Limited Edition Pringles – White Chocolate Peppermint

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Hello friends! Have you all recovered from chowing down yesterday and losing your minds shopping on Black Friday? I personally did not buy anything of excitement today (unless you call a camera lens cleaning kit, two bottles of nail polish and a can of Pringles exciting). I think all the years I spent in retail have left me rather jaded – and I hate crowds.

I was cruising Target this morning with my Mom checking out the deals throughout the store and remembered that maybe just maybe they may have a different selection of stuff 2.5 hours away from where I live. Low and behold I wandered down the chip aisle and spotted the coveted candy cane can of Pringles sitting on the top shelf. I may or may not have ran down the aisle like a crazy person chasing after some sort of low priced door buster… over a can of Pringles… Yeah. I have no shame. I purchased something else to review the other day but these definitely had to cut in the review line. I have now completed the trifecta of holiday Pringle

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After a day of running around and doing a deep cleaning on my camera for a photoshot on Sunday, my Mom broke open a bag of chips and that is when I remembered that I had these gems tucked away in a bag behind me. I cracked the can and took a bit whiff. I could hardly smell anything but cardboard. There was a slight hint of something sweet, but nothing like the mint blast I was expecting. I passed the can to my Mom and she agreed that there was virtually no smell. I dumped out a few to inspect and their was hardly any coating on the outside, practically invisible.

We each tried one and were surprised at the quite different flavor than we expected to encounter. I was expecting a super minty slightly sweet crisp and was met with a slight mint taste and hardly any sweetness. After a few chews I picked up the classic slightly salty potato flavor that a normal crisp has. We each enjoyed a few more, eating them in various ways to see if we could figure out the way to get the maximum flavor from the crisps. We both agree that the best way to enjoy these is two at a time.

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Texture: 4/5 – These have the standard texture of your run of the mill Pringle. Pressed potato, a little bit of flavor dust and salt and that is about it.

Smell: 2/5 – There is hardly any smell to these crisps.

Appearance: 3/5 – These could easily fool someone into thinking that they were going to eat a regular Pringle. Actually this would be an awesome prank to pull on someone. You’re welcome.

Taste: 3.5/ – I think I like these? I was expecting more sweetness from the white chocolate, which was virtually untasteable, but the mint is not over powering at all. The best way I could probably describe these would be you brushed your teeth about an hour ago, so you still have that somewhat fresh mint flavor in your mouth, then you enjoyed some lightly salted Pringles. They aren’t bad, but aren’t great. Of the three the Pumpkin Spice Pringles are still my favorite this holiday season.

Check out what Junk Food Guy & The Impulsive Buy had to say about these!

November 23, 2012
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted in Uncategorized

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates! I am thankful for of course my family and friends, everyone that reads my site and decides that it’s not an abomination and returns and all of the other food blogs that have shown me love! Regular reviews return tomorrow as I am so full that I could literally pop if I tried to eat one more thing.

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The delicious feast my Mom prepared (not pictured, the awesome sugar cookies & cinnamon rolls my Dad made)

November 22, 2012
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Wheat Thins – Cheese Crunch

Posted in Snack Crackers

Hooray! It’s 4 day weekend time (unless you are working on Thursday or Friday, in which case I say, I am sorry)! I thought about hitting my local grocery store to see if anything new would tickle my fancy to review for you guys tonight, but then I remembered how much I hate large crowds – let alone large crowds searching for food for tomorrow. On my 45 minute drive home from work I mentally went through my stash and remembered that I had picked these up at Walmart not too long ago.

Of all the snack crackers, Wheat Thins are my absolute favorite. I could, and have, easily demolish a box in one sitting if I am not paying attention. There is just something about the slightly buttery wheat flavor with the perfect amount of salt that sends me into a snack food frenzy. There are a few things that I hold sacred in the snack food world. Don’t put ketchup on french fries, don’t flavor blast my Goldfish, and there is no such thing as too much butter on popcorn.

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I am not overly a fan of foods that have extreme flavor coatings. My mentality behind it is that it does not really enhance the flavor of the food it is on, but just clobbers it to death. Upon popping the bag open of the Cheese Crunch Wheat Thins, I was indeed met with a heavy coating of cheese powder on my beloved snack. I don’t know if working in grocery has turned me off to the way some cheese smells, or if working in the medical industry has exposed me to too much vomit, but honestly? This smelled like a mix between the two. You’re welcome for the mental picture.

After getting past the smell, I popped a couple in my mouth. Honestly? I wasn’t impressed. What have you done to my Wheat Thin? I feel like adding all these flavors to my favorite snack cracker is nothing short of trying to reinvent the wheel. The cheese flavor is definitely present, but does not leave any sort of aftertaste once you get to the thin itself. The sheer amount of powder all over these things really botches the entire flavor for me. Between these, Ranch, Sundried Tomato, and the Zesty Salsa, I only find the Zesty Salsa flavor somewhat decent.

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Texture: 3/5 – Due to the intense amount of powdered cheese, it is akin to picking up a flocked Christmas tree. It gets everywhere. The powder is not grainy so it does not change the texture of the normally crunchy snack cracker.

Smell: 1/5 – Ugh.. no thank you.

Appearance: 2/5 – It is apparent by the cheese that you are not eating a normal Wheat Thin. These are definitely a snack that you do not want to consume if you are wearing a dark colored shirt to the office. Everyone will think you have a lovely case of dandruff!

Taste: 2.5/5 – I did not care for these very much. The cheese powder was overpowering and totally steamrolled the flavor of the Wheat Thin. I feel like had the cheese been baked into the cracker instead of sprinkled on the outside, that they would have yielded better results. These are no replacement for a delicious Cheez-It though.

See what Junk Food Guy had to say about these!

November 21, 2012
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Its poll time!

Posted in Uncategorized

In the spirit of Thanksgiving – I thought we would have a little fun and see what everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving food is! If you do not see your favorite item listed below – feel free to leave it in the comments!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving day food?

  • Stuffing (34%, 13 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Pie (26%, 10 Votes)
  • Turkey (18%, 7 Votes)
  • Rolls (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Cranberry Sauce (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Candied Yams (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Green Beans (3%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't like/celebrate Thanksgiving (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Proper review to follow later this evening! Gobble Gobble!

November 21, 2012
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Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime ‘n Chili

Posted in Nuts

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Eve… if that’s even a thing. Are you guys as excited about Thanksgiving dinner as I am? I honestly feel like a kid counting down to Christmas. I think its because I am longing for a home cooked meal like no other.

Tonight I gave these Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime n’ Chili a go. I am not overly sure what prompted me to grab these from my stash, as I already felt like I was breathing fire from the Tapatio smothered tacos I had at lunch today. And if you don’t love Tapatio, well, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

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I mentioned a while back that almonds and I have not always been friends. There was just something about them that I could not palate. I don’t know if it was the pointy ends, the weird skin or the texture, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided that almonds and I could give it another go. Now I am slightly obsessed. I enjoy spicy foods or foods with bold flavors. I also really enjoy lime flavored things, so these almonds seemed right up my alley. These were picked up at Walgreen’s on a late night snack run, and ran a whopping $4.00 for this measly tin.

Upon popping the tin open, I was immediately slapped in the face with the lime smell. There was also no shortage of flavor coating on these bad boys. I popped a few in my mouth and instantly tasted the lime, but where was the chili? The chili flavoring in these is rather subdued and honestly only brings a smidgen of heat to the almond. The lime however is very bold and is a nice compliment to the almond flavor. I was expecting more of a spice with these due to the mass quantity of visible flavoring, but honestly all I could taste was lime.

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Texture: 4/5 – These almonds have the standard texture that we are all used to. The flavor coating on the outside dissolves immediately in your mouth, which does not leave a gritty taste like I would have expected it to.

Smell: 4/5 – The lime flavoring is very pungent upon opening the tin of almonds. They smell delicious but sadly the smell is stronger than the taste.

Appearance: 3/5 – You definitely know what you’re getting into by the looks of these almonds. But at the same time, they also look like you maybe dropped them under the refrigerator and put them back in the tin. You decide.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These almonds were tasty, but they were not outstanding. I was really hoping for more heat from the chili, but was honestly just met with a lime almond, which is a combination that I would have never would have thought would work. They are good, and would be nice as a change up kind of snack in your desk drawer. The flavor is rather dominating which would keep me from consuming the entire thing. (Unlike the Cinnamon Roast AlmondsYUM!)

November 20, 2012
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Limited Edition Thomas’ Bagels – Cranberry

Posted in Bread

You guys, I have a terrible case of the hiccups. Anytime I eat bread too quickly, I immediately get hiccups. Some people think it is cute or funny, but they are downright painful. Does this happen to anyone else?

I spotted these bagels on JunkFoodGuy and knew I had to try them. My favorite juice is Cran Raspberry and I love bagels, these are kind of related right? I do not however like raisins, so this could get weird.

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Ughhhhh these hiccups are so distracting. I picked these bagels up during what will most likely be my last trip to Walmart between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm until January 1st. I hate large crowds and have been a retail slave for 10 years, I am totally over it. These have a bit of a more doughy texture, most likely from the cranberry bits baked into the bagel. The smell was mostly yeast with a hint of cranberry, kind of weird. After taking a large bite, I honestly could not really taste much of the cranberry in the bagel. A few more bites yielded the same result. I don’t know if the flavor of the cranberry changed during the boiling/baking process or if the juice changed the taste of the dough, but I did not care for these very much.

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Texture: 3/5 – The texture of these bagels are a little off. They are a bit doughy and the skin of the cranberry likes to hang around after.

Smell: 2/5 – The bag of bagels did not smell very appetizing, but the bagel alone was decent. You smell the bread more than anything.

Appearance: 3/5 – I thought for sure that the natural coloring of the cranberry would leech into the dough, but that’s not the case at all. These look OK, but the chunks of cranberry are a little off putting.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These bagels need to be reworked big time. They could potentially be good with cream cheese (I can’t eat that so someone will have to try it and report back) but alone? No thank you. Cinnamon raisin bagels have the undertone of sweetness and these bagels just have a weird taste. I would not buy these again.

November 19, 2012
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Peeps – Marshmallow Gingerbread Men

Posted in Confectionaries

Want to know a fun fact? Everyday I review something, I try the food that day. I don’t sit at home and have magical feasts of junk food to write about later. I must say though, I had a huge dinner of tacos and garlic bread (don’t judge me) and eating something afterwards was a little rough. I currently don’t think I will be able to move from my current spot for a while. My everything hurts… someone get me a wheelchair.

I am pretty sure that these Peeps Marshmallow Gingerbread Men are not new, but I don’t recall ever tasting them despite my undying love for Peeps. I decided to pick these up not only because they are Peeps but GINGERBREAD! YEAH! Gingerbread is the new pumpkin guys (maybe)!

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Let’s not pretend that we don’t all first notice the sad state that is their faces and other features made of icing right now. Protip: Don’t put a picture of what your product should look like if infact, does not look anything like it at all. Something must have been really amusing to the left as most of them are looking and smiling in that general direction. Come on, a first grader could have piped these better. When I opened the packaging I was immediately hit with the smell of brown sugar – what? I kept smelling and finally picked up a hint of ginger. Despite the pungent aroma, the gingerbread taste to these is rather underwhelming. They are good, but the gingerbread flavoring is not in your face by any means. I do however think that these would be delicious lightly toasted and sandwiched between a graham cracker and a small hunk of white chocolate.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of a normal Peep. Light fluffy inside and pseudo crunchy exterior from the sugar coating on the outside. The icing features do not add anything to the textural experience.

Smell: 3/5 – The smell of these were a little deceiving. I don’t really know where the brown sugar smell comes into play, but it smells good. Another smell that Yankee could make into a candle and I would buy, thats for sure. Dear Yankee, if you do end up using these ideas, please cut me a royalty check.

Appearance: 2/5 – I like that Peeps went with a gingerbread man shape vs the standard Peep shape like they did for the Sugar Cookie version. However, those icing features? Someone needs some practice for next year.

Taste: 3/5 – Despite the subtle gingerbread flavoring to these Peeps, they are good. My guess is that they did not want to make the flavor overbearing because they want you to eat the entire tray – I’m on to you Peeps. I think these would be delicious as s’mores, as I said before, and the casual indifferent gingerbread lover will like these. Diehards? Stick to the real thing.

November 18, 2012
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Limited Edition Pringles – Cinnamon & Sugar

Posted in Chips

If you are wondering what happened to the M&M review from yesterday, it will be back up in a bit. FIXED! Ever since the update came out for WordPress on mobile, I’ve been having a lot of issues with it constantly crashing and saving weird drafts of articles. So tonight when I reloaded the current articles on my phone, it overwrote the completed article with just pictures – cute!

Today while running around town, I stopped into Walmart to see if they had any new food stuffs to try. Low and behold right when I walked in, there a couple of boxes of Limited Edition Cinnamon & Sugar Pringles! Score!! I also picked up a few other things, but we will talk about those at a later time.

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I figured that these would taste similar to the Limited Edition Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, considering that cinnamon is rather present in pumpkin pie. I popped the can and took a smell, all I really could pick out was the normal smell of Pringles. Much like the Pumpkin Pie Spice, there was hardly any visible flavoring on the chip. All you could really see was a tiny sprinkling of cinnamon. I ate one and couldn’t decide if it tasted the same as the Pumpkin Pie Spice. Luckily I bought another tube of those and was able to compare the flavors. They definitely have a different taste. I would venture to say that there is more sugar than cinnamon present – and they also turned up the volume on the salt factor. They were quite tasty though. I honestly have preferred the sweeter Pringles to any of the other limited edition flavors I have tried recently. The sweetness compliments the salt and I could easily see myself eating the whole tube at once.

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Texture: 4/5 – Standard pressed potato texture. The addition of the cinnamon and sugar did not add any texture to the crisp.

Smell: 2/5 – Hardly and smell in the can, but smelling the crisp directly will yield you the faintest cinnamon smell.

Appearance: 2/5 – Despite the ample taste of cinnamon and sugar, visibly it looks like there is hardly anything on the chip. On quick glance, depending on what side is up, these could be mistaken for regular Pringles.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I enjoyed these but I didn’t find them all that special. The cinnamon and sugar adds a nice hint of sweetness to the crisp, but honestly you could achieve this at home with a little cinnamon and sugar mixed together sprinkled on regular Pringles. Buy a tube if you’re looking for something sweet and salty, but don’t fret if you miss out on them after the season is over, they aren’t overly memorable.

November 17, 2012
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M&Ms – White Chocolate Peppermint

Posted in Candy

Well hello there, and a special hello to those of you who have found me via The Impulsive Buy! I’m not going to lie, I thought about skipping a review today because I am dead tired from going to a show in San Francisco last night, and not getting home until 2AM (it was a 2 hour drive each way for me) BUT – How could I do that to you lovely people?

I picked up these M&M’s at Target on Tuesday and decided to give them a whirl today. I did not however know that they are a Target exclusive. What is with all the retailers getting exclusive snack foods? In a sense its kind of cool, but at the same time its frustrating because it forces me to make extra trips to try and find things that I want to eat. The plain chocolate mint M&M’s used to be a staple at my house during Christmas when I was younger. My mom had this amazing purple and pink glass candy dish that I would never be able to lift the lid off of quietly to sneak some M&M’s, no matter how stealthy I tried to be.

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So first off, why do these have to be so massive? They are about the size of a peanut butter M&M, and honestly I find white chocolate a little rich for my taste. I love sugar, don’t get me wrong, I will eat it by the spoonful out of the jar plain, but there is something about white chocolate that tends to give me a tummy ache after about the first handful. The peppermint flavoring is not overbearing, and adds just the right amount of cool flavoring to the white chocolate. I honestly cant stomach more than a handful before rolling the bag up and putting it back in my desk drawer at work for later snackery. There is definitely something familiar about the flavor as a whole though and it took me a while to put my finger on it.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chunks of white chocolate coated in a crunchy candy shell make for a typical M&M experience. Because the interior has a glob of the white chocolate, I often find myself trying to bite off the crunchy exterior then eat the inside because I’m weird like that.

Smell: 4/5 – There is a definite balance of sweet and mint when opening the bag that gives you that nice gust of Christmas.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about these guys. I see where they are going with the red and white, as a nod to the candy cane (and possibly Target), but a couple of green ones wouldn’t have hurt to take festive to a whole new level.

Taste: 3/5 – These M&Ms are good nor bad. For me they were pretty middle of the road. The white chocolate mint lover will enjoy these, but its nothing that I wish they would make year round. For those of you who don’t have a Target near by and are dying to try them – just eat some Smooth n’ Meltys! They taste exactly the same and the nonpareils will give you the same crunch as the exterior of the M&M and most likely for a fraction of the price.

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November 16, 2012
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Emerald – Cinnamon Roast Almonds

Posted in Nuts

I really suck at breakfast. I like to sleep in until the last possible second and rarely ever sit down for a bowl of cereal or toasted bagel. I am constantly searching for things that are easy to eat on the go, something that I can grab and snack on on my almost 40 mile drive to work. Sure I could opt for a Poptart, but I am ingesting 400 calories and crazy amounts of sugar first thing in the morning, which leads to a lovely crash midday. It wasn’t until recently that I started enjoying almonds. Are there any foods that you just started liking out of the blue? When the snack food fairy brought these home, I knew that they would be a breakfast staple for me.

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Emerald has been kicking it into high gear with their new flavors. I recently reviewed the dark chocolate and peanut butter mix and the peanut butter and jelly mix. I’ve seen tons of different flavors on the shelf including chile lime, pumpkin spice, rosemary, etc. Cinnamon roast almonds don’t seem like that far of a stretch, it’s not like they are reinventing the wheel here, but surprisingly not all over the market. These come in a larger container as well as the 100 calorie packs for those of us who either are counting calories, enjoy forced portion control, or are just looking for a small snack. I enjoy a breakfast blend from Emerald for breakfast (imagine that!) often which includes cocoa roasted almonds – which I don’t find exceedingly good. They taste good, but they are not incredible. I was expecting the cinnamon roast almonds to follow suit. Instead I was greeted with almonds coated in cinnamon and sugar (ala Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and they had a nice roasted flavor. There is no shortage of coating as there is about half a teaspoon of coating in the bottom of the bag. I made the mistake of dumping this into my mouth and was overwhelmed with cinnamon and a little salt, which I did not taste while actually eating the almonds. Kind of a weird taste – I vote, don’t follow my lead and chuck the cinnamon dust.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of your run of the mill almond. The coating on the outside makes for a little more grit but it also helps give the almond a little more crunch.

Smell: 4/5 – These have an intense cinnamon aroma.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing overly exciting about these almonds. The outside coating definitely lets you know what you’re getting into.

Taste: 5/5 – These are nothing short of delicious. The spice from the cinnamon mixed with the sugar accompanies the almond flavor quite nice. These make a delicious morning treat or after lunch snack. Check them out – you won’t regret it!

November 15, 2012
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