REVIEW: Limited Edition Nutmeg & Cinnamon Triscuit Crackers

Limited Edition Nutmeg  Cinnamon Triscuit Crackers

I’ve got to admit, I only eat Triscuit once or twice a year.

My family has a tradition at holiday gatherings to make one of the simplest yet most delicious appetizers you’ll ever try. A block of Philadelphia cream cheese covered with a jar of salsa and served with Triscuit. I know, it might sound kind of bizarre, but don’t dog it ’til you’ve tried it cause it’s damn delicious. I love Triscuit in this setting, they’re perfect. Better than Wheat Thins or any other chip when combined with this dip, but I don’t ever buy them for myself.

Popcorn, Cheez-Its, Doritos – these things all find their way into my snack cabinet, but I’ve never felt compelled to buy the hard little squares of shredded wheat on my own…until now. My inner spice sense began tingling the second I saw the new and autumn-kissed Nutmeg & Cinnamon Triscuit.

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The crackers look no different than your average Triscuit – square, brown, and wheat-y. The aroma is similarly familiar – wheat with a hint of lingering sweetness.

The flavor, though, is surprisingly soft and very good. The overwhelming feeling I get when biting into these crackers is warmth. The presence of the spice doesn’t smack you over the face with artificiality or some kind of sweet pumpkin spice foil – they simply elevate the flavor of the wheat and add a wonderful spicy flourish to the already established successful profile.

Cinnamon and nutmeg are definitely the key players in the mix, but I also get a nice tingle of ginger. Nothing about the flavor is harsh and, shockingly, the crackers aren’t sweet either. In fact, they aren’t even really salty, less so than the original. Being devoid of sweet and salty would imply that they’re bland, but the spices make up for it.

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Since the flavor comes off as more of a warm feeling than bold tongue-tingling taste, they lend themselves very well to different applications. Smeared with some cream cheese? Awesome. Topped with peanut butter? Delicious. Garnished with a bit of medium cheddar? Divine. The spices don’t bully their way to the forefront of the experience and yet they stay there in the background like lovely jazz in a cozy coffee shop – never taking over the conversation, but elevating the atmosphere immensely.

If you’re a Triscuit fan and are looking for a slight festive twist on something you already love – look no further than Nutmeg & Cinnamon. They’re subtly complex and fitting for your next holiday gathering, and hey, maybe even try topping them with cream cheese and salsa – you might be pleasantly surprised.

(Nutrition Facts – 6 crackers – 120 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.50
Size: 8.5 oz. box
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Nice subtle but complex blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. Hints of ginger. Not sweet. Flavors work well with variety of toppings.
Cons: A Triscuit can only be so good. They will never be Cheez-Its or Sweetos

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 11/21/2017

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

7 Select Turkey  Gravy and Pumpkin Pie Kettle Style Potato Chips

7-Select Turkey & Gravy and Pumpkin Pie Kettle Style Potato Chips

(Spotted by Jarred B at 7-Eleven.)

Starbucks Pike Place Gingerbread Cafe

Starbucks Pike Place Gingerbread Cafe

Starbucks Ground Christmas Blend 2017

Starbucks Ground Christmas Blend 2017

(Spotted by Sylvia at Starbucks.)

Limited Edition Peppermint Tums Chewy Bites

Limited Edition Peppermint Tums Chewy Bites

(Spotted by Carla at Target.)

McCormick Limited Edition Slow Cookers Shepherd s Pie

McCormick Limited Edition Slow Cookers Shepherd’s Pie

McCormick Limited Edition Slow Cookers Tomato Basil Chicken  Vegetables

McCormick Limited Edition Slow Cookers Tomato Basil Chicken & Vegetables

(Spotted by Sylvia at Dollar Tree.)

Pastabilities Organic Tree Pasta and Organic Snowman Pasta

Pastabilities Organic Tree Pasta and Organic Snowman Pasta

(Spotted by Carla at Safeway.)

Guinness Chocolate Stout Cupcake Mix

Guinness Chocolate Stout Cupcake Mix

(Spotted by Richard at Big Lots.)

Crunch Pak Disney Foodles

Crunch Pak Disney Foodles

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Beldolce Biscotti Cup

Beldolce Biscotti Cup

(Spotted by Caitlin J at ShopRite.)

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REVIEW: Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

I frequent Starbucks a little too often. (Mom, if you’re reading this, Starbucks gift cards are a very acceptable Christmas gift). I also am a sucker for the holiday and/or limited edition drinks, like Starbucks’ new Toasted White Chocolate Mocha.

The beverage includes espresso, caramelized white chocolate, whipped cream, and candied cranberry sugar. When I received my hot drink, I was super pleased that what I got DID look like the promotional picture.

There’s plenty of whipped cream (although it was sunken in due to the heat of the drink when I took off the lid) and cranberry sugar that, in my opinion, kind of looked like bacon bits. (Hey Starbucks, there’s an idea! A drink with bacon? This would have done wonders for the Maple Pecan latte that was released this fall. The drink fell flat for me, and bacon would have seriously enhanced it with the maple. I end my rant.)

The first sips of the drink were mostly whipped cream, which is never a bad thing. Once I got to the actual drink, I was definitely a fan. I didn’t taste too much of the “toasted” flavor, but the white chocolate was strong and delicious. While there is espresso, I didn’t taste any coffee – I felt like I was drinking a fancy white hot chocolate.

This is definitely a fun “dessert” drink or mid-afternoon pick-me-up (I’m plotting it for a Black Friday sugar rush), but don’t count on it for your morning caffeine jolt. It DOES contain caffeine, but it just wasn’t too noticeable for me. I usually avoid caffeine after 5 p.m. so I can get to sleep like a normal person at night, but I had this at 7 p.m. and my 10 p.m. bedtime wasn’t a problem.

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Back to the candied cranberry sugar — this was the most unnecessary part of the drink. Not only did I not taste any cranberry flavor, once the fruit bits got soggy, their texture was too soft and chewy. Because cranberry isn’t in the name of the drink, I think you could do without it.

I drank the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha over the course of an hour, and the flavor and temperature held strong. One key takeaway is although this is a sugar bomb – 41 grams in a tall! – it’s not overly sweet. Perfect for sipping and shopping, if you ask me.

Starbucks, another well-done holiday drink. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. (cough, bacon, cough.)

(Nutrition Facts – 12 oz – 330 calories, 12 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 300 milligrams of sodium, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 41 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.25
Size: Tall (12 oz.)
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Strong white chocolate flavor. Didn’t keep me up all night.
Cons: Bacon bit-looking cranberry sugar on top that just wasn’t necessary.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 11/20/2017

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Entenmann s Mini s Browinie Chocolate Chips Cakes

Entenmann’s Mini’s Brownie Chocolate Chips Cakes

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

Dove Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews

Dove Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews

Dove Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Dove Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

Hershey s Special Dark Hershey s Mini Kisses and Reese s Minute Mug Cakes

Hershey’s Special Dark, Hershey’s Mini Kisses, and Reese’s Minute Mug Cakes

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Bubble Yum Sour Strawberry Lemonade Gum

Bubble Yum Sour Strawberry Lemonade Gum

(Spotted by Keith at Walmart.)

Destiny 2 Pringles Cans  Sour Cream  Onion and Original

Destiny 2 Pringles Cans (Sour Cream & Onion and Original)

Destiny 2 Pringles Can Cheddar Cheese

Destiny 2 Pringles Can Cheddar Cheese

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart Neighborhood Market.)

Chef s Cut Real Jerky Co Smoked Beef Original Recipe with Cheddar Cheese

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. Smoked Beef Original Recipe with Cheddar Cheese

Chef s Cut Real Jerky Co Smoked Turkey Teriyaki with Pepper Jack Cheese

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. Smoked Turkey Teriyaki with Pepper Jack Cheese

(Spotted by Richard at Walmart.)

Pillsbury Justice League Shape Sugar Cookies

Pillsbury Justice League Shape Sugar Cookies

(Spotted by Sylvia at Vons.)

Whoppers Dinosaur Eggs

Whoppers Dinosaur Eggs

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new 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. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.