Fast Food

McDonald’s Creates Halloween Version of Their Iconic Monopoly Game

Now that Halloween is approaching, McDonald’s has decided to put a seasonal spin on their beloved peel and play gaming system. While fans of the franchise are most familiar with the yearly Monopoly offering, McDonald’s has just launched a new Halloween-inspired variation they’re calling “Trick. Treat. Win!

The new game will also integrate with McDonald’s mobile app, sparing you from having to lug around a paper board to keep track of your progress.

There are two ways to play the game:

  • You can order your food at the restaurant and peel off the game pieces to reveal food prizes such as Big Macs, breakfast sandwiches, fries, McCafe beverages, or McFlurrys. You can also win non-food prizes like cash or gift cards.
  • If you didn’t win anything from the peel off portion of the game, you can redeem the pieces on the McDonald’s mobile app for “Entry Tokens” that let you enter a daily sweepstakes. The sweepstakes prizes include cars, resort vacations, theme park trips, and cash.

According to McDonald’s official rules, the odds of winning instantly are 1 in 4, though those are mostly food prizes. Probably won’t hold out for that car or resort trip, but I’ll be perfectly happy with an order of small fries to get me through my commute home.

The Trick. Treat. Win! promotion will be around through the end of October, with more details on how to play can be found here.

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Chipotle Will Give You A Free Burrito For Playing A Simple Matching Game


Last year, Chipotle gave away some free guacamole and chips with their Guac Hunter promotion. Customers would play a quick avocado-themed memory game and, if successful, would earn themselves a free snack from the fast casual chain.

This year, they’re bringing back a similar offer with a Buy One Get One promotion based off of their recent animated short film A Love Story.

Players have to match up real Chipotle ingredients with ones that the quick service restaurant deem “imposters.” These included added flavor, or added color. The point is to underline Chipotle’s commitment to fresh ingredients.


Hey, if it gets us a free burrito.

You can play the game here and get yourself a free burrito after the purchase of a regular burrito.

The fast food chain will also hold a Halloween promotion where you get $3 burritos, bowls, tacos, or salad if you decide to dress up in a costume.


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An Entire Menu Of ‘Football Fries’ Just Launched At Slater’s 50/50


With football season just beginning, you’re gonna want something to munch on while you’re watching the game. Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50, known best for their customizable bacon burgers, introduced an entire line of Football Fries to enjoy the game with.

Here are the five starchy variations you can order from the restaurant chain.

Pizza Fries


Your favorite spuds are covered in a layer of marinara sauce and topped with pepperoni, green pepper, olives, and mozzarella cheese. If you’re that guy that likes to order pizza at a burger joint, this might be a pretty easy choice to curb those cravings until you get your hands on a pie.

Shmanimal Fries


A take on Animal Style Fries, because who doesn’t love those, the ‘Shmanimal’ features American cheese, bacon, grilled onions and a drizzle of bacon thousand island dressing. This might be the one item we’ll have to practice saying a few times before we try to order it.


Beer Cheese Fries


Alcohol aficionados will want to do a pull from these Beer Cheese fries. The deep-fried potatoes are topped with a house-made beer cheese, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and a Guinness bacon chili.

Carne Asada Fries


This beast is loaded with carne asada, cheddar, pepper jack, cheese sauce, jalapeño, green chiles, green onions, cilantro, guacamole, and chipotle sour cream. If you’re looking for a mouthful of meat and seasoning, this might be the football fries for you.

Pulled Pork Fries


BBQ lovers will want to dive into the Pulled Pork Fries. The dish is made with cola-braised pork and topped with Slater’s BBQ sauce, pickled jalapeño, pickled red onion, green onion, cheddar, pepper jack, and chipotle sour cream.

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This New Pizza Hut Box Doubles As A Mini Football Stadium

In a national effort to get patrons to play with their food, Pizza Hut has released a new pizza box that turns into a miniature football field.


The new pizza box features a playable Flick Football Field. This includes goal posts, football triangles, and even a score card. Ideal for any tailgate party or just something to do at the office during your lunch break.

Just in time for football season, Pizza Hut wants fans to share videos of their flick football skills by posting videos of them playing on Twitter and tagging @PizzaHut with the hashtag #PizzaHut. Weekly winners will be picked to get free pizzas. Official rules can be found here.

You can get your hands on a Flick Football box when you order any medium pizza off the Pizza Hut $5 Flavor menu. The best part is  your entire game will smell like pizza.

Hit-Or-Miss Humor

We Made A Drinking Game For Pokemon GO And Now I’m Drunk

Of course we came up with a drinking game for Pokemon GO, what did you expect?

With the massive success of the nostalgia-imbued app, especially amongst people between the ages of 21-30, it was only a matter of time before a drinking element was added to the mix. Gotta drink em’ all, right?

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The rules are as follows:

x Each game begins with a shot (or cocktail if you can’t do shots) depending on which starter Pokemon you chose. That includes the people who figured out how to get Pikachu as a starter.

x Charmander – Whiskey

x Squirtle – Vodka

x Bulbasaur – Tequila

x Pikachu – Rum

x After each player has taken their shot, gather up some beers and make your way outside.

x Once you’re in an area with Pokemon that you all agree on, set a timer for exactly 40 minutes. Once the timer starts, start catching Pokemon immediately! The first person to catch a Pokemon gets to sing the first verse of the Pokemon theme song while the others drink continually until he/she reaches the end of the verse, aka ” the power that’s inside.”

x Take a drink for every Pokeball you use to catch a Pokemon. That means you should be taking at least one drink every time a Pokemon is caught.

x If a gym is nearby, each player must battle that gym. Anyone who loses must drink half a beer (or take six drinks). If you beat the gym, you get to give out your drinks to another player or players (6 drinks to one person, 3 and 3 to two people, etc).

x If you beat a gym owned by another team, members of that team in your group must drink a FULL beer. If you beat a gym owned by your own team, members of both other teams must drink a HALF beer.

x The round ends once the timer goes off. At that point, the player with the most Pokemon is exempt from drinking. All other drinkers must take a drink for each Pokemon they caught.

x Each round is only 40 minutes, but that time can be adjusted depending on the alcohol tolerance of the people playing. If you can fit an entire keg in your belly, play each round for 60 minutes. If you’re a lightweight, try playing for 20.

Above all else, PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND DRINK RESPONSIBLY WHEN PLAYING. Nobody wants to hang out with Puke-achu all night. Furthermore, there are already way too many stories of people walking into traffic and shit.

Last but not least…GO TEAM VALOR!




Photos: Forbes, Comics Alliance 


Phone Stacking Might Be The Most Important Social Dining Game You’ll Ever Play


Ask yourself, is answering a text message or checking your Snapchat at the dinner table worth covering the tab of everyone’s meal?

Phone Stacking puts that question to the test. It’s one of the most brilliant social etiquette games of our generation — also one of the saddest, if you let its value-prop sink in far enough. 

The Rules

The rules of the game are simple. You’re out a restaurant with friends, as soon as you sit at the table, everyone stacks their phones, face down. You can put them in a pile in the center for dramatic effect, or you can keep them next to your individual plate.

Either way, first person to reach for their phone during dinner is now responsible for paying for the entire meal. Seriously. Don’t even touch the phone.

If by some miracle you and your friends make it through dinner without anyone checking for stray text messages, just split the bill the way you normally would.

But Why?

Next time you’re at dinner — hell, you might be at dinner right now — look around the table. How many of your friends have their neck craned down at their cell phone? The moment is so far removed, we need a gimmicky social game like this as a catalyst for a tech-free dinner.

The game isn’t new either — it first started surfacing around the web early 2012, with articles touting its significance in our increasingly “smart phone heavy” culture. Yet here we are, almost 4 years later, even more of a culture fueled by our social media connection, and dinner hasn’t changed much.

Why it’s so hard

It’s a matter of little wins that makes a game like Phone Stacking so rewarding.

It might seem trivial, but we’ve now grown accustomed to connectivity. If your mom texts you and you don’t respond within minutes, she assumes you’ve been abducted. If you miss a call from your girlfriend, she assumes you’re out gallivanting with whores.

All of these assumptions are made because they know you’re on your phone. Or by your phone. And there’s no reason, other than being abducted, that you shouldn’t be able to answer. But are all these connections immediately necessary?

It isn’t until you take the phone out of the equation for small periods of time, even 30 or 60 minutes, that you realize that text message could have waited. That Snap will still be there. Your individual moment gets valued.

The Good

Well, if your friend can’t help but check Snapchat during dinner, you’re bound to get a free meal — so enjoy.

Realistically, even if you play this game once a month, it’s astonishing what truths you’ll uncover about the friend sitting across from you when the phone is taken out of the equation.

What To Remember

No one is saving the world by “Stacking phones” for a 60 minute dinner. It’s simply a reminder to enjoy slices of life.

And if you can’t remember, paying for your friends dinner might do the trick.


22 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Hacks That Will Make Your Stomach A Superstar


Not eating all day, waiting for the lull between lunch and dinner, only eating the fancy stuff — we all have our tricks for ensuring we get the most out of our buffet dining experiences. Still, a few more pointers never hurt. Here’s some of the best advice reddit had to offer on how to game the all-you-can-eat buffet.

(Pro-tip: might be better not to listen to #10. Just saying.)


1. Dash and Dine

“Pull the fire alarm, let the place empty out. Grab a bunch of grub and run”




2. Food Pyramid, Shmood Pyramid

“I’m a bit of a cheapskate, so I go for the more pricey things on the buffet that I enjoy, namely the proteins. I’m a bit of an ass about getting my money’s worth.”



3. Down to a Science

“Plate One: The Recon Plate, and also satisfies my desire for variety. I take a small portion of whatever looks good, try not to waste anything when eating, compare with the people I’m eating with what they thought was particularly good.

Plate Two: A smaller plate evaluating recommendations of others and getting anything I missed on Plate One.

Plates Three + (Pre-dessert): Plates of only the best. I only take what I’ll eat comfortably, so sometimes there is only a plate Three, I’ve gone as high as Five.

Dessert: Ignore Little Ice Cream Bowl, get Salad/Soup Bowl, put a portion of the best looking cobbler in there, top with soft-serve vanilla.

Been working on this for decades, refined the plan when working at a therapeutic high school for troubled kids. The preferred reward for good behavior was a buffet trip, so I got this stuff down to a science.”





4. Little Bitch Bowls Are For Little Bitches

“Those little bitch bowls they put by the ice cream? Yeah…don’t use those. Go over to the soup bar and grab one of the giant soup mug/bowls and use that instead.”



5. Tricky, Tricky

“Eat fast. We’ve all heard that when you get full, it takes about 20 minutes for the message to get to your brain, right? Once you start, you have about 20 minutes to eat as much as you can before you know you are full. By the time your brain thinks you are full… it is too late! Ha, you just outsmarted your brain!”



6. Style Points

“Always wear comfy pants with elastic  […] Call a cab/DD or try not to fall asleep when you’re driving home. Once home remove shirt, shoes, socks, turn on TV, recline chair and do not move for the next 6 hours.”





7. Red Alert

“I use the current terror level color codes to prioritize my eating: greens go first, then bananas, anything orange and lastly the red spicy foods.”




“I was a young kid when I first ate out at a buffet

Dad: OK guys have fun, eat as much as you can, I paid top dollar for this

Me: Takes bread and butter

Dad: What are you doing with bread and butter

Me: I’m hungry, aren’t I allowed to choose anything I want since this is a buffet

Dad: No this is a BUFFET, ALWAYS always always get seafood

…and to this day everytime I see a buffet or go into one I hear a voice in my head go ‘get the seafood..the seafood, SEAFOOOD'”



9. Thanks Grandma

“If it is at a wedding, or other potentially well catered event, and the food looks really good, but you don’t want to rush the line for fear of appearing uncouth, find Grandma. Take Grandma through the line helping her get a good plate, and helping yourself to a plate at the same time. You are now a hero, and you also got plenty of the best items.”





10. Well, that’s one way to do it

“Immediately pee on everything to assert your dominance, then take a little of every dish. To be fair, this is also my strategy for shopping for clothes.”



11. Two Simple Rules

“My family has two rules. Never drink alone and all events are open bar. Wedding? Open bar. Divorce party? Open bar. Funeral? Open bar.”



12. Good Men Don’t Need Rules

“Eat until they kick you out, or have to make new rules based on how you behaved at the buffet last time you were there.”





13. Here’s why you really don’t wanna be that guy

“Never be the first guy going for seconds. Wait patiently for the fat guy to break the ice then go for the kill.”



And reddit’s response:

“Instructions unclear, killed fat guy with ice-bucket”



“instructions unclear. Killed ice guy with fat bucket”



14. Timing Is Everything

“Timing is everything too. If they switch from the lunch menu and lunch pricing to the dinner menu and dinner price at 4PM, go in at 3:30. That gives you enough time to get your 1st plate from the lunch menu and subsequent plates will be fresh dinner selections at the lunch price.”



15. Remember to bring entertainment

“The buffet near my old house had a very out of the way back room that had both WiFi from the cafe next door, and power outlets.

I had a gaming laptop.

You can probably imagine where this is going…

Several times I went there and just slowly got different nibbles / drinks over the course of a few hours while either studying or playing games.

I’d asked the manager ahead of time if they minded, and he said that as long as I wasn’t taking up a table that they needed for incoming customers (It wasn’t at peak-hours) or wasting food, he didn’t have a problem with it.

I suppose that whether you eat your fill in 15 minutes or over the course of 3-4 hours, the cost to the restaurant is the same.”





16. Pace Yourself

“Take less of each dish than you think you want. If you like it, you can always get more; if not, you won’t be wasting space on your plate or in your stomach.”



17. The Art of War

“Here is a tip to remember while you are eating: be vigilant. Be ever aware of your surroundings and know when the premium items are going to come out. Plan your trips accordingly. Know your enemies and try to be one step ahead of them at all times. If you time it right, those crab legs will walk right onto your plate.”



18. About starving yourself beforehand …

“If you know you’re going at least a day in advance, eat a huge huge pasta dinner the night before to stretch your stomach. Then starve all day with just lettuce and water. Then pig out in the evening at said buffet.”





19. … and an amendment

“Amendment to your finale: Dont eat nothing either. Your stomach will have shrunk and you will fill up on the first two plates of food.”



20. Challenge Accepted

“All you can eat is not a suggestion, it’s a challenge.”



21. Srs Bsns

“This is not a sarcastic, funny or otherwise ‘not to be taken seriously’ comment.

Take the cost of the buffet, multiply that by three. So, for an example, we’ll say the buffet costs $12, all you can eat.

Your goal is now to eat $36 worth of food. Bread is cheap, fuck bread. Vegetables are cheap, fuck those, too.

You want to hit the roast beef, the teriyaki chicken, the slow roasted pork, beef fillets, mother fucking lobster; anything and everything that looks and tastes expensive.

Buffets hinge on the idea that you came there to eat a normal meal, with some meat and a shitton of starch and carbs and vegetables, leading you to fill up on the inexpensive stuff.

The higher your cost:benefit ratios, the better. Eating is serious business.”



22. “So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong”




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Japan’s Odd New Sushi Dating Simulator, for Folks Who *Really* Love Fish


With all its nuance and artistry, it’s no wonder so many people love sushi. From silky salmon to fatty tuna to California and Caterpillar rolls, there’s really something for everyone. Now, thanks to a new Japanese dating app, you and all your maki-loving friends can take your adoration to its only logical conclusion: dating anthropomorphized seafood. Sugoi!

Released May 28, “Here You Go! One Order of Romance,” follows the story of one Japanese sushi chef’s daughter, who is left to run the family restaurant when her father accepts a job overseas. One night after his departure, who should show up to help the poor girl than the sushi itself, brought to life in the form of six human boys, who, incidentally, all want to get in her pants?

Like any Japanese dating sim, each character has a distinct personality. There’s the “hot-blooded Yu Guromatsu (tuna), easygoing Kei Sukegawa (salmon), his shy little brother Iku (salmon roe), and somewhat childish Tamaki Marui (egg),” according to Rocket News. Shrimp and Avocado to come in later updates.


The free game can currently be downloaded for Apple or Android under the name “Love! Sushi Rangers!”. Full disclosure: one of our writers may or may not have just downloaded this app to her phone. For research purposes, of course.

H/T Rocket News