Phil's Food Reviews

Product Hits & Misses for November 20th, 2013

5 HITS this week!

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Southwestern Style Chicken Broth
  • Lovely Candy Co. Chocolate Swirl Caramels
  • Gaslamp Popcorn Co. Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn
  • Essential Eating Certified Organic SproutedWhole Grain Pasta Elbows
  • Kerrygold Dubliner Cracker Cut Cheese

 

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SCORE

86

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Chicken Broth
Southwestern Style

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 

You've read the book, now you can slurp the soup. If you're looking for a more flavorful chicken broth, look no further. With tomato paste, lime juice concentrate, chipotle, jalapeño and garlic flavors, with added spices, this broth is tasty. However it does have 690 mg of sodium per cup - less than the leading brand but you can still taste the salt...also has 1 gram of sugars - which is typical. It's a good base to add your own veggies or meats, but make sure what you add is sodium free.

$3.19   32 oz

Chicken Soup for the Soul
www.chickensoup.com

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Chicken Broth
SCORE

89

The Lovely Candy Company: Caramels
Chocolate Swirl

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 

I bet you thought you could never have a delicious gluten free caramel - well you're wrong. This one is made from a base of brown rice syrup and sweetened whole milk. The flavor includes a final note of vanilla to make it even more special. Each caramel is a little over 35 calories and a little under 2 grams of fat and 4 grams of sugars. Sound a little too indulgent? Not at all, this is the way candy is supposed to taste. But just have one...or two maybe.

$5.99   6 oz

The Lovely Candy Company
815.337.0673
www.lovelycandyco.com

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The Lovely Candy Company: Caramels
SCORE

90

Gaslamp Popcorn Co.: Popcorn
Cinnamon Caramel

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

11 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 

This recipe of brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, sea salt and cinnamon is delicious. The cinnamon actually balances out the normally over sweet caramel on most popcorns. One ounce, which is about 1/12th of this bag is 140 calories, 6 grams of fat and 15 grams of sugars so don't eat the whole bag, even though you'll want to. This package says that it is made in California, and sweet corn is grown in California, but the ingredients just list "popcorn" - and popping corn typically is not grown in california - most come from Nebraska and Indiana. Tell us where the corn comes from!  and by the way it's gluten free.

$2.98   12.5 oz

Gaslamp Popcorn Co. LLC
951.684.6767
www.rudolphfoods.com/brands/gaslamp/

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Gaslamp Popcorn Co.: Popcorn
SCORE

91

Essential Eating Sprouted Foods: Organic Sprouted 100% Whole Wheat Pasta
Elbows

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 

You know you're not getting enough whole grains! This sprouted pasta supplies 100% of the RDA, which is 57 grams, in just one 2 ounce serving. The pasta is delicious and because of the slightly courser texture will hold the sauce perfectly, but make sure you just used canned crushed tomatoes with no sugars added in order to maintain the health benefits. As compared to the category average for elbow macaroni this has zero grams of sodium versus the average of 78, and 9 grams of protein, versus the average of 5. By the way, at this time there is no regulated definition of "sprouted grains".

$5.99   16 oz

Essential Eating Sprouted Foods
570.586.1557
www.essentialeating.com

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Essential Eating Sprouted Foods: Organic Sprouted 100% Whole Wheat Pasta
SCORE

92

Kerrygold: Dubliner Cracker Cut Cheese
Cracker Cut Cheddar

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 

What Chobani did for Greek yogurt Kerrygold could do for cheese. This imported from Ireland 100% natural cheese has a fabulous flavor and mouth feel. As you know Ireland is known for high quality and great tasting milk and other dairy products and this cheese is no exception. What I also love are the simple ingredients of pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures and enzymes. Enzymes are used to coagulate the milk, causing it to separate into curds (solid) and whey (liquid). One square, which is approximately 2 inches square is just a bit over 30 calories and 3 grams of fat.

$6.49   6 oz

Irish Dairy Board, Inc.
www.kerrygoldusa.com

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Kerrygold: Dubliner Cracker Cut Cheese
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