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Get Baked With This Delicious Recipe For Cannabis-Infused Brownie A La Mode

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!

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You will need:

– crockpot

– baking sheet

– oven

– cheesecloth

– cannabis grinder

– baking pan

– About 16 hours of cooking time

Ingredients

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!).

Created in partnership with Halo Top Creamery

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Watch This Restaurant Turn Fried Chicken & Waffles Into A Cubano Sandwich


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.

Photos by Pete Pham

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.

Created in partnership with Bruxie

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Fast Food

Woman Attacked by Angry Taco Bell Customer who Blames Her for Missing Breakfast Cutoff

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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.

H/T Consumerist

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Cult Soda Surge Made Available on Amazon, Sells out Immediately

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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.

H/T Huffpost Taste

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Features

Is Ghost Pepper Here To Stay As A New Halloween Food?

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Typically during the fall season, we see an influx of new Pumpkin Spice-themed items hit chains and retailers. This year, however, we’ve noticed that ghost pepper items have spiked in the food space.

Possibly the most viral of this season’s ghost pepper trend is the strawberry and ghost pepper flavored donut released by Dunkin’. The item made headlines nationwide, gaining virility with streamers and influencers trying the spicy cake.

Deemed the world’s hottest canned chili, Hormel Chili launched a new flavor that combines Ghost Pepper with Carolina Reaper that would be available to fans this week at Target.com.

A unique take on Hot Chicken, this specialty pizza from Blaze features a Ghost Pepper Chicken Meatball and is finished with a Scorpion Pepper slaw.

So why are Ghost Pepper items popping up more in the past few weeks? Coinciding with the Halloween season, leaning heavily towards anything ghost-related is sure to make headlines.

Another alternative is that folks’ threshold for heat has been increasing over the past years. Items that would typically be featured on YouTube videos are now readily available for public consumption.

Ghost Pepper fans, could this be the golden age?

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Restaurants

For One Day, Denny’s Will Serve A Blue Moons Over My Hammy Sandwich At Miami Locations

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Halloween is days away, and my excitement for the spooky night is unbound. Nearly as unbound as my excitement for anything breakfast-related. 

To celebrate Halloween, Denny’s is releasing an eerie take on their classic Moons Over My Hammy. The iconic breakfast melt, which features scrambled eggs, ham, American and Swiss cheese, will now sport a bright blue aesthetic. 

The Blue Moons Over My Hammy will be available for one day only at select Denny’s locations throughout Miami, FL, on Oct. 31. 

If you’re itching to go out and try this new sandwich on Halloween, be sure to stay safe out there! 

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Krispy Kreme Is Giving Out Free Donuts On Election Day

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Voting on Election Day in the middle of a pandemic changes a lot of things, especially because a lot more people are voting by mail. (If you are doing that, today is the last day recommended by the USPS to do so to ensure your ballot is counted by Election Day, by the way.)

One thing that changes is getting “I Voted” stickers for showing up to your polling place, as well as attempts to continue traditions of gatherings after everyone is done voting. Krispy Kreme is attempting to fill both of those gaps with an Election Day deal that includes the iconic stickers.

Anyone, regardless if they’ve voted yet or not, can pop into their local Krispy Kreme and get a free Original Glazed Doughnut on November 3rd. “I Voted” stickers will also be available in stores for those that want to either share that they voted, or encourage others to vote.

For those who are heading to the polls and expecting a long wait, the donuts can also be a nice warm snack to help keep your stomach filled while standing in line.

Regardless of whether you get the free donuts or note, it’s important to go and vote on November 3rd. Every person’s vote matters.

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Fast Food

Chick-fil-A Sauce Bottles Coming To Grocery Stores

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There have been so many times I would find myself in a Chick-fil-A to stock up on the essential dipping sauces they carry. Yup, I would slap Chick-fil-A sauce on pretty much everything in my 20’s including pizza, tacos, and hundreds of turkey sandwiches. 

Looks like I will no longer need an excuse to order that sweet tea and ask for a handful of Chick-fil-A and Polynesian sauces to pair it with any longer. 

The restaurant folks nationwide crave most on Sundays has announced they’ll be bottling two of their most popular sauces and selling them in stores. 

In mid-November, customers can find the sauces in 16-ounce bottles in participating retailers such as Publix, Kroger, Walmart, and Winn-Dixie in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi. The sauces will become widely available to those retailer chains nationwide in early 2021. 

Now I’ll only have to bear the massive drive-thru line if I want a sandwich or their mac and cheese. Man, that mac and cheese is bomb.

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Adventures Packaged Food

Hard-To-Find Japanese Snacks Headline This Subscription Snack Box

The snack scene in some parts of the world is innovative, creative, and tasty beyond belief. This is especially true in Japan, where the snacks range from your standard range of chips to a plethora of unique KitKat flavors, mochi, and more.

For those looking to get some of the harder-to-find Japanese snacks, there’s a subscription box service called Bokksu that tracks them down and gets a ton of them to your door.

Bokksu works directly with local snack manufacturers in Japan, some of whom have been in business for hundreds of years. The comapany’s specialty is using those connections to make hard-to-find snacks more accessible globally.

You have the option to get one of their snack boxes, which are thematic (ie. “Seasons of Japan”) and can change, but there’s also a marketplace where you can buy items individually, including some of those coveted Japanese KitKat flavors.

Foodbeast got a box to try filled with a lot of snacks we normally wouldn’t expect to find just shopping around in the U.S. These include uni-flavored crackers, freeze-dried whole strawberries, yuzu sake candy, matcha and red bean sponge cakes, obanyaki-inspired cookies, and even a sack of Kinako sugar donuts.

The variety and breadth of local snacks available is definitely intriguing and makes for an interesting gift or just something you can get to satisfy your cravings.

Bokksu boxes are available for sale on their website.

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Grocery Plant-Based Science Sweets

Can Ice Cream Made With Cow DNA Be 100% Vegan?

The plant-based and vegan industry has found some novel ways to create meat substitutes. Mostly, it’s been finding plant sources of some of the proteins and other molecules key to making meat, which is what companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have done. 

An emerging company, however, is taking a more direct approach to creating these proteins. They’re making products like ice cream that use real milk protein and cow DNA, yet still claims them to be 100 percent vegan.

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I know that phrase is going to generate controversy. Yes, it’s the exact same protein you get from milk. Yes, it does utilize the genes from a cow to make the protein. However, it doesn’t use any animals, any DNA extracted from an animal, or animal products whatsoever. 

This vegan milk protein comes from Perfect Day, who specializes in what they would describe as “fermented vegan dairy” that’s 100% animal-free. 

“The cool thing is we’re doing it with fermentation, so not a single cow is involved in our process,” says Nicki Briggs, Perfect Day’s VP of Corporate Communications.

Instead, Perfect Day uses a fermentation process that’s been widely used by various companies over the years. Briggs compared it to how proteins like insulin or rennet are made today in a conversation with Foodbeast.

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Rennet, the curdling protein for cheese, is traditionally harvested from a calf’s stomach. Today, 90 percent of it is vegetarian, made by getting yeast to ferment sugars into the exact same protein. According to Briggs, Perfect Day uses that exact same process to make their vegan milk protein. The result is a powder that can be used to make ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and more. 

For milk, it contains two predominant types of protein: casein and whey. The protein that Perfect Day is making, beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), is one of the primary components of whey protein. “We found that beta-lactoglobulin is the most nutritious and the most functional of all of the proteins in milk,” Briggs explained, indicating that BLG was the key one needed to create a functional alternative to getting milk from cows.

To get the fungi, called trichoderma, to make the milk protein, Perfect Day downloaded part of the genetic makeup of a cow into the fungi. Segments of DNA coding in any creature are used by cells to make different key components, including proteins. Adding that code into a fungi cell known for producing large quantities of protein was the key to making Perfect Day’s product. 

One could call this “genetic engineering,” but it doesn’t use a technique like CRISPR, which splices in genes from another creature’s cells. Instead, Perfect Day turned to a virtual source of DNA: Google. 

“We were able to, as silly as it sounds, Google it and find the sequence online,” Briggs explained.  “We were able to use this sequence to influence our microflora.”

The microflora can then grow the protein en masse in giant fermentation tanks. That is then turned into the powder that can be added to an ice cream mix or other vegan dairy products to give it a structure akin to real dairy.

Right now, there’s only two brands in markets that use this novel animal-free whey: Smitten, who teamed up with Perfect Day to make limited batches of “N’ice cream,” and Brave Robot, who heavily advertises the protein they use in their pints of frozen dessert. 

Brave Robot was locally available for me, so I secured some pints to sample and analyze. They use a blend of plant oils to replace the fat you would normally get in milk, as well as sunflower lecithin (a substitute for soy) to emulsify everything together. 

The result is an extremely creamy ice cream that, at serving temperature, is pretty spot on to the original. I would say it does freeze a little bit harder than regular ice cream, but is way closer than any other vegan substitute I’ve tried.

Because this ice cream alternative does use real milk protein, it’s not recommended for those with allergies to milk. Allergies are triggered by proteins, and while a different protein (called alpha-s1 casein) is a more common allergen trigger in milk, beta-lactoglobulin can still cause issues for those sensitive to milk. 

This, as well as the fact that it is a real protein, are some of the larger concerns some may have in calling what Perfect Day creates “vegan.” Yes, it doesn’t use any animals, but the structure of what’s inside it and real milk are identical. 

Briggs understands that, saying “We want the word vegan to be a helpful navigation tool to find products not named from animals, but don’t want to be misleading.” While she believes that Perfect Day’s product fits under the technical term for vegan, there’s a different phrase she would use as well.

“We see animal-free as the master name for this,” she said. As for terms like lab-grown, describing Perfect Day’s protein as that would be “inaccurate,” as it’s “less sci-fi than it seems.”

While Perfect Day is using a technology that’s not new, they are applying it in a new way by recreating an “animal-free” milk protein that can be used to craft ice creams nearly identical to the original.

Perfect Day does plan to create the entire lineup of milk proteins and other dairy products, but those will come down the line as the company continues to grow.

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Technology

New App Helps Delivery Drivers Find The Nearest Restroom

With dining rooms shut down across the country, it’s an understatement when I say that we owe a lot to gig workers like delivery drivers to keep our bellies filled and our cravings satisfied. However, one of the inconveniences they come across is finding an open restroom that doesn’t require a purchase to use whenever nature calls.

However, thanks to a new app appropriately named The Whizz App, that won’t seem to be a problem anymore. Created by gig workers, for gig workers, Whizz uses a Google-styled map to help delivery drivers locate pre-screened locations that will permit them to use restroom facilities, no purchase necessary.

The Whizz App, a black-owned business, was developed by co-founders Robert Logan and Keith Crudupt who could relate to the discomfort and difficulty drivers go through when needing to use the bathroom while on the road. The two friends linked up to create this first-of-its-kind app to bring some comfort to the gig community.

WaBa Grill, one of the nation’s leading rice bowl chains, has stepped up to become the very first brand partner of Whizz. What that entails is the ability of app users to get restroom access at any of WaBa Grill’s 200 locations across Southern California. Subscribers also get exclusive digital coupons through the app.

The Whizz App is available via download on Apple IOS and Android devices.

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Unveils Vegetarian Black Bean Toasted Cheddar Chalupa

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Last year, Taco Bell debuted their Toasted Cheddar Chalupa. The menu item featured all the staples of a classic chalupa: lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, and customers’ choice of proteins along with a chalupa taco shell that was toasted with aged cheddar. 

The golden bells of comfort food and convenience have announced that the popular menu item will return to menus this fall and with it a new variation. 

Joining the return of the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa will be a vegetarian alternative to the popular menu item: The Black Bean Toasted Cheddar Chalupa

Certified vegetarian by the American Vegetarian Association, the chalupa features Taco Bell’s signature black beans in place of meat. The new item will join the Veggie Cravings menu, which boasts 13 existing vegetarian menu items.

Man, they already had me at anything toasted with cheddar. 

You can find the Toasted Cheddar Chalupas now at participating Taco Bell locations nationwide.