Marshmallows are popular around these parts; at Sugar HQ, we can't get enough of their springy texture and blank-slate readiness for whimsical flavors like green tea and rose. So when I came across an assortment of seasonal flavors from Kraft's classic Jet-Puffed marshmallow brand, I knew it was time for an office taste test. Keep reading to find out what taste testers thought of mallow flavors like cinnamon bun and German chocolate cake.
The kettle chips market is certainly tough to crack, thanks to Kettle Brand's overarching dominance (we're pretty smitten with the brand's Spicy Thai and Cheddar Beer varieties). Nonetheless, we were excited to sample two flavors from a new contender. While the novel flavor combinations may have drawn us in (Tuscan Style Garlic and Herbs and Sicilian Style Asiago and Tomato) we were most intrigued by the choice of frying oil in Olive Coast kettle cooked potato chips. Keeping with their Mediterranean flavor theme, these snacks are made with olive oil, rather than the more common sunflower and safflower oils.
Many claim that any food is better if it's deep fried, but when should you draw the line? State fairs across America have served up ridiculous items like fried butter and deep-fried bubble gum, and chefs are always looking for a new spin on classics. Check out these 10 bizarre fried foods, and decide whether or not you would try them.
At a time when hummus rivals cupcakes as the country's biggest trend, what's a hummus company gotta do to rise above the rest? For Nestle-owned Tribe Mediterranean Foods, it's branching out to explore new flavor horizons. At the beginning of this month, the nationwide all-natural hummus producer announced it'd be rolling out "culinary-inspired flavors" that retail from $2.49 to $2.99 and "bring in exotic spices and herbs from across the globe."
To find out how Tribe's four new internationally inspired flavors stacked up to the original, we put them through a rigorous YumSugar tasting that involved not only our own critical palates, but also an entire set of discerning office tasters. Keep reading to find out the results.
Like Oreos or Nutter Butters, Milano cookies — Pepperidge Farm's irresistible, oblong, chocolate-ganache-filled biscuits — are a piece of American nostalgia that appeal to both children and adults alike, ourselves included. Despite our attempts to cut back on the cookies, we've found ourselves both sampling new flavors and attempting to make our own version of Milanos at home.
It comes as no surprise, then, that we sought out Milano Melts, the new line of Milano cookies that are filled with a "rich, velvety chocolate creme." Did they live up to their enticing description, or did our enthusiasm for this cookie quickly melt away? See for yourself when you read ahead.
From Mexican curtido to lamb-stuffed poppers, I'm a sucker for all things jalapeño. So, when I spotted a new flavor of Sun Chips — Jalapeño Jack — on a trip down the Walgreens chip aisle, I couldn't help but drop one into my shopping basket.
Sun Chips and I have held a long, stable relationship that dates back to infancy. I eat the original, harvest cheddar, and french onion flavors with gusto, although I've spent moments wishing the fourth flavor, Garden Salsa, could've added more spice to my life. I enjoy the chip's zesty, tomatoey taste, but can't help but wonder why, like a real bowl of salsa, this chip doesn't have more bite.
With the new Jalapeño Jack variety, I will wonder no more. There's something about its invitingly tangy smell, its white farmstead cheese flavor, and the lingering kick of some seriously substantial jalapeño that keeps me reaching back for another bite. It's official: the new Jalapeño Jack variety is my favorite Sun Chip flavor. What's your preferred jalapeño-flavored chip?
We've been confident that potato chip alternatives are soon to be a huge snack food trend, and sure enough, nearby grocery stores are have finally jumped on the black bean, lentil, and kale chip bandwagon. This weekend I spotted something new that I'd never seen before: Baked Nut Chips, by Blue Diamond Growers, the makers of those tasty smokehouse- and wasabi-flavored almonds.
Just looking at the bag made me feel healthy: "Irresistible snacking! Smart eating!" it declared. "Contains 20 grams of whole grain from brown rice, and 81 percent less saturated fat than potato chips." These crisps, made from almonds and brown rice, are also a suitable alternative to anyone allergic to wheat or gluten. Curious to try a chip made of nuts, I picked up two bags. They sounded full of promise, but were the puffy chip bags full of goodness — or disappointment? The moment of truth, when you read on.
As a schoolkid, I grew up eating the same thing for lunch every day — a whole wheat deli meat and cheese sandwich with a pear and baby carrots. Our Michelle Obama-approved pantry had nary a cracker, chip, cookie, or cake in sight. So it was a bit like finding lost treasure every time I managed to get my hands on a four-pack of Lance Captain's Wafers at school. When I recently discovered Lance had released a new line of all-natural snack packs, the 10-year-old in me couldn't resist giving them a try.
Cracker Creations are described as "seasoned crackers with a cream cheese filling" and tout "real cheese, real vegetables, and 5 grams of whole grain per serving." They come in boxes of six individually sealed cracker twin-packs, in two savory flavors. Find out what we thought of them when you read on.
- A collection of sweet and savory snacks for your desk drawer.
- A collection of sweet and savory snacks for your desk drawer. — Chow
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- Was it the Noma book that cost René Redzepi a third Michelin star? — Grub Street SF
- Food trucks have officially jumped the shark: even Jack in the Box has one. — Eater
- How foodies are raising money for Japan. — Epi-Log
- As food prices soar, so will your restaurant tab. — Walletpop
- Amidst Japan's nuclear crisis, Chinese shoppers are stockpiling iodized salt. — Eatocracy
- Must make: Middle Eastern lamb pizza. — Serious Eats
Happy Monday! If you need an excuse to indulge at the beginning of the week, consider this: it's National Potato Chip Day! Obviously, there is no other way to celebrate than to break open a bag of your favorites.
On my end, I'll be busting out Kettle Chips Zesty Ranch Krinkle Cut Potato Chips. They're perhaps the best chips I've ever had. What takes your top pick for potato chip?