Jack In The Box – Mini Brownies

Good evening food lovers! I hope you had a stellar weekend. We had so much rain today that areas around me actually flooded. Not a normal occurrence here in Northern California. Once the rain finally let up, we ventured out to look for NES games and a second controller since my original one finally ran out of extra lives. Sadly the Dimple Records closest to me was wiped clean of all things original NES so I settled for the new Raveonettes album and was on my way.

I normally don’t eat a lot of fast food, so I’m not well versed in the new menu offerings that fast food joints have lately other than what various food bloggers are chatting about. I saw the post by The Impulsive Buy that Jack In The Box added brownies to their dessert menu so I figured, why not.

Then I was greeted with this…

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Uh. Yeah. So I wasn’t expecting and sort of culinary masterpiece, because Jack In The Box is not a bakery by any stretch, but I was hoping for something that looked slightly more appealing. I was also surprised by how small they were. I would say that they are approximately 1.5 inches square, max, but for a dollar, what do you expect, right?

I think that where fast food places fail when it comes to things like desserts is that they attempt to make things that don’t fall in line with their menu. Mini churros work for Jack In The Box because they already deep fry things, but nothing at Jack In The Box is baked, so these don’t really work.

These would best be described as the slightly burnt corners/edges of a sheet of brownies. When you bite into these you are met with a sort of dry, sort of chewy, sort of normal brownie texture. I never had an Easy Bake Oven as a kid, but I imagine these are what brownies made in that would taste like. The chocolate flavoring is decent, but you can only really taste it when the brownie is in your mouth and not chewing. Once you start chewing, the flavor magically disappears.

Texture: 2/5 – The mixture of dry spots, chewy spots, and spongy spots make for a less than great taste.

Smell: 4/5 – Despite the taste and texture, these smell rather good.

Appearance: 1/5 – In person, these look like a small bag of turds.

Taste 2/5 – The semi burnt chocolate taste mixed with the uneven texture makes these almost inedible. Jack In The Box? I hope these are a really limited time engagement as it is time to go back to the drawing board.

Holiday Pie pt. 2

Please enjoy this picture I took of my holiday pie tonight as I finish typing up my new review of something possibly delicious for you guys.

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McDonalds Holiday Pie

Well, it is officially the holiday season folks. I can hardly believe it. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were counting down the new year, and now its time for the presidential election, time change, and holiday flavors! I have not been indulged in the McDonald’s pie world because A) I don’t really eat that much fast food, despite my junk food addiction. Something about consuming your weight in deep fried greasy food that sits in your stomach like a brick and makes you contemplate life choices that just steers me away from it. (Not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional Doritos Locos Taco or a large fry from McDonald’s) B) There is just something about those pies that I visually do not find appealing.

For some reason the way they look is so off-putting to me. But I can say, this year I have eaten more pies from McDonald’s than I have in my entire life. Last night while making a run for the Gingerbread Oreos at Walmart, the mood struck me and I decided to grab one of these at the in-store McDonald’s. The lady at the counter informed me that it was going to be 12 minutes for them to be ready, and because I had nothing else going on last night, I decided to wait it out. If I was going to sample this pie, at least let it be “fresh”.

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I anxiously awaited the arrival of the pie, passing the time doing one of my favorite sports, people watching. There are some weirdos in this world. Finally my pie was delivered to me. I had a preconceived idea of what this thing was supposed to look like, but then I was greeted with this. What in the world. Remember the part where I said that the appearance of McDonald’s pies are a bit of a turn off? THIS RIGHT HERE. What is going on with those sprinkles? The pie looked like it was covered in some sort of disco mold. Now being “fresh” I knew this thing was going to be hot, so I let it cool down for a bit while I just sat there, in somewhat shock of how not like the picture this thing looked. Finally I got the courage and broke it open to help the cooling down process. That custard-y filling? Yeah… not so appealing looking. I finally figured it would be safe enough to take a bite. BIG MISTAKE.

Biting into this thing was like taking a bite of a lava filled pie of doom cooked in the seventh circle of hell. This thing was molten. I’m pretty sure I seared off 35% of my taste buds. Protip: Let the pie cool down very thoroughly before taking a large bite. I am not sure if it was the lack of taste buds, or if this pie actually had a decent flavor, but I must admit, it wasn’t half bad. Of the three that I have tried semi-recently, I would say that it gives the pumpkin pie a run for its money. Definitely a large footstep in front of the smores pie. All in all I would eat it again. The exterior was nice and flaky and the interior (once finally cooled a bit) was nice a creamy and had a smooth custard flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – The mixture of the flaky crust and the creamy filling make for a nice balance and convincing pie eating experience. Though I imagine not getting one of these fresh, would not be nearly as good.

Smell: 5/5 – The pie smelled really good. It smelled like a sugar cookie fresh out of the oven.

Appearance: 1/5 – They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ll let those pictures do the talking.

Taste: 3.5/5 – All in all this pie was pretty decent, borderline pretty good. The flavor doesn’t scream holiday to me (HELLO! GINGERBREAD PIE!) but I would buy another one. For best flavor, I suggest getting a fresh one.