5 Foods To Stash In Your Desk For Lunch Emergencies

5 Foods To Stash In Your Desk For Lunch Emergencies

If you work outside of the home, one of the best ways to save money is to bring your lunch instead of having fast food or cafeteria fare. Depending on what’s available in the neighborhood where you work, it might be a healthier option, too. Even days when you forget to pack your lunch or are out of leftovers don’t necessarily mean that you have to go out in search of sandwiches. Just plan ahead. [More]

What’s The Best Beer To Pair With Your Girl Scout Cookies?

What’s The Best Beer To Pair With Your Girl Scout Cookies?

It’s officially Girl Scout cookie season, and while the young women selling the snacks are too young to drink beer, most of us paying for the treats can enjoy a brewed beverage with our Thin Mints and Samoas. But which beers will work best alongside each variety of cookie? [More]

FDA Announces Proposed Rule To Safeguard Food During Transportation

FDA Announces Proposed Rule To Safeguard Food During Transportation

No on likes salmonella in their peanuts or listeria on their cantaloupe, or in any of their food for that matter. While contamination can occur in just about every step of the food production process, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking the final steps to make sure the transportation of food isn’t the problem by setting new criteria for the transport of food. [More]

January Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Dairy Invasion

January Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Dairy Invasion

Undeclared dairy products seem to be showing up in lots of places where they aren’t wanted: candy, gluten-free bread mixes, and even dietary supplements. Welcome to the January Recall Roundup for edible items. [More]

Walmart Rollbacks: Rolling Forward, Standing Still

Walmart Rollbacks: Rolling Forward, Standing Still

What is a “rollback?” Walmart shoppers know that it’s when an item has decreased in price recently, and it’s something that the chain brags about on signs throughout the store. They even brag about rollbacks when prices stay the same…or go up. [More]

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Butterfinger Challenging Reese’s Stranglehold On The Peanut Butter Cup Industry

When you think of peanut butter cups, you’re probably picturing a Reese’s version of the candy because really, the brand has got quite a lock on the candy in our collective consciousness. But lo, behold! A challenger is nigh and its name is Butterfinger. [More]

Up And At ‘Em, Easter Bunny: Chocolate Eggs Hit Shelves

Up And At ‘Em, Easter Bunny: Chocolate Eggs Hit Shelves

This isn’t the earliest that we’ve ever seen it on the shelves, but we want to let our loyal readers know that Easter Candy is now available at selected grocery stores nationwide. How do we know this? Our loyal readers have spotted the displays and reported back. [More]

Easter Creep Brings Us Creepy Bunnies In Mid-December

Easter Creep Brings Us Creepy Bunnies In Mid-December

We thought it was bad (well, okay, we thought it was awesome) when a reader sent us photos of special Easter candies on display at Kroger in early December back in 2011. While the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg and Cadbury Creme Egg are magical and should be available year-round, we can’t say the same for these terrifying bunnies. [More]

What Should You Donate To Food Banks? (Hint: No One Wants Tartar Sauce For Breakfast)

What Should You Donate To Food Banks? (Hint: No One Wants Tartar Sauce For Breakfast)

It’s a holly jolly time of year, but because not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to fill up their carts at the grocery store, you might be thinking it’d be nice to donate to your local food bank. And you’re right, it’s a very good thing for you to do. But not if you’re just going to unload the unwanted cans of tomato paste from the back of your pantry. [More]

Can I Bring That Homemade Pumpkin Pie On Board? Know How To Pack Before You Fly

Can I Bring That Homemade Pumpkin Pie On Board? Know How To Pack Before You Fly

While you’re probably eyeing the weather reports of storms, snow and sleet with trepidation, there are other things to consider before you head to the airport during the holiday season. For example: Your aunt makes the best darn pumpkin pies this side of the Mississippi and she wants to send one back with you because she’s the best aunt ever. Should you pack it in your checked luggage or can you bring it as a carry-on? [More]

Are These Easter Ice Creams At Walmart Very Late Or Very Early?

Are These Easter Ice Creams At Walmart Very Late Or Very Early?

Update: Mystery solved. At this point in the year, we can’t be sure whether an Easter item still on store shelves is early for Easter or just lingering months after the holiday. That’s the mystery of the Mounds Eggs that Micah found on the shelves of a Walmart in Georgia. [More]

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September Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – 40 Garlic Cloves, 2 Undeclared Allergens

Our monthly Recall Roundups have grown so expansive that we’ve had to separate them into two separate roundups: one for consumer goods, and one for consumables. [More]

Chocolate Mint Jif Whips Looks Like Dog Poo, Tastes Delicious Anyway

Chocolate Mint Jif Whips Looks Like Dog Poo, Tastes Delicious Anyway

Peanut butter isn’t the world’s most perfect food, but it’s close. So I’m always suspicious of any product in the peanut butter section that includes ingredients other than peanuts and salt. By that standard, Jif Whips are especially blasphemous, since it contains a generous helping of sugar and is advertised as being smoother and easier to spread than regular old peanut butter. [More]

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Pumpkin Spice M&Ms Exist, Mostly Taste Like Chocolate

Ten years ago, Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte, starting a trend and sending the nation into a frenzy of unbridled pumpkin lust. Pumpkin beer? Pumpkin spice Pringles? It seems like everything has been pumpkin-ified. Everything except hard-shelled chocolate candies. Until now. Pumpkin spice M&Ms have arrived. [More]

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August Food And Drug Recall Roundup – Ginger Lead Candies And Drug-Packed Supplements

Our monthly Recall Roundups have grown so expansive that we’ve had to separate them into two separate roundups: one for consumer goods, and one for consumables. [More]

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iPad Classes For Dogs Are Stupid And You Should Feel Stupid

My dog has been known to paw at my iPod and smartphone, sometimes turning off the music, calling my friends, and once sending a gibberish text to one of the Consumerist bosses. I thought she was just being a dog and randomly stomping on things that I pay attention to instead of her, but there could be more to it than that. Maybe we should check out the iPad classes for dogs now offered in Manhattan. [More]

July 29, 2013

Halloween Started Creeping Up On Us In July

“Halloween Creep,” observes reader Jay. “It almost sounds like a dance some ghouls might do after the Monster Mash.” That’s not what the Halloween Creep is, though. It would be so much better if it were. Instead, it’s what happens when Consumerist readers are out enjoying their summer and stop in their tracks when they see Halloween merch out on store shelves. [More]