Thursday, December 6, 2012

Newman's Own Organics Treats and Snack Food Review and Giveaway

When Nell Newman and business partner Peter Meehan started Newman’s Own® Organics: The Second Generation® in 1993, they were sure there was a market for organic snack foods, but they couldn’t have anticipated just how fast the demand for their products would grow. What started with pretzels and grew to include other snack foods has now expanded to many other organic items: coffee, tea, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, organic dried fruit, and pet food. The partners anticipate adding a number of new items each year in all these areas. Newman’s Own® Organics’ products meet all the requirements of the USDA’s National Organic Program.

The sale of Newman’s Own Organics products generates money for the Newman’s Own Foundation to give away. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide.

Our Thoughts:
We received a large box of snack foods and treats from Newman’s Own® Organics. The company was so generous in giving us a large selection of their products to try out for free for this review. The box was packed full with all sorts of wonderful looking snacks and treats. When my kids saw me open the box they all got wide eyed and excited.

We really love organic food because of it being healthier and try to buy it when ever we can. Organic snacks and treats seem like they are harder to find, but when they are found they usually turn out to be a treasure. We hadn't seen the products from Newman’s Own® Organics in the stores, so this was a real treat. We tried all the the many things they sent us and everything tasted yummy, but like everything we did have our favorites. We are now going to search out our local grocery store to see if they carry our favorites and if they don't we will be requesting they do.

Cookies
The first things we tried from the box were their Family Recipe Cookies. We received two of their flavors to try out: Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip. These were really good and among my favorites. They were small, but packed with flavor and chewy chocolatey goodness. These also come in resealable bags with a tape tab so they are great to travel with. These come in: Chocolate Chip, Orange Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Ginger Snaps and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.

Then we tried their chocolate flavored Alphabet Cookies and these were small crunchy squares with ABCs on them. My kids loved these and the older ones loved trying to spell things out with the handful of them they took out of the bag. My 4 year old daughter, Teela, immediately started singing the alphabet song while munching the cookies :) These also come in Vanilla and Cinnamon Graham.

We received both the Ginger-O's and Newman-O's. They both have creamy filling sandwiched inside two round crunchy cookies. The Ginger-O's have a wonderful ginger taste...I only wish the ginger was stronger because I love ginger! The Newman-O's we received were the chocolate creme filled chocolate cookies. These cookies also come in these flavors: Original, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Hint O' Mint Ginger 'n' Cream and Wheat Free Dairy Free. They are best when dipped in a glass of milk, in my opinion.

Hermits are another of my favorites. We received the original flavored ones. These cookies are soft and shaped more like cookie bars. These cookies are filled with plump delicious organic raisins and sweetened with organic molasses. These spice cookies have a wonderful flavor. My husband and I hope Newman’s Own® Organics makes more cookies similar to these because we loved their moist, soft texture. These come in: Original, Cinnamon, and Ginger.

Pretzels
We received both their salted Pretzel Rods and traditional Pretzel Thins. These are both a wonderful salty snack. The rods seemed to hold together better than the thins since the thins were mostly broken in the packaging. The rods were thick and easy to hold one at a time in a little ones hand like Zari. The thins were pretzel shaped, thinner and crunchier than the rods. The rods were more flaky of a crunch and very yummy too. These come in: Salted - Rounds, Sticks, Thins, Rods; Unsalted Rounds, Spelt, High Protein, Mighty Mini, Honey Wheat and Thin Sticks.

Dried Fruit
We got to try their dried cranberries. We loved their sweet tangy flavor. These are infused with organic cane sugar and lightly coated with organic sunflower oil. I thought these were better than their non-organic counterparts. I think I will try to find these in my local grocery store so that I can make some cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies or some Cranberry Bliss Bars. These also have a resealable zipper pouch to keep them fresh. They also have: Raisins, Pitted Prunes, Apples, Apricots and a Berry Blend.

Chocolate Bars
We received three of their luscious chocolate bars to review. These are all premium organic chocolate. The Espresso Dark Chocolate has organic ground coffee in the chocolate and 54% cocoa. This is so yummy especially for the coffee lover. The Orange Dark Chocolate has natural orange flavor in the chocolate and 54% cocoa. It smells and tastes like one of those delicious chocolate oranges you get during the holidays. The Super Dark Chocolate has 70% cocoa and is richer than the others. I personally loved all of them because I am a huge chocolate fan...but who isn't?! I get so many cravings for chocolate during the week that I need some of these bars stashed away where my kids can not find them. The chocolate bars come in: Dark Chocolate, Super Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa, Mocha Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate and Orange Dark Chocolate. I think they should do a mint one and one with bits of crystallized ginger in it.

Chocolate Cups
We received three of their wonderful chocolate cups to review. The Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups were my favorite of the three. They reminded me of a peppermint patty except with a crunchier chocolate outer shell in the cup shape. I also loved the Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups which had the gooey, creamy caramel center that oozed out into my mouth. Yummy! The last ones were Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and since I am not much of a peanut butter fan (unless I get cravings...which do occasionally happen) these were not my preferred chocolate cups. These come in: Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Peppermint and Caramel cup in either Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate.

Licorice
We received three of their delicious licorice twists to review. I love licorice and have ever since I was a little girl. Their Sour Apple and Sour Cherry flavors were my favorite. They have organic sugar and sour crystals, derived from natural citrus sources, on the surface of the twists. These are sour and sweet at the same time and so yummy! Although they do get sticky with the little ones. Last we tried the Pomegranate. This is such a unique flavor for licorice, but I really liked it. These come in: Sour Strawberry, Sour Cherry, Sour Mango and Sour Apple, Black, Strawberry and Pomegranate. I think I need to find the other sour flavors to try because all sound so good.

Mints
These come in pretty decorative tins that I am going to re-use for small objects when I am done eating all the mints out of them. I received the Cinnamon and Peppermint. If you open the tins the mints look exactly the same...no artificial dyes or coloring. I love cinnamon anything so I tried these first. These have a wonderful spicy cinnamon taste. The peppermint is like a blast of fresh cold air. These will keep your breath fresh and are only 1 carbohydrate apiece. This made my type 1 diabetic son, Delbin, very happy. These come in: Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint and Wintergreen. The same flavors are available in a convenient pocket size .75 oz roll and a four roll multi-pack bag with the familiar American Gothic style logo of Nell and "Pa" Newman. Since I love ginger so much I am going to try to hunt this one down to try.

BUY IT
Purchase the Newman’s Own® Organics products locally in and around Portland Oregon at New Seasons Market. If you live other places you can search to see where they carry them near you. You can also go to Amazon.com and search for the products there too. They have a great selection of them.

WIN IT
Prize: Win a Newman’s Own® Organics Prize Pack. One winner will receive 4 of our favorite items and some other surprise items. Prize pack will include: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hermits, Sour Apple Licorice and Pretzel Rods!

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received product for free to review and the opportunity to host a giveaway for some additional product. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

16 comments:

Stevie said...

The sour strawberry licorice.

Coup Gator said...

Chocolate chip cookies.. yum

Melanie Scout said...

Fig Newmans!

Ashley S said...

I'd love to try their original black licorice!

Jalynn Patterson said...

Any of it sounds amazing! But we love candy and cookies the best, any kind

tara1965 said...

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Brooke said...

I'd like to try organic black tea and chocolate chip cookies. Yummy!

GoodnessGraces said...

I want to try the Orange Dark Chocolate bar.

andrea v said...

Orange dark chocolate sounds good

Mary T said...

Chocolate cups sound yummy!

justicecw said...

The Alphabet cookies!~
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Melanie Schemanski said...

mmm, chocolate cups!

Kimberly said...

I would like to try the Pretzels Rods

Jennifer T. said...

I'd like to try the Light Butter Pop's Corn.
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Georgette C said...

I'll be the stick in the mud in this group of giveaway entrants and say I'd like to try the coffee! :)
Food-wise, definitely the Orange Dark Chocolate Bar.

Mary T said...

Thanks Crystal! I appreciate being chosen as winner!