While it’s impossible to figure out who originally came up with the genius invention of the “pot brownie,” it’s safe to say that the concept will live on for eternity. Even to this day, folks everywhere are still trying to perfect and recreate their own versions of the legendary recipe.
Now, thanks to the newly founded legalization of recreational use of MJ in states like Washington, Colorado, and most recently, California, the aspects of cooking with cannabis are becoming more widely accepted. And, with more acceptance, comes improved technique, efficiency, and more deliciousness.
Since 4/20, aka the biggest celebration of cannabis all year, is almost upon us, we picked up your fave low-cal, high protein ice cream, Halo Top, to make the day — and the pot brownie — even more delicious. See our recipe for “Pot Brownie a la Mode” below.
Remember, everyone’s cannabis tolerance varies. FOODBEAST recommends consuming medicated edibles with oversight and caution. You can always eat more — not less!
Pot Brownie A La Mode Checklist
You will need:
– baking sheet
– cannabis grinder
– baking pan
– About 16 hours of cooking time
7-14 grams of cannabis
½ pound clarified butter
½ cup Cocoa powder
½ cup flour
3 ½ cups sugar
8 whole eggs
For the pot brownie al a mode recipe you’ll need 7 – 14 grams of cannabis and a ½ pound of clarified butter, to make cannabutter. Grind up the cannabis — preferably on a baking sheet — then bake for 30 minutes at 240 degrees.
After your cannabis is done baking, transfer it into your crockpot. Next, take the ½ pound of clarified butter and mix into cannabis and mix thoroughly. Let mixture cook on low for 6-8 hours.
After your cannabutter is done cooking for 6-8 hours, strain the mixture using cheese cloth. Just be sure that there is no plant material left. Let chill overnight.
Next, it’s time to make our brownies. Combine one ½ cup cocoa powder, a ½ cup flour, 3 ½ cups sugar, and 8 whole eggs into a large mixing bowl and stir. This mixture should yield a thick chocolatey paste.
Add in the ½ pound of cannabutter and one ½ cup of melted butter. It’s also a good idea to coat your pan with a nice layer of cannabutter so the brownies do not stick. It’s best to use a 9” x 13” or 11” x 15” pan.
If you only have a small pan, try not filling it to the top — the brownies will come out undercooked. You can use a toothpick to check if brownies are done. If brownies stick to the toothpick, cook them longer.
Set oven to 300 degrees and bake for 40 minutes. After cooling, cut and serve with a scoop (or more) of Halo Top ice cream (we used Vanilla Bean!).
It’s easy to see why the Cubano sandwich trend has began to proliferate, branching out from its roots on the East Coast. If you think about it, the Cubano is probably one of the simplest sandwiches ever made, yet its simplicity is sparking culinary intrigue across the country — and everyone is beginning to notice something special about the Cubano.
Having originated in Florida, the Cubano is traditionally made with roasted pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and lightly toasted on a panini grill. Its adaptations can certainly vary when it comes to specific ingredients, but all share the same no-frills approach to making an unforgettable and deliciously savory, melt-in-your-mouth creation.
This April, Bruxie, the fried chicken and waffle sandwich chain, will also be sharing their own Cubano concept.
Behold: the Bruxie Fried Chicken & Waffle Cubano Sandwich.
Made with shaved ham, Bruxie’s house-made honey-mustard, thinly sliced pickles, and of course their crispy, golden brown fried chicken, all served between two savory waffle buns, this is something that might actually be better than Spring Break.
If you’re looking to experience the traditional taste of the Cubano with a twist from Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, you’d better hurry. Like Spring Break, Bruxie’s Cubano Sandwich won’t be here forever (even though we all wish it would).
The Bruxie Cubano sandwich will be available from April 5 – 25.
Every fast-food employee knows that the last 20 minutes before the breakfast menu ends are the most chaotic. Customers will storm the the restaurant and drive-thrus demanding they get their morning fix, regardless of the breakfast timer running out. One instance ended in the horrific attack of a Taco Bell customer.
According to KGUN-TV, a woman was ordering her breakfast at the Taco Bell drive-thru when she was assaulted by an angry Taco Bell customer. Detectives believe that the cause of the attack was the vehicle behind had just missed the cutoff for the breakfast menu and decided to take their rage and frustration out on the woman in front of him. This was obviously the best course of action rather than blame themselves for the hours they’ve had beforehand to order breakfast.
The woman reportedly pulled out of the Taco Bell when she noticed that the SUV that was behind her in line was now following her. Upon pulling over to call the police, she could hear the passengers of the vehicle (a man and woman) yelling expletives towards her.
A man then exited the car and proceeded to smash her car windows. Afterwards the man picked up a rock and struck the woman repeatedly in the face. The woman received a broken nose and teeth as a result of the attack, which unfortunately occurred only a few weeks before her wedding.
Despite this vicious assault, she says she will continue to go through with her big day.
Arguably the most popular soda of our childhoods has made a swift return. Yessir, if Coca-Cola ever had a child with Mountain Dew, it was Surge. While the citrus-flavored soda didn’t sell as well as most of the other carbonated beverages stocked on shelves at the time, its absence has definitely made many hearts grow fonder.
Dark times fell upon the soda world in 2003 when the soft drink was discontinued only seven years after it made its public debut. The Surge Movement, which was created to bring back Surge years ago, has more than 130K fans of the cult beverage. Coca-Cola has noticed this and made strides to quietly bring back the niche product. Upon being released on Amazon, the cult soda was sold out almost immediately. Another batch was posted and then also quickly sold out.
Surge’s brief, but messianic return can be considered a sign that the soda will be here to stay. According to Coca-Cola, this comeback will be a test to see if it’s worth restocking store shelves with the product. Yes, Coca-Cola. It most definitely is.
Never have we seen a product get such a near perfect review on Amazon. That’s the love of Surge for you.
With each passing year there’s a new plant-based brand that hits the shelves. Some of these newer products fall flat, while others are truly pushing the flavor envelope forward and achieving surprising results.
For some time, before Beyond Burger and Impossible Foods changed the game, the plant-based burger occupied a bland landscape. Similarly, new plant-based alternatives are making a mark and showing what’s truly possible with the right amount of passion, palate and plants.
Below is a list of what we consider the best plant-based brands that make faithful alternatives to many of our favorite foods.
Kicking the list off with these two hugely popular plant-based burgers. Whether you rep OG beef flavored Impossible patties or Beyond Burger’s unique approach to flavor, you’re in for a great patty. Each of these patties are juicy, take well to seasoning and are easy alternatives for plant-based newcomers.
Morning Star Farms mastered the plant-based sausage game a long time ago. Their Griller Burgers were legendary way before Impossible or Beyond were household names. Today, they continue to offer healthy and tasty plant-based proteins with the Hot & Spicy Sausage Patties being no exception.
If you enjoy your savory protein with a subtle kick, Abbot’s Butcher Spanish Smoked Chorizo delivers just the right amount of flavor. Made from pea protein with garlic, chipotle peppers and an imported Spanish smoked paprika, it’s a zesty and appetizing compliment for a wide array of dishes.
Bacon is a favorite of meat-lovers worldwide. It’s also incredibly challenging to recreate. While many contenders have put forth admirable attempts, none successfully stuck the landing. Thankfully, Sweet Earth’s Benevolent Bacon has done just that. It’s generously flavored with hickory, sage and garlic. Unlike others, it can be cooked crispy or tender. Make sure to grab some next time you have a hankering for a BLT.
In our ever-busy lives, having delicious on-the-go food options is essential. The Bay Area-based Nona Lim brand specializes in classic Asian street foods without MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives or lots of sodium. The Dan Dan Noodles Bowl with Beyond Meat is a delicious marriage of savory broth and chewy Beyond Meat crumbles that can be ready to enjoy in 30 seconds.
Gardein has been making plant-based alternatives for some time now, providing a range of classics that help preparing dinner easier. Found in the frozen section, Gardein’s chicken tenders are great for salads, sandwich wraps and as an easy snack for kids.
This company focuses solely on making the best plant-based chicken possible. Managing to overcome the stringy, often sponge-like consistency that most chicken alternatives have, Daring’s plant-based chicken sizzles, shreds and serves just like the real thing. It goes great with Asian dishes like stir fry and fried rice. Aside from their Original flavor, they also offer Lemon & Herb, Breaded and Cajun.
Plant-based buffalo wings is one area with a high hit-or-miss average. As one of the pioneers in the plant-based space, Morning Star Farms has been making tasty alternatives for more than a decade. Their spicy nuggets have a great buffalo sauce flavor and chewy consistency that is perfect for dipping.
Omni Foods is truly doing special things with plant-based seafood. Using magic or something, they’ve managed to closely recreate the texture, taste and consistency of actual fish. Their Golden Fish Filets can be fried and baked to be the perfect plant-based centerpiece to your meal.
Also doing amazing things with plant-based seafood is San Francisco upstart Current Foods. Their resident scientists managed to create a plant-based seafood alternative that rivals the taste, texture and nutritional density of actual seafood. With Current Foods Original Tuna Filet, you can make tasty sushi at home and help support ocean restoration.
New Wave Foods was one of the first to market with a plant-based shrimp substitute, and it still stands out as the gold standard. Made from algae, their vegan replica is nearly identical from a texture standpoint, and the sweetness and flavor are a close match too. It’s exceptional as a fried shrimp substitute.
The road to the perfect plant-based scramble has been a bumpy one. That’s not surprising considering yolk is an interesting consistency that changes once cooked. Thankfully, our innate desire to achieve the impossible has resulted in JUST Egg liquid mix. With super simple ingredients and a great egg-like taste, this is the closest you’ll get to the real deal.
In the beginning, plant-based cheeses were bland and refused to do that thing we love cheese most for doing — melt. But thankfully, over the past few years things have improved considerably. With a cheesier taste, chewy consistency and satisfying melt game, Violife “Just Like” slices are the best dairy-free pick that’ll give you the experience you’re looking for.
Kite Hill’s almond-based dairy products are well renowned, and it’s pretty hard to find a tub of this stuff ‘cause it keeps flying off the shelves. When you do score one, though, the combination of chive with the slightly tangy, rich plant-based cream cheese will be a taste bagels won’t be the same without.
Easy to prepare and great for those on the go, Trader Joe’s Vegan Mac is the creamy plant-based alternative you’re looking for. It comes in a microwavable plastic container and includes two hearty servings of dairy-free deliciousness. The taste isn’t quite cheesy, yet is richer and more filling than what you’d expect from vegan mac. It also has a dash of cayenne pepper for a subtle kick.
I’m totally unsure who discovered that you could squeeze milk from oats, but they deserve a medal or something. Oatly comes in as our top pick as best plant-based milk with its well rounded yet subtle oat flavor. While not exactly dairy-esque, the oat-y flavor compliments all the usuals from cereal to smoothies, or simply drink it straight up.
Many brands are trying their hand at plant-based ice cream hoping to achieve the rich and creamy roundness the dessert is known for. From brand to brand, experimenting with a range of base ingredients like almonds, cashews and even avocado means results may indeed vary. Van Leeuwen began with only an ice cream truck before expanding nationwide. With a good selection of plant-based flavors, you’re sure to find something for your sweet tooth. I definitely recommend their super delectable pistachio flavor.
But wait there’s more! In my experience, most plant-based brands miss the mark with Cookies N’ Créme. They either lack the creamy consistency, an authentic flavor or only use small cookie bits. Basically, there’s always something off. While Van Leeuwen has great Cookies N’ Créme adjacent flavors, they do not offer the traditional mix. Thankfully, well known plant-based brand SO Delicious has answered our Cookies N’ Créme dreams with their new Wondermilk series, which features a crazy combination of coconut milk, almond milk and cashew milk.
Landing as our top plant-based yogurt pick is Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative. The popular brand has successfully sidestepped the often chalky, liquid consistency of most plant-based yogurts. Available in several flavors, each bite is a creamy and sweet treat for your taste buds.
Creamy and rich, Earth Balance makes plant-based butter that spreads, melts and tastes like the real thing. In addition to their Original Buttery Spread, they have a wide selection of butters that perfectly compliment your preferred slice of bread.
Besides the health benefits that eating plant-based foods have, many of these brands also support great causes. The awesome thing about it all is that plant-based food is only going to get better. Next time you’re looking to add more plants to your plate, try one of these.
Doing waffles as the base to a sandwich is already a dope move. Make those waffles into kimchi cheese waffles, or “chaffles,” and you’re in for a savory, cheesy, oozy sandwich experience.
Foodbeast friend and chef Cody Storts made these waffles when he stopped into the Foodbeast Kitchen a while back for a cooking stream on Twitch. His full creation? The Ribeye Bulgogi Chaffle Sandwich, featured bulgogi-marinated ribeye steak, kimchi slaw, gochujang mayo, and the aforementioned cheese waffles.
While there’s flavor packed into every component through kimchi, gochujang, and more, the star is definitely those cheese waffles that crown the outside. Together with the sweet, savory ribeye and the freshness of the kimchi, you get one epic sandwich that’s as messy as it is delicious.
The recipe to make the Ribeye Bulgogi Chaffle Sandwich is below for those who wish to make their own version.
1 16 oz package of mozzarella cheese
1 cup finely chopped kimchi
Salt and pepper to taste
2 12 oz ribeye steaks
1 cup Korean soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
¼ cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons minced ginger
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
¼ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon gochugaru
1 cup roughly chopped green onion
2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
1 cup thinly sliced carrot
1 cup roughly chopped kimchi
1 cup green onion
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mayo
1 tablespoon gochujang
2 tablespoons sugar
Gochugaru (Korean chili powder) for garnishing
Sesame seeds for garnishing
Marinate your steaks in all of the marinade ingredients for at least 20 minutes, or overnight.
Remove excess marinade from the steaks and sear on high heat in a frying pan with sesame oil. Cook to medium-rare, then let rest.
Combine your cabbage, carrot, kimchi, green onion, sugar, sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar to make your slaw. Season to taste.
Combine your mayo, gochujang, a tablespoon of gochugaru, and sugar. Add the zest and juice from your lime, and mix well. Season to taste.
Preheat the waffle iron and grease it. Mix together chopped kimchi, shredded mozzarella, and eggs to make your cheese waffle mix. Season with salt and pepper.
Fill the waffle iron with your mixture, and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. You’ll need to do this twice to get two waffles.
Add one cup of your steak marinade to a pan, and bring to a boil so it reduces to a glaze. Slice your ribeye and toss it through the cooked glaze.
Assemble your sandwich: start with a cheese waffle base, then add your steak, the kimchi slaw, the gochujang mayo, and a sprinkle of gochugaru and sesame seeds on top. Crown with your final waffle, and dig in!
Genius quirkster Matty Benedetto, content creator behind Unnecessary Inventions, makes useful products that you don’t really need. Since his start in 2017, Benedetto has invented more than 280 unnecessary products that solve non-existent problems in the most humorous of ways.
To bring his unnecessary ideas to life, Benedetto uses a range of production methods from 3D printing, sewing, laser cutting, woodworking and mold making. The results are equally tongue-in-cheek and “why didn’t I think of that?”
Some of his most hilarious unnecessary inventions come in the form of food products that are meant to support your eating experience. Below, I compiled a list of some of our favorites.
Some foods are best enjoyed sloppily, but constantly having to wipe your hands off can interrupt the grub process. If you’re looking to make a mess in peace, the Sloppy Slacks are just the right answer.
This unnecessary product may actually nip one of the best parts of eating pasta, the slurp. How often has the slurp, however tasty, caused a splattering of pasta sauce? Get your pasta slurp-free with The Noodle Nipper.
I think we all have that one friend we’d consider the loud eater of the group. The Munch Muffler was invented to quiet down those chomping chewers that eat with their mouths open so you can enjoy your meal in peace.
While keeping a pack of hot sauce in your bag is common amongst true foodies, The Hot Sauce Syringe takes things to a new level of flavor readiness. It was invented especially to enhance dry burritos that could use a saucy kick.
When you’re ordering pizza for a group of people, it’s difficult to use everyone’s topping of choice. I’m notoriously known for meticulously removing pizza toppings I dislike. The Slice Slapper answers our OCD prayers by instantly removing areas of a pizza slice with unsavory toppings.
This buttery and suggestive invention will supply your cob with the appropriate amount of slather. With The Cob Quickly, you simply attach a stick of butter to its firm grip center, insert a corn on the cob and get to work. This is sure to be a conversation starter at the next BBQ gathering.
The Sizzling Scooper solves the most annoying part of opening up a new pint of tasty ice cream. It melts the solid top layer and makes breaching the initial cold as easy as butter.
As you can see, while these products were clearly made to be unnecessary, quite a few may actually be the opposite. Benedetto shares new inventions weekly across his social platforms and recently released an Unnecessary Inventions card game which allows you and friends to invent new products that help solve problems. To keep abreast of his crazy creations, you can follow his socials here.
In addition to $25 Million, Slutty Vegan founder and CEO Pinky Cole has also secured an investment from restaurateur Danny Meyer’s investment Group. Her plan is to use the funds to open 10 more locations of the popular fast-casual eatery. Birmingham, Alabama, Brooklyn, New York and Athens, Georgia have already been announced with more to open by the end of 2022.
To help her manage the rapid expansion, Cole has hired MuHammad Yasin, a professionally trained chef and Panera veteran, as its district manager, and Joi Alexander, a former CAVA executive, as its national director of sales & catering. Additionally, she plans to hire a COO and CMO.
Cole noticed a lack of plant-based options when she first moved to Atlanta some years ago. Growing up in a vegetarian-Rastafarian household, Cole wanted to offer the community plant-based twists to familiar foods like burgers and fries. Beginning as a ghost-kitchen in 2018, Slutty Vegan currently boasts four locations in Georgia ahead of expansion.
Adding to her expansion plans is an investment from Enlightened Hospitality Investments, a growth equity firm associated with Danny Meyer’s Union Hospitality Group. The company invests in up and coming brands in the fast-casual space. For those living outside of Georgia that have been waiting to see what all the hype surrounding Slutty Vegan is all about, you just might be getting your chance soon. Follow Slutty Vegan here for updates on new locations.
Today, the first image of a supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy was revealed — and it looks a lot like a delicious doughnut.
Krispy Kreme had the same sentiments in regards to this cosmic creation, and they thought that it would be a perfect time to celebrate such a happening. That’s why today, Krispy Kreme will treat all guests to one FREE Original Glazed Doughnut!
So make sure to pull up and make that free Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut the center of your galaxy today.
Over the past couple months, we’ve all been riveted by the war in Ukraine. And many of us have wondered what we could do to aid in the relief of the Ukrainian population.
Stoli Group has stepped up on their part by releasing a limited-edition bottle of Stoli Vodka to benefit the country under siege by Russian forces. Proceeds from the bottle will be donated to World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit organization founded by Chef José Andrés that provides fresh, nutritious meals to refugees fleeing Ukraine and those who are staying in cities impacted by the war.
Drawing from the colors of the Ukrainian national flag, the geometric graphic pattern that adorns the bottle design is inspired by the communities around the world that have come together to support the people of Ukraine. The bottle launched globally as one of the key pillars in reaching the goal of raising $1 million for WCK by August 24th — to celebrate Independence Day of Ukraine.
“As Ukrainians continue to suffer unimaginable losses, we are doing our small part to show unequivocal support,” said Damian McKinney, Global CEO, Stoli Group. “This Stoli Vodka bottle will not only provide financial resources to Ukraine but is also a symbol of solidarity.”
“World Central Kitchen is grateful for Stoli’s support and commitment to our mission. They share our belief that a plate of food is more than just nourishment; it’s hope and a sign that someone cares,” added Jason Collis, WCK’s Vice President of Relief. “We appreciate Stoli’s quick movement to action and continued support, which will help us to serve meals as long as we are needed.”
WCK has served millions of meals across Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to provide nourishing meals at border crossings, shelters, and other refugee communities, WCK serves more than 300,000 meals daily in the region. The limited-edition bottle follows a previous financial commitment to WCK from Stoli.
In addition to the limited-edition bottle, Stoli is launching a charitable cocktail program called “Cocktails for Ukraine” which encourages bars and restaurants to donate $1 for every Stoli cocktail sold to WCK. Consumers will also have the opportunity to make a direct donation to WCK by scanning the QR code on the menu that links to the Stoli Group fundraising page for WCK.
The limited-edition bottle in support of the Ukrainian people will be available for purchase in select stores in the U.S. and select countries around the world.
American farmers face any number of challenges like severe weather, supply chain issues and inflation. Busch Light and John Deere are looking to give back to these essential workers via its limited-edition “For the Farmers” cans.
Available May 16 through July 3, fans can purchase 24 or 30-pack cases of 12-ounce Busch Light cans with farming graphics that feature the John Deere logo and equipment. For each case sold, the St. Louis-based beer brand will donate $1 to Farm Rescue, a non-profit that provides critical material aid to family farms, up to a maximum of $100K, with John Deere matching Busch Light’s donation.
With the support of donations like these, Farm Rescue can provide hands-on assistance to farm and ranch families that have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster.
“The ‘For the Farmers’ cans mark a legendary union of two iconic brands with a shared passion for supporting farmers and the great Heartlands of America,” said Krystyn Stowe, Head of Marketing, Busch Family Brands at Anheuser-Busch.
“This collaboration presents an exciting, valuable opportunity to celebrate farmers, the ag industry as a whole and the important work of Farm Rescue,“ said Jenny Ose, Director of Marketing, Agriculture and Turf, John Deere.
To bring further awareness to the challenges facing agricultural communities, the collaboration between the two brands will include Cornfield Cornhole, a free, one-dayfan experience in Big Bend, Wisconsin on Saturday, May 21. At the event, a tractor and ground-posted slingshot will catapult hay bales wrapped in ‘For the Farmers’ graphics across the cornfield to reach an oversized cornhole board. There will be four rounds, with a group of lucky attendees competing in the final game to close out the day. In addition to taking in the game, fans can enjoy beer and refreshments from local Wisconsin food trucks.
From May 10 to May 17, Jack In The Box is partnering with ZONED Gaming to launch a unique virtual experience on Jack In The Box’s Twitch channel. As a result, viewers will be able to pull up to a virtual drive-thru to receive free food and rewards through the Jack In The Box App.
I’ll say that again: JACK IN THE BOX IS GIVING AWAY FREE FOOD ON TWITCH.
The stream is running 24/7 within the aforementioned period, so there’s plenty of time to sign in and claim your rewards.
On Jack In The Box’s Twitch channel, fans will find themselves in a first person perspective as someone who’s pulling up to the Jack In the Box drive-thru. At the window, Jack is there to immediately get you your offer!
To do so, simply use your phone and scan the QR code to download the app and redeem your prize.
I was able to get free tacos and I am never mad at free tacos. EVER.
Jack In The Box aims to be the first place you visit on Twitch before viewing your favorite streamers and channels and this is definitely a good way to start.