Monday, July 4, 2011
Newton's Fruit Thins Gelato Sammies
Mr. ELEB and I are big fans of Fig Newtons, especially the 100% whole grain version. It is a go to snack for him an hour or two before he heads off for an afternoon run. There is always a bag in our pantry!
So you can imagine that I was particularly pleased to receive a complimentary bag of Newton's new Fruit Thins as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program to try. They come in three flavors: Cranberry Citrus Oat, Chocolate Raspberry, and Blueberry Brown Sugar. The package I received was the Blueberry Brown Sugar.
As you can see, the cookies, as advertised, are thin. They are made with real dried blueberries which is a plus. They also have whole grain wheat flour, flax seeds, and rolled oats. None of these are the primary ingredient (unbleached enriched flour) but I give Kraft credit for including these ingredients which provide 8 grams of whole grains per serving. There aren't any unpronounceable ingredients which is also a plus. There is sugar and, of course, brown sugar. I did find the cookies a little too sweet for my taste and Mr. ELEB did not care for them.
I guess we have just been spoiled by the original Newtons. We weren't blown away by these cookies out of the package. However, I did use some all natural vanilla gelato to make gelato sammies and did like the cookies in them. I also think they would work crumbled up over ice cream or gelato or crushed to be used in a crust or crumble.
The taste is fine, a pretty natural flavor. They reminded me somewhat of a crispy Digestive which I love. So I think it was the sweetness that was the negative for me. The creaminess of the gelato helped temper this and I think that's why I liked them much better that way.
Have you tried any new stuff lately? Winners/losers? Hope you're having a great 4th of July!