SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Starburst Seasonal Edition Spring Mix and Jellybeans Sweet & Sour Mix

Starburst Seasonal Edition Spring Mix

Starburst Jellybeans Sweet & Sour Mix

Yup. When I think of spring, I think of strawberry patch, pineapple punch, sunny citrus, and cherry kiwi splash too. It’s as if Starburst is reading my mind. (Spotted by Marvo at Target.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Arby’s Turkey Rachel

Arby s Turkey Rachel

Before today, the only Rachels I knew of were characters on TV named Rachel (Rachel in Friends and Rachel in Glee) and The Rachel hairstyle. But today I learned about the Rachel sandwich. Thanks, Arby’s!

Arby’s Turkey Rachel features roast turkey, swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, and Arby’s housemade coleslaw on marble rye bread. The housemade coleslaw is made with shredded cabbage and carrots in a creamy dressing. The sandwich is a variation of the Reuben sandwich, which has corned beef and sauerkraut instead of roast turkey and coleslaw.

You can also order Arby’s Turkey Rachel with twice the turkey. It and Arby’s Reuben are available for a limited time.

A Turkey Rachel has 720 calories, 33 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 85 milligrams of cholesterol, 1850 milligrams of sodium, 66 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 40 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Arby’s website.)

REVIEW: Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies

Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies

During June and July of last year, Pepperidge Farm allowed Milano fans to vote for a future flavor. The candidates were mango ginger, green tea, and chocolate chili. As you’ve probably figured out from reading the title of this review, chocolate chili won and it probably did so with promises of chocolate with a spicy kick.

But after tasting it, I’m not sure it should’ve been victorious.

On the back of its package it describes the cookie as, “The perfect contrast of rich luxurious chocolate and spicy chili flavor.”

Yeah…about the “spicy chili flavor.”

If you’re a heat head, let me disappoint you by saying your internal Scoville scale won’t register anything while eating these cookies. Not even eating several of them one after another will build up a satisfying heat. There is a tickle of something that lingers, especially at the back of my throat, but I’m not sure most would consider it spicy.

Looking at the ingredients list helps explain the lack of heat. There’s no mention of any kind of chili pepper. Not even the vague “spices” is listed. But there is the even more vague “natural flavors.”

The cookies smell like chocolate cake with a hint of chili pepper. Each cookie has two thin layers of chocolate. After nibbling the chocolate at the edges, it tastes like both layers have chili pepper flavor, but it’s very faint. It becomes more so when the cookie is eaten whole. The light, crispy cookie dampens the flavor.

Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies Closeup

I’m torn about these cookies.

Even with a hint of chili pepper flavor, these cookies still gave me some delight. They had a spicy cinnamon or Mexican hot chocolate vibe to them. And, they’re frickin’ Milano cookies, for goodness sake!

But, I can’t help but be disappointed with them. Seeing the words “chili” on the front and “spicy” on the back gave me expectations of the cookie reaching a level of heat that gave them a pleasant warmth.

Or, perhaps, I have it wrong about its spiciness.

The Milano is a classy cookie with a European name that’s presented in white paper baking cups. Having a cookie with an almost uncomfortable amount of heat is something the crazy food scientists at Nabisco would probably do with an Oreo cookie.

If the Milano is a reserved white ballgown and the Oreo is a sexy tight black mini dress that’s up for anything, then perhaps a Milano that burns one’s mouth would be unsophisticated.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 130 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than milligrams of cholesterol, 35 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.)

Item: Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies
Purchased Price:
Size: 7 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: They had a faint spicy cinnamon or Mexican hot chocolate vibe to them. They’re frickin’ Milano cookies! No worries for those who are afraid of burning their mouths.
Cons: A bit disappointed they aren’t spicy spicy. Chili pepper flavor could’ve been stronger. Target exclusive.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Good Humor Girl Scouts Thin Mints Bars

Good Humor Girl Scouts Thin Mints Bars

If the other Girl Scout cookies were people, would they be jealous of Thin Mints’ popularity? Oh wait, let me rephrase. If Thin Mints is Marcia Brady, then I wonder which cookie is the jealous Jan Brady? (Spotted by Emilie at ShopRite.)

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