Chocolate, Hemp, Cider + Dandelions [Product Review!]

Guess what? Christmas is in  just two weeks! Are you ready? I’m certainly not! I’m definitely excited for it, but have a lot more shopping to do. And… we still haven’t made or sent out our Christmas cards. I’m determined to make it happen though, even it they don’t go out until December 24th!

I’ve received a few awesome products from some great companies recently and want to take some time to review them for you today. First up, Adora Calcium Supplements.

I’ve been a fan of these for years, so when Adora offered to send me some, I happily said yes! I really enjoy Adora Calcium Supplements because they actually taste like high-quality chocolate and are the perfect “something sweet” at the end of a meal (I save mine for after dinner). Each supplement provides 500mg of calcium, which is 50% of the daily recommended value. They also provide Vitamin D3 and magnesium for optimal absorption of adequate calcium. Osteoporosis runs in my family, so getting adequate calcium and taking care of my bones has always been important to me. Just a note though- it is possible to get too much calcium, so be sure not to go overboard.

Adora Calcium Supplements come in both dark and milk chocolate. I’m not much of a milk chocolate fan, so I had only bought dark in the past. However, this milk chocolate is pretty darn good – every bit as delicious as the dark.

They also make a great addition to High Fiber/Protein Chocolate Orange Muffins. :)

Mmmm… I need to go make one of those.


Next, we have Hippie Butter Hemp Seeds.

I’ve been hearing a lot about hemp and how great it is over the past several months, and was starting to get curious. It was perfect timing when Hippie Butter sent me a bag of shelled hemp seeds to try out. First of all, I absolutely love this company’s name! But more than that- I love these hemp seeds! The flavor is nutty and just delicious. I like to sprinkle them on top of a salad, but you can also put them on yogurt, in/on top of smoothies, or just eat them by the spoonful. Hemp seeds are protein rich and a good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.


On to Angry Orchard Apple Cider:

I was recently sent three different varieties of hard cider from Angry Orchard to try out. I’ll be honest- I’m not much of a hard cider fan. I’ve only ever found one or two that I could drink more than a few sips of. Most are too sweet or too dry for me, and I’ll usually choose beer instead. So, I was a little hesitant to try this one out. I was pleasantly surprised when I did- they taste great! Not too sweet or bitter- just pure, delicious apple flavor! I haven’t tried the apple ginger flavor yet, but I’m thinking that it’s going to be my favorite.


And last, Dandy Blend:

Dandy Blend has appeared several times on my blog before, because I love it so much. And it was very nice of them to send me a free bag! I discovered Dandy Blend a few years ago when a co-worker brought me some to try out. I had given up caffeine, and she said that it was a fabulous alternative. It comes in a powder form and is similar to instant coffee.

It’s made of dandelion, chicory and beet roots, barley and rye grains and has a smooth, delicious texture. I like to mix mine 50/50 with almond water and milk with a hint of stevia. It’s delicious hot or cold- and it dissolves in either temperature too! If you haven’t tried Dandy Blend yet, you’re missing out! You can order it on, and if you use the code QIR197 ,you can get up to $10 off of your first order and free shipping on orders over $20!


And last of all, the winner of the Jamberry Nails giveaway is:

Congrats, Annette- you are going to have so much fun with these! Email me at with your shipping address. :)

If you didn’t win, you can still order your own Jamberry Nail Shields here until December 15th and get 10% off of your order by using the code “likejamberry” – AND if you buy 3, you get 1 free! Be sure to select “Lauren Martin” as your hostess at checkout!

* I received all products from this review free of charge. Opinions are my own.

Have you tried any great products lately? Please share!


  1. I absolutely love hard cider. Magners is actually my favorite. However, Angry Orchard ranks up there as one that I enjoy too. Its really light and just crisp. Glad you gave it a try!

    I also love those Adora disks. Delish!

  2. I like to add hemp hearts to granola and baked goods. Next up, in my smoothies!

  3. The logo guy on the hemp hearts looks stoned. Ha.

    I tried Trader Joe’s Crunchy Black and White Rice Rolls last week and they are surprisingly delicious and only 45 calories (so I ate 4 of them!)

  4. I love the name “Hippie Butter” – it’s adorable! And a good reminder that I need to order more hemp seeds…
    I bought a bag of Dandy Blend a month or so ago for Aaron to help him cut back on coffee, and I actually really like it, even though I’ve never been a coffee person (chai is more my thing). It’s great at night with a little raw cacao powder, almond milk, and vanilla stevia – totally satisfies my sweet tooth. :)

  5. I really need to try the hemp seeds I’ve heard so much about lately!

  6. I want to try that dandy blend!

  7. I ordered from Jamberry and they arrived yesterday. Can’t wait to give them a try!!

  8. i can’t wait to try the dandy blend! i am just waiting to get through the rest of my tea. we have hemp seeds daily in our juice!

  9. I’ve been quite intrigued by the Dandy Blend too, but I’ve alllllways wanted to try the Adora disks! haha I remember picking it up SEVERAL times at the store and then seeing the price, and quieeeetly putting it back down….:P Someday I’ll have the courage, someday. So awesome they sent you stuff!


  11. I absolutely LOVE Dandy Blend! I gave up caffeine this past May and it has been a lifesaver. Do you prefer to drink it plain (just mixed with water) or to blend it with almond milk?

  12. I am wanting to try the Hippie Butter hemp butter!! I love hemp seeds!

  13. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    I haven’t even figured out what christmas cards we are going to make, not to mention ordering and mailing them. We’ll see…

    I am not a fan of cider, but I usually like your taste in beer, so I’m really curious about those ciders now. I’ll have to keep my eyes open!

  14. I want to try those chews so bad! I save mine for a little sweetness after meals too. I knew my diet was super-strict when I looked forward to those every day like candy. ;)

  15. I can’t wait to try my dandy blend! And I like the idea of a ginger cider–I agree, I’m not usually a fan of hard ciders, I like my beer, but yup, like Heather, I trust your taste in beer/beer-like beverages.

Comments are welcome (and encouraged)!