Desserts & Baked Goods

Chuao Chocolatier Cinnamon Cereal Smooch & Strawberry Waffle Wild Bars - August 19, 2015

Varieties: Strawberry waffle wild, cinnamon cereal smooch
Details: $6.00 per 2.8-ounce bar
Availability: Bed Bath & Beyond, REI, Whole Foods Market, Dean and Deluca, Crate & Barrel, Southern California chocolate cafes, online
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Chuao Chocolatier handcrafted milk chocolate bars introduced two new cereal bars — Cinnamon Cereal Smooch made with all natural cinnamon toast cereal and Strawberry Waffle Wild, made with real strawberries and waffle pieces — made with ethically sourced cacao. The bars contain no hydrogenated fats.

Each half bar (1.4-ounce serving) contains 210 calories, 7 grams saturated fat of (10 to 13 grams total) and 19 to 20 grams sugar.

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Arnott’s Tim Tam Cookies - April 15, 2015

Varieties: Original, chewy caramel
Details: $3.29 per 7-ounce container
Availability: Target
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Arnott’s Tim Tam Cookies are Australian made, chocolaty on the outside, light and crunchy on the inside in two varieties original and chewy caramel.

Two cookies contain 190 calories, 5 grams saturated fat (of 10 grams total) and 18 grams sugar.

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Walkers Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread - March 9, 2015

Varieties: Gluten free pure butter rounds shortbread, gluten free chocolate chip shortbread, gluten free ginger & lemon shorbread
Details: $4.99 per 4.9-ounce box
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Walkers Shortbread just introduced a new Gluten Free Pure Butter version. It’s made contain the same butter and sugar content but replaced the wheat flour with a blend of rice flour, corn starch and potato starch. The cookies contain no artificial flavoring, coloring, additives or GMOs. They are Kosher certified.

Two cookies contain 160 calories, 5 grams fat (of 9 grams total), 80 milligrams sodium and 7 grams sugar.

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Sweet Secrets Chocolate Pretzel Pizza - December 16, 2014

Varieties: Chocolate pretzel pizza, s'mores chocolate pretzel pizza, chocolate pretzel pizza Chicago style
Details: $13.95 per 4-inch pizza, $29.95 per 8-inch pizza, $39.95 per 12.5-inch pizza
Availability: Online
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Sweet Secrets Chocolate Pretzel Pizzas are chock full of chocolate goodies. Each contains a chocolate crust with broken pretzels, sugar cone pieces all topped with M&Ms, chocolate cookie chunks, double chocolate chips, sprinkles, then drizzled in more chocolate.

Each also has a mallet to smash the pizza into bite size pieces. These chocolate desserts come in three sizes: personal, sharing (serves 8 to 10 people) and 3-pound party size (serves 12 to 15 people).

A 2-ounce serving contains 250 calories, 5 grams saturated fat (of 8 grams total), 360 milligrams sodium and 15 grams sugar.

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Dave’s Killer Bread Thin-Sliced - December 11, 2014

Varieties: Thin-sliced 21 whole grains and seeds, thin-sliced 100% whole wheat, thin- sliced good seed, thin sliced power seed, thin-sliced blues bread
Details: $4.89 per 25-ounce loaf, $33 per 4-loaves, $75 per 12-loaves
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Dave’s Killer Breads just introduced new thin slices of their multi-seed breads that contain 25-46% less calories compared to the original slices. The breads are USDA certified organic, vegan and non GMO project verified.

One slice varies by 60 to 90 calories, no saturated fat (of 1 to 2 grams total), 100 to 150 milligrams sodium, 3 to 4 grams protein, with a good source of fiber and an excellent source of magnesium and omega-3.

 

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Dancing Deer Baking Company’s Shortbread Cookies - December 7, 2014

Varieties: Apple pie rounds, chocolate sea salt stars, peppermint trees
Details: $5.49 per 6-ounce box
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Dancing Deer Baking Company is featuring new holiday shortbread cookies that  are hand packed, preservative free and Kosher. Dancing Deer is certified as a sustainable business leader.

Two cookies contain 140 calories, 4.5 to 5 grams saturated fat (of 7 to 8 grams total), 55 to 95 milligrams sodium and 7 grams sugar.

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Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection - November 16, 2014

Varieties: Cashew milk chocolate caramel, raspberry sorbet hear, chocolate walnut fudge, espresso coffee cream, peach milk chocolate caramel, dark chocolate sea salt caramel, maple pecan cream, milk chocolate sea salt caramel, almond butter toffee, coconut cluster, dark chocolate almond caramel, non pareils
Details: $20 per 1-pound box
Availability: In stores and online
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Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection contains an assortment of milk and dark chocolates. The Signature flavors include dark chocolate sea salt caramel, almond butter toffee, raspberry sorbet heart, espresso coffee cream and eight other varieties.

Each 1.4-oz per serving contains 170 calories, 4.5 grams fat (of 9 grams of total fat), 60 milligrams sodium and 19 grams sugar.

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Choctál Ice Cream - October 19, 2014

Varieties: Chocolate: Costa Rican, Ghana, Dominican, Kalimantan; Vanilla: Mexican, Papa New Guinea, Indonesian, Madagascar
Details: $11 per 1-pint
Availability: California grocery stores, online
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Choctál Ice Cream uses a single variety of either native cacao or vanilla beans harvested and sourced from specific farms and regions of the world to create these flavors. The company supports sustainable harvesting and production. 

Each 1/2 cup varies from 240 to 250 calories, 11 grams saturated fat (of 17 grams total), 60 to 70 milligrams sugar and 21 to 22 grams sugar.

 

 

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Boncora Biscotti - October 12, 2014

Varieties: Triple Chocolate Biscotti
Details: $14.50
Availability: Mail order and select gourmet retailers
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Boncora Biscotti introduced their newest flavor, Triple Chocolate Biscotti, made with added chunks of Guittard chocolate then baked and dipped into Guittard milk and semisweet chocolate.

Five percent of each  purchase goes to Pets Lifeline Sonoma, a nonprofit organization that feeds and rehabilitates 1,000 homeless animals every year.

 

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Krusteaz Gluten Free Mixes - September 16, 2014

Details: $4.21 per box
Availability: Nationwide
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Krusteaz introduced a new line of gluten free mixes that includes Buttermilk Pancake, Blueberry Muffin, Double Chocolate Brownie and Honey Cornbread and Muffin. Each is easy to make — just simply adding water, oil and the yeast.

 

Kristina Day, special gluten-free correspondent  – All of the mixes are hassle-free, quick to prepare and with easy to follow instructions. I recommend both the gluten-free rich brownies and the moist cornbread (more of a corncake). Skip the chemically tasting blueberry muffins and the ordinary flatbread.

 

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Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery - April 30, 2014

Varieties: Original ciabatta rolls, rosemary olive oil ciabatta rolls, deli-style with carraway seed sandwich bread, double fiber sandwich bread
Details: $5.99 per 18-ounce carraway seeds sandwich bread, $6.49 per 18-ounce double fiber sandwich bread, $6.99 per 8-pack of ciabatta rolls
Availability: Nationwide
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Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery introduced gluten-free ciabatta rolls in two varieties — Original and Rosemary Olive Oil; and gluten-free sandwich bread in two varieties —Deli-Style with Caraway Seeds and Double-Fiber Sandwich Bread. Both products are made with non-GMO ingredients, are gluten-free certified and preservative free.

Each 1.2-ounce serving of the ciabatta rolls has 70 calories, 0 grams fat, 170 milligrams sodium, 1 gram sugar and 1 gram protein.

Each 1.3-ounce serving of the sandwich bread has about 70-80 calories, 0 grams saturated fat (of 1.5-2 grams total), 170-200 milligrams sodium, 3-4 grams dietary fiber and 1 gram protein.

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Walkers Mini Scottie Dog Shortbread Cookies - April 14, 2014

Details: $3.49 per 4.4-ounce pack, $18.85 for a case of 6.
Availability: Online
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Walkers Mini Scottie Dog Shortbread Cookies are in the shape of Scottie dogs and are made with butter, flour, sugar and salt.

Each 1.1-ounce serving (about 10 cookies) has about 160 calories, 5 grams saturated fat (of 8 grams total), 70 milligrams sodium and 6 grams sugar.

Kelly Sloan, Bite of the Best Intern: These shortbread cookies are delicious and made from just butter, flour, sugar and salt.

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Lindt Coconut Truffles; Classic Recipe Caramel with Sea Salt - February 17, 2014

Varieties: Coconut Truffles, Classic Recipe Caramel with Sea Salt Bar
Details: $3.99 per 5.1-ounce bag truffles; $2.59 per 4.4 oz. bar
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Lindt has two new products — Lindor Coconut Truffles and Classic Recipe Caramel with Sea Salt bar. 

The Classic Recipe Caramel with Sea Salt bar is made with milk chocolate, caramel pieces and sea salt crystals. Each 1.5-ounce serving (10 squares) has 230 calories, 8 grams saturated fat (of 13 grams total), 105 milligrams sodium and 22 grams sugar.

The Lindt Lindor Coconut Truffles has a milk chocolate shell with a white chocolate center and a coconut flavor. Each 1.2-ounce serving (3 balls) has 230 calories, 13 grams saturated fat (of 18 grams total), 35 milligrams sodium and 14 grams sugar.

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Valor Sugar Free Chocolate - December 19, 2013

Varieties: Dark Chocolate with Marcona Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Marcona Almonds, 70% Dark Chocolate, 72% Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs, Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Mousse, Dark Chocolate with Orange Mousse
Details: $1.86 per 1.4-ounce bar, $3.29 per 3.5-ounce bar
Availability: Online and nationwide
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Valor Sugar Free Chocolate has six varieties–Dark Chocolate with Marcona Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Marcona Almonds, 70% Dark Chocolate, 72% Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs, Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Mousse and Dark Chocolate with Orange Mousse. They are sweetened with stevia, a sweetener derived from the South American eponymous plant.

Each 1.4-ounce serving has 190-200 calories and 7 grams saturated fat (of 15 grams total).

 

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Harbor Sweets’ Salt & Ayre Chocolate - December 2, 2013

Varieties: Chai, Café au Lait, Hazelnut, Espress, Caramel with Himalayan Sea Salt, Crystallized Ginger with Thai Ginger Sea Salt, Almond Buttercrunch with Chipotle Sea Salt
Details: $5.00 per 2 piece box, $8.00 per 4 piece box, $16.00 per 9 piece box , $28.00 per 16 piece box
Availability: Nationwide in specialty gift shops and boutiques, and online
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Harbor Sweets’ Salt & Ayre Chocolate comes in seven varieties —four truffles and three sea salt pieces: Chai, Cafe au Lait, Hazelnut, Espresso and Caramel with Himalayan Sea Salt, Crystallized Ginger with Thai Ginger Sea Salt and Almond Butter Crunch with Chipotle Sea Salt.

Three pieces have about 180 calories, 7 grams saturated fats (of 12 grams total), 75 milligrams sodium and 18 grams sugar.

 

- bonnie:  Delicious morsels for an indulgence, or for a decadent hostess gift.

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Lake Champlain Organic Holiday Trio Bars - November 9, 2013

Varieties: Toffee & Almond, Gingerbread Molasses, Peppermint Cream
Details: Toffee & Almond $6.50 per 3oz bar,Gingerbread Molasses $6.50 per 3.25oz bar, Peppermint Cream $6.50 per 3.25oz bar
Availability: Nationally available
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Lake Champlain Chocolates has introduced three organic chocolate bars, Toffee and Almond, Gingerbread Molasses and Peppermint Cream in time for the holidays.

 

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Lindt HELLO Chocolate Collection - October 7, 2013

Varieties: Caramel Brownie, Cookies & Cream, Crunchy Nougat, Strawberry Cheesecake
Details: $2.79 per 3.5-ounce bar, $.99 per 1.4-ounce stick, $3.99 per 4.9-ounce mini stick bag
Availability: online
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Lindt HELLO chocolate collection consists of chocolate bars, sticks and mini sticks in flavors inspired by classic desserts and treats, such as Caramel Brownie, Cookies & Cream, Crunchy Nougat and Strawberry Cheesecake.

Four squares of a 3.5-ounce bar ranges from 210 to 220 calories, 8 to 10 grams saturated fat (of 14 to 15 grams total) and 20 grams sugar.

Each 1.4-ounce stick has 210 to 220 calories, 8 to 10 grams saturated fat (of 14 grams total) and 19 to 20 grams sugar.

Four mini sticks of a 4.9-ounce bag ranges from 220 – 230 calories, 9 – 10 grams saturated fat (of 14 – 16 grams total) and 19 grams sugar.

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Average Joe Artisan Bread Kits - October 5, 2013

Varieties: The Gift Edition, The Cook's Edition, The Refill Edition, The Bread Pot
Details: $79-99 for The Gift Edition, $25-39 for The Cook's Edition, $12-15 for The Refill Edition, $19-29 for The Bread Pot
Availability: Nationally available at retail stores and online at the BiteoftheBest.com shop
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Average Joe’s Artisan Bread Kits provides the tools and ingredients needed to make bread from scratch. For example, one of the bread kits, The Cook’s Edition, includes a cookbook, dough scraper, baker’s blade and ingredients for up to three loaves that includes flour, sea salt, yeast and bread dust.

Other bread kits include The Gift Edition, The Refill Edition and The Bread Pot.

The Gift Edition has everything in The Cook’s Edition in addition to kitchenware including a bread pot, measuring cups and more. The Refill Edition contains ingredients for three loaves of bread. The Bread Pot does not come with any additional items other than the pot itself.

The price is $79-99 for The Gift Edition, $25-39 for The Cook’s Edition, $12-15 for The Refill Edition and $19-29 for The Bread Pot.

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Christmas Milk Ice Cream - September 21, 2013

Varieties: Chocolate Swirl, Original French Vanilla Eggnog, Sea Salt Caramel Swirl
Details: $8.99 per 48-ounce container
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Inspired by its Eggnog, Christmas Milk has introduced a line of ice cream. The varieties include Chocolate Swirl, Original French Vanilla Eggnog and Sea Salt Caramel Swirl.

Each 4-ounce serving contains 170-180 calories, 5-6 grams saturated fat (of 8-9 grams total) and 16-19 grams sugar.

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Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt - August 26, 2013

Varieties: Liz Lemon, Pineapple Passionfruit, Vanilla Honey Caramel
Details: $4.39 per pint
Availability: National retailers; Liz Lemon and Pinapple Passionfruit at scoop shops during summer
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Ben & Jerry’s added Liz Lemon, Pineapple Passionfruit and Vanilla Honey Caramel flavors to its line of Greek Frozen Yogurt.

Each 0.5-cup serving contains 180 – 190 calories, 2 – 3 grams saturated fat (of 4 – 5 grams total) and 21 – 26 grams sugar.

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M&M’S Brand Chocolate Bar - July 26, 2013

Details: $1.09 per 1.5-ounce bar
Categories: Nationally available
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M&M’s Brand has introduced a Chocolate Bar that combines milk chocolate with M&M candies.

Each bar, or 1.5-ounce serving, contains 220 calories,7 grams saturated fat (of 12 grams total), 30 milligrams sodium and 25 grams sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: The M&M’S chocolate bar was a rich, sweet treat that   tastes just like the chocolate inside the M&M’s, with some crunch from real M&M pieces.

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Dreyer’s/Edy’s Limited Edition Ice Cream - July 25, 2013

Varieties: Grand German Chocolate Cake, Slow Churned Salted Caramel Pretzel, Slow Churned Take The Cake
Details: $6.49 per 1.5-quart container
Availability: Nationally available
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Grand German Chocolate Cake and Sunny Salted Caramel Pretzel are the newest time-limited flavors from Dreyer’s/Edy’s ice cream, available only through August 2013.

Each 1/2-cup serving contains 120-150 calories, 3-4 grams saturated fat (of 4-7 grams total), 60-105 milligrams sodium and 12-15 grams sugar.

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Amoretti Gourmet Icing - July 15, 2013

Varieties: Gingerbread, peppermint, eggnog, pumpkin spice
Details: $9.99 per 12-ounce jar
Availability: Online at www.AmorettiStore.com
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Amoretti is featuring new icing flavors that include gingerbread, peppermint, eggnog and pumpkin spice.  The  icing is soft enough to spread yet stiff enough to pipe. It contains no preservatives.

Each2-tablespoon serving contains 110-130 calories and 17-20 grams of sugar.

Angie Hwang, intern at Bite of the Best: I found that the icing very spreadable and soft making it easy to decorate desserts. The peppermint icing isn’t overly sweet and has a natural and subtle flavor.

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Valrhona Dulcey Bar - July 8, 2013

Details: $7.99 per 3.5-ounce bar
Availability: Online
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Valrhona has recently added Dulcey “Blond” chocolate bar to their existing line of chocolates. The bar is made with pure butter cocoa.

Each  3.5-ounce bar contains 590 calories, 25 grams saturated fat (of 41 grams total), 250 milligrams sodium and 50 grams sugar.

- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern: If you are looking for a rich chocolate bar, this is it.  It’s so rich and satisfying that  I could only have a little at one time. That’s good because the bar is the high fat and sugar. I suggest you indulge only occasionally.

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Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Baking Mixes - July 2, 2013

Details: Artisan Flour Blend: 24-ounce bag $5.59, 4-lb. bag $ 13.75; Oatmeal Cookie Mix: 13-ounce bag $4.65; Sugar Cookie Mix – Roll & Cut: 13-ounce bag $4.65
Availability: Nationally available
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Pamela’s Products has added three new baking mixes, Artisan Flour Blend, Oatmeal Cookie Mix and Sugar Cookie Mix, to it’s line of gluten free products.

The Artisan Flour Blend is a multi-use flour, made without leavening or sugar and is 100 percent free of wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and corn.

 

 

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