Sweets Theme Parks

Disneyland’s Newest Summer Treat Is A Dole Whip Pineapple Split

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Disneyland’s punniest ride, Jungle Cruise, just got a major revamp and is now reopened. To celebrate, the theme park is going big on one of their most iconic tropical treats and making a Dole Whip Pineapple Split.

Sold at the Tropical Hideaway just next to the Jungle Cruise ride entrance, this spin on the banana split swaps in slices of fresh pineapple. Generous dollops of Dole Whip are served on top, along with mandarins, strawberries, blueberries, coconut caramel sauce, dried hibiscus, crushed plantains, and toasted coconut.

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While supplies last, these will be served in souvenir containers designed to look like one of the boats from Jungle Cruise. It’s available starting July 16th, so if you’re in the park and love the ride, you may want to go for one of these souvenir boats first.

Disneyland’s reopening is clearly in full swing with the new rides reopening and treats that come with those occasions. With the Halloween season at the theme park just around the corner (September 3rd is the starting date), we’re excited to see what else the theme park has to offer after a year-long hiatus.

Fast Food Restaurants

Popcorn Chicken WINGS: Where Boba Shop Snack Meets Bar Food Classic

Photo: Peter Pham // Foodbeast

Popcorn chicken has to be one of the tastiest things you can find at most boba shops. The crispy chicken snack, consisting of fried pieces of chicken (often thigh) dressed in a craveworthy seasoning, is far beyond any of the bite-sized nuggets fast food joints serve up.

At Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, California, the Taiwanese popcorn chicken is getting a creative spin in the form of chicken wings. Instead of the typical boneless pieces, they’re using the same wings the restaurant would use to make buffalo wings, but instead dusting on the popcorn chicken seasoning and chili oil to add a whole new dimension of flavor.

While it may seem outlandish at first, it’s nothing new for Rose City, whose creative pizzas menu already features Taiwanese popcorn chicken (and you can even get a boneless version as a side as well). They also make their own chili oil with Sichuan peppercorn, plus a creamy Thai basil aioli on the side that far exceeds your typical ranch dressing.

For those who love boba shop popcorn chicken and love wings, this is the perfect fusion of a snack.

Fast Food Plant-Based

Plant-Based Orange Chicken Is Coming To Panda Express Via Beyond Meat

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There’s already a fast-growing market for plant-based American Chinese dishes like Orange Chicken and Honey Walnut Shrimp. Panda Express is taking advantage of that opportunity with a new meat-free version of their legendary Orange Chicken.

Panda teamed up with plant-based meat purveyor Beyond Meat for their new vegan option. Beyond, who just launched their own plant-based tenders, also has meat-free chicken projects ongoing with fast food giants like KFC.

Beyond Meat brought their new plant-based chicken to the collab, while Panda provided their classic Orange Sauce to give the dish its signature flavor without any of the poultry.

For those looking for plant-based side or alternative protein options, Panda recommends any of their sides (Chow Mein, White Rice, Brown Rice, or Veggies) and also has an Eggplant Tofu entree. With this new partnership with Beyond Meat, there’s also an open opportunity for the two to collab more in the future. Plant-based Ma Po Tofu, anyone?

Panda’s plant-based Orange Chicken will be available in select locations in New York and Southern California starting July 26th for a limited time. One can only hope that this will eventually scale to a nationwide, permanent menu item for plant-based or flexitarian consumers.

Fast Food

Popeyes’ New Nuggets Will Soon Be Available Nationwide

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Popeyes already has some serious fried chicken cred under its belt as the reigning champ of the Fried Chicken Sandwich “wars” on top of some seriously good crispy poultry.

They’re looking to bolster their reputation as fast food’s top fried chicken by doing the classic nugget better than everyone else, and that iteration is getting served up nationwide soon.

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Foodbeast first reported on the existence of these new nuggets in February 2021, and on July 27th, they will be available at all Popeyes locations nationwide. During tests, these chicken bites got some serious high marks on Twitter, akin to what drove the popularity behind Popeyes’ signature chicken sandwich.

In restaurants, you’ll be able to order between 4 and 36 pieces of the new nuggets, which use the same recipe as the chicken in the Popeyes sandwich. Folks that order using the Popeyes app can go even bigger and get 4 dozen nuggets at once.

Time will have to tell if Popeyes can strike lightning twice with these nuggets, but so far, the early signs are pretty promising.

Packaged Food Sweets

Kraft Mac & Cheese Ice Cream Pints Are Now Real

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The first thing that comes to mind when you hear that Kraft Mac & Cheese has an ice cream is that it’s a gimmick, or an April Fool’s prank of some sort.

We’re in July, however, and these pints of cheesy ice cream are no joke. It’s a serious collab between the mac and cheese magnate and Van Leeuwen, a premier Brookyln-based ice cream maker who’s churning out a limited batch for $12 a pint.

Van Leeuwen incorporated all of the flavor of Kraft mac into their ice cream base, according to a press release. Not sure if that means they just whisked the cheese powder from the boxes in, but that’s not a bad idea, especially with how good salty and sweet work together.

Cheese ice creams aren’t also anything extremely groundbreaking. Purveyors like Salt and Straw have made their livelihood off incorporating tangy goat cheeses into ice cream, and there’s a variety of ice cream brands that mix cheddar into their pints. The precedent is there, but this is a pretty big brand like Kraft making a splash in the cheesy ice cream pool.

For those interested in acquiring a pint or two, they’ll be sold on the Van Leeuwen’s website starting at 11 am ET on July 14th. You can also grab a scoop at Van Leeuwen stores in LA, Houston, and NYC while supplies last. A Kraft Ice Cream truck will also be outside of New York City’s Union Square from 11 am – 6 pm on the 14th, slinging out free samples of the mac and cheese ice cream.

Deals Entrepreneurship Food Waste Restaurants Sustainability Technology

Groundbreaking App Lets You Rescue $15+ Worth Of Food For Just 6 Bucks

Photo: Les Kaner // Too Good To Go

Food waste has persisted as a global problem that many companies are trying to find solutions for. Upcycled foods and waste reduction are two industries that have formed to combat excess food waste, but 1.4 billion tons still gets tossed every year, the majority of which is at home or at restaurants.

On the restaurant end, there’s a large network of connected local restaurants called Too Good To Go that’s striving to make a massive impact on rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste.

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Consumers can tap into this network via the Too Good To Go app, which allows them to reserve “Surprise Bags” from spots around them that are in the system for $5-$6. What you get in return is approximately $15 worth of food that the restaurant would have otherwise thrown out.

Overall, the restaurant wins by making a little extra money off of food they would’ve lost, you get to score on a massive discount for some food, and Too Good To Go profits slightly off of the cost of the bag. Pretty much, everybody benefits, including the planet, as food waste is cut and helps lower waste and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s not just restaurants that you can get food from, however, as Too Good To Go partners with restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, and hotels. Currently, they’re linked with 75,000 different spots worldwide.

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Too Good To Go, founded in 2016, is currently in the midst of a massive push to expand globally. They’ve recently made a debut in San Francisco, and can also be seen in New York City, Chicago, Austin, and other metropolises worldwide.

It’s one of the biggest ways to fight against food waste, and it pretty much works the same for a customer as a food delivery app would. Sure, there’s a lot more we can do at home to combat food waste too, but this is a pretty convenient way to get started.

Restaurants Video

This Island Garlic Shrimp Pizza Is A Tantalizing Tribute To Summer

Photo: Peter Pham // Foodbeast

We all know that garlic and seafood are a perfect match for each other, especially for some summertime seafood feasts. Putting the two together on a pizza is a fresh stroke of genius.

Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, California, has managed to pair the zesty garlic shrimp with the cheesy, savory flavors of pizza without one overpowering the other. The result is one of the freshest-tasting pies you can sink your teeth into.

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The Island Garlic Shrimp Pizza uses a garlic butter sauce base with more fresh garlic, mozzarella, and plenty of shrimps on top. It gets a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning and heads to the oven before getting drizzled in remoulade sauce and fresh cilantro. Slices of fresh lemon and edible flowers garnish the top, providing acidity, color, and extra flavor all at once.

Right now, the Island Garlic Shrimp Pizza is a weekend-only special, and one that the squad will absolutely love during the hot summer months.

Restaurants Video

Three Romanian Takes On Deli Sandwiches You HAVE To Try

There is arguably no better spot to get a fresh sandwich from than a butcher shop. When they’re making their own meats and cuts and serving them up, you know you’re going to be biting into something special.

At Goodies in the Pantry in Orange, California, owner Claudiu Giorgioni ensures that every order that comes from his kitchen is an experience unlike anything you’ve tried before. A butcher from Romania, Giorgioni finds ways to incorporate some unique flavors and tastes into even the most basic of sandwiches.

Foodbeast Marc Kharrat went to try the Goodies lineup, and was most impressed by three sandwiches: the pork belly sandwich, a smoked brisket sandwich (all of the cuts are smoked in house), and a Romanian spin on shawarma unlike anything he’s tasted.

Of course, this is a butcher shop with top quality meat, so get one of these with a steak on the side (Giorgioni does smoke tomahawks then grills them to finish them off) and you’re in for a true feast.

To learn more about each of the sandwiches and Goodies in the Pantry, check out the full video up top.