Phil's Food Reviews

Product Hits & Misses for October 16, 2013

Only 2 HITS this week - and 1 MISS!

  • Old El Paso Stand 'N Stuff Tortillas
  • Annie Chun's Thai Basil Sauce
  • Seattle's Best Frozen Coffee 
  • Shangri La Iced Tea
  • Organic Valley Lactose Free Milk

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SCORE

71

Old El Paso®: Stand ‘N Stuff®
Soft Flour Tortillas

This product is a MISS!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

5 / 15

INGREDIENTS

10 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

71 / 100
 

This is either one of the smartest ideas or one of the goofiest. This reminds me of those deep fried tortilla bowls that taco salads come in. These preformed non fried, soft tortilla boats are designed to be an edible container for your meat, sauces, cheese, beans, rice and vegetables. Just heat up the tortilla, either in a microwave or in an oven before adding the filling. Two tortillas which is the serving size, are 6 grams of fat, 160 calories and 330 mg of sodium. Yes it's convenient and the taste is good, but just take a look at this long list of ingredients and if you're wondering about 'interesterified' soy bean oil, it means it has been modified to alter the melting point and slow rancifidication. Imported from Mexico.

$2.79   6.7 oz

General Mills
800.328.1144
www.oldelpaso.com

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Old El Paso®: Stand ‘N Stuff®
SCORE

80

Annie Chun's : Gluten-Free Stir-Fry Sauce
Thai Basil

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

11 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

80 / 100
 

Most of the time I really like the foods from Annie Chun's. This Gluten Free sauce tastes both too salty and too sugary. Made from a base of water, soy beans, vinegar, salt, brown sugar, corn starch. Dextrose and inulin is added along with seasonings. One tablespoon is a whopping 460 mg of sodium. Today there's no reason to not have terrific tasting gluten free foods. The good news is there's no artificial preservatives or colors.

$4.49   9.7 oz

CJ Foods, Inc
www.anniechun.com

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Annie Chun's : Gluten-Free Stir-Fry Sauce
SCORE

81

Seattle’s Best Coffee® : Frozen Coffee Blends
Creamy Caramel®

TASTE

24 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

81 / 100
 

Here's a great alternative - to coffee ice cream. All you do is take this frozen pouch, which is 8 ounces, and combine it with 10 ounces of milk, add ice, blend, and you have a frozen coffee drink. The coffee flavor is strong and I hardly taste the caramel. It's only 90 calories, about half of what you would get in the same size serving of coffee ice cream - it contains both sugar as well as artificial sweetener. The coffee listed in the ingredients is instant coffee and it contains artificial flavor. How does it taste? Like a thin coffee milk shake. 

$3.29   8 oz

Inventure Foods, Inc
www.seattlesbest.com

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Seattle’s Best Coffee® : Frozen Coffee Blends
SCORE

89

Shangri La : Iced Tea
Citrus Earl Grey

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 

Now making iced tea couldn't be easier. You place one of these oversized tea bags in a drip coffee maker, brew with only 2 cups of water, then add another 6 cups of cold or room temperature water - no mess. The black tea and citrus flavor are in perfect balance and are very tasty. No sugar or artificial sweetener has been added. What I would like to see, is the amount of caffeine and the source of the tea itself listed on the package. 

$8.95   0.5 oz

Shangri La Tea Co.
562.942.9828
www.shangrilaicedtea.com

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Shangri La : Iced Tea
SCORE

92

Organic Valley: Lactose Free Milk
Whole

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 

I'm the grandson of a dairy farmer, but you already know that, so when I taste a really good milk I'm really happy. This milk is without antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides and it is lactose free. As we stop drinking soda and switch to other beverages, this is perfect to help satisfy and add nutrients to our diets. With 30% of the RDA for calcium and 25% vitamin D these are among the most nutrient dense 150 calories you could consume. And studies have shown that drinking milk may help you lose weight.

$5.69   64 oz

Organic Valley
888.444.6455
www.organicvalley.coop

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Organic Valley: Lactose Free Milk
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