Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Crystal Pepsi Returns: RAD RETRO RARITY!

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.

For the ultimate retro flavor experience, enjoy your frosty Crystal Pepsi with a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Potato Chips: ALL-STAR SNACK!

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

NEW McDonald's Chicken McNuggets: MEATY MAKEOVER!

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?

    image mcdonalds.com

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!

Try your Banana Twinkies fresh from the fridge. Coolin' 'em down gives 'em a richer, more dessert-like consistency!

Monday, August 8, 2016


Peanut butter fans rejoice! Hershey's has unleashed the ultimate peanut butter candy mashup, Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cups! For this new hybrid product, iconic Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are stuffed with Reese's Pieces crunchy peanut butter candy. We didn't think the original peanut butter and chocolate candy bar cup could get any better, but boy were we wrong! With the addition of Reese's Pieces, the classic cup gets an added candy crunch and amped up peanut butter flavor. The colorful candy inside also makes this snack even more fun and we just love the bright circus-like packaging. "Reese's stuffed with Pieces" is a winner!

* also available in King Size
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