Thursday, June 23, 2005

Pepperidge Farm Whims


i got bounced back and forth all day between campbell and pepperidge farm but finally, here it is, and boy was it worth the wait

Disclaimer: Have not had these. Have not seen them in local stores yet. This is the work of the Indian scout, who spotted them in an undisclosed pacific NW location. but the pepp farm lady insists that Pepperidge Farm Whims are in dallas too. quoting from a press release is in bad form, but who could improve on this: "a scrumptious fusion between cookie sweetness and crunchy texture, providing a delightfully delicious munchable snack." you saw that right: a scrumptious fusion. there's more: these Whims come in "two different product forms": Crispy Waves vs. Crunchy Clusters. the Waves are of interest (to NYCE, that is) cuz their pringle-y shape echoes the "product form" of those god-awful Swoops, dead-in-the-water from the day they were introduced (and recently spotted on super SUPER markdown at SuperT). Oh dang, no room left to describe Whims' six "delicious flavor combinations" but they all got one kind o choc or another

24 Comments:

At June 23, 2005 6:45 PM, Blogger emmmjay said...

oh they sound scrumptious! I wonder if they will have them in Maine!!

 
At June 23, 2005 6:58 PM, Anonymous ms. ery said...

that psychology article on food likes and dislikes that scrumptious keys to is really interesting. but do you think it's a typo at the end where it lists the major cravings of u.s. men as pizza and beet?

i really related, too, to the woman who liked underdone french fries and canned brains. wonder what stores carry the latter.

 
At June 23, 2005 7:06 PM, Anonymous ayn rand said...

...neither life nor happiness can be achieved by irrational whims.

 
At June 23, 2005 7:11 PM, Anonymous Atlas said...

[shrug]

 
At June 23, 2005 7:25 PM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

i remember when i was just a whim in my mother's psyche

 
At June 23, 2005 7:54 PM, Anonymous ayn rand said...

Who is Harry Gant?

 
At June 23, 2005 7:58 PM, Blogger Donald Trump said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At June 23, 2005 7:59 PM, Blogger Donald Trump said...

Carry Grant was an actory, you moron.

 
At June 23, 2005 8:08 PM, Anonymous the real ayn rand said...

Who is John Galt?

 
At June 23, 2005 8:11 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

Aren't any of you guys going to tell us whether or not you like beets? Are do you scarf them down when no one is looking?

 
At June 23, 2005 8:57 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

I want to know what the deleted comment said. Did anyone get a chance to read it before it was retracted?

 
At June 23, 2005 10:22 PM, Blogger TG said...

i'm gonna guess that beet shoulda said beeF

 
At June 23, 2005 10:24 PM, Blogger TG said...

i wonder, what is an actory? any relation to a factory?

 
At June 24, 2005 2:27 AM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

beets? sure. after you've polished off a dozen mountain oysters and a loaded baked potato, nothing clears the palate like a cup of chilled borsht.

 
At June 24, 2005 2:49 AM, Anonymous mary worth said...

Mr. Trump: With everyone saying retired people should go back to work for the sake of future generations, I wonder if you've considered having a person with an interesting past on your show instead of practicing age discrimination. I know running a company couldn't take any more skills than running other people's lives.

 
At June 24, 2005 2:58 AM, Anonymous regular reader said...

Terese: You gotta straighten out these publists. Someone who runs an important food blog like you do should get a case of product samples with the press release. We trust you to tell us whether or not to put our grocery money on crispy waves or crunchy clusters. If Pepperide Farm can't spare a few cookies so you can do the comparison tests, guess they really don't have faith in either "product form."

 
At June 24, 2005 9:51 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

beets, tomatoes, watermelon, rhubarb, red bell peppers, grapes, pomegranates, radishes, beef, venison, elk, bear...i like anything red

 
At June 24, 2005 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw them at Target in Dallas. They are near the checkout.

 
At June 24, 2005 10:50 AM, Blogger TG said...

you sure those weren't the swoops? they DO have the same shape

 
At June 24, 2005 10:58 AM, Blogger Donald Trump said...

You think I want to sit around and look at a bunch of old people? I can do that in Atlantic City.

 
At June 24, 2005 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely Whims at Target...same box and everything. The writing on the box is really hard to read for some reason and I sat there for a bit trying to figure out that it said Whims. I saw them at the Target at Monfort&LBJ and the SuperTarget at Skillman&Abrams. Right by the check out.

 
At June 24, 2005 1:37 PM, Blogger TG said...

i'm sorry, anonymous, but i'm going to have to ask for some proof. receipt, statement from a target employee, or perhaps a photo sent from a camera-phone

meanwhile SOMEONE seems to be doing an awful lot of target shopping

 
At June 27, 2005 12:15 AM, Blogger david said...

whims made the target circ in sunday's paper...bet they have 'em in stock...

DPG

 
At June 27, 2005 11:26 AM, Blogger Scott--DFW said...

Tried the "Chocolate and Cashew*" Whims (purchased at the Tom Thumb on NW Highway across from Northpark). (The asterisk is on the packaging. Flip it over and you learn that the "cashews" are in fact mostly pecans.) The tamper-proof freshness seal covering the oddly shaped package says, "Embrace the Unexpected!"

It should have said "Endeavor to Persevere." The bite sized bits weren't really "clusters," but semi-circular slices from what was probably a long, extruded half cylindar of batter. (Sort of like down-market biscotti.) Cashew flavor was lacking and none could be seen. Chocolate bits were about what you expect from a cheap supermarket cookie. The crispiness came with a cost in the slightly burnt flavor. I ate a handful off them, then offered the rest to my wife. When, after trying a few, she refused any more, I gave the rest to some pigeons and grackles who seemed to like them just fine.

I don't mind the attitude of product experimentation that gives us these things (or the Swoops). But they should at least taste as good as the base product they modify. And the customer shouldn't pay a *premium* to be a guinea pig. (The 5.5 ounce package of Whims was $3.49, compared with $2.99 for a 7.5 ounce package of ordinary Pepperidge Farm cookies.)

Scott

 

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