FAST FOOD NEWS: Pizza Hut Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie

Pizza Hut Hershey s Toasted S mores Cookie

Never mind campfires. Pizza Hut has a new way for you to enjoy s’mores without the need to tap into your inner pyromaniac. The pizza chain’s new Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie features their Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie topped with toasted mini marshmallows, chunks of Hershey’s milk chocolate bars, and graham cracker pieces.

The 8-inch dessert is available for a limited time for $6.99.

One slice has 240 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 14 milligrams of cholesterol, 100 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 23 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Pizza Hut.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Cape Cod Americana Barbecue Brisket Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Cape Cod Americana Barbecue Brisket

Red, white, and brisket. (Spotted by Michael S at ShopRite.)

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Mentos Caramels

Mentos Caramels Caramel & Chocolate
Mentos Caramels Caramel & Chocolate

These have been available in Europe, but they’re new to the U.S. There’s also a Caramel & Mint Dark Chocolate one. (Spotted by Vanessa A at Meijer.)

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REVIEW: Starbucks Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino

Starbucks Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino

Out of all of the different junk food options out there, I don’t think there’s a more difficult one to spell than Frappuccino. Seriously, if the Scripps National Spelling Bee folks wanted to make it hard for kids to win, Frappuccino is the word. Heck, even Starbucks baristas seem to have plenty of difficulty spelling it.

Needing a dictionary aside, the Frappuccino is an integral part of the Starbucks menu – so much so that they offer an annual happy hour in celebration of the various combinations of milk, coffee, flavorings, and “base.” Judging by my recent visit to Starbucks, the Frappuccino Happy Hour looks to be the most miserable place on Earth – high schoolers slurping syrupy drinks, whipped cream everywhere, and surly baristas getting a workout from pumping out so much “base.” Disney World this is not.

Starbucks tends to release a new Frappuccino flavor each year to kick off summer, and this year’s entry, the Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino, is a sugar-packed way to celebrate the solstice. Advertised as a “carnival delight, all grown up,” the blended drink is a mix of waffle cone-flavored syrup, dark caramel sauce, coffee, milk, and ice, which is then topped with whipped cream, waffle cone pieces, and more of the aforementioned caramel sauce. I guess this is what happens when an ice cream cone hits puberty.

I avoided happy hour at my local Starbucks and decided to order this Frappuccino for breakfast. Frappuccinos have a reputation amongst baristas for being horrible to prepare, so I ordered carefully and cordially. Aside from a little side-eye, my Frappuccino was good to go (except for the part where the barista spilled the waffle cone bits all over the counter while sighing heavily).

Starbucks Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino 2

Upon picking up my drink, I immediately noticed that my Frappuccino was a little naked – it was missing its topping of dark caramel sauce. Undeterred, I dug in, and was hit with an overwhelming blast of caramel. I welcomed the fact that the flavor was a little richer and deeper than the traditional Starbucks sauce, but it overpowered every single sip. In fact, it was hard to even taste the coffee over the cacaphony of caramel.

Other than the waffle cone bits perched on the whipped cream, the Frappuccino had no doughy notes to speak of. I’ll give Starbucks credit – the waffle cone bits stayed crunchy even after a few minutes on top of the drink – but they still lacked any flavor, and might have had more of a punch if they were blended in.

In the end, there’s nothing wrong with the Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino, but paying a premium for what’s essentially a caramel Frappuccino only makes sense if your name is Alanis Morissette.

(Nutrition Facts – 12 fluid ounces – 300 calories, 100 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 160 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 44 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.25
Size: 12 fl oz
Purchased at: Starbucks
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Barista upper arm workouts. Caramel. Starbucks for breakfast.
Cons: Sugared up high schoolers. No waffle cone flavor. Sauce M.I.A.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/23/2016

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.

The Angry Birds Movie Chocolates
The Angry Birds Movie Chocolates

I’m surprised we haven’t seen more Angry Birds Movie snack products. Maybe it’s because there were a lot of Angry Birds snack products that had a tie-in with the game. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Giant Signature Pastry-Thin Crust Jalapeno Pulled Pork Pizza
Giant Signature Pastry-Thin Crust Jalapeno Pulled Pork Pizza

Giant Signature Pastry-Thin Crust Chicken Sausage & Bell Pepper Pizza
Giant Signature Pastry-Thin Crust Chicken Sausage & Bell Pepper Pizza

Not a circle pizza. Not a square pizza. Sort of a rectangle pizza. (Spotted by Daniel N at Giant.)

Smithfield Premium Pork Breakfast Sausage (Hometown Original and Bacon)
Smithfield Premium Pork Breakfast Sausage (Hometown Original and Bacon)

I’m craving eggs for some reason. (Spotted by Amy W at Safeway.)

Dubble Bubble Summer Splash Bubble Gum
Dubble Bubble Summer Splash Bubble Gum

Dubble Bubble Strawberry and Watermelon Gum Balls
Dubble Bubble Strawberry and Watermelon Gum Balls

Double Dubble Bubble that I think are new. If not, I’m going to be in Dubble Bubble Trouble. (Spotted by Kim at Dollar Tree.)

Mike's Hard Watermelon Lemonade
Mike’s Hard Watermelon Lemonade

Someday I’d like to see Mike’s Hard Orange Juice or Mike’s Hard Vanilla Soy Milk. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

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