SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Betty Crocker Marshmallow Cookie Crumble Brownie Mix

Betty Crocker Marshmallow Cookie Crumble Brownie Mix

Drooling. (Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

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REVIEW: 7-Eleven Blue Raspberry Slurpee Donut

7-Eleven’s new Blue Raspberry Slurpee Donut

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. The weather is heating up and the chum is in the water. That can only mean one thing…

*Cue a knockoff version of the theme from JAWS, because I couldn’t clear the rights to the John Williams original.*

It’s Shark Week!

Ok, ok, I jumped the flare gun a bit there, Shark Week isn’t actually until the end of June. While you can’t get your fix of ridiculous Megalodon myths and pulse-racing Surfer-Brah horror tales until next month, you can currently get a taste of Shark Week at your local 7-Eleven.

One of the big merchandising tie-ins for this year’s Shark Week is 7-Eleven’s new Blue Raspberry Slurpee Donut.

Why?

Well, it’s blue. The ocean is blue. Sharks live in the ocean. The week is named after sharks. So, there ya go.

Let’s all kick back and enjoy Shark Week with a Blue Raspberry Slurpee Donut! We’re gonna need a bigger belt!

As an unapologetic man-child, there are few things that excite me more than blue foods. I’m also a lifelong Slurpee devotee, so I naturally had to try one of these.

I’ve had some wild donut varieties in my day, but this might take the cake donut. What we have here is a plain cake with Blue Raspberry Slurpee-flavored icing and blue sugar crystals.

The sky blue icing’s texture is more cupcake than donut to me. I think I prefer a different kind of frosting on my donuts, because they tend to harden up and glaze over a bit – think of a chocolate frosted donut from Dunkin’. The icing here is very soft and mushy and it dissolved quickly in my mouth. Not a huge deal, but I think this would have benefitted from having more of a shell.

For the first few seconds, the icing made me think of sour blue raspberry candy. I wasn’t expecting that. While it was distinctly raspberry, the sour kick was shocking.

The raspberry flavor wasn’t all that appetizing until it mixed with the cake donut itself. At that point, it became harmonious. The donut helped neutralize the sourness, and made the flavor satisfying as a whole. The cake donut was fluffy and fresh, so that helped the cause.

The crystals were supposed to give the donut an “ice-like crunch.” While there was nothing “icy” about it, the sugary crunch did add a nice element to the finished product, and I appreciated their inclusion.

As powerful as the flavor was, I was surprised at how little a scent this donut gave off. It didn’t smell like raspberries. It didn’t really smell like anything.

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I picked up a Blue Raspberry Slurpee just to compare flavors and I think blue raspberry makes for a better Slurpee flavor than donut icing. 7-Eleven was definitely on the right track, but the donut’s icing was a lot sourer than the drink. So again, be prepared for that.

I give 7-Eleven credit for thinking outside the tank. This is a decently fresh take on two old favorites. Would I rather have a different flavored donut and a Slurpee on the side? Sure. I’ll probably go that route when the next Shark Week rolls around in three months, but I’d say this donut’s limited run is worth dipping your toe in the water.

(Nutrition Facts – 270 calories. No other nutritional info available.)

Purchased Price: 99 cents
Size: N/A
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Tastes good once everything mixes. Fluffy cake donut. Crunchy sugar crystals. Awesome appearance. Solid effort. Slurpee drinks.
Cons: Sour icing. Blue tongue. Lazy tie-in. Shark Week every week. The spoon on Slurpee straws is super tedious.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/26/2016

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.

Blue Bunny Limited Edition Creamy Caramel Cake Ice Cream
Blue Bunny Limited Edition Creamy Caramel Cake Ice Cream

I wonder if someone has flipped over one of these new Blue Bunny containers, slid all of the ice cream out,and topped it with whipped cream to turn it into an ice cream cake. (Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

Pepperidge Farm Finding Dory Special Edition Cheddar Goldfish
Pepperidge Farm Finding Dory Special Edition Cheddar Goldfish

If Pepperidge Farm really wanted to make this a special edition Finding Dory bag of Goldfish, they should’ve put just one blue colored cracker in the entire bag. (Spotted by Rene B at Target.)

Mountain Thins (Milk Chocolate Trail Mix, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Wild Berry)
Mountain Thins (Milk Chocolate Trail Mix, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Dark Chocolate Wild Berry)

From the makers of Almond Roca comes a product line with an oxymoronic name. (Spotted by Carla at Safeway.)

Winnie the Pooh Honey Nuggets
Winnie the Pooh Honey Nuggets

If it has Winnie the Pooh, then shouldn’t these be called Hunny Nuggets? (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Mott's Applesauce (Strawberry Kiwi and Tropical)
Mott’s Applesauce (Strawberry Kiwi and Tropical)

The Tropical one appears to be this Minions one Mott’s introduced last year. (Spotted by Lyndsey at Albertsons.)

Quaker Select Starts Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal (Original and Maple & Brown Sugar)
Quaker Select Starts Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal (Original and Maple & Brown Sugar)

Original isn’t even a flavor. Ugh. So those who want Quaker gluten-free instant oatmeal have only one flavor option. (Spotted by Brandon N at Walmart.)

Olive Garden Red Wine Balsamic Dressing
Olive Garden Red Wine Balsamic Dressing

Boring. Wake me up when Olive Garden decides to sell their endless breadsticks in stores. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

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PODCAST: Candyology 101 #38 Now and Later

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The first Now and Later bar was produced in 1962. Its name was meant to suggest to customers that they eat some of the taffy squares right away and save the rest for another time. In this episode, Maria and Cybele share their thoughts about the fruity chewy candy.

Show notes are available at www.candyology101.com/38/.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Hostess Limited Edition Summer Berry Donettes

Hostess Limited Edition Summer Berry Donettes

So many berries. I see a strawberry, a blackberry, raspberries, and blueberries. (Spotted by Josh C at Walmart.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Wendy’s Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger

Wendy s Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger

We originally wrote about Wendy’s new Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger last October when it was being tested in a few markets. But now it’s available nationwide for a limited time.

The burger features a 100 percent fresh beef patty, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon, a parmesan garlic cheese sauce, a slice of natural mozzarella cheese, spring mix, and red onions on a buttery garlic Brioche bun. It’ll be available at participating Wendy’s restaurants for $4.69.

The cheeseburger has 620 calories, 37 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 120 milligrams of cholesterol, 1430 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar, and 37 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Wendy’s)