SPOTTED: International Delight Home Alone Creamers

International Delight Home Alone Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Creamer.

International Delight Home Alone Frosted Sugar Cookie and Peppermint Mocha Creamers.

The Hot Chocolate Marshmallow one is new, while the other two are returning seasonal flavors. (Spotted by Melissa at ShopRite.)

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REVIEW: Jack in the Box Mini Chimi Bang Bangs

To help promote the movie Deadpool & Wolverine, Jack in the Box has a shot out of its kitchens the new Mini Chimi Bang Bangs. What’s the deal with Deadpool and chimichangas? Well, I could go off on a plagiarized tangent about the subject, but I’d like to keep this review as mini as these chimis.

An order features three crispy mini chimichangas filled with seasoned shredded chicken, corn, black beans, herbs, and Southwest flavors. It also comes with Jack’s taco sauce packets. (I got six! Jackpot! Your results may vary.) Also, because this is Jack in the Box, there’s, of course, a loaded version, which comes topped with two types of cheddar cheese, lettuce, and taco sauce. (No sauce packet ripping.)

Okay, let’s break down “crispy mini chimichangas.”

These were crispy, well, at certain places. The wrap’s flaps that stuck out were fried to a pleasant golden brown crispiness. But for the most part, the exterior was like a soft tortilla, which was disappointing because the areas where they were crispy had a flavor that reminded me of fried wontons. (Waiting for a Jack in the Box employee to tell me that my order was made wrong.)

Next, let’s focus on the “mini.” They are so small and thin that the only way to get the seasoned shredded chicken, corn, black beans, herbs, and southwest flavors into your mouth simultaneously is to stick a whole mini chimi into your mouth. But that’s possible because they are small enough to do so with some chimi ghiminastics.

Finally, let’s get into the chimichanga. For the most part, the filling mostly feels like a thick soup. Taking occasional peeks into them, I found a whole black bean and part of a corn kernel. But, while I could taste the poultry, there weren’t any textures that felt like shredded chicken. The overall interior texture reminded me of something I’ve had from the freezer aisle at the supermarket, and they tasted as good as what you could get from the supermarket. With most bites, I could notice the southwest flavors and the chicken, but that wasn’t enough to impress my taste buds, even with taco sauce. Maybe I should’ve gotten the loaded version?

Jack in the Box’s Mini Chimi Bang Bangs are a mediocre fast food side, and I’m glad an order came with only three of them.

Purchased Price: $3.50*
Size: 3 pieces
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 170 calories. No other nutritional information is available on the Jack in the Box website.

*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.

SPOTTED: 7/19/2024

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.

Wyler’s Light Cotton Candy Drink Mix Singles To Go

(Spotted by John W at Dollar Tree.)

Unicorn Dream Magical Snack Mix

(Spotted by Robbie at Homegoods.)

Bettergoods Pistachio Nut Butter

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Strawberry Syrup

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Rebbl Original Oat Milk Smoothie Started
Rebbl Original Coconut Milk Smoothie Starter

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Country Crock Cinnamon Honey Spread

(Spotted by Jennifer F at Vons.)

A-Sha Hello Kitty 50th Anniversary Boba Milk Tea Variety Box

(Spotted by Robbie at Costco.)

Hiland 100% Lactose Free Chocolate Milk

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

Erin Baker’s Chile Infusted Snack Mix
Erin Baker’s Hawaiian Fruit Twist Snack Mix

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Sprouts.)

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REVIEW: Jack in the Box Chicken & Waffle Sticks

I wish an order of Jack in the Box’s Chicken & Waffle Sticks was even-stevens. An order has three waffle sticks but two chicken strips. It was a little annoying because it caused me to do some food math so that both ran out simultaneously. But I’ll get back to that experience in a moment. I’m a little disappointed this wasn’t called Chicken Strips & Waffle Sticks because the rhyming might’ve made me turn a blind eye to the chicken-to-waffle ratio.

Like Eggo in the toaster at a high browning setting, the waffle sticks were crispy. With fast food, you’d think something that crispy might be dry inside, but fortunately, their interior had a pleasant fluffiness. I wish I could say there’s something special about their flavor, but they taste like waffles. But with the included syrup and butter spread, they make everything taste good enough that I could see myself ordering just the waffle sticks if I want a sweet breakfast treat.

The chicken strips were surprisingly better than what I remembered with the chain’s Jack Wraps. The ones I received were meaty, had a crispy exterior, and the poultry inside was surprisingly juicy when I squeezed them. But its flavor was unimpressive without a sauce. Fortunately, the pancake syrup gave them a nice sweetness that complemented their savoriness, and I could see myself asking for a container of syrup instead of the usual savory sauces if I order only the chicken strips.

(Oddly, my order also came with a ranch sauce cup. I’m not sure that’s supposed to be included, but I thought about dipping the waffles in it for a second to create chicken and wAWFULes.)

A rational person would’ve drizzled the syrup over everything, but I’m not rational, and I didn’t have any caffeine in my bloodstream at the time of consumption, so it didn’t come to mind that I should do that. Instead, I double-fisted my order with chicken in one hand and a waffle in the other, alternating the syrup dipping and chomping to get the chicken and waffle experience since the syrup container wasn’t large enough that I could dunk both at the same time. Since the waffles and chicken with syrup taste great individually, it shouldn’t be surprising that they create a tasty sweet and savory combo when combined.

However, with all that said, I’m hesitant to recommend this because paying seven dollars for three waffle sticks and two chicken strips seems a bit much. Even if I paid the $6.49 it costs in other states, I’m unsure I’d repurchase it, even if Jack in the Box changed the name to Chicken Strips & Waffle Sticks.

Purchased Price: $6.99*
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 590 calories. Other nutritional information isn’t available on Jack in the Box’s website.

*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.

SPOTTED: Edward Marc Chocolatier Girl Scouts Mashup

Edward Marc Chocolatier Girl Scouts Mashup.

I once dreamt someone would try to combine two Girl Scout cookie flavors into one. S’mores and Thin Mints next? (Spotted by Robbie at Costco.)

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