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Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Ice Cream Returns for a Limited Time — Here’s How to Buy It

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Ice Cream Returns for a Limited Time — Here’s How to Buy It

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has produced "a lot more" pints this time around and they're available online. Every week, brands try to release items so out of the ordinary they're almost certain to garner media attention. We cover them constantly — whether it's a Cheez-It onesie or Duke's Mayonnaise-inspired beer or Flamin' Hot Mtn Dew. But just because something makes for a good headline doesn't mean it makes for a good product. Sometimes a publicity stunt is just that — a stunt. But occasionally, one of these far-out creations actually knocks it out of the park.…
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McDonald’s Broken Ice Cream Machine Problem Is So Messy, Apparently the FTC Is Investigating

McDonald’s Broken Ice Cream Machine Problem Is So Messy, Apparently the FTC Is Investigating

By Jelisa Castrodale | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie A Wall Street Journal report says the Federal Trade Commission has questions for franchise owners who've tried to correct problems with soft-serve machines themselves. If you type the words "McDonald's ice cream machine" into the Google search bar, it immediately recommends some related phrases like "McDonald's ice cream machine broken," "McDonald's ice cream machine always broken," and "McDonald's ice cream machine broken memes." That probably isn't great if you're a McDonald's franchise owner, and it's even less great if you're craving a McFlurry like crazy right now. Apparently, even the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has…
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McDonald’s Restaurants Could Close Dining Rooms Again Due to the Delta Variant

McDonald’s Restaurants Could Close Dining Rooms Again Due to the Delta Variant

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie The burger chain reiterated to franchisees that closing seating areas should be considered if local COVID cases climb too high. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, McDonald's has regularly taken actions the chain believed were in the best interest of its employees and customers. And even after months of reopening, the burger giant has been willing to backtrack when necessary: Earlier this month, McDonald's reinstituted its mask mandate — even for vaccinated customers — in areas with high or substantial transmission. Now, McDonald's once again appears to be bracing itself for a potential shift…
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Twix Seasoning Is Real and You’re Supposed to Try It on Chicken Wings

Twix Seasoning Is Real and You’re Supposed to Try It on Chicken Wings

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Twix Shakers Seasoning Blend is a chance to add a sprinkle of the candy bar to any dish. New Jersey-based B&G Foods sells plenty of seasonings and spices. They make Molly McButter if you want to add a bit of butter and Buena Vida chili powder if you need a bit of spice. They make a wide variety of Mrs. Dash blends, allowing home chefs to sprinkle on flavors like Caribbean citrus or garlic and herb. And now, they have a brand new product — Twix Shakers Seasoning Blend — in case…
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The Surprising History of Pumpkin Spice

The Surprising History of Pumpkin Spice

By Nina Friend | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie The ubiquitous spice blend is more than 223 years old. When we talk about pumpkin spice, it's important to distinguish between two eras: before the PSL and after the PSL. PSL, of course, stands for Pumpkin Spice Latte, the seasonal, cream-topped Starbucks beverage that returned to the company's cafes on August 24th—the earliest rollout of the drink since its original launch in 2003.  Before the PSL, pumpkin spice referred to a blend of spices that was used to flavor pumpkin pie, often combining cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. The spice blend has long…
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Best Ever Dill Pickles

Best Ever Dill Pickles

BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Use this easy dill pickle recipe to transform ordinary cucumbers into the star of your sandwich. In just four steps, you'll have canned dill pickles in pint jars. We have variations to change up the flavor (including refrigerator dill pickles), too! Choose pickling cucumbers that are firm and bright-colored with no soft spots.       Directions Step 1 Thoroughly scrub cucumbers with a soft vegetable brush in plenty of cold running water. Remove stems and blossoms; slice off each blossom end. Cut cucumbers lengthwise into quarters. Step 2 In a 4- to 5-qt.…
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How much does a hot dog cost? About 36 minutes of your life

How much does a hot dog cost? About 36 minutes of your life

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health #Foodie Small changes in diet could help you live healthier, more sustainably, study suggests That hot dog you had for lunch might cost you more than a couple of dollars, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Eating a hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of healthy life. There is good new, however. Choosing to eat a serving of nuts instead could help you gain 26 minutes of extra healthy life, the study found. The study evaluated nearly 6,000 foods, ranking them by their nutritional disease burden to…
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What’s behind latest grocery store product shortages

What’s behind latest grocery store product shortages

By Avery Newmark, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie #EditorsPicks Grocery prices have hit a 46-year high as more people continue to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID, according to reports. The price of household staples such as eggs, meat and milk spiked, causing the biggest one-month jump since February 1974, according to a July report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Good Morning America” reported. As prices continue to climb, some grocers are struggling to keep items in stock, “GMA” reported. “In the 50 years I’ve been in the business, we’ve never seen the…
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Taco Bell Breakfast Returns to Most Locations Next Month

Taco Bell Breakfast Returns to Most Locations Next Month

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Some locations shut down breakfast service over 17 months ago. The COVID-19 pandemic upended life as we know it — in ways both dramatic and subtle. Somewhere in the middle was the loss of fast food breakfast service: Fewer morning commuters meant fewer people buying breakfast on the go, and as a result, some chains decided to reduce or eliminate their morning menus. Taco Bell was among the chains that has limited their breakfast service (among other items) over the past year-plus. But for anyone who has been craving breakfast burritos, good news: The…
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Wendy’s Is Making a Major Change to Its French Fries

Wendy’s Is Making a Major Change to Its French Fries

By Jelisa Castrodale  | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Apparently they're still perfect for dipping in a Frosty, though. In the past 50 years, Wendy's has only changed its French fries twice. The Dublin, Ohio-based fast food chain stuck with the same recipe for 41 years, before transitioning to a "natural cut" fry seasoned with sea salt in late 2010. Those fries have been on the menu ever since — but that's about to change.  On Thursday, Wendy's announced that it would be shaking up its fries again, so to speak. The new French fries have been redesigned to stay hot and…
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