Decadent Twist on the Classic "Box of Chocolates"

A Decadent Twist on the Classic

“Box of Chocolates!”

Decadent Twist on the Classic "Box of Chocolates"

Give a Decadent Twist on the Classic

“Box of Chocolates”

This year, give her a gift she will love. Most men just stop by the local store and grab a classic box of chocolates, filled with flavors that are hard to identify, a card, and maybe some roses too. It’s pretty much the standard gift from husbands and boyfriends everywhere. It is time to do something different, give her a decadent twist on the classic box of chocolates with flavors she knows and loves.

This is brought to you in partnership with Walkers Shortbread, as a member of the Walkers Shortbread Society. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Instead of giving her the same old boring “box of chocolates,” give her a decadent twist on the classic “box of chocolates” with Walkers Shortbread Chocolate cookie varieties. Snacking on Walkers Shortbread brings a certain self-indulgence in a real luxurious treat.

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Walkers Shortbread Chocolate Cookies featured in the “box of chocolates” include:

  • Chocolate and Raspberry Shortbread,  A new combination of scrumptious raspberry shortbread, half coated with rich dark chocolate.
  • Chocolate and Toffee Shortbread The perfect blend of Walkers Shortbread and delicious chunks of toffee half coated in smooth milk chocolate.
  • Orange Royals Crisp pure butter shortbread baked with Mediterranean oranges and smothered in rich, smooth milk chocolate.
  • Ginger Royals A unique shortbread, combining the moistness of real stem ginger with the crisp Walkers traditional butter shortbread, covered in irresistible dark chocolate.
  • Walkers Chocolate Chip Shortbread Walkers traditional Scottish shortbread with luscious chunks of dark chocolate

Other Walkers Shortbread Chocolate Varieties include:

Create the “Box of Chocolates”

If you would like to create a twist on the classic box of chocolates for your loved ones you will need the following items:

  • A Decorative Pastry Box (Valentine designed or a regular one, and you create your own designs)
  • Walkers Shortbread Chocolate Cookie varieties
  • Red Tissue Paper (optional)
  • Red Ribbon and Bow
  • Scissors

Twist on the classic box of chocolates

Instructions:

  1. Take your pastry box and line it with the tissue paper.
  2. Place your Walkers Shortbread Chocolate Cookies inside the box stacking in a variety of patterns. Repeat until filled.
  3. Place lid on the “box of chocolates.” Wrap the ribbon around the box and cut it to the proper length needed to tie the ribbon around the box and attach the bow.

Make sure you put a decadent twist on the classic “box of chocolates,” with her favorite Walkers Shortbread chocolate cookies. Believe me, she will appreciate you going the extra mile and the thoughtfulness you put into her gift, over the store-bought classic “box of chocolates.”

You can learn more about Walkers Shortbread or the Walkers Shortbread Society in this post I wrote.

Walkers Shortbread

 

Will you put a Decadent Twist on the Classic “Box of Chocolates?”

Tell me below in the comments.

 

Walkers Shortbread

Celebrate National Shortbread Day

with Walkers Shortbread

Did you know that National Shortbread Day is on January 6th? Celebrate National Shortbread Day with Walkers Shortbread. How will you celebrate? Will you indulge in a few fingers, rounds, or petticoat tails?

This is created in partnership with Walkers Shortbread. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Walkers Shortbread

A Girl Rocks Life is pleased to announce we are a member of The Walkers Shortbread Society. Are you wondering what the Walkers Shortbread Society is? The Shortbread Society is an exclusive group of bloggers with a common delicious interest: Walkers Shortbread. As a member of the Shortbread Society, we will learn more about Walkers, their new products and share our feedback with YOU and with Walkers. Expect to see more post’s featuring Walkers Shortbread.

Walkers Shortbread

Walkers Shortbread is a family owned company that started in 1898, in the village of Aberlour, Speyside, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and remains there to this day. By baking in small batches, using the same simple recipe that founder Joseph Walker created, ensures that classic taste for which Walkers are famed. Made with only four ingredients: flour, pure creamery butter, sugar, and salt. Walkers products contain absolutely NO Artificial flavorings, colors, or preservatives. Which, as a consumer, I appreciate.

I love shortbread cookies. It’s something about the simplicity of the ingredients that create a uniquely sweet flavor. Every bite of a Walkers Shortbread cookie creates a moment of indulging in a scrumptious treat.

Walkers bakes an extensive selection of pure butter shortbread in a variety of flavors and sizes. My personal favorites are the Shortbread Fingers, Shortbread Rounds, Chocolate Chip Shortbread and a few others. Every pure butter shortbread of Walkers has a perfect, crumbly texture, that melts-in-your-mouth.

  • The Shortbread Fingers are baked in a square and cut into “fingers”.
  • The Shortbread Rounds are traditional shortbread adorned with the Scottish thistle.
  • The Chocolate Chip Shortbread is a timeless delight. Traditional shortbread and luscious chunks of dark chocolate create a certain indulgence in a real treat.

Save on Walkers Shortbread

Walkers Shortbread

Celebrate National Shortbread Day with Walkers Shortbread and you can save. You can get free shipping and a free tin of shortbread with code SBDAY17. Don’t miss out this deal will not last long!

How will you celebrate National Shortbread Day? What is your favorite Walkers Shortbread?

Tell me below in the comments.

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

Discover A New Holiday Tradition At Frisch’s

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch’s Big Boy this year. Recently, I was invited to dinner at Frisch’s and to a performance of the Nutcracker, presented by the Cincinnati Ballet, at the Aronoff Center. Little did I know at the time, that I will discover a new holiday tradition for my family and friends to enjoy.

At Frisch’s we ate a sampling of their holiday dinner menu items; Carved Turkey, Country Fried Chicken, Roast Beef, Country Fried Steak, and Meatloaf. Served with Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Rich Gravy, and Farm Fresh Green Beans. Served up family style, since we had a bunch of my blogger friends from the area attending as well. It’s hard to choose a favorite since I liked them all. All dinners are available for $7.99.

Check out how delicious these dinners look in the picture below.

Discover A New Holiday Tradition

 

A New Holiday Tradition

For dessert, we were introduced to the new Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake. Frisch’s classic dessert, the Hot Fudge Cake, has received a holiday twist. If you love the original hot fudge cake, then you will definitely be in love with the peppermint hot fudge cake. Put it this way; I am not a fan of peppermint and I loved the Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake. The ice cream is the perfect sweetness. The peppermint chips sprinkled atop the whipped cream with cherry, is not overpowering as some peppermints can be. It is the perfect combination of ice cream layered between warm chocolate cake, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry sprinkled with candy cane bits, for the just a hint of peppermint crunch in every bite. Chef Greg did a great job putting a holiday twist on the classic hot fudge cake.

Discover a New Holiday Tradition

The Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake is available for a limited time (until Feb. 7). This is the first time since the original dessert debuted in 1970, that it has been offered in another flavor. Don’t worry all you original Hot Fudge Cake fans out there, it’s still available in restaurants. Both the original and the limited edition peppermint hot fudge cake are $3.29.

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

The Nutcracker

When dinner was over, we were off to see a performance of The Nutcracker, performed by the Cincinnati Ballet, at the Aronoff Center. From the very first performance of The Nutcracker in 1974, Frisch’s has been proud to be the Ballet’s primary sponsor. Wow! That is a long time for a corporation to sponsor an event. In fact, it is one of the longest-lasting examples of corporate sponsorship in American Arts history. Frisch’s Big Boy presents The Nutcracker runs Dec. 9-18, at the Aronoff Center.

Discover a New Holiday Tradition at Frisch's

Before the show, we were able to meet with some of the ballerinas and the Nutcracker. At showtime, I quickly found my seat and settled in to watch the performance. We were surprised at the end of the show with autographs from the dancers. I really enjoyed the performance and had a wonderful evening out on the town courtesy of Frisch’s Big Boy. Another bonus of the evening, when we were leaving the ushers gave us a coupon for a free peppermint hot fudge cake at Frisch’s. Woo Hoo!! More Peppermint Hot Fudge Cake, YUMM!

Hurry!! Get to Frisch’s before Feb. 7, to try the new peppermint hot fudge cake before it is gone for good.

Click the link, to find a Frisch’s location near you. Follow Frisch’s on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Will you discover a new holiday tradition at Frisch’s with the peppermint hot fudge cake? Seeing a performance of The Nutcracker in your area? Both? Tell me below in the comments.

This is created in partnership with Frisch’s Big Boy. All Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Frisch's Western Primetime Sandwiches

Frisch’s Gets New Look & Western Primetime Sandwiches

This is created in partnership with Frisch’s Big Boy. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Eating a meal at a Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants has been a family tradition since I was a small child. My grandparents ate there, my parents and now I take my family to Frisch’s for good food at an affordable price.  I recently had the opportunity to visit the newly remodeled Covington, KY location to taste the new Frisch’s Western Primetime Sandwiches.

Frisch's Western Primetime Sandwiches

Frisch’s New Look

A Big Change happening is when you walk in the front door your hostess greets you with “Welcome to MY Frisch’s” because it is “Our” Frisch’s. The one where we have eaten many meals and made memories at. I love and completely agree with Frisch’s motto, which is displayed at the entrance, “At Frisch’s Good Fun Happens Over Great Food Served by Friendly Faces”.

Big Boy gets a new 21st-century make-over. Big Boy will no longer be holding their signature sandwich on advertising, he will be shown from the chest up. The iconic, Big Boy holding their signature sandwich is up front and center by the door for everyone to take a selfie with. I tried to find an old photo of my family with Frisch’s Big Boy but was unable to locate it.

The entry really stands out in this bright red and gray accent and the Big Boy statue is prominently featured under the Frisch’s Big Boy sign. The colors continue inside with a light gray on the walls. The colorful gray and red booths with Edison lights above create the perfect setting. The Kids even have their own section featuring a Coloring Center, where kids and parents can color a picture and hang it on the clips inside the center and have their artwork as a feature in the restaurant. You can’t forget about your roots. Frisch’s has a memories wall of favorites over the years. Like pumpkin pie and their signature Big Boy sandwich, to comics, and old designs. Check out some of the changes in the picture below.

Frisch's Western Primetime Sandwiches

Frisch’s Western Primetime Sandwiches

One of the best changes that Frisch’s made is the new menu featuring three New Primetime Sandwiches. This is your Exclusive first look at Frisch’s Western Primetime Sandwiches!

Frisch's Western Primetime Sandwiches

Frisch’s Western Primetime Trio

The Western Primetime Sandwiches include the Cheeseburger, Grilled Chicken, and Crispy Chicken. They all feature REAL premium cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, three hand-breaded onion rings, and Frisch’s new tangy Double B Low n Slow barbecue sauce, made with no high-fructose syrup, on a brioche bun.

Chef Greg Grisanti, director of research and development (Head-Chef) for Frisch’s said “I am thrilled with how our new barbecue sauce has come together; it has just the right level of spice balanced by sweetness from our blend of real honey and brown sugar that our customers are sure to enjoy. Not only do they taste great, they are made with fresh ingredients made every day in our commissary.”

 

Frisch's Western Primetime Sandwiches

Burger- A one-third pound premium ground beef, REAL-melted cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, three onion rings, and Double B low & slow barbecue sauce, on a brioche bun.

 

Frisch's Western Primetime Sandwiches

Grilled Chicken- A lightly seasoned chicken breast, REAL cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, three hand-breaded onion rings, and Double B Low n Slow barbecue sauce, on a brioche bun.

Frisch's Western Primetime Sandwiches

Crispy Chicken- A hand-breaded chicken breast seasoned in their new marinade, REAL cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, three hand-breaded onion rings, Double B Low n Slow barbecue sauce, on a brioche bun.

All of the Frisch’s Western Primetime Sandwiches were great when I sampled them. It was hard to pick a favorite but I am a burger and bacon kind of gal. The Crispy Chicken was just the right amount of crunchy. The grilled chicken was juicy, so you see it is hard to choose a favorite. I will just have to order them again to decide. I will be taking my family to Frisch’s this weekend so we all can experience Frisch’s Western Primetime Sandwiches.

In addition to their new western primetime sandwiches, Chef Grissanti created a signature Summertime Citrus Salad for the salad bar. Baby Spinach leaves, Crumbled Feta Cheese, sliced Red Onions, Mandarin Oranges, sliced Roasted Almonds, topped with a Raspberry Vinaigrette. Look for the Frisch’s F on the serving utensil to indicate which items are in the signature Summertime Citrus Salad

The Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants Western Primetime Sandwiches are available at all locations. Don’t worry The Classic, The Mushroom Swiss, and BLT Primetime Burgers are still on the menu.

If you would like to learn more about Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants, check out the new menu, or find the nearest location,

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Which Sandwich will you try first?

Will it be the Western Primetime Burger? The grilled chicken? Or the crispy chicken sandwich?

Show me and Frisch’s the New Western Primetime Sandwich you try using the hashtag #PrimetimeBBQ with your picture to follow all of the postings on social media.

Thank you to Frisch’s Big Boy for inviting me to experience the new Frisch’s design and menu.

This is created in partnership with Frisch’s Big Boy. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
Tessemae's All-Natural

TESSEMAE’S All-Natural Dressing & Marinade Review

Most moms, like me, want to feed their family a healthy and delicious meal, but sometimes that is hard to do. I wanted to find a healthier alternative to the regular name brand dressing, marinades, and condiments that we find in the grocery store. My family loves their condiments and dressings. I just wanted to serve them a healthier version. That’s where Tessemae’s All-Natural comes in.

This review is sponsored in partnership with  Tessemae’s & Bloggin Mamas. All opinions expressed are unbiased and completely my own.

Tessemae’s All-Natural Dressing and Marinades are perfect for eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Their mission is to provide simple and delicious food made with real ingredients and no preservatives. Tessemae’s began with a simple recipe created by Tesse, the founders’ mom, and used throughout their childhood. Serving her family a dressing full of artificial ingredients just was not an option. Most moms agree that we don’t want to feed our family food with artificial ingredients. Real food and ingredients matter.

Tessemae’s All Natural Dressing and Marinade

Tessemae's All-Natural

 

The name Tessemae’s All-Natural says it all. The dressings and marinades are USDA organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and Whole30 approved. There is no added sugar or xantham gum ever. Some flavors are dairy-free, paleo, and kosher. They make many varieties of salad dressing, marinades, and condiments with real ingredients. Which as a mom is great. I know what I am feeding my family. It’s nice when you read and can pronounce the ingredients on a label.

Tessemae’s four flavors of dressing and marinade reviewed are Honey Balsamic, Green Goddess, Lemon Garlic, and Balsamic.

This post is sponsored by Just Label It as a compensated Labeling Advocate. All opinions expressed are my own.

What Do Moms Care Most About When It Comes to their Kids?

What do moms care most about when it comes to their kids? We care that our kids are eating healthy. We want to know what is in the food we feed our families. We have a right to know what is in the food we eat. What’s Scary is right now it’s not possible for me know what is in our food since GMOs are not labeled in the United States.

Great News Moms

We are not alone in wanting to know what’s in the food we feed our families. 93% of American Moms support mandatory labeling of GMOs. A group of celebrity moms have come together and joined many other parents, food advocates, and supporters across the US to sign the Just Label It’s Conceal or Reveal petition in support of GMO labeling. 

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If wanting to know what’s in your kids food is important to you, I ask you join your fellow moms, food advocates, celebrities and supporters to Sign the Petition telling the big food companies like Quaker Oats of PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg’s and Campbell’s to stop blocking Americans’ right to know if there are GMOs in their food and to support mandatory FDA labeling. 

Did you know that these large food companies combined have spent more than $100 million to fight GMO labeling campaigns across the U.S. They support the anti-consumer DARK ACT (Deny the Americans their Right to Know). To me, the more transparent a company is with their practices, the more consumers, like you and I, will trust them. The Dark Act makes it harder for American consumers to get the transparency we deserve. The real kicker is that these companies already label GMOs in their food in other countries, So “why not here at home in the USA?”

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The celebrities that have joined the campaign and are featured in the video below are Jillian Micheals, Sara Gilbert, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jordanna Brewster, and Constance Zimmer. The video highlights the question,

“What do moms care most about when it comes to their kids?”

 

Watch the video “What Do You Care About?” If you have trouble watching the video you can check it out here

If what’s in your kids’ food is important to you, be sure to sign the petition here and share this video to help spread the word!

What do you care about when it comes to being a good parent? Tell me in the comments below.

Disclosure- This post is sponsored by Just Label it as a compensated Labeling Advocate. All opinions expressed are my own. If you would like to sponsor a post or giveaway of your product contact A Girl Rocks Life here.

Will Quaker Oats lose Moms as their biggest supporters?

 

93% of Moms

Moms across the nation are fed up not knowing if the food they feed their families contains GMOs or not. All for the simple fact that big food companies, like Quaker Oats, DO NOT LABEL it. The more transparent a company is with their practices, the more consumers, like you and me, will trust them. Will Quaker Oats lose Moms as their biggest supporters? because of their practices.

As a mother, I want to know what my food contains that I feed to my family. I want to know that I’m feeding my kids a healthy, wholesome meal. I can’t do that if it’s not properly labeled.

I am not alone in wanting my food labeled that it contains GMOs.

93% of MOMs support mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Are you one of these moms? If you are than have your voice heard and Sign the Petition asking Quaker to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs!

Did you know that big food companies, like Quaker Oats and their parent company PepsiCo fund millions in lobbying campaigns to deny the consumers the right to know about GMOs and to stop mandatory labeling of GMOs. They are not alone. Other big food and biotechnology companies spent $63 million in 2014 alone, against GMO labeling. Why , what do they not want us to know?

These companies already label GMO products overseas, why not here at home in the USA? Give us the option of knowing whether to feed our children foods produced with GMOs.

8 in 10 MOMS

80% of moms want Quaker to stop funding anti-GMO labeling efforts. 

Why are they willing to lose the trust of MOMs? Everyday across the nation, Moms give their child a Quaker chewy granola bar. All we want is the peace of mind by knowing that our food is labeled as a GMO product.

Join MOMs across the nation in asking Quaker to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs, Stop funding anti-mandatory labeling efforts, and stand up against the DARK Act! Sign this petition below!

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Sign the petition

You can find further information about GMO labeling here and results of the poll conducted here. Poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners.

Disclosure This is a sponsored post. I was compensated as a Justlabelit labeling Advocate.

Will Quaker Oats Conceal or Reveal GMOs?

This post was created as part of the Just Label It campaign in which I’m a compensated Labeling Advocate. All opinions expressed are my own.

As a parent I want to know what is in the food that my family eats. Do you want to know what is in your food? Most of the world does know. Most countries, including all of Europe and Asia, require GMO labeling, but not America. Many large food companies label GMOs in their products abroad, so you would think they would at home too, but they don’t.

Did you know that Quaker’s parent company, PepsiCo, is spending millions to keep you and your family from knowing what’s in your food?
Unfortunately, Quaker is one of many Big Food companies using their deep pockets to lobby against MANDATORY GMO labeling. Through the trade association,  the Grocery Manufacturers Association, they are supporting a bill in Congress that we call the Dark Act – because it would Deny Americans the Right to Know whether our food has been genetically engineered.

#ConcealorReveal

 

Sign the petition below to ask Quaker to join us and to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs! 

Will Quaker Oats Conceal or Reveal GMOs

It’s hard for Quaker to maintain that honest, wholesome image when they are stopping consumers from knowing what’s in their food. To me, the more transparent a company is with their practices, the more consumers, like you and I, will trust them.

GMO crops have led to huge increases in herbicide use, which contributes to an array of threats to the health of people and the environment.  And in case you missed it, the World Health Organization recently labeled the main herbicide used on GMO crops as probably carcinogenic.

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People all across the country are fed up with being kept in the dark. In fact, 92% of Americans support mandatory GMO labeling and want to know what is in their food according to a recent Consumer Reports national survey.

That is why I’m working with Just Label It to bring the Conceal or Reveal campaign to Quaker’s doorstep. But we need your voice as well, to help support GMO labeling.

Sign the petition: Ask Quaker to join us and support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs, stop funding anti-mandatory labeling efforts, and stand up against the DARK Act!

This post was created as part of the Just Label It campaign in which I’m a compensated Labeling Advocate. All opinions expressed are my own.