Beverages

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Planning a sci-fi/comic-themed Halloween party? Well, you’re going to need some festive cups for the event. Sure, you could go the ol’ Solo cup route, but if you want to do something special you’re going to need some exceptional drinking vessels. For instance, the above Alien-themed pint glasses have a retro flair and can carry 16 ounces of your favorite beverage. They also feature scenes from the movie paired with the four-part lifecycle of the Xenomorph.

If chestbursting isn’t your thing, you could always go the classic Marvel route with some Deadpool-themed pint glasses.

Check out the back of the Alien glasses along with the Deadpool versions after the break…

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Starbucks announced the release of a new seasonal drink to kick off the holiday season: the chestnut praline latte. This festive drink, which is the coffee chain’s first holiday beverage in five years, will make its official debut nationwide on Nov. 12.

So, will this chestnut-flavored cup of joe finally take down the pumpkin spice latte as the top seasonal Starbucks beverage? Maybe, though the new latte will have to deal with competition from other Starbucks winter standbys like the gingerbread latte and the peppermint mocha latte. The whole seasonal drink trend might be partially due to the dip in foot traffic for Starbucks, as noted in a statement by CEO Howard Schultz.

Holiday 2013 witnessed a seismic shift in consumer behavior in which many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a decline in foot traffic compared to significant growth in online shopping… Since that time, we have been focused on radically redefining the Starbucks retail experience for our partners, customers and stores.

Ok, so they’re trying to lure us back with caffeinated holiday cheer. I’m on to you, Starbucks. You can’t buy my loyalty with chestnut praline, peppermint and pumpkin spice. Unless you combine those flavors? Try it. See what happens.

(via Mashable / Image via Esparta Palma)

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Looks like we got a groovy cereal mystery on our hands, folks. Or at least we did. Recently, an unknown individual bought up all the boxes of County Chocula cereal from two grocery stores in Fort Collins, CO., and a few local cereal fans had to go without their beloved Chocula for a few days. One local shopper noted that she was especially displeased with the whole affair. The woman, who usually eats vegetarian and organic food, wrote to The Coloradoan to say that she likes to buy Count Chocula around Halloween as a personal treat. “Every year I greatly look forward to the month of October when I can purchase a few boxes of this delicious chococlatey (sic) goodness,” she wrote. But alas, she was out of luck.

Now, my money was originally on Old Man Jenkins, the owner of the sawmill down the way (where are those meddling kids when you need them to solve a mystery?), but  the real culprit was the general manager of Black Bottle, a craft brewing company. The manager noted that the brewery makes a special Cerealiously beer series–in the past they’ve done Golden Grahams, Reese’s Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch–and this year they wanted to do a spin on the Count. “We put the cereal into a hop back so it doesn’t get into the beer,” the manager explained. “We did it as a joke at first, but the beer turned out well.”

Well, the mystery’s been solved. Hooray! And it looks like that aggrieved shopper might actually get her cereal too.

“I have a couple extra [boxes of Count Chocula]. I might have to award her a box,” the manager said.

(via The Consumerist / Image via Great Beyond)

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Do you know how to spell out “coffee” in binary code? I don’t. But I do know how to write the word “hot” in binary thanks to this awesome Hot Binary Heat Change Mug. When you heat up the mug, the binary for “hot” appears on the side. So, when the machines inevitably take over, you know how to say at least one thing to them. Good luck with that.

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It’s Monday morning and there’s no way you can face another week getting up for work. You need lots of caffeine and that’s just what this Giant Green Monster Fist will supply. It holds 32 ounces of coffee and will assure that no one will find you sleeping with your head on your desk before it’s even lunch.

Product Page ($9.95 via Greenhead)

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You don’t always have enough room for everything in your fridge and these nifty magnetic strips could help make everything fit. Brian Conti has created the stick-on strips using neodymium magnets that are even strong enough to hold a big can of tomatoes.

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This 11 ounce mug will hold your favorite beverage and let you know when it’s time to refuel. When it’s full of something warm it reads “Ready Player One Start!” but when it’s cold or empty changes to “Game Over Refill? >Yes No” so you know when it’s time to reach into your pocket for quarters.

Product Page ($11.99)

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Artist Soo Min Kim uses his artistic skills to transform the iconic Starbucks siren into all kinds of different characters. He starts with an existing cup, covers up everything but the siren’s face and uses a marker to transform the cup into a piece of art. He’s turned the siren into Darth Vader, various members of the Avengers, and Psy among others. His work definitely makes me look at Starbucks cups differently.

See more pics and see the artist at work after the break.

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If you’ve played any of the Fallout games, then you’re familiar with the Nuka-Cola brand. It’s a popular soft drink with fruity flavors and health benefits, and the Quantum line of Nuka-Cola had a mild radioactive isotope that made it glow. With that in mind, Etsy seller MEM props put together a set of four glow in the dark varieties of Nuka-Cola: Quantum, Victory, Fusion, and Quartz.

The bottles are only props (not for drinking), and once you charge them up with light, they’ll glow for 20-30 minutes.

More photos of the cool props after the break.

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We all love John Oliver. I mean, the guy’s hilarious and his new show Last Week With John Oliver has been a hit for HBO. There’s no denying he’s brilliant.

But John may have just pushed it a bit too far. He’s going after America’s love for pumpkin spice and he’s not pulling any punches.

That said, he does make some valid points. I mean, pumpkin spice lattes do taste a bit candle-y.

Check out the video after the break.

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