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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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Limited Edition Oreos – Lemon Twist

Posted in Cookies

Good evening friends! Also, a special hello to those who found me via So Good, color me flattered for mentioning me in their blog! When I heard that Oreo had planned on releasing a lemon Oreo, I knew I had to get on that. Sadly I couldn’t find them anywhere! I finally came to the acceptance that they would slip though my fingers and I would never be able to taste this possibly delicious flavor. But despite my admission of defeat, it never stopped me from looking at every grocery store I stepped foot into – that makes me sound like I go to the grocery store a lot, but I don’t. Last night while procuring some fruit snacks at SaveMart, I spotted these on a sidecap. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t jump about 3 feet into the air with excitement. Yes I have a problem.

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I am not overly sure what I envisioned these to taste like aside from the fact that I knew Oreo wouldn’t let me down. So far with all of the different flavors that I have tried,  I don’t care for the peanut butter filling or the Berry Blast flavor. I am also not the biggest fan of golden Oreos, but the thought of a chocolate cookie plus lemon creme doesn’t sound appealing in the slightest, despite my affinity for mixing weird foods.

Can I just say that I find Oreos packing a mixture of genius and frustration? I really wish Keebler would get on this packaging tip. I like that all of the Oreos are laid out before you, ready for consumption, but I dislike that some get tucked in the corners and make it a little tough to procure. #snackfoodproblems I guess.

When I peeled back the flap on top of the package of Oreos, I was greeted with the smell of a buttery cookie mixed with the light scent of lemon. It was not overpowering at all. I found the creme in these to be a little more on the squishy side vs. a regular Oreo, but thats OK because I like to pop my Oreos open and eat the creme first. I don’t know if its the consistency of the creme or if I have perfected some sort of patent worthy maneuver of removing cookie creme, but you can’t really lick th creme off, as it pretty much sides off in one piece.

I really wanted to like these, and I do, but I don’t feel that Oreo brought anything new to the table with these. They pretty much tasted like any other lemon creme cookie that you can find on your local supermarket shelf, and the only thing that sets them apart is the Oreo brand name. Womp womp.

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Texture: 4/5 –The creme inside of these cookies has the familiar texture of Oreo creme (powdered sugar mixed with lard, sorry to burst anyones bubble on that one) Coupled with the cookie, it makes for a nice mixture of crunch and creamy. Yum!

Smell: 5/5 – These things smell very good. I am a huge fan of lemon flavored foods (lemon candies, Vitamin water, cookies, etc) and the smell of these match the flavor.

Appearance: 4/5 – I think it would be cool if Oreo came up with some sort of limited edition stamp to use on their cookies, kind of like what they did for the birthday cake flavor. That way you can wave these around in your friends face who may or may not care that you are eating limited edition Oreos. They do look pretty much like regular golden Oreos though.

Taste: 3/5 – I give these a middle of the road rating, not because they are not good, but because they are nothing new. If you can find them, try them, if you can’t, just buy some lemon sandwich cookies, write OREO on the outside and chow down. Your brain will never know the difference.

Check out what The Impulsive Buy had to say about these guys!

October 30, 2012
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Limited Edition Chex Mix Muddy Buddies – Peppermint Bark

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

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While wandering the aisles of Walmart late the other night, I spotted this amongst the planogram reset they were completing down their seasonal food aisles. I forgave them a little for this gem, despite getting my hopes up by hanging a sign over the Pringles that said ‘pumpkin’. Needless to say I rifled through all of the cans of Pringles looking for the pumpkin flavor, but then realized they had handwritten signs along all the lines of shelving for where their Thanksgiving products were going – DOH. I love all things peppermint. LOVE. So I had high hopes for this snack mix.

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I have tried the original Muddy Buddies from Chex Mix, and I don’t care for them. As most food, homemade Muddy Buddies are far superior. I’ve never heard of or thought of a peppermint Muddy Buddy though. Delicious idea! Upon opening the bag I was greeted with a very strong peppermint smell. MMMmmmmm… I was half expecting it to be a melted mess inside. When I think peppermint bark, I think of mass quantities of white chocolate, but to my surprise, not a mess at all. Instead of actual white chocolate, its more of a white peppermint powder.

I popped a handful in my mouth and was greeted with a lovely peppermint flavor but was surprised to crunch down and find a corn Chex inside. I think my Chex of choice would have been rice. But after a few more handfuls, I couldn’t stop myself. I felt like a shark in a feeding frenzy. This stuff is adictingly good. Yeah I just made that word up, but whatever – making up new words is a sign of genius. The only downfall from enjoying this delicious treat is the mass quantities of white powder. Your face will look like you either didn’t wipe your mouth after brushing your teeth, or you just did a bunch of cocaine. Your fingers will be coated as well, but much like Cheetos, part of the appeal is licking your fingers clean, duh.

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Texture: 4/5 – I enjoy that they chose a powder vs. actual white chocolate on these as they make them much easier to eat large quantities of. The texture is nice and does not taste gritty from the powder and the crunch of the Chex is perfect.

Smell: 5/5 – These smell just as good as they taste. Delicious!

Appearance: 4/5 – These Chex are caked with the peppermint powder, so there is no mistaking that the flavor will be strong.

Taste: 5/5 – If you like Chex and peppermint, these babies are for you. They are a nice balance of peppermint, not overpowering like a bag of corn Chex coated in Altoids. I honestly could (and probably will) kill this entire bag in one sitting, so note to self, stock up before you can’t find it anymore. I also think a chocolate peppermint version would be very good. Almost like a Thin Mint. In short, try them! You will probably like them… or love them like I did.

October 25, 2012
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Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins

Posted in Bread

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Raise your hand if you are tired of pumpkin flavored items yet? I am not one of those people. They could honestly make pumpkin flavored water and I would most likely drink it (that sounds really gross by the way, so don’t get any ideas food companies!) I spotted these English muffins at my local Walmart and had to give them a try. Apparently they were available last year, but I never had the opportunity to try them. I really love anything bread, and I think that if I had to choose one item to eat for the rest of my life, it would be a tough choice between chips and bread. I also like my bread lightly toasted (contrary to my mother, who enjoys her bread toasted to the point of cremation) I will literally hover over the toaster checking to see how brown the toast is getting. Now I sound like a crazy person. Anywho – the muffins!

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These had all the features of a regular English muffin. Odd shape, crumbs all over the bottom that get EVERYWHERE when eating them anywhere except standing over the trashcan or sink, nooks and crannies (remember those commercials?), and delicious flavor. I honestly failed to taste the pumpkin flavoring in these. I could definitely pick up the spices in pumpkin items. They mostly tasted like a regular English muffin with nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon added. I would enjoy these year round as an alternative if they offered them. Despite the claim of real pumpkin on the packaging, I’m still searching.

Texture: 4/5 – These have the same texture as a regular English muffin – with a small exception of small mushy spots where I think is the possible pumpkin that I am not tasting.

Smell: 4/5 – These babies smell delicious! But I also love the smell of ‘fall flavors’.

Appearance: 4/5 -These could easily be confused for wheat English muffins had I not seen the outside labeling. Nothing special about them, though I still hate the crumblies on the bottom that get everywhere.

Taste: 3/5 – I am disappointed at the lack of full pumpkin flavor – If you like your English muffins with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, you will really enjoy these. I would eat them again.

October 22, 2012
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Salsa de Chile Habanero, Chile con Queso, & Chile y Limon Pringles

Posted in Chips

Let’s just start this post out by saying that despite the category classification for this post as ‘Chips”, let it be known that Pringles are not chips – they are crisps! They were even sued over this whole debacle if you can believe it. Now that the threat of a lawsuit is past us, let’s move on to the review!

I can’t say I am a huge Pringles-aholic. I can eat a portion of a can, but about 1/3 the way through, I’m done because the flavor doesn’t grab me. Give me a bag of Salsa Verde Doritos? Adios! I’ll kill that bag in one sitting. But I always come back to Pringles when burnt out on all kinds of other delicious snacks. The vibrant packaging really piqued my interest in these when I was meandering the aisles of my local Walmart, looking for something new to try. My shopping company opted for the Chile y Limon flavor, where I chose to purchase all three. I tried these about a week ago, but have been sitting on this review until I could figure out where I wanted to post it.

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Salsa de Chile Habanero – I really love spicy food. Will it clear out my sinuses, make me sweat, and regret rubbing my eyes with my hands later? Sign me up! I had high hopes for this crisp to pack a nice little punch, but honestly it was rather underwhelming. You know the old adage “Eat with your eyes”? If you stare at this can of crisps long enough while crunching down on these, you can start to taste the breakdown in the flavor profile. Overall I think the flavor as a whole falls pretty flat. It’s over the top spice without much flavor – I feel like Pringles are giving me the finger saying “We are this spicy because we can be, get over it.” The inkling of flavor that I was able to place on this was a bit BBQ-y and smokey, both of which I’m not overly a fan of. I was disappointed because they smelled so good. Also what’s up with flavor-blasting only one side instead of equally coating the crisp?

Chile con Queso – After the disappointing first flavor, I went on to try these with low expectations. Upon first smell, I was pleasantly surprised. They smelled exactly like the cheesy pepper mixture you think of when eating queso. The intial flavor of these was mostly cheese with a mild pepper after flavor. I would have liked if the cheese flavor were a little more sharp instead of mild and milky. I did feel like Pringles redeemed themselves a little with this one.

Chile y Limón – Finally the Chile y Limón flavor on the chopping block. After taking a large inhale of the can after popping the top, I didn’t smell anything more than corn. Actually upon second smelling, I hardly smelled anything at all. I popped a few in my mouth and found that the flavor was pretty good. They had a nice spicy kick/afterburn and a lime undertone. It was not an overpowering lime flavor like the limited edition lime tortilla chips Mission put out this summer. It was just enough. Out of the three flavors I enjoyed these the most. Sadly though they also fell victim to the uneven seasoning on the crisp.

Texture: 4/5 They were just like any other Pringle. Light crisp with flavor sprayed on the outside vs. baked into the crisp.

Smell: 3/5 The habanero flavor had the most distinct smell, followed by the queso, then limón.

Appearance: 2/5 I’m giving these low marks because of all of the uneven flavoring on the crisps.

Taste: 3/5 I give the Habanero flavor a 2/5, the Queso flavor 3/5 and the Limón flavor a 4/5. All in all, I probably wouldn’t buy any of these again.


October 19, 2012
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