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November 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Showdown!

Posted in Candy

In honor of the three day weekend I have this weekend, I thought I would do a taste test between three different peanut butter cups. I have had the Unjunked peanut butter cups for a couple weeks, and picked up the Sunspire ones tonight while at the store searching for some chips to enjoy for an all night Netflix marathon of GI Joe, Star Trek, and Rainbow Brite.

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I figured I would start with the ole’ standby – Reese’s. I absolutely love chocolate and peanut butter together. Its like Hall and Oates, Simon and Garfunkel, She & Him – they just go together. My Reese’s peanut butter cup was nothing short of amazing. The chocolate was nice and smooth, and the peanut butter had just the right amount of sweetness.

Next up were the Unjunked Unreal77 peanut butter cups – Now if you have been following my blog at all, I reviewed the Unjunked chocolate candy pieces, and they were not good. I was hoping that the addition of chocolate to the mix would help spice things up, I was wrong. The chocolate outside was not bad, but the peanut butter? Good grief. It was a weird chalky powerdy peanut butter mixture inside that had the faint taste of peanuts. What have they done to the beloved peanut butter cup? I saw on a couple of blogs that people had planned to give these out to kids trick-or-treating, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?! I would have rather had pennies or a walnut dropped into my pillowcase instead of this atrocity.

Finally with hopes that I could finish off on a good note, I sampled the Sunspire peanut butter cups. Like the Unjunked, they use nothing artificial in their candy, and I was concerned that I would be faced with the same gross flavor again. These cups are slightly smaller than the other two, about the size of a half dollar. But they make up for the lack of size by giving you three in the package instead of two.

I popped the whole thing in my mouth, figuring that I would go big or go home, and was pleasantly surprised. The chocolate was smooth, as was the peanut butter, unlike the peanut butter used in a Reese’s, which can be gritty at times. If you had told me that these were all natural and contained nothing artificial, I wouldn’t believe you. I think the biggest problem I have with companies trying to create healthy candy alternatives is that they don’t even attempt to make it taste good. I’m sorry, I’ll sacrifice a few calories, a few grams of sugar in my diet, and a few grams of fat to eat something I actually enjoy as a treat instead of trying to convince myself that the “candy” I’m eating doesn’t taste like pencil shavings.

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Texture:

  • Reese’s: 3/5 – The chocolate on the Reese’s is always smooth, but its a hit and miss sometimes when it comes to how gritty the peanut butter is on the inside.
  • Unjunked: 1/5 -The chocolate on the outside was OK, but the powdery peanut butter inside made it practically inedible. Infact, the second cup made it right into the trash can.
  • Sunspire: 5/5 – The chocolate and peanut butter were both incredibly smooth which made for an enjoyable taste.

Smell:

  • Reese’s: 3/5 – The immediate smell I encountered when opening the packaging was peanut butter, not similar to a jar of peanut butter, but fake peanut butter.
  • Unjunked: 2/5 – The only smell that I found present was that of the peanut butter powder. It reminded me of the smell of a peanut butter chocolate Power Bar. Peanut-y but slightly medicinal.
  • Sunspire: 4/5 – I was greeted with the smell of rich chocolate when I took a nice whiff of the packaging of these candies.

Apperance:

  • Reese’s: 3/5 – It never fails that I seem to get Reese’s that have some sort of appearance problem. In the case of the one that I had this time, the peanut butter was not covered completely.
  • Unjunked: 4/5 – I thought that the Unreal stamp on the peanut butter was pretty cool. Despite so far not enjoying anything from their product line,  I really enjoy their packaging.
  • Sunspire: 2/5 – Nothing spectacular about these, I wish that it would have had a more polished look by having a smooth top, but thats just me being a snob.

Taste:

  • Reese’s: 4/5 – Normally Reese’s is my go to candy when I am craving chocolate and peanut butter together. If I had to choose one candy to eat for the rest of my life, it would be these.
  • Unjunked: 1/5 – Not good. I see what they are trying to do, and its just not working. The omission of certain ingredients with the mission to make it healthier has left it tasting almost inedible in my book.
  • Sunspire: 5/5 – Totally out of nowhere with this one. I was expecting them to be OK because they were all natural, but these were EXTREMELY good. I also like the fact that they are reasonably priced (just a dollar at Bel-Air!) for being a healthier alternative. If you are looking for a tasty treat that won’t completely kill your waistline and is not chalked full of preservatives and processed ingredients, pick these up, you won’t be disappointed.

So in closing I would rank these three peanut butter cups in the following order: 1) Sunspire, 2) Reese’s, and 3) Unjunked.

I hope you all have a great 3 day weekend and thank you to all the veterans and active duty personnel (who will one day be veterans) for all they have done to allow me to speak my mind freely.

November 11, 2012
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Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Evening friends! Hope you all enjoyed my holiday pie from McDonald’s earlier. I’m tellin’ you – they do everything they can to make them the least appealing as possible – but it was delicious. Yesterday while at Walmart I picked up a bag of the Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa flavor. While walking around I was contemplating how this would taste any different than some of the elements of the Turtle Chex Mix and the Dark Chocolate Chex Mix. I am not overly sure where everyone is getting the idea to release Cocoa flavored items – isn’t that just fancy pants chocolate?

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Over on The Impulsive Buy, I griped that companies are making limited edition bags of snacks in THE BIGGEST BAG EVER. This can be a double edge sword. On one hand – if the snack really sucks, you’re not only stuck with the remainder, but most likely enough to feed a small army. On the other hand – if it is really good, then you have more to eat while reviewing your life choices as you consume the entire bag wondering where it all went wrong. I kid. This bag is no exception. I can only assume that they figured that people would be putting this out at a party and would like to have a sizable amount for their guests.

When I opened the bag, I was greeted with the scent of pure chocolate. After inspecting its contents I poured myself a small bowl to examine more closely. This mix is made up of cinnamon roll shaped grahams, chocolate powder covered Chex and pretzels, white chocolate Chex, and “marshmallows”. I am not really following the cinnamon roll element in this mix, but they are good. The chocolate coated Chex and pretzels were OK, I really wish they would have baked the chocolate into the Chex or coated it with real chocolate instead of some weird cocoa powder. After reviewing the ingredients, I found that the white chocolate Chex actually have a yogurt flavor coating, it tastes like white chocolate to me. I honestly felt like they were the best part of the mix. The marshmallows were like the ones you find in breakfast cereals, and there were TONS of them – literally it looked like you mixed your Chex Mix with a bag of those tiny styrofoam beads. They are crunchy and delicious and sink the to the bottom of the mix so you can eat them all at the end. Saves me the trouble of eating around all of them to save them for last.

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Texture: 3/5 – I know that this is made up of all grains and flour, and what not, but this mix is SO DRY. Pretty much all Chex Mix are, but good grief, my jaw was getting tired from chewing. Treat yourself to a beverage while eating this, you’ll need it.

Smell: 4/5 – The chocolate smell was very apparent when opening the bag – but it did not smell like a cup of hot cocoa.

Appearance: 2/5 – The brown powered chocolate all over the place made it look like it was more like Limited Edition Chex Mix – Dirt, than anything else.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Overall, this mix is pretty tasty, but its nothing to write home about. If I had to choose one of the Limited Edition Chex Mix flavors for my holiday party, I can’t say I would go to this one as my first choice. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t buy it again – as I can get the Dark Chocolate version and be just as satisfied  (and I get little red chocolates in it!)

November 10, 2012
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Limited Edition Pringles – Pumpkin Pie Spice

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

First – Hello to anyone that has found me via the lovely Albany Dana from Eat Up Albany! Thanks for the blog lovin’ y’all. Second – I apologize now for the one subpar picture in this review – pinkie promise I will reupload new ones tomorrow when the light is better in the batcave. FIXED.

So today while perusing Walmart after work looking to see if they had anything new in (by the way the Limited Edition Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies were back in stock at the store by my house – if you have been unable to locate them, maybe your store got restocked too!). I checked all the usual places – the main aisle, endcaps, focal area near the front of the store where they tend to put seasonal food, etc. I had picked up a few things, top secret since they will make their debut here soon, took a gander down the seasonal food aisle, but it was about 40% set, the rest was just empty shelves. I decided to hit the chip aisle, just out of curiosity and what did I see?

YES! The magical unicorn that is Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles. I had given up hope of ever getting my hands on these because so many other people have already reviewed them that I figured that the snack food junkies in my area (if that is a real thing) went in late one night and bought all of them up. There were about 3, 3/4 full cases haphazardly shoved onto a top shelf.

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I think I scared the natives with my excitement in the chip aisle. I wasn’t jumping around all crazy like or anything – I don’t need to get banned from one of my snack food meccas – but I must have looked like She-Ra in the middle of the aisle holding up the can of Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, with less blond hair and more black, no sword, and minus my twin brother.

I was so excited about these that I even called my Mom on the way home to tell her the news. You would think I just hit the lottery or something. I guess you can say that I am easily amused.

I was a bit nervous to try these, because I had just hyped these up so much in my mind that they were nothing short of magical space Pringles. I popped the can, anticipating a potent aroma of spices, but I was greeted with the familiar Pringles crisp smell and the tiniest of tiny hint of what my guess would be cinnamon. A visual inspection of the crisp concerned me slightly as well because I was used to the heavy smattering of flavor dust of other flavors, and visually that was non-existent.

Moment of truth – Upon first bite, I was a bit underwhelmed. Where was the flavor punch I was looking for? So I decided to try a few more, and then a few more turned into a bunch more, and then a bunch more turned into half the can before I forced myself to put them down. I would venture to say that the pumpkin flavor is nil in this crisp, and it strictly just spices of pumpkin pie. It was a delicious blend of sweet and salty. I licked the top of the chip and was greeted with mostly just an extreme sweet flavor with undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Protip: Just eating the chip will yield you a better experience – don’t be a creepy chip licker.

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Texture: 3/5 – The texture of this crisp is like any other Pringle – nothing overly exciting. Standard potato flakes compressed into a duck bill creating shape.

Smell: 1/5 -These crisps have no smell other than that of the potato – its kind of weird.

Appearance: 2/5 – Nothing visually sets these chips apart from a seemingly normal Pringle except a minute amount of brown speckles from cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Taste: 5/5 – I must admit that I was very skeptical of these. Sweet and salty Pringles? Sounds like gypsy magic to me. But Pringles proved that they can bring it again with this perfectly balanced chip. I would compare it to kettle corn or something of that nature. They enhance each other. Buy these up while you can, you wont regret it.

She-Ra image is property of Mattel.

November 9, 2012
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Smarties Candy Canes

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Candy canes have to be probably one of my favorite Christmas candies out there. However, I will usually only buy them after Christmas when they go on super-clearance for 30 cents a box. Then I turn into a complete hoarder. I absolutely love mint flavored things. I enjoy honing a candy cane into a sharp spear that I envision poking someone with – but usually just end up poking myself. I also enjoy candy canes when they become somewhat stale and chewy.

This year however, the snack food fairy left these with the Sugar Cookie Peeps and Hot Cocoa 3 Musketeers. I really like Smarties (the American version). I have also been known to enjoy the tropical flavored Tums and Necco wafers on occasion, so this should come as a surprise to no one. In 2006 I went to Canada and got a McFlurry for my friend at McDonald’s. Wait, reverse. I did not go to Canada just to get my friend a McFlurry – I was there on a 2 week vacation. He asked me to get him a Smarties McFlurry. I watched as they made it and was confused when they dumped chocolate chunks into the soft serve ice cream. Where was the chalky candy I was used to? After confronting the McDonald’s staff – and making myself look like a huge ass, I found out that there is a chocolate candy indeed named Smarties. CONFUSING. But this is not the case with these candy canes – Smarties plus candy cane? Could be good.

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I was curious how these would capture the flavor of Smarties as they each have their own individual flavor. None of them are overpowering by any means, but there is a distinct taste between all of them. The white ones are my favorite. I practically shoved the candy cane up my nose attempting to smell these – but alas, I was left without any clues as to what I would be sampling. I took a small bite and was greeted with a cherry? fruit punch? something? flavor. I wasn’t sure if the candy cane was going to have a dynamic flavor throughout to compliment the different flavors in the button sized rolled candy. I took a few more bites and decided that these candy canes taste like a cherry Sucrets, talk about a disappointment. I managed to convince myself to eat half of the candy cane before ditching it in the trashcan because I couldn’t tolerate the flavor any longer. Luckily I had some real Smarties in my stash to pacify my woes.

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Texture: 4/5 – Has the normal texture of a candy cane. No gritty, chalky, sandy texture to be found.

Smell: 0/5 – Completely non-existent.

Appearance: 5/5 – The colors sort of matched the colors of a roll of Smarties. I would say the choices were visually appealing and I kind of want to invent spring time candy canes so that I can look at these. I guess I could just hold onto them until April and then I would have springtime candy canes.

Taste: 1/5 – These were not good. Sometimes my brain tried to trick me into thinking they were fruit punch, but really, they were just a cough drop in a candy cane shape. Reserve these as Christmas tree decorations.

November 8, 2012
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Pepperidge Farms Milano Minis Candy Cane & Milano Slices Peppermint

Hello! Hello! Especially to those of you who have found me via Pinterest! Grab your favorite snack and take a look around. Today I received some intel that Target had two new flavors of Pepperidge Farms cookies in their seasonal section. I needed to pick up hair ties anyways, so it didn’t really take much to twist my arm and stop by today and pick these up. I was rather curious what the differences were going to be, if any at all, between these two cookies because they were practically the same. Light delicious cookie, chocolate, and mint together. I was also intrigued by the mini factor, as I have never seen anything like that before. (though a quick Google search turns up that they are available in regular chocolate flavor, and they also produced a limited edition dark chocolate covered version – sounds delicious!)

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I started with the slices first – I felt like I was re-entering familiar territory since I not so long ago reviewed the Milano Salted Pretzel Slices. Those, were kind of a disaster, but I had higher hopes for these because of the plethora of peppermint pieces crumbled on top. Small rant, what is with the chocolate Pepperidge Farm uses? It melts INSTANTANEOUSLY. They want you to be caught red handed eating cookies, because no matter if you hold the cookie for 0.0001 second or a minute, you will somehow manage to get chocolate on your fingers – even if you aren’t touching the chocolate part. It is a conspiracy.

I did not execute the same taste test as I did for the salted pretzel (chocolate side up and side down), I did however just pop the whole thing into my mouth like a chocolate starved woman. I was greeted with the familiar Milano cookie taste with a lovely undertone of peppermint. It was not overpowering at all. I would most likely compare the flavor to a mild thin mint. If a thin mint were a 10, these would be a 6 on intensity of chocolate mint flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – I was slightly concerned that due to the sheer volume of peppermint crunch sprinkled on top of these cookies that it would be too much, but it was just enough to add a nice texture element to the cookie.

Smell: 3/5 – When opening the bag, the only smell you can smell inside is that of chocolate, not peppermint at all.

Appearance: 3/5 – They aren’t the prettiest of cookies, but they get the job done. I also noticed that a lot of the peppermint topping fell off the cookies in my bag.

Taste: 4/5 – These are really delicious. The dark chocolate pared with the peppermint makes for perfect harmony on the light cookie. I could easily eat the whole bag and not feel like I just ate a box of candy canes. I would buy these again a heart beat.

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So you remember the mini rant (no pun intended due to reviewing mini cookies) about getting chocolate all over your hands when eating Milanos? Pepperidge Farm wanted to make sure that you get caught RED handed with these. I was extremely surprised to look inside of the bag and see how tiny these little guys are. I am not sure what I was expecting their size to be, but they were so little! I can’t really decide if they chose to use the red as a forced festive nod  or what they were going for here, but I can’t say its working for them. I ate a few of these to try and get the full effect. I would say that the mint flavoring tastes more like a toothpaste mint flavor than a candy mint flavor – if that makes sense to you. Its good, but you can tell its completely artificial. The aftertaste of these was not very appealing.

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Texture: 4/5 – These had the texture of the familiar cookie. Light crunchy exterior and smooth chocolate interior. Because the peppermint flavoring was added to the filling instead of chunks like the slices, there was no crunchy element to this cookie other than the cookie itself.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these is immediately chocolate and mint mixed together. They smell divine.

Appearance: 2/5 – Again with the soft smearable chocolate, the red portion did not hold up well in my bag, as when I opened it, it looked like a Milano murder scene inside.

Taste: 2/5 – I did not care for this version of the cookie. The chocolate and cookie portion were delicious, but the peppermint element was off. I also did not like the aftertaste that it left. I would not buy these again, or subject my guests at a holiday party to them, though they are cute.

November 7, 2012
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Indecision 2012 – Angie’s Artisan Treats

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

What’s good friends? I’m sure like most of you who are in the USA you have been glued to your TV watching the pending election results. I for one am not one to delve into politics much, but I find myself getting extremely anxious every 4 years with the announcement of the new president. I am not going to go on any sort of political rant, as this is not the place for it, but I will say that I will be happy when this is all over and done with. I am sick of seeing campaign stuff EVERYWHERE.

So tonight, in the spirit of the election, I thought I would present to you two fancy new holiday foods and you can decide which you like! I have never seen Angie’s Artisan Treats Holidrizzle Kettle Corn in stores before. I feel like she must have partnered up with Snoop Doggs camp to come up with that name. The two flavors that I have seen thus far are Which Chocolatier Peppermint and Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt. Popcorn and I have a love hate relationship. I love it and it hates me. Despite the impending upset stomach that is to follow later, I could not resist trying these as I love kettle corn, more than I love plain buttery popcorn.

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I decided to start with the White Chocolatier Peppermint flavor first. Upon first opening the bag, I only smelled a faint smell of peppermint. I was a bit disappointed that the bag is so large, yet is half air! I popped a handful in my mouth and gave it a whirl. I enjoyed the flavoring. The classic taste of kettle corn which is sweet with a hint of salt with the peppermint topping and drizzle of white chocolate were a nice pairing. I felt like they were a bit stingy with the white chocolate drizzle. So far most of what I have tasted from the bag I bought, I would say about 40% has white chocolate on it. Kind of a let down. While the flavor of this is good, and I didn’t realize that I was on a crazy train to attempting to eat the whole bag mindlessly, it does not hold a candle to the Peppermint Bark Chex Mix.

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Texture: 3/5 – I don’t know if it is the white chocolate or the weather in California but I found that the popcorn was a bit mushy. The peppermint crystals added a nice crunch to the mix.

Smell: 3/5 – The aroma of this treat is rather non-existent. What you can smell is rather inviting though.

Appearance: 3/5 – Because of the color of the popcorn, you can’t easily see the white chocolate on the pieces, which makes hunting for the really chocolate-y pieces a bit tough. I do like the addition of the red peppermint crunchies instead of mixing the mint flavor into the chocolate. It gives it a nice festive kick.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Overall the flavor is pretty middle of the road. I enjoyed it, but I felt like it kind of missed the mark. The mixture of sweet and salty is definitely present but nothing really took it to the next level.

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Next we have the Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt. I am an extreme fan of dark chocolate. I am the person that will dig out all the Special Dark Hershey’s minis that no one usually wants. A few years ago, I think maybe 4 years ago or so, my Mom and I were celebrating New Years Eve together. We decided to get a bar of dark chocolate to enjoy at midnight, and in our infinite wisdom, we chose a bar with the highest cacao percentage at the time. WHAT AN AWFUL MISTAKE. As we counted down the clock, we each snapped a little square off the chocolate and at midnight we gave each other a little peck and popped the chocolate in our mouths. It immediately turned into a mad dash for the trashcan because it was so bitter that you couldn’t even swallow it. To add insult to injury I had braces at the time and the chocolate was all kinds of stuck in them. Worst idea ever.

I imagined that the dark chocolate sea salt mix would be a nice balance of sweet and salty, and I was right. But with Sea Salt in the name, I was expecting a little more salt in the mix than just the light dusting in regular kettle corn. The chocolate drizzle in this mix greatly exceeded that of its counterpart, and was pretty satisfying. I do fail to see how this is considered a holiday flavor when I can easily find it on shelves year round from retailers like Costco and Target.

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Texture: 3/5 – I encountered the same problem with the Dark Chocolate version of this treat as I did with the White Chocolate version, kind of mushy. Unlike the white chocolate version however, there were no saving elements like peppermint crystals to make up for the lack of crunch.

Smell: 3/5 – There was pretty much zero smell upon opening the bag.

Appearance: 4/5 – The dark chocolate version visibly had more chocolate in the mix than the white chocolate. I feel like the amount that was drizzled over was inviting and guaranteed you that you were in for a nice chocolate treat.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Trying a single piece by itself proves to be nothing spectacular. It really takes some investment of eating a few handfuls to taste the entire flavor. I wish that the sea salt element was a little more prominent in the flavoring. All in all it was good.

So in the end, I did what any self respecting foodie would do, I mixed the two together in my bowl. I feel like this made the entire thing extremely good, and it is an untapped market for Angie. Someone let that lady know.

November 6, 2012
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Holiday Peeps – Sugar Cookie

Posted in Confectionaries

What up peeps? See what I did there? Is anyone not loving the time change? It’s got me all kinds of thrown off. I woke up this morning in a panic thinking I overslept because of how light it was outside and I fell asleep face down on my bed watching tv after work at 6:30 pm because it was pitch black outside, what in the world. Here’s hoping things equalize soon.

So with yesterday’s snack food fairy delivery I was gifted one of my favorite sugary treats, Peeps! It’s no secret that Peeps have joined the ranks of other holiday treats by producing orange pumpkins, strawberry hearts, and peppermint trees, but in my years of fandom I’ve never spotted sugar cookie. Curiouser and curiouser.

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Sugar cookies are the epitome of holiday flavors for me. My grandmothers sugar cookie recipe is to die for and I know once the first batch is made that the season is upon us. They were always so neatly decorated with corresponding sanding sugars to match the cookie cutter shape, and I was envious of anyone with that amount of dedication. A few years ago I decided to make a batch and it quickly devolved into simple round cookies with multicolored sugars and one giant Santa vampire. I have no idea where that idea came from, my guess is that I probably got a little wild with the sprinkles while attempting to make a mouth and it all went downhill from there. He was delicious. I’ll see if I can find the picture I took of him pre-consumption.

Onto the Peeps. Maybe they should have been called doves for Christmas? I don’t know, Peeps scream Easter to me. I like that they chose to veer away from the mistake that McDonald’s made with their disco mold Holiday Pie and keep it simple with a light tan color. Then someone got the bright idea to dip them in chocolate. Now I’m of the school of thought that more is more. In most cases. I really wish they would have had a little conversation amongst themselves and took a poll around the office asking who’s grandma dips sugar cookies in chocolate. That’s right – no one. But for some reason felt their faintly almond/marzipan flavored confectionary couldn’t stand alone without the aid of a chocolatey companion. Honestly, that’s what killed these for me. The mallow is light and delicious, much like a fresh baked sugar cookie, then the chocolate comes stumbling in like your drunk uncle mumbling about who knows what and everyone accepts it but is equally confused.

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Texture: 3/5 – I like fresh out of the package Peeps. They are light and fluffy and trick you into eating one too many. I love stale Peeps even more. Though with the chocolate coating on the bottom I don’t foresee them lasting much longer because I feel like it would get all weird. The hard chocolate matched with the fluffy mallow makes for a weird texture combo in my opinion.

Smell: 5/5 – Upon first smell after directly opening the package it was sugary almond extract heaven. Mmm mmm.

Appearance: 4/5 – Peeps pulled a no frills punch with these and I think it works for them. At least with the other holiday treats that I have tried, you can’t confuse these by appearance with a classic flavor.

Taste: 5/5 & 3/5 – I give a 5/5 to the mallowy portion of the Peep. It’s taste is a perfect combo of the flavor of a sugar cookie, marshmallow, and a lightly dusted sugar on the outside for that signature slight crunch. I give the Peep and chocolate combined a 3/5. I really fail to see where the chocolate is needed. I would annihilate a package of these if they were sans chocolate but in their current form, they make a great stocking stuffer.

November 5, 2012
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3 Musketeers – Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows

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Good evening everyone! Did you all remember to set your clocks back (if you’re in an area that does this antiquated tradition)? Despite the “extra” hour of sleep, I for one am beat and could doze off right now. It doesn’t help that its not even 6pm yet an darker than dark outside.

When I was a kid, my favorite candy was a tie between 3 Musketeers and 100 Grand. I can no longer stomach the thought of eating a 100 Grand due to overkill but every now and then when the mood strikes me, I’ll go for a 3 Musketeers. I especially liked the mint flavor that they came out with and sadly the coconut flavor was a bit of a let down. There is only so much you can do with a flavor pallet of chocolate and nougat, but I appreciate that they are trying to stay in the snack food game by introducing new flavors.

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Holiday candy is all over the place in various stores. It was like Halloween had never happened. I was a bit surprised to see these when the snack fairy brought them home, because isn’t the flavoring of a 3 Musketeers kind of like a hot chocolate already? I had to give them a try regardless.

I had to eat a couple to form a decent opinion, honestly if you told me that these were regular 3 Musketeers minis in holiday wrappers, I’d believe you. There is nothing that really sets these apart from its predecessor. The only difference I could taste was a slight change in the flavor of the chocolate. It tasted a bit like they mixed the powder from a package of Swiss Miss into the chocolate when they made it, pat themselves on the back for coming up with a new flavor, and called it a day.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chocolate on these seemed a little more gooey than a regular 3 Musketeers. Not good for stealth chocolate eats.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these candies is of a delicious chocolate treat.

Appearance: 4/5 – They look nice. Nice enough to eat. I got nothin’.

Taste: 2/5 – This rating is based solely on how they execute the hot cocoa and marshmallow flavor. I think it falls rather short. They are good but nothing spectacular. Put them in your candy dish at work.

November 4, 2012
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Limited Edition Stacy’s Pita Chips – Simply Gingerbread

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Dear Internet, I signed up for Netflix today. I know what you’re thinking – even your grandma has Netflix. I’ve been pretty resistant because I don’t consider myself a tv and movie kinda gal, but then I got addicted to Grey’s Anatomy on Hulu Plus and it was all downhill from there. I intended to work on blog stuff for a solid few hours today, but my day was spent watching movies I don’t care to admit.

So! On with the review – let me just say, I told you so! Gingerbread is where it is at this year. While taking a cat nap yesterday after work, these appeared on the pillow next to me, courtesy of the snack food fairy.

It’s no secret that I love pita chips and that I love gingerbread. The combo of the two sounds like a match made in heaven.

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The snack food fairy was kind enough to tell me that these were procured at Target. Foodies of the world, Target is going a planogram reset in consumables as well as setting their seasonal sections, which means be on the look out for new products in the next few weeks. Sometimes it takes a while for vendors like Nabisco, Keebler, and Pepperidge Farms to get their product into stores, so if your store doesn’t have it yet, don’t lose hope!

Upon opening the bag I was expected to be greeted with the pungent aroma of gingerbread, but I pretty much had to bury my face in the bag to smell anything at all.

The chips looked similar in color to rye chips found in Chex Mix or Gardettos and had visible sugar crystals covering the chip. I sadly can’t say that I was head over heels for these chips, but they are decent. Stacy’s twice bakes their chips and sadly I feel like this round by doing that with a dense flavor like gingerbread, it made them taste borderline burnt. I feel like these would be especially good if I had something to dip them in. Maybe those non lactose intolerant people of the world could opt for some cream cheese? That sounds like it could be good.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the familiar crunch of a pita chip. I think they are a little thicker due to the gingerbread so I wouldn’t advise eating these with a loose crown.

Smell: 4/5 – The chips in the bag have virtually no smell at all. Smelling them up close and personal reminded me of the gingerbread ornaments we used to make in grade school. Sweet, spicy, warm, everything you think of when you think of winter.

Appearance: 3/5 – I can’t say this is the most visually appealing chip I’ve tasted. You can see the sugar crystals on the outside of the chip with nice striations of cinnamon throughout the chip.

Taste: 3.75/5 – I know that’s kind of a half assed rating but that’s kind of how I feel. These are good, but they are not irresistible. I enjoy them as a nice change of pace as a sweet crunchy chip vs the normal salty snack.

November 3, 2012
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