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Pop-Tarts – Gone Nutty! PB&J Strawberry

Posted in Bakery, Confectionaries

Pop-Tarts were one of those foods that I always wanted as a kid but rarely ever had. I can’t say that I blame my Mom for denying me such a sugary “breakfast” food item. Even as an adult I will rarely indulge in Pop-Tarts. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple of my lunches growing up. I was (and still am) a very picky eater so my Mom knew that she could never go wrong with one of these bad boys. Even now I get the occasional hankering for some fluffy white bread slathered with creamy peanut butter and some jelly. Always strawberry jelly, don’t give me any of that grape blasphemy.

I have tried the other Gone Nutty! flavors and thought they were pretty decent, but with the inclusion of jelly to the mix, I was slightly apprehensive about the combination of the two. Actually I am having flashbacks of the peanut butter and jelly M&Ms that came out a couple of years ago that I thought were absolutely gross – at least when eaten together.

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Now I am from the camp of eating Pop-Tarts uncooked. I honestly do not see the appeal of a hot Pop-Tart, but to each their own. The idea of a hot peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounds even more disgusting if you ask me. So I sampled this in my usual fashion, straight out of the package.

I took one bite and originally all I could taste was peanut butter. One complaint I have about Pop-Tarts is how FREAKING DRY they are. I guess they might soften up if you toast them, but good grief the corners are like the Sahara in my mouth. I finally got to the strawberry part and I must say… not impressed. They weren’t bad by any means, but between the copious amounts of pastry, whatever the “frosting is on top” and the peanut butter, the strawberry jelly is pretty subdued.

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Texture: 3/5 – I like the crunchiness that the sprinkles on top give to the frosting. It reminds me of my favorite Poptart, the frosted strawberry ones. But man oh man are these dry. Consume with a beverage.

Smell: 4/5 – These smelled like elementary school lunch. Mostly peanut butter with an undertone of strawberry jelly.

Appearance: 3/4 – I think I would have opted for red frosting than brown – but when I think of the opposite color scheme of red frosting with brown sprinkles it doesn’t sound nearly as appetizing. I also found that the frosting wasn’t evenly applied to each tart.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These fall into the meh category for me. They weren’t awful but they weren’t a home run for me either. I think it was mostly because I was expecting a lot more flavor from the jelly portion than there was. I felt like the tart outside… crust… holding vessel…? and the peanut butter completely buried the strawberry taste for me. Had the frosting on the outside been a strong peanut butter flavor or even the pastry portion and just had strawberry filling, I would have probably liked this more. I would not buy these again.

February 3, 2015
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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.

Check out what The Impulsive Buy had to say!

October 2, 2013
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Pocky – Peanut

Posted in Confectionaries

Good evening! So tonight I bring you my final purchase from the Asian market, Pocky Peanut! I have never seen this flavor at the market before, and little did I know, that it was expired when I bought it, whoops. Usually I am really particular about expiration dates due to the food safety training I have received at my previous job and being a nationally certified food safety manager (I’m done being a snob now). Somehow I managed to overlook this tiny element and ended up buying it anyways. And I ate it.

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So let’s get the obvious out of the way first, it says nutcream on the outside. I of course have the mentally of a 14 year old boy and couldn’t stop giggling when I originally saw this. BEST. MARKETING. EVER. Even if I wasn’t interested in trying this, I would have most likely purchased it from that part alone. Anyways, that aside, I love me some peanut butter… even though there are sunflowers on the box. What in the world? Have I had my plants wrong my entire life and no one bothered to tell me?

Now I don’t know if this tasted any different because it was expired or if it tasted that way because that is how it supposed to taste, but I really felt like the cookie/biscuit portion overpowered the peanut taste. I think I was partially expecting it to have more of a Reese’s peanut butter flavor to it than just a straight peanut flavor to it. Over all they were okay, but I was expecting something completely different.

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Texture : 4/5 – The biscuit portion was nice and crispy and the peanut coating was nice and smooth. It seemed more like a peanut white chocolate coating than a peanut butter, but it was good texture wise.

Smell : 3/5 – These smelled slightly peanut buttery, but more cookie like than anything.

Appearance : 3/5 – I was expecting the outside coating to be darker than it was, as it was almost white which was unexpected. My batch of Pocky sticks also seemed to be slightly overcooked/baked.

Taste : 2.5/5 – These were okay. I was hoping for more of a bold peanut flavor, but it was rather mild. The cookie/biscuit part was alright, even though it was slightly overbaked. I’d buy this again just to see if the non expired version tastes the same.

March 9, 2013
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Keebler Cookies – Pitter Patter Cookies

Posted in Cookies

Hey everyone! If you don’t live in the US you may not be familiar with Girl Scout season. I am not convinced that people give up on their fitness resolutions because of lack of commitment, I am convinced they give up because of Girl Scout season.

I don’t know what is so addictive about their cookies, maybe it’s because they are laced with merit badges, dreams, unicorn tears, and sickeningly sweet girls hawking them at every supermarket, big box store, and work place, but I feel like Keebler is trying to get in on this action with the release of their Pitter Patter cookies.

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Pitter Patter cookies are most similar to Do-si-dos but are also sort of reminiscent of a Nutter Butter. There is a crunchy cookie exterior with a nice layering of peanut butter in the middle. Is this cookie the answer to my scout cookie crazing when they are out of season?! Maybe.

The cookie portion by itself is good. It has a hint of peanut butter baked in (at least that’s what it tastes like). It’s quite crunchy and somewhat dense, but not to the point where it’s too much cookie. The peanut butter is decent. It has a nice sweetness to it and a very faint salt undertone which keeps the cookie from turning into one sugary peanut butter brick.

The reason why I said maybe on the scout cookie replacement was because they use a different cookie. Girl Scout cookies use an oatmeal cookie for theirs which not only changes the flavor, but the texture. I’m also slightly confused about Keebler’s naming choice for these. Name aside, these cookies are decent. I really with Keebler would have done something slightly different to sent themselves apart from the other peanut butter sandwich cookies, but overall, I’d buy them again.

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Texture : 3/5 – The crunchy cookie coupled with the moist peanut butter makes for an enjoyable texture that does not leave you feeling like you just but into the driest desert.

Smell : 4/5 – There is no mistaking that these are all business when it comes to peanut butter.

Appearance : 2.5/5 – The basketweave pattern on the outside of the cookie is alright, but there is nothing overly exciting about the cook of these cookies.

Taste : 3/5 – These cookies were pretty middle of the road. I enjoyed the cookie portion and the peanut butter was decent, but I didn’t find them all that memorable. If you like Nutter Butters and Do-si-dos, you will most likely enjoy these.

March 5, 2013
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