Product: Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus Tangy Tomato Baked Organic Corn Snacks – $3.59+
It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a product from Cuisine Cube. Farmer’s Market season is in full swing and I, sadly, had to drop the subscription for the time being. With my hip injury, my medical bills have to take precedence. So, the last Cuisine Cube box that I received was the May 2015 (For Mom) box.
Cuisine Cube has gone through some changes as of May as well. No longer do they strictly only offer gluten-free cubes. In addition to their gluten-free option, they now also offer Artisan and Vegan cubes as well. The Artisan cube means that you have no food allergies and foods that contain common food allergens will be included. The Vegan cubes contain products that are dairy and animal free. And, they still have the Gluten Free cubes, which will have products that contain no gluten or wheat. These box subscriptions start at $34.99/month. And, part of the charm is that you will receive 5-6 full-size (not sample size) products. WOOT! These usually fall into every meal category for the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert…with an added bonus from time-to-time. So, if you’re really interested in being introduced to the smaller, lesser-known, artisan companies, give Cuisine Cube a try! I can’t wait to get back to receiving these in the mail.
For the snack option in the May 2015 Cuisine Cube, I received a 2.3 ounce bag of the Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus Tangy Tomato Baked Organic Corn Snacks. This, naturally, couldn’t be more timely. Well, at least my devouring of them couldn’t be. And here’s why…I ate these, for the first time, on Wednesday night, along side a new recipe I was trying for vegan carrot “hot dogs.” No joke…I made carrots into hot dogs. And they were rather fantastic…but I digress…
Good Boy Organics was founded in 2012 and is dedicated to providing delicious, healthy products that are USDA Certified Organic and Verified by the Non-GMO Project. The company sources ingredients from fair trade certified producers and develop gluten-free products whenever possible. YAY. Founded by David and Victoria Byrnes, a husband and wife team, Good Boy Organics was born through their dedication through a decade of success launching progressive and successful organic food brands with the sales and marketing company they founded in 2001 – Integrated Organics Company (IOCO). In 2009, Integrated Global Organics (IGLO) joined IOCO and from there…Good Boy Organics was born. The two of them, along with their dedicated team, are working to help families everywhere make better, delicious, nutritious decisions when it comes to foods, encouraging purchasing certified organic foods and helping to make such products readily accessible and affordable.
So…they just seemed like the perfect side, on the cusp of an early screening the following night of Jurassic World, to accompany dinner that evening. First of all, the vegan carrot hot dogs were fantastic. But that’s not the point of this blog…
Truly, I was a bit underwhelmed by the Good Boy Organics Organicasuarus Tangy Tomato Puffs. They were crispy and slightly crunchy, sure. They made a great snack if you were looking for a little salty, a little sweet, a little tangy, and a little crispy. But I just felt that they came across more like…stale cheesy puffs. That being said…the flavor was amazing. It definitely had a bit of a zip to it. The tomato flavor was there, but it didn’t overpower the rest of the snack. The puffed corn made it a healthier choice than, say, potato chips, and the dinosaur shape…ingenious. I just felt like it was lacking…something. Maybe I expected a little bit more, but at least they tasted good enough to devour the rest of the bag in the days that followed. So…good…not great.
Let’s discuss ingredients, shall we? The Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus Tangy Tomato Puffs are made from organic corn (flour and/or grits), organic sunflower oil, and organic sun dried tomato seasoning (tomato, salt sugar, corn flour, yeast extract, paprika, tomato concentrate, black pepper, sunflower oil, garlic, silicone dioxide, paprika extract). These snacks are baked, not fried, contain 40% less fat than their fried counterparts, are non-GMO verified, certified organic, and certified gluten-free.
As for nutrition, the facts for Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus Tangy Tomato Puffs will astound you! A serving is 14 little brontosaurus shaped puffs, or around 28 grams if you weigh your food like I do. There are 2.5 servings per package. This serving will provide you with 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 19 grams carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugars, and 2 grams of protein. I may not have fallen head-over-heels for these, but the real ingredients and the fantastic dietary standards are appealing.
I love a healthy snack that doesn’t seem like it should be good for you. That’s what Good Boy Organics has done with their Organicasaurus Tangy Tomato Baked Organic Corn Snacks. I wasn’t raving about them, but I wouldn’t turn my nose up at the chance to try them or other Good Boy Organics products again. Never heard of this company before Cuisine Cube and now am more than intrigued to see what else they have to offer. Total win.