Phil's Food Reviews

Kettle Brand Sweet & Salty, Pirate's Blend CocoMango, Jeff's Famous Beef Jerky, Magnum Mini Gold Bars, Mingo's Pepper Butter

3 products got the same score this week - check out which ones!

  • Kettle Sweet & Salty
  • Pirate's Blend CocoMango 
  • Jeff's Famous Beef Jerky 
  • Magnum Mini Gold?!
  • Mingo's Pepper Butter

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SCORE

83

Jeff's Famous Jerky: Gourmet Beef Jerky
Cranberry Jalapeno

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 

I just came back from the Candy Expo and one of the biggest trend is all the new jerkys. This one is made from beef, with a recipe of cranberry and jalapeños. For me, this is a bit too sweet and I really don't taste the jalapeño. One third of the package is just 70 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of sugars, and does have 10 grams of protein. It's a great alternative to the traditional candy bar. One recommendation is to use more of the fruit juice concentrates and less of the high fructose corn syrup.

$6.99   3 oz

Jeffs Famous Foods, Inc.
800.457.4010
www.JeffsFamousJerky.com

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Jeff's Famous Jerky: Gourmet Beef Jerky
SCORE

83

Pirates Blend: Sauce
CocoMango

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 

So here's a very different sauce. I shook it gently, opened up the cap and look what happened… It's like a volcano! I then tasted another - didn't shake and it's actually a very aromatic and tasty sauce. I like the ingredients where they call out the percentages on some ingredients, like mango 19%, coconut 7%, orange juice 4%, cayenne pepper 1.5%, but what about telling us how much water, sugar, oil and salt? All of which are listed before the cayenne pepper.

$5.85   10 fl oz

Half Moon Bay Trading Co.
904.246.9493
www.halfmoonbaytrading.com

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Pirates Blend: Sauce
SCORE

83

Kettle Brand : Potato Chips
Sweet & Salty

TASTE

22 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 

I'm typically a fan of Kettle's flavors, but this combination of sugar, dried cane syrup, salt and sea salt just doesn't work. It actually tastes more like a kettle corn than a potato chip. Their potato chips are so good, how about adding just a bit more salt and a bit less sugar. Be who you are!

$2.99   5 oz

Kettle Foods
www.kettlebrand.com

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Kettle Brand : Potato Chips
SCORE

87

Magnum: Mini Gold?!
Sea Salt Caramel Belgian Milk Chocolate

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

87 / 100
 

When these first came out a couple of years ago I was not a fan. This new recipe which has a caramel swirl and 'golden' chocolate coating tastes terrific and is just the right size. This mini bar is just 170 calories with 12 grams of fat and 14 grams of sugars. The weird thing is that they show the serving size as both one or two bars. Hey! Don't make people feel bad for just eating one, which is the right sized portion.

$5.49   11.1 fl oz (6 bars)

Unilever
800.634.7532
www.magnumicecream.com

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Magnum: Mini Gold?!
SCORE

91

Mingo's: Pepper Butter
Mild

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 

This has a wonderful aroma and a rich and spicy flavor. The name is misleading because there is no actual butter in the product. It's a combination of jalapeño peppers, sugar, water, vinegar, flour and spices. They suggest mixing it with cream cheese for a dip or as a rub on a chicken or roasts or even spreading on toast with peanut butter. The good news is that it's versatile and tastes great, the bad news is it might be confusing how to use.

$6.49   16 oz

S&S Foods
405.256.6557

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Mingo's: Pepper Butter
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