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Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Crisps

Marisa from Trim the Fat always features these as a part of her snacks and now she even has them as a part of her Blogoversary giveaway. I was not the lucky winner, but that did not stop me from trying them out.  From the box, you can already tell that these are chocolate crisps similar to the shape of Pringles. I was expecting chocolate crisps the size of Pringles so I was slightly disappointed that they are a mini version — about 1/2 the size of a regular Pringle chip. The taste reminds me like Nestle Crunch bars, except much thinner. There are “crisps” in it just like in Nestle Crunch. Of course, I am assuming that the closer version will be the Milk Chocolate variety of these chocolate crisps. Half a serving of 6 pieces is a nice little treat already and only 110 calories worth in chocolate. Small portioned chocolate makes me happy. Thin chocolate is surprisingly very enjoyable.

Perfectly segregated into 3 sections with 12 piece in each little cabby. I have trouble remembering which side faces up and chocolate ends up on the floor. I may or may not have practiced the 5 second rule. Only 3 serving per box so these go pretty fast if you are not the only one eating these. My box was attacked by a hungry beast and did not stand a chance.

No artificial color or flavors and no preservatives.

On the box:
We’ve got a delectable sweet treat. Our dark Chocolate Crisps are wisp of rich, Belgian chocolate, curved for visual interest, and infused with crunchy bits to add some texture. These Crisps are definitely in!

One serving is of 12 pieces (42g) is 220 calories, 5 WW, 13 grams of fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soy lecitin, natural vanilla flavor) Puffed Rice (rice flour, sugar, barley malt extract, salt, calcium carbonate, rapeseed oil, soy lecithin) Cocoa Solids 57% minimum.

Retails: $2.49 per 4.4 oz @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $2.49
Calories: 210 per serving (12 pieces)
WW: 5

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Yummy Earth Lollipops

Picture 302Yes, I am still rocking my lovely stash of Halloween candy. Well, technically, these are not leftover Halloween candy because I got them post Halloween. They were on sale at Whole Foods for only $2.99 since Halloween was over and no body wants to keep Halloween marked items on their shelves. The same bag of 60 lollipops (with regular packaging) was still selling for the full price of $6.69. Never one to pass up a good deal, I grabbed a bag. I remember I tried Yummy Earth Lollipops before and I liked them enough to repurchase. Last time I was only able to try 3 flavors so I was quite excited to get the full spectrum of their fruit lollipops this time.

One thing I dislike about the Yummy Earth Lollipops is that they do not have an even distribution of their flavors. No tooberry blueberry, strawberry smash  and only one sour apple tart (which happen to be my favorite). My bag was dominated by googly grape, very very cherry, and wet face watermelon (so much for getting the “full spectrum” of their flavors).  Good to know (via amazon) that Yummy Earth knows about this situation and is coming out with a more even distribution soon. (Well, at least for their 5 lb bags and 150 count bins).

Mango Tango: Interesting mix of clear orange and solid yellow color– like a tied-dyed t-shirt. Sour and tangy. Faintly resembles mango flavor. More “tango” than mango.

Very Very Cherry: Delicious cherry flavor with no medicinal aftertaste like some other cherry flavor candies

TooBerry Blueberry: None  in the bag for me.

Wet-Face Watermelon: A little bit sour. The watermelon flavor needs a little bit more refining, but still good. The flavor tasted the most “artificial” of the bunch.

Googly Grape: Good ‘ol grape flavor. Like they turned a glass of grape juice into a lollipop form.

Sour Apple Tart: I like the taste of sweet and tart together. At first, I mistake the flavor to be pear. Very refreshing. My favorite flavor in the bag!

Pomegranate Pucker: Not POM Wonderful tasting pomegranate flavor, but will suffice. Among the more tart tasting flavor, but still delicious.

Smash Strawberry: Sadly, my bag had none.

As always, Yummy Earth Lollipops are Gluten-free, Certified Organic, 100% Vegan, No Artificial Dyes, No Chemicals, 100% Natural Flavors, GMO-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Casein-free, No Corn Syrup and made with real fruit juices. Great for kids (and adults) who have very specific dietary needs. Great portion control since each sucker is the size of an inflated quarter and only about 23 calories each. Colored with real fruit juices. Cute names that your kids will surely be fond of.

From the site (under where to buy): “We are also big fans of Trader Joe’s Organic Pops and Drops and we suggest you try some if you live near a Trader Joe’s store! Are you hinting something to us? If you are, we hear you loud and clear! *wink wink*

One serving (3 lollipops) is 70 calories, 1 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, no fiber, 17 grams of sugar, no protein.

Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Non GMO Citric Acid, Organic & Natural Flavors (May contain Watermelon, Pomegranate, Orange Oils, Lemon Oils, Raspberry, Mango), Organic & Natural Colors, (may contain Red Cabbage, Purple Carrots, Turmeric, Annatto).

Retails: $6.69 per 60 pcs bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost:  on sale $2.99 (post Halloween)
Calories: 70 calories per 3 lollipops ( or 23 calories each)
WW: 1

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The Ginger People Ginger Chews

IMG_0595My Ginger People post continues… the third element of the package includes all the ginger chews The Ginger People has available. Lucky me, I know.

Original: Great ginger flavor with a nice spicy kick to it. Has a chewy factor that sticks to all the nitty gritty places between your teeth. Great to end your meals with — settle your stomach or just enjoy for the heck of it. Previous review here.

Hot Coffee: Great coffee candy for the times you want some coffee, but have no access to it. The coffee flavor and ginger flavor blends together well. You can taste both flavors in here. The coffee flavor is not as strong as an espresso, but it  does the trick.

Apple Spice: Such a Fall flavor. I know it is officially Fall right now, but it is too hot here for me to enjoy this flavor. Has the ginger spice in the end. My least favorite of the 4 flavors.

Peanut: Great peanut flavor, but lacks the ginger spice the original ginger chew has. I am in love with this flavor. It even has small ground peanut bits inside. When I want real ginger flavor, I’ll go for the original, but peanut flavor has a special place in my heart. Any PB addict will LOVE this candy. Highly recommend this one.

The general texture of the chews are chewy and very stretchable (if you play with your food like me). There is a faint sugar “dusting” on each chew so it come off the wrapper easily. For a more firm texture, I like to store them in the fridge (plus, harder for me to get to). The heat in my mouth softens the chew in a matter of seconds. Highly enjoyable treat after meals or on the go. The resealable, and individual packaging is very convenient.

One serving (2 pcs) is 40 calories, 1 WW, 0 to 0.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 0 to 4 milligram of sodium, 9 to 10 grams of carbohydrates, no dietary fiber, 8 to 10 grams of sugar and no protein.

Retails: $2.39 per 3 oz bag @ The Ginger People
My Cost: Free (won contest)
WW: 1

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The Ginger People Crystallized Ginger

IMG_0594The Ginger People’s Crystallized Ginger are tender chunks of candied baby ginger. Once I opened the resealable package the ginger scent came right at me. Kind of messy to eat because of all the sugar coating on the ginger. You get sugar all over your hands as well as the general area you are eating it at.  The bag is a little less than 1/2 filled, but we all know that companies sell things by weight and not volume anymore. Still, that is a little disappointing. The ginger chunks varies in size, you get some small pieces and you get some big piece and they are slightly bigger than a PB Puffin pillow. The texture of the crystallized ginger is surprisingly soft and tender. I thought it would be more firm like crystallized pineapples or crystallized papayas. No mistake that you are eating ginger because you get that delicious ginger flavor and mild spice from these chunks. Very soft, tender and jelly-like candy. No doubt that these might be too sweet for some of you guys. I treat them like delicious candy. Although it comes in a resealable bag, I won’t be taking it around with me. The sugar crystals can get a little messy. One serving of 24 grams (about 4 pcs) is 80 calories, 2 WW, 0 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 35 milligram of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, and no protein. Ingredients: baby ginger and cane sugar.

Enjoy the sweet-heat, of crystallized baby ginger, harvested at the peak of its flavor and steeped in cane sugar syrup. One of the world’s original candies, crystallized ginger was commonly served at the end of the meal to aid digestion during the medieval times. The these tender, golden gems on you next trip as a soothing travel companion, use them as a flavorful baking ingredients or a nice ‘plunk’ into a good cup of tea! Satisfy your natural sweet tooth and settle you stomach with the goodness of crystallized ginger.


Retails: $2.39 for 3 oz bag @ The Ginger People
My Cost: Free (won contest)
Calories: 80 per 24g (about 4 pcs)
WW: 2

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The Ginger People Gin Gins

IMG_0593Yay for twitter (@theskinnyplate). I recently won The Ginger People’s twitter (@TheGingerPeople) contest and they sent me a very generous prize package (twitpic here). I was super excited because I only get the original ginger chew from Trader Joe’s and now I get to try out all their other varieties plus their Gin Gins and Crystallized Ginger pieces. Can I say ginger overload? Of all the products, I was looking forward most to trying out the Gin Gins because they are suppose to pack the most ginger punch. Gin Gins comes in 2 varieties, one soft and caramel-like texture and the other is a hard ginger candy.

Gin Gin Boost: A small little candy that packs good ginger burst. This is suppose to be the most potent candy from The Ginger People with over 30% fresh ginger. I was expecting a really strong, spicy flavor, but I felt that it was only mildly stronger than the Original Ginger chew and does not have the spicy feeling that the Original Ginger Chew has. Then again, the size of this candy is only about 1/2 the size of a ginger chew. Pretty small and only 10 calories each. The texture is caramel-like if you chew on it.  Each chew is individually wrapped to maintain freshness. Very convenient to carry around. They call it the little potion for motion and the little traveler’s insurance because it helps with motion sickness and soothes minor upset stomachs. Personally, I really enjoy the benefit of easing my stomach after meals.  Another really interesting way to use these soft Gin Gins is to melt 5-6 pieces into a cup of water — instant ginger tea. One serving of 6 pieces is 60 calories, 1 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 15 milligram of sodium, 10 grams of sugar, and no protein. Ingredients: cane sugar, glucose, ginger, modified cassava starch, non-hydrogenated palm kernel oil (trans fat free) salt, soy lecithin. Contains: Soy

Gin Gins Hard Candy: These hard Gin Gins are perfect when my mouth feels bland and want a little pick-me-up without having to whip out a full blown snack. Since these are hard candies, they last in my mouth a lot longer than the soft chews. Three Gin Gins contain 35 calories, 1 WW, zero grams of fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 8 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar and no protein. Each Gin Gin contains 16% fresh ginger. 1/2 gram ginger per Gin Gin.

Stay tuned for more The Ginger People reviews….

Retails: $2.39 (3 oz bag) @ The Ginger People
My Cost: Free (won contest)
Calories: 60 per serving (6 pcs)
WW: 1

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Panda All Natural Soft Raspberry Confection

IMG_0556I never knew I was a licorice lover until my friend offered my some strawberry flavored ones they sell in the tubs from Trader Joe’s.  I fell in love with them, but I rarely buy them since I don’t need them in the house taunting me all the time. I spotted the Panda All Natural brand at Whole Foods in single serving packages so I decided to treat myself to the fruity raspberry flavor. In my mind I thought I got myself a raspberry flavor licorice bar, but nowhere on the package do I see the word licorice. “Raspberry flavored bar” and “soft raspberry confection” are the words on the package. Maybe there is some technicality to the term licorice? First bite into it I knew why it is not label licorice, because it isn’t — duh! Or if this really is licorice, then I don’t like it. The texture is like a soft chew, but a little firmer. Nothing like my beloved TJ’s licorice. The flavor is suppose to be raspberry, but I don’t think it has a pure raspberry flavor. It is sort of a mix berry/prune flavor. The bar is pretty thick and solid rod and about 6 inches in length. When I bit into it, there was a noticeable color difference between the outer layer and the inside. I thought it was some sort of filling at first, but it’s not. Not particularly delicious. Each bar (32g) is 100 calories, 2 WW, fat-free, no cholesterol, 65 milligram of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 0 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein. Ingredients: Molasses, wheat flour, citric acid and natural flavor. Panda All Natural Licorice also has other very interesting flavors as well.  I am intrigued by the Panda Filled Licorice which is their original flavor licorice with flavored fillings such as strawberry, caramel, banana, and chocolate. I’m going to take a pass on this one, but might consider their other REAL licorice varieties.

The unique Real taste of Licorice Premium quality, soft licorice All Natural ingredients

No added colors
No added salt
No artificial flavors
99 % fat free
No preservatives
Kosher certified Suitable for vegan and vegetarian consumption

Retails: $0.69 each (32g) @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $0.09 (on sale plus coupon inside Whole Deals Booklet)
Calories: 100 each
WW: 2

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Ginger People Original Ginger Chew

GingerChewWith Lynn over at the Actor’s Diet always showing pictures of these, I got curious and picked up a bag for myself. Ginger People Original Chew is a soft chewy candy with powdered sugar dusting. Intense ginger flavor a little bit of heat from the ginger. I will have to describe the texture of the chew as a firmer, chewier version of Turkish Delight. Very addicting. Ginger has a lot of health benefits and especially aids the digestive system. After I eat one, I get a warm and cozy feeling in the stomach. No wonder so many people like to travel with these yummy chews on hand. These are suppose to help settle the stomach and ease motion sickness. Great tasting AND with benefits, awesome! I’m pretty sure you can get the same benefits if you gnaw on a hunk of ginger, which is the natural way to go, but few can stomach a feat like that. Cooking and making tea out of ginger is another easy way to get the benefits of ginger, but for traveling, these Ginger Chews are the way to go. I keep my bag in the fridge so it is firm in the beginning, but as the temperature in my mouth warms it up, it becomes chewy again. I always try to not chew on it to make it last longer, but I’m a “chewer” so it is usually gone in 30 seconds. Love the ginger flavor in it. No wonder Ginger People’s Ginger Chew is the #1 best selling ginger candy. Made in Indonesia. One serving (2 chews) is 40 calories, 1 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, no protein. The cute ginger mascot is enough to get me to buy these adorable darlings. Yeah, I am a sucker for cute packaging. Want some Ginger People Chews? You can either visit Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or win it over at The Actor’s Diet.

America’s #1 selling ginger candy and winner of Fiery Food Association’s Scovie Award for “Best Candy,” our Original Ginger Chews are natural, stimulating and delicious. Given ginger’s queasy-quelling properties, Ginger Chews are great to fight off nausea while flying boating or going on a bumpy road trip. Surprisingly and satisfyingly spicy. The only candy that bites you back!

Retails: $1.69 @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.69
Calories: 40 per 2 pcs
WW: 1

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