Can you believe Valentine’s Day is next week? It’s a pretty exciting day for my family. It’s the anniversary of when my husband and I first started dating 14 years ago AND also it’s my daughter’s first Valentine’s Day with classmates to give Valentines to! I love the idea of having a day dedicated to love, where we put just a little more effort into showing our loved ones how much they mean to us. If you haven’t had a chance to get your special Valentines anything yet, do not fear. Whole Foods is here!
I was recently given the opportunity to sample various Valentine’s Day themed items from the Glastonbury Whole Foods. I know, it’s a really tough job but someone has do it! And what’s more fun then taste testing a bunch of yummy goodies? Getting your family in on the action. Let’s just say that my husband and kids were extremely willing participants. I thought for sure my 3-year-old’s eyes were going to pop right out of her head when I showed her all of the Valentine’s Day themed treats. “I can help you eat these?” she asked. When I said “yes” you would have thought it was Christmas morning.
Ok, let’s get to it, shall we? I’m going to highlight our family faves for you.
In my opinion, chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven so I was probably the most excited to try the Justin’s organic dark chocolate peanut butter cups. If you’re expecting it to taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup you may find yourself a little disappointed. The texture is different; the peanut butter center is creamier (with hints of salt). Bottom line: different doesn’t mean bad by any means! I’m a big Reese’s fan and I still really enjoyed devouring this peanut butter cup (My husband swiped the second one in the pack of two).
My taste buds are still singing after indulging in not one, but two heart-shaped boxes of heavenly chocolate goodness. One box (from Lake Champlain Chocolates) was filled with two layers of assorted chocolates including truffles and specialty chocolates. My favorites were the Evergreen Mint, the Cappuccino, and the Raspberry (yes there is a “cheat sheet” for those who like to know what they’re biting into). The other box was the Whole Foods brand and was filled with assorted chocolates with fun, fancy names (and descriptions) given on the card provided. I was a huge fan of the “Temptation” and the “Sultane.” My family also enjoyed quite a few chocolates from each box but they were shoveling them into their mouth faster than I could ask for feedback. I’ll take that as a good sign though! That, along with the huge chocolate-covered smiles on everyone’s faces.
When my 3-year-old and I saw the box of Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks we were thrilled! She loves fruit snacks so she was excited to try a new kind. I was excited because not only does each package of fruit snacks double as a Valentine with a “To” and “From” in a heart you can write on, but they are also NUT FREE! My daughter’s preschool is a nut-free school (as many are these days). Sometimes it’s a challenge trying to find something that is completely nut free. This will be a great treat for her classmates. The only challenge now is keeping my daughter from eating them all before Valentine’s Day!
Another top pick of ours was the Bissinger’s soft caramel filled chocolates. Holy cow these are delicious. You take a bite and there’s an explosion of ooey gooey caramel in your mouth. YUM-MY! The only problem (?) is that you cannot have just one. Consider yourself warned.
In addition to all of the sweet treats, I received a package of Valentina’s Home-Brewed Bath Salts as well as a bar of South of France soap. Both smell absolutely, positively divine. In the words of my 3-year-old, “These are mine and I’m not sharing!” These would make any hard-working mama very happy on Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter)!
If you need something for your special Valentines – your child, spouse, or even your child’s classmates, Whole Foods has something for everyone. Trust me. I’ve got an extra 5 pounds now to prove it.
Disclosure: I was not paid to write this review but did receive the products mentioned in my post.