SPOTTED: Annabelle’s Sea Salt Rocky Road Bars

Annabell s Sea Salt Rocky Road Bars

I didn’t know Annabelle’s Rocky Road bars came in different flavors. There have been dark chocolate, s’mores, and mint versions. Actually, I didn’t know Annabelle’s Rocky Road bars still existed. (Spotted by Rachel C at World Market.)

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REVIEW: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros Cereal

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros

What is Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros?

With unique but dubious flavor choices such as Sour Patch Kids being zapped with a cereal transmogrifier, toast for breakfast is passé.

Luckily, chef Wendell minored in business at Cereal U. and nixed the Avocado Toast Crunch suggestion for revitalizing Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Instead, he’s leaning into his core competency and retooling some of his cinnamon soot spewing factories to produce new Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros.

How is it?

Original Cinnamon Toast Crunch is on my Mount Sugarrushmore of breakfast cereals. So it is no small accolade to say Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros is a slightly different but still fantastic addition. While the smaller squares of Cinnamon Toast Crunch delightfully smother my type 2 sugar receptors, Churros’ sweetness is dialed back despite the sugar content being nearly identical.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros 3

A combination of larger cereal pieces, the omission of fructose, and a heavier cinnamon hand produce a slightly more balanced flavor. Dry, the altered shape packs as much if not even more crunch than Wendell’s piratical competitor.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros 4

More importantly, while Cinnamon Toast Crunch becomes soggy at the sound of a refrigerator door opening, Churros retains its crunch longer in milk. This larger window before soggification creates pillowy bites that call to mind the times I’ve dipped an apple cider donut into a glass of cider. Minus the apple of course. While I’ve never dunked a churro into milk, I expect the result would be similar.

Is there anything else you need to know?

I used unsweetened almond milk in my bowl. I do not expect your choice of milk mate will impact the flavor much.

Conclusion:

If I had to choose between the two, I still slightly prefer Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but do not let that dissuade you from trying them for your yourself. Feeling the pressure to take his milquetoast toast shapes to the next level, Chef Wendell has cooked up something churrific.

Purchased Price: $3.64
Size: 19.7 oz. box
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (3/4 cup) 130 calories, 3 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 2 gram of protein.

SPOTTED: Twix Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

Twix Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

It’s not milk, dark, and white chocolate. It’s just chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. (Spotted by Lisa D at Dillons.)

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REVIEW: Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf

Most. Creme. Ever.

Those are the remarkable words I’ve dreamed of seeing since the day I was born. Or at least since the day I ripped into my first Oreo and thought, “Damn, that’s good, but what if…”

No longer are the days of dreaming, as the biggest baddest Oreo of them all is a new limited edition reality. Amidst the slew of fruity, cakey, bizarre, sometimes delicious, and sometimes dysfunctional flavors being cranked out by Nabisco, the cookie gods finally gave us what we all truly wanted – The Most Stuf.

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf Tray

Opening up the package is indeed a visual show stopper. Each cookie takes up a noticeably larger space than your average Oreo and the abundant amount of creamy white filling is nearly oozing from the edges of the wafer. I expected them to be one big clump of crème, but it looks like two regular circles of crème filling smushed together to form one big blob – truly an actual double stuffed, or maybe even triple stuffed, cookie.

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf Stack

The crème is soft and pliable, and biting into one causes the massive mound to squish out of the sides like an epic Oreo Whoopie Pie. The taste is immediately noticeably different, with the creme’s intensely nondescript sweetness taking center stage above the now small-seeming bittersweet wafer.

The lack of vanilla, spice, or anything to make the flavor more than just purely sweet is more apparent than ever, and while it’s no doubt a tasty, if not cloying, treat, it’s almost…too much?

Limited Edition Oreo The Most Stuf Topless

I’m not gonna lie, I felt romantically attached to these cookies before I even found them, and much like a friend who tells you a movie is the greatest film of all time before you even see it, my expectations were high just at the thought of so much stuf. I’m not sure exactly what I expected but what I’m experiencing is different from whatever notion I had in my head.

The usually slightly bitter cocoa notes get drowned out by the sugary crème, and I miss a bit of that balance that is undeniably perfect in the pink-clad Double Stuf. The epic amount of filling makes me realize how much I enjoy the Oreo’s dark chocolaty wafer, and I miss that bold flavor I usually get along with the still present crunch.

This reminds me of the idea that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Not that these are bad by any means, but they lack balance. I loved mashed potatoes and gravy, but I don’t want every bite of potato smothered in gravy, taking away from the nuance of the potato. I like a nice smear of mayonnaise on a sandwich, but I don’t want mayo dominating every other flavor in a nice composed sub.

The Most Stuf Oreo is a fun and whimsical junk food creation, but the ideal grocery cookie already exists, and that’s the tried and true Double Stuf Oreo, emanating perfection since 1974.

Purchased Price: 2/$3.00 (sale price)
Size: 13.4 oz.
Purchased at: RiteAid
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 cookie) 110 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein.

SPOTTED – 1/17/2019

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.

Nestle Coffee mate Caramel Latte Creamer

Nestle Coffee mate Caramel Latte Creamer

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Mariani Vanilla Walnutmilk

Mariani Vanilla Walnutmilk

Mariani Unsweetened Walnutmilk

Mariani Unsweetened Walnutmilk

(Spotted by Sarah R at Safeway.)

Raybern s Grilled Melts The Scapegoat Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Raybern’s Grilled Melts The Scapegoat Grilled Cheese Sandwich

We covered the other varieties in another post. I would’ve added this photo to the other post, but… it’s a long story that’s too long for this caption. (Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Giant Eagle Cinnamon Sugar Apple Crisp Donuts

Giant Eagle Cinnamon Sugar Apple Crisp Donuts

(Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Sweet Knots Pretzels and Chewy Caramel

Sweet Knots Pretzels and Chewy Caramel

(Spotted by Sylvia at CVS.)

Mighty Spark Small Batch Chorizo Gringo Chorizo

Mighty Spark Small Batch Chorizo Gringo Chorizo

(Spotted by Carla at Safeway.)

Heaven  Earth Instant Vegetarian Chili Chickenpeas  Quinoa and Rice  Lentils

Heaven & Earth Instant Vegetarian Chili, Chickenpeas & Quinoa, and Rice & Lentils

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Safeway Open Nature Seasons Gingerbread Raisin Cracker Crisps

Safeway Open Nature Seasons Gingerbread Raisin Cracker Crisps

(Spotted by Sarah R at Safeway.)

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SPOTTED: Keebler Fudge Mint Whoopsy Fudge Stripes

Keebler Fudge Mint Whoopsy Fudge Stripes

Do you what would be a true whoopsy? Fudge-less Fudge Stripes. Do it, Keebler! (Spotted by Chris N at Winn-Dixie.)

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