30 November, 2007

Filthy Food Company - Sexy Chocolate Confections

Filthy Food, Kinky Creme BruleeOne of the newest chocolatiers to enter the market is Filthy Food Company, a UK-based confectioner, that's playing up the sexiness of eating in sin.

The company has crafted some saucy little chocolate dessert bites to tempt and tease your palate in a new kind of way.

Filthy's new chocolate desserts takes burlesque glamour run amok, and packs it into a bite-sized piece of sweet decadence, intended to heighten your pleasure and senses. It's belgian chocolate encasements feature a melting sensation said to burst its payload into your mouth, oozing and dribbling down your throat.

Pictured here are the "Kinky Creme Brulee Bites", which combine "creamy" Madagascan vanilla with "sensuous" smooth brulee, inside a "hard" belgian chocolate shell.

Other varieties include their "Cheeky Chocolate Bites", "Seductive Strawberry Creme Bites", and "Captivating Caramel Bites".

However, Filth Food's sexually appealing chocolates are only available in the UK at this time, and only at Sainsbury's. Perhaps they'll offer online ordering soon.

Visit Filthy Food Company online at...
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Eat'n Park - Black Angus Superburger

Eat'n Park Black Angus SuperburgerEat'n Park Restaurants today announced their newest burger, the Black Angus Superburger. The burger actually appeared on menus earlier this month.

It's comparable to their basic Cheeseburger, except this one has two 6oz black angus patties, instead of one.

It's also listed at 800 calories, which is "good", as most burgers of this size, with cheese, range between 800-1200 calories.

Eat'n Park is a family-style restaurant, with 77 locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Visit Eat'n Park online at...
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29 November, 2007

Tay Zonday - Cherry Chocolate Rain

The folks behind the new Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr. Pepper, stepped forward and released a new video on You Tube featuring pop music star, Tay Zonday, dubbed, "Cherry Chocolate Rain".

The music video is a satire on Zonday's hit song, "Chocolate Rain".

(I'm so out of touch on the pop music scene, sorry! That's what happens when you download too many MP3s.)

Anyways, without further adieu, Tay Zonday and "Cherry Chocolate Rain"...

Thanks Jon Eick (So Good Blog)
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28 November, 2007

Krispy Kreme Snowman Doughnuts Are Back!

Krispy Kreme Snowman DoughnutsKrispy Kreme announced today that its famous Snowman Doughnuts are back, available now until December 31.

Snowman doughnuts can be filled with any one of Krispy Kreme's signature fillings for an additional $1.00 per dozen. Orders for doughnuts with fillings must be placed in advance.

For orders of three dozen or more, customers need to call their local Krispy Kreme store 48-hours in advance.

Visit Krispy Kreme online...
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McDonald's McSkillet Burrito - Now Nationwide

McDonald's today formally announced the nationwide launch of its new breakfast burrito, the McSkillet Burrito.

McDonald's McSkillet Burrito
While it's been selling in various markets across the country for the past year-and-a-half, it's never been "rolled" out nationwide.

McDonald's describes it as follows...

The McSkillet Burrito combines scrambled eggs, sausage and skillet potatoes with savory flavors and ingredients including a medley of cheeses, red and green bell peppers, onions and salsa roja. Available today for $2.49 each.

The world's largest fast-food burger chain says it's been seeing a 42% increase in breakfast sales since 2002, a statistic that seems to be driving new breakfast concoctions across all fast-food chains.
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27 November, 2007

Brawndo The Thirst Mutilator - Energy Drink

Brawndo The Thirst MutilatorThe fictional, but humorous energy drink, "Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator", made famous by the 2006 cult movie, "Idiocracy", is no longer fictional.

The new energy drink, which made the top-10 list of "Movie Products We Wish We Had" by Maxim magazine, will be hitting stores shelves on December 15, 2007.

It's even going to have the same catchphrase from the movie, "It's got what plants crave".

Brawndo is described as a "lemon-lime endurance supplement beverage", in a bright green color reminiscent of anti-freeze. Marketing literature says it has a smooth tangy flavor, and energizes you with 200mg of caffeine, electrolytes, inositol and guarana.

The new beverage will be produced by Redux Beverages, the same company that brought us Cocaine Energy Drink.

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21 November, 2007

Kellogg's Pop Tarts Gingerbread

Kellogg's Pop Tarts GingerbreadKellogg's has a new "limited edition" variety of Pop Tarts called, Pop Tarts Soft & Chewy Gingerbread.

The gingerbread edition is supposed to be pitched as a Christmas variety. Reviews posted on some other blogs says that the gingerbread is pretty bad.

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Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr. Pepper Soda

Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr. Pepper SodaCadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages made the official announcement of their new Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr. Pepper soda today, claiming it to be only the third flavor variety in the brand's history.

The new "limited edition" flavor is supposed to combine the taste of Dr. Pepper with sweet cherries dipped in chocolate. Makes you wonder if someone dropped a chocolated-dipped cherry in his cup of Dr. Pepper, and decided there needed to be a new soda flavor.

"Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper is the perfect indulgence for the holidays ... zero calories, zero carbs, zero guilt, and all the flavor of Dr Pepper," said Andrew Springate, vice president of marketing for CSAB. "Based on consumer response, we expect Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper will have a strong and devoted following."

The consumer response that Springate was talking about was the fact that Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr. Pepper has been shipping out to stores the past month.
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20 November, 2007

Pizza Hut - Double Deep Pizza

Pizza Hut announced today a new limited edition pizza, "Double Deep Pizza".

Described as "the most incredibly topped pizza in America", it's basic premise is having double the toppings and 50% more cheese.

Pizza Hut Double Deep Pizza
The world's largest pizza chain actually said that this new pizza has so many toppings, they had to utilize the "folded crust" design to help corral them all in.

"As we head into the holiday season, we know families will be busy entertaining, so our pizza chefs have cooked up a new delicious, flavorful pizza that's sure to please a crowd," said Brian Niccol, Pizza Hut CMO.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

And if you thought it couldn't get any better, they're bringing in the Bee Gees to sing their hit song, "How Deep is Your Love" on the company's television commercials.

The new Double Deep Pizza will be available for a limited time beginning November 18 at a price of $12.99 with three recipes: Supreme, Meaty and Veggie.
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Autism-Friendly Snack Foods

It looks like the allergen-friendly snack food market is eyeing a new marketing strategy: autism-friendly foods.

There is a belief growing among austistic people and parents of autistic children, that eating a gluten-free, and casein-free diet actually improves the management of symptoms. The belief stems from someone named Dr. FC Dohan, who in the 1960's hypothesized that gluten and dairy foods might worsen the behaviors of people stricken with schizophrenia and behavioral disorders.

With the age of the Internet, more people are learning about this, and hence the movement is growing.

Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC, the company behind the Enjoy Life brand of allergen-free foods, jumped on this new marketing strategy. Today the company issued a press release touting its products, such as the Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies, actually help austistic children get through their daily lives.

It's just what the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI) needed. They need food makers like Enjoy Life to issue such announcements in hopes of altering public perception.

In fact, ANDI actually sells its own line of "autism-friendly" candy bars, the "ANDI Bar".

What they need to do now is come up with an official stamp identifying an item as autism-friendly.

And the autism industry is a market that appears to be gaining in numbers, with 1.5 million Americans currently affected with some form, and growing by 10-17 percent each year, according to the Autism Society of America. It's a market that allergen-free food makers can exploit.
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Funky Chunky Candy Cane Popcorn

Funky Chunky Candy Cane PopcornFunky Chunky, a brand of popcorn confectionery based out of Edina, MN, announced a new limited edition variety for the Christmas season, "Candy Cane Popcorn".

It's described as rich, buttery caramel popcorn with glazed macadamia nuts, smothered in smooth white peppermint drizzle and sprinkled with crushed candy cane.

All Funky Chunky products can be purchased for snacking enjoyment, or the company will gift them for others.

Visit Funky Chunky online...
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Fast Food for Thought

60 minutes fast food for thoughtLast Sunday, 60 Minutes decided to take on the Fast Food industry by going back and forth between two bitter rivals: New York's health commissioner, Thomas Frieden, and Wendy's spokesperson Denny Lynch.

You can watch the full 12 minute video report here...

In between the arguments, reporter Leslie Stahl takes Subway to task, by showing all of America just how fattening their sub-sandwiches truly are.

What was not mentioned in this report, is that Americans have a choice: don't eat fast food.

Instead, Leslie Stahl made it appear as if Americans don't have a choice. Instead of saying that Americans can buy fresh food from the grocery store, she made it appear that we're forced to buy meals from fast-food.

And in fact, that's the basis of Thomas Frieden's crusade, the health commissioner from New York. He's pushing for a law that requires fast-food restaurants to show the caloric content of every possible food combination and customization that you might conceive of, and post it in the restaurant, on the actual Menu.

He's only requiring this of fast-food restaurants.

You can still order that full-rack of baby-back ribs, with a loaded baked potato, and cheese-bread, and not have to know how many years you've trimmed from your life span.

I guess it's ok if the rich die young.
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19 November, 2007

Kellogg's Crunchmania

Kellogg's CrunchmaniaKellogg's has a product out called "Crunchmania" that's been selling at school vending machines and snackbars the past several months, and more recently selling in stores.

They're bite-sized graham crackers meant to mimic popular breakfast foods. Varieties include...

  • Blueberry Muffin (bite-size blueberry muffin-flavored graham breakfast snacks)

  • Strawberry Waffle (waffle-flavored)

  • Cinnamon Bun (made with whole-grain wheat)

  • French Toast (made with whole-grain wheat)

  • Vanilla Mini Grahams (naturally and artificially flavored)

While the company is emphasizing its Crunchmania as breakfast snacks, it obviously comes with a snackability factor making it great for television chow, party snacks, or blogging fuel.

And then there's the name itself, "Crunchmania". Doesn't it sound as if you should expect to see a professional wrestler pitching this product?
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On the Border - Cantina Thins

On the Border Cantina ThinsDallas, TX-based Truco Enterprises, Inc., which makes the retail line of On The Border branded foods, has come out with a new variety of tortilla chip called, "Cantina Thins".

According to the company, the Cantina Thins involves a process of choosing select, whole-kernel white corn, and then cooking it in large kettles until tender. The softened corn is then stone ground into a fine proprietary blended masa, which is pressed into ultra-thin white corn tortillas. It's then lightly baked, and hand-cut into irregular triangles.

The whole concept of having "ultra thin" tortilla chips wasn't exactly explained to me. I tend to think that it's way to reduce fat and carbs while still maintaining the same shape and size of a standard chip.

I don't think it lends itself well to scooping out salsa and dip, however.

Visit Truco Enterprises Online at...
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Pistachios May Lower Blood Pressure

pistachio nutsThe Western Pistachio Association released the results of a study (that it paid for), showing that eating pistachio nuts may help lower blood pressure, and increase the body's ability to react to stress...

According to groundbreaking results of a study conducted by nutrition researchers at Penn State University and released earlier this year, eating pistachios may reduce your body's response to the stresses of everyday life.

Pistachios, when eaten in both 3 ounce and 1.5 ounce servings, resulted in study participants experiencing a significant reduction of the biological effects of acute stress. During the diets supplemented with pistachios, subjects had lower blood pressure during stress.

Read the full announcement here...

Of course, eating pistachios can also increase your stress and blood pressure when trying to crack open a nut that doesn't want to open up.

That's one reason why I like sunflower seeds.
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Joseph Schmidt Confections Debuts 2007 Holiday Truffle Collection

Joseph Schmidt Holiday TrufflesJoseph Schmidt Confections announced their new 2007 Holiday Truffle Collection.

The indulgent new truffles feature exotic new flavors including: Sea Salt Caramel, Mexican Chocolate, Mandarin Zest, Vanilla Cognac, Meyer Lemon and Pomegranate. The truffles are attractively decorated and come in an impressive looking package.

The 2007 flavors include:

  • Sea Salt Caramel. Premium milk chocolate and organic caramel are contrasted with a hint of sea salt to create a sumptuous balance of flavors.

  • Mexican Chocolate. The perfect marriage of Joseph Schmidt’s rich dark chocolate ganache with Mexican cinnamon, allspice and a hint of habanero.

  • Mandarin Zest. A bittersweet combination of sweet and tart tangerine zest and intense dark chocolate.

  • Vanilla Cognac. Real vanilla and cognac combine to create a smooth and decadent dark chocolate center surrounded by a milk chocolate shell.

  • Meyer Lemon. A dark chocolate ganache is paired with the sweet citrus flavor of Meyer lemon and surrounded in premium dark chocolate.

  • Pomegranate. The refreshingly tart flavor of pomegranate blends with a dark chocolate ganache and a rich dark chocolate shell.

The 2007 line of Joseph Schmidt "Christmas" truffles (note that I added the word "Christmas") are available nationwide at Joseph Schmidt boutiques, specialty grocers, fine department stores and online at www.jsc.com.
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Will McDonald's Add Dental Floss to its Happy Meals?

McDonald's dental flossThe National Flossing Council apparently fired off an appeal to Don Thompson, President of McDonald's USA, to include a packet of dental floss with each happy meal.

The trade industry wants to promote the Friday after Thanksgiving as "National Flossing Day", and is trying to piggy-back on Mickey D's powerful brand...

The request to Thompson notes that McDonald's has had great success with its Healthy Options menu and proposes that offering floss will expand their efforts to include the dental health of McDonald's customers.

It's a bad idea. Think of what this suggests. If you buy a happy meal, or a Healthy Options item, you'll need dental floss because this food is really bad for your teeth.

Read their press release...
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Ideas for Leftover Turkey

Enchiladas with chocolate mole sauceWhat do you do with all that leftover turkey you're gonna end up with this Friday?

Why, turn it into chocolate mole enchiladas of course!

AllChocolate.com has a recipe for enchiladas with chocolate mole sauce. They warn you that it's not as chocolately-tomatoey as you might imagine. It's more mole and just enough chocolate...

You know, leftover turkey is actually great with flour tortillas and cheese, either rolled up like a burrito, or just folded up into a soft taco. Toss in some turkey pieces, add some shredded cheese, and nuke for 20-30 seconds.

Make it even better, get some canned green chiles, and a bottle of Tapatio or Cholula sauce. Toss that on there, it'll even better than the actual turkey dinner.

Also good are turkey stuffing omelettes. My mom used to make these during post-T-Day. Just add a couple spoonfuls of leftover stuffing, and some turkey pieces, cheese, and you've got yourself an omelette.
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18 November, 2007

What is Junk Food Anyways?

eating celeryNow and then, someone sends me an e-mail, arguing that "such and such" is not junk food, and is actually healthy. This communication often comes from a manufacturer who's product I blogged about.

Other times I call the marketing people at a manufacturer because I want them to send me a digital image of their new product. They tell me that they don't want me to blog about their product because they're trying to bill it as being healthy.

My definition of junk food

ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is junk food, depending on how much you consume, and depending on your current state of health and lifestyle.

I've said before that a celery stick is junk food, mainly because celery contains very little nutritional value, and because celery is largely eaten as a snack, or h'orderve. If all you ate was celery you'd die for lack of nutrition. It's not what you eat, but how much.

And while fruits like oranges, bananas, and apples are high in vitamins and nutrients, they're also high in carbohydrates. If that's all you ate, and didn't exercise, you'd be as fat as a hamburger whore. You could get fat eating burgers, or you could get fat eating bananas.

Is a hamburger junk food? No. If you look at what a hamburger is, it's made up of components that people would consider to be healthy: bread, beef, lettuce, tomato. But when those components are put together, it becomes demonized. You could add more stuff like cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, pickles, etc, and you'd increase your intake of fat, sodium, and cholesterol. But it's only bad if your body can't tolerate it.

Your State of Health Makes a Difference

Junk food can only be bad for you, if your current state of health is susceptible to it.

For example, a bar of chocolate might be unhealthy to a diabetic, but perfectly fine for an athlete like Lance Armstrong. Sucking down a bag of salted-sunflower seeds is bad for someone with high blood pressure, but perfectly fine for someone without.

Moreover, chocolate is said to have positive health benefits in the form of antioxidants. Meanwhile, sunflower seeds is said to be rich in Vitamin E. Depending on your state of health, they can be good for you, or bad for you.

Politics of Junk Food

Opponents of junk food, such as those seeking laws to ban sodas and candies from school vending machines, are pulling out all the stops.

A couple of years ago I posted a review of a novel entitled, "War on Junk", which I felt was reality in the making. It takes the alcohol prohibition of the 1920s, and turns it into a junk food prohibition of the near future. The fact is that we're headed there. I think you know it.

Earlier this year, I contacted a well-known pickle manufacturer because I wanted a digital image of their newest variety. They refused, arguing that they didn't want me blogging their product because they trying promote pickles as a "health food".

If you can imagine our country actually entering into a "junk food prohibition", thousands of food-makers would twist the public's perception into thinking their products are "healthy alternatives". I wonder how many of them see such a prohibition on the horizon, and are spending some money on this right now?
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17 November, 2007

Guacamole Pepperoncini Burger Patties

Today I discovered a new way to kill off some old food laying around in the refrigerator. And it tastes pretty damn good too. Guacamole Pepperoncini Burger Patties (Guacacini Patties)...

guacamole pepperoncici burger patties

The story goes...

This afternoon I wandered down to the kitchen to find something to eat. I opened up the freezer and noticed this package of hamburger patties that we had for about a year. So, I decided to grill them all up on my BBQ (eight of them). I found a package of guacamole that my wife bought a couple weeks ago, and a jar of pepperoncinis that we've also had for about a year.

After grilling the patties, I cut one of them up into bite-sized pieces. Then I slathered on some guacamole. Then I pulled out a pepperoncini and laid it on top. I forked the thing into my mouth and knocked myself out. This is freakin' good!

First, I love hamburger meat. Two, the guacamole adds a layer of smoothness to the meat. The pepperoncini adds the bit of spicyness. I'd recommend using the smaller, softer ones.

In the end I ate three patties this way, and killed off about 12 pepperoncinis. I didn't use any buns. Now, I would not normally eat that many pepperoncinis because such a volume can have nasty after effects. But in this fashion, it couldn't keep my hands off of them. It's about five hours post-consumption, and my belly is still feeling the burn. My wife killed off a few patties, and I gave the other two to the dogs.

So there you go my fellow junk food junkies, a way to kill off some freezer-burnt patties, and eat like a gourmet.
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16 November, 2007

Ajitas Vege Chips

Ajitas Vege ChipsProduced in Australia by Vege Chip Co. and imported to the USA by Modern Marketing & Sales Group, the Ajitas Vege Chips tries to put a healthy new spin on old product.

The line of chips are actually made from the Cassava root, and Cassava chips are quite a staple in tropical regions of the world. Cassava is high in vitamin C, and the frying process of Ajitas chips make them low in fat and cholesterol.

What I'm particularly intrigued with is how they've leveraged the "healthy" factor by calling these "Vege Chips", as if potato chips and corn chips are not made from vegetables.

Varieties include...

Sweet & Sour
French Onion
Herb & Garlic
Lime Chilli
Tasty Cheese
Malt Vinegar

Visit Ajitas Vege Chips online...
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Official Pizza of Thanksgiving Eve

Domino's Pizza issued a bold promoclamation today, naming itself the "Official Pizza of Thanksgiving Eve".

It goes on to explain that the evening before Thanksgiving is among its busiest days of the year. This Wednesday, they expect sales of the cheesy-round-baked-dough to spike up by 68 percent over a typical Wednesday. They're forecasting 1.1 million pizzas will be cooked up in their ovens and delivered to homes in the USA.

"It's one of those nights we highlight on the calendar and prepare for," said Domino's Pizza Chairman and CEO David A. Brandon. "Our stores stock up on fresh food. We increase our staffing levels, sometimes doubling them, to ensure we can meet the needs of hungry customers across the country."

Thanksgiving Pizza
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Wholly Guacamole Gridiron Game Time Dip

Wholly Guacamole Game Time DipGuacamole maker, Wholly Guacamole, of Fort Worth, TX, is offering up a special chip dip recipe for football fans to dip into while they watch their beloved football teams take the field.

Gridiron Game Time Dip looks about as good as any.

I absolutely cannot make guacamole, though I have tried many times. It always comes out tasting like mushed avocadoes instead of guacamole, if that makes any sense. That's why companies like Wholly Guacamole exist, so that culinary screw-ups like me can eat the green stuff too.

I may have to try this recipe (or get the wife to make it for me), and see if it makes watching a Chargers game anymore palatable...

Wholly Gridiron Game Time Dip

-- 1 Tbsp butter
-- 1/2 cup red bell pepper
-- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
-- 2, 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
-- 2 tsp fresh chopped jalapeno peppers
-- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
-- 1 cup salsa
-- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
-- 14 oz Wholly Guacamole
-- 1/2 cup sour cream
-- 1 bag tortilla chips


1. Melt butter in skillet; add peppers and onion, Cook over medium heat until onion is softened. (4 minutes). Stir in beans, jalapenos and cumin. Cook until heated.

2. Transfer 1 cup of bean mixture to a food processor, cover and process until smooth. Return blended mixture to remaining mixture and stir to combine. Spread onto a 11x8 baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

3. Just before serving, layer over the bean mixture, salsa, cheese and top with Wholly Guacamole.

4. Spoon sour cream into resealable plastic bag. Snip off corner and pipe sour cream over the guacamole to resemble yard lines on a football field.

Visit Wholly Guacamole online at...
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Extreme Food - Habanero Kettle Chips

Blair's Habanero ChipsExtreme Food of Highlands, NJ, took the top honors of the 2008 Scovie Awards for their "Habanero Kettle Chips", in the chips division.

The original Habanero chips are kettle-cooked chips said to be among the hottest potato chip around, and this distinction further solidifies that reputation.

The Scovie Awards is a promotion of the National Fiery Foods Show. It's named after James Scoville who devised a measuring system for registering how spicy-hot foods are.

The Original Habanero Chips can be purchased online from Extreme Food...
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Lillie Belle Farms - Cayenne Caramels

Lillie Belle Farms - Cayenne CaramelsLillie Belle Farms of Jacksonville, OR, took the top honors of the 2008 Scovie Awards for its "Cayenne Caramels", in the candy division.

Cayenne Caramels are described as a semi-liquid center packed with full cayenne pepper flavor and encased in a dark organic chocolate shell.

The Scovie Awards is a promotion of the National Fiery Foods Show. It's named after James Scoville who devised a measuring system for registering how spicy-hot foods are.

Cayenne Caramels can be purchased online from Lillie Belle Farms...
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15 November, 2007

Wendy's Philly Style Hoagie Burger

Wendy's LogoThe Wendy's chain of burger joints announced today the winner of its "Build Wendy’s New Burger" contest. And the winner is the Philly Style Hoagie Burger created by Ian Van Camp, a screenwriter from Moorpark, California.

The burger is essentially a double-patty burger with American cheese, but adds together sliced ham, Genoa salami, and creamy italian dressing.

Van Camp says he was inspired by his high school years in Philadelphia and a salami burger he used to order at a New York deli.

The guy wins $25,000 for his winning idea. He and eight other runners-up get free Wendy's hamburgers for a year.

The new Philly Style Hoagie Burger is supposed to appear on Wendy's menu sometime in 2008.

Learn more about the winning burger...
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Del Taco Doubles the Chicken in its Burrito

Del TacoThe Del Taco chain of fast food restaurants issued an announcement today promising that when you order their Spicy Chicken Burrito they'll put more chicken into it.

Better yet, the $1.99 price will remain as is.

The doubling of chicken meat in Del Taco's products have been met with approval of its client base, following the success of its relaunched Chicken Soft Taco.

To market their chicked-up Spicy Chicken Burrito, Del Taco is running a new ad depicting a mall-Santa feeding his hunger with a Spicy Chicken Burrito as he flirts with his attractive helper.
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Potbelly Sandwiches Offers Free Food with Gift Card Purchase

Potbelly Sandwich WorksIf you're stuck wondering what to buy for that guy who's got everything, give him something he can use: food.

Potbelly Sandwiches is a chain of submarine-style sandwich restaurants, with 170 locations across ten states: IL, IN, MD, MI, MN, OH, PA, TX, VA, WI.

For every $25.00 of gift cards you buy, you get a free sandwich or salad.

It only applies to gift cards purchased between November 23 and December 31, 2007. The free sandwich or salad card must be redeemed by February 29, 2008.

Visit Potbelly Sandwiches online at...

The Travelling Hungry Boy has a review of Potbelly's...
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In-N-Out Burger - What's the Beef?

In-N-Out BurgerThose of us living in Southern California know about In-N-Out all too well, it's often described as the best burger in the world (or at least SoCal anways). The company, technically, has stores in Nevada and Arizona, and NoCal (yes, NoCal is another state altogether).

So are they indeed the best burgers in the world?

IMHO, they're right up there. I've been to a lot of burger joints, and have eaten a lot of burgers, and truthfully, I've found some really good burgers at other places. But In-N-Out is still a damn good burger.

And who can't love an In-N-Out restaurant anyways? Their menu is painfully simple:

  • Hamburger

  • Cheeseburger

  • Double Double (two patties, two cheese)

  • Fries

  • Milk Shake

Technically, the menu goes on and on under a "secret menu". If you want three patties and three cheese, tell then you want a "3x3". If you want 4 patties and eight cheeses, tell them "4x8". Simplicity and elegance in ordering.

My only "beef" with In-N-Out is that they're always so damn busy. It doesn't matter which location you go to. At lunch time, or dinner, there's a long line. When you're hungry, you don't like having to wait. And being a man of convenience and spontaniety, I end up forgoing In-N-Out for speedier digs.

In in the 1980's I used to go to the In-N-Out in Santa Ana, CA, on the corner of Bristol St and Civic Center Dr. At lunch time, the drive-thru would maintain a procession of 30 cars backed up a block down Bristol St for about an hour straight.

They're secret to success is fresh meat. They don't use frozen patties. Same with the french fries. They bring in whole potatoes, slice them right there on location, and fry 'em. I never cared much for their french fries however cause they're too skinny and crunchy. I like the fat, soft kind.

In-N-Out Double Double
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Twisted All Natural Energy Bar

Twisted Energy BarsPremier Nutrition, Inc. of Carlsbad, CA recently got into the candy bar market, or so we're told, with its new "Twisted All Natural Energy Bars".

The company is largely known for its protein shakes and other muscle-building products.

It's always amused me how companies "twist" perception when marketing their junk food.

Twisted All Natural Energy Bars contain a lovely concoction of chocolate, pretzels, caramel, and nougat. The variety pictured here is actually covered in peanut butter. They have another variety coated in vanilla.

So what do you think? Is this an "energy bar" or a "candy bar"? Or should Snickers rebrand itself as an "energy stimulant"?

Visit Premier Nutrition online at...
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13 November, 2007

Domino's Delivers to Delayed Airplane

Domino's PizzaWhat's better than having Domino's pizza delivered to your door? How about having Domino's delivered to you on an airplane?

After a nearly three-hour flight delay on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Dubuque Regional Airport in Dubuque, Iowa, passengers aboard a Chicago-bound flight were pleasantly surprised when their flight attendant morphed into a Domino's delivery expert, carrying piping hot pizzas.

"Even though the airport was a bit beyond their normal delivery area, the local Domino's was able to have hot pizzas delivered to us in about 25 minutes," said Domino's Pizza area leader Jeff Cullers, a passenger on the plane. "Everyone aboard the plane was really happy with the special delivery."

Cullers, who arranged the delivery after his fellow passengers started grumbling about the delay, works with 60 franchise-owned Domino's Pizza stores in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska.

After the second hour of the delay, the pilot and airport staff gave clearance to have Domino's pizza delivered to the flight's passengers and crew. Never has an airplane meal tasted so good!

Source: Domino's Press Release
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24 Karat Gold Lollipop

24 karat gold lollipopSwiss-based DeLafee International SARL announced today their 24 Karat Gold, totally edible, strawberry-flavored Lollipop.

The company has been making headlines lately with its various offerings of gold-laden consumable products, including their 24 Karat Gold cigars, chocolates, and champagnes. The move into the lollipop sector has the candy-licking community buzzing with anticipation.

For just $29.05 USD, you can demonstrate your love to that special junk food junkie in your life. You might want to also purchase a bed pan to recycle your investment.

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The 2008 Krystal Chik Calendar is Here!

Krystal Chik CalendarThe Krystal fast food chain announced recently that their 2008 "Krystal Chik" Calendar is now available, celebrating 75 years of fast-food service.

Krystal lays claim to being the 2nd oldest fast-food chain in the USA, second only White Castle's 80 years. Interestingly, both chains are known for their square-shaped hamburgers.

Their new 2008 calendar features cute college hotties that have made appearances on Krystal's television commercials, all of them claiming to love the fried Krystal yumminess.

And eating Krystal chow is something that the company has taken to a sport. It's known for their hamburger eating contests, being the only such contest sanctioned by Major League Eating, the world governing body of stomach sports.

To purchase a calendar, you have to visit a Krystal restaurant. They're only located in the southeastern states, however. Too bad for me, living out here in SoCal.

But if you want to just see the Krystal Chikies, you can go to their calendar website...
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12 November, 2007

Bacon Flavored Wheat Snacks

Peppies Bacon Flavored Wheat SnacksGermanDeli.com continues to import some great stuff into the USA, including these new "Peppies", described as bacon-flavored wheat snacks.

I guess maybe there are folks in Germany frying up big batches of bacon, breaking them up into pieces, and enjoying them as television snacks. Because if necessity is the mother of invention, then it explain why someone would create a healthier alternative.

I remember when I was a kid, I would sneak out my mom's canister of "Baco's", and eat up a handful. I just loved eating bacon.

But it sounds like a great idea, I mean frying up a big batch of bacon, and eating it as a TV snack, that is.

You can buy Peppies online from GermanDeli.com...
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Quizno's New Sammies

The Quizno's sandwich chain announced today the official launch of their new "Sammies" line of flat-bread sandwiches.

Quizno's Sammies
Priced at just $2.00 each, they're designed to be a lighter alternative for your weekday lunching, both easier on your wallet, and easier on your calorie intake.

If you thought Quizno's was already a healthier alternative to the burger, think again. With some sandwiches exceeding 2,000 calories, exceeding 100 grams of fat, and exceeding 4,000 mg of sodium, Quizno's is truly a junk food junkie's paradise. Not only can you clog your arteries and raise your blood pressure, you can make your momma happy by telling her you're eating a sandwich!

But don't worry, Sammies won't make you a health food nut. At just $2.00 each, you can afford to eat TWO!

On a side note, take a look at Ken Kuhl's recent blog post about Quizno's. It seems the company just recently disclosed their nutritional data, probably because they're trying to play the diet angle like Subway...

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09 November, 2007

Cold Stone Creamery Announces New Holiday Creations

Pumpkin Pie in the Sky Ice CreamCold Stone Creamery announced this week the availability several seasonal offerings for the winter months.

Beginning Nov. 7, the infamous pumpkin ice cream will be back in stores along with dark chocolate peppermint ice cream. Each of these flavors can be made-to-order or enjoyed as Signature Creations.

The specific Signature Creations for these flavors include "Pumpkin Pie in the Sky" (pictured at right), made with pumpkin ice cream, Keebler graham cracker pie crust, caramel and whipped topping. There's also "After Dinner Mint", which combines dark chocolate peppermint ice cream with chocolate shavings, OREO cookies and marshmallow.

In keeping with Cold Stone Creamery holiday tradition, the Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie will once again be available and made with delectable pumpkin ice cream nestled in a Keebler graham cracker pie crust and decorated with dollops of cinnamon frosting and chocolate leaves.

Also beginning Nov. 7, two new flavors will be added to Cold Stone's Grab-n-Go line. These quart-size offerings are available in the store's lobby display freezer, making it easy to pick up the perfect portion for your home freezer without waiting in line. The new Grab-n-Go flavors include "Tall, Dark and Minty", made with dark chocolate peppermint ice cream and OREO cookies, and "Cake Batter Batter Batter", made with Cold Stone Creamery’s legendary cake batter ice cream, cookie dough and brownies.

Finally, Cold Stone Creamery is making available its holiday-themed gift cards, perfect for that person who seems to have everything or as a unique stocking stuffer. Cards can be purchased in any domination starting at $3 and are available at all locations, or can be purchased from the company's website.

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Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie - 86% Cacao

Ghirardelli Midnight ReverieGhirardelli announced this week the launch of a new chocolate variety in its line of Intense Dark Chocolates, "Midnight Reverie" an 86 percent cacao bar, one of the highest cacao content bars widely available nationwide.

The famed chocolate maker cites a growing obsession with dark chocolates in America, with sales figures having grown 49 percent from 2003 to 2006, culminating in $1.2 billion in sales last year.

Ghirardelli describes the Midnight Reverie as having a deep, full bodied flavor, with hints of dark cherries, dried plums and a roasted flavor. It has a "supremely smooth texture" with a fine, crisp snap.

You can buy it directly from Ghirardelli through its website...
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03 November, 2007

Pomegranate 7UP

Pomegranate 7UpJust in time for the holiday season, Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB) introduces new Pomegranate 7UP.

Described as a "perfect blend of natural Pomegranate flavor added to the
crisp, refreshing lemon-lime taste", the famed soda brand is among the Johnny-come-lately's to jump on a Pomegranate bandwagon with little seating for more passengers.

"With its natural Pomegranate flavor and deep burgundy color, Pomegranate 7UP is a festive addition to the holiday season," said Matt Smith, 7UP brand director for CSAB. "Pomegranate is one of the fastest growing flavors in beverages today, and
Pomegranate 7UP makes a perfect primer for any holiday party."

Pomegranate 7UP has 100% natural flavors like its Lemon-Lime cousin, and is
caffeine free.

The limited edition soda will be on store shelves during the holiday season nationwide beginning Nov. 1, 2007 through Jan. 31, 2008.

Source: 7UP.com
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