WEEK IN REVIEWS – 4/19/2014

Written by | April 19, 2014

Topics: Week in Reviews

Cheetos Flamin' Hot and Dortios Dinamita Chile Limon

Here are a few product reviews posted this week from other blogs we follow.

You got your Cheetos Flamin’ Hot in my Doritos Dinamita Chile Limon! You got your Doritos Dinamita Chile Limon in my Cheetos Flamin’ Hot. (via Chip Review)

I’ll leave this here just in case you’re wondering how well jalapeño and pineapple go together. (via Brand Eating)

I’ll leave this here just in case you’re wondering how tasty a McDonald’s jalapeño aioli is. (via Foodette Reviews)

The number of flavors a Baskin-Robbins shop has is 31. The number of flavors Baskin-Robbins ice cream bars come in is three. (via On Second Scoop)

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FAST FOOD FIVE – 4/18/2014

Written by | April 18, 2014

Topics: Fast Food Five

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Here are five recent fast food news bites:

A new Doritos Locos Taco is coming out next month. But don’t get too excited because it doesn’t come with a new taco shell. (via Grub Grade)

Now that there’s this, can we please have a Chicken Big Mac in the U.S., McDonald’s? (via Burger Business)

It’s baaaack! (via Grub Grade)

I’d like to see avocado cubes on our McDonald’s burgers. Heck, I would also settle for avocado slices or guacamole. (via Brand Eating)

I’m disappointed Krispy Kreme Japan didn’t invent doughnut bowls for this dessert. (via Rocket News24)

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PRIZE DRAWING: Jack’s Ca$h Cards To Try Jack in the Box’s New Jack’s Blazin’ Chicken Sandwich

Written by | April 18, 2014

Topics: Prize Drawing

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Do you want to try for free the Jack in the Box Jack’s Blazin’ Chicken Sandwich that we just reviewed? And then after you try it, do you want to eat a lot of other Jack in the Box food? Well then, you’re at the right place my friend because, thanks to the fine folks at Jack in the Box, we’re giving away $50 worth of Jack’s Ca$h Cards to two lucky Impulsive Buy readers.

For those of you who haven’t read our review, Jack’s Blazin’ Chicken Sandwich features a spicy chicken fillet topped with Ghost Pepper Ranch sauce, grilled onions, spicy jalapeño slices, Swiss-style cheese, lettuce and tomatoes all on a jumbo bun. The sandwich has a lot of flavor, but didn’t pack the heat I was expecting. Although my tolerance for spicy food might be a bit higher than most, so some of you might find it to be blazin’.

RULES:

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REVIEW: Taco Bell Sausage Breakfast Burrito

Written by | April 18, 2014

Topics: 2 Rating, Fast Food, Taco Bell

Taco Bell Sausage Breakfast Burrito Outside

The breakfast burrito encompasses everything that is a guilty pleasure. Eggy richness covered with melty cheese and salty bits of luscious fatty meat, all wrapped in a convenient flour tortilla. Like a grilled cheese sandwich, it echoes comfort and its simple ingredients combine together to create a complex equation of deliciousness.

Long story short, a breakfast burrito (like a grilled cheese) balances on a thin line between awesome and Shitsville.

Taco Bell has toyed with the idea of a breakfast menu longer than Dan Aykroyd has tinkered with endless versions of Ghostbusters III. I remember when I was an undergrad, the Taco Bell in the student union had makeshift breakfast burritos with tater tots, eggs, and cheese in them. I have no idea if these were sanctioned or official but I knew I ate those bastards without consideration to anything, including my girlfriend’s stupid vegan rule.

Every time I heard Taco Bell was testing its breakfast menu, I would pray to the Bell loudly that Orlando would be chosen, but to no avail. And now a few years or so, everyone gets their chance to partake in this once mythical menu.

We all know by 2032, as Demolition Man taught us, that Taco Bell wins the fast food wars; sex involves no touching and sleek headgear; and Wesley Snipes did more than skipping out on taxes. I’m going to make an educated guess that the breakfast burrito was not one of the contributions that led Taco Bell to win that war.

Taco Bell Sausage Breakfast Burrito Inside

As soon as I bit into the burrito, I knew I made a mistake larger than the last woman who dated Chris Brown. Cheap shot aside, the eggs were chalky and powdery tasting. Normally in a breakfast burrito, the eggs are the binding ingredient that amplifies the other flavors. However, this egg was gritty, bland and just sat there like it gave up on doing much.

Taco Bell states you get a “double portion of fluffy scrambled eggs.” They couldn’t even get that right because my portion was more like Keira Knightly-sized, let alone fluffy.

Collapsing even further was the dreadful, droopy and less than present flavor of the cheddar cheese. There is more cheese flavor to be found if you sucked your cousin’s fingers after they ate a bag of cheese puffs. The cheddar cheese was mostly crusted up which only served to emphasize the boring and apathetic eggs.

You do get a choice of bacon or sausage for your breakfast burrito. I decided on sausage to avoid the old trap that bacon makes everything taste better. It does not…but in any case, I just wanted to stay away from the sweet crispy lull of bacon.

The sausage was as depressing as the rest of the other elements. It was like Ron Jeremy. Greasy, hard in some parts, and unpleasantly fatty. The sausage was also dull and devoid of the punch of spices we are accustomed to in fast food sausage.

To call this a letdown is as much as an understatement as if I said, “I’m sad” after catching my wife getting jackhammered by the mailman. I was in disbelief that a chain that can make fast food burritos well, screwed up this badly. I think if I chewed on my Fleshlight, there would be more flavor.

What about the positives? Frankly, the only one I can think of is that it’s served until 11:00am, or at least the one in my area. The flour tortilla kept everything warm, so I suppose that’s a mediocre plus.

I have a rule that has guided me very well in general regarding going out to eat. If a restaurant can’t make a staple dish well, most likely the rest of their menu is going to suck. For example, if you go to a Chinese restaurant and the egg rolls or fried rice are damn awful, you can bet the Peking duck is going to flatline harder than M. Night Shyamalan’s most recent movie. I mean if you go to your neighborhood Italian restaurant and the eggplant parmesan tastes like crap, do you really think the kitchen can handle the acqua pazza? Hell no!

Taco Bell Sausage Breakfast Burrito

Bottom line, Taco Bell couldn’t make their breakfast burrito rise like a morning woodster, which stinks because I am less enthused about trying their other breakfast offerings. This review made me realize two things. One, I think I’ll stick to what Taco Bell knows best, the “fourth” meal that comes after a night of hard drinking involving lots of scotches and martinis. Two, movies based on the future are stupid lies.

(Nutrition Facts – 470 calories, 250 calories from fat, 28 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 210 milligrams of cholesterol, 930 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.)

Item: Taco Bell Sausage Breakfast Burrito
Purchased Price: $1.69
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Taco Bell
Rating: 2 out of 10
Pros: It’s served until 11:00 a.m. The flour tortilla keeps everything nice and warm. The girlfriend who is now my wife. Makes you appreciate the regular menu. Wesley Snipes in Expendables III (it’s not out but who cares, that movie looks awesome!!!)
Cons: That they serve this at all. The gritty eggs. The flavorless cheddar cheese. The girlfriend who made me eat vegan foods. The grizzle of the sausage. Wesley Snipes in Blade III.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES – Nabisco Oreo Mini Made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Flavor Creme

Written by | April 18, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

Oreo Mini Made with Reese's Peanut Butter Flavor Creme

When Nabisco started putting mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into Chips Ahoy cookies, I figured Reese’s would somehow end up in Oreo cookies. I’m not sure these are available on shelves yet, but if you’ve seen them, let us know in the comments. (Photo sent in by TIB reader Kyle)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

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