Review x2: New Sweet & Salty Pretzel Combos (Vanilla Frosting, Caramel Creme) & When Do The Holiday Lights Come Down?
Junk Food Nation, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. The holidays are finally over, huh? What a bummer.
Also a bummer – every single wildcard football game this weekend. I didn’t really care about any of the results, despite my personal feeling about yesterday’s Dallas/Detroit game. But was it possible that I was wrong on EVERY SINGLE PICK I made last Friday? Let’s see, on both moneyline wins and covers, I was…2-6? Awful.
So, JFNation, now that the holidays are over, the champagne has been put away after New Year’s, and you’ve had a chance to finally throw away leftover casserole from that holiday party (IT’S BEEN THREE WEEKS, PEOPLE. IT’S NOT STILL GOOD.) the next question is when do decorations, trees, and lights come down?
In my neighborhood, I started seeing trees lying on sidewalks on December 27! Well, bah humbug to you too. Apparently those individuals want to be SUPER efficient – Santa’s gone, let’s get rid of this effing tree! Maybe he can take it with him! But I know some people leave their tree up long after New Year’s, even. But how long is TOO long to leave the tree up? If it’s plastic, it can just stay up, I guess – then you’ll have your Valentine’s tree, your St. Patty’s tree, your Fourth of July tree. How festive.
But at least a tree is decently easy – once you lug that thing to the sidewalk or fold up the plastic braches back into the box, it’s pretty much done. Maybe a little vacuuming. But lights – OH THE LIGHTS. They took forever to put up, and you delayed putting them up until like mid December, and now you have to take them down again? AWESOME.
I drive by some houses that leave their lights up year round and think, “Well, that’s a disaster waiting to happen.” I mean, I don’t live in Arizona, people – there’s things like rain and moisture that happen here ALL THE TIME. When I see a house that still has lights up in the Spring, I feel like the entire house has been wired to keep the velociraptors in.
But maybe I’m narrow in my perspective – I don’t currently live in a single house, so I don’t have outdoor lights. I’m also not a sorority girl in college, so I don’t have Christmas lights hanging up inside my bedroom either. So you tell me, JFNation – what’s your policy on take the tree down, taking the lights down? Are you the type to leave that ish up year round (or at least until March/April)? And if so, why? Let me know in the comments below – I’m curious.
Today’s junk food: New Sweet & Salty Combos!
We talked about these Salty & Sweet Combos a while back on the Nosh Show, and frankly, I’m surprised it took THIS long for something like this to come out. Salty and Sweet is obviously NOT a new concept, and when was the last time Combos really innovated ANYTHING? I feel like the last big innovation was the use of pretzel over cracker…and that was like two decades ago. SO, I fully embrace this new change in Combo variety, and welcome the future flavors of red velvet, pumpkin spice, crème brulee, mint, and of course, gingerbread. Do it, Combos. DO IT.
First up: New Sweet & Salty Vanilla Frosting Pretzel Combos!
I popped one of these New Sweet & Salty Vanilla Frosting Pretzel Combos into my mouth and crunched. The pretzel was salty and crunchy, per usual Combo texture. The vanilla frosting inside, honestly, tasted more like Oreo Crème than any kind of frosting. Maybe not AS sugary sweet, but still just a nice general sweet crème flavor. Combined with the salty pretzel, these were pretty tasty. Nothing that blew me away, since I’d had, for example, yogurt covered pretzels before, and these were similar in concept. Still, there was fun factor, and to me they were not unbalanced – I didn’t think they were too sweet or too salty. I really enjoyed these – simple flavor, good execution. Even if the Combos themselves looked a LITTLE sloppy. Still, regular Combos also have cheese spread everywhere too – so whatever.
Next up: New Sweet & Salty Caramel Creme Pretzel Combos!
I crunched on a few of these New Sweet & Salty Caramel Creme Pretzel Combos and had a definite different experience than the Vanilla Frosting variety. Same decent crunch, and same internal texture – but the crème was NOTICEABLY caramel and very sweet…Combos was definitely trying to club me over the head with it. This caramel crème (not actual caramel soft chewy candy) was almost butterscotch in flavor, it was so sweet.
The buttery taste of the internal crème also altered the flavor of the pretzel, in my mind. While the Vanilla Frosting pretzel was more standard, these almost tasted like the flavor of warm soft pretzels (Auntie Anne’s, Wetzel’s). In a lot of ways, these Combos reminded me of the Snyder’s of Hanover Sweet Salty Salted Caramel Pretzel Pieces, which I LOVED. So, similarly, I REALLY liked these.
A decent foray into the Sweet/Salty world for Combos. I recommend both – they might not completely blow you away, but they are both definitely tasty.
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COST: $1.50 each on sale
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