Phil's Food Reviews

Product Hits & Misses for November 06, 2013

5 products, 4 HITS, which product didn't make it?

  • Straw Propeller Gourmet Oatmeal
  • Dei Fratelli Truly Tomatoes
  • General Mills The Return of Frute Brute
  • Seapoint Farms Black Edamame
  • Amy's Andy's Dandy Candy

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SCORE

76

Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods : Oatmeal
Blueberry Blitz

TASTE

24 / 30

VALUE

13 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

11 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

76 / 100
 

If you're looking for the ultimate convenience in preparing oatmeal that practically tastes like candy this is it. Just add 1/2 to 2/3 of a cup of boiling water and let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes, stir it and you're ready to eat. This recipe includes both yogurt coated blueberries and uncoated ones. Most of the yogurt coating actually dissolved throughout the oatmeal when heated. One container is 340 calories, 11 grams of fat and a whopping 18 grams of sugars, not all of which come from the blueberries, but added sugars. The good news is that the container contains 9 grams of dietary fiber and just 108 mg of sodium.

$2.75-3.50   3.5 oz

Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods
855.507.8729
strawpropellergourmetfoods.com

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Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods : Oatmeal
SCORE

85

General Mills: The Return of Frute Brute
Artificial Cherry Flavor Frosted Cereal with Spooky-Fun Marshmallows

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 

Marshmallows in cereal are back in a big way and so are a limited edition of five different flavors of "spooky" cereals; this one is cherry flavor. Surprisingly the taste is not overly sweet and it only has 9 grams of sugars per cup - and the average kids' cereal has 12 grams. Surprisingly the cereal is made from whole grain corn and corn meal, however, it's not gluten free, as it may contain wheat ingredients. This could have been the perfect kids' cereal if they had just chosen to avoid the artificial colors and flavors.

$2.79   9.6 oz

General Mills Sales, Inc
800.328.1144
www.generalmills.com

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General Mills: The Return of Frute Brute
SCORE

85

Dei Fratelli : Truly Tomatoes
Rustic Cut

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

13 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 

These tomatoes are perfect to use in recipes that have either chicken, fish or meat that can absorb the extra tomato juice. The flavor is true tomato and does taste very fresh. You'll think that the consistency is a little too thin, but cooking with it will add a terrific flavor. While there is a little sea salt added you'll have to add your own garlic and other seasonings. Half a cup is just 30 calories, but does have 260 mg of sodium. As compared to other chopped, sliced, diced or crushed canned tomatoes this one is slightly higher in sodium. Be sure to compare the price of this package to canned tomatoes - it is higher.

$3.69   26.46 oz

Hirzel Canning Co. & Farms
877.592.6736
www.deifratelli.com/truly

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Dei Fratelli : Truly Tomatoes
SCORE

90

Seapoint Farms: Crunchy Coated Premium Black Edamame
Sea Salt

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 

I had never tasted black edamame before, in fact I had never heard of black edamame. It has a sweeter flavor and of course is black in color. These beans are lightly coated with corn starch, coconut oil, sugar and sea salt and are very crunchy and delicious. 1/4 cup - less than 1/3 of the package - is just 140 calories, 4 1/2 grams of fat, and contains 9 grams of  protein. This is definitely a snack to consider and makes YOU a trend setter!

$1.99   3.5 oz

Seapoint Farms
888.722.7098
www.seapointfarms.com

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Seapoint Farms: Crunchy Coated Premium Black Edamame
SCORE

91

Amy's: Andy's Dandy Candy Bar
Organic Crispy

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 

Here's another winner from Amy's. I've been tasting their products for a long time and have a lot of respect for this company. We've gotten to know the taste preferences of Rachel (Amy's mom), then Amy when she graduated college and joined the biz, and now Andy (Amy's dad and Rachel's husband.) His taste buds are terrific. This chocolate bar, which comes in 2 pieces, has a great recipe of rice crisps, almonds, caramel and chocolate. You will not be disappointed. Of course the chocolate is dark chocolate. I would like to see the percent of cacao listed. One of the bars, which is 3/4 of an ounce, is just 100 calories. and it's gluten free.

$2.49   1.5 oz

Amy's
707.568.4500
www.amys.com

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Amy's: Andy's Dandy Candy Bar
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