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Krispy Kreme Launches New Mini Doughnuts To Help With New Year’s Diets

Can’t commit to an entire donut, especially when trying to keep with that 2020 New Year’s resolution? That’s cool. Krispy Kreme just announced the addition of a new permanent menu item that comes in a petite package: Mini Doughnuts.

The new doughnuts are pretty much miniaturized versions of the chain’s most popular items: Original Glazed, Chocolate Ice Glazed, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles, and Strawberry Iced with Sprinkles.

Since we’re starting a brand new year, the idea is for anyone who craves the taste of a Krispy Kreme doughnut to fill that craving, just at a smaller size. This “mini-indulgence” is Krispy Kreme’s way of helping consumers stick to their New Year’s Diet.

Not going to lie, they look pretty darn adorable too.

Look for them now at participating Krispy Kreme locations across the nation as a new permanent menu item.

Krispy Kreme will also host what they’re calling “Mini Mondays” which is a happy hour from 4-7pm through the month of January where fans will get a free mini donut of their choice. You can get yourself one by checking out one of the participating shops found here.

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The Amazon Gadgets Everyone Should Have In Their Kitchens In 2019

The end of December is quickly approaching, y’all, which means it’s time to set some New Year’s resolutions. If you’re hoping to step your cooking game up next year, you might be interested in some of Amazon kitchen gadgets for 2019. Whether you’re looking for high-tech butter knives or stainless steel dumpling molds (yes, they exist), you can find ‘em online. Once you get your hands on a few of these devices, you’ll be able to channel your inner chef in no time.

Back in February 2018, the Foodbeast team rounded up 15 must-have Amazon products for your kitchen, and the list was pure fire. Between vegetable peelers, defrosting trays, “thaw claws” and more, it was packed with items that would take your kitchen to the next level. However, Amazon stepped its game up for 2019 and is currently selling gadgets that you’ll definitely see in yours and your friends’ houses this year.

Let’s get to it, shall we? Make some room on your counter, because you’re going to want to stock up on these kitchen toys ASAP.

1. French Fry Cutter, $64.97

Sure, this commercial grade french fry cutter looks like a fierce, metallic counter kitten. But, it’s also extremely efficient and will help you cut fries like a champ. Using its stainless steel rod and cast iron body, you’ll be able to easily cut ⅜” fries without breaking a sweat. Plus, it has suction feet that’ll prevent any counter slippage. (If you’re anything like me, that’s a very good thing.)

2. 3-In-1 “Magic” Butter Knife, $12.95

This 3-in-1 “magic” butter knife will bring your butter-spreading skills to the next level. Not only does it spread the goods, but it also grates it, slices it, or curls it. Whether you’re planning on adding butter to your bread or adding a fancy side to your steak, this knife will have you covered.

3. Stainless Steel Dumpling Mold, $14.49

Why order takeout dumplings when you can make your own? These stainless steel molds will let you fill your dumplings with whatever your heart desires. Plus, they’ll crimp the edges of each one to give ‘em that “pie crust” aesthetic.

4. Portable Soda Dispenser, $5.53

If you’re sick of flat soda, you should definitely give this portable soda dispenser a try. All you have to do is twist the device onto your bottle and start serving up the fizz.

5. Stainless Steel Corn Peeler, $3.00

Peeling corn the old fashioned way can be a total drag, and this gadget is going to help you do that without flaw. All you have to do is rotate your cob through the device and watch the kernels fall.

6. Stainless Steel Pineapple Slicer, $5.99

Cutting pineapples can be tough, but this stainless steel slicer will help you cut the juiciest pieces without the hassle. All you have to do is slice the top of the pineapple off and start twisting the blade into the fruit. It’s literally that easy.

7. Whisk Wiper, $19.95

If you’re someone who likes licking the spoon when you’re done baking, this gadget might not be for you. However, it’s great for anyone who hates cleaning in between all of the metal rods on a whisk. All you have to do is glide the device from the bottom to the top of the utensil, and it’ll collect leftover residue as it goes.

8. Salad Bowl Cutter, $16.95

Chopping the perfect salad can be tough, but this salad cutter bowl will help you cut your lettuce like a champ. All you have to do is add your greens into the bowl, flip it over, and slide your knife through the holes on the sides of the container. Then, voila! You’ll have a perfectly chopped salad.

9. Prepara Herb Savor Pods, $34.96

If you’re hoping to preserve your herbs (and make your fridge look futuristic AF), buy some Herb Savor Pods. By adding herbs to a pod and putting fresh water into the cap, you’ll triple the lives of your greens. That’s a pretty huge deal.

10. One-Step Cake Cutter, $3.59

Cutting cake can always get a little messy, and it’s always kind of annoying to measure out everyone’s individual pieces. This one-step cake cutter eliminates that process, because it’ll help you cut the perfect piece with one swift movement.

11. No-Slip Tomato Slicer, $12.99

Slicing tomatoes can get a little slippery, and this gadget will eliminate the chances of accidentally gliding the knife into your hand. All you have to do is place the tomato (or onion, or potato) into the grip and use the device’s ridges to help you cut thin slices.

12. Dirty-Or-Clean Dishwasher Magnet, $13.99

If you’re stocking up on kitchen gadgets for the new year, that probably means you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking. Therefore, you’re probably also going to be doing a lot of dishes. This magnet will help you warn your fam about whether or not the dishes in your washer are clean, which will avoid the dreaded, “Are these dirty?” question.

As you can see, there are a ton of kitchen toys waiting for you — and by trying them out, you’ll be starting 2019 on a delicious note. Go ahead and set your New Year’s cooking resolutions so you can start having some fun.

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8 Restaurant Chains Already Killing Our Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

As each new year begins, we always tell ourselves that we’re gonna eat better, get some more exercise, and improve overall health. Sounds great, right? Well, within a month, that usually all falls apart. This year has been especially tough to stick with the program because of all of the cheap and massive eats restaurant chains are throwing at us. Between the fast food value menu wars and all-you-can-eat deals galore, the temptation to pig out and kill our healthy resolutions is massive this year. Here’s some of the restaurant giants we have to thank for that:

McDonald’s

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Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

This month, McDonald’s is debuting its newly revamped Dollar Menu that’s got a bunch of eats for insanely cheap prices. It includes the return of Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, a new fried chicken sandwich, and plenty of cheap gluttonous eats. It’s almost too easy to go on a Mickey D’s binge thanks to this.

Taco Bell

2018 dollar menu rolloutPhoto: Constantine Spyrou // Foodbeast

Taco Bell is coming after McDonald’s with their own dollar menu upgrade, and not stopping there. Our waistlines also have to contend with the debut of Taco Bell’s french fries this month, on top of the current bang-for-your-buck Stackers that are incredibly filling for just a dollar. Taco Bell may be one of the low-key healthiest fast food chains, but their new offerings this month are definitely not on the fitness-friendly side.

IHOP

all-you-can-eat pancakesPhoto courtesy of IHOP

If you’re looking for some insane quantity at a cheap price, IHOP has definitely got you covered there. Their all-you-can-eat pancake deal this month checks in at just $3.99 per person. What’s more, the initial serving of either five hotcakes or a short stack with hashbrowns, eggs, and your choice of meat is already a steal on its own at that price.

Pizza Hut

Photo courtesy of Pizza Hut

Until January 8th, any pizza ordered online or on the mobile app from The Hut is half off. That makes it incredibly easy to stock up on a cheap plethora of pies, many of which you’ll probably devour and regret later when you remember you were trying to be healthy this month.

Subway

5 dollar footlong returnsPhoto courtesy of Subway

Much to the chagrin of franchise owners, Subway is officially bringing back its Five Dollar Footlong deal this January. A single footlong sub is actually quite the monstrosity to consume, especially with all that bread. If you’re not saving half for later, expect your gut to explode while devouring one of these.

Jack In The Box

Photo courtesy of Jack In The Box

Jack’s new Merry Munchies meal is a mish-mash of stoner food delights. It’s only available in California, where weed was just legalized. You can bet that people on that new kush will be focused on scarfing this cheap feast all down at once when the hunger hits.

Applebee’s

Photo: Peter Pham // Foodbeast

Applebee’s is offering up all you can eat riblets and/or chicken tenders to ring in the New Year, and man, is it a lot of food. You can definitely eat your money’s worth on this gluttonous deal, and there’s even cheap $2 glasses of Blue Moon to wash it all down with. When it comes to pigging out on the low low, Applebee’s has the entire meal on lock.

Panda Express

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For Chinese New Year, Panda Express is upping the ante with a new item on their WokSmart menu: 8 Treasure Chicken. What makes this item so tantalizing is the inclusion of dried Chinese sausage, a confirmed first for the Chinese American chain. That fatty, sweet meat is one of the most crave-worthy pieces of food you can find out there. It’s a worthy addition to this protein-packed and healthy indulgence, which checks in at just 230 calories per serving. As someone who’s grown up with a pack of Chinese sausage in my fridge 24/7, I already know that most of my planned gym time will actually be spent at Panda eating countless servings of this. Sorry, Mom.

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Wendy’s Savagely Claps Back At Snarky Twitter Trolls

We’re only three days into 2017 and Wendy’s may have already received the award for savage of the year.

If there’s one way to start the new year right, it’s probably not trolling fast food accounts on Twitter.

Well, it seems former twitter user Thuggy-D (@NHRide), who has since deleted its account and comments on Wendy’s page, decided learn this lesson the hard way when he started some beef over a three-day old tweet Wendy’s sent out about their beef being, “too cool to be frozen.”

While trying to discredit Wendy’s quality of beef and storing process, Thuggy-D began a mildly-incoherent tirade insinuating that no one would ever believe that Wendy’s beef wasn’t frozen because there’s no way to store non-frozen beef before it’s cooked, and that Wendy’s should just, “give up.”

“Y’all should give up. @McDonald’s got you guys beat with that bomb ass breakfast.” — Former Twitter user Thuggy-D

The Twitter rant struck a chord with Wendy’s, but as usual they followed with a non-aggressive response that would eventually lead to the demise of Thuggy-D’s account from the social media site.

Responding with pure class, Wendy’s clapped back real quick with the following tweet:

“You don’t have to bring them into this just because you forgot refrigerators existed for a second there.” — Wendy’s, in reply to Thuggy-D

And with that, Thuggy-D’s account was essentially put out to pasture. 

However, Wendy’s is no stranger to this nature of savagery. In fact, on the morning of January 3, 2017, shortly after the world discovered Thuggy-D’s account and comments had been deleted, Wendy’s began roasting everyone who wanted a piece.

Most people began trolling Wendy’s by asking them questions about locations of McDonald’s and Burger King, but Wendy’s level of comedic genius is something we should all take note of. 

Some responses only required photos.

The Wendy’s Roast of 2017 was underway, with people practically begging to receive a sample of the burger chain’s newfound sass.

Wendy’s wasn’t playin’ and it showed.

Even this guy wanted some. 

It’s unclear exactly why Wendy’s account decided to let people have it, but it’s nice to know they’re not going quietly into the night.

Thank you, Wendy’s.

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Pizza Hut Lobster Is Real And Here’s What We Know

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If you’re hanging out near Shanghai and you can’t decide between slumming it with some Pizza Hut or indulging your seafood cravings, worry not. Brand Eating reports that Pizza Hut China is offering a pie topped with half a lobster.

Besides the more common toppings of bacon, red bell peppers, mushrooms and asparagus, the pizza is topped with a drizzle of shrimp and lobster sauce to accompany that fat stack of lobster thrown on top.

The pizza offering seems to be a promotion for next week’s Chinese New Year and will be available for a limited time. Patrons can get their hands on one for 98 yuan ($14.91 US). You can also request the half lobster on top of pasta if you’re not feeling quite as adventurous.

Pizza Hut has all the fun in China.

Photo: Pizza Hut China

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Welcome to Your First Hangover Breakfast of 2013

GOOD MORNING SWEETIE! WELCOME TO 2013!!!

Oh, was that too loud?

Sorry, just got a little excited there. How’s this? Better? Good.

Well, here we are. We finally made it, past the bath salt zombies, past the last Twilight movie, past Call Me Maybe and Gangnam Style, to the other side of the 2012-2013, post-Mayan Doomsday divide. So if you spent last night throwing the finger at the absolute shitshow that was 2012, I don’t blame you.

Your memory might be a little spotty, but at least you know it was a good time right?

But now the party’s over and you probably feel more like this:

So, whenever you’re ready to face the New Year (or heck, even the new day), here are a few hangover breakfast recipes to help get you through to January 2.

Coconut Water Chiller

According to TIME Magazine, coconut water can be used in medical emergencies as an alternative to other IV liquids. And I don’t know about you, but that fact, combined with the heavenly elixir’s light and sweet taste, is more than enough reason whip up a nice cool glass of this stuff. Or you know, two or three.

H/T A Passionate Plate

 

Sriracha Bloody Mary

Another liquid, because the thought of solids probably doesn’t sound all that appealing right now. The added sriracha instead of tabasco could also help give you that extra kick to at least try and start your day. And trying has got to count for something.

H/T White on Rice Couple

 

Homemade Gatorade

And the final drink on the list, in case coconut water’s too fruity and Bloody Mary’s are too housewifey and you didn’t have the foresight to grab yourself a bottle of regular Gatorade as chaser.

H/T Katy She Cooks

 

Maple Bacon Donuts

If and when you are ready to have some solid food though, these maple bacon donuts could be perfect for the drunken muncher with a sweet tooth. Because you probably already hate yourself anyway.

H/T How Sweet It Is

 

Sliced Bread Pizza

Pizza for a hangover is amazing, that’s a no-brainer. But sometimes the phone is too far or you just don’t want to wait the 30 minutes it’ll take for your (probably also hungover) pizza truck driver to get there. Luckily there’s such a thing as a microwave and sliced bread, halle-freaking-lujah.

H/T Dil Se

 

Fried Ramen and Eggs

Kind of a layman’s pad thai. Thankfully also super cheap to make, you know, in case you blew all your cash at the bar. Because you did. Just FYI.

H/T UniqueandGood

 

Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast

Mushy, gushy and potassium filled, bananas take very little effort to eat and don’t sit nearly as heavily as most other foods do in your stomach the morning after. The Nutella and deep fried bread just happen to be very delicious bonuses.

H/T Just a Taste

 

Spicy Cheesy Beef Tater Tot Hangover Casserole

Last but not least, the cheesy, greasy, potatoey motherlode. Now supposedly all these things are actually really bad for you, especially when you’re nursing a hangover. But for some reason they taste amazing and frankly, if it’s wrong, I for one don’t want to be right.

H/T Fat and Happy

Now, we understand that even though it’s probably 12, 3 or even 6 in the afternoon right now, you’re probably not ready to be up and about. So we’re just gonna leave this list right here. So go ahead, close your eyes, close the curtains, maybe change out of your party dress into your comfy PJs and sleep off the rest of the booze.

Just come on back when you’re ready for some New Year’s breakfast noms, ya hear?