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Friday, October 30, 2015

Fueling Halloween with Hot Pockets Snack Bites

Are you a fan of Hot Pockets? As a quick bite before taking the kids out for a fun Halloween night, you can serve their latest product introduction: Hot Pockets Snack Bites. Okay, they were announced back in May, but I'm just now seeing them available in more stores. Apparently, first available in Walmart, they just weren't available in my primary Walmart. You can also find them at Market Basket, among several other stores. Be sure to check out their product finder before heading out to grab. I made the mistake of trying different stores without using the product finder, and never found it on my own.

The Hot Pockets Snack Bites are available in four different flavors:
  • Pepperoni Pizza
  • Four Cheese Pizza
  • Hickory Ham & Cheddar
  • Cheesy Beef Nacho
Each is made with 100% real cheese and no artificial flavors, along with seven grams of protein per serving.
While the Hickory Ham & Cheddar sounded the most interesting, I went for the typical Pepperoni Pizza to try out, as the regular Hot Pockets Pepperoni is a favorite. The four piece serving size is ready in just over a minute. For me, I'm more of a two serving guy, where my son and/or wife steals a piece or two. The triangular pieces are easy to pickup and eat, though will be a little hot when you first take them out of the microwave. So, be careful not to overcook them or burn your mouth. My son first grabbed and tried to eat one quickly, though he won't be doing that the next time. Nice and ooey and gooey though.
The Snack Bites come in both a standard 9 oz. package and a larger 24 oz variety. Price wise, they retail for $1.98 and $4.48 at Walmart. I caught them on sale for $3.99 at Market Basket. Other stores will vary.  I found them around the corner from the rest of the Hot Pockets, almost hidden on the top shelf.

Hot Pockets even has breakfast style Snack Bites with flavors like Ham, Bacon, or Sausage Egg & Cheese. I'll have to give them a try another time.
Good flavor and nice flaky crust, typical of Hot Pockets. Nice varieties, though not yet as broad as their standard pocket size. A good thing about the change in size from the standard Hot Pockets is the quicker cook time in the microwave. There is no risk of just the edges heating up and not the middle, something I've experienced too many times with the regular size pockets. The bad thing about the smaller size is there is less space for filling. The ratio of crust to filling seems off a little. Kids still like them though, or at least my kid did. He wasn't as concerned about the ratio, just flavor.

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