REVIEW: Jack in the Box Popcorn Chicken

Jack in the Box Popcorn Chicken

What is Jack in the Box’s Popcorn Chicken?

Well, it’s popcorn chicken from Jack in the Box. They’re bite-sized, breaded pieces of 100% all-white meat chicken that’s available in Classic and Spicy flavors. Every order comes with your choice of dipping sauce, and it comes in a container with a fun design that I’ll be adding to my fast food packaging collection that my son will inherit someday and promptly throw away.

How is it?

Jack in the Box Spicy Popcorn Chicken

My order of Spicy Popcorn Chicken looks either spicy or burnt, but after eating a few, it’s definitely the former.

Jack in the Box Spicy Popcorn Chicken Dipped

Its flavor reminds me of Jack’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, but more intense and, maybe, slightly more heat. It tastes fine sans sauce, but I preferred to dip them into the ranch and honey mustard sauces I asked for.

Jack in the Box Classic Popcorn Chicken

But if I decided to order Jack’s Popcorn Chicken again, I’d go with the Classic one. Both varieties are good, but my taste buds seem to be drawn more to the golden brown ones.

Jack in the Box Classic Popcorn Chicken Juicy

Its breading is seasoned enough that I ended up mostly eating it without a dipping sauce. The chicken was surprisingly juicy with the meatier pieces, although the ones I ate at the bottom of the container weren’t as much.

Is there anything else you need to know?

Both varieties have a pleasant crunchy exterior that I wish Jack’s Chicken Nuggets had.

The Popcorn Chicken is available a la carte or as part of a combo box with double the chicken, small fries, and a small drink. The box has a suggested price of $4.99, but I bought it a la carte for $5.99 (the combo sells for $7.99 here on this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean).

Don’t be like me and order it separately. Get the box. It’s worth it since it comes with double the chicken. The container may have a fun design, but it’s on the smallish side.

Conclusion:

I enjoyed Jack in the Box’s Popcorn Chicken more than its nuggets, which I find to be subpar when compared with McDonald’s and Wendy’s offerings. So give it a try, but get the combo box.

Purchased Price: $5.99 each*
Size: N/A
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Classic), 7 out of 10 (Spicy)
Nutrition Facts: Classic – 260 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 1120 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 17 grams of protein. Spicy – 260 calories, 1 gram of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of trans fat**, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 1290 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.

**I’m pretty sure the fat numbers for the Spicy one, taken from Jack in the Box’s website, are incorrect.

SPOTTED: Haagen-Dazs Limited Edition Ruby Cacao Ice Cream Bars

Haagen Dazs Limited Edition Ruby Cacao Ice Cream Bars

(Spotted by Rachel C at Walmart.)

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COMING SOON: Kellogg’s JUMBO SNAX

Kellogg Jumbo Snax

Kellogg’s has introduced JUMBO SNAX, snackable jumbo-sized versions of some of its iconic cereals. There’s also a variety inspired by Frosted Flakes, but aren’t flakes, which is a shame because potato chip-sized Frosted Flakes sound like something I’d chomp on.

The varieties include Kellogg’s Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, caramel-flavored Corn Pops, and the Frosted Flakes-inspired Tiger Paws.

They will come in two sizes — 0.45-ounce single serve bags that come in 12-packs and a shareable 6-ounce resealable bag (shown above). The suggested retail pricing is $5.59 for the multi-pack and $4.99 for the resealable bag.

Kellogg’s JUMBO SNAX will be available in cereal aisles nationwide in May 2020.

(Images via Kellogg’s.)

SPOTTED: ICEE Limited Edition Freeze Tubes Variety Pack with Mermaid Mystery Flavor

ICEE Limited Edition Freeze Tubes Variety Pack with Mermaid Mystery Flavor

Just a Mermaid Mystery Flavor to go with standard looking flavors? How about an Unicorn U Guess Flavor or a Narwhal Not Sure What Flavor? (Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

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REVIEW: Haagen-Dazs Soft-Dipped Ice Cream Bars

Haagen Dazs Chocolate Soft Dipped Ice Cream Bars

Sometimes gravity sucks.

I’m pretty sure even Issac Newton realized that after the umpteenth apple hit his head.

While he had apples to prove how not awesome gravity can be, we have chocolate-dipped ice cream bars. Taking bites into them causes sweet tectonic plates to crumble, shift, separate, and, thanks to our “friend” gravity, eventually fall to the ground or clothing where the five-second rule is no longer applicable because the melty chocolate adheres itself to whatever it lands on. That causes some of us to let out an expletive or two internally or externally.

But Häagen-Dazs has solved this problem with its new Soft-Dipped Ice Cream Bars.

Haagen Dazs Soft Dipped Ice Cream Bars

They’re available with either vanilla, chocolate, or caramel ice cream, and all feature a soft-dipped chocolate truffle coating.

The ice cream has the typical Häagen-Dazs quality — creamy, sweet, and enjoyable. While the chocolate and vanilla varieties just feature their respective ice cream flavors, the third one also has a caramel swirl. But with the two bars I’ve eaten, there hasn’t been much of any gooey caramel goodness. None of the varieties stand out to me, probably because they’re basic flavors. I like them all equally.

Haagen Dazs Soft Dipped Ice Cream Bars Innard

As for the coating’s flavor, it has a pleasant cocoa taste that, with its slight bitterness, leans more towards dark chocolate. It allows some of the ice cream’s flavor to come through, but it pretty much dominates every bite.

But does the coating allow me to keep my Tide-To-Go Pen unsheathed whenever I eat these bars?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Out of the four bars I’ve eaten so far, I’ve only had a small loose piece fall to the ground with one of them. But that was with my most recent bar, and I think it was my fault because it happened while I was dancing to celebrate about how cool it is that the soft-dipped coating didn’t shatter with each bite. But, to be honest, it feels like it’s going to come apart, but it doesn’t.

Although Häagen-Dazs’ Soft-Dipped Ice Cream Bars have simple flavors, I appreciate the brand’s efforts here with the coating that keeps me clean. It won’t earn the brand a Nobel Peace Prize in physics, but it has won my award for Ice Cream Bar That Will Make Me Swear Less and Does Not Force Me To Pre-Treat My Clothes.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample of the product (Thanks Häagen-Dazs). Doing so did not influence my review in any way.

Purchased Price: FREE
Size: 3-pack
Purchased at: Received from Häagen-Dazs
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 bar) Vanilla – 250 calories, 18 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 30 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, 14 grams of added sugar, and 3 grams of protein. Chocolate – 260 calories, 18 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 30 milligrams of sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, 15 grams of added sugar, and 4 grams of protein. Caramel – 270 calories, 18 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, 110 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, 18 grams of added sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

SPOTTED – 4/1/2020

Here are some interesting new 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.

Justin s Maple Almond Butter Covered Almonds
Justin’s Maple Almond Butter Covered Almonds

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Good Culture Vanilla Probiotic Smoothie
Good Culture Vanilla Probiotic Smoothie
Good Culture Wildberry Probiotic Smoothie
Good Culture Wildberry Probiotic Smoothie
Good Culture Pineapple Probiotic Smoothie
Good Culture Pineapple Probiotic Smoothie

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Paleonola Chocolate Chip Grain Free Protein Bar
Paleonola Chocolate Chip Grain Free Protein Bar
Paleonola Grain Free Almond Butter  Jelly Protein Bar
Paleonola Grain Free Almond Butter & Jelly Protein Bar
Paleonola Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Grain Free Protein Bar
Paleonola Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Grain Free Protein Bar

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Hunch Organic Dark Chocolate Wafers with Peanut Butter Cream
Hunch Organic Dark Chocolate Wafers with Peanut Butter Cream
Hunch Organic Dark Chocolate Wafers with Almond Cream
Hunch Organic Dark Chocolate Wafers with Almond Cream
Hunch Organic Dark Chocolate Wafers with Chocolate Flavored Cream
Hunch Organic Dark Chocolate Wafers with Chocolate Flavored Cream

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Fitfactor Keto Protein Bar  Chocoalte Chip and Fudge Brownie
Fitfactor Keto Protein Bar (Chocoalte Chip and Fudge Brownie)
Fitfactor Keto Protein Bar Coconut Crunch
Fitfactor Keto Protein Bar Coconut Crunch

(Spotted by Sylvia at Vitamin Shoppe.)

Fitfactor High Protein Bars  Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Peanut Butter
Fitfactor High Protein Bars (Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Peanut Butter)
Fitfactor High Protein Bar  Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Roll
Fitfactor High Protein Bar (Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Roll)

(Spotted by Sylvia at Vitamin Shoppe.)

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