CANADIAN SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Limited Time Only Disney’s Frozen Frosted Cheerios

Limited Time Only Disney's Frozen Frosted Cheerios

Canada has General Mills Disney’s Frozen Frosted Cheerios. The U.S. has Kellogg’s Disney’s Frozen Cereal. Both appeared loooong after the movie premiered. (Spotted by Paul at Real Canadian Superstore in Canada.)

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Kellogg’s Frosted Blue Raspberry Pop-Tarts

Kellogg's Frosted Blue Raspberry Pop-Tarts

I wonder if these taste different than Frosted Raspberry Pop-Tarts. Also, what the heck is blue raspberry? (Spotted by Taryn at Target.)

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REVIEW: Keebler Jif Cookies

Keebler Jif Cookies

If it’s really true that “Choosy Moms Choose Jif,” then that raises some interesting questions about these new Keebler Jif Cookies. Namely: with so many cookies to choose from, what do Keebler Elf mothers pack for their kids’ lunches?

All lingering questions regarding Keebler biology aside (if E.L. Fudge cookies are anatomically correct, then how can the Elves reproduce with fudge for guts?), my guess is that it’s these peanut buttery delights.

Why? Because eating them is like taking a nostalgic trip back to elementary school lunchtime. Allow me to guide you through the simulation:

As Mrs. Hartwell continues to drone on about the importance of “the cursive capital I,” all you can think about is how the letter kinda looks like an octopus holding a cup of tea. So you stare at her bizarre facial mole until the third period bell rings, heralding in the best part of the day: lunch. As everyone clamors to the haphazardly cleaned tables, you explore the depths of your Tiny Toon Adventures lunchbox. Tossing aside a Grape Capri Sun (Pacific Cooler is a way better flavor) and egg salad sandwich (shudder), you strike brown gold: a Ziploc full of Keebler Jif Cookies!

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With a scent like the oily innards of a Reese’s Cup wafting out of the baggy, you catch the hopeful stare of Benny Thompson. No way are you trading your cookies for his Fruit Roll-Up this time. You bite into one of the bumpy, fudge-coated rings (but not before wearing it like a mock pinky ring, as it’s perfectly sized for your young hands) and release an exaggerated “Mmmm!” Benny hides his jealousy with a Fruit Roll-Up.

They certainly aren’t attractive cookies, with the glossy fudge and protruding nuts making them look like something that Scooter, your family Basset Hound, would leave behind for the neighbor kids to put in a flaming paper bag. The fudge melts fast, too, so you hope no one misinterprets the brown smudges on your hands.

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Analyzing every layer reveals the treat as deceptively complicated. The cookie center is crispy and airy with a pleasant taste of cocoa. This is surrounded by a layer of diced peanuts that add a contrasting crunch texture and a bit of earthy saltiness to balance the resounding sweetness of the fudge, which is a bit overbearingly rich in that “you’ll be tasting this on your tongue for hours” kind of way. It’s strong enough to override the unique creaminess provided by the thin layer of Jif peanut butter inside, which is a shame, because the rare instances when the Jif’s nutty gooeyness shines through are the cookie’s most memorable parts.

After school, you immediately raid the cupboards before mom gets home. As any child would, you experiment and craft a sinful PB&J hors d’oeuvre that looks vaguely like Jabba the Hutt.

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Cookies like these naturally evoke such childlike creativity. Yes, it’s ridiculous, fattening, and a bit unnecessary, but it’s also the kind of experience you’ll remember fondly in 10 years.

At the end of the day, that’s just what these cookies are: an enjoyable escapade, but a forgettable flavor. As good as it is, it’s been done before: when absentmindedly stuffed into your mouth, the many flavors amalgamate and ultimately remind you of two very familiar ones: it’s just like a Keebler Fudge Stripe and a Little Debbie Nutty Bar made sweet, sweet love and had salty-sweet children.

Not that your elementary school self understood how that works, right?

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 170 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of total fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.)

Item: Keebler Jif Cookies
Purchased Price: $2.78
Size: 8 oz./15 cookies
Purchased at: Meijer
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Jif peanut butter MVP. Fun contrasting textures. Evoking childlike whimsy. “Jabba the Peanutt.”
Cons: Not enough Jif. Loses complexity when crammed in mouth. Fudge fingers. Distracting moles. Egg salad.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Wendy’s Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich

Wendy s Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich

Hey Pickle Lovers! Wendy’s has a sandwich for you and your brined cucumber-loving taste buds.

Their new Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich comes with a crispy chicken patty, lettuce, a slice of Monterey Jack cheese, a cucumber dill sauce, and a small pile of crinkle cut pickles. The sandwich is part of Wendy’s value menu and is priced at $1.49 at participating locations.

The pickle happy chicken sandwich has 420 calories, 24 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 1160 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of protein.

The Wendy’s Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich is available for a limited time.

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

(Image via Wendy’s website)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/25/2015

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.

Tai Pei Gung Ho Garlic and Kung Pow Chicken Wraps

Tai Pei Gung Ho Garlic and Kung Pow Chicken Wraps

Tai Pei Bang Bang Beef Wrap and Lucky Luau Chicken Wrap

Tai Pei Bang Bang Beef Wrap and Lucky Luau Chicken Wrap

I’m not sure why it’s called “Lucky Luau.” Perhaps a better name would’ve been “Oh Wow Luau!” (Spotted by Jamie at Walmart.)

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Candy Bars

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Candy Bars

If it was healthy to get all my protein from frozen Greek yogurt bars that look like candy, I’d totally do it. (Spotted by Erin at Target.)

California Pizza Kitchen The Works Hand Tossed Style Crust Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen The Works Hand Tossed Style Crust Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen California Style White Hand Tossed Style Crust Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen California Style White Hand Tossed Style Crust Pizza

Hand tossed style crust pizza party! (Spotted by Marvo at Safeway.)

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