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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Archer Farms Pretzel Buns

As pretzel buns go, these aren't very pretzelly. They're more like regular white bread—which was slightly stale in our case—with a very thin, leathery pretzel shell. Not particularly appetizing.

They didn't ruin our burgers by any means, but they didn't really enhance them much either. We'd have been better off with regular white bread buns or potato rolls or something like that.

The buns were soft enough on the inside, they just didn't taste particularly fresh. The slightly-firmer pretzel-esque exterior was a step up from the lackluster innards of the buns. It was somewhat reminiscent of a decent, lightly-salted pretzel, but again, it was just too thin a layer to redeem the rest of the bread.

It's possible we just got a bad batch. I felt like this product had potential, so I'm almost tempted to try it again hoping for some redemption. We'd love to hear input from others on this one. Let us know your experience in the comments below.

One of our pics didn't turn out great, so if you're interested in the nutrition information for this product, please click here. Surprisingly high in calories if you ask me.

I can only give this pretzel bun product 6 out of 10 stars.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Archer Farms Dark Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Sauce

We haven't looked at many dessert sauces here on this blog. In fact, I think this is the first.

Spending part of my childhood in Hershey, PA, I got used to milk chocolate growing up. I mean, I didn't have tons of chocolate, especially when I was very young, due to some unfortunate food allergies. But the chocolate I did have was virtually never dark chocolate.

As an adult, I can appreciate the richness of dark chocolate, but I still usually prefer sweeter types. Don't get me wrong, this product is plenty sweet, but it's also dark and rich. Any flavors that get mixed with dark chocolate need to be fairly pungent in order to punch through the boldness of the cacao flavor. And the raspberry puree here does just that.

The texture is thick and creamy, similar to caramel toppings I've tried. It's actually too thick to use as a topping unless it's heated a bit. If you want to just grab a spoon and dig in, however, it's supple enough to be scooped out at room temperature, although it's not really malleable enough to be spread on anything. I did try a spoonful plain before I put it on anything. It's sweet, rich, and tasty, although it's clearly not meant to be consumed by itself.

There's a decent balance of raspberry and chocolate flavors, but this product isn't particularly versatile, in my opinion. It needs a very neutral host in order to shine. Vanilla ice cream seems to be the only logical thing this would go on. Maybe I'm just not being creative enough, but I can't think of much else to eat it with.

It's a yummy product, but it's just not my personal favorite in the end.

I give this topping 7 out of 10 stars.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Archer Farms Chai Spice Multigrain Oatmeal

Along the same lines as the Apple Streusel Walnut Multigrain Oatmeal, this convenient breakfast cup looks like any other run-of-the-mill oatmeal once you remove the lid and prepare it with hot liquid.

I almost always use milk, or some mixture of water and milk, and this product was no exception. I had actual cow's milk on hand this time, and it worked pretty well. And like I said, it looks just like ordinary oatmeal. But it certainly doesn't taste that way.

It tastes surprisingly like good-quality, spicy, milky, creamy chai tea. When one considers the thickness of the oatmeal made with milk, I suppose it's more like a hot chai latte than just regular tea. But it actually does taste like that.

The barley, rye, and flaxseed add a little to the flavor, of course, too, but the dominant taste was most definitely that of the black tea and its accompanying spices. The diverse grains create a nice hearty texture, and it blends together in a really pleasant way.

I really didn't expect chai-flavored oatmeal to work at all. I thought this product would be a total bust.

But I think this product is worthy of 8 out of 10 stars.

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