SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 4/23/2014

Written by | April 23, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

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.

GUM Crayola Squeeze-a-Color Anti-Cavity Fluoride Toothpaste

If I was an 6-year-old, I’d use these to write “r u tryin to trick me in to brushin my teeth” on the bathroom mirror. (Spotted by Sylvia at Ralphs.)

Smucker's Magic Shell Rainbow Sherbet

If I top rainbow sherbet with Smucker’s Magic Shell Rainbow Sherbet, will it create a portal to a world with unicorns or will it make the rainbow sherbet taste like crap. (Spotted by Heidi at Publix.)

Life Choice Delight Bites Multi-Grain Snacks

Nice to see Life Choice choose to make something other than nutrition bars. Yeah, I’m just pretending to know Life Choice. I’ve never heard of them until now. (Spotted by Sylvia at Walmart.)

Kellogg's Special K White Cheddar Popcorn Chips

A new Kellogg’s Special K Popcorn Chips flavor! I’m just kidding. I’m not exclamation point excited about these. (Spotted by Claire G at Weis Markets.)

Thomas' Limited Edition Cinnamon Vanilla English Muffins

I wish there were more limited edition Kit Kat flavors in the U.S. than limited edition Thomas’ English muffin flavors. Heck, I would settle for ONE limited edition Kit Kat flavor in the U.S. (Spotted by Claire G at Weis Markets.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! 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.

Permalink | Leave a Comment

SPOTTED ON MENUS – Wendy’s BBQ Pulled Pork

Written by | April 22, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Menus

Wendy's BBQ Pulled Pork

Wendy’s is testing a BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich that’s topped with pulled pork, broccoli slaw, and either a spicy, sweet, or smokey sauce. After doing a little digging, it turns out it’s been available at test markets since January. (Spotted by Nicolas in West Michigan.)

Wendy's BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger

Oh, Wendy’s also offers a BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger. (Spotted by Stuart in Minnesota.)

If you’re out getting some fast food and see a test product on the menu board, 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 Menus post.

Permalink | 2 Comments

QUICK REVIEW: Rockstar Sparking Energy (Cherry Citrus and Peach)

Written by | April 22, 2014

Topics: 4 Rating, 6 Rating, Energy Drink, Rockstar

Rockstar Sparking Energy (Cherry Citrus and Peach)

Purchased Price: $2.09 each
Size: 16 oz. cans
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Cherry Citrus)
Rating: 3 out of 10 (Peach)
Pros: Cherry Citrus has a nice light citrus aroma and pleasant initial cherry flavor, which turns to a citrus flavor on the back end. If you hate syrupy energy drinks, you may like their light flavor. Zero sugar and zero calories. 80 milligrams of sweet, sweet caffeine per serving. I love the can’s vivid colors which probably look even awesomer if I was on LSD.
Cons: The peach flavor is a bit too artificial, making it kind of hard to drink. As the Cherry Citrus gets warm, the cherry flavor gets lighter. Artificial sweeteners are really noticeable if they get slightly warm. They get their caffeine from green coffee beans, similar to Starbucks Refreshers, but green coffee isn’t listed in the ingredients like it is with Starbucks Refreshers.

Rockstar Sparkling Closeup

Nutrition Facts: 8 ounces – 0 calories, 0 grams of fat, 40 milligrams of sodium, 0 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, 100% niacin, 100% vitamin B12, 100% vitamin B6, and 100% pantothenic acid.

Permalink | 2 Comments

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 4/22/2014

Written by | April 22, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

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.

Brach's Celebration Candy Corn

Of course Brach’s would offer red, white, and blue candy corn for the Fourth of July. I hope Brach’s makes white candy corn for Labor Day. (Spotted by Nick at Price Chopper.)

Johnsonville Butcher Shop Style

Can someone explain to me what “butcher shop style” means. Also, what the hell is a Swisswurst? (Spotted by Nicolas at Walmart.)

Chef Boyardee Good To Go Mac & Cheese Snack Kit

Chef Boyardee Good To Go Beef Ravioli Snack Kit

Chef Boyardee Good To Go Beefaroni Snack Kit

I wonder if there was someone at Chef Boyardee who decided a Snack Pack chocolate pudding goes great with Beefaroni and Mac & Cheese, but not Beef Ravioli. (Spotted by Lauren at Winn Dixie.)

Banquet Quick Fries

These Banquet Quick Fries are worthy of a microwaveable tray, but the fries in regular Banquet frozen meals will remain limp, depressing, soggy strips of once-fried potatoes that turn smiles into grimaces. (Spotted by Michael at Schnucks.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! 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.

Permalink | 8 Comments

REVIEW: Hot Pockets Limited Edition Angus Beef Melt

Written by | April 21, 2014

Topics: 2 Rating, Frozen Food, Hot Pockets

Hot Pockets Limited Edition Angus Beef Melt

Some memories are best left in their own time. Case in point: Third wave ska, Disney Afternoon cartoons, JNCO pants. Let them be. Revisiting these things is a risk, a danger to the fond nostalgia they might evoke at this point in time. This is because they are objectively poor (and memories are unreliable), composed of a multitude of components and emotions, including the way we picture our younger selves—hopeful, untainted, resilient. Memories are a trick. We’re all on the same page here, right? Memories are a trick. Got it? Good.

Cue the time machine. Sometimes it’s a phone booth, sometimes it’s a DeLorean, and sometimes it’s a British phone booth. In this case it’s a supermarket freezer, packed full of frozen treats, yearning to be consumed. The colorful packaging displaying giant carb pills chock full o’ meat ‘n dairy tantalize and beckon, ready to send you back ten, fifteen, twenty years. Whatever you like, master. Look, it’s even a fixed run! Hot Pockets Limited Edition Angus Beef Melt. What a beaut.

Remember Hot Pockets?

Flaky crust injected with beef or pork — an inside-out pizza, a sandwich with no edges. An afternoon treat before soccer practice, or during a Mortal Kombat II jam sesh. Enjoyed with a cold Fruitopia. Mom, stop trying to make phone calls, I’m on AOL! Aw, man I got Hot Pocket all over my hip-hop Looney Toons t-shirt. I know, I know. We just went over this. Memories are lies, yeah yeah. … Eff it, we’re going back! It’s a time machine, bro. You can’t not go. It’s a time machine. Don’t be lame. Let’s do it. Start it up!

The Hot Pockets Limited Edition Angus Beef Melt sucks. The box promises Angus beef, portabella mushrooms, provolone and mozzarella and “soft-baked bread.” The bread is soft, yes, sort of like a ciabatta or something. It’s also super soggy after the requisite minute and fifty seconds in the microwave. Maybe there’s a conventional oven plan we can put this on? The box has no instructions for that. All the best, we’ve seen microwavable burritos. We don’t have 40 minutes to sit around waiting for a Hot Pocket to thaw.

Hot Pockets Limited Edition Angus Beef Melt Innards

There are a few hits of “premium meat” flavor and mushroom taste, which is somehow immediately fleeting, taken over by steaming hot filling that tastes like nothing. The photo on the box is stuffed with beef and cheese, and the bisected reality is one of a space worm from Dune that feeds on bad choices and nostalgia. The beef on the box is sliced and layered. The beef in the actual pocket is chopped into bits, resembling the leftover bits from a deli slicer. Even the box has memories that lie.

Hot Pockets Limited Edition Angus Beef Melt Closeup

The worst part is that it’s not substantial at all. It barely registers as a snack. If you’re not gonna make it good to eat at least food coma us so we can dream about a Hot Pocket that is satisfying on some level. It was a bad omen when taking it out of the microwave, the Hot Pocket looked like a pet gerbil that had made a doodie mess out of its backside all over the plate. It looked shameful, like it had made a mistake. It’s not your fault, though. The mistake was all ours.

As the time travel effects wear off and we slingshot back to the present, we see a whirlwind of our past: First girlfriend, favorite teacher, Chuck Berry’s cousin Marvin Berry, wife of multiple time travelers Rachel McAdams. Reflecting on our trip, Prophet Gaffigan was right. We should have never gone back. Now the entire past is up for scrutiny. Maybe everything in the past sucks, except for Batman the Animated Series, Starter jackets, and the Hubble Space Telescope.

The question is: Did the Hot Pocket get worse, or was it never good in the first place? The answer doesn’t matter. In 2014, it’s garbage. We’re all about e-cigs, Teslas, and Google Glass now. Perhaps it was a fine product for children. But we’re adults. We’ve had sushi. We’ve eaten Ethiopian food. This is not for us anymore. Forget it, Jake. It’s Hot Pockets.

(Nutrition Facts – 270 calories, 90 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 490 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 10 grams of protein.)

Item: Hot Pockets Limited Edition Angus Beef Melt
Purchased Price: $2.00
Size: 2 sandwiches/box
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 2 out of 10
Pros: Very cheap at a buck a piece. Maybe one bite of okay flavor.
Cons: Not substantial. Contents eventually taste like nothing, like a waste of product. Should be at least filling if not tasty, but is neither.

Permalink | 1 Comment