When you think of “Easter” and “snacks,” your mind probably jumps to “chocolate” straight away.
While it’s true that the grocery stores are full of chocolate bunnies and other characters at this time of year, there are all kinds of Easter snacks to enjoy, including a special variety of Welch’s fruit snacks.
With Easter shapes like bunny rabbits, baby chicks, Easter eggs and more, they’re a great way to help your family get into the the holiday spirit.
As always, Welch’s fruit snacks are made with real fruit (it’s the first ingredient), with a variety of colors and flavors in each snack-sized bag.
While the Easter gummies have the same great taste as regular Welch’s fruit snacks, the special Easter packaging and shapes are perfect for the season.
Compared to all the chocolate kids eat at Easter, these fruit snacks are a healthy – but tasty – alternative. The gummies are fat free, gluten free, and contain no preservatives.
They’re also good sources of vitamin C, A, and E, and one pouch of gummies is only 45 calories. So unlike with sugary chocolate and other Easter treats, you can indulge on Welch’s fruit snacks with no guilt.
You can pick up your own box of Welch’s Easter fruit snacks at your favorite grocery store, including Walmart, Walgreens, and Target locations.
A 24-bag box costs just $4.49, so these snacks are a delicious but affordable way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Will you try the special Easter fruit snacks?
He started a joke which started the whole world crying, but comedy writer James Felton is completely serious about his love for “milk coke.”
Answering a question from a concerned member of the public, Felton introduced the world to his bizarre beverage in a tweet.
Milk coke is a real thing. Brummies love it. We can all move on from this discussion now, I will be taking no further questions. pic.twitter.com/dQR8bg3UAO
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) March 1, 2019
“Milk coke is a real thing,” he wrote. “Brummies [people from Birmingham, England] love it. We can all move on from this discussion now, I will be taking no further questions.”
Felton even included a smiling photo of himself guzzling the tan beverage as proof that the entire idea of milk coke wasn’t some kind of cruel prank.
Soon, milk coke had become a viral topic, with netizens from around the world choosing sides.
“It’s just like an ice cream float,” some argued.
“It’s not the same at all, and how dare you,” others probably replied.
Despite the backlash, the unusual combination has made plenty of new fans thanks to its free publicity this week.
We may never settle the milk coke debate once and for all, but at least we’re having this discussion out in the open – instead of leaving impressionable teachers to be egged into drinking a milk coke by their delinquent friends.
In case you’re curious, lifelong milk coke drinkers advise that ⅔ coke and ⅓ milk is the golden ratio for this revolting recipe.
“You have to pour the milk in first otherwise it’ll curdle,” Felton told the Press Association.
“You’ve got about 10 minutes to drink it once you’ve made it, before it separates. And trust me, you do not want to drink a separated milk coke.”
The drink is apparently known by several other names around the world, including as “Brown Milk” in parts of South Africa.
But Felton also warns the public his drink is not for everyone.
“I’ve been drinking it since I was a child and had the metabolism to cope with the calories involved,” he said.
Where do you stand on milk coke? Yea, or no way?
Ever since Gerber baby food slapped a photo of an adorable tyke onto their canned goods way back in 1928, parents across the country have hoped for their child to become as famous as the baby in the iconic charcoal sketch.
That original baby, Ann Turner Cook (who is still alive at 92), was chosen simply because she lived in the same neighborhood as artist Dorothy Hope Smith.
My grandmother was the Gerber baby. It was a funny bit of trivia, never made her rich or got us free strained peas or anything. But last week she got to meet the company’s newest spokesbaby, named Lucas. Pretty pretttty cute. pic.twitter.com/u7ddWaM1Ed
— Chris Colin (@chriscolin3000) June 4, 2018
In recent years, Gerber has turned the annual hunt for their next “spokesbaby” into a social media competition.
And this year’s adorable winner stood out in a crowd of more than 544,000 to win the coveted title of “Gerber baby” 2019.
Kairi Yang, a baby girl from Hickory, North Carolina, was announced as the company’s new face on Tuesday.
“As soon as we saw her photo,” wrote Gerber’s president and CEO Bill Partyka, “we fell in love with Kairi’s expressive eyes and angelic face, looking toward the future and being excited for all that it holds.”
Being chosen for the honor earned Kairi (and her parents) a $50,000 prize. And, of course, she’ll be featured in all sorts of marketing campaigns on social media over the next year.
Kairi’s mother, Ying Vue, said she was “speechless” after getting the good news.
“Kairi’s personality is larger than life,” Vue was quoted as saying in a press release, “and she always maintains a spunky attitude.”
“We hope Kairi’s one-of-a-kind, entertaining personality and vibrant facial expressions radiate positivity around the world, just like she does in our home every single day!”
Kairi’s parents revealed more interesting facts about America’s most famous baby: she loves playing hide and seek with her dad, has a sweet tooth for Arrowroot cookies and chicken nuggets, and is named for a character from the Kingdom Hearts video games.
Kairi is also used to entertaining big audiences: she shares a home with her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She’ll have big shoes to fill, as Kairi’s predecessor was Lucas Warren, the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome since the annual contest began in 2010.
How cute is Kairi? Did you know the original Gerber baby is still alive today?
Listen up, Nutella lovers! Krispy Kreme has decided to simultaneously grant your wishes and break your heart all at once!
The announcement of the famous donut chain’s new treat has traveled quickly, as people lost their minds upon hearing that a Nutella stuffed donut was in existence. That’s right, the original glazed donut is now stuffed with the hazelnut spread, and it’s causing a lot of hysteria. It’s not like a jelly donut, though, where it’s a little bit of filling at the center. No, it’s a classic ring donut encasing a crazy amount of Nutella. Think of it as a stuffed-crust pizza, except a donut.
Now I know what you’re thinking…how do I get my hands on one of these donuts and does it come with a shot of insulin to counteract the insane amount of sugar? I’ve got the answer to both questions, and you’re not going to like either of them.
The Nutella-filled donuts are currently only available in the Dominican Republic, and they don’t come with the aforementioned insulin shot. It’s a little disappointing, but if the donut does well in the Dominican Republic, or if people complain enough, odds are it’ll be making its way to North America.
But this donut controversy (don-troversy?) got us thinking…what other flavors are we missing out on because we’re in North America?
We see their faces in our pantries and fridges every single day, but how often do you really think about the namesakes and faces behind your favorite products?
Sure, we could all sing the Oscar Mayer wiener song, we’ve eaten more Betty Crocker cakes than we’d like to admit, and yes, I honestly do prefer Aunt Jemima syrup over the fresh stuff, but if you asked me if I knew which one of those people were real and which were fake I wouldn’t be able to tell you.
The fact of the matter is that the face of the company isn’t always who created the product, and it’s interesting to see the truth behind this false image we’ve been given all these years.
While Debbie is technically a real person, she had no idea that she was was going to be the mascot of a mega corporation. The little girl is actually the granddaughter of O.D. McKee, and he was struggling to name his new snack company when he saw a photo of Debbie and decided that she would be the perfect choice.
He didn’t even inform her family that their daughter was about to have her face plastered all over every snack cake in the country. They only found out when they saw the boxes in stores.
There is a real-live Chef Boyardee, except that isn’t how you spell it. His name was Ettore Boiardi, and he was from New York. He was an amazing chef who was credited with providing a lot of food to the troops during World War II.
The spelling of his name was changed to the phonetic spelling but the picture is actually him.
Uncle Ben is a bit of a mystery. The rice was made by a chemist named Erich Huzenlaub, so who was this “Ben” character?
Well, there are a few theories out there, one being that the character of Uncle Ben was based on a maitre de in Chicago named Frank Brown, while others say that he was a drawing of a rice farmer from Houston.
The company used to have people distribute samples of their product, and while the other girls were wearing blue bonnets, Lorraine Collett Petersen wore a red bonnet. She stood out to the company and so they had her sit for a portrait.
There’s not too much debate on what should be kept in or out of your fridge. We all know meat should always be kept in the fridge to prevent spoiling, but what about some of those items in your pantry? Are all of them safe in a warmer environment?
Here’s a list of eight unlikely foods that you should always keep in your fridge:
Medication is not food, but it since you digest it and it keeps your body functioning normally, it might as well should be. Practically everyone I know stores all their medication in their medicine cabinet. The storage area in your bathroom is called that for a reason, but there’s actually certain types of medication that will last longer if it’s stored in the fridge.
For example, any type of medication containing probiotics need to be kept in the fridge to prevent heat and moisture from killing the good bacteria.
Insulin, penicillin, aspirin, and amoxicillan are other popular medications that you need to make some room for in the fridge.
If you want to enjoy the sweet taste of corn on the cob, store it in the fridge right when you get home to slow down the chemical process that works to change the flavor.
Experts recommend storing olive, sesame, and walnut oil in the fridge to extend its shelf life.
If you’re like me and buy beef jerky in bulk, keep packets of the cured meat in the fridge if they’re not going to be consumed in a couple days.
Jerky stays fresh when no oxygen gets to it, so once you open that package, make sure you put it in the fridge before it spoils.
Store your mixed nuts in a sealed bag in the fridge to prevent them from becoming stale. The healthy oils will start to taste unpleasant if they’re left out for too long.
These next ones need to go in your fridge immediately, if they’re not already there!
Wrinkles are the most frustrating part about getting older. Your body might change as you get older, but at least you can hide that. Your face is always in the open and you wrinkles show exactly how old you are.
I began to get wrinkles at a young age making me always looking older than I am. I can’t imagine how young I would look without wrinkles on my face. Trust me, I have tried every cream in the book. Surprisingly, foods provide the best fix. Here are seven foods to make your skin look young again.
Usually sugar is bad for you skin, but the natural sugar in honey can actually help it because even though it’s sugar, it doesn’t cause inflammation in your body and skin the way regular sugar does. Honey is anti-viral, and it’s an antioxidant, which both of which are great for the skin. The best part is that you can choose to ingest it, or use it as a face mask.
Eating berries can create cell regeneration for new skin. They also contain flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins, probiotics, and tons of antioxidants. All of which are great for your skin.
3. Leafy greens.
Any leafy green vegetable helps keep your skin healthy and hydrated. These greens are like a super vitamin full of antioxidants. You can even drink your greens in a smoothie as an easy way to help absorb the nutrients quicker. Any leafy greens contain the antioxidants but broccoli, kale, and spinach might give you the best results.
Tomatoes contain a ton of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps build collagen which makes your skin firmer. They also have lycopene, which protects your skin from UV damage and improves your vascular system. Tomatoes work so well that you will notice glowing skin after just six weeks of regularly eating them.
This next one not only gets you better skin, it can also slow down development of some cancers.
Growing up, I always begged my parents to buy me breakfast cereal…but the good kind. My five-year-old self determined the “goodness” of cereal based off two things.
- Is the box colorful?
- Does it mimic the taste of candy?
That’s it. That’s all I cared about. Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, and any other cereal that was 98% sugar was all I wanted in the mornings. My parents, of course, never obliged which is probably for the best. When we did get cereal, it was the “healthier” stuff like Shreddies, Corn Pops or Chex. Boring, yes. But at least I got to have cereal which is all I wanted.
Another staple we got in our household was Corn Flakes. It was pretty boring, honestly, but that was actually why they were invented. When Dr. Kellogg invented them, he was looking for a way to suppress the desire to masturbate (yes, really) and felt like certain foods encouraged such activities.
“He thought that meat and certain flavorful or seasoned foods increased sexual desire, and that plainer food, especially cereals and nuts, could curb it,” reported Mental Floss.
Obviously they turned into a household staple, but more because of their relatively nutritious benefits compared to other cereals. But some people started to worry about the consumption of cereals like Corn Flakes after it was found that they actually respond to magnets, aka they’re magnetic.
Seems like something you’d want to avoid eating, right? Think again.
Ever heard of the saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, that can actually be right. No, if you like a good burger that does not make you a cow. Your favorite food can actually say something about your personality. Is your favorite food right about you?
1. Hot dogs
Your ideal Saturday afternoon is probably catching the game or having a barbecue with your closest friends. You’re easy to get along with and probably have a lot of friends. You’re the type of person that has no enemies and knows how to have a good time.
You don’t like to recognize veganism as a real thing. To you, people that don’t eat meat are absolutely crazy. You consider yourself a carnivore, and live for the weekends so you can have bacon for breakfast.
You don’t cheap out on the thin stuff either, you splurge for the thick bacon. You’re probably hilarious and very easy to get along with. You’re also probably a great cook, even though you may not always love cooking.
You love to have a good time and hanging out with your friends is your favorite way to spend any free time you have. Fridays are your favorite day of the week. Not only does loving pizza say something about your personality, the toppings you choose also say something.
If you like plain cheese, you like to play it safe in life but when it comes down to it, you know what’s important. If you like anchovies you’re a hard worker, and don’t settle for not striving to be your best. If you like pepperoni, you’re the ultimate team player who gets along with everyone.
4. Burger and Fries
You live the all American dream. You probably have an American flag outside of your house. You’re a really reliable person and everyone goes to you first when they need help. You’re known to be tough on the outside with a soft heart willing to help anyone.
You are a pretty simple person, which is a good thing. People know what to expect from you and that’s what they love about you. You hate surprises and love tradition.
You are a home body, which works out great for you because everyone loves to be at your house. You’re the ultimate host, and are looked at as everyone’s second mom. Your number one value is family, and you would do anything for them.
You don’t like to stray from tradition and probably will teach every tradition or lesson your mom taught you, to your own kids. You are fantastic cook and you definitely know it, you host all the holiday dinners, as well as Sunday night dinners.
Not to sound stereotypical, but your body is your temple. You enjoy salad so much because it makes you feel good. You strive to better yourself in every aspect of your life and are sometimes too hard on yourself.
Good isn’t enough for you, you have to be the best. You are extremely independent and don’t need anyone’s approval except for your own. You are confident and aren’t afraid of new and scary challenges.
This next one is my absolute favorite!
Instant Pots are the coolest new kitchen appliance ruling the Internet. They’re like a slow cooker, pressure cooker, and mini-oven all in one! These things are hard to find in stores, as people are buying them whenever they come in stock. Even finding one online is a bit of a hassle.
They’re preferable to slow cookers because they take a fraction of the time to produce the same results. They’re also preferable because they probably won’t burn your house down like in This Is Us (okay we can’t actually confirm that, but I guarantee that Jack Pearson would still be alive if they hadn’t accepted that ratty hand-me-down appliance).
The Instant Pot can be used for a myriad of recipes! Some of the ones we’ve made are:
But one Instant Pot owner, David Murphy, noticed there was a niche left untapped when it came to the appliance, and he decided to test it out.
When you think about the dirtiest place in your house, you probably think about the toilet, right? Surprisingly, there are way more germ-infested places throughout your household than your toilet. This especially true if you’re a dog owner.
If you feed your dog dry food, you probably don’t think to wash his bowl too often, I know I don’t.
Pet food bowls are actually one of the most germ infested places throughout your entire house. This is because dry foods actually do leave residue, and are the perfect home for mold and yeast. These can both result in bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella living in the food bowls.
It is incredibly sad thinking that our pups are licking these mold-infested bowls covered with all this bacteria. It’s not just our dogs that are affected. These germs can cause illnesses in both animals and humans from just being exposed to the bacteria.
This information was found when a study was done by NSF International. They examined 30 everyday items from 22 different households, and pet food dishes ranked 4th in the final list of germ hot spots. The top three were kitchen sponge/dish rag, kitchen sink, and toothbrush holder.
Peeps are a classic Easter treat, and while I don’t personally see the appeal of a marshmallow covered in sugar, apparently people actually enjoy eating them. I’d take a bag of Mini Eggs over Peeps any day, but I digress.
Usually, Peeps come in three flavors: pink, yellow, and blue. YES I am attributing color to flavor, because that’s the only defining factor between the treats. Last year at Easter, they tried to revamp their popular snack by teaming up with Oreos to make a Peeps flavored cookie.
The new flavor of cookie hit in March 2017, just in time for the Easter season. Because nothing says Easter like an artificially flavored cookie that uses artificial flavor to replicate an artificial flavor. They looked like a child’s bubble-gum flavored glitter toothpaste between two cookies, but people still ate them.
The cookies reportedly turned one customer’s poop bright pink, while others had pink spit.
“My roommate ate a whole pack of Oreo Peeps and left a pink stain in the toilet,” claims one Twitter user.
“My spit looks like Pepto-Bismol,” said another, hours after eating the cookies.
“This is the type of food dye where an hour later, when I went to brush my teeth, IT TURNED MY TOOTHBRUSH PINK,” said an online food reviewer.
So let’s hope that they’ve learned their lesson when rolling out these eight new flavors.
When it comes to what constitutes as a healthy diet, there are a number of conflicting point of views shared by food and health experts.
There are certain foods products, like sugar, that we can all agree are bad for our health, but the verdict is still out for lot of other foods we consume frequently, like chocolate, alcohol and red meat.
The thing is anything can be “bad” for you if you eat too much of it, so the key is moderation. So if you were thinking of cutting out some of your favorite foods from your diet, check out this list first before you make up your mind:
Before you get a little too excited and go on a chocolate binge, let me clarify that not all chocolate is considered good for your health. However, dark cocoa has some wonderful benefits, including improving your overall heart health and providing your body with antioxidants. If you really aren’t a fan of dark chocolate, opt for milk chocolate that contains low sugar and at least 50% cocoa.
There’s a misconception that cheese is bad for you because it has a high saturated fat content, however, according to registered dietitian Abby Langer, this is simply not true. She explained that the saturated fats in dairy isn’t nearly as harmful as the ones found in beef.
“Really, the only problem with cheese is that most people can’t control themselves when they eat it,” Langer said. Adding that cheese is a good source of calcium and dairy overall has anti-inflammatory properties.
As with everything else in life, if you don’t over consume, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of whiskey. The liquor contains high levels of “ellagic acid, an antioxidant that helps destroy cells that can cause illnesses such as cancer and heart disease,” according to Daily Mail.
A study carried out by Harvard’s School of Public Health also found that drinking alcohol, like whiskey, in moderate amounts can help raise the good cholesterol levels in your body. This will protect you from developing heart disease.
McDonald’s has been making a push to provide a healthier menu for their customers for some time now. With the addition of salads, wraps, and more chicken options, the iconic chain restaurant is slowly but surely making their food choices a little more calorie-friendly.
The Golden Arches are also planning on encouraging kids to read, after facing backlash for promoting their Happy Meals with toys…because apparently that was an issue. The company is planning on offering books as replacements for kids who would rather that than a toy. Coupled with healthier choices, it seems like McDonald’s is trying to become a more family-oriented restaurant.
However, as many will point out, if you’re going to McDonald’s then you’re probably not worried about the calories you’re consuming. Growing up, going to McDonald’s was an absolute treat. My parents made it clear that fast food was not our best option for nutritious food, but that meant that when we did go to McDonald’s, it was even more special.
My favorite treat was the cheeseburger Happy Meal. I felt so grown up, don’t ask me why, to be eating a cheeseburger. I mean COME ON! That’s definitely adult food right there.
But unfortunately for my inner child, McDonald’s is making some changes to their Happy Meal menu, and it’s seeing two fan-favorite items taken completely off the menu. But don’t worry, there’s a way around it.
Valentine’s Day can be expensive for a holiday that isn’t even a real holiday. From the flowers, the gift and the dinner, it gets crazy. There are now fast food chains that want to make it easier for you by giving you free food on and around Valentine’s Day.
This is also perfect for you single folk that couldn’t care less about this day.
They want to give you a free Lobster & Seafood sub throughout the month of February, starting Valentine’s Day. All new or current members of Quiznos’ Toasty Points loyalty app program will receive one free, eight-inch Lobster & Seafood Scampi Bake or Lobster & Seafood Classic sub with any purchase.
Chuck E. Cheese
If you go here on February 14 you will get one free brownie square (per guest) from 6 to 8 p.m. Some may say that Chuck E. Cheese is not where they want to spend Valentine’s Day, but those people are crazy because I would do anything for a free brownie.
This is one for the single people! Shred, burn, or bury a picture of your ex and receive a coupon for buy one get one free wings to use on Valentine’s Day. This is for all you bitter people out there, or even you non-bitter people that are okay with lying for some free wings!
This next one made me change my plans for Valentine’s Day evening..
We’ve all had instances where we eat a pound of spicy wings and regret it 30 minutes later when were dealing with heartburn. For some people this happens everyday, and they get such bad acid reflux that they can’t sleep at night. No one should have to suffer through this uncomfortable symptom.
Most people opt to take medication as soon as they feel it, which isn’t a bad thing. Medication can definitely make a difference, especially if you get heartburn regularly, but medication tends to be less effective the more you use it. Luckily, there are a number of foods that can soothe your heartburn, that you probably already have in your house.
Bananas have a pH of 5.6 so they’re usually great for people with heartburn. Eating foods with a high pH balances out acid reflux because acid has a pH of 0, so when you have acid reflux the best thing is to raise the pH to get rid of it.
2. Ginger Tea
Ginger is known to be a great remedy for any digestive problems. It’s an effective anti-inflammatory and it’s one of the best foods for acid reflux. You can buy ginger tea or make it by peeling or grating an inch or so of ginger root and steep in boiling water.
Oatmeal is great for heartburn because it will coat and buffer your stomach lining. It’s also a very healthy breakfast because it’s filled with fiber. Just avoid using heavy creams because anything with a high fat content can prompt heartburn.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has a number of healing benefits and relieving heartburn is one of them. It is available as a living plant, but the leaves or liquid form are sometimes sold separately in grocery and health-food stores. Aloe vera can be used in recipes as a thickener.