New Product Hits & Misses for February 12th, 2014

Which of these 5 New Products scored over 90?

  • Moon Cheese Pepper Jack 
  • Starkist Gourmet Selects Whole Grain Dijon Sardines
  • Beach Cities Ketchup Co Kickin' Ketchup
  • Candy Tree Organic Licorice Lariats
  • Perky Jerky Hot & Bothered Turkey Jerky

 

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SCORE

72

Moon Cheese : Moon Cheese
Pepper Jack

This product is a MISS!

TASTE

18 / 30

VALUE

12 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

3 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

72 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

I would not go to the  moon for this! The front of the package touts 'Only 100% Cheese' and 'Ingredients: Just Cheese', but that’s sort of a stretch since there are jalapeño peppers listed, and, I really don't taste the jalapeños. The aroma when you open the bag is strong and almost musky. The cheese itself is almost like a very dense, very crunchy circular cheese puff. Basically like all the dried fruit chips. 6 pieces are approximately 74 calories, 6 rams of fat and 4 grams of protein. Would I serve them at a party? Not to anyone I like!

$4.99   2 oz

NutraDried LLP
www.mooncheesesnacks.com

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Moon Cheese : Moon Cheese
SCORE

75

Starkist Gourmet Selects: Skinless Boneless Sardines
Whole Grain Dijon Mustard Flavor

TASTE

22 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

11 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

3 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

75 / 100
 
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free

Sardines are good for us, but most people just don't like the taste. Maybe thats why this product exists? These are marinated in a recipe of vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard and spices so if you don't like the taste of sardines, don't worry, these don't taste like sardines. Another drawback is sardines are typically very high in calcium because of the tiny bones, but these are boneless, so no calcium advantage. Another disappointment was that these sardines are actually in pieces versus the more traditional whole fish.

$2.28   4.37 oz

Starkist Co
800.252.1587
www.starkist.com

Visitor Product Rating

Starkist Gourmet Selects: Skinless Boneless Sardines
SCORE

89

Candy Tree: Organic Licorice
Lariats

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Here's an imported candy from the Netherlands that uses molasses and corn syrup that are organic instead of the typical sweeteners used in confections. The licorice flavor is excellent, more adult-like than kid-friendly. The licorice is also more dense and chewier than typical, which is a good thing. No artificial colors or preservatives. 

$2.39   2.6 oz

Health Flavors Ltd
845.278.8164

Visitor Product Rating

Candy Tree: Organic Licorice
SCORE

89

Beach Cities Ketchup Co: Kickin' Ketchup
Spicy

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

I was surprised when I read the ingredients that there were no chilies or pepper in the ingredients to give 'the kick', but there is a kick and it's coming from a recipe of garlic, onion and natural flavor. It has a nice clean burn. The ketchup is also extremely sweet - and that's what you taste first. Made with real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup.

$4.00   14 oz

Beach Cities Ketchup Company, LLC
951.751.8868
www.kickinketchup.com

Visitor Product Rating

Beach Cities Ketchup Co: Kickin' Ketchup
SCORE

91

Perky Jerky: Ultra Premium Turkey Jerky
Hot & Bothered Flavor

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free

Everyone seems to be making a jerky these days, but this one is actually terrific. The turkey itself is tender, not tough and chewy like many other jerkys. The flavor itself is slightly spicy and slightly sweet. No nitrites or nitrates. Why is it perky? Why is it action packed? Besides the spices it does contain extract of guarana which is a substance prepared from the seeds of a Brazilian shrub, used as a tonic or stimulant because it is rich in caffeine (said to contain up 3 times the amount of coffee), tannins and theobromine. Perky!

$4.99   2.2 oz

Performance Enhancing Meat Snacks
www.perkyjerky.com

Visitor Product Rating

Perky Jerky: Ultra Premium Turkey Jerky
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