Food Humor – Halloween Cake Pops

These are absolutely adorable. . .for Witches and non-magical folk alike. Best part, chocolate and cuteness aside?  Peanut butter filled! 

Check it out at Hungry Happenings

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Spring 2017 – MAC Scrubtious

Some fun little lip scrub pots (definitely hitting the mainstream these days, by the way) are coming from MAC for Spring 2017. . .

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The Scrumptious collection features five lip scrubs, each with a different (rather fabulously-vibrant!) hue and flavor. Per the Company:

“Pucker up to totally smooth lips with MAC Lip Scrubtious. This new sugar-based exfoliator gently buffs away dry and flaky skin with a formula enhanced by hydrating and nourishing conditioners leaving lips soft and oh-so smoothable.”

Now technically, a scrub is NOT hard to make on your own.  But…when they look this pretty (and with names representing flavors like that) it is kind of hard to resist.

These pots launch in March 2017, in the US and Internationally, and roll out to the rest of Europe later that month.

Flavors include:

  • Sweet Vanilla
  • Candied Nectar
  • Fruit of Passion
  • Summer Berry 
  • Sweet Brown Sugar

Um…  DELICIOUS!

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The Beauty Of Project 7’s Red Velvet Craving Buster

So when I first came across Project 7’s gum at Target I thought, with a disbelieving scowl, “yeah right… Gourmet?!” 

The flavors sounded WAY too delicious to be captured, a la Willy Wonka (don’t tell me you didn’t want to try that gum – full three course meal with only five calories?!  My waistline was jumping up and down FOR me!  Not sure about that blueberry effect though.)

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I had tried other brands fancy-pants flavors like Confetti Cake Pop,” “Chocolate Chip Mint,” and “Apple Pie.”  I think Wrigley’s had a “Pumpkin Spice” too, come to think of it. *pausing* Yep…here it is…

Problem was, those lost flavor AND started to taste less-than-stellar with just a short time of chewing. (I’m probably going to get in trouble with family members because gum chewing is not the best habit. . .but. . .I have it, and it’s better than pigging out.  So, I’ll deal with the slack.  Come on, Violet, you can sit with me!)

Come to think of it I’m probably also on Wrigley’s bad list, but I’m afraid these have knocked them out of the gumboil machine for good.  

Anyway, enter Project 7 with a few innovative tastes. Finally. [ – It boggles my mind that no one came up with (or successfully created) these kinds of flavors sooner.  I mean…craving busters, BIG TIME, hellOOoooo!?– ]

The Red Velvet variety that I recently spotted?  I snatched it up pronto (knowing the taste bud party I’d be having.)  Was I correct?

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Damn stuff tastes just LIKE it. No, I’m NOT kidding.  (And NO, they sure as hell didn’t put me up to it – wouldn’t that be nice!)

I’ve tried several varieties and, remarkably, the flavors are pretty right on.  Keep in mind, it is GUM…not and actual, soft-n-fluffy cupcake. Or birthday cake, apple pie, or s’mores.  BUT I find them downright amazing, and PERFECT if I have a sweet tooth!  

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If I don’t feel like fresh fruit (grapes, pineapple, watermelon, fuji apples…) this is worth a quick chew to help me stave off something I’ll regret later.

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Truly, they’re brilliant. (They apparently have Gummies too.)

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Some may say that mint is the only flavor gum ought to be.  Well…I like that Project 7 thought outside of the box, tapping into not just a gum market, but one much broader.  While gum has its share of unpronounceable chemicals (I feel like 95% of edibles do these days!), it’s till a better option than downing two doughnuts!  

I dunno… Call it a strategic move, gum chewing.  Or, maybe I should say, 7-Velvet chewing…?

 

 

 

Nutrition Humor – Holiday Food Pyramids

No one seems to listen when a new Nutrition Pyramid comes out…except when the holidays roll around.  Then no one listens AND they make up their own…

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Pleated Jeans

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In comparison…my “boring” nutrition… 😉

Nutrition – Sweet (Healthy) Snacks

There’s really no need to reach for candy – I know it’s delicious BUT…when you haven’t had it in a while, it truly becomes TOO sweet.  It tastes unnatural and overboard, and never as good as it sounds.  That said, cravings are notorious for overriding your best efforts and willpower from time to time… A great option?  Nature’ sugar…!

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Eating TONS of grapes or mounds of fresh fruit isn’t necessarily recommended…but generally you don’t need nearly that much to satisfy a sweet tooth.  A small amount, a snack here or there…that WILL do it. Fresh fruit is also best (as opposed to dried, in which your sugar concentration is much higher) because it’s VOLUME – you get to eat a good amount of it.  The water and fiber content will help to fill you up, and it will be more than a spoonful of the other stuff.  

My favorite options are a couple of sweet grapes – I LOVE Grapery! Cotton Candy grapes, Moon Drops grapes – organic Fuji apples, or pineapple.

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Give your body a healthy option first – you might be pleasantly surprised that the craving for something that will derail you actually disappears.

Other in the world of DELICIOUSness…

Martial Arts Humor – JuJitsubees

I came across this and laughed myself silly (if you know to whom I owe attribution, please share!)  

I was definitely a candy monster as a kid and though I generally went for anything chocolate, I might have snagged these (had they existed) simply for the radness factor! 

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Another kid reaching over to take one: “Can I have one of those?”

Me: “TRY IT!  I dare you!”

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Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

The Chocolate Bon Bons Collection is, according to Jarrod Blandino, “a candy-coated confection of heart-shaped delights with 16 matte and shimmer shades in cool pops of color, sugary brights, and beautiful go-to-neutrals…”

Here are a few images from the video…

 

 

Looks like fun! 🙂