Good Knock-Offs: Girl Scout cookies & Red velvet cake ice cream
Before you read the rest of this post, I must forewarn you, if you’re extremely brand-loyal and are disgusted by imitations you should probably stop reading. If these off-brand cereals strike a chord of recognition from your childhood, “Tootie Fruities” (Fruit Loops), “Honey-nut Scooter” (Cheerios), then continue reading. If your “ADIDAS” shoes had two or four stripes, (you have to forgive your parents one of these days) you’ve come to the right place! If you’re still with me, you must be like me in that you’re not ashamed to find good things at good prices. I’m going to share a couple knock-offs with you:
#1. Coconut Fudge and Caramel cookies
It’s not what it looks like. I’m not cheating on Girls Scouts, I’m simply paying homage to a darn good imitation. As all loyal fans know, cookie season doesn’t start full out until around December. As fate would have it, most people crave Girl Scout cookies year-round. It’s kind of like the Chick-Fil-A phenomenon when you want a Chick-n-Minis on Sunday morning (#firstworldproblems). One day, by a random stroke of luck, I discovered the Clover Valley cookie brand while browsing in Dollar General. These Girl Scouts cookie lookalikes come in Mint, Fudge Peanut Butter, and Devil’s Food Cake. Best part is they’re about $1.85 at Dollar General compared to the Original Girl Scout’s $4 price tag. As much as I love those adorable hustlers, ain’t nobody got time [or money] for that! Those who are rich in spirit but poor in cash flow, can try out this alternative. Now you can get your cookie fix year-round! It may not be the real thing but It will hold you off until the real thing is available. You’re welcome.
#2. Southern Red Velvet Cake ice cream
I have been hearing about red velvet cake ice cream for months now, hearing testimonials about how it changed people’s lives and redefined their reason for living. Ok I get it, it’s good. I kept hearing that Bluebell’s version was orgasmic and life-altering. (I apologize for my extremely exaggeratory friends.) On Thanksgiving day, I went in search of Bluebell’s red velvet cake ice cream. None. I couldn’t find it anywhere (ok, I admit I only searched Kroger). Kroger didn’t leave me hanging though. A brand called Private Selection has a “Southern Red Velvet Cake” ice cream flavor, which I promptly bought for a sample. It’s not a deep red like Bluebell’s. It’s more like a vanilla with red velvet cake little chunks all over. A nice light chocolate taste. I loved it! It now is one of my favorite flavors of ice cream. One of my Thanksgiving guests, who is a fan of the Bluebell version, said the ice cream was pretty good. One by one, I convince the majority of the guests to try the Private Selection version. It was a hit every time.
Private Selection is a couple dollars cheaper than Bluebell but the reason Private Selection wins this one is because of availability. The Bluebell version is not widely available. I suppose the reason is that they’re afraid of what will happen when they run out of ice cream to satiate the monsters they have created. Have no fear, Private Selection is here!
I hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you find any other convincing knock-offs.
I’ll leave you with this commercial of “Forever Lazy,” another product I saw at Dollar General. It looks like a good “Snuggie” knock-off to me.