Monday, May 6, 2013

Review & Giveaway :: Newman's Own Organics

// A b o u t    T h e    C o m p a n y //
"Newman's Own Organics was established as a division of Newman's Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. The sale of Newman's Own Organics products generates money for the Newman's Own Foundation to give away. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman's Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide." ~ Taken from the website
Newman's Own is a wonderful company that sells all natural and organic treats ranging in a wide variety of foods from cookies to pretzels, to chocolate! Today for our Monday feature Newman's Own Organics was so kind to send me some of their products to review and giveaway!
// T h e    P r o d u c t    R e v i e w //
When I received my 7 pound box of review items from Newman's Own Organic, I was quite surprised at just how much was sent for our review! I have never before had such a great selection of review products to try out-and full sized too! It is by far the best food product review I have ever done as far as the amount of full-sized products sent to me for the review.
{Please ignore the horrible photos! Sorry about that!}
 In all I received 18 different products to try, and since I come from a large family of 8, I had lots of helpers who were more than eager to help out with this review. ;) Since there was an abundance to items to share my thoughts on, I think I'll go through by category or sections to make the review run smoother. I'll also share some brief thoughts on each product and them my overall thoughts at the end, and then I have a giveaway set up for your guys! So here we go!

// T h e   C o o k i e s //
I was sent the following cookie products to try out for the review:
  • Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Ginger Snap Cookies
  • Original Hermits Soft Cookies
  • Newman-O's Chocolate Cream Filled Cookies
  • Newman-O's Mint Chocolate Cream Filled Cookies
  • Newman-O's Vanilla Cream Filled Cookies
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies -
These cookies were really yummy! I liked how they were snack size cookies and they tasted quite yummy! My family really enjoyed trying these out and said they loved the orange taste!
Ginger Snap Cookies -
These cookies were really good and tasted exactly like Ginger Snaps. I liked how they  were snack sized cookies-just big enough for two or three bites and nice and crunchy.
Original Hermits Soft Cookies -
Out of all the cookies I was sent to review, these are the only that were soft cookies-which is my favorite kind of cookie. They were really good! They had a very autumn-type taste and since they are a nice size and soft they would be great for a fall tea party or brunch! They are made with molasses and cranberries which nicely add to the distinct taste. I love these cookies and would totally buy them. I loved how - like all the other Newman's Own Organics products - they are made with all natural ingredients and healthy flours.
Newman-O's Chocolate Cream Filled Cookies - {Giveaway Item!}
The Newman-O cream filled cookies are very similar to Oreo's and taste just as good! I liked how they even had the company name on the cookie just like Oreo's do. :) Out of all three Newman-O cookies I was sent to try, this package was the biggest as it contained a few more cookies than the Mint and Vanilla Newman-O's cookies. I really liked these cookies and was surprised at how much they taste and look like Oreo's and probably wouldn't know the different if I tasted a Newman-O cookie blindfolded thinking it was an Oreo.
Newman-O's Mint Chocolate Cream Filled Cookies - {Giveaway Item!}
These Newman-O cookies are exactly like the above cookies expect these had a nice minty taste! I loved how the mint balance was just right as it wasn't too much, but enough to let you know you were eating a mint cookie. I really liked these!
Newman-O's Vanilla Cream Filled Cookies - {Giveaway Item!}
The vanilla Newman-O's were probably my favorite of the three Newman-O flavors I was sent. I loved how you could even see parts of real vanilla beans that were in the cream filling and it definitely was a very mouth-watering taste. I loved how all the Newman-O cookies didn't cheap out on the filling. There was lots of cream and made the cookie extra yummy!
// P r e t z e l s    &    C r a n b e r r i e s //
Newman's Own Organic Cranberries -
Our family loves cranberries and usually mixes them in a homemade trail mix or just with raw almonds or peanuts. My sisters, Mom and I like putting them on our salads and they added a nice sweet taste.
Newman's Own Organic Thin Pretzel Sticks & Newman's Own Organic Mighty Pretzel Minis -
These pretzels were so yummy! I was sent a 7 oz. bag of each and there were plenty of pretzels to feed our whole family some as a side with some sandwiches for lunch out of one bag. They were nicely salted and nice and crunchy and tasted as good, if not better than your average pretzel. I was very impressed with them and think they made a nice addition to the meal!
// C h o c o l a t e   C u p s ,  M i n t s   &  L i c o r i c e //

Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups -
These dark chocolate caramel filled cups were very creamy and practically melted in my mouth! I love caramel and chocolate so these tiny caramel filled cups were the perfect treat. There were three cups in the package and I enjoyed them a lot!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups -
The peanut butter cups were one of my favorite of the chocolate treats they sent us, and I loved the taste of the peanut butter and sweet chocolate mixed in one. They were really good and I'd highly recommend them! 
Peppermint Chocolate Cups -
The peppermint chocolate cups are perfect for the mint lover as it has a nice balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and the minty tang of the mint.  This package had three cups and our family loved them.
Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups -
These milk chocolate caramel cups were my favorite of all the chocolate cups. I love milk chocolate, and together with the caramel these chocolate cups were the bomb! They left me wanting more!
Raspberry Filled Chocolate Cups -
The raspberry filling chocolate cups were very nice and there were six in the package-although they were a bit smaller than the other 3-peice chocolate cups. They reminded me of the kind of chocolate you would get on Valentine's day and were very nice. The chocolate was very dark and I think that the super sweet raspberry filling helped to counteract the slightly bitter taste of the dark chocolate.
Hot Cinnamon Mints -
The mints certainty earned there "hot" title and they certainty meets to the expectations for being spicy. For some of my younger siblings they weren't able to finish these since they were very hot, so they weren't our favorite of the bunch, and probably our second favorite out of the three different mint flavors we tried. However one of my sisters who really liked hot things loved these mints, so these are for people who are okay with a little "jazz" so to speak. :)
Ginger Mints -
These ginger mints were my least favorite of the mints, and honestly I didn't like them hardly at all, and my family agrees. I'd never heard of ginger flavored mints so I wasn't sure what to expect, but when I tried it I wasn't very pleased. It was definitely a different taste, but I personally didn't like them.
Wintergreen Mints -
These mints were my favorite of all the mints. They tasted and look a lot like Altoids and I loved the minty taste. All the mints I received were circles that looked like they were made out of flour and some flavorings. The rest of my family also liked these and there was some debate about who would get a majority of them as they all liked them very much!
Strawberry Licorice - {Giveaway Item!}
When we first received the package with our review products, my little brother Robby was very enthused with the licorice and was very eager to try them, so we let the licorice be our first item to try. We all loved it! I am not a big fan of Twizzlers, but this strawberry licorice was very nice and I actually was surprised that I liked it, since before I had thought of these kinds of treats as tasteless rubber candy. But after trying Newman's Own Organic licorice I actually liked them. Anyone who loves Twizzlers would love these, I'm sure.
// O v e r a l l    T h o u g h t s //
Overall I am VERY impressed with the products I was sent to review and my family also enjoyed them! I was very surprised at how good these organic products tastes and how they were very similar to other brands that aren't made with the more healthy options. I am very pleased with these products and would totally buy them. I would highly recommend that you try out there treats sometimes and see for yourself how tasty these healthy treats are! I would like to give a big thanks to Newman's Own Organics for so generously sending me so many yummy products to try!!

// T h e    G i v e a w a y //
For the giveaway, I was told that I could pick four of my favorite items from my review to giveaway today! So today I'm excited to be able to giveaway the following full-sized items to one winner:
  • 1 Package of Newman's Own Organic Chocolate Cream Filled Cookies
  • 1 Package of Newman's Own Organic Mint Cream Filled Cookies
  • 1 Package of Newman's Own Organic Vanilla Cream Filled Cookies
  • 1 Package of Newman's Own Organic Strawberry Licorice
Giveaway is only open to the U.S. and will end on May 17th, 2013.
// H o w    T o    E n t e r //
To enter this giveaway use the Raffle Copter form below to complete certain actions for points. When the giveaway ends on May 17th, I will email the winner with details on redeeming their prize and there name is be announced on the below entry form. If you have any questions about entering then just leave a comment and I will reply as soon as possible. Have a blessed day!
Disclaimer :: I was not paid to host this review or giveaway. All thoughts are completely my own, honest and unbiased.


Kati said...

I'd like to try one of their coffees.

Marjo B said...

So many things...but I would try the dried cranberries or dark chocolate.

Vanessa said...

Their cookies or chocolate cups. ;)

Elizabeth said...

Dark Chocolate Caramel cups!

Rachel said...

I would love to try any of the chocolate filled cups. I am a sucker for chocolate! But the rasberry ones sound the best!

Raechel said...

They have so many yummy things! I think I'd choose...
chocolate cream filled cookies. I know they are good :)

Natalie Gilley said...

Peppermint Chocolate cups!!

RW1010 said...

Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups!!

Katherine said...

I would love to try this- Newman's Own Organic Mint Cream Filled Cookies

Bethany McGraw said...

The Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups. :) I love that mix - chocolate and caramel. :)

Tirzah said...

I think I'd like to try either the licorice, the peanut butter cups or the fig newmans!

Hands of Grace said...

I'd like to try their teas and chocolates! I also LOVE their Fig Newmans. :)

Audrey said...

Gingersnaps, dried apricots, protein pretzels.

Kate Fuller said...

I'd like to try their chocolate cups.

Bree said...

Yummy! I couldn't possibly pick!

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Anonymous said...

I think the mint chocolate cream filed Cookies sound amazing! I really want to try them.

Valerie Parker said...

I Think the mint Chocolate cream filed cookies sound amazing! I really want to try them.