Cult Soda Surge Made Available on Amazon, Sells out Immediately


Arguably the most popular soda of our childhoods has made a swift return. Yessir, if Coca-Cola ever had a child with Mountain Dew, it was Surge. While the citrus-flavored soda didn’t sell as well as most of the other carbonated beverages stocked on shelves at the time, its absence has definitely made many hearts grow fonder.

Dark times fell upon the soda world in 2003 when the soft drink was discontinued only seven years after it made its public debut. The Surge Movement, which was created to bring back Surge years ago, has more than 130K fans of the cult beverage. Coca-Cola has noticed this and made strides to quietly bring back the niche product. Upon being released on Amazon, the cult soda was sold out almost immediately. Another batch was posted and then also quickly sold out.

Surge’s brief, but messianic return can be considered a sign that the soda will be here to stay. According to Coca-Cola, this comeback will be a test to see if it’s worth restocking store shelves with the product. Yes, Coca-Cola. It most definitely is.

Never have we seen a product get such a near perfect review on Amazon. That’s the love of Surge for you.

H/T Huffpost Taste


Chocolate-Covered Twinkies Make Nationwide Comeback


There are few things in the world that can’t be improved by coating them in chocolate. Twinkies are no different. Now, Hostess brands is bringing back an old favorite that is really nothing more than creme-filled soft yellow sponge cakes encased in chocolate, but is probably amazing nonetheless. Say hello (again) to the Chocodile.

Previously only available on the West Coast since the late 1990s, these miniature Boston Creams are now being released nationwide in original, chocolate creme, strawberry creme, and banana creme flavors. Unfortunately, they’ll only come in “fun size” wrappers, we figure that’s just another excuse to buy an extra box.

Picthx Hostess

Fast Food

McDonald’s Mighty Wings Return for 60 Cents a Piece

For anyone not privy to McDonald’s embarrassing Mighty Wings fiasco, here’s what you’ve missed. Last summer, McDonald’s unveiled a new spicy deep fried chicken wing which originally sold for nearly $1 each. Too pricey and spicy for customer tastes’, however, the MW’s floundering sales ultimately left franchisees with over 10 million pounds of unsold wangs — 20% of the original order of 50 million pounds.

Now, as promised, McDonald’s HQ has finally concocted a new deal to move the extra birds along. For a limited time, Mighty Wings will be available at all participating locations at five wings for $3, or 60 cents per wing. Considering the wings’ size and comparative quality, this is a surprisingy good value, and hopefully enough to end the Mighty Wings disaster once and for all.

That’s assuming we all ignore the fact that the wings have been sitting in frozen storage the past few months — well under the FDA recommended guidelines for quality and safety, for sure, but still a little “ew.”

Packaged Food

Lay’s Is Bringing Back Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles and Cheesy Garlic, Because Of Course They Are


All right, show of hands, who didn’t call this one? Nobody? That’s what we thought.

Remember how a few months ago people were talking about those new Sriracha Lay’s chips or Chicken and Waffle Lay’s chips (but never the Cheesy Garlic ones, let’s be real) that you just had to try? And remember how all three flavors were supposed to be in a competition or something and you were supposed to vote somehow on which one would get to stay as an actual flavor and which two would fade sadly into obscurity?

Yeah, about that. Turns out Lay’s was just being a big old tease and is letting us have all three flavors anyway because they clearly have no idea what commitment actually means. It’s like two high school sweethearts who broke up after prom and continue to hook up all summer before college starts. You’re just prolonging the inevitable guys. And I’m sure these new flavors will just be back for a “limited time” before you tear them away from us again with the half-hearted promise that we’ll “stay friends” or “keep in touch.” Well let me just say, I’m getting real tired of your sh*t Lay’s, and I will not stand for this. I may sit down for it. At a summer picnic. With color-coded bowls. But no standing. Absolutely not.

On the plus side, at least we’ll actually be able to try all the flavors now, right?

PicThx Lay’s


The Twinkies of the Future Will Be Frozen before Shipping

twinkies to be frozen

Twinkies are set to make their return on July 15, and despite the general hurrah, most of us will probably go back to not eating them.

For those of you genuinely concerned about the “quality” of your beloved Twinkie, you may be dismayed to learn that some select shipments will be frozen in order to prolong their freshness. Apparently, despite their mythical “indestructibility,” Twinkies do have a shelf life.

Hostess spokeswoman Hannah Arnold informed Huffpo that a few of the company’s retail customers have requested the treats be frozen prior to shipping, claiming it will allow companies to  “date the product for freshness,” while offering “flexibility in filling their shelves.” Of course, Hostess maintains that freezing the pastries will have “no impact on the quality or taste.”

“Any suggestion that Hostess is changing the integrity of the iconic snack cakes consumers have loved is completely untrue,” stated Arnold. “The new ownership is absolutely committed to baking top quality snack cakes and, in fact, is making major investments to ensure that Hostess products are as good, if not even better, than before.”

Still, I think this whole freezing business is a tad unnecessary. I agree Twinkies have an expiration date, but like Mickey D’s burgers, it isn’t one to fret about. Take this Twinkie specimen for example, still “edible” at the ripe old age of 36.


H/T + PicThx Huffpo

Fast Food

McDonald’s Delays McRib Return Until December

Well, f*ck.

Disclaimers first, I may just be speaking for the western coast of the United States here, but it definitely feels like one of the laggiest fall seasons ever.

Usually by the time the first day of school rolls around, the sky’s consistently overcast and the weather’s a steady 70-80 degrees. But it’s the third week of September now and it’s been so hot lately that 77 degrees at 9 a.m. is actually considered cool.

And now, to round it all out, someone at McDonald’s has just leaked a memo that the seasonal McRib–normally out in October–won’t return to the Mickey D’s menu boards until the second half of December.

(Which, should conspiracy theorists be believed, actually means we’ll only get to savor our favorite wintry fare for about a week before everything goes to hell.)

The reason for the dreadful change in season? The weather, supposedly. According to Ad Age, fourth-quarter 2011 and first quarter 2012 “marked one of the mildest winters in years”–boosting McDonald’s sales to up to 9.8%, and giving them ample reason to attempt to match that number this year by delaying the McRib’s release.

Which, all right, fine, is a completely understandable excuse on Mickey D Corporate’s part, but couldn’t they have found another way? They’re already introducing a Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus Burger and chicken sandwich in place of the McRib in fall, as well as the new Fish McBites due out in February. Why not just roll out Twister Fries or McNoodles or Smore’s Pies to grab new consumers for the holidays, and leave the rest of us to our McRibs in peace?

Come on, McDonald’s. Where’s your holiday spirit?