Food & Drink

Consume: Our favorite food products this week

Estelle’s Patisserie does its own version of the campfire classic.
Estelle’s Patisserie does its own version of the campfire classic.

Drink

Rebel Kitchen’s Mylk

$3 for an 11-ounce carton; Whole Foods and other markets; rebel-kitchenusa.com

Our taste-testers were immediate fans of Rebel Kitchen’s dairy-, chemical- and emulsifier-free “mylk” in chocolate and chai. Both flavors were rich, refreshing and tasty. Both contain organic coconut milk, filtered water and date nectar as a sweetener. The chocolate flavor adds organic cacao. Chai goes further, adding turmeric and cardamom to cacao. A coffee flavor should join the lineup soon.

Mix

Mr. Q Cumber Sparkling Cucumber

Beverage

$1.49 for a 7-ounce bottle; Nugget and other retailers; www.mrqcumber.com

Light with a fresh and clean flavor, this petit-bottle soda is a not-too-sweet way to cool down on a hot summer day. Try it alone or as a mixer for gin or vodka.

Try

Brewla Specialty Brewed Bars

$5-$6 for a box of five; local supermarkets; www.brewlabars.com

Brewla’s frozen bars aren’t too sweet, drippy or loaded with preservatives. We liked the icy texture, unique flavors and healthy ingredients. They contain no caffeine, 50 or fewer calories (the sweetener is cane sugar) and are kosher. Four are made with craft-brewed teas. Two others are essentially frozen root beer and coffee.

Order

Jamba Juice Chili Mango Smoothie

$5.59 for 16 ounces; various locations; www.jambajuice.com

This new spicy take on a classic smoothie will put a kick in your springtime sipping and give you a taste of the tropics with its mix of mango, pineapple and passion fruit plus lime and chili. Made with real whole fruit and sherbet.

Eat

Estelle’s Patisserie Smore Sandwich Cookie

$8 for three; Estelle’s Patisserie (901 K St., Sacramento); www.estellespatisserie.com

Made with simple ingredients, including whole wheat flour and brown sugar, these rich cookies dipped in chocolate are the next best thing to being at the campfire. A touch of cinnamon takes them from yummy to gourmet.

Bee Staff

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