Monday, January 14, 2008

JANUARY 14, 2008

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Here are HG's top eight picks for the best new snacks in the 100-calorie category! In no particular order...

Slim-a-Bear 100 Calorie Ice Cream Sandwiches, Vanilla and Chocolate (1 sandwich: 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 65 mg sodium, 21g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, 8 - 10g sugars, 2g protein)

Who else but a fit (dare we say HOT) polar bear could come up with these genius snacks? A chunky swirl of ice cream (either chocolate or vanilla) is smushed between two soft, chocolately, cookie-like wafers to form a super-cute, slightly smaller version of a classic round ice cream sandwich. Yum! Super-low in fat with a side of fiber, these chilly treats clock in at just 1 Point each, if you're counting.

Chex 100 Calorie Snacks, Chocolate-Caramel and Cheddar (1 pouch: 100 calories, 2.5 - 3.5g fat, 190 - 320mg sodium, 17 - 18g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber, 2 - 6g sugars, 1 - 2 g protein)

Who doesn't love Chex Mix? This particular snack mix line covers pretty much any craving you may have -- sweet, salty, crunchy, cheesy ... chocolatey ... caramel-y?! (Don't worry; the cheesy Cheddar flavor and the Chocolate Caramel variety are two different versions). Once only available in those huge multiple-portion bags (yikes!), we're very, VERY grateful that these new portion-controlled packs exist. Three cheers for Chex!

Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans (1 package: 100 calories, 0g fat, 80mg sodium, 25g carbs, 0g fiber, 19g sugars, 0g protein)

These flavor-packed jelly beans from the makers of Jelly Belly are the most fun 'n tasty sport snacks we've ever chewed. They actually make us want to put on our running shoes and go work out (but we're pretty sure it's only to combat the midday gobbling of what's essentially sugary candy!). There's a lovely line-up of flavors, but our favorite is Fruit Punch. We say, if you're gonna chew candy, it may as well be pre-portioned and vitamin-infused. Woohoo!

Keebler Right Bites, Fudge Shoppe Grasshopper Fudge Dipped Mini Cookies (1 pouch: 100 calories, 3.5g fat, 70mg sodium, 14g carbs, 1g fiber, 5g sugars, 2g protein)

Watch out, Girl Scouts -- the Keebler elves are coming for you (heh heh heh!). Those crafty, pointy-shoed sprites have come up with the ultimate guilt-free swap for your insanely popular Thin Mint cookies. Fans of mint and chocolate will flip for these. Scout's honor!

Oberto 100 Calorie Jerky Bites, Teriyaki Turkey Jerky and Original Beef Jerky (1 pouch: 100 calories, 1 - 1.5g fat, 400mg sodium, 9 - 10g carbs, 0g fiber, 5 - 8g sugars, 12 - 13g protein)

If you get all jazzed over dried meat snacks, the latest treats from Oberto will knock your jerky-lovin' socks off. These protein-packed snack bites are an awesome on-the-go option to keep in your purse, car, or desk. Choose from Original Beef Jerky and Teriyaki Turkey. Even though ordinary jerky isn't all that bad in the calorie and fat departments, serious fans of the stuff know that those multi-serving bags are often inhaled in one sitting.

100 Calorie Packs Lorna Doone (1 pouch: 100 calories, 3g fat, 120 mg sodium, 16g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, 1g protein)

And Nabisco is back in the game -- yay! These buttery shortbread Lorna Doones are the latest (and we say the GREATEST) snack in the Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs line. Warning! The addictive nature of these cookies can make it hard to keep your snacking down to one pack. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Hostess 100 Calorie Packs, Chocolate Cake/Chocolate Icing (3 cakes: 100 calories, 3g fat, 140mg sodium, 22g carbs, 5g fiber, 10g sugars, 2g protein)

The idea of eating three cupcakes for 100 calories is almost too exciting to entertain. Really. And even though these creme-filled cakes are itty bitty, we're still crazy about 'em. The 5 grams of fiber they're zapped with makes up for the fact that these treats are missing the classic Hostess squiggle. Guess you can't have everything! (And YES, we really DO miss the squiggle!)

Breyer's Double Churned 100 Calorie Cups, Cookies & Cream (1 cup: 100 calories, 2g fat, 65mg sodium, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 12g sugars, 3g protein)

Giving slow-churned ice cream a run for its money, Breyer's Double Churned low-fat ice cream is now available in single-serving cups. There's a Vanilla Fudge Swirl version, but the flavor we're dying over is Cookies & Cream! These cups are quite possibly the most satisfying 100 calories of ice cream we've ever had.

The people at NECCO have announced the 10 new phrases they're going to be printing on their conversation hearts candies this year. And all 10 are nature-, temperature- or weather-themed.

The 10 phrases are: "Melt my heart" . . . "In a fog" . . . "Chill out" . . . "Heat wave" . . . "Sun shine" . . . "Cloud nine" . . . "Get my drift" . . . "Wild life" . . . "Nature lover" . . . and "Do good".

We weren't that great with our predictions... but we got Best Movie Drama, Best Movie Supporting Actor, Best Animated Movie, and Best TV Comedy Actress right. See the complete list of winners here.