Sunday, September 25, 2016
From fair classics like corn dogs and fried Oreos to new-fangled concoctions like deep-fried martini's and blueberry pierogi sundaes, The Big E, "New England's Great State fair," is the place to be for extreme munchies. While almost anything you get is guaranteed to be naughty, fun and tasty, we've narrowed it down to our two favorite fair snacks, Fried Bacon Mac n' Cheese Bites from E.B.'s Restaurant, and Mini Donuts Bucket from The Donut Family!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Donut Family has been slingin' out freshly fried mini donuts since 1973 and their Mini Donuts Bucket is a classic fair food find that is sure to please your hungry gang of fairgoers. These scrumptious, sweet and simple sugar-coated donuts jump fresh from the frier right into an adorable collectable bucket. Everyone will be scrambling to grab a handful and you just might need to go back for a refill. Oftentimes the simpler the snack, the better the taste so keep an eye peeled for these tiny delicious donuts.
Fried Bacon Mac n' Cheese Bites from E.B.'s Restaurant are new this year to The Big E. Bacon mac and cheese is rolled in panko breadcrumbs, deep-fried then smothered in American cheese sauce and smoky bacon bits. We love that this new fair food is over-the-top in concept but textbook in flavor. The combination of macaroni and cheese with bacon is quintessentially American and the added step of deep-frying the mac and pouring on piping hot cheese sauce and bacon chunks only further solidifies this grubby snack as an instant classic. The taste and texture of these crunchy treats is top-notch. We're sure these bites will be served for years to come at future Big E's.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
After months of anticipation, Pepsi has finally brought back the 90s sensation, Crystal Pepsi! Sold in 1992 until 1993, Crystal Pepsi was Pepsi's answer to the everything clear and pure fad of the early 1990s. This cola alternative was popular at first but sales quickly fell and Crystal Pepsi was subsequently pulled from supermarket shelves. The product became the pinnacle of nostalgia for Pepsi enthusiasts and garnered somewhat of a cult following, so when Pepsi announced in December of 2015 that the product would be returning, fans were elated.
Pepsi, however, is no stranger of failing to deliver on their promotion rollouts. After a disastrous limited release of Pepsi Perfect, the Pepsi of the future as featured in the 80s movie "Back to the Future," Pepsi botched up again with their promotional release of Crystal Pepsi by making it impossible for fans to get their hands on it. Product was scarce following the August 8th nationwide release, and has since been very limited. While folks in New Jersey can find the product just about anywhere, it took us two weeks in NYC to find just three bottles. It's fair to say that the limited distribution at launch has created more frustration than hype amongst excited Pepsi loyalists.
So is the struggle to find Crystal Pepsi worth it? In a way, yes. The product tastes just like we remember which is a smoother, cleaner cola taste with a refreshing tang. Finding the product was exciting enough, and cracking open an ice-cold bottle and experiencing Crystal Pepsi for the first time in over 20 years was well worth the effort.
If you're feeling adventurous and want to find Crystal Pepsi for yourself, try your luck with the Pepsi Locator, but try calling stores first before venturing out because Crystal Pepsi sells out quickly, especially in areas like NYC where the product is very scarce.
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For the ultimate retro flavor experience, enjoy your frosty Crystal Pepsi with a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
To celebrate their 100th anniversary, world renowned hot dog purveyor Nathan's Famous is teaming up with Inventure Foods, Inc. to create NEW Classic Hot Dog Flavor Potato Chips!
We grabbed a bag of these crispy critters and were shocked by just how much they really taste like a Nathan's Famous hot dog dressed with mustard, ketchup and relish! Made with real mustard and ketchup ingredients and other spices and natural flavors, these potato chips hit a home run in replicating the flavor of the iconic Brooklyn classic. These new chips are also only 150 calories a serving, are gluten-free and have zero trans fats, so you can feel good about what you're munching on.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Flavor Potato Chips are now available in vending machines and select grocery and convenience stores nationwide.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
In its constant quest to improve on its product and image, McDonald's has given their iconic Chicken McNuggets a makeover. All McNuggets are now made with no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. While it's certainly a commendable move for McD's to make their food more natural and preservative-free, how do the new McNuggets stand up to the original recipe?
We visited our local McDonald's to put the new McNuggets to the test. Overall, the new product is undoubtedly similar to the original, but we did find some slight differences. The new McNuggets seem somewhat emaciated with a smaller, thinner look and a less crispy texture. The chicken inside was noticeable less fluffy in consistency and seemed more fibrous and chickeny in flavor and appearance. We remember the original McNuggets being more pillowy and crisp with a more prominent batter and more delectable tasting filling. Although the changes are subtle, they are enough to have us already miss the older recipe. Certainly with the new McNuggets you can rest assured that you're eating a more natural product, but who goes to McDonald's for their wholesomeness anyways?
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Hostess has brought back a popular favorite, Banana Twinkies! Twinkies were invented in 1930, and banana was the original flavor before vanilla took over during World War II.
What we love most about Banana Twinkies is the simplicity of the snack food: golden sponge cake filled with (artificially flavored) banana creamy filling. There's just something pure and good about this all-American treat that'll leave you grinning ear to ear after just one bite.
If you see Banana Twinkies at the supermarket, grab a box of these golden treasures and bring the honest-to-goodness magic home!
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Try your Banana Twinkies fresh from the fridge. Coolin' 'em down gives 'em a richer, more dessert-like consistency!