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PizzAmoré breadsticks are a winner

Want take-out style breadsticks without the hassle of, well, take-out? Freschetta is hoping to help.

The pizza makers’ latest PizzAmoré line is designed to bring restaurant-quality food to homes and freezers, according to a press release from the company. The new breadsticks and pizzas feature bake and serve trays that make clean up a snap.

The Spokesman-Review Reader Food Panel members were impressed with the new PizzAmoré Stuffed Breadsticks in both Garlic with Savory Marinara and Cinnamon with Vanilla Cream Cheese. They both received a four-and-a-half star rating from tasters.

“I love these,” said Nancy Robinson. “Great with spaghetti or as a snack by themselves. What a nice idea.”

Skip Hubbard also enjoyed the garlic and marinara flavor. “A great way to eat ‘pizza’ on the go and not have to worry about your clothes. The sauce is nicely contained within the breadstick.”

The breadsticks go from freezer to oven, and bake in about 12 minutes. The breadsticks can also be “baked” in the microwave in less than two minutes, according to the packages. We served our tasters breadsticks from the oven.

The cinnamon breadsticks stuffed with cream cheese were a nice surprise, panel members said.

“Yum! Tasty… Not too sweet and great for drop in guests,” Robinson said.

Marilyn Moore dubbed the dessert breadstick “the new Twinkie.”

Larry Inman positively gushed and gave it five-star rating. “Perfectly seasoned, great flavor. It’s great as a side or a snack. The filling is delicious.”

Not everyone was wowed. Although Marcia Oranen liked the dessert breadsticks, she wasn’t as impressed with the savory version. “Tastes like frozen pizza,” she said.

PizzAmoré Breadsticks, Garlic with Savory Marinara

Price: $2.99 per 10.8-ounce package

Nutrition per breadstick: 110 calories, 3.5 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated, 28 percent fat calories), 4 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 1 gram dietary fiber, 330 milligrams sodium.

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Comments: “Good. A nice side for soup, salad or even pasta.” – Larry Inman

“The tangy marinara slightly overpowers the garlic, but that’s OK because the marinara is excellent.” – Gabe Kohler

“Who is using a bread roll to push the food on the fork when you have this seasoned stick?” – Marilyn Moore

PizzAmoré Stuffed Breadsticks, Cinnamon with Vanilla Cream Cheese

Price: $2.99 per 10.8-ounce package

Nutrition per breadstick: 140 calories, 4.5 grams fat (2.5 grams saturated, 29 percent fat calories), 3 grams protein, 23 grams carbohydrate, 5 milligrams cholesterol, 1 gram dietary fiber, 200 milligrams sodium.

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Comments: “Not bad. Creamy filling wrapped in pizza dough with cinnamon topping. Tasty.” – Marcia Oranen

“A bit light on the cinnamon, but that’s made up for by the cream cheese filling.” – Skip Hubbard

“Yum! Tasty! These are a nice surprise.” – Nancy Robinson