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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.

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October 2, 2013
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Altoids Smalls – Nordic Mint

Posted in Candy

Good Evening you tangy tangerines! How is everyone today? I have a major case of OCD when it comes to grocery store check out lanes. I don’t know if it is from my time spent as a cashier at Target (before moving into grocery) or if it is just OCD in general, but I always feel the need to organize and fix all of the mints and gum so that they look presentable. It is also something to do when the line is long, and it gives me a chance to look through all the impulse buys to see if there is anything new. The other night while at Bel Air, I was waiting to check out and spotted these little guys (literally) tucked away between their more well known flavor offerings and was curious. They are after all, curiously strong.

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I am more of a gum chewer than a mint popper mostly because I really enjoy mints, and could easily eat the entire tin without thinking. I recall one time when I was still working at Hot Topic that we started carrying caffeinated mints by Penguin. Of course I didn’t really read the label, I was more so just catering to my mint addiction and the fact that I was getting 40% off – had I known that they were caffeinated, I would have passed. I ate about 10 in the span of an hour, which was the equivalent to 5 cups of coffee, and thought I might die. My heart was racing, I was sweating like crazy, and I had a hard time focusing. Lesson learned? Always read the labels.
When Altoids first debuted, I was really excited because I really love intense mint flavoring. Before I really switched over to gum, I would crunch away on a tin of Altoids like they were potato chips. Occasionally I will pick up a tin of the minis and keep them in my purse, but I really haven’t purchased a tin of Altoids in ages. When I saw the Nordic Mint flavor, it piqued my interest, mostly because I have no idea exactly what makes something Nordic versus regular mint.
I thought about this for a while, trying to figure out what flavor Nordic Mint was because I honestly couldn’t put my finger on what made these different from the regular mints. I knew they tasted different, but I couldn’t figure out why. Someone best described the flavor as peppermint with a hint of menthol. I think this is a pretty astute observation. They are not as powerful as a regular Altoid, so if you’re not into that, these may be for you, but they still pack a punch despite their cute size. They leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean and one small mint will do the trick.
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Texture: 4/5 – Typical mint texture. If you chew on it, it will be crunchy and somewhat gritty. Suck on it long enough and it will melt away in your mouth.
Smell: 5/5 – Not only do these mints pack a punch in the taste department, they let everyone around you know that you just popped an Altoid.
Appearance: 4/5 – Anything mini usually means extra cute. Because of their square shape, I want to organize them in the tin, but in the famous words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time fo that!” Also don’t carry these around loose, someone might mistake it for some weird club drug.
Taste: 5/5 – These mints are really good. They are not so strong that your mouth burns from the mint flavoring, but they are strong enough to give you that fresh feeling. Just one is enough after a garlic filled meal for me to make me feel less like I am going to peel some paint off the walls. Give them a try! Also for those of you who watch your sugar intake, these bad boys are sugar free!
What do you think Nordic Mint is?

May 13, 2013
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M&Ms – White Chocolate Peppermint

Posted in Candy

Well hello there, and a special hello to those of you who have found me via The Impulsive Buy! I’m not going to lie, I thought about skipping a review today because I am dead tired from going to a show in San Francisco last night, and not getting home until 2AM (it was a 2 hour drive each way for me) BUT – How could I do that to you lovely people?

I picked up these M&M’s at Target on Tuesday and decided to give them a whirl today. I did not however know that they are a Target exclusive. What is with all the retailers getting exclusive snack foods? In a sense its kind of cool, but at the same time its frustrating because it forces me to make extra trips to try and find things that I want to eat. The plain chocolate mint M&M’s used to be a staple at my house during Christmas when I was younger. My mom had this amazing purple and pink glass candy dish that I would never be able to lift the lid off of quietly to sneak some M&M’s, no matter how stealthy I tried to be.

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So first off, why do these have to be so massive? They are about the size of a peanut butter M&M, and honestly I find white chocolate a little rich for my taste. I love sugar, don’t get me wrong, I will eat it by the spoonful out of the jar plain, but there is something about white chocolate that tends to give me a tummy ache after about the first handful. The peppermint flavoring is not overbearing, and adds just the right amount of cool flavoring to the white chocolate. I honestly cant stomach more than a handful before rolling the bag up and putting it back in my desk drawer at work for later snackery. There is definitely something familiar about the flavor as a whole though and it took me a while to put my finger on it.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chunks of white chocolate coated in a crunchy candy shell make for a typical M&M experience. Because the interior has a glob of the white chocolate, I often find myself trying to bite off the crunchy exterior then eat the inside because I’m weird like that.

Smell: 4/5 – There is a definite balance of sweet and mint when opening the bag that gives you that nice gust of Christmas.

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about these guys. I see where they are going with the red and white, as a nod to the candy cane (and possibly Target), but a couple of green ones wouldn’t have hurt to take festive to a whole new level.

Taste: 3/5 – These M&Ms are good nor bad. For me they were pretty middle of the road. The white chocolate mint lover will enjoy these, but its nothing that I wish they would make year round. For those of you who don’t have a Target near by and are dying to try them – just eat some Smooth n’ Meltys! They taste exactly the same and the nonpareils will give you the same crunch as the exterior of the M&M and most likely for a fraction of the price.

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November 16, 2012
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Pepperidge Farms Milano Minis Candy Cane & Milano Slices Peppermint

Hello! Hello! Especially to those of you who have found me via Pinterest! Grab your favorite snack and take a look around. Today I received some intel that Target had two new flavors of Pepperidge Farms cookies in their seasonal section. I needed to pick up hair ties anyways, so it didn’t really take much to twist my arm and stop by today and pick these up. I was rather curious what the differences were going to be, if any at all, between these two cookies because they were practically the same. Light delicious cookie, chocolate, and mint together. I was also intrigued by the mini factor, as I have never seen anything like that before. (though a quick Google search turns up that they are available in regular chocolate flavor, and they also produced a limited edition dark chocolate covered version – sounds delicious!)

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I started with the slices first – I felt like I was re-entering familiar territory since I not so long ago reviewed the Milano Salted Pretzel Slices. Those, were kind of a disaster, but I had higher hopes for these because of the plethora of peppermint pieces crumbled on top. Small rant, what is with the chocolate Pepperidge Farm uses? It melts INSTANTANEOUSLY. They want you to be caught red handed eating cookies, because no matter if you hold the cookie for 0.0001 second or a minute, you will somehow manage to get chocolate on your fingers – even if you aren’t touching the chocolate part. It is a conspiracy.

I did not execute the same taste test as I did for the salted pretzel (chocolate side up and side down), I did however just pop the whole thing into my mouth like a chocolate starved woman. I was greeted with the familiar Milano cookie taste with a lovely undertone of peppermint. It was not overpowering at all. I would most likely compare the flavor to a mild thin mint. If a thin mint were a 10, these would be a 6 on intensity of chocolate mint flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – I was slightly concerned that due to the sheer volume of peppermint crunch sprinkled on top of these cookies that it would be too much, but it was just enough to add a nice texture element to the cookie.

Smell: 3/5 – When opening the bag, the only smell you can smell inside is that of chocolate, not peppermint at all.

Appearance: 3/5 – They aren’t the prettiest of cookies, but they get the job done. I also noticed that a lot of the peppermint topping fell off the cookies in my bag.

Taste: 4/5 – These are really delicious. The dark chocolate pared with the peppermint makes for perfect harmony on the light cookie. I could easily eat the whole bag and not feel like I just ate a box of candy canes. I would buy these again a heart beat.

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So you remember the mini rant (no pun intended due to reviewing mini cookies) about getting chocolate all over your hands when eating Milanos? Pepperidge Farm wanted to make sure that you get caught RED handed with these. I was extremely surprised to look inside of the bag and see how tiny these little guys are. I am not sure what I was expecting their size to be, but they were so little! I can’t really decide if they chose to use the red as a forced festive nod  or what they were going for here, but I can’t say its working for them. I ate a few of these to try and get the full effect. I would say that the mint flavoring tastes more like a toothpaste mint flavor than a candy mint flavor – if that makes sense to you. Its good, but you can tell its completely artificial. The aftertaste of these was not very appealing.

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Texture: 4/5 – These had the texture of the familiar cookie. Light crunchy exterior and smooth chocolate interior. Because the peppermint flavoring was added to the filling instead of chunks like the slices, there was no crunchy element to this cookie other than the cookie itself.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these is immediately chocolate and mint mixed together. They smell divine.

Appearance: 2/5 – Again with the soft smearable chocolate, the red portion did not hold up well in my bag, as when I opened it, it looked like a Milano murder scene inside.

Taste: 2/5 – I did not care for this version of the cookie. The chocolate and cookie portion were delicious, but the peppermint element was off. I also did not like the aftertaste that it left. I would not buy these again, or subject my guests at a holiday party to them, though they are cute.

November 7, 2012
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Snack Factory – Pretzel Crisps – Mint Chocolate Crunch

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Guess what internet! I have… internet at home again! This is beyond exciting. For those of you that don’t know, I have been solely blogging via my phone since this website started, and lets just say that it has been quite the challenge. I had plans to review something else today, but I saw these while at Target and knew immediately that I had to try them.

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Like with most things in the food world, the picture on the outside drew me in. I have sampled the other flavors, but have never seen these before. They looked like the perfect balance of mint flavored white chocolate, sprinkled with cute little chocolate chips – how could you go wrong? I am an avid mint lover, York Peppermint Patties are one of my favorite candies of all time, and I think we all know my love of pretzels from the Milano review. The two of these together, sounds absolutely delicious! I imagine that they would taste like dipping a regular pretzel crisp into a bowl of mint chip ice cream! MMMmmmm!

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Then I was greeted with this.  What in the world is this atrocity. This looks nothing like the picture! Don’t adjust your monitor folks, they really are that weird shade of greenbrown… browngreen… brogren.. grebown… whatever. Not the most appealing color if you ask me. But despite the off-putting color choice, I decided to dive right in. I’m just going to say it. They are SO GOOD. Exactly like dipping a lightly salted pretzel into a bowl of mint chip ice cream. It is the perfect amount of crunch plus a little salt, plus a nice non fake tasting mint, finished off with a little milk chocolate. Heaven in a bag I say. The only down point to these? They are a small bag and will run you a whopping $3.00. Definitely a bit of a rip off considering most of the bag is air.

Texture: 4/5 -The white chocolate they use is nice and smooth. The pretzel is still surprisingly crunchy and crispy despite being completely encased.

Smell: 5/5 – To quote one of my favorite bands – these smelled just like heaven. Upon opening the bag you are greeted with the delicious smell of mint, but not completely overpowering.

Appearance: 2/5 – I was definitely not expecting these to look the way they did based on the picture on the outside of the bag. The weird color mixture is a bit weird to look at, and there are not nearly as many chocolate chips as the front picture would lead you to believe.

Taste: 4/5 – These are good – REALLY good. It would be very easy to eat all of these at one time. I like them better than the chocolate peppermint pretzel crisps and the white chocolate peppermint crisps by far. I would buy these again, but I would wait for them to be on sale.

October 29, 2012
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