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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Archer Farms Pumpkin Scones

From the very beginning, Sonia and I have had a difficult time finding Archer Farms brand pumpkin products at our local Targets in the PA, DE, NJ region. We've found pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin salsa, and pumpkin coffee so far—which isn't bad, but we see TONS of other Archer Farms pumpkin goodies on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. We figure it's just a regional thing. Or maybe our Targets sell out of things like Pumpkin Spice Monster Trail Mix very quickly.

At any rate, Sonia was delighted to discover these scones at a Target near her workplace. I pretend I'm too manly to get excited about pumpkin stuff around this time of year, but on the inside, I start giggling and quivering with glee when I see things like pumpkin scones. Granted, not all pumpkin products are super tasty. But most things we've found at Target are pretty decent.

And that's definitely the case with these. The taste is great: a sweet, bready, pumpkinny flavor. It's got a decent amount of pumpkin in the ingredients, and you can actually taste it. And no, I don't mean pumpkin spices. There's, like, actual pumpkin in here!

But my favorite part of these things is the texture. There's a freshness "sell-by" date sticker on the front of the package, and you can absolutely tell these haven't been sitting on the shelf for weeks or months. They're nice and soft—almost to the point of a "melts-in-your-mouth" kind of vibe, with a slightly-firm sugary shell on the outside. The only thing that could be better would be fresh-made scones from scratch, homemade or from a bakery.

As long as you like pumpkin—and I mean, you actually can taste some real pumpkin—I think you'll like these. Granted there's plenty of traditional wheat flour and sugar taste in there, too. But it blends well with the moderate levels of pumpkinosity.

I give this product 8 out of 10 stars.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Archer Farms Sea Salt Caramel Cookie Snack Bites

I'm not sure how to put this delicately...

But these sea salt caramel cookie snacks are just not as good as their peanut butter and chocolate cookie brethren.

There. I said it. I wanted them to be good. I tried to like them. We've seen other tasty sea salt caramel snacks from Archer Farms. And we've seen other delicious salted caramel treats from other brands. But these just weren't up to par.

They weren't awful, but they certainly weren't delicious either. The flavor seemed "forced" to me, if that makes sense. It's like these cookies wanted to taste like something else. I can't tell you what, exactly. But they were slathered in a strange tan substance—not unlike peanut butter, texture-wise—and flavor-wise, like a strange, fake butterscotch substitute. It wasn't like normal caramel. I mean, they would have been crazy messy had it been traditional, gooey caramel...but it probably would have improved the flavor.

The overall shape and texture of these "snack bites" is very similar to the above-mentioned Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Snack Bites, but these lack the added texture of the little Reese's Pieces-style candies. They're still fairly crispy and are a convenient "bite-size."

They're not a complete disaster, by any means, but as someone who generally enjoys sea salt caramel and salted caramel products, I found these a little disappointing. Without knowing my opinion beforehand, Sonia remarked that these were also not her favorite, especially after trying the comparatively successful pb & chocolate cookies first.

We'll go with a 6 out of 10 for these cookie bites.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Archer Farms Blueberry Streusel Breakfast Bread

My wife and I must have checked half a dozen Targets, but for some reason, the areas we've lived in and traveled through never seemed to have this or any of the other Archer Farms loaves of bread. In fact, one Target told us that they had completely stopped carrying Archer Farms bread products. At the time they told us this, we assumed they meant that Target had completely discontinued these products. We looked online, and it certainly appeared that other regions still had Archer Farms brand bread and dessert products like this one. So we never gave up hope. We kept up the search. Every Target we set foot in for a year or two, we'd check the food section just to see if they had any breads or streusels.

Finally, our long search has paid off. In a Target near Sonia's workplace in Moorestown, NJ, she discovered this Blueberry Streusel Breakfast Bread hiding on the shelf. And man, I tell you, it was almost worth the wait.

It's like really good cinnamon raisin bread, but with blueberries instead of raisins, and streusel instead of cinnamon. It goes great with butter or cream cheese, and one slice fits perfectly in a toaster. It's shaped exactly like traditional sliced bread. Sonia LOVED it. I was definitely a fan, but Sonia wouldn't stop talking about it. Even after the entire loaf was consumed, she kept saying she wanted more.
I don't blamer her. It's sweet, soft, satisfying, and full of pieces of actual blueberries. It definitely wasn't just for breakfast in our house. It's a perfect, convenient snack food, if perhaps a bit heavy and indulgent. I think we finished the whole loaf in two days.

It's better when toasted, but it's certainly not bad when eaten straight out of the bag, sans toppings. We're both huge fans. We'll be trying the other flavors (apple fritter and cinnamon raisin) as soon as we get the chance.

I give this bread 9 out of 10 stars.

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