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Drumstick Unveils New Ice Cream Bar Coated In Cookie Crumbs

It’s hard to improve upon the classics, but that’s exactly what Nestle is doing this spring with the release of their Crushed It! Ice Cream Bars.

Pivoting from the usual faux-Oreo crumb crust that dominates the ice cream bar game, the new bar’s coating features cookies that have been ground into a fine powder. Because of this, the bar has a unique melt-in-your-mouth sensory element uniquely different from Cookies ‘N’ Cream bar’s usual crunchy shell. 

The bars will be available in two flavors: vanilla fudge, which features vanilla ice cream with streaks of chocolate, and Cookies ‘N’ Cream. Both flavors have a component, a gooeyness from the fudge and the crunch from the Cookies ‘N’ Cream, that give the treat some depth beyond the new shell. 

In an economy as expansive as that of the ice cream bar, innovations aren’t necessarily rare. A new ice cream bar pops up in the freezer aisle as commonly as new tweets come on the timeline. Seeing as most of their sole innovations are to slap the face of whatever Marvel superhero has a new movie out on a vanilla flavored bar, an ice cream bar that tries to play both flavor and senses is distinctive. So, it could have some legs to stay around for a longer than most variations of classic flavors.

Crushed It! Ice Cream Bars will be available nationwide, rolling out into supermarkets everywhere between now and April for the price of $3.99.

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McDonald’s Is Launching A Snickerdoodle McFlurry

The holidays are quickly approaching and it looks like McDonald’s is getting a jump on the seasonal festivities by releasing a brand new flavor of their famous McFlurry.

McDonald’s has announced that they’ll soon be releasing a Snickerdoodle McFlurry this month.

The dessert item combines McDonald’s iconic vanilla soft serve with crumbles of sweet cinnamon cookies, evoking the flavors of the winter holidays a few weeks early. Hey, the earlier the better I say.

According to the fast food chain, this is McDonald’s first new seasonal McFlurry flavor since 2012, the previous offering was a Holiday Mint variation.

The Snickerdoodles McFLurry will be available from Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 exclusively on Uber Eats, for those wanting a sneak peek at the new dessert flavor. Those who can wait a bit, can purchase it regularly at participating McDonald’s locations the week following Nov. 17.

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Dessert Prices Are Going Up Due To HUGE Vanilla Shortage


Five years ago, the vanilla market was doing great. Prices were at about $20 per kilogram, crops were yielding as expected, and we could all enjoy our vanilla ice cream and other sweets without the prices fluctuating a ton.

Fast forward five years, and the vanilla market has turned into a mess. Prices have more than doubled in the past year, with vanilla’s cost going from $200-$250 a kilogram in January 2016 to a whopping $500 per kilogram this past month. According to Food Business News, we haven’t reached a vanilla price this high since 2003.

Why is the market so volatile right now? Crops aren’t doing as well as we’d hope. In Madagascar, where 85% of the world’s vanilla is produced, crop yields for 2016 are now projected to be at a measly 1,200 metric tons (where 1 metric ton is roughly 2200 pounds). In comparison, a good crop yield on vanilla is usually around 2,000 metric tons or more, so we’re at about half of the vanilla that we want to be at for the year.

While other vanilla-producing countries like Indonesia are expected to help alleviate the price point a little bit, we’re probably looking at another rough year for vanilla prices – and the cost of a lot of products we love are going to increase as a result.


Vanilla ice cream will obviously be one of the major products hit, as will be any other food products that rely on vanilla for flavor. It won’t increase the cost by a lot, since vanilla isn’t used at a particularly high level (usually no more than one percent of a product). But you can expect the cost of vanilla ice cream, cheesecakes, puddings, pound cake, donuts, chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, and many other desserts and sweets in stores to rise a few cents as a result. Scoop shops could see costs rising as high as 40 cents for multiple-scoop products like sundaes.

Some companies will probably also begin shifting their vanilla source to alternatives. By alternatives, I mean that companies will look for sources of the flavor compound vanillin that don’t involve sourcing the highly expensive (but native) source of vanillin. This could be anything from biosynthetic vanillin, artificial vanillin, or natural vanilla-style flavors.

Hopefully, these will be the highest prices for vanilla we see for a while so that companies aren’t pressured to switch to these alternatives to keep costs down. Food Ingredients First seems to think so, since new vanilla plantations will begin yielding crops and global demand for vanilla should decrease over the next couple of years.

We’ll also be hoping that this year’s crop is a much higher and more robust yield than last year’s.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Adds Crushed Candy Cane Donuts And Creme Brûlée For The Holidays


Now that Halloween is over, everyone’s throwing their focus on the next big holiday. You know, the one that isn’t Thanksgiving.

Dunkin’ Donuts is adding a handful of new menu items that’s sure to get a lot of people in the spirit of the season.

New items include: Candy Cane Crunch Donuts, Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, and a Creme Brûlée Macchiato.

The Candy Cane Crunch features a vanilla buttercream filling that’s topped with white icing and crushed candy cane pieces. Croissant Donut lovers will enjoy the texture of the the Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, filled with Bavarian creme and topped with a chocolate icing drizzle.

In the drink department, the Creme Brûlée boasts a creamy taste of the rich dessert with a caramelized sugar finish.

Returning items include the Salted Caramel and Peppermint Mocha.

You can find all the new holiday items at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations now through until early 2017.


‘Not Your Father’s’ Unveils Newest Hard Soda, Vanilla Cream Ale

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.07.41 PMAfter the rip-roaring success of the hard root beer called Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Small Town Brewery has taken the next logical step and turned another nostalgic childhood soda into a manly man’s drink.

Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale, along with the brewery’s Ginger Ale and Root Beer, are made using an old German style of traditional brewing called “gruit.” By applying gruit to your brew, the beer develops a unique taste and flavor that stems from a combination of roots, spices, herbs and berries. This process was more or less abandoned when hops came along, however Small Town Brewery found a way to put it to good use again.

Tim Kovac, Brewmaster and founder of Small Town Brewery, got the idea for this new beverage from nostalgic memories he had as a child growing up in Illinois. The vanilla extract used to give the ale its sweet flavor is Madagascar Vanilla, one of three types of vanilla, and the most widely used type to boot.

Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale won’t get you drunk after one or two either, sporting an easy 4.1% ABV label. The brewery, located in a village in Illinois called Wauconda (no, not the fictional African nation that the Marvel hero Black Panther is from), began in 2011 and has enjoyed critical success since first selling their Not Your Father’s Root Beer, followed by their Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale and a much stronger version of the root beer.

The Vanilla Cream Ale will be available for purchase in June with a suggested retail price of $10.99 for a six pack.

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Hershey’s Chocolate Finally Drops Artificial Flavoring From Their Iconic Candy


Hershey’s has announced that their famous chocolate Kisses and bars will be getting much less complicated. The company says that it will be dropping artificial ingredients and will be using real vanilla in the two chocolate candies.

It was previously announced that Hershey’s Co. wanted to use simpler ingredients, AP reports.

The change in recipe has already begun for the candy company as the new batch of kisses and certain chocolate bars have already begun shipping. Stores will be updated with the new variants as soon as their shelves need restocking.

Packaging for the chocolate will feature a new “natural flavor” listing rather than vanillin, the artificial flavoring used in the original chocolates. Hershey’s has also cut Lactose and PGPR from its recipe.

Seems like loads of companies have begun taking steps towards more natural ingredients recently.


9 Mickey Mouse Shaped Foods That Taste Like Your Childhood


My childhood summers were filled with lazy mornings, thrilling water balloon fights, blazing campfires and decadent chocolate mouse ears. That’s right, Disney World was a favorite summer vacation destination for my family. As a food fanatic in training, I had to try all the Mickey Mouse-shaped treats.

I’ve traded Disney for summer classes, an internship and a job this year, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on the magic. As long as these 9 Mickey-shaped treats are around, I’ll always be a child at heart.


1. Belgian Waffles


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There’s no better way to start your day in the most magical place on earth than with one of these irresistibly fluffy and delicately crisp waffles. You’ll catch their decadent scent wafting out of just about every Disney breakfast joint.


2. Giant Pretzels


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Can you say “carbo-load?” These smiling pretzels provide all the energy you need for a day running from ride to ride. They are always warm and fresh and pair perfectly with gooey cheese sauce.


3. Cake Pops


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These cake pops are the perfect if you’re looking for a sweet treat but don’t want a sugar overload. One cake face and two marshmallow ears give these chocolate-coated pops their iconic shape.


4. Candy Apples


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These apples are adorned with two marshmallow ears and get dressed up for every holiday and new movie release. They are so impeccably decorated you’ll be tempted to keep them as eye candy rather than take a bite.


5. Cupcakes


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Disney’s bake shops are overflowing with stunning cupcakes in all sorts of flavors, but don’t let these crazy creations distract you. The true classic cupcakes have Oreo Mickey ears snuggled in thick and creamy icing.


6. Ice Cream Sandwiches


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Until Disney offers Mickey-shaped PB&Js, we’ll continue to choose this chilly treat over a proper lunch. Actually, let’s be honest, we’d have to be offered a Mickey-shaped steak before we gave up this velvety cookies and cream ice cream and smiling chocolate cookies.


7. Gingerbread Cookies


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Grandma’s Christmas cookies will never taste the same again after a bite of these mouthwateringly chewy ginger-mice. A rich chocolate coating over Mickey’s ears is the perfect sweet balance to these zingy cookies.


8. Rice Krispie Treat


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These classic treats might even be more iconic than the shiny blue wrapped rectangles from elementary school. The perfect ratio of cereal to marshmallow is shaped into the mouse’s signature ears before being smothered in chocolate and candies.


9. Ice Cream Bars


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When the hunger pangs hit, all the jaw-dropping Disney magic can become overwhelming. Recoup with a refreshing treat of Mickey-shaped vanilla ice cream dunked in a luscious chocolate bath.

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Written By Kathleen Lovito by Spoon University


There’s A Bottled Drink That Combines COFFEE With JUICE


Coffee and…juice? Yep, it’s a thing! A new company has combined the robust flavors of coffee with the sweet taste of juice. They’re calling it Coffee Juice.

Using cold-brewed coffee, the beverage is combined with juice berries and cane sugar into one amalgam of caffeinated juice.

The beverage is available in four flavors. These include Original, Coconut, Sweet Vanilla and Salted Caramel. Coffee Juice is all natural, dairy free, non-carbonated and non-GMO. You can find them at Central Market locations in 16-oz glass bottles.

It’s literally the best of both breakfast drinks.