Start Decorating For Halloween In Early August Thanks To Dollar Tree

Start Decorating For Halloween In Early August Thanks To Dollar Tree

It’s the beginning of August, but maybe you like to plan ahead. You’ve already started to stock up on pumpkin spice snacks, and you even picked out your kid’s costume at Costco back in July. The logical next step? It’s time to start shopping for orange decorative lights, streamers, and pumpkin-shaped flashlights for trick-or-treating. At least, that’s what Dollar Tree thinks. [More]

Presenting The 9 Most Calorie-Filled Chain Restaurant Meals Of 2014!

(Bill Binns)

To some, the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s annual Xtreme Eating awards are a reminder of how some restaurant meals can pack thousands of calories, oodles of saturated fat, and piles of sodium on a single plate. To others, the awards make up a to-try list of over-the-top menu offerings. Both will find plenty of sugary, fatty, salty treats to study with scorn, concern, curiosity, lust, or awe. [More]

Pumpkin Spice Creep Spotted In Peanut Butter Aisle

As if it weren’t bad enough that there are pumpkin toaster strudels in the freezer cases and Halloween costumes available for sale at Costco, July pumpkin spice creep strikes again, in the form of Pumpkin Pie Spice flavor Jif Whips. If you want to inflict this on someone, they are available at Target. Apparently. [The Impulsive Buy]

Root Beer Float Oreos Are Now Available In Stores, We Think

Root Beer Float Oreos Are Now Available In Stores, We Think

The fried chicken Oreos that made the rounds online recently weren’t real. That news may have either delighted or disappointed you, but in recent years, there has always been another novelty Oreo flavor around the corner. Today we rounded that corner. Root beer float Oreos are now a thing. [More]

From Bread Crumbs To Worcestershire Sauce: How Long Will All That Stuff In Your Pantry Last?

Sally Villarreal

Regular readers of Consumerist likely know there’s a big difference between the “use-by” date and the “sell-by” date on food labels. But while most people take note of this information on highly perishable items like meat, eggs, and dairy, we often ignore those dry goods stashed in our pantries. And these unrefrigerated items are often allowed to sit around until we go to use them and realize, “Oh no… that went bad back when Bush — the first one — was president.” [More]

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Shocker: Those Fake-Looking Fried Chicken Oreos Are Indeed Fake

Given the sheer number of Oreo varieties that have been dumped on store shelves in the past year — from sherbet to peanut butter cup to fruit punch to lemon and limeade — it’s almost not beyond belief that Nabisco would give fried chicken Oreos a go. Almost, but not quite. [More]

Maker Of Processed Meat Products To Purchase Maker Of Muscle Milk, Other Supplements

Maker Of Processed Meat Products To Purchase Maker Of Muscle Milk, Other Supplements

Hormel Foods Brands added to its already diverse portfolio by making a move to purchase CytoSport Holdings, the maker of supplement brands such as Muscle Milk. [More]

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Bear Crashes Through Skylight, Eats Cupcakes For Boy’s Birthday Party

Uninvited guests who crash parties and eat all the treats are the absolute worst, am I right? Darn treat scarfers! But a black bear took it to a literal extreme in Alaska, falling through a home’s skylight only to land in the middle of preparations for a kid’s birthday party. And he was rude enough to gobble up as many cupcakes as he could get his paws on, to boot. [More]

$18 Million WIC And Food Stamps Fraud Scheme Used Pretend Grocery Stores

$18 Million WIC And Food Stamps Fraud Scheme Used Pretend Grocery Stores

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) are both federally-funded, state-administered programs with the simple goal of preventing Americans from going hungry. In Georgia, 54 people have been indicted for setting up pretend grocery stores that defrauded the programs of millions of dollars. [More]

We Eat Too Much Now Because Food Is Super Cheap, Study Says

We Eat Too Much Now Because Food Is Super Cheap, Study Says

Collectively, as a nation, we eat a lot of food. A lot of high-fat, high-sugar bad-for-us, questionable food. Scientists of every stripe are always asking why we do this to ourselves. The answer? It might be as simple as: because we can afford to. [More]

Peanut Butter Cup Oreos And Oreo-Filled Chips Ahoy Are Now Real Things

Peanut Butter Cup Oreos And Oreo-Filled Chips Ahoy Are Now Real Things

Readers of this site might think that Consumerist staff eat a lot of junk food and fast food. That’s not true at all: maybe the amount of time that we spend reading about new permutations of food-like substances wears down our interest. For example, there are two new weirdly tempting hybrids of existing snacks available in stores now or very soon: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos and Oreo-filled Chips Ahoy cookies. Why? [More]

Unilever Sells Ragu And Bertolli Brands To Japanese Company For $2.15B

Unilever Sells Ragu And Bertolli Brands To Japanese Company For $2.15B

The staples for a quick homemade Italian dinner are soon to be produced by a Japanese company after Unilever found a buyer for its Ragu and Bertolli Brands. [More]

Fourth Of July Candy Corn Is Now A Thing

Fourth Of July Candy Corn Is Now A Thing

Marshmallow Peeps and Reese’s peanut butter eggs have branched out into other holidays and are available more or less year-round. Depending on your opinion of these treats, that’s a wonderful thing or a terrible one. What you may not know is that candy-makers are trying to turn other treats into year-round confections, which is how we’ve ended up with Independence Day Candy Corn. [More]

Make Your Own Peanut Butter Eggs At Home

Make Your Own Peanut Butter Eggs At Home

The Reese’s seasonal peanut butter cup empire is now a year-round operation with hearts, pumpkins, and even footballs, but it all began with the humble peanut butter egg. What you might not know is that you can make this confection in your very own home, with ingredients that aren’t very hard to find. [More]

Will Easter Egg Nog And Jellybean Milk Ever Catch On?

Will Easter Egg Nog And Jellybean Milk Ever Catch On?

Here at Consumerist, we love and hate holiday mashups. Here’s one that has been around for a while, but was new to us: easter egg nog. Makes sense, doesn’t it? A holiday for which the decorations include brightly-colored eggs, and a festive, occasionally boozy, holiday beverage. Yet it seems so very wrong. [More]

April Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: So Long, Organic Peppercorns

April Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: So Long, Organic Peppercorns

In our April Recall Roundup for food, supplements, and even a few over-the-counter drugs, the lemon cookies have peanut butter, the vegan hot chocolate mix has dairy, and a lot of organic peppercorns might be contaminated with salmonella. [More]

25 Tons Of Edible Peanut Butter Dumped In Landfill After Dispute Between Plant And Costco

25 Tons Of Edible Peanut Butter Dumped In Landfill After Dispute Between Plant And Costco

Yesterday we told you that Sunland Foods Inc., the peanut butter plant behind the Great Peanut Butter Recall of 2012, was being sold at a bankruptcy auction. Sure, you could say that makes the company the big loser in peanut-gate. But today we learned the real losers are all the lovers of the creamy, nutty food. Why? Because the company is dumping 950,000 jars of safe, edible peanut butter into a New Mexico landfill following a dispute with Costco. [More]

Plant Behind Great Peanut Butter Recall Of 2012 Sold At Bankruptcy Auction

Plant Behind Great Peanut Butter Recall Of 2012 Sold At Bankruptcy Auction

Remember the Great Peanut Butter Recall of 2012? We learned that natural peanut butter (the kind that usually contains just nuts and maybe some salt) sold under a huge variety of brands all came from a New Mexico company called Sunland Foods. We were sad to learn that Sunland didn’t make it through the aftermath of that recall, closing in the fall of 2013. Now the plant will reopen with a new owner. It’s just not clear yet who that will be. [More]