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Your Favorite Newman's Own Products?

Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 09:18 AM

Alright, philanthropic considerations aside, it seems like just about everybody has at least one or two Newman's Own products they really like. Fact is, this company cranks out some pretty good stuff.

The Khantessa and I dote on the Olive Oil and Vinegar salad dressing and the Italian salad dressing. You lot have any favs?

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    truman RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 09:32 AM

    Salsa (medium) and arrabbiata pasta sauce. I used to like the light red wine vinegar salad dressing, but it is a bit too sweet for me so I had to doctor it up to finish the bottle.

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      Val RE: truman Feb 5, 2014 12:36 PM

      Yep, I love their medium salsa too. (Quit buying bottled salad dressings a long time ago.)

    2. fldhkybnva RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 10:17 AM

      SO really likes the marinara sauce.

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        valerie RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 11:52 AM

        I use the low fat Sesame Ginger salad dressing almost daily on my salads. I also like the salsa.

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          pine time RE: valerie Feb 4, 2014 12:40 PM

          I like this dressing, too. Sometimes I'll grate in some fresh ginger and use it as a marinade for chicken, maybe with a few hot pepper flakes, and it's delicious.

          We also like the Newman's Own Special Blend coffees for the Keurig--both leaded and unleaded.

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            CanadaGirl RE: valerie Feb 11, 2014 06:52 AM

            I love that dressing. Unfortunately, it is no longer available where I am :(

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              pine time RE: CanadaGirl Feb 11, 2014 07:58 AM

              Uh oh, hope they're not discontinuing it. May need to buy some to stock up?

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                valerie RE: pine time Feb 11, 2014 12:00 PM

                I hope not too. I still see it widely available near me.

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                  CanadaGirl RE: pine time Feb 12, 2014 11:38 AM

                  It hasn't been availbe in my area (Nova Scotia, Canada) for a couple of years. We never had the full selection of Newman's product anyway, just some if the dressings and sometimes the pasta sauce.

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                    Ttrockwood RE: pine time Feb 12, 2014 08:03 PM

                    I've seen it at several stores recently. But i do think they discontinued the poppy seed salad dressing, can't find it anywhere and out of stock on amazon.......

              2. Veggo RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 12:00 PM

                For jarred or bottled, I think most of their products are among the best. I jazz up the Caesar dressing with more garlic and anchovies and lemon juice.

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                  pinehurst RE: Veggo Feb 7, 2014 11:58 AM

                  Huge fan of the Caesar dressing. And +1 on the adding fishies.

                2. jrvedivici RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 12:03 PM

                  While I have used some of the products over the years, nothing has ever "grabbed" me enough to be a regular user of their products.

                  Actually salad dressing, jarred sauce and microwave pop corn is all that comes to mind, is there more they brand?

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                    Veggo RE: jrvedivici Feb 4, 2014 12:08 PM

                    Pretty good quality lines of salsa, grappling hooks, and surface-to-air missiles.

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                      jrvedivici RE: Veggo Feb 4, 2014 12:21 PM

                      Do you jazz up the surface to air missiles too or are they good right out of the jar?

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                        Veggo RE: jrvedivici Feb 4, 2014 12:25 PM

                        I modify them with a cork and a "pop" flag for air travelers to see out the window. I'm just funnin' with them.

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                      pine time RE: jrvedivici Feb 4, 2014 12:41 PM

                      See above--they also make K-cups coffee.

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                      nothingswrong RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 03:39 PM

                      I've had a few good vinegar-based salad dressings. Much better than the other bottled stuff, though I don't eat salad anymore. And homemade still trumps them all IMO.

                      I don't think you were asking about this, but the one Newman's Own product I always buy are the dog treats. My dogs LOVE them and they have less crap in them than other store bought brands. I do also make homemade dog treats, but I like to give the pups some variety. The ones they like look like Slim Jims, flavored with chicken and vegetables.

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                        BobbieSue RE: nothingswrong Feb 7, 2014 09:56 AM

                        ITA re: salad dressing. I had no idea Newmans makes dog treats. I will keep an eye open for them!

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                          Perilagu Khan RE: BobbieSue Feb 7, 2014 10:22 AM

                          I've tried them, and they are delicious.

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                            Veggo RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2014 11:56 AM

                            Way to go, Cool Paw Luke!

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                              Perilagu Khan RE: Veggo Feb 7, 2014 12:31 PM

                              I got ANGRY at them treats!

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                            nothingswrong RE: BobbieSue Feb 11, 2014 02:07 PM

                            Yes, they sell them at WF and TJs, but now I see them at my regular grocery store too.

                            For a while, my big dog was having horrible food allergies and my vet recommended the Newman's Own dog food (it's in a yellow bag). I switched her over and all her allergy symptoms went away within a week or two (rashes, itching, ear infections, bald patches, etc.).

                        2. Munkipawse RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 07:17 PM

                          I like a couple teaspoons of the olive oil and vinegar PN dressing stirred in a bowl of hot pasta followed by a couple pinches of red pepper flakes... Nom.nom.

                          1. Ttrockwood RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2014 07:58 PM

                            I think newman's own italian dressing is a percentage of my father's daily food groups. A bottle a week since they started making it.

                            I actually love the original "hermit" cookies- thick, chewy, spicey. The organic spelt pretzels are great, as are the honey wheat.

                            The "ginger-Os" are hard to come by, like an oreo but with ginger creme, good stuff. And the peanut butter ones.

                            Oh, and those dk chocolate peanut butter cups are amazing.
                            I feel good supporting the company- and they make some really great stuff!

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                              paulj RE: Ttrockwood Feb 4, 2014 08:27 PM

                              I usually grab a couple of bags of whatever 'O's are on sale at Grocery Outlet. The ginger one are most interesting.

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                                cavandre RE: Ttrockwood Feb 5, 2014 05:32 AM

                                Those chocolate peanut butter cups makes it hard to enjoy Reese's.

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                                  Ttrockwood RE: Ttrockwood Feb 6, 2014 07:02 PM

                                  !! Found newman-Os on sale this week at whole foods in nyc! $2.50/pkg. came home with the ginger aaaannd the peanut butter :)

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                                  wonderwoman RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2014 05:52 AM

                                  in years past (before i started to pay attention to my carb and white flour intake) i would split pita bread and brush the cut side with the original salad dressing then bake until brown and crisp.

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                                    CDouglas RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2014 11:01 AM

                                    Caesar Dressing (oil based), Fig Newmans, Newman-O's, Uncured Pepperoni thin crust pizza, Roadside Lemonade, Limeaid and the Shrimp Scampi skillet meal.

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                                      Perilagu Khan RE: CDouglas Feb 5, 2014 11:03 AM

                                      Nothing more than that?! ;)

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                                        CDouglas RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2014 07:29 AM

                                        The Natural Flavor microwave popcorn is pretty good but I prefer Orville's Classic Butter and Sea Salt.

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                                      shikken RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2014 07:10 PM

                                      Just 1,as mentioned before..the Ginger O's cookies.Yep and are harder to find now. Some of the salad dressings are outer ring suburbia safe bets.

                                      1. WhatsEatingYou RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2014 09:11 AM

                                        Love the pretzels but can't find them everywhere. Also the Fig Newman's and Newman O's cookies (Ginger are my fav) are delicious, but I do not buy them often since I will eat too many!
                                        I once had Newman's Own wine at a restaurant, it was good!

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                                          HillJ RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2014 08:52 PM

                                          The fig newman's

                                          1. SaraAshley RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 6, 2014 09:01 PM

                                            I'm so surprised to see all these Neman's Own products listed that I never new existed. I thought for sure my parent's had purchased every product in the brand. Huge fans, my parents. My mom usually makes her own vingarettes, but she always seems to have a bottle of his in the fridge, as well. This has been the case since I was in grade school. It's also their staple brand of salsa. They also sometimes buy the popcorn and pizza, although not a staple in the house. I'll have to let them know of all these other products they're missing!!

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                                              Linda VH RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2014 04:20 AM

                                              The K-Cup Decaf Coffee.

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                                                pumpkinspice RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2014 06:13 AM

                                                Sesame ginger dressing

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                                                  BobbieSue RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2014 10:01 AM

                                                  Salsa, balsamic dressing, italian dressing, frozen pizza, all of the O cookies, and the pasta sauces (tomato basil and sockarooni). Basically, anything I've had of the Newmans Own brand I've really liked. IMO it's a safe bet.

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                                                    Ttrockwood RE: BobbieSue Feb 10, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                    Yes! The "sockarooni" pasta sauce is really good- my parents seem to stockpile that too....

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                                                      hawkeyeui93 RE: Ttrockwood Feb 11, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                      I like the Sockarooni Sauce, which sells at my local Target for under $2/jar!

                                                  2. pinehurst RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 7, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                    Late to the party, but agree with many posters (esp Veggo re the Caesar dressing).

                                                    Love his salsa--use it as such and in recipes. Also love the salsa and the Super Dark Chocolate (70% i think)

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                                                      foiegras RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 10, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                      I like the peanut butter cups.

                                                      1. coney with everything RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 11, 2014 04:28 AM

                                                        The frozen pepperoni pizza is my son's favorite, and it is not bad at all for a frozen pizza

                                                        1. AmyH RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 11, 2014 04:46 AM

                                                          Our family has always referred to his products as "big head guy" due to the photo on everything. My son would happily drink the light caesar dressing. I like the light raspberry walnut and balsamic. I LOVE the ginger Newman O's and the hermits.

                                                          1. mels RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 11, 2014 06:47 AM

                                                            I love the Parmesan & Roasted Garlic dressing used as a marinade for grilled chicken. Every time I serve it people ask me what that flavor is and I give them my "recipe": Put chicken in a container, add dressing to coat, wait for at least 30 minutes, then grill. Delicious.

                                                            For the record, I will never say no to a Fig Newman or their Chocolate Caramel Cups.

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                                                              INDIANRIVERFL RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 11, 2014 08:09 AM

                                                              The original salad dressing beats anything I have come up with. And all of them are shelf stable after opening, which is great on a boat with no fridge.

                                                              The pasta sauces are great in and of themselves, but it goes against my grain to leave a sauce out of the container without any "help". And if you are going to doctor them up, you might as well get the cheapest stuff.

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