Kraft Fresh Take, Italian Parmesan recipe, flavor review

Italian Parmesan

My grandmother was a huge influence on my life. She was born in 1892 in Coffey, Missouri and was raised on a farm. Circa 1915 she moved to the San Francisco Bay area, raised my father in Berkeley, California and spent her last 25 years in an in-law unit attached to my family’s house in Orangevale, California. Grandma told me stories of life on the farm, which I idolized and helped create my obsession with the “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She read to me, taught me math facts, taught me how to cook and clean and let me do her weekly grocery shopping. Because of that, my obsession with the food market started at a young age. Grandma had me cook dinner once a week. For unknown reasons, she introduced me to Shake’N Bake … [Read more...]

Stride Tropical Trance, artificially flavored sugar free gum, Flavor Review

Inside of Tropical Trance Pack

Be careful,because Stride Tropical Trance will hold you captive for a half hour. Tropical Trance has high flavor impact that lasts at least 20-30 minutes. This gum is shocking: high in sour, sweet, tropical flavor and cooling sensation. I'd describe the flavor as a very creamy mango with orange, pineapple, green cucumber and floral notes. The creamy notes are very high and I much prefer this gum after those flavor notes have dissipated. Twenty minutes into chewing Tropical Trance, I find it to be a delicious fruitty berry gum that is cooling. Since I've spent almost 20 years in the flavor business , I do not really like highly flavored food items. I feel I can taste the individual flavor aromatics. In this case it is a lactone, perhaps … [Read more...]

Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits, Vanilla & Peppermint Flavor Review

Jet Puffed Mallow Bits

Jet -Puffed mallow bits are for those of us who eat all the marshmallows (marbits) out of Lucky Charms and nibble on the marshmallow packs that come with instant hot chocolate mix. I'm one of "those" people and I'm extremely grateful that Kraft decided to launch this product and that I can buy more at my local Target. Mallow bits come with serving suggestions: sprinkle on hot chocolate or ice cream, but the are a tasty treat on their own. The Peppermint ones are naturally flavored, beautifully colored, perfectly balanced and perfectly flavored.  I'm in awe.  The vanilla mallow bits use artificial flavor and are yummy at first, but leave a bitter aftertaste if over consumed.  Still, I'm impressed. Perhaps I shouldn't have over consumed, … [Read more...]

Wheat Thins Sweet Cinnamon Limited Edition review

Sweet Cinnamon Wheat Thins Limited Edition

Tis the season. Along with the holidays come mint, cinnamon, and egg nog flavored goodies. Wheat Thins is celebrating by stocking the shelves with  a sweet cinnamon flavored cracker. My first thought was, Wheat Thins are so delicious, why ruin them?  After a bit, I concluded that the slight sweetness of a wheat thin cracker might go well with cinnamon and sugar a decided to buy some. Strangely enough, cinnamon sugar and wheat are a nice flavor combination.  As one reviewer stated, like crossing a churro with a wheat thin. I agree.http://www.phoood.com/weblog/archives/000397.html When I first put a cinnamon flavored wheat thin in my mouth I get a nice burst of cinnamon & sugar enhanced with a slight salty character. A pinch of salt … [Read more...]

Newton Fruit Thins Blueberry Brown Sugar Review

Newton Fruit Thins Blueberry Brown Sugar

My family likes Fig Newtons and when I saw these cookies at the store, I decided we needed to try them out. Fruit Thins aren't  a thing like Fig Newtons, except that they have nutritional value and are tasty like Newtons.  Some of the ingredients in these thins are whole grain flour, oats, dry blueberries, flax-seed and fructose. The box of Fruit Thins advertises 8 grams of whole grain per serving. When I opened the package, there was a strong banana bread aroma. Pleasant, but not what I expected with a blueberry brown sugar cookie.  The cookies had a cracker appearance and crispy texture. When I tasted them, the flavor was distinctly blueberry, like the Special K Kelloggs blueberry fruit crisps.  The blueberry flavor is very fruity and … [Read more...]

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Review

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

Kraft macaroni & cheese is a staple of in our house. I am not proud of that fact, but it's the truth. I am also saddened to admit that my family prefers boxed Kraft macaroni and cheese to my homemade macaroni and cheese. When Kraft put out the Homestyle version, I did not see the need for our family to buy it. However, when I looked at the ingredients closer I realized that the sauce in the regular box style is basically artificial colors and milk proteins. Contrary to that, the sauce in the Homestyle version is composed of 4 cheeses (Colby cheese, Parmesan cheese, Asiago cheese and cheddar cheese) and natural extracts for color. It was worth a try. In the Homestyle pouch, came 3 separate bags along with macaroni. The macaroni … [Read more...]