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Monday, January 10, 2022

Good & Gather Thai-Style Coconut Curry Salsa

Happy 2022. Back to the Good & Gather stuff again. Not sure if Target is switching products like this over to Favorite Day or if they'll keep some GAG stuff around for a while. Time will tell. Items like this one could use a repackaging IMO if only because the white type on light blue background is hard to read and even harder to take a decent picture of.

This is one of the more interesting GAG products we've seen over the years. It's Thai-style curry...but in the format of tomato-based salsa. Made me raise an eyebrow when I saw it on the shelf.

As far as a chip dip, I'm not sure if I like it as much as a more traditional Mexican or Tex-Mex style salsa. It's not terrible that way, but the coconut taste is just...unusual on my palate, along with tomato sauce, tomato chunks, and jalapeño. It's almost like Thai-Tex-Mex fusion.

It works okay as a regular salsa, but it's even better when applied to food in the manner of a Thai chutney or Thai relish topping. Take chicken or fish on a bed of rice, top with this stuff before serving. Scrumptious.

It's quite chunky with veggies and moderately spicy, thanks to those jalapeño peppers. I feel like the coconut cream really helps mitigate the heat, though. Garlic, basil, and lime flavors are all present but play second fiddle to the tomato and coconut elements.

$2.49 for the jar. I'd definitely consider purchasing again in the future, but I doubt I'll eat much of it just as a salsa on plain tortilla chips.

I give this condiment 8 out of 10 stars.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Wondershop White Chocolaty Coated with Crystal Candy Sprinkles Marshmallow

I've never been a fan of eating just marshmallows. S'Mores? Yes. Marshmallows in hot chocolate? Of course. Fluffernutters? Indeed. Kit Kat Witch's Brew? Love 'em.

I know, I know. I'm not allowed to review something that is just marshmallows if I don't already love just marshmallows. But here I go anyway. I mean, there's supposed to be crystal sprinkles and a white chocolate coating, right? So it's not just marshmallow.

But it's still not super fun to eat. It's just a stiff, gritty, sugary mess. If not for the white chocolaty coating—the only semi-redeeming aspect of the product—and, at my wife's suggestion, dipping it repeatedly in a big mug of hot cocoa, I don't think I would have finished it. The flavor was vaguely sweet but otherwise bland, with a touch of white chocolatiness somewhere in there.

This product was on clearance at our local Target, and I think it was 99 cents, marked down from about double that. No wonder. I don't think this product did very well and it looks like it's now discontinued. Even the name is awkward and sounds ridiculous. 

I guess it's stocking stuffer material for sure. It's presented well and it's not very expensive, so there's that. I'm thinking there might still be some stragglers out there on clearance shelves at select locations, but I'd steer clear if I were you.

I give this big marshmallow 5 out of 10 stars.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Favorite Day Caramel Macchiato Trail Mix

If a person who makes alcoholic beverages is a bartender (or mixologist) and a person who makes coffee beverages is a barista, then what would you call a person who makes trail mixes? It's every bit as much an art form if you ask me. I think that person needs a fancy title. Hmmm. Let's go with "trailblazer." Trailmixblazer? Nah. Too clunky. Mixblazer? Maybe.

At any rate, this caramel macchiato offering takes the art of trail mix creation to a whole 'nother level. This is some fancy, tasty shizzle right here. The opened bag actually smells like fresh-brewed coffee. Maybe it's the coffee-glazed pecans. Maybe it's the coffee-dusted white chocolate coffee beans. I'll have the "coffee, coffee, pecans, white chocolate coffee beans, and coffee" please. In case you forgot to have your morning cuppa Joe, you can get caffeinated with this product for sure. And it's VERY tasty...

Chocolate pretzel balls: They're not really balls. More like oblate spheroids. But if you like chocolate pretzels, you won't be disappointed. It's kind of a dark-ish chocolate, fyi.

Coffee-glazed pecans: Sweet and full of rich coffee flavor. Also nutty. Who'd have guessed?

Coffee-dusted white chocolate coffee beans: These are literally coffee beans dusted with more coffee. Coffee-lovers, rejoice. Also, there's some white chocolate in there for sweetness.

Salted caramel praline almonds: They're not whole almonds. They're like miniature almond shards coated in some delicious caramel candy stuff. I wish they were way bigger.

Peanuts: Self-explanatory

Caramel cashews: They're salted cashews slathered in a thin candy glaze which actually does taste like caramel.

All together these ingredients make a fabulous indulgent pick-me-up. I'm honestly shocked how much I like it, considering I'm no coffee connoisseur. The wife concurs this is astoundingly good. I think we'll bestow it with only the second perfect score EVER on this blog.

I give this caramel macchiato trail mix a perfect 10 stars.

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