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Review: Grolsch Non-Alcoholic beer

There are plenty of reasons for people to avoid alcohol. Being pregnant, being the designated driver, religious beliefs, childcare duty, weight or other health concerns, addiction, etc. For those who abstain from alcohol but still enjoy a cool, refreshing beer, there are non-alcoholic (NA) beers – the problem, though, is that the flavour track record […]

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Review: Nabob Guatemala and Costa Rica coffee beans

I have a long history with Nabob. When I was a young lad, Nabob Tradition was the coffee I’d drink at my grandfather’s house, where it was boiled in a carafe on the stove until it was strong enough to stand a spoon in. It wasn’t always the greatest coffee, but it’s a memory that […]

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Review: Pepsi Next

The recent wave of soft drinks sweetened with real sugar has traded on nostalgia, bringing us back to an age where flavour mattered and sugar was the sweetener of choice. Then into the fray steps Pepsi Next, a special version of Pepsi made with real sugar (!) and stevia (?), a flavour of the month […]

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Review: Starbucks Via Caffè Mocha

The last in our series of hot chocolate reviews is actually not quite a hot chocolate. Instead, it’s a caffè mocha mix, which is sort of a hybrid between a latte and a hot chocolate. It’s part of Starbucks’ line of Via instant coffee beverages, a line I’ve tried before (see our Via Pumpkin Spice […]

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Review: Tim Hortons Hot Chocolate

Whatever you think of the brand – and regardless of ownership – Tim Hortons is a Canadian institution. No, the donuts aren’t great, and yes, you really should look at the nutritional information before ordering the chili, but the beautiful familiarity of Timmy’s – even the missing apostrophe in the official name – powers road […]

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Review: Camino Original Milk hot chocolate

Yes, the second hot chocolate on my month-long quest is also an organic, fair trade product. See, the Carnation folks really do have a death-grip on the Canadian hot chocolate market, which makes finding alternatives in the grocery store harder than you’d think. I found this tin in Safeway, next to all the Carnation varieties. […]

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Review: Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate Drink

It’s Hot Chocolate Festival month in Calgary, which has me in a hot chocolate state of mind. To celebrate, I’ve decided to write about four different takes on hot chocolate in powdered mix form. I’ve already written about that classic of Canadian winters, Carnation Hot Chocolate, so that’s why I’m not going to write about […]

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Review: Almond Fresh Noel Nog

We’ve been over this. Eggnog is awesome. Thick, rich, creamy and generally delicious, it’s a seasonal treat that temporarily contributes to the annual December stretching of the waistline. We’ve examined the difference between Original, Classic and Light eggnog, and we’ve even ventured into So Nice’s soy-based Noel Nog. But this year, I found a new […]

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