FAST FOOD NEWS: F’real Chocolate Protein Shake

F'real Chocolate Protein Shake

F’real is getting into popular protein shake game.

This poster was spotted by Impulsive Buy reader James D. at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Massachusetts. According to James, it’s currently a store exclusive variety. He also tried it and said it tastes like F’real’s regular chocolate shake, but with a slight chalkiness.

As you can see, the F’real Protein Shake has 20 grams of protein. It also has 400 calories. If you’re wondering if it’s a significant protein jump from other shakes, a regular F’real Chocolate Shake has 11 grams of protein, the vanilla one has 13 grams, and the peanut butter cup flavor has 15 grams.

If you’ve also tried the F’real Protein Shake, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

REVIEW: Lay’s Brazilian Picanha Potato Chips

Lay's Brazilian Picanha Potato Chips

I recently went to a Brazilian steakhouse and it was one of the best dining experiences of my life. Servers there bring cuts of various meats to you every few minutes, like brisket, tri-tip, bacon-wrapped sirloin, chicken wings, chicken hearts, lamb, sausage, pork loin, and many more. But my favorite was the picanha.

Picanha is a cut of beef towards the rear of the cow and it’s popular in Brazil. Technically, it’s part of a cow’s butt, but it’s so wonderful. The picanha I gobbled up had a great meaty flavor, was tender, and I’m drooling just thinking about it.

If you’ve never been to a Brazilian steakhouse, servers bring the glistening meat to you on skewers and they slice off a piece, which you take with tongs. But after tasting picanha, every time a server brought it back, I always yelled, “I wanna…more of the picanha!”

Okay, I didn’t scream that out loud, but my taste buds probably were.

But this is not a Yelp review for Brazilian steakhouses, this is a review for Lay’s Brazilian Picanha Potato Chips, which is part of their Passport to Flavor line the brand is offering this summer.

These are not just steak-flavored chips. They also have seasoning that’s supposed to tastes like chimichurri sauce. If you’re wondering how these chips get their steak flavor, they get it from, according to the ingredients list, beef extract and beef fat. There’s also milk protein concentrate and skim milk listed, but I’m not a food scientist, so I’m not sure if they contribute to the steak flavor.

Lay's Brazilian Picanha Potato Chips 2

To get the chimichurri sauce, the chips are seasoned with several spices and ingredients. There’s salt (duh), oregano, parsley, dried garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and onion powder, some of which you can see on every chip.

The chips have a herby and meaty aroma, but they also smell slightly sweet. Their flavor does remind me of steak, but not the awesomeness of the picanha I experienced at a Brazilian steakhouse. Along with the meatiness, there’s also a bit of pepperiness, a bit of herbs, and a wee bit of sweetness. All together those flavor characteristics create something that tastes like steak and chimichurri sauce. While not as enjoyable as eating actual picanha, I think it’s a mighty fine tasting potato chip and it does a decent job at trying to replicate the meat.

Along with seasoning inconsistencies from chip to chip, there was something about the flavor that bothered me. I kept thinking to myself that it tasted familiar, and I kept shoving chips into my mouth to figure it out. Then it hit me. They kind of taste like a meat sauce one would find on spaghetti. It’s not a bad thing and if Lay’s ever decides to come out with spaghetti-flavored chips they already have the recipe.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 ounce – 160 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 330 milligrams of potassium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.00
Size: 7 3/4 oz. bag
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Pleasant meaty, herby flavor. It also kind of tastes like spaghetti meat sauce. Actual picanha at Brazilian steakhouses.
Cons: Doesn’t make me as happy as actual picanha does. Seasoning inconsistencies from chip to chip. Chicken hearts.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 7/27/2016

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.

Chef Boyardee DC Comics Canned Pasta
Chef Boyardee DC Comics Canned Pasta

The Wonder Woman and Justice League movies won’t come out until next year, so I expect we’ll be seeing these faces on many products until then. Also, will we see Aquaman on a Gorton’s fish sticks box. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Trader Joe's White House Cookie Kit
Trader Joe’s White House Cookie Kit

Trader Joe's White House Cookie Kit 2
Trader Joe’s White House Cookie Kit (Back)

Trader Joe's Sweetened Dried Orange Slices
Trader Joe’s Sweetened Dried Orange Slices

Trader Joe's Organic Mango & Chile Black Tea
Trader Joe’s Organic Mango & Chile Black Tea

Trader Joe's Hot & Sweet Jalapenos
Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet Jalapenos

I can’t wait for Trader Joe’s to put out a Trader Joe’s Store Cookie Kit. (Spotted by Sylvia at Trader Joe’s.)

Archer Farms Ramen Cooked Noodles
Archer Farms Ramen Cooked Noodles

Archer Farms Udon Cooked Noodles
Archer Farms Udon Cooked Noodles

Archer Farms Rice Stick Cooked Noodles and Mushroom and Beef Brisket Ramen Soup Starters
Archer Farms Rice Stick Cooked Noodles and Mushroom and Beef Brisket Ramen Soup Starters

Archer Farms Ramen Soup Starter (Chicken Teriyaki and Pork)
Archer Farms Ramen Soup Starter (Chicken Teriyaki and Pork)

Archer Farms-san has been busy. Also, I think there should be Archer Farms chopsticks to go along with these. (Spotted by Elizabeth R at Target.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Rockstar Juiced Tropical Passionfruit Energy Juice

Rockstar Juiced Tropical Passionfruit Energy Juice

I don’t know if I should pick this up to drink or to attach to a pickup truck’s rear bumper. (Spotted by Rene B at Target.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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, where you spotted it, 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: Arby’s The Italian Meatball

Arby's The Italian Meatball

About this time last year, Arby’s gave us the Loaded Italian, a sandwich with a list of ingredients so long that I won’t list them here. This year, Arby’s is introducing a new Italian sandwich — The Italian Meatball.

The sandwich appears to feature meatballs topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese on a toasted Italian roll. According to AdAge, the sandwich will be available at Arby’s locations until August.

This isn’t the first Italian meatball sandwich Arby’s has offered. A quick Google search led to the Meatball Toasted Sub, a menu item offered several years ago.

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

(Image via Impulsive Buy reader Chris S.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Glaceau VitaminWater Breeze-e Strawberry Watermelon

Glace?au VitaminWater Breeze-e Strawberry Watermelon

Breeze-e contains vitamin E, Electrolytes, and is an Excellent source of vitamin C, B5, B6, and B12. But its bottle doesn’t have Enough capital letters. (Spotted by Joshua G at 7-Eleven.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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, where you spotted it, 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 or use the search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.