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Wheat Thins Spicy Buffalo

Wheat Thins are under rated in the wide world of snack foods, most likely because they have the words ‘wheat’ and ‘thin’ in the title. Junk food nation has been conditioned to avoid packages with those two words on them, mostly for good reason. They imply ‘healthy,’ or ‘low calorie,’ neither of which are exactly synonymous with ‘yummy.’ Wheat Thins generally break away from that stereotype, and tend be a full flavored delightfully munch-able snack. So what happened with Wheat Thins Spicy Buffalo? Read More →

Cheez-It Zingz Queso Fundido

We eat an abundance of Cheez-It products. They’re just so crunchy and delicious. We really value them as a late night snack; they’re not too crumbly for eating in bed. Most of the flavor is baked in, so you’re not licking yourself like an idiot or wiping greasy flavor residue on the foot of your bed sheets (don’t pretend you haven’t done both at one time or another).

Many moons ago, we reviewed Cheez-It Zingz Chipotle Cheddar, and we were quite smitten with them. We had intended to write this companion review shortly afterwards, but we’re only just now getting around to it. I had high expectations for the Cheez-It Zingz Queso Fundido snack crackers, but I’d be lying if I didn’t inform you that I was a tad disappointed.

The Cheez-It Zingz Queso Fundido has the same ‘corn masa flour’ base as the Chipotle Cheddar, but lacks the ‘Zing’ intensity in my ever so humble opinion. The peppery seasoning is noticeable in the first bite or two, only to drop off quite a bit as you continue your munching experience.  ‘Fundido’s’ just weren’t all that fun, and tasted a lot more bland than the name sake would suggest. Cheez-It Zingz Chipotle Cheddar were perfectly potent from first bite to last.

That isn’t to say that Queso Fundido’s aren’t a perfectly acceptable snack, but I’m giving them a ‘Meh’ since I believe a superior product is sitting right next to them on your grocer’s shelf for the same price. You should try them though as your results may vary.

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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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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M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn

Sorry for the delay, we’ve been facing some logistical issues in getting new products to review. Hopefully that is all behind us now! Today, we’re introducing M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn. In a previous review, I suggested that a white chocolate M&M would probably be pretty tasty, and as it turns out, great minds think alike. Better yet, in a crowd of Halloween themed items, White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M’s are unique and original, not just the same old product dyed orange, black, and shaped like a pumpkin.

Original? Yes. Good? I enjoyed them a great deal. Aside from the color of the candy pieces, the traditional white, yellow, and orange, I really don’t taste anything that resembles the flavor of candy corn. But whatever. The white chocolate inside those sweet crunchy candy shells is deliciously rich and creamy. I suppose that the dominant flavors present in real candy corns are butter and sugar, and those are also the main ingredients of white chocolate, but we’re just splitting hairs there.

Did I immediately think of candy corn when I bit in to the first handful? No. Do I love them regardless? Yea! Grab a bag while you can, I doubt these will be around long considering their seasonal nature. With any luck though, they’ll emerge later under a different name and color scheme. Yum!

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-Jeremy Hobbs

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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

 

Raspberry M&M’s

Did a little research, and apparently these Raspberry M&M’s have been out for quite a while, but I just started seeing them pop up in my neck of the woods. So, they may not be new to you, but they are to me, so I’m going to review them anyway.

The idea of fruit flavored M&M’s was a bit strange to me, but none the less intriguing. I’ve had some high-end chocolates that were flavored, and pretty tasty, but I wasn’t sure something in a hot pink package zipper bag would be able to compare.

Most thankfully, my doubts were erased. The raspberry flavoring was subtle, so it was not much of a departure from your standard M&M. Just a really big M&M; the Raspberry M&M variety are roughly twice the size of a regular ‘M.’

My first impression was not that I was eating a raspberry flavored product. My initial thought was ‘chocolate covered cherries.’ Just not as intense. I’ll probably be all alone in thinking that, but I enjoy my own company.

For a 1.5 ounce package, you get hit with a 210 calorie penalty. It’s worth it to give them a try. Prices will vary by location; anywhere from $0.50 to $1.00. I give them a ‘Meh.’ They’re not bad, but I’ll probably never buy them again.

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–Jeremy Hobbs

Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle Salted Caramel

Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle isn’t something I would normally look twice at on a store shelf. The idea of hard, crumbling, brittle brownies doesn’t exactly appeal to my tastes in a traditional sense, but thankfully an open-minded friend decided to not only give them a chance, but to share her newfound discovery with me.

Sheila G’s concept was to create an entire bag of the deliciously crisp little edges that form around a freshly baked pan of brownies. I personally love nibbling at those edges. LOTS of people love those edges. I’d say this woman deserves an award for coming up with something so brilliantly simple, but she’s already won “Best New Snack” of 2012-13. Clearly, Brownie Brittle is right on point in the dessert world. The brittle is thin and without any of the standard chewiness of brownies. Every bite has a crisp, satisfying crunch to it. The flavor is strong and chocolatey, and very reminiscent of traditional brownies, which is great.

I opted for the salted-caramel bag which is beyond delicious. There’s just something about the mingling flavors of caramel, salt and chocolate that really makes my mouth happy. I also like that they sprinkle the salt directly on top of the brittle so that certain bites have that pleasantly intense flavor when it hits your tongue. Overall these things are fantastic, and weighing in that the entire four-serving bag is less than 500 calories, I’d say they were a great dessert or snack for even the most calorie conscious individuals. ‘Yea!’

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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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