Phil's Food Reviews

Product Hits & Misses for December 4th, 2013

4 HITS this week!

  • Macaron Cafe 9 Flavors of Macaron
  • Zing Complete Nutrition Cashew Cranberry Orange Bar 
  • Skinny & Co Unrefined Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
  • Milton's Craft Bakers Honey & Corn Baked Snack Crackers
  • Bird's Eye Recipe Ready Southwest Blend

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SCORE

83

MacarOn Cafe: 9 Macarons
Mixed Flavors

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

15 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian

Don't compare these with a macaroon - there's nothing even similar. This is a sandwich of two almond meringue shells which are very light, with nine different fillings: vanilla, passion fruit, caramel, matcha green tea, dark chocolate, coconut. raspberry, espresso and pistachio. This is clearly for indulgence, one macaron is 110 calories. 6 grams of fat and 11 grams of sugars, but a terrific treat. These are hand made at the Macaron Cafe in New York City. Look for them in the frozen food case and all you have to do is let them defrost for 30 minutes. These are naturally gluten free.

$14.95   8.8 oz

MacarOn Paris, LLC
646.400.2411
www.macaroncafe.com

Visitor Product Rating

MacarOn Cafe: 9 Macarons
SCORE

85

Zing: Bars
Cashew Cranberry Orange

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

25 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Yet another nutrition bar but the flavor of this one is excellent, it has 7 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein. It is certified gluten free and is delicious. This is one of those bars that isn't crunchy, and has the consistency more like the inside of a Fig Newton but more dense. The flavor itself is great - but I neither tasted cashew, cranberry or orange. Two complaints however, one is that it is really hard to read the ingredients because of the type size and color contrast, the other one is that it says 'created by nutritionists', however nutritionists are not the same as RDs and do not have to be certified so what are we to believe?

$2.69   1.76 oz

Zing Bars
www.zingbars.com

Visitor Product Rating

Zing: Bars
SCORE

86

Skinny & Co.: Coconut Oil
Unrefined Extra Virgin Cold Pressed 

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

13 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No or Low Sugar
  • 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
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This coconut oil is more solid than it is liquid, it has a wonderful coconut flavor, which makes me wonder how it would affect the flavor of foods cooked in it. according to the package, is hand packed and never heated. One tablespoon is 130 calories and like all oils, 14 grams of fat. Imported from Vietnam this oil has a smoking point of around 350 degrees, similar to butter and lard, so it should be used for cooking in similar ways, and not on the highest heat.

$25.00   16.7 oz

Skinny & Co.
888.865.4278
skinnycoconutoil.com

Visitor Product Rating

Skinny & Co.: Coconut Oil
SCORE

87

Milton's Craft Bakers: Baked Snack Crackers
Honey & Corn

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

87 / 100
 
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Made with Organic Ingredients
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

These crackers are terrific, just a little over 7 calories each. There is 4 grams of fat and 4 grams of sugar per serving which is about 17 crackers. These crackers are so flavorful you'd better choose your toppings carefully so that the honey and corn flavor doesn't interfere. The cracker itself is not as crispy as you might expect, and has a texture that's similar to a Graham Cracker.

$3.99   6.5 oz

Milton's Baking Company
miltonsbaking.com

Visitor Product Rating

Milton's Craft Bakers: Baked Snack Crackers
SCORE

90

Birds Eye Vegetables: Recipe Ready
Southwest Blend

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

4 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

There have been blends of frozen vegetables before, but what I really like about this one is the combination - corn, black beans, poblano peppers, red peppers and onions. There's no salt, sugar or sauce added, which is great, so, season to taste. The flavor of the corn and black beans overpower the peppers. One recommendation to make it even better - pack it in a steam-able microwave bag! Now you have to add water and cook on the stove top.

$2.59   12 oz

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC
800.563.1786
www.birdseye.com

Visitor Product Rating

Birds Eye Vegetables: Recipe Ready
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