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Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal In America, Here’s What You Need To Know

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“Palcohol,” they called it. A friendly name for a controversial form of alcohol has been approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, again. What makes this booze such a hot-topic item is that it comes in a powdered form.

CBS reports that there were many concerns with the powdered alcohol when it made its debut last spring. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau rescinded their green light of the product after claiming the labels initially did not reflect the product correctly.

Now, nearly a year later, it looks like Palcohol has once again been given the OK. The concern about the substance is that it’s freeze-dried alcohol intended to be mixed into drinks. There was worry that kids might try to sneak them into music events, easily, due to their inconspicuous appearance.

While it’s deemed legal, states are given the option of regulating sales of the substance within their borders.

With its whimsical name and multiple flavors, it could definitely become appealing to children. Though the main concern doubles back to how easy it is to misuse its potency.

However, a spokesperson for Alcohol said that potential for misuses isn’t enough grounds to be denied a label. Founder Mark Philips came up with the idea for Palcohol after wanting to enjoy an alcoholic beverage outdoors without having to lug around heavy cans or bottles.

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How to Identify 16 of America’s Most Essential Donuts [VIDEO]

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You’re standing in line at your local donut shop deciding what to order. No one wants to be that customer who doesn’t know the difference between a cruller and a fritter. Rather than take a stab at your donut of preference, you just play it safe and order a plain, halfheartedly eating it on the morning commute.

In honor of National Doughnut Day, Foodbeast put together a video of some of the most common donuts you’ll find in shops and what they’re called. We know your morning minutes are precious, so we definitely don’t want you wasting them on donut confusion. Sit back and enjoy some intimate shots of donut porn. Hopefully not on an empty stomach:

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Cake Donut

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: Dense, Muffin-type donuts called “Sinkers”.

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Crullers

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SHAPE: Twisted, ridged surface

NOTES: Pronounced “Kruhl-er”. It’s name is derived from Dutch Krullen, or “to curl”.

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Fritters

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SHAPE: Lumpy, circular.

NOTES: Pan-fried cakes made with cornmeal

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Long John

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SHAPE: Long, bar-shaped

NOTES: Filled long johns are sold as “éclairs”.

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Bear Claw

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SHAPE: Rectangular with slices along one side to resemble a bear’s toes.

NOTES: While the bear claw is sometimes considered a donut, it’s common for bear claws to be almond-flavored pastries more similar to fritters in texture.

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Cake Sprinkle

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

TASTE: Glazed donuts covered in confectionery sprinkles.

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Glazed

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut.

NOTES: Made with sugar, vanilla, salt, cold milk and water.

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Boston Cream

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SHAPE: Round, filled. A mini version of the Boston cream pie.

NOTES: Called a “Boston Cream” when frosted in chocolate, but called a “Bavarian Creme” when dusted with powdered sugar.

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Maple Bar

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SHAPE: Long, bar-shaped.

NOTES: Coated with a maple glaze. Goes great with bacon!

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Twist

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SHAPE: Two pieces of dough twisted together.

NOTES: Twists must be made in opposite directions for optimal texture and tension.

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Roll

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SHAPE: Spiral, circular.

NOTES: Rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mix.

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Chocolate Glaze

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: Glazed donut made with corn syrup, bittersweet chocolate and confectioner’s sugar.

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Cinnamon Crumb

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: One of the most underrated donuts. Covered in crunchy, cinnamon-sugar crumbs. Fantastic dipped in coffee.

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Powdered Sugar

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SHAPE: Round, filled

NOTES: Donuts covered in confectioner’s sugar or “snow sugar” that doesn’t melt.

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Raspberry Filled

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SHAPE: Round, filled

NOTES: Filled with raspberry jelly.

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Donut Holes

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SHAPE: Round balls, the center of ring donuts.

NOTES: Called “Timbits” in Canada