Recently, MyBlogSpark asked me if I'd like to do a review and a giveaway of Betty Crocker's Potato Buds. I am a fan of Betty Crocker and frequently use the instant mashed potatoes, so I was very interested to try the Potato Buds for the first time. The first thing that I noticed while preparing them is that you don't use up an entire packet like you do with the instant mashed potatoes. You can choose how many servings to make, which I like. I find that I make way too much for our small family of three when I use the instant mashed potato packets. However, having said that, I also want to say that this makes the Potato Buds a tiny bit more work than the instant mashed potatoes. I thought 3 to 4 servings would be enough for four people, but it wasn't, so I had to give out smaller than normal servings. You also have to measure out the potato bud flakes instead of just dumping the entire packet into the water/butter mixture. Not too much more work, but still...thought it was worth mentioning :) I liked the taste of the Potato Buds, but I didn't think that they really tasted that much different than the Betty Crocker Instant Mashed Potatoes. In the future, I will probably buy whichever is cheapest because they do taste so similar to me. I definitely will be buying one or the other though because they really do save SO much time and I like how they taste :)
If you'd like to try Betty Crocker's Potato Buds for yourself, go HERE for a coupon worth $0.55 off one package! If you have stores that double coupons, this should land you some really inexpensive potato buds! For more information on Potato Buds and other yummy Betty Crocker favorites, be sure to visit BettyCrocker.com and follow Betty Crocker on Twitter and "Like" their Facebook page!
Now on to the GIVEAWAY! First of all, let me mention that I was SUPER surprised at the Totally Bamboo BASICS bowl and Norpro pot holder/trivet that Betty Crocker & MyBlogSpark sent with the Potato Buds. To be totally honest, I was expecting some pretty cheap items, but these are actually really, really nice. Whoever wins this giveaway is going to be as pleasantly surprised as I was! The Norpro pot holder/trivet retails for $16 to $22, and the cheapest Totally Bamboo serving bowl I could find online started at $29.99. So, when I say that the prize pack is valued at $45+, I am kind of underexaggerating :)
To win the Betty Crocker Potato Buds Prize Pack (Betty Crocker Potato Buds, bamboo serving bowl, Betty Crocker plastic serving spoon, & Norpro trivet/pot holder) that I was sent from Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark, you MUST complete this MANDATORY ENTRY:
Leave a comment letting me know your favorite meal to eat with Betty Crocker Potato Buds mashed potatoes...are you a steak fan, pot roast fan, chicken fan?
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This contest is open to US residents only and will run from 10/18/10 to 10/27/10 @ 12 pm EST. I will choose one winner via random.org and notify that winner via email. Winner will have 48 hours from when the email is sent to verify.
Disclosure: the product, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark