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Varieties: Lean Beef Franks, Lean Pork Franks Details: Lean Beef Franks are $5.49 and Lean Pork Franks are $4.99 per 14-ounce package Availability: Nationally available
Ball Park has introduced new Lean Beef Franks and Lean Pork Franks made without artificial colors, flavors or by-products.
Each approximately 2-ounce beef frank contains 80 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 5 grams total), 410 milligrams sodium and 6 grams protein. Each approximately 2-ounce lean pork frank contains 70 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat (of 5 grams total), 410 milligrams sodium and 6 grams protein.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: I enjoyed the rich beef flavor of the hot dogs so much that I wouldn’t have known they were “lean.” These are a great option if you are going to eat franks because than contain less than half the fat and calories of a regular beef frank.
Varieties: caramel and peanut butter crème Details: $4.29 for a take home box (contains six (6) pouches) or $.99 for one single pouch (there are three pieces of candy in each individual pouch) Availability: Nationally available
Skinny Cow introduced Divine Filled Chocolates candy in two flavors, Caramel and Peanut Butter Crème. Each single serve package contains not one, but three satisfying pieces of filled chocolates.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: Peanut Butter Crème was my favorite of the two because the peanut butter balanced the sweetness of the chocolate. Since each pouch comes with 3 pieces it made me feel like I was getting a good sized sweet treat, so I wasn’t left craving more.
Details: $11.99 per 14-ounce box Availability: Nationally available and online
Swiss cheese, wine and spices are blended together tocreate Emmi’s Original Cheese Fondue. The fondue is made with authentic Gruyère and Emmentaler cheeses from Switzerland and is ready to heat directly out of the package. Just place the cheese in a fondue pot and heat until the cheese begins to bubble.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: I liked how simple it was to just open the package, heat, and then serve. The cheese has a creamy, thick texture and a rich Swiss-cheese taste. I recommend this as a delicious, easy to make a fondue dip for any occasion.
Varieties: Prosperity Full Size cakes, Prosperity Junior cakes, Bloomin Blossoms, Prosperity Petites in Amaretto, Limoncello, Mango Coconut Rum & Chocolate Raspberry Liqueur flavors Details: $29.95 per 2.5 lb Prosperity Full Size cake,$12.95 per 10-ounce Prosperity Junior cakes, 4-pack for $15.95 of Bloomin Blossoms, set of 16 for $19.95 of Prosperity Petites Availability: Online at their website
Bloomin Blossoms are the newest liqueur-flavored cakes from Full Spirited Flavours Prosperity Cakes. These individual liqueur cakes are come four flavors: Amaretto, Limoncello, Mango Coconut Rum & Chocolate Raspberry. Each cake contains only 0.037 percent per serving even though real liqueur is used in the process. The cakes have up to 3 months shelf life at room temperature (when stored no higher than 75 degrees F) or 6 – 9 month frozen.
Also available as a Full Size cake ($29.95 per 2.5-pound), Junior Cake ($12.95 per 10-ounce) and Prosperity Petites (a boxed set of 16, with 4 of each flavor, for $19.95)
Each slice, about 3-ounces, of the Amaretto and Chocolate Raspberry cakes contains 190-230 calories, 4-5 grams saturated fat (of 10-11 grams total), 150-220 milligrams sodium and 17-22 grams sugar. Each slice, about 3-ounces, of the Limoncello and Mango Coconut Rum cakes contains 340 calories, 7 grams saturated fat (of 14-15 grams total), 130-290 milligrams sodium and 31-37 grams sugar.
The Rainier Fruit Company has introduced a new apple from its orchards in Eastern Washington. Lady Alice is available now through May, or while supplies last.
This heirloom-like apple is characterized by a banana-yellow color and sweet, crisp, dense flesh with a hint of tartness. Since it is slow to brown when cut and it retains its texture when heated, Lady Alice is good for cooking and baking.
Details: 28 quart, $34.99; 50-quart wheeled, $39.99; 60-quart wheeled $49.99; 70- quart, $54.99; various colors available Availability: The Sports Authority, Walmart, Sport Chalet, other sporting goods retailers
Coleman has introduced it’s newest 60-Quart Wheeled Performance Cooler that is able to hold ice up to 4 days at 90 degrees. The cooler is manufactured with “Low CO2 Emissions Technology” that is good for the environment
This cooler also has an exclusive sit-on-top lid that is reinforced to support your weight, a new design featuring easy-clean lids, comfort grip handles and beverage holders integrated in the lid.
- bonnie : This is everything you want in a cooler, especially for a camping trip. It keeps food cold for about four days in a warm climate, is on wheels making it easy to transport and doubles as an extra seat and / or beverage tray!
Varieties: Southwest-Style Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing, Asian-Style Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, Cranberry & Chicken Salad with Raspberry Cabernet Vinaigrette, Bistro Chicken Salad with Sweet & Tangy Vinaigrette with Bacon Details: $3.99 per 7 1/4-ounce package Availability: Nationally available
Lean Cuisine introduced a new Salad Additions concept to the frozen food aisle. Just heat the white meat chicken and vegetables, then combine with fresh lettuce and add their toppings and dressing.
Salad Additions are available in four varieties: Southwest-Style Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing, Asian-Style Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, Cranberry & Chicken Salad with Raspberry Cabernet Vinaigrette, Bistro Chicken Salad with Sweet & Tangy Vinaigrette with Bacon.
- bonnie: Interesting new concept… heat the frozen ingredients, warm the dressing in warm water and combine all with fresh lettuce. Does it work? It’s not bad — but if you’re going to all that trouble to make a salad, why not just buy a fresh salad!
Varieties: Fat Free: French Vanilla, Blueberry, Strawberry Banana, Lemon, Peach Mango, and Blackberry, Low Fat: French Vanilla, Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach, and Black Cherry Details: $0.99 per 6-ounce cup Availability: Nationally available
Stonyfield Blends unveiled their thick and creamy blended yogurt with real fruit pieces. The yogurt is made withcertified organic milk and fruit and without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs), or artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.
Each 6-ounce container of the Fat Free flavors contains 150 calories, 120-130 milligrams sodium, 28 grams sugar and 8 grams protein.
Each 6-ounce container of the Low Fat flavors contains 160-170 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat (of 3 grams total), 110-120 milligrams sodium, 26-27 grams sugar and 8 grams protein.
Varieties: Milk Chocolate, Strawberry, Chocolate Fudge, Homemade Vanilla. Details: $3.49 - $3.99 per package (each package contains two 6-ounce cups) Availability: Available at Hy-Vee, meijer, Walmart, Publix, Piggly Wiggly, Ahold, Giant-Landover
Thrive has introduced four flavors of their Premium Ice Cream: Milk Chocolate, Strawberry, Chocolate Fudge and Homemade Vanilla. Thrive was originally formulated for Alzheimers patients unable to receive the proper nutrition through lack of eating, but is now available for everyone. Made with four different strains of probiotics that help us digest food easier, Thrive also contains as much protein as an egg, as much calcium as a cup of milk and as much potassium as a banana.
Details: $12.99 Availability: Nationally Available
Ball’s new Fresh Herb Keeper keeps your fresh herb fresh. With its swing cradle, the placement and removal of herbs is easy, and with its self-draining storage basket the water stays in the container. The keeper is made with a BPA-free plastic housing unit with a slender design that fits in most refrigeration doors.
Varieties: Baked Fries: Cheddar Cheese, Sea Salt, Barbeque, Original Seasoning, Classic Ketchup, Bold Buffalo, Hot & Spicy
Eat Your Vegetables:Sea Salt, Sour Cream & Onion, Jalapeno Ranch, Italian Herb & Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Lime. Details: Baked Fries $2.99 per 4.5-ounce bag, Eat Your Vegetables $3.69 per 4.5-ounce bag Availability: Nationwide and Online at the BiteoftheBest.com shop
Snikiddy introduced a line of All Natural Snacks that include Baked Fries and Eat Your Vegetable chips. The snacks are made with non-GMO ingredients, certified gluten and wheat free. In addition they do not contain any artificial colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oils or monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Each 1-ounce serving of the Baked Fries contains 130 calories, 0 grams saturated fat (of 4.5 grams total), 180-210 milligrams sodium and 2 grams sugar. Each 1-ounce serving on Eat Your Vegetable chips, made with real vegetables, contains 30 calories, 0.5 grams saturated fat (of 7 grams total), 110-150 milligrams sodium and 2 grams sugar.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: The Barbeque flavor Baked Fries were crunch with a tangy barbecue flavor. The Sour Cream & Onion Eat Your Vegetable chips tasted just like a regular chip — you wouldn’t know they were made from vegetables.
Details: $4.59 per 4-ounce package Availability: Online and throughout various locations in the US
Doug’s Nuts introduced it’s original blend of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts, sweetened with organic sugarcane, blackberry honey and oatmeal stout, then finished with organic vanilla extract, maple extract and sea salt.
Details: 750 ml bottle retails for $54.99 Availability: Nationally available
Dobel Tequila — sourced, distilled and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico — is the world’s first multiaged tequila. It is blended and filtered to produce a clear liquid that is crisp and complex. Dobel is a blend of Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo, aged 12, 24, and 36 months, respectively, each with a different taste.
- bonnie: This is a tequila that you should enjoy neat, just poured into a glass sans ice. Yes it’s that smooth.
If — though — you want to use in a cocktail, here are two recipes that Dobel sent me that you might appreciate as they are simple to make. Each makes one drink!
Juice from half a fresh lime
2 ounces Dobel tequila
1 ½ ounces club soda
Muddle the strawberries, lime juice and some fresh cilantro. Add tequila, ice, and top with club soda.
5 ounces grapefruit juice
3 ounces Dobel Tequila
Combine juice and tequila in a shaker, and shake with ice for 15 seconds. Strain into a tumbler glass to enjoy.