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20 Baked Doughnut Recipes, Because Frying Is Overrated (and Messy!)

There’s no doubt that fresh-from-the-fryer doughnuts are amazing, but cleaning up the splattered oil is definitely not so fun. (Plus, disposing of the spent oil is kind of a hassle.) Baked doughnuts are a fantastic alternative. While you won’t get the airy texture of a classic yeasted doughnut, baked cake doughnuts are nearly as delicious as their fried counterparts and a lot less hassle. With flavors like carrot cake, red velvet, chai spiced, and double Nutella, these recipes will have you in a trance.

Help! We’ve Fallen Madly in Love With Japan’s Sakura McFloat

Just in time for cherry blossom season, McDonald’s Japan has added a dazzling Sakura McFloat to its menu. The pink drink consists of cherry soda topped with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. In addition, the fast-food chain also released a Sakura McFizz, which is simply the cherry soda without the ice cream.

It’s worth noting that both drinks have been around for several years, however, it’s likely that McDonald’s is just reintroducing them on a limited basis for Spring. According to a few blogs, the Sakura McFizz had previously existed with a decidedly different flavor! Instead, that older McFizz was made up of Sprite and Ribena, a blackcurrant-based soda.

After looking at its many incarnations on Instagram, we can’t help but hope that the Sakura McFloat makes a stateside appearance. In the meantime, we’ll keep ogling. Ahead, feel free to do the same by checking out pictures of the McFloat and McFizz.

Churro Pops Are the Napkin-Free Snack You’re Dying to Bite Into

Disneyland may have upgraded churros by sprinkling gold dust on top, but we promise, that’s nothing compared to these churro pops. Nitrolado Ice Cream in Garden Grove, CA, just rolled up your favorite dessert, put it on a stick, and covered it with the most drool-worthy toppings one could imagine. The shop previously revolutionized the treat as a churro ice cream bowl, but with no napkins required for the churro on a stick, we think we have a favorite.

Nitrolado offers churro pops in flavors like Maple Bacon, Fruity Pebbles Taro, Matcha KitKat, Lime Coconut, and with no toppings at all if you like to keep it simple. But if the closest you can get to this yummy dessert on a stick is through social media or in your dreams, have no fear – you can easily re-create churro pops at home. Start with a basic recipe for rolled-up churros, which includes pantry staples like brown sugar, flour, vanilla, and eggs. From there, you can get creative with toppings like crushed-up Oreos, Cap’n Crunch cereal, Reese’s Pieces, maybe even Cadbury Mini Eggs. The possibilities are endless.

Keep reading to see photos of Nitrolado’s insane churro lollipops, but don’t blame us if you want to take a bite of your screen – these look delicious!

8 Surprising Food Facts Every Costco Shopper Needs to Know

There’s so much to love about Costco, including fun facts you might not have heard before. We reached out to a Costco representative to get the scoop on little-known food facts about one of the most budget-friendly grocery stores in the nation to hear about some of the store’s fascinating stats. From shocking tidbits about the crazy-popular rotisserie chicken to refreshing facts about some of the cheapest food-court eats, these facts will surprise and delight any major Costco fan. After testing your knowledge, check out some of our favorite foods from Costco plus more grocery store policies you should be taking advantage of.

  1. Costco has sold more than 600 million rotisserie chickens worldwide.
  2. That’s more than 208,000 per day and 56 million in the year of 2015 alone.
  3. The pumpkin pies have been the same price since 1995 ($6).
  4. Customers also love the dinner rolls; more than 17 million were sold in just three days leading up to Thanksgiving in 2015.
  5. Costco’s head wine buyer, Annette Alvarez-Peters, was featured as one of Food & Wine‘s most innovative women in food and drink in 2014.
  6. Costco’s classic hot dog and soda combo meal is the same price it was 30 years ago, $1.50. In 2015, Costco sold more than 120 million hot-dog-and-soda combinations worldwide, including more than 80 million in the US.
  7. People are in a pretty serious relationship with Costco’s famous pizza. In 2015, Costco food courts sold 19 million whole pizzas and 53 million pizza slices.
  8. People really love Jelly Belly jelly beans. In 2015, Costco sold enough Jelly Belly jelly beans that if you laid them end to end, they would wrap around Earth’s equator – that’s 24,901 miles.

If You’ve Ever Felt Guilty About Ordering a Large Pizza, Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Pizza-lovers, this news should make you feel a whole lot better about your guilty pleasure. According to a pizza graph created by NPR based on data from Grubhub, you should always order a large pizza whenever you get a cheesy craving, and there’s a mathematical reason for it. After surveying “74,476 prices from 3,678 pizza places around the country,” Grubhub’s data revealed that it makes more sense financially to order a larger pizza. Because of the circular shape of pizza pies, the area of a pizza increases with the square of the radius. That means if you’ve ever ordered multiple smaller sizes (i.e., two mediums), thinking you were getting a better deal, you actually ended up with less pizza for your buck.

Source: Warner Bros.

Confused by all of this? All you really need to know is that it’s always smarter buy one large pie rather than ordering multiple smaller sizes. So the next time someone judges you for ordering a large pizza all for yourself, you can drop some mathematical knowledge with the help of this interactive graph to justify your case. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!

Belle Would Totally Approve of This Beauty and the Beast Dessert Menu

This Beauty and the Beast-inspired dessert menu is hands down the most incredible themed food we’ve seen since the recent premiere of the live-action version of the classic Disney movie. The menu can be found at Creme and Sugar cafe, the same place that started the unicorn hot chocolate craze in Anaheim, CA. Clearly these people are completely crushing it in the magical-dessert department.

So what’s on the menu? Cakes, milkshakes, and cookies galore, all decorated impeccably to resemble Belle’s dress and enchanted rose. Cosmopolitan.com spoke to the owner of Creme and Sugar, Joanna Czikalla, who said, “People want to feel magical and happy, and I want to help them get there. Kids, teens, and adults all come into my shop looking for that feeling. Once they get [their drink] I see the looks on their faces, and it’s pure happiness.”

Pure happiness, indeed. You won’t be able to stop yourself from squealing as you see the details of each of the menu items ahead. Act fast, because this new menu is only available for a limited time! If a trip to this cafe isn’t in your near future, you can find plenty of other Beauty and the Beast desserts and recipes online.

1 Guy Is Going the Extra Mile to Win a Year’s Worth of Chicken Nuggets From Wendy’s

The news of one guy from Reno, NV asking Wendy’s for free chicken nuggets is not an April Fools’ prank. It’s actually very real. Carter Wilkerson recently tweeted the popular fast food chain asking, “Yo @Wendys how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?” Never one to pass up an opportunity to clap back on Twitter, Wendy’s responded with an offer Wilkerson just couldn’t refuse.

That’s right. 18 million retweets. Wilkerson immediately shared a screenshot of the company’s response with his followers and everyone else on Twitter asking for help to reach the megamillion goal.

At press time, Wilkerson has over 1.3 million retweets, which leaves him with about 16.7 million retweets to go and he’ll have earned his one-year supply of nuggets. If he accomplishes such a feat, he would beat out Ellen DeGeneres’s epic 2014 Oscar selfie to become the most retweeted tweet of all time.

As challenging as that all sounds, Wilkerson doesn’t appear to be giving up on his dream just yet. “Next time I eat these they better be free,” he tweeted along with a photo of himself eating a Wendy’s chicken nugget.

It’s starting to look like Wendy’s might just have to eat their words pretty soon if the internet has their way. Talk about dedication!

M&M’s Brand-New Flavor Will Make Caramel Fanatics Lose Their Sh*t

Forget Peanut Butter M&M’s – Caramel M&M’s are changing the game, and they’re being released next month! The brand-new variety of M&M’s is the classic chocolate candy you know and love, but with an ooey-gooey caramel center. We were among the first to get a taste of the new candy back in October, and they did not disappoint. The best way to describe these M&M’s is that they’re like Rolo caramels with a crunchy outer shell. As soon as you crack into the crunchy, colorful coating, your taste buds are met with a smooth, rich, satisfying caramel that leaves you going back for more. As one of our taste testers described, they are “flawless and spectacular. Could legit eat a whole bag no problem.” Overall, we give these a nearly perfect rating.

Attention Aldi Shoppers: Tons of Frozen Peas Recalled For Listeria Contamination

If you’ve recently purchased Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas from Aldi grocery stores, you’re going to need to check the packaging immediately. The United States Food & Drug Administration announced that Lakeside Foods, Inc. has recalled thousands of frozen peas from Aldi stores in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Although there have been no illnesses reported in response to the frozen peas, Aldi has issued the recall “out of an abundance of caution.” The Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas packages that are possibly contaminated are in 16 oz. bags and have the UPC code 041498164294. They all have August 2018 as the “best by” date, and one of the following packaging codes: DC17038 PLAB6176, DC27038 PLAB6176, DC27038 BNAF7286, DC37038 BNAF7286, DC47038 PLAC6216, or DC57038 PLAC6216.

Frequent Aldi shoppers need to check their peas immediately, and if packages contain one of the specific codes, they should return the peas to the store for a full refund or throw them out right away. See the statement from Aldi stores for more information about the sweet peas recall, but don’t worry, shoppers, no other Aldi products have been affected by the possible contamination.

Proof Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg Deserve to Win a “Best Duo” Award

Similar to the widespread love of unlikely pet friendships, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg have garnered the attention of millions who can’t peel their eyes away from the humorous Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, which has recently been picked up for a second season on VH1. Though it’s only been in existence for six months, the dream cooking team has been nominated as best duo in this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, airing May 7. Voting is open to the public, so if you’re a megafan, cast your pick now! In the meantime, make Snoop’s gin and juice and revisit some of the pair’s best TV moments together in GIF form.