Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Winners! (GE Ecomagination)

I have the winners of the two $50 light bulbs from the GE Ecomagination giveaway! The winner of the first week's bulb is DawnA of the February 21, 9:02 a.m. comment! The winner of the second week's bulb is s8r8l33! I've sent your email addresses to my boss, and she'll be contacting you for your mailing information!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

La Crème Coffee Creamer Review---and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and La Crème.

May I recommend aspiring to a career that allows you to receive Rush Delivery of packages? It is super satisfying, and there are cool stickers for you and the kids to try to figure out.

We THINK this one means it's perishable and liquid
but not a hazardous chemical.

Inside this particular package was an assortment of La Crème coffee creamers for me to try. They need to be used within a week of opening and I opened all four, so please do come by for coffee if you're in the area.

From left to right: Hazelnut, French Vanilla, The Original, and Cinnamon Vanilla

I normally use powdered or liquid non-dairy creamers, always the sweetened/flavored ones. Let's compare my creamer usage to yours, so you know how to incorporate the review. This is the color I like my coffee to be:

(I keep thinking that's a drip down the front of the bottle)

I like to be able to taste the coffee, not just the creamer, but I also want distinct creaminess, sweetness, and whatever the flavor is.

I first tried The Original, which is unsweetened. I do sometimes take my coffee with a slosh of milk or cream and no sweetener, and that's exactly what this was like. Since La Crème is lactose-free, this would be the perfect one for someone who wants real cream in their coffee but needs to avoid lactose.

I next tried the Hazelnut. Again, very good creaminess. Less sweetness and flavor than I'm used to: I don't think I would have known it was hazelnut.

I next tried Cinnamon Vanilla. Very good creaminess, light sweetness. I could taste the cinnamon but not the vanilla---but I find vanilla very hard to detect in coffee. I have a bag of vanilla-flavored coffee that's supposed to be intensely vanilla, and I find the vanilla mild even in that.

The French Vanilla smelled AMAZING, like melted ice cream, or like buttercream frosting, so I put in twice as much as I usually would. It was delicious, and with the double dose I could taste the vanilla---but I couldn't taste the coffee anymore. What I had was like a delicious French Vanilla non-chocolate hot chocolate.

So, overall, comparing the flavored/sweetened three dairy creamers to the non-dairy flavored/sweetened creamers I'm accustomed to, I'd say the La Crème creamers have significantly more creaminess with noticeably less sweetness and flavor. The perfect thing for me would be a combination: the actual dairy and creamness of the La Crème, but with more sweet and more flavor like the fake-dairy ones.

And I'm picturing some of you saying, "Wait--I never use those artificial creamers, because they are TOO SWEET and I hate the fakey flavors!" In which case, OMG YOU HAVE TO TRY LA CRÈME! You will be so happy!

I know it's what's on the inside that really matters, but I'd also like to praise the bottles, because they really do look classy and awesome. If I wanted to give someone a coffee gift (mug, package of good coffee, creamers), I would choose these every time because they're so pretty. They look EXPENSIVE. And I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but the coating is satiny rather than shiny, so it not only looks nice but feels nice.

To enter to win a $100 Visa gift card, leave a comment on this post by March 31, 2011, saying which creamer flavor you'd want to try first: Original, French Vanilla, Cinnamon Vanilla, or Hazelnut.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here: The Official Rules.

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