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Archive for November 17, 2016

PRODUCT: Noosa Mexican Chocolate Yoghurt (a.k.a. Yogurt)

Noosa Mexican Chocolate Yogurt

Noosa Mexican Chocolate

Taza Mexican Chocolate

[1] and [2] Buy lots—you’ll love Noosa Mexican Chocolate Yoghurt (photo courtesy Noosa). [3] Actual Mexican chocolate is melted into hot chocolate (photo courtesy Taza Chocolate). In the rear: the roasted cacao beans from which chocolate is made.

 

Just when you think there’s nothing more to discover in yogurt, you get a surprise:

Noosa Mexican Chocolate Yoghurt (that’s how yogurt is spelled in Australia).

We’ve tried other brands’ attempts at chocolate yogurt, but they had only a hand-shaking acquaintance with chocolatey indulgence. Noosa gets it right.

One of our favorite brands and a Top Pick Of The Week, Noosa is a whole-milk yogurt, which gives it the richness and creaminess of a good dessert.

The new Mexican Chocolate flavor is ¡delicioso! It’s made with Fair Trade cocoa powder, a splash of cinnamon and a dash of cayenne.

It leaves you saying “Mas! Mas! Mas!” and recommending it to every yogurt-eater you know. We promise!

Here’s a store locator.
 
WHY IS IT “MEXICAN” CHOCOLATE?

Cacao was first cultivated in Mesoamerica by the Olmecs, around 1200 B.C.E.; who taught it to the Mayas, who taught it to the conquering Aztecs.

In the New World it was a beverage for the wealthy and elite, an unsweetened beverage, flavored with cinnamon, chiles, cornmeal, musk, peppercorns and vanilla.

The Spanish conquistadors, who arrived in 1527, didn’t like the drink at all. But they brought the beans back to Spain, where chefs “Europeanized” it with milk and sugar, keeping the cinnamon but leaving out the chiles, cornmeal, musk and peppercorns.

In the 19th century, a method for making hard chocolate bars was invented in England. The technique traveled back to the land of origin, where Mexicans flavored their hard chocolate with cinnamon, sugar and almonds.

But, true to tradition, they turned those hard disks back into a beverage: hot chocolate!

Here’s a history of chocolate timeline.

And for true foodies, here’s the full history.
 
ARE YOU A CHOCOLATE LOVER?

Test your knowledge of chocolate in THE NIBBLE’s Chocolate Section.

You might want to start out with our Chocolate Glossary: all the terms you need to know to become a chocolate expert.

 

 
  

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PRODUCT: Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers

Are you thrilled with your current food storage containers?

Is there some improvement that you’d like?

Take a look at the new Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage System: It has it all.
 
WHAT YOU GET

This new line of storage containers sets a standard in fabrication and utility. We’re so excited about the Brilliance line. Nothing has been left out!

  • Freezer To Microwave: Maximum flexibility.
  • Fridge to Table: Salads and other refrigerated foods don’t need to be moved to serving bowls.
  • Stain Resistant: No staining from red sauces and oils. The containers stay brilliantly clear, like glass.
  • BPA-Free: They’re made from state-of-the-art Tritan® plastic with a sleek modern look. Made in the U.S.A.
  • Splatter-Resistant Microwaving Vents: The easy click-on lids are a dream.
  • Unique Lid Design The air is sucked out of the container when you click the closures.
  • Dishwasher Safe: Also, highly scratch- and ding-resistant and durable.
  • Space-Efficient Design: The modular units stack perfectly.
  • Leak-Proof Guaranteed: Carry soup and other liquids with no concerns.
  • Odorproof: Store garlic and onions with no aroma leakage. The containers will be odor-free after washing.
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    FIVE SIZES

    There’s everything from mini, to to store cut garlic and onions, to large, which holds the contents of an entire pot of stew.

  • Mini: .5 cup
  • Small: 1.3 cups
  • Medium: 3.2 cups
  • Medium Deep: 4.7 cups
  • Large: 9.6 cups
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    VERSATILITY

    Here’s what Brilliance lets you do better:

  • Organize: You easily see all contents.
  • Efficiency: Stackability optimizes space in the fridge, freezer, pantry and on the countertop.
  • Transporting: Carry your lunch, baby food, etc. Bonus: The containers are very lightweight!
  • Pantry Storage: They’re airtight and stackable. Store nuts, dried fruit, flour, etc.
  • Marinating: They’re 100% leak-proof and airtight.
  • Entertaining: They look great on a buffet or at the table.
  • Gifting: Fill with cookies or foods, and a great container remains when the nibbles are gone.
  • Earth-Friendly: No need to use disposable plastic wrap, storage bags, foil or other landfill.
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    WHERE TO FIND BRILLIANCE

    The containers available at major retailers nationwide, including:

  • Amazon
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Target
  • Walmart
  •  

    Rubbermaid Brilliance

    Rubbermaid Brilliance

    Rubbermaid Brilliance

    Rubbermaid Brilliance

    [1] Store anything, beautifully. [2] The 100% leak-proof design lets you transport soups, dressed salads, anything. [3] An airtight solution for marinating. [4] The containers are a permanent gift, after the cookies are gone (all photos courtesy Rubbermaid).

     
    Prices range from $4.99 for an individual unit. The largest set, 22-pieces* (11 bases, 11 lids) is $64.14 at Amazon, which carries three different sets plus open stock (individual pieces).

  • A starter set, 1 medium and 2 small containers, is $14.99.
  • An 8-piece set (1 large, 1 medium, 2 small containers) is $38.86.
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    If your goal is to better organize in the new year, treat yourself. The result: Brilliance!

    Discover more at Rubbermaid.com.
     
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    *Confusion alert: Manufacturers and retailers often call what consumers would think of as an 11-unit set as as 22 pieces, counting the bases and lids separately.

      

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