Monday, November 24, 2014

Tio Gazpacho

I got to say, I love me some good hot soup, but I love me some cold soup just the same. Yes, I know that was grammatically incorrect, but it was fun to write! And the essence of it was true -- I love gazpacho. So, when I discovered Tio Gazpacho, it was love at first sight.

I am one who likes to eat soup properly, that is, out of a bowl, so I wasn't a huge fan of the concept. They are serving soup in a bottle -- a drinkable soup, you might say. Gazpacho is a soup that is made with a base of tomatoes and is traditionally served cold so it isn't like it is that off-the-wall. But, still, I figured, I would pour it into a bowl and eat it properly. But, I actually didn't.

The product is new and to begin with, they've started with three flavors. I was skeptical, but I started by drinking one for lunch one day. I have to say that I was blown away by the flavor. The first one I tried was the Gazpacho De Sol. They describe this one as their sweet summer variety as it is made with yellow tomatoes, fresh carrot juice, and yellow bell peppers. You could really taste the olive oil and garlic. It was a perfect balance of vegetables, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar and was so good.

Next up was their traditional Gazpacho Clasico made with vine ripened tomatoes, green peppers, and cucumbers. Again, the olive oil and garlic were at the tip of my tongue singing a Spanish song about how much they loved being paired with olive oil and Himalayan pink salt. I even began to sing with them.

Lastly, I tried the Gazpacho Verde, which was very different from the previous two. It is made with cucumber, avocado, tomato, green pepper, kale, spinach, red onion, jalapeno pepper, mint, spices, and olive oil and vinegar. It was more of a delicious vegetable soup.

All of their soups are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are free of chemicals, preservatives, colors, flavors, and additives of any kind. Each bottle has about 100 calories and 8 grams of fat and are surprisingly filling. And, yes, I really enjoyed drinking my soup. It was just so easy and satisfying. It appears they are only selling this product in Florida at the moment, but, watch out, I'm sure they'll be expanding soon. I love their motto too: "Unapologetically cold. Deliciously bold." No bowl required.

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

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