FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic Ultimate Chicken Sandwiches

Sonic Ultimate Chicken Sandwich

Sonic has been testing chicken sandwiches that are more premium than their premium chicken sandwiches.

Sonic’s Ultimate Chicken Sandwiches feature a premium 6 oz. fillet with a brioche bun, and come in two simple varieties — Traditional and Classic. The Traditional Ultimate Chicken Sandwich is topped with pickles and mayo, while the Classic has lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwiches have a price of $5.99.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via TIB contributor Adam.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Mountain Dew Kickstart Hydrating Boost (Pineapple Orange Mango and Strawberry Kiwi)

Mountain Dew Kickstart Hydrating Boost (Pineapple Orange Mango and Strawberry Kiwi)

The original Mountain Dew Kickstart flavors are marketed as morning beverage alternatives. The other two Kickstart flavors are evening beverages. These new Mountain Dew Kickstart Hydrating Boost with coconut water are being promoted as anytime beverages. But I would highly recommend not drinking them before bedtime. (Spotted by Troy at Woodman’s Markets.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Trader Joe’s Fireworks Chocolate Bar

Trader Joe's Fireworks Chocolate Bar

Not the first chocolate bar with popping candy and heat. But it’s the first chocolate bar with popping candy and heat in a wrapper that makes you want to yell, “Get a room, you two!” (Spotted by Sylvia at Trader Joe’s.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Wendy’s Bacon and Blue on Brioche

Wendy s Bacon and Blue on Brioche

Some of you are probably looking at Wendy’s Bacon and Blue on Brioche and thinking to yourself, “Hey! Didn’t Wendy’s already have a Bacon and Blue Burger?”

Yes, knowledgeable fast food fan, you are correct.

In 2010, Wendy’s offered their Bacon and Blue Burger that featured a beef patty topped with blue cheese crumbles, Applewood-smoked bacon, sautéed onions, and a creamy steakhouse sauce on a standard bun.

Wendy’s Bacon and Blue on Brioche is a bit different. It has a beef patty that’s topped with Wisconsin blue cheese crumbles, a blue cheese herb aioli, spring mix, and three strips of thick-cut Applewood-smoked bacon on a toasted brioche bun. Grub Grade has a review.

The Wendy’s Bacon and Blue on Brioche has 650 calories, 39 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 7 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 14 grams of monounsaturated fat, 125 milligrams of cholesterol, 1290 milligrams of sodium, 37 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 34 grams of protein.

The burger is available for a limited time only at participating Wendy’s. It has a recommended price of $4.99.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Wendy’s.)

REVIEW: Pepsi Max Cherry Blast

Pepsi Max Cherry Blast

To be honest, I thought Pepsi Max would’ve been discontinued by now. Because it seems every beverage and snack that I love ends up being removed from shelves. I’d list all of the discontinued products, but I’m not in the mood to cry right now.

For those of you not familiar with with Pepsi Max, it’s a sugar-free, zero calorie cola with ginseng extract and nearly twice the caffeine of regular and Diet Pepsi. It’s been around since 2007 and it competes in the same market as Coke Zero, which is the diet colas with black labels market.

Although it’s a diet soda, it tastes different than Diet Pepsi. Pepsi Max is sweetened with aspartame and ace-K, while Diet Pepsi has just aspartame. This difference gives Pepsi Max a less harsh artificial sweetener aftertaste.

It’s a favorite of mine mostly because of the higher caffeine content. A 20-ounce bottle has 115 milligrams of sweet, sweet caffeine.

Although it’s been around for a while, Pepsi Max has had only one new variety in the U.S. market — Pepsi Max Cease Fire. But that changed recently with the introduction of Pepsi Max Cherry Blast. Hey, I just realized the name kind of rhymes. I guess that’s why Pepsi didn’t call it Wild Cherry Pepsi Max. The soda only comes in 16-ounce tall boy cans, is a 7-Eleven exclusive, and I love this soda…aspartame and all.

I’m a fan of Pepsi Wild Cherry and Diet Pepsi Wild Cherry, and their syrupy artificial cherry aroma and flavor. If you’ve never experienced either soda, their cherry flavor is a hypersweet candy version of cherries, but for some it makes them wonder if they’re drinking cough syrup. Even though some folks think it tastes like something from the cold medicine aisle at your local Walgreens or CVS, I love that cherry flavor and it goes extremely well with Pepsi Max.

I. LOVE. PEPSI. MAX. CHERRY. BLAST.

Pepsi Max Cherry Blast Closeup

I’ve purchased five cans of Pepsi Max Cherry Blast over the course of a week. If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is.

Although, to be honest, I think a major reason of why I love this soda so much is because, after drinking enough regular Pepsi Max to fill a few bathtubs over the years, my taste buds have gotten extremely tired of it and they yearned for something different.

As much as I love the flavor and the 92 milligrams of sweet, sweet caffeine in each can of Pepsi Max Cherry Blast, I do wish it was available in other sizes and stores. Also, I wish I knew if it’s a regular flavor or if I should prepare myself emotionally for when it gets discontinued.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 can – 0 calories, 0 grams of fat, 50 milligrams of sodium, 0 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.)

Item: Pepsi Max Cherry Blast
Purchased Price: 99 cents
Size: 16 oz. can
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: I love this soda. If you enjoy Diet Pepsi Wild Cherry and want more caffeine, this soda will definitely do. Finally, another Pepsi Max flavor! Has 92 milligrams of sweet, sweet caffeine.
Cons: Non-diet soda drinkers will not like it. Those who think the cherry flavoring tastes like cough syrup will not like it. 7-Eleven exclusive and only available in 16-ounce cans. The possibility that it’ll get discontinued.