Thursday, December 5, 2013

Whole Foods Market for Holiday Entertaining!

ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

"Between the shopping and the crowds, the holidays can be extremely stressful for consumers. Just in time for the holiday rush, Whole Foods Market is making gift giving and holiday entertaining easy and hassle free this year with creative gift ideas for everyone on your list.

We’ve got your shopping list covered - from wine that will impress the in-laws to cozy socks perfect for the little ones’ stocking stuffers and everything in between.
Here are some of our favorite goodies this holiday season:

Fine wine without breaking the bank –
·      Don Simon Brut – This Spanish sparkling wine is a crowd-pleaser and GREAT value.  It perfectly pairs with with appetizers, hors d' oeuvres, and creamy cheeses for all of your holiday celebration needs orcelebratory toasts! ($6 for 750 mL, WFM exclusive)

Gifts that give back –
·      L.I.F.E. Line products – Give back to your community (the neighbors, babysitters, etc.) with a branded coffee sleeve, bracelet or change purse. Proceeds go to CTC (Comfort the Children) International, a non-profit working alongside Kenyan communities to create sustainable change.

·      Whole Foods Market™ and Whole Catch® Frozen Appetizers – Make party prepping easy and painless with deliciousappetizers like Tandoori Chicken Samosas, Mini Quiche Trio, Chicken & Vegetable Egg Rolls, and Buffalo, Coconut, and Popcorn Shrimp.

·      365 Everyday Value® Holiday Goodies – The perfect treats to satiate those sweet tooths, Whole Foods Market’s private label brand, 365 Everyday Value® offers an array of holiday cookies and ice creams! Cookies areavailable in Chocolate Candy Cane CrèmeCookies, Holiday Shape Cookies (in Butter and Gingerbread), and Pumpkin PieCheesecake. Ice creams available in Peppermint, Egg Nog, and Pumpkin.

·     Whole Foods Market™ Baking Grinders/Seasonings  – Brand new line of spices for the holiday season.  Fresh grinded spices are the freshest way to keep and impart spices.  These unique combinations will make any dish better and more flavorful.  Makes it fun to experiment with.

·    Allegro Coffee® Celebration CafĂ©— A distinctive coffee with a world full of taste, as this years blend will be made from two sources: Guatemala and Ethiopia.  What’s more is that the coffee is certified kosher, and Allegro donates 5 percent of their net annual profits to support both the communities where their products are grown and their local neighborhoods."

What we thought:  We reviewed several of the items above and were so pleased with all of them!   The L.I.F.E. Line products so cute!  The wine bag would be a fantastic hostess gift.  You could stuff the stocking for a teacher gift.  The coin purse and coffee sleeve would be perfect stocking stuffers.  Everyone loves a gift that gives back and what a great cause!  The Kettle Corn and Shortbread cookies were a huge hit and disappeared between the four of us:)  I love the idea of the spice grinders...blends of yummy spices in neat combinations make for a super easy rub this holiday season and the Murray River Salt was great too!  The Allegro Coffee would be great to have on hand for those holiday guests.  Whole Foods Market is your one-stop shop when it comes to healthy foods and fun gifts this holiday season!  ABCD Diaries gives Whole Foods Market an A+!

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