FAST FOOD NEWS: McDonald’s McCafe French Toast Muffins

McDonald's McCafe French Toast Muffins

Impulsive Buy reader Candice H sent in this photo of an ad for their local McDonald’s in Amherst, Ohio. It features a photo of a new McCafé Muffin flavor — French Toast.

The fast food chain has been offering muffins for a while, but they seem to be part of either a long term test or a regional rollout. There’s no information about the new French Toast Muffin on the McDonald’s website. All we have is this photo that allows us to dream what it’ll taste like, which I can only imagine is maple, cinnamon, and a little bit of egg.

If you’ve seen it at your local McDonald’s or tried it, let us know in the comments.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 12/12/2016

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.

Trolli Sour Brite Curvy Canes

Trolli Sour Brite Curvy Canes

These could also be named Trolli Sour Brite Car Melted Canes. (Spotted by Sylvia at CVS.)

Baileys White Russian Truffle Creamer

Baileys White Russian Truffle Creamer

(Spotted by Dave C at Hy-Vee.)

Sanders Fine Chocolate Elf Bites

Sanders Fine Chocolate Elf Bites

I saw the legs, I saw the word “elf,” then I saw the “b,” and then I assumed it was going to say “balls.” (Spotted by Sylvia at Sprouts.)

Kingsmill Creamy Hot Cocoa (Aztec Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Salted Caramel)

Kingsmill Creamy Hot Cocoa (Aztec Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Salted Caramel)

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

H-E-B Limited Edition Cilantro Lime Crema Tortilla Chips

H-E-B Limited Edition Cilantro Lime Crema Tortilla Chips

I wonder if this will taste like soap with some people. (Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Krusteaz Michigan Cherry Supreme Bar Mix

Krusteaz Michigan Cherry Supreme Bar Mix

No love for the Rainier Cherry? (Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

Oroweat Prime Baked Crustini Rolls

Oroweat Prime Baked Crustini Rolls

Optimus Prime Baked would make a great tie-in for the upcoming Transformers movie. (Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

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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REVIEW: Ghirardelli Limited Edition Milk Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Squares

Ghirardelli Limited Edition Milk Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Squares

With some chocolate and mint candies it feels as if your mouth was assaulted by multiple candy canes or 9 out of the 10 dentists who recommend a particular toothpaste armed with the toothpaste they recommend. But that’s not the case with these Ghirardelli Limited Edition Milk Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Squares.

They have a mild peppermint flavor that doesn’t overpower the milk chocolate exterior or “brownie” filling. What’s with the quotation marks? I’ll get to that in a moment.

The filling has tiny crunchy bits and you might think it’s peppermint candy because everything about the packaging SCREAMS peppermint candy, but it’s not. Digging one out of my mouth reveals they’re mint chocolate cookie crumbs that look like part of a cavity all 10 of those dentists would remove from a mouth.

The milk chocolate is creamy and the filling is smooth, but with every square I’ve eaten I keep wondering when the ”brownie” flavor will show up. I’ve had enough brownies in my lifetime to know what they taste like and I don’t get an inkling of the baked good in these.

Ghirardelli Limited Edition Milk Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Squares 2

The squares have the right balance of milk chocolate and mint, the filling is smooth, and I love the crunchy cookie bits. But what excited me about these was the word “brownie” and I didn’t get any of it with flavor or texture.

For a minty chocolate candy, they’re really pleasing. And if the squares were used as tile in the bathroom of the witch in Hansel and Gretel, she would have to redo it after every time I came over because I would eat most of it.

But as I lay on her bathroom floor made from Ghirardelli Limited Edition Milk Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Squares, stuffing my face with the surface I’m lying on, I’ll be extremely disappointed they didn’t have brownie flavor or peppermint candy bits in them.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 square – 80 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 10 milligrams of sodium, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.49
Size: 5.1 oz. bag
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Wonderful mint and chocolate squares. Crunchy bits add a pleasant texture. Creamy milk chocolate. Brushing your teeth. Being able to leave the witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel without being eaten.
Cons: No brownie flavor. No peppermint candy bits. The witch in Hansel and Gretel sending me the bill for her bathroom repairs. Cavities.