In case you missed my announcement last month, my Bruschetta Waffle Fries are finally in stores! They are a limited edition flavor and in select areas, so you’ll have to check on the Alexia Foods website to see if they’re available in your area. If they are, please please please try them out and let me know what you think! I know in the Atlanta area, they have been spotted in Fresh Market stores.
As for me, I was lucky enough to be sent some to review. But I have a confession to make — I’ve been SCARED to try them! I know, I’m being so silly! I should have popped those babies in the oven and wolfed them down already. Part of it was being nervous about how these would compare the version I created and submitted, I think the rest was knowing that this was it, the end of my journey with the Reinvent a Classic Challenge. I tend to be nostalgic, so you’ll have to excuse me. (Want to relive the past? You can re-read about my fry recipe testing, finding out I was a finalist in the challenge, getting to meet Tyler Florence, the announcement of the 4 finalists, and winning the challenge!)
I finally decided enough was enough and it was time to taste them. Now when the four finalists were announced at FoodBuzz ’11, there were samples available for the attendees. But it’s been so long that I don’t remember how the Bruschetta Waffle Fries tasted then. When I created my version, sun-dried tomatoes were one way that I added extra flavor, but I wasn’t sure if that would make it into the retail version. Let me tell you, when I opened the bag, I’m pretty sure I smelled sundried tomatoes! In fact, lots of other tantalizing aromas were waiting for me — the garlic, basil, and oregano were all there.
I could hardly wait to try them once they were done baking — I think I burned a finger getting them off the baking sheet. I don’t know why I waited so long to try these, these were VERY close to my version, which I think is pretty impressive! These are great on their own, but I already have some ideas for how to pair them up with other items for a meal. That’s a future post!
All in all, I’m very happy with how these turned out! I really do hope you’re able to try them out!
Here’s a look at my version of the Bruschetta Waffle Fries:
Here’s the Alexia Foods version of my Bruschetta Waffle Fries from FoodBuzz ’11:
Here’s the version of my Bruschetta Waffle Fries that’s in stores now (they call them Waffle Cut Bruschetta Fries):
Sometimes I still can’t believe all this happened! I really can’t thank everyone who voted enough, you guys made this possible.
Would a giveaway help? I hope so, because you do not want to miss out on this one! The folks at Alexia Foods have always been so generous with their giveaways, but this one is in a league of its own!
THREE of you will win this amazing prize pack which contains the following:
· 1 apron
· 1 grocery tote
· 1 kitchen timer
· 1 fry cone
· 1 dip tray
· 1 package wine charms
· 1 spatula
· 1 coupon for any FREE Alexia product
Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:
1. Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite Alexia Foods product is
2. Leave a comment telling me if you have found the fries and tried them yet
3. “Like” Spice’s Bites on Facebook – leave a comment here telling me you did
4. “Like” Alexia Foods on Facebook – leave a comment here telling me you did
5. Share this giveaway on Twitter. Leave a comment here or tweet me (@spicesbites) so I can give you credit. One entry for each day.
The giveaway runs from Thursday, June 27th until 9pm Eastern time on Wednesday, July 3rd. I will randomly select 3 winners and will notify you, so remember to enter your email address when leaving comments (it won’t show up in the comment). You must be over 18 and a U.S. resident to win.
I’m so excited for you, good luck!
*Disclosure: Alexia Foods sent me samples of Waffle Cut Bruschetta Fries to review. I did not receive any compensation and am not obligated to post a positive review. Any opinions are my own. Alexia Foods is providing the prizes for the winners of the giveaway.
This giveaway is closed and we have a winner! Congratulations, Maryann D! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your info.