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Alcohol Beer Restaurants

Cracker Barrel Is Adding Alcohol To Its Menus Nationwide

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Cracker Barrel is known as a country family restaurant chain, with old school American dishes gracing the menu. As a pretty conservative establishment, it hasn’t had alcohol on the menu in its 51 years in service.

Starting this year, however, the chain has decided to give booze a shot, and is adding beer, wine, and mimosas to roughly 600 of its restaurants nationwide.

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Cracker Barrel has been testing the alcoholic options at 100 locations recently, following feedback from its customers that they would love to have adult drinks on the menu. So far, the program has had convincing results, influencing Cracker Barrel to expand the program to most of its 660 locations.

These options include to-go mimosa kits, according to CNN, as well as a selection of beer and wine. Mimosas have also been popular with breakfast and lunch guests, so they’ll be available in the restaurant as well.

Cracker Barrel plans to have alcohol available in 600 locations by July 2021, and also looks to expand their current options to include other boozy choices. We’ll have to see what that exactly includes as time goes.

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Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s Adds New PB&J Snack Sticks

We’re always on the lookout for sweet snacks when visiting our local Trader Joe’s. It feels like something new pops up practically every week.

This week, Foodbeast @bookofelie spotted a new confection in the snack aisle he had to try. It’s definitely one for the PB&J fans out there.

Called Trader Joe’s PB&J Snack Duos, the new snack features peanut butter filled wafer sticks, which you can dip into a pool of raspberry fruit jelly.

They’re kind of reminiscent of the Ritz Cheese and Crackers snacks, so fans of those are in for a treat with this new snack at Trader Joes’s.

You can find these boxes now at your local Trader Joe’s. Each box comes with six-packs of wafers and jelly.

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Packaged Food Sweets

New Kit Kat ‘Flavor Club’ Lets Members Try Upcoming Flavors Early

Last year, Kit Kat USA announced that it was going to be introducing a variety of new flavors in the near future. Now, it’s giving people who want that exclusive first taste a chance to get it as part of a new “flavor club.”

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The club is limited to only 200 people, but entry gets you firsthand looks at some of the new flavors hitting shelves over the next few months. This includes the mocha and chocolate Kit Kat Duos the company previously announced, and are set to arrive in stores this November.

As part of the club, you’ll receive packages in October 2020, early 2021, and late spring of 2021, each featuring a flavor in development and some Kit Kat swag. They’ll arrive on your doorstep, making it easy to obtain during the COVID pandemic.

Kit Kat’s benefit from this marketing tactic is the chance to get free feedback on upcoming concepts. It also generates early hype for to-be-announced flavors, as folks who get the packages are sure to let people know on social media what’s coming.

Because there’s so few spots available in this “flavor club,” Kit Kat is giving away the spots for free as part of a sweepstakes. Entries are now open at this link, and will close at 11:59 PM Eastern on September 29th.

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Fast Food What's New

Einstein Bros. Just Created Bagels Made Entirely Of Eggs

Photo courtesy of Einstein Bros., background from Dana DeVolk // Unsplash

While sous vide egg bites have taken the breakfast world by storm in recent years, bagel chain Einstein Bros. has taken the concept a step further and made entire bagels out of the eggs.

Their new “Eggels” are marketed as a gluten-free alternative to bagels, and are prepared the same way as a sous vide egg bite you might find in a grocery store or Starbucks. The big difference is obviously the size and shape of the fluffy eggs.

Einstein Bros. is releasing their Eggels in two different flavors: a Three Meat and Cheese Eggel with bacon, turkey sausage and ham, and a Veggie Egg White variety loaded with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and spinach.

It’ll be intriguing to see how well the egg bagels hold together, considering how light sous vide eggs can be when cooked. I’m also tempted to split one in half and schmear it in cream cheese, just like a regular bagel, to see how that turns out.

You can now find these Eggels at Einstein Bros. locations nationwide, excluding those in airports, universities, and hotels.

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Alcohol

Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Beer Exists

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Speculoos Cookie Butter has easily become one of Trader Joe’s most popular items in the past decade. The cookie-flavored spread pairs with so many things that sometimes we can’t help but throw it on whatever we have in the fridge.

Snack blogger @TheSnacksOfLife spotted a new twist on the iconic Cookie Butter at her local Trader Joe’s: Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer.

An alcoholic take on the cookie spread, the new cookie butter beer is described as an Imperial Golden Ale with toasted coconut, vanilla beans, and other natural flavors. Each bottle boasts a 5.5% ABV.

From the looks of it, you can find the Cookie Butter Beer in the alcohol section of your local Trader Joe’s. Guess where I’m headed after work?

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Alcohol Packaged Food

Auntie Anne’s Teamed Up With Samuel Adams To Create An Oktoberfest Home Kit

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This year many of those who enjoy celebrating Oktoberfest may be stuck at home to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sucks, yes, but hopefully things get better this time next year.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the upcoming holiday, however.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has announced they’re teaming up this year with Samuel Adams beer to create an Oktoberfest At Home experience.

The collaboration brought forth an Oktoberfest kit that features Oktoberfest-inspired recipes, an Auntie Anne’s DIY Pretzel Kit, Samuel Adams OctoberFest brews, and themed apparel from steins to hats and lederhosen.

To set the mood, you can stream a “Prost from Home” playlist that features authentic Oktoberfest tunes.

You can order the Oktoberfest kits at GiveThemBeer.com. Availability is only while supplies last.

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Film/Television Grocery Packaged Food Plant-Based What's New

MICKEY NUGGETS: Disney’s Plant-Based Dino Nugget Alternative, Coming Soon

Photo courtesy of Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms

Dino Nuggets have long been the fun chicken caricatures of our school lunches, snacks, and late night cravings. There are many varieties of them today, whether they contain chicken or are plant-based.

However, none yet have had the backing of Disney, who’s lent the iconic Mickey Mouse shape to a plant-based nugget poised to become as popular as the OG chicken dinosaurs.

Photo courtesy of Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms

Disney’s nugget comes courtesy of Kellogg’s, whose plant-based brand Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms is creating the nugget. The protein inside is made with soy, and the resulting product has 57% less fat and 35% less sodium than regular chicken nuggets.

These are meant to be a kid-friendly vegan alternative, giving them fun shapes like Dino Nuggets would, but also a good source of plant protein as well. Given how ubiquitous the Mickey Mouse moniker is, these will definitely be recognizable for kids all over.

It would be especially dope to see this inside of Disney theme parks, where plant-based innovation is already happening at a whirlwind pace. Kellogg’s has told Foodbeast that they don’t comment on future partnerships, but it would be awesome to see it happen.

Regardless, Mickey Nuggets are ready to take kids’ meals by storm when they arrive in the frozen chicken section of retailers nationwide this month.

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Drinks Science What's New

Pepsico’s Newest Beverage Is Supposed To Help You Sleep Better

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When you think Pepsico, the first thing that comes to mind is likely caffeinated soda beverages that help spike your energy. While those would tend to keep you up at night, their newest drink is all about helping folks sleep better.

Called Driftwell, this brand of canned “enhanced water” contains aromas and compounds that can help us chill out, relax, and get to sleep after a stressful day.

In terms of aroma, Driftwell’s first flavor uses blackberry and lavender, a soothing fragrance commonly used for relaxation.

The beverage itself is fortified with 10% of our daily needs of magnesium. It’s not just to get us the essential mineral: a 2018 study found that increasing dietary magnesium intake in the long term can help women sleep better. However, it was unable to establish a causation for this, and it couldn’t say the same thing for men.

Driftwell also contains 200 mg of theanine, which is found in green tea and other foods. Theanine has been found in research to increase levels of “feel-good” neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

Since the drink itself contains a variety of compounds that help relax us, it’s natural that it should also provide some aid in sleeping. While we haven’t seen data yet that proves the functional beverage itself does the same, it definitely has the science to back it up.

10-packs of Driftwell will be available starting in December 2020 at stores nationwide. Each pack will cost $17.99.