There's a new Emerald snack on the shelves: Sea Salt & Pepper Cashews. A certain food editor we know who tasted them said they're “boldly flavored” and would make “a good cocktail hour nosh.” Suggested retail is $6.99 for an 11-ounce canister. It has a portion control lid that measures out one serving – if you can stop there.
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Yogurt brand goes for Halloween market
YoCrunch, the yogurt with the candy toppings you can mix in, has some Halloween-themed items this season. (Hey, it's a slow time of year for yogurt makers!) Kids can get low-fat vanilla or strawberry yogurt paired with a bit of Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch, M&M's or Reeses Pieces. Available at grocery and big box stores through – you guessed it, Oct. 31. In the Carolinas, buy them at Harris Teeter, Super Target and Wal-Mart Supercenters.
Sign up now for Victorian Teas in Matthews
The Matthews Women's Club Service League will soon begin taking reservations for its very popular Victorian Teas. Consider yourself warned. These teas book up fast, sometimes within hours. The club will begin taking reservations Oct. 1. Teas will be held Dec. 4-7 at the Historic Reid House in downtown Matthews, with afternoon and evening tea times this year. Reservations: 704-849-5063.
Candy for both sides of the political aisle
The Election Collection from Moonstruck Chocolate makes it so easy to be bipartisan this election season. These plump, adorable truffles (Mayan milk chocolate donkeys with cinnamon and almonds, and bittersweet chocolate elephants with dark chocolate ganache) are cute, delicious and $15 for a four-pack (two of each). In Charlotte, NOFO on Liz (Elizabeth Avenue) and Reid's Fine Foods uptown carry some Moonstruck Chocolate products. Or buy them online at moonstruckchocolate.com.
Honey Sunshine cereal: Sweet with extra fiber
At first bite, Kashi's newest cereal, Honey Sunshine, tastes like Corn Pops. But a glance at the nutrition label shows some key differences. Honey Sunshine is sweet enough to be kid friendly – it has 6 grams of sugar per serving. And Honey Sunshine has three times as much fiber, at 6 grams a serving. So what's not to love? On second bite, it doesn't seem as sweet. But it's worth a try if you want to start the school day with more whole grains and less sugar. Suggested retail: $3.99 for a 12-ounce box.
Heat-and-serve pasta best left on shelf
A 90-second heat-and-serve pasta dinner promises to cure the drive-through blues. Don't be tempted. We tried two of the four varieties of Ronzoni Bistro. Dull, salty flavors dominated. The linguine, in a cream sauce, tastes like baby food; tomato rotini wasn't any better. It would be better – and cheaper – to cook extra pasta when you've got 10 minutes, refrigerate it along with some sauce, and have it ready to microwave. Suggested retail $2.79 for an 8-ounce pouch.