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Whole Foods Credit And Debit System Hacked, Find Out If You’re Affected

The last thing you want to hear is that one of your favorite supermarkets had a data breach, thus putting your information at risk, but the silver lining is that it wasn’t as massive as it could have been, as of now.

Whole Foods revealed that customers who used debit or credit cards at their “taprooms,” or full-service restaurants could be affected by the breach, and should keep a close eye on their accounts.

There are more than 40 Whole Foods Taprooms across the U.S., and while there is no readily available full-service restaurant number, if you were a patron of one, this could affect you.

Thankfully, Whole Foods said the breach did not extend to their regular grocery stores, as they use a completely different “point-of-sale system,” and even with the recent Amazon buyout, you don’t have to worry about the hack affecting your Amazon account.

Whole Foods seems to be vigorously investigating the breach, using a forensics team and even law enforcement expertise to help.

While it didn’t affect all 450 Whole Foods, it was a nationwide-level breach that touched several popular locations, so keep watch of your payment cards and purchasing activity.

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New Popsicle Hack Trending In Japan Gives You Instant Sorbet

Popsicles were a blessing when we were younger. The only other feeling that came close to the sweet and icy cool of a good popsicle on a blistering day was when I finally figured out how to beat Devil Kazuya at the end of Tekken 2. While our love for the frozen dessert hasn’t wavered as we grew into adulthood, we have to wonder if there’s a little more grown-up way to enjoy the icy treat.

A new trend in Japan seems to address that, as it has folks turning their popsicle sticks into straight up instant sorbets reports SoraNews.

Essentially, you take a glass and fill it about 1/3 of the way with carbonated water. Then, taking a spoon, submerge your popsicle inside until it breaks apart and falls off the stick. Simply mash the contents together until they’re evenly mixed and you have yourself a sorbet-like dessert. Sure it’s a little more time-consuming, but think of having sorbet anytime you’d like in the convenience of your own home.

Try it out next time your air conditioner shuts down and you’re looking for a cold and refreshing snack to help you handle the summer heat.

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How To Turn Your Simple Pudding Cup Into Fancy Creme Brûlée

Ending the day with a nice cup of pudding is always a great way to unwind and enjoy a quick and easy snack. If you’re looking for a way to fancy that pudding cup just a tad, look no further.

The cheap and easy to find dessert became a viral topic in Japan, reports SoraNews24.

Twitter user @PRpy8veMpF3rf67 posted a video with an ingenious hack that turns regular pudding into a decadent creme brûlée on the fly. The post garnered tens of thousands of reposts and more than 100,000 likes.

All you have to do is pop open a pudding cup and and pour some granulated sugar on the top layer. Then, turn on the stove and heat up a metal spoon. Taking the hot spoon, gentle press the head onto the layer of sugar above the pudding. The result should be a caramelized layer of sugar similar to a creme brûlée.

A word of caution, however, as the spoon you heat up will be too hot to eat your fancy new dessert with. You can either wait for it to cool down, or grab a second spoon.

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Guy Ruins The Professional Knife Industry With A $1 Knife And A YouTube Video

A dull knife can lead to a dangerous time in the kitchen if you’re not careful and slip up. The problem is, good, professionally sharp knives can be hard to come by, because they’re always a bit expensive.

JunsKitchen wanted to show you don’t need to buy an expensive knife, all you really need is a decent blade sharpener. By taking a $1 knife he purchased from a discount store, and taking it through the sharpening wringer, he made that dollar store knife sharp enoukgh to cut through food, paper, and even water bottles.

The YouTuber used a variety of knife sharpeners that he purchased online. In the video’s description, he lists them out for viewers to purchase if they were interested. He sharpens that same knife over and over with the different stones, but eventually, the cheap knife was as sharp as any professional kind of instrument.

He concludes the video by addressing getting some sharpening stones and practicing with the knives at home before trying for the $1 one.

Pretty inspiring to see that you can make the best out of even the cheapest things.


You Gotta Try This Bacon Fat Popcorn Hack

Suicide Squad opens this weekend and, despite depressingly bad reviews, I really enjoyed it. It’s a solid popcorn flick. However, if you’re set on passing this new entry in the superhero genre, just enjoy a movie night at home. Maybe Netflix some Stranger Things and make yourselves some bacon-flavored popcorn.

Yes, bacon-flavored popcorn.

According to People, all you have to do is cook up some bacon and save the excess fat on the saucepan. Then, add your popcorn kernels and start cooking your popcorn on the stovetop. You’ll get fresh popcorn with the aromatic bacon favor. If you’re really into bacon in your popcorn chop up the pieces you cooked beforehand and throw them on top of your freshly-popped popcorn bowl.

Check out the video above for more details.

Movie night, guys!

h/t: People


This Is How To Hack An Unripe Avocado In Minutes

Tip Hero just came in with an essential summer food hack: how to ripen an avocado in MINUTES.

Here are the directions via Tip Hero:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wrap the avocado(s) you want to ripen in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Stick the baking sheet in the oven and let the avocado warm for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the avocado(s) from the oven and place them in the refrigerator. Let sit in the fridge until completely cool.

Every time you go to the store in search of a decently ripe avocado, they all seem to be at least several days away from that peak ripeness that’s just so beautiful.

Seems like most of us run into this problem pretty often:




The video explains how the avocado naturally ripens and that putting it in the oven wrapped in foil just speeds this process up. Genius! 

“Avocados produce ethylene gas, which is typically released slowly, causing the fruit to ripen. But as the avocado bakes in tinfoil, the gas surrounds it, putting the ripening process into hyperdrive.” –Pure Wow

Hey hey hey, cool your jets, I know what you’re thinking: “A hot avocado? Gross.” Pure Wow adds that you can just pop that ‘cado right into the fridge to cool. They also tell us that if the avocado is nowhere near ripe and rock hard, you’ll probably be baking your avocado for an hour or more, so there is a time window for this hack.

This tip couldn’t have come in at a better time as I just bought 3 firm avocados from Trader Joe’s that are going to end up in some foil in the oven tonight!



Source: Useful on Rumble, Tip Hero

Photo: Jstarz120


How To Hack Your Hotel Room To Cook Travel Meals [WATCH]

I’ve been going on quite a few work trips lately. When you’re up late working on stories, you tend to get pretty hungry. Unfortunately, Foodbeast stopped paying for hotel food after someone decided to order the entire room service menu on a cruise and another dude got an escort.

So now, I’ve got to rely on hotel hacks to eat.

The Brothers Green Eats, those guys that recreate popular fast food menu items at home, show us how to survive your hotel stay in one of their latest videos.

If you’re not looking to spend lots of money eating out and want to avoid unhealthy fast foods, you’re gonna want to check out this video.


This Avocado-Ripening Trick Will Save You DAYS Of Grief


Have you ever wanted to cook something with avocados, but the only ones you can find just aren’t ripe enough? Unfortunately, that happens to us more than you’d think. Luckily, there’s a cheat code that’ll ripen those avocados right up for you.

Here’s what to do.

Take a piece of tinfoil and wrap it around the avocado. Then, place the foily fruit on a baking sheet and throw it into the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.

Avocados ripen from the ethylene gas that it produces. Because it’s covered in the tin foil and heated, the gas surrounds the avocado and speeds up the ripening process exponentially.

It may take a little longer depending on how ripe your avocado still is, so do your best to limit the cooking time while you’re doing the grocery shopping.

It’ll at least save you the trip to another store.

h/t PureWow, Photo: MorgueFile