FAST FOOD NEWS: Jack in the Box Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger

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Jack in the Box’s newest burger combines beef, bacon, beer, and a bunch of other ingredients that don’t start with the letter B.

Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger features a 1/4 lb signature beef patty topped with grilled onions, hickory smoked bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, a creamy pub sauce, and a porter ale cheese sauce on a toasted artisan potato bun.

The burger has 805 calories, 57 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturated fat, 1.35 grams of trans fat, 104 milligrams of cholesterol, 1275 milligrams of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 34 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Jack in the Box)

REVIEW: Hostess Limited Edition Key Lime Slime Twinkies

Hostess Limited Edition Key Lime Slime Twinkies

What’s your favorite scene from the original Ghostbusters?

Was it the library ghost sequence to open the movie? What about Venkman getting slimed? Maybe you liked the big climax where our heroes saved New York City? There are plenty to choose from.

My favorite scene was when Egon ate a Twinkie. Classic!

Okay, that’s not entirely true, but if you were wondering how the famous snack cake ties in with the Ghostbusters, there’s your connection. Egon Spengler used a Twinkie as a metaphor for some scientific mumbo jumbo and then chowed down.

Fast forward 32 years (OMG, you’re so old!) and we have new Ghostbusters and new Twinkies. Long gone are the days of Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, Hudson, and boring old vanilla cream. Now we have Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones, and Key Lime Slime cream!

Hostess has graced the public with the same oily Twinkie cakes we’ve loved since 1930 (OMGGG, you’re sooooo old!) This time, however, they tried something new with the cream.

Twinkies are always a gamble for me. Sometimes you get a nice moist, fluffy cake. Other times you get a firm, spongy disaster. I lucked out with a perfect batch this time.

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The “slime” colored cream bursting out of the three holes on the underbelly of the cake makes it look moldy. I have a feeling this may turn some people off, but if you stick with it, the Key lime flavor will make you forget about that. It also looks a lot tastier once you bite or cut into the Twinkie.

I was skeptical of Key lime as a Twinkie flavor, but they managed to pull it off. In reality, it’s artificially colored green, so they could have just dyed the regular filling like Oreo does with the orange Halloween cookies. Why not? It’d be a perfect representation of the movie it’s promoting – a cheap gimmicky repacking of an old idea.

Whooooaaaa! Proton blasts fired!

Nah, I kid because I love. The lime flavor is very subtle. It tasted like a regular Twinkie with a faint citrus blast.

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Normally I’d probably hold that against a product. It almost seemed like they didn’t believe in the flavor so they diluted it, but it worked well here. I’ll let it slide.

I expected the cream to be either too sweet or too sour, but it toed the line nicely. It also had a great whipped texture, and there was plenty of it stuffed within the cake.

I picked up some Banana Twinkies just for taste and appearance comparisons, and I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I might like Key Lime Slime more than Banana.

Now please allow me a mini rant.

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I said it in my Ecto Cooler review, but they’ve really done a subpar job with the marketing of this movie. The box here has one tiny Ghostbusters logo and shades of green. This could have been a really cool collectable box if designed better. This is yet another “slime” tie-in that has no mention or appearance of Slimer. It’s not like they lost the rights to the character. I know he’s in the new movie, so put him on the box! I know he’s an ugly little spud, but put him on the damn box! Stay Puft is on the White Fudge Marshmallow Twinkie box. Where’s Slimer?!

Anyway, the serving size for these Twinkies is two cakes. I ate two. That should tell you that these are a winner. Happy hunting.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cakes – 260 calories, 80 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 350 mg of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 29 grams of sugars, and 2 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $3.49
Size: 13.58 oz. box/10 cakes
Purchased at: Wegmans
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Not overly sweet. Not overly sour. Perfectly fresh Twinkie batch. Ample cream filling. The name “Egon Spangler.” Might be better than Banana.
Cons: Key lime could have been a tad stronger. Moldy looking. Complete lack of Slimer in the marketing. My mother gave most of my old Ghostbusters toys away. Scientific mumbo jumbo. We’re old.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 7/19/2016

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.

Philadelphia Mashed Potatoes (Original and Chive & Onion)
Philadelphia Mashed Potatoes (Original and Chive & Onion)

Hmmm. I never thought about adding cream cheese to mashed potatoes. Sour cream, yes. Whipped cream, yes. Shaving cream, yes. But not cream cheese. (Spotted by Lindsay A at Meijer.)

Maruchan Chipotle Chicken Instant Lunch
Maruchan Chipotle Chicken Instant Lunch

If I was a 1950s jingle writer, the jingle I’d write for this would be, “If you’re looking for something quick to munch. Try Chipotle Chicken Maruchan Instant Lunch.” (Spotted by Melody at Meijer.)

Balance Dulce de Leche & Caramel Nutrition Bar
Balance Dulce de Leche & Caramel Nutrition Bar

Balance Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Nutrition Bar
Balance Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Nutrition Bar

Balance Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtle Nutrition Bar
Balance Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtle Nutrition Bar

Balance Chocolate Peppermint Patty Nutrition Bar
Balance Chocolate Peppermint Patty Nutrition Bar

I could use some nutrition bars. My diet recently has consisted of s’mores-flavored products and Tiny Toast cereal. (Spotted by Rachel T at Woodman’s Markets and Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Annie's Brownie, Baking, and Cookie Mixes
Annie’s Brownie, Baking, and Cookie Mixes

I’ve gotten so used to Annie’s making stuff for me that it’s weird that I might have to make Annie’s products for myself. Maybe it’s just Annie’s looking out for me, making sure I eat organic and not be couch potato stuffing my face with Annie’s pre-made cookies. (Spotted by Blaire at Target.)

Revolution Foods Granola Bundles (Peanut Butter, Chocolatey Chip, and Yogurty Berry)
Revolution Foods Granola Bundles (Peanut Butter, Chocolatey Chip, and Yogurty Berry)

Chocolatey. Yogurty. But no peanut buttery. (Spotted by Carla at Safeway.)

Welch's Strawberry Banana and Apple Cinnamon Fruit Spreads
Welch’s Strawberry Banana and Apple Cinnamon Fruit Spreads

My peanut butter and bread can’t wait. (Spotted by Vanessa B at Meijer.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Krispy Kreme Flavors of the World Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Flavors of the World Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme has three new doughnuts inspired by desserts from around the world.

The Churro Doughnut is a cake doughnut rolled in a cinnamon and sugar blend. It has 190 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 210 milligrams of cholesterol, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

The Crème Brûleé doughnut is stuffed with vanilla bean custard, dipped in dark caramel icing, and topped with Crème Brûleé flakes. It has 360 calories, 20 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 170 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of carbohydrates, 18 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Finally, there the new Tiramisu Doughnut. It features a classic Krispy Kreme shell filled with Tiramisu Kreme, dipped in dark chocolate Tiramisu icing, and topped with dark chocolate drizzle, chocolate cake crumbs, and a chocolate coffee bean. The treat has 390 calories, 21 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 160 milligrams of sodium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 26 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

The new doughnuts are available through August 28 at participating Krispy Kreme locations in the U.S. and Canada.

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

(Image via Krispy Kreme)

REVIEW: Limited Edition Cap’n Crunch’s Orange Creampop Crunch Cereal

Limited Edition Cap’n Crunch’s Orange Creampop Crunch Cereal

Confession time: I have never in my life eaten Cap’n Crunch. That’s right: me and the Cap’n have never made it happen.

I know one thing about Cap’n Crunch, which is that it is like eating a spoonful of razor blades. This is just one of those things I’ve heard people speak of while they fondly recall their childhood. It baffles me. Did you all turn into little masochists when it was breakfast time?

It’s not one of those situations where I wasn’t allowed sugary cereals, either – Tony the Tiger and…whatever the name of the Lucky Charms leprechaun is were regulars in my house. The Cap’n just never entered my radar. Ha! I just realized that’s a boat joke.

Before we get started, I want to note that the marketing department did a spot-on job with the front of this box. Everything from the jaunty orange valance to the Olde Tyme Shoppe font to the little ice cream cart proclaiming that this flavor is Limited Edition made me want to pick up Cap’n Crunch’s Orange Creampop Crunch and take it home with me.

I will say, though, it seems less like the Cap’n is offering me a 50/50 bar and more like he’s about to assault me with it. Stand down, Cap’n! We all be buckos here!

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I know the cereal is orange on the front of the box, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how bright it was when I opened the box. My brain immediately went to Cheetos, which is a weird thought to have when you’re about to eat sugary cereal.

Luckily, I was able to push the cheesy thoughts away and dig in to my bowl full of crunchy Creamsicles. I mean, Creampops. Wouldn’t want to violate any registered trademarks, here.

It was hard to pin down the taste at first, but finally the perfect analogy came to me – Froot Loops that had been dosed with extra artificial orange flavoring. It was that ubiquitous “I’m fruity!” sugar cereal flavor but with one particular standout.

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Unfortunately, this does not a 50-50 bar/Creamsicle/Creampop make. Where was the vanilla? I thought I tasted hints, but that could have just been the milk and sugar mixing with my imagination.

Regardless, I’m very familiar with the delicious flavor of the orange and vanilla ice cream bar, and this was not it. Along with the lack of vanilla, which is half of what makes up the ice cream bar this cereal was modeled after, the orange was all wrong. The orange outside of a Creamsicle has a light, fruity orange flavor, and the Cap’ns version was like an orange Runt got mixed in there and started throwing punches.

Something kept pulling at me, telling me that Orange Creampop Crunch reminded me of something, and then I realized it: Yummy Mummy cereal! The difference is that Yummy Mummy actually tasted like orange cream, in my opinion. Congrats, Cap’n, you got showed up by a Halloween monster.

With all that said, will I have another bowl? Probably. I might even finish the box. Despite the over-orangeness and disappointing vanilla, Cap’n Crunch’s Orange Creampop Crunch has that satisfyingly artificial, super sugary, crunchy goodness. I’ll just pretend I’m eating orange Froot Loops that managed not to sog out after two seconds in milk.

Me and the Cap’n finally made it happen. I popped my Cap’n Crunchcherry. I would say that I regret that that is the second-to-last sentence of my review, but I regret nothing.

(Nutrition Facts – 3/4 cup – 110 calories, 15 calories from fat, 1.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 210 milligrams of sodium, 50 milligrams of potassium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 12 grams of sugar, 11 grams of other carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.49 (on sale)
Size: 14 oz. box
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Had that lovely sugary artificial fruit flavor. Boat jokes! You’ll like it if you’ve been craving orange cereal. Cute box design. Stays crunchy in milk. Didn’t cut my mouth to shreds.
Cons: Lack of vanilla flavor. The Cap’n trying to assault me. Orange flavor was very artificial. Making gross jokes about the Cap’n popping my cherry. Totally failed at capturing the flavor of a Creamsicle.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 7/18/2016

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.

Denny's America's Diner Style Hash Browns Shredded Potatoes
Denny’s America’s Diner Style Hash Browns Shredded Potatoes

I guess I can make my own Grand Slams at home now. (Spotted by Roli at Walmart.)

Taco Cabana Hot Sauces
Taco Cabana Hot Sauces

OMG! Taco Cabana is selling their hot sauces now. And I totally didn’t just Google “Taco Cabana” before writing this caption. (Spotted by Deborah S at H-E-B.)

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Mexican Scratch Kit (Smokey Chipotle Beef and Spicy Habanero Chicken)
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Mexican Scratch Kit (Smokey Chipotle Beef and Spicy Habanero Chicken)

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Mexican Scratch Kit (Smokey Chipotle Beef and Guerreo Lime & Herb Chicken)
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Mexican Scratch Kit (Smokey Chipotle Beef and Guerrero Lime & Herb Chicken)

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Barbacoa BBQ Beef Mexican Scratch Kit
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Barbacoa BBQ Beef Mexican Scratch Kit

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Jerk Chicken Jamaican Scratch Kit and Korean BBQ Asian Scratch Kit
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Jerk Chicken Jamaican Scratch Kit and Korean BBQ Asian Scratch Kit

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Asian Scratch Kit (Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken and Japanese Teriyaki Chicken)
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Asian Scratch Kit (Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken and Japanese Teriyaki Chicken)

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Asian Scratch Kit (Pad Thai and Malaysian Satay Chicken)
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Asian Scratch Kit (Pad Thai and Malaysian Satay Chicken)

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Asian Scratch Kit (Yellow Thai Curry and Green Thai Curry)
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Asian Scratch Kit (Yellow Thai Curry and Green Thai Curry)

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Moroccan Lemon Chicken Moroccan Scratch Kit and Red Thai Curry Asian Scratch Kit
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Moroccan Lemon Chicken Moroccan Scratch Kit and Red Thai Curry Asian Scratch Kit

Passage Foods Street Kitchen Indian Scratch Kit (Indian Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala)
Passage Foods Street Kitchen Indian Scratch Kit (Indian Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala)

Thanks, Passage Foods! No need to travel the world now! (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Duke's Smoked Shorty Sausages (Hatch Green Chile, Chorizo & Lime, and Traditional Sea Salt)
Duke’s Smoked Shorty Sausages (Hatch Green Chile, Chorizo & Lime, and Traditional Sea Salt)

There are two other new flavors — Hickory Peach Barbecue and Tomato Basil. (Spotted by Deborah S at H-E-B.)

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.

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