SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 12/6/2016

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.

Limited Edition Entenmann's Seasonal Favorites Little Bites Butter Cookie Muffins

Limited Edition Entenmann’s Seasonal Favorites Little Bites Butter Cookie Muffins

Bravo, Entenmann’s! A seasonal flavor that other companies have not used. Well, except Royal Dansk. (Spotted by Amber N at Target.)

Powdered Sugar and Cinnamon & Sugar Cannoli Chips

Powdered Sugar and Cinnamon & Sugar Cannoli Chips

(Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Lookout Moon Pie 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Tin

Lookout Moon Pie 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Tin

Happy 100th Birthday, Moon Pie! Well, actually, Happy Early 100th Birthday because it was invented on April 29, 1917. (Spotted by Robbie at Cracker Barrel.)

Project 7 First Kiss Gourmet Gum

Project 7 First Kiss Gourmet Gum 3-Pack

It turns out these were a very, very limited edition flavor earlier this year, but the 3-pack is new. (Spotted by Sylvia at Target.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Baskin-Robbins Peppermint & Winter Oreo Cookies Polar Pizza and Ganache Poinsettia Cake

Baskin Robbins Peppermint  Winter Oreo Cookies Polar Pizza

For the month of December, Baskin-Robbins has brought back Peppermint Bark in the Dark as its Flavor of the Month. The flavor is made up of crunchy peppermint bark and chocolate ice cream with a peppermint candy and white chocolate-flavored ribbon. The first time the flavor was offered was in 2013.

Along with the returning flavor, the ice cream chain is also offering two festive frozen treats — the Peppermint & Winter Oreo Cookies Polar Pizza and Ganache Poinsettia Cake.

Baskin Robbins Ganache Poinsettia Cake

The Polar Pizza features a double fudge brownie crust with peppermint ice cream that’s topped with Winter Oreo Cookie pieces and drizzled with marshmallow and fudge toppings. The ice cream and ganache cake is topped with a wreath of Winter Oreo Cookie pieces and an icing poinsettia.

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

(Image via Baskin-Robbins)

PODCAST: The Nosh Show #93 What About Pie?

In this episode, Eric, Dubba, Ryan, and I discuss Cinnamon Frosted Flakes, McDonald’s Stuffed Olives, another upcoming Oreo cookie, Cheetos toilet paper, Thanksgiving, and much more.

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Starbucks Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa

Starbucks Hot Cocoa HOL17

Starbucks’ latest holiday beverage is the Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa. The beverage is made with steamed milk, white chocolate sauce, and cinnamon dolce syrup. It’s also topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar. It’s available through the holidays at participating Starbucks locations in the U.S.

Also, those who purchase any hot cocoa beverage can enjoy any cake pop for one dollar at participating U.S. locations until December 25.

A grande serving with 2% milk and whipped cream has 420 calories, 17 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 230 milligrams of sodium, 53 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 53 grams of sugar, 14 grams of protein, and 0 milligrams of caffeine.

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

(Image via Starbucks)

REVIEW: Kellogg’s Cinnamon Frosted Flakes

Kellogg's Cinnamon Frosted Flakes

As far as I’m concerned, Tony the Tiger is going through something of an identity crisis. Not only has Kellogg’s changed his look to be more “accessible” (like a talking Tiger was accessible to begin with), but his parent company has been rolling out all kinds of flavor variations.

On one hand, I guess Cinnamon Frosted Flakes shouldn’t surprise us. Both Tigers and Cinnamon are native to Bangladesh, and having already cycled through marshmallows, chocolate, and marshmallows and chocolate, it makes sense for Kellogg’s to hit us with a subliminal geography lesson. I wasn’t crazy about Chocolate Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows, nor did scream gr-r-reat! for the now-defunct Frosted Flakes with Energy Clusters.

So I’ve got good reason to be skeptical of the addition of cinnamon to Frosted Flakes. I say this with 28 years of cereal eating under my belt, literally. Despite the popularity of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, cinnamon-only flavored cereals don’t have a good track record. Cinnamon Burst Cheerios lasted for all of two seconds, while Cinnamon Jacks, Cinna-Crunch Pebbles, and a host of other cinnamon cereals have been relegated to the lonely eulogies written on MrBreakfast.com.

I do not join these individuals in mourning.

Kellogg's Cinnamon Frosted Flakes 2

If anything, cinnamon can be overpowering if applied in the wrong context, which is exactly the case with Cinnamon Frosted Flakes. The cinnamon flavor is floral and spicy, somewhere between the flavor of cinnamon gum and the aroma of a cinnamon-scented candle. The weird thing is that it takes a second to activate, and when it does, it’s more of an aroma and sensation than a taste.

And boy is it strong.

The characteristic sweetness of Frosted Flakes is still there, but before the sweetness dissipates, it’s overwhelmed by the authentic cinnamon flavor. The problem isn’t that it doesn’t taste like cinnamon; the problem is that it tastes too much like cinnamon, so much that the malted sweetness and slight corn flavor that are present in Frosted Flakes get lost.

Kellogg's Cinnamon Frosted Flakes 3

The effect is not so extreme in milk, but that in and of itself doesn’t make Cinnamon Frosted Flakes desirable. There’s a decent cinnamon run-off into the milk, and the trademarked soggy corn sweetness of Frosted Flakes is still there, but the flavors of frosted flakes and cinnamon just don’t go together.

Clearly, something isn’t working in the grand scheme of Tony the Tiger’s life. The thing is, I have no idea why this is, except to suggest that this is some kind of mid-life cereal crisis that doesn’t need to be. We can all agree that Frosted Flakes are gr-r-reat!, but frankly, the new flavors, including Cinnamon Frosted Flakes, are really just “oh-oh-oh-kay.”

(Nutrition Facts – 29 grams – 110 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 150 mg of sodium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 10 grams of sugars, and 1 gram of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.98
Size: 26.8 oz. box
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 4 out of 10
Pros: Authentic and floral cinnamon flavor in every spoonful. Better than the now defunct Simply Cinnamon Corn Flakes. Subliminal geography lessons.
Cons: Cinnamon flavor dominates the subtle malt and corn flavors of the flakes. Like eating a cinnamon-flavored candle. More an aroma than a true flavor. Lacks the buttery “toasted” flavors of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Cinnamon Chex.