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Cheez-It Launches New Cheesy Loaded Popcorn Snacks

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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.

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

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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.

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Sam’s Club Has An Advent Calendar Filled With CHEESE

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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.

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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!

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PizzaRev Is Now Letting Kids Eat FREE At All Their Restaurants

While everyone’s advised to stay home, parents may have it pretty tough balancing a work-from-home life as well as the responsibility of feeding kids currently out of school. Yes, it’s every parents’ responsibility to make sure there’s food in their child’s stomachs, but what if that meant free pizza?

In an effort to bring some relief to stressed out parents, build-your-own pizza chain PizzaRev is letting kids eat FREE all day everyday.

With the purchase of an adult entree, a child will get his or her own personal cheese or pepperoni pizza, a healthy drink, and a dessert of their choice. Parent and child can sit down together and enjoy their own personally crafted pies from the safety of their homes.

PizzaRev is also offering beer and wine through DoorDash with proof of ID upon delivery. Just in case y’all feel like stress drinking.

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Taco Bell Just Launched Real Crispy Cheese Snacks

 

taco bell cheddar crisps

Crispy cheese could be considered a delicacy in a number of places, namely my household. The crunchy ends on pizza crusts, the bits of shredded cheese that come out of a quesadilla while it’s cooking, hell, even the burnt Goldfish at the end of the bag — none of these are safe in my presence. For anyone on the same wavelength as me (so, anyone who isn’t lactose intolerant I presume), Taco Bell just came out with the perfect snack: Cheddar Crisps.

Their new Cheddar Crisps are now available in participating 7-Eleven’s and Kroger’s nationwide, and eventually will be on Amazon delivery services. Taking inspiration from classic Taco Bell flavors, they’ll be launching in three different variations: Nacho, Fire Sauce, and Mild Sauce.

Made with real cheese, the disc-shaped snacks are similar to other cheese snacks, except these have the feel of actual crunchy cheese rather than a cheese-flavored cracker. 

If you’re curious as to how these taste, and how fiery the fire sauce flavor really is, check out our Foodbeast first impressions on our Instagram.

For more info on where to stock up on these savory snacks, check out www.tacobellcravings.com for a store locator.

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Parmigiano Reggiano’s Impact on Food Culture

A couple hours south of Milan is one of Italy’s most treasured and storied regions that you may not know about. The Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy is a beautiful countryside that encompasses a lush pasture — the ideal place to cultivate epicurean goods. This region is home to important staples of Italian cuisine, with deeply rooted traditions that stretch their influence worldwide, lending itself to be superior producers of ham, balsamic vinegar, and of course Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan cheese) —”The King of Cheeses.”  If your travels ever take you to this land of plenty, it would be easy to see why the culture of food in this region is especially valuable.     

Parmigiano Reggiano is a cheese that bears the weight of centuries old tradition. It carries with it an immortal process of cheese making that has been unchanged since its conception.  The process, developed by the Benedictan monks in the thirteenth century, uses only three ingredients: raw milk, rennet, and salt. With that, they were able to develop a method that safely aged cheese over a long period of time.  To this day, Parmigiano Reggiano, the authentic parmesan cheese can only be produced within the Emilia-Romagna region, using the same ingredients and methods.  

The 352 dairy farms within the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium (the union of producers and traders) abide by a strict process in creating this natural cheese.  The process begins by combining fresh, raw, unpasteurized milk from local cows with calf rennet — the enzyme used to jumpstart the curdling process. It is whisked around in a large copper vat, separating the solidifying cheese and the liquids over a short period of time.  Once the cheese completely sinks to the bottom, it is scooped up and molded into a large wheel. It is later brined in salt and is set to mature properly over the course of at least two years before being sold.

This arduous and meticulous process requires a masterful hand to create, and goes on year round without fail.  It makes absolute sense that these wheels (of fortune) cost what they do at market.   

True Italian chefs know that there is no substitute for authentic Parmigiano Reggiano, and it’s potential in dishes soar higher than as just a garnish on a bowl of bolognese.  Unlike its American counterfeit of the grated variety, parmesan in its truest form can be delivered in innovative ways that take advantage of its robust flavor.

Over time, Parmigiano Reggiano was established as a Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP), a product with a protected designation of origin — which means that it is a good produced only in a specific region of Italy, requiring a specific production process that cannot be duplicated elsewhere, due to its association to culture and historical value. 

Parmigiano is truly valued in many frames of Italian culture, especially in the Emilia-Romagna region.  It’s special to all the chefs and gourmands — who value true craftsmanship and artistry; and the pursuit of authenticity.  But especially for the Consortium’s 352 dairy farms and its farmers — the literal nine centuries old art of cheesemaking tradition that spans several generations; all families that are prepared to pass down a noble livelihood to the next generation.  It is pride, passion, and genuine love that is at the center of this story.