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Swiss Miss x Lucky Charms Collab Looks Like Pure Magic

On chilly nights, nothing beats a piping cup of hot cocoa to truly warm the soul. While Swiss Miss is one of the most iconic brands of hot chocolate out there, we were pretty surprised to discover that they’ve yet to do an official collaboration. Until now, that is.

Swiss Miss has now partnered up with Lucy Charms to release a new line of Lucky Charms Hot Cocoa.

The new hot cocoa boasts all the iconic Lucky Charms marshmallows you’d typically find in the cereal box including hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, unicorns, rainbows, and red balloons.

You can find the new Swiss Miss x Lucky Charms collaboration available now at participating grocery stores nationwide.

I’m sure there’s a magically delicious pun somewhere, but until that arrives in the old noggin, I’m just stoked to be able to enjoy being a kid again. Even if it lasts only as long as a cup of hot chocolate.

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Dunkin’ Is Testing Boba In Iced Tea And Coffee Forms

Boba and milk tea have become wildly popular across the entire United States. Chains featuring the drink and tapioca balls have popped up at locations just about everywhere, and there’s even creative versions like creme brûlée topped boba that have captivated the country.

In a sign that big brands are really starting to look at the popular beverage topping, Dunkin’ has begun testing a couple of drinks that contain boba on the East Coast.

Dunkin’ boba images courtesy of Dunkin’. Background image taken by Joan Oger // Unsplash

Available now through mid-August, according to Mass Live, two variations are being served: Bubble Iced Coffee, and Bubble Iced Tea. Dunkin’ confirmed to Foodbeast that these are made with brown sugar-flavored syrup, and the boba are brown sugar-flavored as well.

Dunkin’s description of the drinks are as follows: “Dunkin’s signature beverages are sweetened with brown sugar syrup and new brown sugar-flavored bubbles for delicious sweetness you both can sip and chew. Both tasty new beverages are served with a special, extra-wide Bubble paper straw.”

The drinks are part of a larger batch of different beverages being tested across the Northeast. Dunkin’s take on boba is offered at five locations in New York, as well as five locations in Massachusetts. Those locations can be found below:

4 Harding Ave.LudlowMA, 01056
112 N. Genesee St.UticaNY, 13502
1701 Black River Blvd. NRomeNY, 13440
751 Meadow St.ChicopeeMA, 01013
55 Maple St.East LongmeadowMA, 01028
694 Page Blvd.SpringfieldMA, 01104
1155 Erie Blvd., WRomeNY, 13440
81 Oriskany Blvd.WhitesboroNY, 13492
9221 River Rd.MarcyNY, 13403
568 Belmont Ave.SpringfieldMA, 01108

Dunkin’ is not the first major American chain to have sold boba in the US, as Panda Express has had it at their Tea Bar locations for a while now. However, this is the first time a major fast food chain is offering the drinks out of one of their regular locations.

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Del Taco Is First Major Fast Food Chain To Add Popping Boba To Their Menu

Popping boba, encapsulated pearls that burst when you bite into them, have yet to make it onto the menus of major fast food chains in America. While they’ve become popular at froyo shops — the concept of boba and its popularity have been a thing for a while now — it has yet to penetrate the biggest chains in food.

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That all changed with Del Taco’s most recent introduction, Sprite Poppers. Made with popping boba topped over Sprite and ice, the new drinks mark the first time a major fast food chain has added the unique topping to their menu.

Del Taco’s offer consists of two flavors, mango or cherry popping boba, that are piled on top of the iced beverage. The drinks cost $1.29 each, roughly the same price as a small soft drink.

For those curious, popping boba is typically made by encapsulating a liquid, such as juice or flavored syrup, within a “shell” made from a calcium solution and sodium alginate, which is a gelling protein found in seaweed. It’s the reaction between the calcium and alginate protein that leads to the gel-like capsules to form.

They’re typically difficult to make at scale, making Del Taco’s addition of these drinks noteworthy. Whether it leads to more popping boba drinks coming to fast food, or even the addition of real boba itself, remains to be seen.

Del Taco’s Sprite Poppers will be available for a limited time.

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Jack Daniel’s Canned Cocktails Are Here To Make Summer Refreshing

Jack Daniel’s is kicking off summer by launching a new line of canned cocktails in markets across the entire country.

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Earlier this month, Jack Daniel’s announced the release of these new cocktails, but has since updated their announcement to say the new mixed beverages are now available in stores.

There are three varieties of the new Canned Cocktails lineup, each with about the same alcoholic strength as a light beer (5-7% ABV). The drinks cater to classic flavors like Whiskey & Cola, Whiskey & Seltzer, and Whisky, Honey, & Lemonade. Super bummed there’s not an Old Fashioned variety, but these sound refreshing too.

For those looking for a low-carb option for canned drinks, the Whiskey & Seltzer variety has 0 grams of carbohydrates and checks in at 97 calories per can.

Jack Daniel’s just announced that the cans have hit select stores in many markets in the US, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Those looking for an easy option for pre-made cocktails that include whisky should find these easy to cool and then whip out any time they want to kick back.

Other markets and stores will continue to receive the mixed drinks as they roll out across the country throughout the summer. As they do, you best believe that a six-pack of that lemonade variety is going to end up in my fridge.

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How To Make Your Own Orange Soda Without SodaStreams Or Sparkling Water

Is summer complete without soda to beat the sun? We’re gonna be sippin’ on a lot in this hot weather, so we should consider how it’s made and where the soda can come from, especially if there’s a way to make your own from scratch.

Today, soda is typically made via industrial processes that bubble carbon dioxide through water. Tons of it is consumed around the world, as major brands like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and the like have made carbonated beverages immensely popular.

However, it is possible to create your own natural form of carbonated soda at home, and it’s a pretty straightforward process. Foodbeast Chris Abouabdo was able to use the “ginger bug” method on our Twitch streams to make his own fizzy orange soda without using sparkling water, SodaStream machines, or any other technology.

Before getting into the method, it should be noted that there are other ways of getting natural “soda water.” Several springs, especially in areas that have or have had high volcanic activity, may have enough carbon dioxide naturally dissolved inside that it may be fizzy upon drinking. Chemist Joseph Priestley later came up with a method to naturally impart the gas into the water, the basis of how the industry makes soda today.

The “ginger bug” method is a third, separate method that would be more akin to how beer gets it fizz. By fermenting ginger with sugar, microbes naturally present in ginger ferment it to produce carbon dioxide, with negligible amounts of alcohol produced. The result is a refreshing sparkling beverage that anybody can drink and enjoy.

A ginger bug does take a couple of days to make on its own, and you can then add whichever flavors you like. After another couple of days of fermentation, the soda is ready to chill and serve.

It’s a more intensive and longer process than sticking water and a capsule into a SodaStream then adding your own juice, or just even grabbing a bottle or can from the fridge. For those looking to make their own soda from scratch, however, this is one of the few ways to do so.

To see the process in full, you can view the above video or check out our stream on Twitch, which breaks down the process in detail.

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Taco Bell’s Newest Secret Menu Hack Is a Tie Dye Freeze

 

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In terms of secret menus, not many hold a candle to Taco Bell. The chain is famous for encouraging people to customize their menu items in any which way, occasionally creating an entirely new menu item, the newest of which is called the Tie-Dye Freeze.

The restaurant recently introduced the Pineapple Whip freeze, adding onto the line up with their current flavors of Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry. It was only a matter of time before someone got the impulse to mix them.

Luckily, we’re talking about one of the few restaurants that takes no issue with that idea. This hack is confirmed to be a go. Just ask for the Tie-Dye Freeze at the drive-thru, and pick your flavors.

The result will be a colorful, layered slush drink that hits all the marks: sweet, tangy, cool — all while sporting an IG-worthy aesthetic.

The new freeze will be available for purchase when the Pineapple Whip flavor gets put in nationwide rotation, on May 21, just in time for summer. And, let’s be honest, there’s no time for a Taco Bell freeze like a hot summer afternoon.

So stay sharp, and make sure to remember this secret menu hack the next time you pull up to Taco Bell.


Created in partnership with Taco Bell. 

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Taco Bell Launches A Creamy Pineapple Whip Freeze

As the summer heat begins to lay a sweltering blanket over a spring spent inside doing home activities, Taco Bell is looking to inject some cool air and color into our lives with the release of the Pineapple Whip Freeze.

The newest flavor of their iconic freeze, releasing nationwide on May 21, blends the flavors of tropical pineapple and a vanilla cream to create a smooth, sweet whipped treat that lives up to the delicious reputation of their freezes.

But, if choosing just one flavor isn’t in the cards, Taco Bell is letting fans combine the flavors for a limited time with their secret menu item: the Tie Dye Freeze. For now, you can get a freeze with a blended swirl of the newest flavor and one of their two standby freeze flavors, Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry.

The Pineapple Whip Freeze will be available in two sizes, as per any Taco bell freeze: a regular runs for $2.39, and a large for $2.59. But (and this is the key caveat here, deal-seeking reader) during their Happier Hour, which runs daily from 2-5 PM, a regular can be acquired on the low for just $1.

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of getting anything for a single dollar nowadays is more than enough to reel me in.

Now, a Taco Bell freeze for a dollar, though? I’ll be first in line.


Created in partnership with Taco Bell. 

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PEEPS Slurpees & PEEPS Lattes Are Now At 7-Eleven

Spring is here and we’re officially in Peeps season, folks. Love them or hate them, with the advent of Spring comes such a hype for these little animal-shaped marshmallows that continues to polarize both classrooms and offices alike. Almost as much as candy corn. Almost.

Leaning into the spirit of Peeps, 7-Eleven just released two new beverage options, both inspired by the prolific, ear-forward marshmallow treat.

The first is a Peeps-flavored Slurpee, which the brand has been teasing since February. This marks the first-ever marshmallow-flavored Slurpee from 7-Eleven (what were they waiting for??). Second, Peeps takes the form of a Peeps Latte that’s offered in the hot beverage dispensing machines.

Those looking for a sweet kick of marshmallow should be sure to give these drinks a taste!

Peeps lovers, you can check out these flavors at your local 7-Eleven throughout the month of April. You can also have them delivered for free through 7Now, 7-Eleven’s delivery service, with the promo code FREE4U.