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Planters Crunchers – Mesquite BBQ

Posted in Nuts

Good Morning Friends! I know I mentioned in a previous blog that I like to get out of my house and blog in other places so that it does not feel like a chore. Recently my local bagel hang out has been under remodel and they are finally open! So that is where this review is coming to you today. It’s amazing how you can build a stop into your routine and when it changes, it kind of throws things for a loop. Normally I don’t blog from Starbucks but I have been spending a bit of my time there tapping away on my keyboard and it just isn’t the same! VIVA LA BAGEL SHOP.

Anywho – Yesterday I reviewed the Hot and Spicy version of these Planters Crunchers Peanuts and if you haven’t read it yet, you should go check it out! Today I am giving the Mesquite BBQ flavor a shot. Normally BBQ flavored anything isn’t really my jam because I don’t really enjoy sweet flavored toppings on savory food and I don’t like to get messy when I eat. I know I have said this before, but if you really want to learn about all your food hang ups, start a food blog and you will quickly realize how neurotic you are when it comes to eating.

I mentioned in the previous blog that I was expecting the Hot and Spicy version to be more of a red coloring and I would say that if you said BBQ to me that I would expect them to be brown, and these definitely are more of a visual representation of what I think something BBQ flavored would look like. When I opened the bag I immediately picked up on the smell of a smoky flavor with a light twinge of sweetness.

With apprehension I popped a few in to my mouth. Much like the Hot and Spicy flavor, the shell immediately liberated itself from the peanut and became its own act. To my surprise the sweetness of this BBQ flavoring is really subtle. The smoky paprika spiciness as well as the tomato and onion flavoring were very noticeable. To me, I feel like the peanut portion worked much better with this flavor vs the Hot and Spicy.

I really liked this flavor, despite expecting not to. The mesquite crunchiness mixed with the peanut makes for a nice bite. I also could see these mixed into some sort of snack mix as well. Between the Hot and Spicy and this flavor, I would probably choose the Hot and Spicy if I chose to buy these again but if you’re a barbecue fan give these a shot, you just might like them.

Found at Walmart

May 15, 2018
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Planters Crunchers – Hot N’ Spicy

Posted in Nuts

Good Morning Friends! Here we are again, Monday!

I hope everyone had a stellar weekend. One really fun thing as a food blogger to do is walk up and down the aisles of stores looking for things you haven’t tried yet. Ultimately you find something here and there but sometimes you end up looking like a total weirdo. I was wandering Walmart recently looking for new things to nosh and stumbled across these hidden in the chip aisle of my local store. Despite their NEW across the top, I feel like these aren’t that new? I don’t know – a brief search of the internet only really told me that these might have come out around March? So newer – but not totally new.

I must admit – peanuts are not my favorite nuts. I enjoy them, but if I am feeling like snacking on nuts or seeds, I usually opt for almonds or cashews (cashews being my favorite). Plain peanuts are not my cup of tea at all, and if I do choose to have them I prefer them to be honey roasted.

So what exactly is the crunchy part on the outside? It doesn’t really crunch like a chip, more like maybe a bread coating? But when examining the ingredients looks like its a mixture of potato and rice with a bit of tapioca powder. When I opened the bag I was immediately greeted with spiciness. Wowee. I was also half expecting them to be more of a red color since that’s what I normally associate with something that is hot and spicy? But they are pretty light in color.

I popped a couple in my mouth, not really sure what to expect and was kind of surprised. The texture is a little strange as the crunchy coating breaks off the peanut before you actually make a full bite. I wish that the coating would have adheared to the peanut better because they become two separate entities very quickly. The one flavor that really stuck out to me of the flavoring was the vinegar. I personally shy away from hot sauces that taste really vinegar-y because I honestly just don’t enjoy the taste (Tabasco being a prime example of this), but despite being the star of the show for me, worked well with the other flavoring and spices.

Overall I thought these were pretty good. The spiciness was a good level, not burn your mouth off hot, and I could easily see them becoming addicting. I also really see these being a great staple to some sort of snack mix as the crunchy outside would lend itself to other crunchy counterparts as well as the more palate cleansing flavor of a peanut. The flavoring exists on the crunchy outer part but not on the peanut itself. I would probably buy these again, but in a smaller bag.

Upon doing a little looking there appears to be more flavors that I am aware of. Tomorrow I will have a review of the Mesquite BBQ flavor, but there are also salt and vinegar and cinnamon brown sugar versions floating around out there. If anyone happens to stumble across the cinnamon brown sugar, let a sister know where you spotted them as I would love to give them a try!

Found at Walmart

May 14, 2018
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S’mores Crunchers

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Good Morning Friends! If there is one thing that I am familiar with, it is impulsive buys at the check lanes of various stores. We will come back to this.

I try to mix up where I write so that it doesn’t become stale (heh food reference) and today I am tapping away at a Starbucks near my apartment. I just watched a woman meet another woman, and she brought the other woman a large Ziplock bag of what I believe to be fresh parsley or clovers from her front yard – I can’t tell but it seems like a weird gift offering for a breakfast date at Starbucks. Strange.

Back to the check lanes, I did a stint as a cashier at Target before getting promoted to the Grocery Manager there and one thing I would often do when I didn’t have any customers was organize all the check lane candy. I still do this when I stand in line at other stores, it’s just a habit I have. I also used to organize all the register impulse items when I worked for Hot Topic, so I am familiar with what scheming is going on here. Get that one last dollar before you leave, and I fall for it every time if they post up something new there. Gum? Yes please. Mints? Put it on my bill! Candy? SOLD.

When I was checking out at Walmart recently (probably buying all the mug cakes mentioned in the previous post – I have no shame) I found these tucked away at the bottom of the check lane. From the picture they reminded me somewhat of Bunch-a-Crunch. Do they even still make that? Quick Google search – yes, yes they do.

These are packaged in the same way that they Reese’s Crunchers, Hershey’s Crunchers, Cookies n’ Cream, etc. are packaged – small bag, similar to a bag of peanuts that you would find at a gas station, that you tear open and dump the entire contents in your mouth at one time.

Let’s just come out and say it. This looks like dry food you would feed to an animal. Visually its not great. For some reason the chocolate looks like at some point it was melted and then came back to solid giving it that ghosty light color. I thought maybe I inflicted this from a tight grip on the package for too long, but after looking at a few other reviews it appears that I am not alone based on their pictures. Upon first bite I had two simultaneous reactions – WOW this is sweet, and WOW I think I might have just cracked a tooth.

Between having two different graham offerings (why?) and the hard “marshmallow” pieces, this snack is next level “cruncher”. With the abundance of graham pieces you can definitely taste that, but to me it does not taste like a true S’more. The chocolate encapsulates EVERYTHING, which in turn overpowers everything. I think I would have liked this better had they broken the components up ala Goldfish cracker S’mores. I would have also liked to have seen something more similar to a Lucky Charms mallow used instead of the mallow pebbles used.

To me, this would best be served on vanilla ice cream or something of that nature, but other than that, not something I would buy again. I am glad I opted for the smaller bag that way I don’t feel the need to pawn it off on my poor coworkers.

Found at Walmart

April 29, 2018
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