It seems to be product testing and review day today but considering I was up all night thanks to a two and a half-hour thunderstorm that began as soon as my head hit the pillow last night, bring on the snacks and treats!
I did mention the other day that I fell in love with PC Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels and that love affair has continued. A foodie friend on FB did make a good point though. The peanut butter flavour is not super strong but that is one of the reasons why I really like them. The exterior is so crunchy and salty and the interior is sweet and smooth, I think they balance each other well together. Oh and I did dip them in Nutella, way too overpowering! Leave them as is and enjoy.
I do have one complaint! I COULD NOT get the top off! I had to get this weird thingamagig for removing tops off jars which sometimes hurts my shoulder. The top was so huge my little hands had no way of gripping the lid. Thank goodness for my weird tool to help me get in there and start taste testing. This giant jar really is a “must try” of snacking goodness and totally worth $5.
I was also happy to find out this treat contains no artificial flavours and how cool is it that when you shake it, you can hear the wedge of peanut butter rattling around inside?! I tried to cut it open to share how it was made but it shattered every time.
If it weren’t for the packaging issue this would have gotten a perfect rating but every time I potentially get hurt opening a container to get at food, I am unhappy. Still, I give this product four and a half out of five wooden spoons. Love it!
I was very excited to see their Memories Of Argentina Chimichurri Sauce in the mystery box. I have made my own chimichurri sauce before and love it but rarely make it because Reg hates vinegar and it is a vinegar sauce. The idea of picking up one of my favourites sauces just for me with no work appealed to me deeply.
At first I did not mind the sauce. I slathered it over a beautiful grilled steak. The more I ate it, the less I liked it. There was such a harsh tone when it came to the acidity, like they used some cheap vinegar, that it bothered me more and more. I tried marinating fish in it and making a fish enchilada and then it was official. I hated.
So I had to make my own sauce to compare. The recipe comes from Everyday Day Foods (AKA Martha Stewart) and is referred to as a garlic-parsley sauce. Obviously mine (featured on the right) is more like a pesto and uses parsley, not cilantro so they appear to be two totally different entities.
Mine was so much better! So tasty, strong and stunning with the grilled steak, if I do say so myself. Even at just $2.49 I personally would not buy this sauce. I have only had the one homemade Chimichurri sauce so I can not compare it to many traditional recipes. All I can say for sure is, no thanks!
I thought I was in some serious trouble when I saw the bag of PC Lime & Habanero Chili Flavour Kettle Style Tortilla Chips. I am a wuss when it comes to heat but have been building up my tolerance slowly over the last year. Would these tortilla chips kill me?
They almost didn’t get the chance to try because once again, packaging was an issue. This bag was silly difficult to open. I love that the outside was made out of paper the way chip bags used to be but the plastic interior made it almost impossible to rip open with my hands.
To cut the heat I made my foodie friend Sandra’s Pineapple Salsa. I had a feeling the sweet salsa would go great with the acidic and spicy tortilla chips. Dang, was I ever right! A perfect combination. So good!
Those chips are absolutely the hottest I personally can handle but remember, I am a wimp when it comes to heat. I shared these with my husband last night and he said, “Damn, those chips are HAAAWWW-AAAT!” He agreed that with the salsa, they were a perfect match and made them more bearable.
I did eat numerous chips sans-salsa and man, they were good like that too. Nicely coating in flavouring, I adored the lime and there was a sweetness to them that went so well with the heat. I do not see how these could be any better. Despite the annoying packaging, a great deal at $3 a bag. I give them five out of five wooden spoons.
Two home runs and one foul ball so far!