Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Magnum Double Peanut Butter ice cream bars!

Have you ever tried a Magnum Ice cream bar? Josh reviewed them when they first came out a while back.  His review was pretty hilarious but in the end he deemed them mediocre. So it was a while before any of us tried the other flavors. Then one day I decided to give the caramel ones a whirl. They changed my life. If you have never tried them, DO IT TODAY. But somehow, we never reviewed them. I think it was because by the time we tried them they were so old that we didn't think anyone would care. But I've eaten them pretty regularly since. Then, our of nowhere, I walk by the ice cream novelties cooler at my local supermarket and I see something that made me do a triple take. Sweet mother of mercy. MAGNUM DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM BARS. 

Rub that dust out of your eyes, this isn't a mirage! 
I nearly broke into a dead run on my way home because I wanted to try these away from the prying eyes of the public. But the moment I walked in I snapped a pic and ripped the box open to give one of these a try. Reading the box it declares that they are peanut butter ice cream dipped in a chocolate coating, then peanut butter sauce and more chocolate coating. Aka: the best thing I've ever heard.

After being mesmerized by the golden wrapper for a straight minute, I snapped out of it and came back to my senses. Being a veteran to the ice cream bar game, I knew that I had to make my first bite small and precise, as to not damage the structural integrity of the bar. I expertly executed the move and my taste buds exploded like every vehicle in Mad Max Fury Road.


The shell melts into a delicious, soft chocolate, followed by the layer of peanut butter sauce that combine for a great sweet and salty sensation. I feel like I might have liked it a bit more if the peanut butter was a little closer to the consistency of the caramel ones, but that's just nit picking. The flavor of those two is damn near perfect. Then you hit another layer of wonderful chocolate shell followed by smooth, creamy peanut butter ice cream. You can eat it layer by layer, or make sure you get a little bit of each part in each bite.  Either way you do it, you'll just close your eyes and lift your face to the heavens while smiling. IT IS THAT GOOD.

It's all about the layers! 
If I had to ask Magnum one thing that might enhance this already perfect ice cream bar, it might be for some sort of swirl in the ice cream itself, but that's probably overkill. The Fatguyfoodblog crew are always looking to step things up and that's not always what the situation needs. This is one of those times. I'm giving Magnum Double Peanut Butter ice cream bars an A! That means you need to get them as soon as you can. They are the ice cream equivalent of this:

What a lovely day, indeed. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken and Ghost Pepper Fries

Ghost Peppers.
I'm a little confused as to why Wendy's went with ghost peppers as a meal additive. Why? You don't know how ghost peppers are made? LET ME TELL YOU! First you slaughter an entire hillside village, bury their bodies in a mass grave, plant pepper plants above their rotting corpses and let the peppers suck their souls up from the ground before they can shoot down to hell. Are ghost peppers the blood diamond of the culinary world? I'm not sure, as everything I just told you I made up.

I've gotta tell you I was insanely excited when these fries were launched, I remember seeing an ad for them a bit ago and decreed it as a post I will do for FGFB, and here we are.

I couldn't JUST get fries....
The Wendy's website claims that there is melted shredded cheddar on these, but that was no where to be found. But what was found was a sweet, not really hot, nacho cheese flavor that was ok. My problem with almost every cheese fry meal out there, is that the cheese goop ends up making the fries too soggy too fast, and this was the case here.

"But Josh I'm a wimp and don't like hot stuff waaaahhhhhhh"- YOU. Well you're in luck my friend, the heat on these things is like a whisper on the wind told from another continent. It might be there, but you'll never find it. So I'm not sure where the ghost peppers were but.....oh my god, it's all an elaborate trick. These ghost peppers, much like in ghost shows, DON'T EXIST!!!!! Wow, Bravo Wendy's,  you got me. To be honest the small amount of hot there was inside the cheese, has the same sweet hotness that comes from weak jalapenos. These tasted pretty decent, and were a nice change from the norm, but were nothing to freak out about.

Disappointed in my batch of ghost pepper fries, I turned my attention to Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken.

Spicy chickens are a staple from Wendy's. On days I'm not food blogging, I'll stop in and snap one of them up just because they taste so damn good. The new Jalapeno Fresco version, was actually awesome.

The same ghost pepper cheese sauce that ruined the fries about 3 minutes in, colby pepper jack cheese, and a surprise red jalapeno bun. Now where that hotness was missing from the fries, it was found on the spicy chicken. I was unable to pinpoint what exactly it was that gave it it's heat, I had a sneaking suspicion it was the spicy chicken itself, but the jalapeno bun, the ghost pepper sauce, and the spicy chicken all came together to give you a nice spicy, sweet, cheese filled chicken sandwich that was delightful to take down. The cheese sauce made this a mess to eat, I had about 30 napkins in which to wipe my face after every bite.

FGFB PROTIP: Dip your sandwich in your fries for an extra cheese slathering
Overall I wasn't blown away by either of these. You'd figure a spice derived from mass murder would be a little more exhilarating to the senses, and deliver some kind of unique punch, as I don't think any other fast food chain has offered something as titillating as ghost peppers. I wish they have used them more effectively and didn't numb it down for mass consumption. Wendy's should have given us a proper, intensely spicy option, but instead they went with a weak substitution and watered it down for everyone.

I give Wendy's Ghost Pepper Fries a C
full of promise, but just couldn't deliver. 
the Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Spicy Chicken: B
a variation on a classic, but doesn't do much.
-review by Josh

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Cheez-It Crunch'd! Cheddar Cheese and Hot & Spicy!

Here at Fatguyfoodblog headquarters, we're always getting fun stuff in the mail. Barely a day goes by where we don't receive a package stuff with some sort of goodies. Some we get and they aren't a right fit for the blog, like that time we got a box of diet snacks. WRONG BLOG, BUDDY! But usually we get cool things to share with our readers. But every once in a while a company hits a home run with presentation and then we're instantly excited to try the product. Well our friends over at Nabisco did just that! The other day we got a huge box in the mail. Open it up and we see this...

What in the cheezy hell?
It was basically a Cheez-it hat box. I was praying there wasn't actually going to be a hat inside because I didn't want to have to trade out my sweet floppy winter hat for a neon pink Cheez-it trucker cap.

The moment I lifted the lid I was greeted with the sound of crunching. For a moment I thought that the package was about to explode and coat the inside of my apartment in cheese powder, as a part of some elaborate prank. But no, just a sweet display for new Cheez-It CRUNCH'D!

Yes the package actually CRUNCHED! 

After taking a quick look at the insert they included, which gave me important information that I may need in the future. Such as, that this was Cheez-It's first venture out of the cracker aisle and into the chip aisle. Also that they are made with 100% real cheese. Oh, and how to create a "crunchapult" with which you can launch Cheez-It Crunch'D pieces into your own mouth. I decided against this. Mostly because I didn't have the materials on hand. If they had been included in this box, I probably would have made one and shot the damn things all over my apartment.

Since I'm a wimp about hot stuff and I'm expecting the spicy ones to be too much for me to handle, I start out with the Cheddar Cheese flavor first! I had been wondering if these were just going to be Cheetos in square form, but once I got a look at them, they almost looked more like breakfast cereal.

But they were definitely packed with a serious cheese flavor. Every single one of these things was drenched in cheese powder and they had an interesting crunch to them. Very similar to a Cheeto but also with a familiar corn crunch that definitely does remind me of some old cereals. But together the maximum cheese flavor and great texture and crunch combine quite well!

Cheddar Cheese CHEEZ-IT Crunch'D are a great snack alternative in the cheesy chip realm. If you are usually a Cheetos snacker, perhaps give these a try instead next time. They are in the same ballpark but definitely their own thing. High cheese flavor and a great crunch. I give these a B+!

Too spicy? Or not spicy enough? 

Next up we ripped into the Hot & Spicy flavor. If I were in a store, I would have stayed away from these. I'm a wimp when it comes to hot stuff. I don't mind a little burn here and there, mild to medium, but a bag of chips with a bottle of Tobasco and a bunch of peppers on it? Hell no, son. I'll pass. But since these arrived on my doorstep and the readers want to know, I gave them a whirl. Turns out? They are excellent. I actually like them a lot more than the Cheddar Flavor!


The Hot & Spicy version ended up not really being either of those things! They are very similar to the Cheddar Cheese version except these seem somehow a BIT MORE CHEESY! Not only that, but they also have a great tangy flavor to them. Very slight spice. I found that the only time I had even the beginning of a burn with these was after I ate an embarrassing amount in one sitting. I actually think these should be kicked up a notch or two! But I still thought they were great. If you're a true lover of hot stuff and are expecting a serious mouth burn from these, you might find them a bit too mild, but if you are a wimp to the hot stuff like I am and want to impress your pals by looking tough eating hot chips while not actually getting your mouth all burned to hell, these are PERFECT. The better of the two, they get an A from me!

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