Supermarket Guru for week of July 8th

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Updated: 7/09/2013 9:25 am

I'm Phil Lempert with the New Product Hits & Misses.

First up is

Kettle Brand

Potato Chips

Sweet & Salty.

I'm typically a fan of Kettle's flavors, but this combination of sugar, dried cane syrup, salt and sea salt just doesn't work. It actually tastes more like a kettle corn than a potato chip. Their potato chips are so good, how about adding just a bit more salt and a bit less sugar. Be who you are!  Retails for $2.99 for 5 oz.  Total Score is 83.


Pirates Blend

Sauce Marinade


So here's a very different sauce. I shook it gently, opened up the cap and look what happened… It's like a volcano! I then tasted another - didn't shake and it's actually a very aromatic and tasty sauce. I like the ingredients where they call out the percentages on some ingredients, like mango 19%, coconut 7%, orange juice 4%, cayenne pepper 1.5%, but what about telling us how much water, sugar, oil and salt? All of which are listed before the cayenne pepper.  Retails for $5.85 for 10 fl oz.  Total score is 83.


Up next is

Jeff's Famous

Beef Jerky

Cranberry Jalapeño



I just came back from the Candy Expo and one of the biggest trend is all the new jerkys. This one is made from beef, with a recipe of cranberry and jalapeños.

For me, this is a bit too sweet and I really don't taste the jalapeño. One third of the package is just 70 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of sugars, and does have 10 grams of protein. It's a great alternative to the traditional candy bar. One recommendation is to use more of the fruit juice concentrates and less of the high fructose corn syrup. Retails for $6.99 for 3 oz.  Total Score is 83.


Magnum Brand

Ice Cream Bars

Mini Gold Bars

and it's a hit.

When these first came out a couple of years ago I was not a fan. This new recipe which has a caramel swirl and 'golden' chocolate coating tastes terrific and is just the right size. This mini bar is just 170 calories with 12 grams of fat and 14 grams of sugars. The weird thing is that they show the serving size as both one or two bars. Hey! Don't make people feel bad for just eating one, which is the right sized portion.

Retails for $5.49 for 11.1 fl oz (6 bars).  Total Score is 87.




Pepper Butter


is our hit of the week!

This has a wonderful aroma and a rich and spicy flavor. The name is misleading because there is no actual butter in the product.

It's a combination of jalapeño peppers, sugar, water, vinegar, flour and spices. They suggest mixing it with cream cheese for a dip or as a rub on a chicken or roasts or even spreading on toast with peanut butter. The good news is that it's versatile and tastes great, the bad news is it might be confusing how to use.

Retails for $6.49 for 16 oz.  Total score is 91.

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