SPOTTED (SEASONAL EDITION): 1/27/2023

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

Cadbury Rainbow Mini Eggs
Cadbury Rainbow Mini Eggs

(Spotted by Allison H at Target.)

Strawberry Cookie Dough Bites
Strawberry Cookie Dough Bites

(Spotted by Robbie at CVS.)

Clever Candy You Make My Heart Pop I Love Our Friend Chip and Happy Valentine s Day Bars
Clever Candy You Make My Heart Pop, I Love Our Friend-Chip, and Happy Valentine’s Day Bars

(Spotted by Robbie at Central Market.)

Moodibars Smitten Strawberry Champagne Romantic Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Love Red Velvet Bars
Moodibars Smitten Strawberry Champagne, Romantic Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, and Love Red Velvet Bars

(Spotted by Robbie at Central Market.)

Jelly Belly Gimme some Sugar Greeting Card
Jelly Belly Gimme some Sugar Greeting Card

(Spotted by Robbie at Central Market.)

The Modern Gourmet You Bake Me Happy Baking Kit
The Modern Gourmet You Bake Me Happy Baking Kit

(Spotted by Robbie at Ross.)

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts and Valentine Collection
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts and Valentine Collection

(Spotted by Robbie at Central Market.)

Niagara Chocolates Dark Red Velvet Cheesecake Cups and Double Chocolate Frosting Cups
Niagara Chocolates Dark Red Velvet Cheesecake Cups and Double Chocolate Frosting Cups
Niagara Chocolates Snickerdoodle Cookie Clusters
Niagara Chocolates Snickerdoodle Cookie Clusters
Niagara Chocolates Dark Chocolate Fondue
Niagara Chocolates Dark Chocolate Fondue

(Spotted by Robbie at Central Market.)

Joffrey s Disney Mickey  Minnie Be Mine Brew
Joffrey’s Disney Mickey & Minnie Be Mine Brew

(Spotted by Robbie at Home Goods.)

Favorite Day Conversation Hearts Candy
Favorite Day Conversation Hearts Candy

(Spotted by Allison H at Target.)

Valentine Treats 12 Swirl Pops and 12 Jelly Pops
Valentine Treats 12 Swirl Pops and 12 Jelly Pops

(Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

Favorite Day Bakery Hand Decorated Crispy Bar
Favorite Day Bakery Hand Decorated Crispy Bar

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

REVIEW: Red Bull Blue Edition Ocean Blast Energy Drink (Japan)

Red Bull Blue Edition Ocean Blast Energy Drink Can

Blue Edition?

I know Red Bull is supposed to give you wings, but I think Red Bull Japan was a different kind of high when it named this energy drink. You see, this Red Bull Ocean Blast is lychee flavored, and nothing about the fruit brings blue to mind.

If you’re unfamiliar with it, it looks like a strawberry covered with outies, and under that red skin is a white, sweet, and slightly floral flesh that I will rip off with abandon because it’s delicious. Under the flesh is a dark brown seed that annoys me when they’re too big because that almost always means less of that succulent fruit flesh.

Note that of all the colors I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I didn’t mention blue. So it’s a bit confusing that this is the Blue Edition. Look, I get it. The blue relates to the Ocean Blast name. But Red Bull has a long history of pairing whatever Edition color with a fruit that’s actually that color. Here in the US, Watermelon is the Red Edition, Tropical is the Yellow Edition, and Blueberry is the Blue Edition. In Japan, the Purple Edition is grape, the Ruby Edition is mangosteen, and the White Edition is white peach.

Well, at least the color of the beverage itself reminds me of what’s under a lychee’s skin.

Red Bull Blue Edition Ocean Blast Energy Drink Glass with Cloudy Liquid

Odd naming aside, this Red Bull has flown up to the top of my favorite Red Bull flavor list. Although, I might be a bit bias because lychee is my favorite fruit in the whole wide world. Opening the can brought out an aroma that’s similar to what rises from a freshly peeled lychee. Its flavor wavers between a sweet lychee and a slightly tart overripe one. I guess it’s hard to fully hide the flavors of the underlying Red Bull. The aftertaste that lingers in my mouth is like what flavors remain in my mouth after eating lychee. From beginning to end, it’s a wonderful experience, if you’re into the fruit as much as I am.

While I love this flavor, it might be awhile before I’m able to drink it again since it’s only available in Japan at the moment. If you happen to see it at a Japanese grocer in the US, I’d definitely recommend picking it up. If you want to buy it from one of the many online Japanese snack shops based in Japan, expect to pay a lot for quick shipping or to wait a lot if you decide to get it shipped via the cheapest option (I waited two months for mine, and I’m closer to Japan than 99 percent of y’all).

But I want more people to try this and I want to drink it regularly. So this is my plea to the powers that be to bring a lychee-flavored Red Bull to the States. I don’t care what color or season Edition it becomes. Even if it’s the Brown Edition, just make it happen.

Purchased Price: $5.99 (plus shipping)
Size: 250 ml can
Purchased at: NapaJapan
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (100 ml) 45 kcal, 0 grams of fat, 0.14 grams of sodium, 10.7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, and 32 milligrams of caffeine.

SPOTTED: 1/26/2023

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

Trader Joe s Maple Pancake Flavored Puffs
Trader Joe’s Maple Pancake Flavored Puffs

(Spotted by Sarah R at Trader Joe’s.)

Great Value Birthday Cake Granola
Great Value Birthday Cake Granola

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Herr s Jalapeno Cheddar Mini Pub Style Pretzels
Herr’s Jalapeno Cheddar Mini Pub Style Pretzels

(Spotted by DJ at Redner’s.)

Herr s Honey Mustard Mini Pub Style Pretels
Herr’s Honey Mustard Mini Pub Style Pretels

(Spotted by DJ at Redner’s.)

RXBar Original Protein Granola
RXBar Original Protein Granola

(Spotted by Sarah R at Safeway.)

Open Nature Cinnamon Bun Granola
Open Nature Cinnamon Bun Granola

(Spotted by Sarah R at Safeway.)

Happy Mama Classic Tiramisu in a Jar
Happy Mama Classic Tiramisu in a Jar
Happy Mama Sicilian Canolli in a Jar and Tuscan Chocolate Pudding in a Jar
Happy Mama Sicilian Cannoli in a Jar and Tuscan Chocolate Pudding in a Jar
Happy Mama Italian Cheese cake in a Jar and Italian Chocolate  Vanilla Cake in a Jar
Happy Mama Italian Cheese cake in a Jar and Italian Chocolate & Vanilla Cake in a Jar

(Spotted by Robbie at Central Market.)

Happy Mama Cherry  Chocolate Spread
Happy Mama Cherry & Chocolate Spread
Happy Mama Peach  Chocolate and Apricot  Chocolate Spreads
Happy Mama Peach & Chocolate and Apricot & Chocolate Spreads
Happy Mama Strawberry  Chocolate and Pear  Chocolate Spreads
Happy Mama Strawberry & Chocolate and Pear & Chocolate Spreads

(Spotted by Robbie at Central Market.)