SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 6/29/2016

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Sunkist Lemonade
Sunkist Lemonade

The internet tells me that Sunkist Lemonade used to exist or has been available in other countries. The internet also tells me this reappeared about the same time as Beyonce’s Lemonade. Just kidding. But it would’ve been cool if it did. (Spotted by Christopher G at Food City.)

Boston Market Smothered Potato
Boston Market Smothered Potato

Boston Market is no stranger to smothering. It’s smothered turkey, smothered beef, and probably smothered its children. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

505 Southwestern Mexibowls Meat Lovers Mega Breakfast Bowl
505 Southwestern Mexibowls Meat Lovers Mega Breakfast Bowl

505 Southwestern Eggs + Cheese Mega Breakfast Bowl
505 Southwestern Eggs + Cheese Mega Breakfast Bowl

505 Southwestern Mega Breakfast Burritos
505 Southwestern Mega Breakfast Burritos

Those Mexibowls don’t look very Mexi. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Odom's Tennessee Pride Sausage & Honey Biscuits
Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage & Honey Biscuits

Odom's Tennessee Pride Sausage & Cheddar Biscuits
Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage & Cheddar Biscuits

I’ve never seen Tennessee Pride here on this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so I guess I’ll never “Taste the Pride.” (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Abita Bananas Foster Soda
Abita Bananas Foster Soda

Should I drink this warm in order to match the temperature of actual bananas foster? (Spotted by Erika V at Mathernes Market.)

Quaker Morning Biscuits Honey with Yogurt Flavored Drizzle
Quaker Morning Biscuits Honey with Yogurt Flavored Drizzle

Quaker Morning Biscuits Blueberry with Yogurt Flavored Drizzle
Quaker Morning Biscuits Blueberry with Yogurt Flavored Drizzle

Quaker should changes its name to Question Mark because the brand has soooooo many breakfast options that I don’t know which one to start my morning with. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Limited Edition Choco Chip Oreo Cookies

Limited Edition Choco Chip Oreo Cookies

A limited edition Oreo cookie that’s supposed to taste like a chocolate chip cookie? I suppose that’s not as crazy as a limited edition Oreo cookie that tastes like an Oreo cookie. This new variety is currently a Walmart exclusive. (Spotted by Jason B at Walmart.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Starburst Fruit Punch Gum

Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Starburst Fruit Punch Gum

Gum chewing has been on the decline, but that hasn’t stopped Wrigley’s from introducing new Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum flavors. (Spotted by Joshua G at Mobil.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic Loaded Cheddar Dogs

Chili Double Cheesey Cheddar Dog

July is National Hot Dog Month and, if you want to celebrate the food holiday, Sonic can help you with their line up of hot dogs, including their new Loaded Cheddar Dogs. Or could could just spend $1.50 at the Costco food court.

Sonic’s Loaded Cheddar Dogs feature a hot dog with cheddar cheese inside of it and are available in two varieties:

The Chili Double Cheesey Cheddar Dog is topped with chili and cheese on a potato bun. It has 500 calories, 28 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 1380 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, and 21 grams of protein.

The Bacon Triple Cheesy Cheddar Dog is topped with crisp bacon, cheese, and a cheddar cheese sauce on a potato bun. It has 620 calories, 38 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 1880 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbohydrates, and 24 grams of protein.

If you’ve celebrated National Hot Dog Month by trying either one, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Sonic)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Tina’s Quesorito The Big Cheese Burrito

Tina's Chicken Fajita & Cheese Burrito Quesorito
Tina’s Chicken Fajita & Cheese Burrito Quesorito

Tina's Steak Fajita & Cheese Burrito Quesorito
Tina’s Steak Fajita & Cheese Burrito Quesorito

Tina's Southwest Style Grilled Chicken Burrito Quesorito
Tina’s Southwest Style Grilled Chicken Burrito Quesorito

I’ve been waiting for a frozen food maker to come up with their version of what Chipotle and Taco Bell have done. Although I thought it would come from El Monterey or José Olé. (Spotted by Cassie A at Walmart.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.

REVIEW: General Mills Strawberry and Blueberry Tiny Toast Cereals

General Mills Strawberry and Blueberry Tiny Toast Cereals?
Toast is so en vogue right now. You’ve got your avocado toast, your restaurants that only serve toast, and your beer made from toast. Hell, at this point, you’d half expect toast to start singing “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It).”

Toast wasn’t always the critical darling it is today. For years, it perched precariously on the side of breakfast platters everywhere, only there to sop up the remnants of runny yolks (or last night’s bad decisions, if you know what I mean).

But then, in 1984, the cereal wizards at General Mills introduced Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and the rest was history. What then followed were years of toast cereal offshoots like French Toast Crunch and Peanut Butter Toast Crunch, which led me to believe that General Mills should just change their name to “That Cereal Company That Only Makes Toast Themed Cereal.”

Enter Strawberry and Blueberry Tiny Toast cereals to prove my point.

In what is apparently General Mills’ first new cereal brand in fifteen years (I know, I was just as surprised as you), Strawberry and Blueberry Tiny Toast cereals were developed to have an “all-family appeal.” I’m not sure where General Mills finds their test families, but I imagine that the folks who thought this cereal would appeal to everyone are the same folks who think Pop-Tarts are a good source of your five-a-day.

Upon opening the box, the tiny toast cereals have a scent reminiscent of fruit and cream instant oatmeal. While it’s totally artificial, it brings back memories of all of the times in college I didn’t have the time or the initiative to make a more nutritious breakfast. Then upon pouring it out, I was greeted by an adorable bowl full of tiny pieces of toast. We’re talking Honey, I Shrunk the Kids tiny here. Rick Moranis would be proud.

General Mills Strawberry Tiny Toast Cereal

The look of the cereal is a different story, as the specks of fruit on each piece of tiny toast look a little more like measles and mold than anything natural. If Cinnamon Toast Crunch is the “taste you can see,” this cereal is more like the “taste you should see a doctor about.”

As a cereal purist, I first tried both cereals sans milk. Upon scooping out my first bite, I noticed the toasts had a dry and dusty appearance, which was affirmed when they immediately dissolved on my tongue. While the texture isn’t the most pleasant (think arid desert), the taste is much better, with both giving off muffin-like oat flavors mixed with the fruit.

General Mills Blueberry Tiny Toast Cereal

Tired of the Sahara-like climate inside my mouth, I drowned the cereals in milk. Let me tell you – Milk. Is. A. Game. changer. The milk immediately fluffs up the tiny toasts, giving them a more pleasant appearance and mouthfeel, and making the cereal much more enjoyable to eat. It’s like that Lubriderm commercial where they apply it to an alligator – it works that well.

Overall, the Tiny Toast cereals are a pretty good, albeit artificial, addition to your balanced breakfast. Let’s just hope that General Mills doesn’t come out with a crappy sequel.

(Nutrition Facts – 3/4 cup – 120 calories, 30 calories from fat, 3 grams of fat, 1 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 120 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.99 each
Size: 11.1 oz box
Purchased at: Star Market
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Blueberry)
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Strawberry)
Pros: R&B jams. “Honey, I shrunk the breakfast.” Muffin-like fruit flavor. Moisturized with milk.
Cons: Need for cereal antibiotics. Dusty texture sans milk. Remembering bad decisions.