PODCAST: Let’s Talk TJ’s! #24 Cookout Favorites

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Warmer weather means it’s cookout season. In this episode, the What’s Good at Trader Joe’s team share their favorite items to put on a grill, to put on things you grill, and to eat with the things you grill.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Lay’s Creamy Bacon Potato Salad Potato Chips

Lay's Creamy Bacon Potato Salad Potato Chips

I wonder if Lay’s added some kind of potato seasoning to make it taste more like a regular potato instead of a potato chip. Is there such a thing as potato seasoning? (Spotted by Mike C at Walmart.)

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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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Honey Maid Dippers Graham Snacks (Chocolate and Honey)

Honey Maid Dippers Graham Snacks (Chocolate and Honey)

Ice cream. Cake frosting. Hershey’s syrup. Smuckers fudge. Cool Whip. Vanilla yogurt. Marshmallow fluff. Peanut butter. Sorry. Just coming up with things I could dip these in since it appears they don’t come with a dip. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

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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QUICK REVIEW: Turkey Hill Caramel Peanut Butter Gelato Swirls

Turkey Hill Caramel Peanut Butter Gelato Swirls

I’ve had caramel swirls in ice cream. I’ve had peanut butter swirls in ice cream. But I’ve never had a caramel AND peanut butter swirl.

Thank goodness crossing the swirls is not like crossing proton pack energy streams which would cause all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light because if it was I’d be gone thanks to Turkey Hill’s Caramel Peanut Butter Gelato Swirls.

According to the ingredients, the peanut butter caramel swirl contains actual peanut butter, but it’s what makes the swirl taste a bit odd. The nicest way I can explain its flavor is to say it tastes like a cheap artificial peanut butter-flavored candy, and the caramel’s sweetness seems to amplify the peanut butter’s odd flavor.

As for the base gelato, I’m not sure what flavor it is and whatever it is it’s not very strong. It looks like vanilla, but it tastes more like a nondescript sweet flavor. Even though I’m not a fan of the swirl, there are enough of them at almost every level in the container to give the nondescript sweet base a bit more flavor.

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As for the gelato’s texture, it has a consistency too similar to frozen dairy dessert. Sure, that makes it easy to scoop, but when I think of gelato, I think premium and this doesn’t have a premium vibe to it.

Turkey Hill’s Caramel Peanut Butter Gelato Swirls is not horrible. I’ll eat it before freezer burns sets in, but its swirl is something that makes me not want to purchase another quart.

Disclosure: I received this quart for free from Turkey Hill. Receiving it for free did not influence the review, which you probably knew already since this wasn’t a positive review.

Purchased Price: FREE (received from Turkey Hill)
Size: 1 quart
Purchased at: N/A
Rating: 4 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1/2 cup) 180 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Hardee’s Grilled Ham ‘N’ Cheese Thickburger

Hardee s Grilled Ham and Cheese Thickburger

It’s not unusual to see Hardee’s take the meat from popular sandwiches and put it in one of their Thickburgers. The chain did that with the Philly cheesesteak and French dip. The latest sandwich-burger hybrid from Hardee’s is the Grilled Ham ‘N’ Cheese Thickburger.

The pork-topped burger features a charbroiled 100 percent Black Angus beef patty, a layer of thinly sliced ham, two slices of American cheese, two slices of Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and mustard between two slices of grilled bread. It’s available with a 1/4-, 1/3-, or 1/2 lb patty and prices start at $3.79 for just the sandwich. A combo meal with fries and a drink starts at $5.79.

A Grilled Ham ‘N’ Cheese Thickburger with a 1/3 lb patty has 860 calories, 58 grams of fat, 23 grams of saturated fat, 155 milligrams of cholesterol, 2610 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 45 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Hardee’s) yeah