It’s July And Walgreens Is Already Selling Halloween Candy


Grocery stores are no strangers to getting seasonal a little earlier than necessary. You can walk into a Kroger grocery store in early November and hear Christmas music blaring down the aisles.

Releasing Halloween candy in July seems a little excessive, though.

Super coupon blogger Jill Cataldo said this was the case at her local Walgreens las the Chicago store already had its 3 MuskeFears and Brach’s classic candy corn and pumpkins.

Cataldo even held up a copy of the Northwestern Herald, dated as July 21, 2015, just in case she was pulling your skeleton leg.

I’m guessing we can expect Walgreens to put up its Christmas decorations next to the back-to-school stuff once August rolls around.


h/t thatsnerdalicious


This Elaborate New Walgreens Has Sushi, Smoothie, Wine, Coffee, and Fro-yo Bars!

What do you go to Walgreens for?

Drugs, magazines, and the occasional box of candy? Exciting stuff right? But now you can basically spend a whole day at Walgreens, maybe even take a date there. This new 27,000-square-foot downtown Chicago Walgreens is trying really hard to separate itself from all the other drugstores and is becoming somewhat of a mini mall.

You can start off at the Sushi Bar and then go get some Fro-yo or visit the Bakeshop for some dessert. If you’re the kind of people that like wine, take your date for a stroll and gawk at over 700 bottles. Wanna try some? No problem, visit the virtual bartender, and have a sip. And if you really want to spoil your date, take her upstairs to the “look salon” for a mani and pedi, while you look at the selection of fine cigars and wait at the coffee bar.

Would you like a Walgreens like this in your neighborhood? I think it’s desirable if you live in a large metropolitan city, but I live in the suburbs, and although this seems cool it’s a little too outlandish for my needs.

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Duane Reade Debuts Fro-Yo Bar and Freezee Station

Duane Reade Logo

Duane Reade, the largest drug store chain in New York City, recently announced new offerings at its 52nd and Broadway location including a new frozen yogurt bar, a slurpee-esque Freezee station, its Good & Delish oatmeal station, self-serve juice/smoothie offerings and the Sushi Station for fresh custom ordered sushi.

The Fro-Yo Bar will include the following flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Original Tart, Blueberry Tart, Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Mango, Coffee and Peach. Toppings will include various candies, fresh fruit, cereals and Ghirardelli sauces. Price is a bit steep at $5.99 per cup, but that’s the premium you pay for the city that never sleeps.

What do you think FOODBEASTS? Would you buy self-serve yogurt or oatmeal from your local Walgreens, CVS or Duane Reade? Is Duane Reade ahead of the curve or stepping onto territory that should be left to those who specialize in it?


Packaged Food

Is Your Honey for Real?

According to a recent Food Safety News Analysis, most honey sold in grocery stores doesn’t meet the international standard for honey. An analyzation of more than 60 jars and plastic bears in 10 states and D.C. shows that there was no pollen to be found in products labeled “honey.”

Why is this important? Because without the pollen there is no way to determine it came from a legitimate source. A previous investigation by Food Safety News stated that it is likely that 1/3 of the honey sold in the U.S. is likely smuggled from China and could be tainted by illegal antibiotic and heavy metals. If you care where your honey comes from you may not want to buy from drugstores such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS Pharmacy where no pollen was found in 100% of samples.


Walgreens Releases “Big Flats” Line of In-House Beer

For those Walgreens fanatics out there (sounds ridiculous, but they do exist), you’ll be delighted to know that the well-known drugstore chain has rolled out its own line of beer. Big Flats 1901 Premium Lager supposedly compares to PBR and is produced by the California-based Winery Exchange, the same people who create private-labeled beer and wine for groups such as 7-Eleven and Costco. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the new beer is being sold in more than 4,600 Walgreens US locations. If you’ve tried this beer, what do you think? Decent? Superb? Terrible?