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Taco Bell’s New Taco Lover’s Pass Offers 30 Days of Tacos for One Low Price

Taco Bell’s New Taco Lover’s Pass Offers 30 Days of Tacos for One Low Price

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie The chain is testing a subscription service in select locations. Remember, if you can, a time before the pandemic: a long, long, less-than-two-years ago. In that halcyon era, a trend had emerged of chains selling "passes" — a discounted price to access a large amount of food over a specific time span. Olive Garden's heavily-hyped Pasta Pass was an instant success in 2014, and others followed: For instance, Smashburger and Red Robin both offered burger passes; 7-Eleven sold a cup with unlimited free refills for a year, and Panera launched a monthly coffee subscription service. It's been a while…
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Scoop! Here It Is — Geico Turned That Tag Team Commercial Into a Real-Life Ice Cream

Scoop! Here It Is — Geico Turned That Tag Team Commercial Into a Real-Life Ice Cream

By Jelisa Castrodale | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie The "Whoomp! (There It Is!)" rap group says they knew the nostalgia-inducing ad was going to be something special from the beginning. The NFL season started over the weekend and Tom Brady is still doing Tom Brady things, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston gave the city of New Orleans five touchdown passes' worth of temporary happiness, and New York Jets fans are probably already over this entire thing. But the biggest takeaway from Week One is that we're in for another season of bopping to "French vanilla, rocky road, chocolate, peanut butter,…
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Hershey Launches ‘Oat Made’ Plant-Based Chocolate Bars in Select Retailers

Hershey Launches ‘Oat Made’ Plant-Based Chocolate Bars in Select Retailers

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Vegan, plant-based Reese's could also be on the horizon. Chocolate probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind for foods that don't fit a plant-based diet. Cocoa comes from a plant. But plenty of chocolate also contains milk, so though chocolate is vegetarian, milk chocolate isn't vegan and isn't entirely plant-based. However, as the plant-based milk market has exploded (Starbucks now has four non-dairy options; Dunkin' has three) America's biggest name in chocolate is testing the waters to see if consumers will snatch up plant-based chocolate as well: Hershey has released…
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You Can Finally Recycle Your Used Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packets

You Can Finally Recycle Your Used Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packets

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie In a partnership with TerraCycle, customers can send packets off for recycling via UPS. Back in April, Taco Bell announced they had teamed up with the outside-of-the-box recycling company TerraCycle for a program that would allow heat lovers to give a second life to some of the 8.2 billion plastic hot sauce packets the company hands out each year (other than trying to sell them for exorbitant prices on eBay). At the time, the details on how the program would work hadn't really been hammered out, other than to imply that the nationwide program…
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McDonald’s McPlant Burger Makes Its Debut Overseas

McDonald’s McPlant Burger Makes Its Debut Overseas

By Jelisa Castrodale | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie The chain's proprietary plant-based patty will hit the U.K. and Ireland this month. The wait for McDonald's meat-free McPlant burger is finally over — at least if you live in Coventry, England. The fast-food giant has announced that its first-ever plant-based burger will be trialed at 10 restaurants in the city later this month, before being rolled out to more than 250 locations throughout England and Ireland in mid-October.  McDonald's co-developed the McPlant patty with Beyond Meat, and the chain has also devised a vegan cheese made from pea protein. Its sesame bun is…
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Impossible ‘Chicken’ Nuggets: Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You

Impossible ‘Chicken’ Nuggets: Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Starting at restaurants like Fuku and Red Rooster, the new nuggets will be in grocery stores by the end of the month. About five years ago, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods began what may be the most notable food-related battle of a generation: Who can make a better plant-based burger? And in doing so, they helped elevate the entire plant-based market. But much like the space race decades earlier, at some point, you're in space… so what next? For these two brands, the answer seems to be a battle over different meat: chicken. Today,…
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Walmart’s ‘Ghost Kitchens’ Will Serve Menu Items from Multiple Restaurant Chains at One Counter

Walmart’s ‘Ghost Kitchens’ Will Serve Menu Items from Multiple Restaurant Chains at One Counter

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Shoppers can order prepared food by two dozen restaurant brands, from Cheesecake Factory to Cinnabon to Kraft Mac & Cheese. When shopping at Walmart, you don't expect to find only one brand of potato chips: They'll have Lay's and Kettle and Pringles — and you can toss all three into a single cart and buy them all at once if you want. Now, thanks to a partnership with Ghost Kitchens — a Canadian company that allows restaurants to operate beyond their usual brick-and-mortar locations — some Walmart stores will offer customers a similar experience for takeout meals. Simply head…
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There’s a Fine-dining Restaurant Hidden Behind a Painting in an NYC Gallery — and We Know Where to Find It

There’s a Fine-dining Restaurant Hidden Behind a Painting in an NYC Gallery — and We Know Where to Find It

By Alisha Prakash | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie Tucked away behind a painting in a Greenwich Village art gallery, Frevo is hidden from the hustle and bustle of New York City. New York City knows how to keep a good secret. From clandestine cocktail bars and tucked-away gardens to exclusive parties and hidden pieces of history, its list of classified gems is reserved for those in the know — and getting in on a good scoop can feel wholly satisfying, a privilege that puts you in a select circle of privy, clued-in New Yorkers.   But sometimes, the best secrets are…
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French’s Created Hot Dog Buns with the Mustard Baked Right In

French’s Created Hot Dog Buns with the Mustard Baked Right In

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie If you can't score a bag of yellow buns, you can try to make them for yourself. For a couple of years now, French's has made a tradition out of coming up with odd new products in honor of National Mustard Day. In 2019, it was French's Mustard Ice Cream produced in collaboration with Coolhaus. In 2020, French's released French's Mustard Beer, working with Oskar Blues. So what's French's got up their sleeve for 2021? Well, if you were hoping to be shocked by something even more bizarre, temper your expectations. (Hopefully, you didn't…
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Update: Starbucks Introduces New Apple Crisp Macchiato Along with Pumpkin Spice Latte’s Return

Update: Starbucks Introduces New Apple Crisp Macchiato Along with Pumpkin Spice Latte’s Return

By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie They're in stores NATIONWIDE now. As the original source of pumpkin spice madness, Starbucks' annual Pumpkin Spice Latte launch is the official start to pumpkin spice season in my book — no matter who else tries to jump the gun. In that regard, pumpkin spice season starts today. Yesterday, Starbucks announced that their PSL would be returning on August 24 marking the drink's 18th year of spreading fall cheer — so if you don't know the drill by now, just ask anyone who has drunk one of the more than 500 million PSLs…
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