Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for August 6th, 2014

5 great NEW PRODUCTS this week!

  • Chuao Chocolatier Oh my S'mores!
  • Skinny Girl Snacks Baked Cucumber Dill Pretzel Thins 
  • Little Miracles Lemongrass Tea, Orange Juice, Ginger, Ginseng, Agave Organic Energy 
  • Glee Gum 75 Wild Watermelon Sugar Free Pieces 
  • Simply Southern Gourmet Balsamic Sweet Onion Pepper Mustard

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SCORE

80

Chuao Chocolatier: Oh My S'mores!
Chocolate bar

TASTE

24 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

11 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

80 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Peanut Free
  • Vegetarian

This 41% cacao milk chocolate is filled with marshmallows and graham crackers to resemble a s'more. The flavor combination is good but I'm not sure that the die hard s'more aficionado will really go for it. It's something unique and definitely worth a try. Half a bar, about 1/4 ounces is 190 calories, 11 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugars. One note: I wouldn't mind trying this combination with dark chocolate instead of the milk chocolate.

$4.00   2.8 oz

Chuao Chocolatier
760.602.9484
www.chuaochocolatier.com

Visitor Product Rating

Chuao Chocolatier: Oh My S'mores!
SCORE

82

Skinnygirl: Skinny Pretzel
Cucumber Dill

TASTE

24 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

82 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian

I didn't think I'd like the combination of cucumber and dill and pretzels, but I was wrong. These are actually very tasty, but I do find them a bit too salty tasting. I'm not exactly sure why they went to all the effort to license the Skinny Girl trade mark since 10 pretzels are about 120 calories, 2 1/2 grams of fat and 400 mg of sodium. A ha! In reading the package it's because they slice the pretzels thin - or not so thin?

$3.49   8 oz

Barrel O' Fun
218.346.7000
www.barrelofunsnacks.com/

Visitor Product Rating

Skinnygirl: Skinny Pretzel
SCORE

90

Little Miracles: Organic Energy
Lemongrass Tea Orange Juice Ginger Ginseng Agave

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 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
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Energy drinks aren't supposed to taste good, but this one does. A recipe of agave, apple, orange and lemon juice concentrates, mixed with lemongrass tea and panax ginseng. One bottle is 90 calories, 19 1/2 grams of sugars. It's organic but the one thing that's missing - the important thing - is telling us the amount of 'energy'. Imported from Germany.

$1.99   11.16 fl oz

Powerbrands Group A/S
www.drinklittlemiracles.com

Visitor Product Rating

Little Miracles: Organic Energy
SCORE

91

Glee Gum: Sugar-Free 75 pieces Pouch
Wild Watermelon

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian

Chewing gum sales are down, but if more people would try Glee it might actually reverse the trend. No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, no aspartame. Made with xylitol as a sweetener instead. The watermelon flavor is nice and refreshing and the gum pieces nice and chewy. Two pieces are 5 calories and 2 grams of sugar alcohols.

$4.99   93.75 g

Verve, Inc.
401.351.6415
www.gleegum.com

Visitor Product Rating

Glee Gum: Sugar-Free 75 pieces Pouch
SCORE

92

Simply Southern Gourmet: Balsamic Sweet Onion Pepper Mustard
Spicy

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Vegetarian

This is one terrific mustard, full of flavor and spicy and sweet. I could see using this as a spread on sandwiches as well as a topping on burgers, as an ingredient in salads, with just about anything. The combination of ingredients is fabulous and just the right amount of sweetness. One teaspoon is just 5 calories and 1 gram of sugars.

$7.95   9 oz

Simply Southern Gourmet LLC
843.281.6070
www.ssg4u.com

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Simply Southern Gourmet: Balsamic Sweet Onion Pepper Mustard
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