It’s been a few weeks now since we attended the fantastic Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square — our first big food show coverage of the year! Health and Nutrition was all about showcasing brands that not only exemplify healthy eating and personal care, but also bring fun and convenience to the table. From fresh fruit and supplements to baking mixes and beverages, let’s check out some of our favorite brands and new products!
Hot New Products: we want to know all about them, and when those new items come from a brand whose products we already love, we can’t wait to try them! The promise of being introduced to, and l tasting, delicious new, limited edition and seasonal items from trusted favorites like Tombstone, Pom and Uncle Ben’s — as well as some trending brands that were new to us — brought the food writers and bloggers to the Marriott Marquis on April 6th for Editor Showcase Eat This Event. Here are some of our favorite tasty products that we can’t wait to tell you about!
Hot Pockets, one of the most popular names in frozen sandwiches, have two new additions to the family: Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites. At the showcase, we sampled Hot Pockets Snack Bites Four Cheese Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza, as well as the Breakfast Bites Bacon, Egg & Cheese variety — all very delicious and appetite-satisfying!
Additional varieties include Snack Bites Hickory Ham & Cheddar and Cheesy Beef Nacho, and Breakfast Bites Ham, Egg & Cheese and Sausage, Egg & Cheese! My mouth waters just typing that. Hot Pockets Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites are made with 100% real cheese, are a good source of protein and do not contain any artificial flavors, providing a deliciously hearty snack option that’s ready in just over a minute.
Snack Bites and Breakfast Bites by Hot Pockets are currently available at all Walmart stores and will be available at all participating retailers nationwide starting June 2015!.
Did you know that May is often celebrated as International Mediterranean Month? It’s true! So the time is right to discover Kaldi Mediterranean Cooking Sauces, which come in these four tempting varieties:
Plaki: Bell peppers, Celery & Balsamic Vinegar
Portokali: Blood orange, Black Olives & Ginger
Saganaki: Anise, Black Olives & Capers
Stifado: Red Wine, Onions & Allspice
We had the chance to sample different sauces at Editor Showcase and were won over by the fresh tastes of these authentic family recipes made with all natural ingredients. Whether you are an expert chef, or someone like me who is more comfortable opening a jar, Kaldi sauces provide an easy way to prepare your favorite Mediterranean-inspired recipes and Greek specialties without sacrificing flavor or authenticity. We will be featuring Kaldi sauces exclusively in an upcoming post here on Worleygig.com, but in the meantime you can out more about Kaldi Cooking Sauces and gourmet Olive Oils, and get recipes, at This Link.
Uncle Ben’s may be a brand that we all grew up loving, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t on trend in the creation of new rice and grain side dishes that are both tasty and convenient. Included in Uncle Ben’s new selection of Flavored Grains are Brown Rice & Quinoa Roasted Red Pepper and Long Grain & Wild Rice Basmati Medley Savory Herb, both on your table and ready to eat in just 25 minutes! Get more information as well as money-saving coupons at Uncle Bens Dot Com!
If you are old school like me, you might have grown up in a household where having fish for dinner meant frozen breaded fish sticks that tasted like cardboard! Good eatin’! Times have mercifully changed, and enjoying the convenience of frozen fish can now taste as fresh as the Catch of the Day brought home from the market. Sea Cuisine seafood products are an ideal way for fish lovers to create the perfect meal. Even busy, on-the-go folks who are looking for something simple, yet delicious, to whip up and enjoy at home any night of the week have a variety of products to choose from, including gourmet Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, to Fire Roasted Applewood Smoked Salmon and Beer Battered Cod (a favorite for traditional Fish & Chips). Whether you choose to mix it up with Fish Sliders or Tacos (who doesn’t love those?), or prepare a multi-course banquet, the flavors are always bold and easy to adapt to any meal. Get recipes and coupons for your next purchase of Sea Cuisine at This Link!
Saffron Road Brand is famous for its fabulous Indian and Asian Cuisine prepared in the Halal tradition that embraces respect for the land, fair treatment of farmers and humane treatment of animals, resulting in wholesome and delicious food. The company is now offering a line of frozen Mexican entrees that are just outstanding in their value, flavor and high quality.
Take a look at this Saffron Road Cheese Enchilada Al Chipotle, which is absolutely stuffed fat with fresh Oaxaca Cheese and topped with creamy and spicy Chipotle sauce. Insane! The complete frozen entree comes with sides of Mesquite Black Beans and Garlic Rice, for a satisfying, restaurant-quality meal at half the price! Discover the exciting world of Saffron Road’s all natural foods at This Link!
If pizza is what you crave, Editor Showcase featured two excellent brands with new products to experience. Tombstone has introduced its most unique pizza flavors yet, both of which are designed to celebrate bold flavor combinations.
Diablo pizza features spicy chorizo, jalapenos and sweet red peppers on top of real Wisconsin mozzarella cheese and fiery Sriracha tomato sauce! Hot stuff!
For Sausage Pizza fans, Tombstone’s Bratwurst variety is made with slices of premium Bratwurst, green bell peppers, and a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses with a zesty tomato sauce enhanced with hint of spicy brown mustard. Amazing! Both feature a preservative-free crust and are ready to eat hot from the oven in under 20 minutes! These Limited Edition pizzas are currently available nationwide. Visit Tombstone online at This Link!
Bon Appetite frozen specialty pizza is crafted with a thin, artisan crust and topped with carefully selected, flavorful ingredients like whole slices of 100% real mozzarella and halved cherry tomatoes. This is another very delicious pizza that’s made to be paired with a glass of wine (see Gnarly Head Chardonnay, pictured above)! We’ll drink to that!
Five gourmet varieties include Spinaci Pizza, a mouthwatering combination of Mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan cheese, spinach and a zesty garlic sauce all atop a thin, flaky, buttery, made-from-scratch crust. Outstanding! Find out where to buy Bon Appetite Pizza in your neighborhood by visiting This Link!
Thomas’ Brand English Muffins and Bagels rolled out previews of two new, limited edition seasonal varieties (for Fall/Winter 2015) that should be huge hits: Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry! Breakfast, Get Ready to Rock!
Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins and Bagels are made with real Pumpkin, cinnamon and spices. These will be available nationwide from September through November.
Thomas’ Cranberry Muffins and Bagels are studded with fresh cranberries, perfect for enjoying during the holiday season from October through December. Be on the look out for these delicious treats later in the year!
Pom Wonderful Antioxidant Super Tea, we love this beverage! It tastes so good and it so food for you. Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea, Pomegranate Lemonade Tea, Pomegranate Sweet Tea, and Pomegranate Honey Green Tea are the fresh and fruity flavors for you to enjoy – and it makes a fantastic cocktail mixer as well! And check out the shape on that bottle — Sexy! Find out more about refreshing Pom Antioxidant Super Tea at This Link!
We have to give a shout out to Wonderful Brand Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit, because they are delicious and always have the loveliest booth.
Eat More Grapfruit, why don’tcha?
Lifeway Kefir Probiotic Beverage has a new flavor for Summer: lowfat Watermelon, which tastes great!
We also love their other flavors, especially the smooth, sweet and creamy Banana! Check them out at This Link!
Garden of Eatin’ Cantina Style Chips and Sensible Portions Puffs are two great tasting snacks that you will want to have on hand for guilt-free indulgence. These new products just hit shelves and will be seeing wider distribution coming into the summer. Garden of Eatin’ Tortilla Chips bring restaurant style chips into you home with their fresh corn taste and crave-able crispness. These chips are available in two varieties: Blue Corn with Sea Salt and White Corn with Lime. Both are made with organic corn and other non-GMO ingredients, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Like them on FaceBook at This Link.
Sensible Portions Puffs are also made with organic corn, without artificial flavors or preservatives and are non-GMO. These puffs are baked and deliciously seasoned, bit-sized treats that come in four flavors including Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream and Onion, Veggie and Tomato Basil. These puffs are very low in calories and have no transfats, so they are perfect for the entire family. Get more familiar with the Sensible Portions brand by liking their Facebook page at This Link!
Here’s an item that is unique and brand new to us, Nuttzo Nut Butter. Made with seven different kinds of nuts and seeds, every jar of Nuttzo contains cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds – wow! Nuttzo is 100% organic, high in omega 3s and protein and comes in both crunchy and smooth varieties, as well as a 70% Dark Chocolate version. Find out more about Nuttzo Nut Butter at This Link!
And everyone who visited their booth at Editor Showcase got a free jar of Nuttzo to take home!
Ever since being introduced to ginnybakes Gluten Free Cookies at a trade show last year, we have been huge fans! ginnybakes cookies are the most delicious, tiny, crispy cookies and we do not want to share them with anyone, ever. At Editor Showcase, we got to sample their newest variety, Cranberry Pistachio Bliss! You can see the chunk of pistachio and cranberries right in the cookies even! So great! All of ginnybakes cookies are fresh baked before packaging and are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and are baked with only the finest natural ingredients. They make gluten free baking mixes as well! Find out more about ginnybakes and buy their cookies online right now at This Link!
Orchard Valley Harvest natural snacks and Nut Exactly Snack Bites shared a Booth, and we love to see the camaraderie! Both products feature tasty, wholesome snack options with Grab & Go convenience!
Nut Exactly (by Fisher) is a combination of roasted nuts and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter or salted caramel. Each snack bite contains only 15 to 16 calories and no artificial preservatives. Four varieties include Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate, Peanut Popcorn dipped in Peanut Butter, Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate, and Pecan Popcorn dipped in Salted Caramel. Super Yummy! Find Out More at Fisher Nut Exactly Dot Com.
Orchard Valley Harvest snacks are a brand dedicated to offering products with close-to-the-earth goodness and taste, starting with ingredients that are pure and simple. All of their nuts are picked at their peak, minimally processed and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Orchard Valley Harvest nut and fruit mixes can be found in the produce section of retailers nationwide in convenient on-the-go standup bags (one to two servings) and multipacks (eight single-serving bags), which are perfect for consumers living active lifestyles. Check them out online at Orchard Valley Harvest Dot Com.
Justin’s Nut Butter is a product that started out in creator Justin Gold’s home kitchen for just his own personal use, then moved on to become a favorite seller at Farmers Markets, and eventually became a nationally distributed brand! Justin’s makes seven different varieties of Nut Butters including Maple Almond Butter, Honey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter! Outstanding!
Justin’s also makes a variety of Peanut Butter Cups and new Mini Peanut Butter Cups — in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate — that put Reeses to shame! Find out more about Justin’s at Justins Dot Com!
Until the next time, don forget to “Eat This”!
It’s never too early to start planning for your holiday celebrations, and Editor Showcase kicked off this season with their hotly–anticipated Cooking and Entertaining showcase at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Let’s take a look at a few of the standout new and favorite products from the show!
People know the Davios brand for their own award-winning Northern Italian Steakhouses, but Davios has also gotten into the snack foods game with their line of gourmet Pasta Chips. These all natural chips come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors and are made with premium semolina, then quick fried for a light and crispy treat. We especially enjoyed the Cinnamon Pasta Chips which are dusted lightly with sugar, and taste extra delicious accompanied by a sweet dip that you can make with cream cheese.
Savory Past Chip flavors include Parmesan, Buffalo, Tomato with a hint of Basil, and Herb.
Everyone knows that the celebration isn’t complete until you bring out the cheese, and we saw a couple of our favorites exhibiting at Editor Showcase. Sartori Cheese always has something new and delicious and we enjoyed sampling their BellaVitano and Sarvecchio Parmesan artisanal cheeses. Learn more about Sartori Cheese and plan your gourmet food gift giving at Sartori Cheese Dot Com.
Roth cheese never fails to showcase some kind of spectacular and delicious product, including their excellent fondues and scrumptious Raclettes! At Editor Showcase we had an opportunity to taste their Grand Cru Alpine–style cheese. Inspired by the tradition of classic Gruyere, Roth Grand Cru has delicious nutty undertones with a hint of fruitiness and a mellow finish – perfect for all of your holiday entertaining needs!
Sara Lee baked goods have been around since I was an egg, and it’s a trusted, high quality favorite brand for many. But Sara Lee is about so much more than the delicious frozen cakes you grew up coveting.
Anyone looking to trim a few calories from their diet while not losing out on great taste will be excited to hear about Sara Lee’s line of Delightful breads, each with only 45 calories per slice. These breads are soft, fresh and have a whole grain taste with absolutely nothing missing but the calories. Delightful Bread comes in many varieties including White, Wheat, Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-Grain and Oatmeal.
Lee Kum Kee may not be a household name, but it is the leader of authentic Chinese sauces, bringing delicious flavors to consumer kitchen tables as well as restaurant menus for over 126 years. Lee Kum Kee showed that they are as invested in innovation as they are in tradition by premiering a couple of exciting new products.
Outdoor grilling season may be over, but you might need to bring that activity indoors so you have a chance to try Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Ketchup and Sriracha Mayo — bringing an irresistible, spicy twist to two classic condiments that are must–haves for your pantry! You have got to try them directly on a sandwich or burger, or as an ingredient in a dip, sauce or marinade. Learn more about Lee Kum Kee products and get great recipe ideas at This Link!
Gluten Free is a buzz phrase that is continuously being taken in innovative culinary directions, and there are always new products to try for those on wheat-free diets. Goodie Girl is a baking company based in Tribeca, NY that specializes in creating gluten-free cookies with surprising flavors and exciting twists on cookie classics. People are calling Goodie Girl the most delicious, nostalgia-inducing gluten-free treats on the market, and with good reason: they taste absolutely fantastic!
We came home with a package of the Midnight Brownie variety — a dark cocoa, brownie cookie packed with hunks of semi-sweet Belgian chocolate — that really holds its own against a glass of cold milk. Learn more about Goodie Girl gluten free cookies at This Link!
If you are looking for something new and a bit different to add to your array of chips and dips, check out Beanitos — the original bean snacks. High in fiber and low in sodium, Beanitos Chips and Puffs offer a healthier crunch. In taste-tempting flavors like Hot Chili Lime, White Cheddar and Chipotle BBQ, there is going to be a variety to please every snacker at the party. Visit Beanitos online at Beanitos Dot Com.
We’ve previously featured the products of Saffron Road, makers of all natural specialty foods, and we were excited to see them exhibiting again and previewing a selection of their frozen gourmet treats including:
Crispy Samosas frozen gourmet Hors D’oeuvres — just heat and serve!
Dessert Mini Tarts — sophisticated delicacies inspired by the world’s best ingredients and traditions. What’s more, these Mini Tarts require no baking and practically no preparation. Simply thaw and serve. Impressing guests has never been easier! Look for more reviews of Saffron Road products coming soon to The ‘Gig!
No one loves to cook with and eat pasta more than we do, so it’s always fun to see our friends Pasta Fits and the National Pasta Association at an Editor Showcase.
Not only do they consistently have the most attractive display, but they always have something yummy to snack on. Let’s get a closer look at this sexy Pasta Salad.
And with all of this Holiday Cooking and Entertaining you’ve got planned, you’ll need a state-of-the-art range to cook it all on, amiright? Sure I am. Check out this amazing Viking Induction Cooktop:
This 36-inch cooktop is so beautiful and surely every home cook’s fantasy of a kitchen range! The performance and styling of Viking Professional Induction Cooktops are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Totally transformed, these cooktops provide maximum cooking space and the most energy efficient form of surface cooking. Surprisingly, the cooktop stays cool to the touch, and the push-to-turn metal knobs are childproof, so this range is very safe to operate. Viking signature CoolLit ™ LED Lights illuminate cooking zones when in use, making Viking’s induction cooktops the next hottest thing! Get more information on Viking products at This Link!
Thanks as always to Editor Showcase and the Lovely Ladies of Formulatin PR! See you in the Spring!
Here at The Gig, we are all about healthy snacking, and last month’s Editor Showcase Snack Attack event (held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square) introduced us to so many delicious new products and reacquainted us with a few old favorites. Let’s take a look at some of the tempting treats that ended up in our samples bag!
Arla Dofino Cheeses brought a giant gouda cheese with them while also introducing new flavors like Gouda with Chipotle (hot stuff!) and Creamy Havarti, which is especially delicious on sandwiches. I made sure to pick up their list of Casual Entertaining Tips to keep on hand for my next party, as well!
Boulder Canyon Natural Foods introduced their line of Kettle-cooked Potato Chips in popular flavors like Jalapeno Cheddar and Zesty Ranch. Attendees also sampled their Ancient Grains Snack Chips, made with a blend of 7 whole grains and seeds!
Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas are an organic and fun snack in a variety of flavors that are inspired by World Cuisine. Plus, we love their tagline, “What the Halal?” Hilarious!
Gold Emblem Abound Snacks (a store brand of CVS Pharmacies) handed out generous gift bag samplers of some of their tasty products including Mango & Raspberry Snack Bars, Sunshine Edamame Blend and Baked Rice Thins. Get a $1 Off Coupon for any Gold Emblem Abound snack by visiting This Link!
Vintage Italia’s Pasta Chips — real pasta in a thin and crispy chip — are made with semolina flour and Italian herbs and baked with no added fats or oils. These tempting chips are then enhanced with a favorite Italian sauce-inspired flavor including a creamy, buttery Alfredo, Spicy Tomato, Garlic & Olive Oil and Marinara. Mangia!
Of course we just reviewed Suddenly Salad’s Southwestern Grains Salad Right Here, thanks to discovering this delicious and convenient dish right at Snack Attack! Betty Crocker does it again!
Here’s something I bet you haven’t seen before: Popped Edamame Chips from Crunchmaster! Eating Gluten free gets more exciting every day! Our taste buds were also delighted by the whole grain nuttiness and unequaled crunch of Crunchmaster’s Multigrain Crackers (pictured below). Best Cracker Ever? We think so! Find out more (and get a coupon) at This link!
Ah Pretzel Crisps — everyone I know goes insane for these Pretzel-shaped Crackers, and with good reason: they are phenomenal! So thin, so crisp, so completely addictive. New Deli Style flavors at Snack Attack included Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Honey Mustard & Onion. Also coming in 2014; tangy Greek Yogurt Crunch Flavor!
Hey, do you remember a few years ago when that commercial for Soy Joy was just everywhere? I sure do, but I just had a chance to try Soy Joy for myself at Snack Attack, and, let me tell you, it is a tasty thing! Soy Joy is an all-natural baked snack bar made with real fruit and whole ground soy beans. It comes in seven flavors including Black Cherry Chocolate (OMG), Mango Coconut, Cranberry and a Banana flavor that tastes just like Banana Bread! Very highly recommended!
Speaking of tasty Bars, Atkins low carb diet program debuted a new line of decadent flavors of their Advantage snack and meal replacement bars in varieties like Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel, and Cookies & Cream. These may be the most indulgent calorie-conscious products since Weight Watchers Brownie Bliss snacks hit the market! De-Li-Cious!
Another new acquaintance made at Snack Attack is Grace Foods, a manufacturer of Caribbean and Jamaican cuisine food products, which was established in 1922! Wow! As you can see, they sell a variety of plantain chips — which are so similar to potato chips in taste but a bit heartier in texture. They are also very much on trend with their super-hydrating Coconut Water and even Coconut Oil (not pictured) which is such a hot product right now — people are even using it to condition their hair! We wish all good things to Grace Foods as they find a niche in the US specialty foods marketplace.
Thanks As Always to the Ladies of Formula PR for the Guest List Acton! See You Next Time!