SPOTTED: 9/29/2022

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.

Rao s Made for Home Brick Oven Crust Meat Trio Pizza
Rao’s Made for Home Brick Oven Crust Meat Trio Pizza

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Rao s Made For Home Brick Oven Crust Uncured Pepperoni Pizza
Rao’s Made For Home Brick Oven Crust Uncured Pepperoni Pizza

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Rao s Made for Home Brick Oven Crust Five Cheese PIzza
Rao’s Made for Home Brick Oven Crust Five Cheese PIzza

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Rao s Made for Home Brick Oven Crust Fire Roasted Vegetable Pizza
Rao’s Made for Home Brick Oven Crust Fire Roasted Vegetable Pizza

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Kettle Brand Tailgate Edition Buffalo Blue Potato Chips
Kettle Brand Tailgate Edition Buffalo Blue Potato Chips

(Spotted by Sarah R at Sprouts.)

Sprite Zero Sugar Black Panther Wakanda Forever Design
Sprite Zero Sugar Black Panther Wakanda Forever Design

(Spotted by @TheSock334 at Walmart.)

Alani Protein Coffee  Mocha and Cappuccino
Alani Protein Coffee (Mocha and Cappuccino)

(Spotted by @goatheadjp at Walmart.)

Alani Protein Coffee  Vanilla and Maple Donut
Alani Protein Coffee (Vanilla and Maple Donut)

(Spotted by @goatheadjp at Walmart.)

Member s Mark Rocky Road Almond Caramel Clusters
Member’s Mark Rocky Road Almond Caramel Clusters

(Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

Popcorners Cinnamon Crunch
Popcorners Cinnamon Crunch

(Spotted by Erin K at Target.)

Honest to Goodness Chantilly Cream Dairy Creamer
Honest to Goodness Chantilly Cream Dairy Creamer

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

Cascadian Farm Baking Blend Flour made with Climate Smart Kernza Grain
Cascadian Farm Baking Blend Flour made with Climate Smart Kernza Grain

(Spotted by Sarah R at Whole Foods.)

REVIEW: Mtn Dew Baja Deep Dive

Mtn Dew Baja Deep Dive Can

This review started with seven simple words, texted by my partner as he checked our mail: “Hey, did you order an exclusive Dew?”

I hadn’t… but my confusion quickly gave way to unadulterated joy. A month or so prior, I’d tracked down all three of Summer 2022’s Baja flavors — the OG and its new and surprisingly-elusive-in-my-neck-of-the-woods friends Baja Mango Gem and Baja Gold — diligently plugged the codes on their caps into Mountain Dew’s website for a stab at the Lost Treasures of Baja Island sweepstakes, and then summarily forgotten all about it… until I returned home triumphant to a coveted six-pack of my Baja Deep Dive winnings!

Mtn Dew Baja Deep Dive Box

Sure, it sounds a little less impressive when I specify that I’m a mere one of 18,000 beverage buffs who got lucky this time around, but still, free, surprise, only-available-from-a-contest Mountain Dew straight to one’s doorstep is nothing to scoff at!

Mtn Dew Baja Deep Dive Glass

I eagerly cracked open a tall, spiffy dark purple can of this subnautical nectar, which is decorated with what seems to be an artist’s interpretation of what normal fish would mutate into if oceans were made of Mountain Dew. A poison-dart-frog-bright, slightly bluish green (appropriately, one could even call it “sea green”) liquid whose hue I can best describe as “Yep, that sure is Mountain Dew-colored” pulsed out.

The perplexing potion smelled deliciously — and aggressively — fruity, candy-like even, but not in a way that I could immediately attribute to any particular flavor. If you’re familiar with Mountain Dew, such sugar-soaked ambiguity is probably not surprising. It is probably also not surprising when I report that this aquatic libation tastes… pretty much how just it smells. It’s violently sweet and heavily reminiscent of its citrus-y, mango-y, pineapple-y Baja brethren, but with a strange aftertaste that, bizarrely, reminded me of cucumber. A thorough sweep of the pleasantly active Mountain Dew community on Reddit suggests that I may literally be the only person in the world who thought that. Neat!

Mtn Dew Baja Deep Dive Descript

Oh yeah, did I mention this is a mystery flavor? As of late I’ve been on an equally amused and bemused quest to try as many flavors of Dew as possible, but nevertheless, I haven’t yet developed the skill of actually being able to differentiate between them very well. So, when it came to cracking this maritime mystery, I was a bit lost at sea.

Mtn Dew Baja Deep Dive Graphics

A deep dive into, well, Deep Dive produced a few hints that were as well-buried as a hidden treasure. Notably, there is a diver on the can whose mask looks like a pineapple, but that was about all I could fish up on my lonesome. (The can also prominently features, among other things, an eel, an anglerfish, and what appears to be a sentient grenade with a narwhal horn, so I hope those aren’t also clues about the ingredients at play here!)

Fortunately, the trusty True Dew-ers of the internet have also unearthed the tantalizing tidbit that the font used on this can is the same as on the dearly departed Mountain Dew Pitch Black, which was grape flavored. Come to think of it, aren’t sea grapes a thing? If that somehow ends up being this flavor’s secret identity, Team Mountain Dew deserves a hearty tip of my pirate’s hat (but maybe also an eye roll).

All in all, the allure of this oceanic new edition, just like the allure of any Mountain Dew, is both difficult to describe and difficult to deny.

Purchased Price: Free as a sweepstakes prize
Size: 16 oz cans
Purchased at: n/a, only available to winners of the Lost Treasures of Baja Island sweepstakes
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 can) 220 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 65 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbohydrates, 59 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 72 milligrams of caffeine.

SPOTTED (SEASONAL EDITION): 9/28/2022

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

Tostitos Scary Strips
Tostitos Scary Strips

(Spotted by Robbie at Sam’s Club.)

Wegmans Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Wegmans’ Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

(Spotted by Allison H at Wegmans.)

Great Value Eyeball Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Eyeball Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Bat Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Bat Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Ghost Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Ghost Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Pumpkin Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Pumpkin Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Tombston Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Tombstone Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Day of the Dead Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Day of the Dead Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Monster Lab Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Monster Lab Sprinkle Mix

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Sour Punch Halloween Boxes 2022 Design
Sour Punch Halloween Boxes 2022 Design

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Smarties Halloween Box 2022 Design
Smarties Halloween Box 2022 Design

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Wiley Wallaby Classic Red Halloween Design
Wiley Wallaby Classic Red Halloween Design

The candy itself isn’t new, but now you can give it away in individually wrapped packs for Halloween. I wouldn’t, but you can. (Spotted by DJ at Redner’s.)