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Product Review: Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Chipotle Pollock Burgers

Choosing the Black Bean Chipotle Pollock Burgers from Dr. Praegers

I was recently sent a coupon for a free item of choice from Dr. Praeger’s new frozen seafood line to be redeemed at my local Krogers. Since I am always looking to try something new and this fits in perfectly with my Pescatarian Diet, I was excited to try something from their line.

Coupons and booklet about Dr. Praegers

I made my way over to one of my local Kroger’s stores to check out what was available. My options from the coupon were Black Bean Chipotle Pollock Burgers, Spinach Potato Pollock Burgers, Fish Taco Bites or Lightly Breaded Fishies. But when I found where the items were placed in the freezer section the Lightly Breaded Fishies were not available at the Kroger I went to.

Dr Praeger's in the freezer section.

I actually have been searching for a good alternative burger choice for a while, but haven’t been able to find something I really enjoyed enough to buy again. So I decided it would be an opportune time to try one of these burger alternative. I ultimately decided to try the Black Bean Chipotle Pollock Burger, but you probably already knew that from the title of this post. They are both gluten-free and made from certifiable sustainable seafood.

Choosing the Black Bean Chipotle Pollock Burgers from Dr. Praegers

Each box contains 4 patties, and they are all individually wrapped. I really liked this because there are times when I don’t want to fix a whole box of something, and then the part that is left over ends up getting frost bite in the freezer before I am ready to make the rest of it.

The directions on the box gives both options for baking or for frying. I decided to prepare mine in the oven. The preparation was really easy this way. It just took 20 minutes to cook, so it was relatively fast too.

As for toppings, neither my husband or I are fans of traditional hamburger toppings. We don’t like mayo, and I can’t have ketchup anymore because of my allergy. And don’t even get me started on my feelings about lettuce. So I decided that since it already has southwest/tex-mex kind of vibe going on with the ingredients I would use toppings that are similar to what they have pictured on the box. I used a fresh guacamole along with some pico de gallo. I just made old bay seasoned fries to serve with it.

my finished Dr. Praeger's burger.

But let’s get down to what everyone really wants to know, what the product taste like. It doesn’t taste like an actual burger, but I didn’t really expect it to. But, I am happy to say that it was pretty good. I think they did a good job of balancing the flavors and textures so you aren’t really overwhelmed by one thing. And this is the first burger alternative that I actually would willing eat a second time. I may even give their other burger option a try.

Tell me in the comments if there is a burger alternative that you really like.

 

 


 

 

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Product Review And Gift Idea – Bouchard Chocolate Pralines

Bouchard Chocolates availabe at Target

I was recently sent a sampling of Bouchard Chocolate Pralines to review and asked to help spread the word about them now being available in Target stores. It brought up fond memories of my childhood when every year around Christmas my mother would let me order Belgian Chocolate Pralines out of a catalog she had. They were always some of my favorite things to have as a treat, and I suppose that hasn’t really changed as an adult.

I have never been one to really like any sort of cream filled candy that comes in the average American chocolate box, and I think that is why I have always been so fond of Belgian Chocolate Pralines. These aren’t your average chocolates, they are more like chocolates for foodies.

If you aren’t familiar with them don’t let the word praline get you confused. There are several types of pralines in the world, and some people here in the US might automatically think of French Pralines like what are served in the New Orleans area. Belgian Pralines are closer to what you would call a bonbon here in the US.

Let’s take a look at what I received.

Sample Box of Bouchard Chocolate Pralines

This is not the box sold in Target, but just a sampling box for review. However, I think it was still a pretty nice looking box for being just a sample box.

Inside of the Bouchard Chocolte Sample Box

As you can see I got to try nine different flavors, each one more delicious than the last. And in case you wanted a closer look at some of them, I took these:

Close up of two Belgian Chocolate Pralines from Bouchard Chocolates

On the left is Hazelnut & Puffed Rice and on the left is Crème Brulee.

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On the left Creamy Caramel and on the right Coconut Cream.

Belgian Chocolate Pralines

On the left Vanilla Mousse and on the right Almond Gingerbread.

 

As you can see they are as aesthetically pleasing as they are pleasing to the taste buds. And speaking of taste buds, I had to snap a shot of me trying the Blueberry Ganache, because I am forever a dork.

Me trying one of the Bouchard Belgian Chocolate Pralines

I am not sure why I look so surprised, so lets chalk it up to being surprised at how awesome these taste.

 

And in case you were wondering what was on the inside of these, I even managed to get a picture of that.

Inside of a Belgian Chocolate Praline

This is the inside of the Chocolate Mousse. It has a smooth moussey texture that I really love. Moussey is probably not an actual word, but you guys know what I mean.

The only flavor out of the ones I was sent that I did not get a close up shot of is the Raspberry Ganache. It would be really hard to pick a favorite, because they are all so good, but I would say the Crème Brulee and the Almond Gingerbread are must tries because of how unusual they are.

As I mentioned earlier, what I received is not what is available at Target. Though they may contain some of the same flavors as I sampled.

Bouchard Chocolates availabe at Target

What you can get at Target is one of these two packages pictured above. Which as you can tell from the pictures are already wrapped for gift giving. Convenient, right? I don’t know about you guys, I love to wrap the presents but never seem to have the time. And I think these will make great presents for lots of people. I mean, with the exception of people who are allergic, who doesn’t like chocolate? And if they don’t, do you really need that kind of negativity in your life? Okay I am just joking about that last part, but keep an eye on those people. You obviously can’t trust anyone who doesn’t like chocolate.

But in all seriousness, and back to the topic at hand, here are the two options available at Target:

Bouchard Small Wrapped Ballotin 125g – $5.49

Bouchard Medium Wrapped Ballotin 250g – $9.99

Super affordable even for a tight budget. I know where I am headed to tomorrow for Christmas shopping. How about you? Plus if you have a foodie like me on your list, its an appropriate gift no matter what your age.

If you would like to find out more about Bouchard Chocolates you can find them online at http://www.bouchardchocolate.com/ or on Instagram.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried Bouchard Chocolates before. What is your favorite?

 
These Chocolates were sent to me for review purposes, but as always the opinions expressed are completely my own.
 

 

 

 

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