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Skittles Premieres New Sour Skittles-Infused Ice Cream Bars

As spring transitions to summer, so too do snack cravings. Gone are the big bags of sweets that are to be devoured under three blankets while watching movies. It’s time for ice cream. But, as we sit in the in-between period of the change — too hot for a sweater, but not hot enough for a t-shirt— a cravings crisis begins to form. Much like choosing an outfit, choosing the appropriate snack can be a downright challenge.

Enter, Crazy Sour Skittles Coolers, the hybrid ice cream-candy. 

The new treat is the latest in the candy’s ice cream bars, the first of which dropped last February. The premise remains the same: deliver the Skittles experience, but make it ice cream. Except now, the humble Sour Skittle is the star of the show. 

This is accomplished by dipping a fruit-flavored, Skittles-infused ice cream bar in a “sour fruit sorbet.” 

The results can be seen on the Instagram page @newfoodsuk, who reported the find at an Iceland Foods supermarket. 

The response to the account’s post were, unsurprisingly, mixed. But, it’s hard to imagine ice cream and candy not being good together (or at least good enough to try) so this seems like an easy move for candy fiends.

Unfortunately, this is a UK-only product, so any stateside Skittles fanatics will have to find something else to fulfill their cravings.

I’m sorry, Marshawn

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Otter Pops Ditch Their Trademark Colors In Favor of No Artificial Dyes

Summertime is here, which means the birds are singing and the ice pops are freezing.

Otter Pops, a west coast classic for ice pops, is giving the otters a makeover. Gone are the artificial dyes, as well as the artifical flavors. 

“Naturally flavored with other natural flavors,” the box proudly reads.

The new pops are made with 100% fruit juice, mostly an apple juice conentrate. 

What’s most apparent is the lack of their trademark vibrant colors, as a result of ditching artificial dyes. Now, they’re a light tan, somewhere in between apple juice and a ripe banana.

Thankfully, each flavor retains its original appeal, mostly. The apple juice taste is entirely present, but the flavors we know and love are still very much alive and well. Louie-Bloo Raspberry, Strawberry Short Kook, Sir Isaac Lime, Alexander the Great — the gang’s all here.

These new otters are only available at Costcos in California, Oregon, and Washington for now.

Personally, I’ll be driving to the nearest Costco and copping a box as soon as possible. Nothing can stop me from devouring five at midnight now that I don’t even have to feel bad about it.

Plus they won’t turn my mouth and lips an intense cherry red or blue-purple?

I may need two boxes.

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Elevate Your Summer Desserts With This Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream

Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream
Source: Taste of Home

Just when we thought summer couldn’t get any better.

We’ve seen plenty of wacky whipped cream flavors, so you’d think this roasty-toasty marshmallow whip would have been a thing a long time ago. We’re not complaining, because this summer we’re indulging in the sweet and smoky taste of toasted marshmallows on everything.

S’mores are out and Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream from Gay Lea is in! (We’re just kidding, s’mores, we still love you.)

Why Haven’t I Heard of This?

It’s anyone’s guess. News of this delicacy first came from Sparks Events on Instagram, after they tried the whipped cream at a marketing event. Needless to say, it was a hit with all samplers. It’s creamy, dreamy and gives any treat that deliciously flame-kissed taste you can only get from food cooked over a campfire. Well, until now.

A little digging into the nutrition facts confirms the whipped cream doesn’t include artificial flavors. You could probably rack up a few calories spraying the whipped cream directly into your mouth though, since there are about 10 calories in a tablespoon. Is that going to stop us? (No.)

Love coffee? Try this creamy latte with Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream on top.

Where Can I Get Mine?

Now this is the tricky part. Unfortunately, Toasted Marshmallow Whipped Cream is only available at select retailers in Canada. If you live in the land of maple leaves, this is great news! For everyone else, not so much. It’s not available for online order, but if you can get across the border before summer ends, you can snag a can. (You can also drop a dollop of marshmallow fluff onto your favorite summer munchie instead.)

Still craving the unique flavor of Gay Lea whipped cream? No worries! Their Real Coconut Whipped Topping is available in the U.S., and trust us—it’s as good as it sounds.

If not, you can always add your favorite flavors to this homemade whipped cream recipe.

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Article by Laurie Dixon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.
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Wendy’s Spicy Nuggets Officially Returning In August

Wendy’s is finally making good on their promise to bring back its spicy chicken nuggets, announcing that August 19 will be the day that fast food justice prevails.

Wendy’s promised fans that they’d bring back their beloved spicy nuggets, after Chance the Rapper made the request in early May.

It didn’t seem like a publicity stunt, but Wendy’s ran with it and tweeted at Chance saying, “The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet to 2 Million likes, with will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS BACK.”

It seemed almost impossible, seeing how 2 million likes would be the all-time Twitter record, but spicy nugget fans were not to be underestimated. The goal was demolished in less than two days, and while a return date was not set at the time, they promised it was coming.

Chance the Rapper said he would be releasing his album on the same date as the nugget release, then started promoting a July album drop, leading many to believe the nuggets would follow that timeline.

Unfortunately, unless Chance changes his plans, the two summer drops will not coincide.

Wendy’s has gone as far as creating a Google Calendar invite link that fans can click on and save the date. It’s kind of cute, and honestly, I probably will be marking my calendar as an admitted spicy nugget fiend.


3 Easy Watermelon Treats To Beat The Heat This Summer

Photo: SoDelicious

Watermelon is the fruit superstar in the summer. If you’ve only eaten it as is until now, maybe it’s time to spice things up! It may seem eccentric at first sight, but you’ll love these fresh ways to eat watermelon!

Let’s talk about this sweet, refreshing fruit, which represents the epitome of summer!

Watermelon is now the most-consumed type of melon in the US, according to Mercola. Maybe because it has more than 91 percent water and is refreshing in the summer. I usually eat it as is. When I want to lose some pounds, I replace dessert with a couple of watermelon wedges! It makes me feel full and alleviates my cravings for something sweet.

If the thought of cutting it into slices or cubes sounds boring, try other inspired ways to eat watermelon.

Different ways to eat watermelon

Watermelon sandwiches

When I was a child, my grandmother used to eat watermelon with bread. As simple as that! Of course, I tried this combo too. When I grew up I improved this mix: I kept the watermelon, and I experimented with different types of bread. That moment, I realized that watermelon is perfect for sandwiches!

You can try whatever you want with watermelon: seed bread and goat cheese; whole wheat bread with cream cheese and pieces of grilled chicken; and toast with mozzarella, lettuce, and cucumber. You can create the combinations!

Do you want to experiment even more with that juicy watermelon? Grill it! Yes, you heard that right! Slice it and put it on the grill as is or add some spices. Sea salt, cayenne pepper, lime, and mint work with the watermelon’s sweet taste.

When you make sandwiches, don’t forget about pita and ciabatta!

You can also make Mexican grilled chicken tacos with watermelon salsa.

Watermelon salty salads

To me, the classic watermelon salad has this hydrating fruit, cheese, baby spinach, and walnuts! Some olive oil and lime juice complete the taste!

But there are many other salads you can try! Mix and match any foods, because watermelon is an amazing fruit that works with many kinds of vegetables, dairy, eggs, and meats.

Keep the watermelon as the main ingredient and play with the others: grilled chicken breast or beef, blue cheese, goat cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, lettuce, baby spinach, arugula, walnuts, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, fresh mint, fresh basil, shrimp, cucumber, grilled zucchini. Make your own salad, like a real chef. If you want, give it a name and serve it to your friends when they’re visiting you!

Watermelon and mixed tomato salad with feta cheese.

Amazing drinks

No need saying that you can make incredible drinks using watermelon. Besides its subtle – but unmistakable! – taste, watermelon will give your drinks a wonderful pink color.

Think about watermelon lemonade! Combine it with other fruit and vegetables to make nutritious juices. Blend the watermelon and mix it with carrot juice, apple juice, or coconut water.

You can also prepare alcoholic cocktails. For example, watermelon mojitos! Usually, this cocktail is made with brown sugar. But because the watermelon is very sweet, you can skip the sugar in this refreshing drink.

Vodka, tequila, and triple sec blend well with watermelon juice too! This summer, experiment with these combinations and add, to taste, cranberry, blackberry, raspberry or lime juices, any frozen berries, lime slices, and mint leaves. Oh, and don’t forget ice cubes! You can make tremendous drinks!

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Golden Road Just Released Spiked Agua Frescas To Get Summer Started

Agua frescas, common in Mexican culture and found throughout California, are an ideal drink for cooling down during the summertime months. When someone spikes the entire jug with some alcohol, it turns into a real party.

If you don’t have time to whip up an entire batch yourself, check out Golden Road’s ready-to-drink Spiked Agua Frescas. Golden Road crafts these by blending together fresh fruit and water to create a full-bodied and refreshing adult beverage.

These Spiked Agua Frescas are all sparkling alcoholic beverages and come in three flavors, Mango, Strawberry Pineapple, and Cucumber Lime, ranging from 90-110 calories. They’re great to have on hand for a quick get-together, or can be used for an epic party, which is what the Foodbeast crew did when they used the Agua Frescas for a summertime ceviche bash.

You can find the Spiked Agua Frescas at participating retailers in California. As for the ceviche, which pairs perfectly with the Agua Frescas, that recipe can be found below.

2 large cucumbers
2 large tomatoes
1 cilantro
1 large white onion
1/2 serrano
20 limes
1 lemon
1 pound of ground white fish
1 pound of shrimp
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Let the fish and shrimp cook in the lime and lemon juice, dice everything and don’t forget to toss the seeds from the tomato and cucumber. TAKE OUT THE SERRANO SEEDS!! Mix everything together while adding salt and pepper all over. Keep refrigerated.

Add avocados and chips/tostadas.

Created in partnership with Golden Road

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This New Cooler Is Powered By The Sun, So Forget About Those Soggy Ice Bags

Summer is finally on its way, which means you probably have a few beach days or barbecues in the works. (Hooray, warm weather!) Before you pack your old cooler with soggy bags of ice, check out the GoSun Chill. It’s a solar-powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice at all (seriously), which means you can pack your frozen goods without squeezing them into piles of melting cubes. Yup, that means you can kiss the days of wet food and overflowing coolers goodbye.

The GoSun Chill was announced on May 7 by GoSun, the company behind those solar cookers you know and love. Similar to GoSun’s ovens and grills, the Chill can be powered by the sun. Yes, that means you won’t have to stop at the grocery store for three bags of ice on your way to the beach. Instead, you can charge up your GoSun Chill cooler using solar energy.

Thankfully, charging the GoSun Chill is really easy. TBH, there are a few ways you can do it — but I’ll start with the solar option. (That’s the point, isn’t it?) According to GoSun, the cooler’s Lithium Powerbank (which powers the device) can be charged with a solar table or a solar panel. Thankfully, both devices come with the purchase of a GoSun Chill, which means you can pick whichever one is more convenient for you.

Once your Powerbank is charged, it’ll run your cooler for up to 14 hours in 80-degree weather. So, yes, it’s safe to say that your beers will stay cold (even during those long, steamy beach days).

Courtesy of GoSun

The Lithium Powerbank can also be charged with an AC Adapter (aka a wall outlet), which leads me to my next point. If you’d rather bypass the whole “solar” part, you can use an AC Adapter or 12 Volt Cord to plug your cooler directly into your outlet or car. That way, you won’t need a charged Powerbank to run your mini fridge.

Even so, using the Lithium Powerbank sounds like a pretty convenient option. In addition to powering your GoSun Chill, the Powerbank can be used to charge cell phones and laptops (thanks to its convenient USB ports). Therefore, if you need a quick charge during your camping trip, go ahead and use the Lithium Powerbank after cooling down your Chill.

Courtesy of GoSun

If you want to give the GoSun Chill a try, you can order one for $479 on Indiegogo. However they probably won’t be shipped until August 2019 — so plan your summer beach days accordingly.

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Hummus Shakes Are A Thing Now And Are Looking To Be The Milkshake Alternative

So we’ve all had hummus, it’s the best alternative to a cheese dip for any party platter, or a great healthy late-night snack. For a while now it’s been coming up in popularity, we’ve seen hummus on burgers and even in burritos, but it wasn’t until I heard about a new shake coming from the east coast made up of hummus that my attention was really piqued.

The Hummus & Pita Co. is debuting an original and justifiably questionable new product called the Hummus Shake starting May 13.

Right off the bat it sounds like you’re gonna be sucking down a tub of Sabra. But never judge a book by it’s chickpea cover.

While the shake might look like a Frappuccino on the outside, inside is an entirely different beast.

Rather than being made up of fats and sugars like a regular shake, this one is a combination of basically the same ingredients as hummus, with added natural flavors.

Chickpeas, tahini, frozen bananas, dates, almond milk, a little pure vanilla, and cinnamon are all that this healthy little dessert consists of.

And no, it won’t taste like Sabra either. There’s a variety of flavors, just as with any other shake, like butter pecan, chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry.

The Hummus Shake is an all-natural vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free treat that boasts many health benefits, including high amounts of protein and fiber.

Though I haven’t had the pleasure of satisfying my curiosity and trying the shake myself, food bloggers have had a great time detailing their reviews of the shake.

One in particular, David White, said, “the simple ingredients and the health factor of each individual ingredient create a two-fold feeling of comfort and ease in knowing that what you’re ingesting is good-tasting with benefits that are also good for you.” You can read White’s complete review here.

Seeing as this is primarily in NYC, an apt comparison could be to the prominent Shake Shack with their frozen custards.

A normal serving of frozen custard at the Shack is going to clock in at around 600 calories, with a heap of sugar and fat indicative of a traditional milkshake.

While the sugar levels are too close to call, the Hummus Shake is blessed with all natural sugars.

If any of those details are still not enough to convince you to try the new hummus shake, here’s a bit of incentive: From now until 5/20 you can buy one shake and get another free at any Hummus & Pita Co.

So go out and try the shake, let us know what you think, and maybe it’ll end up being the new worthy shake of the summer.