Product Reviews

Nesbitt’s Orange, Publix’s Raspberry Tea, Philadelphia Spinach & Artichoke Cream Cheese

August 18, 2009

Nesbitts Orange

From time to time, I like to taste some new products (or new to me). While at the World Market, I stumbled upon their nice collection of sodas. Having a fondness for Orange Crush, I decided to try Nesbitt’s Orange. At $1.49, it was a bit pricey, but I was game.

So, how’s it taste?

Delicious! Had a clean, orange flavor and was a little less syrupy (yep, it’s a word now) than Orange Crush. And it seems any kind of soda tastes better in a glass bottle. It was nice to get a decent serving size, too. Unlike Coke (which I find irresistible in a glass bottle!) that comes in a teeny tiny size that I can down in two gulps!

Publix Raspberry Tea

Another beverage find was Publix’s Raspberry Tea. My ‘hood just got a brand new Publix and I am there every chance I get. Although not new to Publix, I’m new to the penny item. I happen to be shopping last night and discovered the deli tea was the penny item. It normally sells for $1.49 for a half gallon. You could also get sweet, unsweet, diet, and pomegranate orange. I had a hard time picking between the raspberry and the pomegranate orange.

So, how’s it taste?

Good, but sickeningly sweet. I know us southerners love our sweet tea, but look out! It may be because I’ve long since turned away from making my tea at home with real sugar…I’m a Splenda user now. But despite it’s overly sweet kick, the raspberry was a really nice flavor. You can really screw up artificial raspberry, but I liked this one a lot. It almost reminded me of the raspberry flavor on a Tootsie Pop, minus the Tootsie of course. The sweetness mellowed out after my ice melted a bit and just now I tried a half-n-half concoction with my regular tea. This mixture seemed to drown out the raspberry flavor too much. So I’ll stick with the melted ice cubes. I think I’ll still try out the pomegranate orange. Too bad they don’t make the diet in the flavors.

And lastly, one of my favorites, Philadelphia Cream Cheese. I’ve used it lately in a lot of recipes and I really like to smear it on my bagels and English muffins for breakfast. I was searching for another flavor and came across not only my beloved Sundried Tomato Basil (thank you Philly for bringing that one back!), but saw this new one, Spinach and Artichoke.

So, how’s it taste?

Pretty darn good! It won’t replace my sundried tomato basil anytime soon, but it was much better than I expected. Sometimes in foods like this, the spinach can be stringy, but not this one. It has a really smooth texture to be packing in all that spinach and artichoke. Now some of you may be wincing at the savory selections of cream cheese, but they are unbelievable (although I don’t dare touch the salmon one). This flavor would be excellent in recipes as well. I’ve made recipes recently with the chive and onion flavor and you could easily substitute this one. I’d even go so far as to add it to a sandwich as a nice alternative to your usual boring mayo.

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