Lunchables Lunch Combinations – Dirt Cake

So I wish could say “I can’t even remember the last time I had a Lunchable”… but that would be completely untrue. On occasion the suck me in with the temptation of gross chicken nuggets and cold Pringles. Despite being gross, I just can’t get enough sometimes. I am also sad that I can never find the original Lunchable anymore. Are they even made anymore? Do kids even know the struggle we had of a Lunchable with no drink and an Andes mint as dessert (I am not complaining about the mint, I love Andes mints – best reason to eat at Olive Garden aside from the unlimited breadsticks). As I was strolling down the cold foods section in Walmart, looking for lunch meat, I spotted this gem tucked away between 700 different Lunchables, that were all pretty much the same, but presented with different things, and 20 flavors of Rev sandwich roll things.

I was a bit shocked that this is considered a lunch combination, considering that the calorie intake is almost as much as what I eat for an entire lunch somedays. People would give this to their kid in addition to either another Lunchable or in a sack lunch? Crazy!

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So despite not being able to say “I can’t remember the last time I had a Lunchable”, I can however say I can’t remember the last time I had dirt cake. I am not really into my food being mixed together. I like that each of the items are separated so that I can choose to eat them separately if I please. I contemplated this for a moment, but I felt like I was doing myself a disservice and not getting the full experience of the Lunchable… Dessertable…? I grabbed this treat from the fridge, plopped down on the couch and watched some old Monday Night Nitro while digging -haha!- in.

It took a little for the gummy worms to not be crazy chewy from being cold. The frosting in the middle, which I remember it being pudding as a child, was really syrupy in that it was really drippy, and the cookie crumbs were… cookie crumbs. Most of the combinations of flavors were good, but I did not care for lime gummy worm + frosting + cookie crumbs. Kinda gross. I ran out of worms before I ran out of the frosting and cookie crumbs, so I grabbed a spoon and polished off the rest because I’m an adult and I do what I want.

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Texture: 3/5 – The gummy worms started out as really chewy because they were cold, then the outside got really sticky from the condensation from the temperature change. The frosting was really syrupy and the cookie crumbs were crunchy.

Smell: 4.5/5 – This was chocolate delight! Yum!

Appearance: 3/5 – Nothing really exciting about this offering. I feel like it should have included a spoon.

Taste: 3.5/5 – This Lunchable was okay. The parts were good and the sum of the parts were good, but it wasn’t anything I haven’t had before. I wish they were full sized gummy worms because I ran out of those well before I ran out of frosting and cookie crumbs. Also the frosting was really messy because it was so syrupy. I also needed a spoon to eat the remaining cookie crumbs and frosting, which I guess if I were my child self, I would have just used my finger. The gummy and crunchy texture was nice, but there were some odd flavor combinations from the various flavors of the gummy worms that weren’t all that appetizing. I would probably not buy this again but it was nice to try something new. PS. where is the cake in all of this Lunchables?!

Oreo Cookies – Limited Edition – Caramel Apple

Oreo week lives on (I actually bumped the review that I had planned on posting today until later so that I could talk about these Oreos!)! Caramel Apple? What? What? You can tell the fall season is starting to creep in when you start spotting things like caramel apple flavored things, pumpkin spice, etc. and color me excited. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year and sadly here in my neck of the woods in California we don’t really get much fall, maybe a few weeks.

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So I am kind of curious how Nabisco is deciding what flavors to make, because lately they have been churning out everything between cookie dough, to limeade, to banana split, and I don’t really see a train of thought here. My next hope is that they make a pumpkin spice Oreo. If they do it right, I might just die right now. Mmmmm… I’m having a Homer Simpson moment. In the grand scheme of flavors when it comes to sweets, apple is probably one of my least favorites – and what I dislike even more is when I am fooled into thinking a green candy is going to be lime (my favorite), and it is indeed apple. YUCK. On the flip side of this, I really love caramel. I rarely eat it, I think because I have a subconscious aversion due to the copious amounts of fillings I have, but it is hands down one of my favorite sweets.

Nabisco pulls the same set up that I hate, which is a half and half creme filling. If I bite into one side, I’ll get all caramel, if I bite into the other, I will get all apple – can’t a girl just get a swirl in the middle? Jeez! Other than my disappointment from the 50/50 split, these cookies are actually rather good. Who knew!? The apple flavoring does not taste overly artificial and the caramel is buttery and complimentary. I think that the apple flavoring is missing the crisp fresh taste that you expect from an apple, but I think Nabisco did a good job of getting the flavor right.

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Texture: 3/5 – Run of the mill Oreo – the creme is… creamy… and the cookies are fresh and crunchy.

Smell: 3/5 – Upon smelling the package when I first opened it, I was greeted with the scent of caramel sweetness. At no point did I smell any sort of apple.

Appearance: 3/5 – These Oreos are no frills, they have a half and half glob of flavoring in the middle, but nothing fancy.

Taste: 4/5 – I was honestly surprised I would like these due to my general ambivalence towards apples and apple flavored foods. The overall flavoring is airy and not overbearing. The apple flavoring has a very slight tart undertone that you would expect from a green apple, and the caramel creme is delicious as well. The golden cookie ties the flavors together and gives the crunch factor. I would say that this fall flavor is a success, and I would even consider buying another package.

Oreo Cookies – Import Edition – Matcha!

We have two markets in this area that we like to visit, one being the Oriental Market (I feel wrong just typing that, but its truly what is called) and Oto’s. Both tend to have the run of the mill treats that you expect like Pocky, all kinds of yummy chips, etc., but I find that Oto’s has more imported “American” treats like Oreos and Doritos but flavors that we don’t get here in the states (which is a true shame because some of the flavors are crazy good). We usually walk the market in the same pattern every time then do a once over again in the snack/candy aisle incase we missed anything the first time. I originally glazed over the Oreos because most of the flavors are either flavors I can get here in the states, or something I already tried.

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Now I’m probably an idiot for blindly tossing something into my cart – but for some reason my brain saw and thought, Oreos + green = Mint Oreos. Oto’s is really good about putting English labels with the nutritional values on the back that help figure out exactly what you’re buying, but I failed to look at that when I grabbed them. I was pretty excited to try Oreos in a stick form so that completely took over. I decided to have these as an afternoon snack while surfing the internets, so I poured them on to a plate and that’s when I realized that they were matcha flavored, not mint! THE HORROR.

Matcha gives me flashbacks of working for Starbucks – and honestly, I can’t get down with matcha. It tastes like grass. If you like it, well, more for you. I decided to try them anyways because well, Oreos… chocolate… trying to try new things… yeah… can’t be that bad right? RIGHT?!

I took a deep breath and decided to go for it and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! I was expecting the matcha flavor to be overwhelming, but it was almost nonexistent. There was a slight undertone but I felt that it tasted more like white chocolate than anything. If I had tasted these blind, I would have thought they were some sort of cookies and creme Oreos. It was weird eating Oreos in a stick form, but it was rather enjoyable. I like to twist open oreos and eat the creme then the cookie, but this mixed both of those and it was a nice balance. I was sad that ate them so quickly because they were so good, but to give you an idea of size, they were about an inch long each.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – These morsels had a nice crunch to them that you would expect from a cookie and also had the creamy texture from the coating. It was kind of like eating chunks of the cookies and cream out of cookie and cream ice cream.

Smell: 3.5/5 – I was expecting the matcha to have a strong smell, but I mostly smelled just sweet white chocolate.

Appearance: 2/5 – Now I’m not sure if jostling from moving from one continent to another caused a little damage to these guys, but they weren’t that appetizing looking. The neon green coloring that I was expecting from the picture on the front of the bag was more of a muted split pea green, and they looked like they were covered in salt and pepper. I can’t say it was the most appealing snack I’ve eaten.

Taste: 4/5 – I was pretty surprised by how much I liked these. The matcha flavor enhanced the cookie portion instead of overpowering it. The chocolate and creme portion were as delicious as to be expected from an Oreo. I feel like this flavor combination only worked for me because they were not in the standard Oreo shape. If it had been a chocolate cookie or golden cookie with a matcha center, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much (a chocolate/matcha center cookie exists, I think I will pass, especially since they are the cake cookies). I would buy these again, but the price was a little steep for how much you get in the package (3 dollars). If you can get your hands on these I would give them a try, you’ll probably like them!

Limited Edition Oreos – Gingerbread

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.

Limited Edition Oreos – Lemon Twist

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!

Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

A little blast from the past from my blog at pyropixie.net until I can get everything straightened out over here!

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This week we sample: Ice Cream Oreos: Rainbow Shure,Bert!

It’s no secret that Richard and I are total snack food junkies. Rarely do we walk down an aisle at a store and find something we haven’t tried, but that doesn’t stop us from looking. Last night during a spur of the moment dash to the Wal of Marts for today’s lunch, we spotted these little babies on an endcap. Snack foodie protip # 375 – always check the endcaps. Both of us have worked in grocery retail for a while (I currently do not anymore). Vendors will often either pay to be on prime endcaps or beg department leads for space for new product. Simply hiding it down the aisle doesn’t move units, thus rarely you see new product thrown directly in the home location from the beginning.

Richard and I love all things Oreo, and between the two of us, have tried every flavor that has been produced. You would have thought someone said there was one million dollars stashed inside of one of the packages if you had witnessed how big our eyes got and how quickly we both snatched up a bag last night. Richard was so excited that he even grabbed the wrong ones – sucker! Creamsicle Oreos for you! After grabbing a few other goodies in the store and perusing the toy department for anything interesting (which is almost just as bad as the junk food addiction, if you’ve read any of my previous Toy Thursday blogs) we headed out to the car. These babies didn’t even make it out of the parking lot before being torn open. Being the gentleman that he is, Richard offered me the first one out of the bag, and our conversation followed as such:

Richard: mmmmm…. this smells really good, I could smell this forever.

me: mmmmm… it smells really citrus-y.

Richard: mmmmm….

me: *pops whole Oreo into mouth* The flavor is really underwhelming. (please note I said this with a mouth full of Oreo, always the lady).

Richard: Yeah I was expecting more of a sher-berty… taste.

me: the flavor is really light, like I could eat a whole bag and not even realize it vs. other ones that is so sugary the guilt sets in after #4 or so. At least they taste better than the Berry Blast Oreos. (note: I argued that the filling of the Berry Blast Oreo tasted fake, hi, has anyone ever looked on the back of the package? the whole damn thing is fake.)

Richard contests that golden Oreos are more of his preference because according to him “The golden cookies, are like a blank canvas, you can have a sugar cookie, or an orange cookie, or Neapolitan cookie. Chocolate cookies already have a flavor to them and there is only so much you can do with the chocolate ones.” Then he proceeded to call himself a white pride activist. That last part is true in the sense that he said it, but untrue in the sense that he does not think that. He also prefers his chocolate items to be “moist”, such as cake, a candy bar, etc. Chocolate cookies are too dry dammit.*

*I may or may not have paraphrased some of that last paragraph. When he speaks, so much awesome comes out that I can hardly keep up on the keyboard, and this is why I keep threatening to record some of our conversations.

I prefer chocolate cookies myself. Give me the ole classic Oreo. Call me a creature of habit, but I will always go back to the old stand by. My package of Shure, Bert! Oreos will probably last me a week or two, but Richard’s on the other hand is probably already gone. If they were the classic version, I would have probably had the entire thing for breakfast, but instead I settled for honey mustard pretzels. Breakfast of Champions I say!

Conclusion: We would probably buy these again. And again…

Appearance:
Richard: 4/5 – looks well done, not messy and all over the place, appealing. would add another color to the frosting as the pink and green frosting is misleading, making you think that you are going to have a watermelon like treat.
Erin: 3/5 – i like the colors, but agree that the two colors does not give me the feeling of eating sherbet, where is the orange?!

Consistency:
Richard: 4/5 – very consistent with great taste. I don’t know. sure.
Erin: 3/5 – I prefer the cream in Oreos to be a little more firm so that when I twist them apart – my preferred method of eating Oreos, the cream stays on one side. When I twist these apart the cream will lift and trick me into thinking that its going to split in two, which totally bums me out.

Smell:
Richard: 3/5 – I wish there was more of a citrus burst. I don’t even know what I’m saying right now.
Erin: 5/5 – Yeah I said, these babies smell good!

Taste:
Richard: 4/5 – It tastes like sherbet, but I feel like the cookie dulls or takes away from the sherbet-y taste.
Erin: 4/5 – I agree with Richard that the flavor is a bit weak when combined with the Oreo. All alone its pretty delish.