SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 2/5/2016

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.

Dunkin' Donuts S'more Ground Coffee
Dunkin’ Donuts S’mores Ground Coffee

Try it hot or iced. Try it after you’ve been sitting in a four-hour meeting that was supposed to be only 30 minutes. (Spotted by Chris B at Target.)

Cheddar Hot Buffalo Spicy Chex Mix and Bugles Snack Mix
Cheddar Hot Buffalo Spicy Chex Mix and Bugles Snack Mix

This seems like a combination that should’ve happened earlier. (Spotted by Dustin at Jewel Osco.)

Sam's Choice Soups 1
Sam’s Choice Soups 1

Sam's Choice Soups 2
Sam’s Choice Soups 2

Campbell’s…I mean, SAMpbell’s soup. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears and Gummy Worms
Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears and Gummy Worms

Organic gummy bears > gummy bears > sugar-free gummy bears. (Spotted by Sylvia at Ralphs.)

Haribo Twin Snakes Gummi Candy
Haribo Twin Snakes Gummi Candy

One is sweet, one is sour, and…holy crap! They’re both bigger than a bear! (Spotted by Sylvia at Ralphs.)

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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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Heinz Carolina and Memphis BBQ Sauces

Heinz Carolina and Memphis BBQ Sauces

I’m gonna squirt Carolina and Memphis BBQ sauce on EVERYTHING! (Spotted by Stephen B at Meijer.)

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.

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Burger King Extra Long Fish Sandwich

BK Extra Long Fish Sandwich

For years Burger King offered their Big Fish sandwich during Lent season. But this year the Big Fish has been replace with their new Extra Long Fish Sandwich.

It features a panko-breaded White Alaskan Pollock, iceberg lettuce, sweet tartar sauce, and pickles on the warm toasted hoagie bun we’ve seen a lot of over the past year and a half.

The sandwich has 570 calories, 29 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 1500 milligrams of sodium, 58 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Burger King’s website)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Sun Chips Veggie Harvest (Farmhouse Ranch and Tomato, Basil & Cheese)

Sun Chips Veggie Harvest (Farmhouse Ranch and Tomato, Basil & Cheese)

Huh. I thought original versions of Sun Chips were made with real veggies and whole grains. (Spotted by Chris B at Safeway.)

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.

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REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Cake My Day Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Limited Batch Cake My Day Ice Cream

Okay. Ben and Jerry’s has an ice cream name that includes number six on AFI’s 100 movie quotes, Dirty Harry’s “Go ahead, make my day.” Let’s see how I fare with the rest of the top six:

“Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give a Graham” — Ground up graham crackers, pieces of Clark bars in a vanilla Confederate base.

“An Offer He Can’t Re-fudge” – Orange ice cream swirled with fudge and bits of cannoli.

“I Coulda Been a Gum-tender” – Bubble gum-flavored bits for chewing scenery in a Terry-misu ice cream.

“Not in Kumquat Anymore” — Technicolor swirl of various fruit flavors in a lollipop candy base, conspicuously no kumquat (we’re not in kumquat).

“Here’s Looking at You, Squid” — Squid-flavored ice cream, with squid ink core.

Good job, Kevin. No, great job. So how’s Cake My Day? It’s vanilla cake batter ice cream with vanilla cake pieces, buttercream frosting and raspberry swirl. And did it “cake” my day? “Pie” will “tart” you — and “donut” “streusel” — but it’s a “lemon meringue” “babka” so when there’s “muffin” left, it’s “flan.”

Oh gosh. Sorry about that. Clears throat.

“I will tell you — and do not stress — but it’s a limited batch so when there’s nothing left, it’s gone.”

Ben & Jerry's Limited Batch Cake My Day Ice Cream 2

The cake is in tiny off-white balls, scattered amongst the creamy, soft ice cream. The buttercream frosting gives it a rich kick and makes the entire thing smell like a frozen cream puff. The raspberry swirl surfs on a wave of cake-y undertones. It features that unmistakable raspberry-in-form-other-than-whole-fruit taste. Is there a word for that phenomenon, like in German?

Anyway, some people might not like that pseudo-pungent, nose-twisty taste, but I think it gives it a decent personality. In fact, it is the only personality in this ice cream. The cake bits give it a good counterbalance of flavor but ultimately the raspberry is the prevailing taste. It’s swirled in there nice for a great visual and is also present in every bite, which gets a tiny bit repetitive as the plainness of the cake batter plateaus out into normal.

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It’s a solid, if not sweet, bite of ice cream though. You ever have a birthday cake for an aunt who collects spoons from around the world? She watches Supernatural. She roots for Tom Brady. Her favorite movie is The Notebook and her jeans ride high on her waist. Well, that birthday cake is mashed into an ice cream and it’s this ice cream right here.

Come to think of it, maybe Ben and Jerry aren’t into movie quotes. “Ben and Jerry” rhymes with “Dirty Harry.” Maybe they’re into Clint Eastwood, and will continue Clint Eastwood-related flavor names. I just really hope one of his movies rhymes with “squid.”

(Nutrition Facts – 1/2 cup – 280 calories, 16 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 55 grams of cholesterol, 65 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 23 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.)

Item: Ben & Jerry’s Limited Batch Cake My Day Ice Cream
Purchased Price: $3.49
Size: 1 pint
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Ice cream balances raspberry flavor well with buttercream base. Tasty and evokes a cake well.
Cons: One note.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 2/4/2016

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.

Care One Limited Time Originals Maple Bacon Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap
Care One Limited Time Originals Maple Bacon Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap

Giant Limited Time Originals Maple Cinnamon Infused 100% Pure Maple Syrup
Giant Limited Time Originals Maple Cinnamon Infused 100% Pure Maple Syrup

Giant Simply Enjoy Maple Bourbon Fig Preserves
Giant Simply Enjoy Maple Bourbon Fig Preserves

Giant Limited Time Originals Uncured Bacon & Shallot Macaroni & Cheese
Giant Limited Time Originals Uncured Bacon & Shallot Macaroni & Cheese

More Giant/Stop & Shop Limited Time Originals maple and bacon products. Here are the gazillion bacon and maple products we covered earlier. (Spotted by Tom and James D at Stop & Shop.)

Russell Stover Limited Edition Banana Whip Egg
Russell Stover Limited Edition Banana Whip Egg

Not gonna lie. The phrase “banana whip” is kind of funny. (Spotted by Grant at Thrifty White Pharmacy.)

ThinkThins Dark Chocolate Protein Nut Bites
ThinkThins Dark Chocolate Protein Nut Bites

There’s also a white chocolate version. (Spotted by Elizabeth L at CVS.)

Smari Organic Icelandic Yogurt (Pineapple, Key Lime, and New Orleans Coffee)
Smari Organic Icelandic Yogurt (Pineapple, Key Lime, and New Orleans Coffee)

All the Icelandic Skyr brands I know of have cute names. There’s Smari and Siggi’s. I wish there was a skyr brand with a boring, serious name, like…Icelandic Provisions. (Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

Icelandic Provision Skyr
Icelandic Provision Skyr

Awesome! Wish granted. (Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

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’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.