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Skittles Premieres New Sour Skittles-Infused Ice Cream Bars

As spring transitions to summer, so too do snack cravings. Gone are the big bags of sweets that are to be devoured under three blankets while watching movies. It’s time for ice cream. But, as we sit in the in-between period of the change — too hot for a sweater, but not hot enough for a t-shirt— a cravings crisis begins to form. Much like choosing an outfit, choosing the appropriate snack can be a downright challenge.

Enter, Crazy Sour Skittles Coolers, the hybrid ice cream-candy. 

The new treat is the latest in the candy’s ice cream bars, the first of which dropped last February. The premise remains the same: deliver the Skittles experience, but make it ice cream. Except now, the humble Sour Skittle is the star of the show. 

This is accomplished by dipping a fruit-flavored, Skittles-infused ice cream bar in a “sour fruit sorbet.” 

The results can be seen on the Instagram page @newfoodsuk, who reported the find at an Iceland Foods supermarket. 

The response to the account’s post were, unsurprisingly, mixed. But, it’s hard to imagine ice cream and candy not being good together (or at least good enough to try) so this seems like an easy move for candy fiends.

Unfortunately, this is a UK-only product, so any stateside Skittles fanatics will have to find something else to fulfill their cravings.

I’m sorry, Marshawn

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Starbucks Pops Out Caramel Popcorn Frappuccinos In Europe

How do you enjoy your popcorn? Do you take it with extra butter or are you a nacho cheese kind of individual?  Personally, I enjoy the sweet and crunchy texture that comes with caramel popcorn. Naturally when Starbucks introduced their new Caramel Popcorn Frappuccino over in the UK, our interest was piqued.

Brand Eating reports the cold new beverage will be available through the summer at Starbucks stores across the Atlantic.

The beverage features a creme Frappuccino syrup that’s blended with milk, ice, popcorn brittle, and a popcorn-flavored syrup. It’s then topped with popcorn brittle, whipped cream, butterscotch drizzle, and additional bits of popcorn brittle.

Patrons of Starbucks’ participating locations in Europe will find the beverage available through the end of the summer season. Man, we’re not looking forward to all the upcoming fall Pumpkin Spice drinks after this promotion ends, though.

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McDonald’s Italy Adds Deep-fried Stuffed Olives

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Every international fast food chain has menu items based around local cuisine. French McDonald’s locations feature more baked goods than their US counterparts, while Mcdonald’s Japan has items such as a cheese-stuffed pork katsu sandwich.

McDonald’s locations in Italy just introduced these new deep-fried stuffed olives, Brand Eating reports. The pitted olives are stuffed with meat (likely beef), then breaded and deep fried. They’re served in about five bite-sized portions.

Olive all’Ascolana is a regional dish that’s served as an appetizer throughout the country.

The olives will only be available for a limited time on the McItaly menu.

Photo: McDonald’s

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Culture Hit-Or-Miss

People Used To Believe Tomatoes Powered Witches’ Broomsticks

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There was a wildly fun time between 1300 and 1650 in Europe, where thousands of people were executed for being witches. A lot of us are aware of that bit of history, but the part that’s not often talked about, is the tomato’s role in this “witch craze.”

In these days, witch hunters believed that tomatoes were a main ingredient in the ointment witches used to power their flying broomsticks. Not even kidding.

The pope’s physician Andres Laguna in 1545, officially declared that the ingredients in this witch cream were hemlock, nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Since nightshade, henbane and mandrake have some similar characteristics as tomatoes, and hunters really didn’t know the differences, they basically just said, “F*ck it, this ointment is made of tomatoes.”

Keep in mind, Tomatoes were a fairly new vegetable in Europe at the time, being imported there in 1540, so they had some trust issues with it.

 

It’s an honest mistake, but who needs sound information when you can just make wild accusations that affect the lives of thousands of people?

You’re probably wondering why any woman would even have such a specific ointment in their possession, and Atlas Obscura suggested it was either used as a painkiller, or they didn’t have it, and were accused of it anyway, which is perfectly reasonable.

This fear of tomatoes went on for a while, as in the 1700s, the tomato’s nickname was the “poison apple,” as people believed they poisoned and killed people upon eating it, according to Smithsonian.

Up until 1860, when the US Civil War started hyping up tomatoes as delicious, Europeans literally thought tomatoes were evil.

Thankfully, we have a better relationship with tomatoes now, giving us key, everyday uses such as ketchup, pizza sauce, and a movie rating system. No more tomato-powered broomsticks.

h/t atlas obscura

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This Is How The Rest Of The World Does Apple Pie

“There’s nothing more American than apple pie.”

While the US is the most vocal about its apple pride, apple pie is really just a testament to the constant stirring of our melting pot. British and Scandinavian pies have the most direct influence, but various other countries have their own ideas when it comes to apple pastries.

 

GERMANY: Apfel Maultaschen 

 

American apple turnovers get most of the fame associated with their deliciousness, but they owe their ubiquity to early German immigrants. In 17th century Germany, Swabian monks began to “hide” donated meats in savory pastries that were eventually called Maultaschen. The nearby Bavarians, no strangers to the dessert world, began putting sweeter fillings between the dough, like plums and apples. The result can look like a traditional apple turnover or a strudel, depending on the recipe you follow.

What sets it apart: Though some throw this ingredient to the wind, authentic Apfel Maultaschen should use potato dough instead of plain flour.  

COLOMBIA: Arepas Dulces con Manzanas

 

If you’re not much of a baker, this dessert is the perfect deconstruction of any country’s approach to an apple pastry. Arepas are typically a no-nonsense, cornmeal flatbread found throughout Latin America, but Colombia is notorious for its arepa ingenuity. There are dozens of variations that stretch the definition of what a flatbread should be, including a simple addition of sugar and cinnamon that allows you to cling to the culinary safety of the frying pan. Caramelize some apple slices to pile on top of your crispy arepas and they’re ready to enjoy.

What sets it apart: No oven necessary. But you might want to wear sleeves.

 

ITALY: Torta di Mele

Lately, cakes with fruit crusts have been popping up all over Pinterest and dessert blogs with little to no credit given to the Western European countries who’ve been mastering these bad boys for centuries. Italian torte di mele seems like uncovered apple pies at first glance, but beneath the oven-glazed apple slices lies a lemon cake. Its rustic simplicity allows for several variations, but it’s common for recipes from Northern Italy to require more apples due to the region’s plentiful 2,000-year-old apple orchards.

What sets it apart: When people talk about rustic cakes, this is what’s on their mind. 

FRANCE: Gâteau aux Pommes

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This cake is more apple than anything else and is an unapologetic celebration of French flippancy. The measurements vary from person to person, because French chefs just have a sixth sense about how much vanilla extract is too much without using measuring tools. Think of this cake as a torta di mele’s wild sibling: full of enough apple chunks, booze, and sugar to produce the sexiest sugar crash ever invented. Rum is the popular libation of choice, but whiskeys and bourbons round out the recipe just as nicely.

What sets it apart: The breathalyzer you might need afterwards and the overwhelming apple presence.

RUSSIA: Sharlotka

Russia’s thrown its own hat in this fray by way of a super sweet treat that lends its popularity to the simplicity in its preparation. Contributing to the overall sweetness of the sharlotka is the tale behind its name’s inception: as the story goes, the inventing baker named it after Charlotte, the name of the woman he was smitten by. Aaaaand the crowd goes ‘awwwww.’

What sets it apart: Think of the sharlotka as the glorious offspring of an apple pie and apple cake.

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London’s Very First Nude Restaurant Already Has 15,000 People on the Waiting List

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The Bunyadi, a Pangea-themed restaurant where clothes are optional, is set to provide a totally unique dining experience in London, U.K. from June to August 2016.

Nudity in the establishment is encouraged but non-compulsory as there will be both a naked section and a clothed section, reported International Business Times. Customers will also be provided with gowns, changing rooms and lockers.

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According to the restaurant’s website, customers are invited to dine free from all the trappings of the modern world — “no chemicals, no artificial colors, no electricity, no gas, no phone and even no clothes if [customers] wish to.”

Food preparation will be done naturally using a wood-flame grill for cooking and handmade clay crockery for serving. The menu will feature both vegan and non-vegan dishes cooked on wood-fire.

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The Bunyadi, which means “base” or “natural” in Hindi, is a creation of Lollipop, the same company behind the popular “Breaking Bad”-themed bar in London.

“The idea is to experience true liberation,” Seb Lyall, Lollipop’s founder told the Times. “No doubt, this has been the most challenging project for us yet, which makes us very excited about it.”

The one-of-a-kind restaurant, which enforces a strict first-come first-serve basis for tickets, now has a waiting list of over 12,000.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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This Danish Supermarket Only Sells Expired Foods and Everyone Loves It

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First World countries are striving to end world hunger, yet they are guilty of wasting a ridiculous amount of food themselves.

Now one country is launching an initiative to change that irony by opening its first food waste supermarket. Denmark has opened its first-ever charity market, which sells surplus produce that are past their fresh date or damaged in such a way that they wouldn’t be sold on the shelves of a typical grocery store.

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The store called WeFood in Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen sells their produce for 30 to 50% of their value at normal markets. The store is designed for the environmentally conscious and budget-limited consumers who are looking to save money and the planet. Per Bjerre from the Danish NGO behind the initiative, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, explained to the Independent:

“WeFood is the first supermarket of its kind in Denmark and perhaps the world as it is not just aimed at low-income shoppers, but anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country. Many people see this as a positive and politically correct way to approach the issue.”

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According to statistics, 700,000 metric tons of food are thrown away in Denmark annually. That is the figure after the country reduced its food waste by 25% over five years. Worldwide, 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted each year. The number is “ridiculous,” Danish Food and Agriculture Minister Eva Kjer Hansen remarked.

WeFood is collaborating with other supermarkets, chains and importers to provide the products. Volunteers pick up the supplies to help stock WeFood’s shelves. France has taken a similar course of action by banning food waste and requiring supermarkets to donate unwanted food to food banks and charities.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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All Supermarkets In France Are Now Required to Give Unsold Food to the Needy

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The French government enacted a law on Wednesday making it mandatory for supermarkets in France to donate unwanted food to food banks or charities.

The petition was launched by local councilman Arash Derambarsh and was unanimously passed by the country’s senate, reports the Independent. The effort was reportedly campaigned by anti-poverty groups who were opposed to food waste. These groups are now hoping the rest of the EU follows suit with a similar law.

Fines of up to 75,000 euros ($83,700) or two years in prison will be incurred for those who violate the new law which applies to any supermarket that covers a minimum of 400 square meters of floor area.

It has been a practice of some local supermarkets to pour bleach over the discarded food or to lock them in warehouses to prevent foraging.

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Jacques Bailet, head of Banques Alimentaires, a network of French food banks, told the The Guardian that “it would greatly increase an already emerging trend for supermarkets to donate to food banks.”

“In terms of nutritional balance, we currently have a deficit of meat and a lack of fruit and vegetables. This will hopefully allow us to push for those products,” said Bailet.

The legislation is widely seen as simplifying a complicated process of donating directly to charity.

Each year over 7.8 million tons of food are wasted in France while 1.4 billion tons are wasted worldwide.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark