We all know how much the ELTW household loves the president, right? No, no, not THAT President – President’s Choice Products. And so do a lot of our friends, as you can see from our annual party post from last December!
As PC products are one of the few packaged brands I get really excited about, I was thrilled when my blogging buddy Suzie the Foodie put me in touch with the kind folks at Hill and Knowlton Canada who sent me a wonderful package of products from the latest Insider’s Report, featuring many products just ripe for BBQ season.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that about 30 seconds after this was discovered on our front porch, Neil was digging into the Thick-Cut Ballpark Hot Dog Chips:
These were “strangely good”. A hint of meat, a little bit of bacon and pickle – they were dangerously more-sish. Nice and thick – a treat for every now and then. Products like this are why I generally don’t buy chips (because we eat the whole package in one go!)
I was thrilled to see a coupon for the Mini Angus Beef Sliders:
I LOVE burgers but generally speaking they are too big. These are PERFECT at 45g each and served with the Mini Slider Buns, a couple of these are a perfect sized meal (for me!).
It’s my new favourite “go-to” dinner!!!
In the package there was also a coupon to try out one of the new Ice Cream Shop Flavours. We chose Mint Chocolate, simply because it’s a favourite and many of the others looked a little sweet for my liking (Rainbow? Marshmallow Chocolate Swirl, Cotton Candy? No thanks, I like my ice cream flavours simple!). I enjoyed this – it was creamy and flavourful without being overly sweet though it was VERY green!! I will be buying this again.
Neil and I and our neighbour enjoyed the Sparkling Orange Tangerine Fruit Juice. We rarely buy soda/ pop/ soft drinks in our house and when we do, we prefer non-diet drinks. This was refreshing and tasty but at over $3 for four 250ml servings, it’s a little on the pricey side.
I will probably buy this from time to time but mostly in the summer I make my own version of this with whatever fruit juice we have on hand and sparkling water. No, it doesn’t come in a pretty can but it tastes good too!
The Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies pretty much held my hand through report card writing week.
Much as I love homemade baked goods, I am a sucker for store bought cookies and am already a big fan of the President’s Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie (which, again, I cannot buy because I eat them all way too fast! – are we seeing a theme here???). I can see these becoming a firm favourite in the staff room next fall!! You can’t eat just one!
It being BBQ season, there were some great products to help out with your grilling:
This Grilling and Roasting Seasoning was really great on a steak…
With sea salt, black peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, onion granules, dehydrated green bell peppers, dehydrated red bell peppers, garlic granules, chili pepper flakes, this provided a lot of flavour in just a few grinds. A little bit of kick from the chili pepper flakes = perfect!
This Maple Bacon Marinade actually contains visible pieces of bacon!
It was perfect for a quick marinade to jazz up some chicken breasts and, as I work full time and am enrolled in two part time courses, I say that every now and then, the convenience of having a pre-mixed marinade on hand is ok. Everything in moderation, I say and it was really tasty!
The Glaze with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena was one of my favourites…
I can see a lot of uses for this, but so far my favourite is to fry up some mushrooms and drizzle the glaze over them just before serving.
Perfect on their own or served over a steak or some chicken. The glaze was tangy and rich tasting and I can see it coming in handy for a quick marinade, glaze or drizzle to liven up a dull dish!
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the quality of all products we tried (there is still an olive oil we haven’t cracked open). PC are reliable, dependable products that, for the most part, offer great value for money. When we actually physically go shopping in supermarkets carrying the PC line, I tend to go a bit crazy because everything looks so good. This is why Neil and I generally have our groceries and organic boxes delivered – to avoid the temptation!
Thanks President’s Choice and Hill and Knowlton for the chance to get the “inside scoop” on these new products – a delicious task!
President’s Choice wrap up Canada’s Biggest BBQ Tour on Canada Day, July 1, in Ottawa, but you can enjoy these products all through the summer ( and probably beyond!)
Chips, juice and cookie photos courtesy Suzie Ridler, because they were gobbled up before I thought about the post – eating BEFORE blogging/ photographing? Now those must be good products!!!