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Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals – Nacho Cheese

Posted in Chips

The other day I brought you the au-natural version of these chips, but today I will be trying out the Nacho Cheese version. Now I don’t know about you, but when I think of a nacho cheese chip, I instantly think of a Doritos. There is just something so addicting about the super cheesy, slightly spicy chip that always tempts me to eat the whole bag.

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Pepperidge Farm’s version looks a little less cheese coated and more spice. Most of their snacks have the flavor baked in with the exception of the Goldfish cracker, and even then, if you are looking for a cheese powder coated snack, you’ll have to opt for the flavor blasted. One advantage of this is that you don’t have Cheeto fingers when you’re done. Personally I think eating the cheese powder off your fingertips is akin to eating the crunchy part off the end of a corn dog (the best part) but to each their own.

When I popped open the bag I was slightly surprised to see how empty it was. Now I know chip companies pack their bags full of air so that you don’t end up with a bag of chip shards, but there is nothing more disappointing than opening a bag of chips and realizing you purchased more air, than chip. Pepperidge Farm air in a bag! Now with chips! Being lactose intolerant, I can appreciate a snack that goes a little easy on the cheese – not to say that I don’t torture myself with other cheesy foods.

The term nacho cheese usually conjures up thoughts of a mild cheddar cheese with a slight jalapeno flavoring to it – although I am not sure where all the spices come in on these chips, but I’ll go with it. Upon first bite… well… to me, tasted like the smell of BO. After I got past that, I could taste the slight spicy cheese flavoring to it, but the stank was pretty overpowering in my mouth. I am sure that some of you are wondering how something tastes like the smell of, but I assure you, it is possible. It is like when something is too flowery tasting, it tastes like the smell of perfume. Just go with it. Much like the original tortilla flavor that I tried the other day, these chips taste stale to me. They have a good crunch, but my brain just flashes STALE! STALE! STALE! ABORT! while I eat them. If I had to choose between these or the Simply Tortilla, the Simply Tortilla would win hands down, mostly because I can slather them with something like gross gas station nacho cheese or salsa.

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Texture : 3/5 – These chips are GRAINY. I don’t know if it is from the way they are processed, or if it is because they are baked, or because of the cheese baked in, but these are really grainy. They do have a nice crunch to them though.

Smell : 3/5 – The smell does not match the flavor, there is a nice spice and cheese scent when you open the bag.

Appearance : 3/5 – To me these look more like a multigrain chip, than a nacho cheese tortilla chip. I do however like their size because it means that you won’t spear the top of your mouth while trying to stuff the entire chip into your mouth.

Taste : 2/5 – I really tried to like these but I could not get past the BO undertone. I found that if I ate a few at a time the flavor was more apparent, but I feel like the nacho cheese flavoring really missed the mark. I also thought the flavor was odd in that the fresh bag of chips tasted stale. I think that this is partially due to the chip being baked. All in all, I would most likely never buy these again unless there was a flavor tweak to them.

March 13, 2013
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Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals – Simply Tortilla

Posted in Chips

Hello hello! Am I the only one who constantly says Pepperidge Farms? In fact, I find saying Pepperidge Farm rather weird, but it wasn’t until I started reviewing food that I had discovered that I was saying it wrong the last 29 years of my life – yes apparently I was saying Pepperidge Farms when I was an infant. Anyways, they have come out with a couple of new chips that I decided to give a try. Today I will be sampling the Simply Tortilla version, and tomorrow I shall bring you the other.

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Now when I think Pepperidge Farm, I think cookies. Delicious, perfectly baked, I-can-eat-the-whole-bag-in-one-sitting cookies. I know that they also make a small selection of crackers and pretzels, but I don’t really foresee them breaking into the chip game. Fun fact – did you know that Pepperidge Farm is owned by Campbell Soup Company? I decided to start with the Simply Tortilla chips because I figured they would be the safe bet.

The chips are about the size of an US half-dollar, which makes it easy to grab an entire handful and shove them into your mouth at one time. The chip has a very distinct corn flavor with a good amount of salt to satisfy the tortilla chip craving. My only problem? They taste stale. I think it’s because of the baking process, but they honestly taste like you left them next to your bed for a few days and in an act of desperation because you had no more chips left in the house you ate them. Unlike normal stale chips, they are not chewy, which is where my mind kind of gets hung up. Stale taste, crunchy chip, does not compute.

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Texture : 4/5 – The chip is very crunchy, borderline cracker. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it does not have the same texture as a regular tortilla chip. Maybe it’s the baking process, maybe it’s something else, but it is definitely different.

Smell : 4/5 – Upon opening the bag you are greeted with strong corn smell.

Appearance : 5/5 – The size of these chips are perfect for me because they don’t result in the dreaded stingy corners of your mouth when trying to jam an oversized tortilla chip into it. They also look just like any other regular store bought tortilla chip.

Taste : 2.5/5 – These chips were Simply Mediocre. The taste is slightly off making this some what health alternative taste a little weird. I did not try them with salsa, which may be a redeeming quality, if you have, let me know! If I want the chip I’m eating to taste like a bag of stale tortilla chips, I will just leave a bag out for a few days and roll with it, not only will it taste the same, but it will be way cheaper. I would not buy these again.

March 11, 2013
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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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Pepperidge Farms Milano Slices – Salted Pretzel

Posted in Cookies

First off I would like to say hello! to all the people that have visited my humble little junk food blog from The Impulsive Buy! What an honor to be linked from their blog 🙂 hopefully I don’t disappoint.

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Pepperidge Farms Milano Slices – Salted Pretzel. Let’s just let that sink in for a minute. Go ahead, dream about unicorns flying around in cotton candy clouds above the Pepperidge Farms factory as the clouds rain down deliciousness. Okay, back yet? So I must confess, I love sweet and salty snack foods. I may or may not have dipped potato chips into frosting, cinnamon twists from Taco Bell into their nacho cheese (that sounds really sick, but from the egging on of my old roommate I tried it and it was DELICIOUS), so on and so forth. I would also have to say that pretzels are probably one of my favorite snacks. Pretzels + cookies?! Yes please!

I spotted these on another food blog (sadly I can’t remember which) and knew I had to try them. I looked at all the usual places, Walmart, Target, Safeway, etc., but to my surprise I was only able to spot them at Walgreens. Not my first stop for cookies, but I’ll take it.

Now I don’t understand why Pepperidge Farms even bothers putting portion sizes on their nutritional facts. Anyone with a decent set of tastebuds knows that a bag of Pepperidge Farms cookies is one serving. I’m convinced they sprinkle crack into these things.

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Behold. No, you are not looking at a sample of Miracle Grow. The picture on the bag clearly does not show how much salt are on these things. I thought the salt would be on the pretzel, not sprinkled all over the cookie. I tried these two different ways. First I put a cookie in my mouth chocolate side up. It was the familiar taste of a delicious light cookie and dark chocolate, mixed with a nice crunch from the pretzel and a undertone of salt. The salt was a bit overpowering but not to the point where I wouldn’t finish the bag. The second way I tried them, I put the cookie in my mouth chocolate side down. Holy salt lick Batman. Way too salty. It was like someone salted the fries at your favorite fast food place, couldn’t remember if they salted them, and then salted them again salty.

So, Protip: chocolate side up friends!

Texture: 4/5 – I enjoyed the crunch that the pretzel provided to this classic cookie, or maybe it was the salt that made it crunchy.

Smell: 3/5 – Upon opening the bag you could smell the delicious dark chocolate and buttery cookies.

Appearance: 3/5 – I can’t say that these are the most aesthetically pleasing cookie to look at, but you can definitely see what you’re getting into. The picture on the bag and the actual product vary.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These are pretty tasty, if you eat them chocolate side up or if you REALLY love salt. I would buy these again, but don’t give them to your friends that have high blood pressure.

October 27, 2012
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