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Flavor Of The Month At Cold Stone

17 May

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“Cold Stone Creamery, the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®, is celebrating 2011 with its newest line of super-premium ice cream flavors. Each Gold Cone flavor will be featured in all stores nationwide for a limited time. During its respective featured time, some of the flavors will also be available as Creations, cupcakes, shakes, cakes, and more.”  It seems odd to me that a flavor of ice cream would be based on lemons, let along adding poppy seed’s to the mix.  Just a month after Baskin Robbins added their new lemon flavored ice cream here comes one from Cold Stone, alone with three other flavors on the way in their line of Gold Cone’s for this summer’s ice cream seekers.  The other flavors include chocolate hazelnut, strawberry basil, and mojito sorbet; as you can tell from the names of these flavors Cold Stone is attempting to start adding some different herbs to the mix in their line-up.  Perhaps the added herbs is an attempt to make people think they are healthier than they really are? or maybe they just add a nice flavor combination, I’m not too sure yet.  How would this odd ice cream combination work out? keep reading to find out.

 The company says, “Indulge and ease back into summer with this surprisingly sweet and tangy combination. Enjoy the flavor of your favorite muffin and real poppy seeds!”, poppy seeds sounded odd to me to but I decided to give it a whirl.  The flavor of the ice cream is probably unlike anything you’ve ever had before because it has poppy seeds combined with lemons in it which at first doesn’t sound terrific, but after trying out the flavor at Baskin Robbins eventually I thought that this tasted much fresher than that of Baskin’s.  I’m not sure I would start comparing it to a poppy seed muffin like the company suggests, but it is still different none the less.  Now I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t choose this over my favorite chocolate flavor or even the other new flavors coming out in the line-up, but if you’re into trying out new flavors of ice cream this could be a good one to try out.  The texture of the poppy seeds in the ice cream was a little bit different because normally most people just prefer having a smooth ice cream and a nice mix in like the strawberries that you see in the picture, but the poppy seeds are too small sometimes to even find so they’re kind of a surprise when you bite down on one.  I think I could have done with out the poppy seeds overall and just stuck with another topping, however that would change the whole premise of the flavor.  Overall (3 out of 5).  As with all ice cream though enjoy this in moderation because it will set you back a lot if you’re trying to fit into any particular swimsuit this season.

The pros are that its refreshing and something different to try.

The cons are that the texture of the seeds and ice cream is odd.

Nutritional Information For 1 Cup:

  • Calories 340
  • Fat 18g
  • Sodium 160mg
  • Carbs 42g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 36g
  • Protein 4g
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Blue Bunny Wedding Cake Ice Cream.

9 May

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Blue Bunny recently added a new flavor of ice cream to their already extensive line and this one is not too different.  The only thing that sets this apart from the others is that this one is endorsed by a celebrity.  The Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman has put his name on the front of his carton and as you can imagine, it is a wedding cake themed ice cream which means that it has cake pieces mixed into it.  Blue Bunny says “Celebrate the marriage of sweet buttercream frosting flavored ice cream and white cake pieces all wrapped up in delicate ribbons of raspberry sauce.”  All of this sounded good to me, so I tried it out.

The flavor of the ice cream is pretty good considering it isn’t a higher brand name product of ice cream.  This flavor is in the line of Premium ice creams that Blue Bunny offers which I’m assuming just means it has a higher fat content than the rest of the line.  The texture of the cake pieces was a nice touch in that it broke up the continuous cold rush that the ice cream always provides.  The raspberry sauce was pretty tasty and added a nice texture as well; but the only thing that I don’t get is how this flavor is different from their Birthday Party flavored ice cream which is actually in the premium line as well.  Overall (3 out of 5) because the taste was good, and the cake pieces were a nice touch.

The pros of this new flavor is that the components of ‘frosting’, cake pieces, and raspberry sauce worked nicely together.

The cons were that it isn’t really different from their other flavor that is already on the market and was more expensive.

Nutritional Information For 1/2 Cup Serving:

  • Calories 150
  • Fat 7g
  • Sodium 75mg
  • Carbs 19g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 16g
  • Protein 2g

Kraft Bagelful’s Review

5 May

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This isn’t a new product at all, but I really wanted to review this product ever since it came out so now is the time to do it.  This is an interesting idea for people who are always in a hurry before work and can never seem to make the best choices of either eating fast food or nothing at all.  Bagelful’s could help those people out by giving them a healthier morning meal of bagels and cream cheese.

To “make” the Bagelfuls all you need to do is put it in your toaster for about 1 minute and then it pops up and you’re ready to go.  The cool thing is that because the cream cheese is stuffed inside of the bagel, you don’t have to worry about getting out a knife and leaving a mess to clean up after you get home.  The line has 8 flavors that all sound really great, but I decided to try the original cream cheese bagel flavor.

My favorite thing about this product was that it tasted surprisingly good in the sense that it was exactly a bagel and cream cheese.  The odd thing about this product is that you would think the cream cheese would be extremely hot after coming out of the toaster, but in fact it comes out really cold.  My first bite was a confusing one because I was expecting to just go straight through the bagel, but had to stop at a denser middle then I was expecting.  The cream cheese was actually still a little bit frozen almost but soft enough to be quite pleasing like normally cream cheese would be.  The nutritional information is at the bottom and isn’t too terrible if you consider what people would normally eat for breakfast.  So if you’re a fan of the morning bagel I would highly recommend you give this line a try.  Overall (4 out of 5).

The pros were that it tasted like a bagel and cream cheese, single serve, less mess to clean up, convenience.

The cons could be that it’s pricier than an actual bagel and cream cheese.

Nutritional Information for 1 Original Bagel:

  • Calories 200
  • Fat 5g
  • Sodium 200mg
  • Carbs 31g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 6g

Weight Watchers Natural Light Smoked Mozzarella String Cheese

4 May

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Alright so a couple of new product are coming out onto the market currently and I thought that testing them out first before you all went out and spent your hard-earned money on them would be a good idea.  If you have not heard about this new line, it is a really large line of cheese’s ranging from slice, to string, to spread.  I’m not sure how different they could be than different cheese, but people see the Weight Watchers logo on something and get excited. 

Weight Watchers says, “Savor the smoky flavor of our natural Light Smoked Flavor String Cheese. Individually wrapped and just the right size, each 50 calorie stick makes snack time truly satisfying. Each stick is full of flavor and an excellent source of calcium.”  This line sounded appealing to me so as I was eating it I did notice the smokiness of the cheese and thought that it would make an interesting pairing with homemade pizza or something.  Some of the nice things about any string cheese is that they are handy and a nice afternoon snack for those of you on a diet and looking to slim down.  If you need more variety in your life then go ahead and try out the brand other cheese’s totalling 18 in all.  If you don’t want to pay the extra money for the name of Weight Watchers I would recommend trying a different line of flavored cheeses that will leave your wallet a little more full. 

Pros of this product is the nice smokey flavor and that’s about the only thing that differentiates this product from anything else. 

Cons are that it is more expensive and could be harder to track down than other brands.

Nutritional Information Serving Size 1 Piece

  • Calories 50
  • Fat 2.5g
  • Sodium 140mg
  • Carbs 1g
  • Sugar 0g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Protein 6g

Mio Liquid Enhancer

4 May
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This is one of the hot new products on the market right now and it took me a while to getting around to it because for one I enjoy my Crystal Light, and two because this is way too expensive.  The price point on this product is so far off its crazy, at my local store its $4.00 for one bottle.  Are you kidding me? why is this product so much better than other water enhancers on the market? is it because it looks cool when you put it in your water or what? 

Alright so enough venting about this product and onto its actual taste.  The taste of the fruit punch was pretty good, just how you would imagine fruit punch to taste like.  There was not weird after taste or anything like that which made this product a pretty quick review in some sense.  However, my main question is why choose this over other brands?  It certainly wouldn’t be because of its packaging and that you can put it in your pocket to go because you can do that with any single serving water enhancer already on the market today.  Could it be the ingredients? no not really because the back of this package includes all types of odd sounding names like propylene glycol.  So this was a tough decision to make because on the one hand the product tastes fine, but loses major points when it comes to pricing and that it is about 90% more expensive than other products that do the same thing.  Overall (2 out of 5).

The pros was that it tasted like fruit punch and had no odd after taste.

The cons of this product was that it was too expensive.

Nutritional Information for 1/2 tsp:

  • Calories 0
  • Fat 0g
  • Sodium 0mg
  • Carbs 0g
  • Sugar 0g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Protein 0g

Think Thin! Protein Bars Reviewed

4 May

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Aside from the fact that the name made me feel just a tad weird when buying them at the store, these bars turned out to be pretty tasty.  The main caveat to this is that some definitely taste better than others; some of the bars like the chocolate mudslide were a bit too dry while others were really great tasting.  One of the companies new flavors was the Chocolate Covered Strawberries which sounded interesting so we thought we would give it a try.  This was an interesting review because about half of the testers felt that this didn’t taste well at all while half thought it was fantastic.  So for this review it was almost a toss-up as to whether or not the reviewer liked it, so proceed with caution. 

One great thing about these bars is that they are gluten-free, so if you are on a gluten-free diet than these bars wouldn’t be off-limits for you.  Another great feature of this bar was that it has 0 grams of sugar in it, this was awesome to see because many protein bars have more sugar than an actual candy bar.  These bars have about 15 grams of protein or more depending on which bar you get so it keep you feeling full into lunch or dinner.  The calories for this bar are relatively well in check with a good snack, that being 200 calories.  Nutritionally speaking this is a great bar to have at work for an afternoon snack or a great meal replacement bar if you’re really in a hurry.

You can buy these bars at your local Whole Foods stores and some Trader Joe’s.  If you think that the 200 calorie protein bar is too much for you, then consider trying out there other 100 calorie bar line that has awesome flavors like cookies and cream or raspberry and white chocolate. 

The pros to the chocolate covered strawberry bars were that they had a good flavor and were nutritionally great.  The cons are that they’re tough to find for some people and are more expensive than some other brands.  Also if you pick the wrong flavor you could be out of luck in the taste and texture area of things.  Overall (3 out of 5).  The company does have a really great line of bars though that you can check out if you want at http://www.thinkproducts.com/2011/.

Nutritional Information: Serving Size 1 Bar

  • Calories 200
  • Fat 7g
  • Sodium 105mg
  • Carbs 21g
  • Sugar 0g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Protein 15g

NEW! Better ‘n’ Peanut Butter: Banana Review

3 May

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I have been a long-time fan of this company ever since I first came across them at my local Trader Joe’s store.  The brand prides it-self on making the peanut butter with only 2 grams of fat and 100 calories as opposed to 16 grams of fat and 200 calories for the same serving size when compared to regular peanut butter.  This brand does have a loyal following as well as its many critics, because they say that it is not really peanut butter and that the taste and texture is way off.  I would definitely disagree with those critics because I find that this works just as well in many recipes that call for peanut butter such as cookies or just your regular PB&J sandwich.

This company had three flavors: regular, low sodium, and chocolate.  I have tried the regular and low sodium and really enjoy them both, but have yet to try the chocolate which has been on my list to try for a while now.  So when the company decided to create a new banana flavor, I knew that it would be my duty to try it out and let you guys know if it’s worth buying or skipping. 

I enjoyed this new product because it was something different and has a certain appeal to it.  The main question I have is whether or not it is actually useful in everyday recipes like the PB&J sandwich because it isn’t really great when you have peanut butter, banana’s and grape jelly all combined into one sandwich.  This really isn’t for that type of situation, rather it could be for just eating straight out of the jar I guess but to be honest I’m not really sure.  Finding this product can be really hard to do, so you’re best bet is going to be online.  The pros for this product was that it had a strong peanut taste and the texture was fine.  The cons would be that it is hard to use it in many recipes, and finding it could be a problem for you as well.

Nutritional Information For A 2 tbsp serving:

  • Calories 100
  • Fat 2g
  • Sodium 190mg
  • Carbs 13g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Protein 4g