SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Boulder Canyon Backyard BBQ Peach Cobbler Kettle Chips

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Yum? (Spotted by Robbie at At Home.)

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REVIEW: Krispy Kreme Churro Doughnut

Krispy Kreme Churro Doughnut

Ah, summertime.

Nothing but pool parties and crickets and Christmas in July, and, while I know I’m supposed to celebrate the mid-summer Noel on the 25th, I am a rebel, hooligan, and all-around dastardly naysayer, so it should come as no surprise that I broke all the Christmas laws and bought my present the day after.

It involved churros. I have no regrets.

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Krispy Kreme’s interpretation of the churro starts by going geometrically rogue, translating the fried delight from the commonly seen line into a circumference more tightly braided than Wednesday’s pigtails sent through a Glam Twirl.

The doughnut’s hefty for its size, coming doused with so much cinnamon sugar, one could ball it up and use it as sculpting clay to recreate the Sagrada Familia in edible form. And that mahogany-tinted sugar thwacks into action with cinnamon roll-like warmth, dodging the common flaw in which a cinnamon product ends up tasting like an Atomic Fireball. Instead, bites dissipate into sugary, lightly cinnamon-spiced crumbles, leaving a trace of grease behind.

That isn’t to say the doughnuts are perfect. There’s definitely a “Manufactured cake doughnut” quality to them that makes me think they put them in some Dyson vacuum dehydrator that sucks the moisture out of all that is joy. As a result, the doughnuts taste dry and a little stale, missing out on the eggy, custardy texture of a churro and its crispy, freshly fried outside.

But perhaps that’s nitpicking. Heck, even the leftovers aren’t too shabby if you get creative. Put one in the toaster and witness how it becomes a brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tart crossed with a giant piece of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which means tonight’s dinner of doughnuts and ice cream is all sorted out.

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Some days, the world is unbearable. Today? Is not one of those days. Sure, this doughnut may not hold up to Statler and Waldorf’s orthodox standards of traditional churros, but what is a traditional churro? Is it eggy or airy? Custardy or crumbly? Dense or light? With cinnamon sugar? Without? Dipped in chocolate? Dipped in frosting? Dipped in nothing? Do I get them at a bar in Spain? A sidewalk vendor? Disneyland? A kazoo store?

Survey says: whichever version you love!

And while this interpretation may just be a dry-ish cake doughnut that’s been doused in cinnamon sugar, I enjoyed all 51 grams of it, especially when topped, toasted, or dunked in coffee or ice cream, so pull out the eggnog and let the Charlie Brown Christmas album play because Christmas in July comes but once a year. Let’s celebrate.

(Nutrition Facts – 190 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 210 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.49
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Krispy Kreme
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Cakey. Chunked with cinnamon sugar. Does not taste like Atomic Fireball. Even better when toasted. Christmas in July. Glam Twirl. Statler and Waldorf.
Cons: Cake doughnut masquerading as churro. Pretty dry. A little too crumbly. May encourage breaking Christmas laws. Non-July Christmas is still six months away.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 7/28/2016

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.

Ritz Bacon Crackers with Cheese Flavored Filling
Ritz Bacon Crackers with Cheese Flavored Filling

Ritz Everything Crackers with Cream Cheese Flavored Filling
Ritz Everything Crackers with Cream Cheese Flavored Filling

Nabisco O-Ritz-eo Sandwich Crackers. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Cool Whip Rich & Creamy
Cool Whip Rich & Creamy

So many naughty uses for this. I could spray it on banana splits, hot chocolate, hot fudge sundaes, and milkshakes. (Spotted by Danielle P at Giant Eagle.)

Minute Maid Mango Punch
Minute Maid Mango Punch

Where’s the mango pit in the graphic? There’s no way you can cut that deep into a mango and not show any pit. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Halfpops Black Truffle & Sea Salt
Halfpops Black Truffle & Sea Salt

The new Halfpops flavors also include Angry Kettle Corn and Brooklyn Dill Pickle. (Spotted by Rachel C at Harmons.)

Powerful Oatmeal (Maple & Brown Sugar, Apple Cinnamon, and Banana)
Powerful Oatmeal (Maple & Brown Sugar, Apple Cinnamon, and Banana)

If you use milk instead of water to make these, they’ll have even more protein. And that’s your Common Sense Tip of the Day. (Spotted by Elizabeth L at Walmart.)

Progresso Good Natured Soup (Hearty Corn and Chipotle Chowder and Hearty Lentil with Garden Vegetables)
Progresso Good Natured Soup (Hearty Corn and Chipotle Chowder and Hearty Lentil with Garden Vegetables)

There’s also a Hearty Tomato with Spinach & Roasted Garlic variety. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic Island Breeze Frozen Drinks

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Sonic’s new Island Breeze Frozen Drinks come in flavors like Chipotle Spiced Margarita, Pina Colada, and Strawberry Mango Margarita.

Now if you’re thinking you can finally get inebriated at a Sonic, I’m sorry to let you know that none of the new frozen drinks have alcohol. They also don’t come with drink umbrellas or salt around the rim.

Just like all the other beverages on Sonic’s menu, the new Island Breeze Frozen Drinks are available for half-price during Happy Hour all summer long between 2 to 4 p.m.

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

(Image via Sonic)

FAST FOOD NEWS: F’real Chocolate Protein Shake

F'real Chocolate Protein Shake

F’real is getting into popular protein shake game.

This poster was spotted by Impulsive Buy reader James D. at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Massachusetts. According to James, it’s currently a store exclusive variety. He also tried it and said it tastes like F’real’s regular chocolate shake, but with a slight chalkiness.

As you can see, the F’real Protein Shake has 20 grams of protein. It also has 400 calories. If you’re wondering if it’s a significant protein jump from other shakes, a regular F’real Chocolate Shake has 11 grams of protein, the vanilla one has 13 grams, and the peanut butter cup flavor has 15 grams.

If you’ve also tried the F’real Protein Shake, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

REVIEW: Lay’s Brazilian Picanha Potato Chips

Lay's Brazilian Picanha Potato Chips

I recently went to a Brazilian steakhouse and it was one of the best dining experiences of my life. Servers there bring cuts of various meats to you every few minutes, like brisket, tri-tip, bacon-wrapped sirloin, chicken wings, chicken hearts, lamb, sausage, pork loin, and many more. But my favorite was the picanha.

Picanha is a cut of beef towards the rear of the cow and it’s popular in Brazil. Technically, it’s part of a cow’s butt, but it’s so wonderful. The picanha I gobbled up had a great meaty flavor, was tender, and I’m drooling just thinking about it.

If you’ve never been to a Brazilian steakhouse, servers bring the glistening meat to you on skewers and they slice off a piece, which you take with tongs. But after tasting picanha, every time a server brought it back, I always yelled, “I wanna…more of the picanha!”

Okay, I didn’t scream that out loud, but my taste buds probably were.

But this is not a Yelp review for Brazilian steakhouses, this is a review for Lay’s Brazilian Picanha Potato Chips, which is part of their Passport to Flavor line the brand is offering this summer.

These are not just steak-flavored chips. They also have seasoning that’s supposed to tastes like chimichurri sauce. If you’re wondering how these chips get their steak flavor, they get it from, according to the ingredients list, beef extract and beef fat. There’s also milk protein concentrate and skim milk listed, but I’m not a food scientist, so I’m not sure if they contribute to the steak flavor.

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To get the chimichurri sauce, the chips are seasoned with several spices and ingredients. There’s salt (duh), oregano, parsley, dried garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and onion powder, some of which you can see on every chip.

The chips have a herby and meaty aroma, but they also smell slightly sweet. Their flavor does remind me of steak, but not the awesomeness of the picanha I experienced at a Brazilian steakhouse. Along with the meatiness, there’s also a bit of pepperiness, a bit of herbs, and a wee bit of sweetness. All together those flavor characteristics create something that tastes like steak and chimichurri sauce. While not as enjoyable as eating actual picanha, I think it’s a mighty fine tasting potato chip and it does a decent job at trying to replicate the meat.

Along with seasoning inconsistencies from chip to chip, there was something about the flavor that bothered me. I kept thinking to myself that it tasted familiar, and I kept shoving chips into my mouth to figure it out. Then it hit me. They kind of taste like a meat sauce one would find on spaghetti. It’s not a bad thing and if Lay’s ever decides to come out with spaghetti-flavored chips they already have the recipe.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 ounce – 160 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 330 milligrams of potassium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.00
Size: 7 3/4 oz. bag
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Pleasant meaty, herby flavor. It also kind of tastes like spaghetti meat sauce. Actual picanha at Brazilian steakhouses.
Cons: Doesn’t make me as happy as actual picanha does. Seasoning inconsistencies from chip to chip. Chicken hearts.