Hi, I’m Phil Lempert with the New Product Hits & Misses. 5 Hits this week. First up.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Chicken Broth Southwestern Style is a hit.
You've read the book, now you can slurp the soup. If you're looking for a more flavorful chicken broth, look no further. With tomato paste, lime juice concentrate, chipotle, jalapeño and garlic flavors, with added spices, this broth is tasty. However it does have 690 mg of sodium per cup - less than the leading brand but you can still taste the salt...also has 1 gram of sugars - which is typical. It's a good base to add your own veggies or meats, but make sure what you add is sodium free.Retails for $2.99 for 32 oz. Total Score is 86.
Lovely Candy Co. Caramels Chocolate Swirl is a hit.
I bet you thought you could never have a delicious gluten free caramel - well you're wrong. This one is made from a base of brown rice syrup and sweetened whole milk. The flavor includes a final note of vanilla to make it even more special. Each caramel is a little over 35 calories and a little under 2 grams of fat and 4 grams of sugars. Sound a little too indulgent? Not at all, this is the way candy is supposed to taste. But just have one...or two maybe. Retails for $5.49 for 6 oz. Total Score is 89.
Gaslamp Popcorn Co Popcorn Cinnamon Caramel is a hit.
This recipe of brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, sea salt and cinnamon is delicious. The cinnamon actually balances out the normally over sweet caramel on most popcorns. One ounce, which is about 1/12th of this bag is 140 calories, 6 grams of fat and 15 grams of sugars so don't eat the whole bag, even though you'll want to. This package says that it is made in California, and sweet corn is grown in California, but the ingredients just list "popcorn" - and popping corn typically is not grown in california - most come from Nebraska and Indiana. Tell us where the corn comes from! and by the way it's gluten free. Retails for $2.98 for 12.5 oz. Total score is 90.
Essential Eating Whole Grain Pasta Elbows Certified Organic Sprouted is a hit.
You know you're not getting enough whole grains! This sprouted pasta supplies 100% of the RDA, which is 57 grams, in just one 2 ounce serving. The pasta is delicious and because of the slightly courser texture will hold the sauce perfectly, but make sure you just used canned crushed tomatoes with no sugars added in order to maintain the health benefits. As compared to the category average for elbow macaroni this has zero grams of sodium versus the average of 78, and 9 grams of protein, versus the average of 5. By the way, at this time there is no regulated definition of "sprouted grains". Retails for $5.99 for 16 oz. Total score is 91.
Kerrygold Cheese Dubliner is the hit of the week.
What Chobani did for Greek yogurt Kerrygold could do for cheese. This imported from Ireland 100% natural cheese has a fabulous flavor and mouth feel. As you know Ireland is known for high quality and great tasting milk and other dairy products and this cheese is no exception. What I also love are the simple ingredients of pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures and enzymes. Enzymes are used to coagulate the milk, causing it to separate into curds (solid) and whey (liquid). One square, which is approximately 2 inches square is just a bit over 30 calories and 3 grams of fat. Retails for $6.49 for 6 oz. Total Score is 92.