Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for June 11th, 2014

3 HITS this week!

  • Kratos High Protein Beef Bar Original Flavor
  • Chili's Cheesy Chicken Pasta Florentine
  • Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar Dark Choklat
  • HerbNZest Spoonable Curry Ketchup
  • Melt Organic Chocolate Spread

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SCORE

78

Kratos: High Protein Beef Bar
Original

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

10 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

78 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free

I just came back from the Sweets & Snacks Expo and it's clear that we're going to see more beef, seafood and more poultry snacks. This one is made from beef, beef stock and spices and almost looks like a flattened squared hot dog. The flavor is good, the beef is just slightly chewy and is chopped and formed, so it's easy to chew. One bar is just 70 calories with 15 grams of protein. One wasteful move is having this plastic package put in yet another box - one or the other please, let's save the environment. By the way….it’s the equivalent of over $40 per pound.

$2.75   1.2 oz

Kratos Foods
918.740.5615
www.kratosfoods.com

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Kratos: High Protein Beef Bar
SCORE

80

Chili's(R): Frozen Meal
Cheesy Chicken Pasta Florentine

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

10 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

80 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No Artificial Colors
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free

I really didn't know what to expect, and this microwavable meal actually cooked perfectly. The chicken and the pasta are both tender, the sauce actually pretty good. The cheese aroma while cooking is a bit strong, but the taste is actually fine. My complaint is that the sauce really isn't as spicy as they claim and there's not nearly the amount of beans, corn or red peppers as it shows on the package. One package is 420 calories, 27 grams of protein and 810 mg of sodium.

$2.79   10 oz

Bellisio Foods
800.446.5469
www.bellisiofoods.com

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Chili's(R): Frozen Meal
SCORE

86

Power Crunch: Power Crunch Choklat
Dark Chocolate

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian

This is the equivalent of a dark chocolate higher protein bar, almost like a Nestle Crunch Bar. One bar is 220 calories, 10 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat. The chocolate is smooth and rich and the crisps are actually made from whey and have a terrific crunch and to top it off it's gluten free. Power? Not sure, but tasty!

$2.08   1.5 oz

BioNutritional Research Group
714.427.6990
www.powercrunch.com

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Power Crunch: Power Crunch Choklat
SCORE

88

HerbNZest: Spoonable Curry Ketchup
Ketchup

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

88 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This is one of the most interesting ketchups I've tasted. A thick tomato base with spices and brown cane sugar added, it's delicious. However there's only a hint of curry and I don't taste spice at all. So yes, I'm picky, it's not true to it's label, but this is one delicious ketchup. One serving is just one gram of sugars and 10 calories.

$4.99   7.3 oz

HerbNZest LLC
917.582.1191
www.herbnzest.com

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HerbNZest: Spoonable Curry Ketchup
SCORE

94

MELT® Organic: Chocolate MELT®
Chocolate

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

If you love chocolate and you love the aroma of chocolate check this out. A chocolate spread made with wild flower honey and organic cocoa powder, mixed with a blend of coconut, palm, canola, sunflower and flax seed oils. The recipe has a great chocolate flavor, but the oil overshadows it by just a tiny bit. Add a little bit more cocoa powder, please? One tablespoon is 9 grams of fat and 1 gram of sugars and contains 425 mg of omega 3s. Use it on bread, but my recommendation? As an ingredient for baking or other cooking.

$4.99   13 ounces

Prosperity Organic Foods, Inc.
208.429.9800
www.meltorganic.com

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MELT® Organic: Chocolate MELT®
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