KFC, Dunkin’, and Starbucks: This Week in Food News

KFC Debuts Donut Sandwich

This week, KFC’s new fried chicken and donuts launched in participating stores nationwide. The chicken and donuts come in a basket or as a sandwich if you prefer to eat on the go. From what I have heard, this is much different than KFC’s attempt at chicken and waffles. The warm, glazed donut accents the crispy chicken tenders. KFC reports that the chicken and donut combo is available for a limited time, so get yours before it’s too late!

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Matcha Lattes Now Available at Dunkin’

I will preface this by saying I’m not the biggest fan of matcha drinks. Something about the earthiness of the green tea just does not do it for me. However, matcha has become increasingly more popular at places like Starbucks and now Dunkin’ is trying to steal a portion of those profits. The new Matcha Latte at Dunkin’ is available hot, iced, or frozen. Try one today at a Dunkin’ near you.

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Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew in Cans

Bad news for my caffeine addiction; Starbucks launched their new Nitro Cold Brew coffee drinks. As @candyhunting reported, these coffee drinks come in three varieties: Vanilla Sweet Cream, Black, and Dark Caramel. If these drinks are anything like the Nitro Cold Brew at Starbucks, I am worried. Nitro makes me so jittery that I can only drink small amounts, but I’m more than willing to give these a try.

#3 – Reliving Our Worst Makeup Memories

Alex and Stef sit down to talk about all things beauty in this week’s episode. Everything from makeup routines, best and worst products, and they even spill a little tea about the YouTube beauty community. Keep an eye out each Monday for a brand new episode! 

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Supreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hidden Valley: This Week in Food News

Supreme Teams Up with Oreo

In the latest of brand partnerships, Supreme teamed up with Oreo to bring consumers a Supreme Oreo cookie. The Oreo cookie will now take on a red hue synonymous with the luxury brand. One pack of three Supreme Oreos will retail for a whopping $8 as reported by multiple sources. I’m not on the Supreme hype train so you can definitely count me out on this one. Excuse me while I go buy a full size pack of Oreos for $3.

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Dunkin’ Donuts in Chocolate Form

Dunkin’ Donuts plans to expand further into the candy arena with their new coffee bars. At 210 calories a pop, these creamy coffee treats combine chocolate and caffeine. It appears the coffee bars will be available in four flavors: Original, Hazelnut, French Vanilla, and Caramel. I am curious to try a candy bar that, “Looks like chocolate [and] Tastes like coffee.” For the amount of calories per bar, I may just opt for a regular latte instead.

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Bring on the Hidden Valley Ranch Secret Sauce

Hidden Valley Ranch is bringing out the big guns with the new secret sauce. There are three varieties including original, smokehouse, and spicy. I wonder if this will be like any other secret sauce which usually tastes like thousand island dressing. Nevertheless, I am here for it. These sauces will hit Walmart stores beginning April 2020.

#2 – Impossible Vs. Real Meat: Which is Better?

Alex and Stef explore the world of Impossible meat. Listen along as they explain the background behind this plant-based “meat”, compare the Impossible and regular Whopper, and compete in a What’s In My Mouth? challenge.

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REVIEW: Coffeemate Cinnamon Toast Crunch Creamer

If you haven’t already heard, Coffeemate recently introduced two new coffee creamers: Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Funfetti. When this news hit in December I could not wait to try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The sweet, cinnamon flavored cereal milk is always a delight after eating a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and now that is available in the form of coffee creamer.

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Coffeemate announced in December that the creamer would start appearing in store starting January 2020. With that knowledge I started my search for this gem. Every time I visited a grocery store, I searched high and low for the creamer without any luck. I finally found the Funfetti creamer at Walmart but I did not want to settle. After reaching out to Coffeemate on Instagram, they instructed me to look at my local Target or Kroger. So, I directed my search efforts to Target.

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Alas, I found it! On a routine Target run, I finally came across the Coffeemate Cinnamon Toast Creamer. Once at home, I popped open the seal on this bad boy and took in the sweet smell of cinnamon and cream. The creamer passed the smell test for sure. To my surprise, cinnamon did not overpower the creamer and there was a nice balance with the sweet cream.

Okay it smells good, so what? All we care about is the taste. I brewed a capsule of vanilla-flavored coffee in my Nespresso and added a healthy portion of the creamer. On a scale of black coffee to complete milk, I enjoy a balanced coffee to cream ratio. I took a sip and embarked on a flashback to my childhood when I would drink the leftover cinnamon sugar milk from my cereal bowl.

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The Coffeemate Cinnamon Toast Crunch creamer hits the nail on its head. I love that the cinnamon flavor does not overpower the entire coffee. You truly do experience more of a sweet, cinnamon milk experience. If you’ve ever tried horchata, that what I can closely compare this coffee creamer to. Nevertheless, if you want to Cinnamon Toast Crunch experience you should definitely give this creamer a try.

#1 – Spilling the Tea on Starbucks w/ a Former Barista

Alex sits down with co-host and former Starbucks barista Stef to discuss the honest truth behind Starbucks products. Follow along as they rate the best and worst drinks, explore life as a barista, and smash or pass on popular secret menu items.

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Dunkaroos, McDonald’s, Wendy’s: This Week in Food News

Dunkaroos Are Making a Comeback

It’s official; Dunkaroos are coming back. General Mills discontinued this cookie/frosting duo in the US back in 2012. Now, all Nineties kids can rejoice because this nostalgic snack will return this summer. Dunkaroos originally came in three varieties: Graham cookies with chocolate or peanut butter creme or chocolate chip graham cookies. The newest flavor consists of vanilla cookies, vanilla frosting, and sprinkles.

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Return of the Shamrock Shake

The wait is almost over. On February 19, the Shamrock Shake will return to McDonald’s locations nationwide. In addition to the return of this fan favorite, McDonald’s also announced that it will release the brand new OREO Shamrock McFlurry. This new menu item features mint soft serve ice cream mixed with crushed Oreos.

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Wendy’s Breakfast is Coming for McDonald’s

Wendy’s is coming full force with a new line of breakfast menu items including the Breakfast Baconator, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, and the Frosty-ccino. These new breakfast option will be available starting March 2. I am most intrigued by the Frosty-ccino which consists of cold brew coffee with cream from a melted vanilla or chocolate Frosty. Which new menu item do you want most?

5 Heart-Shaped Foods to Give Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to find the perfect gift for that special someone. If food is the way to their heart, check out these five heart-shaped foods to give your valentine:

Papa John’s Pizza

According to Delish, Papa John’s will be selling heart-shaped pizza for a limited time. From February 10 to February 16 you can order a one topping, heart-shaped pizza for any loved one. Use code VALENTINE and score this pizza for only $11.

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Costco Heart-Shaped Ravioli

If you want to make a romantic meal for your valentine, Costco has got you covered. Every year around Valentine’s Day Costco sells these cute, heart-shaped ravioli perfect for a cozy date night at home. As the package states these ravioli feature a blend of ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and asiago cheeses. Pair the ravioli and a good bottle of wine for a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.

Einstein’s Heart-Shaped Bagels

Einstein’s is spreading the love with heart-shaped bagels for Valentine’s Day. From February 10 through February 14 you can pick up a baker’s dozen of heart bagels in three flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon Raisin, and Plain. These fresh-baked bagels paired with Einstein’s famous shmear will make the perfect breakfast to share with that special someone.

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See’s Candies Peanut Butter Hearts

It wouldn’t be a proper Valentine’s Day without chocolate; that’s where See’s Candies comes in. I personally love the Butter Chews and Scotchmallows, but those don’t come in heart form. This Valentine’s season, See’s introduced the new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts. For a limited time you can pick up these heart-shaped chocolates and plenty of other sweet treats at See’s.

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Krispy Kreme Conversation Heart Doughnuts

If all else fails, you can always count on Krispy Kreme for a festive dozen of doughnuts. Now until February 14, pick up a dozen of these Conversation Heart Doughnuts to show your love. With up to 24 different phrases, this delicious play on conversation heart candies will make a great gift for your foodie.

My Honest Review of the Nespresso Vertuo Line

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a total coffee junkie. Since the age of three I used to steal sips from my grandma’s cup of coffee. After years and years of owning a Keurig I was left wanting more out of single use coffee machine. In fact, I ditched my Keurig and found myself visiting Starbucks at least three times a week. That’s enough to break anyone’s bank.

I’m not trying to drag Keurig, I actually have used multiple machines over the last 5 years. One of the things I love about Keurig is the wide variety of coffee pods available. Think about it; half the coffee section at the grocery store is packed full of k-cups. There are also varieties of tea, hot chocolate, and cider.

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Despite the wide assortment of k-cups, Keurig also has its pitfalls. For example, I found that my cup of coffee would often taste like the one brewed before it. This meant my hot chocolate or tea have a hint of coffee, so I had to switch to an electric kettle for these drinks. Plus, if you have ever owned a Keurig you also know that the process of descaling the machine can be quite annoying.

This is all to say that I needed a new coffee experience. After hearing raving reviews from friends and family, I finally committed to buying a Nespresso machine. Aside from the commercials with George Clooney, I knew very little about Nespresso; however, the more research I conducted the more I began to notice that Nespresso sets itself apart from Keurig in a variety of ways. Out of the two different types of Nespresso machines, I chose the Nespresso Vertuo.

Nespresso Vertuo Machine and Aeroccino
Nespresso Vertuo Machine and Aeroccino
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What is the Nespresso Vertuo System?

Nespresso offers two different types of machines: Original and Vertuo. The Original machine focuses purely on espresso while the Vertuoline offers a wider range of coffee styles and sizes. The Vertuo machine uses centrifusion technology; a combination of centrifugal action and water infusion to extract a smooth, creamy cup of coffee. On the bottom of the Vertuo capsules, you will find a unique barcode that adjusts the brewing parameters accordingly.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Capsules
Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Capsules
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Is the Nespresso Worth the Hype?

100% YES. I can proudly say I have been converted. If you are a true coffee connoisseur, then you will love this machine. As the name suggests Nespresso focuses on creating a premium cup of espresso. The centrifusion brewing results in a creamy, indulgent cup of coffee or espresso depending on which capsule you use. My Nespresso machine also came with the Aeroccino milk frother to create hot or cold foam for all kinds of drinks.

Using the right pods and coffee syrup, you can create a delicious latte in a matter of minutes with the Nespresso Vertuo machine. I personally enjoy the Bianco Leggero Nespresso capsules which are crafted for milk. My morning coffee routine consists of adding French Vanilla Torani syrup to my cup, brewing the Nespresso capsule over top, adding hot milk from the Aeroccino frother, and giving my latte a good stir.

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Since buying a Nespresso, my Starbucks consumption has decreased significantly. I am now confident in my ability to craft a delicious latte from the comfort of my own home at a fraction of the cost. It’s important to note that you will only find the Nespresso capsules in Nespresso stores or online, but the process is very simple. I enjoy the online experience because I can pick and choose which capsules I love most and Nespresso gives free samples with every order.

Overall, the Nespresso Vertuo machine has changed my morning routine for the better. My morning latte costs about $1.20 per day rather than $4.50 and I don’t have to make any extra stops in my commute. I used to visit Starbucks Reserve just to get an Affogato (basically espresso poured over ice cream) but I can make that and more using the Nespresso Vertuo. Let me know your thoughts on Nespresso in the comments below!