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How To Get Free McDonald’s During The Holidays

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In the last couple of months, McDonald’s has been partnering up with celebrities to highlight special orders based on their favorite menu items. This holiday, however, they’re pivoting towards something a little more whimsical.

McDonald’s is highlighting the favorite meals of fictional Christmas characters in this month’s latest promotion. Even better, all those meals will be free.

Here’s how it works.

Starting Dec. 14, McDonald’s will highlight fictional holiday characters and their favorite McDonald’s cravings (think Buddy the elf and hotcakes) and give away that item for free.

The catch is that this is done only through the McDonald’s mobile app and requires a minimum of $1 to claim the free item.

Highlighted items this holiday season includes the aforementioned free hotcakes, the Abominable Snow Monster’s free Big Mac, Gizmo’s free 6-piece nuggets, and free chocolate chip cookies courtesy of Santa. Not sure why they’re lumping Santa with all these fictional folks, though.

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Check out to see the exact schedule of holiday freebies.

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These Boozy Chocolates Are What You Need To Get Through The Holidays

Christmas is fast-approaching with retailers being swarmed by mobs of holiday shoppers. If you’re like me, you probably wait until the last minute to grab gifts, wrongly assuming a strategic edge. No matter your approach, finding the perfect presents can be a tad stressful. New babies tend to pop out yearly and shoe sizes grow quicker than heavy snowfall. It’s worth it of course, few things bring more joy than the smile on a loved ones face after receiving the perfect gift. 

Furthermore, along with joy, the holiday season always offers treats to help take the edge off. Spiked eggnog is an obvious favorite. Rum cake is another. For true sweet and slizzard spirits, boozy confections are definitely this year’s go-to. These clever creations contain enough alcohol content to give your Santa hat an extra lean. Below are a list of boozy chocolates that are sure to get you through the holiday hooplah:

1. Cognac Pine Cone

andSons’ Cognac Pine Cones are crafted to be the perfect balance of French Delamain and 61% dark chocolate ganache. Two pieces come in each box at a retail price of $15.50. 

2. Eggnog Snowmen Box

Hand-painted with care, andSon’s Eggnog Snowmen Box offers a fun take on a holiday confection. Each snowman is made with Tahitian vanilla eggnog white chocolate ganache, nutmeg and a touch of rum. Try taking a bite of one and saying that three times fast. You have the option of purchasing a box set of 6 or 13 at $19.50 and $39.50 respectively.

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3. Anthon Berg Liquor Bottles

Featuring a wide selection of premium liquor brands like Remy Martin, Cointreau and Grand Marnier, there’s no better companion for your holiday sweet tooth. These miniature bottle shaped treats are made with delectable dark chocolate and have an alcohol content that ranges from 2.5%-5%. A box of 16 bottles will run you just under $25.

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4. The Cocktail Menu by Butler’s Chocolates

These cocktail inspired chocolates are sure to leave you shaken, not stirred. Including 8 varieties of popular cocktails like Espresso Martini, Classic Gin Martini and Whiskey Sour. You can be the life of the mixer with this Great Taste Award winning box for just $20.  

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5. Guinness Liqueur Chocolate Pints

What better way to show your love for beer than with these pint-sized Guinness liqueur-filled candies? Crafted in Ireland, each piece is 2.29oz and made with delicious dark and white chocolate. Grab a round at your local World Market for under $10. 

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6. Baileys Irish Cream Fudge Sauce

This 10 oz jar of creamy delight comes packed with Dutch cocoa, sweet butter and Baileys. It’s the perfect topping for holiday desserts like ice cream and cake. True chocolate fiends can enjoy it by the spoonful for $12.95.

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7. Poire Williams Pear Chocolate Liqueurs

Why dip your fruit into chocolate sauce this holiday season when you can have fruit shaped chocolate with a saucy interior? This pear-shaped dark chocolate is filled with Poire Williams Brandy which is distilled from Bartlett pears, a unique pear liqueur known for its intense flavor of sweet, ripe pears. Each gift box is just $17.95.

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8. Jack Daniels’ Chocolate Bar

This chocolate bar is pretty self explanatory. Made with Swiss milk chocolate, you can have your syrupy choice of Jack Daniels’ Black Label or their sweeter Tennessee Honey for $10.95.

As you can see, your sweet tooth is covered this holiday season. If you’re still trying to figure out a holiday gift for those special someones, look no further than these selections of boozy confections. Getting chocolate wasted will take on a whole new meaning this Christmas.

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Kiva Confections Introduces Cannabis-Infused Hot Chocolate

Continuing their spirited foray into holiday inspired cannabis treats, Kiva Confections is now offering limited edition Hot Chocolate. Their latest invention uses the same fast-acting technology as the previously released Turkey Gravy which took Thanksgiving dinners to new heights. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Kiva’s fast-acting technology, it utilizes individually encapsulated molecules that allow for faster THC absorption than your typical edible. These molecules are isolated and small enough to be absorbed by our body’s endocannabinoid receptors. What this means in layman’s terms is that you can feel the effects of Kiva’s Hot Chocolate within a record 15 minutes. That’s almost 15-30 minutes faster than most edibles and allows for a more predictable cannabis experience. 

Kiva’s premium edibles are created with the goal of removing the unpredictable effects that usually accompany your typical garden variety edible. By focusing the window to 15 minutes, it offers first time users, or infrequent ones, to have more assurance in their experience. Kiva’s thoughtfulness combined with unique ideas like their new limited edition Hot Chocolate will undoubtedly add joy to your holiday high. Each pouch is infused with 5mg of THC and like traditional hot chocolate, comes in powdered form. You can find Kiva’s limited edition Hot Chocolate at dispensaries throughout California while supplies last.

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Spiked Ponche Navideño Will Make Everybody’s Spirits Bright

Some of Christmas’s best memories come after the dinner is done, the family is all together around the couch, and the aroma of ponche Navideño fills the room. It’s a time of relaxation, comfort, and getting the best stories possible out of tia.

If you want to make sure the juiciest tales are revealed, make sure that your ponche comes with a little extra kick. This version, served in an optional apple mug you can snack on, comes with a shot of gold rum packed into each cup to keep the fun times rolling all night long.

You can find all of the ingredients you need for this grown-up ponche Navideño at Northgate Market. There will also be a holiday cookbook available with all of the recipes you need for the celebrations to come.

If you’re a huge ponche Navideño fan and want to get a pot going already, though, you can peep the full recipe for this rum-laden version below.

Servings: 12


For the Ponche

2 navel oranges, reserve 1 for garnish

12 whole cloves

6 tejocotes or red cojotes

1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (flor de jamaica)

3 cinnamon sticks

12 cups water

2 Granny Smith apples, sliced

1 pear, sliced

1 sugar cane stick, cut into 4 inch long pieces. Get some more for garnish if you can, but if not, cinnamon sticks are also great.  

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

12 oz gold rum

Fresh hibiscus flowers for garnish

For the Apple Cups

Large red apples

1/2 cup lemon juice


Step 1

Use the pointed ends of the cloves to insert them into a whole orange, leaving the entire fruit studded. Cut the orange into wedges, and also cut some slits into the tejocote.

Step 2

In a large pot, bring the hibiscus flowers, cinnamon sticks and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until your water is a deep pink color.  

Step 3

Remove the hibiscus flowers, leaving the cinnamon sticks inside to infuse further. Add the orange wedges, tejocotes, apples, pear, sugar cane, and brown sugar to the pot and stir. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

When the ponche is cooking, prepare some apple “mugs” to serve the festive punch in. Cut off the top of each apple, and use a paring knife to score the rims. Scoop out the center of the apple using a spoon or melon baller. Coat the inside of the apple with lemon juice to keep it from turning brown.

Step 5

To serve, ladle the punch into an apple cup, making sure each cup gets some slices of fruit as well. Garnish with an orange slice, fresh hibiscus flower and sugar cane (or cinnamon) stick. If desired, add 1 ounce of gold rum to each cup to give the punch an extra kick.

Created in partnership with Northgate Market. 

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Kellogg’s Wants You To Make A Winning Holiday Dessert With Its Cereal

Froot Loops Cake? Rice Krispies-bread House? Festive Frosted (Snow)Flakes? This holiday season, cereal is the star of Kellogg’s first-ever Holiday Baking Challenge judged by cookbook author and TV host, Padma Lakshmi!

Anyone across the U.S. is invited to submit recipes of their best confections to the inaugural Holiday Baking Challenge at for the chance to show Kellogg’s and Padma Lakshmi their baking chops in New York City.


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Four finalists will take participate in the live baking competition on December 12th at cereal wonderland, Kellogg’s NYC Café, where they will use their culinary ingenuity to reimagine favorite Kellogg’s cereals into inventive new holiday goodies. Lakshmi will be there in person to both host and judge the event – crowning one winner as this year’s cereal-themed “must-make” holiday dessert.

“I’m excited to see what yummy treats folks come up with for the holidays with these great, iconic Kellogg’s cereals,” said Lakshmi. “In my own recipes, I’ve often used Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes in both savory and sweet dishes. They’re perfect for fun in the kitchen with the whole family.”


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In addition to bragging rights, the lucky grand prize winner will have their dessert featured on the Kellogg’s NYC Café menu, plus a full media tour with Padma herself. With the competition taking place in a venue made for breakfast lovers and foodies alike, we can’t wait to see how an unexpected ingredient like cereal is used to make new, playful desserts.

Do you think you have what it takes to become a Kellogg’s baking champion? If so, grab your favorite cereal and get baking!

Created in partnership with Kellogg’s. 

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How To Treat Your Dad To A Meaty Father’s Day

There are those of you who like to plan your Father’s Day ahead of time, and others who tend to wait until the last minute to figure something out. There’s no wrong away to go about it, just as long as whatever you do comes from the heart.

For example, my dad’s a guy with simple tastes. He LOVES meat. Rather than picking up a new shirt or wristwatch this year for Father’s Day, I began thinking up a few different experiences I could share with my father.

Here are some easy to execute activities I came up for my dad. Hopefully they inspire you to come up with some that fits yours!

Grab That ‘Cue

My dad loves barbecue. Give him a well-smoked brisket, sweet fall-off-the-bone ribs, some cheddar jalapeño sausages, and he’ll be a happy man. If your pops is the same, then find a good BBQ joint open on Father’s Day and treat him to a little of everything.

We’re talking brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, wings, sausages, and whatever sides your poppa’s heart desires.

Now if it’s anything like the Hog Heaven, that massive off-the-wall BBQ Birthday Cake, just make sure you bring a few extra family members to help you pick it apart. That thing’s massive.

Steak Recipe Free-For-All

Some of my best memories with my dad are simply the two of us cooking together, grilling meat, and frying fish.

Not too long ago, the Foodbeast editorial team were sent different cuts from this company called  Porter Road. Each person was tasked with creating a dish from a specific cut of meat: tri-tip, petite sirloin, shoulder tender, and flap.

As someone who looks for father figures wherever I go, it was interesting to see how my coworkers functioned in a kitchen setting and the dynamic between everyone when in full cooking mode.

Perhaps just running to the nearest Costco and picking up a few random cuts of meat, blasting some Carlos Santana on the stereo and just getting creative in the kitchen is something dad would enjoy.

Did Someone Say Hot Chicken?

Popular DTLA-based Howlin’ Ray’s is lauded for their Nashville Hot fried chicken. What they’re also known for is that ridiculously long line that rounds the block. If your dad is someone who appreciates an immaculate piece of fried chicken, I recommend taking him here.

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Sure, you’re guaranteed a multi-hour wait for your meal but that simply gives you plenty of time to catch up with him while you inch closer to the storefront.

Now, if you’re not based near Los Angeles, the same theory applies for any dope spot whose lines rival a sneaker drop. Just pick a restaurant, put on some comfy shoes, and get yourselves ready for some genuine conversation while you wait.

Let’s Hit The Grill

If your dad is someone who enjoys manning the grill, set everything up for him this weekend.

Put together a few quick and easy recipes and have everything prepped and marinated ahead of time. Clean out the grill, smoker or stove and have everything preheated and ready to go.

Once your dad is up and about this Sunday, all you have to do is hand him a beer, a pair of tongs, and pull up a chair with him.

All he’ll have to do is watch the flames, tend to the meat, and share an ice-cold brew with his kid.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Father’s Day Sunday!

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Starbucks Launches Exclusive Disneyland Mug With Gingerbread Castle, Here’s Where To Find it

Disney lovers have been flocking to Disneyland in the past few weeks to check out the new Christmas foods and decorations. Every year, after Thanksgiving, the Disney parks always go all out for the winter holiday.

Well, it looks like Starbucks is teaming up with Disney to bring an exclusive new item to the parks.

DesignTaxi reports that an exclusive, limited edition, Starbucks mug has hit Disneyland. The tall mug features the iconic Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, reimagined in gingerbread form.

Here’s what it looks like:

Thanks to @batikdesign, my Starbucks partner in crime, he let me know the new Disney Parks Starbucks Holiday mug is out and so are the You are Here ornaments!!!🏰☕️✨ Time for a quick four park world tour to see which other parks have their ornaments available!🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ Will you be collecting them all?🎄 Stay tuned to see what I find! See if you can find the hidden Mickey!🐭 Thanks again, Todd!😍 *Mug retails for $21.99. 🎁🎁🎁 #disneychristmas#disneyholidays#disneystarbucks#disneymerch#starbucksmug#magickingdom#mickeysverymerrychristmasparty#disneycastle#gingerbreadhouse#peppermintmocha#disneymerchandise#mvmcp#disneymug#tobeapartner#disneymugs#hotcocoa#disneyhome#disneyfan#mugshot#starbucksaddict#mugaddict#disneylife#disneyworld#disneygram#mugsofdisney#disneyland#disneyparks#disneyresort#disneylove#disneystyle

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Hardcore mug heads and Disney fans can find the mug at the Starbucks located on Main Street, U.S.A. a little past the entrance of Disneyland.

The exclusive Starbucks mug will be available presumably while supplies last.

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This Sweet Interactive Map Lists The Top Christmas Candy In Each State

We’re about a week into December and we already feel the holiday spirit knocking on our sweet tooth. Or maybe that’s just a cavity. Either way, we’re trying to think of all the Christmas candies and confectionaries to load our pantry with as the holiday draws closer.

Because it’s pretty much the Wild West out there in Sugarland, the Candy Store created an interactive map that actually shows you the most popular holiday candy in each state in the US.

After surveying 50,000 Candy Store customers, the results were double checked with major candy distributors and then illustrated into the vibrant guide you see above.

There are definitely holiday candies here we never expected to be so popular. Heck, we didn’t even know Reindeer corn was a thing. Check out the map and see what candies made the popular list this year in your state. In the mean time, we’re going to get our candy shopping list ready.