SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 9/10/2014

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.

Wonka Limited Edition Laffy Taffy

Great! Now I can scrape off my teeth caramel apple-flavored Laffy Taffy with my tongue and/or fingers. (Spotted by Shannon at Target.)

Pirate's Booty Caramel Apple Corn Puffs

Argh! It be cararghmel apple corn puffs! (Spotted by Jacki at Target.)

Dannon Limited Edition Light & Fit Greek Caramel Apple Pie Yogurt

Looks like something I can dip those Pirate’s Booty Caramel Apple Corn Puffs into. (Spotted by Quinn at Giant Eagle.)

Palmer Eye Scream! Chocolatey Sandwitches

Come on, Palmer marketing people! Must I do EVERYTHING for you! Eye Scream Chocoscary Sandwitches. You’re welcome. (Spotted by Keith at Big Lots.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

FAST FOOD NEWS: IHOP Bac’ n’ Cheddar and Very Blueberry Cheesecake Waffullicious Waffles

IHOP Bac n Cheddar Waffullicious Waffles

IHOP has always had waffles with toppings. But now they have waffles topped with toppings and toppings that are baked into the waffle. These waffles topped with toppings and toppings baked into the waffle sound like a top idea that tops their regular waffles with toppings.

Sorry.

IHOP’s Waffullicious Waffles are available in two varieties: Bac’ n’ Cheddar and Very Blueberry Cheesecake.

Bac’ n’ Cheddar features a Belgian waffle with chopped hickory bacon and cheddar cheese baked in and topped with bacon pieces. Very Blueberry Cheesecake has a Belgian waffle with blueberries and New York Cheesecake pieces baked in and topped with more cheesecake pieces and blueberries in lightly sweetened syrup.

IHOP Very Blueberry Cheesecake Waffullicious Waffles

A full order of the Bac’ n’ Cheddar 820 calories, 48 grams of fat, 26 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 1640 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, and 33 grams of protein. A full order of the Very Blueberry Cheesecake has 750 calories, 33 grams of fat, 19 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 910 milligrams of sodium, 100 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 43 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein.

IHOP’s Waffullicious Waffles are available for a limited time until November 2, 2014. They can be ordered as a separate menu item, or as a half serving with one of IHOP’s egg combo breakfasts.

(Images courtesy of IHOP)

REVIEW: Nabisco Limited Edition Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies

Nabisco Limited Edition Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies

When I first learned about these the Nabisco Limited Edition Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies, I wondered if I would get the FULL caramel apple experience. I’m not just talking about the flavor combo of sweet caramel and tart apples. I’m also talking about getting my teeth stuck in the fall treat.

Whenever I take the first bite into a caramel apple, my front teeth always get stuck because of the caramel coating. The caramel is sticky enough that it adheres to my teeth and it’s tough enough that I can’t tear off the piece my mouth has wrapped itself around. When that happens I go into panic mode because I’m afraid, as I struggle to pull them out, they’ll break off and my mouth will look like I was on the losing end of a hockey fight or what I looked like in my first grade school photo.

My teeth also get stuck because I always take a big bite, which is what I do with caramel-less apples. This causes my jaw to be stuck at its widest position, which doesn’t give me much leeway to do much with my jaw. My teeth eventually free themselves, but I’m left with a sore jaw and ego.

Thankfully, and obviously, these Limited Edition Caramel Apple Oreo cookies won’t force my mouth to stay open for long periods of time and give me a sore jaw like a sadistic dental hygienist would.

Nabisco Limited Edition Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies Closeup

Like with previous fruit-flavored Oreo, like Fruit Punch, Watermelon, and Lemon, the Caramel Apple Oreo also comes with Golden Oreo wafers. The creme is two-toned with Kermit the Frog green and Fozzie Bear brown.

Since the creme was green, there’s a green apple on the packaging, and every caramel apple that has trapped my teeth has been a Granny Smith apple, I expected the creme to taste like a Granny Smith apple, but it tasted more like a Fuji apple. After spending a few seconds with Google, I learned Fuji apples, which can be partially green, are also used with caramel apples. The Fozzie Bear-colored creme had a strong caramel scent that was noticeable as soon as package was opened, but, even after licking my way through a number of cookies, I didn’t think it had a flavor that was as strong.

When eaten as a whole cookie, the apple creme stands out. Whatever caramel flavor there is gets lost behind the apple and the Golden Oreo. The lack of caramel makes the whole experience less satisfying. But with that said, I think it’s a decent cookie because I like the candy-fied Fuji apple flavor and it won’t force my mouth to say open for long periods.

Although, I should admit, I don’t know what would happen if I tried to stuff four cookies stacked on top of each other into my mouth at one time.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 15 milligrams of potassium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and less than 1 gram of protein.)

Item: Nabisco Limited Edition Caramel Apple Oreo Cookies
Purchased Price: $3.49
Size: 12.2 oz.
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Apple-flavored creme taste like Fuji apples. Strong caramel aroma. Creme has the same colors as Kermit and Fozzie.
Cons: Lacks caramel flavor. Getting teeth stuck in a caramel apple. Target exclusive flavor. Granny Smith fans will be disappointed. Having no front teeth in a school photo.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 9/9/2014

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.

Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough

Look! Another pumpkin spice product! Someone should create a Flickr album that tracks all the new pumpkin-flavored products this year. Oh wait…I already did. (Spotted by Carla at Target.)

Nestle Toll House Limited Edition Halloween Semi Sweet Chocolate and Orange Colored Morsels

Hey Nestle Toll House! I’m still waiting for those zombie colored morsels with a blood red filling. (Spotted by Kristin at Meijer.)

Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Pepperming Cookie Dough

Awesome! I can leave out Christmas-themed cookies for Santa right now. (Spotted by Garrison at Stop & Shop.)

Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa Milk Chocolate

In case you’re wondering how many more ingredients regular Swiss Miss has, here the list: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Less Than 2% of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Acesulfame, Potassium, Sucralose, Artificial Flavor. (Spotted by Carla at Target.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Trident Layers Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Gum

Trident Layers Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Gum

Wrigley’s and Trident have pumpkin spice gum this season. I’m now waiting for Stride Pumpkin Spice gum to be created. (Spotted by Demetrios at Target.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition 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 and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.