SPOTTED (TRADER JOE’S EDITION) – 1/18/2020

Here are some new Trader Joe’s products spotted by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Trader Joe s Coconut Crispy Rolls Wafer Cookies
Trader Joe’s Coconut Crispy Rolls Wafer Cookies
Trader Joe s Savory Banana  Nut Trek
Trader Joe’s Savory Banana & Nut Trek
Trader Joe s Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
Trader Joe’s Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
Trader Joe s Glazed Sour Cream Donut
Trader Joe’s Glazed Sour Cream Donut
Trader Joe s Organic Chiapas Mexico Small Lot Coffee
Trader Joe’s Organic Chiapas Mexico Small Lot Coffee
Trader Joe s Miso Vegetable and Brown Rice Saute Kit
Trader Joe’s Miso Vegetable and Brown Rice Saute Kit
Montezuma s 100 Cocoa Solids Dark Chocolate Absolute Black with Almond  Sea Salt
Montezuma’s 100% Cocoa Solids Dark Chocolate Absolute Black with Almond & Sea Salt
Cachet Milk Dark  White Chocolate Assortment
Cachet Milk, Dark, & White Chocolate Assortment
Belgian Chocolate Hearts
Belgian Chocolate Hearts
Dickinson s Organic Pomegranate Juice
Dickinson’s Organic Pomegranate Juice

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

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 (SEASONAL EDITION) – 1/17/2020

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

Yes Way Rose Filled Gourmet Jumbo Cupcakes
Yes Way Rose Filled Gourmet Jumbo Cupcakes
Yes Way Rose Filled Gourmet Cupcakes
Yes Way Rose Filled Gourmet Cupcakes

(Spotted by @ReneBarba89 at Target.)

Hostess Limited Edition Frosted Strawberry Donettes on the Go
Hostess Limited Edition Frosted Strawberry Donettes on the Go

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

Maud Borup Strawberry Marshmallows and Strawberry Gummies
Maud Borup Strawberry Marshmallows and Strawberry Gummies
Maud Borup Prosecco and Pink Rose Cotton Candy
Maud Borup Prosecco and Pink Rose Cotton Candy

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Target.)

Valentine s Hazelnut Spread M M s
Valentine’s Hazelnut Spread M&M’s

(Spotted by Sylvia at Rite Aid.)

Jack Link s Meant Fur You Heart Box
Jack Link’s Meant Fur You Heart Box

(Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

Maud Borup Chocolate Lip Tin
Maud Borup Chocolate Lip Tin

(Spotted by Rachel C at Target.)

Frankford Ready to Flamingle with Gummy Candy Hearts
Frankford Ready to Flamingle with Gummy Candy Hearts
Frankford Magical  Sparkly You Are Uni Que with Gummy Candy Hearts
Frankford Magical & Sparkly, You Are Uni-Que with Gummy Candy Hearts

(Spotted by Sylvia at Rite Aid.)

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 or if the product is old, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

REVIEW: KFC Secret Recipe Fries

KFC Secret Recipe Fries

As I ordered the Secret Recipe Fries from my area Kentucky Fried Chicken, there was a debate going on in the kitchen regarding these new test items: the server, who took my order, declared loudly how much she absolutely adored this new item and couldn’t wait to eat some when she got off her shift, while the guy in the back making them, on the other hand, said in a gruff voice that he liked the potato wedges better and these weren’t “flavorful” enough for him.

Listening to this fierce debate kind of got me pumped to sample this individual-sized order, waiting with small gasps of seasoned breath as I quietly wondered how the kitchen-fresh geniuses in Kentucky gently mixed their famed secret herbs and spices with their not-so-famous French fried potato offerings.

Order up, I sat down at the nearest plastic table and spilled the overflowing box all across the brown bag, the secretive spices and affirmative grease staining the area. Taking a bite out of the plump starch stick, I have to agree with the server on this one; good job, Col. Sanders!

KFC Secret Recipe Fries 2

With that crunchy twice-fried heavy coating that I really enjoy on fries from the local, independent chicken places around town, the secret herbs and spices — seemingly fried right on the potato — are a salty Kentucky song of twangy finesse that is quite comparable to Taco Bell’s recent French fried output, give or take a small hurting of cheese.

The unknown spices that coat the fries are deeply Southern in their affectation — I’m sorry, but even with a detective’s delineation I couldn’t tell you what those spices are or were — but offered a saliferous smile of that famous moderately spicy KFC zing, with a slight bit of down-home sass that is definitely on par with its original recipe style of fried chicken.

KFC Secret Recipe Fries 3

And while I can’t say that it compliments KFC’s chicken per se, I can say that, as a light snack — of which these tubers definitely work best as — it’s a decently delightful soiree of Kentucky fried tastes and French fried goodness, one that should be sampled soon. And if you can bring a cup of nacho cheese from Taco Bell — these are all Yum Brands, right? — all the better.

Editor’s Note: KFC is currently testing these Secret Recipe Fries in select test regions, like Oklahoma, Virginia, and Indiana.

Purchased Price: $2.19
Size: Individual
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Unavailable.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dunkin’ Oatmilk Latte Coming This Spring

News Dunkin Oatmilk

Oatmilk is the hottest dairy alternative right now (sorry, cashewmilk). And this spring, Dunkin’ will be showcasing it nationwide in its new Oatmilk Latte. Available hot or iced, the drink combines rich, handcrafted espresso and creamy oatmilk.

Along with the Oatmilk Latte, customers can order the dairy alternative in their hot and iced coffee, cold brew, and frozen beverages.

Currently, Dunkin’ is offering oatmilk at participating locations in California, but it’ll be rolling out nationwide this spring. Those lucky folks in Cali can get a free Oatmilk Latte sample every Friday in January from 8 to 10 a.m. at participating stores.

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

(Image via Dunkin’.)

SPOTTED: Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Special Edition Cheddar with New Minnie Mouse Shape

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Special Edition Cheddar with Minnie Mouse Shape

(Spotted by @ReneBarba89 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.

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

If you’ve seen the product, help out your fellow readers by letting them know in the comments what city and store you found it in.

REVIEW: Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo Cookies

Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo Cookies

I was prepared to start my review of the new Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo on a negative note, but I had reservations AND resolutions. While the flavor concept might seem plain Jane on the surface, it’s 2020 and I’ve vowed to be more positive.

It wouldn’t have been fair for me to call Nabisco “lazy” for kicking the year off with a mildly dull and derivative Oreo.

Whoaaaa, chocolate and marshmallow, talk about breaking new ground! We’ve never had Oreos with chocolate or marshmallow before. Congrats on just tossing a couple of old flavors together and passing it off as new. Shut up and take my money!!! Oh, and thanks for only selling these in a Family Size package! The bore the merrier, I say!

That right there is what a jaded reviewer might say, but not me, for it is 2020, and I’m trying to better myself by being more positive.

So yeah, maybe this flavor isn’t as creative as I was hoping, but I’m pretty positive – there’s that word again – I’ll like these. Chocolate and marshmallow taste good. It’d be pretty hard to screw that up, right? What’s the worst that can happen, they taste like a regular Oreo?

Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo Cookies Package Open

Folks, with full transparency, I must report that Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo Cookies are positively AWESOME.

That’s not just new and improved 2020 me speaking, these are truly the best Oreo cookies I’ve had in a long time, and the crème might be my favorite ever. I apologize to Nabisco for my earlier skepticism.

Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo Cookies Wafer

These could’ve easily been a chocolate wafer with marshmallow crème, but each chocolate wafer has little bits of marshmallow baked in, and the crème filling is a mixture of chocolate and marshmallow. Having both elements combined like that was a brilliant decision.

Chocolate Marshmallow Oreo Cookies Creme

The crème is a perfect balance of smooth chocolate and marshmallow flavor, which form a velvety texture that I swear is more satisfying than the usual. I found the greyish brown coloring aesthetically pleasing as well.

The cookies are dotted with tiny marbits that are similar to the little crispy ones you’d find in hot cocoa packets. My only complaint is that there aren’t nearly enough of them. Some cookies had so few they just ended up looking like standard Oreos.

If each wafer had about 25% more marshmallows baked in, these would have been a 10/10 in my book.

It took me a few bites to realize what these reminded me of, but then I realized it was one of my all-time favorite cereals, Count Chocula.

If you’re a fool who judges cookies by their covers like me, just pretend these are a partnership with General Mills, because these are 100% what Count Chocula Oreo Cookies would taste like. That would be a pretty exciting flavor, right? Now I’m disappointed we didn’t get that crossover.

Who knows, maybe that was what they were going for? Perhaps they’ll ape a few more Monster cereal flavors in the future. Either way, I’m positive I loved these, and I will never pre-judge an Oreo flavor again.

Purchased Price: $3.65
Size: 17 oz. package (Family Size)
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 Cookies) 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 90 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and less than 1 gram of protein.