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December 2012

Late July Organic – Mild Green Mojo

Posted in Chips

Good evening folks! So you may have been wondering where I have been. I briefly touched on it on the previous post, but I figured I would elaborate a little. First off, I hope everyone had an incredible Christmas. Mine was rather short but it was nice to spend time with my mom and dad. About two weeks ago, I started a new job. This is very exciting considering last time I was without a job I was going nuts because I couldn’t find a job to save my life. The stars were aligned when I sent off my one and only resume and they hired me. So far, I’m really enjoying it. As far as the pet emergency, sadly Richard’s cat developed a tumor in his throat and after an emergency vet visit, pills and a regular vet visit, it was time to let him go. It’s been rather quiet and lonely here without him slinking around.

Richard bought these chips, not I as I would not normally go for something like these. But in true fashion, I had to steal some when be opened the bag.

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The first thing I noticed about these chips were the fancy typography on the front of the bag, what can I say, I’m a sucker for sexy fonts and visually appealing design. Next I notice were how exceptionally green these chips were. They also had a large amount of visible flavor dusting on the outside. These chips area combination of cheese and lime, which are not two things that I would normally put together. Neither of these flavors are strong, and I can’t really figure out what cheese they used but these chips are okay. With the vibrant color and visible flavoring on the outside I was expecting an explosion of flavor, but sadly was met with more of a sparkler if we are rating things on a scale of fireworks, I guess that’s what this blog has become – hah :)

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Texture: 3/5 - These have the texture of a normal tortilla chip.

Smell: 3/5 - The chips smell like a mixture of corn, faint cheese and a little lime. Ugh that typed out sounds really gross, but it’s not.

Appearance: 4/5 - I really like the color of the chips, but they only serve as an appearance enhancer.

Taste: 3/5 - Overall I think these chips are okay. I really wish that they were jalapeño, cheese, and lime or some sort of other spice to them. I find them sort of bland but would be good with salsa.

December 27, 2012
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Hello!

Posted in Uncategorized

Hello lovely readers! As some of you may have notice it has been rather quiet around here lately. I started a new job last week and that coupled with an unexpected pet emergency and Christmas has made things a bit hectic. Rest assure that this blog has not died, I just needed some time to pull things together. Regular reviews will resume tomorrow! Missed you guys!

December 26, 2012
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Grandma’s Special Recipie Cookies – Ginger & White Chocolate Chip

Posted in Cookies

Hi! How is everyone doing this evening of 12-12-12? I spent the evening at a geocaching event and had an amazing time. Upon returning home, Richard and I decided to hit 7-11 for some Slurpees. At least, that was the intention.

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Once we arrived at 7-11, a Slurpee didn’t sound all that great because it was pouring buckets of rain outside and I was already frigid from wearing shorts and no sweatshirt out. I ended up picking up these cookies, some jelly beans and some really gross gummy worms. Funny 7-11 related food story though, a while back they had a delicious lime-ade flavor that I liked to mix with the cherry. For some reason, the lime flavor is WAY more airy than the other flavors. I grabbed my cup, filled it 3/4 with cherry Slurpree and moved over to the other machine that had the lime-ade flavor. I pulled the handle and it started making some weird noises. I stopped and checked to see if the light was on saying that it was out of order at the moment, but it wasn’t, so I put my cup back under the spout and pulled the handle again. A small amount of the lime-ade flavor finally made its way into my cup before a GIANT air bubble in the line blew the lid off my cup and caused the contents to explode everywhere. The noise was so loud that it startled me and I dropped the cup on the overflow tray, causing the little remaining Slurpee to spill. I had Slurpee all over me and all over the counter and machine, but I couldn’t stop laughing. Hands down, best Slurpee experience ever.

Anyways, on to the cookies. I always forget how indifferent I am when it comes to Grandma’s cookies. They are usually sort of bland and extremely dry, but apparently I go enough time between eating them that I forget this and always find myself slightly disappointed everytime I buy them. Not to mention that I can only ever find them at gas stations and vending machines, which makes me think that they aren’t exactly the best quality. Also color me surprised to find that they are made by Frito-Lay. Hey Frito, stick to chips, thanks!

Upon first glance, the cookie looks spotted with nuts, not white chocolate chips like I had expected. I even checked the package again to make sure that it didn’t say nuts and maybe my thumb was covering it. Nope, white chocolate chips. You can visibly see the cinnamon and nutmeg in this cookie in the dough. Let’s cut to the chance here, MAN O MAN are these dry. When first biting into the cookie you are fooled into thinking that you will be enjoying a nice chewy cookie, but they are so dry. The cookie itself has a decent flavor, heavy on the gingery/spicy side. Like I might have to take a couple of Tums after eating these cookies. The white chocolate chips are lost it the mix and honestly do nothing more than bring a little crunch to the table.

cookie2Texture: 2/5 – If you skipped the whole portion above to get to the number ratings, let’s just recap. THESE ARE REALLY DRY. These would have been better if they were a solid gingerbread cookie instead of trying to make them chewy.

Smell: 4/5 – These smell really good, although when you smell the bag, there is a hint of wax? It smells like a gingerbread candle in there.

Appearance: 3/5 – The white chocolate chips look like nuts in this cookie and for some reason they shaved off the pieces that stuck out to make the cookie flat. How peculiar.

Taste: 3/5 – Overall, these cookies are OK. If you like a spicy gingerbread, these are for you, BIG TIME. Definitely not my go to cookie when it comes to gingerbread and I think Grandma needs to make a few adjustments to her recipe. These cookies contain something called Propylene Glycol Monoesters of fats, which I’m pretty sure it means it contains monster fat. Don’t eat during a full moon.

December 12, 2012
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479 Popcorn – Ginger Sesame Caramel

Posted in Chips

G’day food lovers! As I’m sure some of you have noticed things aren’t being updated as timely as they used to be – things have been just a bit hectic around here and there are a lot of reviews that have been sadly sitting in draft status waiting to be edited and post to the site. For this, I apologize. I do a lot of blogging on my phone, but due to my perfectionist self, it feels weird not to give it a once over on my computer before sending it off into the intertubes.

Anyways, without further delay, I bring you 479 Popcorn! Ginger Sesame Carmel to be exact. I passed by this at the store about a week ago and couldn’t decide if it was something I wanted to try. Something about ginger popcorn did not seem very appealing, but the other night while at Bel Air, I decided to pick up a bag and give it a shot.
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Now call me ignorant, but I don’t think I have honestly never seen a black sesame seed in my life. According to the almighty Google, they are not that unheard of, so I guess I am just uncultured :) 479 Popcorn is located not to far from me in the neighboring city of San Francisco, so it does not surprise me that this popcorn is a slice of fancy.

The bag itself is rather small, and for an almost 4 dollar price tag, I will admit that this was one of the main reasons why I passed it up at the store the first time. I popped a few pieces into my mouth and was surprised to find that it was rather good. The main flavor is the caramel, but you get a slight spiciness from the ginger that is infused into it. I did not notice any sort of extra flavoring from the sesame seeds. The more I ate the more the ginger flavor became apparent. This popcorn is exceptionally good. The kind of good where you need to call a family member or friend to take the bag away from you because you might the eat whole thing in one sitting, despite just eating dinner.

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Texture: 4/5 - Sometimes caramel popcorn gets a little gummy and chewy, but that is not the case with this popcorn. The generous helping of ginger caramel has done an excellent job of sealing in the classic crunch of popcorn. Now if only popcorn manufacturers could figure out how to remove those pesky husks that like to get trapped between your teeth.

Smell: 5/5 - The buttery caramel mixed with the ginger and the normal smell of popcorn, is rather divine.

Appearance: 3/5 - While I like to think I understand 479’s intentions with the black sesame seeds (to bring more crunch and that ginger and sesame often go together), they honestly look like teeny rat poops in your popcorn. Zoinks.

Taste: 4.5/5 – This popcorn is very very good. The only thing I would change about it would be to add the teeniest tiniest bit of salt (which I guess I could do myself, hellooooo lazy). This makes for a delicious snack, even if you are not craving a sweet treat. The ginger helps balance out the sweetness to the caramel and does an extremely good job of doing so. I would definitely buy this again, but only if it was on sale.

December 11, 2012
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Extra Dessert Delights – Rainbow Sherbet

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Aloha! No I’m not in Hawaii, but I thought I would mix it up a bit. I consider myself an avid gum chewer. I have always liked gum, even as a kid. I ran the gamut of flavors before settling in on one my favorite gums, Original Trident. I know that this is kind of an old school gum, but honestly the flavor is nothing like anything else on the market and I like it. So there. However, I do occasionally mix it up and like fruit flavored gums. Of all of the different flavors that Extra has put out recently with their Dessert Delights line, the Rainbow Sherbet appeared to be the least disgusting of them. Who wants to eat apple pie gum, or key lime pie, or any of the other odd flavors they chose. Not me.

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(don’t worry, the fuzzy blue stuff under the package of gum is not mold, its the background to my cupcake tattoo)

I imagined that this gum would taste similar to popping a few sticks of Fruit Stripes Gum into your mouth. I absolutely loved that gum as a kid and when I found it recently on a grocery store shelf, I was pretty excited. I am also pretty sure that the package of gum had been made when the original production was happening with Fruit Stripes, as it was a bit stale, BUT IT CAME WITH TONGUE TATTOOS. Excuse me, I am easily amused. And keeping on with the amusing gum tales, when I was a kid I was convinced that I would be able to sleep with gum in my mouth and not have it get in my hair while I was sleeping. Despite my Mother’s urging not to, I defied her and hit the pillow for a night of rest, gum tucked into my cheek. Flash forward a couple of hours to me waking up in horror that not only had the gum mangled itself in my hair, it was stuck from my hair to my Ariel nightgown. It was a total tragedy – needless to say, I have not intentionally slept with gum in my mouth since then.

The package of gum smells kind of like an Orange Creamsicle. Citrus and vanilla mixed together to make an extremely yummy treat. So far I was sold on this gum as being a possible contender to add to the mix of my rotation of gums. I unwrapped a stick, slightly disappointed that it was not swirled with the colors for Rainbow Sherbet but just a plain pinkish red. Womp Womp. I popped the stick in my mouth and began to chew. I… I don’t even know how to describe this flavor. It kind of tastes like the bubblegum amoxicillin that you used to get as a kid mixed with fruit and kind of… minty? It is bad. If you can get past the inital flavor shock, it kind of tastes like Juicy Fruit gum. Kind of.

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Texture: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about this gum. No flavor crystals, or weird flavor burst orbs or whatever else shenanigans that gum and mint companies keep trying.

Smell: 5/5 – YOU ARE DECEIVING. This gum smells really good.

Appearance: 2/5 – As I touched on above, I was rather disappointed that the gum did not have all of the colors of sherbet. Plain pinkish red? That’s all you can throw at me?

Taste: 1/5 – No. Just no. This gum is not good at all. If you make it the 2 minutes or so of chewing before spitting this gum out, you’ll lose the flavor all together in the gum. So if you like chewing on flavorless rubber for a while, pick up a pack of this and you’ll be set, provided you can get past the initial gross value. Dessert Delight? More like Dessert Nightmare. Extra? stick to mint gum.

December 10, 2012
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Tostitos – Cantina Thin & Crispy

Posted in Chips

Hey all! A few food blogs have talked about these “New” Tostitos chips that have been popping up on shelves lately. (Junk Food Guy comes to mind off the top of my head) I have passed them up a few times on the store shelves because I honestly I have no idea how these would be any different than what Tostitos already does. Aren’t most tortilla chips thin and crispy? What does the cantina have to do with anything? When I think cantina, I think Mos Eisley Cantina – if you don’t know what I am talking about right now, I am shedding a single tear alone in the dark in my room for you – and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have tortilla chips on Tatooine. ANYWAYS – I digress.

Last night while waiting for my delicious gyoza at a nearby Chinese food place, we wandered into Bel Air and checked out their latest offerings. I decided to make the plunge and check these out.

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This may be the shortest review in the history of Spoil Your Dinner. As predicted these are nothing but regular tortilla chips. There is no difference in the flavor. The only thing that is slightly different is that they are thinner than normal Tostito chips, similar to the chips that you would find at a Chili’s or Chevy’s. They offer up the idea on the back to bake them in the oven or nuke them in the microwave to ‘turn up the heat’ but honestly, who has the time or energy to fire up the oven to throw some already cooked chips in there? Not me.

Tostitos, what the heck are you trying to do here? Rebranding maybe? If that is the case, then don’t try and fool me with a ‘New!’ label.

Texture: 4/5 - I prefer thinner tortilla chips to the thicker ones, which is one reason why I will choose Tostitos usually over Mission chips. These are indeed crispy and will send chip shards all over your bed if you decide that is the place you would like to enjoy these – which I did. If you like hearty salsa, these chips may not withstand the scoop.

Smell: 3/5 - These smell like regular ole’ tortilla chips.

Appearance: 3/5 - Nothing different about the shape or appearance of these. You will still manage to jab the back of your throat with an exceptionally sharp chip corner.

Taste: 3/5 - These taste good – but they are nothing new. I do appreciate that they have a REALLY short ingredients list (consisting of corn, oil, and salt) but again, we aren’t reinventing the wheel here. Next.

December 9, 2012
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Quaker Oats Popped Chips – Salsa Fresca

Posted in Chips

Hello! How is everyone doing? Hopefully well :) I spotted these Quaker Oats Popped Chips at Walmart the other night while looking for interview clothes. (if you’re curious what this all about, you can check it out here) I know most people probably loathe those popped rice patty things that Quaker has out, but honestly? I can’t get enough of the buttered popcorn flavor. Given the chance, I would eat an entire stack. If I had to choose a type of food that I enjoy the most, it would be a definite toss up between Italian and Mexican food. So salsa fresca popped chips? Sounds pretty good.

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I poured myself a small bowl and was immediately hit with the spicy salsa smell. They were also extremely coated in a seasoning powder that was very visible. I popped a few in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised. The flavor is very potent, as in let’s have some chip with that salsa potent. There was something a little off about the flavor though, and I couldn’t immediately put my finger on it. As I snacked on the rest of my chips I examined the box to find that they were hummus chips! I don’t think I have ever had a hummus chip. I actually never knew that such a thing existed. And one would think with a name like Quaker OATS that hummus would not be on the menu. Don’t get me wrong, the chips are good, and I am glad that I poured myself a bowl instead of allowing myself to eat them directly out of the box – which is always a disaster.

These chips have the similar shape and appearance as their other popped chips. The first flavor you will taste is tomato, followed quickly by onion, garlic, and other spices. These stand really well on their own and don’t need any complication by adding a dip or more salsa (unless you’re into that kind of thing). On first bite, they were almost a little too spicy, but as I kept eating, the flavor evened out and I really enjoyed them.

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Texture: 4/5 - These chips have a delicious crisp to them. They are nice and crunchy and the outside seasoning does not interfere with the texture.

Smell: 5/5 - These smell spicy straight from the get go.

Appearance: 3/5 - The bite sized chips are perfect for snacking, but the flavor powdering is a little overwhelming.

Taste: 4/5 - These are really good. They have a nice heat to them, without being too spicy (though if you don’t care for spicy foods, you may want to avoid these). The crunch that you would expect from a chip mixed with the fresh tasting salsa makes for a nice evening snack. Heck I would even consider plunking a few of these into my tortilla soup or crushed up ontop of tacos.

December 8, 2012
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Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws – Cookies & Cream and Wild Berry

Posted in Confectionaries

Hey guys! Have you ever had one of those days where you are sipping on a glass of milk (or almond, soy, rice, whatever milk) and thought to yourself, “Man, this moo juice would taste SO much better if I could drink it through a complicated straw that housed tiny little flavor crystals that would flavor each sip!” Me either. Somewhere along the way Got Milk? thought of this interesting idea. These flavor straws are nothing new. They have been around for at least a year or two, but every time I pass them hanging on the sidecap, I try to convince myself to buy them and give them a try. Finally I broke down and picked these up at SaveMart the other night.

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So, again I ask myself, what the hell is a wild berry? And why can’t I buy it at a store? According to Got Milk? wild berry is a mixture of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and BLACK CARROT JUICE CONCENTRATE. WHAT IN THE… What in the world is black carrot juice. Why is it in my milk? Now I must admit. I don’t drink milk. Not only do I not enjoy it, but I am lactose intolerant. I also hate that soy milk only comes in the most giant container ever made and rarely buy it because I can’t finish the entire thing before its time to throw it away. So to try these, I opted for some vanilla dairy free yogurt. I know what you’re thinking, you sucked yogurt through these straws? No, I didn’t. I broke the first rule of Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws, I cut them open. Other rules include using only one straw for one glass of milk and making sure children under 3 are supervised while using a straw.

I find the design of the straw itself rather ingenious. The cookies and cream flavor has the top and bottom of the straw dimpled together to allow the milk to come through it. The wild berry is a bit more sophisticated with a plastic filter on each end.

The cookies and creme flavor is pretty much just chocolate because your milk or the yogurt in my case makes up for the creme flavor. The flavor crystals also do not dissolve very quickly so I fail to see why they put a limit of 1 glass of milk per straw, honestly I think you’ll need 2 glasses at least to use up a single straw. The wild berry tastes mostly like raspberry, no carrots here. I actually preferred to just cut the ends off these and pour them directly into my mouth, kind of like Nerds.

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Texture: 3/5 - In their raw form, the flavor crystals are really crunchy. They don’t dissolve quickly (at least in yogurt) and I imagine they would not change the texture of your milk drink until you get to the point where they are so small that they would pass through the tiny holes in the filter.
Smell: 4/5 – The cookies & cream flavor smells like a milky chocolate treat. The wild berry smells like berries mixed with a slight hint of vanilla.
Appearance: 5/5 - I am impressed with the design of the straw (and easily amused). I also like the color variants in each of the straws. Makes me think of sprinkles, for your milk!
Taste: 3/5 – The cookies & cream flavor is pretty much just chocolate. I need to sample the regular chocolate flavor straws to see if in fact they taste the same.  The wild berry flavor is pretty good. Raspberry is the most apparent flavor out of all of the berries used in these. I would probably buy these again, just to eat straight from the straw for a nice 17 calorie treat.

December 7, 2012
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Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Peppermint Mallow

Posted in Confectionaries

Evening snack food lovers! Has anyone ever used an entire bag of marshmallows before (with the exception of making Rice Crispy Treats)? There are only so many uses for marshmallows before the bag goes a bit stale and its time to toss it out. But apparently, nobody told this to Kraft. This bag of peppermint marshmallows could double as a pillow for a child. IT’S HUGE. A delicious minty smelling plastic covered pillow.

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The actual size of the mallows themselves are no joke. Check out that picture! I can only fit 5 total in my hand. And honestly, its 4 more than I would want to eat in one sitting. I really love marshmallows, but there is something about them that only allows me to eat a couple before I feel absolutely gross. They also make my teeth feel like they have sweaters on them.

One of these marshmallows would be sufficient in a cup of hot chocolate, which to me, kind of takes the fun out of the whole thing. Aside from the fact that these were hit with some sort of Willy Wonka-esque size contorting contraption, the flavor is okay. The peppermint flavoring is really subtle, making the marshmallow taste cold vs. having actual mint flavoring to it. I liked them, but again, I could only eat 2 MAX in one sitting (or standing I guess)

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Texture: 4/5 - These have the texture of any other marshmallow you have ever tried (with the exception of Peeps, those are a little different). They are somewhat dense but still spongy.
Smell: 5/5 – These are rather fragrant despite their lack of real peppermint punch in the taste department.
Appearance: 2.5/5 – I’m not too sure what they were trying to go for with the appearance of these. I guess it was supposed to be some sort of candy cane swirl type deal? Ehhhhh… not so much guys.
Taste: 3.5/5 – These mallows are okay. They would be best served along side some hot chocolate, but for a peppermint treat? I would pass. The bag suggests toasting them and putting them between two sugar cookies or dipping them in candy chocolate, both of these sound rather good, but also sound like way too much work. Next year I really hope they hit these slightly with the shrink ray so that I can plop a huge handful into my mug instead of one lonely island.

December 6, 2012
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Emerald Breakfast On The Go! – S’mores Nut Blend

Posted in Confectionaries, Nuts

I am constantly searching for on the go breakfast food that I find somewhat enjoyable. Sure it is easy to grab a Poptart or a bagel, but I like to switch things up a bit. Being the chocolate lover that I am, I was pretty excited when I spotted these on the shelves at my local SaveMart. As I have mentioned in a few previous posts, almonds haven’t always been my favorite, but cocoa roasted? YES PLEASE.

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This mixture is comprised of the following items:

  • cocoa roasted almonds
  • chocolate candies
  • coconut flakes
  • granola bites
  • “marshmallows”
  • honey roasted peanuts
  • graham squares

For 100 calories you get a pretty nice sized baggie of treats. The cocoa roasted almonds have a nice subtle chocolate flavor to them. The chocolate candies taste kind of like a M&M knock off that you would find in most generic store trail mixes. I’m not overly sure where the coconut flakes fit into this mixture but they are okay. I could live without them. The granola bites are pretty good, it has a nice honey flavoring that compliments the rest of the mix.

I am not sure what the marshmallows are. They have the consistency of Play-Doh, but taste good – not at all what I would expect from a marshmallow. The honey roasted peanuts are probably one of my favorite parts. They are exceptionally generous with the candy coating on the outside. The graham squares tie the whole mix together but occasionally can be a bit hard. (That’s what she said)

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Texture: 3/5 - The overall texture of the mix is okay. I tend to be a bit OCD and eat all of each individual item at a time. My least favorite of the mix is the coconut, its like eating a pencil shaving (which I have never done, so it might not be like eating a pencil shaving)
Smell: 5/5 – This mix has a nice nutty, sweet, slightly chocolaty smell to it.
Appearance: 3/5 - This isn’t the prettiest of mixes out there, but it gets the job done.
Taste: 4/5 – I really enjoy this breakfast mix. It is something that I would buy over and over again to add to my morning rotation. Sometimes you really crave the sweetness factor, and this blend does it well without feeling like you ate a spoonful of sugar.

December 5, 2012
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