Saturday, April 4, 2015

Monty's Moonlight Snacks: Frosted Lemonade and Birthday Cake Eggs

Whoa! We actually have header art for this taste-test themed sub-feature now?
What's next, color?

Okay, okay, anyway, tomorrow is Easter Sunday, folks. You might be familiar with it. You know I'm a holiday nut, so I'm looking forward to it, even if money is tight this year and I still don't have a girlfriend to color eggs with. But, why break a 40 year tradition, right? I'll be enjoying some barbecue (oven style, ha) and chocolate, and yellow chick peeps and bunny cake, lemon pie and, of course, the always essential Reese's eggs, while taking in my Easter traditions of "Hop", "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown", and "Here Comes Peter Cottontail", plus some other Rankin/Bass classics, some non-Rankin/Bass classics, and some just flat out non-classics, ha. You know, my usual holiday routine when I have nothing to do and no one to do it with. Maybe I'll squeeze in another posting or two, maybe not. We all know how Christmas went in that regard, ha. I'm still gonna get around to some of those long intended articles though.

Anyway, the reason I'm posting right now is because I've tried a couple of new treats that I felt I should share with the rest of the class. And it's really not such good news, but let me get right to the first one... drum roll...
Chick-fil-A's new Frosted Lemonade

Ah, Chick-fil-A. Hate 'em for their politics, love 'em for their insanely delicious chicken. The only chicken, in my personal opinion (and werewolves LOVE chicken!), that rivals that of KFC, aside from my own cooking, of course. Chick-fil-A has a lot of other delicious stuff on their menu too. Even if they crapped out in the dessert department and went the boring "cookies and soft serve" route everyone else travels these days, getting rid of their classic cheesecake and brownie offerings. It's a crime, I tells ya! And that brings us to today's subject from Chik-fil-A, or, "how we make a new dessert out of crap we already have laying around". Their answer: The all-new Frosted Lemonade. 

What is a Frosted Lemonade, you may ask? Okay, simply, it is Chick-Fil-A's soft serve ice cream blended with their lemonade, which you can get in regular or diet versions. And, incidentally, people seem to love it. I, personally, probably would never have tried it if I did not own a Chick-fil-A 2015 Calendar card, which is offering the Frosted Lemonade as this month's free item. It was labeled as "Mystery Offer" on the card (something they're annoyingly doing a lot now), but, yeah, this is what it is. Now, I love lemonade (preferably homemade), and I love ice cream, but that doesn't mean I want the two mixed together. Honestly, I thought the combo might be a little bit... gross.

Well, having tried the regular version, in my personal opinion,... it's gross! Really! Now, I'm not going to discourage anyone from trying this, because I guess it's pretty popular, and I know other folks are more into mixing flavors than I am. Not a fan particularly of mixing fruit with most other things, and, apparently, soft serve ice cream is one of those other things. HOWEVER, if you're a fan of creamsicles, then you might be a fan of this. Though, I always liked creamsicles, but I don't remember any lemon ones. In fact, I kinda just remember orange. Do they make lemon creamsicles? Well, if they do or if they don't, I'm sure that's what this taste's like, so, yeah, make your own judgement call on whether or not to try this one. I give it two claws down, but I can certainly believe that most of you will disagree with me here, which makes you all GROSS!!!

On to the next! 

Yeah, keeping this post short, I guess... The other item I'm bringing you today is from the candy aisle. The Easter candy aisle, that is. Even though there's nothing very Eastery about this flavor of Russell Stover chocolate egg. This is the Russell Stover "Birthday Cake Egg".


Now, what do you think of when you see that? This is going to be a chocolate covered bit of yellow cake, right? That's exactly what I thought! I'm about to bite into a piece of cake! Yay! I love yellow cake with chocolate frosting!!! Well, maybe you Russell Stover fanatics would have known better, or maybe I should have worked harder to understand the text on the wrapper. These were cheap though, so I had to try one! Incidentally, unlike today's frozen lemonade fiasco, I tried this in early March, I believe, if not late February. Whenever the Easter stuff first went up at Target. Don't worry though, I remember it like it was yesterday. And in vivid color photos...

As you can see, it all looks fine and very pretty (though those sprinkles go everywhere when you open the package!), and in the pic below, it sure looks like a piece of yellow cake covered in chocolate, huh?

Well, my friends, looks can be very deceiving! That is NOT yellow cake! Despite the picture of a slice of yellow cake on the wrapper, that is not what you're getting with a Russell Stover Birthday Cake egg, just in case you're as ignorant as I and thought it might be. What you're getting is candy, pure and simple. And if that candy inside is birthday cake flavored, it's very faint. Basically, this is your standard, overly sweet, dud in a box of chocolates. I should have known by the name Russell Stover, but I was being way too optimistic that day! This is why you should always only buy chocolates you know have nuts in every single one of them. These things are never good. Epic, epic disappointment. Though, if you were not expecting actual yellow cake bites here, as I was, you might like this fine. Again, it doesn't taste much like birthday cake at all. Some have said it tastes like sugar cookie dough inside, and, yeah, maybe a bit, but certainly not like cake. My personal opinion is to avoid these and stick to the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs. They're still the king of Easter candy!

And that's all for now, guys. Just a quick little pre-Easter post. I was so grossed out by that lemonade that I just felt like venting. Still can't believe everyone else seems to love the stuff! Oh well. No accounting for taste! Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a mouthwatering bowl of chicken livers in the kitchen with my name on it!

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