What the Heck is going on at the market? Each aisle was loaded with brand new, delicious-looking food items that New England Bites just had to bring home. Mom and I had a hard time narrowing down what we wanted to feature as this week's Bite, so we decided to throw everything into one blurb and let you pick and choose the new item that you want to try. The above items include: Skinny Cow strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwiches (on sale for $3.99), Pepperidge Farm triple nut granola cookies, Alexia onion strips, Kellogg's Corn Flakes flavored with honey, Edy's spumoni ice cream and tart honey slow churned yogurt (on sale for $1.99 each), Ore-Ida Steam n' Mash cut russet potatoes, and A&W root beer soda pops (we found these at Dollar Tree).
THE VERDICT: Although we can't give you our opinion on most of the items as we only purchased them yesterday, we can tell you about the tasty granola cookies and the amazingly good onion strips. The cookies (eight to a pack) were crisp and filled with crunchy granola and lots of nuts. They are fairly large in size and go great with a glass of milk. The savory onion strips were a surprise. In the commercial, the Alexia company states that the strips are filled with real Spanish onions. I was on the fence about this and looked forward to seeing if there really was going to be a real onion in the excessively crunchy strip when I bit into it. I was pleasantly surprised! The seasoned strip was very tasty, and although there wasn't that much in the bag (I polished it off pretty quickly), it left me wanting more. Both items are two that we would definitely purchase again.
UPDATE: The A&W root beer ice pops had a weird aftertaste. Both Mom and I could taste the bitter root beer at first, but then we noticed this bizarre iron flavor which reminded us of dirty water. We were a little disappointed. Maybe that's why they were being sold at Dollar Tree.
UPDATE #2: Edy's spumoni ice cream is excellent! Each flavor (chocolate, cherry, and pistachio) has a very strong taste, and the almonds and cherries added texture against the creamy ice cream. It is exactly like a spumoni that you would get at a restaurant.
UPDATE #3: As for the tart honey yogurt, the strawberry shortcake sandwiches, and the honey Corn Flakes, they were fantastic - with the exception of the frozen yogurt. Although the texture is very smooth and creamy, the taste is strange. It is almost too tart to enjoy. I don't think that we'll be getting this flavor again. As for the Skinny Cow sandwiches, both Mom and I were surprised that the cookie part was vanilla instead of chocolate. It was also very easy to eat because the cookie didn't break apart when we bit into it. The strawberry flavor was fresh and delicious. Last, but certainly not least, the Corn Flakes were very tasty. Although they had a similar flavor to Frosted Flakes, they were much less crunchy and sugar-coated. They were just lightly sweetened Corn Flakes.
UPDATE #4: The Ore-Ida potatoes were creamy, delicious, and very easy to prepare!