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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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General Mills Teases The Arrival of Girl Scouts Cookie Flavored Cereals In January 2017

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This week, General Mills very quietly teased via Twitter the news that Girl Scouts Cookie cereals will be available in stores as of January 2017, but didn’t give much more information than that.

From the picture alone, however, it looks like Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch (Samoas) made the cut.

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Carolina Reaper Madness Chip

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Think you can handle the heat? The Paqui Carolina Reaper chip is made with the hottest chile pepper on the planet, the “Carolina Reaper.” This chip is very hot and not for the faint of heart. It’s so hot, in fact, that Paqui only includes one chip in each box (coffin).

Order HERE for $4.99. Think you can handle the heat? Take a video or send a picture of your attempt to eat the “hot as hell” chip and enter to win a year’s supply of tasty chips and a GoPro camera. Enter the one chip challenge HERE.

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Pizza Hut Introduces The World’s First Playable DJ Pizza Box

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As a promotional stunt, Pizza Hut UK worked with printed electronics outfit Novalia to create a unique cardboard pizza box. The specialty box is outfitted with touch-sensitive decks, a mixer and buttons that control volume and pitch. It is battery powered and connects to a DJ’s computer or smartphone via Bluetooth. Customers looking to get their hands on the cardboard deck will need to pay close attention to Pizza Hut’s U.K. Twitter feed. A limited amount of boxes will be available in only five of the 350 U.K. Pizza Hut locations.

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