I received this product from Opal Apples and BzzAgent in exchange for writing a an honest review of this product.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well my youngest daughter doesn’t get sick very often and she absolutely loves apples. She goes through 2 to 3 apples a day and unfortunately, sometimes I find half eaten apples, which as you know – become browned. So I was excited to have the opportunity to try Opal Apples. The claim of this apple is that it doesn’t brown after cutting it.
I found Opal Apples at my local Vons Market, they are a large-sized apple that are a bright yellow with a very slight tint of pink. The organic were priced at $3.49 per pound and non-organic were priced at $1.99 per pound.
So I was very excited to get the new apples home but we left for a couple of days and the apples sat in my fridge, then we came home and we had unexpected company for a couple of days, So Test #1 “Taste” became even more interesting. Opal apples have been described as a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz. They have a nice crunchy bite, the sweet white flesh is firm, almost Pear like but it has hints of coconut. This apple is delicious!
Besides the taste test, I had to see if they would brown, I first added them into a fresh fruit salad I made, they were a welcome addition and since we had some fruit salad leftover from lunch we finished them it up at dinner time and the apples still looked great.
The next test was very impressive. I cut some slices up and packed them up for snacks, which we didn’t end up having. I packed the sliced apples in a small ziplock bag toted them around all day. The next day, I pulled out the sliced apples and they still looked and tasted great!
The apples are costly but if you want to pack some healthy sliced apples for your kids lunch time snack – this is definitely the apple to use. If you want to try some Opal Apples, get out there and get them quick as they are only available from November to March. Opal apples are grown exclusively by Ralph Broetje, Broetje Orchards in Washington State, they are the only U.S. apple to receive a non-GMO label and are sold exclusively in North America by FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.
I seriously put these apples to the test just by being busier then I anticipated. I’m sure my next fresh batch will be even better.
In California Opal Apples can be found at the following merchants:
- Berkeley Bowl Marketplace
- Bristol Farms
- Costco (So Cal)
- Draegers Supermarket
- Lunardi’s Supermarkets
- Mollie Stones Market
- Piazza’s Fine Foods
- Sigona’s Farmers Market
- Stater Bros.
- The Fresh Market
- Trader Joes (select locations)
- Whole Foods (Nor Cal)
If your outside of Calfornia click here to find Opal Apples.
My daughters teacher was out today, this means one thing…less homework – WooHoo!!! This presented me and my girls the perfect opportunity to play Bounce-Off, a game that was sent to us courtesy of BzzAgent.com. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen this games at the stores or maybe I just wasn’t looking for it. After playing Bounce-Off with my girls, I’m ready to share my thoughts on this game.
Bounce-off comes with 16 balls (in two colors), four ball tray holders, the game tray and cards. The games states that it can accommodate between 2-4 players.
Here’s how to play the game, you line up 4 of each colored balls on the ball tray’s. place the game tray in the middle, then pull a card. Each card comes with a pattern on it. the person to “bounce” their balls into the game tray and form the pattern first wins the card. Whoever collects the most cards wins.
At first, my daughters were placing the balls into the game tray, then tossing the balls (that’s not the way you should play) but I gave them some time to get familiar with it.
Then, we got to bouncing! This is a very simple and fast paced game (excellent for eye and hand coordination). I not sure how four people would play other then in teams, otherwise you would have to use the other players “bounce” to form your shape. That could become hard to determine since the balls only come in two colors and some shapes require 5 balls to complete. Remember, this is fast paced game, so in the heat of the game some people could
Although the game states it’s for ages 7+, my four year old did enjoy it with some alterations. I like that it made my little one think quickly about how to form and count the amount of balls are required to form the shape on the card. I would like to see more shapes card options and four different colored balls.
We altered the game rules by cutting the players down to 2 and I gave each of my girls all eight balls. I managed the cards and kept track of the winner of the card. My little one pretty much “tossed”the balls in the game tray to replicate the shapes on the card and my 8 year old “bounced” the balls into the tray. Playing this way allowed them to build their shapes that contained 5 balls. At the end of our game session, we turned into a game of speed. I’d turn over the card, my girls would form the shape’s as quickly as possible (no bouncing). I’m sure we could come up with all kinds of variations for this game.
My 8 year old was moderately ok with the game. I do believe that is she and one of her friends could have a great time with this game for about 15 minutes (which is the exact time the box states that the game takes to play). I can also see
beating enjoying this game with my husband just to have some fun for a few minutes.
Playing as teams I can see how this game would work great to develop bonding/team work. I’m sure my Girl Scouts would enjoy it as a quick game. Young and old can play, just make adjustments according to age and be prepared to chase down the balls that bounce off the table. My husband made reference to it being like a “beer pong” style game. Yes, it would work in those instances as well. A group of adults could easily gather around a table for with this game.
All in all, it is a fun, very simple and fast paced game that had us laughing. After the game my 8 year old and I were bit impartial to this game but thinking about it, this is probably be a game we will play a lot since my four year old could set it up and we could play a game in just 15 minutes.Thanks Bzzagent and Bounce-Off, it was a refining way to spend a little time with my girls!
I am a BzzAgent and received this product from BzzAgent.com to provided an honest and unbaised review of the product. I have received no monetary compensation for this product and my opinions are completely my own.