Piñata Cookies Have a Surprise Inside!

So you say you’re not a huge margarita or Corona drinker, yet you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without a hangover? Make Piñata Cookies and surprise your friends and family with something special!

This is the first time we’ve seen a cookie that’s just as colorful on the outside as it is on the inside and we couldn’t be any more stoked on the idea. These sugar cookies are filled with M&M’s but you can really hide any type of mini candy. The recipe and awesome step-by-step directions are provided by the talented Sandra Denneler.



‘Natural Red’ Food Dye Comes From Bugs, Should We Care?

Do know where your red food coloring comes from? Chances are that “natural red coloring” comes from bugs — female cochineal insects to be exact. It takes about 70,000 of those little critters to produce a pound of dye.

If that sounds a little too natural, think about the alternative. Synthetic red dyes such as Red No. 2 or Red No. 40 are made from either coal or petroleum, which don’t sound anymore appetizing  and also carry health hazards. Starbuck’s president recently announced that they will stop using Natural Red 4, the one containing cochineal extract in response to some negativity from consumers who grew queasy at the thought of  bugs in their pastries.

Are they really doing any of us a favor? Would you rather eat bugs or coal? I choose bugs all the way, at least they’re a good source of protein!



4:20 Banana Slug Buddies

Any Foodbeast readers celebrating 4:20 on Friday? If you are, here’s my easy no-bake recipe for Banana Slug Buddies that’ll have you munching all day long.

Marijuana has been proven not to contain any addictive substance, but this crunchy, sweet, salty, treat may be. Blame it on the chocolate and peanut butter! Remember marijuana is a controlled substance, make sure you observe your state’s guidelines. With that said, let’s get get groovy!

Banana Slug Buddies

  • 6 cups of any variety of Chex or Crispex Cereal
  • 1/2 cup banana chips
  • 3/4 cup of semi sweet
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Canna Butter (recipe as follows)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar


  1. In a large bowl, measure cereal and banana chips. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate and peanut butter until melted. Check every 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in vanilla and melted or room temperature Canna Butter. Do not microwave Canna Butter!
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and stir until coated. Place contents in a large Ziplock bag.
  5. Add powdered sugar to the bag and shack vigorously until evenly coated.

Divide into 6 – 8 servings. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for lasting freshness!

Banana Slug’s Fail Proof Canna Butter

  • 1 oz of cannabis medicine (trim, shake, or bud)
  • 1 lb. of unsalted butter
  • Crockpot
  • Cheese cloth
  • Mesh strainer


  1. Grind your medicine as finely as possible with a food processor or hand grinder if you’re up for a challenge!
  2. Combine your medicine and butter in the crockpot. Set it on low, the crockpot should remain stable between 200 degrees and 220 degrees fahrenheit for best extraction.
  3. Stir until butter is melted and incorporated with your medicine. Cover with a lid, and walk away for 8 hours. (Play video games, go to bed, or do what you do)
  4. After 8 hours, turn off your crockpot and strain your butter mixture through a cheese cloth over a mesh strainer. Make sure to give it a good squeeze!Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 4 months. Recipe can be halved.

Happy Holidays!



PB & J Vodka, a Drink for the Big Kids

Van Gogh Vodka is bringing a whole new meaning to “peanut butter jelly time!” with PB & J vodka, their newest addition to their flavored vodka line. The raspberry jelly and creamy peanut butter flavor will remind you of the good ol’ days where your greatest problem was that girl or boy with cooties who sat across from you during Crafts Hour. However, unlike the real sandwich that needs to be chased down with a cup of milk this double infused vodka goes down ohhhh soooo smoooth.



Get Your Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook

HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones starts up against this Sunday and what’s a better way to celebrate the long arrival of season 2 than eating like a Lannister? The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook with more than 150 recipes has all you need to plan a revelry with plenty of medieval faire. Make a toast with some Arbor Red Wine, “the finest spirit in the Seven Kingdoms” and feast on House of Stark’s Venison, Apple, Cheddar Plaits. And if that’s not enough the Imp’s Wild Strawberry Fool makes the perfect just desserts! ($11.97 @



Virgin-Boy Urine Soaked Eggs are a Springtime Delicacy in Dongyang, China

Virgin-boy urine soaked eggs?! We’re not quite sure what to think about this one on so many levels…To the western palate a dish like this seems almost unimaginable. There’s a very strange process that goes into making these eggs that involves soaking and cooking eggs in urine from boys, preferably under the age of 10. And how does one go about getting all this prized urine? Apparently they collect buckets of them from primary school bathrooms!

According to tradition, these eggs are believed to decrease body heat and promote better blood circulation. Although there’s no proof, the delicacy seems to be so popular that the government has considered them an intangible cultural heritage. Curious about how they taste? Many claim them to be “fresh and salty.” Yum…



Grape-sized Baby Kiwi

Last week we discovered the existence of blue strawberries. Now this week, we have baby kiwis! As if kiwis weren’t already bite sized, these little cuties are only the size of a grape or grape tomato. They can be found domestically grown in California and Oregon from September – October, but are imported from Chile and New Zealand from March – April. They are apparently sweeter and more tender than normal sized kiwi and are perfect for snacking. Try to find them at your local supermarket now!

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Packaged Food

HotCan Self-Heating Food Cooks Itself in 8-12 minutes

HotCan, the makers of self-heating food has been around for 30 years, but why haven’t we heard of it? Could it be the horribly unimaginative branding and packaging? That’s what the makers believe. HotCan is now promoting its product more heavily aiming to become “the next Redbull” with its newer bolder looking tin.

HotCan has big dreams, but the market for self-heating food isn’t quite there yet. Each can cost about $7-8 and why would anyone spend that much money on bangers and beans when a conventional can typically cost about a dollar? On the other hand, if you are preparing for a zombie apocalypse this might be a sound investment.