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A Pizzeria Inside A Jamaican Restaurant Sells Massive Two Pound Mozzarella Sticks


this was a dairy- I mean – “very” fun experience 🤣 #alphonsos #lightningsticks #cheesepull #mozzarellasticks

♬ original sound – Kat Curtis

“This place has the world’s biggest mozzarella sticks.”

That’s the claim from the TikTok clip above by @thekatkurtis. And after witnessing the cheese pull from it that would make Mister Fantastic jealous, it would be fair to consider such a bold claim.

Further digging revealed that the baton-like mozzarella sticks are actually called Lightning Rods from a pizzeria named Alphonso’s The Original, which interestingly enough, is located inside a Jamaican restaurant by the name of Kings & Queens Jamaican Kitchen in West Allis, Wisconsin.

According to Milwaukee Record, the gargantuan cheese sticks measure at almost one whole foot and weight as much as two pounds. Wow.

Since the TikTok clip from Kat Kurtis went viral, the demand for the Lightning Rods have skyrocketed, prompting Alphonso’s to announce on their Facebook page regularly that they’ve sold out for the day. So if you’re really up for taking down the largest mozzarella stick you’ll ever see, act fast to snag some of those cheesy double grippers.

Packaged Food

Stouffer’s LASAGNA MAC Stuffs Mac & Cheese Inside A Lasagna

Photo courtesy of Stouffer’s

In April, Stouffer’s announced one of the freshest mashups to hit the frozen food aisles this year: LasagnaMac

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Stouffer’s Classic Lasagna but with an additional layer of Mac & Cheese thrown inside. 

Many a sleepless night, we’ve sat awake debating whether not to heat up some lasagna or Mac & cheese. This amalgam of the two hearty dishes would finally bring unity to our late-night cravings. 

Here’s the catch, though. 

The Lasagna Mac is only available through an online sweepstakes Stouffer’s is hosting. If successful, however, this could easily hit stores in the not-too-distant future. 

Hey, if fast-food chains can test menu items…

Packaged Food

These Innovative ‘Cheese Patties’ Gives a New Meaning to Grilled Cheese

We bet you haven’t had a grilled cheese quite like this before: The Rougette BonFire Grilling Cheese directly goes on your grill without all the mess, pretty much like a whole cheese patty. The special cheese rind keeps the outside crispy and golden, while the inside stays warm and creamy. This lactose and gluten free product is vegetarian friendly and will definitely widen some eyes at first bite.

With Summer coming up, Rougette’s grilling cheese products are a wonderful addition to the backyard barbecue, and an interesting alternative to the typical cheeses on your list. Explore all the ways you can spice up the menu at your next hot weather get-together on Rougette’s recipes page.

Packaged Food

Cheez-It Launches New Cheesy Loaded Popcorn Snacks

Photo courtesy of the Kellogg Company

Snack aisle popcorn definitely has its convenience. If I’m invested in something on TV, there’s a pretty slim chance I’ll want to wait for my popcorn to finish in the microwave. However, the only caveat is if I’m not making microwave popcorn, my snack bag needs to be pre-loaded with some kind of flavor outside of just plain salt.

Cheez-It has just released a new Loaded Popcorn line that packs just as much, if not more, cheese as its cracker predecessor.

The two flavors released are Cheez-It Loaded Cheddar Popcorn and Cheez-It Loaded White Cheddar Popcorn.

Arguably the best part of any cheese dusted popcorn is the layer of cheese crust that develops on your fingers once you’re halfway through the bag. Delicious.

Cheez-It Loaded Popcorn has been gradually rolling out to store snack aisles nationwide through February. The snack bags will be available for a limited time.

Packaged Food

Cheetos’ New ‘Crunch Pop Mix’ Is A Cheesy Flip On Two Iconic Snacks

Photo courtesy of Cheetos

There was a time, back when movie theaters were booming, when I would sneak in a bag of Cheetos and dump them into my bucket of popcorn as I sat through movie after movie. 

While this past year, it’s been much tougher to perform such a hack in theaters, Cheetos is now making it easier for those watching movies at home to enjoy their cheesy textures. 

The new Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix combines Cheetos-dusted popcorn with the iconic cheese-c0vered corn chips. 

Imagine the goldmine of cheese crust that’s dancing across the surface of your fingertips. Indeed a time to be alive. 

You can find the new Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix in 7-oz bags starting this week at retailers nationwide. 

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Sweet & Salty Popcorn Is A Nonstop Party In Your Mouth

Often, truly exciting food comes in the form of an unexpected combo. Think chicken and waffles, cured meat and fresh fruit, or that oft-debated little bit of bacon that elbows its way into the syrup on a breakfast platter. The simplicity is key. Sometimes, delectability comes purely down to throwing together two foods that embody a flavor profile, like sweet and salty in the case of the aforementioned dishes. 

This, I think, is why one of my recent favorites, Cretors Cheese & Caramel Mix Popcorn, is so mind-blowingly addictive.

I’ll be honest, too, usually I’m not one for flavoured popcorn. Butter and salt is all this guy needs. But, a mix of cheese and caramel? That’s interesting enough to intrigue even the most seasoned popcorn veteran.

But beyond the fact cheese/caramel duo in and of itself is quite striking. This stuff is  amazing because Cretors is doing it right. Their tagline is “Handcrafted Small-Batch Popcorn,” a mantra that they fully live up to.

For the crucial details, the small-batch caramel is handcrafted in copper kettles, creating a complex taste, perfectly walking the line between luxurious and subtle. The cheddar, however, is not to be outdone, having been sourced from high-quality sharp cheddar cheese. Every plush kernel is evenly layered with caramel or cheese, the two flavors eventually intermingling into one explosive tasting experience. There’s a reason this is Cretors #1 selling flavor.

You can find bags of this mix, along with the rest of Cretors variety of popcorns, at most grocery stores. Go ahead and cop multiple. It’ll save you the trip once you find yourself polishing off the whole bag before you know what’s happened. 

Created in partnership with Cretors Popcorn.

Packaged Food

Sam’s Club Has An Advent Calendar Filled With CHEESE

Photo courtesy of Sam’s Club

Probably one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the countdown leading up to that special day. When I was little, I’d get these awesome little advent calendars filled with chocolates to help me keep track.

To help placate the grown-up in me, Sam’s Club is offering a Cheese Advent Calendar for fans of the delightful dairy treat.

Counting down to Christmas, the calendar features 24 individually wrapped cheeses imported from England that includes Applewood Cheddar, Jarlsberg, Ilchester Cheddar, Ilchester Red Leicester, and Ilchester Wensleydale with Cranberries.

Each serving of cheese is about 20 grams, totaling 24 servings per box.

Not gonna lie, I might track down a wine advent calendar and just pair the two together.

The Cheese calendars sell for about $16.98 in the refrigerated cheese section of participating Sam’s Club locations nationwide while supplies last. Man, adding this to Santa’s Wishlist.

Fast Food Recipes

Shake Shack Reveals The Secret Recipe Behind Their Cheese Sauce

The secret recipes continue to reveal themselves, this time in the form of Shake Shack’s famous cheese sauce.

Yes, the sauce found on the burger chain’s famous fries, hot dogs, and burgers can now be made in the comfort of your own kitchen — especially since many of us aren’t able to drive out to a Shake Shack any time soon.

Shake Shack’s posted a video on both their Facebook and Twitter accounts with their Culinary Director Mark Rosati showing how their iconic cheese sauce is made.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Cups American Cheese
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 6 thin slices of Jalapeños
  • 3/4 Cup Onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Peppercorns
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tbsp White Wine

Check out the video to see exactly how that prolific cheese sauce goes down! Man, seeing the reveal of the flavors are so complex, but the execution looks so simple.

It appears this is the first of a few upcoming Shake Shack tutorials, so stick around as more are sure to drop soon. I wonder if In-N-Out will have any plans to reveal their secret spread recipe? Doubtful. Until next time, stay safe everyone!