SPOTTED (TRADER JOE’S EDITION) – 2/22/2019

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

Trader Joe s Organic Watermelon Jerky
Trader Joe’s Organic Watermelon Jerky
Trader Joe s Crunchy Red Dragon Fruit Chips
Trader Joe’s Crunchy Red Dragon Fruit Chips
Trader Joe s Milk Chocolate  Honey Toffee Pecans
Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate & Honey Toffee Pecans
Trader Joe s Chocolate Chip Cocoa Meringues
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Cocoa Meringues
Trader Joe s Organic Thick  Chunky Salsa
Trader Joe’s Organic Thick & Chunky Salsa
Trader Joe s organic Multigrain bRead
Trader Joe’s Organic Multigrain Bread

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

To make watermelon jerky, I imagine taking out all the water is necessary. So, technically, it’s waterless watermelon jerky. (Spotted by 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: Rockstar Xdurance Energy Peach Iced Tea and Super Sours Green Apple

Rockstar Xdurance Energy Peach Iced Tea

Rockstar Xdurance Energy Super Sours Green Apple

Maybe I’m getting old or just old school, but 300 milligrams of caffeine seems like a lot for one drink. (Spotted by @ReneBarba89 at FoodMaxx.)

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.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Burger King’s New Grilled Chicken Sandwich (2019 Version)

Burger King s New Grilled Chicken Sandwich  2019 Version

Goodbye, Burger King Grilled Chicken Sandwich that debuted in 2017!

Hello, 2019 Burger King Grilled Chicken Sandwich!

The updated version is made with a seasoned 100 percent white meat chicken filet that’s been marinated in spices and flame-grilled. It’s topped with lettuce, tomato, and a sweet honey mustard on a toasted potato bun. The previous sandwich was similar, except it came with mayonnaise.

The new Grilled Chicken Sandwich is available at participating restaurants nationwide as a permanent menu item with a recommended price of $4.99 for the sandwich only and $6.99 for the combo meal that includes a small drink and small fries.

The sandwich has 430 calories, 11 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 870 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 40 grams of protein.

Burger King s New Grilled Chicken Sandwich   2019 Version 2

To promote the sandwich, Burger King is trolling one of its fellow fast food chains — KFC.

Also, if you’re into collecting fast food packaging, there are limited edition “K.F.G.” sandwich wrappers at select restaurants in Kentucky, Miami, Los Angeles, and New York.

If you’ve tried the 2019 version of Burger King’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Burger King.)

SPOTTED: Magnum Strawberries & Cream Bars

Magnum Strawberries  Cream Bars

This has got me thinking, if Magnum could somehow include chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream into a bar, it should be called the Magnumpolitan. (Spotted by Ashlei M at Stop & Shop.)

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.

REVIEW: White Chocolate Marshmallow M&M’s

White Chocolate Marshmallow M M s

What are White Chocolate Marshmallow M&M’s?

Because a bag of novelty-flavored M&M’s is easily stuffed into a bright plastic egg basket, Mars is dropping another installment of its special edition Easter flavors! This time, it’s white chocolate with marshmallow.

How are they?

You know how when you see cooking show contestants using the same batter/dough/base for multiple items, they are mostly likely not going to win? That’s what these M&M’s taste like. They’re essentially the same as the basic white chocolate M&M with the tiniest hint of another flavor zipping by at light speed.

White Chocolate Marshmallow M M s Plated

In this case, the flavor isn’t even the marshmallow advertised – it’s closer to fondant icing. You know how cooking show judges howl in disappointment when cakes or cookies get covered in fondant? It’s a polarizing flavor. Fondant is supposed to taste like marshmallow, but is more like what a replicator on the Enterprise that needs a tune-up would spit out.

The good news is there’s so little of it – and the white chocolate is dominant enough – that if you don’t know what fondant is, you might not even notice it here. I’ve been making cakes with it for 18 years, so I’d recognize that sugary dough anywhere.

White Chocolate Marshmallow M M s Pastels

While they taste perfectly pleasant (relying on the strength of their white chocolate base flavor), there’s a huge wasted opportunity here and I’m deducting points for that. Why didn’t they play around with texture? Swap out the crispy malted filling of the M&M’s Mini Eggs with a breakfast-cereal-style marshmallow center?

White Chocolate Marshmallow M M s Innards

Is there anything else you need to know?

The flesh-toned M&M’s are back in this mix, which is odd because they don’t seem to relate to the flavor here. As a color combination, I didn’t love it.

Conclusion:

If you love the white chocolate M&M’s, they’re not a bad purchase with lowered expectations. If you vehemently hate fondant and/or are a cooking show judge, proceed with caution.

Purchased Price: $3.19 (on sale)
Size: 8 oz. bag
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 oz./16 pieces) 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 15 grams of total sugars, 17 grams of added sugars, and 1 gram of protein.

SPOTTED – 2/22/2019

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.

YoCrunch Birthday Cake Oreo Yogurt
YoCrunch Birthday Cake Oreo Yogurt

(Spotted by John R at Market Basket.)

Larabar Peanut Butter Banana Bars
Larabar Peanut Butter Banana Bars

(Spotted by Sarah R at Target.)

365 Everyday Value Organic Strawberry Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Strawberry Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Plain Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Plain Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Vanilla Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Vanilla Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Blueberry Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
365 Everyday Value Organic Blueberry Greek Whole Milk Yogurt

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Sweet Potatoasts Roasted Sweet Potato Slices
Sweet Potatoasts Roasted Sweet Potato Slices
Sweet Potatoasts Sea Salt  Olive Oil Roasted Sweet Potato Slices
Sweet Potatoasts Sea Salt & Olive Oil Roasted Sweet Potato Slices

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Gorton s Limited Edition Lightly Dusted Sole with Lemon Butter Parsley Sauce
Gorton’s Limited Edition Lightly Dusted Sole with Lemon Butter Parsley Sauce

(Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

Archer Farms Chicken Carbonara Thin Crust Pizza
Archer Farms Chicken Carbonara Thin Crust Pizza

(Spotted by Daniel N at Target.)

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.