Written on March 21, 2014 at 10:00 am , by Lauren Katz
When 3 p.m. rolls around, there’s nothing we crave more than a crunchy snack that’s satisfying but doesn’t leave us feeling guilty. This seemed to be a bit of a challenge, until we tried Kettle Head Popcorn. Located in Denver, CO, the folks at Kettle Head combine organic popcorn with local ingredients for five stellar popcorn flavors, each one more unique and crave-worthy than the last. Each flavor is gluten-free, as well as either all-natural, vegetarian or dairy free, too.
Our mid-day snack craving was sufficed with the Toasted Cinnamon, Spicy Southwest, Denver Cheddar and Kettle Corn flavors, and it was truly tough to pick a favorite. The original kettle corn was just sweet enough and definitely left us feeling a bit nostalgic to the carnival days. Toasted Cinnamon was sweet and warm; we’d imagine it would go great with mixed nuts. The Denver Cheddar was savory and succulent, and tasted completely natural (no bright orange fingers here!). And the Spicy Southwest definitely warmed up our taste buds, with flavors of chili peppers and southwest spices. We hear it goes great with beer!
Kettle Head delivers nation-wide and delivery is free in Denver and the surrounding areas. You can order a small bag just to try it out or even a 1-gallon tin to feed the masses. Trust us, this stuff will go fast, so be prepared to share.
Written on January 31, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
It’s the Friday before the Super Bowl and if you’re still searching for that perfect snack or app, have no fear: It’s Fast Idea Friday, and we’ve got a recipe you can’t refuse! Creamy, tangy and just the right amount of spice, our Buffalo Dip is sure to please any palate, no matter what team they’re rooting for! Serve it alongside crunchy veggies and you’ll have a winning dish in no time.
Get the Buffalo Dip recipe here, and have a delicious Super Bowl Sunday!
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Written on January 18, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Besides being the ultimate movie theater munchie, popcorn is a great snack that provides a blank canvas for flavor combinations. Salty or sweet; spicy or cheesy; mixed with nuts or straight up; the possibilities are endless. While throwing a bag in the microwave and pressing that “popcorn” button is as easy as it gets, think outside the bag tomorrow, on National Popcorn Day, and whip up something delicious and impressive. We’ve compiled our top 5 most popular popcorn recipes that cover all your flavor combo bases, so you’re sure to find one that speaks to your taste buds. Happy snacking!
Written on November 29, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
Happy day after Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like us, you got up at the crack of dawn for some epic Black Friday shopping (or you’re already home from those crazy 3 am sales). Which just goes to show, the holiday season is both wonderful and crazy at the same time. So you’re going to need snacks to keep you energized all season long. And we’ve got just the recipe for you: Our fast and easy Trail Mix Granola?
Store-bought trail mix combined with sweet cinnamon-y oats and baked to perfection–what could be bad about that? Make a big batch for your whole family to enjoy. Watch the step-by-step video here.
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Written on May 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm , by Lauren Smith
Cheers for low-fat cheese! We snacked on nearly 50 types to find five skinny versions that are so rich and flavorful, you’ll swear they’re the real deal. By: Dina Cheney
Best for salads: Athenos Reduced Fat Traditional Crumbled Feta Cheese ($5.72 for 12 oz.)
“I’ll never buy a full-fat version again!” vowed one tester after sampling this robust feta made with part-skim milk. Addictively salty and creamy (with one-third fewer calories than regular feta), it’s spectacular sprinkled on salads—from classic Greeks to slices of watermelon and red onion.
Best for Sandwiches: Sargento Deli Style Sliced Reduced Fat Pepper Jack Cheese ($3.62 for 6.67 oz.)
Flecks of spicy habanero and jalapeño chiles kick up the heat in these tasty slices made with fresh 2% milk (some companies use condensed or dry milk). Panelists praised Sargento’s smooth texture and zesty flavor. Add slices to cold-cut sandwiches or grilled panini. Bonus: It tastes even better melted!
Best for Snacking: Kerrygold Reduced Fat Dubliner Cheese ($5.49 for 7 oz.)
Produced in Ireland with milk from grassfed cows, this cheese is aged for a year to intensify its nutty, sharp flavor and dense, crumbly texture. Delicious on its own or with apple slices, toasted nuts and a glass of wine, it’s a dead ringer for aged cheddar—but has fewer calories and less fat.
Best for Melting: Karoun Dairies Part-Skim Mozzarella Ball ($5.99 for 1 lb.)
Many reduced-fat mozzarellas come preshredded and have a dry texture and wan taste. But this part-skim ball crafted from hormone-free milk is rich, full-flavored, slightly tangy and ideal for pizza, baked pasta and lasagna.
Best for Party Platters: Coach Farm Reduced Fat Goat Cheese with Herbs ($7.99 for 7 oz.)
Long featured on the menus of top chefs, Coach Farm’s line of small-batch goat cheeses includes this luscious version made with skim milk and rolled in dried basil, thyme and rosemary. The contrast between the grassy herbs and the creamy cheese wowed panelists: “It tastes artisanal, not low-fat,” one pointed out.
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