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Yoplait Light – Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

Posted in Confectionaries

The pumpkin season is upon us folks! I’ve never seen so many people go crazy for pumpkin flavored things – I feel like there are few things that do not have a pumpkin incarnation out right now. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I am lactose intolerant. I haven’t always been, which I think makes it even worse because I know how tasty dairy treats are but cannot have them. Occasionally I will subject myself to something dairy either out of extreme want or extreme depression (hah!)

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I must admit, when I could eat yogurt, I was a plain vanilla kinda gal. I dabbled in a few other flavors, but for the most part, I enjoyed vanilla. I definitely love pumpkin flavored things. Fall is my favorite season and as soon as I see the pumpkin foods start hitting the shelves I get excited. Aside from homemade pumpkin pie, there is a local place that has pumpkin waffles that are so delicious. They are made with a pumpkin batter, topped with a huge scoop of pumpkin pie mix and home made whipped cream sprinkled with nutmeg. I’m drooling just thinking about it. I think my biggest qualm with pumpkin flavored food is that usually it ends up tasting really artificial.

I was slightly disappointed that the pumpkin pie yogurt only came in a 4-pack. I find it annoying when you buy something and it doesn’t taste that great and you’re stuck with a bunch more of it. For the most part, Yoplait hasn’t really done me wrong in the flavor department, so I figured that 4 small cups wasn’t too much to invest in.

I decided to have one as dessert and despite it looking like peach yogurt when I opened the top I was intrigued. I think all the pumpkin-fied things in my life left me with some sort of preconceived idea of how I expected this to taste… and… it tasted nothing like I expected. When I think pumpkin pie I think rich pumpkin flavor with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor of this yogurt was rather underwhelming. It kind of tasted slightly like potpourri infused yogurt. It was a weird mix of faint pumpkin flavor and sprite? It’s hard to describe the taste, but I only made it two spoonfuls in before I decided that the trashcan would enjoy it more than I was.

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Texture: 5/5 – I think this is the only section that this yogurt would get a high mark in. I am not a fan of yogurt with things in it. The texture of weird gelatinous fruit chunks in yogurt is enough to make me gag just thinking about it.

Smell: 2/5 – This had an extremely faint pumpkin smell although if you did not know it was pumpkin yogurt, you probably wouldn’t have picked up on the smell.

Appearance: 3/5 – What can I say? Its orange colored yogurt. No visible spices or pumpkin bits.

Taste: 1.5/5 – This stuff was downright almost inedible to me. I couldn’t over the weird flavoring that sort of tasted like pumpkin. Sadly the other three cups went into the rectangular file. Maybe next year Yoplait.

October 23, 2013
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Graze Box – Number Four

Hey guys! Have any of you ever heard of Graze? It originally started in the UK and has been slowly branching out into the USA on an invite basis. The basic concept is that for $5 they will send you a mailbox sized box full of 4 different snacks every other week. There are over 80 different options to choose from and they are adding more.

Graze uses the following scale to rate how often they should send you something: trash, try, like, love. One of my New Years resolutions goals is to try new foods, so when I was picking out stuff I really made myself select try on more foods than I normally would.

Because of the amount of food, I will review the treats in a little bit different format than I normally do. Let’a go!

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This weeks mix is a half and half blend of sweet and savory.

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Fruit and Seed Flapjack : rustic rolled oat flapjack with mixed seeds and dried fruits
If you would have told me that there were apricots, dates, currents, sultanas, and raisins in this flapjack, I would have probably turned my nose up at it. I think in the last few Graze reviews I have made it pretty clear my feelings about raisins, but I had no idea when I was noshing on this delicious oat bar. Side note, because of my insane love of Hall & Oates, it is nearly impossible for me to type oat or oats correctly the first time. The flapjack is very moist and chewy, and the fruits included give it a great sweetness to it that is just right. The seeds that are included are sunflower and pumpkin which are both very tasty.
Overall this mix : love

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Brooklyn Bites : BBQ pumpkin seeds, poppy seed pretzels, and cheese cashews
This mix looks like a match made in heaven. Cheese cashews, poppy seed pretzels, and pumpkin seeds, yum! Unlike the other mix in my last Graze box, the pumpkin seeds in this are flavored, which takes this mix to a whole ‘nother level. The cheese cashews are slightly salty with a hint of cheese, but still keep the delicious cashew flavor. The pretzels were what I found the most underwhelming in this mix – they were pretty bland. All of the flavoring is concentrated on the pumpkin seeds which were slightly overpowering with the first bite I took. But out of the whole mix, I think I would say that they were my favorite.
Overall this mix : like

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Marvellous Macaroon : amaretti drops, almond slices, coconut flakes, and white chocolate buttons
Well it looks like the white chocolate didn’t hold up very well the few minutes my bag sat in the backseat of my car, baking away in the blazing hot sun. This made most of this mix turn into a katamari of ingredients, but I think it kind of worked out. The amaretti drops are so good, as are the white chocolate buttons. When this mix is eaten as it is intended, a little bit of everything at one time, it does in fact taste just like a macaroon, but because of my weird food habits, I eat everything separately. Sadly I was left with a bunch of almonds and coconut flakes and together those two things are the most bland thing on the planet.
Overall this mix : like

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My Thai : sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites
I love japanese cracker mixes – and I especially like the soy crackers, so when I opened my Graze box to find this mix in there, I was quite delighted. As usual I saved what I thought would be the best for last and I think I made the right choice. The chili sauce was spicy and sweet, but I am more of a dipper than a scooper when it comes to things like sauces, salsas, and the like, so I felt like they either gave me too much or didn’t give me enough crackers. The crackers alone were so good, and I could eat an entire bag if I had one and the chili sauce was very good. I could smother rice with the sauce or maybe some gyoza, man it was good. And sadly because I was so starved at work, I demolished the tray before even managing to take a picture. Crap.
Overall this mix : LOVE

*please note that this post is my own opinion (like all other posts) and was not paid or compensated with goods from Graze for this post.

April 25, 2013
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Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows – Pumpkin Spice

Posted in Confectionaries

Hello friends! First I must apologize for my unannounced absence yesterday. I drove home super early from my moms house and went immediately to a photoshoot. By the time I got home, uploaded the pictures to my computer, started resizing and post processing I was beat. I laid down for what felt like just a minute but I was out cold. SO! To make up for leaving you guys hangin’ I have two reviews for you tonight!

I bet you thought since Halloween and Thanksgiving were over, that would be the last of pumpkin spice _________. WRONG. I spotted these Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows at Walmart and decided to give them a go.

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Kraft has really tried to up the ante on their marshmallow game with the introduction of flavors like German chocolate cake, coconut, mint chocolate, etc. I can’t say that all of these incarnations have been successful, but I commend Kraft for trying something different. I am a lover of most things pumpkin spice, so I was excited to try these out. When I opened the bag I was greeted with the overly sweet marshmallow smell mixed with a slight tinge of nutmeg and cinnamon. To get festive, they made them into tiny pumpkin shapes, which kind of looked a little wonky. I popped a few in my mouth and was slightly underwhelmed by the lack of bold pumpkin spice flavoring. The taste of the mallow really watered down the festive spices.

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Texture: 3/5 – These had the expected sponginess of a normal marshmallow.

Smell: 3/5 – These smell mildly festive, but for the most part it’s just the powdered sugar punching though.

Appearance: 3/5 – I appreciate what Kraft was trying to do with the pumpkin shape, but I feel like the normal cylinder shape would have sufficed, these pumpkins are a little sad looking.

Taste: 3/5 – Of the pumpkin spice flavored things I have tried, these would rank in the B category. They are good, but they are not overly exciting. The pumpkin spices are not nearly as prevalent as one would expect. I am also curious what their purpose is outside of being a snack. Could you toast these? That might be weird.

November 26, 2012
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Limited Edition Pringles – Pumpkin Pie Spice

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

First – Hello to anyone that has found me via the lovely Albany Dana from Eat Up Albany! Thanks for the blog lovin’ y’all. Second – I apologize now for the one subpar picture in this review – pinkie promise I will reupload new ones tomorrow when the light is better in the batcave. FIXED.

So today while perusing Walmart after work looking to see if they had anything new in (by the way the Limited Edition Peppermint Bark Muddy Buddies were back in stock at the store by my house – if you have been unable to locate them, maybe your store got restocked too!). I checked all the usual places – the main aisle, endcaps, focal area near the front of the store where they tend to put seasonal food, etc. I had picked up a few things, top secret since they will make their debut here soon, took a gander down the seasonal food aisle, but it was about 40% set, the rest was just empty shelves. I decided to hit the chip aisle, just out of curiosity and what did I see?

YES! The magical unicorn that is Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles. I had given up hope of ever getting my hands on these because so many other people have already reviewed them that I figured that the snack food junkies in my area (if that is a real thing) went in late one night and bought all of them up. There were about 3, 3/4 full cases haphazardly shoved onto a top shelf.

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I think I scared the natives with my excitement in the chip aisle. I wasn’t jumping around all crazy like or anything – I don’t need to get banned from one of my snack food meccas – but I must have looked like She-Ra in the middle of the aisle holding up the can of Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, with less blond hair and more black, no sword, and minus my twin brother.

I was so excited about these that I even called my Mom on the way home to tell her the news. You would think I just hit the lottery or something. I guess you can say that I am easily amused.

I was a bit nervous to try these, because I had just hyped these up so much in my mind that they were nothing short of magical space Pringles. I popped the can, anticipating a potent aroma of spices, but I was greeted with the familiar Pringles crisp smell and the tiniest of tiny hint of what my guess would be cinnamon. A visual inspection of the crisp concerned me slightly as well because I was used to the heavy smattering of flavor dust of other flavors, and visually that was non-existent.

Moment of truth – Upon first bite, I was a bit underwhelmed. Where was the flavor punch I was looking for? So I decided to try a few more, and then a few more turned into a bunch more, and then a bunch more turned into half the can before I forced myself to put them down. I would venture to say that the pumpkin flavor is nil in this crisp, and it strictly just spices of pumpkin pie. It was a delicious blend of sweet and salty. I licked the top of the chip and was greeted with mostly just an extreme sweet flavor with undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Protip: Just eating the chip will yield you a better experience – don’t be a creepy chip licker.

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Texture: 3/5 – The texture of this crisp is like any other Pringle – nothing overly exciting. Standard potato flakes compressed into a duck bill creating shape.

Smell: 1/5 -These crisps have no smell other than that of the potato – its kind of weird.

Appearance: 2/5 – Nothing visually sets these chips apart from a seemingly normal Pringle except a minute amount of brown speckles from cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

Taste: 5/5 – I must admit that I was very skeptical of these. Sweet and salty Pringles? Sounds like gypsy magic to me. But Pringles proved that they can bring it again with this perfectly balanced chip. I would compare it to kettle corn or something of that nature. They enhance each other. Buy these up while you can, you wont regret it.

She-Ra image is property of Mattel.

November 9, 2012
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Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins

Posted in Bread

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Raise your hand if you are tired of pumpkin flavored items yet? I am not one of those people. They could honestly make pumpkin flavored water and I would most likely drink it (that sounds really gross by the way, so don’t get any ideas food companies!) I spotted these English muffins at my local Walmart and had to give them a try. Apparently they were available last year, but I never had the opportunity to try them. I really love anything bread, and I think that if I had to choose one item to eat for the rest of my life, it would be a tough choice between chips and bread. I also like my bread lightly toasted (contrary to my mother, who enjoys her bread toasted to the point of cremation) I will literally hover over the toaster checking to see how brown the toast is getting. Now I sound like a crazy person. Anywho – the muffins!

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These had all the features of a regular English muffin. Odd shape, crumbs all over the bottom that get EVERYWHERE when eating them anywhere except standing over the trashcan or sink, nooks and crannies (remember those commercials?), and delicious flavor. I honestly failed to taste the pumpkin flavoring in these. I could definitely pick up the spices in pumpkin items. They mostly tasted like a regular English muffin with nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon added. I would enjoy these year round as an alternative if they offered them. Despite the claim of real pumpkin on the packaging, I’m still searching.

Texture: 4/5 – These have the same texture as a regular English muffin – with a small exception of small mushy spots where I think is the possible pumpkin that I am not tasting.

Smell: 4/5 – These babies smell delicious! But I also love the smell of ‘fall flavors’.

Appearance: 4/5 -These could easily be confused for wheat English muffins had I not seen the outside labeling. Nothing special about them, though I still hate the crumblies on the bottom that get everywhere.

Taste: 3/5 – I am disappointed at the lack of full pumpkin flavor – If you like your English muffins with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, you will really enjoy these. I would eat them again.

October 22, 2012
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