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Kiva Confections Launched Their First Ever Cannabis-Infused Body Chocolate

Kiva Confections is no stranger to bringing a higher experience to specific holidays and occasions, as evidenced by the THC-infused turkey gravy they released this past Thanksgiving. And this Valentine’s Day, they’re harnessing that same energy by debuting Love Sauce, the brand’s first ever cannabis-infused body chocolate.

This lickable, holiday-appropriate treat is a luscious dark chocolate sauce that has 10mg of THC per serving. So as encouraged by Kiva and the day meant for lovers, ditch the utensils and enjoy the Love Sauce exactly as it was meant for.

Kiva Confections’ Love Sauce is a mouthful of elevated love, perfect to celebrate with this Sunday and is available now.

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Packaged Food

Kraft Creates Limited-Edition Pink Candy Mac & Cheese For Valentine’s Day

Photo courtesy of Kraft

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of romance, candies, flowers, and candlelit dinners. Does pink candy-flavored macaroni and cheese come to mind? Not at all, but I’m willing to go with it. 

Kraft has introduced a wildly vibrant pink macaroni and cheese they’re calling Candy Kraft Mac and Cheese

Essentially the base of the macaroni dish is the same. However, the new candy flavor packet turns the iconic dish into a vibrant pink and adds a sweet candy flavor to your bowl.

Not sure how stoked I am about my Mac and cheese coming out sweet and pink, but I’ll keep an open mind.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy these in stores. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the exclusive variation will only be available to 1,000 fans as part of sweepstakes for the holiday. 

To enter, visit CandyKraftMacandCheese.com

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Hit-Or-Miss

I Made My Exes Into Puppets For Free Food On Valentine’s Day

Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

In what’s turning into my least favorite tradition, I decided to turn an otherwise mundane Valentine’s Day alone, into a cathartic food story full of burritos and “Drake tears.”

Around this time of year, every restaurant attempts to offer a unique Valentine’s Day deal, and of late, some are even getting into the “Single Awareness Day” spirit, realizing there’s also money to be made in getting sad schmucks like myself into their restaurants.

Hooters has made it a yearly tradition to literally shred a photo of your ex in exchange for wings, and this year, Burger King is getting into the mix with a similar promotion where you can exchange a photo of your ex for a Whopper.

So instead of staying home and binge-eating ice cream while re-watching That 70s Show on Netflix, I decided to pursue a little food-filled adventure, where I could celebrate the single life.

With that said, I’ve had three impactful relationships of my life, and while breakups are never ideal, I’m thankful that I can still get something out of these failed relationships thanks to the power of restaurants marketing for a holiday built to push consumerism — all in the name of love.

In order to take advantage of these deals, I printed out photos of all three of those special exes; let’s call them Leia, Ivy, and Topanga for the sake of this article. I pasted the photos onto a set of puppets, and started my quest for additional closure.

Burger King

 

Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

The first stop was Burger King, as this year they did a pretty solid promo for not just Valentine’s Day, but in conjunction with Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. The movie’s premise is that Quinn and the Joker split up, and she goes off to do her own thing.

With breakups in mind, Burger King offered free Whoppers in exchange for a photo of your ex.

So off I went to Burbank, CA, which was one of the participating locations.

Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

I chose my sweet Leia for this offer. Leia represents my first love, my first relationship. A youthful love that represented simpler times like that of just playing basketball in the schoolyard or watching Star Wars without a care.

You’d think walking in with a puppet and handing them over a photo of your ex would turn some heads, but the staff was all for it, happy that someone actually did this whole Harley Quinn thing.

@yungfoodbeastFREE FOOD USING MY EX PT. 1. Burger King exchanged free Whoppers for photos of your ex on Valentine’s Day! #fyp #foryourpage #foodbeast♬ Talk – Khalid

So off went my first photo of my first love, and honestly my first Whopper in years. They dropped the photo into their little “ex box” — and step one of my quest was a success.

Qdoba

Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

Qdoba’s promotion consists of a BOGO, where you “kiss a loved one,” and get a free entree after purchasing a first one. It’s a Valentine’s Day offer they’ve run for years, and it was due time that I took advantage.

I chose Ivy for this one, as a tragic kiss of death is what “did in” this relationship a few years back.

@yungfoodbeastFREE FOOD USING MY EX PT. 2. Qdoba has a V-Day BOGO deal when you kiss a loved one. 😘💔🌯 #fyp #formyvalentine #foryourpage♬ Thinkin Bout You – Ciara

As much as that kiss of death led to so much sorrow, this Qdoba kiss led to nothing but happiness in the form of a burrito.

As I puckered up and laid a smooch on this puppet, I felt additional closure. If anything can make everything better, it’s a burrito.

Hooters

 

Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

Hooters also runs a yearly deal where they encourage you to shred photos of your exes in exchange for 10 boneless wings. They literally have a shredder, and like the folks at Burger King, they too were stoked that someone was actually taking advantage.

I guess not too many people are jumping at the chance to get over their old flames to the tune of free wings.

Photo by Peter Pham/Foodbeast

For the third and final trip, and possibly the most dramatic, I chose to bring in a photo of Topanga. This relationship was the freshest on my mind, and it made it that much harder to go through with.

See, Topanga was supposed to be “The one.” And just as Corey Matthews found it hard to accept when Topanga up and left him in season 3 of Boy Meets World, I couldn’t help but feel the same.

@yungfoodbeastFREE FOOD USING MY EX PT. 3. Hooters has a buy 10 wings get 10 free boneless wings if you bring a photo of your ex to shred. #formyvalentine #fyp♬ I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston


So there I was, at Hooters, walking around the dining room with an Italian puppet of my ex, and booty cleavage as far as the eye can see.

It was rough, but I went through with it.

Into the shredder went the photo, as did my relationship.

Was this the closure I needed in order to finally feel something again? Was a benign moment inside a Hooters in West Covina going to turn everything around for me?

Probably not. But hey, free wings.

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Restaurants

Boston Market Offers Succulent Baby Back Rib Bouquet For Valentine’s Day

Any meatlovers out there struggling to find something succulent and finger-licking this Valentine’s Day for their soulmates? Look no further. Really.

In the spirit of the commercial holiday, Boston Market locations are offering a bouquet of Baby Back Ribs to all the romantics out there for a limited time.

Only available on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, the one dozen tender ribs celebrate the addition of the menu meat option on the restaurant chain’s menu. Cooked to the point where they’ll fall off the bone, the ribs are smothered in Sweet Baby Ray’s famous hickory barbecue sauce.

Those interested, be sure to camp out at your local Boston Market location, because chances are these ribs will fly off the steamers once doors open. You can find the BAE-by Back Rib Bouquet available in all Boston Market restaurants nationwide Feb. 14 for $29.99. Wonder if I can make a special request for a meatloaf bouquet ahead of next year’s holiday?

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Hooters Is Giving Out Free Wings to Single People on Valentine’s Day

Most Valentine’s Days spent single are passed in a concentrated effort to forget your ex but, on this year’s Valentine’s Day, Hooters is asking for your remembrance of what was.

On February 14th, during the yearly reminder of our societal obligation to companionship, Hooters is offering up the chance to get 10 free boneless wings. The only condition is you must bring in a picture of your former significant other to be shredded, because people still shred pictures like it’s a mid-2000’s lowbrow romcom, evidently.

But, if you’re living in 2020 like the rest of us, and your photo library is on your phone or computer, you can digitally shred your ex as well. You’ll be presented with a voucher you can use to redeem your chicken nuggets — er, boneless wings, excuse me.

Unfortunately, a rather difficult dilemma faces you after your former flame has been extinguished and 10 boneless wings are in your possession: Do you squad up with all the other people who decided to go to Hooters on Valentine’s Day or do you go home and eat your Hooters wings alone while solemnly curled up on the couch? Both are equally as existential crisis triggering but, hey, at least you’ll have ten free wings, right?

Right?

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Hit-Or-Miss Humor Restaurants

Guy Pretends To Be Stood Up, Gets Free Steak On Valentine’s Day

While many reclusive souls spent Valentine’s Day with constant reminders of their loneliness, one man decided to work the system.

Maryland resident Stephen Bosner claimed to have bamboozled an entire Outback Steakhouse on the day of love.

Live Tweeting his night of deceit, Bosner started off by asking, “If I went to Outback Steakhouse by myself tonight and asked for a table for 2, then got progressively sadder as the night went on alone, do you think they’d give me my steak for free?”

Turns out they wouldn’t, but he still found a way to con a couple into paying for his meal, and he let us into his journey, step-by-step.

The Arrival

The ruse started before he even got seated, as there was a 45 minute wait, to which he responded with a, “Oh that’s okay, this works perfectly – she said she was running a bit late anyway.”

He wore a suit, as any self-respecting man on a fake date would, was eventually seated, and even ordered his imaginary Valentine a glass of Chardonnay.

The Appetizers

While his date was “running late,” he still took advantage and started off the night with Outback’s famous bread loaf. Surely she wouldn’t mind, and if she wants some bread on arrival, you can just order some. No harm done.

As some time passed, he ate a second loaf of bread.

Kitchen Closes Soon

The Kitchen was 15 minutes from closing, so he had to eventually order something. Bosner chugged his date’s glass of wine in front of the server, and ordered a steak.

Bosner said that everyone in the restaurant glanced at him at least once, as it was painfully obvious that he was having dinner alone on Valentine’s Day.

The Fake Voicemail

To add a little drama, and really lay it on thick, Bosner jumped on the phone and left a 40 second voicemail, saying that he hoped, “everything is OK, and nothing bad happened.”

He actually recorded himself leaving this fraudulent voicemail, and spoke loud enough for anyone around him to hear.

“I Have Named Her Katherine”

With plenty of time on his hands, Bosner finally named his fake date, and even gave her a backstory. If this is not commitment, I don’t know what is. He has gone through all this trouble, and still made sure to give his non-existing date a full profile.

“Katherine is a consultant at Deloitte. She lives in Arlington, that’s why I chose this spot. We met at the grocery store. We both went for the same bag of shredded cheese. She seemed so excited for our Valentine’s Day date.”

The Restaurant Is Officially Closed

Putting in a late order, Bosner stayed in the Outback a little after closing. While the doors were closed for 25 minutes, Bosner stared down his steak, didn’t touch it, and actually began to weep.

He said he even went as far as to accidentally drop some mac & cheese on the floor, and with zero f*cks given, picked up and still ate it.

Even with this night being a pre-planned ploy, you have to think there was a bit of actual sadness on Bosner’s part, because this is getting increasingly sad.

The Payoff

There was at least one couple left at the bar, and they apparently not only bought the whole scam, but also bought him his dinner. While it wasn’t Outback that paid for his meal, at least someone did.

To not be a complete dick, Stephen donated $50, which is about the price of an Outback dinner, to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Outback’s Response

At the end of it all, Bosner scammed the Outback employees, the customers, got a free meal, and Outback’s response was another free meal for him and a date.

You’d think Outback would be mad, but it seems they can take a joke, and the whole thing was pretty impressive anyway.

Not everyone was impressed with the joke, some even going as far as saying things like,”You think $20 is good compensation for not letting your waiter turn over his table, on a night that he’s counting on to make good money? for a joke that’s not particularly funny, so you can get some likes on twitter?” and, “You wasted a server’s time and money plus conned a couple of people to pay you for a dinner that you didn’t deserve. Some ‘hero’. Get a life.”

Everyone’s a critic, but Stephen created a memorable night for himself, even if it was at the expense of others.

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Sweets

Why Valentine SweetHearts Have Suddenly Vanished

You don’t know what you have ’til it’s gone, and the classic SweetHearts, known for its loving messages written on the surface, will be something to miss this Valtentine’s Day.

The sweet statement-bearing hearts were the top selling Valentine’s Day candy the last two years, according to Candy Store, but those iconic treats did not make it to store shelves this year after its parent company went bankrupt in 2018.

The New England Confectionery Company, which was known as America’s oldest candy company, ultimately sold to the Spangler Candy Co., according to USA Today.

While some of the candies that NECCO produced managed to stick around with other candy companies taking over, the Valentine’s Day favorites, sadly, did not.

Candy Store projected 23 million pounds worth of SweetHearts would have been sold this Valentine’s Day, and in past years, about 8 billion candy hearts were put into production, per year.

According to CNBC, that type of production could not be met this year, but there are plans to relaunch by Valentine’s Day 2020.

Map of 2018 most popular candies/Candy Store

So if you usually need a candy to express just how much you love that special someone, you’ll have to buy some of the remaining SweetHearts floating around on Amazon, or just buy the SweetTart and Brach’s imitations.

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This Valentine’s Day Dessert Is $1,000 and Includes A Real Diamond Hidden Inside

For any last minute Valentine’s Day ideas that stand out from the usual, try this $1,000 dessert that flips the regular romantic fare and goes for the grandiose flair. At Beauty & Essex they’re offering a $1,000 dessert that features a real brilliant cut 0.10 carat white diamond hidden inside a decadent chocolate sphere.

Included in the $1,000 Beauty & Essex Valentine’s Day dessert is a tray of espresso macchiato served with sugar jewels in a golden heart-shaped locket, a jewelry box with glitter dusted doughnuts served with luscious caramel, chocolate, and berry dipping sauces, another jewelry box of chocolate hearts with various fillings, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne.

With only six available per Beauty & Essex location, this flashy dessert requires a unique feature wherein you have to crack open the chocolate sphere to reveal the white diamond from the Beauty & Essex pawn shop.

If bae’s surely worth it and you’re down for some exorbitant dining on Valentine’s Day, then hit up any of the Beauty & Essex locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas for a romantic treat that’s sure to be memorable.