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Organic Honey Stinger Snacks for Kids

This post about organic kids’ snacks was brought to you by Honey Stinger who provided a product sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. 

Honey Stinger makes organic energy-packed snacks for kids - and they're soooo good.

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Do Tell, Mamas: Where’s Your Stash?

Yeah, I do it.

…and I’m willing to bet you do it, too.

We keep a stash. In the back of the fridge. In your nightstand drawer. In with the cleaning supplies, because lord knows nobody is going to find it in there. It might be chips. It might be chocolate. It might be the really good ice cream. What it is doesn’t even matter so much, as long as it’s actually there when we want it. Because if there’s one parenthood truth out there, it’s that if mom wants it, so does everyone else.

My stash is usually ice cream. Something with lots of chocolate, maybe coffee. But at the moment, my stash is a little more exciting than usual. VitaCost sent me some of their new Super Cacao bars to check out, and they went directly into Mommy’s hiding place. (Although, for the sake of disclosure, I did share one with my son. They’re very dark, so I knew he wouldn’t like it. We’ve all used that trick, right?)

Before I get into what I think of Super Cacao, I’ll let VitaCost give you the lowdown on what they’re all about.

Sounds good, right? They are good. Very good. For me, chocolate and orange is ambrosia for the soul, so I love that one. The coconut is a close second. Paired with wine? Fabulous. And I love a lot of the ingredients…pure cacao, organic orange oil, Madagascan vanilla bean. They’re all natural, vegan, and made with non-GMO ingredients. As an avid label reader, I should feel good about that, right? Well, I’m a little torn. These “supercharged” bars are actually sold as supplements that are “secretly nourished with notable nutrients.” 

Here is the list of ingredients for the VitaCost Super Cacao Mandarin Orange Bar:

Other Ingredients: Dark chocolate (cocoa liquor, superior cocoa liquor, cocoa buer, soy lecithin), tangerine crisps, vanilla bean, cacao†, coconut butter†, lucuma fruit†, WellTrim® iG African mango extract (Irvingia gabonensis) 150 mg, Sensoril® ashwagandha extract 100 mg, CocoaNOURISH® PROPRIETARY BOTANICAL BLEND 100 mg** [cocoa†, cocoa extract†, coffee fruit extract, green tea extract†, cinnamon extract†, cupuacu fruit, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (contains phenethylamine, PEA), rooibos tea extract, curcumin extract, resveratrol extract†, pine bark extract, natural flavors], GanedenBC30® probiotic Bacillus coagulans, maca†, cinnamon†, green coffee bean, cupuacu fruit†, orange oil†, sea salt, PalmNOURISH™ PROPRIETARY ANTIOXIDANT BLEND 10 mg** [red palm oil†, coconut oil†, AstaREAL® astaxanthin, Tocomin® palm tocotrienols, FloraGLO® lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, rosemary†, cinnamon bark oil†] and vanilla oil†. 

†Organic ingredients 
**Amount per bar 
Contains: Tree nuts (coconut) and Soy.

I’m interested in YOUR thoughts: Is a long list of ingredients always a bad thing? What if you don’t recognize what a lot of them are?

Is it a BONUS if your chocolate can function as a supplement? 

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Snack On, Snackers! Goodies Co. Monthly Snack Delivery Service

Many thanks to Walmart Labs for sponsoring today’s discussion.
Are you a snacker like me? Read on, my friend…

A few weeks ago, my son and I went grocery shopping and snacks were on our list. We had this conversation in the natural and organic aisle:

Him:  “Mommy! Look! I want those dog crackers!”
Me:  “Dog crackers? (Checking out the box, I noticed they were cheddar crackers with broccoli in them, and each was stamped with an animal face.) Oh, those ones with the picture of the dog on the box? Oh, I don’t know, honey. Those are four dollars and they don’t look very good.”
Him: “But I love cheese! And I reeeeally love broccoli! Oh please ohpleaseohpleaseohplease!!”
Him, ten minutes later in the car: “Mommy, these crackers smell funny. I think I won’t eat them.” Continue reading

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