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This Marshmallow Factory Wonderland Has A Secret Menu Marshmallow Pancake Stack

When I was a kid, my favorite segment of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood was where he would take us inside factories and show us how different foods were made. I could sit in my grandparents’ living room for hours watching how foods like macaroni and fortune cookies were created in bulk.

Working around food all these years later, I’ve had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of many factories and see how different dishes and items come into existence. One of the most memorable experiences in that vein was from Plush Puffs, an artisanal marshmallow shop located in Burbank, CA.

We were treated to essentially an intimate How Stuff Is Made segment from our childhood, the only difference being that we actually got to try marshmallows fresh from the line. Phenomenal, really.

The confection store offers a variety of desserts, beverages, and customizable s’mores bowls that you can build yourself by however your sweet tooth deems fit. It truly was a marshmallow wonderland, with a vast selection of handcrafted marshmallows boasting over a dozen flavors.

Plush Puffs also features a secret menu item that layers golden, fluffy pancakes with toasted, pillowy maple bacon marshmallows. The result is a veritable lasagna of texture and smokiness, drenched in maple syrup.

For breakfast lovers with an affinity for marshmallow and bacon, this was a breakthrough in morning innovation. Make sure to order some hot cocoa when you visit, the pairing of hot chocolate and marshmallows are as iconic as peanut butter and jelly.

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This Restaurant Created A Mazapan Breakfast Menu

It has been ingrained in my body that a well-balanced breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A stark contrast from my fellow Foodbeast Isai Rocha, who once admitted there were times he ate Mazapan candy for breakfast when he was younger.

A sugary tether between the world of balance and indulgence, Loaded Cafe, a restaurant chain in Southern California, created a menu that is inspired by the popular Mexican sweet.

The restaurant offers up Mazapan Waffles, French Toast, Pancakes, and Crepes. Each dish blends crumbled pieces of the peanut candy inside its batter. It’s then garnished with a house-made Mazapan syrup, made with sweetened condensed milk.

Fellow Foodbeasts Isai Rocha and Oscar Gonzalez met up at Loaded Cafe to check out what this Mazapan breakfast menu is all about.

“I love eating Mexican breakfast foods, but I feel like most of it is just savory or spicy dishes, so I really enjoyed trying some sweet breakfast foods that reminded me of my Mexican culture,” Gonzalez said as he dug into his meal. “The Mazapan has its own distinct flavor that really pairs well with any breakfast item, even the hash browns.”

The two hungry dudes went full family style into the breakfast spread, their faces illuminated like a freshly changed light bulb.

“Even though it’s made with peanuts, it’s definitely not the same as adding peanut butter to items,” Gonzalez gushed, as he tore into another crepe. “It’s sweeter and more condensed in a way that satisfied my craving for sweet breakfast foods and Mexican cuisine.”

Overall, the two thought the menu was innovative enough to save us a few boxes. That was supposed to include hash browns and crepes, but those were conspicuously missing by the time they got back.

You can find this Mazapan breakfast menu at each of the Loaded Cafe locations throughout Southern California.

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Three Ways To Transform Cauliflower Sandwich Thins Into Mouthwatering Pancake Stacks

With low carb diets on trend right now, folks are looking for new ways to enjoy some of their favorite carb-packed meals. When it comes to pancakes, there’s plenty of options that keep your diet intact but still let you satisfy that craving.

Each of these low-carb pancake recipes, for example, is made with Outer Aisle Gourmet Sandwich Thins. Made from Parmesan, egg, and cauliflower, they can play into both sweet and savory pancake stacks while keeping the carbs down.

These are a few different ways you can transform the sandwich thins into fun, flavorsome pancake breakfasts.

Churro Pancakes 

These pancakes evoke the flavors of churros with their mix of cinnamon and sugar coating each sandwich thin. They’re layered with Nutella and dulce de leche for an added hit of sweetness and flavor.

Ingredients

4 Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

1 tbsp butter

1/4 cup cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup Dulce de Leche

1/2 cup Nutella

Whipped Cream

Directions

Step 1

On a plate, mix cinnamon and sugar.

Step 2

In a medium frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Place Cauliflower Sandwich Thin in pan and cook until toasty, about 30 seconds. Do the same with the other side. Continue until all Sandwich Thins are toasted.

Step 3

Place each butter-toasted, Sandwich Thin in cinnamon sugar mixture, coating both sides.

Step 4

Place one pancake on a plate. Spread the top with Nutella. Place another Sandwich Thin on top. Spread the top with dulce de leche. Repeat this for as many cakes as you’d like.

Step 5

Place a dollop of whipped cream on top pancake. Serve!

PB, Bacon, & Banana

Elvis Presley’s iconic sandwich combination is the inspiration for this tower of sandwich thin pancakes. This sweet, savory, and salty combo will hit your mouth with an orchestra of different sensations. While The King always enjoyed it as a sandwich, it’s just as good in pancake form.

Ingredients

3 Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

1/4 cup Peanut butter

1 Banana, sliced

5 slices bacon

Directions

Step 1

In a large frying pan, cook your bacon until done. Chop bacon.

Step 2

Remove most of the grease, leaving a small amount.

Step 3

Place Cauliflower Thins in pan with bacon grease, and lightly toast on each side.

Step 4

Remove Sandwich Thins to a plate. Spread peanut butter on top of a Sandwich Thin. Place sliced banana and bacon on top. Repeat with another layer.

Step 5

Garnish top pancake with more banana and chopped bacon.

Step 6

Melt peanut butter until it gets to a drizzly texture. Drizzle over pancake stack. Serve!

Berries & Cream 

The fresh, sweet, and tart flavors of the berries pair perfectly with the light whipped cream and crispy sandwich thin “pancakes” in this creation.

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

3 Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

1 cup mixed berries

1/2 cup whipped cream

Maple syrup

Directions

Step 1

In a medium frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Place Cauliflower Sandwich Thin in pan and cook until toasty, about 30 seconds. Do the same with the other side. Continue until all Sandwich Thins are toasted.

Step 2

Place one Sandwich Thin on a plate. Spread a layer of whipped cream on top of sandwich thin, and add your favorite berries. Repeat this for how many layers you want for your pancake stack.

Step 4

Place a dollop of whipped cream and more berries on the top pancake. Drizzle with syrup. Serve!


Created in partnership with Outer Aisle Gourmet

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Starbucks Sells Stacks of PANCAKES In London

Photo: Elie Ayrouth

When it comes to breakfast, Starbucks usually does well in a pinch. So far we’ve seen bagels, doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches, and sous vide egg bites. No matter the type of morning craving, we usually find something to fill our tummies with inside the display case.

It turns out across the pond, patrons are actually getting pancakes.

Sour Patch aficionado Elie Ayrouth recently visited London where he discovered that Starbucks locations in the UK sell buttermilk pancakes.

The international coffee chain offers pancakes in stacks of three, served with your choice of a honey and maple sauce or a berry compote. While it doesn’t sound like Starbucks is flipping flapjacks in the back of the house, they do toast the pancakes once a customer places an order.

Wonder how they taste?

Below is Elie’s pancake review, detailed expressly through emotion.

My review of #starbucks #london #pancakes, exclusively through pictures.

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This leaves us wondering what other sweet breakfast items Starbucks locations offer internationally. If it’s anything like Taco Bell’s international menu, we’d be very excited to find out.

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IHOP Finally Reveals Why They’re Changing Their Name to IHOB

Last week, the world was curious why IHOP suddenly decide to rebrand themselves as IHOB.

The International House of Pancakes has been around since 1958, best known for slingin’ short stacks and serving sausage links that leave Denny’s sweating.

Photo: IHOB

While some naturally assumed the “B” will stand for breakfast, IHOP announced this morning that it’s something a little different from what most were expecting. In a tweet, the American breakfast chain revealed that they will begin focusing on their burgers — specifically, a new burger lineup.

Needless to say, fans of the original name were ready to roast.

Even celebrity Chrissy Teigen joined in:

Thankfully, the name change is definitely not permanent.

IHOP president Danrren Relelez told CNNMoney that the change was to convey that the brand wants to begin taking burgers as seriously as pancakes, but they’ll still remain IHOP.

In the meantime, IHOB’s new burger lineup includes the Big Brunch, Cowboy BBQ, Jalapeño Kick, Mushroom & Swiss, The Classic, The Classic with Bacon, and the Mega Monster.

Despite the overall backlash, I have to commend IHOP for shooting their shot with this, though temporary, name change. They have to know they would have gotten flack for it right?

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15 Secret Cooking Tricks Chefs Learn In Culinary School

Culinary school can be expensive, but it’s still arguably one of the best places to learn the respectable craft of cooking from some of the best instructors the world has to offer. Unless you have an undying passion for cooking, you probably won’t want to invest an insane amount of cash and years of studying.

Alternatively, you can scour the Internet culinary pro-tips, or just invent your own cooking robot to make your meals for you.

For those home cooks looking for quick tips to improve their personal culinary skills, Bright Side created a YouTube video that highlights some cooking tricks that chefs only reveal in culinary school. Their tips and nuggets of advice range from cooking the perfect egg to making sure your pie crusts stay nice and moist.

Below are 15 tips and secrets that’ll make your kitchen experience so much better. While these factoids are a bit cursory, and your cooking talents will probably be more nourished coming from a real life instructor, you won’t have to break your wallet in culinary school to learn these particular tips.

You can also check out the video above for more details and whimsical cooking animations.


Culinary School Tips

The Perfect Steak

Don’t cook a steak that comes straight from the fridge. Allow it to get to room temperature first, because letting it sit for an hour or two allows the steak cook evenly.

Juicy Meat

To avoid dry meat, put it in a brine (three cups of water, a quarter cup of salt, and a quarter cup of sugar). Let the meat brine about one hour for two pounds of meat. Before cooking, pat the meat dry to get that nice crisp.

Seasoning

To enhance the flavor of some herbs and spices, toast them on a skillet for a little while. Then take a mortar and pestle to grind the spices.

The Perfect Dough

If you’re making your own dough, make sure to take the butter and eggs out the night before to let them get to room temperature. If you’re using yeast, store the dough in a warm place until it becomes puffy — resulting in an airier pastry.

Crusty Fish

To get the perfect crust on fish from a grill, spread some mayonnaise over your meat with a pastry brush.

Cooking Steak Without Using Oil

Once the skillet is hot, introduce the steak from the side so that the fat renders. Then, you’re able to cook your meat in beef fat rather than using excess oil.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Before whipping up boiled potatoes, dry them on a skillet so the excess water evaporates (careful not to fry the potatoes). The result is creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes.

Cream Soup

Before cooking vegetable cream soup, fry the veggies first to caramelize the vegetables and enhance the flavor. You can then introduce water or broth.

Pancakes

Adding two tablespoons of sour cream to whatever pancake mix you make keeps the batter from cracking while you cook it and results in fluffy pancakes.

Seasoning with Sugar

Adding a small amount of sugar to dishes with tomatoes (pickled, fresh, or paste) will reduce the amount of natural sourness. Just make sure to not be too heavy on the sugar.

The Perfect Fried Egg

To get that picture perfect egg, heat a frying pan and add some butter over minimum heat. Make sure the  butter melts, but doesn’t sizzle and then add the egg.

Clear Chicken Broth

If you want that pristine soup broth that you can see straight through, cook the chicken on low heat without a cover for a minimum of three hours. Make sure it doesn’t boil and remove the suds constantly. After the first hour and a half, you can add the vegetables to the broth.

Crispy Crusts

Putting a bowl of water, or ice cubes in the oven under your crust prevents your dough from drying out too quickly. The steam keeps the exterior of the dough moist.

Cooking Onions

Over a pan of medium heat, add cooking oil and butter. Add the onions and fry them with salt. Using salt reduces the onion smell, cooks the onions faster, and starts the caramelization process.

Using Garlic


If you’re scared of using too much garlic, you can add garlic juice to your plate to avoid having garlic breath. It should flavor the meal without leaving a lasting impression on your breath.

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Denny’s Just Created A Star Wars Themed Menu For The Han Solo Movie

Whether you like the idea of a Han Solo prequel or not, we’re still getting one. With the latest trailer release, our concerns of Solo: A Star Wars story were alleviated a bit (thanks to the stellar cast) as we draw closer to the May 25 release date.

Ahead of the premiere, Denny’s created an entire breakfast menu based on the upcoming Star Wars film.

The new menu features items like the Co-Reactor Pancakes (pancakes topped with strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and Crystal Crunch Rocks), the Blaster Fire Burger (a burger featuring chipotle gouda cheese, bacon, and spicy Ghost Pepper sauce), the Two moons Skillet (two sunny side up eggs on a bed of savory potatoes), and the Crystal Crunch Milkshake (a milkshake served with popping crystals).

Denny’s is also offering exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story trading cards during this promotional period and net proceeds from the sale will go towards No Kid Hungry — helping the fight against childhood hunger.

The new Star Wars menu is available now through June 26, about a month after the film hits theaters. May need to set a day aside and go in on all these breakfast items, possibly May 4th (AKA Star Wars Day).

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This Single Pan Creates Pancake Waffle Hybrids

The allegiances behind a pancake or a waffle have been a storied rivalry.

Apparently this new PanWaffle pan finally bridges the gap between the two delicious breakfast staples and lets you enjoy the best of both worlds.

Brobible found this nifty little gadget that lets you create a hybrid PanWaffle.

Such ingenuity was created by Luke Zeutzius, a man who spent his youth battling his brother on whether their mom should cook pancakes or waffles for breakfast. Years later, the PanWaffle pan was born.

The device features a non-stick PFOA-free piece of cookware that evenly distributes heat to create a perfect PanWaffle. When you finish cooking, you can take the pan apart for easy cleaning and storage.

Hopefully they get the texture of waffles down. Otherwise we’d just be eating slightly elevated pancakes.

You can purchase a PanWaffle pan on Amazon for $39.99.