SPOTTED: Takis Fuego Crisps

Takis Fuego Crisps

Takis Fuego has found its way onto wavy chips, frozen cheese rolls, popcorn, sunflower seeds, nuts, puffy cheese snacks, and of course, rolled tortilla chips. Now it’s on Pringles-like crisps. I look forward to Takis Fuego Rice Cakes or Takis Fuego Meat Sticks. Oh wait, I’m being told the meat sticks are already a thing. Well, how about Takis Fuego Breakfast Cereal? (Spotted by Brad at CVS.)

SPOTTED – 9/16/2021

Here are some interesting new 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.

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Edwards Signatures Lemon Creme Pie
Edwards Signatures Lemon Creme Pie

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

Progresso Spicy Chicken Tortilla and Spicy Italian Sytle Wedding Soup
Progresso Spicy Chicken Tortilla and Spicy Italian-Sytle Wedding Soup
Progresso Spicy Chicken Noodle with Jalapeno
Progresso Spicy Chicken Noodle with Jalapeno
Progresso Spicy Jambalaya with Sausage  Ham
Progresso Spicy Jambalaya with Sausage & Ham
Progresso Chipotle Corn Chowder and Spicy Chicken Tortilla
Progresso Chipotle Corn Chowder

(Spotted by Jarred at Publix.)

Bubbie s Biscotti Belgian Chocolate Marble Bit Scotti
Bubbie’s Biscotti Belgian Chocolate Marble Bit-Scotti

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Sprouts.)

Walmart Brownie Crisps
Walmart Brownie Crisps

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Country Archer Provisions BBQ Plant Based Jerky
Country Archer Provisions BBQ Plant-Based Jerky
Country Archer Provisions Plant Based Jerky  Spiced Bacon and Teriyaki
Country Archer Provisions Plant-Based Jerky (Spiced Bacon and Teriyaki)

(Spotted by Sylvia at Sprouts.)

Cybele s Free to Eat Red Velvet Soft Baked Superb Cookies
Cybele’s Free to Eat Red Velvet Soft-Baked Superb Cookies

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

REVIEW: Hershey’s Oat Made Chocolate Bars

Hershey s Oat Made Chocolate Bars Wrappers

What are Hershey’s Oat Made Chocolate Bars?

Hershey’s new Oat Made line is the company’s first venture into plant-based chocolate. Made with oat milk instead of dairy, Oat Made bars are vegan, non-GMO, and made with Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa.

Two varieties are available: Classic Dark and Extra Creamy Almond & Sea Salt.

How are they?

When I first heard about Hershey’s Oat Made line, I was fascinated by its credentials. As an aspiring candy historian, I want my finger on the pulse of everything new in the world of chocolate. Also, I enjoy experimenting with milk alternatives not out of personal dietary need, but simply curiosity and awareness of friends and family who do have these needs. The presence of oat milk – a favorite dairy alternative – in chocolate seemed too interesting to ignore.

Hershey s Oat Made Chocolate Bars Dark

First, the Classic Dark bar is a convincing duplicate of its dairy-infused cousin. The flavor perfectly balances bitter and sweet. Breaking the bar into squares yields a satisfying snap – often a sign of higher quantities of cocoa butter – but this firm bite easily transitions into a smooth texture without the chalkiness dark chocolate can sometimes have. The bar is definitely on par with comparable products from higher-priced brands like Lindt or Ghiradelli.

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The Extra Creamy Almond & Sea Salt bar is meant to mimic milk chocolate, and while it doesn’t taste much like the classic Hershey’s milk chocolate, I mean this in the best possible way. The bar smells and tastes of cocoa powder, resulting in a richer and more authentic chocolate flavor without the mild tang characteristic of classic Hershey’s.

Hershey s Oat Made Chocolate Bars Creamy 2

“Extra Creamy” is a bit of a misnomer, because as the bar melts, a gritty texture emerges. The bar contains a generous amount of almond pieces, which provide a hint of salt and a satisfying crunch that distracts from the grittiness.

Anything else you need to know?

Both bars are part of a limited test release from now through June 2022. They will be available in select stores across the United States. I haven’t seen them in the wild, but as of this writing you can order them from Target.com.

Conclusion:

Whether you are searching to satisfy a dietary need or just trying to expand your confectionary horizons, Hershey’s Oat Made chocolate bars are satisfying options with the potential for additional innovation. Especially for the price point, either variety’s rich flavor would contribute nicely to a s’more.

Purchased Price: $1.99 each
Size: 1.55 oz (43 g)
Purchased at: Target.com
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Classic Dark), 7 out of 10 (Extra Creamy Almond & Sea Salt)
Nutrition Facts: Classic Dark – 210 calories, 16 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 0 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein. Extra Creamy Almond & Sea Salt – 230 calories, 16 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 30 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

PUMPKINUNDATION 2021 – 9/15/2021

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

Diamond Pumpkin Pie Spice Nut Pie Crust
Diamond Pumpkin Pie Spice Nut Pie Crust

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Frankford Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Bomb
Frankford Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Bomb

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

Belmont Maple Brown Sugar Cake and Pumpkin Pecan Cake
Belmont Maple Brown Sugar Cake and Pumpkin Pecan Cake
Specially Selected Organic Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup
Specially Selected Organic Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup

(Spotted by Tommy at Aldi.)

Great Value Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix
Great Value Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix
Great Value No Bake Pumpkin Spice Cream Pie Kit
Great Value No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cream Pie Kit

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Bubbie s Biscotti Belgian Pumpkin Spice Bit Scotti
Bubbie’s Biscotti Belgian Pumpkin Spice Bit-Scotti

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Sprouts.)

Sprouts Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
Sprouts Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
Sprouts Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake
Sprouts Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake
Sprouts Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Sprouts Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Sprouts Sliced Pumpkin Spice Brioche
Sprouts Sliced Pumpkin Spice Brioche

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Sprouts.)

Antico Mulino Biscotti with Pumpkin
Antico Mulino Biscotti with Pumpkin
S Remoundos Wafer Rolls filled with Pumpkin Spice
S. Remoundos Wafer Rolls filled with Pumpkin Spice

(Spotted by Robbie at World Market.)