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KFC Will Be Selling Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets In China Next Week

On Monday, KFC announced that it will be selling vegan chicken nuggets in China from April 28 to April 30, as it continues its expansion into the plant-based market.

The fast food giant said that the nuggets will be sold in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, and will be manufactured by Cargill Ltd. 

This comes after extremely successful plant-based product testing in multiple countries, which showed enough consumer demand to expand the dishes into more locations in the US. Notably, the company is using a different manufacturer for the Chinese launch, as they tapped Beyond Meat in the US and Lightlife in Canada, respectively.

This isn’t the only way in which the brand’s Chinese release differs. Customers will have to purchase a pre-sale voucher for 1.99 yuan that entitles them to five chicken pieces, according to the company’s official Weibo account. 

This is an interesting path to take, as KFC surely looks to avoid the expansive line that occurred during the high profile Atlanta launch of the company’s plant-based fried chicken. It’s reminiscent of the pre-sale lotteries and raffles that many sneaker companies have done to avoid real-life lines and online crashes during hyped shoe releases. 

We’ll surely be keeping our eyes peeled for any visuals of the new nuggets, as well as any potential plant-based nugget voucher resale market, so check back soon.

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Petite Competitive Eater Crushes 360 Chicken Nuggets In One Sitting

How many chicken nuggets could you crush in one sitting? For me, that number stands at 40 nuggets in a single go. (We don’t talk about that night.)

Competitive eater Molly Schuyler, though, just blew everyone else’s personal records out of the water. During a Twitch livestream of the Foodbeast Challenger League, the world’s top-ranked female eater cruised her way through 360 Burger King nuggets in a single sitting. That’s 11.5 pounds of fried chicken, or 15,300 calories, for those counting.

For context, the previous mark using the same chain’s nuggets we could find was set by Darron Eats on YouTube, who ate 300 in roughly 50 minutes. Schuyler ate 60 more than he did, finishing in 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 33 seconds.

Schuyler was honestly unfazed by the amount of nuggets, and probably could have eaten a lot more. The tougher obstacle was the texture of the nuggets, which got hard fast once they went cold. A combination of dunking them in water and drowning them in ketchup helped her grind through all 360 nuggets. Had they all stayed warm, it’s anybody’s guess as to how many more she could have taken down.

This wasn’t the only eating feat set on the Twitch livestream. During it, competitive eater “Killer” Dan Kennedy muscled his way through a whopping 54 Winchell’s Donuts, while Naader “FreakEating” Reda downed 100 Mother’s Cookies with a gallon of milk.

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This Company is Hiring People to Eat Chicken Nuggets and We’re Ecstatic

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A popular bargain retailer in the UK, B&M, recently listed a job opening that made fast-food lovers worldwide gasp with disbelief—they were seeking a “Chicken Nugget Connoisseur.” The dream job listing requested “a tasty new individual who’ll be worth their weight … in food.” Have a passion for fast food? Discover 33 things your fast food worker isn’t telling you.

Dream Job Details

The job listing went on to outline the strict experience requirements, among them “getting the 20-share box of nuggets from McDonald’s and keeping them all for yourself,” “being the first in the office kitchen whenever someone says there’s cake” and “going to an event or party because there is free food.”

However, recently the job listing had been removed. One can only imagine that it got so much attention that B&M stores were inundated with qualified applications. Chicken nugget aficionados around the world crossed their fingers in anticipation of a life-changing phone call.

More Delicious Opportunities

For those who missed out on what sounds like one of the most delicious and sodium-filled career paths, rest assured that not all hope is lost. The dream of taste-testing food as a viable profession may still be alive and well. We were able to locate a few other jobs that, at the very least, insinuate job duties include eating.

Taste Tester at the Hershey Company, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“The individual will apply appropriate focus and concentration on tasting responsibilities.” I stopped reading after “Hershey” and basically just pictured a chocolate river, a la Willy Wonka.

Kitchen Product Specialist at Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minnesota.

“Support product innovation … by providing culinary and consumer perspective to flavor analysis.” I’m pretty sure that means “taste stuff.” Hopefully this involves their yummy cheeses, because analyzing tubs of butter all day might get a bit heavy.

Consumer Taste Tester at McCormick, Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Yes, the spice people. And yes, you could call yourself a Spice Girl on your resume if you land the gig. They’re looking for taste-testers who live near their Maryland headquarters, but it’s not a full-time gig by any means. You can participate in taste-testing up to four times a year.

Quality Technician at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Tomah, Wisconsin.

If you’re passionate about cranberries—and let’s be honest, who isn’t?—then strap on a pair of those high-water boots and jump into the bog. At least, that’s what the commercial makes me believe. The job duties include performing “in-process and finished goods product testing. Pull and test product not fulfilling quality standards.” In other words, don’t let any bad cranberries get through.

Focus Group Participant, nationwide.

Qualified tasters are needed all over the country to test various products, food included, for grocery stores. Simply create a profile and wait to be contacted about a focus group near you. “You will be asked to taste, touch, smell and/or look at products and answer questions about them.” Sign me up.

Let’s not forget that Taste of Home is also a hub of taste testing! Each week, our experienced and enthusiastic staff tastes everything from cookies to boxed wine to cinnamon rolls—not to mention all our recipes. We’re just some of the lucky ones!

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Article by Amanda Kippert from Taste of Home. View the original article here.
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McDonald’s Reveals Why McNuggets Have 4 Distinct Shapes

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I’m sure most of us have eaten enough chicken McNuggets to realize that its shapes are no coincidence, but you’ve probably never cared enough to ask “why?” It’s understandable. While indulging in the crispy, fried goodness, the only question you should be asking yourself is how much sauce you’re going to dip them in.

But now that you’re in a curious state, McDonald’s actually offered an explanation for their nugget shapes, albeit, a corny one.

McDonald’s Canada responded to a customer in one of its forums, saying:

“The four shapes we make Chicken McNuggets in was the perfect equilibrium of “dipability” and fun. Three would’ve been too few. Five would’ve been, like, wacky.”

Kind of a lame explanation, but they also said it’s basically said it’s for the kids to enjoy, because we all know kids love eating boot-shaped foods.

At least we also found out the nuggets were designed to be kept in a consistently similar size so that the cooking time isn’t affected by the odd shapes.

Probably the cooler tidbit of nugget knowledge, is that the McNuggets actually have names. There’s the Ball, Boot, Bell, and Bone. They use a machine that’s similar to a cookie cutter, so that the ground up chicken is shaped in those “fun” shapes.

The video below shows the whole McNugget process, but just a disclaimer, they all have Canadian accents.

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Fast Food

How To Combine McDonald’s And Chinese Takeout In The Most Beautiful Way Ever

More times than we’d like to admit, we’ve been given the choice between grabbing some McDonald’s or some Chinese takeout. When you’re hungry, sometimes picking between the two is harder than it seems. Looks like the Brothers Green Eats have also struggled with this delicious decision and decided to do something about it.

In the nearly 10-minute video, the two brothers take iconic McDonald’s menu items and combines them with popular dishes from the world of Chinese takeout cuisine. This include Beef and Broccoli Big Mac, McGeneral Tso’s Nuggets, Orange Sesame Chicken Sandwich and French Fry Egg Rolls.

Yep, that’ll satiate our cravings from both places.

Check out the video if you’re interested in making some of these at home yourselves. You may also know the brothers as the guys who figured out how to recreate Taco Bell and Wendy’s menus at home.

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6 Unexpected Recipes That Use PBR, From Sushi To Sandwiches [WATCH]

We now have six more reasons to place PBR at the top of the grocery list.

For context, we challenged six of our favorite guys known for creating obscenely delicious eats, and asked them to create some more obscenely delicious eats using the golden good stuff PBR—just because we can, and just because we should. (Ask not what PBR can do for you, but what you can do for PBR, right? Something like that.)

Needless to say, our guys delivered, and consequently, history has been made. After all, we’re talking about some of the best. Tym “McBurger Chips” Bussanich. Sushi-making legend Davy Devaux. The Vulgar Fucking Chef, for cheddar’s sake.

PBR pretzel bites, sushi, bacon mac, PABST BLUE REUBEN—this is what happens when you mix fire with fire. You might as well just consider and accept these as your grocery list. Here are six reasons why you need to restock your fridge with PBR immediately:


PBR Philly Cheese Steak Fingers

Tym Bussanich’s genius idea of combining steak marinated in PBR with green peppers, onions, and melted American cheese, all within the cracks of a warm loaf of bread (I like to think of these as sandwich fries). Happiness is just a finger away, y’all.


PBR Bacon Mac and Cheese

This recipe from the Simple Cooking Channel is the ultimate comfort food after a long day wherever: PBR. Bacon. Mac. Cheese. All can be united so effortlessly, it’s almost too good too be true. That’s the joy of Simple Cooking.


Pabst Blue Reuben

An entire sandwich, dunked and fried in PBR batter, and graced with a punderfully appropriate title. We’d be lost without this treasure from Dude Foods.


PBR Tempura Sushi

For many of us, it’s difficult enough making basic sushi. Davy of Make Sushi not only recreated the PBR logo in this PBR-battered roll, but to do so, he imagined the first ever naturally blue rice by using ultra rare butterfly pea flower tea.   


PBR Cheddar Nuggets (in a PBR Can)

The idea of PBR in a PBR can is nice. The idea of PBR Cheddar Nuggets in a PBR can is also nice. Vulgar Chef’s taking things to a whole new level with these cheddar nuggets fried in PBR batter, which he keenly serves in their own can along with a creamy bacon cheese sauce for dunkin’. Dipping cheese into more cheese—that’s what America’s all about.


PBR Sriracha Garlic Cheese Pretzel Bites

Cheesy, salty, and a lil’ spicy—said it before and I’ll say it again, these are the perfect anytime anywhere snack. Seeing a movie tonight? Maybe you pop into your kitchen for a bit beforehand. Maybe you make a couple batches… a couple dozen batches. Maybe you discreetly tuck ‘em into your pockets/purse/mouth and sneak ‘em into the theater with you for a lil’ snack during the show. Maybe you just had the best movie experience EVER.

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Deals Fast Food

McDonald’s McPick 2 Menu To Feature Big Macs, McNuggets And More

About a month ago, McDonald’s came out with a promotion called the McPick 2, in which customers could choose any two items from a very specific menu of four items and only pay $2 for them. Well, some changes have been made to this deal after a tumultuous past month for the company, and frankly, they’re very welcome.

When the promotion first came out, the only things that were available on the menu were a McDouble, a McChicken, a small order of fries and mozzarella sticks.

The mozzarella sticks in particular were an interesting option, since at the time they were a brand new item altogether, although several problems began arising from them, including a baffling lack of the snack’s main ingredient: cheese.

After the 5 week test run, McDonald’s has decided to change the deal up, but in a good way. Now known as the “McPick 2 For $5” deal, the upgraded version of the promotion brings along some of McDonald’s best items for the ride, including but not limited to: the Big Mac, McChicken Nuggets, Quarter Pounder, and the Filet-O-Fish.

I previously wrote about the 2 for 2 menu and how much it sucked. This, however, is definitely a step in the McRight direction.

 

 

Photo Credit: Grub Grade, Schwarz Printing, McDonald’s

Source: Consumerist 

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Fast Food

Burger King Launches An Insane 5 For $4 Deal

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One of the biggest resolutions this year is to spend less money. It seems fast food chains are eager to help us consumers with goal. Pizza Hut recently introduced a $5 value menu to help alleviate our wallets. Now, Burger King also wants to lend a helping hand.

USA Today reports that the burger brand is introducing a 5-items for $4 promotion. This new menu includes chicken nuggets, small fries, a bacon cheeseburger, a chocolate chip cookie and a drink.

It seems the only catch is you have to buy all the items together in a set rather than pay 80 cents apiece. Still, that’s a pretty solid meal for $4.

While it’s definitely going to help our wallets, it might not help with our other resolution to lose a little weight. Ah well, there’s always next year.