Phil's Food Reviews

Product Hits & Misses for October 29, 2013

Which of these products scored over 90? Find out here!

  • Goldfish Baked Puffs 
  • Mia's Kitchen Pasta Sauce 
  • Sambazon Freeze Dried Acai 
  • Duchy Originals Highland Shortbread
  • Evol Mac & Cheese 

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SCORE

81

Goldfish : Baked Puffs
Mega Cheese

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

9 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

81 / 100
 

You have to wonder why it took them so long to come up with this idea. These aren't as puffy as say a Cheese Doodle -  more in between a Cheese Doodle and a regular Goldfish. Gluten free and a recipe of cheddar, asiago and Romano cheese. The cheese flavor is not as cheesy or artificial tasting as you would expect - it's a nice balance. Compared to the category of snack crackers this has about the average of calories and sodium. And now finally there's a Goldfish for all those people on a gluten free diet.

$2.99   7 oz

Pepperidge Farm Inc
888.737.7374
www.goldfishsmiles.com

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Goldfish : Baked Puffs
SCORE

83

Mia's Kitchen: Pasta Sauce
Nonni's Special Arrabiata

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

11 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 

I was a bit disappointed with this sauce. I like my arrabiata nice and hot and spicy and this one isn't as spicy as I like. Even though the first ingredient is tomato followed by tomato puree the sauce itself is a little too thin. As compared to other pasta sauces in the category this one has only 70 calories as compared to 82 and only 3 grams of sugars as compared to the average of 7 grams.

$7.99   25.5 oz

Mia's Kitchen
800.379.8940
www.miaskitchen.com

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Mia's Kitchen: Pasta Sauce
SCORE

84

Sambazon : Acai
Organic Freeze Dried Powder

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

9 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

84 / 100
 

Now you can add acai to just about anything with this freeze dried powder. The taste is true to the acai berry which is a little like a coco berry or cacao. One scoop, which is 3 grams, contains 800 mg of omega 9s and 140 mg of omega 6s, with just 20 calories and no sugars.

$17.49   90 g (3.17 oz)

Sambazon
877.726.2296
www.sambazon.com

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Sambazon : Acai
SCORE

90

Duchy Originals : Highland Shortbread
All Butter

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

9 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 

Back in 1992 Price Charles started Duchy Originals - foods of the highest quality using natural ingredients that are sustainably produced and profits for charity. These shortbread cookies are absolutely delicious, made with lots of delicious butter. As compared to other shortbread cookies these have a little less sodium and a lot more vitamin A.

$5.99   5.3 oz

Walkers Shortbread Ltd
800.521.0141
www.duchyoriginals.com

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Duchy Originals : Highland Shortbread
SCORE

91

EVOL Foods: Mac & Cheese
Truffle Parmesan

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

11 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 

This is actually one of the best tasting mac and cheeses I've had in a long time. The base cheese is cheddar, with parmesan sprinkled on top and a terrific, but not overpowering truffle flavor and aroma. My only complaint is that it actually looks nothing like the picture on the box. The average for the mac and cheese category is 1363 mg of sodium, this has less than half of that, but it's almost double the grams of fat.

$4.99   8 oz

Phil's Fresh Foods
303.554.7000
www.evolfoods.com

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EVOL Foods: Mac & Cheese
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