McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Is Full Of Scary Gunk (Photos)

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As disappointing as it is when McDonalds’ ice cream machine is broken, perhaps it’s for the best in the end. A former employee tweeted a photo of part of a machine at his location, and it’s less than gorgeous.

The mysterious mixture of substances — opaque black, blue and gray — looks more like it came from an old car than from a soft-serve maker. Twitter users responded to the tweet, thinking the machine must certainly have been broken. Surely.

Not so, replied the worker.

If what Nick said is true, more than one customer has received dairy-esque product from the gruel-filled machine. The country has stood by McDonald’s through thick and thin — literally, through thick, we’ve all seen “Super Size Me.” We’ve accepted the fact that their foods can take years to decompose. But when there’s fecal matter in their soda machines and gunk that looks like dirty New York snow in their ice cream makers, by golly, we’ve got to draw the line.

Holding onto hope, more Twitter users came to McDonald’s defense, insisting the photo must really be of a grease trap.

Nick then shared pictures of the side of the ice cream machine and then of the real grease trap to hush the naysayers.

Evidently on a social-media high from endless likes and retweets, Nick continued on his rampage, sharing an unappetizing photo of the kitchen’s depths.

To his apparent amusement, he was fired.

People weren’t so supportive of jobless Nick, instead defending McDonald’s.

Getting fired was all part of Nick’s master plan, he announced, as he would soon begin a new gig. Convenient.

From this incidence of Twitter warfare, we can conclude that just about anything can happen at McDonald’s, and people will absolutely keep going. There are fries involved, after all.

Featured photo credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

Tags: gross, ice cream, mcdonald's, scandal, Twitter
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This Chocolate Cheese Toast Is Super Weird — Or Is It? (Photos)

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Cheese, chocolate and toast are three of the culinary world’s most versatile and cherished foods. Cheese makes everything better, from pastas to scrambles. Chocolate has a rightful place in every dessert known to man. And toast can be topped with just about anything. 

One Twitter user took that last statement to heart when she shared photos of her own white toast, topped with an unconventional combination of chocolate spread and shredded cheese.

The internet provided mixed reactions. 

Unsurprisingly, people were revolted. 

Some were so offended, they deemed it an abomination worthy of police attention.

Others, though, found the cheesy chocolate toast mildly appetizing.

In fact, Metro polled its readers asking if they would try chocolate and cheese toast, and the results show a population that is surprisingly adventurous. Though half firmly declined, 37 percent said they would love to experiment with the dish. What’s more, 12 percent said they’d already tried it, showing the combination is not wildly unprecedented, but somewhat popular.  

Chocolate and cheese pairings make a delicious and sophisticated appetizer or dessert. Sharp cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano pair well with intense, spicy dark chocolates. Smooth and rich chocolate truffles complement the earthy flavors of blue cheese. Soft and creamy cheeses are delightful with Nutella and sea salt on crunchy toasts for a more refined version of our Twitter user’s snack.

Some people put chocolate inside of cheese. An Australian cheese shop made headlines when it unveiled chocolate cheese, a wheel of mild Italian blue cheese ripened with chocolate liqueur, rubbed with cocoa powder and finished with chocolate chips. The sweet and salty treat sold out in no time.

Spiced hot chocolate with melting cheese is a specialty in Colombia.

Colombian hot chocolate with cheese (not as bad as you think) @sonido69 #melbourne #khootravels

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And with desserts like Oreo cheesecake and chocolate cannolis, people have been combining chocolate and cheese — and loving it — for decades.

Tell us your favorite chocolate and cheese combinations, and see if other people are just as fond of them as you are.

Source: Metro / Featured image credit: Pixabay

Tags: cheese, chocolate, chocolate cheese toast, food combinations, toast, Twitter, weird food
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Heroic Man Rides The Bus With Massive Frosting Tub (Photo)

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Did anybody else have a comfort item they kept with them when they were a child?

My niece has one — it’s her baby blanket. She’s almost five now, but she carries that thing around with her everywhere.

I mean, who am I to judge her. I’m a full-grown adult and I wouldn’t mind having a blanket on me at any given moment (although I admit it would act as an enabler for me to sleep during important working hours — but I digress).

As it happens, sometimes adults do appear to have comfort items too. Take this Canadian man, for example, who was seen carrying around a giant tub of Cinnabon Frosting on public transportation.

I think he’s our new international treasure.

That’s right: The internet is absolutely exploding over the photo series of this incredible man who was seen transporting a massive 30-gallon barrel of Cinnabon frosting on the bus.

“I will follow him to the ends of the earth,” one Twitter user wrote in response to the photo.

“Keep your friends close, and your frosting closer,” wrote another.

Of course, plenty of people, myself included, are wondering whether the tub of Cinnabon frosting actually contains what it says it does (and if that’s the case, I certainly hope it’s literally all going to be eaten by this strange miraculous man, perhaps for dinner).

“Tfw you’re prepping for a very delicious apocalypse,” one twitter user joked.

But if it doesn’t actually contain delicious, sugary frosting, then what could possibly be inside?

I don’t know, but I’m content for it to remain a mystery, as long as I get to continue staring at the glory that is this man.

Source: Craig Calhoun/Twitter / Photo Credit: Vegan Baking/Flickr

Tags: Cinnabon, cinnabon frosting, giant food, icing, Twitter
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This Bizarre Guy Ordered ‘A Cheese’ At McDonald’s (Photo)

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To each his own, as they say!

Typically, when people visit the drive-thru, it’s with the intention to indulge in a convenient, quick and pretty unhealthy meal. If you’re taking the five minutes out of your day to visit a McDonald’s, for example, it’s probably not to try out the newest healthy item the golden arches is promoting. Rather, you’re probably just trying to grab your McNuggets or McFlurry or Big Mac to go, go, go!

However, if you happen to be this man, all you really want to hit up McDonald’s for is its cheese.

Just its cheese.

Seriously.

A Twitter user decided to swing by McDonald’s and see just how minimalistic he could get his lunch to be, by ordering one cheeseburger … without everything except the cheese.

That’s right. His order stipulated that he wanted a single cheeseburger, only with no onion, no ketchup, no mustard, no pickles, no meat patty and no bun.

The man ordered “a cheese.”

What’s more, he paid the exact same amount for his “cheese” as he would have for the entire cheeseburger, which kind of strips away the point of fast food — it’s supposed to give you a filling meal for a reasonable price!

Would you pay $1.22 for a slice of fake-looking, manufactured McDonald’s cheese?

Plenty of Twitter users responded, and many were perplexed by both the man’s order, and the price of the bizarre cheese slice meal.

“So like to add cheese to something cost 30 cents but just a slice of cheese…” one Twitter user speculated.

“This confuses me so much,” added another.

Here’s hoping the Twitter user enjoyed his simple lunch!

Source: Merchant/Twitter / Photo Credit: Madison East Hotel

Tags: cheese, cheeseburger, fast food, mcdonald's, Twitter
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Fruity String Cheese Is Now A Thing, And It’s Gross (Photos)

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If you were a big fan of string cheese as a snack growing up, but have grown bored or accustomed to the simplicity of flavor and profile as you’ve aged, then this is probably exciting news for you.

Cow Candy, a company that makes cheese sticks, announced on Feb. 28, 2017, that it has launched a whole new line of string cheeses … ones that come in different “moogical” flavors, such as Strawberry Jack and Fruit Punch.

“Our all-star line up! Cow Candy and Bee’s Cheese are moogically nutritious snacks! #GetOnTheMooove #NutritionCanBeFun,” reads the tweet. But to be honest … these new flavors sound anything but delicious.

Look, I get it: When I was in elementary school, you better believe I made a beeline for either the strawberry milk or the chocolate milk. Plain old 2 percent milk was for heathens, as far as I was concerned, or basic elementary school kids. I wanted some pizzazz with my calcium.

However, that doesn’t mean that I need my string cheese to mimic an unnatural flavor too. Something about that just seems so wrong.

The new Cow Candy products are clearly inspired by the television shows  “My Little Pony” and “Transformers,” and are a throwback to ’90s nostalgia. They come in “Pinkie Pie Strawberry” and “Prime Punch” flavors. 

And just in case you were wondering, the reviews are in and they aren’t very positive.

“No. No. omg why does this exist? What child would eat this?” one Instagram user lamented.

“This looks and sounds disgusting. I know fruit and cheese pair well together, but not like this!”

What do you think of the new flavors of cheese?

Source: Cow Candy/Twitter / Photo Credit: Cow Candy/Twitter

Tags: cow candy, prime punch, strawberry jack, string cheese, Twitter
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Girl Dips Pizza In Milk, Horrifies The Internet

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People enjoy their pizza in all different kinds of ways.

Some people like to drizzle a little bit of hot sauce on their pie. Others enjoy a stuffed crust. Chicagoans like theirs deep dish style; New Yorkers fold up their thin crust, large slices and bite into them like a sandwich.

We’ve seen people dip theirs in ranch before; we’ve heard the arguments erupt between those who prefer to top theirs with pineapple and those who would rather die than eat a pizza that way.

But this — this is truly a divisive pizza tactic.

When a Twitter user posted a photo of themselves dipping a slice of pizza into a glass of milk, they paired it with the caption:

“Pizza + milk is WAYYY better than pineapple pizza. This [sh–] bomb af.”

How wrong they were.

Immediately, Twitter erupted with responses to the absolutely horrifying pizza practice, chastising the user for their totally insane method of dipping pizza into a place where pizza just simply does not belong.

Why ruin a good thing? Why?

“You just wasted a perfectly good slice of pizza how dare you,” one Twitter user lamented.

“Pizza is cancelled for the rest of the year since y’all don’t know how to behave,” another user said.

“PIZZA IN MILK IS POISON,” added one passionate and distraught Twitter user.

However, that did not deter the original poster from defending their love for pizza and milk, because they later posted a new Tweet with the caption:

“I only got 3 slices left. Anyone wanna try some?”

No. No, we do not.

Source: Hyrulecitizen/Twitter / Photo Credit: Fabio Conversano/Instagram

Tags: deep dish, internet sensation, milk, Pizza, Twitter
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This Pea And Mayonnaise Pizza Is So Gross (Photo)

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Let’s talk about pizza.

It’s one of those foods that truly seems to have the ability to please everybody, no matter your dietary restrictions. Whether you’re a fan of the regular slice, or need to sub gluten-free crust, or even if you’re a vegan, there is a wonderful version of pizza out there just waiting to please your taste buds.

Of course, different folks have different preferences, and sometimes pizza toppings can cause heated debates between friends and family alike: especially when it comes to things like pineapple on pizza (people get so heated!) or anchovies.

But this version of pizza perhaps has the ability to gross out any and all who encounter it.

We’re talking mayonnaise-and-pea topped pizza, ya’ll.

Yikes!

On Feb. 27, 2017, a Twitter user took to the social media app to share a picture of his disgusting abomination of a meal, complete with this disturbing caption:

“Peas and mayonnaise pizza?! Yes please.”

Why oh why are you doing this to us!

Responses to his Tweet have been savage, which is to be expected. Peas might be acceptable to some on pizza, but the addition of mayonnaise is truly grossing out loads of pizza-lovers.

“What in the hell is wrong with you?” asked one distraught Twitter user.

“Maybe he’s pregnant,” theorized another.

“Of all the things that broke my spirit today this broke it the most,” said another extremely disheartened Twitter user in response to the pizza.

As of Feb. 28, more than 1,000 people have responded to the upsetting photo.

What do you think? Would you ever dare to take a bite out of this pizza?

Source: Air-Ic/Twitter / Photo Credit: Air-Ic/Twitter

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Here’s How Frosted Sugar Cookies Caused A Twitter War

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We all have a few staple meals and snacks from our childhoods.

Of course, different feelings and memories are attached to different foods according to our personal experiences and preferences. However, there are a few food combinations and specific food brands out there that tend to illicit strong responses from people.

Many have divisive ideas about peanut butter and jelly, for instance — we personally prefer those sandwiches with strawberry jam, and have gotten into plenty of heated arguments over it with grape-jelly devotees. Others have great memories driving through the fast food lane with their parents, while their friends recoil in horror at the idea of chowing down on convenience food.

And as it happens, apparently loads of people have an opinion about this very particular brand of soft and frosted sugar cookies:

We remember the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies very well, because they just so happened to be one of our very favorite treats growing up. In fact, the first time we visited home from college, we specifically asked our mother to purchase the pink ones so that they’d be waiting for us when we got home.

However, not everybody agrees.

On Feb. 12, 21-year-old Taylor Haugen posted this controversial tweet:

And boy did the internet go wild.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt more personally attacked in my entire life,” one Twitter user said in response.

“I’m so offended I’m about to start swinging,” said another.

“I can’t believe you have the NERVE to slander these delicacies,” another distraught defender of the Lofthouse cookies lamented.

But Haugen remains unmoved.

“I will never change my opinion on them,” she told BuzzFeed. “Though I don’t think I’ll voice my opinions on other baked goods anymore.”

Probably a good call, Haugen, if you don’t want to get attacked by the collective fury of Twitter any more.

What do you all think? Are you a fan of Lofthouse cookies, or would you pass? 

Source: BuzzFeed / Photo Credit: Lofthouse via BuzzFeed

Tags: cookie brand, frosted cookies, lofthouse, sugar cookies, Twitter
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Chef Jamie Oliver’s Paella Recipe Stirs Up Controversy

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Oh boy.

We all have a favorite dish or recipe that we like to be made just right. For me, it’s my mom’s vegetarian lasagna — I didn’t even realize that most food establishments put meat into their lasagnas until I ordered it at a restaurant once and was presented with a dish swimming in beef. Even now that I’ve accepted the variations in different recipes (twelve years later), I secretly find anything other than my mother’s method of preparation an inferior dish.

Apparently, the Spanish feel this way about paella.

Jamie Oliver tweeted out his favorite personal paella recipe earlier this week, writing: “Good Spanish food doesn’t get much better than paella… My version combines chicken thighs & chorizo.”

Instead of receiving thanks or feedback from interested at-home chefs, however, he received a deluge of criticism from the Spanish, who, per Metro, consider the inclusion of chorizo a culinary crime against the traditional Valencian dish.

Per Metro, Wikipaella cites authentic paella as being made with white rice, green veggies, beans, meat (including rabbit, chicken, duck, or snails) and seasoning.

Chorizo is not an acceptable meat, and the inclusion of it in a recipe can transform paella into what they adorably call “rice with stuff.”

Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy told the Evening Standard that he agrees with all the criticism Oliver has received. “It is a sacred recipe that everyone has to stick to, to call it Paella,” he said. “Chorizo is not allowed, peppers are not allowed, onions are not allowed, even. … He’s being criticized because he called it paella instead of ‘Spanish rice’. But I think you need to call things as what people know. He brings food to the people.”

Meanwhile, Metro reports Oliver as standing by his recipe, reportedly telling Toronto press that his chorizo is not only super good, but that chefs should be innovative in the kitchen.

“Look, I think there’s so much evolution in recipes, whether it’s a risotto or paella or a classic. I mean, you know, if people try and say it’s a classic is that OK? Why is there one hundred recipes that are all slightly different? I think it’s good to respond to what’s available in your market.”

Sources: Metro, Evening Standard / Photo credit: Epicurious

Tags: Chorizo, Jamie Oliver, paella, Twitter
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