REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND – Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, ID Light Mocha Iced Coffee, Outshine Coconut Waters Banana

Here are some quick reviews of new-ish products we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

Item: Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
Purchased Price: $2.50 (on sale)
Size: 8.6 ounces
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Decent number of cream cheese drops and dark chocolate chunks. It’s new. It’s a cookie.
Cons: Lacks strong cheesecake flavor. Cookie falls apart easily. Kind of lacks chocolate flavor too. Did I mention the cookie falls apart easily? One cookie provides almost a quarter of your daily intake for saturated fat.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie – 160 calories, 80 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 120 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Junk Food Guy, Brand Eating

International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee Light

Item: International Delight Light Mocha Iced Coffee
Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: Half gallon
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Tastes like chocolate milk made with Hershey’s syrup, which I liked. 1/3 fewer calories than regular International Delight Iced Coffee. Has around 40 percent less sugar than regular ID iced coffee. Contains 56 milligrams of caffeine.
Cons: If you like the flavor of coffee, you probably won’t like this because the coffee flavor is masked very well. Thinner than regular ID Iced Coffee. If you dislike artificial sweeteners, it has sucralose and ace K.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup – 100 calories, 25 calories from fat, 2.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, and 10% calcium.

Dreyer's Outshine Coconut Waters with Banana

Item: Dreyer’s Outshine Coconut Waters with Banana
Purchased Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 6 bars
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Wonderful flavor. Nice balance of coconut and banana. Easy to bite through. No fat. Decent source of vitamin C. Made with coconut water and banana puree. Sooo awesome to eat on a muggy day here on this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Cons: Don’t get much flavor when licking or sucking on it. Despite it containing bananas, there’s no potassium listed on the nutrition label. The sadness that sets in after finishing one on a muggy day.
Nutrition Facts: 1 bar – 60 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 45 milligrams of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 20% vitamin C.

REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND – Frank’s RedHot, Chile y Limón, and Salsa de Chile Habanero Pringles

Here are some quick reviews of limited edition Pringles we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Pringles Frank's Red Hot Original

Item: Pringles Frank’s RedHot Original
Purchased Price: $1.50
Size: 5.96 oz. can
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Actually tastes like Frank’s RedHot Sauce. Had a strong, lip-puckering vinegar presence. Frank’s RedHot Pepper Cayenne Pepper Sauce Power listed high-up as an actual ingredient. Hot sauce flavor was not too overpowering.
Cons: Oddly uneven flavor powder distribution. Would have liked less lip-burning and more mouth-spicing. Bright red powder will stain your fingers. Vinegar may be too strong for some.
Nutrition Facts: 1 ounce (approximately 15 crisps) – 150 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 330 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 6% vitamin C.
Other Pringles Frank’s RedHot Original reviews: Junk Food Guy, Chip Review

Pringles Chile y Limo?n

Item: Pringles Chile y Limón
Purchased Price: $1.50
Size: 5.96 oz. can
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Had a nice chile flavor, not just heat. Chile, vinegar and lime flavors played well together. The heat that was present was well-balanced.
Cons: Lime flavor was a bit too strong for my taste. Chile should have been more dominant. Ingredients are vague (“spice”, “natural flavor”). Please stop staining my fingers with bright red powder.
Nutrition Facts: 1 ounce (approximately 15 crisps) – 150 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 220 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 2% calcium, and 6% vitamin C.
Other Pringles Chile y Limón reviews: Junk Food Guy, Fatguy Food Blog, Spoil Your Dinner

Pringles Salsa de Chile Habanero

Item: Pringles Salsa de Chile Habanero
Purchased Price: $1.50
Size: 5.96 oz. can
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Habanero heat sneaks up on you, then punches you in the back of the throat. Faint tomato/garlic flavor hits first, which is nice. Legitimately hot potato crisp.
Cons: Salsa flavor is not that pronounced. Habanero may be too hot for some. You may sweat or breathe heavily if you eat these in public. More bright red finger staining.
Nutrition Facts: 1 ounce (approximately 15 crisps) – 150 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 140 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 6% vitamin C.
Other reviews: Chip Review, Junk Food Guy, Spoil Your Dinner

REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND – Häagen-Dazs Bourbon Pecan Praline, Simple Orange with Banana, & Atkins Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble

Here are some quick reviews of new-ish products we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Ha?agen-Dazs Bourbon Pecan Praline

Item: Ha?agen-Dazs Bourbon Pecan Praline Ice Cream
Purchased Price: $3.50 (on sale)
Size: 14 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: It tastes like I could get drunk from it. Bourbon ice cream had a wonderful flavor that went well with the buttery and sweet praline pecans. Decent amount of crunchy pralines pecans. No bourbon burn, which would be weird with an ice cream. Didn’t get drunk from it.
Cons: At times, the combo of bourbon ice cream with brown sugar bourbon swirl was a bit cloying. Bourbon not listed in ingredients. Limited edition. Didn’t get drunk from it, but I did find myself making out with the container, so maybe I did.
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup – 280 calories, 150 calories from fat, 17 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Matt Hearts Ice Cream

Simple Orange with Banana

Item: Simple Orange Juice with Banana
Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 58 fl. oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: A pleasant orange juice variation. Slight banana flavor complements the orange juice. Good source of potassium. Orange juice not from concentrate. Provides 100 percent of our vitamin C.
Cons: Has only 10 milligrams more potassium than regular Simply Orange. Barely noticeable banana aroma. I wish it had a bit more banana flavor. Doesn’t come in a huge jug I can do curls with to build my biceps.
Nutrition Facts: 8 fl oz. – 120 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 0 milligrams of sodium, 460 milligrams of potassium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.

Atkins Day Break Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble

Item: Atkins Day Break Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble
Purchased Price: $3.99 (on sale)
Size: 7 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Decent flavor. Sausage has a pleasant mild flavor. Looks like a lot of food before being microwaved. Makes my kitchen smell like bell peppers. Lots of sausage. Surprisingly, non-dried out eggs have flavor. Awesome source of protein. 5 grams of Atkins Net Carbs for you Atkins dieteers.
Cons: Everything shrinking dramatically after being microwaved. Some eggs were dried out. Cheese not noticeable. Awesome source of saturated fat. Pricey.
Nutrition Facts: 370 calories, 260 calories from fat, 29 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 400 milligrams of cholesterol, 1030 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, 22 grams of protein, 20% vitamin A, 20% calcium, 35% vitamin C, and 10% iron.

REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND – Dr Pepper Gum, Doritos Ranch Hot Wings Jacked, Tostitos Cantina & BK Loaded Tots

Here are some quick reviews of new-ish products we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Wrigley's Hubba Bubba Dr Pepper Bubble Gum

Item: Wrigley’s Hubba Bubba Dr Pepper Bubble Gum
Purchased Price: $1.49
Size: 5 pieces
Purchased at: Walgreens
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Tastes almost like Dr Pepper. Soft chew when it has flavor. Flavor lasts for a few minutes. If I had the ability, I could blow bubbles the size of my head with this gum. Sweetened using sugar, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners.
Cons: My inability to blow bubble gum bubbles bigger than my fist (I have small fists). Only five pieces. Not a soft chew after the flavor goes away; it gives my jaw a low impact workout. I feel like I need to brush my teeth after chewing it.
Nutrition Facts: N/A
Other reviews: TV and Gum Are Awesome

Doritos Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings

Item: Doritos Jacked Ranch Dipped Hot Wings
Purchased Price: $3.50 (on sale)
Size: 10 oz. bag
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Pleasing tangy hot wing sauce flavor with a bit of creaminess. There’s a slight chicken flavor thanks to the ingredient chicken fat. Hearty crunch. Huge chips. New Doritos logo.
Cons: Red hue makes them look evil, but they aren’t very hot. Not as addictive as most other Doritos varieties. Smelling them will burn nostrils, just like real hot wings. Not for MSG haters.
Nutrition Facts: 1 oz. – 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 290 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Junk Food Guy, Brand Eating, Chip Review

Tostitos Cantina Thin & Crispy

Item: Tostitos Cantina Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips
Purchased Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 9 oz. bag
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Tastes like other Tostitos tortilla chips. Simple ingredients. Crispy. With some Corona beers and these chips, you could make your Taco Bell meal seem like it’s from a cantina.
Cons: Tastes like other Tostitos tortilla chips. Too fragile for thicker salsas.
Nutrition Facts: 1 oz. – 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 110 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Spoil Your Dinner

Burger King Loaded Tater Tots

Item: Burger King Loaded Tater Tots
Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: 8 pieces
Purchased at: Burger King
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: At times, it kind of tastes like a loaded baked potato. Slightly crunchy exterior. Longer than BK’s Cheesy Tots. Better than Burger King’s fries. Available in 8, 10, or 12 pieces. BK’s changing menu.
Cons: Not a lot of bacon flavor and can’t taste the bacon at all in some tots. Light cheese flavor. Potatoes inside looked more like mashed potatoes than tater tots. Not as satisfying as BK’s Cheesy Tots. Made with partially hydrogenated oil.
Nutrition Facts: 380 calories, 22 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 640 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, and 10 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Junk Food Betty, Brand Eating

REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND (FREEZER AISLE EDITION) – 4/2/2013

Here are some quick reviews of new-ish freezer aisle products we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Hungry-Man Garlic Sauce Saute Chicken Power Meal

Item: Hungry-Man Garlic Sauce Saute Chicken Power Meal
Purchased Price: $3.99 (on sale)
Size: 12 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Hearty meal. Lots of corn, carrots, and broccoli. Pasta cooked perfectly. Nutrition facts are closer to Lean Cuisine meals than to other Hungry-Man meals. Corn tastes like the stuff in Swanson frozen meals, which I kind of like. Long plastic tray make me feel like I’m eating from a trough.
Cons: Need a stronger garlic sauce or more of it. Could use a bit more chicken. Pricey. Chicken was more salty than flavorful, and was a little dried out. Left a fine grittiness in my mouth.
Nutrition Facts: 320 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 630 milligrams of sodium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein, 30% vitamin A, 10% calcium, 30% vitamin C, and 10% iron.

Totino's Pizzeria Cheesy Garlic Rolls

Item: Totino’s Pizzeria Cheesy Garlic Rolls
Purchased Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 19.8 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Pleasant garlic flavor. Easy to make. 40 rolls per bag. Better when heated up in the oven. There’s some about the crust that I love.
Cons: Garlic not strong enough to fend off vampires. Slightly weird buttery flavor. Innards oozes out in the oven. Innards oozes out in the microwave. Trans fat.
Nutrition Facts: 6 rolls – 210 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 390 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, 7 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Fat Guy Food Blog

Totino's Pizzeria Meatball Marinara Rolls

Item: Totino’s Pizzeria Meatball Marinara Rolls
Purchased Price: $3.00 (on sale)
Size: 19.8 oz.
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Tasty. Its flavor reminds me of a sausage Totino’s Party Pizza. Decent tasting sauce. Lots of sauce. Frozen ones can be used to pelt your enemies.
Cons: Sauce, cheese, and meat oozes out in the microwave. Sauce, cheese, and meat oozes out in the microwave. Not a lot of cheese. Good source of trans fat. Being the target of people throwing frozen Totino’s Pizzeria Rolls.
Nutrition Facts: 6 rolls – 200 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, 7 grams of protein.
Other reviews: Fat Guy Food Blog

Morningstar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Item: Morningstar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burgers
Purchased Price: $3.99 (on sale)
Size: 4 patties
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Mild chickpea flavor with a bit of onion and garlic. 100% vegetarian. Low fat. Good source of fiber. They look and taste better than Morningstar Farms regular veggie burger patties. Decent source of protein.
Cons: Chickpeas tend to explode in the microwave. Spinach and tomatoes aren’t noticeable. Patties will look small on top of premium buns.
Nutrition Facts: 1 burger – 110 calories, 40 calories from fat, 4.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 240 milligrams of sodium, 170 milligrams of potassium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, 10 grams of protein.

REVIEW LIGHTNING ROUND (YOGURT EDITION) – 3/28/2013

Here are some quick reviews of new-ish yogurt varieties we’re too lazy to write full reviews for:

Yoplait Pro-Force Mixed Berry Burst

Item: Yoplait Pro-Force Mixed Berry Burst
Purchased Price: $2.49 (on sale)
Size: 4 3.5 oz. cups
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nice generic berry flavor. Fat free. Good source of calcium. No berry seeds. Good source of protein and calcium. Contains live and active cultures. Product name doesn’t have a Z that replaces an S.
Cons: No chunks of fruit; blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry flavors come in the form of puree. An adult eating kids yogurt. Product name is kind of silly; it’s as if they’re saying they want to force protein into kids.
Nutrition Facts: 1 container – 90 calories, 0 grams of fat, 60 milligrams of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, 9 grams of protein, and 25% calcium.

Yoplait GoGurt Twisted Strawberry Mango Tango

Item: Yoplait GoGurt Twisted Strawberry Mango Tango
Purchased Price: $3.00
Size: 8 2.25-oz. tubes
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Strawberry Mango combo is tasty. Very portable. Contains live and active cultures. Gluten free. No spoon needed.
Cons: It’s disappointing the yogurts were not in separate chambers. Two colors in every tube that look like one color when I open the box. Not that great of a source for protein and calcium. Trivia printed on tubes will help your kids become know-it-alls.
Nutrition Facts: 1 tube – 70 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, and 10% calcium.

YoCrunch Blueberry Yopa

Item: YoCrunch Yopa! Blueberry with Granola
Purchased Price: 62 cents (on sale)
Size: 5.3 ounces
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nice blueberry flavor. Fruit on the bottom. Good source of protein. Contains live and active cultures. Granola provides a nice crunch.
Cons: Unnecessary exclamation point in name. Not as tangy as other Greek yogurt I’ve had. My urge to say, “Yopa! Gangnam Style!”
Nutrition Facts (with topping): 180 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 105 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein, and 15% calcium.

YoCrunch Yopa! Toasted Almonds Greek Yogurt

Item: YoCrunch Yopa! Vanilla with Toasted Almonds
Purchased Price: 62 cents (on sale)
Size: 5.3 ounces
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Surprisingly good (I thought it was going to be boring). Vanilla-y with a hint of almonds. Crunchy almonds. It’s got live and active cultures: it’s what digestive systems crave! Almonds provide more protein and vitamin E. Good source of protein.
Cons: May seem like a boring flavor to some. Not as tangy as other Greek yogurt I’ve had. Stop it with the exclamation points. See, I didn’t use one in the previous sentence; I totally could’ve. Has same amount of sugar as a Pop-Tart.
Nutrition Facts (with topping): 200 calories, 8 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, 15 grams of protein, 20% calcium, and 20% vitamin E.

YoCrunch Breakfast Blends with Post Fruity Pebbles

Item: YoCrunch Breakfast Blends with Post Fruity Pebbles
Purchased Price: $1.50 (on sale)
Size: 4 3.75-oz. cups
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Might possibly be better than Fruity Pebbles in milk. Fat free. Gluten free. Crispy Fruity Pebbles cereal. Contains live and active cultures. Perfect Fruity Pebbles to yogurt ratio.
Cons: Should’ve been Cocoa Pebbles (which is better). Size is only enough to be part of a complete breakfast. Not a great source of calcium.
Nutrition Facts: 90 calories, 0 grams of fat, 80 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein, and 10% calcium.