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November 2012

Its poll time!

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving – I thought we would have a little fun and see what everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving food is! If you do not see your favorite item listed below – feel free to leave it in the comments!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving day food?

  • Stuffing (34%, 13 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Pie (26%, 10 Votes)
  • Turkey (18%, 7 Votes)
  • Rolls (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Cranberry Sauce (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Candied Yams (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Green Beans (3%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't like/celebrate Thanksgiving (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Proper review to follow later this evening! Gobble Gobble!

November 21, 2012
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Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime ‘n Chili

Posted in Nuts

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Eve… if that’s even a thing. Are you guys as excited about Thanksgiving dinner as I am? I honestly feel like a kid counting down to Christmas. I think its because I am longing for a home cooked meal like no other.

Tonight I gave these Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime n’ Chili a go. I am not overly sure what prompted me to grab these from my stash, as I already felt like I was breathing fire from the Tapatio smothered tacos I had at lunch today. And if you don’t love Tapatio, well, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

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I mentioned a while back that almonds and I have not always been friends. There was just something about them that I could not palate. I don’t know if it was the pointy ends, the weird skin or the texture, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided that almonds and I could give it another go. Now I am slightly obsessed. I enjoy spicy foods or foods with bold flavors. I also really enjoy lime flavored things, so these almonds seemed right up my alley. These were picked up at Walgreen’s on a late night snack run, and ran a whopping $4.00 for this measly tin.

Upon popping the tin open, I was immediately slapped in the face with the lime smell. There was also no shortage of flavor coating on these bad boys. I popped a few in my mouth and instantly tasted the lime, but where was the chili? The chili flavoring in these is rather subdued and honestly only brings a smidgen of heat to the almond. The lime however is very bold and is a nice compliment to the almond flavor. I was expecting more of a spice with these due to the mass quantity of visible flavoring, but honestly all I could taste was lime.

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Texture: 4/5 – These almonds have the standard texture that we are all used to. The flavor coating on the outside dissolves immediately in your mouth, which does not leave a gritty taste like I would have expected it to.

Smell: 4/5 – The lime flavoring is very pungent upon opening the tin of almonds. They smell delicious but sadly the smell is stronger than the taste.

Appearance: 3/5 – You definitely know what you’re getting into by the looks of these almonds. But at the same time, they also look like you maybe dropped them under the refrigerator and put them back in the tin. You decide.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These almonds were tasty, but they were not outstanding. I was really hoping for more heat from the chili, but was honestly just met with a lime almond, which is a combination that I would have never would have thought would work. They are good, and would be nice as a change up kind of snack in your desk drawer. The flavor is rather dominating which would keep me from consuming the entire thing. (Unlike the Cinnamon Roast AlmondsYUM!)

November 20, 2012
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Limited Edition Thomas’ Bagels – Cranberry

Posted in Bread

You guys, I have a terrible case of the hiccups. Anytime I eat bread too quickly, I immediately get hiccups. Some people think it is cute or funny, but they are downright painful. Does this happen to anyone else?

I spotted these bagels on JunkFoodGuy and knew I had to try them. My favorite juice is Cran Raspberry and I love bagels, these are kind of related right? I do not however like raisins, so this could get weird.

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Ughhhhh these hiccups are so distracting. I picked these bagels up during what will most likely be my last trip to Walmart between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm until January 1st. I hate large crowds and have been a retail slave for 10 years, I am totally over it. These have a bit of a more doughy texture, most likely from the cranberry bits baked into the bagel. The smell was mostly yeast with a hint of cranberry, kind of weird. After taking a large bite, I honestly could not really taste much of the cranberry in the bagel. A few more bites yielded the same result. I don’t know if the flavor of the cranberry changed during the boiling/baking process or if the juice changed the taste of the dough, but I did not care for these very much.

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Texture: 3/5 – The texture of these bagels are a little off. They are a bit doughy and the skin of the cranberry likes to hang around after.

Smell: 2/5 – The bag of bagels did not smell very appetizing, but the bagel alone was decent. You smell the bread more than anything.

Appearance: 3/5 – I thought for sure that the natural coloring of the cranberry would leech into the dough, but that’s not the case at all. These look OK, but the chunks of cranberry are a little off putting.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These bagels need to be reworked big time. They could potentially be good with cream cheese (I can’t eat that so someone will have to try it and report back) but alone? No thank you. Cinnamon raisin bagels have the undertone of sweetness and these bagels just have a weird taste. I would not buy these again.

November 19, 2012
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Peeps – Marshmallow Gingerbread Men

Posted in Confectionaries

Want to know a fun fact? Everyday I review something, I try the food that day. I don’t sit at home and have magical feasts of junk food to write about later. I must say though, I had a huge dinner of tacos and garlic bread (don’t judge me) and eating something afterwards was a little rough. I currently don’t think I will be able to move from my current spot for a while. My everything hurts… someone get me a wheelchair.

I am pretty sure that these Peeps Marshmallow Gingerbread Men are not new, but I don’t recall ever tasting them despite my undying love for Peeps. I decided to pick these up not only because they are Peeps but GINGERBREAD! YEAH! Gingerbread is the new pumpkin guys (maybe)!

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Let’s not pretend that we don’t all first notice the sad state that is their faces and other features made of icing right now. Protip: Don’t put a picture of what your product should look like if infact, does not look anything like it at all. Something must have been really amusing to the left as most of them are looking and smiling in that general direction. Come on, a first grader could have piped these better. When I opened the packaging I was immediately hit with the smell of brown sugar – what? I kept smelling and finally picked up a hint of ginger. Despite the pungent aroma, the gingerbread taste to these is rather underwhelming. They are good, but the gingerbread flavoring is not in your face by any means. I do however think that these would be delicious lightly toasted and sandwiched between a graham cracker and a small hunk of white chocolate.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of a normal Peep. Light fluffy inside and pseudo crunchy exterior from the sugar coating on the outside. The icing features do not add anything to the textural experience.

Smell: 3/5 – The smell of these were a little deceiving. I don’t really know where the brown sugar smell comes into play, but it smells good. Another smell that Yankee could make into a candle and I would buy, thats for sure. Dear Yankee, if you do end up using these ideas, please cut me a royalty check.

Appearance: 2/5 – I like that Peeps went with a gingerbread man shape vs the standard Peep shape like they did for the Sugar Cookie version. However, those icing features? Someone needs some practice for next year.

Taste: 3/5 - Despite the subtle gingerbread flavoring to these Peeps, they are good. My guess is that they did not want to make the flavor overbearing because they want you to eat the entire tray – I’m on to you Peeps. I think these would be delicious as s’mores, as I said before, and the casual indifferent gingerbread lover will like these. Diehards? Stick to the real thing.

November 18, 2012
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Limited Edition Pringles – Cinnamon & Sugar

Posted in Chips

If you are wondering what happened to the M&M review from yesterday, it will be back up in a bit. FIXED! Ever since the update came out for WordPress on mobile, I’ve been having a lot of issues with it constantly crashing and saving weird drafts of articles. So tonight when I reloaded the current articles on my phone, it overwrote the completed article with just pictures – cute!

Today while running around town, I stopped into Walmart to see if they had any new food stuffs to try. Low and behold right when I walked in, there a couple of boxes of Limited Edition Cinnamon & Sugar Pringles! Score!! I also picked up a few other things, but we will talk about those at a later time.

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I figured that these would taste similar to the Limited Edition Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, considering that cinnamon is rather present in pumpkin pie. I popped the can and took a smell, all I really could pick out was the normal smell of Pringles. Much like the Pumpkin Pie Spice, there was hardly any visible flavoring on the chip. All you could really see was a tiny sprinkling of cinnamon. I ate one and couldn’t decide if it tasted the same as the Pumpkin Pie Spice. Luckily I bought another tube of those and was able to compare the flavors. They definitely have a different taste. I would venture to say that there is more sugar than cinnamon present – and they also turned up the volume on the salt factor. They were quite tasty though. I honestly have preferred the sweeter Pringles to any of the other limited edition flavors I have tried recently. The sweetness compliments the salt and I could easily see myself eating the whole tube at once.

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Texture: 4/5 – Standard pressed potato texture. The addition of the cinnamon and sugar did not add any texture to the crisp.

Smell: 2/5 – Hardly and smell in the can, but smelling the crisp directly will yield you the faintest cinnamon smell.

Appearance: 2/5 – Despite the ample taste of cinnamon and sugar, visibly it looks like there is hardly anything on the chip. On quick glance, depending on what side is up, these could be mistaken for regular Pringles.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I enjoyed these but I didn’t find them all that special. The cinnamon and sugar adds a nice hint of sweetness to the crisp, but honestly you could achieve this at home with a little cinnamon and sugar mixed together sprinkled on regular Pringles. Buy a tube if you’re looking for something sweet and salty, but don’t fret if you miss out on them after the season is over, they aren’t overly memorable.

November 17, 2012
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M&Ms – White Chocolate Peppermint

Posted in Candy

Well hello there, and a special hello to those of you who have found me via The Impulsive Buy! I’m not going to lie, I thought about skipping a review today because I am dead tired from going to a show in San Francisco last night, and not getting home until 2AM (it was a 2 hour drive each way for me) BUT – How could I do that to you lovely people?

I picked up these M&M’s at Target on Tuesday and decided to give them a whirl today. I did not however know that they are a Target exclusive. What is with all the retailers getting exclusive snack foods? In a sense its kind of cool, but at the same time its frustrating because it forces me to make extra trips to try and find things that I want to eat. The plain chocolate mint M&M’s used to be a staple at my house during Christmas when I was younger. My mom had this amazing purple and pink glass candy dish that I would never be able to lift the lid off of quietly to sneak some M&M’s, no matter how stealthy I tried to be.

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So first off, why do these have to be so massive? They are about the size of a peanut butter M&M, and honestly I find white chocolate a little rich for my taste. I love sugar, don’t get me wrong, I will eat it by the spoonful out of the jar plain, but there is something about white chocolate that tends to give me a tummy ache after about the first handful. The peppermint flavoring is not overbearing, and adds just the right amount of cool flavoring to the white chocolate. I honestly cant stomach more than a handful before rolling the bag up and putting it back in my desk drawer at work for later snackery. There is definitely something familiar about the flavor as a whole though and it took me a while to put my finger on it.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chunks of white chocolate coated in a crunchy candy shell make for a typical M&M experience. Because the interior has a glob of the white chocolate, I often find myself trying to bite off the crunchy exterior then eat the inside because I’m weird like that.

Smell: 4/5 – There is a definite balance of sweet and mint when opening the bag that gives you that nice gust of Christmas.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about these guys. I see where they are going with the red and white, as a nod to the candy cane (and possibly Target), but a couple of green ones wouldn’t have hurt to take festive to a whole new level.

Taste: 3/5 – These M&Ms are good nor bad. For me they were pretty middle of the road. The white chocolate mint lover will enjoy these, but its nothing that I wish they would make year round. For those of you who don’t have a Target near by and are dying to try them – just eat some Smooth n’ Meltys! They taste exactly the same and the nonpareils will give you the same crunch as the exterior of the M&M and most likely for a fraction of the price.

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November 16, 2012
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Emerald – Cinnamon Roast Almonds

Posted in Nuts

I really suck at breakfast. I like to sleep in until the last possible second and rarely ever sit down for a bowl of cereal or toasted bagel. I am constantly searching for things that are easy to eat on the go, something that I can grab and snack on on my almost 40 mile drive to work. Sure I could opt for a Poptart, but I am ingesting 400 calories and crazy amounts of sugar first thing in the morning, which leads to a lovely crash midday. It wasn’t until recently that I started enjoying almonds. Are there any foods that you just started liking out of the blue? When the snack food fairy brought these home, I knew that they would be a breakfast staple for me.

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Emerald has been kicking it into high gear with their new flavors. I recently reviewed the dark chocolate and peanut butter mix and the peanut butter and jelly mix. I’ve seen tons of different flavors on the shelf including chile lime, pumpkin spice, rosemary, etc. Cinnamon roast almonds don’t seem like that far of a stretch, it’s not like they are reinventing the wheel here, but surprisingly not all over the market. These come in a larger container as well as the 100 calorie packs for those of us who either are counting calories, enjoy forced portion control, or are just looking for a small snack. I enjoy a breakfast blend from Emerald for breakfast (imagine that!) often which includes cocoa roasted almonds – which I don’t find exceedingly good. They taste good, but they are not incredible. I was expecting the cinnamon roast almonds to follow suit. Instead I was greeted with almonds coated in cinnamon and sugar (ala Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and they had a nice roasted flavor. There is no shortage of coating as there is about half a teaspoon of coating in the bottom of the bag. I made the mistake of dumping this into my mouth and was overwhelmed with cinnamon and a little salt, which I did not taste while actually eating the almonds. Kind of a weird taste – I vote, don’t follow my lead and chuck the cinnamon dust.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of your run of the mill almond. The coating on the outside makes for a little more grit but it also helps give the almond a little more crunch.

Smell: 4/5 – These have an intense cinnamon aroma.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing overly exciting about these almonds. The outside coating definitely lets you know what you’re getting into.

Taste: 5/5 – These are nothing short of delicious. The spice from the cinnamon mixed with the sugar accompanies the almond flavor quite nice. These make a delicious morning treat or after lunch snack. Check them out – you won’t regret it!

November 15, 2012
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Better Chip – Jalapeño and Sea Salt

Posted in Chips, Uncategorized

Evenin’! I had a really major hankering for some nachos today – but cheese and I aren’t really friends, despite my undying love, and I wanted the gross kind of nachos that you can only get at ball games, gas stations, and movie theaters. I can’t honestly think of the last time I purchased nachos from a gas station, but the more I tossed the idea around of caving in after I got off work – the worse it sounded. Nothing good would come of this!

So I rummaged around in my stash of foods to see what I had that would potentially pacify my craving for cheesy spicy nachos. I picked up these Better Chips at SaveMart a couple of weeks ago and kind of forgot about them because the bag is rather small, and they got smashed behind a bunch of other chips, that I have not had the courage to try yet.

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I was curious what I was getting myself into with these. They claim to be all natural and better, but was I going to be eating a spicy salty cardboard puck? When I opened the bag, which has a tear spot vs just opening them like normal chips. I attempted to tear them across the top because I found it more aesthetically pleasing, but I couldn’t get it to tear all the way so I had to opt for down the side. It really made me feel inept at opening a simple bag of chips. THANKS GUYS.

They had a faint smell of jalapeño, but nothing overbearing. I liked that the flavor was baked into the chip instead of heavily sprinkled on top. These chips were kind of a silent killer. I popped one in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious they were. They had an excellent balance of corn, salt and spice from the jalapeño, then the more I chewed, the progressively hotter they got. Have you ever had spicy food where you feel like the only recourse to keep the spice at bay is to continue eating at a continuous pace? Thats what happened with these. The bag was probably gone in 1.5 minutes. I’m not proud, but they were scrumptious.

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Texture: 4/5 – These had a satisfying crunch to them and I really enjoyed the absence of spray on flavor that usually makes things a little gritty and messy.

Smell: 2/5 – There was hardly any smell at all to these chips. This is probably due to the ingredients being baked into the chip.

Appearance: 2/5 – In my line of volunteer work, I have seen a lot… A LOT… of emesis. (if you don’t know what that is, Google it when you’re not eating lunch) The chunks of jalapeño kind of reminded me of this, which did not make for a visually appealing snack.

Taste: 4/5 – These chips were really tasty. I would love to enjoy them with a sandwich, and wish that more sandwich places would carry them as a generic chip alternative. They had a nice crunch, the flavor was tasty, the heat was just enough, not to the point where they were too hot, and you get a decent amount for your buck. The only thing that could have taken these to the next level would be if they had a hint of cheese. Yum!

November 14, 2012
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Happy Birthday SPOILYOURDINNER.COM

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SPOIL YOUR DINNER turns 1 month old today!

Normally – I wouldn’t give a rip about my website turning 1 month old. I have had many personal blogs, other projects, etc come and go, but nothing has compared to how awesome this last month has been for me with my humble little website here. You guys are honestly amazing – I can’t believe how this went from an idea that I have been kicking around in my head for months to reality where I get tons of people from around the world reading what I have to say… its truly incredible.

So, tonight I shall spend my evening playing Call Of Duty – since I promptly passed out last night after getting the game at midnight and didn’t manage to see a single minute of what the game looked like. I will leave you with the top 9 reviews for the month. Check back tomorrow for a brand spankin’ new review!

  1. Limited Edition Chex Mix – Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies.
  2. Limited Edition Pringles – Pumpkin Pie Spices
  3. Limited Edition Peeps – Sugar Cookie
  4. Pepperidge Farm Milanos – Peppermint Milano slices & Peppermint Milano Minis
  5. 3 Musketeers – Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  6. Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps – Mint Chocolate Chip
  7. Limited Edition Stacy’s Pita Chips – Simply Gingerbread
  8. Limited Edition Oreos – Lemon Twist
  9. McDonald’s – Holiday Pie

I love hearing from you guys – so please comment if you so desire! You can also get in touch with me via the contact form, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Bloglovin!

November 13, 2012
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Garden of Eatin’ – Red Hot Blues

Posted in Chips

Good evening folks! I hope those of you that had the day off enjoyed yourselves! I am writing you from outside of a frigid GameStop waiting for the midnight release of Call of Duty : Black Ops II. Last night I picked up some Garden of Eatin’ for my all night Netflix binge that ended up turning into about 20 minutes before I was out cold. I didn’t even get to break into these!

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I enjoy chips and salsa quite a bit. I often use the cup holder in my car as a salsa holder more than an actual cup holder. For some reason when it comes to tortilla chips, there is no limit to the amount I can consume. These chips are not new to the market, but I hadn’t been introduced to them until last week, and even then I only sampled a single chip, not nearly enough to form an opinion.

This afternoon I decided to start over watching the seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, and broke open this bag as an afternoon snack. I was greeted with the strong aroma of spices. Upon tasting them for the first time (I’m not counting the single chip last week) I was quite impressed. I thought that because the flavoring was sprinkled on the outside of the chip that the flavor would be inconsistent, but there was more than enough to go around. I would however not recommend eating these with chapped lips or anywhere where there is a light source because they don’t look all that appetizing in the light.

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Had to use the flash in the batcave, making these look extra gross.

Texture: 4/5 – These have a very nice crunch. Despite the extreme amount of spices, they are not overly gritty.

Smell: 4/5 – after opening the bag you can immediately smell the heat coming off these chips.

Appearance: 2/5 – Eat these chips in the dark, they are way more appealing that way.

Taste: 4/5 – These tortilla chips are delicious on their own, no need to invite salsa to the party. They are not immediately hot right out of the bag but the flavor builds the more you eat, until you turn into a fire breathing dragon.

November 12, 2012
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