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Irish People Try Fried Chicken From Around The World [WATCH]

There are few foods in the world that could best fried chicken. If clogged arteries weren’t an issue, we could honestly enjoy fried chicken for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Over at Facts, a lucky panel of Irish lads and lasses got to do what I’ve been dreaming of my entire adult life: try different kinds of fried chicken from around the world.

Dishes featured include Buttermilk Fried Chicken from the United States, Lollipop Chicken from India, Chicken Karaage from Japan, and Peppered Chicken from Nigeria.

Before biting into the crispy cuts of poultry, the group doesn’t actually know where the fried chicken comes from or what type it is. They’re gifted with the experience of trying completely new fried chicken fare utterly blind.

Check out the video to see what they thought of these variations of the iconic dish.

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Design Sweets

This Sweet Interactive Map Lists The Top Christmas Candy In Each State

We’re about a week into December and we already feel the holiday spirit knocking on our sweet tooth. Or maybe that’s just a cavity. Either way, we’re trying to think of all the Christmas candies and confectionaries to load our pantry with as the holiday draws closer.

Because it’s pretty much the Wild West out there in Sugarland, the Candy Store created an interactive map that actually shows you the most popular holiday candy in each state in the US.

After surveying 50,000 Candy Store customers, the results were double checked with major candy distributors and then illustrated into the vibrant guide you see above.

There are definitely holiday candies here we never expected to be so popular. Heck, we didn’t even know Reindeer corn was a thing. Check out the map and see what candies made the popular list this year in your state. In the mean time, we’re going to get our candy shopping list ready.

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Watch The Differences Between Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares In The UK Versus US

Gordon Ramsay’s version of Kitchen Nightmares in the United States compared to his series in the United Kingdom is like night and day. You might think you’re watching two completely different chefs.

Have you ever had the chance to view them side-by-side?

Kitchen Nightmares uploaded a video highlighting the differences between the two versions of the television series and they’re quite noticeable. Both feature the same premise: Gordon Ramsay travels to a struggling restaurant and inspects the establishment to see why it’s failing. He then takes a hands-on approach to improving the food and service at the restaurant before driving off into the sunset.

Here’s where they differ.

Watch the differences between the Gordon Ramsay shows:

As you can see, the intensity of chef Ramsay’s visit is much more distinguished in the US version. Chef Ramsay’s mannerisms are still pretty consistent, but the editing and menacing music make him appear ten times scarier. The US hosts and chefs are much more lippy as well.

Arguably, the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares is better than the US. Even so, the American version is slightly more addicting to watch.

Luckily, we don’t have to choose between the two.

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Fast Food

KFC Finally Brings Iconic Zinger Sandwich To The United States

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s iconic international sandwich is finally coming to the United States.

The fried chicken chain just announced that the spicy chicken sandwich will finally touch US soils after years of exclusively being an international offering from KFC and Yum Brands.

Made of 100 percent chicken breast filet, the meat is double hand-breaded and fried until golden brown. It’s then served with lettuce and mayo on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Released in Trinidad and Tobago in 1984, the fried chicken sandwich has been available in more than 120 countries since its debut. International sellers include the UK, India, and Australia. The sandwich is essentially KFC’s answer to the Big Mac or Whopper.

It’s about damn time we get to try it.

The Zinger will be available at participating US restaurants beginning April 24 as both an individual sandwich and a $5 Fill Up Combo Meal.

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Packaged Food Sweets

Americans Rejoice, Haribo Is Opening A Factory In The US

Anyone in the United States with a sweet tooth will have to brush just a little bit harder now that Haribo is opening a factory in the US.

The German candy maker, best known for producing iconic fruit-flavored gummy bears, announced that plans to build their first production facility in the United States. While there has been a sales office located in Maryland since 1982, this new factory will give the candy product the rights to boast that they’re Made in the US on their packaging.

According to Fortune, local production on the factory is set to begin in 2020. “America’s Dairyland,” also known as the state of Wisconsin, will host the new facility.

As we patiently wait for the factory to arrive, the sky will fill with the deafening screams of gummy bears between our molars. Hey, they’re addicting.

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Alcohol News

For The First Time In Over 60 Years, Guinness Will Open A New Brewery In The US

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Drink up, everyone! The United States will be getting their own version of Guinness’ iconic Open Gate Brewery that’s located in Ireland.

Guinness’ parent company Diageo announced that it will open a brand-new facility in the United States, the first new Guinness brewery in the country in 63 years. The company plans to build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the current site in Relay, Maryland.

The brand’s stouts will continue to be made in Ireland, however, as the new facility will produce beers specifically for the US markets.

Tom Day, President of Diageo Beer Company, said in a statement:

Opening a Guinness brewery and visitor center in the US will enable us to collaborate with fellow brewers and interact with the vibrant community of beer drinkers. Given the success of our Open Gate Brewery in Dublin and the popularity of beer tourism in the US, we are confident that Americans will welcome the opportunity to come experience Guinness brewing in Baltimore County.

Construction is slated to begin sometime in spring 2017 as plans are being finalized. The company is shooting to have the new brewery open in fall 2017, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Guinness beer first being imported to the US.

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Drinks Fast Food

Starbucks Promises To Hire 10,000 Refugees After Recent Travel Ban

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In the past few days, President Donald Trump’s executive order keeping refugees and citizens of majority-Muslim nations from coming into the United States has ben met with much protest. Many were detained at airports and checkpoints, unable to enter since Friday afternoon. Starbucks has since responded to Trump’s ban with some action of their own.

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, announced in a public statement that the company will hire 10,000 individuals in the 75 countries that Starbucks is located in. The act is a concerted effort to welcome and find job opportunities for those escaping war, violence, persecution, and discrimination.

We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past.

Starbucks is currently developing plans to make those hires happen, which is slated to be completed over the next five years. The coffee company will first focus on individuals who served with US troops as interpreters and support personnel.

If there is any lesson to be learned over the last year, it’s that your voice and your vote matter more than ever. We are all obligated to ensure our elected officials hear from us individually and collectively.

Glad to see behemoth companies like Starbucks taking a stance in times like these.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Hints MAJOR Reveal Next Week, So We Made A Few Guesses

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A few days ago, we received a mysterious box from McDonald’s. Upon opening the black box, we discovered a napkin inside with these words:

BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT McDONALD’S.

The message was followed by a date of Jan. 26, 2017. Our curiosity was piqued.

Not ones to sit in ignorance, we put our heads together and came up with a few possible things that could happen on that very day. It’s gotta be one of these, right?


Deluxe Breakfast Platters

While McDonald’s has pretty much made every breakfast menu item available all day, one thing still eludes US patrons once the clock hits 10am: The Deluxe Breakfast Platter. The breakfast item comes with hash browns, hotcakes, an English muffin, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs. 

While all the compenents are available to order seperately after breakfast hours, it’s still a bit of a pain to get your hands on unless you’re willing to shell out the extra cash to add four additional items onto a Hotcakes with Sausage Platter.


 

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Speaking of breakfast, McDonald’s locations were spotted testing these mouth-watering fried Chicken McGriddles. The sandwich was met with much success in Ohio last year and was released in select McDonald’s spots in Florida.

While available until April 26th in the East Coast, we West Coast fried chicken enthusiasts would love to get our hands on this juicy breakfast item. 


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Pork Katsu Sandwiches

McDonald’s locations in Japan started offering these insane pork Katsu sandwiches that were stuffed with cheese inside. Once thrown into the fryer, the cheese melts oozing into the mouths of patrons with each and every bite.

This item’s a bit of a long shot, but there’s definitely a market for fried meats stuffed with cheese here in the United States. 


 

Waffle Fries

Our neighbors to the north, the great nation of Canada itself, had begun serving waffle fries on their McDonald’s menus for a short time. The fries were accompanied by an insane Hash Brown burger we definitely wouldn’t have minded trying, had we any friends in Canada to ship us a box of.

And yes, we would like some McDonald’s poutine with that.


 

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Different Sized Big Macs

Late last year, McDonald’s announced that they were introducing two new Big Mac size variations. The Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac will be at the two ends of the Mac-tacular spectrum, one sandwich boasting only one beef patty and another featuring two thicker patties.

The fast food chain said that they’ll be available nationwide sometime in early 2017, which we’re betting will be Jan. 26’s big announcement. Guess we’ll find out in a week.