Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for August 27th, 2014

3 products scored the same this week!

  • Angie's Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Spicy Popcorn
  • Garden Lites Veggie Muffins Chocolate
  • Bongiovi Pasta Sauces Spicy Arrabbiata
  • Vega Del Castillo 100% Organic Free Run Grape Juice Grenache & Tempranillo
  • Beanitos Puffs White Cheddar

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SCORE

82

Angie's : Boomchickapop
Sweet & Spicy

TASTE

23 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

82 / 100
 
  • 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

The flavor of this popcorn is a little different than you might expect. In fact I would probably call it "spicy and sweet!” The garlic, paprika, cayenne and cumin far overpower the cane sugar. It's a perfect snack to have with a beer or margarita, but I would hesitate to snack on it all by itself. Two cups are 8 grams of fat and 8 grams of sugars. Nicely popped and good mouth-feel.

$3.49   6 oz

Angie's Artisan Treats
888.982.4984
www.angiespopcorn.com

Visitor Product Rating

Angie's : Boomchickapop
SCORE

85

Vega de Castillo: Mosto de Lagrima
Grape

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

13 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you're looking for a wine alternative with a unique flavor and full bodied, try this. The "free run" refers to the fact that the grapes are not machine pressed but rather pressed from the weight of the grapes themselves. The aroma is slightly reminiscent of prune juice but the taste is much more similar to a new wine. One 8 ounce glass is 170 calories and a whopping 42 grams of sugars - all naturally occurring. The flavor is best when drunk by itself as it may interfere with the taste of your meal.

$14.99   25.4 fl oz (750ml)

Canaan Food
786.358.6330
www.toeatwell.com

Visitor Product Rating

Vega de Castillo: Mosto de Lagrima
SCORE

85

Bongiovi Brand: Pasta Sauces
Arrabbiata

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

New Jersey is known for its Italian food and obviously its pasta sauce. This one comes from Jon Bon Jovi's family recipe. The taste is good, but the spice is not arrabbiata enough and the consistency? Well, I'd like to see a little thicker sauce. I might just be picking on them but I find it odd that a proud New Jersey family would have their sauce made for them in California. Half a cup is 5 grams of fat, 280 mg of sodium and 4 grams of sugars.

$6.99   24 oz

JAMBCO INC
855.4-JAMBCO
www.bongiovibrand.com

Visitor Product Rating

Bongiovi Brand: Pasta Sauces
SCORE

85

Garden Lites: Muffins
Zucchini Chocolate

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • Heart Healthy
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher

What would you say if I could give you a muffin that was made primarily with zucchini, carrots, eggs and sugar, instead of the typical wheat or corn? These muffins are actually very chocolate-y and satisfying. Keep them frozen and then just microwave them for 35 seconds for a warm, delicious snack. While I applaud the fact that these gluten free muffins use the vegetable base, I do wish that each 2 ounce muffin would be less than 11 grams of sugars.

$3.99   8 oz (4 pack)

Classic Cooking, LLC
718.439.0200
www.gardenlites.com

Visitor Product Rating

Garden Lites: Muffins
SCORE

94

Beanitos: Puffs
White Cheddar

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

20 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

How does a cheddar puff that has whole navy beans as its first ingredient taste? Delicious. This gluten free snack is just 120 calories , 4 grams of fat and 180 mg of sodium, but contains 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. They are light and crunchy, the cheddar flavor is very authentic and best of all, you don't have any orange powder on your fingers. For kids and adults to enjoy.

$3.49   3 oz

Beanitos Inc
512.609.8017
Beanitos.com

Visitor Product Rating

Beanitos: Puffs
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