M&M’s – Orange Vanilla Cream

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

When I see rumblings of a new product on the internet I never really get my hopes up of getting it any time soon. For some reason, Sacramento tends to be the snack food black hole and it takes us weeks if not months sometimes to get things that people in other states get on release dates. I saw these posted yesterday online and thought I would give it a shot, like I always do, and see if I could track them down.

I hoped in my car and made my way to the nearest Dollar General, which is where the confirmed sighting was said to be. There is however no confirmation that these are a Dollar General exclusive (like the Chicken flavored ramen Pringles, which I have still yet to try!) but I thought I would start with the last known location. I made my way inside and low and behold, an entire display of these bad boys greeted me, AT THE DOOR. YESSSSSS. I finished up my other errand and made my way back home.

Orange Creamsicles were a staple in my house growing up. Between those, the Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars, and quarts of mint chip ice cream, we were stacked in the ice cream department. There was something so refreshing about an Orange Creamsicle on a hot day. For some reason, the older I got, the more I moved away from buying them, and as I got even older, I became lactose intolerant, so I never get to enjoy them. My hopes were that these M&M’s would bring back that childhood memory that I have not thought of in so long.

On first impression, I was sort of shocked how bright these were. I believe them to be the same color as the regular orange M&M’s but I think the stark contrast against the white M&M’s really made them stand out. They almost seemed dayglow orange. I could probably stop traffic with them.

I think one thing that would have been fun visually would be if they stamped the orange candies with outlines of an orange slice. Of course that doesn’t change anything about the candy whatsoever, it would be nice to have something fun to set them apart from regular ole M&M’s.

I grabbed a small handful, and ate one at a time. I was ready for artificial orange taste overload, but was pleasantly surprised. I was instantly transported back to my childhood with the flavor of these and I really feel that they completely nailed the ratio of vanilla and orange. The two flavors work well in unison and one does not overpower the other. The orange flavor does not taste like a household cleaner which sometimes happens when you get citrus flavored candies. It is both tart and sweet with vanilla undertones. Normally I am not really a fan of white chocolate, but I like these. One thing that I plan on doing is putting some in the fridge to see how they taste cold, as I really think that will give the full effect of having an orange cream ice cream.

For those of you who like orange flavored things, or like orange creamsicles but cannot eat them due to the same lame affliction of lactose intolerance like I have, I would totally recommend these. I hope they also consider coming out with an chocolate orange version as I think that would be absolutely delicious (especially if they do dark chocolate, YUM). These were totally worth the drive across town and I could see myself buying another bag if they stick around longer than a few weeks.

Found at Dollar General

April 14, 2018
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Limited Edition – Peeps Neopolitan

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Let’s start this off for those keeping score (tabs?) I did get tomato soup with a sourdough bread bowl for dinner last night and it was everything I ever dreamed of. Anyways. I was craving something chocolate at work and I searched my desk drawer high and low hoping that I had some tiny piece of chocolate tucked away for a day like today, but no luck. I remembered that I had these Peeps tucked away in my filing basket, don’t ask, and that while they are not entirely chocolate, they were partially chocolate and in a crisis, that will do.

You’d think I had enough with the Mystery Peeps, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

I purchased these a while back when the Easter stuff started initially setting in stores. I don’t really recall liking anything Neopolitan as I don’t really fancy flavors mixing together. I am also of the camp where I don’t enjoy my food in general touching. While I think that strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate all compliment each other, I feel that they have a time and a place? Want to know if you have strong feelings towards a flavor, discover yourself by writing a food blog.

 

I’ll start with that the pink is kind of a dusty pink, not the pink you are programmed to think of when you think of a pink Peep. Visually not my favorite thing. They are dipped in white chocolate and have a milk chocolate center. I personally did not care of the mixture of textures between the hardened white chocolate and the marshmallow portion. I thought that the milk chocolate was very underwhelming and as a total bite, I thought these were a total dud. I actually wish someone could have recorded my face standing at my desk when I abandoned all shame and took a gigantic bite only to be completely not satisfied with my life choices.

 

Maybe Neopolitan is not my jam, maybe these are just not that great, but personally I was not a fan. I only ate one before returning the remaining two chicks to their plastic-y home, probably to be pawned off on an unsuspecting coworker. I think I would have probably enjoyed these more if they were layered flavors of mallow like a true Neopolitan treat vs biting into a fluffy little mallow with chocolaty innards which if you didn’t know what you were in for, you would have thought they caught this mallow after a Thanksgiving feast. If you get that SUPER vague reference, we should be best friends.

April 3, 2018
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Ohh how I wish…

Posted in Bakery, Bread

Ever see something put out by a company on April Fools Day that you wish was real? OH BOY DO I WISH THIS WAS REAL – maybe not as a perfume, but how about a Yankee Candle? I received this via email today from Boudin Bakery and immediately took flight in a day dream of tomato soup in a bread bowl. Maybe that’s tomorrows dinner. Mmmmm. Totally not sponsored, but totally salivating.

April 1, 2018
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Limited Edition – Mystery Peeps 1, 2, & 3

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Happy Easter Fools y’all! Easter has never really been my thing – though the idea of an Easter egg hunt is a lot of fun. It really is my cup of tea, especially because I really enjoy geocaching. (if you don’t know what geogaching is, it’s pretty much people using coordinates to find tupperware in the woods, or you can click here to actually learn more about it. It is addicting though, don’t say I didn’t warn you) However, I can’t help but feel secretly judged, especially as an adult, when others are watching you hunt and staring at you like you’re an idiot as you pass over 10 eggs in your searching frenzy. April fools day is also not really my thing, as I feel most of the jokes that people find “funny” today are pretty uncouth. I don’t like being duped, and I don’t like being scared, so count me out in the prank party. I do however love the idea of Easter on April Fools Day, it just seems too perfect for so many reasons – mostly the memes. Give me all the memes.

ANYWAYS – another reason why I like Easter besides the Anxiety Egg Hunt is the free pass to eat as much candy as you want without having to have an inner dialogue with yourself. Kit Kat’s for breakfast? Sure! Swedish Fish for a snack? YEP. Peeps for supper? Ehhhh.. questionable.

Honestly I forgot I even bought these, and it wasn’t until I was tossing some stuff from my stash that I found them at the bottom of a reusable bag (heyyyy California!) While these Peeps have been out for some time, I feel like they are the perfect treat for today. Seasonable and slightly questionable. My kind of holiday…?

Before we get started, lets recap on previous year’s mystery flavors:
2017 brought us – maple syrup, blueberry, and grape slush
2016 brought us – chocolate milk, buttered popcorn, and sour cherry

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Peeps, but much like candy corn (another hated delicacy) they are only good in moderation. I really did not need 30 of these mystery flavor Peeps. I would settle for one package with one row each. Money I guess.

IF YOU HAVEN’T TRIED THESE AND DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE FLAVORS YET, STOP READING NOW

Flavor #1 – I immediately knew what this flavor was by the smell before I even tasted it. Root Beer. I had a brief moment of panic before tasting these where I questioned myself if I would remember what root beer tasted like since I gave up soda in 2005. Nope, I still remember, however the flavoring of these was very faint. They could have added a little more flavoring if you asked me.

Flavor #2 – I struggled slightly with this flavor, and got it half right. I thought it was lemon-lime (as did quite a few people on the internet apparently) but its just plain ole Lemonade. I wish that these would have had a little more tartness to them like a lemon curd vs the hint of flavoring. Much like flavor #1, I thought they really could have punched these up a bit in the flavor department.

Flavor #3 – I drew a total blank on this one. To me, it tasted like just a generic berry flavor, similar to cotton candy flavoring, but it turns out that these are Blue Raspberry. The flavoring in these were the most prominent of the three mystery flavors though definitely tasted the most artificial. I just had a brief thought that it would have been cool if somehow they turned your mouth blue, but then I remembered that if we are following this idea, then your mouth would be brown for flavor one and jaundice yellow for flavor two, this is why I think before I speak folks!

Of the three, I enjoyed flavor 2 the most, I think mostly because I like lemon flavored candy. Next year I hope they take a page out of the 2016 book and go a little more adventurous with their flavor choices. If I had to pick one of these to be a permanent Peep flavor, I would choose flavor 1, only because the only root beer thing I can think of out there are root beer barrels, and lets face it, those are reserved for grandma’s candy dish.

I hope everyone had a great Easter, and a not so prank filled April Fools Day. What mystery flavor would you like to see next year?

April 1, 2018
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Duncan Hines – Perfect for One Mug Cake – Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Posted in Bakery, Confectionaries

The other night I was jonesing really bad for a piece of cake. While I like cake, I don’t normally buy it for myself, keeping my cake experience to once or twice a year at a work birthday party or something. I remembered that when these mug cakes made their first appearance, I had flashbacks of trying to collect all the new Beanie Babies – going from store to store looking for all of the flavors. Much like Pokemon, I didn’t manage to catch them all, but I caught many, one of them being my favorite type of “cake”, coffee cake. I dug through my junk food stash in hopes that they wouldn’t be expired and was pleasantly surprised when I finally located them. (We won’t talk about my stash – its more like organized hoarding and I joke with my friends that I will use my cache of food to bargain for important items during the apocalypse)

Before I got a little older and convinced myself that having a piece of coffee cake with my cup of tea in the morning is probably not the most well rounded breakfast, coffee cake was my jam. Something about the light and fluffy cinnamon-y cake topped with a tasty crumble – yum yum. If you presented me with vanilla frosted cake, chocolate frosted cake, etc. and a piece of coffee cake? The coffee cake would win, hands down, every time.

One thing that I really enjoy about the mug cake idea is that I don’t have to bake a whole cake. Because if I bake a whole cake, I would eat said whole cake. I can’t say that I have eaten a whole cake by myself, but I definitely have had to tell myself that it was time to let it go into the land of the garbage – like Miranda from Sex and the City when she throws the cake away, then debates eating it out of the trash so she decides to cover it with dish soap. Now I haven’t stooped as low as eating garbage cake, but why tempt it? ANYWAYS.

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I whipped up this cake in one of my favorite mugs and patiently radiated myself in front of the microwave for a minute and a half. Let me just say, every time I have made one of these cakes, I expect it to fill the cup way more than it does, and it always comes out looking extremely underwhelming. You’d think that after the first couple that I would just use a smaller cup to convince myself that there is more cake, but ever since the great oatmeal overflow explosion of 2016, I’ve been a bit anxious about putting things in the microwave that might not contain its contents.

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The cake was everything that I wanted it to be, warm, fluffy, cinnamon-y, delicious. The only thing that it was really missing was the crumble topping. They remedied this by putting in little bits of crumble pieces throughout the cake, but its just not the same. I suppose if I had brown sugar I could probably make a tiny little batch of crumble to put on top, but I kind of feel like this would defeat the purpose of a minute and a half mug cake. Overall I would (and have) make this cake again. And again. And again. (in a kids sized mug)




Found at Walmart

February 19, 2018
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Doritos – Heat Wave – BBQ

Posted in Chips

Do you have a snack food that you really connect to your childhood? For me, Doritos are definitely something that when I think about, is a food that I really remember from being a kid. I used to eat the hell out of some Cool Ranch Doritos (which by the way, I can no longer stand the taste of, I guess kid me went too hard). If I had to choose now, it would probably be a really close race between Salsa Verde and Taco Flavor. I remember when they reintroduced Taco Flavor a while back, that I was working in grocery at the time and the guy I was dating REALLY loved them. He was concerned that it would only be a limited time offering, so I ended up buying him 6 bags as one of his gifts for Christmas. Try wrapping chips sometime, you’ll really question what your life has become.

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The Doritos Heat Wave chips are two new (what I am assuming) limited offerings this summer. I always feel like Doritos/Frito-Lay has been mindful of the flavors they release. There are few offerings that I have felt like they were total flops. I was a bit surprised that they went with a BBQ flavor, despite having released one in the late 90’s. Doritos chips are not a chip that I really feel lends itself to a BBQ flavor, and I won’t lie, I don’t really care for BBQ chips personally. I think part of it is that I tend to find BBQ flavoring too sweet, despite having a total sweet tooth, so to me its a bit off putting. I knew with the addition of the heat element that at least if it was sweet, it would be followed with a really nice kick of spicy.

Upon first opening the bag, I was greeted with a very very potent roundhouse kick to the face BBQ flavor. It actually made me take a step back because I think I huffed these things way too hard. I thought the flavor coating looked evenly distributed and plentiful, and I knew I was in for a flavor packed treat.

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I braced myself for BBQ impact but was pleasantly surprised that the BBQ flavor was subtle and an excellent mix with the heat. I was immediately hooked. I personally really like spicy food, and these do not disappoint. If you are a fan of the Doritos Roulette, I would give these a go as the heat is very reminiscent of the spiciest version of chip in that bag. The smokiness of the BBQ flavoring with the slightly sweet tones, mixed with the heat made for a match made in heaven. As someone that does not enjoy BBQ chips, I could definitely see these becoming a staple in my overcrowded junk food pantry.  Plus with as much flavor coating on this chip, you’ll get the Cheeto effect on your fingertips, its the gift that keeps on giving.




Found at Walmart

May 31, 2017
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Triscuit – Fig & Honey

Posted in Snack Crackers

Do you ever learn something about a food you eat and despite how good it tastes, you can’t help but think about it when you eat it? That’s how I feel when it comes to figs. I won’t go into the details that have scared my brain, but lets just say I will never eat a fig raw. On the flip side, I really enjoy fig flavored things, and I also really like honey, in small doses. For me, honey is one of those things that if I eat more than a small spoonful, it gives me an upset stomach – I think that’s why I have such a hard time with candy corn, though most will argue that the only place candy corn belongs is in the trash, back off haters, I’ll take it off your hands. It may take me 100 years to eat at a few pieces at a time, but bring me your candy corn! Anyways, totally derailed. When Nabisco has come out with a lot of flavors over the last year, I would even go as far as to say too many only for the sake of keeping track for someone like myself that likes to try ALL OF THE THINGS!

Triscuits are one of those crackers that I cannot resist eating the entire box. Something about the extreme crunchy, lightly salted texture that I cannot get enough of, as long as I have a beverage too. Realistically, the nutritional facts on the outside of the box should be a single serving. I was excited to see a new flavor of Triscuits quietly nestled between the old favorites on the shelf at Walmart and knew I had to try them. A potentially sweet flavor? Sign me up.

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Can we take a brief moment and talk about the suggested topping for this cracker? Ricotta, asparagus, and honey. This has got to be the most EXTRA recipe that Nabisco has ever featured on their box. Do people actually make these things? Spoiler, I would skip the honey, these are sweet enough! Anyways. Onto the food. When I opened the box, the smell of honey was the first thing I picked up – color me excited. Upon first taste, my taste buds were a little confused. I think when you’ve grown accustomed to how something is going to taste solely based on the appearance, your brain is thrown for a bit of a loop (ie: purple and green ketchup of the 90s). Immediately you are hit with the sweetness from the honey, and the sweetness from the fig, both of which are a bit different, quietly followed by a hint of salt. If you are used to the fig flavoring of a Fig Newton, they taste NOTHING like that.

These are really good though despite my compulsion to eat an entire box I only ate them a couple at a time. Maybe it was the honey, or the sweetness in general, but I was satisfied after a few. I would definitely continue to buy this flavor to mix things up a bit with the ole stand by. The Junk Food Guy suggested a bit of brie cheese with these, but I won’t be subjecting my lactose hating body to that for science. Overall, definitely give these a buy if you’re into salty and sweet!

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Found at Walmart

May 29, 2017
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Twizzlers – Filled Twists – Orange Cream Pop

Posted in A la carte, Candy

À la carte is a small little weekend feature that I am going to be adding to my site for items that I don’t feel warrant a full review.

If you didn’t catch yesterdays review of the Twizzlers Key Lime Pie – you should check it out! Hershey’s have created a handful of limited edition “Taste of state” that include classic candies like Kit Kat, Hershey’s, Reese’s, and Twizzlers to name a couple. If you read my Key Lime review you would know that I think that the land of licorice is a polarizing place – with some people loving Red Vines (such as myself), or Twizzlers (not me!), and rarely do you find someone that likes both. I would say orange anything ranks middle of the road for flavors that I enjoy. I don’t hate it, but it is definitely not my first choice when it comes to fruit flavored candy. I was also a bit conflicted by the fact that they chose orange for Florida and not California, but oranges are produced en masse in both states. Anywho, enough semantics.

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My experience with the Key Lime Twizzlers left me hopeful. Was I slowly being converted to the Twizzler masses? Like I said before orange isn’t exactly my favorite, but these ended up actually being somewhat decent. The Twizzler part was soft and chewy, unlike what I am used to when it comes to classic Twizzlers (ie: plastic) and the inside kind of reminded me of the orange Tootsie Rolls. If you haven’t tried the fruity Tootsie Rolls, get it on it! The lime and vanilla are my jam. I honestly thought these just tasted like orange filled orange Twizzlers instead of a Orange Cream Pop. For me it was missing that distinct vanilla ice cream flavor that I am used to when it comes to eating that tasty frozen treat. Overall if I had to choose, I would pick the lime, but to each their own. If you’re into orange flavored things, I would give them a go – though they are limited so pick them up while you can.

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Found at CVS Pharmacy

May 28, 2017
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À la carte – Twizzlers – Filled Twists – Key Lime Pie

Posted in A la carte, Candy

À la carte is a small little weekend feature that I am going to be adding to my site for items that I don’t feel warrant a full review.

I think there are two types of people in this world – people that like Twizzlers, and people that like Red Vines. Now I am not saying that someone does not exist that likes both, but I think that it would be like seeing a unicorn. I personally am of the Red Vines camp – however, I do not like any other flavor than the red. I think my hatred of Twizzlers stems back to being a child of the trick-or-treating age. I remember getting the small little two pack, and remembering how they tasted vaguely like cherry, and mostly like plastic. Since then, I have held on to my dislike of the little plastic-y straws. When I heard that they were going to be releasing two flavors of Twizzlers as part of the “Flavors of insert state here” I groaned quietly because of my distaste, but knew I had to at least try them, for science.

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I have mentioned before that my favorite fruit flavored candy is anything that is lime flavored, so I went into this with an open mind. I was hoping it would be something along the line of the Kazoozle/Sweet Tarts Rope, and I was some what right. The I also just realized while writing this review that no where on the front of package does Twizzlers call themselves licorice. Interesting. Anyways, the outside licorice portion is soft and chewy, unlike the normal texture of cherry Twizzlers, though I don’t think it has a ton of flavor. The inside of the Twizzler however I thought was really tasty. The texture reminded me slightly of one of those fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls. Though the lime definitely tastes a bit artificial, it still has the slight sour taste to it, and a very obvious lime flavor. Together, I do not feel like it tastes like Key Lime Pie, only because it is missing the flavor of the graham cracker. Overall, I might eat these again.

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May 27, 2017
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Lay’s – Limited Time Flavor – BLT

Posted in Chips

These Lay’s potato chips are not new by any means – Lay’s has decided to rerelease two limited edition flavors, BLT and Lime and Sea Salt (not to be confused with Limon flavor) and since I was never able to try the BLT version before, I thought I would snag a bag of these before they fade away again. I wasn’t really sure how I would feel about a chip pretending to taste like a sandwich – though this is not the first time that Lay’s has created a sandwich flavored chip (the Ruben – which I thought was really good). I am not a fan of the actual sandwich BLT, except for the B part – because I don’t really care for lettuce, and I think the texture of tomatoes are gross, but what could go wrong with these chips?

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I guess the real question is how do your really bring out the flavor of lettuce – Upon first taste of these chips, all I could really taste was the overpowering flavor of bacon. The chips flavor are not strong, but bacon is really the only flavor that I could pick up. I turned to the internet to see what they say and it looks like most people only really find the bacon flavor, though some people swear that it tastes just like the sandwich. I picked these up while visiting my Mom and asked her for her opinion, and she really liked them. She agreed that they didn’t taste too much like an actual BLT, but she liked the flavor. I also really think that if they had originally chosen to make these on their ridged chip, that it would have held the flavoring a little better. I am not a fan of the classic Lay’s potato chip, because to me they are just way too greasy.

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Over all I think these chips are middle of the road. I did not dislike them, or like them very much. I think the bacon flavor was way more prevalent than the tomato or lettuce. I could see myself possibly eating a small bag of these with a sandwich, but only if they were the last ones left in one of those 20 packs.




Found at Safeway

May 22, 2017
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