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Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices

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For the very first time, you can get some of your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors in an individually wrapped, hand-held format. Pint Slices allow you to get your ice cream fix on the go, and their clever packaging helps you avoid a mess.

You can get them in four flavors, and they’ll be found in the novelty section of your supermarket’s ice cream aisle beginning this week. Each box comes with three Pint Slices and will retail for $4.99.

The flavors are:

Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices: Peanut butter ice cream bars with peanut butter cups and a dark chocolate coating.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices: Chocolate ice cream bars with fudge brownie chunks and a dark chocolate coating.

Americone Dream Pint Slices: Vanilla ice cream bars with caramel swirls, fudge covered waffle cone piece, and a waffle cone-flecked dark chocolate coating.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pint Slices: Vanilla ice cream bars with chocolate chip

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McDonald’s Creates Re-engineered Straws For Shamrock Season

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McDonald’s USA today changed the world (of shake-drinking) with a limited-edition straw designed by a team of aerospace and robotic engineers.

The Chocolate Shamrock Shake, one of four new seasonal McCafé beverages, has dual layers of delicious chocolate shake below Shamrock Shake. The new recipe presented McDonald’s a unique challenge to reinvent the shake experience. To deliver the ideal flavor ratio of 50% chocolate and 50% mint in each sip, versus enjoying each flavor separately with a traditional straw, McDonald’s turned to highly-qualified engineering firms. JACE and NK Labs created the probably-more-revolutionary-than-actually-needed Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal (the STRAW). The STRAW’s j-shape provides optimal flavor flow dynamics.

Due to the STRAW’s unique design, only 2,000 were produced in time for Shamrock season. The STRAW will be available in select participating restaurants with the purchase of a Chocolate Shamrock Shake. Visit mcdonalds.mwnewsroom.com/US to learn where and when the lucky few will be distributed. And, like the seasonal offering of the McCafé Shamrock Chocolate offerings, the STRAW is also available for a limited time.

The Chocolate Shamrock Shake is one of four new mint and chocolate flavored McCafé beverages now available at McDonald’s locations nationwide for a limited time.

Those beverages include:

Chocolate Shamrock Shake: Vanilla soft serve and chocolate flavored syrup under the original mint flavored Shamrock Shake. Top it off with green sprinkles, whipped topping, and a cherry and it’s a match made in Shamrock heaven.

Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappé: Made with an indulgent blend of chocolate chips and a hint of coffee, topped with green sprinkles, whipped topping, and tantalizing chocolaty drizzle.

Shamrock Mocha: Our classic Hot Mocha just got minty. Made with sustainably sourced espresso beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, steamed whole or nonfat milk, mint and mocha flavored syrup, and topped with whipped topping and delicious chocolaty drizzle.

Shamrock Hot Chocolate: Our delicious Hot Chocolate now with cool mint flavor. Made with steamed whole or nonfat milk, mint and mocha flavored syrup, and topped with whipped topping and chocolaty drizzle.

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21 Royal, A New Private Dining Experience At Disneyland

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Imagine hosting an extraordinary dinner party in the heart of Disneyland Park, in a private residence once envisioned by Walt and Lillian Disney as a secluded family retreat and a luxurious oasis in which to host celebrities and dignitaries.

Some five decades later, the Disneys’ vision has come to fruition. Their original designs for this one-of-a-kind space have been faithfully and painstakingly recreated—only this time as the site of an unforgettable epicurean experience. Welcome to 21 Royal.

On the evening of your 21 Royal experience, your guests will arrive at the majestic Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where they will be greeted by the hotel’s valets. Once your entire party has assembled, they will be given a VIP escort to the site of the evening’s festivities.

Legendary Disney service is on display from the moment your guests are welcomed by the 21 Royal staff. First, signature cocktails are served by professional butlers in the salon, then everyone is invited out to the patio for a casual reception. You and your guests will also have time to explore the different rooms—and discover some of their more magical features.

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Then it’s time for dinner. You and your guests take your seats around a lavish table covered in white linens, fresh flowers and set with gold-plated dinnerware and fine crystal. This is when the evening’s adventure really begins—as a fascinating tale unfolds told through fine food and drink.

In true Disney fashion, you can end your evening with a grand finale—dessert on the private balcony, where you and your guests are treated to a spectacular view of the Rivers of America, and on certain nights, prime viewing of the park’s nighttime entertainment.

Using your chosen theme for the evening as inspiration, the team thoughtfully prepares a menu that weaves together a tapestry of imaginative dishes that combine to tell a tale that is uniquely yours. The result is Disney storytelling at its delicious best.

To obtain the freshest and finest ingredients available, the chefs work directly with premier suppliers—both local and international—including farmers, fishermen and other sustainable sources.

By combining these ingredients with skillful techniques and time-honored traditions, then matching them with the perfect pairings from the extensive 21 Royal wine collection, your culinary team creates a symphony of innovative dishes that are dazzling in both flavor and appearance.

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The cost for this royal experience with a minimum party of 12 is $15,000 including tax, gratuity, valet and park admission.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit 21RoyalDisneyland.com

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McDonald’s Big Mac Is Getting Even Bigger. And Smaller.

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For those who think the Big Mac is a bit too big, McDonald’s is coming out with the Mac Jr. For those who think the Big Mac isn’t quite big enough, McDonald’s is unveiling the Grand Mac.

McDonald’s said it’s going company-wide with the burgers after successful test markets earlier this year in Ohio and Dallas/Fort Worth.

The Big Mac is distinguished by the fact that it has two burger patties instead of one, and it also has the famous “special sauce.” The Grand Mac adds more beef to the two patties, totaling one-third of a pound of beef. The Mac Jr. has just one larger patty, loses the middle bun, but keeps the special sauce.

The Big Mac was invented in 1967 by Michael “Jim” Delligatti at his franchise in Uniontown, Pa. Delligatti, who eventually owned 48 franchises, died at age 98 in November, just weeks after McDonald’s first announced plans for the Grand Mac and Mac Jr.

This is the latest change from Steve Easterbrook, who became CEO in 2015. Easterbrook has experimented with fast food innovations, including self-order kiosks, mobile pay options, updated interior design and table service. He also pioneered the all-day breakfast menu, which has helped to drive revenue and profits.

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Taco Bell To Launch The Naked Chicken Chalupa On January 26, 2017

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Taco Bell is coming un-shelled with its latest food innovation, coming in the form of the first taco shell made entirely of marinated, all-white crispy chicken. The Naked Chicken Chalupa will bare all nationwide on January 26, 2017 clucking the trend of traditional fried chicken.

“Something this delicious yet different is bound to ruffle some feathers; some might even cluck their tongues at it,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell Corp. “However, we feel confident that once our fans get a taste of the Naked Chicken Chalupa they are going to understand exactly why this is our next big, fun and craveable innovation, following in the footsteps of the Doritos Locos Tacos five years ago and the Quesalupa just last year.”

The shell is made with four ounces of marinated, all-white-meat, antibiotic-free chicken kicked up with bold Mexican spices and seasoning, and is packed with fresh shredded lettuce, diced ripe tomatoes, cheddar cheese and creamy avocado ranch. The mouthwatering combination brings a fresh, crisp flavor with a kick of spice to the menu like never before.

Crisped to perfection to deliver a solid crunch for just $2.99, it will also be featured in a $5 Box including a Naked Chicken Chalupa, Doritos Locos Taco, Crunchy Taco and Medium Drink.

Fans are encouraged to follow along leading into the nationwide launch of the Naked Chicken Chalupa using the hashtag #NakedChickenChalupa.

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Come Check Out The LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show February 18th & 19th, 2017

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The biggest baking and pastry convention on the West Coast! Meet thousands of Californians who share your brand’s love for all things sweet, salty and savory in the world of baking and sweets.

Featuring Duff Goldman, Elise Strachan, Rosanna Pansino and Burt Ward; 2017’s LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is a can’t-miss event!

For more information click HERE.

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Amazon Go

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Amazon Go is a new kind of store with no checkout required. Amazon created the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line. With their “Just Walk Out” Shopping experience, simply use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products you want, and go! No lines, no checkout!

The checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. Their Just Walk Out technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, your Amazon account will be charged and a receipt will be sent to you.

The future stores will roughly measure 1,800 square feet which is conveniently compact so busy customers can get in and out fast.

To get started, all you need is an Amazon account, a supported smartphone, and the free Amazon Go app.

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Amazon Go offers delicious ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh every day by on-site chefs and favorite local kitchens and bakeries. The selection of grocery essentials ranges from staples like bread and milk to artisan cheeses and locally made chocolates. You’ll find well-known brands plus special finds.

Currently there is a single store which is located at 2131 7th Ave, Seattle, WA, on the corner of 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street. Amazon Go is currently open to Amazon employees in a Beta program, and will open to the public in early 2017.

Click HERE to be updated when an Amazon Go store is coming to your neighborhood.

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The Hottest Lexus IS Ever

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Lexus wants you to know it’s the hottest automobile brand around. So, it created a red-and-green, hotter-than-hell Sriracha version of its new Lexus IS sports sedan.

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The vehicle was produced and was on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Sadly, you won’t actually be able to buy the Sriracha IS as it Lexus made only one.

The spicy car has a Sriracha-injected steering wheel; temperature settings that go from Cool to Sriracha; a special Sriracha paint job, Sriracha Red offset with flecks of chili-like flakes; green accents including the spindle grille outline and hand-stitching on the seats; and even a key fob with an “emergency chili button” that dispenses Sriracha from a nozzle and the trunk is stocked with 43 bottles of Sriracha for emergencies.

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“The new Lexus IS is so hot, we decided to make it Sriracha hot, with all the custom details every Sriracha fan will appreciate,” says Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing.

“I feel so humbled to see my Lexus and Sriracha friends’ love for my hot sauce,” adds David Tran, CEO and founder of Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods. “The Lexus Sriracha IS is really the perfect mix for a ‘hot’ and ‘spicy car’—just the way I like it.”

Lexus agency Team One dreamed up the idea and helped to execute it.

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Oreo Big Crunch Candy Bar

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Just in time for the holiday season, Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International is releasing a candy bar that incorporates the beloved crunchy vanilla-creme cookie and European milk chocolate.

The 10.5-ounce Milka Oreo Big Crunch Chocolate Candy Bar hit the candy aisles of Wal-Mart, Kroger, ShopRite and Albertsons stores nationwide on Monday.

“We’ve been planning to introduce Oreo Chocolate Candy Bars for some time given our overseas success,” with the Milka line of chocolate bars, an Oreo spokesperson told The Washington Times.

“Before launching a new product, we always look at every market introduction through a local lens and time of year,” the spokesperson added, noting Mondelez considered the holiday season the perfect time to roll out the sharing-size confection.

“The holiday season in particular is a time when we see families sharing a range of delicious treats and we think they’ll especially love our new the Milka Oreo Big Crunch Chocolate Candy Bar,” the spokesperson said.

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The World’s Most Expensive Potato Chips

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Behold the world’s most expensive potato chips from St. Eriks. These exclusive crunchy treats are prepared with the finest ingredients like truffle seaweed, Leksand onion, crown dill, and ammarnas potatoes that combine to create utter snacking perfection.

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$56 for 5 chips, sadly sold out.

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