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January 2013

Orville Reddenbacher’s Pop Crunch – White & Sharp Cheddar Mix

Posted in Chips

Hello world. Orville Reddenbacher has brought you another flavor from the grave, this time with a more savoury punch. This combines two foods I can’t eat but I decided to do so anyways for the sake of journalism or something (maybe just stupidity)

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Now when I think of cheese popcorn, the first thing that comes to mind is Smart Food popcorn. That stuff is total crack in a bag. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to exhibit any sort of self control when it comes to that stuff. I also am a fan of the popcorn tins that you can get at drug stores during the holidays – yum yum! I was expecting the same when I broke open the bag of this popcorn. The flavor is good, but not strangely addicting as the previously mentioned popcorn treats. I feel like the sharp cheddar really overshadows the white cheddar, which is slightly disappointing.

As with any sort of cheese dusted snack, prepare to have orange fingertips, but in my eyes, that’s my favorite part. I guess I’m a bit of a weirdo.

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Texture: 3/5 - The popcorn has a nice crunch to it, but also has that slightly chewy texture that bagged popcorn seems to get. You would think science would be able to do something about that – maybe a non-nutritive varnish? I hope I’m not the only one that gets that joke, though it is slightly out of season.

Smell: 4/5 - This popcorn definitely smells very cheesy!

Appearance: 4/5 - The difference in cheese flavoring is visible, so if you enjoy one cheese more that the other, or are OCD, you can easily pick out the flavor you want.

Taste: 3/5 - I thought this popcorn was pretty run of the mill. The cheese flavoring is good and its coupled with a slight saltiness that brings in the classic buttered popcorn taste, but I really don’t think there was anything all that spectacular about this flavor. Better luck next time ‘ole Orville.

January 28, 2013
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Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Crunch – Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

How’s it hanging internet? Tonight I bring you a new offering from Orville Redenbacher. How this man keeps conducting new flavors from the grave is beyond me. Another thing I didn’t know? That there was a Brazil, Indiana. If you are wondering how the two are related, Orville was from Brazil, Indiana. So if you’re ever looking to take a vacation to an exotic destination, but don’t have a lot of money, why not stop on by Indiana? You could tell people that you went to Brazil over a long weekend and they wouldn’t know the difference!

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Brown sugar cinnamon sounds like a match made in heaven. I like cinnamon/sugar things, like making my own mixture and pouring it on hot buttered toast, so I’m sure bringing brown sugar into the mix will only turn this popcorn up to 11. Target/Archer Farms makes an insanely good cinnamon and white chocolate drizzled popcorn that comes out during the holiday season that I had hoped this would taste similar to. Sadly popcorn and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it, but it hates me so I had high hopes because anytime I subject myself to foods that I ultimately end up regret eating, it better dang well be worth it.

I was expecting a light dusting on the popcorn, but when I opened the bag I was surprised to find a bag full of heavily coated popcorn. I grabbed a handful and was pleasantly surprised at the nice buttery taste melded together with the sugary sweeteners from the brown sugar. The cinnamon added a nice spice to the mix to round out the whole flavor. Overall I really enjoyed this popcorn and it measured up with the Archer Farms brand that I love so much.

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Texture: 4/5 - The popcorn retains its crunchiness despite the heavy sugar coating. The coating does make it slightly chewy at the end.

Smell: 5/5 - When you open the bag you can really smell the sugar and cinnamon. Delicious!

Appearance: 3/5 - Visually the exterior coating is quite visible and you can see how much sugar and cinnamon is actually used on this.

Taste: 4/5 - I really enjoyed this popcorn and would buy it again. This would be a nice afternoon snack or a delicious movie theater treat, not that I advocate bringing in your own food ;)

January 26, 2013
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Peanut Butter Toast Crunch

Posted in Cereal

Hey everyone – Are any of you fans of having cereal for dinner? There is something about having breakfast for dinner that makes it taste so much better than if you sit down half asleep and pour yourself a bowl of your favorite cereal after a restless night. Maybe thats the key right there, it tastes better at night because you’re more awake, or you’re starving – one of the two.

I noticed that General Mills came out with a handful of new cereals at the same time, but the one that really caught my eye was the Peanut Butter Toast Crunch. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was a staple in my house as a kid growing up. I remember devouring a bowl of it every few mornings while watching Mr. Wizard. (and if you don’t know who that is, I implore you to watch a few episodes on YouTube or watch this awesome video right here.) I enjoy my cereal with more cereal than milk, which helps retain its delicious sugary outside.

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If my memory serves me correctly, there really hasn’t been much that has been changed in regards to the _______ Toast Crunch genre, so I did a quick double take when I saw this on a large display at Walmart. My brain couldn’t really wrap around Peanut Butter Toast Crunch and even as I poured myself a bowl, I was expecting to taste cinnamon and sugar, despite it being completely different. Much like Cinnamon Toast Crunch the outside of the cereal has a visible grainy coating. I added my unflavored soy milk and took a huge bite. I was really surprised by the taste. It is not overly peanut buttery with a nice sweet undertone, with a nice crunch from the cereal. Before I knew it I had eaten the entire bowl in a blink of an eye and decided to have a second, which is pretty rare when it comes to cereal, even my most favorite of cereals. I think the only way that this could have been any better would be if you used chocolate milk instead of regular.

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Texture: 4/5 - The grainy outside does not make this cereal unpleasant. Like the original, it has a nice crunch to it.

Smell: 3/5 - This cereal smells like a peanut butter cookie.

Appearance: 3/5 - Appearance wise, this looks similar to its big brother. I don’t think there is really much you can do to change the way this cereal looks and keep with the branding.

Taste: 5/5 - I really liked this cereal and cannot wait to try it with a little bit of chocolate soy milk (YUM!) The peanut butter mixed with slight sweetness and crunch makes it a decent breakfast cereal for the kids at heart without being exceptionally sugary like most kids cereals are. My only beef is that it has a slight greasy texture after eating, if that makes any sense. I would definitely buy this again. And again.

Check out what The Impulsive Buy and Fatguy Food Blog had to say!

January 24, 2013
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Skittles – Darkside

Posted in Candy

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well this fine eve – I myself am taking a trip to the darkside. No, no, I am not watching a marathon of the Star Wars flicks and contemplating who I would use the force grip on, I am enjoying Skittles new offering Darkside Skittles. Skittles has a few incarnations that I really enjoy, the classic and the tropical being my favorite, but according to this package, I am about to embark on a trip to the other side of the rainbow. (I though the other side of the rainbow was the same as the beginning, who knew!)

You may have noticed a small little cat face poking out behind the package of Skittles, that would be Jimothy and he refused to occupy himself while I attempted to take a picture – I guess I have a new assistant.

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So what flavors you ask compose the flavors of the darkside? Pomegranate, dark berry, midnight lime, forbidden fruit, and blood orange. So what you’re telling me Skittles is that you came up with a new flavor and rebranded the rest to make them spooooooky. I also though the release of these seemed a little mistimed – Halloween would have been a better gimmick, no? Anyways, like a moth to a flame, I couldn’t help myself and may or may not have devoured the entire bag in one sitting. Dear Internet, riddle me this…

How do you eat your various colored candies?

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Personally? I organize them by color and then eat them based on flavor preference, starting with my least favorite first. In the event that there is no difference in flavor vs colors (i.e. M&Ms) I organize them by color and eat them based on color preference, starting with my least favorite – which is brown in case you were wondering.

I started with blood orange, since I am not a huge fan of orange flavored things. They were OK – I noticed no difference in flavor than from the regular Skittles. Next I moved on to the forbidden fruit. What is a forbidden fruit anyways? According to the Bible, its an apple, but these are definitely not apple flavored. I did not care for whatever fruit flavor this was as it was a tad bit soapy. Next we have dark berry, which tasted like your standard nondescript berry flavored mixture, leaving you to wonder which berry it actually is. Pomegranate followed, which I also thought tasted a slight bit soapy as well. Finally we have midnight lime. Lime flavored candies are probably my favorite when it comes things not consisting of chocolate, so I always save it for last. These also tasted like the standard lime flavor that you would find in a regular Skittles bag.

Overall, I think that this mixture is not bad, but I think the flavors could have been a little more adventurous, considering what Jelly Belly can do with a jelly bean. So far the only place that I have spotted these have been in the checkout lines at my local Target.

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Texture: 3/5 – There is nothing different about these texture wise than a regular bag of Skittles. If you have never sampled Skittles before, they have a hard candy shell with a chewy inside.

Smell: 3/5 - The bag smelled like a fruit mixture with a LOT of sugar added in.

Appearance: 3/5 - The colors used reminded me of a mixture of the tropical Skittles and the Skittles Riddles. Want to up the ante? Make the entire bagful black and make me guess and what I am eating – thats a little bit of evil right there.

Taste: 3/5- Overall I thought the collection was OK. Like I said above, I do not think that the flavors used were extremely imaginative, as most of them were just their standard flavors given new names, but I would buy them again… If I couldn’t find a bag of Tropical.

January 22, 2013
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Roshen Chocolate Castle

¬°Hola! So the Wal-Mart near my old place has a sizable Russian food section. This is the only one so far that I have seen that has anything different than the standard Asian and Hispanic sections. Most of the stuff is in the original packaging that has not been translated. The only way that I can figure out what some of these foods are by the pictures and the ingredient listing, which I think by law has to be translated into English.

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When I opened the package I was not expecting to see a giant brick of chocolate looking back at me. I thought it might be a couple of smaller sections or a tray of individual bars. I didn’t want to be a complete barbarian and take a bite out of this sheet of chocolate wafer goodness, so my conquest was put on hold while I went to get a knife. No snack should be this complicated. I sliced off a small piece and took a bite. The castle was crunchy and chocolatey. The chocolate had an interesting aftertaste. Did you ever go to a science museum as a kid with a space section and you just had to have a bag of astronaut ice cream? Personally I enjoy astronaut ice cream, but I know many kids did not. The aftertaste was that of chocolate astronaut ice cream.

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Texture: 3.5/5 - I really enjoyed the crunchy layers in this dessert. The chocolate was smooth, but kind of left a greasy film on the roof of my mouth. Yum!

Smell: 4/5 - Chocolate is the primary scent here, overall this dessert smells exceptionally sweet.

Appearance: 3/5 - I was expecting something a little different than what I was greeted with. Unfortunately this is not an item you could just pick up and take to a gathering because it is not individually portioned. Granted it would only take you a couple of minutes to chop up, but I’m all kinds of lazy.

Taste: 3.5/5 - This castle? is good, but nothing overly exciting. Keebler makes something similar that comes in individual wrappers. I enjoyed the crunchy flaky layers, and the chocolate was decent, but I couldn’t get over the greasy texture and the astronaut ice cream element.

January 20, 2013
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Britannia Milk Bikis

Posted in Cookies

Good evening! Aside from frequenting the usual places to find new treats to try, I enjoy checking out the local ethnic markets. Lucky for me we have quite a few here in Sacramento. I live near an Indian market, and would drive by it almost daily. Finally one evening we decided to venture in and see what they had to offer. The one thing I find the hardest about shopping in authentic markets is that a lot of items are not really easily identified or packaged with English translations. Sometimes this can make for exciting new food discoveries, but sometimes it can be a recipe for disaster.

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I usually try to stick to cookies and candy, as I find them the “safest” as far as extreme flavors are concerned. I picked up these cookies thinking they would be somewhat like a buttery waffle like cookie. They were only 49 cents, which I thought was a total score. I tucked these away and remembered I had them while looking for something sweet.

I opened the package to find 4 dense cookies staring back at me. I expected these to taste similar to an animal cracker, but I was wrong. I took one bite and was surprised to find that these cookies had almost no flavoring. These were the epitome of bland. I’m unsure if these are usually eaten with something else such as jam or peanut butter or something, but good grief they need it. They were not sweet at all, did not have a distinct flavor, and were kind of a black hole of flavor.

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Texture: 3/5 - These cookies are very dense and dry. Maybe that’s why they are diving into milk on the outside.

Smell: 2/5- These have hardly any smell at all.

Appearance: 4/5- I like the waffle shape on the cookie, it appeals to the square lover in me. Other than that, these are pretty mundane.

Taste: 1.5/5 - These are really really bland. It was almost kind of weird that you could bite into this extremely dense cookie and taste hardly anything. These might be good if you had something to dip them in, but I don’t plan on buying them again.

January 3, 2013
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Limited Edition Barnum Animal Crackers

Posted in Cookies

Happy New Year food friends! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s last night. Personally we stayed in and thankfully so because people lost their minds in Sacramento last night. Not only was there a car stolen from a local auto mall that caused a major highway to be shut down, we had a couple of other sad incidents including a shooting at a huge party thrown by the city. I hold on to my feelings that people are losing their damn minds. ANYWAYS, on a more positive note, I have a little recap on my personal blog of my last year if you are bored.

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Call it a feat of marketing, but everytime I see a packaging that says new or limited edition I always feel compelled to buy it. I’m a total sucker and apparently marketing companies target customer. I have not had animal crackers in AGES. I think I was probably 10 or so maybe younger. There are a few foods that I remember tasting better than they do. One example would be Rice Crispies. I loved them as a kid and now as an adult I can’t even see how I remotely liked them. Somehow, animal crackers have managed to make their way into this list.

I remember animal crackers tasting slightly buttery with a hint of vanilla. I would never get tired of eating these no frills cookies, but something along the way changed and I was rather disappointed when I tried these again. Not only did they have a lackluster flavor, they tasted slightly stale – and there was nothing limited edition about them! What a let down.

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Texture: 4/5 - These cookies have the slightly crunchy texture, but they were kind of chewy not in a good way.

Smell: 2/5 - They smell slightly vanilla-y.

Appearance: 1/5 - Now this may seem a little harsh, but they didn’t even change any of the animals to “winter” type animals – whatever those are. The only thing that is “limited edition” about these is the dang box.

Taste: 3/5 – These cookies were mediocre, which kid of killed a little of my childhood (not really). The only way I could see myself eating these again in my adult life would be if I were dunking them in hot chocolate or smothered in Nutella.

January 1, 2013
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