It's 3 o'clock, and a craving for something sweet has hit hard. The solution: a quick trip to the corner store for a pack of M&M's, but which flavor will satisfy best? We tasted every variety of M&M's we could get our hands on (raspberry proved elusive) to find out which of these candy-coated chocolates trumps all. Keep reading to find out the results, ranked worst to best.
Fifty Shades of Grey has been abuzz for over a year now, but now you can get another kind of buzz, thanks to E L James's new line of Fifty Shades of Grey-branded wines ($18 a bottle). She considers the wine a "natural extension of the series" since wine "add(s) to the sensuality that pervades a number of scenes in the book," and the author herself perfected grape blends to create two bottles, White Silk and Red Satin.
When they arrived at the office to taste, the anticipation (perhaps as intense as Christian's feelings toward Anastasia?) nearly killed us. The question on everyone's mind: Would the wines taste sexy or shameful? See what we thought.
After tasting (and falling head over heels for) Philadelphia Spicy Jalapeño Cream Cheese, we've come to expect greatness from Philadelphia's line of flavored cream cheeses. And (spoiler alert) the brand's two newest additions, Cinnamon & Brown Sugar and Chipotle (each $3), don't break from the trend. Keep reading to learn which spread will bring you breakfast bliss.
Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese
Intensely smoky and spicy, chipotle peppers can easily overpower more delicate flavors; but fear not, Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese gets it just right. This delicately spicy spread packs the heat without setting taste buds on fire. Even our typically chipotle-averse taster got in on the fun and came back for seconds, enthusiastically praising its versatility as both a spread and dip for veggies and the like.
The ever-expanding Starbucks found a new way to squeeze its way into your daily coffee routine: Iced Café Favorites in vanilla latte, caramel macchiato, and caffè mocha. The iced espresso cartons, which can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores for $5 a bottle, aim to provide convenience and that beloved Starbucks flavor.
We put these three flavors to the test with our taste-testing panel. Keep reading to see if they're actually worth purchasing.
Like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate and caramel, Fall and pumpkin spice go hand in hand. Case in point: the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte and cozy pumpkin and chocolate confections. Banking on the popularity of anything and everything pumpkin spiced, Mars recently rolled out its take on the trend: Pumpkin Spice M&M's ($3 for 10 ounces), exclusive to Target. Game, as always, we picked up a bag to see if they're worth stocking in your candy bowl.
What happens when a chocolatier best known for its exacting, scientific take on bean-to-bar chocolates enters the candy bar game? Judging from Tcho's TchoPairings ($16 for two bars), the result is a variety of creative, slightly crazy confections like the line's astronaut ice cream bar. Eager to find out if that and its other flavors (hazelnut and strawberry rhubarb pie) could live up to the high standards of the brand's other treats, we dug in.
Rather than dance around the inspiration behind its hazelnut bar, Tcho proudly pays homage to Nutella in its name: Tchunky Tchotella. Even better, we'd argue that Tcho one-upped the gianduja spread by toning down the sweetness a notch by using a higher cacao milk chocolate and a just-right dose of salt. As one taster put it, this bar is "like Nutella you're allowed to eat without bread," something we can definitely get behind.
The question begs: do Mighty Wings, the newest savory addition to McDonald's menu, live up to their bold name? What's more, are they on par with the chain's other popular poultry items, Chicken McNuggets and Chicken Selects? And, for a restaurant frequently patronized by drive-through, how does a bone-in item fit into the fold?
It's a tall order to tackle, but given the conspicuously high advertising budget for this product (turn on your TV and the NFL-themed ad is hard to miss), it's clear that McDonald's is banking on its Mighty Wings to succeed. With these questions in mind, we dug into a box of the deep-fried chicken wings to see if the surrounding hype is justified.
The start of Fall marks the release of pumpkin spice lattes across coffee chains everywhere. Today, McDonald's released its new version of a pumpkin spice latte. In a blind tasting, we compared the McCafé beverage to other well-known coffee makers, including Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, and Peet's. Take a look to see how it fared.
McDonald's McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte
The sweetest of the bunch, the McCafé Pumpkin Spice Latte ($3.29) looked orange as a pumpkin but smelled just like sugar and Mexican cinnamon. Voters could barely make out the coffee and described the latte as a "melted candy creamer." Most didn't think they could possibly drink a whole cup of the sweet drink. A few would drink this if there was more coffee; however, many said it was a pass.
When PB Crave sent over its flavored peanut butters in dreamy flavors like cookie dough and double chocolate, we thought we were in heaven. Available at Walmart and Cost Plus for about $6 a jar, the peanut butters seemed affordable, accessible, and slightly exotic. How could anything go wrong? As it turned out, some of the flavors just fell flat. Read on to find out which ones scored high and which ones didn't.
A handful of British nibbles boast a Royal Warrant of Appointment — essentially, a stamp of approval from the royal family — but today's treat, Duchy Originals trumps all when it comes to bragging rights among Anglophiles. Founded in 1992 by His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Prince of Wales, this brand of biscuits uses its royal clout for a good cause: historically, Duchy donates about $5 million of its sales to charity each year. But we're interested in answering the most important question of all: how do these cookies actually taste?
Duchy Originals Highland All Butter Shortbread
Thin, crisp, and crumbly, with an appropriately short texture, these butter-rich cookies earned high ratings from tasters (nary a mark below a 4 1/2). If you're looking to enjoy a classic shortbread cookie without turning on the oven, these will satisfy cravings, no doubt.
Duchy Originals Stem Ginger All Butter Shortbread
If you're asking what is stem ginger, and what is it doing in my shortbread cookies, we've got answers. Stem ginger typically refers to candied ginger, and as for the second half of the question, the spicy-sweet seasoning adds a hit of flavor to these buttery biscuits. Overall, we liked this less-traditional option, though a few tasters wished the ginger flavor was kicked up a notch, but most found its lingering aftertaste pleasing.