Treat Yourself To New Cadbury Chocolate-Covered Oreos (Photos)

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Oreos and Cadbury have teamed up for a smooth, crunchy treat you’ll want to devour as soon as you see it: Oreo cookies enrobed in creamy Cadbury milk chocolate.

Needless to say, social media users are quite pleased.

The catch? At the moment, Cadbury Coated Oreos are only available in Australia, according to PopSugar. If you live in the States, you’ll have to live vicariously through those Down Under with photos of the double-chocolate dessert. It’s cruel and unjust, but luckily there are ways to satisfy your craving for extra-indulgent chocolate sandwich cookies.

You could make your own Cadbury Coated Oreo dupes, so long as you melt your own Cadbury milk chocolate bars and dip Oreos, fondue-style, into the silky liquid. Even better, you can add custom designs with melted white chocolate or colorful icing. Here’s how to achieve perfect chocolate-dipped Oreos at home.

Thankfully, you are also free to order other ultra-chocolaty Oreo goods online, as this isn’t the first time Oreos and chocolate brands have created beautiful things together.

There’s the Milka Oreo Big Crunch Chocolate Candy Bar, available here. Crunchy Oreos are enrobed in luscious vanilla cream, then encased in a layer of milk chocolate.

Then there are Oreo Cadbury Creme Eggs, which are, you guessed it, familiar milk-chocolate eggs containing a true treasure: velvety cookies and cream filling. Snag a mini version here.

There is also the truly insane Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg ‘n’ Spoon with Oreo. The sugary contents are intended to be devoured with an included spoon until the consumer is left with a sweet egg to be eaten then or later. Order them immediately here

More of a baker than a buyer? You’ve got plenty of homemade, Oreo-rich dessert options, like our frozen Oreo peanut butter pie, featuring an Oreo crust with a peanut butter cream cheese filling that is sinfully bursting with peanut butter cups and chocolate chips. It’s chilled until set and finished with as much peanut butter as you dare to drizzle.

You can also get a head start on warming up for winter with our gooey Oreo lava cake. It’s made extra mouthwatering with Oreo pudding and an entire cup of chocolate chips.

Source: PopSugar / Featured Image: Kelly Bailey/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Australia, cadbury, candy, chocolate oreos, cookies, oreo, snacks
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Activated Charcoal Fish And Chips Is Absolutely Crazy (Photos)

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Whether or not eating activated charcoal is actually good for you, its trendiness on Instagram is understandable. 

It makes ice cream look chic in a villainous way.

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It makes lattes look like they possess Voldemort-level dark powers.

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It’s an aesthetic superpower, no doubt about it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it should be put into everything, as has been demonstrated by this Australian eatery’s divisive new dish, making strides on the internet for (likely) unintended reasons: it, um, looks like poop.

The fish is cooked in a batter containing apple cider vinegar and activated charcoal and served on beetroot labneh, a cheese made from strained yogurt.

Melbourne’s Long Story Short Cafe is revered for its photogenic all-day brunch, and it’s not hard to see why. A quick scroll through the restaurant’s Instagram gives way to enchanting stacks of Tim Tam pancakes, dessert burgers covered by fabulous domes of cotton candy and unreal matcha lattes with white chocolate. With an immaculate track record like that, what the devil were they thinking blackening pieces of fish until they resembled dog droppings baking in the hot sun?

They were trying to make a statement, Long Story Short owner Ly Nguyen told news.com.au.

“We wanted to incorporate fish and chips into our menu, but we don’t do standard dishes,” she said. “We always like to have a twist to our dishes.”

Besides its fecal appearance, the dish presents another issue.

It’s unlikely that the activated charcoal in the dish really does the body any good. According to WebMD, the only thing activated charcoal has been proven to do is treat minor poisonings. While the trendy food is celebrated for reducing cholesterol and healing hangovers, there’s little evidence it does either. It’s yet another health trend with lots of looks and little substance.

Despite its resemblance to campfire-roasted feces, the menu item must be performing well, judging by the restaurant’s caption in the photo below.

“Overwhelmed by the love and wonderful feedback from those who have tried our activated charcoal fish and chips,” it reads. 

In fact, the dish tastes like regular fish and chips, and the hundreds of customers who have ordered it have eaten every bite, Nguyen told news.com.au.

Curious to try it? With a glance at the restaurant’s breakfast menu, it sounds like a destination worth the trip. Its new fairy floss dessert burger — a Sicilian brioche with honeycomb gelato, fruit salad, white chocolate matcha sauce, fruit jellies and a huge cotton candy dome that you douse with coconut milk to uncover the burger — has appeared in many an Instagram video.

Their buttermilk Tim Tam pancakes are made with poached Nashi pears, vanilla peanuts, mascarpone “chocolate soup” and Tim Tam gelato.

And their avocado toast — topped with poached eggs, broccolini, goat cheese, nuts and seeds — looks like food fit for a fairy.

Guess it’s time for a trip Down Under.

Sources: news.com.au, WebMD / Featured image credit: Pixabay

Tags: Australia, charcoal, fish and chips, food trends, long story short, Melbourne
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These Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnuts Will Brighten Your Day (Photos)

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The day is long gone when people were impressed by a simple, however delicious, glazed doughnut. You’ve seen rainbow doughnuts and galaxy doughnuts, after all.

But just when you thought that was as wild as the confection could get, an Australian shop has dared to make a doughnut do what no doughnut has done before: glow in the dark.

Black Star Pastry in Sydney presents the Glownut, a plain doughnut topped with yuzu (a citrus fruit) icing. It’s packed with vitamin B, which gives the pastries their glow-in-the-dark effect, according to Daily Mail Australia.

That’s it, you ask? No artificial dyes or unsafe additives? Though the bright-green confection appears out of this world, the shop assures customers that natural vitamin B is the only trick.

In the light of day, the Glownut looks like a tasty but run-of-the-mill citrus doughnut.

When the black light comes on, the magic happens.

Black Star Pastry owner Christopher The was inspired to create the glowing treat as he walked around Sydney’s Vivid music and lights festival, staring at the skyline’s pink, green and yellow lights. 

“I was thinking hard about a way to tie in food with lights,” he told Daily Mail Australia. “And glow-in-the-dark popped in my head.”

“Just the thought of people eating glow-in-the-dark food at the world-famous Vivid festival of light was an amazing challenge we just couldn’t resist.”

It took him a year to master the Glownut’s natural effect — and to make sure it didn’t taste like a glow stick. Christopher said the final product is light — like a brioche bun with half the butter — and not greasy, topped with a tart, citrusy icing. 

He chose to create a doughnut, rather than a different dessert, so people could easily hold their glow-in-the-dark treats.

“We thought it would be fun to see people with glow-in-the-dark icing all over their hands and faces,” he said. “Then we came up with the name ‘Glownut,’ which really sealed the deal.”

Festival goers will be able to rave not only with their $7 Glownuts, but with Black Star’s glowing doughnut holes and black sesame yuzu cake. Black Star even partnered with a gelato shop, which created a glow-in-the-dark hot chocolate to pair with the neon foods. 

The response to the Glownuts has been so positive, Christopher said, that his boutique dessert shop has had to speed up production for Vivid.

This isn’t the first time Black Star has made headlines for eye-catching desserts; the shop became famous for its strawberry watermelon cake, which has been called the most photographed cake in Australia.

Source: Daily Mail Australia / Photo credit: Pixabay

Tags: Australia, black star pastry, donuts, doughnuts, festival, glow in the dark, lights
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Yay Mate! Australia’s Tim Tams Are Coming To America!

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Australia’s tasty chocolate Tim Tam biscuits are officially available in the U.S., so if you haven’t had a chance to try them, now’s the time!

Huffington Post reports that they’re here to stay, too. “Tim Tam is available just in time for Australia Day, this Thursday, January 26, [2017],” a Tim Tam spokesperson told Huffington Post via email. “Tim Tam biscuits are available nationwide in all major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers.”

If you aren’t familiar with Tim Tam, you can check out the website to learn why they say “It’s Not A Cookie. It’s a Tim Tam [biscuit].” The biscuit is crunchy and chocolatey outside with a creamy chocolate center, and then it’s covered in chocolate as well. Tim Tam comes in four flavors: Original, Classic Dark, Dark Mint and Chewy Caramel.

Target says that it has had Tim Tam biscuits since January of 2015, but this announcement means they are available in many more locations. If you go to the website and choose “Where to Buy,” and enter your zip code, you’ll see what I mean. Personally, I can see that they are available at Giant grocery stores, Target and Safeway. I’m practically surrounded! You can even search based on the flavor you’d like to try. There isn’t any Dark Mint around me, but I can get Original and Chewy Caramel.

Once you get your hands on some Tim Tams, you have to try and enjoy them the way many Australians do — by performing the “Tim Tam Slam.” This method of enjoying the biscuit is well known on social media with the hash tag #timtamslam. You can do the Tim Tam Slam by biting the end pieces off of a biscuit, and putting one end of the remaining biscuit in your mouth and the other end in a warm drink (coffee, most likely) and use the Tim Tam as a straw.

When you start feeling the drink on your tongue, you have to hurry and pop the Tim Tam in your mouth before it melts! This is the type of thing to spice up coffee breaks in Australia, and now in the U.S. as well.

Sources: Huffington Post, Tim Tam / Photo Credit: TimTam_US/Instagram

Tags: Australia, biscuits, chocolate, Tim Tam, Tim Tam Slam
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KFC Has Officially Hopped On The Pumpkin Bandwagon

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It’s autumn, a.k.a. the season of pumpkin spice everything — in America, at least.

Over in Australia, however, it’s actually spring, which brings to mind budding flowers rather than orange gourds.

However, perhaps KFC Australia isn’t quite ready to leave the autumnal vibes behind in favor of more seasonal delights, because according to Brand Eating it has just hopped on the pumpkin bandwagon with its new Pumpkin & Feta Twister.

The new menu item doesn’t use the same kind of pumpkin those of us in the states are using to carve Jack-O-Lanterns, however. Rather, it uses what looks to be kabocha, which is more commonly known as Japanese pumpkin.

The Pumpkin & Feta twister features grilled chicken, crumbled pieces of feta cheese, what appears to be roasted kabocha (the pumpkin in question), lettuce, and smoky chipotle mayo wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla.

“It’s the goods,” promises the description of the item on the KFC website.

Fans in Australia, take note: the Pumpkin & Feta Twister is available for only a limited time, so if you want one last nostalgic taste of autumn, go pick up one today.

Sources: Brand Eating, KFC / Photo Credit: KFC Australia via Brand Eating

Tags: Australia, KFC, pumpkin, pumpkin & feta twister, seasonal eats
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This Coffee Promises To Keep You Awake For Days, But Be Careful Drinking It

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Are you addicted to coffee?

Yeah, that makes two of us.

If you’re one of those people who knows that coffee makes the world go round, and you always complain that your brew is just simply not strong enough to get you through the day — in other words, if you are a student — you’ll be interested to learn that there IS stronger coffee out there that will absolutely propel you through that all-nighter. Probably even longer. Maybe indefinitely. Maybe if you drink this coffee, you’ll never sleep again. It’s very possible. Consider:

This is the aptly-named “Ass Kicker” coffee from Australia’s Viscous Coffee shop, according to Elite Daily. Sure, it probably sounds like the others that don’t live up to the hype, right?

Wrong! One cup of this coffee has half the amount of a lethal dose of caffeine (70 cups of coffee could kill you). Yeah. You might die if you order a double.

Ass Kicker iced coffee has 80 times more caffeine than a shot of espresso and 50 times more than a regular drip coffee cup — possibly enough to make you experience mania and hallucinations.

The people behind the half-lethal brew recommend that you take your time with it — it should take around four hours, or else you might have serious trouble. We hear it tastes super delicious and is really tough not to gulp right down.

“I talk to them first, make sure they understand what they are doing, and people often think I’m trying to talk them out of it,” Viscous Coffee owner Steve Benington told Adalaide Now.

You’ll likely be wired for 12-18 hours.

What is even the point of this, you might ask?

Well, it started off with an actual purpose: Benington, who frequently serves up “custom caffeine levels,” concocted the drink for an ER nurse working a night shift. It took her two days to finish her cup, and she stayed awake for three days straight. After that, Benington “toned it down a little” and released the Ass Kicker.

“Some people love it and some are broken by it but it’s all in the name of fun,” said Benington, who makes the drink with four espresso shots, four 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes (each has just over two shots of espresso-worth of caffeine) and half a cup of 10-day brewed coffee, finished off with four more 48-hour brewed cubes.

Sources: Elite Daily, Adelaide Now / Photo credits: Bianca De Marchi/Elite Daily, Anita D./Yelp

Tags: Australia, caffeine, coffee, strong coffee, Viscous Coffee
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Krispy Kreme Rolling Out Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Doughnuts — But There’s One Catch

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Oh my gosh.

Can we all please just take a second to admire Krispy Kreme’s newest flavor offering?

The popular doughnut chain has gone and combined everybody’s favorite candy with everybody’s favorite morning pastry, resulting in one of the most gorgeous creations the chain has put forth to date.

Behold the new REESE’S Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme Doughnut!

As you can see, the doughnut is filled with the classic, creamy Reese’s PB sauce, and then dipped in a bath of chocolate icing. Afterward, it’s topped with Reese’s PB chips, vanilla biscuit crumbles, and then finished off with a light and sumptuous chocolate drizzle, per the Krispy Kreme Australia website.

Are you drooling, yet? Us, too. But there’s just one catch: Unfortunately, for those of us stuck in the United States, the doughnut is only available in Australia.

Fingers crossed that the Krispy Kremes stateside copy out friends down under soon!

Source: Delish, Krispy Kreme Australia / Photo credits: Krispy Kreme via Delish, Krispy Kreme Australia/Twitter

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These Pokemon Burgers Are Almost Too Adorable To Eat

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A restaurant chain called Down N’Out in Sydney, Australia, has introduced the most adorable Poke-burgers! While not everyone has a love for Pokemon, pretty much everyone does love burgers. The three Pokemon available are Pikachu, Charmander and Bulbasaur, the three major favorites.

According to Metro News, each burger comes with a trading card listing the ingredients, and each burger’s ingredients are meant to represent the character itself. The Charmander burger is spicy, the Bulbasaur burger grassy and the Pikachu burger silly. Trainers, or eaters if you aren’t into that, can order a burger and then receive a randomly selected character. After all, when you’re playing you don’t get to choose what kind of Pokemon you’ll catch, right?

Metro reports that the burgers will be available starting August 22 and will cost about $12 each.

Sources: Metro News, CNBC / Photo credit: Hashtag Burgers via Mashable

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Watch: Brave Australian Drives Down Highway With Burning Pizza Oven (Video)

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Australia always has been, and always will be, a land of mystery. The world may never fully understand why the inhabitants of that strange continent actually enjoy Vegemite, choose to live in a place with so many poisonous snakes, or have a sum total of THREE national Frisbee teams. Unfortunately, however, thanks to a recent event on an Australian highway, that list of mysteries is only growing.

A couple of days ago, Australian Kerri Lacey spotted what might be the biggest Australian anomaly of all time—a car driving down the freeway with an ignited wood-burning pizza oven in tow. Being a normal human being, Lacey filmed the incident, and the video is already going viral.

More than anything, the clip leaves viewers with the fundamental question, “What were they thinking?” Who in their right mind would attach a burning pizza oven to the back of their car and then drive down the highway with the oven still burning? The world may never know.

Luckily, regardless of the reasoning behind the incident, what we are left with is one hilarious video and the comical narration to match. Watch the clip below to experience the oddity for yourself, and be sure to note Lacey’s hilarious comment, “One wonders if this is very safe. A fire… in a pizza oven… on the freeway… with a car. Just a question,” as you do.

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Sources: ViceLandLopers / Photo credit: Dash Cam Owners Australia/Facebook

Tags: Australia, burning, highway, oven, Pizza
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This ‘Bazooka’ Cannoli Is Mind-Blowing!

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A bakery in Sydney, Australia, attracted a ton of attention for what they call The Bazooka — a massive cannoli shell filled with 50 standard sized cannolis.

Talk about an outrageous dessert! This incredible treat is literally a giant cannoli shell that’s filled to the brim with regular-sized cannolis of both chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Available at Pasticceria Caruso, this amazing cannoli is not just a special one-off creation — it’s the bakery’s most popular item. It’s so popular, in fact, that they make around 400 per week.

The regular pastries are piped with the delicious cream and then stuffed inside of the massive shell using chocolate ganache to hold them in place. Metro reported.

Take a look at the inside of this thing — it’s bound to blow your mind!

You’ve certainly never had a cannoli like this before.

Source: Metro / Photo credit: That's Nerdalicious, Metro, Screenshot/Hungry_As_Fork via Metro

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Woman Reportedly Finds Cigarette Butt In Her Krispy Kreme Doughnut (Photos)

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An Australian woman was shocked after she says she found a cigarette butt baked into her pregnant friend’s Krispy Kreme doughnut.

The woman took to social media on May 11 to express her concern after her friend took a bite out of the contaminated doughnut, Daily Mail reported.

“Earlier this afternoon I was with my friend whilst she was eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut, she took a bite into her doughnut and spat it back out, to find a cigarette butt cooked into the doughnut,” the woman posted on the company’s Australian Facebook page.

The Port Macquarie woman posted photos to support her claims. The pictures show what appears to be a cigarette butt embedded into the middle of a half-eaten doughnut.

She said she believes the employee who made the doughnut must have been smoking while in the kitchen and added that the cigarette butt could have caused severe consequences for her pregnant friend.

“I’m so horrified to think that this huge company lets the employees smoke whilst cooking these doughnuts,” the woman wrote. “This could have seriously affected the health of not only my friend but her 5-month-old unborn child.

“We are seriously disgusted by this!” she added.

The woman’s post has since been removed, the Daily Mail notes.

In April, another woman complained about a Krispy Kreme employee, claiming the company needs better hygiene guidelines.

“I noticed a woman worker outside picking up cigarette butts with her non-gloved hands,” Amy Powell Nemeth wrote in her post. “She came into the building and immediately went to the back where they make the doughnuts WITHOUT WASHING HER HANDS, and picked up trays.

“Needless to say, it will be a while before I eat there again,” the woman said. “Just can’t get that picture out of my mind.”

Sources: Daily MailFacebook

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Australia, Facebook Page, New South Wales, Pregnant woman, social media
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