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Massive Consumer Outcry Brings Coffeemate’s ‘Amaretto’ Flavor Back From Retirement

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Home coffee drinkers have some great news to wake up to this morning. Coffee-mate, the coffee creamer brand, has announced they’ll be bringing back their popular Amaretto flavor this month.

Towards the end of 2014, the creamer company decided to retire Amaretto and focus on its other flavors. However, early in 2015, fans got to work getting their sweet Italian liqueur flavor back on shelves. This included emails, phone calls, social media posts and even snail mail letters.

The movement was led by a woman named Judy who really loved the creamer flavor, leading to the hashtag #ThankYouJudy for the comeback campaign.

You can find Coffeemate’s Amaretto flavor at participating grocery retailers for a limited time. If you’re an avid fan like Judy, you might want to stock up before they return to retirement.

Photo: Kevin Fowler/AP Images for Nestle/Coffeemate

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Meet Oreo’s Newest Flavor: SWEDISH FISH?

The newest flavor Nabisco is adding to the Oreo cookie flavor collection is SWEDISH FISH! And there are very mixed emotions about it:


The beloved childhood candy has just taken the chocolate cookie sandwich lovers by storm with the “WTF” evoking flavor, and if you’re lucky enough to live near a Kroger store you might just be able to get your hands on a package.

Dan via The Impulsive Buy, posted a detailed review of the product which gives us great insight of what is actually going on with the red fish gummy- flavored, creme-filled cookie.

His review begins with a genius Jurassic Park anecdote that’s too good not to share,

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Dr. Ian Malcolm famously spoke this line in Jurassic Park, and ever since, it echoes in my brain whenever a particularly weird, strange, or repulsive snack food is released.”

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I’ve often thought the same thing when some of these weird flavored snack foods are released.

Here’s what he had to say about the Swedish Fish flavored snack,

“It has potent, puckering pops of candied cherry and a slightly off-putting finish of waxy gelatin.”

“There’s a processed chocolate aftertaste, but even then, it has to battle for supremacy with the cherry cough syrup layer that the creme plastered on the back of my throat.”

So clearly Dan has mixed feelings about the flavor as well, as I’m sure we all would. But it boils down to human nature and the instinctual curiosity in us all that makes us want to experience this, and every other weird food trend for ourselves.

Judging by consumers’ reactions, Nabisco should have just left the fish in the ocean on this one.

 

Source: Food and Wine Photo Credit: Kapado Fernandesh

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Sriracha, Pickle and Jalapeño-flavored Cashews Are Real And We Can’t Get Enough

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Photo by Pete Pham

We’ve seen nuts before. We’ve seen cashews before. But when’s the last time you had your hands on a sweet pack of cashews with a flavor other than “Original” or “Lightly Salted?”

I’ll stop you right there—NEVER, that’s when! Maybe you’ll find the occasional “Honey Roasted,” but other than that, our options for tasty cashew snackin’ are disgustingly limited in the mainstream. What kind of treatment is that for the fanciest of nuts*?!

That’s where Emerald® Nuts comes in, picking up the slack that other packaged nut brands are leaving behind. They’ve got not one, not two, but FOUR different flav’s of cashews alone. Thank the LAWD.

Check it: Dill Pickle. Jalapeño. Sriracha. Salt & Pepper. No GMO’s, either. Just good ol’ cashews, dusted in a blanket of salty, zesty, spicy FLAVOR. That’s what I’m talkin’ about. The new flavors are currently available at select retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99.

*Botanically speaking, cashews are considered seeds—delicious, delicious seeds. Though, they are culturally accepted as part of the nut family.

Created in partnership with Emerald® Nuts

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Packaged Food

Airheads Candy Adds New Birthday Cake Flavor Because…You Guessed It

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Airheads is celebrating their 30th birthday and they’re throwing a cake party. The taffy-like candy has been around for three decades and, in celebration of this, is releasing a limited-edition Birthday Cake flavor.

Customers can also win themselves some free birthday swag, including cash, by entering here.

You can find the Birthday Cake Airheads at participating retailers in both a pack of six or a pack of ten.

Our personal favorite was always the white mystery flavor. You just never know with that one…

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Sweets

Lick Breakfast with Bacon, Donut and Waffle-Flavored Lollipops

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whomever ‘they’ may be referring to, I’m pretty sure they did not have bacon or doughnut-flavored lollipops in mind when trying to relay the importance of starting one’s day with a healthy nutritious meal.

For those who think ‘cooking’ an Eggo waffle is too much of a draining and time-consuming task, these new breakfast lollipops from ThinkGeek are designed to help every human fulfill the goal of getting some breakfast into their belly without having to exert the effort of chewing. Ugh.

The full breakfast lollipop set contains 2 bacon, 1 doughnut, and 1 waffle lollipop. According to the site, “The bacon tastes like bacon; the donut tastes like coconut (with strawberry frosting); and the waffle tastes like delicious maple syrup”. Hello breakfast replacement!

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A Super Simple Guide to Designing Your Wedding Cake, from Top to Bottom [Infographic]

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There’s an infographic for everything these days – choosing a flavor of wine, how to make a pizza, even a periodic table of alcohol and a Thanksgiving etiquette infographic exist. So it should come as no surprise there are infographics on how to help you build your dream wedding cake.

The infographic guides you on choosing a wedding cake, from shape to flavors to design.

You start out basic with the general shape – round, square, heart – and then move on to type and filling where things get a bit more complicated.  From fruitcake to cheesecake to chocolate, the possibilities are endless. The infographic does provides some guidance as to which filling goes best with what you’re doing; for example, if you’re having a summer wedding go with a zingy lemon sorbet. Want to be luxurious? Go for Belgian chocolate.  Next, decorations range from icing and gems to shimmer and piping. Last but not least, cake toppers — an actual photograph of the two of you made out of something edible or the infamous plastic figurines that are meant to look like you and your betrothed. Take your pick.

As Franck in Father of the Bride explains, it’s the cake that more often determines what kind of wedding that you’re going to end up having. So check out the infographic, and choose the cake wisely.

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Picthx Hitched, Pinterest

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Sweets

Ben & Jerry’s New Ice Cream Has Two Flavors Per Pint and A Solid Core of Peanut Butter Fudge

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UK, you’ve been holding out on us. Earlier this week, Ben & Jerry’s announced a new line of “Core”-branded ice creams, each featuring a solid, well, core of fudge, caramel, or jam. Anyway, turns out these things have been available in the UK since 2012, which makes us wonder: why keep such a brilliant creation so hush-hush? We mean, it’s not like we’ve stolen any cool British stuff before . . . (*ahem, ahem*)

Each pint in the line features two halves of flavors separated by the topping core. The four new flavors are: Hazed & Confused, chocolate and hazelnut with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core; That’s My Jam: raspberry and chocolate with a raspberry core; Peanut Butter Fudge, chocolate and peanut butter with a peanut butter fudge core; and Salted Caramel, sweet cream with blonde brownies and a salted caramel core.

In other words, the perfect ice cream sundae in a pint, and now in your grocery’s frozen aisle.

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I Learned Something Devastating About Froot Loops Cereal Today

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First things first, yes, check the box. They’re spelled “Froot Loops,” not “Fruit Loops.” We know, right?

Second, the outrage. Honestly, is there no end to the high fructose corn syrup lies? It turns out the “fruit flavored” circles touted by Toucan S[c]am are actually just “froot-blend”-flavored.Yep, all those pretty ROYGBV dyes don’t mean diddly, since each color tastes exactly the same!

Q&A site The Straight Dope (via Reddit) reports that, just as that blue tropical bird mascot hasn’t changed since the cereal’s creation in 1962, neither has Froot Loops’ flavor — that’s flavor, singular. According to Wikipedia, “The cereal pieces are ring-shaped (hence ‘loops’) and come in a variety of bright colors and a blend of fruit flavors (hence ‘froot’),” and not “fruit.”

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Of course, not keen on destroying precious childhood memories, we decided to do a little blind taste testing ourselves, only to find that each loop does in fact taste like mildly sweetened cardboard, with negligible or no differences between them.

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(Method: We handed our three blind tasters random samples of Froot Loops and asked them to guess which color they had been given. The results were pretty sporadic, with nearly each color being wrongly identified as around three or four others. The yellow loop, for example, was guessed to be red, orange, and purple twice; the purple loop, red twice, and then yellow, and green. Our Trix and Fruity Pebbles tests afterward yielded similar results.)

Basically, all our childhood heroes are nothing but big fat liars. Infinite tears. </3

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