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Review & giveaway: Hail Merry

September 10, 2010

After my road trip to Dallas in May, I received this comment on my post about my first visit to 105 Degrees:

Hail Merry was a new brand name to me, but as soon as I clicked over to their website, I loved what I saw. First I was dazzled by their visuals—vivid colors, adorable graphics, and a clean and simple design. Then I was enticed by their products—granola and macaroons, yum! Then I was impressed by their processing standards and nutritional stats—every Hail Merry product is raw, vegan, and gluten-free, containing no refined sugars, no heated oils, and only high-quality, all-natural ingredients. YAY! After an email exchange with Susan O’Brien, Hail Merry’s creator, a box of these goodies arrived at my door!

There were two varieties of “grawnola,” 3-6-9 Orange Cranberry and Lemon Blue Agave…

…and two types of raw macaroons, blonde (yesss!) and chocolate.

Susan also threw in this awesome t-shirt, with the Hail Merry logo on the front and “RAW VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE” on the back, and a cute little faux prayer card extolling Merry’s virtues. The shirt’s pretty big for me, but that hasn’t stopped me from wearing it to places like Blissfest to show my vegan pride.

The 3-6-9 Orange Cranberry grawnola has almonds, pure maple syrup, organic buckwheat groats, fresh squeezed orange juice, organic apples, pecans, organic cranberries, sunflower seeds, walnuts, organic Mexican vanilla, organic flaxseeds, cinnamon, organic rice bran solubles, and sea salt. The “3-6-9” means it contains the full spectrum of omega fatty acids, and since the granola is dehydrated rather than baked, those fats retain all their health benefits.

I was initially cautious about the orange juice part, especially with it being so high on the ingredients list (you know me and my hatred of all things orange), but surprisingly enough, I couldn’t really taste it! (I’ve been having good luck with citrus lately!) Orange lovers might find that a drawback, but trust me, it doesn’t need the orange to be great. This granola was just mildly sweet, and full of exciting textures and warm flavors. In short, it was excellent.

The Lemon Blue Agave grawnola has almonds, organic buckwheat groats, organic sunflower seeds, organic raw blue agave, organic dried apples, fresh lemon juice, organic blueberries, fresh ginger, walnuts, organic flaxseeds, lemon juice powder, sea salt, and organic rice brand solubles. Since it’s sweetened with agave nectar, it’s a particularly great choice for diabetics or anyone watching their blood sugar.

I was pleased to find it had just the right amount of lemon flavor—far from puckeringly sour, it’s got just a soft whisper of lemony lightness behind the fruity-nutty ingredients. This granola (as well as the other, for that matter) is almost shockingly crunchy, yet not at all brittle. It’s a treat for the teeth and the taste buds.

And then there were the macaroons. Ohh, baby. These were sweetly aromatic right out of the bag, and they’re the perfect two-bite size.

The chocolate macaroons (made of organic shredded coconut, dark cocoa, organic expeller-pressed coconut oil, pure maple syrup, organic Mexican vanilla, and sea salt) are not super-sweet, yet also not the least bit bitter, with just the right amount of cocoa.

The blonde macaroons (made of organic shredded coconut, almond flour, organic expeller-pressed coconut oil, pure maple syrup, organic Mexican vanilla, and sea salt) were, um, orgasmic. Hands down the best coconut macaroon I’ve ever had. They seemed softer-textured than the chocolate ones, and call me crazy, but they tasted downright buttery. Like, reminds-me-of-my-grandma’s-baking buttery, in a really, really good way. Hail Merry is not kidding when they say these will melt in your mouth!

ALMOST VEGAN GIVEAWAY #6
I completely adored all four of these snacks, and they disappeared all too quickly. Though they’re available in stores around the Dallas metroplex and in several other states, a lot of us aren’t fortunate enough to have easy Merry-access, so I’m way excited that Susan agreed to sponsor this giveaway. The winner will receive one Hail Merry product of their choice from the ones you’ve seen here!

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me which of these Hail Merry snacks sounds yummiest to you!

For extra entries (***leave an additional, separate comment for each one***):
–“Like” Hail Merry on Facebook
–Follow Hail Merry on Twitter
Sign up to receive the Hail Merry newsletter
–Link to this giveaway on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
–Subscribe to my blog by email, RSS, Google reader, etc.
–Add me to your blogroll (or let me know I’m already on there)
–“Like” Almost Vegan on Facebook
–Follow Almost Vegan on Twitter

The deadline for entries is Friday morning, September 17th, 2010 at 9:00am CST.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. (Sorry foreign friends!)
I’ll be choosing the winner at random. GOOD LUCK!

Other current giveaways elsewhere:
Averie is giving away a $50 for America’s Nutrition
Wendy is giving away ZICO coconut water
Maggie is giving away NuNaturals stevia
Ela is giving away Amazing Grass
Amanda is giving away $35 for CSN Stores
Anne is giving away $65 for CSN Stores
Vegan Backpacker is giving away $25 for Viva Granola

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78 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2010 1:24 pm

    The blonde macaroons look pretty darn good! I might go for the those above all.

  2. September 10, 2010 1:24 pm

    I already “like” Almost Vegan on facebook.

  3. September 10, 2010 1:25 pm

    I already subscribe to your blog.

  4. September 10, 2010 1:51 pm

    Chocolate macaroons, hands down!

  5. September 10, 2010 1:52 pm

    I like you on FB!

  6. September 10, 2010 1:52 pm

    I follow you on Twitter!

  7. September 10, 2010 2:00 pm

    Ooo, I’d love to try the vanilla macaroons. So tasty!

  8. melanie permalink
    September 10, 2010 2:48 pm

    since i’m a sucker for anything coconut, i would jump at the chance to gobble some of those blonde macaroons! yum!

  9. melanie permalink
    September 10, 2010 2:49 pm

    i just ‘liked’ almost vegan on fb.

  10. melanie permalink
    September 10, 2010 2:50 pm

    i already have almost vegan on my google reader feed.

  11. melanie permalink
    September 10, 2010 2:51 pm

    and now i’ve liked hail merry on fb, too!

  12. September 10, 2010 4:44 pm

    I’d love to try the chocolate macaroons! Or the 3-6-9 grawnola!

  13. September 10, 2010 4:48 pm

    I “liked” Hail Merry on facebook!

  14. September 10, 2010 4:48 pm

    I’m already following Hail Merry on Twitter!

  15. September 10, 2010 4:49 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway here-

  16. September 10, 2010 4:50 pm

    I signed up for the newsletter!

  17. September 10, 2010 4:51 pm

    I’m already subscribed to your blog via googlereader!

  18. September 10, 2010 4:52 pm

    I “liked” almost vegan on facebook!

  19. September 10, 2010 4:52 pm

    I’m following you on twitter! (@discoveringraw)

  20. September 10, 2010 5:26 pm

    The macaroons by FAR are my choice for tasting!

  21. September 10, 2010 5:27 pm

    I like you on FAcebook!

  22. September 10, 2010 5:27 pm

    I follow you on Twitter. @singerinkitchen

  23. September 10, 2010 6:24 pm

    macaroons, macaroons!!

  24. September 10, 2010 6:24 pm

    oh, and I already like you on FB and Twitter… I like you that much! 🙂

  25. September 10, 2010 6:25 pm

    liked Hail Merry on Facebook

  26. September 10, 2010 6:25 pm

    aaaaannnnd now I follow Hail Merry on Twitter 🙂 Great giveaway!!

  27. Maya permalink
    September 10, 2010 6:58 pm

    I can’t decide- I recently found out I can’t have gluten and I am drooling over all of these tasty morsels! I would love to try any of them!

  28. Erin permalink
    September 10, 2010 7:52 pm

    I’m intrigued by the blonde macaroons! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. September 11, 2010 6:05 am

    The orange cranberry granola sounds amazing – great giveaway!

  30. September 11, 2010 9:01 am

    Everything looks so yummy! What an awesome brand too.
    I think the 3-6-9 Orange Cranberry grawnola looks tasty, but boy oh boy the blonde macarons looks nice too.

    How nice of you to do this!

  31. September 11, 2010 4:15 pm

    I would love to try either of those macaroons – they look just scrumptious!

  32. September 11, 2010 4:20 pm

    You’re on my blogroll!

  33. Matt permalink
    September 12, 2010 1:13 pm

    She didn’t even share any with me. 😦 Tells you how much she liked this stuff.

  34. September 12, 2010 1:41 pm

    You’re on my blogroll. I “liked” them on face book. And I would LOVE to try those blonde macaroons!!!!!

  35. September 13, 2010 12:41 am

    Hail Merry is AMAZING -their grawnola – love it!

  36. vicky permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:34 am

    I’d love to try the macarons! Especially the chocolate ones!

  37. September 13, 2010 1:45 pm

    I’m not a big granola fan, so the Blonde Macarons sound delicious! (As do the chocolate ones!)

  38. September 13, 2010 1:46 pm

    I shared the giveaway link on Facebook.

  39. September 13, 2010 1:47 pm

    I am subscribed to your blog.

  40. September 13, 2010 1:47 pm

    You are already on my blogroll. 🙂

  41. September 13, 2010 1:47 pm

    I definitely “like” AlmostVeganBlog on Facebook.

  42. September 13, 2010 4:41 pm

    I’d love to try the blond macaroons!!!

  43. Audrey Hinkle permalink
    September 13, 2010 4:59 pm

    Those chocolate and blonde macaroons look delectable.
    Seriously, my mouth is watering!
    My step mom is gluten free, and i’m sure she’d like them 2.
    Hail Merry, i love U!!!

  44. melanie swan permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:38 pm

    All of them sound yummy! I have no idea what I would pick….maybe the choc. macaroons? Or a granola? HA! If I win it will be a hard choice.

  45. melanie swan permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:40 pm

    I like Hail Merry on FB!

  46. melanie swan permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:41 pm

    I’m following Hail Merry on Twitter (@melswanphoto)

  47. melanie swan permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:42 pm

    I signed up for Hail Merry’s newsletter

  48. melanie swan permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:43 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter (@melswanphoto)

  49. melanie swan permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:45 pm

    Tweet! http://twitter.com/melswanphoto/status/24435137423

  50. September 13, 2010 9:43 pm

    blondie macs please!

  51. September 13, 2010 9:44 pm

    following u on twitter

  52. September 13, 2010 9:44 pm

    following them on twitter

    and thx for the linkback to my giveaway

  53. September 13, 2010 9:45 pm

    like you on FB

  54. September 13, 2010 9:45 pm

    like them on FB

  55. September 13, 2010 9:46 pm

    rss feed

  56. September 13, 2010 9:46 pm

    blogrolled of course

  57. September 13, 2010 10:51 pm

    Chocolate Macaroons. No question.

  58. September 13, 2010 10:51 pm

    HM Newsletter

  59. September 13, 2010 10:52 pm

    Like HM on FB

  60. September 13, 2010 10:53 pm

    Follow HM on Twitter

  61. Madeleine permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:52 am

    definately the lemon blue agave granola, but they all look completely delectible
    like on fb and twitter and like hail marry

  62. Madeleine permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:57 am

    like on facebook

  63. Madeleine permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:57 am

    linked to facebook

  64. Madeleine permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:58 am

    like almost vegan

  65. Madeleine permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:58 am

    signed up for hail merry newsletter

  66. September 14, 2010 11:36 am

    Never heard of Hail Merry brand but Ill have to check it out in NY some time.

    Iid go with the granola 🙂

  67. September 14, 2010 1:04 pm

    I’d LOVE to try the blonde macaroons! They sound amazing!

  68. September 14, 2010 1:05 pm

    I’m following Hail Merry on Twitter! (@HealthyHoggin)

  69. September 14, 2010 1:08 pm

    Following Almost Vegan on Twitter, too! 😉

  70. September 15, 2010 11:37 am

    BLONDE MACAROONS! They sound amazing!

  71. September 15, 2010 11:38 am

    And you are on my google reader!

  72. September 15, 2010 10:19 pm

    Hi Amber! You just won my giveaway 🙂 I will be emailing you shortly.

  73. Holly permalink
    September 26, 2010 8:35 pm

    The 3-6-9 sounds mega delicious to me, I would love to try it out.

  74. Holly permalink
    September 26, 2010 8:37 pm

    I liked Almost Vegan on facebook, Holly Hook.

  75. Holly permalink
    September 26, 2010 8:37 pm

    I also liked Hail Merry on facebook 🙂

  76. November 18, 2010 9:11 pm

    Oh wow! those raw macaroons look fantastic. I wish I could get Hail Merry products where I live or even enough money to buy them haha.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 18, 2010 9:29 pm

      That’s one reason I want to win this gift tin giveaway so badly – they’re not sold in Kansas City either! It’s not fair! 😛

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