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An Instant Noodles Vending Machine Just Opened in the U.K.

Pot Noodle vending machine
Alex Britton—PA Images/AP Pot Noodle vending machine. A Pot Noodle vending machine, which has been installed on Mansfield Road in Nottingham on Aug. 3, 2015.

It's called the Hot Pot Shop

It might be time to throw away your microwave, because hot instant noodles are now available in a vending machine — in part of the world, anyway.

So-called pot noodle vending machines (not to be confused with actual pot vending machines) have been a regular fixture on Japan’s streets for years, but the U.K. just got its very first one on Mansfield Road in Nottingham. It could mean the U.S. is on the brink of a ramen vending machine invasion.

The nifty vending machine is called the Hot Pot Shop and provides a cup of noodles, hot water and a fork for just a few pence.

Choices include chicken and mushroom, tomato, beef, spicy curry, or whichever button you drunkenly hit with your finger as you stagger home from the bar.

If a trip to Japan or the U.K. aren’t in your imminent future, you can purchase your own instant ramen vending machine to install in your living room.

[H/T Mashable]

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Everybody Get Ready, Pumpkin Spice Peeps Are On the Way

Pumpkin Spice Peeps

Delicious or disgusting? You decide

There are two ways to take the news that pumpkin spice Marshmallow Peeps are coming soon.

One way to view the new flavor — which is part of the Peeps fall flavor collection that also includes caramel apple and candy corn — is with joy, that the great corporate minds behind Peeps have finally realized that the only possible way to improve the confectionary perfection that is a Marshmallow Peep is to add pumpkin spice flavoring.

But then there is the other school of thought, which will see the pumpkin-spice Peeps as just the latest travesty to be unleashed upon the world, following in the wake of the deep-fried pumpkin spice latte and the pumpkin spice burger as the pumpkin spice reign of terror continues.

If you want to try the new flavors of Peeps (or purchase them all and burn them in a glorious display of anti-pumpkin spice fervor) they will be available starting August 31st.

[H/T Thrillist]

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World Faces Olive Oil Shortage

Spain olive oil
Getty Images Olive groves seen in Andalusia, Spain.

The price of Spanish olive oil reached its highest point since 2006

Prices for Spanish olive oil are approaching an all-time high as hot weather and disease harm the country’s harvest.

Last week the cost of Spanish extra-virgin olive oil rose 5 percent to $4,272 per metric ton—the highest since April 2006 and “critically low levels,” according to industry analysts Oil World. A bacterial disease xylella fastidiosa and fruit-fly infestations have also contributed to a 50 percent decline in Spanish and Italian olive oil output for the 2014-2015 season, Bloomberg reports. Spain and Italy account for 70% of the world’s olive oil.

“It’s quite a concerning acceleration in the price of olive oil,” Lamine Lahouasnia, the head of packaged-food research at market intelligence firm Euromonitor International, told Bloomberg. “The supply shortages as a result of the drought, and particularly under-production in Spain, have filtered through to the marketplace.”

Olive oil prices around the world have risen an average of around 10 percent in the past year, outpacing the global inflation rate for packaged foods according to Euromonitor.





Truck Accidentally Leaks 75 Gallons of Maple Syrup Onto Highway

It's a sticky situation in New Hampshire

Sad news for waffle lovers and New Hampshire commuters: traffic was backed up near Keene, N.H., after a truck carrying maple syrup started leaking onto the highway.

Thankfully, only 75 of the 220 gallons of syrup the truck was carrying leaked, the Keene Sentinal reports. The driver, who says he doesn’t know what caused the leak, was driving through New Hampshire when officials from the state’s transportation department alerted him to the sticky situation.

Whose job is it to clean up maple syrup anyway? That responsibility has fallen to the fire department, which is using tarps and sand to clean up the syrup, CBS reports.

[Sentinel Source]

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This Alcoholic Root Beer Might Be Your New Favorite Summer Drink

not your fathers root beer
Small Town Brewery

Classic root beer taste, with a bit of a buzz

While Homer Simpson and the citizens of Springfield (and soon, Simpsons fans far outside the fictional town) may prefer to drink Duff Beer, there’s a new kind of beer sweeping the rest of the nation: boozy root beer.

The drink is exactly what it sounds like—classic root beer flavor with an alcoholic twist. While a DIY version of the concoction can be found in bars across the country, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, from Small Town Brewery in Wauconda, Ill. is leading the charge on the retail front. According to Bloomberg, their success is due in part to their purchase by a group of investors that included the Chief Executive Officer of Pabst Brewery and a subsequent distribution deal, but also to their magic formula of creating a new product with a familiar taste. They are clearly on to something, too, because the still hard-to-find product has a FaceBook fan page and Twitter is filled with people looking for places to purchase, boasting about drinking it and offering sampling parties.

The root beer features a familiar blend of sassafras bark, vanilla, anise, wintergreen, and handfuls of additional spices that give it the nostalgic flavor, but with enough alcohol (5.9%) to give you a good buzz.


How to Make Your Own Mayo This July 4

Throw out the store-bought stuff and put this on your potato salad

Summertime is undoubtedly the season of mayonnaise. Across the nation, mayo plays a subdued yet solid role in so many summer staples: potato salad, sandwiches, pasta salads, lobster rolls.

If you find yourself tired of continually dipping into your mayonnaise jar for the standard, brand-name taste, you may want to consider whipping up a batch of your own for your July 4 picnic. Fresh mayonnaise will take your salads and sandwiches to the next level with a homemade finishing touch.

You can add your own twist to the classic; the recipe in this how-to video kicks up the flavor with some hot sauce. Plus, you’ll leave behind any extra preservatives or “flavors” in the store-bought types. Watch the video above for the steps, from Southern Living.

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Watch How to Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This 2-minute video will give you a healthy dining option

With increasing frequency, many cooks have been throwing caution to the wind and sneaking vegetables into classic recipes.

First people started using portobello mushrooms as hamburger bun stand-ins. Next, it was “zoodles” replacing spaghetti with zucchini noodles. Now, this summer, recipes for the perfect cauliflower pizza crust have been taking Pinterest boards and recipe exchanges by storm.

Perhaps parents of picky eaters are searching for a way to hide servings of veggies in their children’s food. Perhaps those with wheat intolerance are looking for a gluten-free recipe they can make at home. Perhaps pizza enthusiasts are eager for a low-carb alternative. Or perhaps everyone is just curious.

For whatever the reason, the lighter alternative to pizza dough is captivating both hearts and minds. Believers can watch the video above to learn how to make the crust; non-believers can witness proof that cauliflower can indeed become a pizza. You can find this and many more at MyRecipes.com.

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What Happened When We Tried Pizza Hut’s New Hot Dog Pizza

Do hot dogs and pizza go together like chocolate and peanut butter or oil and water?

Pizza Hut is finally selling its new hot dog pizza to the public. We got our hands on a pair of pies as soon as we could, and were anxious to try them. The reviews were immediately mixed, ranging from “It’s not the worst thing” and “I like it” to “Whoa, that’s slimy” and “I don’t want to try that.” Hot dogs and pizza may be more like oil and water for some, but for others it’s a match made in heaven.

MONEY food and drink

Company Cooked Up in the Kitchen is a National Hit

This entrepreneur learned a love of cooking from her father in Singapore.

Small business owner Nona Lim learned to love cooking from her father as a child growing up in Singapore. When she wanted to create her own company, it was important to her to bring healthy food with Asian-inspired flavors to her busy customers short on time but searching for a wholesome meal. At Nona Lim, what they don’t put into their products, such as preservatives, is just as important as the fresh vegetables and ingredients that are included. Lim’s company has grown from a one-woman shop selling locally in the San Francisco area to a national brand carried by grocers throughout the country.

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