We’re hoping you’re hungry because this week we tried seven new products on our Taylor Strecker Show Chub Chub Chowdown segment. Luckily, most of the foods were healthy-ish, which means we didn’t feel like we should be chugging a bottle of Pepto-Bismol post-taste test. Joining us this week was Rob Shuter, gossip columnist and founder of NaughtyGossip.com, who is also an outspoken fan of the culinary world. Needless to say, we all had very candid opinions about the latest items to hit grocery store shelves. Scroll down to check out what we sampled!
A morning without cereal is a morning without smiles. Or at least that’s what Kellogg’s wants you to think. Your traditional Raisin Bran gets an upgrade with the beloved banana. And it’s good. Taylor may want you to think the taste is artificial, but Rob and I could not disagree more. This stuff is legit and will remind of you homemade banana bread!
If there’s one thing we talk about frequently at Chowhound, it’s cheese. From cheddar and brie to havarti and gouda, we can’t get enough of the universally-adored dairy product. Thus, it should come as no surprise that we fell in love with ParmCrisps parmesan chips. Seriously, what is better than crunching into a cheese cracker? Nothing, that’s what. To better accommodate your snacking needs, the company has created these adorable snack boxes. But let’s be 100 percent honest: You’re only going to eat the cheese.
Beyoncé has nothing on us by keeping hot sauce in her bag. We have essentially taped bottles to our cheeks. Bao Cultured has introduced an interesting line of fermented hot sauces that aren’t shy on spice or probiotic content. And we dig ’em. While this mango flavor is subtle, it packs a punch and should be consumed with care.
Hello, antioxidants! Goodbye, binging! This bark is the perfect dessert option for anyone hoping to watch their figure. Not only are the ingredients healthier than your standard sweets, they’re also quite filling. Godiva, who?
Frankly, trail mix is basic. There’s nothing too exciting about nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. That is until Prana introduced a line of unique trail mixes with not-so-familiar ingredients. This Machu Pichu variety includes mulberries, goji berries, and golden berries as a departure from your standard raisin. Sure, this isn’t mind-blowing delicious, but it suffices as a healthy mid-afternoon snack that somewhat resembles bird food.
Why nosh on a standard gummy bear when you can bite into one that squirts? Yes, squirts. (No, we will not re-hash the conversation we had on the radio.) While Taylor still prefers her Haribo, Rob and I were completely on board with the extra juicy variety. The only problem: It’s entirely too difficult to eat just one. Do not partake while dieting. You have been warned.
Drinking for a good cause? Now that’s something we can get behind. This sweet potato-based libation also boasts white cranberry, Triple Sec, and lime juice for a creative take on a classic Cosmo. Was it the best thing we’ve sipped on in recent months? No. Was it refreshing and something we’d serve during a summertime brunch? Sure. Do we love the bottle’s mission to give back to women’s initiatives? Abso-freakin-lutely.