Phil's Food Reviews

Product Hits & Misses for November 27th, 2013

Find out which product scored 92 this week!

  • Krusteaz Molten Deep Dish Chocolate with Caramel Center Cookie Mix
  • Foxy's Gourmet Three Spicy Pepper Garlique Sauce
  • Pompeian All Natural 100% Grapeseed Oil Cooking Spray 
  • SunRype Fruit Source  Berry Delicious Smoothie
  • Michael's of Brooklyn Home Style Gravy

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SCORE

81

Krusteaz: Molten Deep Dish Cookie Mix
Chocolate with Caramel Center

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

16 / 20

NUTRITION

10 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

81 / 100
 

This tastes more like a combination cookie and brownie and is absolutely delicious. The chocolate doesn't overpower the caramel and it has the perfect mouth feel. You will need to add one egg and half a cup of butter, but otherwise it's very easy to make. Three cookies have 220 calories, but have 19 grams of sugars. Surprisingly it has only 1 gram of fat and 120 mg of sodium in the mix and in the filling - that doesn't include the fat in the eggs or butter. It also contains no artificial colors. Love chocolate? This is for you.

$2.79   17 oz

Continental Mills
800.457.7744
www.krusteaz.com

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Krusteaz: Molten Deep Dish Cookie Mix
SCORE

90

Pompeian: All-Natural Cooking Spray
100% Grapeseed Oil

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 

Companies have been trying to sell oil in spray bottles for years. The problem is that the oil coagulates and clogs up the nozzle. This package, which is imported from France, is unique where there's no propellant and it's an air tight pouch within the can. You can also either spray, stream or drip the oil based on the amount of pressure from your finger. How's the oil? It's 100% grape seed oil, nothing else is added and it has a mild flavor. Grape seed oil is typically not recommended for cooking as polyunsaturates area easily damaged by heat. Remember that even though you are spraying a one second spray that is 1 1/2 grams of fat and 15 calories.

$3.98   5 oz

Pompeian, Inc.
800.766.7342
www.pompeian.com

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Pompeian: All-Natural Cooking Spray
SCORE

90

Foxy's Gourmet : Dipping Sauce
Three Spicy Pepper Garlique

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 

If you're looking for a very flavorful, very spicy, very garlic-y oil, this is it. A recipe in a base of extra virgin olive oil, I could see using this in a variety of ways, but I'm not sure I would take their recommendation and use it as a dip (except for bread), there is  more of the consistency of oil. Two tablespoons are 65 calories and 7 grams of fat. No sugars added, no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors. It has a nice burn and I could definitely see using this often.

$6.99   13 fl oz

Foxy's Gourmet Sauce
949.388.7790
www.foxysgourmetdippingsauce.com

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Foxy's Gourmet : Dipping Sauce
SCORE

91

SunRype: FruitSource Smoothie
Berry Delicious

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 

If you hate the price of smoothies you've probably tried making them at home, but with all the work that it takes, this could be for you. 100% juice, made from apple, raspberry, pomegranate and banana, the taste is very fresh tasting and more raspberry than any other fruit, but that's a good thing. I love the fact that on the label they show that the 31 grams of sugars are actually from the fruit - no sugar added. What I don't like is that if it's going to be called a "smoothie" it should have a thicker consistency to not disappoint.

$4.49   46 fl oz

SunRype Products Ltd.
888.786.7973
www.sunrypeusa.com

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SunRype: FruitSource Smoothie
SCORE

92

Michael's of Brooklyn : Pasta Sauce
Home Style Gravy

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 

"Gravy" is what real Italians call pasta sauce. This one has a terrific aroma, great ingredients and a fabulous taste, which is slightly sweet. But don't be concerned, there are no sugars added, in fact it's a simple recipe of Italian tomatoes and olive oil with vegetables and spices, and as they say on the label, nothing else. Half a cup only contains 2 grams of fat, 320 mg of sodium and just 45 calories. This, as they say in Brooklyn, is one terrific gravy! Well done Michael!

$8.99   32 oz

Michael's of Brooklyn
www.michaelsofbrooklyn.com

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Michael's of Brooklyn : Pasta Sauce
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