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UK chip maker Burts Chips has released their latest stout-flavored creation
Stout lovers may never have to taste anything but Guinness ever again: The beer brand has teamed up with Burts Chips in the U.K. to develop Guinness-flavored chips, meaning you can sip that Guinnses with your crisps and never worry about tasting anything other than beer.
The chips, available in the U.K. in Selfridges and Waitrose, are reportedly grey-tinged or brownish, with mixed reviews coming in. One writer at the Independent wrote that Guinness crisps, while slightly off-putting due to the color, have nice notes of "mushroom and a Marmite-y finish."
Nevertheless, the chips apparently smell of old booze and "old Chinese takeaway." The opposition to the chips concludes, "They taste dreadful, sort of like sweet and salty beef." No word on when we can get this stateside, but we imagine there will be a reverse chip-flavored vodka out sometime in the future. Word on Twitter is the Guinness chips have yet to be rolled out across Europe.
15 Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Guinness
This St. Patrick's Day, you could gulp down some cheap beer enhanced with a few drops of green dye, but wouldn't you rather enjoy a rich stout with a creamy froth that's been expertly crafted for 260 years? Yep, we're talking about Guinness, the unofficial drink of St. Patrick's Day.
In honor of the great Irish beer, we've gathered 15 fun, crazy, and interesting Guinness beer facts. And if you're looking to learn about more beloved foods, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
Typical Dutch Food
1. Dutch Apple Pie
Dutch Apple Pie is a very traditional Dutch recipe, and it dates back to the Middle Ages when a simple recipe for apple pie was found in a 1.514 cookbook.
There are two sorts of Apple Pie in the Netherlands: one with a lattice crust and one with butter crumbs on top (appelkruimeltaart). The difference between these two is the texture: one is crunchier than the other.
Bakers usually add several spices to the pie, such as cinnamon and powdered sugar. I don&rsquot know why, but apple pie always makes us think of Christmas and those festivities with family.
Where can you find the Dutch Apple Pie? At Winkel 43 (Noordermarkt 43, 1015 NA) in Amsterdam.
Traditional Dutch Apple Pie
2. Drop (Licorice)
You either hate it, or you love it. As a Dutchman, Frank loves it, but he has met quite some people from abroad who strongly disagree with him.
Once he bought a pack of drops for Bruna&rsquos family, a Brazilian family, but he ended up eating it all by himself because they did not like it.
The drop is usually flavored with the extract of the roots of the licorice plant, and in the Netherlands, there are lots of variations of it &ndash hard, soft, sweet, salty, extra salty, to name a few.
You name it we&rsquove got it. Curious about the infamous drop?
Where can you find Drop? In every supermarket in the country, but there is an old-fashioned candy store in Den Bosch worth stopping by. It&rsquos called Candy Story Snoeperij Tum Tum (Ridderstraat 11, 5211 JZ).
3. Dutch Cheese
The Netherlands is famous for being one of the biggest exporters of cheese in the world. So, don&rsquot miss the opportunity to eat their delicious kinds of cheese in the country!
There are different sorts of Dutch Cheese such as Gouda, Maasdam, Edam, and Leyden.
Where can you find the Dutch Cheese? At a real cheese market in Alkmaar (open only from March through September one or two days a week) or at De Kaasmaker (Runstraat 7, 1016 GJ) in Amsterdam.
Traditional Dutch Food, Gouda cheese
Chocolate tamales with pecans
I received an invitation to a tamalada (a tamale-making party) recently. The party was in Seattle, which might seem like a long way to travel in order to cook with friends, but you don’t know just how much I love tamales. Unfortunately, however, the trip couldn’t happen due to conflicts with both work and my bank account. But this didn’t stop me from making my own tamales here in New York City. And while I usually make savory tamales, this time I decided to make chocolate tamales instead.
I used to tell people that instead of a silver spoon, I was born with a tamale in my mouth. As often as I can, you’ll find me eating a tamale, either unadorned or smothered in chili gravy. I’ve always been partial to shredded beef tamales, but I won’t say no to pork, chicken, cheese or bean as I’m an equal-opportunity tamale eater. And there is really never a bad time to eat tamales, morning or night, spring or fall. But the best time to eat tamales is at Christmas.
In Texas and Mexico, it’s a long-standing tradition for people to come together this time of year and spend all day making stacks of tamales, to be eaten during Christmas and shared with friends and family. I suspect one reason for this is because making them takes a lot of work—not hard work, mind you, but it’s certainly time consuming. And since it’s not an everyday activity, the more hands you have on hand the faster the tamale making goes. You have a house full of family? Put them to work!
I will admit that I did not start making my own until later in life—my family missed out on all the fun by buying their Christmas tamales. But from the first time I attended a tamalada, I was convinced that there is probably no better way to gather with friends—it’s the ultimate dinner party.
Now, as much as I love to make tamales, my friends and I only get around to it once a year. But this doesn’t stop me from eating tamales as often as I can and fortunately there are people who sell them near my apartment on Sundays.
Last week there was a new vendor hawking their sweet tamales. I’d never had a sweet tamale before, so curious how it would taste I ordered one. As the seller pulled the tamale from the steamer, I was alarmed at the color, which was a bright pink that I suspected had not been achieved naturally. (Though you can dye the masa and husks with hibiscus leaves.) And if that wasn’t bad enough, the stuffing was candied pineapple and some chewy sweet green thing I couldn’t identify. The tamale may have looked festive but it tasted terrible. It was the leaden fruitcake of tamales and like the fate of that much-maligned Christmas pastry, this dessert also ended up in the garbage bin.
But not all fruitcakes are inedible and I knew that a sweet tamale could be good as well. So I decided to make my own.
When I made the masa, I threw in sugar, cinnamon and vanilla to make it sweet and chucked in some chopped pecans and dried cherries as well. For the filling, I simply placed chocolate chips in the center of my masa before rolling my tamales.
The hardest part about making tamales is the wait—after all that stuffing and rolling, you still have to steam them for two very long hours in which your house will become fragrant with chocolate, cherries and pecans. It takes a lot of restraint to not whip off the lid of your steamer and grab a tamale. But please, control yourself. And yes, when they’re ready, your patience will pay off when you peel off the corn husk and take a soft, chocolate-rich bite.
9. Corn on the cobbhofack2/iStock via Getty Images
Since opening Max & Mina’s in Queens, New York in 1998, brothers/owners Bruce and Mark Becker have created more than 5000 one-of-a-kind ice cream flavors, many of them adapted from their grandfather’s original recipes. Daily flavor experiments mean that the menu is ever-changing, but Corn on the Cob (a summer favorite), Horseradish, Garlic, Pizza, and Jalapeño have all made the lineup.
Slow Cooker Crispy Chocolate Almond Candy
Courtesy of Lauren Kelly Nutrition
These crispy candies do a lot less damage than their yummy title implies. They pack a perfect sweet and salty flavor as well as some satisfying crunch (thanks to the healthy fat-filled almonds)—all for less than 200 calories. Plus, they're vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and consist of only four guilt-free ingredients. It doesn't get much better than that!
Get the recipe from Lauren Kelly Nutrition.
Guinness Removes Fish Guts From Its Recipe—Wait, What?
Guinness, the famed Irish brewery, is changing its recipe for the first time in 256 years. Beer-loving vegans will now be able to sip, or chug, the black stout, starting in 2016 when fish guts will be removed from Guinness ingredients, according to the Independent. Guinness contains isinglass, a gelatinous fish by-product used to clarify the beer and help yeast settle. While most of the isinglass is filtered out during brewing, traces of fish bladder still exist in the final pint. This is news to us, since the isinglass doesn’t affect the taste of the beer.
The brewer’s use of fish bladders seems unappetizing, but it's far from unusual: Other brewers have been using isinglass for centuries to clarify both beer and wine. But recently, the tradition has seen a decline as new technologies have appeared. The Guinness change comes after months of protesting by vegan beer enthusiasts. Guinness has never had to report just how much trace fish bladder exists in its brew, but the centuries-old company is building a new fish-free filtration center to keep isinglass out of its beer entirely. Anheuser-Busch, Heineken, and Miller are already deemed vegan-friendly. While Guinness may be Ireland’s most famous beer, the country's burgeoning craft-beer and -cider scene has taken a cut of the monolith’s recent sales.
If I could eat a muffin every day without gaining any weight, I would make these Jumbo Bakery Style Muffins every week and keep them in the freezer to have one every day. There is nothing better than a fresh, warm, and moist muffin with a smidget of butter. Ahh, I am craving them right now. Well, wait&hellipI can eat one of these muffins every day! Heck, with all the blueberries in these muffins, I get a full serving of fruit in each muffin. Oh and blueberries is full of antioxidants to fight the free radicals in my body, right? Yep, that makes it all okay. In fact, that can be said about any muffin with fruit. I love fruity muffins, don&rsquot you?
Although I probably shouldn&rsquot have one of these Jumbo Bakery Style Muffins every day, one thing is for sure, having a baby makes it easy to forget to have breakfast in the morning. So, it would be pretty convenient to just grab something, eat, and breastfeed. These days I need grab-and-go meals and snack options while taking care of my gorgeous new baby. Since having him, I would like to say that I have been healthy and working out. Although there have been many first attempts, nothing has really stuck just yet. It is really hard to create a schedule for yourself when you still are working on getting him on a consistent schedule. Once you think you have a schedule and routine down, he decides to do something else and you are back to the drawing board. That is why it would be nice to have some grab-and-go options. The only problem with that is, you guessed it, you have to find the time to do it.
That is why I don&rsquot mind eating one of these Jumbo Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins as often as I have been. They give me energy, they fill me up, and I am getting some fruit first thing in the morning! The baby also benefits because, from what I have researched about breastfeeding, the mother&rsquos milk takes on the taste of what the mother consumes. If that is the case, this baby is enjoying his mommy&rsquos milk. These muffins will not only satisfy my baby but they will also satisfy you as well.
25 Greatist Superfoods and Why They're Super
Here&rsquos a great excuse to gorge on pumpkin pie, blueberry cobbler, apple streusel, and chocolate-covered strawberries! Well, kind of. Yep, they&rsquore all Greatist superfoods&mdash just hold the sugar to get the most benefits. Here are the reasons these fruits, veggies, grains, and dairy products have made our list of the world&rsquos best superfoods.
1. Greek Yogurt Regular yogurt&rsquos thicker, creamier cousin is chock-full of protein and probiotics. It fills the belly, improves digestion, and bolsters the immune system. Plus, it&rsquos a great healthy recipe substitute for sour cream, cream cheese, and even mayonnaise!
2. Quinoa This teeny-tiny, grain-like seed packs some serious nutritional prowess. With a mild, nutty flavor and a texture similar to rice or couscous, quinoa is one of the only grains or seeds that provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can&rsquot produce themselves. And it&rsquos filled with protein&mdash eight grams per one-cup serving, to be exact!
3. Blueberries Don&rsquot worry these berries won&rsquot cause an oompa-loompa-like reaction. In fact, they&rsquore nutritional superstars, filled with fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting compounds. And studies suggest blueberries may even improve memory!
4. Kale This rough and tough green beats out all the rest in terms of nutrition, providing more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies! It&rsquos also a fantastic source of fiber, calcium, and iron. Prepare it virtually any way, from boiled or steamed to roasted (try it as a chip!) or stewed.
5. Chia Ch-ch-ch-chia! Yep, this little seed is the same as those adorable little ceramic animal planters of the 90s! But don&rsquot worry, the nutritious part is not the clay pot. Chia seeds are actually loaded with the most essential fatty acids of any known plant! Plus, one serving of the stuff is loaded with magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium.
6. Oatmeal High in fiber, antioxidants, and tons of other nutrients, this breakfast staple has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, aid in digestion, and even improve metabolism. And it&rsquos downright delicious&mdash especially when flavored like pumpkin pie!
7. Green Tea This ages-old health secret has been used as a natural remedy for everything from cancer to heart disease! The secret to this delicious drink? Antioxidants! The main superhero here is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a phytochemical that slows irregular cell growth, which could potentially help prevent the growth of some cancers.
8. Broccoli This lean, mean, green machine is packed with vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting compounds, and the fiber essential in any diet. Though all members of the cruciferous vegetable family are super-duper healthy, broccoli stands out for its exceptionally high levels of vitamin C and folate (which can reduce risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke).
9.Strawberries Vitamin C is the superstar of this superfood. Just one cup of these red beauties satisfies the daily requirement for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for women, 90 for men)! Studies suggest the antioxidant helps build and repair the body&rsquos tissues, boosts immunity, and fights excess free radical damage. And the vitamin C in strawberries could help promote healthy eye function.
10. Salmon This heart-healthy fish is packed with protein and a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies suggest may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And bonus points: Salmon may also protect skin from the sun and the damaging effects of UV rays.
11. Watermelon Low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C, this summer treat is the perfect fresh, low-calorie snack. Studies suggest watermelon could also potentially lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And the lycopene in watermelon could help protect the body from UV rays and cancer.
12. Spinach Antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and vitamins that promote vision and bone health are what make this little ol&rsquo green so super. And those bones will be thanking spinach, too! Just one cup of the stuff packs up to 12 percent of the recommended daily dose of calcium and enough vitamin K to help prevent bone loss.
13. Pistachios These lil&rsquo nuts are hiding lots of protein and fiber behind their earthy flavor and nutty crunch. Plus, they&rsquore naturally cholesterol-free. A one-ounce serving of these nuts has almost as much potassium as one small banana.
14. Eggs A relatively inexpensive protein source loaded with nutrients, eggs certainly earn their superfood status. A single large egg is just about 70 calories and offers six grams of protein. Eggs are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for normal body function and heart health.
15. Almonds Surprise! Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut, meaning they offer the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce. For just 191 calories, a one-ounce serving provides 3.4 grams of fiber (that&rsquos about 14 percent of the daily recommended value) and a healthy dose of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. Plus, you can eat them as BUTTER!
16. Ginger Slightly spicy but oh-so-enjoyable, ginger has been used for years as a delicious flavoring and an all-natural remedy for everything from an upset stomach to unwanted inflammation.
17. Beets This all-star veggie contains tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help fight disease and strengthen vital organs. And their purple hue may be the secret to their healthy success&mdash some studies suggest betalains, the purple pigments in these veggies, may help ward off cancer and other degenerative diseases.
18. Beans High in protein and low in cholesterol, beans of any variety can add a healthy twist to any dish (even brownies!). They&rsquore also loaded with fiber, folate, and magnesium, and studies have shown that legumes (like beans) can actually help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of certain cancers (at least in rats&hellip).
19. Pumpkin Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, these gourds aren&rsquot just for carving (or making into pie). The star nutrient here is beta-carotene, a provitamin that the body converts to vitamin A, which is known for its immune boosting powers and essential role in eye health.
20. Apples Say it with us, people: &ldquoFiber is good.&rdquo And apples are a great low-calorie source. (A medium-sized apple weighs in at under 100 calories.) Plus, upping apple intake has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and asthma.
21.Cranberries It&rsquos time to work these fall favorites into dishes year-round. Whether it&rsquos in the shape of a can or fresh off the stove, cranberries have a handful of health benefits and disease-fighting powers. These bacteria-busting berries can help fight inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve oral health, help prevent ulcers and yeast infections, and may even inhibit the growth of some human cancer cells.
22. Garlic Yes, it might leave breath less-than-desirable, but these cloves can do more than flavor&mdash they&rsquove been used for centuries as food and medicine. These days, garlic is used to treat anything from high blood pressure and heart disease to certain types of cancer. Plus, studies suggest garlic extract can be used to treat yeast infections in women and prostate issues in men.
23. Cauliflower While all the vitamins and minerals are a great bonus, the real star here is cauliflower&rsquos cancer-fighting compounds, glucosinolates. These phytochemicals are responsible for cauliflower&rsquos sometimes-bitter flavor, but they have also been shown to prevent damage to the lungs and stomach by carcinogens, potentially protecting against those cancers. And thanks to interactions with estrogen, cauliflower may also help prevent hormone-driven cancers like breast, uterine, and cervical.
24. Leeks Leeks owe many of their anti-cancer superpowers to their organosulphur compounds. These nutrients have been credited with everything from kicking cancer to boosting immunity. Studies also suggest leeks could help protect the digestive system from stomach and gastric cancers.
25. Lentils They&rsquore pretty cheap, easy to prepare, and high in protein, iron and other essential nutrients. Need we say more? The iron may help fight off anemia (a condition that&rsquos especially common among vegetarians and vegans), and they&rsquore low on the glycemic index, too. That means they cause blood sugar to spike less quickly than other starches, so our energy lasts longer.
These 23 Healthy Muffin Recipes Are Legit *Good For You*
Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by Dunkin's reduced-fat blueberry muffins and Little Bites Chocolate Chip mini muffins. (Am I the only one that practically inhaled those growing up?)
For me, one of the sad truths of adulthood was realizing that muffins aren't exactly the healthiest, most filling breakfast&mdashor even snack. In fact, healthy muffins feel like somewhat of an impossibility.
Typically, the sweet treats are massive, super high in calories, and pretty much devoid of all other nutrition&mdashespecially if you buy 'em pre-made from a gas station or at the grocery store.
No biggie every once in a while (hey, treat yo'self), but definitely not an ideal grab-and-go eat.
&ldquoPackaged muffins often contain a lot of added sugars and preservatives, but little to no nutrition," says dietitian Maggie Michalczyk, MS, RD. &ldquoI say skip the stuff you would find in the cellophane wrapper and make your own muffins at home."
Yep, with a little creativity (and a muffin pan) you can make muffins significantly better for you.
First of all, DIYing muffins means you can control what type of sugar (and how much of it) you use, Michalczyk says.
It also gives you the opportunity to sneak other good-for-you ingredients into the mix. (Michalczyk likes adding produce&mdashlike shredded carrot or zucchini, pumpkin, or blueberries&mdashto healthy muffin recipes.)
Ready for a major muffin comeback? Whip out your baking tin and get to it, with these 22 healthy muffin recipes.