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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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Peanut Butter Toast Crunch

Posted in Cereal

Hey everyone – Are any of you fans of having cereal for dinner? There is something about having breakfast for dinner that makes it taste so much better than if you sit down half asleep and pour yourself a bowl of your favorite cereal after a restless night. Maybe thats the key right there, it tastes better at night because you’re more awake, or you’re starving – one of the two.

I noticed that General Mills came out with a handful of new cereals at the same time, but the one that really caught my eye was the Peanut Butter Toast Crunch. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was a staple in my house as a kid growing up. I remember devouring a bowl of it every few mornings while watching Mr. Wizard. (and if you don’t know who that is, I implore you to watch a few episodes on YouTube or watch this awesome video right here.) I enjoy my cereal with more cereal than milk, which helps retain its delicious sugary outside.

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If my memory serves me correctly, there really hasn’t been much that has been changed in regards to the _______ Toast Crunch genre, so I did a quick double take when I saw this on a large display at Walmart. My brain couldn’t really wrap around Peanut Butter Toast Crunch and even as I poured myself a bowl, I was expecting to taste cinnamon and sugar, despite it being completely different. Much like Cinnamon Toast Crunch the outside of the cereal has a visible grainy coating. I added my unflavored soy milk and took a huge bite. I was really surprised by the taste. It is not overly peanut buttery with a nice sweet undertone, with a nice crunch from the cereal. Before I knew it I had eaten the entire bowl in a blink of an eye and decided to have a second, which is pretty rare when it comes to cereal, even my most favorite of cereals. I think the only way that this could have been any better would be if you used chocolate milk instead of regular.

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Texture: 4/5 - The grainy outside does not make this cereal unpleasant. Like the original, it has a nice crunch to it.

Smell: 3/5 - This cereal smells like a peanut butter cookie.

Appearance: 3/5 - Appearance wise, this looks similar to its big brother. I don’t think there is really much you can do to change the way this cereal looks and keep with the branding.

Taste: 5/5 - I really liked this cereal and cannot wait to try it with a little bit of chocolate soy milk (YUM!) The peanut butter mixed with slight sweetness and crunch makes it a decent breakfast cereal for the kids at heart without being exceptionally sugary like most kids cereals are. My only beef is that it has a slight greasy texture after eating, if that makes any sense. I would definitely buy this again. And again.

Check out what The Impulsive Buy and Fatguy Food Blog had to say!

January 24, 2013
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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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