Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for May 21st 2014

5 great New Products this week!

  • Triscuit Wasabi & Soy Sauce Brown Rice Rice Thin Crisps
  • Beaver Brand Bread & Butter Pickle Mustard
  • Crunchies Freeze Dried Grapes
  • Sargento Tastings Fiesta Pepper Jack
  • Organic Valley Organic Fuel High Protein Chocolate Milk Shake

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SCORE

83

Triscuit: Brown Rice Triscuit Thin Crisps
Wasabi & Soy Sauce

TASTE

23 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Yes, wasabi is a hot flavor these days, but these chips just don't have enough to give it that wasabi kick. Made from a recipe of long grain brown rice and whole grain soft wheat these are actually very crispy and light. 10 crackers are only 130 calories and 3 grams of fat. The concept here is really good, it's just way too bland. They're actually using real wasabi powder but unfortunately it's the last ingredient.

$3.69   7.6 oz

Mondelez International
800.622.4726
mondelezinternational.com

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Triscuit: Brown Rice Triscuit Thin Crisps
SCORE

88

Inglehoffer: Pickle Mustard
Bread & Butter

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

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

I'm not a fan of bread and butter pickles, however, using them in this mustard makes the difference. With sugars added it actually tastes great, so if you like sweet versus tangy or spicy this is for you. The cucumbers add a nice mouth feel and the peppers just a hint of flavor. One teaspoon is just 15 calories with only 55 mg of sodium, but does have 2 grams of sugars per teaspoon. Beaverton Foods is still one of the most innovative when it comes to different flavor combinations.

$4.29   10.25 oz

Beaverton Foods
503.646.8138
www.beavertonfoods.com

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Inglehoffer: Pickle Mustard
SCORE

89

Sargento®: Sargento® Tastings™
Fiesta Pepper Jack Cheese

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

This is a terrific idea from what has become one of the most innovative cheese companies. The flavor of the Pepper Jack is better than most. The Jack cheese is smooth and creamy and delicious. The peppers themselves are slightly larger and overall one of the best recipes for hot pepper cheese I've ever had. My one complaint is the package is really hard to open. How about giving us a tear strip which will allow us to peel back the bottom layer?

$2.79   3.95 oz

Sargento Foods Inc.
800.243.3737
www.sargento.com

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Sargento®: Sargento® Tastings™
SCORE

89

Crunchies: Crunchies Grapes
Freeze Dried

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

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

The whole trend of freeze dried fruit has been around for a while. It started with slices of apples but now it's evolved well past that. These grapes are crunchy, delicious and actually more nutritious than fresh fruit because of the increased density of the fruit. Made only from grapes, with no added sugars. One package, which is 1.2 oz has just 120 calories, zero grams of fat and 30 grams of naturally occurring sugars. Not only as a snack, but I could see adding these to breakfast cereal and oatmeal. Maybe even a salad?

$5.49   1.2 oz

Crunchies Food Company
888.997.1866
www.crunchiesfood.com

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Crunchies: Crunchies Grapes
SCORE

91

Organic Valley: Organic Fuel High Protein Milk Shake
Chocolate

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • Good Source of Protein
  • 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
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegetarian

I'm usually not a fan of chocolate milk, but this one could make me change my mind. The chocolate flavor is neither overpowering or cloying, just a smooth, rich flavor, and they're using Fair Trade Dutch Cocoa. The milk is what you would expect from Organic Valley, which is terrific, with 26 grams of milk protein (as compared to 11 grams in 11 ounces of milk) with just 6 grams of fat. One caution is because of the naturally occurring sugars in the milk and the added cane sugar, one bottle does contain 28 grams of sugars.

$3.89   11 oz

Organic Valley
888.444.6455
www.organicvalley.coop

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Organic Valley: Organic Fuel High Protein Milk Shake
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