PODCAST: The Nosh Show #77 Homely Triscuit Boxes

In this episode, Eric, Dubba, Ryan, and I natter about a new Oreo flavor coming in July, S’mores Crispy M&M’s, the re-release of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, Reese’s Creme Puffs, and much more.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt

Fage Crossovers (Maple Syrup with Ancient Grain Granola and Caramel with Honey Roasted Salted Almonds)
Fage Crossovers (Maple Syrup with Ancient Grain Granola and Caramel with Honey Roasted Salted Almonds)

Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt (Coconut with Dark Chocolate Droplets and C
Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt (Coconut with Dark Chocolate Droplets and Carrot Ginger with Roasted Pistachios

Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt Coconut Curry with Roasted Cashews
Fage Crossovers Greek Yogurt Coconut Curry with Roasted Cashews

There’s also a Honey with Walnuts, Tomato Basil with Almonds, and Olive Thyme with Almonds. Each container has two compartments. One has Greek yogurt and the other has a crunchy topping. If Chobani didn’t come up with their Flip line, I imagine these would’ve been called Fage Flip. (Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

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’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.

REVIEW: Hostess Brownies made with Milk Chocolate M&M’s

Hostess Brownies made with Milk Chocolate M&M's

Dear Hostess,

Let me start by saying that I’ve always been loyal.

I’ve been eating your cakes since I first misinterpreted the song’s lyrics as “Twinkie Twinkie Little Star.” When a friend bet me $2 that I couldn’t eat an entire Ho Ho in one bite, you better believe I sucked it down like a crème-stuffed Kobayashi. Your treats even helped me escape grade school shame, as I bragged to my friends how I had a girlfriend named Suzy Q.

“You wouldn’t know her. She goes to another school!”

That’s why I’m sorry. I’m sorry that even after I resisted the smutty Nutty Bars and curvaceous Swiss Rolls of Little Debbie, that foul temptress broke my willpower with her decadent Cosmic Brownies.

I’m a sucker for sticky, artificial brownies, and your discontinued Brownie Bites left a hole in my life that only Debbie’s fudgy bricks could fill.

But it’s okay, because now you have these new brownies made with M&M’s. I understand there’s a new man in your life, but I’m going to prove that I can treat you better than that wisecracking red M&M ever could. I’m gonna eat this entire box of brownies, just like the good old days when we’d munch through pouches of Mini Muffins without a care or “suggested serving size” in the world.

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Your candy-studded brownies are shorter, but girthier than the connected LEGO bricks of Cosmic Brownies. This is good: I like a minimalistic gal. And upon first bite, I immediately remembered why I love you, Hostess.

All the grandmas of the world can heave a collective sigh of relief, because these are no replacement for homemade brownies—there’s no eggy denseness, dark cocoa complexity, or touch of vanilla. But what there is is fudge, and lots of it: way more than in any Cosmic Brownie.

Between the frosting and the hyper-crumbly base, your brownies have enough rich fudge flavor to make Fudgy the Whale fudge his pants. It’s super sweet, but also pleasantly buttery. You always did know how to butter me up, Hostess.

Your M&M’s brownies beat Debbie’s in texture, too. While hers may have a compelling chewiness, yours are more satisfyingly soft and spongy. Combined with the smooth frosting, the whole brownie feels and tastes like a cream-less Oreo Cakester with Hostess Cupcake icing.

And since I’d give up my right arm, my right to bear arms, and my beloved childhood Teddy Bear to bring Oreo Cakesters back from the snack graveyard, this comparison is a high compliment.

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Oh, and the M&M’s? They’re way better than any lame Cosmic Chips, because they’re M&M’s Minis. With a fun, crackling texture contrast and a superior shell-to-chocolate ratio that would make a normal M&M consider liposuction, the Minis provide bombshell bursts of milky sweetness in an otherwise fudge-dominated world.

There aren’t many M&M’s on top, but there are more buried down in your brownies’ deepest recesses. It’s like the old phrase says: “you can’t judge a book by its miniaturized milk chocolate morsel bedazzled cover.”

Sure, your brownies aren’t perfect: they’re too small for a satisfying snack, they make a hell of a crumb-spewing mess, and they have an uncomfortable oily aftertaste. But I’m willing to look past that if you can forgive my infidelity. I promise, my sordid affair with Deborah is over, and you and I still have many happy fudgy days ahead.

I don’t need Cosmic Brownies to have out of this world taste, Hostess. Because when it comes to highly processed snack cakes, you are my universe.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 brownie – 170 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 64 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein..)

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 9.1. oz box/6 brownies
Purchased at: Meijer
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: A fudgy ménage à trois between candy, Cupcake, and Cakester. Deeply buried Mini M&M’s landmines. Squares so spongy that Nickelodeon might sue. Building my inevitable tomb out of fudgy bricks.
Cons: Kicking up brownie crumb dust clouds. Won’t out-Grandma your Grandma. Snack cake infidelity. Crying over old Polaroids of Oreo Cakesters.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 5/2/2016

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.

Pillsbury Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shape Sugar Cookies
Pillsbury Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shape Sugar Cookies

Wake me up when Pillsbury comes out with cookies shaped like their weapons. (Spotted by Sylvia at Vons.)

Alden's Organic Mint Fudge and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches
Alden’s Organic Mint Fudge and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

Alden's Organic Salted Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars
Alden’s Organic Salted Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars

Alden's Organic Vanilla Fudge Ice Cream Bars
Alden’s Organic Vanilla Fudge Ice Cream Bars

I don’t know who Alden is. Is that the name of the founder or the town where the company started or the cow on the box? No, it can’t be the cow’s name because it’s got to be a female to produce milk, and Alden isn’t a female name. (Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Sam's Choice Meal Kits (Chicken Marsala, Chicken Teriyaki, and Beef Pot Roast)
Sam’s Choice Meal Kits (Chicken Marsala, Chicken Teriyaki, and Beef Pot Roast)

Sam's Choice Meal Kits (Seasoned Pork Mac & Cheese, Braised Pork Carnitas, and Beef Meat Loaf)
Sam’s Choice Meal Kits (Seasoned Pork Mac & Cheese, Braised Pork Carnitas, and Beef Meat Loaf)

Thanks, Sam! You’ve given shoppers a lot of choices when it comes to these meal kits. (Spotted by Kevin G at Walmart.)

KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub (Original, Sweet Honey, and Spicy Habanero)
KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub (Original, Sweet Honey, and Spicy Habanero)

According to the packaging, it can be customized with juice, soda, beer, or bourbon. I look forward to Natty Ice Sweet Honey BBQ. (Spotted by Amanda at Walmart.)

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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WEEK IN REVIEWS – 4/30/2016

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Here are a few product reviews posted this week from other blogs we follow.

I didn’t love it or hate it and feel it didn’t do enough to sway my opinion to consider it a standout ingredient to base an entire sandwich around.(via Grub Grade)

It was interwoven into the cracker nicely, and the little wheat threads scratched my tongue all over, causing the fire of the Sriracha to really take hold.(via Junk Food Guy)

The berries themselves are of the typical dried variety, and intermittently and unevenly sprinkled through out – some wafers were sans berries, others where blue enough from berries to look almost like a flattened Smurf.(via What’s Good at Trader Joe’s)

Exactly 50% more cocoa, eh? Alright, if you say so: I better go 50% more cuckoo for these.(via Cerealously)

Taste the patriotism!(via Sometimes Foodie)

For one reason or another the combination of corn tortilla chips, and sriracha’s slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and extra garlicky flavor notes always make us think of other tortilla chip flavors that already existed prior to SRIRACHA EVERYTHING – flavors like sweet & spicy chili, or sweet chili & red pepper.(via Chip Review)

QUICK REVIEW: Rockstar Revolt Killer Citrus Energy Drink

Rockstar Revolt Killer Citrus Energy Drink

For years I’ve wanted a caffeinated 7Up or Sprite. YEARS.

But despite my best efforts, which included whining under my breath to a cooler that was filled with 7Up and Sprite and begging on their Facebook pages, I haven’t had the chance to guzzle a clear lemon-lime soda with my favorite stimulant.

But that’s no longer the case thanks to Rockstar Energy and its new Revolt Killer Citrus.

Update: I forgot 7Up had dnL.

A 16-ounce can has 240 milligrams of caffeine, which, if my math is correct, is 240 milligrams more than 7Up and Sprite combined. The heart-thumping beverage doesn’t taste exactly like either big brand soda, but it does have a crisp and clean lemon-lime flavor that could easily be mistaken for a store brand soda with a name like Sprittee or 7Lemon.

I’m not sure why the can has camouflage, but I also don’t know why folks who aren’t hunters or in the military wear camouflage. Maybe it is meant for hunters and the “killer” in Killer Citrus, represents what hunters do to their prey. Also, if I had to wait all day for some deer or bird to show up, I’d need something to keep me awake too.

Also, I’m trying to figure out why it’s called “Revolt.” The word could mean rising up against something or it could mean feeling disgust. I mean, the beverage doesn’t make me feel disgusted, but why give it a name that could mean that? I dunno.

Overall, thank goodness for Rockstar’s Revolt Killer Citrus Energy Drink. Because now I don’t need to put in more than the 0.5 percent of effort I was making to help make a caffeinated lemon-lime soft drink a reality.

Purchased Price: $2.29
Size: 16 fl oz
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (8 fl oz) 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 45 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 32 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, 100% niacin, 100% vitamin B6, 100% vitamin B12, and 100% pantothenic acid.