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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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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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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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3 Musketeers – Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows

Posted in Candy

Good evening everyone! Did you all remember to set your clocks back (if you’re in an area that does this antiquated tradition)? Despite the “extra” hour of sleep, I for one am beat and could doze off right now. It doesn’t help that its not even 6pm yet an darker than dark outside.

When I was a kid, my favorite candy was a tie between 3 Musketeers and 100 Grand. I can no longer stomach the thought of eating a 100 Grand due to overkill but every now and then when the mood strikes me, I’ll go for a 3 Musketeers. I especially liked the mint flavor that they came out with and sadly the coconut flavor was a bit of a let down. There is only so much you can do with a flavor pallet of chocolate and nougat, but I appreciate that they are trying to stay in the snack food game by introducing new flavors.

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Holiday candy is all over the place in various stores. It was like Halloween had never happened. I was a bit surprised to see these when the snack fairy brought them home, because isn’t the flavoring of a 3 Musketeers kind of like a hot chocolate already? I had to give them a try regardless.

I had to eat a couple to form a decent opinion, honestly if you told me that these were regular 3 Musketeers minis in holiday wrappers, I’d believe you. There is nothing that really sets these apart from its predecessor. The only difference I could taste was a slight change in the flavor of the chocolate. It tasted a bit like they mixed the powder from a package of Swiss Miss into the chocolate when they made it, pat themselves on the back for coming up with a new flavor, and called it a day.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chocolate on these seemed a little more gooey than a regular 3 Musketeers. Not good for stealth chocolate eats.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these candies is of a delicious chocolate treat.

Appearance: 4/5 – They look nice. Nice enough to eat. I got nothin’.

Taste: 2/5 – This rating is based solely on how they execute the hot cocoa and marshmallow flavor. I think it falls rather short. They are good but nothing spectacular. Put them in your candy dish at work.

November 4, 2012
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