FAST FOOD NEWS: Arby’s Coke Float

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Arby’s new Coke Float just combines Coke with a vanilla shake. No big whoop.

But what is a big deal is the fact that this Coke Float happened because Arby’s ditched Pepsi to hook up with Coke. So locations nationwide are now serving Coca-Cola, Coke Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid Light, Mello Yello, Barq’s Root Beer, Hi-C Flashin’ Fruit Punch, Fanta Orange, and Powerade Mountain Berry Blast.

Arby’s Coke Float is available for a limited time in 16- and 24-ounces.

A 16-ounce Coke Float has 320 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 57 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.

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

(Image via Arby’s website.)

REVIEW: Ben & Jerry’s Chip off the Dough Block Ice Cream

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TIL: Ben & Jerry’s was the first to make cookie dough in ice cream happen.

What?!

Mind. Blown.

When I worked there in high school, that fun fact was not on any training or marketing materials. Glad they’re tapping into it now because that’s some serious cred!

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For the summer, they’ve launched three Scoop Shop-exclusives that are chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream to the nth power. The Chip off the Dough Block flavor is the most extreme of the three; its chipper description reads: “Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Ice Creams with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Chocolate Chip Cookies.” I for one don’t think there’s such thing as too much chocolate chip cookie ever and the Flavor Gurus clearly agree.

Before trying the new flavor, I sampled the OG cookie dough one to orient my taste buds. The small sample was enough to remind me of that tasty, raw cookie dough flavor. I went all in for the new flavor though! When the scooper was scooping it, it was visibly much softer than some of the other ice creams. I appreciate that he dug a little deeper into the carton to get the bits that were a little more frozen.

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The ice cream was light milk chocolate in color with visible caramel-colored streaks and studded with chocolate. I could see that they were bigger chunks, which fondly reminded me of the delicious chunks in one of my favorite flavors, Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz. Because there’s no caramel in this flavor, I speculated that the streaks were smeared bits of the chocolate chip cookies.

The first lick (yes, fellow ice cream lickers unite!) was distinctly cookie dough but with a milkier, almost muted taste. The raw cookie dough flavor wasn’t as pronounced. But, I liked that I got the same texture-y goodness – if not more texture-y goodness.

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As I continued eating, I noticed that there were also smaller chips like in Famous Amos cookies. I enjoyed both the chunk and chip. I didn’t see any real pieces of chocolate chip cookies though, which was disappointing. Bits of real cookie would have been a treat! The best textural element ended up being the chunks.

This flavor has all the qualities of great Ben & Jerry’s ice creams – smooth, creamy, scoop-able with fantastic texture – but it’s not worth a trek out to a Scoop Shop. I was able to achieve a close enough flavor experience with a Milk & Cookies pint from the local grocery store.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 scoop – 210 calories, 110 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 55 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $6.50
Size: Small
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Great texture-y goodness from both the chocolate chunks and chips. You might enjoy this flavor if find regular cookie dough ice cream too raw tasting!
Cons: Where are the pieces of chocolate chip cookies? Not worth the trek – similar in taste to Milk & Cookies.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 6/21/2018

Here are some interesting new and limited edition 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.

Epic Peanut Butter Chocolate Performance Bar

Epic Peanut Butter Chocolate Performance Bar

Epic Peanut Butter Performance Bar

Epic Peanut Butter Performance Bar

Epic Almond Butter Chocolate Performance Bar

Epic Almond Butter Chocolate Performance Bar

Epic Lemon Performance Bar

Epic Lemon Performance Bar

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Clif Sweet  Salty Caramel Toffee with Sea Salt Bar

Clif Sweet & Salty Caramel Toffee with Sea Salt Bar

Clif Sweet  Salty Chocolate Chunk with Sea Salt Bar

Clif Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chunk with Sea Salt Bar

(Spotted by Rachel C at Macey’s.)

Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds

Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Tom Thumb.)

Nature s Path Coconut  Cashew and Pretzel  Peanut Nut Butter Bars

Nature’s Path Coconut & Cashew and Pretzel & Peanut Nut Butter Bars

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Great Value Raspberry Peach Instant Oatmeal

Great Value Raspberry Peach Instant Oatmeal

(Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

ThinkKids Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

ThinkKids Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

Cascadian Farm Peanut with Puffed Rice  Quinoa Sweet  Salty Chewy Granola Bars

Cascadian Farm Peanut with Puffed Rice & Quinoa Sweet & Salty Chewy Granola Bars

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Tom Thumb.)

Love Grown Coconut Lime and Pumpkin Cashew Granola

Love Grown Coconut Lime and Pumpkin Cashew Granola

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

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.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Beverage

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Starbucks’ newest beverage that might be showing up in your Instagram feeds right now is the Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Beverage.

This tropical drink is a combination of mango and dragonfruit flavors, handshaken with ice, and a scoop of real diced dragonfruit that give the beverage its magenta color. It’s available on the permanent menu at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.

A Grande has 90 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 15 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 19 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 45-55 milligrams of caffeine.

The Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Beverage can be turned into the “Dragon Drink” by requesting coconutmilk be used instead of water. And, it can also be made with lemonade creating the boring-named Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refreshers Beverage.

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

(Image via Starbucks.)

BACK ON SHELVES: Limited Edition Long Lost Lime Skittles (2018)

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Lime Skittles lovers rejoice! Limited Edition Long Lost Lime Skittles candy is back again this year. Although I imagine Lime Skittles lovers would prefer Long Lost Lime to be always around. (Spotted by Rachel C at Walgreens.)

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.