FAST FOOD NEWS: Baskin-Robbins Oreo ‘N Caramel Ice Cream

Baskin Robbins Oreo  N Caramel Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins’ Flavor of the Month for March 2018 is Oreo ‘N Caramel. It features salty caramel ice cream, Oreo cookie pieces, and a caramel swirl.

A small scoop has 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 115 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Baskin-Robbins’ website.)

REVIEW: Mtn Dew Kickstart Energizing Original Dew

Mtn Dew Kickstart Energizing Original Dew

Mtn Dew Kickstart Energizing Original Dew is giving us a possible taste of the future…

…a dystopian future.

Oh, wait. I mean DEWstopian DEWture.

Over the past year or so, PepsiCo has made an effort to lower the amount of sugar in its beverages. In the Mtn Dew Universe, we’ve seen the advancement of this plan with most of the new flavors, like Ice and Game Fuel.

Instead of using only high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), they contain a cocktail of HFCS, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. This has resulted in:

  1. Lower sugar amounts that are around half of previous Mtn Dew flavors.
  2. A flood angry tweets, Reddit comments, and Facebook posts from Dew fans chastising the change.

The original flavors have been immune to this, and, I believe, it’s been stated they will never change. But I feel as if the new Kickstart Energizing Original Dew is the toe being dipped into the radioactive green pool sweetened with HFCS, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium to find out if original Mtn Dew COULD change. Because this Kickstart flavor, which has that trio of sweeteners, is what I imagine the original would taste like if it’s reformulated to lower its sugar content.

From what I’ve experienced with those Dew flavors that have been cursed with the saccharine salmagundi, they’ve all tasted, for a lack of a better word, diet-y. And after taking my first sip of this, I thought someone secretly replaced what should’ve been in the can with a flat store brand version of Diet Mtn Dew. But it’s not quite like a diet soda since it has 20 grams of sugar per can. It looks and tastes as if it’s in the Dew family, but like a second cousin or something.

Mtn Dew Kickstart Ultra Energizing Original Dew

But while Kickstart Energizing Original Dew tastes like a diet knockoff, so does the Kickstart ULTRA version, a beverage with less than one gram of sugar per can. It’s able to accomplish this by swapping the HFCS with coconut water. This makes it taste a bit more diet-y than the regular one. It also makes it easier to drink. Actually, both are smoother than original and diet Dew.

Overall, I like both of these new Kickstart varieties, but I enjoy them as much as most of the others in the line. So they didn’t stand out, even though they’re based on the original.

I find them to be more palatable than regular Diet Mtn Dew and I like that they have a little bit more caffeine per ounce than the original soda. So if this is the future of original Mtn Dew, I’d be okay with it.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 can – Kickstart – 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 170 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein and 90 milligrams of caffeine. Kickstart Ultra – 5 calories, 0 grams of fat, 180 milligrams of sodium, 1 gram of carbs, less than 1 gram of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 90 milligrams of caffeine.)

Purchased Price: $1.89 each
Size: 16 fl. oz. can
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Kickstart)
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Kickstart Ultra)
Pros: Less sugar than regular Mtn Dew. Better tasting than Diet Mtn Dew. Kickstart Ultra is a better name for Kickstart varieties with coconut water than Hydrating Boost.
Cons: Won’t be enjoyed by those who don’t like PepsiCo’s efforts to put less sugar in Mtn Dew. Tastes like what I imagine original Mtn Dew would taste like if PepsiCo tried to lower its sugar content. The DEWstopian DEWture

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (TRADER JOE’S EDITION) – 3/2/2018

Here are some new Trader Joe’s products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Trader Joe s Organic Rainbow Cauliflower

Trader Joe’s Organic Rainbow Cauliflower

Trader Joe s Indonesian Flores Small Lot Coffee

Trader Joe’s Indonesian Flores Small Lot Coffee

Trader Joe s Select Harvest Curated Coffee 50 50 Guatamalan Indian Estate

Trader Joe’s Select Harvest Curated Coffee 50/50 Guatemalan/Indian Estate

Trader Joe s Electric Buzz Coffee Cups

Trader Joe’s Electric Buzz Coffee Cups

Trader Joe s 100 Mango Juice from Carabao Mangoes

Trader Joe’s 100% Mango Juice from Carabao Mangoes

(Spotted by Sylvia at Trader Joe’s.)

Trader Joe s Marsala Style Sauce

Trader Joe’s Marsala Style Sauce

Trader Joe s Creamy Tomato Soup Seasoned Crackers

Trader Joe’s Creamy Tomato Soup Seasoned Crackers

(Spotted by Rachel C at Trader Joe’s.)

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.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Tillamook Special Batch Sea Salt & Honeycomb Toffee Frozen Custard

Tillamook Special Batch Sea Salt  Honeycomb Toffee Frozen Custard

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

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.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dunkin’ Donuts Mint Brownie Donut

Dunkin Donuts Mint Brownie Donut

Update: We reviewed it! Click here to read our review.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ newest sweet round thing is the Mint Brownie Donut.

The St. Patrick’s Day-inspired treat is a yeast shell donut filled with a mint brownie batter-flavored buttercreme and topped with a layer of light green icing and brownie crumbles.

It has 370 calories, 19 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 370 milligrams of sodium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Dunkin’ is also offering another new donut, but it’s less exciting than the Mint Brownie one. The festive Spring Fling Donut has dark purple icing and special flower sprinkles. There’s also a Spring Fling version of Dunkin’s Munchkins that are cold dipped and rolled in flower sprinkles.

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

(Image via Dunkin’ Donuts’ website.)