I don’t know about you, but my desire to snack at all hours of the day has become overwhelming. It’s like Jerry from Netflix’s “Cheer” has given my stomach some mat talk, and now my stomach won’t shut the hell up about everything it is capable of eating. Luckily for me (and my stomach), the grocery world has bestowed a bevy of new products to feed the urge and keep me satiated. Though some certainly taste better than others, I’ve rounded up all of this week’s picks from our Chub Chub Chowdown segment on the Taylor Strecker Show so that you can try them yourself.
The general consensus was that this jerky tasted great. It had a nice sweet and salty balance and was pretty palatable (unlike tough and stringy varieties that floss your teeth for you). Definitely consider making a purchase if you’re going on a road trip or need an airport snack. Just ensure you’re not *too* hungry or it will be entirely too easy to consume an entire bag.
We see you, Bud Light, coming after the likes of White Claw, Bon & Viv, and Truly. And good on you! While the mango flavor was certainly artificial, it wasn’t as overpowering or headache-inducing as some of its competitors. This is definitely something you’ll be able to sip continuously during a summer beach day or pool party. In fact, we’re already planning one now so that we can see how they stack up against the aforementioned brands in a larger group setting. Consider it an adult science fair project.
Producer Cam was so obsessed with these lupini-bean based protein bars that he vowed to replace his morning bagel with them. Chris and I thought they were just okay and tasted a bit too healthy and dry. Either way, their ingredient list is very short and simple, so you can take comfort in knowing that they aren’t chock-full of preservatives and sugars like most of the bars on the market. The office also enjoyed the Almond Butter & Raisin flavor *slightly* more than the peanut butter one we sampled in studio, just as an FYI.
We love ourselves some Sour Brite Crawlers, but felt like the crunchy candy coating on these took away from the chewiness that we so regularly crave. The shell also makes them taste less sour, since you don’t get the mouth-puckering dusting on the outside that is found in the OGs. If you’re a sour candy aficionado, definitely give them a shot, though we’re not sure they’ll replace some familiar favorites.
We’re here for Coca-Cola’s new line of sparkling water, but this caffeinated flavor was not a hit. It tasted so medicinal that even Robitussin thought it was coming for its gig. That being said, the carbonation level is not aggressive (which we like!) and we snuck some sips of additional flavors in the office. Apple/Ginger and Strawberry/Cucumber were standouts and will make a lovely addition to your go-to seltzer lineup.
These were really, really good. Frankly, it’s hard to mess up a kettle-style chip (and especially one that received top honors with our Friday Food Finds of 2018), but the flavor profiles of these were delicate and far from an assault to the tastebuds. The jalapeño variety was also great for the spice-averse—it didn’t provide too much heat, but incorporated the wonderful complexities of a beloved pepper into every crunchy bite. Two very enthusiastic and greasy thumbs up!
YUM! Jack Links really knocked it out of the park with this fiery jerky iteration, but it’s not for the faint of heart. You’ve got to really enjoy spicy food to appreciate these powerful bites, to which we said “bring on the (wild) heat.” Warning: Do not rub your eyes while consuming. You will regret it.