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What To Eat This Holiday If You Live In The UK: Christmas Tree-Flavored Chips

In the UK, propped among other varieties of chips (we’re talking potato chips not fries), are a supermarket chain’s newest holiday flavor. Snack brand ‘Iceland’ released “Christmas Tree Flavour Salted Hand-Cooked Crisps” throughout UK grocery stores.

The ingredients are pretty simple: potatoes, sunflower oil, pine oil, and pine salt seasoning — an expected combination to create a piney, woodsy taste. A pine-flavored chip definitely sounds odd, but the flavors may taste similar to rosemary. Not so outlandish now, huh?

But, whether it is a marketing ploy or not, this festive flavor breaks away from the flavors that we, as a society, have grown to associate with the holidays: pumpkin spice, peppermint, etc.

As of now, these chips are only available in the UK but, honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it popped up in Trader Joe’s shelves. Yet, for now, the British are winning the oddest potato chip flavor contest (sorry Lay’s).

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This UK-Inspired Earl Grey Cocktail Is Perfect For Springtime And Tea Time

The Spring season has finally transitioned from “right around the corner” to “OH SHIIIIIT it’s SPRING! SPRING BREAK 2016 NO REGRETS!! #CanItBeSUMMERyet?!?”

No, it cannot be summer yet. We’re too busy enjoying la primavera to even think about el verano—flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, butterflies are butterflying, and bees are buzzing. You deserve a buzz of your own, too.

Enter: the FOGGY LONDON, a hot tea cocktail that mixes classic Earl Grey tea with gin, vanilla simple syrup, steamed milk, and lavender. The gin will cleanse your soul better than any “spring cleaning” sesh would, while the rest of the ingredients are reminiscent of springtime themes like refreshment and lightness.

And at the end of the day, The Foggy London makes for a solid cocktail without leaving your belly feeling too solid. Enjoy it by yourself, with your mom, or with your mom’s mom during afternoon tea time (depending how tight you are with Granny).

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Photo by Marc Kharrat

The Foggy London

6-oz. Earl Grey tea

1-2-oz. Gin

1-oz. Vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1.   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2.   Combine all of the above ingredients with 2 sprigs of lavender and mix well. Garnish with lavender. 

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Cravings

Turkey and Stuffing Doughnuts Are a Thing in Britain

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Did you know that our neighbors across the pond don’t celebrate our favorite gluttony-filled holiday, aka Thanksgiving? True story. Though the Brits sadly miss out on two weeks worth of leftovers from the big day, they do get to partake in the main event in the form of a doughnut.

Tesco, a popular grocery chain in Britain, carries the Weirdoughs brand of miniature doughnuts which come in a variety of out-there flavors, including but not limited to: Smoky Bacon, Salt and Vinegar, and Cheese and Onion. In honor of the holiday season, the chain has released their latest flavor, Turkey and Stuffing. Now, to be fair, nowhere on their packaging do they say these are your usual sweet doughnuts. Their tagline straight up says, “What do you get when you cross a crisp with a doughnut?” Basically these are like doughy, soft versions of chips, which now that we think about it could be a little weird, but we’re eating Pizza Doughnuts over here, so who are we to judge.

Before you get too grossed out, there’s not actual turkey stuffed inside the doughnut, but the savory baked good is definitely flavored with all the fixin’s of your typical bird. The doughnuts scored a perfect score with the British blog A Review a Day:

The first thing I noticed when biting into these is how much the consistency really helps contribute to the flavour. It’s a lot like eating the real thing, but in dough form. It’s soft, slightly chewy, and it certainly has a very bold stuffing flavour, with a lovely meaty hint behind it.

It looks like the Weirdoughs are only available in the UK for now, but as with everything you can find on the wonderful world of the Internet, we’re betting these things exist on Amazon or Ebay.

H/T + PicThx Metro.co.uk

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14 Awful British Foods That Make Us Proud to Be American

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This holiday, it’s easy to get caught up in the frills. Fireworks, grilling, the old red, white, and blue. But let’s not forget the true reason for the season, celebrating our liberation from our staunch, haggis-eating, tea-drinking forefathers. Think about it. If we hadn’t told GB to buzz off, we may have never created the Double Down. Girl Scout Cookies would only be eaten at tea time. French fries would be called chips and chips would be called crisps. Crisps!

So, this Independence Day, remember there’s plenty reason to revel in our independence, especially the fact that we didn’t get stuck eating that awful soggy grey stuff they call “food” on the other side of the pond. Sure Britain’s got its cool accents and nifty TV shows, but we’ll take a deep-fried twinkie over this mess any day:

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1. Stargazey Pie

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Pastry pie topped with fish heads

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2. Jellied Eels

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Like unagi, only gross

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3. Haggis

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A pudding thing made from sheep heart, liver, and lungs

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4. Black Pudding

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A pudding sausage thing made from pig’s blood

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5. Baby Gaga Ice Cream

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Warning: Made from human breast milk

PicThx Mother Nature Network 

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6. Spotted Dick

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Another pudding thing made with raisins; thankfully not diseased genitalia

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7. Laverbread

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Seaweed thing?

PicThx Neil Cooks Grigson

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8. Sussex Pond Pudding

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A boiled cake with a whole lemon inside. Why is it boiled?

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9. Turkey Twizzlers

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What looks like Britain’s version of Slim Jims, only a million times more frightening

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10. Marmite

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Yeast extract-based salty poop sauce

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11. Bubble and Squeak

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Medley of last night’s leftover cabbage

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12. Pork Faggots

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Unfortunately named offal meatballs

PicThx Lily In Canada

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13. Flies Graveyard

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Giant raisin newtons

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14. Mushy Peas

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Not gross necessarily. Still sad looking though.

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Happy 4th of July everybody!

(CORRECTION 7/3/14: A previous version of this article listed Pickled Eggs as a British food. They are British in origin, but can also be found worldwide.)

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Sweets

UK’s Biggest Grocery Store Bans Candy in the Checkout Aisle

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I rarely remember a time where I didn’t pick up a candy bar or some kind of sweet after a grocery store trip. It’s so easy to just reach for those colorful wrappers, knowing they’ll deliver on the sweet promises of sugar. Looks like this will no longer be the case for many of our friends in the United Kingdom.

The UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, is issuing a ban on sweets and chocolates sold at the checkout aisle. A recent survey conducted among customers showed that 65% of shoppers wanted candy removed from checkouts to further temptation when buying groceries and 67% felt it would help them make healthier choices for their kids. Tesco had already taken out confectionary at the checkout in 720 of their larger stores 20 years ago. The retailer will now implement the ban for all of their 1,800 locations which include Tesco Metro and Express convenience stores in both Britain and Ireland.

According to The Guardian, the decision was based on wanting to remove the temptation of sugary snacks at the checkout and to help customers lead heather lives, said Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke. The removal was expected to finish by December of 2014 but after the customer survey, it looks like it’s moving ahead much sooner.

Though confectionery will be removed from checkouts, they’ll still be available for purchase in bulk within the store itself. Though unless it’s Halloween or Easter, no one can commit to that much candy. In theory, of course.

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The World’s Most Hipster Vegetable You Haven’t Heard About: Kale Brussels Sprouts

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When I first read that the tasty, meaty, and amazingly versatile Brussels sprout was basically a baby cabbage, I was crushed. Because cabbage is disgusting. Kale, on the other hand, is also pretty disgusting, but only if not steamed or sautéed or prepared in any way to make it palatable to humans instead of rabbits. Like Brussels sprouts, Kale is also trendy as F.

For one British vegetable breeding company, this similarity was reason enough to combine the two greens into perhaps the most hipster-beloved Frankenveggie of our times: a kale and Brussels sprouts hybrid called the Kalette (also, BrusselKale). Since 1995, Tozer Seeds has worked on perfecting the little mutant, at first in hopes of boosting Brussels sales in the U.K., but now in an effort to create green, leafy, kale-Brussels-AND-hybrid food gold.

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To be available in the U.S. come fall, Kalettes promise to provide “a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty” and “the best flavors of kale and Brussels sprouts” through their weirdly pretty miniature kale leaves on Brussels stalks. Slate’s L.V. Anderson did complain, though, that the vegetables’ flavors are not the draw, but their textures. We figure we’re good as long as we can still #hashtag the crap out of them.

H/T + PicThx Modern Farmer

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Sweets

A-List Celebrity Commissions Viagra Ice Cream, Of Course

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There’s a big difference between thinking about eating Viagra ice cream and actually commissioning someone to make it. Except, I guess, if you’re a celebrity.

Recently, “award-winning food inventor” Charlie Harry Francis (who previously brought us glow-in-the-dark jellyfish ice cream) was enlisted to invent a bright blue Viagra-laced ice cream for an unnamed A-lister’s party. He dubbed the champagne-flavored treat “Arousal,” and infused each scoop with 25 mg of the erectile dysfunction pill, which is basically “…the same about in the lowest dose of the drug,” HuffPo reports.

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Though the celebrity’s identity remains confidential, Francis was assured he or she was “very happy with the end result.” Based on the super-subtle promo image below, hell, we believe it. Talk about your blue balls.

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Restaurants

The World’s Most Expensive Valentine’s Dinner Will Cost You Two Years Income

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For those looking to impress this Valentine’s Day, here’s a dinner that will run you a cool £61,000 (US $99, 594.70). In collaboration with GreatBritishChefs.com, British luxury site VeryFirstTo offers what the Daily Meal claims to be the most expensive Valentine’s Day menu on Earth.

Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds (formerly of Danesfield House) created the eight-course menu for “no expense-spared” romantics. The meticulously extravagant menu includes “aphrodisiac-infused” components like Alums white caviar with a price tag of nearly $5000, gold leaf worth more than $3000 and Native South Sea oyster pearls at almost $10,000.

Looking to emphasize the menu’s theme of exclusivity and rarity, Pacific bluefin tuna also make the list — a species many wildlife activists say are as close to extinction as the white rhino. Of course, throughout the dinner, only the most rare and beautiful wines will be poured including a $ 27, 755.90 bottle of 1990 La Romanee-Conti, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

Well, pish posh.

Peek the full menu below.

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Picthx VeryFirstTo