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Sweets

Trader Joe’s Adds Boba-Filled Vegan Cold Brew Frozen Dessert

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There was a time someone with severe lactose intolerance couldn’t enjoy a pint of coffee ice cream without getting a stomachache. Those days are long gone now, as brands have begun offering a plethora of non-dairy options in all sorts of flavors for those not about dairy.

Take Trader Joe’s new Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert. While this mouthful may give you brain freeze if you dive in too fast, there’s nothing about this robustly-named product that hasn’t piqued my coffee dessert-loving interest.

The brand’s newest flavor features a creamy coconut milk base, with the flavors of cold brew coffee made from Thai-grown Arabica coffee beans, and chewy tapioca pearls.

You can find this entirely vegan frozen dessert at the freezer section of your local Trader Joe’s.

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Deals Fast Food

Lee’s Sandwiches Is Giving Out FREE Coffee And Croissants To Front Line Responders

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There has been a drastic increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the country in the last few months and hospitals are quickly running out of resources. One major resource are the valiant front-line responders that are battling this pandemic with little to no rest.

Popular Vietnamese sandwich chain Lee’s Sandwiches, known for their potent Vietnamese Iced Coffee and mouthwatering banh mi is lending a hand to those front line responders.

The chain is offering free brewed coffee (hot or iced) and butter croissants to anyone who identifies as a first responder. This includes, Healthcare Workers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and Essential Workers.

Front-line responders can begin claiming their free coffee and croissants beginning December 18 through January 18.

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Drinks Kitchen Gadgets Technology

This French Press Brews Coffee In Your Car Or With Solar Power

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If you’re camping or on a road trip, a steaming pot of coffee is one of the things many of us look forward to in the morning. A new crowd-funded device could make it possible to brew your coffee from your car, or entirely on solar power.

This new coffee maker comes from GoSun, a company known for making solar-powered cooking tech — like stoves powered by the sun. Their new GoSun Brew, which launched recently on Kickstarter, combines a French press and a coffee brewer together while making power options easily accessible.

If you have a car charger port, the coffee maker can plug into that to charge. You then just need to add coffee grounds and water, heat up the device, and plunge to get that French press coffee experience.

GoSun also has a solar-charged power bank that can charge or power the coffee maker as well as charge a bunch of other devices, making it clutch for when you need your phone in the wild.

Both of these products are available as part of GoSun’s Kickstarter, which is fully funded but still actively running. The GoSun Brew is available at a pledge of $59 or more, and has a suggested market price of $99. Getting the power bank thrown in requires a pledge of $269 or more, with a suggested retail price of $499.

It’s definitely expensive in terms of both coffee makers and power banks, but the solar powered aspect, allowing you to self-charge whenever the sun is out, comes in clutch. Plus, there’s not exactly a Starbucks on every street corner when you’re on a trip — so what’s that phone charge and coffee worth to ya?!

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Packaged Food Sweets

Oreo Releasing Coffee-Flavored JAVA CHIP Cookies Next Year

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Somewhere out there in the vastness of modern civilization, there is someone who has a house stocked with every Oreo flavor that’s ever existed. Well, that individual will have to add two more to that dream house. 

Next year, Oreo has announced they’ll be releasing a new Java Chip-flavored cookie and a Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie

The Java Chip will boast a coffee-flavored creme that features tiny little chocolate chips, and the Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie sounds pretty similar to a Nutella-flavored confection. 

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Arriving in stores in January 2021, the two new flavors will become a permanent addition to the Oreo lineup. You can bet we’ll be buying a bag or two of these as soon as they drop. 

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Drinks Fast Food

PEEPS Slurpees & PEEPS Lattes Are Now At 7-Eleven

Spring is here and we’re officially in Peeps season, folks. Love them or hate them, with the advent of Spring comes such a hype for these little animal-shaped marshmallows that continues to polarize both classrooms and offices alike. Almost as much as candy corn. Almost.

Leaning into the spirit of Peeps, 7-Eleven just released two new beverage options, both inspired by the prolific, ear-forward marshmallow treat.

The first is a Peeps-flavored Slurpee, which the brand has been teasing since February. This marks the first-ever marshmallow-flavored Slurpee from 7-Eleven (what were they waiting for??). Second, Peeps takes the form of a Peeps Latte that’s offered in the hot beverage dispensing machines.

Those looking for a sweet kick of marshmallow should be sure to give these drinks a taste!

Peeps lovers, you can check out these flavors at your local 7-Eleven throughout the month of April. You can also have them delivered for free through 7Now, 7-Eleven’s delivery service, with the promo code FREE4U.

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Fast Food Plant-Based

Starbucks Launches A Beyond Meat Breakfast Sandwich In Canada

Plant-based proteins are finally making it onto fast food breakfast menus and as a breakfast lover who’s unable to eat meat for the next few months, I couldn’t be happier to have another morning option that isn’t fruit or oatmeal.

After flocks of customer requests to add more diverse protein options to the menu, Starbucks locations throughout Canada will be releasing a Beyond Meat Breakfast Sandwich early next week. Next week, Beyond Meat fans up north will be able to sink their teeth into these meatless breakfast sandwiches.

The Beyond Meat, Cheddar, and Egg Sandwich is made with a 100% plant-based Beyond Breakfast Sausage comprised of ingredients such as soy, peas, brown rice, and gluten. Paired with a fried egg, and a slice of cheddar cheese, the sandwich is loaded between two slices of English Muffin.

While meatless, the new breakfast sandwich isn’t truly vegan — as it still contains egg and cheese. The chain, however, says all you have to do is take the egg and cheese off upon ordering to get that full vegan effect.

Look for this new sandwich at all Starbucks locations across Canada beginning March 3.

Full disclosure, I own a share of Beyond Meat.

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Products

You Can Buy This Mug For Ketchup, Fulfilling All Your Fry-Dipping Fantasies

As much as I love In-N-Out, my biggest gripe with their ketchup containers is that I’ll need to fill multiple ones to meet my standard fry-dipping requirement. Really, it’s any burger joint that carries those dainty little paper cups. Surely there’s something out there that can meet our ketchup requirements. Thanks to some mild innovation, there’s a solution that will solve anyone’s condiment woes.

One of the newest items to hit the Foodbeast Merch Shop, the Katchup Mug is here for all your ketchup dipping needs.

The Katchup Mug is both dishwasher and microwave safe, as well as 100% reusable. You can purchase the item here for $13. A companion mug that houses Ranch is also available at the Foodbeast store and comes highly recommended for your Ranch dipping needs.

Wonder if I can also use it for coffee?

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Is Turning Their Coffee Waste Into Car Parts For Ford

Fast food sustainability is the next frontier to be tackled and McDonald’s seems to be ending the year on an ambitious note with their latest venture. The Golden Arches announced that they’re turning coffee bean waste into car parts.

In collaboration with Ford Motor Company, the burger chain is taking coffee chaff — the dried skin on the bean that falls off during the roast — and converting it into a durable product that’s used to strengthen vehicle parts.

Under low oxygen and high temperatures, the coffee chaff is heated and mixed with plastic and a few other additives and made into pellets that can be molded into different kinds of shapes. Ford Motor says that coffee chaff actually much better heat properties than the materials that they currently use.

McDonald’s goes through millions of pounds of coffee chaff every year and typically it’s used for things like garden mulch or charcoal. Through this collaboration, a new alternative use for the wasted material presents itself for the fast food chain. This effort will divert waste from landfills, use significantly less petroleum, and lower CO2 emissions through the production of bioplastic car parts. McDonald’s expects to source 100 percent of its consumer packaging from recycled or renewable sources by 2025.

Wonder how many car parts I’ve contributed to with all the McDonald’s coffee I’ve had over the years?