Review: New Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies & Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? (Plus a Whole Lotta NBA Talk!)
Junk Food Nation, the other day I was driving around and there was a debate going on on the radio: “is a hamburger a sandwich?” When asked this question, it might strike you that there’s an immediate obvious answer. But apparently not to these two radio talkers. On one side: “A sandwich is something you make with sliced bread or a split sub roll, a hamburger is…a hamburger!!!” On the other side, “The bun is two pieces of bread and a hamburger is a disc of meat you put between them! How is that any different!?”
Me? I fall squarely on the hamburger=sandwich side of things, and if you wanna fight about that, IT’S GO TIME IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. But BESIDES that argument, it got me thinking. I recently read this AWESOME article in the NYTimes that was a Field Guide to the American Sandwich, based on type of bread. It’s a great read, and the pictures are delightful. Anyways, hamburger isn’t listed there, but the author acknowledges that it IS one, and mainly states that hamburgers themselves are deserving of a separate article.
But the metric the article uses is interesting: “Open-faced sandwiches are not sandwiches. Gyros and shawarmas are not sandwiches. The bread that encases them is neither split nor hinged, but wrapped.”
So split or hinged bread, it seems, is what makes a sandwich. So it got me thinking – is a hot dog a sandwich? It uses split bread, is (I think) some form of tubed meat in between these split layers, and you can have them with tomato, condiments, chili, etc. Should be a sandwich, right? But….
I DO NOT THINK A HOT DOG IS A SANDWICH.
Well, I should clarify. I can see how it fits the parameters of a sandwich. Also, I fully acknowledge that when you make it bigger (like a half smoke or Italian sausage) and crush it between two halves of a crusty hoagie roll with peppers and onions, THEN it’s a sandwich. But for some reason, I CANNOT fully accept that a tiny hot dog in a hot dog bun is a sandwich. Well, Eric, if it’s not a sandwich, what is it? IT’S A GODDAMN HOT DOG. I dunno. I can’t explain it. There’s no room in a hot dog bun for any other crap that would normally go on a sandwich. I DUNNO! It’s my fatal flaw.
Help me out in the comments below: is a hot dog a sandwich? Yes or no?
Plus, if you wanna engage in some NBA talk, keep reading AFTER the review. Speaking of…
Today’s junk food: New Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies!!
New Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies were spotted a while back, and after reading The Impulsive Buy’s review, I was like, ok, I don’t have to buy these. But then the Junk Food Gal pointed straight at them in the grocery store, uttering, “WANT.” And here we are.
New Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies claim to have spicy chili flavor. I like the combo of spice and chocolate, so if they can pull it off, I’ll bow down to Pepperidge Farm. Generally, I like Milanos, and have reviewed plenty on this site, but I always get stuck whether I’m just saying I like a new Milano flavor just because Milanos inherently are great? Unsure.
I SEE NO CHILIS LISTED HERE! WHAT THE
When I opened these New Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies and sniffed, the aroma I got immediately was of Mexican Hot Chocolate. Mexican Hot ChocolateMexican Hot ChocolateMexican Hot ChocolateMexican Hot ChocolateMexican Hot ChocolateMexican Hot Chocolate. If you don’t know what Mexican Hot Chocolate is, it’s basically regular hot chocolate with a clear infusion of cinnamon and spice and a bit of vanilla. Personally, I LOVE IT. And these cookies smelled spot on.
I bit into one of these New Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies and chewed, and THESE ARE GREAT. Basically, to me, they weren’t spicy at all. Well, I’ll qualify that – these were spicy in that cinnamon-spicy sort of way, like when you eat Hot Tamales candy – but even not THAT spicy. The chili pepper on the front of the package was a bit of a tease. These weren’t SPICY spicy. These tasted like milk chocolate Milano cookies with a punch of cinnamon. And to me, they were HEAVENLY.
Like I mentioned before, I REALLY enjoy Mexican hot chocolate. It’s a bit sweeter and more flavorful than regular hot chocolate because of the spices and the vanilla. To me, the flavor is pretty distinct, and Pepperidge Farm nailed it here. The typical Milano cookie components are excellent as usual – the firmness, texture, butteriness of the oval cookie. But the flavor of the chocolate is sweet, cinnamon-y, and creamy.
That’s all I can say. If you love Mexican hot chocolate, you’ll love this. If you’re looking for sweat beads to drip off your forehead, this is NOT for you. The chili pepper image – I’ll say it’s MISLEADING. But FLAVOR-WISE, these were pretty frickin’ awesome. I liked them. You’ll like them. Eat them.
PURCHASED AT: Giant Food, Van Ness, DC
COST: $3.00 on sale
Oh you’re still here, Junk Food Nation who loves sports and basketball? THEN LET’S TALK NBA PLAYOFFS.
First, I wanted to take a look back at my NBA Predictions. Back in October, I predicted, for the East:
1. Chicago. First place in the Central Division.
2. Cleveland. Second place in the Central Division.
3. WASHINGTON.First place in the Southeast Division.
4. Toronto. First place in the Atlantic Division.
5. Atlanta. Second place in the Southeast Division.
6. Charlotte. Third place in the Southeast Division.
7. Boston. Second place in the Atlantic Division.
8. Brooklyn. Third place Atlantic Division.
So how’d I do? Well, I nailed 7 out of the 8 teams in the playoffs, and got the seeds for Cleveland, Toronto, Boston and Brooklyn spot-on. My standings for the Atlantic Division (Toronto, Boston, Brooklyn) were correct. And Cleveland/Chicago, Atlanta/Washington were just flip flopped. I’d say, overall, it was a good year for Eastern Conference predictions. My main misstep was not putting Milwaukee in instead of Charlotte, but who could’ve predicted that? I STILL have no idea who is on the Bucks! Sorry, Milwaukee.
Now, the West:
1. Clippers. First place in the Pacific Division.
2. San Antonio. First place in the Southwest Division.
3. Portland. First place in the Northwest Division.
4. Golden State. Second place in the Pacific Division.
5. OKC. Second place in the Northwest Division.
6. Dallas. Second place Southwest Division.
8. New Orleans.
The West was definitely more variable, but I still managed to score on 7 out of 8 teams here too. Did anyone expect ALL FIVE TEAMS in the Southwest Division to make it? I did not. Plus, I was REALLY down on Houston, and all they did was have an MVP-candidate lead them to the second seed. I still hate you, Dwight Howard.
I’m not going to bother getting into Divisional records, because those were all over the place. Seed-wise, I got all of them wrong except for the Pelicans at the 8 spot. I say this was a decent, but not great, year for Western Conference predictions.
SO THE PLAYOFF MATCHUPS ARE SET! Time for ROUND 1 PREDICTIONS:
HAWKS VS NETS: Atlanta has really been struggling lately, as I think the toll of the season finally caught up to them. Still, Brooklyn hasn’t been much better, and they almost didn’t make it. I’ll take the HAWKS IN 6.
CAVS VS CELTICS: Well lookee lookee – Lebron in the playoffs. Again. Yawn. Meanwhile, the upstart Celtics and their amazing coach will DEFINITELY challenge the Cavs. I think they can steal one. CAVS IN 5.
BULLS VS BUCKS: I’M SORRY, IF I DON’T KNOW WHO IS ON YOUR TEAM I CANNOT VOTE FOR YOU. I’m calling a Bulls Swee*….wait, the Bucks are coached by Jason Kidd? ….ok, I’ll give one. BULLS IN 5.
RAPTORS VS WIZARDS: Otherwise known as the series I’ll be watching closely as well as the series most likely to give me a stroke. As the 4-5 game, this is the closest matchup. It’ll be a 7-gamer, and I HAVE to say the Wizards win in 7 because I’ll cry if I don;t. WIZARDS IN 7.
WARRIORS VS PELICANS: Yeah I know the Warriors have been crushing people, but who plays big for them up front? Bogut? Speights? The Pelicans have ANTHONY EFFING DAVIS, a beast among humans. They will give the Warriors fits, more than people think. Maybe the most fun matchup in the West to watch. WARRIORS IN 6.
ROCKETS VS MAVERICKS: Upset special! And it’s not just because I don’t like Houston. It’s mainly because Houston’s bench is entirely depleted with injuries and because Dallas is BUILT to just wear teams down, especially with Persons back to face his old team. Lots of punches. MAVERICKS IN 7.
CLIPPERS VS SPURS: OH, the Spurs, WILL YOU NEVER DIE. No, you won’t. Tim Duncan is ageless. The Clips have the same problem as last year – all they have coming off the bench is Jamal Crawford. I see no other threats. When the Spurs are running their second team, they will crush LA. The only reason LA wins a couple is because Blake Griffin and Chris Pal will have one great game apiece. SPURS IN SIX.
TRAILBLAZERS VS GRIZZLIES: I actually think the Blazers might have more overall talent, but why is everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, banged up in Portland? Plus, Memphis is one of those tough teams that will just keep body checking you until your game is affected. Zach Randolph weighs 500 lbs. Mike Conley, if healthy, is highly underrated. You know what? Eff it – I say Memphis actually dominates. GRIZZLIES IN 5.
Well, there you go. Enjoy the first round, starting tomorrow, people! And share with me YOUR Round 1 Predictions in the comments below!
Junk Food Guy