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Popeyes Confirms Chocolate-Stuffed Beignets Are Coming To Locations Nationwide

Photo courtesy of @a_couple_fatties on Instagram.

Popeyes, the iconic fried chicken chain based in New Orleans, is adding a classic French Quarter dessert to their menu: beignets.

The fried dough treats come dusted in powdered sugar and with a special chocolate-stuffed center. They come in a variety of serving sizes: three beignets for $1.99, six for $3.99, and a dozen for $7.49.

Foodbeast was able to track down the beignets at a couple of locations in Massachusetts. The beignets captured in this article by the Instagrammer duo @a_couple_fatties were found at a location in Everett, while the other location confirmed to have beignets is located by Malcolm X Park.

@A_couple_fatties told Foodbeast that the beignets were “pretty good,” and come with lots of powdered sugar. “The chocolate was just oozing out of them,” they said.

Photo courtesy of @a_couple_fatties on Instagram.

Foodbeast has reached out to Popeyes inquiring about availability of the beignets, who responded by saying, “As a brand from New Orleans we are always looking to bring new dishes and desserts from our hometown to the menu, but at this time the beignets are only available at select restaurants.”

While they are limited right now, Popeyes has confirmed to Foodbeast that the chocolate-stuffed beignets will eventually get a nationwide release.

For now, we do know that they are available in Boston, and are looking to see where else the beignets may be available. We will update here if we locate them somewhere else.

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Berkeley Passes ‘Healthy Checkout’ Bill, Clearing Junk Food From Checkout Aisles

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The checkout aisle of grocery stores isn’t home to just a cash register; there’s also a variety of candies, chips, and sweets you can pick up. This front of store promotion is often where kids of all ages can get their sugar cravings satisfied, but also helps push and market junk food products.

If you could change the products available in the checkout aisle to be less caloric and sugar-laden, it might have an effect in helping combat obesity. The city of Berkeley is willing to give that a shot, as they became the first city to pass a “healthy checkout” bill.

The new law, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News, applies to grocery stores larger than 2,500 square feet. It restricts products available at the checkout stands to those with no more than 5 grams of added sugar or less than 250 milligrams of sodium per serving.

Junk food itself isn’t banned in these stores, and could be found in the regular candy, chips, or snacks sections. This law just takes that prime product placement section and has stores give better-for-you options a shot in that area.

Policymakers hope that the new ordinance helps redefine what “treating yourself” means when picking up convenient snacks on the way out of the store. Replacing candy bars and the like with better-for-you snack bars, fruits, nuts, and more could help encourage healthier snacking habits.

Berkeley is known for establishing precedent for laws involving nutrition and sustainability that get passed elsewhere. Their 2014 soda tax, for example, has led to similar actions in other parts of the United States.

How this law will change snacking habits, and whether it catches on nationwide, will be seen when it goes into effect in March 2021. Enforcement via health inspections will begin in 2022.

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Reese’s Is Stuffing Their Peanut Butter Cups With PRETZELS

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Earlier in September, news articles began to pop up letting people know that a Reese’s Potato Chip cup was coming soon.

This appears to have been part of a strategic “leak” by Reese’s, who let people know the wrong cup was coming. They are mixing sweet and salty together, but instead of chips, its pretzels.

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The new variety adds pieces of crunchy, salty pretzels to the peanut butter, creating sweet with a blend of saltiness and nuttiness added to its flavor.

Reese’s with pretzels inside are joining the permanent lineup of flavors for the iconic snack. They’ll be available in a regular and King size variety starting in November 2020 at retailers nationwide.

After the regular cups launch in November, Reese’s will eventually release a pack of miniature pretzel-stuffed cups in January 2021.

For those bummed out that potato chips weren’t the actual flavor being announced, Reese’s is actually going to make that available too. They won’t be launched, however, until March 2021, and it will be a limited-time offering.

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New Kit Kat ‘Flavor Club’ Lets Members Try Upcoming Flavors Early

Last year, Kit Kat USA announced that it was going to be introducing a variety of new flavors in the near future. Now, it’s giving people who want that exclusive first taste a chance to get it as part of a new “flavor club.”

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The club is limited to only 200 people, but entry gets you firsthand looks at some of the new flavors hitting shelves over the next few months. This includes the mocha and chocolate Kit Kat Duos the company previously announced, and are set to arrive in stores this November.

As part of the club, you’ll receive packages in October 2020, early 2021, and late spring of 2021, each featuring a flavor in development and some Kit Kat swag. They’ll arrive on your doorstep, making it easy to obtain during the COVID pandemic.

Kit Kat’s benefit from this marketing tactic is the chance to get free feedback on upcoming concepts. It also generates early hype for to-be-announced flavors, as folks who get the packages are sure to let people know on social media what’s coming.

Because there’s so few spots available in this “flavor club,” Kit Kat is giving away the spots for free as part of a sweepstakes. Entries are now open at this link, and will close at 11:59 PM Eastern on September 29th.

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Eggo Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes Arrive This Fall

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Eggo has come a long way since their plain buttermilk frozen waffles, and we’re all for it. Not too long ago, I discovered their new Belgian-style waffles in the frozen food aisle and was pretty hooked with a variation. 

Well, Kellogg’s brand is churning out a new flavor in the weeks to come in Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes. Yes, Eggo now does frozen pancakes, and this latest batch is flavored like your favorite holiday cookies. 

Eggo announced new limited-edition seasonal pancakes you can make in a toaster: Pumpkin Pie and Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes

Both Eggo Pancakes capture their namesakes’ flavors and seasonal nostalgia and only take seconds to cook up in the toaster. 

While the Pumpkin Pie Pancakes are already available in freezer aisles nationwide, you won’t find the Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes until November. 

That’s fine — anticipation’s half the excitement of taste. 

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Reese’s Snack Cakes Are Coming To Convenience Stores This Winter

Hostess, Ding Dongs, and all of the other snack cake makers in the world are getting some new competition from legacy chocolate brand Reese’s.

Imagery courtesy of Reese’s, background: Kurt Cotoaga // Unsplash

Starting this winter, Reese’s will begin selling packages that contain Reese’s Snack Cakes.

These aren’t the same as a filled cake like a Twinkie, which may be the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, these cakes consist of a chocolate cake base and a peanut butter creme on top, with the entire thing enrobed in chocolate.

It’s more similar in structure to a Gansito, or if you took the top cake layer off of a Suzy Q, if you’re looking for a more accurate comparison.

The inspiration for these cakes appears to be a morning cake, like coffee cake, that you can eat for breakfast. Reese’s is hoping through marketing tactics that more people will consume this for a morning snack or even breakfast, rather than the snack time we often associate Twinkies and other snack cakes with.

Reese’s new snack cakes are heading to convenience store shelves nationwide this December, with a pack of two cakes selling for $1.99.

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Ritz Peanut Butter Ice Cream Is Launching From Coolhaus Next Month

Fans of peanut butter Ritz cracker sandwiches are getting a frozen treat that celebrates the best of what that snack has to offer, but in ice cream form.

Photo courtesy of Coolhaus and Ritz, Background by Markus Winkler // Unsplash

Ritz has teamed up with Coolhaus to make a “Crackers & Cream” ice cream that featured a Ritz cracker swirl inside of a peanut butter ice cream. The collab is the first one Ritz has ever done in the ice cream space.

Ritz crackers on their own are well known, but combining them with peanut butter here calls to our childhood lunch snacks and reminds us that the school season is just around the corner.

Since Coolhaus is known for doing some out-of-box flavors, it would also be cool to see a flavor based on the cheddar Ritz cracker sandwiches some time in the future.

For the current Ritz peanut butter ice cream, however, you can purchase it starting it on September 9th. The flavor is a limited edition, and only available for purchase on the Coolhaus website. There’s no telling if it will make it into grocery stores just yet.

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Starbucks Becomes First Major Chain To Include Star Fruit On Their Menu

Also known as the carambola, star fruit has long been a favorite to incorporate in both sweet and savory dishes in various parts of the world. Native to Southeast Asia, you can find it in juices, stewed into desserts, or even steamed alongside fish.

Starbucks is now taking this fruit and converting it into a set of drinks that just joined their permanent menu.

Photo courtesy of Starbucks, star fruit imagery from Marco Verch // Flickr, CC 2.0.

The new Kiwi Starfruit Refresher incorporates star fruit flavored juice and kiwi pieces, serving them over ice. There’s also a “Star Drink” form that adds coconut milk, akin to the previously viral Pink Drink.

In the United States, the star fruit is already quite popular in south Florida, where it’s become a commonly cultivated tree. For those who have never tried them, they have a slightly sweet taste with some hints of tartness and sourness.

The launch of these new drinks makes Starbucks the first major chain to add star fruit to a nationwide menu.