REVIEW: Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cups

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cups

Not content with occupying half an aisle with its 150 flavors (slightly exaggerated, obviously, but have you seen how many there are?), Duncan Hines expands its Perfect Size for 1 cake mix line to include other established brands and fun toppings.

There are four flavors at the moment – Chocolate Chip Cake Mix with Chips Ahoy Cookie Pieces, Chocolate Cake Mix with Chocolate Candy Pieces, Cookies and Cream Cake Mix with Oreo Cookie Pieces, and S’mores Cake Mix with Honey Maid Graham Cracker Pieces.

They all have straightforward instructions like the previous mug mixes – it’s pretty much add water, stir, and microwave! One interesting thing is that while the official instructions tell you to sprinkle the toppings on after baking there is also a suggestion to try them blended in before nuking. I decided to do both and put some of the toppings in before and then sprinkled some afterward so that I could have the full experience.

Chips Ahoy

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Chips Ahoy

This one had a nice and fluffy texture with good chocolate flavor throughout. Considering it’s a microwaveable powdered cake mix it’s not entirely fair to compare to a regular cake. It’s all about being economical and convenient, and this suffices in that regard. Sure, it could be a little more moist and flavorful, but it gets the job done.

I had a hunch the reason the toppings are added later is that the cooking process would affect them and that was the case with this one especially. The pieces added before blending in too well by turning into different colored elements of the cake. Those added later maintained their consistency and added a nice crunch. The chocolate pieces added a decadent touch and seemed evenly dispersed. In essence, this is like a very simplistic version of a dessert at a fancy restaurant in which it would be called Chocolate Chip Cookie – TWO WAYS.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.4 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 Container) 300 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 51 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 29 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Candy Coated Chocolates

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Not M Ms

This one is heavy on the chocolate, like really, really heavy and almost to the point of being too rich. It’s a one-note chocolate cake with more chocolate. I’m sensing a theme here as the toppings seem to be the stars here.

The cake part, like the previous one, was serviceable as it was nice and fluffy, but a little dry. The bootleg M&M’s though are amazing in this one and make up for the mediocre cake. Whether you add them before baking or after, the heat melts them so that the insides are like molten chocolate. It’s like you’re digging for treasure and when you find one of the candies, it’s oh so satisfying. Again, the crunch adds another satisfying element when eating this. This one is a joyous textural adventure through chocolate.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.4 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 Container) 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 350 milligrams of sodium, 53 grams of carbohydrates, 2 gram of fiber, 32 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Oreo

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Oreo

Not breaking with the trend with the others, this was also fluffy, but a bit dry. It has Oreo cookie crumbles as part of the batter with what seemed like white chocolate chips.

With the topping, there’s a little bit of a cookies and cream flavor, but this whole endeavor ended up tasting mostly like sugar to me even though it has about the same amount as the other three. The white chips weren’t large enough to stay molten, so they blended in and faded away, while the Oreo topping pieces weren’t as crunchy as I was expecting them to be. In a nutshell, this was a lightly chocolatey and creamy, but way too sweet cake.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.4 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 1 Container – 300 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 380 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 29 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Honey Maid

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cup Honey Maid

This one perplexed me. I prepared it in the same way as the others, but the cake here turned out to be a little gummy, which was very odd. It’s supposed to be a s’mores base, but I didn’t get any of that except for the little bits of chocolate.

There’s no graham flavor even though I added a few of the pieces and there’s certainly no marshmallow even if I did see a few white chips buried in there. The graham pieces were a nice addition that added a bit of extra flavor, but they were not as crunchy as the other toppings. Unfortunately, though, nothing could save this one as I couldn’t get past the weird texture.

Purchased Price: $3.19*
Size: 2.5 oz. cup
Purchased at: ShopFoodEx.com
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 1 Container – 310 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 370 milligrams of sodium, 55 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 30 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

Other Things:

  • You’ll notice that three of four are all well-known brands. This is because Duncan Hines partnered up with Mondelez to gain access to their snacking portfolio that includes those three. M&M’s, though? It’s another company entirely, so I’m assuming it wasn’t worth the effort, hence why the generic candy-coated chocolates make an appearance.
  • Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cups Before Baking

  • I tried the toppings both as an add-in with the cake batter and afterward on top. Here are my suggestions for you: Chips Ahoy – Add them later as they pretty much vanish once cooked. Candy Coated Chocolates – Do what I did and put half before and half after. You will get a range of molten chocolate that’s glorious. Cookies and Cream – The batter already contains small bits of the Oreo wafer so save them all to add as toppings. Honey Maid – I would skip this one entirely but if you do partake, add the graham as a topping.
  • Regardless of the actual food product, one thing that’s a total upgrade with these is the single serve cup. With the boxed versions, you had to take the plunge on four servings and with so many different flavors to try one may end up with too many extras. Also, all you have to dirty up to indulge is a spoon whereas previously it was a spoon, mug, and measuring utensil.

*Editor’s Note: The cups were purchased from an online grocer, so the prices are slightly higher than they are at stores.

SPOTTED: Godiva Baking Mixes

Godiva Molten Lava Cakes Baking Mix
Godiva Molten Lava Cakes Baking Mix
Godiva Flourless Chocolate Torte Baking Mix
Godiva Flourless Chocolate Torte Baking Mix
Godiva Brownie Cheesecake Swirl Baking Mix
Godiva Brownie Cheesecake Swirl Baking Mix
Godiva Raspberry Chocolate Torte Baking Mix
Godiva Raspberry Chocolate Torte Baking Mix

Here’s a fact about Godiva: It was founded in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium by the Draps family. Here’s another fact about Godiva: Its soft serve is tasty. (Spotted by Marc at ShopRite.)

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FAST FOOD NEWS: Pizza Hut’s P’ZONE Returns

Pizza Hut P Zone

The P’ZONE is back! The P’ZONE is back! The product that’s like an upscale Hot Pocket that spends a lot of time at Gold’s Gym is back!

Can you believe it’s been 17 years since the debut of the P’ZONE? I don’t know whether I should cry or use the napkin I was going to use to wipe away my tears to soak up some of the grease that’ll ooze out of the P’ZONE I’m going to eat.

The menu item is basically the fast food chain’s version of a calzone. It features pizza toppings and cheese sealed in a toasted parmesan pizza crust, and comes with a side of marinara for dipping. It’s available in three varieties — Pepperoni, Meaty, and Supremo.

Pizza Hut P Zone2

The Pepperoni one has just pepperoni and cheese. It has 1030 calories, 40 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 85 milligrams of cholesterol, 1850 milligrams of sodium, 128 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 40 grams of protein.

The Meaty P’ZONE is stuffed with pepperoni, ham, beef, pork, Italian sausage, and cheese. It has 1200 calories, 55 grams of fat, 21 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 115 milligrams of cholesterol, 2330 milligrams of sodium, 129 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 47 grams of protein.

Finally, the Supremo has Italian sausage, green peppers, red onions, and cheese. It has 1050 calories, 41 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 80 milligrams of cholesterol, 1850 milligrams of sodium, 130 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 40 grams of protein.

If you’ve tried any of them, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

(Image via Pizza Hut.)

SPOTTED – 3/19/2019

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.

Sheila G s Blondie Brownie Brittle Meyer Lemon
Sheila G’s Blondie Brownie Brittle Meyer Lemon

(Spotted by Rachel T at Woodman’s Markets.)

Sheila G s Blondie Brownie Brittle Chocolate Chip
Sheila G’s Blondie Brownie Brittle Chocolate Chip

(Spotted by Rachel T at Woodman’s Markets.)

Marketside Chocolate Creme Salted Caramel  Vanilla Parfait Trio
Marketside Chocolate Creme, Salted Caramel & Vanilla Parfait Trio
Marketside Mixed Berry Mousse Torte
Marketside Mixed Berry Mousse Torte
Marketside Apple Caramel Cheesecake Slice
Marketside Apple Caramel Cheesecake Slice

(Spotted by Rachel T at Walmart.)

Marketside Lemon Mixed Berry Cake
Marketside Lemon Mixed Berry Cake

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

El Camino Real Bakery Organic Raspberry Mini Bars
El Camino Real Bakery Organic Raspberry Mini Bars

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Loma Linda Tuno Lemon Pepper and in Spring Water
Loma Linda Tuno Lemon Pepper and in Spring Water

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Al Dente Pasta Company Red Lentil Sweet Potato Plant Based Pasta
Al Dente Pasta Company Red Lentil Sweet Potato Plant Based Pasta
Al Dente Pasta Company Chickpea Turmeric Plant Based Pasta
Al Dente Pasta Company Chickpea Turmeric Plant Based Pasta

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

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SPOTTED: Walmart Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough

Walmart Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough

Even Walmart is getting into the edible cookie dough game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nabisco came out with Chips Ahoy edible cookie dough. (Searches internet) Well, it turns out Mondelez has a recipe for one. (Spotted by Amy R 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.

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SPOTTED: Betty Crocker Chilled Treats

Betty Crocker Chilled Treats Key Lime Mousse
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats Key Lime Mousse
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats French Vanilla Mousse
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats French Vanilla Mousse
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats Lemon Mousse
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats Lemon Mousse
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats Chocolate Mousse
Betty Crocker Chilled Treats Chocolate Mousse

These look as if they might make good toppings for Betty Crocker’s Mug Treats. Also, if you think about it, these could also be made in mugs, so I’m going to start calling them Chilled Mug Treats. (Spotted by Marc at ShopRite.)

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.

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