June 28, 2012

McDonald's S'mores Pie

rsz_1mcdonalds-smores-pie.jpgThe word "s'more" may evoke various images in a person's mind. Roasting marshmallows over a roaring campfire. Breaking apart honey-scented graham crackers into perfect squares. Watching chocolate melt as you admire your carefully-constructed creation before sinking your teeth into bliss. Fast food giant McDonald's seeks to sell their own variation of the renowned dessert in the form of a baked pie. A couple of months ago, I reviewed the Strawberry & CrŤme pie and appreciated it as a delightful alternative to the traditional baked apple pie McDonald's is known for. However, I came away from the S'mores Pie feeling unimpressed. The crust was still great- flaky and not too sweet- but it didn't exude much of a graham cracker vibe to me. The almost jelly-like consistency of the chocolate and marshmallow fillings was a bit of a turnoff and the flavors weren't very strong at all. I was expecting both fillings to be much richer and not so bland. I doubt I'd ever be willing to try this again, especially considering how simple it is to make authentic s'mores. The pies may be dirt cheap, but I'd say it's worth spending the few extra bucks to experience the real thing.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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June 27, 2012

Popeyes Zatarain's Butterfly Shrimp

Popeyes-Launches-New-Zatarains-Butterfly-Shrimp-This-July.jpgTo be honest, I don't think I go to Popeyes as often as I should. Having been there a couple times, I'm a firm believer that their fried chicken blows the competition out of the water. The sides there are fantastic as well. An item that has recently popped up on their menu is actually a collaboration with Zatarain's, a food and spice company based in New Orleans. As you could probably imagine, the seasoning on the shrimp was quite spectacular. As I looked inside the breading after my first bite, I saw succulent and fleshy little bits of meat. Unfortunately, because the spices were so bold on the exterior and the coating was so thick and dense, the flavor and texture of shrimp got lost on me. The lemon garlic sauce didn't do a thing to help bring out the shrimpiness, but still packed a punch with its acidic tang. One last thing about the breading is that it was so good that I made a spontaneous decision to eat the shrimp tails as well. Although I longed for a bit more coming from the actual shrimp themselves, I would definitely be willing to try these again. Take it from the guy who was willing to go so far as to eat the tails.

Phoood rating: Good.gif

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June 25, 2012

Burger King Bacon Sundae

baconsundae.jpgBacon has become all the rage in recent years and is showing up in places you would never expect to find it, like bacon olive oil, bacon soda, bacon vodka, bacon jam, bacon floss, and bacon toothpaste. Burger King is the latest fast food company to come to the bacon party with their new, limited-time only Bacon Sundae. Itís made with vanilla soft serve, chocolate fudge sauce, caramel sauce, bacon pieces, and a slice of bacon. I was surprised by the quality of the vanilla soft serve. I guess I was expecting it to be like the soft serve you get at McDonaldís (in their sundaes and McFlurries). But, it was much smoother and creamier, like what you find at Dairy Queen. The bacon had a nice flavor and was very crispy Ė a nice contrast to the soft ice cream. As strange as it may seem to some, bacon really is a great accompaniment to ice cream, chocolate, and caramel. Trust me. Unless you just donít like bacon, it would be hard not to enjoy the sweet and salty flavor combination of the Bacon Sundae. Too bad itís only a limited time item. It really deserves to be on the menu permanently, or at least until the bacon fad fades away.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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June 22, 2012

Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake Ice Cream

bluebunny.jpgWith a name as long as Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake Premium Ice Cream, itís got to be good, right? Actually, itís not just good, itís very good. BBCLTCCIC is delicious chocolate ice cream with pieces of fudgy chocolate cake pieces and ribbons of chocolate frosting. To say the ice cream is chocolatey is a huge understatement. Itís chocolate bliss. It has a premium flavor and texture because it's real ice cream, not "frozen dairy dessert." If you really want to send yourself into chocolate overload, just put some chocolate syrup on top. I did this and was in chocolate heaven. As much as I love the ice cream, I like the container that it comes in just a much. Itís an oval-shaped plastic container with an easy-to-open lid that snaps on and off and should keep the ice cream extra fresh in the freezer. Iíve never seen anything like it and commend Blue Bunny for putting some thought into the container for their wonderful ice cream.

In case you are wondering, that's pastry chef and television personality (Ace of Cakes) Duff Goldman's face on the label. Good job, Duff!

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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June 10, 2012

Goo Goo Cluster

googoocluster.jpgMy brother, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, visited me in California recently and brought me a couple Goo Goo Clusters. I had never heard of them before, but the candy has a long history and are pretty well known in the South. A Goo Goo Cluster is a mound of marshmallow nougat, caramel, and peanuts, all covered with milk chocolate. As you might expect, itís a delicious combination. I like how the caramel easily melts in your mouth and the generous amount of peanuts in each cluster. This is definitely a candy bar, uh, cluster that I can recommend. The only real issue is whether youíll be able to easily find Goo Goo Clusters where you live. In some areas, you may not find them in supermarkets, but at places like Tractor Supply Company. Check their web site for the retailer near you or just order a case or two directly from the company and have them shipped to your doorstep.

Phoood rating: Good.gif

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