This Ice Cream Never Melted And People Are Grossed Out

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A grandmother from Australia is concerned after her grandson’s ice cream sandwich, which he threw on the ground in a tantrum, failed to melt after four days in the summer heat.

There are two problems with this. One: that the grandson squandered a dessert because it was split down the middle. We all have flaws. That doesn’t mean we slam each other down onto the sidewalk. More importantly: that his ice cream sandwich, besides failing his aesthetic standards, wouldn’t melt and therefore could not have been fully cream-based, which, you know, you’d prefer your ice cream to be. 

On Facebook, Mary Salter reached out to Coles grocery store, where she purchased the sandwich, looking for answers.

She left the sandwich in her yard, she explained, thinking cats, dogs, birds or ants might be interested in the sweet treat. 

“I have watched with interest that none of the above would go near it,” she wrote on the Coles Facebook page. “… now I am a little concerned just WHAT is in this ‘treat’ – can you please explain why after 4 days in 26 degree heat [78 degrees Fahrenheit] on cement it has not melted or nothing has volunteered to eat it …”

Salter shared the private response she received from Coles.

“Hi Mary, thanks for taking the time to get in touch with us,” it reads. “We’ll need to follow this up with our National Quality Team for some more information and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.”

As Coles formulates a corporate response, we can use a Cincinnati news station’s experiment to get down to the bottom of the unmelting ice cream.

Their story was similar. A child left a half-eaten ice cream sandwich from Walmart on the front porch on a hot day, and the mother found it intact 12 hours later. Intrigued, the local news station then left a Great Value ice cream sandwich, a Klondike bar and a pint of Haagen-Dazs ice cream in the sun. The Haagen-Dazs was quickly reduced to a puddle, the Klondike bar liquified significantly and the Walmart sandwich barely melted.

The Walmart sandwich — and likely Mary Salter’s grandson’s sandwich — contains corn syrup, guar gum and cellulose gum, according to WCPO. Haagen-Dazs, on the other hand, has just cream, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla, with no corn syrup or gums. 

“Ice cream melts based on how much butterfat and cream are in it,” Walmart responded to WCPO. “Our sandwiches contain less, and are more affordable. But they are healthy and meet all FDA guidelines.”​

Coles appears to use similar techniques to keep its ice cream from melting, based on its statement to Munchies.

“Our ice cream sandwiches make use of very simple, commonly-used food techniques that help slow the melting process, and allows you to consume it without it falling apart in your hands,” the statement reads. “This technique includes adding thickener to the cream, creating a honeycomb-like structure which helps to slow the melting process. When the product starts to melt and liquid evaporates, you are left with what appears as foam.”

These thickeners are natural and safe by FDA standards, but they’re not found in the most simply made ice creams. If you love ice cream sandwiches but are perturbed by some brands’ use of thickening additives, make your own summery treats with homemade ice cream and cookies. Ants surely won’t flee from those.

Sources: Munchies, WCPO / Featured Image: Renee Comet/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: coles, Facebook, Ice Cream Sandwich, summer
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This Adorable Baby Girl Lights Up Around Wine (Video)

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Sometimes, babies can be finicky little creatures.

Sure, when they’re smiling and playful as can be, they’re pretty cute. However, occasionally — who are we kidding; very often — they break that sweet-as-can-be facade and turn into creatures from the swamp. They leak, they moan, they wail, they scream, they soil themselves, and they don’t give a care in the world over your sleeping or social schedule.

That’s why for many parents, it’s of the utmost priority to find out a few different foolproof methods to keep their babies smiling; sure, everybody loves to see the people closest to them happy. But just as important, when a baby isn’t happy, it means hell for everybody else.

So we’re sure these Florida parents, Yssel Jaquez and Rafael Aybar, were shocked and delighted to hilariously discover just what it is that makes their baby girl Abigail Aybar so gosh dang happy — being handed a glass of wine!

“We were just having dinner and when she doesn’t want more food or is sleepy, she starts to be cranky,” Jaquez told ABC News.

So, the parents tried to hand their baby girl juice; however, when that failed to prompt a positive reaction, Aybar then decided to hand his daughter a glass of wine, just as a joke. They recorded their girl’s exuberant joy at being handed the wine, and posted the video to Facebook on Jan. 29. As of Feb. 7, it has been viewed more than 3 million times.

“I think people like it so much because of her laugh and her reaction when she sees the wine,” Jaquez told ABC.

Of course, the couple has had to incur their fair share of criticism and even downright outrage from viewers who mistook their little bit of fun for seriousness. To them, Jaquez has only this to say:

“[There are] many different opinions about the video and the fact that we ‘give’ wine to a baby. It’s just a funny video and we’ve never provided alcohol to our kids and never will.”

Source: ABC News / Photo Credit: Rafael Aybar/Facebook

Tags: baby, Facebook, happy baby, video, wine
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Single Mom Faces Jail For Selling Ceviche On Facebook

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You never know what’s going to get you in trouble on the Internet these days.

When single mother of six Mariza Ruelas joined the Facebook group 209 Food Spot in 2014, she probably didn’t anticipate that her involvement on the food-centric forum would result in a possible jail sentence — but that’s exactly what happened.

According to The Washington Post, the Facebook group is for local residents to exchange recipes and have potluck meet-ups. Every so often, Ruelas would swap one of her homemade dishes for somebody else’s. Everything seemed to be going fine, until one day in October 2015, when a member of the group asked Ruelas if they could buy her signature ceviche dish from her.

Ruelas agreed, not realizing that the member in question was actually an undercover investigator. If you’re wondering why in the world somebody would spend their time trolling a foodie Facebook group, it’s because most members apparently did not have permits to serve food.

Ruelas received a court summons in July; she, along with several other members of the Facebook group, were facing citations for two misdemeanors: operating a food facility and engaging in business without a permit.

While a few members accepted a plea deal resulting in a $235 fine, 40 hours of community service and a year of probation, Ruelas was offered a lesser deal; for some reason, she would have to face twice the community service and an additional two years of probation.

She didn’t accept the deal and now faces up to a year in jail for her ceviche dealings.

“We didn’t see any harm in [selling and exchanging meals through the group],” Ruelas told The Washington Post. “There wasn’t anybody selling it daily. A lot of times, they were just getting back what they put into the ingredients.”

Deputy district attorney Kelly McDaniel said members of the Facebook group were warned before the charges were filed.

“The purpose wasn’t to sell food,” Ruelas said. “We wanted to bring something positive to our community.”

“They took the time to be investigating for over a year now … but they can’t solve all these unsolved murders?” she added.

Ruelas and her six children are now anxiously awaiting the trial.

Source: The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Elise Bauer/Simply Recipes

Tags: 209 food spot, ceviche, Facebook, permits, undercover investigator
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This Subway Employee Was Caught On Camera Zapping Bugs All Over The Food (Video)

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Ah, yes, the old Subway motto: Subway, eat flies.

Oh wait, no. That’s just at this Subway in Franklin, Indiana, where an employee was caught on tape zapping flies above all those fresh ingredients on Sept. 12 (video below).

Justin Clemons, the man who recorded the video, told WISH that he was shocked and surprised by the entire buggy situation, and because he was afraid that nobody would believe him, he decided to record the entire incident.

Clemons then shared the 55-second cell phone video with his Facebook page; as of Sept. 14, the video in question has been viewed more than 81,000 times.

“I think the power of social media has really taken over, I mean, like I said I had no idea it would grow to the way it was,” Clemons told Wish TV.

“Everything was pretty normal you go and order your food and go and sit down and it was at that point where my back was [pointed] to them,” he continued. “I started to hear a few different zaps and noises that just weren’t normal.”

Clemons had stopped at the Subway with his two sons after a golf match when he saw the employee crouched behind the counter.

“It was my 13-year-old son that ended up saying I’m pretty sure he’s using one of those bug zappers,” he said.

Clemons then pulled out his phone to begin recording the scene.

“Honestly, I think my kids were pretty disgusted as well,” he said. “Because they had noticed it and asked if it was normal. You have a 13-year-old and a 4-year-old asking.”

Per Wish TV, a spokesperson for Subway issued the following statement: “Food safety is our top priority. All Subway restaurants are individually owned and operated. As soon as the restaurant owner was made aware of the situation, he immediately took action by closing his restaurant and discarding all open products. He has contracted a professional cleaning service to ensure that the restaurant is in top working order.”

Additionally, Clemons received a Facebook message from Subway.

“We truly regret you had this experience Justin, and we are looking into this right now,” reads the Facebook post. “Food safety is our top priority, and we are working with the franchisee to address immediately.”

Watch the video in question below:

Sources: WISH, Justin Clemons/Facebook / Photo credit: Sniggie/Flickr via Huffington Post

Tags: bugs, Facebook, food safety, health inspection, Subway
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This Infuriating Pancake Video Promises Splendor, But Never Delivers (Video)

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There is nothing more irritating than being promised something glorious, and then never receiving it (video below).

Lately, the internet has been blowing up with fun and quirky food videos.

Cooking Panda, of course, has fun and instructional videos for how to construct delicious meals. But some home users have, of late, made videos showcasing some pretty amazing pancake art creations.

Perhaps that’s why this video is so infuriating!

Per Delish, Facebook user Mystikal uploaded a video on Aug. 31 that, at first glance, appears to show viewers some seriously interesting pancake creations.

“You won’t believe what’s on the other side of this pancake” the still of the video reads, accompanied by the picture of a pancake waiting to be flipped over.

However, after clicking play, it becomes eventually clear that you never figure out what’s on the other side of the pancake.

Whoever created the video actually made it loop so that before the fantastic, mysterious pancake art is revealed, the video just reverts back to the very beginning.

It is a sad cycle of hope, excitement, and ultimate disappointment.

The video, which has garnered over 9.6 million views as of Sept. 9, has also been shared more than 90,000 times since being uploaded last week.

Watch below to experience the excruciating disappointment for yourself:

Source: Delish / Photo credit: Handy Food

Tags: Facebook, food art, pancake, video
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The Rainbow Latte Is The Internet’s New Favorite Way To Wake Up In The Morning

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Here we go again.

It’s no secret that 2016 has been the year of the rainbow — in the online food community, that is. These days, walking into a cafe and not seeing at least one technicolored-option on the menu is actually sort of flabbergasting. I feel like those folks in Willy Wonka, licking the food-flavored walls.

“The snozzberries taste like snozzberries! The rainbow bagels… still taste like bagels!”

Diners have seen their favorite food staples (just a few days ago, we told you about the rainbow grilled cheese in Hong Kong) get subjected to several doses of food-coloring, and then posted on the internet, all in the name of marketability.

No consumable is safe anymore. So it’s no wonder that when Mason Salisbury, a barista at Las Vegas coffee shop Sambalatte, shared his newest psychedelic innovation on Instagram, it instantly went viral.

Behold the Rainbow Latte, created by adding food coloring to steamed milk.

You’ve got to admit — it sure is pretty.

For that special someone:

Cheers!

Source/Picture: Instagram/ibrewcoffee

Tags: Facebook, food trends, rainbow latte, Viral
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Man Ordered To Apologize Over Comment He Left In Tip Line Of Receipt (Photo)

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An Oklahoma City restaurant customer left a rude remark on the tip line of his bill in lieu of a gratuity, and caused uproar on social media in the process.

Last week, the customer in question visited a local Joe’s Crab Shack with a date and decided not to leave a tip because the restaurant was out of sour cream. Instead, he wrote “find sour cream” in the gratuity line of the bill, with the bill totaling it’s pre-gratuity amount of $71.23. Later that night, he proudly shared a picture of the bill on Facebook.

The customer’s cousin, Dustin Clark, subsequently saw the post and was outraged. Clark shamed his cousin for the post on social media and confronted him in person.

“I confronted my cousin about them bragging about the rudeness on Facebook,” he said. Clark later visited the restaurant and apologized personally to the server. He also left $20 and a card. He took to Facebook to encourage others to follow suit, and is now receiving praise from hundreds of people after his good deed went viral.

“We need more people like you who do the right thing. I was a server before who dealt with people like that,” Facebook user Melissa Herbert said.

“That was the most wonderful thing you did for that waitress,” Joyce Persson added.

Incidents involving restaurant gratuities are becoming increasingly prominent on social meda in recent years. While negative incidents continually receive nationwide attention, good deeds like Clark’s – and a recent incident involving a Philadelphia man who tipped his server $3,000 so she wouldn’t get evicted from her home – have recently gone viral.

Sources: News 96 ABC

Photo Credit: news9.com

Tags: Facebook, Oklahoma City, Photo, restaurant, Viral
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Uniformed Officer Asks If He Can Use Starbucks Restroom, Gets Unexpected Response From Employee

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A Facebook post alleging that a Philadelphia Starbucks employee refused to let a uniformed police officer use a restaurant restroom has gone viral. 

The post, made on Sept. 11, came in the form of an image posted to the Starbucks Facebook page. It is a typed message, purportedly from a sergeant with the Philadelphia Police Department, about an alleged incident that is said to have occurred on either Thursday or Friday, according to WCAU News. 

“So I walk into the Starbucks at 13th & Chestnut in full uniform and ask the young blonde liberal behind the counter if I could use their public bathroom for which you need a key code and she states in a loud voice, so all the other customers can hear that the bathroom is for paying customers only,” the post reads in part. 

“I then ask in a very polite manner if I could please use it,” the post continues. “She then states in the same loud manner and a smirk ‘Are you a paying customer?’”

The post goes on to say that the sergeant soon “realized what she was doing” and walked out of the store “astonished” that the customers and other employees “said nothing and seemed indifferent.”

Police Officer Joe Leighthardt, who says he knows the sergeant involved in the alleged incident, posted the message to Facebook. 

“Thought you world like to know this happened at your 1301 Chestnut St in Philadelphia,” he wrote in a message accompanying the post.  “In a time when police are being made the enemy, Your clerk pulls this nonsense. And might I point out, this store is a frequent caller to police for some sort of service.”

“I didn’t intend for it to go viral,” Leighthardt told WCAU. 

But it has. 

Since being posted, it has been shared over 14,000 times and “liked” by over 4,000 users. It has also drawn over 1,200 comments, many of which, Leighthardt pointed out, are supportive of the sergeant.

Starbucks also responded in a comment. 

“Hi Joe, thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns,” the company’s message reads. “We are aware of this situation, and it is certainly not in line with the experience we want any of our customers to have in our stores. We are taking all necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future. Thanks!”

The company also reportedly responded in another comment later, saying it would like contact information for the sergeant involved so it could reach out directly. 

“We would like to discuss the situation with the police officer and hear from them directly about this experience,” Starbucks said, according to WCAU. “If you happen to know who this was — please have him/her send us a private message through our page with their contact info.”

Leighthardt said he believed the sergeant has contacted the company.

The sergeant reportedly declined to comment when contacted by WCAU. Starbucks did not immediately respond to WCAU’s requests for comment.

Sources: WCAU NewsFacebook: Starbucks

Photo credit: Marco Pakoeningrat/FlickrRudolf Schuba/Flickr

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Woman Posts Rant About Negative Experience At Local Business, Gets Unexpected Response

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An Indiana woman has received a flood of criticism on Facebook after posting a rant about a frightening incident at a local bar on New Year’s Eve.

The woman, a hairdresser named Holly Jones, posted an enraged rant on Facebook complaining about the service at Kilroy’s Bar N’ Grill in downtown Indianapolis, the Daily Star reported.

According to the post, Jones went to the bar to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a group of friends. However, she said her night was “ruined” because bar managers neglected her to help a customer in need of medical care, whom she described as an “overdosing junkie.” She also complained that a waitress was rude to her the entire night.

Jones’s original post, which has now been removed, read:

“I will never go back to this location for New Year’s Eve!!! After the way we were treated when we spent $700+ and having our meal ruined by watching a dead person being wheeled out from an overdose my night has been ruined!!! Every year we have come to Kilroys to enjoy New Years Eve and tonight we were screamed at and had the manager walk away from from us while were trying to figure out our bill being messed up.

“The manager also told us someone dying was more important then us being there making us feel like our business didn’t matter, but I guess allowing a Junkie in the building to overdose on your property is more important then paying customers who are spending a lot of money!! Our waitress when we were trying to ask about our bill being messed up also said ‘what do you want me to do f****** pay your bill for you?’ What a great way to talk to a paying customer!!! I get that working on New Years Eve a stressful but being a complete b**** to us all night knowing you get an automatic gratuity is not right!!!”

Soon after the woman’s rant went viral, Kilroy’s manager Chris Burton posted this response on Facebook:

 “Thanks for reaching out! We love feedback, whether it be positive or negative. I especially like feedback like this so others can see the disgusting people that we have to deal with sometimes. First of all, the ‘overdosing junkie’ that you speak of was a 70+ year old woman who had a heart attack. Thankfully she was finally revived at the hospital and survived. It sounds like you were very concerned about  her so I thought you should know.

“This poor lady, who was celebrating New Years Eve with her husband and son, had to be placed on the floor of a completely packed bar and have her shirt removed in front of everyone so the paramedics could work on her. But I can completely understand why you think being intoxicated ***holes that didn’t understand your bill should take priority over human life. I especially appreciate you making your server (who doesn’t curse) cry as well. I’m sure she really enjoyed working on New Year’s Eve just to deal with people such as yourself.

“I personally had to leave a show to take a phone call from an emotional manager telling me someone died at Kilroy’s and that other employees were not doing so well dealing with this. (At the time they didn’t know that she was going to make it.) So I understand how inconvenient this was to your night. But honestly, I’m glad to hear you won’t be coming back to Kilroy’s because we wouldn’t want anyone as cold hearted and nasty as you returning. I appreciate anyone who chooses to spend their money at Kilroy’s until they act like you. You can take your money anywhere else after that, and I won’t lose a second of sleep over it. Happy New Year!” 

Burton’s response has received thousands of supportive messages from Facebook users.

Jones has since deleted her Facebook profile, and claimed through friends leaving comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page that her account was hacked and that she never posted the original message. 

Although she removed the original post, scans of it have since been saved by Facebook users and posted to the photo-sharing site Imgur, according to the Daily Star.

Jones has reportedly received death threats over her original comments. A slew of detractors have also stormed the Facebook page of Serenity Salon, the hair salon where the woman is employed, asking the business to fire her.

The salon posted a brief message on Jan. 3 saying that Jones’s actions do not reflect the salon’s views or employees. The post added that salon staff are “praying” for the heart attack victim and will “deal with this matter internally.”

Although Jones is still demanding an apology from Kilroy’s and insists that she should have received better service because she was dining with a group of “veterans and firefighters,” others who were dining with her that night have apologized to the restaurant for her rudeness.

Burton told the Daily Mail that another customer in Jones’s party gave the server an extra tip in order to compensate for Jones’s behavior. Someone else in her group has also called the restaurant to apologize.

The daughter of the heart attack victim has created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her mother’s medical bills. According to the page, the woman is currently being treated in a critical care unit at Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The page has raised over $2,000 as of Jan. 4. 

Sources: Daily StarDaily MailGoFundMe

Photo Credit: Kilroy’s Downtown Indy/Facebook, Google via Daily Star, Daily Mail

Tags: Facebook, heart attack victim, Holly Jones, Indianapolis, Kilroy's Bar N' Grill
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Photos Of Police Officer Showing Up On Grandma’s Doorstep Go Viral (Video)

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At a time when tensions between police officers and African Americans are high, some good news has emerged from Tarrant, Alabama. 

Helen Johnson, 47, lives in poverty with her two daughters, a niece and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 3. This month, her daughter’s welfare check got lost in the mail and the family began to go hungry. 

After two days without eating, Johnson went to a Dollar General store with $1.25, hoping to buy some eggs. Upon learning she was more than 50 cents short, Johnson desperately shoved five eggs into her pocket.

“Of course, when I put them in my jacket pocket, they broke,” Johnson told AL.com. “I’m not a good thief at all.”

A worker apprehended Johnson and informed her the police had already been called. 

After the store decided against pressing charges, Tarrant police officer William Stacy bought eggs for Johnson.

“She started crying,” Stacy said. “She got very emotional and was very apologetic. She tried to give me the money she had on her, $1.25.”

Stacy grew up in a household that was frequently short on food and had been to Johnson’s home before on a call. Johnson and her family have few furnishings, and everyone sleeps on mattresses on the floor. 

“The story she told me Saturday matched up with what I had seen when I was there,” he said. “I felt like it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to pass judgment on her.”

Stacy told Johnson to repay him by not shoplifting again. “I hope she won’t do it again,” he said. “I pray she doesn’t, and I don’t think she will.”

The story quickly went viral, but by Tuesday, the family was down to one slice of bread.The officers brought Johnson to their headquarters, signed her up for the annual Tarrant Toy Drive and told her about the donations pouring in. 

On Wednesday, Stacy and officer Jay Jenkins took two truckloads of food to Johnson’s apartment. ”The last time I saw my house this full, I was 12 years old and staying with my grandmother,” she said. ”I’ve been crying all day.”

Johnson said that if someone asked her for a slice of bread, she would give them a whole loaf and Stacy’s phone number. “My heart is wide open right now,” she said. 

Source: AL.com / Image via Joe Songer, AL.com

Tags: Facebook, Good Samaritan, Officer Robert Sibal, Police, Social
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