Tags: sweet

I know what your thinking.

What are these doing on a healthy food and product blog?

If it’s any consolation, I didn’t buy these. A friend of mine did. But I took a peek at the ingredients, and well, they were natural. And, well, I was in the mood for a sweet treat. See the connection? =)

So out came Snackwell’s Fudge Drizzled Caramel Popcorn.

I tried a few pieces, and thought they were so overly sweet. They tasted like caramel popcorn, but very sweet caramel popcorn, with the added “fudge drizzle”. I don’t think the fudge drizzle is really even all that necessary, because while the flavor is there, its not that prominent. It was sort of like a chocolatey undertone.

There is only about 3 grams of fat and brown sugar is first ingredient, so it definitely has more of a candy appeal than a savory. It does have a slightly salty flavor as well, but certainly mostly sweet.

The popcorn is crunchy, which is good, and I would estimate about 25-35 pieces of popcorn per bag, which isn’t bad for 130 calories. Instead of eating straight up, I’d like to mix this in something. A trail mix, or even a bag of buttered popcorn as a “treat”. I think its way tooooo sweet to eat by itself, but if super sweet’s your thing, you’d might like this!

A friend of mine tried this, and she really liked it. But then again, she is guilty for buying carrot cake solely to eat the entire icing off the top and throw away the cake. Although she won’t admit it, but I’ve seen her do it.

I on the other hand, probably wont eat this again. There is 18 grams of sugar ( which I believe is 4 and a half teaspoons!) in one little bag, so really, it was way too sweet for me. In fact, I think I feel a cavity coming on ( just kidding). 3 stars


4 Aug 2009, Comments (3)

Pirate’s Booty

Author: healthnuttxo

tyboo Robert’s American Gourmet makes this yummy treaty in several varieties, but today I’m trying the Original Pirate’s Booty and Pirate’s Booty Caramel, provided to me by Robert’s American Gourmet. I like the cute pirate on the front saying “Thar Be Good!”. I couldn’t agree more!

In it’s original form, the Pirate’s Booty is cheesy tasting, light, and puffy. They are baked and then blended with real white cheddar cheese.It has a nice taste of aged white cheddar, and these puffs melt in your mouth the second they hit your tongue. You also get a LOT for 1 oz (1 serving), which is probably due to the high air content in each of these puffs. Airy or not- these are yummy.

So what’s Pirate’s Booty with CARAMEL? Well, puffed rice and corn-but SWEET! I didn’t know what to expect when I dove into this bag, but boy was it a good outcome. They are sweet, crunchy and DELICIOUS! They have a light caramel flavor with a hint of saltyness. They are cute, little puffs, with a nice satisfying CRUNCH!

The Aged White Cheddar has 130 calories per serving, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

The Caramel Flavor has 120 calories per serving, 1 gram of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

My only complaint is that these didn’t keep me full very long, and the caramel flavor is a bit on the sugary side. But, no worries, i’ll just eat this with some fruit/with my lunch and voila! Perfection!

Aged White Cheddar-Cornmeal, Rice, one or more of the following: Sunflower, Expeller Pressed Canola or Corn Oil, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Whey, and Buttermilk.

Caramel-Corn Syrup, Corn Meal, Light Brown Sugar, White Sugar, Ground Rice, one or more of the following: Sunflower, Expeller Pressed Canola or Corn Oil, Baking Soda, Salt and Lecithin.

*added

I was also sent the Bermuda Onion, a flavor I was afraid to try. I thought it would be overpowering, but in fact, it was DELICIOUS! Oniony, and just a tad bit sweet. Certainly reccomended!

Good job Robert’s American Gourmet! I look forward to buying and reviewing more of your products!

20 Jul 2009, Comments (0)

Newman's Own Organic Soy Crisps

Author: healthnuttxo

 

soycrisps

So normally in the afternoon i have a yogurt (ahem, Stonyfield or Wallaby Organic. yum!) for a snack with something else that’s little, a handful of cereal, a cookie, etc. But today (after a grueling workout at the gym this morning) I was RAVENOUS! So i thought i needed something a bit more substantial than my normal yogurt.

So, i decided to give Newman’s Own Organic Soy Crisps a try. Okay now before you say EW, SOY IS GROSS, don’t even think about it. Soy crisps taste pretty much like rice cakes-but are healthier and have more satiety packed with them due to the soy protein and isolflavins that soy provides.

 I have three of Newman’s flavors (which they so generously donated!), Cinnamon Sugar, White Cheddar and Barbeque. They also come in a lightly salted flavor.

Cinnamon Sugar-I opened up the bag and popped one in my mouth-delicious! They were sweet, crunchy, “cinnamonny” (if that’s a word!), in otherwords- SO GOOD! I got one soy crisp out the bowl i poured that had extra cinnamon and dehydrated cane juice on it… i was a happy camper 😉

Barbeque-tastes just like barbeque chips! My mom even asked for more after i let her try a few (which of course i declined her- get your own bag! 😉 ) There is a subtle sweetness to the BBQ flavor, but you can  taste garlic and tomato flavors as well. These were good!

White Cheddar- just the right amount of seasoning. Not too heavy, not too light. They are cheesy too, and a tad salty. You will need some water with these!!

These soy crisps are definitely a lot healthier than other chips or pretzels that people grab for a snack in the afternoon. In 1 oz. (which is about a small bowlful- a good sized amount), there are 110-120 calories, 2.5-4 grams of fat, 13-15 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 7-9 grams of protein. Needless to say i was definitely satisfied after eating these-they quenched my hunger quite nicely. The Cinnamon Sugar Flavor also hit the spot for the fat/sugar laden craving i have been having for Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar Hot Pretzels lately in a much healthier way. I’m going to be buying these quite often!

Cinnamon Sugar-Organic Low Fat Soy Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Salt, Seasoning (dehydrated cane juice, cinnamon and not more than 2% silicon dioxide and vegetable oil added as a processing aid), Sunflower Oil.

Barbeque-Organic Low Fat Soy Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Salt, Seasoning (dehydrated cane juice, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, tomato powder, extractives of paprika, natural flavor, spices, citric acid with not more than 2% sunflower oil and silicon dioxide added), Sunflower Oil.

White Cheddar-Organic Low Fat Soy Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Salt, Seasoning (cheddar cheese [cultured milk, salt, enzymes], whey buttermilk, salt, disodium phosphate), Sunflower Oil.

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