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Betty Crocker – Mug Treats – Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie

Posted in Bakery, Confectionaries

Good Morning friends! I hope everyone is having a great Saturday morning. I started my day off going to some subpar garage sales looking at “another mans treasure” aka junk that people were hawking. Maybe I should hold a yard sale to sell off some of my junk food stash – Crazy Erin’s Junk Food Emporium – I am into it. OH or better yet how about a pop up cafe, that’s a thing right?

Anyways, Betty Crocker jumped on the mug cake game with 8 flavors (Duncan Hines has a robust 25 flavor offerings as of this review). Nothing brings out my inner Beanie Baby collector nostalgia like the hunt for all the flavors of a food. At this moment, I believe I have all the flavors but Blueberry Muffin. Let’s just start with the automatic leg up that Betty Crocker has, it included FROSTING. I think one of the most heard gripes from the Duncan Hines release was that the cakes were missing the best part, the frosting. They have since come out with single serve frosting packets to add to your mug creations but too little too late Duncan! (I’ll buy them all I am sure, who am I kidding).

I decided to start with to me, a classic flavor pairing. Something that I knew couldn’t go wrong – Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie.

Two improvements that I could see right out the gate are that 1) they print the microwave instructions on the packet and 2) they give you a fill line on the packet so you can use it to add the liquid portion. Upon looking at packets for other flavors, it appears that they have already started implementing point 1, but the second point would be major as I tend to bring these to work and do not have measuring utensils there – leaving me to eyeball it, which so far hasn’t yielded a dry or soupy disaster.

I prepped my brownie and began to give my peanut butter topping packet a massage in my hands. Protip – do this with the frostings/toppings, they will squeeze out the packet way easier. I patiently waited the one minute and change it took to zap my brownie, hoping that it would taste as good as a brownie should and immediately grabbed it out of the microwave. And immediately regretted that decision. And immediately seared off my fingerprints. After doing the pain dance in my kitchen I made work of liberating the peanut butter topping from its confining packet. In the picture on the box it shows a nice little dollop swirled on top and I attempted to recreate the image, but the peanut butter topping is just way too thick.

Learning from previous mistakes, I grabbed the cup (I didn’t use a mug with a handle, A REBEL I AM) with my shirt and made my way to the couch with my peanut buttery chocolately treat. Also, as I write this review, I had a total epiphany – shouldn’t these be called cup cakes? They are made in a cup. No one really says mug of coffee, they say cup, even though a mug is implied. Shouldn’t a cupcake be called a tincake? Because its made in a muffin tin? WOW. Okay. I like taking my cupcakes (tin cake?) and breaking them in half and putting the frosting side in the middle like a sandwich. It gives you a good frosting to cake ratio. Unfortunately with this current cup set up, all of the frosting is confined to the top unless you decide to mix it together and what kind of monster would do that (Me. It me.)

I was expecting the topping to be slightly sweet peanut butter like frosting, but I would argue that it is pure peanut butter. While I am okay with this, I am not really into eating melty peanut butter alone, so it is best enjoyed with the brownie portion. The brownie is moist, chocolately, and very tasty, and mixes well with the peanut butter on top. However, this treat is probably best enjoyed with a LARGE glass of milk or something similar to. The peanut butter is very thick and I felt like when you give a dog a lick of peanut butter and they struggle trying to eat the glob – it is a lot to swallow if you take a big bite.

Overall, I really enjoyed this treat and can see myself not only finishing off the box but buying it again. The only thing I might do in the future is core out the center after its been cooked with my spoon and infuse the brownie with the peanut butter so that by the time you reach the bottom you still have some topping left to enjoy with it.

Found at Walmart

April 28, 2018
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Chex Mix Muddy Buddies – Brownie Surpreme

Posted in Confectionaries

Good morning all!

Today I am bringing to you something tasty from ye ole Chex Mix. I am not a huge muddy buddy fan, despite my love for peanut butter and chocolate. Actually I am not a fan of the Chex Mix made version, homemade? Yes please! Anyways, when I saw the brownie supreme something told me that I needed to try it – most likely the fact that I havnt seen it perched on the shelves of my local Walmart before. I grabbed a few other things like another box of Peanut Butter Toast Crunch and a delicious drink that I will be sharing with you all tomorrow and went for the check out lanes.

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Nothing about this bag seemed out of the ordinary until I opened it. Prepare yourself for what you are about to see.

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT. Now, being a snack lover my entire life, I am familiar with the occasional ball of seasoning wrapped around a burnt chip nugget in a bag of chips, but this, this is… WOW. This wasn’t even buried at the bottom of the bag for me to discover like some sort of Cracker Jack prize, it was happily perched right in the top of the bag, staring up at me when I opened it. Hello, quality control. Normally a friend would dare you or even double dog dare you to eat the flavor nugget, but there was no way in hell that I would even consider taking a bite out of this turd. (let’s face it, that is exactly what this looks like) I waffled for a few about whether or not the rest of the bag was worthy of eating, and decided that it was and dug in.

Normally my routine for my reviews is that I examine the outside of the bag, take a picture, open the bag up, examine the contents and then take another picture. Well I kind of sucked at the last part there, but I partially blame the alien egg inside of my bag of Chex Mix and I also blame the video game Terreria. My brain goes into autopilot when it comes to normal things such as snacking, checking my phone, etc. when it comes to playing an addicting game like Terreria. Before I knew it, I was reaching into an empty bag of Chex Mix Brownie Supreme. OOPS.

Much like the peppermint bark Chex Mix, the brownie supreme version will coat you in brown dust and make you look like you have tons of dirt caked under your nails. Always a nice sight. This snack is best poured into the hand vs, digging in like you would with a bag of chips, but I was too buried, literally and figuratively in my game to even bother with that, plus you can’t hold an Xbox 360 controller in one hand and still play. I think my biggest qualm with the normal Muddy Buddy mix from Chex Mix is that it tastes really artificial to me. I don’t know if it is the extreme coating of what I can only guess is a box of brownie mix on the outside or if they changed something in the ingredients, but the brownie supreme version is rather tasty. Again, much like my complaint with the peppermint bark version, I really wish that they would use a rice Chex vs a corn Chex. There is just something about the flavors that makes it just slightly weird.

Texture: 5/5 – The crunchy corn Chex in the middle makes for a nice snacking experience. The powdery outside makes for a real mess, but the chocolate is smooth and tasty.

Smell: 4/5 – When opening the bag the one and only thing that you will smell is sugar and chocolate.

Appearance: 3/5 – There is nothing special about the appearance of these guys. They are little square blobs in the bag.

Taste: 4/5 – I don’t really know what makes something supreme vs regular, but these guys are good. If you are looking for a bakery brownie taste, these are not for you, and I think you could probably achieve the flavor at home if you poured some melted chocolate on corn Chex and then dumped some brownie mix on top of them. I liked them, but I probably wouldn’t buy them again, and instead just buy a brownie.

May 4, 2013
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Pocky – Coconut

Posted in Confectionaries

Evening friends! Tonight I bring you another offering from my trip to the Asian market. I have had regular and strawberry Pocky before but I have never had coconut. I enjoy Pocky and coconut, so this has to be good.

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I was surprised to see how few were in the box when I opened it. Usually there are quite a bit more inside but these look mighty fancy. I really liked that they put them in a clear package so you can see the deliciousness you’re getting into. Each stick of Pocky is coated in a later of chocolate, then a layer of coconut followed with a final layer of chocolate.

Normally when I eat Pocky I like to take teeny little bites quickly like some sort of rodent but the coconut Pocky just doesn’t lend itself to that. I was greeted with the familiar flavor of chocolate and a cookie biscuit but the coconut flavor was a bit underwhelming. I could taste it, but it was not as bold as I expected it to be.

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Texture : 3/5 – The biscuit has a nice snap to it, the chocolate is smooth, and the coconut is flaky. I feel like the tiny shavings make for a kind of weird texture.

Smell : 3/5 – This flavor of Pocky mostly smells like chocolate.

Appearance : 4/5 – The coconut is very visible on the Pocky as well as the amount of chocolate. These look very tasty!

Taste : 3.5/5 – These are rather good but I was hoping for more coconut flavor. The flakes moreso got stuck in my teeth than anything. The biscuit is good as is the chocolate. I’d give these another go.

March 7, 2013
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Everyburger Cookies

Posted in Cookies

One of the nice things about living in a larger city is the abundance of various ethnic markets. I always joke and say that I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like (but that’s not true) however I have yet to try an Asian confection that I did not care for.

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I was introduced to Everyburger cookies by my partner in snack food and life crimes Richard. He is far more versed in these treats than I, but he knows me pretty well so I take his word for it when he says that I will like something.

When I first picked up the package I couldn’t help but be enamored with all the fun art all over it. Good thing American packaging is usually more subdued or I would buy all of the things, every of the time.

The package contains two individually sealed trays of eight cookies each. The cookies are about the diameter of quarter or so. They have a cookie “bun” with a chocolate patty and what I’m guessing is orange colored vanilla “cheese”. Or secret sauce, or I don’t know. These bite sized cookies are pretty irresistible. The cookie is crunchy with a light sesame flavor to it. Both if the chocolates are flavorful and sweet, delicious! My only qualm is that some “buns” are a little overcooked on the top sometimes. My guess is that they use a bit of an egg wash to get the coloring. But even those are still yummy.

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Texture : 4/5 – this bite sized cookie has great texture. Crunchy outside cookie with a perfect amount of smooth solid chocolate in the middle.

Smell : 4/5 – The cookie has a sweet smell with a slight sesame undertone.

Appearance : 3/5 – These cute cookies make for a really fun snack. Sometimes when they are sandwiched together its done before the chocolate has set all the way so they get a little wonky, but who doesn’t like a messy burger?!

Taste : 5/5 – These cookies are delicious and addicting. I dare you to eat just one package.

March 6, 2013
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