I don't do many product reviews around here that aren't from handmade/independent companies, but every now and then I get a chance to try out something a little out of the ordinary for me and like it enough to want to share it with you guys. So when the beverage line FUZE contacted me about sending some samples of their tasty drinks, I figured it couldn't hurt to give it a try. I'll be honest - I'm not a big soda or fruit juice drinker. If I have a drink in my hand it's usually water or coffee (and you don't have to twist my arm to pour me a glass of wine either). But when the holidays come around, I'm always up for trying new foods and drinks that would be fun for family gatherings and celebrations with friends. And once I received (and tasted!) FUZE, I knew that I'd found a new holiday tradition (at least as far as beverages are concerned).
FUZE beverages are just as tasty as sodas, juices or energy drinks, but with a healthy twist. All of the flavors (except the Honey & Ginseng tea) contain vitamins B6 and B12 (10% of the daily value per 8 ounce serving for juice drinks and 10% of the daily value per 12 ounce serving for teas), which is awesome. These are vitamins that I especially like to incorporate into my diet during the winter months when my energy is low. They taste fresh rather than artificial, and I think they'll be delicious both alone and as a mixer for cocktails at holiday parties. I tried all five flavors (Lemon Iced Tea, Honey and Ginseng Green Tea, Half Iced Tea & Half Lemonade, Berry Punch Juice Drink, and Strawberry Lemonade Juice Drink) and liked them all, but I think my favorite is the Lemon Iced Tea. It's a nice, mild flavor and is really refreshing.
If you'd like to give FUZE a try for yourself, they're available in 1-liter bottles for just $.99 (!) at local retailers. They're also formulated to be dispensed in traditional Coca-Cola fountain dispensers, so the next time you stop at your favorite convenience store, you'll be able to skip the soda and fill your cup with Raspberry Tea, Lemon Tea, Peach Tea, Sweet Tea or Unsweetened Tea. When I'm traveling or out running errands and want to grab something to drink besides a bottle of water, it's kind of cool to know that I'll have an option for a healthier alternative to overly sweet sodas or fruit juices. You can also keep up to date with all things FUZE on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
And now for the fun part. Those of you who follow me on Pinterest may know how often I'm over there pinning my favorite things (often at 2 AM when I can't sleep). So when FUZE asked if I'd be interested in creating a Pinterest board that featured my favorite meals and and experiences that I'd like to share with my friends, I was pretty excited. And I was even more excited when they asked me to partner up for a Pinterest Giveaway (what's better than Pinterest + giveaways?!) that included all of you. All you guys have to do to enter is create a board like mine (which you can see right here), and one lucky reader will win a $50 American Express gift card and FUZE samples to try out for yourself!
- Create a new board on your Pinterest account (like mine) titled "Come Together and Pass the FUZE."
- Pin images of your favorite meals, recipes, drinks and experiences that you'd want to share with your friends. (Your board just needs to include at least 10 pins.)
- Leave a comment below with a link to your Pinterest board.
That's it! The giveaway will be open through November 13th and a winner will be randomly chosen shortly after.
I hope you guys have as much fun as I did creating your boards! I can't wait to see and share your pins. Big thanks to FUZE for partnering up with me for this amazing giveaway! GOOD LUCK!
UPDATE: This Giveaway is now closed. Random.org chose lucky #4. Mami2jcn, that's you! Please contact me at bubbyandbean (AT) gmail to claim your prize!
The oh-so-serious legal disclaimer: I received product and compensation from The Coca-Cola Company in the form of a gift card to participate in this campaign promoting the new line of FUZE beverages. The winner of this giveaway will be randomly chosen. In addition, The Coca-Cola Company provided the gift card I am using as the prize in my promotion. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my 100% own, because that's the right way to roll.