SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Twix Mix Fun Size and Snickers Variety Minis

Twix Mix Fun Size

Snickers Variety Minis

I guess these are for those who like to mix it up or believe that variety is the spice of life. (Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

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QUICK REVIEW: Burger King Sourdough Chicken Club

Burger King Sourdough Chicken Club

What is it?

You kids remember a couple of weeks back when we reviewed BK’s Sourdough King? Well, this newfangled Sourdough Chicken Club is pretty much the same basic concept, except with a few obvious (and not so obvious) tweaks.

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Essentially, it’s a big, crispy chicken patty (topped with melted cheddar) with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and bacon wedged between two pieces of sourdough toast … hence, the name “Sourdough Chicken Club,” I suppose.

How is it?

This is a MUCH better offering than the aforementioned beef Sourdough King, for several reasons. First things first, the sourdough toast set-up just seems to compliment chicken patties better than beef patties (as any Zaxby’s enthusiast, naturally, will be quick to tell you.)

Burger King Sourdough Chicken Club 3

Secondly, BK wisely eschewed the onions and “special sauce” for a more traditional BLT-and-mayonnaise assortment, which not only creates a less messy sandwich but a more harmonious-tasting one. This is a hearty, extremely filling fast food offering, and one that tastes surprisingly fresh, to boot.

Is there anything else I need to know?

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Of course, this being a super-sized BK sandwich, the item is pretty salty, and although it’s nowhere near as sloppy as its all-beef predecessor, it is still fairly greasy. The shredded lettuce might be a deal breaker for some of the more finicky fast food aficionados out there, and for those of you on a budget, take note: at almost $6, this isn’t exactly a value-priced pick-up we’re talking about here.

Conclusion:

I went into the Sourdough Chicken Club with pretty low expectations and can safely say I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The chicken patty is juicy and crispy, the bacon is almost perfectly seasoned and all the ingredients gel incredibly well together.

It’s not a perfect pseudo-deli-style chicken sandwich, but for what it is it’s not too shabby. And like I said earlier, this thing WILL sate your appetite in a hurry — just something to think about before you order an Oreo pie and extra-large fries to accompany the meal.

Purchased Price: $5.79
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 840 calories, 51 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 1 grams of trans fat, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,760 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 32 grams of protein.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Post Peanut Butter & Cocoa Pebbles Cereal

Post Peanut Butter  Cocoa Pebbles Cereal

I wonder how bad this cereal would taste if it was made with fake peanut butter and cocoa. (Spotted by @sumo8675309 at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Taco Bell Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa

Taco Bell Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa

Even though the Naked Chicken Chalupa was already a thing, the culinary geniuses at Taco Bell have managed to both recycle and reintroduce the famed poultry pocket with a new spicy sauce to kick off their latest quarter of seasonal eats.

Basically Taco Bell’s version of KFC’s million-plus selling Double-Down Sandwich, the Naked Chicken Chalupa takes a thoroughly processed and mechanically separated piece of fried chicken and flattens it to the consistency of a puffy tortilla, which, while wholly unnatural and naturally unholy, does form a solidly delicious wrap to contain those patented Taco Bell innards we’re so deeply accustomed to.

And since the original iteration of the Naked Chicken Chalupa itself has been broken down repeatedly and reviewed by both the poets and the analysts, there’s no need for me to do it here. So, instead, let’s talk about this version’s newest addition, the “wild” in the Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa—the crazed creamy additive with a momentary kick to end all kicks, at least in the Taco Bell universe.

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While at first taste the Wild Sauce feels like a basic retread of their much-loved and mostly-missed Volcano Sauce right down to the sickly pinkish color, after a few seconds, the initial heat is followed by what seems to be a heavy amount of a smoky chili powder that’s been sprinkled into the proceedings. It causes a second wave of a different kind of heat that, even in moderation, is a wonderfully overpowering blast of flavor, riding the tongue and cruising up the sinuses like it was Van Nuys Blvd. on a Saturday night.

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On the actual Naked Chicken Chalupa, it’s a bit of welcomed overkill, besting the rather useless cheese, lettuce, and tomato and, if you pay the extra 60 cents, the seasoned ground beef but its magic lies with the chicken chalupa itself. The seasoned fried chicken makes for both a testy compatriot and a zesty foil. However, the sauce might be too much for some. If that’s the case, then I suggest asking for a cup of “mild” chalupa sauce and mixing the two together for a fine median.

Much like the aforementioned Volcano Sauce, this does lead me with the same question: why doesn’t Taco Bell start offering a line of dipping sauces, much like McD’s, for example? This Wild Sauce would go so good with Nacho Fries, Cheesy Roll-ups, and just about everything on the breakfast menu. But maybe that’s just me. Cómpralo ya!

(Nutrition Facts – 420 calories, 250 calories from fat, 28 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 1070 milligrams of cholesterol, 1070 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 19 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Wave after wave of heat and flavor. Mixes perfect with the chicken.
Cons: Chalupa itself is kind of useless. Makes for a much better dipping sauce;

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (SNACK EDITION) – 5/21/2018

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

Pepperidge Farm Special Edition Cheddar Incredibles 2 Goldfish Crackers

Pepperidge Farm Special Edition Cheddar Incredibles 2 Goldfish Crackers

(Spotted by Carla at Target.)

Voortman Bakery Limited Edition S mores Wafers

Voortman Bakery Limited Edition S’mores Wafers

(Spotted by Rachel T at Woodman’s Markets.)

Mike and Ike Mega Mix Sour

Mike and Ike Mega Mix Sour!

Mike and Ike Mega Mix Sour 2

Mike and Ike Mega Mix Sour! Flavors

(Spotted by Josh G at Walmart.)

Sam s Choice Swiss Dark Chocolate Truffles

Sam’s Choice Swiss Dark Chocolate Truffles

(Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

Snak Club Southwestern Snack Mix and Omega Fruit  Nut Mix

Snak Club Southwestern Snack Mix and Omega Fruit & Nut Mix

Snak Club Honey Bliss Nut Mix Chocolate Coconut Nut Mix Yogurt Trail Mix and Energizer Trail Mix

Snak Club Honey Bliss Nut Mix, Chocolate Coconut Nut Mix, Yogurt Trail Mix, and Energizer Trail Mix

Snak Club Sweet  Salty Poppin Nuts and Tropical Coco Mango Nut Mix

Snak Club Sweet & Salty Poppin’ Nuts and Tropical Coco-Mango Nut Mix

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Tom Thumb.)

Lemonhead Twists

Lemonhead Twists

(Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Art Dessert Lemon and Strawberry Tea Cakes

Art Dessert Lemon and Strawberry Tea Cakes

Lofthouse Cookies Cake Bites Birthday Cake With Stars

Lofthouse Cookies Cake Bites Birthday Cake With Stars

(Spotted by Rachel C at Macey’s.)

Great Value Freeze Dried Fruit Crisps Vairety Pack and Multi Pack

Great Value Freeze Dried Fruit Crisps Variety Pack and Multi Pack

(Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Marketside Stars and Stripes White Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

Marketside Stars and Stripes White Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

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