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Archive for May, 2009

PRODUCT: Sunkist Naturals Smoothies

There used to be a time where smoothies could only be had fresh out of a blender at home. Then, beginning with the iconic Orange Julius, chains like Smoothie King, Jamba Juice and Robek’s began popping up all over the place. Now, we have become a nation of smoothie drinkers.

We recently tasted Sunkist Naturals’ line of premium, all-natural smoothies, featuring fruit juices sourced from small regional farms—juicy Marion berries from Oregon and Michigan, sweet strawberries from coastal California and legendary Alphonso mangoes. They have no added sugar, preservatives or any artificial ingredients and are laden with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Flavors include Berry Blue Bountiful, Berry Cherry Bountiful, Glorious Greens, Golden Mango, Orange Cream, Pomegranate Sunshine, Strawberry Dream and 100% Valencia Orange.

Sunkist Naturals are not as thick as smoothies from Odwalla and Naked Juice, and as a result, a few fewer calories. We liked them all (like ice cream, has there ever been a smoothie flavor anyone didn’t like?) With eight delicious flavors we’re sure you’ll find one to call your own. Suggested retail price is for $2.79 for 15.2 ounce bottle and $3.99 for 1 liter.

Sunkist Naturals

Sunkist Naturals’ smoothies. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

See our recipes for healthy homemade smoothies.

– Check out super juice from China.

– Discover the many benefits of natural fruit juices.

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PRODUCT: You Say “Goodbye,” We Say Hello!

Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road

Ben & Jerry’s limited-edition tribute

Ben and Jerry’s, the socially concerned Vermont ice cream titan that created such hits as “Cherry Garcia” and “One Sweet Whirled,” has done it again. The company is now helping the world-renowned Elton John AIDS Foundation by reviving Sir Elton’s signature tribute flavor, “Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road.” This mix of chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle (similar to toffee) and white chocolate chunks will blast you off like a “Rocket Man,” with no “Sacrifice” of flavor. You’ll be “Restless.” It’s “Madness.” “Are You Ready For Love?” Because “It’s the Greatest Discovery.” You’ll feel no guilt with every spoonful, because a portion of the sales from this creamy, chunky “Return to Paradise” treat benefits a great cause. So, buy a pint or three, because “That’s What Friends Are For.”
Take it from us, after the sugar rush has left you and you’re finally out of Elton John song references, gazing into the bottom of the pint, “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.” Oh wait, we’ve got one—“The Batch is Back!”

-See our Gourmet Ice Cream section for reviews of our favorite ice cream.
-Read The History of Ice Cream.
-What’s the difference between ice cream, gelato, sorbet and frozen yogurt? Learn the definitions.

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CONTEST: The Kettle Brand “Create-a-Chip Challenge”

Concocting the next “it” potato chip flavor: right up there with professional baseball watching and test-driving Ferraris as far as our dream jobs go. Now, thanks to Kettle Brand, you can buy your very own flavor factory and live a day in the life with four bags of “blank canvas” plain Kettle Chips, and a zesty palette of seven all-natural seasonings like caramelized onion, roasted tomato and lemon butter. Just open a bag of chips, add a healthy dusting of cheddar or sweet chili with additions from your kitchen, shake well and let the artistry begin!

With an astronomical 1,750 possible combinations (though Kettle recommends keeping it to two or three flavors per bag), you’ll be turning out your own masterpieces like Spicy Ketchup with Dill and Grown Up Mac ‘n Cheese chips in no time. It’s a tasty project for foodies, or an appropriate addition to any college dorm room for ubiquitous late-night snacking.

Kettle Brand "Create-a-Chip Challenge" Kit

Kettle Brand “Create-a-Chip Challenge” kit

Buy a kit at, and submit your stroke of sweet-spicy-sour-salty genius online for a chance at flavor immortality. Your online “pantry” contains 27 ingredients, soy sauce and honey included…so, let’s just say the possibilities are endless.

-See more of our favorite chips in our Snacks Section.
-For more information, see The History of Potato Chips.
-See more flavored potato chips reviewed by THE NIBBLE.

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NEWS: Longest Coffee Break Ever

Winter, a 37-year-old computer programmer from Houston has made it his life’s mission to visit every Starbucks on earth – a lofty goal further complicated by the coffee giant’s recent downturn in profits. Competition roars from the other chain on every corner, McDonald’s, now serving posh coffee drinks at lower prices. Frequent customers are turning former, establishing more economical relationships with their home brewers. And Starbucks, which once ruled the kingdom of caffeine with a venti fist, has begun closing stores. title="A

A strong cup of bitter farewell.

This strikes a devastating personal note for Winter, who has visited over 9,000 Starbucks spanning 17 countries in the last 12 years. A self-professed “mild” compulsive, he drops everything and hops into a plane when word gets out that a location he hasn’t visited yet will be dropping its green awning forever. Last summer he drove 25,000 miles around the country visiting 40 doomed locations, one of which closed before he got the chance to sample their wares and take a photograph. He calls it “the one that got away.”

Read more about Winter and his coffee break – full story at the Wall Street Journal.

-Read all about gourmet coffee.
-What’s your coffee IQ? Take our quiz.
-Learn about the history of coffee.
-Check out our glossary of coffee terms.

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DISCOUNT: $3.00 Coupon For Maple Farms Duck


A lovely confit leg of duck, ready to heat an eat.

We love duck, but we don’t like to cook it—our New York City apartment doesn’t have an exhaust, and it ends up smelling like Roast Duck Central for days. That’s why we were so happy to discover Maple Leaf Farms, duck that’s cooked and frozen, needing only a quick heat-and-eat. We’ve been enjoying duck much more frequently thanks to the tasty quackers from Maple Leaf Farms.

And now, we’ve discovered a $3.00 printable coupon, good until the end of the year. It’s like printing money. Discounted duck—just what we needed in a recession.

– Here’s the $3.00 coupon.

– Here’s our review of Maple Leaf Farms duck products.

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