Peeps – Lemon Sherbet

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

More Peeps. More Peeps. So many Peeps.

Sometimes I have a lot to say, this time however I do not. I had these stashed away in my office (I swear I actually work in my office, I don’t just store food in there) and decided that I was going to have one as a morning pick me up. Lemon flavored treats are a close second to my favorite lime flavored treats, so I thought I would have a little Peep redemption from the Neopolitan let down from a couple weeks ago.

Mehhhhhhh… When I think of sherbet I think of flavorful tart ice creamy treats and this was anything but. I found the flavor to be way underwhelming. It was way more faint that I expected, similar to drinking a glass of water that had a lemon in it for about 3 seconds before fishing it out. I was very disappointed by the lack of flavor. Much like the other Peeps, I did not like the texture of the creme fudge mixed with the mallow on the bottom.

I would have really punched up the flavor on these or made a plain Peep with a lemon filling/curd on the inside. I also think that they could have amped up the lemon flavor in the creme fudge if need be. Overall I was disappointed by these from a lemon standpoint. I think it would be nice to create a spring time flavor pack that has a few different citrus flavors in it and include this one. I however would not buy a pack of this flavor alone unless they revamped the flavoring.

April 24, 2018
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Krispy Kreme – Limited Time – Nutter Butter Donut & Chips Ahoy Donut

Good Morning everyone! Soooo… does anyone really enjoy going to meetings? When I started working many moons ago I discovered that meetings are the voicemail of office work. JUST TEXT ME THE DETAILS. The only good part about meetings are that they occasionally have food. I was tasked with procuring said food, mostly because I am the first person to the office every day and I have a company credit card (ayyyyye). Donuts were requested and the closest (and only?) donut shop to my work is a Krispy Kreme. I prefer Krispy Kreme’s sour cream donuts to their original glazed, but that’s just me.

I grabbed a dozen and one of the Nutter Butter donuts for myself, because let’s face it, peanut butter ANYTHING is probably going to be delicious – unless you are allergic, then deadly. BUT ANYWAYS. I dropped off the donuts in the conference room and retreated to my office to enjoy my tasty breakfast snack.

Let’s just start with that this donut was smaller than I thought it was going to be – but that was OK, I don’t need a donut the size of Texas to start my day. According to Krispy Kreme, this donut is dipped in peanut butter icing, topped with Nutter Butter crumbles, and drizzled with peanut butter icing. This sounds like a peanut butter lovers dream – except I was somehow completely underwhelmed with peanut butter flavoring. I liked the pieces on top, which gave it a nice bit of texture but overall this was hardly peanut buttery at all. I think they really could have knocked it out of the park if they had oped for a peanut butter flavored cream instead of peanut butter flavored glaze. I would totally pass on this donut again.

Fast forward roughly 7 hours and I have been running around back and forth from my office to my other desk in our 14,000 square foot warehouse – completely ignoring the hunger pangs that have been plaguing me all day since my Nutter Butter let down donut. I didn’t really have time to run out and grab something to eat and I remembered that there was nearly a full box of untouched donuts sitting in the conference room. I made the trek up the front of the building and grabbed the box, presenting it to my coworkers like some sort of donut deity and slyly took another donut for lunch. Do I need two donuts in one day? No. Did I eat two donuts in one day? Yes. Am I proud of it? In the immediate moment, yes in the long term, no. Introducing the Chips Ahoy chocolate chips donut. Doughnut?

Needless to say I was starving judging by this picture because I took a big ole bite before giving it a proper introduction. I will be the first to admit that Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies are pretty hit and miss for me. Sometimes i am really into them, other times they are a paltry attempt at satisfying a craving for fresh baked cookies. I was concerned that the cookie on top would break my two front teeth but it turns out, that baby is a soft bake. Nice job guys. I found this donut rather delicious. The cookie dough cream on the inside with the dark chocolate and cookie on top really hit the spot. I would definitely eat one of these again.

The only donut of the limited time trio that I did not get to try was the Oreo cookies and cream, but let’s be real – I think we can imagine what that bad boy tastes like and the only people that wanted that donut were the people that voted for the cookies and cream Oreos that were released a while back.

April 23, 2018
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Ihop – Limited Time – Cinnamon Toast

Good Morning y’all! Normally I don’t review food from eating establishments or fast food places but I had this plate of cinnamon-y goodness and thought I would at least have to tell the internet about it. Ihop has a Kings Hawaiian Limited Time menu insert until the middle of June this year. The other day I was talking to a coworker and told him about the deliciousness that I was excited to partake in, and he revealed a really unsettling truth to me – he had never had Kings Hawaiian bread before. UHM EXCUSE ME?

Surely he was mistaken and I frantically brought up a picture of the fluffy, soft, tasty, delicious, buttery, tasty bread morsels for him, thinking maybe he didn’t know what he was saying, but NOPE, never in his life had he heard of Kings Hawaiian Bread. While I quietly grieved for him, I fantasized of the tasty bread in french toast form.

Now, I don’t really frequent Ihop – I find their food to be okay on the scale of delicious breakfast food, especially for the price. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about paying premium dollar for a tasty meal, but Ihop just doesn’t really do it for me.

There are three offerings using the Kings Hawaiian Bread sweet rolls, Strawberry Banana French Toast, Kings Hawaiian French Toast (duh), and Cinnamon Toast. The difference between the Kings Hawaiian French toast and Cinnamon Toast is that they add a cinnamon smear (gross terminology there guys) and cream cheese frosting to the Cinnamon Toast. I oped for the over-the-top, coma inducing Cinnamon Toast because why not?

I was unprepared for the plate that was being presented to me. I think mostly because I was expecting something slightly different looking due to the picture in the menu. Expectations vs. reality, I guess? The portion sizing on this was decent as this was very rich and sugary. It is made with two Kings Hawaiian sweet rolls cut in half and then doctored up with french toast coating and the above mentioned smear.

Overall I thought that they were pretty good. I was slightly disappointed because the smear, cinnamon, frosting, whipped cream, etc. really overpowered the Kings Hawaiian Bread flavor. The french toast was light and fluffy, which was really nice but you probably could have served me any soft dinner roll prepared in the same way and I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. Overall I probably wouldn’t get this again. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but it was WAY too rich for any meal of the day (I had it for dinner). And this is coming from a person that will (and has) eat plain sugar from a jar. If I were to order it again I would probably ask that the toppings be served on the side so that I could prepare this to my liking. I actually have an idea of how to prepare something with Kings Hawaiian Bread based on this idea – we shall see if I actually execute it. Until then… Mahalo my dudes.

April 22, 2018
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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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