FAST FOOD NEWS: Papa John’s Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and Red Kettle Cookie

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When I think of the holidays, I think of Philly Cheesesteaks. And so does Papa John’s. Oh wait. Did I say, “Philly Cheesesteaks”? I meant to say, “Many things, but not Philly Cheesesteaks.”

Papa John’s Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, not to be confused with last year’s Steak & Cheese Pizza, features a creamy garlic sauce, thin-sliced steak from the Original Philly Cheesesteak Company (a company I’ve never heard of), sliced onions, green peppers, and mozzarella and provolone cheeses on a hand-tossed crust. The pizza is available at $12 for a large.

Papa John’s is also offering for six dollars the Salvation Army Red Kettle Cookie this holiday season, a twist on their Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie. The dessert features red chocolate chips and 50 cents from each cookie sold through December 28th will go to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

REVIEW: International Delight Very Vanilla Nog

International Delight Very Vanilla Nog

Are you one of those weirdos who lets vanilla ice cream melt into a liquid before consuming? Well then, Mr. or Miss Melty Pants, I know of a product that will save you some time if you want liquified vanilla ice cream. No, it’s not a microwave oven. It’s International Delight’s Very Vanilla Nog.

Speaking of weird, it’s odd to see an International Delight product that has nothing to do with coffee. Although, technically, one could use ID’s Very Vanilla Nog as a liquid coffee creamer.

To be honest, it also feels a bit weird to call this product a nog.

I don’t want to use the fifth grade tactic of using a dictionary definition to make a point, but I feel I must here. According to my computer’s dictionary, nog is short for eggnog. Nog also “a small block or peg of wood,” so feel free to use the word “nog” as new slang for male genitalia that has shrunken from cold weather.

Anyhoo, if we’re to go by the definition, International Delight’s Very Vanilla Nog is not nog. It’s notg. It doesn’t have eggs, cinnamon, or nutmeg. International Delight does have a Classic version of their nog that, according to the ID website, has “a hint of sweet nutmeg flavor and notes of light rum.” But it has no eggs, so it’s also notg.

Not having eggs in a holiday nog that has dairy is like having Thanksgiving without the turkey, Christmas without mall Santas, and Black Friday without the YouTube videos of folks getting into fights over cheap crap at Walmart.

International Delight Very Vanilla Nog Closeup

While International Delight’s Very Vanilla Nog doesn’t have eggs or the spices associated with eggnog, it does have a couple of ingredients found in most store-bought eggnogs — delicious guar gum and carrageenan. Wait. Did I say “delicious”? I meant, necessary to thicken this beverage so that it’s the consistency of melted ice cream.

Now with all that said, I wish International Delight’s Very Vanilla Nog never goes away because it really does smell and taste like vanilla ice cream, and, oh my goodness, it makes eating things you usually consume with milk much better.

Cereal…better.

Hershey’s syrup…better.

Oreo dunking…better.

So International Delight should just drop the nog name so that they can sell it throughout the year. Call it Magic Milk. That’s probably taken, so they should go with a different spelling, like Majic Mylk. I mean, if International Delight can get away with calling their Very Vanilla Nog a nog, they can probably get away with alternate spellings.

(Nutrition Facts – 1/2 cup – 120 calories, 20 calories from fat, 2 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, and 15% calcium.)

Item: International Delight Very Vanilla Nog
Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 1 Quart
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Smells and tastes like vanilla ice cream. Has a consistency similar to melted vanilla ice cream. Makes eating things you usually consume with milk much better.
Cons: It being called “nog” even though it doesn’t have eggs or spices. It’s weird this product has nothing to do with coffee. Getting a nog in cold weather.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos

Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos

Taco Bell has added chicken taquitos to their menu, but they’re not calling them chicken taquitos. Instead, they’ve been given the literal name of Rolled Chicken Tacos.

These crispy tacos are filled with marinated white meat chicken and come with your choice from five dipping sauces: Nacho Cheese, Guacamole, Salsa, Reduced-Fat Sour Cream, or Taco Bell’s new Spicy Ranch. The Rolled Chicken Tacos are available in a 2-, 4-, or 12-pack.

Two Rolled Chicken Tacos without a dip have 260 calories 11 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 470 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Taco Bell website.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 11/21/2014

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.

Kroger Cream Puffs (Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog)

Kroger Mini Pie Bites (Raspberry Crumble and Triple Chocolate Mousse)

Those egg nog cream puffs make me wish I lived near a Kroger. (Spotted by Rik at Smith’s.)

Peeps Candy Cane

You’re free Peeps Candy Cane! No more chocolate imprisoning you! (Spotted by Jessica at Walmart.)

Cracker Jack Popcorn Caramel Apple

Oooh! Fun prize inside! I hope it’s something other than sticky hands! (Spotted by Jason at Walmart.)

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Candy Cane Cookie Mix

I expect to see a lot of these on Pinterest. (Spotted by Claire G at Weis Markets.)

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.

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