Review: New Jif Cookies ‘n Cream Hazelnut Spread & The USWNT & The Warriors
Hello, JFNation. It’s hump day! It’s been a busy week, and it’s only going to get busier, so let’s get to it:
Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been watching the US Women’s National Team pretty closely during their three group stage World Cup matches, and I have to say – they seem tentative still. I don’t know if they’re playing conservatively on purpose, mimicking a European men’s team (pass pass pass among the defense), but this team doesn’t look like the same team from 2011. While Wambach has the tools to physically dominate her opponents, the truth is she looks slower. I dunno, am I off base here? I’m a huge fan, but she seems to defer touching the ball a lot more than I’d ever seen before. Luckily, the back line of Klingenberg-Johnston-Sauerbrunn-Krieger has been solid all day long. But the knockout stages make me nervous…we need some offensive aggressiveness and soon…
On the other end of the dial, the Warriors took home the title last night, bringing my pretty open-ended preseason prediction full circle: “It’s a cop-out, but I’m just going to guess WEST CHAMPION over Cleveland.” And with that, the NBA season is over! Frankly, I’m exhausted. I feel like, including college basketball, I watched more hoop this season that in past seasons combined. It was a great season, good finish. But is anyone else burned out like me? For every girl/guy that dreams of working in sports, do you ever wonder if you’d get burned out processing this stuff day in day out? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s junk food: New Jif Cookies ‘n Cream Hazelnut Spread!!
New Jif Cookies ‘n Cream Hazelnut Spread was found at the same time I tracked down the Cheesecake spread from Monday, This immediately reminded me of the Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s. THAT spread, if you’ll remember, was DELIGHTFUL. But it was also super thick and heavy…I’m hoping this Jif version improves on the former.
New Jif Cookies ‘n Cream Hazelnut Spread contains “cocoa cookie”….couldn’t get the deal done with Oreo, huh, Jif?
When I opened this New Jif Cookies ‘n Cream Hazelnut Spread up, the look was wonderful – half Nutella-looking hazelnut spread, half white cookies ‘n cream-looking cookie butter. Visually, I actually liked that this leaned more white than just a flat out dark black color…keeps the contrast nicely with the hazelnut spread.
Aroma wise? Smelled like Nutella primarily still, but I definitely picked up that cookies ‘n cream scent – that lingering sweetness was unmistakable.
I spooned some of this New Jif Cookies ‘n Cream Hazelnut Spread, and it was thicker than I expected – still not as thick as the Trader Joe’s version, but, in my mind, slightly thicker than the Cheesecake spread from Monday. Maybe it was the added texture that tricked my mind into thinking there was more cohesion among the spread or something.
I tasted the sections separately, but honestly, the flavor of both was infused throughout – meaning, when I tried the cookies ‘n cream section, I could taste the hazelnut in the background, and vice versa. Nevertheless, the flavor of this spread was SPOT ON, and I think I enjoyed it even more than the Cheesecake spread.
The cookies ‘n cream were the star of this spread, as the tiny textured bits of cookie and the white cream reflected cookies ‘n cream flavor perfectly. Like a good cookies ‘n cream ice cream in spread form, this spread highlighted the milky creaminess that cookies ‘n cream ice cream has. Good dark cocoa cookie flavor to help balance the sweetness of the spread, and juuuuuuuuuuuuuuust enough texture so that it wasn’t just smooth confection (the cookie bits here weren’t as pronounced as in the Trader Joe’s version…but that 1% grittiness made all the difference.)
The hazelnut Nutella-like flavor was secondary to the cookies ‘n cream flavor, but it was definitely present – the hazelnut spread really hit home in the aftertaste. In a lot of ways, the hazelnut spread helped transform the flavor of the cookies in the cookies ‘n cream. The dark cocoa bits felt like THEY were the ones flavored with hazelnut, making this sort of a “hazelnut cookies” ‘n cream. Which, as you might guess, was TASTY.
All in all, I REALLY liked this one. Love the spread innovation, Jif. Keep it up.
PURCHASED AT: Safeway, Chevy Chase, DC
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