FAST FOOD NEWS: Cold Stone Creamery Honey Graham Bowl and Cornbread is My Jam

Cold Stone Creamery Honey Graham Bowl

Cold Stone Creamery has added two new Creations to its menu — Honey Graham Bowl and Cornbread is My Jam.

Honey Graham Bowl features milk & honey graham ice cream, caramel, and Golden Grahams cereal. According to Cold Stone Creamery, it’s supposed to taste like dipping graham crackers in a bowl of milk.

Cold Stone Creamery Cornbread is My Jam

Cornbread is My Jam is a combination of honey cornbread & blackberry jam ice cream, cornbread pieces, honey, and blueberries. It’s supposed to taste like freshly baked cornbread with a sweet smear of blackberry jam.

Both varieties are available for a limited time at participating locations.

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

(Images via Rachel C.)

REVIEW: Bubbies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites

Bubbies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites

What are Bubbies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites?

The concept is similar to mochi ice cream, which are small blobs of ice cream wrapped in soft Japanese rice cake. But instead of rice cake, these have a cookie dough exterior. More specifically, these feature chocolate chip ice cream wrapped in chocolate chip cookie dough.

How are they?

I hate to say this because I do LOVE Bubbies mochi ice cream, but these cookie dough ice cream bites don’t make me want to use all caps or the word “love.”

Bubbies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites Closeup

The ice cream inside is fine, although it’s not perfect, which I’ll explain later. My issue with this treat is the chocolate chip cookie dough exterior. It’s a bit bland when compared to other edible cookie dough brands I’ve tried.

There’s a brown sugar flavor that’s common with other edible cookie dough, but it’s too mild. Not even the tiny bits of chocolate in the dough or the vanilla ice cream help elevate it to the point where I’d ignore the serving size and stuff my mouth with all six in the box.

Bubbies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites Innards

But if you think about it, these cookie dough ice cream bites follow what mochi ice cream is like — a light-flavored exterior that lets the ice cream filling stand out. However, that’s not what I expected with these. I want the cookie dough to stand out, but it doesn’t.

Is there anything else you need to know?

Bubbies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites Innards 2

The ice cream has the flavor and creaminess I expect from Bubbies, but with the four I’ve eaten so far there seems to be a lack of chocolate chips within the ice cream. They’re a different texture than what’s in the cookie dough, so it’s easy to feel one. Unfortunately, I felt a chip only two or three times with each piece. That seems like an adequate amount since it takes two or three bites to eat one. But when I cut open one, I’m looking at a short wall of vanilla ice cream.

Conclusion:

Chocolate chip ice cream wrapped in edible chocolate chip cookie dough looks like an instant winner on paper or a computer screen as a 3D model, but Bubbies’ Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites did not win over my taste buds.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample of the product. Doing so did not influence my review in any way, which you saw if you read it. In fact, I believe this review will ensure I’ll never get samples from Bubbies again.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 6-pieces
Purchased at: Received from Bubbies
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 bite) 130 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 60 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Dunkin’ Burrito Bowls

Dunkin Burrito Bowls

Earlier this year, Dunkin’ offered two breakfast bowls. And now there are two new breakfast bowls that aren’t being called breakfast bowls. Instead, they’re Burrito Bowls.

Dunkin’s Burrito Bowls come in two varieties — Chorizo and Fire Roasted Veggie.

The Chorizo one features eggs, chorizo, cheese, onions, poblano peppers, red quinoa, brown rice, and a smoky tomato sauce. It has 350 calories, 22 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 260 milligrams of cholesterol, 850 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 19 grams of protein.

The Fire Roasted Veggie comes with eggs, cauliflower, cheese, onions, bell peppers, corn, black beans, rice, and chipotle sauce. It has 250 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 200 milligrams of cholesterol, 650 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried either one, let us know what you think in the comments.

(Image via Kyle L.)

REVIEW: Burger King Maple Waffle Sandwich

Burger King Maple Waffle Sandwich

What is the Burger King Maple Waffle Sandwich?

Burger King’s latest answer to the McGriddle – a breakfast sandwich with maple laced waffle cakes as buns.

How is it?

It’s almost there. I wanted this to be great, but it’s ultimately just good. Good is good, though, right? Good.

Here’s the thing about fast food breakfast – the bread element is the most crucial part. I’m sure you’re familiar with BK’s eggs and meat. I’ve always liked BK’s fluffy folded egg, and its sausage patties are fine if not indistinguishable from anyone else’s. They do their part.

Burger King Maple Waffle Sandwich Top

The waffles are the big-ticket item here, but I think that might turn some people off of this sandwich.

I liked them, but they’re not without its flaws.

The waffles were a little too fried for my tastes, giving them an almost “funnel cakey” texture. I love that, but not sure I want it on a breakfast sandwich.

There are little maple spots speckled on the waffles, but they weren’t sweet enough. Again, it was alllllmost there. Getting subtle hints of sweetness was nice, but I was hoping for more.

Is there anything else you need to know?

I got the savory sausage because it’s the best option. Let’s be real. The thing is, Burger King probably should’ve gone with a maple sausage patty. This could have benefitted from more maple, and that would’ve been a good place to inject it.

Oh, and skip the cheese. It could just be me, but these savory/sweet breakfast sandwiches absolutely do not need a slice of cheese. In fact, I’d argue it knocks the sandwich down a peg as a whole.

Conclusion:

It ain’t great for ya, but you probably won’t be mad you ate this. It’s about 75% as good as a McGriddle. With a little tinkering, it could be a real star in the fast food breakfast world.

Purchased Price: $3.69
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (Sausage) 680 calories, 45 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 205 milligrams of cholesterol, 1140 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 23 grams of protein.

SPOTTED (STORE BRANDS EDITION) – 8/23/2019

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

Great Value Korean Style Steak Bulgogi  Udon Noodles
Great Value Korean Style Steak Bulgogi & Udon Noodles
Great Value Asian Inspired Hot  Sour Soup
Great Value Asian Inspired Hot & Sour Soup
Great Value Sweet Corn Cake
Great Value Sweet Corn Cake

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Trader Joe s Chicken Collard Green Wrap
Trader Joe’s Chicken Collard Green Wrap
Trader Joe s Organic Pita Chips with Sea Salt
Trader Joe’s Organic Pita Chips with Sea Salt

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

Trader Joe s Vegan Ranch Dip
Trader Joe’s Vegan Ranch Dip
Trader Joe s Every Daisies Sugar Coated Sugar Cookies
Trader Joe’s Every Daisies Sugar Coated Sugar Cookies

(Spotted by Sarah R at Trader Joe’s.)

H E B Cerealology Granola Quinoa Nut Crunch
H-E-B Cerealology Granola Quinoa Nut Crunch
H E B Cerealology Granola Strawberry Matcha Fusion
H-E-B Cerealology Granola Strawberry Matcha Fusion
H E B Cerealology Granola Quinoa Tropical Fruits
H-E-B Cerealology Granola Quinoa Tropical Fruits

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

Signature Select Hot Cheese Crunchies and Cheese Crunchies
Signature Select Hot Cheese Crunchies and Cheese Crunchies

(Spotted by Sylvia at Vons.)

H E B Multi FIT Ginger Matcha Granola Bars
H-E-B Multi FIT Ginger Matcha Granola Bars
H E B Pesto Sauce
H-E-B Pesto Sauce
H E B Organics Roasted Garlic Alfredo
H-E-B Organics Roasted Garlic Alfredo

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

Simple Truth Organic Spicy Black Bean and Creamy Lentil Soup
Simple Truth Organic Spicy Black Bean and Creamy Lentil Soup
Simple Truth Organic Tomato  Sweet Basil and Lentil Vegetable Soup
Simple Truth Organic Tomato & Sweet Basil and Lentil Vegetable Soup

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

H E B Protein Crunch Trail Mix
H-E-B Protein Crunch Trail Mix

(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: Kettle Brand Limited Batch Apple Cider Vinegar Potato Chips

Kettle Brand Limited Batch Apple Cider Vinegar Potato Chips

I’d be okay if apple cider vinegar is the new pumpkin spice. Mmmm…apple cider vinegar Oreo cookies. (Spotted by Alex C at Ralphs.)

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.