Fight to the Death: Jif battles Skippy for Salted Caramel Supremacy

The first time I moved away from home, I raged against the machine.

That machine was my mom and her being the choosy mom who chose Jif peanut butter.  For the better part of 20 years, I had Jif and that was all I had.  I didn’t even know what Skippy or Peter Pan tasted like.  I still don’t know what Peter Pan tastes like, because who eats that stuff, seriously?  My rage, in combination with moving out, took me to Skippy and that has been my peanut butter of choice the past 11 or 12 years.

For the most part, peanut butter is peanut butter.  Crunchy or creamy, maybe you get the option for honey as well.  Then there is natural vs…. unnatural?  I don’t know what to call the standard stuff, but it’s the stuff that doesn’t have “natural” on the label.  I’m not even going to get into the weird stuff with the oil on top of it.

The past few years there have been fancier flavors introduced (peanut butter/chocolate mixes, whipped peanut butter, etc.) but I’ve stuck to my natural creamy Skippy Peanut butter and haven’t stepped away from it for as long as I can remember.  I’m not even sure that I like Skippy better, but once I changed, I became my own machine and never gave any other peanut butter much of a thought.

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Trumoo Vanilla Mint Milk Review

Despite being well enough into my 30’s that the color of things shouldn’t attract me to buy them, I am a complete sucker.  At one point in the past year or so, I had to try Tampico, because the stuff looked like a fiesta on my grocer’s shelf.  Seriously, look at this stuff (I got blue, of course).

After I drank Tampico, I was reminded that artificially brightly colored drinks are really not very good.  Tampico is like Sunny D with 10 times the sugar.  The stuff tastes like diabetes.

Despite that somewhat recent revelation, I still get sucked in.  My most recent example of being a marketer’s dream is Trumoo’s vanilla mint milk flavor, which has been release for St. Patty’s day 2015. Continue reading

Taco Bell’s Sriracha Quesarito Reviewed

Chipotle did this first, even if they were never brave enough to add it as an on-menu item.  I feel like I need to start there to defend the honor of what is my favorite fast-food burrito joint.  I have no idea when the Quesarito became a thing and I’ve never actually ordered it (I ordered nachos once at a Chipotle, which is supposedly off-menu item and was told no… I’ve not been able to muster the courage to order an off-menu item again) but there are pictures of its existence.

With that out of the way, I think Taco Bell is the first nation-wide fast-food restaurant to put this genius combination of sorta-Mexican meals together and, for Taco Bell, they do it pretty well.  I get that Taco Bell isn’t high quality food, I almost feel like I have to apologize for eating there because of health nuts and internet foodies, but I’m not going to.  I eat at Taco Bell and I like it.  There. Continue reading

Cap’n Crunch Cereal Balls Are Going to Be a Thing

The world is ending.

Or maybe it’s getting better?

I can’t tell and won’t know for sure until I try these, and I will be trying these.

FoodBeast has some pictures of these out in the wild and they look like someone turned Kool-Aid into some sort of cake-like ball, sprinkled smashed Cap’n Crunch on it and filled it with high calorie-sugar-frosting-or-something.

Taco Bell isn’t shy about rearranging the 10 ingredients on their menu into what seems like 100’s of different machinations and sometimes, they even make something new that can’t be made out of meat, corn chips/shells or sugar.

I assume these are very similar to their Cinnabon Delights, which are sugar coated donuts with cream cheese frosting.  The combination resembles a Cinnabon bun, in the loosest way possible.

They’re being tested in CA right now, but typically when Taco Bell gets to the point of testing, they unleash their ideas on the whole country.  I’m both excited and terrified, at the same time.

Someone thought chocolate strawberry Pop Tarts were a good idea. I respectfully disagree.

I’ve already waxed poetic (well, not so much the poetic part) in regards to limited edition items and how they just don’t feel special anymore.  I’m not sure if that’s something that’s actually happened or just my memory playing tricks on me, but growing up I don’t remember limited edition sodas, candies or pop tarts.  Regardless of my opinion on limited editions not really feeling all that special or all that limited anymore, Kellogg’s brings da’ ruckus (as the kids say) when it comes to multiple variants of LE Pop Tarts, for which I am happy.

I’ve always loved Pop Tarts.  What kid didn’t grow up and decide to toast some Pop Tarts and put on their favorite cartoon for an afternoon snack?  Maybe that carried through to adult life (like it has for me) or maybe your taste buds refined and left these “pastries” as part of your past.

Even though I still very much so enjoy a Pop Tart now and again, I eat them less and less as life goes on.  Part of that is the fact you’re getting near or over 400 calories for 2 of these bad boys, which doesn’t really do nice things to my waist.  The other thing (and this is tied to the first thing) is that I end up not wanting all the 8 Pop Tarts that come in a box.  Give me 4 every 3 months and I’m pretty happy. Continue reading

UPDATED: Dannon Oikos Butterscotch Limited Edition Yogurt Review

I think limited edition used to actually mean something.  I remember it being reserved for cars, mostly.  Now, you can find limited or deluxe editions on things like… yogurt.  While I am sure it fits the definition of limited edition, I’m guessing this is only around for a while (much like the pumpkin pie and gingerbread variants of Oikos I’ve had in the past few months) so, yeah… call it limited edition.  I just don’t think this provides quite the feeling of cruising in a LE Corvette, but what do I know?

Now that we are past the goofiness of calling a yogurt “limited edition” now we have to try and get over the fact that I am not sure that this is even yogurt.  You’ll find mostly junk food reviewed on my blog, because that’s what I like and there is a never ending supply of new varieties of crap that comes out week to week.  Even with my love of junk food, I try not to eat it exclusively.  You know, diabetes and heart issues or my svelte figure.  Stuff like that.  So I try to eat some stuff that’s healthy, I kind of thought this might be one of those things less horrible for me. Continue reading