Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tai Pei Sweet and Sour Chicken

I want to like this, but I really feel like it would taste so much better without the peppers and carrots and onions. Maybe I'm not cut out for sweet and sour chicken in a frozen meal. Anyway, the chicken is fine, some nice little chunks in there, and a few tasty pineapples too. The sauce is maybe a little too sweet, even though there isn't super much of it. The rice is fine, moist and clumpy and fairly nondescript. I feel that the "veggies" just bring it down a lot, though. They muddle the sweet-and-sour flavor with a strong "frozen pepper and onion" flavor instead. Plus it's almost 500 calories for a fairly small portion! Hoping the other Tai Pei meals are better.

Overall
Cost: 6/10 (about 3$)
Taste: 4/10

The Better Chip - Sweet Corn

These are pretty good; better than I expected. They are smaller circles, pretty dense, not super crumbly, and surprisingly sweet. I don't even know if I'd want to dip them in your typical salsa because of that, but they are good without it, too. A real strong lardy vibe, too.  They are also 220 calories for a single-serve bag, though, which is a little rich for my day-to-day blood, but OK as a nice filling snack treat.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10 (for a corn chip)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tai Pei Chicken Chow Mein

First off, these new containers are great. Saves me a dish AND I can eat these at school etc. Anyway, I 'm a big proponent of Tai Pei, even though I don't currently love any of their offerings, because I love the potential! They're cheap, easy, mostly fish-and-nut free, and they used to have an amazing Chicken and Brox. Sadly all of their rice dishes have peas, which I can't have, but they're always adding and changing things, so I remain subscribed to their newsletter, so to speak. (Also literally).

This one is exciting because it's noodles! Maybe it will taste like lo mein! Sadly, I've never had real chow mein so I can't really compare it to the real thing, but I will say that at minimum this doesn't taste much like lo mein. It tastes like noodles with a low-sodium soy sauce, a little sesame sauce, some very healthy-tasting chunks of chicken, and carrots/peppers/broc. So it's OK, but it's basically what I can make at home. Definitely not the Chinese food of my dreams, but honestly still a convenient, filling, decently healthy meal. As long as I ignore what could have been, I can accept this as the fine, decent, OK product that it is.

Overall
Cost: 7/10 (about 3$)
Taste: 7/10

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cow Tales Minis (Vanilla)

These are such a classically great candy. Not great like "nut free" great, but just truly great. Though they are, of course, nut free, with the little logo and everything. These have been around for a long time, and they're very similar to the caramel creme bullseyes from the same company, just a different shape. The caramel outside is floury and stiff, but creamy and sweet, which is way better than that ooey-gooey-sticky stuff. And the inner cream filling is so soft and vanilla-y, it's a perfect combo. I don't understand the people who doesn't love these! They taste great, they don't hurt your teeth, and they aren't messy. Sure, they aren't good for you, but this is candy, man! Live a little!


Overall
Cost: 6/10 (around 3 dollars for a package, or 50 cents for a single non-mini cowtale)
Taste: 8/10

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Ready Sauce for Korean BBQ Stir-Fry

Dude. Dude. Dude. OK, so if you've read this blog or know me in person, you probably know that since the age of 12 or so, when I got seriously diagnosed with NUT ALLERGY BAD NUT ALLERGY, I've been on the quest for nut-free Chinese food. And not crap Chinese food, but stuff that actually tastes like the (takeout) Chinese food of my youth. However, I have been mostly unsuccessful (mild success came with Yoshinoya Beef Bowl's fried rice (RIP West coast life) and this frozen Innovasian chicken and broccoli meal, but after many attempts, I've generally come up short. Since I am usually in search of (Chinese) lo mein or fried rice or chicken and broc, I never would have thought to try this packet of Korean BBQ stir fry sauce on my own. However, blessedly, it was sent in my monthly Degustabox (fun food sub box). First downer: I have to buy meat, onions, and veg if I want veg. So this is a commitment. Then I need to marinate the meat for two hours. Whew. And they say to buy "flank steak", and I'm not very familiar with cuts of beef, being a mostly poultry-only girl left to my own devices. The only flank steak is over 10 bucks a pound at my store! Good lord! But, since the only potential alternative (London Broil Top Cut) looked really different, I bit the bullet and spent the 10 bucks for this meat, then came home and made rice and cut veg and marinated it up and stir fried the heck outta this thing! (The cooking itself took less than 10 min, which was crazy, and I don't have a meat thermometer so I was a little scared and did it on the longer side, like 8min total). And...and....it tastes EXACTLY like the beef teriyaki I used to get as a kiddo! Chewy beef pieces skewered with a wooden stick. Now as a kid this wasn't my favorite Chinese dish, my parents always ordered it, but damn if it didn't bring tears to my eyes to taste a so similar thing!!! I think it must be partially the cut of meat (damn you, beautiful chewy 10 dollar meat), but the sauce is also a really similar flavor, and it's just really great to have this. Ahhh. I think it came out well; even though I used a little less meat than called for and so I had a fairly saucy dish, when it's over rice it isn't too overwhelming or too sweet or anything like that at all. Just great. What a fun surprise! I might have to buy this again, even given the expense, maybe to make for my loved ones (i.e. parents and bf (separately)) to get their reaction. Woo! Cooking success high! :)

Overall
Cost: 3/10 (about 3$ for the sauce, which is OK, but see my meat stress above -- though I'm sure you can use other meats or veg or something instead)
Taste: 9/10 (as a meal, the sauce on its own didn't wow me, although it is good)
Nostalgia: 10/10

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks - Cherry

These are pretty tasty little "fruit" snacks. To be honest, they taste more like a candy than a snack (very sweet and vaguely white-chocolatey), but they have some vitamin C and are low calorie, so I guess that's alright. The taste is a little like a cherry twizzer with the white-chocolate coating from Flipz Pretzels (RIP the days when I could eat Flipz Pretzels), and the texture is soft and a little chewy, but not too much (kind of like cookie dough bites...RIP the days when I could eat cookie dough bites). So these are a nice treat, technically not candy, and nut free! The strawberry flavor is good too. I'm here for it, Welch's.



Overall
Cost: 8/10 (about 2$ for 8 packs)
Taste: 7/10

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tasty Organic Fruity Snacks - Super Fruit

Clever move(?) to call the brand "Tasty", but these didn't really win me over. The taste is fine, I guess, a generic fruit snack taste, and they have no major allergens, which is great, but they are also vegan, i.e. without gelatin. And whatever they used to make these chewy, I think they really overdid it, because these are super sticky/chewy. They also made me feel a little itchy, which could be entirely unrelated, but they weren't good enough for me to hazard a second trying of them. So, I recommend you avoid these!

Overall
Cost: 4/10
Taste: 4/10 (if we include texture in taste, which we (I) do)




Qdoba

I guess I've been on a Mexican kick lately! Anyway, my roomie texted me a picture of their brisket ad (which had a dumb pun in it), so I decided to give their new brisket a try! Alas, the brisket was bad! It was a little sweet, a little dry, and super weird. The flavor just did not match any burrito type ingredients at all. However, they did give me a good amount! For 8.40 I got meat, rice, veg, guac, queso on the side, and 2 salsas. It was super filling, and apart from the weird brisket, pretty tasty too. Definitely better than Moe's (although the queso is yellow and not sweet sweet white), and if you're sick of that distinct Chipotle flavor, this is a nice alternative. I will definitely try another protein option here soon!

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Del Pez Mexican Gastropub

I went here with my dad, kind of assuming I wouldn't like it since nothing on the dinner menu struck me as looking great (even though the lunch menu has an intriguing breakfast burrito on it, note to future self). But it really exceeded my expectations! First and most importantly, they have a nut logo on their menu for nut things, which there was only one of, and the nut was pepitas (i.e. pumpkin seeds i.e. not even a nut)! I asked the server and she said they don't use any nut ingredients in the whole restaurant. Um, amazing. Anyway, we ordered the salsa sampler as an app, and the chips were very tasty (and they brought out refills) and the three salsas (red, corny pico, and green) were all really unique and all good. I got a white sangria which was great, and a chicken chimichanga which came with tasty rice and was super filling and delicious (although not healthy, oops). Pops got beef enchiladas which looked like cute sushi rolls, and I think he liked it. Plus we sat outside which is always fun and pleasant. I will definitely go back if I can convince someone to come! They have good 3-6pm MF happy hour deals too (both food and drink).

Overall
Cost: 6/10 (not super cheap entrees, but some good deals if you get them)
Taste: 8/10

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Starburst Tropical Fruit Chews

My roommate won (by losing) trivia and brought these home, so I made sure to sample one of each flavor so I could give a review! I serve you, the people.

Mango Melon - Not much mango, quite a lot of melon. A strong watermelon-y flavor, but I actually like this one! It's not as sour as some watermelon candies. A unique flavor that feels somehow familiar.
Piña Colada- At first I thought 'ew', but then it went from coconut (which is weird in chew form) to juicy pineapple, and I thought "maybe this is not so bad". A strong bright flavor, and pretty darn accurate. The most prevalent flavor by far in the mix, so I hope you like coconut/pineapple/a little whipped cream in your Starburst. 
Strawberry Banana - First thought: eww, this is weird. Second thought: OK, OK, it's not so bad. A little creamy, tastes kind of like the strawberry chewy runt (the pink one, if I remember correctly). Third thought: I guess this one is pretty good!
Cherry Kiwi - Just like cherry in the regular mix, this is the best flavor here. It also tastes basically like cherry, anyway. I guess there's a little kiwi flavor, which isn't really adding much, but it's fine. Super sugary, like Minute Maid cherry limeade.

In conclusion, these were all unique, strong flavors that grew on me after chewing. They might be a bit much after a whole bag, but for a stick of starburst, I think I like these even better than the regular ones!!

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Homefree Mini Cookies - Chocolate Chip

Sadly, these are not great. I like the lemon homefree cookies a lot (which are also multi-allergy friendly), but these definitely have a gluten-free taste. They are not very sweet, not buttery, not chocolately, not indulgent, yet still somehow 150cals for a little bag of 4-5 cookies. I feel pity for gluten free-ers who crave chocolate chip cookies because this is not satisfying at all! It does have cute packaging and of course it is nice that they are so inclusive, though! Plus the texture is nice and crunchy.





Overall
Cost: 4/10
Taste: 5/10 (it's still a cookie)

Goya Tostones Chips - Original

I like Goya! And these were fine, but less healthy than either a plaintain or a potato chip, but not any better than either of those things (maybe worse if I'm being true to myself). So although these are fun because they're something a little different, and Goya is always really cheap which I appreciate, I wouldn't get these again (but they are unobjectionable). 

Overall
Cost: 8/10
Taste: 5/10

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You Love Fruit Fruit Leather - Passion Fruit Punch

I do love fruit! And I'll say that this was pretty good. The format is this: 16 circles of thin chewy fruit between 2 sheets of waxy paper. I like this format. First of all, it felt like a substantial snack (at 90 calories!) and also an activity. I can imagine kids and also me being entertained by this snack. The taste is pretty good, mango and passionfruity (you can't taste the random artichoke flour is what I'm saying), although I don't love passion fruit so I might prefer a different flavor. This is a lot of fun, though, and I recommend it. Definitely tastier than those thicker, mealier "fruit bars".




Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 8/10

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Subway

Since I'm apparently in a big breakfast-all-day kick, I would be remiss not to mention Subway, one of the few national chains that offers the glorious all day breakfast (at least at most of their locations). They also offer regular lunch subs, and sometimes soups and pizzas and salads and (new!) wraps, but really it's a sub place. They also have frequent deals which appeal to me (sub of the day, sub of the month, etc) and those special edition Lay's flavors. So there are a lot of good things here. The only nuts are in the cookies, which are kept in a case, so I generally feel pretty safe about it, too. Subway has a very distinctive smell, and to be honest, it doesn't taste that good, but it's filling, fast, highly customizable, and healthy-ish. Whenever I don't know what I want to eat, I get Subway instead.

Turkey Breast: This is "old reliable". Good hot or cold, with wheat or white bread, pickles or cucumber, it's a solid contender.

Subway Club: I love that this has roast beef! The other meats are "whatever" but somehow this is still under 400 calories with delicious roast beef. Pairs with yellow mustard and american cheese (IMO).

Ham, Egg, and Cheese: Good for that breakfast mood, especially with spinach and tomato and mustard. You have to go with flatbread for this one. White and yellow egg are basically the same, so get white!

Overall
Cost: 7/10 (Around 6$ for two meals, although I miss those 5, 5 dollar, 5 dollar footlong days)
Taste: 7/10

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Good Health Kettle Chips with Avocado Oil - Sea Salt

These were better than I expected, since I don't really like plain/salt potato chips because they're super boring and not "worth" the calories so to speak, but the avocado oil seems to add a little of its own flavor here. These are thin and crunchy and definitely potatoey and salty with a little note of "avocado" flavor, which tastes kind of buttery and maybe somehow sour? Among plain chips these are definitely some of the best I've had. Too bad they're still plain chips in the end! Would be interested in the BBQ variety for sure though.




Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 5/10

Friday, August 25, 2017

Metro Diner

Hey, I'm all about that breakfast-all-day life! So this place was extremely crowded (on a Friday at 5) but I think that's because it's new and small, not because it's good. I mean, they're only open until 8pm, what kind of diner is that? At least they have that sweet, sweet breakfast and they don't use peanut oil. I got a veggie omelette and coffee, which were both fine but nothing outstanding. The egg was definitely overcooked. Home fries were just big over-fried potato chunks (no seasoning), but the toast was good because it didn't have too much butter and there were unconventional jam choices at the table (blackberry! orange!). The menu didn't impress me much either, but this place is alright if you want a diner experience in Newark that isn't Perkins I guess (although it is still a chain, don't be fooled).

Mike says: average. nice waitress, old people.

Overall
Cost: 7/10 [about 15 dollars, including coffee and tip]
Taste: 5/10

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Patience Fruit & Co Whole Dried Cranberries (Sweetened with Apple Juice)

Cranberries are pretty good, and although the ocean spray cranberries that I'm used to are also nut free, it never hurts to try something new and see what else is out there! (Unless you're in a committed relationship). So these guys are apparently sweetened with apple juice, and they're consequently a little plumper than your store brand dried cranberry. But the taste is pretty much exactly what you'd expect, i.e. it doesn't taste like apple juice, it tastes like a sweet cranberry. A nice little snack. The package is also très chic and even though they make snack packs with nuts (and coffee beans, which sounds tragically amazing), this product has a nice little `peanut free' logo on the back.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 6/10

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips

First of all, the website says these don't come in 1oz bags, but mine was 1oz, so now I'm confused and worried I ate some super old chips. Regardless, salt and vinegar is really not my favorite flavor, but these were still good. They are certainly very crunchy (firm, kettlechip-y) and smell like vinegar. They have a decent blend of both salt and vinegar, and plenty of bite. If you're a salt and vinegar fan, go for these! In general, the company says all their chips are a peanut and nut-free line, which is great because a lot of kettle chips (Dirty, Utz) are made with peanut oil. That gets these guys a few extra points in my book.



Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 6/10

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sharwood's Korma Simmer Sauce

I'm not very experienced with Indian food, because I have the (possibly wrong) opinion that it often contains nuts or legumes. So I have nothing "authentic" to compare this to, not even takeout. That being said, I've made chicken korma with this sauce a few times, and I think I like it. It's definitely a different flavor profile than I'm used to, though! The sauce is creamy and spicy, but not hot-spicy (the bottle says mild and that's certainly true), more like cinnamon and cardamom and other gingerbread-cookie-ish spices. Which is weird to me in a savory food, but once you get over that mental hurdle, it's legit. This makes a very large amount, by the way; I usually use 2 chicken breasts, half a package of mushrooms, and a cup of rice, and I still have a lot of sauce leftover. I do like this and I hope to someday branch out into some other dishes, maybe even actually spicy ones!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 6/10

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stouffer's Vegetable Lasagna

Mmm. OK, so, like Elaine in Seinfeld, I don't think of Vegetable Lasagna as being very exciting. But this is way better than any other frozen lasagna I've had, vegetable or no. I do like regular lasagna, but it's not as delicious. This sucker is a dense rectangle of maybe 3 lasagna noodles, cheesy creamy sauce, a few carrots (but they don't even taste like carrots, they taste like the good sauce), possibly bits of brocco or squash or spinach but really all you can taste is noodle and sauce. And a little crispy breadcrumb topping. It's pretty great. It's probably not great for you, but hey, there must be some veg in there! It's about 400 calories and takes an unfortunately long time to cook (maybe 12 minutes) even in the microwave. On the plus side it always comes out well, good texture, a lil crispy but not burnt, and very moist. I try not to buy frozen meals too often (ha ha) but if this is on sale I'll always pick it up, it's a classic!

Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 8/10

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nature's Bakery Fig Bars

Check out this trendy new packaging! Anyway, these fig bars are solid. I'm not sure when they came out, but I first noticed them in the ~healthy~ section of my grocery store about 5 years ago, and since they were nut free and about a dollar (the single-serve option is a mega plus) I picked up a variety of flavors. Bear in mind that all the flavors are still fig flavors, but with other things there too. So these are like dolled up thick Fig Newtons. If you like that aesthetic, you'll probably like these. They're 200 calories for the two bars in each package, and so they make a filling little snack on-the-go. I see they also make brownie bar things too, which I will have to check out! They have a separate gluten-free line which is not very tasty, so I'm glad they kept it separate. And everything they make (at least that I've seen so far) is nut free!

My favorites are probably apple cinnamon, lemon, and solo fig, but they're all decent. Blueberry is good too!

Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 8/10

Monday, August 7, 2017

Moe's Southwest Grill

At first I hated it because of the dumb names they give all their food options (named after mostly bro-y TV and movie lines), but I will say that they have more options than your Chipotle or even your Qdoba, and they give you free chips + a salsa bar raid with every order. Now, are the chips + salsa good? No, they're terrible, soft, and tasteless, but they are free, which I appreciate. Also they give you just a little guac, which might sound bad but I think calorie-wise it's a plus.

The contents are your standard non-cilantro'd rice, meats (a little flavorless, especially the chicken, but they have decent steak and they offer ground beef), beans, fajita veg (plus mushroom, a nice touch!) and tasty queso that costs extra and also is terrible for you. Plus corn/salsa/lettuce etc. The flavor isn't as good as chipotle, especially the rice, corn, salsa, and meat, but when it's all mixed together it's still decent and very filling. So I don't hate it any more. I wish they all offered breakfast, though. A breakfast option would shoot any Tex-Mex chain up to a 10/10 instantly :9

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10





Sunday, August 6, 2017

Yum Earth Organic Lollipops

So, these lollipops really get around in the gluten-free/organic/whole foods sector, but they're also nut free, and therefore I am interested in them. From YumEarth (originally called Yummy Earth -- good change, I think), these come in a bunch of different flavors, but each pop is about 70 calories and a nice size.

They are also made with real fruit extract, but like....it's still a lollipop. Health food this is not.

The flavors (at least as of now) are: Strawberry, Grape, Mango, Peach, Berry, Pomegranate, Watermelon, and Cherry. I like the Cherry, Grape, and Peach best, they all have bright, strong flavors. The berry is fine, but I'm not really sure which berry it's supposed to taste like. Maybe the always mysterious blue raspberry? The pomegranate, strawberry, and watermelon are OK, but not amazing. Mango is the prettiest colors (yellow and gold!) but it's not as good as the others. The nice thing about these is that they're pretty easy to buy both online and in stores, and they aren't super expensive even though they're gluten-free/organic/etc. A nice treat for the common folk, if you will. I'm happy to have a few of these a month; they're a nice sweet treat that doesn't make you feel like I-just-ate-a-box-of-oreos garbage.

Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 6/10


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Enjoy Life Soft Baked Minis - Snickerdoodle

I see that these aren't actually called "cookies" on the package, which is apt since they aren't cookies as much as little crumbly spheres! But I digress. Enjoy life makes a lot of nut free snacks, which I appreciate, but I think they are also a top-8 allergen free company, which I appreciate on a solidarity level but on a taste level, not so much. Still, considering what they're working with, these are a pretty solid snack. They are soft and cute little orbs with an unfamiliar 'spicy' note to them, which I am assuming is the konjac in there, since I haven't had it in anything else (but I am not allergic, now I know!).

They have a nice flavor overall; not too sweet but with a nice cinnamon aftertaste. Not too crumbly, even though they aren't anywhere near as soft as a "real" cookie. For 100 calories this is a pleasant snack that virtually anyone can enjoy, so I approve.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 6/10

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brooklyn Organics Craft Ginger Ale - Cola

So, this is made by the Bruce Cost Ginger Ale company, and I like their nice gingery sodas. But this is sugar free, so it gets a new line name (~Brooklyn Organics~), and it has stevia and no caffeine. What? What's the point? It's also cola flavored, which is weird. So my preconceptions of this drink are not good. Unfortunately, the drink is also not good. I think it's really just because I hate stevia, though -- it gave me a massive headache and has a weird flavor to me. If you use stevia as a sweetener regularly, then you'll probably like this! The ginger is strong and the cola flavor is normal cola flavor. At least it's only 10 calories! :P




Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 3/10

Monday, March 20, 2017

Laiki Red Rice Crackers

I don't know what I expected, but these sure are bland. A lot like a Triscuit, these remind me of a lightly salted basket. They aren't BAD or OFFENSIVE, but they aren't what I'd call "good" either. Better to have some celery or something. However, they are a low-calorie crunchy nut-free snack, in attractive packaging, with just 3 ingredients. I like the idea more than the execution, but if I had to say "yes" or "no" to the overall vibe of these, I'd give a mild "yes".





Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 4/10

Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch - Caramel

After the delicious mint selection from this line, I had high hopes! However, this didn't quite live up to my expectations, even though it's a candy bar I'm not allergic to so of course I baseline enjoyed it. The texture is fun, a soft outside with a bit of firm crunchy innards, but overall it just tastes like a thick Rolo or Carmello bar. Not a bad thing, but not special or super seek-out-worthy. I still have one more flavor to try though!







Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Boboli Pizza Crust - Original

I love pizza, and I'd be the first to tell you that all pizza is good, even if it's bad pizza. But this crust honestly makes me re-evaluate such a sweeping statement. First of all, yes, it is very convenient, and sturdy and easy to cook. So I see the appeal. But the flavor is too sweet, too doughy, and not at all the floury wonder I desire in a crust. I can make a better one by hand for the same price or cheaper! It's also really bad for you, which sure, it's pizza, but I don't expect a 1000+calorie crust, especially if it tastes not great. However, this is a fine vessel for delicious toppings, and if you need a premade pizza crust, this is serviceable.


Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 5/10

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

La Croix - Lime

I am, admittedly, a couple of years late to the La Croix ("La Croy") trend, but I got there eventually, thanks to Amazon Pantry. Anyway, I get the hype. These are really refreshing, feel good on a sore throat, 0 calories, easy hydration on the go, etc etc. I guess the innovation here is popping flavored sparkling water into a single-serve can instead of a huge bottle, but it was on point. I'll probably get another flavor next time I go to the store, even though it makes me feel a bit like a tool.





Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 6/10

Good Thins - The Potato One (Sweet Potato)

I didn't really know what to expect going into these! My friend really likes the Oat One, but those are very different from these. These have the texture of a popped chip, but the taste of a sweet, milder sweet potato chip. They have a light dusting of sugar, but not too much. The taste is actually really nice! I'm not sure that these are especially healthy, but even so, they taste better than most potato chips I've had. It's weird to eat them out of a box, though. But a very pleasant, smooth, still-sweet-potatoey flavor. I'm into it!




Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 8/10

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mrs Thinsters Cookie Thins - Chocolate Chip

These are pretty darn tasty! And they advertise their peanut-allergy-friendliness right on the front of the package, which is super sweet, considering they still have egg and wheat and milk (i.e. normal chocolate chip cookie ingredients), so they taste like a real cookie. I'm not sure that they're any healthier than a regular chocolate chip cookie, I think they're just smaller/thinner, but that's good too. They taste kind of like a Pepperidge Farm Nantucket cookie, but crunchier because they're thin, and also butterier (which is good!). I'm happy I tried these and I'll probably get them or another flavor again if I see them around!

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 8/10

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch - Mint

Why, hello there, new candy that doesn't contain nuts! :o

I saw these at Walgreen's today and had to check 'em out, even though for 9 mini-bars, this was pretty overpriced at almost 5 dollars. Anyway, these come in 2 other flavors (vanilla and caramel) but I needed to get the mint ones first in hopes that they'd taste like a Cookies 'n Mint bar of yore. And they taste Pretty Close, although not quite as good. These are a chocolate bar (split into 3 little squares) filled with little chocolate cookie pieces (like in an ice cream cake) and a green mint "creme". It's fun to have a mix of textures and the taste is good and refreshing. Plus, the little bars in this bag are 100 calories each, which is nice portion-management. I'm curious to try the 2 new flavors and I'm happy that (for now) these are nut-allergy-friendly! Hershey's is pretty good for that.

Overall
Cost: 3/10
Taste: 8/10