WEEK IN REVIEWS – 4/30/2016

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Here are a few product reviews posted this week from other blogs we follow.

I didn’t love it or hate it and feel it didn’t do enough to sway my opinion to consider it a standout ingredient to base an entire sandwich around.(via Grub Grade)

It was interwoven into the cracker nicely, and the little wheat threads scratched my tongue all over, causing the fire of the Sriracha to really take hold.(via Junk Food Guy)

The berries themselves are of the typical dried variety, and intermittently and unevenly sprinkled through out – some wafers were sans berries, others where blue enough from berries to look almost like a flattened Smurf.(via What’s Good at Trader Joe’s)

Exactly 50% more cocoa, eh? Alright, if you say so: I better go 50% more cuckoo for these.(via Cerealously)

Taste the patriotism!(via Sometimes Foodie)

For one reason or another the combination of corn tortilla chips, and sriracha’s slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and extra garlicky flavor notes always make us think of other tortilla chip flavors that already existed prior to SRIRACHA EVERYTHING – flavors like sweet & spicy chili, or sweet chili & red pepper.(via Chip Review)

QUICK REVIEW: Rockstar Revolt Killer Citrus Energy Drink

Rockstar Revolt Killer Citrus Energy Drink

For years I’ve wanted a caffeinated 7Up or Sprite. YEARS.

But despite my best efforts, which included whining under my breath to a cooler that was filled with 7Up and Sprite and begging on their Facebook pages, I haven’t had the chance to guzzle a clear lemon-lime soda with my favorite stimulant.

But that’s no longer the case thanks to Rockstar Energy and its new Revolt Killer Citrus.

Update: I forgot 7Up had dnL.

A 16-ounce can has 240 milligrams of caffeine, which, if my math is correct, is 240 milligrams more than 7Up and Sprite combined. The heart-thumping beverage doesn’t taste exactly like either big brand soda, but it does have a crisp and clean lemon-lime flavor that could easily be mistaken for a store brand soda with a name like Sprittee or 7Lemon.

I’m not sure why the can has camouflage, but I also don’t know why folks who aren’t hunters or in the military wear camouflage. Maybe it is meant for hunters and the “killer” in Killer Citrus, represents what hunters do to their prey. Also, if I had to wait all day for some deer or bird to show up, I’d need something to keep me awake too.

Also, I’m trying to figure out why it’s called “Revolt.” The word could mean rising up against something or it could mean feeling disgust. I mean, the beverage doesn’t make me feel disgusted, but why give it a name that could mean that? I dunno.

Overall, thank goodness for Rockstar’s Revolt Killer Citrus Energy Drink. Because now I don’t need to put in more than the 0.5 percent of effort I was making to help make a caffeinated lemon-lime soft drink a reality.

Purchased Price: $2.29
Size: 16 fl oz
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (8 fl oz) 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 45 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 32 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, 100% niacin, 100% vitamin B6, 100% vitamin B12, and 100% pantothenic acid.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic Lemonade, Frozen Lemonade, and Frozen Limeade

Sonic Lemonade Frozen Lemonade and Frozen Limeade

Sonic is going to try to keep you cool this summer with a lineup of Lemonades, Frozen Lemonades, and Frozen Limeades.

Sonic’s all-natural lemonade is made with real lemons, and is available in flavors like mango, grape, peach, strawberry, cherry, and blue raspberry. Their Frozen Lemonade and Frozen Limeade are available in flavors that include strawberry, cherry, cranberry, grape, and blue raspberry.

A small frozen lemonade has 180 calories, 0 grams of fat, 30 milligrams of sodium, 50 grams of carbohydrates, 48 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 8% vitamin C.

Sonic’s new Lemonade, Frozen Lemonade and Frozen Limeade are available for half-price every day from 2-4 p.m. during Happy Hour.

If you’ve tried any one of them or every single one of them, share you thoughts in the comments.

(Image via Sonic)

COMING SOON: Kellogg’s Frosted A&W Root Beer and Frosted Crush Orange Pop-Tarts

Kellogg s Frosted A W Root Beer and Frosted Crush Orange Pop Tarts

The Kellogg Company has teamed up with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group to create Pop-Tarts inspired by two popular soda flavors — A&W Root Beer and Crush Orange. Sadly, no Dr Pepper Pop-Tarts yet.

The Frosted A&W Root Beer Pop-Tarts feature root-beer flavored filling in a golden crust that’s topped with white frosting and brown, red, and orange crunchlets. The Frosted Crush Orange Pop-Tarts have a citrus-flavored filling, white frosting, and orange icing.

The new flavors will be available nationwide next month.

(Image via Kellogg Company)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Ben & Jerry’s Empower Mint Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Empower Mint Ice Cream

Demoicecreamacy. (Spotted by Andrew G at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Pirate Brands Bountiful Banana & Potato Crisps

Pirate Brands Bountiful Banana & Potato Crisps

Ahoy, me maties. What’s shakin?

I just tried my first Pirate Brands product ever.

After passing on “Pirate’s Booty” for years, I finally decided to indulge in their Bountiful Banana and “Potatarr” Crisps.

I’ve never found pirates all that interesting. I’ve grown tired of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I’ve always held an admittedly unfair loathing of the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Go Mets!) Whenever I hear the word, I picture Jerry Seinfeld in a puffy shirt whimpering, “But I don’t wanna be a pirate!”

All of those might’ve subconsciously played a role into why I’ve never purchased Pirate Brands snacks. Or maybe my brain just didn’t like the idea of eating “Booty”?

But there is one sure-fire way to get my money, no ifs, ands, or booties, and that’s to release a snack using the one ingredient that has a gravitational pull on me – banana.

I’ll try any snack you wanna throw at me if banana is a featured ingredient. I would’ve walked the plank or fought the fabled Kraken to try a bag of banana and potato crisps. Those are things pirates do, right?

Yarrrr, these crisps be delicious. Ah geez, they got me talking like em now.

The aroma coming out of the bag after I opened it was heavenly. It smelled exactly like dried banana chips.

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The crisps look and crunch exactly like Lay’s Baked. I know a lot of people don’t love those, but I’m a weirdo who actually prefers baked crisps over fried chips. I can demolish a bag with no problem, and like Lay’s Baked, these went down very easy.

Each potato crisp has a powdery coating that starts with sweet banana flavor, but evolves into a subtle salty banana. Shiver me timbers! (I’ll stop now.) I immediately started tipping the bag back and drinking multiple crisps at a time.

When I ate it that way (in the comfort of my own home, thank you), I realized there was a small flavor inconsistency. Some of the crisps had an overbearing sweetness that made them taste synthetic.

Luckily, that momentary disappointment soon faded. The sweetness didn’t last long enough for it to become a real problem. As I chewed, the potato took over and these basically became standard baked crisps. The starchiness of the potato crisp neutralized the sweetness, so I got banana on the nose, and potato on the finish. Not only that, a few minutes after putting the bag down, I was left with a very pleasant banana aftertaste.

So, to recap, the taste profile actually goes from banana to potato and then back to banana! Magic.

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You’re probably wondering about the dried banana chips shown on the bag. Whoever the tallyman is, he or she needs to be fired, because I counted less than five. So they weren’t exactly “bountiful” as promised.

I wanted to cry about false advertising, but in the end I really didn’t care. The banana flavor on the crisp was the same as the dried banana chip. I tasted no difference at all when I mixed the two.

I ended up loving these. And I think I like pirates now.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 ounce – 120 calories, 30 calories from fat, 3.5 grams of fat, 30 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 4 oz bag
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: I just love bananas. Good crunch. Nice baked flavor. Delicious mix of salty and sweet. A reasonably healthy snack. “The Puffy Shirt” episode of Seinfeld. Ate the entire bag in one sitting.
Cons: The word “booty.” Some crisps briefly tasted synthetic. Lack of dried banana chips. Who is the tallyman? Ate the entire bag in one sitting.