SPOTTED: 7-Eleven Quake Energy Drink

Quake Energy Drinks

Quake Energy Drink Ingredients

The four flavors for the zero sugar energy drink are — Original, Berry Blast, Tropical Lemon, and Orange Fusion. (Spotted by Aaron S at 7-Eleven.)

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SPOTTED: Bagel Bites Limited Edition Extreme Beef Nacho

Bagel Bites Limited Edition Extreme Beef Nacho

Ha! Nice touch with the trying to scribble out “pizza” on the box, Ore-Ida box design department. (Spotted by Melissa K at Hy-Vee.)

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REDESIGN TIME: Heinz Regional BBQ Sauces

Redesign Time takes a look at packaging design changes.

Heinz Hawaii Style BBQ Sauce  2019 Redesign
Heinz Hawaii Style BBQ Sauce (2019 Redesign) Photo via Leonard G.
Heinz Hawaii Style BBQ Sauce  2017 Design
Heinz Hawaii Style BBQ Sauce (2017 Design) Photo via Robbie.

Being from this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I had to start with the Hawaii Style BBQ Sauce. It wasn’t part of Heinz’s regional BBQ sauce lineup when it debuted in 2016. It showed up a year later. While the original design featured a pineapple in the background, the 2019 design has a less edible hibiscus flower. Yes, thanks to Starbucks and Trader Joe’s, we can consume hibiscus, but if I were to pick a hibiscus and a pineapple from their respective plants, I’m sure most of you would choose the pineapple.

Heinz Memphis Style BBQ Sauce  2019 Redesign
Heinz Memphis Style BBQ Sauce (2019 Redesign) Photo via Leonard G.
Heinz Memphis Style BBQ Sauce  2016 Design
Heinz Memphis Style BBQ Sauce (2016 Design) Photo via Stephen B.

Memphis is the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, which explains the old school stage microphone in the 2019 design. With the 2016 design, some of the text is done in a neon sign style. Back when I first saw this bottle, I didn’t understand why the neon sign font was used. And I didn’t look it up because I’m lazy. This time around I did some research (i.e. Googled it) and learned about Beale Street.

Heinz Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce  2019 Redesign
Heinz Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce (2019 Design) Photo via Leonard G.
Heinz Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce  2017 Design
Heinz Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce (2017 Design) Photo via Josh G.

So what’s the deal with the 2019 Heinz Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce bottle having a baseball theme? I know Kansas City has the Royals, its Major League Baseball team, but is there a notable baseball history there. Apparently, there somewhat is, but is that enough to justify having a baseball and bat? Also, what’s the deal with the 2017 design? It’s a brick wall.

Heinz Carolina Mustard Style BBQ Sauce  2019 Redesign
Heinz Carolina Mustard Style BBQ Sauce (2019 Redesign) Photo via Leonard G.
Heinz Carolina Mustard Style BBQ Sauce  2017 Design
Heinz Carolina Mustard Style BBQ Sauce (2017 Design) Photo via Josh G.

When I first saw the new designs, the first thing that popped into my head was postcards, especially the Carolina one. All the artwork would look good as postcards with the addition of a “Greetings From…” on them. Now that I think about it, with the previous designs, the fonts signified the region the sauces represent. There’s the neon sign lettering for Memphis, the Kansas City in script similar to what’s on the Kansas City Royals uniforms, the fancy old timey western font for Carolina, and a sans serif font for Hawaii that I don’t know why it is the way it is.

Heinz Original BBQ Sauce  2019 Redesign
Heinz Original BBQ Sauce (2019 Redesign) Photo via Leonard G.

I like the uniform look of the new designs. I wonder if there’s new artwork for the other regional Heinz BBQ Sauces, like Texas and Kentucky Bourbon.

What do you think of the new designs?

SPOTTED: Cafe Valley Bakery Big Red Cake

Cafe Valley Bakery Big Red Cake

A Big Blue Cake would be cool too, Cafe Valley Bakery. (Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

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REVIEW: Talenti Gelato Layers Mint Fudge Cookie and Salted Caramel Truffle

Talenti Gelato Layers Mint Fudge Cookie and Salted Caramel Truffle

Summer is right around the corner, and the new Talenti Gelato Layers is the perfect sweet treat to celebrate after a brutal winter – goodbye polar vortex! – and a moody spring that has included snow.

This innovation is basically a sundae with the visual appeal of a parfait. Each pint has five layers consisting of signature gelato, toppings, and sauces. It’s all perfectly packaged in the usual transparent, recyclable plastic jar.

The line launched with seven different layer combinations, which made it incredibly hard to pick. So, I picked my favorite gelato bases and ended up with Mint Fudge Cookie (mint gelato, cookie crumbs, fudge sauce, mint gelato, chocolate cookies) and Salted Caramel Truffle (sea salt caramel gelato, chocolate cookies, dulce de leche, vanilla gelato, caramel truffle).

Talenti Gelato Layers Mint Fudge Cookie and Salted Caramel Truffle Top Layer

I started with the Mint Fudge Cookie with no rhyme or reason! Because I was worried it would be difficult to get through to all the layers, I began with a meek spoonful of the gelato. It’s surprising how fluffy and light it is; it almost didn’t seem gelato-like! In general, Talenti isn’t one of those hard-to-scoop frozen treats, but I didn’t expect it to be like butter. The flavor of the gelato itself was the Mediterranean Mint I knew and trusted.

Talenti Gelato Layers Mint Fudge Cookie

It was just as easy to take my spoon and dig all the way down to get all the layers. Amazing! My only mistake was that I didn’t use a long spoon.

Talenti Gelato Layers Mint Fudge Cookie Spoon

The mint was the perfect backdrop for all the layered goodness. What stood out to me was the delicious, rich fudge. I love me some good hot fudge, and this did not disappoint. I was also amazed that it wasn’t frozen solid. Magic. I enjoyed the added textural elements from the chocolate cookies and crumbs as well. Admittedly, they got a little soggy, but then it became almost like a chocolate cake texture which was I was not mad about.

Talenti Gelato Layers Salted Caramel Truffle 2

When starting on the Salted Caramel Truffle, I grabbed a larger/longer spoon so I could get more of the good good. I did notice that there was a bit of freezer burn around the bottom-most layer, which was the caramel truffles.

Talenti Gelato Layers Salted Caramel Truffle Spoon

This flavor was sweeter than the mint one, but it’s a caramel lover’s dream come true. It’s like caramel on caramel with the gelato and dulce de leche. I enjoy caramel, but the sweetness was a bit too much for me. Also, I only picked up on the “salted” part of the salted caramel from the truffles below. Although, like the mint version, I enjoyed the texture, particularly from the cubed-shaped chocolate truffles.

All in all, I’m kind of angry because this is SO good. The texture of everything is perfect, which I would think is incredibly difficult to mass produce and keep right on shelves and in freezers at home! But, Talenti has done it. It’s captured lightning in a bottle with the kind of deliciousness that gives me the excuse to eat the whole pint because I don’t want to ruin it by dumping it in a bowl.

Purchased Price: $5.29 each
Size: 1 Pint
Purchased at: Meijer
Rating: 9 out of 10 (Mint Fudge Cookie)
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Salted Caramel Truffle)
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) Salted Caramel Truffle 320 calories, 15 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 42 grams of total carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 34 total grams of sugar, 26 grams added sugar, and 5 grams of protein. Mint Fudge Cookie – 310 calories, 15 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of total carbohydrates, 2 gram of dietary fiber, 33 total grams of sugars, 28 grams added sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

SPOTTED (REFRIGERATED CASE EDITION) – 5/24/2019

Here are some interesting new products found in a refrigerated case by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Moe s at Home Fajita Style Shredded Chicken
Moe’s at Home Fajita Style Shredded Chicken
Moe s at Home Barbacoa Braised Shredded Beef
Moe’s at Home Barbacoa Braised Shredded Beef

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Aidells Orange  Coriander Smoked Chicken Sausage
Aidells Orange & Coriander Smoked Chicken Sausage

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Target.)

The Pioneer Woman Chicken Alfredo Bake
The Pioneer Woman Chicken Alfredo Bake
The Pioneer Woman Cajun Style Chicken Pasta
The Pioneer Woman Cajun Style Chicken Pasta
The Pioneer Woman Chicken  Rice Bake
The Pioneer Woman Chicken & Rice Bake
The Pioneer Woman Tex Mex Style Chicken Bake
The Pioneer Woman Tex-Mex Style Chicken Bake
The Pioneer Woman Southwest Style Grilled Chicken
The Pioneer Woman Southwest Style Grilled Chicken
The Pioneer Woman Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake
The Pioneer Woman Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake
The Pioneer Woman BBQ Baked Beans
The Pioneer Woman BBQ Baked Beans

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

365 Everyday Value Plant Based Turkey Style Deli Slices Applewood Smoke
365 Everyday Value Plant-Based Turkey-Style Deli Slices Applewood Smoke
365 Everyday Value Plant Based Turkey Style Deli Slices Herb Roasted
365 Everyday Value Plant-Based Turkey-Style Deli Slices Herb Roasted

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Hormel Chicken  Pasta Kit and Chicken  Rice Kit
Hormel Chicken & Pasta Kit and Chicken & Rice Kit

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Target.)

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