Thursday, August 27, 2015

Keebler Strawberry Sugar Wafers: BEST OF AMERICA'S SNACKS!

We are taking a bite out of America's best snack foods!

When you see the jolly elf, Ernie Keebler, you know that a quality American snack is around the corner. We're especially smitten with his Strawberry Sugar Wafers. These pink, crispy light wafer cookies are crammed with a smooth, sugary strawberry (flavored) filling. The taste is toothsome and tart and the sugary bite can't be beat. And Keebler isn't stingy with the sugar either. Sugar is the number one listed ingredient, so it's a sure bet that with Keebler Strawberry Sugar Wafers, you're getting a snack that is not only delicious but packed with energy as well. Pick up your day with Keebler!

also available in artificially flavored vanilla

Monday, August 24, 2015

McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich

We were sad to see McDonald's remove their delicious Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich from the menu, but they may have made up for it with their new Southern inspired Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich. For this new product, McDonald's fries up 100% real chicken breast meat in a savory buttermilk batter. The bird is then topped with thick sliced tomato, leafy lettuce and a generous slathering of zippy mayonnaise. The sandwich is served on a toasted artisan roll.

We absolutely loved this new menu item and the term "Deluxe" is indeed appropriate! The buttermilk breaded chicken was moist, perfectly crisp and packed with peppery flavor. The simple additions of fresh tomato, lettuce and mayo were the ideal accompaniments and everything tasted wonderful on the slightly sweet, soft, bakery-fresh roll. This new product isn't similar to the retired Southern Style Crispy Chicken and it is substantially more expensive and calorific. Our sandwich was $5.22 after tax and around 600 calories. But overall, McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe is a very well crafted, darn good sandwich and we would definitely order it again.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Diet Pepsi has made the switch! Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will now all use Splenda, or ace-K and sucralose, as a calorie-free sweetener instead of aspartame. Because of customer health concerns about aspartame, Pepsi made the change to not only meet consumer demands but to also try and boost profits.

But how does it taste? Pretty much the same, if not a little more smooth! We were impressed that Diet Pepsi was able to make the switch without a noticeable difference in taste, and if anything there seems to be less of a chemical aftertaste with the new product. It will be interesting to see if Pepsi is able to increase sales with the new formula and if Diet Coke will follow suit by removing aspartame from its products.

Aspartame-free Diet Pepsi is now available. Make sure the label says "NOW ASPARTAME FREE" because older stocks of Diet Pepsi are still currently being sold.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

IHOP Double-Dipped French Toast: NEW BREAKFAST TREAT

"It's BREAKFAST, dipped in BREAKFAST, for a taste that'll make you smile" - IHOP

IHOP is closing out the summer season with a double dose of breakfast fun! Their new Double-Dipped French Toast uses thick slices of sweet brioche bread that are dipped in rich vanilla custard then dipped again in cornflakes and oatmeal. We tried the Cinnamon Sugar variety which is generously dusted in cinnamon sugar and topped with silky whipped cream.

The cinnamon taste and texture from the cornflakes reminded us of the Tex Mex classic, fried ice cream! We enjoyed the dish with lots of IHOP's maple (flavored) syrup and with 2 slices of smoky bacon. The french toast itself was moist and fluffy and the flavors were pleasant, but we found the texture to be a bit dull because of the oats. While we happily ate the new item down to the last bite, we were left wishing we had ordered pancakes. But one thing is for sure, the addition of wholesome cornflakes and oats gives this dish a healthful and satisfying feel.

For a limited time. Also available in Lemon Strawberry.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DAB & Sülzkotelett (1968): BEER 'N' MEAT EXTRAVAGANZA!

    via Bronko flickr

This is one of the most intriguing vintage food pictures we have ever encountered! It is from a 1968 German meat cookbook called Ausgewählte Fleisch Rezepte from the food processing company Dr. Oetker. The picture depicts the German beer DAB alongside Sülzkotelett, a type of aspic (a savory dish of ingredients set in gelatin made from meat stock or consommé) with meat scraps and other ingredients that is formed into a steak shape. It is certainly worth noting that the alternating direction of olive halves in this particular Sülzkotelett is an elegant and beautiful touch that makes all the difference in presentation.

While we could stare at this picture all day, this meal might be a little too German for us to enjoy. That being said, we can't help but wonder what it tastes like. Maybe it's utterly delicious, or maybe there's a reason why we've never seen this on a dinner menu. One thing is for sure, if you serve this at your next dinner party, your guests will be talking about you for weeks to come!
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