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New Coke & Netflix Take Viewers Back To 1985 For Stranger Things Season 3 In First-of-its-Kind Partnership

Fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things will travel back to “the summer that changed everything” – 1985 – when season 3 of the show hits the streaming platform on July 4.

Coincidentally, the summer of 1985 changed everything for Coca-Cola when the company infamously changed the formula of its beloved flagship beverage with the short-lived launch of New Coke.

In a first-of-its-kind partnership for Netflix, the Stranger Things team collaborated with Coca-Cola to immerse viewers in 1980s nostalgia. Executives from Netflix visited the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta last year to study New Coke packaging, memorabilia, advertising and more to ensure the script accurately reflected historical events and that all props and visuals stayed true to the time period. New Coke will appear in several episodes.

And (spoiler alert!) New Coke will be available this summer via a (very) limited promotional run to bring to life one of 1985’s biggest cultural moments – both on and off screen.

Stranger Things creators and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer (“the Duffer Brothers”) – longtime Coke fans – have gone to great lengths to weave the brand into the show’s storyline since its first season. To date, Coca-Cola products, ads and logos have appeared more than a dozen times in the series.

Moviegoers will see another “first” from the Coke-Netflix partnership this summer – the first-ever advertisement directed by the Duffer Brothers. The ad, which will run online and in select cinemas nationwide starting May 24, features Stranger Things characters enjoying New Coke at a movie theatre. The spot brings Season 3 into the real world by placing the show’s cast in the plotline of a 1980s Coca-Cola TV ad set to the original music.

New Coke cans roll off a production line near Atlanta earlier this month. On Thursday May 23, Coca-Cola will release a limited number of New Coke cans online as part of a partnership with the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. 

The New Coke comeback will extend beyond cameos on the show, however. Coca-Cola is bringing back a very limited promotional supply of the ill-fated product – which was pulled after only 79 days on the market following public outcry – this summer.

Beginning May 23 at 5 p.m. ET, Coca-Cola will release a limited number of 12-oz. cans of New Coke – yes, the same recipe from 1985 – as part of a bundle that includes two New Coke cans along with a limited-edition and numbered Stranger Things/Coca-Cola and Coke Zero Sugar 8-oz. glass bottle at CokeStore.com/1985.

Fans can also get their hands on New Coke via an “upside-down” Stranger Things-inspired vending machine that will pop up in select cities, starting May 23 in New York, to dispense free cans of New Coke for a limited time. And fans who buy a ticket to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta or make a purchase of $19.85 or more at Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas on select days during the week of June 3 will have a chance to get New Coke cans as a gift, while supplies last.

Because the limited supply of New Coke is only expected to last a few weeks, Coca-Cola also is unveiling limited-edition Stranger Things packages to engage more fans in the partnership, including a 16-oz. can of Coke featuring the original (pre-New Coke) 1985 design with “Enjoy Coke” and the Stranger Things logo, and a 16-oz. Coke Zero Sugar can with a limited-edition Stranger Things design. The “sip & scan” icons on the cans unlock chances to win a variety of Stranger Things experiences as part of the “Enjoy Coca-Cola” summer campaign.

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Hershey’s Redesigns Milk Chocolate Bar For First Time In 125 Years

The Hershey’s brand came up with a new way to satisfy America’s love for emojis. For the first time in The Hershey Company’s 125-year history, the iconic Hershey’s brand is changing the look of its original milk chocolate bar and transforming each piece to include an emoji. The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bars will feature 25 of the most popular emojis across six different emoji packaging designs – all designed to collect, share and eat. The new bars are set to launch this summer, nationwide, for a limited-time only in both standard size and snack size bars.

For those wondering why certain emojis made the cut, each one was carefully selected by parents and kids to feature meanings that would help to spark a conversation. Research showed that 87 percent of kids agreed that the new Hershey’s Emoji Bar is something they would want to share with others¹. This limited time offering will arrive just in time for summer and will also be available in the run up to back-to-school, while supplies last.

The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bar has an emoji for every emotion. It offers a fun way for kids to connect with others, whether on the first day of school or if they just moved to a new neighborhood, so grab them while you can. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bars come in standard 1.55 oz. bar (SRP: $0.99), 9.45 oz. snack size bag (SRP: $4.09).

The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji bar will arrive in stores this summer.

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Bob Ross The Joy of Cereal

Pop culture retailer FYE has created a wonderful tribute to the legendary television art instructor Bob Ross in the form of breakfast cereal. 

The crunchy toasted oat rings are complemented with the bright colors of 7 delicate mini-marshmallows.

Order HERE.

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Specially Designed Coca-Cola Products Coming Exclusively To Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

From the engaging sights and sounds to the tantalizing tastes of Black Spire Outpost, everything within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been carefully crafted to ensure an immersive experience that has never been seen before. 

Disney Parks previously shared that visitors will be able to discover otherworldly flavors at their many food and beverage locations, and today Disney shared a bit more about one of these unique elements that galactic travelers will only be able to find on their visit to Batuu.

Disney parks wanted to create something truly special – something that will bring your own Star Wars adventure to life in a whole new way. They reached out to Coca-Cola, and along with Lucasfilm Ltd. came up with specially designed Coca-Cola bottles that are designed to fit authentically within the Star Wars universe.

These unique Coca-Cola products will be available at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from May 31st at Disneyland Park and August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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The Secret Game of Thrones Shake Shack Menu Is Only Available If You Order in Valyrian

HBO is collaborating with hamburger chain Shake Shack to produce two Game of Thrones themed menu items, the Dragonglass shake and the Dracarys burger. 

The catch is you can only order them by speaking Valyrian!

Shake Shack has provided a guide to placing an order with pronunciation guidance.

Please note that this is only at a the Madison Square Park Shake Shack in the Flatiron District. The Dragonglass Shake will be available through 5/19, while the Dracarys Burger will be available through 4/21, while supplies last.

Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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Heinz Unveils Ketchup And Ranch Hybrid Called ‘Kranch’

What do you get when you combine ketchup and ranch? Kranch, of course, the newest condiment combination to hit stores (and soon to hit every dippable food you know).

If you’re the kind of person that likes the dip better than the food itself, the past year has been pretty great for you. In September 2018, Heinz unveiled Mayochup, a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup built for fry fans who can’t decide between the two common condiments. In March 2019, they released two saucy combos that had dip-lovers going wild: Mayomust and Mayocue, comprised of mayonnaise and mustard and mayonnaise and barbecue sauce, respectively.

Kranch sauce has already begun rolling out on shelves nationwide. The bottles will be sold for $3.49 each.

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Bazooka Joe And His Gang Are Back With New Bazooka Bubble Gum Throwback Pack

Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of The Topps Company, Inc., is returning to its roots with the launch of the Bazooka Throwback pack! Inspired by the brand’s iconic original packaging and old-school comic strips, the Bazooka Throwback pack features nostalgic 1980s graphics and Original flavor Bazooka Bubble Gum wrapped in classic comics. The easy to carry, six-count pack will be available at Kroger, Family Dollar, Party City, Cracker Barrel, and other major retailers nation-wide.

“We are excited to offer our consumers a trip down memory lane with Bazooka Throwback” said Matt Nathanson, Bazooka Brand Manager. “This new product is a great tribute to the bubble gum brand that has been cherished for generations by kids of all ages.”

The return of the original comics is particularly exciting, as this re-issue features Bazooka Joe & His Gang comics that have not been seen for decades. Each wrapper also features an original Bazooka fortune as well as a digital code to unlock even more content at bazookajoe.com.

“The number one request we receive from consumers is ‘Bring back the comics!’”  added Mr. Nathanson, “So we have opened up the Bazooka vault to re-print the timeless original comics – giving Bazooka fans yet another reason to chew!”

Since its debut in 1947, Bazooka bubble gum has been a fixture in America’s pop culture and candy landscape, with over half-billion pieces sold each year. The Bazooka Throwback pack continues the Bazooka bubble gum legacy with a nostalgic tribute to its past.

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Burger King Fools Customers iWith A New Meat-Free ‘Impossible Whopper’

On April Fool’s Day, 2019, a Burger King in St. Louis asked its very carnivorous customers to test out a new version of their iconic burger The Whopper. Without telling them, Burger King substituted in Impossible patty for the beef. The customers could not believe that this new “Impossible Whopper” was completely plant-based and meat-free. One person even stated “That’s impossible. It tastes just like a Whopper should”.

Starting this week, 59 exclusive Burger King restaurants in and around St. Louis will be testing the Impossible Whopper — a flame-grilled, plant-based patty topped with freshly sliced tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a toasted sesame seed bun.

The Impossible Whopper is, “All Whopper. No beef.” It’s as juicy, craveable and delicious as the original Whopper. The limited-time offer makes Burger King restaurants the first coast-to-coast quick-service restaurant to serve the award-winning, plant-based meat from food startup Impossible Foods, maker of the Impossible Burger.

Click HERE for more info on the Impossible Whopper.

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KillKat Evil Wafers By Andrew Bell

Toy designer Andrew Bell of Dead Zebra asks the question, “Are sugary treats killing us?”

Bell’s vinyl collectible inspired by a certain popular candy bar gives new meaning to the words “Dark Chocolate”!

This sweet and psycho conjoined confection comes in a candy wrapper style package and can be ordered in the regular 6″ size for $40 or the 14.5″ King Size variant for $130.

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Reese’s Announces Limited-Time Chocolate Lovers & Peanut Butter Lovers Cups

Reese’s is giving candy fans the chance to have more of what they love with the new limited-time Reese’s Lovers Cups. The two new cups — “Chocolate Lovers” and “Peanut Butter Lovers” — will be available nationwide beginning in mid-April.

The Lovers Cups give candy fans choice between enjoying more peanut butter or more chocolate.

The new Reese’s Peanut Butter Lovers will literally have a peanut butter candy top shell, and the new Reese’s Chocolate Lovers is more chocolate than we’ve ever packed into a Reese’s Cup,” according to Hershey’s.

The Chocolate Lovers cup has a much higher proportion of richer milk chocolate and a thicker shell surrounding the peanut butter. The Peanut Butter Lovers, which looks truly unique, contains more peanut butter inside, a thinner chocolate shell and is topped with a peanut buttery coating.

The Lovers cups come in both regular and king-size sleeves.

To launch the new Lovers Cups, Reese’s will open a “Reese’s Swap Shop” in New York City from March 26 to March 27. Reese’s fans can swap any beloved item (old skates, a toaster, even a stuffed animal) for a Reese’s Chocolate Lovers or Peanut Butter Lovers cup.

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