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Fork Makes Broccoli Taste Like Bubblegum

September 18, 2014 Kate Bratskeir 0

Gone are the days of dreaming about candy-flavored broccoli from our high chairs. The dream is now reality.

The Aromafork, a near-magical product that is part of the Aroma R-evolution kit (HuffPost first reported on the product’s patent in April), ha…

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You Can Now Drink Girl Scout Cookies

September 17, 2014 Kate Bratskeir 0

If you’ve ravaged through the last of your Girl Scouts cookie supply and are experiencing withdrawal, Nestlé’s Nesquik is here for you.

The chocolate milk brand teamed up with Girl Scouts to reinvent two classic cookie flavors as drinks. Thin Mint and Caramel Coconut (better known as Samoas) milk are available for a limited time in stores. We were able to acquire the latter from a local CVS.

Of course, the drink does not physically resemble a cookie.

nesquik

And, we are sad to report, it does not taste of cookie nor chocolate milk. Our taste-testing editors provided a range of “eh, just fine” reviews. “Drinking this was a lackluster experience, similar to drinking the milk you’ve been dipping a coconut caramel cookie in, but not nearly as magical,” said one. “At first it smells like fake maple, then it tastes like coffee. Its flavor is underwhelming for a cookie, and overwhelming for flavored milk. Regardless of what I just said, it’s relatively pleasant,” said another.

But, as one tester pointed out, “This would make a great White Russian-type drink.” This is the truth. Nesquik’s Girl Scouts cookie drink would make a fine, milky cocktail. (But that feels a little sacrilegious.)

The brand’s well-known rabbit is promoting this flavor infusion as a “double awesome accident,” as you can watch in this deeply unprovocative YouTube clip below:

If you’re really in need of Girl Scouts cookie-flavored something, you can use Nesquik’s store locator to hunt them down, or you can make your own, homemade versions instead:

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5 Recipes You Should Stuff Inside An Avocado

September 17, 2014 Kate Bratskeir 0

Have you ever felt the urge to stuff an avocado with rich, flavorful tomatoes, a divinely drippy egg or crispy bacon?

This is a rhetorical question. The answer is as vibrantly clear as the green of a perfectly ripen avocado first exposed from underneath its skin. The only matter to further examine is how, exactly, you might fill your avocado.

The wonders of the green, fleshy fruit are many: Avocados boast healthy fats, can keep cholesterol levels in check and function effortlessly as a tasty little bowl to house your favorite ingredients.

Try these five, almost too-easy avocado boat recipes below.

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Pico De Gallo: Chopped tomato, red onion, garlic granules, jalapeño, cilantro, Himalayan sea salt, and lime juice.

Turkey BLT: Off-the-bone turkey breast, nitrate-free bacon, chopped tomato, fresh spinach.

Israeli Salad: Cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, parsley and onion. Add in some feta if you like! Check out the full recipe here.

Baked Egg: Crack an egg into the center of your avocado half. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until egg whites are opaque.

Tropical Salsa: Mango, tomato, cilantro and lime juice. Check out the full recipe here.

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Spoon Crafted Specifically For Ramen Makes Slurping Noodles A Breeze

September 15, 2014 Kate Bratskeir 0

Ramen, despite its divine flavor, is not a first date food. The noodles go flopping out the corners of your mouth, sometimes hitting a cheek or, worse, catapulting hot broth off into the distance (or onto your dining companion’s face).

The act of eat…

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This Is How To Make The Ultimate Cookie Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

September 12, 2014 Kate Bratskeir 0

Speculoos. Cookie butter. Trader Joe’s nectar of the gods. Whatever you call it, you know the Belgian cookie spread is a cliché in a jar. It makes life worth living. It is the stuff of dreams. It can warm the coldest of hearts.

As Trader Joe’s explains,

Cookie Butter is, in the most simplistic terms, spreadable Speculoos cookies. Speculoos cookies are classic Belgian cookies with great crunch, and a slightly caramelized, almost-but-not-quite-gingerbread flavor. After the cookies are baked to a fabulous finish, they’re crushed and mixed with vegetable oils and turned into a spread. It resembles peanut butter in color and spreadability.

The taste of this perfect cookie-based spread is so beloved that Trader Joe’s infused it into other products. Naturally, we raided the grocery store shelves for all the cookie butter items we could find and turned up with a bounty worthy of a cookie butter treasure chest. Search the store high and low and here’s what you’ll find:
cookie butter crew
Speculoos Cookie Butter ice cream, Speculoos Cookie Butter spread, Speculoos Cookie Butter-filled dark chocolate, Speculoos Cookies

Trader Joe’s could have been a bit more subtle — these ingredients are unmistakably suited to craft the world’s most exemplary ice cream sandwich. When paired with another, there’s a scientific brilliance to each cookie butter product: The cool ice cream perfectly complements the spread that could otherwise make you parched. The texture of the cookie is flaky enough to support the density of the chocolate bar.

Below, find step-by-step instructions for producing a cookie butter ice cream sandwich so good, it’ll inspire you to quit your job and open a small, artisanal cookie butter ice cream sandwich street cart.

Place two Speculoos cookies on a plate.
sandwiches
Face the cookies design-side down. Some of the cookies may be cracked in the package, but this matters not. You can use the broken pieces later, to sop up the remaining ice cream.

Spread each cookie with a knife-full of cookie butter.
spread cookies
Be sure not to apply too much pressure. These cookies are sensitive!

Break off two sections from the chocolate bar and secure on either side of one cookie.
secure blocks
This chocolate placement is strategic: The two squares will secure the ice cream introduced in the following step. It’d be an awful shame for your cookie butter ice cream to slip out of the sandwich.

Spoon a scoop of ice cream between the chocolate barricades.
ice cream
Nice and snug.

Carefully sandwich the two cookies together.
cookie sandwich
Look what you’ve done.

Admire your masterpiece.
cookie butter sandwich
Cookie butter cookie butter ice cream cookie butter sandwich complete. Now enjoy it with your whole little cookie butter-loving heart.

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This Is How To Make The Ultimate Cookie Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

September 12, 2014 Kate Bratskeir 0

Speculoos. Cookie butter. Trader Joe’s nectar of the gods. Whatever you call it, you know the Belgian cookie spread is a cliché in a jar. It makes life worth living. It is the stuff of dreams. It can warm the coldest of hearts.

As Trader Joe’s explains,

Cookie Butter is, in the most simplistic terms, spreadable Speculoos cookies. Speculoos cookies are classic Belgian cookies with great crunch, and a slightly caramelized, almost-but-not-quite-gingerbread flavor. After the cookies are baked to a fabulous finish, they’re crushed and mixed with vegetable oils and turned into a spread. It resembles peanut butter in color and spreadability.

The taste of this perfect cookie-based spread is so beloved that Trader Joe’s infused it into other products. Naturally, we raided the grocery store shelves for all the cookie butter items we could find and turned up with a bounty worthy of a cookie butter treasure chest. Search the store high and low and here’s what you’ll find:
cookie butter crew
Speculoos Cookie Butter ice cream, Speculoos Cookie Butter spread, Speculoos Cookie Butter-filled dark chocolate, Speculoos Cookies

Trader Joe’s could have been a bit more subtle — these ingredients are unmistakably suited to craft the world’s most exemplary ice cream sandwich. When paired with another, there’s a scientific brilliance to each cookie butter product: The cool ice cream perfectly complements the spread that could otherwise make you parched. The texture of the cookie is flaky enough to support the density of the chocolate bar.

Below, find step-by-step instructions for producing a cookie butter ice cream sandwich so good, it’ll inspire you to quit your job and open a small, artisanal cookie butter ice cream sandwich street cart.

Place two Speculoos cookies on a plate.
sandwiches
Face the cookies design-side down. Some of the cookies may be cracked in the package, but this matters not. You can use the broken pieces later, to sop up the remaining ice cream.

Spread each cookie with a knife-full of cookie butter.
spread cookies
Be sure not to apply too much pressure. These cookies are sensitive!

Break off two sections from the chocolate bar and secure on either side of one cookie.
secure blocks
This chocolate placement is strategic: The two squares will secure the ice cream introduced in the following step. It’d be an awful shame for your cookie butter ice cream to slip out of the sandwich.

Spoon a scoop of ice cream between the chocolate barricades.
ice cream
Nice and snug.

Carefully sandwich the two cookies together.
cookie sandwich
Look what you’ve done.

Admire your masterpiece.
cookie butter sandwich
Cookie butter cookie butter ice cream cookie butter sandwich complete. Now enjoy it with your whole little cookie butter-loving heart.

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