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Frito-Lay recently posted this creepily realistic image of Chester Cheetah to announce the upcoming release of “Sweetos” – the latest addition to their Cheetos line of products. As the name implies, Sweetos will dispense with the signature cheese taste and instead provide the flavor of cinnamon and sugar in familiar puff form.

The move, which marks the brand’s first foray into sweetness territory in their 67 year history, is all part of an effort to appeal to consumers who want a sweet taste without resorting to overly sugary products, and it appears that additional flavors will be added to the line in the future. The company has also paid attention to those who are accustomed to the mounds of cheese dust that make up the Cheetos experience, and have promised “a similar playful experience when eating Sweetos”.

The product will hit shelves in late February, with 7 ounce bag of the cinnamon flavor setting you back $3.49.

(via USA Today via FoodBeast)

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Some college students in North Carolina may have to go without their staple meal for awhile after a tractor-trailer accident resulted in a bounty of Ramen noodles being spread across interstate 95 near Rocky Mount.

The truck’s driver reportedly nodded off at the wheel and slammed into an overpass support, splitting the trailer in half and prompting a spontaneous noodle exodus. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the crash, but a detour had to be set up while crews cleaned up what surely amounted to tens of dollars worth of product which was then transported to a local landfill.

Hit the jump to check out the news report.

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In what is surely terrible news for anyone who treats their car like a mobile cafeteria, an Alabama man was pulled over and cited for distracted driving in Georgia after he was observed eating a McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder for two consecutive miles. The offense, which I will refer to as “DWB” (driving with burger) is part of an increasing crackdown on face-stuffing drivers in states such as California, New Jersey and Illinois.

Even though a traffic lawyer has reported that the distracted driver law does not explicitly mention food, the man was still considered to be straying from safe vehicle operation and was slapped with a ticket, a February court date and the following sage advice: “You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”

(Fox via Eater)

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Sure, prohibition is over, but if you’d still like to check out a super cool (and super sneaky) “speakeasy” all you need to do is fly on over to Shanghai. There’s a sandwich shop there called The Press, and towards the back you’ll find a totally unassuming (wink, wink) Coca-Cola vending machine—yep, it’s actually a totally hush-hush, secret entrance for “Flask,” a fun and up-scale speakeasy.

The interior features a modern design with prohibition-era design elements such as vintage sofas, 25-liter whiskey bottles and old-school copper-colored lights. The architect who designed the bar, Alberto Caiola, noted:

the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colors and lighting [in The Press] —within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity.

Check out some more pictures of the speakeasy after the break…

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According to Asahi News, McDonald’s will only serve small size fries in Japan.

This is a crisis of epic proportions.

Apparently, there’s a labor contract dispute going on in ports along the U.S. West Coast, which means that McDonald’s in Japan can’t get potatoes it needs to make the fries. Hence, smaller fry offerings at McDonald’s locations throughout Japan. Meals that typically come with medium fries will now be 50 yen cheaper.

One day you’re having fry parties and filling up colossal titan buckets and the next day you’re in the midst of a tiny fry nightmare.

(via Kotaku)

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If you grew up in the ’90s then you’ll remember French Toast Crunch. The miniature take on everybody’s favorite kind of toast was a big hit back then, but General Mills sadly discontinued it in 2006. However, nostalgia is big bucks these days and the public demanded the cereal’s return. So General Mills is making it happen. Select locations already have the cereal in stock, but French Toast Crunch will be making its triumphant return to grocery stores nationwide sometime towards the end of January 2015.

Waylon Good, General Mills’ marketing manger, noted that consumers were practically clamoring for the cereal to be brought back to grocery store shelves over the past few years:

“We have been overwhelmed by the consumer conversations, requests and passion for the cereal to come back,” he said. “We value our fans and are so excited to be able to bring it back for them.”

Are you looking forward to being able to pick up a box of French Toast Crunch? I know I am!

(Time via FoodBeast)

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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)

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Krispy Kreme UK recently unveiled a donut lover’s wet dream in the form of the Double Hundred Dozen, a 2,400 pack of original glazed glory that will be part of the company’s new “Occasions” offerings for large events. As expected from the photo above and after the jump, packing and delivering the Double Hundred Dozen is an ordeal requiring eight Krispy Kreme staff members and a box measuring over 3.5 meters long and just under a meter tall (that’s roughly 11.5 x 3ft for the metric impaired).

The company is currently holding a contest that will award one lucky business with a Double Hundred Dozen for an upcoming event (enter by tweeting @krispykremeUK about an upcoming #BigOccasion with an #officename). For the rest of England, there doesn’t seem to be any indication of how many pounds this thing will cost – either in currency or on the scale.

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It might be a little hard to believe, but Pac-Man is getting his own restaurant. We don’t know much about the restaurant, which is going to be called Level 257, other than the following description: “Introducing a unique dining, entertainment & social experience inspired by PAC-MAN.

The restaurant is slated to open next year, and it will be located in the suburb of Schaumburg, just outside of Chicago. It will feature 40,000 square feet of space with a 300-seat suite, as well as cocktail lounges and a 16-lane bowling alley. Hopefully, they will have some old-school Pac-Man arcade games for diners to play too.

(Eater via Technabob)

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Mashable, the Sesame Workshop and Last Week Tonight have teamed to bring us one of the best newscasts we’ve seen in a long time.

You already know it’s going to be a blast when Cookie Monster and John Oliver host the news, but when you add special appearances and Cookie’s fixation with John’s tie, it’s a little slice of perfection.

To top it all off, they also recorded the outtakes. I highly suggest you not drink anything while you’re watching them.

You can see both videos after the break.

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