Saturday, April 28, 2012

Newman's Own Organic Sponsor Spotlight Review

I know you have see me talk about Newman's Own Organics lots of times in the past but now I have something new to tell you about that we enjoyed I think even more than the chocolates and that was Newman's Own Organics Balsamic Vinegar & Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Oh, my, we were so tickled to get these! We had some really good French bread and took the Balsamic Vinegar and added a little of the Olive Oil and then I had a mixture of garlic and other herbs and mixed all that together and had the best dipping bread mix I have ever ate! If you have never experienced dipping bread mixes and using your favorite bread (preferably one that has a real crunchy or toasty feel on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside), you really need to! Mostly you will find dipping breads in Italian restaurants but we have stumbled across others that do the same. Mostly Mom and Pop owned restaurants who have made up their own bread dipping mixes.

This is what Nell says about their Balsamic Vinegar:
"Our balsamic vinegar is from Modena, Italy," continues Nell. "The name comes from the Italian world for "balm" referring to the smooth, mellow character of this unique vinegar. Made from unfermented grape juice, it is then aged in wooden casks. When you want to get more creative try a classic Modena dish which pairs sliced strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle fresh strawberries with our high-quality balsamic vinegar and leave to mellow for 30 minutes before serving. A few drops of balsamic vinegar used to deglaze pan-fried meat, can transform an ordinary dish into something special. If a dish lacks pizzazz and tastes "flat," try stirring in 1 or 2 teaspoons of the vinegar. I'm sure you'll find lots of uses for this wonderful product."

I decided to quote her because really, what else could I have said? Trying to change someone's words to make them your own sometimes backfires because it does not have the same great "umph" punch so I have learned when to use my own and when not to. This was one of those rare times that I chose to use their words. And I am going to do it again with the Olive Oil because it is so important that you understand how great a good Olive Oil can be:
"Olive oil, too," says Nell, "has many uses besides the traditional oil and vinegar dressing. Ours is produced in Tunisia and is extra-virgin, which is considered the finest and fruitiest of the olive oils. It's wonderful for dipping or grilling bread, drizzling over ripe, red tomatoes when in season, added to a hot vegetable soup just before serving, using with pasta sauces, sautéing vegetables, cooking meats, making fresh mayonnaise, pestos, hummus, and so many other dishes. This is one product that will be become a daily staple for you." Newman's Own Organics Balsamic Vinegar is available in 8.4 oz. (250ml) and 16.9 oz. (500ml) bottles. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available in 16.9 oz. (500ml) and 25.3 oz. (750ml)bottles.
We have tried Newman's Own Organic Black Tea in the past and loved it for making iced tea and for a cup of hot tea, mostly me, Mike drinks coffee but he does love a good sweet tea if made right. Well, you don't have to worry about that with Newman's Own Organic Royal Tea. I love it either way and so will you. Did you know this: According to the Tea Association of the USA, Americans consumed well over 50 billion servings of tea in 2006; which is over 2.25 billion gallons? These are the three types of tea that Newman's Own has:

**Organic Black Tea – 100 count of 2g double chamber tea bags in individual paper envelopes; suggested retail price, $3.99.

**Organic Green Tea – 40 count of 2g double chamber tea bags in individual paper envelopes; suggested retail price, $2.99.

**Organic Family Size Black Tea Bags – 22 count of 6.3g double chamber tea bags—perfect for preparing iced tea; suggested retail price, $2.99.

I did not know this the last time I reviewed their tea but this is where it comes from:
“We’re delighted to have found the Harris Tea Company. A family run company for the past 67 years, Harris Tea Company has over 200 years of tea procuring and blending experience. They know the tea plantations that our tea is sourced from, so we are able to offer quality organic tea to our consumers at reasonable costs.”
The other thing that we never tried before was the dried fruits. So, this time we did just that! Newman's Own Organics has these dried fruits to choose from: Raisins, Cranberries, Pitted Prunes, Apples, Apricots and a Berry Blend. My two favorites were the Berry Blend and the Apples, which actually surprised me because I normally don't like apples very well. I will eat a chocolate fudge covered apple but to just eat one by itself, naw, not me. I would have thought that the Apricots would have been my favorite but they weren't. I have to tell you though, the Berry Blend was superb! And I actually ate the whole Apple bag all by myself, something you just don't see often. Not at the same time and not all in one sitting, but I did get it done by myself.

Here is what Nell says about Dried Fruit in general:
Dried fruits have gone beyond their traditional roles and are now replacing high-fat, high-sugar snacks and drinks. Prunes, once thought of only for the older set, are being touted for their high antioxidant qualities; second only to blueberries. Raisins, always a treat, have made the leap from the lunch box and oven to trail mix, granola, and other mixed snacks. Cranberries are not just for holiday sauce anymore. They add zip to fruit salads and stuffing, are tossed into mixed snacks, are baked into muffins, breads, and cookies, or, like the others, are perfect for eating alone. Apricots are a healthy, delicious treat right out of the package. Or, try adding them to yogurt, cereal, salad, or desserts.
Newman's Own Organics has so many other products and if you will look back you will see over the last 8 months or so that I have talked about them all except for the coffee. Other than that, I think I have covered them all unless something new has been added recently that I don't know about. They have all been good and I hope you think of them the next time you go out shopping for groceries.

Pick up one or two items and try them and then go on to another one or two the next time until you find your favorites, just like I did. I have to admit that I really love their Chocolate Cups! Especially the Mint Ones and then the Caramel are my next favorite. And their Alphabet Cookies are totally awesome! Those really surprised me also.

The Vanilla and the Cinnamon ones are my favorite which is also surprising because they have a chocolate one that is also great but I would probably pick vanilla or cinnamon over the chocolate in this case. So, see, you never know which one it will be to take ahold of you. I hope I have given you enough info over the months to venture out and see what they have.

Newman's Own Organics has been kind enough (again!) to provide me with a package of goodies to give away on my Mother's Day Package that will be in the Makobi Scribe's Event that runs from May 1st and ends on the 18th. It will be for the Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil, Royal Tea and all of the Dried Fruits along with an extra surprise that they always put in each package that even I don't know about! Open to the U.S. only and value of this package is $63.20.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. All of the pictures came from my cranky camera except for the very top one that I copied from Newman's Own Organic's page.


Terri Betz said...

Love Newman's Own! Use salad dressings but never tried their olive oil! Their candy is great! So I will try their oil next trip into town. Thanks Mary!
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Suz said...

Love this review! The dried fruit looks good and I would love to try the licorice! Have never seen a pomegranate flavor and it looks very interesting!

Sharon Braswell said...

I love Newman's Own Pasta Sauces. I really want to try their Extra Virgin Olive Oil now and your tip for the bread dipping combo sauce!
Thanks for the Review!

Priscilla Benavides said...

I have always wanted to try their popcorn and have heard that it's delicious.