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Funko Cereal Coming In June

Funko Founder Michael Becker unveiled a new product line for Funko, which is cereal with mini-Pop figures included in the box. The line, which will be marketed through collectible store outlets as opposed to grocery stores, goes on sale in June 2018. As an added feature, the Elvira cereal, named after Elvira Mistress of the Dark, will turn black, and the Freddy Krueger cereal will turn red, when milk is added.

“One of the fun things is we are about to release our own line of cereal, with a mini-Pop inside,” Becker explained. “We got all the cool licenses like He-Man, Wonder Woman, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Krueger and our own Freddy Funko. We start shipping to stores in June and we have the distribution set up and the product is pre-sold. It’s just one more of those feel-good Funko items.” He continued, “I used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings while I was eating cereal. There are prizes in the cereal and it will sell for $7.99 a box. When you add milk to the Freddy Krueger cereal, it looks blood red. With the Beetlejuice cereal, when you add milk it looks like slime.”

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Smile With Lays

Lays is throwing in a dash of personalization to try to tap into a young audience by letting internet users upload a new or preexisting photo of their faces to its website to get their grins printed on a bag of original plain Lay’s chips.

Get your smile (or a friend’s smile) on a real Lay’s bag for $10.99 a bag and you can order one HERE. Lay’s is encouraging snackers to share photos of themselves with the specialized packaging on social media via the hashtag #SmileWithLays.

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Hidden Valley Is Giving Away A $35,000 Jewel-Encrusted Bottle of Ranch Dressing

For National Ranch Day, an unofficial food holiday that falls on March 10, Hidden Valley honored its iconic salad dressing with a blinged out bottle worth $35,000.

The bottle is encrusted with diamond, sapphire and 18-karat white gold, and comes with ranch dressing on the side. Hidden Valley said that the bottle was designed by “an A-list celebrity jeweler” who has remained anonymous, and that the bottle’s royal blue design is an homage to the Royal family.

“Hidden Valley Ranch will commemorate this joyous occasion (National Ranch Day) by creating a one-of-a-kind bottle to honor a fellow famous American, and remind her of the familiar flavors of her home country as she resides as royalty across the pond,” Hidden Valley said. “Renowned in these United States as the flavor that goes well with anything, Hidden Valley Ranch is honoring the great pairing of a fellow famous American with British royalty, as well as those who royally love ranch.”

Enter to win the bottle by retweeting @HVRanch‘s National Ranch Day post between Mar. 10 and May 19. The winner will be announced after May 19.

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Disney Toys Returning To McDonald’s Happy Meals

McDonald’s USA and The Walt Disney Company today announced a multi-year, non-exclusive agreement, to add more fun to family mealtime with Happy Meal cross-promotional campaigns in the United States.

This deal will be for select movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Live Action, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. The promotional alliance will begin in June with Incredibles 2, which arrives in theaters on June 15th, followed in the fall by Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which debuts in theaters November 21st.

McDonald’s recent “Commitment to Families” announcement is the latest in a series of customer-led changes that created new global nutrition criteria for Happy Meals, which will reduce calories, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar in many Happy Meal combinations. In June 2018, all Happy Meals offered on menu boards in the United States will be in line with Disney’s industry-leading nutrition guidelines.

“McDonald’s and Disney are two beloved family favorites and together with this alliance, we will create memorable moments for families,” said Morgan Flatley, McDonald’s USA Chief Marketing Officer.  “As we continue to build a better McDonald’s, this relationship combines ingenuity in food and entertainment to encourage more balanced meal selections in our Happy Meals and inspire families in fun and innovative ways.”

“McDonald’s commitment to balanced Happy Meals allows our two companies to collaborate on new ways to bring the magic of Disney to McDonald’s consumers,” said Tiffany Rende, Senior Vice President, Corporate Alliances, The Walt Disney Company.

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Hasbro Chow Crown

Say hello to Chow Crown—a forthcoming Hasbro game that challenges you to literally eat snacks.

Chow Crown by Hasbro is a new game on the market that will release in fall 2018. Simply place the crown on your head, clip in some snacks, and press start. The crown will move and you’ll have to try to catch as much as you can before the music stops. You’ll definitely look silly. It’s also harder than it looks.

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Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes Breakfast Cereal 

Hold on to your bowls, cereal lovers. The mashup you’ve always dreamed of (or never even knew you just had to have) has hit store shelves.

The same magical marshmallows you love, now with crunchy, lightly frosted flakes. The marshmallows are shaped like hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, hourglasses, rainbows and tasty red balloons.

In case you’re wondering how General Mills is using frosted flakes when it’s a Kellogg’s cereal, the term frosted flakes is not trademarked, so any cereal company can use it.

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Olive Garden Now Offering Italian Nachos

On February 2, 2018, The Olive Garden restaurant chain announced via Twitter, the arrival of their newest dish “Loaded Pasta Chips“.

The 1,5200 calorie dish consists of homemade pasta chips, lightly fried and layered with Italian cheeses and a hearty meat sauce. Topped with cherry peppers and an alfredo drizzle.

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Coca-Cola Unveils Four New Flavors of Diet Coke

With an updated look, sleek new packaging, and the debut of four bold, new flavors, The Coca-Cola Company is re-energizing and modernizing Diet Coke for a new generation of drinkers – and offering its millions of current fans a new look and more flavors.

The company spoke to more than 10,000 people from across the country to get their ideas and inputs on potential flavor extensions, packaging updates and more. From these insights, Coca-Cola’s R&D team developed and tested more than 30 Diet Coke flavor combinations, featuring tropical, citrus and even botanical notes. Ultimately, Diet Coke landed on four flavors that received the most positive consumer responses.

Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango bring more variety to the trademark by complementing the unique, crisp taste of Diet Coke with unexpected-yet-delicious tastes.

Diet Coke and the new flavors will be packaged in sleek 12-oz. cans and sold as on-the-go singles and in eight-packs. Diet Coke also will continue to be offered in all existing package sizes, such as standard 12-oz. cans, mini cans, glass bottles and more. All new packaging and flavors hit store shelves on January 22, 2018.

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Cheetos Popcorn To Premiere At Regal Cinemas Nationwide

This holiday season, Cheetos will be the star of the show at theater concession stands as it brings its famous dangerously cheesy flavor to everyone’s favorite movie snack. Cheetos Popcorn, featuring Cheetos-flavored popcorn mixed with Crunchy Cheetos, will debut December 15 at participating Regal Cinemas nationwide.

Regal Cinemas is the first national cinema chain to offer Cheetos Popcorn. The dangerously cheesy popcorn snack has previously been available at other venues across the country, but this will bring the snack nationwide.

Cheetos Popcorn features light, airy Regal popcorn that has been puffed to perfection and paired with warm, cheesy Cheetos flavor and Crunchy Cheetos to create the perfect cinema snack. Cheetos Popcorn is available in 32 oz. cups at participating Regal Cinemas nationwide beginning December 15.

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Festive Coca-Cola Bottle Ties Into A Holiday Bow

Coca-Cola is getting into the holiday spirit in the U.K. with limited-edition packaging labels that, when peeled, tie into a festive bow.

The 1.75-liter Coca-Cola Christmas Bow Bottles are available for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Coca-Cola Life at select supermarkets across Western Europe.

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