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Krispy Kreme Is Giving Out Free Donuts On Election Day

Photo courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Voting on Election Day in the middle of a pandemic changes a lot of things, especially because a lot more people are voting by mail. (If you are doing that, today is the last day recommended by the USPS to do so to ensure your ballot is counted by Election Day, by the way.)

One thing that changes is getting “I Voted” stickers for showing up to your polling place, as well as attempts to continue traditions of gatherings after everyone is done voting. Krispy Kreme is attempting to fill both of those gaps with an Election Day deal that includes the iconic stickers.

Anyone, regardless if they’ve voted yet or not, can pop into their local Krispy Kreme and get a free Original Glazed Doughnut on November 3rd. “I Voted” stickers will also be available in stores for those that want to either share that they voted, or encourage others to vote.

For those who are heading to the polls and expecting a long wait, the donuts can also be a nice warm snack to help keep your stomach filled while standing in line.

Regardless of whether you get the free donuts or note, it’s important to go and vote on November 3rd. Every person’s vote matters.

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General Mills Releases Election-Themed Cereal Boxes Featuring Iconic Breakfast Monsters


Our childhoods were haunted, not by the monsters in our closets and under our beds, but the ones on the cereal boxes sitting at the breakfast table. The three most prominent creatures were Boo Berry, Count Chocula, and Franken Berry.

In order to see who’s most popular, the General Mills is releasing election-themed cereal boxes as they hold an election called Monster Vote 2016. Cereal lovers can cast their votes on the site to get their favorite cereal creature elected.

Fans can win prizes like t-shirts, cereal boxes, or cash, as they cast their choices.

Since this is a kid-friendly promotion, the voting age has been vastly reduced to a minimum of 13 years. Sorry, 12-and-a-half-year olds. Voting ends on November 1.

Personally, we feel the Boo.


For Two Days, Hooters Will Give You All The Wings You Can Eat


Who: Hooters

What: For National Chicken Wing Day, Hooters will be offering all-you-can-eat wings for $12.99-$14.99 depending on location. Guests can also vote on which wings they prefer: left (drumsticks) or right (flat wings). Personally, we think any chicken wing is perfect.

Other topics of debate during the wing vote are: Ranch vs. Bleu Cheese, Smoked vs. Crispy and Sweet vs. Spicy.

Where: Any participating Hooters location.

When: July 28 and July 29 from 11am to 4pm.

UPDATE: We found out that only non-franchised Hooters of America locations honor both days. While some franchises will still sell you all-you-can-eat wings on the 28th, you’ll have to call ahead to ask. Here’s a Hooters locator in case you’re interested in going after some wings.

Image: Hooters

Packaged Food

Canada To Finally Get Bacon Poutine-Flavored Potato Chips


We were so surprised not to see this flavor in the running for last year’s Lay’s Do Us A Flavor Canada edition, but we’re happy to report all has been set right in the world. That’s right, Canada is finally getting poutine-flavored potato chips.

From tomorrow through October, chip-munching Canadians will get to vote between four new crowdsourced flavors for this year’s Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest, and they’re pretty much as diverse as ours. Jalapeño Mac’N’Cheese, Tzatziki, Cinnamon Bun, and Bacon Poutine all make an appearance, with the mac and tzatziki flavors available in the special textures of wavy and kettle-cooked, respectively.

Perhaps we might be able to make some sort of arrangement with our Canadian readers, one bag of Bacon Poutine for one of Wasabi Ginger? Whaddya say, eh?

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Ugh, Cappuccino Lay’s Now Exist


We’re sure it started as a joke at first, but now we have to live with the consequences. From late July through October, this year’s round of test flavors for Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest will make their way to stores, assaulting Instagram feeds and tastebuds with such infuriatingly intriguing novelties as Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger, and, yes, Cappuccino. Ugh, you can’t just, like, not try them.

Like last year, the four finalists were chosen from crowd submissions over the past few months, and the winner will receive either $1 million, or one percent of the winning flavor’s sales, whichever is higher. Unlike last year, the new test flavors will also be available in different varieties of Lay’s chip: “Kettle Cooked” for the Wasabi Ginger and “Wavy” for the Mango Salsa.

Also, if last year’s competition was any indication, we can expect 1) it’ll be super-difficult to find all four flavors, 2) only two of the flavors will taste anything like they’re supposed to, and 3) the most boring one will win. Here’s looking at you, Mango Salsa.


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Creamy Garlic Caesar, Grilled Cheese & Ketchup, Maple Moose and Perogy Platter are Lay’s Canada’s ‘Do Us a Flavour’ Finalists


I’ve got to admit Canada, I’m a little disappointed in you. Where else am I supposed to get poutine-flavo[u]red potato chips if not up north, huh?

Frito Lay Canada has just entered the final stages of its Lay’s “Do Us a Flavour” contest, which, similarly to ours, allowed fans to propose new Lay’s potato chip flavors for the chance to be made into the brand’s newest official flavor. Except for some reason Canada gets four instead of three (wtf, USA?) and theirs just sound cooler.

The salad inspired-Creamy Garlic Caesar, the after school snack-reminiscent Grilled Cheese & Ketchup, the super Canadian-sounding, maple syrup flavored-Maple Moose and the Polish dumpling-inspired Perogy Platter are all currently in the running to win their inventors $50,000 and 1% of the flavors’ sales, starting now.

The press-release, via Potato Pro, describes the flavors as follows:

Creamy Garlic Caesar:

British Columbia’s Jill Munro was thinking of Caesar – the king of salads, topped with tasty parmesan and croutons while dreaming up her flavour. For Canadians who like their salad with a crunch, Creamy Garlic Caesar is your candidate

Grilled Cheese & Ketchup:

Who doesn’t cherish the memory of coming home from school for lunch and enjoying a grilled cheese sandwich with ketchup for dipping, made by mom? Ontario’s own Angela Batley used this as her inspiration for what she hopes will be the next great Lay’s flavour. For everyone who believes in creamy cheddar grilled cheese and tangy ketchup – vote Grilled Cheese & Ketchup today.

Maple Moose:

Newfoundlander Tyler LeFrense only needed to look around his hometown of Isle Aux Morts to draw his iconic inspiration. For Canadians who agree that maple syrup makes everything taste better, Maple Moose is the flavour to rally behind.

Perogy Platter:

Alberta’s Lucas Crawford can’t get enough of the perogy platter served at his favourite hometown diner. This was the spark for a brilliant chip flavour idea – one that would allow Lucas to enjoy this delight, with sweet onions and smoky bacon anytime, anywhere in chip format. For those who believe in hometown deliciousness, get behind the Perogy Platter candidate!”

The contest will run until October, which gives us Americans about three months to road-trip to Canada to fail to track them all down (because goodness knows how hard it was just to find our own flavors down here). Who’s with me?

H/T + PicThx Potato Pro

Fast Food

Panda Express Allows Fans to Choose Between Fried or Brown Rice, Except Not Really Because Both Will Remain On Menu Regardless


(Update: 7-12-13 — A Panda Express representative reached out and informed us that only the steamed brown and steamed white rice will continue to be offered as menu options, while the fried brown and fried white will remain subject to vote until the campaign ends in August)

Eating at Panda Express is a struggle. On the one hand, there’s those handy 400-calorie-and-under labels guiding your eyes to the healthier “Beef and Broccoli” and “Tofu Eggplant” options. On the other hand, Orange Chicken. So it’s no surprise that when the popular mall food court chain swapped out its classic fried white recipe with a negligibly healthier fried brown rice one, more than a few folks raised their Styrofoam take-out boxes in outrage. Now, Panda is leaving the final decision up to us. Sort of.

According to Brand Eating, starting this week until August 31, Panda Express will be running a campaign asking guests to vote for their favorite rice, either the Classic White Fried or the new Brown Fried. Every purchase for either variety will count as a vote toward it, and the winner will be allowed to stay on the menu in September. The loser will be relegated to that dark corner of the Panda Express “secret menu” Purgatory – which is to say you can still order it, it just won’t get its own nifty name tag.

The illusion of choice – consumerism at its finest, folks.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating