Taste test: Peanut Butter Moon Pies, Nonni's Tusconi, Cheetos Zingers, McCormick Perfect Pinch Seasoning

Some of the new foods at grocery stores had our judges longing for their childhoods. Others were questioning why food companies want to change or try to improve upon already good ideas.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Some of the new foods at grocery stores had our judges longing for their childhoods. Others were questioning why food companies want to change or try to improve upon already good ideas. — Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/ScoreHow'd it Look?judgeS' commentswould they buy?shopping info
Peanut Butter Moon PiesLike a mini Moon PieThe Moon Pie lover on our panel was blown away by these peanut butter versions. "They are fantastic, wonderful, exciting and crunchable," he said. "They are sweet with a sensational peanut favor." Other panelists described them as crisp and moist. "All I need is an RC Cola," said one. A couple said they would have liked more peanut butter in the filling..Two of the

five judges said yes.
$2.50 for a 9.6-ounce box from Publix.
Cheetos

Zingers
FluorescentOnce they got past the bright, bright, bright orange and pink colors in the newly zinged Cheetos, judges kind of liked these. "The shape makes me a little nervous," said one, referring to the little popcorn-looking cheese curls. "But the zingers add a nice, fiery kick." Another described them as fun and easy to eat.Two of the

five judges said yes.
$2.99 for a 9.5-ounce bag from Winn-Dixie.
McCormick Perfect

Pinch

Seasoning
ZestyGetting two flavors in one bottle seemed like a good idea. But most of our judges were unimpressed with the garlic and herb blend we sampled. A couple said the garlic overpowered everything else. Another, who liked the blend, said it would be "great on fish and chicken breasts or on a ground turkey burger" because of its texture, taste and convenience.Two of the

five judges said yes.
$2.12 for a 2.75-ounce bottle from Wal-Mart.
Nonni's TusconiAttractiveOur panelists couldn't figure out why this company wanted to improve upon its biscotti. While these "Tusconis" looked fluffy and decadent, they had very little flavor. They are marketed as a "soft-baked, Tuscan-inspired cafe treat." Our judges thought the chocolate was bittersweet and the cookie was too dry; one described the flavor as burned.None of the five judges said yes.$2.99 for a 7.4-ounce box from Publix.
Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute; John Hehn, owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

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Taste test: Peanut Butter Moon Pies, Nonni's Tusconi, Cheetos Zingers, McCormick Perfect Pinch Seasoning 06/01/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:11pm]

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