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Stranger Things Themed Ice Cream Shop Scoops Ahoy Pops Up In Burbank

The wildly popular Netflix series Stranger Things has transformed a Baskin-Robbins in Burbank into a retro style ice cream parlor.

Through Sunday, July 14, the shop will double as Scoops Ahoy, the nautical-themed ice cream parlor (and employer of Joe Keery’s character, Steve) that is a favorite hot-weather hangout for Hawkins’ heroes. The immersive takeover will transport Stranger Things fans to the summer of ’85. Even the staff’s uniforms and the drive-through got a makeover.

The menu features a bunch of new Stranger Things frozen treats!

To transform Baskin-Robbins’ L.A. flagship, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer granted the ice cream company exclusive behind-the-scenes access: “We read the scripts back in October; [the Duffer brothers] allowed us in their offices and we got three hours to read,” David Nagel, Baskin-Robbins senior director of consumer engagement, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Naturally, the store houses an Instagram-worthy, ship-themed photo opp wall with wood paneling, brass portholes and a working brass bell. The shop’s floors and walls were covered in blue-and-white checkered and striped vinyl, freezer door handles were swapped out with nautical rope and every visible Baskin-Robbins logo (even on napkin holders and the sliding glass doors) was replaced with the fictional dessert counter’s anchor logo. Of course, there are plenty of Easter eggs for fans to discover.

To pull it all off, Baskin-Robbins worked closely with Stranger Things set designer Jess Royal on the interiors. “She was talking about all the detail and research that she goes into, so we started doing our own research about the ’80s and how we could be totally authentic. Everything we’ve done, we’re matching to the show, even down to our TV commercials,” says Nagel. The brand’s research and development team (“They are the best anywhere; they’re a mix of food scientists and chefs”) whipped up the menu.

Baskin-Robbins, 1201 South Victory Blvd., Burbank; baskin-robbins.com

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter

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KFC Cheetos Sandwich

Kentucky Fried Chicken and the fan-favorite Cheetos brand announced the nationwide launch of the Cheetos Sandwich with assistance from its newest Colonel, the most mischievous cat around: Chester Cheetah.

Chester is the first brand icon and spokescheetah to portray KFC’s famous founder, Colonel Harland Sanders. He will take the reins on KFC’s social channels and appear on TV screens in ad spots (beginning June 30) to promote the iconic co-branded partnership and remind Cheetos and KFC lovers everywhere that the new Cheetos Sandwich is only available at KFC through the end of July.  

The Cheetos Sandwich – a juicy, hand-breaded Extra Crispy chicken filet drizzled with a special Cheetos sauce, layered over Cheetos and mayo, placed on a toasted bun – will satisfy all your crunchy, cheesy wishes.

To prepare for the role, Chester donned his best white Colonel suit, posed in a digital billboard spot and even took over a New York City KFC (242 E. 14th Street), hosting an Instagrammable and exclusive pop-up event on June 27. The party featured one-of-a-kind KFC and Cheetos mashup menu items available only at the event and an exclusive first taste of the new Cheetos Sandwich for consumers.

Chester took it upon himself to “Cheetos-fy” the entire restaurant, including a 28 feet by 12 feet long wall mural painted outside the restaurant by artist, Vizie, in what he calls “an explosion of flavor.” The abstract and colorful mural is a symbolic representation to show the merging of two renowned brands, KFC and Cheetos, and is available for fans to snap a selfie in front of through the end of July.

As part of the launch, KFC will also introduce the Cheetos Lovers Box meal, which includes the Cheetos Sandwich, Popcorn Nuggets drizzled in Cheetos sauce, mac and cheese, wedges and a medium drink (prices and participation may vary).

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Here Is A First Peek At The Taco Bell Pop-Up Hotel In Palm Springs

Taco Bell shared a first peek inside its much-anticipated pop-up hotel in Palm Springs, California named ‘The Bell’.

Reservations open Thursday, June 27,  with availability to guests this summer from August 8 through August 12 for $169 per night.

“The hotel draws on Taco Bell’s vibrant palette to create a unique and flavor-filled destination that is the ultimate expression of the brand, unlike anything the brand has done before,” says Taco Bell’s senior director of retail engagement and experience, Jennifer Arnoldt.

The branded hotel, which will temporarily take over the V Hotel Palm Springs hotel at 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, will offer 70 rooms. It will feature a “Freeze Lounge”—inspired by the chain’s “Mountain Dew Baja Blast” beverage—where presumably guests can enjoy antifreeze-colored slushies, try to not bounce off the walls in the ensuing sugar rush and ultimately crash into a puddle on the floor.

Other entertainment will include “dive-in movies” and performances from musical acts participating in Taco Bell’s long-running “Feed the Beat” food-for-touring-bands program, as well taco-themed nail art.

While guests will be able to eat Taco Bell-inspired resort fare and new (as-yet-unveiled) menu items, Taco Bell is also hinting that Taco Bell breakfast in bed will be available.

Click HERE for more info.

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What Is The Best Sandwich in Every U.S. State?

From the humble grilled cheese to slow-cooked pulled pork, there’s something for everyone at sandwich establishments across the nation.

Preferences vary widely from state to state: Some can be held in your hands, much like the original; other’s require a fork and knife to dig into. For purists, a sandwich is anything between two slices of bread or halves of a roll (burgers and hot dogs notwithstanding), and every one of the 50 states has something exciting in that regard to offer.

To create this list, Far & Wide did a deep dive into the culinary history and local specialties of each and every state in order to identify its emblematic sandwich. Once they zeroed in on the dish that best represented the local cuisine, they delved into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor to find the restaurants, sandwich shops and food carts that locals claimed were making the very best examples of what their state had to offer. 

I’m going to go off the list and give a shout out to Portland, Maine where I grew up and their iconic Italian sandwich. For those unfamiliar, a Maine Italian sub is prepared using a long soft Italian bread, ham, American cheese, tomato, onion, sour pickle, green bell pepper, black olives, olive oil, salt and black pepper. I know that everyone loves Amato’s for this New England treat but I prefer Dipietro’s Market in South Portland. If Sam is working say hello from me and feel free to ship me a sub, I sure miss them!

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite sandwich made the cut?

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Burger King Created An Upside Down Whopper For Stranger Things Season 3

Burger King is unveiling an Upside Down Whopper—named in honor of the show’s Upside Down parallel dimension. The tie-in is a co-promotion with Coca-Cola and Netflix.

The Upside Down Whopper sandwich features exclusive packaging and the same ingredients as the original Whopper, served upside down. The burger will only be sold in 11 locations, a reference to the show’s protagonist Eleven. The limited-time product goes on sale June 21 at these locations:

10494 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL, 33065
25560 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX, 77494
128 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02108
415 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, GA, 30263
2400 Caster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19134
2009 Coit Road, Plano, TX, 75075
2840 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60647
35 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
4918 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90027
327 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036
1437 West Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21230

The 11 restaurants will also have limited edition T-shirts, crowns, ketchup packets and pins with a Stranger Things theme.

The campaign also includes a contest in partnership with Coca-Cola. By purchasing any soft drink at participating Burger Kings, 100,000 customers every day will have a chance to win swag, free food, cash, airline tickets, a car or a Stranger Things VIP Experience. Plus, a “Hopper Meal” (named after the police chief in the series) that is ordered through delivery service DoorDash with code “STRANGER” unlocks exclusive content from the third season from June 13 through June 20.

Stranger Things returns to Netflix on July 4.

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Good Burger Pop Up Announcement

Ahead of the premiere of the All That revival, Nickelodeon announced plans to launch a pop-up Good Burger restaurant in Los Angeles. The team behind Saved By the Max, the Saved By the Bell-themed diner that appeared in 2016, is partnering with the network to help bring Good Burger to life. While the restaurant won’t open until July 10, you can purchase tickets starting Monday, June 17 at 10 a.m. PT.

Visitors will be able to munch on real Good Burgers, Good Chunks, and Good Shakes. A statement from Nickelodeon also promises “Good Burger-themed service experiences, merchandise, games, secret sauce and more.”

The revived All That, executive produced by the original Good Burger team of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, will premiere Saturday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Original cast members Mitchell, Josh Server, and Lori Beth Denberg will make guest appearances, along with the Jonas Brothers.

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McDonalds Toy Story 4 Happy Meal Toys

Starting June 11, ten McDonald’s Happy Meal toys will be available for guests to collect and build their own carnival. In addition to the toy, each Happy Meal toy bag will have a ticket that can be scanned in the McDonald’s app for exclusive opportunities and content. 

You could win a family vacation for four to Walt Disney World Resort or you could win one of millions of Happy Meal or other food prizes. Get a game ticket for four with each Toy Story 4 Happy Meal and use the App to enter for your chance to win, and earn credits for even more family fun in our Rewards Store.

The Happy Meal box will also have augmented reality features that can be unlocked in the Snapchat app.

Download the McDonald’s app HERE.

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What Is The Best Pizza In Every U.S. State?

As the saying goes, “Even bad pizza is pretty good.” But there are some pizzas that are much better than “still pretty good” — they’re out-of-this-world amazing. 

Where are the best pizza joints across America? TripAdvisor took a look at the places reviewers were giving top marks, accounting for overall ratings and the quality and quantity of reviews. The following pizza places were deemed the best in every U.S. state (plus the District of Columbia), earning a minimum of 4 out of 5 “bubbles” based on at least 100 reviews. 

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite pizzeria made the cut?

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Heinz Releases Special Ed Sheeran Themed Bottles of Tomato Ketchup

Heinz has released a special edition Ed Sheeran themed bottle of tomato ketchup. Rebranded as Tomato Edchup and sporting an image of a Sheeran lookalike tomato, the bottles will hit the shelves in supermarkets later this month.

The Shape Of You singer is known for his love of Heinz tomato ketchup – he has an image of the famous label tattooed on his arm.

EdChup is still your standard ketchup, just with a cool label and you can buy the product right now at HeinzEdchup.com. It costs $5 for a 32-ounce bottle, plus $2.50 in shipping (along with tax) to get your hands on one.

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Stranger Things Are Happening At Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of specialty ice cream shops, is partnering with Netflix to give Stranger Things fans something to sink their teeth into leading up to the show’s highly-anticipated premiere this July 4th. Because after all, even Demogorgons love ice cream.

Starting in June, Stranger Things are happening at Baskin-Robbins. First, both ice cream and Stranger Things fans will be able enjoy two exclusive Stranger Things-inspired Flavors of the Month:

– Eleven’s Heaven: a waffle cone-flavored ice cream with chocolate-coated sugar cone pieces and a chocolate icing flavored ribbon

– Upside Down Pralines: chocolate ice cream with praline pecans and a chocolate-caramel flavored ribbon

Two Flavors of the Month instead of one are just the strange beginning; fans can get prepared for season three all month long with more Stranger Things inspiration, such as:

– Upside Down Sundae: a sundae featuring the Upside Down Pralines Flavor of the Month that’s built upside down with the toppings on the bottom

– Demogorgon Sundae: a waffle bowl sundae that frightfully resembles a Demogorgon monster

– Byers’ House Lights Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat: a flash back to season one that includes a Chocolate Chip Polar Pizza crust with Snickers ice cream, topped with strings of fudge and M&Ms Chocolate Candy Christmas lights

– USS Butterscotch Quarts: butterscotch flavored ice cream loaded with butterscotch toffee and a toffee ribbon, a sneak preview of what’s to come in July

– Elevenade Freeze: a refreshing summer drink made with vanilla ice cream and Minute Maid Lemonade

– Exclusive Stranger Things Merchandise: including a one-of-a-kind Steve Funko figure, 80’s-inspired magnets and sticker sets and Stranger Things t-shirts: all available at participating shops, while supplies last

– Collectible Containers: take home fresh-packed ice cream in one of four limited edition containers featuring Stranger Things designs: Baskin-Robbins double-dares fans to collect them all

“We wanted to give fans a taste of the new season of Stranger Things and are thrilled to partner with Netflix to give customers across the country an experience straight out of Hawkins, Indiana,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “Whether you love the show or just love some seriously delicious ice cream creations, we’ve got something for everyone.”

Hungry for more? The curiosity voyage continues on Sunday, June 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. with an Elevenade Freeze National Sampling Day. This flavor journey continues full steam ahead as the Baskin-Robbins and Netflix teams also bring season three’s Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Shop to life with a one-of-a-kind ice cream truck that’ll be serving up scoops to fans on the West Coast in June.

If you’re too busy streaming seasons one and two to leave the house, Baskin-Robbins also offers online ordering for quick and easy in-store pickup (www.baskinrobbins.com/ordering) and deliveries through DoorDash (www.DoorDash.com/baskinrobbins).

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