Everything Is Terrible: There Is A Whipped Cream Shortage

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By Cooking Panda

It’s holiday baking season, so canned whipped cream was already in high demand, even before the tragic explosion at a Florida nitrous oxide plant, which put a stopper on production.

The Chicago Tribune reports that canned whipped cream varieties, such as Reddi-Wip are now in short supply. The Reddi-Wip manufacturer, ConAgra Brands, verified that the shortage is due to not having enough nitrous oxide to get cans to spray like we love for them to do.

If you want to make sure to get your hands on a can of whipped cream before it sells out, Reddi-Wip urges you to hurry and grab it while it’s early. Otherwise you’ll be out of luck because of the holiday season. Try not to be too fearful, however. According to Eater, ConAgra is working to find a solution to this nitrous oxide problem. There’s got to be something else they can use, right?

In case you aren’t familiar, nitrous oxide is better known as laughing gas, and what’s currently left of it is being saved for medical purposes, such as dental procedures. Call me crazy, but I’d rather have it when I’m getting root canals than have it fueling the whipped cream dispenser into my hot cocoa. You can just buy the kind that comes in a tub, right? Or make your own! That could taste better anyway.

A popular New England grocery store, called Market Basket, has announced that there will be a minimal supply of canned whipped cream due to the nitrous oxide shortage, and that it will last for more than a week while we look to Europe to find more of that oh-so-fun gas. If the shortage truly only lasts a week or two, I think we’ll survive it. Sure, it’s a terrible ordeal for those of us who were really looking forward to spraying it on all of our holiday desserts, but at least it’s not forever!

Just take a deep breath and deal with the tub for now. We’ll all need the comfort of our hot chocolate and holiday pies regardless of the Reddi-Wip shortage.

Sources: Chicago Tribune, Eater / Photo Credit: Reddi-Wip/Instagram

Tags: desserts, holidays, Reddi-Wip, shortage, Whipped Cream
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Introducing The Deliciousness Of The ‘Churro Duo’

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Dominique Ansel is at it again with his tantalizing new creations. The newest indulgence is interlocking churro pyramids, called the “Churro Duo.”

According to Foodbeast, the “Churro Duo” pyramid-shaped sweets are available at Ansel’s bakery in Tokyo, Japan. They feature a 3-D pyramid effect, and customers are having a lot of fun just playing with them.

Excited to launch our new Churro Duo this SATURDAY at @DABJapan. A duo of our 3D churro pyramids, one white sesame and the other black sesame, made to order and served warm. Dip into our salted caramel sauce, share with your friends, and enjoy! #churroduo #churros #DominiqueAnselJapan #DABJapan 今週の土曜からドミニクアンセルベーカリートーキョーにて #チュロデュオ が販売スタートです!ピラミッドのようなチュロスは1つは白ごま、もう1つは黒ごまのフレーバー! #キャラメル のディップをたっぷりつけてお召し上がりください。 実はとっても長くてボリュームたっぷりなので、是非仲良しのお友達と一緒にシェアして完食を目指してくださいね #チュロス

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You’re not only looking at two churros linked together, but two types as well. The lighter pyramid has white sesame and cinnamon sugar, while the darker one has black sesame and black sugar coated on. Okay, so the two types aren’t much different, but if you do too much it won’t still be a churro, right?

The cute little pyramids are served with a side of salted caramel sauce for dipping, if you can bring yourself to break up the pyramids, that is.

Introducing our new Churro Duo, our version of the traditional Spanish fried dough pastry. A pair of interlocking 3D churros – one made with white sesame and one with black sesame, made to order and served warm with homemade salted caramel dip on the side. (Unraveled, the churros are more than 1 meter long!) Starts this SATURDAY at @DABJapan. #churroduo #churros #DominiqueAnselJapan #DABJapan スペインの伝統的なお菓子のチュロス。ドミニクバーションはインターロック型の3Dチュロス #チュロデュオ が登場します!白ごまと黒ごまのフレーバーの組み合ったチュロスを自家製 #ソルトキャラメル にディップしてお召し上がりください。(このチュロス、直線に伸ばすとなんと1m以上もあるんです!) 今週の土曜日からスタートです!#ドミニクアンセル #チュロデュオ #3D

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Currently, the pyramids are only available in Japan, but if you are in the States or the U.K., don’t get too sad about it. Refinery 29 reports that, “In one of his Instagram posts about the ChurroDuo, Ansel wrote, ‘Currently only our @dabjapan has this new item, but I’m pretty tempted to bring it to NY and London.'”

So, there’s hope after all! Sure you can get regular pieces of the fried, cinnamon-y dough at local bakeries already, but you can’t get these just anywhere. Once you have the opportunity to try them, it’d be a waste not to.

The warm dessert was introduced on Nov. 18, and clearly, as you can see from Ansel’s quote above, it’s doing very well. Keep an eye out for it to begin spreading among Ansel’s bakery locations, as it’s bound to do.

While you’re at it, or just to keep your sweet tooth satisfied in the meantime, make sure and try the bakery’s cronuts, blossoming hot chocolate (which is really pretty!), Magic Souffles and DKAs. There’s no shortage of creative deliciousness at the Dominique Ansel bakery, so if you happen across one, don’t look it over just because there’s no “Churro Duo” there. Stop in for something that will be just as satisfying.

Sources: Foodbeast, Refinery 29 / Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Bakery/Instagram

Tags: Bakery, churro, Churro Duo, desserts, Dominique Ansel, Sweets
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Scare Away Your Guests With 7 Spooky Halloween Treats

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Brace yourselves!! Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to get freaky and make some super spooky desserts. But you don’t have to wait until the 31st to have your Werewolf bar mitzvah. Start the party early this weekend on Oct. 28 — it’s National Chocolate Day! And if there is a better excuse to eat a ton of dessert besides a weekend bookended by two sweet-centric holidays, we don’t know it!

1. Zombie Brain Jell-O Shots​

Any time is the right time for a zombie brain Jell-O shot, whether you want to add the booze or leave it out for a kid-friendly, gory treat.

2. Bloody Baklava

Honestly, what is tastier than sweet, flaky baklava? Adding red food coloring is optional but can transform your dessert into horrifyingly delicious slashed up, bloody skin.

3. Blood Clot and Brain Cupcakes

These are gorgeous, delicious (seriously, why would you not want jam in your cupcakes?) and, best of all, really easy to pipe on those brains. If you don’t have a piping bag/nozzle, just use a Ziploc bag and cut the corner off.

4. Puff Pastry Intestines

These look spooky, but they are easy to make, and super versatile too — make them sweet or savory (sausages? heck yes!) depending on what you’re feeling.

5. Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

Are those miniature knives not the cutest things ever?? Is that weird?

6. Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Not exactly Halloween-themed (though you can certainly turn the caramel into blood with a little food coloring), but we have to celebrate National Chocolate Day with the most delicious chocolate dessert ever. It’s a momentous occasion!

7. Salted S’mores Truffles​

Same. I mean, how can you say no to something that is both a s’more and a truffle at the same time? Plus, you can throw them right in with your Halloween spread for some quick bite-sized desserts.

Featured Photo Credit: Not Quite Nigella

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10 Halloween Treats You Don’t Need To Be A Chef To Make

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Bloggers have a way of making the least crafty of us believe we can make miracles happen in the kitchen.

You see an “easy” recipe for Jack O’Lantern cupcakes and optimistically embark on a baking frenzy as if you were one of the pros. You’ve done your measuring, you’ve done your sculpting and you take your creation out of the oven — expecting handiwork of the gods — only to find a disaster that would end up in an admittedly hilarious “Pinterest fails” list.

Halloween is just weeks away, and you’re determined to end up on the internet to be celebrated for your impressive craftsmanship, not your amusing shortcomings.

Very well, then. We’ve compiled a list of spooky treats that require minimal time, ingredients, tools and skill — all without compromising cuteness.

1. Pumpkin Patch Brownies

These simple, customizable brownies will transport you to your days as a tot, when you frolicked through pumpkin patches without a care in the world. The little signs come together with just popsicle sticks and glue.

2. Spooky Boo Brownies

Put the “oooo” in “spooooky” by painting icing faces on melty marshmallow ghosts.

3. Fanta Jack O’Lantern Floats

If you define “technique” as piling ingredients into a glass and calling it a day, this is the sweet treat for you. Fanta and vanilla ice cream come together to create a delightfully Jack O’Lantern-esque dessert beverage.

4. Cinnamon Sugar Flour Tortilla Crisps

If super sweet isn’t your style, give these bat crisps a try. Their light dusting of cinnamon sugar will charm even the harshest of cynics. 

5. Monster Strawberry Cupcakes

Sneak up on your friends with these bad boys, and they will NOT be upset. The strawberry critters look professionally done, but you can pull it off. Simply make a mouth-shaped incision in the berry, cover the hole with chocolate and decorate it with tiny teeth once it hardens. Finally, rest the mini monsters atop their leafy thrones. 

6. Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

At long last, the iconic shape of the Milano cookie reveals its ultimate purpose: to look like a gravestone. Slap a sizeable “RIP” on each cookie and line them up in the crushed-Oreo-topped dessert dip of your choosing.

7. Zombie Brain Cupcakes

You could use beets to give this all-natural frosting its brain-like hue, or you could use food coloring. Either way, they’ll give your cranium a BOOst. (See what we did there?)

8. Halloween Spider Cookies

Finally, spiders that don’t require the steady hand of a painter to recreate. Extra points for their peanut-butter cup bodies.

9. Rice Krispies Treat Mummies

These are what you make when you’ve got a Halloween potluck to attend and only 15 minutes to spare. Whip out some Rice Krispies Treats, cover them in melted white chocolate and decorate with icing in a jiffy. 

10. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Halloween treats can indeed be classy. Put a tiny pumpkin to use by sticking it in the center of this beautiful bundt cake.

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