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KFC Adds Sandwich That Has Hash Brown ‘Gravy Boat’ In The UK

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Gravy is the most comforting part of any holiday meal. It’s rich and savory, making it the exclamation point to any feast that keeps a warm boat of it on the side.

In the UK, where roast dinners are king year round, even outside of the holidays, KFC is latching onto that vibe with a new fried chicken “burger” that cranks the gravy meter to the max.

The new Gravy Box burger meal (the UK tends to call cooked, flat meats served in a roll burgers) features a fried chicken filet, melted cheese, and gravynnaise: a blend of gravy and mayo that looks as unctuous as it sounds.

Atop all of that lies this sandwich’s piéce de resistance: a hash brown “boat” (basically an indented hash brown to contain space) that’s filled to the brim with gravy.

The sandwich promises to be a gravy-soaked feast that’ll leave you in pure bliss, as well as a need for extra napkins.

KFC UK’s offering is being sold for a limited time over the holiday season. It comes in a box with a mini chicken filet, a pot of gravynnaise, a side dish, and a drink for £6.99.

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Fast Food

Popeyes Has Flexible Thanksgiving Options, Think Deep-Fried Turkey

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It’s safe to say that this Thanksgiving season will be far from normal. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging across most of the world, leaders in the United States, including many governors, are calling for people to limit gatherings, which includes massive Thanksgiving feasts.

For those who are unable to travel or attend these gatherings, there are different ways to still enjoy similar foods while connecting with loved ones virtually. Some of the better deals for those eats come from Popeyes, who is serving up a couple of ways for people to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Those in the know are well aware that Popeyes is a regular in the Thanksgiving turkey game, as they sell whole fried Cajun turkeys that are ready to heat and serve. Turkeys are still available for those that call in to their local Popeyes and check to reserve an order, but they are quite popular. They sell for roughly $40 a bird.

Popeyes has also teamed up with UberEats to create a smaller feast that’s meant for smaller crowds. Their “Choose Churkey” bundle features an 8-piece order of fried chicken, along with a large side of your choosing and a biscuit.

The meal goes for $19.99, but if you spend above $20 when ordering on UberEats, Popeyes is also gonna throw one of their bespoke chicken sandwiches in.

2020 is definitely going to be one of the toughest Thanksgivings to get through. However, as long as we’ve got food and a way to connect to family, we can still celebrate, get through the holiday and pandemic, and hopefully be able to partake in a full celebration next autumn.

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Grocery Health Packaged Food

Kraft Mac & Cheese Goes Gluten-Free To Close Out 2020

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The gluten-free and Celiac disease communities just got a second hit of good news to cap off 2020. In addition to gluten-free OREOs launching at the start of next year, gluten-free Kraft Mac & Cheese is now available in stores nationwide.

Kraft made the pasta using brown rice and corn, and tailored the blend to meet the FDA’s standards for gluten-free. This means that the ingredients used to make the mac and cheese do not come from gluten-containing grains (ie. wheat), or are processed to remove gluten to the point where there is less than 20 parts per million of gluten in the final cheesy pasta.

The mac also retains the original’s consistency and cheesy flavor, meaning that gluten-free consumers should be getting a comparable experience to those who’ve been eating Kraft’s mac for years.

With two of the world’s most ubiquitous brands moving to add gluten-free versions of their signature products, accessibility to these types of foods just became a whole lot easier.

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Design Packaged Food Technology

Hidden Valley Ranch Is Selling A Fridge With A Lifetime Supply Of Dressing

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Depending on where you shop, an average bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing can cost about $3-$4. You’re probably restocking on it once a month or so, meaning that after 5-6 years, you could spend $1000 on ranch alone.

If you found yourself being described in the above paragraph, consider this fridge that comes with a “lifetime supply” of Hidden Valley Ranch an absolute discount. If you heard someone you know being described, it could be a mind-boggling gift for them.

For the holidays, Hidden Valley Ranch has created a fridge bundle that chucks in a huge shipment of ranch that covers you over at least the next few years, if not longer.

The 24-inch fridge has plenty of room to stock whatever you want inside, but it also comes with a massive stockpile of ranch dressing. For $900, you get a significant quantity and variety of Hidden Valley Products delivered.

This includes a full case of Secret Sauce, a case of Hidden Valley Ranch blasted, a case each of Fiesta Ranch and French Onion Dips, plus 2 cases of the OG ranch dressing. That’s just in the first year, and you’ll also get 25 bottles of different flavors of ranch delivered each year through 2024.

To cover you beyond that, the purchaser will receive a $600 cash or gift card payout in 2025 to get ranch beyond that timeline.

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This gift bundle is extremely limited, as only three of them are available to purchase for the holiday season. If you’re gonna go in on this, you’ve got until December 31st or when three units sell (whichever comes first) to do so.

For those looking to gift something not as extravagant, there are also customizable ranch bottles, paraphernalia, and even dog toys up for sale on Hidden Valley Ranch’s website.

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Grocery Plant-Based

Beyond Meat To Debut ‘Extra Juicy’ and ‘Lean’ Varieties in 2021

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In a move to further position themselves as a grocery store alternative to ground beef, Beyond Meat is taking a page out of the beef industry’s playbook. They’re going to start selling blends of their plant-based product that vary based on fat content.

The new forms don’t have official names yet, but one is being touted as the “brand’s juiciest patty” while the other is described as the company’s “most nutritious patty yet.” To differentiate, you could almost think of them as “Extra Juicy” and “Lean.”

In terms of ground beef varieties, you could consider Beyond Meat’s regular version to be standard ground beef, “Extra Juicy” to be like 80/20 or Extra Fatty, and the “Lean” one to be like a 96/4 blend of beef.

The “juiciest patty” form still has 35% less saturated fat than 80/20 ground beef, while the “most nutritious” form has 55% less saturated fat than 80/20 ground beef.

For context, Beyond Meat’s current iteration has 5 g of saturated fat per quarter pound, and 80/20 ground beef has about 8 grams of saturated fat per quarter pound. The “juiciest patty” form should have slightly more fat than Beyond’s standard product. Meanwhile, the “most nutritious form,” at 55% less saturated fat than 80/20 beef, would have slightly less than 4 grams of saturated fat per quarter pound based on Beyond’s claims.

Some folks will be sampling the new varieties in a sold-out tasting event in Los Angeles later in 2020. As for everyone else, they can expect to find the new options in stores in early 2021.

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Gluten-Free OREOs Are Officially Launching In 2021

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For those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance issues, finding snacks that cater to those diets on the shelves is difficult, and may even come at a slightly steeper price. Studies have shown that gluten-free snacks can often cost significantly more than their counterparts.

Such snacks are about to get a lot more accessible though, as OREO, one of the largest cookie brands globally, is releasing their own line of gluten-free treats.

Available in standard and Double STUF variety, both sets of cookies will come certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), one of the most trusted and widely accepted standards worldwide. While they have no regulatory or enforcement authority, the set of audits companies have to go through to receive this certification are stricter than the rules set for “gluten-free” definitions by the FDA, the EU, and other governing bodies.

This ensures that for those who have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, these cookies should provide minimal risk. It also gives OREO a whole new market of customers to purchase their cookies.

Gluten-free OREOs will arrive in markets starting in January 2021.

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Adventures Art Restaurants Video

Harlem’s ‘The Edge’ Combines British And Jamaican Dishes With Renaissance Legacy

In Harlem, New York, the building located at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue carries a unique piece of Harlem Renaissance history. Librarian Regina Anderson Andrews, a resident there, would host rooftop and apartment gatherings where literary juggernauts like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and W.E.B. DuBois would show up to and recite their works.

While the Harlem Renaissance has come and gone, the building has still remained a gathering place, thanks to The Edge, a restaurant located on the bottom floor that pays respect to that legacy.

Owned by sisters Juliet and Justine Masters, you can find homages to the legends that roamed the building throughout the restaurant, including a regal portrait of Langston Hughes and a collection of books folks can read while sipping on coffee and enjoying their meals.

The food here, by the way, is a unique story of its own, calling to the childhoods of the two owners. Justine and Juliet are Harlem locals, but have parents from Jamaica and Britain, and grew up eating dishes from both countries.

That has led to some creative and inspirational dishes on their menu, including a luxuriously creamy Jerk Chicken Alfredo, and coconut-crusted fish used for the British staple fish and chips. Ackee and saltfish, a national dish of Jamaica, even has a home here in tasty taco form. One also shouldn’t leave without a glass of homemade sorrel, which Juliet and Justine’s father makes on a regular basis.

With such a unique building history and innovative and tantalizing dishes, The Edge is a restaurant chock full of stories that has made it locals’ favorite.

To learn more about The Edge, check out the full video at the top of this story. The restaurant is currently offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery, as well as some limited indoor service.

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Design Packaged Food

OREOiD Lets You Make Custom OREO Designs And Creations

Photo courtesy of OREO. Custom designs made on OREOiD, courtesy of OREO.

If you ever wanted to make your own custom OREOs, the beloved cookie brand is giving you nearly unfettered access to do so.

Their new website, OREOiD, lets you custom design nearly every single aspect of the iconic cookie.

On the website, you can alter the color of the creme filling, choose a fudge dip (white chocolate or regular chocolate) to enrobe the OREO, a variety of colored sprinkles to put on top, and even custom imagery and text that can go on the cookies.

For those wondering if you can change the flavor as well, an OREO representative told Foodbeast that currently, that’s not an available option. However, they left open the possibility that it could be something added in the future.

OREO does provide nutritional information and ingredients based on the changes you make, and even packages them up for you to purchase. You can get individual pieces or buy larger sets to get shipped, with the process taking approximately 8-10 days.

It’s an intriguing, fun gift idea for those looking for presents for avid OREO fans, or a creative and edible party favor or holiday card.