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Big Burgers

July 27, 2013

Big Burgers

Americans love big burgers. We’re talking BIG burgers here, not your puny Quarter-Pounders™. Would you like the 2-pound Hercules Burger. 2-pound, 4-ounce T-Rex Burger, 3-pound 911 Burger, 7-pound Zeus Burger, 25-pound Beer Barrel Burgenator, 134-pound Absolutely Ridiculous Burger, 19,490- calorie 100 X 100 – In-n-Out Burger, or 2014 pound Black Bear Casino Burger?

Would you like a bale of fries with that?

More:

“7 Very Big Burgers,” Roma Panganiban, Mental Floss

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‘McDonald’s 34,492 restaurants: where are they?’

July 25, 2013

McDonald's 34,492 restaurants: where are they?

A new restaurant in Vietnam means that McDonald’s will be serving up food in 116 countries around the world next year. See where they all are and find out how many restaurants there are per person in those countries.”

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America, Rejoice! We Have Twinkies!

July 16, 2013

America, Rejoice! We Have Twinkies!

A puff of white smoke emerged from the bakery, announcing to the Nation’s faithful: “Habemus Twinkies!” America’s iconic snack has returned. Let joy be unconfined. Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons, and snacking in the parlor.

Actually, it’s a very mixed blessing:

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Eastern Delights

May 17, 2013

Eastern Delights

“For six years, Rafat Shororo longed for the taste of a KFC sandwich he had eaten in Egypt. This week, he got his finger lickin’ fix at home in the Gaza Strip after a local delivery company managed to smuggle it from Egypt through underground tunnels.

‘It has been a dream, and this company has made my dream come true,’ says Mr. Shororo, an accountant, as he receives his order from the delivery guy.

The al-Yamama company advertises its unorthodox new fast-food smuggling service on Facebook. It gets tens of orders a week for KFC meals despite having to triple the price to 100 shekels ($30) to cover transportation and smuggling fees. The deliveries go from the fryers at the Al-Arish KFC joint 35 miles away to customers’ doorsteps in about three hours.”

– “KFC smugglers bring buckets of chicken through Gaza tunnels,” Ahmed Aldabba, Christian Science Monitor

Also:

“Delivering KFC by Tunnel, Not Too Fast but Satisfying,” Fares Akram, New York Times

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World’s Oldest Hamburger

April 23, 2013

World's Oldest Hamburger

On July 7, 1999, David Whipple bought a McDonald’s hamburger. He’s still got it. Mr. Whipple forgot that he  put the burger in his coat pocket and found it two years later. Today the pickle is pretty sad, but the 14-year-old burger and bun look just …  well, see for yourself:

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Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

April 19, 2013

Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

Gourmet cupcake shops infest America’s cities, proffering paper-wrapped pastries top-heavy with icing, selling single servings for the price of whole supermarket pies. The trend has been rising with yeasty vigor for over a decade — until now.

The cupcake fad is officially over. “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” says the Wall Street Journal, noting the collapse of share prices in Crumbs Bake Shop Inc.:

“After trading at more than $13 a share in mid-2011, Crumbs has sunk to $1.70. It dropped 34% last Friday, in the wake of Crumbs saying that sales for the full year would be down by 22% from earlier projections, and the stock slipped further this week.”

–  “Forget Gold, the Gourmet-Cupcake Market Is Crashing,” Emily Maltby and Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal

More:

“The cupcake bubble has finally burst,” Carmel Lobello, The Week

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The Great Niederaula Nutella Heist

April 9, 2013

The Great Niederaula Nutella Heist

Police in the German town of Niederaula reported the theft of 5 tons of Nutella over the weekend. The artery-clogging spread, valued at 27 million calories, was stolen from a truck. Two weeks ago thieves in the same town helped themselves to a truckload of coffee worth US $39,000. Police spokesman Manfred Knoch agreed that local lowlifes might be planning a mighty big breakfast.

More:

“Thieves In Germany Make Away With Five Metric Tons of Nutella,” Neetzan Zimmerman, Gawker

“What Do You Do With Five Metric Tons of Stolen Nutella?” Justin Peters, Slate

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The Republic Is Saved. We Have Twinkies.

March 13, 2013

The Republic Is Save: We Have Twinkies.

“Twinkies, the cult favorite snack brand orphaned by its liquidating parent company, Hostess Brands Inc., may have a new home.

The popular product, along with Hostess brands such as CupCakes, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs, is being sold to private equity firms Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. for $410 million.”

– “Two private equity firms to buy Twinkies, other Hostess brands,”  Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

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What McRib Sandwiches Are Made Of

January 26, 2013

What McRib Sandwiches Are Made Of

Warning: It’s McRib season in America, so be careful what you eat. Often mistaken for an innocent sandwich, the McR is composed of “Restructured Meat” made from pulverized and re-glued pig innards, ammonium sulfate, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, soy flour, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, calcium peroxide, calcium propionate,high fructose corn syrup, xanthan gum, and sodium benzoate. And let’s not forget azodicarbonamide, used to make yoga mats.

Public health officials have produced an online map you can use to avoid the worst infestations.

More:

“McDonald’s McRib Sandwich a Franken Creation of GMOs, Toxic Ingredients, Banned Ingredients,” Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

“The Invention of the McRib and Why It Disappears from McDonald’s,” Whet Moser, Chicago Magazine

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Japan’s Jolly Old Elf: Colonel Sanders

December 24, 2012

Japan’s Jolly Old Elf: Colonel Sanders

When Christmas comes to Japan, thoughts turn to that jolly old man, Harland Sanders. America’s Kentucky Fried Chicken came to the Land of the Rising Sun in 1970, and homesick expat Yanks soon began gobbling the deep-fried fowl for the holidays. Japanese folks give Yuletide luxury gifts to their sweeties, and many have adopted this exotic Christmas culinary custom, too. Those who can afford it, that is. A KFC Christmas Barrel costs about US$40.

So クリスマス用のケンタッキー  (Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii! “Kentucky for Christmas!”) and to all a good night.

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