Skip the Coffee – Go for Mountain Dew’s New Breakfast Drink [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar22

Skip the Coffee – Go for Mountain Dew’s New Breakfast Drink [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Coffee, a staple of the morning. Most of us need that caffeine jolt to get the day going. Mountain Dew is officially getting into the morning drink business with Mountain Dew Kick Start. But, does it provide the same jolt as a cup of Joe? Mountain Dew was first invented in 1940 with a reformulated version hitting stores in 1958. Brand and production rights were taken over by PepsiCo starting in 1964. The citrus-lime drink is known for its distinct flavor, high sugar and high caffeine content. PepsiCo has been experimenting for years with new flavors and variations to the extremely popular Mountain Dew brand. After adding several fan favorite flavors, they’ve decided to give coffee a run for the money and compete in the morning beverage business. Mountain Dew Kick Start is more than just a standard energy drink. Available in two flavors orange and fruit punch, the drink is half Dew – half juice. (Ok, it’s 5% juice, but you get the idea.) Seeing it recently introduced to stores, and being a big Mountain Dew fan, myself, I had to give this a try. Full disclosure: I’ve never really been a coffee drinker. Only recently, now that we have a flashy Keurig coffee maker at work, do I occasionally have a cup. Before that, I would maybe have two cups in an entire year. A bottle of Mountain Dew is always my choice. I’m not ashamed to take one into a 9am business meeting. Reading about this new product got me excited, finally a perfect solution! Seeing the ads when it was released, I’ve been looking for this in stores for quite a while. Finally, I spotted a sign on the door at my local 7-Eleven, they were advertising ‘Buy two, get one free.”  What a deal! I went for...

Can You Cross a Cookie and Candy Corn? Oreo Thinks So! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep28

Can You Cross a Cookie and Candy Corn? Oreo Thinks So! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

For loyal readers of my blogumn, there is one thing that you’ve come to know. I love when companies take classic products and try to put a new spin on them. When I heard that Oreo was coming out with a candy corn flavored cookie – you know I had to give it a try! Since being introduced in 1912, Oreo cookies have earned the title of most popular selling cookie in the United States.  The recipe is simple, two chocolate cookies with a schmeer of vanilla icing in the middle. Pretty darn succulent! The original cookie was born at the National Biscuit Company’s plant in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The artistic design for their “Oreo biscuit” was patented on March 14, 1912 to compete with a rival company, Hydrox cookies that launched a few years earlier. Oreo would become so successful, the block in front of their plant became known as “Oreo Way.”  Check it out on 9th Avenue between 15th & 16th Streets. The National Biscuit Company would eventually be known by today’s name – Nabisco. While only making minor changes to the main cookie over the decades, Nabisco has always sought to add different varieties to the line. • Double Stuf Oreos – first sold in 1974 featuring two times the amount of crème filling.  Once sold in multiple flavors including cool mint, chocolate cream, peanut butter and original. Only original is still on sale today • Football Oreos – shaped like a football, first sold in 1976 and I saw them on sale in Target last week • Big Stuf Oreo – I was a huge fan of these huge cookies that were basically gigantic individually wrapped Oreos with a ton of icing. Sold from 87-91 • Mini Oreo – mini versions sold...

Bacon on an Ice Cream Sundae? – Burger King Says Yes!  [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun29

Bacon on an Ice Cream Sundae? – Burger King Says Yes! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Burger King has tried many interesting fast food gimmicks over recent years and now they’ve gone for the mother load!  Adding bacon to a hot fudge and caramel sundae! Is this new dessert worth your money? You know I had to give it a try! Burger King was recently unseated by Wendy’s, falling to third place in sales in the fast food burger wars. McDonald’s has been the real king for a long time. In order to get hungry hamburger lovers back, BK has introduced major changes to their menu and has added a large selection of limited-time only, summer items. BK has tried many novelty products over the years to try and gain an edge. Remember when they had sit down table service in the 80’s?  How about when they served BBQ ribs two summers ago? Now, new for summer 2012 – the Burger King Bacon Sundae! Adding bacon to just about any breakfast or sandwich makes it good, right?  Well, Burger King is hoping the same works for a sundae. Last Wednesday, I went the drive-thru at my local Burger King and ordered a meal and the dessert. I pulled forward to the second window and as soon as the waitress turned away to fill up my drink, I could see her getting to work on my sundae too. She first swirled vanilla ice cream into a sundae cup. She then added a few squirts of caramel, then chocolate fudge, and a little more ice cream. She then stepped away and when she returned, inserted a full strip of bacon on one side, followed by more chopped up bacon bits sprinkled on top. She placed the plastic lid on top and presented it to me. It took her all of 30 seconds to make. I couldn’t wait to try it. My...

Jersey Joe is Addicted to Shamrock Shakes [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Mar16

Jersey Joe is Addicted to Shamrock Shakes [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

You know you’ve got a hit product on your hands when loyal customers flock to Twitter and Facebook shouting with glee when it’s back! McDonald’s has that kind of hit with their glorious Shamrock Shakes. As soon as it reappears, fans are all over social media sharing their joy at the first sip. But this year, on my first attempt – I got shot down. Last March, I did an extensive blogumn on the history of the Shamrock Shake. But for the first time in decades, McDonald’s has officially placed them on sale in all locations coast to coast and is even backing them up with a big budget TV ad! McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes are available in three sizes: child small, medium and large. The seasonal milkshake treat is made with low-fat vanilla ice cream, mint flavoring, optional whipped cream and an optional cherry. They are a limited-time menu item, usually starting sometime in February. The green milkshake underwent a major upgrade last year with the addition of optional whipped cream and cherry. They then joined the McCafe line of upscale beverages. It is also now served in a clear plastic cup, which allows the beautiful green color to be seen, as opposed to the solid wax cups of old. The child’s small is 12 ounces with 540 calories, the adult medium 16 ounces with 680 calories, and the adult large 22 ounces with 840 calories. Growing up in Pennsylvania, these were always on sale during March and as soon as I would see the signs or the old Uncle McGrimmacy commercial, I insisted on heading for the drive-thru. Originally available coast to coast, McDonald’s scaled back sales in the 1990’s to make this more of a regional item. When I moved to the New York City metro area...