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Flintstones Push-Ups, Thank You For My Childhood

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Photo: Thomas Kohler

Until I grew into a freakishly long body and started chasing girls—or awkwardly stumbling after them, to be exact—I could’ve lived off of Flintstones Push-Up Pops (and Golden Grahams for morning nutrition, naturally). That’s all I really remember eating as a kid in the summertime.

And, damn, did I eat.

Some kids handle snacks like drunk birds, where they do things like color-code and set aside Skittles “for later.” I was in the other category of youngins, the ones who eat and live in the moment.

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Photo: Kasey Eriksen

So as a child without any regard whatsoever for “manners” or “sitting still,” I was a constant threat to…well, everything—my parents’ carpet, my grandparents’ couch, pets’ whiskery faces, you name it. It was probably safer to hand me a bomb than dessert. If I had an ice cream cone in my hand, there was only a 5% chance most of it wasn’t going on the ground or the rest of my face.

Imagine my shock and awe when Flintstone Push-Ups hit the scene.

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a long-hidden conspiracy arose about push-ups being designed by parent-hired scientists back in the day. Not only were they fun for kids, push-ups were a straight up genius invention.

With its cardboard cylinder, you couldn’t make a mess. There was hardly a risk of spillage, and you didn’t wind up with a sticky face or hand since you were, by way of an elevator-like stick, only methodically exposed to reasonable portions at a time. The pressure was off! With push-ups, I instantly went from deplorable house guest to borderline tolerable.

The delicious sherbet prison concept wasn’t new in the 90s, though, and Nestlé’s push-ups still exist today. But without the friends and family of dedicated employee and doting husband-father Fred Flintstone, it kind of feels like a sham.

Fred and his kin were always there for you, from start to finish, like a good waiter always checking in on you without doing finger guns. Yes, I’d say, I am still enjoying this tasteful amount of sherbert, Fred, thank you.

The whole line-up was near flawless. Fred was Yabba Dabba Doo Orange, Wilma was Limerock Lime, Barney was Raspberry Rubble, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm split Cave Kid Cherry, Dino was Granite Grape, and then Baby Puss was Bedrock Berry for some reason.

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Photo: Mark Anderson

I always thought it was weird they chose the pet cat over Barney’s wife. Like, was Betty’s raw sexuality a concern for Nestlé, given that she was a stone-cold dime piece who married beneath her?

But like all good things—rainbows, the Beatles, Kirk Cameron’s likeability—they come to an end. That’s why you treasure them. Flintstone Push-Ups hit fever pitch in the mid-90s and it just wasn’t sustainable. How could it be?

Looking back, it feels like their market presence melted as quickly as they did. Yet, if you ate a push-up right, even the sloppiest eater could leave someone’s house with a clean hand and a cleaner conscience.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Is Testing A TWIX MCFLURRY In The US

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A while back, McDonald’s started offering the Twix McFlurry at international restaurant locations. Now, it looks like they’re finally beginning to test the sweet dessert in US stores.

GrubGrade reports that the Twix McFlurry was spotted in Florida late last month. Made with soft-serve ice cream mixed together with chunks of Twix candy. Hopefully the new McFlurry sees a national release. There’s nothing we love more than a good Twix bar. According to Impulsive Buy, McDonald’s is also offering the sweet treat in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

A snack-sized McFlurry costs $1.79 and a regular size usually goes for $2.39.

Photo: GrubGrade

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Cravings

This Daring Pizza Has a Rice Krispies Treat Crust

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A lot of folks are making Rice Krispies pizzas for the holidays. They find the kids’ favorite candies, whip up a quick Rice Krispies base and spread some sugary sauce to mix them all together.

Following a basic Rice Krispie Treat recipe, Neatorama’s John decided he wanted something a little more on the savory side. What could be more savory than a pizza itself? John created a pizza crust from the treat mix and let it set in the freezer.

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Since overcooking was a huge factor, John wanted to make sure the treat wasn’t on the pan for too long. Freezing the crust beforehand seemed to work. The pie was removed from the stove before burning up, complete with melted cheese and pepperoni.

While the Rice Krispies Treat Pizza won’t win any awards for healthiest dish, it’s definitely left an impression.

Gonna take a few hours and try this out now.

H/T Neatorama

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Hit-Or-Miss

Let Them Sit Cake: Food-Themed Furniture You’ll Want to Sink Your Teeth Into

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You can sleep in a pizza, you can make a creepy sculpture of your face in white, milk or dark chocolate, so why can’t you sit and lounge on furniture in the shape of your favorite desserts? You can.

Italian designer Diego Gugliermetto has produced a series of food-inspired furniture in the shapes of cream puffs, cookies and chocolate bars. His food-themed poufs and sofas are not only inspired by a love of design, but a passion for food and what he calls ‘eating to enjoy’ not just eating to live.  Along the same vein, Viennese designer Dejana Kabiljo’s “Let Them Sit Cake” comprises fake flour bags stacked with what looks like some very real dripping chocolate icing. All in all, a sweet tooth’s house decorating dream.

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So just how comfy is this dessert furniture? We’re not quite sure, but they look delicious. Too bad they’re just for sitting and not for eating.

H/T Lost at E Minor

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Sweets

Dairy Queen’s August Blizzard is A Triple-Berry-Brownie Threat

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Chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate covered raspberries. Chocolate covered blackberries? We’ve never had the last one, which is why we’re super excited to try Dairy Queen’s Blizzard of the month: The Tripleberry Brownie.  The newest addition to the Blizzard family boasts strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry purées, blended with classic vanilla soft serve and stuffed with brownie and chocolate chunks.

While it may not beat fresh picked berries from the berry-patch, it sure as hell beats going to the berry patch in the first place.  We’re more than ready to trade brambles, bug bites, and lots and lots of sweat for a cool frozen treat in our hands.  So let’s raise a blizzard to new summer traditions, ones that are decidedly lazier, but likely just as delicious.

The Tripleberry Brownie Blizzard is available throughout the month, in four different sizes and as a Blizzard Cake.

H/T + PicThx Ice Cream In Format

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Hit-Or-Miss

Gourmet Meat-Flavored Ice Cream Is Further Proof that Life Is So Much Better For Dogs

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Because dogs just don’t get enough love and attention these days, a Chicago dog food store has just created a line of gourmet meat-flavored ice creams, so Fido too can finally experience the wonder that is sweet frozen milk.

“We wanted our pup to experience ice cream,” the company, Arrfscarf, writes on the line’s product page, “We wanted it to be healthy, nutritious, and fresh. We set out to create the best dog ice cream . . . Now, we are on a mission to share our amazing creation with all the pups in the world.”

Each of Arrfscarf’s dog-friendly treats starts with vanilla, honey and Greek yogurt, along with all locally sourced and handmade ingredients, to create the five totally bougie flavors of Peanut Butter Bacon, Beef Brisket, Chicken Cheddar, Pulled Pork and Gouda Burger. You hear that? Gouda. Burger. And all for an animal that has no problem eating its own vomit.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my dog, but until I can go to the store and pick up a pint of Chicken Cheddar ice cream just for me (or until my dog can tell the difference between that and a leftover chicken bone), Purina’s as good as he’s gonna get.

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H/T Design Taxi + PicThx Arrfscarf

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Products

Sundae Towel Treat

Now I’m sure that these towels come arranged just like this — enticing and delicious-looking. I feel, however, that the moment you remove the towel from their carefully placed position, they will never ever look that good again. If I took out one of these towels for use and tried to arrange it back in it’s original place, it’d look like a muddled pile of sadness rather than a delicious dessert treat. Folding towels simply isn’t my calling.

My lack of turn-down service skills aside, these adorable faux desserts arrangements are actually comprised of a 12″ x 12″ and a 8″ x 8″ wash cloth and come in Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla color schemes.

($7 @ Neatoshop)

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Cravings

A Cocktail Treat – Watermelon Mojito Popsicles

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There’s a special place in my heart for frozen treats, as many bring a nostalgia for the perfect summer dedicated to the outdoors and the lack of responsibilities. Among those close to my heart include the Flintstones Push Up, Baskin Robins Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Fudgsicles. And while the Rainbow Popsicle has earned a notable mention – its time for FOODBEAST to step up its popsicle game, for the ladies and the tastebuds.

And what better than a refreshing homemade popsicle that also loosens up the nerves? Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare your Captain Morgan pose once the applause starts after your guests’ first bite.

Watermelon — the perfect summer fruit for the perfect summer delight (not to be confused with Narnia’s delicious turkish delight).

Kudos to Naomi of Bakers Royale for the delectable-ness. For the full recipe check out her post on Endless Simmer.