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The Scoop: Nuclear Tacos and Misspelled Tomatoes

From indestructible ice cream sandwiches to bunker delivery foods, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Watered Down: Leading brands of coconut water have simplified their claims and marketing campaigns after receiving backlash against their supposed benefits.
  • Outside the Box: Vox.com digs deep into the world of food trend forecasting and the specialists behind major food company products.
  • Do Me a Solid: A Cincinnati mother discovered that a certain ice cream sandwich does not melt even after 12 hours in 80-degree weather.
  • The Secret Weapon: NPR learns how nuclear launch officers chow down in bunkers 60 feet below.
  • Break the Spell: HuffPost Taste identifies 17 commonly misspelled food words. Is it omelet or omelette? (Trick question).

Frozen Friday: Gelato at Your Door

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

 

These days, the longest lines are for a scoop of ice cream. But some of the country’s best shops ship pints right to your door. From the old hacks to the newcomers, we found seven gelaterias, parlors and shops currently packaging pints to send your way.

1. Dolcezza: Available by mail-order starting today, this D.C.-based gelateria uses only local ingredients for their Argentinian gelato. The company offers six collections of four pints, including “Virginia Bounty” with fruity flavors like Blueberry-Lemon-Thyme and Strawberry Tarragon (pictured above) and “Nostalgic Wintertime” with pints like Georgia Butter Pecan and Peanut Butter Stracciatella flavors. One big frozen fiesta is about to commence in the Capitol.

2. Salt & Straw: A “farm-to-cone” ice cream shop, this Portland, OR creamery churns all-natural, 17% butterfat ice cream. They’ll ship you a five-pint pack of favorites, including their Stumptown Coffee & Bourbon, and Almond Brittle and Salted Ganache flavors, or a seasonal selection of berry-packed varieties, such as their Strawberry with Cilantro Lime Cheesecake and Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero. Or go wild, selecting an assortment as intriguing as their combinations.

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Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Blackberry-Nectarine Crumble

AKA Stone Fruit Summer Lovin’

There is something so special about that first weekend at the farmers market when stone fruit and berries are at their best. Forget the solstice; nectarines and blackberries at the farmers market means summer is officially here.

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The Technology Now Exists to Make Burger Selfies

Ever since the first smartphone-produced selfie landed on Instagram, the world has cried out for the technology to do the same thing, only on a hamburger. The world is finally getting its wish.

Looking at your face is one thing, but looking at your face illustrated in mayo is another thing entirely. Hellmann’s, who you may remember from being the biggest mayonnaise manufacturer in the world, recently commissioned the production of  3D printer that handles bona-fide burger selfies. It prints the mayo mugs right on the beef patties.

They installed the printer in a food truck that is currently touring England taking selfies of unsuspecting burger fans. Oh, England, you always get all of the cool meat cameras.

Summer Soiree: 5 Boozy Summer Coolers

Whether or not you’re on vacation, summer is prime time to kick back with a cocktail. These icy refreshers — with their lively colors and dynamic flavors — look like rays of sunshine.

1. Sex on the Beach: This grown-up fruit punch is brighter than sunflowers and zinnias in bloom. Melon and peach liqueurs and fresh-cut pineapple give this classic a taste of the season, ideal for sipping by the pool all summer long (pictured above).

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Circle K Japan Stuffs Onigiri With Bacon Cheeseburgers

Onigiri, to the uninitiated, is a popular Japanese snack that is usually comprised of a rice ball wrapped in seaweed and stuffed with something yummy (usually meat.) It’s the kind of thing that is sold at corner stores, so it makes perfect sense that one of the world’s biggest ‘corner store’ chains would offer up their own take on it. And what a take it is.

Circle K Japan just unleashed on the world their oddly named Bakudan Musubi Bacon Cheeseburger. It entails pieces of onigiri stuffed with the aforementioned bacon and cheeseburger. Just to add some more American awesomeness, it’s also stuffed with fried egg and mayonnaise.

If you happen to be in Japan, one of these Franken-snacks will set you back 298 yen or $2.92 in those wacky American dollars.

Hump Day Snack: S’mores Cheesecake

Few can resist the appeal of a luscious, hulking slice of cheesecake. But it can seem daunting in summer heat. Luckily, you can join today’s celebration of National Cheesecake Day with a creamy confection that also combines the flavors of summer by the campfire: S’mores Cheesecake. Graham crackers are key in both sweet treats, and this dessert takes cues from traditional cheesecake with a simple butter-and-graham-cracker-crumb crust that extends just barely up the sides of the cake. But where it really channels the ooey-gooey, richness of s’mores is in the filling. Made with cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, special dark cocoa and hot fudge, the cheesecake’s core has an intense chocolate flavor and a melty texture. With marshmallows baked inside and blanketed on the top, the finished cheesecake has a fire-toasted look and a thick, creamy center.

Finish off your National Cheesecake Day celebration with more of Cooking Channel’s favorites:

12 Savory Stone Fruit Recipes

While you can usually find stone fruits at the grocery store year-round, they don’t compare to the plump, in-season local beauties that arrive in late summer. These sweet, juicy peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries have ideal flavor and texture. They’re easy to throw onto ice cream or bake into pie, but you can do more than turn them into desserts. Here, find 12 savory recipes for stone fruit:

Apricots
Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese: Grilling intensifies the sweetness of stone fruit while infusing them with a smoky flavor. Try it here filled with goat cheese and fresh herbs. (For more ideas, try Arugula Salad with Grilled Fruit or Crispy Duck with Plums and Apricots.)

Peaches
Savory Peach Chicken: Peaches give this quick chicken dinner a complex flavor (pictured above). (For more ideas, try Roasted Pork Loin with Peach BBQ Sauce or Peach and Fennel Salad.)

Nectarines
Bleu Cheese Nectarine Bruschetta: Again, simple ingredients come together with spectacular flavor for this starter.

Honey-Glazed Salmon with Spinach-Nectarine Salad: This recipe also features just-in-season corn, with potatoes and avocados.

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This Supermarket Uses Its Waste to Power Itself

It’s no secret that supermarkets waste a whole lot of food in their day to day operations. When dealing with that sheer volume of food, how could they not? Still, grocery stores are beginning to realize this is a problem and have come up with some novel solutions. Here is another one, brought to you by UK supermarket Sainsbury’s.

The popular chain has teamed up with waste management company Biffa to power their supermarkets using the food waste that would otherwise just head to the trash. The food waste, thanks to Biffa, is transformed into biogas and then that gas is used to power the stores. The process has been a success and, as of this writing, the company no longer sends any waste to landfill.

They are the first business to go all in on biogas for their power consumption needs and, hopefully, this is a trend that continues to catch on.

Dinner Rush! Honey-Bourbon Chicken + Herbed Salt Potatoes

Summer state fairs are a big deal in my stomping grounds of New York and New England. Concerts, ring tosses, red wine slushies (yes, they’re a thing) and the state’s finest butter sculptures — they’ve got it all. The best part, though, is the fair food. Footlong hot dogs and funnel cakes are fine, but the real jackpot is the salt potatoes.

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