What Does It Really Look Like?

Its your money - you work hard for it and you are mindful on what you spend it on. So when it comes time to by a product (food or otherwise) you want exactly what's pictured on the box or menu.

If you take a look around, its everywhere: FALSE ADVERTISING – an item the manufacturer presents to you in order to get your order but delivers a product that looks only marginally similar, or in some cases, nothing at all as pictured.

I will review select items (starting with food products) and will continue to review items by popular demand. Not all items may get negative reviews, but some of the most misleading ones will be analyzed more frequently.

Bacon Cheese Thickburger - Hardee's

Part I.

What it claims What it really looks like

With all the hype I have been seeing on Hardee’s website about their Angus Thickburgers, my wife and I thought it was time to try a couple out. Before we embarked on our Thickburger journey, we watched a few videos from this site (click here).

So it was time to test out their claims. I ordered the Bacon Cheese Thickburger combo and my wife ordered the Mushroom ‘N’ Swiss Thickburger. Above you will see what my burger looked like. Now, at first glance it looks a bit… misunderstood. But if you look closely, you will notice that there are actually somewhat fresh ingredients on this thing. The cheese is laid nicely, the tomatoes were crisp, and the lettuce surprisingly not gross as with other fast food joints. Even the bacon was somewhat crispy and enjoyable. (I did have to install the onions back into the burger since they were laying in the wrapper) But the best part is the beef patty. It is most excellent and actually not greasy at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed my burger - from start to finish. In fact, I was convinced I was going to pass the appearance factor by the time I was done. But closer, unbiased inspection, reveals that indeed, it looks nothing like what is advertised. Actually, I would not have a problem if they would just stack the ingredients a little nicer and took a picture of what I had and slapped it up on a billboard. But they didn’t, so I must regretfully fail this item. But if the chance arises, DO order this thing.

Now for part II of our Thickburger journey which you can read above.

Cost:

$4.09

Fill:

Rating:

Appearance:

FAIL (regretfully)


Posted on May 25, 2008, 3:45 pm


Big Bopper - Blue Bunny

What it claims What it really looks like

Since I had reviewed a cookie sandwich previously, I thought it fitting to check out the competition to see if they are any better at the advertising game. So, I purchased the Big Bopper... not sure I like the name so much. But to my surprise, it actually contained a healthy sum of ice cream! In fact, the advertised picture and what it really looks like are not that far off. My sandwich melted a bit and then got on the sides and top of the cookie since I had to retrieve it from a store about 7 miles away.

It tasted pretty good like the Toll House version, except the ice cream has more of a mild milky taste and the overall density of the ice cream was much fluffier. I prefer this texture over the Toll House, but I prefer the Toll House over this for taste... if that makes any sense. I would recommend buying it as well!

And congratulations Blue Bunny for actually advertising what you get! And believe me, on a hot day with a craving for ice cream, that is a good thing.

Cost:

$2.50

Fill:

Rating:

Appearance:

PASS


Posted on May 25, 2008, 12:18 pm


Cookie Sandwich - Toll House

What it claims What it really looks like

A co-worker bought one of these cookies the other day and pointed out that the wrapper was quite a bit different than what it really looked like. Soooooo..... I bought one and reviewed it!

Indeed, he was right: the packaging shows 2 cookies slapped together over some ice cream bursting to the seams - but what you really get lacks the claimed ice cream amount. Nonetheless, it was still very good and I will have to give this product 3 thumps up for taste. I just wish that it looked a little more like what was pictured. Although, I have to say, it is not entirely misleading, and in fact, I would possibly give it a 48% on the Appearance if it was rated that way. But since it is a pass/fail grade, in all fairness I must fail it. But don't hesitate to buy it: they're quite good and have a generous portion amount.

Cost:

$2.50

Fill:

Rating:

Appearance:

FAIL


Posted on May 16, 2008, 10:14 pm


BUNdinos - Chicken BBQ

What it claims What it really looks like

What a tasty snack! ... Or is it? Well, these looked like a great snack when browsing through the Walmart frozen food section. So we bought them as a supplement for our meal.

Naturally I tried to recreate the box scene as advertised. We cubed some REAL chicken breast, used some REAL cheddar cheese and attempted making a brown brew as appears in the white bowl on the pictures to the right. I only wish that those ingredients actually existed inside the BUNdinos. We couldn't match the white bowl, so the blue was close enough.

What a surprise! We were expecting a wonderful filled little nugget bursting to the rim with good chunky filling. But instead, the BUNdinos were mostly hollow and filled with a pulp likened to a chewed up-paste.

Examine the below pictures for more detail.

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Hollow and Pulp Chewed Innards Revealed
Take a look on BUNdinos' site (click here). The site displays a set of different flavors of BUNdino's bursting with even more filling than advertised on the box.

So how does it taste? The closest way I can describe it is like spreading bbq sauce on a thin piece of soggy bread. We even tried another flavor which had chicken and it was basically the same thing. We will not buy these again.

Cost:

$2.50

Fill:

Rating:

Appearance:

FAIL



Posted on May 10, 2008, 6:10 pm


Friday's Chicken Sandwich with Cheese Fries - TGI Friday's

What it claims What it really looks like

Wow! What a meal! I have no idea what this is supposed to look like (or even care for that matter), but it is darn tasty! Yes, I am biased on this one because it is my all-time favorite restaurant meal. And besides, I thought there needed to be a positive review in here! :~]



Cost:

~$9.00

Fill:

Rating:

Appearance:

PASS


Posted on April 17, 2008, 9:45 pm


The Baconator - Wendy's

What it claims What it really looks like

Ah, Wendy's new Baconator. This burger looked so delicious that when I very first saw it, I had to order it and try it for myself.

BUT speaking of bacon (because I love it so much and that is the theme of this hamburger), what exactly is going on here? Well, lets take a look at whats under the bun and see if we can spot the "6 pieces of bacon" claimed by the ad.

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Opening up sandwich The bacon pieces Assembled bacon
Strange... it almost appears that there is only 3 pieces of bacon! Usually I am able to assemble them a little better, but it happens that the worker who concocted this burger instead of ripping each of the three bacon strips in half (to make "6 pieces") decided to maul the bacon before throwing them on the hamburger patty.

Conclusion: This is false advertising at its finest. The picture looks nothing like what you get so I am forced to fail this item as well. However, I did eat it and it tasted ok (although as I type this my stomach is making weird sounds after chowing down on it) so I will give it one thumb up and two down. The day that I get a burger pictured in their ad with crisp, full bacon, hamburger patties stacked neatly with cheese, and a fluffy uncompressed bun will be the day I keel over. So as far as appearance goes, the Baconator receives a failing grade.



Cost:

$4.49

Fill:

Rating:

Appearance:

FAIL


Posted on April 16, 2008, 3:00 pm


Deli Creations - Oscar Mayer

What it claimsWhat it really looks like

Well, here it is - our first review of "What it Really Looks Like?" where we take a look at a tasty snack I found in the refrigeration section of Walmart: Deli Creations made by Oscar Mayer.

The box looked so good I chose the Chicken Bacon Ranch selection. Well, when I got home and opened up the packaging I was convinced I was missing the bacon. There was a packet of cheese, Ranch dressing, and the pita bread. No bacon. I thought it was an oversight in my packaging but my wife's looked the same. I later discovered that the bacon is actually mixed in with the Ranch dressing and resembles ground up Baco's. If you look at the original packaging it looks rather convincing that there are large bacon pieces included as a separate package but even further examination reveals that the picture is deceiving and what you are really seeing is the grill marks on their perfect chicken.

Another problem I ran into is that the cool wrapper pictured on the front of the box containing this flatbread sandwich is nowhere to be found.... so I had to make my own. Also note that I had to pile all the chicken into the top half of the bread to attempt a full look.

Conclusion: The chicken tastes terrible (very processed) and has the same disturbing smell of a Lunchable when opening the meat section. It is not filling and costs way more than its worth. I am forced to give this product 3 thumbs down.

Cost:

$2.50

Fill:

Rating:

Appearance:

FAIL


Posted on April 15, 2008, 8:47 pm


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