Monday, March 7, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Old School Favorites



I have always been an avid label-reader. This is a habit that was ingrained into me since childhood by my mother, who read the ingredients on every single package that she considered purchasing to check for various evils. Her pet loathed substances were BHT and aspartame; to this day she actually expresses guilt for buying my brother and I the occasional Lunchables as children, unwittingly exposing us to nitrates and other additive horrors. (I routinely assure her that I survived the ordeal without too much trauma, to little effect.)

Anyway. Once you start, it is impossible to kick the habit of being aware of the garbage you are putting into your body. While healthier and more organic choices are becoming more readily available these days, there is still So. Much. Crap.

I mean, think about it. There is stuff out there in boxes and bags that is saturated so heavily in chemical preservatives that even bugs refuse to eat it. That’s pretty gross. I will not cram that fake stuff in my facehole. (On a side note: once you start eating actual food, eating junk food will taste gross. And possibly make you feel ill.)



You don’t have to worry about any of that with Old SchoolFavorites. The concept behind Old School Favorites’ gourmet nuts and chocolate sauces is one of taking it slow, using fresh, quality ingredients in small batches, “the old school way”. The ingredients are pretty simple: fresh cream, butter, Madagascar vanilla, sea salt, cocoa, stoneground Taza chocolate. No artificial additives or preservatives. And, most of all, you can actually taste how exponentially better the real thing is.

I received a package that included one bag of the Nutsz Maple Walnuts, an 8 oz jar of original Chocolate Szauce, and a 4 oz jar of each the Peppermint Chocolate Szauce and Cayenne Chocolate Szauce. (The also carry a Caramel Chocolate Szauce)

The chocolate is dark and very “real”. If you’re accustomed to Hershey’s chocolate flavored corn syrup, this blows it right out of the water. The flavor was very subtle in the peppermint variety, and the cayenne had a kick, but wasn’t too spicy, for me, anyway. If you’re an absolute wuss in the spice department, consider the other flavors.

The Nutsz are maple-walnut crack. Sweet and slightly salty, you can sprinkle them on ice cream, eat them in yogurt, or shovel them down right out of the bag.

 The Szauce itself is very thick and frosting-like in texture, so if you intend to serve it over ice cream or use it to a pourable effect, you should heat it briefly in the microwave -- not too long or it may burn. However, if you’re going to shamelessly eat it out of the jar like myself, dig right in.

One warning: the products will disappear quickly, so it’s perhaps better suited to gifting purposes unless you intend on buying it by thecase. Old School Favorites makes custom gift baskets and personalized labeling.

My package arrived right before the big East Coast snow storm a couple of weeks ago, and between members of the household and guests, the Szauce(s) and Nutsz disappeared literally overnight, save for a bit of the cayenne that I saved for a delicious cup of my Winter Warmer:

Winter Warmer -- 
Cayenne Hot Chocolate

1 heaping tablespoon of Old School Favorites Cayenne Chocolate Szauce
6 oz milk
1.5 oz brandy or cognac
.5 oz chocolate liqueur
whipped cream
chili flakes

Heat milk. Stir in Szauce until thoroughly mixed. Add booze, and top with whipped cream and chili flakes. More chocolate and/or booze may be added to taste.

I do realize that by this point, oh readership, it’s closing in on springtime. But there are probably a few cold nights left in the Midatlantic, and no reasons not to drink booze-laden cayenne hot chocolate. I think my logic is sound, and once you try it, you'll agree.

Old School Favorites is generously offering one of our US readers a gift basket that includes one of each of their products, plus an apron or hat (your choice) as a giveaway for you, Dear Readers. You won’t be disappointed!  Read on to see how you can enter.


https://twitter.com/oldschoolfavs





One winner in the US will win one gift set from Old School Favorites to include 1 each of their 4 Chocolate Szauce flavors, 1 package Nutz Maple Walnuts, and winners choice of either an Old School Favorites hat or apron.

To enter the giveaway, you must leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning.

This giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS ONLY and will end just before midnight ET on 3-21. 

The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours after the end of the giveaway. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Once the winner has responded and confirmed, their first name will be posted on our Giveaways  page.

Good luck!

66 comments:

  1. The Nutzy Apple Pie with a crust made from their Maple Walnuts and Oats looks amazing! I'd use the sauces on ice cream or to try one of Aurora's Winter Warmers. I love the blend of chiles and chocolate!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I would love to try the flubber cake! I would use these to spice up my desserts!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'd try making the Marble Pumpkin Bread.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'd try making the Marble Pumpkin Bread.

    ReplyDelete
  5. CARAMEL CHOCOLATE SZAUCE looks really tasty to me, amazing combination. As for the recipe --Layered Shortbread, Caramel and Szauce would be great for any holidays

    ReplyDelete
  6. I would love to make the recipe for the Delicious Texas Sheet Cake. That recipe brings back memories of childhood church dinners. I would love to use the original indulgent gourmet Chocolate Szauce from Old School Favorites.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The Texas sheet cake looks yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I would like to make the Flubber Cake

    ReplyDelete
  9. I would like to make the Delicious Texas Sheet Cake recipe. If I won, I would use the Chocolate Szauce on my homemade brownies.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  10. The Marble Pumpkin Bread sounds delicious! I would use the Chocolate Szauce in a milkshake.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I would love to make the Layered Samoa Brownie it looks so delicious my family would love it. I would like to use these for my next party and have an ice cream sundae party.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I would like to try the recipe for Delicious Texas Sheet Cake.

    ReplyDelete
  13. i would try and make the Nutszy Apple Pie -Apple Pie is my all time favorite Pie add nuts i would be swooning

    ReplyDelete
  14. The first thing I would make is the Marbled Pumpkin Bread. I would use the Chocolate Szauce in hot cocoa.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I would like to try to make the Marbled Pumpkin Bread.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I know it's Plain but I just want to try the old school chocolate sauze on ice cream because I can't ever find the right chocolate taste I'm looking for at the grocery stores and I'd drizzle it on my baking too

    ReplyDelete
  17. I want the caramel chocolate sauce

    ReplyDelete
  18. I like the CAYENNE PEPPER CHOCOLATE SZAUCE I would use it for drinks or with ice cream

    ReplyDelete
  19. The Texas sheet cake looks amazing.
    Thank you for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh the Double Chocolate Cheesecake looks divine

    ReplyDelete
  21. Love the Winter Warmer recipe. I've never heard of chocolate sauce with cayenne pepper and can't really think what it would taste like. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at #OvertheMoon linkup and see you next week.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I like chocolate szauce.and would use it on vanilla ice cream

    ReplyDelete
  23. I want to try the Szaucey Rice Krispies Treats recipe

    ReplyDelete
  24. Would love to try the marbled pumpkin bread!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I would drizzle some warmed-up peppermint szauce over vanilla ice cream! Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I LOVE cheesecake so I think this would be perfect: Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Nutsz.

    ReplyDelete
  27. The Oatmeal Chocolate Szauce Cookies sound very good.

    ReplyDelete
  28. The Chocolate Szauce sounds amazing and I would love to use it over ice cream sundaes! yummmy!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

    ReplyDelete
  29. The Nutsie Apple Pie using their products looks great. I'd use my chocolate sauce to make a whole wheat pizza with their sauce and strawberries. A little white chocolate drizzle.

    ReplyDelete
  30. The marbled pumpkin bread sounds great. I would use the sauce on my ice cream

    ReplyDelete
  31. I would have to use the brownie recipe. Our family always has homemade brownies on the weekend. (jozywails@gmail.com)

    ReplyDelete
  32. I would use the carmel One Jar Szauce with the Texas Sheet Cake recipe

    ReplyDelete
  33. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  34. The Layered Samoa Brownie, Nutszy Apple Pie and Szauce Marble Cake are three recipes I would be very interested in making with the Chocolate Szauce .

    ReplyDelete
  35. I love the Maple Blondies and can't wait to start making some new desserts.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I would love to make the Texas sheet cake. Brittney House

    ReplyDelete
  37. The Cayenne Pepper Chocolate looks interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  38. The marble pumpkin bread looks delicious! Yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  39. These products sound terrific! Thanks for sharing with us at #FridayFrivolity and hope to see you again next week!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I'd like to try the Cayenne Pepper Chocolate Szauce and the recipe for Marble Pumpkin Bread looks awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Very nice products, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop,

    ReplyDelete
  42. Those Layered Samoa Brownies look like a great thing to make!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I would use the sauce with ice cream. The cayenne pepper chocolate szauce sounds good.

    ReplyDelete
  44. If that drink tastes half as good as it looks, I will try one. Sounds like it might have a little heat in it and of course cream sets anything off. Thanks for bringing this lovely drink to the Blogger's Pit Stop

    ReplyDelete
  45. This hot chocolate looks amazing!! I'm thinking it would be great while we are camping!! Yum!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I had hot chocolate with cayenne at a restaurant, but never made it at home!! Pinning for sure!! And thanks for sharing at the "What's for Dinner" linky party!

    ReplyDelete
  47. That Hazelnut and Szauce Sandwich Cookies recipe looks pretty incredible! I think I'd have to give that a try!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I would like to try out the Healthy Pumpkin Bread recipe. Looks good! The szauces would be great on desserts and in my tea.

    Who Let the Mum Out?

    ReplyDelete
  49. Would love to try the Chocolaty Baklava Marshmallow Treats!! I would use it on my favorite ice cream!! YUM!!!~

    ReplyDelete
  50. I'd like to try the Caramel Chocolate Szauce. Sounds like it would be good in a coffee.

    ReplyDelete
  51. I'm drooling! I'd love to try making the Delicious Texas Sheet Cake.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Maple Blondies would be great.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Texas sheet cake. Oh I would use it as a "glaze" for cakes or brownies and also on ice cream.

    ReplyDelete
  54. I would love the Hampton Road gift set. All of the products look yummy.

    ReplyDelete
  55. I would like to try making the Layered Samoa Brownie.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  56. i would put the sauces on ice cream. i want to try the peppermint chocolate sauce. it sounds so good.

    ReplyDelete
  57. I would like to make the Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Nutsz.

    ReplyDelete
  58. I would like to try to make a recipe with the Cayenne Pepper Chocolate. Wonder if it would taste great im Mexican mole, just a thought.

    ReplyDelete
  59. The Chocolate Peppermint Cookies recipe on the website sounds delicious. I think I would use the original chocolate sauce in our peanut butter pie.

    ReplyDelete
  60. I like the Layered Samoa Brownie recipe. I would use the original chocolate sauce to put on it.
    Laurie Emerson

    ReplyDelete
  61. The chocolate cinnamon bread pudding looks good.it has the chocolate sauce in it.

    ReplyDelete
  62. the CARAMEL CHOCOLATE SZAUCE and on apple slices!

    danielle marie xdanimarie(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  63. I definitely want to make the Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Nutsz.

    ReplyDelete
  64. I would love to try the Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Nutsz.

    ReplyDelete