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Kellogg’s Debuts First-Ever Froot Loops Candy Canes This Holiday

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We see new candy canes hit the candy aisle every year, boasting new flavors and vibrant colors to spark the upcoming holiday festivities.
This year, Kellogg’s has released the first-ever Froot Loops Cereal Candy Canes.

The naturally-flavored candy canes are combined with Toucan Sam’s bright bevy of colors to form a unique take on the iconic holiday confection.

Not gonna lie. I’ve always been a bigger fan of the fruit-flavored versions of candy canes over the original peppermint flavor. Pretty excited to try these.

You can find the new Froot Loops Cereal Candy Canes in packs of 12 at participating grocery snack aisles nationwide now.

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Sweets

White Chocolate Sugar Cookie M&M’s Arrive In Candy Aisles This Holiday

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With the holiday season speeding towards us like a California Governor to the last Turbo Man figure, we’re strapping on and enjoying all the new seasonal sweets that are hitting the snack aisles.

One that’s particularly noteworthy is M&M’s debuting their new White Chocolate Sugar Cookie candies. The limited-edition holiday flavor features a white chocolate, sugar cookie-flavored shell with a crispy center.

For fans of either the rich textures of white chocolate or the buttery crunch of sugar cookies, this sounds like the perfect holiday amalgam.

You can now find the new M&M White Chocolate Sugar Cookie candies in stores nationwide and online at MMS.com.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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Packaged Food Sweets

Cinnabon Is Selling Whole Pints Of Their Iconic Frosting For The First Time Ever

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The best thing about a nice, warm cinnamon roll is arguably the divine cream cheese frosting slathered on top like a silk sheet on a tropical summer night. 

For the first time, Cinnabon is now taking their famous frosting and selling it by the pint for fans to use how they see fit. 

Cinnabon’s signature frosting will elevate practically any baked good you’re planning to make for the holidays, or if you’re anything like me, it will be utterly delicious paired with some black coffee and ruffled potato chips. 

Hey, don’t judge me. 

The limited-edition 13-oz Signature Cream Cheese Frosting pints are available nationwide at participating Cinnabon mall bakeries and food delivery providers for $5.99. You can find your nearest Cinnabon bakery store by peeping Cinnabon.com/locations.

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Grocery Health Packaged Food Sweets

Gluten-Free OREOs Are Officially Launching In 2021

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For those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance issues, finding snacks that cater to those diets on the shelves is difficult, and may even come at a slightly steeper price. Studies have shown that gluten-free snacks can often cost significantly more than their counterparts.

Such snacks are about to get a lot more accessible though, as OREO, one of the largest cookie brands globally, is releasing their own line of gluten-free treats.

Available in standard and Double STUF variety, both sets of cookies will come certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), one of the most trusted and widely accepted standards worldwide. While they have no regulatory or enforcement authority, the set of audits companies have to go through to receive this certification are stricter than the rules set for “gluten-free” definitions by the FDA, the EU, and other governing bodies.

This ensures that for those who have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, these cookies should provide minimal risk. It also gives OREO a whole new market of customers to purchase their cookies.

Gluten-free OREOs will arrive in markets starting in January 2021.

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Fast Food Sweets

Krispy Kreme Adds First-Ever Caramel Glazed Doughnuts

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Every time I pass a Krispy Kreme, the drive-thru lines are down the block. There’s something about those warm glazed doughnuts that’s just so addictive; folks can’t help but line up for them. 

Now that the doughnut chain has added my favorite sweet flavor, however, it’ll be harder for them to keep me away. 

Krispy Kreme has launched their first-ever caramel glaze. 

Two new flavors will join the menu beginning Nov. 9: Caramel Glazed and Salted Double Caramel Crunch to kick things off. 

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The Caramel Glaze features an Original Glazed Doughnut coated with the new caramel glaze. The Salted Double Caramel Crunch takes that Caramel Glaze, dips it a second time into caramel icing, and tops it off with a salted caramel crunch. 

Decadent? Absolutely. 

You can find the new caramel doughnuts at participating Krispy Kreme locations nationwide for a limited time. Maybe if I leave early enough in the morning, I can be home with a box of doughnuts before my morning meeting. 

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Culture Deals Fast Food Sweets

Krispy Kreme Is Giving Out Free Donuts On Election Day

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Voting on Election Day in the middle of a pandemic changes a lot of things, especially because a lot more people are voting by mail. (If you are doing that, today is the last day recommended by the USPS to do so to ensure your ballot is counted by Election Day, by the way.)

One thing that changes is getting “I Voted” stickers for showing up to your polling place, as well as attempts to continue traditions of gatherings after everyone is done voting. Krispy Kreme is attempting to fill both of those gaps with an Election Day deal that includes the iconic stickers.

Anyone, regardless if they’ve voted yet or not, can pop into their local Krispy Kreme and get a free Original Glazed Doughnut on November 3rd. “I Voted” stickers will also be available in stores for those that want to either share that they voted, or encourage others to vote.

For those who are heading to the polls and expecting a long wait, the donuts can also be a nice warm snack to help keep your stomach filled while standing in line.

Regardless of whether you get the free donuts or note, it’s important to go and vote on November 3rd. Every person’s vote matters.

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Grocery Plant-Based Science Sweets

Can Ice Cream Made With Cow DNA Be 100% Vegan?

The plant-based and vegan industry has found some novel ways to create meat substitutes. Mostly, it’s been finding plant sources of some of the proteins and other molecules key to making meat, which is what companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have done. 

An emerging company, however, is taking a more direct approach to creating these proteins. They’re making products like ice cream that use real milk protein and cow DNA, yet still claims them to be 100 percent vegan.

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I know that phrase is going to generate controversy. Yes, it’s the exact same protein you get from milk. Yes, it does utilize the genes from a cow to make the protein. However, it doesn’t use any animals, any DNA extracted from an animal, or animal products whatsoever. 

This vegan milk protein comes from Perfect Day, who specializes in what they would describe as “fermented vegan dairy” that’s 100% animal-free. 

“The cool thing is we’re doing it with fermentation, so not a single cow is involved in our process,” says Nicki Briggs, Perfect Day’s VP of Corporate Communications.

Instead, Perfect Day uses a fermentation process that’s been widely used by various companies over the years. Briggs compared it to how proteins like insulin or rennet are made today in a conversation with Foodbeast.

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Rennet, the curdling protein for cheese, is traditionally harvested from a calf’s stomach. Today, 90 percent of it is vegetarian, made by getting yeast to ferment sugars into the exact same protein. According to Briggs, Perfect Day uses that exact same process to make their vegan milk protein. The result is a powder that can be used to make ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and more. 

For milk, it contains two predominant types of protein: casein and whey. The protein that Perfect Day is making, beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), is one of the primary components of whey protein. “We found that beta-lactoglobulin is the most nutritious and the most functional of all of the proteins in milk,” Briggs explained, indicating that BLG was the key one needed to create a functional alternative to getting milk from cows.

To get the fungi, called trichoderma, to make the milk protein, Perfect Day downloaded part of the genetic makeup of a cow into the fungi. Segments of DNA coding in any creature are used by cells to make different key components, including proteins. Adding that code into a fungi cell known for producing large quantities of protein was the key to making Perfect Day’s product. 

One could call this “genetic engineering,” but it doesn’t use a technique like CRISPR, which splices in genes from another creature’s cells. Instead, Perfect Day turned to a virtual source of DNA: Google. 

“We were able to, as silly as it sounds, Google it and find the sequence online,” Briggs explained.  “We were able to use this sequence to influence our microflora.”

The microflora can then grow the protein en masse in giant fermentation tanks. That is then turned into the powder that can be added to an ice cream mix or other vegan dairy products to give it a structure akin to real dairy.

Right now, there’s only two brands in markets that use this novel animal-free whey: Smitten, who teamed up with Perfect Day to make limited batches of “N’ice cream,” and Brave Robot, who heavily advertises the protein they use in their pints of frozen dessert. 

Brave Robot was locally available for me, so I secured some pints to sample and analyze. They use a blend of plant oils to replace the fat you would normally get in milk, as well as sunflower lecithin (a substitute for soy) to emulsify everything together. 

The result is an extremely creamy ice cream that, at serving temperature, is pretty spot on to the original. I would say it does freeze a little bit harder than regular ice cream, but is way closer than any other vegan substitute I’ve tried.

Because this ice cream alternative does use real milk protein, it’s not recommended for those with allergies to milk. Allergies are triggered by proteins, and while a different protein (called alpha-s1 casein) is a more common allergen trigger in milk, beta-lactoglobulin can still cause issues for those sensitive to milk. 

This, as well as the fact that it is a real protein, are some of the larger concerns some may have in calling what Perfect Day creates “vegan.” Yes, it doesn’t use any animals, but the structure of what’s inside it and real milk are identical. 

Briggs understands that, saying “We want the word vegan to be a helpful navigation tool to find products not named from animals, but don’t want to be misleading.” While she believes that Perfect Day’s product fits under the technical term for vegan, there’s a different phrase she would use as well.

“We see animal-free as the master name for this,” she said. As for terms like lab-grown, describing Perfect Day’s protein as that would be “inaccurate,” as it’s “less sci-fi than it seems.”

While Perfect Day is using a technology that’s not new, they are applying it in a new way by recreating an “animal-free” milk protein that can be used to craft ice creams nearly identical to the original.

Perfect Day does plan to create the entire lineup of milk proteins and other dairy products, but those will come down the line as the company continues to grow.

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Sweets

Kool-Aid Creates New Popping Candy For Halloween

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Many youths, myself included, will be celebrating Halloween at home this year to steer clear of this malicious pandemic. 

To help ease the melancholic mindset of staying in this Halloween, Kool-Aid has launched a few Halloween-inspired items to celebrate the holiday, including Kool-Aid flavored Popping Candy

Yep, imagine the textural sensations of popping candy paired with your favorite Kool-Aid flavors. 

You can also find new Kool-Aid Ghoul-Aid Jammers, think Capri Suns filled with Kool-Aid, and Kool-Aid Man Halloween costumes to complete the seasonal vibes all at Shop.KoolAid.com.

Hope everyone has a safe, and spooky Halloween this year. Might take this opportunity to start up on The Haunting of Bly Manor.