SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 10/22/2014

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.

Market Pantry Cheeseburger Bites and Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Market Pantry Chicken Bacon Ranch Bites

Hmmm…I wonder which one of these will be the least popular among children. (Spotted by Richard at Target.)

The Better Chip Chipotles and Sea Salt

The Better Chip’s website tells me these are new. It also tells me they have a new beet-flavored chip. (Insert Dwight Schrute joke here). (Spotted by Dustin at Pete’s Fresh Market.)

Krispy Kreme Orange Kreme Marble Cake Doughnuts

Dammit! For a second, because of the orange, I thought it was pumpkin spice flavored. (Spotted by Christa at Krogers.)

Lance Limited Edition Ranch Peanuts and Jalapeno Cheddar Peanuts

It weird to see Ranch as a limited edition flavor, because it’s an always edition flavor with everything else. (Spotted by Lael at Buddy’s Gas Station.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! 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 do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos to find out.

REVIEW: Surge (2014)

Surge (2014)

I want to find someone who’s been living under a rock for the past 15 years. I would greet that person with a Motorola StarTAC phone in one hand and a can of the re-released Surge in the other, and then tell him or her that there hasn’t been much change in the world. The old flip phone and the 1990s graphics on the Surge can would surely give him or her comfort.

And then when I see that comfort in their face, I’d say, “Nah! Just kidding!”

Then I’d blow that person’s mind by pulling out an iPhone, making a phone call, then taking a selfie with the, most likely, smelly person, and then post that photo on Facebook. Then I’d tell him or her Surge was discontinued, but was brought back and now it’s sold only on the internet. And then I would follow that by singing, “Welcome to the jungle. We got fun and games. We got everything you want. Honey, we know the names. Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na knees, knees.”

I’d also like to go back into time.

I’d travel to 2012 and post on the most popular Bring Back Surge Facebook page, “I’m from the future. Surge is coming back in 2014. Amazon will sell it. And, oh yeah, we figured out time travel. I just blew your mind twice!”

For those of you too young to remember Surge, or don’t want to look up Surge on Wikipedia, it was Coke’s caffeinated and radioactive green answer to Mountain Dew. Wait. Let me rephrase the previous sentence so that the soda nerds don’t have to adjust their glasses, raise their fingers to protest, and begin a sentence with “Actually.” Surge was Coke’s second answer to Mountain Dew. The still available, but not widely available, Mello Yello was Coke’s first answer to Mountain Dew. While Surge has a non-rhyming name, it’s radioactive green, mean, and full of caffeine.

Okay, I’m not sure about that mean part. I just added it in there for a rhyming effect.

To be honest, even though I’ve had many cans of Surge in my 20’s, I don’t remember what Surge tastes like, or if I preferred it over Mountain Dew, or if I signed some Bring Back Surge online petition, or if I used Surge to keep me up at night to play Nintendo Super NES in college while everyone else was partying. But what I do know is that Surge’s flavor is…how can I explain this without getting a bunch of hate mail from Surge fans…not what I would expect from a soda that’s marketed to the “extreme” crowd.

Although, it might appeal to the zombie crowd today because Surge came back from the dead and the can’s design makes it look like a zombie.

Surge (2014) Closeup

While Mountain Dew has a syrupy citrus flavor that has a slight bite, Surge’s flavor and mouthfeel is a bit more mature than that. And being mature myself, I’m fine with that. Fart. It tastes like there’s a combination of lime and orange (orange juice concentrate is one of its ingredients, just like Mountain Dew), and it’s smooth and not too syrupy, which makes it much easier to drink than Mountain Dew.

Here’s another way I could explain it: If someone were to blindfold me, serve me a Surge, and tell me I was drinking a clear citrus soda and called Citrue, “The Citrus Soda with True Flavor”, I would believe them.

Overall, it was nice to be able to revisit Surge. I enjoyed its flavor, it gave me a nice caffeine jolt (it has slightly less caffeine than Mountain Dew), and if I want to dress up as 1990’s Guy for Halloween, I’ll have a great prop.

A big thanks to Aaron over at The Soda Jerks for sending me a can of Surge, which stopped me from spending $10 plus shipping to buy a can off of eBay from some stranger, since Amazon keeps selling out.

(Nutrition Facts – 16 ounces – 230 calories, 0 grams of fat, 50 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 56 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein.)

Item: Surge (2014)
Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 16 oz. can
Purchased at: Received from an internet friend
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nice lime and orange flavor. Easier to drink and has a more mature flavor than Mountain Dew. 69 milligrams of sweet, sweet caffeine.
Cons: Has a flavor that I wouldn’t associate with “extreme.” Available online via Amazon, but they sell out quickly every time they get a new shipment. Available online via eBay, but get ready to pay 4-5 times more than it’s worth for one can. Has slightly less caffeine than Mountain Dew and a lot less caffeine than most energy drinks that didn’t exist in the late 1990s. Being introverted in college…and today.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit

Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit

Do you use Photoshop to turn a Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s Loaded Omelet Biscuit in a photo into a Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit because no location will make it a reality for you, so you’re forced to dream via Photoshop? Well, put down that clone or lasso tool because they’re now available fo’ reals.

The sandwich features two folded egg omelets stuffed with crumbled sausage, diced ham, chopped bacon pieces, shredded Jack and cheddar cheeses, and a slice of American cheese on Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s freshly baked Made from Scratch Biscuits.

It’s available for $2.79 and for $4.49 as a combo meal with Hash Rounds and a drink.

The Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit has 630 calories, 340 calories from fat, 14 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 445 milligrams of cholesterol, 1620 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 28 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Carl’s Jr.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 10/21/2014

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.

Archer Farms Limited Edition Pumpkin Toffee Cupcake Mix Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cupcake Mix

Archer Farms Limited Edition Pumpkin Caramel Streusel Blondie Mix

Archer Farms has been harvesting a lot of limited edition products this season. (Spotted by Ryan at Target.)

Duncan Hines Decadent German Chocolate Cake Mix

So is the pouch of pecan and coconut the only difference between this and the pouch-less Duncan Hines’ Signature German Chocolate Cake Mix? (Spotted by Nick at Walmart.)

Project 7 Sour Caramel Apple Gourmet Gum

I don’t care if it’s gourmet. It better not end up under my shoes or under the school desk I’m sitting at. (Spotted by Lindsay at Meijer.)

Taipei Szechuan Beef

Taipei Chicken & Wide Rice Noodles

Wait. Only now Taipei has Szechuan Beef? I thought they always had Szechuan Beef. (Spotted by Nick at Walmart.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! 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 do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos to find out.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: POP! Gourmet Popcorn The Original Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn

The Original Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn

I think this is the first or one of the first products Huy Fong Foods has attached their famous sriracha to, but I see many Huy Fong Foods partnerships in the near future. Get ready to see that cock EVERYWHERE. Chip Review tried them. (Spotted by Dustin at Pete’s Fresh Market.)

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.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos to find out.