FDA’s Ban on Wooden Cheese Boards Could Devastate the US Artisan Cheese Industry


This could very well be the first sign of the cheesepocalypse. In a move that’s shaking the dairy world, the Food and Drug Administration issued a ban on the practice of aging cheese on wooden boards — including a majority of cheeses imported to the US. Aging cheese is a process that incorporates bacteria, enzymes, molds and environmental factors to add to the flavor of the final product. While this centuries-old process may sound unappetizing, it makes for damn good cheese.

It all started when the New York State Department of Agriculture asked the FDA if surfaces made from wood were an acceptable means to age cheese, according to Forbes. The branch chief of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutritions Dairy and Egg Branch replied:

The use of wooden shelves, rough or otherwise, for cheese ripening does not conform to [Current Good Manufacturing Practices], which require that “all plant equipment and utensils shall be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be adequately cleanable, and shall be properly maintained.”

While the regulation does not directly mention wood, the FDA will likely argue that wooden boards never truly reach their standard of cleanliness in comparison to plastic and metal alternatives. Because nothing says artisan like a cold and sterile factory environment.

While major cheese manufacturers like Kraft will be unaffected — they don’t require the wood-aging process — smaller businesses who make artisan cheeses will most definitely be devastated. Time will tell whether or not the FDA will back down or ease up on this regulation.


Today I Learned: Oreo Dunkaroos Really Do Exist


Back in July, someone invented earth-shattering M’Oreos, with many claiming that this would be the closest we’d ever get to Oreo Dunkaroos. Even the Twitterverse bemoaned this lack of Oreo innovation.


Apparently, mankind wasn’t reaching it’s full potential. Something had to be done and yet, the Oreo company remained silent on the issue. So we moved on, filling our days with doge memes and Rob Ford.

That is, until we stumbled upon these late last night:


Yes, the Dunkaroo version of Oreos exist and they’re called “Cookie Sticks ‘n Creme Dip.” Apparently, they’ve been around for a while now and you can buy them at Target, Walmart and even Amazon. We understand if you’re experiencing at mix of shock, disbelief, and uncontrollable joy right now. We’ve got extra undies on deck.

If this is something you’ve known for years, let us know so we can shame you for keeping this a secret for so long.


Kraft Cheese Removes Artificial Preservatives from Kraft American Singles


Health benefits don’t typically rank high on the list of reasons people eat processed cheese. Nope, nostalgia, cook-ability, and price pretty much have that category locked down, but that hasn’t stopped America’s favorite lunchbox company from trying to appeal to the clean-eating set with — tada! — an ingredient change.

On Monday, Kraft Foods announced it was removing the artificial preservative sorbic acid from its popular plastic-wrapped American and White American cheese slices. Used to prevent the growth of mold and fungi, the sorbic acid will instead be replaced by natamycin, which the FDA states is a naturally occurring anti-fungal, despite its totally chemical-y sounding name.

Thankfully the change only applies to the full-fat versions of the singles and not the 2%, which means if you’d like, you’ll still be able to indulge in your 100% lab-grown cheese product, albeit a less fatty version, in peace. Good ol’ America.

H/T Gothamist + Picthx Kraft


Here’s How to Make Boozy ‘Adults Only’ Hot Cocoa Pudding Mugs

Let’s be honest — alcohol is the perfect way to warm up when temperatures are dropping outside. This explains why people geniuses always craft the most delicious methods of getting tipsy for the holiday season. Hey, when there’s snow on the ground and just about nothing else to do, what better way to get busy than festive, winter-themed shots? (Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, everybody!)

First came edible candy cane shot glasses, with all of their peppermint-y goodness to ease that oh-so-pleasant burn of liquor. And now? Boozy, “Adults Only” Hot Cocoa Pudding Mugs.

What are hot cocoa pudding mugs, you ask? Oh, just the most epic way to get crunk — chocolate pudding jello shots spiked with your choice of booze: either crème de cocoa or peppermint schnapps. Complete with a pretzel for a handle (yep), these fancy little buggers will satisfy your sweet tooth and have you buzzed in an instant.

Here’s how to make Kraft’s “Adults Only” Hot Cocoa Pudding Mugs:


  • 2-1/4 cups milk, divided
  • 2 env. (1/4 oz. each) KNOX Unflavored Gelatine
  • 2 oz. BAKER’S Bittersweet Chocolate, melted
  • 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 12 miniature pretzel twists, broken crosswise in half
  • 1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 1/4 cup JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits
  •  1/4 cup crème de cocoa or peppermint schnapps (your call!)


  • ADD 1-1/2 cups milk to dry gelatine in small saucepan; stir. Let stand 3 min. or until gelatine is softened. Cook and stir on medium heat 3 min. or until gelatine is completely dissolved. Remove from heat; whisk in melted chocolate. Cool 5 min.
  • BEAT pudding mix and remaining 3/4 cup cold milk in medium bowl with 1/4 cup crème de cocoa or peppermint schnapps, and whisk 2 min. Whisk in gelatine mixture. Spoon into 24 shot glasses sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
  • UNMOLD desserts onto tray just before serving. Insert pretzel half into side of each for the mug handle. Top each with 1 Tbsp. COOL WHIP and a few MALLOW Bits.
Makes 24 servings (break out the party hats!)

The only question we have left is: how does one even begin to properly enjoy this treat? Do you tilt your head and slurp out the creamy confection, or just take a bite of the jiggly cup and try to awkwardly pop the rest in your mouth?

Eh. We’re pretty sure that after a few of these, you’ll have the answer (or just be too delightfully sloshed to care anymore.)


This is a Website Made Out of Real Bacon

Following the bubbling stigma that “Everything is better with bacon,” Kraft Homestyle brand has partnered with popular sports website to create a web presence made entirely of real bacon. The new website was made as a promotional tool for Kraft’s new Homestyle Sharp Cheddar and Bacon variety, which features real Kraft cheese sauce, ridged elbow macaroni and bacon bits.

The project was executed by ad agency CP+B with over 1,000 strips of bacon. The baconized version of Bleacher Report will run all day today, tomorrow and then again next Saturday, April the 7th, in order to increase awareness for the star product during the height of March Madness.

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Wheat Thins Launches New ‘Smoky BBQ’ Flavor


Kraft Foods and Nabisco recently sent the latest Wheat Thin Variety to the FOODBEAST office, Smoky BBQ. This product joins the diverse Wheat Thin flavor ranks including Sundried Tomato & Basil, Ranch and Multigrain in addition to the Chiptole Pepper and Cinnamon Kick of the Crunch Stix variety. While the BBQ flavor alone isn’t too revolutionary, the combination of the BBQ flavor with the classic wheat thin is proving to be addictive. Smoky BBQ Wheat Thins will officially hit stores on September 19th.

BBQ Smoky Wheat Thins


Craving: Mac & Cheese

I made a trip to Fresh-N-Easy today and picked up some Mac & Cheese. It’s sitting in my fridge waiting to be cooked, and mixed with some cut up hotdogs. But I really want to eat it right now, because I haven’t had Mac & Cheese in so long that it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is.