FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic Custard Concretes

Sonic Custard Concretes

Sonic is now offering a new line of frozen treats called Custard Concretes for a limited time. There are six varieties available:

  • Vanilla Custard Concrete made with Heath Toffee Pieces
  • Dark Chocolate Custard Concrete made with Oreo Cookie Pieces
  • Peanut Butter Custard Concrete made with Butterfinger Pieces
  • Caramel Custard Concrete made with Snickers Bars
  • Banana Custard Concrete made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Strawberry Custard Concrete made with M&M’s® Chocolate Candies

A small Dark Chocolate Custard Concrete made with Oreo Cookie Pieces has 880 calories, 40 grams of fat, 24 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 245 milligrams of cholesterol, 940 milligrams of sodium, 119 grams of carbohydrates, 91 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.

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

(Image via TIB reader Aaron Clark)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Limited Edition Jolly Rancher Pop-Tarts

Limited Edition Jolly Rancher Frosted Watermelon Pop Tarts

The other flavors are Green Apple and Cherry. If you see them, snap a photo, and send it to us. (Spotted by Andrew G at Walgreens.)

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REVIEW: Flavor of California Strawberry Kit Kat

Flavor of California Strawberry Kit Kat Miniatures

The United States is the land of opportunity.

We’ve got freedom of speech, freedom of religion, open internet, 14,000 McDonald’s locations, and the invention of the Oreo; but we really got screwed when it comes to the Kit Kat.

While Nestle makes the candy in every other region, cranking out over 200 varieties in Japan including flavors like Wasabi and Rum Raisin, Hershey’s controls the brand in the U.S. and give us a tantalizing array of options including milk, dark, and white chocolate.

In what is hopefully a positive sign for our patriotic future, Hershey’s has launched a new Flavors of America line of limited candies, including the Flavor of California Strawberry Kit Kat.

As a certified born-and-raised-in-California boy, the first thing I think of when pondering my home state isn’t strawberries. But I won’t complain about getting any new flavor of Kit Kat. While avocado, garlic, almond, grape, or beef might have been a truer representation of the Golden State, I can’t deny strawberry is a still relevant much safer sell, and one I pretty much know what will taste like before opening the package.

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Ripping the mini-wrapper open there is a huge wash of artificial strawberry that smells almost identical to Nesquick Strawberry milk. The scent is so similar that I’m surprised there isn’t a quirky brown bunny on the bag.

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The taste mimics the smell, with a sweet fake berry flavor atop white chocolate texture that teeters on being too much. The faux-strawberry notes are so strong that they almost become bitter, peaking out with their odd flavor in the middle of chewing but finishing smooth, sweet, and creamy.

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The coating on this Kit Kat, like most mini Kats, is a bit thicker than the standard longer four-piece bar. The outer layer dominates the wafers on the inside, throwing off the normally perfect balance and taking away from the repeat crunch-ability that KK’s usually provide.

I’m surprised that Hershey’s didn’t try to put a slightly more authentic strawberry flavor into these Kit Kats – a hint of tart or acidity would have gone a long way to make these a more desirable product. While I won’t be throwing the rest of my bag into the garbage, I have a good feeling I’ll have a couple of these leftover for a super rare stocking stuffer come December, and I think my three year old half-brother will appreciate them more than I do.

(Nutrition Facts – 5 pieces – 220 calories, 100 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 35 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.99
Size: 10 oz. bag
Purchased at: CVS
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: The United States finally gets a new Kit Kat flavor. Classic Kit Kat crunch. Smooth creamy finish. Will make great rare stocking stuffer.
Cons: Too strong of a fake strawberry flavor. No tart notes. Slightly bitter. Could have repped Cali better with beef.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (MEAT EDITION) – 4/25/2017

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

McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Beef Franks

McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Beef Franks

McCormick Grill Mates Classic Beef Franks

McCormick Grill Mates Classic Beef Franks

McCormick Grill Mates Smoky Applewood Beef Franks

McCormick Grill Mates Smoky Applewood Beef Franks

Oscar Mayer Natural Honey BBQ Uncured Pork Sausage

Oscar Mayer Natural Honey BBQ Uncured Pork Sausage

Oscar Mayer Natural Italian Style Uncured Pork Sausage

Oscar Mayer Natural Italian Style Uncured Pork Sausage

Oscar Mayer Natural Smoked Uncured Pork Sausage

Oscar Mayer Natural Smoked Uncured Pork Sausage

Hillshire Farm Naturals Smoked Uncured Polska Kielbasa and Smoked Sausage

Hillshire Farm Naturals Smoked Uncured Polska Kielbasa and Smoked Sausage

Oscar Mayer Natural Meat  Cheese Plates  Slow Roasted Turkey Breast and Uncured Ham

Oscar Mayer Natural Meat & Cheese Plates (Slow Roasted Turkey Breast and Uncured Ham)

Oscar Mayer Natural Honey Smoked Turkey Breast Meat  Cheese Plates

Oscar Mayer Natural Honey Smoked Turkey Breast Meat & Cheese Plates

Oscar Mayer P3 Chicken Almonds Colby Jack and Blueberries Protein Plates

Oscar Mayer P3 Chicken, Almonds, Colby Jack, and Blueberries Protein Plates

Oscar Mayer P3 Ham Cashews Cheddar and Cranberries Protein Plates

Oscar Mayer P3 Ham, Cashews, Cheddar, and Cranberries Protein Plates

Oscar Mayer P3 Turkey Almonds Monterey Jack and Blueberries Protein Plates

Oscar Mayer P3 Turkey, Almonds, Monterey Jack, and Blueberries Protein Plates

So much MEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAT!!! (Spotted by Amanda Y at Tom Thumb.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Impulsive Buy reader Jody B took this photo featuring a menu board promoting Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries with nacho cheese dipping sauce and Nacho Fries Supreme, which are fries topped with nacho cheese sauce, sour cream, pico de gallo, and seasoned ground beef. She took the photo at a location in Bakersfield, CA.

A quick Google search shows the taco chain has been testing fries in the U.S. since late last year, but calling them Seasoned Fries. Also, fries have been a menu item at Taco Bell locations in other countries.

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