TIME Food & Drink

French Toast Crunch Is Coming Back to Your Breakfast Table

Get ready for it to rain syrup

In the latest edition of companies riding the nostalgia train, General Mills announced it’s bringing back French Toast Crunch. Sugary cereal lovers, rejoice!

French Toast Crunch was available in grocery stores from 1995 to 2006, but it’s back on select shelves and will be available widely starting in January.

This comes after a string of food revival tours, including Coca-Cola’s decision to bring back Surge, Mars’ reintroduction of Crispy M&M’s, and Burger King’s resurgence of the Yumbo hoagie after a 40-year hiatus.

“We have been overwhelmed by the consumer conversations, requests and passion for the cereal to come back,” General Mills marketing manager Waylon Good said in a statement. “We value our fans and are so excited to be able to bring it back for them.”

At least now you won’t have to buy it for $25 off eBay!

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George Lucas Might Be the Only Person Who Hasn’t Seen the New Star Wars Trailer

"I don't know anything about it"

It seems like just about everyone has watched the trailer for J.J. Abrams’ new interpretation of Star Wars, which has been viewed over 45 million times on YouTube since its late November release. Well, everyone except original Star Wars creator George Lucas.

When the New York Post asked Lucas what he thought of the trailer, the famed director responded: “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet.”

And he isn’t planning on watching it, “Because it’s not in the movie theater,” he explained. “I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there. I plan to see it when its released.”

MORE: 5 takeaways from the new Star Wars trailer

In case spoofs aren’t off limits, Lucas can tide himself over with this hilarious Saturday Night Live reinterpretation that aired over the weekend:

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Here’s Why a 3-Year-Old Slice of Cake Just Sold for $7,500

The auction house was expecting it to sell for only $1,000 to $2,000

A slice of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake from their iconic 2011 marriage was auctioned off Friday for $7500.

Julien’s Auctions was expecting the piece of eight-tier fruit cake, which comes in a tin with a blank wedding invitation on the Queen’s stationary, to sell for only $1,000 to $2,000, CNN Money reported. The auction house had bought the cake slice from one of the wedding’s guests.

Julien’s previously sold a slice of cake from the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana for just over $6,000, the auction house told CNN. At that time, the cake was about 27 years old.

The auction also featured five of Princess Diana’s dresses, which sold for a total of over $458,000.

[CNN Money]

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2-Faced Cat Named Frank and Louie Dies at Age 15

Two Faced Cat
Steven Senne—AP Frank and Louie, a two-faced cat, is held by its owner in Worcester, Mass., Sept. 28, 2011.

Janus cats, so-called after the two-faced Roman god, usually live for only a few days

The two-faced cat, named Frank and Louie, has died at the ripe old age of 15.

Frank and Louie was rushed to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where he was diagnosed with a “really bad cancer,” said the cat’s owner, Marty Stevens. Stevens then agreed to have Frank and Louie euthanized, the Telegram of Worcester reported Thursday.

Janus cats, so-called after the two-faced Roman god, usually live for only a few days. The phenomenon doesn’t actually result from what causes conjoined twins — the incomplete separation of two embryos — but instead from the abnormal activity of a protein, which leads to duplication of parts or all of the face.

[Telegram of Worcester]

TIME Food & Drink

This Exists: Cat Marshmallows for Your Drinks

Cat marshmallows
Courtesy of Yawahada Marshmallow Shop

The Yawahada marshmallow shop in Japan makes these kitty-shaped puffs

Is there anything better on a cold winter day than curling up with a mug of hot chocolate? Yes there is. And it involves curling up with a mug of liquid chocolate filled with marshmallows shaped like kittens. (Ignore for a second that they’re drowning.) The Yawahada marshmallow shop in Japan that makes these kitty-shaped puffs recently launched international shipping, so if you or someone you know melts every time you see a cat you should order these right now.

The carefully-crafted marshmallows cost about $6.80, plus shipping, for a box of four.

Timing is cutting it close for stocking stuffers, but you should be able to have these sugar kittens in time for all your #cozyscenarios come January (and Valentine’s Day). You can order them on the Yawahada website; information is translated into English here.

With America finally getting some cat cafés of its own, we see a bright future for the cat-shaped confection business.

This article originally appeared on Food & Wine.

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J.K. Rowling’s Christmas Present to You Is More Harry Potter Stories

Ben Pruchnie—Getty Images Author J.K. Rowling attends a photocall ahead of her reading from 'The Casual Vacancy' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sept. 27, 2012 in London.

'Tis the season to be Harry

On the first day of Christmas, J.K. Rowling will give to you: new Harry Potter material. On the second day of Christmas, she’ll give you some more. And so on, through the 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve.

The author announced the new stories in a newsletter to Pottermore members, explaining that each new installment would be posted at 1 pm GMT (8am ET) every day beginning Dec. 12. The email promises “wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two.”

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One story will reportedly center on Draco Malfoy, Harry’s nemesis. In the spirit of the holiday season, maybe he’ll get a little redemption, Ebenezer Scrooge-style.

[Daily Telegraph]

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Taylor Swift Understands Why Some People Hate ‘Welcome to New York’

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And she thinks they're simply "asking a little much of a piece of a music"

Taylor Swift knows better than anyone that the haters are always gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. In particular, they’ve been hating on the fact that she was named NYC’s global tourism ambassador, and they’ve also been hating on her new song “Welcome to New York.”

Okay, they haven’t exactly been “hating” on it as much as some have offered measured critiques. Critics have said the tune lacks “the sophistication, or substance, of Gotham-themed hits” by other artists; others said it “speaks only in empty cliches about big city life.” More generally, people who’ve lived in a New York much more gritty and challenging and crime-ridden (and much, much less luxurious) than the one recently inhabited by Swift simply scoffed at her depiction of the city and her apparent love for it.

Well, Tay-Tay understands why people feel that way. In a recent interview with Billboard (as the magazine’s Woman of the Year) she said the criticism has “absolutely” made her think differently. “But when you write a song, you’re writing about a momentary emotion,” she said. “If you can capture that and turn it into three-and-half minutes that feel like that emotion, that’s all you’re trying to do as a songwriter.”

Basically, she thinks maybe we all put too much pressure on her. “To take a song and try to apply it to every situation everyone is going through — economically, politically, in an entire metropolitan area — is asking a little much of a piece of a music,” she said.

Swift also made sure to debunk the idea that her relationship with New York is new. She grew up in Pennsylvania, just a few hours away, and would often come into New York as a kid for auditions and singing lessons. She also went to her first Knicks game at age 12 — for a halftime talent competition. “But I didn’t win because the kid who won sang ‘New York, New York,’ and I was like, ‘Here’s a song I wrote about a boy in my class …'”

 

TIME viral

Watch an Adorable Girl Start an Impromptu Dance Party at a Subway Station

Ah, the pure joy of youth

The underground music scene in New York City — underground as in the subway system, not secret clubs — is characterized by a wide range of quality. Sometimes it seems like all it has to offer are mariachi bands that insist on playing only on those days when you have a splitting headache, got caught in the rain and just found out that your dog died. But occasionally you stumble upon a gem. This video from a Brooklyn station is precious not as much for the band’s rollicking version of the Grateful Dead’s “Me and My Uncle,” but for a small, bespectacled child’s joyful dancing.

The girl’s roof-raising jig gradually inspires a small hootenanny of strangers coming together in unfettered joy. At one point, her glee escapes from her in the kind of scream reserved only for the highest moments of elation.

Five minutes later, surely, all those people smashed themselves shoulder-to-shoulder into the human equivalent of a cattle truck. But for those two minutes, her joy was the center of the universe.

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Get In the Christmas Spirit by Knocking Over Some Inflatable Santas

Tis the season!

“Prepare to be mildly thrilled and as excited as is reasonable to expect…”

So reads the preamble for the most lukewarm video game of the holiday season: The Christmas Shopper Simulator. In case navigating through the crowded aisles of a mall in the weeks before Christmas isn’t enough, you can now relive the experience on your computer screen!

But don’t let video retailer GAME, which created the simulator, undersell it with a lackluster description. The interactive game has some serious perks. Rather than taking out your holiday anxiety out on real-life fellow shoppers (don’t get a criminal record for Christmas!) you can unleash your rage on fake shoppers and inflatable Santas in the game.

The only thing more stressful than an impending zombie invasion is holiday shopping — so it makes sense that there are video games simulating both daunting events.

GAME previously released a Goat Simulator game, in case you’re looking for another way to kill time during the holiday season.

TIME Television

The Simpsons Christmas Couch Gag Is Here

Complete with an obvious Frozen reference

Twas almost the night before The Simpsons holiday show, and Springfield is covered in mountains of snow. At long last, the preview is here, filled with yetis, Smithers and some tiny reindeer.

The Simpsons are headed straight for their couch, and every creature is stirring including reindeer, a yeti and maybe a mouse.

The children aren’t nestled anywhere near their beds, stuck in detention and jazz band instead.
Marge is headed to the check-out lane, while Otto is taking a hit off a candy cane.

Homer is working in a dashing elf cap, but he wants to go home for a long winter’s nap. Patty and Selma face off in town square and, yes, an obligatory Frozen reference is there.

The stockings are hung, a Festivus pole is there, and Groundskeeper Willie flies through the air, volleyed by polar bears drawn with great care.

Tune in to The Simpsons this Sunday at eight, if you set your clock now you won’t be late.

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