Progressive Grocer - September 2017 - 30
Birds Eye Veggie Made Mashed
Cauliflower is big this year, and among the latest
"alternative" products leveraging the vegetable
is Birds Eye Veggie Made Mashed, which aims to
deliver the taste and texture of a favorite side dish
with half the carbohydrates of traditional mashed
potatoes. We think Pinnacle Foods has a winner with
this line, which mimics the thick, creamy texture of
whipped spuds. With no artificial flavors or preservatives, these mashes are great as
is, or can be swapped out in dishes like shepherd's pie or shrimp and grits.
Brownie Brittle Bites
Birds Eye Veggie Made Pasta
As longtime fans of Sheila G. Mains'
Brownie Brittle, we were intrigued
by this clever riff on the popular
snack. These are a miniaturized
version of the flagship product:
The batter is baked and cut into
bite-size pieces, which are enrobed
in chocolate. The texture's a bit
different, and they're a little messy
due to the coating, but we think
Brownie Brittle fans will enjoy
these, too - we sure did.
We went in skeptical and came away
convinced by this new product from Birds
Eye that veggie pasta can be as good in
taste and texture as traditional noodles.
Offering an alternative to what some deem
"empty calories," these frozen penne
and rotini sides are made from zucchini,
spinach and lentils, extruded just like
traditional pasta. Each wheat-free bowl
offers a full serving of vegetables and no
artificial flavors or preservatives.
Brownie Brittle Gluten-Free
Chocolate Chip/Dark Chocolate Sea Salt
Breath Savers Protect Mints
We've already expressed our appreciation for Brownie Brittle,
but we're sure that folks with celiac disease or who are otherwise
abstaining from wheat-based products are disappointed
that they can't share in the love. Well, that's no longer the
case: There's now a gluten-free version of Brownie Brittle,
currently available in two varieties. We think they're virtually
indistinguishable from the original version, both in taste and
texture. Wheat-free folks are bound to enjoy this treat.
The key to a good mint is to offer a blast of freshness
without being overpowering or too medicinal. Breath
Savers Protect Mints from the Hershey Co. manage
this balancing act well, offering a cool burst of either
Peppermint or Spearmint while also helping to protect
teeth with dentist-recommended xylitol, which may reduce
the risk of tooth decay. The mints neutralize plaque acids
in the mouth following consumption of foods containing
sugar or starch, and defuse bad breath.
| Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2017