Top 6 Food News Stories This Week

The first week of June proved to be just as spicy as the weather was warm in regards to food news. Someone found a unique way to use Sriracha, Mario Batali revealed his true sentiments about his departure from the popular Iron Chef television series and there was a handful of news tied to the celebration of National Donut Day back on June 1st.

Here’s a look at the top 6 stories from the past week:

1. Sprayracha — The Game Changing Way to Use Sriracha

It’s now becoming a little known fact that Sriracha is one of the most popular ways to spice up your dish, ever. This week, the most buzzworthy piece of news didn’t come from a big name brand, or a bacon wrapped pig — it was one lone foodie’s addition of a spray nozzle and hopes of getting some even, spicy coverage on their food.


2. Mario Batali Left Iron Chef Due to ‘Skinny Little Actresses’

Mario Batali seems to be a recent focus of media attention. Some think him pompous, others shower him with praise — but don’t put a skinny little actress in the judge’s panel to comment on his cooking. He. Will. Rip. Her. Another.


3. Pizza Hut launches P’Zolos, Essentially Fancy Hot Pockets

News of Pizza Hut stuffing their ingredients into long-formed calzones was apparently very buzzworthy this week. The first citing on the official Pizza Hut website showed up late May, but word of mouth stayed strong into the early weeks of June — subsequently making it one of the top stories of the week.


4. NYC Food Truck Launches a ‘Douche Burger’ That Costs $666

Regardless of how tacky or ‘douchey’ it may seem, putting a batch of expensive ingredients on a burger — regardless of how it tastes — is definitely a way to get on the news. To top it off, they’re charging $666 for it. Oh yeah, it’s also coming off of a food truck. Fancy Shmancy.


 5. Subway restaurants testing a line of nachos

Not what you’d expect from Subway, the chain is using some of their non-traditional store fronts to test a line of Subway Nachos. Some folks have reacted quite positively, foaming at the mouth at cheese sauce drizzled over Nacho Cheese-flavored Doritos and topped with jalapenos. Others think it’s lazy, disgusting and not the caliber they expected from Subway. Either way, people are talking about it — so it made the cut for the top stories of the week.


6. Spirits Maker Launches a Glazed Donut-flavored Vodka

Eco-friendly spirit brand Vodka 360 launched a well-timed Glazed Donut-flavored vodka this past June 1st, which coincidentally was National Donut Day. The combination of celebrating donuts on June 1st along with the trend of flavored-alcohol usually is well received amongst Foodbeast readers.


Fast Food

A Look at Pizza Hut’s New P’Zolo, the Fancy Hot Pocket?

“Fancy” may not be the correct term, but Pizza Hut is launching a new series of product called P’Zolos. Imagine a long-formed calzone, and you’ll get the idea.

The P’Zolos are running under a current promotion that prices them at $3 each, or you can snag 2 of them for $5. Currently available in 3 varieties, the P’Zolos feature “soft golden crust” encasing a trio of different ingredients including an Italian Steak P’Zolo, a Meat Trio P’Zolo and a Buffalo Chicken P’Zolo.

The Italian Steak P’Zolo is filled with marinated steak, roasted peppers, onions, mushrooms and Asiago cheese. The Meat Trio P’Zolo comes with Italian sausage, pepperoni, ham, and Asiago cheese. Lastly, the Buffalo Chicken P’Zolo is filled with grilled chicken breast strips covered in bold and spicy buffalo seasoning, topped with Asiago cheese.

All three versions come with your choice of marinara or ranch dipping sauce.

I guess ordering these P’Zolos delivery from Pizza Hut is easier than driving to the store, buying Hot Pockets, and walking to the microwave. We all know that long stare down with the food zapping machine can be awful strenuous.