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Starbucks releases 2019 holiday cups

And the holiday season has officially begun. Starbucks announced the much-anticipated return of its annual holiday cups, just days after Dunkin’ came out with its new decked-out designs. The new designs feature a modern block letters, polka dots and pops of holiday colors. Coffee lovers across the U.S. and Canada can kick off the holiday season beginning Nov. 7 with the four brand-new designs: Polka Dots, which is basically a traditional red cup dotted with green circles; Merry Dance, has red and green letters spelling out ‘MERRY COFFEE’ overlaying a white cup; Merry Stripes uses a dark green cup and features small white lettering spelling out ‘MERRY COFFEE’, and Candy Cane Stripe is adorned with red and white stripes and large, green letters spelling out ‘STARBUCKS.’ According to the official press release, they’re meant to “evoke mini moments of joy for our customers and partners — it’s fun, festive, and…

Dunkin’ unveils holiday menu for 2019, including return of Peppermint Mocha

Pumpkins still adorn our porches, but already we’re thinking about the winter holidays and the next crop of seasonally-flavored drinks we’ll soon sip. Starbucks hasn’t announced cold-weather menu yet, but at Dunkin’ the holidays have officially arrived. On Friday, Dunkin’ announced its new seasonal lineup, which includes a return of the beloved Peppermint Mocha, beginning on Nov. 5 if you order though Dunkin’s On-the-Go Mobile Ordering app only. If you’re not a super fan touting Dunkin’s mobile app, then you’ll have to wait for the Peppermint Mocha and the rest of Dunkin’s holiday drinks for one more day. Beginning Nov. 6, customers can try two new flavors (for a limited time) as well: Gingerbread S’mores and Winter White Chocolate. Both flavors can be made into nearly any drink you would like including hot, cold, or frozen coffee, espresso drinks (like cappuccino or macchiato), and frozen chocolate. Make your own Winter…

How to order vegan-friendly at Auntie Anne’s

Finding vegan-friendly foods when you’re out and about with friends can be tough. Mall food courts don’t do us any favors, with their General Tsos, cheeseburger, and other meat-heavy fare. But one shopping center chain stands out among the rest — Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels. Auntie Anne’s offers a ton of vegan pretzel options. In fact, the website even says make it vegan by “ordering this item without butter” to help you order. Here are the pretzels you can order “without butter” to stick with your vegan diet: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsBOU5pDSBD/ Pretzels Original Cinnamon Sugar Raisin Jalapeño Sweet Almond Dips And you don’t have to dip out on the dips. Auntie Anne’s has two vegan dip options: Marinara Dip Sweet Glaze Dip (The mustard dip has milk products in it, so stay clear.) Drinks And for vegan drinks: Frozen lemonade Lemonade mixers Coke products Iced tea Menu items vary by location, so it’s…

What you can order that’s vegan-friendly at McDonald’s

Burger King is getting vegan love because of its Impossible Whopper. Taco Bell has a long list of vegan offerings. Even Chick-fil-A has delicious options for vegans in a pinch. But what about the most ubiquitous fast food chain of them all. What can vegans eat at McDonald’s? The storied restaurant chain best know for its burgers and chicken nuggets doesn’t exactly seem like a place that veggie-lovers would enjoy. Unfortunately, they’re mostly right. It is true that McDonalds doesn’t offer any vegan-certified items, and it’s also true that a lot of the foods you might mistake as vegan actually aren’t. The famously tasty french fries and hashbrowns include “natural beef flavor” made from milk derivates. Even the smoothies contain kosher gelatin. Still, if you’re a vegan who isn’t afraid of a low risk of a little cross-contamination with meat items, there are a few mostly safe menu items you…

Restaurants offering deals and freebies on Labor Day

Cooking not your idea of a vacation? Not to worry. Many restaurants are offering discounts and freebies over Labor Day weekend, so if you don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen, you can still enjoy delicious grub. Here are a handful of the offers I’ve come across so far. baja fresh Use this coupon to get $5 off any $20 purchase. Deal ends Sept. 2. Baskin Robbins Not quite a Labor Day deal, but who doesn’t want ice cream over a long, summer weekend? Baskin Robbins will honor its original 31 flavors on August 31 by offering scoops for $1.70. Call ahead to make sure your local shop is participating in the deal. Chuck E. Cheese Weather not looking great? Take the kids for a day of fun and take advantage of this deal: 1-topping pizza and four drinks for $24.99. Print this coupon. Domino’s Get any Domino’s pizza for…

This is America’s favorite cup of coffee, according to the Harris Poll

American runs on Dunkin’. But they sure do like Starbucks a lot, too. If they had to pick, which one would win out? The results from the latest Harris Poll are in, and America’s “Brand of the Year” award for the country’s favorite coffee shop go to Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme. Each year, the market research agency conducts a survey to help us uncover America’s favorite brands in categories ranging from favorite restaurants favorite audio streaming service, and everything in between. To see a full ranking of brands from all categories, visit The Harris Poll. “The common thread that runs across all the brands awarded here is their consumer devotion and respect for — and expectation of — performance,” said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema. “These are brands American especially love and expect great things from in the future.” If Krispy Kreme’s appearance come as a surprise, you weren’t paying…

How to order vegan from Taco Bell

Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you’re immune to late night hunger attacks or road trip snack stops. Vegans need their fast food fix just like the rest of us. If that growling stomach is sending you to the next Taco Bell, here’s what you can order from the menu without disregarding your lifestyle. Note: Taco Bell doesn’t guarantee that cross contact with meat products won’t occur. Additionally, some stores use the same frying oil to prepare vegan and non-vegan items, so depending on your level of commitment, you may want to ask additional questions when you arrive. 1. Crunchwrap The Crunchwrap is a beloved Taco Bell menu staple. And vegans can enjoy it, too. Just ask for beans instead of beef, and tell them to hold the sour cream and nacho cheese. Most locations won’t have any issues about sneaking you some extra salsa on top in place of…

Can you guess the 10 oldest restaurant chains in America?

Travel back in time in America 60, 80, 100 years. You already know you would have to give up your laptop, your cell phone, and your Starbucks, but could you count on anything being the same? It turns out, yes. Believe it or not. Some of America’s biggest fast food mega-empires were built starting as early as 1919! Of course, they were much smaller scale, but some menu items even remain the same. So which of our fast food favs could we eat at on our trip to the past? Here are the 10 oldest fast food restaurants in the county: 10. McDonald’s Year founded: 1955 Cracking the top 10 list, is the most successful fast food chain of them all. McDonald’s got its start in 1955 when Ray Kroc saw the potential of a small California burger shop where the owners, Dick and Mac MacDonald, had developed some unique…

Krispy Kreme lets “Freedom Ring” with new patriotic donuts

Extra burnt hot dogs, burgers dripping in ketchup, and fresh corn on the cob likely conjure images of the 4th of July — but donuts? Krispy Kreme is hoping their new line of super-patriotic donuts will be invited to your backyard barbecue. Krispy Kreme announced that it will serve its “Let Freedom Ring” donuts now through July 4 at locations across the country. The collection includes three different designs, per the press release: Freedom Ring Doughnut: This doughnut is inspired by the American flag. It’s decorated with red, white, and blue icing and topped with patriotic sprinkles. Sprinkled Ring Doughnut: The patriotic doughnut features Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed doughnut dipped in white icing and topped with red, white, and blue sprinkles. Firework Ring Doughnut: A delicious representation of the flag, this doughnut is dipped in blue icing and decorated with red and white stripes. Krispy Kreme Reward members are also eligible…

McDonald’s still America’s favorite fast food restaurants, survey says

McDonald’s fans are still lovin’ it. In a recent survey for more than 2,000 adults, McDonald’s came out as the clear favorite fast food restaurant thanks to several categories including value and speed of service. Wendy’s claimed second place, Burger King followed in third place. Subway and KFC rounded out the top five. According to Yahoo! Finance, the survey, conducted by UBS Evidence Lab surveyed 2,029 adults who visited fast-casual restaurants at least once a month. McDonald’s beat its competitors in a number of categories, but when it comes to fast-food, it seems price matters most. Survey respondents cited McDonald’s good value and promotions as their top two reasons for choosing the burger behemoth. Interestingly, diners also cited those two categories as the only  reasons that would make them visit McDonald’s restaurants more often. After good values and promotions, the top reasons respondents cited for preferring one fast food restaurant…