Phil's Food Reviews

Wonderful Sweet Chili Pistachios, CookieZen Apricot Sage Cookies & Corks, Magnolia Avocado Ice Cream, Simple Squares Coffee Bar, Reed's Culture Club Kombucha

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  • Wonderful Sweet Chili Pistachios
  • CookieZen Cookies & Corks
  • Magnolia Avocado Ice Cream 
  • Simple Squares Coffee Bar 
  • Reed's Culture Club Kombucha 

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SCORE

78

Wonderful: Pistachios
Sweet Chili

TASTE

24 / 30

VALUE

14 / 20

NUTRITION

11 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

78 / 100
 

I happen to love pistachios. I like the flavor, I love the ritual of opening them and I love the health benefits. These flavored pistachios, where sugar is the second ingredient with other spices added, just doesn't cut it for me. The sweet chili flavor does have a soft burn on the palate, but doesn't have a clean taste. The pistachios themselves (because of the flavoring) are softer and mushier than plain pistachios. The sodium content of 290 mg is more than double the average in the nut category, however it does have 6 grams of protein as compared to the average of 4.

$5.99   7 oz

Paramount Farms
877.450.9493
www.getcrackin.com

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Wonderful: Pistachios
SCORE

83

Cookie Zen: Cookies & Corks - Cookies for Wine Pairing
Apricot Sage

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

9 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

83 / 100
 

Let's say you've become a wine connoisseur, but your inner child just yearns for a cookie, now  be sophisticated and have both. The flavor and texture of this Apricot Sage is delicious. They actually are lower in sugar - just 7 grams in 2 cookies versus the cookie and biscuit average of 10, with some as high as 48! Of course don't forget the sugar in the wine! Each package lists the variety of wine, beer or cocktail that goes best with each cookie variety.

$7.95   7.5 oz

CookieZen LLC
888.499.3677
www.cookiesandcorks.com

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Cookie Zen: Cookies & Corks - Cookies for Wine Pairing
SCORE

84

Magnolia: All Natural Ice Cream
Avocado

TASTE

26 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

8 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

84 / 100
 

Avocados have become mainstream. Guacamole seems to be added to everything these days. Unlike an avocado, this ice cream isn't actually green - it's more of a yellow green. It contains 50% more protein than the average specialty ice cream, but does have 22 grams of sugars as compared to the average of 16. The texture is smooth and creamy and I taste just a hint of avocado. It is quite refreshing. I really would like to taste a bit more of that great avocado flavor.

$3.99   16 fl oz

Ramar Foods
925.439.9009
www.ramarfoods.com

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Magnolia: All Natural Ice Cream
SCORE

89

Simple Squares: Organic Snack Bar
Coffee

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

11 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 

This is one of the best tasting snack bars I've had. Made from simple and organic ingredients, cashews, almonds, honey, coconut, vanilla and coffee beans, the texture, mouthfeel and flavor are all terrific, and unlike so many other 'coffee' products you can actually taste the coffee. Take a look - you can see all the ingredients. It also contains 10 grams of protein, which is double the average for specialty snack bars and is it is below average for sugars. It does have 17 grams of fat - but healthy fat from the cashews, almond and coconut. 

$2.49   1.6 oz

Simplified Foods
888.966.7622
www.simplesquares.com

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Simple Squares: Organic Snack Bar
SCORE

91

Reed's Inc.: Culture Club Kombucha
Coconut Water Lime

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

2 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 

Kombucha is a cultured beverage designed to improve health and promote longevity, made from a recipe of water, sugar, oolong tea and yerba mate. The belief is that it can detoxify, energize and balance. This flavor is refreshing and delicious, it contains 30% coconut water. A complaint I have with any food or beverage that touts a healthful culture is to list on the label the quantity of the probiotic cultures. Compared to other flavored waters in the category this just contains 3 grams of sugars, while the average is 22, just 10 mg of sodium where the average is 154 and just 45 calories as compared to 190.

$3.65   13.5 fl oz

Reeds, Inc.
www.reedsinc.com

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Reed's Inc.: Culture Club Kombucha
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