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Quick twists get three stars

Eggo is determined to make breakfast the easiest meal of the day.

The latest in the lineup of quick morning eats from the Eggo BakeShop is the new Twists.

The Spokesman-Review Reader Food Panel members tried the apple and the strawberry-stuffed pastries during a recent tasting. Each flavor earned three stars for both flavor and value.

Skip Hubbard liked the effort.

“Not too much apple filling, just right,” Hubbard said. “Good job on the slightly sweet, sugared bread, too. Probably not good for you, but sometimes convenience and taste take a front seat.

The twists are warmed and ready to eat after a 25-second blast in the microwave.

“Soft, warm yummy pastry is a great blanket for the sweet apple filling. It even looks slightly healthy,” Tina Johnson said.

After eating the strawberry flavor, she was convinced: “I love the texture of this breakfast pastry.”

The Eggo BakeShop line also includes Mini Muffin Tops and Swirlz.

Larry Inman will stick with fresh pastries.

“Too chewy. Too much pastry, not enough filling. Does not even resemble fresh pastry,” he complained.

Both Peggy Kazanis and Jenny Whittaker said they didn’t like the texture and flavor of the dough.

“This seems a bit doughy and bready to really be called a pastry,” Kazanis said.

Marilyn Moore said she’ll go with tried-and-true if she wants a pastry with apple cinnamon flavor: “I would have preferred a Hostess Apple Pie, at least it would have a crunchy pie crust.”

But there were enough tasters who liked the twists that they scored the “good” three-star rating on our scale.

Andy Hoye was afraid he would just keep eating them if more were offered. He gave both flavors the panel’s highest rating.

“Do NOT give me more than one,” he said.

Eggo BakeShop Twists, Apple

Price: $2.99 per box, 4 twists

Nutrition per twist: 190 calories, 7 grams fat (3.5 grams saturated), 3 grams protein, 29 grams carbohydrate, 15 milligrams cholesterol, less than 1 gram dietary fiber, 220 milligrams sodium.

Taste: • • •

Value: • • •

Comments: “Soft bread with apple pie filling inside. Not my idea of a pastry.” – Jenny Whittaker

“Nice texture and apple filling. Rich and soft.” – Andy Hoye

“Undercooked dough, chewy.” – Marilyn Moore

Eggo BakeShop Twists, Strawberry

Price: $2.99 per box, 4 twists

Nutrition per twist: 180 calories, 7 grams fat (3.5 grams saturated), 3 grams protein, 28 grams carbohydrate, 15 milligrams cholesterol, less than 1 gram dietary fiber, 220 milligrams sodium.

Taste: • • •

Value: • • •

Comments: “A little more bland than its apple counterpart. Hard to determine the fruit filling flavor, but it is definitely understated.” – Skip Hubbard

“Better than the apple, but still too much of a commercial, store-bought taste for me.” – Larry Inman

“It’s a lot cheaper if you spread loads of jam on thick-cut French bread.” – Marilyn Moore

Products sampled by The Spokesman-Review’s reader food panel are prepared according to package directions. Panelists are not aware of a product’s brand name or price until after they have tasted it. Products are rated from one to five stars for taste and for value, based on quality compared to price.


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