ANNOUNCEMENT: New Impulsive Buy Reviewer Julie

Hello, readers!

My name is Julie, and when I received the invitation to write reviews for The Impulsive Buy, I was drafting a recipe for “Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream.” Now I raise a waffle cone to toast you, my fellow snack enthusiasts in the pursuit of all things novel and delicious. (Anyone want a Milk Dud?)

I live in Pennsylvania, where snow and epic windstorms deter trick-or-treaters and where I work in online higher education. While my days are spent designing educational courses, culinary courses (and lame puns and wordplay) fill my spare time. While my background is in literature and composition, my creative writing pursuits have been dulled by years of composing e-mails that use phrases like “touch base,” “keep in the loop,” and “per my last e-mail.” In an office culture where colleagues call sugar “evil” and moderation “extremism,” sneaking a Snickers bar in my lunch bag feels like a subversive act. I’ve never been much of a rebel, but junk food is definitely a worthy cause.

Food has always played a profound role in my life, serving as the gooey caramel center of some of my most cherished memories. While I love to cook and bake, dreaming of someday infiltrating the Great British Baking Show and reducing Paul Hollywood to tears with my mixed berry layer cake, my 1990s upbringing instilled a deep and lasting love of snacks with cartoon characters on the box.

In the golden age of junk food, I kept a secret stash of Creme Savers under my bed, fought my siblings for the last Froot by the Foot, and knew that any day beginning with Waffle Crisp was bound to be a good one. I still eat more Bagel Bites per capita than the average adult, but junk food blogs like The Impulsive Buy help me to continue chasing the high.

Although my sweet tooth is legendary, I’m willing to try anything twice, especially if it’s pizza. I love novelty items and the small thrill of hunting for treasure up and down the aisles of the grocery store. If there’s a hot trend in frozen food, I want to be the first one to know. While everyone’s at the beach, my summer vacation means a pilgrimage to the nearest Trader Joe’s a couple of hours away in a car loaded with coolers and ice packs. Time for back-to-school shopping? Time to buy every new pumpkin spice item on the shelves! Loving food makes every day a special occasion, even if that only means finding “those hazelnut spread M&M’s I read about” to enjoy later.

What I thought was a weird obsession turned out to be a shared philosophy centered on reveling in the joys of everyday life. I am psyched to share the love with fellow likeminded junk foodies, who can appreciate a limited edition Oreo flavor the way a wine enthusiast savors a fine sauvignon blanc. Maybe together we can form a dedicated tribe to storm the Betty Crocker headquarters and demand the return of Dunkaroos. We’re gonna bring those things back, guys!

SPOTTED (STORE BRANDS EDITION) – 12/11/2019

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

Trader Joe s Cauliflower  Cheesy Pasta Shells
Trader Joe’s Cauliflower & Cheesy Pasta Shells
Trader Joe s Charcuterie Pinwheels
Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Pinwheels
Trader Joe s Organic Crisp Rice Cereal
Trader Joe’s Organic Crisp Rice Cereal
Trader Joe s Festive Milk Chocolate Christmas Tree Kit
Trader Joe’s Festive Milk Chocolate Christmas Tree Kit
Trader Joe s Organic Italian Green Bella di Cerignola Olives
Trader Joe’s Organic Italian Green Bella di Cerignola Olives

(Spotted by Sarah R, Rachel C, and Sylvia at Trader Joe’s.)

H E B Homestyle Baby Potatoes
H-E-B Homestyle Baby Potatoes
H E B Smokedhouse Baby Potatoes
H-E-B Smokedhouse Baby Potatoes
H E B Italian Herb Baby Potatoes
H-E-B Italian Herb Baby Potatoes

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

Simple Truth Plant Based Alfredo and Bolognese Vegan Pasta Sauces
Simple Truth Plant Based Alfredo and Bolognese Vegan Pasta Sauces

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

Wegmans Pear Berry Crostata Slice
Wegmans Pear Berry Crostata Slice

(Spotted by Bob K at Wegmans.)

Buc ee s Cinnamon Honey Butter
Buc-ee’s Cinnamon Honey Butter
Buc ee s Salted Caramel Honey Butter
Buc-ee’s Salted Caramel Honey Butter
Buc ee s Milk Chocolate Pecan Honey Butter
Buc-ee’s Milk Chocolate Pecan Honey Butter
Buc ee s Dark Chocolate Pecan Honey Butter
Buc-ee’s Dark Chocolate Pecan Honey Butter

(Spotted by Robbie at Buc-ee’s.)

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’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

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

SPOTTED: Mrs. Butterworth’s Pancake Breakfast Cups

Mrs Butterworth s Pancake Breakfast Cups

I’m surprised these aren’t called Mrs. Butterworth’s Breakfast for 1. Also, the idea of syrup chips fascinate me. (Spotted by Amanda Y at Kroger.)

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 or if the product is old, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

If you’ve seen the product, help out your fellow readers by letting them know in the comments what city and store you found it in.

SPOTTED: Post Honey Bunches of Oats Frosted Cereal

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Frosted Cereal

Wait a sec…I thought the flakes in Honey Bunches of Oats were already frosted. So I’ve been eating plain flakes all this time and enjoying it? What a horrible realization to end my 2019. (Spotted by @ReneBarba89 at Food Maxx.)

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 or if the product is old, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

If you’ve seen the product, help out your fellow readers by letting them know in the comments what city and store you found it in.

REVIEW: Cookies & Creme Twix (2019)

Twix Cookies  Creme  2019

What is Cookies & Creme Twix?

Even ‘90s kids may not remember Cookies-N-Crème Twix, released for a short time in 1990. While not as cheeky as Oreo releasing a cookies and crème flavored Oreo a few years back, I have to wonder if Mars R&D had some real inside-the-box thinkers working there back in the 90s. Can a cookies and crème flavored cookie bar distinguish itself in the crowded modern candy market?

How is it?

Twix Cookies  Creme  2019 Out

These mini Twix are the perfect size for popping whole into your mouth, and but I restrain myself and bite one in half. There’s a nice crunch from the chocolate cookie and chocolate flavor from the coating, but the crème doesn’t make much of an impact.

Twix Cookies  Creme  2019 Innards

There are little cookie bits inside it, and that seems wrong. There’s already a cookie base! It may seem I’m making a sharing-sized issue out of a bite-sized matter, but it seems representative of the problem with this bar. Instead of making a great creme filling, Mars threw a typical cookie-and-crème filling in and called it a day.

Is there anything else you need to know?

I may razz Mars for its conservative approach to the Twix brand, but in truth I appreciate it. At a time when many manufacturers are in a race to wow consumers with more and more outlandish offerings (did anyone really want Swedish Fish Oreo cookies or Pecan Pie Pringles?), I like that Twix can be counted on to keep it with simple with various combinations of chocolate, cookie, caramel, and maybe peanut butter if we’re feeling frisky.

The problem with Cookies & Crème Twix is that the crème is unremarkable. If it had been able to distinguish itself in some way, this candy bar might work. As it stands, I’d rather have some caramel or peanut butter.

Conclusion:

Cookies & Crème Twix are unexceptional and actually offer a lesser taste experience than the brand’s more typical offerings.

Purchased Price: $2.98
Size: 9.7 oz. Sharing size bag
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 3 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (3 cookies) 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 65 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 13 grams of sugar (including 12 grams added sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

SPOTTED – 12/10/2019

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.

Feast  Fury Smoky Ghost Pepper Craft Potato Chips
Feast & Fury Smoky Ghost Pepper Craft Potato Chips
Feast  Fury Habanero Hickory BBQ Craft Potato Chips
Feast & Fury Habanero Hickory BBQ Craft Potato Chips
Feast  Fury Creamy Horseradish Craft Potato Chips
Feast & Fury Creamy Horseradish Craft Potato Chips

(Spotted by Carla at Fred Meyer.)

Limited Edition Nacho Queso Supreme Heluva Good Dip
Limited Edition Nacho Queso Supreme Heluva Good Dip

(Spotted by Dorothy at Giant Eagle)

Ocean Spray Cran Tropical
Ocean Spray Cran-Tropical
Ocean Spray Pink Cranberry with Passionfruit Flavor
Ocean Spray Pink Cranberry with Passionfruit Flavor

(Spotted by Carla at Walmart.)

Maruchan Fire Yakisoba Spicy Beef Flavor
Maruchan Fire Yakisoba Spicy Beef Flavor

(Spotted by RaveGyrl at Jewel Osco.)

Limited Edition Entenmann s Cinnamuffins Little Bites
Limited Edition Entenmann’s Cinnamuffins Little Bites

(Spotted by Chris N at Walmart.)

Baileys Original Irish Cream Chocolate Truffles
Baileys Original Irish Cream Chocolate Truffles

(Spotted by Sarah R at Walgreens.)

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’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

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