QUICK REVIEW: White Castle Impossible Slider

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What is it?

The White Castle Impossible Slider is an abomination of science!

Nah, it’s actually pretty ground-breaking. We’re talking about a plant-based (wheat, coconut oil, and potato protein) “burger” that somehow manages to mimic beef. Has the future arrived?

How is it?

It’s interesting.

The flavor is too smoky and reminds me of bad BBQ. I could have been convinced this was mushroom-based, so I guess this is that “umami” flavor I still don’t quite understand. The lingering flavor I kept thinking of was “fake bacon.” Kinda like the powder you’d get on those Potato Skin chips.

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The patty is really just clumps –- kinda like a pulled beef. I can’t tell if it succeeds texture-wise, but it’s not like a regular veggie burger or tofu, it toes the line between those. It is definitely “meat-adjacent.”

I can’t explain it. It’s somehow spongy and crumbly, but also moist and meaty. It’s like the Impossible Foods folks invented a new form of matter. It still tastes “fake,” but not as fake. Make sense?

These sliders come with smoked cheddar and fire-roasted onions, which are a slight spin on the usual White Castle toppings you’re used to.

Is there anything else I need to know?

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I’d say they are about 1.5 times the size of a normal slider, and they grill ’em fresh for you on order.

The thing that kinda bugs me is for a plant-based alternative to meat, they aren’t even that healthy. I feel like that kinda defeats the entire purpose. Who are these for? What Vegetarian is regularly going to hit up White Castle anyway?

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Impossible Sliders are only available in Chicago, New York, and New Jersey right now, but don’t get too upset, you’re not missing anything life-changing.

Conclusion:

While I didn’t enjoy the taste all that much and the nutrition numbers make this a one-time novelty purchase, I do think it’s on to something. Impossible Burgers could very well be the future, but they haven’t quite cracked it yet.

I had a regular cheeseburger slider too, and there was no contest which was better.

Purchased Price: $1.99
Size: N/A
Rating: 4 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 300 calories, 150 calories from fat, 17 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 870 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein..

QUICK REVIEW: Burger King Sourdough Chicken Club

Burger King Sourdough Chicken Club

What is it?

You kids remember a couple of weeks back when we reviewed BK’s Sourdough King? Well, this newfangled Sourdough Chicken Club is pretty much the same basic concept, except with a few obvious (and not so obvious) tweaks.

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Essentially, it’s a big, crispy chicken patty (topped with melted cheddar) with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and bacon wedged between two pieces of sourdough toast … hence, the name “Sourdough Chicken Club,” I suppose.

How is it?

This is a MUCH better offering than the aforementioned beef Sourdough King, for several reasons. First things first, the sourdough toast set-up just seems to compliment chicken patties better than beef patties (as any Zaxby’s enthusiast, naturally, will be quick to tell you.)

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Secondly, BK wisely eschewed the onions and “special sauce” for a more traditional BLT-and-mayonnaise assortment, which not only creates a less messy sandwich but a more harmonious-tasting one. This is a hearty, extremely filling fast food offering, and one that tastes surprisingly fresh, to boot.

Is there anything else I need to know?

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Of course, this being a super-sized BK sandwich, the item is pretty salty, and although it’s nowhere near as sloppy as its all-beef predecessor, it is still fairly greasy. The shredded lettuce might be a deal breaker for some of the more finicky fast food aficionados out there, and for those of you on a budget, take note: at almost $6, this isn’t exactly a value-priced pick-up we’re talking about here.

Conclusion:

I went into the Sourdough Chicken Club with pretty low expectations and can safely say I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The chicken patty is juicy and crispy, the bacon is almost perfectly seasoned and all the ingredients gel incredibly well together.

It’s not a perfect pseudo-deli-style chicken sandwich, but for what it is it’s not too shabby. And like I said earlier, this thing WILL sate your appetite in a hurry — just something to think about before you order an Oreo pie and extra-large fries to accompany the meal.

Purchased Price: $5.79
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 840 calories, 51 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 1 grams of trans fat, 95 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,760 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 32 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Taco Bell Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa

Taco Bell Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa

Even though the Naked Chicken Chalupa was already a thing, the culinary geniuses at Taco Bell have managed to both recycle and reintroduce the famed poultry pocket with a new spicy sauce to kick off their latest quarter of seasonal eats.

Basically Taco Bell’s version of KFC’s million-plus selling Double-Down Sandwich, the Naked Chicken Chalupa takes a thoroughly processed and mechanically separated piece of fried chicken and flattens it to the consistency of a puffy tortilla, which, while wholly unnatural and naturally unholy, does form a solidly delicious wrap to contain those patented Taco Bell innards we’re so deeply accustomed to.

And since the original iteration of the Naked Chicken Chalupa itself has been broken down repeatedly and reviewed by both the poets and the analysts, there’s no need for me to do it here. So, instead, let’s talk about this version’s newest addition, the “wild” in the Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa—the crazed creamy additive with a momentary kick to end all kicks, at least in the Taco Bell universe.

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While at first taste the Wild Sauce feels like a basic retread of their much-loved and mostly-missed Volcano Sauce right down to the sickly pinkish color, after a few seconds, the initial heat is followed by what seems to be a heavy amount of a smoky chili powder that’s been sprinkled into the proceedings. It causes a second wave of a different kind of heat that, even in moderation, is a wonderfully overpowering blast of flavor, riding the tongue and cruising up the sinuses like it was Van Nuys Blvd. on a Saturday night.

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On the actual Naked Chicken Chalupa, it’s a bit of welcomed overkill, besting the rather useless cheese, lettuce, and tomato and, if you pay the extra 60 cents, the seasoned ground beef but its magic lies with the chicken chalupa itself. The seasoned fried chicken makes for both a testy compatriot and a zesty foil. However, the sauce might be too much for some. If that’s the case, then I suggest asking for a cup of “mild” chalupa sauce and mixing the two together for a fine median.

Much like the aforementioned Volcano Sauce, this does lead me with the same question: why doesn’t Taco Bell start offering a line of dipping sauces, much like McD’s, for example? This Wild Sauce would go so good with Nacho Fries, Cheesy Roll-ups, and just about everything on the breakfast menu. But maybe that’s just me. Cómpralo ya!

(Nutrition Facts – 420 calories, 250 calories from fat, 28 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 65 milligrams of cholesterol, 1070 milligrams of cholesterol, 1070 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 19 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.99
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Wave after wave of heat and flavor. Mixes perfect with the chicken.
Cons: Chalupa itself is kind of useless. Makes for a much better dipping sauce;

QUICK REVIEW: Kettle Brand Cooked in 100% Almond Oil Wood Smoked Sea Salt Potato Chips

Kettle Brand Cooked in 100 Almond Oil Wood Smoked Sea Salt Potato Chips

What is it?

These kettle cooked potato chips are made using 100 percent almond oil and seasoned with wood-smoked sea salt. To be honest, I didn’t know there was almond oil. Although, now that I think about it, I guess there would be since there’s peanut oil. Wait. Is there a cashew oil? Googling…yes. How about Brazilian nut oil? Googling…yup.

How is it?

I’ve had sea salt and I’ve had meats that were wood-smoked, but I’ve never had wood-smoked sea salt. Oddly, the crunchy snack smells and tastes like barbecue potato chips, but not as bold as any brand’s barbecue chips. They’re like barbecue lite. Along with the sea salt, they’re also seasoned with onion and garlic powder (common barbecue chip ingredients), which explains the flavor.

But here’s the 10,000 potato question: Does it taste like almonds?

No. Either the smoked salt is hiding the flavor better than I hide Easter eggs (which is out of sight and out of reach) or there’s no almond flavor at all.

Is there anything else I need to know?

They have the same hearty crunch as regular Kettle Brand chips that use safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil. But there are fewer chips in the bag (4.2 ounces) than regular Kettle Brand potato chips (5 ounces).

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Also, I wondered what benefits there are to frying in almond oil. I searched “benefits of almond oil” on Google and got a bunch of results regarding its use on hair and skin from websites that are trying to sell almond oil hair and skin products.

But I imagine for inside the body, almond oil provides the same nutrient as actual almonds do. And that’s vitamin E. But the nutrition facts don’t have it listed. The nutrition facts do show that they have less fat than regular Kettle Brand chips (7 grams vs. 9 grams of total fat and 0.5 grams of saturated fat vs 1 gram of saturated fat).

Conclusion:

As someone who enjoys barbecue potato chips, I like the flavor of these, even though it’s not what I expected. If I want barbecue chips, I’ll buy barbecue chips, not these.

Purchased Price: $3.79
Size: 4.2 oz. bag
Purchased at: Whole Foods
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 oz.) 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 9 grams of trans fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 4.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

QUICK REVIEW: Yoo-hoo Chocolate Peanut Butter Drink

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What is it?

Every now and then I crave chocolate milk. While I peruse the beverage section’s numerous options, there always seems to be one beacon, one brand living up to its name by calling out to me – “Yoo-hoo.” So, why wouldn’t I pounce on the newest flavor in Yoo-hoo’s chocolate “drink” arsenal? As far as I can tell this is the first time Yoo-Hoo has ever added peanut butter to its classic recipe. What took so long?!

How is it?

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Are you a fan of Yoo-hoo like I am? If so, it’s right on par. I imagine there are many people that prefer chocolate milk to Yoo-hoo’s thinner, more watery “drink,” so I can tell you this version is a tad creamier than normal Yoo-hoo, but still nowhere near the consistency of milk. As a skim guy, it has never bothered me. This tastes like Yoo-hoo with a pronounced peanut flavor. I wouldn’t describe it as super “peanut-buttery” per se, but it’s still tasty. There’s a delicious aftertaste that made me feel like I just ate peanut brittle.

Is there anything else I need to know?

This doesn’t contain actual peanuts so you can pack one in your kid’s lunch with no worries. This was the first time I’ve had a drink in box form in probably two decades, and it’s small, so they went down super easy. I had two at a time. They are low in calories, a good source of vitamins, and actually curbed my appetite a bit so they make for a good snack.

Conclusion:

If you like Yoo-hoo, I see no reason why you wouldn’t dig this. It’s a slight remix on a successful formula. Don’t expect to be blown away with peanut butter flavor, and since these are tiny and aimed at children, know that you’re probably gonna breeze through a 12 pack.

Purchased Price: $2.98
Size: 10-pack/6.5 oz. boxes
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 Box) 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 170 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.