Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for December 25th, 2013

Which of these five new products was a MISS?

  • Foxy's Premium Sassy Pash Frozen Yogurt 
  • Campbell's Hawaiian Luau Slow Cooker Sauce  
  • Zola Espresso  Coconut Water 
  • Starkist Tuna Creations Ranch Flavor Single Serve 
  • Food Should Taste Good Kimchi Tortilla Chips 

 

 

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SCORE

75

Foxy's Premium Frozen Yogurt: Sassy Pash
Vanilla Bean & Strawberry Hunks

TASTE

23 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

11 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

75 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • Soy Free
  • Vegetarian

While I like the attitude of the package I was very disappointed in a number of things. Number one, water is the first ingredient and as a result this frozen yogurt is more icy than creamy. Second is the name Vanilla Bean and Strawberry Hunks implies large pieces of strawberries, with vanilla ice cream - instead, instead I found just a few tiny pieces of strawberries and the ice cream is a very unnatural looking pink, and lastly, they say it contains probiotics, but don't say which ones or the amount of them. The flavor itself is good, but doesn't live up to a 'premium' yogurt. Zero fat and 80 calories per half cup, with 15 grams of sugars.

$4.99   16 oz

Foxy's Premium Frozen Yogurt
www.foxypash.com

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Foxy's Premium Frozen Yogurt: Sassy Pash
SCORE

89

Zola: Coconut Water
Espresso

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

Before you curl up your nose, this is one delicious beverage, with a true espresso flavor and aroma. One can has 125 mg of caffeine, which is the same as a 2 ounce shot of espresso. 150 calories, 10 grams of fat and a whopping 28 grams of sugars per can. Imported from Thailand, this can has more potassium than a banana, I just wish it had less sugars. No artificial colors or flavors. A nice alternative for those who want coconut water.

$2.49   17.5 oz

Zola
415.775.6355
drinkzola.com

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Zola: Coconut Water
SCORE

89

Campbell’s: Slow Cooker Sauces
Hawaiian Luau

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Slow cookers are back and Campbell's want to make cooking in them as easy as possible. The flavor and the aroma of this Hawaiian Luau are terrific and I have no doubt that slow cooking for 7 to 8 hours with this will make even the toughest meat flavorful and tender. Tomato puree is the first ingredient which is great to tenderize, however, sugar is the second. This package, that's designed for you to add 2-3 pounds of boneless pork shoulder, creates about 6 servings. The good news is there's zero fat and it just adds 100 calories. The not so good news is it also adds 620 mg of sodium and 2 grams of sugars per serving.

$2.99   13 oz

Campbell Soup Company
www.campbellsoup.com

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Campbell’s: Slow Cooker Sauces
SCORE

90

StarKist : Tuna Creations
Ranch

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 
  • Heart Healthy
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Sugar
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free

Sales of tuna fish have been declining, maybe this can help reverse that. Each pack is just 80 calories and 2 grams of fat, but loaded with 14 grams of protein. Thats a good thing! The ranch dressing itself is a very light marinade, not creamy at all, in a good way, and adds just the right amount of flavor to enhance the tuna itself. I could see bringing this to work, taking it right out of the pack and mixing in some lettuce and having a terrific low calorie, high protein lunch. Do note that it contains MSG.

$1.79   2.6 oz

StarKist, Co.
800.252.1587
www.starkist.com

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StarKist : Tuna Creations
SCORE

91

Food Should Taste Good : Tortilla Chips
Kimchi Flavor

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 
  • 100% Whole Grain
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

The first time I ever had kimchee was actually in China and I loved it, so I was excited to taste this. It's a very good tortilla chip with lots of great ingredients and lots of flavor. My complaint is kimchi should be much hotter and spicier than this. One serving, which is about 12 chips, is just 140 calories, 7 grams of fat and less than 1 gram of sugars. It's a really terrific chip, but hey, Pete, crank up the spice! I know, I know…not everyone likes Kimchee.

$3.49   5.5 oz

Food Should Taste Good
877.588.3748
www.foodshouldtastegood.com

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Food Should Taste Good : Tortilla Chips
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