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Saturday, March 17, 2012

What's In the Box?

Nope, it's not what you think.

I went shopping for my twice a year haul from my local restaurant supply store.  

Sometimes they're called Fart n' Smile "Smart & Final" or "Cash N' Carry."  There are so many wonderful things in these stores.  Of course there's a lot of low quality / high quantity foods meant for restaurants.  But there's some weight loss surgery (WLS) friendly treasures in there if you look close enough.

Aaahhhh...the syrups aisle! 

With the explosion of all those yummy coffee drinks, there are so many different flavors of sugar free syrups now that weren't even available two years ago.  I use these syrups in my coffee, hot cocoa, yogurt and cooking.

By the way, the regular syrups are 90 calories per pump (ounce).  If you've ever seen them make those fancy coffees at Starbucks, you'll see them pump 4-5 pumps into ONE drink.  That's 360-450 calories before they add the cream/whip/etc. Yikes.

I love the Torani brand since it is made with Splend@.  It's my favorite formaldehyde-filled cancer-causing sweetener.  Yum. 

Here's what I took home at $4.19/bottle (no sales tax in Oregon!) This will last me until early fall. 

Some new flavors that I have added into the rotation?  Salted Caramel, Strawberry, and Almond Roca

From L to R: Gingerbread, Pumpkin Pie, Salted Caramel, French Vanilla, Peppermint,
Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Almond Roca, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate.
The Salted Caramel flavor was the first new flavor that I tried.  I mixed it into a chocolate protein shake.  After tasting the shake, I grabbed the syrup bottle to double check that I hadn't accidentally bought the regular sugared kind.  Nope.  IT IS THAT DELICIOUS.  Wow.
My other fave is small containers. I bought this package of 250, 5.5 oz cups.  Perfect portion planning.  Unfortunately, they sell the lids in 100 count packs.  It's a racket I tell ya.  A total of $12.79 for months and months of food prep and portioning.

See how cute and tiny they are?
What's your favorite grocery store or restaurant supply store find?  I wanna know.

PS: Get ready for a fantabulous giveaway that will be announced on Monday!


  1. OHHHHH, that salted Caramel sounds AWESOME! Wish we had one of those stores here!

  2. Salted Caramel may just send me over the edge - now all I have to do is figure out where my local restaurant supply store is located :)

  3. I have a friend that keeps telling me to go..I really need to. The salted caramel sounds delish. Mine favorite is the vanilla whey protein power from Costco (muscle milk). That with milk and some frozen fruit and cup of crushed ice in the blender and I am in home frappachino heaven.

  4. oh boy....I have some of the flavors BUT now I HAVE to get the salted caramel! love that Smart & Final.

  5. Hummm... Ya got me thinking. I may need to make a SF stock up trip.

  6. I need to make more shakes.. I don't know how but I suck at them!! Those flavors sound amazi.g

  7. Oh my gosh!! That picture of endless Torani syrups is amazing! I admit I'm jealous! How awesome for you!!!

  8. Mmm, salted caramel. That sounds delish.

    I wish I had a store like that around, I'd love some of those little containers, too!

  9. I knew exactly what was in the box from the first photo! I adore Torani syrups and you got an awesome deal! WOO HOO! I'm also deeply in love with the salted caramel, it truly is my favorite. I can find most of the flavors you have but have never seen SF peanut butter, I want to try it! :-)

  10. I need to find out if we have anything like those around here. The salted Carmel sounds delish!

  11. Wow those sound like some fabulous flavor choices!

  12. I love Smart and Final for the syrups! I have the SF carmel but I'll grab some salted caramel next time. You've piqued my interest!

  13. I have gotten some syrups from Sam*s club. I do't think that they are Torani, but they are good. I am now jonesing for some salted caramel. I don't think that flavor was available, boo!

  14. Love that cup idea! Will have to look and see if one of our wholesale clubs around here has those. It will certainly make packing lunches so much easier!