Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for August 13th, 2014

A top score of 95 this week!

  • La Maison Signature Sherried Mushrooms Sauce 
  • Holly Baking French Butter Butter Cookies 
  • Demitri's 38 Calories Margarita Mix 
  • Olivia's Croutons Butter & Garlic
  • Torani Sweet Heat Syrup

Want more info? Price? Availability? Nutritional Attributes? Add your own rating?
Click each product photo for more detailed information.

For detailed information on our Nutritional Attribute Descriptions, click here.

SCORE

84

La Maison : Signature Sauce
Sherried Mushrooms

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

84 / 100
 
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

If you're looking for a sweet, creamy sauce we found it. Sweet sherry wine, cream, orange marmalade with spices and crimini mushrooms has a perfect mouth feel and a perfect sweet flavor. I'd use this sparingly as the flavor is so intense that it may well overpower the food. For me a piece of bland chicken, tofu or even a white fish would be saved by this. A quarter cup is 100 calories, 6 grams of fat, 320 mg of sodium and 4 grams of sugars.

$ 7.99   8.9 oz

Vermont Signature Sauces
www.vermontsignaturesauces.com

Visitor Product Rating

 La Maison : Signature Sauce
SCORE

84

Holly BakingTM: Butter Cookies
French Butter Cookies

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

84 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

I like butter cookies that melt in your mouth, but these don't! The consistency of these is a little crunchier and while I do taste the butter I taste more of the sugar and vanilla. Each cookie is 65 calories, 3 1/2 grams of fat and 3 grams of sugars. Looking for indulgence? Not in this box.

$3.95   3 oz

Moon Dance Baking, Inc.
707.588.0800
www.hollybaking.com

Visitor Product Rating

Holly BakingTM: Butter Cookies
SCORE

90

Demitri's Gourmet Mixes: Margarita Mix
38-Calorie

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you're looking to make a lower calorie margarita that has a genuine taste check this out. Basically lime juice, cane sugar and stevia. 3 ounces is just 38 calories. The flavor is a little too sweet for my taste, but still good. Their recommendation is 3 parts mix to 1 part tequila, start out that way, but if you want to be true to a Mexican margarita do 2 parts tequila, 1 part mix and 1 part Cointreau. Contains 17% juice.

$7.99   32 oz

Demitri's Gourmet Mixes
800.627.9649
www.demitris.com

Visitor Product Rating

Demitri's Gourmet Mixes: Margarita Mix
SCORE

92

Olivia's Croutons: Crouton
Butter & Garlic

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

I have to admit that I'm not a big crouton person - occasionally on a salad and occasionally in soup, but these croutons change all that. Typically croutons are too salty or too hard or too greasy. Not these. The flavor and high quality ingredients make all the difference. My one complaint is that the croutons are just a little too large, but I will live with that since there are no added sugars, preservatives, colors or flavors. Each crouton is about 8 calories and less than half a gram of fat.

$3.99   5 oz

Olivia's Crouton Company, Inc.
888.425.3080
www.OliviasCroutons.com

Visitor Product Rating

Olivia's Croutons: Crouton
SCORE

95

Torani : Sweet Heat
Syrup

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

20 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

95 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This San Francisco based company has been making its quality syrups for almost 90 years. Their newest one, Sweet Heat is a bit of a surprise. If you like hot go out and buy this. Just add half to one ounce of this syrup to soda, coffee, cocktails, anything. Made with the Indian ghost pepper Bhut Jalokia with a Scoville rating of 1 million units - that's 3 times as hot as a habanero. I added one ounce to lemon lime soda, took a whiff - the heat of the aroma almost painful. One sip and one of the hottest drinks ever. Use carefully! Won't change the taste, just adds heat and a little sweet. One ounce - 80 calories and 19 grams of sugars.

$7.99   750 ml

Torani
800.775.1925
www.torani.com

Visitor Product Rating

Torani : Sweet Heat
Back to Top