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Friday, November 7, 2014

Archer Farms Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. I love me some pumpkin. But the main reason I review pumpkin-flavored stuff this time of year is 'cuz 'Muricans got a pumpkin jones!

I'm all about other season-appropriate items like cider and apple cinnamon flavored desserts, maybe even more than pumpkin stuff. But there just isn't enough of it out there. Or maybe I'm not looking hard enough. Either way, I'm a happy camper when it comes to fall foods.

Sonia and I actually live much farther away from Target now than we used to. We actually have to cross the Delaware River and pay a $5 toll just to go to Target these days...unless we want to drive for almost an hour. So we have to be very choosy when it comes to what items we'll be picking up and reviewing. Not that this blog has been uber-popular, particularly over the past year, but we're still getting a few hundred views a day. So I know somebody's reading. And if you folks who are stumbling on this page care to comment, I'd be happy to look for any particular products that you're curious about—if I can find them.

But anyway, I digress. On to the review. These pancakes are really tasty. They're not such a far cry from regular pancakes. Upon perusing the ingredients list, you have to go pretty far down to actually see anything pumpkin or pumpkin-spice related. And the first pumpkinesque things you see are "dried pumpkin flakes." That sounds like something crunchy. And I'm not saying they actually are crunchy...but weirdly enough, there were little crispy pieces on my pancakes. Now, Sonia claims that the super-crispy elements were just due to her excessive use of butter in the pan when we made them. But I almost want to say that the pumpkin flakes added a hint of crispity-crunchitiness to the product, not unlike the minuscule snap one felt while chewing that Cinn-a-burst gum with "flavor crystals," except pumpkin-flavored and way more appetizing than that probably sounds.

But other than that, they're only subtly pumpkinny. Spice-wise, Sonia and I felt that nutmeg was the dominant flavor, whereas with most pumpkin spice products, cinnamon is usually a bit more noticeable. We had them with maple syrup, and they were scrumptious. If you're looking for pumpkin-flavored stuff that isn't overly pumpkintastic, this product is a winner.

I give it 8 out of 10 stars.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee

Ah, it's fall! And the delicious smell of pumpkin spices fills the air once again. This has become one of my favorite times of the year—in large part because of all the pumpkin-flavored things everywhere. I'm definitely a fan of the pumpkin spice phenomenon, but my wife, Sonia, is an even bigger pumpkin aficionado. No, she's not a Basic White Girl, but she does have some BWG tendencies.

This Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice coffee is one of them. But I must admit, it's pretty tasty. We still haven't had much luck finding pumpkin stuff in our local Targets—just some Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal and some Pumpkin Salsa, of all things, both of which are decent but not stellar.

I'd rank this coffee in front of all AF pumpkin stuff at this point. It's a really mild coffee, light roast, and it has a great blend of subtle pumpkin pie type spices. It's not at all bitter. For some reason, coffee always tastes better to me when made in a French press. So that's how we made ours. A touch of cream and sugar certainly helps with this brew, but you don't really need much, which is good.

Sonia raves about this coffee. She's an even bigger fan than I am. And as it stands, I'm gonna give it 9 out of 10 stars on my deliciousness scale. As I've mentioned before, I am not a coffee connoisseur, so take my opinion with a grain of salt—but if you want my bottom line as an amateur: as far as mild coffees with pumpkin spices go, this one's among the first I'd check out.

This coffee gets 9 out of 10 stars.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Simply Balanced Classic Muesli Cereal

When I was growing up, I remember seeing a bunch of commercials for some cereal called "Mueslix," where they actually pronounced the "x." I'm certain my parents tried it at some point and gave me a spoonful to taste, but I undoubtedly went right back to my Nintendo Cereal or whatever other tooth-rotting sugary thing I was eating.

Not sure if it was just my immature taste-buds or whether this Target brand stuff is just a lot better than Kellogg's offering in the 1980's, but once I started eating this cereal, I polished off the bowl in no time flat. It's pretty tasty, with a good balance of grains, nuts, and fruit. It's filling, and it's not that bad for you.

Since we purchased this little bag of muesli, my wife has gone on a crazy muesli kick, purchasing not only two more bags of this product, but several other non-Target brands as well. She pronounces it funny, too. Like "mues-lie." Instead of "mues-lee." She's so funny.

So far, I think this version reigns supreme in our household. There are a couple of flavor variations at our local Target. So stay tuned for more reviews in the near future. If you're interested in checking out the nutrition info for this cereal, just click this link.

I give this product 8 out of 10 stars.

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