Every week new products arrive at THE NIBBLE. Most are good if not noteworthy. Some are so good that they become part of our personal shopping list.
In alphabetical order, here are five favorites of the last few weeks:
1. CAVA GRILL MEDITERRAEAN DIPS & SPREADS
Cava Grill, a casual Mediterranean restaurant chain with locations on the East Coast an California, is now selling a dozen of its popular dips and spreads. You can find them at Whole Foods Markets and other specialty markets (here’s a store locator).
Or, uncork some wine and invite friends and neighbors for a wine break.
See the whole line at Cava.com.
Ice cream is one of our favorite foods, and every day we bless Lactaid for an excellent (and well-priced) line. Every flavor is a winner.
We recently had our first quart of Lactaid Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, and it’s the best supermarket mint chocolate chip ice cream we can recommend: truly refreshing, with lively mint flavor and toothsome chunks of chocolate.
You don’t have to have lactose sensitivity to enjoy Lactaid dairy products. The cottage cheese, ice cream and milk taste just like any other quality products. (Lactaid dudes: We need cream cheese and sour cream, too.)
The only difference is that a minute amount of lactase, the natural enzyme that helps people digest milk products—is added. You can taste it; no one would know the difference.
Check out the other Lactaid ice cream flavors. Salted Caramel Chip is another must-try.
The Damak brand of chocolate was established in Turkey in 1933. Turkey is the world’s third largest producer of pistachio nuts (after Iran and the U.S.), and the bars, in milk or dark chocolate, are packed with the nutritious little nuggets.
The 2.82-ounce square-ish bars are something not readily available in the U.S.: pistachio chocolate bars at the suggested retail price of $2.49. The name, pronounced DUH-mok, is Turkish for “taste.”
Nestlé, which now owns the brand, has committed a million dollars to teach Turkish pistachio farmers more effective agricultural techniques to improve and increase harvests.
See more at NestleDamak.com.
Noosa has been one of our favorite yogurt lines since it first popped up in the U.S. via Australia, where yogurt is spelled with an “h” (see our review).
Each new flavor the brand introduces is better than the last (although the Mexican Chocolate Yoghurt has yet to be topped on our personal list).
New flavors this season:
 Cava Grill Mediterranean Dips (photo Cava).  Nestle Damak pistachio chocolate bars (photo Nestle).  Lactaid Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (photo Lactaid).  Nonni’s Limoncello Pistachio Biscotti (photo Nonni’s Foods).  Orange-Ginger, one of three new Noosa Yoghurt flavors (photo Noosa).
But every flavor hits the spot, and all are delicious enough to be served as a creamy dessert as well as breakfast, lunch and snack fare. See them all at NoosaYoghurt.com.
5. NONNI’S BISCOTTI
Nonni’s, the nation’s leading biscotti baker, salutes spring with two new limited-batch flavors.
Check out the entire line at Nonnis.com.
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