I’m Phil Lempert with the New Product Hits & Misses.
First up is Bosco Fudge Brownie Syrup.
I like my Bosco the original way. This variety tastes very similar to the original and I'm not exactly sure why they're calling this Fudge Brownie. While it is slightly darker in color the flavor itself is pretty similar. 2 tablespoons are 20 grams of sugars and 100 calories so use sparingly on ice cream or in milk. They say it's made with natural cocoa, may be true, but the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. My recommendation if you are going to want to indulge is to stick with the original. Retails for $2.19 for 15 oz. Total Score is 80.
Peeps Minis 24 Mini Chicks Chocolate Creme.
Now Peeps are available 365 days a year and in a smaller 14 calorie-each size. Same Peeps flavor but actually the smaller size means the ratio between the outside which is slightly crispier and the softer inside is in better balance. The chocolate aroma is terrific, but frankly the chocolate flavor doesn't match - it's a little bland. Each Peep is about 3 grams of sugars and zero grams of fat. Retails for $3.99 for 3.4 oz. Total Score is 82.
Third Street Unsweetened Black Tea is a hit.
This bottled tea contains only filtered water and black tea with vitamin C added. The tea leaves themselves, according to the company, are hand picked from Nilgriri, India. It has a nice flavor, but for this price I would expect a lot more. They say it's non GMO, but to the best of my knowledge there is no such thing as GMO tea - yes those that have added ingredients may be suspect, but just black tea? I don’t think so. It is Fair Trade, but they say it's 97% Fair Trade ingredients, which for me is kind of misleading as water is the number one ingredient by volume in a beverage like this. This is confusing. Retails for $1.99 for 14 oz. Total Score is 85.
Slawsa Original is a hit.
If you're looking for a different type of topping for your hot dogs, fish, or just about anything, check this out. It's similar to a finely chopped coleslaw using mustard instead of mayo. Not too spicy, with a nice crunchy texture - frankly I’d like a bit more of a kick to it. One tablespoon has zero grams of fat and 3 grams of sugars and the surprise is it's only 70 mg of sodium. Retails for $3.99 for 3.4 oz. Total score is 91.
Le Grand Pesto Classic is the hit of the week.
If you love pesto, but don't have the time or the talent to make your own, buy this. One of the best pestos I've tasted, with a terrific aroma, very fresh taste, perfect texture and frankly just delicious. It's so good you going to want to smother your pasta and seafood, but two tablespoons are 130 calories and 13 grams of fat, so indulge, but just a little bit. No artificial colors, preservatives or sugars. Imported from Canada. Retails for $6.99 for 5.5 oz. Total Score is 93.