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Chobani Flip – Honey Crunch Bunch

Posted in Dairy

Good Morning Friends! Lately I have been trying to kick my morning Starbucks habit, not only for health reasons, but majorly for the dolla dolla bills. I find that I usually end up at the Starbucks down the street from my work because I am starving by the time I make the commute and set my things down on my desk. I have been trying hard to provide myself with snack ideas and breakfast at work to curb the “just-stop-into-starbucks-real-quick-because-youre-the-first-person-in-the-office-anyways” thing I have going on.

For the most part I have been bringing non dairy yogurt and some cereal to mix in because, you know, lactose intolerance and what not. However, I was at the store over the weekend and I just could not help myself for these Chobani Flips. While they are nothing new, I have tried to side step away from yogurt because we tend to not agree on a molecular level. All the tasty combos… ALL THE TASTY COMBOS. Just give it a shot and see what happens.

I picked up four different flavors to sprinkle into my week and this was the first that I had tried.

The packaging boasts honey greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, corn flakes, and honey oat clusters. Does anyone like the cereal Oh’s? Oh, its my favorite and my brain told me that this, would taste like that. I anxiously opened the container, praying to the dairy gods that I wouldn’t be paying for this later and mixed together the toppings and yogurt. Can we just take a moment to mention how off-putting greek yogurt looks naked before mixed? Eesh. Hello weird food hang ups, nice to see you.

I mixed this treat and tried not to get it everywhere. While I like the design concept of flipping, it truly is kind of hard to mix with a normal sized spoon and not slosh it all over the sides as well as get into the corners for equal topping distribution.

I took a bite, a BIG bite and was slightly surprised by the flavor. I was expecting this to taste like sweet honey and crunchy corn cereal, but it tasted like… apple cider? I tried another bite thinking maybe the pumpkin or something was throwing me for a loop and I again was met with the flavor of cider. Don’t get me wrong, I like apple cider but when you’re expecting one thing and get something else, it definitely shocks the senses a bit. I finished the container, and proceeded to ponder why that was so cinnamon-y even though a brief skim of the ingredients didn’t show any and then proceeded to have THE WORST HEART BURN EVER. That’s a little over the top, because that is pretty much reserved for Grape Nuts and Maple Donuts, but holy cow was I breathing fire.

I will probably try this flavor again to just confirm the weird flavor profile despite what the packaging boasts as far as mix ins. Maybe I got a wonky cup? IF it does in fact taste the same, then I will pass on future purchases because its not really my jam, and I also am not really into turning into a dragon first thing in the morning. And for the record my insides did not revolt at work, so this trial will continue. For now…

Found at Walmart

May 3, 2018
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Triscuit – Fig & Honey

Posted in Snack Crackers

Do you ever learn something about a food you eat and despite how good it tastes, you can’t help but think about it when you eat it? That’s how I feel when it comes to figs. I won’t go into the details that have scared my brain, but lets just say I will never eat a fig raw. On the flip side, I really enjoy fig flavored things, and I also really like honey, in small doses. For me, honey is one of those things that if I eat more than a small spoonful, it gives me an upset stomach – I think that’s why I have such a hard time with candy corn, though most will argue that the only place candy corn belongs is in the trash, back off haters, I’ll take it off your hands. It may take me 100 years to eat at a few pieces at a time, but bring me your candy corn! Anyways, totally derailed. When Nabisco has come out with a lot of flavors over the last year, I would even go as far as to say too many only for the sake of keeping track for someone like myself that likes to try ALL OF THE THINGS!

Triscuits are one of those crackers that I cannot resist eating the entire box. Something about the extreme crunchy, lightly salted texture that I cannot get enough of, as long as I have a beverage too. Realistically, the nutritional facts on the outside of the box should be a single serving. I was excited to see a new flavor of Triscuits quietly nestled between the old favorites on the shelf at Walmart and knew I had to try them. A potentially sweet flavor? Sign me up.

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Can we take a brief moment and talk about the suggested topping for this cracker? Ricotta, asparagus, and honey. This has got to be the most EXTRA recipe that Nabisco has ever featured on their box. Do people actually make these things? Spoiler, I would skip the honey, these are sweet enough! Anyways. Onto the food. When I opened the box, the smell of honey was the first thing I picked up – color me excited. Upon first taste, my taste buds were a little confused. I think when you’ve grown accustomed to how something is going to taste solely based on the appearance, your brain is thrown for a bit of a loop (ie: purple and green ketchup of the 90s). Immediately you are hit with the sweetness from the honey, and the sweetness from the fig, both of which are a bit different, quietly followed by a hint of salt. If you are used to the fig flavoring of a Fig Newton, they taste NOTHING like that.

These are really good though despite my compulsion to eat an entire box I only ate them a couple at a time. Maybe it was the honey, or the sweetness in general, but I was satisfied after a few. I would definitely continue to buy this flavor to mix things up a bit with the ole stand by. The Junk Food Guy suggested a bit of brie cheese with these, but I won’t be subjecting my lactose hating body to that for science. Overall, definitely give these a buy if you’re into salty and sweet!

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Found at Walmart

May 29, 2017
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Nature Valley Granola Cups – Almond Butter

Posted in Bakery, Snack Bars

I bought these about a month ago and in true snack hoarder fashion, I totally forgot that I had them tucked away in a Target bag for a rainy day. Well I guess that works because it’s raining outside today in sunny California. Granola anything is something that I can live with or without. It has never been something that I have been like “Wow! I could really go for some granola right now!” but when I saw these, I was a bit intrigued. How much can you really do to jazz up granola that hasn’t already been done? Make it salty and sweet, cover it in chocolate, etc.
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I am notorious for snacking while at the computer. I picked up this bad habit from late nights gaming and chatting on IRC (just typing that instantly makes me feel old) and lately I have been trying to avoid the old standbys of candy and chips – so these totally swooped in and saved the day, until I had a moment of panic. Did I just buy something with a yogurt center? Don’t get me wrong, I like to enjoy granola in my coconut yogurt, but the dairy stuff? Oh boy. Luckily after about 3 seconds of reading, I realized it was almond butter, all right in the world again.

These babies are a little bit bigger than an American half dollar coin. I was hoping for something a little more bite size, but I guess if I didn’t have the mouth the size of a small mouse, they would be. Upon first bite, the flavor of honeyed granola is very apparent as well as cinnamon/brown sugar. The cup portion isn’t as brick like as a normal Nature Valley granola bar that will literally shatter a tooth if you don’t bash it on the counter a few times before enjoying, which makes it nice. The almond butter is smooth and creamy, but not very exciting. My major qualm with this snack is that I feel that the almond pieces on top are a little too large. Sometimes almonds can be like small rocks when chewing and I ran into that with one of the cups I was enjoying. Overall I enjoyed the flavor and it really satisfied my wanting of a sweet snack without it being something that was 110% sugar.

Word to the wise, don’t pop the entire thing in your mouth. Have you ever seen a dog try and eat a large spoonful of peanut butter? It pretty much went like that.

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Found at Target for $3.59

April 6, 2017
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Brach’s Carmel Apple Candy Corn & Green Apple Candy Corn

Posted in Candy

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Buried in a sea of classic candy corn, harvest corn, and candy corn pumpkins, Brach’s decided to mix things up a bit this Halloween and release two flavors to only crave once a year, Carmel Apple Candy Corn and Green Apple Candy Corn. Every year I convince myself that I love candy corn – and I do, but usually after 1 handful I’m good for another 364 days. I thought that these would change my mind, but nope – they didn’t.

First off, what shape is imprinted on the candy corn? Is it where the kernel is supposed to attach to the cob? Isn’t it supposed to be an indentation instead? I’ve always wondered that.

Let’s start with the Carmel Apple Candy Corn. I was curious how this flavor would translate to this delicious honey flavored treat – it wasn’t too bad. I tasted more honey than carmel and the apple flavor tasted rather fake. I know what you’re thinking, “Erin, it is fake.” I know this, but a girl can dream for a more natural flavor. I was also expecting the red portion to taste like apple and the brown portion to taste like carmel, but the entire candy had one flavor. All in all I would buy these to put out at a party.

The Green Apple flavor does not boast a honey undertone in the bag, which I didn’t notice until I tried them and was surprised by the lack of honey flavor. The bag also has the candy corn coloring backwards, nice proofing Brach’s. I didn’t care for these very much, mostly because it just tasted like a gritty apple candy. I honestly see this flavor as more of an Easter flavor than Halloween. You can definitely taste the crisp flavor of a green apple vs. a red. I still liked the Carmel Apple flavor more. I would not buy the Green Apple Candy Corn again.

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Texture: 3/5 – If you have never had candy corn in your lifetime, I apologize for your sheltered childhood 😛 These are grainy just like the classic candy corn.

Smell: 4/5 – Both of these smell like their respective flavors. Yum!

Appearance: 3/5 – I’m still confused about the imprints on the candy corns. I also feel like the color blocking was not consistent across the board. They seemed like an after thought.

Taste: 2.5/5 – I would give the Carmel Apple Candy Corn 3/5. The flavoring is decent and it has the classic honey flavoring of regular candy corn. I give the Green Apple Candy Corn a 2/5. I did not care for the flavoring all that much, but I did enjoy the crispness.

October 21, 2012
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