Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Enjoy Life Soft Baked Minis - Snickerdoodle

I see that these aren't actually called "cookies" on the package, which is apt since they aren't cookies as much as little crumbly spheres! But I digress. Enjoy life makes a lot of nut free snacks, which I appreciate, but I think they are also a top-8 allergen free company, which I appreciate on a solidarity level but on a taste level, not so much. Still, considering what they're working with, these are a pretty solid snack. They are soft and cute little orbs with an unfamiliar 'spicy' note to them, which I am assuming is the konjac in there, since I haven't had it in anything else (but I am not allergic, now I know!).

They have a nice flavor overall; not too sweet but with a nice cinnamon aftertaste. Not too crumbly, even though they aren't anywhere near as soft as a "real" cookie. For 100 calories this is a pleasant snack that virtually anyone can enjoy, so I approve.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 6/10

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brooklyn Organics Craft Ginger Ale - Cola

So, this is made by the Bruce Cost Ginger Ale company, and I like their nice gingery sodas. But this is sugar free, so it gets a new line name (~Brooklyn Organics~), and it has stevia and no caffeine. What? What's the point? It's also cola flavored, which is weird. So my preconceptions of this drink are not good. Unfortunately, the drink is also not good. I think it's really just because I hate stevia, though -- it gave me a massive headache and has a weird flavor to me. If you use stevia as a sweetener regularly, then you'll probably like this! The ginger is strong and the cola flavor is normal cola flavor. At least it's only 10 calories! :P




Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 3/10

Monday, March 20, 2017

Laiki Red Rice Crackers

I don't know what I expected, but these sure are bland. A lot like a Triscuit, these remind me of a lightly salted basket. They aren't BAD or OFFENSIVE, but they aren't what I'd call "good" either. Better to have some celery or something. However, they are a low-calorie crunchy nut-free snack, in attractive packaging, with just 3 ingredients. I like the idea more than the execution, but if I had to say "yes" or "no" to the overall vibe of these, I'd give a mild "yes".





Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 4/10

Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch - Caramel

After the delicious mint selection from this line, I had high hopes! However, this didn't quite live up to my expectations, even though it's a candy bar I'm not allergic to so of course I baseline enjoyed it. The texture is fun, a soft outside with a bit of firm crunchy innards, but overall it just tastes like a thick Rolo or Carmello bar. Not a bad thing, but not special or super seek-out-worthy. I still have one more flavor to try though!







Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Boboli Pizza Crust - Original

I love pizza, and I'd be the first to tell you that all pizza is good, even if it's bad pizza. But this crust honestly makes me re-evaluate such a sweeping statement. First of all, yes, it is very convenient, and sturdy and easy to cook. So I see the appeal. But the flavor is too sweet, too doughy, and not at all the floury wonder I desire in a crust. I can make a better one by hand for the same price or cheaper! It's also really bad for you, which sure, it's pizza, but I don't expect a 1000+calorie crust, especially if it tastes not great. However, this is a fine vessel for delicious toppings, and if you need a premade pizza crust, this is serviceable.


Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 5/10

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

La Croix - Lime

I am, admittedly, a couple of years late to the La Croix ("La Croy") trend, but I got there eventually, thanks to Amazon Pantry. Anyway, I get the hype. These are really refreshing, feel good on a sore throat, 0 calories, easy hydration on the go, etc etc. I guess the innovation here is popping flavored sparkling water into a single-serve can instead of a huge bottle, but it was on point. I'll probably get another flavor next time I go to the store, even though it makes me feel a bit like a tool.





Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 6/10

Good Thins - The Potato One (Sweet Potato)

I didn't really know what to expect going into these! My friend really likes the Oat One, but those are very different from these. These have the texture of a popped chip, but the taste of a sweet, milder sweet potato chip. They have a light dusting of sugar, but not too much. The taste is actually really nice! I'm not sure that these are especially healthy, but even so, they taste better than most potato chips I've had. It's weird to eat them out of a box, though. But a very pleasant, smooth, still-sweet-potatoey flavor. I'm into it!




Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 8/10