Buttered Popcorn

Homemade Popcorn

"Popcorn is such a great snack. It is easy to forget how easy and cheap it is to prepare at home." (Leanne Brown, Eat Well on $4 a day, Good and Cheap). Thanks to Leanne's encouragement and a $2 bag of popcorn, the Bautista family has been enjoying homemade buttered popcorn as a treat and snack. My eight year old may not care much about price or nutrition, but she is of the opinion that buttered popcorn "is fun" and screamed in delight when she pulled the lid off the popcorn pot too early.  My twelve year old also has an opinion, "I didn't think I liked popcorn until I tried homemade buttered popcorn", because "it tastes good. Can I have some more? LEAVE SOME FOR ME!!" There are aroma chemicals that smell like popcorn, but I have … [Read more...]

Snapple Jelly Belly gourmet jelly beans, flavor review

snapplejellybelly

In the early 90's Snapple became a beverage market success. Their tea and fruit blends (specifically peach tea and lemon tea) were so good that beverage manufacturers were asking flavor companies to create knock offs of the popular beverages.  At the time, Snapple was unique enough to use fresh brewed tea along with the best natural fruit flavors on the market.  Snapple didn't stop with teas,though,they launched quirky flavors like strawberry-kiwi and mango madness. They were creative with their flavors and they were fun. They had silly commercials and funny sayings on the lids. Now it is 2012 and I do not drink Snapple regularly.  Snapple was a phase that I out grew. Occasionally, I see a new flavor and give it a try, but I don't … [Read more...]

Jelly Belly Dips review, Orange Flavored

Jelly Belly Chocolate Dips Orange

Dark chocolate covered candied orange peel is one of my favorite treats.  A peely orange flavor goes amazingly well with a good dark chocolate. When I saw that Jelly Belly had a similar flavor combination, Orange Chocolate Dips, I gave them a try. I was not disappointed, these Jelly Belly Orange Dips are amazing, I'm impressed. There is a very high load of sharp peely orange in the gelatin center. A juicy, sweet, fruity orange flavor would not be as good chocolate covered. The dark chocolate use to coat the gelatin center has good strong bittersweet chocolate character. Sometimes chocolate used in confections is inferior and has a waxy, chalky and powdery character. The ingredient statement on the beans is very "clean" and pure/natural … [Read more...]