I know many times I struggle with what brand to choose. Often a sale or a coupon/sale combination make that an easier decision…but what about those times when you need an item and there is not a sale? Do you grab the house brand or pay more and get the national brand? More importantly, is there really a difference in taste?
TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce (8 servings), $3.87
Total Fat 5g
Cholesterol less than 5mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber less than 1g
Sugars less than 1g
Ingredients: Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Wheat Flour, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Soybean Oil, Modified Food Starch. Contains Less Than 2% Of: Dextrose, Spices, Salt, Caramel, (Color), Dried Yeast, Paprika Extract, Sugar, Yellow Corn Flour, Egg Whites, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium BiCarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Nonfat Milk, Sodium Alginate. Marinara Sauce: Water, Tomato Paste, Distilled While Vinegar, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Preservatives).
Publix Mozzarella Sticks (3 servings per box) $3.59
Total Fat 10g
Total Carbohydrate 20g
Dietary Fiber >1g
Ingredients: Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Modified Food Starch, Yellow Corn Flour. Contains Less Than 2% Of: Dried Whey, Soy Flour, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium BiCarbonate), Guar Gum, Yeast, Parsley Flakes, Sugar, Salt, Extractives Of Paprika, Carmel Color, Methyl-Cellulose, Oleoresin Paprika, Soybean Oil. Prefried In Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil). Marinara Sauce: Water, Tomatoes, Corn Syrup Solids, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate.
- Publix Mozzarella Sticks – 4
- TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks – 0
- Publix Marinara – 3
- TGI Friday’s Marinara – 1
Ok so it’s very hard to compare the nutritional info on these because the servings are so different. I also ended up having everyone choose a favorite marinara because there was one that most everyone preferred.
So as you can see by the picture above one of the mozzarella sticks just did not work out! The TGI Friday’s cheese oozed out everywhere! The Publix version required a 7 – 8 minute cook time while the TGI Friday’s required 8 minutes. The picture is what I got after 8 minutes…not a good thing!
My husband decided that if he could mix the Publix cheese sticks with the TGI Friday’s marinara, it would be a perfect combo!
The Publix version was a little cheaper and it was the winner tonight at my house. Though I will admit that the frugal gal in me found it hard to enjoy either when I think about how much money I spent on them. Almost $8 was WAY too much money for these and in my opinion, neither were worth it! My guys were very happy though
Have you guys tried these? Did you have a favorite?