FAST FOOD NEWS: Wendy’s Creamy Sriracha Sauce

Wendy s Creamy Sriraacha Sauce

Wendy’s is advertising a new $4 10-piece chicken nuggets, small fries, and small drink combo. Along with this limited time only deal, the fast food chain is also introducing a new Creamy Sriracha Sauce that customers can dunk their nuggets into.

Welcome to the sriracha party, Wendy’s!

If you’ve tried the new sauce, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Wendy’s Facebook page)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Pringles (Target Exclusive)

Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Pringles (Target Exclusive)

Pringles did a great job with their previous chicken flavor, so I have high hopes for this one. Chip Review tried them. (Spotted by Dustin at Target.)

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REVIEW: Pecan Pie Milk Chocolate M&M’s

Pecan Pie Milk Chocolate M&M's

So let’s talk about realistic images of ourselves.

Mine? Blurry.

For example: I always wanted to be a Girl Scout but hated going to the gatherings. As a consequence, I never learned how to tie/untie a cable knot, so, if, say, I wanted to become the next David Copperfield, was tied to a chair via cable knots, and plunged in the sea, I would promptly be consumed by sharks. All because I never attended my Girl Scout Meetings.

Similarly, M&M’s identity has become blurry as they, with both success and failure, attempt to stake claim on myriad confectionary treats, ranging from Candy Corn to Red Velvet to Birthday Cake, and, if one can make a morselized version of a fluffy, frosting-slathered baked good, why not give a shot at the illustrious goo of Thanksgiving’s iconic slab of caramelized sugar?

Pecan Pie M&M’s, here I come.

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Out of the bag, nothing looks nefarious. We’ve got some charmingly lumpy M-stamped morsels that smell of sugar and vanilla and a curious bitter twinge…is it caramel? Perhaps burnt high fructose corn syrup? No matter as the yellow, brown, and white colors make a pleasant little arrangement, but, in terms of flavor, color is but an empty promise, silent as the sound of a mime directing traffic.

Biting in gives way to a crunchy shell and melty chocolate and…oh dear. Where are the pecans? The caramelized sugar goo? Perhaps there is crust filling that was somehow innovatively injected inside??

No.

Not a pecan in sight. In fact, they feel and taste just like a Milk Chocolate M&M. A Milk Chocolate M&M that was combined with a cheap-o-matic caramel flavor and…is that low-grade bourbon? I can’t tell, but perhaps it’s because I’m having a mild panic attack: why, M&M’s, why have you betrayed me? Why does your delicious chocolate now taste of sugar and mildly burnt wood? What have I done that has resulted in this karmic-induce vengeance on my taste buds??***

**Unfortunately, during my inquiry, the M’s remained inorganic and, unable to respond, left me to conclude that, while sugary and melty, these are not about to change their flavor to mimic the Pecan Pie I desired.

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If I were to tell my mother I’ve given up chocolate, I’m liable to get the same reaction as if I’d told her I was devoting the rest of my life to engineering an industrial tanning lotion for yetis. The kind of thing that elicits that Special Mom Smile that says I love you, but why do that to yourself?

And yet these M&M’s are encouraging me otherwise. They’re hyper sweet, bitter in aftertaste, and lack the qualities I look for in pecan pie (caramelized sugar, pecans, etc.). What emulsion of natural flavoring has shaken the identity of the cacao bean so that it tastes so obscure? How, dear confectionary world, did Pecan Pie become this? Where is the goo? The crust? The pecans?

I do not have these answers.

But I do have hope. Hope M&M’s will set this aside, tossing it up as R&D learning experience as they quietly retire these for better horizons. Till next time, dear M’s, I’ll be over here, waiting hopefully and shoveling my pecan pie by the spoonful.

(Nutrition Facts – 1/4 cup – 210 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 gram of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 30 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 27 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein..)

Item: Pecan Pie Milk Chocolate M&M’s
Purchased Price: $2.98
Size: 9.9 oz. bag
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 3 out of 10
Pros: Crunchy shell. Melting chocolate. Milk chocolate is involved. Tanning lotion for yetis. Mimes directing traffic.
Cons: Where are the pecans? Where is the caramel? Why is the green M&M standing beside a hay bale on the cover? Unanswered inquiries. I will never be the next Houdini.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dunkin’ Donuts Reese’s Peanut Butter Square and Pumpkin Cheesecake Square

Dunkin Donuts Reese s Peanut Butter Square and Pumpkin Cheesecake Square

Dunkin’ Donuts has a new addition this year to their lineup of pumpkin-flavored products — the Pumpkin Cheesecake Square Donut. They’ve also teamed up with Hershey’s to create another new donut — the Reese’s Peanut Butter Square.

The Pumpkin Cheesecake one is filled with pumpkin cheesecake filling and topped with orange icing, graham cracker crumbles, and a white icing drizzle. The Reese’s Square has a Reese’s peanut butter-flavored buttercreme and is topped with chocolate icing and an orange icing drizzle to match the colors of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Both donuts will be available for a limited time at participating locations.

A Reese’s Peanut Butter Square has 370 calories, 19 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 400 milligrams of sodium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 26 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

A Pumpkin Cheesecake Square has 340 calories, 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 360 milligrams of sodium, 48 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried either one, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Dunkin’ Donuts)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 8/31/2015

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.

Dr Pepper Gummy Soda Bottles
Dr Pepper Gummy Soda Bottles

I can’t wait to bite the opaque tops off of these. (Spotted by Jenn.)

Kellogg's NutriGrain Breakfast Biscuit (Chocolate Chip and Apple Cinnamon)
Kellogg’s NutriGrain Breakfast Biscuit (Chocolate Chip and Apple Cinnamon)

These breakfast biscuits look like small plots of a forest floor. (Spotted by Ryan at Walmart.)

Reese's Wounded Warrior Project Limited Edition Printed Cups
Reese’s Wounded Warrior Project Limited Edition Printed Cups

You could buy this to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Or you could go to the Wounded Warrior Project’s website and donate money. (Spotted by Robbie at Brookshire’s.)

Hershey's Candy Corn Creme Bar (Big)
Hershey’s Candy Corn Creme Bar (Big)

Hershey’s Candy Corn Bars are back, but in bigger bars. Here’s our review of the snack size bars. (Spotted by Jason at GetGo.)

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