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Candy Review – Trader Joe’s Boffo! and Quasar Bars

Boffo! and Quasar, from Trader Joe's.

Boffo! and Quasar, from Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s has been a long-time source of candy for candy-loving cheapskates like me, but while shopping for dark chocolate peanut butter cups spinach the other day, I spotted two new Trader Joe’s brand candy bars and I just had to have them – for science!

Denuded.

Denuded.

Boffo! to you! to!

Boffo! to you! to!

First up is the Boffo! Bar “with peanuts, caramel, and nougat enrobed in milk chocolate,” which sounded delightful and much like a Snickers bar.  Once sliced, it looked like a peanut-stingy, nougat-generous Snicker’s bar, and tasted that way, too, except the nougat was much chewier than in a Snickers.  Despite being the lead descriptor, the peanuts definitely come as an afterthought.  The chewiness of the nougat was at first overwhelming (as it was unexpected) but after eating a few more bites I began to thoroughly enjoy it.  Would I buy this candy bar again?  I don’t know that I’d get this over a Snickers Almond, M&M Almond, or Twix, for example, but it wasn’t horrible.  And while I wouldn’t be disappointed to find this in my trick-or-treat stash, at 240 calories and 28 grams of sugar, my doctor would.

Look at that thick coating!

Look at that thick coating!

The fine print...

The fine print…

I was excited by the dark chocolate covering the “whipped chocolate nougat and rich caramel” of the Quasar Bar, but immediately put off when I sliced into the bar and discovered a cross-section that looked suspiciously like the dreaded Mars Bar (don’t get me started on Mars Bars, the once-wonderful, chock-full-of-almonds candy bar that turned into the horrid English caramel and nougat-only Milky Way-esq monstrosity!!!).  However, for science, I tried a piece and then another piece and then another piece and then another.  Surprisingly delicious!  This is no Mars Bar/Milky Way!  The dark chocolate outside is fairly thick and good quality (cough cough for an American candy bar cough cough) and the caramel and nougat are a pleasing texture and sweetness.  At 220 calories and 30 whopping grams of sugar, I would have to be embracing my inner diabetic to eat this a second time, but then again my inner diabetic and I are pretty tight.

 

Overall, I’d put these two candy bars in the “buy” category if you’re looking for candy from Trader Joe’s.  (I also put the aforementioned Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups in the solid “buy” category, with instructions to store them in the freezer or fridge and eat them cold, but I’d put the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate covered almonds in the “pass” category, because for some reason, possibly the quality of the chocolate or the waxy coating, they’re unappealing in my book.)  And if you’re looking for non-chocolate sweets, the best thing to buy at Trader Joe’s right now is the Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls, which are everything good about the fall season and frozen foods and life itself.

 

What Trader Joe’s items do you love?  Is there a candy that you used to love that you can’t find anymore?  Do you like pumpkin pie?  Share in the comments!

Snack Review – Pop Tarts Frosted Pumpkin Pie & Happy Thanksgiving!

pumpkin pie pop tarts

“LIMITED EDITION”

I finished the Philadelphia Marathon, but haven’t had time to write my recap of the race yet as I’ve been too busy eating cheesesteaks and packing for a trip home for Thanksgiving.  Instead, I’ve taken some time to give you a brief glimpse into the life of Pop Tarts Frosted Pumpkin Pie flavor toaster pastries.

 

First, I gotta say that I love Pop Tarts.  They are my current go-to breakfast pre-marathon, as I can usually eat (and enjoy) two entire pastries (400 calories!) even at 4:00 in the morning, which helps me not become a ravenous beast a mile into the race (instead delaying the beast until about mile 6).  I never toast my Pop Tarts, as I feel that turns them into a sad attempt at a hot breakfast, which they most decidedly are not.  (Also, the toasting ruins the pastry, IMO.)

The sorta pumpkin-y, sorta goodness.

The sorta pumpkin-y, sorta goodness.

 

Pop Tarts Frosted Pumpkin Pie Limited Edition toaster pastries smell sweet and have a very slight pumpkin pie fragrance, but so slight that the smell of the unflavored pastry itself almost obscures the pumpkin pie smell.   Since the pastry itself smells more like “nothing” than most edible things, that means the fragrance is slight indeed.

I wish there were more pumpkin in the real thing!

I wish there were more pumpkin in the real thing!

The Pumpkin Pie flavor is not bad.  I love strong, spicy pumpkin pie, and I usually double the spice called for in a recipe when baking pies at home.  The Pop Tart version is disappointingly bland, because “a pumpkin doesn’t taste like anything,” and Kellogg’s decided to use a light hand on the spice.  But there is some pumpkin-y flavor to it, and it’s sweet, and not objectionable.  It’s not nearly as good as Frosted Blueberry, Frosted Strawberry, or Frosted Grape, but it’s a fine novelty limited edition treat around Thanksgiving, I suppose.  I had to order these from Amazon (“had” here meaning something that doesn’t actually mean “had”), and I actually finished both pastries (400 calories!) while writing this post and I didn’t even notice.

 

Finally, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are just a few of the things I’m thankful for – I’m thankful I’m still running.  I’m thankful I can take my time to write my Philly recap and not fail a class or something.  I’m thankful for this video, which seriously if you didn’t watch it while clicking around above, I urge you to watch it now.  I’m thankful for Pop Tarts, and the minds at Kellogg’s that will continue to put new and ill-advised flavors into those Pop Tarts.  And I’m thankful you’re reading this.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

What are you thankful for this year?  Are you doing a Turkey Trot today?  What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?  Share in the comments!

Candy cross sections unwrapped - starting at top going clockwise - Ohio Buckeyes, KitKat Chunky Hazelnut Cream, something-something fruit chew candy, Hi-Chew peach, Birthday Cake M&Ms, Divine Dark Chocolate with mint

Snack Review – 6 New Candies & New Haircut Revealed

6 new candies - Divine Dark Chocolate with mint, Ohio Buckeyes, Birthday Cake M&Ms, KitKat Chunky Hazelnut Cream, Hi-Chew peach, something-something fruit chew candy

6 new candies – Divine Dark Chocolate with mint, Ohio Buckeyes, Birthday Cake M&Ms, KitKat Chunky Hazelnut Cream, Hi-Chew peach, and Puccho grapefruit chewy candy

This is a lot of candy I’ve never tried before.  Before going to my running class, I ate all of these candies so I could review them for you all at once.  Let’s begin, shall we?

 

  1. Candy cross sections unwrapped - starting at top going clockwise - Ohio Buckeyes, KitKat Chunky Hazelnut Cream, something-something fruit chew candy, Hi-Chew peach, Birthday Cake M&Ms, Divine Dark Chocolate with mint

    Candy cross-sections unwrapped – starting at top going clockwise – Ohio Buckeyes, KitKat Chunky Hazelnut Cream, Puccho grapefruit chews, Hi-Chew peach, Birthday Cake M&Ms, Divine Dark Chocolate with mint

    Divine Dark Chocolate with Mint – The wrapper in the photo above is empty and the little piece pictured is actually all that is left of this magically delightful, appropriately named “Divine” dark chocolate mint bar.  I bought this as part of my groceries one day at Fairway, since dark chocolate is healthy and with mint added it counts as one of my vegetables.  I wasn’t planning on reviewing it until I ate it and realized just how delicious vegetables can be.  It’s currently my favorite dark chocolate bar, but that is subject to change as easily as my TV on a Friday night.  (PS there is no good tv on Friday night.)

  2. Ohio Buckeyes – Technically the name is Continue reading