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Dippin’ Dots Adds New Cookies ‘n Creme Snack Balls

One of the most nostalgic treats we can remember is a cup of Dippin’ Dots from a vending machine at the mall. Man, those were the days. For those looking to chase a bit of that nostalgia, there’s a new Dippin’ Dots iteration you can feast on in the comfort of your own homes.

Herr’s and Dippin’ Dots have released a new snack that encompasses the novelty of Dippin’ Dots with the convenience of chips. Called Snack Balls, the new bite-size corn snack is Cookies ‘n Cream flavored and boasts a crunchy texture with the sweet goodness Dippin’ Dots is best known for.

You can find this new Herr’s Dippin’ Dots collaboration at select grocery stores around the United States, or if you perfer to order them directly you can do so here. Man, I wonder if they’ll release a Banana Split version soon?

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Dippin’ Dots Cereal Is A Nostalgic Treat That You Can Now Have For Breakfast

I remember those middle school days where I would hang out at the mall, catch a movie with some friends, and buy a cup of Dippin’ Dots ice cream while I wait for someone to pick me up. You don’t see Dippin’ Dots around too much these days, outside of vending machines and fairs, and that kind of breaks my heart.

Luckily, fans of the dessert now have something to look forward to.

General Mills just announced a partnership with Dippin’ Dots to create a breakfast cereal based around the mini beads of ice cream.

Dippin’ Dots cereal comes in two options: Cookies ‘n Cream and Banana Split, arguably two of the brand’s most popular ice cream flavors.

The ice cream brand was founded in 1988 and utilized cryogenic technology to create those innovative pellets of sweet delight. While the new cereal doesn’t actually have ice cream (think about the mess that’d leave in the cereal aisle), it does capture the essence of the dessert in breakfast form.

Dippin’ Dots cereal will be available nationwide exclusively at Walmart stores. Just remember, look for them in the cereal aisle, not the freezer aisle. I wonder how this might pair on top of a bowl of regular Dippin’ Dots ice cream?

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A Lot Of Your Favorite Foods Were Invented By Accident

Some of the best things come by accident, like love, music collaborations, and even children. None of those accidents are as tasty as these foods, though, because you’d be surprised how many things you put in your mouth came from unplanned origins.

From Dippin Dots to Pink Lemonade, check out how they all serendipitously got started:

Icee


In the 1950s, a Kansas City Dairy Queen soda fountain went out, and owner Omar Knedlik was forced to put his product in bottles and stuck them in the freezer. When he took them out, they were all slushed. He sold them that way and people became big fans. From there, Knedlik McGuyver’ed himself a slushy machine using the AC unit rom a car, some flavoring, water, and carbon dioxide.

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Dippin’ Dots


Dippin’ Dots were invented in 1988 by microbiologist Curt Jones, who was originally trying to figure out a way to feed cows more efficiently.One of Jones’s experiments involved freezing cow feed at 350 degrees below zero, turning the cow food into little pellets. Taking that same concept, Jones froze ice cream with liquid nitrogen, which turned them into the little Dippin’ Dot beads we’ve become familiar with.

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Beer


It’s hard to pinpoint the exact origins of beer, but it is believed that hunter-gatherer tribes stumbled upon its fermentation process about 12,000 years ago. In the midst of wheat, rice barley, and maize crops, it was bound to happen.

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Waffle Cone


In 1904, Ernest A. Hamwi was selling fresh waffle crisp pastries at the St. Louis World’s Fair. When an ice cream vendor next to him ran out of plates, Hamwi was a homie and rolled up his waffles in a cone shape. Once the waffle crisps cooled, they put the ice cream inside, and it actually worked.

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Pink Lemonade


There are two accounts of how pink lemonade was invented, and both are accidental and strange. The first dates back to 1857, at a circus. A lemonade vendor ran out of water for his sweet drink. To remedy the thrifty vendor went backstage and took the pink water from the circus’ bareback rider’s freshly washed rights. The disgusting jerk then used that washed water, his lemons, and tantric acid to make his “fine strawberry lemonade.”

The second account isn’t so extra, but still involves a circus. Circus promoter Henry E. Allott was believe to have accidentally dropped red cinnamon candy into a batch of his lemonade. He rolled with the pink colored lemonade and kept selling.
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Corn Flakes


According to Kellogg’s, company founder W.K. Kellogg made Corn Flakes by accident. After successfully flaking wheat berry, he later flaked corn, and well, created Corn Flakes.

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Nachos


In 1943, a group of Texas army wives hopped the border and had dinner in a Mexican restaurant called Victory Club. When maitre d’ Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya noticed that the cook mysteriously went missing, he wanted to still feed the visiting women. Nacho ran in the kitchen, used his lack of cooking skills to put some cheese and jalapenos over a plate of tortilla chips. We can thank his improvisation for nachos.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies


The origin of chocolate chip cookies has some cutesy storyteller points to it, that you may or may not choose to believe. According to Toll House, Ruth Wakefield accidentally invented the chocolate chip cookie when she ran out of traditional baker’s chocolate. She then decided to use chopped up semi-sweet chocolate morsels instead. Being an experienced baker, some have trouble believing that it was an accident, and it was something Wakefield already knew would work. But we’d like to think it was all done by accident, just because it’s more fun that way.

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Popsicles

According to History.com, Oakland, California native Frank Epperson accidentally left out a glass of water filled with soda powder, and a stick that he used for stirring. It was so cold that night, the glass of water froze. Epperson used hot water to take out the ice pop, and inadvertently made a nice frozen treat. After making pops for his friends and family, he eventually patented the icy invention. Oh, and it was his children who wanted to call them “Pop’s ‘sicles.”

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Dippin’ Dots Were Originally Meant To Be Cow Feed

I still remember the first time I tried Dippin’ Dots ice cream. I was a 9-year-old brat, at the mall with my parents, when I suddenly became intrigued by the colorful little cart by the food court. Despite the hefty price tag, my parents still bought me a cup ( I must have gotten a “A” on my last test or something). Little ice cream balls that melt in your mouth? If you tried them as a kid, like I did, you know exactly the euphoria that came with the first cold bite. Unforgettable.

While we see Dippin’ Dots all over the place, from sporting arenas to amusement parks, the origins of these frozen treats are pretty bizarre, as they were not even meant to be ice cream.

Dippin’ Dots were invented in 1988 by microbiologist Curt Jones, who was originally trying to figure out a way to feed cows more efficiently.

One of Jones’s experiments involved freezing cow feed at 350 degrees below zero, turning the cow food into little pellets.

Taking that same concept, Jones froze ice cream with liquid nitrogen, which turned them into the little Dippin’ Dot beads we’ve become familiar with. The dots freezing temperature is so cold, that grocery store freezers can’t even store them, that’s why we only see Dippin’ Dots at special locations.

After creating the dots, Jones found that natural heat within the mouth melted the ice cream pellets, making their consumption a little more pleasing.

The dots caught on. The feed? Not so much.

In a way, we can thank cows for Dippin’ Dots. Well, cows, and a scientist’s curious love for making ice cream.

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Dippin’ Dots Wants To Throw An Ice Cream Social For The White House

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Photo: Send Dippin’ Dots

If someone I was in a feud with extended an olive branch to me in the form of an ice cream social, I’d drop any arguments I have with them right then and there.

Dippin’ Dots is definitely trying to capitalize on that logic right now.

The ice cream brand is offering to throw an ice cream social for the White House following the uncovering of some unsavory tweets from White House Press Secretary/Communications Director Sean Spicer. Apparently, Spicer is NOT a fan of the company at all, as his tweets have been putting the ice cream company on blast for nearly 7 years.

According to NPR, these tweets were uncovered by the internet following a series of clashes with reporters at press briefings, and it’s led to some hilarious reactions. Someone even created a campaign to send the press secretary Dippin’ Dots in an effort to “give back to the administration the petty nonsense we’ve been receiving.”

When Dippin’ Dots found out about the tweets, they decided to respond with a peace offering rather than clap back at the White House. Subsequently, they drafted an open letter to Sean Spicer that invited him and the White House to an ice cream social:

“We can even afford to treat the White House and press corps to an ice cream social. What do you say? We’ll make sure there’s plenty of all your favorite flavors.”

Turns out that Sean Spicer has recently responded to the open letter, and is inviting Dippin’ Dots to put on their social — for a different cause:

That’s a great and classy idea, Secretary Spicer. Ice cream for first responders, the military, and vets? I’m totally down with that concept.

I’m sure that Dippin’ Dots won’t run out of vanilla this time.

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This Machine Turns Almost ANY Food Into Dippin’ Dots

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Meet the Imperial Spherificator. It’s a device that uses molecular gastronomy to turn almost any food into tiny spheres, kind of like Dippin’ Dots. As long as you can liquefy a food, you can turn it into tiny edible balls with this thing! Currently it’s crowdfunding on Kickstarter, so if you want one of your own, head over HERE to contribute. Earlybirds can snag one for $100 and prices go up from there. Totally worth it even if you do just use it once and it ends up collecting dust in a kitchen cabinet after that. Isn’t that right, Rollie? You know what I’m talking about!

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DIY Alcoholic Dippin’ Dots: A Little Danger, A Lotta Booze

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As we here at Foodbeast have iterated over, and over, and over again, there are few things greater on this earth than the combination of alcohol and sugar. It goes with cupcakes, candy, coffee, and, most recently, ice cream.

But this is Foodbeast. We’re progressive. We use the Internet. When plain old scrape-it-from-the-carton ice cream isn’t doing it for us, we turn to Dippin’ Dots. And then we add booze, because reasons.

This recipe comes to us from the brilliant folks at Gizmodo and D.C. beverage manager, Brennan Adams. In essence, it’s a boozy, made-from-scratch ice cream concoction flash frozen with a little liquid nitrogen (which, as Gizmodo warns, is action-movie-level dangerous, so be careful. No drinking on the job, folks) to make the tiny dots we know and love. Apparently, Adams was prepared to call his clever creation Drinkin’ Dots, but Dippin’ Dots killed our collective buzz and said no, so now they’re Cryo-Spheres, which is way cooler, anyway, no pun intended.

Gizmodo has the full recipe, instructions, and all the science-y stuff that goes along with it, in case someone forces you to justify your actions (as well as where to find liquid nitrogen, if you’re in the market), but here are the basics:

  • Ingredients
    • 2 cups sweet vermouth
    • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
    • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    • 3/4 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1/2 packet (1/2 tablespoon) gelatin
    • 1/3 cup cold water
    • 1/2 cup cold (refrigerated) rye whiskey
    • maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • Prep Directions
    • Liquid nitro into a wide-mouth container
    • Ice cream + booze mixture (softened) into a condiment container
    • Ice cream + booze mixture into the nitro
    • DON’T FREEZE YOUR FINGERS OFF

Just don’t eat your creation right away. Look how pretty they are! Remember the scene in A Christmas Story where the kid licks the metal pole and all hell breaks loose? This is like that, but you’d be ramming that pole down your throat and into your stomach. You just made your own boozy Dippin’ Dots. You can wait a second to enjoy them.

You’ve been warned.

H/T + PicThx Gizmodo

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Dippin’ Dots Files For Bankruptcy

The “ice cream of the future,” aka Dippin’ Dots, is not feelin’ too futuristic today. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Paducah, Ky after struggling for some time to come to terms with its $20.2 million in listed assets and debt of $12 million (according to its latest filing).

A reorganization plan is being drawn up for its finances and operations, which should be relatively good news for fans of the product. The novelty ice cream ice cream that is basically little beads of ice cream and is popular with theme park visitors and other event-goers should hopefully make it through the reorganization and maintain its distribution.