Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle


This here is Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle by Sheila G also referred to as brownie crack. Seriously, this stuff is AMAZING! When this first popped up at my grocery store last year, I thought it was something you had to bring home to bake (thinking it was brownie mix). I was given a bag to try because my love of brownies and chocolate chip cookies was known.

Brownie Brittle is what you’d get if a brownie and crispy cookie were married. Basically it’s brownie batter, that’s poured into a pan (in a very thin layer) and baked off. Since the layer is so thin all moisture is lost and it becomes very crunchy, crispy and delicious. This particular variation is the chocolate chip variety (there are 4 other flavors available – walnut, toffee, salted caramel and mint chocolate chip, but I’ve found them to be difficult to find). The chocolate chips are on top of the brittle adding a little extra sweetness. They come in 2 sizes — a smaller 4 oz bag which has 4 servings in it and a GIGANTIC 20 oz bag that has 20 servings (which are sold at wholesale clubs, etc).

I’ve considered possibly trying to make this — but I also wonder if I’d end up burning it to a crisp. I will say, if you like brownies and you like cookies — I’d strongly suggest picking this up if you ever come across it. It’s totally worth it!

Each serving is 6 of the crisps, which are typically pretty big sized pieces.  A serving is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.

QUESTION:
Have you given brownie brittle a try if you’ve seen it in stores?

Nature Valley Granola Thins – Pumpkin Pie

I was actually told about these limited edition Nature Valley Granola Thins in Pumpkin Pie via Instagram. My love of pumpkin is strong and I personally wouldn’t have known about these unless I just happened to be browsing Stop & Shop and stumbled upon the mini display … which probably wouldn’t have happened.
I have wanted to try the granola thins for the longest time but since I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate I just couldn’t justify making the purchase. But give me a milk chocolate (which they don’t sell) or a pumpkin pie granola thin and I am all on board.  When I opened the package, I was gifted with a nice pumpkin pie scent.  Taking the first bite I was rewarded with that crumbly granola texture and then a sweet frosting on the bottom of the thin.  A perfect blend of both pumpkin and granola – definitely two thumbs up!
A serving is one thin, which conveniently come packaged in their own individual packs.  A serving is 80 calories or 2 points plus values.  I did find these at Stop & Shop but have yet to see them elsewhere.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Nature Valley Granola Thins?

Olive Garden Light Italian Dressing


This was a fun food find at Walmart – Olive Garden Light Italian Dressing.  I love having salad, but I admit sometimes my salad dressing choices can get old. I believe I have the largest array of salad dressings in the refrigerator, but my Italian dressing choice is boring to me as of late that I don’t even use it – so this was a perfect find.
I haven’t been to the Olive Garden in ages, but I recall when I last went the best thing about my meal was the salad and breadsticks. The dressing is sold in both the full-fat and light variety.  Since I do not use full-fat dressings (because frankly they are not worth the calories/fat/points) I opted to go with the Light.  I will admit, it was a little pricey as far as dressings are concerned – $3.28.
The dressing is liquidy as most Italian dressings are but is packed with flavor.  There’s a zippiness to it, that’s pleasing on the taste. There’s also a nice helping of romano cheese throughout the dressing which give it a salty quality. It’s definitely a homerun and a far different flavor when compared to regular Italian (as in Robusto Italian dressing).
There’s 30 calories in a 2 tablespoon serving – which is 1 points plus value.  Although for 1 tablespoon serving, 15 calories and 0 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Olive Garden light Italian dressing?

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss

Weight Watchers has done it again! Done what, you ask? Well, they created a miniature dessert which satisfies the sweet tooth AND brownie fix (with a punch might I add) and it’s for a very small points plus value.  Incase you’re not aware; Weight Watchers has a line of packaged, portioned desserts which are sold in most grocery stores bakery sections.
At my local grocery store, the Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss were on display near the front of the store along with the Weight Watchers Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites. What caught my attention initially was the “New Item” sticker my grocery store stuck on the box. The peanut butter certainly caught my eye because 1) I love brownies and 2) peanut butter just makes things better. After bringing these home, my boyfriend and I ended up having one as a snack.
The brownies are very small – practically 2-3 bites and it’d be gone – or in one of you wanted to just shove the whole thing in your mouth.  They are nothing other than delicious.  The brownie portion reminds me of the fudgy chewy brownies you’d get in a Little Debbie snack, which is then topped with a whipped peanut butter. The entire thing is then encased in a milk chocolate. It’s a perfect combination of brownie, chocolate and peanut butter.
A serving is one brownie and they are only 2 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the new Weight Watchers peanut butter brownie bliss bars?

Café Cup


As an avid coffee drinker and Keurig owner I know how expensive K-cups can get, especially if you are having company over or are having more than 1 cup of coffee a day. I’ve found blends of coffee that are totally delicious and curb a particular food craving I may be having. My new favorite is Pistachio Ice Cream (which I have yet to find in store – but my local coffee house sells [its ground bean not liquid flavored]).  Since I do enjoy coffee, I don’t mind experiencing different flavors although if you purchase a box of K-Cups for $7 and end up disliking it … it’s a waste of $7 if you know what I mean.
After seeing these Café Cups on sale at CVS and Walgreen’s for months, I finally decided to give them a shot because my boyfriend picked up the box and was also interested.  I happened to have a 25% off coupon for CVS that day, so instead of the original $9.99 these are sold for we got them for $7.50.
Café Cups are essentially a reusable k-cup.  It’s a plastic designed cup with a mesh outer side. You flip the top open, scoop in your flavored coffee (out of a bag – the cheapest way to purchase coffee), close the lid and insert it into your Keurig. You can make the coffee as strong or as light as you wish since it is a refillable unit; it’s catered to your taste.
The best part about this is that it fits in ALL Keurig machine units.  Keurig sells their own version of a refillable coffee filter (which retails for I believe $24.99) but it only fits into the larger units, not the mini’s, etc.  In my mind, who likes to save a penny when possible, why spend $25 on a unit, when you can spend $10 and get 4 of essentially the same thing that’s reusable, refillable and convenient?
Best invention yet for a Keurig!
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Café Cups?

Good Humor Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Let me start this off by saying that I am quite possibly obsessed with anything that has “birthday cake” or “party cake” in the description of an ice cream.  For a very long time I deprive myself from having birthday cake ice cream because there are not a whole lot of companies that sell the flavor, nor are they pointsplus friendly.  Low and behold shopping at my local grocery store, I spotted this box ofBirthday Cake ice creams by Good Humor.
I grabbed the box and calculated out the points and was quite surprised to find they were ONLY 3 points plus per bar. That meant they had to immediately take up space in my little shopping cart.  Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice creams have always been one of my favorites from the very start.  That was my staple ice cream I’d get from the ice cream man – but this birthday cake variety? TOTALLY takes the cake (literally and figuratively).
The outside of the ice cream is coated in crunchy, colory bits (the same texture of the strawberry shortcake outer coating).  There’s a bit of cake mixed into the ice cream – but since it’s frozen solid it’s hard to tell exactly, but the cake and ice cream are formed together – the middle/end of the ice cream having more ice cream than “cake” in it – but nonetheless they are straight up delicious.  My boyfriend had one when I did and ended up eating two.  Needless to say, we had to buy another box already!
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Good Humor Birthday Cake ice cream?

Spotted & Haul: Arctic Zero Ice Cream

As a Weight Watchers member and fellow Instagrammer I have heard a lot about a guilt-free ice cream on the market.  I know,  I know, at first I was all “don’t believe the hype” because I’ve learned in the past, many companies hype their products up and down the road get slapped with lawsuits for providing false information on their nutrition information. Now, I’m not saying Arctic Zero is doing this, but I’m just addressing why I at first raised a brow to it.
For 150 calories per PINT (yes, the whole thing) it is only 150 calories = 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus.  Now for many of us, a pint of ice cream looks as though it’s a serving, particularly when you have a spoon in it and you are watching mindless television.  Typically if that pint of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s you’ve got a whole other problem on your hands (and behind!?).  So, while shopping at Whole Foods a few weeks ago I spotted a few of the Arctic Zero ice cream pints on the shelf and decided to give 2 of them a try.  They didn’t have all the flavors available (I really wanted the cookies and cream) but I picked out 2 out of the 4 available that I could see myself enjoying and/or adding to a smoothie.
I picked up the Chocolate Peanut Butter and the Vanilla Maple flavors.  They have mixed reviews from all who’ve tried (some enjoy, some don’t).  But I’ll decide once I do give these a shot.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Arctic Zero products?

Spotted: Panera Dressing at Target


A few weeks ago I went shopping at Target and while in the refrigerator section (near the fruits and veggies) I found bottled Panera salad dressing.  I at first did a double take because my initial reaction was “Panera bottles dressings?!”  I don’t eat at Panera often, but from what I do know; Panera is not shy on the fat and calories associated with many of their dishes.  Scanning the dressing options I saw two fat free options: Poppy Seed and Raspberry Vinaigrette.
I calculated the points and found the Fat Free Poppy Seed (as well as the Raspberry Vinaigrette) were both 1 points plus for a 2 tablespoon serving.  I figured I would use the Poppy Seed a lot more on salads than I would the Raspberry, so the Poppy Seed went into my cart (I’ve actually since purchased another bottle because it’s THAT good).  My mother introduced me to Poppy Seed dressing years ago but that dressing is 5 points plus for 2 tablespoons and TOTALLY not worth it.
This particular dressing is “looser” in consistency (think like a slightly runnier creamy Italian).  Its sweet and a distinct poppy seed dressing taste.  Definitely a great addition to any salad or grilled chicken salad!

Kellogg’s Honey Barbecue Cracker Crisps


Since I am a Weight Watchers member, Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Crisps have been a staple in my pantry since they were released over a year ago.   You generally get 27 crisps in a serving (which is a pretty large amount) and the line used to consist of just 3 flavors (sea salt, sour cream & onion and cheddar).  Kellogg’s stepped up their game and introduced two new flavors to their line – one being the Honey Barbecue (the other is Sea Salt & Vinegar – which I have not spotted yet).
If you’re into healthier chip alternatives and you’re familiar with PopChips – these are very similar.  They’re not as “spicy” as the Pop Chips variety (I don’t think they’re spicy but everyone has different taste buds w/ barbecue flavoring), but they are definitely tasty.  Since these have honey in them, they’re a tad sweeter – but not as sweet as I’ve tasted in some other honey barbecue potato chip flavors.
Weight Watcher Points Plus stat wise – these are 3 Points Plus for 27 crackers.  Quite a generous portion for such small amount of points!
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Crisps?