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À la carte – Bundle Box – Popcorn Chicken Dipper

Posted in A la carte, Snack Box

À la carte is a small little weekend feature that I am going to be adding to my site for items that I don’t feel warrant a full review. First up, Bundle Box – Popcorn Chicken Dipper. It’s no secret that I have the culinary palette that would rival most 6 year olds, so when I saw these at Safeway on sale, not only did it speak the kid food portion of my brain, the lazy portion of my brain, but the nostalgia portion of my brain. Think product of the 90’s lunchable child, that’s me. What’s the worst that could happen?

Well this was a moment where I gave the food a little more credit than I should have, totally based on the picture on the outside of the box. Imagine my surprise when I poured out the contents to this unappealing array of items. What was I expecting? Not really sure, but not really this.

The chicken breading had a good flavor, but the chicken itself was BEYOND DRY. If you decide to give this a go, BYOB(everage). WOW. The ketchup was… ketchup. And the cookies tasted like the generic chocolate chip cookies that you would find in a vending machine. Over all, if I had to choose between this and a Lunchable? Move over Bundle Box, Lunchable just (chicken) dunked on you.

Found at Safeway, on sale for $3.00

April 8, 2017
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Lunchables Lunch Combinations – Dirt Cake

Posted in Confectionaries

So I wish could say “I can’t even remember the last time I had a Lunchable”… but that would be completely untrue. On occasion the suck me in with the temptation of gross chicken nuggets and cold Pringles. Despite being gross, I just can’t get enough sometimes. I am also sad that I can never find the original Lunchable anymore. Are they even made anymore? Do kids even know the struggle we had of a Lunchable with no drink and an Andes mint as dessert (I am not complaining about the mint, I love Andes mints – best reason to eat at Olive Garden aside from the unlimited breadsticks). As I was strolling down the cold foods section in Walmart, looking for lunch meat, I spotted this gem tucked away between 700 different Lunchables, that were all pretty much the same, but presented with different things, and 20 flavors of Rev sandwich roll things.

I was a bit shocked that this is considered a lunch combination, considering that the calorie intake is almost as much as what I eat for an entire lunch somedays. People would give this to their kid in addition to either another Lunchable or in a sack lunch? Crazy!

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So despite not being able to say “I can’t remember the last time I had a Lunchable”, I can however say I can’t remember the last time I had dirt cake. I am not really into my food being mixed together. I like that each of the items are separated so that I can choose to eat them separately if I please. I contemplated this for a moment, but I felt like I was doing myself a disservice and not getting the full experience of the Lunchable… Dessertable…? I grabbed this treat from the fridge, plopped down on the couch and watched some old Monday Night Nitro while digging -haha!- in.

It took a little for the gummy worms to not be crazy chewy from being cold. The frosting in the middle, which I remember it being pudding as a child, was really syrupy in that it was really drippy, and the cookie crumbs were… cookie crumbs. Most of the combinations of flavors were good, but I did not care for lime gummy worm + frosting + cookie crumbs. Kinda gross. I ran out of worms before I ran out of the frosting and cookie crumbs, so I grabbed a spoon and polished off the rest because I’m an adult and I do what I want.

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Texture: 3/5 – The gummy worms started out as really chewy because they were cold, then the outside got really sticky from the condensation from the temperature change. The frosting was really syrupy and the cookie crumbs were crunchy.

Smell: 4.5/5 – This was chocolate delight! Yum!

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing really exciting about this offering. I feel like it should have included a spoon.

Taste: 3.5/5 – This Lunchable was okay. The parts were good and the sum of the parts were good, but it wasn’t anything I haven’t had before. I wish they were full sized gummy worms because I ran out of those well before I ran out of frosting and cookie crumbs. Also the frosting was really messy because it was so syrupy. I also needed a spoon to eat the remaining cookie crumbs and frosting, which I guess if I were my child self, I would have just used my finger. The gummy and crunchy texture was nice, but there were some odd flavor combinations from the various flavors of the gummy worms that weren’t all that appetizing. I would probably not buy this again but it was nice to try something new. PS. where is the cake in all of this Lunchables?!

September 10, 2014
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Oreo Cookies – Limited Edition – Caramel Apple

Oreo week lives on (I actually bumped the review that I had planned on posting today until later so that I could talk about these Oreos!)! Caramel Apple? What? What? You can tell the fall season is starting to creep in when you start spotting things like caramel apple flavored things, pumpkin spice, etc. and color me excited. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year and sadly here in my neck of the woods in California we don’t really get much fall, maybe a few weeks.

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So I am kind of curious how Nabisco is deciding what flavors to make, because lately they have been churning out everything between cookie dough, to limeade, to banana split, and I don’t really see a train of thought here. My next hope is that they make a pumpkin spice Oreo. If they do it right, I might just die right now. Mmmmm… I’m having a Homer Simpson moment. In the grand scheme of flavors when it comes to sweets, apple is probably one of my least favorites – and what I dislike even more is when I am fooled into thinking a green candy is going to be lime (my favorite), and it is indeed apple. YUCK. On the flip side of this, I really love caramel. I rarely eat it, I think because I have a subconscious aversion due to the copious amounts of fillings I have, but it is hands down one of my favorite sweets.

Nabisco pulls the same set up that I hate, which is a half and half creme filling. If I bite into one side, I’ll get all caramel, if I bite into the other, I will get all apple – can’t a girl just get a swirl in the middle? Jeez! Other than my disappointment from the 50/50 split, these cookies are actually rather good. Who knew!? The apple flavoring does not taste overly artificial and the caramel is buttery and complimentary. I think that the apple flavoring is missing the crisp fresh taste that you expect from an apple, but I think Nabisco did a good job of getting the flavor right.

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Texture: 3/5 – Run of the mill Oreo – the creme is… creamy… and the cookies are fresh and crunchy.

Smell: 3/5 – Upon smelling the package when I first opened it, I was greeted with the scent of caramel sweetness. At no point did I smell any sort of apple.

Appearance: 3/5 – These Oreos are no frills, they have a half and half glob of flavoring in the middle, but nothing fancy.

Taste: 4/5 – I was honestly surprised I would like these due to my general ambivalence towards apples and apple flavored foods. The overall flavoring is airy and not overbearing. The apple flavoring has a very slight tart undertone that you would expect from a green apple, and the caramel creme is delicious as well. The golden cookie ties the flavors together and gives the crunch factor. I would say that this fall flavor is a success, and I would even consider buying another package.

August 23, 2014
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Oreo Cookies – Limited Edition – Root Beer Float

Good Morning lovelies! How is everyone doing today? I figured since I have done a couple reviews of Oreos this week that we could continue the trend and give the limited edition root beer float Oreos a go. I stopped drinking soda in 2005 – it was really hard, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what a Coke or Pepsi tastes like anymore. The only two flavors that really stick out in my mind are Dr. Pepper (which was my soda of choice back then) and root beer. My favorite root beer to drink was IBC, but it had to be ice cold. Yum! I picked up these Oreos at Safeway and decided to give them a go. I was curious how they were planning on capturing the flavor of root beer without it tasting overly artificial, not to mention it was kind of hard to wrap my brain about an Oreo tasting like a soda.

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Golden Oreos seem to be the thing lately – and I’m kind of impartial to that. Call me a purist I guess, but at the same time there are flavors that were created that would only work with a golden Oreo cookie. When I first opened the package I was definitely greeted with the smell of root beer. My only real complaint lately with all the flavored creme Oreos is that it is two globs that fight for space in the middle of the cookie. To me, this does not seem like an equal bite if you were to bite into the cookie as far is flavor is concerned, why not make it a fancy little swirl so you get the best of both worlds?

I twist open my first Oreo and ate the cream and was surprised at how much like root beer it tasted. Granted, because it is not the soda itself, you miss the fizz but I don’t think the flavor was all that bad. Now what I thought was pretty bad was the aftertaste. I don’t know if its from the mixture of artificial flavors and natural or what is going on but the aftertaste was pretty much horrible. I would liken it to tasting the smell (you know what I mean!) of cat pee. Yep. That bad. So to get rid of the gross aftertaste, I decided to chase it with another one. It was alright, but the creme was more notable versus the root beer flavoring. I kind of want to pop off a couple of chocolate Oreo cookies and give them a try with the root beer creme. Actually. Be right back.

Okay so that was really good. Nabisco, take note, maybe give chocolate a try next time. I feel like the chocolate really complimented the root beer flavor, where as the golden cookie overpowered the flavor, on the flip side, the cookie dough Oreos taste better with a chocolate cookie than the golden. Anywho…

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Texture: 4/5 – These have the texture of a run of the mill Oreo. I’m not sure if it is my brain playing tricks on me, or if there is something in the creme but you get a hint of the tingly fizzy taste on your tongue.

Smell: 4/5 – These Oreos smell more like cream soda than a root beer float. They smell really sweet with a root beer float undertone. Unfortunately I feel that these smell better than they taste.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about these Oreos. They look like you would expect.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These were not the best limited edition Oreos I have tried. Combining them with the chocolate cookie seemed to really dull the gross aftertaste and I feel that the chocolate complimented the flavors better. Because the normal creme part was so sweet, I feel that it overpowered the root beer portion and tasted more like cream soda than a root beer float, plus we all know that the best part of a root beer float is the ice cream anyways. I was impressed that they managed to convey the fizzy taste of drinking a soda without any actual carbonation. It would have been neat to see what they would have tasted like with some sort of Pop Rocks type candy mixed in to the creme as well. The aftertaste is what REALLY killed these for me. I have noticed that there are a lot of people singing the praise of these Oreos, and some, like myself who think they don’t live up to the hype. Grab yourself a tray and see for yourself, as for me, these will end up on the table in the lunchroom at work today.

August 21, 2014
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Oreo Cookies – Import Edition – Matcha!

We have two markets in this area that we like to visit, one being the Oriental Market (I feel wrong just typing that, but its truly what is called) and Oto’s. Both tend to have the run of the mill treats that you expect like Pocky, all kinds of yummy chips, etc., but I find that Oto’s has more imported “American” treats like Oreos and Doritos but flavors that we don’t get here in the states (which is a true shame because some of the flavors are crazy good). We usually walk the market in the same pattern every time then do a once over again in the snack/candy aisle incase we missed anything the first time. I originally glazed over the Oreos because most of the flavors are either flavors I can get here in the states, or something I already tried.

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Now I’m probably an idiot for blindly tossing something into my cart – but for some reason my brain saw and thought, Oreos + green = Mint Oreos. Oto’s is really good about putting English labels with the nutritional values on the back that help figure out exactly what you’re buying, but I failed to look at that when I grabbed them. I was pretty excited to try Oreos in a stick form so that completely took over. I decided to have these as an afternoon snack while surfing the internets, so I poured them on to a plate and that’s when I realized that they were matcha flavored, not mint! THE HORROR.

Matcha gives me flashbacks of working for Starbucks – and honestly, I can’t get down with matcha. It tastes like grass. If you like it, well, more for you. I decided to try them anyways because well, Oreos… chocolate… trying to try new things… yeah… can’t be that bad right? RIGHT?!

I took a deep breath and decided to go for it and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I was expecting the matcha flavor to be overwhelming, but it was almost nonexistent. There was a slight undertone but I felt that it tasted more like white chocolate than anything. If I had tasted these blind, I would have thought they were some sort of cookies and creme Oreos. It was weird eating Oreos in a stick form, but it was rather enjoyable. I like to twist open oreos and eat the creme then the cookie, but this mixed both of those and it was a nice balance. I was sad that ate them so quickly because they were so good, but to give you an idea of size, they were about an inch long each.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – These morsels had a nice crunch to them that you would expect from a cookie and also had the creamy texture from the coating. It was kind of like eating chunks of the cookies and cream out of cookie and cream ice cream.

Smell: 3.5/5 – I was expecting the matcha to have a strong smell, but I mostly smelled just sweet white chocolate.

Appearance: 2/5 – Now I’m not sure if jostling from moving from one continent to another caused a little damage to these guys, but they weren’t that appetizing looking. The neon green coloring that I was expecting from the picture on the front of the bag was more of a muted split pea green, and they looked like they were covered in salt and pepper. I can’t say it was the most appealing snack I’ve eaten.

Taste: 4/5 – I was pretty surprised by how much I liked these. The matcha flavor enhanced the cookie portion instead of overpowering it. The chocolate and creme portion were as delicious as to be expected from an Oreo. I feel like this flavor combination only worked for me because they were not in the standard Oreo shape. If it had been a chocolate cookie or golden cookie with a matcha center, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much (a chocolate/matcha center cookie exists, I think I will pass, especially since they are the cake cookies). I would buy these again, but the price was a little steep for how much you get in the package (3 dollars). If you can get your hands on these I would give them a try, you’ll probably like them!

August 19, 2014
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Everyburger Cookies

Posted in Cookies

One of the nice things about living in a larger city is the abundance of various ethnic markets. I always joke and say that I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like (but that’s not true) however I have yet to try an Asian confection that I did not care for.

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I was introduced to Everyburger cookies by my partner in snack food and life crimes Richard. He is far more versed in these treats than I, but he knows me pretty well so I take his word for it when he says that I will like something.

When I first picked up the package I couldn’t help but be enamored with all the fun art all over it. Good thing American packaging is usually more subdued or I would buy all of the things, every of the time.

The package contains two individually sealed trays of eight cookies each. The cookies are about the diameter of quarter or so. They have a cookie “bun” with a chocolate patty and what I’m guessing is orange colored vanilla “cheese”. Or secret sauce, or I don’t know. These bite sized cookies are pretty irresistible. The cookie is crunchy with a light sesame flavor to it. Both if the chocolates are flavorful and sweet, delicious! My only qualm is that some “buns” are a little overcooked on the top sometimes. My guess is that they use a bit of an egg wash to get the coloring. But even those are still yummy.

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Texture : 4/5 – this bite sized cookie has great texture. Crunchy outside cookie with a perfect amount of smooth solid chocolate in the middle.

Smell : 4/5 – The cookie has a sweet smell with a slight sesame undertone.

Appearance : 3/5 - These cute cookies make for a really fun snack. Sometimes when they are sandwiched together its done before the chocolate has set all the way so they get a little wonky, but who doesn’t like a messy burger?!

Taste : 5/5 – These cookies are delicious and addicting. I dare you to eat just one package.

March 6, 2013
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Keebler Cookies – Pitter Patter Cookies

Posted in Cookies

Hey everyone! If you don’t live in the US you may not be familiar with Girl Scout season. I am not convinced that people give up on their fitness resolutions because of lack of commitment, I am convinced they give up because of Girl Scout season.

I don’t know what is so addictive about their cookies, maybe it’s because they are laced with merit badges, dreams, unicorn tears, and sickeningly sweet girls hawking them at every supermarket, big box store, and work place, but I feel like Keebler is trying to get in on this action with the release of their Pitter Patter cookies.

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Pitter Patter cookies are most similar to Do-si-dos but are also sort of reminiscent of a Nutter Butter. There is a crunchy cookie exterior with a nice layering of peanut butter in the middle. Is this cookie the answer to my scout cookie crazing when they are out of season?! Maybe.

The cookie portion by itself is good. It has a hint of peanut butter baked in (at least that’s what it tastes like). It’s quite crunchy and somewhat dense, but not to the point where it’s too much cookie. The peanut butter is decent. It has a nice sweetness to it and a very faint salt undertone which keeps the cookie from turning into one sugary peanut butter brick.

The reason why I said maybe on the scout cookie replacement was because they use a different cookie. Girl Scout cookies use an oatmeal cookie for theirs which not only changes the flavor, but the texture. I’m also slightly confused about Keebler’s naming choice for these. Name aside, these cookies are decent. I really with Keebler would have done something slightly different to sent themselves apart from the other peanut butter sandwich cookies, but overall, I’d buy them again.

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Texture : 3/5 – The crunchy cookie coupled with the moist peanut butter makes for an enjoyable texture that does not leave you feeling like you just but into the driest desert.

Smell : 4/5 – There is no mistaking that these are all business when it comes to peanut butter.

Appearance : 2.5/5 – The basketweave pattern on the outside of the cookie is alright, but there is nothing overly exciting about the cook of these cookies.

Taste : 3/5 – These cookies were pretty middle of the road. I enjoyed the cookie portion and the peanut butter was decent, but I didn’t find them all that memorable. If you like Nutter Butters and Do-si-dos, you will most likely enjoy these.

March 5, 2013
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Mothers Circus Animal Cookies – Fudge and Vanilla

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Mothers Circus Animal cookies were probably one of the first cookies I ever had as a kid. The classic white and pink cookies are my Mother’s favorite (fancy that.) A while back, Mother’s tried trick me into thinking that they came out with new circus animal cookies by putting out the green and white jungle animals. I’m on to you Mothers – all you did was change the color! The Fudge & Vanilla almost slipped by me because I thought they were trying to do some gypsy magic again but this time they in fact changed the favor, not just the color!

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Mothers circus animal cookies are not something I normally buy despite liking them. I can’t usually eat more than a few as I find that if I eat more than a few that I feel like I might combust. Just something about them that makes me feel that way. I was leery about the fudge coating because I was afraid that it would be chocolate flavored instead of chocolate. Trust me there is a difference.

I decided to try the fudge cookies first since I pretty much already know what the vanilla cookies taste like. The inside cookie is still a shortbread, not chocolate, which I could have gone for, but still good. I was really surprised by how delicious the fudge cookies were. I then moved on to the vanilla and found that they tasted even better than the vanilla cookie that I remember as a kid. I don’t know if it is because of the fudge and vanilla cookies being jumbled around in the same bag had something to do with it which may have slightly altered the flavor but these cookies were SO good.

I had to place the bag across the room because I was literally to the point where if I continued to eat them, that I would make myself sick.

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Texture : 4/5 - These cookies have a nice crunch to them and a delicious smooth outside coating. The sprinkles on the outside also add a nice little crunchy element to it as well.

Smell : 4/5 - When opening the bag you are greeted with an extreme sweet smell, but man do they smell delicious!

Appearance : 3/5 - The coloring of these are pretty basic. Some of the animals are hard to tell what they are because of the external coating.

Taste : 5/5 - If had to choose between these and the classic Mother’s circus animal cookies, I would choose these every time. I think the reason why I do not quickly tire of the flavor is because of the chocolate element. I really hope that this is something that they add to their permanent line up as if they plan on going away, I guess I should start stockpiling.

March 2, 2013
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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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Limited Edition Barnum Animal Crackers

Posted in Cookies

Happy New Year food friends! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s last night. Personally we stayed in and thankfully so because people lost their minds in Sacramento last night. Not only was there a car stolen from a local auto mall that caused a major highway to be shut down, we had a couple of other sad incidents including a shooting at a huge party thrown by the city. I hold on to my feelings that people are losing their damn minds. ANYWAYS, on a more positive note, I have a little recap on my personal blog of my last year if you are bored.

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Call it a feat of marketing, but everytime I see a packaging that says new or limited edition I always feel compelled to buy it. I’m a total sucker and apparently marketing companies target customer. I have not had animal crackers in AGES. I think I was probably 10 or so maybe younger. There are a few foods that I remember tasting better than they do. One example would be Rice Crispies. I loved them as a kid and now as an adult I can’t even see how I remotely liked them. Somehow, animal crackers have managed to make their way into this list.

I remember animal crackers tasting slightly buttery with a hint of vanilla. I would never get tired of eating these no frills cookies, but something along the way changed and I was rather disappointed when I tried these again. Not only did they have a lackluster flavor, they tasted slightly stale – and there was nothing limited edition about them! What a let down.

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Texture: 4/5 - These cookies have the slightly crunchy texture, but they were kind of chewy not in a good way.

Smell: 2/5 - They smell slightly vanilla-y.

Appearance: 1/5 - Now this may seem a little harsh, but they didn’t even change any of the animals to “winter” type animals – whatever those are. The only thing that is “limited edition” about these is the dang box.

Taste: 3/5 – These cookies were mediocre, which kid of killed a little of my childhood (not really). The only way I could see myself eating these again in my adult life would be if I were dunking them in hot chocolate or smothered in Nutella.

January 1, 2013
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