Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Frozen Rolls Get Lukewarm Reviews; Testers Say the Focaccia Doesn't Have Much Flavor and Is Expensive

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Frozen Rolls Get Lukewarm Reviews; Testers Say the Focaccia Doesn't Have Much Flavor and Is Expensive

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

A wonderful piece of special bread or a delicious hot roll can make an everyday meal special. Between the bakery and frozen food sections of the grocery store, there are a lot of choices.

Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel have been perking up their meals with Alexia All Natural frozen Focaccia, and their biggest complaint is the price: $3.39 for seven rolls.

Made with extra virgin olive oil and topped with a trio of Asiago, Parmesan and Romano cheeses, each roll contains 110 calories, 2 grams of fat, 230 milligrams of sodium, 1 gram of sugars and no cholesterol or trans fat.

Although the package shows a picture of rolls laden with cheese, don't be fooled. "We could see it but not taste it," said marketing representative Toni Stenmark.

She described the rolls, which she ate with spaghetti, as having a chewy middle and a tough-to-tear texture that was hard to eat. "They're kind of boring and don't have a lot of flavor. I ate them with butter, and I think it helped."

Stenmark said she thought the price of the rolls was high, "You could buy a whole loaf of bread or some Texas toast for less."

It wasn't the picture of the rolls but the bag itself that surprised mortgage loan coordinator Chris Zalupski. "There's no zip lock. You have to use all the rolls or put them in another bag."

He ate the rolls dipped in a mixture of olive oil and herbs and said the crispy outside reminded him of French bread. He also reheated one of the leftover rolls and made a mini sandwich but said without reheating they're pretty hard. "They aren't bad tasting but didn't stand out. Everyone thought they were good but nothing special."

Surgical nurse Kathy Vynanek said she enjoyed the rolls, which she ate with soup and salad. She found them a little expensive but said she may buy them again just to have on hand.

"They remind me of a ciabatta roll. …

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