SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Jimmy Dean Cinnamon French Toast & Sausage on a Stick

Jimmy Dean Cinnamon French Toast & Sausage on a Stick

I wish it was a slice of French toast wrapped around a sausage. Instead it looks like Jimmy Dean’s Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick. (Spotted by Amber N at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Nabisco Red Velvet Chips Ahoy Cookies

Nabisco Red Velvet Chips Ahoy Cookies

Wouldn’t life be more fun if humans were stuffed with sugary white crème?

Doctors would use frosting bags instead of syringes. Getting a paper cut could help you ice that last cupcake. Donating blood would be as easy as pushing down on your nose like a whipped cream nozzle. What a good ol’ gooey world it would be.

Hey, I see you groaning out there. Why don’t you try writing an entertaining introduction to yet another processed snack cookie?

Today’s Instagram-able and instantly grab-able treat is Red Velvet Chips Ahoy!, a new flavor from Nabisco’s cookie brand that loves pissing off autocorrect by requiring exclamation points in the middle of sentences.

Look Chips Ahoy!, just because you’ll never live up to big brother Oreo’s legacy doesn’t mean you have to take it out on us.

Speaking of brothers, Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! debuted alongside S’mores Chips Ahoy!. But while S’mores is the extroverted cookie that goes to bonfires, Red Velvet is the basement-dwelling “womanizer” who tries to act classy while lamenting to his body pillow.

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Like any such basement “gentleman,” these cookies are super oily, more than a little buttery, and have a belly full of cream cheese. Slick and crumbly to the touch, my moist cookie practically melted under the weight of my gaze, let alone my teeth.

With one cookie down, I can already say these taste a lot like real red velvet cake. Well, maybe not “As Seen And Drooled Over on the Food Network” real, but definitely “As Purchased from the Walmart Bakery” real red velvet cake.

The maroon dough has a great fluffy, sweetened cocoa base inside of its squishy exterior, and there are persistent pulses of browned butter throughout.

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I’m not sure if the cream cheese chips and crème core are supposed to taste the same, but as I crammed entire cookies into my mouth like they were plastic pizza disks into that retro Ninja Turtles toy we all owned, they certainly had the same flavor. The crème and chips are quite buttery, creamy, and buttercream frosting-y, with a slightly off-putting — but no less authentic — granulated texture.

As for red velvet cake’s signature, slightly sour tang, it can be tasted in these Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! cookies, but not if you nibble on ‘em slowly. To get “astronaut beverage” levels of biting tang, you have to cram entire cookies into your mouth like they’re obscure Ninja Turtles metaphors crammed into my reviews.

Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! cookies really do taste like 1-2 bite sized versions of grocery store red velvet cakes —- the kind you buy on clearance because they already have “Happy 74th Birthday Clarence” sloppily iced onto them. Though these cookies have a more tactile cookie “crust” than a real cake, they share all the buttery ups and gritty downs of the real thing.

They even have the faint chemical aftertaste from the food dye. While this artificialness may be off-putting to some, I’ve tasted eau de Red 40 in so many red velvet cakes that it’s become a welcome part of the red velvet experience.

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These pleasant, yet shamelessly processed cookies would nonetheless work as a welcome snack at a summer picnic or a dessert pizza at an action figure birthday party.

And if that last picture didn’t clue you in:, let me tell you: I am not a S’mores Chips Ahoy! in real life.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 65 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein..)

Purchased Price: $2.59
Size: 9.6 oz
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Grocery store-grade red velvet authenticity. Moist and spongy cookie “crust.” The underrated joy of buttery saturated fat. Lifesaving cookie crème transfusions.
Cons: Mostly unwanted dye aftertaste. The necessary evil of gritty cream. Secretly being a basement-loving cookie in real life. Accidentally spilling cookies on my floor while checking nutrition facts.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 6/27/2016

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.

Planters 100th Birthday Dry Roasted Peanuts
Planters 100th Birthday Dry Roasted Peanuts

Happy Birthday, Mr. Peanut! Now that you’re 100 years old, maybe it’s time to ditch the monocle and get some glasses so you don’t look like you’re living in the 1900’s. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

IBC Cream Soda and Black Cherry made with Real Sugar
IBC Cream Soda and Black Cherry made with Real Sugar

IBC Diet Root Beer
IBC Diet Root Beer

Speaking of 100th birthdays, it looks like a particular beverage company will be a centenarian soon. (Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Screamin' Sicilian Holy Pepperoni and Lucky Clucker Stromboli
Screamin’ Sicilian Holy Pepperoni and Lucky Clucker Stromboli

Screamin' Sicilian Mambo Italiano and Supremus Maximus Stromboli
Screamin’ Sicilian Mambo Italiano and Supremus Maximus Stromboli

Screaming’ Sicilian packaging gives me nightmares. It started with their pizza and it’ll continue with their stromboli. (Spotted by Sascha at Meijer.)

Thomas' Nooks & Crannies Plain Bagels
Thomas’ Nooks & Crannies Plain Bagels

Thomas’ already has Nooks & Crannies English Muffins. Will Nooks & Crannies Swirl Bread be next? (Spotted by Elizabeth L at Target.)

Amy's Bowls (Cheest Tortellini and Ravioli Spinach & Ricotta Cheese)
Amy’s Bowls (Cheese Tortellini and Ravioli Spinach & Ricotta Cheese)

I have a friend named Amy who likes bowls too, if you know what I mean. She’s a skateboarder. And a cereal junkie. And enjoys lawn bowling. And loves watching college football. (Spotted by Michael V at Target.)

Wrigley's Hubba Bubba Bubble Blast
Wrigley’s Hubba Bubba Bubble Blast

That’s a lot of gum. (Spotted by Robbie at Dollar Tree.)

Charms Fluffy Stuff Strawberry Lemonade Cotton Candy
Charms Fluffy Stuff Strawberry Lemonade Cotton Candy

IT’S SO FLUFFY!!! (Spotted by Sylvia at Vons.)

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PODCAST: Let’s Talk TJ’s! #26 Favorite Chips

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Trader Joe’s vast chip aisle has the usual potato and tortilla chips, but also goes beyond those. In this episode the What’s Good at Trader Joe’s team share their favorite crunchy chips.

Links to the products they talk about are available at letstalktjs.com/26/.

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Opening Music: www.bensound.com

Thanks for listening!

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Great Value Big Burly Breakfast Sandwiches

Great Value Big Burly Breakfast Sandwiches (Southern Style Chicken and Waffles and Spicy Sausage, Egg and Cheese on Toast)
Great Value Big Burly Breakfast Sandwiches (Southern Style Chicken and Waffles and Spicy Sausage, Egg and Cheese on Toast)

Great Value Big Burly Breakfast Sandwiches (Sausage, Egg and Cheese on Cinnamon Swirl French Toast and Bacon, Egg and Cheese on Cinnamon Swirl French Toast)
Great Value Big Burly Breakfast Sandwiches (Sausage, Egg and Cheese on Cinnamon Swirl French Toast and Bacon, Egg and Cheese on Cinnamon Swirl French Toast)

Are the caution strips there to warn us about how bad these breakfast sandwich are for us? (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

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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