Ghostbusters Oreos Might Be a Trick, but You’ll Wish They Were Real

We wouldn’t exactly put it past Oreo to create a Ghostbusters flavor, but it seems like this announcement of the flavor is simply a Halloween tease. Oreo is never one to shy away from shocking flavors – remember Peeps Oreos? – so when we saw this photo of Ectoplasm Oreos from food blogger The Junk Food Aisle, we couldn’t help but gasp! Sadly, however, the Instagrammer claims the flavor is a fake one, writing, “No, these are not real.” Talk about a sneaky Halloween trick! A similar prank made the rounds on the internet on April Fools’ Day when fake photos of All Stuf Oreos starting circulating. As much as we would have loved to try a Ghostbusters-themed Oreo, maybe this is for the best . . . we’re not exactly sure what slimy, green ectoplasm would taste like sandwiched between two cookies.

Ghostbusters Oreos Might Be a Trick, but You’ll Wish They Were Real

We wouldn’t exactly put it past Oreo to create a Ghostbusters flavor, but it seems like this announcement of the flavor is simply a Halloween tease. Oreo is never one to shy away from shocking flavors – remember Peeps Oreos? – so when we saw this photo of Ectoplasm Oreos from food blogger The Junk Food Aisle, we couldn’t help but gasp! Sadly, however, the Instagrammer claims the flavor is a fake one, writing, “No, these are not real.” Talk about a sneaky Halloween trick! A similar prank made the rounds on the internet on April Fools’ Day when fake photos of All Stuf Oreos starting circulating. As much as we would have loved to try a Ghostbusters-themed Oreo, maybe this is for the best . . . we’re not exactly sure what slimy, green ectoplasm would taste like sandwiched between two cookies.

Glutenostics Launches Gluten Detective, the First At-Home Gluten Consumption Monitoring Test

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For many patients living with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitivity, the emergence of almost any new or recurring symptom, even when adhering to a gluten-free diet as instructed, causes anxiety and distress. A new self-administered, home test kit called Gluten Detective, released under license by Glutenostics LLC and developed by a Spanish company,empowers patients and caregivers to determine whether they have consumed any gluten in the past 24-48 hours.

This is an important new product for celiac disease and non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitive patients. Celiac Disease Foundation is proud to support Glutenostics in their efforts to bring information about this valuable new development to the celiac disease and non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitive community.

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Glutenostics Launches Gluten Detective, the First At-Home Gluten Consumption Monitoring Test

LOS ANGELES, California (October 16, 2017)

Glutenostics LLC announced today the launch of their first product line, Gluten Detective, a rapid test suite for people on the gluten-free diet (GFD) to monitor compliance. In just 15 minutes, in the privacy of one’s own home or a bathroom anywhere in the world, people are now able to sample their urine or stool to detect gluten fragments indicative of gluten consumption over the previous 1-2 or more days. “This revolutionary and one-of-a-kind technology will empower people to take control of their gluten-free life and improve adherence to the gluten-free diet through scientifically informed decision making,” states David Winternheimer, PhD, CEO of Glutenostics. “Whatever your motive for maintaining gluten-free living, Gluten Detective can be a flexible monitoring tool to provide valuable insight into your dietary composition, and afford users peace of mind.”

The technology basis of Gluten Detective was developed by a company in Seville, Spain (Biomedal), where over a decade of research and development was invested in the innovation of these game-changing products. As an integral part of the worldwide roll-out of both lab- and home-based testing products for gluten, Glutenostics is responsible for commercialization these tests in the USA and Canada, where they are the exclusive licensee and distributor of the technology.

“Glutenostics is transforming the way people live gluten-free,” states Dr. Winternheimer, “both with these novel tests and assessment of future product opportunities in our pipeline.” In collaboration with industry-leading key opinion leaders and non-profit partners, Glutenostics is working to change the landscape of the gluten-free space. “Today we are also proud to announce our new investor named the most successful biotech entrepreneur in Germany, Patrick Baeuerle. With our outstanding team of advisors, executives and partners, we are optimistic of Glutenostics’ ability to positively impact the gluten-free community.”

About Glutenostics LLC
Glutenostics was founded in 2016 with the mission of bringing new technologies to market that improve the livelihood of those living gluten-free, regardless of reason. In 2017, Glutenostics licensed their first technology from Biomedal (Seville, Spain), and developed their first product line, Gluten Detective, now available exclusively via their website www.glutendetective.com. As Glutenostics continues to grow and expand, it continues to pursue partnerships with other technology innovators in the gluten-free and surrounding space to take their products into commercializing within the North American markets.

Glutenostics Launches Gluten Detective, the First At-Home Gluten Consumption Monitoring Test

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Jersey Mike’s Gluten-Free Sub Rolls ‘Shore’ to Please

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Jersey Mike's gluten-free roll

After receiving positive reviews in several test markets, sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s Subs is introducing gluten-free sub rolls at all 1,300-plus U.S. locations beginning Dec. 4. Jersey Mike’s will be using Udi’s Gluten Free rolls nationwide after testing them in stores in California, Colorado and Florida. The Gluten Free Philly blog first reported news of the planned roll-out. The Udi’s rolls were chosen over another company’s gluten-free par-baked rolls that were tested earlier this year in other markets like Philadelphia, New Jersey and North Carolina. Jersey Mike’s currently has locations in 44 states and Washington, D.C.

“The idea of offering gluten-free rolls came from a franchisee whose daughter had celiac disease,” explained Michael Manzo, Jersey Mike’s Chief Operating Officer. “Before going national, we decided to try a pilot in several markets and we are happy to report success: customers loved the taste and they were excited to be able to eat a Jersey Mike’s sub sandwich again—or for the very first time.”

According to Manzo, the company is in the process of training employees on how to incorporate the new product into sandwich preparation. The rolls arrive at each store individually wrapped and fully baked. Manzo says there is little risk of cross-contamination with other subs because the Udi’s packaging is not opened until the gluten-free sub is ordered. Employees will change gloves before handling the rolls and use knives and other utensils that haven’t touched traditional bread when slicing the gluten-free version. They will also prepare each sandwich on parchment paper to avoid contact with the counter. Manzo said that the company is working with the Gluten Intolerance Group to obtain certification.

The gluten-free sub roll can be used for most hot or cold subs on Jersey Mike’s menu because the majority of sandwich varieties don’t contain gluten. Giant-size sandwiches made with the Udi’s roll will cost $3 to $4 extra, with a regular-size offering (made on a giant roll that has been cut down with a clean knife) an estimated $1 to $2 more.

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Adults Only: Shochu Hot Chocolate

Shochu Hot Chocolate

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Although Japan is most famous for its sake, the traditional tipple has a lesser-known cousin: shochu. With a 500-year history in Japan, this spirit is brewed like sake, before going through a classic pot still. Unlike many other clear distilled spirits, shochu only undergoes one pass through the still, which means it retains many of the flavors and aromas of the main ingredient.

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That main ingredient can run the gamut from rice to sugar cane, to sweet potatoes, and each variety has its unique characteristics which makes shochu an interesting spirit that pairs well with food. Sweet potato shochu is one of the oldest varieties, originating in southern Japan, and unlike barley shochu (which is usually the most common variety in the US), it has a pungent aroma that pairs well with fatty meats such as pork.

Shochu Hot Chocolate

Although it doesn’t contain any residual sugars, sweet potato shochu smells sweet with caramel, dried fruit, and floral notes which also makes it pair well with desserts. It goes exceptionally well with a dark fruity chocolate, which is where I got the idea for this warming hot chocolate.

It’s a decadent elixir, with a rich, velvety texture that coats your mouth with the glorious taste of chocolate. The sweet potato shochu not only enhances the flavor of the chocolate, but it also keeps the richness of the beverage in check, making it dangerously easy to down a few mugfuls of this autumn delight.

Shochu Hot Chocolate

Any dark chocolate will work here, but I used French 66% chocolate made with beans sourced from the Caribbean. The chocolate is smoky and nutty, with notes of almond, coffee, and caramelized fruit. As for the shochu, you should be able to find it labeled as either “Sweet Potato” or “Imo” in Japanese grocery stores that carry liquor, or high-end liquor shops.

Shochu Hot Chocolate

Shochu Hot Chocolate

Shochu hot chocolate is a decadent elixir, with a rich, velvety texture that coats your mouth with the glorious taste of chocolate. (Recipe Credit: Marc Matsumoto of Fresh Tastes.)

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Ingredients

  • 70 grams dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sweet potato shochu (to taste)

Directions

  1. Put the chocolate and milk in a mug and microwave until the milk is steaming (but not boiling).
  2. Use a whisk or hand blender to emulsify the chocolate and milk.
  3. Add shochu to taste. I like to add about 2 tablespoons.

Marc Matsumoto is the food blogger behind Fresh TastesMarc Matsumoto is a culinary consultant and recipe repairman who shares his passion for good food through his website norecipes.com. For Marc, food is a life long journey of exploration, discovery and experimentation and he shares his escapades through his blog in the hopes that he inspires others to find their own culinary adventures. Marc’s been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and has made multiple appearances on NPR and the Food Network.

Sorry PSL, We’re All About Starbucks’s Secret Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino

If you spent all weekend with your eyes peeled to the Starbucks live stream of the birth of the Pumpkin Spice Latte before its arrival on Sept. 5, you’re really going to freak out over this “secret” pumpkin drink. The beloved Fall favorite latte has some stiff competition thanks to the Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino from the Starbucks secret menu.

First spotted by Delish, the secret menu drink is the perfect alternative for those looking for their pumpkin fix, but not ready to make the switch to hot beverages. Since the Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino is not on the menu and will *probably* have your barista saying, “Next,” here are the exact steps to order the sweet drink.

  • First, order a creme-based Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino with a pump of Cinnamon Dolce syrup.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla bean powder and a pump of white mocha syrup.
  • For a grande, ask for two pumps of the syrups and two scoops of the powder. If you’re ordering a venti, order three pumps and scoops.
  • Alternatively, if supersweet drinks aren’t your favorite, the site recommends ordering a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino and adding two pumps of the pumpkin syrup.

According to the Starbucks secret menu, the drool-worthy drink tastes like the “rich and creamy” cheesecake “in a cup” – no fork necessary! Now that sounds like perfection.

Order your Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino for your frozen pumpkin fix, then check out more pumpkin spice Starbucks drinks from the secret menu.

These Are the Best Doughnut Shops in the US – No Arguments, Please

Sure, you can bake your own doughnuts, but why do that when there are so many good doughnut shops out there in the world? Everyone will always have their small-town favorites, but this mix of giant chains and smaller shops is what I believe to be the absolute best doughnut selection the United States has to offer. They’re in no particular order, because they’re all just that damn good.

Who Needs a Pickle-Back Shot When Dill-Pickle-Infused Vodka Exists?!

You might’ve thought that pickle-flavored alcohol peaked with dill pickle beer, but we’re here to tell you some happy news: you were wrong. And let us tell ya, your Bloody Mary game is about to become legendary, because our latest pickle-infused discovery is sour, dill-infused vodka. After we heard that Blue Spirits Distilling offers its own take on pickle-flavored liquor, we scoured the internet and realized that pickle vodka is available from several spirits purveyors.

Chilled Dills, a company that solely produces pickle-flavored vodka, describes its namesake offering as “smooth” and perfect for Bloody Marys, pickle-tinis, or by itself on the rocks:

We have combined the amazing taste of the finest pickles and their juice with a U.S. made, ultra-premium vodka. Combining the two, we have created a delicious, flavored vodka with a hint of dill pickle; very smooth and refreshing.

Another company that sells pickle-flavored vodka, Last Mountain Distillery, prides itself in being Canada’s only pickle-infused spirits producer. It also claims that pickle vodka is “amazing in caesars,” Canada’s answer to the Bloody Mary, which is made with clamato juice.

If you’ve lived in the darkness, not realizing that you could be drinking pickle vodka, now’s your chance to make up for lost time. Check out the photos ahead of the various dill-infused options out there, then peep this list to find pickle liquor near you.

We’re Lovin’ This Classy Birthday Photo Shoot Involving McDonald’s and Wine

For her 30th birthday, Kayla Walker decided to treat herself with a glamorous photo shoot. Her classy pictures, however, weren’t complete without some McDonald’s cheeseburgers and wine. On Instagram, Kayla shared pictures of her refreshingly real shoot and said, “Because I’m classy as eff . . . and you only turn 30 once.”

Photographed by Tricia Moskal, the shoot featured bags upon bags of McDonald’s burgers and fries, an affordable bottle of Two Oceans wine, and even a makeshift burger cake! Empty french fry boxes were also neatly hung up on the wall. Digital Art Designs provided the festive birthday poster that artfully displays fast facts about Kayla, including her favorite food. In case you hadn’t already guessed, it’s McDonald’s.

Meet the Frankenstein Frapp: a Secret Halloween Drink You Can Order All Year-Round

If you’re so over the Zombie Frappuccino hype, we have an entirely different Halloween-approved Starbucks drink to remind you of: the Frankenstein Frappuccino, or Franken Frapp for short.

Though this spooky drink was first introduced during the Halloween season back in 2014, it has sadly not returned to the official Starbucks menu in the States since then. Thankfully, true Frapp-lovers of the world haven’t let the tasty beverage die just yet, as it has earned a spot on the not-so-official-but-also-kind-of-official Starbucks secret menu.

The Franken Frapp is an unmistakable bright green, just like the monster from Mary Shelley’s famous novel. But unlike the creepy creature, the Frappuccino is incredibly picture-worthy. (Sorry Frankenstein, but the whole nail-pierced head thing isn’t exactly my cup of tea.)

As this drink is technically on the secret menu, you can’t exactly ask your barista for a “grande Franken Frappuccino” and expect them to know what you mean. Instead, simply order a green tea Frappuccino blended with java chips, white mocha sauce, and peppermint syrup and topped with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle. The result is a frighteningly tasty concoction that apparently tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yum! Plus, since all of its ingredients aren’t strictly seasonal, you can totally order one anytime throughout the year when you’re feeling especially spooky.

If that crave-worthy list of ingredients doesn’t entice you to give the Franken Frapp a try next time you’re at Starbucks, the pictures ahead will certainly do the trick.