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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…

There’s a good reason potato chip bags are always half empty

If there is one thing that can upset junk food aficionados, it’s a potato chip bag half filled with air. No matter what brand you buy, once you tear into the bag, you almost always find it already halfway empty before you’ve even chomped on a single single. While it can be disappointing, there is actually a good reason for all of this seemingly wasted space. Protecting those potato chips No, chip companies aren’t trying to pull a fast one on you. In the industry, the empty space is intentionally built into the packaging to help protect the product. It’s known as “slack fill,” and it serves to diminish damage to your Doritos on its journey from production to transportation to the grocery store. Even a small drop in a vending machine could deliver a serious smash job to your chips if that space wasn’t there. It’s not actually air…

This is the fastest drive-thru chain in America

It’s called “fast food” because it’s meant to be made, assembled, packaged and in your hands in mere minutes. But not all drive-thru dining establishments can deliver on this promise. There is, however, one fast food chain that delivers your order in the blink of an eye. A QSR Magazine study found that when you really need your order in a hurry, Burger King is the way to go. The restaurant chain best known for its flame broiled burgers was the fastest drive-thru chain in America in 2018. The study found that it only took three minutes and 13 seconds from the point of ordering, to the moment the order arrived in the hands of the customer. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmOKSFFnPUV/?taken-by=burgerking Trailing Burger King’s record came Dunkin’, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s — in that order. (Popular In-N-Out Burger and Bojangles’ were not included in the study because…

Oreo unveils hot chicken wing and wasabi flavors … but only in China

The maker of Oreo cookies has been busy unleashing new flavors on the marketplace, but they’ve all veered to the sweet side. Take, for example, the Chocoate Peanut Butter Pie, Rocky Road Trip, Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake, or Apple Pie currently on shelves. (That’s if they’re still in stores, as some are introduced as limited editions.) And Peppermint Bark will come out later in time for the holidays, which means they’ll be out in September with the rest of Christmas creep. Previous flavors have included Kettle Corn, Cherry Cola, Peeps and Hot and Spicy Cinnamon, just to name a few of the dozens. But the taste vocabulary has all changed with two new releases in China. The two new flavors are Hot Chicken Wing and Wasabi. Innovation sensation: #TeamMDLZ @Oreo just launched two new BIG and BOLD flavors in #China: Hot Chicken Wing and Wasabi! pic.twitter.com/zntoTKbplE — Mondelēz Intl (@MDLZ)…

Kit Kats, Reese’s, Hershey’s get a glow in the dark makeover for Halloween 2018

No tricks here. This Halloween you have the option to hand out glow in the dark treats. Reese’s, Kit Kat, and Hershey’s have upped the fun factor for trick-or-treaters this year. Wrappers of the three iconic chocolates are getting a make-over for the holiday season. Snack-sized versions of the trio will now come in limited edition glow in the dark wrappers in 9.35-ounce packages (about $2.99 each). Hosts passing out the candy should switch out their porch light with a black light bulb to best view the boo-tiful candies. Placing small black lights in or around the bowl will also achieve the glow effect. Each brand is also launching new festive foils for their miniature size snacks. Reese’s will don ghost and skulls, Kit Kats will be dressed as ghosts, skeletons, and sheriffs, and Hershey’s Kisses will sport mini ghosts, spiders, and bats. Whether you’re handing out candy this year,…

4 new M&M’s flavors on store shelves, including Orange Vanilla Cream

It’s hard to keep track of all the different flavor of M&M’s on store shelves, and it just got even more crowded with the release of four new varieties this spring. The newest addition is Vanilla Orange Cream … and it’s available exclusively at Dollar General. The white chocolate is flavored with orange and comes off eerily reminiscent of an orange creamsicle. Junk Male of junkbanter.com gave these a 10 out of 10 rating in a review: “Guys, I wasn’t prepared for this. Every argument I try to make such as “I would like these more if…”  or “These would be better with…” comes to a screeching halt when I realize there is nothing. There is nothing they could have done better, outside of choosing an entirely different flavor with more mass appeal than orange creamsicle. These SOARED past my expectations, and I suspect they will silence many skeptics.” Earlier this…

Krispy Kreme debuts new lemon doughnut for one week only

The folks at Krispy Kreme know how to keep customers coming back. People have loved the Original Glazed for decades, but it’s the string of new flavors like Nutter Butter, gingerbread and Reese’s Easter eggs that keep bringing new interest — all of which are only available for a limited time. America was asked to vote earlier this year, and after tallying more than 2 million entries, the Lemon Glazed Doughnut came out on top. The tangy treat will be available in stores for a full week, from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29. If you like the original, and you like lemon, you’ll likely love the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut. It might remind you of a lemon pound cake drizzled with icing, but in doughnut form. “There has been so much anticipation and zest for the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut, we can’t wait to share the joy with our…

How does ranch cotton candy sound (and taste, for that matter)?

Cotton candy’s distinctive flavor is about to get a massive makeover. Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati will be offering weekly sweet flavors, like dragon fruit, red and black licorice, and pancake. And did we mention that they’re adding ranch, onion, butter and jalapeno flavors, too? Yes, ranch-flavored cotton candy is now a thing. Ranch cotton candy at @KingsIslandPR. For me, it’s a hard pass. But hey—blue ice cream and waffle cone sounds AMAZING! @WCPO pic.twitter.com/xQmqhTdZ2v — Jake Ryle (@JakeWCPO) April 10, 2018 Let us know what you think about these new flavors: Which of these new cotton candy flavors sounds the best? — Everybody Craves (@EverybodyCraves) April 11, 2018 A few years back, a writer from Thrillist tried a bunch of insane combinations with ranch. He paired it with peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, sushi, watermelon and more. With that in mind, even he didn’t think…

Food-themed ugly Christmas sweaters for all your holiday get-togethers

It’s the month of December and that means way too many holiday parties. If you need to spice things up a bit, but don’t want to get decked out in a full Santa suit or jingly elf costume, these throw on fleeces and sweaters are the perfect option. And bonus points because they celebrate your undying love of junk food. Festive Pizza Party Print Feeling saucy? This brilliant long sleeve T shirt has all the pizza toppings your whole party could ever want. TACO TIME SWEATSHIRT Red tomatoes and green lettuce — tacos were practically made for Christmas. Show your love of Taco Tuesday any day of the week with this fashionable item. Gingerbread Rage Great anytime you want to make your fellow party-goers laugh. Gingerbread hits the icing a bit too hard. Cookie Monster Christmas Sweatshirt This charming sweatshirt featuring everyone’s favorite cookie monster, who obviously hates this holiday because…