SPOTTED: Limited Edition Sour Patch Kids Just Blue and Just Red

Limited Edition Sour Patch Kids Just Blue and Just Red

No love for lime and lemon Sour Patch Kids. (Spotted by Robbie at 7-Eleven.)

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SPOTTED: Tim’s Cascade Style Special Batch #64 Smoked Gouda Potato Chips

Tims Cascade Style Special Batch  64 Smoked Gouda Potato Chips

What were Special Batches 1-63? (Spotted by Rachel J at Franz Bread Store.)

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SPOTTED: 1908 Candy Co. Chewy Alexander the Grape and Johnny Apple Treats

1908 Candy Co Chewy Alexander the Grape

1908 Candy Co Chewy Johnny Apple Treats

They’re back! To be honest, I thought they were still around. These are made by a new company, 1908 Candy Co., and come in resealable pouches instead of boxes. The 1908 represents the year the Ferrera Pan Candy Company, the original maker of these, was started. (Spotted by Josh G at Walgreens.)

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REVIEW: International Delight French Toast Swirl Creamer

International Delight French Toast Swirl Creamer

I’m so glad I started drinking coffee years ago.

If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be experiencing the one-upscreamership between International Delight and the popular creamer brand from Nestle that sometimes has a hyphen in its name and sometimes doesn’t. Both do collaborations with other brands. Both do unique flavors that the other doesn’t have.

Who’s winning? I don’t care. I’ll fork over my hard-earned cash for whatever either brand is peddling. The latest from International Delight is the limited time only French Toast Swirl, which promises “swirls of maple and cinnamon flavor.”

I taste cinnamon. I taste maple. I taste cream. I taste…egg?

I mean, it’s not as if there’s the taste of scrambled eggs is in my coffee, but it’s kind of like an eggy bread flavor. That combined with strong cinnamon and maple does equal to something that tastes like French toast, and it’s potent when poured into a cup of coffee. This creamer is délicieux.

International Delight French Toast Swirl Creamer Mug

Yes, eggy flavor sounds weird and it might turn some of you off, but it’s what makes this creamer stand out. Without it, it would be more of a run-of-the-mill variety. Actually, the more I think about it, and the more I drink, I realize it also reminds me of bread pudding I’ve had.

But, as someone who has tried almost every big brand and store brand creamer I can get my hands on, this coffee additive’s flavor tastes similar to another one I’ve had in the past. But after doing some thinking while sipping on a mug of coffee lightened with a healthy dose of this creamer, I couldn’t pinpoint which creamer it tastes like.

I don’t know if it’s the caffeine in my French toast-flavored coffee that’s doing the talking, but International Delight’s French Toast Swirl Creamer is tre magnifique. I enjoyed it as much as the Reese’s one, which is a variety I’ve bought numerous times since its debut in 2017.

I don’t know if my taste buds are just tired from all the different chocolate-flavored creamers recently, but this one stands out among all the varieties that have come out with the past two years from International Delight and the creamer brand from Nestle that sometimes has a hyphen in its name and sometimes doesn’t.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample of the product. (Thanks, International Delight!) Doing so did not influence my review in any way. Although, I can understand why you might think so with a 9 out of 10 rating. But I assure you it did not.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 32 fl. oz.
Purchased at: Received from ID
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 Tbsp) 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 10 milligrams of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

SPOTTED – 7/19/2019

Here are some interesting new 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.

Trader Joe s Raspberry Mousse Cakes
Trader Joe’s Raspberry Mousse Cakes

(Spotted by Rachel C at Trader Joe’s.)

Quaker Cocoa  Sea Salt Instant Oatmeal
Quaker Cocoa & Sea Salt Instant Oatmeal

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Market Street.)

Tim s Cascade Style Coney Island Mustard Potato Chips
Tim’s Cascade Style Coney Island Mustard Potato Chips

(Spotted by Rachel J at Franz Bread Store.)

Werther s Original Sugar Free Vanilla Chewy Caramels
Werther’s Original Sugar Free Vanilla Chewy Caramels

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Atkins Bacon Cheddar and Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower Bites
Atkins Bacon Cheddar and Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower Bites

(Spotted by Blaire at Giant.)

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Blueberry Flavored Almond Slices  Multigrain Oat Clusters
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Blueberry Flavored Almond Slices & Multigrain Oat Clusters
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Sea Salt Caramel Flavored Slivered Almonds  Pretzels
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Sea Salt Caramel Flavored Slivered Almonds & Pretzels
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Chocolate Flavored Diced Almonds  Dark Chocolate Chips
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Chocolate Flavored Diced Almonds & Dark Chocolate Chips
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Coconut Flavored Diced Almonds  Dark Chocolate Chips
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Coconut Flavored Diced Almonds & Dark Chocolate Chips
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Toasted Almond Slices
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Toasted Almond Slices
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Honey Roasted Almond Slices  Granola
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative with Honey Roasted Almond Slices & Granola

(Spotted by Andrea D at Safeway.)

Land O Lakes Cream Cheese with Blueberries
Land O Lakes Cream Cheese with Blueberries
Land O Lakes Plain Cream Cheese
Land O Lakes Plain Cream Cheese

(Spotted by Tommy at Market Basket.)

Giant Eagle Greek Lowfat and Nonfat Yogurt  Coffee Peach and Mixed Berry
Giant Eagle Greek Lowfat and Nonfat Yogurt (Coffee, Peach, and Mixed Berry)
Giant Eagle Lowfat Yogurt  Peach Mixed Berry and Vanilla
Giant Eagle Lowfat Yogurt (Peach, Mixed Berry, and Vanilla)
Giant Eagle Blueberry Greek Nonfat Yogurt
Giant Eagle Blueberry Greek Nonfat Yogurt
Giant Eagle Strawberry Banana Lowfat Yogurt and Strawberry Light Nonfat Yogurt
Giant Eagle Strawberry Banana Lowfat Yogurt and Strawberry Light Nonfat Yogurt

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

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REVIEW: Panda Express Sichuan Hot Chicken

Panda Express Sichuan Hot Chicken

Panda Express’ Sichuan Hot Chicken is its take on crispy chicken strips, which seem to be all the rage with fast food chains nowadays. The entree is breaded all-white meat chicken tossed in a spicy Sichuan peppercorn sauce and dusted with a secret spice blend.

It’s easily the crunchiest chicken item on the menu, although that texture is on the edges of the pieces where the coating is a bit thicker. The chicken within the breading of the strips I received was juicy. Of course, your results may vary because of someone who was overzealous with the wok tossing.

The sauce isn’t sticky like Orange Chicken or gloopy like what’s on mushroom chicken. Instead, it’s an oil-based sauce with the spices swimming in it. Panda’s Sichuan peppercorn sauce with the secret spice blend is savory, peppery, spicy, a smidge citrusy, and pretty darn good.

Panda Express Sichuan Hot Chicken Make it Spicy

But it’s even better when you “Make it Spicy,” which is an option you have while ordering. If you do, your chicken will get sprinkled with an extra dose of the secret spice blend, which gives the breading an ominous look and amps up the heat AND flavor. To me, the added seasoning makes the standard Sichuan Hot Chicken pieces seem kind of bland. When I order this again, I’ll definitely “Make it Spicy.”

While the word “hot” is in its name, the regular Sichuan Hot Chicken isn’t what I would call “hot.” There’s a burn that slowly builds up to a mild level, but it doesn’t have me reaching for a soothing beverage. The “Make it Spicy” pieces are noticeably hotter, but it’s still not enough to make me want to shovel Panda’s fried rice into my mouth to relieve the burning. Also, whatever heat there is doesn’t linger for long.

Panda Express Sichuan Hot Chicken Side by Side

My biggest issue with this entree deals with size. The pieces aren’t uniform. As you can see in the photo above, the ones on the left, which is a three-piece order of the standard Sichuan Hot Chicken, are dramatically smaller than the ones on the right, which is a three-piece order of the ones made spicy. Looking at those three small pieces on my styrofoam plate, I can’t help but think I’m getting ripped off a little. But if I got three of the ones on the right or more of the smaller pieces, I’d feel a bit better.

Panda Express Sichuan Hot Chicken Innard

Sichuan Hot Chicken is another yummy sauced chicken selection from Panda Express. The Sichuan peppercorn sauce and secret spice blend are tasty, but they’re not quite good enough to make this limited-time menu item Orange Chicken-tastic or Beijing Beef-abulous.

Purchased Price: $9.20 (2-entree plate)
Size: 3-piece serving
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (3 pieces) 400 calories 26 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 910 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 19 grams of protein.

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