Bloody Interesting

Before I even begin to try to describe the item in question, I think it’s better to just let the picture speak its own thousand words.


You May Need An Iron Constitution

I’m a big fan of Reese’s.  I’ll eat just about anything they make.  The Dark Chocolate cups?  Awesome.  The regular cups are an old fave.  Those limited edition ones they had to celebrate Elvis with the banana flavoring?  Surprisingly good.  And so when a friend of mine pointed me to 7-Eleven for a new taste experience, I couldn’t help myself.


One of Five… Not A Sour Experience

I am a discerning ice cream fan.  OK, I’m an ice cream snob.  When it comes to commerically available ice cream, I tend to float around Breyers, Haagen Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s with an occasional stop in Edy’s Dibs territory.  Most other brands usually just don’t taste as good to me.  They taste too artificial.  As if to appeal to me directly, Haagen-Dazs came out with their new line of all-natural flavors under the heading of Haagen-Dazs FIVE.


I’m Not a Coco-Nut… But…

Lauren did such an EXCELLENT job reviewing the Coconut M&M’s that I just had to try them myself.  Mercifully, a friend of mine tracked them down for me to try.


It’s What You Krave… To Coin A Phrase…

As a kid I was never a fan of beef jerky.  To be fair, my exposure was mainly to Slim Jims, which I believe most would agree is hardly representative of jerky as a whole.

When I entered the work force, a friend of mine exposed me to Jack Links beef jerky, which was much more flavorful.  Then again, in comparison to Slim Jims, that’s not all that hard.  I liked the KC Masterpiece flavors as well as the Chicken Fajita and A-1.  It all seemed so nice… that is, until a friend of mine blew it all away with Krave Jerky.


I Respect You, Little Debbie

Little Debbie is celebrating her 50th birthday this year. (I know. She looks great for her age. And she’s on Twitter!)

Just to give you a bit of background, Little Debbie is a brand of McKee Foods, the company also responsible for the Sunbelt Oats & Honey Chewy Granola Bar (a treat so sweet and scrumptious, it shouldn’t even be called a granola bar).

But it’s Little Debbie who’s the shining star of the McKee Foods family: she’s kept sugar lovers happy through multiple wars (including the war on trans fat, though I have a feeling some of her products still have it) and, unless the U.S. decides to crack down on products that spread happiness, I’m pretty sure she’ll be around for awhile.

So, in honor of her 50th, here’s a look at some of my top 3 Little Debbie snacks:


Pecan Sandies, TBS and Popsicle Sticks

I think I’ve been giving Pecan Sandies undue credit.

See, I’ve always thought of Pecan Sandies as being delicously crumbly little bits of heavenly goodness… but a recent experience has left me questioning whether my tastebuds have been wearing blindfolds for the past two decades, or whether the good little elves at Keebler have changed up their recipe. (Do skyrocketing sugar prices exist in elf world, too?)


Coconut M&M’s Are So Last Summer… Or Are They?

I’ve always been slightly behind the times. I’m typically the last person to hear a new song, for instance, and I’m almost always 1-5 years behind the crowd in terms of having the latest electronic gadgets. Hell, I just got an iPod 6 months ago. (Yes, just your basic, I-should-have-gotten-this-five-years-ago iPod. Pathetic.) Anyway, it’s just the way I am, and I’ve accepted it.

But when I recently stumbled across a package of Coconut M&M’s while rushing into a deli on my way to an appointment, there was a moment where I thought “Lauren, you may have just discovered brand-new — and before anyone else!”

I was wrong.

Take 3 – A No-Named Snacking Experience

Browsing the snack aisle at the local supermarket, I am always on the  lookout for a new snack experience.  While not necessarily out to bowl over the competition, Snyder’s of Hanover, makers of pretzels, have come out with Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwich Dips – essentially, mini chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel sandwiches.


Pulling The General Out Of The Deep Freeze

In my long experience with prepared foods, I’ve never before come across a frozen, microwaveable Chinese food that I was interested in trying.  I don’t mean so-called Asian-styled chicken, but actual Chinese food dishes.  And while my first foray isn’t exactly 100% authentic Chinese food, it’s the closest I’ve come so far, and that’s Tai-Pei General Tso’s Chicken.