Sargento recently released a new variety of cheese, Chipotle Cheddar, and launched a series of limited-edition cheeses, including Vermont Sharp White Cheddar and Aged Provolone. All three of the new cheeses are available shredded and sliced, as well as in snack sticks.
The Chipotle Cheddar was the standout, so it's fitting that it's the flavor that will stick around. The cheese's complex, smoky taste comes from chipotle peppers. The peppers, a favorite among chefs across the country, are made by slow smoking red jalapeno peppers.
The spicy kick makes the cheddar cheese perfect for adding to Mexican dishes, especially quesadillas. But the chipotles are pretty spicy, so the snack-sized cheese sticks are better suited for adults than children.
The limited-edition cheeses will be available in supermarkets for about four to six months each. First up is Vermont Sharp White Cheddar, a creamy and tangy cheese with a slight cheddar bite. To be honest, there wasn't much difference in terms of flavor between the white cheddar and the Aged Provolone, the second in the line, but they were both tasty.
The suggested retail price for the cheeses is $2.69 to $2.99.
Twinings herbal teas
The specialty tea company Twinings of London has released a new line of all-natural, herbal teas that are designed to complement different moods.
The new flavors include Egyptian Camomile and Apple; South African Honeybush Mandarin and Orange; Cherry and Madagascan Cinnamon; and Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Tahitian Vanilla.
The Camomile and Honeybush teas are both marketed under Twinings' Unwind line, which features blends that are soothing and relaxing. The Cinnamon and Blackcurrant varieties, on the other hand, fall under the Revive category, which is supposed to be more invigorating.
We preferred the lighter and calmer flavors of the Unwind varieties. The Camomile and Apple flavor, a delicate tea that blends the fresh flavors of camomile blossoms and crisp, green apples, was an overall favorite.
The cinnamon and vanilla teas were definitely interesting, but the flavor was a bit too intense for drinking every day.
The suggested retail price is between $2.99 and $3.49.
Guiltless Gourmet Dessert Bowls
Guiltless Gourmet, famous for its organic baked tortilla chips, has a new line of Dessert Bowls.
The single-serving dessert bowls offer a portion-controlled choice with 200 calories and less than 3 grams of fat, and they're quite tasty. Available flavors are Black Velvet Cake with Caramel Sauce, Hot Chocolate Brownie with Fudge Sauce and Bananas Foster with Caramel Sauce.
The desserts can be easily prepared in the microwave. We tried the Bananas Foster, which was a quick, easy and satisfying dessert option. While many banana-flavored products lose a lot in the translation, this cake had a natural banana flavor. The caramel sauce packet was a luxurious addition that helped tasters forget they were trying a low-fat dessert.
The suggested retail price is $2.49.
- Compiled by Lifestyle Editor Shelley Mann