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Lay’s Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Chips Are Back for Good

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Love pickles and/or spicy food? This is the ideal snack for you!

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For some pickle enthusiasts, a dill pickle straight from the jar may be enough to satisfy a craving. You could even sip on pickle juice or enjoy a helping of pickle soft serve. But for something different, pick up the Lay’s Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Chips. There’s so much flavor bursting in just one crunchy chip!

Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Chips were originally released as part of the brand’s “Turn up the Flavor” campaign, along with Electric Lime and Sea Salt and Beer Cheese Kettle-Cooked Chips. The Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle flavor was our top pick back then, and apparently, we weren’t the only ones who loved ’em. Lay’s brought this limited-edition flavor back to the snack aisle for good.

Pickle chips, but give it an extra kick

The chips are coated with the Flamin’ Hot seasoning you know and love from Cheetos. It definitely packs heat at first, but then the cool pickle flavor helps cut the spiciness factor. You either love ’em or you hate ’em!

Want more from Lay’s? You can already try Fried Pickle Chips with Ranch from Lay’s collection of regional chip flavors. Don’t forget to take a peek at our ranking of the best Lay’s potato chips to find out which flavor reigns supreme, too.

Where can I get these hot pickle chips?

You can find Lay’s Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Chips in stores nationwide right now. They’re also listed on Target’s website as well as Walmart’s website. The chips are selling quickly, but now that Lay’s made them a permanent flavor, you can definitely wait for your grocery store to restock them. Enjoy these hot pickle chips at a barbecue or as a snack while you binge-watch food shows on Netflix.

Article by Sophia Lo from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Aldi Sells Copycat Girl Scout Cookies All Year Long

No need to wait ’til Girl Scout Cookie season. Three of our go-to flavors are on shelves at Aldi right now!

We’ve been pushing our shopping carts past one of Aldi’s best kept secrets: copycat Girl Scout cookies!

Under the brand name Benton’s, shoppers can find three of the best Girl Scout cookie-inspired flavors—Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Samoas. Just go ahead and add cookies to the things you should buy at Aldi.

How Do Aldi’s Copycat Girl Scout Cookies Compare?

Peanut butter lovers scouting out the cookie aisle will want to grab a box (or four) of Benton’s Peanut Butter Filled Cookies for just $1.48. These are a satisfying take on the addictive Girl Scout cookies known as Tagalongs (or Peanut Butter Patties, depending on where you’re from), and are every bit as creamy and rich as the real deal. We’re also big fans of these Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, perfect for whipping up when the day is long and a grocery run isn’t happening.

When the craving strikes for fudgy coconut, and only a Samoa will do, Aldi has you covered. The grocer’s Caramel Coconut Fudge Cookies hit on all the sweet, coconutty and chewy notes of this Girl Scout cookie classic. (You might also know ’em as Caramel deLites.) They have to be made by the same manufacturer, they’re identical! What’s better is they’ll only cost you $1.43 per box!

Then there’s Fudge Mint, Aldi’s take on the classic Thin Mint, also known as the most beloved Girl Scout cookie in America. If you’re like us, “I’ll just eat two” turns out to be an impossible feat, and we’re left holding an empty sleeve in record time. It’s all chocolaty, crunchy goodness! The bad news is Fudge Mint is only around part of the year, but the good news is that’s right now. You can snag a 10-ounce package of 52 Fudge Mint cookies right now for $1.48. Get yours before they’re all gone.

These Benton boxes of Girl Scout-inspired goodness offer a sweet splurge that’s easy on the wallet. No word yet on whether Aldi plans to copycat the newest Girl Scout cookie flavor, though. In the meantime, we’ll happily support Girl Scout troops and buy the real deal once the next Girl Scout cookie season begins. But January is a long time away, and those freezer stockpiles only last so long. For all those cookie craving moments in between, you’ll find us at Aldi.

Article by Rebecca Walden from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Pecan Pie M&M’s Are Back For a Limited Time

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It’s our favorite Southern flavor all wrapped up in a crunchy shell.

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M&M’s are our favorite snack to gobble down by the handful, and this year has introduced to us so many flavors we just can’t pick a favorite. Valentine’s Day brought us smooth and creamy White Cheesecake M&M’s, and Halloween is about to load our trick or treat bags with the creepy crunch of Cocoa Crisp.

Now, M&M’s is bringing back the decadent taste of the South. Pecan Pie M&M’s are officially back in stores! You won’t want to miss out on this sweet limited edition flavor.

All Your Favorite Southern Flavors in One

You don’t need to break out the oven mitts to get a taste of Grandma’s secret pecan pie recipe, because M&M’s has done all the work for you. These M&M’s bring together the nutty flavors we all crave during fall along with the homemade sweetness of whipped cream. The pastel outer shells act as the crust, just as crunchy and rich as you remember as a kid, but in the palm of your hand. We’re warning you, though, just one of these guys won’t be enough to satisfy that home-cooked craving, so you might want to invest in more than one bag.

Don’t miss our best recipes for Southern pecan pie.

They’re Only Around for a Limited Time

Due to popular demand, M&M’s had to give this sweet treat a second run. Like last time, though, Pecan Pie M&M’s won’t be sticking around for too long. You can snag a bag right now exclusively at Walmart for $2.89. If you don’t have time to go in, but do have a little cash to spend on shipping, you can also order a two-pack from Amazon without fighting the crowd.

This flavor was snatched up pretty quickly when it first debuted, so we recommend getting in fast to get your fill of the best fall flavors.

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

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This Grocery Store Is Beating Costco as America’s Third Biggest Retailer

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Only Walmart and Amazon are ahead of it!

Walmart and Amazon are major presences in the world of American retail. Both are places where you seem to be able to get pretty much anything, so it came as no surprise to learn that they were first and second, respectively, in Kantar Consulting’s ranking of the top 50 U.S. retailers of 2018. What was surprising, though, was the identity of the third-place winner. America’s third-biggest retailer is a grocery store—and not even the grocery store with the best reputation in America.

The third biggest retailer in the United States is Kroger! If you don’t have the pleasure of having one of these stores near you, Kroger, whose headquarters are in Cincinnati, is a low-priced grocery store that’s most popular in midwestern, mid-Atlantic, and southeastern states. You’ll also find lots of Krogers in some western states, like California, Washington and Colorado. Altogether in the United States, you’ll find 4,064 Kroger locations in 42 states. It’s a top destination for organic food, meat and seafood, and these other things you should always buy at Kroger.

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The data, which was released in late 2018, assessed the retailers’ sales throughout the beginning of the year, the sales estimates for the rest of the year and projected sales through 2023. Kroger’s estimated total sales for all of 2018 was a whopping $123 million dollars. Not only does this top Costco, whose estimated 2018 sales were $101.5 million, but it’s only just trailing the second-place winner, Amazon, which had $125.5 million. In fact, Kroger was in second place in last year’s ranking; Amazon only passing it for the first time in 2018. So if you don’t shop at Kroger, it may be time to find out why Americans love it more than Costco! Or, if there’s not a Kroger near you, you can try checking out the best supermarket in every state.

Article by Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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10 Fascinating Ice Cream Traditions Around the World

Find out how other countries enjoy everyone’s favorite frozen dairy treat.

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New Zealand: Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

While you reveal a lot about yourself when you order ice cream, you mostly say that you love fun when ordering New Zealand favorite: Hokey Pokey.

Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes, an international food site, says that the blend can vary, depending on which shop you visit, but mostly it means plain vanilla ice cream mixed with generous heaps of honeycomb toffee. The outcome is a super-rich, creamy ice cream—and it’s delicious, says McNish. It’s popular throughout the North and South islands of New Zealand and even available at grocery stores, with a leading brand called Tip Top’s Hokey Pokey. Find out the best ice-cream shop in every American state.

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Japan: Mochi

You probably will love giving mochi ice cream a swirl when you visit Japan. Available in nearly every city—small and large—you might mistake these small circular rounds of ice cream as macarons at first glance.

Ice cream is shaped into bite-size circles and pounded rice paste is wrapped around to keep it from melting. Coming in at just around 100 calories a pop, you probably will want to try at least a handful before heading toward more sightseeing. Or, if you can’t make it to Japan, mochi has made it’s way to the United States with brands like My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream available in many national grocery stores.

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Spaghettini

Nope, this ice cream tradition isn’t from Italy, even though it looks like it. Instead, this is a dish you can order throughout Germany. Pastry chefs work to make an ice cream sundae mimic a traditional bowl of spaghetti you can have for dessert rather than dinner.

How do they pull this feat off? Vanilla ice cream stands in for noodles, strawberry puree for the marinara, and coconut flakes for the parmesan cheese. And while this wacky dish was created on purpose, you won’t want to miss the 13 foods that were created on accident.

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Spain: Fun-Shaped Ice Cream

Ice cream in the States tends to be shaped by the ubiquitous ice cream scoop—the round mound we’re so familiar with. While an ice cream scoop can be put to many other creative uses in the kitchen, in Spain they dispense with it altogether.

According to McNish, you can wander down a grocery aisle in any major Spanish city—from Madrid to Barcelona—and you’ll likely find Frigo, a brand of ice cream which presents the favorite in a variety of quirky shapes, from rocket ships to pies. For more of a gourmet experience, head to Madrid where you can visit Rocambolesc Gelateria. “They make an absolutely insane coconut and violet sorbet that you can top with a cloud of cotton candy and star-shaped sprinkles. Rocambolesc even offers a cherry strawberry flavored arbutus bear, which is Madrid’s fuzzy mascot, shaped popsicle as well as funky popsicles flavors, like Girona apple and blood orange plus mango sorbet, in wonky shapes like noses and fingers,” she says. Here’s what your favorite ice-cream flavor says about your personality.

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Italy: Gelato

While exploring the ancient Roman streets in scorching-hot heat, the very vision of a gelato stand may make your mouth begin to water. As a timeless tradition dating back to the Italian Renaissance, gelato is a popular summer day (or any day!) treat that helps you cool down from the sunshine. Gelato likely will remind you of traditional ice cream at first glance, but it’s actually lower in fat. You’ll find it to be a thicker consistency with richer flavors (and ahem, likely, more sugar), infused with all sorts of sweet and savory spices and ingredients.

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San Francisco, United States: Taiyaki Ice Cream

Okay, this is domestic, but it’s very unusual: You can find a tradition of Taiyaki fish cone ice cream here. “Taiyaki, or fish cone ice cream, is a common sight in Japan,” says McNish, “but it’s a rarity in the U.S. In order to create a taiyaki, pancake or waffle batter is popped it into a fish shaped mold. A dollop of sweetened red vanilla azuki bean paste is dropped in the bottom of the fishtail and then you get to put your favorite flavor of ice cream on top,” she explains.

Here’s the food each of the 50 states hates the most.

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Turkey: Dondurma

Visiting Turkey is definitely going to be an added bucket list destination when you feast your eyes on its mind-boggling ice cream tradition. Made with salep, an orchid root found locally, ice cream in Turkey is super-stretchy (like mozzarella cheese) and also very chewy (like gummies or taffy). And yet, it’s still cold. Made in a variety of flavors and served throughout the country, Turkey is the only place where you can actually nibble on this strange concoction since orchid root is illegal to export.

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Cuba: Mantecado

If you can make it to Cuba, McNish says you’ll have plenty of tropical, mouthwatering ice cream flavors to pick from—and for cheap. While the U.S. dollar is on par with the CUC (Cuban convertible pesos), most locals utilize a second currency called CUP (or Cuban pesos), which are worth about 1/24th of what a CUC note’s value. This means you can stop by any ice cream parlor (or as it’s called in Cuba, ‘heladeria’) and walk away with a huge cone for around eight cents. A traditional Cuban flavor is ‘mantecado,’ which McNish explains has a custard base with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Or if you’re more into fruit, coco glace is a coconut ice cream served inside of a coconut shell. Learn the 50 secrets food manufacturers won’t tell you.

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Thailand: I Tim Pad

As beautiful and picturesque as beaches in Thailand are, its location means that weather is humid, sticky and hot nearly year-round. You’ll need a refresher when you’re trekking through streets and sands, so make a pit stop to try ‘I Tim Pad.’ Easy to eat on the go—and a super-popular street snack—you might think you’re buying a small veggie wrap when you stumble across a stand. In Thailand, ice cream chefs don’t churn their ice cream, but instead they flash-freeze it to make a circular, thin shape that they scrape off and turn into tiny ice cream rolls. Pretty easy for a quick, sweet bite!

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Southern US: Snow cream

Blame it on the fact that many Americans below the Mason-Dixon line rarely see snow, but there is a timeless tradition of scooping it up to make a fun snow day desert. Being mindful of where the dog last ventured, Southerners will scoop up a bowl of snow, top it with sugar, milk and vanilla extract to make an inexpensive and easy ice cream blend. Sanitary? Kind of. Delicious? Totally, y’all. Now learn the birthplaces of 20 favorite food and drinks.

Article by Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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This New M&M’s Sugar Cookie Dough Is Spooky Enough for Halloween Baking

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M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix Cookie Dough has everything you need for a sugar-filled Halloween.

Halloween is all about the costumes and candy. Each year, we look forward to gorging ourselves on the best Halloween candy, like Fun Size packets of M&M’s. There’s just something about the simple, colorful chocolate that makes it great for snacking. For maximum spooky fun, though, it’s time to bake up a batch of M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix Cookie Dough.

What’s so special about Ghoul’s Mix?

M&M’s isn’t new to the Halloween limited-release game. (Remember the glow-in-the-dark candies from last year?) Well a few years ago, the company released Ghoul’s Mix as a limited-edition Halloween blend featuring purple, orange and green chocolate candies.

Rumor has it, people loved these candies so much, they circulated a petition to get the mix back. Although you still can’t find Ghoul’s Mix candies in stores anymore, these colorful sweets have been morphed into cookie form. If you ask us, this is a definite upgrade!

So what exactly is in M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix Sugar Cookie Dough? It starts with a sugar cookie base. Then Ghoul’s Mix M&M’s and sprinkles—shaped like ghosts, bats and pumpkins—are stirred in. Yep, this cookie dough really is loaded with all things Halloween.

Where can I find this spooky cookie dough?

You can buy M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix Sugar Cookie Dough on Walmart’s website, and hopefully at a store near you soon. One pack has 20 cookies, so there’s plenty to share. All you need to do is pop these cookies in the oven, so prepping for your Halloween party (or any ol’ Tuesday night) couldn’t be simpler.

For the a sweet and spooky celebration, check out these Halloween recipes. Just don’t forget Ghoul’s Mix cookies, too!

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Article by S0phia Lo from Taste Of Home. View the original article here.

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Pillsbury Is Releasing Two Brand-New Funfetti Cake Flavors

There’s no question — cakes are way more fun when they’re Funfetti!

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Funfetti sure knows how to party! In addition to the colorful classic mix, celebrations like Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July have been made easier with seasonal cake mix and frosting. Now, Pillsbury is introducing its first new permanent Funfetti flavors since the original launched 30 years ago. Woo hoo!

Is Funfetti the best confetti cake mix? See the results of our taste test.

New Flavor #1: Unicorn Funfetti

Celebrations of all kinds—birthdays, baby showers, Wednesdays—are about to get more fun thanks to the new Unicorn Funfetti cake mix. It’s not quite the three-tier unicorn cake at Sam’s Club, but this bake-your-own unicorn cake mix and frosting set delivers all the rainbow goodness you need. The strawberry-flavored cake is speckled with yellow and purple candy pieces, and the matching vanilla frosting is topped with purple and pink unicorns, yellow stars and a mix of pink, purple and blue sprinkles. Magical!

New Flavor #2: Galaxy Funfetti

3, 2, 1, blastoff! The Galaxy Funfetti set comes with yellow mix and “Space Blue” frosting. Launched in honor of the moon landing’s 50th anniversary, the cake mix features green, blue and purple confetti candy bits. The galaxy theme comes to life with a mix of sprinkles shaped like yellow stars, orange moons and gray spaceships.

Where You Can Find the Cake Mix

The Unicorn Funfetti and Galaxy Funfetti mixes are starting to pop up at grocery stores across the country. Both flavors should be available nationwide by September. Until then, here’s our guide on making a confetti cake from scratch. Happy baking!


Article by Laurie Naru for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Dairy Queen’s Snickers Blizzard Is Making a Comeback

It’s back by popular demand!

Dairy Queen already wowed us once this summer by releasing two (!) Reese’s Blizzards. Even though Dairy Queen’s menu right now is made for hot days, the chain has at least one more surprise. This August, Dairy Queen is bringing back the beloved Snickers Blizzard, and we can’t wait for the ice cream goodness.

Snickers Blizzard Is BACK!

Dairy Queen announced on Twitter that the Snickers Blizzard would return because customers kept asking about it. This popular Blizzard Treat dropped off the menu back in 2016, much to the disappointment of fans everywhere. But people sent so many messages to Dairy Queen—the Snickers Blizzard is the chain’s most-requested treat—that it was time for a triumphant return.

What’s not to adore about this Blizzard, honestly? It combines smooth vanilla soft serve with rich chocolate sauce and pieces of Snickers bars. The bit of crunch from the peanuts and gooey-ness of the caramel really make this Blizzard extra special. You get a variety of textures and sweet-and-salty flavors dancing around in every spoonful. Perfect for a hot August day!

See how much the original Blizzard cost in 1985.

What Else Is New at DQ?

Besides the return of the Snickers Blizzard, Dairy Queen is mixing up other fresh flavors. It seems that a Peanut Butter Pie Blizzard will also be joining the Snickers Blizzard as the August Treat of the Month.

 What exactly is a Peanut Butter Pie Blizzard? Well, it’s like a Snickers Blizzard… with an extra twist! The Peanut Butter Pie Blizzard starts with Dairy Queen’s classic vanilla soft serve. Just add some peanut butter, graham cracker and Snickers pieces to create this delicious treat.

We’ll be making two trips to Dairy Queen to try both Blizzards. Don’t have a DQ in your neighborhood? Don’t worry, you can whip up this frosty peanut butter pieto tide you over.

Article by Sophia La for Taste of Home. View the original article here.