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Review: Reese Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread

In my early years, I grew up in a household where granola was made at home, sugar was largely shunned and healthy homemade meals were the rule, not the exception. Until I started elementary school, I assumed this was normal, and that all other parents cared equally about nutrition and eating right. Imagine my wonder […]

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Review: Hawaiian Host Macadamias Glazed with Kona Coffee

In the deepest days of an Alberta winter, I allow myself to fantasize about sunny places with beautiful beaches, Starbucks patios sheltered by the shade of palm trees, and easy access to the Sunday New York Times. I know some find it corny, but I adore Hawaii. It ticks all my boxes in terms of […]

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Review: Popchips Katy’s Kettle Corn Chips

I’m kind of fascinated by Katy Perry. She’s this marvellous contradiction, a gospel-raised chanteuse who rose to mainstream prominence through a risqué image and songs that leave nothing to the imagination. Even the dimmest of bulbs has little trouble reading between the lines of Peacock. (“Superliminal” comes to mind.) As Beyonce has Sasha Fierce, I […]

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Food Fight: International Delight vs. Starbucks Frappuccino cold coffee beverages

As far as I’m concerned, Starbucks popularized the cold, sweet, milky coffee market, and brought it into the mainstream. Sure, some of us knew about Mr. Brown Iced Coffee before the Frappuccino landed, and other products innovated long before Starbucks decided it wanted a piece of the action. That’s a given. But since the Frappuccino […]

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Review: Jelly Belly Chocolate Dips

I like Jelly Belly jelly beans enough to be able to pick my way around the nasty flavours in a bowl of assorted beans. Popcorn? Yuck. Same with just about all the “creamy” ones. And yet these new Dips Jelly Belly candies are new to me. NEAROF! was gifted a bag from America a few […]

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Review: Russell Stover “No Sugar Added” Strawberry Cream candies

Candies and chocolates that proudly proclaim themselves to be “no sugar added” intrigue me. Even though I’d had plenty of childhood run-ins with Sorbee hard candies from the neighbourhood health food store, I’d largely forgotten about the parallel world of sweets that avoid regular sugar in favour of alternative sweeteners (other than soda, that is). […]

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Review: Twinkies

You thought they were dead? Pfft. You can’t kill the Twinkie! Millions – well, maybe thousands – of Canadians were relieved when they learned the impending demise of American food giant Hostess wouldn’t affect their Twinkie fix. Turns out the brand is owned by Saputo in Canada, so we can keep cramming snack cakes into […]

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Review: Three curious chocolate bars from Seattle

These three chocolate bars were all gifted to NEAROF! by my dad, who bought them during a trip to Seattle. All look to be delicious, flavourful treats, yet all are hard to find in this corner of Canada. Trying exotic foodstuffs with limited availability can be fraught with mental anguish. If you don’t like the […]

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