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Friday, March 2, 2012

Nestlé Abuelita La Merienda Review and Giveaway!!!

When I visit Costa Rica to see the family, I am always amazed how many of my relatives take a little break after lunch and before dinner. Every time we go to some one's house in the afternoon, we know we will always have to eat and drink something.

Usually it is a little cafecito with pastries or even tamales. Other times it is a full on afternoon tea with little sandwiches. Other times, it is just some cheese and bread. You never know what you will get but it is always tasty.

In many Latin American countries this is called La Merienda. Every country has a different take on it but it is a custom that I have picked up on here and do it at my house or work when I can.

It is similar to afternoon tea in England. I remember when I lived in Santa Fe, there was a tea house in a hotel in downtown where I worked. Sometimes me and my co-worker would sneak over there in the afternoon to have a meeting. It was fantastic. It always reminded me of being in Costa Rica with my sister because, oftentimes, we would sneak over to a downtown hotel and have our Merienda while people watching.

On weekends, I always have La Merienda especially during winter time. I try to not have coffee so I always do tea or hot chocolate. I fix myself a little sandwich or some cheese with bread. If I have something sweet, I eat that. At work, I also have a little Merienda with my co-worker. We will make some tea and have a little snack around 2:30 when we need a pick me up!

Now Nestlé Abuelita wants to help you embrace the daily merienda and help you start your own merienda tradition. I was sent a beautiful prize pack full of Nestle Abuelita goodies. The gift pack included:

* Nestlé Abuelita Instant and Nestle Abuelita Granulado product
* Two coffee/hot chocolate mugs
* One spoon
* A set of recipe cards for use with your Nestle Abuelita product
* A disposable digital camera

I love Nestlé Abuelita hot chocolate. It is different than the usual hot chocolate I am used to. It has a hint of cinnamon and is quite tasty with any type of snack. I had mine with a half peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was delish! It makes a perfect wintertime warm me up!

Additionally, Nestlé Abuelita will be launching a new initiative on their Facebook page on March 7th so go like the page because there will be some Abuelita prizes!

And if you want to win your own Abuelita prize pack just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!



a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

111 comments:

  1. I don't, but is sounds like a fun idea.

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  2. The Abuelita Marble Cheesecake looks delicious.

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  3. No but I would! Maija pinkmaija (at) yahoodotcom

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  4. Maybe now I'll start having Meriendas! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. I don't and had almost forgotten. Some friends I had in college enjoyed this!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  6. The Abuelita Frappe sounds delicious!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  7. I haven't participated before, but now that I know about it, another excuse for hot chocolate and snacks sounds great!

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  8. Easy Baked Abuelita and Banana Empanadas looks amazing

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  9. I didnt know it was called Merienda but I kind of do, yes!

    baypayments@yahoo.com

    rafflecopter may have me signed in with a gmail addy

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  10. The Abuelita Frappe con Trocitos de Chocolate looks good and looks also easy to make. I can read Spanish still!

    baypayments@yahoo.com

    maybe signed in under a gmail addy in rafflecopter

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  11. No, but it would be great too! Patricia

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  12. Las Galleta con Avena y abuelta se ven super. I would make those. Gracias. Patricia

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  13. My husband is the person in our household who partakes in a Merienda. He likes to enjoy his coffee and newspaper and tune out the bickering between our children. ;)

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  14. My husband is the person in our household who partakes in a Merienda. He likes to enjoy his coffee and newspaper and tune out the bickering between our children. ;)

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  15. The Oatmeal Abuelita Cookies look really tasty and are easy to make.

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  16. never had a merienda
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

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  17. would try the marble cheesecake also, they need to get more recipes up however
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

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  18. The Pastel Marmoleado Abuelita recipe sounds good!

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  19. I have not tried Merienda but it sounds wonderful.


    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. Oatmeal Abuelita Cookies recipe sounds good.


    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  21. No I don't participate, but it sounds like an interesting and fun idea! Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

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  22. The Pastel Marmoleado Abuelita looks ans sounds amazing! Thanks again!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

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  23. At home with my mother I did.
    fatmeatloaf1 at gmail dot com

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  24. La Pastel Marmoleado Abuelita sounds
    fabuloso!
    fatmeatloaf1 at gmail dot com

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  25. I've never experienced a Merienda ... it seems like such a great tradition!

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  26. I have not tried Merienda

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  27. No I dont! Thank You!

    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  28. The Marble Cheese Cake Looks good!Thank You!

    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  29. No. It doesn't sound like a bad idea, though.
    magickalblessings26{at}gmail{dot}com

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  30. no--not yet :)

    marci h
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

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  31. The Abuelita Marble Cheesecake looks so darn delicious!
    magickalblessings26{at}gmail{dot}com

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  32. i like the Abuelita Frappe con Trocitos de Chocolate recipe :)

    marci h
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

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  33. I do not, but it sounds interesting!

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  34. Galletas de Avena y Abuelita

    http://www.elmejornido.com/es/kitchen/recipe/144305/galletas-de-avena-y-abuelita?pagenumber=1&pagesize=2

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  35. A mi y a mi familia nos encanta lasdiferentes presentaciones de chocolate abuelita. Comemos helado con chocolate abuelita liquido,pan tostado con mantequilla con chocolate liquido. Una taza de chocolate caliente acompañado de una concha de chocolate. mmm se me hace agua la boca. Y para los niños les preparo paletitas de leche con chocolate en el congelador. Gracias a mi mamá por enseñarme la tradicion del chocolate abuelita.

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  36. We don't but we should :)

    lterek1027@gmail.com

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  37. No, I have not!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashleymorrissey90(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. The Abuelita Frappe with Chocolate Chips looks delicious!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashleymorrissey90(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I don't partake in a Merienda, but it sounds like a wonderful tradition ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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  40. Abuelita Marble Cheesecake looks good to me ヅ

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  41. La Merienda sounds great but I have not participated in one yet.


    apoalillo {AT} hotmail dot com

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  42. no i never have
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  43. the Abuelita Marble Cheesecake looks delicious
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  44. this looks good ABUELITA™ Chocolate Syrup 16 oz

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  45. Sometimes. I like the idea of sharing a little boca in the afternoon.:)
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  46. i want to make abuelita and orange fondue! yum!
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  47. The Abuelita Marble Cheesecake looks so good!

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  48. I have never heard of it before to be honest
    tam s.

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  49. I have never heard of Meriendas before reading this post!

    hook6475 at yahoo .com

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  50. I WOULD LOVE TO TRY MAKING AVOCADO VANILLA ICE CREAM. Sorry, I just got a little excited over the idea :)

    hook6475 at yahoo .com

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  51. Nope, Haven't ever done that offically. But does having a snack count? =P

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  52. Pay de Limón looks delicious and not difficult to make!

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  53. No, I've never participated, but I'd try anything once!

    ababe28 at hotmail dot com

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  54. Abuelita Marble Cheesecake looks and sounds yummy

    ababe28 at hotmail dot com

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  55. The Pastel Marmoleado Abuelita looks good to me!

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  56. Every Sunday morning with toasted mexican bread
    weta1972@yahoo.com

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  57. Abuelita Chocolate & Orange Fondue
    weta1972@yahoo.com

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  58. My Merienda is a walk around my desk!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  59. Not yet, but I would love to try it

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  60. No, I've never heard of it before.

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce looks delicious.

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. No we don't
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  63. The, Abuelita Frappé with Chocolate Chips...sounds delightful.

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  64. I do not partake
    parisrobyn18@gmail.com

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  65. On weekends I do, too busy during the week.

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  66. I haven't before no.


    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com
    Melanie montgomery

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  67. No but sounds like something I would try.

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  68. id like to try the Egg, Ham & Cheese Brunch Nests recipe

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  69. NO, I DO NOT PARTAKE, SOUNDS REFRESHING THOUGH :)

    shebebes@yahoo.com

    (SHAYNA)

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  70. THE Abuelita Frappé with Chocolate Chips recipe sounds good :)

    (SHAYNA)

    shebebes@yahoo.com

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  71. I only partake on weekends when I can ...oh so yummy

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  72. No we don't.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  73. I like the Abuelita Holiday Beverage recipe

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  74. I wish I did, but I'd never even really heard of a Merienda until just now

    Aaron Bretveld

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  75. I don't but my husband is Puerto Rican and they do.

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  76. not yet
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.comMarch 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    No I havent.
    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  78. No, I've never heard of La Merienda but I eat an early dinner.

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  79. I would like to try the Abuelita Marble Cheesecake
    .

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  80. On week-ends we do, esp. when visiting friends or our Grandkids. Thanks for the chance...

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  81. On week-ends we do, esp. when visiting friends or our Grandkids. Thanks for the chance...

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  82. Me gusta La Abuelita Marble cheesecake....es muy bueno!

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  83. Sometimes! Just depends when we get hungry. Heh.

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  84. My absolute favorite dessert by far is flan. I LOVE the creamy texture. They've got a recipe that I'd love to try. Abuelita Flan

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