PUMPKINUNDATION 2017 (RETURNS EDITION) – 8/16/2017

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

Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Dessert Shop Pumpkin Cheesecake Soft Dessert Cookies  2017

Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Dessert Shop Pumpkin Cheesecake Soft Dessert Cookies

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

Hershey s Kisses Pumpkin Spice  2017

Hershey’s Kisses Pumpkin Spice

(Spotted by Sarah D at Dillions.)

Dannon Oikos Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt  2017

Dannon Oikos Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt

Dannon Limited Edition Light  Fit Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt  2017

Dannon Limited Edition Light & Fit Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Quaker Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal  2017

Quaker Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Nestle Coffee mate Pumpkin Spice  2017

Nestle Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice

(Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

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: Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse and Oreo Cookies and Creme Cakes

Reese s Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake

Oreo Cookies and Creme Cake

Did you know there’s something called baby cake smashing? It’s a 1st birthday thing where the one-year-old destroys a small cake that was purposely made to be destroyed. Poor cakes. (Spotted by Bob K 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.

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.

REVIEW: Reese’s Stuffed with Crunchy Cookie Cups

Reese s Cookie Crunch Cups

I want a chocolate chip cookie stuffed in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

But, sadly, while the insides of a Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cup look like a chocolate chip cookie, it’s the same peanut butter studded with bits of chocolate cookies (think Oreo).

Announced back in March as part of Reese’s CUPfusion rebrand to CUPspiracy, this cookie iteration follows the Reese’s Pieces Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups. Like the Pieces version, these look exactly like the regular cups on the outside. The ones I had looked like they had a rough going with the summer heat and the sun won, so they weren’t the typical smooth and round cups.?
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?The Reese’s food scientists must have heard my fellow TIB food reviewer’s gripes about the Pieces’ lack of texture in its stuffed peanut butter cups, because they turned it all the way up this time. But, that’s all it offers.

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I was disappointed to find that it mostly tasted like a regular cup. I found the lingering chocolate peanut butter aftertaste to be a tad bit saltier than usual, which is the cookie bits doing. As a habitual ice chewer, I enjoy crunchy textures but I expected so much more than JUST texture and an ever so slight taste difference.

Like a looping slow-motion replay on a contentious referee call, I ate cup after cup for a total of four cups just to be sure I wasn’t missing something. I had little bites and big bites with swishes of water in between to cleanse my palate. Unfortunately, I came to the same conclusion…four times. Cue the sad trombone because we’ve all been played by the Reese’s marketing team.

While the chocolate cookie bits don’t provide much flavor, if you’re a Reese’s diehard like I am, you’ll still get to enjoy the classic peanut butter and chocolate combination. And that’s better than nothing.

But for now, I shall continue to wait for my something — a chocolate chip cookie stuffed in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cups – 200 calories, 90 calories from fat, 11 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $1.59
Size: 1.4 oz/2 cups
Purchased at: 76 Gas Station
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Texture! It still tastes like a good ol’ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Cons: The only difference is the texture. I want a whole chocolate chip cookie stuffed in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 8/16/2017

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.

Trolli Watermelon Sour Brite Bites

Trolli Watermelon Sour Brite Bites

(Spotted by Rachel C at Macey’s.)

McCormick Gourmet Ground Jalapeno Pepper

McCormick Gourmet Ground Jalapeno Pepper

(Spotted by @nikki412 at Shop n Save.)

Lala Craveables Yogurt Smoothie  Lemon Bar and Strawberry Cheesecake

Lala Craveables Yogurt Smoothie (Lemon Bar and Strawberry Cheesecake)

Lala Craveables Tres Leches Yogurt Smoothie

Lala Craveables Tres Leches Yogurt Smoothie

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Tillamook Special Batch Ice Cream  Speculoos Cookie Caramel and Double Nutty Peanut Butter

Tillamook Special Batch Ice Cream (Speculoos Cookie Caramel and Double Nutty Peanut Butter)

Tillamook Special Batch Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream

Tillamook Special Batch Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream

Tillamook Special Batch Salted Caramel Toffee Gelato

Tillamook Special Batch Salted Caramel Toffee Gelato

Tillamook Special Batch TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Gelato

Tillamook Special Batch TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Gelato

Special batch? They were once regular batches. (Spotted by Sylvia at Ralphs.)

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.

REVIEW: Jack in the Box Smoky Jack

Jack in the Box Smoky Jack

When I look at the Jack in the Box Smoky Jack, all I think to myself is, “Thank goodness I don’t have to deal with a random drug test today because that’s a urine-tainting amount of poppyseeds.” There are so many that this bun would look at an everything bagel and yell, “Have some decency and cover yourself up!”

Besides the artisan poppyseed bun, the burger also includes a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, hickory smoked bacon, smoked cheddar cheese, and a condiment called hickory sauce. The Smoky Jack is also available with crispy chicken.

While the bun might blow away any chance of me passing a drug test, the burger as a whole doesn’t blow me away taste-wise.

The smoky cheddar is a welcomed change from the regular cheeses Jack uses. Usually, it seems as if the cheese is there to prevent other toppings from falling out, but not provide much flavor. But the smoky mild cheddar does add a bit of smokiness AND prevents toppings from falling out. Its flavor lingers in the mouth well after the burger is consumed.

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The bacon, cemented to the cheddar, is a bit chewy, but adds even more smokiness. As for the beef patty, it’s a little dry, but that’s par for the course and something I’m used to.

The tomato seems fresh and the lettuce is as green as lettuce could be, which I bring up because that’s rare in the fast food world. As for the hickory sauce, I’m not sure my burger got it because the condiment tastes more like peppercorn mayonnaise. But whatever it is, its light flavor allows the smokiness of the other two toppings to come through. The bun has a sweetness to it, but the poppyseeds don’t add any flavor or texture.

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Thanks to the bacon and cheese, the Smoky Jack earns its name. But its smokiness make me yearn for another. As a whole, it’s a decent burger, but it’s also boring when you compare it with something like the chain’s Buttery Jacks or anything from the late night Munchies menu. Think of it as a slight upgrade from a Jumbo Jack.

I have to admit, being the headliner of a special inexpensive $4.99 combo does make it taste a little bit better. But it’s not something that would make me beckon the Crave Van and its property damage wake so that I can eat it.

(Nutrition Facts – Not available on website.)

Purchased Price: $5.99* (combo)
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Decent burger. Cheese’s smokiness is noticeable. Green lettuce. Being part of a $4.99 combo makes it taste a little bit better.
Cons: Blanket of poppyseeds on bun might cause you to fail a drug test. Kind of boring when comparing it to other Jack in the Box offerings. Dry beef patty. Chewy bacon. I don’t crave it.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. In most areas the Smoky Jack combo is being advertised for $4.99.