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Special Edition Keebler Cookies – Toasted Coconut

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Good morning you beautiful popsicles, how are you all today? On one of my many trips to the Wals of Marts, I spotted these on a little promotional island type deal that they have adjacent to the dairy section and their cookies and crackers. Usually this just houses the run of the mill products like an over abundance of Wheat Thins or Circus Animal cookies, but to my surprise, one side was packed with three new limited edition Keebler cookies. In the past few months, Keebler has released a myriad of new treats, but most of them have been OK. Like I would put them in my lunch as a snack OK, nothing worthy of eating the entire package in one sitting.

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I picked up one of each of the packages, despite how many cookies two of the packages had. I really hate buying large portions of new foods in case they suck, then I am stuck with bunch of food I don’t want to eat. Lucky for me, I work with a bunch of guys who will pretty much eat anything chip or cookie related and I am sure that I could “accidentally” leave whatever I wasn’t fond of in the kitchen and it would magically disappear.

I am convinced that I have seen these somewhere, but where… Hmmm.. think… OH RIGHT. Mothers cookies have a cookie that is a dang near twin in terms of looks. Wait.. all three packages of cookies look like Mothers cookie clones. Keebler, what are you trying to pull?

I started with trying the toasted coconut version first because it was the smallest package, and coconut is delicious. Open opening the package I nearly couldn’t believe my eyes. Keebler are you sure you didn’t buy Mothers cookies and start marketing them as your own? These look just like a Mothers Taffy cookie, down to the little ridges on the outside of the cookie itself. The coconut smell is present, but not overwhelming.

The cookie is airy but slightly dense – if that makes any… sense? It is crunchy and quite tasty. This is the portion of the cookie that the coconut flavoring is most present in my opinion. I tend to eat cookies that have some sort of filling in the middle by twisting it open and eating the filling first. This was no different when it came to these cookies. Unlike Mothers Taffy cookies, the filling inside of these has more of the consistency of an Oreo. I enjoyed this because I find it annoying when the cream breaks mid removal. The cream filling was good, and mostly tasted like vanilla with a hint of coconut. You know how they make the Biscoff spread? They should make spread from the inside of these cookies. YUM. Or Mothers Taffy cookies, because they taste the same.

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Texture: 4/5 – The cookie portion is crunchy and flavorful. The inner cream is slightly gritty but has the consistency of Play-Doh, rigid but pliable.

Smell: 3/5 – Some coconut food items tend to smell like a car air freshener because of all the artificial products in them, but not these guys. The cookies smell like a nice mixture of sugar and coconut.

Appearance : 1/5 – I am giving appearance low marks because it is practically a direct copy of the Mothers Taffy cookies. At least make them round or something!

Taste : 3.5/5 – These cookies are good, but they are something I have had before. I really wish Keebler would have changed the game a little by tweaking something and making it their own. These cookies are good, don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t overly impressed. Better luck next time elves.

May 9, 2013
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Graze Box – Number Four

Hey guys! Have any of you ever heard of Graze? It originally started in the UK and has been slowly branching out into the USA on an invite basis. The basic concept is that for $5 they will send you a mailbox sized box full of 4 different snacks every other week. There are over 80 different options to choose from and they are adding more.

Graze uses the following scale to rate how often they should send you something: trash, try, like, love. One of my New Years resolutions goals is to try new foods, so when I was picking out stuff I really made myself select try on more foods than I normally would.

Because of the amount of food, I will review the treats in a little bit different format than I normally do. Let’a go!

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This weeks mix is a half and half blend of sweet and savory.

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Fruit and Seed Flapjack : rustic rolled oat flapjack with mixed seeds and dried fruits
If you would have told me that there were apricots, dates, currents, sultanas, and raisins in this flapjack, I would have probably turned my nose up at it. I think in the last few Graze reviews I have made it pretty clear my feelings about raisins, but I had no idea when I was noshing on this delicious oat bar. Side note, because of my insane love of Hall & Oates, it is nearly impossible for me to type oat or oats correctly the first time. The flapjack is very moist and chewy, and the fruits included give it a great sweetness to it that is just right. The seeds that are included are sunflower and pumpkin which are both very tasty.
Overall this mix : love

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Brooklyn Bites : BBQ pumpkin seeds, poppy seed pretzels, and cheese cashews
This mix looks like a match made in heaven. Cheese cashews, poppy seed pretzels, and pumpkin seeds, yum! Unlike the other mix in my last Graze box, the pumpkin seeds in this are flavored, which takes this mix to a whole ‘nother level. The cheese cashews are slightly salty with a hint of cheese, but still keep the delicious cashew flavor. The pretzels were what I found the most underwhelming in this mix – they were pretty bland. All of the flavoring is concentrated on the pumpkin seeds which were slightly overpowering with the first bite I took. But out of the whole mix, I think I would say that they were my favorite.
Overall this mix : like

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Marvellous Macaroon : amaretti drops, almond slices, coconut flakes, and white chocolate buttons
Well it looks like the white chocolate didn’t hold up very well the few minutes my bag sat in the backseat of my car, baking away in the blazing hot sun. This made most of this mix turn into a katamari of ingredients, but I think it kind of worked out. The amaretti drops are so good, as are the white chocolate buttons. When this mix is eaten as it is intended, a little bit of everything at one time, it does in fact taste just like a macaroon, but because of my weird food habits, I eat everything separately. Sadly I was left with a bunch of almonds and coconut flakes and together those two things are the most bland thing on the planet.
Overall this mix : like

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My Thai : sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites
I love japanese cracker mixes – and I especially like the soy crackers, so when I opened my Graze box to find this mix in there, I was quite delighted. As usual I saved what I thought would be the best for last and I think I made the right choice. The chili sauce was spicy and sweet, but I am more of a dipper than a scooper when it comes to things like sauces, salsas, and the like, so I felt like they either gave me too much or didn’t give me enough crackers. The crackers alone were so good, and I could eat an entire bag if I had one and the chili sauce was very good. I could smother rice with the sauce or maybe some gyoza, man it was good. And sadly because I was so starved at work, I demolished the tray before even managing to take a picture. Crap.
Overall this mix : LOVE

*please note that this post is my own opinion (like all other posts) and was not paid or compensated with goods from Graze for this post.

April 25, 2013
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Pocky – Coconut

Posted in Confectionaries

Evening friends! Tonight I bring you another offering from my trip to the Asian market. I have had regular and strawberry Pocky before but I have never had coconut. I enjoy Pocky and coconut, so this has to be good.

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I was surprised to see how few were in the box when I opened it. Usually there are quite a bit more inside but these look mighty fancy. I really liked that they put them in a clear package so you can see the deliciousness you’re getting into. Each stick of Pocky is coated in a later of chocolate, then a layer of coconut followed with a final layer of chocolate.

Normally when I eat Pocky I like to take teeny little bites quickly like some sort of rodent but the coconut Pocky just doesn’t lend itself to that. I was greeted with the familiar flavor of chocolate and a cookie biscuit but the coconut flavor was a bit underwhelming. I could taste it, but it was not as bold as I expected it to be.

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Texture : 3/5 – The biscuit has a nice snap to it, the chocolate is smooth, and the coconut is flaky. I feel like the tiny shavings make for a kind of weird texture.

Smell : 3/5 – This flavor of Pocky mostly smells like chocolate.

Appearance : 4/5 – The coconut is very visible on the Pocky as well as the amount of chocolate. These look very tasty!

Taste : 3.5/5 – These are rather good but I was hoping for more coconut flavor. The flakes moreso got stuck in my teeth than anything. The biscuit is good as is the chocolate. I’d give these another go.

March 7, 2013
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