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Drinks Food Trends Now Trending TikTok

Instacart Orders For Balsamic Vinegar and Sparkling Water Increase After ‘Healthy Coke’ Trends

Photo: TikTok/@healthylittlepeach

I’m all for living your best healthy girl summer but this newest viral trend on TikTok has me shook. “Healthy Coke” is the recent growing craze that contains two ingredients — balsamic vinegar and sparkling water. Both are common staples found in anyone’s kitchen, making this trending beverage an easily accessible alternative to Coke.

But the trend has blown up to the point that orders containing the two ingredients have had Instacart‘s sales of balsamic vinegar and sparkling water jump up 43% in the last week as the viral drink has begun to pop up on everyone’s feed. “Healthy Coke” has 38.8 million views on TikTok and continues to escalate for two reasons: one, because it is easy to make; two, it is a weird and disputed trend to try out.

@adellecerna #healthycoke ♬ Elevator Music – Bohoman

There have been differing conclusions on taste profile so you know I had to test it for myself. And to be honest, it tastes like when the soda fountain is running out of the flavored syrup AKA the best part. Although it does not smell or taste anything like balsamic vinegar, the thought alone of pouring it over ice was jarring. I’ll stick to working out so I can drink unhealthy Coke.

Will you be experimenting with this buzzy food trend or just watching the hilarious reaction videos from people drinking it?

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Art Culture Design Snacks Sweets

This Pop-Tart Supports the LGBTQ+ Community

To kick off Pride Month, for the first time Pop-Tarts is teaming up with a queer illustrator and NEON-GLAAD to collab on their first pride product ever.

The “Neon Pink Block Party Lemonade” Pop-Tarts showcase Thaddeus Coates’s cheerful designs not only on the box but also on the frosting of the toaster pastries — also a first for the brand. Thaddeus Coates explains that the designs are “inspired by a summer block party — a celebration of a community that doesn’t prioritize fitting in over living authentically.”

Thaddeus Coates is a Graphic Design student at FIT as well as an independent artist. He has a passion for clean and thought provoking design with beautiful and bright aesthetics. His goal is to utilize his gift of design to revolutionize and further inspire and show that “art is a present with a presence.”

Each weekend of Pride Month ( June), 450 boxes of the “Neon Pink Block Party” Pop-Tarts will be released for purchase via Instagram for $5. Your purchase will support and publicize for these four BIPOC LGBTQ+ associations:

The Salt Eaters Book Shop – an independent bookshop in Inglewood, CA

Destination Tomorrow – a grassroots agency in Atlanta , GA

Nobody’s Darling – a queer and POC-owned bar in Chicago, IL

Bronx Book Festival/The Bronx Is Reading – a social impact organization in New York

Each of the four organizations above will acquire a $10k grant in relation to box sales to further benefit their missions of fostering inclusive communities. Pop-Tarts will also be donating $100k to GLAAD to progress their work in growing recognition for the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.

Support and shop all month long via Instagram.

Happy Pride!

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Deals Fast Food Food Trends What's New

A Pepsi Infused Pizza is Coming to LA Today

Yes, you read that correctly! The collab that no one knew they needed is coming to Los Angeles today and will be available for today only. Pepsi has released a rare modification to the classic pepperoni pizza — the Pepsi-Roni Pizza.

Pepsi has teamed up with the Culinary Institute Of America (CIA) to reinvent America’s favored pizza topping. In a recent study, 90% of folks are in agreement that Pepsi is a perfect partner to pizza. So why not combine the two to make a Pepsi infused pepperoni?

Since the beverage is already famous for enhancing the taste of pizza, the brand brought on board the CIA culinary experts to reinvent and create a new type of pepperoni married with rich caramel notes and brown spices of the signature cola.

The recipe combines a Pepsi Zero Sugar reduction instead of water normally used in pepperoni preparation. The reduction introduces a sweet and citrusy zest that Pepsi is widely known for with the classic spice blends found in pepperoni.

Anyone and everyone can come grab a FREE slice of the pioneered Pepsi-Roni Pizza today at:

Round Table Pizza, 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230 from 11am to 3pm.

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Fast Food Food Challenges Recipes

Heinz is Launching a Burger Contest to Find the Best At-Home Creation

If you don’t know, now you know that National Burger Day is May 28th — like we really need another excuse to shove a burger in our faces — and Heinz is launching an “Art Of The Burger” contest in hopes to find the best at-home burger creation to feature on BurgerFi menus just in time for the holiday.

Culinary creatives can enter the challenge now through July 12th with a chance to win a $25,000 prize and their masterpiece featured at BurgerFi in Fall 2022. To join in, Heinz fans can submit their coolest creation to HeinzArtOfTheBurger.com or post on Twitter or Instagram using hashtags #HeinzArtBurger and #contest.

Burger submissions will be critiqued on imagination, presentation, use of sauce and build. Heinz is here for the insane condiment collabs, unexpected alternatives and weird toppings. They want to inspire burger lovers to unleash their inner burger bae. After all, every burger is a blank canvas and its ingredients are tools to transform any burger into a work of art.

To learn more about the Heinz “Art Of The Burger” competition, follow Heinz on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Alcohol Drinks Hacks

Everyone Needs This Drink Spiking Prevention Scrunchie

Did you know 44% of men and 56% of women have had their drinks spiked? Now folks can protect themselves with Nightcap — the drink spiking prevention scrunchie. Yes, you read that correctly — a scrunchie.

Just wear it on your wrist or hair, then pull the drink cover out from the hidden pocket. Proceed to place it over your drink, pop in a straw and you’re covered, literally.

Nightcap not only acts as drink protection but as deterrent. When using at a bar, you are sending a message that you are not one to be messed with. It’s also reusable, convenient and provides a certain peace of mind.

This product was surprisingly invented by a 16-year-old girl, Shirah Benarde, after hearing all the horror stories of drink spiking from friends who had experienced this in college. The scrunchie then went viral on social media with users torn between the genius of this product and the fact of how “sad” it is that we have to worry about this issue in the first place. Nightcap was later featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” with one of the fastest deals in the shows history.

The brand doesn’t stop at just the scrunchie. They also have options for a Nightcap Keychain and StopTopps — a disposable adhesive drink lid.

Nightcap has brought about a logical solution to the problem of drink spiking that had affected an average of 43,000 people just in the last year alone. Not only is it logical but it is also practical in a way that the products are something everyone can be comfortable using.

I’ve already ordered the bulk family pack, so what are you waiting for?

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Culture Fruits & Vegetables Hacks Sustainability

This Ancient Afghan Fruit Preservation Method Has The Internet Amazed

What is your preferred method of prolonging your fruits’ shelf life — keeping it in the fridge, freezing, canning or even dehydration? What if I told you there’s another technique that not many folks know about? In northern Afghanistan there is a surprising long-established food hack that effectively preserves fruits of summer into winter months, known as kangina.

The kangina looks like two loaves of sourdough bread stuck together. Each kangina is made up of two layers of wet clay-rich mud, with each layer shaped into a bowl and then baked under the sun.

When each pair of kangina is completely dried, ripe fruit is put inside and sealed with another serving of mud to form an air-tight vessel. The kangina are then stored in a cool area, away from direct sunlight, with some actually being buried underground.

This preservation technique has been utilized for hundreds of years, yet it has barely been documented or studied, which is unexpected since the geographical area of Afghanistan has been growing grapes since at least 2000BC, making it one of the most age-old grape growing areas in the world.

So imagine, no refrigerator, no preservatives or chemicals — just a clay container. This technique works so well that they are able to preserve fruit for six months; think an archaic version of Tupperware or a ziplock bag.

So, will you be ditching your plastic containers and bags for this historic eco-friendly hack?

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Food Trends Funny Humor Now Trending TikTok

For Some Reason TikTok is Mad About This Sunny D Seafood Boil

@chefjayvoo A Plato Shrimp Boil 🦐🔥 #fyp #ImoniCarly #shrimp #seafood ♬ Jazzy Chill hip hop(881579) – NOBB-D

This viral Sunny D Seafood Boil has the internet mad mad — like real mad. The self-proclaimed “Boil Master” @chefjayvoo uses a childhood favorite drink as the main base for this “platinum juice” boil.

The nostalgic drink, Sunny Delight, markets itself as an orange-flavored citrus punch, with a tangy “one-of-a-kind” orange taste, making this boil nothing short of unique. With the addition of bell peppers, vegetables, garlic, various seasonings and thirty-five pounds of Louisiana shrimp boiled to perfection, you can practically smell it through the phone.

Jarvis, the man behind the hilariously entertaining commentary, has over 3 million followers on TikTok, but despite his popularity, this recipe did not go over well with some for substituting water with Sunny D — mainly for reasons being that Sunny D is primarily corn syrup and less than 2% actual juice. People have felt so strongly about this that the time-honored beverage started trending on Twitter.

Overall, some people agree that using “orange juice” was a good idea to offset the spiciness but most are personally offended. Watch for yourself and smell with your eyes.