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Pizza Hut Tosses Stuffing And Gravy Onto New Christmas Pizza In The UK

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As far as holiday meals go, I actually look forward to Christmas Dinner more than I do Thanksgiving. It’s got many of the same staples but carries so much less weight and obligations.

Pizza Hut UK’s newest Christmas Pizza encapsulates that spirit.
The new pie features shredded rotisserie chicken, crispy bacon and sage & onion stuffing, all over a red wine gravy foundation.

Imagine eating this by the fireplace, wrapped in a pizza blanket, and watching Christmas films until you drift off to sleep.

Pure. Magic.

Customers can get their hands on the new Christmas Pizza for the holidays beginning now at all participating Pizza Hut UK delivery locations while supplies last.

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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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How Endangered Shark Species Were Snuck Into British Fish & Chips Shops

We don’t normally think of consuming shark outside of the infamous and deplorable shark fin soup, but a recent viral study shows that it’s a lot more prominent than thought in UK fish and chip shops.

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The paper, published in scientific journal Nature, found that 78 different samples of shark meat products found at fish and chip shops in the UK were marked with potentially deceptive names. Shark species identified included the endangered Spiny Dogfish shark, along with the Pacific Dogfish, Nursehound, and Starry Smoothound.

Ten different labelings were used to identify the various shark samples, but only one (“Shark Steak”) explicitly included the term “shark” in its name, and that was from a few samples obtained from a fishmonger. At the fish and chip shops, names like Rock, Huss, Rock Salmon, and Rock Eel were instead used.

European Union (EU) legislation in the UK allows these names to be used for the various shark species described, which means the restaurants were legally within limits to sell their shark as such. However, customers looking to eat fish instead of shark unaware of these regulations could easily be deceived into consuming the shark.

Why these restaurants are mislabelling spiny dogfish as such is up for speculation. It once was abundant and sustainable, but has since been overfished to the point of endangerment, especially near the UK. This led to the EU’s ban, but the spiny dogfish, or “rock salmon,” has still been in high demand at fish and chip shops, which drives up price and potential motivation to commit fraud.

How are the fish and chip shops able to get away with this? The authors of the study offered some insight, saying that a lot of the shark meat found from the restaurants was frozen and imported. The EU itself prohibits the Spiny Dogfish and other sharks from being caught, meaning that imports from the US, Argentina, and other parts of the world are crucial to sustaining that market.

The labels themselves may also play a factor. While virtually no mislabeling was detected by the research team, they did find that almost none of the packaging contained any identification of the actual species being sold. This is actually required by EU regulation to prevent “umbrella terms” like Rock and Huss from being used to sell critically endangered species like the Spiny Dogfish shark.

It would seem that an ideal solution to this shark fraud study would be to get rid of such “umbrella terms,” though it remains unclear how the EU will react to the research and change their legislation as a result.

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KFC’S New Gravy Scented Candle Will Make Your House Smell Like Sunday Dinner

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There have been many an occasion where my house inadvertently smelled of gravy. Unintentional, yes, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. The sensations that come from a nose full of the scent of gravy evokes feelings of relaxation and pangs of hunger all in a single whiff.

So what’s one way to get that rich gravy smell to seep through your household?

Kentucky Fried Chicken in the United Kingdom is offering up 230 limited edition Gravy Scented Candles for guests to light in the comfort of their own homes.

In order to get your hands on one of these exclusive candles, you have to enter KFC UK’s prize draw with your name and email. KFC will then select 230 fans to ship a gravy candle to. This is part of a promotion for the chain’s new Gravy Mega Box which features chicken filets, chicken wings, fries, and the Colonel’s gravy as a dipping sauce.

One of the highlights of KFC’s sides menu is the thick brown gravy that accompanies their mashed potatoes. With one of these scented candles, you can enjoy that fragrance for as long as there’s a wick attached.

Man, wonder if I can enter from the States?

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Pizza Hut’s New Vegan Pizza Is Loaded With JACKFRUIT

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With each New Year comes the resolution to eat slightly healthier, which likely means cutting back on pizza toppings like pepperoni, bacon, and double sausage.

For those looking to avoid meat, Pizza Hut locations in the United Kingdom have launched a new vegan pizza they’re calling Vegan Jack ‘N’ Ch**se. Customers will find this pie topped with a vegan non-dairy alternative to cheese, tomato sauce, BBQ jackfruit, sweet corn, red onions, peppers, and a finish of BBQ drizzle.

The pizza is the newest edition to Pizza Hut’s vegan pie line, joining their Vegan Veggie and Vegan Margherita.

This may not be merely a seasonal addition, however, as Pizza Hut UK says they’ll make the item a permanent fixture on their menu if 10,000 vegan pizzas are sold by the end of their Veganuary (January) promotion.

Really wish Pizza Hut offered this here in the United States as a vegan option as well. Well-seasoned jackfruit is a delicious alternative for meat.

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What To Eat This Holiday If You Live In The UK: Christmas Tree-Flavored Chips

In the UK, propped among other varieties of chips (we’re talking potato chips not fries), are a supermarket chain’s newest holiday flavor. Snack brand ‘Iceland’ released “Christmas Tree Flavour Salted Hand-Cooked Crisps” throughout UK grocery stores.

The ingredients are pretty simple: potatoes, sunflower oil, pine oil, and pine salt seasoning — an expected combination to create a piney, woodsy taste. A pine-flavored chip definitely sounds odd, but the flavors may taste similar to rosemary. Not so outlandish now, huh?

But, whether it is a marketing ploy or not, this festive flavor breaks away from the flavors that we, as a society, have grown to associate with the holidays: pumpkin spice, peppermint, etc.

As of now, these chips are only available in the UK but, honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it popped up in Trader Joe’s shelves. Yet, for now, the British are winning the oddest potato chip flavor contest (sorry Lay’s).

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You Can Get Paid To Eat Free Pizza Hut, Here’s How

Pizza lovers, the job of your dreams just arrived. Those days crushing slice after slice, breadstick after breadstick, have all led to this — a job eating Pizza Hut for free while getting paid to do so.

A site named MyOffers is looking for individuals called Tester Keepers to go out, eat, report on the Pizza Hut menu, and submit some photos. According to the posting, you’re encouraged to grab some of your pizza-loving pals (or solo if you choose) and roll out to select Pizza Hut locations in the United Kingdom.

Man, days like this I wish my body could tolerate dairy. It just sounds like my college years, except I get paid for eating pizza — not the other way around.

The chosen applicants will get £125 ($165 USD) to splurge on pizza. At many of those locations, £125 will go a long way as the international chain offers a lunch buffet options (AYCE pizza, bread sticks, salad, and pasta).

Anyone interested in applying have from now through Aug. 31 to bust a move. All that pizza isn’t going to eat itself.

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Get Ready, Plastic Straws Are Quickly Becoming A Thing Of The Past

There is a trend in the food industry that is sneaking up on everyone. It’s not cold brew, or rainbow grilled cheese: it’s the replacement of plastic drinking straws.

The straw revolution is inevitable, and you’re going to have to get used to it, whether you like it or not.

One of the biggest signs that plastic straws are on their way out, is what McDonald’s just did.

The largest burger chain in the world just completely ousted plastic straws from all of its United Kingdom restaurants, and replaced them with paper straws. It wasn’t just a public relations stunt, and it wasn’t just at select stores. It was implemented at every single one of McDonald’s 1,300 U.K. locations.

It’s an ice cold reality that you can expect when ordering an ice cold Coke in the U.K.

As McDonald’s showed, one of plastic’s main replacements have been paper straws, and while you can still argue that paper has its own waste issues, other options have shown to be popular in the restaurant industry, as well.

Like Angelenos have probably noticed on their cocktails, reusable stainless steel straws are a popular alternative. These straws eliminate the waste issues from both plastic and paper, and can be re-used like any other dishware.

Or, like Starbucks has shown with their new sippy cup lids, you can say f*ck the straw altogether and drink your beverages like a toddler.

If you’re wondering what’s the beef with straws, one of the most brutal examples of its terrifying effects, comes from a 2015 video of a marine biologist trying to remove a straw stuck up a turtle’s nostril.

The graphic video taken by Texas A&M marine biologist Christine Figgener shows a poor turtle in Costa Rica crying and struggling to breathe for minutes, as Figgener tries to extract the plastic straw.

The turtle literally bleeds from its nose ala Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, and the image is quite disheartening.

Sure, that is only one documented instance, but it shows just how easily wildlife can be harmed by an object that is overflowing in our oceans.

According to, Americans use more than 500 million plastic straws a day and they are one of the top 10 pieces of garbage found in the ocean. As a result, over 1 million sea birds are killed by plastic every year, and about 100,000 marine mammals lose their lives, as well.

If you need more proof that plastic straws will soon be a thing of the past, Seattle just banned plastic straws. Period. As of July 1, 2018, food businesses in the the major city are no longer allowed to use plastic straws or even plastic utensils in their establishments.

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It would be one thing if this ban took place in a small town like Bozeman, Montana, but Seattle is the 15th largest city in the U.S. with nearly 4 million residents who will be affected by the straw prohibition.

Seattle isn’t alone, as Malibu, California set up its own straw ban that took effect June 1. Even New York City, with its 8 million residents, is proposing a straw ban by 2020.

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Of course, not everyone completely buys the notion that straws are such a monstrous, dangerous killer.

The New York Post argued that there is no real scientific evidence to show that straws, in particular, are the pin-pointed problem. The issue is creeping up on New York, and they feel some type of way about it, especially since they’ve already had a Styrofoam ban that will be enforced on January 1, 2019.

Dune Ives, Executive Director at Lonely Whale, the organization that pushed Seattle’s straw ban, admitted that it’s not really about the straws. Ives told Vox that it is about plastic in general, and the straws are just a conscious reminder of how much single-use plastic we use in our daily lives.

The straw ban, at least in Seattle, is an effort to make people more environmentally conscious.

Still, the world seems to be gravitating toward those efforts and running wild with them.

Over 200,000 people signed a petition for McDonald’s to do away with plastic straws in the U.S., just as the U.K. did. While they came up 6,000 signatures short of their 210,000 goal, it still shows how much people suddenly care about this issue.

TL;DR- Staw bans are coming, and they’re coming fast.

I’m not an environmentalist trying to convince you that the earth is burning, and we’re headed for inevitable doom (although we probably are). I just see trends in the food world and write about them. I’m trying to let you know that this is absolutely happening.

Hopefully you’re not too attached to your good ol’ plastic straws, because its days are numbered, whether it’s now, a year from now, or 10 years from now.

Will this move completely save our oceans? Probably not, but it’s a start to making us aware of the egregious plastic problem.

Get your lips ready for a soft paper sip, or a cold steel one, and enjoy your plastic experience while you still can.