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DaVinci Gourmet {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

 When we were going to school full-time, we were living in a college town in Washington state — you can only imagine how important the local coffee shops were to most of the students on campus.  Between the college setting and being just over an hour away from Seattle, coffee was king!  I don’t drink coffee, but many of our study sessions or get-togethers after class or work took place at a coffee shop, so I needed to find something there outside of hot chocolate for the warm summer months.  Enter Italian sodas!  I loved having a fun fruity drink to order, and I especially loved being able to try multiple flavors and mix and match over the two years I lived there.

I found a great post for Italian sodas on one of my favorite foodie blogs at the beginning of the summer, and it took me right back to these fun times with friends!  I added “fruit flavored syrups” to my shopping list so I grab them at the grocery store, but there were NONE to be found — some vanilla, caramel, and chocolate flavors to add to coffees or hot chocolates, but no fruity flavors for Italian sodas.

 

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I headed online to see where I could purchase these syrups online, and I came across the new Fruit Innovations Syrups offered by DaVinci Gourmet!  “The Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups are specially formulated for making refreshing cold beverages.  Give lemonades, ice teas, and sodas a unique twist by adding one of our gourmet syrup flavors.  These delicious syrups are made with pure cane sugar and ultra-filtered water.  Easily mixable Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ syrups naturally compliment many cold drinks without adding overwhelming sweetness.  So stir in one of our nine new flavors into your next drink recipe and get that fresh-squeezed fruit taste anywhere, anytime!”

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We were sent the Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach, and Mango flavors to try, so we invited some friends over for dessert and games and pulled out all the fixings for Italian sodas!  By the end of the evening, we had sampled all five flavors and were pleased with all of them.  Peach, though, was a clear favorite, with raspberry coming in right behind.

DaVinci Gourmet also offers Honey Melon, Kiwi, Mandarin Orange, and Tropical Fruit in this new Fruit Innovations line — they all sound amazing!  DaVinci Gourmet also provides a plethora of recipes that use these  Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups, such as Asian Citrus Sorbet, Summertime Strawberry Lemonade, and Peaches and Cream Soda.  I would highly recommend these great  Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups to add a fun twist to lots of different drinks!

In addition to these great new summer fruit flavors, DaVinci Gourmet also offers Classic Syrups, Sugar Free Flavored Syrups, All Natural Flavors Syrups, Gourmet Sauces, and Tea Concentrates.

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**This review was sponsored by DaVinci Gourmet, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Whittard {Review}

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Our weather here on the East coast has ranged from warm days in short-sleeved shirts and shorts at the park to frigid temperature with ice and harsh winds.  I have to admit that every time I see warmer weather in the forecast, I cringe just a little.  I LOVE the cold weather (though I’m not a fan of living in the snow) because I love wearing sweater, snuggling under a blanket, and especially drinking hot chocolate.

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Whittard is a U.K.-based store specializing in hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and other accessories and equipment related to these drinks.  The packaging is classy, and these items would be perfect gifts for friends and loved ones.

How fun to have a package arrive internationally with three choices of hot chocolate that we’ve never tried (or even imagined!) before. We immediately whipped out our Cocomotion and set out to sampling our flavors. We enjoyed the smooth taste of the Luxury White Hot Chocolate and the tangy flavor in the Orange Hot Chocolate, and we were surprised to find that our favorite flavor of the three was the Lemon Meringue White Hot Chocolate (no longer available!).

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In the About Us section on the Whittard website, it explains, “Our story began in 1886 when Walter Whittard opened his first tea and coffee store on London’s Fleet Street.  His philosophy was to always ‘Buy The Best’, sourcing the highest quality teas and coffees from around the world and blending them to his customers’ specifications.  Today – over 125 years later – we still remain true to Walter’s founding philosophy. From one little shop on Fleet Street we continue to grow, sharing our innovative range and specialist knowledge across our UK stores, overseas and online.”

• We have 130 varieties of tea, and still blend our own teas and infusions, just as Walter did.

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• We are one of the few places that will grind freshly roasted coffee beans to your individual tastes.

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• We have over 18 varieties of luxurious hot chocolate, tempting chocolate lovers with everything from White Chocolate and Strawberry to Chilli.

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• We believe that preparation and serving are all part of the enjoyment. So we sell specialist china, equipment and glassware alongside our drinks.

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What a fun surprise this could be for a mother-daughter tea party, a girls’ night out, a bridal or baby shower, or a cold night at home snuggled under the blanket.  If you’re looking for high-quality hot chocolate in a variety of flavors, I can tell you from experience that Whittard is the place to shop.  Enjoy and stay warm!

**This review was sponsored by Whittard, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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