Oreos – Marshmallow Crispy and Birthday Cake

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I know they are a classic, but at 70 calories each and full of palm oil and high fructose corn syrup, Oreos don’t often make it into my snack cabinet. My candy blogger status does not guarantee an endless supply of junk food in the house. My better half often complains that I don’t buy enough chips and crap for the house, so while picking up some sweets for my sweet at Walmart on Valentine’s Day, I was stoked to find the Marshmallow Crispy Oreos I’ve heard so much about (but failed to find at Target).  Though they didn’t also have the Cookie Dough Oreos, they did also have last year’s chocolate and vanilla Birthday Cake Oreos that are apparently now part of the regular line. I know I’m way late on this one, but I picked up chocolate anyway. Think of it as Birthday Cake Oreos Redux.

oreos2I took a good whiff of each as I broke the seal for photos. The chocolate Birthday Cake smelled sweet, like most “birthday cake” flavored things. I was surprised how much the Marshmallow Crispy smelled like actual ‘marshmallow treats’ (avoiding the obvious branding). Good call, Nabisco.

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It looks like the Marshmallow Crispy one is double-stuffed, right?

I had my boyfriend on hand on this one for a second opinion. Marshmallow Crispy came first because I just couldn’t help myself. I actually kind of like ‘Golden’ Oreos and the cookie was your normal cookie bit. The cream is obviously the main attraction in both of these cookies and honestly, I didn’t have high expectations.  Marshmallow is a really tough flavor to capture. I was expecting these to just be super sugary and make me feel a little queasy, so you’ll have to imagine my surprise at how much these cookies actually got the essence of the marshmallow treat. Completely different texture, of course, but the similarity is undeniable. There are even little bits of what seems like puffed rice in there for texture, even though there’s no trace of actual puffed rice in the ingredients. We both liked them and I’ll eat more of these for sure. If you’re a ‘marshmallow treat’ fan, pick these up.

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Next up was Birthday Cake. And I’m just going to say, “Sigggghhhhhh.” I love sprinkles. Love them. That waxy crap that stays in your teeth. That tasteless, squishy mash of artificial colors. Love.  Them. That said, I didn’t like them in this cream. The cream had a waxy mouthfeel thanks to the sprinkles and left a film after finishing the cookie. The cream is ultra-sweet but not cakey. Like marshmallow, ‘cake batter’ is a tough flavor to replicate, but Nabisco just didn’t hit it on this one. I’m surprised these didn’t get voted off the cookie island. They aren’t quite different enough from or better than regular Oreos to make it in my world. I wouldn’t buy another package of these.

Looking forward to picking up some Cookie Dough Oreos the next time I dip into Target. While Birthday Cake was a pretty meh experience, Marshmallow Crispy did not disappoint. Here’s hoping Nabisco pulls it out on the next try.

Treats on the Street

Look, I can’t buy everything I see at the store that looks delicious/weird/fun/questionable. I just don’t have the space in my pantry (believe me, I’ve requested it). But that doesn’t mean I can’t share it with you in a little product rant I like to call… Treats on the Street. Let’s begin.

This Week: Target

newstuff5 Uhm, hell yes. I didn’t purchase these yesterday and I’m currently experiencing some serious buyers remorse. I was hoping my Target would also have the Marshmallow Crispy, but alas. These have gotten some good reviews so far, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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These are some interesting little guys.  Special K continues to innovate in the ‘tiny and unsatisfying snacks’ category with what the describe as “just 3 bites big, and 70 calories small”. They’re 16 grams and the only thing they have going for them nutritionally is 2 grams of fiber, but I bet they are tasty. newstuff3

I guess if you’re going to eat gummies, you should at least get a little something out of it.  I’d try them. And look, there’s a coupon!

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I reviewed the Peanut Butter Heavenly Crisp a couple of years ago and while I thought they were yummy but not life-changing, a raspberry/chocolate combo lover might think these are the cat’s pajamas. newstuff1Target continues what appears to be some sort of hipster-oriented partnership with someecards.com with these Valentine’s Day heart-shaped boxes. But I have to say, I like them. You can’t have Snoopy and the gang on your chocolate forever.  If the candy inside is actually good (read: not Palmers), then we could have a winner.

See anything good this week that I missed? Tweet it to me @thecandyfan and I’ll be sure to check it out.

 

Celebrate World Nutella Day with Banana Nutella Pastry Pockets!

In honor of World Nutella Day, I’m sharing a freakin’ amazing recipe I made for my fiance’s recent birthday. With him working late that cold January evening plus a nearly 2 hour commute, I knew that I needed to make something special that would knock his socks off. Frankly, I’m not much of a baker. My initial thought? Funfetti cake. Because Funfetti. Because who bakes cakes that aren’t Funfetti? Why even bother? But as I surfed Pinterest for inspiration, I came across something that sounded like it would completely stop his world (from endlesssimmer.com): Nutella and banana pastry pockets.

Know this, the man truly loves 2 things in this world: Nutella and bananas. Well, I guess 3 things if you include me, but I’m not sure I’m even on the level. So off I went to find all of the ingredients needed:

  • Frozen pastry dough sheets
  • Nutella
  • Bananas
  • Confectioners sugar (optional)
  • One egg

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That’s IT, guys. Only those ingredients. We actually already had bananas and an egg, so I only needed the other three. I picked them up, brought them home, and started making magic in the kitchen. When I got home, I defrosted the pastry sheets on the counter per the directions (about 40 minutes at room temperature). While that happened, I preheated the oven to 450 degrees, ate a frozen meal for one, watched some high quality television, and got my ingredients together. I advise taking this time t beat the egg with about a tablespoon of water to make an egg wash for later in the process. Put it aside.

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As soon as the dough was soft enough, I took each large, square sheet and cut it into 4 equal smaller squares. Envision the square as two triangles. Spread about ½ a tablespoon on Nutella onto one of the triangles, making sure to stay about ¼ inch away from the edge of the square. If you get too close to the edge, it will ooze out when you fold them in half and be difficult to seal off for baking. I sliced my bananas thin so they would soften in the oven instead of maintaining their slice-y form, then layered about 5-6 slices on top of my Nutella. Then I added about another ½ tablespoon of Nutella on top of the bananas. The Nutella and banana amounts are purely up to you. If you want your pastries to be super Nutella-tastic, put more on, dude! If you love bananas, add more of those! Or do both. As long as you can fold it over and close that sucker off, it’s up to you how much you want to shove in there. No judgement.

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First this.

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Then this.

After finishing off my creation, I ran my finger along inside edges of the square with the egg wash (or you could use a brush like a civilized person). Fold the top triangle over on the bottom and you’ll end up with a little stuffed triangle. Take a fork and press it along the edges to seal them off and make a neat little pattern. Use a brush (or the back of a spoon or fork) to add a light coating of egg wash on top of the pocket. This will make it deliciously brown in the oven.

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Pop those suckers in the oven and wait for 10-12 minutes (I waited for 12), or until the tops are nice and golden brown. You’ll know they are done because they will look completely amazing. I took them out and topped with the confectioners sugar and chocolate syrup we happened to have in the fridge. Upon his arrival home, my better half proclaimed them the best goodie I’ve ever made.  Like I said earlier, I don’t do a lot of baking so this isn’t much of a claim on that angle, but these things are heavenly. And they’re super easy, to boot! They also keep pretty well in the fridge and can be warmed up in the microwave, oven, toaster oven, whatever you’ve got. Add ice cream. Add chocolate chips. Make them today and change your life. Seriously.

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Perfect.

Smarties

When I walked into the tiny grocery outlet next to Maison Callier (the Callier Chocolate Factory) in Switzerland, I almost plotzed.  After moving out of the city last April, my access to foreign candy has been severely limited by a lack of ethnic grocers in my population 5,000 town in the Midwest.  The fact that I’d just come from a chocolate factory did not matter.  The fact that I had 13 chocolate bars in my bag did not matter.  All that mattered was that there was a whole wall of unfamiliar, whole-new-world candy. I grabbed a basket and told my boyfriend that I’d be spending $20 on candy. And I did.

And today, my first review commences. I’ve seen Smarties before in the World Market on Broadway, but I never purchased a tube.  M&Ms are one of my candy true loves and I don’t often step out on them. When I have, it’s always been a disappointment. Yes, the ‘candy coated chocolate’ found within trail mix is a welcome addition when you’re plowing through 75% peanuts, but you know you’d never just buy a bag of them because they’re too sweet, their shells are too brittle, and at the end of the day, they are not M&Ms.  And in the US, M&Ms are king.

That’s thing about these Smarties.  Though I’m going to mention M&Ms several times, Smarties aren’t M&Ms. You could even make the case that M&Ms are kinda Smarties knockoffs if you have strong opinions on that sort of thing.  In the 1880s (nearly 60 years before M&Ms came to be) they were called “Chocolate Beans”. In 1937, they took things a step further and rebranded as Smarties Chocolate Beans. Apparently, the word ‘beans’ was deemed to be too misleading and they were rebranded simply as Smarties. They have been packaged in tubes since the good old days, but the packaging was updated in 2005 to the hexagonal design found today. As someone who often finds loose M&Ms rolling around the bottom of my purse (I’m a filthy creature), I appreciate the lid design that allows the consumer to clip the tube closed.  Smarties have also been free of artificial colors and flavors since 2006, which is more than I can say for my dear M&Ms.

Size-wise, the Smarties candy is slightly larger in diameter than a regular Milk Chocolate (also known as Plain) M&M, but only slightly thicker. My boyfriend described the flavor as “European milk chocolate”, to which lots of Europeans would say “Oh, you mean better?” and to which Americans would say “Whatever, dude.” But the description is apt. Anyone who’s eaten a Cadbury bar from across the pond can tell you it’s a whole different experience.

M&M on the left, Smarties on the right.

I ate most of my tube of Smarties, but not because they were just too delicious.  I kept eating them and thinking “Is this it?” They just didn’t blow my skirt up. I really wanted to like them – I kept going back, like how you kept wondering if that completely boring date with the super nice guy was only boring because you’re a terrible person who doesn’t deserve human affection. It’s not your fault, there’s just no spark.  Dating advice AND candy talk. One stop shopping here, folks.

Which do you prefer?

Unreal Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar

More Unreal products today, folks.  Of course, this involved me going back to their silly website to check out the details on the UN8: Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar.  Their website compared this bar to both a Snickers and a pear, which again seems completely logical.  This time, I also looked into the company history.  As legend has it, Unreal started when a man and his son fought over Halloween candy.  The kid brought it home, dad took it, kid tried to convince his dad that candy wasn’t so bad, only to find out through the magic of the internet that candy was filled with all sorts of terrible things.  As a side note, often when I read stories like this, I marvel at the fact that my parents never took any of my Halloween candy (except whatever good stuff they wanted), nor were they particularly interested in it.  I was either a lucky child or a rather neglected one.  Anyway, they ended up in communication with a chef in Spain named Adam, who “was so inspired by the mission of changing junk food that he immediately brought together top scientists and chefs all across Europe to recreate America’s biggest selling candies, without the junk.”  As a result, these bar contain no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, no GMOs, no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors.  Also (and I didn’t know this until I read their history), all dairy products come from grass fed cows with no antibiotics or hormones, and “key ingredients” are responsibly sourced. The more you know.

 This Unreal Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar is slightly smaller than a Snickers at 49g (versus 59g), but packs a fairly similar caloric punch with 4.08 cal per gram in the Unreal and 4.75 in the Snickers.  The bar’s smaller size will do you favors in portion control.  The fat content is also similar, relative to size.  The main differences lie in the sugar content, which is 30g for Snickers and just 17g for the Unreal version.  That’s a pretty vast difference, even accounting for size.  There are also 5g of fiber in the unjunked version, beating the pants off Snickers’ 1 measly little gram.

I don’t often get to say this in my non-candy life, but this bar smells awesome.  The Snickers is classic, but its super sweet scent does nothing to mask the 30g of sugar hiding inside.  The UN8 is a bit flatter than a Snickers and gives a clean break, revealing a neatly organized interior.  I do feel that it may have a slightly lower peanut content than Snickers, but I could easily be imagining that, or it could just be my bar.  I actually enjoyed the lower crunch factor, as it allowed a chewier experience with caramel as the star of the show.  It’s definitely not as sweet as a Snickers, which is wonderful.  I often have trouble finishing a Snickers without getting tired of the taste, and I ate the first half of this bar quickly and not with enough study.

I really dug this and I’d eat it on another occasion.  I wouldn’t say it’s quite like a Snickers bar, but it is good on it’s own and honestly doesn’t need to be compared.  Pick it up if you see it in your local CVS, and if you’re lucky, Walgreens.  Soon at Target and various other grocery stores we don’t have in Chicago.

Unreal Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts

So I disappeared for a while there.  It has been a busy month and it is probably for the same reason I can’t seem to make it into work on time lately no matter what time I get up.  That said, I’m getting up 10 minutes earlier tomorrow.

My friend texted me with a picture of this logo in early June, asking if I’d heard of it.  Nope, I responded, but I’d like to, and he picked up some samples for me.  I tried to go to their website, but all it contained was a looped video of guys at a meeting and a large timer across the screen, counting down to launch.  Cutesy, yes.  Helpful, no.  I just went to their website, and honestly, it’s still rather annoying.   The products are referred to by numbers instead of names, which makes superficial browsing difficult.   I’m all for thorough branding and creative delivery of information, but at the end of the day, I want something simple.  Each product is compared to its major brand competitor, then to a fruit, which Unreal suggests eating instead.  Wait… what? I mean, fruit is nature’s candy, but I’ve clearly made my choice.  Weird move, Unreal.  Regardless, I’m going to go ahead and compare my candy to Peanut M&Ms instead of an orange.

So let’s get to eating that candy (instead of fruit), shall we?  I didn’t get a sample of the regular candy coated chocolates (UN41 in Unreal-speak), but I did get a bag of the Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts, which are meant to “unjunk” Peanut M&Ms. Hold up, because I love M&Ms.  I love them in their many forms, except Crispy M&Ms which were an abomination.  Part of what makes M&Ms true M&Ms are the brilliant, possibly cancer-causing, possibly allergy-inducing, possibly hyperactivity-creating artificial colors they come in, which are out the window in this unjunked version.  Luckily, I’m a big fan of the particular hues of greenish-yellow, indigo-blue, purplish-red, and what looks to me to simply be black.

The candies are uneven in size, many of them around the size of your average Peanut M&M, and others smaller or larger.  Some oval, some round, all special and unique snowflakes.   The shells seem to be of similar thickness (maybe slightly thinner) and the chocolate-to- peanut ratio seems similar to your standard M&M.  Texture-wise, they are very similar.  As you know, I love a short ingredients list and this one is a winner in that category:

MILK CHOCOLATE (CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, CANE SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, MILK POWDER, ORGANIC BLUE AGAVE INULIN, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLA EXTRACT), PEANUTS, CANE SUGAR, CALCIUM CARBONATE, PEANUT OIL, COLORED WITH (BEETROOT JUICE, TURMERIC ROOT EXTRACT, PURPLE CABBAGE JUICE), GUM ARABIC, VANILLA EXTRACT, CARNAUBA WAX & BEESWAX.

Taste-wise, they are quite different.  The chocolate is less sweet than your M&M, which makes sense given that not only is there less sugar overall (the package itself is almost 8 grams lighter than Peanut M&Ms), but less sugar per gram.  This really lets the peanut flavor shine through, and give it almost a peanut butter flavor instead of sugary sweet chocolate.   I quite liked them, which was clear by the fact that I ate half the package before looking down and saying “WHOA, MY FRIEND. BACK AWAY.”

I’d eat these instead of M&Ms if they were readily available and not way more expensive on the regular.  I went by my local CVS yesterday and saw them on display, but I didn’t purchase them because my local CVS is a tiny hole in the Earth that leads directly to Hell.  I received a couple more Unreal goodies from my pal, and will be reviewing them in short order, but as I mentioned, I don’t have the regular chocolate candies.  The fact that I’m considering braving the CVS elements should tell you how much I’d like to try them.  I’d definitely recommend picking up these Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts if you happen upon them, but if you ask for UN54, they will stare at you like you’re a moron.  Which is fair.

Funky Monkey Snacks: JiveALime, Pink Pineapple & Carnaval Mix

When I tried Funky Monkey’s snacks at Sweets and Snacks Expo, I dropped them my card and said I’d love if they could send me some stuff to review.  Who knew they’d be so awesome and send me their ENTIRE LINE of freeze-dried snacks to write up?  Cool!  Seven items seemed a bit excessive for one review, so today I’m focusing on all flavors that included pineapple (my favorite dried fruit variety):  JiveALime, Pink Pineapple, and Carnaval Mix.  The rest to come soon.

The bags were no picnic to photograph, and I apologize for the hideous glare on almost every picture.  It is adorable packaging, and the foil pouches keep the fruit fresh as the day it was freeze-dried.  Funky Monkey snacks are made in Brazil with just fruit (and cinnamon for their flavored products), without any chemicals or added sugars, which is neat, and technically they are even considered a raw food.  Kinda neat.

 

I tried the JiveALime first, as I couldn’t stop singing “You put the lime in the pineapple and eat ‘em both together…” and that needed to end.  The pineapple chunks are fairly large and the pineapple scent buries any hint of lime that might be lurking in there.   Upon tasting, though, the lime is definitely present and reminded me of crunching my way through a pina colada.  Sometimes lime can be a little overpowering, but the tartness of both the pineapple and lime held a surprising sort of balance.

I was hoping against hope that the pink pineapple flavor was actually going to be pink, and I was pleased as punch when it was.  Well, one side of the pineapple was.  The pink pineapple was a pineapple flavor with guava.  Tropical!  The pieces were a bit more broken up in my bag than the lime flavor, but that made it a bit quieter to sample at work.  This was less tart than the lime, and the guava added sweetness to the pineapple.  I liked this one slightly more than lime, but I’m a sucker for guava.

I saved the most complicated for last.  There’s a lot going on in the Carnaval Mix: apples, bananas, pineapple, and papaya.  I got a chunk of papaya first, and I have to say that while I love papaya in fresh form, the freeze dried tasted great but I wasn’t in love with the texture.  The apple I tried next was clearly an apple slice and not a weird amorphous shape, which I appreciated.   My old friend pineapple made a non-flavored showing, where it shone like the crazy diamond it is.  I found the banana chips most intriguing.  This is the most important part of the review.  If I were writing an abstract of this greater work, it would include this: I loved the fact that these were still crunchy and retained their flavor and texture instead of turning into a fine, powdery mist like some banana and apple freeze dried products I’ve tried in the past.

All Funky Monkey Snacks contain no gluten, wheat, dairy, peanut and tree nut, meaning they are an excellent option for people with food allergies or celiac disease. My friend Heidi from handsoccupied.com gives them the thumbs up for folks with hypoglycemia as they don’t contain the added sugars that lots of dried fruit normally does.  They are also certified Kosher.

Their website says you can find Funky Monkey in some Target and Whole Foods stores (as well as lots of other regional grocery stores).  You can also buy Funky Monkey snacks online in a variety of places:

Their website

Amazon

Drugstore.com

 

Disclaimer:  The Candy Fan received this product free of charge from the manufacturer or distributor.  Products are supplied for review on the understanding that the manufacturer/distributor has no right to influence the final conclusions or ratings.

World Market Tiramisu Dark Chocolate bar

I picked up this Tiramisu Dark Chocolate bar at World Market when I got my precious Cup-O-Gold, and while I had several bars to choose from, this one sounded the most intriguing.  Tiramisu?  In bar form?  For me?  The World Market website says: “Our Tiramisu Dark Chocolate Bar captures the traditional flavors of this classic Italian dessert while giving it a new twist.  A decadent mocha ganache filling is surrounded by delicious dark chocolate.” I’m looking forward to this new twist.

The bar smells rich and cocoa-y, like dark chocolate should.  It is portioned off into 6 rectangles, each with its own pocket of filling.  The dark chocolate is rich and creamy, and pretty good for your basic store brand chocolate bar, in my humble opinion.   I did some quick research to figure out who secretly makes the Cost Plus generic brand, but came up empty handed.  If you happen to know, please let this top secret knowledge in the comments, plz.

 

The filling is actually a white chocolate and vanilla mix, according to the ingredients, but it does have a distinct tiramisu flavor, though I certainly wish there was more of it.  The photos on the website definitely weren’t accurate to my bar.  The filling is a very thin layer that, while delicious, is hard to get a real taste of.  Since the filling is rather sparse, that leaves the chocolate as the centerpiece of the bar.   The dark chocolate is smooth and fabulous and carries the bar on its own, but I was disappointed at the showing the tiramisu filling made in this product.

 

As mentioned, the dark chocolate in this bar is great.  It has a smooth melt and didn’t leave me thirsty like some other darker varieties.  Milk chocolate would have been too sweet for the tiramisu filling, so dark was a good call.

I don’t know that I’d buy this bar again at full price, but I’ll give the rest of the World Market lineup a try whenever I get the opportunity.   At $1.79 a pop for a rather small bar, it’s not an every day treat, but check it out if you love a good Italian dessert.

Cup-O-Gold

So, I’ve seen Cup-O-Golds in the past.  Not terribly frequently as they are mostly sold on the west coast, but sometimes, and I picked this one up at World Market a couple of weeks ago.  They look from the outside to be an enormous peanut butter cup, and for some reason I believed that to be so for a very long time.  I also had an inkling that there might be marshmallow involved, but I think that can be explained by the gooey, white burst flowing from the inside of the cup on the package.  The Cup-O-Gold is, in reality, some sort of hybrid of many things.   The package describes the cup as “the big, single cup … with all the creamy milk chocolate, toasted almonds, that hint of coconut, and the signature creamy center…” and assures me that I deserve a Cup-O-Gold.  I deserve it, and today I shall have it.

The Cup-O-Gold was a challenge to photograph, and I wish I’d purchased two of them so I could destroy one in the photography process.  I needed this cup to stay mobile enough to bring to work with me without making a big ol’ mess, and I didn’t truly know what I was getting myself into when I cut it open.

 

The Cup-O-Gold smells fabulous.  There is a really strong, sweet, milk chocolate smell wafting up from the package as soon as you get into it.  The bottom of my Cup gave out as I tried to cut it off and lift, but I imagine if you popped it in the fridge for a few minutes, you’d get a tougher build.  The front of the package is surprisingly accurate to the inner workings, though the mess it creates is understated.  I liked that the marshmallow was actually stringy and gloppy, which shows that it’s not just “marshmallow filling”.

The top half of the cup is a mixture of almonds and coconut in milk chocolate while the lower portion is the marshmallow.  Given my druthers, I’d probably swap them to avoid the smashed mallow bottom that I got in my cup, but Adams & Brooks are professionals, so I’ll defer to them on this one.  The marshmallow is indeed pillowy like real mallow instead of the overly sweet, runny, white filling that goes into so many candy concoctions.  It has a mellow flavor that cozies right up to the sweetness of the milk chocolate.  The almond element is not a peanut buttery paste, but chopped and mixed with toasted coconut.

Real talk here: I really dug this cup. Coconut and chocolate is my third favorite combo following mint/chocolate and peanut butter/chocolate, and this had some great almond action in there, too.  I’d love to just eat the chocolate mixture in candy bar form, but with the marshmallow added in, the company website is correct when they say: “Whoooaaammm.”  I also loved the blissfully short ingredients list: milk chocolate, toasted coconut, corn syrup, sugar, almonds, sorbitol (a sugar substitute that moonlights as a laxative), egg albumin (egg whites), and artificial vanilla.  Huzzah to the Cup-O-Gold.  Though it’s tough to find these little devils in stores, you can order them in a variety of places for your snacking convenience:

Their website

Amazon

Candy Warehouse

Gamer Grub: PB&J

I tried Gamer Grub last year at SSE11 and found it to be less than inspiring, and only partially because the guy employed at their booth was rather unpleasant (companies, take note?).  This year they had a more centrally-located booth (if memory serves correctly) and a much friendlier staff, who happily gave us samples of several types of Grub and sent us home with a couple of full-size bags.

Gamer Grub’s shtick focuses on the arduous task of snacking whilst continuing to play video games.  Quoth their website: “Gamer Grub is a great tasting snack mix packed with select vitamins and neurotransmitters to keep you focused and quick. Gamer Grub is designed to support the activities you do while gaming and multi-tasking.”  I didn’t realize that vitamins were part of their sales pitch, but I guess when you’re playing a game for 15 hours in the dark, it would be a good idea to eat something a bit more nutritious than room-temperature Mountain Dew and mostly broken Cool Ranch Doritos. Let’s toss in a little Vitamin A, B, C, E, Magnesium, Choline, and L-Glutamic Acid (Glutamate). In fairly decent amounts too; the low end clocks in at 6% of your daily value for magnesium and the others at 15%.  They advertise the “Tear N Tilt” aspect of the packaging to eliminate greasy fingers, but my Liz Lemon-esque fear of choking kept my urge to test that out at bay.  Plus… no.

I received full-sized bags of the Pizza flavor and PB&J flavor Gamer Grub from the expo rep.  The pizza flavor was fabulous, actually, but as it is not a sweet snack, I’ll say no more about it (yes I will: it was tasty).  PB&J is our primary focus today and I’ll tell you straight up: I really liked this Grub. The website describes it as “A tasty blend of Peanut Butter Chips, Peanuts, Strawberries, Strawberry Jelly Chips and Sweet Bread.”  By sweet bread, they mean tiny cookies, not the other kind.  I feel like they could have just said “cookies”.  They are very vanilla and basic, but add nice crunch to the mix and remind me of my beloved Garfield-branded Cookie Gems.

I love me some peanut butter chips, so I was happy to see them in my PB&J mix, but I was also pleased to have actual peanuts in there too.  They provided a nice balance and a bit of salt to the rest of the mix which was basically candy. I guess they are strawberry jelly fans rather than the old grape standby, because both jelly products are strawberry and both are delicious.  The dried strawberry bits are sweet and chewy, but the “strawberry jelly chips” are what make this mix special to me.  They are little discs of chewy, fruity flavor, and for some reason they built themselves a nice little summer home in my heart.

This mix was ridiculously poppable, and I ate half the bag before I even realized what I was doing.  Yes, their branding is a little silly but don’t let that put you off their product.   According to their store locator, you can buy your own Gamer Grub at various Best Buys in the Chicagoland area (and at Microcenter, if you know what/where that is).  I checked a couple of my former Floridian zip codes as well, and found them at their Best Buy locations, so that seems to be the safe place to attain the Grub.  Or you can always order it online here.  Happy gaming (and check out the pizza flavor)!

 

Disclaimer:  The Candy Fan received this product free of charge from the manufacturer or distributor.  Products are supplied for review on the understanding that the manufacturer/distributor has no right to influence the final conclusions or ratings.