Fast Food

To Survive, Some Subway Restaurants Are Selling Their Ingredients Like Groceries

With everyone confined to their homes during this pandemic, folks are trying to stock up on as much groceries as they can in order to avoid going outdoors while the threat of COVID-19 looms. Many restaurants have taken to transitioning into a corner store model, where they’re selling their excess inventory to members of the community in need of groceries.

Sandwich chain Subway is now offering a similar model in Orange County locations they’re calling Subway Grocery.

In an effort to help support Subway employees and give back to the local communities, Subway is tapping into their supplier connections and offering up a service where customers can directly order the meats, breads, cheeses, and produce used to craft sandwiches. The service also includes frozen soups, meat and cheese party platters, and cookies.

While originally a Subway in Long Beach, CA was one of the first to offer this service, many new locations throughout Orange County and Los Angeles have begun participating in Subway Grocery.

Yes, the question could be posed: Does anyone really want Subway produce? Just thinking of all those locations we’ve visited with oxidized avocados and slightly browned lettuce does make us hesitate for a hot second. However, with ingredients coming directly from a restaurant grade food supplier, the lackadaisical care from some locations is simply forgone. Should be a pretty safe bet if you want some fresh groceries without having to go to the supermarket chains.

Those looking to order from Subway’s Grocery service can place their order through the nearest participating location here. Pick up options include a contactless curbside pick up, restaurant pick up, or delivery to select areas.

Alcohol Beer Culture Drinks Opinion

Should Alcoholic Beverages Be Required To List Their Ingredients?

The light beer wars have officially escalated to new heights. After Bud Light’s round of Super Bowl commercials trashing Miller Lite and Coors Light for their usage of corn syrup, MillerCoors has struck back with a lawsuit accusing their rivals of false advertising and trademark dilution. They claim that corn syrup is no longer present in their beers after the fermentation progress, and wanted Bud Light’s campaigns to cease.

In theory, both sides are right. Corn syrup can be used as a sugar source for beer fermenting, and MillerCoors has said that they use it as such. However, by the time the beer is ready for tapping, all of that has been converted into alcohol, just like the rice that Bud Light uses for their brew.

The bigger question that this debate brings up, though, is one of transparency in the alcohol industry. Bud Light got this topic buzzing with their campaigns, which, on top of the corn syrup, added an ingredient label to their boxes to “show transparency.” Since it’s not currently required for alcohol brands to display their ingredients, this was groundbreaking for the industry.

As the conflict surrounding these light beers rages on, though, one has to wonder: should alcoholic beverages be required to list their ingredients?

For those wondering why ingredients don’t have to be labeled, it’s a matter of regulation and jurisdiction. While the FDA requires all food products in their space to list all of the ingredients, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, does not. In the case of malted beverages, the only ingredients that have to be declared are saccharin and aspartame (two artificial sweeteners), sulfites (a potential allergen), and FD&C Yellow No. 5 (a food dye.)

All other components of beers, including the sugar source, any potential flavorings or colorings, and clarifying agents, don’t have to be declared. From a food science perspective, these could technically be classified as “processing aids” since the final product would just be flavors from hops, alcohol, water, and any colors that resulted from the brewing or fermenting process. Still, it is important to know what was used to brew a beer, especially a light beer. Since these tend to use rice or corn instead of barley as a fermenting source, consumers should be able to know which brands use what.

For vegans, transparency is also a concern because of something called isinglass. This beer clarifying agent is derived from fish bladders and is used to filter the beer of any leftover suspended yeast. Some specific brands note that they don’t use isinglass, leading to a category of “vegan-friendly” brews.

In a way, Bud Light is opening the public’s eyes to these issues with their campaign, but they are also playing on fear-mongering stigma because of the negative image corn syrup has in the eyes of the general public. Nonetheless, the conversation they are bringing up about ingredients in beer is one that should be taken more seriously.

The Foodbeast audience definitely agrees with that sentiment, too. A current poll up on our Twitter account is showing that 90 percent of participants feel that alcohol should list their ingredients.

Fast Food

A Complete List Of U.S. Domino’s Pizza Locations That Still Offer Anchovies

Eight years ago, I tried anchovies for the first time. It was on a Domino’s slice that was paired with Italian sausage, black olives, and a parmesan garlic sauce. Salty, yes, but a taste so phenomenal that my young self would still try to chase such a feeling to this day.

Over the past few years, however, I began to notice that Domino’s locations started to pull the polarizing ingredient from the menu. I found myself having to drive further and further to get a taste of the salted fish.

Frankly, the only way to really find out whether a Domino’s offered anchovy was to either call in or begin building a pizza through the app to see if it was on the list of ingredients.

Wondering if any other anchovy aficionado out there struggled with something similar when the cravings set in, I reached out to Domino’s to see if there was a master list that identified every location that offered the anchovies.

Turns out there was.

Behold, a master list of every Domino’s Pizza location that still offers anchovies. A labor of love for anyone looking to fill their cravings, but don’t know where to look. Enjoy, friends.

Drinks Fast Food Health

All The Ingredients You May Not Have Guessed Were In Your Favorite Starbucks Drinks

There are days where I’m guilty of spending half my commute waiting in line at a Starbucks to get my coffee order. As I stand there, sandwiched between a banker and bus driver, I think about how easily I could have made my own coffee at home. As I inch closer to the register, I can see the frantic baristas pour ingredient after ingredient into the cups as they power through the morning rush of drink orders.

This made me wonder, how many ingredients are actually in a Starbucks drink?

Fellow Foodbeast writer Isai Rocha once mentioned that any food that had more than five ingredients had the potential to be pretty sus — leading him to dig into the ingredients of popular fast food fries. I remember those numbers he found surprised me.

In case you’ve ever pondered how many different ingredients are in your morning cup of Starbucks, you may or may not be surprised to find that some drinks have more than 15. After some investigation, I broke down what’s really inside six popular Starbucks beverages.

You can find a breakdown below of all the ingredients in some of the most popular drinks at Starbucks.

Flat White (2)

Starbucks Coffee

Milk (1)

Brewed Espresso (1)

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (12)

Brewed Coffee (1)

Ice (1)

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Heavy Cream (4): Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan

Milk (1)

Hot Chocolate (14)

Milk (1)

Mocha Sauce (4): Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin

Whipped Cream (4): Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Caramel Macchiato (19)

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Milk (1)

Brewed Espresso (1)

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Caramel Sauce (12): Sugar, Corn Syrup, Butter (Cream/Milk, Salt), Water, Heavy Cream, Nonfat Dry Milk, Natural Flavors, Salt, Mono & Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Sulfites

Mocha Frappuccino (23)

Ice (1)

Milk (1)

Coffee Frappuccino Syrup (7): Sugar, Water, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Coffee (1)

Whipped Cream (4): Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan)

Vanilla Syrup (5): Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Mocha Sauce (4): Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin

Pink Drink (24)

Ice (1)

Strawberry Acai Base (8): Water, Sugar, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Natural Green Coffee Flavor, Fruit and Vegetable Juice, Rebaudioside-a

Coconut Milk (14) Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin a Palmitate, Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)

Freeze-dried Strawberries (1)

So what’s with all these ingredients like Mono and Diglycerides and Carrageenan? Shouldn’t whipped cream just be cream and sugar?

I spoke to resident Foodbeast food scientist and Nationally-ranked Pokemon Master Constantine Spyrou who explained:

“Mono and digylcerides are an emulsifying agent added to whipped cream. It’s needed to keep the oil and water from separating inside of cream/milk.”

He says because the cream is separated from milk, it may be missing some natural phospholipids that emulsify the milk and the cream.

Carrageenan, he goes on to explain that it is a gum derived from algae used as a thickening and stabilizing agent.

“As for the coconut milk, he adds, “I’m guessing Starbucks adds a ton of ingredients to keep it from curdling when added to coffee.”

While the Pink Drink was pretty delicious, I’m not sure how I feel about throwing 24 different things into my body before I even get to work. Maybe I’ll just stick to black coffee for a while.


Every Major Alcohol And The Ingredients Needed To Make Them

Most people have no idea what is in their alcoholic drinks. For the most part, we (as a nation of avid drinkers) either know that we like a drink or that we don’t, and that’s pretty much where the buck stops.

Well, the savvy drinkers at Wine Bag put together a highly informative and surprisingly captivating list of all of our favorite alcohols and what goes in them. The compendium of alcoholic ingredients even has pictures for each item, in case you had no idea what “sorghum” or the “maguey plant” look like.

The Compendium of Alcohol Ingredients and Processes - - Infographic



Photo Credit: Wine Bag, The Kitchn

Fast Food

Papa John’s To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Entire Pizza Menu

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Papa John’s is losing artificial flavors. Last year, the company promised that they would be switching to antibiotic-free chicken. Now, they’re shooting for something a little grander. Papa John’s will be the first national pizza chain to drop all artificial flavors and synthetic coloring from the entire menu, Business Wire reports.

This includes all of their pizza ingredients, toppings, sauces and desserts.

It seems the tagline “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” isn’t just for show. The company reportedly invests $100 million a year in cutting artificial ingredients.

We reached out to Papa Johns and the entire menu has already been rid of synthetic and artificial flavors.


Packaged Food

Hershey’s Chocolate Finally Drops Artificial Flavoring From Their Iconic Candy


Hershey’s has announced that their famous chocolate Kisses and bars will be getting much less complicated. The company says that it will be dropping artificial ingredients and will be using real vanilla in the two chocolate candies.

It was previously announced that Hershey’s Co. wanted to use simpler ingredients, AP reports.

The change in recipe has already begun for the candy company as the new batch of kisses and certain chocolate bars have already begun shipping. Stores will be updated with the new variants as soon as their shelves need restocking.

Packaging for the chocolate will feature a new “natural flavor” listing rather than vanillin, the artificial flavoring used in the original chocolates. Hershey’s has also cut Lactose and PGPR from its recipe.

Seems like loads of companies have begun taking steps towards more natural ingredients recently.

Fast Food

Here Is Every Ingredient in Your Favorite Fast Food French Fries


I’ll never forget my high-school nutrition teacher telling us to be wary of any food that has more than five ingredients. Most fast food fries go far beyond that rule of thumb.

With the help of Grant Imahara, a former Mythbuster, McDonald’s has tried to myth-bust their way into explaining why the McRib looks like a frozen sponge and show that their McNuggets aren’t made from pink slime.

Now they’re explaining why there’s a crazy amount of ingredients in their fries, which I don’t even think was something we wondered about in the first place, but now that you mention it, why are there 19 ingredients in a batch of McDonald’s french fries, and what the hell is in the french fries at some of our other favorite fast food spots?

Maybe we’re just automatically cynical about McDonald’s, but when you look at burger joints like In-N-Out, they keep it simple and don’t have any ingredients that make us question their quality.

The same can’t be said about some of the other top fast food restaurants, as their ingredient lists can get pretty lengthy:

french fry

In-N-Out and Five Guys, two smaller chains that are usually pitted head-to-head in comparisons, make their fries with potatoes, salt, and frying oil. That’s it. They don’t need Dimethylpolysiloxane to make a good french fry. So what the hell is everyone else feeding us? Well, here’s a list of fry ingredients for some of your favorite fast food joints:

Carl’s Jr./Hardees- 23 Ingredients

Carl’s Jr. has 23 ingredients that make up its fries. Grabbed straight from the Carl’s Jr. site, this is what’s in their fries:

Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (may contain one or more of the following: Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Palm Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil), Modified Food Starch, Rice Flour, Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum. FRIED IN: Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid to protect flavor, Dimethylpolysiloxane (as an antifoaming agent)).

McDonald’s- 19 Ingredients

McDonald’s fries are so good, yet we still feel so sketched out by them. Even explained, it doesn’t make me feel better that all this crap is going in my tummy.

Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative]), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. Prepared in Vegetable Oil: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
*Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients

Wendy’s- 14 Ingredients

Wendy’s has that natural-cut action going on right now and while the ingredient list isn’t as long as some of the others, it still has 14 ingredients.

Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (contains one or more of the following oils: canola, soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, corn), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (to maintain natural color). Cooked in Vegetable Oil (soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor [vegetable], citric acid [preservative], dimethylpolysiloxane [anti-foaming agent]). Cooked in the same oil as menu items that contain Wheat, Egg, Milk, and Fish (where available). Seasoned with Sea Salt.

Burger King, Jack in the Box- 13 Ingredients

Burger King’s Satisfries may have flopped, but their classic fries have enough ingredients to make you spend a good 20 minutes on Google trying to figure out what the hell they all are.

Jack in the Box has recently joined the natural-cut family as well. I don’t think anyone really knows what “natural” means in the fast food world, but whatever it is, it requires quite a bit of ingredients.

Burger King:

Potatoes, Soybean Oil or Canola and Palm Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate added to preserve natural color.

Jack in the Box:

Potatoes, Canola and Palm Oil, Modified Food Starch (Potato, Corn, Tapioca), Rice
Flour, Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum. Cooked in Canola Blend Frying Oil.

In-N-Out, Five Guys- 3 Ingredients

Ah, the simplicity. This shouldn’t take long. In-N-Out uses potatoes, salt and cottonseed oil. Same with Five Guys as they just use potatoes, salt and refined peanut oil.

Oh, crap. They have Cajun-style fries too don’t they? Those run up to 11 ingredients.

Potatoes, Refined Peanut Oil, Salt, Cajun Seasoning: Blend of Garlic, Salt, Onion, Paprika, Oregano, White Pepper, Red Pepper, Spice.

I guess those ingredients weren’t that hard to pronounce. In fact, I have all of those in my kitchen. I wonder if we can give them a pass, or nah?

It’s probably no coincidence that the restaurants with more ingredients are all major chains that have a much larger reach than In-N-Out or Five Guys. They might have legitimate reasons for doing so, reasons that might not sound sexy if explained to the public.

In the back of my mind, all these ingredients give me trust issues, but I’ve been brainwashed, and I’d still like an order of fries with my Big Mac.