Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Holy Toy Biz 1989 Batman!

I can say without hesitation, that 1989's Batman is one of my favorite flicks. I don't know if I first saw it on the big screen at the Idle Hour Theater, or if it was at home on a VHS, but I loved it. up to that point, my only exposure to the Dark Knight was Super Friends, and Batman '66 reruns on weekday afternoons. This new, darker version blew all previous iterations out of the water. I mean, if I'm given the choice between sweating through grey and blue spandex, or an all black suit of rubber and leather and body armor, it's a pretty easy decision.

Not surprisingly, there was Batman branded just about everything. You could fill your bowl with Batman cereal, wear your Batman ballcap to the mall, and of course, play with Batman action figures in the privacy of your own room.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Giving it up, for Lent

I have all kinds of holiday traditions. During Thanksgiving, I try to make it a point to watch the entire Star Wars OG Trilogy while I'm drunk on turkey and wine. On Christmas, the wife and make it a point to fit in as many holiday movies as we can in a 31 day period. Walk into our house at any point during the month of December, and you'll likely hear the dulcet tones of Bing Crosby dreaming of a white Christmas, or the sounds of machine gun fire from Nakatomi Plaza. Peek in our windows on Easter Sunday, and you'll find us searching the nooks and crannies for our Easter baskets. And if you looked in our windows the 40 days and nights of Lent, you'd find me curled up in the corner, rocking back and forth, and sucking my thumb.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mystery Mail-Order Box

A few days ago, I was browsing around on eBay when I stumbled on to this little treasure. I know it just looks like some beat up white box with a bunch of random numbers on it, but it's what's inside that makes it special to me. Read on, and see what goodies were included in Stock No. 59508.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chocolate Strawberry Oreo!

We're just in the first month of the year, and we already have a new Oreo flavor. Maybe this is a sign things are looking up.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

4 Peeps Christmas Flavors (from 2015)

Did you realize there's only 3 more weeks until Christmas? I didn't until now, and I'm starting to freak out. There's still gifts to purchase, wrap, and mail. At least we finally got the tree up today, so we haven't slacked off completely. I feel like whoever is in control of the universe hit the 1.2x button, because time is going by way too fast. Case in point, I got these Peeps from my sister in-law for Christmas last year, and I'm just trying them out now. Hey, better late than never, right?

Hot Cocoa & Cream dipped in White Fudge

So, it would appear that Peeps definitely have a "best by" date, and it has long since passed on this batch. As you can see from this example, they've deflated a bit, and their heads have sunk down until they're staring up pitifully out of the package. The Peeps have gotten a bit drier too, and have lost that fluffiness they usually have when they're fresh. Still, I'm not one to waste food, so I forged ahead. First up was the Hot Cocoa & Cream, just because hot, liquid chocolate is one of my all-time favorite beverages.

Opening up the package, I was surprised by just how much of a cocoa smell these had. You know when you tear open a package of Swiss Miss and you get that cloud of cocoa dust that wafts out? That's what these smelled like. All of the pleasure without any of that choking on chocolate smoke. At first taste, it took a bit of chewing to coax out that cocoa flavor. The marshmallow had dried out a bit, and needed a little re-hydration. They were also dipped in white fudge, and I was surprised that it still tasted relatively fresh. I'm not sure if it fooled my mouth into thinking "Hot cocoa and marshmallows", but it was still a nice addition.

Sugar Cookie dipped in Milk Chocolate

I'm going to just come right out and say it. Unless they're covered in frosting, sugar cookies are the white toast of the cookie world. They're the only cookie that tastes worse after they're cooked. Until you cover them  in colored, liquid sugar, they're barely sweet enough to qualify as a cookie. Still, I was willing to give Sugar Cookie Peeps a fair shot.

Sadly, they didn't really smell or taste all that different from the regular Peeps. They are sprinkled with large pieces of sugar, but that's something I tend to attribute to Snickerdoodles rather than actual sugar cookies. Ultimately, it doesn't matter. The milk chocolate that they're dipped in completely overwhelms any flavoring they may have added. Peeps should have gone with a dip in some vanilla frosting. I mean, chocolate on sugar cookies? Who does that?

Sugar Plum Delight dipped in White Fudge

Damn! The Sugar Plum Peeps definitely fared the worst out of all the varieties. Now they look more like something out of John Carpenter's "The Thing" than they do marshmallow treats. The problem with sugar plum flavoring, is that I've never actually had a sugar plum. The closest I've come are the Sugar Plum Dum-Dums I tried 2 years ago. So, I'll go with that I guess.

And guess what, they taste just like the Sugar Plum Dum-Dums. Their aroma is reminiscent of the blueberry Peeps, and they definitely taste more like a berry than a plum. Their flavor isn't quite as strong as the Dum-Dums', but it's probably the difference between marshmallows and hard candy. I think this is another case where the fudge dipping works against the flavor. Including the fudge in a bite seemed to neutralize the plum. All I could taste was marshmallow and cheap chocolate. Again, these things are about 6 months past their prime, so it might not be the Peep's fault.

Candy Cane dipped in Chocolate

I saved the..well, I saved the last for last. I mean, it's candy cane! It's pretty hard to mess up that flavor, right? If I was going by looks along, these would be my favorite. I love the contrast between the white marshmallow and the chocolate. I also love that these look like they were rolled around in piles of glass made out of peppermint candy. Or they were caught in an explosion in a candy cane factory.

As far as the flavor goes, it's kind of like a lighter, fluffier York Peppermint Patty. So, no surprises there. Out of all 4 Peeps, this one managed to stay the freshest. It was still a little dry, but peppermint seems to withstand the ravages of time better than most other flavors. I know I can't be the only one that's eaten several year old candy canes. Sure, they might be a little chewy now, but at least they're still minty.

So now you have my thoughts on year old marshmallows. Stay tuned for next time, when I review caramels from 1997.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Boulder Canyon Turkey & Gravy and Pumpkin Pie potato chips.

Holy Mother of Turkey! Thanksgiving is almost here. I refuse to believe that it's been nearly three weeks since Halloween, the calendar be damned. I'm not that upset though, because I'll be celebrating one of my favorite holidays in just 4 short days. A day full of brie, and dips, and turkey and stuffing, and oh my god I'm getting hungry right now. I still have just under 96 hours before I can dive into T-day dinner, so I picked up some Boulder Canyon chips to try and take the edge off.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stunt Zombie's Anniversary Adventure!

It's hard to believe, but it's been just over a year since my wife and I tied the knot. Originally, we had planned on going to Universal Studios for our anniversary. Here's the thing about Universal though, it's damn expensive. Since we didn't really want to spend so much on a trip that was only going to last a few days, Chelsea suggested we look closer to home. And that's how we ended up going to Tangier Island to celebrate a year post-nuptials.

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