Amazon Will Deliver Booze To You In Two Hours

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Some nights, you could use a bottle of booze, but it’s just too much trouble to pick one up. Maybe the closest liquor retailer is too far away to hoof it, and you and/or your guests are all a little buzzed and nobody is good to drive.

Or maybe you need to bring wine for a get-together … But you just don’t have the time to dash out and pick up a bottle, because you procrastinated getting ready until the last minute and you’re running late.

And sometimes, the thought of putting on pants is just too daunting and utterly not worth it.

If you’ve never been in any of these situations before, congratulations! You are probably an impeccably polished, organized individual, and I take my slightly dirty, mismatched hat off to you.

For the rest of you, don’t worry! There is hope, and it is here in the form of Amazon Prime Now, the online delivery service that brings groceries, home supplies and other needful things in a flash — a godsend for the lazy.

If you’re privileged enough to live in a major U.S. city, there’s a good chance that the delivery service is available to bring you booze. And we can only hope Amazon keeps expanding this, because it looks awesome.

Here are the places that are offering the booze delivery service, as an Amazon representative told Food and Wine:

  • Cincinnati
  • Chicago
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Phoenix
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle

If you live in one of these cities, you can get beer, wine and/or spirits (depending on your location) delivered in two hours. Or if you are pressed for time and want to pay an extra $7.99, you’ll get it in just 60 minutes — just in time for that heaping box of nachos you’re about to cave in and order.

You’ll need to be 21 or over to use this service, though. As noted in a disclaimer on their website, Prime Now requires a valid ID, and whoever makes the delivery will check your card when you open the door to receive your precious bottle of Whatever.

Sources: Food and Wine, Amazon Prime Now / Featured Image: Vincent Teeuwen/Flickr

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These Pickle-Flavored Ice Pops Aren’t Half Bad!

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While this might sound disgusting to some, a company called Van Holten’s has made a product called Pickle-Ice Freeze Pops, and they actually sound refreshingly cool and tasty for a summertime treat.

You’ve seen pickles served as sides with sandwiches at delis; at Disneyland, they even sell whole pickles in a bag for ride-goers to enjoy while they wait in line.

Also, there are Pickle Backs for those who prefer to consume their pickles as an alcohol chaser, and there are things like sauerkraut and kimchi, which are different foods that have been pickled and have probiotic qualities.

So why not try a pickle in popsicle form too?

The Pickle-Ices are essentially just Otter Pops, but they are designed with athletes in mind.

Basically, the idea is that pickle juice helps you stay hydrated when you’re working out and therefore depleting your water resources due to sweat. Pickle juice contains a lot of sodium, and thus helps you retain some of your water.

So, Van Holten’s decided to cut to the chase and make frozen pickle pops a thing.

“If you go down to Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, it’s a very common item to find at concession stands,” said the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, Eric Girard, to Delish. “They were selling for $1 each at an Alabama high school baseball game.

“Pickles seem to be a huge trend right now, as you may have noticed… We’re excited to be riding that wave.”

If you want to join the wave of which he speaks, then you can go on over to Amazon and buy yourself an 8-pack or a 48-pack of Pickle-Ices.

If that’s too much, however, many grocery stores and convenience stores are slinging the pickle popsicles for 50 cents a treat, and Walmart is slated to begin offering them at 700 different locations across the country.

Source: Amazon, Delish / Photo Credit: Mike/Flickr

Tags: Amazon, pickle ice freeze pops, pickles, Popsicles, van holten's
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Girl Scouts Want You To Stop Buying Cookies On Amazon

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Oh, Girl Scout Cookies. The popular organization’s legion of fans eagerly await Girl Scout season every year to stock up on boxes upon boxes of their favorite cookies; however, sometimes the craving strikes and there are still months to go before Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils and more are available to purchase.

Therefore, sometimes fans will turn to Amazon to pick up a box of their preferred Girl Scout Cookie flavor, even though the prices are usually much higher to purchase from the huge online retailers than they would be if you ordered directly through a Girl Scout.

You might think that’s a fair price to pay to snack on the cookie you’re craving, but according to Popsugar, the Girl Scouts actually would prefer that you just save your cash and wait to purchase a box from them when they’re officially offering.

“We caution against purchases of Girl Scout Cookies found for sale online at auction and via community list sites, such as eBay and Amazon, because GSUSA, your local Girl Scout council, and our licensed cookie bakers cannot guarantee the freshness or integrity of these cookies,” a Girl Scout representative told Popsugar. “In many instances, these cookies are actually expired. Further, purchasing cookies in this way does not support Girl Scouts participating in the cookie program.”

Here’s the thing, folks: Girl Scout Cookies are very nostalgic for some people, so it’s understandable why a person might choose to purchase an overpriced cookie online — sometimes, substitutes just don’t cut it.

However, the Girl Scouts represent some pretty important and empowering causes; it really is better to just save up your cash and purchase straight from the source when the time comes.

Additionally, the Girl Scouts have been producing lots of different kinds of alternate products that are sure to, at the very least, tide you over until the real cookie season comes. Why not pick up a box of Girl Scout cookie-inspired cereal, or some of their cake mixes, or even try out a few copycat recipes of your own until the season is upon you?

In the meantime, make sure to check out this link to find out where you can purchase cookies near you.

Source: Popsugar / Photo Credit: Hanna/Instagram

Tags: Amazon, girl scout cookies, Samoas, tagalongs, thin mints
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Starburst Is Releasing All-Pink Flavor Bags In April!

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When it comes to bags of candy, everybody seems to have a favorite flavor or color depending on what they’re eating.

For instance, even though M&M’s all taste exactly the same, for some reason I have always favored the green ones over the rest of them — perhaps because of the way M&M’s have been anthropomorphized in advertising, or just because I think the color looks pretty.

Additionally, I am a huge fan of the red and purple skittles, while some of my friends swear that the yellow ones reign supreme.

For some reason, however, when it comes to Starburst, there seems to be an overwhelming amount of people who agree that the pink ones truly are the best flavor ever.

We don’t know why everybody always covets the pink ones, but they do — and Starburst has apparently taken notice of the fact, because the brand is celebrating pink Starburst in a major way.

Fans of pink Starburst will be pleased to know that Starburst is planning on releasing All Pink flavor packs in April 2017 for a limited time.

“On social media we’re seeing people talk about pink Starburst more than any other flavor; there’s even a meme about being treated ‘like a Pink Starburst,'” Matt Montei, senior director of confections at Wrigley, told Mashable. “The Pink conversation and fanfare has continued to grow so we decided to act.”

That means that you’ll be able to stop by a handful of retailers such as Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, Target, H-E-B and Meijer, and just pick up a bag of all-pink Starburst and head on your merry way.

Oh, and here’s the best part: The lazy among us can even order these special all-pink bags from Amazon! 

Will you be capitalizing on this all-pink opportunity come April?

Source: Mashable / Photo Credit: Starburst via Mashable

Tags: Amazon, best flavor, candy, Pink Starburst, Starburst
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Amazon Is Sending Out Boxes Filled With Assorted Sweets

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For those of you out there with a sweet tooth who are also in the habit of (frequently) treating yourself, you might be interested in the new, sugary offer that Amazon has in store.

The online retailer’s new program is called Prime Surprise Sweets, and basically offers its subscribers the option to press a button and then receive a big box of randomly assorted small-batch candy that is made by “artisans across the nation.”

Here’s how it works:

Step one is purchasing the Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button, which will run you $18. Amazon recommends you call this button your “sweet spot” and hide it somewhere nearby.

Next, when you’re hit with a craving for something sugary and coma-inducing, you just push your Dash Button and the program is triggered to send you your $18 box of candy straight to your doorstep.

Finally, enjoy your treats — every box is filled with a surprise assortment of candy, so you never know what exactly you’re going to receive.

If you’re anything like us, the surprise element is intriguing but also problematic; what if you end up hating your box? Or what if you have a peanut allergy, and you receive straight-up peanut brittle and a chocolate that looks safe, but is secretly filled with a peanuty-nougat?

Luckily, Amazon answered this all on its FAQ page. If you’re not totally satisfied, they’ll give you a refund if you call their dedicated Customer Service team. Additionally, some products may contain milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy and/or gluten, and all nutritional facts for each product can be found on an insert in your box.

For the time-being, signing up to be a part of Prime Surprise Sweets actually requires an invite, although if you request to become a member to Amazon directly, chances are they’ll grant your offer within a month.

What do you think of Amazon’s new surprise sweet package? Will you be purchasing your very own sweet-spot Dash Button any time soon? Or would you rather stick with your tried-and-true candy favorites?

Source: Amazon / Photo Credit: Amazon

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This Bacon Toaster Is Your Breakfast Dream Come True

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How are you feeling today?

Perhaps everything is fine and lighthearted with you, and that’s great! But if you’re having a bad day — maybe the weather is bad, or you stubbed your toe, or got into a vicious fight with your pet cat over their kibbles — we think we have the perfect pick-me-up for you.

Now introducing the most magical product so far in 2017: The Bacon Express!

“Welcome to a healthier way to cook bacon to delicious perfection!” reads the description on Nostalgia Electric’s website.

Essentially, the Bacon Express is a toaster that allows you to easily cook up to six glorious strips of either thick-cut or regular bacon in mere minutes. Also, it’s perfect for the lazy but hungry chef, because there’s no need to flip your bacon to achieve the perfect cook.

How does it work? All you have to do is adjust the illuminated dial timer (which will allow you to cook the bacon to your preference: extra crispy for some, a little more chewy for others) and wait for the toaster’s vertical cooking method to literally drain away extra grease and fat, and then cook your breakfast quickly and perfectly.

This extra-fancy toaster comes equipped with cool-touch handles, which allow you to open the door without the risk of burning your hands and peek at your strips while they’re sizzling. And no more back-splatter of grease either!

Last but not least, clean-up is a breeze; the non-stick cooking plate and the insulated door liners both are easily removed so you can clean them in a jiffy.

We know you want it. The Bacon Express is available for Amazon here for about $40 plus shipping.

Enjoy!

Render Media is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon. Our product recommendations are guided solely by our editors. We have no relationship with manufacturers.

Sources: Bacon Express/Amazon, Nostalgia Electrics / Photo Credit: Bacon Express/Amazon

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Food Stamp Users Can Soon Buy Groceries Online

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This is amazing news!

The USDA has chosen seven states to participate in a pilot program that has the potential to totally change so many lives.

SNAP, which is a federal agency that oversees low-income folks’ supplemental nutritional food programs, is collaborating with mega-online retailer Amazon, as well as a handful of grocery chains (like Safeway and ShopRite), to help allow food stamp recipients to actually purchase their groceries online.

So cool!

Basically, participating grocery chains will accept federal benefits for online food purchases upon the launch of the program, which is a total incentive for more chains to join in on the cause.

The aim of SNAP, according to the Baltimore Sun, is to make sure that people in low-income communities also have access to healthy and nutritious foods. That means that food deserts could potentially no longer inhibit people from eating fresh produce should they desire.

Amazing!

Tom Vilsack, the USDA secretary, said in a press release per the Baltimore Sun: “Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited…We’re looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP.”

Naysayers for the pilot are worried that online shopping has the potential to hurt locally owned grocery stores that have been serving low-income communities in the absence of larger chain supermarkets.

Additionally, the pilot program was actually supposed to begin around 2014; however, the USDA was unable to comply with the 2014 Farm Bill that required them to test online shopping with food stamps because a lot of online retailers did not yet have advanced enough technology to participate.

Eventually, if everything runs smoothly, the USDA wants to continue adding retailers and expand the online grocery shopping experience with SNAP nationwide. 

Until then, let’s keep our fingers crossed that this all works, and trust in Amazon!

“Enabling SNAP participants to shop online and have their groceries delivered makes fresh foods more accessible to everyone, including those who may not be able to make a weekly trip to the store,” Amazon stated, per the Baltimore Sun. “We’re proud to be part of combating food insecurity in these communities.”

Sources: Baltimore Sun / Photo Credit: SNAP

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You Can Now Order Pizza Hut With Your Voice

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Alexa is the name of Amazon’s new robot, to which you can ask questions, play music and order food, among other things. It only makes sense that Pizza Hut would partner with Amazon to use Alexa to order pizza as well.

Eater reports that Amazon’s Echo Dot, Tap, Fire TV and Fire tablet will all have a feature allowing users to order their favorite pizza with a simple command. How convenient is that? Possible pizza orders are: pepperoni, cheese, veggie lovers, meat lovers, and supreme. You can also order sides and drinks, such as: breadsticks, cinnamon sticks, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mist Twist and Mountain Dew. The system connects with your online ordering through Pizza Hut’s website and even allows you to choose the credit card on file, or to pay in cash.

According to a press release from Pizza Hut, commands used to order pizza can be, “Alexa, ask Pizza Hut for a pizza, please,” and “Alexa, open Pizza Hut.”

Pizza Hut says it’s thrilled to be able to offer such a service to its customers. “Pizza Hut has and always will be devoted to serving customers pizza anywhere, anyhow, and anyway, and using the latest technology is no exception,” says one Pizza Hut spokesperson. “Amazon is great to work with and the Pizza Hut skill on Alexa is unlike any other pizza brand with flexible ordering from a menu of options without lifting a finger.”

Take a second to imagine that. You’re sitting on the couch, wrapped up in a blanket in PJs and feeling too comfortable to move, or too sloppy to be seen in public, and you can just say the words and the pizza is on its way. This is revolutionary, especially for major Pizza Hut fans like me. It almost makes me want to have a robot in my house that can listen to all of my conversations.

All jokes aside, Pizza Hut serves and delivers more pizza than any other pizza company in the world, and therefore, this certainly won’t be the last innovative move on its part. It’s time to sit back, eat some pizza and watch what more will unfold.

Sources: Eater, Pizza Hut Press Release / Photo Credit: Pizza Hut via Eater

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Amazon Is Now Selling Its Own Brands Of Coffee And Baby Food

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Amazon.com, Inc. now sells its own private-label foods on its website, and the names of its two new brands are actually pretty cute, ya’ll.

The online retailer quietly began offering whole-bean and ground coffee under its new Happy Belly label starting the week of June 27; additionally, two new flavors of bottled baby foods are being sold under its new Mama Bear brand.

Amazon says its coffee is sold either in pre-ground or whole bean form, and sourced from Central and South America. Its website describes each Happy Belly blend as “crafted from sustainably sourced Fair trade certified organic Arabica beans, grown by small-scale farmers in high-altitude tropical climates.” 

Bags of 12-ounce Happy Belly coffee run $9.99 each (that’s about $3 less than Starbuck’s French roast in a similar size), while a dozen 4-ounce jars of Mama Bear’s apple blueberry organic baby food costs $12.49 (approximate $.50 more than a variety 12-pack of Earth’s Best brand organic baby food from Hain Celestial Group Inc., The Wall Street Journal reports).

A company spokesperson confirmed to CNet that the products are currently only available to the $99-per-year Amazon Prime members in the U.S.; they declined to say whether more private-label foods will appear on the website in the future.

The switch into private-label brands enables the e-commerce giant a chance to test new products with considerably higher profit margins. According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon also stands to save money on costs related to shipping, brand development, and marketing.

Sources: CNet, The Wall Street Journal, Amazon (2) / Photo credits: Amazon (2), Wallpapers XL

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Amazon To Expand Its Store-Brand Offerings

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Amazon is hoping to get even more of our money by expanding its private-label offerings.

Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Amazon may be looking to expand its store-brand offerings to include more food products and household items, such as spices, nuts, coffee, baby food, laundry detergent, and diapers. This debut is reported to occur at the end of May or early June, and it will initially be offered only to members of Amazon Prime.

Some of the brands will allegedly have names such as Happy Belly, Mama Bear, Presto! and Wickedly Prime. The Happy Belly brand will feature food products such as tea, spices, nuts, and cooking oil, and Wickedly Prime will represent snack foods produced by Amazon. Baby products will fall under the Mama Bear brand, and home goods and detergents will be represented under the Presto! line.

As the online retailer already delivers groceries through its AmazonFresh program, expanding its private-label products to include food items is a logical next step. By undercutting major brands, customers save some money and time by ordering more products from one sole retailer, and retailers are able to produce popular items on their own to sell for higher margins.

“It’s not like this is as complex as flying to Mars,” Sucharita Mulpuro, a senior Amazon analyst with Forrester, said, according to USA Today. “This is what the club warehouses and Trader Joe’s do all day,” she said.

Sources: The Wall Street JournalUSA Today / Photo credit: The Verge

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Amazon Partners With Tyson Foods To Create Recipe Delivery Service

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Amazon is preparing to launch its own recipe delivery service, for those of us who wish to spend yet more money with the nation’s largest Internet-based retailer.

Donald Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, confirmed that the company is partnering with Amazon Fresh on a “chef-inspired, meal kits service.”

“We’re expanding our relationship with Amazon Fresh to sell fresh protein as well as partner with them around innovation,” Smith explained at a conference, as noted by Business Insider. “We plan to launch Tyson Tastemakers, a line of chef-inspired meal kits in premium proteins for home delivery with Amazon Fresh this fall.”

This incentive would be a way for Amazon to tap into the ever-increasing recipe-delivery market and acquire a larger share of the food and grocery market. Similar to Blue Apron and HelloFresh, which are worth $2 billion and $2.9 billion, respectively, this partnership would provide customers with a ready-to-cook ingredients delivery service.

“We’ll empower that at-home chef by answering three questions that they have around knowledge, preparation, and exploration,” Smith added, according to Food Business News. “We’ll teach them about the cuts of meat and where they come from. We’ll help pre-cut, trim, dry age, smoke, marinate, and do the prep so all they have to do is cook it. And then we’ll inspire them to explore and cook with ingredients that they may have never used before.”

As I imagine various promotions will be offered to Amazon Prime members, this certainly has the potential to revolutionize the one-stop Internet shopping experience.

Sources: Business Insider, Food Business News / Photo credit: Food Business News

Tags: Amazon, delivery service, meal kits, Tyson Foods
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