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Mac & Cheese Candy Canes Exist And We’re Not Sure How To Feel

I’m always down for a steamy bowl of comforting mac & cheese. Whether that flavor translates into an actual candy cane or not, though, is a total mystery to me.

Photo courtesy of Archie McPhee

Candy producer Archie McPhee has been spotted peddling these cheesy candy canes on their website. The product listing claims that these Yuletide treats taste like “instant mac & cheese,” so fans of Kraft dinners will probably recognize the flavor straight away.

A representative from the company claims that the flavoring used for the candy canes contains no dairy, so they’re not using actual cheese to bring these to life. Still, the thought of what’s normally sweet tasting savory is as intriguing as it is shocking. These are worth trying for the novelty itself, even if you vow to never touch one again upon first lick.

Archie McPhee is selling six-packs of the candy canes for $5.95 apiece. They’re available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the holiday season, and if they perform well, could come back for a second round next year, a company rep told Foodbeast.

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Watch Snoop Dogg Lose It After Seeing How Candy Canes Are Made [WATCH]

Watching Snoop Dogg learn how everyday things are made is probably one of the best segments Jimmy Kimmel Live has ever had.

In this “Howz it Mizzade” segment, the Doggfather discovered how candy canes were made, and he was not amused.

Keep in mind, Snoop initially had no idea what was being made, as he just watched some footage and tried to guess. His first guess was that the yellow goop was going to be a Frisbee, but then he realized it was a candy cane, leading him to say:

“I’m never eating a candy cane again. That was bulls*it right there. F*ck that. That was a candy cane?”

We recently saw Snoop learn how hot dogs were made, and he was just as grossed out by the process.

It seems like there’s just no way to impress the hip-hop legend.


Spread Christmas Cheer With These 6 Caroling Treats

Christmas carols are your one chance to break from holiday songs blaring from a stereo—and instead hear them from real people. But they’re a whole experience, for both singers and listeners. Neighborhoods look better with Christmas lights and they sound better with carolers. But can’t they taste better too? Here are a few foods to up your carol game.

1. Candy Canes


They’re cheap, they’re classic, they’re always welcomed. They’re just a little extra to your sing-song soirée. You can entrust any child caroler to carry the basket and hand them over to homeowners with the sweetest of smiles. If you were purchasing an online Christmas carol package experience, this would be the first level of the non-free kind.

2. Cookies


If you want these to have any kind of impact, these will have to be homemade. Cookies made in the kitchen of a local are always the way to go. Store-bought holiday cookies can be spotted a mile away, and that’s where everyone wants to keep them. They’re terrible. They taste like the secret ingredient is lukewarm awkwardness instead of love. Stop giving these to people unless you’re trying to start a hometown civil war.

3. Hot Cocoa


This is the way to do things. It’s a class-act move to pour some hot cocoa for your listeners. Some of the carolers just have to carry a thermos. If you have kids, let them offer your audience members those tiny marshmallows. The only thing that will melt faster than them are those listeners’ hearts. It puts everyone in a listening mood—nay, it forces everyone into a listening mood!

4.  Fruitcake


This is the only way you’re going to get rid of fruitcake. All of you carolers should repackage this concrete swan-dive of a holiday snack, since you each have one just kicking it indefinitely on your countertop at home. Oh, were you saving that infuriatingly irresponsible gift from a neighbor for a rainy day when you’d use it to absorb a leak? Because, otherwise, it’s time to get rid of that thing.

5. Canned Goods


Transform your seasonal carnival of song into an important act of local charity by asking your beloved all-ears listeners to donate a few canned goods. It’s taking the holiday spirit and turning it into holiday action. Sure, Christmas is about cherishing loved ones and the tiny beautiful moments that make up your golden days, but use the guilt of good nature to trick your neighbors into listening to you serenade them.

6. Soup


While you could warm the stomachs, hearts, and ears of your neighbors with soup and song, it could get a bit messy. You want them to enjoy a snack, not take down a full meal, in their doorway. However, soup is the best way to get your caroling crew back on the right track to recovery once the night has wrapped. It’s not easy trudging through the east coast snow, and it’s a bit of a setback heading through the politely crisp west coast air.

Happy caroling, whether it’s your mouths or ears at work!


Gravy and Wasabi Candy Canes Make for the Cruelest Prank Ever


I like me a good prank. You know– the harmless, slightly terrifying sort. But there are some jokes that just aren’t funny (hint: they’re secretly hilarious), especially when it comes to messing with one of my favorite holiday foods — candy canes.

Yes, gravy and wasabi-flavored candy canes now exist. Sure it sounds like an innocent idea and all, but these candies look like the one’s we’d normally eat. In fact, the manufacturer encourages prankster antics by suggesting we “sneak one in with regular candy canes.” Genius? Yep! (Just don’t pull a fast one on me.)


If the idea of gravy and/or wasabi candy has you running for the hills, perhaps you can incorporate them into a sweet sushi or use ’em as a mashed potato topping. Maybe.

Gravy Candy CanesWasabi Candy Canes, $4.74, for set of 6 @Archie McPhee

H/T + PicThx Archie McPhee


Pickle Candy Canes, White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles and 9 Other Bizarre Food Items That Should be Recalled in 2013

We’re closing in on the end of 2012- and usually this time of year calls for countdown lists galore, where we can take some time to reflect on all the wild/crazy/fun happenings of the last 12 months. So to get in the spirit, we thought we’d take some time to look back at the wackiest food items we’ve featured this year, and then promptly nominate them for a recall. Without further adieu, let the countdown of awfulness commence!


11. Bird Crap Seasoning

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a seasoning blend that is meant to “taste great on just about anything!” Surely, it could very well deliver on that promise; but I’d like to know what that marketing team was on when they all sat down and decided ‘Bird Crap’ would be an excellent choice for the name of a food item. Albeit, it does grab your attention, but I don’t think it’s in a good way.


10. Sriracha Lip Balm

Okay, I realize this isn’t an entirely edible food product, but I was torn between this and Bacon Shaving Cream in the “Ridiculous Novelty Item” category. I don’t know about you, but I know when I’ve been eating something spicy (particularly hot sauce drenched meals), the first thing I do is start screaming “AHHHHHH MY LIPS ARE ON FIRE!!!”. Then I proceed to apply copious amounts of chap stick for the next 24 hours to hopefully undo the damage I’ve caused. There is no amount of Burt’s Bees that will mollify this terrible, terrible idea.


9. Cracker Jack’d

Dear Cracker Jacks, why are you ruining my childhood? Why can’t you just stick with a good thing and leave well enough alone? I get it, it’s a cut-throat market out there, and you need to stay relevant, and blah blah blah, but seriously? A Cracker Jack snack line that contains caffeine?? For “adults only”?  WTF.  Thanks for leaving my candy-coated popcorn and peanut dreams to die.


8. Buffalo Wing Soda

Mmmm. Nothing says refreshing thirst quencher like Buffalo Wing Soda! Who on God’s Green Post-Apocalyptic Earth would ever seriously drink this? I will never want my buffalo wings in carbonated liquid form. So please, Lester, stop making this. The bottle may say “Y’all get yer fixins,” but I think y’all need to get your heads checked.


7. Tabasco Jelly Bellies

For a company that’s been around for over 30 years, offering over 50 flavors of jelly beans, things were bound to get weird. Boy did they ever with Tabasco flavored Jelly Bellies. You could probably only eat a few of these before wanting to pour buffalo wing soda into your eyes.


6. My Little Pony Pasta

Hey girls, remember My Little Ponies? Remember their beautiful shiny manes that you would spend hours braiding, making them prance about, sniffing their backsides because they were often scented with magic and chocolate? (I’m probably the only one that did that.) Remember dunking them in tomato sauce and biting their heads off in a hungry lunchtime fury? Wait, what? No, that’s not right… AND NEITHER IS THIS PASTA PRODUCT.


5. Mike’s Hard Chocolate Cherry

Oh Mike’s, we meet again. This time I’m not a sophomore in high school at an unsupervised house party pretending that I can hold liquor, when the most alcohol I had consumed at that point was in my seasonal dose of NyQuil. (Hey, don’t judge, Mike’s Hard Lemonade was a gateway drink.) Instead, it looks as though you have brought forth a “Hard Chocolate Cherry” beverage to consume this holiday season. Much like my 15 year old self, methinks sledding down a carpeted flight of stairs resulting in a sprained ankle and loss of self-respect seems like a better choice than this.


4. Evil Hot Gummi Bears

Evil and Gummy Bears should never be in the same sentence. Imagine popping one into your mouth, expecting a burst of fruit and delight, when suddenly to your horror an onslaught of hellfire and habanero takes over. Excuse me, but that’s just rude.


3. Pickle Candy Canes

What can I even say about this? Gather ’round kids! It’s that magical time of year, when Santa Claus comes to spread joy and give presents to good little boys and girls! Nothing says good tidings and cheer like a dill and peppermint hook of terror. Surprise, and Merry Christmas!


2. Seasonal flavored Pringles

October through December is generally a time for seasonal flavored everything, and Pringles brand is not one to be left behind. Behold! Seasonal flavored Pringles! Don’t be confused, these are not pumpkin/chocolate/cinnamon treats shaped in the iconic form of a Pringle. Oh no, these are ACTUAL potato Pringles sprinkled with the aforementioned flavor combinations. I think I just threw up a little. I’m looking at you, White Chocolate Peppermint.


1. Flavored Vodka

Listen, I get it- flavored vodka is not a shocking new idea that suddenly appeared this year. Hell, I would never have made it through 2007 without heavy doses of vanilla vodka and Coca Cola, but I think things are getting out of hand here. Suddenly I’m combating the likes of waffle, whipped cream, birthday cake, popcorn, and for the love of all things holy, wasabi-flavored vodkas. Why? Why are we allowing such abominations? What happened to chewing our curious confections? Why are we now guzzling them down with reckless abandon, because Amber Rose tells us so? NO! I say we take a stand and say no to absurdly flavored vodkas in 2013.

Unless of course, you want to make me birthday cake Jello shots.

So kids, that wraps up the 11 food items that should be recalled in 2013. But wait — didn’t we just survive an apocalypse folks? If there’s one thing we learned it’s #YOLO 4lyfe and what the heck, might as well give those White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles a try, right? Right?


Watch Conan Demolish a Gingerbread House in Slo-Mo [Video]

As you might imagine, Conan O’Brien likes to celebrate the holidays a little differently than most people. As a holiday celebration, Conan apparently likes to destroy seasonal Christmas food in slow motion.

Can’t really argue with his methods as hitting a candy cane with a baseball bat and blowing up a gingerbread house looks pretty fun. Although, as it often does, the slow-mo revealed some kinks in his batting stance and swing. He dipped his back elbow a bit too much and hardly used his hips on his follow-through, but it still got the job done.

Do stick around to watch a giant dog beat up Conan at 2:45. Note: Props to Conan for the awesome ugly sweater.


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Crushed Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Cooler Than Ice Cold

What’s cooler than cool? Ice cold!

(Sorry, we couldn’t help it. We swear!)

So bring it on — what’s cool? Ice cream. What’s even cooler? Ice cream cookie sandwiches. And even cooler than that? Ice cream sandwiches rolled in crushed peppermint candy coating — Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches.


6 Christmas-Themed Drinks to Get You Holiday Wasted


Congratulations, guys. The end is in sight. We made it. Through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and those other holidays you should probably know, but don’t, because you’re unemployed, so you don’t get time off. Assuming you served Black Friday alright, all that’s left is to get through your December holiday of choice, which can be pretty stressful for… everyone. And so, to help you along, Foodbeast presents  the 25 Days of Christmas.

Except 6, instead of 25. And drinks instead of days. As well it should be.

1. The Grinch

Recreate childhood memories of watching reruns of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with this alcoholic version of the green Scrooge.


2. The Sugar Cookie Shot

A.K.A. the “Sweet Like Betty Crock-Er” shot, which is based off a song, or something, but what you need to know is that this is a shot, and it uses sugar cookie mix. Okay? Okay. Add some whipped cream and festive sprinkles, and you can sing about whatever you like.


3. Candy Cane Shooters

Everyone knows it’s not winter until peppermint shows up everywhere. It’s like pumpkin in autumn. Most people take it or leave it, ‘cept for a few months of the year, when we put in in our coffee, cocoa, cupcakes, and other things befitting of an ordered list. We’ve already shown you pumpkin pie shots. Now you get the same thing, but with candy canes. Enjoy.


4. The Gingerbread Martini

I mean. What else is there to say? It’s a gingerbread house in a martini. Less stale candy, less hard work, more buzz. Win-win-win.

5. Bourbon Apple Crisp Shooters

Everything’s good when bourbon is  involved. Yes, please.

6. Boozy Hot Chocolate

It’s the quintessential sit-in-front-of-the-fireplace-on-a-cold-night-and-hold-an-artisan-mug-with-both-hands-while-giggling-with-your-loved-ones beverage of the season. So, is it any surprise so many jacked versions have cropped up? The pictured iteration of hot chocolate three sheets to the wind is made with chocolate liqueur. Chocolate and alcohol? I’m sold.