ANNOUNCEMENT: New Impulsive Buy Reviewer Meghan

Hiya to all my fellow junk food foodies out there! My name’s Ms. Meghan, and I’m ever so very pleased to be the newest addition to The Impulsive Buy’s elite circle of reviewers!

So, who am I?

Well, I’m a lot of things!

  • A full-time university student perusing a degree in Health Promotion.
  • A part-time worker in my town’s local health-food store.
  • I’m a pretty good cook.
  • I have a ServSafe Manager Certification.
  • I make homemade soaps and lotions.
  • I brew my own kombucha.
  • I’m 100 pounds lighter than I was five years ago.

And I bet by now you’re wondering, “What the heck is THIS girl doing here writing junk food reviews?” My response is that it’s all about balance, my fair foodie friends! While I certainly enjoy my new-normal diet of fruit, yogurt, and protein powder, I still find it comforting to indulge in all of my old staples.

My culinary know-how is more likely to be put to use in making cakes and pastries than it is in making some kale and quinoa bowl. If you offer me ice cream or birthday cake-flavored anything, there’s no way I’m going to turn you down. And don’t tell my coworkers, but my recycled kombucha bottle is just as likely to be filled with Mountain Dew Code Red as it is actual kombucha.

Seeing new treats in the forbidden inner aisles of the grocery store and trying to nag my poor mother into buying them for me has been something that I’ve always gotten endless joy from. But now that I’m all grown up and have my own set of wheels to get me to the store and my own money to buy snacks with, there’s no longer anyone or anything that can choc-block* me!

So, considering that about 20,000 new food products come out each year (according to the USDA Economic Research Service, at least) I guess it’s time for me to get munching! Arm yourselves with sporks and grabs some digestive enzymes, guys, because it’s going to be a wild ride!

*Choc-block – When one individual blocks their friend/family member/acquaintance from buying and eating some well-deserved chocolate.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (FROZEN TREATS EDITION) – 2/23/2017

Here are some interesting new or limited edition frozen treats found by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Blue Bunny Mini Swirls Mint Cookie Crunch

Blue Bunny Mini Swirls Mint Cookie Crunch

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Vanilla Fudge Brownie

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Vanilla Fudge Brownie

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Chocolate Hazelnut

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Chocolate Hazelnut

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Strawberry Cheesecake

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Strawberry Cheesecake

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Mint Chocolate Twist

Blue Bunny Bunny Snacks Mint Chocolate Twist

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Breyers Delights Mini s Vanilla Cupcake

Breyers Delights Mini’s Vanilla Cupcake

There’s also a chocolate version, but these are the only two flavors. Sorry, Breyers Delights Butter Pecan fans! (Spotted by Breanna at Food Lion.)

Graeter s Dark Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

Graeter’s Dark Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

Graeter s S mores Ice Cream

Graeter’s S’mores Ice Cream

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Gelato Fiasco Sunken Treasure and Doughing Me Doughing You

Gelato Fiasco Sunken Treasure and Doughing Me, Doughing You

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Giant Nature s Promise Organic Non Dairy Frozen Dessert  Vanilla and Mint Chocolate Chip

Giant Nature’s Promise Organic Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (Vanilla and Mint Chocolate Chip)

Giant Nature s Promise Organic Non Dairy Frozen Dessert  Milk Chocolate and Himalayan Salted Caramel

Giant Nature’s Promise Organic Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (Milk Chocolate and Himalayan Salted Caramel)

(Spotted by Caitlin J at Giant.)

Chilly Cow Bars  Mint Dark Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Brownie Batter

Chilly Cow Bars (Mint Dark Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Brownie Batter)

Chilly Cow Bars  Vanilla Graham Swirl and Brown Butter Salted Caramel

Chilly Cow Bars (Vanilla Graham Swirl and Brown Butter Salted Caramel)

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

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: Fanta Green Apple

Fanta Green Apple

Fanta Green Apple  2 Liter

Fanta Green Apple has probably been around in other countries for years, but I could’ve sworn I’ve had it before in the U.S. (Spotted by Josh G at 7-Eleven and David L at Sam’s Mart.)

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.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Good Humor Reese’s Bar

Good Humor Reese s Bar

Do these Good Humor Reese’s Bars taste Reele’s good? (Spotted by @JunkFoodJeff at Meijer.)

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: f’real Cold Brew Coffee Milkshake

F real Cold Brew Coffee Milkshake

f’real has a new Cold Brew Coffee Milkshake.

Now some of you frequent convenience store visitors might say, “Doesn’t f’real already have a coffee milkshake?” It does.

But while the original claims it has twice the caffeine as the leading frozen coffee, it’s unclear how much caffeine this cold brew one has.

But what we do know is that it has more calories and fat than the current Frappe Coffee flavor. While the older version has 320 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 2 grams of saturated fat per 16-ounce serving, this cold brew coffee milkshake has 490 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 11 grams of saturated fat. However, it does have more protein than the frappe one.

F real Cold Brew Coffee Milkshake 2

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

(Spotted by James D at Sandella’s.)