Let’s Try: Organic and fun personal care stocking stuffers for him & her, plus yummy snacks

Brody Wooddell is a foodie, a fitness enthusiast, a gamer, and a comedian. He is the host of WQAD’s Date Night Dining, Let’s Try, and 8 Eats.

As the Christmas season approaches one of the most stressful problems is what presents to get for your friends and loved ones! Well lucky for you procrastinators I spent the entire month of November testing several different personal care products and seasonal snacks to see if they are worth giving, here’s what I found out.

Below is my most recent podcast appearance where you can see me try some of the foods and talk about them with host Taco Tory!

Food Reviews

Snack Factory

What I tried: Peppermint Pretzel Crisps (White and regular chocolate)

Is Christmas really complete without chocolate covered pretzels? These are the ideal gift snack because everybody loves these things and they just evoke that holiday feeling!

They are a pretzel crisp so they are much more delicate and tasty than a regular pretzel, and the chocolate covering doesn’t taste cheap like you might expect from these types of products. The white chocolate is particularly delicious.

 

Milano/ Pepperidge Farms

What I tried: The Caramel macchiato, Irish cream, and peppermint varieties.

OK let’s be honest, you’ve probably had these before. They are tasty and gourmet. While I try to stay away from cookies in order to maintain my girlish figure (190 pounds in case you’re wondering) these things had me cheating on my diet. The entire office nearly stampeded me in order to try them. Needless to say, the four bags they sent were eaten almost immediately.

These special holiday varieties are especially delicious as they dare to go beyond the (boring?) regular chocolate flavor.

Steel Reserve

What I tried: All of them, in a really cool box.

I loved these things.  They are tallboys which are perfect for holiday get together drinking and they have a variety of amazing flavors. I know most people pick one drink and stick to that all night but I like to switch up the flavor after every other drink and these are great for that.

These particular varieties are special for the holidays as they say funny stuff on the back for when you’re supposed to drink them! My personal favorite was “When your dad’s new girlfriend is the same age as you.”

Their newest flavor is strawberry. It’s really good but my favorite was the tropical flavor.

If you’re familiar with other malt liquors you kind of know what to expect. All I can say is the flavor is more pure and potent if that makes sense.  Give them a try! I’ll never go back to Mike’s Hard.

 

Post, Twinkie Cereal

Yes that viral cereal everyone is talking about is worth trying!

What I thought was just another novelty cereal is actually pretty yummy. This is especially perfect for the little ones. It’s also just a tad healthier than regular Twinkies!

They are crunchy with just the right amount of creamy flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

Kellog’s Eggo Waffle Cereal

Eggo Waffles are convenient and delicious. You know what else is delicious cereal, well in the early 2000s they combined the two, and now they are back!

Kellogg’s announced that the cereal would be coming back this month to Walmart back in August, also Eggo tweeted that fans needed to retweet them 10,000 times and they would bring it back. They did get their 10,000 retweets and now waffle cereal is back.

This stuff is pretty good, not as good as having an actual waffle but it takes even less time! Just like the real thing I prefer the blueberry over regular. Who says you can’t give cereal as a stocking stuffer! You don’t even have to freeze these.

Personal Care Reviews

Waxing Kara

What I tried: The Winter-Warming Ritual Stack – “Say goodbye to dry winter skin. Jack Frost doesn’t stand a chance against this moisturizing skincare routine.”

If you ask me, being as natural as possible AND effective is always what I look for in my skin and hair care routine (it’s almost impossible to get both). That’s not the case with Waxing Kara, they have a wide variety of products that are organic/natural and they work.

It even works if you have a big No Shave November beard

I tried the winter stack, which is great because the winter DRIES ME OUT despite being a Midwest native. If you’re anything like me you’re constantly putting on lotion and chapstick throughout the day and you need to take special care with what you use in the shower to avoid scratching all your dull ashy skin off.

The lotions are light and the bath soak was divine for stress and dry skin.

The products they sent me were remarkably effective and smelled great. The chapstick wasn’t super effective and didn’t have much smell or taste but a particular favorite was the green tea mask which made my face look great (who says men can’t have great skin too?) It’s also approved by my girlfriend who hails from south of the border and nearly dies in the wintertime, so it works for everybody!

Ballsy

What I Tried: The Jolly Jewels Sack Pack ($45)

This stuff is amazing, it solves problems I didn’t even know I had! They all smell great and they work as advertised. If you can get past the gimmick what you’ll find is a very effective product. I’ll continue to use this stuff when I run out even if I have to use my own money, it’s that good! IF nothing else get the spray, that stuff is AWESOME.

Also, they support men’s health! The “Give-A-Sack” Edition Ballwash donates $3 to testicular cancer research and awareness for every bottle sold. $15 for 8 oz. bottle.

The Nut Rub Solid Cologne is a beeswax-based solid cologne that can be used anywhere (such as on the neck and wrists) but also on the pair down there where it won’t cause any irritation.  $15 for 1 oz. tin. All three scents are also available as a bundle for $39.  This stuff is great too, it’s very subtle and is sure to please you or whoever has to deal with that situation!

My personal favorite from this month’s products is definitely the Sack Spray. It’s a PH balanced spray that helps neutralize odor on-the-go while helping soften and soothe. It’s great as nether-regions and full body spray, and perfect when there’s no time for access to a shower. I have no idea what black magic makes this stuff work but I’ll never go without it now. $15 for 8 oz.

For more information, visit www.ballsybrand.com

Grooming Lounge Impeachment Survival Kit

What I tried: The “Quid Pro Quo” Kit. (Grooming Lounge Super Powder, Jack Black Eye Balm, and Depuffing Gel, Tweezerman Essential Manicure Kit, Grooming Lounge Greatest Pits Deodorant and a pocket Constitution.)

To keep political junkies looking and feeling good during this stressful process, Grooming Lounge has introduced special edition Impeachment Survival Kits designed to reverse those visible signs of stress at a great value. The company is asking customers to do them a favor though — by ordering the kit that best encapsulates their view of how the proceedings should pan out.

Like most men, I spend around 2 hours every day getting ready. A lot of that time is spent trying not to look like a zombie! This has been made remarkably easier with this kit. The manicure kit is great if you don’t already have one and I now swear by the eye cream! The deodorant wasn’t strong enough to last all day for me but the powder and eye creams are incredible!

Pick this up if you want your basics covered and everything in a nice convenient package. Also, the pocket constitution is a fascinating read for any American!

If you have products you’d like for me to try you can contact me at brody.wooddell@wqad.com.

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