Twinkie-Flavored Cappuccinos Are Hitting The Shelves

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By Cooking Panda

We know, we know. Spring is supposedly just around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped the weather in the Northeast, at least, from remaining temperamental. You may feel ready to break out the short sleeves and popsicles, and pack away your sweaters, but the earth seems to have other plans. One day the sun is shining and the air is crisp but warming up; the next day, the skies are overcast and it’s snowing.

In order to help warm America up through the end of the stubborn winter, Hostess has dipped its toe into the beverage business, and is now bringing consumers its newest cozy product. In a partnership with Kerry Convenience, Hostess Brands has come up with the Twinkies Cappuccino for its grand debut into the hot drinks market.

Kerry will now manufacture and distribute Twinkies Cappuccinos under the Hostess brand for its convenience store channel, according to Food Business News, and the beverage is meant to taste much like the classic Twinkie sponge cake.

Consumers can expect the cappuccino to feature milky and sponge cake flavors, with just a hint of coffee. In other words, if you’re big on the coffee bean taste and aren’t a fan of the dessert product, you may want to steer clear of this one.

If you are somebody who really loves the classic Twinkie sponge cake, however, you’ll be able to pick up the cappuccino in Sheetz northeastern c-stores. For fans outside of the Northeast, don’t fret; in just a few weeks, the drinks will be available in convenience stores nationwide for all to taste test.

“Hostess has risen to be the No. 1 snack cake of choice for c-store customers,” Ellen Copaken, vice president of marketing at Hostess Brands, LLC, told Food Business News. “Twinkies Cappuccino not only provides consumers with another option when selecting a treat, it combines two of their favorites into one decadent indulgence. Further, the beverage allows c-store operators the opportunity for multi-category promotional activity, rewarding consumers in an engaging way.”

Are you going to sample one of these drinks?

Source: Food Business News / Photo Credit: Hostess via Food Business News

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7 Of The Most Delicious Things You Can Cook With Coffee

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By Cooking Panda

Really, we can’t sing enough praises for coffee, the magic bean juice that keeps us alive some days. So when we found out that November 8 is not just Election Day, but National Cappuccino Day as well, we knew we had to celebrate our favorite creamy, frothy incarnation of that dark roasted elixir.

As much as we love a good cappuccino, we started thinking, what other foods, drinks and desserts will benefit from coffee? A whole bunch, it turns out. Coffee will add a rich, dark, deep complexity to just about anything, from salad dressing to beef chili. Take a gander:

1. Homemade Lattes, Cappuccinos and Mochas

All you need to go with your strong brewed coffee or espresso is your favorite kind of milk and, ideally, a hand blender, though a regular blender should work well too.

2. Ultimate Cappuccino Cheesecake

Want some cheesecake with a special kick? Try this smooth, rich version, flavored with coffee and cinnamon, complete with creamy Italian mascarpone cheese for a nice silky texture. If you don’t have espresso, just mix in some really strong brewed coffee or even the instant stuff.

3. Coffee Marinated Skirt Steak

Deepen and darken the flavor of your steak with this complex, bold and savory marinade. Pair it with grilled corn and/or a crunchy salad for the perfect dinner.

4. Grilled Green Salad With Coffee Vinaigrette

This unique vinaigrette will perk up just about any salad, so choose whatever is in season and can handle being charred. The coffee dressing might sound unusual, but it perfectly complements the deep, smoky flavors of the charred veggies.

5. Coffee Rub

That’s right — you can rub some ground-up coffee beans, salt and pepper all over your favorite cut of meat, from chicken thighs to duck, beef or lamb, to give it a deep, complex flavor.

6. The Best Chili Ever

Want to know how to make the ultimate pot of chili? Add a little chocolate and ground espresso beans. And it’s freaking delicious. Seriously.

7. Gort’s Reprieve Irish Coffee
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Need a tasty adult pick-me-up? Everyone knows Irish coffee is delicious, whether you drink it with Baileys, half and half or just black. But if you want to try something truly unique, original and full of herby, slightly bitter flavors, add some amaro into the mix. You can thank us later.

Featured Photo Credit: Matt Duckor/Bon Appetit

Tags: cappuccino, coffee, coffee recipe, cooking with coffee, Tasty Tuesday
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