Upgrading my Christmas collection to Blu-ray

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I find my lack of Christmas movies & specials on Blu-ray disturbing. This year, I’ve started to do something about it. So far this season, I’ve picked up Home Alone 1 & 2 double-pack, the 50th Anniversary edition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Elf. Frosty the Snowman was given to me by a friend that knows me all too well.

There’s a couple of other Rankin Bass holiday specials on Blu-ray that I need to pick up as well as the Santa Clause trilogy and Christmas with the Kranks, but maybe they can wait until next year (or until there’s a good price drop). I already own Gremlins (as part of a triple pack with The Goonies and Gremlins 2), which is gruesome and disturbing at times but still a Christmas movie in my opinion.

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Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams – Hot Cocoa and French Toast

ydyhdhthPepperidge Farm’s Goldfish is a brand that’s mostly known for their line of snack crackers but they’ve been releasing cookies and graham cracker versions for quite awhile now as well. While browsing the aisles at Target, I saw things like vanilla cupcake and strawberry cheesecake but what a really grabbed my eye was Goldfish hot cocoa grahams over in the holiday aisle. I think Goldfish has had chocolate grahams for awhile and probably the hot cocoa version as well but this was the first time I’ve ever noticed it.

While parts of me may wish the hot cocoa grahams were awful just so I could say they are hot caca, they’re actually really good! Maybe a bit rich for me to eat on any consistent basis but they are an excellent choice to devour once a year during Christmas and wintertime. Imagine chocolate Teddy Grahams combined with the little dehydrated mini-marshmallows that you find in hot cocoa packets and that’s Goldfish Hot Cocoa Grahams.

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On a secondary note, I decided to try Goldfish French Toast Grahams that I found in the regular grocery aisle. I wasn’t expecting much from them as I typically do not care for artificial maple/pancake syrup flavoring, but it seemed like a such a novelty I had to try them. They’re okay, but yeah, I still don’t care for the smell or taste of fake syrup.

 

 

Santa’s Village Muddy Reindeer

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I’ve been familiar with Muddy Bears with a few years but yesterday was the first time I’ve ever noticed Muddy Reindeer. They’re made by the same company: CandyASAP. The same people that make other junk food candy like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Fudge Brownie Bites and Care Bears Gummi Bears. CandyASAP is owned by Taste of Nature, Inc. and that brand has a huge line of organic nut-filled snack bars.

Not sure why they added “Santa’s Village” to the name. I guess to make up for the very un-seasonal box art. I swear they swiped an image of the Rankin Bass version of Rudolph and recolored him in red, green and yellow.

20141203_205754Side note, I created my own version of “Muddy Bears” long before I ever heard of the CandayASAP’s chocolate-covered gummy bear version. My take on it was gummy bears + vanilla ice cream + crushed Oreos (though I suppose you could cheat and go with cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream). I still prefer my version.

20141203_205819As you can see, despite supposedly being in the shape of reindeer, you can’t really tell. I’m thinking they look more like bunnies. Or maybe even chocolate-covered crickets!

If you’ve ever had Muddy Bears, you’ll like Muddy Reindeer. And if you’ve never had chocolate-covered gummy candy, well, WHY NOT? Muddy Reindeer get two thumbs up from me. Now I’m waiting on Haribo to release a chocolate-covered version of their Gold Bears (the BEST gummy bears in the world).

Candy Cane-flavored Peeps

I don’t know why I keep punishing myself. I am not a fan of Peeps, but like many people around the holidays, I get lured into eating all kinds of junk that I wouldn’t normally eat just because it has some festive gimmick flavor.

Case in point:

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Candy cane-flavor Peeps.

Let me spare you the effort of buying them yourself and tell you that they are gross and don’t taste anything like candy cane or peppermint. They taste like regular Peeps. That is, cheap, rapidly dissolving marshmallows that have been rolled in sugar.

They smell like peppermint though. Or at least the packaging does. When I sniff the Peeps themselves, they have no scent. Yet when I sniff the package, there’s definitely a Scope mint mouthwash aroma going on.

This product fails because it doesn’t taste like candy canes, it doesn’t smell like candy canes and it’s Peeps.

 

 

Target’s Market Pantry Peppermint Neapolitan Ice Cream

I LOVE peppermint ice cream. There’s a couple of variations of it. I’ve seen peppermint bark ice cream, white peppermint ice cream, green peppermint ice cream, pink peppermint ice cream, candy cane ice cream, etc. And they all usually have some crushed up peppermint candy canes thrown in for good measure.

A few days ago, I came across a new twist on an old favorite while shopping at Target:

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Peppermint Neapolitan cream! This is fantastic and check out how adorable the polar bear with the scarf is! When buying it, I initially assumed “okay, green and white ice cream, but they’ll both be peppermint”. Obviously, I didn’t read the description on the container. The green ice cream is peppermint-flavored and the white is plain ol’ vanilla ice cream.

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Cinnamon & Sugar Pringles and Cinnamon Sugar Pringles Tortillas

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Are these new this holiday season? I’m not sure but I can’t believe I would have ever passed up the opportunity to eat some cinnamon & sugar potato crisps.

Whether you want to call the flavoring “cinnamon & sugar” or “cinnamon sugar”, who cares. Even Pringles can’t decide but what I do know is that both of these chips are pretty good although not what I was expecting.

I assumed they were going to be totally sweet but it’s really as is Pringles took their “original” crisps (salt and all) and dashed some cinnamon sugar dust on top. There’s that common problem of Pringles not putting enough flavor on the chips, but it’s a delightful mix of sweet and salty.

The tortilla version is slightly more salty than the potato crisps so I have to give the nod to the potato crisps but I recommend picking one or two tubes up of either this holiday season.