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You would never guess this country consumes the most candy

Americans love candy. We have several holidays where we put the sweet stuff at the center of the celebration — Halloween candy, Easter baskets, candy-filled advent calendars and candy canes. We even have amusement parks dedicated to it. You’d be forgiven for assuming Americans eat more candy than any other country — but you’d also be wrong. There is one country that beats out the U.S. in candy consumption: Sweden. A recent study conducted by Jordbruksverket, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, found that Sweden has the highest candy consumption per capita in the world. Citizens consume on average 35 pounds of it every year. Doing the math … that’s about a half pound every. single. week. The sugar consumption is about three times more than what the World Health Organization recommends. Candy culture in Sweden is strong. “Lördagsgodis” is a Swedish word that literally means “Saturday candy.” The thinking went that…

13 red, white and blue dishes you should make for the Fourth of July

You can be the star of everybody’s Instagram accounts over the Fourth of July with these patriotic dishes. Here are 13 of our favorites: AMERICAN FLAG fruit kabobs Get the recipe here via Everybody Craves • • • mixed berry pretzel salad Get the recipe here via Everybody Craves • • • Red, white and blue boozy slush Get the recipe here via Totally The Bomb. • • • Flag cake Get the recipe here via Oh Sweet Basil • • • Coconut Water & Fresh Berry Popsicles Get the recipe here via Back to the Book Nutrition. • • • FIRECRACKER RICE KRISPIE TREATS Get the recipe here via Two Sisters • • • Fourth of July Deviled Eggs Get the recipe here via Singing Through The Rain • • • Red, white and blue layered flag cake Get the recipe here via Betty Crocker • • • Red,…

Study says couples who drink together have happier marriages

People are constantly trying to find the secret to a successful relationship. Is it love? Understanding? Laughter? According to one study, the answer is alcohol. The study published in The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, couples who sip together, stay together. The report found that relationships where partners drank together had less negative relationship quality over time — particularly among wives. “Wives who reported drinking alcohol reported decreased negative marital quality over time when husbands also reported drinking and increased negative marital quality over time when husbands reported not drinking,” a summary of the study says. According to Reuters, nearly 3,000 couples participated in the study. On average, the couples had been together for 33 years — two thirds of those were on their first marriage. The study asked participants how often and how much they drink, then asked if they found their spouse “irritating, critical or too demanding.”…

Soon, your avocados will last longer thanks to a Bill Gates-funded startup

Eating all your avocados at peak ripeness before they spoil is a feat that takes some serious planning. If you slice them too early, you have a hard, inedible center, but if you’re too late, you have a mushy, brown avocado that heads straight to the trash can. But Apeel Sciences, a California-based startup company that counts Bill Gates among its investors, says it has developed a way to keep avocados, and other produce, ripe and delicious for twice as long. The gif below, courtesy of CBS This Morning, shows how strawberries treated with the new product stand up to strawberries left untreated. via GIPHY Apeel uses food waste and other plant material to create a coating on produce that delays the aging process. The coating mimics the natural peel or skin that already protects the produce, and can replace the wax that grocery stores currently use. Aside from saving consumers from fruit and…

Chicken nugget donuts (or donugs) get warm reception in Australia

Doughnuts are great. And so are chicken nuggets. So how about combining them? An entrepreneur in Australia has invented the “donug,” which is basically a large chicken nugget in the shape of a doughnut. A Donug, quite simply is a hybrid of a Donut and a Chicken Nugget, but, in this case it is a completely savoury product made from chicken, our unique and top-secret flour and spice mix… and a crunchy panko and cornflake crust. This bad boy comes with our signature Cheesy Dijon Bechamel, Chilli Flakes and Black Salt. www.loveadonug.com #donug #donugs #loveadonug #melbournefood A post shared by Donugs (@loveadonug) on May 21, 2018 at 6:10pm PDT Crag Carrick and his wife Rachel Dutton, a chef, recently appeared on Australia’s version of “Shark Tank” and received a $100,000 investment to bring the product to the mainstream Down Under. The donug is made from free-range chicken and coated in…

10 Facts you never knew about Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the country today, but its history dates back to the 1940s when founder S. Truett Cathy invented the chicken sandwich at his original restaurant, the Dwarf House, in Hapeville, Georgia. It would be another two decades before he used that recipe and opened the first ever Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the restaurant is predicted to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the country — a feat that would have it surpassing Wendy’s, Burger King, and even Taco Bell. Here are 10 facts you never knew about everyone’s favorite fast-food chicken restaurant. 1. The “A” in the name is symbolic The “A” at the end of “Chick-fil-A” isn’t just a fun play on the word chicken “fillet.” It also refers to the Grade A quality meat served at the restaurants. 2. Only three states don’t have Chick-fil-A restaurants Since opening the first…

Snoop Dogg now holds World Record for largest Gin & Juice

https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsSonoma/videos/10156400220704812/ Snoop Dogg’s 1993 hit Gin & Juice is a timeless hiphop hit, so it’s only fitting that the Doggfather himself now holds the record for mixing up the world’s largest cocktail. The massive mixed drink debuted at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, CA. Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio and rapper Warren G. were also on hand to help make the colossal cocktail. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjSljxEAXNS/?utm_source=ig_embed Snoop and friends used 180 1.75-liter bottles of gin, 156 1-liter bottles of apricot brandy, and 28 3.78-liter jugs of orange juice to win the Guinness World Record title of “World’s Largest Paradise Cocktail.”  There isn’t a category for biggest cocktails in general, but Snoop’s creation would take that title as well. Total, the gigantic gin & juice was made of more than 132 gallons of booze. A giant straw and pink umbrella topped it all off. The feat comes 25 years after Snoop’s hit was released. Crowds at the Bottlerock…

This is how many calories your drunk fast food stop is costing you, study shows

Anyone who has even stayed out late drinking knows that inevitably someone suggests a stop for greasy fast food on the ride home. There’s a reason why places like Taco Bell and Waffle House are open until the sun is practically up. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this kind of food isn’t doing your diet any favors, but it’s hard not to take a peek at just how extensive the damage. Rehabs.com is responsible for dropping this guilt bomb on your day. The educational website surveyed more than 5,900 people about their post-heavy drinking habits to gather data on national trends. Across the country, McDonald’s and Waffle House are two of the most well-loved, late night options. Denny’s, IHOP and Wendy’s are also top finishers. But the most popular post-heavy drinking food stop was none other than Taco Bell (did you really think it would be anywhere else?). Despite Taco Bell’s sizable healthy…

The U.S. Army figured out the best time to drink coffee for maximum alertness

If you love coffee, you probably can’t think of a bad time for a cup of Joe, but a new study shows that there is, in fact, a best time to drink it if alertness is what you’re going for. Researchers from the U.S. Army developed an algorithm that can make personal recommendations for the timing your morning cup with the goal of drinking the least amount of coffee while achieving optimal alertness, reports LiveScience.  By using the algorithm, researchers found that they could improve people’s performance on attention-based tasks by up to 64 percent even though participants were drinking the same amount of caffeine as usual. The study found that people could reduce their coffee consumption by up to 65 percent without losing any of the effects of the caffeine. The algorithm takes into account factors like a person’s sleep schedule, sleep deprivation, schedule, and alertness at different times during the day. A…

Your workplace is adding 1,300 calories to your diet every week

The next time Karen from accounting brings in a box of baked goods for the big morning meeting, remember to stay strong. All of those extra office goodies are adding an extra 1,300 calories to your diet every week! A large CDC study of 5,222 people found that about a quarter of Americans eat food at work at least once a week. Free food made up most of the excess calories, while food and beverage vending machines in the cafeteria rounded out the count. In other words, employees are eating unnecessary empty calories — almost always of the processed variety — while they’re at work. The food tended to be high in solid fats and/ or added sugars. The most common foods were pizza, soda, cookies, brownings, cakes, and pies, NBC reported. And since most of this food is offered for free, it makes it difficult to avoid temptation. The CDC offered one solution.…