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Stella Artois Has A New Black Lager To Ring In The Season

Stella Artois recently announced the launch of Midnight Lager, its first limited-edition seasonal beer. The new holiday brew is a rich black lager with notes of Belgian dark chocolate and freshly brewed espresso.

To celebrate the launch, the brand will bring its new beer to historic Sleepy Hollow, NY on Halloween. As a nod to the local lore of the Headless Horseman, Stella released a map of seven locations along a spooky route to offer visitors a first taste before you can get it nationwide.

Fans can stop by J. P. Doyle’s and The Hudson Anchor for free pours of Midnight Lager from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other nearby bars, including Set Back Inn, The Tavern at Croton Landing and The Grandstand, will also have the beer available for purchase during those same hours, while supplies last.

“Stella Artois was originally brewed as a holiday gift for the town of Leuven in Belgium, so we know a thing or two about the holiday season and wanted to give a new gift to our consumers,” said Lara Krug, VP, Stella Artois. “The rich taste of Stella Artois Midnight Lager along with the deep, warm notes perfectly complements the cold crisp weather and will be the brew worth toasting with this holiday season. We’re excited to kick off our holiday spirit a little early this year on Halloween in Sleepy Hollow!”

The 5.4% ABV lager will be packaged in a black and gold bottle – inspired by the midnight sky itself. Stella Artois Midnight Lager will be available nationwide next Monday (Nov. 4).

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Fast Food

Starbucks Intros A Blacked Out ‘Phantom Frappuccino’ For Halloween Season

Starbucks has no problem dishing out colorful Frappuccinos, but this time they’re foregoing the color palette for something a bit darker.

Their latest drink creation is called the ‘Phantom Frappuccino’ and is covered in activated charcoal powder to give it its spooky black look.

Fans say it has a fruity flavor, which is probably not what you’re expecting from such a dark drink, but its ingredients include mango flavoring, coconut milk, and a dark green drizzle made of spirulina extract, lime, and lemon juice.

 

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Most of the promotion for the drink has been spotted around European Starbucks’, but there is at least one Boston location that promoted it, so there’s a chance it’s coming stateside, as well. It’s hard to tell as Starbucks likes to keep these type of launches secret until the morning of, which in some locations has already happened, but other locations are rumored to debut it this weekend.

 

 

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Reaching out to multiple U.S.-based Starbucks sources, it seems they have not received any ingredient shipments for a Phantom Frappuccino, but we can still hold hope that it shows up at some U.S. locations, while looking at the U.K. with jealous eyes.

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Adventures Theme Parks

7 New Foods To Try At Universal Halloween Horror Nights

Every year, thousands make their way to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights for a spooky fun time. While you’re probably trying to squeeze in every maze and ride you can, you usually make enough time to grab a bite or drink in between.

If you are making the trek to Hollywood to check out all the Stranger Things, Ghostbusters and Us mazes, here’s your guide to the new delicious goodies that accompany those attractions:

Kotton Kandy Cocoon Doughnut

This raspberry-filled doughnut is a sugar rush that excites the senses. Topped with pink vanilla frosting, pink cotton candy, and a straw to suck out the jelly with, the Killer Klowns-inspired treat will surely indulge your sweet tooth.

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Zuul’s Egg Sandwich


There is no Dana, only Zuul’s Egg sandwich. Named after the Ghostbusters demon, this Eggslut-like sandwich is a bit of an out of body experience, and arguably one of the tastiest things at the park. Within the brioche bun is a fried egg, turkey sausage patty and cheddar cheese topped with a chipotle aioli and caramelized onions.

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Slimer’s Dog


Another one that’s inspired by Ghostbusters, the Slimer Dog is a quarter pound hot dog with “green slime,” that’s actually just green colored nacho cheese, and roasted peppers.

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Eleven’s Waffle Sundae


OK, so a lot of these items are diabetes waiting to happen, but I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna scarf down a Stranger Things-themed sundae. Within the cup is a serving of vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce, jelly beans, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, and of course, mini waffles. Would it even be an “Eleven” sundae without waffles? Nope.
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Firehouse Hot Chicken Bites


If you complained about all the sweets on this list, here’s something savory. The breaded Nashville chicken bites lie on a bed of coleslaw and are topped with pickles, with a piece of toast as its sitting vessel. The firehouse, of course, is known to house the Ghostbusters, and can now house your tastebuds. If you’re lucky, this thing will be hot enough to make you forget how scared you are at the park.

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Mind Flayer’s Milkshake

The “Mind Flayer” shadow monster is a bit of a dick, but this milkshake makes up for all the trouble it caused in Stranger Things. The chocolate milkshake is topped with strawberry sauce, chocolate whipped cream, crumbled Oreos, a black waffle cone and black licorice that kind of looks like the Mind Flayer’s tentacles.

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Spooky Cocktails


Universal released a trio of cocktails, and if you just scared yourself shitless at a maze and need a drink, they’re the perfect remedy. The “Ecto Slime,” “Frankenstein Skull” and “Zombie Butterfly” cocktails all come in an awesome transparent skull cup sthat light up, and the drinks themselves change color. The Ecto Slime consists of Crystal Head Vodka, blue Curacao, citrus sour, passionfruit and orange juice. The Frankenstein consists of Three Olives vodka, butterfly pea tea, apple syrup, pineapple and lemon juice. The Zombie Butterfly also has Three Olives and butterfly pea tea, but has citrus sour, blueberry syrup and lemon juice.
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These are all excellent choices to munch on this Halloween and if you do try them, be sure to snap a pic and tag Foodbeast for a possible feature.

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News What's New

Skittles Has A New Flavor That Tastes Gross On Purpose

Halloween seems to come earlier every year with product roll outs, and this year Skittles is one of its earliest contributors. They recently launched their new Zombie Skittles, a new pack that comes with five normal fruit flavors: Petrifying Citrus Punch, Mummified Melon, Chilling Black Cherry, Boogeyman Blackberry, and Blood Red Berry — and one Rotten Zombie flavor that’s described by the brand as “repulsive.”

The kicker? The Rotten Zombie-flavored candies are indistinguishable from the regular ones. So think of it as a landmine of horrid hidden amongst the delicious flavors. 

“Dare to try?” the package asks, in what I imagine to be the voice from a 90’s Goosebumps advert.

I dared.

According to a Food and Wine report, a Skittles representative claimed the flavor changes according to one’s palate. It’s hard to nail down, but for me, the zombie flavor tastes like rotten egg drenched in garlic juice.

It’s truly awful, just as repulsive as the brand claims.

The anxiety I got reaching into the bag was reminiscent of the feeling I got when eating those Jelly Belly BeanBoozled candies where each normal flavor had a gross counterpart. A sense of dread that was either disappointingly confirmed or thankfully extinguished. Peach or Barf? Juicy Pear or Booger? Blood Red Berry or Rotten Zombie? 

Why does something that’s supposed to be fun and sweet bring out our inner masochist? Maybe it makes the good flavors that much better. Maybe companies just want people to react. After all, this pack of Skittles comes with its own hashtag, #DareTheRainbow, for everyone to use on their inevitable reaction videos. 

Either way, I’d like to wash the taste of a zombie away from my corrupted palate.

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An Inside Look At The Most Haunted Taco Shop In California

You might not always admit it, but whether you’re going through a haunted maze, jumping out of an airplane or just watching a horror movie, you love being scared. The anticipation gives you an adrenaline rush like no other, and it’s that very thrill we chase, that has folks flocking to this humble taco shop in Arcadia, California.

Multiple accounts have been published where people swear they’ve seen a ghost appear near the bathroom of Taco Lita; and it’s not just a typical orb or a flash of light — people are seeing a human being walk into the restroom and disappear like Clayton Kershaw in the playoffs.

While there is no documented origin story for this taco-loving ghost, he has been identified as a tall, elderly man who wears khaki pants, a yellow sweater, and habitually makes his way inside the restroom located by the back lot.

The stories remind me of my ghost-hunting high school English teacher, who once told the class that some ghosts reenact their deaths on a loop. That means there’s a possibility this man walks into this restroom regularly, although it seems a precise pattern has yet to be recorded by any formal ghost chasers.

If you look hard enough, you’ll find mentions of the ghost in Yelp reviews, but perhaps the best account of the ghost was given by horror writer Tamara Thorne, in the San Gabriel Tribune.

Thorne relayed that she and her husband stopped by Taco Lita with plans to use the restroom. Her husband waited on a man who they had just seen walk into the men’s room, and after patiently waiting for some time, he eventually decided to knock on the door, asking if the guy was okay. After some concerning length of silence, they opened the door to find a completely empty restroom, with the light off, and no sign of a man anywhere.

There have been other, more terrifying accounts, with the older man supposedly having bugs in his mouth, and sometimes appearing in the mirror, but those stories were told anonymously, without many specifics.

Taco Lita just happens to be about 15 minutes from my house, so my horror-loving friend Donna and I embarked on a spooky adventure last Halloween, hoping to see something for ourselves.

As you walk into the little shop, the authentic 60s decor already throws you off a bit. It feels like not a single renovation has been made since its inception in 1967.

On top of that, all the seats are facing the kitchen, almost like a grade school seating arrangement, with everyone positioned towards the teacher. That means no matter where you sit, you’re forced to look at the employees through their see-through glass wall.

I walked up to the counter and put in my order for a couple of tacos, which apparently are more Del Taco-style than street style.

I get my receipt, and my order was No. 13 — because of course it was.

It was 2 p.m., how was I the 13th customer?

Anyway, I thanked my unlucky stars that I wasn’t No. 666, and carried on with my lunch.

The hard shell taco was nothing to write home about, but it seems like the shop is an after school hangout spot, and not exactly a culinary destination anyway.

After eating my tacos and scoping out the place, I decided to walk up to the cashier, Patty, and playfully asked if any of the haunting rumors were true. Apparently Patty has been there longer than anyone, so if anyone knew anything, it’d be her.

As she fiddled around in the back, without making eye contact she said, “Some people have told me they’ve seen things by the bathroom.”

She didn’t seem too willing to go into detail, but hoping to get some more out of her, I followed up by asking, ‘Do you think any of it is real?’

She suddenly stopped counting her receipts, looked up at me, gave me a grin and said, “You’re welcome to check it out for yourself,” in the most creepy, old-lady-working-at-a-haunted-restaurant way.

So I reluctantly went back to check it out for myself.

I opened the door to the tiny restroom, and it definitely looked like a place where one can pass out and carry on into the afterlife to haunt the living.

Every which way I turned, I fully expected to see a portal to a new dimension. I even closed the door and stared at the mirror just to scare the shit out of myself.

Nope.

It was just your typical restroom, a bit too tiny if anything.

My friend Donna took a selfie in there, and we sat in the back parking lot, waiting to see if any yellow-sweatered man rolled up to take a ghastly bathroom break.

Nothing. Maybe we scared him away.

Sure we had already walked in expecting something creepy to go down, but I swear the vibes in that place were spooky. The way all the employees stared at us as we ate, almost felt like they expected my visit, and just wanted me to leave.

Other than that, there was unfortunately no paranormal sighting, though there was one thing I’d like to note after the fact.

As I reviewed the photos I took that day, trying to pick a few out for this article, there was a peculiarly missing photo. A blank photo, actually.

I was wondering to myself, did I accidentally put my thumb on the lens while taking that photo? But I actually remembered that as I was taking photos of  the interior that day, I took a shot of the employee area, directly in front of where we were sitting.

I swear to you that photo came out clear as day when I took it, and I even remember looking at it after I took it.

There was nothing particularly interesting going on back there, just their regular assembly line.

I’m not one who completely buys into the supernatural, and I’m sure the folks working there aren’t paranormal, but it does give me some chills that that specific photo is missing, and is the only blank photo in my entire camera roll.

There are tons of possibilities why that photo is blank, and I’d believe any one of them if you told me, but I’d also like to think there’s something spooky going on at Taco Lita; something that didn’t appreciate a nosy journalist poking around in there, looking for things that don’t concern him.

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Drinks Fast Food

Starbucks Gets Spooky With Colorful New ‘Witches Brew’ Frappuccino

With Halloween less than a week away, Starbucks has added a colorful new frappuccino to celebrate the spooky holiday. Keeping in line with the brand’s limited-time-offering of frappuccinos inspired by mythical creatures, the new drink takes the name Witches Brew.

Starbucks’ new Witches Brew Frappuccino starts off with an orange creme Frappuccino base before things get a little spooky. Thrown into the clear plastic cauldron is a swirl of bat warts (chia seeds), a purple blend of “toad’s breath” coloring, and a topping of whipped cream and “lizard scale” powder that’s made from green sugar.

What’s magical about this new addition is that its sweetness isn’t as overwhelming as its predecessors, though the overall sugar content (53 grams) is only a few grams less than that of the Frappula Frappuccino (54 grams) and the Unicorn Frappuccino (59 grams).

The new concoction will be available at participating Starbucks locations for a limited time in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and select markets in the Caribbean. They’ll likely be on the menu through the end of the Halloween season.

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This Dark And Mysterious Charcoal Crepe Cake Is To Die For

Just when you (and frankly, I) thought that the charcoal food trend had exhausted itself into an opaque abyss, out comes Lady M from the depths of their own imagination to offer a sleek, jet-black charcoal mille crepe cake. Truly something out of any sweet lover’s darkest dreams.

Home to the famous, Instagram-able mille crepes, Lady M has launched a brand-new flavor for fall that captures seasonal vibes via an inky and mysterious charcoal cake. It features 20 lace-thin layers of charcoal-flavored crepes between coffee and charcoal-infused pastry cream.  The shady French pastry is then finished off with a charcoal ganache and ringed with cacao nibs. It’s to die for.

The sinister snack is only available through Halloween at the Lady M location in Irivine, CA, so your spooky sweet tooth needs to make haste — or find yourself mourning the loss of this murky mouthful.

Cue sinister laugh track.

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Fast Food

Burger King’s New Green Burger Is Aptly Called ‘The Nightmare King’

Halloween is less than two weeks away and Burger King is adding a little fuel to your spooky fast food nightmares.

Called the Nightmare King, their new burger combines a quarter-pound of beef with a crispy fried chicken filet, melted American cheese, thick-cut bacon, mayonnaise, and onions served between a glazed green sesame seed bun.

The green bun is a nice touch to keep in line with the haunting aesthetic, though some charcoal or squid ink mayonnaise would have really brought everything together. Still, fried chicken and beef on a burger without having to hack the menu? Sign me up.

Those curious to try this ghastly burger can find it at participating Burger King locations on Oct. 22 through Nov. 1. Wouldn’t mind pairing this with about 50 chicken nuggets as I rewatch Rosemary’s Baby this Halloween.