Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time to stock up on snacks for that family road trip, outdoor picnic, or backyard barbecue you have planned. Luckily for you, we put six new options to the test on our weekly taste-testing segment with The Taylor Strecker Show and NaughtyGossip‘s Rob Shuter. Check out what we sampled below, including a chocolatey indulgence that may just be our favorite product of all time!
Stop what you’re doing, discard that half-eaten apple, and run to your nearest grocery store. NOW! This is one of the best things we’ve sampled on the show. The crunch, the chocolate, the quinoa: It’s simply perfect. We’re actually kicking ourselves for not thinking of this snack idea sooner, because chocolate-covered superfoods are far more superior than puffed rice or corn flakes. Calling it early: Undercover Quinoa will make our list of the top 10 products from 2018.
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps (Cinnamon Sugar)
If you’re a fan of churros or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, welcome to your newest addiction (sorry? you’re welcome?). These are the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and salty, meaning it’s entirely too easy to scarf down an entire bag in one sitting. Though we’re a bit perplexed about the cheese and grape toppings they use in promo images, these would certainly taste delicious with a cream cheese-based spread. Yum.
Taylor’s just weak. These are no more sour than Sour Patch Kids and they maintain the original SweeTART flavor we know and love. Do these have what it takes to penetrate the competitive sour candy market and make a lasting impression? We’re not entirely sure. Do these work if you’re craving something sweet at 2:00 p.m. on a Wednesday when your giant report is almost due? Absolutely. And for that reason alone, we’ll continue to hide a stash in our desk drawer.
High Brew Cold-Brew Coffee (Dark Chocolate Mocha)
Meh. There’s entirely too much sugar in this guy. While the idea of canned cold brew sounds appealing for someone on the go, it’s not nearly enough coffee content to make it enjoyable (and what you get is pretty watery-tasting). We’ll pass.
Phyter Plant-Based Food Bar (Butternut Squash and Peanut Butter)
We had mixed opinions about this one. Taylor raved about the company’s plant-first mission and unique taste, but Rob and I found the bars to be a bit too mealy and dry. The flavor combos are inspired and these are certainly a better alternative to KIND bars, but we could do without the added coconut sugar. Let the sweet fruits and vegetables do all of the talking and you may be able to sell us.
Turmeric is the new kale, touting an abundance of immunity-boosting health properties. That being said, we do not recommend this drink as a source of the powerful root. While we applaud Wonder Fuel for using all-natural, organic ingredients, this tasted more like yellow mustard and less like a delicious health drink. In fact, it was actually quite difficult to stomach. Sashay away.