McDonalds Holiday Pie

Well, it is officially the holiday season folks. I can hardly believe it. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were counting down the new year, and now its time for the presidential election, time change, and holiday flavors! I have not been indulged in the McDonald’s pie world because A) I don’t really eat that much fast food, despite my junk food addiction. Something about consuming your weight in deep fried greasy food that sits in your stomach like a brick and makes you contemplate life choices that just steers me away from it. (Not to say I don’t enjoy the occasional Doritos Locos Taco or a large fry from McDonald’s) B) There is just something about those pies that I visually do not find appealing.

For some reason the way they look is so off-putting to me. But I can say, this year I have eaten more pies from McDonald’s than I have in my entire life. Last night while making a run for the Gingerbread Oreos at Walmart, the mood struck me and I decided to grab one of these at the in-store McDonald’s. The lady at the counter informed me that it was going to be 12 minutes for them to be ready, and because I had nothing else going on last night, I decided to wait it out. If I was going to sample this pie, at least let it be “fresh”.

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I anxiously awaited the arrival of the pie, passing the time doing one of my favorite sports, people watching. There are some weirdos in this world. Finally my pie was delivered to me. I had a preconceived idea of what this thing was supposed to look like, but then I was greeted with this. What in the world. Remember the part where I said that the appearance of McDonald’s pies are a bit of a turn off? THIS RIGHT HERE. What is going on with those sprinkles? The pie looked like it was covered in some sort of disco mold. Now being “fresh” I knew this thing was going to be hot, so I let it cool down for a bit while I just sat there, in somewhat shock of how not like the picture this thing looked. Finally I got the courage and broke it open to help the cooling down process. That custard-y filling? Yeah… not so appealing looking. I finally figured it would be safe enough to take a bite. BIG MISTAKE.

Biting into this thing was like taking a bite of a lava filled pie of doom cooked in the seventh circle of hell. This thing was molten. I’m pretty sure I seared off 35% of my taste buds. Protip: Let the pie cool down very thoroughly before taking a large bite. I am not sure if it was the lack of taste buds, or if this pie actually had a decent flavor, but I must admit, it wasn’t half bad. Of the three that I have tried semi-recently, I would say that it gives the pumpkin pie a run for its money. Definitely a large footstep in front of the smores pie. All in all I would eat it again. The exterior was nice and flaky and the interior (once finally cooled a bit) was nice a creamy and had a smooth custard flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – The mixture of the flaky crust and the creamy filling make for a nice balance and convincing pie eating experience. Though I imagine not getting one of these fresh, would not be nearly as good.

Smell: 5/5 – The pie smelled really good. It smelled like a sugar cookie fresh out of the oven.

Appearance: 1/5 – They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ll let those pictures do the talking.

Taste: 3.5/5 – All in all this pie was pretty decent, borderline pretty good. The flavor doesn’t scream holiday to me (HELLO! GINGERBREAD PIE!) but I would buy another one. For best flavor, I suggest getting a fresh one.

November 2, 2012
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Limited Edition Oreos – Gingerbread

Posted in Cookies

Hello you beautiful cupcakes! I know I promised a proper review yesterday but truth be told, I have come down with some sort of creeping crud Halloween sickness. It started Monday and I like to think that the worst was yesterday. I was in bed by 8 and out cold by 8:15, not to mention my nose was so stuffed up I wouldn’t have been able to taste anything to review for you guys anyways.

So! How was your Halloween? Get any good candy?

I think gingerbread as a flavor is going to be the breakout star this year. I’m hoping for gingerbread English Muffins, gingerbread bagels, gingerbread cookies everything. Gingerbread ALL the things! Look out pumpkin – we are coming for you. Despite the fact that ginger gives me instantaneous heartburn, I subject myself to this delicious treat anytime I can.

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I saw a review of these pop up on FatGuy Food Blog and started getting antsy to try them. With the unicorn that is Pringles lately with their fancy new holiday flavors that are no where to be found, I was getting nervous that these would be snatched up before I could buy them. Luckily I received some local intel that they were in stock at my local Walmart and there was a large display of them. No way that I would miss out!

Upon arrival I was torn between looking at the 50% Halloween merchandise for everyday household items (I am weird like that) or looking for these cookies. I chose the latter. Low and behold, there was infact a glimmering Nabisco castle in the middle of the main walk way of the consumables section, stocked fully with gingerbread goodness. No joke on the castle y’all – its real, I promise.

I honestly wanted to rip these open in the car, but I was rather full partially from the food that I shall be reviewing tomorrow. I needed some time for everything to settle and enjoy the in the comfort of my own abode, you know, incase I needed a moment or something.

Oreo kind of let me down with the whole Lemon flavor limited edition episode, so I knew that it was their time to shine. After settling in at my makeshift desk of a tv tray and a 56 quart storage bin that I have managed to fall into more times than I would like to admit, I opened these delicious treats up.

The smell was rather inviting. You could definitely tell that these were going to be good. I think someone forgot how to count when stocking my package though, and they were jammed in there so tight that they sprung out like a can of snakes (no food was harmed in the making of this review). My first curiosity was if the creme was going to be squishy like the lemon flavor or more firm like the classic creme. It was indeed more firm, which I enjoyed. It is the perfect balance of gingerbread and buttery golden Oreo cookie when eaten in its entirety, but sampling the creme by itself, its a smidge weak. I might just eat these for lunch tomorrow. I wish that there was a little more spice to it, but all in all these are VERY good.

I really enjoy the gingerbread cookies from Trader Joes, but I think they might ride the bench this year in favor of these Oreos.

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Texture: 4/5 – The creme constancy returns to the familiar territory of classic Oreos. If you’re the type that enjoys twisting open the cookie and eating the creme first, these will work much better for you than the lemon flavor.

Smell: 5/5 – When opening these, I wanted to dive right into the package. The smell was so good!Yankee, make this smell into a candle and I will buy all of them.

Appearance: 4/5 – These could easily be mistaken for peanut butter to the unsuspecting person. A holiday stamp in the cookie would be helpful to differentiate them from regular ole Oreos, but all in all they fit the Oreo bill.

Taste: 5/5 – These cookies are dangerously good if you are a gingerbread fan. I was skeptical at first because of my love of gingerbread, but these are a definite home run. Guaranteed better presents to anyone who leaves these out for Santa.

November 1, 2012
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Limited Edition Oreos – Lemon Twist

Posted in Cookies

Good evening friends! Also, a special hello to those who found me via So Good, color me flattered for mentioning me in their blog! When I heard that Oreo had planned on releasing a lemon Oreo, I knew I had to get on that. Sadly I couldn’t find them anywhere! I finally came to the acceptance that they would slip though my fingers and I would never be able to taste this possibly delicious flavor. But despite my admission of defeat, it never stopped me from looking at every grocery store I stepped foot into – that makes me sound like I go to the grocery store a lot, but I don’t. Last night while procuring some fruit snacks at SaveMart, I spotted these on a sidecap. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t jump about 3 feet into the air with excitement. Yes I have a problem.

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I am not overly sure what I envisioned these to taste like aside from the fact that I knew Oreo wouldn’t let me down. So far with all of the different flavors that I have tried,  I don’t care for the peanut butter filling or the Berry Blast flavor. I am also not the biggest fan of golden Oreos, but the thought of a chocolate cookie plus lemon creme doesn’t sound appealing in the slightest, despite my affinity for mixing weird foods.

Can I just say that I find Oreos packing a mixture of genius and frustration? I really wish Keebler would get on this packaging tip. I like that all of the Oreos are laid out before you, ready for consumption, but I dislike that some get tucked in the corners and make it a little tough to procure. #snackfoodproblems I guess.

When I peeled back the flap on top of the package of Oreos, I was greeted with the smell of a buttery cookie mixed with the light scent of lemon. It was not overpowering at all. I found the creme in these to be a little more on the squishy side vs. a regular Oreo, but thats OK because I like to pop my Oreos open and eat the creme first. I don’t know if its the consistency of the creme or if I have perfected some sort of patent worthy maneuver of removing cookie creme, but you can’t really lick th creme off, as it pretty much sides off in one piece.

I really wanted to like these, and I do, but I don’t feel that Oreo brought anything new to the table with these. They pretty much tasted like any other lemon creme cookie that you can find on your local supermarket shelf, and the only thing that sets them apart is the Oreo brand name. Womp womp.

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Texture: 4/5 -The creme inside of these cookies has the familiar texture of Oreo creme (powdered sugar mixed with lard, sorry to burst anyones bubble on that one) Coupled with the cookie, it makes for a nice mixture of crunch and creamy. Yum!

Smell: 5/5 – These things smell very good. I am a huge fan of lemon flavored foods (lemon candies, Vitamin water, cookies, etc) and the smell of these match the flavor.

Appearance: 4/5 – I think it would be cool if Oreo came up with some sort of limited edition stamp to use on their cookies, kind of like what they did for the birthday cake flavor. That way you can wave these around in your friends face who may or may not care that you are eating limited edition Oreos. They do look pretty much like regular golden Oreos though.

Taste: 3/5 – I give these a middle of the road rating, not because they are not good, but because they are nothing new. If you can find them, try them, if you can’t, just buy some lemon sandwich cookies, write OREO on the outside and chow down. Your brain will never know the difference.

Check out what The Impulsive Buy had to say about these guys!

October 30, 2012
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Snack Factory – Pretzel Crisps – Mint Chocolate Crunch

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Guess what internet! I have… internet at home again! This is beyond exciting. For those of you that don’t know, I have been solely blogging via my phone since this website started, and lets just say that it has been quite the challenge. I had plans to review something else today, but I saw these while at Target and knew immediately that I had to try them.

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Like with most things in the food world, the picture on the outside drew me in. I have sampled the other flavors, but have never seen these before. They looked like the perfect balance of mint flavored white chocolate, sprinkled with cute little chocolate chips – how could you go wrong? I am an avid mint lover, York Peppermint Patties are one of my favorite candies of all time, and I think we all know my love of pretzels from the Milano review. The two of these together, sounds absolutely delicious! I imagine that they would taste like dipping a regular pretzel crisp into a bowl of mint chip ice cream! MMMmmmm!

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Then I was greeted with this.  What in the world is this atrocity. This looks nothing like the picture! Don’t adjust your monitor folks, they really are that weird shade of greenbrown… browngreen… brogren.. grebown… whatever. Not the most appealing color if you ask me. But despite the off-putting color choice, I decided to dive right in. I’m just going to say it. They are SO GOOD. Exactly like dipping a lightly salted pretzel into a bowl of mint chip ice cream. It is the perfect amount of crunch plus a little salt, plus a nice non fake tasting mint, finished off with a little milk chocolate. Heaven in a bag I say. The only down point to these? They are a small bag and will run you a whopping $3.00. Definitely a bit of a rip off considering most of the bag is air.

Texture: 4/5 -The white chocolate they use is nice and smooth. The pretzel is still surprisingly crunchy and crispy despite being completely encased.

Smell: 5/5 – To quote one of my favorite bands – these smelled just like heaven. Upon opening the bag you are greeted with the delicious smell of mint, but not completely overpowering.

Appearance: 2/5 – I was definitely not expecting these to look the way they did based on the picture on the outside of the bag. The weird color mixture is a bit weird to look at, and there are not nearly as many chocolate chips as the front picture would lead you to believe.

Taste: 4/5 – These are good – REALLY good. It would be very easy to eat all of these at one time. I like them better than the chocolate peppermint pretzel crisps and the white chocolate peppermint crisps by far. I would buy these again, but I would wait for them to be on sale.

October 29, 2012
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Emerald Sweet & Salty Nut Mix – Peanut Butter & Jelly and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

Posted in Nuts

Good evening foodies! I do apologize for the late post today, but I was out at the biggest Halloween party in Sacramento last night as part of the medical staff on hand, and didn’t roll into bed until 4:30 this morning. To add insult to injury, I woke up with a lovely migraine to boot. Luckily I’m feeling better and can bring you a brand spankin’ new review.

Apparently it was go nuts week with nut manufacturers. This week I have sampled more flavors of nuts that I have ever tasted in my entire life. This is starting to sound pornographic. Anywho, I knew I had to try the Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter & Jelly Sweet & Salty mixes from Emerald because I know they are destined for the clearance aisles. I have been a cashew lover my whole life, followed closely by my love of peanuts. It wasn’t until this past year that I started to enjoy almonds, and I must admit, pecans are not so tasty in my book. It wasn’t until I got to my car after picking these up at Target that I noticed that the Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter mix had pecans in it. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about trying the pecans. But what would a review be if I skipped over part of it?!

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First up are the Peanut Butter & Jelly. I definitely had my apprehensions about this flavor. The picture of the fruit coated almond on the front looked more gelatinous than coated, which I was convinced I was going to be bitting some sort squishy coated almond. Yuck. I also thought for sure that the regular almonds in the mix would have the peanut butter flavor incorporated, but they did not. There are 3 different nuts in this mix:

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• Honey Roasted Peanuts – I LOVE honey roasted peanuts, especially the Frito-Lay brand that you can get 2/$1. I was excited to try the peanuts in this mix but honestly I missed the honey roasted taste. If anything they were just candied and brought a little sweetness to the peanut flavor.

• Plain Almonds – I thought for sure that the plain almonds would be where Emerald brought in the salty factor, but they were completely plain. I’m not overly sure what their purpose in this mix was supposed to serve. If I want plain almonds, I will just buy them.

• Fruit Coated Almonds – The moment of truth, fruit coated almonds. They actually had a hard candy exterior, not a jelly like one that I was concerned about. The first one I tasted was not good. I tried a few more and decided I thought they were rather uninspiring. I feel the fruit flavor is really lacking and all you get is a crunch from the candy and a mild tart flavor from what I’m assuming is raspberry.

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One of these things is not like the other!

Now for an entire handful all together. Meh. I can see what they are trying to do, but I feel like they fell a little short. Better luck next time with these, Emerald.

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Now onto the Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sweet & Salty mix. This flavor profile seemed a lot safer than the other. Honestly I think Emerald should have lead with this one, then introduced the PB&J later, like some sort of series. Peanut butter and chocolate were meant for each other, I don’t care what anyone says. These also contain 3 different nuts.

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• Honey Roasted Peanuts – see above! :) Though I feel that they work better in this mix.

• Peanut Butter Pecans – The flavoring on these are a bit inconsistent. They taste like candied brown sugar and peanut butter. They are SO delicious.

• Dark Chocolate Almonds – These are chocolate roasted vs. coated. The chocolate flavoring is subtle but good.

A handful of all of these together are rather tasty. I opted to have them as dessert tonight, that’s how yummy they are.

Texture: 4/5 – The coatings on the nuts add a nice crunch to the mixture.

Smell: 3/5 – Neither of these have a very strong smell upon opening.

Appearance: 2/4: – The coated nuts look nothing like the pictures on the outside of the container. They aren’t the most appealing looking.

Taste: 3.5/5 – The PB&J flavor is lack luster. I wouldn’t buy these again. The chocolate peanut butter flavor on the other hand are completely addicting. Yum!

October 28, 2012
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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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