NEWS: Japan’s Pepsi Special Sounds Like It’s A Beverage Sumo Wrestlers Will Avoid

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Do you eat fatty foods AND live in Japan?

Well, I have a beverage for you, my fatty food feasting friend. It’s the new Pepsi Special, which will be released in Japan later this month. What makes this cola special? It’s special because it contains dextrin. What’s dextrin? Well, I’ll tell you what dextrin is, my fact finding friend. It’s a soluble fiber supplement that helps prevent your body from absorbing fat.

You might be thinking to yourself, “That sounds dubious.”

Well, my cynical compadre, Pepsi Special has been certified by the Japanese government as a “food for specific health use.” The certification is based on dextrin experiments with rats by Junichi Nagata and Morio Saito from Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition. But Pepsi Special isn’t the only dextrin-fied cola available in Japan. Earlier this year, Kirin introduced Mets Cola.

Pepsi Special will be released in Japan on November 13th and sold for 150 yen.

Source: Foodbeast

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 11/7/2012

Here are some new and limited edition products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. We may or may not review them, but we’d like to let you know what new items are popping up. We’ll also occasionally throw in an unusual product.

Campbell's Skillet Sauces

Campbell’s Skillet Sauces come in six flavors: Creamy Chipotle, Scampi, Fire Roasted Tomato, Thai Green Curry, Toasted Sesame, and Marsala. And with these sauces it’s super easy to trick someone into thinking you have culinary skills. Just heat oil, then heat meat and/or veggies, then stir in the sauce, let the meat and veggies cook, throw away the Campbell’s Skillet Sauces packet into a neighbor’s garbage can, and then shred the store receipt with the Campbell’s Skillet Sauce listed on it. Evidence gone. (Spotted at Target.)

Campbell's Chunky Kickin' Buffalo-Style Chicken

Campbell’s Chunky Soup is the “soup that eats like a meal.” But for this particular flavor, I think they should change it to say, “soup that eats like an appetizer at an establishment more known for their scantily clad employees than their food.” But I don’t think a graphic designer could nicely fit all of that on the label. By the way, Dude Foods reviewed it. (Spotted at Target.)

Ice Cream Oreo Cookies n' Creme

I remember when Limited Edition Ice Cream Oreo Cookies n’ Creme was Limited Edition Oreo DQ Blizzard Creme way back in 2010. (Spotted at Walmart. Spotted by Adam.)

Land O Lakes Italian Herb Saute Express

Yeah! Culinary cheating! I’m gonna cheat my way to the Masterchef title! (Spotted at Food Lion. Spotted by Nadirah.)

popbox

Microwaveable popcorn that pops in a box. I want a company to make microwaveable popcorn that pops in gigantic tubs and charges me $10 for it, just like the movie theaters do. (Spotted at HEB. Spotted by Tabetha.)

If you’re out shopping and see a new or limited edition product on the shelf (or really unusual), snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (HOLIDAY EDITION) – 11/5/2012

Here are some new and limited edition holiday products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. We may or may not review them, but we’d like to let you know what new items are popping up.

White Fudge Oreo

Limited Edition White Fudge Oreo cookies are back! And now that they’re back, I’d like someone to open a package on a snowy day, blindly throw all the cookies out into the snow, and then try to find them. Junk Food Guy reviewed them last year. (Spotted at Walmart. Spotted by Mike)

Winter Oreo

Winter Oreo cookies with red creme are back for the umpteenth straight year! I haven’t picked up these seasonal Oreo cookies in a while because they freak me out. The red and black combination is kind of ominous. Also, because the creme is red and my tongue is almost as red, when I lick it, it looks like I’m French kissing the cookie. (Spotted at Target)

Holiday Colored Goldfish

Speaking of snacks we enjoy that are available in holiday colors, but taste exactly like their regular versions, Pepperidge Farms has Goldfish crackers that come in “Fun Holiday Flavors.” Those colors are red and green, which make the Goldfish look like red snappers and green-blue snappers. (Spotted at Target)

Limited Edition Peppermint Milano Slices

Oh, peppermint. Throughout most of the year your presence is isolated within the gum/mints section. But during November and December you break free from that and you’re like a monkey that’s escaped from its cage at a zoo. (Spotted at Target)

Glade Fall Collection 2012

Febreze Limited Edition Fall

Glade Limited Edition Fall Collection on clearance? Wait a minute! Fall isn’t even over. Well, I guess if I want to make my bathroom smell like fall throughout the rest of fall, I should stock up. (Spotted at Target)

If you’re out shopping and see a new or limited edition product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

NEWS: I’m Dreaming of a White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s Christmas

Update: Click here for our White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s review

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's

Update: Click here for our White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s review

Mars puts out minty milk chocolate M&M’s and minty dark chocolate M&M’s, so by the power of deduction they had to make these minty white chocolate M&M’s. Yes, the minty M&M’s trilogy is complete. Although, if George Lucas has taught us anything it’s that trilogies can always be extended.

Just like last year’s Cinnamon M&M’s, I found the White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s at Target. And just like last year’s Cinnamon M&M’s, they’ll most definitely be 30-50 percent cheaper if you buy them the day after Christmas.

A 1.5 ounce serving size has 220 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 27 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fiber.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 11/2/2012

Here are some new and limited edition products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. We may or may not review them, but we’d like to let you know what new items are popping up. We’ll also occasionally throw in an unusual product.

Limited Edition Football Oreo

Do you play paper football? Well, you should try playing Football Oreo Football since they’re back again for a limited time. Instead of flicking a folded piece of paper around, you flick these football-shaped cookies. If you kick a field goal, you get a point. But if you kick a field goal and your opponent catches it in their mouth, they get a point. But if that happens and you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to wash their hands after using the restroom, you both lose. (Spotted at Super Stop & Shop. Spotted by Jaitlyn.)

Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancakes

To make these Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancakes, all I need to do is just add water. Ugh. Adding water is so hard. And I probably have to stir the water and pancake mix. Ugh. Stirring is so hard. Then I have to wait for them to cook on a griddle. Ugh. Waiting is so hard. (Spotted at Target. Spotted by Robert.)

Arizona Lime Rickey

I would like to point out that the guy who designed this can is from this rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Yeah, rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean represent! Yay! Yay! Here’s a Thirsty Dudes review of the drink. Spotted at 7-Eleven. Spotted by Lydia.)

Tyson Stuffed Mini Bread Bowls

I wonder how many Tyson Stuffed Mini Bread Bowls I can stuff into my mouth at one time. Freezer Burns has a review of the Chicken Bacon Club variety. (Spotted at Safeway. Spotted by Richard.)

Limited Edition Ocean Spray Craisins

I like Craisins. I like chocolate covered stuff. And the two together must be pretty awesome. So I’m a bit disappointing these chocolate covered Craisins are only a limited edition. That’s craisin-zy! I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it. (Spotted at Tom Thumb. Spotted by Justine.)

If you’re out shopping and see a new or limited edition product on the shelf (or really unusual), snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

NEWS: What The Hell is Nectresse?

Nectresse Packets

So, you know how Equal comes in the blue packets, Splenda comes in the yellow packets, and Sweet’n Low comes in pink packets? Well, there a new no-calorie sweetener that’s going to claim orange packets. That’s sweetener my friends is Nectresse.

I know what you’re thinking. It totally sounds like a brand of citrus shampoo, but it’s not. Also, I think Nectresse would make a great stripper name.

This new natural no-calorie sweetener is made by the folks who make Splenda and, according to those folks, a packet of Nectresse provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar. The sweetener is made with erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, and molasses.

Yeah, I don’t know what monk fruit is either, so I AltaVistaed it, after I Googled to see if AltaVista still existed. Google led me to Wikipedia, which said it’s a small gourd-like fruit that’s native to China.

The Wikipedia entry didn’t specifically say why it’s called monk fruit, but after seeing pictures of it, I can only guess it got its name because the fruit looks like the bald head of a monk.

Nectresse Container

Pictures taken at Target.