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May 2013

Dippin’ Dots – Birthday Cake Flavored Magic Milk Straws

Posted in Confectionaries, Drinks

Hello food friends! I am so glad its Saturday. This week was pretty whirlwind and I definitely need some time to regroup. A little anecdote from work yesterday – I work in shipping and receiving at my job and I am the only person that works back there, so when things get a little crazy, my brain often tries to do a million things at once. I’m sure most of you can relate to that it doesn’t always work as planned when trying to accomplish many things at once. I was unloading a shipment and was checking the packing slip against our purchase order in the computer and there were a bunch of items that they sent us that were not on our purchase order. Sometimes this happens, and I just adjust our purchase order to reflect the incorrect shipment so that our inventory is correct, but this was a lot of stuff.

I approached my boss and asked if she wanted to keep the items and she said no and to contact the vendor to see what was up with all of this stuff. Luckily our customer service rep for this particular brand is rather personable and friendly and she agreed to look into it for me after I emailed her all of my paperwork. When I returned to my desk, after emailing her from the front office (without the dang attachment, which I had to send again, feeling like an idiot) I returned to my desk in the backroom and noticed that my printer was out of paper… GREAT. So why could I not find all these items on our purchase order? Because my printer didn’t print the entire thing. I had to email her yet again and admit my dummy mistake, at lest it made for a good laugh. Moral of the story? Check your printer.

That pretty much set the pace for my entire day – and honestly I was glad to jet out of there at 5:30. I really enjoy my job, but some days are just insane. So today I have killed myself at the gym (another life lesson, don’t leave your inhaler at home because you don’t feel like carrying it) am getting an oil change and am at Starbucks drinking the most expensive chocolate soy milk I have ever had because it sounded good.

I saw these at Walmart the other night while doing a little grocery shopping for the week. Some of you may recall that I have reviewed a couple of other versions (here) but who knew Dippin’ Dots were still around, let alone in the milk game. I guess the progression is natural, considering ice cream is made of milk, but we shall see.

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Much like the Got Milk? version of these straws, they are somehow magical. I am unsure what about them makes them magical, its not like you can’t see what is inside of the straw. Now if these looked like ordinary straws and they somehow managed to taste like birthday cake when drinking milk? THAT would be magical. When I think birthday cake, my first thought goes to a generic sheet cake with the overly sugary icing that is oh so good, but oh so bad at the same time. Much like when I reviewed the Got Milk? version, I decided to eat these more like a pixie stick than use them in milk (mostly because I don’t drink milk and I don’t often have soy or almond milk in the house because I don’t use it fast enough) Maybe that is where all of this goes wrong.

I snipped off the end of the straw and poured a bit into my mouth. My initial reaction is that these taste more like sprinkles that you would find on birthday cake more so than the cake itself. Now don’t get me wrong, I love sprinkles. I even used sprinkles in my cereal in a moment of desperation after not being able to locate the sugar at my Mom’s house. (photographic evidence here) But I was expecting the buttery taste of the cake and the sugary taste of the frosting mixed in one. In the name of science, or gluttony, I devoured one more, thinking maybe I would finally make sense of what they were trying to do here, but it was still just a bunch of sugar to me. Richard dared me to pour an entire one in my mouth, and not wanting to opt out of a dare, I poured the entire contents of a third straw into my mouth. I could kind of see where Dippin’ Dots were going with this, but it missed the rich cake flavor that I was expecting. (P.S. Richard also accused me of trying to show off my cute nails in the second picture, this may or may not be true)

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Texture: 4/5 – Now because these are meant to be consumed with milk, I imagine that there would be little texture change in your bovine beverage, but because of the volume in the straw, I also imagine that you would have to consume quite a bit of milk to use up the entire contents of the straw. Now eating them, they are rather crunchy, somewhat similar in texture to a nerds candy or a sugar sprinkle.

Smell: 3/5 – These had a faint smell of what could be considered cake, but the aroma was pretty faint.

Appearance: 5/5 – I am a sucker for pastel colors despite my love for black clothing. The pink, blue, yellow and white dots in the straw remind me of birthday cake.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I feel that these straws miss the mark a little with the flavor profile of birthday cake. It has the frosting element down, but it really needs some help in the cake flavor department. I think I would buy these again as a treat to pour on ice cream or something sweet but not filling to eat in a long line at Disneyland (I’m jonesing hard for a little Disneyland right now)

May 18, 2013
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Let’s get weird!

Posted in Uncategorized

Hey ya’ll its Friday! For us Monday through Friday-ers this is pretty exciting. I have a lot of stuff in  my pending file that I need to get through, so I thought I would do something fun to get the ole brain gears turning. Recently while listening to a podcast by one of my favorite groups of people called Continue Cast they posed the following question:

If you had a pool of food to swim in, what would it be filled with?

Personally? I think mine would be marshmallows. Although I think I somewhat experienced this when I went into an indoor trampoline place here in Sacramento and almost broke my back jumping into a foam pit. It was nearly impossible to make  my way out of the pit because the more I moved the more I sank. Maybe I should change my answer… cold hot chocolate? Then I could have a drink while swimming around.

What would you choose?

May 17, 2013
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Thrive Frozen Nutrition – Milk Chocolate

Posted in Ice Cream

Good Evening errybody! How is everyone doing? I have been hitting the gym for the first time in a while the last few days and its been kicking my butt, literally and figuratively. My snack habits don’t strictly revolve around junk food. I often look around for something some what healthy to try as well, but lets face it, for most people a cookie tastes better than a beet. I am completely envious of those of you that can polish off a pint of ice cream with no regrets – but as for me, I have become full blown lactose intolerant as of August of 2012. Dairy was always kind of a Russian roulette prior to that, but no more. Now if you follow me on instagram, where I mostly post cat pictures and food pictures (isn’t that what instragram is for? @pyropixie by the way) you will be saying “But Erin, you had pizza for dinner tonight!” And you’re right, I did, you can’t deny pizza, no matter how awful you feel after.

Anyways – Imagine my surprise when wandering the frozen aisles and seeing this little gem tucked away on a top shelf. I always look at the various soy, almond, and tofu ice creams, but they always seem to have the same flavor. Vanilla or chocolate. I’m sorry, but if we can make veggies into a patty that could fool someone into thinking they are eating a burger, we surely can make non dairy ice cream into another flavor but vanilla or chocolate. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy both of these flavors, but I am just burnt out. I also notice that non dairy ice cream uhhh.. treats.. tend to taste a little off in the flavor department. Coming down from a major disappointment with the purchase I made of the mini mint chip ice cream sandwiches from Toffutti, I figured that the Thrive Frozen Nutrition was worth a shot.

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Originally I was tempted to put this back on the shelf when I saw that the first ingredient was milk, but upon further investigation it boasted that it was okay for people with lactose intolerance. I was definitely curious now. I really love yogurt, but alas had to cut that out of my diet too (I really like Amande yogurt for all you non diary peeps out there) so I was also excited to see that this had live cultures in it. In my fit of excitement of throwing it into my basket, I mistakenly thought there were four cups in the package, not two. The package was 5 dollars at my local Save Mart, which is a bit steep for 2 cups of ice cream, but what the hay, I pay close to that for one drink at Starbucks (because they charge for soy! UGH)

I decided to have one for dinner, because I am an adult and make my own choices. I was expecting the flavor to be the generic chocolate flavor you find with ‘health’ foods. I grabbed a spoon, headed up stairs, and crawled into bed with my treat. So. Let’s just throw this out there now. PROTIP: Use a metal spoon. I had a plastic spoon out of sheer laziness. I did not realize how dense this treat is and snapped the spoon straight down the middle. NICE. So in true OCD fashion, I chiseled around the outside of the cup with small little bites and made spiral into the middle so that the treat was flat, where I proceeded to start the process all over again. I was really surprised by the taste. This stuff doesn’t taste healthy at all! The chocolate flavor is rich and flavorful. The treat itself is creamy and delicious.

I am not sure if it is because of the serving size or the amount of protein, but I almost couldn’t finish the whole cup because I was full. I really hope that local stores pick up a few of the other flavors as I would love to give them a try, despite the hefty price tag.

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Texture: 5/5 – I did not realize how dense this treat is in the cup prior to eating, but you would never know by the texture. I would venture to say that you probably couldn’t tell the difference between a scoop of this and a scoop of your favorite chocolate ice cream in terms of texture. It is creamy and delicious (but not scoopable with a plastic spoon)

Smell: 3/5 – Nothing really to write home about in the terms of smells. It smells like milk chocolate, and freezer.

Appearance: 3/5 – I must admit that I fell for the image on the outside of the package of the perfectly scooped mound of ice cream pictured in the cup. Either the fancy scoop melted in both of my cups and froze over into a flat layer, or it was never there to begin with. I was also surprised to see the freezer burn inside of the sealed cup. My guess is because this probably contains more water than regular ice cream.

Taste: 5/5 – This was really really good. I am always skeptic of non dairy ice creams because of their inability to get the flavor just right, but the guys at Thrive nailed this – and packed it full of protein, vitamins, and probiotics too! I would almost venture to say that if I were served a scoop of Thrive and a scoop of chocolate ice cream, I would have hard time telling them apart. I would definitely buy this again, even at 5 bucks a pop. Now the real task, keeping everyone elses spoons off them. P.S. Thrive, don’t ever stop.

May 15, 2013
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Altoids Smalls – Nordic Mint

Posted in Candy

Good Evening you tangy tangerines! How is everyone today? I have a major case of OCD when it comes to grocery store check out lanes. I don’t know if it is from my time spent as a cashier at Target (before moving into grocery) or if it is just OCD in general, but I always feel the need to organize and fix all of the mints and gum so that they look presentable. It is also something to do when the line is long, and it gives me a chance to look through all the impulse buys to see if there is anything new. The other night while at Bel Air, I was waiting to check out and spotted these little guys (literally) tucked away between their more well known flavor offerings and was curious. They are after all, curiously strong.

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I am more of a gum chewer than a mint popper mostly because I really enjoy mints, and could easily eat the entire tin without thinking. I recall one time when I was still working at Hot Topic that we started carrying caffeinated mints by Penguin. Of course I didn’t really read the label, I was more so just catering to my mint addiction and the fact that I was getting 40% off – had I known that they were caffeinated, I would have passed. I ate about 10 in the span of an hour, which was the equivalent to 5 cups of coffee, and thought I might die. My heart was racing, I was sweating like crazy, and I had a hard time focusing. Lesson learned? Always read the labels.
When Altoids first debuted, I was really excited because I really love intense mint flavoring. Before I really switched over to gum, I would crunch away on a tin of Altoids like they were potato chips. Occasionally I will pick up a tin of the minis and keep them in my purse, but I really haven’t purchased a tin of Altoids in ages. When I saw the Nordic Mint flavor, it piqued my interest, mostly because I have no idea exactly what makes something Nordic versus regular mint.
I thought about this for a while, trying to figure out what flavor Nordic Mint was because I honestly couldn’t put my finger on what made these different from the regular mints. I knew they tasted different, but I couldn’t figure out why. Someone best described the flavor as peppermint with a hint of menthol. I think this is a pretty astute observation. They are not as powerful as a regular Altoid, so if you’re not into that, these may be for you, but they still pack a punch despite their cute size. They leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean and one small mint will do the trick.
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Texture: 4/5 - Typical mint texture. If you chew on it, it will be crunchy and somewhat gritty. Suck on it long enough and it will melt away in your mouth.
Smell: 5/5 - Not only do these mints pack a punch in the taste department, they let everyone around you know that you just popped an Altoid.
Appearance: 4/5 - Anything mini usually means extra cute. Because of their square shape, I want to organize them in the tin, but in the famous words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time fo that!” Also don’t carry these around loose, someone might mistake it for some weird club drug.
Taste: 5/5 - These mints are really good. They are not so strong that your mouth burns from the mint flavoring, but they are strong enough to give you that fresh feeling. Just one is enough after a garlic filled meal for me to make me feel less like I am going to peel some paint off the walls. Give them a try! Also for those of you who watch your sugar intake, these bad boys are sugar free!
What do you think Nordic Mint is?

May 13, 2013
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Special Edition Keebler Cookies – Toasted Coconut

Posted in Cookies

Good morning you beautiful popsicles, how are you all today? On one of my many trips to the Wals of Marts, I spotted these on a little promotional island type deal that they have adjacent to the dairy section and their cookies and crackers. Usually this just houses the run of the mill products like an over abundance of Wheat Thins or Circus Animal cookies, but to my surprise, one side was packed with three new limited edition Keebler cookies. In the past few months, Keebler has released a myriad of new treats, but most of them have been OK. Like I would put them in my lunch as a snack OK, nothing worthy of eating the entire package in one sitting.

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I picked up one of each of the packages, despite how many cookies two of the packages had. I really hate buying large portions of new foods in case they suck, then I am stuck with bunch of food I don’t want to eat. Lucky for me, I work with a bunch of guys who will pretty much eat anything chip or cookie related and I am sure that I could “accidentally” leave whatever I wasn’t fond of in the kitchen and it would magically disappear.

I am convinced that I have seen these somewhere, but where… Hmmm.. think… OH RIGHT. Mothers cookies have a cookie that is a dang near twin in terms of looks. Wait.. all three packages of cookies look like Mothers cookie clones. Keebler, what are you trying to pull?

I started with trying the toasted coconut version first because it was the smallest package, and coconut is delicious. Open opening the package I nearly couldn’t believe my eyes. Keebler are you sure you didn’t buy Mothers cookies and start marketing them as your own? These look just like a Mothers Taffy cookie, down to the little ridges on the outside of the cookie itself. The coconut smell is present, but not overwhelming.

The cookie is airy but slightly dense – if that makes any… sense? It is crunchy and quite tasty. This is the portion of the cookie that the coconut flavoring is most present in my opinion. I tend to eat cookies that have some sort of filling in the middle by twisting it open and eating the filling first. This was no different when it came to these cookies. Unlike Mothers Taffy cookies, the filling inside of these has more of the consistency of an Oreo. I enjoyed this because I find it annoying when the cream breaks mid removal. The cream filling was good, and mostly tasted like vanilla with a hint of coconut. You know how they make the Biscoff spread? They should make spread from the inside of these cookies. YUM. Or Mothers Taffy cookies, because they taste the same.

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Texture: 4/5 – The cookie portion is crunchy and flavorful. The inner cream is slightly gritty but has the consistency of Play-Doh, rigid but pliable.

Smell: 3/5 – Some coconut food items tend to smell like a car air freshener because of all the artificial products in them, but not these guys. The cookies smell like a nice mixture of sugar and coconut.

Appearance : 1/5 – I am giving appearance low marks because it is practically a direct copy of the Mothers Taffy cookies. At least make them round or something!

Taste : 3.5/5 – These cookies are good, but they are something I have had before. I really wish Keebler would have changed the game a little by tweaking something and making it their own. These cookies are good, don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t overly impressed. Better luck next time elves.

May 9, 2013
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Herr’s Pretzel Eggs

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Hello snack foodies – One thing that is hard about being addicted to trying junk food is that you sometimes get so overwhelmed with new stuff that things tend to fall through the cracks and get pushed back further in your stash. At least, that is the problem I have. I will intend to review something one day but then find out that XYZ has come out with something and I end up reviewing that instead. Such is the case for today’s review.

I always check out the seasonal section at Target whenever there are holidays because occasionally you will find some sort of limited edition gem hiding in all the chaos. In today’s case, I doubt it is limited edition at all, but we rarely get Herr’s items on the west coast, so any time I am able to get my hands on them, I will give them a try. I spotted these Herr’s Pretzel Eggs in the crazy section where there are all kinds of treats to fill your child (or adults) Easter basket. I paid a buck for them as the package is about the size of my palm, and I was pretty excited to try them. Until they got lost in the bucket designated for small snacks that do not come in a box (candy bars, the last package of fruit snacks in the box, etc). There they sat, sad and alone while I sampled other treats that dazzled me with larger portion size and fancy flavors. It wasn’t until one night where we were watching TV that I remembered that I had these little guys tucked away for a not so rainy day.

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The portion size was perfect enough for an evening snack that fit in a little dish. They are about the size of a peanut M & M and are coated with an Easter palette of blue, orangey-pink, and yellow. The outside coating was dense enough that it held its shape, but not to the point where the outside coating would be considered hard. My biggest disappointment with whatever coated pretzels is that they will A) use a cheap pretzel B) use a cheap outside coating and/or C) cut the salt. The appeal to me of eating a coated pretzel is the sweet and salty factor – so I am always sad when a company decides to ditch the salt. This is not the case with Herr’s. The outside coating was smooth and vanilla flavored, while the pretzel inside was crunchy with just the right amount of salt on the outside. Upon first bite, I was hooked, and kind of disappointed that I waited so long to try these as they are no longer available. If this is a Herr’s staple item that us west coasters are not privy to, then color me jealous. These things are great for snacking while watching TV or maybe sneaking into a movie, not that I would ever do that, but expect to find yourself empty handed rather quickly because of how tasty these little guys are .

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Texture : 4/5 - The outside is smooth and delicious, similar texture of the outside coating of a yogurt covered raisin. The pretzel inside is crunchy and fresh tasting. Sometimes I find that when pretzels are encapsulated the moisture from the coating tends to make them a little stale tasting.
Smell : 3/5 - There is nothing really distinct about the smell of these, if I could pick out one smell it would be a faint vanilla.
Appearance : 3/5 - Visually these guys are nothing special. I think I would have opted for something more exciting in terms of the outside appearance, but it gets the job done.
Taste : 4.5/5 - Overall these are a delicious treat. I really enjoyed the sweet and salty combo between the vanilla outside coating and the crunchy middle pretzel. My only qualm is that the outside coating is pretty thick, and kind of takes away from the pretzel for me, but even with that said, I would definitely buy these again. Dear Target, please tell the Easter Bunny to bring these to your store stock again next year.
May 8, 2013
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Cracker Jack Popcorn – Butter Toffee

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

The other night at Walmart, wandering up and down the aisles looking for new things to add to the junk food stash, I figured that it would be some what of a bust, same ole same ole everywhere I looked. I honestly feel like everyone releases their new foods all at the same time, and then its completely stagnant. Defeated, but still managing to have almost an entire shopping carts worth of food, we made our way up to the check lanes to head home. It wasn’t until I was loading all of my wares onto the belt that I spotted this Cracker Jack Popcorn out of the corner of my eye hanging off an endcap. I’ve seen the Cracker Jack’d stuff floating around at various stores, and I have debated trying it, but there was just something about this that was calling me.

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It was only a buck or so, so I figured if it was a complete bust that I wouldn’t be out very much. I honestly think what really drew me in was the boasting on the outside of the bag of a retro prize inside. Now I don’t know if you have had cracker jacks in the last few years but the prizes are totally made of suck these days. Who wants a history lesson from some weird little paper that you can fold to make a presidents face? I want a whistle, or a car, or something awesome inside of the bag, not a snippit from a text book. Heck, I’d even pay MORE money if I knew that the treasure I was getting inside was cooler than what I’ve received in the last few years. My guess is that they moved away from the toys and trinkets is because people probably whined and said that it was too easy for a kid to accidentally swallow the prize and choke. Well you know what? Watch your kids. The end. Alright, became a bitter bear there for a second, back to the food.

I don’t eat Cracker Jacks very often, mostly because popcorn and I don’t really share the same feelings towards each other and the thought of getting popcorn husks stuck in my teeth is really enough to put me off from eating the snack all together. It never fails that despite brushing and flossing that one lone husk will turn up months down the line and make you question your hygiene habits.

My favorite part about Cracker Jacks is the thick coating on the outside. That stuff is so sugary that it will usually make my teeth hurt, but man o man do I love it. I also enjoy the peanuts mixed into the sweet caramel coating which were absent in this mix. The bag of popcorn had considerably less sugary coating than its originator but it made for a great afternoon snack. The butteriness of the toffee balanced out the sweetness which made this easier to eat the entire bag without feeling like you just ingested a weeks worth of sugar in one sitting. The popcorn was light and airy and the toffee coating was a nice thin shellac on the outside. Unlike regular Cracker Jacks, there are no large clusters to worry about,so this is a perfect food to eat by the handful.

Now lets get down to the prize in this bad boy. The whole reason why I bought this dang bag – a throwback prize. Well, lets just throw this prize back into the trashcan. A STICKER. Guys, really? Items that were put into a Cracker Jack box were often considered limited and once they were gone they were gone, but a sticker? Really? The look of disappointment on my face was obvious and I’m back to being a bitter bear.

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Texture : 5/5 - Because of the thin coating of butter toffee, the popcorn still maintains its light and airy texture coupled with the crunch from the outside sweet shell.

Smell : 5/5 - The smell of this popcorn is crazy good. Sweetness mixed with butter, mmm mmm. I imagine its like one of those Glade seasonal candles that smell good for the brief second you’re holding it, but there is no way that your house could smell like that all the time. I kind of imagine it is like what Paula Deans house smells like.

Appearance : 4/5 - Because my brain has been trained that Cracker Jacks = dark caramel coating, I was surprised to see that the popcorn was not completely coated by the confectionery coating.

Taste : 3.5/5 - If you are looking to branch out from the norm, the butter toffee version might be for you. The popcorn is crunchy and fresh tasting, with just a light coating of sugary butter toffee on the outside, unlike the completely encased caramel version. The lack of peanuts kind of bums me out as it breaks up the flavor profile a little for me, but I can get over that I guess. The amount of sweetness is just enough that you can eat the entire bag in one sitting without feeling like you’re going to go into a diabetic coma. And I am still bitter about the prize.

May 7, 2013
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The Nosh Show – A Podcast

Posted in News

Evening food friends! I had planned on bringing you something tasty today to talk about – but it seems as if my stomach begs to differ. In the interim, give your eyes a rest and give your ears a workout and check out this fancy pants new podcast!

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It is a podcast that encompasses all things junk foodie brought to you by some of my favorite bloggers. Who you might ask? Eric from Junk Food Guy, Marvo from The Impulsive Buy, Ryan from Grub Grade, and last but not least Dubba from On Second Scoop.

So give it a whirl! Check out The Nosh Show for more details on how to listen!

See you all tomorrow!

May 6, 2013
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Goldfish Baked Graham Snacks – French Toast

Something new from the snack that smiles back, Goldfish crackers! French toast is one of my favorite morning treats, although I can’t recall the last time I had french toast. I never make it for myself, mostly because I never have eggs on hand and because of laziness, so it is usually something I will get when in the mood for breakfast at a diner. Goldfish o the other hand are something that I could probably eat on a daily basis if it weren’t for that whole cheese thing. A while back at a dinner gathering some friends and I were talking about Goldfish and one of my friends seemed truly confused as to why the massive box of Goldfish had a pour spout built in for any other reason but to pour them directly into your mouth. I can’t argue with him there.

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Now I don’t know if it is was just lack of basic reading comprehension or if I was overjoyed to see these sitting on the shelf at Bel Air, but I didn’t even notice that they were graham when I picked them up. Needless to say I was a bit taken aback when I poured some on my desk at work one morning as a snack and was not expecting them to be graham at all. What I was expecting them to be? Who knows. I nibbled on a few and was pleasantly surprised with how close these tasted to actual french toast. The graham was sweet and maple-y and they were dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Good thing I work in the backroom at my job or people might have started questioning why I was covered in sand, but I think by now most people have come to accept that I always look like a hot mess when unpacking boxes and a little cinnamon and sugar never hurt anyone.

The grahams seem slightly bigger than a normal Goldfish cracker, but I think this is attributed to the fact that they are similar shaped, not exact. I don’t think their tails would hold up as a graham cracker. Despite their appearance change, they are still smiling at you as you shovel them into your mouth.

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Texture : 5/5 - These have a great crunch to them, unlike the crunch you would find with a regular Goldfish cracker. But much like a graham cracker if you eat too much at once it will turn into a gooey mess in your mouth (this review is getting a little pornographic, jeez.) and they are slightly dry. The cinnamon and sugar will definitely find a new home between your teeth so be sure do to a little mirror check before heading into your next sales meeting.

Smell : 5/5 - When you open the bag you will be greeted by the familiar smell of french toast – yummy!

Appearance : 3/5 - I think the appearance of these little guys was kind of phoned in. I would have opted for a swirled fish ala Cinnamon Toast Crunch with the cinnamon and sugar coating on the outside, but that is why Pepperidge Farm has a product development department and I just write about it. Also I find that these could potentially make you look like you are enjoying some cat treats, which could be a nice ice breaker.

Taste : 4/5 - These were quite good. I think they would be even better sprinkled on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I would not however go as far as to say that they will send you into a feeding frenzy like their older brother the regular Cheddar Goldfish cracker. I swear its not salt on the outside of those things, its crack. Of the few sweet offerings that Pepperidge Farm has put out in the ways of Goldfish (chocolate, cupcake, smores, etc) I think these would have to be my favorite of the lot. The maple really brings this to whole new level, taking it from a cinnamon and sugar graham cracker to the true french toast taste. I would probably buy these again if I were looking for some fishy finger foods.

May 5, 2013
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Chex Mix Muddy Buddies – Brownie Surpreme

Posted in Confectionaries

Good morning all!

Today I am bringing to you something tasty from ye ole Chex Mix. I am not a huge muddy buddy fan, despite my love for peanut butter and chocolate. Actually I am not a fan of the Chex Mix made version, homemade? Yes please! Anyways, when I saw the brownie supreme something told me that I needed to try it – most likely the fact that I havnt seen it perched on the shelves of my local Walmart before. I grabbed a few other things like another box of Peanut Butter Toast Crunch and a delicious drink that I will be sharing with you all tomorrow and went for the check out lanes.

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Nothing about this bag seemed out of the ordinary until I opened it. Prepare yourself for what you are about to see.

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT. Now, being a snack lover my entire life, I am familiar with the occasional ball of seasoning wrapped around a burnt chip nugget in a bag of chips, but this, this is… WOW. This wasn’t even buried at the bottom of the bag for me to discover like some sort of Cracker Jack prize, it was happily perched right in the top of the bag, staring up at me when I opened it. Hello, quality control. Normally a friend would dare you or even double dog dare you to eat the flavor nugget, but there was no way in hell that I would even consider taking a bite out of this turd. (let’s face it, that is exactly what this looks like) I waffled for a few about whether or not the rest of the bag was worthy of eating, and decided that it was and dug in.

Normally my routine for my reviews is that I examine the outside of the bag, take a picture, open the bag up, examine the contents and then take another picture. Well I kind of sucked at the last part there, but I partially blame the alien egg inside of my bag of Chex Mix and I also blame the video game Terreria. My brain goes into autopilot when it comes to normal things such as snacking, checking my phone, etc. when it comes to playing an addicting game like Terreria. Before I knew it, I was reaching into an empty bag of Chex Mix Brownie Supreme. OOPS.

Much like the peppermint bark Chex Mix, the brownie supreme version will coat you in brown dust and make you look like you have tons of dirt caked under your nails. Always a nice sight. This snack is best poured into the hand vs, digging in like you would with a bag of chips, but I was too buried, literally and figuratively in my game to even bother with that, plus you can’t hold an Xbox 360 controller in one hand and still play. I think my biggest qualm with the normal Muddy Buddy mix from Chex Mix is that it tastes really artificial to me. I don’t know if it is the extreme coating of what I can only guess is a box of brownie mix on the outside or if they changed something in the ingredients, but the brownie supreme version is rather tasty. Again, much like my complaint with the peppermint bark version, I really wish that they would use a rice Chex vs a corn Chex. There is just something about the flavors that makes it just slightly weird.

Texture: 5/5 - The crunchy corn Chex in the middle makes for a nice snacking experience. The powdery outside makes for a real mess, but the chocolate is smooth and tasty.

Smell: 4/5 - When opening the bag the one and only thing that you will smell is sugar and chocolate.

Appearance: 3/5 - There is nothing special about the appearance of these guys. They are little square blobs in the bag.

Taste: 4/5 - I don’t really know what makes something supreme vs regular, but these guys are good. If you are looking for a bakery brownie taste, these are not for you, and I think you could probably achieve the flavor at home if you poured some melted chocolate on corn Chex and then dumped some brownie mix on top of them. I liked them, but I probably wouldn’t buy them again, and instead just buy a brownie.

May 4, 2013
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