Another roundup of some recently discovered “favorites,” in alphabetical order.
1. BAI BUBBLES
Bai became a hot brand with its Bai 5 line of five-calorie drinks in great-tasting fruit flavors.
Now, the brand has a carbonated line, Bai Bubbles: a “sparkling antioxidant infusion” in 11.5-ounce cans.
We’re not inveterate soda drinkers, but Bai Bubbles achieves a middle ground between unsweetened flavored club soda and sweet diet soda.
Like the original Bai 5, each can has 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar, with the majority of its sweetness coming from calorie-free stevia, a naturally sweetener.
Everyone will have his or her favorites in this refreshing line, which has 10 flavors: Apple Pear, Blackberry Lime, Black Cherry, Blood Orange, Coconut Lime, Guava, Limón, Pineapple, Pink Grapefruit and Watermelon Lime.
Bai Bubbles is available at Walmart and other retailers nationwide. The line is certified kosher by OU.
Learn more at DrinkBai.com.
We love Cookie Chips. They’re very thin and crunchy, very tasty, nicely buttery and rather small, so you can have a few without much guilt (5 cookies have 120 calories).
Flavors include Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Sugar, Coconut White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Chip, Original (a buttery sugar cookie), Peanut Butter and Sea Salted Caramel; plus Gluten Free Chocolate Chip and Gluten Free Lemon Sugar.
They’re available in 6-ounce bags and 1.5-ounce single serve packages. The latter are a good strategy, as we’re tempted to eat half the 6-ounce bag.
The line is certified kosher by Kosher LA. Discover more at CookieChips.com.
Lance makes dozens of different sandwich crackers, most variations of peanut butter and cheese.
In a new direction, Lance has just launched Lance Power Break: granola crackers sandwiched with peanut butter or peanut butter and chocolate. They call it “a pumped up snack that gives you energy…
Power Break is the first sandwich cracker with double-digit protein (12 grams), B vitamins and 13 grams of whole grain to keep you going.”
We can’t vouch for the science, but they sure taste great. Load up for grab-and-go snacks.
The line is certified kosher by OU. See more at Lance.com.
New favorites:  Bai Bubbles,  Cookie Chips and  Lance Power Break granola sandwich crackers (photos courtesy their respective manufacturers).
 Polar Beverage’s very chocolatey Double Fudge Diet Soda.  Wholey Cheese! gluten-free cheese crackers (photos are courtesy their respective manufacturers).
POLAR BEVERAGES: DOUBLE FUDGE DIET SODA
One of our readers turned us on to this zero-calorie chocolate fudge soda. Wowsa, is it good!
We have long enjoyed the delicious flavored seltzers of the brand: The company does a great job with flavors and zero calories.
But we only recently received the 411 on the diet sodas. We promptly went out and bought a bottle of Double Fudge Diet Soda…and then went out and bought two cases.
We’re big fans of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels: so many styles from traditional to braided, chocolate-dipped, flavored pieces, sourdough and gluten-free.
The company recently launched round pretzel sandwiches in Brick Oven Style Pizza, Cheddar Cheese and Hummus.
But our favorite of the new products is Wholey Cheese!: crispy, baked cheese crackers with amusing Swiss cheese-type holes (or should that be wholes?).
The line is all natural and gluten-free, in three flavors: Mild Cheddar, Smoked Gouda and Swiss & Black Pepper. The company says they have 28% less fat than the leading brand of cheese crackers
Like the pretzels, Wholey Cheese! crackers are great with a soda or beer, or just by themselves. Try them as salad croutons, too.
The line is certified kosher by OU. Head to SnydersOfHanover.com to see the entire collection.
Did You Know: The same company that makes Snyder’s Pretzels also makes Lance Sandwich Crackers, Pop-Secret Popcorn and Kettle Chips: all great brands!