SPOTTED: Hershey’s White with Whole Almonds

Hershey s White with Whole Almonds Bar

There’s also a King Size (2.6 oz.) version of this bar if you REALLY love Hershey’s white creme and whole almonds. (Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

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SPOTTED: Yoplait Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Trix Smoothies

Yoplait Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie

Yoplait Trix Smoothie

I sooooooo want to pour the Yoplait Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie into a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. As for putting the Trix one into a bowl of Trix, silly rabbit, I don’t care. (Spotted by Jennifer B at H-E-B.)

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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REVIEW: Hot Pockets Sweet Treats

Hot Pockets Sweet Treats  Apple Cinnamon and Cinnamon Roll

Like the illustrious Meryl Streep at the Academy Awards, Hot Pockets on a junk food blog need no introduction. If you’ve never kept a stash of Hot Pockets because they were the only food your kid would eat or because you were too tired to cook or wait for delivery, then you a) are a liar or b) need to tell me your life secrets.

Tongue burns aside, Hot Pockets has done a lot for us over the years, providing shoppers with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options, and now with the Sweet Treats line, it’s moving to desserts.

Why hasn’t the brand thought of this before? Turns out it has. This time, it’s ditched the icing and purchased stock in cinnamon, offering two varieties: Cinnamon Roll and Apple Cinnamon. Each package includes four servings (“sticks”) that measure about two by five inches in size and, after one minute in the microwave, amount to several bites if you want to be a dainty eater.

Hot Pockets Sweet Treats Cinnamon Roll 1

Cinnamon Roll was first on my menu, and immediately noticeable was the thorough sprinkling of ground cinnamon over the stick’s crust. Except for the cinnamon, the crust was similar to what you would expect from a savory Hot Pocket: a stiff, bready vessel that can be held in your hand and still contain filling without falling apart. While the cinnamon flavor was apparent, I detected almost no sweetness or other accompanying flavor from the crust itself.

Hot Pockets Sweet Treats Cinnamon Roll 2

Described on the package as a “sweet cream cheese filling,” the contents tasted primarily of (surprise!) warm cinnamon, margarine, and a tinge of underwhelming sweetness. In the microwave, the filling suffered from a little spillage, as Hot Pocket fillings tend to, but in this case, it helped to moisten and flavor the crust’s exterior.

Hot Pockets Sweet Treats Cinnamon Roll 3

The inside of the stick was under-filled with an oddly-textured mixture that, when scraped out with a fork, could be best described as thick blobs of cinnamon-flavored paste. Only one bite yielded a tang reminiscent of cream cheese but with none of the sweetness promised, and I might not have noticed the taste at all if I hadn’t been searching for it. And as someone who could eat cream cheese/cream cheese icing out of a plastic bag on the highway, I promise I was searching.

So did this Sweet Treat remind me of a cinnamon roll? Not really. While the cinnamon and margarine flavors worked well together, the treat’s lack of pillowy dough and a sweet, creamy component stopped it from achieving middle-of-the-cinnamon-roll-level greatness.

Hot Pockets Sweet Treats Apple Cinnamon 1

Hot Pockets Sweet Treats Apple Cinnamon 2

After the disappointment of Cinnamon Roll, how did Apple Cinnamon fare? Utilizing the same crust, Apple Cinnamon was much less aggressively seasoned, instead balancing the cinnamon and sugar to provide the crust with some extra sweetness and a little bit of crunch.

Hot Pockets Sweet Treats Apple Cinnamon 3

Inside contained a well-balanced mixture of diced apples, thickened sweet goo, and a hint of cinnamon that let the apple flavor shine. While Apple Cinnamon too could have used more filling, the presence of the fruit made the filling feel more ample and satisfying than Cinnamon Roll’s. I would buy this one again as an apple pie substitute in a pinch.

Despite their varying levels of success, Hot Pockets Sweet Treats suffer from a lack of both identity (are they desserts? sweet breakfast options? holiday cinnamon novelties?) and creativity in flavors. With varied crusts and fillings (think peaches in a flaky pie crust or chocolate hazelnut cream in a croissant), Hot Pockets Sweet Treats could have the potential to make a trip to the microwave a little more exciting.

Purchased Price: $2.79 each
Size: 10 oz. box/4 sticks per box
Purchased at: Giant Eagle
Rating: 4 out of 10 (Cinnamon Roll), 6 out of 10 (Apple Cinnamon)
Nutrition Facts: (1 stick) Cinnamon Roll – 230 calories, 10 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Apple Cinnamon – 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

SPOTTED (STORE BRANDS EDITION) – 12/13/2019

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

Trader Joe s Green Goddess Dip
Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Dip
Trader Joe s Organic Chili Seasoning Blend
Trader Joe’s Organic Chili Seasoning Blend
Trader Joe s Merry and Bright Iced Sugar Cookies
Trader Joe’s Merry and Bright Iced Sugar Cookies

(Spotted by Sarah R at Trader Joe’s.)

Buc ee s Beaver Nuggets Milk Chocolate
Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets Milk Chocolate
Buc ee s Beaver Nuggets Dark Chocolate
Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets Dark Chocolate
Buc ee s Beaver Nuggets White Fudge
Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets White Fudge
Buc ee s Beaver Twists White Fudge
Buc-ee’s Beaver Twists White Fudge
Buc ee s Milk Chocolate  Yogurt Animal Crackers
Buc-ee’s Milk Chocolate & Yogurt Animal Crackers

(Spotted by Robbie at Bucee’s.)

Benton s Chocolate Covered Wafer Rolls  Chocolate Mousse and Creme Brulee
Benton’s Chocolate Covered Wafer Rolls (Chocolate Mousse and Creme Brulee)
Benton s Chocolate Coated Wafer Rolls Tiramisu
Benton’s Chocolate Coated Wafer Rolls Tiramisu
Benton s Chocolate Dipped Cookies Trio Extra Indulgent
Benton’s Chocolate Dipped Cookies Trio Extra Indulgent
Savoritz Dark ChSavoritz Dark Chocolate Toffee Crackersocolate Toffee Crackers
Savoritz Dark Chocolate Toffee Crackers
Savoritz Milk Chocolate Toffee Crackers
Savoritz Milk Chocolate Toffee Crackers
Belmont Cake Marzipan Mousse
Belmont Cake Marzipan Mousse

(Spotted by Alisa P at Aldi.)

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COMING SOON: Limited Edition Honey Nut Cheerios with Happy Heart Shapes

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For the first time ever, Cheerios is changing the shape of its O’s.

To celebrate the cereal’s new heart health campaign and to get that sweet, sweet Valentines money, Honey Nut Cheerios is offering limited edition boxes with heart-shaped cereal pieces. According to General Mills, the boxes have already shown up at select retailers, but they will be available nationwide in January.

The boxes will be come in two sizes — a 10.8 oz. box that has a suggested retail price of $3.99 and a 19.8 oz. box with a $4.99 price tag.

(Image via General Mills.)

COMING SOON: Special Edition Rick and Morty Pickle Rick Pringles

News Pickle Rick Pringles

For the third year in a row, Pringles will have a commercial during the Super Bowl. While the first one starred comedian Bill Hader and the second one centered around a sad smart speaker, the Pringles commercial for the upcoming game will feature Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.

The Kellogg’s and Rick and Morty partnership will also give us a special edition, collectable Pickle Rick flavor that’s inspired by the “Pickle Rick” episode which involves mad scientist Rick Sanchez turning himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy. If you’re unfamiliar with the episode or Rick and Morty, there are several clips on YouTube. Viewer discretion is advised.

According to the press release, Pickle Rick Pringles will be available nationwide beginning in early February. The Rick and Morty Pringles ad will be shown during the second quarter of the Super Bowl.

To be honest, I imagine these taste like previous pickle Pringles. Also, while I’m being truthful, I really want these just for the can design.

(Image via Kellogg’s.)