QUICK REVIEW: Nabisco Ritz Crackerfuls (Bold Buffalo & Ranch and Crunchin’ Chili & Cheese)

Nabisco Ritz Crackerfuls (Bold Buffalo & Ranch and Crunchin' Chili & Cheese)

Purchased Price: $2.50 each
Size: 6 packs/box
Purchased at: Times Supermarket
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Bold Buffalo & Ranch)
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Crunchin’ Chili & Cheese)
Pros: Both are good, but the Crunchin’ Chili & Cheese does a better job of tasting like its name. Now comes in three short filled crackers instead of one long filled cracker (They’re shareable). Crunchin’ Chili & Cheese sometimes tastes like chili powder and sometimes like a Jack in the Box taco. Filling made with real cheese. Buffalo seasoning left on fingers (it’s the only time the Buffalo flavor is distinguishable). Nice mild Buffalo burn.
Cons: Licking the filling like they’re Oreo cookies, because their savory flavors are a little off-putting when consumed by themselves. Has a different crunch than a regular Ritz cracker. Hard to distinguish either flavor with the Bold Buffalo & Ranch one; it has a kind of generic spicy, cheesy flavor. Ranch flavor is missing its tanginess. Use of partially hydrogenated oils.

Nabisco Ritz Crackerfuls Bold Buffalo & Ranch

Nabisco Ritz Crackerfuls Crunchin' Chili & Cheese

Nutrition Facts: 1 pack – Bold Buffalo & Ranch – 140 calories, 70 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat*, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Crunchin’ Chili & Cheese – 140 calories, 70 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat*, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 210 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

*made with partially hydrogenated oils

QUICK REVIEW: Lay’s Fun Wasabi Shrimp Flavor Potato Chips (China)

Lay's Fun Wasabi Shrimp Flavor Potato Chips

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 75 grams
Purchased at: Received from a friend
Rating: 3 out of 10
Pros: Enjoyable mild wasabi flavor; very little wasabi heat. Kind of smells like McDonald’s Hot Mustard Sauce. Whatever I eat to get the flavor of these chips out of my mouth.
Cons: Not fun after the wasabi flavor goes away. Do I taste cheese? Shrimp isn’t noticeable until the aftertaste. Smells fishy. I can’t eat much of it. Gagged twice while eating my way through the bag. Dollop of wasabi on the bag looks as sad as I do while eating these chips.

Lay's Fun Wasabi Shrimp Flavor Potato Chips Closeup

Nutrition Facts: 30 grams – 656 kcal, 9.2 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 144 milligrams of sodium, 16.2 grams of carbohydrates, 1.7 grams of protein.

QUICK REVIEW: Lay’s Cheese Lobster Potato Chips (China)

Lay's Cheese Lobster Potato Chips (China)

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 45 gram bag
Purchased at: Received from a friend
Rating: 4 out of 10
Pros: Cheese flavoring makes it somewhat tolerable. Not as gross as I thought it would be. Having some English translation on the packaging. It’s a regular flavor in China, so if you find yourself there, you can pick these up. Lobster on packaging looks like it enjoys having cheese poured on it.
Cons: Couldn’t really taste lobster; it has more of a generic seafood flavor. The cheese flavoring, at times, tastes like butter. Smells sweet. I couldn’t eat an entire bag in one sitting. Makes my fingers greasier than regular potato chips. Putting cheese on lobster sounds weird, but that’s the American in me talking.

Lay's Cheese Lobster Potato Chips (China) Closeup

Nutrition Facts: 993 kJ, 14.4 grams of fat, 215 milligrams of sodium, 23.9 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.4 grams of protein.

Other reviews: AsiaObscura, Revolting Snacks, cbthechaser

NEWS: Mashed Potato Burger From McDonald’s China Could Be A Knockoff of Another Country’s Burger

There are companies in China that make cheap knockoffs of things like iPads, designer sunglasses, Nike shoes, and BMW automobiles. Copyright laws in China are…well, let’s just say copyright in China is copyallright. At first, I didn’t think the new McDonald’s China Mashed Potato Beef Burger sounded like a knockoff of another country’s burger, but after doing some research, it might just be.

Here in the United States Burger King had a burger topped with mashed potatoes and Burger King Taiwan had a burger called the Mashed Potato Beef Burger. Okay, so perhaps it’s not a knockoff of another country’s burger, but it is a knockoff of another company’s burger.

The McDonald’s China Mashed Potato Beef Burger is made up of two 100 percent beef patties, bacon, lettuce, some kind of sauce, and a layer of mashed potatoes. I’m lovin’ it…and I’m hatin’ it at the same time because we can’t get it here in the United States. If you happen to find yourself in China to buy a cheap iPad knockoff, a Mashed Potato Beef Burger will cost you 19.5 yuan (about three US dollars).

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THE WEEK IN REVIEWS – 4/9/2011

Rabbit ! / Kaninchen!

Here are a few product reviews posted this week from other blogs we follow.

With this Peter Rabbit Gummy Candy, I can finally make a video version of the new dark Peter Rabbit story I wrote called, The Tale of Peter Rabbit Getting His Limbs Bitten Off One At A Time. (via Candyblog)

Hey, Twix! Now that you’ve got Twix Coconut out of the way, how about bringing back Cookies-n-Creme Twix from the 1990s? Come on, man. Retro is in. (via Rodzilla Reviews)

Innovative Candy Concepts may call their product Too Tarts Melted Ice Cream Spray Candy, but I’m going to call it Something To Give My Future Children To Spray Into The Eyes Of Strangers Who Come Too Close To Them. (via Clearance Cuisine)

As a kid, and after being told you are what you eat, I thought eating Hello Panda would turn me into a panda, so I ate a lot of them. It didn’t turn me into a panda, but it did make me as round as one. (via Food Junk)

I’m no cardiologist, but I believe dipping a sub sandwich filled with chicken, bacon and spicy mayo into cheese is perfectly fine. (via Junk Food Betty)