Clif Bar and Luna mini bars:
Energy bars often have so many calories that they're more of a meal replacement than a mid-meal booster. But Chicago Tribune tasters loved Clif Bar and Luna mini bars. At 100 and 80 calories apiece, respectively, they'll see you through to your next meal without tanking your diet. A box of 18 in three-flavor variety packs costs $13 at REI stores and by mail (rei.com and 800-426-4840).
Cooks help one another at BakeSpace
BakeSpace.com has changed its Web site to make it easy for cooking and baking enthusiasts to help one another improve their skills in the kitchen. Those with knowledge create mentor profiles. Folks who call up recipes on www.bakespace.com find a list of related tips and mentors. Or, just browse the list of mentors to find one who can help you.
Hot off the presses (and in the bottle)
The makers of Tabasco have two new releases: One is a coffee table book called “Tabasco – An Illustrated History,” the other a commemorative sauce. Avery Island Reserve celebrates the McIlhenny Company's 140th anniversary. Buy it online starting in November. $14.99 for a 5-ounce bottle. Details: www.tabasco .com.
Organic Bunny Fruit to hop onto shelves
Annie's Homegrown, makers of one of the first organic mac 'n' cheese products, has a new line of Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks. They're due on shelves this fall in two flavors: Berry Patch and Tropical Treat. Bunny Fruit is vegan, gelatin-free and made with real fruit juices. Suggested retail: $4.99 for five, 0.8 oz pouches.
Snacks for game day
Score big points when you toss a Little Debbie football-shaped brownie in the lunchbox as a special treat. Available through Super Bowl XLIII. Suggested retail: $1.59 for six. At various supermarkets and mass merchandise stores. Krispy Kreme's football-shaped doughnuts are back, too. Get them in team colors. After Sept. 30, get them weekends only through – you guessed it – Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.!
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