SPOTTED: Baja Fiery Mango Doritos

Baja Fiery Mango Doritos.

The Doritos logo looks like a shark fin. Also, I think Baja Blast-flavored Doritos would taste good. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Starbucks Spicy Lemonade Refreshers

Starbucks has recently been easing us into Spring with the calming powers of lavender drinks. But just as you were about to doze off due to the floral scent or the mediocrity, the Siren is here to shake you and your taste buds awake with a line of Spicy Lemonade Refreshers. Available in Pineapple, Dragonfruit, or Strawberry, these drinks combine Refreshers bases with lemonade, ice, a three-pepper chili powder blend, and freeze-dried fruit pieces.

I wanted to try the Pineapple and Dragonfruit varieties, but because the Starbucks nearest me was out of dragonfruit, I went to the next closest location. After watching the barista climb a stepladder and root around in a cabinet for a while, I eventually received two almost identical, predominantly purple drinks. It was clear something was a little off, but the taste test revealed that they were different beverages despite the visual similarity.

The Spicy Pineapple features a pineapple-passionfruit base to which lemonade, chili powder, and fruit chunks are added. The fruit should have been pineapple, but mine came with dragonfruit instead. This didn’t fundamentally alter the flavor so much as the hue, with the overall taste being pineapple-forward. These drink more like juice than lemonade, probably because the Refreshers bases are made with white grape juice concentrate. The lemonade takes a backseat and the chili powder is immediately noticeable, with a tingle in the back of the throat that builds to an all over heat that’s pleasantly spicy without being cough-inducing. There’s a tropical vacation vibe, and the spicy-fruity marriage is refreshing and summery. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys a Tajin rim on a cocktail or a few slices of jalapeño in their lemonade, you’ll be happy with this icy blend of sweet and heat.

Spicy Dragonfruit starts with a mango-dragonfruit blend, and again, the juice base overshadows the lemonade, but that’s in no way a complaint because these are delicious. The mango and dragonfruit flavors play well together, and the chili blend (which features sugar, paprika, salt, ancho chili powder, cayenne, chili powder, and a few other things) complements them both. The freeze-dried fruit pieces are mostly too large to escape the drink’s lid, but if you remove it and eat them, they’re almost shockingly crunchy. They don’t taste bad, but it was a texture I wasn’t expecting, and it left me feeling like that classic TV gag where someone mistakes potpourri for a snack. I’m not sure they’re supposed to be this way, but that isn’t stopping me from eating them.

I assumed these would just be gimmicky and that spice isn’t something I need from Starbucks, but I’m happy to report that I was wrong. It’s a shame they’re only here for a limited time because they’d be excellent sipping for summer days. It’s worth noting that I got the Pineapple version again from a second location that was also out of pineapple pieces, so supplies here might be very limited – get ‘em while they’re hot!

Purchased Price: $5.75 each
Size: Grande
Rating: 9 out of 10 (Spicy Pineapple), 9 out of 10 (Spicy Dragonfruit)
Nutrition Facts: (Spicy Pineapple 200 calories, 0 grams of total fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 50 grams of total carbs, 0 gram of dietary fiber, 41 grams of total sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 55 milligrams of caffeine. Spicy Dragonfruit – 200 calories, 0.5 grams of total fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 49 grams of total carbs, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 42 grams of total sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 50 milligrams of caffeine.

SPOTTED: 4/19/2024

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.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Ghostbusters Sprinkles

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

Juniors Little Fella Oreo Cheesecake Multi Pack

(Spotted by Hydi M at Costco.)

Harken The Crunchy One Bar
Harken The Nutty One Bar

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Chocxo Dark Chocolate Lemon Cream Cups

(Spotted by Breanna at Harris Teeter.)

Beyond Good Vanilla Almond Dark Chocolate Bar

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Sweet Loren’s Lemon Cookie Dough

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Sprouts Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Sprouts Pure Butter Cookies
Sprouts Apple Cinnamon Pure Butter Cookies
Sprouts Lemon Almond Pure Butter Cookies

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Evolved Simply Dark Organic Chocolate Bar

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

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REVIEW: Chobani Flip Cinnamon French Toast

I can’t remember the last time a Chobani Flip variety made my mouth do a chef’s kiss or say magnifique, but this Chobani Flip Cinnamon French Toast got me to do both. The yogurt and mix-in combo features maple-flavored lowfat Greek yogurt with cinnamon rice crisps, maple-flavored cookies, and fudge bark.

I enjoyed this treat so much that after one spoonful I didn’t even take the time to enjoy the mix-ins individually, which I usually do when I try a new Chobani Flip variety. Who eats the mix-ins individually? I do. I’m a bird, okay? But that doesn’t matter here because my mouth turned into a Dyson vacuum and sucked up this tasty yogurt. I ate this so fast that the crunchy rice crisps and cookies never got a chance to even get slightly soggy.

I wouldn’t say the yogurt and mix-ins ultimately tasted like French toast, but it definitely nailed the cinnamon and syrup, which brought the bready breakfast staple to mind. But it didn’t have the slight egginess that French toast has. Despite that, this flavor is so good that I wish Chobani made bigger Flips. Instead, I will have to settle for eating two of them in one sitting. And since this isn’t a limited batch flavor, I can eat two in one sitting without worrying about it disappearing off shelves.

Purchased Price: $1.79
Size: 4.5 oz container
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 160 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 75 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 18 grams of sugar (including 15 grams of added sugar), and 9 grams of protein.

SPOTTED: Planters Nut Duos

Planters Nut Duos Peppercorn Pistachios & Parmesan Cashews
Planters Nut Duos Ranch Almonds & Buffalo Cashews
Planters Nut Duos Espresso Hazelnuts & Cocoa Cashews

Seems weird there’s no variety with peanuts. Mr. Peanut must holding back tears behind his monocle. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

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