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14 SHOCKING Ingredients Your Food Labels Are Hiding [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Sometimes, it’s hard enough trying to decide what to get at the grocery store. According to Food Packaging Labels, that decision just got a little harder. The packaging site revealed a very eye-opening infographic that lists 14 ingredients that aren’t commonly found in food labels.

From human hair to rodent hair, these are definitely not what  you’d expect to find in your everyday shopping list. Yet, there they are.

Definitely going to make us second guess the stuff we eat now. At least until the weekend.

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Photo: Food Packaging Labels

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Fast Food

Major Burger Chain Just Added A CRICKET MILKSHAKE To Their Menu

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A while back, Wayback Burgers joked about creating an Oreo mud pie milkshake made with cricket powder. Though it was only an April Fool’s gag, the chain was met with positive attention towards the fake drink. Apparently people lined up to try it.

Because of this, Wayback is actually bringing the chocolate cricket shake to life. Made with a Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder, the Oreo protein milkshake will be at Wayback Burgers for a limited time.

CNBC reports that the chain has tested 20 to 30 different versions of this recipe. This includes five different cricket powders.

The shake will be available to patrons starting July 1 through September. If successful, the shake might find itself a permanent spot on the Wayback Burgers menu.

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Features

14 Of The Craziest Donut Creations We’ve Ever Seen

National Donut Day is quickly approaching. While we’re all scrambling here to see how many free donuts we can grab, let’s take a second to appreciate some of the most creative donuts to ever emerge from the deep fryer.

The fried pastry has become one of the most iconic images associated with breakfast. However, in recent years, donuts have begun breaking away from the breakfast norm. Folks have been throwing them together with savory dishes to create something truly…magical.

We dug around the Internet and found some of the craziest donut creations around. In honor of National Donut Day, enjoy!

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Cheetos-Crusted Mac n’ Cheese Doughnuts

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Ramnut

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Cap’n Crunch Donut Holes

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Taco Bell

Big Poppa Pop Tart Donut

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OC Donut Bar

Milky Bun

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Afters Ice Cream

Cannoli Donut

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Oh, Bite It!

Pizza Donut

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Dough Exchange

Foie Bomb

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Psycho Donuts

Krispy Kreme Bacon Hot Dog Donut

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Psychobugs

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Psycho Donuts

Spaghetti Donuts

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Fruity Pebbles Donuts

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Dough Exchange

Donut Pie

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Table Spoon

Taco Donut

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Sweets

Japanese Coffee Stand Sells the Most Terrifyingly Realistic Gummy Bugs

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The Red Tent Coffee Shop, Akai Tento no Koohii Ten, is located in a small fishing harbor in the Aomori Prefecture in Japan. While the small marketplace stall serves coffee, it has since also become known for something incredibly impressive: their gummies.

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The stand offers a variety of realistic looking insect gummies that pack an insane amount of detail. These aren’t your gas station gummy worms, that come in multiple colors of one generic flavor. Their choices include larvae, caterpillars and other creepy crawlers. It’s actually tough to tell them apart from the real thing. While the gummies are anatomically and aesthetically correct, they’re filled with sugary sweetness.

Don’t expect to find chewy gooey insect guts.

I wonder if they crunch though.

H/T RocketNews 24

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Features

9 Genius Ways to Repel Ants Using Common Ingredients in Your Kitchen

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Summer arrived sooner than we expected and while we’re all out there kidding ourselves about getting beach bodies, those curious little critters known as ants have planned their summertime assault. Specifically, they’re targeting our kitchens.

While it’s probably the easy way out, I’d have to say most people wouldn’t want to use bug spray in the middle of their cooking and food storage space. Toxicity aside, it’s just gross. Plus, you’d have to throw out any unsealed foods the ant spray gets on.

Foodbeast dug around and found a few natural food remedies to prevent that dreaded insect epidemic. Since ants are really receptive to smells, there are a number of foods that can naturally repel them. If you can get your hands on a few of these everyday food items, you can easily create an ant-free zone in your kitchen. Just place a few from the list around cracks and holes in your house, and they’ll work as a powerful scent barrier preventing ants from entering.

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Cinnamon

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You can easily get your hands on powdered cinnamon. This spice is an amazing ant repellant that not only blocks ants from your home but can kill them as well. Just don’t be stingy.

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Coffee Grounds

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Made some extra coffee in the morning? Save those grounds and sprinkle. The nitrogen in the coffee burns ants when they walk across. They’ll definitely try to avoid it if they can help it.

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Garlic Cloves

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Garlic isn’t only a ward for vampires. It also works for those pesky monsters. Just leave a few cloves of garlic lying around here and there and they’ll do their thing. The only downside is smelling garlic. Which I don’t mind.

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Pepper

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Add either black pepper or cayenne to some water and spray over ants. It’s probably the easiest spice to get your hands on. They’ll quickly disappear.

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Citrus Peels

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When you’re done garnishing your booze, don’t throw out the citrus pieces. Hang onto the citrus peels and throw them into a blender with some hot water and spray onto lines of ants. Should do the trick.

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Mint

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Bundle fresh mint together and place it around your kitchen to keep the ants out. Sidenote: Mint is incredibly easy to grow.

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Chili Peppers

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Like coffee, ants will not walk through a line of chili pepper flakes. Either buy them dried in bulk and grind them yourselves, your save a few red chili pepper flakes from your next pizza outing and have them handy for ants.

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Basil

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Dried basil leaves sprinkled around the kitchen in cracks and crevices should keep ants at bay. All you have to do is remember to replace them every now and then.

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Cucumber

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Cucumbers aren’t just for leveling up your water and removing bags from your eyes. Just skin the cucumbers with a peeler and leave them in cracks and openings. Though, like the basil, remember to change them out daily.

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Note:  While some of these methods won’t directly kill ants, they will keep them at bay in a safe and natural way that’s chemical-free.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Woman Orders Tuna Salad Gets Dead Frog Over Leafy Greens Instead

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We’ve all had that moment of sheer terror when you find something that doesn’t belong in your dish. Usually these appetite killing infractions range from flies to rogue hairs but apparently we can now add amphibians to the list.

A Wall Street Journal staffer thought she’d enjoy a nice Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad from Manhattan based Pret-a-Manger but instead she was greeted by the not-so-smiling face of a dead frog atop her leafy greens. Yes. A freaking frog was in her salad.

Though the diner was understandably not thrilled about the free frog in her lunch the restaurant has offered a statement apologizing for the mishap:

At Pret A Manger, we take issues like this very seriously. Our lettuce is sourced from farms that do not use any pesticides on its produce, therefore organic matter does very rarely manage to pass through our production process. We are currently looking into this issue to make every effort that this does not happen again.

This isn’t the first time a frog has found its way into produce meant for consumption. Back in 2008 a live frog was found in a bag of organic lettuce in Brooklyn. Where the hell is New York getting their greens?!

See, this is why Foodbeast doesn’t do salads.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist

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Features

Gratuitous Food Porn: Insect Edition

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Andrew Zimmern pops them like candy and they have an entire cookbook designed around them but they’re considered taboo for modern day consumption. We’re talking insects. Yes, those creepy crawlies out in your backyard are indeed edible but chances are after the age of five you stopped trying to eat them willingly. Insects are actually eaten pretty frequently around the world but here in the US we get freaked out at the idea. There’s a high nutritional value to these little buggers but the only time we ever see these pests is at the bottom of a tequila bottle or immortalized in a lollipop. Besides gag gifts, insects can actually be transformed into some odd yet palatable dishes.

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Three Bee Salad

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Insect Sushi

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Via: Tony McNicol

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Fried Grasshoppers

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Via: Green Prophet

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Sheesh Kabobs

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Fried Scorpion on a Stick

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Via: Village Joy

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Chocolate Covered Crickets

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Via: Cafe Mom

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Deep Fried Tarantula Spider

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Ginger Dusted Beetle

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Via: Good Food Revolution

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Mealworm and Pigeon Burger

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Via: The Independent

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Locust Pizza

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Via: ABC Net AU

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Insect Chocolates

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Honey Spiced Locusts

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Recipe: Inn at the Crossroads

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Escamoles a.k.a. Ant Eggs

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Via: I Bizarre Foods

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Banana Worm Bread

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Recipe: The Guardian

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Crunchy Cricket Stir Fry

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Recipe: The New Protein Blog

 

Header image via National Geographic

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Sweets

French Chocolate Maker Garnishes Confections with Gold-Dusted Crickets

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Imagine it’s Valentines Day and you want to get your significant other something special. Or maybe it’s one of those lazy Friday nights where you curl up on the couch and watch bad movies while munching on chocolate.

Well, thanks to French Chocolate Maker Sylvian Musquar, your average chocolate experience has been upgraded. Musquar, who seems to be giving Willy Wonka a run for his money, is selling chocolates topped with gold-dusted crickets and worms for  €22 (~$30 US). I know, sounds tasty right? Considering that insects are a sustainable and healthy source of protein, if you’ve got some cash to kill, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

PicThx Sylvain Musquar