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REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND (YOGURT EDITION) – 7/4/2013

Written by | July 4, 2013

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Here are some quick reviews of new-ish yogurt we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Muller Greek Corner Lowfat Yogurt with Blackberry & Raspberry

Quaker Müller Greek Corner Lowfat Yogurt with Blackberry & Raspberry Review

Purchased Price: $1.00 (on sale)
Size: 5.3 oz. container
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Berry portion was like a thick, delicious jam. Big chunks of real fruit. Blackberry and raspberry make a great tart combo. Tartness goes great with tangy Greek yogurt.
Cons: Seeds got stuck in my teeth. Would have worked just as well as a “fruit on the bottom” yogurt. May be too tart for someone looking for a sweet yogurt. Yogurt was pretty boring without the fruit.
Nutrition Facts: 140 calories, 15 calories from fat, 2 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of total carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 18 grams of sugar, 9 grams of protein, and 25% calcium.
Other reviews: Crazy Food Dude, I Ate A Pie

Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip Key Lime Crumble

Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip Key Lime Crumble Review

Purchased Price: $1.25 (on sale)
Size: 5.3 oz. container
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Lime yogurt is a nice balance of tart and sweet. Graham crumbles add texture. Graham flavor mixes well with lime yogurt for key lime pie effect. Crumbles don’t get immediately soggy.
Cons: Some graham crumbles were less crunchy and more hard. White chocolate chips disappear under the other flavors and add nothing. Too many graham crumbs instead of crumbles. Fun concept but flawed execution.
Nutrition Facts: 180 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5 grams of total fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 18 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein, 2% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C, 15% calcium.
Other reviews: Crazy Food Dude

Dannon Oikos Dips French Onion Yogurt Dip

Dannon Oikos Dips French Onion Yogurt Dip Review

Purchased Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 12 oz. container
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Greek yogurt adds some twang. Has texture of dip as opposed to dipping a chip in yogurt. Healthier than some other big-brand pre-made french onion dips. Little onion bits add to French onion dip feel. Has a nice hint of garlic.
Cons: Greek yogurt just can’t replace sour cream as a good French onion dip base. Could have used stronger onion flavor. Yogurt left an odd taste for a dip. Seriously missed the sour cream flavor.
Nutrition Facts: 2 tablespoons – 25 calories, 10 calories from fat, 1 gram of total fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 160 milligrams of sodium, 30 milligrams of potassium, 2 grams of total carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 1 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, 4% calcium.

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REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND – 6/4/2013

Written by | June 4, 2013

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Here are some quick reviews of new-ish products we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Smart Beginnings Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Smart Ones Smart Beginnings Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal Review

Purchased Price: $2.69
Size: 2 cups
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Sweet enough to sort of make you forget there aren’t a lot of cranberries and raisins swimming in the oatmeal. Decent brown sugar flavor. Low fat. Good source of fiber, but fiber is a given because it’s oatmeal. 20 grams of whole grains per serving.
Cons: Not a lot of cranberries and raisins. Serving size isn’t very filling. Granola isn’t noticeable because it gets mushy. The first one I microwaved bubbled up and spilled out of the cup while microwaving. Instant oatmeal packets are much cheaper.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup – 190 calories, 15 calories from fat, 2 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat, 0 grams of monounsaturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein, 15 %

Pepperidge Farm Boston Creme Pie Milano Melts

Pepperidge Farm Boston Creme Pie Milano Melts Review

Purchased Price: $2.50
Size: 5.75 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Sort of tastes like Boston Cream Pie. Smooth, creamy vanilla filling. Sweet aroma. Chocolate interior is more durable than cookie exterior. Probably roots for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics.
Cons: Not really addictive. Boston Cream Pie Milano Melts are just like a Boston Cream Pie, they are both not pies. Tastes a bit more like butterscotch than Boston Cream Pie.. Could use more chocolate. Slightly fragile cookie. Makes my fingers a little greasy.
Nutrition Facts: 2 cookies- 150 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 45 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
Other reviews: Junk Food Guy

Banquet Deep Dish Sausage & Gravy Pie

Banquet Deep Dish Sausage & Gravy Pie Review

Purchased Price: $1.39
Size: 7 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Better tasting than what I thought it would be. Panhandle-for-one-hour cheap. Surprisingly flaky crust after being microwaved. Contains a pool of sausage gravy. Good amount of sausage.
Cons: As deep as their non-”deep dish” pies. Not very filling. Super awesome source of fat and saturated fat. Good source of sodium. Crust was slightly burnt in some places. BHA and BHT appear way too many times in the ingredients list. Super salty sausage gravy, which, at times, masks the flavor of the sausage. Can’t prepare in a toaster oven or low-watt microwave ovens.
Nutrition Facts: 450 calories, 260 calories from fat, 28 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 850 milligrams of sodium, 220 milligrams of potassium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, 10 grams of protein.

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REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND (FROZEN DESSERT EDITION) – 5/16/2013

Written by | May 16, 2013

Topics: Review Lightning Round

Here are some quick reviews of new-ish frozen products we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Ha?agen-Dazs Stracciatella Gelato

Item: Ha?agen-Dazs Stracciatella Gelato
Purchased Price: $2.99 (on sale+coupon)
Size: 14 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Delightful. Easier to scoop than regular Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Smooth gelato. Lots of chocolaty shavings made with cocoa butter; it looks like it was in a chocolate hailstorm.Fun name to say.
Cons: It doesn’t really taste that much different than ice cream. Chocolaty shaving are like speed bumps as you try to enjoy the smooth gelato. Looks and tastes like this ice cream. Name also sounds like an expensive violin and a throat infection. Only 14 ounces.
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup – 270 calories, 120 calories from fat, 13 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 90 milligrams of cholesterol, 40 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Crazy Food Dude, Matt Hearts Ice Cream (video)

Ben & Jerry's Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt

Item: Ben & Jerry’s Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt
Purchased Price: FREE (I had a coupon)
Size: 1 pint
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: More of a sweet lemon than tart. Nice lemon aroma. Lemon Greek frozen yogurt and blueberry swirl go well together. Thank goodness it wasn’t only lemon. Easy to scoop. The addition of lavender sounds gross, but it gives the flavor a little something, something.
Cons: Although made with lemon oil, it has an almost artificial lemon flavor. Doesn’t contain live and active cultures. 30 Rock no longer on the air. Blerg! Thankfully, it’s not Lutz’s Lemon.
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup – 180 calories, 40 calories from fat, 4.5 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.
Other reviews: On Second Scoop, Junk Food Guy, The Ice Cream Informant

Ben & Jerry's Pineapple Passionfruit Greek Frozen Yogurt

Item: Ben & Jerry’s Pineapple Passionfruit Greek Frozen Yogurt
Purchased Price: FREE (I had a coupon)
Size: 1 pint
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: It’s really Greekin’ good. Passionfruit pretty much overwhelms the pineapple, which is fine with me because I enjoy passionfruit. Smooth, creamy, and easy to scoop. Tastes like I’m in Hawaii…oh wait, I’m already in Hawaii.
Cons: Could use more pineapple chunks. Pineapple lovers might be upset with its mild pineapple flavor. Doesn’t contain live and active cultures. Hugging pineapples.
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup – 180 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 65 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 26 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Junk Food Guy,

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REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND – 5/14/2013

Written by | May 14, 2013

Topics: Review Lightning Round

Here are some quick reviews of new and limited edition products we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Lay's Wavy Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt

Item: Lay’s Wavy Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Potato Chips
Purchased Price: $3.99 (on sale)
Size: 9.5 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nice mild creamy garlic flavor. Satisfying crunch. Ruffles have r-r-r…oh wait, wrong chip. Seasoning builds up on fingers, giving me a little treat after my willpower tells me I should stop eating the chips.
Cons: Not enough garlic flavor to make me unapproachable when I breathe. I was expecting it to have a stronger garlic flavor. A little hard to find.
Nutrition Facts: 1 oz. – 160 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 340 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 2 grams of protein, and 10% vitamin C.
Other reviews: Chip Review, Fatguy Food Blog

Jolly Time Butter Made With Smart Balance

Item: Jolly Time Butter Made With Smart Balance Popcorn
Purchased Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 3 bags/box
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Respectable butter flavor. Made with 100 percent whole grain. No diacetyl butter flavorings or trans fat. No partially hydrogenated oil. Contains polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Gluten free. May make watching the movie Battleship a little more tolerable.
Cons: Only three bags in the box. The texture of the popcorn feels a step below Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn. If you eat a third of the bag (which is really easy to do), it’s not really healthy anymore.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup popped – 40 calories, 20 calories from fat, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, and less than 1 gram of protein.

Pillsbury Limited Edition S'mores Toaster Strudel

Item: Pillsbury Limited Edition S’mores Toaster Strudel
Purchased Price: FREE (I had a coupon)
Size: 6 toaster strudels
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Tastes better than S’mores Pop-Tarts. Crispy, flaky crust. Wonderfully gooey filling and icing. Balanced chocolate and creme flavor. There is enough icing to draw a campfire on top of it, but it’s a bit hard to draw nicely with the packet.
Cons: Doesn’t really taste like s’mores. Made with partially hydrogenated oil, so there’s a trivial amount of trans fat. Really lazy folks may not like having to add the icing themselves. Can’t eat them straight out of the box (well, you can but I wouldn’t recommend it).
Nutrition Facts: 1 pastry with icing – 180 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat*, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

*made with partially hydrogenated oil

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REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND (FREEZER AISLE EDITION) – 5/9/2013

Written by | May 9, 2013

Topics: Review Lightning Round

Here are some quick reviews of new-ish frozen food we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Ha?agen-Dazs Peanut Butter Pie Ice Cream

Item: Ha?agen-Dazs Peanut Butter Pie Ice Cream
Purchased Price: $3.99 (on sale)
Size: 14 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: Rich peanut butter flavor that makes me want to spread it on a piece of bread and then top it with jelly. Holy crap! It’s loaded with chocolate cookie pieces and peanut butter ribbons. Smooth ice cream. So much peanut butter flavor. So good it makes me wish it was a pint instead of 14 ounces.
Cons: Being limited edition. Those with peanut allergies, stay far away. Still only 14 ounces.
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup – 310 calories, 21 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 130 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, 7 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Junk Food Guy, The Ice Cream Informant, One Step at a Time

Lean Cuisine Spa Collection Salmon with Basil

Item: Lean Cuisine Spa Collection Salmon with Basil (New Recipe)
Purchased Price: $3.50 (on sale)
Size: 9 5/8 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Not completely horrible. Bland basil sauce. Decent sized piece of salmon. Awesome if you love peas! Lots of vegetables. It’s a new recipe, which means the previous recipe was worse than this.
Cons: It’s a new recipe, but I think they need another recipe. So many peas that they should rename it Lean Cuisine Spa Collections Peas with Salmon. Salmon was a bit dry. Not enough basil sauce to coat pasta and salmon.
Nutrition Facts: 250 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 1.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 500 milligrams of sodium, 450 milligrams of potassium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 19 grams of protein.

DiGiorno Pizzeria Primo Pepperoni Pizza

Item: DiGiorno Pizzeria Primo Pepperoni Pizza
Purchased Price: $5.99 (on sale)
Size: 18.7 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Makes regular DiGiorno pepperoni pizza taste like swill. Lots of pepperoni evenly distributed. No artificial flavors. Noticeable amounts of basil, oregano, and thyme that gave the pizza a nice herb flavor. Crispy crust. Preservative free crust. Sauce had a nice bold tomato flavor.
Cons: If it’s better than a regular DiGiorno pepperoni pizza, why keep selling that swill known as regular DiGiorno pepperoni pizza. As bad for you as DiGiorno’s regular pepperoni pizza. Cheese seems to be the same stuff from their regular pizzas.
Nutrition Facts: 1/4 pizza – 340 calories, 130 calories from fat, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 800 milligrams of sodium, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Freezer Burns, Junk Food Guy, Junk Food Critic

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