SPOTTED – 4/10/2020

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

Garden Inspirations by Farm Rich Meatless Meatballs Homestyle Blend
Garden Inspirations by Farm Rich Meatless Meatballs Homestyle Blend

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

Kraft Mayo Egg White Dressing
Kraft Mayo Egg White Dressing

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Healthy Choice Power Dressing  Creamy Ranch and Greener Goddess
Healthy Choice Power Dressing (Creamy Ranch and Greener Goddess)
Healthy Choice Power Dressing  Creamy Italian and Garden French
Healthy Choice Power Dressing (Creamy Italian and Garden French)

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Sargento Reserve Series Sliced Cheese  Aged Gouda Fresh Asiago and Aged White Cheddar
Sargento Reserve Series Sliced Cheese (Aged Gouda, Fresh Asiago, and Aged White Cheddar)

(Spotted by Melody at Kroger.)

Starbucks Medium Roast Coffee with Essential Vitamins Ground Coffee
Starbucks Medium Roast Coffee with Essential Vitamins Ground Coffee
Starbucks Coffee with Golden Turmeric Ground Coffee
Starbucks Coffee with Golden Turmeric Ground Coffee

(Spotted by Rachel J at Safeway.)

Twistd Flavor Co Moroccan and Mediterranean Couscous
Twistd Flavor Co. Moroccan and Mediterranean Couscous
Twistd Flavor Co Italian and Mexican Inspired Couscous
Twistd Flavor Co. Italian and Mexican Inspired Couscous

(Spotted by Amanda Y and John W at Walmart.)

Earthly Choice Great Day Lentils Garbanzo Beans and Bean Medley
Earthly Choice Great Day Lentils, Garbanzo Beans, and Bean Medley

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Krave Pork Rinds  Al Pastor and Chili Lime
Krave Pork Rinds (Al Pastor and Chili Lime)

(Spotted by John W at Walmart.)

Atkins Mongolian Style Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Atkins Mongolian-Style Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowl

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

World Foods Sea Salt  Gourmet Wild Alaskan Salmon and Whitefish  1
World Foods Sea Salt & Gourmet Wild Alaskan Salmon and Whitefish
World Foods Sea Salt  Gourmet Wild Alaskan Salmon and Whitefish  1
World Foods Sea Salt & Gourmet Wild Alaskan Salmon and Whitefish

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

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.

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SPOTTED: ICEE Cola Cherry Cola Freeze Tubes

ICEE Cola Cherry Cola Freeze Tubes

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

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SPOTTED: 7-Select Go! Yum Brookie Dough, Malt Crunch, and Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

7 Select Go Yum Brookie Dough Ice Cream

7 Select Go Yum Malt Crunch Ice Cream

7 Select Go Yum Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

(Spotted by Rachel C at 7-Eleven.)

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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If you’ve seen the product, help out your fellow readers by letting them know in the comments what city and store you found it in.

SPOTTED: Great Value Mocha Moment Ice Cream Sandwiches

Great Value Mocha Moment Ice Cream Sandwiches

(Spotted by Rachel C 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.

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REVIEW: The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream

The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream

As I walk through the deserted streets, I see empty Golden Corrals, abandoned Chinese buffets, and all-you-can-eat specials replaced with takeout options. What’s a person who wants to eat a large amount of “acceptable” quality food to do?

The Cheesecake Factory!

Unfortunately for me, the nearest Factory is over 100 miles away, and traveling two hours to eat takeout in my car isn’t something I’m desperate enough to do. Yet.

Thankfully, The Cheesecake Factory has released a new line of ice creams inspired by its namesake dessert.

Original

The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream Original

This new line of ice cream is off to a strong start. The Original flavor has real cream cheese flavor and tang. The graham cracker crust pieces remain firm and have an appropriately gritty texture.

Eaten by itself, the crust pieces might be too salty, but when mixed with a bit of ice cream it obtains the perfect balance of sweet and salty. As someone who loves a nice slice of rich, dense, sit-like-a-rock-in-your-stomach cheesecake, ice cream can never replace that, but this will do in a pinch.
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Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (124 g serving size) 360 calories, 23 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 29 grams of sugar (including 25 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

Chocolate

The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream Chocolate

The Chocolate flavor is less strongly reminiscent of cheesecake. I can taste an underlying acidic bite from the cream cheese and sour cream, but it’s difficult to detect and only barely manages to distinguish this dessert from plain chocolate ice cream. The chocolate fudge swirl adds some interest, but I miss those crust pieces.

Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (124 g serving size) 330 calories, 20 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 160 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 29 grams of sugar (including 26 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

Strawberry

The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream Strawberry

There’s not much mystery here. This tastes like strawberry ice cream mixed with Original flavor, and I heartily approve of this simple approach. The richness of the ice cream base mixes well with the slight acid of the fruit.

There are real strawberries mixed in here, so it avoids the off-putting artificial flavor that strawberry ice cream sometimes has. The graham pieces make a triumphant return, and make me wonder if there are snackable graham cracker crust pieces available. Maybe a cookie kind of thing? No, not just graham crackers. Someone should get on that.

Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (124 g serving size) 350 calories, 21 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 170 milligrams of sodium, 37 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 32 grams of sugar (including 28 grams of added sugar), and 3 grams of protein.

Salted Caramel

The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream Salted Caramel

The ice cream itself seems only slightly caramel flavored, but when combined with the salted caramel swirl and especially salty graham cracker crust pieces, it’s very salt forward. There’s not as much cheesecake flavor as I’d like, but as with the Chocolate, the cream cheese and sour cream adds a mild tang that manages to set it apart.
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Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (124 g serving size) 370 calories, 22 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 270 milligrams of sodium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 32 grams of sugar (including 28 grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

Birthday Cake

The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream Birthday Cake

Here’s a question: if cheesecake is better than birthday cake (and it is), why would you make a birthday cake-flavored cheesecake? Though I was dubious of the concept, this ice cream has some good qualities.

The sprinkles melted away immediately without leaving waxy residue, and the cake pieces remained firm, with a nice chew. The blue goo swirls were…gooey. The flavor is vanilla, with hints of butter. It really tastes like birthday cake, but once again I feel that the cheesecake character should be taking center stage here, but is lacking.

Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (124 g serving size) 310 calories, 19 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 29 grams of sugar (including 26 grams of added sugar), and 3 grams of protein.

Cookies & Cream

The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ice Cream Cookies  Cream

I feel like I’m repeating myself, but there’s not enough cheesecake flavor here. This mostly seems like regular cookies and cream ice cream. The cream element allows some of the cream cheese to peak through, but not enough for me. Cheesecake Factory, listen to me: no one looks to you for a nuanced culinary experience. I want to be knocked out by the richness of your decadent desserts, even in an at-home offering.

Oh, and it looks like there are not only cookies pieces here, as is often the case, but full sandwich cookie pieces mixed in. That’s cool.

Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (124 g serving size) 320 calories, 19 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 28 grams of sugar including 25grams of added sugar), and 4 grams of protein.

Key Lime

Not Available.

Let me ask you, what kind of psychopathic grocery store manager decides to stock six of seven flavors of a new product line? Sure, one might decide to only stock two or three flavors to test the local market, or maybe decide to go all in and order a full complement. But six out of seven? That’s a recipe for a full Moby Dick, Captain Ahab-style obsession with tracking down that last flavor.

I don’t know who’s who in this analogy. Am I the captain here and the store manager Moby Dick? Or is the white whale the Key Lime ice cream? Or am I the whale now, after eating so much ice cream? The point is, I have a new mission is life, and it’s to find new ice cream to eat. So, I guess nothing much has changed…

Overview

I wouldn’t turn any of these flavors away after putting away a giant plate of Cheesecake Factory’s Louisiana Chicken Pasta, several pieces of buttered brown bread, and an Ultimate Margarita or two. In for a penny, in for a pound (or several), after all. Yet, with the exception of the Original flavor and a few others, they don’t set themselves apart from their non-cheesecake flavored alternatives.

Purchased Price: $4.29 each
Size: 14 fl. oz.
Purchased at: Woodman’s Markets

SPOTTED – 4/9/2020

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

Simply Almond Almondmilk  Vanilla Original and Unsweetned Original
Simply Almond Almondmilk (Vanilla, Original, and Unsweetned Original)

(Spotted by Leonard G at Shoprite.)

Nestle Coffee mate Natural Bliss Original Oat Milk Creamer
Nestle Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Original Oat Milk Creamer

(Spotted by Leonard G at Target.)

Yummallo Dessert Unicorn Toppers
Yummallo Dessert Unicorn Toppers

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Lindt Lindor Dulce De Leche
Lindt Lindor Dulce De Leche

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

Krusteaz Energizing Oat Bites Mix  Chocolate Chip Oat and Cinnamon Oat
Krusteaz Energizing Oat Bites Mix (Chocolate Chip Oat and Cinnamon Oat)

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Goodie Girl Gluten Free Homestyle Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Goodie Girl Gluten Free Homestyle Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Goodie Girl Gluten Free Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies
Goodie Girl Gluten Free Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Dewey s Bakery Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Eggs Mini Cookie Thins
Dewey’s Bakery Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Eggs Mini Cookie Thins

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Little Secrets Limited Edition Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate Eggs
Little Secrets Limited Edition Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate Eggs

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Select Choice Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Almond Sweet  Salty and Oats  Honey Crunchy Bars
Select Choice Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola, Almond Sweet & Salty, and Oats & Honey Crunchy Bars

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

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 or if the product is old, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.