I love when I am browsing the interwebs and come across a super duper cool online store! I recently came upon Nutty Steph’s while checking out a gift-guide chock full chocolates. Nutty Steph’s really stood out to me with their Bernie Bar! I really do try to avoid politics over here at Give It A Whirl Girl, but truth be told, and cat’s out of the bag… I absolutely love Bernie Sanders. Nutty Steph’s hails from the state of Vermont so it only makes sense that this online store backs Bernie as a big supporter. Nutty Steph’s also is a big backer of Planned Parenthood and they have the Vulva Chocolates to prove it!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and today I would love to share with you my favorite finds on Amazon for the foodie in your life. I am a day late posting this top 10 list of my Valentine’s Day sweets and treats but better late than never right?
These Valentine’s Day confections are all conveniently located at Amazon and ship free with Amazon Prime. Not yet a Prime member? No worries! You can sign up for a free 30-day trial HERE.
When I stumble across a product that I love I just really want to spread the good word! I recently tried a few different products from Kiss My Keto and I was very impressed with the quality of these products. Kiss My Keto has a wonderful online store chock full of keto products for you low-carb, low-sugar diet and lifestyle. Keep on reading for a special Kiss My Keto coupon code.
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CONCLUDED. Thank you all for your participation. More giveaways soon!
I would love to wish all of my readers happy holidays and a huge thank you to all who take a moment out of their day to read my blog. I just recently hit the 6-month mark of blogging so YIPPEE and HOORAY! As a thank you I would love to gift one person ten pieces of gluten-free, organic chocolate from a wide variety of different brands. I am hosting this chocolate giveaway as a thank you to my loyal readers that have followed along on my blogging journey.
Dylan’s Candy Bar is a great go-to brand for candy and this 2018 Tackle Box contains all the goodies to satisfy your family or friend’s sweet tooth. This would be a wonderful stocking stuffer for a child or an adult who is young at heart. This Dylan’s Candy Bar Tackle Box includes Gummy Christmas Trees, Candy Cane Licorice, Chocolate Santas, Hershey’s Kisses and more! Available at Nordstrom.
This adorable taco plush from Yummy World is available at Nordstrom and this is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face this Christmas.
This Rose candy bento box from Sugarfina is available at Nordstrom. It includes three varieties ofÂ rose candies (Rose All Day, Sparkling Rose Bears and Rose Roses) to satisfy your sweet tooth. I have a bit of an obsession with the Sugarfina brand of candy. It is gourmet candy and the taste is exquisite.
Be sure to check out Sugarfina’s holiday collection that is currently available. Sugarfina has a Happy Holidays Candy Trunk that is available on their website and it is chock full of delicious and delectable Sugarfina candies!
There is also a unique Vice Collection to satisfy those who have a liking for adult beverages.
Stun the sushi fanatic in your life with this stunning set of candy by Maggie Louise Confections. I am a huge sushi lover and I know that I would just be over the moon thrilled to try these and give them a whirl!
- Includes one white chocolate lemon; two white chocolate ginger mini cubes; one white chocolate wasabi piece with chocolate caramel and sea salt; three milk chocolate sushi pieces with peanut butter candy; three dark chocolate sushi with mocha crunch and one white chocolate tile
Be sure to check out more from this line of gorgeous chocolate!
Be Merry Y’All collection
Having some candy every now and then isn’t going to kill you. Over here at Give It A Whirl Girl I promote a healthy lifestyle and diet primarily but that doesn’t mean our lives have to be void of fun. I have my Cheat Day moments every now and then and I never beat myself up over it. You know the YOLO saying? Well, it’s true. You only do get one life to live so if you want the candy have the candy!
If you are following a gluten-free diet please make sure you read the ingredients in these candies.
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Gourmet Candy Gift Guide
Dylan’s Candy Bar is a brand that comes to mind when I think of gourmet candy. Nordstrom carries many items from Dylan’s Candy Bar line of products. I really fell in love with this set!
Wow the chocolate lover in your life with this 8-piece Dylan’s Candy Bar to-die-for collection.
It all starts with a chocolate crust for this dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake
The base of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is going to be a chocolate crust made mostly with pitted dates, cacao powder, ground up almonds. There are a few other ingredients in the crust that you will need. This recipe calls specifically for cacao powder, not cocoa powder. There is a notable difference between the two. I did do a little write-up about the benefits of cacao powder awhile ago on my blog. Chocolate in its purest state (cacao) actually has numerous health benefits. The darker the chocolate, the better health-wise!
I use the cacao powder by LivFit. A one-pound bag goes for around $8.00 on Amazon and this bag will last a long time and come in handy for many other recipes. I have been using this bag of cacao powder for months now and still have a decent amount left. A little bit of cacao powder goes a long way!
To make the chocolate crust you will also need some raw unsalted almonds. These almonds do not get completely ground up in my food processor and the almonds give the vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake a great texture.
The chocolate crust of this vegan and paleo dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake will also need some pitted dates. The pitted dates will not only sweeten your crust naturally but will also help keep all of the ingredients together (dates are very sticky). I suggest soaking your dates in some hot water for a few minutes and chopping them up before proceeding with putting them in the food processor.
The raspberry filling… the heart of the cheesecake
The main component of the filling of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is actually raw cashews! Say what?!?!? Yes, I said cashews and you heard me properly. You will be using an entire pound of raw cashews for the filling that are soaked overnight to soften them up. You can get away with using more affordable, lightly-salted cashews but please steer clear of the regular salted ones or you will make an ugly face when you take the first bite of your salty (ugh) cheesecake! This is a sweet cheesecake so please do avoid making it a salty one or else you will be sorely disappointed.
Obviously, you will be using a bunch of raspberries as well. I actually went with a bag of Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic Raspberries for the filling and it turned out to be a great choice. So, I used frozen raspberries for the filling and I used a pint of fresh for the topping. I don’t know about you, but I sure go crazy for anything that is dark chocolate raspberry. To me, those two ingredients when married together, result in a match made in heaven. I feel pure bliss and I feel like I am on Cloud 9 while consuming this combination.
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Thick chocolate ganache to top it all off
For the topping of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake, I used my favorite brand of dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life Foods. Not only are their dark chocolate chips vegan-friendly but they are also free from several common food allergens. I always play it safe and use this brand in my recipes and their chocolate chips are a family fave. My daughter and I are actually known to just snack on them straight out of the bag, they are that great!
The ganache turned out pretty thick from using one cup of chips combined and melted down with a tablespoon of coconut oil. I used an 8-inch springform pan for the cheesecake and I believe you can cut down and use 3/4 of a cup for a thinner chocolate shell. That is just my presumption and guess though. You can always try that and add more if needed.
If you are a health nut and you also love to indulge a bit in a tasty treat then Skinny Dipped Almonds might just be your go-to snack when you are having a snack attack! I just recently had a chance to sample three different flavors of Skinny Dipped Almonds. I tried out the Dark Chocolate Cocoa, Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice, and the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. Skinny Dipped Almonds come in two additional flavors as well: Dark Chocolate Espresso and Dark Chocolate Raspberry. These three bags of almonds went pretty quick in my home and we all enjoyed these flavors. Consider me a fan for life! I really do need to get my hands on the other flavors.
Wondering how I naturally obtained this lovely shade of hot pink in my bowl of nice-cream (vegan ice-cream)?? Easy! I owe it all to the cactus pear. The flesh of a cactus pear, when combined with a banana, will give you this gorgeous magenta hue. This is a healthy dessert that will most definitely make your child excited for a yummy treat that is naturally sweet from nature with no added sugars. Other ingredients in this frozen treat are frozen pomegranate, two frozen bananas, and some coconut milk. This is a much healthier alternative to tradtional ice-cream and I always enjoy creating this and serving it at home. Super simple and easy to do too!
We had an awesome day yesterday full of good eats and great times with family. I got super lucky and won a prize pack from Coleman Naturals on Facebook. I won a variety of organic hotdogs and sausages. As soon as I received my prize pack I knew I had to host a family get-together. I am always looking for an excuse or reason to have people over and cook for them. It brings me a lot of happiness and joy putting a party/family gathering together. Is there really anything better in life than having your good family come together to have a day full of great eats? So we had some hotdogs, sausages, potato salad, macaroni salad, and corn on the cob. It all added up to a scrumptious meal. My sister also brought some side dishes and my mother-in-law brought a fruit tray. We had quite a few healthy foods to eat.Â
There are so many ways you can make your own granola bars at home. Making my own is a fun, rewarding experience for me. I ask my 8-year-old daughter, Chloe, to help with the stirring because she has some good muscles for her age and you really have to give them a big stir with the spatula.
For these granola bites I used gluten-free ingredients and also paleo-friendly ingredients. No sugar was added to these, they are naturally sweet from the Medjool dates and raw honey. These are a great snack that you can just grab and go.