FAST FOOD NEWS: Popeyes Tear’n Tenderloin Chicken

Written by | July 28, 2014

Topics: Fast Food News

Popeyes Tear n Tenderloin Chicken

Popeyes is at it again. And when I say, “at it again”, I mean they’re apostrophe N’n names again. First, it was Rip’n. Next came Dip’n. And now there’s Popeyes Tear’n Tenderloin Chicken. The new dish is made up of white meat chicken tenderloins that are split, marinated in Louisiana spices, hand-battered, and deep fried. The chicken comes with Popeyes’ new Cajun Creamy Garlic Dipping Sauce. Two Tear’n Tenderloin pieces, fries, and a biscuit are available for $3.99.

I look forward to future Popeyes apostrophe N products, like Pluck’n Cluck’n Chicken, Yank’n Yum Chicken, Wrench’n Wing Chicken, and Pry’n Thigh’n Chicken.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Jif Limited Edition Maple Brown Sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice Whips

Written by | July 28, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

Jif Limited Edition Maple Brown Sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice Whips

Since it appears Jif going all in with these Jif Whips, I hope the future includes Jif Elvis Limited Edition Banana, Bacon, and Honey Whips. By the way, for those of you not keeping score at home, this is the third pumpkin product we’ve covered so far. Anyone want to guess how many new pumpkin products we’ll cover by the end of the year? (Spotted by Lindsay at Target.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

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REVIEW: Pepsi Wild Cherry Made with Real Sugar

Written by | July 28, 2014

Topics: 7 Rating, Pepsi, Soda

Wild Cherry Pepsi Made with Real Sugar

Just like blue whales, the African wild ass, and Gary Busey’s sanity, commercial soft drinks made with real sugar seem endangered. Take a look at beverages found in your local convenience store. Most likely it’s sweetened with a processed corn syrup.

A Google search can reveal a multitude of negative health effects reportedly associated with the consumption of high fructose corn syrup. But a little bad press will never curb my soda consumption. After all, I don’t give a fructose what I put inside my body.

Nevertheless, soft drinks flavored with real sugar are making a comeback. All the cool kids are drinking them now, or at least that’s what the guy who sold me ninety crates of Mexican Coke told me.

Earlier this summer, beverage behemoth PepsiCo announced it would be manufacturing Pepsi Wild Cherry with real sugar for a limited time. Upon hearing the news, I hightailed it over to the nearest Walmart. I just couldn’t miss out on an opportunity to try Pepsi Wild Cherry, one of my favorite sodas of all time, made with that precious, ecstasy-inducing white substance. (No, not that one. The other white substance.)

If you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting Pepsi Wild Cherry, trust me, it doesn’t taste like cherry cough syrup mixed with soda. Lovers of purple drank, look elsewhere. (Sorry, Lil Wayne.) Pepsi Wild Cherry is a simple beverage, offering the same cola taste of regular Pepsi but with a slight cherry zing as the flavor develops on the tongue.

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But this isn’t the first time PepsiCo has released a soda sweetened with real sugar. Pepsi Throwback, introduced in 2009, contains beet sugar. Though it doesn’t taste like beets, Throwback’s flavor is noticeably different relative to standard Pepsi. Because I tend to prefer Throwback, I wondered whether I would favor Pepsi Wild Cherry Made with Real Sugar over the original.

It’s packaged in a pink can decked out with a retro Pepsi-Cola logo. In comparison to standard Pepsi Wild Cherry, the real sugar variant contains two grams less of sugar and ten fewer calories. The caffeine content and ingredients lists are identical — aside from the inclusion of high fructose corn syrup, of course.

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Poured into a glass, the sodas appear indistinguishable, sharing the same color, aroma, and amount of fizz. But what about taste? Is Pepsi Wild Cherry Made with Real Sugar preferable to its high fructose counterpart?

I tasted each soda in a variety of different manners. I tried them in both blind and not-so-blind taste tests, hoping to identify some true difference between the two beverages. I tried the sodas cold and at room temperature from freshly opened cans, and at room temperature served completely flat.

I wanted the real sugar variant to prove superior, but dagnabbit, these two sodas taste identical. At times, it tasted like one soda might be a hint more cherry-flavored or just a bit more fizzy on the tongue. But I was unable to re-recognize these qualities during a blind taste test. Maybe my cola-tasting palate hasn’t yet reached the level of sophistication needed to distinguish between the two. But I would be lying if I claimed to perceive a difference. If PepsiCo sought to create an exact duplicate of their original Pepsi Wild Cherry, they pulled it off. Both colas possess the same sweet cherry flavor, and both make me gassy beyond belief.

Unfortunately, this means there’s little reason to buy Pepsi Wild Cherry Made with Real Sugar unless you’re looking to avoid high fructose corn syrup. The flavors are identical — so why should I choose one over the other? I will likely continue drinking beverages sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, even if it cuts a few years off of my life.

Meh, I review junk food on the Internet. I’ll probably die young anyway.

(Nutrition Facts – 12 ounces – 150 calories, 0 grams of total fat, 30 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of total carbohydrates, 40 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.)

Item: Pepsi Wild Cherry Made with Real Sugar
Purchased Price: $4.28
Size: 12 pack/12 oz. cans
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Tastes identical to regular Pepsi Wild Cherry. Made with real sugar, not HFCS. Not giving a fructose.
Cons: Doesn’t taste better than regular Pepsi Wild Cherry. Gassy food reviewers.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 7/28/2014

Written by | July 28, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

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.

Duff Goldman Salted Caramel Premium Brownie Mix

No bright colors. No camouflage. No zebra print. No tiger print. Who are you? And what have you done with the real Duff Goldman? (Spotted by Marvo at Target.)

Jack Link's Original Crinkle-Cut Pepperoni

I want to grab these Jack Link’s Original Crinkle-Cut Pepperoni and crinkle cut pickles to see how high I can stack them. (Spotted by Breanna at Walmart.)

Hot Tamales Tropical Heat

I’m pretty sure Hot Tamales didn’t capture the energy-draining humidity of tropical heat with this candy. Candy Blog reviewed them. (Spotted by MB at Walmart.)

Nestle Coffee-mate Classic Vanilla

I assure you that this Nestle Classic Vanilla Coffee-mate is new. I know it seems like a flavor that has been around for years, but even the Coffee-mate website says it’s new. (Spotted by Michelle at IGA.)

Noosa Pumpkin Yoghurt (Target Exclusive)

It’s still July. (Spotted by Rebecca at Target.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cappuccino Potato Chips

Written by | July 27, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

I’m sure some of you are throwing up in your mouth a little at the sight of this. (Spotted by Kelly at Target.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

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