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Packaged Food

Coconut Milk Yogurt Exists — Would You Try It?

Consumers’ eating habits have greatly evolved over the years. With the advancement in food science, the availability of information, and an industry that is quick to evolve with dynamic tastes and dietary needs, our local grocer’s aisle is now rife with options to suit all kinds of people — with snack items growing exponentially in recent years in terms of variety and specific scope of customer base.

Milk alternatives have been booming as an example, with coconut milk extending its influence in recent years. But it’s not until recently that coconut milk-based yogurt has stepped into the milk group chat. So Delicious Dairy Free is a brand that’s sauntered up to the plate, ready to knock it out the park with their So Delicious Pairings Coconutmilk Yogurt Alternative that’s not only dairy-free, but also nut-free, soy-free, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified.

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So Delicious Pairings comes ready with a roster of different flavors that are ready to satisfy palates of all types: Coco Almond Crunch, Spice Blueberry, Salted Caramel Cluster, and Key Lime Pie.

If you’re ready for the plunge into coconut milk yogurt, So Delicious Pairings are now available at grocery stores nationwide and retail for a suggested price of $2.29 per 5.3 oz. cup.

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Can You Tell Us What The Vile Thing This Woman Found In Her Coconut Water Is?

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Vita Coco claims that the object is more than likely mold, according to BuzzFeed.

What the hell is that?

Likely one of the many thoughts running through Barbara Kline’s head as she uncovered a curious item in her coconut water.

According to the New York Post, Kline was drinking from a carton of Vita Coco when she noticed a strange taste. At first, she believed she picked a flavored variation of the drink, but soon discovered it held an unnatural color as she poured some of the contents down the drain. She then noticed some clinking noise coming from the carton.

Here’s what she found inside:

Admittedly, we tried not to stare at this too long, having many food-related things to do with the rest of our day. However, we simply can’t figure out what it is.

Kline claims that she experienced “days” of vomiting and diarrhea from the experience, reports the Post.

Since the photographs gained attention, Vita Coco has offered to pick up the curious item from Kine’s home. Kline said, however, that she is hanging on to it as it is the only evidence she has against them. Still, we might want to look into getting it tested by experts.

So what do you think it is? An undiscovered sea creature? A moldy mass that grew a little too large? Or an alien scout sent from the stars?

Check back as we’ll update you as soon as we find out.

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Hit-Or-Miss

11 Adorable Food Gadgets That Your Valentine Will Love

There’s officially less than a week before Valentine’s Day, which means you probably still need to buy a gift, make reservations, and maybe even find a Valentine. So, in order to help you through this process, this gift guide should assist in finding something truly unique that will stand out more than some cheap candy — and will probably taste better too.

This year, instead of relying solely on the florist or a gourmet chocolatier — find something that will capture the essence of love, while also serving a physical purpose. For those of us caught up in the Valentine’s Day gift struggle to swoon your favorite foodie, these easy to find, food-centric gift ideas won’t break the bank, and will show Bae how much you care.

Covered X & O Silicone Ice Cube Tray 

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Looking for a cute and classy way to tell your lover, you want to XOXO them all over? Using this awesome ice tray from Bed Bath and Beyond, might be the easiest way. As they say, love is in the air on Valentine’s Day — and now it will be in your drink! $12.99, online only. 

Heart-Shaped Measuring Cups

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Although these heart-shaped measuring cups won’t hold flowers, they’ll definitely hold flour. These romantic, yet functional kitchen utensils are the perfect gift for the adorable baker or chef in your life. This is also the next best way to tell your sweetheart that you’re in love with their cooking.

Food-Themed Enamel Pins 

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Do you love pizza more than your Valentine, but can’t admit it? That’s okay because these adorable enamel pins by The Sleepy Mountain will be the best way show them what’s most important. $10

Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper Shaker 

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The genius minds who create the adorable things at Smoko Inc. usually have the perfect gift for any occasion. While some Valentine’s Day gifts might seem a bit cheesy, Smoko’s Peas in a Pod Salt & Pepper Shaker will always remind your Valentine of the special bond you share — and will help make every meal just a bit more delicious. $19.99

Adorable Emoji Portable Chargers

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Is your darling always complaining about their phone dying? WattzUp Power is the portable problem solver. Right now, they have super cute designs, like the Smitten Kitten emoji that are purrfect for Valentine’s Day.  But, wait — how is this related to food? Think about it, now you’ll never have to worry about your battery dying if you have to call for some delivery.  $39.99

An Awesome Nacho Cookbook

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We all know that nachos are awesome. What’s even better is a whole cookbook on nacho recipes can that easily be recreated for any occasion  — you know, not just one time on a certain night in February — hint, hint. But, that should at least give you some ideas. ¡Buenos Nachos! by Gina Hamadey, $25

Can You Feel My Love Buzz?

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Let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks on Valentine’s Day, but what about after? Your lover will always crack a smile every time he or she reaches to crack open a bottle. $22.00, 

Food Grade Coconut Bath Soak 

CoconutMilk_BathSoakBesides food, the next best thing about Valentine’s Day is getting pampered. Herbivore’s food grade coconut milk bath soak combines the best of both! $18.00

Chocolate Melting Pot

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Chocolate dipped strawberries are super delicious, but it’s been done over and over again. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a box of week old strawberries, you can show your Valentine how resourceful and creative you are when you bust out this chocolate melting pot and create some chocolate dipped treats of your own. $17.99

Heart-Shaped Tea Infuser

Heart Shaped Tea InfuserValentine’s Day is only one day a year, so why spend money on something that’s just going to get thrown out in a week. This heart-shaped tea infuser will allow your favorite tea lover to feel the warmth of your love while brewing cup after cup of delicious homemade tea. $6.21

Cooking Set with Valentine’s Day Recipe E-book

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This might be the best thing on this list. Before you spend your life savings on an overpriced steak dinner, it might be easier — and less expensive — to learn how to cook for once in your life. This cooking set comes with two e-books, one specifically for Valentine’s Day recipes. $17.48

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Health News

Starbucks Receives Tepid Reaction With Addition Of Coconut Milk

It’s been two days since Starbucks released their first coconut milk-based drink and the coffee-drinking world, on the whole, is pleased. Coffee lovers everywhere have been scrambling to get a taste of this new era in Starbucks beverages.

Myself included.

Lactose-free food and drink made up a $6.7 billion industry in 2015, and the trend has continued to rise into 2016, as well. To their credit, the giants of the food industry (i.e., Starbucks) have paid close attention to that profitable trend.

Although the Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato is only being promoted as a summer drink, you can now officially ask for coconut milk in any of your Starbucks beverages. Because if you think Starbucks is going to turn down the opportunity to buy into this multi-billion dollar industry year-round, you have another thing coming.

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Image: Yelp, http://www.yelp.com/biz/starbucks-chevy-chase

If the reviews continue to be positive, Starbucks will undoubtedly keep coconut milk as a full-time player and maybe even come out with a line of coconut drinks.

Based on how delicious their first attempt is, it seems like a definite possibility.

The iced macchiato was everything I wanted it to be; sweet, but not too sweet, and refreshingly creamy. There was a hint of coconut in the drink, but not so much that it tasted like I was enjoying a pina colada for my morning coffee. And, on top of the great consistency and flavor, there was the encouraging thought that my drink was a little bit healthier than usual.

As it turns out, however, I had to think this last thought with a grain of salt.

While the Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato has significantly less sugar than many of the soy latte drinks — according to the company website, a grande Starbucks latte with coconut milk has nearly a third less sugar than a grande soy latte — Starbucks’ coconut milk is not exactly what health nuts everywhere are endorsing.

Depending on the brand, most coconut milks contain coconut milk and water, maybe with some cane sugar added.

Starbucks’ coconut milk? According to popular health blog Rebooted Body, it contains water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin d2.

We probably don’t have to go into too much detail on why this is an issue for some people.

It does make sense that Starbucks would need to do a little emulsifying to get a smooth consistency (no one wants chunks of coconut meat in their macchiato), but this much? And why corn dextrin and various gums?

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Image: EcoWatch, http://www.ecowatch.com/starbucks-adds-coconut-milk-to-its-menu-but-should-you-order-it-1882012565.html

Despite the fact that the sugar and fat content of regular coconut milk has been severely reduced in Starbucks coconut milk, this doesn’t change the fact that Starbucks coconut milk has been seriously meddled with. And people are pissed.

Paleo blog Eat Clean has been displeased with Starbucks’ coconut milk since they included it as a latte option last summer, saying that it’s a more processed beverage than regular cow’s milk. Which is seriously saying something. As mentioned previously, Rebooted Body is very disappointed in Starbucks’ “failed” attempt with coconut milk, skewering the company for appearing to be a health conscious establishment when, in reality, they’re not. Health website Natural Society even breaks down what overly-processed ingredients are in Starbucks coconut milk and why each one is bad for you. Ouch.

Whether or not consumers will be willing to overlook the less-than-healthy aspects of this drink in favor of what they believe to be a “health conscious” option has yet to be seen. Admittedly, the drink is creamy and flavorful, so fans may be willing to turn a blind eye to the health concerns for the sake of a sweet treat and a super trendy Instagram post.

To be honest, Starbucks drinkers have been loving sugar-heavy frappucinos and machiattos for years without much complaint. So it stands to reason that this unhealthy drink in coconut milk’s clothing will be just as popular as its sugary predecessors.

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This Is The Starbucks ‘Pink Drink’ Everyone’s Going Nuts Over

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Starbucks’ secret menu grows bigger with every new item they introduce. With the recent addition of the chain’s Refreshers and coconut milk, some brilliant barista came up with the Pink Drink.

Made with Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher with just a bit of caffeine taken from Green Coffee Extract, the Pink Drink is mixed with coconut milk (instead of water) to get a creamy beverage boasting a light shade of pink and chunks of strawberry.

While some say it tastes like a lighter version of strawberry milk, others compare the taste to the popular yogurt-based Asian beverage Calpico.

The secret menu item recently hit a surge of popularity on various social media platforms. Starbucks baristas are already bracing themselves for the onslaught of customers requesting the #PinkDrink. At least ours was.

Works for us. Elie seems to like it.

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Starbucks Launches Subscription Service and New Menu Items

Apparently, today is Christmas for Starbucks fans. Again. The company is rolling out a plethora of new items and services in the US today that might just change the way you start your day.

The Caramel Flan Latte has returned and it brought a few friends with it. I’m sure your doctor won’t mind if you grab a chocolate caramel muffin with a Tiramisu Latte or a bacon, egg and cheddar breakfast sandwich (OK, they’ll definitely mind). Luckily for your health, the sandwich is the only permanent addition, while the rest are seasonal.

For those of you concerned with your health, coconut milk is officially available as an alternative to dairy and soy. The substitution, an odd addition ahead of the obvious almond milk, lowers the calorie count of any drink, but leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Most importantly, Starbucks launched a coffee subscription service in an attempt to compete with rising roasters like Stumptown and Intelligentsia. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery subscriptions cost $24 a month and bring small-batch Reserve coffees to your door within 48 hours of roasting.

Basically, Starbucks is trying to woo the wallets off of customers right now, and they’re doing so in full evil genius fashion. They are distracting their complacent base with new menu items, while appealing to sideline hipsters with their Reserve expansion and health-conscious caffeine lovers with coconut milk.

I’m on to you, Starbucks.

*Sips Caramel Flan Latte*

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Fast Food

Starbucks Testing Coconut Milk as Non-Dairy Alternative

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To all the lactose intolerant folk who don’t dig soy milk in their Caramel Frappuccinos, a new non-dairy alternative may become available soon.

Reuters reported that Starbucks is testing coconut milk in certain stores across Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Oregon.

Starbucks has offered soy milk as an alternative since 1997, and it is even organic to help ease the minds of those concerned about GMOs, but this is the first time they’ve ever tried using coconut milk.

If you’re wondering where almond milk stands in all of this, Starbucks has stayed away from testing the nutty, non-dairy alternative because of customers with allergies.

The days of just accepting regular milk in your coffee are long gone, as consumers are more savvy to healthier alternatives. Although Starbucks offers organic soy milk, 93 percent of soy beans in the United States are non-organic and genetically modified according to Silk. There was even a campaign launched asking Starbucks to only use organic, no-GMO milk in its products. So Starbucks has felt the pressure to change before.

Starbucks hasn’t said how many stores will be offering the coconut milk, but it’s cool to know they’re trying this kind of stuff.