Burger King Joins Nabisco Brand Party, Tries Chips Ahoy Milkshake

Burger King Joins Nabisco Brand Party, Tries Chips Ahoy Milkshake

Fast-food and coffee chains want to serve up drinks and desserts that are flavored like chocolate chip cookies, but these aren’t just any old chocolate chip cookies. No, chains including Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, and now Burger King are selling Chips Ahoy-branded items in their restaurants, a confusing bit of cross-branding. [More]

New Fast Food Item Ideas Are Born In Test Kitchens, In Franchises, And Everywhere Else

New Fast Food Item Ideas Are Born In Test Kitchens, In Franchises, And Everywhere Else

Back in 1972, McDonald’s only served two meals each day: lunch and dinner. It took one enterprising franchisee to invent the Egg McMuffin, and with it, the entire fast food breakfast sandwich industry. Yet there aren’t many new menu items that survive the testing phase in the fast food industry, and a variety of factors could stop a new item on its way to international greatness. [More]

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FCC Approves iRobot Automatic Lawnmower

iRobot, maker of robots that vacuum your carpets and scrub your toilets, wants to bring this same technology to your lawn. The lawn? Yes, humanity might hand over yet another of our annoying chores to our robot pals. While automatic lawn mowers are nothing new, iRobot’s version is. Maybe they can popularize the devices, which haven’t really caught on in this country. [More]

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Amazon Dash Buttons Are Finally Available To Everyone

Amazon just happened to announce their new ordering gadget, Dash buttons, on March 31, which earned them a lot of free publicity as people chattered about whether it was an April Fool’s Day prank or not. It had to be a joke, right? It was not. It was a real product that Amazon promised to make available in a few weeks. Now it’s sixteen weeks later, and there are eighteen different Dash buttons that you can order. [More]

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The 10-Minute Jell-O Shot Machine Is Here

Jell-O shots are fun and delicious, but they have a serious disadvantage: they’re quick and easy to prepare, but require hours of lead time and a lot of fridge space while they congeal. This limits the potential for spontaneous boozing at your house party, but one entrepreneur realized that it also affects bar profits. His solution is a machine that cranks out a tray of Jell-O shots in five minutes. [More]

Entrepreneur Wants To Sell Un-Frozen Artisanal Ice Cubes

Entrepreneur Wants To Sell Un-Frozen Artisanal Ice Cubes

Last fall, we learned that artisanal ice cubes were an actual thing. Bars charge $1 extra for them, and they supposedly melt more slowly, leading to a less watery beverage experience and bragging rights. They cost about $1 per giant cube, and here’s the weird part: they ship unfrozen. [More]

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Brach’s Introduces Easter Chick Shaped Candy Corn For Some Reason

Fear not, candy fans: Brach’s is now able to fill in the bleak waiting time between Valentine’s Day candy corn and Independence Day candy corn with Easter candy corn. Except they’re not “corn,” they’re candy corn chicks. We live in a world where this kind of thing is acceptable. [More]

Prairie Farms Introduces Peeps-Branded Marshmallow Milks And Easter Egg Nog

Prairie Farms Introduces Peeps-Branded Marshmallow Milks And Easter Egg Nog

Last year, we brought you the news that Prairie Farms sells Easter-themed dairy beverages: specifically, jellybean milk and Easter egg nog. Now the company has partnered with Just Born, creators of Peeps marshmallow-shaped holiday treats, to sell Peep-flavored milk. Yes, that just means sugar, artificial flavors, and food coloring. That’s what Peeps are. [More]

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Mint St. Patrick’s Day Milk Goes National With TruMoo

Do you enjoy drinking milk, but think that it simply isn’t green or sugary enough? Following in the deeply disturbing footsteps of orange milk and jellybean milk comes “mint vanilla” flavored milk from TruMoo, a brand that started as a low-fat version of chocolate milk. Why mint? The milk is green, for St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s mint-flavored. It’s like a melted Shamrock Shake. [More]

New Products: Girl Scout Cookie Ice Cream Bars, Taco Bell Sauce Packet Chips

New Products: Girl Scout Cookie Ice Cream Bars, Taco Bell Sauce Packet Chips

This week, we learned about two exciting products from different food outlets. One is being test-marketed, and the other is in grocery and big-box stores across the land. What they have in common is taking a familiar and beloved product and translating it into a different but perfectly logical format. Those products? Girl Scout Thin Mints ice cream bars, and Taco Bell hot sauce tortilla chips. [More]

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GE To Sell Refrigerator With Built-In Wi-Fi-Enabled Coffeemaker

A few years ago, the brilliant appliance designers over at GE and Samsung introduced refrigerators with water dispensers that could carbonate and heat water, right there in the fridge door. This idea didn’t really catch on. Now built-in small appliances are about to become even more specific with GE’s new idea for a thing to install in the refrigerator door: a Keurig single-serve coffee maker. [More]

Smart Sleep Number Bed For Kids Banishes Monsters With App

Smart Sleep Number Bed For Kids Banishes Monsters With App

Smart appliances and Internet-connected household items are here on the market and on their way into our homes whether we like it or not, but here’s one unexpected smart product: a smart bed for children that serves as its own night light and banishes under-the-bed monsters using a smartphone app. [More]

Taco Bell’s Tortilla-Encrusted Fried Chicken Strips Are Real, Tested In 3 States

Taco Bell’s Tortilla-Encrusted Fried Chicken Strips Are Real, Tested In 3 States

If you’re one of the 49.71% of our readers who, when polled, thought that Dorito-encrusted fried chicken sounded like an amazing idea, we have great news. Kind of. Yum Brands has brought this idea one step closer to reality: as they whispered to some food bloggers a few months ago, tortilla-encrusted fried chicken strips have left the imaginations of Taco Bell’s food scientists and leapt onto restaurant menus in three states. [More]

You Can Now Delegate Mailing Boxes Of Poop To Your Enemies

You Can Now Delegate Mailing Boxes Of Poop To Your Enemies

While placing feces on the doorstep of someone who has offended you is a time-honored insult, it’s now possible, for about the cost of a pizza and wings, to have a steaming pile delievered to the address of your choice. Well, maybe not so much a “steaming pile,” and more of a “room-temperature sealed plastic container.” Is this service all it’s advertised to be? There’s nothing quite like a first-hand review when a new product or service hits the market. [More]

Christmas Candy Corn Is A Real Thing

Christmas Candy Corn Is A Real Thing

This spring, we shared the weird but not completely illogical news that candy marketers were pushing candy corn during unexpected new holidays. Brach’s markets red, white, and blue Independence Day candy corn, for example. Another company sells pastel candy corn for Easter with the theologically troubling name of Jesus Promise Seeds. Naturally, for Christmas, you can buy red, white, and green corn. [More]

The Troy-Bilt FLEX Is The Cuisinart Of Lawn Care

The Troy-Bilt FLEX Is The Cuisinart Of Lawn Care

What if you could buy one piece of equipment that would take care of many of your home and lawn care needs? Kind of like a food processor with different blades, but for the outside of your house. And huge. It would be a snow blower, lawn mower, leaf blower, and pressure washer all in one. This is a real thing, but should it be? [More]

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Taco Bell Is Testing Tortilla Chip-Encrusted Fried Chicken––No, Really

Remember a few months ago when we shared the news that KFC in the Philippines is offering fried chicken covered in Clover Chips, a popular tapioca-based snack? We took the opportunity to wonder whether parent company Yum Brands might bring that concept to the United States, substituting Dorito crumbs for Clover Chips. Well, maybe the company was listening…just not necessarily KFC. [More]

Chia Pet Makers Now Selling Jars Of Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds

Chia Pet Makers Now Selling Jars Of Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a hot food item now, but Joseph Enterprises was ahead of its time. They put chia seeds in millions of American homes starting three decades ago. Of course, there’s one key difference: we were all smearing those seeds on the exterior of a terra cotta animal, not sprinkling them on top of our breakfast granola. Until now. [More]