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La Brea Bakery – Take & Bake Holiday Stuffing Rolls

Posted in Bakery, Bread

Good Morning Friends!

While wandering the aisles of Safeway yesterday looking for anything new gracing their shelves, I was starting to become a little disheartened that I hadn’t found anything that piqued my interest. It wasn’t until I made my way over to the bakery tables that I spotted these little babies tucked into the corner. Holiday food already eh?

If you aren’t familiar with La Brea Bakery – you should be. They are and award winning bakery that got its start in the Los Angeles area of California. Known for selling out of their bread every day, they have since expanded their operations offering take and bake items through grocery stores as well as opening cafes across the country serving up their tasty chewy bread that is still made from the original starter.

Back to the holiday portion that I mentioned – this is about the time of year that I start taking bets of when the first holiday ad is going to pop up. Upon discovering these yesterday I immediately called my mom, overly excited. I mentioned how I thought it was a little strange that I found Holiday Stuffing flavored anything in stores already, but she mentioned that she thinks she might have seen an ad in a recent printing of an AARP magazine for something Christmas related. Hey companies, its only May – stop it with the Christmas creep.

One thing that I love at Thanksgiving is stuffing – and one thing that I love ANY time of the year is bread. Thanksgiving stuffing AND bread mixed together? SIGN ME UP. I guess one could argue that stuffing is made of bread but that’s neither here nor there.

My toaster is a bit temperamental and went a little scorchy on this roll, but this was not going to stop me from enjoying this tasty sage-y, celery-y, thyme-y, pepper-y cloud of heaven. I may or may not have tried to also cut my thumb off slicing this roll – yikes. Dressed this guy up with a little bit of butter and went in for the first bite.

This bread is deliciously soft an chewy. My mother would no doubt turn these into hockey pucks, but they are the perfect texture. However, despite the delicious taste, I was completely underwhelmed. Despite all the flavors boasted on the back of the package, I did not really taste much of them. I was expecting a robust mixture of flavors but was met with a whisper. Maybe if I bake them in a normal oven the flavors will develop a little more but I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the rolls are really good, but I was just expecting something more flavorful. I think I will whip up a small batch of cranberry jam, some instant potatoes (since I can make those in a really small batch) and some turkey to make myself a small Thanksgiving sandwich. Now I am drooling again.

Found at Safeway

May 16, 2018
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Peeps // Red Velvet // Limited Edition

Posted in Confectionaries

Well well well…

Hey friends! Who’s ready for some tasty holiday reviews? I have been on a rather long hiatus – actually I have no idea how I’ve managed to go nearly a year without posting – where does the time go? Oh yeah – work.

So with the onset of the holidays – which I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are into that sort of thing – we get an array of delicious holiday flavored… things! I feel like as a child, Peeps were originally just an Easter food, but it seems that there is now a Peep for every holiday, which I’m totally okay with because I love these tasty little marshmallow dollops.

Red velvet is something I’ve personally never really been into. Don’t get me wrong, I like the flavor, but I feel like most red velvet cakes that I have eaten have been way too dry, not to mention that its pretty customary for them to have cream cheese frosting, while tasty, doesn’t usually agree with my lactose intolerant old lady body. What is red velvet anyways?

a rich cocoa-flavored cake with a distinctive reddish color, typically prepared as a layer cake with buttercream or cream cheese icing.

Wow thanks internet! So, red… chocolate. Got it.

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First bite was okay. They tasted like cocoa to me – which is pretty much what I was expecting. I think what I found the most disappointing was the fact that they were dipped in cream flavored fudge, which tasted nothing like cream cheese or buttercream frosting. I think that had the fudge been flavored more, that it would have really sold this flavor for me, but honestly I was pretty underwhelmed. White fudge in general to me tastes kind of generic and cheap, and I feel like even a slight addition of butter flavor to the fudge would have changed the flavor profile to more align with that of Red Velvet and not a tuxedo hot chocolate.

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Texture: 4/5 – In general, I love the texture of Peeps. I think the sanding sugar on the outside mixed with the fluffy mallow on the inside makes for the best combination of just a little crunchy. If you like sand in your food. Which apparently I do.

Smell: 3.5/5 – These smell of cocoa when you open the package, but something about it seems slightly off. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just doesn’t smell overly appealing.

Appearance: 5/5 – I think out of all of the holiday Peeps (bird version) that these are the prettiest. The deep red sanding sugar makes me think of velvet and I like how they are slightly mixed into the white fudge dip at the bottom.

Taste: 3/5 – These were okay. The cocoa flavor is there, but not overly present, and when you take a bite with the cream flavored fudge on the bottom, its completely lost. As I said previous, I think that had the fudge been more cream cheese flavor, that it would have paired with the cocoa flavoring better versus completely steamrolling over it. I don’t foresee myself buying these again.

Purchased at Target

If you want to see what other Peep reviews I have done – check them out here!

December 1, 2015
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Angie’s – Spooky Candy Corn Flavored Kettle Corn

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no it’s not Christmas, it’s Halloween time! Halloween is my most favorite holiday of the entire year. This is the time of the year that I find things in stores that I consider every day decor not to mention candy galore! I love candy corn, but rarely eat it outside of this time of the year. I am also somewhat of a candy corn purist, forget that harvest corn mix and chocolate corn and all of the other corns, give me the plain jane, ole stand by candy corn. Kettle corn on the other hand is not something that I can only enjoy in the fall. There is a local outdoor auction/farmers market that has a vendor that makes kettle corn that is absolutely divine. The thought of combining a sweet and salty treat with delicious candy corn sounds like a match made in heaven.

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I really like the design of the bag, but the popcorn pictured on the outside of the bag is slightly misleading. I cracked open the bag and was immediately greeted with the sweet smell of candy corn. I’m not going to lie, this stuff smells SO good. But like I mentioned before, it didn’t really look like the picture on the outside of the bag. I was expecting fluffy kernels of corn drizzled in flavor but was met with a bag of bits and pieces. Despite the bag of popcorn crumbles, I pressed on and took a bite. WOW – I knew nothing good was going to come of this. The popcorn was slightly sweet and slightly salty with a nice overtone of sweetness from the drizzle. I don’t know if I would describe the flavor of the drizzle as candy corn, but more like cake frosting, but either way, it was really good.

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I also noticed that my bag of popcorn seemed to be a little overcooked, borderline burnt. This would please my Mom greatly as she loves her popcorn charred, but I don’t think that it impacted the taste much. The flavoring on the popcorn is really melty and my bag was one giant popcorn ball when I opened it. I adopted this fancy fingertip bag holding technique that I used while enjoying this snack to keep the body heat from my hands from melting it even more.

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Texture : 3/5 – The popcorn in this bag was slightly  stale tasting. I think this was partially from the coating on the popcorn that made it moist. Also, HUSK city. So many popcorn kernel husks.

Smell : 5/5 – This smells so good. I would wear this as a perfume if I could.

Appearance : 2/5 – This is solely based on the appearance on the outside of the package vs the appearance of the actual popcorn itself. My bag lacked the fluffy kernels that were pictured on the outside.

Taste : 4/5 – This treat is delicious. If it was available year round at Target, I would most likely buy it semi-regularly. The combination of sweet and salty popcorn and the sweet drizzle makes for a great snack when you can’t figure out which to choose. My only complains are that my popcorn was a little overcooked and the drizzle was REALLY melty. Licking your hand isn’t exactly the most cute thing to do in the world while eating a bag of popcorn, but its just that good.

October 7, 2013
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Limited Edition Jif Whips – Whipped Peanut Butter & Chocolate Mint

Posted in Confectionaries

What’s up my friends? It is starting to finally feel a little like fall in the lovely state of California, and I must admit, I’m really into it. Fall happens to be my favorite time of the year. Not only because of the mild weather but that means pumpkin everything and mint everything. Usually  mint flavored stuff tends to make its appearance a little later into the season, but Target wasted no time in throwing this up on their shelves right in the middle of September.

So we shall start this review off with a little infographic I made to convey my feelings of what I think this might taste like. I must admit, the idea of peanut butter and chocolate mint doesn’t sound all that tasty, but then again I’ve tasted weirder things in my life.

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Please tell me that I am not alone in the NOPE column of peanut butter and mint together? I am sure that I don’t need to go on about how chocolate and peanut butter are life partners and anyone that doesn’t agree I find a little weird. They are like two peas in a pod. Better together. Period.

Then there is mint. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE mint flavored things. I have fond memories of this beautiful pink and purple glass candy dish that my Mom would put out during Christmas that she would fill with chocolate mint M & M’s and I would always try to be sneaky and steal a few, but I’ll be damned if that candy dish wasn’t the loudest thing in the world. Trying to lift the lid off that thing without it clanging around was nearly impossible and now that I think about it, I think it was a trap. Thanks Mom for outsmarting me yet again while I was a child thinking that I was oh so cleaver and sneaky.

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Then comes the dilemma, what the heck do you put this on? A bagel? dip cookies in it? uhh… thats about it? I don’t see myself making a whipped peanut butter & chocolate mint jelly sandwich anytime soon, which is why I have a slight problem with the tub size of this thing. If it were the other two Jif Whips I have tried, it makes a little more sense, but there is some serious commitment involved in purchasing a tub this large for something that could taste like eating a peanut butter sandwich after brushing your teeth. Let’s also not glaze over the fact that the untouched top layer of the tub looks like a turd in a tub. Hope you enjoy that mental image, from me, to you 🙂

SO. Moment of truth. I have no cookies or bagels to dip into this Jif concoction, so I went for the ole knife out a large dollop and put it straight in the mouth method. If my partner in snack food crime saw me do that, he would surely be cringing as he hates peanut butter in any other form but a cookie. I on the other hand will eat peanut butter straight from the jar with a spoon. My initial reaction? Hm.. not bad.

I was honestly expecting a collision of peanut butter and York peppermint patty in my mouth, but the mint flavoring was so faint I almost didn’t notice it. Thinking maybe I didn’t sample enough, I went back for another skim, and my feeling stayed the same. Also please note that while sitting here I became curious to see what Jif suggests as a serving size. Do yourself a favor and don’t even look at that or the calories. Just eat it from the jar in pure ignorance with your thumb strategically covering that crap because right now I think I just ate a nice sized portion of my daily suggested daily calorie allowance. YOLO or something right?

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Texture : 3/5 – I am not overly sure what the whipped craze is when it comes to certain foods. Can you really tell the difference between whipped peanut butter and regular peanut butter slathered on a piece of toast? I can’t. The peanut butter is slightly airy and has a nice creamy texture, but for the most part… why do I need whipped peanut butter again?

Smell : 4/5 – The mint smell majorly overpowers the peanut smell. I think this had me worried the most before trying it because it smelled REALLY minty.

Appearance : 1.5/5 – I’m giving this low marks solely based on the original appearance you are greeted with when peeling off the plastic on the tub. You would think they could have a machine smooth that out just a little before wrapping it up so that it doesn’t look like… the way it does. After you use the peanut butter once, it looks like any other chocolate peanut butter in a tub.

Taste : 2.5/5 – I am kind of torn between disliking and liking this stuff. On one hand, the chocolate and peanut butter flavors are so dominate that you almost can’t tell that the mint is there, which makes it rather in enjoyable. On the other hand, I can still taste the mint, and I’m still not sure what it is doing in my chocolate peanut butter. On the lid of the tub there is a recipe suggestion to make chocolate mint thumbprint cookies with this stuff, but in reality, I would probably just make regular  chocolate mint thumbprint cookies, why complicate things with peanut butter? If faced with buying this again, I would probably pass unless the tub size was smaller, as I think I have more than I will ever eat sitting in the tub on my desk.

Check out what The Impulsive Buy had to say!

October 2, 2013
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Happy Easter

Posted in Uncategorized

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Hey Peeps! I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter and it is filled with so much candy that your teeth fall out.

Check out some of my favorite candy reviews from the defunct website Bad-Candy.com. Sadly the last update was in 2008 but they have some of the most hilarious reviews I have ever read (I was a fan when the website first started). If you don’t laugh at any of them, well then you’re not human.

 

March 30, 2013
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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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Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Peppermint Mallow

Posted in Confectionaries

Evening snack food lovers! Has anyone ever used an entire bag of marshmallows before (with the exception of making Rice Crispy Treats)? There are only so many uses for marshmallows before the bag goes a bit stale and its time to toss it out. But apparently, nobody told this to Kraft. This bag of peppermint marshmallows could double as a pillow for a child. IT’S HUGE. A delicious minty smelling plastic covered pillow.

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The actual size of the mallows themselves are no joke. Check out that picture! I can only fit 5 total in my hand. And honestly, its 4 more than I would want to eat in one sitting. I really love marshmallows, but there is something about them that only allows me to eat a couple before I feel absolutely gross. They also make my teeth feel like they have sweaters on them.

One of these marshmallows would be sufficient in a cup of hot chocolate, which to me, kind of takes the fun out of the whole thing. Aside from the fact that these were hit with some sort of Willy Wonka-esque size contorting contraption, the flavor is okay. The peppermint flavoring is really subtle, making the marshmallow taste cold vs. having actual mint flavoring to it. I liked them, but again, I could only eat 2 MAX in one sitting (or standing I guess)

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Texture: 4/5 – These have the texture of any other marshmallow you have ever tried (with the exception of Peeps, those are a little different). They are somewhat dense but still spongy.
Smell: 5/5 – These are rather fragrant despite their lack of real peppermint punch in the taste department.
Appearance: 2.5/5 – I’m not too sure what they were trying to go for with the appearance of these. I guess it was supposed to be some sort of candy cane swirl type deal? Ehhhhh… not so much guys.
Taste: 3.5/5 – These mallows are okay. They would be best served along side some hot chocolate, but for a peppermint treat? I would pass. The bag suggests toasting them and putting them between two sugar cookies or dipping them in candy chocolate, both of these sound rather good, but also sound like way too much work. Next year I really hope they hit these slightly with the shrink ray so that I can plop a huge handful into my mug instead of one lonely island.

December 6, 2012
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted in Uncategorized

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates! I am thankful for of course my family and friends, everyone that reads my site and decides that it’s not an abomination and returns and all of the other food blogs that have shown me love! Regular reviews return tomorrow as I am so full that I could literally pop if I tried to eat one more thing.

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The delicious feast my Mom prepared (not pictured, the awesome sugar cookies & cinnamon rolls my Dad made)

November 22, 2012
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Limited Edition Thomas’ Bagels – Cranberry

Posted in Bread

You guys, I have a terrible case of the hiccups. Anytime I eat bread too quickly, I immediately get hiccups. Some people think it is cute or funny, but they are downright painful. Does this happen to anyone else?

I spotted these bagels on JunkFoodGuy and knew I had to try them. My favorite juice is Cran Raspberry and I love bagels, these are kind of related right? I do not however like raisins, so this could get weird.

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Ughhhhh these hiccups are so distracting. I picked these bagels up during what will most likely be my last trip to Walmart between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm until January 1st. I hate large crowds and have been a retail slave for 10 years, I am totally over it. These have a bit of a more doughy texture, most likely from the cranberry bits baked into the bagel. The smell was mostly yeast with a hint of cranberry, kind of weird. After taking a large bite, I honestly could not really taste much of the cranberry in the bagel. A few more bites yielded the same result. I don’t know if the flavor of the cranberry changed during the boiling/baking process or if the juice changed the taste of the dough, but I did not care for these very much.

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Texture: 3/5 – The texture of these bagels are a little off. They are a bit doughy and the skin of the cranberry likes to hang around after.

Smell: 2/5 – The bag of bagels did not smell very appetizing, but the bagel alone was decent. You smell the bread more than anything.

Appearance: 3/5 – I thought for sure that the natural coloring of the cranberry would leech into the dough, but that’s not the case at all. These look OK, but the chunks of cranberry are a little off putting.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These bagels need to be reworked big time. They could potentially be good with cream cheese (I can’t eat that so someone will have to try it and report back) but alone? No thank you. Cinnamon raisin bagels have the undertone of sweetness and these bagels just have a weird taste. I would not buy these again.

November 19, 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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