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Burger King Satisfries

Fatassfries no more: enter Burger King Satisfries with 30% less calories and 40% less fat. I’m a little bit of a health nut so I was really excited when I heard Burger King was putting out a less greasy option. Unfortunately, they did very little to reduce the sodium content as I saw a Burger King employee dump an inordinate amount of salt over the crinkle-cut batch. That’s right folks! Crinkle-cut! Now, tell me, who doesn’t love crinkle-cut fries?

I think it’s a general consensus that Mickey-D’s is known for having the best fast-food fries, with maybe the exception of Chik-Fil-A’s waffle fries for all you Southerners, but I have to say that Burger King might have out-done themselves with Satisfries. They’re not too thick nor too stringy and leave that oh-so-heavenly fried potato taste in your mouth.  Other than the large amount of salt there’s not a whole lot I can complain about. They keep their heat a lot longer than their stringy counterparts so you’re not shoving two or three in your mouth at a time before they get cold. Winning!

While I can’t in good conscious say that Satisfires are “healthy” I can say that they’re a lot better than the originals. Delicious, a bit healthier and crinkle cut? “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

Pumpkin Spice M&Ms

I really love fall season, and pumpkin spiced everything is one of my favorite parts about it. So when my fiance ordered some Pumpkin Spice M&Ms for me from Amazon I was uber excited.  I was expecting them to fill my mouth with pumpkin delight and have a little bit of spice to them.  I was wrong.  The M&Ms tasted nothing like pumpkin and very much like the traditional milk chocolate flavor they usually sport. There was a little bit of spice in the aftertaste but it is more akin to about an ounce of the heat you would find in Mexican chocolate.

But let’s give M&M some credit here. They did well with a few things. The M&Ms are about two or three times the size of a regular M&M which I really like.  You can really savor one without having to dump a handful in your mouth at once.  While I wouldn’t market them as “pumpkin spice” they still tasted great.  Even the color scheme was fall appropriate.

So what’s my consensus? I like the M&Ms but was sorrily let down by the lack of pumpkin flavoring.  So I’ll have to give you a “meh!” Sorry, M&Ms.

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-Kat Graham

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Coffee Thins: Espresso

Every time I go to our local convince store I see Coffee Thins–delicious looking chocolate thins flavored with coffee.  I never bothered to pick them up, I didn’t recognize them as a major brand and when I’m craving something sweet I usually go for Skittles or a Twix. I was all ready to check out when my total came to $4.56. Fail.  There is a $5 debit card minimum at my convenience store. So I grabbed a few of these Coffee Thins in a couple different flavors and rounded my total up just enough.  With my chocolate in bag I headed home to sample my goodies.

And boy was I happily surprised! I wasn’t expecting much from my off-brand coffee chocolates but as soon as I bit into the slightly melted and brilliantly smooth treat I was sold.  Coffee Thins are not for those who are only mildly dedicated to coffee.  The flavor is spectacular and definetly more on the coffee side than chocolate.  I would liken them to chocolate covered espresso beans but without the grainy texture. Yum!

I can’t say enough about Coffee Thins. They’re delicious, rich and decadent. Imagine all that from a convenience store sweet! “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreos

So, the name is deceiving. Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreos are in fact not ice cream. Boo! There are in fact an ice cream flavored cookie that swaps the traditional vanilla cream filling for (in this case) a Berry Burst flavor.  The pink cream middles are speckled with darker pink dots to resemble blended strawberries in strawberry ice cream. The cookie part of the Oreo has remained untouched. And, well, that’s the best thing about these Oreos.

Ask the fiance and you’ll get a different opinion but I, personally did not enjoy Berry Burst Oreos.  They aren’t horrific but they certainly aren’t delectable.  The cream is tangy and leaves a tart aftertaste that clashes drastically with the sweetness of the cookie.  I ate one before this review to jog my memory of the flavors and the aftertaste is still lingering…and not in a good way.  The best way I can describe it would be a deep throat tartness mixed with a spoonful of sugar on the tongue.  Are there positives? Yes! If the tart and tangy is for you, you will certainly enjoy these cookies. And they do resemble ice cream in that they have a pungent fruit flavor.

Taking into consideration that I personally do not enjoy tangy flavors but still wanting to give an honest and fair review I’ll have to give Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreos a “Meh…” Sorry, Oreos!

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-Kat Graham

Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights

Little Debbie Pumpkin Delights found their way into my cart on my latest trip to Winn-Dixie. I love anything pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, seeds, lattes–you name it. So needless to say when I found these on the Little Debbie display I figured they were worth a shot. Shaped like jack-o-lanterns and with the nose and mouth cutouts filled with pumpkin gel/cream like substance. That sounds disgusting, I know, but it’s actually quite delicious.

One thing that I really like about Little Debbie Snacks is that they aren’t lightweights when it comes to the snack category. Each bite fills your mouth entirely and is a soft, chewy delight.  They taste more like the pumpkin spice package that you can by around Thanksgiving than actual pumpkin.  Am I complaining? Heck, no! My mum is a bit of a health freak so when I was growing up Little Debbie snacks never made it into my house so eating them now they have the flavors of forbidden fruit which makes them extra yummy.

My quasi-rebellious consumption of Little Debbie Snacks has left me sampling many delicious flavors but these may take the cake (pun intended). But here’s the real question: do they match up to other pumpkin holiday samplings? You won’t see them behind the glass cases of Starbucks anytime soon but for something you can buy on Amazon.com for $3, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth. “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

 

Caffeine Free Coke Zero

On my weekly trip to CVS, I found liquid manna from Heaven. Caffeine Free Coke Zero was displayed in pyramid fashion upon a shelf in the middle of the store and I knew God was real. I suffer from what you may call a sugar/caffeine sensitivity than can only be described as an off-the-wall, borderline psychotic, extreme hyperness that could potentially warrant a YouTube video that would quickly attract the attention of doctors everywhere. Are you getting my point?

I was obviously very excited when I found a soda without sugar or caffeine because who doesn’t enjoy a nice cold soda on a hot summer afternoon? The flavors are great. I can’t tell that the sugar is MIA.  If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, I wouldn’t count on Coke this time around. But if you’re looking for a crisp beverage to nurse down while you are watching the game, you can’t go wrong. And hey, if you’ve caught Coke’s latest Taylor Swift commercial you can sing about dressing up like hipsters and making fun of your exes while you’re at it.

The flavor is full and the bubbles are plentiful.  Drink on my friends. “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

The Great Gatsby

There is no doubt that director Baz Luhrmann has achieved world-wide popularity once again with The Great Gatsby.  Already beloved by the film community for bringing musicals back to the silver screen with Moulin Rouge and making a modern-day and quite popular rendition of Romeo + Juliet.  Known for his high-spectacle movies, magnificent sets, top-of-the-line actors and brilliant soundtracks, Luhrmann will not disappoint even F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most beloved fans.

Not a single shot in The Great Gatsby is without spectacle.  The film is beautifully enhanced with gorgeous, rich colors and metallic accents and Luhrmann’s signature style that rides the fence between a breathtaking dreamscape, something you think it might melt if you look away, and something very raw and quite respectable.

The acting in The Great Gatsby is simply thrilling. Leonardo DiCaprio shines as Jay Gatsby bringing an innocence and vulnerability to a roll that one would assume would be a radiation of confidence.  Tobey Maguire portrays Nick Carraway, a midwestern gentleman who befriends Gatsby quickly and acts as match-maker for Daisy (Carey Mulligan).  Mulligan and DiCaprio’s on-screen chemistry evokes so much from the viewer that you could only assume the love affair was real.

When I heard that Jay Z was going to be doing the music for The Great Gatsby I had to go straight to my sister to see if Jay Z was going to ruin my favorite book turned film.  She assured me he would be wonderful and she couldn’t have been more correct.  But it wasn’t Jay Z who swept me off my feet but Lana Del Rey.  Del Rey’s song Young and Beautiful is so malleable taking on genres of classical, vocal and jazz.  Simply beautiful.

It is with absolute confidence that I give this film a “Yea!”

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-Kat Graham

CVS Calcium Soft Chews Active Nutrition for Women

NEW CVS Calcium Soft Chews Active Nutrition for Women are my latest purchase on my vitamin kick.  Part of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to start taking better care of my body.  Eating more protein, getting more sleep and taking my vitamins.  For about eleven years I struggled with my health and it affected my bone strength.  I broke the same ankle upwards of four times, broke my wrist and had a few lucky misses.  As I try to avoid animal products, I rarely drink milk so I figured it was time for a supplement.

CVS Calcium Chews have 500 mg of calcium plus vitamins D and K with 1000 IU vitamin D per chew.  With only 20 calories per serving, 6% of your daily iron, only 2 grams of sugar and less than 1% of your daily sodium I would call this a win!  With two flavors: milk chocolate and caramel (stay tuned for a review on the caramel) you can’t lose.  The milk chocolate flavor isn’t overbearingly sweet like other vitamins I have tried.  My only complaint is that they can leave a bit of a metallic aftertaste that can stick around for a while, so I usually take them right before I brush my teeth in the morning.  Other than that I have very few complaints.  They are small enough to pop into your mouth in a single bite and don’t take a year and a half to chew, which is a plus.

I really like these new vitamins and give them a solid “Yea!”

WARNING: Do not exceed more than two chews daily.  If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, ask your doctor before using this product.  It contains vitamin K so check with your doctor before taking if you’re on blood-thinning medicine.  These are intended for adults and children 10 years of age and older.  It is suggested to take one chew twice a day with food or as directed by your physician.

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-Kat Graham

Cheez-It Zingz: Chipotle Cheddar

If you haven’t tried Cheez-Its’ newest product Cheez-It Zingz: Chipotle Cheddar you are surely missing out.  The newest member of the Cheez-It family is-in size-the “big brother” to its smaller companions.  At about double the size of a regular Cheez-It, it packs in a punch of flavor that you won’t be able to resist.

The smokey cheddar was a bit overpowering the first time I tried it but my mouth quickly adjusted to the delicious taste.  The crackers have just enough heat to add a bit of a kick but not enough that the average Joe would find them to be too spicy.  Just the right amount of “ZING.”  Certainly less mundane than the regular Cheez-It, I believe I’m well within bounds to say that they will make a big splash in the snack food isle.  I know that they’ll find a special place in my pantry.

Overall, I was quite impressed with Cheez-It Zingz.  They’re smokey, Zing-y and live up to their name.  Would I recommend them? “Yea!” I would!

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-Kat Graham

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7Up Ten

Well, folks, I feel like my last few articles have been on the “meh!”/”bleh!” side and I hate to continue that trend but I would never lead you astray when it comes to my honest opinion of a product.  So as we begin to wrap up our soda “Ten Soda” series I bring you 7Up Ten.  A watered-down, sweetness-lacking, hardly-flavored beverage.

To be completely fair in the review I tried the soda not once but twice.  The first bottle I bought I hardly had any sweetness to it.  I know I’ve complained in previous articles that too much soda syrup makes me gag but this was the complete other extreme.  The carbonation was a little funky too.  The bubbles were fine the first few sips, but after about 10 minutes it seemed almost flat.  Was this a product of intense Florida heat? Possibly. But I’ve never seemed to have this problem with any other sodas.  After this epic failure I picked up another bottle next time I hit Winn-Dixie to give it a fair chance.

The second wasn’t a whole lot better than the first.  It still lacked sweetness but the carbonation held up a bit better.  Something was certainly lacking though and this time I realized that the whole time I was missing the lemon-lime flavor.  In a regular full sugared brew of 7Up the flavors come through beautifully but they were a bit lost in 7-Up Ten.

All in all, I have to say I was disappointed.  I expected more from the soda and it just didn’t deliver. Going to have to give it a “Bleh!”

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-Kat Graham

***Look for our final “Ten” review on A&W Root Beer Ten coming soon!***