are SMALL. The box says “Family Size,” but honestly it’s couple-sized. Two people could split one of these and be very happy. I suppose if I were supplementing with a big side dish it’d be fine for three people, but lasagna in particular isn’t really something that screams out for a big side dish, you know? Even with a salad and some crusty bread it’s not quite enough. (The suggested serving size is one cup, which…is not very much lasagna. According to the box, there are 3.5 of them in there.) If the entree were just a little bit bigger, I’d recommend it without reservation.

Oh and hey, want to try it? Here’s a $2.00 off coupon. (You may have to Like the Annie’s page to get it to display.)

*The deal with Influenster is that I get stuff to test in return for an honest review, which I’d do anyway, because no amount of lasagna** is worth turning my blog into an advertorial.

**Although, obviously, more lasagna is better than less. In general.

Moro Bar

Today’s candy: the Moro bar. It’s kind of like a super-powered Twix, only with Cadbury chocolate and a better cookie (excuse me, biscuit). Wikipedia says it’s available in Ireland, or possibly Australia, depending on the one I got.

The Moro bar is good. Like, really, really good. The cookie is substantial and crunchy, the caramel is delightfully thick, and the chocolate is divine. I could eat these all day.

Cup o’ Gold

This great new candy shop, Rocket Fizz, just opened up in Portland. To celebrate, I’m trying out a bunch of candy I’ve never heard of. That’s right: I’m taking one for the team & eating a bunch of sugar. Don’t say I never got you anything.

First up: Cup o’ Gold.

Apparently the Cup o’ Gold was popular on the west coast in the 1950s.

Looks like a marshmallow Reese’s. Tastes like…a Mr. Goodbar with marshmallow goo. Or are those bits of coconut? I can’t tell, like, at all. The chocolate isn’t bad, though.

The Old Time Candy website says that the nuts are almonds, but – called it! – there is also “a hint of coconut.”

Not bad, but I probably wouldn’t get it again.