SPOTTED – 7/6/2022

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

Red White  Blue Vanilla M M s Cookie Sandwiches
Red, White & Blue Vanilla M&M’s Cookie Sandwiches

(Spotted by Erin K at Walmart.)

Stranger Things Surfer Boy Pizza Supreme Pizza
Stranger Things Surfer Boy Pizza Supreme Pizza
Stranger Things Surfer Boy Pizza Multi Meat Pizza
Stranger Things Surfer Boy Pizza Multi-Meat Pizza
Stranger Things Surfer Boy Pizza Pepperoni Pizza
Stranger Things Surfer Boy Pizza Pepperoni Pizza

We already covered the Pineapple Jalapeño one. (Spotted by Allison H at Walmart.)

Halo Top Limited Edition Vanilla Chocolate Twist Light Ice Cream
Halo Top Limited Edition Vanilla Chocolate Twist Light Ice Cream

(Spotted by Erin K at Walmart.)

My T Fine Limited Edition Batch Watermelon Gelatin
My-T-Fine Limited Edition Batch Watermelon Gelatin

(Spotted by Erin K at Walmart.)

Green Giant Simply Steam Southwestern Style Street Corn
Green Giant Simply Steam Southwestern Style Street Corn

(Spotted by Erin K at Walmart.)

Favorite Day Bakery Frosted Cotton Candy Mini Cupcakes
Favorite Day Bakery Frosted Cotton Candy Mini Cupcakes
Favorite Day Bakery Stars Sugar Cookies
Favorite Day Bakery Stars Sugar Cookies
Favorite Day S mores Mini Cupcakes
Favorite Day S’mores Mini Cupcakes
Favorite Day Bakery Mermaid Mini Brownies Tiny Treats
Favorite Day Bakery Mermaid Mini Brownies Tiny Treats
Favorite Day Original Crispy Rice Treats
Favorite Day Original Crispy Rice Treats

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

Jurassic World Cookies
Jurassic World Cookies

(Spotted by Rachel J at Safeway.)

13 thoughts to “SPOTTED – 7/6/2022”

  1. Color me stumped as to why Halo Top elected to go with a wimpy, boring, staid flavor combo like Vanilla Chocolate Twist as a LE flavor…

    1. I’m of the opinion that Halo Top should fall off the face of the Earth. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder for 15 years, I know a lot of people with eating disorders that love Halo Top because you can eat a high volume of it for few calories. I’ve heard it has a weird texture and does not taste like normal ice cream. I’d rather eat a smaller amount of good ice cream than something gross like Halo Top.

      1. I liked it fine. And I like the portion control and calorie count, so I’m glad it hasn’t dropped off. A little ice cream out of a big carton? I can’t do it,This type makes ice cream possible for me.

    2. They used to have such different flavors, but I guess they’d rather stick with “classics” that should sell instead of being innovative.

  2. The surfer boy pizza is actually really good. The crust is crispy, the sauce and toppings are good. Good stuff for a frozen pie. I’m sad my Walmart doesn’t have them anymore.

    1. My understanding is the surfer boy pizza is just Screamin’ Sicilian rebranded to promote Stranger Things. I believe they’re the exact same price as well tho I’m not 100% certain if they’re truly the same pizza or if there’s any difference in the sauce or anything.

  3. Thank you Elizabeth. I agree completely about Halo Top being one of the many product lines that fuel disordered eating culture. I suffered with an eating disorder when I was younger and it’s upsetting to see how people have become ever more obsessed with calorie counts and diets instead of accepting their natural body shape and enjoying what they eat. So much judgement and stigma wrapped up in what are “good” foods and “cheat day” ones.

    1. Completely agree! The fact that they have to name it “Halo” means that there’s some kind of sly marketing at work. I’ve brought this up before in different forums and was basically told to stop being triggered by everything. I’m not triggered by it, thankfully. I just don’t agree with how a lot of food is marketed lately. It seems like every other product I see on the shelves is touting being keto, low fat, low calorie, etc. I’m sick of it, and companies don’t need to scream out a product’s health value to be noticed. If anyone really needs to cut back on something due to health reasons, that’s fine. But I don’t think products need to tout their healthfulness or other loaded language. Trader Joe’s finally got rid of the Guilt Free line, thank God. Food shouldn’t make you feel guilty, and no one should try to make you feel bad for eating something. That just feeds into complete disordered behavior.

      1. Don’t get me started on all of this and how screwed up the whole system is. I mean come on, it is SOOOOO hard anymore to find actual full fat full calorie yoghurt! I’ve had fits in the yoghurt aisle over this frequently. I definitely commiserate with you 🙂 It’s such a hard and sad fact that we unfortunately are exposed to these situations daily and also have the knowledge and experience to deal with the sadness of what encouraging and supporting these mainstream ideals does to many people and the dire impact it can mean for the rest of their life.

        I’m with you and thank you for sharing this and I hope you’re keeping on keeping on and finding success in recovery or in your recovered life. It certainly sounds like you are. 🙂

        1. Thank you for the support. I am so sick of the loaded language around food. Just because a lot of our country is obese, it doesn’t mean we all need to be inundated with marketing like keto, low fat, low calorie, etc. I mentioned this on the Trader Joe’s subreddit the other day and someone’s response was that too many people in our country are obese, so can’t I just ignore it?

          No, I don’t think loaded language around food is helpful for anyone. I’ve been in every treatment setting imaginable, and I’ve come across people with all types of eating disorders — Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Orthorexia, etc. None of those populations were in any way helped by loaded language on food products. Food shouldn’t make you feel guilty, and being attached to how many macros, calories, etc. you consume IS a type of eating disorder, in and of itself, in my opinion.

          Keeping track of every movement we make and every calorie we consume has become so normalized in our culture with Apple watches, all the diet programs, etc. It doesn’t seem like anyone has ever stopped to think about the bigger issue though. We probably wouldn’t be so attached to diets, losing/gaining weight, etc. if we didn’t put so much importance on tracking everything we consume and do. I know Reddit isn’t the greatest place to be the champion for this kind of stuff, but there is some seriously screwed up people on there. Look to subs like r/1200isplenty or r/OMAD. Neither of those things is in any way healthy, and I wish they would disappear.

          1. The United States is one of the biggest countries in the world. This is not a good thing. I’ve spent time overseas, and you don’t see nearly the amount of larger people than you do here.

            People should count calories, count steps, exercise more, drink more water, and watch what they eat.

            My biggest issue is how big of a stronghold the sugar industry and corn industry have built. Sugar is worse for you than fat, and sugar or corn syrup is in so many things unnecessarily.

            And Halo Top and other diet ice cream is great. I’m watching what I eat, because I don’t want to die of a stroke like my dad at 42, or have two quadruple bypass heart attacks by 55 like my grandmother. Halo Top makes it easier for me. Don’t like it, don’t buy it.

          2. I think you can lose weight without counting calories. You can also learn to eat things in moderation. There are plenty of ice creams out there that are not super high calorie that aren’t Halo Top. I’ve had an eating disorder for 15 years and I’ve also met many that are overweight that have the same issues I’ve had being underweight and restricting. Counting calories and being attached to numbers and a scale isn’t helpful. I don’t think being overweight is healthy, and I understand that those individuals would want to lose weight.

            I think there’s a different way to go about it than being attached to numbers and food marketing like “clean,” “keto,” or “guilt-free.”

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