SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 2/11/2016

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 Lucky Charms Cereal with Green Clovers and Gold Coins
Limited Edition Lucky Charms Cereal with Green Clovers and Gold Coins

With those long legs and arms, it makes me wonder if this Lucky is a spidechaun. (Spotted by Tracy at Hy-Vee.)

Johnsonville Italian Sausage Slices and Mild Italian Sausage
Johnsonville Italian Sausage Slices and Mild Italian Sausage

Johnsonville 3 Cheese Italian Style Meatballs and Homestyle Meatballs
Johnsonville 3 Cheese Italian Style Meatballs and Homestyle Meatballs

Johnsonville Original Sausage Crumbles and Classic Italian Style Meatballs
Johnsonville Original Sausage Crumbles and Classic Italian Style Meatballs

Insert immature joke here. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Kung Fu Panda, Minions, and Avengers Pure Growth Organic Snack Mix and Sea Salt Pretzels
Kung Fu Panda, Minions, and Avengers Pure Growth Organic Snack Mix and Sea Salt Pretzels

Disney Princess Pure Growth Organic Sea Salt Popcorn
Disney Princess Pure Growth Organic Sea Salt Popcorn

The only pure growth I see by putting Kung Fu Panda, Minions, Avengers, AND Disney Princesses on Pure Growth’s packaging is pure money growth. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Giant Honey, Butter Pecan, and Vanilla Bean Crunchy Granola Chips
Giant Honey, Butter Pecan, and Vanilla Bean Crunchy Granola Chips

I imagine Nature Valley will be coming out with something like this someday. (Spotted by Elizabeth L at Stop & Shop.)

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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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Hershey’s Carrot Cake Kisses

Hershey's Carrot Cake Kisses

Top your carrot cake with Hershey’s Carrot Cake Kisses. Or top your tongue with them. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

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.

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SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Sun Maid Chocolate Hazelnut and Caramel Sea Salt Yogurt Raisins

Sun Maid Chocolate Hazelnut and Caramel Sea Salt Yogurt Raisins

Chocolate hazelnut-flavored yogurt coated raisins? Why not hazelnut-flavored chocolate coated raisins? (Spotted by Dubba at Market Basket.)

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.

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FAST FOOD NEWS: White Castle Sriracha Shrimp Nibblers

White Castle Sriracha Shrimp Nibblers

White Castle has brought back a number of seafood items for Lent. There’s the Fish Slider, Fish Nibbers, and Classic Shrimp Nibblers. But, along with all those, the chain has also introduced a spicy twist to their Shrimp Nibblers — Sriracha Shrimp Nibblers.

They feature bite-sized butterfly shrimp in a light and crispy coating with a bit of spicy sriracha flavor. The menu item is available for a limited time.

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

(Image via White Castle’s website)

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (P.B. & Cookies, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie)

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (P.B. & Cookies, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie)

They’re certified vegan, made with almond milk, fair trade certified, non-GMO, they’re nice to eat on a hot day, and the empty containers can be used as bongos. There’s also a Chunky Monkey variety. (Spotted by Elizabeth L at Wegmans.)

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.

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REVIEW: KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

What I know about Nashville: Mrs. Coach from Friday Night Lights has a show about it and something called “hot chicken” was invented there.

A handful of Food Network shows have signal-boosted the wet-looking fried bird in the past decade and, based on the various hosts’ reactions, it’s amazing. If my hazy memory is correct, most of the purveyors of the Music City specialty are tight lipped about the recipe, but a cursory bit of internet sleuthing reveals some sort of cayenne pepper paste mix as the secret.

Enter KFC. Never mind that Nashville is in Tennessee and the “K” in KFC stands for a state that geographically stifles Tennessee like a big brother sitting on top of you trying to squeeze out a fart.

The Yum! Brands conglomerate will have your local delicacy and good luck trying to trademark something with two words as simple as “hot” and “chicken.” They have the balls to put an exclamation point in the name of their company. They have the balls to do anything. Anyway, KFC serves Nashville Hot Chicken. And it’s okay, if not for the typical KFC pitfalls.

The advertisements for Nashville Hot Chicken promise a good amount of heat, one that builds, based on a “secret” recipe that includes cayenne and smoked paprika. On this, it delivers. I had the two-piece basket, which includes a biscuit, a sprinkling of pickles and a side of cole slaw.

KFC Nashville Hot Chicken 2

The breading on the chicken was nice and chunky, crispy. The initial heat factor was low but as the meal went on it chugged into a nice hum. It’s a dull, pleasant spice that is never overwhelming and contrasts well with the smoother tastes of the buttermilk breading and dark meat.

Since it’s being sold with sides as a package, I’ll go into those. The cole slaw is KFC cole slaw. It’s a bit too sweet but the coolness really acts well against the chicken, and basically serves as a palate cleanser whenever you need a respite from the spice.

The flimsy pickles, which are thrown onto the chicken, are an afterthought and do not possess any value whatsoever. They have no bite or any flavor and have wilted onto the greasy bird.

The biscuit touches the chicken and, through magical biscuit powers, absorbs some of the hot chicken oil, which makes an awesome hot oil-dipped biscuit, improving the already-great side.

KFC Nashville Hot Chicken 3

This does, however, bring up the oil situation. KFC calls the entire thing a “two-piece basket” but it came in a plastic container. It traps in all the oil that was on the chicken, KFC-style, but this is hella oil. Hot chicken already looks wet and saturated, but this is for real the most oily chicken I have ever had. Two dozen napkins later, I had dripped the red-colored oil on my sleeves and my notepad, which was on an adjacent table.

Sure, chalk it up to me being a disaster, but this stuff got everywhere. I quit eating the thigh three-fourths the way through because it got too gross. The breading was slipping off like a cummerbund after prom and it was making a gigantic mess.

I had hot chicken once before (in Los Angeles, go figure). It was served on a slice of white bread, to soak up all the oil. Nothing was done like this here, and it was unbearable. The previous experience also had nice homemade vinegar to go along with the chicken, which made me lament the pickle situation even more.

The taste is fine, but the oil is harsh. Yum! Brands, what hast thou wrought?

(Nutrition Facts – Not available on website.)

Item: KFC Nashville Hot Chicken
Purchased Price: $5.49 (includes cole slaw and biscuit)
Size: 2 pieces basket
Purchased at: KFC
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Nice amount of heat, a low simmer of spice. Good breading.
Cons: Unbearably oily. Pickles were flimsy, not bright.