SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Edwards Hershey’s S’mores Creme Pie

Edwards Hershey s S mores Creme Pie

I think I’d prefer a slice of this pie than having actual s’mores. S’mores are super messy. You get melted marshmallow and chocolate all over your hands and when you try to wipe it off with a napkin the paper product just sticks to your hand. Then you have to use the condensation on the can or bottle you’re drinking from to making it easier to clean yourself. But even after doing that, there’s this sticky residue that will be with you until you can properly wash your hands. Ugh. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes

Baseball has been deemed “America’s pasttime” since these uniforms were en vogue, but now the typical game takes longer than an actual marathon.

MLB is engaging in steps to improve interest in their game, like the intentional walk signal. But their best move has been a change to their vaunted 7th inning anthem: “We’ll buy you nuggets in 4 or 6 packs.”

The Mid-Atlantic teams have partnered with the Golden Arches to bring free McNugget promotions on their app. The beleaguered Phillies have offered a free 4-piece whenever they score three runs. Their more successful counterparts, the Orioles and Nationals, have higher standards along with bigger rewards: four runs nets you a 4-piece, with six, ten, and twenty nuggets also attainable. (Notably, the Nats have restricted their rewards to home games, presumably due to road games in Colorado). Rest assured, if either club surpasses the 20-run plateau, I will make my way through the Chesapeake region, with a tank full of gas and a bunch of “burner phones.”

McDonald’s isn’t just trading nuggets for bloated ERA’s. They’re also giving you a chance to be a manager of the toppings on your own sandwich. The new Signature Crafted Recipes line attempts to emulate quick-service burger joints like Five Guys and SmashBurger by allowing you to customize your sandwich.

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes 2

Just don’t expect a plethora of choices. The options are limited to two bun choices, three protein choices, and three topping styles. That’s still enough combos to fill out a lineup card for both teams. We here at the Impulsive Buy selected the three featured options — the Mays, Mantle, and Snider of the bunch, if you Will(ie).

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes Pico Guacamole

Batting leadoff was the Pico Guacamole with grilled chicken on the artisan roll. Discovering the first major fast food sandwich adorned with a lime wedge was like taking a big lead off first base. However, finding out that my hands would become messier from this sandwich than holding a rosin bag was something of a detraction.

The grilled chicken patty was relatively standard, although there was some spice and it wasn’t dry, so there were positive attributes. The artisan roll was soft but not mushy. I enjoyed the guacamole -— it fell short of feeling homemade, but was far better than Subway’s recent offering. The lime gave everything a fresh feel, even after I brought the sandwich home for inspection before consuming.

This sandwich was not a five-tool player. It did have holes in its game. Namely the pico de gallo, which was not a distinguishable flavor with the much stronger flavored guac. The white cheddar cheese was also invisible, as I would soon find out it was on all three sandwiches.

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes Sweet BBQ Bacon

On deck was the Sweet BBQ Bacon, with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken, also on the artisan roll (why they didn’t “load the bases” with three bread options as well is perplexing). The chicken patty was somewhat like a McChicken patty, but with a little more TLC. However, the size of the patty was only marginally thicker than the bun, which pales in comparison to the also recently released KFC Zinger. Conversely, I might say this sandwich exceeds the Zinger in spiciness. The heat builds as you eat and made me enjoy this more as I dug in.

The sandwich was onion heavy, which I appreciated (I’ll often order extra on fast food). There were two types. The sautéed onions, that tasted legit, and frizzled onions, which largely just added to the overkill of breading from the patty and bun.

The bacon was the final detail. It was nice and salty on its own, but its impact was suppressed by the other ingredients when eaten together.

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes Maple Bacon Dijon

In the hole was the Maple Bacon Dijon, with a beef patty (perhaps “burger” is on Vince’s McMahon’s list) on a sesame seed bun. Dijon was a new, interesting taste, although it appears in some bites and vanishes in others. Otherwise, this was the most familiar flavor combination for Mickey D’s. As for the maple? None was detected. It was indicated that maple seasoning was added to the bacon, but when I tried the bacon solo it appeared to be standard.

I suppose these were the same grilled onions that appear on the BBQ version, but against the backdrop of the stronger flavor beef patty, they did not stand out nearly as much.

The bacon wasn’t that noticeable here either amidst a sea of lettuce and again the stronger tasting burger. It seemed a little wimpier this time, although before you start computing the WAR (Working As Refreshment) stat, I did order each sandwich from a different location, so maybe the differences can be attributed to that factor.

In the end, the concept of “premium crafted sandwiches” is no different than Wendy’s LTO offerings, but with three released at the same moment. If McDonald’s wants a premium line to last, they will have to consider a larger product. “Fast foodies” do exist these days, but they still want to be satiated by the food. When it came to these members of the lineup, I didn’t get a complete game out of them. I still had to trust the bullpen (value menu) to finish it out.

(Nutrition Facts – Pico Guacamole Grilled Chicken – 520 calories, 160 calories from fat, 18 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 115 milligrams of cholesterol, 1540 milligrams of sodium, 50 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, 40 grams of protein. Sweet BBQ Bacon Buttermilk Crispy Chicken – 800 calories, 320 calories from fat, 36 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 1820 milligrams of sodium, 80 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, 39 grams of protein. Maple Bacon Dijon Beef Patty – 640 calories, 330 calories from fat, 36 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 110 milligrams of cholesterol, 1260 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 37 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.79 to $5.29
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Pico Guacamole Grilled Chicken)
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Sweet BBQ Bacon Buttermilk Crispy Chicken)
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Maple Bacon Dijon Beef Patty)
Pros: Sauteed onions. Building BBQ heat. Lime wedge freshness. Hunter Greene’s potential to join the 20 HR / 20 SB / 20 win club.
Cons: None of the options are large enough. White cheddar is irrelevant. Gusto de pico es pequeno. The Twins passing on Greene with the number one pick.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/24/2017

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.

Jello Despicable Me 3 Dave Strawberry Gelatin

Jello Despicable Me 3 Dave Strawberry Gelatin

Jello Despicable Me 3 Jerry Cherry Gelatin

Jello Despicable Me 3 Jerry Cherry Gelatin

Jello Despicable Me 3 Balthazar Bratt Lime Gelatin

Jello Despicable Me 3 Balthazar Bratt Lime Gelatin

Kellogg s Despicable Me Fruit Flavored Snacks

Kellogg’s Despicable Me Fruit Flavored Snacks

Despicable Me 3 Nutella  Go Packs

Despicable Me 3 Nutella & Go! Packs

It’s despicable those are just regular Jello flavors in special boxes. (Spotted by Tawnie K at Stater Bros.)

Pillsbury Wonder Woman Shape Sugar Cookies

Pillsbury Wonder Woman Shape Sugar Cookies

I guess you could also use these for a Weezer listening party. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart Neighborhood Market.)

Five Star Gourmet Foods Mini Meals 2 Go  Grilled Chicken + Hummus and Buffalo Style Chicken

Five Star Gourmet Foods Mini Meals 2 Go (Grilled Chicken + Hummus and Buffalo Style Chicken)

Five Star Gourmet Foods Mini Meals 2 Go  PB  Jelly and Energy Pack

Five Star Gourmet Foods Mini Meals 2 Go (PB & Jelly and Energy Pack)

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Target.)

Wawa Coffee Thins

Wawa Coffee Thins

Huh. These are still a thing? Do any of you buy coffee thins? (Spotted by Caitlin J at Wawa.)

Siggi s Seasonal Nectarine Low Fat Yogurt

Siggi’s Seasonal Nectarine Low-Fat Yogurt

(Spotted by Rachel C at Whole Foods.)

Crush Orange and Grape Made with Real Sugar Bottles

Crush Orange and Grape Made with Real Sugar Bottles

(Spotted by John W at Giant Eagle.)

Lunchables Chicken Pizza

Lunchables Chicken Pizza

A pizza with chicken nuggets as a topping is probably the quintessential Lunchables. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Tom Thumb.)

Hershey s Kisses in Red White and Blue Packaging

Kit Kat Miniatures in Red, White, and Blue Packaging

Reese s Miniature Cups in Red White and Blue Packaging

Reese’s Miniature Cups in Red, White, and Blue Packaging

York Peppermint Patties in Red White and Blue Packaging

York Peppermint Patties in Red, White, and Blue Packaging

Kit Kat Miniatures in Red White and Blue Packaging

Hershey’s Kisses in Red, White, and Blue Packaging

Celebrate our country with candy you eat throughout the year. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Target.)

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.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Jolly Rancher Hotties Sweet & Spicy Hard Candy

Jolly Rancher Hotties Sweet  Spicy Hard Candy

I look forward to seeing Jolly Rancher Hotties Hard Candy Challenge videos on YouTube. (Spotted by Erin at Walmart.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic Transformers The Last Knight Slushes

Sonic Transformers The Last Knight Slushes

Sonic is promoting the upcoming Transformers The Last Knight movie by offering color changing slushes for a limited time.

There are three “transforming” varieties:

Optimus Prime – a cherry slush with blue raspberry flavor on top.

Megatron – a sweet, clear slush with grape flavor on top.

Bumblebee – an orange slush with grape flavor on top.

Hmmm. Let’s see now. Red and blue make purple. Clear and purple make purple. Orange and purple make, um, brown?

A small Optimus Prime Slush has 210 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 35 milligrams of sodium, 55 grams of carbohydrates, 55 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried any of them, let us know what colors they change into it in the comments.

(Image via Sonic’s website)