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Trends, Products & Items Of Note In The World Of Specialty Foods

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Archive for Freebies/Discounts

DISCOUNT: $1 Oatmeal at Jamba Juice

What does a buck buy you these days? A healthy cup of steel cut oatmeal at Jamba Juice, thanks to the Starbucks-Jamba Juice Oatmeal War.

Starbucks made the first move in early February, announcing an oatmeal “breakfast pairing” with a tall latte or a tall brewed coffee for $3.95 (among several breakfast pairings).

Called the Jamba Economic Boost Plan, the $1 oatmeal offer (generally priced at $2.95) is available through the end of March. Download a printable coupon for use at participating locations at, and enjoy the organic steel-cut oats plain (for maximum health benefits) or with the typical brown-sugar crumble and a choice of three fruit toppings.

– See why oatmeal is so good for you, and learn what is and what isn’t a whole grain, in our review of whole grain breakfast cereals.

Earthborn Steel-Cut Oats, a NIBBLE Top Pick.

10% off Fudgy PB VitaTops


DISCOUNT: $1.00 Coupon For Yoplait

A superfood is a natural food source that is highly concentrated with a complex supply of quality nutrients. Several fruits in this group have gotten big play over the last few years as superfruits (read an in-depth explanation of superfoods and superfruits).

Yoplait Original yogurt has just launched three new 99% fat free superfruit-flavored yogurts: Cherry Pomegranate, Blackberry Pomegranate and Blueberry Acai. To celebrate, here’s a $1.00 coupon off on any Yoplait yogurt cups:

Yoplait Superfruits Yogurt

– Yoplait is the only leading yogurt brand with calcium and vitamin D in every cup.
– Suggested Retail Price: $0.72 per 6-ounce cup.

Is there a whole lot of antioxidant benefits in a cup of superfruit yogurt? No—the major benefit comes from eating the concentrated nutrients and fiber in the fruit or its juice (where you lose most of the fiber), not in a secondary food flavored with it (think of eating an orange, versus an orange-flavored yogurt). But every little bit counts.

– Read our article on antioxidants to get a better understanding of how they work.
– Here’s a chart on the ORAC values (antioxidant values) of different foods.

Win a Diamond & Free VitaTops Sweepstakes


FREEBIE & NEW PRODUCT: Starbucks Instant Coffee, VIA Ready Brew

Starbucks Instant Coffee Starbucks introduces VIA Ready Brew. It’s “our amazing new way to make a truly great cup of coffee, just by adding water,” says the company promotional material. “This isn’t like instant coffee you’ve ever tasted before. This is rich, flavorful, aromatic Starbucks coffee—in an instant.”

Made with the highest-quality, ethically-sourced Arabica beans, Starbucks claims to have “found a way to microgrind them in a way that preserves all their essential oils and flavor–trust us, you won’t find anything like VIA Ready Brew anywhere else.” “We have been working on this project for more than 20 years,” Starbucks said, “and have a patent pending on the technology that delivers Starbucks coffee in an instant form.”

You don’t have to trust them on this point: You can send for a free sample and try it for yourself: The instant coffee is available in Columbian and Italian Roast. VIA will be sold online and in Starbucks stores in packs of three for $2.95 or packs of 12 for $9.95—a cup of instant Starbucks for under $1.00.


FREEBIE: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Love Jelly Belly jelly beans? From today through Sunday, February 22, you can buy the “irregulars,” called Belly Flops, regularly half the price, at an even deeper discount: buy 3 bags of Belly Flops and receive 2 bags free of charge.*

Just place a minimum of 5 bags of Belly Flops in your shopping cart at and you will automatically receive an $18 discount (the cost of two bags). You can also buy a 12-count case of Belly Flops for only $50 (regular price $97.20). There’s free shipping for any order over $50**.

Belly on, dudes!

*Discount only applies to the first five Belly Flops 2 lb. bags and/or the first 12-count Belly Flops case in your shopping cart. All additional bags or cases will be charged at full price. Offers may be used together–five Belly Flops 2 lb. bags and one Belly Flops case in one order will activate both discounts simultaneously. Offer good until February 22, 2009 at 11:59pm PT, or while supplies last. No rain checks.

**Merchandise total must equal or exceed $50 for free shipping to apply. Shipping cost is added before discount is applied–ordering six or more Belly Flops 2 lb. bags during the discount period will activate the free shipping option as well as the $18 discount. Applies to UPS Standard Shipping (excludes heat-sensitive items and other items requiring expedited shipping). Offer is valid only on, and may not be valid with any other offer. Orders shipping to multiple addresses must amount to at least $50 per address to qualify for free shipping. There are no returns, refunds or exchanges on outlet product. Other restrictions may apply.

Belly Flop Sale


DISCOUNT: Heavenly Soufflé For Valentine’s Day

Want to send your sweetie (or Mom and Dad, for that matter) a sweet soufflé Valentine? It’s more creative than a box of chocolate, and in addition to Chocolate and Chocolate Mint, there are Raspberry and Pumpkin soufflés. Go to and use coupon code Val2009.

Read our review of Heavenly Soufflé, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

Find more Valentine gifts in the February issue of THE NIBBLE specialty food magazine.

Heavenly Souffle

Bake Me A Wish!, bakemeawish, gourmet cake, valentine cake


FREEBIE: Cascadian Farm Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

chocolate-chip-chewy-granola-bar Cascadian Farm is giving away free sample-sized organic Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars through January 30, 2009, while supplies last. It’s the company’s top selling snack bar, and a nice little treat made from healthy ingredients such as organic rice syrup, organic rolled oats, organic chocolate chips and organic whole milk (see the complete ingredients list on the website).

Just visit and click on the FREE SAMPLE box. In order to share the wealth, there’s a limit of one free sample per person. You must be 18 years or older and reside in the U.S. You can buy the bars online, and there’s a retail store locator (both are in the Products section of the website).

Cascadian Farm is one of the country’s leading brands of organic foods. Therer’s a real 28-acre working farm where it all started, 35 years ago, in the foothills of the Washington’s North Cascades mountain range. You can visit if you’re in the area.


FREEBIE: Morton’s The Steakhouse Cheeseburgers

If you’re doing holiday shopping this weekend in the vicinity of a Morton’s steakhouse—there are 80 worldwide—take a break from 5 to 6 p.m. for a complimentary mini-cheeseburger at the bar. You’ll be celebrating the 30th birthday of Morton’s The Steakhouse.

It’s the burger that started Morton’s. Co-founders Klaus Fritsch and Arnie Morton first worked together at the Playboy Club in Chicago. Klaus made his signature hamburger and sent it out for Arnie to taste. Morton proclaimed it the best hamburger he’d ever eaten. From that day, they started the business partnership that has become Morton’s The Steakhouse.

Check out THE NIBBLE’s burger tips.
Take our burger trivia quiz.
Not a beef person? Here’s a delicious chicken burger recipe.


FREEBIE: Holiday Gift Labels

Don’t spend money for gift labels in these tough times. Courtesy of Land O’Lakes, you can print 18 different gift label designs on your color printer. Using a standard 2″ x 4″ sheet of white mailing labels, such as Avery#5263, that prints 10 labels per sheet, you can become a creative label maker. You’ll need Adobe Reader to open the PDF files. (If you don’t have it, you can download it free.) There’s a theme for everyone, including Chanukah and general winter motifs. Start your label-making at


FREEBIE: Cookie Of The Day Recipes

Home-baked Christmas butter cookies are a
memorable part of the holidays.
  From November 28 through December 24, bakers can delight in a daily, delicious butter cookie recipe, along with baking tips, from cookbook author Gale Gand (Gale’s the executive pastry chef and co-owner, with Ric Tramonto, of one of our favorite restaurants, Tru, in Chicago). Simply visit to sign up.

While you’re there, you can also opt in to a monthly cheese newsletter featuring recipes, cheese information, videos and special offers. Both are brought to you by America’s Dairy Farmers.You can also find these delicious cookie recipes on website:

Chocolate Tangerine Cutouts
Espresso Chocolate Squares
Fennel Pistachio Cookies
Island Sea Turtles
Lemongrass Snowballs
Molten Lava Cookies
Rosemary Blue Cheese Ice Box Cookies
Salted Ginger Crisps

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia Quiz
Fun Things To Do With Cookies
The History Of Cookies
How To Store Cookies
Product Reviews Of Our Favorite Cookies



FREEBIES: Free Drinks

It’s over in San Francisco, but if you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia or Seattle, you can still catch a free Campari cocktail as The House of Campari and SWINDLE magazine present “The Art of Cocktailing.” At bars and lounges, the project also presents silkscreens by artist David Weidman, as part of Campari’s century-long commitment to the arts. Campari, a bitter aperitif, was invented in Italy by Gaspare Campari in 1860; the original recipe is still in use today, although many countries have shifted to an artificial red colorant from the original natural carmine cochineal coloring derived from insect shells. The chairman of GruppoCampari is the only person in the world who knows the entire formula for the recipe, which includes quinine and other bitter herbs, rhubarb, spices, ginseng, bergamot oil and orange peel. It is often mixed with soda, and two popular Campari-based cocktails, the Negroni and the Americano, have been emjoyed by historical and fictional figures, including Ernest Hemingway and James Bond.


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