He’s Green She’s Green: Autumn Foods

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by John and Jennifer Burkhart

There are many reasons to look forward to fall: cooler weather, changing leaves, the holidays, football and the food! The flavors of fall are infused into just about every food category, and we had some fun trying a nice variety of organic pumpkin-, maple- and apple-flavored fare.

Trader Joe’s | Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries, Pumpkin

tjpumpkintoasterHE SAID: It’s that time of year when pumpkin flavor turns into an invasive species and tries to worm its way into everything I eat and drink. Normally I’m annoyed by the pumpkin onslaught, so I was surprised to find that I liked this Pop Tart-esque toaster pastry. It was like a tiny slice of warm pumpkin pie that was ready in 15 seconds.

He gave it: ★★★★★

SHE SAID: There’s just something about toaster pastries that warms my sweet tooth’s soul. These were definitely more pumpkin-spice than pumpkin, but I’m not complaining. I thought they were super sweet and flavorful, but would suggest TJ’s add a touch more filling.

She gave it: ★★★★

Lake Champlain Chocolates | Maple Caramel, Peanut Butter, Caramel

lake champlain chocolatesHE SAID: We just had to see what $20.00 chocolates tasted like. These Lake Champlain chocolates were very tasty – the dark chocolate and maple caramel were my favorite. The rich dark chocolate and the sweet caramel went well together, and the maple syrup aftertaste made me want to grab another one. However, the other two flavors were quite boring. In fact, I think Reese’s does a better peanut butter cup. They end up not being worth the hefty price tag.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: For gourmet chocolates, I’d expect a little more than cute leaf shapes in fancy foil wrappers. They were definitely tasty – especially the fillings – but the dark chocolate was hard, and the milk chocolate was firm and not that smooth. I’ve had better quality chocolate for less.

She gave it: ★★★

Amazing Grass | Green Superfood, Pumpkin Spice

amazing-grass-pumpkinHE SAID: I’m not going to lie, this stuff tastes like pumpkin-spice-flavored lawn clippings in powder form. We tried it first in a glass of almond milk and it was drinkable, but just barely. I gave it a second go with some vanilla protein powder and it was much better. The pumpkin spice flavor is strong, but it still needs some help to cover up the taste of sod.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: I think you could add any flavor to this supplement and it would still taste like a cup of dirt. When made as directed, it was grainy and tasted like straight spirulina and soil. That was tough to choke down! I highly recommend blending with banana, ice and milk because the health benefits are hard to pass up.

She gave it: ★★★

Samuel Smith’s | Organic Hard Apple Cider

i-samuelsmith-orgciderHE SAID: I think this Samuel Smith apple cider is wonderful. The taste of sharp green apples is such a welcome break from all the heavy beers every other brewery is cranking out this time of year. If you don’t have an aversion to apple juice and you are sick of the spiced ale or pumpkin porter you’ve been drinking, give one of these a shot for an energizing twist.

He gave it: ★★★★★

SHE SAID: Reach for this when you want to get the party started, but in an extremely drinkable way (pace yourself!). I loved it! The smooth, crisp and tart flavor was refreshing and delicious. It comes in a large bottle for sharing, but you’ll still want to grab two.

She gave it: ★★★★★

18 Rabbits Jr | Organic Caramel Apple Granola Cereal

JrCaramelAppleCereal-8oz-new_largeHE SAID: I like granola and I love caramel apples, but I’ve never wondered what it would be like to combine the two. 18 Rabbits decided to give it a shot, and in my opinion, it didn’t pay off. The granola had a good crunch, but the overall flavor was muted. An occasional tart zing was the only thing that reminded me of apple, and I didn’t notice a caramel flavor at all.

He gave it: ★★

SHE SAID: Yum! There are lots of healthy whole grains and seeds, and not too much sugar in this tasty granola. I hoped there would be more caramel flavor, but at least the bits of sour apple were plentiful. This company also donates some of the proceeds to kids affected by food insecurity. Granola that is good for the soul!

She gave it: ★★★★

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