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Snack testing: 11 snack products tested for taste

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Snack testing: 11 snack products tested for taste

Does your mid-afternoon slump need a new healthy, convenient snack, or do your kids' lunches need fresh snack ideas? With the surge in 100-calorie snacks, organic snacks, natural snacks and low-fat snacks flooding grocery stores and coffee shops across Canada, we decided to put 11 of the most interesting new packaged snacks to the test for taste, health benefits and most important: satisfaction!

Neal's Brother's Organic Cheese Twists
"It tasted like cheesies, but less artificial. It was cheesy, crunchy, and the colour looked more real. No aftertaste, or neon-orange fingers after eating them. I really liked it, I practically ate the whole bag in 10 minutes. The taste is much richer than regular cheesies but with the same crunchy texture."
– Helen

Snack stats

240 calories
12g fat
29g carbs
Snack attack rating: 10/10Multigrain Ritz Chips
"They definitely tasted like a Ritz product with that signature buttery melt-on-your-tongue flavour, but these were crunchier than the crackers with a slightly salty and with a multigrain taste. For a chip lover, these might not be a good substitute since they're more like a thinner, crunchier cracker. I would definitely serve them at a party with dip or take them as a snack for work since they're 61% less fat than some chips."
– Jaclyn

Snack stats
240 calories
7g fat
35g carbs
Snack attack rating: 8/10Thinsations Thin Crisps in Peanut Butter
"These were kind of like a peanut butter-flavoured animal cracker. Ideal if you're craving peanut butter! It would be a great mid-afternoon snack and for 100 calories, you can't go wrong. "
– Alex

Snack stats
100 calories
3g fat
17g carbs
Snack attack rating: 7/10Munchies Sweet & Spicy Crunchy Coated Peanuts
"This snack turned out to be more sweet than spicy and I don't think I could handle more than a handful of them at a time. Definitely don't buy these for their spicy flavour since the sweetness really takes over any other taste."
–Teresa

Snack stats
280 cal
19g fat
18g carbs
Snack attack rating: 7/10Organic Healthy Handfuls - Oatmeal Raisin (Crocodile Cookies)
"These cookies contain no preservatives, so they're a healthier snacking alternative. Although they're a watered down version of grandma's oatmeal cookies
(flavour-wise), they're still a tasty way to kill mid-afternoon hunger pangs. So it makes a great lunch snack, especially for kids."
– Sarah

Snack stats
140 cal
5g fat
21g carbs
Snack attack rating: 7/10Pete's Tofu2Go Snackables Sesame Ginger
"This sweet and salty snack has real sesame seeds in the sauce it comes in, and I felt healthy eating it. It's a real protein boost, but if you don't like tofu you might not like this, and the triangles are too thick and sauce-y to serve on their own as a snack at a party."
– Colleen

Snack stats
170 cal
10g fat
6g carb
Snack attack rating: 6.5/10Second Cup's Cafe Delight Bars, Vanilla Bean Latte flavoured
"I loved this snack, but it's not something I could eat every day. The flavours were really intense (vanilla and coffee) and it was really sugary. It had a melt-in-your-mouth quality but I found it to be a little too sweet - there's 13 g of sugar per bar! So it's not a granola bar I could have for breakfast, but definitely for a mid-day treat."
– Amberly

Snack stats
140 cal
3.5g fat
26g carbs
Snack attack rating: 8/10Kashi Tasty Little Crackers (TLC) in Natural Ranch
"It's advertised as 'great-tasting snack you can feel great about.' I think it succeeds in that respect - they were better than any health-food cracker I've had, and were still chock-full of healthy stuff (sesame seeds, flax, seven grains, etc). They were definitely on the salty side, but I don't think overly so. The ranch flavour was subtle, which was nice."
– Cynthia

Snack stats
90 cal
2g fat
15g carbs
Snack attack rating: 9/10Dolci Frutta
"We had a little chocolate dipping party in the business team and it was great! Melted the chocolate and dipped fresh fruit...the chocolate was even-textured and really rich. Not for the faint of heart! I would definitely use this at the right kind of party, it would be awesome for a dessert table."
– Scott

Snack stats (chocolate only)
160 cal
9g fat
19g carbs
Snack attack rating: 8/10Christie Crunchers in Spicy Thai
"These were a good snack for when you just feel like munching on something in between meals, but were more tomato-flavoured than spicy so the sweet taste overpowered everything else. I wouldn't replace my regular chips with them."
– Sean

Snack stats
90 cal
2g fat
15g carbs
Snack attack rating: 6/10Quaker Crispy Delights in Chocolate Drizzle
"This snack comes in great little individual 90 calories baggies, so they're convenient to take to work for a lunch time snack. Although, beware: this snack is incredibly addictive -- I ate two baggies at my desk in about 15 minutes. The chocolate wasn't overpowering, but it also wasn't too bland either (which rice cakes have a tendency to be)."
– Dayna

Snack stats
90 cal
3.5g fat
14g carbs
Snack attack rating: 10/10

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