Packaged Food Sweets

Snickers Peanut Brownie Ice Cream Bar Packs Hits Freezer Aisles

Photo courtesy of Mars Wrigley

Every so often, there’s a candy bar that arrives in stores that checks off all the flavors and textures you’re craving at the moment. 

For us, it very well may be the new Snickers Peanut Brownie Ice Cream Bar.

The frozen new confection features brownie-flavored ice cream combined with chewy brownie bits, topped with a layer of caramel and peanuts, and covered with a final coat of milk chocolate. 

It’s making me blush thinking of all those textures swirling around in my mouth after each bite. 

Snickers’ Peanut Brownie Ice Cream arrives at local freezer aisles and will make a nationwide release in stores by March 2021. 

Alcohol Drinks

Here’s Why You Should NEVER Store Premium Vodka In The Freezer

Almost everywhere I go, outside of a bar, I’ll see someone pulling out a bottle of vodka from their freezer right before serving it. Sure, it gives the alcoholic spirit a nice chill, but does storing it in a freezer actually do anything to enhance the quality of the drink?

Francois Thibault, the creator of Grey Goose Vodka, doesn’t seem to think so.

Thibault said that throwing your bottle in the freezer actually depreciates the quality of your vodka and that we’ve all been doing it wrong.

More premium vodkas should already have a naturally mild taste, so freezing it would only hide the “sophisticated aromas and flavors” of the alcohol, he told MSN. The Grey Goose creator added that keeping it at room temperature would also be a little aggressive.

Thibault said that the best temperature to store vodka is 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit because that is the temperature of slight dilution with ice in a glass. Freezing cheaper and low-quality vodkas will hide any “aggressive burning notes,” according to Thibault.

At the end of the day, the temperature you want to enjoy your vodka revolves around your personal preferences. Just know that sticking it in the freezer will have some dulling affects on your booze — especially if you’re spending extra on the premium stuff.


Why You Should Be Sticking Coffee Beans In The Freezer

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Coffee lovers everywhere should be sticking their coffee beans into the freezer, at least according to a new study.

Many coffee drinkers already stick their coffee beans in the fridge to keep them fresh longer but a new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that keeping your coffee beans cold actually increases the flavor.

The researchers at University of Bath partnered with a local café to study the effects of grinding beans at different temperatures, studying four temperature variations ranging from the room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) to a -196 degrees Celsius (-320.8 Fahrenheit.) In addition to the four temperature variations the researchers also used four different coffee bean variations.

Their research concluded that coffee bean particles get tighter with lower temperatures. This leads to more flavor for the same amount of coffee during the brewing process. In other words coffee consumers will get more bang for their bean and buck. The study also found the results of bean particle distribution to be separate from the beans origin and processing method.

Other factors that affect flavor include water chemistry and accessible surface area, but this new study is the first to find a link between temperature and flavor.  The study also says that smaller and more uniform coffee beans typically allow for better flavor extraction which results in more coffee and more flavor for beans.

The researchers used varieties ranging from light to medium roast, so it is unclear how more heavily decomposed beans, like a dark roast or French roast would be affected by temperature changes. Still, the researchers believe these results will influence both casual consumers and the coffee industry.