Healthier Snacking All Summer Long + Picnic Giveaway🍏

This is the time of year when I’m dreaming of fall and everything pumpkin spiced, but for some reason, I’m all for summer this year. Sure, it’s scorching hot outside, but spending time floating down the river, picking fresh produce at the farmers market, swimming in the pool,  playing tennis, and going on long trail walks makes this weather all worth it. I’ll be missing it once the cold weather arrives, so for now, I’m soaking it all up!
I am very active in the summer. There is this thing inside of me that has to be outside when the sun is out. My mom used to have to beg me to come inside as a kid. She used to leave snacks on the porch because I’d refuse to come inside to eat. 😆

My activities start at 6:00 am every day when I wake up and head out for a three-mile dog walk. My high activity level always has me searching for delicious snacks. I love easy fixes and quick snacks for on the go. That is why I am so excited to be partnering up with CVS again this year! Have you ever heard of their Gold Emblem Abound snack line? It’s amazing. It contains more than 250 great-tasting snacks, beverages, and groceries. I love the unique flavors they offer, and their wasabi almonds are so addicting. I can’t wait to show you which Gold Emblem Abound products I’ve been snacking on this summer!

+ I’m giving away a summer basket filled with my favorite Gold Emblem Abound snacks to send to one lucky winner! Details will be at the end of the post 🎉 
One of the cool things about living near the river is that my friends and I can float down it whenever we want! It’s the perfect summer activity and doesn’t cost a dime. We love to fill a cooler with beverages, sunscreen, and snacks! Because when you’re stuck on a river for three hours, snacking is the best part, especially when they’re Gold Emblem Abound brand!

Before we headed out, we stopped at CVS and picked out a few snacks for us to take. You can find Gold Emblem Abound, the better-for-you snack line, exclusively at CVS Pharmacy. Luckily, CVS is all over the U.S.
The options are endless. All of their products are convenient for on-the-go lifestyles, so if you have a road trip coming up, they’d be ideal for you! My favorite is the generous mix of snacks! They also carry grocery items (I’m constantly running into CVS when I forget something), snack bars, popcorn, pantry staples, all kinds of mixed nuts, and healthier beverages.

These Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites were dangerously delicious. They were sweet and crunchy! I had to tell my friend to hide the bag otherwise I would have eaten them all.

Dill Pickled flavored cashews, this is what I meant by unique flavors! These definitely go up there with the wasabi flavored almonds. We ate these with a bowl of fresh fruit because mixed nuts and fruit go hand in hand.

We also packed Gold Emblem Abound Brazillian Coconut Water! It’s a great drink to have to help you stay hydrated under the hot sun. I take this to play tennis if it’s sweltering outside. It’s a great source of potassium, and I think the Gold Emblem Abound brand tastes the best. 
I’ve already bought the Gold Emblem Abound Teriyaki Turkey Jerky three times since this river float! It’s a great source of protein.

The Gold Emblem Abound products are so flavorful, but also free from artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and trans fats. You can feel good about eating them! The price of this turkey jerky was awesome compared to the other brands on the market. 
Paying attention to the ingredients I eat has been a big priority in my healthy lifestyle and journey. I love that it’s Gold Emblem’s commitment to have high-quality products. They shop carefully for ingredients, adjust recipes, and taste-test everything. Whoever is doing their tasting, is talented. Also, how do I sign up for that job?

When I visited NYC for an event with CVS last year, they asked us for our ideas on how we could improve their products, and took an interest in what we had to say. I loved that. This is a company that truly cares about the health of their consumers, and it’s why I’ll always love CVS
Instead of diving into candy, I always stick to dried fruits. They have so many available, which makes me so happy. The dried figs are my favorite 🙂 They have dried fruit mixed with trail mix, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and more.

I love the single-serving snacks as well. These are great for stashing in your purse for when hunger strikes (or for sneaking into the movie theater.)
CVS also carries a lot of vegan snack foods. You’ll be able to find different products that fit into different dietary lifestyles. The packaging will have the dietary details right on the front of the package. You’ll be able to notice right away if something is gluten-free, USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, heart-healthy, a good source of protein or fiber, low sodium, low cholesterol, and sugar-free. 
My FAVORITE activity is tennis. 🎾

I spend so much time on the courts, and sometimes I’m out there for five+ hours. I bring a ton of water and plenty of snacks for energy. I love the Gold Emblem Abound energy blend trail mix because it’s a great source of healthy fats and protein for quick energy.

I also love that the mixes stay fresh and don’t have ingredients that’ll melt. These trail mix blends can hold up in the southern heat. But if we’re not outside, I’ll go for their mixes with the chocolate pieces!

Here are some of the favorite Gold Emblem Abound you should look out for next time you’re in CVS

  • Gold Emblem Abound Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites
  • Gold Emblem Abound White Cheddar Bite-Sized Quinoa & Rice Cakes
  • Gold Emblem Abound Roasted Chickpeas
  • Gold Emblem Abound Heavenly Light Popcorn
  • Gold Emblem Abound Barbecue Quinoa Chia Chips
  • Gold Emblem Abound Pure Brazilian Coconut Water
  • Gold Emblem Abound Pistachio & Almond Blend
  • Gold Emblem Abound Deluxe Mixed Nuts
  • Gold Emblem Abound Almond Butter
  • Gold Emblem Abound Organic Black Chia Seeds
  • Gold Emblem Abound Organic White Quinoa
  • Gold Emblem Freeze Dried Blueberry with Yogurt
  • Gold Emblem Single Serve Milk Chocolate Coconut Almonds
  • Gold Emblem Kettle Roasted Quinoa Cashews


I am so excited because I just found a lake beach not even a mile from my house! I knew there was a campground there, but I had no idea it was filled with so much to do. It’s always fun to find little gems like this, and taking photos of the boats on the water was so fun. Between the neighborhood pool and this little lake, I know I’ll be spending a lot of time by the water this summer.

And what is a fun water day without snacks?…well, the opposite of a fun water day!

Gold Emblem Abound snacks are great for your summer picnics. You don’t have to worry about packing things up because they’re already made for on-the-go situations. I highly recommend bringing the Heavenly Light Popcorn and the Barbecue flavored Quinoa Chia Chips on your next lake day. I couldn’t get enough.

If you’re a salad lover, like me, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on these Sweet Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas! They make the perfect salad topper! And speaking of Sriracha, Gold Emblem Abound has Sriracha popcorn and it’s INCREDIBLE! My friend and I downed an entire bag by ourselves on a road trip home from Charleson. The snacks are so fun and unique to try.
I topped my lake picnic salad with Gold Emblem Abound’s Figs, Sriracha Roasted Sweet Peas, Unsalted Pistachio Kernels, and Dried Cranberries!

My pantry is filled with more fun and unique Gold Emblem Abound products that I can’t wait to try out. I want you to try them out too! I’ll keep you posted on the tasting updates 😊

****GIVEAWAY DETAILS****

Leave a comment with which Gold Emblem Abound product you’d like to try from the photos above for a chance to win a personalized picnic basket filled with yummy Gold Emblem Abound products to take with you on your next summer picnic! 

WINNER: Rebecca Forney (look out for an email!)

Questions for you!

  1. What is your favorite summer activity?
  2. Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products?
  3. Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try?

This post was sponsored by CVS, and all opinions are my own! 

Comments

  • Stephanie G.

    I’m a huge fan of hiking, paddle boarding, hanging by the pool and really anything fun in the sun. I have never tried Abound products but have heard wonderful things. The blueberry Pom trail mix bites would be a great starter, then the popcorn, oh and the figs. I love figs. Best giveaway ever! Thank You!

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  • Erin

    The popcorn or BBQ chips. Both are guilty pleasures so getting a healthier version would be 👍

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  • Mikaela B.

    What is your favorite summer activity? HIKING!!! And trips to the beach! 💛💛
    Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products? NOPE!:)
    Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try? ALL! lol THE QUINOA CHIPS!!!

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  • Kristina

    Definitely the Gold Emblem Abound teriyaki turkey jerky! I recently relocated to Michigan from Pennsylvania for a new job, and jerky is a must for the long car rides back home to see friends and family. 🙂

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  • Lauren

    Hey Taralynn!
    You had me drooling over all the pictures of those fun snacks!

    My favorite summer activity is anything outside. My husband and I have 2 dogs and we love playing with them outside. My husband and I enjoy doing adventures together during the summer. We enjoy going on walks, hikes, and bike riding. We have kayaks and enjoy taking them around the different waterways we have in Western New York! I also tried golf for the first time with my husband and I absolutely love it! We are always looking for new, fun things to do outside and together!

    Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products?
    I have never tried any of the Golf Emblem products. They all look so good! I have a hard time finding interesting snacks for my husband to try!!

    Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try?
    I instantly thought about those Dill Pickle cashews. I love Dill Pickles! All those snacks would be so easy to bring on our adventures.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lauren!!

      I have to agree! Being outside is the best, especially with the pups!!

      These snacks are so good and fun! Love how unique the flavors are 😊

      MMM yes to the dill pickle cashews!

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  • Dani

    I need to try those sriracha chickpeas!!!!!

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  • Natalie Shishmanian

    I love this so much!!!

    My favorite summer activity is hiking / going to the beach.

    I have not tried any of these products YET (hoping to win and try them all!)

    If I had to choose, I would love to try the
    Gold Emblem Abound Roasted Chickpeas
    Gold Emblem Abound Barbecue Quinoa Chia Chips
    Gold Emblem Abound Almond Butter
    Gold Emblem Abound Organic Black Chia Seeds
    Gold Emblem Abound Organic White Quinoa
    Gold Emblem Single Serve Milk Chocolate Coconut Almonds

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  • Melissa

    I love summer! It’s my season and my favorite summer activity is going to beach and SUP! I have tried the popcorn from emblem because I will buy it and sneak it into the movies. If I won I would love to try the dill pickled cashews. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

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  • Taryn camp

    My favorite summer activity is night jogging. I love the balmy weather and it’s even better when it’s drizzling 🙂

    I am obsessed with Gold emblem pistachio delights. I get 20 cans at a time!

    I am dying to try their almond butter.

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  • Gabrielle

    The chickpeas and trail mix sound so good! These would be perfect snacks while breastfeeding- quick and healthy (and one handed 😂)

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  • Heather Jelinek

    Oh my gosh!!!! The Sweet Siracha Rosted Chickpeas look sooo good! 🤤 But really… everything looks amazing ! Especially to have on a picnic ! 🙌🏻✨🔥

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  • Emily

    Blueberry pomegranate trail mix! Would love to try it!

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  • Emily Hayes

    I would LOVE to try blueberry pomegranate trail mix bites with coconut water!!! 😍😍

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  • Ashley

    Hi from OKC!
    Im so excited for this giveaway! I’ve just recently started being more self conscious about what I’m putting into my body so I love reading about the different ways you make eating healthy so delicious!
    I’m a beef jerky fanatic! So I’d love to try to teriyaki turkey jerky!

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  • Jaime

    Hi!! I seriously love the snacks at CVS, so random but they are amazing
    1. I love taking my dog to the pond near by and seeing her jump and splash in the water and “try” to swim haha! She is not very coordinated but so cute!
    2. I have tried the Quinoa Chia Chips and keep them in a drawer at my desk at work! Never want to be hangryyy!
    3. I would love to try the roasted chickpeas

    XO, Jaime

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jaime!

      I agree! I love how unique they are 😊

      That sounds like an amazing activity and I’m sure your pup loves it!

      Hangry-ism is no good! Glad you keep the snacks at work lol

      xo have a great day!

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  • Michelle

    They all sound so yummy but I am especially excited for the Freeze Dried Blueberry with Yogurt!! 😋 gonna have to go pick up some of these!

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  • Jennifer

    I want to try their dried fruits! It’s always so hard to find healthy ones!

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  • Jenna Condon

    Your photos are always so beautiful! Ohhh, I’ve never tried coconut water, so that is high on my list now!

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  • Jillian

    Those roasted chickpeas look amazing! I tried to do it once- they were burnt but also chewy somehow and i havnt tried again!

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  • Mariah

    The chickpeas look so good. And the jerkey and coconut water!

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  • Bells

    Would love to try the sriracha chickpeas and the heavenly light popcorn!

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  • Julia

    I want to try the pistachio almond blend 🙂

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  • Ann

    Hello from Baltimore! Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix for sure! This brand has come in handy so many times during snack attacks when grabbing the essentials at CVS after long work days.

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  • Kim

    Dill pickle cashew sound like they could be strangely addictive!!

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  • Courtney

    I m so intrigued with the dill pickle nuts that I would have to try that !!

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  • Cindy

    Hi Taralynn, I would 100% want to try the dill pickle cashews. YUM….they would be great in a salad.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  • Brittney Caughron

    I would love to try the sriracha popcorn!! It sounds delicious!!! <3

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  • nicole

    sriacha chickpeas!

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  • Wendy Bilbrey

    Wow. Definitely the doll cashews. The combination sounds awesome!!

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  • Pam

    I would love to try Sweet Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas, i think they wpuld add an amazing crunch to dips I like to make like hummus! Because you can’t have a picnic without dips! Thanks for bringing my attention to all these unique products!

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  • Kristen

    Yum! My favorite summer activity is anything outside! I’m in NYC so getting into nature is key! Just have to stay away from puddles as my pup will always jump right in, no matter how sludgey!

    I work really close to a CVS so always end up in these for a mid-day pick-me-up! The nut mixes tend to be my go-to, but those dried figs look so good! Also intrigued by those dill pickle cashews!

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  • Abby Glenn

    I want to try the figs!

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  • livivua chandler

    Gold Emblem Kettle Roasted Quinoa Cashews- these would be on my list to try.

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  • Kristin

    I haven’t tried any of these yet but the roasted chickpeas sound like the perfect salad topper!! My favorite summer activity is going for walks/hikes! We just went on a new trail yesterday in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that ended up being a little harder than we anticipated but it was so rewarding to finish and there were some pretty views!

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  • Allison

    The sriracha roasted chickpeas look so interesting! Sometimes I’ll roast chickpeas at home but I’ve never made them spicy. The blueberry pomegranate trail mix bits also look delicious. Wish we had a CVS!

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  • LJ

    OMG dill pickle cashews!? I also didn’t know they carry almond butter! I’m a CVS girl but clearly I’m missing out and need to make a trip!

    Reply to LJ
  • Carrie

    In summertime I love just doing the simplest things spending time with family!
    I have never tried these products. They all look so good. But I have my eye on those mission figs!! Yum!

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  • Becky Barnard

    I haven’t been to CVS in a while, looking forward to trying some of the Gold Emblem products! Teriyaki Turkey Jerky seems like a great item to start with. I am always on the hunt for a good turkey jerky.

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  • Jessica

    We’ve been having a pretty mild week here lately so I’m getting in longer more frequent dog walks. Those are my favorite!

    I have not tried many products except one of the lemon lime flavored waters and I was instantly in love.

    I’d be all about the popcorn though! The mission figs look amazing as well!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Love going on dog walks 🙂 Speaking of, I’m heading out on one now!

      MMMM the flavored water is so good and especially with their popcorn!

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  • Kimberly

    I’ve followed you since the beginning and am so happy you partnered with CVS!

    I love CVS & Gold Emblem Abound products! They’re great for my health conscious lifestyle & my daughters LIVE for the popcorn (they never notice it’s “healthy”)! Ha! My favorite is the sriracha popcorn or the single serve options of nuts.

    Tennis is also my favorite activity!

    I actually just got a new picnic basket so this giveaway concept is perfect! Thanks for the info and all you do! (Now, back to your insta page! Haha)

    💕💕💕 ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ @inspireonlife K.Stepchinski

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kimberly!!

      I LOVE partnering with CVS, especially since I’m there almost daily lol

      I’m glad you’re already a fan of the products!! That sriracha popcorn….incredible!!

      WOOOO 🎾

      Thanks for a very sweet comment!! ❤️

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  • Denise

    I want to try the Sriracha roasted chickpeas. I think they would be amazing as a work snack

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  • Lynne Torgersen

    I would like to try the Heavenly Light Popcorn.

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  • Annamarie V

    I would like to try the Golden Emblem popcorn, It’s one of my favorite snacks and I have not tried this brand yet.

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  • Kristen

    I’d like to try the Pistachio Almond Blend.

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  • Erin

    The sriracha roasted chickpeas sound awesome!

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  • Cameron

    I’d love to try the sriracha chickpeas or any of the trail mix bites! Everything looks so good

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  • Ashley

    I would like to try the sriracha roasted chickpeas

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  • Hannah G

    I have never tried any of these products before, but I would love to try the Energy Blend Trail Mix! My favorite summer activity is gardening!

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  • Rachael Brekrus

    I want to try the coconut water! I have never tried it, looks so good; the pistachio almond blend also looks good!!

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  • Natasha Galloway

    My favorite summer activity is hiking through a beautiful state park with my dogs and cooling off in the water, floating or paddle boarding. I have not, yet, tried any Gold Emblem Abound products but I can’t wait to try some!! It all looks incredibly delicious but I would LOVE to try the Gold Emblem Abound Pistachio & Almond Blend.

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  • Amanda Whitley

    i want to try the bbq quinoia chips. I have tries several gold emblem products and love it especially for the price! i would love to take these snacks with me when we road trip next month

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  • Kris

    Cashews of course!

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  • Angie

    I am a teacher so I have the summer off. This allows me to really amp up my activity and I’ve been averaging 20,000 steps a day. For that reason I would love to try the energy blend trail mix.

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  • Marianna

    I like to go to the lake and boat and swim. I haven’t tried any of the products yet but the Teriyaki turkey murky sounds delicious – my son and I would probably love it.

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  • Rachel

    What is your favorite summer activity? My favorite summer activity hands down is swimming and just being outside
    Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products? I have not tried those products but bc of your blog I am now going to try probably everything you have listed. I’ve actually never heard of that brand before but am eager to try it
    Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try? I probably would pick the milk cholate almonds or the coconut water

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      You can’t go wrong with simply being outside in the summer 😀

      I can’t believe you haven’t tried the Gold Emblem brand yet! It’s sooooo good!! The chocolate almonds are a good start!

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  • Erin

    BBQ quinoa chia chips!! Sounds tasty!

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  • Nat

    My favorite activity this summer has been swimming with my five month old! It’s been so hot the last few weeks we haven’t been able to go walking/hiking as much as we’d like, but soon! I have never tried any of those products but they sound amazing, I think I’ll be heading to the store to get some!

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  • Jackie Quiroz

    I’d love to try the Pure Brazilian Coconut Water! I love coconut water but I have yet to try this one!

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  • Aisling

    Siracusa roasted chi peas! I love something slightly spicy and crunch on my salads !

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  • Tim

    Those dill pickle flavored cashews look like something unique I would like to try. Dill pickle this year is what bacon was a few years ago, where companies everywhere are innovating ways to incorporate it into their products. The cashews are a good fit. The ice cream and slushies I am seeing are probably beyond my palate!!!

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  • Janet

    I absolutely love camping during the summer. I have tried the coconut water and I would love to try quinoa bbq chips. Bbq chips are my favorite!! ❤❤

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  • Malia

    The dill flavored cashews sound amazing! Definitely would (and want to) give those a try.

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  • Kristina Clements Sanborn

    So many snacks!!! Loved this post 💕 and am now inspired to do some snack shopping at my local CVS.
    My favorite summer activity would have to be biking (I’ve got the tan lines to prove it). Strangely enough I’ve never tried the GEA snacks, but I’m definitely going to seek some out. As for what I want to try, it’s a tie between the dried figs and sriracha peas!
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  • Erin

    Definetly the dill cashews! Yum!

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  • Amanda Gardner

    I’d definitely want to try the dill pickle cashews (I’m picky about my pickle flavored things but these sound amazing!) and the barbecue quinoa chips!

    What is your favorite summer activity?
    Honestly, anything that gets me outdoors! When I lived in NC it was going to the ocean. Now that I’m back in NY I don’t have the ocean (boo!). But we have a ton of hiking trails and lakes and we like to take our dog with us to all of them!

    Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products?
    No! We don’t have a CVS around here 😭

    Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try?
    Adding this to my little list at the top (but if I’m being honest, all of them haha), the kettle roasted quinoa cashews! Yum! Everything sounds so good!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Amanda!

      They are sooooooo good, and I’m not a big “pickle” person. Actually, lately, I have been!! (NOT PREGNANT!) lol

      I agree! Anyting outside for sure!!

      YOU DON’T!!? SAD!!

      I’d go for all of them too!

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  • Joannie Lauria

    I would love to try the barbecue quinoa chia chips and the sweet sriracha roasted chickpeas! I’m a vegan and I love finding delicious new snacks to introduce to my friends to make veganism sound more appealing! My favorite summer activity is exploring anything outdoors, from hiking nature trails, to kayaking, to relaxing on the beach.

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  • Melina

    I would love to try the Sweet Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas! Sounds very interesting and delicious! I have tried their Mixed Nuts and it was great 🙂 I like taking walks at night in the summer when the weather’s not too hot, not too cold. I also love jet skiing. Thank you for another wonderful post, Taralynn!

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  • Raeleen

    My favorite summertime activity is definitely camping by the beach! Swimming and sand all day and snuggling up by the fire at night, it’s the best.

    I’ve never tried any of these products but those Sriracha chickpeas are calling my name!

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  • Katheryn

    My favorite summer activity is camping! This summer, I’ve already went beach camping (San Simeon next to Cambria) and camping in the Sierra National Forrest. The campground we go to in the mountains don’t have plumbing/running water, but it is nice to get away from cell service and the day to day responsibilities. Plus, whenever I go camping I try to go on as many different hikes, some have a trail and others are just off the road to see an unmarked trail or going on a creek walk.

    The product I’d like to try the most is the Sriracha chickpeas or popcorn. I love Sriracha anything and it sounds delicious. I’ve been searching for easy healthy snacks since I started nursing school, so I’ll definitely be checking this brand out!

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  • Lynda M.

    I’d love to try the Omega 3 Trail Mix!

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  • Allison

    My favorite summer activity is swimming. I have not tried these products yet but they all look so good, especially would love the pistachio and almond and figs!

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  • Olivia

    So as I’m reading this I realized I’m snacking on Gold Emblems Cocoa Almonds! Totally forgot where I got these, but they are so good! I’d really love to try those roasted chickpeas, I just love a little crunch on my salads!

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  • Heather

    The pistachio and almond blend sounds really yummy to me this morning!

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  • judith

    those quinoa chips sound great

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  • Kate Specht

    I would love to try the blueberry pomegranate bites! I own a pet care business in “the Hamptons” so I’m always looking for new quick and affordable snacks, I never thought to look in cvs! My favorite summer activity is taking the dogs down to the beach. They love it and I love it.

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  • Kate Specht

    I would love to try the blueberry pomegranate bites! I own a pet care business in “the Hamptons” so having a quick and affordable snack for me is important while I’m on the go! My favorite summer activity is spending time on the beach with the dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    ALL

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  • Claire Goode

    1. I’m in master’s program, so summer means finally having more free time to spend with my very active GSP puppy! We love going on hikes at the state park and cooling off in the creek.
    2. I’ve never tried any of their products..
    3. But think the Dill Pickle Cashews sound like the bomb!

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  • Kathryn

    I want to try the teriyaki turkey jerky! You did a great job of selling how delicious it is!

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  • Sabrina

    I love CVS! I work above one and sometimes eat their snacks for lunch. The heavenly light popcorn gets me through the long nights.

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  • Amy

    I love this post! I would like to try the probiotic trial mix and the turkey jerky!

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  • Jordan Weaver

    These look so good ! I have a cvs right next to campus so this may be my new snack spot! The chickpeas are at the top of my list!!!

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  • Carolsue

    Hope this hasn’t expired …
    My favorite summer activity is swimming.
    I have not tried any of these products, but the ones I would most like to try are the Gold Emblem Kettle Roasted Quinoa Cashews and the Siracha Roasted Chickpeas

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  • Hannah R

    I LOVE roasted chickpeas, and siracha, Sooo, I would DEFINITELY try those Siracha Roasted Chickpeas!! However, cashews and dill pickles together?? What?? YUM. So, those, too. (I would honestly want to buy more snacks than I’d be able to eat in a month if I found this isle in CVS! Yum!

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  • Jordan

    My favorite hobby in summer is definitely kayaking! I love being on the water and being able to sneak into places and bays that you might not be able to get to in a regular boat.

    I have not tried any of the Gold Emblem Abound products yet — but you can bet I will be hitting up CVS soon to pick up some snacks for our upcoming kayaking trip!

    I absolutely would love to try the Sriracha Chickpeas — and making them a salad topper is genius!

    Thanks again for another great suggestion!

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  • Sarah

    I want to try the barbecue quinoa chips! I’ve had the sriracha roasted chickpeas, and they’re soooo good! I walk by CVS on the way home from work everyday, and it’s impossible not to pop in at least once a week for goodies.

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  • Katheryn

    My favorite summer activity is camping! I’ve already went beach camping (San Simeon in Cambria) and the Sequoias (We had to bring our own water due to the lack of plumbing). Mountain camping is definitely my favorite ⛰ ⛺️.
    The product I’d like to try the most is the Sriracha chickpeas or the popcorn. I love sriracha. Honestly, it is hard to choose which product but I’ll definitely have to check them out. I’ve been searching for easy snacks since I started nursing school 🙂

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  • Steph Bricklebank

    I would love to try the freeze dried blueberry with yogurt! Sounds so delicious. I have not tried their products yet but will need to add them to my shopping list for when I go on my roadtrip next weekend to New York! My favorite summer activity is being able eat outside on the patio.

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  • Lynne

    I would love to try the turkey jerky.

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  • Leslie R.

    Favorite summer activity is just being anywhere by the water! Pool, lake, or river. I shop at CVS so often & I cannot believe I haven’t tried any of the Gold Emblem snacks! I would love to try anything sriracha flavor, especially the popcorn!

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  • Katrina Angele

    I love heading to the lake to walk the nature trail on a cool summer day. I’ve never tried these before but the BBQ quina chia chips sound good.

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  • Carly

    Dying to try the siracha chick peas because I’m obsessed with both siracha and chick peas! I’ve bought their nuts before and they were delicious.

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  • Elizabeth

    I haven’t tried any of the Gold Emblem products yet, but they sound great! The blueberry pomegranate trail mix bites and the dill pickle cashews sound amazing! I love berries, pickles, and cashews, so I feel like these snacks would be delicious! It’s hard to choose a favorite summer activity! This summer has been filled with activities, it’s been great! I guess one of my favorites would have to be going to our county fair. It’s so fun to see all the booths, animals, and 4-H projects.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      They are all so good!! OOOhhh the fair is so fun! I used to go to the Iowa Fair all the time. I need to visit one this summer! Thanks for a good idea!

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  • Jenna

    My favorite summer activity is going to the springs! It gets so hot in Florida and the springs are always around 70 degrees!

    I have not tried any of the Gold Emblem Abound products but I’m headed to CVS tonight to look for some, I leave for Austin Friday morning and need some snacks for my trip.

    I want to try the mission figs!

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  • Ali

    The Gold Emblem Abound Cranberry and Almond Nut Bar looks amazing! In the summer I love going to different areas around Lake Michigan to explore.

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  • Megan B

    The roasted chickpeas! I love putting them on my salads!

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  • Sean C

    I ld love to get the Gold Emblem Abound Fruit & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix and the Heavenly Light Popcorn. Picking cherries and paddle boating are my favorite activities in the summer.

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  • Brix

    The Gold Emblem Abound Dark Chocolate, Fruit & Nut Trail Mix are the ones I’d love to try first. I’ve seen this brand but have never had the opportunity to try it. I love swimming and biking in the summer time best.

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  • Stafford

    Favorite is going to the park and spending time with family outside on the patio and bbqing. OUr family would most definitely love trying the Gold Emblem Abound Fuji Apple & Raspberry Clusters. Those sound yummy!

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  • Alina

    Favorite summertime activity would have to be canoeing with my husband and 5 year old son. It’s always an adventure! I haven’t had the opportunity to try out this brand but always love trying new things. The Gold Emblem Abound Sweet & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix has my name written all over it.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Alina!

      I love that you go canoeing with your family! Such a fun way to spend time together. I bet your son loves that! These would be great snacks to bring out on your next trip! xo

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  • Stacy Timm

    I’ve had their popcorn before. I absolutely loved it. I would like to try the teriyaki jerky. My fiancé and I love jerky, so this will be a great snack to take on our trip to Minnesota in September.

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  • Amanda

    What is your favorite summer activity?
    Going to the lake for sure. Our friends have a lake house and we go every chance we can.

    Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products?
    I don’t think I have but I will be very soon. Everything you have listed I want to try now.

    Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try?
    The dill pickle cashew please! I love cashews so I’m sure these would be yummy!

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  • Danielle

    I would love to try the Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites….actually I would love to try everything! The dill pickle cashews sound amazing too! I have had dill pickle kettle chips and dill pickle popcorn from trader joes before and they are dangerously addicting.

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  • Susan Lilja

    Would love to try the Blurberry Pomegranate trail mix bites. Perfect for lazy days at the beach (which is one of my favorite summer activities) Also love that I am able to workout outside ✌

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  • Kelsey

    1.) Fishing!
    2.) yes, I have tried several and love them all! The popcorn is very yummy and the almonds.
    3.) Dill Pickle cashews!

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  • Angelica Puente

    I would love love love to try the dried figs 😃

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  • Brenda Haines

    I love to go to the river with my son. We stay all day and have so much fun, swimming, hunting for rocks and just relaxing in the sun. I’ve never tried Golden Emblem products and would love to try the blueberry pomegranate trail mix bites.

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  • Jen

    1. What is your favorite summer activity?
    Does everything count? Summer is bar none by favorite time of the year and I can’t get enough of it ever. I did try tubing for the first time ever this year and it was great! Your tubing blog and tips were sooooooooo much help!

    2. Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products?
    Yes, and those BBQ Quinoa chips are absolutely delicious. I’ve only seen them in snack size bags, but if they sold them in bigger quantities, I would be all over that.

    3. Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try?
    The turkey jerky!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I am so excited to hear that you went tubing! Isn’t it the best?

      Glad you’ve had the quinoa chips! They really are so good!!!

      mmmmmm that jerky! yum!

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  • Erin pell

    Chickpeas! Chickpeas! Chickpeas!
    YUMMMMM! 😍

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  • Hayley

    Oooo the turke jerky sounds really good! Ihaven’t tried that one….yet 😉 I LOVE CVS and their line of snacks and products!

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  • Kristin Hancock

    I’ve never tried any of this line of food, but I’m trying to be more adventurous with my food. The coconut water looks delicious!

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  • Hannah

    1. Running and going to the beach with my two labs. 🙂
    2. I have not, but it all looks super yummy!
    3. Gold Emblem Abound Barbecue Quinoa Chia Chips. Even though I’d try every single thing they offer! Snacks are life. 🙂

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  • Jessie Blucker

    The sirracha chickpeas sound interesting 🤔.
    The picnic basket is a adorable.

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  • Nadine

    Favorite summer activity is anything i can do after five because the days are long and the sun is still out! I love going for evening runs. I’ve tried green emblem and they’re delicious. Hoping to try those figs! They look good!

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  • Valerie Bastian

    1. My favorite summer activity is definitely swimming! Whether it’s relaxing by the pool or splashing in the lake, water days are the best days!
    2. I tried the Sriracha Popcorn and it was great! Just the right amount of spicy.
    3. I would loooove to try the Gold Emblem Abound figs that you have pictured in this post! I’ve never heard of dried figs as a snack and I am intrigued!

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  • Kim Medaris

    The siracha chickpeas I have tried ! They are fire! I would love to try the rest for date night to the outdoor symphony concert picnics! My fave activity besides the pool in the summer!

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  • Kris

    Pomegranate trail mix bites!

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  • Daniella

    I bought the chickpeas after work because of this post!

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  • Ivy darcy

    I love going swimming in the pool, beach or lake for my daily activity.
    No I’ve actually never tried Eblem brand and we have several cvs here….need to try.
    Would love to try them all especially the Gold Emblem Abound Roasted Chickpeas👍🏼😀

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  • Jennifer

    The kettle roasted quinoa cashews sound delicious!! 😋 would LOVE to try them!

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  • Cam

    I want all of them! The pickle cashews look like a great movie theater snack.

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  • Veronica

    Oh man, do I have to choose one thing? I had no idea that CVS had so many healthy options! It would definitely be a toss up between the jerky and the popcorn, though I’m excited to stop by and start trying some of the delicious snacks. Thank you for your recommendations!

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  • Brit

    Your photos are so cute and I have to go with the figs

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  • Heather Jelinek

    The sweet siracha chickpeas sound soooo yummy! 😋 But you know …. I really want to try a variety from the CVS Abound brand ! Everything looks so amazing ! 🤗😍✨😋

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  • Emily

    I am interested to try the Gold Emblem Abound Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites! They look and sound so good!

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  • Ashley

    I have never tried any but the turkey jerky or the figs looks awesome!

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  • Lindsay Carroll

    The barbecue quinoa chia chips sound so good! I’m always looking for a potato chip replacement when I’m craving something salty!

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  • Ashlyn Aardema

    Dried Figs and Sweet Sirracha Chickpeas. I love CVS and all of their healthy options. Have never tried either of those products though, so I am excited!

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  • casey

    My fav summer activity is swimming!
    No I have not tried any Gold emblem products.
    I would love to try their cranberry almond rice pop clusters!

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  • Ashley

    The barbecue quinoa chia chips sound super tasty!

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  • Molly

    Dill pickle flavored cashews sound out of this world! I’ve been snacking on this line for the last year, but had no idea about pickle flavored nuts, anything pickle flavored, count me in ☺️.

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  • Ciara Frizzell

    I’ve seen these snacks but haven’t tried them yet! The Gold Emblem Abound Pistachio & Almond Blend looks spot on. Can’t beat a mix of my favorite nuts! The Gold Emblem Abound Dill Pickle Cashews look amazing too! I love anything pickle flavored!

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  • Tate

    All of them!

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  • Maggie

    I need to try the Gold Emblem Around Dill Pickle Cashews! Looks like I’ll be making a detour to CVS on my way home from work tomorrow!

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  • Tanya

    I love kayaking and camping during the summer. I dont live in a town with a CVS. But I would love to try dill pickle cashew. Love all popcorn and the mixes.

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  • Cydney

    What is your favorite summer activity?
    -Kayaking!
    Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products?
    -Yes! They have an apple granola I like in my yogurt
    Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try?
    – I think the dried figs sound great!

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  • Emily

    I want to try those blueberry pomegranate bites you talked about! Sound so delicious

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  • Carol

    love the quinoa chips

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  • Jodi Moore

    Gold Emblum Abound Teriyaki Turkey Jerky! Sounds like a great source of protein.

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  • Meaghan Brooks

    Oh my goodness I want to try them all but the Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites and the Barbecue flavored Quinoa Chia Chips have me most excited! That is the cutest basket, such a creative idea for the giveaway for summer picnic ever! Love your posts!

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  • Rosie

    My fav summer activity is swimming, in nice lakes with a sandy bottom. I get the Abound Dry Roasted Peanuts all the time – yum!

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  • Rosie

    I’d like to try the Raw Natural Almonds, Probiotic Trail Mix, Unsalted Pistachio Kernels, Dried Pitted Dates, Organic Maple Syrup, Mild Salda, Veggie Chips… I better stop, I could keep going. Luv CVS!!

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  • Ashley

    I’ve been a fan of the heavenly light popcorn for a while, and I’m so sad I just moved to a town without a CVS! 🙁 I haven’t tried the chickpeas but they sound wonderful!

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  • Christine

    Jerky! I like to bring jerky on road trips.

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  • Blair

    My favorite summer activity is getting to go to the parks and hike!

    As for gold emblem products I believe I’ve tried a granola bar at some point. I’d love to try more like the coconut water and the jerky. Unfortunately my CVS never seems to have a lot of these products to try.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love hiking too! I need to get out there more.

      The jerky is so good and perfect for summer hikes! Thank you for entering, and good luck, Blair!

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  • Kelly

    Hi Taralynn!

    My favorite summer activity is hanging out by the pool or going for a long hike!
    I have never tried any of the Gold Emblem Abound products before but the roasted chickpeas sound delicious, I would love to try them on salads.

    Kelly

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  • Mary

    Dill pickle cashews!?! I need to have these!

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  • Kelly D

    I would like to try the Barbeque Quinoa Chia Chips. They look great.

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  • Caitlin

    I am excited to try the Gold Emblem Kettle Roasted Quinoa Cashews!

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  • Aimee W

    Would love to try the dill pickle cashews!

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  • Liz

    I’ve never tried these products, but honestly the dill pickle flavored cashews are calling my name!
    P.S. Taralynn, what camera are you currently using? I feel like you just mentioned it in a post but I can’t find where you mentioned it 🙁

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      They are delicoius!

      I use several different cameras. Sometimes my cell phone, sometimes my canon mark iv, and sometimes my Olympus tough, my Powershot g7 and sometimes my canon rebel! lol

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  • Lisa

    Hi Taralynn,

    I want to try the Gold Emblem Wasbi Peas. I can’t find them at my local CVS :(.

    Thank you for the post!

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  • Heather F

    I’d like to try the Gold Emblem Abound Dill Pickle Cashews!

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  • Angel

    The Sweet Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas sound yummy!

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  • Rivka

    The Fruit and Veggie Snack Bars look great! I’ve never tried Gold Emblem before, but would love to!

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  • Anna

    I did not know CVS had such an awesome snack selection! I want to try the sriracha chickpeas!

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  • Peyton

    I would looooove to try the milk chocolate coconut almonds!!😍😍

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  • Luna

    I’ve had a lot of the products because of your blog! I can’t wait to find the dill pickle cashews!

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  • Amanda

    Gold Emblem Abound Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites

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  • Katie

    Those sweet Siriacha chickpeas look so delicious!!! 😋

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  • Rachel

    The sriracha chickpeas are now on my to-try list! That’s a combination of two of my favorites!

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  • Janna English

    Gold Emblem Abound dill pickle cashews

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  • Janna English

    I am excited to try the
    Gold Emblem Abound dill pickled cashews.

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  • Erica

    I love this post!

    I would like to try the almond and pistachio mix!

    I’m going into CVS tonight to find those sriracha chickpeas.

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  • Leah H.

    The dill pickle cashews sound fantastic! I love early morning walks when the sun is just coming up! Best way to start the day!

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  • Megan

    I love just being outside in the summer, but my favorite activity in the summer would have to be swimming. I’ve never tried golden emblem products, but I definitely have to. They all look so good and right up my ally. If I had to pick one it would probably be the bbq Quinoa chia seed chips! I love bbq chips so this would be a healthy alternative.

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  • Kassandra

    I am loving sriracha lately! Me and the hubby just meal prepped sriracha avocado tuna wraps that we’re giving me life every day so I’d have to say the sriracha chickpeas! Also, you are amazing! You definitely encourage me to be more active and eat healthier as a lifestyle change.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      If you love Sriracha you have to try those chickpeas and their popcorn!!!

      & thank you for the sweet words! I am going to have to try your sriracha avocado tuna wraps!! Great idea!

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  • Megan Osborn

    THe heavenly light popcorn sounds heavenly and the sriracha chickpeas! I love to hike in the summer! And do anything outdoors!

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  • Stacie

    BBQ quinoa chia chips say what!!

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  • Allison J

    I’m so excited to try the dill pickle cashews! One of my favorite summer activities is gardening. I always have a few cucumber plants in my garden and I love to make homemade pickles! I also love kayacking!

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  • Mara

    I want them all!

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  • Kayla M

    I’d love to try the dill pickle cashews!

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  • Rachel

    My favorite summer activity is probably kayaking! I haven’t gotten to do it yet this summer, and I am dying to get out on the water!

    I’ve tried the Gold Emblem coconut water, but I don’t think I’ve had any of the snacks!! This needs to be alleviated haha.

    The product I’d like to try most is the sweet sriracha roasted chickpeas. Those sound like they would go amazing on a salad, and also just as a snack.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Such a fun summer activity. I can’t wait to go look at Kayaks this weekend!

      You need to try these snacks ASAP 😃

      You can’t go wrong with the sweet sriracha roasted chickpeas!

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  • Liz Zimmerman

    I love hiking!! Walking is my favorite thing to do year round really but summertime walks/ hikes with my kids is my new favorite summer activity! I have not tried any of their products mainly because where I was living we did not have a CVS close by. But everything makes my mouth water! I would love to try the blueberry pomegranate trail mix! I love that they are easy to snack on during a hike or evening walk in the stroller! My son who is 2 and I would totally snack on them during our walks!

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  • Stephanie Pollack

    I’ve never tried these products before, but they look great! I am most excited to try the wasabi almonds and the jerky! Awesome photos btw!

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  • Megan

    I love to just be outside and soak up the beautiful weather but I’d have to say My favorite summer activity has always been swimming. It’s so hard because all the golden emblem products look amazing! but I must try the bbq quinoa chai seed Chips. I love bbq chips and this is such a healthier alternative

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  • Melle

    Gold Emblem Freeze Dried Blueberry with Yogurt sound delicious!

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  • Holly Danielson

    I would LOVE to try the Gold Emblem Abound Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites – they look so delicious and I love those flavors mixed together. Thanks for posting this – I always forget that CVS is more than just a pharmacy sometimes!

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  • Yoojin

    Oh yum! I’d love to try their Gold Emblem Freeze Dried Blueberry with Yogurt… i’d snack on them all day in a trail mix!

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  • Mindy Mercurio

    OMG sircha roasted peas? YES PLEASE!

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  • Kaylin

    I most want to try those dill pickle flavored cashews because I’m a pickle fanatic. But so many of their snacks sound delightful. I like that they have so many healthy options. Great pictures, by the way!

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  • Lindsey St. Onge

    My favorite Summer activity is walking my dogs along new trails! I love to get out in nature and see more of where I live. I also love going to nearby rivers/lakes with my dogs and cooling off in the water! I have tried the CVS Gold Emblem Abound products without even realizing it, but after seeing your post I am definitely all for trying out more of their products! I am DYING to try the Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites! They look so good! The Dried Figs also look like something I couldn’t get enough of! I am always on the go, whether it be for my job or when I’m exploring the new city I live it, so these products would be great options to have! Thanks for sharing your recommendations!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      A great way to explore new trails 😃 I bet your dogs love that!! You’re such a good dog mom!

      These are a great snack for trail walks, exploring, and more!! I hope you enjoy!!

      xo

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  • Liz

    The Kettle Roasted Quinoa Cashews and dill pickle cashews since they both sound so unique!

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  • Katelyn

    I’ve been paddle boarding and kayaking Lake Michigan a lot this summer! It’s been a great way to be in the water and get some exercise while I’m 6 months pregnant in this crazy heat!

    THose dill pickle cashews look incredible! I’m going to have to figure out where there is a CVS near me so I can get my hands on some!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      How fun!!! Look at you kicking butt during your pregnancy! How exciting 😊

      You will definitely want to get your hands on those dill pickle cashews!!

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  • Chelsea

    Those sriracha chick peas look yummy, but I’d love to try those dill pickled cashews! (I currently have four jars of pickles in my fridge, which is probably three jars too many!)

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  • Lisa Arant

    I’d love to try the Sweet Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas! Any sweet & spicy combination works for me. I love that you put them on a salad! I bring a salad to work for lunch every day, so I’m always looking to change them up a bit!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

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  • Alex Windings

    Hanging out by the pool or water!

    Yes! The sweet sriracha chickpeas are insane!!

    I’d love to try their turkey jerky…always in the mood for a snack like that! Love this post!

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  • Sara

    I’m a sucker for anything ‘pickle’ flavored and need to get my hands on those cashews to try!

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  • Kaley

    oh man those all sound amazing but the sriracha chickpeas are really callin’ my name!

    and my favorite summer activity is TUBING. water levels around denver have been a little low lately so i’m excited to hit up a better river in the mountains tomorrow. such a good idea to bring your own snacks, too!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yessss they’re my favorite!!

      OMG TUBING IS THE BEST!!! (sorry for my excitement)

      Have fun in the mountains tomorrow!!! Make sure to get some snacks before you leave 😉 and be safe! xo

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  • tanya

    I’d love to try the quinoa/rice cakes, popcorn, bbq chips, water, pistachio/almond blend, butter, blueberry yogurt and the roasted cashews. I’m a bit hungry this morning. Haha!

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  • Will

    Swimming! I’d love to bring all of these snacks to the pool with my kids!

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  • Alaina

    The Gold Emblem Freeze Dried Blueberry with Yogurt looks super tasty as a sweet treat that is also healthy! I am sure my kids would love this, too!

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  • Jenna

    The sriracha roasted chickpeas look amazing!!

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  • Kristin

    I might be in the minority here, but I want the popcorn! Could eat it morning, noon or night! 😉 Thank you for writing about some new snack options, I’m always on the lookout! <3

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  • Jenna samuels

    Oh-the barbecue quinoa chips look fantastic!!

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  • Courtney Haas

    My favorite summer activity is paddle boarding! I’m saving up to buy one and will hopefully have one for next summer! I haven’t tried any of the Gold Emblem products – I don’t usually go into a CVS pharmacy, but I’ll have to make a trip to one soon! I really want to try the Coconut Water. I’ve never tried coconut water, but people keep telling me that it’s great and healthy.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I’m in CVS way too often lol. So great that you love paddling! I need to get one as well 🙂 Coconut water is definitely an acquired taste. I didn’t like it for so long and then became an addict the more I tried it. The Gold Emblem Coconut water is one of my favorites.

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  • Christianne Neely

    These all look so good! I would love to try the figs or the siracha chickpeas. I love anything with some spice!

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  • Heather K

    So many unique snack options! I would love to try the Teryaki turkey jerky and the dill pickle cashews, especially!

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  • Shelby

    I loooooove almond butters so much! I always like trying new brands that I see because sometimes they are made a little differently. I want to try their almond butter now!

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  • Aly

    The sweet sriracha chickpeas sound amazing! I’ve recently been using your recipe for roasted taco chickpeas and I’m addicted!

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  • Cheyanne

    Hey! My favorite summer acitivity is biking and swimming…or just laying around the house reading a book. I have actually never heard of Gold Emblem but the chocolate covered coconut almonds sound sooo good and I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy some now.

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  • Lisa Burgess

    I am interested in the figs! I use to love eating figs straight off my Aunt’s fig bush! Would love to give these a try!

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  • Catherine

    As I’m reading your blog and eating lunch, I’m actually having some Gold emblem abound unsalted deluxe mixed nuts, too! I would love to try the chickpeas!! All of their items are awesome 😋

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  • Aly

    The sweet sriracha chickpeas sounds amazing! I’ve recently been using your taco chickpea recipe from a few years ago and I’m addicted!

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  • AManda

    Sriracha popcorn? please.

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  • Amanda

    I have turned into a total snack-a-holic lately and I would love to try those Gold Emblem dried mission figs. Figs are my favorite! Perfect for road trips, my favorite summer activity!

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  • Kelsey W.

    Hey Taralynn! I would LOVE to try the Gold Emblem Abound Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites. Anything having to do with blueberry gets my full attention haha 🙂 I haven’t tried any of their products before, so I’m looking forward to checking them out. My favorite summer activity has been gardening! We recently bought our first home and after spending the last several years in apartments, I’m so happy to have my own yard to plant whatever I want! Speaking of which, do you still have your strawberry plant? I have one, but it doesn’t seem to be doing well haha. -xo Kelsey

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kelsey!

      I totally agree with you. Berry lover over here!

      Congrats on your home, and gardening is so much fun!!! I do, but it has not produced strawberries at all lol Just three and it was done!

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  • Amanda Singleton

    I would love to try the teriyaki jerky! I’ve never tried any of these products.

    My favorite summer activity is camping. We camp about 2 hours from our house so I’m always looking for healthy snacks for the drive!

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  • Mira

    I’d love to try those barbecue quinoa chips! They look like a healthier version of SunChips!

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  • Khine Hargrave

    All things blueberry are my jam (pun intended), so I’m most interested in the blueberry pomegranate trail mix. Looks berry tasty! (Oh I’m so punny 🤣)
    I haven’t had a chance to try any Gold Emblem Abound products yet, but their packaging is very appealing and I always notice them when I’m in CVS. I’ll definitely grab something to try next time I’m there – thanks for the recs!

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  • Regan

    I would love to try the chickpeas!!! They would be sooo YUM in my summer salads. Love the way your photos turned out in this post!

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  • Heathet

    Gold Emblem Freeze Dried Blueberry with Yogurt. That sounds delicious!

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  • Amy McGraw

    I have tried the almonds before and they were good. I want to try all of this! I love dill pickle flavored anything! My favorite activity in the summer is camping so this will come in handy! thank you!

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  • Beth Sperry

    Those figs sound amazing!

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  • Katie Meshko

    Ahh love this post.. so fun & colorful!!! This would be so amazing to win!! I’ve been planning a picnic for a while and winning this would make it sooo much better! 😉 All of these snacks look delicious but a few that I’d really like to try are the Blueberry pom trail mix bites, the energy blend, and the roasted chic peas… YUM!

    What is your favorite summer activity? Getting outside!!! Bonfires. Cookouts.
    Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products? Not yet!
    Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try? All of the above! ;p

    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks so much, Katie!!

      The three you chose are some of my faves, and perfect for your upcoming picnic!

      I think being outside in the summer is the best! Especially when bonfires are involved.

      All of the above…you smart girl 😉 xo

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  • Regan

    I would LOVE to try the roasted chickpeas. They seem awesome and would be a great addition to my summer salads! YUM

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  • Kate Steller

    The bbq quinoa chips look great! I am loving gold emblem prodcuts lately—have you tried their nut butters?

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  • Stephanie

    I am interested in the quinoa bbq chips. Those sound amazing! Many of the other snacks caught my eye too. I’m glad to know that CVS things like that when we travel with our kids. We can have access to healthier snacks!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Just to warn you, they’re so addicting! You can’t stop at one or two servings lol Luckily, they’re healthy!

      CVS is the best for kids! Healthy, inexpensive, and very convenient!!

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  • Leslie

    Hey Taralynn!
    I want to try all of them, but I am most intrigued by the Gold Emblem Single Serve Milk Chocolate Coconut Almonds. Yummm! My favorite summer activity is swimming and all of these would go great poolside!

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  • Carlie

    I’d love to try the Gold Emblem abound blueberry pomegranate trail mix bites! Sounds delicious!

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  • Kristin

    I would love to try the popcorn and the dill cashews! Fingers crossed to win!

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  • Carlie Appletoft

    I would love to try the Gold Emblem abound blueberry pomegranate trail mix bites! Sounds delicious!

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  • Brie

    Sriracha popcorn sounds unique and amazing!All of the snacks in your post caught my attention, I’d love for the chance to try them myself!

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  • Tori

    1) My favorite summer activity is camping.
    2) I have not tried any of their products yet, but now you have me very interested. CVS is only a minute drive from my house! Yay!
    3) I am most excited to try the teriyaki turkey jerky!

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  • Beth

    1. I live in Savannah, Ga, and we try to get to the beach as much over the summer as possible! Living about 45 minutes away from both Tybee Island and Hilton Head makes that pretty easy.
    2. We LOVE the fruit cubes from Gold Emblem! (though it’s not the healthiest treat!)
    3. I would LOVE to try that beef jerky! I may need to run around the corner and get some on my lunch break!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love Tybee Island. Fun fact…that’s the place Kyle asked me to “be his girlfriend” lol

      lol get those fruit cubes out of my house!! can’t stop and won’t stop eating them. TIP: Freeze them!

      Yes, that jerky is so goooooooood.

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  • Jennie

    Oh man, chocolate coconut almonds sound AMAZING. Bbq quinoa chia chips do too!!

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  • Noel

    Those quinoa chips look yummy.

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  • Ann

    Those figs look amazing – also the trail mix!! Yummy! Thanks for the opportunity to win a basket!

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  • Sonia

    I would LOVE to try the Sriracha popcorn, and I actually just bought the Sweet Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas yesterday! I always forget that CVS has great snacks and need to go there before places that don’t have as much variety here in NYC! My favorite summer activity involves exploring new places I haven’t been to before.

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  • Jenna

    I love CVS, its like Target for that I always leave with more than I came in for!! The BBQ quinoa chia chips sound amazing!!! 🙂

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  • Jessica

    I would love to try their almond butter and the BBQ Quinoa chips. Thank you so much for the giveaway. <3

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  • Haley

    I HAVE to try the dill pickle cashews- I’m already craving them! I would eat those over dill pickle potato chips for a healthier snack any day!

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  • Jean Holets

    The Barbecue Quinoa chips look amazing

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  • Deb

    I’ve tried a few of the Gold Emblem Abound products – mainly nuts and popcorn. I’m dying to try the dried figs.

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  • Emily Weed

    My favorite summer activity is swimming and going on boat rides on the Illinois River! I absolutely love water and love spending hot days in the pool or near any body of water. I live next to the Illinois and Mississippi River so every summer we always take the boat out on the river and go out to one of the islands and hang out for the day its so much fun! It’s a great time with friends and family!

    I actually have never tried any of Gold Emblem Abound Products yet but we finally have a new CVS about 30 minutes from where I live so I will have to check them out!

    I would love to try the Gold Emblem Abound Heavenly light Popcorn and the Deluxe mixed nuts….. actually all of the snacks above sounds so delicious and I’m always up for trying new things!

    Ps. That picnic basket is so cute!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Emily!!

      Wow! Sounds like a blast!!

      ohhhh definitely stop in and grab some snacks for your summer activities!! Nothing like a good boat ride with big bags of popcorn on board 😀

      xo thanks for entering!

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    Waking up at 6 a.m. every day?! Girl, if I saw that, I would just head back to sleep! Kudos to you for rising and setting with the sun, though.

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  • Mariah Ahmann

    Hello! This giveaway sounds amazing, I would love to try’s one of these Gold Emblem Abound products especially the Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas. They look like a great salad topping! Also, the Heavenly Light Popcorn because popcorn is always a good idea! I haven’t tried Gold Emblem before but they always look so good on your blog! These healthy snacks would be perfect for after dance team practices as well as our bus ride to camp! Thanks for the snack inspiration! 😋

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      The Sriracha roasted chickpeas are so addicting! They have great snacks for your rides!! Make sure to look out for them next time you go into CVS! xo xo

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  • Dana

    Love all of the healthy suggestions from Gold Emblem Abound…would definitely like to try the Sriracha Chick peas and the coconut water. I will look for these to try on my next road trip coming up.

    Favorite summer activities include attending festivals, getting out on the lake & hiking!

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  • Megan Greenwood

    I would love to try the Sriracha chickpeas!!

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  • Stephanie Collins

    I’d like to try the Gold Emblem Abound Dill Pickle Cashews! But really, everything sounds so good. I’ll be traveling soon and will definitely be picking up some of these CVS snacks for the trip!

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  • MacKenzie

    These all look amazing!
    1. My favorite summertime activity is definitely spending time with family (especially my lil nephews), going to the beach and fitting in some relaxing runs.
    2. I have never tried any gold emblem products but am always looking for a healthy and nutritious study break snack. I’m a pre med student and snacks are essential.
    3. I would love to try the Siracha popcorn, I have just started to eat siracha flavored items and am currently obsessed 🤗

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Sounds like the perfect summer activities!

      They have an endless selection for your study sessions!

      I just started to eat sriracha flavored stuff about a year ago and now I’m hooked!

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  • Julie

    The quinoa cashews sound interesting – I love how quinoa gives a healthy crunch (like a Nestle Crunch bar).

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    What an amazingly yummy picnic spread, Taralynn! The picnic basket is the cutest as well 🙂 Wish I could enter the giveaway from Hong Kong too! ❤️❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  • Valerie

    Our favorite summer activity has been the pool this year! We just moved somewhere with a community pool and the kids have a blast & we’ve met so many neighbors.
    Gold Emblem has a yummy black pepper popcorn that I LOVE. I keep it at work for snacking. After reading your post i’ll be hunting for the mission figs. I love figs and love having them on hand when the sweet cravings kick in.

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  • Pam Lambert

    I would definitely try the trail mix.

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  • Teresa Boltom

    My favorite summer activity normally is stopping at our local farmers market and picking out my gigantic sunflowers for the week and all of the amazing veggies from a local farm. I make it a point to go by myself because I love the ‘me’ time in the sun and I always stop by the little fountain in our town square and listen to whatever band they have playing at the market that day. But we recently adopted a puppy so my new favorite acitivity is taking him to the park on the weekends!!

    I have tried and love the Gold Emblem Abound products! I first started stopping for them after your posts last year. My favorites are the bbq quinoa chips and the probiotic trail mix.

    I had no idea they had the sriracha toasted chickpeas! I always add regular old chickpeas to my salads so this would be perfect for the extra crunch!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Those are all great summer activities!

      Glad to hear you also love the gold emblem products! mmm the sweet probiotic trail mix is a perfect dessert.

      it’s a salad gamechanger!!

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  • Lana

    I love camping and farmers markets of course in the summer!! I haven’t tried them yet but I would love to try the dill pickle cashews… sounds so interesting! 🙂

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  • Amanda

    My favorite summertime activity is running with my husband and our fur child, cooper in our local Metroparks! We usually pack snacks that are yummy and healthy.
    I have not tried their products yet, but definitely will be. I can’t wait to try the
    -Gold Emblem Abound Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites-
    Also as a hairdresser, it’s important to keep refueling our body in between clients.
    This would be a perfect snack to keep in the back work room as a quich healthy treat!
    No more stomach grumbles in my clients ear, lol!
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  • Mallory Patterson

    The rice pop clusters sound aaaaaamazing!

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  • Melanie

    Oh man oh man, I was all set to say those BBQ quinoa chia chips would be the thing I want to try, but then those Dill Pickle flavored cashews happened! Honestly, all these snack look delish!!! I live in the Baltimore area, so you know crab feasts are always my favorite summertime activity! (Eating is an activity right!?) I haven’t tried any of these snacks yet, but I can definitely see a few that would go great with the next crab feast! Thanks Taralynn for all of your awesome posts and great recommendations! You win at life girl!

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  • Rebecca Forney

    I love the summer as well! I think my favorite summer activity is just being outside and being able to take long walks after dinner and hanging out by the pool. I haven’t tried the Gold Emblem Abound products but I’m always looking for new healthy snacks to try. I like to stock snacks at my desk at work for when I get hungry between meals and also for long road trips. My boyfriend is from Quebec, Canada so we usually drive there at least once a year and I always try to stock the car with lots of snacks to avoid too much fast food. I would love to try the Sriracha Roasted chickpeas! We love spicy crunchy snacks. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  • Sam

    I’d love to try the Gold Emblem teriyaki turkey jerky and the siracha chickpeas! I usually make my own but they take FOREVER so this seems like a great thing to have on hand!

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