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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SPOTTED: Bettergoods Milk Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Bars

Bettergoods Strawberry Ice Cream Bars
Bettergoods Chocolate Ice Cream Bars
Bettergoods Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

I saw the $2.97 price tags for these and thought that was super cheap. Then I saw there are only three bars per box, which made me think they’re still super cheap. The three ounce bars are the same size as regular Magnum Ice Cream Bars. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

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REVIEW: Blue Bell Cookies ’n Cream Cheesecake Ice Cream

If you browse through a supermarket, or indeed this very website, you will find all kinds of products with outrageous names and flavor combinations designed to get your attention. But oftentimes those foods don’t live up to their overly creative monikers, or shockingly, it turns out that pickle and onion-flavored gummy bears are not good. So, I routinely give Blue Bell credit for its straightforward names and flavors, and once again it has scored a winner with its new Cookies ’n Cream Cheesecake Ice Cream.

Certainly, this flavor is not revolutionary, as Dairy Queen has an Oreo Cheesecake Blizzard, and you can find many similar ice cream flavors from other brands. What it is, however, is mighty tasty. The label doesn’t overpromise, but it does excellently deliver what it promises: cheesecake-flavored ice cream with chocolate cookie-crusted cheesecake pieces and generic Oreo.

The cheesecake ice cream is wonderfully smooth and creamy. It packs enough cheesecake flavor so that you know it’s there, but it doesn’t go overboard. Sometimes an ice cream flavor is too strong, to the point that you forget it’s ice cream or it’s too mild, and you can barely tell what the flavor was supposed to be. This one hits the right balance. Then when you do chomp down on a cheesecake piece, you get the full-on cheesecake experience, and it really hits the spot. Their texture is also spot-on, as they are not too firm but also not so soft that they blend with the ice cream. The fact that the pieces are chocolate cookie-crusted is hard to notice since there are already chocolate crème-filled cookies in the mix. And I’ll assume you know what those cookies taste like and how they are a perfect complement to cheesecake.

This ice cream is not fancy or flashy, but if you enjoy cookies ’n cream and you enjoy cheesecake, then I can almost guarantee you will enjoy this—and perhaps really enjoy it. Just be aware that my guarantee is not legally binding in any way, shape, or form, and if you printed said guarantee out on a piece of paper, it would make that paper worth less than its original value.

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: One Pint
Purchased at: Brookshire Brothers
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2/3 cup) 240 calories, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

SPOTTED: 7/18/2024

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.

Power Crunch Salt & Vinegar Protein Crisps
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Power Crunch Hot & Spicy Protein Crisps
Power Crunch Cheddar Protein Crisps

(Spotted by Amanda Y at H-E-B.)

Simply Protein Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips
Simply Protein Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

(Spotted by Amanda Y at H-E-B.)

Good & Gather Italian Sparkling Lime Mineral Water
Good & Gather Italian Sparkling Mineral Water

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

Bettergoods Italian Sparkling Mineral Water With Lime Flavor
Bettergoods Italian Sparkling Mineral Water

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

H-E-B White Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese
H-E-B Jalapeno Brisket Mac N’ Cheese

(Spotted by Amanda Y at H-E-B.)

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