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Britannia Milk Bikis

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Good evening! Aside from frequenting the usual places to find new treats to try, I enjoy checking out the local ethnic markets. Lucky for me we have quite a few here in Sacramento. I live near an Indian market, and would drive by it almost daily. Finally one evening we decided to venture in and see what they had to offer. The one thing I find the hardest about shopping in authentic markets is that a lot of items are not really easily identified or packaged with English translations. Sometimes this can make for exciting new food discoveries, but sometimes it can be a recipe for disaster.

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I usually try to stick to cookies and candy, as I find them the “safest” as far as extreme flavors are concerned. I picked up these cookies thinking they would be somewhat like a buttery waffle like cookie. They were only 49 cents, which I thought was a total score. I tucked these away and remembered I had them while looking for something sweet.

I opened the package to find 4 dense cookies staring back at me. I expected these to taste similar to an animal cracker, but I was wrong. I took one bite and was surprised to find that these cookies had almost no flavoring. These were the epitome of bland. I’m unsure if these are usually eaten with something else such as jam or peanut butter or something, but good grief they need it. They were not sweet at all, did not have a distinct flavor, and were kind of a black hole of flavor.

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Texture: 3/5 – These cookies are very dense and dry. Maybe that’s why they are diving into milk on the outside.

Smell: 2/5- These have hardly any smell at all.

Appearance: 4/5- I like the waffle shape on the cookie, it appeals to the square lover in me. Other than that, these are pretty mundane.

Taste: 1.5/5 – These are really really bland. It was almost kind of weird that you could bite into this extremely dense cookie and taste hardly anything. These might be good if you had something to dip them in, but I don’t plan on buying them again.

January 3, 2013
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Newton Fruit Thins – Lemon Crisp

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I have been wanting to try the various flavors of these Newton Fruit Thins, but none of the flavors really stood out to me. Today while at Target, I saw these hiding on the top shelf and decided to give them a whirl.

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I assumed, which is never a good idea, that these would be a soft cookie, much the the outside of a regular Newton. When I opened the package I was surprised to see how small the cookies were and that they were more like wafers than anything. I was also expecting there to be some sort of lemon curd/purée mixed in with the cookie, but for the most part the lemon flavoring was pretty subdued. Preconceived notions aside, these taste pretty decent. The buttery flavor of the cookie mixed with the lemon makes for a rather light flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – The texture of these cookies reminded me of a mixture of the sociable crackers and Wheat Thins.

Smell: 3/5 – These smelled like a mixture of butter and a slight hint of lemon.

Appearance: 2.5/5 – I was expecting these cookies to be bigger than they were. They were barely the size of the palm of my hand. They are also a weird shade of light brown.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These cookies tasted like a weaker Lemon Oreo. The flavor was a mixture of the super old McDonalds cookies and lemon. These are good but I was expecting a soft and chewy cookie coupled with some lemon jam mixed in. I was also hoping for some tartness from the lemon but that was completely non-existent. These are an OK buy, but they need a little extra something to make these really pop. When I figure out exactly what that something is, I will report back.

November 28, 2012
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Newtons – Triple Berry

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Hello Hello! Sorry today’s review is a bit late – time got away from me while I was watching a marathon of Wipeout on TruTV. There is just something so hilarious about people falling down that sucks you in and steals away hours of your day. I have been at my Mom’s since Thursday and I have eaten more food than I have eaten in probably the last 6 months. SO GOOD. Something about someone else cooking for you makes it taste so much better, even when it is just simple things like toast, or mashed potatoes, or a glass of water.

Because of how much I have been eating, I really wanted to opt for something more “healthy”. I just needed a break from greasy and salty chips, sugary sweet cookies, etc. I picked up these Newtons Triple Berry at Walmart on Black Friday (because that’s what everyone was standing in line for – actually they were standing in front of it for a TV in the dairy department.)

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Did you know that Nabisco dropped the ‘Fig’ in Fig Newtons to attempt to move away from the stigma of sounding overly healthy? It’s true and apparently it sparked a slight outrage. I think I will always call Fig Newtons, Fig Newtons, despite a flavor change, like the Triple Berry ones, much like facial tissue is called Kleenex and adhesive bandages are called Band-Aids. I actually really like Fig Newtons, despite never tasting a fig in any other way.

When I opened the tray of cookies, it smelled exactly like a tray of regular Fig Newtons. I am convinced that the cookie outside dictates the smell more that the internal flavor. I was curious if there were actually 3 berries featured in this cookie or if they were just some sort of amalgam of ambiguous ‘berry’ flavors. The inside jam is a combination of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and apple? Hey apple, you’re not a berry. These honestly don’t taste much different than standard Fig Newtons. The berry brings a slight tartness to the puree inside. The puree also tastes vaguely like a less sweet version of the inside of a strawberry Poptart. These actually really good, the only downside is that I found them a bit dry.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – The outside portion of this cookie is really dry. Like Death Valley dry. The only way to get through a couple of these would be if you had a beverage to go with. I also liked that they strained the fruit puree so that there are no seeds from the strawberries in it.

Smell: 3/5 – The berry flavor is the most prevalent smell in this cookie. I personally could not pinpoint what berries were used based solely on smell.

Appearance: 3/5 – Less is more with these – no frills, just cookie and jam innards.

Taste: 4/5 – These were pretty delicious. The most recognizable berry flavor was the strawberry. The raspberry made for a nice little tang and the after note was the blueberry. If you are a fan of Newtons, I would definitely give these a try if you are looking for a change from the norm. I would definitely buy these again.

November 24, 2012
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Pepperidge Farms Milano Minis Candy Cane & Milano Slices Peppermint

Hello! Hello! Especially to those of you who have found me via Pinterest! Grab your favorite snack and take a look around. Today I received some intel that Target had two new flavors of Pepperidge Farms cookies in their seasonal section. I needed to pick up hair ties anyways, so it didn’t really take much to twist my arm and stop by today and pick these up. I was rather curious what the differences were going to be, if any at all, between these two cookies because they were practically the same. Light delicious cookie, chocolate, and mint together. I was also intrigued by the mini factor, as I have never seen anything like that before. (though a quick Google search turns up that they are available in regular chocolate flavor, and they also produced a limited edition dark chocolate covered version – sounds delicious!)

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I started with the slices first – I felt like I was re-entering familiar territory since I not so long ago reviewed the Milano Salted Pretzel Slices. Those, were kind of a disaster, but I had higher hopes for these because of the plethora of peppermint pieces crumbled on top. Small rant, what is with the chocolate Pepperidge Farm uses? It melts INSTANTANEOUSLY. They want you to be caught red handed eating cookies, because no matter if you hold the cookie for 0.0001 second or a minute, you will somehow manage to get chocolate on your fingers – even if you aren’t touching the chocolate part. It is a conspiracy.

I did not execute the same taste test as I did for the salted pretzel (chocolate side up and side down), I did however just pop the whole thing into my mouth like a chocolate starved woman. I was greeted with the familiar Milano cookie taste with a lovely undertone of peppermint. It was not overpowering at all. I would most likely compare the flavor to a mild thin mint. If a thin mint were a 10, these would be a 6 on intensity of chocolate mint flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – I was slightly concerned that due to the sheer volume of peppermint crunch sprinkled on top of these cookies that it would be too much, but it was just enough to add a nice texture element to the cookie.

Smell: 3/5 – When opening the bag, the only smell you can smell inside is that of chocolate, not peppermint at all.

Appearance: 3/5 – They aren’t the prettiest of cookies, but they get the job done. I also noticed that a lot of the peppermint topping fell off the cookies in my bag.

Taste: 4/5 – These are really delicious. The dark chocolate pared with the peppermint makes for perfect harmony on the light cookie. I could easily eat the whole bag and not feel like I just ate a box of candy canes. I would buy these again a heart beat.

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So you remember the mini rant (no pun intended due to reviewing mini cookies) about getting chocolate all over your hands when eating Milanos? Pepperidge Farm wanted to make sure that you get caught RED handed with these. I was extremely surprised to look inside of the bag and see how tiny these little guys are. I am not sure what I was expecting their size to be, but they were so little! I can’t really decide if they chose to use the red as a forced festive nod  or what they were going for here, but I can’t say its working for them. I ate a few of these to try and get the full effect. I would say that the mint flavoring tastes more like a toothpaste mint flavor than a candy mint flavor – if that makes sense to you. Its good, but you can tell its completely artificial. The aftertaste of these was not very appealing.

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Texture: 4/5 – These had the texture of the familiar cookie. Light crunchy exterior and smooth chocolate interior. Because the peppermint flavoring was added to the filling instead of chunks like the slices, there was no crunchy element to this cookie other than the cookie itself.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these is immediately chocolate and mint mixed together. They smell divine.

Appearance: 2/5 – Again with the soft smearable chocolate, the red portion did not hold up well in my bag, as when I opened it, it looked like a Milano murder scene inside.

Taste: 2/5 – I did not care for this version of the cookie. The chocolate and cookie portion were delicious, but the peppermint element was off. I also did not like the aftertaste that it left. I would not buy these again, or subject my guests at a holiday party to them, though they are cute.

November 7, 2012
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Holiday Peeps – Sugar Cookie

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What up peeps? See what I did there? Is anyone not loving the time change? It’s got me all kinds of thrown off. I woke up this morning in a panic thinking I overslept because of how light it was outside and I fell asleep face down on my bed watching tv after work at 6:30 pm because it was pitch black outside, what in the world. Here’s hoping things equalize soon.

So with yesterday’s snack food fairy delivery I was gifted one of my favorite sugary treats, Peeps! It’s no secret that Peeps have joined the ranks of other holiday treats by producing orange pumpkins, strawberry hearts, and peppermint trees, but in my years of fandom I’ve never spotted sugar cookie. Curiouser and curiouser.

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Sugar cookies are the epitome of holiday flavors for me. My grandmothers sugar cookie recipe is to die for and I know once the first batch is made that the season is upon us. They were always so neatly decorated with corresponding sanding sugars to match the cookie cutter shape, and I was envious of anyone with that amount of dedication. A few years ago I decided to make a batch and it quickly devolved into simple round cookies with multicolored sugars and one giant Santa vampire. I have no idea where that idea came from, my guess is that I probably got a little wild with the sprinkles while attempting to make a mouth and it all went downhill from there. He was delicious. I’ll see if I can find the picture I took of him pre-consumption.

Onto the Peeps. Maybe they should have been called doves for Christmas? I don’t know, Peeps scream Easter to me. I like that they chose to veer away from the mistake that McDonald’s made with their disco mold Holiday Pie and keep it simple with a light tan color. Then someone got the bright idea to dip them in chocolate. Now I’m of the school of thought that more is more. In most cases. I really wish they would have had a little conversation amongst themselves and took a poll around the office asking who’s grandma dips sugar cookies in chocolate. That’s right – no one. But for some reason felt their faintly almond/marzipan flavored confectionary couldn’t stand alone without the aid of a chocolatey companion. Honestly, that’s what killed these for me. The mallow is light and delicious, much like a fresh baked sugar cookie, then the chocolate comes stumbling in like your drunk uncle mumbling about who knows what and everyone accepts it but is equally confused.

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Texture: 3/5 – I like fresh out of the package Peeps. They are light and fluffy and trick you into eating one too many. I love stale Peeps even more. Though with the chocolate coating on the bottom I don’t foresee them lasting much longer because I feel like it would get all weird. The hard chocolate matched with the fluffy mallow makes for a weird texture combo in my opinion.

Smell: 5/5 – Upon first smell after directly opening the package it was sugary almond extract heaven. Mmm mmm.

Appearance: 4/5 – Peeps pulled a no frills punch with these and I think it works for them. At least with the other holiday treats that I have tried, you can’t confuse these by appearance with a classic flavor.

Taste: 5/5 & 3/5 – I give a 5/5 to the mallowy portion of the Peep. It’s taste is a perfect combo of the flavor of a sugar cookie, marshmallow, and a lightly dusted sugar on the outside for that signature slight crunch. I give the Peep and chocolate combined a 3/5. I really fail to see where the chocolate is needed. I would annihilate a package of these if they were sans chocolate but in their current form, they make a great stocking stuffer.

November 5, 2012
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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

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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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