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Taste test: New snacks from Kellogg's, Pepperidge Farm, Yoplait, Tofutti

Yogurt packed with fruit, cinnamon-flavored bread, popcorn-flavored chips, and frozen ice cream bars sweetened with stevia, a natural sugar alternative, are among the healthier products recently rolled out by food manufacturers. Our judges liked the sweet, fish-shaped bread above all the others.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent



Product/serving

Kellogg's

Popcorn

Chips

28 chips
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Soft Cinnamon Bread

2 slices

Yoplait

Fruplait Strawberry Yogurt

4-ounce container

Tofutti

Milk-free Crispy Crunch Frozen Bars

1 bar

Calories/Fat/Fiber/ Sugars / Sodium / Carbs / Protein120 / 2g / 0g

0g / 170mg

22g / 2g
130 / 1.5g / 4g

8g / 140mg

24g / 5g
110 / 1g / 0g

16g / 50mg

21g / 3g
120 / 8g / 0g

0g / 80mg

8g / 2g
Judges'

comments
These little triangles of popcorn-flavored chips were confusing to our panelists. They tasted enough like popcorn, but they wouldn't satisfy a chip craving. "These were just sort of stale, even right out of the box and they had too much of an artificial butter taste,'' said one judge. Another said, "The

fake butter flavor is a little off-putting and the texture is a little

cardboard-y and soft."
Judges raved about this latest fish-shaped bread from Pepperidge Farm. The slight dusting of cinnamon gave the bread just enough of a boost to make a sandwich interesting, judges said. "These are flavorful and even better because they are guilt-free," said one. "These would be perfect for a kids peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the whole-grain flavor and the pleasant cinnamon," said another. "Their thinness is appealing because it wouldn't be too much bread on a sandwich." A couple said the bread would be especially fun with a savory filling.Full of strawberry pieces, this is thicker than most yogurts. Judges were split on the heavier consistency. Those who appreciated the extra fruit liked the bold flavor. "I like the creaminess and would add this to a smoothie in the mornings," said one. The two who did not like the new yogurt complained about the texture. "It's unpleasant and too viscous," said one. "The fruit is also very sludgy."The yellowish color of these bars' vanilla center was a huge turnoff for judges, but they liked the bittersweet flavor of the chocolate and the little bit of salt in the coating. "I think this would be a great snack," said one panelist. "My kids would enjoy this." Another said, "It looks like a chocolate-covered ice cream bar but I don't like the stevia flavor."
Would they buy?One of the four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.One of the four judges said yes.
Shopping

information
$2.89 for a 4.5-ounce box from Target.$3.29 for a 12-ounce package of eight slices from Target.$3 for a four-pack of 4-ounce containers from Publix.$6.39 for a box of 12 bars from Earth Origins Market in St. Petersburg.
Product/serving

Kellogg's

Popcorn

Chips

28 chips
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Soft Cinnamon Bread

2 slices

Yoplait

Fruplait Strawberry Yogurt

4-ounce container

Tofutti

Milk-free Crispy Crunch Frozen Bars

1 bar

Calories/Fat/Fiber/ Sugars / Sodium / Carbs / Protein120 / 2g / 0g

0g / 170mg

22g / 2g
130 / 1.5g / 4g

8g / 140mg

24g / 5g
110 / 1g / 0g

16g / 50mg

21g / 3g
120 / 8g / 0g

0g / 80mg

8g / 2g
Judges'

comments
These little triangles of popcorn-flavored chips were confusing to our panelists. They tasted enough like popcorn, but they wouldn't satisfy a chip craving. "These were just sort of stale, even right out of the box and they had too much of an artificial butter taste,'' said one judge. Another said, "The

fake butter flavor is a little off-putting and the texture is a little

cardboard-y and soft."
Judges raved about this latest fish-shaped bread from Pepperidge Farm. The slight dusting of cinnamon gave the bread just enough of a boost to make a sandwich interesting, judges said. "These are flavorful and even better because they are guilt-free," said one. "These would be perfect for a kids peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the whole-grain flavor and the pleasant cinnamon," said another. "Their thinness is appealing because it wouldn't be too much bread on a sandwich." A couple said the bread would be especially fun with a savory filling.Full of strawberry pieces, this is thicker than most yogurts. Judges were split on the heavier consistency. Those who appreciated the extra fruit liked the bold flavor. "I like the creaminess and would add this to a smoothie in the mornings," said one. The two who did not like the new yogurt complained about the texture. "It's unpleasant and too viscous," said one. "The fruit is also very sludgy."The yellowish color of these bars' vanilla center was a huge turnoff for judges, but they liked the bittersweet flavor of the chocolate and the little bit of salt in the coating. "I think this would be a great snack," said one panelist. "My kids would enjoy this." Another said, "It looks like a chocolate-covered ice cream bar but I don't like the stevia flavor."
Would they buy?One of the four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.One of the four judges said yes.
Shopping

information
$2.89 for a 4.5-ounce box from Target.$3.29 for a 12-ounce package of eight slices from Target.$3 for a four-pack of 4-ounce containers from Publix.$6.39 for a box of 12 bars from Earth Origins Market in St. Petersburg.

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Patti Ewald, Times staff writer; Julie Overton, consumer and mother of four; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic.

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