SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 8/16/2017

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.

McCormick Gourmet Ground Jalapeno Pepper

Trolli Watermelon Sour Brite Bites

(Spotted by Rachel C at Macey’s.)

McCormick Gourmet Ground Jalapeno Pepper

McCormick Gourmet Ground Jalapeno Pepper

(Spotted by @nikki412 at Shop n Save.)

Lala Craveables Yogurt Smoothie  Lemon Bar and Strawberry Cheesecake

Lala Craveables Yogurt Smoothie (Lemon Bar and Strawberry Cheesecake)

Lala Craveables Tres Leches Yogurt Smoothie

Lala Craveables Tres Leches Yogurt Smoothie

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Tillamook Special Batch Ice Cream  Speculoos Cookie Caramel and Double Nutty Peanut Butter

Tillamook Special Batch Ice Cream (Speculoos Cookie Caramel and Double Nutty Peanut Butter)

Tillamook Special Batch Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream

Tillamook Special Batch Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream

Tillamook Special Batch Salted Caramel Toffee Gelato

Tillamook Special Batch Salted Caramel Toffee Gelato

Tillamook Special Batch TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Gelato

Tillamook Special Batch TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Gelato

Special batch? They were once regular batches. (Spotted by Sylvia at Ralphs.)

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.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

REVIEW: Jack in the Box Smoky Jack

Jack in the Box Smoky Jack

When I look at the Jack in the Box Smoky Jack, all I think to myself is, “Thank goodness I don’t have to deal with a random drug test today because that’s a urine-tainting amount of poppyseeds.” There are so many that this bun would look at an everything bagel and yell, “Have some decency and cover yourself up!”

Besides the artisan poppyseed bun, the burger also includes a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, hickory smoked bacon, smoked cheddar cheese, and a condiment called hickory sauce. The Smoky Jack is also available with crispy chicken.

While the bun might blow away any chance of me passing a drug test, the burger as a whole doesn’t blow me away taste-wise.

The smoky cheddar is a welcomed change from the regular cheeses Jack uses. Usually, it seems as if the cheese is there to prevent other toppings from falling out, but not provide much flavor. But the smoky mild cheddar does add a bit of smokiness AND prevents toppings from falling out. Its flavor lingers in the mouth well after the burger is consumed.

Jack in the Box Smoky Jack 2

The bacon, cemented to the cheddar, is a bit chewy, but adds even more smokiness. As for the beef patty, it’s a little dry, but that’s par for the course and something I’m used to.

The tomato seems fresh and the lettuce is as green as lettuce could be, which I bring up because that’s rare in the fast food world. As for the hickory sauce, I’m not sure my burger got it because the condiment tastes more like peppercorn mayonnaise. But whatever it is, its light flavor allows the smokiness of the other two toppings to come through. The bun has a sweetness to it, but the poppyseeds don’t add any flavor or texture.

Jack in the Box Smoky Jack 3

Thanks to the bacon and cheese, the Smoky Jack earns its name. But its smokiness make me yearn for another. As a whole, it’s a decent burger, but it’s also boring when you compare it with something like the chain’s Buttery Jacks or anything from the late night Munchies menu. Think of it as a slight upgrade from a Jumbo Jack.

I have to admit, being the headliner of a special inexpensive $4.99 combo does make it taste a little bit better. But it’s not something that would make me beckon the Crave Van and its property damage wake so that I can eat it.

(Nutrition Facts – Not available on website.)

Purchased Price: $5.99* (combo)
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Decent burger. Cheese’s smokiness is noticeable. Green lettuce. Being part of a $4.99 combo makes it taste a little bit better.
Cons: Blanket of poppyseeds on bun might cause you to fail a drug test. Kind of boring when comparing it to other Jack in the Box offerings. Dry beef patty. Chewy bacon. I don’t crave it.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. In most areas the Smoky Jack combo is being advertised for $4.99.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Chick-fil-A’s Hash Brown Scramble

Chick fil A Hash Brown Scramble Burrito + Bowl

Chick-fil-A has a new entree to start your day. Oh wow. That rhymed!

The Hash Brown Scramble is the chain’s first breakfast bowl and it features Chick-fil-A’s signature “tot” style hash browns, scrambled eggs, a Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese blend, and your choice of sliced chicken nuggets or sausage. It’s also served with a jalapeño salsa.

If you’re a fan of Chick-fil-A’s current Breakfast Burrito, I have bad news for you. The Hash Brown Scramble is also available as a burrito and is replacing your beloved Breakfast Burrito.

The breakfast menu item has 450 calories and 30 grams of protein when made with nuggets. The bowl and burrito start at $3.49.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments. And if you’re mad because the Chick-fil-A Breakfast Burrito is being replaced, you can vent in the comments.

(Image via Chick-fil-A.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Reese’s and Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Bundt Cakes

Reese s Bundt Cake

Hershey s Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

Ugh! No mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups > Mini Reese’s Pieces. (Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

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 want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 8/15/2017

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.

Totino s Limited Edition Chicken Bacon Ranch Party Pizza

Totino’s Limited Edition Chicken Bacon Ranch Party Pizza

(Spotted by Sascha at Meijer.)

Amy s Barbecue Pizza

Amy’s Barbecue Pizza

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Lance Spicy Cheddar Toast Chee Sandwich Crackers

Lance Spicy Cheddar Toast Chee Sandwich Crackers

(Spotted by Dorothy at Walmart.)

H E B Milk Chocolate Pecan Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramelettes and Milk Chocolate Almonds

H-E-B Milk Chocolate Pecan, Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramelettes, and Milk Chocolate Almonds

H E B Dark Chocolate Turbinado Sugar  Sea Salt Almonds Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel and Dark Chocolate Almonds

H-E-B Dark Chocolate Turbinado Sugar & Sea Salt Almonds, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Almonds

H E B Milk Chocolate Coffee Beans and Milk Chocolate Praline Pecans

H-E-B Milk Chocolate Coffee Beans and Milk Chocolate Praline Pecans

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

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.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.