NEWS: McDonald’s Cheddar Bacon Onion Sandwiches Coming Soon, Fish McBites Coming Later

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According to Nation’s Restaurant News, McDonald’s will launch the Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus Third Pounder and the Cheddar Bacon Onion Premium Chicken Sandwich later this fall.

The sandwiches feature hickory-smoked bacon, caramelized grilled onions, two slices of white cheddar, and a creamy mustard sauce. The chicken sandwich can be ordered with either a crispy or grilled chicken filet.

NRN also reports McDonald’s will offer Fish McBites nationwide sometime next February.

The Cheddar Bacon Onion sandwiches and the Fish McBites have been in test markets since early this year, so if you’ve tried them, let us know what you think of them in the comments.

Source: Nation’s Restaurant News

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 9/25/2012

It’s another holiday themed Spotted on Shelves this week. Here are some festive (new and old) products found on store shelves. We may or may not review them, but we’d like to let you know what items are popping up. All of these photos come courtesy of TIB reader Kenneth. Thank you, Kenneth!

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When the Halloween season is near, always expect General Mills monster cereals to appear. See Franken Berry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula with their marshmallow pieces. But don’t buy them before Halloween, wait until after when their prices dramatically decreases.

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Betty Crocker offers Boo Berry and Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups treats, but that Count Chocula cereal bar is something I’d rather eat.

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Eggo Seasons Pumpkin Spice Waffles are back! We gave them a positive review last year. To be honest, I was hoping Kellogg’s would come out with a new Limited Edition Eggo variety for the holiday season. I guess there’s a chance they’ll release something for Christmas.

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I guess imitation pumpkin pie-flavored vodka is a festive way to turn a Thanksgiving dinner dysfunctional. Also, with this vodka it’s now possible for me to get drunk from pumpkin pie-flavored vodka and then pass out with my face landing into a pumpkin pie. That would make an awesome Facebook photo.

If you’re out shopping and see a new product on the shelf (or really unusual), snap a picture of it, email it to us at theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com with “Spotted” in the subject line, and you might see it in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

REVIEW: Popchips Ranch Tortilla Chips

Popchips Ranch Tortilla Chips

The Egyptians loved triangles.

I mean, they preserved their dead leaders in them, trusting that this big 5.9-million-ton, three-dimensional triangle would protect the soul of their worldly demi-gods and unleash curses onto unsuspecting grave robbers. That’s faith, people.

Call me a sucker for massive archaeological structures, but I think those ancient Egyptians had something going with their devoted adoration of triangles. Triangles do great things for the world. They inspired cinnamon scones and chiming musical instruments and, now, these Ranch Tortilla Popchips.

Without question, I dig these modest little chips. Crispy and a tad crunchy. The texture’s slightly less dense than a Dorito, but definitely more dense than a Cheeto (a Chorito??).

I like my flavored chips with lots of flavor dust on each chip and those Popchip folk made sure they didn’t skimp on this bag. If this chip were a geological formation, the ranch dusting on these suckers forms the entire crust while the stone-ground corn base serves as the tortilla planet’s core. (Wouldn’t that be cool: if the world’s core was made of tortilla chips?)

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Just imagine: all that ranch-y, tortilla goodness in the Earth’s core…

The corn is a great foundation, tossing around texture and a dash of sweetness all willy-nilly. And, just when you think you’re done, you get that little nostalgic hint of ranch dust that gets left on your fingers, which is perfect for consumption upon your completion of said crunchy snack.

Plus, they’re ranch! Ranch is the culinary embodiment of fun. It calls forth hammocks and lemonade and trampolines. Alchemists accidentally discovered it in their search for gold and uncovered that it made broccoli especially tasty. Without question, ranch, done well, is great, and it’s definitely been treated with the love and care it deserves here.

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With only 4 grams of fat and 120 calories for sixteen chips, these are pretty dad-gum good for you. They’re trans-fat free, void of red dye #5, and have 10% of your daily needs for calcium. If King Tut had been buried with a stash of these babies, I’ve no doubt his calcium-fortified spirit would’ve punched out the Egyptians’ half-jackal, half-human god of Death (that’s Anubis, for all you Jeopardy fans out there…).

The biggest conundrum? These buggers are hard to find. I discovered these sitting between the Flintstone vitamins and overpriced nail polish while I was pandering about at a Duane Reade pharmacy, but have yet to witness them appearing in the groceries. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the test-market phase of their life or perhaps it is because I live on a sinking rock in the Atlantic Ocean, but, either way, they’re so good that I hold on with hope that they will appear more often in the future.

Triangles are simple, which is beautiful, for it is with this simplicity that triangles create especially cool things. There’s the Flatiron building, cherry turnovers, mysterious voids in Bermuda and, now, Popchips in Tortilla form. No question. The ancient Egyptians had it right all along: triangles are amazing.

(Nutrition Facts – 16 chips per serving/28 grams – 120 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Item: Popchips Ranch Tortilla Chips
Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: 3.5 ounce bag
Purchased at: Duane Reade
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Crunchy. Low fat. No artificial dyes. Ranch dust. Calcium. Triangles. Trampolines. King Tut’s mummy punching the Ancient Egyptian god of Death in the nose.
Cons: Difficult to find. Not yet available in plain. Kooky grave robbers. Overpriced nail polish. The world’s core is not made of tortilla chips.

NEWS: Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Pringles May Scare Your Taste Buds

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As you know, pumpkin is an extremely popular flavor this time of year.

It’s so popular that Kellogg’s, the new owners of the Pringles brand, will soon be releasing a limited edition Pumpkin Spice Pringles flavor. Yup, your eyes just read that and your brain is comprehending it.

I know Pumpkin Spice Pringles sound gross, but Kellogg’s has a good track record with pumpkin-flavored products, so I look forward to trying them.

Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Pringles will be a Walmart exclusive.

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

Source: Kellogg’s

NEWS: Pizza Hut…Um, I Mean Domino’s Launches Handmade Pan Pizzas

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Oh, it’s on like Donkey Kong!

With the introduction of Domino’s Handmade Pan Pizza, we’ve just entered Pizza War II. Or it could be Pizza War III, I’m really not keeping track. With their new pan pizza, they’re trying to do what Pizza Hut has been doing for decades — make a pizza with a crispy golden crust that has a buttery flavor.

In a press release, Patrick Doyle, Domino’s Pizza president and chief executive officer, said, “There is a standard out there for pan pizza that we realized could be better.”

Oh snap! Pizza Hut burn!

The new Domino’s Handmade Pan Pizza are made from fresh, never-frozen dough and features two layers of cheese and toppings. To celebrate the new pan pizza, Domino’s is offering a medium two-topping Handmade Pan Pizza for $7.99 each at participating locations.

Our friends over at Grub Grade have a review.