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Costco Is Selling 5-Pound Buckets of Nestle Cookie Dough

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You’ll want to add this bucket of dough to your cart at Costco.

Nestle was a staple of my childhood, thanks to the chocolate chips, and of course, the classic recipe for chocolate chip cookies on the back of the bag. I loved coming home after school to find a batch of fresh-made chocolate chip cookies, set on the table to cool.

What if there was a way to have an after-school (or after-work) snack without having to do much more than turn on your oven? Costco has you covered with this enormous bucket of chocolate chip cookie dough!

See what chocolate chips our Test Kitchen likes even better than Nestle.

This Is What You Need to Know

The 5-pound buckets of Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough have been found on Costco’s Instacart. You read that right—five pounds. That’s enough to make 81 Nestle chocolate chip cookies! Just grab a cookie scoop and a Taste of Home baking sheet, and you’re only minutes away from fresh-baked cookie goodness.

You can find the tubs of joy in the freezer section at Costco, though there’s no guarantee they’ll fit in your kitchen’s freezer. Hmm. It might be time to find a second freezer for the garage.

What to Do with the All That Dough

Personally, I would pick up this tub to create quick treats for my friends. But if you’re handier in the kitchen than I am, try using the dough as a dessert base. Find a recipe that starts with a cookie dough base and go to town! You can start with cream cheese cookie cups or this gorgeous chocolate chip cookie delight. In my house, neither dessert would last for long.

The dough is good for up to 2 months, so no rush to do all your baking at once. The only thing you won’t want to do is stick a spoon in the bucket for a bite of raw dough, which can be dangerous.

How Much Is It?

The bucket should be around $8, which is about half the cost of this 7-pound bucket of Nutella. For whatever baking adventure you choose to take, this huge tub will be there for you. It might even be one of the best value things you can buy at Costco. So, remember to look for cookie dough next time you’re out shopping. And don’t be afraid to comb through the aisles. Who knows what you’ll find?

Article by Erin Dunn from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Aldi, Kroger and More Are Named in Nationwide Chicken Recall

This major chicken recall just expanded to affect products at many of our favorite grocery chains.

In recent months, listeria-contaminated products have been a prime suspect in your monthly fridge clean out. The bacteria has found its way into almost everything, from Target deli salads and sandwiches to your favorite brands of hummus. Now, it’s affecting chicken products across the country.

In September, Tip Top Poultry issued a chicken recall after several products tested positive for listeria contamination. It affected products at chains like Target and Trader Joe’s—and now the roster of grocery chains has just been expanded to include Aldi, Kroger, Food Lion, Giant Piggly Wiggly and others across the country. You can find a link to the FSIS statement here.

What Products Are Recalled?

Tip Top Poultry makes ready-to-eat chicken products, which includes frozen meals, shredded chicken and some ingredients sold at deli counters and restaurants, like Jersey Mike’s. It can be hard to nail down all of the products included, but you can find a comprehensive list of recalled products here. Be wary of any pre-shredded chicken or any sort of frozen chicken products, including potpies and TV dinners. Be cautious of deli meats and any restaurants serving up chicken products over the counter, too.

Right now, there are no cases of illness linked to the chicken recall. The recall was issued out of an abundance of caution. Still, Tip Top Poultry urges consumers to take a peek in their fridges and freezers to ensure no bacteria is hiding in the background.

Here’s why all the recalls lately are actually a good thing.

How Do I Know If I Have This Chicken?

It might not be as hard to find contaminated products in your fridge as you think. All of the recalled items are stamped with establishment number “Est. P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection. If you see that number, you’ll know to throw it out. You should also look out for all shredded and diced ready-to-eat chicken products sold between January 21, 2019 and September 24, 2019. Throw out all chicken items with number stamps that range between these codes: 10000-19999 and 70000-79999.

You can direct any questions to Garret Rutherford with Brand Apart at (404) 220-9618. You can also reach the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

No one likes to be surprised by recalls. Try this nifty app and stay ahead of the news.

I Have One of These Products! What Should I Do?

If you find contaminated chicken, you can do one of two things. First, you can throw it out and wait until the recall blows over to re-purchase your favorite chicken goods. Alternatively, you can return your goods to the place of purchase. Most grocery chains will accept returns and provide a full refund for recalled products. Just make sure you stick to beef or pork for dinner tonight.

Costco alerts warn you of recalls way ahead of time.

How Can I Avoid Getting Listeria?

Listeria is a tricky beast because it can grow in both livestock and food processing plants, and it tends to hang out in grocery stores. The best way to avoid it is to heed the warnings of recalls. You should only buy milk and soft cheeses that are pasteurized and cook sprouts, like alfalfa, very thoroughly before consuming. Meat is especially susceptible, and you should know cold cuts and hot dogs can only be kept sealed in the refrigerator for two weeks. Once the meat has been opened, you should only allow seven days before finishing it off or throwing it out. For more tips and tricks, check out our guide to protecting your family from listeria.

If you experience any of the flu-like symptoms associated with a listeria outbreak, contact your physician immediately.

Article by Laurie Dixon from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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How to Smoke a Turkey

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Once you know how to smoke a turkey, you’ll never want to cook one inside again! This method creates a golden-brown, juicy turkey that has a sweet-smoky flavor infused into every bite.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition. We find ourselves cooking the same foods—the same way—year after year, and there’s really nothing wrong with that. An oven-roasted turkey is the classic way to cook your Thanksgiving bird for a reason, and it feels safer than delving into the unknown territory of a smoked or deep-fried turkey. It can be scary; after all, if you don’t know how to smoke a turkey, you might accidentally under- or over-cook it and ruin dinner!

We turned to Michael Parulski, the brother-in-law of one of our editors, for advice. He’s been smoking meats in his backyard for ten years. After we heard that his very first turkey turned out so juicy and tender it fell right off the bone, we knew we had to give his recipe a try.

If you still need convincing, there are a few reasons you might want to smoke a turkey this Thanksgiving:

  • It tastes fantastic. An oven-roasted turkey is good, but a smoked turkey is really next level. Cooking over charcoal or wood chips infuses each bite with a sweet and smoky flavor, something that’s impossible to achieve inside.
  • Smoking the turkey keeps it juicy and moist. Combine your favorite turkey brine with the low temperature of the smoker, and you have a recipe for juicy, moist turkey. Even the breast meat won’t dry out!
  • It frees up the oven and gets you outside. This benefit has nothing to do with the turkey itself, but smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving can be a welcome excuse to hang out outside. Running the oven all day long can amp up the heat in the kitchen, so popping outside to check on your smoked turkey is a great way to cool down. As a bonus, the smoker also frees up the oven, so you’ll have more room to make Thanksgiving side dishes.

When you’re ready, fire up your smoker and follow our step-by-step instructions to make the most flavorful Thanksgiving turkey you’ve ever had. If you don’t have a smoker, never fear; you can convert your grill into a smoker.

How to Smoke a Turkey

Ingredients:

  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 lbs.)
  • Kosher salt for the brine (1/4 to 1/2 cup salt for every quart of water)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 cups white wine, chicken broth or a mix

Tools:

  • A smoker. This propane gas smoker can cook two 12lb. turkeys at once ($329)
  • A large roasting pan or tinfoil pan
  • Two cups of wood chips (if using)

Instructions

Step 1: Brine the turkey

There are some great recipes out there for brined turkey, Michael likes to brine his for 24 hours with water, kosher salt and garlic cloves, using a ratio of 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salt for every quart of water. You can also skip the water and use a dry brine, rubbing the turkey directly with a tablespoon of salt for every two pounds of turkey. Here are a few more ideas from our Test Kitchen to get you started:

Editor’s tip: No matter how you brine, make sure you’re not skipping this step. It takes some extra effort, but it’s worth it when you end up with moist and delicious meat.

Step 2: Prepare the smoker

Most people use cooler temperatures for smoking brisket or pulled pork, but we like smoking turkey between 325°F and 350°F. Smoking at lower temps can take too long for turkey, infusing it with too much smoky flavor. Instead, smoking at 325°F takes about 12 minutes a pound, so a 16-pound turkey will be finished in about three hours. It’s the perfect middle ground for smoky flavor and juicy, tender meat.

Get started by preparing a gas, charcoal, pellet or wood-fired smoker according to the manufacturer’s directions. If you’re using wood chips, be sure to soak them an hour in advance.

Editor’s Tip: We like using apple wood for smoking poultry. It has a sweet flavor that goes well with turkey, and its smoke won’t overpower the delicate flavor of the turkey. You can use another fruit wood like cherry, or look to mild woods like pecan or maple. Hickory or mesquite wood is too powerful to be used 100% for turkey, but you can definitely blend with more mild woods.

Step 3: Ready the bird

The first time Michael smoked a turkey, he put it directly onto the grill grates. It was so tender after cooking that it fell apart as he was pulling it off the smoker! After that, he learned to use a large tinfoil pan or a roasting pan. The pan also allows you to catch the turkey drippings to make gravy, and filling it with white wine or chicken broth adds humidity to the smoker to keep the turkey from drying out. Here’s your guide to making gravy.

Remove the turkey from the brine and pat it dry. Tuck the wings underneath the bird to help them cook evenly. Rub the turkey with the ground black pepper, garlic powder, paprika and any other herbs and spices you’d like to use. Place the turkey on a rack in the roasting pan and add the wine or chicken broth.

Editor’s Tip: If you don’t have a rack for your roasting pan, add the liquid to your smoker’s water pan or in a separate pan next to the turkey.

Step 4: Smoke until it reaches the proper temperature

Place the turkey in the smoker and close the lid. That’s it! Resist the urge to raise the lid too many times to check on the turkey, which can release most of the heat inside. If you’re using a charcoal smoker, you may need to add briquettes to maintain the smoker’s heat, so set a timer to remind yourself to add ten briquettes every hour.

Cook the turkey for about 12 minutes a pound, until the thickest part of the breast reaches 165°F on an instant-read meat thermometer (or 175°F if you’re probing the thigh).

Step 5: Let it rest

When the turkey reaches the proper temperatures, remove it from the smoker and tent it with foil. Let it stand for at least 20 minutes (but preferably 30 to 45 minutes) before carving. While you’re waiting, make gravy with the pan drippings.

While you’re out there, you may as well change things up this Thanksgiving with one of these amazing side dishes you can throw on the grill.

Article by Lindsay D. Mattison from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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This May Be the Cheapest Place to Get Your Turkey This Thanksgiving

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Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to break the bank. Shop smart to find the best price on turkey this year.

At Taste of Home, we seriously love Thanksgiving. But as heart-warming as hosting can be, it can also put a dent in your wallet. One surprising place to save money? The turkey.

How much is a turkey? Many grocery stores offer competitive pricing around the holidays, so if you shop smart, you can save money on the bird (and use the savings for some fun tablescapes)!

Where to Find the Best Price on Turkey

A 2018 CNBC investigation into grocery pricing included three of our favorite grocery stores: Aldi, Trader Joe’s and Wal-Mart. While prices may vary by area (or if a store has a sale), this should provide a good rule of thumb for how much you can expect to spend.

A bit of a splurge: Trader Joe’s

Price for turkey: $1.99/lb.

Trader Joe’s is one of our favorite stores because they have some fantastic specialty and ready-made items. If you need to pick up sides or desserts, then Joe’s is a great option. But, if you’re impulse buying a ton of extras, then you might wind up spending more than you save. By the way, these are the things you should only buy at Joe’s.

A great value: Walmart

Price for turkey: $0.68/lb.

Walmart has a very low price for turkey. Plus, their grocery prices were reasonable across the board, which makes the store a good one-stop-shop for everything on your list. Here’s how to make the most of your Walmart trip.

The best price on the block: Aldi

Price for turkey: $0.59/lb.

Of the three stores, Aldi offered the lowest price on turkeys. The store is known for its remarkably cheap prices—with a caveat. They’re able to have low prices on the items they do have because they have a more limited selection than most grocery stores. Odds are, you may need to make multiple stops. Here are the products Aldi says are customer favorites.

Article by Kelsey Rae Dimberg from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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McDonald’s Is Bringing Back Donut Sticks for the Holidays

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McDonald’s is the right destination for a sweet holiday pick-me-up.

You love all things sweet during winter? So do we, and all of the best brands are delivering their seasonal goodies ahead of time, so we can enjoy the taste of the holidays while it’s still moderately warm outside. Coffee-Mate released their Christmas-inspired Dark Chocolate Peppermint creamer in late September to get ahead of the holiday rush, and Aldi just announced their lineup of Advent calendars. To top it all off, Hallmark is churning out Christmas movies as early as October 25 for those who are getting in the spirit early.

McDonald’s isn’t one to be left behind, and those golden arches are about to turn green and red for the winter. Just yesterday, we got a sneak peek at McDonald’s seasonal menu, which has a brand-new holiday latte—the first of its kind in over five years. And most importantly, Donut Sticks are back!

McDonald’s Is Bringing the Holiday Spirit with a Seasonal Menu

Christmas is the time for all things spicy and sweet, and nothing curbs that craving better than a mouthful of cinnamon cookies. Thanks to McDonald’s and courtesy of the McCafe, now you can enjoy your favorite flavors in the all-new Cinnamon Cookie Latte. The season’s best to-go cup treat comes topped with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and can be served hot or cold. It’s available for a budget-friendly $2 if you order a small. Could it get any sweeter?

Fans of all breakfast-inspired dippers will be ecstatic to know Donut Sticks are making a comeback, too. But this time, you’ll receive a side of chocolate sauce with your order. McDonald’s Donut Sticks are crunchy and coated in cinnamon, but soft in the center, just the way doughnuts should be. You can get them by the dozen (or half dozen) during breakfast hours, though McDonald’s hasn’t established a price for these poppers just yet. We’re just happy to see our favorite breakfast item back on the menu.

Have you heard about the cinnamony Snickerdoodle McFlurry? It may be coming to a store near you.

This Menu Is Only Here for the Holidays

Sadly, Christmas doesn’t last forever, and these items will be swept away with the sleigh and reindeer before you know it. That’s why you should get into McDonald’s ASAP on November 6—the official launch date for these treats. They’re perfect for a cozy morning next to the fire while you rerun the Grinch, and we won’t blame you for going back time after time for a Cinnamon Cookie Latte and a double order of Donut Sticks. Be first in line on November 6, and don’t miss out on these specialty snacks!

Article by Laurie Dixon from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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How to Prep Your Entire Thanksgiving Meal in Advance

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Cooking a Thanksgiving feast is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! We asked a professional chef how to prep your meal in advance so you can spend less time cooking on the big day.

As a professional chef, I know all about prepping food. Cooks spend the hours before dinner service chopping, slicing and dicing. We even cook things like soups, sauces and side dishes in advance, reheating them to order so the meal makes its way to your table as quickly as possible. Proper preparation is the best way to keep yourself out of the weeds on the line, but that prep-in-advance principle isn’t reserved for restaurant food. You can prepare almost every single dish for your Thanksgiving feast ahead of time. We’ll show you how:

Turkey

If cooking and carving the turkey is the most stressful part of your Thanksgiving dinner, do it a day ahead! Roast the turkey using your favorite method (we’re grilling ours this year) and carve it on Wednesday. Cover it snugly with aluminum foil and pop it in the refrigerator, spooning some chicken broth or turkey drippings over the sliced meat to ensure it stays nice and moist. On Thanksgiving, remove the turkey from the fridge and reheat it in a 300° F oven for 45 minutes. You’ll still fill the kitchen with amazing roasted turkey aromas, fooling your guests into thinking you spent all day cooking.

Get our best turkey recipes here.

You can still prep the turkey in advance if you don’t want to miss out on carving it in front of your guests. Simply brine the turkey two to three days before Thanksgiving Day. The night before the big event, remove it from the brine and place it in a roasting pan—adding chopped onions, carrots and celery to the pan, if you like. The bird can sit uncovered in the refrigerator overnight, or you can cover it loosely with plastic wrap for 24 to 48 hours. Let the turkey come to room temperature before popping it in the oven.

Gravy

Think you have to make gravy on Thanksgiving Day? Think again! Make a gravy using chicken stock a day or two before Thanksgiving and store it in the refrigerator. After you’ve roasted the turkey, add a cup or so of white wine or chicken stock to the roasting pan and simmer it to release all those tasty turkey drippings. Then, add your prepared gravy to the pan, simmering the mixture until your gravy is thickened and warmed through. Check out more time-tested tips for cooking gravy.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are often the last thing I make on Thanksgiving Day because they taste lighter and fluffier if they’re mashed at the last minute. That said, you can absolutely do a few things to make it easier to get there. Peel and quarter your spuds a day or two before Thanksgiving and store them in water in the refrigerator. A few hours before dinner, boil them in salted water until they’re tender when pierced with a fork. Then, just let them hang out in that hot water until you’re ready to mash them using one of our foolproof mashed potato recipes.

Alternatively, you can mash the potatoes ahead of time and hold them warm in a slow cooker for up to four hours. Just make sure to stir the potatoes once an hour to keep them from burning to the bottom of the pan. When you’re ready to serve, drizzle in some extra melted butter or hot cream and whip them with a silicone spatula to return them to their fluffy glory.

Stuffing or Dressing

Stuffing is one of those dishes that always tastes better the day after Thanksgiving, so why not prep it a day early? Prepare your favorite stuffing recipe but only add half the liquid. Once the ingredients are in the baking dish, cover it with aluminum foil and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, add the remaining liquid and bake it like normal.

Cranberry Sauce

Did you know that homemade cranberry sauce is good in the refrigerator for 10 to 14 days? That sounds like an excellent reason to get it out of the way well before the big feast. Make your cranberry sauce using fresh or frozen cranberries, let it cool slightly and store it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.

Green Bean Casserole or Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a few casserole sides. (These are hands-down the best side dish casserole recipes.)  Unfortunately, these dishes usually compete with the turkey for oven space, so it’s a good idea to get them prepped early. You can bake these dishes the day before, preparing any crispy toppings but setting them aside in a separate container. When you’re ready to eat, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and let the dish come to room temperature to prevent it from cracking. Add the prepared toppings and cook until it’s warmed through.

Corn Pudding

Corn pudding really tastes best the day it’s baked, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare it in advance. In fact, an overnight rest in the refrigerator gives the flavors time to come together. Combine the ingredients and place them in the baking dish. Instead of popping it into the oven, cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Let the casserole dish come up to room temperature before baking it on Thanksgiving Day. Once it’s baked, you can cover it with aluminum foil and keep it warm on the counter until you’re ready to serve.

Salads

If there’s one thing on the dinner table that shouldn’t be made ahead of time, it’s the salad. Greens wilt super fast when dressed with acidic dressing, so you’ll want to toss them just before serving. That said, you can absolutely prep the salad bowl ahead of time by chopping your vegetables and making the dressing. If it sounds like too much work, try making a salad that can be dressed ahead of time, like coleslaw or pasta salad. Give these great pasta salad recipes a try.

Dinner Rolls

Dinner rolls freeze exceptionally well, so there’s no reason you can’t make them as early as a week ahead of Thanksgiving. You can either freeze already baked rolls and warm them through in the oven or freeze the portioned-out dough and bake the rolls fresh. Try our Freeze-and-Bake Rolls recipe if you’re new to making homemade bread.

Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie

You have a few options when it comes to dessert. You can make an easy, no-bake pie well in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Or, if you want to go for the traditional pumpkin or pecan pie options, you can pre-bake your pie weeks in advance and pop them into the freezer. Thaw the pie overnight in the refrigerator before letting it come to room temperature on the counter. You can either serve them at room temp or heat them in the oven when you’re ready to serve.

Cook up a delicious feast this holiday season with our best Thanksgiving recipes.

Article by Lindsay D. Mattison from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats Are Coming Just in Time for the Holidays

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Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats—a delicious stocking stuffer and your new favorite treat—are hitting store shelves soon.

This fall, our taste buds were blessed with Pumpkin Pie Kit Kats. (Our verdict: They taste so much like the real thing! We love them.) And right before the most wonderful time of the year, the candy aisle will have another festive tenant: Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats.

What do Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats taste like?

According to the packaging, the newest breakable miniature chocolate bars are “crisp wafers in sweet cinnamon-flavored milk chocolate.” In other words, the cinnamon delivers a subtle flavor boost.

Cinnamon adds a hint of spicy sweetness to anything it touches. Along with peppermint, it’s a quintessential flavor and scent of the winter holidays. (Think fragrant candles, Christmas morning sweet rollssnickerdoodle cookies and gingerbread men.)

But have no fear—these Kit Kats don’t have an overwhelming cinnamon bite, and chocolate is certainly still the prominent note. Hershey’s got it just right and simply took ’em up a notch for the season. In fact, they taste a lot like a rich, gooey cinnamon bun. (There’s even a cinnamon bun on the packaging!)

The sweet treats make an awesome stocking stuffer or party favor. And they’re totally perfect for chocolate fences surrounding gingerbread houses or a Christmassy Kit Kat cake!

When (and where) will Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats be available?

The latest Kit Kat family member can be seen on all major retailer shelves this November. The miniature bars will be sold in 9-oz. bags at a suggested retail price of $3.49. They’re individually wrapped in packaging that makes the bars resemble elves, green suits and all.

The Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats will be available for a limited time, so don’t wait until the last minute to get them…same goes for those Christmas presents.

If you just can’t wait, try making one of these sweet, sugary cinnamon desserts.

Article by Ceara Milligan from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Here’s How You Can Get 5 Wendy’s Frostys for Just $1

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You’re in for a treat—Wendy’s Frostys Boo! Books are back!

Frosty lovers, we’ve got great news: Wendy’s Halloween-themed Boo! Books are back. For just $1, you can get your hands on a book of five coupons that can each be redeemed for a free Jr. Frosty. These iconic frozen shakes are vailable in vanilla or chocolate and are a perfect-sized snack for kids and adults alike

By the way, here are some things you never knew about the Wendy’s Frosty.

…And the Money Goes to a Good Cause

What’s better than a free Frosty? Knowing that 85 cents of each purchase goes directly to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Thanks to fundraising programs like this, the foundation has found permanent, loving homes for more than 9,000 children in foster care. Frosty fans have helped raise $40 million for the program since Wendy’s first started selling the Jr. Frosty coupon books back in 2003.

Here are 12 more popular food companies that donate to charity.

How to Get Your Free Frosty Coupons

Now through October 31, you can purchase Boo! Books at a participating Wendy’s restaurant while supplies last. You can also purchase Boo! Books through the Wendy’s app, restaurant self-order kiosks and DoorDash.

While you’re waiting for your Boo! Books, check out our favorite Wendy’s copycat recipes.

Article by Lauren Naru from Taste of Home. View the original article here.