Sour Patch Kids Launches MYSTERY Flavor We’re Stuck Guessing All Summer

Photo courtesy of Sour Patch Kids

I love a good mystery as much as the next guy, and when you pair it with something as addicting as Sour Patch Kids, there’s no situation where you can come out unsatisfied.

The iconic candy brand has just launched a new mystery flavor that just hit stores this week. Like with many other mystery flavors in consumer packaged goods, the sweet and sour candy youths are devoid of color to not hint at their flavor of origin.

As part of a sweepstakes, Sour Patch Kids will reveal the mystery flavor this August, and one lucky winner who submits the correct guess to will win $50,000.

Gonna have to get my hands on a bag or two — maybe a whole case.

Fast Food

McDonald’s Creates Halloween Version of Their Iconic Monopoly Game

Now that Halloween is approaching, McDonald’s has decided to put a seasonal spin on their beloved peel and play gaming system. While fans of the franchise are most familiar with the yearly Monopoly offering, McDonald’s has just launched a new Halloween-inspired variation they’re calling “Trick. Treat. Win!

The new game will also integrate with McDonald’s mobile app, sparing you from having to lug around a paper board to keep track of your progress.

There are two ways to play the game:

  • You can order your food at the restaurant and peel off the game pieces to reveal food prizes such as Big Macs, breakfast sandwiches, fries, McCafe beverages, or McFlurrys. You can also win non-food prizes like cash or gift cards.
  • If you didn’t win anything from the peel off portion of the game, you can redeem the pieces on the McDonald’s mobile app for “Entry Tokens” that let you enter a daily sweepstakes. The sweepstakes prizes include cars, resort vacations, theme park trips, and cash.

According to McDonald’s official rules, the odds of winning instantly are 1 in 4, though those are mostly food prizes. Probably won’t hold out for that car or resort trip, but I’ll be perfectly happy with an order of small fries to get me through my commute home.

The Trick. Treat. Win! promotion will be around through the end of October, with more details on how to play can be found here.


Peel-and-Win, the Realistic Chances of Winning a Fast Food Sweepstakes

“Come to (insert restaurant here) and play (insert prize-eligible game with catchy name here). One-in-four wins a prize!”

Challenge accepted.

“One-in-four wins” is a claim that we often disregard as we peel the little sticker off the box and redeem it for our free small Coke. However, some of us call bullshit and say, “There’s no way that’s accurate.”

We recently got a news release from Jack in the Box about a new Munchie Meal called the “Chick-n-Tater Melt” and a new “peel-and-win” game called Jack’s Munchie Peel where they say they’re giving away over $1,000,000 in food and prizes. We immediately questioned the one-in-four claim from the contest and wanted to find a way to test the validity of it.


Jack in the Box’s latest addition to the Munchie Meal lineup, a Chick-n-Tater Melt

The contest seemed pretty straightforward. Stickers are found on the boxes of Jack’s Munchie Meals, they ask you to peel them off, and you either jump for joy that you won some free tacos, or the more likely scenario, you get the depressing, “Sorry! You didn’t win this time” message.

So, we channeled our inner statisticians and decided we should buy 150 of Jack’s Munchie Meals, peel off the stickers, and keep track of all the winners and losers to see if the results came out to the 25 percent stat Jack brags about. We felt 150 was a large enough sample size to get a pretty accurate reading (they accidentally gave us four extra, so we ended up using 154).


Elie spent our entire monthly editorial budget buying 150+ Munchie Meals for this project

We rolled up to a couple different Jack in the Box locations, ordered 75 Munchie Meals at each location, confirmed with the workers that we weren’t high and came back to Foodbeast Headquarters with a totally irresponsible amount of Jack in the Box.

So we began peeling off the stickers. All 154 Munchie Meal boxes. For two hours.

We ended up winning 48 times out of the 154 game pieces we peeled off, for a 31.2 percent rate. Which is actually well above the arbitrary 25 percent chance.



Grand Prize:

  • Two-night VIP experience for four in Las Vegas at the MTV Real World Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Apparently, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, you can still enter for this bad boy at


Non-Food Prizes:

  • Southwest Airlines round-trip ticket
  • Jack in the Box snowboard
  • $50 toward a Live Nation concert
  • Red Mini Jambox
  • Jack in the Box skateboard
  • gift card
  • $50 gas gift card
  • Wireless headphones
  • Neff gear
  • $25 toward a Live Nation concert
  • Movie tickets
  • $10 toward a Live Nation concert -1 win
  • 3-pack music downloads -5 wins



Food Prizes:

  • Jack’s Munchie Meal -2 wins
  • Jack’s Spicy Chicken -6 wins
  • Breakfast burrito -2 wins
  • Milkshake -1 win
  • Iced coffee -5 wins
  • Medium curly fries -5 wins
  • Jumbo Jack -6 wins
  • 16-ounce drink -2 wins
  • 5-piece churros -9 wins
  • Mini cookies -2 wins
  • 2 tacos -2 wins


Final Results

– 48/154 were winners for a 31.2 percent chance of winning

– 88 percent of winners were food items

– 5-piece churros was most frequent with 9 winners

– Only 6 non-food items won. Five downloads, and 1 $10 voucher toward a Live Nation concert.

Ok, so at least by our tests, Jack in the Box does stick to its word on the one-in-four chance of winning. We didn’t win any of the larger prizes, but at least we have a second chance to win the grand prize Vegas trip! Not to mention, Jack’s mini caramel churros are bomb though, so we ain’t mad.


7-Eleven Giving Away 58 Xbox Ones


In a genius attempt to get you to drink Slurpees this winter, 7-Eleven is giving customers a chance to win an Xbox now ’til Jan. 2.  The chain is giving away 58 Xbox One Entertainment systems, with a chance for guests to win one every day. The kicker? These gaming systems aren’t even available for purchase until at least November 22.

To enter, would-be gamers need to collect and log codes found on Slurpee cups, and redeem them for points on Each Xbox One entry requires at least two Slurpee Rewards Points, and guests can use their points to enter up to five times a day. Guests also have the option to save up points to win Xbox “Instant Win” prizes such as gaming memberships and gift cards.

Ultimately, this is all to promote the newest Slurpee flavor: Mountain Dew Citrus Cherry Blast. Think it will be worth the brain freeze?

Fast Food

McDonald’s Monopoly Returns, May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor


McDonald’s Monopoly is back for another round and its prizes are as trifle and as grandiose as ever. Beginning July 16th, 2013, guests will be invited to compete for the coveted Park Place and Boardwalk combo, which will win you a cool $1 million dollars. Although, the odds of that happening, according to the official rules, is approximately 1 in 3,050,412,898.

That being said, there will be numerous “Instant Win” prizes that range from a Redbox rental to a trip to the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. “Food Prizes” this year have remained mostly the same, and the odds of coming up on those are much higher — 1 in 9 for a Medium Fries and 1 in 44 for a McFlurry, for example.

The game ends August 12, 2013 and is available in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Guam, Saipan and Puerto Rico.

May the odds (and your appetite) be ever in your favor.

H/T GrubGrade

Fast Food

The Best Tweets from Wendy’s $1000 #TwEATfor1K Campaign


As you may of heard, Wendy’s heralded their new line of Grilled Chicken Flatbreads with a 42-day long sweepstakes that began on April 1st, 2013 and will end on May 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm (ET). During this promotion period, contestants are invited to follow 3 simple steps in order to win: 1) Snap a pic of Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Flatbread 2) Tweet the pic to @wendys using #tweatfor1K 3) Wait to see if you’re one of the winners picked daily — there will be 42 winners total and each receive a $1,000 Visa gift card.

Of course, we couldn’t help but pick our favorite tweets of the bunch. And yes, dear readers, we were equally dismayed when we found out it wasn’t “Twerkfor1K.” Oh, Wendy, why you gotta play us like that?


Unidentified Flying Sammich

Shut Down


Can I haz 1k nao?


This is why we can’t have nice things


Twerk It



Pizza Hut Brings Back The $10 Any Pizza Deal

Pizza Hut Thin Veggie Original $10 Pizza Deal

You might have already seen the ads on television, Pizza Hut is bringing back its $10 Any Pizza Deal for a limited time. A rep for Pizza Hut told FOODBEAST that the deal would last at least until Super Bowl XLVI or February 5th for you non-sports fans. That’s right people. Any size. Any of the 12 toppings. Any Signature Crust – Pan, Hand Tossed or Thin n’ Crispy. NOTE: Stuffed Crust WILL cost you extra. For 10 bucks.

Pizza Hut has also started a new Facebook Contest for Pizza Lovin’ singers who want to create their own version of the new ’10 Dollar Pizza Song’ which will appear in a future national commercial. For those interested check out the Pizza Hut Facebook Page for more information and the chance to win Pizza Hut Pizza for a year. Maybe we should give it a try…


Fast Food

McDonald’s Monopoly is Back Again

McDonald’s Monopoly is back as of today along with the myriad of prizes ranging from cold hard cash to brand new cars. The same basic rules apply here — grand prizes are awarded to individuals who collect all of the necessary monopoly game pieces that can be found on a range of McDonald’s products. This year it looks like McDonald’s is offering up fantastic beach getaways, gas cards, a brand new Nissan Z and Nissan Leaf and a number of different cash prizes as well as the thousands of McDonald’s food stand-alone instant win prizes.

McDonald’s claims that 1 in 4 pieces automatically wins a prize and can be found on a number of different McDonald’s items including Big Macs, 10 and 20 piece chicken McNuggets, Large fries, Hash browns and Sausage McMuffins with egg just to name a few.

McDonald’s also offers various online prize giveaways where a code found on the bottom of each game piece is entered online and can potentially be redeemed for a wide array of other prizes including Wal-Mart and Red Box gift cards, additional cash prizes and EA Sports game prizes. The sweepstakes is going on until October 24th.

Will you be winning anything this year?