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Galactic Gushers Are Back From The ’90s And Now At Walmart

Sure, we just started a brand new decade, but let’s take a second to venture back to the beloved ’90s — a time of iconic Robin Williams movies and nostalgic grocery store treats. One of which we were pleasantly surprised to discover is making its way back to the candy aisle nearly thirty years later.

For the month of January, Walmart is exclusively bringing back a taste of the ’90s with the return of Galactic Fruit Gushers.

Galactic flavors include Asteroid Apple and Berry Star Clusters as well as a Mystery Flavor in each box. If you can correct the Mystery flavor, you could also win a prize for yourself by giving your answer at Prizes include merchandise, apparel, and gift cards.

You can find the flavors exclusively at your local Walmart, or can purchase them online here. Wonder if this means Jurassic Gushers are coming back in the not-too-distant future?


Target & Walmart Lettuce Hit By Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak

A new Thanksgiving tradition appears to be forming in the United States: a massive recalling of lettuce. 

After last year’s untimely recall of the entire nation’s supply of romaine lettuce, the same appears to be happening again this year. There has been a recall of romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, CA due to its carrying of E. coli.

The CDC first announced the outbreak on Friday, and repercussions have continued to show themselves throughout the weekend. As reported by Fox 11 Los Angeles, some of the nation’s biggest retailers have been clearing their shelves of all romaine lettuce originating from the central valley city. Target recently joined other mega-chains such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Wegman’s in doing so.

However, before any store could act, there had already been 40 related cases reported in 16 different states, 28 of which have led to hospitalizations, and 5 of which have resulted in kidney failure. Luckily, though, no deaths have been reported in relation to the outbreak. 

The CDC suggests to throw away any remaining romaine lettuce whose packaging says it either originates in Salinas or has no mention of growing location.

Better to play it safe than introduce an E. Coli outbreak to the family.

Unfortunately, it looks like there won’t be any salad to slowly wilt away as everyone ignores it at this year’s Thanksgiving. But, on the bright side, that’s one less dish to worry about. 


Pringles Debuts New Bacon and Mac ‘N Cheese Flavors For Limited Time


Pringles just dropped some exclusives, as their new Bacon and Mac ‘N Cheese flavors have hit stores for a limited summertime release.

The Bacon flavor can be found at Dollar General and Walmart, while the Mac ‘N Cheese seems to be a Dollar General exclusive.

An iteration of the Mac ‘N Cheese was tested before, as part of an eight-chip Thanksgiving package in 2017. The Thanksgiving Mac ‘N Cheese was not received well in the Foodbeast office, being described as smelling like, “butt,” and kind of tasted like the uncooked cheese powder that comes with Kraft mac.

We can only imagine they’ve improved upon that recipe over the last couple years. You also can’t help but think that there was a missed opportunity to combine the two new flavors to make a Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese flavor, but I guess you can buy both and just eat the two flavors at the same time.

In 2018, there was a Thanksgiving Pringles re-release that only included the Turkey, Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie. The one flavor they need to bring back from that Thanksgiving set, though, is the Creamed Corn. Trust me on this.


Walmart Recalls 23,000 Containers of Baby Formula for Metal Contamination

If you’re a parent, you might want to keep an eye on this recall.

With the latest recalls in mind, finding extraneous materials in your munchies seems like it’s becoming commonplace. Just last week, El Monterey breakfast burritos were recalled for containing rocks, and Ragu followed with its own plastic-infused recall a couple days later.

This time, though, more than 23,000 cases of Walmart-exclusive Parent’s Choice baby formula are recalled due to metal contamination. The Parent’s Choice recall was issued on June 21, 2019, and affects Walmart stores nationwide. You can find the full FDA statement here.

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What products are recalled?

First and foremost, not all Parent’s Choice baby formula is recalled. You’ll want to be on the lookout for Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron, specifically the 35-oz. variety. In total, 23,388 units were officially recalled by Walmart and the formula’s parent company, Perrigo.

This recall is voluntary and issued with an abundance of caution. Luckily, no hospitalizations or injuries have been reported.

Here’s how to stay ahead of those nasty recalls.

How do I know if I have one of these products?

If you think you have one of these products, be extremely cautious and find alternative food for your child. Look for the lot code C26EVFV and a Use By date of February 26, 2021. Both of these numbers can be found on the bottom of the container. Found these numbers? Your infant formula is part of the recall.

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I have one of these products! What should I do with it?

Stop using the contaminated baby formula now. Walmart and Perrigo urge buyers not to use the formula and instead return it to the place of purchase. Walmart is handing out full refunds for recalled products. If you need to grab a replacement in time for dinner, you’ll have no problem getting an exchange.

Any consumer questions can be directed to Perrigo Consumer Affairs at 866-629-6181. You can call them at any time, and they’ll be happy to help.

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Article by Laurie Dixon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.
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New Drumstick Ice Cream Cereal Makes The Dessert For Breakfast Dream Come True


I’m pretty sure most of us have had that pipe dream where we envisioned a world where having ice cream for breakfast was an acceptable, and even encouraged, practice. I mean, save for our lactose-intolerant friends out there, who wouldn’t want to dive into a bowl of the cold comfort that ice cream brings every morning?

Thankfully, the wonderful folks at General Mills and Nestlé are in the dream making business, because we now have Drumstick Ice Cream cereal to look forward to! Perfect timing for the warmer months coming — and frankly, at any other time we want — the Drumstick Ice Cream Cereal will be available nationwide exclusively at Walmart starting this week. The release will feature two flavors: Classic Vanilla and Mint Chocolate.

The recent trend of breakfast cereal getting sweeter and even wackier lives on in this release, and we’re not mad at it. Not one bit. Although, eating the cereal version of Drumsticks will most likely miss our favorite part of eating them in the first place: the dense nugget of milk chocolate at the bottom of the cone.

Ah well, they say true love doesn’t fully manifest unless there’s some sacrifice, right?

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Chicken And Waffles Cereal Is Coming To Walmart In An Exclusive, Limited Drop

One of the most popular culinary pairings across the United States just got turned into a breakfast cereal.

Fresh from the creative minds at Post Cereal, this Chicken & Waffles cereal contains pieces that both look and taste like the classic combo. You’ll be getting a hit of both sweet and savory here, which is going to be an exclusive drop at Walmart.

This release is a part of the “Honey Brunches of Oats” collection. The other brunch item getting twisted into cereal for this launch is Maple Bacon Donuts, which as you might expect, comes in the shape of mini donuts.

Both will be available in a limited-time drop at select Walmart stores across the country, which should have them in stock by March 7th at the latest.

With brunch totally covered in cereal form, all that’s left to decide is whether you serve these in a bowl of milk or mimosa. I’m leaning towards the latter.

Grocery Health Recalls

Stone Fruits At Costco, Walmart And Aldi Are Being Recalled For Listeria

Peaches, plums and nectarines that were imported from Chile are being recalled at various retailers across the country due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

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According to a press release from the FDA, the stone fruits were distributed by Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. in New York, to stores like Walmart, Costco, and ALDI. The cause of the Listeria contamination is currently unknown, but is being investigated after a routine sample check at the company’s packing house tested positive for the pathogen.

While Listeria contamination is typically associated with processed meats and fresh cheeses, it’s not uncommon for the bacteria to get into soil and water and get into nearby-growing produce. Healthy individuals usually only suffer from typical food poisoning symptoms, but the infection can be serious for young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Listeria is also known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Below is a table the FDA posted showing the full list of states, retailers, and fruits affected by the recall:

At Costco and ALDI, the fruits were packaged under the brand “Rio Duero,” and all of the peaches and nectarines have a Chilean country of origin label (COOL).

So far, no poisonings have been reported yet, but if your fruit is part of the affected batch, it should not be consumed. The FDA is urging those who have bought any recalled produce to return it to the story they bought it for a full refund.

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Walmart Becomes First Major Grocer Chain To Put Esports Arenas In Its Stores

Esports is becoming an increasingly dominant force in the world of gaming and entertainment, now a new partnership between the industry and grocery giant Walmart all but confirms its mainstream presence.

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Walmart has begun installing Esports Arenas in some of its stores, creating a place where people can play during their big shopping runs. Being the megastore that it is, there’s also plenty of gear meant for the Esports community available to purchase, and everything from casual online play to tournaments can be held in each arena.

The Walmart Esports Arena usually hosts league nights of competitive gaming during the weekdays as well as tournaments on the weekends, but also has open play sessions available. You can pay $5 per hour to do open play whenever you want, or participate in league nights for $10 a night.

Through this unique joint venture, Walmart has a rare opportunity to revitalize arcade culture in the US. It has essentially become a one-stop spot to get your snacks and drinks, any equipment you need to play, with an actual space and opportunity to play against others. Packaging all of those together in one spot suddenly makes Walmart a way more attractive space to go and hang out, since you can spend an hour or two gaming and don’t have to venture elsewhere to pick up anything else you may need.

In addition, Walmart makes the tournament and e-sports community way more accessible, since it has locations all over the country. Rural, suburban, and urban areas all now have the potential to be access points to the world’s biggest tournaments and competitive gaming leagues, since Walmart can host big-name tournaments at any location it sets up an Esports Arena at.

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This should also jump out at food brands, since the intersection of food and gaming is starting to form. With companies like Nissin Cup Noodles and Giant Foods already backing major tournaments and Esports teams, it seems like the next big pathway for growth for the food world may come from these gaming partnerships. Time will tell if that truly turns out to be the case, but strong evidence for that is already present.

Currently, Walmart has Esports Arenas set up in Spokane, Washington, Roseville, California, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, with more slated to open in the near future.