SPOTTED: Life Cuisine

Life Cuisine Broccoli Cake Rice Bowl
Life Cuisine Broccoli Cake Rice Bowl
Life Cuisine Greek Style Chicken Bowl
Life Cuisine Greek Style Chicken Bowl
Life Cuisine Ricotta  Spinach Meatless Meatballs Pasta Bowl
Life Cuisine Ricotta & Spinach Meatless Meatballs Pasta Bowl

Life Cuisine, brought to you by the folks who brought us Lean Cuisine, have a new line of frozen entrees for different lifestyles — low carb, meatless, high-protein, and gluten free. There are a whole lot more besides these three. I’d list them all, but I’m super lazy. Click here to go to the Life Cuisine website that shows all the products I’m too lazy to list. Is there a Life Cuisine for the lazy? Oh wait, I guess the entire microwaveable Life Cuisine lineup could be for those who live the lazy lifestyle. (Spotted by Julie R at Wegmans.)

SPOTTED: Bantam Bagels Egg Bites with Bacon or Sausage

Bantam Bagels Egg Bites + Bacon

Bantam Bagels Egg Bites + Sausage

Oooh, Bantam Bagel Egg Bites with meat. Was the previous sentence sarcastic? Perhaps by typing the previous sentence, it gives away that the sentence before it could’ve been sarcastic. But was it sarcastic? Nooo, it wasn’t. (Spotted by Leonard G at Giant.)

REVIEW: Carvel Tie-Dye Specialty Shake

Carvel Tie Dye Specialty Shake

What is the Carvel Tie-Dye Specialty Shake?

Carvel has channeled Ben & Jerry’s hippy-inspired flavor formula with its Limited Time Only Tie-Dye Specialty Shake.

How is it?

Right out of the gate I was impressed by just how many squares of pound cake they managed to fit in the cup. Not only that, they weren’t frozen solid like I assumed they’d be. I probably ended up eating almost a full slice of cake if you factor in the tiny bits that were mixed in with the ice cream.

Carvel Tie Dye Specialty Shake Melt

Despite the shake flavor being cake driven, it wasn’t very cakey. I found the Cake Mix-flavored ice cream to be pretty similar to regular vanilla, so it just kinda tasted like a vanilla shake with bits of mushy cake and sprinkles.

With that said, Carvel’s soft serve vanilla is, in my opinion, the best vanilla ice cream on Earth.

It will always hold a special place in my heart, because I love the New York Mets (sad life, huh?) and every spoonful reminds me of my childhood sitting at Shea Stadium with a little plastic helmet full of Carvel Vanilla Ice Cream.

Anything else you need to know?

Carvel Tie Dye Specialty Shake Top

I’d be remiss not to compliment the jerk (isn’t that what they used to call ice cream parlor employees?) who made this shake because it almost looked like the press photo. Rarely does the visual reality of a product like this meet the expectation, and he claimed it was his first time ever making it.

I’d also like to criticize the jerk (actual jerk) for asking, “Do you want the food coloring? You sound like an adult?”

You believe that? I just want a Tie Dye shake, why you trying to harsh my mellow by asking that?

I immediately fired back, “Damn right I want the food coloring! That’s the whole point of the shake, bro! Why you judging me? Who’re you?!”

Ok, in reality, I semi-panicked and said, “Uhhhh, yeah ya know what? Go for it.” It’s because I’m a massive coward who is afraid of an ice cream man. It’s the Mets fan in me.

Oh, and yes, it’s just food coloring. Don’t get excited expecting a Roy G. Biv of flavors, because the tie-dye inspired swirls are just for show. They look cool though, no?

Conclusion:

If you’re lucky enough to live by one of Carvel’s 400 locations and want a fun five-minute distraction, this is definitely worth a shot. I’d actually love to see what your shake ends up looking like, because I feel like there’s very little margin for error.

Purchased Price: $5.99
Size: Small
Purchased at: Carvel
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (Unavailable, but here is a standard Vanilla shake) 650 calories, 240 calories from fat, 27 grams of fat, 18 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 290 milligrams of sodium, 89 grams of total carbohydrates, 79 grams of total sugars, 11 grams of protein.

SPOTTED: International Delight Canned Iced Coffee (Caramel Macchiato and Oreo)

International Delight Canned Iced Coffee  Caramel Macchiato and Oreo

It’s so weird to see an International Delight product in cans. I always see its creamers in plastic bottles and its iced coffee in milk cartons. Because of that, these kind of look fake to me, like if I open them, a toy snake is going to pop out. (Spotted by Leonard G at Dollar General.)

SPOTTED: Johnsonville Sausage Strips

Johnsonville Sausage Strips

Bacon and these Sausage Strips are both made with pork. Did Johnsonville produce a sausage slab just so that it can be cut into slices? If that’s the case, why not just make bacon? My head can’t wrap itself around this. Oh, I hope some company out there makes sausages from ground-up bacon. Yeah, it’ll probably be Johnsonville. There are also Spicy and Chorizo Sausage Strips varieties. (Spotted by RaveGyrl at Meijer.)

REVIEW: Taco Bell Pineapple Whip Freeze

Taco Bell Pineapple Whip Freeze

What is Taco Bell’s Pineapple Whip Freeze?

If you ever wanted a virgin pina colada from Taco Bell, now’s your chance.

How is it?

As far as frozen fast food drinks go, the Pineapple Whip Freeze is top-tier. It’s like drinking a refreshing pina colada-flavored Slurpee with an injection of vanilla cream replacing the coconut flavor.

Taco Bell Pineapple Whip Freeze Top

The pineapple slush is vibrant and delicious, and the vanilla flavor complements it perfectly, yet I was still left mildly unfulfilled.

I couldn’t help but think how perfect this would be if Taco Bell had an ice cream machine.

Taco Bell Pineapple Whip Freeze Bottom

While this Freeze tastes great overall, this would have been an all-time elite with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream as opposed to the “vanilla creamer whip” that Taco Bell classifies it as.

I think the image of a Dole Whip was unfairly dancing in my head every time I took a sip, so maybe that’s an unfair complaint, but still, this would have been a 10 if it was pineapple slush mixed with a thick vanilla shake. In fairness, it melted a bit in the eight minute or so drive home.

Taco Bell Pineapple Whip Freeze Melt

Anything else you need to know?

Despite my petty whining, it’s a great drink to usher in the warmer weather. It also perfectly complemented the burrito I absolutely Frankensteined in the Taco Bell app by adding almost every possible ingredient.

I bet this would make a fantastic alcoholic drink. I may grab another one and toss an airplane shot of Malibu or two in the cup. Don’t judge me. It’s summer. Live más.

Oh, and this was supposed to come with a green lid to give it a fun pineapple appearance. Naturally, I didn’t get one, because I NEVER get the special edition packaging on anything for some reason.

Conclusion:

The syrupy vanilla wasn’t as perfect as I had hoped, but the Pineapple Whip Freeze was still pretty fantastic. If you’re a fan of Dole Whips, I would recommend getting the regular Pineapple Freeze and adding your own vanilla ice cream (and maybe a shot of rum).

Purchased Price: $2.49 ($1 during Happier Hour)
Size: Regular
Purchased at: Taco Bell
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 210 calories, 1 grams of fat, .5 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of total carbohydrates, 49 grams of total sugars, 0 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of protein.