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You Probably Just Shouldn’t Eat Anything With Sunflower Seeds In It For A While

Sunflower seeds are a satisfying snack, and especially good to eat during a long drive. They’re also a common ingredient in cereals, granola, granola bars, protein bars, cookies, and you can even buy sunflower seed butter. We didn’t realize quite how popular they are until a company called SunOpta found Listeria monocytogenes contamination after routine testing of their bulk sunflower seeds. Since then, companies from supermarkets to sporting goods stores have been recalling their products that contain sunflower seeds, and those little seeds are everywhere. [More]

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Yes, That’s A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup With Reese’s Pieces In It

When someone writes from a public relations agency to alert us to a “leaked” product posted on some random person’s Facebook page a few weeks ago, it’s not hard to figure out the source and purpose of the leak. Reese’s wanted to get word out about a new creation: peanut butter cups with mini Reese’s Pieces mixed up in the filling. [More]

NatureBox Expands From Podcast Ads To Store Shelves At Target

NatureBox Expands From Podcast Ads To Store Shelves At Target

NatureBox, a subscription box offering curated selections of healthy(ish) snacks, is a company that you may not be familiar with…unless you’re a fan of podcasts, in which case you’re probably tired of hearing about NatureBox, since they’re a frequent advertiser in that medium. Now the company is reaching out to the rest of the population in a partnership with Target, putting its snacks on store shelves. [More]

Why Hershey Is Betting Its Future On Dried Meat Bars

Why Hershey Is Betting Its Future On Dried Meat Bars

After making untold billions of dollars as probably the brand name most associated with chocolate in America, Hershey is quickly trying to position itself as something other than a purveyor of sweets. After last year’s acquisition of the Krave line of beef jerky products, Hershey is hoping that folks will gobble up its upcoming dried meat bars. [More]

American Airlines Will Give You Free Treats At The Gate If Your Flight Is Delayed For At Least Two Hours

American Airlines Will Give You Free Treats At The Gate If Your Flight Is Delayed For At Least Two Hours

Would a bag of pretzels or a can of soda placate you if your flight were delayed for two hours? American Airlines hopes that’s all it’ll take.  [More]

American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

Nearly two months after United Airlines said it would turn back the clock and start providing passengers with free nibbles, American Airlines is also jumping on the snack bandwagon, once again offering complimentary treats — and, on some flights, free meals — to economy-class travelers. [More]

United Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks For Economy Passengers

United Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks For Economy Passengers

United Airlines appears to be bringing back the glory days of flying. Okay, not the ’60s-esque glory days, but the other ones: when you didn’t have to shell out $5 (or more) for a bag of chips. The carrier announced today that it’s leveling the snacking playing field by once again offering economy passengers free nibbles.  [More]

Not an actual child's fruit cup, but tasty. (Steve R.)

Federal Program To Feed Poor Kids Fresh Fruit And Vegetables Is Actually Controversial

The federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program means that kids in high-poverty schools receive cups of fresh fruits and vegetables every day, starting kids on what program boosters hope will be a lifelong habit of thinking of fresh produce as valid and delicious snacks. Who could possibly object to that? Lobbyists for the frozen, canned, and dried fruit industries. [More]

The Doritos brand, in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, launches Doritos Rainbows chips, a new, limited-edition product to celebrate the LGBT community.

Doritos Shows Support For LGBT Teens With Limited-Run Rainbow Tortilla Chips

Some of America’s biggest companies have publicly shown support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. Today, one snack company took its commitment to another level: creating a limited-edition bag of rainbow-colored Doritos. [More]

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Maker Of Oreos, Chips Ahoy! And Other Snacks Plans To Offer Significantly More Healthy Treats In Five Years

Perhaps the introduction of the so-called healthier, more adult-focused Thin Oreos earlier this year was a sign that Mondelez, the maker behind the cookies and a plethora of other snacks, was on the fast track to being a health-conscious brand. [More]

Target Testing Healthier Cafe Concepts — No Hot Dogs Or Nachos In Sight

Target Testing Healthier Cafe Concepts — No Hot Dogs Or Nachos In Sight

Sometimes you just can’t get through your shopping trip at Target without a little snack, say, a hot dog from the store’s cafe. You might have to settle for something a little different next time hunger strikes while you’re roaming the aisles, as Target announced it’s testing a new – healthier – cafe concept. [More]

Snyder’s Of Hanover Shrinks Tortilla Chip Bags By 3.5 Ounces To Fit In

Snyder’s Of Hanover Shrinks Tortilla Chip Bags By 3.5 Ounces To Fit In

The definition of how much food should be in a “family size” package is kind of fuzzy, but it’s apparent that snack food company Snyder’s of Hanover thinks that our families need to eat fewer tortilla chips. One perceptive tortilla chip fan reports that their “family size” bags are in the process of shrinking from 16 ounces to 12.5. [More]

United Flight Delayed In Belfast Because Of Crackers, Could Cost Airline $550,000

United Flight Delayed In Belfast Because Of Crackers, Could Cost Airline $550,000

It’s amazing what a craving for a salty snack can do to people, like say, even divert an airplane. Or at least that’s the reason being given for a situation over the weekend in which nearly 300 United Airlines passengers crew members were stuck at a Belfast airport for nearly 24 hours. [More]

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Companies Can Charge Customers A Bunch Of Money For Snack Bars Because They Know We’ll Buy’em

There are some things we won’t blink an eye at paying a premium for because, well, that’s just what we do when we want something. Like steak — meat lovers are willing to hand over a hefty chunk of change because part of that high price implies high quality. Such is the case for snack bars, which are enjoying increased popularity right now and commanding high prices. [More]

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Nestlé USA Cutting Artificial Flavors, Reducing Salt In Some Frozen Pizza Products

Following Nestlé USA’s announcement that it would be pulling artificial flavors from all its chocolate products earlier this year, the company now says it’s removing artificial flavors and reducing salt by 10% in many of its frozen pizza and snack products by the end of 205. [More]

3D, Smell-O-Vision & Indoor Weather: Rating The Best & Worst Movie Theater Innovations

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Summer blockbuster season is almost upon us. The months of kicking back in the full-blast air conditioning and watching digitally-created stuff blow up will begin in just a couple of weeks, and at this point, it’s an annual ritual. [More]

Some Freebies And Discounts To Help You Get Through Tax Day

Some Freebies And Discounts To Help You Get Through Tax Day

Depending on your tax situation, the approach of Tax Day is either a paperwork-filled nightmare or a day to kick back and enjoy having filed and received your refund back in January. It doesn’t matter when you filed for the growing number of Tax Day discounts and freebies at stores and restaurants, though: here are a few that might keep you fed and relaxed today. [More]

Makers Of SmartCandy Warned About Possibly Misleading Nutrition Claims

Makers Of SmartCandy Warned About Possibly Misleading Nutrition Claims

The Attorney General’s office for the state of New York is cautioning the company behind “vitamin infused snack” SmartCandy that its advertising may run afoul of state and federal regulations, according to a letter obtained by Consumerist. [More]