Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for June 18th, 2014

3 HITS this week!

  • Bosco Fudge Brownie Syrup
  • Peeps Minis 24 Mini Chicks Chocolate Creme
  • Third Street Unsweetened Black Tea
  • Slawsa Original
  • Le Grand Pesto Classic

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SCORE

80

Bosco : Flavored Syrup
Fudge Brownie

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

11 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

80 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

I like my Bosco the original way. This variety tastes very similar to the original and I'm not exactly sure why they're calling this Fudge Brownie. While it is slightly darker in color the flavor itself is pretty similar. 2 tablespoons are 20 grams of sugars and 100 calories so use sparingly on ice cream or in milk. They say it's made with natural cocoa, may be true, but the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. My recommendation if you are going to want to indulge is to stick with the original.

$2.19   15 oz

Bosco Products, Inc.
800-GET-BOSCO
www.boscoworld.com

Visitor Product Rating

Bosco : Flavored Syrup
SCORE

82

Peeps: Minis
Chocolate Creme

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

82 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free

Now Peeps are available 365 days a year and in a smaller 14 calorie-each size. Same Peeps flavor but actually the smaller size means the ratio between the outside which is slightly crispier and the softer inside is in better balance. The chocolate aroma is terrific, but frankly the chocolate flavor doesn't match - it's a little bland. Each Peep is about 3 grams of sugars and zero grams of fat.

$3.99   3.4 oz

Just Born
973.588.2000
www.marshmallowpeeps.com

Visitor Product Rating

Peeps: Minis
SCORE

85

Third Street : Unsweetened Black Tea
Black Tea

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

11 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

4 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No or Low Sugar
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This bottled tea contains only filtered water and black tea with vitamin C added. The tea leaves themselves, according to the company, are hand picked from Nilgriri, India. It has a nice flavor, but for this price I would expect a lot more. They say it's non GMO, but to the best of my knowledge there is no such thing as GMO tea - yes those that have added ingredients may be suspect, but just black tea? I don’t think so. It is Fair Trade, but they say it's 97% Fair Trade ingredients, which for me is kind of misleading as water is the number one ingredient by volume in a beverage like this. This is confusing.

$1.99   14 oz

Third Street Inc.
800.636.3790
www.thirdstreetchai.com

Visitor Product Rating

Third Street : Unsweetened Black Tea
SCORE

91

Slawsa: Slawsa
Original

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 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

If you're looking for a different type of topping for your hot dogs, fish, or just about anything, check this out. It's similar to a finely chopped coleslaw using mustard instead of mayo. Not too spicy, with a nice crunchy texture - frankly I’d like a bit more of a kick to it. One tablespoon has zero grams of fat and 3 grams of sugars and the surprise is it's only 70 mg of sodium.

$3.45   16 oz

Slawsa
704.879.4411
www.slawsa.com

Visitor Product Rating

Slawsa: Slawsa
SCORE

93

LeGrand: Pesto
Classic Basil

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

93 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

If you love pesto, but don't have the time or the talent to make your own, buy this. One of the best pestos I've tasted, with a terrific aroma, very fresh taste, perfect texture and frankly just delicious. It's so good you going to want to smother your pasta and seafood, but two tablespoons are 130 calories and 13 grams of fat, so indulge, but just a little bit. No artificial colors, preservatives or sugars. Imported from Canada.

$6.99   5.5 oz

Maison LeGrand Inc
450.623.3000
maisonlegrand.com

Visitor Product Rating

LeGrand: Pesto
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