Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for February 19th, 2014

5 HITS this week!

  • Country Crock Simply Delicious Spread
  • Vintage Italia Alfredo Pasta Chips
  • Icebox Water Norwegian Spring Water
  • Litehouse OPA Greek Yogurt Style Ranch Dressing
  • Van's PB & J Strawberry Sandwich Bars

 

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SCORE

85

Vintage Italia: Past Chips
Alfredo

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

This is sort of a soft flat bread, a cracker and pasta and actually a terrific texture and flavor. They're calling it a chip but it is so much more than that. The Alfredo flavor isn't as pronounced so it will not interfere with any toppings you may want to add. A one ounce serving is 4 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein and 250 mg of sodium. The recipe includes durum semolina and parmesan and Romano cheeses. Oven baked, not fried.

$3.99   5 oz

Baptistas Bakery
www.pastachips.com

Visitor Product Rating

Vintage Italia: Past Chips
SCORE

85

Country Crock: Spread
Simply Delicious

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

Surprisingly this spread that's made of 79% vegetable oil had a better taste and mouth feel than I expected. Many spreads taste just like oil or lard and not very pleasant. This one, which is made from a blend of canola, palm and palm kernel oil also adds non fat yogurt. I tasted it plain, not on toast or anything else, which was a true test to see if there was any aftertaste. One teaspoon is 100 calories and 11 grams of fat.

$2.49   12 oz

Unilever
800.634.0303
www.countrycrock.com

Visitor Product Rating

Country Crock: Spread
SCORE

86

Icebox: Spring Water
Norwegian

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

3 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Companies have tried to sell water in milk cartons for a long time and no surprise it hasn't worked. While it's fine to say 'choose paper not plastic' on the front of the package, look here - there's a big plastic spout. The package says it's made of 74% paper by weight and that it's recyclable but recycling programs for the package may not exist in your area. Seriously? What does Norwegian water taste like? There's no discernible difference between it and Arrowhead.

$1.50   16.9 oz

Water Resources Group LLC
800.376.4006
www.icebox-water.com

Visitor Product Rating

Icebox: Spring Water
SCORE

90

Litehouse OPA : Greek Yogurt Style Dressing
Ranch Flavor

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

1 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

Yes here's another Greek Yogurt based dressing, but there's a difference, the taste of this one is terrific. It's got a perfect blend between the flavor of the ranch and the flavor of the Greek yogurt. Two tablespoons are just 60 calories and 5 grams of fat, far below the typical ranch dressing and there are no sugars added. The addition of garlic, onion and chives not only add flavor but a terrific consistency and mouth feel.

$3.79   11 fl oz

Litehouse Inc
www.litehousefoods.com

Visitor Product Rating

Litehouse OPA : Greek Yogurt Style Dressing
SCORE

92

Van's : PB & J Sandwich Bars
Strawberry

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Milk Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian

If you're looking for a PB & J on the run, this will not disappoint. Made with real peanut butter and gluten free oats and a layer of strawberry (made with real strawberries) this is a perfect snack. Just 160 calories, with 6 grams of fat, but it does have 14 grams of sugars. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and 10 grams of whole grains. What does it taste like? Delicious, not too sweet and tastes like real food.

$4.49   7.05 oz (5 bars)

Van's Natural Foods Vernon, CA www.vansfoods.com
www.vansfoods.com

Visitor Product Rating

Van's  : PB & J Sandwich Bars
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