Friday, December 19, 2014

Oreo Mini Candy Cane: Limited Edition Christmas Fun

Christmas is just around the corner, but it's not too late to plan your Christmas snacks and recipes. This season, Nabisco is releasing Limited Edition Oreo Mini with Candy Cane Creme. Sure this isn't the most creative of holiday flavors, but the candy cane taste of these tiny, sweet crunchy cookies is classic. The minty flavor of the festive red creme is not too strong and the original Oreo flavor still shines through. We can imagine that swapping out regular Oreo for candy cane flavored Oreo in recipes would yield delicious results with an emphasis on holiday flavor and color. These cookies are also perfect for putting in a bowl and offering as a munchie snack at a Christmas party, at the office or at home!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jif Whips Creamy Whipped Peanut Butter

When we first saw the commercial for Jif Whips Creamy Whipped Peanut Butter, we thought the new product was going to be more like a sweet candy dip, something like the peanut butter stripe in a jar of Goober. This is probably because we had seen that it comes in flavors like Chocolate, S'mores, Maple Brown Sugar and Pumpkin Pie Spice. We looked in several stores and couldn't find it, but finally this week we found a tub of the plain Peanut Butter flavor. We immediately grabbed it alongside a box of gingerbread men and ran home to try it.

We should have known better. Jif Whips tasted great, but it was just light, whipped peanut butter. It wasn't any more sweet than regular peanut butter and the only difference was the texture. It did taste good on the cookie and we enjoyed the extra creamy, fluffy feel, but we were left wanting something a little sweeter. We do think, however, that this would be the perfect peanut butter spread for a fluffernutter sandwich, or any peanut butter sandwich for that matter. The plain Jif Whips flavor is brilliant for Jif, actually, because all they are doing is adding air and expanding their original product which means more dollars for the same peanut butter.

If we end up trying the flavored varieties, we'll give an update.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

7-Eleven Select Maple Bacon Flavored Potato Chips

Sure, bacon flavored snack food products are nothing new, but we were very excited to discover these 7-Eleven Kettle Style Maple Bacon Flavored Potato Chips. We really enjoyed 7-Eleven Select's creative Steak Lover's and Big Bite Hot Dog Flavored Potato Chips, so we reckoned these were a sure bet.

These new chips are advertised as "Extra crunchy" and they certainly don't lie. These kettle style chips are some of the crunchiest we've ever tried! The super crunch is actually the best part of these chips because the flavor is confusing. The potato chips don't taste bad, and we ate the entire bag with no problem, but they should have been called Kettle Corn Pork Rind Flavored Potato Chips, because that's exactly what they taste like! The flavor is SUPER salty and there is a severe lack of actual maple and bacon flavors. Instead, they taste just slightly sweet with a vague hint of pork fat. There is no actual bacon or maple syrup in the ingredients, although they do list sugar, brown sugar and "natural flavoring," which could mean anything. What is needed is more smoke and maple flavor for the effect to be successful.

If you're in the mood for some salty 'n' sweet pork rind flavored potato chips then give this crunchy snack a try, but if you're craving maple bacon flavor then don't bother.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Armour Star Treet: 60s Vintage Canned Meat Ad

It's not just ham, it's TREET! Treet contains "No bone to wrestle" and is packed with nutrients. It's convenient, delicious and part of this complete "double-protein" breakfast!

1960s advertisement for Armour Star Treet canned meat.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Marsha's Homemade Buckeyes: Classic Candies

Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store always delivers with their offering of fine, classic country candies and confections. On a recent trip to the restaurant store we discovered these Marsha's Homemade Buckeyes. Apparently Marsha has been going at it since 1984, and it's no wonder that she has lasted for 30 years -- these Buckeyes are some of the best we've ever had! The peanut butter filling is velvety, rich and sumptuous with the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. The milk chocolate coating is smooth and creamy and tastes perfect with the peanut butter inside. These mouthwatering buckeyes taste fresh and have a satisfying homemade flavor.

Next time you happen to pull over for a tasty meal at Cracker Barrel, don't forget to visit the candy section of their Old Country Store and stock up on these decadent old-timey treats made with love by Marsha!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington Square Diner: Tuna Melt & Split Pea Soup

Around the corner from NYC's Washington Square Park sits an old fashioned 24/7 joint, Washington Square Diner (at 150 W 4th St). This is one of those places that seems to have always just been there. The facade in unimposing but welcoming. We figured we'd try it out one day when we were in the mood for a no frills, NYC diner lunch.

Inside is classic -- shiny pleather diner booths with lacquered wood tabletops, a counter with stools and a view of frosted cakes and flaky pies behind glass. We had a friend with us so we sat at a small booth, leaving the counter for the older gentlemen dining by their lonesome.

It was cold outside so we wanted something comforting and hearty. We started with a cup of the Split Pea Soup, which was velvety, savory, piping hot and topped generously with buttery, herbed croutons. The taste was outstanding and it gave our belly a warm, snuggly feeling. We then had the Tuna Melt. This open-faced treat came on white toast with American cheese, crisp iceberg lettuce and tomato slices. It tasted like a quintessential retro American meal and we couldn't think of a more perfect way to satisfy our hunger. The tuna salad was prepared with celery and lots of tangy sweet dressing which made it delectably creamy and light in texture. The smooth American cheese tasted spectacular with the tuna salad and the lettuce and tomato really brightened up the whole meal. This was a 5 star lunch and the price was very reasonable. Score!

We're excited to have found such a gem and look forward to going back, next time to sit at the counter and maybe leave room for dessert.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hello Kitty Cotton Candy: Pink Vanilla & Blue Raspberry

Hello Kitty has just invaded U.S. convenience stores and pharmacies with her NEW pink vanilla and blue raspberry flavored cotton candy. We adore the festive Christmas colored packaging design, and what's inside is just as magically fluffy and sweet! The pink vanilla flavor is super sugary with a strong vanilla taste and hint of saltiness. The blue raspberry flavor tastes a lot like the pink vanilla, but with a subtle dash of fruity berry tang. We think both varieties taste purrfectly amazing!

Keep an eye out and grab a bag of Hello Kitty Cotton Candy as a fun treat or as an amusing gift!

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