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The Scoop: Bacon Bars and Hazelnut Hiatuses

From a hazelnut hiatus to an all-bacon bar, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Nut So Fast: Despite recent rumors of a looming Nutella shortage, manufacturers say the meager hazelnut harvest in Turkey won’t affect their output.
  • Red, Blue or Bacon: Social media analysts found that a state’s bacon or kale preference corresponds with its political leanings.
  • Hot Off the Panini Press: The Chicago Tribune reported that nonprofit e.a.t. will convert unused news stands into health food kiosks in four Chicago locations.
  • For the Love of Bacon: Canadians may just love bacon more than anyone, and they’ll get their fix at Montreal’s new all-bacon restaurant.
  • How ‘Bout Them Apples: According to Target CMO Jeff Jones, the superstore has rolled out an exclusive Caramel Apple Oreo flavor.

Frozen Friday: Freezer Jam

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.

We feature a lot of ice cream treats and sugary sweets on Frozen Friday, but today we’ve put away the scoop. As we near September, it’s time to consider what summer foods we’ll leave behind and which we’ll bring with us. We’re thinking berries. If you’ve been looking for a DIY project, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve gathered strawberry, blueberry, peach and cherry freezer jams that take only minutes to make and months to eat, with glee.

1. Strawberry Basil Freezer JamRachel Cooks adds basil to a family jam recipe for extra summer flare. You can use this super-sweet jam sporadically throughout the fall as a dessert topper or oatmeal garnish (pictured above).

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Summer Soiree: 5 BBQ Sandwiches

Low and behold, August is National Sandwich Month. And lucky for us, pulled pork and brisket sometimes taste even better wedged between crisp, toasted bread. The Fourth Earl of Sandwich — credited as the first to bookend his meat and cheese between two slices — clearly knew his way around a slider.Make your sandwich festivities a barbecued affair this month with thick shreds of meat, crunchy coleslaw and sweet-and-sour sauces.

1. Brisket Sandwich: Chuck’s thick cut of brisket goes a long way. The dry garlic-ginger rub is flavorful but mild, allowing his homemade chipotle apple sauce to shine throughout (pictured above).

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Frozen Friday: Iced Coffee

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.

Over half of all Americans over age 18 drink coffee every day and 30 million of those consumers drink specialty lattes and mochas. Clearly we all know how to live drink it up. We also like to keep things fresh, especially on long summer days. Before your next coffee break, we’ve sought out some of the most creative and tasty iced caffeine kicks to keep you satisfied and energized while the sun is high.

1. Cinnamon Dolce Iced CoffeeKitchen Treaty combines cold-brewed coffee with her homemade maple-brown-sugar syrup and half-and-half for this iced spiced sip (pictured above).

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The Scoop: Bye, Bye, Satisfries

From kid cookie moguls to angry Yelpers, here’s a boiled-down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Unsatisfried: Two-thirds of Burger King restaurants will stop carrying their reduced-fat fries after less than a year on the menu.
  • Just Nuts: Almond milk has experienced a 45-percent increase in sales, helping it surpass soy as the most popular non-dairy milk.
  • In the Clear: Major food companies have discovered that shoppers are more likely to buy a product they can see.
  • Pay the Piper: Yelp has been sued by a number of frequent contributors who believe they should be compensated for their work.

 

Summer Soiree: 4 Cool Summer Soups

Standing over a grill all day can get a bit steamy. Battle back against the hot coals with these too-cool summer soups.

1. Green Gazpacho: This soup is like a slurpable guacamole, made with a lush puree of green grapes, cucumbers, parsley and avocado, topped with toasted almonds and pepper (pictured above).

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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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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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The Scoop: Cake Convicts and Peel Pointers

From cake convicts to peel pointers, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Pastry Perpetrators: Vehicles and front yards in Portland, OR have been vandalized with cakes, doughnuts, yogurts and breads.
  • Waste Not, Want Not: An infographic from Sustainable America presents 10 nifty uses for banana peels, which constitute 780 million pounds of waste in the U.S.
  • Binge Cycle: Tour de France competitors eat around 6,000 to 9,000 calories per day, and many employ personal chefs to help them do so.
  • Where You Can Have it This Way: Buzzfeed has an awesome interactive sliding tool to compare fast food promotional photos to their actual appearance.
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