QUICK REVIEW: Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Chocoholic Donut

Dunkin Donuts Chocoholic Caramel Donut

What is it?

A choco-heavy donut that features a classic chocolate donut frosted with caramel icing, sprinkled with semi-sweet chocolate curls, and topped with a drizzle of caramel icing.

How is it?

It’s not as sweet as I thought it would be. I mean, come on. Look at it. It screams “cloying.” Unless my taste buds are experiencing Stockholm syndrome and they’re sympathetic to sugar since I eat so much of it.

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The caramel icing doesn’t taste like straight-up caramel. It’s got the sticky consistency, but there’s no butteriness to it. Its flavor reminds me of generic pancake syrup — part fake maple and part fake caramel. The chocolate curls somewhat help hide the artificialness of the icing and give the treat a different texture.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a chocoholic donut without a chocolate donut base. Its very mild flavor is what I imagine (along with the use of semi-sweet chocolate) helps prevent it from being bombastic sweet.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but look at it and think of the sarlacc on Tatooine. The chocolate curls are its sharp teeth and the hole is the entrance to where one would spend several thousand years being digested. But, despite that unappetizing image I just described, I also think the sharp teeth chocolate curls and the gooey caramel icing make it look scrumptious. Also, those curls are really what Ben & Jerry’s fudge flakes should be.

Conclusion:

Sure, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Caramel Chocoholic Donut reminds me of a sarlacc, but it wasn’t saccharine. It’s a fine donut and I enjoyed it, but I don’t think of it as a must-have donut.

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 400 calories, 22 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 430 milligrams of sodium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Monster Hydro (Purple Passion, Zero Sugar and Blue Ice)

Monster Hydro  Purple Passion Zero Sugar and Blue Ice

New flavors in new bottles. The clear plastic “cans” looked cool, however, for a sports drink, they weren’t as practical as a bottle with a cap. (Spotted by Zach at Safeway.)

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REVIEW: Taco Bell Triple Melt Burrito and Triple Melt Nachos

Taco Bell Triple Melt Nachos

“Caseus et magis in melius.”

Mother, if you are reading this, please have this newly-minted personal creed inscribed on my tombstone along with a picture of Taco Bell’s Triple Melt Nachos, if only for future generations to know that we are currently living in the cheesiest point of recorded history.

And while all this cheese comes at a sacrifice — Nacho Fries are gone, long live Nacho Fries — if value-based creations such as the Taco Bell Triple Melt Burrito and, even more so, the Triple Melt Nachos, are a glistening yellow beacon to what we can achieve in the realm of queso and queso-related foodstuffs, then it’s the culinary petard that I will defiantly hoist my husky frame upon.

The aforementioned dynamic duo of Triple Melt meals from Taco Bell are seemingly a long time coming and hopefully a new standard bearer on not only the value meal menu but anything in the future that they dare to proclaim as “cheese-filled.”

By combining the Bell’s patented nacho cheese goodness with a shredded three-cheese blend of mozzarella, cheddar, and pepper jack, these new mixtures and additions hit closer and closer to what we should rightfully expect from years of Tex-Mex fast food promises.

Taco Bell Triple Melt Burrito

And while not as super-gooey as you’d think — the combined cheeses settle very fast into their own blessed mass of congealment — these very different cheeses and their fully distinct flavors make the Triple Melt Burrito a definite triple-crown entry as far as taste goes in this never-ending value menu race to the top. Along with the always welcomed ground beef and perfectly blended sauce, it makes for a burrito well worth your dollar.

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That being said, the main drawback here is the continued unimaginative use of Taco Bell’s typically bland rice as a wholly unnecessary filler that might as well be sawdust the way it soaks up all that important cheesy flavor. (I mean, let’s be honest: is there really anyone out there who truly likes Taco Bell’s rice? A mea culpa to you and yours if so, but I doubt it.)

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This minor act of edible malfeasance is absolutely rectified, for the most part, by the award-worthy Triple Melt Nachos. Featuring those beloved chips and aforementioned ground beef professionally imbued with all these different cheeses, like a calcium-rich daydream of innocent fools come to fruition, it’s a hearty combination that makes this a Dollar Menu item beyond reproach.

The warm queso blankets the top while the corresponding layers underneath are shielded by the melting shredded cheese that soaks down to the bottom, making sure that every bite is loaded with some semblance of flavor like a sternly protective father, a true rarity especially when it comes to these dollar nachos and their moderately-sized portions and partitions.

And, to be fair, if you want to complain about the size of these nachos, it’s only a buck hoss…man up and order two or three or whatever it takes to satisfy those curdled urges deep inside. Lord knows I have. ¡Cómpralo ya!

(Nutrition Facts – Triple Melt Burrito – 410 calories, 16 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 1030 milligrams of sodium, 50 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein. Triple Melt Nachos – 260 calories, 16 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 550 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.00
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Burrito)
Rating: 10 out of 10 (Nachos)
Pros: So very, very cheesy. The mixture of cheese flavors works. Great value even for value menu items.
Cons: Limited-time only. The rice on the burrito is total filler. Nachos congeal fast.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 4/10/2018

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Mayfield Creamery Limited Edition Butterscotch Fudge Ice Cream

Mayfield Creamery Limited Edition Butterscotch Fudge Ice Cream

(Spotted by @Brittany3le at Walmart.)

Halo Top Seasonal Flavor Blueberry Crumble Light Ice Cream

Halo Top Seasonal Flavor Blueberry Crumble Light Ice Cream

(Spotted by Caitlin J at Walmart.)

Halo Top Dairy Free Frozen Dessert  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Vanilla Maple and Pancakes  Waffles

Halo Top Dairy Free Frozen Dessert (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Vanilla Maple, and Pancakes & Waffles)

Halo Top Dairy Free Frozen Dessert  Candy Bar and Birthday Cake

Halo Top Dairy Free Frozen Dessert (Candy Bar and Birthday Cake)

Halo Top Dairy Free Frozen Dessert  Chocolate Almond Crunch and Toasted Coconut

Halo Top Dairy Free Frozen Dessert (Chocolate Almond Crunch and Toasted Coconut)

(Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

Walmart Confetti Bundt Cakes

Walmart Confetti Bundt Cakes

(Spotted by Chris N at Walmart.)

Marketside Boston Creme Dessert Cup

Marketside Boston Creme Dessert Cup

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Yasso Pistachio and Coconut Caramel Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

Yasso Pistachio and Coconut Caramel Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

(Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

Lipton Iced Tea with a Splash of Juice  Berry and Tropical

Lipton Iced Tea with a Splash of Juice (Berry and Tropical)

(Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Kitchen  Love Farro with Quinoa Quick Meals

Kitchen & Love Farro with Quinoa Quick Meals

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

Kitchen  Love Quinoa Quick Meals  Artichoke  Roasted Pepper and Spicy Jalapeno  Roasted Pepper

Kitchen & Love Quinoa Quick Meals (Artichoke & Roasted Pepper and Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Pepper)

(Spotted by Rachel C at World Market.)

Ocean Spray Cran Blackberry Juice Drink

Ocean Spray Cran Blackberry Juice Drink

(Spotted by Carla at Mega Foods.)

Stouffer s Lemon Pepper Seasoning Wraps

Stouffer’s Lemon Pepper Seasoning Wraps

(Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Krusteaz Custard Tart Supreme Dessert Mix

Krusteaz Custard Tart Supreme Dessert Mix

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

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: Sonic Slushed Pops

Sonic Strawberry Lemonade and Ocean Water Slushed Pops

Sonic Cherry Limeade Slushed Pops

Speaking of Sonic things on a stick, will there ever be Sonic-branded corn dogs or Coneys in the freezer aisle? (Spotted by Robbie 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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