Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Review: "Blue Smoke" Gourmet Salsa Gift Baskets

When I received this basket of gourmet salsa to review from Blue Smoke Salsa, I could not wait to try cooking with the peach salsa. Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. You see, my husband is a bit of a glutton when it comes to salsa. I went to bed thinking about perhaps trying the peach salsa in a chicken dish and woke up to an empty peach salsa jar. The following day half the jar of mild salsa had disappeared.

Every year during the holidays, I am facing the same task of coming up with a gift idea for one or two people who have everything. I often turn to gourmet gift baskets, especially if it is someone to whom I would have to ship the gift. It is so easy to order something tasty and have it shipped directly to the recipient. Even though we were not able to experiment by cooking with Blue Smoke Salsa, both my husband and I agree that this would be a very enjoyable gift to receive.


What my husband and I thought about our Blue Smoke Salsa gift basket:

1) As you can see, the wrapped basket is presented beautifully, including a big coordinating bow, crinkle cut basket fill, and a handwritten card. It was also packed very well, so all the jars were intact.


2) The Mild Gourmet Salsa was fresh tasting and flavorful, but mild enough for almost anyone to eat.

3) The Peach Medium Gourmet Salsa was also very fresh. It was sweet and fruity, but had a little kick to it. Someone who is sensitive to spices might think it was hot, but bearable. Since my husband finished an entire jar in one sitting, it is safe to assume that he found the peach salsa to be especially enjoyable.


4) There were two varieties of tortilla chips included in the gift basket. The chips were standard and did not seem to be of the same quality as the fresh delicious tasting salsa. Also, the quantity of chips verses the quantity of salsa was disproportionate. I would love to have seen crisper chips and enough of them to finish almost all of the salsa in the gift basket.

Tortilla chips aside, I would definitely consider Blue Smoke the next time I need to send a gourmet food basket. There selection is not limited to salsa, but also includes jams, jellys, barbecue sauces, salad dressings, steak sauces, and much more. These are a great alternative to the typical cheese logs and crackers.

To view their full line of products or to learn more about the company, visit www.bluesmokesalsa.com .

Thank you to Blue Smoke Salsa for providing us with a review product free of charge as part of this Viral Conversations campaign.