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February 2015

Pop-Tarts – Gone Nutty! PB&J Strawberry

Posted in Bakery, Confectionaries

Pop-Tarts were one of those foods that I always wanted as a kid but rarely ever had. I can’t say that I blame my Mom for denying me such a sugary “breakfast” food item. Even as an adult I will rarely indulge in Pop-Tarts. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple of my lunches growing up. I was (and still am) a very picky eater so my Mom knew that she could never go wrong with one of these bad boys. Even now I get the occasional hankering for some fluffy white bread slathered with creamy peanut butter and some jelly. Always strawberry jelly, don’t give me any of that grape blasphemy.

I have tried the other Gone Nutty! flavors and thought they were pretty decent, but with the inclusion of jelly to the mix, I was slightly apprehensive about the combination of the two. Actually I am having flashbacks of the peanut butter and jelly M&Ms that came out a couple of years ago that I thought were absolutely gross – at least when eaten together.

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Now I am from the camp of eating Pop-Tarts uncooked. I honestly do not see the appeal of a hot Pop-Tart, but to each their own. The idea of a hot peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounds even more disgusting if you ask me. So I sampled this in my usual fashion, straight out of the package.

I took one bite and originally all I could taste was peanut butter. One complaint I have about Pop-Tarts is how FREAKING DRY they are. I guess they might soften up if you toast them, but good grief the corners are like the Sahara in my mouth. I finally got to the strawberry part and I must say… not impressed. They weren’t bad by any means, but between the copious amounts of pastry, whatever the “frosting is on top” and the peanut butter, the strawberry jelly is pretty subdued.

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Texture: 3/5 – I like the crunchiness that the sprinkles on top give to the frosting. It reminds me of my favorite Poptart, the frosted strawberry ones. But man oh man are these dry. Consume with a beverage.

Smell: 4/5 – These smelled like elementary school lunch. Mostly peanut butter with an undertone of strawberry jelly.

Appearance: 3/4 – I think I would have opted for red frosting than brown – but when I think of the opposite color scheme of red frosting with brown sprinkles it doesn’t sound nearly as appetizing. I also found that the frosting wasn’t evenly applied to each tart.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These fall into the meh category for me. They weren’t awful but they weren’t a home run for me either. I think it was mostly because I was expecting a lot more flavor from the jelly portion than there was. I felt like the tart outside… crust… holding vessel…? and the peanut butter completely buried the strawberry taste for me. Had the frosting on the outside been a strong peanut butter flavor or even the pastry portion and just had strawberry filling, I would have probably liked this more. I would not buy these again.

February 3, 2015
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Project 7 – Birthday Cake Gum

Posted in Candy

So I have kind of a Sunday ritual. Well, it’s kind of a new one, but the beginning part of said ritual is the same. For a while I was drinking a lot of Starbucks – like… A LOT. Not only is that stuff packed with calories, but it also takes it’s toll quickly on ones pocket book. So I made deal with myself that I can have a cup of chai tea (my favorite beverage from Starbucks, as I don’t drink coffee) on the weekends and I couple that with a bagel from the Noah’s next door. It’s rather nice really. I grab my drink, then my bagel and lounge for a moment while people watching then I head home. Well it seems that I have to always pick up something from the near by Target, whether it be toilet paper, cat food, whatever, but now wandering around Target even when I have nothing urgent to buy has been my new thing. It’s kind of relaxing to meander up and down the aisles when the store is quiet and look at all the things that I don’t need.

This morning while in the check out line I finally caved and bought the Project 7 Birthday Cake gum that I’ve looked at many times before. The idea of birthday cake flavored gum sounds pretty gross, bought I thought I’d give it a whirl. Plus a few pennies of my purchase go towards a good cause so why not.

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This gum comes in a small resealable package that is bound to open in the bottom of my purse. Judging by the picture on the front of the package, I am in for a treat of yellow cake frosted with a delicious looking pink butter cream frosting. At least that’s what I built up in my brain.

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I popped a piece in my mouth hoping for the best. I’m not really a flavored gum chewer, I prefer the original Trident, but I do absolutely love cake. I started chewing and did not really get the flavor of cake. It was more like chewing on a solid form of Redi-Whip whipped cream. The flavor was good, but was not cake-esque to me. Unfortunately this gum suffered the same fate as most novelty flavored gums and the taste disappeared in less than 5 minutes and I was left chewing flavorless rubber.

Texture: 5/5 - This gum is pretty run of the mill Chicklet style gum. Crunchy exterior, chewy gum interior. Nothing fancy here.

Smell: 3/5 - As a kid did you ever decorate cookies with the Wilton frosting that comes in a squeeze tube? This is exactly what the gum package smells like. Sweet but with a very artificial flavor undertone.

Appearance: 1/5 - Now I feel like this is where the product could have really sold my brain. Isn’t the saying that we eat with our eyes? It would have been awesome to peel open this package to find 12 little funfetti pieces of gum staring back at me, but instead I was greeted with plain underwhelming white pieces of gum. I guess you could trick someone into eating one of these without them knowing the flavor, so there is that.

Taste: 2.5/5 - This gum was decent. I will give it that, but like I mentioned before, it tasted more like whipped cream than birthday cake to me. I was also disappointed (though I anticipated) that the flavor only lasted a few minutes. Overall, I would probably only buy this as a novelty item to give to a friend as a little fun gift with a larger birthday gift or card.

Have you tried this gum? What did you think?

February 1, 2015
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