REVIEW: Hostess Limited Edition Peppermint Twinkies

Hostess Limited Edition Peppermint Twinkies

Who’s got a bandana that’s long and white? Twinkie’s got a bandana that’s long and white!

Who’s got a creme that’s mint instead? Twinkie’s got a creme that’s mint instead!

Mint instead, cake of red,

Bandana that’s white, winter delight,

Must be Twinkie, must be Twinkie, must be Twinkie, Twinkie Mint!

When I open up a package of these Hostess Peppermint Twinkies, I smell two distinct scents.

The first is a minty, Christmassy scent. For some reason, it reminds me of the first few hours after school on the last day before holiday break, eating the requisite candy cane they gave us at the school sing-along.

The second is the familiar odor of Twinkie sponge cake. If you’ve ever had a Twinkie, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never had a Twinkie, it doesn’t matter, because you don’t exist anyway.

The Twinkies are described as “peppermint cake with creamy filling,” but I wonder if they got it backwards, and it’s supposed to be “peppermint creamy filling with cake.” When I try to isolate the components, I don’t detect any peppermint in the red-colored cake, but I do in the filling. Some weird kind of cross-contamination of flavors, maybe?

But maybe it’s in both because when I eat the cake like a normal person, it’s mintier than either part on its own. The textures are what you’d expect -— a soft, spongy cake with a light, airy filling. The minty flavor gives the humble Twinkie a nice festive upgrade. It’s not as minty as a mint-thusiast like me would like, but it works, and I suspect that even mint-averse folks could get on board with this candy-cane-esque cake.

Hostess Limited Edition Peppermint Twinkies 2

Considering that it’s a Twinkie, I have no complaints. It’s not a gourmet, decadent dessert, but it never claimed to be. It just claimed to be a limited edition suitable for the month of December (or November, apparently). I like this better than last year’s White Peppermint Twinkies or last spring’s Shamrock CupCakes.

Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer wanted to gain weight so he could go on disability? Dr. Nick advised him to eat from the neglected food groups: “Remember, if you’re not sure about something, rub it against a piece of paper. If the paper turns clear, it’s your window to weight gain.” Well, I got that greasy spot on my paper towel. So if you’ve been asked to play Santa Claus at your office Christmas party, these Twinkies are a tasty way to become your new jolly self.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cakes – 230 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 340 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 30 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 13.58 oz. box/10 cakes
Purchased at: Dick’s Market
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nothing to complain about. Might appeal to people who don’t like mint. Festive upgrade to a classic standby. Coining the term “mint-thusiast.”
Cons: Not as minty as some would like. Leaves grease stains. The beginning of holiday weight gain.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (HOLIDAY EDITION) – 11/8/2017

Here are some new holiday products (or returning with new holiday designs) found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Milk Chocolate Elf on the Shelf Hershey s Kisses

Milk Chocolate Elf on the Shelf Hershey’s Kisses

(Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

Limited Edition Snowflake Ritz Crackers 2017 Design

Limited Edition Snowflake Ritz Crackers 2017 Design

(Spotted by Rachel C at Macey’s.)

Kellogg s Special Holiday Edition Rice Krispies with Holiday Colors Cereal 2017 Box Design

Kellogg’s Special Holiday Edition Rice Krispies with Holiday Colors Cereal 2017 Box Design

(Spotted by Bob K at Wegmans.)

Nutella Christmas Caps

Nutella Christmas Caps

(Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

CVS Nice Sugar Plum Yogurt Pretzels

CVS Nice Sugar Plum Yogurt Pretzels

(Spotted by Vicky M at Walgreens.)

Gourmet Mini Bark  Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and White Chocolate Birthday Cake

Gourmet Mini Bark (Chocolate Caramel Pretzel, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, and White Chocolate Birthday Cake)

Gourmet Mini Bark  Milk Chocolate with Caramel Drizzle  Sea Salt and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter

Gourmet Mini Bark (Milk Chocolate with Caramel Drizzle & Sea Salt and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter)

Chocolate Covered Graham with Caramel Drizzle  Sea Salt and Milk Chocolate Covered Graham with Crushed Peppermint Candy

Chocolate Covered Graham with Caramel Drizzle & Sea Salt and Milk Chocolate Covered Graham with Crushed Peppermint Candy

Chocolate Champagne Truffles and Caramel Rum Truffles

Chocolate Champagne Truffles and Caramel Rum Truffles

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Milk Chocolate English Toffee

Milk Chocolate English Toffee

Whiskey Chocolate Bars

Whiskey Chocolate Bars

(Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

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 (BETTY CROCKER LIMITED EDITION EDITION) – 11/7/2017

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

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Strawberry Thumbprint Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Strawberry Thumbprint Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Snowball Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Limited Edition Snowball Cookie Mix

Okay, the Snowball Cookie Mix isn’t new, but it’s in a box that’s similar to its new siblings. And I didn’t want to separate it from its sibling. I don’t have a heart of ice, which, I imagine, looks like a snowball cookie. (Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

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.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Cookie Layer Crunch Bars

Hershey s Triple Chocolate Cookie Layer Crunch Bars

There are a lot of double chocolate products. There are a few triple chocolate products. But I have yet to see a quadruple chocolate product. (Spotted by Rachel C 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.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

REVIEW: Doritos Crunch Nuts (Nacho Cheese & Crunch Nuts)

Doritos Crunch Nuts  Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch

Doritos has two new products — the Crunch Mix and Crunch Nuts. Not since Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos have I ever been so excited for a new Doritos-branded product to hit the market.

My fellow reviewer was pleased with the new Doritos Crunch Mixes, but how does the star items in those, the Crunch Nuts, stand on their own? A Doritos Locos Taco home run? Or a Doritos Loaded strikeout?

Regardless of how they are, they do have cool packaging. It’s futuristic looking with a unique shape that’s square at the bottom but then tapers to completely flat at the top. Its shape and design makes it perfect for snacking in the car.

Upon opening up each container I got blasted with a strong peanut aroma. I could tell right off the bat both flavors have a significant amount of seasoning. The Nacho Cheese is intensely orange, while the Cool Ranch is a lighter tan with a few dark speckles. Each Crunch Nut has an outer crunchy coating that’s covered with seasoning and then an inner portion that’s a full peanut.

Doritos Nacho Cheese Crunch Nuts

With both varieties, they nailed the Doritos flavor as each one tastes exactly their chip counterpart. Also, the name Crunch Nuts isn’t a misnomer as the crunch on them is epic as well. I found the best way to eat these is to soak up the seasoning a bit on your tongue so you get the full flavor and then swing for the fences with your teeth to get the crunch.

Doritos Cool Ranch Crunch Nuts

Once you get to the peanut part, though, it starts striking out. It completely overpowers the shell. It’s as if the Doritos essence vanished and never happened. I mean, I love peanuts as much as anybody, but the flavors together for these aren’t working. The Cool Ranch ones fare a little bit better as the flavor lasts longer and seems to meld better with the peanut, but with Nacho Cheese, not so much. The more I ate, the stronger the peanut flavor got and so I could only eat a few before it bored me.

Doritos Crunch Nuts are nowhere near a home run. They’re more of a line drive that looks like a double and you run past first base on your way to second but then have to quickly shuttle back to first as you realize your hit wasn’t as deep into the gap as you thought.

(Nutrition Facts – about 3 Tbsp – Nacho Cheese – 130 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. Cool Ranch – 130 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.99 each
Size: 3 oz.
Purchased at: 7-Eleven
Rating: 4 out of 10 (Nacho Cheese)
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Cool Ranch)
Pros: Futuristic packaging. Plentiful seasoning and great crunch. Baseball analogies.
Cons: Overpowering peanut flavor. Cheese flavor and peanuts not quite having a beautiful marriage. Not suited to be a solo act.