Jack In The Box Now Sells Croissant Donuts -- And They're Pretty Damn Good

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Lauren Saria
They're not bad. Not bad at all.
The Guilty Pleasure: Croissant Donuts
Where to Get It: Jack In The Box
Price: $1.99 for 3 pieces
What It Really Costs: The torture of going to a Jack In The Box drive-thru and screaming the words "one order of Croissant Donuts" at a speaker. Probably more than once.

Ah, you thought the Cronut craze was over didn't you? Well, you're wrong. It's just that it's taken quite some time for the trendiest pastry ever created to crawl down the food chain and land at the bottom on the bucket: Jack In The Box.

As of last week the California-based fast food chain is serving its own take on New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel's world famous Cronut -- though of course, Jack can't actually call it a Cronut because Ansel trademarked the name a while ago. And while Ansel's busy trying to continue dominating the baking world with absurd new creations like the Peanut Butter Pretzel Lobster Tail (psh, whatever), I'm busy pigging out on cheap Cronut rip offs.


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Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" Taste Test: Mango Salsa, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wasabi Ginger, and Cappuccino

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Lauren Saria
We got some pretty strong reactions to this year's Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest chips.
The Guilty Pleasure: Lay's Do Us a Flavor Contest Finalists
Where to Get It: We found all four varieties at Target
Price: Ranges from $3.79 to $3.79 per bag
What It Really Costs: From what we can tell, no one will like all four flavors so you're going to have at least two unpleasant experiences while taste testing.

You might remember the first time Lay's did the "Do Us a Flavor" contest -- you know, the thing where millions of regular people get to submit ideas for chip flavors and then Lay's picks finalists, makes them, and allows the public to vote for a winner.

Well, it's back. And this time, the flavor finalists include Mango Salsa, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wasabi Ginger, and Cappuccino. New to this year's contest is a variety of chip styles. So while the Cappuccino and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese flavors come on classic Lay's chips, it's the kettle cooked Lay's that get the Wasabi Ginger treatment and wavy Lay's that are coated with Mango Salsa seasoning.

Anyway, here's how they taste.


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Starbucks Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas Don't Suck (And Now You Can Have Coffee Soda)

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Lauren Saria
Starbucks new sodas are refreshing -- and caffiene-free -- summer drinks.
The Guilty Pleasure: Starbucks Fizzio Sodas
Where to Get It: Test markets, including Phoenix
Price: $2.45 for a Tall
What It Really Costs: The shame of frequenting the Starbucks drive-thru (don't lie, you know you do it)

Late last month, Starbucks unleashed its newest product on 16 states in the southern US including our own. And if you've been paying close attention, you won't be that surprised to know that the new addition to the coffee chain's menu is handcrafted sodas.

The company has been testing a line of carbonated drinks in certain markets for some time now but still hasn't announced when the drinks will be available nationwide. I'll admit I had reservations about the prospect of fancy Starbucks sodas (especially since I usually stay away from soda unless it's paired with vodka or tequila).

But after a few tries, I have to admit, they're pretty good.


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Irish Reuben Egg Rolls at Rosie McCaffrey's: The Perfect Mess-Less Drunk Food for an Irish Pub

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Lauren Saria
The Guilty Pleasure: Irish Reuben Egg Rolls
Where to Get It: Rosie McCaffrey's
Price: $9
What It Really Costs: A few hours of sauerkraut breath

It's practically scientifically proven than when you're drunk you crave food that involves two things: cheese and a deep fryer. In most situations a good plate of cheese sticks will do, or maybe a greasy slice of cheesy pizza.

But when you're at an Irish pub drinking Irish beer, only one thing will do: Irish Reuben Egg Rolls.


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Churros Rellenos de Cajeta de Cabra: Who Needs a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich?

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Lauren Saria
The Guilty Pleasure: Churros Rellenos de Cajeta de Cabra
Where to Get It: Barrio Cafe
Price: $12
What It Really Costs: Who cares? It's delicious

Ok, Phoenix. Last week we told you about the awesome-est sounding thing ever, the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. In case you missed it, they're really happening right now in Los Angeles, specifically at Churro Burrough, where you can fill you churro sandwich with an ice cream flavor of your own choosing.

At first we were thought, "What? I can have a horchata ice cream sandwich with deep fried cinnamon sugar dough as the bread? Amazing!"

Then we realized we didn't need to make a pilgrimage to the City of Angels because we've got the best churro-ice cream combo right here in our own city.


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Filiberto's Burritos Might Not Be the Best, But They're 24/7 -- and Not as Unhealthy as You Might Think

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Heather Hoch
Sometimes reliability is all you need in your burrito.
The Guilty Pleasure: Bean and Cheese Burrito with Sour Cream, Rice, and Potatoes
Where To Get It: Any Filiberto's location
Price: $7.01
What It Really Costs: Strange Glances at the Drive-Thru Window

It's nice to eat local and organic, but after one too many drinks on a Friday night, the prospect of going home to a near-empty fridge and assembling something from fig jam and kale and whatever else you have yet to eat in there is just sad. If you can just swallow your food snob pride for a minute, Filiberto's will make sure that you never have to go home alone after a party.


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The Taco Bell Quesarito: Get Ready for a Letdown

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Lauren Saria
Behold, the Taco Bell Quesarito.
The Guilty Pleasure: Quesarito
Where to Get It: Taco Bell
Price: $2 to $3
What It Really Costs: 300 calories of fat per Quesarito and regret . . . lots of regret.

On Monday, Taco Bell introduced its newest creation, the Quesarito. For those who can't figure out what the menu item entails based on the name, it's a combination of a quesadilla and a burrito -- or a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla rather than a plain tortilla.

Where did this crazy, novel idea come from, you ask? Well, Chipotle, which has been serving this hybrid dish for some time now -- though only on a "secret" menu. We've tried the Chipotle version and told you about the experience. Now it's Taco Bell's turn.


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Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreos: We Tried Them So You Don't Have To

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Lauren Saria
They may look pretty, but don't let that deceive you.
The Guilty Pleasure: Limited Edition Fruit Punch Oreos
Where to Get It: Walmart, of course!
Price: About $3
What it Really Costs: A few hours of your taste buds' ability to actually taste.

We wish we were joking but no, these fruit punch flavored Oreos are a real thing. Like the watermelon Oreos you may or may not remember from last summer, they're a "limited edition" variety of cookie that will only be available at Walmart while supplies last.

Luckily for those fruit punch Oreo fans out there, we have a feeling that's going to be for a long while.


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Taco Bell's Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos: You're Going To Want Some Water

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Lauren Saria
The new Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell.
The Guilty Pleasure: Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos
Where to Get It: Taco Bell
Price: About $2
What It Really Costs: Try saying "Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco" without feeling ridiculous. Just try.

It seems Taco Bell is incapable of leaving the whole "Doritos Locos" line of menu items alone for more than a few months at at time. I can't blame them because people really do go loco over this stuff. This time around they've switched out the ground beef in the Doritos Locos Tacos for shredded chicken and spicy ranch sauce.


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Ben & Jerry's Hazed and Confused Ice Cream Will Blow Your Nutella-Loving Mind

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Lauren Saria
Nutella + ice cream = perfection.
The Guilty Pleasure: Ben & Jerry's Hazed and Confused Ice Cream
Where to Get It: The freezer aisle of your local grocery store
Price: About $5
What It Really Costs: A whooping 1,120 calories if you finish the whole pint.

It's been few months since Ben & Jerrys released their new line of Core ice creams. But of course, if you're an ice cream addict (guilty), you seldom stray from your tried and true favorite flavors. (Half Baked, anyone?!)

Well, I finally decided to risk a five spot on trying out on the new creations. If you haven't already heard, Cores combine two flavors of ice cream in every pint and offers a core of filling that runs down the center of the entire container. There are four different varieties, but the one I was most excited to try was Hazed & Confused, which combines chocolate and hazelnut ice cream with a hazelnut fudge core.


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