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Hostess’ New Limited Edition S’MORES Cupcakes Arriving At Walmart

Unfortunately with the state of the world right now, we won’t be sitting around a campfire with our closest friends sharing some freshly made s’mores any time soon this summer, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the flavors of the popular outdoor snack.

Hostess just released a limited edition line of S’mores Cupcakes that folks can enjoy from home.

The new snack aisle sweets are made with a graham cracker-flavored yellow cake, toasted marshmallow-flavored creamy filling, and is topped with a chocolate icing.

You can find these new S’mores Cupcakes exclusively at Walmart locations nationwide beginning July 9. While it may not recapture the magic of a campfire hang, it might tide you over until it’s safe to gather again.

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Restaurants Sweets

IHOP Adds Sweet & Spicy Syrup: The First New Flavor In 30 Years

As long as I’ve been dining at IHOP, I’ve only seen a select handful flavors of syrup available for patrons to drench their pancakes in: Strawberry, Blueberry, Butter Pecan, and Original. Sometimes there’s also sugar-free, but we don’t talk about that.

For the first time in 30 years, IHOP has added a new flavor of syrup for patrons to enjoy.

Maple Sweet & Spicy Syrup is the newest offering from the chain, created to compliment IHOP’s new Kickin’ Maple Chicken BreakFEAST. It derives its heat from ancho, jalapeno and red chili pepper flakes.

The new entree features Buttermilk crispy chicken breast, drizzled with the new syrup. It also includes four strips of hickory-smoked bacon, two eggs, crispy hash browns, toast, and two buttermilk pancakes.

The new syrup will be available upon request at participating IHOP locations nationwide. As someone who definitely loves a little heat in his breakfast, this is a definitely must try for me.

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Packaged Food Sweets

Krispy Kreme Now Has Packaged Doughnuts Sold At Walmart

Let’s face it. No one wants to sit through the drive-thru line at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Fortunately Krispy Kreme has now launched a line of doughnuts you can buy in stores.

Beginning June 22, you can find Krispy Kreme Doughnut Bites and Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers in the snack aisle at your local Walmart.

Krispy Kreme’s Doughnut Bites are available in Original, Chocolate, and Apple Cinnamon with 20 bites per box. The Mini Crullers will be available in Original or Blueberry with eight crullers to a box.

You can find the new Krispy Kreme Doughnut packs at participating Walmart locations nationwide.

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Drinks Recipes Science Sweets Technology

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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Deals Sweets What's New

Sam’s Club Launches Smaller Sized Cakes for 2020’s Virtual Graduates

I never thought I’d one day be writing a piece about Sam’s Club that involved the word “small.” If memory serves me, my last visit to Sam’s Club began around noon and ended early evening. The place is simply THAT massive. Size aside, Sam’s Club has been affected by the covid-craziness, too. Efforts to adjust and assist employees have been respectable; they recently approved a second round of bonuses for workers. Additionally, changes to store hours, customer capacity allowances, and shopping slots exclusive to seniors have all been instituted. 

While the corona rages, life must persist, and Sam’s Club’s goal is to continue serving their customer’s needs. For instance, students nationwide are preparing to have virtual ceremonies as graduations are approaching. To support and celebrate this year’s graduates, Sam’s Club, typically known for their massive cakes, have announced smaller-cakes for the at-home festivities.  These smaller cakes are 10”, can be personalized and still pack all the tastiness Sam’s Club cakes are known for. The best part is that it costs less than $10. That’s perfect for families on a budget. You can personalize your cake with your school colors, a picture and a custom message as well. 

Sam’s Club personalized cakes come in various sizes ranging from the smallest, 10” single layer cake, to the mini-two-tier cakes and 15 count cupcakes are also offered. Prices vary depending on specifications as each cake is made from scratch.  A 3-tier option exists for larger gatherings but considering the times, that may have to wait until the dust settles.

If you have a soon-to-be graduate, birthday or other type of celebration around the corner, Sam’s Club is sure to meet your cake needs. Orders can now be made from your local club bakery and online.

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Restaurants Sweets

NYC’s Popular Morgenstern’s Ice Cream Is Now Available Through Nationwide Delivery

Morgenstern's Ice Cream

New York City’s Morgenstern’s Ice Cream is iconic by local standards, what with its unique flavors that don’t over-indulge in excess, yet still boasts much creativity, and most importantly, flavor. Collaborations with the likes of Action Bronson have also helped solidify the shop’s status as a destination for great ice cream in the city.

Now, with the onset of new norms comes a nifty pivot that lets everybody enjoy the frozen treats that only New Yorkers have had a chance to, as Morgenstern’s is now available via nationwide delivery on their website. Here’s a rundown of the goods available:

  • Pick your own pint pack with options for four ($104) or six ($139) pints.
  • A selection of four American Classic pints, including cookies n’ cream, peanut butter cup, schoolyard mint chip and butter pecan ($99).
  • Parlor Favorites of four Morgenstern’s original flavor pints, including chocolate oat, green tea pistachio, raw milk and salt & pepper pine nut ($99).
  • Ice cream cakes, which serve 8-11 in flavors such as Cookies N’ Cream, Honey Vanilla and Salted

Morgenstern’s will be shipping Monday through Friday to the lower 48 states, while all 88 flavors are available for pick-up & delivery via Caviar in NYC.

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Fast Food Sweets

Dairy Queen Now Offers VEGAN Dilly Bars

When you’re at the Dairy Queen, one of the most refreshing treats you can indulge in is a milky sweet chocolate-covered Dilly Bar. For those who haven’t been able to fully enjoy the iconic Dilly Bar because of dairy restrictions, Dairy Queen has now launched a Non-Dairy Dilly Bar for everyone to enjoy.

Made with coconut milk and covered in a crunchy chocolate coating, the new variation of the Dilly Bar is completely vegan.

You can find it at participating Dairy Queen locations nationwide now as single serve orders or multipacks that come six in a box. Dairy Queen is currently offering drive-thru, takeout, and delivery options for anyone craving some! In-restaurant and outdoor dining is also starting to re-open depending on the state.

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Packaged Food Sweets

Pop Tarts Ice Cream Bars Are A Sweet And Refreshing Reality

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts are hands down my favorite flavor when it comes to choosing from the lineup. I imagine many will be delighted to see that flavor and texture transition over into ice cream bar form. Yes that’s right, Pop Tarts ice cream bars are a thing now and we’re all for it.

Partnering with Good Humor, the two brands created a new Pop Tarts Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frozen Dessert Bar. Put that sweet image in your mouth and nibble on it.

The bar features creamy vanilla flavored frozen dairy with a rich cinnamon core. It’s then topped with a coating of brown sugar cinnamon crumbles to create a crunchy, creamy bar.

Sounds kind of perfect, especially now that summer is quickly approaching.

You can find them now at available grocery retailers nationwide. Makes me wonder if they’ll ever do a s’mores flavor?