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This New Cooler Is Powered By The Sun, So Forget About Those Soggy Ice Bags

Summer is finally on its way, which means you probably have a few beach days or barbecues in the works. (Hooray, warm weather!) Before you pack your old cooler with soggy bags of ice, check out the GoSun Chill. It’s a solar-powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice at all (seriously), which means you can pack your frozen goods without squeezing them into piles of melting cubes. Yup, that means you can kiss the days of wet food and overflowing coolers goodbye.

The GoSun Chill was announced on May 7 by GoSun, the company behind those solar cookers you know and love. Similar to GoSun’s ovens and grills, the Chill can be powered by the sun. Yes, that means you won’t have to stop at the grocery store for three bags of ice on your way to the beach. Instead, you can charge up your GoSun Chill cooler using solar energy.

Thankfully, charging the GoSun Chill is really easy. TBH, there are a few ways you can do it — but I’ll start with the solar option. (That’s the point, isn’t it?) According to GoSun, the cooler’s Lithium Powerbank (which powers the device) can be charged with a solar table or a solar panel. Thankfully, both devices come with the purchase of a GoSun Chill, which means you can pick whichever one is more convenient for you.

Once your Powerbank is charged, it’ll run your cooler for up to 14 hours in 80-degree weather. So, yes, it’s safe to say that your beers will stay cold (even during those long, steamy beach days).

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The Lithium Powerbank can also be charged with an AC Adapter (aka a wall outlet), which leads me to my next point. If you’d rather bypass the whole “solar” part, you can use an AC Adapter or 12 Volt Cord to plug your cooler directly into your outlet or car. That way, you won’t need a charged Powerbank to run your mini fridge.

Even so, using the Lithium Powerbank sounds like a pretty convenient option. In addition to powering your GoSun Chill, the Powerbank can be used to charge cell phones and laptops (thanks to its convenient USB ports). Therefore, if you need a quick charge during your camping trip, go ahead and use the Lithium Powerbank after cooling down your Chill.

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If you want to give the GoSun Chill a try, you can order one for $479 on Indiegogo. However they probably won’t be shipped until August 2019 — so plan your summer beach days accordingly.

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Tabasco Sauce-Infused King Cakes Exist and You Can Order One In Time For Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is coming up quick, guys. Regardless of whether or not you’ll be in NOLA for the celebrations, you’re probably thinking about bringing a King Cake to the table on March 5. FYI, King Cakes are actual cakes that’ve been used to celebrate the Carnival season in New Orleans for decades — but that doesn’t mean you can’t order one and devour it in your hometown. Instead of opting for the OG cinnamon roll-style cake, though, you might want to check out Sucré’s Tabasco Sauce-infused King Cake.

The Sucré Sugar + Spice King Cake, which is currently being sold at Sucré, a Louisiana-based sweet shop, puts a hot spin on New Orleans’ sweet Mardi Gras tradition. How is that, you ask? Well, Tabasco Habanero Sauce is literally used to accent the cake’s filling, effectively spicing up the dessert. (As someone who pours hot sauce on everything that I consume, I’m basically ecstatic.) Tabasco Habanero Sauce isn’t the only key ingredient that makes the cake so compelling, though. In fact, the cake is full of savory flavors that’ll leave your tongue buzzing during Carnival.

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According to McIlhenny Company (the makers of Tabasco Sauce), the The Sucré Sugar + Spice King Cake starts off like a typical King Cake: with “braided, buttery dough” that’s cooked and sweetened with sugar and cinnamon. What makes the Tabasco x Sucré cake unique is that it’s filled with “single-bean Swiss chocolate whipped cream cheese filling.” However, that filling is essentially spiked (or, as the company says, “accented”) with Tabasco Habanero Sauce. I’m drooling.

I know, I know, some of you are probably scratching your heads and wondering how a cake infused with Tabasco Sauce would taste. According to the company’s press release, the Habanero Sauce adds flavors of “mango, papaya, and banana” to the amped-up dessert. Between those flavors and the sugary King Cake dough, I can imagine that it’ll bring the perfect amount of sweet and heat to your Mardi Gras celebrations.

 

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If you want to try the heated Sucré Sugar + Spice King Cake, you can head to Sucré’s website and buy one for $27. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to order the cake by Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. if you want to have it in time for Carnival festivities. If you’re already in NOLA (in which case, I’m jealous), you can stop by one of Sucré’s locations and pick one up in person.

I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about pouring extra Tabasco on top of my slice. No shame in my hot sauce game.

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10 CBD-Infused Snacks That You Can Start Incorporating Into Your New Year’s Diet

The new year is here, y’all, which means you’ve probably made some resolutions regarding your health. Maybe you want to start meal prepping, or maybe you’d rather indulge in more tasty AF meals throughout the year (#treatyoself). But if one of your goals for 2019 is to chill the heck out, then you might want to incorporate some CBD-infused snacks into your diet. Why? Because they look irresistible. Also, thanks to CBD’s relaxing assets, they’ll also make you feel calm, cool and collected in the new year.

If you haven’t hopped on the CBD train yet, you might be wondering why companies are adding it to their food products. To be honest, the answer is simple. For starters, CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. Meaning, CBD won’t get you high like THC will (so don’t get your hopes up). Instead, cannabidiol is known to help its consumers feel relief from anxiety, pain, and a handful of other medical conditions. So why wouldn’t companies want to add it to their snacks?

Whenever I have CBD in my gummies or through my coffee (yes, that’s a thing), I’m at peak relaxation. However, CBD’s benefits may vary from person to person — so don’t base your reaction off of mine. If you’re hoping to give it a try for yourself, scan the following items and add ’em to your cart.

 

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies, $22 

 

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TBH, I’d dunk these CBD-infused cookies by Pure Hemp into my milk any day. If you’re not into chocolate chip cookies, though, you can check out the other flavors on Pure Hemp’s website. There’s literally a ton of them, such as CBD Cinnamon Cookies and CBD Sprinkle Cookies.

2. Potato Chips, $25

 

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Those of you who are craving something salty can order Jay’s CBD Potato Chips from Earthshine Organics. If I had a bag of these, I’d be chillin’ on the couch without a care in the world.

3. Flaming Hot “Weetos,” $28

 

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Out of all of the CBD snacks I’ve come across, I think these would be my favorite. I’m a sucker for spicy food, so Flamin’ Hot Weetohs from Earthsine Organics are going on my grocery list ASAP.

4. Cake Pops, $11

 

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Those of you craving a CBD for dessert can try one of these cake pops from Diamond CBD. IMHO, these are probably the cutest CBD desserts I’ve ever seen.

5. Sour Worms, $35 

 

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Okay, guys. I’ve tried these ones, and they rule. They’re not too sweet, and they’re not too sour. If a Sour Patch Kid and a Gummy Bear had a CBD baby, this would be it. You can buy a package on Pure Hemp’s website.

6. Caramels, $35

 

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TBH, I think caramel candies are underrated. They’re sweet, chewy, long-lasting and even better infused with CBD. You can buy a bag for yourself here. (P.S. Could you imagine having a CBD caramel-covered apple? Did I just invent something?)

7. Coconut Bites, $14.99 

 

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Coconut fans, rejoice: You have a handful of CBD-infused snack options to choose from, all thanks to Weller. The company’s new CBD Coconut Bites are now on the market, and their flavors will make your mouth water.

7. Hard Candy, $20

 

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Who doesn’t like hard candy? Thanks to Cannabinoid Creations, you can now suck on CBD-infused goodies — and the flavors are hard to pass up. One of them is Cartoon Cereal Crunch, which apparently tastes like your favorite childhood cereal. #TBT.

8. Lollipops, $10

 

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Anyone trying to really enjoy the CBD goodness can buy one of these Peace Pops from Pure Hemp. Each pack only comes with one pop, which shouldn’t be a problem considering the fact that lollipops usually take a while to finish. They also come in a handful of flavors including Sour Apple, Watermelon, Strawberry and Tangy Orange — so pick your favorite.

9. Chewing Gum, $20

 

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Who doesn’t want fresh breath? Thanks to Relax Winter Breeze Gum by Earthshine Organics, you can refresh your palate and relax your mind at the same time. With one of these packs in your pocket, friends will be begging you for a piece.

10. Honey, $50

 

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Whether you’d rather spoon your honey out of a jar or pour it into your morning beverage, you’ll probably dig Colorado Hemp Honey. It contains naturally-occurring CBD, which means your morning cup of tea is about to level up a notch.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and load your virtual carts with these CBD-products and try them out for yourself. Take it slow, though, and make sure you take each product’s CBD content into consideration before indulging. And most importantly, don’t forget to share ’em with your friends when they raid your kitchen for the goods.

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Follow These Instagram Accounts If Meal Prepping Is Your New Year’s Resolution

Every single New Year’s Eve, I promise myself that I’m gonna start meal prepping. Why is that, you ask? There are a few reasons, but I’ll stick to the basics. For starters, planning your meals is definitely healthier than settling for takeout every night (sigh). It’s also a lot cheaper than buying food whenever you’re hungry. If you’re hoping to purchase the right food products that’ll create sustainable meals in 2019, you might want some guidance. Luckily, I’ve rounded up a few Instagram accounts for meal prepping that’ll help you get a head start on your resolution.

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or a straight up carnivore, there are tons of meal prepping pages that you can follow. Luckily, various Instagram accounts have created impressive fanbases by mapping out each meal for its followers. Thanks to them, you won’t have to aimlessly wander around the grocery store hoping that everything you throw into your cart will make a good meal. Instead, you’ll be able to plan your breakfasts, lunches and dinners with the help of your favorite meal prepping role models.

Before I dive in, get your phones out. Trust me, you’re gonna want to follow these prepping pages.

1. Workweek Lunch

 

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Busy bees with a hungry appetite will love Workweek Lunch’s Instagram account. From breakfast and lunch to dinner and desserts, it’ll have you covered with quick and easy meals for the week.

2. Meal Prepster

 

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Meal Prepster is perfect for anyone craving an easy-to-do savory dish or a powerhouse meal that’ll keep you going throughout the week.

3. Meal Prep On Fleek

 

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Meal Prep On Fleek will help you prep meals, snacks and desserts while providing your feed with much-needed food facts.

4. How To Meal Prep

 

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How To Meal Prep is the perfect page for prepping beginners (like myself), because it provides you with videos that’ll help you through the process.

5. Daily Vegan

 

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If you’re a vegan, go ahead and follow Daily Vegan Meal prep. It’ll guide you through a ton of recipes that you’ll be able to eat on the reg. That way, you won’t have to visit your go-to vegan joint everyday.

6. Meal Prep & Chill

 

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Meal Prep & Chill will help you stay calm, cool and collected while you plan your meals for the week. It’ll also provide you with handy how-to videos and factual food posts.

7. Meal Prep Haven

 

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Not only does Meal Prep Haven offer prepping ideas, but it also gives followers the option to purchase planning packs that’ll give them a jump start into meal prepping. Convenient, am I right?

As you can see, there are tons of Instagram accounts that’ll help you start your meal prepping journey in the new year. Choose your favorite, head to the grocery store and start planning.

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The Amazon Gadgets Everyone Should Have In Their Kitchens In 2019

The end of December is quickly approaching, y’all, which means it’s time to set some New Year’s resolutions. If you’re hoping to step your cooking game up next year, you might be interested in some of Amazon kitchen gadgets for 2019. Whether you’re looking for high-tech butter knives or stainless steel dumpling molds (yes, they exist), you can find ‘em online. Once you get your hands on a few of these devices, you’ll be able to channel your inner chef in no time.

Back in February 2018, the Foodbeast team rounded up 15 must-have Amazon products for your kitchen, and the list was pure fire. Between vegetable peelers, defrosting trays, “thaw claws” and more, it was packed with items that would take your kitchen to the next level. However, Amazon stepped its game up for 2019 and is currently selling gadgets that you’ll definitely see in yours and your friends’ houses this year.

Let’s get to it, shall we? Make some room on your counter, because you’re going to want to stock up on these kitchen toys ASAP.

1. French Fry Cutter, $64.97

Sure, this commercial grade french fry cutter looks like a fierce, metallic counter kitten. But, it’s also extremely efficient and will help you cut fries like a champ. Using its stainless steel rod and cast iron body, you’ll be able to easily cut ⅜” fries without breaking a sweat. Plus, it has suction feet that’ll prevent any counter slippage. (If you’re anything like me, that’s a very good thing.)

2. 3-In-1 “Magic” Butter Knife, $12.95

This 3-in-1 “magic” butter knife will bring your butter-spreading skills to the next level. Not only does it spread the goods, but it also grates it, slices it, or curls it. Whether you’re planning on adding butter to your bread or adding a fancy side to your steak, this knife will have you covered.

3. Stainless Steel Dumpling Mold, $14.49

Why order takeout dumplings when you can make your own? These stainless steel molds will let you fill your dumplings with whatever your heart desires. Plus, they’ll crimp the edges of each one to give ‘em that “pie crust” aesthetic.

4. Portable Soda Dispenser, $5.53

If you’re sick of flat soda, you should definitely give this portable soda dispenser a try. All you have to do is twist the device onto your bottle and start serving up the fizz.

5. Stainless Steel Corn Peeler, $3.00

Peeling corn the old fashioned way can be a total drag, and this gadget is going to help you do that without flaw. All you have to do is rotate your cob through the device and watch the kernels fall.

6. Stainless Steel Pineapple Slicer, $5.99

Cutting pineapples can be tough, but this stainless steel slicer will help you cut the juiciest pieces without the hassle. All you have to do is slice the top of the pineapple off and start twisting the blade into the fruit. It’s literally that easy.

7. Whisk Wiper, $19.95

If you’re someone who likes licking the spoon when you’re done baking, this gadget might not be for you. However, it’s great for anyone who hates cleaning in between all of the metal rods on a whisk. All you have to do is glide the device from the bottom to the top of the utensil, and it’ll collect leftover residue as it goes.

8. Salad Bowl Cutter, $16.95

Chopping the perfect salad can be tough, but this salad cutter bowl will help you cut your lettuce like a champ. All you have to do is add your greens into the bowl, flip it over, and slide your knife through the holes on the sides of the container. Then, voila! You’ll have a perfectly chopped salad.

9. Prepara Herb Savor Pods, $34.96

If you’re hoping to preserve your herbs (and make your fridge look futuristic AF), buy some Herb Savor Pods. By adding herbs to a pod and putting fresh water into the cap, you’ll triple the lives of your greens. That’s a pretty huge deal.

10. One-Step Cake Cutter, $3.59

Cutting cake can always get a little messy, and it’s always kind of annoying to measure out everyone’s individual pieces. This one-step cake cutter eliminates that process, because it’ll help you cut the perfect piece with one swift movement.

11. No-Slip Tomato Slicer, $12.99

Slicing tomatoes can get a little slippery, and this gadget will eliminate the chances of accidentally gliding the knife into your hand. All you have to do is place the tomato (or onion, or potato) into the grip and use the device’s ridges to help you cut thin slices.

12. Dirty-Or-Clean Dishwasher Magnet, $13.99

If you’re stocking up on kitchen gadgets for the new year, that probably means you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking. Therefore, you’re probably also going to be doing a lot of dishes. This magnet will help you warn your fam about whether or not the dishes in your washer are clean, which will avoid the dreaded, “Are these dirty?” question.

As you can see, there are a ton of kitchen toys waiting for you — and by trying them out, you’ll be starting 2019 on a delicious note. Go ahead and set your New Year’s cooking resolutions so you can start having some fun.