We taste a number of new products each week at THE NIBBLE. These are out choices for this week’s sharing, in alphabetical order.
 
 
1. ALPINE START INSTANT COFFEE

Starbuck’s Via instant coffee packets have a new rival: Alpine Start, for people who need a decent cup of coffee on the go.

Individual packets dissolve instantly in hot or cold water. We found the cold water option especially handy, since we often have a yen for a glass of iced coffee in our own kitchen or office (but no space in the fridge to keep a container of it).

If the free coffee at work or on an airplane tastes like sludge, or if you want convenience for travel or camping, take a sip.

The coffee is full-bodied, with this caveat: When we drank it black, we detected a bitter flavor note. When we added milk, all was rich and well, both iced or hot.

The beans are 100% arabica from Colombia. A box of 8 packets runs about $ 1.10 a packet.

Discover more at Alpine Start Foods.
 
 
2. MUUNA COTTAGE CHEESE WITH CUT FRUITS

Last summer we discovered Muuna fruit-flavored cottage cheese.

Packaged in individual cups like sundae-style yogurt, the fruit—actual cut fruit, not preserves—is at the bottom of cup.

We’re happy to see that the line has done well. Three new flavors have been added; the lineup now features:

  • Black Cherry
  • Blueberry
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Strawbery
  • Vanilla
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    Alpine Start Coffee
    [1] Alpine start instant coffee packages (photo courtesy Alpine Start Foods).

    Muuna Cottage Cheese
    [2] Muuna cottage cheese has real cut fruit on the bottom, ready to stir up (photo courtesy Muuna).

     
    There are also classic plain and lowfat plain, but where’s the fun in that?

    Muuna is also rich in protein: 15g of protein per 5.3-ounce cup. Discover more at Muuna.com.

     

    Oui By Yoplait Key Lime
    [3] Take a fantasy trip to France with Oui By Yoplait French-style yogurt (photo courtesy Yoplait).

    Parm Crisps
    [4] From a snack cracker with a drink to a gourmet creation, Parm Crisps are a no-carb crispy cheese cracker (photo courtesy Parm Crisps).

     

     
    3. OUI BY YOPLAIT, FRENCH-STYLE YOGURT

    Yoplait began as a French company*, and Oui is their homage to premium French yogurt. It trades yogurt’s ubiquitous plastic container for a stylish glass pot—which has lots of post-yogurt uses.

    The recipe is old school. Milk, fruit and cultures are poured into each individual pot, and left to set for eight hours. The culturing process takes places inside the pot, resulting in a delicious, thick yogurt.

    Four new flavors have been added to the lineup:
    flavors:

  • Blackberry
  • Key Lime
  • Mango
  • Raspberry
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    While Mango may sound like a fan favorite, we urge you to try the sprightly, refreshing Key Lime (try all of them, of course).

    The new flavors join the initial eight flavors: Black Cherry, Blueberry, Coconut, Lemon, Peach, Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla.

    Not surprisingly, Oui by Yoplait is French-style yogurt, which is the same as custard-style yogurt and Swiss-style yogurt (the different types of yogurt).

    The line is all natural, non-GMO and reduced sugar products, and is certified kosher (dairy) by OK.

    Discover more at OuiByYoplait.com.
     
     
    4. PARM CRISPS, A CARB-FREE CRUNCHY SNACK

    We first tried Parm Crisps way back in 2006, when they had a different name, Gourmet Wafer Crisps by Kitchen Table Bakers (the company that makes them).

     
    If you like cheese, you’ll love discovering these tasty, low-calorie, low-carb crisps. They’re basically parmesan cheese, and seasonings, transformed into flat cracker shapes.

    Delicate, lacy baked cheese thins, they’re an Italian recipe known as fricco in the old country. Use them as snack crackers, plain or with wine and beer.

    Use them salad garnishes, float them as croutons in a large bowl of soup.

    Crumble them atop vegetables or potatoes; use them as a base for canapés, serve them on a platter with prosciutto or serrano ham for a new take on “ham and cheese.” And of course, add them to antipasto plates.

    Flavors include Original plus:

  • Basil Pesto Parm Crisps
  • Everything Parm Crisps
  • Italian Herb Parm Crisps
  • Jalapeño Parm Crisps
  • Rosemary Parm Crisps
  • Sesame Parm Crisps
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    Snacking from the package is very satisfying, but the only limitation is your imagination.

    For example, salmon caviar with crème fraîche on the Rosemary Parm Crisp is very elegant. So is a thin-slice of cucumber with dilled crème fraîche on the Italian Herb Crisp.

    Now, where’s that glass of wine?

    Discover more at ParmCrisps.com.

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    *The brand was developed by the French dairy cooperative Sodiaal. It is now the largest franchise brand of yogurt, jointly owned by United States–based food conglomerate General Mills.

      


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