MARTIN’S Challenge and Gift Card Giveaway!

The last MARTIN’S Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free Challenge and Giveaway went so well, the’ve decided to do it again!

Martins challenge

We got a whole new bunch of goodies to put to the test!  We’ll tell you what we think about the National vs. MARTIN’S Own Brand and then during the weeks of June 29th and  July 6th MARTIN’S will be running the promotion so you can try it out for yourself.

Laundry Detergent:

Laundry pods tide vs Martins

Side by Side:
Tide is primarily a white with a colored stain remover and brightener.  The MARTIN’S Own brand is all blue.
Tide “Spring Meadow” had a lilac like sent where the MARTIN’S Own brand in Fresh Scent had a slightly perfume-y fresh and soapy scent.

I normally avoid buying colored laundry detergent because it can stain clothing, but I was pleased to find that wasn’t the case.  The clothing all came out clean and the fresh scent filled the laundry room.

I’ll still probably pick a scent free, clear colored choice, because I’m a boring girl at heart, but the MARTIN’S Own Brand did perform well.  If I were a scented detergent girl I’d certainly consider saving a few bucks and keep buying it.


Pretzels 2 copy

Side by Side:
I’m not picky about how my snack food looks but Snyder’s do have a darker color and rounder shape… probably better if you were doing chocolate covered pretzels or something presentational.
Serving size is about the same, Snyder’s has 200mg less sodium than MARTIN’S so if you are carefully watching your sodium intake you may want to take note.

Taste test:
Not too much difference.

I’d grab the MARTIN’S brand for a party snack, and certainly for a recipe like the Old Bay Seasoned Pretzels listed here.

peanuts 2


Side by Side:
Not much difference here nutritionally or visually.

Not much difference here either.

No brainer, go MARTIN’S Brand.

Barbecue Sauce:

bbq sauce

Side by Side:
Both have a nice deep color.
Both start with high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient (eek) MARTIN’S somehow ends up with 1 less gram of sugar. All of the ingredients are the same… Sweet Baby Ray’s has a “modified “smoke flavor where as MARTIN’S has “natural” smoke flavor.  I have no idea what that means.

Sweet Baby Ray’s gives a little bit more heat, which can either be a good or a bad thing depending on your taste.

Like more heat? Go with Sweet Baby Ray’s,  if sweet and tangy is what you’re after, you’ll be happy with MARTIN’S Own.


Side by Side:
Well, you know, they are bottles of suntan lotion. Not too much too report. Both bottles have a lock so they aren’t spraying all over the inside of your pool/beach bag. Both are broad spectrum SPF 30.

I sprayed half my body with one Coppertone and half with the MARTIN’S brand and I couldn’t tell the difference with how they went on.  Coppertone keeps its classic scent which is a little better than the MARTIN’S scent, although it was not offensive.  Both dried quickly and sat on top of the skin rather than soaking in.

I didn’t have a favorite.
We’ll probably use these cans up and then go back to our usual lotion, although I’d certainly consider the MARTIN’S brand in a  lotion. (Remember to spray on your hand before applying spray sunscreens to kids as they can inhale the sunscreen causing lung irritation.)
So there you have it! Once again MARTIN’S Stood up really well!

What are you going to do though with double the bags of pretzels, Peanuts and BBQ Sauce?

We’ve compiled a Pinterest board dedicated to putting your MARTIN’S Challenge Foods to the test! 
Peruse our collection of recipes like Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Cookie Cups,  Pretzel Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken and BBQ Strombolis for a little MARTIN’S Challenge inspiration.

$25 gift card giveaway has ended… but there might be another one coming…. Stay tuned to!

All food and gift cards provided by MARTIN’S.
All opinions are my own.

MARTIN’S Buy Ours Get Theirs Free Challenge runs two consecutive weeks (June 29 – July 5, and July 6- 12, 2014) with 4 different products to test each week.