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Here’s What A 10-Year-Old McDonald’s Burger & Fries Looks Like

As the rest of the world experiences a plant-based revolution, Iceland was unknowingly 10 years ahead of the curve. In 2009, due to Iceland’s financial crisis, McDonald’s closed all locations within the country. Increased operational costs were cited as the reason. Anticipating a Mickey D-less Iceland, one curious citizen by the name of Hjortur Smarason decided to purchase the franchise’s final burger and fries in the country. 

Smarason heard rumors about McDonald’s immortal burgers and wanted to see if they were true. Apparently, and strangely enough, they never decompose. Fast forward and today marks 10 years since Smarason purchased Iceland’s last McDonald’s burger and fries. Since then, the only thing that has decomposed is the French fry box. The showcase of the meal’s durability attracts 400,000 daily visitors to an online live stream set up by Smarason. You can watch the burger in a glass cabinet located at Snotra House, a hostel in southern Iceland. It’s claimed that people from all over the world visit to see the burger yearly.

Once upon a time, I used to be able to mash three double cheeseburgers, McChickens and fries in one sitting. Those are great memories, but I couldn’t imagine eating those now. Learning about something like this should make you curious about what’s in your food. Is it even food? One thing is certain, this isn’t the only time someone has tested the shelf life of McDonald’s food. A 1996 experiment by Karen Hanrahan resulted in a 12 year blemish-less hamburger. There have also been a handful of other similar experiments. 

Nevertheless, despite Iceland’s McDonald’s-free nation, the franchise is still a global behemoth. Health awareness is growing and people are becoming more critical of what goes into their bodies. As this happens, massive franchises like McDonald’s are being held more accountable. Hopefully, experiments like this will not only give us a laugh, but also bring about much needed changes to the food industry.

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McDonald’s Is Offering 1-CENT Big Macs Through DoorDash Partnership

Every time McDonald’s offers up their two Big Macs for $5 deal, I find myself suddenly sitting in the drive-thru waiting to sink my teeth into the burger behemoth’s iconic double-decker sandwich. This week, however, not only can I stay within the comforts of my own home, but can enjoy a Big Mac for nothing more than a mere penny. No, seriously.

McDonald’s has just announced that through a new promotion, customers can get their hands on a Big Mac for 1-CENT.

DoorDash has teamed up with the Golden Arches as part of a five-day promotion to give away one million Big Macs for a penny.

To access the deal, all you have to do is use the promo code 1MBIGMAC when placing an order through DoorDash. Once the promo code is in, it also enters you for a shot at winning $1 million.

The DoorDash deal will be available nationwide across 9,300 U.S. locations of McDonald’s between September 30 through October 4. The full rules and conditions can be found here.

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Competitive Eating Legend Molly Schuyler Eats 100×100 In-N-Out Burger In One Sitting


Not too long ago, we hosted an In-N-Out 50×50 challenge in the hallowed grounds of Foodbeast HQ. Competitive eaters such as Nader Reda and Raina Huang each attempted to best the burger, with Raina completing the challenge in less than 40 minutes.

Now, another combatant has thrown her hat into the ring.

Famed competitive eater Molly Schuyler has stepped up to take on not just the In-N-Out 50×50, but requested we make it a 100×100 challenge.

The $154.84 bill yielded a monolith of meat, taking nearly half an hour for the restaurant to build and nearly half a dozen boxes to transport it back to Foodbeast HQ.

While Schuyler was apprehensive whether she could defeat such a comically large burger, she dove into it once the clock started and didn’t stop until that last piece of lettuce and bun was tucked away in her stomach.

Check out exactly how it went down on our Twitch Channel, or the YouTube embed above.

You can also catch Molly at our upcoming food and music festival Nood Beach this Sunday, September 1st. Tickets are still on sale at Nood-Beach.com, or you can catch her try to tackle a 20-pound bowl of ramen live on Twitch.

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Smithfield Foods Enters the Plant-Based Race

Plant-based meat alternatives are on the rise with a new contender entering the ring almost daily. It’s been a pleasure trying out these new alternatives and experiencing the similarities and differences. The latest contender is Smithfield Foods and they’re wasting no time in making their intentions known by announcing a “plant-based portfolio” called Pure Farmland. This portfolio features an array of plant-based options suitable for every meal throughout the day. Alternatives include burger patties, meatballs, breakfast patties, and protein starters. They are soy-based, made with natural flavors, gluten/soy-free, and entirely crafted in the United States. 

Pure Farmland is catered to the “flexitarian” diet which is becoming more common as people are learning about plant-based alternatives. They chose soy protein over pea protein, which many brands use, because studies show that 59% of consumers prefer soy to pea protein’s 41%. John Pauley, Chief Commercial Officer for Smithfield Foods had this to say:

“We’ve been exploring the alternative protein space, and have taken our time to get it right. With this launch, we are bringing together our expertise in creating market-leading food products, our organizational commitment to sustainability, and our deep understanding of ‘flexitarian’ consumers, to deliver a broad variety of flavorful plant-based protein choices that consumers want and can afford at a great value.”

To further cement their mission towards offering quality protein products in an environmentally responsible way, Pure Farmland’s packaging is made of 50% recyclable material. They are also proud partners of The Farmland Trust, a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland. You can find Pure Farmland’s products located in refrigerated sections of your local grocery store beginning mid-September.

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Get Paid to Become a Bacon Intern And Eat Bacon All Day

Until now, many thought it was impossible to find something better than bacon. Well, Farmer Boys has finally done the impossible and, even better, they’re willing to share it with all of us. 

The big secret AKA the only thing better than bacon, is getting $1,000 to eat a lot of it. 

Farmer Boys, a fast food chain known for their award-winning burgers and farm-fresh concept, is looking for a very special One Day Bacon Intern to eat and review their best bacon entrees for a delicious eight hours. 

The line-up includes, but is not limited to, the Bacon Boy, Whole Hog Breakfast Burrito, and the Farmer’s Burger. All dishes include succulent strips of farm-fresh bacon and the intern’s job is to rate and review every strip based on thickness and flavor. 

Even better, you don’t have to submit any applications for this internship! Post a fun and engaging photo or video on Instagram, using a public account, and explain why you’d be a good fit for this honorary position. 

Remember to tag @FarmerBoysFood and #FarmerBoysBaconIntern to be eligible to win. 

All contestants must be over 18 and have until Tuesday, August 20th to make their post. The winner, the one and only Bacon Intern, will be announced August 27th. Additionally, the internship is in Southern California so get your bacon down there if you aren’t already. 

Further contest details and information can be found here.

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HUF Skateboarding’s Latest Collection Is An Exclusive Burger Tribute To Popeye

Many fondly remember Popeye the Sailor cartoon by the hero’s favorite snack to get brolic on his foes — spinach. In an unlikely tribute to the sailor with a penchant for greens, HUF recently dropped a capsule collection centered around him and other characters of the cartoon. Additionally, the collection was treated to an exclusive burger from Los Angeles burger haven, The Golden State, to help promote it.

Dubbed ‘The Wimpy Burger’ in honor of Wimpy, the burger-mooching character, it’s delectably built with grilled onions, bacon bits, and creamed spinach as a nod to Popeye, all on top of a brioche bun. Peep the juicy deets above to understand the full magnitude of just how munch-worthy this burger is and then go to both  Los Angeles-area locations of The Golden State and thank me later.

As for the clothing collection, expect the same polished street-inspired skate apparel from HUF, as it’s highlighted by socks, a beanie, button-up shirt, and hoodie, amongst others, all emblazoned with Popeye iconography and characters such as Olive Oil and Wimpy. Check out some images of the collection below and consider these jawnz as your spinach to flex on folks.

 

Photos: HUF Worldwide
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Legendary Italian Butcher Collabs With Umami Burger To Create A Wagyu Beef Burger

 

Photos: Umami Burger

Legendary Italian butcher and rock star chef, Dario Cecchini, is a figure in the world of food who is known for his showmanship and star quality as much as his philosophy to respect the whole animal and to use each part of it to be cooked in an appropriate way. As evidenced in his episode on the latest season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, his booming and magnetic personality translates effectively on the screen as well as on to what he serves on your plate.

Recognizing all of this, global purveyors of gourmet burgers, Umami Burger, decided to collaborate with the famed chef and butcher in a continuation of their Artist Series line. The result of this partnership is Cecchini’s ‘The Butcher’s Burger’, a decadent offering that features Mishima Reserve Wagyu Beef seasoned with Dario’s Essence of Chianti salt and Dario’s Mediterranean Pepper Jelly Mostarda topped with Boston lettuce, extra virgin olive oil, a dill pickle, fresh tomatoes and onions all between a fresh vegan bun.

“The Butcher Burger as well as all of the burgers in general, is the best way to use beef utilizing all parts of the animal. It is a form of respect to the animal when you can use every single part. Creating this burger for Umami, I am utilizing my 45 years of experience as a butcher and 250 years of experience of my family of butchers based on great and simple food,” offered Checchini.

Having an eighth-generation celebrity butcher of Cecchini’s caliber is a win for Umami Burger, who will offer ‘The Butcher’s Burger’ at participating Umami Burger locations nationwide through April 18th, 2019 for $14.

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IHOP Finally Reveals Why They’re Changing Their Name to IHOB

Last week, the world was curious why IHOP suddenly decide to rebrand themselves as IHOB.

The International House of Pancakes has been around since 1958, best known for slingin’ short stacks and serving sausage links that leave Denny’s sweating.

Photo: IHOB

While some naturally assumed the “B” will stand for breakfast, IHOP announced this morning that it’s something a little different from what most were expecting. In a tweet, the American breakfast chain revealed that they will begin focusing on their burgers — specifically, a new burger lineup.

Needless to say, fans of the original name were ready to roast.

Even celebrity Chrissy Teigen joined in:

Thankfully, the name change is definitely not permanent.

IHOP president Danrren Relelez told CNNMoney that the change was to convey that the brand wants to begin taking burgers as seriously as pancakes, but they’ll still remain IHOP.

In the meantime, IHOB’s new burger lineup includes the Big Brunch, Cowboy BBQ, Jalapeño Kick, Mushroom & Swiss, The Classic, The Classic with Bacon, and the Mega Monster.

Despite the overall backlash, I have to commend IHOP for shooting their shot with this, though temporary, name change. They have to know they would have gotten flack for it right?