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Ben & Jerry's piles on the truffles to both fantastic and mediocre results

I’m not thinking about nutrition when I’m eating Ben & Jerry’s. I’m eating Ben & Jerry’s because my dog ran away, or my date sucked, or because it’s Tuesday. So while some might be interested in the ice cream maker’s new Moo-phoria line of “light ice cream,” I have turned my attention instead to the trio of recent…

With Nacho Fries, Taco Bell enters—and dominates—the French fry game

Loyalties to fast food French fries run deep. But for all the love they garner, few fast food chains have made attempts to innovate. There’s Wendy’s, which in 2010 switched to a fry made from skin-on Russet potatoes and added sea salt. But that’s about it. Burger King’s chicken fries isn’t even a fry. It seems as if…

Strike up the bland: Starbucks' Black And White Mocha Collection is a one-note trio

Some of Starbucks’ recent “special” creations have been anything but subtle, like the holiday-light-display-in-a-cup Christmas Tree Frappuccino and this summer’s neon-colored and -flavored Unicorn Frappuccino. To kick off 2018, the popular coffee chain offers a considerably more subdued lineup of drinks for the new…

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Wendy's Giant Junior Bacon Cheeseburger was fast food's greatest burger and now you can't get it

Why is fast food a pejorative? It carries the perception of mediocrity, as food for people of a lower social standing, and I’ve always found that unfair and classist. Truth is, that a restaurant could expeditiously serve a fried chicken with the consistency and quality of Popeye’s—even if it’s been sitting under a…

Popeyes’ Cajun turkey is tastier than whatever you’re roasting this Thanksgiving

I just about fell out of my chair when a colleague suggested turkey meat tastes better than chicken. Taste is subjective, but still, the clean neutrality of chicken is more delicious (and versatile) than the gamey undertones you get with turkey. At the risk of heresy, I’m of the opinion Thanksgiving dinner is the…

Tasting—and reconsidering—America’s most popular beers

The first dirty joke I remember hearing had to do with beer. I was 11 or 12, and the adult son of a family friend was explaining why he didn’t like Coors Light. “It’s like having sex in a canoe,” he said. This was the joke of a college-aged bro who had just discovered craft beer, but he wasn’t wrong. America’s…