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.
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.
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.
Hello world. Orville Reddenbacher has brought you another flavor from the grave, this time with a more savoury punch. This combines two foods I can’t eat but I decided to do so anyways for the sake of journalism or something (maybe just stupidity)
Now when I think of cheese popcorn, the first thing that comes to mind is Smart Food popcorn. That stuff is total crack in a bag. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to exhibit any sort of self control when it comes to that stuff. I also am a fan of the popcorn tins that you can get at drug stores during the holidays – yum yum! I was expecting the same when I broke open the bag of this popcorn. The flavor is good, but not strangely addicting as the previously mentioned popcorn treats. I feel like the sharp cheddar really overshadows the white cheddar, which is slightly disappointing.
As with any sort of cheese dusted snack, prepare to have orange fingertips, but in my eyes, that’s my favorite part. I guess I’m a bit of a weirdo.
Texture: 3/5 – The popcorn has a nice crunch to it, but also has that slightly chewy texture that bagged popcorn seems to get. You would think science would be able to do something about that – maybe a non-nutritive varnish? I hope I’m not the only one that gets that joke, though it is slightly out of season.
Smell: 4/5 – This popcorn definitely smells very cheesy!
Appearance: 4/5 – The difference in cheese flavoring is visible, so if you enjoy one cheese more that the other, or are OCD, you can easily pick out the flavor you want.
Taste: 3/5 – I thought this popcorn was pretty run of the mill. The cheese flavoring is good and its coupled with a slight saltiness that brings in the classic buttered popcorn taste, but I really don’t think there was anything all that spectacular about this flavor. Better luck next time ‘ole Orville.
Hello hello! The weather here in Northern California has been rainy and windy and has done nothing more than make me want to stay in bed all day. When I woke up this morning and saw a text from my boss telling me not to come in today, I did what any girl would do in my situation. I curled back up in bed and cat napped my day away watching Private Practice on Netflix.
I’ve had this Planters Snack Mix in my stash for quite some time, but it kept getting bumped by various holiday treats. Please enjoy this 3 part rainy day review.
I started with the Bold flavor. The mix consists of wheat squares, almonds, peanuts, sesame sticks, small bread cracker crouton things (scientific term), pretzels, and Corn Nuts? Sadly because Planters is late to the snack mix game, I couldn’t help but subconsciously compare these to Chex Mix. The flavor was mostly smoky, slightly spicy, and salty. I could not put my finger on exactly what flavors make up this mix but it wasn’t too bad. I however remember how much I do not like Corn Nuts. I have been spoiled by Blue Diamond and Emerald by their giant almonds as the ones in this mix were barely bigger than their peanut counterpart.
Next up was the Original flavor. What is Original flavor anyways? Upon first bite, it didn’t taste like the mix had any seasoning at all. After giving the bag a little shake, I noticed that it had a little salt to it but not much more. This mix also ditched the Corn Nuts. I wish that there was a more equal mix of ingredients, as this mix was mostly comprised of those little mini toast deals (also a scientific term). It was okay, if you only wanted a handful, past that its rather bland.
Lastly, the Sweet & Salty mix. This was made up of the same components as the Original mix. In fact, I think they just took the Original mix and dumped a huge helping of sugar and a little bit of cinnamon on it. Sadly the salty part of this duo has gone into hiding. I also did not like the sesame sticks in this mix coated with the sugar mixture. Not tasty at all.
- Bold: 3/5 – Because all of the elements in this mix are crunchy, it makes for a nice snacking experience. The flavoring does not add anything to the texture.
- Original: 3/5 – (see above)
- Sweet & Salty: 3/5 – (see above)
- Bold: 3/5 – You can definitely smell the slight spiciness when you open the bag.
- Original: 1/5 – The bag was practically devoid of any sort of smell, it was weird.
- Sweet & Salty: 3/5 – There was a hint of sweetness to the bag when opened.
- Bold: 3/5 – The Bold offering was covered in little black specks of flavoring, which would almost lead you to believe that it is peppery, which it is not.
- Original: 2/5 – Nothing special about the Original flavor, all of the elements looked like they were in their raw form.
- Sweet & Salty: 3/5 – On the Sweet & Salty mix, you could see the white specks covering the majority of the mix, which one can only assume was some sort of sugar type material. I hope.
- Bold: 2/5 – I did not overly enjoy the flavor chosen for the Bold mixture. The only way I could describe it would be that it kind of tastes like how BO smells. Yep, that good.
- Original: 2.5/5 – The Original mix mostly tasted like you took all of the ingredients and poured them together, sprinkled a little salt and called it a day. It is not bad, but it is not spectacular. If you are looking for something with flavor, go for a bag of regular Chex Mix instead.
- Sweet & Salty: 2.5/5 – Despite my love for overly sweet things, this mix does it in all the wrong ways. I especially did not care for the sesame sticks (in any of the mixes but in this one mostly) as they just tasted like greasy sweet… things. This mix may be somewhat redeemable if you combined it with the Original flavor.
If I had to rate these in order of enjoyment, 1. Original 2. Sweet & Salty 3. Bold