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M&M’s – Orange Vanilla Cream

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

When I see rumblings of a new product on the internet I never really get my hopes up of getting it any time soon. For some reason, Sacramento tends to be the snack food black hole and it takes us weeks if not months sometimes to get things that people in other states get on release dates. I saw these posted yesterday online and thought I would give it a shot, like I always do, and see if I could track them down.

I hoped in my car and made my way to the nearest Dollar General, which is where the confirmed sighting was said to be. There is however no confirmation that these are a Dollar General exclusive (like the Chicken flavored ramen Pringles, which I have still yet to try!) but I thought I would start with the last known location. I made my way inside and low and behold, an entire display of these bad boys greeted me, AT THE DOOR. YESSSSSS. I finished up my other errand and made my way back home.

Orange Creamsicles were a staple in my house growing up. Between those, the Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars, and quarts of mint chip ice cream, we were stacked in the ice cream department. There was something so refreshing about an Orange Creamsicle on a hot day. For some reason, the older I got, the more I moved away from buying them, and as I got even older, I became lactose intolerant, so I never get to enjoy them. My hopes were that these M&M’s would bring back that childhood memory that I have not thought of in so long.

On first impression, I was sort of shocked how bright these were. I believe them to be the same color as the regular orange M&M’s but I think the stark contrast against the white M&M’s really made them stand out. They almost seemed dayglow orange. I could probably stop traffic with them.

I think one thing that would have been fun visually would be if they stamped the orange candies with outlines of an orange slice. Of course that doesn’t change anything about the candy whatsoever, it would be nice to have something fun to set them apart from regular ole M&M’s.

I grabbed a small handful, and ate one at a time. I was ready for artificial orange taste overload, but was pleasantly surprised. I was instantly transported back to my childhood with the flavor of these and I really feel that they completely nailed the ratio of vanilla and orange. The two flavors work well in unison and one does not overpower the other. The orange flavor does not taste like a household cleaner which sometimes happens when you get citrus flavored candies. It is both tart and sweet with vanilla undertones. Normally I am not really a fan of white chocolate, but I like these. One thing that I plan on doing is putting some in the fridge to see how they taste cold, as I really think that will give the full effect of having an orange cream ice cream.

For those of you who like orange flavored things, or like orange creamsicles but cannot eat them due to the same lame affliction of lactose intolerance like I have, I would totally recommend these. I hope they also consider coming out with an chocolate orange version as I think that would be absolutely delicious (especially if they do dark chocolate, YUM). These were totally worth the drive across town and I could see myself buying another bag if they stick around longer than a few weeks.

Found at Dollar General

April 14, 2018
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Limited Edition – Peeps Neopolitan

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Let’s start this off for those keeping score (tabs?) I did get tomato soup with a sourdough bread bowl for dinner last night and it was everything I ever dreamed of. Anyways. I was craving something chocolate at work and I searched my desk drawer high and low hoping that I had some tiny piece of chocolate tucked away for a day like today, but no luck. I remembered that I had these Peeps tucked away in my filing basket, don’t ask, and that while they are not entirely chocolate, they were partially chocolate and in a crisis, that will do.

You’d think I had enough with the Mystery Peeps, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

I purchased these a while back when the Easter stuff started initially setting in stores. I don’t really recall liking anything Neopolitan as I don’t really fancy flavors mixing together. I am also of the camp where I don’t enjoy my food in general touching. While I think that strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate all compliment each other, I feel that they have a time and a place? Want to know if you have strong feelings towards a flavor, discover yourself by writing a food blog.

 

I’ll start with that the pink is kind of a dusty pink, not the pink you are programmed to think of when you think of a pink Peep. Visually not my favorite thing. They are dipped in white chocolate and have a milk chocolate center. I personally did not care of the mixture of textures between the hardened white chocolate and the marshmallow portion. I thought that the milk chocolate was very underwhelming and as a total bite, I thought these were a total dud. I actually wish someone could have recorded my face standing at my desk when I abandoned all shame and took a gigantic bite only to be completely not satisfied with my life choices.

 

Maybe Neopolitan is not my jam, maybe these are just not that great, but personally I was not a fan. I only ate one before returning the remaining two chicks to their plastic-y home, probably to be pawned off on an unsuspecting coworker. I think I would have probably enjoyed these more if they were layered flavors of mallow like a true Neopolitan treat vs biting into a fluffy little mallow with chocolaty innards which if you didn’t know what you were in for, you would have thought they caught this mallow after a Thanksgiving feast. If you get that SUPER vague reference, we should be best friends.

April 3, 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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Peeps – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanilla Creme

Posted in Candy, Confectionaries

Well I hope that everyone had a fantastic Easter and didn’t get pranked too bad yesterday on April Fools Day. I myself scored major on the candy front for Easter, and my prank didn’t happen until today when my boss decided to tell me that one of the employees from corporate wanted to sit down with me tomorrow and give me a talking to about a question that I asked. I am pretty new to my job (I started in mid-December) so when she told me that, I instantly started to panic, luckily she didn’t let me freak out too long before letting me know that she was joking. No harm no foul. Speaking of… fowl… NICE SEGUE (that looks like it is spelled all kinds of wrong)

Peeps have turned 60! Good grief, who knew? I imagine not much has changed since the original incarnation of the Peep, but I must say, they are looking FABULOUS for their anniversary party.

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A while back when I reviewed Katy’s Kettle Chips I complained that they were lacking pizzazz because there were clearly sparkles on the outside of the bag. Well I guess Peeps heard my gripe and turned up the disco dust on these guys. The confetti sprinkles almost look too good to eat. Almost. The vanilla creme part drew me in because I felt like I could think of what a Peep tasted like, but I couldn’t completely remember, so vanilla seemed kind of fancy to me.

I took one bite and was met with the familiar taste of a normal Peep. I thought maybe that it was just my mind fooling me so I of course had to eat the other 2, and sure enough – same ole Peeps but fancy pants outside.

I was reading on the Peep wiki that there is a Peep Off where people buy tons of discounted Peeps after Easter and compete in a competition to see how many can be eaten in a 30 minute period. This originally started in Maryland, but I was surprised to see that my current hometown of Sacramento has its own competition and its current record holder has consumed 102 in one sitting. (that is over 2,800 calories/700 grams of sugar worth of peeps) Honestly, eating all three was pushing it, not to mention that Peeps always make my teeth feel like they have sweaters on afterwards.

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Texture : 4/5 – Personally, I prefer my Peeps a bit on the stale side, but there is something about a delicious fresh spongy fluffy as a cloud Peep. The outside still had its sugar coating giving it the slight crunch and the rainbow dust did not change the texture at all.

Smell : 5/5 – These smelled rather vanilla-y right out of the package. Yum!

Appearance : 6/5 – Yes, I am giving these a 6/5 because I love the way these look. Candy should be fun and colorful and I wish more companies remembered that.

Taste : 3/5 – Don’t get me wrong, these were delicious, but I was really missing the distinct vanilla flavored boasted on the outside of the packaging. To me these tasted just like a normal Peep. I also think that they could have taken a risk and done an interesting flavor instead of choosing a fool proof flavor like vanilla for their 60th anniversary celebratory Peep.

April 2, 2013
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Mothers Circus Animal Cookies – Fudge and Vanilla

Posted in Cookies

Mothers Circus Animal cookies were probably one of the first cookies I ever had as a kid. The classic white and pink cookies are my Mother’s favorite (fancy that.) A while back, Mother’s tried trick me into thinking that they came out with new circus animal cookies by putting out the green and white jungle animals. I’m on to you Mothers – all you did was change the color! The Fudge & Vanilla almost slipped by me because I thought they were trying to do some gypsy magic again but this time they in fact changed the favor, not just the color!

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Mothers circus animal cookies are not something I normally buy despite liking them. I can’t usually eat more than a few as I find that if I eat more than a few that I feel like I might combust. Just something about them that makes me feel that way. I was leery about the fudge coating because I was afraid that it would be chocolate flavored instead of chocolate. Trust me there is a difference.

I decided to try the fudge cookies first since I pretty much already know what the vanilla cookies taste like. The inside cookie is still a shortbread, not chocolate, which I could have gone for, but still good. I was really surprised by how delicious the fudge cookies were. I then moved on to the vanilla and found that they tasted even better than the vanilla cookie that I remember as a kid. I don’t know if it is because of the fudge and vanilla cookies being jumbled around in the same bag had something to do with it which may have slightly altered the flavor but these cookies were SO good.

I had to place the bag across the room because I was literally to the point where if I continued to eat them, that I would make myself sick.

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Texture : 4/5 – These cookies have a nice crunch to them and a delicious smooth outside coating. The sprinkles on the outside also add a nice little crunchy element to it as well.

Smell : 4/5 – When opening the bag you are greeted with an extreme sweet smell, but man do they smell delicious!

Appearance : 3/5 – The coloring of these are pretty basic. Some of the animals are hard to tell what they are because of the external coating.

Taste : 5/5 – If had to choose between these and the classic Mother’s circus animal cookies, I would choose these every time. I think the reason why I do not quickly tire of the flavor is because of the chocolate element. I really hope that this is something that they add to their permanent line up as if they plan on going away, I guess I should start stockpiling.

March 2, 2013
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Limited Edition Barnum Animal Crackers

Posted in Cookies

Happy New Year food friends! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s last night. Personally we stayed in and thankfully so because people lost their minds in Sacramento last night. Not only was there a car stolen from a local auto mall that caused a major highway to be shut down, we had a couple of other sad incidents including a shooting at a huge party thrown by the city. I hold on to my feelings that people are losing their damn minds. ANYWAYS, on a more positive note, I have a little recap on my personal blog of my last year if you are bored.

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Call it a feat of marketing, but everytime I see a packaging that says new or limited edition I always feel compelled to buy it. I’m a total sucker and apparently marketing companies target customer. I have not had animal crackers in AGES. I think I was probably 10 or so maybe younger. There are a few foods that I remember tasting better than they do. One example would be Rice Crispies. I loved them as a kid and now as an adult I can’t even see how I remotely liked them. Somehow, animal crackers have managed to make their way into this list.

I remember animal crackers tasting slightly buttery with a hint of vanilla. I would never get tired of eating these no frills cookies, but something along the way changed and I was rather disappointed when I tried these again. Not only did they have a lackluster flavor, they tasted slightly stale – and there was nothing limited edition about them! What a let down.

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Texture: 4/5 – These cookies have the slightly crunchy texture, but they were kind of chewy not in a good way.

Smell: 2/5 – They smell slightly vanilla-y.

Appearance: 1/5 – Now this may seem a little harsh, but they didn’t even change any of the animals to “winter” type animals – whatever those are. The only thing that is “limited edition” about these is the dang box.

Taste: 3/5 – These cookies were mediocre, which kid of killed a little of my childhood (not really). The only way I could see myself eating these again in my adult life would be if I were dunking them in hot chocolate or smothered in Nutella.

January 1, 2013
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Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws – Cookies & Cream and Wild Berry

Posted in Confectionaries

Hey guys! Have you ever had one of those days where you are sipping on a glass of milk (or almond, soy, rice, whatever milk) and thought to yourself, “Man, this moo juice would taste SO much better if I could drink it through a complicated straw that housed tiny little flavor crystals that would flavor each sip!” Me either. Somewhere along the way Got Milk? thought of this interesting idea. These flavor straws are nothing new. They have been around for at least a year or two, but every time I pass them hanging on the sidecap, I try to convince myself to buy them and give them a try. Finally I broke down and picked these up at SaveMart the other night.

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So, again I ask myself, what the hell is a wild berry? And why can’t I buy it at a store? According to Got Milk? wild berry is a mixture of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and BLACK CARROT JUICE CONCENTRATE. WHAT IN THE… What in the world is black carrot juice. Why is it in my milk? Now I must admit. I don’t drink milk. Not only do I not enjoy it, but I am lactose intolerant. I also hate that soy milk only comes in the most giant container ever made and rarely buy it because I can’t finish the entire thing before its time to throw it away. So to try these, I opted for some vanilla dairy free yogurt. I know what you’re thinking, you sucked yogurt through these straws? No, I didn’t. I broke the first rule of Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws, I cut them open. Other rules include using only one straw for one glass of milk and making sure children under 3 are supervised while using a straw.

I find the design of the straw itself rather ingenious. The cookies and cream flavor has the top and bottom of the straw dimpled together to allow the milk to come through it. The wild berry is a bit more sophisticated with a plastic filter on each end.

The cookies and creme flavor is pretty much just chocolate because your milk or the yogurt in my case makes up for the creme flavor. The flavor crystals also do not dissolve very quickly so I fail to see why they put a limit of 1 glass of milk per straw, honestly I think you’ll need 2 glasses at least to use up a single straw. The wild berry tastes mostly like raspberry, no carrots here. I actually preferred to just cut the ends off these and pour them directly into my mouth, kind of like Nerds.

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Texture: 3/5 – In their raw form, the flavor crystals are really crunchy. They don’t dissolve quickly (at least in yogurt) and I imagine they would not change the texture of your milk drink until you get to the point where they are so small that they would pass through the tiny holes in the filter.
Smell: 4/5 – The cookies & cream flavor smells like a milky chocolate treat. The wild berry smells like berries mixed with a slight hint of vanilla.
Appearance: 5/5 – I am impressed with the design of the straw (and easily amused). I also like the color variants in each of the straws. Makes me think of sprinkles, for your milk!
Taste: 3/5 – The cookies & cream flavor is pretty much just chocolate. I need to sample the regular chocolate flavor straws to see if in fact they taste the same.  The wild berry flavor is pretty good. Raspberry is the most apparent flavor out of all of the berries used in these. I would probably buy these again, just to eat straight from the straw for a nice 17 calorie treat.

December 7, 2012
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Little Pepi’s Pizzelle Waffle Cookies – Vanilla & Original Anise Flavor

How’s it going guys? Tonight I am burning the midnight oil and killing some time while waiting for the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Well, my partner in crime is waiting for the release, I am tagging along for the fun of it. In an effort to kill sometime (which I have a lot of before the clock strikes midnight) we wandered the aisles of The Nugget (which is a fancy pants supermarket here) and looked for things that could be potentially tasty. I enjoy this store because they carry a lot of kind of hard to find items and their bakery and deli are AH-MAZAIN. Of course there are a lot of things that I turn my nose up because I have the culinary taste of a 6 year old child, I can always manage to find something to pick up anywhere I go.

I had never seen these cookies before, and truth be told, Little Pepi’s sounds like a hole in the wall pizza company more than it sounds like a cookie company. I was apprehensive about how these would be without any company from ice cream or frosting or some sort of companion. My favorite morning food is a waffle, and I like cookies, so these couldn’t be too bad, right?

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Admittedly I did not pick these up, Richard did – but I like to assume that I have mutual rights to his property, legal or not 🙂 (Hi Richard, please let me continue to share your food after this post! :P) I had no interest in trying the Anise flavor as I do not care for black licorice, but in the spirit of being brave, I thought I would give it a try. We pulled into our destination for the DVD and had a little mini-feast of cookies in the car, which is why the pictures are not that great. We started with the vanilla flavor – most likely because it would be the more “safe” flavor. The vanilla flavor was pretty good. The cookie itself had kind of a chewy texture to it, despite being crispy for the most part. It tasted like a sweeter version of a waffle cone that you would get at a place like Coldstone. Alone they are pretty tasty, but I imagine that smothered in something like Nutella, or even some whipped cream, would take this over the top.

Then there is the Anise flavor. I made Richard try it first because again, I don’t like black licorice. He gave it a try and assured me that the flavoring was not too strong, so I trusted his judgement and had a small piece. NOPE. NOT GOOD. NO THANK YOU. He is right, the flavor is not super strong, but IT’S STILL THERE. *nothankyouhands*

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Texture: 3/5 – This crispy cookie was somehow chewy, but chewy in a kind of stale way. Normally I would chalk this up to maybe getting a package that had some air in it or wasn’t sealed all the way, but both packages had the same texture. These also don’t expire until the first portion of next year, so I know that’s not the case either.

Smell: 4/5 – These have that rich buttery sweet waffle smell. Mmmm mmm…

Appearance: 4/5 – These are rather big cookies. I would venture to say that they are about almost 4 inches round. They all have a nice golden color and the classic waffle design.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I will only rate the vanilla flavor because the anise flavor was beyond not my cup of tea at all (which I would give a 1/5). Over all these cookies are good, but I would not see myself sitting down to enjoy these without the addition of something else like peanut butter or fruit or something of that nature. They are tasty and would be a great fancy edition to a bowl of ice cream as a yummy garnish.

December 3, 2012
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