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Cocozia – Product Review

Not too long ago I was fortunate to try a new product on the market called Cocozia. Cocozia is 100% organic, has no pulp, no sugar or preservatives and not from concentrate. Who doesn’t love that idea, right?  I have tried various brands of coconut water, and to be honest, I have never really enjoyed them. I want go off to name those brands, but let’s just say I never have went back to buy them again, so I will admit that I was a bit skeptical when trying Cocozia.

Cocozia Product Review

The box of Cocozia arrived, including 12, 11.1 ounces of pure coconut juice. I put a few in the refrigerator and left the others in the box. When my wife returned home from work, she questioned what it was and I had her try one out of the box. My wife, being part Filipino, has traveled to the Philippines on a couple of occasions and has had the street side, fresh coconut water from various street folk. As she began drinking this, she immediately stated how pure this Cocozia was and that in fact it tasted as if it was coming straight out of a coconut!

I grabbed one out of the refrigerator, and popped the top adhesive and began chugging it down. As with any coconut water, personally I think it has a bit of a smell, and you are either going to love that, or dislike it. Personally I was on the side of disliking the smell, but loving the taste of Cocozia.

Let’s just say we loved Cocozia. Being in the pure sense, this stuff was like magic liquid, and we drank one every day, it was that good.

If you do not know the benefits of pure coconut water, well, they are pretty amazing in themselves. Some of the benefits are boosts hydration, aids in weight-loss, better for your skin, helps with digestion, and reduces blood pressure.

My wife and I agreed, Cocozia was awesome and we would definitely purchase the water. You can find Cocozia online, or purchase via Amazon.com

Nueske’s Ham Steak – Product Review

It wasn’t too long ago that Nueske’s had mentioned on Facebook that they had been trying new jerky and that prompted me to ask them if they were interested in my doing a product review. They immediately reacted and showed me a bunch of love and sent me not only the steak strips, but products I’ve never seen or tried. These included their bacon cheddar brats (which were awesome), along with some excellent bacon, and then their ham steaks. I’ve never seen the ham steak so I was very curious on how it was going to taste.  The ham steak by itself, warmed in the oven, was excellent. It was perfectly smoked and extremely addicting, and with that said I figured I would try grilling the next one, and lathering it in barbecue sauce.

Grilled Nueske's Ham Steak with Barbecue Sauce

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole Nueske’s Ham Steak
  • 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

Start by heating your coals. You can do this on a gas grill if you prefer, but it has been so long since I last used my gas grill. Once the coals are heated, add to the outer, inside ring of your grill as we will cook the Nueske’s ham steak over indirect heat, and then lightly oil your clean grill grate.

Nueske's Ham Steak - Product Review

Place the ham steak on the grill over indirect heat, and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, and then start brushing on your favorite barbecue sauce. Cover, and cook another few minutes, then turn the ham steak over and lather more barbecue sauce on that side. Cover, and repeat until you are out of sauce.

The end result is nothing short of amazing, and everything I would expect from Nueske’s. The ham steak got some nice grill marks, and embedded some of that barbecue sauce into it that just made it even better.

I know I show all the love for Nueske’s and there is good reason for that as I haven’t found a better smoked product then theirs. If you are looking to try any of their products, you can find them online.

Nueske’s Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst – Product Review

A few years back, my colleagues and I decided to go to the Milwaukee Brewers game and do some tailgating. The theme of the tailgate was to really have a blind brat tasting contest. Yes, we Wisconsinites love our brats. We had an array of brats from local butchers to the ring leaders such as Johnsonville and Klements. Johnsonville brats came out the winner, but recently there is a new winner in town. Nueske’s bacon cheddar bratwurst.  I have always been a fan of their products and hands down they have some of the best bacon out there. I was fortunate to get the love from Nueske’s and they sent me a care package if you will. It was loaded with products I have never seen in our local stores. Products such as ham, beef sticks, and their smoked sausage. I was excited to say the least to try everything.

Nueske's Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst - Product Review

The brats themselves look awesome. The package consisted of 5 brats, fully cooked and ready to heat and serve.

I decided to heat mine on the grill. After I got the coals going, I placed the brats on the grill, and cooked them a bit low and slow as I did not want to burst the casing with higher heat. Once cooked, I plated them. I was excited (I know I live a boring life) to say the least, and my wife who does not typically like some textures of brats decided to have one as well.

Nueske's Bacon Cheddar Bratwurst

I served mine on a bun with a light coating of yellow mustard, and some chopped shallots on top.

First bite, was just this awesome taste. I loved the casing. It has this great snap to it, almost like you would get with a great weiner, and then the flavor of bacon and cheese just took this bratwurst over the top. My wife was in total agreement. I wanted another, but decided to hold back and save some for my kids. The following day, my sausage loving kid dug in, and was just was thrilled by the taste of these brats as well.

So a note to my local supermarkets, put these in stock. They are probably the best brats I’ve had to this date, and I’m not saying that because I love Nueske’s. I’m saying that because it is the truth. Head on over to Nueske’s and try them for yourself. I know you will not be disappointed by any of their products.

Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder – Product Review

I’m always open to trying out new products and giving my honest opinion. I think it is helpful to all of you, as well as the product provider. It was not long ago when I was approached to try a product from CTL Foods, Inc. based out of Colfax, Wisconsin. I was all for trying their Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder, and granted they are not local in the sense, however four hours north of me, so even more excited to try another Wisconsin product.

Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder

I was sent 2 pounds of their malted milk powder, which was based on all natural ingredients. A cute product shot of some classic kids sharing a malt was on the front of their label, which immediately reminded me of a great classic malt. Now if you have never been from Wisconsin, we are known for a few things, and custard is one of them. Custard like you will not find anywhere else in the country, and this season is ice cream, and custard season in my house. My kids pretty much have it for dessert a few times a week, so this was a great time to have them taste what a classic malt tastes like.

Malted Milkshake using Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder

One of my lucky kids got my good old mustache drinking class, actually it was my daughter, just to add a bit more fun into the mix.

The recipe calls for the following, of which I stuck to, however you can get as creative as you want as noted on their label.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 scoops of any flavor ice cream (I used vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup of cold milk
  • 2 heaping tbsp of Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder

Start by adding everything to a blender, and blend until thick and smooth.

How to make a Malt

I made one for each of my kids and got their reactions. It took them a while to react because they sat there slurping and spooning the delicious malt for about 5 minutes, rarely coming up for air.

Their result was a two thumbs up. It was really their first malt (I think) they have ever tried, and they fell in love. Something they will continue to drink whether summer, fall, winter, or spring. If you are looking for a great malt product, give this a shot. Their products are sold online at http://www.ctlfoods.com/malted-milk-powder/.

For one lucky, and random winner, I have a 1 pound Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder to give away. Send me an email to daxphillips@gmail.com no later than August 24, 2014. I will then provide a random drawing and get one shipped out to you.