I’ve been thinking about ways to lower the grocery bill lately, so when BzzAgent sent me an invite to try the Kroger’s Private Selection line of frozen products, I was eager to sign up. I was offered 3 coupons for a free product in each category: appetizers, pizza, and dessert. With my coupons in hand, I headed out to Kroger to choose my products. It took a while to decide what to get from each category because everything looked so tempting! I ended up purchasing the Mushroom Walnut Profiteroles, The Fire Roasted Veggie Pizza, Almond Croissants, and since I couldn't decide on just 1 dessert, bought the Mini Eclairs as well.
I scheduled a lunch date with my family. We started with the mushrooms. There were 9 mushrooms in all. It took 15 minutes to bake. Once finished baking, we sampled. The bread bowl was nice and firm and the center had a succulent cream cheese, chopped walnut, and mushroom filling. The texture was just right, not too runny, not too lumpy. These were simply delicious! These cost $6.99.
Next we moved on to the pizza. I wasn't holding out high hopes for this because I like meat on my pizza and a thick crust, and unfortunately, the only variety my Kroger seemed to carry was the veggie thin crust. I was surprised that I actually did enjoy the pizza. It baked in about 10 minutes, less than half the time of other oven baked pizzas I’ve made in the past. The crust baked up nice and crisp, the veggies were firm and didn't get soggy from baking. The veggies also had a nice punch of flavor to them! I would really love to try the meat variety if my Kroger ever decides to carry it in the future. I was pretty surprised at the shelf placement of this product. It was located at the very end of the freezer case in the last slot of the top shelf right hand corner. Very hard to find. I figured Kroger would want to feature their line of pizza front and center in their freezer cases, but that just was not the case with the pizza. These cost $4.99.
Last was the dessert. We ended up eating the mini eclairs because the croissants have to rise overnight. We thawed the mini eclairs while we were eating the appetizers and pizza. They were fully thawed in about 35 minutes. You get 20 eclairs in the box. The chocolate layer was not too thick and had just the right amount of sweetness. The center filling was sweet and creamy, but not too sweet. It complimented the filling perfectly. These cost $4.99.
As for the Almond Croissants, those need to be thawed over night in order for them to rise properly. Once they were done baking we had our first bite of pure heaven. These were take a bite and close your eyes to enjoy the taste even more good! These have a nice flaky crust, with a delicious buttery almond flavor. Simply divine. These also run $4.99 for a box of 3 croissants.
Price point wise, these did not help me reach my goal of saving money at the store. I found the Private Selection line to be priced equal to the National Brand line. However, taste trumps price here, and these are products I don’t mind paying the price for. There were many other frozen items to choose from also. I recommend stopping in your nearest Kroger store soon and having a look for yourself at all the wonderful frozen goodies Kroger is offering in their Private Selection line.