Review: New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies & Sports Conflict: Liking Two Teams in the Playoffs
Junk Food Nation, what happens when you like two different teams in the playoffs? Case in point: you guys know I am one of those hated Yankees fans; been one ever since I was a tiny runt in Upstate New York. On the National League side, however, I’ve been watching the Nationals since they restarted here in DC, and I’m a big fan. BIG FAN. The Yanks are in the AL, and the Nats are in the NL, so for now, there’s no conflict. But what happens if they meet in the World Series? What then?
For me, the choice is easy, I’ll always root for my Yanks, but the question does remain for those fans who maybe don’t have such an easy choice. If you grew up in St. Louis, for example, but have lived in DC for the past ten years, you might be having a conflict right now with the current series featuring those two teams. And what if you grew up in the Bay Area, and there’s an A’s-Giants World Series?
I’m a firm believer that people can bandwagon on teams in the playoffs, even if they haven’t been rooting for them at all during the regular season, because EVERYONE should get to enjoy the playoffs. Honestly, as someone who doesn’t have a team to root for in the NBA, this is what happens with me every season. But which team do you choose – the one that your co-workers like, or the one that your friends like? The one that your boyfriend likes, or the one that your mom likes? For some people without deeply rooted sports loyalties, the choice can be difficult.
What do YOU do when there are two teams in the playoffs that you like? Tell me in the comments below.
Today’s junk food: New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies!
New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies were found in my local Giant Food Mart. You know, the only thing I really know about Marie Callender’s is that its a company that makes REALLY tasty stuff and is REALLY unhealthy. I can’t count how many Marie Callender’s chicken pot pies I’ve had over the years. Enough to kill a cow, I’m sure. But soooooo delicious. So when I saw MC had sweet pies – I was all in.
New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies can be ready in 10 seconds…which is reference to their warming instructions. I’ll get to that in a minute. I like the look of this pie on the box – layers of whipped goodness on top of a :chocolate cookie crumb crust.” So…an Oreo crust? AMAZING.
You know, I didn’t realize that before Marie Callender’s was a frozen food line, it was a chain of restaurants. Wow. Where have *I* been? The website says there are 80+ restaurants across the US, but I’ve NEVER SEEN ONE. Have you? Are they good?
I like how they want to display fresh ingredients on this New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies’ box to show you how down-home-cookin’ it is. Bars of chocolate, a cup of cream, a wisk, and ….some random cookie crumbles at the top? That looks messy, MC. Photoshop that bit out, please.
New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies have sugar as the #1 ingredient. AWESOME. One pie is 380 calories, and there’s a little message at the top that says THIS ENTIRE PACKAGE CONTAINS 760 CALORIES. GOOD LORD. I feel like they had to put the extra message on to WARN people about these pies. The entire box has 22 grams of saturated fat, or 110% of your daily content! Bring on the elastic pants!
Back to the Ready in 10 Seconds label. Apparently, these New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies are meant to be eaten at room temp, so you can thaw them normally or nuke them for 10 seconds! Whose job was it to figure THAT out?? Reminds me of the Pop-Tarts instruction that says to microwave for 3 seconds.
New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies came in two small plastic tubs. Very convenient for transport, I’ll give MC that.
Opening one of the tins, the smell of some nice rich chocolate came flowing out. As expected, these New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies looked tasty and smelled great. Would Marie Callender’s ever disappoint? I think not.
My first bites of this New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pie were DELIGHTFUL. The white whipped cream was light and fluffy and full of sweet and creamy flavor. The layer of chocolate silk/mousse was light and FULL of chocolate flavor; it was amazingly rich. The cookie crumble bottom was a LITTLE dry, but it was more like a cake-like crumble, rather than just a dry cracker/cookie crumble texture. All together, it was a great flavor combination, with the not so sweet crumble being accented by the smooth and fluffy and sweet top layers.
Top off the pie with some fresh chocolate shavings to accentuate the chocolate flavor, and you really have a great treat. These New Marie Callender’s Chocolate Satin Mini Pies tasted just like they had been fresh baked and cooled, I have to be honest. REALLY GOOD. Really REALLY bad for you. But REALLY TASTY.
PURCHASED AT: Giant Food Grocery
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