Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for July 30th, 2014

All 5 new products this week scored 90 and above!

  • Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sweet & Lite
  • Bella Sun Luci Sun Dired Tomato Snacks Sweet BBQ Spicy Halves
  • Amy's Gluten Free Biscotti Orange Flavor
  • Beech-Nut Beets, Pear & Pomegranate
  • Pacific Organic Hummus Classic

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SCORE

90

Wholesome Sweeteners: Organic Sweet & Lite
Sugar and Stevia Blend

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 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
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This idea has been tried by everyone, combining real sugar with a zero calorie sweetener, mostly for baking and being able to consume half the sugar. Splenda’s mix probably had the biggest buzz. This one is organic sugar and stevia extract and is a bit more coarse and crunchy than the others. One teaspoon is 10 calories and 4 grams of sugars and just to give you some idea the recipe on the back for chocolate chip cookies uses 2/3 of a cup and makes 32 cookies, which is 7.5 grams of sugars per cookie.

$8.99   20 oz

Wholesome Sweeteners
800.680.1896
www.wholesomesweeteners.com

Visitor Product Rating

Wholesome Sweeteners: Organic Sweet & Lite
SCORE

91

Bella Sun Luci: Sun Dried Tomato Snacks
BBQ

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

20 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

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

I was intrigued by this concept, the flavor of the tomatoes themselves are very good. Disappointing was the combination of honey, chile, paprika and other spices which seems to cancel out each other. It didn't taste sweet and it didn't taste spicy. The texture was also a bit of a surprise - the package does say 'extra moist' and they are. I would have liked to have tasted a bit more of a crunch. One ounce, which is about one third of the package is just 70 calories, 4 grams of sugars and has 12 times more lycopene than a raw tomato.

$2.99   3.5 ounces

Mooney Farms
530.899.2661
www.mooneyfarms.com

Visitor Product Rating

Bella Sun Luci: Sun Dried Tomato Snacks
SCORE

92

Amy's: Gluten Free Orange Biscotti
Orange

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

2 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian

Amy's is one of those brands that I always look forward to their new products. This Gluten Free Biscotti is no exception. The biscotti itself tastes great, has the perfect texture, not too hard, not too soft, and the orange flavor, which comes from orange oil, is perfect. My only complaint is I would like to see more almonds. 3 biscotti are just 170 calories, 8 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugars.

$5.49   4 oz

Amy's
www.amys.com

Visitor Product Rating

Amy's: Gluten Free Orange Biscotti
SCORE

94

Beech-Nut: Beech-Nut
Beets, Pear & Pomogranate

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 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
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

The trend has been for moms and dads to make their own baby food in order to avoid all those extra sugars and preservatives. Beech Nut wants to change that with this new line that contains just beets, pears, pomegranates and lemon juice concentrate. Half a jar is just 35 calories, no fat and 5 grams of naturally occurring sugars. Unique flavor combinations are perfect to expand the horizons of even 6 month olds, and its tastes good - even for an adult.

$1.09   4.25 oz

Beech-Nut
800.233.2468
www.beechnut.com

Visitor Product Rating

Beech-Nut: Beech-Nut
SCORE

95

Pacific Foods: Organic Hummus
Classic

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

95 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This hummus is one of the best I've tried. No preservatives or additives, just water, chick peas, canola oil, tahini and spices, most of which are organic. Two tablespoons are 45 calories and just 1 gram of sugars. The texture is a bit thicker than most, which frankly I applaud; hummus isn't supposed to be smooth like whipped cream cheese.

$3.95   12.75 oz

Pacific Foods
www.pacificfoods.com

Visitor Product Rating

Pacific Foods: Organic Hummus
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