If you’re keeping tabs on the Sriracha battle going on between the factory and the residents of Irwindale, then you’ve likely been mourning because all signs point to the factory shutting down due to complaints of health issues from the fumes.
However, if this banner that went up outside the factory is any indication, it seems the owner isn’t planning to go quietly.
Stay tuned. We’ll report more as this story heats up.
As you may remember, Taco Bell was testing a Breakfast Waffle Taco in California which consists of a folded waffle stuffed with sausage and scrambled eggs served with a side of syrup. It is now being reported that the creation will be available at an additional 100 locations in Fresno, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and Chattanooga, Tenn starting today, so you may want to clear your schedule and put on your overeating pants.
Waynesboro, Georgia is heading for a whole new identity thanks to a 7 foot tall KFC bucket that mysteriously showed up in a woman’s front yard last Thursday. The phantom bucket subsequently appeared on Facebook and the local news, turning it into a popular landmark – the woman’s landlord even claims that he will have it mounted on a pole for the world to see. Needless to say, the misleading ad will likely result in a lot of pissed off, chicken-starved passers by who will have to trek more than five additional miles to get the Colonel’s nearest location.
Check out the news report after the jump.
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Next month Châteaux en Bordeaux’s Hausmann Famille will debut Coca-Cola flavored wine called “Rouge Sucette” (‘Red Lollipop’) across France. The new booze will be 9% ABV and will consist of 75% wine and 25% sugar, water, and soda flavoring. Apparently the move is part of an effort by France’s wine industry, who is struggling to capture a younger generation who is “more attracted to beer and spirits”.
Meanwhile, you could easily replicate this at home right now by pouring Coca-Cola into your wine. Better make it boxed wine as that seems more appropriate.
(LA Times via IT)
As you may already know, a video posted to YouTube showing raw food left outside by dumpsters during an inspection at a Port Orange, FL Golden Corral has stirred up a major sh*tstorm that is testing the PR capabilities of the company. Golden Corral says the manager was fired and that the food was destroyed and never served to customers – a statement that the employee says isn’t true. Whatever the case, new photos of disgusting conditions at another Golden Corral location have popped up on the net adding fuel to the fire.
Hit the jump to check out the original videos, photos of another disgusting location as well as Golden Corral’s response.
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So does that mean that Twinkies will somehow survive the collapse of the universe? Not quite. Actually, the notion that Twinkies can stay fresh forever is just a myth. On that note, Hostess’ triumphant return to store shelves will be accompanied by some interesting changes.
Apparently the shelf life of Twinkies will be extended from 26 to 45 days, a change that was implemented by the old company back in 2012 but went largely unnoticed due to the employee strike and the manufacturer’s subsequent collapse. Unfortunately, we won’t know how that shelf life is being extended, as recipe changes have been labeled “proprietary information”. Another change involves the freezing of snack cakes during shipment so stores can then stamp their own expiration dates.
So, will any of this have an effect on taste? A spokesman says that “any suggestion that Hostess is changing the integrity of the iconic snack cakes consumers have loved is completely untrue.”
…unfortunately, it was only available for one day. This past Saturday the chain offered a jewelry-inspired, 1,000 yen, 849 calorie “Gold Ring” Quarter Pounder that was stuffed with two bacon slices and pineapple and was accompanied by a special “box inside a box” packaging, a deluxe bag with a ribbon, and a fact sheet – all of which likely ended up in the trash two seconds after eat time was over. Apparently one restaurant even had an embarassing “V.I.P. seat” for customers who shelled out for burger.
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In an effort to figure out why so many apple pies end up as train wrecks, the New York Times called in a biophysicist at UCLA who actually teaches about the subject.
…it turns out that there’s plenty to know, starting with the Maillard reaction, the chemical reaction between amino acid and a reducing sugar that gives the crust that perfect glow (make sure you bake over 375 degrees and brush with egg whites). Some other fascinating info nuggets include: Replacing some of the water with Rum or another alcohol will impede the formation of gluten (which toughens the crust); the tiny droplets of water that make up butter are what create air pockets in the crust; and a bit of flour will fend off runny filling, because its molecules are bigger and slower than water molecules.
Apparently the tiniest detail, from the shape of the apple slices, to the surface-area-to-volume ratio of the crust can affect taste, so nothing less than perfection will do.
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(NYT via Giz)
Starting Monday, Walmart stores across the US will receive shipments of new Peppridge Farm Mac n’ Cheese Goldfish in nacho cheese, cheddar, and butter parmesan flavors. Each box is made with real cheese sauce and contains no artificial preservatives. As a Goldfish addict, I can totally get behind this idea.
(BE via TC)
Beer manufacturers are getting creative with their bottles, as if having them do something besides holding liquid will get you to empty out your wallet. The latest effort is the Heineken Ignite bottle, which is a standard beer bottle with a plastic base and LED inside that lights up in rhythm to music, when you cheer, or when you take a sip.
The new bottles are expected to hit shelves in a couple of months. In the meantime you can check out the promo vid after the jump and decide if this will truly reinvent night life, or if its just incredibly stupid.
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