Pepperidge Farms Milano Slices – Salted Pretzel

Posted in Cookies

First off I would like to say hello! to all the people that have visited my humble little junk food blog from The Impulsive Buy! What an honor to be linked from their blog :) hopefully I don’t disappoint.

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Pepperidge Farms Milano Slices – Salted Pretzel. Let’s just let that sink in for a minute. Go ahead, dream about unicorns flying around in cotton candy clouds above the Pepperidge Farms factory as the clouds rain down deliciousness. Okay, back yet? So I must confess, I love sweet and salty snack foods. I may or may not have dipped potato chips into frosting, cinnamon twists from Taco Bell into their nacho cheese (that sounds really sick, but from the egging on of my old roommate I tried it and it was DELICIOUS), so on and so forth. I would also have to say that pretzels are probably one of my favorite snacks. Pretzels + cookies?! Yes please!

I spotted these on another food blog (sadly I can’t remember which) and knew I had to try them. I looked at all the usual places, Walmart, Target, Safeway, etc., but to my surprise I was only able to spot them at Walgreens. Not my first stop for cookies, but I’ll take it.

Now I don’t understand why Pepperidge Farms even bothers putting portion sizes on their nutritional facts. Anyone with a decent set of tastebuds knows that a bag of Pepperidge Farms cookies is one serving. I’m convinced they sprinkle crack into these things.

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Behold. No, you are not looking at a sample of Miracle Grow. The picture on the bag clearly does not show how much salt are on these things. I thought the salt would be on the pretzel, not sprinkled all over the cookie. I tried these two different ways. First I put a cookie in my mouth chocolate side up. It was the familiar taste of a delicious light cookie and dark chocolate, mixed with a nice crunch from the pretzel and a undertone of salt. The salt was a bit overpowering but not to the point where I wouldn’t finish the bag. The second way I tried them, I put the cookie in my mouth chocolate side down. Holy salt lick Batman. Way too salty. It was like someone salted the fries at your favorite fast food place, couldn’t remember if they salted them, and then salted them again salty.

So, Protip: chocolate side up friends!

Texture: 4/5 – I enjoyed the crunch that the pretzel provided to this classic cookie, or maybe it was the salt that made it crunchy.

Smell: 3/5 – Upon opening the bag you could smell the delicious dark chocolate and buttery cookies.

Appearance: 3/5 – I can’t say that these are the most aesthetically pleasing cookie to look at, but you can definitely see what you’re getting into. The picture on the bag and the actual product vary.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These are pretty tasty, if you eat them chocolate side up or if you REALLY love salt. I would buy these again, but don’t give them to your friends that have high blood pressure.

October 27, 2012
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Stacy’s Pita Chips – Italian Harvest

Posted in Chips

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Happy Friday all! I am not overly sure if these are new, or if I have never seen them before, but I spotted these and another flavor I shall be reviewing soon at the local SaveMart. (Upon quick googling, it looks like they came out in 2010, but I have not seen them until now) I am head over heels for Stacy’s Pita Chips. They are so delicious by themselves or with some sort of dip, and I can easily eat an entire bag and not feel bad about it. I also had no interest in sharing these with anyone else, so you may want to buy two bags incase you have someone at home that would like to sample them as well.

Upon opening the bag I was greeted with the familiar pita chip smell accompanied by the aroma of peppers. I am definitely a fan of flavors being baked into chips instead of coating them. I did not however notice much onion flavoring as pictured on the outside of the bag. The flavoring of these is rather strong, especially the peppers. I really enjoyed these and had to stop myself from eating the entire bag. All of the chips in the bag were evenly flavored which is also very enjoyable.

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Texture: 4/5 – If you have brittle teeth you may want to avoid these, because they are twice baked they tend to be on the extreme crunchy side. I would also advise enjoying these with a beverage if you are eating them alone, as they can be a bit dry.

Smell: 4/5 - These smell just as tasty as they are right out of the bag.

Appearance: 3/5 – I am unsure if perhaps the merchandiser at the store I purchased them from kicked them down the entire aisle before putting them on the shelf, but sadly most of my bag was made up of tiny chip-shards. There were a few large ones, but mostly small little handfuls of pita bits. It is also exceptionally obvious that the flavor is baked in – YUM.

Taste: 5/5 - These are good. REALLY good. If you are looking for a hardy chip to put out at a party that you can get some serious dip action on, I would suggest these. BUY THEM.

October 26, 2012
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Limited Edition Chex Mix Muddy Buddies – Peppermint Bark

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

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While wandering the aisles of Walmart late the other night, I spotted this amongst the planogram reset they were completing down their seasonal food aisles. I forgave them a little for this gem, despite getting my hopes up by hanging a sign over the Pringles that said ‘pumpkin’. Needless to say I rifled through all of the cans of Pringles looking for the pumpkin flavor, but then realized they had handwritten signs along all the lines of shelving for where their Thanksgiving products were going – DOH. I love all things peppermint. LOVE. So I had high hopes for this snack mix.

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I have tried the original Muddy Buddies from Chex Mix, and I don’t care for them. As most food, homemade Muddy Buddies are far superior. I’ve never heard of or thought of a peppermint Muddy Buddy though. Delicious idea! Upon opening the bag I was greeted with a very strong peppermint smell. MMMmmmmm… I was half expecting it to be a melted mess inside. When I think peppermint bark, I think of mass quantities of white chocolate, but to my surprise, not a mess at all. Instead of actual white chocolate, its more of a white peppermint powder.

I popped a handful in my mouth and was greeted with a lovely peppermint flavor but was surprised to crunch down and find a corn Chex inside. I think my Chex of choice would have been rice. But after a few more handfuls, I couldn’t stop myself. I felt like a shark in a feeding frenzy. This stuff is adictingly good. Yeah I just made that word up, but whatever – making up new words is a sign of genius. The only downfall from enjoying this delicious treat is the mass quantities of white powder. Your face will look like you either didn’t wipe your mouth after brushing your teeth, or you just did a bunch of cocaine. Your fingers will be coated as well, but much like Cheetos, part of the appeal is licking your fingers clean, duh.

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Texture: 4/5 – I enjoy that they chose a powder vs. actual white chocolate on these as they make them much easier to eat large quantities of. The texture is nice and does not taste gritty from the powder and the crunch of the Chex is perfect.

Smell: 5/5 – These smell just as good as they taste. Delicious!

Appearance: 4/5 – These Chex are caked with the peppermint powder, so there is no mistaking that the flavor will be strong.

Taste: 5/5 - If you like Chex and peppermint, these babies are for you. They are a nice balance of peppermint, not overpowering like a bag of corn Chex coated in Altoids. I honestly could (and probably will) kill this entire bag in one sitting, so note to self, stock up before you can’t find it anymore. I also think a chocolate peppermint version would be very good. Almost like a Thin Mint. In short, try them! You will probably like them… or love them like I did.

October 25, 2012
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Entenmann’s Little Bites – Limited Edition

Posted in Bakery

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I was surprised to see a new flavor of Little Bites that were not holiday themed. I sampled the pumpkin flavored ones, which I thought tasted a smidge like soap. I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s okay. I really enjoy snicker doodle cookies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, cinnamon and sugar on toast, and coffee cake, so I figured these couldn’t be that bad.

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I was a bit surprised to open the package and see just four of these little guys staring back at me. They are about the size of a small donut hole and smell delicious. From my previous experience with the pumpkin flavor and the classic blueberry flavor, I knew that these were going to be moist. I don’t know if its intended that they be almost on the “I just undercooked these muffins and they are a little doughy/gooey” side or if its because they are trapped inside of thick plastic that keeps them from drying out, but these were moist as expected. They have the overall taste of cinnamon and sugar baked through, but also have small little crunchy pieces (really small) baked in as well. I must say the outsides of the muffins were a tad dry, but it didn’t ruin the overall flavor or texture. I think these would be a nice compliment to a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Texture: 4/5 – These had the moist texture of a fresh baked muffin. The outside was a little dry, but overall appealing.

Smell: 4/4 – Upon opening the package, I got a nice waft of sweetness and cinnamon.

Appearance: 3/5 – I was disappointed at how few were in the bag. I think I would have felt less ripped off if the bag was smaller. The overall exterior was inviting, though upon first glance I was unsure if they were supposed to be spotty as the picture on the box showed otherwise.

Taste: 4/5 – I enjoyed these and would venture to say that of the flavors I have tasted these have been my favorite. I think they stand well alone as a quick breakfast or lunch dessert and would also be a nice compliment to a hot beverage. Overall I really liked them.

October 24, 2012
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Unjunked – Unreal 41 Candy Coated Chocolates

Posted in Candy

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Today on spoilyourdinner.com I delve into the Unjunked Candy realm. I honestly don’t care for confectionery treats that attempt to be healthy items. The whole point of eating candy is to treat yourself and enjoy something delicious I say! I spotted these at my local CVS along with some other Unjunked items that I will be reviewing over the next week or so as I try them. I figured I would start with the most harmless and classic flavor, candy coated chocolates. Many companies have done this, M&M’s (most notable), Sixlets, Smarties (outside of the USA), etc. Unjunked boasts that their candies have no corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients, gmos, preservatives, and are low on the glycemic index.

As you can see from the candy colors, they are definitely trying to compete with those of M & M’s, though there is something a little weird when eating a magenta or mustard colored candy, it doesn’t sit right in my brain. It’s kind of like the green and purple ketchup that Heitz released a long time ago that tasted just the same, but your brain was in full on trickery mode because of the color change. The portion size is also considerably smaller compared to a bag of M&M’s as well as the price difference. I can usually pick up a bag of plain M&M’s for about 90 cents to a dollar, and these will run you about $1.70.

I was excited to try these, expecting a nice milk chocolate flavor, and was greated with a flavor, I honestly can’t pinpoint. I actually spent the entire weekend trying to pick out where I had tasted this flavor of chocolate before, but alas, I come up empty handed. I would say its a bit in the middle between milk and dark chocolate? Not bitter per say, but there is just something slightly off in the flavor for me. I was ready to toss them after about 10 candies or so, but I figured I would finish the small handful of a bag hoping that maybe the flavor would grow on me – it didn’t. Now had I never tried a M&M in my life, I would probably like these, but with every bite, I just kept longing for that delicious milk chocolate flavor. If a friend put out a large bowl of these at a party and I took a handful thinking I was going to enjoy some delicious fall?? colored M&Ms and got these instead, well lets just say, I wouldn’t be friends with that person anymore. I’m kidding. But I would bring a bag of M&Ms to the next party, for sure.

Texture: 4/5 – These have a crunchy candy shell and smooth chocolate on the outside.

Smell: 4/5 – They did not have much of a smell, but you could definitely pick up the chocolate scent in the bag.

Appearance: 3/5 -The colors they chose, which I assume were all naturally occurring colors from plant dyes, etc. were rather odd. I would have rather just had a bag of brown candies, but I can see how that would lose its appeal to some.

Taste: 2/5 – I did not enjoy these, though I can see how they would possibly appeal to those who enjoy eating more health conscious chocolate, where they are potentially used to the flavoring. There was something off to me about the chocolate taste. I would not buy these again.

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October 23, 2012
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Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins

Posted in Bread

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Raise your hand if you are tired of pumpkin flavored items yet? I am not one of those people. They could honestly make pumpkin flavored water and I would most likely drink it (that sounds really gross by the way, so don’t get any ideas food companies!) I spotted these English muffins at my local Walmart and had to give them a try. Apparently they were available last year, but I never had the opportunity to try them. I really love anything bread, and I think that if I had to choose one item to eat for the rest of my life, it would be a tough choice between chips and bread. I also like my bread lightly toasted (contrary to my mother, who enjoys her bread toasted to the point of cremation) I will literally hover over the toaster checking to see how brown the toast is getting. Now I sound like a crazy person. Anywho – the muffins!

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These had all the features of a regular English muffin. Odd shape, crumbs all over the bottom that get EVERYWHERE when eating them anywhere except standing over the trashcan or sink, nooks and crannies (remember those commercials?), and delicious flavor. I honestly failed to taste the pumpkin flavoring in these. I could definitely pick up the spices in pumpkin items. They mostly tasted like a regular English muffin with nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon added. I would enjoy these year round as an alternative if they offered them. Despite the claim of real pumpkin on the packaging, I’m still searching.

Texture: 4/5 – These have the same texture as a regular English muffin – with a small exception of small mushy spots where I think is the possible pumpkin that I am not tasting.

Smell: 4/5 – These babies smell delicious! But I also love the smell of ‘fall flavors’.

Appearance: 4/5 -These could easily be confused for wheat English muffins had I not seen the outside labeling. Nothing special about them, though I still hate the crumblies on the bottom that get everywhere.

Taste: 3/5 – I am disappointed at the lack of full pumpkin flavor – If you like your English muffins with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, you will really enjoy these. I would eat them again.

October 22, 2012
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Brach’s Carmel Apple Candy Corn & Green Apple Candy Corn

Posted in Candy

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Buried in a sea of classic candy corn, harvest corn, and candy corn pumpkins, Brach’s decided to mix things up a bit this Halloween and release two flavors to only crave once a year, Carmel Apple Candy Corn and Green Apple Candy Corn. Every year I convince myself that I love candy corn – and I do, but usually after 1 handful I’m good for another 364 days. I thought that these would change my mind, but nope – they didn’t.

First off, what shape is imprinted on the candy corn? Is it where the kernel is supposed to attach to the cob? Isn’t it supposed to be an indentation instead? I’ve always wondered that.

Let’s start with the Carmel Apple Candy Corn. I was curious how this flavor would translate to this delicious honey flavored treat – it wasn’t too bad. I tasted more honey than carmel and the apple flavor tasted rather fake. I know what you’re thinking, “Erin, it is fake.” I know this, but a girl can dream for a more natural flavor. I was also expecting the red portion to taste like apple and the brown portion to taste like carmel, but the entire candy had one flavor. All in all I would buy these to put out at a party.

The Green Apple flavor does not boast a honey undertone in the bag, which I didn’t notice until I tried them and was surprised by the lack of honey flavor. The bag also has the candy corn coloring backwards, nice proofing Brach’s. I didn’t care for these very much, mostly because it just tasted like a gritty apple candy. I honestly see this flavor as more of an Easter flavor than Halloween. You can definitely taste the crisp flavor of a green apple vs. a red. I still liked the Carmel Apple flavor more. I would not buy the Green Apple Candy Corn again.

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Texture: 3/5 – If you have never had candy corn in your lifetime, I apologize for your sheltered childhood :P These are grainy just like the classic candy corn.

Smell: 4/5 – Both of these smell like their respective flavors. Yum!

Appearance: 3/5 – I’m still confused about the imprints on the candy corns. I also feel like the color blocking was not consistent across the board. They seemed like an after thought.

Taste: 2.5/5 – I would give the Carmel Apple Candy Corn 3/5. The flavoring is decent and it has the classic honey flavoring of regular candy corn. I give the Green Apple Candy Corn a 2/5. I did not care for the flavoring all that much, but I did enjoy the crispness.

October 21, 2012
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Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

Posted in Cookies

A little blast from the past from my blog at pyropixie.net until I can get everything straightened out over here!

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This week we sample: Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

It’s no secret that Richard and I are total snack food junkies. Rarely do we walk down an aisle at a store and find something we haven’t tried, but that doesn’t stop us from looking. Last night during a spur of the moment dash to the Wal of Marts for today’s lunch, we spotted these little babies on an endcap. Snack foodie protip # 375 – always check the endcaps. Both of us have worked in grocery retail for a while (I currently do not anymore). Vendors will often either pay to be on prime endcaps or beg department leads for space for new product. Simply hiding it down the aisle doesn’t move units, thus rarely you see new product thrown directly in the home location from the beginning.

Richard and I love all things Oreo, and between the two of us, have tried every flavor that has been produced. You would have thought someone said there was one million dollars stashed inside of one of the packages if you had witnessed how big our eyes got and how quickly we both snatched up a bag last night. Richard was so excited that he even grabbed the wrong ones – sucker! Creamsicle Oreos for you! After grabbing a few other goodies in the store and perusing the toy department for anything interesting (which is almost just as bad as the junk food addiction, if you’ve read any of my previous Toy Thursday blogs) we headed out to the car. These babies didn’t even make it out of the parking lot before being torn open. Being the gentleman that he is, Richard offered me the first one out of the bag, and our conversation followed as such:

Richard: mmmmm…. this smells really good, I could smell this forever.

me: mmmmm… it smells really citrus-y.

Richard: mmmmm….

me: *pops whole Oreo into mouth* The flavor is really underwhelming. (please note I said this with a mouth full of Oreo, always the lady).

Richard: Yeah I was expecting more of a sher-berty… taste.

me: the flavor is really light, like I could eat a whole bag and not even realize it vs. other ones that is so sugary the guilt sets in after #4 or so. At least they taste better than the Berry Blast Oreos. (note: I argued that the filling of the Berry Blast Oreo tasted fake, hi, has anyone ever looked on the back of the package? the whole damn thing is fake.)

Richard contests that golden Oreos are more of his preference because according to him “The golden cookies, are like a blank canvas, you can have a sugar cookie, or an orange cookie, or Neapolitan cookie. Chocolate cookies already have a flavor to them and there is only so much you can do with the chocolate ones.” Then he proceeded to call himself a white pride activist. That last part is true in the sense that he said it, but untrue in the sense that he does not think that. He also prefers his chocolate items to be “moist”, such as cake, a candy bar, etc. Chocolate cookies are too dry dammit.*

*I may or may not have paraphrased some of that last paragraph. When he speaks, so much awesome comes out that I can hardly keep up on the keyboard, and this is why I keep threatening to record some of our conversations.

I prefer chocolate cookies myself. Give me the ole classic Oreo. Call me a creature of habit, but I will always go back to the old stand by. My package of Shure, Bert! Oreos will probably last me a week or two, but Richard’s on the other hand is probably already gone. If they were the classic version, I would have probably had the entire thing for breakfast, but instead I settled for honey mustard pretzels. Breakfast of Champions I say!

Conclusion: We would probably buy these again. And again…

Appearance:
Richard: 4/5 – looks well done, not messy and all over the place, appealing. would add another color to the frosting as the pink and green frosting is misleading, making you think that you are going to have a watermelon like treat.
Erin: 3/5 – i like the colors, but agree that the two colors does not give me the feeling of eating sherbet, where is the orange?!

Consistency:
Richard: 4/5 – very consistent with great taste. I don’t know. sure.
Erin: 3/5 – I prefer the cream in Oreos to be a little more firm so that when I twist them apart – my preferred method of eating Oreos, the cream stays on one side. When I twist these apart the cream will lift and trick me into thinking that its going to split in two, which totally bums me out.

Smell:
Richard: 3/5 – I wish there was more of a citrus burst. I don’t even know what I’m saying right now.
Erin: 5/5 – Yeah I said, these babies smell good!

Taste:
Richard: 4/5 – It tastes like sherbet, but I feel like the cookie dulls or takes away from the sherbet-y taste.
Erin: 4/5 – I agree with Richard that the flavor is a bit weak when combined with the Oreo. All alone its pretty delish.

October 20, 2012
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Salsa de Chile Habanero, Chile con Queso, & Chile y Limon Pringles

Posted in Chips

Let’s just start this post out by saying that despite the category classification for this post as ‘Chips”, let it be known that Pringles are not chips – they are crisps! They were even sued over this whole debacle if you can believe it. Now that the threat of a lawsuit is past us, let’s move on to the review!

I can’t say I am a huge Pringles-aholic. I can eat a portion of a can, but about 1/3 the way through, I’m done because the flavor doesn’t grab me. Give me a bag of Salsa Verde Doritos? Adios! I’ll kill that bag in one sitting. But I always come back to Pringles when burnt out on all kinds of other delicious snacks. The vibrant packaging really piqued my interest in these when I was meandering the aisles of my local Walmart, looking for something new to try. My shopping company opted for the Chile y Limon flavor, where I chose to purchase all three. I tried these about a week ago, but have been sitting on this review until I could figure out where I wanted to post it.

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Salsa de Chile Habanero – I really love spicy food. Will it clear out my sinuses, make me sweat, and regret rubbing my eyes with my hands later? Sign me up! I had high hopes for this crisp to pack a nice little punch, but honestly it was rather underwhelming. You know the old adage “Eat with your eyes”? If you stare at this can of crisps long enough while crunching down on these, you can start to taste the breakdown in the flavor profile. Overall I think the flavor as a whole falls pretty flat. It’s over the top spice without much flavor – I feel like Pringles are giving me the finger saying “We are this spicy because we can be, get over it.” The inkling of flavor that I was able to place on this was a bit BBQ-y and smokey, both of which I’m not overly a fan of. I was disappointed because they smelled so good. Also what’s up with flavor-blasting only one side instead of equally coating the crisp?

Chile con Queso – After the disappointing first flavor, I went on to try these with low expectations. Upon first smell, I was pleasantly surprised. They smelled exactly like the cheesy pepper mixture you think of when eating queso. The intial flavor of these was mostly cheese with a mild pepper after flavor. I would have liked if the cheese flavor were a little more sharp instead of mild and milky. I did feel like Pringles redeemed themselves a little with this one.

Chile y Limón – Finally the Chile y Limón flavor on the chopping block. After taking a large inhale of the can after popping the top, I didn’t smell anything more than corn. Actually upon second smelling, I hardly smelled anything at all. I popped a few in my mouth and found that the flavor was pretty good. They had a nice spicy kick/afterburn and a lime undertone. It was not an overpowering lime flavor like the limited edition lime tortilla chips Mission put out this summer. It was just enough. Out of the three flavors I enjoyed these the most. Sadly though they also fell victim to the uneven seasoning on the crisp.

Texture: 4/5 They were just like any other Pringle. Light crisp with flavor sprayed on the outside vs. baked into the crisp.

Smell: 3/5 The habanero flavor had the most distinct smell, followed by the queso, then limón.

Appearance: 2/5 I’m giving these low marks because of all of the uneven flavoring on the crisps.

Taste: 3/5 I give the Habanero flavor a 2/5, the Queso flavor 3/5 and the Limón flavor a 4/5. All in all, I probably wouldn’t buy any of these again.


October 19, 2012
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