You Need To Try Carrot Cake Kiss Chocolates! (Photo)

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Hershey’s has come out with a new seasonal treat, and it’s not what you’d expect. These Hershey’s Kisses are made to taste like carrot cake!

Foodbeast reports that the candies are available at stores nationwide, and taste just like the cake’s frosting. They’re even orange!

Hershey’s spokesperson, Lauren Aardewijn, told BuzzFeed that these Carrot Cake Kisses “honestly taste just like carrot cake,” and that they are “smooth with a light cream cheese-like filling in the center.” As delicious as that might sound to some of us, I worry that there aren’t enough carrot cake fans for this new item to truly be appreciated. Many are taking to social media to express mixed reviews.

Some find it to be a bad idea …

Some don’t know what to think …

While others are stoked!

However you feel about it, you should know that Hershey’s won’t be upset. “Whenever you develop a new product you’re going to have people who love it and people who aren’t going to like it,” said Aardewijn. “On a personal note, carrot cake wasn’t something I thought I really wanted to try. But it’s a little bit of a surprising flavor!”

You have to admit, out of all the cake flavors, carrot cake doesn’t ever sound like the most tempting, or the most mouth-watering. It sounds like your vegetables in cake form. However, it’s actually pretty delicious! If you haven’t tried it, now might be the time to give it a try. Perhaps, as the person says in the Tweet above, it could very well be the pumpkin spice of spring. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that, would you?

Check for this fun new flavor at participating Target stores soon! They won’t be around for long. You can find them in 9-ounce bags through the Easter season, or according to Aardewijn, while supplies last. 

Sources: Foodbeast, BuzzFeed / Photo Credit: Foodbeast

Tags: Carrot Cake, Hershey's, Hershey's Kisses, limited edition, seasonal
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Fall In Love With Krispy Kreme’s Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

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Roses are red

Violets are blue

Krispy Kreme has some cute

Valentine’s treats for you!

If you are somebody who enjoys celebrating Valentine’s Day with an assortment of red- and pink-colored snacks at your disposal, you’re in luck. Krispy Kreme has just rolled out its new doughnuts for the Valentine’s Day season, and they are everything you would expect: heart shaped, super sugary and sure to put you into a sweet, sweet doughnut-coma.

Sign us up!

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The doughnuts are available now through Feb. 14, 2017, at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada, and the offerings include the Red Happy Heart Doughnut, the Pink Happy Heart Doughnut and the Sprinkled Heart Doughnut, which all look adorable and delicious.

The Red Happy Heart Doughnut and the Pink Happy Heart Doughnut are both in the shape of your standard heart, and come filled with Kreme. Additionally, they are unique in that they both come adorned with sort-of-creepy but sort-of-cute chocolate smiles and candy eyes. 

D’aw.

The Sprinkled Heart Doughnut is similarly in a heart shape, but is dipped in white icing and then topped off with a generous heap of festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles.

What do you think? Will you be heading over to a participating store and sampling these romantic, sugary treats?

Sources: Krispy Kreme / Photo Credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts/Facebook

Tags: doughnuts, heart shaped, krispy kreme, seasonal, valentines day
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Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Super Cute Christmas Treats

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Dunkin’ Donuts has come out with two very cute new donuts for the holiday season. One is a white reindeer head, and the other is a brown snowman. Wait, what?

Brand Eating reports that Dunkin’ Donuts in Korea has come out with a white reindeer and a brown snowman donut, which is sort of backwards from what we’d expect, right? There’s a story behind it, however. The white reindeer is just a Rudolph (it does have a red nose) on a snowy day, while the brown snowman is a snowman dipped in chocolate. I’m not sure if I’m convinced by this explanation, but they’re still as cute as can be.

The reindeer donut has a strawberry filling, while the chocolate-dipped snowman features a Bavarian cream filling. Although these donuts are only available in Korea thus far, they sound delicious, and look adorable. You’ve got to appreciate a festive donut!

Don’t be too sad that we don’t get them in the States. We do get a few seasonal items, after all. As per a Dunkin’ Donuts press release, we do get to partake in the yum-factor that is a Creme Brulee Macchiato. We also get a Candy Cane Crunch Donut and — my personal favorite — the Boston Kreme Croissant Donut.

“The holiday season represents one of our favorite times as on-the-go people look to our festive beverages and treats to keep on running throughout the busy weeks ahead,” says one Dunkin’ spokesperson. “With our new Creme Brulee coffees, Candy Cane Crunch Donut and Boston Kreme Croissant Donut, we look forward to creating daily moments of joy and bringing smiles to our guests as they celebrate this wonderful time of the year.” See? It’s not all bad.

The Candy Cane Crunch Donut has vanilla flavored buttercream filling, topped with white icing and crushed candy cane pieces; the Boston Kreme Croissant Donut is a glazed croissant donut filled with Bavarian cream and topped with a drizzle of chocolate icing. The Creme Brulee Macchiato is just as it sounds: the taste of creme brulee and caramelized sugar in drink form. Who says we don’t get good stuff in the States?

Sources: Brand Eating, Dunkin' Donuts / Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts Korea/Instagram

Tags: Christmas, donuts, Dunkin' Donuts, seasonal
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This Oreo Tin Is The Perfect Holiday Gift

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Do you have a holiday gift exchange coming up? How about a parent or grandparent to shop for, who loves cookies and other sweets? If you’re looking for ideas, look no further. This Oreo tin is perfect.

Not only is Oreo milk’s favorite cookie, it’s almost everyone else’s favorite too. Oreo seems to know this as well, and that’s why they’re offering a limited-edition holiday tin for gift-giving! Delish reports that Oreo has repackaged its limited-edition White Fudge variety for the season, so we can all go nuts over it.

The tin is available on Oreo’s new gifting website. It comes in a 2-pack for $19.99. To order, you can simply go on the site gifts.oreo.com and enter the email or phone number of the person to whom it should be delivered. It may even be to yourself, because, you know, treat yourself. It’s been a hard year.

Click “Start Gifting” and enter the name of the person and a message for him or her to receive upon opening the gift. Shipping is free and once you proceed to checkout, your lucky friend will get a message alerting him/her to the gift. You can even view a sample of what it will look like for that person to receive the digital part of the present by clicking “Preview a sample gift.”

Check out the sample gift to see how your message pops up next to a digital box wrapped with a bow that’s just begging to be opened. There’s a button underneath that says “Open my gift.” This would surely be a fun way of receiving any present. Once the receiver chooses to open the gift, the lid flies off the box to reveal the White Fudge Oreo Holiday Tin 2-Pack, all decked out in festive snow, ornaments and red bows. Next, all your friend has to do is fill out an address for the tin to be delivered to and that’s that! Click “Ship my gift,” and it’s off!

I don’t see much about an expiration date on this gift, so maybe recipients can even wait until that Oreo craving hits.

Sources: Delish, Oreo Gifts / Photo Credit: MrSaVaGe/Instagram

Tags: holiday food, limited edition, oreo, Oreos, seasonal, White Fudge Oreo's
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Baskin-Robbins’ Holiday Flavors Look Delicious

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Holiday flavors are back at Baskin-Robbins and we love what we’re seeing.

Let’s talk first about December’s Flavor of the Month: Peppermint Bark in the Dark. According to Brand Eating, this ice cream flavor features chocolate ice cream with a chocolate-flavored peppermint ribbon, peppermint candy pieces and peppermint bark. Chocolate and peppermint are almost as festive as eggnog, so this is the perfect flavor for winter.

According to Baskin-Robbins, you can order the ice cream by the scoop in a cup or cone, but you can also get more creative with your order by getting the flavor in a Warm Brownie Sundae, Warm Cookie Sundae, or as a milkshake or cappuccino flavor!

The next two items on the menu are a Ganache Poinsettia Cake and Peppermint & Winter Oreo Cookies Polar Pizza. The cake is decorated with an icing poinsettia and Winter Oreo cookie crumbles. Check it out; it’s almost too pretty to eat!

Winter Oreos are popular with Baskin-Robbins this year. We have a second seasonal dessert that features them. The Winter Oreo Cookies Polar Pizza starts with a double-fudge brownie crust, and is topped with peppermint ice cream, Winter Oreo pieces, and chocolate and marshmallow fudge toppings.

The Ganache Poinsettia Cake and Peppermint & Winter Oreo Cookies Polar Pizza are brand new additions to the Baskin-Robbins seasonal menu. This is their debut! “We’re excited to introduce [these] two new additions to our holiday lineup this year …,” said Jeff Miller, executive chef and vice president of product innovation for Dunkin’ Brands. “The holiday season is all about creating special moments with family and friends, and we’re happy to provide guests with ice cream treats that celebrate classic seasonal flavors, like peppermint, that they can enjoy during this festive time of the year.”

If peppermint is not your thing, but you want to be festive too, try the Winter White Chocolate or Egg Nog ice cream flavors instead. Baskin-Robbins is also sponsoring a “Celebrate 31” promotion on Dec. 31 — all regular and kids’ ice cream scoops will be $1.31, any flavor!

Sources: Brand Eating, Baskin-Robbins / Photo Credit: Baskin-Robbins

Tags: Baskin Robbins, ice cream, peppermint, seasonal
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Mull Over These 8 Perfect Fall Desserts

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By Cooking Panda

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to grab a mug full of something warm and spicy, curl up by the fireplace with a nice book and argue to the death about pumpkin spice.

Sound about right? Good. Whether or not you love fall — admit it, you love wearing sweaters and watching the leaves change — then you’ll need to check out some of our favorite desserts featuring all the good stuff that’s in season right now.

1. Hot Mulled Cider

Hot Mulled Cider

Sept. 30 is National Hot Mulled Cider Day, and we feel it is important to celebrate! There’s just something so warming yet underrated about hot mulled cider, and you should absolutely check out what mulling spices have to offer.

2. Clementine Dessert with Honey and Ginger Syrup

Clementine Dessert Recipe

This is a particularly great excuse to gorge on dessert when you’re feeling under the weather or fighting off a pesky fall cold, since the ginger, honey and vitamin C will sort you right out in no time.

3. Mulled Muscadines with Fried Crostini and Creamy Goat Cheese

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Try your best to find muscadines (wine grapes) if possible, but if you are unable, this recipe would be pretty nice with red currant or pears too.

4. Maple-Ginger Apple Pie

Maple-Ginger Apple Pie

If you love apple pie but want to spice up your tried-and-true recipe, give this super flavorful alternative, complete with lemon zest and a few spices that do wonders to the apple filling without totally overpowering it.

5. Port Mulled Cherries and Ricotta

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Have some cherries leftover from summer? Sweet dessert wine with fresh or frozen cherries create a complementary sweet, tangy and complex sauce that is just divine when served atop a bed of ricotta cheese.

6. Upside Down Cheesecake Apple Pie

Upside Down Cheesecake Apple Pie! This really is the most amazing dessert ever! Cheesecake and apples make the most amazing pie filling wrapped in a flaky crust!

Besides the insanely delicious sweet-creamy-tangy-caramel combo, you get to flip this bad boy upside down, which means you don’t have to go through all that cheesecake cooking nonsense and worry about how it’s going to look.

7. Spice Bars

Spice Bars

Chewy cookie bars get a spiced twist with cinnamon, ginger, molasses and cloves. Delicious!

8. Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

This is basically pecan pie filling poured over bread and turned into pudding. So not only is it moist, flavorful and delicious, but it’s also waaaay easier than baking an actual pie.

Featured Photo Credit: We Eat Together

Tags: easy dessert, FALL, mulling spices, seasonal, spiced dessert, weekend desserts
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McDonald’s Japan Hops On The Bandwagon With Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries

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It was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

Actually, now that we’re thinking about it, all of the clues were there.

Earlier this year, McDonald’s Japan released its chocolate French fries to customers, which have likely been doing extremely well, because on Sept. 20 the chain took to Twitter to unveil its newest seasonal offering: Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries.

Oooooh!

Per Grubstreet, the Pumpkin-Spiced French Fries are actually just an order of McDonald’s Japan’s shoestring fries, which are then squirt with lines of chocolate and bright-orange pumpkin sauces, but you gotta hand it to em: they sure look cute.

As always, the pumpkin-spiced offering is only available for a limited amount of time. So interested patrons need to visit a McDonald’s Japan location between Sept. 28 and Halloween to get their spooky French fry fix.

Source: Grub Street / Photo credit: McDonald's Japan/Twitter

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Everything To Hunt For At Trader Joe’s This Fall

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As Trader Joes’ infatuation with mangoes lowers to a faint simmer, Fearless Flyers must be wondering what’s next. Bikini season is coming to a close, which means the best thing about fall looms near: the ability to hide a surplus consumption of pumpkin treats under a comfortably lose flannel. Whether autumn tickles your fancy for squash, nutmeg, cranberries or something else entirely, TJ’s has you covered.

Enjoy this carefully crafted list of our fall favorites, and if you spot something that your local Joe’s isn’t carrying, do what any true food lover would do: Mosey on over to customer service and ask the manager to fill out a product request form. 

Butternut Squash Parmigiana

What screams “ready for autumn, y’all” more than squash, nutty cheeses and rosemary baked into one hot, slightly sweet entree? Let us know.

Cranberry Apple Butter

This smooth spread is teeming with fall fruits. Dab a hearty spoonful onto a warm English muffin, or a turkey sandwich if you’re up for a more intense flavor contrast.

Portobello Mushroom Fries

A definite contender for most wonderful fall veggie, mushrooms are even more delicious when breaded and fried. TJ’s attests they’re crispy on the outside, meaty on the inside and perfect with their Sriracha Ranch.

Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream

Yas. And because TJ’s doesn’t skimp on the experience-enhancing details, these babies are studded with chunks of graham cracker cookies. 

Pumpkin Bagels

These are the perfect indulgence for those of you who want to get your pumpkin on without eating a gargantuan glucose grenade. Smear these with pumpkin cream cheese or pumpkin butter, which you’re also sure to find at TJ’s this fall.

Apple Pie Cheddar Cheese

Trader Joe’s got ambitious and combined two American favorites: apple pie and cheddar cheese. This hot-to-trot new product should absolutely be paired with two other wonderful products that we’ve kindly listed below.

Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese

The goat’s greatest gift unto this undeserving earth, gently caressed with the sweet essences of autumn. We are not worthy.

Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps

Top these with the above cheeses. Hold the very spirit of the season in your palm. Enjoy an explosion of flavor.

Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce

They had us at “autumnal harvest” because no name for any sauce has ever been that great. TJ’s says this sauce is more exciting than its plain tomato “brethren” because it’s jazzed up with — besides autumn harvest — sage and a spot of cream. Time to douse that penne. 

Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing

There’s nothing better than whacking an aluminum tube against the countertop to find a seductive explosion of dough — this one fragrant with pumpkin and cinnamon. Pop these in the oven, turn on the light, watch them rise in awe, leave an imprint of your forehead on the oven door, get scolded by your housemate, let cool (or not), ice with pumpkin icing and ingest until you have a sugar-induced epiphany.

Spiced Cider

Best enjoyed warm and and from a Thermos while sitting on a bench and wearing a scarf, watching as a gentle wind tousles the fallen autumn leaves.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter

Thought the most iconic Trader Joe’s product would be safe from pumpkin spice-ization? For naught.

Organic Carrots of Many Colors

You know how nutritionists are always talking about the importance of a colorful plate? Here’s how you do it. Saute them with brown sugar and cayenne for a sweet and spicy kick.

Pumpkin Cornbread Mix

Imagine cutting into a skillet of freshly baked cornbread, maximizing the flavor of pumpkin with softened butter and a touch of honey, ascending onto cloud nine…

Rest assured there will be no shortage of other pumpkiny mixes at TJ’s. Think pancakes and waffles, breads and muffins and probably other things.

Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread

If you think the cheese in the photo is glistening with the hope of a better tomorrow, you’re close, but that’s actually black truffle, harvested from the black truffle heart of Italy. The term “flatbread” seems to call for a shared-appetizer situation, but no one here is opposed to a single-serving situation.

Gluten Free Crispy Crunchy Ginger Chunk Cookies

The name is a mouthful, and so are the cookies — of buttery and simultaneously crispy and chewy happiness, that is.

Chicken Pot Pie Ravioli

Everything that’s good about chicken pot pie — chicken, carrots, peas, gravy and all — comfortably tucked into pasta pouches.

Mini Orange Cranberry Tea Scones

Have someone haughty, like a mother in law, dropping by? Serve them one of these scones with a cup of tea, and watch that smug smile transform into something reminiscent of satisfaction.

Organic Butternut Squash Soup

This is for those of us to whom “first course” means snacking on a bag of popcorn and questioning our life choices while waiting for Kraft mac and cheese to cook. Nuke this in the microwave, eat before your main course and feel like a chef.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Mix

Pay $4 for a PSL at Starbucks or for an entire canister of this sweet nectar? What’s it gonna be, son?

WE CAN’T WAIT FOR FALL.

Featured Photo Credit: June Marie/Flickr

Tags: FALL, fall foods, pumpkin, seasonal, TJ's, Trader Joe's
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