Mint Thrill

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Beer with Natural Flavors. Please Drink Responsibly. ©2017.™ Trade-mark and Copyright owned by White Claw Seltzer Works, Chicago, IL 60661.

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Cadbury Is Bringing Peanut Butter And Mint Oreo Bars

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Peanut butter and mint Oreo chocolate bars? Sign me up! Cadbury and Oreo seem to be learning that a partnership between the two of them is just what this world needed.

Cosmopolitan reports that the Oreo Mint and Oreo Peanut Butter flavors are available now in the U.K. “We are delighted to add these two sumptuous new flavors to the classic Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo, giving chocolate lovers even more ways to enjoy their favorite treat,” the brand manager at Mondelez said of the new candy flavors.

“Tasty and irresistible, the peanut butter variant will appeal to those who love the current peanut butter trend, while the delicious mint flavor will no doubt delight those who love a classic combination.”

Metro UK was so excited to learn about this new flavor combo that they decided to do a taste-test of both varieties. The first they tried was the Oreo Mint chocolate bar. The consensus on that bar was that it was like a “much-improved Aero,” the holes in which were apparently too distracting. I haven’t had one, so I wouldn’t know. The Oreo Peanut Butter bar was reportedly “just peanut-y enough.” All in all, the unanimous vote was of approval from the news team!

Both bars are made with Cadbury chocolate (of course) and feature either a peanut butter, or mint filling — depending on which you’re opting for — with chunks of chocolate Oreo cookie mixed in.

The sad news, which comes from Refinery29, is that the new chocolate bars are only available in the U.K. We won’t be seeing them in the U.S. until further notice. Refinery29 does maintain, however, that we shouldn’t lose hope. Since it’s happened in the past that consumer demand has brought new flavors into the U.S., we may not be out of line in hoping it happens again.

Until that day, we can satisfy ourselves with the Oreo Eggs that we do have, sort of a consolation prize (in my opinion) for not having the Cadbury Oreo Egg here, and probably just as good. Let’s just stock up on those and bide our time.

Sources: Cosmopolitan, Metro UK, Refinery29 / Photo Credit: Nibbles'N'Scribbles

Tags: cadbury, candy bar, chocolate, Mint, oreo, peanut butter, Sweets
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Could It Be? Have Scientists Found A Cure For Garlic Breath?

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Garlic breath…every foodie’s nightmare. It can last for about 24 hours, so we’re paying pretty heavily for enjoying most of our favorite foods.

Luckily for us, Ohio State University scientists seem to have found a cure.  A study was published in the Journal of Food Science outlining these exciting findings.

The scientists started by explaining what causes garlic breath in the first place: “The volatiles responsible for garlic breath include diallyl disulfide, allyl mercaptan, allyl methyl disulfide, and allyl methyl sulfide,” says the abstract.

Who knew garlic could be so complicated?

In order to test their theory, the team conducted a study in which they had a test group of participants chew on 3 grams of garlic for 25 seconds before drinking water as a control. Immediately after, they were given raw, juiced, or heated apple, raw or heated lettuce, raw or juiced mint leaves and green tea.

Results were measured via ion flow tube mass spectronomy. Basically, they measured the amount and presence of each of the volatiles mentioned above, and they did so for up to an hour after consumption.

According to Munchies, the green tea made no difference at all, so don’t try that one. However, the study did find that raw apple and raw lettuce worked surprisingly well. Each decreased the concentration of the smelly-breath volatiles by 50% or more compared to water, for the first half-hour.

Of course, I don’t think any of us are surprised that mint leaves had an even better deodorizing effect. Why else would our toothpaste be mint flavored? There were some differences between the apple, lettuce and mint to note, though. Each food was tested using both heated and raw versions, and while both worked, raw versions of the foods worked better.

The next time you are having your favorite garlicky pizza, pasta or pretty much anything else (since garlic works with almost everything), remember to have a raw apple incorporated into dessert, or order a dessert that comes with mint leaves if you’re at a restaurant. Apple pie a la mode, anyone?

Sources: Journal of Food Science, Munchies / Photo credit: chrissel_66/Instagram

Tags: Apples, Garlic Breath, Lettuce, Mint
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