Cheetos Jumps Into the Mac and Cheese Game

Cheetos Mac and Cheese
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Mac and cheese rules and almost every evolution of it is a revelation. Anyone with a special mac n’ cheese recipe is someone that understands food and joy. And now there’s a new player in the mac and cheese game, one full of potential and one that knows the cheese-flavored game. Cheetos mac and cheese is now in stores.

The snack maker makes the logical jump into the mac and cheese game with three flavors, Bold and Cheesy, Flamin’ Hot and Cheesy Jalapeno. Swap out your cheese-dusted fingertips for a spoon and enjoy your Cheetos is a brand new way.

For now, the boxes and individual cups are on sale only at Walmart but will be hitting other retailers in 2021. To differentiate from other mac and cheeses, Cheetos is using corkscrew noodles to evoke Chester the Cheetah’s tail.

In a statement, the company said Cheetos lovers are some of the most passionate snackers in the game and are only matched by fans of mac and cheese. The brand is also bringing something to the table that mac and cheese lovers have improvised on their own for years informally.

“We’ve seen incredible culinary creativity from our Cheetos fans through the years, taking our product and using as an actual ingredient in recipes — whether at restaurants, or now more than ever, at home,” a spokesperson said. “Cheetos Mac ‘n Cheese borrows that culinary inspiration to provide a mischievous mashup of an ordinary fan favorite. We’re putting our orange-dusted fingerprints on an at-home staple at a time when home mealtime occasions are on the rise.”

You can spice up your dinners with the new Cheetos mac and cheese now. Or, if you’re into living dangerously, you can combine the best of both worlds, and add crushed up Cheetos to the Cheetos mac and cheese for the boldest, cheesiest dinner imaginable.

You’ll Relish This Limited Edition Mustard Beer Collaboration

Mustard Beer

Beer culture has exploded over the past decade, with countless breweries springing up, and all sorts of different varieties of beers becoming available. I had a friend who made a Habanero beer – but he took the heat out of the pepper so it just kept the flavor. It was… not my favorite, but I was impressed at his ability to turn anything into beer, even if that anything wasn’t always my favorite thing.

The people at French’s Mustard would have been impressed too, judging by the fact that they recently did something similar.

On August 1, aka National Mustard Day, the people at French’s released a beer they’d made in collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewing. And yes, it’s a mustard beer, flavored with everyone’s favorite condiment (for real, I even put mustard on my BLTs don’t @ me).

The Oskar Blues website describes the beer as “a semi-tart tropical wheat beer infused with citrus fruits to compliment French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. The flavor includes hints of key lime, lemon, tangerine and passionfruit to create a tart, refreshing match for the spice and zip of the mustard.”

Per the press release, Oskar Blues head brewer Juice Drapeau recommends pairing the ale with a “loaded hot dog on the hottest day of the year.” Perhaps while watching a baseball game from the comfort of your living room – while the games last! Of course, if you’d rather eat your mustard, French’s is also offering some recipes in which your limited edition beers can be employed, like Mustard Beer Basted Sausages with Onions.

If you’re brave enough to give it a shot, this limited edition beer is available in cans via CraftShack, or in person at select Oskar Blues Brewery taprooms in Colorado (Boulder and Longmont) and North Carolina (Brevard) while supplies last.

Dunkin’ and Post Join Forces to Create Coffee-Flavored Caffeinated Cereal

Dunkin' Cereals
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In an ideal world, I’d start every day with a bowl of 90s inspired cereal and 25 cups of coffee. But seriously, who has time for that? Pouring three separate things into two separate containers is way too much work when you’re rushing around and trying to start your day. We’ve all tried pouring the cereal directly into the coffee, but it just doesn’t hit the spot like a refreshing bowl of cold milk. Dumping cereal into the filter for some cereal-infused coffee leaves us longing for something crunchy. There has to be a better way!

The people at Dunkin’ and Post apparently heard our desperate pleas, because they’ve joined forces to give us exactly what we’ve been missing. That’s right – coffee-flavored cereal. These game-changing cereals will be coming to cereal aisles everywhere in the very near future, and each serving contains a tenth of the caffeine of one cup of coffee. We don’t need a calculator for that math, we know we’ll need a solid ten bowls each morning to get that pep in our step.

And finally, some common ground for mocha and caramel people – this Dunkin’ cereal features two flavors, caramel macchiato and mocha latte. The cereals both have a chocolate base, but the mocha latte flavor features latte-swirled marshmallows while the macchiato version’s marshmallows contain a light caramel swirl.

Post brand manager Josh Jans said in a press release, “Coffee and cereal are the ultimate breakfast go-tos, ranking as the top two most consumed items to help people start their day. Dunkin’ coffee is a daily ritual for Americans, and we’re excited to be partnering with them to indulge their fans’ coffee cravings. Getting the flavor right on our new cereals was a top priority, and we think we’ve nailed the rich, smooth and creamy taste.”

I, for one, can’t wait to streamline my breakfast process. Here’s hoping a Monster Energy-Infused bagel is up next!

Stadium Food Delivered, Masked Arguments and More Baseball 2020 Oddities

Baseball in 2020
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Major League Baseball has been able to start their truncated season, but fans may be feeling left out by not getting to sit in the stands to watch their favorite team. It’s one thing to be watching at home and another to be scarfing down a Dodger dog and eating nachos out of a souvenir helmet. Fortunately for some teams, they can still get the “ballpark experience” at home, as stadium food is available for order and delivery.

Home Plates is selling Dodgers fan a variety of ballpark options and delivering to LA fans. Among the food available: the infamous Dodger dog, garlic fries, and some items specially created for the fans at home, including Dodger Blue Gelato. Home Plates is a collaboration between the L.A. Dodgers and Postmates and sounds pretty awesome.

“Los Angeles sports fans will now have year-round access to their favorite stadium flavors, whether it’s for a gourmet gameday, celebration or just to satisfy an everyday craving,” said a Dodgers spokesman.

Stadium food delivered to your house is just one of the oddities for 2020. I mean, just for starters, the first pitch of the season was thrown by America’s most famous infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. And it was terrible! Celebrating terrible ceremonial pitches is one thing that can bring all fans together.

As soon as the pitch happened, everyone made the same dad joke (he’s a virologist, he doesn’t want anyone to catch anything) and about social distancing the ball from the catcher. Good times.

Oh, an infectious disease expert throwing out the ceremonial first pitch not weird enough for you? Well, Topps also made a Dr. Fauci baseball card, which quickly became the fastest-selling card in baseball card history. Even Dr. Fauci said baseball’s greatest players would be looking down in confusion at that news.

In other “only in 2020” baseball moments, we may not have the spitting and high-fives players are used to, but we still have classic umpire-manager arguments and ejections. Only now, they both have to calmly put on masks before going after each other.

Of course, we’re still getting plenty of great baseball action for the first time in nearly a year. And some of the highlights and spats help fans forget about everything awful for a minute. It’s even cathartic to relive old feuds, such as Joe Kelly throwing at an Astro and taunting another after a strikeout, as payback for the Astros cheating scandal that was the talk of the offseason. It even prompted our first bench-clearing of the bizarre 2020 season.

He was given a big suspension (relatively) for his actions, as somehow he got punished worse than the entire team that cheated their way to a World Series. Other MLB pitchers agreed.

And at least his taunting gave us our first meme-able moment of the MLB season.

Burger King Is Waging a War on Cow Farts

Burger King Cow Farts
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Burger King announced a new initiative to combat cow farts. The King is the hero we need, not the hero we deserve. The fast-food chain has developed a new sustainability plan to introduce a low-carb diet for their cows (the future Whoppers) that will reduce emissions by 33 percent per day.

Basically, it boils down to adding 100 grams of lemongrass to the cows’ daily diet to help with digestion and cut down on the methane emissions from their farts and burps. It all adds up to helping the environment, as fewer farts equal a healthier planet.

Scientifically, this does make sense. Especially if others in the meat industry would follow suit. Still, even with all the weirdness 2020 has thrown at us, you’re still never quite ready to scroll through your feed and see a child singing a ballad about cow farts and Burger King.

The fight against global warming is a noble initiative for rally people around, and Burger King made their cow diet open-source so others could follow suit. I mean, they put a lot of research into it, involving experts and the whole deal, so it’s not just a publicity stunt. They even put together a more serious video to explain what’s going on, if you aren’t swayed by songs from rising country music stars.

Factory farming is a contributor to global warming so this plan would make things better for everyone. A spokesman said it could make a real change if everyone cooperated.

“If the whole industry, from farmers, meat suppliers, and other brands join us, we can increase scale and collectively help reduce methane emissions that affect climate change,” said the CMO for Restaurant Brands International.

The burger chain will start selling Whoppers made from the lemongrass-fed cows in five cities next week.

Pizza Hut Brings Back ‘BOOK-IT!’ and Now Parents Call the Shots

Pizza Hut / BOOK-IT!
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There was a time, say the mid-1990s, when childhood literacy was being fueled mainly by personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. The Book It! program was the gold at the end of the tunnel for many a 2nd-grade reader. Finishing a book was met with the delicious reward of your own pizza, which is the height of luxury to a child.

And now, you can bring the Book It! program back into your life. Sadly, not as an adult, although it would be pretty badass if you could still get some za for reading a Goosebumps book. But, the program is back for kids and is taking a new shape this summer; a digital version where parents keep track of their kids’ progress.

Camp Book It! allows parents to enroll kids in grades K-6 in the summer reading program and set the goals. Unlike the glory days, these pizzas aren’t tied to finishing a book, they are tied to hitting a certain reading goal for the month (usually minutes per week), with the pizza reward coming at the end of the month.

But, in a move that rules, you can now redeem the codes digitally as well, so you don’t even have to risk catching COVID just to cash in that sweet voucher. Kids can ring up one pizza per month, so summer reading has never been more important. Parents get pizza for their kids all the time, it’s about time kids use whatever means available (in this case, through life-enriching reading) to return the favor.

I don’t think it’s asking too much for your pre-teen to kick up a personal pan pizza to you as thanks for the endless support and love you shower them with daily.

More details here.

Drink the Rainbow, Skittles and Trix Beer Is Here

Twix and Skittles Beer
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Beer: It’s what’s for breakfast. We’ve already showcased Lucky Charms beer and one with Fruity Pebbles in it. Well, the hits keep on coming. Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer asks Apu for some Skittlebrau, a fake beer he imagined with candy floating in it?

Well, Homer’s dream has finally been actualized some twenty-odd years later. This month, the Pontoon Brewery in Sandy Springs, Georgia is bringing back its sweetest concoction: Rainbow Smiggles, a Berliner Weisse made with both Trix and Skittles, as well as strawberries, pineapple, vanilla. Also lactose, the sugar found in milk, to really nail down the illusion you’re getting loaded on cereal.

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Pontoon Brewery has teamed up with The Sprayberry Bottle Shop to bring us this German sour which, once in the mixer, is infused with 500 pounds of Skittles and more than 100 boxes of Trix cereal.

We’ve seen more than our fair share of novelty beer labels in the last year. DuClaw Brewing Company released one based on the dad bod. More recently, Sheetz, a popular Pennsylvanian restaurant/convenience store, knocked it out of the park with their craft brew made from hot dogs. But, we gotta say, these Rainbow Smiggles are truly something to behold.

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Head brewer Chris Baratz told Thrillist that Pontoon Brewing is committed to bringing craft beer enthusiasts exciting new flavors month after month. “We like to push the limits and go to extremes to keep the brewers and customers excited about each new sour.”

The last round sold out within 45 minutes at a small, in-brewery launch, so they made way more Rainbow Smiggles this summer. It is now available for pre-order right here on CraftCellr! Drink responsibly, silly rabbit.

Chuck E. Cheese Out of Tokens, Files for Bankruptcy

Chuck E Cheese's Dark Origin Story
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It may be time to cash out those tickets and use those tokens, because the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another great chain, with Chuck E. Cheese filing for bankruptcy earlier this week. Chuck E. Cheese now has a dark finale to add to its dark origin story

The pizza chain, notorious for its namesake personality Charles Entertainment Cheese and his bandmates, was a staple for children’s birthday parties (more so in the 1990s and early 2000s, as business declined steadily in recent years).

Still, the chain cited the added pressures of the pandemic for the Chapter 11 filing, even while trying to sell pizza under a different name.

Most adults probably have childhood memories of pizza and videogames at a Chuck E. Cheese. Still, it didn’t take long for many of those adults to start dunking on the pizza chain for their rat spokesman and their “child casino.”

The chain is permanently closing about 50 locations so far, with another 300 (of their 600 total) still temporarily closed due to the pandemic. So, if you’re looking for a fun ball-pit/arcade afternoon, you’ll likely have to look elsewhere.

As to the future of the mechanical rat and friends? A spokesman said they hope to return to business eventually.

“The pandemic has been the most challenging event in our company’s history,” he said. “We hope to get back to the business of delivering memories, entertainment and pizza for another 40 years and beyond.”

Let’s Start Celebrating Father’s Day Twice a Year, do it German-Style in May

Fathers Day Germany
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How’s your Father’s Day been?

Turns out I shouldn’t have been subtly laying clues for my wife to get me some good bourbon or some good beer, and instead I should have moved to Germany where fathers have somehow hacked the system and found the world’s most amazing way to celebrate Father’s Day.

Germans sometimes get a bad rap for being humorless and severe, but there’s no denying they know how to drink. It’s no mistake that they started Oktoberfest, which I used to think was the world’s greatest celebration. And then I learned about the German Father’s Day.

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I won’t lie, they almost lost me with “going on hikes” but they quickly won me back with “wagons of food and booze.” It’s like a state-sanctioned tailgate that takes place, I dunno, in the woods? With a bunch of your friends? And no kids in sight?

Even better is the fact that it’s held on a Thursday. Obviously, after a day of booze-fueled hiking, none of these dads go to work on Friday, thereby extending Father’s Day into a 4-day weekend. This allows dads to recover from their day of debauchery and meat sweats while also giving them a few extra days with which they are free to celebrate themselves with their families, without whom none of us would be dads.

Finally, take a look at the wagon in that image. The “Papa Mobile” is fashionably decorated, there is a grill on it, and there are several glasses and even what looks like a keg of some kind.

I am not German, but I’ve never wanted to be one so badly. Forget making the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday, let’s adopt the German Father’s Day! We could technically celebrate both. Mach Schnell!

Dunkaroos Are Coming to the Cereal Aisle

Dunkaroos Cereal
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1990s kids rejoiced when Dunkaroos began to make their comeback. The beloved dessert cookie with dunkable icing was brought back to shelves thanks to a massive campaign spearheaded by several celebrities. And General Mills picked up on the fervor and is looking to capitalize on it even more with their new iteration: Dunkaroos cereal.

Hell. Yeah.

It was the snack-tracking Instagram accounts CerealLife and SnackGator that first teased the look of the Dunkaroos cereal. There’s still no confirmation from General Mills, but the company was pretty excited about bringing the brand back.

“For those who grew up in the 90s, the original cookie-frosting combo represents the taste, color and fun of being a kid during that decade,” said a General Mills spokesman when they announced the return of the snack. “We know there’s a lot of love for Dunkaroos, and we’re excited to help 90s kids relive all the best parts of childhood.”

There’s also no official word yet on the brand’s social media channels, although you can still revel in the fact that the snack is available now throughout the U.S.

Honestly, it makes a lot of sense, as the cookie-frosting combo seems destined to be the perfect addition to the delightfully decadent cereal aisle. It also capitalizes on what America does best: take something good, and do it bigger and better until people get tired of it.

And if we have a Dunkaroos cereal in 2020, which, according to the rumors, is certainly the plan, then we’ll have at least one good thing from this era to hold on to.

Buffalo Wild Wings Unveils the “Moist Tielette” For Father’s Day

Moist Tie-Lette
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Father’s Day is this Sunday, which, if you’re anything like your dad and his dad and so many dads over the years, you’re probably going to get a tie. The “tie for Father’s Day” stereotype is well-known for a reason: it’s a very real thing. But what if I told you it didn’t have to be a bad thing? q

It’s 2020, the summer of COVID, and many of us are still working from home. Which means if we receive a tie on Sunday, we probably won’t need to wear it anytime soon. Unless it’s a special tie. A tie that does more than just bring a splash of color to your outfit. A tie that serves a real purpose.

I give you: the moist tie-lette, which is a necktie that is also a wet wipe.

That’s right! Buffalo Wild Wings unveiled this new product, a groundbreaking piece of dad-wear that isn’t just there to make you look good, it’s also there to help you stay clean while you eat their wings.

From BWW’s Moist Tie-lette website: While they won’t be available at fine men’s retailers, the tie-lettes are sewn from the most absorbent towelettes and designed to mimic a standard necktie. They are paired with a one-of-a-kind chicken wing bone tie clip, adding some extra flair to dad’s look. The Moist Tie-Lettes are packaged like an oversized version of the typical moist towelettes you’d find at any BWW sports bar. Further details can be accessed HERE.

It’s $25 bucks, but can you really put a price on a product so bizarre and yet so perfect? So ridiculous and yet so right? So mantastic and so multi-functional? No, you can’t.

So if you’re stuck on what to get your dad for Father’s Day, Buffalo Wild Wings has got you covered. And after he opens his unique gift, you can sit down with a plate of wings, without any worry that you’ll make a mess, and watch the making-of video:

High School Sophomore Creates Volunteer-Based Grocery Delivery Company

High School Sophomore Founds Volunteer-Based Grocery Delivery Company
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Whether it’s business as usual or the middle of a pandemic, communities step up to make sure their most in-need residents are taken care of. For one Portland teen, this meant starting his own company to solve a growing problem caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

It all started with 16-year-old Neel Jain, who found out that the coronavirus was more detrimental to the elderly, and those with preexisting conditions. “I immediately thought of my grandmother, who is elderly and has asthma,” Neel told The Dad. “I helped her out with buying groceries and was happy to help keep her safe; however, I realized that there are many other elderly members of my community that do not have family for support.” Instead of shrugging his shoulders and wandering off to virtually hang out with his friends (realistically, something many teens might do), Jain took action.

“This inspired me to create PDX Concierge,” Jain explained, “a company in which my friends and I who are in the lower-risk category can deliver groceries free of charge to alleviate the stress faced by higher-risk individuals.” Yes, you read that correctly. Not only did Jain decide to use his free time to make sure at-risk individuals in his community had what they needed, but he also recruited his friends – other teenagers – to help out as well.

The project grew more quickly than Neel anticipated, and after enlisting additional volunteers, he was able to expand PDX Concierge beyond his direct community. The service is completely free to at-risk individuals, and most of the volunteers are students at Jain’s high school or other high schools in the area.

Shopping for groceries
A volunteer shops for groceries (pdxdeliver.com)

The process is completely contactless, with the at-risk individual placing orders through the service’s website, email, or via phone. Jain then coordinates the shopping trip, which is done either by Jain himself or one of his many volunteers. The volunteer stays in contact with the customer through phone calls about any substitutions and then calls 10 minutes prior to delivery to let them know the total cost of the order. The customer leaves the payment by the door, and the volunteer leaves the groceries. Volunteers also call customers after the delivery to make sure they got everything they needed.

“We are very communicative to our recipients”, Jain explained to The Dad, “calling them at the store with any questions or substitutions, and calling them/ meeting them at a safe distance. The most unique feature is that we also provide personal hand-written cards to the recipients, letting them know that their safety is our priority and we are here to help.”

Shopping with PPE
Another successful (and safe) grocery run (pdxdeliver.com)

Needless to say, Jain’s clients are overflowing with gratitude. “One of our recipients was very pleased with our services and got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Another one of our recipients is a regular client and invited me to go to the Portland Japanese garden with them this summer. I have achieved a sense of purpose and compassion in my community as I have built many life-long friendships. My experiences give me hope that we can make it through this difficult time.”

I don’t know about you, but teens like Neel Jain give me an enormous amount of hope that we can make it through pretty much anything.

Ben & Jerry’s Introduces Ice Cream Flavor With Potato Chips In It

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Ben & Jerry are two names synonymous with risk. Those two sugar pushers from Vermont have never, in over three decades of peddling sweets, backed down from a challenge.

After all, these are the innovative minds responsible for such radical flavors as peanut popcorn:

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A flavor inspired by Alec Baldwin’s iconic “Schweddy Balls” SNL sketch:

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And even a short-lived go at the classic PB&J:

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But one of their newest creations is sure to pique the interest of any snack enthusiast. We’re talking ice cream with chips in it.

 

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No, not chocolate chips. We mean, like, chips. Ya know. Chips.

“Sometimes ‘chip’ happens and everything’s a mess,” Ben and/or Jerry explained in an Instagram post. “But we Nailed It! With this chip-filled limited batch. When smooth chocolate ice cream meets fudge chips and salty swirls, they pack a serious one-two crunch. The best part? There won’t be anything left to clean up.”

The limited-edition flavor, available now across the US, Australia, and the UK, serves as a promotional tie-in for the Netflix series Nailed It!.

“The bake-off competition show celebrates the fun of watching amateur bakers try to recreate edible masterpieces – that often end up as delicious but hilarious baking fails. The flavour name is a playful pun on the popular saying… well, you know what the saying is.”

Along with Chip Happens come two other Netflix-inspired flavors for your binging pleasure. We’ve got Boots On The Moooo’n, in reference to Steve Carrell’s hilarious new show Space Force:

 

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And for all your other Netflix viewing, a flavor aptly named Netflix & Chill:

 

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Major props to both Ben and Jerry for continuing their storied tradition of throwing a bunch of random stuff in their ice cream machine and letting the court of public opinion do the rest. We salute you, men.