QUICK REVIEW: Rockstar Organic Strawberry Energy Drink

Rockstar Organic Strawberry Energy Drink

The Rockstar Organic Strawberry Energy Drink doesn’t come in a color that makes you think of strawberries. Instead, clear gummy bears or dirty fish tank water might come to mind.

I was hesitant about drinking it, but not because of its color. I was uncertain because the original Rockstar Organic flavor, Island Fruit, is one of the worst tasting energy drinks I’ve had. I don’t remember what was so bad about it, but I do remember thinking to myself, “Do not buy this again.”

But I really like this strawberry version, even though the fruit isn’t listed in the ingredients. It smells like strawberry Jello and has a familiar flavor I can’t quite place, but maybe two years from now it’ll pop out of my subconscious while in the shower and I’ll update this review. Hopefully it’s not discontinued by then, but I think its tasty enough that it won’t be.

Rockstar Organic Strawberry Energy Drink 2

As for the organic-ness of it, to be honest, as someone who drinks the unnatural looking regular Rockstar, I obviously don’t care if the ingredients in my energy drink are USDA Organic. All I care about is taste (which is great) and whether it gives me a lasting energy boost (which is good at 160 milligrams of caffeine per can).

Although because it uses organic ingredients, is lightly carbonated, and doesn’t contains the usual proprietary Rockstar energy blend, it’s smoother than the usual Rockstar varieties.

Overall, even though every time I take a sip I’m afraid I’m going to swallow someone’s goldfish, I think Rockstar’s Organic Strawberry Energy Drink a great beverage.

Purchased Price: $2.39
Size: 15 oz. can
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (8 fl oz.) – 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 23 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (MEAT EDITION) – 5/24/2017

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.

Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles  Bacon Sausage and Meat Lovers

Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles (Bacon, Sausage, and Meat Lovers)

Cup Meatoodles? (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Great Value Chicken Mozzarella Meatballs and Beef Meatballs

Great Value Chicken Mozzarella Meatballs and Beef Meatballs

Great Value Seasoned Beef Crumbles and Uncured Glazed Smoked Sausage Links

Great Value Seasoned Beef Crumbles and Uncured Glazed Smoked Sausage Links

Great Value Chicken Breast Strips and Beef Fajita Strips

Great Value Chicken Breast Strips and Beef Fajita Strips

Great Value Pork Chops and Chicken Breasts

Great Value Pork Chops and Chicken Breasts

Great Value Angus Beef Brisket and Pork Tenderloin

Great Value Angus Beef Brisket and Pork Tenderloin

Great Value Chicken Breast Skewers and Chicken Drumsticks

Great Value Chicken Breast Skewers and Chicken Drumsticks

Great Value Uncured Pulled Beef and St Louis Style Pork Ribs

Great Value Uncured Pulled Beef and St. Louis-Style Pork Ribs

Great Scott, Great Value! (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Hillshire Snacking Small Plates  Apple Chardonnay and Smoky Bourbon

Hillshire Snacking Small Plates (Apple Chardonnay and Smoky Bourbon)

I’d buy them if they also came with a small bottle of chardonnay or bourbon. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Daniele on the Go Smart Snackers  Pepproni Mozzarella Cheese  Mega Munch and Genoa Salame Provolone Cheese  Cheddar Sesame Sticks

Daniele on the Go Smart Snackers (Pepperoni, Mozzarella Cheese, & Mega Munch and Genoa Salame, Provolone Cheese, & Cheddar Sesame Sticks)

Daniele on the Go Smart Snackers  Sopressata Provolone Cheese  Olives and Prosciutto Bites Provolone Cheese  Breadsticks

Daniele on the Go Smart Snackers (Sopressata, Provolone Cheese & Olives and Prosciutto Bites, Provolone Cheese & Breadsticks)

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Southern Living Kitchen Homestyle Beef Stew Cajun Style Rice  Uncured Sausage and Pulled Pork

Southern Living Kitchen Homestyle Beef Stew, Cajun Style Rice & Uncured Sausage, and Pulled Pork

Another magazine getting into the food game? (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Thanksgiving Style Turkey Breast

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Thanksgiving Style Turkey Breast

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Sweet Honey Premium Ham

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Sweet Honey Premium Ham

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Cherrywood Premium Ham

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Cherrywood Premium Ham

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Oven Roasted Chicken Breast

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Oven Roasted Chicken Breast

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Turkey Breast Browned in Oil

Kentucky Legend Artisan Crafted Series Turkey Breast Browned in Oil

Browned in oil? Isn’t that, um, frying? (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

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.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dairy Queen Treatzza Pizza

Dairy Queen Treatzza Pizza

Hey children of the 90s whose parents rejected the idea of getting you a Dairy Queen Treatzza Pizza back then, the dessert is back!

And this time, because you’re an adult, you can finally enjoy it or reject the idea of buying it when your children ask for it.

The Treatzza Pizza features a crust made with fudge cookies that’s topped with vanilla soft serve, candy pieces, and chocolate drizzle. There are four varieties — Choco Brownie, Reese’s, M&M’s, and Heath. Every pizza is pre-cut into eight slices.

A slice Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Treatzza Pizza has 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 110 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

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

Now here’s a commercial for the dessert from 1995:

(Image via Dairy Queen)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Edwards Hershey’s S’mores Creme Pie

Edwards Hershey s S mores Creme Pie

I think I’d prefer a slice of this pie than having actual s’mores. S’mores are super messy. You get melted marshmallow and chocolate all over your hands and when you try to wipe it off with a napkin the paper product just sticks to your hand. Then you have to use the condensation on the can or bottle you’re drinking from to making it easier to clean yourself. But even after doing that, there’s this sticky residue that will be with you until you can properly wash your hands. Ugh. (Spotted by Amanda Y 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: McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes

Baseball has been deemed “America’s pasttime” since these uniforms (photo attached) were en vogue, but now the typical game takes longer than an actual marathon.

MLB is engaging in steps to improve interest in their game, like the intentional walk signal. But their best move has been a change to their vaunted 7th inning anthem: “We’ll buy you nuggets in 4 or 6 packs.”

The Mid-Atlantic teams have partnered with the Golden Arches to bring free McNugget promotions on their app. The beleaguered Phillies have offered a free 4-piece whenever they score three runs. Their more successful counterparts, the Orioles and Nationals, have higher standards along with bigger rewards: four runs nets you a 4-piece, with six, ten, and twenty nuggets also attainable. (Notably, the Nats have restricted their rewards to home games, presumably due to road games in Colorado). Rest assured, if either club surpasses the 20-run plateau, I will make my way through the Chesapeake region, with a tank full of gas and a bunch of “burner phones.”

McDonald’s isn’t just trading nuggets for bloated ERA’s. They’re also giving you a chance to be a manager of the toppings on your own sandwich. The new Signature Crafted Recipes line attempts to emulate quick-service burger joints like Five Guys and SmashBurger by allowing you to customize your sandwich.

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Just don’t expect a plethora of choices. The options are limited to two bun choices, three protein choices, and three topping styles. That’s still enough combos to fill out a lineup card for both teams. We here at the Impulsive Buy selected the three featured options — the Mays, Mantle, and Snider of the bunch, if you Will(ie).

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes Pico Guacamole

Batting leadoff was the Pico Guacamole with grilled chicken on the artisan roll. Discovering the first major fast food sandwich adorned with a lime wedge was like taking a big lead off first base. However, finding out that my hands would become messier from this sandwich than holding a rosin bag was something of a detraction.

The grilled chicken patty was relatively standard, although there was some spice and it wasn’t dry, so there were positive attributes. The artisan roll was soft but not mushy. I enjoyed the guacamole -— it fell short of feeling homemade, but was far better than Subway’s recent offering. The lime gave everything a fresh feel, even after I brought the sandwich home for inspection before consuming.

This sandwich was not a five-tool player. It did have holes in its game. Namely the pico de gallo, which was not a distinguishable flavor with the much stronger flavored guac. The white cheddar cheese was also invisible, as I would soon find out it was on all three sandwiches.

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes Sweet BBQ Bacon

On deck was the Sweet BBQ Bacon, with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken, also on the artisan roll (why they didn’t “load the bases” with three bread options as well is perplexing). The chicken patty was somewhat like a McChicken patty, but with a little more TLC. However, the size of the patty was only marginally thicker than the bun, which pales in comparison to the also recently released KFC Zinger. Conversely, I might say this sandwich exceeds the Zinger in spiciness. The heat builds as you eat and made me enjoy this more as I dug in.

The sandwich was onion heavy, which I appreciated (I’ll often order extra on fast food). There were two types. The sautéed onions, that tasted legit, and frizzled onions, which largely just added to the overkill of breading from the patty and bun.

The bacon was the final detail. It was nice and salty on its own, but its impact was suppressed by the other ingredients when eaten together.

McDonald s Signature Crafted Recipes Maple Bacon Dijon

In the hole was the Maple Bacon Dijon, with a beef patty (perhaps “burger” is on Vince’s McMahon’s list) on a sesame seed bun. Dijon was a new, interesting taste, although it appears in some bites and vanishes in others. Otherwise, this was the most familiar flavor combination for Mickey D’s. As for the maple? None was detected. It was indicated that maple seasoning was added to the bacon, but when I tried the bacon solo it appeared to be standard.

I suppose these were the same grilled onions that appear on the BBQ version, but against the backdrop of the stronger flavor beef patty, they did not stand out nearly as much.

The bacon wasn’t that noticeable here either amidst a sea of lettuce and again the stronger tasting burger. It seemed a little wimpier this time, although before you start computing the WAR (Working As Refreshment) stat, I did order each sandwich from a different location, so maybe the differences can be attributed to that factor.

In the end, the concept of “premium crafted sandwiches” is no different than Wendy’s LTO offerings, but with three released at the same moment. If McDonald’s wants a premium line to last, they will have to consider a larger product. “Fast foodies” do exist these days, but they still want to be satiated by the food. When it came to these members of the lineup, I didn’t get a complete game out of them. I still had to trust the bullpen (value menu) to finish it out.

(Nutrition Facts – Pico Guacamole Grilled Chicken – 520 calories, 160 calories from fat, 18 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 115 milligrams of cholesterol, 1540 milligrams of sodium, 50 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, 40 grams of protein. Sweet BBQ Bacon Buttermilk Crispy Chicken – 800 calories, 320 calories from fat, 36 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 1820 milligrams of sodium, 80 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, 39 grams of protein. Maple Bacon Dijon Beef Patty – 640 calories, 330 calories from fat, 36 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 110 milligrams of cholesterol, 1260 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 37 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.79 to $5.29
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Pico Guacamole Grilled Chicken)
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Sweet BBQ Bacon Buttermilk Crispy Chicken)
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Maple Bacon Dijon Beef Patty)
Pros: Sauteed onions. Building BBQ heat. Lime wedge freshness. Hunter Greene’s potential to join the 20 HR / 20 SB / 20 win club.
Cons: None of the options are large enough. White cheddar is irrelevant. Gusto de pico es pequeno. The Twins passing on Greene with the number one pick.