SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/10/2012

New products are released all the time and here are some we found on our most recent shopping trips. We may or may not review them, but we’d like to let you know what new items are popping up on store shelves.

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When I first saw these, I thought they were half baked potatoes in a bag, but these Ore-Ida Grillers are thick potato slices you can either prepare on a grill or in an oven. But Ore-Ida probably wants you to heat them up on a grill, since they didn’t call them Ore-Ida Oveners. I don’t know if the grill marks on the potato come pre-marked. It would be very weird if they did. I saw only two varieties at my local Safeway — Seasoned Thick Cut Potatoes and Golden Thick Cut Potatoes.

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The directions for the new Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal are pretty much the same as a Cup Noodles. You can either pour hot water into them or pour unheated water and stick them into the microwave. The instant oatmeal comes in four fruity and/or nutty flavors: Apple Walnut, Cherry Pistachio, Peach Almond, and Summer Berry. Each contains 290 calories.

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Lipton Tea & Honey comes in six flavors: Black Currant Raspberry Iced Black Tea, Lemon Iced Black Tea, Peach Apricot Iced Black Tea, Mango Pineapple Iced Green Tea, Blackberry Pomegranate Iced Green Ta, and Strawberry Acai Decaf Iced Green Tea. The black tea varieties have 40 milligrams of caffeine per 16 ounce serving, while the green tea flavors, except for the decaf Strawberry Acai, have 20 milligrams. But all of them have 60 milligrams of flavonoids.

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If Greece earned royalties for every Greek yogurt product sold, perhaps they wouldn’t be in the financial mess they’re in. Also, if that was the case, Yoplait would be paying Greece a load of money that’s thicker than Greek yogurt. Yoplait offers regular Greek yogurts, Greek yogurt parfaits, and these Greek yogurt smoothies. I’m surprised there isn’t a Yoplait Greek Go-Gurt for kids.

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We wrote about the new limited edition Hot Pockets varieties the other day, but Lean Pockets also has a couple of new Pretzel Bread varieties — Mesquite BBQ Recipe Chicken and Spinach and 3 Cheese. Hmm…Mesquite BBQ doesn’t sound very lean. Also, what’s with the “recipe” in its name. It makes me suspicious. Random Dude Eats Random Food has a review.

Totino's Pizza Chips

This photo comes from reader Troy Kibodeaux via our Facebook page. I read about these a few months ago on a snack forum. After doing some research, it appears pepperoni is the only flavor. As someone who enjoys Totino’s Party Pizzas, except the trans fat in them, I’m curious about these. I’m also weirded out by them because if anyone’s goal is to recreate the flavor of a frozen pizza, then their goal is a bit low.

If you’re out shopping and see a new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, email it to us at theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com, and you might see it in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

8 thoughts to “SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/10/2012”

  1. I actually really like the new BBQ chicken Lean Pockets. Random Dude took issue with the sweetness of the sauce, but I didn’t mind. Then again, I blog about candy, so my palate may be skewed. I’m definitely a sucker for sweet and savory combinations.

  2. I tried the summer berry Quaker real medleys oatmeal. It was good, and I am not a fan of breakfast or oatmeal. In my limited experience, it was better than other instant oatmeals- tasted like higher quality. I added a little bit of splenda because I wanted more sweet, but it was good. The dried berries made it. I have the cherry pistachio in the cabinet and I have high hopes.

  3. I’ve gotten the Totino’s chips at like Dollar General a few times already. I don’t know how I feel about them. They have that standard pizza flavoring, like the kind on Combos or pizza flavored Pringles, but it’s toned way down. That’s a good thing. But I really like the multigrain-ness of the chips. They’re not too shabby, and I’ve gotten them for like $1.

  4. I just wish they’d stop using those stupid “GREEK” fonts for greek yogurts. There’s nothing inherently ethnic about them- just a different (and awesome) style of neutral yogurt. It’s not like they’re stuffed with spinich, feta, and kalamata olives… although that sounds like it could be pretty good. Actually, I’d like to see more savoury-style yogurts on the market- but then, I have general aversion to sweets.

  5. The BBQ Lean Pockets are really good, my only complaint is the lack of ‘red onion’ that the box tells me I’m getting, but I tend to drown my food in onions so it could just be me. The sauce is pretty sweet and it had a nice lingering spicy aftertaste that I enjoyed.

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