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Blue Bunny Load’d Cones – Bunny Tracks

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Happy Sunday y’all! Somehow it’s already October – this quarantine creep has definitely turned into every day just blurring together. I must admit, I committed the biggest food blogger sin when I bought these Blue Bunny Load’d Cones… I ate all of them without taking a single picture of what they actually look like. I KNOW, I KNOW, you’d think after 8 years off and on of this place that I would know better, but sometimes you just find yourself eating an ice cream cone in the middle of the night, 4 times over. I am not proud, but here we are.

I will admit, I bout these in lieu of buying the box of Drumsticks I had my eye on. It is pretty rare that I buy actual dairy ice cream, so when I do, I usually tend to go for something that I know will be worth the possible pain later but with 2X the mix-ins of two of my favorite things together (chocolate and peanuts (and/or peanut butter) how could I resist?

I don’t know if this is true of Blue Bunny ice cream or if it was my freezer, but this dessert never really firmed up for me. I like that the ice cream was soft, but in this instance, it was a little too soft for my liking. I also found the wrapper frustrating because some of the ice cream went along with once removed, though don’t worry, I licked it off like the animal that I am.

The ice cream is soft and creamy, with a really nice rich vanilla flavor. The blend of chocolate, peanuts, and caramel was well balanced down to the last bite. The only thing that I would change would be to make the peanut halves salty. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I really feel a tiny bit of salt would have really elevated the flavor on this to the next level. Plain peanuts always read cheap filler to me, so having plain peanuts sprinkled in just don’t really do it for me.

Overall I thought these were pretty tasty but if the soft ice cream is part of the package and not a me problem, be sure to eat these quickly once removed from the freezer or you will have a mess on your hands, literally.

Found at Walmart

October 4, 2020
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Good Humor – Pop Tarts Brown Sugar Cinnamon

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Does anyone’s local ice cream truck play Christmas music year round? Mine does and it’s weird. As a kid, I never really bought ice cream off the ice cream truck, it was all about the Lemonheads and candy cigarettes. When I did buy the occasional ice cream here and there, they were the Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate covered vanilla ice creams or something with the gumball eyes. Who ever thought it would be a good idea to freeze gumballs? Talk about a jaw work out, not to mention the cursed droopy crazy eyes that your character treat would have once liberated from it’s wrapper. Nightmare fuel.

Good Humor has been a long standing player in the ice cream player for over 100 years (wow!) I have always known Good Humor for the Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bars – and for me, it was always a staple that I saw in a single serve reach in ice cream case at 7-11, but not something I ever opted for – viva la Choco Taco.

While wandering the ice cream aisle, these caught my eye despite being dairy. Long time friends of the blog will know that my love of dairy is a one way street. I love it, it doesn’t love me. But how could I pass up a tasty brown sugar treat! I LOVE brown sugar. I like to eat the clumps that form in the jar when I’m baking (don’t judge me dang it), I like brown sugar Pop Tarts, my candy of choice at See’s? Dark Bordeaux. I used to make the trek down to See’s when I worked in the mall for a couple of them every now and then.

Upon first bite, I was expecting the exterior to be more of a crunchy texture, but it was rather soft. The ice cream is smooth and creamy, containing both cinnamon ice cream and plain vanilla ice cream, it really brings the brown sugar and ice cream together. This ice cream bar is tasty, but its pretty run of the mill if you ask me. I think if the outside was more crunchy these would be a slam dunk. If you like cinnamon and brown sugar, you’re sure to like these.

Found at Walmart

September 15, 2020
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Pejoy – Caramel Macchiato

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So one thing that comes along with being a food blogger, junk food especially is that you tend to stock pile things to write about. If I actually showed you what my stash looked like, I don’t know if I could show my face any more on the internet. Junk food blogging is a rather fast paced hobby – someone is always putting out something new, and its a race to find it on the shelves before it disappears since frequently items are limited edition or just fade away. Occasionally I will buy things that I haven’t seen on anyone’s radar, for the sole purpose of trying them for myself out of curiosity.

I was craving something chocolate – and as I have mentioned before, I frequently do not buy sweets, especially chocolate, because I end up eating it. Totally problematic, right? I was desperate for something chocolatey and sweet, so I dug deep into my stash in hopes that I would find some old Easter candy or maybe a chocolate bar I picked up along the way to try out of curiosity, and surprisingly I came up empty handed, DRATS, nothing.

These caught my eye, and I decided, what the heck, they could possibly fall into the category I was craving… sorta… kinda… maybe I WAS DESPERATE OKAY?! I am not a coffee drinker. At. All. Believe me, I have tried and tried. The idea of it sounds wonderful, and it smells wonderful too, and despite my time as a Starbucks barista, coffee was never my forte. Even as a child, my doctor prescribed me a cup of coffee every day to try and help with my migraines, but no amount of cream and sugar could save me from the gross coffee taste. I am not even sure what possessed me to buy these – probably the New! tucked at the top.

The cookie design might look familiar to you if you have never had a Pejoy as they are made by Glico, the same company that makes the oh-so-delicious Pocky. Pejoy is best described I think as inside out Pocky. They are a biscuit stick that has the filling on the inside. Prior to these, I have only ever had the cookies and cream version, which were quite tasty.

I will admit, I was apprehensive about eating these as the coffee smell was very strong when I opened the package. I threw caution to the wind and decided to go for it and was pleasantly surprised, as they didn’t really taste like coffee at all. The buttery flavor of the biscuit mixed with the strong flavor of caramel really stood in front of the coffee flavor. It is hard for me to describe the flavor of coffee because like I said, its not my jam, but it definitely deepened the flavor profile of the cookie.. stick… treat? While these were no chocolate, they did a good job of taking its place in a pinch.

Overall I would probably buy these again as I really enjoyed the snap of the biscuit and the caramel flavor. There is also only one way to eat them, just like Pocky, take a million tiny bites at a time. You probably won’t find these on your local store shelves – check out your local Asian market to see if they have them in the sweets aisle.

Found at Oto’s Marketplace

September 14, 2020
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Hershey’s Kisses – Vampire

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Happy Halloween 1st everyone! September marks the start of my favorite holiday, HALLOWEEN! Is Halloween even going to happen this year? Can I use a t-shirt cannon and launch candy at unsuspecting trick-or-treaters from a “safe” distance? Is that just a me fantasy? A handful of tasty treats are out this year such as the Witch’s Brew Kit Kats, the Reese’s Franken-cup and these to name a few. (Stay tuned to see reviews of those, because I have totally eaten them!)

Hershey’s Kisses are not my first choice when it comes to filling my candy dish (that I have since given up since working from home for the last year). I typically only ever get them in my Christmas stocking from “Santa” and occasionally in one of those mixed candy bags.

I’ll be honest, upon first glace (and taste) I did not realize that they had strawberry filling. My hand most likely covered the small tucked in graphic on the corner of the bag that said that they were filled with a strawberry creme. Oops!

The outside is your classic Hershey’s milk chocolate. The inside is a super sweet gooey inside similar to a Cadbury egg. Admittedly I ate a couple the other day but didn’t even realize that the creme was flavored because is in my opinion very faint compared to the chocolate. The strawberry was sweet and didn’t taste overly artificial, the creme itself is more sugary sweet than anything. One great thing is that the very red creme doesn’t stain your mouth, though I am sure it would definitely stain your clothes, so these are best enjoyed in one bite.

Overall, these are a nice twist to a classic. If you are looking for something festive, but not overly polarizing for your candy dish, these might be for you. Just don’t put them in your pocket for later or you’ll have a gooey mess!

September 1, 2020
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Kellogg’s Tiger Paws – Jumbo Snax

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Good Afternoon everyone! I hope everyone has enjoyed the last weekend of August. How is that even possible?! It was March and now its August – the time in between? Gone.

Somewhat recently Kellogg’s released a line of Jumbo Snax, touted as a way to snack on cereal in fun big boy way. The debut flavors (I have no idea if they will release others) are Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, and Tiger Paws. One of these things is not like the other though… Tiger Paws are not an existing cereal, so clearly I opted to buy that flavor since I definitely have poured all of the other cereals into my mouth straight from the box.

These definitely remind me of the Cheetos Paws upon first glance. The pouch feels empty in your hands until you open it and actually find that its filled with little paws. They are about the size of a quarter and you get about two dozen to a pouch.

Truth be told, I have been trying to write this review for about two weeks now, but could not come up with anything exciting about these. All in all, these are fine. They are crunchy and sweet, what you would expect from a solid form of Frosted Flakes. At 50 calories for an entire pouch, these are a great little sweet pick me up for a sweet tooth like me without completely breaking the calorie bank. Like the Cheetos Paws (and puffs) I like to suck the air out of them and then eat them like a weirdo.

All in all, I would consider buying these again. I find the packaging a little frivolous since I could buy a box of cereal for the same price and pour it into reusable containers. But for a quick sweet snack on the go, these would do the job, and I guess if you were feeling really wild, you could pour a tiny amount of milk into these if you were craving a bowl of cereal but had none on hand. Another great application would probably be on ice cream!

Definitely not going to try that tonight… 😉

Found at Winco

August 30, 2020
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Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers – Limited Time – Lemon

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Summer time and the livin’s easy – especially when you work from home like I have been for the last year. Donuts hands down are one of my favorite baked goods. Do you have a go-to flavor? Mine is definitely maple anything despite the impending heartburn that it always gives me. Sometimes pleasure is totally worth the pain… and the Tums.

I grew up on Winchell’s donuts and a tiny little shop near my house owned by the sweetest Asian couple. Later when I moved north, the mall I started working at had a small donut counter in the food court and a bag of donut holes became my regular splurge. Down the street from my current digs, there is a 24 hour shop that makes some super tasty pink sprinkled cake donuts, best enjoyed at 2 am, tucked into a booth watching the tweakers outside. Okay, so I said I liked maple, but truthfully, I don’t know if I have met a donut I didn’t like. Wait I take that back, plain cake donuts. Those can stay home.

Krispy Kreme never really entered my life until I was an adult. My first experience was when I was working in another town, filling in as the store manager and I hit the drive thru on my way home, treating myself to a box of hot and fresh golden glazed rings. I finally understood the hype. Warm, airy dough, coated in the perfect amount of translucent glaze. It wasn’t until I moved to Sacramento that I had regular access to Krispy Kreme.

I saw these on the shelf along with a few other new Krispy Kreme offerings, although Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers are not new. Typically you will find them in bags with a window in them tempting you with seasonal/limited time flavors such as birthday cake, pumpkin spice, ginger bread, and strawberry to name a few. The research that I have done online for these particular boxed donuts shows that they contain bags inside that hold 2 donuts each, though my box was one big bag of a whole bunch of friends jammed together – maybe this has since changed since I picked these up?

When I think crueller, I think of the super airy, light, barely there donut that completely collapses the moment you take a bite of it, but the Krispy Kreme version is hardly that. If you have had their sour cream donuts, these are much more akin to that than their French counterparts. I found these particular donuts to be SO moist that I wished I had a glass of milk to wash it down. The lemon flavoring did not feel overly artificial to me, though the glaze and donut are very sweet. One of these is plenty for me when it comes to sweets, which I feel like says a lot since I am a eat-sugar-straight-from-the-jar sweets person. Am I going soft in my old age? Are my teeth subconsciously speaking to me saying “Erin, we literally have no more room left for fillings, please, stop.” Using the universal measurement unit of a Bagel Bite, these are about the size of one of those.

With no way to seal the bag inside – if you happen to get the version I did, I strongly advise that you put them in a ziplock or something of the sort as rolling the bag up like a bag of chips will not due. While not terrible, these are not best stale. These took me a while to eat, because honestly, despite my love of donuts, they aren’t an every day thing for me. If you like moist cake donuts, these are something you would probably enjoy. The lemon are a limited edition so if you are interested in trying them, hit the store right now to get your paws on them. Oh and grab yourself some milk too.. or milk substitute, you’ll need it.

Found at Walmart

August 20, 2020
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Thomas Mini Croissants – Plain

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Remember in school when they taught you about the food pyramid? Is that a thing that they still teach? Well I am here to tell you that they got that thing all wrong. The best food group on the pyramid is BREAD. Hands down. Can’t convince me otherwise, sorry.

Every time my pants fit a little tight, or a shirt is a little snug, I tell myself I should probably cut out the bread. And then I pick up a loaf of garlic bread for dinner, or I grab a bag of everything bagels for breakfasts, tummy ache? let’s have a slice of sourdough toast. I think I would have a better chance of giving up sugar vs bread and I am okay with that.

When I saw these tucked into the shelf in the bread aisle, I was excited. I LOVE a croissant. I also love mini food – I think it fools your brain into thinking that you’re not completely throwing self control to the wind and indulging in a tiny bite. Despite that tiny bit turning into like four of these.

The appearance… is not great. Approximately 20 mini croissants jammed into a bag then stuffed onto a store shelf doesn’t do much to preserve the delicate appearance of a yummy flaky croissant. To be fair, I think the problem originates with the texture of the croissant itself. When I think of this delicious pastry, I think of the finest thin layers of flaky buttery goodness that de-materialize the moment you take your first bite, getting more all over yourself than in your mouth. These? These are just bread with a sourdough base at a croissant costume party. That light and airy flaky texture I was looking for? Nope. Oops! All bread.

Don’t get me wrong, the flavor is good. These would be fine warmed up as a side for dinner, but unfortunately they are not very remarkable. Want to take it to the next level Thomas’? Hit me with that everything bagel mini croissant and I will literally use one of those money guns in your general direction. I might buy these again, just to see if maybe I got a batch that might have been tucked in a little too tight.

Found at Walmart

August 14, 2020
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Kit Kat – Limited Edition – Apple Pie

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I’ve got (another) confession to make (click here to listen to the Foo Fighters song that is now stuck in your head.) – I don’t like apple pie. Apparently that probably makes me unAmerican, but I just don’t. In theory, I should like apple pie. I like apple (sauce and juice), I like cinnamon, and I like a good flaky crust, and even being lactose intolerant I like a big heaping scoop of ice cream on a piece of pie, but I just cannot get into it.

As Nick said in his Trader Joe’s Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie review white chocolate really isn’t my jam. I feel like this review is just me telling you what I don’t like. I grabbed this with the pure intention of taking one bite and tossing the whole thing in the garbage. I feel like white chocolate has such a distinct sweet taste that is so overpowering in every instance its used. Don’t get me wrong, I REALLY like sweet, but unless its combined with peanut butter in a Reese’s ghost or pumpkin? I will pass.

This Kit Kat really surprised me. The balance of the sweetness from the white chocolate, with the crisp apple taste, and the warm cinnamon flavor actually really complimented each other. The apple flavor was subtle but very much present, the wafer part offered the buttery flaky flavor you would expect in a pie, and the cinnamon and white chocolate offer the right amount of spice and sweetness to tie it all together. Overall I was quite impressed. I saw these at the checkout lanes the other day when I went to the store to grab a few things and contemplated buying another one, but peanut M & M’s made the cut.

Found at Walmart

August 13, 2020
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Milky Way – Salted Caramel

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Is it care-ah-mel or car-mell? Either way you say it, this candy bar isn’t new – however it is new to me. Rarely do I fall for impulse buys at the register but something in my brain said “Erin, if you don’t get this candy bar, you will be very mad at yourself later.” At least, that’s how I remember it happening. I don’t frequently buy candy bars, because well, I eat them, and I am trying to cut back on the ole L Bs if you know what I mean.

If I had to choose a favorite candy bar, it would be a toss up between Milky Way and PayDay. Honestly, it would be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but are those really a candy bar? And if I really had my choice, I would go with a Milky Way Midnight – the perfect balance of bitter dark chocolate, sweet mallow and caramel. I have always said that I have a sweet tooth, but is it possible to have a salt… tooth too? Sweet and salty is a match made in heaven.

The familiar chocolate exterior of a regular Milky Way greets you when you bite into this bar, in addition to the soft but not messy caramel and nougat. I typically find things like salted caramel usually lacking when it comes to the salt department. The salt flavor is usually so faint that if you hadn’t told me it was there to begin with, I probably would not have noticed. This is not true for this candy bar. You actually get the crunch of the salt, however the bar is not gritty. Its salty, but not too salty.

The only way that I can see an improvement with these would be if they made a Midnight version. Dark chocolate plus a velvety salted caramel and nougat would be a match made in snack food paradise. If you spot these, definitely pick one up if sweet and salty is your jam.

Found at Walmart

July 27, 2020
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Taco Bell Menu Revamp

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To say that Taco Bell is a guilty pleasure would imply that I feel bad about eating it. Despite your feelings on Taco Bell, there is always a moment where that delicious faux-Mexican food just hits the spot. I don’t ever feel bad about eating it , though I DO feel bad after eating it, the shame is real, and my 30 something year old body is just not made for that type of food anymore.

Today, Taco Bell released that they will be removing approximately a dozen items from their menu August 13 and adding two new items. Admittedly my heart skipped a beat as I combed the list to see what was being removed. Was I going to have to say goodbye to Taco Bell forever if they removed my beloved Crunch Wrap? I let out a sigh of relief as I reached the bottom of the list, but does your favorite item make the cut?

Taco Bell is removing the following items:

  • Grilled Steak Soft Taco
  • 7-Layer Burrito
  • Quesarito
  • Nachos Supreme
  • Beefy Fritos Burrito
  • Spicy Tostada
  • Triple Layer Nachos
  • Spicy Potato Soft Taco
  • Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes
  • Loaded Grillers
  • Chips & Dips (WHAT!?)
  • Mini Skillet Bowls

They are adding a $5 Grande Nachos Box and a Beef Burrito (was this really not a thing?). Also recently they added the Grilled Cheese Burrito, which I will say I was VERY underwhelmed with. Check out the new menu board below.

I won’t lie, I wouldn’t be sad if they brought back the nacho fries and the naked chicken chips as full time participants – a girl can dream. Also can we talk about the Cinnabon Delights? Does anyone actually order those? Can we get a new dessert item, Taco Bell? Now THAT would be exciting, and I would be more than happy to help to workshop and taste test these ideas.

What is your favorite Taco Bell item? Let me know in the comments! Happy Friday y’all if that means something to you, live long and bring back Volcano Sauce.

July 17, 2020
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