Hostess – Brownies with M&M’s

Price: about 3 bucks

Description: Brownies topped with M&M’s

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this. They tasted exactly the way I expected them to taste.

They’re like Little Debbie brownies. The only major differences are the size and the wrapper.

The Hostess brownies seem a little bigger, volume wise. But they feel lighter than the Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies. I mean that with regards to weight in the hand as well as density-wise. So basically Hostess is bigger and fluffier. Little Debbie is tighter and heavier.

Also, the Hostess brownies have full size M&Ms on top. The Little Debbies have mini M&M knockoffs on top.

Hostess has a thicker, non-transparent wrapper. Little Debbie has the clear wrappers. I think the Hostess box is slightly more aesthetic. By the way, I don’t care about the wrapper differences at all. It’s just that the two products are so similar to me, that this actually stands out.

When it comes to the actual brownies, I like the two brands equally.

But I think Little Debbie is the better value. A box of 6 Hostess brownies costs almost three bucks, whereas a box of 6 Little Debbie brownies is about 2 bucks.

Nutrition: each brownie is 43g and has 170 cals, 7 g fat,  26 g carbs, 2 g protein, and 80 mg sodium

Bottom Line: Satisfies chocolate and brownie cravings as expected. 8/10

 

hostess brownies with m&m's

hostess brownies with m&m’s

Campbell’s Chunky Soup – Beer-n-Cheese with Beef & Bacon

Price: about 2 bucks

Description: Beer, cheese, and potato soup with bits of beef and bacon

Two things stood out to me: the potatoes and the beer taste. For some reason I was expecting the beer flavor to be weak or absent. It is neither. The beer taste is strong.

The other thing that surprised me was the amount of potatoes. The potatoes tasted fine. I just wasn’t expecting this to be a potato soup. But looking at the picture on the front of the can right now, I see a cheesy potato soup. I guess the name of the soup is what threw me off. A more fitting name would be “Beer-n-Cheese Potato Soup.”

The only issue I had was the bacon. The bacon pieces were were flat and soggy. The texture sucked. There was no bacon flavor anywhere, in either the bacon or the soup. Maybe cubed chunks of bacon or ham would be better.

If I ever bought this again, I would skip the pieces of bacon. They weren’t terrible terrible, but they didn’t add anything good either. Mostly I would skip the bacon to save a few calories. Yes, I know it would literally be just a few.

Nutrition: 1 cup (half a can) has 190 cals, 9 g fat (2 g saturated), 21 g carbs, 7 g protein, 790 mg sodium

Bottom Line: If I craved a beer-cheese snack this would be ok. 7/10.

 

Campbell's Chunky Beer-n-Cheese with Beef & Bacon Soup

Campbell’s Chunky Beer-n-Cheese with Beef & Bacon Soup

McDonald’s – Grand Mac

Price: About 9 bucks for regular combo, about 10 bucks if you go large.

Description: It’s a Big Mac, only bigger.

I only ended up at McDonald’s today because the parking lot situation where I originally intended to grab lunch was insane. And to be honest, I was expecting to be disappointed with the Grand Mac.

But I wasn’t. I even ended up getting another one for dinner.

Somehow the Grand Mac is better than being just more Big Mac.  Maybe I was just super hungry today or whatever. But for some reason it tasted better than a Big Mac. Maybe McDonald’s upgraded their Big Mac ingredients since I last had one years ago. Or maybe they upgrade for the Grand Mac. I don’t know.

The Grand Mac is a handful. It’s got a nice weight in the hand. I believe it has 1/3 pound of beef. It’s got larger diameter buns and patties than the regular Big Mac as far as I can tell. There also seems to be more lettuce.

I like the combo of secret sauce with all that lettuce. It felt like I had a tasty salad with my burger.

Nutrition: Didn’t see it on the McDonald’s website

Bottom line: I would buy this again. I actually bought it twice today. I rate it 9/10

 

grand mac

grand mac