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The Makers Of The Viral Watermelon Ham Have Created A New ‘Carrot Dog’

As a vegan I’ve tried many “alternative proteins,” some decent, others horrible. I can say that over the years things have definitely improved and will continue to. Alternative meat options most often come in the form of processed plant stuff: soy, seitan, tempeh and more recently, pea protein. Recently, vegans have definitely become very resourceful. For instance, I just tried a banana peel burger. Yes, a burger that was made from banana peels. When I first heard about it I thought it was a funny vegan joke. Turns out that when cooked, banana peels have a potato-like consistency. Sounds crazy right? Crazy delicious.

Speaking of crazy, this month plant-based brand by CHLOE. launched a CARROT dog in collaboration with Harry & Ida’s Meat & Supply Co. and Guinness World Record holder for competitive eating, Takeru Kobayashi. This dog is made entirely of carrot, New York-style, with no processed plant stuff. The carrot is hand-picked, cured, smoked AND aged for five days. Let that marinate.

Samantha Wasser, founder of by CHLOE., came up with the idea following the success of their smoked watermelon ham. The smoked watermelon ham was in collaboration with Ducks Eatery, another restaurant from Harry & Ida’s owners Will & Julie Horowitz. Wasser said:

“Our goal is to offer our guests clean, yet satisfying plant-based options without any artificial flavors or foreign ingredients, and the Carrot Dog aligns perfectly with our mission. I was completely blown away by Will & Julie’s creativity and knew we needed to work together to introduce The Carrot Dog to the world!”

Each carrot is hand-picked, “perfectly-sized” and cured with salt, pepper, garlic and oregano, then smoked over local oak and maple woods. Five days later, a “natural casing” is created in what mimics the look of a traditional dog. Finally, the carrot dog is grilled. Apparently the dog took 1.5 years and 100 tries of playing with smoked vegetables to get right. 

To give the launch an additional boost, by CHLOE. is teaming with competitive eating legend, six time Guinness World Record holder, Takeru Kobayashi. Kobayashi, who lives a mostly plant-based diet between competitions said:

“As a hot dog master, I’ve seen and tried many vegetarian hot dogs, and personally hadn’t found one that I enjoy until I tried by CHLOE.’s new Carrot Dog. The smoky taste of the carrot in the bun is something really unique and different, and I love that it’s made with only carrots and no processed ingredients.”

The Carrot Dog has been available at all stateside by CHLOE. locations since July 1st, and will be offered for $6.75.

Photos: Meredith Sidman
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Science

Can You Really Get Orange Skin From Eating Carrots?

It sounds too crazy to be true—but we’ve unearthed some research about carrots.

True or False: You can get orange skin from carrots.

True! Your skin can actually turn an orange-yellowish color. It happens when you eat A LOT of carrots (or any beta-carotene rich vegetable, for that matter). Research from the University of California, Santa Barbara shows that eating an abundance of carrots could turn your skin an orange yellowish color.

It’s a phenomenon called carotenemia. That’s right—it’s a real condition!

Learn how to wash carrots and other vegetables the right way.

What is carotenemia?

It’s a coloring of the skin that’s most noticeable on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. It happens when you overeat beta-carotene rich foods like carrots, sweet potatoes or pumpkins. The condition is most common in infants, and usually appears when they start to eat “real food.” (We’re not too surprised since carrots are classic baby food.) Carotenemia may sound dangerous, but it’s mostly harmless.

For adults, though, even if you eat an entire pan of roasted carrots that likely won’t be enough to turn your skin orange. You’d have to eat a bunch of carrots (like, three large carrots a day, according to Columbia University) to develop carotenemia. It should be noted that beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in your body, so eating carrots is good for your overall health.

You can peel carrots without pinching your fingers—here’s how.

So, what can you do if this actually happens?

It’s pretty simple, really. Just switch to a lower carotene diet. That’s it! Just reduce your intake of carrots and other orange and yellow vegetables. It can take months for your skin to return to its usual shade, but it will usually change back. (It’s not a Violet Beauregarde situation.)

For most of us, eating healthy amounts of orange and yellow vegetables will provide vital nutrients for our eyes, skin and hair. Here’s how to make perfect roasted vegetables.

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Article by Kristin George for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Packaged Food Sweets

Oreos Debuts CARROT CAKE Cookies As Newest Flavor

We’re always eager to see what new flavors the Oreos factory is churning out. Last year, they added some delectable variety to their legion of flavors with the addition of Strawberry Shortcake and Rocky Road.

Now it seems one of the newest flavors to hit the snack aisle will be one for the rabbits. Or at least anyone with a taste for carrots. Yup, Nabisco just dropped Carrot Cake Oreos.

The new cookie boasts a cream cheese-flavored creme that’s sandwiched between two carrot-flavored cookies.

According to Oreos, the flavor is confirmed to be a permanent addition to the line, rather than just a seasonal offering.

Beyond that rich new offering, Nabisco is also debuting a limited edition “Love, Oreo” which features a sweet and tangy pink creme spread in between two cookie pieces with special messages like “Dunk In Love, “XOXO Oreo”, “Let’s Twist”, and “Dear Cupid Send Oreo.” These are also available now and will stay on shelves through the end of Valentine’s Day, presumably.

Carrot Cake Oreos and Love, Oreos can now be found at any grocery retailers that offer Oreos. As a huge fan of carrot cake, it’s nice to see the dessert get some love.

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Packaged Food

Turn Anything To Carrot Cake With Trader Joe’s New Spread

When my mom asked me to try carrot cake for the first time, my five-year-old self rebuked the dessert with disgust. The idea of combining cake with a vegetable was unheard of… until I tried it. Nearly 25 years later and carrot cake has maintained its spot as one of my favorite cakes of all time.

For those who just can’t get enough of the humble dessert, Trader Joe’s new Carrot Cake Spread will let you pretty much turn anything into a carrot cake.

Essentially a jam, the spread is made with minced carrots, bits of orange peel, crushed pineapples, golden raisins, and fall spices. Sweetened with cane sugar and molasses, the spread also boasts a touch of concentrate from lemon and apple juice.

You can combine it with cream cheese and create a carrot cake frosting on pretty much anything you want, or pair it with some peanut butter in a sandwich.

No joke, we picked up a jar of this from our local TJ’s and it really does capture the taste of carrot cake — though we recommend using it in moderation until you find a good balance. It’s rather sweet.

The 10-ounce jars of Carrot Cake Spread can be found at participating Trader Joe’s locations in the grocery aisle.

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Cravings Culture Humor Technology Video

How To Make Thanksgiving Dinner With A Drone [HUMOR]

A drone has many uses when it comes to capturing breathtaking video and images, but did you know that the robotic flying machine can also help you prepare Thanksgiving dinner?

Autel Robotics released a hilarious commercial that shows how to practically use a drone to cook Thanksgiving dinner. In the video, it’s used for various tasks like peeling potatoes, beating eggs, whipping various foods, and flying some holiday meat into a deep fryer.

Obviously, the results weren’t the most appetizing. In fact, it was a downright disaster.

The video highlights end with the fact that their new X-Star Premium model was meant to capture stunning 4K Ultra HD footage rather than slaving away in the kitchen. You can buy the drone for $699 online.

Seriously, drone owners. Do not try this at home.

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Cravings Culture Video

Watch Irish People Try Thanksgiving Foods For The First Time

While our nation frantically prepares for Thanksgiving festivities, there’s a whole different culture on the other side of the world that’s bracing themselves to try Thanksgiving dishes for the first time.

Facts, the channel that lets Irish folks try foods and snacks of different cultures, is opening up Thanksgiving dinner to their test group.

The panel of young lads and lasses try classic Thanksgiving dishes like butternut squash soup, scalloped potatoes, roasted carrots, turkey and cornbread stuffing with cranberry sauce, and pecan pie.

While some claim familiarity with a few dishes, others are trying the holiday staples for the first time ever.

Check out their reactions to Thanksgiving foods to get your saliva  glands nice and moist for the holiday.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Ever Think About Why Carrots Are Orange? Well, Here’s That Story

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Here’s something you’ve probably never thought about before: why are carrots orange? Turns out the veggies didn’t get their characteristic hue because of any accident of nature. Instead, we humans intentionally bred orange carrots—because of history.

Eaten by humans for millennia, carrots originally came from the Middle East and were introduced to Europe during the Middle Ages. For most of their history as food, they came in two varieties: white and purple.

The familiar orange color only appeared in the 17th century, which is not that long ago in the grand scheme of things. Why orange? It was (for obvious reasons) the favorite color of the family that ruled the Netherlands, the Orange-Nassau dynasty, and in particular of William I, Prince of Orange.

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During William’s rule, the mostly-Protestant Netherlands had, though a convoluted inheritance scheme of the incestuous European monarchy, become the property of the Catholic king Philip II of Spain. After two decades of persecution, the Dutch Protestants decided they’d had enough. Their lengthy but ultimately successful revolt, which William sanctioned and later led, became known as the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648).

The descendants of the orange carrots that were bred in support of the House of Orange-Nassau—and, by proxy, Dutch independence from Spain—were later taken to England and eventually to the New World.

So how does cross-breeding a white and a purple carrot make an orange one? The photograph below shows the full spectrum available today, and how the orange carrots fit neatly between the two original colors.

 

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Recently, purple and white carrots have made a comeback as foodies have gotten into “heirloom” vegetable varieties.

Written by Caroline Wazer of History Buff

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Celebrity Grub

Arnold Schwarzenegger Inexplicably Feeds a Mini Horse in His Kitchen

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A couple of days ago, Kim Kardashian tried to break the Internet by posting a photo of her ass. Now it seems like Arnold Schwarzenegger is countering with a picture of his pet horse.

Not 100 percent sure why the Governator even has a mini horse, or why it steals his breakfast, but he posted this epic photo to his Facebook account and expected us to think this is just normal.

The caption for his post read:

“If anyone notices I have lost a little weight, blame Whiskey. She’s been stealing my breakfast every morning.”

Don’t act like you didn’t just read that quote using your terribly flawed interpretation of an aggressive Austrian accent.