Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Products: Canadian Edition

I used to write a lot about new food products. Not so much these days. In fact, the last time I wrote about something with the label “new” (my favorite label, followed closely by “limited edition”) was July 2010, and I got lambasted by my wife. Truthfully, there has seemingly been a lack of exciting new food products out there. Nothing worth writing about, at least. That was until I strolled into a Canadian branch of my beloved convenience store and found a few interesting items.

Let's start with this one:


Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my undisputed favorite candy of all time.  I'm a sucker for peanut butter.  So it was with great excitement that I spotted this bar.  Notice the "limited edition" at the top?  Unfortunately the bar has nothing on the cup, which has the perfect chocolate to peanut butter ratio.  The bar is too heavy on chocolate, which was a bit waxy.  As they say, close but no...something.

Ketchup is not one of those flavors I seek when craving chips.  Outside of fries, onion rings and the occasional burger, ketchup doesn't make many appearances in my food repertoire--let alone spicy ketchup.  But far be it for me to resist a package of junk food that says "new" so I bought 'em and ate 'em.  Thankfully the ketchup flavor wasn't overpowering, and they weren't that spicy, but I'll take a bbq potato chip over these any day.

The last package didn't say "new", but falls under the category of "if they don't sell it in your country, it's new to you."  As with ketchup, pickle isn't a flavor I would associate with snack food.  This was the first time I'd seen it in a Dorito.  Normally Doritos all kind of taste the same, no mater what flavor.  Unlike their cheesy cousins, the pickle Doritos did have the unique tangy taste of a pickle.  Initially, this was startling. But after a handful, the flavor stared to grow on me and I nearly finished the bag.

Who knew there was such a snack food bounty hiding within my neighbors to the north?  Nice snacks you have there, Canada.


Kelly said...

I'm surprised WW hasn't used the "new" or "limited edition" excuse to buy fabric!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Kelly...I tend to stay out of her fabric buying.

Trooper Thorn said...

After the "intense" chips, I bet you'll feel like a pussy eating the regular kind.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Thorn...But that's all my bland American palate can stand.

Vancetastic said...

This reminds me of the new products from Australia we are occasionally exposed to when receiving care packages from my wife's sister. These usually are of the Tim Tam variety, as Tim Tams are only just making their way into this country in the past few years, and Australia has numerous varieties we don't. But sometimes she sends us savory treats as well, and the most pleasant recent discovery in that regard were the vegemite potato chips.

If you haven't had vegemite (and I'm guessing you haven't), it reminds a person a bit of soy sauce in flavor, and is usually tolerable only in very small doses. Fortunately, that's the extent to which these potato chips taste like it -- a very small dose. And they're perfect (and perfectly addictive) in that dose size -- uniquely their own flavor yet mild enough not to alienate the casual palette.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Vance...I've had vegemite. It's absolutely NOT a flavor I'd like in a chip.

FilmFather said...

"Intense Pickle" sounds like the name of a movie from my bachelor party...either that, or it could be the best band name ever.

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Daddy Geek Boy said...

Why can't it be both?