Whether you like it or not, pumpkin spice season has arrived and brought with it a tsunami of brand new products that I obviously can’t wait to try (#basicbitch). Two made this week’s Chub Chub Chowdown segment on the Taylor Strecker Show (featuring special guests Donny Meacham and Jasen Kaplan), but did they earn our Chowhound seal of approval? You’ll have to read on to find out! (P.S. Mystery Oreos are back and we’re all kinds of confused. Are they Teddy Grahams? Are they snickerdoodle? Try them and let us know what you think in the comment section.)
In the least surprising news ever, Jeni’s has introduced yet another amazing flavor to their line of famous ice creams. Pumpkin Cake Roll is a perfect fall treat full of real pumpkin flavor, sans the artificiality you’d expect to find in many mainstream brands. I may have accidentally called it “potato”-flavored on the show, but one thing’s for certain: this is no spud, err, dud.
Wow! This craft brew legit tastes like a blueberry muffin. Who needs a carb and sugar bomb in the morning when you can just chug a beer instead? I kid, I kid (kind of). For those lucky enough to live near a Sheetz store, it’s absolutely worth the splurge, if only to remind yourself that there’s a world of beer beyond Bud Light.
We were a little reluctant to try a yogurt-infused cracker, but these were fantastic. They’ve got an awesome crunch, the perfect level of sweetness, and are an ideal snack option for fall. We also dig the fact that they’re high in protein, calcium, and whole grains. Sure, the star shapes are bit childlike, but since we’re all still kids at heart, they’re a welcomed addition. Plus, if you wish upon one, your dreams of more yogurt crisps may come true.
Move over, spiked seltzer. Canned sake is now a thing and Night Swim is one of the best varieties we’ve sampled in recent memory. It’s smooth, it’s refreshing, and it makes for an excellent bev to serve at a picnic or beach day (except R.I.P. summer). In fact, I plan to order some Japanese food tonight and knock back a can or seven, because Y.O.L.O. and T.G.I.F. and every other acronym I need to justify my drinking habits.
While we appreciate the concept of concentrated kale seasoning, it just didn’t work in the chocolate chip cookie that the company provided. There simply is no easy way to sneak something green and nutritious into a dessert—I don’t care who you are or what you’re selling. That being said, this would probably taste great on a savory option like popcorn or guacamole. And we’ll take any excuse to make an everyday indulgence healthier IF it tastes good. Kale yeah!
Santé, you stay! This is a pumpkin spice product that we can absolutely get behind. The sweet taste isn’t overwhelming, unlike more popular brands that are coated in layers of sugars and corn syrup. Instead, emphasis is placed on the actual spices of cinnamon and cloves, making it an excellent seasonal offering that you can nosh on throughout the day. Just don’t tell your coworkers, because while sharing may be caring, it surely isn’t fun.
We’re convinced these are Teddy Grahams, but do we like them? Sure. Cinnamon plays well with chocolate, though we would have maybe preferred a vanilla cookie. Either way, they’re Oreos, which means you’re going to eat three sleeves and feel bad about yourself later. And then do it all over again tomorrow. Be sure to enter their Guess the Flavor sweepstakes if you think you know what you’re tasting!