NEWS: Jack in the Box’s Munchie Meals Make You Wonder What Jack Is Smoking

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I avoid eating fast food late at night because for some reason the grease and salt makes me have nightmare. No, really, it does. So I’m not looking forward to trying Jack’s Munchie Meals.

According to Brand Eating, Jack’s Munchie Meals are available after 9 p.m., which sucks for me and 4:20-ers.

For six dollars, a Jack’s Munchie Meal includes two tacos, a drink, an order of Halfsies — half curly, half regular fries — and one of the following entrees:

Brunch Burger – A croissant bun topped with a beef patty, fried egg, hash browns bacon, and cheese.

Exploding Cheesy Chicken Sandwich – A chicken sandwich topped with mozzarella cheese sticks and a white cheese sauce.

Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger – A sourdough grilled cheese sandwich on top of a burger.

Loaded Nuggets – Chicken nuggets topped with two kinds of cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon.

If you don’t feel like eating your recommended daily allowance of sodium, fat, and calories in one meal, you can order one of the entrees without the added sodium, fat, and calories from the tacos and Halfsies.

Jack’s Munchie Meals are currently being tested at limited locations. If you’ve tried any of the entrees, let us know what you think of them in the comments.

Source: Brand Eating

NEWS: Taco Bell’s XXL Steak Nachos Make Me Scared To Think What XXXL Steak Nachos Would Be Like

The Land Of Bells And Tacos

Taco Bell’s new XXL Steak Nachos have 16 grams of dietary fiber.

Suck it, Fiber One!

The nachos also have 1160 calories, 61 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, and 2140 milligrams of sodium.

Suck it, health professionals!

The XXL Steak Nachos are made up of a layer of tortilla chips that’s topped with beans, a three-cheese blend, nacho cheese sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, holy crap there’s more, reduced-fat sour cream, and lots of steak.

If 60 grams of fat is where you draw the line when it comes to fast food, you can get these nachos Fresco-style, which reduces the fat by 25 percent.

Taco Bell’s XXL Steak Nachos are available for a limited time. If you’ve tried them, let us know what you think of them in the comments.

Source: Grub Grade

Image via flickr user JD Hancock / CC BY 2.0

REVIEW: Seaweed Pringles (Thailand)

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When I told people I’d be reviewing Seaweed Pringles this week, they reacted with that mild level of shock and disgust that I think is common when discussing almost any product associated with seaweed.  

It’s a silly reaction really, when you consider the unpronounceable chemicals most people ingest in the course of an average day’s worth of meals, or the slurry of anus and pig beaks that go into the universally loved hot dog. I don’t see what all the fuss is about. People eat sushi all the time, yet somehow they allow that seaweed a pass.  Divorce it from their beloved California Rolls and people recoil.  

Granted it’s algae and when people drift into it at the beach they tend to swim the other way as quickly as possible. But that’s not fair. Have you had a good look at a radish lately? Not exactly going to be calling out to you from the fridge in the middle of the night.

Sure it’s called seaweed, a moniker that couldn’t be more unpalatable, but that’s just a bad name.  It’s like Homer Simpson reminded Flanders, “There’s nothing wrong with crabgrass. It just has a bad name, that’s all. Everyone would love it if it had a cute name, like, elf grass.”

The whole thing is just a public relations failing. We all know beef is what’s for dinner and that pork is the other white meat, and people everywhere still can’t hear “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” without recalling fondly the all-singing, all-dancing California Raisins.

The only time seaweed gets represented in the popular culture at all is when someone washes up on a deserted beach somewhere. They roll over on their backs, cough up some sea water, and without fail, have a few requisite seaweed strands tangled about them. It’s shorthand for nearly drowning!

How about renaming seaweed “aqua greens” or “hydro leaves”? We could get Sebastian from The Little Mermaid to sing “Under the Sea” or something. And how far away are we from a Snorks reboot? Kids will be clamoring for seaweed. The stuff will sell itself.

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These Seaweed Pringles, imported from Thailand, won’t be doing any damage to seaweed’s reputation, but I don’t think these crisps will be winning the algae any new fans either. For those of you imagining popping the top of the can and being swept away to an exotic seashore on a nosegrope of briny goodness, forget it. The nosegrope is not much different than that of a can of regular Pringles. There is a vague earthiness buried somewhere deep in the Pringles aroma, but when I say vague, I mean I could very well be willfully imagining it.

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The same goes for the taste. They are not far off from a stack of regular Pringles. There is some sort of nebulous earthiness lurking somewhere on the tongue, but again, it is very, very subtle. If you were blind-tasting, you might not even notice. I don’t think I would.

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I found the salt level to be the most surprising. When I think of seaweed, I think salt. Dried seaweed strips can be pretty powerful. But for these chips, they chose to go the other way completely. Each chip is lightly dusted with a sugary coating, making them much sweeter than one would expect. Sugar is the first component in the breakdown of the seaweed extract in the ingredients list. That sweetness is really their defining taste characteristic.

Essentially what you have here are green Pringles. The minute changes to the standard recipe barely make these worth noticing. They could sell these in the U.S. as a St. Patrick’s Day limited edition. You could say that almost non-existent earthiness was meant to hearken back to old Ireland or a field of shamrocks somewhere. No one would bother to contradict you.

Are these bad? No, not at all. They are just unremarkable. These should have been a seaweedy smack in the face. But they’re just green. A little disappointing. Come on Pringles, if you’re going to do seaweed, do seaweed.

Don’t expect any algae-based Claymation characters anytime soon. We’ve got a long way to go, you guys.

(Nutrition Facts – 17 crisps (25g) – 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 130 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein.)

Other Seaweed Pringles reviews:
Crazy from Kong (video)

Item: Seaweed Pringles (Thailand)
Purchased Price: $6.99
Size: 110 grams
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Green Pringles. St. Patrick’s Day. The Snorks.
Cons: Sugar. Absence of seaweed. The California Raisins.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 11/14/2012

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.

Pop-Tarts Oatmeal Delights

There were once Pop Tarts that provided 20 percent of our recommended fiber. They’ve been discontinued, but the fiber lives on in these new Kellogg’s Pop Tarts Oatmeal Delights, although only 10 percent. These new Pop-Tarts have an oatmeal crust topped with cinnamon oat clusters and drizzled with frosting. (Spotted by Cortney at Walmart.)

Campbell's Chunky Jammin' Jerk Chicken

Ooh, yeah! All right! We’re jammin’. I wanna jam it with you. We’re jammin’. Jammin’. And I hope you like jammin’, too. Ain’t no rules, ain’t no vow, we can do it anyhow. I’n’I will see you through. ‘Cos everyday we pay the price with a little sacrifice. Jammin’ till the jam is through. (Spotted by Marvo at Target.)

Pillsbury Special Edition Cinnamon Rolls with Hershey's Icing

Why would I want to ruin cinnamon rolls with Hershey’s chocolate icing? Just kidding, Hershey’s! Don’t drown me in melted chocolate and then turn me into a giant chocolate bar. I know you have the technology to. (Spotted by Lauren at Safeway.)

Planters Snack Mix

Hey look! It’s Planters Snack Mix. Or as Chex calls it, Chex Mix. Or as no one calls it, Crunchy Salmagundi. (Spotted by Adam at Walmart.)

Kellogg's Breakfast to Go

What the what!?! I thought Pop Tarts were considered to be Kellogg’s breakfast to go. (Spotted by Adam at Walmart.)

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.