New Product Hits & Misses
With over 50,000 products in the average supermarket, people don’t have the time, or the money, to test every product on the shelves and with 15,000 new products every year consumers need to know what’s out there! So Phil does the testing and the tasting for you and gives the product a rating out of 100 so you know what you can expect when you try something new! SupermarketGuru does not sell the foods we review, nor receive any compensation from the manufacturers for reviewing or rating them. Phil taste-tests and judges each product based on the following 8 criteria:
1. (30 points) Taste: The most important attribute of any food
2. (20 points) Value: Is it worth it?
3. (15 points) Health: Based off the nutritional information, is it nutritionally balanced?
4. (15 points) Ingredients: What’s in it, how natural is it?
5. (5 points) Preparation: When applicable, how accurate or good are the directions *
6. (5 points) Appearance: Is it appetizing and does it resemble its photo or description
7. (5 points) Packaging: Is it appropriate for the product and does it have any benefits such as resealability, added freshness, better storage, etc.
8. (5 Points) Sustainability: Is the packaging biodegradable, is it wasteful, is the company endeavoring to offset their carbon footprint? * products that do not have any preparation will have the full value of these points included in their total score To see more New Product Hits & Misses visit:
For those of you who use spreads instead of butter listen up. Shedds Country Crock now has calcium and vitamin D added. 1 serving which is 1 tablespoon has as much calcium as 1/3 of a glass of milk. Why is this important? The reality is that about 3/4 of kids aged 9 to18 dont get enough calcium in their diets. The question is whether or not getting calcium from a spread is the answer. Country Crock has less than 70% saturated fat, no cholesterol and half the calories of butter, but the taste is very salty and it has a lot more ingredients. Retails for $2.39. Unilever 800 579 3663
So if you really like milkshakes and are very lazy you might want to try Mollicoolz Shakers all you have to do is add milk and shake for 30 seconds. It mixes with all those sugars, natural and artificial flavors and other stuff and what comes out tastes pretty close to a milkshake. Even though they give instructions on how to make it thick it still came out pretty thin. One word of caution is that the plastic label gets loose while you are shaking it so if you are not careful it could slip out of your hands. Retails for $2. MolliCoolz, LLC 866 545 0068
This product is a HIT! What surprised me most about this ZenSoy Pudding was the flavor. Its terrific the combination of chocolate and vanilla is perfectly balanced and this pudding is not gritty and has a great mouth-feel. Its organic and gluten and lactose free and even kids will love it. Retails for $3.49 – $3.99 for 4. ZenSoy N/A
If you’re a milk chocolate lover go out and buy this. Lindt has always had one of the best chocolates and the new raisin, hazelnut and almond bar is excellent. The only thing that I didnt love is I found it a bit chewy, imagine thats the raisins and nuts doing their thing; but it was smooth and rich. Retails for $2.49 – $2.79. Lindt & Sprungli (USA) Inc 877 695 4638
This product is a HIT! Lucinis new line of Artisan Vinaigrettes are worth noting. Lucini has one of the best extra virgin olive oils on the market, but read the labels carefully because not all their vinaigrettes use olive oil this Cherry Balsamic and Rosemary actually uses sunflower oil. But dont let that stop you from buying it the recipe is terrific and my suggestion for your next party is to buy half a dozen of the different varieties and give your friends a treat. Retails for $6.99. Lucini Italia Co 888 5 LUCINI http://www.Lucini.com
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