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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Have You Tried YoCrunch's New Pie Parfaits? (Review and Giveaway)

Closed. Congrats to Barb Jenkins!!!!


Pie lovers rejoice! YoCrunch, the original yogurt packaged with fun, mix-in toppings, launches a new Pie Parfait line that has what no other yogurt offers: crumbly, crunchy pie crust toppings to mix in for a delicious, homemade taste.


New Apple, Cherry and Triple Berry Pie Parfaits are convenient, portable and better-for-you dessert alternatives or tasty snack options for adults and kids. Made with fat-free vanilla yogurt and real fruit, each 4-ounce cup has just 120 calories, including the toppings, and offers protein and calcium.


The new YoCrunch Apple Pie Parfait features pieces of real apple and a one of a kind Cinna-Crunch™ crust topping for an authentic, all-American apple pie taste. Crunchy, delicious Crumble Crust™ perfectly balances the sweet, tart berries of the Cherry Pie Parfait and Triple Berry Pie Parfait, made with whole blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.


“Yogurt based desserts are growing trend going into 2012, but pie without the crust just isn’t pie,” said YoCrunch Senior Vice President of Marketing Ralph Tschantz. “Our new Apple, Cherry and Triple Berry Pie Parfaits are the first yogurt cups to offer real homemade pie taste complete with the satisfying crunch of crumbly crust.”


Industry experts have called 2011 “The Year of the Pie” and say consumers in 2012 will continue their renewed interest in the beloved dessert in a variety of forms, ranging from pie-blended milkshakes to mini pies to the new YoCrunch Pie Parfait. A recent study by Kelton Research shows that apple, cherry and berry are among America’s top 10 favorite pie flavors.

My Thoughts:
I was sent samples of each of the new YoCrunch Pie Parfait flavors, and had a hard time choosing my favorite flavor.  I loved how the Apple Pie Parfait had actual apple chunks.  And, when you mixed in the cinnamon crumb topping, I felt like I was eating an actual slice of apple pie -- it was that good.  I found myself scraping the bottom of the cup, making sure I got every little piece of parfait.  And, with the triple berry and cherry pie parfaits, these too contained actual whole plump berries, unlike other brands which say they contain real fruit, but you can't find any, or it looks like they used fruit preserves.  I was amazed at how each of these new pie flavors actually tasted like real homemade pies.  And, with just 120 calories and 1-2 grams of fat (including the crumb toppings), I am able to enjoy this decadent treat without compromising my waistline.  

So, now when I look for a satisfying snack to eat, I reach for the new YoCrunch Pie Parfait cups.  Not only are they good for you, but they taste great! If you are a homemade baked apple or berry pie fan, then you really much try these new parfait cups from YoCrunch.  They will knock your socks off!


---BUY NOW---

YoCrunch Pie Parfaits and other yogurts are available nationwide, including at Walmart. For more information on availability, please visit YoCrunch’s store locator. 

Suggested retail price for a four-pack of 4-ounce YoCrunch Pie Parfaits is $3.19 to $3.89.

---FLASH GIVEAWAY---

The first person to email me telling me which of the new pie parfait flavors they would love to try, will win a coupon for a FREE 4-pack of YoCrunch Pie Parfaits.

Note: Contest is only open to US residents.  No PO Boxes.  As soon as I receive an email, the contest is over.

About YoCrunch Yogurt

YoCrunch Yogurt provides a break from boring snacking – it’s a fun snack that allows kids and adults to play with their food and receive all the health benefits of yogurt. The YoCrunch® brand is America's best-selling full line of smooth, creamy yogurt conveniently packaged together with a wide variety of crunchy mix-ins including granola, M&M's® Chocolate Candies, Nestle® Crunch® candy, Reese’s® Pieces® candy, OREO® cookie pieces, and Butterfinger® pieces, along with the YoCrunch® Fruit Parfait™ line, which launched in 2010. For more information please visit www.YoCrunch.com.

* The YoCrunch Company, maker of innovative yogurt products, is not associated with Yoplait and is no longer affiliated with Breyers. 

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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Early Spring Cleaning with Green Works' Products (Review)



I was recently sent a sampling of Green Works products as part of the Mom Bloggers Club and Green Works campaign. Included were the following products:


Green Works Cleaning Wipes -  It is 100% compostable, so you can clean up after your family and guests, and feel good while you’re at it!
 
Powerful cleaning in the convenience of a wipe.  Finally, a quick and easy way to wipe away what sticky little hands leave behind. These natural cleaning wipes pack some serious cleaning power and are made with naturally derived ingredients, such as citric acid and wood fibers. That means they won’t leave behind harsh chemical residue — and you can throw them in the green bin when you’re done! Safe for most non-wood surfaces, including acrylic, fiberglass and vinyl.

My Thoughts:

This product has come in handy to wipe up formula and food spills from my girls, as well as accidents that the pets leave for me.  Instead of running around to find the right cleaner and a rag, I simply pop the top and take out a wipe.  In seconds the spill is gone, and I only have to toss the wipe.  No more laundering rags throughout the week.  I ended up buying a few of canisters, and have left them throughout the house.  So, now when an accident or spill occurs, I can grab a wipe and clean up the mess in seconds.  This is definitely a product busy moms want to have on hand.


 

Green Works Laundry Detergent -  The dermatologist-tested formula is gentle on skin and formulated for both standard and high-efficiency (HE) washers, so you can be sure that your laundry will be fresh and clean….load, after load, after load

If you’re a mom, you probably have a giant pile of laundry with your name on it. Make it disappear with our natural laundry detergent! It’s tough on dirt and stains — and dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin.* A powerful combination of naturally derived cleaning ingredients will leave your clothes, towels and linens fresh and clean — without phosphates, optical brighteners or harsh chemical residue. Formulated for both standard and high-efficiency (HE) washers.

My Thoughts:

Having two young children at home, I am picky when it comes to laundry detergents.  I have spent top dollar on supposed green cleaning products, that are safe for children and pets, only to find that they carry a strong fragrant smell that my children and I can't tolerate, or they don't really get the clothes clean.  With formula and food stains, I need a product that can handle tough stains and spills, and actually clean and get the clothes looking bright and fresh.  Thanks to Green Works Laundry Detergent, this product is doing just that.  I spend half my day doing laundry and have fallen in love with this detergent.  I can't believe how white it gets the clothes, and instantly removes the tough set in stains like magic.  And, with a family with sensitive skin, we don't break out in rashes or hives with this brand.  



Green Works Bathroom Cleaner -  The bathroom cleaner is a non-toxic way to power through soap scum, rust and hard water stains — without harsh chemical fumes and residue.

Whether it’s your sanctuary — or your kid’s romper room — you want the bathroom sparkling clean at all times. Our natural bathroom cleaner is made with plant- and mineral-based cleaning ingredients that power through soap scum, rust and hard water stains — without harsh chemical fumes and residue. Works great on bathroom counters, sinks, bathtubs, tile and shower doors.

My Thoughts:
Before this cleaner, I could never get my husband to help me clean the bathroom.  He was good with vacuuming and dusting, but the bathroom was off limits.  But, after watching me spray the bathtub and sinks, and then take a wet rag to wipe away dirt, grime and soap scum, he wondered why he was getting the time consuming task of vacuuming and dusting.  Since then, he has now taken over bathroom cleaning duty, and loves how quickly and easily it is to clean one of the dirtiest rooms in the house.  Yeah, Green Works, for getting my husband to finally clean up after himself in the bathroom. :-)

 
Green Works All Purpose Cleaner -  It is safe to use on multiple surfaces throughout the kitchen and bathroom, including counters, appliances, stainless steel, sealed granite, chrome, cook top hoods, sinks and toilets.

From the cooktop to the countertop, our natural all-purpose cleaner powers through grease, grime and dirt. It’s dermatologist-tested and at least 97% naturally derived, so you can rest easy knowing that it won’t leave behind harsh chemical fumes or residue. Safe to use on multiple surfaces throughout the kitchen and bathroom, including counters, appliances, stainless steel, sealed granite, chrome, cooktop hoods, sinks and toilets.

My Thoughts:

I love the versatility of this all-purpose cleaner.  I was able to find a use for it in each room of my house. Now when I clean, I don't have to carry around a bucket of cleaning products.  Instead, I just grab a bottle of Green Works All Purpose Cleaner and my rags, and I am good to go.  What is so great about this product is that it doesn't leave behind streaks or films, and I don't have to spend hours after cleaning airing out the house.  Definitely a must have product for busy moms.

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I am loving the Green Works products I was sent, as well as the Green Works brand overall.  With two babies at home, I need to make sure that all my cleaning products are free of harsh chemicals and will not leave behind strong chemical fumes or residue.  And, being 97% naturally derived, Green Works products are great for the environment.  If you are looking to make a switch this new year with your cleaning products, why not check out the Green Works brand and their products.  This is the second time I was sent samples from Green Works, and have made the switch when it comes to my cleaning products, as this brand does what it says and gets the job done time after time.  I can see the difference in how clean my house is after using each of these products.  And, my daughters' clothes have never been cleaner!


Don't forget to follow Green Works on Facebook for new product updates and special offers.


 
Disclosure: I was sent samples of Green Works products as part of the Mom Bloggers Club and Green Works Campaign.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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