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Your Favorite Newman's Own Products?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: truman

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

    2. SO really likes the marinara sauce.

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

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        1. re: valerie

          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.

          1. re: valerie

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

            1. re: CanadaGirl

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

              1. re: pine time

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

                1. re: pine time

                  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.

                  1. re: pine time

                    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. 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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                1. re: Veggo

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: jrvedivici

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

                    1. re: Veggo

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

                      1. re: jrvedivici

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

                    2. re: jrvedivici

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

                    3. 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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                      1. re: nothingswrong

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

                        1. re: BobbieSue

                          I've tried them, and they are delicious.

                          1. re: BobbieSue

                            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. 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. 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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                            1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                                1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                                2. 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.

                                  1. 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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                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

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

                                    1. 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. 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!

                                          1. 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!!

                                                1. 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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                                                  1. re: BobbieSue

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

                                                    1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                                                  2. 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)

                                                    1. I like the peanut butter cups.

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

                                                        1. 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. 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.

                                                            1. 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.