Packaged Food

Nathan’s Famous Brand Coming to Snack Food Grocery Aisles

Inventure Foods is teaming up with Nathan’s Famous, Inc. to produce a snack chip for their retail presence. The popular restaurant brand will now be a national snack that can be purchased in grocery stores this fall.

Nathan’s new snack brand of Crunchy Crinkle Fries will come in Chili Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, and Honey Mustard flavors. There will also be a line of Crinkle Cut Potato Chips.

Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathan’s Famous, told PRNewswire, “We’re excited to partner with Inventure Foods to see our brand extend into the snack chip aisle. Inventure Foods has demonstrated a unique ability to translate popular restaurant menu items into incredibly delicious snack foods. We’re looking forward to a taste experience that is Nathan’s to the core.”

Nathan’s, famous for their hot dogs, have products in all 50 states as well as six countries around the world.

There can never be enough new snack brands out there, and I for one, am excited for this new partnership.

THX: MarketWatch Photo Credit: Nathan’s Famous

Packaged Food

Diamond Foods Clears Regulatory Hurdles To Acquire Pringles Brand

How do you make one of the biggest snack companies around even bigger? You buy Pringles.

Diamond Foods, Inc has cleared summer regulatory hurdles and is destined to close  an agreement later this year with The Proctor & Gamble Company to absorb the Pringles brand into Diamond Foods. The merger is valued to be at $2.35 billion.

“Our plan is to build upon the brand equity Pringles has established in over 140 countries. This strategic combination will create an independent, global leader in the snack industry with a focus on quality and innovative products,” said Michael J. Mendes, Chairman, President, and CEO of Diamond Foods.

“Not only is this combination immediately accretive, it also creates a platform that we believe will allow us to build shareholder value for years to come,” Mendes stated.

The acquisition of Pringles is said to triple the snack business of Diamond Foods as well as raise Diamond’s international value.

Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proctor & Gamble states, “We are confident Diamond Foods will be an excellent new home for our Snacks employees.”

(via Investor’s Business Daily)

Packaged Food

Wheat Thins Launches New ‘Smoky BBQ’ Flavor


Kraft Foods and Nabisco recently sent the latest Wheat Thin Variety to the FOODBEAST office, Smoky BBQ. This product joins the diverse Wheat Thin flavor ranks including Sundried Tomato & Basil, Ranch and Multigrain in addition to the Chiptole Pepper and Cinnamon Kick of the Crunch Stix variety. While the BBQ flavor alone isn’t too revolutionary, the combination of the BBQ flavor with the classic wheat thin is proving to be addictive. Smoky BBQ Wheat Thins will officially hit stores on September 19th.

BBQ Smoky Wheat Thins


Oreo Bars On a Stick

I think I ate a lot of sweet treats when I was little. Not quite sure, but my taste buds are totally into sweets, so I think it’s safe to assume that I chose dessert over veggies. As if I had to tell you that I love sweets. Anyone that has followed this blog for more than 2 days will figure out that I like my cake. And I eat it, too.

By the way, and totally rhetorical, what genius came up with the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”? You wanna bet?!? What other purpose does a cake serve? 

Anywho, I think my sweet tooth rubbed off on my 2 year old. Kinda sucks ‘cause I have to bribe her; “If you eat this green little tree, Mama will give you this ooey-gooey delicious mess…ok? OK!”

So I made her another treat with Oreos…that’s her favorite cookie.

I know, OMG she is giving her 2 year old that? It’s okay… Relax. It was her Birthday, and she only ate one. She never has more than one. I won’t allow it.

Okay…she probably had two, but I didn’t see her having the second one, so technically, she only had one.

Humongous thanks to the genius behind these bars, Jenny, from the Picky Palate. Her bars made all the tiny party-goers really really happy.

 Oreo Bars

(adapted from Picky Palate)

You will need:

  • 1 (16.6-ounce) package of Oreos
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag of Large Marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 16 wooden sticks

  • Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; set aside.
  • Place Oreos in a food processor and pulse until ground.
  • Put the marshmallows and the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl; cook in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until puffed.  
    • Remove from the microwave and pour in the ground Oreos; stir to combine.
    • Transfer the mixture to the foil-lined baking pan.
    • Let set for 10 minutes.
    • Remove bars out of pan with edges of foil, cut into squares, and thread onto the sticks.
    • Makes 16 brownie-sized bars.
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Pizza Stuffed Potatoes

For those who don’t tune in to the NBA (National Basketball Association), you might have missed that this Friday, Saturday and Sunday comprises their All Star Weekend. Three days filled with rookie challenges, slam dunk contests and a culminating All Star game that pits the top talent from the Eastern and Western coasts against each other.

If you’re looking for a good food to think up and consume during the festivities, how about I turn your attention to these Pizza Stuffed Potatoes! An idea and recipe coming from our friends over at HowSweetEats, these Idaho potatoes have been hollowed out and filled passed the brim with mushrooms, pepperonis, pizza sauce, green peppers and melting mozzarella cheese. Talk about a slam dunk dish [/corny]!


Video of the Day: Snacks Distract Lawmakers

Lawmakers can’t seem to focus on the realities of war with the presence of these delicious snacks. Get a load of the cute mannerisms of these grown adults leading our country.


Superbowl Snack Food Stadium

The crazy FoodBeasts over at HolyTaco have put together this amazing Snack Food Stadium for the big game coming up! This stadium encompasses all the major food items for a perfect game, including guacamole grass, cheese and salsa end zones, Chex Mix fans, Vienna Sausage players, Twinkies Stands, Slim Jim goal posts and cheese player helmets. If you’re interested in the logistics, they put up the entire recipe with detailed pictures on their website!



In May of 2008 CMU professors Sara Kiesler, Jodi Forlizzi and Paul Rybski were awarded $500k in Microsoft Human-Robot Interaction funding to develop a robot that would sell snacks, be social, and travel two dormitories at the university. The latest prototype of this hard work has surfaced. (Thx Hizook)