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Dippin’ Dots – Birthday Cake Flavored Magic Milk Straws

Posted in Confectionaries, Drinks

Hello food friends! I am so glad its Saturday. This week was pretty whirlwind and I definitely need some time to regroup. A little anecdote from work yesterday – I work in shipping and receiving at my job and I am the only person that works back there, so when things get a little crazy, my brain often tries to do a million things at once. I’m sure most of you can relate to that it doesn’t always work as planned when trying to accomplish many things at once. I was unloading a shipment and was checking the packing slip against our purchase order in the computer and there were a bunch of items that they sent us that were not on our purchase order. Sometimes this happens, and I just adjust our purchase order to reflect the incorrect shipment so that our inventory is correct, but this was a lot of stuff.

I approached my boss and asked if she wanted to keep the items and she said no and to contact the vendor to see what was up with all of this stuff. Luckily our customer service rep for this particular brand is rather personable and friendly and she agreed to look into it for me after I emailed her all of my paperwork. When I returned to my desk, after emailing her from the front office (without the dang attachment, which I had to send again, feeling like an idiot) I returned to my desk in the backroom and noticed that my printer was out of paper… GREAT. So why could I not find all these items on our purchase order? Because my printer didn’t print the entire thing. I had to email her yet again and admit my dummy mistake, at lest it made for a good laugh. Moral of the story? Check your printer.

That pretty much set the pace for my entire day – and honestly I was glad to jet out of there at 5:30. I really enjoy my job, but some days are just insane. So today I have killed myself at the gym (another life lesson, don’t leave your inhaler at home because you don’t feel like carrying it) am getting an oil change and am at Starbucks drinking the most expensive chocolate soy milk I have ever had because it sounded good.

I saw these at Walmart the other night while doing a little grocery shopping for the week. Some of you may recall that I have reviewed a couple of other versions (here) but who knew Dippin’ Dots were still around, let alone in the milk game. I guess the progression is natural, considering ice cream is made of milk, but we shall see.

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Much like the Got Milk? version of these straws, they are somehow magical. I am unsure what about them makes them magical, its not like you can’t see what is inside of the straw. Now if these looked like ordinary straws and they somehow managed to taste like birthday cake when drinking milk? THAT would be magical. When I think birthday cake, my first thought goes to a generic sheet cake with the overly sugary icing that is oh so good, but oh so bad at the same time. Much like when I reviewed the Got Milk? version, I decided to eat these more like a pixie stick than use them in milk (mostly because I don’t drink milk and I don’t often have soy or almond milk in the house because I don’t use it fast enough) Maybe that is where all of this goes wrong.

I snipped off the end of the straw and poured a bit into my mouth. My initial reaction is that these taste more like sprinkles that you would find on birthday cake more so than the cake itself. Now don’t get me wrong, I love sprinkles. I even used sprinkles in my cereal in a moment of desperation after not being able to locate the sugar at my Mom’s house. (photographic evidence here) But I was expecting the buttery taste of the cake and the sugary taste of the frosting mixed in one. In the name of science, or gluttony, I devoured one more, thinking maybe I would finally make sense of what they were trying to do here, but it was still just a bunch of sugar to me. Richard dared me to pour an entire one in my mouth, and not wanting to opt out of a dare, I poured the entire contents of a third straw into my mouth. I could kind of see where Dippin’ Dots were going with this, but it missed the rich cake flavor that I was expecting. (P.S. Richard also accused me of trying to show off my cute nails in the second picture, this may or may not be true)

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Texture: 4/5 – Now because these are meant to be consumed with milk, I imagine that there would be little texture change in your bovine beverage, but because of the volume in the straw, I also imagine that you would have to consume quite a bit of milk to use up the entire contents of the straw. Now eating them, they are rather crunchy, somewhat similar in texture to a nerds candy or a sugar sprinkle.

Smell: 3/5 – These had a faint smell of what could be considered cake, but the aroma was pretty faint.

Appearance: 5/5 – I am a sucker for pastel colors despite my love for black clothing. The pink, blue, yellow and white dots in the straw remind me of birthday cake.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I feel that these straws miss the mark a little with the flavor profile of birthday cake. It has the frosting element down, but it really needs some help in the cake flavor department. I think I would buy these again as a treat to pour on ice cream or something sweet but not filling to eat in a long line at Disneyland (I’m jonesing hard for a little Disneyland right now)

May 18, 2013
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Thrive Frozen Nutrition – Milk Chocolate

Posted in Ice Cream

Good Evening errybody! How is everyone doing? I have been hitting the gym for the first time in a while the last few days and its been kicking my butt, literally and figuratively. My snack habits don’t strictly revolve around junk food. I often look around for something some what healthy to try as well, but lets face it, for most people a cookie tastes better than a beet. I am completely envious of those of you that can polish off a pint of ice cream with no regrets – but as for me, I have become full blown lactose intolerant as of August of 2012. Dairy was always kind of a Russian roulette prior to that, but no more. Now if you follow me on instagram, where I mostly post cat pictures and food pictures (isn’t that what instragram is for? @pyropixie by the way) you will be saying “But Erin, you had pizza for dinner tonight!” And you’re right, I did, you can’t deny pizza, no matter how awful you feel after.

Anyways – Imagine my surprise when wandering the frozen aisles and seeing this little gem tucked away on a top shelf. I always look at the various soy, almond, and tofu ice creams, but they always seem to have the same flavor. Vanilla or chocolate. I’m sorry, but if we can make veggies into a patty that could fool someone into thinking they are eating a burger, we surely can make non dairy ice cream into another flavor but vanilla or chocolate. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy both of these flavors, but I am just burnt out. I also notice that non dairy ice cream uhhh.. treats.. tend to taste a little off in the flavor department. Coming down from a major disappointment with the purchase I made of the mini mint chip ice cream sandwiches from Toffutti, I figured that the Thrive Frozen Nutrition was worth a shot.

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Originally I was tempted to put this back on the shelf when I saw that the first ingredient was milk, but upon further investigation it boasted that it was okay for people with lactose intolerance. I was definitely curious now. I really love yogurt, but alas had to cut that out of my diet too (I really like Amande yogurt for all you non diary peeps out there) so I was also excited to see that this had live cultures in it. In my fit of excitement of throwing it into my basket, I mistakenly thought there were four cups in the package, not two. The package was 5 dollars at my local Save Mart, which is a bit steep for 2 cups of ice cream, but what the hay, I pay close to that for one drink at Starbucks (because they charge for soy! UGH)

I decided to have one for dinner, because I am an adult and make my own choices. I was expecting the flavor to be the generic chocolate flavor you find with ‘health’ foods. I grabbed a spoon, headed up stairs, and crawled into bed with my treat. So. Let’s just throw this out there now. PROTIP: Use a metal spoon. I had a plastic spoon out of sheer laziness. I did not realize how dense this treat is and snapped the spoon straight down the middle. NICE. So in true OCD fashion, I chiseled around the outside of the cup with small little bites and made spiral into the middle so that the treat was flat, where I proceeded to start the process all over again. I was really surprised by the taste. This stuff doesn’t taste healthy at all! The chocolate flavor is rich and flavorful. The treat itself is creamy and delicious.

I am not sure if it is because of the serving size or the amount of protein, but I almost couldn’t finish the whole cup because I was full. I really hope that local stores pick up a few of the other flavors as I would love to give them a try, despite the hefty price tag.

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Texture: 5/5 – I did not realize how dense this treat is in the cup prior to eating, but you would never know by the texture. I would venture to say that you probably couldn’t tell the difference between a scoop of this and a scoop of your favorite chocolate ice cream in terms of texture. It is creamy and delicious (but not scoopable with a plastic spoon)

Smell: 3/5 – Nothing really to write home about in the terms of smells. It smells like milk chocolate, and freezer.

Appearance: 3/5 – I must admit that I fell for the image on the outside of the package of the perfectly scooped mound of ice cream pictured in the cup. Either the fancy scoop melted in both of my cups and froze over into a flat layer, or it was never there to begin with. I was also surprised to see the freezer burn inside of the sealed cup. My guess is because this probably contains more water than regular ice cream.

Taste: 5/5 – This was really really good. I am always skeptic of non dairy ice creams because of their inability to get the flavor just right, but the guys at Thrive nailed this – and packed it full of protein, vitamins, and probiotics too! I would almost venture to say that if I were served a scoop of Thrive and a scoop of chocolate ice cream, I would have hard time telling them apart. I would definitely buy this again, even at 5 bucks a pop. Now the real task, keeping everyone elses spoons off them. P.S. Thrive, don’t ever stop.

May 15, 2013
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Britannia Milk Bikis

Posted in Cookies

Good evening! Aside from frequenting the usual places to find new treats to try, I enjoy checking out the local ethnic markets. Lucky for me we have quite a few here in Sacramento. I live near an Indian market, and would drive by it almost daily. Finally one evening we decided to venture in and see what they had to offer. The one thing I find the hardest about shopping in authentic markets is that a lot of items are not really easily identified or packaged with English translations. Sometimes this can make for exciting new food discoveries, but sometimes it can be a recipe for disaster.

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I usually try to stick to cookies and candy, as I find them the “safest” as far as extreme flavors are concerned. I picked up these cookies thinking they would be somewhat like a buttery waffle like cookie. They were only 49 cents, which I thought was a total score. I tucked these away and remembered I had them while looking for something sweet.

I opened the package to find 4 dense cookies staring back at me. I expected these to taste similar to an animal cracker, but I was wrong. I took one bite and was surprised to find that these cookies had almost no flavoring. These were the epitome of bland. I’m unsure if these are usually eaten with something else such as jam or peanut butter or something, but good grief they need it. They were not sweet at all, did not have a distinct flavor, and were kind of a black hole of flavor.

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Texture: 3/5 – These cookies are very dense and dry. Maybe that’s why they are diving into milk on the outside.

Smell: 2/5- These have hardly any smell at all.

Appearance: 4/5- I like the waffle shape on the cookie, it appeals to the square lover in me. Other than that, these are pretty mundane.

Taste: 1.5/5 – These are really really bland. It was almost kind of weird that you could bite into this extremely dense cookie and taste hardly anything. These might be good if you had something to dip them in, but I don’t plan on buying them again.

January 3, 2013
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Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws – Cookies & Cream and Wild Berry

Posted in Confectionaries

Hey guys! Have you ever had one of those days where you are sipping on a glass of milk (or almond, soy, rice, whatever milk) and thought to yourself, “Man, this moo juice would taste SO much better if I could drink it through a complicated straw that housed tiny little flavor crystals that would flavor each sip!” Me either. Somewhere along the way Got Milk? thought of this interesting idea. These flavor straws are nothing new. They have been around for at least a year or two, but every time I pass them hanging on the sidecap, I try to convince myself to buy them and give them a try. Finally I broke down and picked these up at SaveMart the other night.

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So, again I ask myself, what the hell is a wild berry? And why can’t I buy it at a store? According to Got Milk? wild berry is a mixture of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and BLACK CARROT JUICE CONCENTRATE. WHAT IN THE… What in the world is black carrot juice. Why is it in my milk? Now I must admit. I don’t drink milk. Not only do I not enjoy it, but I am lactose intolerant. I also hate that soy milk only comes in the most giant container ever made and rarely buy it because I can’t finish the entire thing before its time to throw it away. So to try these, I opted for some vanilla dairy free yogurt. I know what you’re thinking, you sucked yogurt through these straws? No, I didn’t. I broke the first rule of Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws, I cut them open. Other rules include using only one straw for one glass of milk and making sure children under 3 are supervised while using a straw.

I find the design of the straw itself rather ingenious. The cookies and cream flavor has the top and bottom of the straw dimpled together to allow the milk to come through it. The wild berry is a bit more sophisticated with a plastic filter on each end.

The cookies and creme flavor is pretty much just chocolate because your milk or the yogurt in my case makes up for the creme flavor. The flavor crystals also do not dissolve very quickly so I fail to see why they put a limit of 1 glass of milk per straw, honestly I think you’ll need 2 glasses at least to use up a single straw. The wild berry tastes mostly like raspberry, no carrots here. I actually preferred to just cut the ends off these and pour them directly into my mouth, kind of like Nerds.

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Texture: 3/5 – In their raw form, the flavor crystals are really crunchy. They don’t dissolve quickly (at least in yogurt) and I imagine they would not change the texture of your milk drink until you get to the point where they are so small that they would pass through the tiny holes in the filter.
Smell: 4/5 – The cookies & cream flavor smells like a milky chocolate treat. The wild berry smells like berries mixed with a slight hint of vanilla.
Appearance: 5/5 – I am impressed with the design of the straw (and easily amused). I also like the color variants in each of the straws. Makes me think of sprinkles, for your milk!
Taste: 3/5 – The cookies & cream flavor is pretty much just chocolate. I need to sample the regular chocolate flavor straws to see if in fact they taste the same.  The wild berry flavor is pretty good. Raspberry is the most apparent flavor out of all of the berries used in these. I would probably buy these again, just to eat straight from the straw for a nice 17 calorie treat.

December 7, 2012
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