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SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 7/25/2014

Written by | July 25, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

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.

Captain Morgan Pulled Pork and Chicken Breast

I wonder if Captain Morgan would go great with these Captain Morgan BBQ meats. Well, I guess if I drank too much Captain Morgan, I probably wouldn’t care. (Spotted by Andrew at Shoppers.)

Amy's Margherita Pizza Bites

Amy's Snacks Black Bean & Rice Taquitos

Amy's Snacks Samosas

Wait a minute. Those don’t look like champagne and fruit juice. Oh wait. That’s Mimosa. Wait a minute. Those don’t look like vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes. Oh wait. That’s Samoas. These are Samosas. I think I’ve had too many Mimosas and Captain Morgan BBQ meats. (Spotted by Emily at Target.)

PhillySwirl Limited Edition Mystery Flavor Candy Spoonz

I would be more excited about this product if it came in a plain brown box with just a question mark on it. (Spotted by Lori at Giant.)

Archer Farms Spicy Maple Bourbon and Bloody Mary Pickle Spears

When did flavored pickles become a thing? (Spotted by Claire G at Target.)

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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FAST FOOD NEWS: Burger King Mushroom & Swiss Big King

Written by | July 24, 2014

Topics: Fast Food News

Burger King Mushroom  Swiss Big King

Burger King has a new Big King, the Mushroom & Swiss Big King, but it doesn’t have the ingredient that made the first two Big King burgers special — the sweet thousand island style sauce. Instead, the two fire-grilled beef patties and toasted sesame seed bun comes with Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and sautéed mushrooms.

The new sandwich has 560 calories, 37 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 760 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein.

Burger King’s Mushroom & Swiss Big King is available for a limited time. If you’ve tried it, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

(Image via Burger King website)

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REVIEW: Red Bull Summer Edition Energy Drink

Written by | July 24, 2014

Topics: 8 Rating, Energy Drink, Red Bull

Red Bull Summer Edition Energy Drink

Sure, Red Bull’s Summer Edition Energy Drink looks like a urine sample sitting in a drug testing lab. But, to be fair, regular Red Bull also looks like a urine sample sitting in a drug testing lab, but from someone who’s dehydrated because they’ve been hanging out for too long in the summer heat.

If you happen to find yourself parched from the summer heat, near a 7-Eleven, and with a couple of bucks, you can purchase a somewhat refreshing 12 ounces of this tropical flavored Red Bull in a can that will remind you of the sun that caused your current parched predicament. Or you could buy a more refreshing two liter bottled water that you can drink and, with the likely leftovers, use for an impromptu wet t-shirt contest, with you being the only contestant.

Red Bull Summer Edition is a 7-Eleven exclusive flavor. It joins a long list of exclusive beverages the convenience store chain has gotten this year, like Solar Flare Mountain Dew, Green Apple Gatorade Fierce, Raspberry Citrus Vitaminwater Energy, and Dale Jr. Sour Amp Energy Drink. Suck it, Circle K!

This yellow-colored energy drink has a generic tropical aroma. If you’re wondering what generic tropical smells like without having to buy anything, go to your local Walmart. Then mosey on over to the air freshener aisle, find a spray with the word “tropical” printed on it, spray some of it into the air, and inhale those chemicals. After all that, I think you’ll get an idea of what Red Bull Summer Edition smells like…and get dirty looks from Walmart employees.

Red Bull Summer Edition Energy Drink Closeupd

The beverage is lightly carbonated, which makes it easy to consume, but is less nose-tickling fun when poured into a glass. However, it’s taste bud-tickling fun when consumed. It has a delightful sweet flavor that wasn’t too syrupy. I could taste pineapple, orange, papaya, and maybe mango, but the pineapple stood out. It was almost like drinking pineapple juice, but there isn’t any pineapple, orange, papaya, or mango juice in the ingredients list. But there is “Artificial and Natural Flavors.” Vague? Yes. But not as vague as the last ingredient listed…

Red Bull Summer Edition Energy Drink Colors

…Colors.

I’m someone who likes the odd medicinal flavor of regular Red Bull and the odd medicinal artificial sweetener-laden flavor of Sugar Free Red Bull. I’m also a fan of the Red, Blue, and Silver Editions. But Red Bull’s Summer Edition is now my favorite flavor. It has a nice tropical flavor with a slight sour back end, it’s not too syrupy, and it comes in 12-ounce cans and not the smaller 8.4-ounce one.

I see myself urinating it out a lot this summer.

Disclosure: I received a free sample of Red Bull Summer Edition from Red Bull. I believe this satisfies the FTC requirement. If not, I shall add, I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review.

(Nutrition Facts – 160 calories, 0 grams of fat, 200 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 39 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of protein, 140% niacin, 120% vitamin B12, 360% vitamin B6, and 70% pantothenic acid.)

Item: Red Bull Summer Edition Energy Drink
Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 12 oz. can
Purchased at: Received from Red Bull
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Nice tropical flavor. Not in an 8.4-ounce can. 114 milligrams of sweet, sweet caffeine per can. Smooth. Passing drug tests.
Cons: “Colors” is an ingredient? 7-Eleven exclusive. Limited edition. No juice. Not passing drug tests.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 7/24/2014

Written by | July 24, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

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 Mini Donut Ice Cream

Mmm…donuts. (Spotted by Laura at Target.)

GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Breakfast 3

GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Breakfast 2

GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Breakfast 1

I’m sorry. That chocolate almond butter pile looks like a pile of something else. I’m so immature. (Spotted by Sandy at Target.)

Chobani Oats

I don’t see a separate container for the steel cut oats. Does that mean the oats are already in the yogurt? Huh, that’s something different from all the other Greek yogurt. You have my interest, Chobani. (Spotted by Lindsay at Meijer.)

Manny Dollar General

I could’ve sworn I’ve seen Philly Cheesesteak Pringles in my junk food mind palace before. Had to double check. Also, I wonder how Dollar General feels about having an old flavor as an exclusive flavor. (Spotted by Manny at Dollar General.)

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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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Blue Diamond Limited Edition Apple Pie and Cherry Pie Almonds

Written by | July 23, 2014

Topics: Spotted on Shelves

Blue Diamond Limited Edition Apple Pie and Cherry Pie Almonds

Next year, Blue Diamond will turn 105 years old. Now that they’re making almonds that taste like desserts, I hope they do not celebrate with limited edition birthday cake flavored almonds. (Spotted by Rebecca at Walgreens.)

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.

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