Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nestle Toffee Crisp: 'Crispy Crunch, Chewy Munch!'

British candy bar Toffee Crisp has been around since 1963, and boy are we glad it's still being made. This sensational chocolate import from Nestle is made with a light, airy crisp rice and smooth toffee filling that's topped with chewy caramel and dipped in rich milk chocolate. Toffee Crisp is sweet and creamy with a condensed milk taste that will drive you bonkers for more!

Available at fine candy stores.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker" (1981) & "Night Warning" (AKA "Nightmare Maker" 1982) - Book to Film

"Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker," published in 1981, is the kind of frivolous escapist fiction that keeps you up all night as you frantically turn page after page to find out what happens next. Categorized as a horror narrative, this edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller is wonderfully campy with moments that are sticky sweet as we get to know the main characters, and moments that are pulpy with copious amounts of satisfying gore, saved up for the final chapters. Without revealing too many spoilers, the book follows orphaned teenager Billy Lynch and his over-protective aunt Cheryl. A traumatizing incident involving the murder of a TV repairman at the hands of aunt Cheryl, in an apparent attempt at self-defense, begins a chain reaction of events that culminates in a horrifying cataclysm.

Excitingly, "Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker" was made into a motion picture a year after it was published. Not only does it star John Waters cult superstar Susan Tyrell as aunt Cheryl, but also teen heartthrob sensation Jimmy McNichol as Billy. Unfortunately, the movie never made it to DVD and is only available on VHS.

     Susan Tyrell and Jimmy McNichol

"Night Warning" (AKA "Nightmare Maker," 1982) beautifully brings the book to life. Directed by famed television and movie director William Asher ("Bewitched," "I Love Lucy," "Muscle Beach Party"), the film version is actually a more successful creation than the book with genuinely brilliant performances by Tyrell and McNichol. It was nominated for a Saturn Award in 1982 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror for Best Horror Movie. Although there are some major character changes and some readjustments to the plot structure, the movie stays close to the story arc of the book, and Asher does a wonderful job building the tension and releasing it at the right spots, making a dramatic, sexy and suspenseful horror movie that is both endearing and frightening.

It's a shame that the movie is currently being shelved by company Code Red DVD, who promised a release some years back but never delivered. This forgotten classic deserves a proper transfer to DVD and BluRay. Although the book is no longer being published, used copies are available, and copies of the movie on VHS still exist as well.  If you're looking for a fun read and viewing experience, get online and seek out these gems. "Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker" and "Night Warning" are well worth the effort.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Table Talk Pineapple Pie: Best of America's Snacks

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

For a true American treat with real old-fashioned taste, dig into a Table Talk snack pie. Since 1924, Table Talk has been making fresh, delicious pies made with the most wholesome ingredients from all over the United States. Their homemade taste has given them the distinction of being considered "America's Favorite Pie." Table Talk 4 inch snack pies are unrivaled and can be found in supermarkets, convenience stores and vending machines all over the country.

The tropical Pineapple Pie is one of Snaxtime's favorite varieties. The signature flaky and rich Table Talk pie crust is abundantly filled with a bright and delectable filling made with real pineapple chunks and sugar. Table Talk's Pineapple Pie is indeed the perfect all-American snack to serve at the table while having good conversation with a dear friend!

Try all of Table Talk's pie flavors!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Equal 0 Calorie Sweetener: 'Classic' vs 'Original' Packaging Design

    ABOVE: Equal Classic box and packet designs.
      BELOW: Equal Original box and packet designs.

Snaxtime loves Equal. It's not only tasty in coffee and tea, but also on breakfast cereal! It's always a good idea to have some Equal handy to sweeten up a nice cold bowl of Raisin Bran or Frosted Mini Wheats. The artificial sweetener in the iconic blue packet is made with aspartame, the same low calorie sweetener used in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi.  Aspartame is way better tasting than saccharin, the other major low calorie sweetener that is the main ingredient in the pink packeted Sweet'N Low.

Lately, something strange has happened to Equal's packaging design. We love the 80s looking box design for Equal "Classic" with the clean white coffee cup and blocky font accented by a swoosh of dots over the text. The packets inside have the same rad look. But sometime last year, every store starting carrying Equal "Original," which has an entirely new look to both the box and packet with Equal written out in a simplified cursive font without the signature swoosh of dots. Aside from the name and design change, there is not a decipherable difference between "Classic" and "Original." So why the change? To complicate things further, the Canadian website advertises the cooler "Classic" variety while the US website is now highlighting "Original." Fortunately, American superstores Walmart and Target still sell Equal Classic (or maybe they haven't updated their stock image).

Certainly it's silly to pine over the packaging design of an artificial sweetener, but it's little aesthetic details like this that keep life interesting.

What do you think?

Friday, April 4, 2014

WINNERS for BEST FOOD COMMERCIAL 2014: Bush's Best Baked Beans Video Game & Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Good Morning with Hans Strudel

Get your confetti ready! We're giving out a very special, one-time quarterly SNAXTIME AWARD for BEST FOOD COMMERCIAL 2014 -- and it's a TIE!

Congratulations to Bush's Best Baked Beans for their hilarious new video game commercial starring Jay Bush and his sneaky dog bestie, Duke Bush!

And congrats also to Pillsbury Toaster Strudel for their quirky, fun commercial starring a grumpy boy and Hans Strudel!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

NEW White Castle Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

White Castle is one of the most creative restaurant chains in America. They are constantly coming up with unique sandwiches and sides, like their Shrimp Nibblers and Ranch Chicken Rings, which really sets them apart from the fast food crowd.

This week, White Castle is rolling out a line of Belgian Waffle Sandwiches. While the breakfast varieties, which consists of either a Bacon, Egg & Cheese or Sausage, Egg & Cheese Waffle Sandwich, are not the most distinctive items, the Chicken & Waffle Sandwich, served all day, is like something we've never seen at a major fast food joint. For this new slider, White Castle is topping their savory fried chicken breast cutlet with creamy white gravy and bacon crumbles, all between two warm Belgian waffles. These fluffy waffles are imported from Belgium and are soft, rich and slightly sweet. The breakfast flavor of the waffles is complimented nicely by the creaminess of the gravy, the smokiness of the bacon and the savory, peppery fried chicken.

Don't be fooled by the small slider size, this sandwich is hefty and will set you back 490 calories. But, it's GOOD! Try it with some onion rings and a Strawberry Fanta for a filling and comforting meal.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sabritas Tapatío Doritos: Spicy Cheese Fiesta

It's time to throw on your sombrero 'cause things are heatin' up in the snack food world! Thanks to snack food giant Sabritas, Snaxtime's favorite hot sauce, Tapatío, is spicing up the classic Doritos formula. Enjoy America's most popular nacho cheese tortilla chips with an extra kick. You can taste both Doritos signature cheese flavor AND peppery Tapatío salsa picante in each bite of these fiery, crunchy nibbles.


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