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New M&M Flavors Inspired by Mexico, Thailand, and England Are Up for the Annual Flavor Vote

The variety of candies available to us is truly a reflection of our tastes. Folks want fresh and unique ideas on their palates in the same way we want it for our technology. M&M understands our hankering for the distinctly delicious and has released three new flavors for us to judge to our heart’s content. 

These new flavors spotlight the countries of Mexico, Thailand, and England for this year’s internationally inspired Flavor Vote, a yearly contest that gives consumers the power to decide which flavor deserves a permanent spot in the line-up.

And in the running this year, introducing: Mexican Jalapeño Peanut, Thai Coconut Peanut, and English Toffee Peanut.

M&M designed these flavors to genuinely represent their respective countries and guide taste buds on a personal vacation. Think of the right balance of chocolate and Mexican spice, the fresh coconut in the tropics of Thailand , and the elegance of Great Britain’s classic toffee candy. 

True to the international theme, M&M is offering one lucky voter an opportunity to vacation in all three countries. “We believe flavors have the power to transport you, and this time, we are making that journey a reality by offering participating fans the chance to win a trip around the world,” stated Allison Miazga-Bedrick, Brand Director, M&M’s.

Cast your vote and enter for a chance to win on www.flavorvote.mms.com, or text “Vote” to 84444 and follow the instructions. M&M fans can vote once per day until May 17.

The winning flavor will be announced August 2019 and become available nationwide shortly thereafter.

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6 Times Our Favorite Food Companies Fed Us Complete Bullshit

Depending on whom you ask, the phrase “truth in advertising” makes about as much sense as “shy, literate professional wrestler.” The difference between scientific fact and marketing gimmick is an ever-widening gulf, and these are just some of the corporate culprits that got caught with their filthy mitts in the cookie jar. Join us now in hawking a collective loogie on these despicable bastards and everything they claim to stand for.

Just Mayo

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As you’ll come to see in this article, word’s like “Just”, “Simply”, and “Naked” mean very little when they appear on food labels. In this case, “Isn’t Even Technically” would be a more accurate descriptor for this mayo. Thanks to the interests of Unilever (who, oh by the way, manufactures Best Foods/Hellmann’s), the company’s lying name was brought to light in 2014, with some pseudo-illegal help from the American Egg Board. They don’t use any eggs (despite the fact that its label is basically just a picture of an egg), meaning they’re not allowed to call themselves mayonnaise.

Unilever eventually dropped the suit due to a major backlash, but Just Mayo was soon in hot water themselves for marketing themselves as a healthier alternative to other mayo options. The vegan mayonnaise contained such high levels of fat that the FDA ordered them to quit advertising felonious health benefits.

McDonald’s Monopoly

For over 75 years, McDonald’s has carefully cultivated an image that’s something akin to the Phillip Morris of fast food. Yes, this company and every single product it produces seems to affect the general health of America, yet we just can’t say no to their dollar double-cheeseburgers. But, aside from the woes decried in movies like Supersize Me, there’s also the rigged Monopoly sweepstakes scandal. It was found that between 1995 and 2000, marketing executives had pilfered the most valuable pieces, taking nearly $24 million while all I got was a small fucking fry with the purchase of a medium soda. May the plague of a thousand Big Macs clog the arteries of their souls.

 

Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

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A seasonal favorite of basic bitches everywhere, the runaway success of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is just fucking gross at this point. As you may recall, there was an uproar last fall regarding the lack of pumpkin or spice in PSLs. After having the orange ooze (roughly the color of Snooki) chemically tested, Vani Hari aka Food Babe reported that not only did it not contain a trace of pumpkin, but was dishearteningly rich in caramel color class IV—thought by many to be carcinogenic, though this has been disputed. Still, Starbucks heard us loud and clear; they released the seasonal latte this year with actual pumpkin and sans cancerous caramel.

Naked Juice

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Jeez, all these fatty foods and sugary drinks make you wanna reach for something healthy, right? DON’T DO IT! Naked juice got in hot water in 2012 for claims that it was all natural… y’know, naked. Well, much like a pornstar, “naked” does not necessarily mean “all-natural”. Many of the supplements used in the formulation of the juices did not come from natural, non-GMO sources, and certainly don’t qualify as fruit. The Pepsi subsidiary also caught heat for containing more sugar per ounce than it’s parent company’s flagship soft drink, while at the same time doling out more unverifiable “magical elixir” promissory statements than Dr. Fucking Oz.

Rice Krispies

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It’s always good to capitalize on general unrest and mass panic. Or at least it is if you’re smoking snap, crackle and pop on a regular basis. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies did exactly that at the peak of the swine flu pandemonium in 2009, claiming that the cereal “Now helps support your child’s immunity,” though they never actually bothered to change the recipe. Any one who’s ever eaten the cereal will tell you that it should only be used as a cheap alternative to packaging peanuts. At any rate, the Federal Trade Commision slapped an injunction on the cold cereal mogul stating that they need to base their claims on something called “evidence.”

M&Ms

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And lastly, these little lying bastards who DEFINITELY MELT IN YOUR FUCKING HANDS!

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RECALL: Boxes of Plain Theater M&Ms Actually Contain Peanut Butter

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The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall on Theater Boxes of M&Ms. The box features a plain original design for the chocolate candy, albeit with the words peanut butter marked on the individual packages. This may be confusing for consumers who are used to the bright-orange packages the peanut butter M&Ms are usually sold in.

Because of those with severe peanut allergies, the FDA has issued the recall in case anyone overlooks the label and confuses the plainly designed bag for classic M&Ms. So far, 36 lots of the candy have been recalled. M&M aficionados with peanut allergies are advised to review the FDA released  lot numbers for the boxes distributed.

It should also be mentioned that one should always take a quick look at whatever foods they’re putting into their mouths.

H/T Consumerist

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French Bees Eat M&Ms, Puke Rainbows

In case you’ve been dying to know what happens when a bunch of French bees consume the waste from a nearby M&M factory, here’s the short answer: kaleidoscopic honey.

This past summer, beekeepers from Ribeauville in Alsace noticed something was off when their bees starting producing blue, green and red-colored honey, as opposed to the traditional shades of white, gold and black. The reason the bees were eating M&Ms in the first place? Probably for the ratchets sugar.

According to a spokeswoman for the British Beekeepers’ Association, “Bees are clever enough to know where the best sources of sugar are, if there are no others available.”

Sadly, the rainbow honey has been deemed “unsellable” and prompted the factory to enact stricter disposal policies to prevent further contamination amidst rising bee mortality rates.

It’s too bad it wasn’t a Skittles factory though – then maybe we’d have found a quick way to make fruit-flavored honey.

[Via Geekologie]

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M&M Headphones

If you’re an M&M fan, now you have another outlet to get your music fix on that should be a bit different than most around you (#hipster). These M&M brand headphones sport an extra long 46″ cord, 100db sensitivity, 16 Ohm impedance and 16-24,000 Hz frequency. They wipe clean and come with 2 sets of ear tips. You know the saying, they melt in your ear, not in your mouth! ($10 @ UrbanOutfitters)

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Epic Brownie Ice Cream

If this particular reenactment is any viable tribute to the original M&M Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich, the bad boy pictured epic-style above comes complete with a beautiful brownie layer, frozen yogurt and M&Ms. Do I notice a dripping chocolate sauce on top? I think I do! (PicThx Davidoa)