PRIZE DRAWING: Because I Impulsively Purchased A Gift Card While Waiting In A Slow Checkout Line

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While waiting in the checkout line, some people impulsively buy candy, gum, or a copy of the National Enquirer with an unflattering picture of some celebrity. I didn’t buy any of that. Instead, I impulsively purchased a $25 McDonald’s gift card and now I’m giving it away to a lucky Impulsive Buy reader.

If you happen to win the gift card, don’t thank me. You should thank the mother in front of me in the checkout line who requested two price checks and didn’t have her coupons out when she reached the cashier. If I didn’t have to wait in line for as long as I did, I wouldn’t have seen the gift card hanging above the checkout line’s gum and candy shelves, and the idea of a prize drawing wouldn’t have popped into my head.

To enter The Impulsive Buy’s McDonald’s gift card drawing, leave a comment with THIS post. I don’t really care what you say in your comment, but it would be nice if you told me which McDonaldland character you would most want to party with in Las Vegas. For those of you who need a McDonaldland refresher course, Wikipedia has a list of McDonaldland characters.

Please don’t forget to fill out the email field because I’ll be emailing the winner for his or her mailing address. The Impulsive Buy will stop accepting entries on Friday, September 30, 2011 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Only one comment allowed per person, and it’s only open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years old. U.S.-only because the gift card can only be used in the U.S.

There’s one more thing. If you have a Twitter account, you can get an additional entry if you tweet the following before Friday, September 30, 2011 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time:

@theimpulsivebuy I’d like to party with (insert here the McDonaldland character you would like to party with the most) in Vegas. BIG MAC 4 LYFE!

So just copy, paste, insert the McDonaldland character you’d like to party with, and tweet. Only one tweet per Twitter account.

Good luck!

Fine Print: McDonald’s is not affiliated with this prize drawing. The Impulsive Buy promises your email address will not be used to send you email in Arabic. The Impulsive Buy also promises your mailing address will not be used to send you letters to encourage you to switch your car insurance over to State Farm. Bribes will not be accepted. The Impulsive Buy will not be responsible for lost mail, damaged mail, or anything you do in Vegas.

NEWS: Domino’s Artisan Pizza Is Perfect For Those Who Have a Fear of Circles

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Update: Click here to read our Domino’s Artisan Pizza review

Our friends over at Grub Grade broke the news last month about the new Domino’s Artisan Pizzas, and now they’re available nationwide.

The new pizzas come in three varieties:

Spinach & Feta: Alfredo sauce, feta and parmesan-asiago cheeses, fresh baby spinach, and onion toppings on an artisan-style crust.

Italian Sausage & Pepper Trio: Parmesan-asiago cheese and sliced Italian sausage with a trio of roasted red, green, and banana peppers on an artisan-style crust topped with a dash of oregano.

Tuscan Salami & Roasted Veggie: Salami, spinach and onions, roasted red and banana peppers, and a dash of oregano, all over a garlic parmesan sauce on an artisan-style crust.

Grub Grade also posted a review of all three Artisan Pizza varieties.

The rectangle-shaped pizzas serve two and measure 13 inches by 9 inches. They also bring back memories of the rectangle Little Caesar’s Pizza and the rectangle-shaped pizza they served in the cafeteria when I was in grade school.

In Grub Grade’s review, the Artisan pizzas are cut up into six slices, but according to the nutrition facts there are eight servings per pizza. So you’re gonna have to do some math to figure out how many calories and grams of fat each slice provides. I would do it for you, but I’m an Asian who sucks at math, but is awesome at lovemaking.

The nutrition facts for a serving of the Italian Sausage & Pepper Trio has 160 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 330 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein. A serving of Spinach & Feta has 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 250 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 6 grams of protein. Finally, the Tuscan Salami & Roasted Veggie has 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 280 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Source: Grub Grade

NEWS: Popeyes Rol’n Out Dip’n Chick’n

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This week, Popeyes, a place most of you have probably never eaten at, launched their new Dip’n Chick’n for a limited time. The new menu item is made up of chicken breast medallions marinated in Louisiana herbs, breaded, and fried.

Dip’n Chick’n follows Popeyes’ August limited time offer menu item, Rip’n Chick’n, which were partially cut chicken breasts marinated in a blend of chilies and peppers and served with a ranch dipping sauce. If Dip’n Chick’n becomes successful, we might see other boneless chicken breast variations with dipping sauces later this year or next year.

Using my rhyming ability, which I gained from reading a lot of Dr. Seuss and listening to my favorite hip-hop group of all time, A Tribe Called Quest, I going to guess future variations could be Chip’n Chick’n, Drip’n Chick’n, Strip’n Chick’n, Trip’n Chick’n, Grip’n Chick’n, Clip’n Chick’n, Flip’n Chick’n, or Tip’n Chick’n.

Popeyes’ Dip’n Chick’n also comes with a double-sized portion of blackened ranch dipping sauce, Cajun fries and a biscuit. It has a suggested price of $3.99.

NEWS: Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Adds Steakhouse Burgers With Blue Cheese, Onion Strings, Swiss Cheese, Mayo…and I Just Gained A Pound From Typing That


Today, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s announced their newest meat, cheese, and bread creation, the Steakhouse Burgers.

The new Steakhouse Burgers are available in a Six Dollar version or 1/3 lb. or 1/4 lb. sizes and feature a charbroiled, 100% Black Angus beef patty with A.1. steak sauce, crumbled blue cheese, crispy onion strings, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise all on a seeded bun.

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burgers are known for being, um…calorific fatirific sodiumrific substantial and these burgers are no different.

A Six Dollar Steakhouse Thickburger 1,170 calories, 83 grams of fat, 28 grams of saturated fat, 2,240 milligrams of sodium, 68 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 41 grams of protein.

A 1/3 lb. Steakhouse Thickburger 1,010 calories, 66 grams of fat, 20 grams of saturated fat, 2,260 milligrams of sodium, 68 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 38 grams of protein.

A 1/4 lb. Steakhouse Thickburger 740 calories, 52 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 1,580 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 28 grams of protein.

The Steakhouse Thickburger is available now at Hardee’s and will be available at Carl’s Jr. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 21st).

REVIEW: Wrigley’s 5 Swerve Gum

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I’m going to help Wrigley Gum.

I’ve come up with a bunch of names they can use for free for any upcoming Wrigley’s 5 flavor. Why free? Because I’m too lazy (and cheap) to file trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

I was surprised by how easy it was to come up with possible names. If you look at all the current flavors, it appears naming them involves either watching the Weather Channel (Rain, Solstice, Flare, and Vortex), throwing darts at the Periodic Table of Elements (Cobalt), or pulling random words at Urban Dictionary (Elixir, Lush, and Zing). So that’s what I did.

So here you go, Wrigley: Lunar, Polar, Reverb, Iridium, Mackadocious, Tungsten, Arcus, Radium, Aurora, Nickel, Ununhexium, Neon, Xenon, Razor, Fierce, Uranium, Plutonium, Avalanche, Blizzard, Brisk, Thrill, Celsius, Fahrenheit, Savage, Corona, Cyclone, Glam, Dew, Smooth, Flood, Kewl, Freeze, Halo, Radballs, Hurricane, Matrix, Iridescence, Redonkulous, Mist, Nocturnal, Fizzy, Nucleus, Ozone, Sassy, Crystal, Pulse, Solar, Crisp, Storm, Thermal, Thunder, Typhoon, Volcano, Vapor, Wave, Zodiac, and Tits.

You’re welcome, Wrigley.

Swerve was another word I found at Urban Dictionary, but it’s already being used by Wrigley for their latest addition to the 5 Gum line. For some of you who talk or text on your cell phone while driving, I’m pretty sure you’re quite familiar with the word “swerve”…and middle fingers. Wrigley has taken that word and used it to name their latest gum and its ability to go from a tangy to a sweet tropical flavor.

Wrigley’s 5 Swerve Gum is the second tropical flavor in the 5 Gum line, with the other being Lush.

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Swerve’s initial sourness wasn’t harsh and it had a little citrus flavor to it. The sour flavor goes away after 30 seconds and then you’re left with a standard tropical flavor, which tastes like it’s made up of some citrus, pineapple, and another fruit I couldn’t make out. It’s good, but I think I prefer Lush’s tropicalness.

Swerve significantly loses its flavor after 45-60 seconds and become a bit tougher to chew. After 3-4 minutes of chewing, I thought the gum had reached well beyond its end of life and deserved to be placed at (but most likely spat towards) the bottom of Hefty Jones’ Locker, which is what I call my trash bag-lined trash can.

Wrigley’s 5 Swerve Gum is good for about 60-90 seconds, but after that it makes a sharp swerve downhill. So, perhaps, Wrigley should rename this gum using another term I found on Urban Dictionary — Minute Man. Because, like all minute men, it doesn’t last very long.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 stick – 5 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of sugar, 2 grams of sugar alcohol, and 0 grams of protein.)

Item: Wrigley’s 5 Swerve Gum
Price: $1.29
Size: 15 pieces
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Pleasant sour flavor. Good tropical flavor. Sugar-free. How easy it is to come up with possible Wrigley’s 5 gum names. Only five calories per stick. Urban Dictionary.
Cons: Doesn’t last very long. Gets tougher to chew after 60 seconds. Referring to Urban Dictionary for the billionth time in a review. The cost of filing trademarks. People who talk or text on their cell phones while driving.