Showing posts tagged as "bacon"

Showing posts tagged bacon

20 Aug

Review: Wendy’s Son of Baconator Hamburger

I tried the Baconator from Wendy’s when it was first released.  I thought the taste was good, but it was definitely overwhelming. The size is just too much for me. So when I heard that Baconator had a son, I had to meet him! No word on who the mother is, but the mind boggles…

So here is Baconator’s baby boy. The size of this burger is much more traditional, and the mix of mayo, cheese, bacon and burger combines well together. I have two problems with it, though.

1. This sandwich is not at all photogenic. Just look at it! It looks kinda gross, right? Maybe it’s my fault and I shouldn’t blame the burger. But what are the chances of that happening?

2. I feel like an IDIOT ordering it. My order went like this. 

Wendy’s Worker: “Welcome to Wendy’s would you like to try a Strawberry Shortcake Frostie? Order when ready!”

Snackor: “Umm, I’d like a…uh…Son of Baconator combo?” 

Wendy’s Worker: “Small, medium or large and what to drink?”

Snackor: “Medium, Diet Coke, thanks”

Wendy’s Worker: “OK your total is (I can’t remember!) please pull forward.”

I know that doesn’t sound bad, but I just felt dumb asking for a Son of Baconator. It was surreal! Honestly, I think the name alone will keep me from getting this combo regularly. If I could call it a #10, I would be OK. I mean, I can’t order it by it’s initials, right? 

Anyways, if you can bring yourself to ask for it, I recommend trying it. Happy snacking!

19 Jul

Review: Hot Pockets Snackers Loaded Potato Skin Bites

Hot Pockets are continuing to expand their product line. First there were regular Hot Pockets. Then Lean Pockets. Then Pretzel Bread Lean Pockets. Then limited edition Hot Pockets that didn’t even have pockets!

Now comes a new line of appetizer / snack offerings by the name of Hot Pockets Snackers. A pretty good name, although for obvious reasons I would prefer Hot Pockets Snackors. Oh well…maybe someday!



I saw these in the frozen foods section of my local Wal-Mart, so I picked them up and brought them home to try them.

Seeing as how these are a bunch of little Hot Pockets in a bag, I can understand the lack of individual pockets for each ‘snacker’. I popped them in the microwave, cooked them up, and tried them out. Here is the finished product.

These are pretty good! Nice bacon and cheese flavor, and they definitely put me in mind of a loaded potato skin, so mission accomplished on that one. I was skeptical about the bread on these, thinking that bread and potato mixed would be too much starch, but it was fine.

There are several flavors of these snackers, including Fiesta Nacho Bites (taco seasoned beef, Mexican-style cheese sauce and jalepenos crammed into a tortilla-style crust), Grilled Italian Style Bites (delicious Italian style deli meats and melty mozzarella cheese, sandwiched them between panini crusts), and Toasted Five Cheese Ravioli (Melty Mozzarella, Ricotta, Romano, Parmesean and Asiago cheeses crammed into 12 bite-size toasted ravioli). (Thanks to Hot Pockets for the descriptions of these items). I haven’t tried them yet, so I don’t know how they are. But I’m sure I’ll be trying them all. You should too! Happy snacking!

25 Jun

Review: Burger King Bacon Sundae

It’s not always easy being a snack reviewer. Sometimes you have to try items that don’t necessarily appeal to you. Some items that you know you aren’t going to like even before you try it. And some items that are just…weird.

This item falls into the latter category. Bacon in ice cream? I was skeptical. I have tried the State Fair chocolate-dipped bacon (called “pigs in the mud”, natch). I was incredibly disappointed in that, as it amounted to microwaveble bacon that had not been microwaved, dipped in “magic shell” chocolate sauce, with a $5 charge. It was, as expected, gross.

I was more hopeful for this offering. The presentation is a trifle bizarre, but it doesn’t look half bad. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel syrup make up the bulk of the sundae. Then come the bacon crumbles and piece of bacon sticking out of the top. Separately, each of these elements are pretty tasty. But how about when they are combined?

It’s not as if there is no precedent for combining salty and sweet. Many candies offer sea salt and caramel. There are honey-roasted peanuts. And let’s not forget chicken and waffles, a delicious treat that successfully combines meat with sweet.

I’ll have to admit, this dessert is pretty decent. The texture of the bacon takes some getting used to (I don’t normally chew my ice cream), but the flavors work well together. I can’t imagine I will be having this dessert regularly, but I am glad I tried it. If you’re feeling adventurous, give it a shot. Happy snacking!

12 Jun

Does the ‘B’ in ‘BK’ stand for BBQ?

BoingBoing has some exciting news out of Burger King today. Looks like lots of BBQ love is coming our way courtesy of a Memphis Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, Carolina BBQ Whopper, Texas BBQ Whopper and a bacon sundae.

This is one happy BBQ guy! Read more about it at the link below.

Source: BoingBoing http://boingboing.net/2012/06/12/burger-king-goes-long-on-pig-w.html

Review: Lean Pockets Pretzel Bread Roasted Turkey with Bacon and Cheese Sandwich

Must be the pretzels! Remember that? If not, watch this video and refresh your memory.

Wasn’t that a nice walk down memory lane? Can you believe that was 17 years ago?

Now that I am feeling old, let’s change the subject and talk about the latest Lean Pocket I tried. Roasted turkey, bacon and cheese isn’t really new, but I hadn’t tried the pretzel bread before. Let’s take a look at the opened packaging of this Hot Lean Pocket.

It’s definitely different from the traditional bread. You can see the salt and everything. And thankfully, it has a pocket. I’m still reeling over that Limited Edition Debacle.

This is a pretty great lean pocket. The smell coming fresh out of the microwave (as fresh as a frozen meal gets, anyway) is very appealing. What I appreciated the most is that it doesn’t really taste like a diet food item to me. The turkey, cheese and bacon work together great. The pretzel bread is an awesome addition, and really ties the flavors together in a pleasant way. Pair this pocket with your favorite chips (or pretzels, if you dare!), and you have a satisfying lunch option. Must be the pretzels!

Happy snacking!

5 Jun

Two for Tuesday Review: Limited Edition BBQ Bacon Burger and Chili Sauce Cheese Dog Hot Pockets

When you want a hot meal without a big deal, whataya gonna pick? *SNAP* Hot Pockets! Great jingle! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkl4Y0sxerQ

I’ve been a fan of Hot Pockets for roughly 25 years now. My favorite will always be the classic pepperoni pizza. I consumed ginormous quantities of these as a teenager. So much that, for a time, I couldn’t eat them anymore. But now I’m back on the Hot Pocket train and getting my ticket punched on a regular basis.

Did I ever tell you I’m a sucker for Limited Edition items? If not, let it be known henceforth. If you want to sell me something, just smack a NEW or LIMITED EDITION sticker on it and it will call to me with it’s siren song of hope and potential missed opportunity. I was beyond excited to see in my local freezer section not one but TWO limited edition Hot Pockets. We’ll take them in the order that I tried them.

Interesting, huh? Chili Sauce Cheese Dog Hot Pockets! My mind was swimming with the possibilities. If you can’t read the text below the name of the item, here it is:

"Chili Sauce with Pork Franks, Beef, and Chicken Pattie Crumbles and Cheese in a Bun"

Chicken Pattie Crumbles? We’ll see…

When I opened the package I was met with two realizations. First, the bread was noticeably different. See?

Second, and I am still reeling from this…

THERE WAS NO POCKET

That may not seem like a big deal to you. You may be wondering why I even bothered with the all capital letters and putting the sentence in bold type. Let me remind you, though, that this is a Hot Pocket. Key word there. Pocket. This item isn’t a Hot Pocket. It’s just a Hot. There is no Pocket. You can’t call it a Hot Pocket!

After I recovered from this shock to my senses, I let Chef Mic do what he does best and heated this up. I was nervous that the lack of pocket would cause the chili cheese dog goodness to run out, but fortune smiled on me and it stayed intact.

The disappointments continued when I tasted this item. In its defense, the chili sauce, beef and cheese were all very good. Thankfully, the chicken pattie crumbles were benign and did not make a lasting impression. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the pork franks. They just didn’t survive the freezing/reheating process as intended, I’m afraid. The texture was a bit off, and the pork had a somewhat odd taste to it. The best I can say is that it was edible, but I won’t miss it when it departs the frozen food section.

Now to it’s Limited Edition cousin, the BBQ Bacon Burger.

How could this go wrong? “Hamburger, cheese and bacon with sauce in a bun.” Look at the poor Bar-B-Q sauce bottle sitting forlornly in the background, out of focus and deserted while the burgers get the limelight. Is it odd that I noticed that? Maybe…

I opened the package and I was met with this burger bow tie:

I’m sure you’ve already guessed: NO POCKET AGAIN! Maybe it’s something about the texture of the bun that would be compromised by placing it in a pocket, but I just don’t get it! No pocket? Sigh…

These tasted better, thankfully. The burger, cheese and sauce were all acceptable, even good. The bacon was a little chewy, but that is understandable given the nature of freezeing/reheating. I could try these again, but overall I can understand why these are limited editions and not regular items.

Don’t worry Hot Pockets. Though I am disappointed in these items, I will still pick you “when a hungry bunch shows up for lunch” or “when it’s late at night and I want a tasty bite”

*SNAP*

11 May

Review: Herr’s Snack Friez Cheesy Bacon Ranch

Herr's Snack Friez Cheesy Bacon Ranch

Sometimes, when I am on a long road trip, I get tired of the typical fast food menu. That is when I usually decide to “mini-mart it” for dinner. Yes, I have been known to eat chips for dinner. That doesn’t sound very appetizing, and I’m not going to try to convince anyone reading this that this is a good idea, or a healthy idea. But sometimes, chips just sound good — simple as that.

So, driving through Ohio on my way back to Indiana, I pulled into a convenience store and perused the snack aisles in search of dinner.

I wandered up and down the chip aisle, and nothing was calling out to me. I was in the mood for something new, but I was coming up short. Then I made my way to the end cap and noticed a display of Herr’s Snack Friez. Jackpot! And even better, there was a NEW flavor. I’m a sucker for new snacks, because I am always searching for the next great snack that nobody knows about. So I picked up a bag of Cheesy Bacon Ranch Snack Friez, paid for it (boy, did I ever), and left.

I opened the bag and examined the contents. I am sad to say that, in my opinion, the contents stank. I can describe it as a strong, smoky odor that was not pleasant. This did not bode well.

Cautiously, I took a bite of a fry (frie?). I was assaulted mainly by the overwhelming flavor of SALT. Salty, salty, salty. I quickly guzzled some Coke Zero to get the taste out of my mouth. Against my better judgment, I tried another, and I discovered that it was not as salty. It appears that the coating of “flavor dust” was very uneven from frie to frie. The less flavored were not as bad, but the aggressively flavored friez were terrible. Even the lightly flavored friez were still greasy and unappetizing. The bacon flavor was mild and too smoky. The cheese was too salty, and the ranch flavor was just a different kind of salty.

Overall, this snack is pretty bad, especially compared to the other brands of oven-baked fries that I have tried in the past, such as Andy Capp’s. Do not try it under any circumstances, unless you happen to love the flavor of salty smoke, or smoky salt.

7 May

Review: Ruffles Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins Flavored Potato Chips

Ruffles Loaded Baked Potato Skins Chips Bag

"Ruffles have Ridges", as their old ad campaign used to say. They also have the propensity to come out with some intriguing flavor combinations for their potato chips. Recently, Ruffles has introduced a Loaded Baked Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins flavored offering. That name is quite a mouthful. But do the chips live up to that auspicious name?

Ruffles Loaded Baked Potato Skins Chip 

The chip has a really good flavor. I could taste the cheese very strongly, as well as the sour cream. These were the two flavors that were most pronounced, but admittedly Ruffles Loaded Sour Cream & Cheddar Potato Skins doesn’t sound quite as appetizing. I did taste the bacon, so I can’t say that it wasn’t present, just that it was much less pronounced than the other flavors. However, I don’t see this as a bad thing, and in fact it is probably better that it was more understated than the other flavors, because I have had some snacks in the past with a bacon flavor that comes on WAY too strong (specifically, Herr’s Cheesy Bacon Snack Friez).

Overall, I can safely say that there is nothing wrong with this chip. It is very tasty, and I recommend it. You can find these just about everywhere you buy snacks. Happy Snacking!