Friday, May 31, 2013

Indiana Artisan Best Boy & Co. {Product Review}


On occasion I have those moments when I say, "I love being a review blogger!" Opening the package from Best Boy & Co. started out like any other review. Each of the jars and the bottle were wrapped for shipping and when I pulled them out they had simple yet classy labeling. I liked the Best Boy & Co. logo it has the silhouette of a dog which is comforting to me (kind of strange I know) but I do love dogs. Their products have such a relaxing appeal to me, perhaps it's the logo, the hand signed packaging or the fact that their products are made in my home state of Indiana. Whatever the case may be I instantly felt at ease to dive right in and try these new and unique sauces. 


The products mentioned here were given to me free for the purpose of review. All views and opinions are my own honest evaluations. See Disclosure. 
The first product I tasted was their Bourbon Caramel Sauce. This was the most delicious and most surprising of all the products I tried. I don't normally like caramel or so I thought. Typically when I eat caramel it's mixed with chocolate or other sweets. I don't choose to eat caramel when I have another choice..until now. This ooey gooey Bourbon Caramel Sauce was so decadent it would have been a shame to let a drop go to waste. That's what I told myself as I licked my fingers and the spoon. Made with all natural ingredients the caramel had some separation so I had to stir it up after opening. Pictured above is Best Boy & Co. Bourbon Caramel Sauce drizzled over sliced apple wedges and topped with chopped pecans. This dish was simple with just 3 ingredients and yet so extravagant in taste. I wanted to hoard this to myself but I did share with my family. My husband thought this was delicious drizzled over our vanilla bean frozen yogurt.


Could it really be Summer without BBQ? Not in my mind! We enjoyed tasting the zesty flavors of Best Boy & Co. Original BBQ Sauce. I brushed their thick and bold sauce over chicken while it was baking. This dish turned out delicious and made a great salad for my husband to pack for work the next day. This BBQ sauce is very thick I used a butter knife to actually dip some out from the bottle. On memorial day I spread some on my hamburger bun and this tasted delicious with the flavors of a grilled burger! Speaking of grilling I was curious to try the Java-Nib Seasoning Blend and we never seem to need an excuse to grill steak. I tenderized our eye of round cuts and then sprinkled/rubbed them with the Java-Nib blend as they were grilling. I have to admit I would have never really thought of putting these flavors together, but they compliment each other nicely. I seem to get in a rut on how I season our foods so this was a really great change of pace.


We were also delighted to try the Chili Hot Fudge Sauce. The only way I can describe it is a warm flavor bursting with fudge sweetness. We dipped strawberries in this and poured it over our frozen yogurt. I liked the flavors together, but I want to experiment more with recipes and find something that fits with it's zesty vibe. Of all the products I was given for review the Bourbon Caramel is my absolute favorite. The empty jar proves it!

Being an Indiana Artisan Best Boy & Co. put their hearts into making each of their 12 products. Made in small batches to ensure the highest quality they use only all natural products that were ethically produced. The really cool thing about every purchase made from them-their profits go to charity. Yes, you read that right owner Wayne Shive donates 100% of all their profits to wonderful charities such as Doctors Without Borders. I love the idea that not only are each of their products made with care the money is being given with care as well. Indiana is making a difference around the world one jar or bottle at a time.

Looking for more of Best Boy & Co.? Soon you will be able to find them at Earth Fare, and they are available for purchase from Green Bean Delivery. Follow Best Boy & Co. on Facebook ,Twitter. and Pinterest for the latest news and delicious recipes. 

99 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing, I know just what you mean about getting into a rut with seasoning. Old favorites are great, but it can also get pretty boring after awhile. I'll be checking these out!

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  2. This recipe looks so good!! I will definitely be making this one.

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  3. The bourbon caramel sauce on the apples looks amazing! Definitely have to try that!

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  4. Wow the apple / caramel recipe looks so simple and delicious. We still have some of the fresh apple we picked, I am going to have to give this a try.

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  5. The caramel apples look delicious!! It's the adult version of a caramel apple! :)

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  6. I'll have to check out the bourbon caramel sauce. Fall is the perfect time for caramel apples. I am originally from Indiana as well. And it's so awesome that the proceeds go to charity.

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  7. The bourbon caramel sauce looks fantastic. So yum!

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  8. This just looks so yummy! I bet my kids would love this!

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  9. The Caramel Apple dessert looks delicious! We have two apple trees and this would be a great way to use some of my apples. I have got to get some of the Bourbon Caramel Sauce. Yum!

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  10. Oh my word. This sounds amazingly delicious! What a perfect fall time (or any time, for that matter) snack!

    Maureen
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  11. The bourbon caramel sauce sounds like a winner!

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  12. Oooh these Carmel apple slices look amazing! We are a family that are partial to anything apple so this will be a great recipe to try! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. The Caramel apples made my mouth water. They really looked delicious.

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  14. Oh this post has made me so hungry for some Caramel Apple Slices. Looks delicious! I am going to give this a go! Doesn't seem to hard!

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  15. Oh my gosh, the picture of caramel drizzled on the apples made me have to click on this, that just looks so delicious. It's a good reminder that with good ingredients you can make extremely simple and stripped down dishes that are still decadent and delicious!

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  16. This desert looks absolutely amazing! I am going to attempt it tonight!

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  17. This looks absolutely amazing! I am going to attempt it tonight!

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  18. This recipe sounds great. It would be a wonderful dessert for a special occasion.

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  19. I really love apples, and these look so delicious!

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  20. all your recopies look delicious but being that i just went vegan I cant really make them for myself but they would be great for gatherings. We through allot of parties. thanks for the idea. I loved the apple recipe

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  21. Looks delicious. I can't wait to try it.

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  22. This sounds wonderful! I am always looking for new and different stuff to try! Thanks for this! :)

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  23. Oh my goodness, those caramel apples look fantastic!

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  24. The Bourbon Caramel Sauce looks so good on those apples, I wish I had this right now for my snack

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  25. So simple but looks so good, will give it a try!!

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  26. The caramel apple slices look delicious!

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  27. The caramel apples look so good love to make the for the kids on Thanksgiving.

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  28. I am definitely going to try this. It looks delicious!

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  29. Oh man, those apples look amazing!!

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  30. I love apples and caramel. Definitely going to try this!

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  31. This looks amazing! I think I might make it for Thanksgiving!!

    cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. This looks so easy to make and delicious to eat! Yummy!

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  33. These look delicious! I will have to try them out!

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  34. I have tons of apples at home right now, I will have to try this out! It looks delicious!

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  35. This is a great fall dessert! Would go over well with my family

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  36. Wow, those apples look amazing!!!!

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  37. The bourbon caramel sauce sounds to die for!

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  38. Wow, this looks so delicious!

    commonsenseandstilettos@yahoo.com
    Jasmine P

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  39. Oh those look so good, I know we get in a rut with seasonings. I did just go buy a few new types but this sounds amazing! I mean Java-Nib Seasoning Blend yummy and the Caramel sauce looks great!

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  40. I had never heard of Best Boy & Co before but I am sure glad you shared with us there amazing products. They all sound so good I wouldn't know where to start but I think I would choose the Original BBQ Sauce first. I also love that %100 of their profits go to charity. Not many companies can say that or would do that. I applaud them.

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  41. I love caramel apples more than any food in the world. This looks like a great version of it.

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  42. This dish looks so tasty! thanks for posting this recipe.

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  43. The apple caramel recipe looks so yummy. I am sure my family would like it.Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  44. I love caramels and apples! This recipe looks very yummy!!!

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  45. These look very delicious. I love a good caramel sauce and they are impossible to find without artificial ingredients.

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  46. The sliced apples and the Best Boy Carmel sauce or them & some chopped pecans on top! Yummy!!! I sure would like to have a bite of this delicious looking Treat!! Thankyou for sharing this and I will Rember the name Best Boy!! Have a great day!!

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  47. I have not seen this one before thanks for the idea.

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  48. This recipe looked so good, I copied it down. I am due to make this this coming weekend. I thank you for the share.

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  49. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. This looks good love to try this

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  51. I love caramel apple, it is so delicious. This recipe looked so good, I copied it down. I thank you for the share.

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  52. Bourbon Caramel...Chili Hot Chocolate....What a variety and yum! These sound so good, and the apple recipe is perfect for fall.

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  53. Oh that Borboun Caramel Sauce sounds and looks AAAAMAZING!!! Yum!! I have a ton of apples and nothing to do with them so this is going on my must try asap list!! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. oh I love caramel! a\nd chili fudge sauce - wow what a unique flavor idea, I'd love to try that too!

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  55. I have got to try the bourbon caramel sauce! Looks so delicious!

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  56. Wowza!! This all sounds amazing!! But that bourbon caramel really sounds like it's just the best!!!

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  57. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)November 30, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Everything looks delicious! The caramel apples look awesome -- and so simple.

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  58. My family would love this great recipe, sounds delicious.

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  59. Delicious recipes. Gonna have to give the apple one a try.

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  60. These all sound AMAZING! I just wish I could handle more than the mildest of heat anymore but the bourbon caramel sauce sounds like a good start. Thank you for sharing one of my home state businesses so I can support them!

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  61. That salad looks delicious! don't think I have tried that seasoning yet but love what it has inside, and that desert you made looks amazing!
    @tisonlyme143

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  62. Bourbon caramel and Chili Chocolate!! Oh man!! Yum!! I need to try these both!! They sound divine!!

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  63. The bourbon caramel sauce would go well over my monkey bread.
    slehan at juno dot com

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  64. I'd like to try the Chili Hot Fudge Sauce.
    slehan at juno dot com

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  65. Those apples look amazing! Thanks for sharing! Going to check them out now!

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  66. Wow both of these look so delicious, the apples and the dinner!

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  67. I have to get the bourbon caramel sauce.I love caramel with apples,have to try it with pecans

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  68. The Bourbon Caramel Sauce looks awesome! I like what you did with the apples and pecans. I bet it would be heavenly with icecream too!

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  69. I have been cutting down on eating sweets. The caramel and apples look delicious. Instead of eating sweets I just look at different recipes and just think about the taste until I go back to eating sweets.

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  70. The bourbon carmel sauce looks delicious. I'm going to try it.

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  71. I LOVE caramel apples! Thanks for sharing :)

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  72. Mmm caramel apples. Sounds so delicious and healthy.

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  73. The bourbon caramel sauce looks amazing. I really need that. Being on a diet is not fun!

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  74. Oh lawdy! These look absolutely delicious.

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  75. The Bourbon Caramel Sauce sounds delicious. I love caramel and love trying it on new things.

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  76. For the Java Nibs I had to go look up the INGREDIENTS: Cocoa Nibs, Espresso, Ancho Chili, Brown Sugar, Granulated Garlic, Smoked Paprika, Fennel Seed, Cumin, Allspice, Sea Salt, Black Pepper.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  77. The caramel sauce looks delicious!

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  78. Bourbon Caramel Sauce looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipes.

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  79. That bourbon caramel sauce sounds yummy! Will have to try and made it,,
    @tisonlyme143

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  80. What a fun dessert to make for summer!

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  81. Becky, I am a huge fan of semi-homemade during the summer months and these products sure will help. Thanks for sharing with all of us on the Summer BBQ Limk Up.

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  82. Oh yummm!! Those look so good! Thanks for stopping by our Summer BBQ Link up!

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  83. The Bourbon Caramel Sauce sounds wonderful to try and the desert does look tasty!
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  84. YUM! These look mouth watering! The caramel on those apples are making me want to go apple picking.

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  85. This is just in time for the Fall season. Thank you for sharing, definitely going to try.

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  86. The caramel apples with the crumble look very yummy. It sounds like an easy dessert to throw together too.

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  87. That caramel with bourbon looks delicious! I have never tried to make this because I am terrible cooker, but I am tempted to try this , and that seasoning , I don't think I have seen that brand before.
    @tisonlyme143

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  88. This looks good love to try this

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  89. Yum! This dessert recipe is so unique and sound absolutely delicious! The Bourbon Caramel sauce makes it for sure! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  90. Those apples with the Bourbon Caramel Sauce made my mouth water!

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