The last thing I needed in my apartment was biscotti or cotton candy after all the holiday fare I’ve been chowing down on, but I bought it just so I could review it for you guys. It’s time for our bi-weekly Smart Cookie Shopping post where we check out what’s new on the grocery store shelves and determine what’s worth trying.
I found some keepers, a few over-priced items that aren’t worth the cost, and a couple duds. Which should you add to your next shopping list? Read on, and find out.
1. Saratoga Blizzard Peanut Butter – available with the other spreads and nut butters at Hannaford
I’ll start by telling you this is delicious peanut butter. Its ingredient list is concise with recognizable ingredients and zero preservatives, plus it has that fresh, homemade taste and a bit of texture. The white chocolate aspect was subtle, not too sweet. My issue is that this was almost $8 for one tiny jar, which is a lot of money for a jar of nut butter. Even though this was delicious, I probably won’t be willing to spend that much again.
2. Primizie CrispBreads in Sea Salt – available in the chip aisle
Uh oh. These are dangerously good. The texture is flaky and crazy crisp, and even though these are only the sea salt kind, they still have great flavor. I just ate them plain, but they’d be out of this world with some dip. Unfortunately, you don’t get many chips in the bag considering how much you pay.
3. Taste of Inspirations Lemon-Cranberry Mini Biscotti – available in the cookie aisle of Hannaford
Mini biscotti is great in case you don’t want to commit to a whole biscotti. That sounds a little ridiculous, but it’s true. These are just the right size with sweet and tangy fresh flavors. If you’re a tea person, I highly suggest these with your next cup of tea.
4. Special K Sour Cream and Onion Cracker Chips – available in the snack aisle
These have been around for a while, but they’re packaging claimed they were “now tastier than ever,” so I wanted to see if that was true. I think the taste was ever-so-slightly improved, but if you didn’t tell me they changed the chips, I wouldn’t have known.
5. Wegmans Sponge Candy – available at Wegmans
I don’t know if this qualifies as “new,” but it’s seasonal. I didn’t know what sponge candy was before I tried this, but I’ve decided I don’t like it. The texture is so flaky and sandy, and that makes me sad to dislike a Weggie’s product. Ryan did enjoy these though.
6. Hello Kitty Cotton Candy
Well, we all knew I was going to like this because it’s Hello Kitty. I wasn’t aware you could just buy cotton candy at the store. My, how times have changed. That being said, this was sweet and fluffy, and you only needed a little bit to get your sugar quota. I preferred the blue raspberry to the pink vanilla.
Have you tried any of these products?