Review: New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs & So You Can’t Take a Bag Into a Game Now. SO??
Junk Food Nation, I just wanted to start off this post thanking everyone for reading my Watermelon Oreo review yesterday. It made a bunch of news outlets, and I even got mentioned on local radio here in DC! Pretty awesome stuff. So thanks!
Second, I wanted to discuss this new NFL rule that came out four days ago. The NFL announced on June 13 that it would be limiting the size of bags that you can bring into the stadium.
IN: (1) clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches; (2) one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags, (3) small clear plastic bags approximately the size of someone’s hand, with or without a handle or strap (4) small clutch bag, (5) Binoculars, cameras, and smartphones also will be permitted.
OUT: purses larger than a clutch bag; coolers; briefcases; backpacks; fanny packs; cinch bags; seat cushions; luggage; computer bags; and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
And people are losing their EFFING MINDS over this rule!! Me? I REALLY don’t see what the big deal is. First of all, this is a NOT the government infringing on your personal rights, so this is different from the gun debate or even the knife-on-airplane debate. Second, this isn’t even a private entity infringing on your civil liberties, like a restaurant not serving Asian people. This is a private entity instituting a rule that, while it may be a pain for some, is within their right to promote safety. And we, as consumers, have an avenue of recourse: If we don’t like it, DON’T GO TO THE GAME.
Seriously, if Chipotle made you wait in line OUTSIDE the store instead of INSIDE the store…THAT’S JUST WHAT IT IS. Do you think I’m thrilled that grocery stores don’t put locks on their bulk candy bins resulting in awful little kids shoving their crap-filled hands into the same bucket of Sour Patch Kids I want? No! But what do I do? I DON’T BUY THAT NASTY CANDY. Filthy filthy kids. Gross. Ever hear of soap?
And who brings a backpack to the game anyways? If you’re bringing food, just bring it in the clear plastic bag anyways! “But I can’t sling it over my shoulder…” Are you for real? If the amount of food you’re bringing into the game is too heavy to carry in a clear plastic bag, you need to re-evaluate.
Look, I get it, there are always going to be exceptions, but I really don’t understand the FURY over this new rule. Explain it to me if you’re pissed in the comments below.
Today’s junk food: New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs!
I found these New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs at Target, and immediately thought, “WHAAAAT.” First, you all know how much I love Buffalo Wing flavored things. As a former Upstate New Yorker, I know how these things should taste. I grew up with wing sauce in my bottle. And a new Pepperidge Farm product PLUS buffalo sauce? INTO MY CART, IT WENT!
Any self respecting wing eater knows you toss chicken wings in wing sauce. Where the heck does a brush come into the picture??? I’m not painting each wing with Frank’s Red Hot. This isn’t Memphis BBQ… what gives, Pepperidge Farm? Inappropriate labeling is making me skeptical about these New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs…
New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs: “The snack that’s puffed extra crunchy and packed with big, bold flavor for an awesome snack that’s fun to hang out with!” I’m no wordsmith (readers of this blog know that’s true) but this sentence has a bunch of flaws in it. Or, it just sounds funny – It’s like if I described Sprite as “That refreshing drink that has a great citrus flavor to form refreshing drink with great flavor!” WHAT.
New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs contains less that 2% of cayenne pepper sauce? That makes me nervous. And it has dehydrated blue cheese too?? That makes me EXTRA nervous. I didn’t expect these to be a blue cheese AND buffalo wing combo…certainly not labeled that on the bag. And usually companies warn you about that.
When I opened the bag of these New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs, they sort of looked like little Cheese Puff bits… the bag DEFINITELY smelled of cheese, and definitely had some noticeable wafts of blue cheese, although it went back and forth between that and a normal cheddar cheese flavor. Since I don’t like blue cheese AT ALL, I was not thrilled.
Munch Munch Munch…hm. These New Pepperidge Farm Buffalo Wing Goldfish Puffs are an interesting phenomenon. That blue cheese I smelled? I didn’t taste it! Instead, the immediate cheesy flavor I got resembled more of a sharp cheddar cheese. Sure, if I closed my eyes and thought hard, yes, MAYBE I could taste blue cheese. But I tasted a tangy, nacho/cheddar cheese more.
The texture? DEFINITELY cheesy poof. These might as well have been labeled cheese curls or cheese puffs. It had that airy, cornmeal puff texture that I love. These were NOT, in my mind, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish outside of the shape…and the shapes were a stretch, too.
The buffalo sauce? Well…..not great. They were tangy, VERY tangy. And they had a slightly weird red pepper flavor, almost ketchup-like…it was sweet. The sweet plus the tang did NOT remind me of buffalo sauce at all. Reminded me more of a spicy ketchup. Yeeeeg.
On the whole, the sharp cheddar, plus the spicy ketchup taste, plus the puffed snack texture…these weren’t awful, but they CERTAINLY weren’t anything I was expecting, and they DEFINITELY did not remind me of Buffalo Wing. I won’t be picking these up again.
Sorry, Pepperidge Farm. You know I love ya. These are a thumbs down for me.
PURCHASED AT: Target
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