Saturday, February 1, 2014

It is National Cherry Month - Cherry Republic Review & Give-Away!

I live in West Michigan; for those of you who do not live here, one of the things we are "known" for is the many amazing, incredible and tasty varieties of fruit which grow here . . . apples, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries just to name a few! February is National Cherry Month, so a fun and tasty cherry give-away from Cherry Republic and interesting cherry facts I found on line sound like great ways to start this "Cherry Month" . . . 

First, for some interesting cherry facts . . . "February, among other things, is national cherry month. It was the Romans and the Greeks who first cultivated cherries, spreading them throughout Europe. Cherries grow on trees and cultivated varieties come from wild cherries, which grow in Turkey and have spread all over the world. While Washington State is well known for growing cherries, Michigan is the largest producer of cherries in the U.S. After Turkey, the U.S. is the second largest producer of cherries. Cherries were brought over with settlers in the 1600s. It became an industry in Michigan in the 1800s. Most of the cherries grown in the U.S. are of the tart variety, because they are less delicate and easier to cultivate than the sweet version. Cherries have recently been linked to healthy hearts and to weight loss. In a lab rat study, rats fed tart cherry powder along with their meals gained less weight than the group that wasn't fed the powder. It's also been linked to preventing diabetes, can help to lessen arthritis, it also helps with jet lag, sleep disorders, and lowers the percentage of belly fat. Cherries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate."

How about a few Cherry Fun Facts . . . did you know . . . 
  • The world record for spitting a cherry pip is 93ft 6.5in, set by Rick Krause of Michigan in 2003.
  • The Roman general Lucullus is said to have committed suicide in 56 BC when he realized he was running out of cherries.
  • Cherries belong to the rose family.
  • Canada holds the record for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world. A pie weighing 39,683 pounds was baked in Oliver, British Columbia which broke the record that was earlier held by Traverse City, MI.
  • Once upon a time, serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas was prohibited.
  • Depending on the conditions of the growth, about 7,000 cherries grow on an average tart cherry tree. A cherry pie is made out of about 250 cherries. Thus, 28 pies can be made with the cherries from one tree.
In honor of National Cherry Month, I'm very happy to say Cherry Republic sent me some of their cherry product for me to review . . . and they are making a gift box of these same items available for me to give away! Let's start with the reviews . . . 
  • Cherry Strawberry Preserves . . . Josiah and Caleb spend most Friday nights at my house for a sleep-over; on Saturday morning we usually have pancakes for breakfast and what could possibly be better on pancakes than peanut butter and jam? When the jam is Cherry Strawberry preserves it is beyond enjoyable! Tart and yet sweet this is a jam which is sure to be a favorite!
  • Dried Cherries . . . not only are dried cherries good for you, but they taste amazing! They make such a delicious snack and a wonderful addition to breads, salads and desserts! I LOVE Cherry Republic dried cherries! I could munch on these all day long!
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Toffee . . . yes, Toffee!!! Cherry Republic had this to say about this amazing treat; "Made by hand in a small candy kitchen, it's even better than mom used to make because we have added (hold onto your hat) cherries! It is a delicious blend of dark chocolates, cherry, and crunchy toffee." Oh my! I have a new favorite treat! I can assure you it absolutely lives up to what they have to say about it; and even goes far, far beyond! Dark Chocolate Cherry Toffee is so delicious . . . I hope Cherry Republic keeps this on their list of always available items because I LOVE it!
As I mentioned above, not only did Cherry Republic send these delightful treats for me to review, but they are making another gift box of them available for me to give away on February 15, 2014 (USA only)!  So . . . if you are over the age of 18 you may enter by commenting below to let me know your favorite way to eat cherries . . . this is difficult, as there are so many wonderful ways to enjoy cherries, but I would have to say my favorite is in a cherry pie . . . although Dark Chocolate Cherry Toffee certainly has the possibility of rising to the top of my, "favorite ways to have cherries" list!

Additional entries in this give-away are available if you follow on Google+, Google Friend Connect, follow by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share!) This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win the cherry gift box and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know!

30 comments:

  1. I love cherry pie, but eating them straight from the store is good too. Charlotte
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  2. I like you on Facebook. Charlotte
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  3. My grandmother made a dessert with cherries. There was a shortbread layer, a cream cheese layer, and then the cherries on top of that. It was a yummy dessert. I think that would be my favorite way to eat cherries. Thanks for the chance to win this gift! I follow on E-mail, FB, and Google+

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  4. My sister insists I make cherry pie for every family gathering...and it is one of my specialties!! Love dark sweet cherries for snacking. I follow on fb and email.

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  5. I LOVE to eat cherries in cookies hehe :) Cherry Republic has these amazing boomchunka cookies <3
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  6. We have cherry trees so I make lots of cherry pies!

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  7. I follow you in the blog and on facebook!

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  8. I love to eat the dried cherries that my aunt sends my mom every year from Michigan. They're good straight, in granola, in a salad, in cookies, in bread. They're just so good!

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  9. My favorite way is in a cherry cobbler. We used to have cherry trees in our yard when I was a kid. Mom always made the best cobbler and served it with vanilla ice cream. Yum. She also used to make a homemade cherry ice cream that was really good.

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  10. I'm a Facebook fan- Paula Skinner Hafner

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  11. I love cherry everything. I follow on Facebook, GFC, email, google +

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  12. I like to eat them on sundaes...

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  13. I like cherry pie and cobbler
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  14. I follow by e mail
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  15. I like you on facebook as Merry Sunshine
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  16. Shared on facebook and shared this link on facebook! I love cherries!

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  17. I like Black Cherry ice cream! That's my favorite place to have cherries!

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  18. I subscribe to your fabulous emails!

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  19. I shared on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/karen.klepsteen/posts/10153840405370472?stream_ref=1

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  20. My favorite way is fresh off the tree!

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  21. I like chocolate covered cherries
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