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Kirkwood Chicken Breast Nuggets (Aldi)

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These are pretty good, as far as frozen nuggets go. Here are one of those products that we always seem to have on hand, yet I have never even thought of reviewing before. On their own, these aren't anything to write home about. There's obviously the taste of chicken once you bite in to the middle, but the breading itself is a pretty boring combination of spices that are in no way spectacular, and even then only come off as passable. And yet, I have to be perfectly honest here, I really like these things. They taste excellent when dipped in barbecue sauce (well, just about any kind of sauce), and cook up quickly in the microwave, making them a perfect meal of convenience. Or, if I have more time, I like tossing them in the oven to crisp up the breading a little bit. Perhaps best of all, a bag of these are somewhere around the $4 range. If you're thinking that's pretty high, I would have agreed with you initially, except that you get around 48 nuggets per bag. I

Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Patties (Aldi)

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To whom it may concern: Bring back the boxed version of these! I wanted a cheap dinner the other night, so we headed over to Aldi. I was planning on grabbing the four-pack “of questionable quality” chicken patties in a box, only to discover they didn’t offer them anymore. That’s a shame, I thought, considering they were only $2. Then, my eyes caught a bag of chicken patties that were slightly more expensive ($3.49), but turned out to be the most inexpensive ones they offered. I settled on getting those, figuring I would probably get fewer patties for the buck, with with slightly higher quality. As it turns out, these are pretty much the exact same chicken patties as the previously boxed kind, at least in terms of appearance. While at first, I was slightly disappointed (I had assumed I would be getting fewer pieces of better-quality chicken instead), working out the math in my head helped to calm me down: I counted nine patties in this bag, for $3.49. The original boxes had four f

Mama Cozzi's 16" Extra Large Buffalo Style Boneless Chicken Wyngz Take and Bake Pizza (Aldi)

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This poor image clearly brought to you by TopWeeklyAd, your top source for weekly ads. I do not like buffalo. The sauce, I mean...I've never visited the city. It just always has a sourness to it that I don't like in the least; it's as if it hits my tastebuds with a dull “thud” that doesn't match the ensuing heat that takes over a short while later. The first time I tried it, at the urging of my wife several years ago, I just thought it was a bad example of it—until I tried a couple more, all with the same flat flavor. Buffalo is not a thing for me. My wife, on the other hand, absolutely adores the stuff. She greatly enjoys the buffalo chicken pizza at Rooster's, citing it as one of her favorite overall pizzas, and also gets the same at a sports bar that's right down the street from us. I don't know that she's tried enough different variations to be considered a connoisseur, but it's got to be one of her favorite condiments (or sauces, or

Mama Cozzi's Cheeseburger Take and Bake Pizza (Aldi)

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After all this time off, and I'm still horrible about taking product photos. Whoa, my old age is really starting to rear its ugly head more and more often. Take, for example, this cheeseburger take and bake pizza, which quite literally had me at the name and nothing more. I just assumed, as is normally the case with things like this, that it would just be some cheese, some hamburger meat, maybe some onions, and that would be that. So sure of myself was I that I never even thought to double-check the ingredients—I got it in my mind that I wanted it, picked it up without reading the box, and took it home.  It wasn't until my wife read the box, a look of shock and confusion across her face, that I began to second-guess myself. What could be so weird about a cheeseburger pizza? Then I read the ingredients, and what I found simultaneously disgusted and delighted me. This isn't just some hamburger meat and cheese thrown on a typical pizza sauce like so many other purporte

Cosmic Fruit Smoothies Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie (Dollar Tree)

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Not only is this "not bad", it's actually genuinely good! I was at Dollar Tree with my wife the other day, and was bored. We had just bought a present for a one-year-old girl (the daughter of our good friends) and were looking at some inexpensive ways to wrap/present it. Actually, that line translates to, “My wife was looking for inexpensive ways to wrap/present it while I was wandering around the store.” Wrapping is certainly not my forte, as anyone who has ever seen one of my presents can attest.  I had actually just received the go-ahead that we were ready to go when my eyes locked up on this product, almost tucked away on the top shelf of a cooler. I had walked by this area three times and somehow missed it every single one of those times. I went in for a closer look—what was in that small plastic bottle with the unassuming label? Just a juice? As I got closer, I got noticeably excited...this wasn't “just a juice”, but rather a fruit smoothie! The label i

Cosmic Fruit Smoothies Galactic Berry Fruit Smoothie (Dollar Tree)

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One of the "healthiest", best values at "The Tree". Well what do we have here? Why, it's a Galactic Berry fruit smoothie! It consists of 1/5 banana, 2 strawberries, 4 blackberries, 4 raspberries, and 2 whole apples. Not a bad roster for just $1. For anyone that might be off-put by the lack of thickness in the strawberry banana smoothie, which I previously reviewed, well...it only gets worse here, because this is basically just straight-up juice. Kind of makes me wonder why there's a need for any thickening agents at all in this one, really. Again, though, these complaints also carry over to the national brand, so there are no points deducted on this one for that. The aroma is also very close to the national brand, at least from what I remember, though it has been quite a while since I've had it. I can't really recall how accurate the taste is with absolute certainty, because the national brand berry variant is not one of my favorites, but there&

Dollar Tree Unbranded Energy Shot x2: Grape and Berry (Dollar Tree)

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Gets the job done on a budget, assuming you can ignore the not-terrible-but-not-good flavor. I generally turn different flavors of the same item into separate posts, because they're technically separate products. However, once in a great while the tastes—and the end results—are so similar that they are essentially the same thing; hence the reasoning this post will cover both flavors of Dollar Tree's eerily unbranded double energy shot, which features a whopping 4 oz. of caffeinated energy for a single buck.  One of the main things I look for when purchasing an energy beverage is the amount of caffeine in it—the more, the better. That being said, there's a general limit to the amounts I'll consume, so I tend to look for products that are in the 250mg range—too much more than that, and I'd be a little worried about adverse health effects, too little, and it's generally not worth my time (unless I only need a short burst). Dollar Tree's product simply p