In 1992, Nell Newman approached her father, Paul Newman, with the idea to create a new line of organic products. They were provided with $15,000 dollars to research organic foods and to come up with a business plan. In 1993, they began a new division of Paul Newman’s company called Newman’s Own® Organics: The Second Generation. With the success of their vision of providing high quality organic foods, they became an independent company in 2001. Beginning with white flour organic pretzels, the company has vastly expanded their line of organic products to include about 160 products. Nell has recently been named one of the Top 25 American Food Entrepreneurs by Gourmet Magazine.
In addition to several snack foods, Newman’s Own® Organics also offers coffee, tea, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, organic dried fruit, and pet food. Certified organic by Oregon Tilth, foods by Newman’s Own® Organics contain ingredients that have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more. Since 1982, Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated over $300 million dollars to various educational and charitable organizations around the world.
Our Virginia Home was recently provided a variety of items from Newman’s Own® Organics to review. With the assistance of some of our close friends, Matt and I have listed our opinions on how the products tasted.
Licorice – Sour Apple, Sour Mango, Sour Cherry, Sour Strawberry, Strawberry, Black, Pomegranate
We loved each of the varieties of licorice. We were actually surprised that four of the varieties were described as sour. With sugar crystals coating the sour licorice twists, we mostly tasted citrus and sugar. One of the flavors – Mango – was somewhat bitter and had a strong hint of citrus. The licorice twists were also chewy.
Chocolate Bars – Dark Chocolate, Super Dark Chocolate, Orange Dark Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate
When the box that contained our products was opened, all you could smell was chocolate. Our kitchen cabinets smelled like chocolate. With cocoa ranging from 54% to 70%, the chocolate bars were rich enough that a small piece was all you needed to feel satisfied. The chocolate bars not only have nice packaging, but also have a shiny brown appearance. The chocolate snaps off cleanly when you break a piece off. Best of all, the chocolate does not feel oily or sticky in your mouth as you eat it.
Chocolate Cups-Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cup, Caramel Cup in Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate
- Winner of the San Francisco Chronicle Taste Test
Again, the chocolate was delicious. The cup fillings were creamy and complimented the chocolate. Each package contained 3 cups. Among our friends, we shared each of the flavors to get their opinions. We loved each of them! If you really like caramel, you would like the caramel milk chocolate cup!
Family Recipe Chocolate Chip, Alphabet Cookies in Vanilla or Chocolate
The Vanilla Alphabet Cookies were a product that could definitely become a regular snack in our home. They were very similar to a popular brand of animal crackers that we like, but with the benefit of being organic.
Newman O’s: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Creme, Hint O’ Mint, Ginger ‘n’ Cream
Of the four flavors of Newman O’s, the Ginger ‘n’ Cream were our favorite. If you like ginger snaps, you will really enjoy these. The chocolate cookies with a peanut butter filling were also popular with our friends.
They have a license with Nabisco (Kraft) to use the name Fig Newman’s ™ for their line of organic fig bars. They were generously stuffed with a fig filling. They were actually a very filling snack with the benefit of being fat free.
Hermits – Ginger
These are a soft cookie that have ginger, molasses, and giant organic raisins. We found that just one cookie per serving was filling.
Pretzels – High Protein, Honey Wheat, Salted Rounds
The High Protein pretzels are made with yellow pea flour and contain 5 grams of protein per serving. We liked each of the three types of pretzels, but the Salted Rounds were our favorite because we prefer salty pretzels. If you are trying to watch your salt intake, they have several varieties that are unsalted.
Mints – Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint, Wintergreen
Although the mints that we received for the review were in bags, they also carry some in tins that have decorative illustrations. Each of the four flavors are fresh and would work well to carry around for a quick breath freshener or to settle your stomach.
Dried Fruit – Mixed Berry, Pitted Prunes
Unlike some dried fruit, these didn’t have an odd aftertaste. The Mixed Berry is perfect for adding to baked goods, cereal, or just to eat alone as a snack. It would be great to see this line expanded into a healthy alternative to prepackaged gummy snacks that are often used in lunches of children.
Highlights About Newman’s Own® Organics Products
- USDA Organic and RainForest Alliance Certified ™USDA Organic and RainForest Alliance Certified ™
- The American Gothic photo is of Nell and her father Paul Newman
- The cookie product line is made from palm shortening which has no cholesterol and is lower in saturated fat than butter
- They also make organic pet food for dogs and cats
Win a Newman’s Own® Organics Prize Pack
We are very happy to let you in on a chance to try some Newman’s Own Organic products, too! They are providing one reader of Our Virginia Home the chance to win a prize pack containing four full size items! (Yes, it will contain chocolate!)
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Our Virginia Home received items for review from Newman’s Own® Organics. However, only our honest opinions were expressed.
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