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This past week, the Internet was all abuzz with talk that Nabisco might release a new limited-edition Red Velvet Oreo flavor in the near future. Of course, the internet has been fooled before with fake flavors—but this might be the real deal.

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If you’re like me, you probably thought there was no way that KFC could ever top the Double Down. For the uninitiated, the monstrous Double Down sandwich was basically bacon and cheese smashed between two pieces of fried chicken.

Well, I was wrong. They went and added more meat.

KFC Korea unveiled what they’re calling the “Zinger Double Down King”. It features a burger patty that’s stuffed between two chicken patties, and yes, the bacon and cheese is still in there somewhere. It’s insane. It’s horrendous. But… but… I can’t look away.

(via Food Beast)

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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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Kraft-owned Philadelphia recently announced on Twitter that they unveiled a new cream cheese spread that has Oscar Meyer bacon thrown into the mix. It’s currently available in select stores here in the U.S., and if you can’t find it just yet, don’t worry. It’ll be coming to other local markets very soon.

Philadelphia also has a few other flavors that they’ve recently added to their lineup, including brown sugar, cinnamon, honey pecan, smokey chipotle, spicy jalapeño and smoked salmon. Kraft released a recipe that features the new spread as a key ingredient: French toast stuffed with bacon-flavored cream cheese. Yum.

(via Neatorama)

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Breaking spicy news, folks! According to a GrubGrade reader, a new Sriracha Menu is being tested at Taco Bell in the Kansas City metro area. The test menu featured a number of unique dishes, including the Sriracha Beef Griller, the Sriracha Grande Scrambler (breakfast item) and a few other tasty dishes that utilized “Sriracha Crema.” Yum!

Here’s what the GrubGrade reader said about the menu:

I stopped by and got a sriracha loaded griller for $1.29. They also had sriracha nachos for $2.49 and a quesarito for $2.29. The sriracha was hard to see in the griller so I couldn’t tell what kind of consistency it had. It didn’t taste anything like traditional sriracha and had a distinctive vinegary taste as well. But it was the spiciest item I’ve had from Taco Bell in recent memory.

(via Grub Grade)

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Taco Bell has the best beverages and treats. They already have the Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze, but now they’re getting even cooler with a Starburst Freeze. The brand new menu item was made available starting yesterday, and it looks pink, sugary, and refreshing. I can’t wait to try it. I wonder if it will go with a Doritos taco?

(Taco Bell via Grub Grade)

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If you were a BOOK IT! kid, here’s some exciting news. You can be a BOOK IT! adult thanks to the new Alumni Program!

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the program, Pizza Hut and BOOK IT! have created an Alumni version for anyone who previously participated in the free pizza promotion. Just go to their site and put in a little info by October 8th to receive a coupon for a personal pan pizza redeemable until October 10th.

According to Shelley Morehead, BOOK IT! Program Manager, “The number one thing we get asked by any adult who went through the program is can we please develop an adult version of the BOOK IT Program. With the creation of the BOOK IT! Alumni page, we now have a destination to celebrate the positive memories that so many kids, now adults, have with the program.”

Heck, I’m gonna get mine and take a book to read while I eat just like the other BOOK IT! kids.

(via Huffington Post via The Daily Dot)

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You may remember that crazy potato salad kickstarter that ended up raising $55,000 back in July. Zack Brown, the man behind the kickstarter who was originally just looking for $10 to make his dish, threw the huge party he promised and raised lots of money for a local charity.

The Idaho Potato Commission and corporate sponsors donated the supplies to make the potato salad along with an extra $18,000 for the Columbus Foundation which fights hunger and homelessness. Additional funds will be coming from the party, making this the most charitable potato salad in history.

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Staying healthy and eating right is important, but sometimes, people get a little too nit picky. Case in point: a small Chinese restaurant in San Francisco named SO shut down for a day because customers were hassling the owner about his food. Eater revealed that one employee mentioned that the owner shut down because one dining party had refused to pay their bill because their food was “too spicy.” Another customer cursed out the owner, as well.

“He needed to cool off,” says the employee of the owner. “He was frustrated and stressed out, and he’s the cook, so we can’t run the restaurant without him. We closed up early, and he put up the sign.”

SO is back up and running, but was the sign too much? Or do you understand his frustration?

(via FoodBeast)