SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 3/5/2015

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.

Nabisco Balsamic Vinegar & Basil Triscuit

I will not top these with anything. But I will use them to top a salad that uses balsamic vinegar. Trisflip! (Spotted by Rich at ShopRite.)

Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cut-Out Easter Egg Cookies

Pillsbury already makes it easy for folks to bake. Now they make it easier. Why don’t they just bake it for us? (Spotted by Sarah at Walmart.)

Cape Cod Waffle Cup Barbeque Ranch

I would like to take this time to say Cape Cod’s 40% Reduced Fat Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are really good. Chip Review tried these full fat waffle cut chips. (Spotted by Dustin at Jewel Osco.)

Archer Farms Limited Edition Bunny Bait Trail Mix

I wouldn’t use M&M’s Pastel Chocolate Candies as bunny bait. I would use a sexy bunny. (Spotted by Steven at Target.)

Good Humor King Cone Chocolate

I guess the top looks like a crown. (Spotted by Emilie at ShopRite.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 to find out.

AUSTRALIAN SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Toffee Apple M&M’s

Toffee Apple M&M's (Australia)

Are toffee apple-flavored M&M’s from Australia appealing enough that I’d be willing to spend $15 to buy a bag from someone on eBay? Maybe. (Spotted by Catherine at an Australian corner store.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos to find out.

REVIEW: V8 Healthy Greens Veggie Blends

V8 Veggie Blend Healthy Greens

When poured into a glass, V8’s Healthy Greens Vegetable and Fruit Juice Beverage looks like I’m using that glass to shovel out water from an unkept backyard swimming pool. It doesn’t look very appetizing, but…now at this point, because I typed “but” after a negative comment, you might think I’m about to say something positive. Maybe say, “but it brings immense pleasure to the thousands of taste buds on my tongue.”

But I’m not going to say that.

It doesn’t look very appetizing, but it’s what I expected for a juice called “Healthy Greens” that contains spinach puree, yellow carrot juice concentrate, cucumber juice concentrate, celery juice concentrate, kale juice, romaine lettuce juice, and green bell pepper juice. But it’s not all vegetables. To prevent the juice from becoming completely gag-alicious, there are also apple and pineapple juices.

Now some of you might think I’m being an unappetizing green beverage hater, but I assure you I’m not. I’m a big fan of Odwalla’s Superfood Smoothie that has kale, spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, wheat sprouts, Jerusalem artichoke, and Nova Scotia dulse. And it looks like pond scum.

So what does this V8 vegetable and fruit juice that doesn’t have eight vegetables taste like?

V8 Veggie Blend Healthy Greens Closeup

Its flavor reminded me of Campbell’s Vegetable soup, but cold and not as salty. It smelled tomatoey, even though there’s no tomatoes. It’s a bit sweet due to the apple and pineapple juice, but the vegetable flavor is dominant. I know that’s a bit gross, but the thing is, I didn’t feel compelled to spit it out.

Actually, the first sip was the worst, because I wasn’t sure what flavors were going to hit my tongue. And I got used to it after a few more sips. It’s the same reactions I had when I tasted the Odwalla Superfood Smoothie for the first time.

However, V8’s Healthy Greens juice is not anywhere close to being as tasty as an Odwalla Superfood Smoothie. But that’s understandable since the smoothie has more than twice the amount of sugar than the V8 juice.

It doesn’t bring immense pleasure to the thousands of taste buds on my tongue, but it tastes okay enough that I don’t mind drinking it in order to get a serving of vegetables.

(Nutrition Facts – 8 ounces – 60 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium, 320 milligrams of potassium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 20% vitamin A, 2% calcium, 100% vitamin C, 20% vitamin E, and 2% iron.)

Item: V8 Healthy Greens Veggie Blends
Purchased Price: $1.79 (sale price)
Size: 46 fl. oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Not gross enough to make me spit it out. A serving of veggie per 8 ounces. Provide 100% of your vitamin C. No added sugar. No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Cons: Looks like algae infested swimming pool water. Doesn’t have eight vegetables. Should’ve been a little bit more sweeter. Since it just juice, there isn’t a lot of fiber. Learning romaine lettuce juice is a thing.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dairy Queen Grasshopper Mousse Pie Blizzard

DQ Grasshopper Mousse Pie Blizzard

Yay! No Mint Oreo Blizzard this year!

Dairy Queen’s Blizzard of the Month for March 2015 is the new Grasshopper Mousse Pie Blizzard. It features cool mint, graham pie crumbles, choco chunks, and whipped topping blended with vanilla soft serve.

A small serving has 770 calories, 340 calories from fat, 38 grams of fat, 24 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 270 milligrams of sodium, 98 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 81 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein.

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

(Image via DQ’s website.)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Heinz Sriracha Tomato Ketchup

Heinz Sriracha Tomato Ketchup

Red condiment + red condiment = red condiment. (Spotted by Marvo at Safeway.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos to find out.