Delicious Deals For National Waffle Day Plus 3 Recipes

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Want free waffles? You might be able to get some on August 24!

That’s because it’s National Waffle Day, and there are a number of spots across the nation celebrating this momentous occasion — the day that Cornelius Swarthout got the first ever waffle iron patent in 1869, according to Heavy.

Here some of the best spots to pick up free or discounted waffles on the 24th, courtesy of Hollywood Life and US News:

Coldstone Creamery: The ice cream chain is reportedly offering coupons for a free homemade waffle cone or bowl with any ice cream purchase — though this may vary by location, so make sure you check ahead of time. 

Comfort Inn and Suites: Firefighters, police officers, EMTs and other first responders can score free waffles all day!

Eggloo New York: Get free fillings for your waffles! You can load them up with things like fruity pebbles, M&M’s and diced almonds. Yum!

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles: These Phoenix restaurants will give you a complimentary waffle when you order a “Hood Classic” combo or specialty meal.

Wafels and Dinges: Get a free wafel when you bring your “Total Wafel Eclipse”-themed artwork to any of the New York chain’s locations.

Waffle House: Become a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club (you’ll need to give your email address) and you’ll get a free waffle from this famous chain.

Rather stay home? No problem. Waffles are really easy to make. If you enjoy the classic soft-crispy syrup-topped version, check it out here.

Otherwise, here are a couple fun ways to spruce up your waffles with some wacky, creative twists:

1. Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles

You know that bacon is good with everything, right? So stop eating it on the side. You can go ahead and mix it right into your waffles for an easy sweet-savory variation.

2. Cornmeal Lemon Ricotta Waffles with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

The cornmeal makes these waffles extra crispy, while the ricotta keeps them rich and tender. Top with sweet, tart fruity compote and you’re in business!

3. Brownie Waffles

Whoa! If this isn’t the best dessert breakfast I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is. Is it OK to eat these for every meal today?

Sources: Heavy, US News, Hollywood Life / Featured Image: Pixabay

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4 Ways To Get Free Stuff On Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Plus 4 Recipes)

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August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Did you know that the classic American dessert was invented by complete accident? According to All About Chocolate Chip Cookies, in the 1930s, a hero of a woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield was baking cookies for a tourist lodge that she owned called the Toll House Inn (sound familiar?) and she substituted a Nestle chocolate bar for baking chocolate when she ran out of the stuff. 

Thinking the chips would melt into the dough and create a chocolate cookie, she was in for quite a surprise — a supremely delicious one — when she saw that that wasn’t the case.

You know the rest of the story: Years later, the accidental creation remains America’s favorite cookie, and life without them sounds like a bleak existence indeed.

So August 4 goes out to the extra-special cookie, and guess what? You can even get some free stuff out of it. Here are the best nationwide deals for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, according to KTRK:

1. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Sign up for Premier Rewards with the company and you’ll get a voucher for a free Pizookie, also known as a giant hot-out-of-the-oven cookie topped with ice cream.

2. Corner Bakery Cafe: From August 4-6, make any purchase and you’ll get a free cookie in return.

3. DoubleTree by Hilton: Wander on into any participating location (no reservation needed!) and snag yourself a free cookie! No strings attached — only on August 4.

4. Nestle Toll House Cafe: These cafes are also giving out free cookies on August 4! All you need to do is show up and the free treat is all yours.

Are you more in the mood to whip something up at home to celebrate this great holiday? Here are some delicious ways to pay tribute to Mrs. Wakefield!

1. Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a reason this cookie recipe has survived for so long — there’s nothing like a classic!

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake

I’m not sure that “leftover chocolate chip cookies” is really a thing, but if you have some that accidentally get a little stale, this is a great way to give them new life.

3. CopyCat BJ’s Pizookie

A big pan full of gooey, warm, crumbly cookie with a few heaping scoops of melting ice cream on top. Does it get any better?

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

If you love soft cookies, this cake version will blow you away. It’s supremely soft and pillowy for a cookie but delightfully dense and a bit chewy for a cake. Plus, you get to put chocolate frosting on top — a definite bonus.

Source: KTRK / Featured Image: Neil Conway/Flickr

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What The Heck Even Is This Food Holiday? (Photo)

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So, July 29 is a super wacky day in the strange world of food holidays, and it’s too quirky for you not to know about it.

Besides it being National Chicken Wing Day — a very important occasion to be sure (check out all the deals here) — it’s also National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day!

What the heck?

Yes, you read that correctly. (No, I’m not entirely sure what it means either.)

The general consensus among foodies is this: If you have mice in your house, you go out and buy some cheese to “sacrifice” to your mouse trap to help catch the pesky rodents, according to National Food Days in New York City.

Of course, besides being a wildly creepy and offbeat holiday, it’s also totally outdated. Nobody uses cheese to catch mice anymore, because it really doesn’t work too well. (The Nibble suggests using peanut butter instead and notes that it’s a much more effective and often cheaper alternative to milk mold.)

But for some inexplicable reason, this goofy holiday is still a thing.

So how do you celebrate if like me you don’t want to waste time, money and effort putting cheese in a mouse trap?

“Lots of people have creative, new suggestions for observing this food holiday: you can ‘sacrifice’ a little of your budget and buy an expensive cheese you love, but don’t normally indulge in because of its price,” National Food Days in New York City recommends. “Or try a new and interesting cheese you’ve been hesitant to taste.”

The Nibble suggests a similarly decadent approach: Grab a boatload of cheese and whip up some fun, delicious fondue! Maybe put the whole thing in a bread boat?

Sources:  National Food Days in New York City, The Nibble / Photo Credit: Public Domain PicturesGBA Temp

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Celebrate National Wing Day: 4 Deals And 4 Recipes

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July 29 is a very important day! It’s National Chicken Wing Day, and I couldn’t be more ready for it.

In honor of the crispy, saucy meaty morsels, a number of businesses are offering some pretty sweet deals, so make sure that you take advantage of the special bargains on your favorite wings!

Here are some of the best deals in town at participating locations, according to The Sun-Sentinel:

Buffalo Wild Wings: For $9.99, you can get a small order of boneless wings and fries, or you can get a small order of bone-in wings with fries for $12.99.

East Coast Wings: Through July 31, join the chicken wing joint’s rewards program and get a coupon for a free appetizer.

Hooters: Order any 10 wings and score an additional 10 smoked wings to promote the healthier, dry rubbed take on their traditional bone-in buffalo wings.

Hurricane Grill and Wings: Wings are only $1 each when you dine in and order five, 10, 15 or 20 at a time. Plus, spend $20 and you get a free beer or soda.

Not feeling the chicken chains? Make your own wings! Here are some great recipes:

1. Truly Crispy Oven Baked Buffalo Wings 

The best part about making them yourself is that you can make them as spicy or mild as you like. Plus, you can get them really crunchy in the oven without having to fry them!

2. Hatch Vinegar Chicken Wings with Alabama Barbecue Sauce

These grilled spicy and tangy wings, complete with creamy white barbecue sauce, are a nice change of pace from your standard buffalo fare. Make them on the grill, in the smoker or even in the oven for a fabulous and easy twist on the classic snack.

3. Bacon Cheddar Buffalo Wings

Because, obviously, cheese and bacon make everything way better. It’s a beautiful combo, and it ensures that you get a creamy, flavorful wing every time.

4. Peanut Butter And Jelly Wings

It sounds weird, but bear with me for a second and give these guys a try. Sweet + savory never tasted so good!

Happy Wing Day!

Source: Sun-Sentinel, FoodBeast / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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National Tequila Day: Hot Deals And Classy Cocktails (5 Recipes)

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National Tequila Day is upon us!

If you love Margarita Mondays (who doesn’t?) you’re in a for a big treat on July 24! In honor of the agave-based, robust and sometimes smoky liquor, you’ll be delighted to know that there are a number of chains offering serious discounts!

Check out some of the best deals across the country for National Tequila Day, courtesy of TIME:

Abuelo’s: $6.95 premium cocktails!

Applebees: Approximately 70 Applebee’s in the Texas area (sorry, Lone Star state only! You’ll have to check your local restaurant to see if they have any deals) are offering a “DollaRita” special, where you can get a 10-ounce marg for $1. This deal is good until July 31!

Chevy’s Fresh Mex: $3 house margaritas and $5 tequila shots all day at participating locations.

El Torito: Grab some Patron silver margaritas or tequila shots for $7 each — even less during happy hour!

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Grab some $5 margaritas (regular and strawberry) all day!

On the Border: Load up on house margaritas for only $2 a piece.

Are you more in the mood to stay in tonight? Call up some friends and invite them over for a fabulous Tequila Day party — you can make some of these classy, smooth cocktails, courtesy of DeLeon Tequila!

1. DeLeon Mexican Mule

1 1/2 ounces DeLeon Platinum Tequila
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wheel

2. DeLeon Tequila Beso Caliente (“Hot Kiss”)

1 1/2 ounces DeLeon Reposado Tequila 
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
4 dashes Angostura bitters 

3. Sandia Margarita

1 1/4 ounces DeLeon Platinum Tequila
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce agave
3 large chunks of watermelon

4. Platinum Fresco

1 1/2 ounces DeLeon Platinum Tequila
1 1/2 ounces coconut water
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice

5. El Nino


1 1/4 ounces DeLeon Reposado Tequila
3/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce passion fruit juice
3/4 ounce orgeat syrup

Enjoy!

 

Source: TIME / Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan/Wikimedia Commons

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Celebrate Fried Chicken Day: 5 Deals, 4 Recipes

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Is fried chicken the greatest entree ever? Quite possibly.

From tenders to drumsticks to sandwiches, breaded chicken is simply fabulous! A ton of people agree with me, evidenced by how hard #NationalFriedChickenDay is trending on July 6, which might just be the best food holiday of the year.

Did you know that Americans ate an average of 91 pounds of chicken per person in 2016, according to Fortune? That’s pretty serious stuff. Poultry is definitely a staple for many U.S. homes, so what better way to celebrate it than spending a whole day in honor of the fried snack?

Even better, you can score some sweet deals for this holiday. Here are some of the best deals of the day, courtesy of Fortune:

Giant Eagle: For $1.99, you can get a four piece chicken meal. The discount is only good on July 6, so you might want to grab, like, eight of them and have a family feast. Why not?

Popeyes: Head to the cajun chicken chain and grab 10 pieces of Bonafide Chicken, two large sides and five biscuits, all for $10!

Wing Zone: For the very reasonable price of $20, you can get yourself 25 boneless wings, aka tiny fried chicken. In addition to two flavors, the deal also includes jumbo wedge fries or coleslaw and two cups of ranch or bleu cheese.

Checkers and Rally’s: Some locations are offering a $4 for three deal that gets you a spicy chicken sandwich, small fries, a small drink AND a deep fried apple pie for that great price.

Burger King: Pick up 10 nuggets for only $1.49. In other words, you can score 100 nuggets for around $15. Let that sink in for a second.

If you’d rather make your own fried chicken from scratch, you can totally do that too! It’s not terribly complicated. Here are a few recipes you can try out:

1. Chicken Fingers 

This easy recipe uses boneless tenderloins and takes a lot of shortcuts to ensure that making evenly cooked, crispy, tender chicken is a breeze! If you want to bake these instead, I recommend around 15-20 minutes on 425.

2. Best-Ever Fried Chicken

Best-Ever Fried Chicken Recipe

If you’d rather spend a few extra minutes frying bone-in chicken for a more classic taste, this recipe won’t let you down!

3. Sesame And Madras Curry Fried Chicken

If you want to do something just ever-so-slightly different to your chicken, this is a great way to play with new flavors. Curry lovers will enjoy this with some coconut curry dipping sauce (recipe here).

4. Five-Ingredient Fried Chicken Sandwiches 

Brining the chicken in pickle juice for a few minutes not only brings a bit of extra flavor (it won’t taste too much like pickles, though you can also brine it in water mixed with mild vinegar like rice or apple cider and a bit of milk), it also ensures that you get tender, juicy meat for a delectable sandwich.

Source: Fortune / Featured Photo Credit: DougsTech/Wikimedia Commons

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National Donut Day: 5 Freebies And 6 Recipes

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Happy National Donut Day!

June 2 is a very special day indeed, and you should totally celebrate it by eating as many donuts as you possibly can.

And that venture, my friends, is exactly what I can help you with.

Did you know you can score a bunch of freebies today? Check out some of the nation’s best donut deals:

Duck Donuts: With any purchase, get a free made-to-order donut of your choice. Any receipt you get from the day will also come with a BOGO half dozen coupon.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy any beverage and get a free classic donut of your choice.

Entenmann’s: Click here and enter an Entenmann’s contest to win free donuts for a whole year! Plus, for every entry, Feeding America will receive $1, so it’s a double win.

Krispy Kreme: At participating locations, you can get a free donut of your choice, no strings attached.

Tim Hortons: Buy a coffee and mention National Donut Day, and you’ll get a free classic donut at participating locations.

Want to see more deals from the best donut chains in America? Click here for the full rundown.

Would you rather make your own donuts? Here are some outstanding yet easy recipes to celebrate the day:

1. Easy Homemade Glazed Donut Holes

If you want a quick donut recipe, it doesn’t get much easier than this. You can make donut rings too, but it is way faster to just roll your dough into little balls and be done with it. Want something even simpler? Try #2:

2. Cheater Biscuit Doughnuts

These two-ingredient pastries are the simplest you’ll ever make! They taste a little denser and more savory than your average yeast donuts, but they are still delicious and will absolutely kill that donut craving.

3. Baked Lemon Blueberry Donuts

These brightly flavorful donuts are slightly “healthier” than the fried variety, and avoiding a vat of hot oil cuts down on the mess, too. But if you’d prefer, there’s no reason you can’t dump them in boiling oil.

4. Quick Jelly Donuts

This version uses the quick canned biscuit dough approach, although you are more than welcome to make your own dough from scratch if that’s more your style.

5. Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Donuts

In about 40 minutes, you can have these moist, cinnamon sugar-coated yeast donuts topped with a dot of raspberry jam and crammed full of sweet cream cheese filling. You can have them all to yourself.

6. Donut Bread Pudding

OK, not exactly making donuts from scratch, but if you happen to make or buy too many, this bread pudding is absolutely the perfect way to bring new life to a stale day-old dozen. There’s just one catch: you have to invite me over if you make this.

Featured Photo Credit: Pexels

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7 Pie Recipes You Should Cook Up For Pi Day

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Happy Pi Day, everyone!

The nerdiest, yet most delicious, day of the year is here, and we are so thrilled to enjoy number-related festivities while eating pie on 3.14!

Sure, you can argue that, technically, pi and pie don’t have much in common besides being homonyms, but we humbly ask you to suspend your disbelief for the moment, because:

1. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pies are usually circle-shaped. BAM.

2. Both are a lot of fun.

3. We only need half an excuse to eat pie! It’s just so tasty!

If you really want to tie things together, why not decorate a pi pie? This guide will teach you everything you need to know if, for example, you want to eat the first couple hundred digits of pi (or hopefully something a little less ambitious, for your sake, since it will be hard to fit 3.14159265… onto a single pie!)

Anyway, whatever your stance on Pi Day, you should totally whip up these delicious treats today!

1. Eggnog Cream Pie

 

Hang onto those last remnants of winter while you can by letting store-bought eggnog live its best life.

2. Honey Lemon Chiffon Pie

This deliciously refreshing pie is so adorable that you might be nervous about decorating it. Don’t be. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create something so cute and tasty!

3. Irish Cottage Pie

 

Similar to Shepherd’s Pie, this mashed potato-topped ground beef and veggie recipe is exactly the savory pie you are looking for. The perfect Pi Day dinner!

4. Pretzel Pie

 

These hand pies are another fun savory option, and the individual portions make them a great on-the-go option.

5. Coffee Ice Cream Hot Fudge Sundae Pie With Macaroon Crust

 

You read that correctly … an ice cream sundae pie! Dreams really do come true. Use your favorite flavor of ice cream, and feel free to mix and match — just make sure to keep the exciting, fun rainbow sprinkles on top.

6. Bourbon Banana Cream Pie

 

We love banana cream pie, but it’s time to switch it up a little! Add an extra rich depth to your light, fully banana pie by mixing in some booze! By the way, if you want to mellow out the bourbon’s punch, mix it in while you’re making the pudding, so that you can cook out the alcohol.

7. Triple Berry Slab Pie

Sure, a non-circular pie on Pi Day goes against everything we’ve been talking about, but this easy, fruity pie is tasty enough that we hope you’ll forgive us once you take your first bite.

Featured Photo Credit: Jessica/How Sweet EatsTags: food holiday, Pi Day, Pie Day, pie recipes, savory pie recipe
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Here’s Where You Can Get Freebies On National Coffee Day

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Coffee fanatics rejoice! Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day, which basically means you have a hall pass to drink as much of the good stuff as you want.

The history of coffee traces back centuries to ancient Ethiopian coffee forests, but no one knows exactly who started drinking the magical beans first. Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi saw his goats get super amped and stay up all night after eating berries from a certain tree.

So, Kaldi went to the abbot of a local monastery and told his story. The abbot made a drink with the berries and found that it kept them wide awake through the night during evening prayer. Then it spread to the Arabian Peninsula and eventually became a worldwide phenomenon. And the rest is history.

Kaldi, we salute you with our mugs full of caffeinated bean juice! You are a hero.

And more importantly, here’s where you can get freebies on Sept. 29, according to USA Today:

Peet’s Coffee: Most Peet’s locations are giving away free medium drip coffee when you buy any fresh food item. The coffee franchise will also announce the top 10 finalists for an Ode to Coffee First, a video contest collaboration with Project Greenlight.

Pilot Flying J: Grab the coupon from their website and use it to get one free small cup of Pilot coffee, tea or cappuccino in the U.S. and Canada between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sept 29.

Dunkin Donuts: In honor of Dunkin’s 66th anniversary, the chain is giving out 66-cent medium cups of hot coffee. Get on that.

Krispy Kreme: At participating locations, you’ll be able to get a free small coffee and free Original Glazed doughnut.

Keurig.com: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, Keurig is having a ton of deals on coffee drinks. You can get 20 percent off Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods and 15% off other Green Mountain stuff with the code GREENSAVINGS at checkout. Go shop!

Starbucks: As far as we know, the Seattle-based chain is not giving out any freebies to customers, but they are doing something pretty neat: For each cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee sold on National Coffee Day, ‘Bux will donate free coffee trees to farmers in need.

Caribou Coffee: These guys are doing something similar and will donate a free cup of coffee to caregivers at healthcare facilities and hospitals when you buy a cup of Amy’s Blend Coffee.

Stay caffeinated, friends!

Sources: National Coffee Association, USA Today / Photo credit: Bangkok Espresso Bar/Instagram

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10 Seductive White Chocolate Desserts You’ll Want To Ride Off Into The Sunset With

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Sept. 23 is National White Chocolate Day, and we believe that you should treat yourself to some rich, creamy, silky goodness. As much as we love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and plain white chocolate fudge, we want you to know that there is so much more you can do with white chocolate! Give these recipes a try:

1. White Chocolate Mousse Cake

We’re not sure what our favorite part of this recipe is. There’s the awesome cake crust and the rich and fluffy white chocolate mousse, but then you also have the crushed candy canes and fun edible glitter toppings. The whole thing just makes for a great time.

2. Dirty Chai-Spiced Fudge

Yeah, that’s right. We like it dirty. If you’re not into the espresso powder topping, consider sprinkling on a little bit of chocolate powder or even pumpkin spice or extra chai powder instead. Or just leave it out — either way, you’ll adore this rich fudge!

3. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies

These good-looking, buttery blondies are way cooler than cookies!

4. Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love red velvet? These cookies are even yummier with a little extra white chocolate goodness sprinkled in.

5. White Chocolate Cherry Bombs

We all know that cherries and chocolate make for a great combination. These truffle-encased cherries will rock your socks right off.

6. White Chocolate Confetti Cookie Pie

Sprinkles make everything better. Even vanilla almond cookie pies.

7. White Chocolate and Toffee Blondies

Sweet and salty fans, this one is for you. The toffee adds just the right amount of buttery complexity to cut the sweetness of the white chocolate. You’ll love this one.

8. White Chocolate S’mores Gooey Cake Bars

Update your favorite campfire dessert, because you can do so much more with s’mores than you think. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean your s’more obsession has to be.

9. Contest-Winning White Chocolate Cheesecake

It wins all of our contests too.

10. I Want to Marry You Cookies

Put that white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie recipe right down. Yeah, they’re good, but we’ll do you one better with this mouthwatering mix of semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, oatmeal, pecans and a hint of cinnamon in a crisp buttery cookie. Who can resist?

Featured Photo Credit: Handle The Heat

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The Sordid History Of The Banana Split And 6 Yummy Recipes

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It’s National Banana Split Day, and we are psyched to celebrate our favorite classic dessert! Here’s everything you’ll ever want to know about this fruity, ice creamy treat:

The banana split is yet another dessert whose roots are embroiled in controversy. (Why are there so many?) Wilmington, Ohio, for example, claims to be the home of the first banana split, created by E.R. Hazard in 1907, according to NPR.

Sorry, Ohio, but there’s a little problem with this. The majority of sundae experts (apparently this is a real thing and we missed our calling) agree that the banana split was actually invented in 1904 by pharmacy clerk David Strickler in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Both towns continue to celebrate the dessert, although the (mostly friendly) rivalry continues year in and year out. Really though, we’re thankful to both outstanding towns for giving us such a tasty dessert.

Want to celebrate today? Try one of these super-tasty banana split-inspired recipes:

1. All-American Banana Split

Of course, you can’t go wrong with this classic dessert! Here’s how to make the ultimate awesome banana split.

2. Banana Split Cheesecake

Why not combine two of your favorite desserts for the ultimate tasty treat?

3. Banana Split Cocktail

This cocktail tastes exactly like a boozy banana split — you’ll be surprised!

4. Banana Split Milkshake

For something a little more family-friendly, go ahead and make this decadent milkshake. Of course, if you want to adultify it, you can always add a splash of your favorite booze — banana vodka, whipped cream vodka, Bailey’s and/or Kahlua would all be awesome.

5. No-Bake Banana Split Cake

Everything tastes better in cake form. Plus, it doesn’t get any easier than this no-bake dessert, featuring a graham cracker crust, cream cheese mousse and layers of bananas and your favorite fruits.

6. Banana Split Pudding

The major downside of a banana split is that you can’t really prepare it ahead of time. Problem solved — make pudding instead.

Source: NPR / Featured Photo Credit: wynnlasvegas/Instagram

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Here’s Exactly How To Celebrate International Beer Day Like A Pro

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Bring on the beer! August 5 is International Beer Day, which comes on the first Friday in August, every year since entrepreneur and craft beer enthusiast Jesse Avshalomov came up with the idea in Santa Cruz, California, in 2007.

IBD is all about celebrating beer with friends, appreciating those who work hard to put beer after beer in our hands and, like the Olympics that are officially beginning today, bringing the whole world together under a common purpose and the common language of beer.

According to the official International Beer Day website, there are five main ways to celebrate:

1. Find some good company and enjoy your favorite beers together. This is the most important step and makes up almost the entire celebration.

2. Find a celebration near you — keep an eye out for banners at your favorite local spot, or check out the hashtag #InternationalBeerDay on social media to see who’s celebrating at a location near you, wherever you are in the world.

You can find festivities in the U.S. as well as other countries like Australia, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela, according to Tech Facts Live.

3. Give the gift of beer! Go ahead, be generous and buy somebody a pint — after all, beer tastes best when it’s free, and you’ll totally make someone’s day, and hopefully they’ll pay it forward (or back to you).

4. Branch out and try beer from other cultures. After all, it is an international holiday, so why not try a style that you haven’t had before to expand your palate and enrich your life?

5. Give thanks! Find your favorite brewer, bar or bartender and let them know how much you appreciate them. A note, extra tip, phone call or just verbal “thank you” is always appreciated.

“International Beer Day is our chance to let the breweries and bars of the world know how much we appreciate them, all while participating in one of the best activities ever — drinking beer!” says the International Beer Day website. “Perhaps even more than the beverage itself, International Beer Day is about celebrating the establishments who produce it, sell it and give folks a place to enjoy it.”

Cheers!

Sources: International Beer Day (2), Tech Facts Live / Photo credit: Paul Joseph/Wikimedia Commons

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8 Fun Gummy Worm Desserts For Kids And Adults

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Let’s do something a little fun, shall we? July 15 is National Gummy Bear Day, and we thought we’d get in touch with our inner child and see what cool stuff we can make with our favorite kid dessert. Let’s check gummy worm dessert recipes.

1. Homemade Gooey Gummy Worms

You can absolutely pick up a bag from the store, but these are pretty fun and easy to make if you’re in the mood. Here’s how to make them a little healthier. (Obviously if you are going for worms, you’ll cut them into strips instead of using the gummy bear mold.)

2. Dirt cups

We’re still not tired of this classic and tasty gummy bear dessert.

3. Gummy Worm Jell-O Shooters

Gummy Worm Jello Shooters - A fun kids treat perfect for mad scientist parties and Halloween! Gummy worms are suspended in green jello and the treat is garnished with a full size worm "crawling" out of the glass!

Optional: Dump in a respectable amount of vodka for a good time.

4. Gummy Worm Popsicles

popsicles

All you need to add is lemonade or soda for this refreshing summer treat.

5. Dirt Ice Cream Brownie

Dirt Ice Cream Brownie

You can use actual cake mix instead of the brownie for a more traditional ice cream cake if you want. You can also replace it with your favorite cookie dough, frozen pound cake – whatever you’re in the mood for.

6. Gummy Worm Leis

Finished Gummy Worm Candy Lei

Ok, this isn’t so much a recipe as an outfit, but it’s a really cool and fun way to wear your food, so we thought we’d spread the good news.

7. Whiskey Dirt Pudding Shots

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More proof that Gummy worms aren’t just for kids.

8. Kid’s Sushi

photo of Kid's Sushi

For anyone who is a kid at heart and has an appreciation for fun novelty desserts. In other words, everyone.

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Why You Should Care About National Donut Day

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By Cooking Panda

It’s National Donut Day, y’all!

We know that there are a ton of food holidays out there, but we have two great reasons to go all out celebrating this one – not only is there a rich and meaningful history surrounding the day, but you can also totally score free stuff. It’s truly a win-win situation.

You might be interested to learn that National Donut Day actually has a really cool history! The holiday goes back to World War I when the Salvation Army’s female volunteers would cook up donuts and hand out the sweet treats to American GIs overseas. This carried on through the Great Depression, and a Chicago Salvation Army declared National Doughnut Day in 1938 in order to raise a little extra money.

The “dough girls” or “dough lassies” continued the tradition during World War II.

During the Vietnam War, POW Orson Swindle even convinced his prison guards to serve sticky buns on November 10, which he convinced them was National Doughnut Day, a big holiday in America. This man was already a hero, but he totally leveled up that day.

So in a way, observing Donut Day is paying homage to our nation’s military history.

If that’s not enough to get you excited, there are tons of free donut deals. Most notably, Dunkin Donuts is giving out a free donut when you buy a drink, and at Krispy Kreme literally all you have to do is show up for a free donut.

If you’re in Australia, WE HAVE BIG NEWS: Krispy Kreme just released a thing of beauty called a “Big Apple Pie Donut” that legitimately looks like an actual pie. Check it out:

The lattice “crust” is made of white chocolate and cookie crumbs, while the rest of the donut is a standard one with apple pie filling inside. This is part of their American Classics line, which also includes the Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Campfire S’mores, and Coconut Cream Pie. We are super jealous! If you’re Down Under, give these donuts a try for us and report back.

If you can’t get your hands on those, but want something new, you must try these Glazed Donut Crunchkins:

These bite-sized candy poppers also come in Birthday Cake and Fudge Brownie flavors, and they are totally delicious, with a creamy outside coating and a light, crunchy center. If you’ve tried these, let us know what you think!

Sources: NPRBrandEating / Photo Credit: Salvation Army/Wikimedia Commons, Krispy Kreme Australia via BrandEatingCrunchkins, GlamDollDonuts/Instagram

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