Welcome to a brand new edition of the Laidback Gourmet. It’s labor day weekend and you know what that means. Last fling before its time to go back to school. Well, there’s one good thing about having to re-attach the shackles of “the man” and go back to the every day drudgery of school… …brand new snacks!
Today we’ll be looking at Pepperidge Farms Goldfish “S’Mores Adventures”. I honestly don’t know how long these have been on the market but I only saw them today while doing my weekly food shopping. As I walked down the isle I saw a bag that had a goldfish wearing a scout leader hat. A cartoon fish wearing a backpack and a boy scout hat shooting a brown white and golden rainbow out it’s tail fin is almost a guarantee that I’ll be reviewing whatever product it’s shilling. So let’s pour these out and take a look.
As you can see the gimmick Pepperidge Farms was going for here was to have three different flavors of goldfish in a single bag each one making up individual parts of a S’More. If you don’t know what a S’More is… …get off my internet and don’t come back until you have experienced the joy that is a freshly made S’More.
As you can see there’s three different fish on the plate. A chocolate graham cracker fish, a honey graham cracker fish, and a “marshmallow” fish.
To be honest, it was the marshmallow fish that really sealed the deal. I had to know how exactly they were going to do a marshmallow fish. Marshmallow flavored graham cracker? Actual chewy marshmallows? To quote Stevie Ray, “Suckas gots to know.” Let’s start by tasting the three different fish.
Honey Graham = Actually, these are pretty good, they taste a lot like Teddy Grahams, and that’s not a bad thing.
Chocolate Honey Grahams = These are pretty good too! Again, giving me memories of teddy grahams. Both graham crackers have a nice texture and good taste. But let’s face it, it’s the marshmallows that we are interested in, right? Let’s take a look at it.
Marshmallow = No… that’s not the right word… let’s do this again.
“Marshmallow” = That’s better, that word definitely needs to be in quotes. These are basically freeze dried marshmallows you’d find in lucky charms… though they might be even drier than those! If you crush them with your finger they actually crumble into a powder. As for taste they taste exactly how you’d imagine them to taste. Typical cereal-level quality marshmallows. Nothing special.
The bag art says you should stack all three up and eat them, so let’s give that a try.
There we go, a little fish sandwich. Looks better than the fish sandwich you get at McDonalds at any rate. Let’s give it a try.
Hmm… they actually go pretty good together, the sweetness of the marshmallow increasing the lesser sweet graham crackers. It’s not bad at all though I don’t think they taste anything remotely similar to a real S’More, but let’s be honest, was anyone really expecting them to?
At the end of the day I’d say these are actually surprisingly good. Both graham crackers flavors taste really good with nice texture and are really what makes this snack so pleasing. The marshmallows are a gimmick that don’t add that much other than novelty but at the same time they don’t detract from the overall quality of the graham crackers so that’s a good thing. I’d give it a solid 8/10. I think this would be a nice snack to pack away in the lunchboxes of the kiddies getting ready to go back to school. Don’t know why the kids are complaining, us adults don’t know about Summer Vacation anymore. But hey, if you’re an adult, pack yourself a little baggie of S’Mores Adventure Goldfish and it’ll make you feel like a kid again.
That concludes another edition of the Laidback Gourmet. As always, please feel free to email me at SuperfriendEd@Gmail.com. You can always send me thoughts, feedback, suggestions for future episodes, or to simply lavish thy praise upon me. Until next time I’m Ed DiFolco your Laidback Gourmet telling all the little kids out there, “Don’t worry… when you’re an adult you’ll miss out on EVERY summer.”