Review: New Quaker Oat & Yogurt Vanilla Sandwich Biscuits & Backup QB vs. JFG: NFL Week 9 & Let’s Talk About Halloween, People
Junk Food Nation, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! So I’m sure all of you have noticed that I haven’t really blogged about anything Halloween specific leading up to today. Yeah, I know – I’m sorry about that. Things have really busy around the JFG household, and besides the ONSALUGHT of pumpkin spice / apple pie / etc. – flavored items that started coming out in AUGUST, there hasn’t been any new CANDY per se that I haven’t covered yet. In a lot of ways, I get so focused on Halloween-specific new foods, etc., that I lose sight of the “holiday” itself, and I sort of feel BEHIND on what’s going on.
So today, *I* have some questions for YOU. Get me caught up on Halloween people – answer some of these questions in the comments below:
- COSTUMES: What are people dressing up as this year? My Facebook is now filled with pictures of my friends’ kids dressed as everything from duck to lion to TMNT character to duck again. What about YOU, though? Are a cosplay wizard with a perfect Minecraft costume? Or do you go the funny route? If you like, tweet me a pic @junkfoodguy. No men dressed as babies, though, please. THAT is the worst costume ever.
- CANDY: Is giving FULL size candy out now the norm, or are people still going FUN size, or worse, BITE size? If I lived in a house, I’d like to think I would spend enough to be able to give out FULL size bars, but let’s be honest, that ish is pricey. $1.00 a candy bar? HOW IS THAT A DEAL, GROCERY STORE?? The problem with FUN size is that parents end up feeling guilty and just giving out 2-3 FUN size bars per kid. That might end up being even MORE expensive than the FULL size bars. YOU’RE KILLING OUR MARGINS, DEAR.
- X-RAYING CANDY: Wait, do parents still check candy for dangerous things anymore? When I was a kid, we used to always get lectures warning kids about pins and razorblades in our candy. Which IS effed up, if psychos out there actually did that. But what do parents do these days? Actually use an x-ray machine or something? I had a friend who used to go out Trick or Treating, and then his parents would throw all that candy away and just give him store bought stuff they purchased. “BUT THAT WAS ALL MY HARD WORK, MOM!” Shush – go wash your hands and feast on this Costco size bag of Smarties I got you.
Anyways, I wanna hear your comments about these topics and Halloween in general in the comments below. Help me out here – get me up to speed on what’s the State of Halloween these days.
FOOTBALL TIME! Here’s the tally so far regarding the season long bet between me and the BackUp QB:
|Backup QB Picks||JFG Picks|
|WEEK 8||7-6-1 (7 pts)||9-4-1 (9 pts)|
|SEASON||53-55-5 (57 pts)||55-53-5 (67 pts)|
TEN POINT LEAD! TEN POINT LEAD! Yeah, that’s all the crowing I can muster right now. Going into sugar shock over here.
Week 9 marks the halfway point in the season, and the BQB’s lock is CHIEFS -10: ” I don’t care who’s playing QB for the Jets. They’ve been atrocious in all but one game this year (two weeks ago against the Pats), and the Chiefs are sneaky-good, up to fourth in Football Outsiders advanced metrics. They’ll feast on an inept Jets team all day on Sunday.” Check out the rest of the BQB’s picks here.
My LOCK OF THE CENTURY…OF THE WEEK… is the Chargers (pick) over the Dolphins. What? The Junk Food Guy is picking the Chargers again? BIG SURPRISE – I feel like I’ve made them my lock a few times, and most of the time they’ve let me down. DON’T BLOW IT, SAN DIEGO. Who cares if it appears that no one else except for Antonio Gates can catch anything. Sigh…I’m going to lose again, aren’t I?
The rest of our picks here:
|GAME||Backup QB Picks||JFG Picks|
|Bucs @ BROWNS||Bucs +7||BROWNS -7|
|Cardinals @ COWBOYS||Cardinals +3||Cardinals +3|
|Eagles @ TEXANS||TEXANS +2.5||Eagles -2.5|
|Jets @ CHIEFS||CHIEFS -10 (LOCK)||Jets +10|
|Jaguars @ BENGALS||Jaguars +11||BENGALS -11|
|Chargers @ DOLPHINS||DOLPHINS (pick)||Chargers (pick) (LOCK)|
|Redskins @ VIKINGS||VIKINGS (pick)||Redskins (pick)|
|Rams @ NINERS||NINERS -10||Rams +10|
|Broncos @ PATRIOTS||PATRIOTS +3.5||PATRIOTS +3.5|
|Raiders @ SEAHAWKS||Raiders +15||Raiders +15|
|Ravens @ STEELERS||STEELERS (pick)||STEELERS (pick)|
|Colts @ GIANTS||GIANTS +3.5||Colts -3.5|
The line were weird all over the place this week, unless my lines are just wrong. Three games were pick ’ems. Four double digits spreads? OOF.
Today’s junk food: New Quaker Oat & Yogurt Vanilla Sandwich Biscuits!
New Quaker Oat & Yogurt Vanilla Sandwich Biscuits are the other of the two flavors of Sandwich Biscuits that Quaker has released. I reviewed their strawberry variety a couple weeks ago. Let’s go through the pictures and get right to the review.
I liked the New Quaker Oat & Yogurt Strawberry Sandwich Biscuits, so I already expected to enjoy these New Quaker Oat & Yogurt Vanilla Sandwich Biscuits. Opening up the package, the smell of vanilla came wafting out so pleasantly. They smelled REALLY good – as someone who enjoys vanilla bean, these hit the spot, aroma-wise.
The key to these is the surprisingly good oatmeal biscuits. Hearty and flaky at the same time, they tasted sweet with plenty of good oatmeal flavor. Now that I noticed that the ingredients mention crispy rice, that helps explain some of the crispness to the cookies. Nice and thick – definitely a good chew.
The crème, despite my thinking there wasn’t very much of it, packed pretty substantial vanilla flavor. Really sweet, but not cloying like how Oreo crème can be. But LOADED with vanilla flavor – there was no mistaking it, no moments when my brain was like, “Wait, is this general sweetness or is this actual vanilla.” No, this WAS vanilla – the vanilla bean-y flavor was very clear to my brain, and I liked it a lot.
All in all, I think these were even BETTER than the Strawberry version. I’d DEFINITELY buy these again.
Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe out there.
PURCHASED AT: Safeway, Waterfront Metro Stop, DC
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