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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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Nutella B-Ready

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Good Evening friends – I hope everyone is ready for the weekend because I sure am! I picked this treat up at a Ukrainian market recently and I have never seen them around before this. Bread and Nutella? Sign me up.

From the outside it looks like we are in for a bready treat with smooth creamy Nutella on the inside with chunks of hazelnut. This package weighed nearly nothing but I liked that it was packaged with a bit of rigid cardboard to protect the confection on the inside from being crushed. Upon opening the package I was greeted with two individually wrapped… B-ready…s? I really think they are on to something and could sell these individually at a check lane.

The outside is made of a wafer thin exterior. Do you have bear paws for hands? You will definitely crush this in your hand if you aren’t careful. This treat is approximately 3 bites, scientifically speaking. The inside is filled with creamy Nutella, however no crunchy bits like in the picture which is okay as the outside really brings a nice texture to the mix. My only complaint is that Nutella can be a little on the thick side and if you eat this too fast, you will be chewing for a while.

If you can get ahold of one of these and really like Nutella this snack is for you. Light and airy and full of flavor. If these were readily available at a checklane, I would definitely pick these up on the regular.

Found at Citrus Plaza Market

January 16, 2020
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Great Value – Hot Honey Pepperoni Pizza

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Good Afternoon Foodies – I hope everyone’s start to the new year has been a good one! I don’t eat a ton of pizza, because lactose and I don’t get along, but occasionally I will indulge and eat some cheese. Walmart has recently released some breakfast pizzas, pretzel crusts pizzas, and some dessert pizzas. We picked up the Hot Honey Pepperoni Pizza and another one which will pop up on the blog in a few days.

Let’s start with my deep deep love for anything pretzel. I would say that pretzels are my favorite snack food, pretzel bagels are my go to on the weekends, mickey pretzels are my favorite at Disneyland, and pretzel pizza crust? I am all about it.

A couple of things to note up front, this pizza is GREASY. That’s pretty par for the course with pepperoni however because of the way that these pepperonis curl, it really traps the grease. Secondly, this pizza is very doughy. I found that with this pizza and the other that I needed to cook them longer than the suggested time on the box. Pizza number 2 was very underbaked.

I didn’t read the fine print on the box and was completely under the impression that the pepperoni was hot honey flavored. I ate one of the pepperonis off the pizza before actually taking a bite and said to myself “what the heck?!” as it tasted like normal pepperoni (because, wow it was!) The sauce is in fact hot honey flavored and it was quite tasty. As a whole, I really liked this pizza. My only complaint that the crust didn’t seen overly pretzel-y to me, it had more of the texture of a regular pan pizza. Either way, I would eat this again, however, be prepared for some serious heartburn after.

Found at Walmart

January 5, 2020
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Kit Kat – Party Ice Cream – Import Edition

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Happy New Year friends! I hope everyone’s 2020 is off to a great start!

I occasionally hit up a local Asian market for yummy snacks. Luckily it’s sort of out of the way, otherwise I would be completely broke from constantly buying snacks from there. Picked up the usual, noodles, some sauces, Lotte Koala cookies, Pejoy, etc. They almost always have sort of import Kit Kat bars but at 7 dollars a bag, I usually go hmm that sounds good/bad/otherwise and put the bag back down. When I saw this colorful bag jump out at me on the shelf, I knew I couldn’t pass them up.

Let’s start with what is Party Ice Cream? I havn’t a clue, but judging by the picture, its soft serve ice cream, cookie straws, and a sprig of mint. Sounds like a pretty tame party if you ask me. For some reason, my brain interpreted the speckles on the Kit Kat pictured on the package as sprinkles but alas, it is just what appears to be microscopic cookie pieces/crumbs.

I was concerned that these were going to be flavored white chocolate which I a not a fan of. To me, white chocolate is overly sweet and not the best flavor. When I opened the bag, I won’t lie, it smelled a bit like sour milk. I was afraid I was in for a real doozy of a treat but I pressed on. The Kit Kat coating is very soft, not a white chocolate at all. It has a very distinct dairy/vanilla ice cream flavor. It is sweet but not overly sweet or artificial tasting, the wafer inside mixed with the outside coating makes it taste like a perfect vanilla soft serve cone in one of those thin wafery ice cream cones. I immediately hid these in my desk drawer because them being in any easily accessible space means that they would be instantly devoured.

I am going to pop a few in the freezer because I imagine that they would be absolutely delightful frozen. If you are feeling adventurous, I would suggest you pick up a bag if you find them at your local import market or Amazon/Ebay.

Found at Oto’s Marketplace

January 1, 2020
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M&M’s – Snack Mix – Sweet And Salty – Milk Chocolate

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Good Morning Friends! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.

I have been on a mini quest to try and find the two new M&M snack mixes and was just starting to give up when I spotted these while getting gas at a Shell station the other day. Normally I don’t go in to the store but something told me that I should and I am so glad I did. These were tucked up by the register and I only spotted them at the last second before paying for my coconut water and ranch Bugles. Wow what a mix – I bet my breath smelled great during the fitting that I was doing that evening. Sorry guys.

I wandered back into my office – wanting something chocolaty and remembered that I had these in my purse. YES. PURSE SNACKS. (there are also some other snacks in there that I intend on reviewing – what else do you use purses for?) I didn’t want to dump the snack mix on my desk like some sort of caveman so I cleared off my little cactus dish that I use to put miscellaneous items in like push pins, nails, razor blades, etc. and poured it in there – how fancy!

Fanciness aside I convinced myself that instead of acting like Cookie Monster from the Muppets and just dumping this handfuls at a time into my mouth that I would eat this mix one piece at a time. There is a mixture of crispy M&M’s and regular milk chocolate M&M’s which are both tasty. The little pretzel balls are really salty which is totally my jam. The almonds are lightly salty and make for a good addition to this mixture. Overall I would consider this the best part of trail mix. Take out the dumb raisins, take out the dumb peanuts and ding ding ding, you have the perfect mix. I am glad that I snagged a smaller trial size bag of this snack mix vs the larger feed bag size because I know I probably wouldn’t be able to stop myself from pouring a few more dishes.

I really liked this mix and I would totally buy it again. If I am able to find it in the larger sized bags, I will definitely have to portion it out into small containers to keep myself from demolishing the whole bag.

Found at Shell Gas Station

May 29, 2018
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Nature Valley – Almond Butter Chocolate Nut Bars

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Good Morning Friends – I hope everyone had a great weekend!

I spent some time at work and my Mom came down for a couple days and hung out with me which is always a good time. We ate too much food, I taught her how to use an industrial embroidery machine, worked on our family tree, and wandered around a graveyard by my house, you know, like you do.

Today I am writing you from my local bagel haunt (I had to keep the theme going – I apologize) and just witnessed a woman FLIP HER WIG about the amount of cream cheese that was put on her bagel and that it wasn’t applied in an even fashion. This place is notorious for putting a lot of cream cheese and this woman was not having it. She scraped a bunch of it off with a spoon at the coffee bar and proceeded to wave around the spoon of cream cheese at the employee making coffee talking about how unacceptable it was that there was so much cream cheese and how it was applied sloppy. Lady. Please. Its a 2 dollar bagel, there are other things in life to get worked up over – I can give you some examples if you need some help. OH BOY.

These bars are not that new – I have had them kicking around in my stash for a while now. I have a really bad habit of squirreling away food to review and then it just gets buried in the queue never to be eaten. I pretty much love anything that has chocolate involved so I thought that these would be a tasty treat.

I don’t know why but I keep trying to convince myself that I am into almond butter. I don’t hate it but man is it bland. I like almonds in their true form, almond milk, almonds on stuff, but almond butter? Meh. The granola is soft and chewy, and you also get a nice helping of whole almonds as well as the chopped up ones. I have the same problem with these as I did with the cups – the chopped up pieces of almonds can transform into almond rocks, which totally feel like they could destroy your teeth at any given moment. Personally I did not really taste the chocolate very much because of EVERYTHING else going in this bar, but that is okay – it adds a subtle sweetness to the mix.

Overall these are pretty middle of the road for me. They are alright, but that’s about it. The flavor isn’t a knock out, and there aren’t really any parts of it that are memorable to me other than the almond rocks. I will probably finish the box (add them to my snack drawer at work for those moments were I am ready to eat my arm), but I probably would not buy these again. I like my granola bars to be a little more exciting (try the sweet and spicy ones – THOSE are yummy) and these are just too plain for me.

Found at Target

May 28, 2018
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Werther’s Original – Caramel Popcorn – Sea Salt & Pretzel

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Good Morning Friends!

The other day I was at the gas station – I rarely go inside because I don’t really have a need to. Recently Taco Bell released some flavored sunflower seeds and there have been a few candy releases that I have not been able to get my meat hooks on yet so I thought I would venture inside and check it out.

Little did I know that social anxiety would kick into overdrive and I couldn’t leave the store unless I bought something because I was convinced that someone would think it was weird that I was scouring the aisles without buying anything. I grabbed a water, to which I cringed because I have been working very hard to use reusable containers for water and looked for some sort of snack that I hadn’t tried yet. My interest was piqued when I passed the Werther’s caramel corn, but kept looking in case something that I really wanted was tucked away on an end cap. I settled for the caramel corn, pumped my gas, and then went home.

Salty sweet snacks are my absolute favorite. If I had to choose one “genre” of snacks it would be anything that is salty sweet. Pretzels happen to also be some of my favorite things to snack on so adding it to caramel corn seemed like a pretty great addition. I rarely eat Cracker Jacks because a) popcorn husks in your teeth b) peanuts – so the prospect of swapping out the peanuts for pretzels? Sign me up!

OH and I also had this moment of thought while sitting on the couch – the song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” there is a line that says “buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…” AREN’T THERE ALREADY PEANUTS IN THE CRACKER JACKS?! Lets change it to nachos or a giant pretzel or something – way less redundant.

Werther’s Caramel Corn is by no means new but it was the first time I had tried it. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of pretzels from the get go. This bag was a smaller bag (which is fine by me, I don’t need to eat a family sized portion) and only had 3 pretzels in there. BOO. One great thing about the pretzels were that they acted as a caramel catcher during the manufacturing process and they were completely caked in caramel. YUM.

The popcorn was nice and airy, and completely coated in caramel. There were brief moments where you could taste the sea salt but it was not a prominent player in the flavor game. Overall I really enjoyed this mix and could see myself buying this again however next time I will buy a small bag of pretzels too and mix the two together.

Found at AM/PM

May 21, 2018
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Oreo – #myoreocreation – Cherry Cola

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Good Morning Friends!

One thing about constantly being on the chase for the next best snack food is that things often fall behind in your stash, ESPECIALLY if they are not memorable. I would post a picture of my current hoard, but truth be told, it is really embarrassing. Like REALLY embarrassing.

I totally forgot about the last two flavors of the #myoreocreation release until an ad to vote popped up on my Instagram yesterday. Ohhh yeahhhhhh… I have those Oreos sitting at home.

I haven’t had a soda since 2005. I quit cold turkey March 3rd of that year after convincing myself that I was going to get type 2 diabetes from the insane amount of delicious room temperature Dr. Pepper that I had been consuming. It was during the height of my MMO addiction (FFXI for those who care) and could drink down the stuff without realizing how much I was actually consuming because my mind was preoccupied with running through Vana’diel, Mithra tail wagging.

Cherry flavored anything for the most part elicits mental images of cough syrup. There is something about the flavor that just does not translate well unless they are fresh cherries. At what point did big pharma decide that grape and cherry were going to be the universal “fruit” flavors for medicine? Though on the flip side, sometimes when I am with someone that still drinks soda, they seem SO PUMPED to find that where ever we are carries Cherry _________. No thanks!

The one thing that I found exciting about these Oreos were that they brought back the popping candy. How do they get it into an item that contains moisture without them popping?! For those not familiar, Oreo introduced the popping candy last year with the Fireworks Oreos (which are back in stores this year) which I thought was a fun gimmick. These Oreos do suffer from one affliction that I know I have complained about a few times. WHY DON’T THEY SWIRL THE CREAM? I hate the half and half blob. While I am of the camp that twists open the Oreo and eats the cream, if you were to enjoy them the intended way you very well may only get half of the flavor. MIX THE TWO TOGETHER.

These smell like a crisp cherry cola, but the flavor… wow the flavor. Not great. Maybe it’s the artificial cherry, maybe it’s that they decided to go with a chocolate cookie instead of a golden cookie (the biggest atrocity here), but the flavors just do not jive. The popping candies are fun so if you’re into that sort of thing – you might like it. Do yourself a favor, buy these, buy a package of golden Oreos, scrape the cream off the Cherry Cola Oreo onto the golden Oreo and then enjoy. I am sure, nay POSITIVE, that this will be a way better tasting experience than what I had. Also are you supposed to dunk these in milk? Cherry Cola Milk. Yeah. No.

Overall these are not my favorite thing in the world. The chocolate cookie portion is the unforgivable sin in this mix that really ruins the whole thing. If you like cola flavored things you might like these, but just eat the cream and toss the cookie part.

May 20, 2018
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