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My Spy Birdhouse Review


My Spy Birdhouse Review

We saw the My Spy Birdhouse on television and my daughter instantly wanted one. Then we saw them by the checkout aisle at Walmart and she felt she could not go on with life as we know it unless we got one!  She gets a little carried away, and normally we don’t buy things just because we saw them on TV.  Of course, where would the “As Seen on TV” industry be if we didn’t cave every now and then, right?

Well, we contacted the company and they were thrilled to have us review a My Spy Birdhouse. So, frugal mom was happy and Gimmie kid was ecstatic.

What’s the big deal? It’s just a birdhouse.

I’m not sure why these are so intriguing, but the idea of being able to see birds set up nest and eggs hatch into baby birds DOES sound super interesting. I love the idea that my daughter wants to observe nature, and in a kind of silly way (hey, I can admit it), I like the idea of giving a couple of birds a nice place to nest.

So, the My Spy Birdhouse came in the mail and we tore into it like we had won the lottery. My daughter was SO excited every step of the way in setting it up.  It’s a snap to set up (maybe that’s why?) Basically, it’s all put together. You just slide the see-through plastic backside on, attach the suction cups and stick it to the outside of a window.  Then, you peel off the 2-way mirror film and stick to the inside of your window.  We chose my bedroom patio door. That way we could access easily from inside and outside the house.

The main thing with anything like this is whether or not the suction cups will be strong enough to hold it onto the window.  I have had countless items (like those dumb cell phone dash holders) where the suction cups sucked! Or, more accurately, they didn’t suck. The really bad ones fall off almost immediately. The not-quite-as-bad ones fall off after a few days.  Well, our My Spy Birdhouse has been stuck to our window now for 39 days and is still stuck.  And, it has snowed, rained and been freezing cold since that time (we’re talking 30 below zero – where the heck is Spring??!) I would say without hesitation that the My Spy Birdhouse suction cups are superb.  I wouldn’t feel right promoting something that could fall and hurt a baby bird.

This would make a GREAT gift for Easter or any time. With Spring upon us (although those of us in Wisconsin are a little slower getting to Spring than the rest of the country), now is a great time to pick up a My Spy Birdhouse.  Sadly, our weather has been so terrible we haven’t had any birds take up residence yet. But, I’m excited for when they do. How fun will that be!?  You can buy online at, or on the My Spy Birdhouse website, and even in stores that sell “As Seen on TV” products, such as at Walmart.

My Spy Birdhouse features a clear, acrylic window with 2-way mirror film on one side-you see birds inside but they can’t see you. Safely attaches to any glass surface with included suction cups so you can observe mama birds building their nest, hatching their eggs and feeding their young from inside your home. Made of durable, weather-resistant materials. measures 7-3/4″ x 6-1/4″ W x 4-1/2″ L For ages 3 and up. [Source:]

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Pillow Pet Tricksters Helmet Review


Pillow Pet Tricksters Helmet Review

The newest in the Pillow Pets line – Tricksters Helmet. New for Spring 2014, this cute, plush pet will protect your child like no other plush!  Be the first one on your block to get a Pillow Pet Trickster Helmet! They’re available in five styles for you to choose from, and they fit most kids age 8 and under.

Check out what the GimmieGirls thought of our Pillow Pet Trickster Helmets!  We also reviewed a Pillow Pet Hoodie (scroll down) which is absolutely adorable!

Wendy My little girl’s old bike helmet was ready to be replaced. So, when we were offered Tricksters helmets we jumped at the chance!  My daughter LOVES her Pillow Pets, and since this helmet looks like a plush stuffed friend – it is just too cute for words.  We labored over which one to get. I thought for sure she would choose the pink one, but she surprised me by wanting the brown puppy. I guess it’s not that much of a stretch; she loves anything to do with dogs! Tricksters Helmets are the only plush helmets on the market compliant with CPSC and ASTMf1492 safety standards. The helmets are safety-certified for not only bicycles, but skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters as well. Tricksters Helmets are available in two different sizes: small for children ages 3-5 years and medium for children ages 5-7 years.  My daughter is 8, and has kind of a big head (lol) but her helmet fits her perfectly with room to grow. They’re adjustable so they fit snug. Trickster Helmets are available now for $29.99 MSRP online at or at select specialty retailers nationwide.

Heather My little girl is 5, and just now learning how to ride a bike.  So, our Tricksters helmet could not have come at a better time!

Pillow Pets Tricksters helmets are available in 5 totally cute designs: LuLu Leopard, Panda, Puppy, Rainbow Bear, and Flower Power Cat (which is the one we chose). Each helmet is fully adjustable, and comes in your choice of sizes.

I had previously bought my little girl a brand new helmet from the store, and not only were the straps difficult to set properly, the helmet itself was still a bit loose even after I had adjusted it as tight as it would go. With the Tricksters helmet all I had to do was snap to lock, and pull the strap tight (but comfortable). I love the fact that they have included an adjuster to the back of the helmet. You just twist it until its snug against your child’s head. This helps keep the helmet in place. Our Flower Power Cat was a perfect fit! She had no issues whatsoever while riding, and bopping her head around. It stayed exactly how its supposed to, and it gave me the peace of mind that it would do its job properly in case she were to fall!

We have been a fan of the Pillow Pets brand from the start, I enjoy, and trust in all of the new products they come up with, and the Tricksters helmet is no exception!

Trish My 5 year old got a new big boy bike last year for his birthday. He’s been afraid to ride it because it was a little tall and he felt like he was going to fall off of it. He’s been so used to riding smaller bikes so when he got this bike he felt a bit intimidated. Last year I didn’t bother buying a helmet because he refused to ride his bike! When we got to try out the Tricksters helmet I was very excited and so was my son! He was able to feel safe while riding his bike this spring and he loves wearing it because of the super cute look to it! Pillow Pets Tricksters Helmets are the cutest helmets I have ever seen! Many kids don’t enjoy having to wear helmets but these cute cuddly designs make wearing protective gear fun! These helmets come in different animal designs such as the cat, bear, puppy, panda and leopard. We chose the puppy! These helmets are also adjustable! My son has a bigger head but I was able to easily adjust it to fit him perfectly and comfortably! This helmet doesn’t wobble around on his head and it isn’t too tight to be uncomfortable, it fits him like a glove and that makes me feel good knowing he’s perfectly protected! We really enjoy our Pillow Pet Trickster! My son loves being able to wear something cuddly on his head and I love that he’s protected and safe when he’s riding his bike. These would be the perfect thing to purchase if you have a child who’s reluctant to wear protective gear, I don’t think ANY kid would pass up wearing these super adorable pets on their heads!

Debbie My sons love their pillow pets! So when it came to picking out the perfect helmet for my youngest son, I had to get Puppy to match his pillow pet! My youngest son is still too young to ride a bike, but I was using my oldest son’s old helmet on him when he cruises around the backyard in his battery operated 4 wheeler. He’s a bit of a dare devil, so I always worry about falls and mishaps with this one!

The first thing I LOVED about the Trickster Pillow Pet Helmet was how easy it is to adjust! I can not tell you how frustrating it is to try to get a 1 ½ year old to put on a helmet in the first place, but then having to adjust it on a squirming child it a nightmare! This helmet is so easy to adjust to a proper fit. And the fact that is looks just like his pillow pet buddy helps tremendously with getting him to keep it on!

Does it protect? YES! I must say that my little one is no stranger to falls. He likes to try to stand up on his 4 wheeler while in motion (did I mention that he is a daredevil?). So, I have a firsthand report that his head was well protected from his fall! Hmmm….I might have to keep it on him 24-7. I highly recommend the Trickster helmet for those looking for a totally cute and easy to adjust helmet for a little one!

Pat My granddaughter saw the Leopard Hoodie by Pillow Pets ($19.99) and just had to have one!  Purple is her favorite color, and she adores her Pillow Pets.  It’s SO cute on her!  She’s worn it to school several times, and kids flock to her to find out where she got it.  Her school has a “no hood” rule, so she has to wear it down, but it’s still cute and she loves it!  It’s super soft and comfy, and the jacket is just right – warm but not too heavy.  It’s made well too.  She got a size large, and normally wears a girl’s size 10. The hoodie is very big on her, which is fine but we probably should have ordered a medium. I figure she can grow into it and wear it longer this way.  They also have a puppy, panda and zebra hoodies to choose from. Since it’s from the makers of Pillow Pets, the hood is soft and fluffy, just like the pillow pet!  This would make a terrific gift!

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Peeps Candy Review & Easter Peeps Recipe Ideas


Peeps Candy Review & Easter Peeps Recipe Ideas

If you haven’t had Peeps lately, you are missing out! They’re better than you remember!

If you’ve been following Gimmie on Instagram, you know we’ve been having FUN with Peeps for the past two weeks. There’s so much you can do – besides the obvious – eat them!! The good peeps at Peeps sent me the candy you see pictured above to review and tell you about.

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Peeps Straws

Easy & quick. Just stick a straw through your favorite colored Peeps candy – we used the bunnies on multi-colored straws.  Makes a cute centerpiece for Easter too!

Peeps Sunflower Cake

For our Easter dinner this year, I will be attempting my first ever Easter Peeps Sunflower Cake (recipe and photo from Taste of Home). How cute is that!?!

Peeps Cupcakes

If a sunflower cake seems too much, try these cute little Easter Peeps Cupcakes that Heather made!

Peeps Brownies

Easy and quick! I made a boxed brownie mix and used a package of chocolate pudding as frosting, then topped with yummy chocolate Peeps bunnies!

Eat Em!

Possibly the easiest way to enjoy Peeps is to just pop them in your mouth and enjoy!

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Lovely Candy Company Review


Lovely Candy Company Review

Americas best tasting chewy candy! Caramels with rbst free dairy!  Fruit Chews with real fruit bits (vegan!)!  Fudgee Rolls that won’t stick to your teeth! More great candies coming soon with great ingredients, all consciously crafted by…The Lovely Candy Company

Here’s what we thought:

Debbie: I love chewy candy and caramels. I am that person that picks out all the caramels and taffy candy in the assorted chocolate box first before anyone else eats them. My family knows not to touch anything of caramel or taffy origin in the house without first asking me if I am willing to share. Nevertheless, I do share on occasion. My candy samples I received from the Lovely Company definitely did not disappoint my candy cravings!
The first thing I will mention is that I LOVED that each of the candies was wrapped in wax paper. This made it very easy to open and gave the candies a homemade feel to them. I loved that little detail. All the candy made from the Lovely Candy Company is gluten and gmo free and made with no artificial ingredients or trans fats. Although we do not have issues with celiac disease in my immediate family, I do have friends who do and it’s good to know that there is a gluten free product that I can recommend.

All the candies were delicious. The flavors I received were Chocolate Caramel, Original Caramel, Fruit, Super Fruit, Chocolate Chews, and Raspberry Chocolate Chews. My favorite was the chocolate chews. I am a chocolate fanatic and these satisfied my cravings. It is a wonderful chewy, gooey mouthful of chocolaty heaven! My husband likes the original caramel. He swears that they taste like his mom’s caramels! My older son loves the super fruit chews. He told me he likes that he can see the flicks of fruit in the chews…huh? This is coming from a 6 year old. I was impressed that he appreciated a detail like that. When I asked him if he like them better than Starbursts, he said he did. WOW. Now my 18 month old liked all of them. He proclaimed each one as “yummy”!
The Lovely Candy company candies are a great little indulgence that will satisfy any sweet tooth. The care they put into their candy making is evident in the deliciousness of their candy. Try it; you will not be disappointed!

Trish: I must say I’m a sucker for chewy candies like Tootsie Rolls, and so are my children. When we received our Lovely Candy Co candies were were excited to dig right in and give them a try! The first thing I noticed about these candies were that they were gluten-free and GMO free. I’ve been actively trying to replace all our sweet treats for treats that are more healthy for us to enjoy. These candies also state that they are all natural as well! I received 5 different candies to try out. The first one we tried was the Chocolate Swirl Caramels which were my two year old’s most favorite! The texture of these candies are amazing. At first you think tootsie roll and how chewy and harder to chew they are until you keep chewing to break them up. These are literally melt in your mouth chewy! Which is fantastic because I was nervous about giving them to my two year old. The caramel flavor mixed with the chocolate swirl was a fantastic combination. A little piece of heaven in a chewy candy form! The next candy we tried was the Chewy Original Caramels. These are my personal favorite. The caramel is so rich, creamy and packed with flavor. Again so melt in your mouth chewy, these don’t even get stuck into your teeth! My five year old enjoyed the Chocolaty Fudgee Rolls the best. These are like a Toostie roll, which he LOVES, but they aren’t hard and get stuck in your teeth like a tootsie roll would. Soft, and rich in chocolate flavor, these are ten times better than a tootsie roll by far! We also got to try Raspberry Fudgee Rolls! These are the same as the other Fudgee Rolls, but they pack a light Raspberry flavor as well. The perfect combination of fruity and chocolaty, I really enjoyed these! Last but not least, we had Superfruit Chews in the flavors of Blueberry, Cranberry, and Raspberry. These are wonderful! The fruit flavor is so natural, you can taste the actual natural flavor of each fruit. There is no artificial flavor to these at all! Completely naturally sweet! These were a huge hit in my house and I will be purchasing these in the near future! I feel great eating these and giving them to my family to enjoy as well, these are easy to enjoy without all the extra added bad for you ingredients!


Heather: I Was a little bit hesitant as to whether or not I would like these before trying. I have never been a big fan of Taffy or *chewy* type of candies, and the only kind of caramel I enjoy is in my Coffee Creamer, or on my sticky bun! Boy, was I surprised!

Lovely Candy comes in a variety of different flavors, and gluten free candy types including the chewy options: Chocolate Caramel, Original Caramel, Fruit, Super Fruit, Chocolate Chews (think tootsie roll), Raspberry Chocolate Chews, and a Licorice in Cherry flavor. So you are certain to find something right for you! The fruit chews actually have berry seeds in them)so neat!), and the flavors are true to taste! These were for sure my favorite from the bunch with the Original Caramels a close second!

The pretty packaging alone is enough to entice me in buying a bag (see pics)! Each candy is wrapped in a wax type of paper which totally reminds me of something unique, and special! You can see and taste the LOVE they put into these candies!

Give these a try (like I did). They are a great little indulgence!

Reylin:  Call me crazy but I hate tootsie rolls, Starbursts, salt water taffy, licorice, and caramels. I’ve never been too big on chewy candy (I’m more of a jolly rancher gal) but I definitely was interested in trying this candy from the Lovely Candy Co. Mainly because I was curious to see if they could change my opinion on candy of this sort.

First off, the bags are so cute. I love the design, color, and even the feel of them. They’re also easy to open and all of the candy is all natural and gluten and gmo free. On the back of the bags, there’s a little story on how the Lovely Candy Co.’s journey got started along with a quote: “Enjoying candy is like riding a bike- everyone should be able to do it!” I just love everything about these bags. I feel as if the Lovely Candy Co. did a really good job with coming up with the design of their packaging because it gives off a warm, loving feeling as if you’re receiving homemade candy as a gift from a relative or neighbor, and that’s just perfect.

I received the chocolate swirls caramels, superfruit chews, raspberry fudgee rolls, chocolaty fudgee rolls, and original caramels. I decided to try the superfruit chews first because the bag said it was made with real fruit, and indeed they were. The fruit chews were not overly sweet. They had mild fruit flavors with real dried fruit bits, and I loved that. These fruit chews were my favorite out of all of the candy, and this definitely won’t be the last time I’ll be having these.

I was hesitant with trying the chocolaty fudgee rolls because as I stated earlier, I do not like tootsie rolls and I figured these were similar. I was wrong. These fudgee rolls were amazing and I’m not even exaggerating. The texture of these rolls were so soft. It’s as if you got a tootsie rolls fresh, right after it’s been made. They weren’t a bit hard at all. And the flavor was so good. It had a really nice cocoa flavor. If you like tootsie rolls, I’d recommend you get these. If you don’t like tootsie rolls, I still recommend you try these. Now the raspberry fudgee rolls weren’t as tasty and soft as the chocolatey fudgee rolls, but they were still good. It was hard to tell there was raspberry because the chocolate was overpowering. My only complaint about these is there wasn’t more of a raspberry flavor. Now I chose to each the chocolate swirl caramels and chewy original caramels last because chewy caramel is one of my least favorite candies. With the chocolate swirl caramels, they tasted more like caramel instead of chocolate, and the chewy caramels reminded me of Kraft caramels, which isn’t a bad thing. I didn’t find them to be any different than the other caramels I’ve had before.

Overall, I liked the Lovely Candy Co. and their candy. Did they change my opinion on chewy candy? Absolutely. I definitely see more chewy candy in my future if it’s superfruit chews or chocolatey fudgee rolls from the Lovely Candy Co.

Wendy: My husband is a caramel fanatic! He loves soft, chewy candy – so this review was all about him. He is somewhat of a caramel snob, you could say.  He only likes really good caramels, and he said these were really, really good!  They’re soft and chewy and bursting with flavor. My little girl tried them too, and was surprised that she liked them so much.  She normally isn’t a big fan of chocolate, but caramel-chocolate swirl was her favorite. And, they were mine too!  We both also really liked the fruity ones.  I’m not a big fan of tootsie roll type candies, but these were good. The chocolate fudgees with raspberry were also good, but in my opinion the fruit flavor could have been more.  In all, the chewy candy lovers in my house LOVED Lovely Candy Co!

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YumEarth Organic Candy Review


YumEarth Organic Candy Review

Some of the GimmieGirls have reviewed YumEarth Organic Candy before, and we were excited when they gave us another opportunity to try some new products and tell you about them.

Make this Easter Naturally Sweet with YumEarth!

Healthy lifestyle is not only hip but also mainstream, with stores like Walgreens, ToysRUs, and Whole Foods carrying these tasty treats.

YumEarth, the #1 organic candy company is the US, is a proud leader in the organic and all-natural snacks & sweets category with its popular and delicious gummy bears, lollipops, sour beans, candy drops and sour worms, available in amazing flavors such as Pomegranate Pucker, Mango Tango and Wet-face Watermelon.

Find YumEarth in stores near you!

Why YumEarth?  Hear it from the GimmieGirls:

Debbie: My kids are lollipop connoisseurs. Well, they are expert tasters in candy – period. It is true that they hardly turn down sugar in general, but when they picked the YumEarth lollipops over a popular round type sucker with a chocolaty middle…that’s saying something! So is there a huge taste difference in YumEarth’s organic candy versus non-organic? Yes! You can actually taste the fruit flavors in the YumEarth gummy bears, sour jellybeans, and lollipops. It didn’t taste like just sugar with food coloring. The gummy bears are juicy and not rubbery, the lollipops are deliciously fruity, and the sour jellybeans make your eyes squint and your shoulders shrug (that’s a good thing!) Now for the good for you part (yes, I am still talking about the candy). YumEarth candies are all gluten-free, contain 100% of the daily nutritional value of vitamin C; they are vegan, made with real fruit, no artificial dyes, or high fructose corn syrup. Given a choice on what type of candy I would give my kids, I must say that I would go with the ones that contain pronounceable ingredients versus a chemical list. My oldest son’s favorites were the Very Very Cherry lollipops and the gummy bears. My youngest loves the Strawberry Smash lollipops and the sour jellybeans. I prefer the sour jellybeans…I love all things sour! Overall, my boys liked all the flavors and ate them right up. I did manage to hide a few for their Easter baskets. Great taste and good for you…not much more you can ask for in candy, or anything you eat! Thumbs up YumEarth!

Trish: As a mother of 3, I’m always looks for healthy snacks and treats for my children. My two boys both have a terrible sweet tooth and are constantly asking for sweets and treats. I’ve had to really limited their intake because I don’t want to fill them up with sugary, unhealthy candies. YumEarth Organics makes a fantastic candy line for kids! These candies are gluten-free, 100% in daily vitamin C, fat-free, no artificial dyes, real fruit, 100% Vegan, no high fructose corn syrup and 100% natural flavors! When I received the candies I was shocked to read all of this on the packaging! Now I’m able to give my kids a nice sweet treat without feeling totally guilty about giving them nothing but “junk”. We got to try the Sour Beans, Organic Pops, and the Gummy Bears. The gummy bears are very soft and chewy. They taste so much better than the regular gummy bears we usually purchase. You can actually taste the real fruit flavor. They come in individual packages which is perfect for the kids as a treat. The flavors the bears come in are Pomegranate Pucker, Mango Tango, Perfectly Peach, and Strawberry Smash. My kids enjoyed the unique flavors and the taste of the gummy bears. They asked if we could get these more often! The sour beans were my oldest son’s favorite. These are great little jelly beans that pack a great sour taste but isn’t overwhelmingly sour. These too are packaged individually for the perfect treat. The flavors in these are outstanding! These little beans pack an amazing fresh fruit flavor! The Organic Pops are my youngest’s favorite. The flavors are Pomegranate Pucker, Perfectly Peach, Strawberry Smash, and Very Very Cherry. These pops are amazingly tasty! Again they have a fantastic fruit flavor like the other products, some of the flavors have a unique swirl of colors, and each pop is only 22 calories! My kids LOVED these candies and I feel great about letting them enjoy them! These make parents happy with how healthy these candies are for their children and kids absolutely LOVE them and the taste without all the added chemicals and unhealthy ingredients! With Easter coming up, I think these are a fantastic addition to Easter baskets! Especially the sour beans in place of regular Jelly Beans! These have a spot saved in my kid’s baskets this year! Try these out, you won’t want to go back to other candies again!

Heather: ~Yay! My little girl was so excited to be getting Yummy Earth Candy for review again!  Since first trying YumEarth we have picked the Lolipops up a few different times in store. My little girl loves all the different flavors! For this round, we got to sample the Lolipops, Gummy Bears, and the Sour Beans. Her favorite is still the Lolipops, and I happen to prefer the Sour Beans myself! You get a good hit of sour then some yummy sweet when you chew. This one takes me back for sure! The gummy bears are really fruity, and you can taste the natural ingredients compared to what you’re used to. You also get to try some unique flavors like Pom, Peach, and Apple with these! If you are not familiar with YummyEarth, they are candies made with real fruit extracts, and all natural ingredients. So all the flavor, and color is coming from 100% good for you stuff! So you can be confident you are giving your child a truly healthy treat! We are forever fans of YumEarth! I highly recommend their products as an alternative to the everyday candy you pick up at the supermarket for your kids! We will be sharing the love by throwing some of our leftover samples in Easter baskets this year!

Reylin:  The first thing that caught my eye when I first opened the YumEarth Naturals candy is the “100% Daily Vitamin C” written on each of the bags. To make this even better, on the back of the bag it lists even more awesome things such as “No Artificial Dyes” and “Real Fruit Extracts.” With how bad most candy is, I think it’s really cool when candy like this comes around. You’re getting Vitamin C AND it’s gluten-free, fat-free, and contains no high fructose corn syrup, so you don’t feel as guilty when you eat the whole bag by yourself. I received the YumEarth Naturals Sour Beans, Gummy Bears, and Organic Pops and I loved them all. 1 thing that stands out about this candy is the really strong fruit flavors they have. The Gummy Bears have 4 different flavors (Pomegranate Pucker, Mango Tango, Perfectly Peach, & Strawberry Smash). Right when you open a bag of the gummy bears, a strong fruit scent hits you and you just KNOW that these gummy bears are going to taste good, and they do. They’re soft, gummy, chewy, & fruity. The sour beans are described as “the jelly bean with attitude” and that is exactly what they are. I’d want these jelly beans in my Easter basket every year. Like the gummy bears, they have really tasty, fruity flavors. For those of you that aren’t too big on sour candy, don’t worry because they’re not overly sour. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not sour and 10 being as sour as WarHeads) I’d say these are a 4.5, and that is perfect. You don’t know what type of flavors there are and some of them are more sour than the others. Just like the gummy bears, the organic pops come in 4 flavors: very very cherry, strawberry smash, perfectly peach, and pomegranate pucker. I found all of these lollipops to be yummy and I’m not even a fan of cherry flavored candy. Another thing that stood out is the texture of the lollipops. A few times I’ve gotten chipped lollipops, but these were very smooth and none of them were broken in the bag. Also, the pomegranate pucker lollipop definitely made me pucker at first.  Each of the candy came individually wrapped, so that is very convenient. I think this is perfect to stick in your kid’s Easter Baskets this year because not only are they tasty and contain 100% vitamin c, but they also have less sugar. I had a bag of regular jelly beans sitting around so I checked how much sugar was in those and these Yum Earth Naturals sour beans had way less. Overall, I was very satisfied with this candy and would definitely recommend you buy it.

Wendy: I was thrilled to be able to review YumEarth again, and once again tell our readers about this great candy. Not just because it tastes good, and not just because they keep sending me free candy. In all honesty, some people my not get excited to have to review something (hey, it’s work!) that only costs a few bucks anyway, but here’s why I’m excited about YumEarth Organic Candy:  they’re doing a good thing.  Sure, they make candy your kids will love, but who doesn’t?  They make candy YOU will love giving your kids.  Plain and simple!  You’ve already read about how it’s natural, organic, has vitamins and good stuff and no bad stuff. YumEarth treats are made with all-natural ingredients, no artificial colors or artificial dyes, no gluten, no peanuts, and no tree-nuts, just award winning taste. YumEarth organic lollipops and organic drops are kosher parve as well.  Learn more about the ingredients and please shop locally at these stores, at if you live outside of the US, or on their online store.

Laurie: I really should have rented some little people (kids) to do this review with me. At my house, my kids are over 18. Luckily they still like candy! The YumEarth Organic candy packaging is cute, and I liked that the individual packages are less than 75 calories each (portion control is good!)  I was also impressed that they use no artificial colors or flavors and no high fructose corn syrup.  They are fat-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and contain 100% daily allowance of Vitamin C, and real fruit extracts, 100% natural flavors, etc.…the list goes on… all good stuff! We’re not big “gummy bear” fans, but we gave the YumEarth Organic gummy bears a try.  We all liked the flavors, but were not crazy about the consistency of them.  Granted, I think that gummy bears are supposed to be chewy like that; otherwise they’d have to come up with a new name, right? We all liked the organic pops.  Yum!  Good size, great flavors… (pomegranate pucker, perfectly peach, strawberry smash & very very cherry). I plan on stashing some of these in my purse for those afternoon hunger pangs when I’m out and about. Lastly, we tried the sour beans. I was really curious about these.  They have a sour exterior, but are sweeter when you get to the centers. I liked these a lot.  My family wasn’t as excited about them, but then again… I’m the one that likes lemon and limes and other sour things, so I guess that makes sense. Overall, I think the YumEarth candy was a big hit.  I know I would feel better giving these as treats compared to regular candy that’s loaded with sugar and other bad stuff.  YumEarth definitely gets my vote.

Pat:  My grandkids love candy, and they always get a sweet treat when they visit. Their parents like it very much when I have YumEarth on hand versus highly processed snacks that are bad for them.  Made with real juice and fruit, how can they argue? And they taste really good too. The sour candy are enough to pucker up even the biggest grin, and of course grandma loves to see the smiles on their faces. A direct result of having YUMMY treats!  If you haven’t ever tried this candy, I highly recommend it.  It makes sense that it would taste good, fruit and fruit juices are very tasty.  I don’t know why more companies don’t strive to make more healthy candy. Maybe it’s just easier to throw in all those chemicals. Whatever the case, I’m glad YumEarth is so tasty and good for my grandkids.

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CakeBallz Review


Cakeballz Review

If you love cake pops, you will not believe how amazing and wonderful Cakeballz are! The frosting is firm and not too sweet; the inside is dense and moist and oh so yummy!

To summarize our review (scroll down to read it all): Cakeballz are very tasty and they’re beautiful. They’d be great to serve any time. From Little League to high tea, your event will be better with Cakeballz! Kids of all ages will love the taste! A really unique and fun idea for Easter baskets, Mother’s day gift giving or just to have on hand.  You can get them at select Walgreens stores. Suggested retail is under $2 per package.

There are three flavors to choose from:

Red Velvet: Is there really a better word than “velvety” to describe one of the most amazing treats that will ever hit your mouth? We didn’t think so. One bite of our red velvet cake ball and you’ll never look at cake the same way again.

Birthday Cake: Who wouldn’t want to enjoy their birthday every day of the year? Well, now you can with these bite-sized birthday cake balls. Delicious birthday cake is surrounded by a succulent white icing

Chocolate: “I hate chocolate cake”… said no one ever. What do you call something that’s made of chocolate, dipped in chocolate, and sprinkled in chocolate? Flaky, milk chocolate madness. It’s a type of sweet madness

National Cake Ball Brands (Cakeballz) was born out of one simple desire: provide a tastier and fresher alternative to the current snack cakes you’ll find on the shelves of your local grocery or convenience store. We also know that at this day and age, no one has time for baking, but everyone still loves a nice bit of cake from time-to-time.

By taking cake and putting it into cake ball form, Cakeballz is able to satisfy with big flavor and mini-sized guilt. Each package comes with three cake balls and are the perfect size and amount to enjoy yourself or share with friends and family.

“Big cake flavor. Bite-sized guilt.”

“Good things come in threes.”

Here’s what the GimmieGirls team thought of Cakeballz:

Debbie: As any mom knows, a good indication of whether something tastes good is how fast it’s eaten up. Yep, my Cake Ballz lasted a day at my house. My family inhaled the yummy balls of cake and frosting like they had never tasted anything more delicious. My older son asked when I was going to get more! My family definitely lets me know when they like something, and Cakeballz were a HUGE hit at my house! Not only are they tasty, they are actually pretty. They are dressy enough to use for a formal affair – a tea party, baby or wedding shower. The appearance of food is an indication of the care the culinary artist puts into their creations and Cakeballz did not disappoint. The Cakeballz arrived packed with three in each box. They were shipped with an insulated bag and an ice pack. I appreciate the care they put into ensuring the Cakeballz arrived in great condition. So, how did they taste?  Cakeballz were moist on the inside, and the outer frosting covering was firm but not too hard. My favorite was Red Velvet. Red Velvet is my favorite kind of cake, and it is a popular cake down here in the south. I loved the Red Velvet Cakeballz!! My family loved all three flavors. I asked which one they would pick if they had to pick one; they said all of them!  I also love that the Cakeballz were cute and little. They were the perfect size to pop into your mouth (no dainty bites in my house full of boys!) They would look so elegant on a cake plate or a small platter to serve for dessert. They would be a great mother’s day gift or teacher gift! Whichever way you decide to serve Cakeballz, they are delicious and attractive; a sweet feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!

Trish: The Cakeballz I received were fantastic! When they shipped, they came with a cold pack to ensure they stayed fresh. That showed me they really care about their product arriving to you in perfect condition! I received 3 different Cakeballz flavors: Red Velvet, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Cake. They all had a fantastic taste. These were very moist, not dry at all, the outside was nice and crunchy and the inside stayed soft, chewy, and moist. My favorite flavor would have to be the Birthday Cake Cakeballz! They taste just like a real birthday cake would taste! The chocolate Cakeballz were my second favorite, they were very rich and chocolately, perfectly paired with a glass of milk! The Red Velvet Cakeballz were just as rich, I’m not a huge fan of red velvet cakes, but these were pretty fantastic as well! We stored our Cakeballz in the fridge when we were not eating them, these kept for a long time without getting stale, they probably would have kept longer if we hadn’t eaten them so quickly! The packaging was great too, with fun colors, and they came with three of each flavor per package. Cakeballz are the perfect quick sweet treat if you don’t feel like going all out and baking something yourself. And they’re just the right size to grab and enjoy to satisfy a sweet tooth craving! I will definitely grab these next time I’m at Walgreens! My kids loved them, they were easy for them to eat and they didn’t make a terrible mess like they would with a piece of regular cake. I think these would also make a perfect dessert for a small gathering or get-together. Impress your friends with this beautiful treat! I really enjoyed these and my family did as well, a really great treat!

Heather: We are a family full of cake lovers, and I lead the pack! I love cake, plain and simple! That’s why I was so excited to try these NEW Cakeballz! I have made my own Cake Balls/Pops several times before, since the whole idea has really gone mainstream. They are so fun to eat, but I had no idea you could purchase them retail!

Cakeballz come in 3 different flavors: Birthday, Red Velvet and Chocolate (my FAVORITE). Vanilla is usually my first choice with any cake, but I gotta tell you these Chocolate Cakeballz are so decadent, and rich – I instantly fell in love! This was my little girl’s favorite also, she said they tasted just like a brownie!

I was so happy to find these are being sold at Walgreens, the samples they sent us to try did not last very long in my house! In the future I would love to see some additional flavor options such as Mocha and Carrot Cake (yummy, right!?!) I think it would also be nice to offer up a sampler trio of their 3 current flavors sold in one package, that way we get to try a little bit of everything!  These are such a great idea, and a fantastic treat!

Reylin: When I first received CakeBallz, I was super impressed with how well they were packed. The company makes sure nothing will happen to them while they’re being delivered to your home, and that they will stay fresh. They weren’t just thrown in a box. The CakeBallz were packed tightly in a ziplock bag along with a cool pack, and around the ziplock bag was bubble wrap. Now as for the CakeBallz, I wasn’t as impressed with them as I was with how they were packed. I received Birthday Cake, Chocolate Cake, and Red Velvet Cake. I decided to try Birthday Cake first because I LOVE birthday cake flavored things. When I had cut one open, I noticed they were very doughy. I figured maybe that’s how they’re suppose to be so I went on to bite it. I loved the coating, but the inside didn’t have the strong birthday cake flavor I was expecting. I barely tasted that specific flavor. The cake ball reminded me of a white chocolate candy with sprinkles filled with bland, under baked, cake batter flavored dough. The next one I tried was Red Velvet. Unlike the Birthday Cake CakeBallz, the inside of the red velvet ones did have a bit more flavor, but the coating on these alone weren’t as tasty as the ones on the birthday cake Cakeballz. The coating was flavorless, but the inside had a very mild red velvet flavored dough. I’m thinking maybe a cream cheese-like type of coating probably would have made these better. The Chocolate Cake Cakeballz had the most flavor out of all of them and was my favorite. When I unwrapped them, I first noticed a nice, chocolately scent. The other two Cakeballz didn’t have much of a scent. Both the coating and the inside had very strong flavors that I loved. The dough tasted like brownies a bit, and the coating reminded me of milk chocolate frosting. While I did think the coating overpowered the dough a bit, I found this one to be the best tasting cake ball out of all of them. Overall, I think Cakeballz are a nice treat. I definitely enjoyed trying all of them and seeing how well Cakeballz took three popular cake flavors and turned them into cake balls. And while I wasn’t too impressed with them, my little sister absolutely loved them and said they were amazing, so I definitely would recommend these to anyone looking to try something new.

Wendy:  Imagine trying to make your own donuts. Maybe they’re good, maybe they’re a total fail – but no matter what they’re just not Krispy Kreme! Okay, that’s just an example (and now I’m hungry!), but what I’m trying to say is these little balls of frosted heaven are professionally handmade and words really cannot do them justice. You’ve gotta try Cakeballz to believe it! The taste was unexpected. They taste like cake, I thought. And, they do but they’re do dense and moist, it’s almost like eating cake batter but in a good way. Almost more along the lines of a brownie in terms of texture and density. They are thick, rich and delicious. My little girl was expecting the frosting to be like regular cake frosting, so when she bit down nothing happened. She made a funny face because she thought she was doing something wrong. (lol) Her second attempt went much better, and she bit half, chewed it up and smiled really big as she eyed the other half. We were supposed to SHARE it! No luck, she ate the whole thing. Okay, okay, they’re not real big. Actually, they’re a perfect bite size – but just a little too big for a kid to eat in one bite. And, within two days they were all gone. I did well to start with, I had a nibble of one just to see. Then, well there were three flavors and I did tell them I’d review them, so I had to try them all, right?  I was so proud to report to my fellow GimmieGirls that I’d only eaten the equivalent of one Cakeballz, but by the time I sat down to write this I had actually eaten two packs of them. Whoopsie. But, dang they’re good!!

Laurie: First of all, I was impressed with their shipping package. My Cakeballz arrived by mail, very well packed in a cardboard box with an insulated pouch and an ice/cold pack.  Next, the Cakeballz and their packaging are just SO cute!  They’d be just perfect at a wedding or at a bridal or baby shower.  At $1.99 for a package of 3 (suggested retail), that could add up for a large group, (plus you’d have to deal with portion control, lol).  I shared some with my family, after giving explicit instructions that they were to nibble and savor these, and not chomp ‘em down in 2 bites (or even worse… 1 bite!). The Birthday Cakeballz are my favorite. I really liked the outer layer of icing, and the inside was great as well. Dense and moist, yummy! My kids liked Red Velvet Cakeballz best and said that they are not too doughy and not too crumbly. They are rich and sweet without being too much of either. My husband liked the Chocolate Cakeballz. His comment was “They are darned good!”  Looks like they are about 70 calories each which would not be bad for a little sweet fix. Calories would add up fast if you ate a lot of these. They are available at many Walgreen locations. Warning, they can be addicting!

Pat: I love cake as much as the next person, and was excited when these fun little treats arrived in my mailbox. As the others have said, they were packed well for shipment and arrived intact.  They tasted great, although the birthday cake flavor was a bit doughy for my tastes. I still managed to eat them. <grin> Chocolate was my favorite flavor, and the Red Velvet a close second. They were delish!  I’d be proud to serve them to my girlfriends for coffee, or at a formal party. They’re pretty, petite and yummy. And, at 70 calories per ball, you can have a few and not feel too guilty.  They come in packs of three so you can share!  Their packaging is cute, and would make a great gift, such as a stocking stuffer or Easter basket filler.  In summary, I would like another, please! 🙂