SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/12/2014

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

Planters Limited Edition Sweet Spring Mix

Planters calls peanuts, raisins, almonds, yogurt covered raisins, chocolate, and cranberries, “Sweet Spring Mix.” But I’m pretty sure another product in the same aisle calls it, “Trail Mix.” (Spotted by Lindsay at Target.)

Herr's Old Bay Seasoned Popcorn

Herr's Old Bay Seasoned Cheese Curls

Old Bay seasoning on popcorn and cheese puffs? It could be worse? It could be Old Spice seasoned popcorn and cheese puffs. (Spotted by Erin at Giant.)

Hamburger Helper Bold Firehouse Chili Macaroni

Doesn’t Hamburger Helper realize a firehouse is where firefighters and fire trucks reside, and their jobs are to put out fires? So putting “firehouse” in the name for a spicy product is probably not the best idea. House on Fire Chili Macaroni? That makes more sense. (Spotted by Alex at Walmart.)

Pillsbury Limited Edition Raspberry Cheesecake

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels are better tasting than Pop-Tarts (yeah, I said it), but Pop-Tarts have more intriguing limited edition flavors (yeah, I said it). (Spotted by Troy A at Woodmans.)

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8 thoughts on “SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/12/2014

  1. Chili is a staple at firehouses all around the country. In fact, there are chili cook-offs for firefighters. It’s a dish that’s easy to make, high in protein, and can pretty much babysit itself in case the crew has to run out on an emergency.

    1. That makes sense. I wonder if any firehouses would make this in their kitchens. Of course, they would have to open up several boxes to feed a firehouse.

      1. It’s also why chili’s spiciness is rating 2-alarm, 3-alarm, etc.

        I don’t think they’d use this at the firehouse, since pasta products probably can’t be left unattended while cooking.

      2. Campbell’s Chunky also makes a “Firehouse Chili” (and it’s pretty good, as far as canned chili goes.)

  2. Planter’s has been doing seasonal trail mixes for at least a year, so calling it “sweet spring mix” is to distinguish it from whatever the LTO trail mix was last quarter. It might have been the Brittle Mix currently on my kitchen counter (thank you, Big Lots), but there were certainly other variants.

    I keep remembering a version with pastel white-chocolate chips, but I think this is my brain, fried from excessive LTOs, conflating several into one that never happened.

  3. I did have the Planters Spring Mix last week, really good, found my hand returning to the dish, way too many times.

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