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Werther’s Original – Caramel Popcorn – Sea Salt & Pretzel

Posted in Candy, Snack Mix

Good Morning Friends!

The other day I was at the gas station – I rarely go inside because I don’t really have a need to. Recently Taco Bell released some flavored sunflower seeds and there have been a few candy releases that I have not been able to get my meat hooks on yet so I thought I would venture inside and check it out.

Little did I know that social anxiety would kick into overdrive and I couldn’t leave the store unless I bought something because I was convinced that someone would think it was weird that I was scouring the aisles without buying anything. I grabbed a water, to which I cringed because I have been working very hard to use reusable containers for water and looked for some sort of snack that I hadn’t tried yet. My interest was piqued when I passed the Werther’s caramel corn, but kept looking in case something that I really wanted was tucked away on an end cap. I settled for the caramel corn, pumped my gas, and then went home.

Salty sweet snacks are my absolute favorite. If I had to choose one “genre” of snacks it would be anything that is salty sweet. Pretzels happen to also be some of my favorite things to snack on so adding it to caramel corn seemed like a pretty great addition. I rarely eat Cracker Jacks because a) popcorn husks in your teeth b) peanuts – so the prospect of swapping out the peanuts for pretzels? Sign me up!

OH and I also had this moment of thought while sitting on the couch – the song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” there is a line that says “buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…” AREN’T THERE ALREADY PEANUTS IN THE CRACKER JACKS?! Lets change it to nachos or a giant pretzel or something – way less redundant.

Werther’s Caramel Corn is by no means new but it was the first time I had tried it. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of pretzels from the get go. This bag was a smaller bag (which is fine by me, I don’t need to eat a family sized portion) and only had 3 pretzels in there. BOO. One great thing about the pretzels were that they acted as a caramel catcher during the manufacturing process and they were completely caked in caramel. YUM.

The popcorn was nice and airy, and completely coated in caramel. There were brief moments where you could taste the sea salt but it was not a prominent player in the flavor game. Overall I really enjoyed this mix and could see myself buying this again however next time I will buy a small bag of pretzels too and mix the two together.

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May 21, 2018
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Herr’s Pretzel Eggs

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Hello snack foodies – One thing that is hard about being addicted to trying junk food is that you sometimes get so overwhelmed with new stuff that things tend to fall through the cracks and get pushed back further in your stash. At least, that is the problem I have. I will intend to review something one day but then find out that XYZ has come out with something and I end up reviewing that instead. Such is the case for today’s review.

I always check out the seasonal section at Target whenever there are holidays because occasionally you will find some sort of limited edition gem hiding in all the chaos. In today’s case, I doubt it is limited edition at all, but we rarely get Herr’s items on the west coast, so any time I am able to get my hands on them, I will give them a try. I spotted these Herr’s Pretzel Eggs in the crazy section where there are all kinds of treats to fill your child (or adults) Easter basket. I paid a buck for them as the package is about the size of my palm, and I was pretty excited to try them. Until they got lost in the bucket designated for small snacks that do not come in a box (candy bars, the last package of fruit snacks in the box, etc). There they sat, sad and alone while I sampled other treats that dazzled me with larger portion size and fancy flavors. It wasn’t until one night where we were watching TV that I remembered that I had these little guys tucked away for a not so rainy day.

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The portion size was perfect enough for an evening snack that fit in a little dish. They are about the size of a peanut M & M and are coated with an Easter palette of blue, orangey-pink, and yellow. The outside coating was dense enough that it held its shape, but not to the point where the outside coating would be considered hard. My biggest disappointment with whatever coated pretzels is that they will A) use a cheap pretzel B) use a cheap outside coating and/or C) cut the salt. The appeal to me of eating a coated pretzel is the sweet and salty factor – so I am always sad when a company decides to ditch the salt. This is not the case with Herr’s. The outside coating was smooth and vanilla flavored, while the pretzel inside was crunchy with just the right amount of salt on the outside. Upon first bite, I was hooked, and kind of disappointed that I waited so long to try these as they are no longer available. If this is a Herr’s staple item that us west coasters are not privy to, then color me jealous. These things are great for snacking while watching TV or maybe sneaking into a movie, not that I would ever do that, but expect to find yourself empty handed rather quickly because of how tasty these little guys are .

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Texture : 4/5 – The outside is smooth and delicious, similar texture of the outside coating of a yogurt covered raisin. The pretzel inside is crunchy and fresh tasting. Sometimes I find that when pretzels are encapsulated the moisture from the coating tends to make them a little stale tasting.
Smell : 3/5 – There is nothing really distinct about the smell of these, if I could pick out one smell it would be a faint vanilla.
Appearance : 3/5 – Visually these guys are nothing special. I think I would have opted for something more exciting in terms of the outside appearance, but it gets the job done.
Taste : 4.5/5 – Overall these are a delicious treat. I really enjoyed the sweet and salty combo between the vanilla outside coating and the crunchy middle pretzel. My only qualm is that the outside coating is pretty thick, and kind of takes away from the pretzel for me, but even with that said, I would definitely buy these again. Dear Target, please tell the Easter Bunny to bring these to your store stock again next year.
May 8, 2013
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Keebler Filled Pretzel Bites – Peanut Butter & White Fudge

Posted in Confectionaries

Hello my dudes! Guess what?! Today is my birthday! That’s pretty radical eh? Today I bring you the white fudge version of yesterday’s Keebler treat, so lets get into it!

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I thought the chocolate fudge version had a little but of an identity crisis, but not nearly as bad as the white fudge do. The outside coating is good, but because of its translucent state it makes the snack look a little less appealing. Normally I find that white fudge and/or white chocolate is too rich for my liking but I feel like the fudge that they used on these added more of just a hint of sweetness than an explosion of vanilla.

Sadly they made no changes in the peanut butter recipe so we are stuck with the same weird dried out log of peanut butter on the inside. But like the chocolate version, as long as you consume them in one whole bite, the texture of the peanut butter is pretty unnoticeable.

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Texture : 4/5 – The outside fudge is smooth and creamy, the pretzel has a good crunch, and the peanut butter innards are gritty as ever. Somebody get that PB a glass of water.

Smell : 2/5 – These smelled rather sweet with a hint of peanut butter.

Appearance : 1.5/5 – The exterior coating is a weird translucent white which makes the pretzel look weird. The pretzels look quite different from the picture on the outside of the box.

Taste : 2.5/5 – The white fudge version was okay. I prefer the chocolate fudge myself. I was expecting more of a vanilla taste from the fudge but it was mostly sugar. The pretzel was nice and crunchy and perfectly salted, but much like the chocolate counterpart, the peanut butter is grainy and dry. Hopefully Keebler will rework this element.

March 4, 2013
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Keebler Filled Pretzel Bites – Peanut Butter & Fudge

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Hello hello! Today I bring you something new from the elves at Keebler. I super love the Anderson peanut butter filled pretzels, so I figured that this would be similar but covered in chocolate – winning! I found it kind of interesting that they decided to put this snack out considering cookies are more of Keebler’s forte.

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I was rather surprised to see how few were inside of the package. These would be a nice lunch treat but as for snacking? You’ll eat the whole box before you’re satisfied. I have a bowl that I keep packages of snacks this size like the 100 calorie almonds and the like in so it worked out well. Also I feel less guilty when I eat one of these little packages.

The picture and the product are a but different than each other. The real thing (pictured below – duh) looks more to me like chocolate covered panda cookies than pretzels. The pretzels are also not as full of peanut butter as the picture on the box would lead you to believe.

Upon first bite I was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes chocolate covered pretzels lack the salt on the pretzel which makes it taste more like a wafer to me. Keebler kept the salt and I think it really enhances the flavor. The peanut butter on the inside was a little dry, but as a complete bite, they were good. I decided to bite one of the pretzels in half and eat the peanut butter by itself. Bad move. I don’t really know how to describe the taste but without the pretzel outside, the peanut butter is nothing but a chalky little log. Yuck.

Because of the size of the package, there are usually only 3-5 pretzels inside, which can be slightly disappointing when you start to get into them.

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Texture : 4/5 – The chocolate fudge on the outside is smooth, the pretzel has a nice crunch to it, and the peanut butter is a little weird. For best results eat in one bite.

Smell : 3/5 – The only smell that I could pick out was the chocolate.

Appearance : 2/5 – These aren’t the most visually appealing snack food out there. The shape is rather odd (though if they were not covered in chocolate I think the shape would be okay).

Taste : 3.5/5 – These were good but I wouldn’t call them great. The gritty peanut butter kind of ruined it for me, but I would probably buy these again if I saw them on sale. The chocolate outside is very tasty, which I attribute to the skill that Keebler has in making cookies.

March 3, 2013
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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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