SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 3/24/2017

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.

Dannon Oikos Limited Edition Apple Cinnamon Yogurt

Dannon Oikos Limited Edition Apple Cinnamon Yogurt

When I think of fall, I think of apple cinnamon. Oh wait, I’m being told it’s spring. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Corn Muffin Mix

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Corn Muffin Mix

OH MY GOODNESS! THERE ARE MORE OF THESE! (Spotted by Erin K at Hy-Vee.)

Sweetarts Whipped  Tangy

Sweetarts Whipped & Tangy

They see me chewin’. On candy. Do they know it’s Sweetarts Whipped & Tangy. Teeth biting on Whipped & Tangy. Teeth biting on Whipped & Tangy. Teeth biting on Whipped & Tangy. Teeth biting on Whipped & Tangy. (Spotted by Breanna B at Circle K.)

Jack Link s Extra Tender Steak Strips  Teriyaki and Original

Jack Link’s Extra Tender Steak Strips (Teriyaki and Original)

I like my beef jerky to be as tender as I am when watching the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercial. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Trader Joe s Verde Chicken Enchiladas and Rojo Cheese Enchiladas

Trader Joe’s Verde Chicken Enchiladas and Rojo Cheese Enchiladas

(Spotted by Brent E at Trader Joe’s.)

Keebler Cookie Thins  2017

Keebler Cookie Thins (2017)

New look! Same great taste! But are they simply made like Keebler’s original Cookie Thins or are they complex with more ingredients? (Spotted by DJ at Giant.)

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.

REVIEW: Flamin’ Hot Ruffles Potato Chips

Ruffles Flamin Hot Potato Chips

I have to admit I went into this review with a small bias, as “Flamin’ Hot” is a very familiar Frito-Lay flavor for me. I am a big Flamin’ Hot Cheetos fan, being second only to Tapatio Doritos on my spicy chip tier list. What? Don’t tell me you don’t have a spicy chip tier list!

Based on the friendly flame mascot and smoldery font that is identical to the branding from Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, I assumed I was in for standard Ruffles blasted with the same atomic red seasoning.

Upon opening the bag that is exactly what I discovered. My chips were in good shape, with most of them whole. This was a good sign for a delicious, evil experiment I had planned for them.

Ruffles Flamin Hot Potato Chips 3

The chips themselves pack the standard Flamin’ Hot heat (not too over the top, but a little much for spicy wimps). The distribution of dust was a little light for my liking, but I’m a bit of a spice fiend, so most will probably find them quite balanced.

So how does this tried and true seasoning fair on crispy, fried potatoes? Oh my, Chester Cheetah better watch out. The Ruffles are probably on about equal footing with Cheetos as vessels for Flamin’ Hot dust. Things get interesting, however, when you consider the versatility of Ruffles.

Ruffles Flamin Hot Potato Chips 2

The one shortcoming of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is they’re a bit one-dimensional. It’s a straightforward chili powder type of spice without much variety or depth. However, with their sturdy ridges and wide surface area, Ruffles are tailor-made to combat this problem because you can dip them. Remember that delicious, evil experiment I mentioned earlier?

When I was at the grocery store picking up these bad boys, I realized that many of the tried and true potato chip flavors all had something in common: sour cream. Through all the promotional and crazy flavors Lay’s ships out, I can remember Cheddar & Sour Cream and Sour Cream & Onion even since I was little. Even plain Ruffles beg to be dunked in french onion dip.

Ruffles Flamin Hot Potato Chips 4

Let’s just say I did a dollop of Daisy with these suckers, and the bag quickly grew lighter. The combination felt natural and right. The sour cream cut through the somewhat bland spice to create a cool balance. Maybe Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and sour cream would be just as good, but that just doesn’t sit quite as well in my head. Ruffles have ridges for a reason!

(Nutrition Facts – 11 chips – 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 170 milligrams of sodium, 323 milligrams of potassium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.50
Size: 8/5 oz. bag
Purchased at: Albertson’s
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Classic Flamin’ Hot flavor translates well. A new contender for the top of my spicy chip tier list. Dippability.
Cons: Chips themselves are a bit one dimensional. Getting greasy red smears on my notebook.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Hershey’s Flavor of New York Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Hershey s Flavor of New York Cherry Cheesecake Bars

New York is known for cherry cheesecake? Also, since it’s New York, I’m slightly disappointed this isn’t pizza flavored. (Spotted by @kkrugzhear at Cub Foods.)

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.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Hardee’s APORKalypse Burrito and Biscuit

Hardee s APORKalypse Burrito

The APORKalypse is upon us!

Run…to your nearest Hardee’s if you want to experience the chain’s new APORKalypse Burrito and APORKalypse Biscuit, both of which feature three types of pork.

Three? Come on, Hardee’s! There’s the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! Why couldn’t you fit one more type of pork? Canadian bacon? Cheese made out of pig’s milk?

The APORKalypse Burrito combines four ham slices, two sausage patties, bacon pieces, folded eggs, American cheese, and Swiss cheese in a warm flour tortilla. It has, brace yourselves, 1110 calories, 740 calories from fat, 82 grams of fat, 29 grams of saturated fat, 435 milligrams of cholesterol, 3170 milligrams of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 48 grams of protein.

The breakfast burrito is available for $3.99. It can also be ordered as a small combo with hash rounds and a drink for $5.69.

Hardee s APORKalypse Biscuit

The APORKalypse Biscuit comes with four ham slices, three bacon strips, just one sausage patty, a folded egg, and American and Swiss cheeses on Hardee’s Made from Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits. It has 920 calories, 590 calories from fat, 66 grams of fat, 25 grams of saturated fat, 240 milligrams of cholesterol, 2540 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 35 grams of protein.

The biscuit sandwich has a price of $3.79 and a small combo costs $5.49.

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

(Images via Hardee’s)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES IN CANADA: Haagen-Dazs Spirits Ice Cream

Haagen Dazs Spirits Ice Cream  Rum Ginger Cookie Vodka Key Lime Pie and Rum Vanilla Caramel Blondie

Haagen Dazs Spirits Whiskey Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

There’s also an Irish Creme Coffee & Biscotti flavor. I’m going to guess these have the flavor of alcohol, but you won’t be able to get drunk off of them. (Spotted by Yan at Metro in Canada.)

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.