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Starbucks Unveils Birthday Cake Fraps To Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary!

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(PCM) We need this flavor of Starbucks frappuccino in our lives right now!  To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Starbucks has unveiled the “Birthday Cake Frappuccino” and it is everything you could dream it would be.

The beverage is described as a creamy blend of vanilla bean and hazelnut, topped with special raspberry-infused whipped topping”. It sounds absolutely delectable.  Too bad this delightful dessert frappuccino is only going to be offered for a limited time.

It is set to roll out to all stores today (March 26) and only stick around until March 30, so you better get in line with us and snag one of these quick!

If you miss your chance to grab one of the special “Birthday Cake Frappuccino’s” don’t fret!  A little research online provided us with the recipe for a “Cake Batter Frappuccino” from the Starbucks secret menu.

The recipe is:
Order a vanilla bean frappuccino and add hazelnut syrup (1 pump tall, 1.5 pumps grande and 2 pumps venti). Also, if you are fan of the Starbucks cakepops you could also ask the barista if they are able and willing to blend one in with your drink.

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Taco Bell Rolls Out The New Biscuit Taco

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(PCM) Always trying to stay ahead of the competitors in the fast food breakfast war, Taco Bell has made the decision to ditch the Waffle Taco and replace it with the all-new Biscuit Taco.

Taco Bell’s new Biscuit Taco can be stuffed with your choice of sausage, eggs, bacon, cheese and … wait for it … even deep-fried chicken with either jalapeno honey sauce or country gravy. The new Biscuit Taco’s are set to make their official debut at Taco Bell on March 26th.

McDonald’s is still currently holding on to the number one spot in fast food breakfast stops and twenty-five percent of the companies sales come from breakfast items. Taco Bell has been offering up breakfast choices for awhile now, but they only add up to about six percent of the companies overall sale. They are hoping that the roll out of the new Biscuit Taco will help that number rise to at least twenty percent.

They also hope that their choices will offer breakfast customers something different and unique rather than the same old boring breakfast sandwiches. The Biscuit Tacos will be sold for $2.49 when they join other new Taco Bell menu items such as Capn’ Crunch Delights and Fritos Tacos which are set to make their debut soon!

Are you looking forward to giving the new Taco Bell Biscuit Taco a try? I know where we will be on March 26th.

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Wish You Could Smell Like A Burger King Whopper?

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(PCM) For anyone that ever wished they could savor the scent and smell like their favorite flame-grilled Burger King Whopper, Burger King in Japan has the answer for you.

The company is releasing a limited-edition fragrance that will smell exactly like its’ trademark sandwich. Here’s the catch … unfortunately you will have to be in Japan to get your hands on scent and it will be available for one day only, ironically on April 1st (April Fool’s Day).

Rest assured this is not an April Fool’s Day prank, as an advertisement for the upcoming fragrance titled “Flame-Grilled” has been running since mid-March. The fragrance will be selling for $5,000 yen which equals out to be about $41 in U.S. dollars. The company had previously released a scent called “Flame” here in the U.S. several years ago, so it is assumed that they will be using a similar formula in Japan.

April 1st also happens to be National Whopper Day in Japan and while not an official holiday, it is registered with the Japanese Anniversary Association for recognition.

Wish You Could Smell Like A Burger King Whopper? was contributed by a Myth

Starbucks Urges Employees To Talk About Race Relations With Customers

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(PCM) Retail coffee giant Starbucks is now asking customers to #RaceTogether and urges  their employees to begin talking about race relations in our country with their customers. The baristas have begun writing “race together” on beverage cups in hopes of sparking some of these conversations that many people are afraid to have with one another.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz claims that “We as Starbucks should be willing to talk about this issues in America”. After incidents that occurred in Ferguson, MO, New York City, and Oakland, CA, there is a lot of deep emotional and racial unrest throughout the country and these are issues that we should not be afraid to address.  Schultz goes on to say “Not to point fingers or to place blame, and not because we have the answers, but because staying silent is not who we are,”

It is the hope that this new movement will be the catalyst to help people gain a greater empathy, understanding and compassion towards one another.  Stores in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland and Los Angeles have already begin writing “Race Together” on cups, but the rest of the company’s some 12,000 stores are expected to join in with them today.

Schultz feels it begins with “one conversation at a time” to create a more emphatic and inclusive society overall.  While it appears that Starbucks may have had good intentions with the #RaceTogether campaign, it is causing the company to receive quite a bit of ridicule online and on social media, as many feel that it potentially puts customers in an awkward position and could lead to racial stereotyping, just the opposite of what it was initially proposed to do.

Check out Twitter and the #RaceTogether for some pretty hilarious quips aimed at the company. Starbucks still continues to stand by the movement and feels that it is truly worth a little bit of discomfort for the great good.

What do you think?

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Kraft Recalls Thousands Of Boxes Of Mac & Cheese Claiming They Could Contain Metal

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(PCM) Kraft Foods has issued a voluntary recall on approximate 242,000 case of it’s Kraft Macaroni & Cheese claiming that they could be contaminated with metal. The recall effect approximately 6.5 million boxes in total.

Specifically, the recall includes only the 7.25 ounce boxes of the original flavor which were shipped to stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as some areas in the Caribbean and South Africa. The affected products have a use by date of September 18, 2015 thru October 11, 2015.

The company goes on to say that the potentially contaminated boxes have a C2 printed on the bottom and some boxes could have ended up in multi-packs that have varying codes. In a statement Kraft says “Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it”.

Thus far, eight customers have filed complaints about the product, but thankfully there are no reported injuries or illness at this time.

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Make Some Delicious Irish Potato Candy This St. Patrick’s Day!

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(PCM) Living in the the northeast region of the country, Irish Potato Candy is a staple on store shelves to gear everyone up for St. Patrick’s Day around this time of year. However, after speaking with my father who resides in Florida earlier today, he mentioned that down that way they were no where to be found and when he requested them in the store he was give quite a few strange looks.

I learned quickly that there are many areas in the country that have never heard of these delicious Irish treats, as the main distributor O’Ryan’s is located in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania. O’Ryan’s claims to ship out over 80,000 pounds to major chain stores and candy shops around the Philadelphia area. See’s Candies out of San Francisco, California also makes a version of Irish Potato Candy however their version is dusted with cocoa rather than the traditional cinnamon used by O’Ryan’s.

If you are looking to get your hands on this sweet treat this St. Patrick’s Day, fear not, because the recipe is incredibly simple and doesn’t even require the use of an oven.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/4 cup of softened butter
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 16oz package of confectioner’s sugar
7 ounces of sweetened flaked coconut (2 1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Here’s what you do:

(Be sure to use regular cream cheese not the reduced fat or whipped type)
1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the cream cheese
2. Add in the vanilla extract and confectioner’s sugar
3. Beat until mixture forms a ball
4. Stir in coconut with a spoon
5. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or just roll into small balls.
6. Place the cinnamon in a shallow dish and roll the balls around in it
7. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for 1 hour or until firm
8. If you prefer more cinnamon, you can roll the ball again in cinnamon after they have chilled.

(Note: The balls can also be dipped into melted chocolate to make Easter eggs as well using the same recipe)

Finally, enjoy!!

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