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Cup Noodles Maker’s Latest Instant, Brothy Flavors Are… Fizzy Savory Sodas

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Remember when you were still growing and kept yourself full with the most random of food combinations? Well, you can once again ride on that high with ramen-flavored soda.

Nissin, inventor of instant ramen and parent company of Cup Noodles in America, is blending two junk food items that always go together, but are never literally together. The special limited-edition carbonated beverages are apparently the best idea the company came up with to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the debut of the world’s first noodle cup. Both things are slurpable after all, so we’ll give it that.

The range features four flavors, each inspired by an actual instant ramen offering, SoraNews24 reports. Apart from an original broth flavor infused into gingle ale-style soda, there’s also a Cup Noodle Seafood flavor with a cream soda base, a Cup Noodle Curry cola, and a Cup Noodle Chili Tomato soda.

They’re packed together in a complete 50th-anniversary set, which gives you four sodas, eight Cup Noodle soups, and eight snacks under the Cup Noodle brand. Unfortunately, or otherwise, the ¥2,998 (US$28) sets have all been snapped up.

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It’s worth noting that this wouldn’t be the last you’d see of ice-cold instant noodles. The official Cup Noodle Museum in Japan also serves ice cream meticulously designed to look like a pack of cup noodles.

[via CNET and SoraNews24, images via Nissin] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415731/Cup-Noodles-Maker-s-Latest-Instant-Brothy-Flavors-Are-Fizzy-Savory-Sodas/

Pepsi Debuts Retro ‘Soda Shop’ Colas In Honor Of ‘Grease’ 50th Anniversary

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A modern Pepsi-imbued take on vintage soda shop flavors and a rework of the hit song of the era, You’re the One That I Want, in collaboration with three-time Grammy nominee Doja Cat, are the newest products from the beverage company.

It’s also the 50th anniversary of Grease this year, too, and PepsiCo is leveraging that piece of pop culture to illustrate its newest range.

Brought alive by Doja Cat strutting through Rydell High—the primary setting for the 1978 film—the track is a nod to retro nostalgia. Although rooted in the original, it touts a distinctly-Doja sound for a slightly modern twist.

The “one” that Doja Cat wants, though, isn’t a partner like the original song suggests—it’s a can of refreshing, ice-cold Pepsi. Specifically, one from the Soda Shop range, which comes in the Cream Soda and Black Cherry flavors.

This nostalgic charm is furthered even more by the design of the can labels for this series; Pepsi does away with its usual white, red, and blue color scheme to invite a classic font and bright colors instead. Oh, and in line with the theme, it’s Pepsi-Cola now, not Pepsi.

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“Pepsi has a great heritage in music and we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue this legacy by partnering with Doja Cat around the launch of Pepsi-Cola Soda Shop,” said Todd Kaplan, Pepsi’s vice president of Marketing, in the press release.

“With a nod to the nostalgic soda shop flavors of the past, Pepsi-Cola Soda Shop is sure to become an instant classic in our limited time offering lineup.”

The new flavors will be available in 20oz bottles and 12oz cans, and will debut nationwide starting next week on September 20.

Plan for today: Check out @DojaCat’s modern take on a classic, and keep your 👀 peeled for our Pepsi-Cola Soda Shop flavors. Coming soon… #PepsiSodaShop pic.twitter.com/mNsrcUelRh

— Pepsi (@pepsi) September 12, 2021

[via PepsiCo] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415694/Pepsi-Debuts-Retro-Soda-Shop-Colas-In-Honor-Of-Grease-50th-Anniversary/

‘Beanless Coffee’ Remarkably Like Your Daily Cuppa Is Brewing Behind The Scenes

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To a large group of workers and café-hoppers, a coffee a day is a must. However, with every buzz from java, coffee crop fields are being put to sleep. Statistics by Our World in Data say coffee ranks in sixth place for the most greenhouse gas emissions across the supply chain.

If you ask us, giving up coffee is a virtually impossible task. Luckily, a new startup is working to ensure you can have your cuppa and drink it too. Compound Foods is approaching our coffee addiction differently by developing beanless coffee that tastes just like the real deal, according to TechCrunch.

The company, launched in 2020, was founded by Costa Rica-born, San Francisco-based coffee lover Maricel Saenz. Looking at her cultural flight path, it sounds like she knows her coffee. Backers trust this experience; Compound Foods amassed US$4.5 million at its last round of funding.

Compound Foods is taking this massive step because the more we drink coffee, the fewer places there are to grow it. Combined with rising temperatures and irregular rainfall, “the same crop can’t grow in the same place anymore, or it will be a lower-quality product,” she told TechCrunch.

To be able to feed the demand, Costa Rica farmers would have to shift higher up mountains to use untouched ground. “Experts predict that 50% of farmland will be unsuitable in the next couple of decades,” Saenz added.

The company is replicating the aroma and flavors of coffee by synthetically matching the molecules of real beans. It analyzes the core elements of coffee’s flavor profile and precisely recreates its biological makeup.

The technology of replicating flavors and textures of real food at a molecular level is slowly taking predominance. We’ve seen this with cocoa-free “chocolate” and “cow’s milk” without the cow.

Compound Foods’ “coffee” production techniques also heavily cut back on the amount of water required to grow coffee.

What’s worth noting is that beanless coffee can still be regarded as coffee, as, according to Saenz, coffee doesn’t have a regulatory definition.

Everyone likes their cup of Joe a little differently, so, in time, Compound Foods is hoping to replicate the brews of beans grown from different regions. There are the fruity notes of Costa Rica beans, and then there’s the chocolaty flavor of Brazilian coffee. All this is possible with biological matching.

Compound Foods stresses that it’s not looking to replace the entire coffee industry, but is simply looking to offer a more sustainable alternative. A soft launch for the beanless coffee is expected to take place later this year.

[via The Takeout and TechCrunch, cover photo 4049393 © Elena Moiseevavia | Dreamstime.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415596/Beanless-Coffee-Remarkably-Like-Your-Daily-Cuppa-Is-Brewing-Behind-The-Scenes/

Krispy Kreme Launches Doughnut Waffles You’d Want To Drizzle With Syrup

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Krispy Kreme is giving fans in Indonesia an excuse to have doughnuts for breakfast by turning them into mini, ring-shaped waffles, which it endearingly terms “Doffles.”

Going beyond classic concepts of the breakfast favorite, the chain has rolled out six versions of the Doughnut Waffles: there’s Original Glazed, Classic Cinnamon, Icing Sugar, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Sprinkles—offering you a full half-dozen box’s worth of assorted waffles to sample.

The brand even recommends pairing Doffles with bacon, cheese, and eggs for a complete brunch, or topping them with ice cream for a spin on ice cream on waffles.

Combining the crisp edges of waffles and the portability and decadence of doughnuts, these treats would make an ideal sugary fix on the go. They’re priced at Rp 36.000 (US$2.50) for three, and will be sold at select locations in Indonesia for a limited period.

Fans in other parts of the world need not fret, as Krispy Kreme Indonesia ensures that you can prepare your own Doughnut Waffles at home. As you might have guessed, you can make them simply by toasting doughnuts in a waffle iron.

And if you’re a vaccinated individual living in the United States, you’re not really missing out, either. Krispy Kreme in the US is currently giving out two free daily doughnuts if you show proof of vaccine. If you have a waffle iron too, you’re all set.

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Krispy Kreme Sweetens Its Plea To Non-Vaxxers: 2 Free Daily Doughnuts For A Jab

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Hesitant about getting a shot? If access to museums won’t cut it, how about two Krispy Kreme doughnuts?

Back in March, Krispy Kreme encouraged Americans to get their vaccines done by waving a free doughnut in front of their noses. Now, with more than a third of eligible Americans (about 39%) still unvaccinated and more cases creeping up, the company is quite literally doubling down on its deal by offering 100% more doughnut.

Show Your Heart! 1 week only starting 8/30. 2 FREE doughnuts for vaccinated guests. Share the Original Glazed Heart with someone you love and enjoy an Original Glazed, both doughnuts are on us. US Shops only. Info at https://t.co/PhfLHWrK78 pic.twitter.com/JXAXjCPjXf

— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) August 25, 2021

Anyone in the US who has had at least one dose of the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines can redeem two free doughnuts until September 5. We reckon this is the furthest the chain can go, so it might be best not to wait until it ups the ante to three, or even half a dozen, doughnuts.

And since we all like variety, but can mostly agree that the Original Glazed doughnuts are the best, the ‘Show Your Heart’ promotion, as it is called, offers two different versions of it. With proof of vaccination, you get one Original Glazed doughnut plus one special-edition Original Glazed Heart doughnut.

To redeem the treats, customers need only present their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, and no purchase is required.

After September 5, Krispy Kreme will default to its original offer of one free doughnut per vaccinated guest. This will last through the end of the year.

[via Grub Street, cover image via Krispy Kreme] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415457/Krispy-Kreme-Sweetens-Its-Plea-To-Non-Vaxxers-2-Free-Daily-Doughnuts-For-A-Jab/

Guinness To Finally Debut 0.0 Stout After A Few (Alcohol-Free) Hiccups

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Soon, there’ll be no need to wait until the end of the day to hit the bar and reward yourself with a stout. Day-drinking with an intense, seemingly boozy beverage will be made possible with Guinness 0.0, which briefly appeared on UK shelves last year and vanished unexpectedly.

The alcohol-free stout—a low-calorie, less heady version of the famous Guinness Draught—was four years in development. With the classic’s distinctly roasted, bitter yet sweet notes, and iconic creamy head, the brand didn’t want to mess this one up. It had to feature “the same dark, ruby red liquid and creamy head, hints of chocolate and coffee, smoothly balanced with bitter, sweet and roasted notes” sans the alcohol.

To uphold the “Guinness taste and character,” the brew is created with the same ingredients of water, barley, hops, and yeast as the standard Guinness. What sets it apart is the cold filtration process, which gently extracts the alcohol from the concoction. The 250-year-old brand went so far as to describe the drink its “biggest innovation in decades.”

Despite all this, Guinness 0.0 only enjoyed short-lived attention in stores.

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When it eventually hit shelves late last year, Guinness parent company Diageo had to immediately recall the alcohol-free stout as the Food Standards Agency declared that the “product may contain mold,” thus making some cans unsafe to consume. In Diageo’s investigations, it discovered a “microbiological contamination” caused by production issues.

Almost a year later, Guinness 0.0 wil finally relaunch—hopefully to a prolonged success—at Morrisons and the Co-op in the UK this week, before reaching other retailers later this month. A new massive campaign has been planned for the drink’s second lease of life, The Grocer reports.

This time around, the company will enforce “additional quality assurance measures” to keep its 0.0 stout free from alcohol and unpleasantries, says Guinness Great Britain head Neil Shah. The drink will retail in 440ml four-packs.

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[via The Grocer, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415405/Guinness-To-Finally-Debut-0-0-Stout-After-A-Few-Alcohol-Free-Hiccups/

Tesla Engineer ‘Perfects’ The Chocolate Chip 80 Years After Its Invention

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Before the chocolate chip, there was the chocolate chip cookie. The first-known version was created by Ruth Graves Wakefield, a chef from an inn with a name most would be familiar with: Toll House. Wakefield’s cookies—filled with chopped chunks from a chocolate bar—were so phenomenal, they caught the attention of one Nestlé, which purchased her recipe in 1939.

Wanting to make the treat scaleable, Nestlé came up with a design for cookie-friendly chocolate in 1941. Fast Company reports. It was a tiny teardrop of solidified melted chocolate, minuscule enough to be easily mixed into batter, with a dense base to hold its shape under high temperatures in the oven.

But true chocolate aficionados would turn their noses up at these morsels. While chocolate chips succeed logistically, they’re sorely lacking in a key aspect of the chocolate-eating experience: mouthfeel. “The chip isn’t a designed shape,” Tesla engineer Remy Labesque told Bloomberg. “It’s a product of an industrial manufacturing process.” So, when San Francisco-based confectionery Dandelion Chocolate Factory engaged Labesque to create “the best chip for the experience of tasting chocolate,” that’s what he did.

Rather than putting it down to a simple bout of Willy Wonka-type madness, it was critical for Dandelion to perfect the chocolate chip. To make its ‘Maybe The Very Best Chocolate Chip Cookie’, its employees would have to hand-pipe quarter-sized chocolate discs, a process that would take four laborious hours. Traditional chocolate chips have the efficiency, but not the effectiveness, and it’s high time they finally marry the two.

Numerous sketches, computer drawings, and 3D-printed molds later, Labesque arrived at a pyramidical diamond wafer with two waiflike edges, allowing the chip to instantly melt in the mouth; and two thick ends, to retain part of its structure. Overall, its flatter design is better embedded into the broad surface area of a cookie for a pleasant texture.

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The redesigned chocolate chips, officially called “facets,” tastefully live up to Dandelion’s expectations. “We had multiple goals,” CEO Todd Masonis told Fast Company. “To melt [on your tongue] but hold up as pretty big chunks in our chocolate chip cookies. And also having our own unique design and personality—we wanted that to shine.” Plus, since Dandelion’s chocolate has strong floral and fruity notes, “we wanted a shape or experience that isn’t too overwhelming,” he added, so nothing crazy like the Cybertruck.

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Now that the chocolate chip has been reimagined not just for businesses, but for actual chocolate lovers, the only gripe one might have is its price. A 17.6-ounce bag goes for US$30, though it’s worth noting that the facets are made from high-quality chocolate that’s also 70% single origin.

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[via Fast Company and Bloomberg, images via Dandelion Chocolate] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415364/Tesla-Engineer-Perfects-The-Chocolate-Chip-80-Years-After-Its-Invention/

Michelin Guide Noodles, Now Available By Vending Machine

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Japan is known for having some of the world’s most unique vending machines. From customized Kit Kats to the first foot-operated vending machine, there’s no shortage of products you can buy just by pressing a few buttons.

Now, there’s a vending machine that serves up some ramen right away. According to Grapee, the ‘Local Ramen Selection’ machine that was recently installed in Toyama City’s Arts Shopping Center dispenses frozen ramen bowls for customers.

In total, there are six different types of frozen ramen available, curated from regional restaurants across the nation. Even better, two of the six come from Michelin Guide-listed restaurants: the chicken and salt-based ramen from JUNKSTORY in Osaka, and the chicken soy-sauced based ramen from KaneKitchen Noodles in Tokyo.

Other options include special ‘Fuji Noodles’ from the region of Gunma, and even a black pepper tonkotsu ramen from the city of Toyama itself.

Next time you find yourself craving a bowl of ramen in Japan, just head over to this vending machine and you’ll be slurping away in no time.

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[via Grapee, images via PR Times] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415275/Michelin-Guide-Noodles-Now-Available-By-Vending-Machine/

A&W Tests New Meat-Free Nuggets On Carnivorous Plants – Oh, Just Watch Them Bite

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With more brands coming up with meat-free options for vegetarian and vegan customers, A&W is throwing its hat in the ring with the introduction of plant-based Beyond Meat Nuggets.

Previously, the fast food chain was the first quick service restaurant to launch the Beyond Meat Burger in Canada.

To prove the latest nuggets are just as satisfying as their meaty counterparts, A&W Canada decided to try the Beyond Bait Experiment. In order to convince meat-lovers that the vegan nuggets taste just like what they’re used to, the brand fed their nuggets to carnivorous plants.

Over the course of a day, testers placed the nuggets near the mouth of the plants, seeing if it would snap. The brand also said no special effects were used to enhance the footage. It seems the plants really thought the plant-based nuggets were the real deal.

Curious? Watch the test below and decide for yourself.

[via A&W Canada] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415233/A-W-Tests-New-Meat-Free-Nuggets-On-Carnivorous-Plants-Oh-Just-Watch-Them-Bite/

Wendy’s To Open 700 ‘Ghost Kitchens’ That Serve Food Delivery Apps

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Anyone else guilty of opting for food to be delivered right to your door instead of walking 10 minutes to the shops? Well, with the food delivery market only set to grow even more, Wendy’s is ramping up its services by opening collection-only stores in the next several years.

According to Associated Press, the fast food chain is planning to set up 700 stores in the US, UK, and Canada by 2025. These kitchens will be located primarily in major cities, and the first 50 should be ready by the end of the year.

Wendy is partnering with Reef Technology, a company that already manages 5,000 ‘ghost kitchens.’ The firm will be in charge of recruiting staff and managing locations. The restaurant will then receive 6% of the sales, which are expected to be at least US$500,000 a year at each kitchen, as per Engadget.

‘Ghost kitchens,’ which are stores that don’t serve dine-in customers and only make orders for deliveries or pick-ups, are not a new concept. Other fast food chains have previously tried it out, including Chick-fil-A and Chipotle.

With Wendy’s model, third-party food delivery apps such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub will make the deliveries to customers.

Hopefully this expansion means shorter waiting times!

[via Engadget and Associated Press, cover image via dcwcreations / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415229/Wendy-s-To-Open-700-Ghost-Kitchens-That-Serve-Food-Delivery-Apps/

Pepsi Announces HARD MTN DEW, A Neon Alcoholic Creation We Didn’t Know We Needed

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The refreshing feeling of cracking open a cold beer and the satisfying “pop” of the can when a fizzy drink is opened is coming together in The Boston Beer Company and PepsiCo’s newest collaboration: the HARD MTN DEW.

Hard Mountain Dew comes with an ABV of 5% and a range of flavors such as black cherry and watermelon, alongside the original Mountain Dew. The new flavored malt beverage (FMB) will be marketed to adults of legal age, and merchandized alongside other similar alcoholic drinks.

Despite the fruity flavors, the FMB “maintains the bold, citrus flavor fans know and expect,” describes Kirk Tanner, CEO of PepsiCo Beverages, in the press release.

Adult drinkers and their evolving tastes are “looking for new and exciting flavorful beverages,” says Dave Burwick, Boston Beer’s CEO. “The combination of our experience in brewing and developing the best-tasting hard seltzers and hard teas, and MTN DEW, a one of kind multi-billion dollar brand, will deliver the excitement and refreshment that drinkers know and love.”

Boston Beer will be in charge of developing and producing the new beverage, and PepsiCo has plans in place to sell and deliver the product.

This collaboration is reminiscent of a similar partnership announced last year, where the Topo Chico Hard Seltzer was created by http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415184/Pepsi-Announces-HARD-MTN-DEW-A-Neon-Alcoholic-Creation-We-Didn-t-Know-We-Needed/

‘Willy Wonka’ Hotel Room Melts Reality With Lickable Wallpaper, Chocolate Baths

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Forget your Hogwarts letter; you can now get your golden ticket and indulge in treats that could only exist by the magic of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and its Oompa Loompas.

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film, a dedicated hotel room is opening at none other than the chocolate-inspired Chocolate Box Hotel in Bournemouth, Dorset. Guests enter the room—created in collaboration with hotel reservation platform LateRooms—with a ‘Golden Ticket’ key card, where they’ll further unlock unlimited access to a chocolate fountain, gobstoppers, gumballs, lollipops, and hot chocolate.

Sweets can be restocked upon request, so have your fill. After all, you’ve walked through a portal into a land where calories (probably) don’t exist, and spending a night in the room would set you back £200 (US$277).

Like author Roald Dahl had envisioned for his book, the wallpaper is lickable, too. The hotel will replace it in between visits, so worry not about tasting remnants of the Three-Course Dinner chewing gum left by the previous guest.

The saccharine experience doesn’t stop there. Toiletries are chocolate-scented, while guests can opt to have a chocolate-filled bath drawn for an additional £150 (US$208). Bookings can be made at LateRooms.

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[via Time Out London, images via LateRooms] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415173/Willy-Wonka-Hotel-Room-Melts-Reality-With-Lickable-Wallpaper-Chocolate-Baths/

Love Mustard? French’s Just Created Mustard Buns To Amp Up That Kick

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French’s, the brand rivaling Heinz when it comes to mustard, has just announced that it’s releasing special Mustard Buns. This is in celebration of a holiday you’ve probably never heard of: National Mustard Day, which takes place on August 7.

The brand teamed up with the Piantedosi Baking Company, an English bakery with over 100 years of experience, to create the limited-edition buns baked with its classic yellow mustard.

If you’re a big fan of hot dogs and mustard, you’ll be able to get your hands on these buns from August 7 from well-known landmarks and baseball stadiums across the US, including cities such as New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston.

Those willing to brave the line can get their fix at free popups on the day itself at The Hot Dog King in New York, The Lodge in Chicago, and Pier Burger in Santa Monica.

“Year after year, we look forward to raising the French’s flag in celebration of National Mustard Day, by introducing exciting new ways to enjoy the bright, tangy taste of mustard,” said Jill Pratt, Chief Marketing Excellence Officer for McCormick.

If you’d rather try your hand at making your own mustard buns, French’s has also released two recipes for home bakers. You’ll be able to bake your very own French’s Mustard Challah Bread and French’s Mustard Beer Bread. Who knows? You might even do it better. For more information, click here.

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[via Perishable News, images via French’s] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415119/Love-Mustard-French-s-Just-Created-Mustard-Buns-To-Amp-Up-That-Kick/

KFC To Open Crisp ‘House Of Harland’ Hotel With Chicken Concierge Service

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If you live near Shoreditch in the UK, get ready, as KFC is opening a fried chicken-themed hotel in the city. Called ‘The House Of Harland’, the hotel gets it name from KFC founder Colonel Sanders, whose real name was Harland David Sanders.

According to Campaign, the popup hotel will be open for 11 consecutive nights from August 18, a nod to the 11 herbs and spices KFC uses in its recipes.

And if you’re wondering, yes, everything will be chicken-themed. There’s fried chicken decor, “chick-flicks” in the cinema room, a KFC “Hot Winger” arcade game, and the best part – a “press for chicken” concierge service.

Guests will also ride in a black Cadillac, aptly named the ‘Colonelmobile’, on the way to the hotel. Upon arrival, a “Chick-in-clerk” will be there to show visitors to their rooms and assist them with anything they need.

The suite can accommodate two adults, and is available for reservation here from August 11. Six stays are available, each at £111 (US$154) a night. Proceeds from the hotel will go towards The KFC Foundation.

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[via Campaign, images via Hotels.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415074/KFC-To-Open-Crisp-House-Of-Harland-Hotel-With-Chicken-Concierge-Service/

Oreo Opens Its First Café In The World, Where Your Dream Snack Hacks Are Welcome

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Oreo is the star of some of the most popular food hacks, so it makes perfect sense that the brand is, at long last, opening the first-ever Oreo Café. No, you’re not dreaming.

The location has taken residence on the third floor of the IT’SUGAR store in New Jersey’s American Dream mall. To elicit envy, fans can get hold of limited-edition Oreo merchandise including home décor, themed apparel, tote bags, and more to take home as souvenirs. Of course, snack packs join the café’s shelves too.

What you’d truly be there for, though, is the menu of customizable Oreo-forward treats, served on Oreo-shaped tables. There’s a waffle sundae with baked-in Oreo pieces, and a cookies-and-cream cheesecake with an Oreo cookie mousse, a chocolate ganache and rosettes. Plus, a secret menu item whose name has been leaked in the post down below.

Most important of all is the first-of-its-kind treats bar, where you can build your own waffle, ice cream sandwich, cone or milkshake dessert out of over 200 combinations.

If you can’t get there, fret not. Merchandise can also be purchased on the IT’SUGAR and Oreo online stores. Oreo ready?

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Warheads Launches Sour Hard Seltzers For Peak 90s Nostalgia With A Buzz

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It’s summer, and that means more outdoor picnics and lounging by the pool. What could be more fitting of the season than sipping on a spiked seltzer as you enjoy a tan? Now, candy brand Warheads has released its own line of hard seltzers, so you can enjoy the taste of nostalgia alongside the summer sun.

Warheads’ parent company, Impact Confections, partnered with Artisanal Brew Works – a brewery based in Saratoga Springs, New York – to concoct five oh-so-sour seltzer flavors. You’ll get to choose from black cherry, lemon, blue raspberry, green apple, and watermelon. The colorful packaging on the can is just right for the summer, resembling the 90s candy itself.

“They’re sweet, they’re slightly tart, and they’re unlike any hard seltzer you’ve had before,” said the brewery.

As per Delish, each can consists a seltzer of 5% alcohol, and is gluten-free, which is a boon for those on a gluten-free diet looking for a summer drink.

Customers can stop by the brewery in Saratoga Springs for a tasting, or purchase a pack at stores it distributes to. The seltzer is currently available in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Artisanal Brew Works told Food & Wine that the seltzers are supposed to be “true to the candy,” replicating the iconic point “when the Warheads candy transitions from the sour phase to the flavor phase.”

Already tasting it? For more information on where to get your hands on a can, head over to the brewery’s Instagram page.

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[via Delish, cover image via Artisanal Brew Works] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/415047/Warheads-Launches-Sour-Hard-Seltzers-For-Peak-90s-Nostalgia-With-A-Buzz/

The British Devised ‘Mock Bananas’ To Cope With World War II Shortage

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In the modern day, a worldwide virus outbreak drove a mania in banana bread-baking, leaving shelves empty of the fruit and other pantry staples. But the British endured far worse in the 1940s—there were no bananas at all, as the tropical fruit had entirely been banned.

Among those sworn into a life of quarantine baking, this writer stumbled upon 2019 reports from The Daily Meal and Atlas Obscura detailing a ban on the import of bananas by Lord Woolton, the Minister of Food, in November 1940. The nation was forced to completely stop the transportation of the fruit, as refrigerated ships were required for the war.

Whether it was a case of no-banana goggles or not, locals were devastated over this fruitless loss. The era was soundtracked, in part, by songs like Yes We Have No Bananas and When Can I Have a Banana Again?.

To keep the people strong, the Ministry of Food recruited a team of home economists to teach the public how to eat healthily using the few rations they had. These included pioneering television chef Marguerite Patten, who would later be known as “the queen of ration-book cuisine.” From her, Brits learned to replicate sausages from lentils, oyster soup from artichokes, and fish cakes from potatoes, beans, and anchovy paste.

One of the most stand-out “food hacks” of the time was something called “mock banana.” To help people cope with the banana-shaped holes in their hearts, Patten devised a recipe using parsnips that were boiled or roasted, before being sweetened with caster sugar and flavored with banana essence (typically made from diluted isoamyl acetate—yum). For full effect, the mock bananas were sometimes colored yellow.

It’s unclear how popular this makeshift fruit was, but if user-submitted documentation in the BBC’s WW2 People’s War archive is to be believed, mock banana had its legions. “We thought it was [real] bananas, as we had never tasted them before!” one Mrs Farrow wrote. Another reader recounted: “I remember a dear friend telling me she made this for her husband, who loved it, thinking she had got hold of bananas in wartime… but when he found out the truth, he refused to eat any more.” To maximize the recipe, one person detailed that her mother would add milk to the mixture.

Side by side, it seems there is no comparison. “Our mothers used to make ‘mock banana’ with parsnips. It was awful!” one reader shared. And British blogger Carolyn Ekin, who tested the recipe with butter and bread in 2016, found that mock banana still tastes of parsnips, and that it is “rather strange and bizarre, but not unpleasant.”

Thankfully, by 1945, there was no longer a need to rely on this una-peel-ling recipe. The end of World War II ushered the first shipment of bananas, with five million of them arriving at the Avonmouth dock. “The first cargo of bananas has arrived at this port since the war,” a narrator declared. “We hope it’s the prelude of many more to come.”

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Popeyes Donates 1M Nuggets From Itself & Rivals To End Chicken Sandwich Wars

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Popeyes, perpetrator of the notorious chicken sandwich wars, is hoping to call a truce on the fowl play by… launching chicken nuggets under the claim that it “come[s] in piece.”

White-meat chicken breast nuggets are hand-battered from the same buttermilk coating used in Popeyes’ chicken sandwich, before being fried up fresh.

“We come in piece… eight piece,” the fast-food chain’s new promotional visual reads. “The launch of our Chicken Sandwich was incredible, and we’re humbled by the amount of love and positive reviews, but at the same time many claimed that it started the chicken wars,” shared Popeyes chief marketing officer Bruno Cardinali in a press release. “Now, it’s time to say goodbye to the chicken wars and celebrate our new Nuggets, because we come in piece, eight piece to be exact.”

As per Marketing Dive, Cardinali cited that the chain sold more than 200 million chicken sandwiches within its first year.

While people’s obsession with chicken nuggets and Popeyes’ position in the fried chicken market could indicate the beginnings of a chicken nugget feud, Popeyes appears to be adamant about restoring peace.

With the same golden touch used on its sandwiches, the Popeyes Foundation is giving back by donating the cash equivalent of one million nuggets from its own menu and those of its competitors—including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chick-fil-A—to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. In addition, up to US$25,000 in guest donations will be matched up and given to the charity.

The default eight-piece order will be served with two signature sauces, though customers can choose between four- and 36-piece sets too. The new chicken nuggets can be purchased in-store or via third-party delivery apps.

[via Marketing Dive, cover image via Popeyes / Business Wire] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414981/Popeyes-Donates-1M-Nuggets-From-Itself-Rivals-To-End-Chicken-Sandwich-Wars/

Krispy Kreme Launches Xbox Doughnuts With A Tongue-In-Cheek Product Unveiling

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When a product launch involving a gaming company such as Xbox boasts “smooth surfaces and ergonomic form for enhanced enjoyment” in its teaser video, it’s pretty safe to say that a fluffy, cream-filled doughnut is not going to be the first thing that comes to mind.

Yet that’s exactly what it is: Xbox’s “newest drop” is indeed a collaboration with Krispy Kreme: the Nexus Level doughnut. Branded with the familiar green ‘X’, the sweet treat is part of a new Xbox 20th anniversary promotion in the UK and Ireland starting from August.

The new confections were shown in an amusing video tweeted out by the doughnut company on July 28, welcoming customers “to the next generation.” In the short video, some lighthearted fun is had with the team behind the doughnut donning names such as “Xavier Boxell” and bragging about the treat’s “revolutionary design” and “ergonomic form;” a satirical homage to traditional product announcements.

Not only the doughnut is up for grabs; consumers who buy a box of the Xbox-branded delicacies stand a chance to win an Xbox Series S, and, if they’re a new subscriber, a month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Participants can check their status using the QR code on the boxes.

What more could gamer fuel ask for?

Welcome to the next generation

Introducing… The Nexus Level Doughnut

Coming Soon 👀https://t.co/UVteHkCnjT@xboxuk #KrispyKremeXbox pic.twitter.com/Xf3hRuKybw

— Krispy Kreme UK (@krispykremeUK) July 28, 2021

Krispy Kreme in the UK has created an Xbox doughnut to celebrate 20 years of Xbox. The doughnut is called the Nexus Level, and the marketing collab with Microsoft also involves giving away Xbox Series S consoles pic.twitter.com/hdCCHKI2CP

— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 28, 2021

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Slice Of Charles & Diana’s 40-Year-Old Wedding Cake To Be Sold For Up To £500

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It’s not just burgers that can practically live forever. It seems there are slices of cake from Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding lying around 40 years after their nuptials. One is even going under the hammer on August 11; just don’t let your late-night hunger pangs lure you into sinking your teeth into it.

“It appears to be in exactly the same good condition, but we advise against eating it,” warned Chris Albury of Dominic Winter Auctioneers in a statement shared by the BBC.

Part of one of 23 official cakes from the historic event, the slice is decorated with the royal coat-of-arms in red, gold, blue, and silver icing.

It was served to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s household at Clarence House. She stored the piece in a floral cake tin and pasted a label, signed and dated July 27, 1981, on the box, reading, “Handle with Care – Prince Charles & Princess Diane’s [sic] Wedding Cake.” The pair were married on July 29, 1981.

The cake’s intricate icing is still intact, as Smith had wrapped it in cling film.

The sweet treat was sold to a collector in 2008, and, understandably, no one could bear to meddle with the slice, let alone eat it. Now, it is poised to fetch a price of £300 (US$418) to £500 (US$696) at an auction, and will be sold alongside an order of service, a royal wedding breakfast program, and ceremonial details.

It comes shortly after a currant bun from the wedding’s bun throwing ceremony went to a buyer for £15 (US$21).

A slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake is for sale, a day before what would have been their 40th anniversary 🍰

It was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s household, who preserved it with cling film in a tin. It could fetch up to £500. pic.twitter.com/eRELr7PmJp

— Cameron Walker (@CameronDLWalker) July 28, 2021

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Doritos Offers $20,000 Reward For Rare ‘Puffy’ Chip Sold On eBay

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As you are aware, Doritos chips are painstakingly engineered for uniformity and to look a certain way. They start out as regular corn kernels, which are then flattened and stamped out into their iconic triangular shapes.

Somehow, one of them made it out with a “puffy” appearance. The person who discovered it, a 13-year-old named Rylee Stuart, thought the chip was too special to eat. So, with the encouragement of TikTok users, she did the next best thing: she put up the one-bite morsel on eBay.

The chip was listed with a starting bid of AU$0.99 (US$0.73), but climbed its way into the ranks of colonel of kernels, as bids upwards of AU$100,000 (US$73,520) came pouring in, Australian news outlet 9News reports.

However, Stuart removed the listing when Doritos spotted the money-making mouthful and decided to chip in, for lack of a better word. The company offered AU$20,000 (US$14,707) for the chip to reward the teenager for being so business-minded.

“We’ve been so impressed with Rylee’s boldness and entrepreneurial spirit, so we wanted to make sure the Stuart family were rewarded for their creativity and love for Doritos,” Doritos chief marketing officer Vanita Pandey told 9News. “It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for Rylee and her family and we’ve loved following her story.”

Similarly, a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget said to resemble an Among Us character was reportedly sold for US$100,000. So, the next time you spot an unusual-looking snack bite, don’t cave to your hunger just yet. One man’s snack is another man’s treasure.


They should start making these #swag

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TikTok’s Trending ‘Whipped Lemonade’ Could Be Your New Favorite Summer Drink

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Here to go head to head with last year’s Dalgona whipped coffee is whipped lemonade, a comparably easy beverage that’s trending on TikTok. The #WhippedLemonade hashtag has amassed over 4.4 million views, proving that the drink has given many social media users new zest for summertime at home. As they say, when life gives you lemons… make TikTok-famous lemonade.

The refreshing drink is a blend of fresh lemon juice, condensed milk, and whipped cream—ingredients you can easily find at the store. The milky components give it a creamy and frothy texture that pairs well with the tang from the citrus.

Simply blend ice, condensed milk, lemon juice, and whipped cream together until there are no more ice chunks, then pour the concoction into a glass and top it with more whipped cream.

Unlike the iced coffee beverage that took the internet by storm, there’s no expectation for you to whip this drink by hand. However, if you’d still like to turn it into a labor of love to make the drinking experience more worthwhile, you could use fresh lemons or whip your own cream instead of using the bottled stuff.

On the other end of the spectrum, some TikTokers have simplified the recipe and shortened their shopping lists by replacing both the fresh lemon and condensed milk with powdered lemonade.

CNET’s David Watsky, who gave the recipe a go and thought it “fantastic,” likens the drink to “a lemony creamsicle.” While the condensed milk and whipped cream expectedly mellowed down the sourness of the lemon, there was still a lovely touch of acidity and brightness from the fruit.

You could even add a splash of alcohol for a well-needed buzz. At home, brunch hours stretch all day.


Trust me… #whippedlemonade #reddiwip #lemonade #summerdrink #fyp #drinkrecipe #lemonade

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Whipped Lemonade🤩 I personally loved it🤤 IB: @zaynab_issa #thegoldenbalance #whippedlemonade #creamylemonade

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Whipped lemonade is even better than it looks. Thank me later. #foodtok #whipplemonade #summer

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☆ whipped strawberry lemonade ☆ i was asked to make this so i decided to make it today! 💕 #fyp #whippedlemonade

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‘Food Crayons’ Let You Color Your Meals With A Vibrant Pop Of Flavor

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It’s frowned upon to play with your food, but you’re a grownup now, and you can do anything you want. Here to add more enjoyment to eating, ‘Food Crayons’ garnish your meals with brightness—both visually and gastronomically—turning them into delicious art.

Dreamed up by Canada-based Nadia Lahrichi and her daughter and son Veronique and Kamil, the edible art tools can be shaved with a sharpener into seasonings for foods and cocktails. Notably, these aren’t your kids’ crayons, and taste nothing of wax.

The sticks come in a spectrum of hues, each with a unique flavor, including basil, carrot orange ginger, chipotle, coconut yuzu, lemon, black garlic, shallot, porcini mushroom, tomato and thyme, and piña colada, and tangerine cinnamon. With the exception of a honey and mustard flavor, which isn’t vegan since honey is a byproduct of bees, all of the Food Crayons are plant-based, natural and gluten-free.

For a soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture, the crayons are made from agar-agar, a natural, plant-based gelling agent extracted from seaweed. A touch of apple cider vinegar offers acidity and brightness to dishes and beverages.

For the ultimate masterpiece, Food Crayon recommends twisting the crayons and releasing five to 10 shavings to the plate. Think shaving cheese onto your pasta, but with an entire array of colors to choose from.

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Long John Silver’s Hooks In Plant-Based Seafood To Test Fish-Free Menu

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Just about every fast-food chain has experimented with plant-based alternatives to meat. Not to be outswam, Long John Silver’s has reeled in an alliance with vegan seafood startup Good Catch to trial two proteins: Plant-Based Breaded Fish-Free Fillet and a Plant-Based Breaded Crab-Free Cake.

Just as KFC has rolled out vegan chicken, the seafood chain is testing the waters for the two items across five restaurants in California and Georgia. Over the course of two weeks, customers can order the plant-based fish and crab-free cakes à la carte or in platters.

Good Catch, which is advocating ocean health, describes the fish option to sport a tender, flaky texture that’s close to whitefish—presumably catfish, because, you know. Meanwhile, the faux entrée-sized crab cakes will feature a “sweet crab flavor” and lump crab meat-like texture, along with nuance from spice, green onions, parsley, and sweet peppers.

Both options are made from a protein-packed, six-legume blend of chickpeas, fava beans, lentils, navy beans, and peas, and they, of course, contain no mercury from the sea. A report from 2018 also states that Good Catch products are free of dairy, gluten, and GMOs.

For now, the question remains: will plant-based seafood be able to capture fish eaters hook, line, and sinker?

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Krispy Kreme Rolls Out Wedding Doughnuts For Dozen Times The Fun Of Tiered Cakes

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Krispy Kreme doughnuts are oft the center of fast-food fantasies, inspiring some dreamy marriages between fried chicken and Nutella in the past. And now, you can say “I d’oh” to one of the most delectable treats in existence.

Sure, it’s your big day, which means you can have a doughtnut pseudo-cake if you want one, but Krispy Kreme Australia is making things official with an actual ‘Wedding Dozen’ option to replace a traditional cake.

For AU$39.95 (US$29.40), anyone who desires a stack of rings in the shape of doughnuts can order them in elegant wedding white. The treats are custom-made and come hand-dripped in white chocolate truffle, before being sprinkled in white pearl sugar.

Only thing, you’ll have to order at least three dozen of these wedding doughnuts. The upside is that doughnuts are easier to share than cake—it’s a hole in one!

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