Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me I'd Like Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets? {Review & Giveaway}

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Do you ever wonder how different your life might be with a few small changes?

For instance, sometimes I wonder what it's like for people with more traditionally "common" names to meet each other. What would it have been like for me to not know if my teachers in school were talking to me or the other Xenia?

And, having been a lifelong vegetarian, sometimes I'm just thankful that when we go to new restaurants that I only have 5-10% of the menu to choose from. Considering it takes me forever to pick out a dish to try as it is, would I be there all day if I could select from the whole thing?

However, the downside to ignoring any and all foods that I assume are for carnivores only is when I find out that I've been missing out on something good. Something tasty. Something delicious that I could have been enjoying all this time.

Why did no one tell me how much I would like Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets?

Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets

First appearing on supermarket shelves in the early 1980s, the convenience, taste and affordability of Hot Pockets sandwiches have been making customers happy ever since. Who isn't excited about being able to take a portion of their breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to go?

Building on the popularity and quality customers enjoyed from Hot Pockets, in 1987 Lean Pockets were introduced to meet the needs of health-conscious consumers. As each of the varieties contain 370 calories or less and 9 grams of fat or less, these hand-held sandwiches are a great source of protein and calcium all in a melty mouthful of the tasty ingredients you crave.

While I had always assumed that Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets only came in meat options, I was clearly proven wrong as soon as I headed to the store to really take a look.

Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets store

With so many flavor varieties to choose from (made with real cheese, quality meats, and wrapped in delicious, crispy-hot crusts), there's a recipe for everyone — including me! Lean Pockets even offers 12 varieties made with whole grain crust and nine varieties featuring a good source of fiber, so they're truly goodness to go.

After admiring all of the options (Lean Pockets even has a new selection of pretzel bread sandwiches: Grilled Chicken Jalapeno Cheddar, Spinach Three Cheese and Roasted Turkey with Bacon & Reduced Fat Cheese), I finally decided on a few tasty combinations and couldn't wait to try them out at home.

Lean Pockets pizza
Lean Pockets pretzel sandwich

With two cute pocket sandwiches in each box, all that is required is to slip one into its custom microwave sleeve and pop it in for two minutes.

Lean Pockets pizzeria

After cooling for two more minutes (unless you're like me and can only wait about 30 seconds, in which case there's a good chance that you'll burn your tongue), all that is left is to bite into a warm, ooey, gooey, handheld sandwich and enjoy the chewy, flavorful goodness.

You can fold up the bottom of the microwave sleeve to create a handy dandy pouch to hold your sandwich in or you can simply lay it out on a plate and enjoy!

Lean Pockets pretzel review
Lean Pockets review

While neither of my Lean Pockets were nearly as stuffed full of cheesy goodness as the pictures on the boxes implied (which, for me, was a positive because those images look a little overpowering) the Four Cheese Pizza in a Seasoned Herb Crust and the Spinach and Three Cheese Pretzel Bread Sandwich Lean Pockets are definitely delicious!

In the Four Cheese Pizza, I love the seasoning on the crust and the way that it blends just right with the cheese and sauce in the inside. In the Spinach and Three Cheese, the addition of the pretzel bread is perfect for a unique and oh-so-yummy twist to a regular sandwich!

I can understand why Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets come with two of these tasty sandwiches in each box, as it wouldn't be far-fetched to want to reach for that second one after licking up every bite of the first!

Lean Pockets pretzel bread review

Whether your kids are hungry for an after-school snack or you're simply looking for a quick pick-me-up that won't ruin your calorie count for the day, Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets are convenient, delicious options that even the pickiest eater will enjoy.

Keep an eye out for the huge variety of options available nationwide at your local grocery store and visit HotPockets.com and LeanPockets.com for more information.

Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon be ready to make some tasty, healthy choices of their own, because...

One lucky person will win $25 worth of coupons to try out Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets for themselves!

Hot Pockets giveaway


A big thank you to Hot Pockets for providing coupons for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

281 comments:

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Jennifer Q. said...

I love hot pockets, but I have not tried the pretzel ones yet, and would love to!

abfantom said...

I would like to try the LEAN POCKETS brand Stuffed Quesadilla – Grilled Chicken Fajita

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devin said...

i like the pizza one

latanya t said...

the chicken quesdilla

PixyStik4U said...

i love the chicken quesadilla

Ruby Daniels said...

My favorite is ham and cheese

Madeline said...

I love the philly steak ones

Christy McMahon said...

I love the Lean pockets, pretzel bread : Roasted Turkey with bacon and cheese! Delish!

B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons said...

Husband loves ham and cheese and I love spinach and 3 cheese.

Marti Parks said...

I like the ham and cheese lean pockets.

kim burnett said...

I like the ham and cheese lean pockets

Yona Williams said...

I absolutely love the Chicken White Pizza Garlic ones - they are addicting.

Mysharona said...

I like ham and cheese

Allison Downes said...

I like the philly cheese steak and cheese

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Sarah said...

I like the cheesy chicken jalapeno in pretzel bread!!

LesleyfromWI said...

My kids like the pizzaria hot pockets

Amanda Rauch said...

I liked them better when i was younger, but the chicken and broccoli is usually good.

BeeBubbaBella said...

I ate a ton of pepperoni pizza ones when I was preggo with my 1st 8 years ago.

Leslie Galloway said...

I love the side shot sloppy joes from Hot Pockets.

apple blossom said...

garlic chicken

Stephanie Phelps said...

I love pepperoni hot pocket!

Sonya Sanderson said...

chicken & broccoli

Nikki Krutz said...

ham and cheese!

scottsgal said...

my kids like the meatball ones

Adrianne B said...

Chicken Bacon Dijon

wigget said...

i'd like to try the pepperoni pizza

Candice said...

Chicken and broccoli.

ColleenMarie82 said...

my favorite is the LEAN POCKETS® brand Pretzel Bread Sandwiches – Roasted Turkey with Bacon & Reduced Fat Cheese

Sherry Butcher said...

I like the Philly Cheese Lean pocket.

cjabdelnour said...

I LIKE THE HAM AND CHEESE. Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

peg42 said...

The only one that I've tried is the Pepperonia Pizza and I love it. I never heard of the pretzel ones before but they sound so good. Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

ann said...

3 cheese and spinach pretzel one are what I would like to try.

janetfaye said...

I like Hot Pockets Queso Chicken.

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steve weber said...

3 cheese and spinach pretzel.

groogruxking40 at gmail dot com

Tina Kitch said...

I've never had them, but i'd like to try them...they look yummy!

ossmcalc said...

The only one that I have had is the Chicken and Broccoli, and I loved it. Would like to try some others.

Frugalista Mama said...

Ham and cheese is my fav but that pretzel one looks good!

Gina F. said...

My favorite is the HOT POCKETS brand Pizzerias.

ginaferrell26 at yahoo dot com

Ken Ohl said...

ham and cheese are my favorite. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

linda9861 said...

My daughter will eat these when she is being super picky about food. I know I can always get her to eat the pretzel ones before school and I feel good knowing that she has had breakfast!!

Robyn Dones said...

I buy the breakfast ones. I just pop it in the microwave and eat it in the car. They are so convinent and good. I never tried the pretzel ones and I would like too. Thank you for the chance to win!

Krista Grandstaff said...

My oldest son is away at univ. so when I go up for a visit, we always take him to the grocery...and hot pockets are always on his list. He is partial to the pepperoni...but I would love to try the pretzel varieties!

DEBIJOT said...

I like the spinach and three cheese.

Darlene said...

My favorite is Grilled Chicken Jalapeno Cheddar

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

love the pretzel spinach chicken

tawndam said...

Philly Cheesesteak Hot Pocket is a hands-down winner in this house ☺

Crafty said...

I want to try the Philly Steak & Cheese

Kelly Nicholson said...

if you have never had them, why you would like to try them!

yes! i would like to try some thanks!!

Andrea said...

I like the pepperoni pizza ones!

SueZH said...

I just bought 2 of the Pretzel bread while at the store today - turkey & cheese plus the BBQ chicken.

Jackie said...

We like the Pizza hot pockets

Mijal Photography said...

My fav is Ham and Cheese!

Mariee said...

My favorite is Hot Pockets Ham & Cheddar Croissant.

Mariee said...

My favorite is Hot Pockets Ham & Cheddar Croissant.

Debra said...

i'd like to try the Grilled Chicken Jalapeno Cheddar

walk9 said...

Ham and cheese

walk9 said...

Ham and cheese

Bo said...

I love the Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets.

Moette said...

I've loved every hot pocket I've tried. My favorite is the meatball! :)

Stephanie Larison said...

I love the BBQ one!

Anastasia said...

I love the Mesquite chicken with the pretzel bread rolls :)

Renee Walters said...

I like the Philly cheese steak hot pocket.

GALENA said...

chicken an broc

debbie said...

I like the pizza hot pockets

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

I've been eating Lean Pockets for years and love them. I have so many favorites but I love the chicken artichoke one.

Allison said...

I love pepperoni lean pockets!

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Melissa Erwin said...

Melissa E - regular old Pepperoni!

carol said...

I love so many of them, especially the pizza ones and meatball ones

Kia89 said...

I like the Pizzeria Hot Pockets.

Elaine said...

I like the meatball and ham & cheese.

kellyr78 said...

My husband eats Hot Pockets. If I were to try them, I would love the Four Cheese Garlic Pasta Bake Hot Pocket.
Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

Deneen Berry said...

We have 3 College and University students in our home and the PHILLY CHEESE POCKETS will help me stay out of the kitchen for one night. Love, Nana
deneenk@aol.com

Deneen Berry said...

TO MY DREAM VALENTINE: On our first romantic date (Feb. 14) you may pick me up in a Limo. We will drive to the airport and take your private jet to Paris. Together holding hands you will joyfully buy me diamonds, new clothes and a Silver Fox fur stole. Our first kiss will be under the Eifel Tower. We will then stroll along the canal and dine by candlelight under the moon and stars. We will have our first dance to the violin music you have acquired. At the end of the evening we will proceed back home, and I shall give you a good night kiss that will last an eternity. You will ask me for another date for tomorrow. Destination: Tuscany, IT

Kim Hardy said...

My kids eat the ham n cheese the most

Npinti said...

My favorite is the ham and cheese crossiant

Julie Rupert said...

I like the Philly steak and cheese lean pockets.

Meaghan F. said...

I like the broccoli and cheese!

llinda29 said...

I like side shot sloppy joes

mogrill said...

I love the cheddar and brocolli ones.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

Danielle Lima said...

I have had a lot of varieties. They are a fast go-to lunch or dinner. I would love to try the culinary creations varities too.

jcwega27 said...

I like all of the pizza flavored ones.
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Jennifer said...

I've never had them but my husband loves the broccoli and cheese ones and I would love to try them myself!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Rhe artichoke chicken one sounds great!
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Liz said...

Definately ham and cheese.

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stew said...

I like spinach and 3 cheese.

Holly_Heart said...

I love the whole grain ham and cheese variety.

Crazylicious85 said...

I love the breakfast one...sausage egg and cheese! yum! Also like the pizza ones.

Allison L.

mike2stacy said...

I like the ham and cheese hot pockets

ffc57d54-1f8d-11e2-86df-000bcdca4d7a said...

chicken quesadilla

jskaiser said...

A family favorite is the ham and cheese hot pocket. I MUST have these in three freezer for those snack attacks that frequently happen when there are teenaged boys in the house!

Tracey said...

Philly Cheesesteak are my favorite flavor of Hot Pockets.
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Selinda said...

I love the pepperoni pizza ones!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

meggiedarlin1 said...

I really like the ham and cheese ones.

ighmeg at yahoo dot com

snowwolf222 said...

I love their pretzel bread!
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Sass said...

I like the chicken quesadillas

steve stone said...

Chicken and broccoli.
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Rowell Reviews said...

I like the Beef Taco one. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

Joni J Caraway said...

I like the cheeseburger and the philly steak

Crystal said...

I haven't tried any of the pretzel bread varieties yet, but the Queso Chicken one looks good!
CrystalW07 at aol.com

Dianne McVetty said...

Lean Pocket Ham and Cheese. Thanks.

Brooke Adametz said...

I love their ham egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, so convenient!

MrsPaulson said...

I eat lean pockets at work at least once a week. They are tasty and help me with portion size. I don't have one favorite because I enjoy the variety so much!
Peggy

bloomerbear said...

I like the Pizza one

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thank you

Carolyn said...

I've never tried them, but they look good!

Darlene ysaguirre said...

I like the spicy meatball

Kate Fuller said...

I like the pepperoni pizza hot pockets.

Jennifer T. said...

I like the LEAN POCKETS brand Culinary Creations – Grilled Chicken, Mushroom & Wild Rice.
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puye said...

My favorite is the HOT POCKETS brand Pizzerias
agnesye@hotmail.com

lilyk said...

I would like to try them because they look very tasty!

Debby Chandler said...

I like the spinach and artichoke.

Ariel said...

The pepperoni pizza ones are my favorite.

caseyle2010 said...

i love the ham and cheese!!
caseyeve_003 at yahoo dot com

luckynordberg said...

lOVE the turkey and bacon with pretzel crust.

Lina said...

my favorite is the pepperoni pizza

Racheal. said...

I like the 4 cheese pizza

Joanne said...

The chicken quesadilla ones

KellBee8 said...

I don't eat hot pockets or lean pockets but now I want to try the one with the spinach and cheese!

LaurKnotter said...

I love the light ones and buy them all the time.

LaurKnotter said...

I love the light ones and buy them all the time.

Sharon Kaminski said...

would like to try because would be nice for people on the go

skipthelaundry said...

We like the ham and cheese hot pockets.
Amber Porter

Janna Johnson said...

chicken parm
Thanks! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna@feedyourpig on gfc

Tonya Dean said...

Ham and Cheese!

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Cserafini said...

Have never tried them but would like to try the ham and cheese.

giggedygeekmum said...

We like the Ham & Cheese. They never last long around here.

Heather! said...

I like the Meatball Lean Pockets!
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Jammie Morey said...

I love the ham and cheese ones!

Tamara B. said...

Ham & cheese

CherylS22 said...

I haven't tried the Hot Pockets yet, but I'd love to try the Pretzel Bread Lean Pockets. I like sandwiches made with pretzel as the bread.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Marilyn's Money said...

Ham & Cheese please!mjjaegly@yahoo.com

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

I like the pizza rolls :)
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
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Nicole said...

spinach and three cheese

Karen F said...

All the varities of Hot Pockets are a regular at our house, my hubby and older boys love them. I have never tried the Lean Pockets but plan to.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

I love Ham and Cheese flavor
annabella @ centurytel dot net

polly said...

i love their breakfast ham egg & cheese hot pocket

Melissa said...

My fav flavor is the pizza variety.

kyl neusch said...

ham and cheese

Natalie U. said...

Roasted turkey and bacon pretzel ones
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pennelope merriweather said...

I like the pizza one's and the hot ham and cheese! thanks for this giveaway!

Kelly Grant said...

I love the ham and cheese

Jeff Taylor said...

I LOVE THE HAM AND CHEESE VARIETY!

Suzy said...

I love the meatball one, ham and cheese, and any of the pretzel bread ones! Yum!

iggysaysno said...

my husband loves the pepperoni pizza

Rebecca O said...

We have tried several. My fiancée likes the ham n cheese. My kids like the pepperoni!

Mommy Minded said...

I love the cheese lean!

Alycia said...

I like the applewood smoked bacon breakfast hot pocket!

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Jennifer Haile said...

I love the Philly Cheese Steak.

AngelWinner said...

Steak & Cheese

Lauren said...

I love the ham and cheese lean or hot

Denise Welch said...

Like them all quess it is steak and cheese

Melissa Storms said...

We like the philly cheesesteak.
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Laura Lane said...

Can't afford them so haven't tried them.

Tammy Shelton said...

I ate Ham & Cheese Hot Pockets for lucnch everyday for about 3 months.

Christy said...

I like the lean pockets pepperoni pizza.

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Tina Bartunek said...

I love the Pepperoni Pizza.

Kristen said...

I'd like to try the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Lean Pockets.

Treesa said...

I would like to try any of the breakfast ones. I've had lunch ones already!

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michedt said...

I like the philly cheesesteak hot pockets.
Michelle Tucker

deniseyweesy said...

I would like to try them because I see people eating them on break.

jakiesmom said...

never had them, but i like the sound of the pretzel bread

mahnrafjtb said...

I like the BBQ Chicken

Catherine R said...

My fav is Ham and Cheese- Hubby is way more adventurous and likes trying new ones.

ksue said...

Our kids love the pizza and cheesesteak flavors!

linda brooks said...

The bacon, egg, and cheese

Laura said...

The Pepperoni Pizza Lean Pockets.
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katychick said...

my kids like the pizza ones
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Melissa Shirley said...

Yes i like the Ham and Chesse
melissalucky43@yahoo.com

tina reynolds said...

I love the ham and cheese

kroch said...

I like the Lean Pockets Whole Grain Broccoli and Cheese.

Roy F. said...

Hot Pockets Meatballs with Mozzarella

Liz said...

My husband loves any of the pizza varieties!

MiniMeeh said...

havent ate hot pockets in years...
i remember the pepperoni pizza flavor the best.
-Lynn

MiniMeeh said...

havent ate hot pockets in years...
i remember the pepperoni pizza flavor the best.
-Lynn

ferriz said...

i will cry when they get rid of the limited edition chicken carbonara :(

dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

ReviewsSheROTE said...

Spinach and Three Cheese on the pretzel bread

Beef McBig said...

I love all the pretzel bread kinds, hot pockets have really improved through the years

Brandi Hawn said...

i love the philly cheesesteak :)

Savingwith Saveone said...

I haven't tried Hot Pockets before but I would love to.

sparkedcat said...

I like the pizza hot pockets.

desdun31 said...

I love the new Spinach and Cheese on Pretzel Bread Lean Pockets.


Desiree Dunbar
desireedunbar@hotmail.com

Dijah A said...

The original with the steak and cheese are my favorites.

brich2222 said...

I like the barbeque

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1porkchop said...

I like the ham egg and cheese

Gennie Lancaster said...

I love Lean Pockets Pepperoni Pizza.

Jennifer said...

Pepperoni is my favorite lean pocket.

susan1215 said...

I like the Ham & Cheese

Kerry said...

I like the Philly Steak and Cheese

bettycd said...

love the pretzel bread turkey w/bacon lean pocket!

Kathy said...

My son likes the Hot Pocket snackers.

M.A.D. said...

M.A.D. Mary DeBorde

I've never tried them, but they sure look yummy and I love all the new varieties!! :)

Nancy Bowers said...

I think they would make a great dorm snack for a hungry college girl :)

Unknown said...

4 cheese pizza
Jenn McCullar

Gianna said...

I've never had them before. The 3 or 4 cheese sounds good.

corey1971 said...

I like the Hot Pockets BBQ (Corey Olomon)

Elle said...

Call me a traditionalist, but I like the Pepperoni Pizza!

Kelly said...

Love the BBQ chicken!

crystletellerday said...

philly steak and cheese crystlemtellerday@yahoo.com

traci jarrett said...

I have only tried the Pizza one, which I love, but would love to try more

Megan Cromes said...

pizza flavor is yum!;)

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