SPOTTED ON SHELVES (STORE BRANDS EDITION) – 11/18/2017

Here are some new store brand products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Great Value Birthday Cake Creme Filled Mini Pies

Great Value Birthday Cake Creme Filled Mini Pies

Great Value Cherry and Apple Snack Pies

Great Value Cherry and Apple Snack Pies

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Salsa

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Salsa

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Granola

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Granola

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Bars

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Bars

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Seltzer Water

Giant Limited Time Originals Holiday Cranberry Orange Seltzer Water

(Spotted by Paul at Giant.)

Wegmans Buffalo Chicken Pretzel

Wegmans Buffalo Chicken Pretzel

(Spotted by Bob K at Wegmans.)

Marketside Gourmet Assorted Dessert Bars

Marketside Gourmet Assorted Dessert Bars

Marketside Caramel Apple Pie

Marketside Caramel Apple Pie

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

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 want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Ugly Sweater Edition Skittles

Ugly Sweater Edition Skittles

I’d wear an ugly sweater that looks exactly like this bag — parachuting snowflakes and all! (Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

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.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

QUICK REVIEW: Baskin-Robbins Tiramisu Ice Cream

Baskin Robbins Tiramisum Ice Cream

Bucking the ho ho ho-hum trend of cramming peppermint or gingerbread into every new or limited flavor this time of year, Baskin-Robbins’ November Flavor of the Month is Tiramisu. Tiramisu-flavored ice cream is filled with pound cake pieces, a chocolate mocha ribbon, and chocolate flakes.

Coffee is unabashedly the dominant flavor in this dish, emanating a distinct smell and exercising as much subtlety as a Targaryen barbecue. The tiramisu-flavored ice cream base seems enjoyable on its own, but I had difficulty isolating it from the generous mocha ribbon.

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Unfortunately, this proves to be too much of a good thing as a coffee-flavored ribbon in a coffee-flavored base leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste and feels as unnecessary as taking a dip in Goo Lagoon when you already live in a pineapple under the sea.

It also creates a problem for the semi-sweet chocolate flakes which add a nice snap but fail to punch up the chocolate notes enough to stand out despite decent representation. Meanwhile, the scarce pound cake pieces are relegated to merely providing a pleasant spongy texture as their flavor is completely overshadowed by the coffee.

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Perhaps the rich buttery essence of a mascarpone swirl would have resulted in a more balanced and authentic flavor than the coffee overload created by the mocha ribbon.

I like a bold coffee-flavored chocolate ice cream, and this certainly fits that bill; it just isn’t the iconic, layered taste experience you know and love in ice cream form. This rendition of tiramisu is as authentic to its Italian heritage as a Brooklyn plumber riding a dinosaur.

Purchased Price: $2.79
Size: Large scoop (4 oz.)
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (Small Scoop) 260 calories, 13 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, 24 grams of sugar, 1 gram of dietary fiber, and 5 grams of protein..

BACK ON SHELVES: Limited Edition Banana Nut Cheerios

Limited Edition Banana Nut Cheerios

Since Cheerios is in the mixing mood, how about a Chocolate Banana Nut Cheerios? (Spotted by Katie B at Redner’s.)

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.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.