Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ALL ABOOOOARD! The Unholy Burger: Trains of Maine

There's always rumblings about local burger joints, you hear this, you hear that, everyone and their mother wants to tell you where the best burger in town is. Well, if you happen to be in or around Lebanon, Maine, I've got the place for you.

I met one of the cooks one night, he went and told me about their burger selection over at Trains, a small bar nestled in the back of a gas station off of a highway. At first I was like "yeah yeah of course it's good." with a look of non excitement on my face and a little bit of aversion seeing as how I couldn't see how basically a gas station bar had real food. He then broke out in description of the very burger you're about to see reviewed. My ears perked, eyes twinkled, even pants began to tighten as he went into full description of how and what this burger was. We finished our convo and he left me with the impression that I needed to get down there and see what this place had to offer. So, the next weekend, I took the crew down to Trains.

We pulled into the gas station parking lot, looped around, and in the back was the entrance. We were informed by a sign on the door not to wear our colors, which I'm guessing is a good thing, other food reviewers don't want to set foot in our territory. Anyway, when you opened the door, the place opened up. A huge classic bar, large dining areas, a few games along the wall and some dimly lit seating but parts brightened up by the large open windows.

We ordered our food, and started with an appetizer of Mozzarella Sticks.

:o

These were probably the best Moz Sticks I've had in my life. I know I know, they're Mozzarella Sticks and they're always good, but these, I even told the dudes I was going to make sure to mention these on the review. THICK as hell, you can tell they make them there and aren't frozen, and if for some reason they don't make them, don't tell me. I'd rather live this lie than know any other truth. When you go no matter what you do, get them and suck down the cheese out of it's crispy straw like a trapped survivor just finding jungle water.



The burger came, and I have to say, my eyes shot out of my head and hit a bullseye on the illuminated dartboard across the bar from me. I'm now blind and use voice recognition software to post this review. Parents, if you have children in the room, ask them to leave now, but you my dear reader. Prepare to have your vision permanently seared shut by the greatest burger you've ever pushed your squinty little pig eyes at, for beware:

THE UNHOLY




A 1/2 Pound Black Angus Bacon Crusted Burger (bacon is used to form the pattie) with Salami, Pastrami, Pepperoni, Fried Jalapenos, Red Onions, Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Provolone, Swiss, and American Cheese.

Yep, you read right. This is the burger forbidden by the Bible. Much like wearing certain fabrics,  eating shellfish, kissing dudes butts, wearing gold, or using contraceptives, this burger will shoot you right into hell and into Satans dastardly arms. Is it worth it?

YEP!

Quite honestly, this is the greatest burger I've ever tasted. I've been across the fattest country in the world multiple times, and Trains in Lebanon, Maine offers the absolute best burger you could wrap your lips around. LEMME TELL YA 'BOUT IT. First bite of this sinful behemoth, you get a flood of flavors. First thing that hits is the Pastrami, or maybe the Salami, in that mish mash of mouth pleasure it's hard to figure out which one is which because right behind it with a huge right hook is the pepperoni. Then right up behind that with a forearm smash is the bacon. Which I found odd, bacon being a supporting character in a cast for the this action packed summer movie blockbuster. Then, like Sly Stallone in The Expendables, there's the burger, carrying the weight of everyone else and just driving the point home that, yeah, you made a goddamn good choice.



The Jalepenos and Chipotle BBQ sauce added a little bit of heat to this guy, which you need in something so heavy and forboding. The sweetness of BBQ added another layer of flavor in between all of the meats, and the cheese, capped it all nicely in the back of your throat. The only criticism I might have, and I'll tell you, it's slight, is maybe slap another piece of cheese on there. I'm not sure how this would play with the flavor dynamic, but I could have used a little more cheese goo holding together all of these meat parts. I only mention it because, I'm so floored by this burger, it can't be perfect. BUT IT MIGHT BE.


I've only used this rating one other time, and it's for The La Festa Garlic Knot Pizza. Which if you live in NH and haven't gotten yet, stop reading this blog, we don't want you here. I think Trains has earned this, FGFB's highest honor. A burger that bucks thousands of years of papal oppression and lets a human being do what it does best, give its middle finger to the almighty creator and sin.

Trains: The Unholy Burger
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 bravo. go to http://trainstavern.com look at their menu and find out how to get there!
 -Josh


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Fruit Punch AND Berry Oreos!

Since it's been about 8 minutes since those lunatics at Nabisco put out a new flavor of Oreos, it's time for another Oreo review! FATGUYOREOBLOG.

This time, it's Fruit Punch and Berry Oreos. First up, how about a nice um... fruit... punch?!

that was a Hawaiian Punch reference

So while we're all excited to try new Oreo flavors, I can't say any of us were too pumped about these when we found out about them. I love fruit punch just as much as the next guy- probably more- but do I want that flavor in a cookie? Probably not. 

Opening up the cookie revealed a florescent pink filling that smelled quite strongly of fruit punch.  


And that was for good reason. These taste exactly like fruit punch, mixed with the vanilla goodness of Golden Oreos. This makes for essentially a fruit punch-flavored sherbet cookie. Right when I put one in my mouth, it's fantastic, because the vanilla of the cookie tones down the filling a lot and makes for a nice fruit-vanilla sherbet combo. But as I started chewing, the power of the filling took over and it lost some of its appeal. The filling in these is quite strong- I wouldn't recommend eating this the eat-one-cookie-then-eat-all-the-frosting way unless you REALLY love fruit punch. It's so sweet and tangy, it almost stings. 

But after initially not really feeling like I was a fan of these, I ate more and I see the appeal now. No other cookie tastes like this, and as long as you're eating them the right way and love fruit punch, they're pretty good. Do I like these enough that I'm gonna cry when Oreo discontinues these before I even see them in the store again? No. Would I buy these from time to time if they stayed on the shelves? Probably not. But they're still pretty damn solid and Oreo deserves a high five for getting another flavor perfectly right. 

To truly test these though, I decided that if you dip a normal Oreo in milk, then what would you dip a Fruit Punch Oreo in? 

Fruit punch, obviously.

I went to 2 stores before I found Hawaiian punch, thinking these were Hawaiian Punch Oreos the whole time. Oops. 

Look at the punch avoid the cookie like oil from a fresh oil spill:


I left it in WAY too long.


This first attempt was a liquid cookie by the end of it. I tried again, and it surprisingly wasn't disgusting. The filling is so strong, I almost didn't notice the extra punch. It was just... wet. And easier to eat fast I guess.

But yea, don't do this. It's not worth it. They're better on their own. 

So to recap- Oreo got it right, but I'm not sure anyone was requesting this flavor. If you're a huge fruit punch fan, you have to try these. Otherwise, skip these and get some Marshmallow Crispy Oreos instead. These will be too strong for you. I'm gonna give these a C+. They're good, but not "Damn you for making these limited edition" good. 

Next up, Rich gets his grubby mitts on a package of...

BERRY OREOS! 


After the initial excitement about finding a new flavor of Oreo I found myself pausing for a moment and realizing that these weren't called "Strawberry" or "Blueberry" Oreos. They are just... Berry. From looking at the package I'd have to guess they are talking about a combination of Strawberry and Raspberry, right? But it's weird that they didn't say it. Perhaps, Mixed Berry Oreos? I just feel kind of like Oreo isn't being honest with me about this. But, hell, they've never steered me wrong before, so let's dive in!

same old classic Oreo on the outside

Berry Oreos have a great fruity aroma when you crack the bag open. I'm usually not a huge fan of fruit flavoring in my Oreos, but I was coming into these with an open mind. I quickly dealt them out to the other guys around me, like a Vegas Blackjack card slinger, and bit one in half before closing that weird sticky film cookie package. Now, I'll tell you what, I tried the Fruit Punch Oreos right before I tried these. I thought they were way too strong. These? These are subtle at first. A nice faint fruit flavor, but then as you chew them up, all of a sudden you'll be hit with a tart berry burst. Almost like it was a time released flavor. It wasn't a fluke, I tried it with an entire row of these. Same deal every time.

Old bubblegum-colored frosting on the inside

Berry Oreos were quite good. The classic Oreo kinda-chocolate cookie goes really well with the sweet, tart berry flavors in the cream. These cookies aren't the greatest Oreos of all time and I'm sure we'll only have them on the shelves for a limited life span, but I would definitely recommend taking a break from your usual snack cookie to give these a try. This really did just make me realize that I hope someone at Oreo reads this blog because you know what? Here's the second time on Fatguyfoodblog where I'm calling for A PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY OREO! For the love of all that is holy, make this happen, Nabisco! You make Peanut butter Oreos and you can clearly do a sweet fruit flavor Oreo. COMBINE THEM AND WIN! Win what? Everything. Every other cookie company might as well shut their damn doors after those come out. There might be six people on Earth who would eat a different cookie, just to pretend they like something other than everyone else. But they would be liars. Because EVERYONE WOULD LOVE THEM.
Hear my plea, Nabisco... hear it well. Make the Peanut Butter and Jelly Oreo... and they will come. 

Anyway, I give Berry Oreos a solid B+

Back to Mike- I agree completely with Rich on his review. The Berry Oreos won't get the press the Fruit Punch ones get, but they're the better cookie. They reminded me of those delicious raspberry or strawberry filled chocolates you only seem to get around Christmas, but a combination of both. In the interest of science, I decided to change their clothes- put the filling from Fruit Punch in a chocolate Oreo and the Berry filling in a Golden Oreo. 


Results were mixed. The chocolate fruit punch was just weird. The chocolate overpowered some of the Fruit Punch strength, but the flavors didn't really combine right. It was just confusing in my mouth. The Berry filling in a Golden Oreo worked perfectly though. I may have liked it more than with chocolate to be honest, but the Berry frosting was thick and impossible to scrape off the cookie, so I doubt I'll really put myself through the work of it again. Feel free to give it a try though, it's awesome. 

-Review by Mike and Rich

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mcdonalds' New Bacon Clubhouse Burger


I couldn't decide what to eat for dinner last night. Then, after hours of heavy introspective thinking, decided it was time to honor the fans who requested we review this burger, and I headed out to Mcdonalds. The last few times I've hit up Mickey D's, the second I rolled down my window, I got hit with the super bored, I-want-to-kill-myself robotic question, "thankyouforcomingtomcdonaldswouldyouliketotryourbaconclubhouseburger" and I was psyched for once to be able to say "YES. YES I THINK I WOULD." And of course they didn't ask me. I would have made their day.

Anyway, I ordered it up and headed back to the house to take pictures and eat in the comfort of my home. Then I remembered that I had taken the house key off my keychain when I went for a walk earlier (yea, I know- a walk? come on). I quickly found out nobody would be home for about 40 minutes and I panicked. My phone was at 6%, I had nothing to drink, my food was already getting cold, and it was dark outside, meaning I couldn't really take decent pictures. I made the command decision to heat the burger up later, and I just drove around for awhile.

When I was finally let in, a trip for delicious burritos was presented, and I briefly contemplated accepting my fate of a burgerless night. Burritos would be delicious, but I had already spent money on a stupid burger that was probably now terrible, and even though I bought it for dinner, I mostly bought it for this here blog. I decided to take a bite of the burger as it was, and if it was good enough, I would heat it up in the microwave and eat it for dinner, realizing that of course it would probably be terrible, and I could use that as an excuse to just get a delicious burrito and cut my losses for the night.

I was wrong. Right away I knew that this burger was a delicious burger, and not only that- it showed so much promise that I knew in my heart of hearts that a reheating wouldn't take a thing away from it. So after 45 minutes of sitting in my cold car, I heated it up and tore in.

I opened the box to reveal the fakest looking bun I've ever seen (well maybe not). This looked like a squeak toy!

DISCOVER WHAT YOU LOVE

Opening it up, I saw pretty solid looking lettuce, a huge tomato slice (sliced in half for some reason), crisp applewood-smoked bacon, and delicious white cheddar cheese.


The bottom was a mess of caramelized onions and special sauce. 


And inside was beef that looked like... well, actual beef.


To recap: 


It's the ingredients that make it so tasty! (isn't that true of everything?)

And was it? Hell yea it was. Screw burritos- this reheated burger that was probably reheated before I even got it hit the spot big time. 

don't get confused by my massive hands, this is a full sized burger

I actually decided to get rid of the lettuce- both because it was distracting a little from everything else, and because my microwaving had rendered it pretty soggy. But the bacon was crisp and awesome and the tomato was very prevalent, which seems to be rare these days, and for someone who loves tomato like me, ruled. The rest kind of blended in with itself, for the most part. The burger was really good- surprisingly good actually, especially for McDonalds. It was really good meat- Five Guys might have to be worried. The cheese was there but kind of blended in, and the special sauce was awesome. On the box, it just says "special sauce," and while eating, I was wondering if it was a different version of Big Mac sauce. As someone who doesn't like pickles on burgers and doesn't like getting ripped off (come on, it's just a double cheeseburger with more bread), I never get Big Macs, so I couldn't tell- my guess was that it was the standard Big Mac sauce but without the 4 pounds of ground up pickles, and maybe even a cheese sauce added in. But according to Mcdonalds' website, it's just Big Mac sauce, which, as you all know, is their somewhat different take on Thousand Island dressing. Whatever it was, it was delicious. I felt it went extraordinarily well with the meat, cheese, tomato and roll, which had that buttered-bun flavor all the Wendy's burgers now have (which I normally don't like that much, but the sauce made it awesome). Also, this bun was just flat out really good.

And even better, there was a good amount of sauce on both sides of the bun. This burger was a mess, and that's how I like it. As someone who gets a side of sauce with nearly everything I eat (so I can dip), I didn't need that with this. FINALLY a burger has the right amount of sauce. 


My only complaint with this was the onions. I don't typically get onions on burgers, even if they're the kind that are cooked in caramel. But Mcdonalds has done a great job with these onions, on the retired and awesome CBO and on their great value menu item, the Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger (which I used for the greatest creation ever here). So I was psyched about these onions, and they just didn't really do it for me on this burg. The Big Mac sauce mixed with a really large tomato brought out an acidic tomato sweetness, and the onion was either not from a good batch, or that flavor just didn't really work with the other ingredients. The only time I noticed the onions was when my mouth was saying "why did they add onions to this? This doesn't need onions." I would have preferred this without them. I just feel like the different flavors would have worked together better. 

But the bottom line is, this is a great burger. All the ingredients on mine were fresh and awesome, and everything worked great together (other than the onions). Even reheated 45 minutes after it was fresh, I really don't have a bad thing to say about this. Mcdonalds has done a great job. And it's a quarter pound patty and I believe $4.75, so it's reasonably priced and a solid meal. 

I give this an A- and I expect you to go buy one. 

-review by Mike


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Triple Cookie review! Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Creations!

Chips Ahoy has a pretty solid track record with the Fatguyfoodblog crew. We might not really care about the originals. I mean, sure they will do in a pinch, but who really sets out to buy a package of regular Chips Ahoy these days? Nobody I know. But when they do something new and limited edition? That's where they really shine. Hell, one of our most talked about reviews of all time came from them. Remember this one?

So when our readers started messaging us begging for a review of the new Chips Ahoy ICE CREAM CREATIONS line of cookies...well you know we started hitting the stores as soon as possible.

So let's get right to it! Starting with....
Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Creations: Dulce de Leche!



First thing you notice when you crack the bag open is a strong caramel smell. That was a good sign, strong smell usually means strong taste. But from the moment you pick one of these up you know it's all downhill from there. These cookies are hard as hell. They seem like a regular Chip's Ahoy hardness at first, until you hit the weird caramel areas. Then it becomes almost as if there's a large chunk of hard toffee infused into the middle of the thing. Taste-wise they aren't bad. They just seem like a hard toffee cookie that has an occasional sweet chip in it.


But you can see from the picture that they aren't bursting with chips like it shows on the bag. All in all I would say these aren't terrible if you don't mind a hard cookie. But overall, a bit of a disappointment. If you're a fan of caramel/toffee and hard cookies you might enjoy these a lot. But if you're looking for a cookie that won't crack your windshield if you pitch one at it...these probably aren't for you. I'm going to give them a C-.

NEXT UP:
Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Creations: Mint Chocolate Chip...



Now these cookies had me excited. In my old age, as my taste buds become more refined, I find myself enjoying the simpler things. While part of me still loves an ice cream loaded to the brim with candy and sweet goo, I have to say my favorite ice cream tends to be Mint Chocolate Chip. The king of mint chocolate chip ice cream in my opinion comes from New Englands own, Brighams. If you ever get a chance to try it, I highly, HIGHLY recommend it. But how did these cookies measure up? Well...They are pretty damn good! They are your standard soft, chocolate Chips Ahoy cookie, but with chocolate and mint chips. So there's an overwhelming chocolate flavor at all times that is suddenly interrupted with blast of sweet mint. 



I found that it was quite easy to eat an absurd amount of these. Partially because they were delicious and partially because they suffer from the age old problem that all Chips Ahoy cookies do...they are too small. But in the end, I really liked these and would have to say, if you are a mint/chocolate fan, you NEED these cookies. I'm giving them a solid B+!

And finally...
Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Creations: Root Beer Float.


There's no really nice way to say this so I'm just going to throw it out there. These cookies are gross. The second you rip open the bag you can smell root beer. But the weird part is, the second the smell hit my nose I knew that they weren't going to be good. It was unnatural. Some part of my brain started sending out alerts, letting me know that I shouldn't even try these. But...being a food blogger. I did my duty, and sweet mother of Christ were they gross. Root beer is not a flavor that should be infused into a cookie. That's the bottom line. These are an unholy abomination.


Don't get me wrong. They DO taste like Root Beer. They accomplished what they set out to do, they just shouldn't have done it. These cookies were so bad that I wondered if maybe it was just something weird with me. So I did an experiment over a few days and everyone who stopped by, I asked to try one. Out of 9 people, only 1 finished an entire cookie. The rest took one bite and threw the rest away. A couple of them even spit out that one bite.
So don't be surprised when I say these cookies get an F.
But it doesn't end there. They were so bad that we had to take it to the next level. Enjoy this video...



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-REVIEW BY RICH

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ben & Jerry's CORES! FIVE FLAVORS REVIEWED IN ONE POST!

There are times when here at Fatguyfoodblog our readers will message us about things we should review. Before these new Ben & Jerry's flavors had even hit stores we were getting emails, tweets, and facebook messages sent at us like crazy, every single day. People wanted our review of these in the worst way. But as luck would have it, we weren't able to find them in our area until recently. We scoured every store within a 40 mile radius. But finally I tracked them down at a local Hannaford and felt like a complete slob buying five pints of ice cream at once. It wouldn't have been so bad if I had been using a basket or cart. But since I was juggling them in my arms trying not to drop them, I looked like a bumbling fat moron who was about to have a really high calorie evening. 

But let's get right to it. Here you go, your review of the Ben & Jerry's CORE flavors. Starting with...
HAZED & CONFUSED 


So the gimmick with this ice cream line is that it's two separate flavors with a middle core of some kind of flavorful goo. With this one we get Chocolate and Hazelnut ice cream with fudge chips and a Hazelnut Fudge Core. Translation: Half Chocolate with chips, half tasteless ice cream, with a weird almost-Nutella glob in the middle. Sounds great right? Well...it was alright. I found that if I just ate the ice cream alone, I was bored of this incredibly fast. But then I'd find myself eating too much of the core at once. It was very hard to regulate.



Now even though I wanted to keep eating the core, it wasn't that great. It was like the generic version of Nutella. It resembled it in a lot of ways but paled in comparison. It was a little on the gritty side.
All in all, I give Hazed & Confused a C-.

Next up... Karamel Sutra CORE!


Chocolate and caramel ice creams with fudge chips and a soft caramel core. Sounds great, right? Well...kinda. You see, chocolate ice cream with fudge chips, it's okay. Caramel ice cream? It pretty much sucks. It doesn't have a strong enough flavor so it's like you are eating a tasteless ice cream. You can tell it's sweet but beyond that, nothing. The core was much more gooey than Hazed & Confused though.

A waterfall of caramel! 
Yep, the problem with this flavor is that the nearly liquid caramel core is the best part of it, so the rest of the ice cream bums you out. I realized multiple times how annoyed I was that I had to dig through the tasteless caramel ice cream to get to more caramel core. Two pints into the five I'm starting to think that this is a completely flawed design.
Karamel Sutra CORE gets a C.

Next up...PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE CORE!




Chocolate and peanut butter ice creams with mini peanut butter cups and a peanut butter fudge core. I nearly cheered out loud when I read this description in the store. It sounds like everything I could ever desire. Was it though? Not quite. But don't take that as a bad thing! Unlike in the previous two flavors, this one spreads its extra ingredient throughout both flavors of ice cream. There were plenty of mini peanut butter cups to go around, so even though I wasn't getting much out of the peanut butter ice cream (very subtle flavor), I was still happy to score so many of those little cups. The weirdest part of this pint, though, was the core.


For some reason I was expecting the middle of this to be a giant wad of pure delicious peanut butter. Sadly, that's not what it ended up being. It's still delicious, but it's more like a chocolate/peanut butter fudge vein. It was pretty thick and kind of hard to get a little of each part of this ice cream on your spoon at once. But it was quite delicious for the peanut butter lovers out there. This third pint gets the highest rating of the bunch so far with a B+!

Up next... THAT'S MY JAM CORE!



Chocolate and raspberry ice creams with fudge chips and a raspberry core. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Who the hell thought fruit was a good idea in a Ben & Jerry's." I KNOW RIGHT?! I was dreading this one. But then I learned a lesson that I seem to have to relearn every once in a while. Fruit flavored ice creams aren't all that bad at all! In fact, my biggest complaint about the previous pints was that one side of them had no flavor beyond sweet. Well this one definitely does! The raspberry and chocolate together was really good. 



And the raspberry jam core was a burst of tart sweetness that rounded it out nicely. I would say that this one ties up the Peanut Butter Fudge Core. I'm giving That's My Jam a B+!

And finally... SALTED CARAMEL CORE...


Sweet Cream ice cream with blond brownies and a salted caramel core. This one is definitely the weirdest flavor of the bunch. The rest seem like they were either a direct repackaging of an existing flavor or something close to it. But this one brings Blondie's and salted caramel into the Ben & Jerry's Universe. This one is also a bit strange because there aren't two flavors of ice cream here, just the one. But it works quite well. The sweet cream ice cream suffers from the same subtle, just tastes like sweet, problem as some of the others. However, the chunks of blond brownie really burst with an almost brown sugar flavor. But then there's the core...


The salted caramel core was something to behold. If this was gold, I would have been able to trade it in and buy myself a speed boat. In other words, it was HUGE. The first spoonful I took of it unearthed just how big this caramel core was, and I'll be honest, it blew my mind. The only problem with this ice cream is that the salted caramel was inconsistent. One bite, it was the greatest thing I've ever tasted. The next, it was borderline too salty. It went back and forth like that the entire time. That takes a few points away from it but in the end I'll give Salted Caramel CORE a straight up B!

So there you have it folks, I hope this helps you out when you're standing in front of the ice cream freezer on your next trip to the grocery store. All in all this is a fun gimmick, but given the choice between one of my usual favorite ice creams or one of these, I don't think I'd put back my pint of Milk & Cookies for any one of these. But they are definitely worth a try!

You should definitely comment and let us know which one was your favorite!

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Review by Rich

Friday, March 21, 2014

M&M double review! Birthday Cake & Carrot Cake M&Ms!

If there's one kind of candy we can always count on putting out some wild flavors each year, I'd say M&M's are a safe bet every time. Usually they are released in conjunction with a holiday and sometimes even more than one flavor. Well the Fatguyfoodblog crew got lucky here in early 2014 because we have two new M&M flavors to review. Let's see what Rich & Mike thought of these...

First up...BIRTHDAY CAKE M&M'S!
Easily six months ago I remember seeing a small press release about these. The only image that could be found online was a tiny, poor quality version of the package. No other information could be found except that they would be out "FIRST QUARTER 2014." So that meant every time I went in a store I had to make sure to check the candy section to see if they had them. Well it finally paid off, because one fateful trip to Walmart, I spotted them, and grabbed as many as I could carry. 

Great looking package! Irwin agrees! 
But let's get down to it. When I eat something like this, a well known candy standard, that is now boasting the great taste of birthday cake, I want to pop one in my mouth and have that taste hit me like a Shawn Micheals superkick, right in the mouth.

SWEET CHIN MUSIC!
But sadly, Birthday Cake M&M's do not do this. In fact, the first time I popped a handful in my mouth I thought, "is this a defective batch? These taste like plain M&M's..." But then as I was finishing that mouthful I detected a hint of a birthday cake taste. That's not what any of us wants. So I went back to the package and tried again. This time opting to just let one slowly melt in my mouth (Not in my hand. Not ever in my hand.).

Just three colors? Strange. 
This time around I got a bit more of the birthday cake flavor than before. But seriously? You have to slow walk them one at a time to get the flavor that is plastered all over the package? Not cool, M&M's, not cool at all. I would say aside from the strange three color choice of these , if you put them in a dish on your coffee table, visitors to your house might not even notice that they aren't regular M&M's. Some of the more observant ones might pick up on the fact that they are shaped a bit more like Peanut Butter M&M's, but if not, they definitely won't be jumping out of their seats thinking that they somehow just ate a slice of birthday cake without knowing it.
This looks like any other M&M. 
So, sadly, in closing I have to say that these are quite disappointing. These were one of the items I was most excited for in 2014 and they left me hanging. If you see one of the small packages and want to try them out, go for it, just to satisfy your curiosity.  But if they make a big bag, it's not worth the money. 
I give Birthday Cake M&M's a big ol' D, for "Deez thangs could use about 90% more Birthday Cake flavor!"
Let's hope Mike has better luck with his CARROT CAKE M&M'S!
-Rich



As the sole member of the FGFB crew who loves carrot cake, I was tasked with reviewing these M&Ms- they even showed up on my food shelf out of nowhere. Gotta love that. 
I liked the idea, as there aren't enough carrot cake-flavored items out there, but I was cautious. How could they make a chocolate candy taste like carrot cake? 

Although they slapped the sexiest candy ever on the bag (seriously, those bunny ears straight from the playboy mansion and that come-hither eyebrow raise? mmmmmmm), I had to split her head right open and spill her candy brains all over the table. I guess I could have ripped the bag somewhere else, and not poured the candy onto a blood red tablecloth, but don't blame me! M&Ms are the ones who choose to advertise their candy by having lovable characters be terrified they're gonna get eaten in every commercial! Plus, these are clearly Easter-based, and you know... Jesus. 


brainz

ANYWAY, I felt these deserved a fancy presentation for something as fancy as carrot cake (and yes, I'm pretty sure the only reason I consider carrot cake "fancy" is because it's cake with a vegetable in it. That also means it's good for you, right?).


These are the white chocolate version of M&Ms (like these and these), which is most likely solely to make things taste more like they should, since there's probably no way to make real chocolate taste like carrot cake. 


And you know what? These are gooooooood.

They give off quite the aroma, and the smell is exactly the same as the taste- carrot cake. Not so much the frosting part of carrot cake, just like a more sweet version of the cake part. It really captures that cinnamony sting and almost bitterness of carrot cake, while staying super sweet, smooth, and KIND OF frostingy. I wish they had more of the frosting flavor, but I'll take what I can get. I figured these would be just ok, and after initial product testing, I felt like they were good, but not great. Last night, I really wanted some sugar and suddenly remembered I had this bag. Then I really got it. These are awesome, and the bag is almost gone.

I have to give them an A. I'd only recommend them if you are a carrot cake fan, but if you are, you'll see right away why I give them an A. They taste like they're supposed to, and they're delicious past the gimmick. I may just buy a piece of carrot cake and jam these in the frosting. Oh wait, I just did.


And it was awesome. 

-Mike

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cap'n Crunch's Sprinkled Donut Crunch!

Despite being over the age of 30, I have to say, I still eat Captain Crunch on a regular basis. Sometimes I mix it up and get a box of Crunch Berries or Peanut Butter Crunch too. I'm not that picky when it comes to the Crunch family. I know I can count on any one of them to become my irresponsible late night adult dinner at anytime. But here and there the Cap'n will try something different. Sometimes these are great, and sometimes not so much. But when I stumbled upon Sprinkled Donut Crunch in the supermarket the other day, I knew I would at least have to give it a try. I owe the Cap'n that much. We have a long and storied past.


Apparently the Cap'n now has the power to shoot sprinkles from his hands?

So if I'm reading this right, it's supposed to be a sweet breakfast cereal that tastes like frosted donuts with sprinkles. I can't say it's a bad taste for a cereal to try to mimic. But does it ACTUALLY taste like that? Well...kinda. I dove right in and poured myself a massive bowl. I don't play around with tiny plastic bowls. I need a monster bowl that I can pour a quarter of a box of cereal into. I also need it to be glass because when you write for the most popular snack blog in the history of the human race, you gotta snap those pictures! So I need to be able to see the colors the milk is changing. I need to see what sort of debris is collecting on the bottom. Luckily I scored these bowls a few years back. They are perfect. 

Like any other Cap'n Crunch cereal, they are pretty solid before you hit them with milk. Those of you who have weak mouths that get shredded by the Cap'ns cereal will find the same thing happening with Sprinkled Donut Crunch. Those of you who aren't massive wimps, who's gums can stand up to eating a simple breakfast cereal without ripping like tissue paper, shouldn't have any problems. But once submerged in milk, they soften up nicely. Ol' Grandma can slurp them up with her dentures out if you leave them sitting in milk for a good ten minutes. 


Up close they look kinda sloppy. 
Did they taste like donuts? Yeah. I mean, as much as a piece of cereal could. At first you think it might just be a regular sweet cereal taste, but then after a moment you realize that, yeah it does taste a bit like a donut. Enough to base a cereal around it? Maybe not. I enjoyed the flavor but in the end I think I would rather have a bowl of original Cap'n Crunch with a donut on the side.

Bottom line, I give Cap'n Crunch's Sprinkled Donut Crunch a C+. Nothing special, but not terrible. If you scoop up a box, you'll finish it, but you won't rush to the store to stock your cabinets before this limited flavor is gone forever.

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