SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 3/23/2017

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.

Lay s Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Potato Chips  2017 Bag Design

Lay’s Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Potato Chips (2017 Bag Design)

Hmmm. I dunno. Maybe I hate change. Maybe I think the bag on the right looks nicer. Maybe I need to see what the other flavors look like. Maybe I’m spending too much time thinking about a potato chip bag. (Spotted by Kimberly M at Kroger.)

Marvel Spider Man Homecoming Fla Vor Ice

Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming Fla-Vor-Ice

Disney Frozen Fla Vor Ice

Disney Frozen Fla-Vor-Ice

Air Heads White Mystery Freezer Bars

Air Heads White Mystery Freezer Bars

The Airheads have no artificial colors, but, man, it makes up for the artificialness with the flavors. (Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Kraft Macaroni  Cheese Cars 3 Boxes

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Cars 3 Boxes

I hope Cars 3 doesn’t make me cry as much as Toy Story 3 did. (Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

McCormick Grill Mates Limited Edition Flavor Layering Kits

McCormick Grill Mates Limited Edition Flavor Layering Kits

I guess, when these kits disappear, you can just buy the spices individually. You won’t get the special “limited edition” packaging, but only hoarders and the person typing this sentence would want to keep that. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Wrigley s Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum 3 Pack Variety

Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum 3 Pack Variety

Does Wrigley still make the Starburst Cherry flavored gum that smells like vomit? (Spotted by Jake G at Frys.)

Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps  Zesty Garden Veggie Sea Salt and White Cheddar

Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps (Zesty Garden Veggie, Sea Salt, and White Cheddar)

It’s also available in dill pickle and smoked jalapeño flavors, if you’re looking to get your probiotics from a chip. Sauerkraut and masa are used to make the chip and the probiotics are added later. (Spotted by Trevor L at Shoprite.)

Wegmans Potatoes Gratin  Mushroom and Cream and Savory Cheese

Wegmans Potatoes Gratin (Mushroom and Cream and Savory Cheese)

Wegmans Potatoes Gratin  Tomato and Cheese and Broccoli and Cheese

Wegmans Potatoes Gratin (Tomato and Cheese and Broccoli and Cheese)

(Spotted by Shawn S at Wegmans.)

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.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Haagen-Dazs Espresso Chocolate Cookie Crumble Ice Cream

Haagen Dazs Espresso Chocolate Cookie Crumble Ice Cream

This flavor features coffee ice cream swirled with cookie crumbles and chocolate espresso flakes. (Spotted by Marvo at Safeway.)

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 want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Starbucks Teavana Lightly Sweet Chai Tea Latte and Shaken Iced White Tea

Teavana Lightly Sweet Chai Tea Latte

Starbucks is kicking spring off with two new Teavana Tea beverages — Lightly Sweet Chai Tea Latte and Shaken Iced White Tea.

The new chai tea is a less-sweet take on Teavana’s Classic Chai Tea Latte. It’s black tea infused with cinnamon, clove, and other spices that’s mixed with milk, liquid cane sugar, and ice. It’s also available hot.

A 16-ounce Lightly Sweet Chai Tea Latte Iced with 2% milk has 190 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 30 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Teavana Shaken Iced White Tea

Teavana’s Shaken Iced White Tea is, according to Starbucks, “soft and delicate with a clean, bright finish.” Okay. Like all Teavana Shaken Iced Teas, they can be unsweetened or sweetened.

A sweetened 16-ounce serving has 45 calories, 0 grams of fat, 10 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 20-25 milligrams of caffeine.

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

(Images via Starbucks)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Hostess Donettes Cinnamon Crumb Cake Mini Donuts

Hostess Donettes Cinnamon Crumb Cake Mini Donuts

This would be great with a cup of coffee as you wonder if you should quit your job today. I mean, there’s no chance for advancement when the person in your way is the C.E.O.’s niece, who does a really good job. (Spotted by Scott K at Market District.)

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.

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REVIEW: Hostess Ding Dongs Frozen Dairy Dessert Sandwiches

Hostess Ding Dongs Frozen Dairy Dessert Sandwiches

In preparation for my wedding in May, I’ve been on a self-proclaimed dessert detox. There are some exceptions of course… like writing reviews for the lovely readers of the Impulsive Buy. Because it’s all in the name of research!

So imagine my excitement when I unwrapped one of the Hostess Ding Dongs Frozen Dairy Dessert Sandwiches. Oh glory, my first sweet in about two weeks! I was hungry, ready and so pumped, and I’m pleased to report that I was not disappointed.

Each sandwich is individually packaged, and on first glance, it’s about the size and thickness of a hockey puck. It does, in fact, look the ice cream version of a regular Ding Dong.

Hostess Ding Dongs Frozen Dairy Dessert Sandwiches 2

Now, if you’re looking for a neat and tidy eating experience, this is not for you. I cut open the Ding Dong, and the chocolate outer layer did not hold together well. Nor did the chocolate stay together as I ate each half. But I was impressed with how well the ice cream stayed solid and did not melt.

Hostess Ding Dongs Frozen Dairy Dessert Sandwiches 3

Cutting apart the Ding Dong revealed two things: 1) A glorious, pretty thick chocolate coating and 2) A crunchy, cookie-esque layer between the chocolate coating and ice cream that I was not expecting and It. Was. Epic. Best way to describe the Ding Dong is having the crunch of a Thin Mint with the taste of a Klondike Bar.

There really isn’t anything special to report about the vanilla frozen dairy dessert. The chocolate was so prevalent that it was hard to taste it on its own. The frozen dairy dessert was good, just nothing to write home about. I loved all the chocolate – it was rich and melted in my mouth.

The other thing I appreciated was the portion size and nutritional information. At under 200 calories a serving, this is a perfect dessert for when you want something quick and not too heavy. Basically, it truly is the frozen version of a beloved Hostess snack cake.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 sandwich – 180 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.49
Size: 5-pack
Purchased at: Giant Eagle
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Cookie crunch and plenty of chocolate to please my sweet tooth.
Cons: Kind of messy to eat. Kind of messy to eat. Normal frozen dairy dessert.