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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.
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: $17.83 for 12 bars or $1.69 per bar Availability: Online
ThinkThin has introduced a new line of chocolate and coconut bars that are gluten free. Compared to the Mound Bars, thinkThin has 60 fewer calories, 30 less calories from fat, 5 grams more fiber and 11 grams less sugar.
Each 1.5-ounce bar contains 170 calories, 7 grams saturated fat (of 9 grams total), 105 milligrams sodium, 10 grams sugar and 6 grams protein.
- bonnie: Combining dark chocolate and spice is perfection. But sadly Lindt used artificial flavors instead of real wasabi to add the heat. At least the strawberry has real strawberry pieces in addition to the artificial flavoring.
Details: $1.99 per 6-ounce container Availability: Nationally available
Coach Farm has trimmed the fat and calories on its current line of Goat Milk Yogurts and added a new Maple Brown Sugar flavor.
Originally the yogurts contained between 7-10 grams saturated fat (of 10-16 grams total) with 210-240 calories and now have been reduced to 3-4 grams saturated fat (of 5-6grams total) with 140-190 calories.
Varieties: Chocolate Nut (1.72 oz), Honey Nut (1.68 oz), Apple Cinnamon (1.72 oz) Details: $6.99 per 5-count packages Availability: Nationwide
Planters NUT-rition line now offers three Sustaining Energy Mix varieties. Each nutritious blend includes honey roasted peanuts, candy-coated dark chocolate soy nuts, crunchy honey soy clusters with soy protein and / or roasted almonds. Each serving provides 10g protein.
The complete list of ingredients and Nutrition Facts panel were not available at time of posting.
Varieties: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Details: $1.49 per bar Availability: Drugstore.com, Shopbalance.com, all major grocery chains
The Balance Bar Company has the Balance Bar Dark, a new line of nutrition energy bars available in three coatings – Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut and Dark Chocolate Peanut. This line features Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa with 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat. The line is also certified gluten free and certified kosher dairy.
Each bar contains 180 calories, 3.5-4 grams saturated fat (of 6 grams total) and 13 grams proting.
-Christin Chan, Bite of the Best Intern: I cannot rave enough about these energy bars, which are perfect for the dark chocolate lover. I loved every single flavor. I highly recommend these!
Varieties: Blueberry Acai, Cherry Almond, Toasted Coconut, Cranberry Almond, Apple & Honey, Orchard Peach, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, Strawberry Details: $1.79 per bar, $19.99 for 12-pack, $71.99 for 48-pack Availability: Nationally available and online at the BiteoftheBest.com shop
Shelf-stable Greek Yogurt bars made with nuts, fruit and granola, are available from Rickland Orchards. The bars are available in Blueberry Acai, Cherry Almond, Toasted Coconut, Cranberry Almond, Apple & Honey, Orchard Peach, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Strawberry.
Each 1.5-ounce bar contains 150-170 calories, 2.5-3 grams saturated fat (of 6-10 grams total), 40-50 milligrams sodium, 8-12 grams sugar and 7-10 grams protein.
Varieties: Beetroot Parsnip & Carrot, Lightly Sea Salted, Mature Cheddar & Chives, Sea Salt & Black Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chili & Red Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce & Sundried Tomato Details: $3.99 per 5.03 oz bag Availability: Online and in the New York City area at Fairway Markets and all Duane Reade locations
Tyrrell’s Chips, a premium English potato chip brand, is launching seven flavors in the US. The chips are hand cooked in small batches in the West of England in Hereforeshire. The chips are made from the Lady Claire and Lady Rosetta potatoes, sourced from local farms to maintain the chips quality year round.
Each 1-ounce serving size contains 144-153 calories, 1 grams saturated fat (of 8-11 grams total) and 70-180 milligrams sodium.
- bonnie: These chips are lightly salted, a plus to those watching their sodium intake.
Details: $3.85 per 3.5-ounce bar Availability: Online and at select Lindt Chocolate Shops
Lindt USA has introduced a limited edition Lindt Mocha Coconut bar, developed by the winner of the Lindt EXCELLENCE Recipe Challenge, a student scholarship contest in conjunction with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). For every Lindt Mocha Coconut bar purchased, Lindt will donate $1 to The Culinary Institute of America.
Varieties: Chocolate Brownie Cakes; Chocolate, Chocolate Chips, and Combo pack (Chocolate, Chocolate Chips, and Maple Bliss) Cookies Details: $5.49 per box Availability: Nationwide
Lucy’s introduced new Brownie Cakes (small-sized brownies, packaged in four 2-brownie packs) and Snack N’ Go Packs (gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO cookies packaged in six 3-cookie packs in three varieties).
Each pack Snack N’ Go Cookies contains 130 calories, 2 grams saturated fat (of 5-6 grams total), 12 grams sugar and 2 grams protein.
Lucy’s products do not contain trans fats, cholesterol, milk, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts.
- Christin Chan, Bite of the Best Intern: I sampled both Brownie Cakes and Cookies in all flavors. I could not stop eating them! They are the perfect size for a small snack with just enough flavor without being too sweet.
Varieties: grape flavor Details: $3.49-$5.99 per 4-pack clambshell pack; $2.99-$3.99 per 4-pack poly sleeve Availability: nationwide grocery stores
Grapple brand apples introduces a new kind of apple that uses Washington State Gala or Fuji apples that crunches like an apple, but tastes like a grape. The apple has no additional sugars or calories. The ingredients are both FDA and USDA approved. To give the apples the flavor of grapes, the fruit is “gently bathed with an ingredient mix that is primarily grape flavor and pure water. Through this method, the naturally porous apples take on a unique taste and aroma kids love.”
Each medium-sized apple contains 95 calories and 14 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin C.
- bonnie: The crunchy apples do have a pleasant hint of grape flavoring that kids will like. But I wonder why this product is needed, as kids like the flavor of apples. Grownups, too.
One caveat: I found that the grape flavoring emitted an off-odor in my refrigerator. So if you do buy them, consume quickly.
Varieties: Milk Chocolate Crisp with Puffed Rice and Quinoa, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Details: $1.59 per bar Availability: Nationally available and Online at the equalexchange.coop
Equal Exchange has launched a line of organic, fairly traded chocolate bars in three varieties: Milk Chocolate Crisp with Puffed Rice and Quinoa, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut.
Each serving of about 1.5-ounces contains 210-260 calories, 8-10 grams saturated fat (of 13-16 grams total), 18-22 grams sugar and 3 -4 grams protein.
Varieties: Sour Cream & Onion, Cheddar & Roasted Tomato Details: $3.39 per 4-ounce bag Availability: at select grocery, mass merchandiser and natural food stores nationwide, and online
Kettle Brand Bakes adds two new flavors, Sour Cream & Onion and Cheddar & Toasted Tomato, to their already existing line.
Each 1-ounce serving of about 20 chips contains 120 calories, 0-0.5 grams saturated fat (of 3-3.5 grams total fat), 135-160 milligrams sodium, 0-1 grams sugar and 2-3 grams protein.
- Alyssa Tucker, Bite of the Best Intern:The Sour Cream & Onion chips are packed with actual potato flavor and are crunchy, without they airy texture of other baked chips. Plus, the chips don’t leave your hands greasy.