Limited Edition Tiramisu Oreos in Stores Now

Oreo lovers rejoice! The limited edition Tiramisu Oreo have begun to hit shelves across the US, making quarantine that much more interesting. I don’t know if any Oreo can live up to the Chocolate Marshmallow Oreos that were released last year, but I just had to give the Tiramisu cookies a try just in case.

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Limited Edition Tiramisu Oreos

Upon opening the package, I could smell a sweet aroma with hints of coffee. Now if you have never tried tiramisu, it’s a layered dessert comprised of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, a pudding-like mixture made with mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder. That’s a lot of flavor to live up to but somehow Oreo managed to capture them all in one cookie.

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The Tiramisu Oreos feature the same cookie that we all know and love with two layers of cream in between. The tan creme tastes brings out the coffee flavor of a quintessential tiramisu. In addition to the coffee flavor, the white creme resembles that of an Italian sweet cream.

Overall, I think the Tiramisu Oreos are a pleasant addition to the product portfolio. These cookies are quite sweet so I don’t see myself being able to eat that many in one sitting, which is probably for the best anyway. However, I think a Tiramisu Oreo with my morning latte is just the thing I need to get myself through these monotonous days in quarantine.

You can find the Tiramisu Oreo cookies in Target and Walmart stores nationwide. Be sure to check the product locator on each retailer’s website to make sure the item is in stock at your local store before you visit.

Testing the New Pillsbury Brownie Bark

I feel like Chat, Chew, Review has turned into a Pillsbury blog as of late. From the Place and Bake Brownies to the Sweet Biscuits, I have reviewed several Pillsbury products; and I am adding another to the list. On a recent trip down the baking aisle in Target, I came across the new Pillsbury Brownie Bark. I can always count on Target to carry new products.

Pillsbury’s Brownie Bark comes in two flavors: Chocolate Chip and Toffee. Essentially, this product contains brownie mix and either chocolate or toffee chips. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and check out the Toffee flavor. Brownie mix plus toffee chips sound like a match made in heaven, right?

New Pillsbury Brownie Bark Mix

You do not need a ton of ingredients to make this brownie bark. Inside the box, you will find the brownie mix and a bag of chocolate or toffee chips. The only additional ingredients needed are a half stick of butter and water. All I had to do was melt the butter and mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Yes I tried the batter, and to my delight it tasted more like chocolate frosting than brownies.

The box says to lightly grease a pan, but I deviated and used a nonstick Silpat mat, which was not an issue in the end. What the box did not specify was how thin to spread the batter. My batter definitely did not take up the whole sheet pan, but I also did not want to make the bark too thin either. I think more clarification in the instructions could have alleviated this confusion. Regardless, I spread the batter on the pan, sprinkled the toffee chips on top, and popped it in the oven.

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Let me tell you, this brownie bark smells AMAZING while it’s baking in the oven. The 13-minute timer could not go fast enough. After the initial 13-18 minutes, you are supposed to score the brownie bark. This step made my brownie bark look like a mess. I think my bark was too thick and did not bake long enough to score without sticking to the knife I used. However, I did what I could and placed the bark back in the oven as directed.

Once the brownie bark finished baking I left it on the counter to cool. I will admit my bark did not come out as I expected. The toffee chips melted and sunk into the brownie mix creating this porous bark sure to scare anyone affected by trypophobia. In addition, my effort at scoring the bark led to messy edges on the individual pieces. Honestly, I would probably skip the scoring step altogether and break the bark into pieces after the fact.

Warning: I am not a burnt edges kind of gal. I prefer a cake or brownie rather than a brittle or bark. The Pillsbury Brownie Bark was not an exception to this rule. Aside from the odd looking pieces of bark, the taste did not blow me away. The more crispy pieces of bark did not have much of a chocolaty taste. I found myself taking all of the softer pieces toward the center rather than the crispy edges. Not to mention, the toffee did a number on my teeth and kept getting stuck.

The Pillsbury Brownie Bark just missed the mark in my opinion. I think my personal preferences for a soft, delectable brownie overshadowed this brownie bark. If you enjoy the burnt brownie edges, this may be your kind of dessert. However, if you prefer more of a fluffy, cake-like dessert, skip the brownie bark and pick up a box of Pillsbury brownie mix instead.

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7-Eleven Joins Edible Cookie Dough Craze

Lately, I have been a little bit obsessed with cookie dough, but to be fair, there have been so many new products coming out in this category. A couple weeks ago, I tried the Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Chunks and continue to see even more edible cookie dough products hitting the shelves. Now 7-Eleven is contributing to the cookie dough craze with their own version of edible cookie dough.

If you haven’t tried any of 7-Eleven’s private branded snacks, you are missing out. Chips, candy, and even ice cream; 7-Eleven has a whole range of hidden gems under their private label. The 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough was recently introduced in stores nationwide. As the package states, this cookie dough is both safe to eat and bakeable.

The 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough comes in three varieties: Chocolate Chip, Birthday Sprinkle, and Peanut Butter Cup. Unfortunately, my local 7-Eleven did not have the chocolate chip flavor in stock so I had to settle with the other two offerings. Let’s get to the review:

Birthday Sprinkle

7-Select Birthday Sprinkle Edible Cookie Dough

First of all, these are huge chunks of dough. Like any birthday cake-inspired product, these cookie dough bites are really appealing to the eye. In every chunk of dough you can clearly see sprinkles galore. I expected the dough to smell like sweet cake batter, but honestly could not smell much. Despite the lack of birthday cake aroma, I shoved a whole chunk in my mouth.

The dough is very soft and melts in your mouth while the sprinkles add texture and sweetness. Overall, I was not amazed by the taste of this Birthday Sprinkle cookie dough. When it comes to birthday cake I expect the sweet, rich taste of batter with an additional touch of sugar from the sprinkles. I did not pick up that classis birthday cake flavor in this cookie dough. Maybe I will pop these in the oven and see if it changes anything.

Peanut Butter Cup

7-Select Peanut Butter Cup Edible Cookie Dough

Similar to the Birthday Sprinkle cookie dough, these chunks of 7-Select Peanut Butter Cup dough are much larger than normal cookie dough bites that I have seen. This cookie dough actually exudes a strong peanut butter smell once you take the lid off and I was living for it. Reese’s and 7-Eleven teamed up to provide cookie dough with the perfect peanut butter smell.

They did not disappoint in the taste category either. Peanut butter dough mixed with little pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cups creates a truly delicious combination. I enjoyed the balance between both sweet candy and the salty notes from the peanut butter. This Peanut Butter Cup Edible Cookie Dough definitely edged out the birthday cake flavor in my book.

Okay now for my final thoughts…

I am fully on board with this edible cookie dough trend. Look, I disregard the warnings about salmonella every time I bake anything; brownies, cookies, etc. If edible cookie dough ends the hysteria around eating cookie dough, then I can hop on the bandwagon. I like that 7-Eleven markets this cookie dough as bakeable too because it shows people can consume this product in more than one way.

In relation to the other edible cookie dough products I have tried, this 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough ranks pretty high. I ate one cookie dough chunk from each container and my craving was fully satisfied. I definitely do not recommend eating the whole container in one sitting. Aside from a stomach ache, a full container of these cookie dough bites will cost you over 700 calories. However, you can catch me indulging on these edible cookie dough bites from now on.

Trying Out the New Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits

The all-new Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits combine parts of three fan-favorite Pillsbury products; biscuits, muffins, and cinnamon rolls. These sweet biscuits make for a quick, 15-minute breakfast treat or dessert. Pillsbury recently launched two varieties of the sweet biscuits: Blueberry and Chocolate Chip.

Each container of Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits contains eight biscuits and a small container of icing, similar to Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. What I enjoy most about Pillsbury products is that literally anyone can make them. No additional ingredients are required; you simply place the biscuits on a sheet pan and pop them in the oven.

In addition, Pillsbury offers an abundance of recipes to transform these products even further. For example, you can create monkey bread, pull-apart bread, and even biscuit waffles with these Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits. The same applies for any other Pillsbury products, but don’t just take my word for it, go check out the website!

Pillsbury Blueberry Sweet Biscuits

I decided to buy the blueberry-flavored sweet biscuits and baked them as the package instructed. In just under 15 minutes, I opened the oven to perfectly browned biscuits. Next, I drizzled the glaze over the biscuits, but not nearly as well as depicted on the packaging.

To be completely honest, these Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits were not my all-time favorite dessert. While I enjoy biscuits and dessert foods separately, I cannot see myself consistently choosing biscuits as a dessert. The biscuits did not taste bad by any means. In fact, I enjoyed the fluffy blueberry inside accompanied with the taste of sweet icing. However, I prefer a muffin of cinnamon roll over a biscuit if I am searching for a dessert.

I do plan on trying the Chocolate Chip Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits in the future, but this time I want to attempt one of the recipes on Pillsbury’s website. Aside from my personal preferences, I think these sweet biscuits are pretty tasty and they smell great while baking. Check out the Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits on your next grocery run!

The Inside Scoop on Chips Ahoy’s Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

Everyone make way! Chips Ahoy is here to stir up some competition this holiday season with the new Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Sandwich Maker. Every year, it seems we are inundated with fun, new gift sets from brands like Oreo, Coca-Cola, and more. Last year’s hot item was the Oreo Ultimate Dunking Set, but this year I think Chips Ahoy is coming to steal the spotlight.

Now, I have read that this product will drop at Walmart on November 1, but there are Big Lots locations currently carrying it. For the reasonable price of $12 (at Big Lots) you will walk away with all of the tools you need, besides the ice cream, to create the perfect ice cream sandwich.

Inside this kit you will find:

  • 1 ice cream scoop
  • 1 sandwich mold
  • Chips Ahoy cookies
  • 1 sprinkle tray
  • a bag of sprinkles

I’m not sure if I was more excited about the ice cream sandwich maker itself or all of the possible flavor combinations I could create with it. Nevertheless, I picked up some ice cream, more sprinkles, and a pack of Chewy Chips Ahoy before heading home.

Between the various types of Chips Ahoy cookies and countless ice cream flavor options, the possibilities are endless. I prefer the Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies over the original, so of course I had to buy them. The hardest decision of this entire process is picking out the ice cream to put in the center. I decided to try out Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies & Cream for this first attempt.

The ice cream sandwich making process is simple. As the box states, “Scoop, Layer, Press, Roll [and] Enjoy!” I do recommend waiting until the ice cream is completely frozen, because my ice cream had begun to thaw while making the sandwich, leading to some ice cream dripping on the counter and floors as I hustled to eat it. Otherwise, I love how easy it was to create a custom ice cream sandwich at home.

Overall, the Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Sandwich Maker will make for an entertaining gift this season. Whether by yourself, with friends or family, this provides a fun activity for all to participate. Make sure to stay on the lookout for the Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Sandwich Maker as it rolls out in stores on November 1.

REVIEW: Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Cookie Dough

I am not afraid to admit that I’ve taken a spoon to a Costco-sized tub of Nestle Toll House Cookie dough on occasion. Now, there is an even easier way to snack on cookie dough without the shame of eating out of the bucket. Ben and Jerry’s recently added snackable cookie dough to their product lineup to entice cookie dough lovers alike.

Ben and Jerry’s debuts Snackable Cookie Dough Chunks on Instagram

Interestingly enough, this snackable cookie dough is located in the freezer section next to all the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, whereas other cookie dough products can be found in the refrigerated section. The packaging instructs to keep the cookie dough chunks frozen, otherwise the dough gets too soft and loses its form.

I often find it difficult to locate new products around me, so I was surprised to find these cookie dough chunks on a recent trip to Target. At about $4.30 per package, you receive 8 ounces of snackable cookie dough to enjoy. Ben and Jerry’s also made sure to give customers options and introduced 3 varieties: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Vegan Chocolate Chip.

At Target, I found both the Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavors, but did not find the vegan version. I decided to purchase the chocolate chip cookie dough and resisted the urge to break into the bag on the commute home. By the time I got home and opened the package, the cookie dough pieces had begun to thaw.

The Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Cookie Dough Chunks are beyond delightful. I expected the cookie dough to be more firm; however, the chunks were fairly soft and chewy. By storing the cookie dough in the freezer, the cookie dough keeps its shape and avoids sticking together. Each chunk has the soft, sugary texture that us cookie dough fanatics crave in addition to tiny chocolate chip pieces in every bite.

I’m not sure about you, but I have tried to create edible cookie dough myself and it’s a pain to manage. The Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Dough removes the hassle of making edible cookie dough and the shame of eating raw cookie dough out of the package. This product can accompany a bowl of ice cream or stand on its own. Regardless, if you enjoy cookie dough I am sure you will love the Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Chunks.

Nothing Bundt Pumpkin Spice Goodness

I am not a Texas native. In fact, I spent most of my life in Southern California before making the big move. Getting acquainted with the new environment, I finally discovered Nothing Bundt Cakes and was instantly hooked.

Founded in Las Vegas, Nothing Bundt Cakes has changed the game for readily available, delicious cakes. From a full size bundt to the little bundtinis, Nothing Bundt Cakes are delicious. These cakes come in a variety of flavors like Red Velvet (my personal favorite), Lemon, and more. Want to know the best part of the experience? There are free samples available every time you visit!

In addition to the classic flavors, Nothing Bundt Cakes carries a seasonal flavor every month or so. Can you guess the fall flavor? Yes, of course it’s Pumpkin Spice. Now, I know that pumpkin spice has completely taken over the world, but pumpkin plus Nothing Bundt Cakes equals pure perfection in my mind so I had to try it.

The pumpkin spice cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes is absolutely to die for. Each bite of moist cake features a hearty pumpkin flavor with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cream cheese frosting piped on top compliments the cake perfectly, adding a new layer of texture and sweetness. This cake provides the fall flavors that we all know and love. Pair the bundt cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea and enjoy.

This fall favorite is only in stores for a limited time. Make sure to snag your own pumpkin spice bundt, bundtlet, or bundtini before time runs out!

The Truth About Pillsbury’s Place & Bake Brownies

We all know and love those delightful Pillsbury sugar cookies with festive designs perfect for nearly any holiday. Did you know Pillsbury recently debuted the latest product in a long line of quick, easy desserts?

Introducing the new Pillsbury Place & Bake Brownies.

These new Place & Bake Brownies make baking even more simple and include 12 brownie pieces ready to pop right in the oven without any mess. The brownies come in a few varieties: Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow. While I wanted to try all of them, I had to settle for the Chocolate Fudge brownies because my local Target did not carry the others. Regardless, I bought the brownies and headed home eager to test them out.

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This product is very similar to the other Pillsbury desserts in that they are ready to bake right out of the package. What I love most about Pillsbury is that even the most novice baker can make these desserts. Opening the package, it was interesting to see the brownie pucks all packed together. I resisted the urge to eat the brownie dough and moved on to breaking apart the brownie rounds and placing them in a muffin pan.

It does specify on the package that you should place the brownie rounds into baking cups, but of course I ran out, so half of the brownies had baking cups and the other half did not. In the end, this did not make a difference and I found the brownies easy to remove even without the baking cups. The package also says to bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes; however, I let them bake a couple minutes longer because they were not completely done in the middle. I recommend baking the brownies for the initial 20 minutes and then adding time if necessary, as ovens may vary.

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Whether you enjoy baking or not, the Pillsbury Place & Bake Brownies are perfect if you need a quick dessert. Forget all the preparation time and dirty dishes, the Pillsbury Place & Bake Brownies provide a delicious treat without all the hassle. There are so many ways to spruce these brownies up including adding marshmallows, cookie dough, and more. I placed Oreo cookies under half of the brownies, and it was amazing! Even though I could not try the other variations, I will be on the lookout to try them in the future. I highly recommend you give these brownies a try on your next grocery trip.

Ditching the State Fair for Sonic’s Oreo a La Mode

The Texas State Fair is almost open, and soon we will be inundated with corny dogs, funnel cakes, and literally any other fried food you can think of. Earlier this year, Sonic launched a collection of state fair inspired foods from fried jalapeno poppers to the Oreo a La Mode.

Picture the state fair; people all around; the sweet smell of fried batter and powdered sugar in the air. That is the exact image that comes to mind with the Oreo a La Mode. Not only does Sonic give you three fried Oreos, they also throw in a small side of ice cream for dipping purposes. Even though I have visited the state fair multiple times in the past, I have never tried a fried Oreo. Let me just say, I now understand all the hype.

A sweet, crunchy batter coats each Oreo and smells exactly like a funnel cake you could expect to get at the state fair. Break the Oreo in half and you will find a softened Oreo cookie with a creamy center. It’s everything you love in a traditional Oreo but elevated. The side of ice cream adds another layer of flavor and makes the dessert more complete. This pair resembles a delicious, over the top Oreo funnel cake without all the mess.

I do recommend sharing this dessert with a friend or significant other because they are incredibly rich. I managed to eat one Oreo dipped in ice cream and was left feeling satisfied. In total, the Oreo a La Mode will cost you 590 calories with nearly half of those calories coming from fat. Due to the nutrition facts alone, I would not go out of my way to eat this item. However, if you are looking for a state fair experience without the exorbitant prices and people, Sonic is a good substitute.