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You Can Now Book The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile As An AirBNB

Oscar Mayer, for the first time ever, is opening up the doors to the Weinermobile for people other than the lucky few who get to drive the thing and hold the elusive “Hotdogger” title.

The weiner company is teaming up with AirBNB to offer people the chance to book a stay in the world’s favorite, and only, weiner-shaped car. From August 1st through August 3rd, the vehicle, which is parked outside of Everston, IL, can be had for $136 a night.

The 27-foot-long Weinermobile comes fully stocked with a mini-fridge full of hotdogs, all the Chicago-style fixings, an Oscar Mayer roll away grill (that you can keep!), and an outside seating area.

It’s also fitted with a roll-out bed, two seats made out of ketchup red velvet and mustard yellow leather, and windows aplenty. With all these amenities, the van is sure to make a cozy stay for the weekend. It’s #VanLife, but with hot dogs.

If that’s not enough, it also comes with a variety of wearable goodies, like a hot dog onesie. 

According to the internet, the running price for a package of the Oscar Mayer weiners is around $3. Going by my rudimentary math skills, in order to get your money’s worth, you only have to eat… 453 hot dogs. 

That sounds feasible, especially for anybody who’s such a fan of hot dogs that they’re willing to sleep in a giant one on wheels for a night. 

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for that experience, it’s to the store you go. That’s because the  Weinermobile is all booked up, after just 24 hours on the market. 

Hopefully, there will be more openings in the future, so all hot dog heads can go to heaven.

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Grocery Packaged Food What's New

Brunchables Are The Nostalgic, On-The-Go Breakfast Of Your Childhood

School lunches used to be like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, especially when it came to Lunchables. You never knew exactly what candies and treats were gonna be inside for you to munch on or trade for different eats. It was the meal of our childhood, and there’s now a breakfast version of it for us to reminisce on.

These new Brunchables are build-your-own breakfast sandwich kits that are easy for grab-and-go breakfasts, whether you are heading to school or work. There’s three varieties, ham, sausage, or bacon and cheese, and each comes with a blueberry muffin as a sweet treat.

There’s enough of the stacked slice cheese and meat to make two tiny sandwiches, but you can also load it all up on one to save some carbs if you want. Each meal contains about 10 grams of protein as well, meaning that you get some nutrition packed into each bite.

Brunchables are now available in select retailers nationwide, with each one priced at $1.99.

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9 Throwback Facts About Lunchables To Make You Super Nostalgic

How many times did you beg your parents in the grocery store with a plea that sounded like: “Mooommm, can I please have that Lunchables? Pleeaaase?” That’s right, Lunchables. If you were a 90’s kid, that was the lunch to have; opening up your backpack to find Lunchables waiting for you was like hitting the jackpot. So to honor our old friend Lunchables, let’s throwback to nine fun facts about our favorite packaged lunch.

 

In 1985, Oscar Meyer released Lunchables as a way to sell more bologna

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Bob Drane, Tom Bailey, and Jeff James spoke with numerous focus groups of American mothers to see what their issues were about lunch-making. The biggest reported issue was not having enough time, so the team came up with Lunchables: an on-the-go snack that would save moms time and revolutionize our lunch-eating experience forever.

 

Lunchables almost had a long list of hilariously different names

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These names include: On-Trays, Crackerwiches, Mini Meals, Walk Meals, Go-Packs, Fun Mealz and (my personal favorite) Smoothie Kabobbles. Though I’m not sure if I would have eaten anything with the word “Kabobble” in it. Lunchables was a good choice, Oscar Meyer.

 

A “healthier” Lunchables was released called “Fun Fuel”

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What I’m about to tell you isn’t easy to hear. The “Fun Fuel” Lunchables replaced the candy in your regular Lunchables with yogurt and went with a “healthier juice option,” which I’m assuming means they temporarily nixed Capri Suns. BLASPHEMY. Luckily, the masses won out; slow sales convinced Oscar Meyer to pull the “Fun Fuel” line. DON’T TAKE AWAY OUR SKITTLES, DARN IT.

 

Legendary stage actor Malcolm McDowell appeared in a Lunchables commercial in 2013

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The commercial was meant to be a spoof on McDowell’s cameo in 30 Rock and on commercial advertisements in general, but most people were just generally confused about why this Shakespearian actor was trying to sell Lunchables to them. Not sure if this helped Lunchables sales at all, but it is one entertaining commercial, if anything.

 

The Lunchables packaging was designed to look like a frozen American TV dinner

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Very 80’s. Considering that’s when Lunchables were born, it makes sense! The packaging to hold all your accoutrements (i.e. that space that was never completely filled by the pizza crust, the spot where they sometimes just forgot to include turkey slices and you almost cried in the cafeteria) is made to look like the old TV dinners of yore.

 

In the early 2000’s, Oscar Meyer scrapped the “Maxed Out” line of Lunchables due to negative press

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The “Maxed Out” Lunchables were aimed at adults and had bigger helpings of Lunchables-goodness. However, when the “Maxed Out” pack was listed on the Cancer Project’s list of the Five Worst Packaged Lunchbox Meals, they had to reconsider. To be fair, the “Maxed Out” Lunchables were worse for you than a Big Mac — with 660 calories and 22 grams of fat — so we can see what the fuss might have been about.

 

Oscar Meyer released a “Lunchables Jr.” in 2007

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Targeted at children ages 3-5, Lunchables are really trying to start them young. These “Jr.” Lunchables contain combinations like graham crackers and raisins. Cute, but nothing compares to my Capri Sun and cracker sandwiches, thank you.

 

The red stick from the pizza Lunchables was removed in the early 2000’s and people are still grieving

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For those of you who remember the red stick, it was a plastic utensil included in the pizza Lunchables so you could spread your sauce evenly over your “crust.” The red stick vanished from Lunchables in the early 2000’s and there are still people mourning over the loss. R.I.P., red stick.

 

The issue of our generation is at hand: were the cheese slices stuck together or were they one big hunk of cheese?

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Thousands of chat groups, Facebook groups, and blogs have been created over this one issue — seriously. Although this is simply an unsolved mystery that would occasionally plague your Lunchables, the children of the 90’s are still unsure and unsettled about this cheese stack conundrum.

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Health

WIENERGATE: Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

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Nothing worse than a mislabeled wiener, amirite?

That’s the case with this latest food recall from the Kraft Foods Group, where approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners have succumbed to a labeling discrepancy.

Apparently, the Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners in questions may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners’ packages. Which means that the packaging doesn’t reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs, making them a hazard to those trying to stay at bay from the dairy genre.

Here’s the following from the USDA on what products were affected:

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 16 oz. packages –individual consumer packages– of “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and product code “044700000632”
  • Cases of 16 oz. packages –distributed to retailers– of “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and case code “00447000005300”

The products were produced on March 2-3, 2014, and bear the establishment number “Est. 537H” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed to Kraft distribution centers and in retail stores nationwide.

The problem was discovered by a consumer who notified the company on April 18, 2014. The company contacted the USDA the following day regarding the issue.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at:http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Kraft Consumer Relations at (855) 688-4386.

Retailers with questions should contact their Kraft sales representative or supplier. If they do not know their contacts, retailers should call (855) 688-4386.  Media with questions about the recall should contact Joyce Hodel, Kraft’s corporate affairs director, at (847) 646-4538.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Packs are Basically Lunchables for Adults

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Oscar Mayer’s new P3 Portable Protein Packs are being positioned as an on-the-go healthy snack that features Oscar Mayer Select Meats, Kraft Natural Cheeses, and Planters Nuts.

The P3 Portable Protein Packs comes in four different varieties and all boast a minimum of 13 grams of protein:

  • Applewood Smoked Turkey, Marbled Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese, and Dry Roasted Almonds.
  • Applewood Smoked Ham, Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and Dry Roasted Almonds.
  • Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken, Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, and Dry Roasted Peanuts.
  • Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, and Dry Roasted Peanuts.

These P3 packs could definitely be a welcome protein substitute to health nuts who are sick of their usual protein bar meal replacement. Think of them as alternatives to Lunchables, for adults, minus the Capri Sun. Of course it’s not as fun as building your own mini pizza, but it’s a bit healthier I suppose.

You can find the P3 Portable Protein Packs at your local grocery or convenience store.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Start your Engines, You Can Now Lease the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

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The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile is up for grabs, at least temporarily.  As the first vehicle for “lease” exclusively on Twitter, the Weinermobile will be someone’s personal getaway car  for a day.  By tweeting the hashtag #Tweet2Lease, the lucky wiener (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it) will get access to the “27-foot long hot dog on wheels,” with personal chauffeurs ready to whisk you way.

The contest runs through February 7, after which a winner will be selected and the “lease date” will be picked.  To sweeten the deal, you not only get to drive around in a giant hot dog, you get a wad of $500 to pad your pockets. Definitely not mad at that.

Picthx Knoxville

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Packaged Food

Oscar Mayer Brings the Masses Bacon Dogs

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Oscar Mayer has answered meat lovers’ prayers and brought forth the ultimate bacon product: Bacon Dogs.

The first of their kind, these bacon-based franks are set to hit shelves this week, just in time for Memorial Day barbecues across the country. Since these Bacon Dogs come infused with America’s favorite pork product, regular old hot dogs need to watch out. But that’s just crazy talk, we love that pork on pork action.

In case you were wondering where these weenies have been all your life, Jared Baker, director of Oscar Mayer hot dogs, said in a statement:

“No one knows bacon like Oscar Mayer. We know Americans love bacon, and we know they love hot dogs, so it seemed like the perfect time for us to introduce our first hot dog made with bacon.”

Made up of chicken, pork, turkey and bacon, these franks are miniature farmyard parties in a bun, which is my kind of party.

Joining these Bacon Dogs on the new Oscar Mayer lineup are Oscar Mayer Selects Chicken Breast Hot Dogs and the resurrection of “Smokies,” Oscar Mayer Smokies Smoked Sausages.

H/T + PicThx Yahoo

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Humor

The Most Sexual Thing You’ll See All Day

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At first it’s like, “Aww, there goes the Wienermobile!” and then, it’s like “Ooohh, that’s just awesome.” And then the onslaught of puns begin and your brain goes into shock from the sudden torrent of inappropriate dildo/challenge accepted/mom jokes. I mean, gosh, I can only imagine what the driver of that swagmobile was thinking.

Personally, I thought, “Still a better love story than Twilight.”

H/T 9GAG