Apologies in advance to those who monitor their blood sugar levels on a regular basis. This may not be the best week of Friday Food Finds for you. In fact, this is probably our most sugar coma-inducing week to date. From Pop-Tarts to Hi-Chews, Sour Punch Straws to chocolate-covered crackers, we left our Taylor Strecker Show Chub Chub Chowdown segment in a state of diabetic shock. But alas, there were some true stars in this bunch that are worth the indulgence. Check out our recommendations below!
It’s obvious that Jack Link’s is coming hard for Duke’s in the shorty sausage market. And while we will always stand behind Duke’s Hot & Spicy pork variety as one of the all-time best snacks, these beef ones are definitely worth trying. They’re flavorful, full of protein, and an excellent way to satisfy any random meat craving.
What a pleasant early morning surprise! The chia seed crunch on these is fantastic and while you may look at the small bar and think “how will this fill me up?,” keep in mind that chia seeds expand during the digestion process and can make you full. At only three grams of sugar per serving, these are also a much healthier alternative to similar bars on the market.
Confetti: yaaaaaaasssss! Chocolate: meh. We love when brands resurrect products from the vault, but would argue that confetti was the only worthwhile investment. It’s hard to mess up a Pop-Tart, though, especially when this new frosting is almost marshmallow Fluff-like in texture.
It was hit or miss with these. While we appreciate this healthy(ish) chocolate-covered rice cracker dessert and its creative take on a trendy flavor (spicy chocolate), the coffee was a bit overpowering. That being said, these are a much better alternative to candy bars, cookies, or chocolate-covered anything else. In fact, we highly recommend them for anyone transitioning into a more restrictive diet. They’ll absolutely please that pesky sweet tooth.
Whomp, whomp. This may be the first Hi-Chew we’ve tasted that has totally missed the mark. Watermelon-flavored anything runs the risk of tasting too artificial and, unfortunately, these fall into that category. The good news is that it’s part of a Sweet and Sour mix that features two certifiably delicious flavors: grapefruit and lemon. Otherwise, we’re going to have to pass on these.
Grape is, perhaps, one of the most polarizing candy flavors of all time. You either love it or you hate it. If you’re part of the former, these will be amazing. They’re the perfect ratio of sour and sweet with a palatable, soft texture. If you’re part of the latter, you’ll spit it out like a toddler with Dimetapp. I personally think these are great, but to each his own.
Not too shabby! In such a crowded sauce market, this Bourbon-laden condiment stands out for all the right reasons. It’s got a great sweet and tangy balance with an added level of heat. Plus, it’s versatile: Put it on meat, a sweet potato, chicken finger, or french fry. More alcohol-based products, please. Summer is essentially here, after all.