REVIEW: Red Bull Winter Edition Pomegranate Energy Drink

Red Bull Winter Edition Pomegranate Can

I need to take a moment to mourn the passing of my all-time favorite Red Bull variety: Cranberry.

2012-2020

Cranberry Red Bull, just as I was beginning to get to know you, you suddenly left. Literally overnight, you packed your bags and were gone forever. Replaced by that tart Watermelon, you were the perfect Red Bull. I will forever miss you and just wished I could have said goodbye….or at least bought a case.

Seriously, Cranberry Red Bull just left the shelves with no warning. While the other flavors are fine, none have come close to filling Cranberry’s shoes. Even calling the Watermelon the “Red Edition” hurts to see and has led to a few moments of false hope. Usually, when seasonal versions are announced, they don’t catch my attention. This year’s Winter Edition, however, immediately caught my eye: Pomegranate.

Pomegranate-flavored foods tend to walk a very odd line flavor-wise. Real pomegranate tends to be naturally sweet but also quite tart with an earthy quality. As a result, fake pomegranate flavors are usually overly sweet to compensate for their tartness. I know that this flavor wouldn’t completely replace my beloved cranberry, but I had high hopes it would be in the same realm.

Red Bull Winter Edition Pomegranate Glass

The pomegranate scent was very strong when I opened it. Smelling it reminded me of those funky-shaped bottles of pomegranate juice. The earthy juice smell the fruit is known for was very pronounced. This was promising as it made me hopeful it wasn’t going to be cloying.

Well, I’m happy to report, it exceeded my expectations. It has a wonderful balance of tart pomegranate flavor that tingles my cheeks with enough sweetness to enhance the fruitiness. While it’s easy to enjoy as is, it’s certainly a drink that was made to be a mixer.

This Winter Edition doesn’t replace my precious Cranberry, but it’s easily the best flavored Red Bull that’s been released in quite some time. Pomegranate is a hard flavor to get right, and I think Red Bull managed to do so without it being too tart or too sweet. I can foresee this being a popular base for winter/holiday cocktails/mocktails. In fact, I think it would make a good faux-mosa (orange juice and Red Bull Pomegranate) for Christmas breakfast.

Purchased Price: $2.50 (on sale)
Size: 12 fl oz can
Purchased at: Publix
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 can) 160 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 38 grams of sugar, 0 grams of protein, and 114 milligrams of caffeine.

SPOTTED (SEASONAL EDITION) – 10/20/2021

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

Dove Merry  Bright Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond Crunch Promises
Dove Merry & Bright Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond Crunch Promises

(Spotted by Julie at CVS.)

Limited Edition Cap n Crunch s Christmas Crunch
Limited Edition Cap’n Crunch’s Christmas Crunch

(Spotted by Robbie at Target.)

Annie s Limited Edition Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bunny Grahams
Annie’s Limited Edition Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bunny Grahams

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Great Value Pumpkin Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Pumpkin Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Day of the Dea Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Day of the Dea Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Eyeball Sprinkle Mix
Great Value Eyeball Sprinkle Mix

(Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)

Sanders Small Batch Wonders Orange Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Sanders Small Batch Wonders Orange Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Sanders Small Batch Wonders Peppermint Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Sanders Small Batch Wonders Peppermint Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Partake Limited Edition Chocolate Peppermint Soft Baked Cookies and Holiday Sprinkle Crunchy Cookies
Partake Limited Edition Chocolate Peppermint Soft Baked Cookies and Holiday Sprinkle Crunchy Cookies

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Durham s Eggnog Almonds
Durham’s Eggnog Almonds

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Jojo s Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Bites
Jojo’s Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Bites
Jojo s Peppermint Pretzel Bark
Jojo’s Peppermint Pretzel Bark

(Spotted by Rachel C at Sprouts.)

Good  Gather Limited Edition Peppermint Stick Ground Coffee
Good & Gather Limited Edition Peppermint Stick Ground Coffee

(Spotted by DJ at Target.)

Fannie May Peppermint S mores Snack Mix
Fannie May Peppermint S’mores Snack Mix

(Spotted by Shannon at Sam’s Club.)

REVIEW: Reese’s Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cups

Reese s Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cups Bag

Maybe it’s my short attention span or the fact that I can barely watch Hocus Pocus without having nightmares, but I enjoy seeing autumn wind down as anticipation for winter holidays grows. Swapping snowmen for skeletons and poinsettias for pumpkins has become a familiar, comforting routine in transitioning from one holiday to the next.

As the shelves of my local stores trade fall staples for time-honored winter favorites like peppermint and hot cocoa, Reese’s caught my attention with something unique. The brand’s newest offering features a peanut brittle-flavored crème cup stuffed with a mixture of peanuts and peanut butter filling.

While peanut brittle wouldn’t have been my number-one answer in a holiday food-themed episode of Family Feud, it makes sense. You find that delicious hard candy nestled in gift tins, offered at holiday potlucks, and as the object of longing gazes from your elderly relatives who just might risk their dentures for a taste.

Reese’s Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cups will be available in miniatures, King Sized, and Big Cup varieties across retailers, and I snagged a bag of miniatures. Honestly, I was half-expecting the “peanut brittle-flavored crème” to be the same peanut butter-flavored crème you find in Ultimate Peanut Butter Lovers Cups, with the “brittle” label tacked on as a bit of holiday razzle dazzle to get you humming “White Christmas” in October.

But upon opening the bag, the candy’s aroma indicated I was in for something a little different. It smells a lot like kettle corn–like caramelized sugar with butter and peanuts–and has me begging for a Reese’s/Yankee Candle collaboration.

Reese s Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cups Unwrapped

The cups not only live up to their intoxicating scent, but also really deliver on the peanut brittle flavor. The creamy shell tastes like a combination of white chocolate, peanut butter, and caramelized sugar. It reminds me of the short-lived Hershey’s Gold bar, which had a caramelized crème base that tasted nutty. The peanut brittle crème here tastes very similar, but a touch sweeter, creamier, and with fewer toasty notes.

Reese s Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cups Split

The filling pairs creamy peanut butter with crunchy peanut pieces. The filling is pretty salty, which balances the crème cup’s sweetness. My cups only had a few peanut pieces resting near the bottom of the cup. Candied peanuts may have added an additional brittle-like crunch–as well as potentially dangerous sugar shards. (Considering that the process of making peanut brittle involves boiling sugar goo to dangerously hot temperatures, fans of the stuff live on the edge already.) When eaten in one bite, however, the cup’s flavors compensate for the generally soft texture. The flavor combination reminds me of finding a salted peanut studded in a piece of sweet brittle.

Reese s Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cups Lonely

Reese’s products have always been one of my favorites, whether they adorn a holiday cookie or fill my trick-or-treat bag. Although some of their recent products have underwhelmed (see: Reese’s Mallow Cups, Reese’s Snack Cakes), Reese’s Peanut Brittle Peanut Butter Cups nail the peanut brittle flavor and serve as an unexpected homage to a traditional treat. Whether you are bored by brittle or have your grandmother’s recipe committed to memory, any Reese’s fan will be pleased with this sweet-and-salty holiday treat.

Purchased Price: $4.49
Size: 7.4 oz (209 g) bag
Purchased at: CVS
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (per 3 cups) 140 calories, 8 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 65 milligrams of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

SPOTTED: Snickers Cinnamon Bun

Cinnamon Bun Snickers

According to the press release I received, the bar features cinnamon bun flavored nougat, mixed with crunchy peanuts, and topped with buttery caramel, all cloaked in rich milk chocolate. I find the addition of peanuts to be what I expect from a Snickers, but not what I expect when it comes to cinnamon rolls. (Spotted by Robbie at Walmart.)