SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Great Value Chocolate and Vanilla The Cupcake

Great Value Chocolate and Vanilla The Cupcake

It’s two pounds and 12 ounces. It serves ten. It’s almost $14. And it looks like it’s bigger than my head. Sold! (Spotted by @kkrugzhear at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Cereal Splashback Ice Cream

Ben  Jerry s Cereal Splashback Ice Cream

If you think about it, cereal and ice cream are like kindred spirits. They’re both eaten in bowls with spoons, they’re satisfying while watching cartoons or high, they aren’t as good if they sit in a bowl for too long, and they both have the letter C, two E’s, an A, and an R.

Ben & Jerry’s Cereal Splashback Ice Cream pays tribute to childhood cereal favorites. Of course, not MY childhood cereal favorites, like Banana Frosted Flakes, Waffelos, C-3PO’s, and Rainbow Brite Cereal. They’re currently Scoop Shop exclusives and the idea is to recreate cereal and milk with ice cream and Ben & Jerry’s magic.

The three Cereal Splashback flavors are:

Froot Loot — cereal milk ice cream with a crisp fruity cereal swirl.

Frozen Flakes — cereal milk ice cream with a crisp cereal swirl.

Cocoa Loco — chocolate cereal milk ice cream with a crisp chocolate cereal swirl.

Ben  Jerry s Cereal Splashback Froot Loot Ice Cream

The only one that really tastes like its cereal counterpart is Froot Loot. Every time I eat it, its aftertaste reminds me of Froot Loops. But it’s a bit odd that it doesn’t happen once I put it in my mouth.

As for the other two, the Frozen Flakes swirl has a sweetened corn flakes vibe to it, but it doesn’t make me think of Frosted Flakes. And while Cocoa Loco has a nice malt flavor that goes well with the chocolate ice cream, it doesn’t taste like Cocoa Puffs, Cocoa Krispies, or Cocoa Pebbles. This disappoints me because chocolate cereals are my favorite.

Ben  Jerry s Cereal Splashback Cocoa Loco Ice Cream

With that said, these flavors do please my palate. Well, to be more exact, the swirls bring me joy. The cereal milk-flavored ice cream tastes like a sweeter, richer vanilla ice cream and the chocolate cereal milk one is like a slightly toned down chocolate ice cream. They’re good, but not great. But also, let’s be real, they’re there to complement the swirl.

The cereal swirls are gritty like a cookie butter swirl. There aren’t any whole cereal pieces, but when you scoop out a portion of the swirl and chew on it, it crunches like a cereal piece. And depending on the spoonful, you’ll get one of two textures, either slightly soggy cereal or crispy cereal. That is some crazy Ben & Jerry’s voodoo.

Ben  Jerry s Cereal Splashback Frozen Flakes Ice Cream

If I had to rank the three Ben & Jerry’s Cereal Splashback flavors, I’d put Froot Loot number one, Frozen Flakes would come next, and Cocoa Loco would be last.

While two out of the three didn’t truly taste like the cereals they’re trying to emulate, because they’re all really sweet, all three did something else for me as I ate them.

They took me back to what I like to call The Golden Age of Breakfast Cereals. A time when cereals were super sweet and they probably had as much sugar as a candy bar. A time when cereals with movie tie-ins weren’t all oat pieces with marshmallows. A time when cereals came in shapes like Gremlins, Batman signs, Nerds candy, ice cream cones, and something Mr. T would wear around his neck. A time when a dog and cat kibble maker also made human kibble, but called it cereal. A time when cereals were, as Tony the Tiger says, gr-r-reat.

Disclosure: I received samples of all three Cereal Splashback flavors from Ben & Jerry’s. It was not required by Ben & Jerry’s to write a review and receiving free samples did not influence my review in any way.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 scoop – Cocoa Loco – 230 calories, 120 calories from fat, 13 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 21 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Frozen Flakes – 230 calories, 120 calories from fat, 13 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 21 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Froot Loot – 240 calories, 140 calories from fat, 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Froot Loot)
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Frozen Flakes)
Rating: 6 ouf of 10 (Cocoa Loco)
Pros: Froot Loot’s aftertaste taste like Froot Loops. Frozen Flakes comes close to tasting like Frosted Flakes. The different textures of the swirl. Ben & Jerry’s magic. Banana Frosted Flakes. Reminds me of The Golden Age of Breakfast Cereals.
Cons: Cocoa Loco not tasting like any chocolatey cereal. Disappointing for those who like a lot of mix-ins. Available only at Scoop Shops. Banana Frosted Flakes being discontinued.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dunkin’ Donuts Coconut Creme Pie Iced Coffee and Fruited Iced Teas

Dunkin Donuts Coconut Creme Pie Iced Coffee

Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out a coconut creme pie-flavored iced coffee. It’s a combination of vanilla, coconut, and sweet pie crust flavors. If you’re SUPER curious about how the flavor was developed, Dunkin’ created a page just for you.

A medium Coconut Creme Pie Iced Coffee with cream has 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 37 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Dunkin Donuts Fruited Iced Teas

Dunkin’ has also introduced Fruited Iced Teas. They feature freshly-brewed black tea or 30 percent Rainforest Alliance Certified Green Tea mixed with fruit juice and topped with pieces of fruit. There are two flavors available — Mango Pineapple and Blackberry.

A medium Mango Pineapple Fruited Iced Tea has 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 10 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, and 13 grams of sugar. A medium Blackberry Fruited Iced Tea has 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 10 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, and 12 grams of sugar.

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

(Images via Dunkin’ Donuts)

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Coconut Crème Pie flavored iced coffee offers a creamy combo of vanilla, coconut and sweet pie crust flavors.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dunkin’ Donuts Chocolate Pretzel Donut and Peanut Butter Delight Croissant Donut

Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Pretzel Donut and Peanut Butter Delight Croissant Donut

Like wine and cheese, Dunkin’ Donuts’ latest treats are meant to be paired with specific coffee beverages on their menu. The pairings are designed to “elevate guests’ overall taste and flavor experience in both the donuts and the coffee.”

The Chocolate Pretzel Donut, which pairs with the Butter Pecan Coffee, is a glazed chocolate cake donut topped with caramel icing drizzle and crushed pretzels. According to Dunkin’, “the salty pretzel topping and sweet notes of chocolate and caramel provide the ideal balance to the sweet, creamy, toasted nut flavor of the Butter Pecan Coffee.”

The pretzel-topped donut has 400 calories, 23 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 530 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

The new Peanut Butter Delight Croissant Donut is a glazed croissant donut filled with peanut butter buttercreme and topped with a chocolate icing drizzle. It’s meant to be paired with Dunkin’s Cold Brew Coffee because the donut’s peanut butter and chocolate help enhance the subtle chocolate notes in the coffee.

It has 410 calories, 21 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 360 milligrams of sodium, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried either one, let us know what you think of it in the comments. If you’ve tried one of the pairing, share your thoughts as magniloquently as possible.

(Image via Dunkin’ Donuts)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (HOSTESS EDITION) – 3/27/2017

Hostess Limited Edition Spring CupCakes  Alternate Packaging

Hostess Limited Edition Spring CupCakes (Alternate Packaging)

It’s like a Highlights for Children puzzle. Find the differences!(Spotted by Scott K at Market District.)

Hostess Limited Edition Strawberry Twinkies

Hostess Limited Edition Strawberry Twinkies

So Strawberry Twinkies came back for Valentine’s Day and now they’re back for spring. I don’t think Hostess understands what “limited edition” means. (Spotted by Scott K at Market District.)

Hostess Green Sno Balls

Hostess Green Sno Balls

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Oh wait, that passed. Just in time for a Shrek movie? (Spotted by Scott K at Market District.)

Hostess Peanut Butter Ho Hos Multi Pack

Hostess Peanut Butter Ho Hos Multi-Pack

Hostess Chocolate Cake Twinkies Multi Pack

Hostess Chocolate Cake Twinkies Multi-Pack

Hostess White Fudge Ding Dongs Multi Pack

Hostess White Fudge Ding Dongs Multi-Pack

I thought these three just came in single packs at convenience stores, but that’s obviously not the case. (Spotted by Scott K at Market District and Robbie at Big Lots.)

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