SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Red Bull 2016 Summer Edition Kiwi Twist

Red Bull 2016 Summer Edition Kiwi Twist

When “twist” is part of a fruit flavor name, it usually means there’s some citrus or something. But what if the twist here is that it taste like kiwi…the bird. (Spotted by Josh at Kroger.)

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REVIEW: Burger King Chicken Fries Rings

Burger King Chicken Fries Rings

Chicken Rings.

Doesn’t that have a logical ring to it.

Sorry.

But Burger King didn’t follow my logic, they went with the convoluted name Chicken Fries Rings. I can understand their logic. These rings of chicken fall under the Chicken Fries banner, but I imagine when most folks order them they’ll call them Chicken Rings, which is what I did and the cashier knew exactly what I wanted.

So Burger King’s Chicken Fries Rings are what’s next in fast food chicken finger food technology.

Cue up Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”

Oh, it’s not?

Cue up “Yakety Sax” to take us back to 2011 when White Castle introduced their Chicken Rings.

Burger King’s version looks exactly like White Castle’s — flat rings with a seasoned golden brown coating. They’re aerodynamic enough that if you wanted to fling them they’d probably get more airtime than a Burger King onion ring. So let the food fights begin!

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A serving has six pieces and comes with your choice of dipping sauce. I went with BK’s Zesty Sauce. I’m sure the breading and spices are the same ones used on their straight Chicken Fries, but these rings taste better. They have a stronger flavor and the spices stand out a bit more. Maybe it’s because there’s more surface area touching my tongue with each bite. I don’t know. I’m no food physicist. But I do know they have enough peppery flavor that I’d be fine eating these without a dipping sauce, which is something I can’t say about McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.

Their exterior is not what I would consider crispy, but it’s also not soggy. When I bit into them there was a little noise, but not enough to rattle my brain with every chew. I wish these came out crispier. The white meat chicken was on the dry side, but the dipping sauce hides that.

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One issue I’ve always had with Burger King’s Chicken Fries is their lack of chicken meat. Of course, being the shape of fries makes it hard to fit a decent amount of chicken into one. But I don’t feel the same about these Chicken Rings. Their flat and round shape allows them to have about twice the amount of chicken.

Overall, I enjoyed Burger King’s Chicken Fries Rings and I do think taste-wise they’re a step above their Chicken Fries and miles above their regular chicken nuggets. But for those looking for value will probably prefer BK’s regular Chicken Nuggets, which currently are available for $1.49 for 10-pieces.

(Nutrition Facts – 310 calories, 18 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 1020 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 17 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $6.99 (value meal)*
Size: 6-pieces
Purchased at: Burger King
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: They have more flavor than BK’s Chicken Fries, even though they’re made with the same breading. I’m fine with eating them without a dipping sauce. Zesty Sauce. More aerodynamic than a BK Onion Ring.
Cons: Its name. Looks like White Castle’s version. Breading isn’t very crispy. Chicken meat was on the dry side. BK’s Chicken Nuggets.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/3/2016

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.

Eating Evolved Dark Chocolate Banana Cream Coconut Butter Cups
Eating Evolved Dark Chocolate Banana Cream Coconut Butter Cups

Usually products boast about having cane sugar. This one brags about being cane sugar free. (Spotted by Rachel C at Whole Foods.)

Annie's Quinoa Rice Pasta & White Cheddar
Annie’s Quinoa Rice Pasta & White Cheddar

Annie’s is “Keen on ‘KEEN-WA'”, but I think I’ll pass on this PASS-TA. (Spotted by Michael S at Target.)

YoCrunch Banana Yogurt with M&M's
YoCrunch Banana Yogurt with M&M’s

There’s also one with strawberry yogurt, and, of course, the original one with vanilla yogurt. (Spotted by David M at Walmart.)

Lawry's Mojo Criollo Marinade
Lawry’s Mojo Criollo Marinade

I could use this with meats. Or I could use it to make these Doritos Dinamita Mojo Criollo more mojo criollo-y. (Spotted by Amanda at Walmart.)

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES IN AUSTRALIA: Poppin Microwave Popcorn Pizza Flavour

Poppin Microwave Popcorn Pizza Flavour

According to the Poppin Microwave Popcorn website, it’s supposed to taste like a margarita pizza. (Spotted by @meowmixbd at Woolworths in Australia.)

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PODCAST: The Nosh Show #77 Homely Triscuit Boxes

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt

Fage Crossovers (Maple Syrup with Ancient Grain Granola and Caramel with Honey Roasted Salted Almonds)
Fage Crossovers (Maple Syrup with Ancient Grain Granola and Caramel with Honey Roasted Salted Almonds)

Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt (Coconut with Dark Chocolate Droplets and C
Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt (Coconut with Dark Chocolate Droplets and Carrot Ginger with Roasted Pistachios

Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt Coconut Curry with Roasted Cashews
Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt Coconut Curry with Roasted Cashews

There’s also a Honey with Walnuts, Tomato Basil with Almonds, and Olive Thyme with Almonds. Each container has two compartments. One has Greek yogurt and the other has a crunchy topping. If Chobani didn’t come up with their Flip line, I imagine these would’ve been called Fage Flip. (Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

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