PRIZE DRAWING: Because I Want To Give You The Opportunity To Shower On Me

No, The Impulsive Buy is not paying your water bill, providing you with a wash cloth or standing with you in your shower to scrub you down. Because paying that one utility is probably expensive, a wash cloth is too cheap and scrubbing you down in your shower will probably end up with me registering as a sex offender. But TIB can provide the body wash you need to clean away dirt and make you smell like a million dollars…or five dollars, which is roughly how much I spent on each body wash.

TIB is going to give away a bottle of body wash to six lucky readers via a prize drawing. The six different body washes are some of the latest on store shelves, or at least I think so, since they all have the word “new” printed on them. The body washes are:

(from left to right)

1. Axe Twist Shower Gel
2. Old Spice Deo Sport Odor Blocker Body Wash
3. Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh Body and Face Wash
4. Dial Cherry Seed Oil & Mint NutriSkin Body Wash
5. Dove Unscented Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash
6. Caress White Peach Cream Whipped Souffle Body Wash

To enter this prize drawing, leave a comment with THIS post. You may say whatever
you like, but your comment MUST include the phrase, “I want to shower on you” AND the body wash you’d like to win.

Please don’t forget to fill out the email field because I’ll be emailing the winners for their mailing addresses. The Impulsive Buy will stop accepting entries on Sunday, March 7, 2010 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Only one entry allowed per person and it’s open to everyone who’s 18 years old or older.

Good luck!

Fine Print: The Impulsive Buy promises your email address will not be used to send you an email with a link you shouldn’t click. The Impulsive Buy also promises your mailing address will not be used to send you letters you shouldn’t open. Bribes will not be accepted. The Impulsive Buy will not be responsible for lost mail, damaged mail, or how much you’ll love showering on me.

THE WEEK IN REVIEWS – 2/27/2010

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

I guess covering Peeps completely in chocolate is the only way I can bite off their heads without feeling guilty since there’s no chance I’ll look into their eyes — which allows me to look into their souls. (via Candyblog)

A product with Twilight in its name that doesn’t have handsome vampires on its packaging? Blasphemy! Or as teenage girls would say…OMG! (via Jim’s Chocolate Mission)

Japan has a Chestnut Kit Kat which you don’t want to roast on an open fire. Unless it’s so shitty that you want to piss on its ashes. (via Jen Ken’s Kit Kat Blog)

Yoplait has a yogurt that tastes like red velvet cake. That’s fine and dandy. But how about they make a container that I can easily stick my tongue into. The lip of the container bends inwards, which makes it hard for me to French kiss this French yogurt. (via Gigi Reviews)

There are two Frosted Flakes. One is gr-r-reat and the other is gr-r-reat…if you like suing companies that totally rip you off. (via Second Rate Snacks)

REVIEW: Jack in the Box Grilled Sandwich (Deli Trio and Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar)

Recently, Jack in the Box tempted fast food eaters around the nation to try their new Grilled Sandwiches by offering a free one with the purchase of a large drink. But there’s a catch: only one free sandwich per person, and there’s two sandwiches to choose from: Deli Trio or Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar. A cruel move, but one that seems to be the crux of Jack’s marketing campaign, as illustrated in the commercial used to promote Jack’s free sandwich day. I wonder how long it will take me to succumb to the temptation of using the term “sammich.”

The scenario of the commercial is as follows: Jack’s in his office, and two relatively attractive women are sitting on a couch before him, each holding one of the new samm– sandwiches. They proceed to argue over which sandwich is better, not-so-subtly sneaking in the highlights of each sandwich and the fact that you could get it for free on February 23rd. Jack turns to the camera and proclaims that this is the worst commercial he’s ever been in, which is a bald-faced lie, as you’d know if you’ve ever seen the commercial for his Mini Sirloin Burgers, in which he sits at a campfire surrounded by little people dressed as cowboys. Furthermore, one of the semi-hotties responds with the suggestion, “We could kiss?” In the battle between small cowboys and hetero-flexible sort-of-hot businesswomen, I think we all know who wins. Unfortunately, us, the viewers, do not win, because the commercial ends before the ladies throw their sandwiches to the floor and start furiously making out. Another point in Jack’s corner for cruel marketing.

Jack ups the indecision ante in a promotional email, saying, “I can’t decide which one I like better. I’d imagine that’d be like having to choose which of your fraternal twins you like better. Except in that case, one is usually evil.”

You think you’re so slick, Jack, forcing me to pull a homeless man off the street and into my car so that I can order two large drinks and get two free sandwiches. Well, the joke is on you, because I went into that drive-thru alone, paid $2.19 for a large drink, got my free Deli Trio, and then paid $3.99 for the Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar. Take that, Jack! I worked the system, and I worked it good. Added bonus: no lingering hobo smell in my car.

Sandwiches acquired, without the head-scratching confusion I usually get from fast food employees when I try to purchase a new menu item, I headed home, sipping my ridiculously large drink that I didn’t really want in the first place. I’m not a big drink orderer. In case you’re the type of person who judges others on what they drink, I got an unsweetened iced tea. Judge me as you will.

Deli Trio Grilled Sandwich

The Deli Trio Grilled Sandwich is described by JitB as “Genoa salami, sliced ham, roasted turkey, Provolone cheese and pickle filets with a creamy Italian dressing on grilled artisan bread.” Sounds interesting enough. I’m a big fan of salami, and I find the phrase “pickle filets” just delightful.

It’s certainly bigger than I expected, which is a pleasant surprise. They even went so far as to cut it in half for me at a jaunty angle. Right off the bat, though, I’m disappointed by the “artisan bread.” Looks to me like a regular ol’ slice of sourdough, which doesn’t exactly scream “artisan.” The top piece of bread on the Deli Trio had some nice grill markings, but the grilling was inconsistent on both sandwiches. They were also very greasy, but that’s to be expected when you’re handling a piece of bread that’s been slathered with butter.

Initial smell is mostly pickle (filets) and a tangy smell that I’m assuming is the creamy Italian sauce. It’s a nice, meaty sandwich, but the ham seems to overwhelm a lot of the other flavors, including the salami, which I was really hoping would be one of the more prominent flavors. Upon inspection, it appears that there is one layer of pickles, one paper-thin slice of salami, four slices of ham, two of turkey, and two of the provolone. I definitely would have liked more salami and less ham, but I’m assuming salami is the more expensive of the two. However, the ham was quite good; I’d say all of the ingredients lived up to JitB’s promise of deli quality ingredients. While the ham does its best to take over, you can still catch a taste of all the other ingredients, and they play pretty well together. The tangy sauce and the brine of pickle offset the meatiness nicely.

Overall, the Deli Trio Grilled Sandwich makes for a tasty meal when you’re on your lunch break at work, but it’s not going to rival a similarly constructed sandwich you could get at your local deli. Flavorful and satisfying, but it doesn’t really bring anything mind-blowing to the table. I’d go ahead and pick one up if I was in a hurry and craving a meaty sandwich, but if I had the time, I’d probably just head to the deli for a sub. I’ll give Jack in the Box some props, though; for a big-name fast food joint, they did their best, and their best is not horrible. In other words, way to not totally fail, Jack.

Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar Grilled Sandwich

Mmmm. Bacon. Everyone loves bacon. Which is kind of annoying, actually. I believe bacon has actually become an Internet meme, which I never would have thought could happen. But, you know what, that’s a rant for another time. Let’s just get to this sandwich!

Initial olfactory reports: smoky bacon, tangy cheddar, something else I can’t quite put my finger (nose) on, but overall, it smells promising. Jack describes this sandwich as “Roasted turkey, bacon and cheddar cheese with a Sun-dried Tomato sauce on grilled artisan bread.” We’ve already addressed the “artisan” bread issue, and I’m not even going to start on the inappropriate capitalization, but the sun-dried tomato sauce may be the mystery smell.

I gotta say, I like this sandwich. The bacon is actually crisp, no small feat for a fast food joint, and the cheddar is sharp and full of flavor. Even though the turkey gets kind of swallowed up by these other two strong flavors, it adds a good, meaty platform. I’m a little disappointed by the sauce. I was looking for it, and I think it was struggling to be noticed, but I just couldn’t get a handle on it. So I peeled open the sandwich, and what I found was a disappointingly small amount of sauce on the bread. I took a little bite of just the bread and sauce, and it was really quite good. I feel that it’s a shame there wasn’t more on there, but I’m a big sauce fan, so maybe it would be acceptable for other people. I’ll just ask for extra sauce if I wind up ordering it again.

Much like the Deli Trio, the Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar Grilled Sandwich couldn’t stand up to a real deli sandwich, but for a fast food offering, it does its best. The quality of the ingredients is solid, and both are full of flavor; I think for both sandwiches, the thing that stops them from really shining is the balance of ingredients. Deli Trio had too much ham; the other had too little sauce. They may be minor grievances, but for me, it prevents both of them from going from a good sandwich to a great one.

So, the question that Jack apparently wants everyone to ask themselves: which sandwich is better? As much as I hate to say it, I agree with Jack – I can’t decide. Both are flavorful but slightly flawed, and they have very different tastes. It’s the dilemma of apples and oranges; it would be unfair to compare them to each other. Maybe watching some sexy Jack in the Box executive businesswomen get freaky would help me decide. I’m just saying.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 sandwich – Deli Trio – 627 calories, 28 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 80 milligrams of cholesterol, 2,461 milligrams of sodium, 450 milligrams of potassium, 54 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugars and 37 grams of protein. Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar – 647 calories, 30 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 93 milligrams of cholesterol, 2,128 milligrams of sodium, 423 milligrams of potassium, 53 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of sugars and 39 grams of protein.)

Item: Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Deli Trio and Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar)

Price: Free with the purchase of a large drink, $3.99 for the other sandwich
Size: 1 sandwich
Purchased at: Jack in the Box

Rating: 7 out of 10 (Deli Trio)

Rating: 7 out of 10 (Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar)

Pros: Deli quality meat. Fast alternative to hitting a deli. Argument-induced spontaneous lesbianism. Pickle filets. Flavors working well together. No hobo smell in my car. Bacon
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Cons: Not enough salami on the Deli Trio. Not enough sauce on the Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar. Getting cock-blocked from lesbianism. Bread not exactly artisan. Sandwich vs. sammich. Uneven grilling.

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Impulsive Buy Reviewer Kelley

Oh, hello! I didn’t see you sitting there. I was just relaxing by the fireplace in my roomy Beverly Hills mansion, enjoying a Cuban cigar and sipping a nice glass of cognac, resplendent in my satin smoking jacket.

That is a lie, of course.

Hi, I’m Kelley, the newest member of The Impulsive Buy’s crew of reviewers. I’m actually wearing pajama pants, sitting in my apartment in Mesa, Arizona, a part of the greater Phoenix area commonly known as “The Valley of the Sun.” If you’re to believe crime television shows, it is the asshole of the United States, a terrifying desert filled with escaped convicts and deranged murderers. This is only partially true.

A short background about me: I lived in Anaheim, California for the first 22 years of my life. Yes, I worked at Disneyland. No, I wasn’t one of the princesses. Got a BFA in English with an emphasis on creative writing. Moved to Mesa, worked a couple of secretary jobs. The usual stuff.

I was practically raised on fast food and junk food, and my love of these unhealthy eats has never waned. As I grew older, I started to take notice of just how ridiculous the marketing of these foods are, and a few years ago, I started thinking about creating a blog that would highlight this insanity, and also introduce the Internet public to new and/or crazy food items. Last year, I finally created Junk Food Betty. TIB was a great inspiration for me.

Now I’m a reviewer for TIB, and I am enthusiastically grateful to be one. My style is pretty straightforward: I’m not a girly-girl, I cuss like a drunken sailor (unless my mother is in the room), I haven’t worn a dress since I graduated high school, and if I review a product that I think sucks, you’re going to know about it. Conversely, if I try a product and love it, I’ll make sure to tell you why I think it’s great. I look forward to channeling my verbosity into words and paragraphs that will entertain and possibly even educate you, the Impulsive Buy reader.

NEWS: Burger King’s New Hot Fries Snack Makes Me Want To Add A New Entry At Urban Dictionary

The Burger King Hot Fries Potato Snacks have got me thinking about an appropriate definition for the term “hot fries” for the Urban Dictionary website, which is a collection of slang words and phrases. So far, I’ve come up with three possible definitions.

1. A phrase expressing excitement like one would have after realizing they’ve received a fresh batch of french fries straight out of the fryer. Interchangeable with the phrase “hot damn.”

2. Sexy legs that may or may not be covered with red pantyhose.

3. Crabs-infested pubic hair.

Of course, the Burger King Hot Fries Potato Snacks have nothing to do with any of these definitions, but they are similar to the Burger King Ketchup & Fries Potato Snacks I reviewed awhile back. I didn’t really care for those, so I’m not too eager to try these, even though its packaging claims it’s spicy, which is a flavor that my tastebuds enjoy, along with licking hot fries.

I’ll let you figure out which definition of hot fries I’m referring to.