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Popeyes Chocolate-Stuffed Beignets Just Launched Nationwide To End 2020

Photos courtesy of @paulsfoodhaul on Instagram.

The Popeyes chocolate-stuffed beignets discovered in Massachusetts back in September 2020 are officially launching nationwide.

Popeyes had initially confirmed an eventual nationwide release of these beignets to Foodbeast during their test release in September. Now, Instagram Stories from multiple influencers and models shared on the official Popeyes account confirm that the beignets are arriving nationwide.

Above photos are all screenshots of Popeyes Instagram stories posted on December 10th, 2020

Additional Instagram Stories from the influencers, as well as a release from Popeyes, confirm that the beignets will be dropping on Monday, December 14th for a limited time.

Similar to how they are served in New Orleans, these beignets consist of fried dough and are dusted in copious amounts of powdered sugar. Popeyes is adding an extra twist by stuffing the inside with oozy melted Hershey’s chocolate.

Photo courtesy of Popeyes

Popeyes is pairing the beignets with some new exclusive merch: a “Beignet Camo Hoodie.” While meant to emulate powdered sugar to cover up potential beignet messes, the speckles of white also look like snow. Could make for a fun general winter hoodie.

The hoodies are on sale for $35 each on a special website.

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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.

Photo courtesy of Hidden Valley Ranch

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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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.

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MTN Dew Dropping Limited Batches Of Soda-Infused Hot Sauce

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MTN Dew has teamed up with NBA star Joel Embiid in a hype-worthy yet eccentric collab evocative of 2020: they’re making a hot sauce.

MTN Dew linked with Houston hot sauce shop iBurn to create their spicy concoction. And for those wondering, it does actually contain the soda, giving a citrusy balance to the punch the sauce is sure to pack.

Fans had a chance to vote on the flavor (as well as the spice level) earlier in the year, and habanero narrowly beat out Fatalii chilies in that selection process.

Actual habaneros can dial in about 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), which is the scientific measure of how spicy a chili is. For context, jalapenos are a fraction of that heat, dialing in at around 8,000 SHU max.

Photo courtesy of MTN Dew

MTN Dew hasn’t revealed what the Scoville rating on their hot sauce is, but one could guess that the sweetness of the soda would tame things a bit. Still, it’s definitely not going to be mild.

Chili-heads and MTN Dew fans alike looking to score this hot sauce should pay attention to the brand’s Twitter account. They’ll release details on how to score the bottles there.

Only 500 were made, so this is an extremely limited batch that will likely be coveted way more than it is tasted.

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Design Fast Food

Apparently, Food Scented Face Masks Are A Trend This Week

Photo courtesy of Jack in the Box.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has gone on, plenty of companies have created branded face masks as a way to promote their image.

This week, however, multiple companies took it a step further and added food scents to their face masks, adding concealed aromas that mimic some of our favorite foods.

Jack in the Box, for example, is promoting a new plant-based “Unchicken Sandwich” by distributing a chicken-scented face mask. The mask produces the scent of fried chicken, since the sandwich they’re making is supposed to be a substitute for poultry.

Those face masks will be distributed for free for those that can snag one on a special website on October 23rd.

Photo courtesy of Hormel

The other company to make a scented face mask this week is Hormel, to promote their Black Label Bacon. Called “Breathable Bacon,” the face mask cloth contains the aroma of bacon inside of it so you can smell it whenever you’re wearing your mask.

Like Jack in the Box, Hormel is also giving these out for free on a special website. Hormel is also giving meals to Feeding America for every person that requests one of the face masks, up to 10,000 meals.

Having that much scent concentrated around your nose and mouth means you’ll be inundated with the aroma of whichever you choose. If that’s something you want to experience, it’s starting to see usage as a marketing tool for brands, meaning we’ll likely see more as the pandemic continues.

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Stunning Starbucks Tokyo Shop Features Office-Style Design

Photo courtesy of Starbucks Japan

I’ve spent a third of my workdays writing from various Starbucks locations throughout Southern California for the past decade, and there will definitely be times where it’s tough to focus.

Between the morning rush, high school youths ordering their daily Frappucinos at 3:05 pm, or that one individual who takes up an entire table to charge all their electronics with a power strip can often make it difficult to concentrate.

Photo courtesy of Starbucks Japan

A Starbucks Location in Tokyo just opened that is a dream workspace for anyone trying to regain their focus.

In a collaborative partnership with Think Lab, creators of innovative workspaces throughout Japan, the Starbucks located inside the Circles Ginza building features a Smart Lounge that’s a remote work wonderland.

The second floor of the coffee store features a plethora of single workspaces sectioned off for semi-privacy.

Photo courtesy of Starbucks Japan

There’s also a Smart Lounge area for collaborative meetings that contain projectors and privacy for teleconferences.

Those meeting in groups can reserve group tables or solo working areas through the Think Lab smartphone app. At the same time, they wait for their coffee order. Each reservation can be placed in 15-minute increments.

Photo courtesy of Starbucks Japan

Think Lab utilized research to create an optimal environment for concentration through plants, natural sounds, temperature/humidity, lighting, and original aroma.

While quite a few similar Starbucks locations have popped up in the US, it’s safe to say none have entirely embraced this workflow. Here’s to hoping this catches on with US Starbucks operators!

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A Sour Patch Kids Store, First Of Its Kind, Just Opened In NYC

Fans of the iconic Sour Patch Kids candies just got a whole new experiential way to enjoy the treats, as Mondelēz International, the conglomerate who owns the brand, just opened a Sour Patch Kids store.

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Photo courtesy of the Sour Patch Kids brand

Now open to the public in New York City, the Sour Patch Kids Store is a permanent experience that sells a variety of takes on the iconic sour-sweet candy. In addition to plenty of merch, there’s an entire menu of treats like freak shakes and ice cream sandwiches that incorporate Sour Patch Kids in multiple ways.

Photo courtesy of the Sour Patch Kids brand

All of these treats were built for Instagram, whether it be the clouds of Sour Patch Kids Cotton Candy or the kaleidoscopic waffle treat, which is surrounded by a layer of the cotton candy as well.

Photo courtesy of the Sour Patch Kids brand

While the building is exclusive to New York, one facet of the shop is now available to everyone nationwide. By heading to Sour Patch Kids’ website, you can create your own custom packs of the candies that can get shipped to your home.

With the opening of a store during the COVID-19 pandemic will obviously come concerns of health and safety. For now, Sour Patch Kids will be limiting the creations their store sells to take out orders only. Additionally, a 50% capacity limit will be set on the store, and all guests will be required to wear face masks. Any tongs and scoops at candy stations will be sanitized, and guests using them will also have to wear disposable gloves.

More details on how the store will implement safety measures to prevent potential spread of COVID-19 can be found here.

The Sour Patch Kids store is a unique new way to enjoy the candies, and the treats they’re making look colorful and should be a hit with those who love them.

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A Movie Screen Food Truck Exists And I Want To Book It ASAP

While the pandemic has kept us out of movie theaters, folks have been trying to find fun alternatives to just chilling to Netflix on the couch.

Unfortunately, not everybody has a drive-in theater or a projector screen on handy to get outdoors with films. However, a new concept could be promising, as it brings both the flicks and the food to your driveway.

Photo courtesy of Blue Bunny

As part of an ongoing sweepstakes/giveaway, Blue Bunny has constructed a custom truck that serves up ice cream AND comes with a 11-foot by 6-foot movie screen. It can roll up to your driveway, get you some treats, and serve as your out-of-home theater all in one.

We can get outdoors but still be comfortably safe, social distance on the lawn, get some awesome treats, and cozy up for a big screen film all at the same time. Sounds like a fantastic experience to get on your own front lawn.

It would be dope if we could book this for ourselves, but for this iteration, Blue Bunny is limiting the truck to a few select cities and a chance to get the truck in your driveway. You can enter at Funlightenment.com to try and secure one of those private screenings, which can happen in either Denver, Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis, or Le Mars, Iowa, depending on the date.

Photo courtesy of Blue Bunny

Even if this is just a one-time giveaway for now, though, this is something food truck owners everywhere should take note of. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I would be down to book one of my favorite food trucks for a private screening if they could bring me some awesome eats alongside a giant screen to play my film of choice on.

Could be an interesting and cool new way for food trucks to make money, but for people to also get outside in a safe and fun way to watch movies.