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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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Goldfish Baked Graham Snacks – French Toast

Something new from the snack that smiles back, Goldfish crackers! French toast is one of my favorite morning treats, although I can’t recall the last time I had french toast. I never make it for myself, mostly because I never have eggs on hand and because of laziness, so it is usually something I will get when in the mood for breakfast at a diner. Goldfish o the other hand are something that I could probably eat on a daily basis if it weren’t for that whole cheese thing. A while back at a dinner gathering some friends and I were talking about Goldfish and one of my friends seemed truly confused as to why the massive box of Goldfish had a pour spout built in for any other reason but to pour them directly into your mouth. I can’t argue with him there.

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Now I don’t know if it is was just lack of basic reading comprehension or if I was overjoyed to see these sitting on the shelf at Bel Air, but I didn’t even notice that they were graham when I picked them up. Needless to say I was a bit taken aback when I poured some on my desk at work one morning as a snack and was not expecting them to be graham at all. What I was expecting them to be? Who knows. I nibbled on a few and was pleasantly surprised with how close these tasted to actual french toast. The graham was sweet and maple-y and they were dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Good thing I work in the backroom at my job or people might have started questioning why I was covered in sand, but I think by now most people have come to accept that I always look like a hot mess when unpacking boxes and a little cinnamon and sugar never hurt anyone.

The grahams seem slightly bigger than a normal Goldfish cracker, but I think this is attributed to the fact that they are similar shaped, not exact. I don’t think their tails would hold up as a graham cracker. Despite their appearance change, they are still smiling at you as you shovel them into your mouth.

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Texture : 5/5 – These have a great crunch to them, unlike the crunch you would find with a regular Goldfish cracker. But much like a graham cracker if you eat too much at once it will turn into a gooey mess in your mouth (this review is getting a little pornographic, jeez.) and they are slightly dry. The cinnamon and sugar will definitely find a new home between your teeth so be sure do to a little mirror check before heading into your next sales meeting.

Smell : 5/5 – When you open the bag you will be greeted by the familiar smell of french toast – yummy!

Appearance : 3/5 – I think the appearance of these little guys was kind of phoned in. I would have opted for a swirled fish ala Cinnamon Toast Crunch with the cinnamon and sugar coating on the outside, but that is why Pepperidge Farm has a product development department and I just write about it. Also I find that these could potentially make you look like you are enjoying some cat treats, which could be a nice ice breaker.

Taste : 4/5 – These were quite good. I think they would be even better sprinkled on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I would not however go as far as to say that they will send you into a feeding frenzy like their older brother the regular Cheddar Goldfish cracker. I swear its not salt on the outside of those things, its crack. Of the few sweet offerings that Pepperidge Farm has put out in the ways of Goldfish (chocolate, cupcake, smores, etc) I think these would have to be my favorite of the lot. The maple really brings this to whole new level, taking it from a cinnamon and sugar graham cracker to the true french toast taste. I would probably buy these again if I were looking for some fishy finger foods.

May 5, 2013
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Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Evening friends! Hope you all enjoyed my holiday pie from McDonald’s earlier. I’m tellin’ you – they do everything they can to make them the least appealing as possible – but it was delicious. Yesterday while at Walmart I picked up a bag of the Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa flavor. While walking around I was contemplating how this would taste any different than some of the elements of the Turtle Chex Mix and the Dark Chocolate Chex Mix. I am not overly sure where everyone is getting the idea to release Cocoa flavored items – isn’t that just fancy pants chocolate?

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Over on The Impulsive Buy, I griped that companies are making limited edition bags of snacks in THE BIGGEST BAG EVER. This can be a double edge sword. On one hand – if the snack really sucks, you’re not only stuck with the remainder, but most likely enough to feed a small army. On the other hand – if it is really good, then you have more to eat while reviewing your life choices as you consume the entire bag wondering where it all went wrong. I kid. This bag is no exception. I can only assume that they figured that people would be putting this out at a party and would like to have a sizable amount for their guests.

When I opened the bag, I was greeted with the scent of pure chocolate. After inspecting its contents I poured myself a small bowl to examine more closely. This mix is made up of cinnamon roll shaped grahams, chocolate powder covered Chex and pretzels, white chocolate Chex, and “marshmallows”. I am not really following the cinnamon roll element in this mix, but they are good. The chocolate coated Chex and pretzels were OK, I really wish they would have baked the chocolate into the Chex or coated it with real chocolate instead of some weird cocoa powder. After reviewing the ingredients, I found that the white chocolate Chex actually have a yogurt flavor coating, it tastes like white chocolate to me. I honestly felt like they were the best part of the mix. The marshmallows were like the ones you find in breakfast cereals, and there were TONS of them – literally it looked like you mixed your Chex Mix with a bag of those tiny styrofoam beads. They are crunchy and delicious and sink the to the bottom of the mix so you can eat them all at the end. Saves me the trouble of eating around all of them to save them for last.

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Texture: 3/5 – I know that this is made up of all grains and flour, and what not, but this mix is SO DRY. Pretty much all Chex Mix are, but good grief, my jaw was getting tired from chewing. Treat yourself to a beverage while eating this, you’ll need it.

Smell: 4/5 – The chocolate smell was very apparent when opening the bag – but it did not smell like a cup of hot cocoa.

Appearance: 2/5 – The brown powered chocolate all over the place made it look like it was more like Limited Edition Chex Mix – Dirt, than anything else.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Overall, this mix is pretty tasty, but its nothing to write home about. If I had to choose one of the Limited Edition Chex Mix flavors for my holiday party, I can’t say I would go to this one as my first choice. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t buy it again – as I can get the Dark Chocolate version and be just as satisfied¬† (and I get little red chocolates in it!)

November 10, 2012
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