Included in the gift basket:
- A Campbell’s Soup re-usable tote bag
- 1 container of V8 low sodium hot spicy vegetable juice
- 1 container of V8 V-Fusion pomegranate blueberry juice
- 1 can of Campbell’s Select Harvest Harvest Tomato with Basil soup
- 1 can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken condensed soup
- A KitchenAid 2 speed hand blender
- A Microplane zester/grater
- Various McCormick spices (dried oregano, fennel seeds, chili powder, thyme leaves, and ground coriander seed)
Curious about any of these products? The folks at Campbell’s Kitchen were nice enough to let us here at FaveDiets.com sample out everything in the prize package, and here’s what we had to say:
V8 Blueberry Pomegranate Juice: One word comes to mind when I think about this delicious drink – refreshing! I’m not normally a juice drinker, but this is a great alternative to sugary sports drinks or soda. I really felt like I was making a healthy choice when choosing this drink because it is 100% juice (you don’t find that too often). The flavor was not overly sweet or artificial. In fact, it tasted very natural and fresh! I would definitely consider drinking this again if I wanted a fun drink alternative.
Campbell’s Cream of Chicken: I use Campbell’s soups on a weekly basis, from the tomato soup, to broccoli cheese, to cream of mushroom. But one of my favorites and one I use often is the cream of chicken soup. It’s one of the most universal soups that’s perfect to add to a casserole, to use as a base for making your own homemade chicken soup, or to simply enjoy on its own. Campbell’s has been a staple in my household growing up, and now as an adult it has remained a staple. There are so many ways to incorporate Campbell’s soups (like the cream of chicken) into your cooking; there’s endless recipes to choose from. What I love most about the cream of chicken is that it tastes – simply put – like real chicken, the flavors are natural and never let me down. It’s why Campbell’s is my go-to soup every time.
McCormick spices have been my got-to spices for some time, if for no other reason than because of the variety of spices available. I love experimenting with the various spices in their gourmet collection, including the much under used (in my opinion) ground Coriander seed. In its herb form it’s Cilantro (which I use in all forms when cooking) but as a spice, it’s the Coriander seed and it can also be used in so many ways. My favorite way is when cooking chicken and to sprinkle over salads. It’s a pleasantly sweet spice and it can add an exotic flair to the most boring of dish. Though commonly seen in Latin, Indian and Middle Eastern cooking, I think Coriander lends itself to a variety of recipes. I suggest everyone take a culinary trip through McCormicks’ gourmet collection and discover the many flavors from around the world.
I tried the dried thyme from McCormick, and I really enjoyed it! Latkes are one of my favorite foods, and I love to make them from scratch with a generous amount of thyme. I tested out the McCormick thyme in my favorite latke recipe yesterday, and it tasted fantastic. The thyme was fragrant with a spicy, savory, herbal aroma that permeated the dish. Usually I like my potato pancakes with applesauce, but this time I made them with fried eggs on top, and the thyme was a perfect complement to the egg. I even forgot to add the usual nutmeg and pepper to the recipe, but the thyme carried the flavor all by itself. I will definitely be using this spice again!
As soon as I got my hands on the Microplane zester, I had to break it in with a homemade lemon bar recipe. Of course, I’ve never made lemon bars before, so that was a bit of an experiment. Regardless, the zester performed wonderfully, and I credit the delicious flavor of the lemon bars (the only true success in the venture) to the excellent zesting. I didn’t have quite enough lemons for the recipe, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t get enough zest, but the zester was surprisingly efficient. In no time at all, I had tablespoons full of bright, lemony little curlicues. The thin, long shape of the zester made it easy to reach all the lemons curves, so I got the most zest possible out of each lemon. I was also happy to find that the zester was literally covered in little grating teeth, so I could use the tool at almost any angle and still get it to produce zest. The Microplane was a little difficult to clean afterwards, but some assiduous rinsing got the job done without leaving any lemon bits caught in the graters. I’m really excited to add the zester in my arsenal of kitchen tools (bonus: the handle is red, so I can easily pick out the zester in the heap of black handles that is my utensil drawer)!
Everybody knows that V8 100% Vegetable Juice is a great way to get your veggie nutrition along with great taste. Now, you can get those things along with a little kick a spicy hot kick, that is! The good folks who make V8 have created Low Sodium V8 Spicy Hot, and it has 70% less sodium than their regular V8 Spicy Hot great for those who are watching their sodium intake but don’t want to give up great flavor. You’ll still get powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, all with the smooth flavor you’ve come to know and love from V8. Plus, one 8-ounce serving gives you 2 servings of vegetables, and that’s something pretty much everyone needs more of. Amp up your veggie flavors with Low Sodium V8 Spicy Hot and give your day a kick in the pants.
I tried KitchenAid’s Hand Blender and really enjoyed the experience! The blender comes with a handy plastic blending jar with a lid and is BPA-free, which is reassuring, as many plastic products release toxins. The 3-cup container includes ounce measurements, which is helpful when measuring ingredients for cooking recipes such as soup. The top Motor Body has an easy-grip, rubber handle and the bottom attachment, or the Twist Lock Stainless Steel Blending Arm, screws on easily with just a couple turns of the wrist. The motor is quiet and efficient. I made a smoothie using the blender, and with a few pulses of the One-Touch Power Button, my fruit was completely blended in the blending jar, with little splashing or messâ€”even after I added liquids such as yogurt and soy milk. The container is larger enough to deal with chunky food. I love that the Blending Arm is dishwasher safeâ€”that makes cleaning after cooking much easier! Finally, the entire blender is so compact and won’t take up much room in your kitchen. It’s easy to handle and user-friendly. I would recommend this blender to anyone looking for a great tool for making soups, smoothies and more.
Campbell’s Select Harvest – Harvest Tomato with Basil: To be honest, tomato soup was never one of my favorite soup varieties. However, this tomato soup far exceeded any other canned variety I have tried before. It tastes like it has real tomatoes in it, which is a bit of a revelation in a canned soup. The basil adds the perfect flavor to counteract the tomato, but the tomato is still the dominant flavor here. The only thing that’s missing from this can of soup is a grilled cheese sandwich!