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Duncan Hines – Perfect for One Mug Cake – Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Posted in Bakery, Confectionaries

The other night I was jonesing really bad for a piece of cake. While I like cake, I don’t normally buy it for myself, keeping my cake experience to once or twice a year at a work birthday party or something. I remembered that when these mug cakes made their first appearance, I had flashbacks of trying to collect all the new Beanie Babies – going from store to store looking for all of the flavors. Much like Pokemon, I didn’t manage to catch them all, but I caught many, one of them being my favorite type of “cake”, coffee cake. I dug through my junk food stash in hopes that they wouldn’t be expired and was pleasantly surprised when I finally located them. (We won’t talk about my stash – its more like organized hoarding and I joke with my friends that I will use my cache of food to bargain for important items during the apocalypse)

Before I got a little older and convinced myself that having a piece of coffee cake with my cup of tea in the morning is probably not the most well rounded breakfast, coffee cake was my jam. Something about the light and fluffy cinnamon-y cake topped with a tasty crumble – yum yum. If you presented me with vanilla frosted cake, chocolate frosted cake, etc. and a piece of coffee cake? The coffee cake would win, hands down, every time.

One thing that I really enjoy about the mug cake idea is that I don’t have to bake a whole cake. Because if I bake a whole cake, I would eat said whole cake. I can’t say that I have eaten a whole cake by myself, but I definitely have had to tell myself that it was time to let it go into the land of the garbage – like Miranda from Sex and the City when she throws the cake away, then debates eating it out of the trash so she decides to cover it with dish soap. Now I haven’t stooped as low as eating garbage cake, but why tempt it? ANYWAYS.


I whipped up this cake in one of my favorite mugs and patiently radiated myself in front of the microwave for a minute and a half. Let me just say, every time I have made one of these cakes, I expect it to fill the cup way more than it does, and it always comes out looking extremely underwhelming. You’d think that after the first couple that I would just use a smaller cup to convince myself that there is more cake, but ever since the great oatmeal overflow explosion of 2016, I’ve been a bit anxious about putting things in the microwave that might not contain its contents.


The cake was everything that I wanted it to be, warm, fluffy, cinnamon-y, delicious. The only thing that it was really missing was the crumble topping. They remedied this by putting in little bits of crumble pieces throughout the cake, but its just not the same. I suppose if I had brown sugar I could probably make a tiny little batch of crumble to put on top, but I kind of feel like this would defeat the purpose of a minute and a half mug cake. Overall I would (and have) make this cake again. And again. And again. (in a kids sized mug)

Found at Walmart

February 19, 2018

Goldfish Baked Graham Snacks – French Toast

Something new from the snack that smiles back, Goldfish crackers! French toast is one of my favorite morning treats, although I can’t recall the last time I had french toast. I never make it for myself, mostly because I never have eggs on hand and because of laziness, so it is usually something I will get when in the mood for breakfast at a diner. Goldfish o the other hand are something that I could probably eat on a daily basis if it weren’t for that whole cheese thing. A while back at a dinner gathering some friends and I were talking about Goldfish and one of my friends seemed truly confused as to why the massive box of Goldfish had a pour spout built in for any other reason but to pour them directly into your mouth. I can’t argue with him there.


Now I don’t know if it is was just lack of basic reading comprehension or if I was overjoyed to see these sitting on the shelf at Bel Air, but I didn’t even notice that they were graham when I picked them up. Needless to say I was a bit taken aback when I poured some on my desk at work one morning as a snack and was not expecting them to be graham at all. What I was expecting them to be? Who knows. I nibbled on a few and was pleasantly surprised with how close these tasted to actual french toast. The graham was sweet and maple-y and they were dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Good thing I work in the backroom at my job or people might have started questioning why I was covered in sand, but I think by now most people have come to accept that I always look like a hot mess when unpacking boxes and a little cinnamon and sugar never hurt anyone.

The grahams seem slightly bigger than a normal Goldfish cracker, but I think this is attributed to the fact that they are similar shaped, not exact. I don’t think their tails would hold up as a graham cracker. Despite their appearance change, they are still smiling at you as you shovel them into your mouth.


Texture : 5/5 - These have a great crunch to them, unlike the crunch you would find with a regular Goldfish cracker. But much like a graham cracker if you eat too much at once it will turn into a gooey mess in your mouth (this review is getting a little pornographic, jeez.) and they are slightly dry. The cinnamon and sugar will definitely find a new home between your teeth so be sure do to a little mirror check before heading into your next sales meeting.

Smell : 5/5 - When you open the bag you will be greeted by the familiar smell of french toast – yummy!

Appearance : 3/5 - I think the appearance of these little guys was kind of phoned in. I would have opted for a swirled fish ala Cinnamon Toast Crunch with the cinnamon and sugar coating on the outside, but that is why Pepperidge Farm has a product development department and I just write about it. Also I find that these could potentially make you look like you are enjoying some cat treats, which could be a nice ice breaker.

Taste : 4/5 - These were quite good. I think they would be even better sprinkled on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I would not however go as far as to say that they will send you into a feeding frenzy like their older brother the regular Cheddar Goldfish cracker. I swear its not salt on the outside of those things, its crack. Of the few sweet offerings that Pepperidge Farm has put out in the ways of Goldfish (chocolate, cupcake, smores, etc) I think these would have to be my favorite of the lot. The maple really brings this to whole new level, taking it from a cinnamon and sugar graham cracker to the true french toast taste. I would probably buy these again if I were looking for some fishy finger foods.

May 5, 2013

Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Crunch – Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

How’s it hanging internet? Tonight I bring you a new offering from Orville Redenbacher. How this man keeps conducting new flavors from the grave is beyond me. Another thing I didn’t know? That there was a Brazil, Indiana. If you are wondering how the two are related, Orville was from Brazil, Indiana. So if you’re ever looking to take a vacation to an exotic destination, but don’t have a lot of money, why not stop on by Indiana? You could tell people that you went to Brazil over a long weekend and they wouldn’t know the difference!


Brown sugar cinnamon sounds like a match made in heaven. I like cinnamon/sugar things, like making my own mixture and pouring it on hot buttered toast, so I’m sure bringing brown sugar into the mix will only turn this popcorn up to 11. Target/Archer Farms makes an insanely good cinnamon and white chocolate drizzled popcorn that comes out during the holiday season that I had hoped this would taste similar to. Sadly popcorn and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it, but it hates me so I had high hopes because anytime I subject myself to foods that I ultimately end up regret eating, it better dang well be worth it.

I was expecting a light dusting on the popcorn, but when I opened the bag I was surprised to find a bag full of heavily coated popcorn. I grabbed a handful and was pleasantly surprised at the nice buttery taste melded together with the sugary sweeteners from the brown sugar. The cinnamon added a nice spice to the mix to round out the whole flavor. Overall I really enjoyed this popcorn and it measured up with the Archer Farms brand that I love so much.


Texture: 4/5 - The popcorn retains its crunchiness despite the heavy sugar coating. The coating does make it slightly chewy at the end.

Smell: 5/5 - When you open the bag you can really smell the sugar and cinnamon. Delicious!

Appearance: 3/5 - Visually the exterior coating is quite visible and you can see how much sugar and cinnamon is actually used on this.

Taste: 4/5 - I really enjoyed this popcorn and would buy it again. This would be a nice afternoon snack or a delicious movie theater treat, not that I advocate bringing in your own food ;)

January 26, 2013

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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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

Limited Edition Pringles – Pumpkin Pie Spice

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

First – Hello to anyone that has found me via the lovely Albany Dana from Eat Up Albany! Thanks for the blog lovin’ y’all. Second – I apologize now for the one subpar picture in this review – pinkie promise I will reupload new ones tomorrow when the light is better in the batcave. FIXED.

So today while perusing Walmart after work looking to see if they had anything new in (by the way the Limited Edition Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies were back in stock at the store by my house – if you have been unable to locate them, maybe your store got restocked too!). I checked all the usual places – the main aisle, endcaps, focal area near the front of the store where they tend to put seasonal food, etc. I had picked up a few things, top secret since they will make their debut here soon, took a gander down the seasonal food aisle, but it was about 40% set, the rest was just empty shelves. I decided to hit the chip aisle, just out of curiosity and what did I see?

YES! The magical unicorn that is Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles. I had given up hope of ever getting my hands on these because so many other people have already reviewed them that I figured that the snack food junkies in my area (if that is a real thing) went in late one night and bought all of them up. There were about 3, 3/4 full cases haphazardly shoved onto a top shelf.


I think I scared the natives with my excitement in the chip aisle. I wasn’t jumping around all crazy like or anything – I don’t need to get banned from one of my snack food meccas – but I must have looked like She-Ra in the middle of the aisle holding up the can of Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, with less blond hair and more black, no sword, and minus my twin brother.

I was so excited about these that I even called my Mom on the way home to tell her the news. You would think I just hit the lottery or something. I guess you can say that I am easily amused.

I was a bit nervous to try these, because I had just hyped these up so much in my mind that they were nothing short of magical space Pringles. I popped the can, anticipating a potent aroma of spices, but I was greeted with the familiar Pringles crisp smell and the tiniest of tiny hint of what my guess would be cinnamon. A visual inspection of the crisp concerned me slightly as well because I was used to the heavy smattering of flavor dust of other flavors, and visually that was non-existent.

Moment of truth – Upon first bite, I was a bit underwhelmed. Where was the flavor punch I was looking for? So I decided to try a few more, and then a few more turned into a bunch more, and then a bunch more turned into half the can before I forced myself to put them down. I would venture to say that the pumpkin flavor is nil in this crisp, and it strictly just spices of pumpkin pie. It was a delicious blend of sweet and salty. I licked the top of the chip and was greeted with mostly just an extreme sweet flavor with undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Protip: Just eating the chip will yield you a better experience – don’t be a creepy chip licker.


Texture: 3/5 – The texture of this crisp is like any other Pringle – nothing overly exciting. Standard potato flakes compressed into a duck bill creating shape.

Smell: 1/5 -These crisps have no smell other than that of the potato – its kind of weird.

Appearance: 2/5 – Nothing visually sets these chips apart from a seemingly normal Pringle except a minute amount of brown speckles from cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Taste: 5/5 – I must admit that I was very skeptical of these. Sweet and salty Pringles? Sounds like gypsy magic to me. But Pringles proved that they can bring it again with this perfectly balanced chip. I would compare it to kettle corn or something of that nature. They enhance each other. Buy these up while you can, you wont regret it.

She-Ra image is property of Mattel.

November 9, 2012

Entenmann’s Little Bites – Limited Edition

Posted in Bakery


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.


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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