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Trader Joe’s Has An All-New Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle Mix

With this pancake cereal trend blowing up everywhere, pancake mixes are flying off shelves. If you happen to be near a Trader Joe’s, however, you might be lucky enough to spot something pretty unique in the offerings of breakfast cake batter.

A crazy cool new variation of pancake mix was just spotted at Trader Joe’s: Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle Mix.

Spotted by Trader Joe’s aficionado with the apt handle @TraderJoesAficionado,  this brand new item draws inspiration from the popular purple yams known as ube most prominently used in Filipino desserts. Ube flour is combined with rice flour to create an extra chewy texture within these pancakes. Entirely gluten free, all you really need is flour, eggs, and butter.

Let’s be honest, there’s no way I’d make minis of these. I’d want to try fat stacks of them on my first go. Looks and sounds AMAZING.

You can find this Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle mix at participating Trader Joe’s locations throughout the U.S.

Feature image courtesy of @TraderJoesAficionado

IHOP Introduces Massive Breakfast Feasts Delivered To Your Home

As amazing as American breakfasts are every morning, home cooks will attest that they are a HUGE pain to cook at times, especially if you have a large family to feed. Rather than being stuck doing an hours worth of dishes after a relaxing meal, wouldn’t it be easier to order out?

IHOP was wondering the same thing and is now offering a selection of Family Feast Meals that you can order and have delivered straight to your home.

There are four feasts customers can choose from depending on their cravings:

IHOP’s Breakfast Family Feast features 16oz of scrambled eggs, 4 servings of hash browns, 8 bacon strips, 8 sausage links and your choice of 8 pancakes, 8 French toast triangles, or 12 Belgium Waffle triangles.

The Pancake Creations Family Feast with Sausage or Bacon gives you 8 buttermilk pancakes, 4 servings of scrambled eggs and hash browns, 8 pieces of meat, and a choice of two pancake toppings. This includes glazed strawberries, blueberry compote, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, vanilla sauce, mini cheesecake bites, Lucky Charms cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries cereal.

There is also a Lunch/Dinner Feast for those looking to step outside the warm comforts of breakfast foods which includes 16 pieces of buttermilk Crispy Chicken Strips with your choice of dipping sauce, a basket of mini churros and icing dipping sauce, and a basket of fries. You can, however, sub out the fry basket for buttermilk pancakes or Belgium waffles if you’re looking for that chicken and waffle action.

Customers can order their Family Feasts for an average price of about $24.99, though prices may vary depending on your location. IHOP is also releasing a new Classic American Breakfast sandwich too, for those looking for a lighter dining choice. All options are available for takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup.

Fast Food Health What's New

IHOP Is The First Major Restaurant Chain To Add Gluten-Friendly Pancakes And Waffles

While there’s been a lot of buzz around eating gluten-free or without gluten at the local restaurant level, not many major chains have incorporated these options into their menus. IHOP, however, just took a big step forward in that regard, adding a permanent lineup of gluten-friendly pancakes and waffles to their repertoire.

Photo courtesy of IHOP

The new breakfast items are made with a base of rice flour, sugar, milk, and eggs, and are tailored to have IHOP’s recognizable buttermilk pancake flavor. While IHOP doesn’t call these gluten-free due to potential for cross-contamination in the kitchen, the batter is made with entirely gluten-free ingredients.

With these new gluten-friendly options, IHOP becomes the first major diner chain in the country to have such a dedicated menu. The only other major chain of comparable size and scale with similar options is Chick-fil-A.

Granted, those with Celiac disease will probably want to wait until IHOP dedicates specific griddle space to limit any chances of cross-contamination. For those without the condition that desire gluten-free foods, however, this is an addition that is readily available just about everywhere.

You can get the new pancakes or waffles on their own, or as part of a breakfast combo with eggs, sausage or bacon, and hashbrowns (which are also gluten-friendly). There’s also a menu of six burgers with gluten-friendly buns available for lunch or dinner.

Film/Television Restaurants Sweets What's New

Stranger Things-Inspired Waffles Are Taking LA to The Upside Down

Photo: Wafflejack

In honor of Stranger Things’ impending third season, Los Angeles-based waffle shop Wafflejack is rolling out two new themed waffles from June 29th to July 14th. 

The first, aptly named the “Eleven Waffle” after the show’s Eggo waffle-obsessed main character, has one scoop each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, raspberries, bananas, blackberries, strawberries, both caramel and Nutella drizzle, and rainbow sprinkles. 

The second, the “Demogorgon Feast,” comes stacked with an Oreo cheesecake spread, strawberries, Oreo cookie crumble, strawberry drizzle and Nutella drizzle.

Wafflejack joins other brands, such as Baskin Robbins and Burger King, in celebrating the show’s new season.  

Not one to be outdone, Wafflejack has also made some changes to their packaging. Their usual beard graphic that appears above a pair of lips on each waffle sleeve has been swapped out for a nosebleed graphic to represent Eleven’s recurring nosebleeds in the show.

If you’re in LA and a fan of Stranger Things, or maybe just a fan of nosebleeds, go make Eleven proud and get your hands on Wafflejack’s newest creation.

Health Packaged Food Plant-Based

Next-Level Waffles Are Designed For Anyone Who Suffer From Food Allergies

It seems that processed sugar is unavoidable when you’re looking for something ready-to-eat at the convenience store. Even moreso when you’re trying to indulge in the sacred ritual known as breakfast while combating food allergens.

Swapples, waffles reinvented, is looking to change that for anyone suffering from food allergies yet seek the ambrosial delights of the time-honored breakfast cake.

Founded by Rebecca Peress, the waffles were created after she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and blood sugar issues. Her doctor provided a solution: to cut sugar completely from her diet.

It was then she became aware of how much processed sugars were found in the foods she ate daily, and wanted to create something healthy for folks that didn’t contain some of the most common food allergens (gluten, grains, wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and soy).

That’s when Swapples were born.

Made from Yuca root, vegetables, fruits, and spices, the waffles are certified paleo, vegan, and gluten-free.

The yuca root provides tons of antioxidants and vitamin C, says Peress, and is highly digestible and easy on the blood sugar. This makes them an ideal option for athletes, children, and anyone who experiences gut/autoimmune issues.

Swapples come in both sweet and savory options. Savory includes flavors like Everything (Bagel), Garlicky Greens, Tomato Basil. While sweet includes classics such as Blueberry and Cinnamon.

Essentially, the waffles were designed to go with any dish and can be used as substitutes for breads or simply by themselves.

Swapples are currently found in 130 stores in the Mid-Atlantic area and Midwest, and plan to expand nationally. You can also purchase the waffles through their online store.

Cravings Culture Restaurants

This Restaurant Created A Mazapan Breakfast Menu

It has been ingrained in my body that a well-balanced breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A stark contrast from my fellow Foodbeast Isai Rocha, who once admitted there were times he ate Mazapan candy for breakfast when he was younger.

A sugary tether between the world of balance and indulgence, Loaded Cafe, a restaurant chain in Southern California, created a menu that is inspired by the popular Mexican sweet.

The restaurant offers up Mazapan Waffles, French Toast, Pancakes, and Crepes. Each dish blends crumbled pieces of the peanut candy inside its batter. It’s then garnished with a house-made Mazapan syrup, made with sweetened condensed milk.

Fellow Foodbeasts Isai Rocha and Oscar Gonzalez met up at Loaded Cafe to check out what this Mazapan breakfast menu is all about.

“I love eating Mexican breakfast foods, but I feel like most of it is just savory or spicy dishes, so I really enjoyed trying some sweet breakfast foods that reminded me of my Mexican culture,” Gonzalez said as he dug into his meal. “The Mazapan has its own distinct flavor that really pairs well with any breakfast item, even the hash browns.”

The two hungry dudes went full family style into the breakfast spread, their faces illuminated like a freshly changed light bulb.

“Even though it’s made with peanuts, it’s definitely not the same as adding peanut butter to items,” Gonzalez gushed, as he tore into another crepe. “It’s sweeter and more condensed in a way that satisfied my craving for sweet breakfast foods and Mexican cuisine.”

Overall, the two thought the menu was innovative enough to save us a few boxes. That was supposed to include hash browns and crepes, but those were conspicuously missing by the time they got back.

You can find this Mazapan breakfast menu at each of the Loaded Cafe locations throughout Southern California.

Cravings Sweets

These Waffles Topped With Things Like Cake, Ice Cream, and Lollipops Are The Definition of Extra

If I had to choose between waffles or pancakes for the rest of my life, waffles would emerge victorious. The versatility of a waffle makes it a blank canvas for chefs, artists, and sugar fiends to create something truly magical. Waffle fans looking to experience that bit of magic, paired with a splash of decadence and a pinch whimsy, will want to check out Clinton Hall’s lavish WTF Waffles in New York City.

Don’t expect a mere waffle topped with some whipped cream and sprinkles. No, not at the popular Instagram-friendly restaurant and beer hall, where their innovative takes on the breakfast dish are truly a sight to behold.

Our crew on the ground got to sink their teeth into three of the most stunning stacks offered at the restaurant: the German Chocolate Waffle, the Birthday Cake Waffle, and the Elvis Waffle.

Photo: Evan Lancaster

The German Chocolate Waffle boasts layers of chocolate waffles, toasted coconut, and chocolate ice cream before it’s topped with whipped cream, coconut caramel drizzle, and a generous hunk of German chocolate cake.

Celebrate even the most mundane of weekdays with the Birthday Cake Waffle. This thing is filled with marshmallow fluff, vanilla ice cream, and a raspberry drizzle. To complete the theme, the loaded waffle is crowned with a slice of lollipops, birthday candles, and a slice of funfetti cake.

Creating an Elvis version of anything already has our mouths watering. In his prime, The King was known to craft peanut butter and banana sandwiches with slices of bacon. Clinton Hall’s interpretation of an Elvis sandwich, the Elvis Waffle, features peanut butter and jelly, banana ice cream, and crispy bacon. It’s crowned with a dark chocolate cake, bananas, and a pair of souvenir sunglasses — the final result teasing his likeness.

Salivating over these massive waffle stacks, I’m torn between which ones I want to try if I ever get around to visiting Clinton Hall. Guess I could always bring a few friends and go family style. Leaning hard towards that Elvis Waffle,  though. There’s just something about the sweet and salty combination of bacon and peanut butter that sings to me.

Fast Food

KFC Is Testing Fried Chicken And Waffles In North Carolina

I’ve been guilty of buying a bucket of the Colonel’s Extra Crispy on multiple occasions and pairing them with some Eggos. There’s something about fried chicken and waffles that’s more magical than the first Shrek movie.

Looks like that bit of magic just became more real, because Kentucky Fried Chicken is now testing fried chicken and waffles in North Carolina.

Photo courtesy of KFC

Paired with Belgium Liege-style waffles and a serving of sweet syrup, KFC’s fried chicken is double breaded and open fried to give the cuts of poultry that signature booming crunch upon first bite.

Mike Wesley, KFC U.S. Senior Marketing Director, said in a statement:

“We know that chicken and waffles has a cult following across the country, especially in the south, but not everyone has it available close by.”

The tests will last through July 29 at participating KFC locations in Charlotte and Asheville, NC.