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Grandma’s Special Recipie Cookies – Ginger & White Chocolate Chip

Posted in Cookies

Hi! How is everyone doing this evening of 12-12-12? I spent the evening at a geocaching event and had an amazing time. Upon returning home, Richard and I decided to hit 7-11 for some Slurpees. At least, that was the intention.

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Once we arrived at 7-11, a Slurpee didn’t sound all that great because it was pouring buckets of rain outside and I was already frigid from wearing shorts and no sweatshirt out. I ended up picking up these cookies, some jelly beans and some really gross gummy worms. Funny 7-11 related food story though, a while back they had a delicious lime-ade flavor that I liked to mix with the cherry. For some reason, the lime flavor is WAY more airy than the other flavors. I grabbed my cup, filled it 3/4 with cherry Slurpree and moved over to the other machine that had the lime-ade flavor. I pulled the handle and it started making some weird noises. I stopped and checked to see if the light was on saying that it was out of order at the moment, but it wasn’t, so I put my cup back under the spout and pulled the handle again. A small amount of the lime-ade flavor finally made its way into my cup before a GIANT air bubble in the line blew the lid off my cup and caused the contents to explode everywhere. The noise was so loud that it startled me and I dropped the cup on the overflow tray, causing the little remaining Slurpee to spill. I had Slurpee all over me and all over the counter and machine, but I couldn’t stop laughing. Hands down, best Slurpee experience ever.

Anyways, on to the cookies. I always forget how indifferent I am when it comes to Grandma’s cookies. They are usually sort of bland and extremely dry, but apparently I go enough time between eating them that I forget this and always find myself slightly disappointed everytime I buy them. Not to mention that I can only ever find them at gas stations and vending machines, which makes me think that they aren’t exactly the best quality. Also color me surprised to find that they are made by Frito-Lay. Hey Frito, stick to chips, thanks!

Upon first glance, the cookie looks spotted with nuts, not white chocolate chips like I had expected. I even checked the package again to make sure that it didn’t say nuts and maybe my thumb was covering it. Nope, white chocolate chips. You can visibly see the cinnamon and nutmeg in this cookie in the dough. Let’s cut to the chance here, MAN O MAN are these dry. When first biting into the cookie you are fooled into thinking that you will be enjoying a nice chewy cookie, but they are so dry. The cookie itself has a decent flavor, heavy on the gingery/spicy side. Like I might have to take a couple of Tums after eating these cookies. The white chocolate chips are lost it the mix and honestly do nothing more than bring a little crunch to the table.

cookie2Texture: 2/5 – If you skipped the whole portion above to get to the number ratings, let’s just recap. THESE ARE REALLY DRY. These would have been better if they were a solid gingerbread cookie instead of trying to make them chewy.

Smell: 4/5 – These smell really good, although when you smell the bag, there is a hint of wax? It smells like a gingerbread candle in there.

Appearance: 3/5 – The white chocolate chips look like nuts in this cookie and for some reason they shaved off the pieces that stuck out to make the cookie flat. How peculiar.

Taste: 3/5 – Overall, these cookies are OK. If you like a spicy gingerbread, these are for you, BIG TIME. Definitely not my go to cookie when it comes to gingerbread and I think Grandma needs to make a few adjustments to her recipe. These cookies contain something called Propylene Glycol Monoesters of fats, which I’m pretty sure it means it contains monster fat. Don’t eat during a full moon.

December 12, 2012
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479 Popcorn – Ginger Sesame Caramel

Posted in Chips

G’day food lovers! As I’m sure some of you have noticed things aren’t being updated as timely as they used to be – things have been just a bit hectic around here and there are a lot of reviews that have been sadly sitting in draft status waiting to be edited and post to the site. For this, I apologize. I do a lot of blogging on my phone, but due to my perfectionist self, it feels weird not to give it a once over on my computer before sending it off into the intertubes.

Anyways, without further delay, I bring you 479 Popcorn! Ginger Sesame Carmel to be exact. I passed by this at the store about a week ago and couldn’t decide if it was something I wanted to try. Something about ginger popcorn did not seem very appealing, but the other night while at Bel Air, I decided to pick up a bag and give it a shot.
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Now call me ignorant, but I don’t think I have honestly never seen a black sesame seed in my life. According to the almighty Google, they are not that unheard of, so I guess I am just uncultured 🙂 479 Popcorn is located not to far from me in the neighboring city of San Francisco, so it does not surprise me that this popcorn is a slice of fancy.

The bag itself is rather small, and for an almost 4 dollar price tag, I will admit that this was one of the main reasons why I passed it up at the store the first time. I popped a few pieces into my mouth and was surprised to find that it was rather good. The main flavor is the caramel, but you get a slight spiciness from the ginger that is infused into it. I did not notice any sort of extra flavoring from the sesame seeds. The more I ate the more the ginger flavor became apparent. This popcorn is exceptionally good. The kind of good where you need to call a family member or friend to take the bag away from you because you might the eat whole thing in one sitting, despite just eating dinner.

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Texture: 4/5 – Sometimes caramel popcorn gets a little gummy and chewy, but that is not the case with this popcorn. The generous helping of ginger caramel has done an excellent job of sealing in the classic crunch of popcorn. Now if only popcorn manufacturers could figure out how to remove those pesky husks that like to get trapped between your teeth.

Smell: 5/5 – The buttery caramel mixed with the ginger and the normal smell of popcorn, is rather divine.

Appearance: 3/5 – While I like to think I understand 479’s intentions with the black sesame seeds (to bring more crunch and that ginger and sesame often go together), they honestly look like teeny rat poops in your popcorn. Zoinks.

Taste: 4.5/5 – This popcorn is very very good. The only thing I would change about it would be to add the teeniest tiniest bit of salt (which I guess I could do myself, hellooooo lazy). This makes for a delicious snack, even if you are not craving a sweet treat. The ginger helps balance out the sweetness to the caramel and does an extremely good job of doing so. I would definitely buy this again, but only if it was on sale.

December 11, 2012
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Peeps – Marshmallow Gingerbread Men

Posted in Confectionaries

Want to know a fun fact? Everyday I review something, I try the food that day. I don’t sit at home and have magical feasts of junk food to write about later. I must say though, I had a huge dinner of tacos and garlic bread (don’t judge me) and eating something afterwards was a little rough. I currently don’t think I will be able to move from my current spot for a while. My everything hurts… someone get me a wheelchair.

I am pretty sure that these Peeps Marshmallow Gingerbread Men are not new, but I don’t recall ever tasting them despite my undying love for Peeps. I decided to pick these up not only because they are Peeps but GINGERBREAD! YEAH! Gingerbread is the new pumpkin guys (maybe)!

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Let’s not pretend that we don’t all first notice the sad state that is their faces and other features made of icing right now. Protip: Don’t put a picture of what your product should look like if infact, does not look anything like it at all. Something must have been really amusing to the left as most of them are looking and smiling in that general direction. Come on, a first grader could have piped these better. When I opened the packaging I was immediately hit with the smell of brown sugar – what? I kept smelling and finally picked up a hint of ginger. Despite the pungent aroma, the gingerbread taste to these is rather underwhelming. They are good, but the gingerbread flavoring is not in your face by any means. I do however think that these would be delicious lightly toasted and sandwiched between a graham cracker and a small hunk of white chocolate.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of a normal Peep. Light fluffy inside and pseudo crunchy exterior from the sugar coating on the outside. The icing features do not add anything to the textural experience.

Smell: 3/5 – The smell of these were a little deceiving. I don’t really know where the brown sugar smell comes into play, but it smells good. Another smell that Yankee could make into a candle and I would buy, thats for sure. Dear Yankee, if you do end up using these ideas, please cut me a royalty check.

Appearance: 2/5 – I like that Peeps went with a gingerbread man shape vs the standard Peep shape like they did for the Sugar Cookie version. However, those icing features? Someone needs some practice for next year.

Taste: 3/5 – Despite the subtle gingerbread flavoring to these Peeps, they are good. My guess is that they did not want to make the flavor overbearing because they want you to eat the entire tray – I’m on to you Peeps. I think these would be delicious as s’mores, as I said before, and the casual indifferent gingerbread lover will like these. Diehards? Stick to the real thing.

November 18, 2012
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Limited Edition Oreos – Gingerbread

Posted in Cookies

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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