Today’s Chub Chub Chowdown segment on the Taylor Strecker Show was a gigantic success and not just because I didn’t manage to spill anything on myself (like I usually do). Everything we sampled was worthy of a trip to the grocery store. From breakfast items and desserts to healthy snacks and a new hard seltzer, nothing disappointed, which rarely happens. (We’re a judgmental bunch.) Check out everything we tried below and sound off on your favorites. Do any of them deserve a spot on the Top 10 Friday Food Finds of 2019? It’s almost time to finalize this oh-so-coveted list!
This knocked our hygge-friendly wool socks off. The cinnamon dough gobs are insane and don’t even get us started on the gooey, decadent brownies that have a welcomed and unexpected kick of cayenne! Since criminal justice reform (which this pint supports) is something we need to support year-round, we encourage Ben & Jerry’s to keep this flavor year-round. Having it disappear from shelves should be considered a punishable felony.
We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are about this brand and their delicious, protein-packed offerings. Mesquite BBQ is just one of many flavors and we are 100 percent here for it and all the protein, fiber, and whole grains it rode in on. These should and will replace any potato chips, pretzels, or other unhealthy snacks you tend to reach for at 3 p.m. when it’s crunch time and you want to leave for the day, so watch your back, Cheetos.
Press already made waves with their Pear Chamomile variety from summer, but this seasonal flavor may taste even better. There is literally zero trace of alcohol, making it a necessary, albeit dangerous addition to all of your fall soirees. In fact, you may even be able to add even more liquor and concoct some clever cocktails. Drink with caution, though, since these are that level of delicious.
Zero. Sugar. We repeat: zero sugar. This can be quite the difficult accomplishment when it comes to jerky and biltong, particularly those with strong flavorings or seasonings, but Chef’s Cut has found a way to make their product both palatable and healthy. We also like the mouthfeel of the meat itself. It’s sliced very thin and isn’t too hard on the teeth. The fact that one serving is an entire bag is even more reason to celebrate. Who needs a party hat?
Even coconut haters will get behind Cheerios’ latest flavor iteration. We were genuinely shocked at how much we liked these, even without a bowl of milk. They’d make an excellent addition to trail mix or yogurt and aren’t overly sweet like their Frosted or Honey Nut counterparts. They’re also the only things we finished on our plate, so that says something. Go get ’em, Tiger! And yes, I’m talking to you, Tony.
Everything about these pumpkin spice madeleines was spot-on except for the texture. Half of us wanted them to be softer and more buttery. The other half wanted them to be harder and almost scone-like. Either way, the flavor was there and really embraced pumpkin spice without tasting artificial. We’d absolutely recommend them with coffee or tea, so call up the queen of England and ask if she’s available to partake. We’re sure she’ll say yes.
These cookies came from a boxed mix and we didn’t hate the fact that they tasted exactly like Nutter Butters. That being said, they weren’t for everyone, which means you should probably start with their Choco-Lot flavor to appease anyone beyond your peanut butter-loving self. The entire line is also naturally gluten-free, so you can already shush the one friend who announces dietary restrictions before he or she even walks into the room.