Phil's Food Reviews

Mr. Pink, Oberto Beef Jerky, Frozen Guru Waffles, Saffron Road Simmer Sauce, CoGoBars

one MISS this week and 3 HITS

  • Mr. Pink Vitamin Ginseng Drink
  • Oh Boy! Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky
  • Frozen Guru Flour-Free Waffles
  • Saffron Road Simmer Sauce
  • Columbia Gorge Organic CoGoBars

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SCORE

72

Mr. Pink: Vitamin Ginseng Drink
Sugar-Free

This product is a MISS!

TASTE

20 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

10 / 15

INGREDIENTS

10 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

72 / 100
 

I happen to be a fan of ginseng, but as most ginseng consumers know it's critical to understand what type of ginseng is used and where it comes from. Just saying oriental ginseng in the ingredients is not enough. They do say there's 1000mg of ginseng, in addition to being loaded with all the B vitamins, niacinamide and caffeine, so I'm wondering where the 'energy' is really coming from. The flavor reminds me of a much diluted, sugar free Red Bull and the carbonation is so intense that it foams to the point that's reminiscent of a draft beer. The one other comment is that the name is appropriate it tastes 'pink.'

$2.50   12 fl. oz./ 355 ml

Mr. Pink Collections, LLC
888.999.1668
www.mrpinkbeverages.com

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Mr. Pink: Vitamin Ginseng Drink
SCORE

84

Oh Boy! Oberto: All Natural Beef Jerky
Spicy Sweet

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

14 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

84 / 100
 

I've said it before and I'm saying it again, beef jerky gets a bad rap. This jerky is made from all beef and seasoned nicely with sweet, salt and smoke. The steak is the right consistency, a little chewy, but not tough and the balance between the smoke flavor and sweet is excellent. 1 ounce, or 2 of these pieces is just 1 gram of fat, 5 grams of sugars and is loaded with 12 grams of protein. Nothing artificial - this is a great anytime snack, but it is expensive - it's the equivalent to paying over $20/pound for the steak.

$5.99   3.25 oz

Oberto Brands
253.854.7056
www.oberto.com

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Oh Boy! Oberto: All Natural Beef Jerky
SCORE

85

Saffron Road: Simmer Sauce
Moroccan Tagine

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 

If you've been looking for a sauce to add flavor and a little kick to chicken, meats, vegetables and I might even suggest pasta or rice, you have to try this. There's no question that this delivers and authentic and delicious Moroccan flavor, 2 oz of this sauce is just under 500mg of sodium and 12g of sugars, so use sparingly. The recipe is a tasty and very nice blend of spicy and sweet ...and at the end of your tongue the spicy wins out.

$2.99   7 oz

American Halal
203.961.1954
www.saffronroadfood.com/

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Saffron Road: Simmer Sauce
SCORE

85

Frozen Guru: Flour-Free Waffles
Coconut Chia

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 

Typically there has not been a lot of innovation in frozen waffles. Yes you can now buy whole grain waffles and some flavored waffles, but this is the first time I've seen one that effectively combines a healthier list of ingredients with good taste. Instead of flour they use a recipe of soy puree, gluten free rolled oats, applesauce and assorted seeds, adding flavor from coconut milk and cinnamon. 2 waffles contain 9 grams of protein, which is a lot more than your average frozen flour based waffle. Gluten, lactose and egg free.

$4.99   12 oz

Frozen Guru LLC
516.906.0555
www.frozenguru.com

Visitor Product Rating

Frozen Guru: Flour-Free Waffles
SCORE

88

Columbia Gorge Organic: CoGoBars
Hemp Apricot

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

88 / 100
 

Your supermarket is going to have to buy more and more shelving for all these new meal bars. But the good news is that so many of the new ones are so much better tasting than the old ones. This gluten free fruit and grain bar combines pear puree, brown rice flour, quinoa, amaranth and millet with hemp and different fruits and seeds to create a soft, satisfying, very tasty snack. Each bar is 170 calories, just 4 1/2 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugars. With 4 grams of protein this is a welcome and good tasting afternoon treat and pick-me-up.

$1.79   1.86 oz

Columbia Gorge Organic
541.354.1066
www.cogojuice.com

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Columbia Gorge Organic: CoGoBars
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