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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Favorite Day Cinnamon Churro Cookie Bites

Ah, there's nothing like a fresh churro.

Growing up in the 80's and 90's in my white bread central Pennsylvania hometown, there were no churros. I'd never even heard of a churro until I moved to Los Angeles in my twenties.

I was introduced to them by my then-girlfriend, now-wife and some of her friends. We'd buy them while visiting Disneyland for something like 15 bucks a piece. Way better and way cheaper than those Mickey head ice cream bars.

I loved the cinnamon and sugar flavor, but the thing that stood out to me the most was the dough. It was always soft and supple, and it melted in my mouth like a warm, bready wad of butter. Since then, I've had really good churros from a lot of different Mexican restaurants, donut shops, and even street vendors.

While this product pretty much nails the flavor of a churro: cinnamon and sugar up front with something bread-like in the background, it obviously can't duplicate the fresh-baked aspect of a real churro. Some people might be fine with that, but I just find myself wishing these cookies were soft and chewy.

As crispy cookies go, these are among the softest I've had. There's a sandy quality to the texture, and it makes me crave a tall glass of milk every time I eat them. The back of the bag suggests pairing them with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. I bet they'd be delicious that way, too.

I think these will be a hit with folks that love good-quality crispy cookies, but I'll almost always reach for something soft. Still, not a bad purchase at $2.99 for the 7 oz bag.

My wife was a bit more into these cookies than I was, and I must admit, she's more of a churro expert than I am. She probably would have scored them somewhere in the ballpark of 8 stars, in case you're curious. 

I give these cookies 7 out of 10 stars.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Favorite Day Orange Crème Trail Mix

What is this new devilry? Favorite Day? We just got used to "Good & Gather," and really I would say we're just tolerating GAG, rather than embracing it. Are you trying to confuse us, Target? If so, mission accomplished.


Honestly, I like "Favorite Day" better than most of those homespun Targety brand names. It's happy. "What day is today, Piglet?" "The day we eat some orange creme trail mix from Target, Pooh." "My favorite day!" Yep. A.A. Milne would approve.

I've never had orange creme trail mix ever before from this brand or any other. It sounds delicious. Let's dig in.

First impressions: one of the best tasting trail mixes I've ever had from Target or anywhere else. Absolutely dessert-tastic.

Let's go in order of the ingredients' prevalence in the mix. First, there are lots and lots of dried cranberries and dried mango pieces. Fruit is always good in a trail mix. They taste sweet and tangy and are fairly high quality by my estimation. I've had a lot of dried fruit in my day, so you can trust my semi-expert opinion.

Next, I'd say the next most ubiquitous element in the bag are the white chocolate chips. They provide a vanilla creme-esque element to the mix. They're sweet and creamy and will melt rapidly if the ambient temperature reaches the mid-80's. 

Likewise, the orange candy cups will smear gobs of pastel goo all over your fingers, hands, and mouth if it's hot and you're not careful. Be prepared to do some finger-lickin', because they're not only uber-melty in the summer heat, but they're also really, really tasty. 

The cashews are cashews. I didn't notice much seasoning. Nor could I conceive of a seasoning that might go well with cashews and orange creme. Who cares? They're mostly good whole cashews.

Finally the vanilla creme almonds—they're the scarcest commodity in the bunch. They also might be the best. This product might have received our first perfect score in a long, long time had there been plentiful quantities of these vanilla creme almonds. They're sweet, crunchy, nutty, and delicious. I think there are about five in the whole bag. Boo.

Still, even considering the obvious dearth of vanilla creme almonds, this is a must-purchase if you like orange creme, orange creamsicles, orange dreamsicles, or 50/50 bars, or just things flavored like desserty orange. I hope we see more of this Favorite Day line of foods and I hope it's all this good.

I give this trail mix 9 out of 10 stars.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Good & Gather Organic Blueberry Fruit & Grain Bars

I used to be absolutely crazy about Nutri-Grain bars. I'm not sure why. I mean, most people will agree they're convenient and tasty as far as snacks or quick breakfast options go, but I used to excited about Nutri-Grain bars the way most people get excited about cheesecake or apple pie. I loved everything about them.

And I still do. But I'm more or less past my "Nutri-Grain bars are the best thing ever" phase. I'll still grab a box from time to time, or I'll try newfangled versions as they release them—you know, like when they started filling them with yogurt. We even saw a unique, gimmicky cereal bar from Target once before: the Market Pantry Banana Fudge Bars. I liked them okay, but I'd just as soon reach for a blueberry Nutri-Grain bar.

Or these. They're the exact same thing. Yep. Pretty much dead ringers for the original Kellogg's cereal bar product. I think Target used to make them under the Archer Farms or Simply Balanced brand name. There's nothing wrong with them at all. 

There aren't any improvements on the original, and there aren't any shortcomings, either. Well, I guess using certified organic ingredients is a step up from the originals. To the best of my knowledge, Nutri-Grain doesn't offer any organic cereal bar options. Price-wise, they're comparable, as well.

$2.69 for 6 bars. I would buy these again, but maybe I'll try a different flavor next time.

I give these fruit and grain bars 8 out of 10 stars.

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