Thursday, December 10

Fresh & Easy Holiday Foods Product Review and a Give-Away

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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market in California, Arizona, and Nevada believes that fresh, wholesome food should be "simple and affordable." In addition to their regular year-round products, Fresh & Easy is offering holiday gourmet food gifts, including wines, chocolates, and cookies, which should make your holiday gift-giving a whole lot easier.

I received a package of six products for review and was quite pleased. Here are my thoughts:

1. Ogio Prosecco Non-Vintage, $8.99. This prosecco was refreshing, crisp, and bubbly. It makes a festive holiday bellini when paired with blood orange, cranberry, or pomegranate juice.

2. The Vine Yard Cabernet Franc 2007, $7.99. For the money, this is a nice wine with hints of cherry and spice and a smooth finish.

3. Sweet Boutique Gourmet Swiss Chocolate Assortment, $7.99. The assortment contains a mix of attractive dark, milk, and white chocolates with nuts and liquors. Some are rich and delicious, while others are a bit too sweet. It makes a nice hostess gift, especially when paired with a bottle of the prosecco.

4. Sweet Boutique Gourmet Belgian Biscuit Collection, $7.99. This makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys biscuits, especially if you pair it with some tea or coffee. The cookies are deliciously buttery and crisp and the chocolate is sweet and smooth. Plus the pretty embossed gold tin is reusable.

5. ChocChoc Mint Thins, $1.99. These makes terrific stocking stuffers. Dark chocolate contrasts  perfectly with tangy mint for a chilly winter-time treat.

6. Fresh & Easy Cranberry & Nut Popcorn Clusters, $4.99. Quite simply, this popcorn is addictive. Big, sticky clusters of popcorn, cranberries and nuts are held together by a sinfully sweet syrup of brown sugar and maple. I would buy several of these for gifts and for yourself.

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Now, it's time for the give-away!

One lucky Food Blogga reader will receive a gift from Fresh & Easy containing a bottle of wine in a reusable tote bag, a box of chocolates, and coupons for future purchases. To win, simply leave a comment indicating which of the holiday treats listed above you'd most love to try. Deadline is Monday, December 14th at midnight, PST.  Please note that the winner will need to provide his or her full name and mailing address. Good luck!

85 comments:

angel said...

I am going to get the ChocChoc Mint Thins for my boyfriend's stocking. He loves chocolate mint stuff.

Anna said...

I'm always on the lookout for a good value on Prosecco. I'd try that and the popcorn. Sounds amazing. Happy Holidays!

Beth said...

The Nut clusters definitely look awesome!

Sean said...

I'll never turn down thin mints and those popcorn sound pretty good as well...

It's great to see everyone doing a giveaway this month. It seems a lot of bloggers' (including mine) are ending next Monday!

JenB said...

I'd love to try that prosecco!

EJacks said...

I would love to try the Processo!

Karen said...

I'd love to try the proseco!

ChristineLacy said...

It all sounds amazing but I'd have to go with the Cranberry & Nut Popcorn Clusters!

Becca said...

That is what I like about our local markets. We can get lots of things that are out of our price range other places.

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

It's a tossup but I would have to say the mint thins!

Becca said...

I would have to say the Prosecco!

kirstenslife said...

Popcorn, popcorn, popcorn! I love fun and unique popcorns.

Elise @ The Foodie Forkful said...

I believe that Belgian biscuit collection is calling my name!

Dane said...

The Prosecco would definitely be my favorite!

Amber at Bluebonnets & Brownies (amber@bluebonnetsandbrownies.com) said...

I'd love to try the popcorn. It's by far my favorite treat, no matter its incarnation!

Shannon said...

i'd love to try the mint thins :) or the popcorn... hard to choose!

Marsha H said...

The popcorn clusters sound wonderful and possibly addictive.

Kate said...

The popcorn washed down with a glass of Prosecco. Can't beat that!!

Jana said...

The prosecco.

Melon said...

I'm pretty sure I'd really enjoy the chocolate assortment!

Rebecca said...

I would like Sweet Boutique Gourmet Swiss Chocolate Assortment - love chocolate!

Akane said...

My father is swiss and I simply love chocolate... so I would like to try the Sweet Boutique Gourmet Swiss Chocolate Assortment. Sounds reaaally good.

Grace said...

no-brainer--chocolate and mint, all the way. :)

Natanya said...

I'm a sucker for bubbles, so I'd love to try the Ogio Prosecco Non-Vintage. This sounds like a lovely source of food for foodies in particular.

qwerkyqook said...

The prosecco! Yum!

The Duo Dishes said...

Oh definitely the popcorn. There are a few Fresh & Easy stores near both of our apartments, and they have good prices on foods.

Vicki said...

Oh, too easy, prosecco it is.

Judit said...

Sweet Boutique Gourmet Belgian Biscuit Collection for sure. Sweet chocolate and cookies, shortbread, perfect holiday treats.

Julianne said...

The cranberry popcorn looks great!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I would walk across the country for a taste of the Cranberry and Nut Popcorn clusters!!!

ThatGirlRuns said...

The Cranberry & Nut Popcorn Clusters! hands down!!!

Cris said...

Simple, affordable and all look delicious! I would love to try and give away the biscuits!

Two Barking dogs said...

The Prosecco! Yummy!

Brooke said...

The prosecco for sure!!

BONNIE K said...

choc choc mint thins. Altho that popcorn looks wonderful too.

Karin said...

Sweet Boutique Gourmet Belgian Biscuit Collection--- I always like something sweet with my coffee or tea. These sound good.

All Things Yummy said...

ChocChoc Mint Thins, if they are anything like York peppermint patties, I'm sold.

Mimi said...

Wow I love Fresh & Easy and I haven't tried that popcorn yet.
Mimi

Sarah said...

I think I would like to try the Cab Franc the most.

Sharon said...

Everything looks wonderful, but I love chocolate and mint, so I'd have to try the ChocChoc Mint Thins first!

Tom said...

ChocChoc Mints on the left, Popcorn on the right. Let it rain.

Jennifer said...

I'd love to try the popcorn clusters!

Megan said...

The Vine Yard Cabernet Franc! Always love to try a new wine!

Jess said...

The chocchoc mint thins sound awesome!

Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

I would definitely love to chow down on a huge bowl of Cranberry & Nut Popcorn Clusters. there's something so comforting about big clusters of caramel corn. mmmm!

Madison Kerner said...

I would love to try the Ogio Prosecco Non-Vintage in the form of a raspberry belini!

rookie cookie said...

One of the saddest parts of moving to Utah was leaving Trader Joe's and Fresh and Easy behind in Southern California. I like Fresh and Easy almost better than TJ's because it's a happy marriage of regular grocery store products AND unique store brand products. Their mango lemonade is summer in a bottle. One thing I could do without is seeing the tripe they stock in their meat section. Just looking at that stuff makes me so queasy.

As for which treat I would like, it would have to be the chocolate mint thingies.

Lin said...

The popcorn clusters look interesting and tasty.

Nicole said...

Fresh & Easy Cranberry & Nut Popcorn Clusters Yummmmm!

The Teacher Cooks said...

All of them sound so good. Will go for the popcorn and cranberry. Can taste it now!

Ibu said...

I would love to try the Nut clusters! They look yummy!

Anonymous said...

The popcorn! Definitely the popcorn! I would even defy my dentist for that heavenly looking stuff. And, Susan, Jean Prescott here...don't know why my Google ID will never work at your site (which is why I don't post more often). My e-mail is expat39520@yahoo.com.

Djalan2 said...

I would love to have and try the cranberry nut clusters....I love cranberries and nuts; and everything with them....

vwc said...

Prosecco and cookies...it doesn't get much better than that!

LynnBB said...

The Cab Franc!

Anu said...

I have never tasted prosecco and would love to try it.

Thanks,

Anu

robinww said...

The gourmet Belgian biscuits would have to be my first choice because my husband is a cookie fanatic. But, it all sound delicious.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Oh that popcorn is calling my name! Yum!

Karyn said...

I can't make up my mind between the Cabernet & the Biscuits, but I am leaning towards the biscuits. They sound yummy.

Anonymous said...

Cranbery nut clusters sound yummy!

janetfaye said...

I would love to try Sweet Boutique Gourmet Swiss Chocolate Assortment.

Thank you!

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annelise said...

make mine the caramel corn!! once I start I just can't stop.... my favorite.

william said...

I would like to try the thin-mint cookies to see how they compare to the Girl Scout's variety. As well, to mix them into a vanilla custard base for freezing into ice cream might be interesting...

Leah said...

Hey, I live with the Wine Imbiber. It's got to be the Prosecco!

The Food Hunter said...

We just recently got Fresh and Easy here in Arizona. I need to go check some of these products out. I trying to decide between the wine and the mint thins.

Ellen said...

i'm in love with prosecco. i'd love to try this one!

Kara said...

Those popcorn clusters sound amazing but I know my mom (okay, and me too) would love those ChocChoc Mint Thins.

Sara Tea said...

two of my favorite words: chocolate assortment. chocolate? yes please. assorted chocolate meaning more chocolates? yes and yes.
this looks great! thanks!

Jennifer said...

Wow, it all sounds great, but I'd really love to try the buttery cookies. The older I get the more I like simple cookies like that with a cup of hot tea.

emily said...

Yum- it's a toss-up between Prosecco and thin mints!

Plowlady said...

most definitely the Ogio Prosecco Non-Vintage, it sounds like a form of sangria and we LOVE sangria!

Lauren B said...

I hope to get the chance to try the ChocChoc Mint Thins. My sister loves the mix of mint and chocolate - more than anyone I know! It would be such a great post-finals treat!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Ooh, tough call between the choc-choc thin mints and the popcorn clusters. I think I'll have to come down on the side of popcorn.

Valerie said...

Good Morning from *frosty* southern Manitoba! Umm...fab. goodies for us....especially those choco. mint thins!! Ta, Valerie

Unplanned Cooking said...

Wow, hard to choose... probably the popcorn.

saveur said...

They all look scrumptious. my favourite is: Fresh & Easy Cranberry & Nut Popcorn Clusters

We Are Not Martha said...

Those thin mints sound fabulous! But I'd need to enjoy them with a bottle of wine, of course :)

Sues

Mimi said...

Everything looks yummy but if I had to pick one, I'd try the cabernet franc. It's always good to know of an affordable red wine for everyday drinking and for cooking.

Jennifer said...

I am going to try the orange cranberry slices. I really love the colors in it, and I feel like a lot is about presentation. I make an orange/vanilla cake with raspberry icing and it is always a huge hit. The orange/cranberry slices looks like it would be close to the same thing, but on a smaller scale. And of course, the substitution of cranberries for the raspberries I use in my cake would also provide a contrast in tartness, which I think most people would appreciate!

Jennifer said...

Oh wow, I definitely picked from the wrong entry, nice. Ahem, I meant to do that.
From the appropriate list, I would like the make the prosecco the most, and use the Cranberry.

Tyler said...

i think i would most like to try the cabernet...sounds like a perfect holiday wine :)

Kitchenphobe said...

I'd love to try the prosecco!

Areum (Autumn) Han said...

I would have to try Ogio Prosecco! Last year, I began pursuing my dream of becoming a pharmacist after working for years. I used to have posh holiday parties when I was working full time, but I really can't afford such parties anymore. Prosecco in general is a great alternative to bubbly champagne due to its bubbly and fruity nature. I would love to have a Christmas party with Ogio's prosecco and serve holiday themed Bellini - something like cranberry/pomegranate, apples and spices, etc. Mmm... I can't stop thinking about bubbly prosecco based drinks! =) Happy Holidays!

Suzan said...

the biscuits -- buttery flavor and chocolate. You had me at "hello".

Tracy said...

I would love to try the Ogio Prosecco Non-Vintage.
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