Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Cronut inventor has developed next-level cold brew soft serve coffee ice cream.

It’s almost officially summer, which means it’s time for ice cream and iced coffee. And in a delicious mash-up, Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel decided to combine the two, giving us cold-brew soft-serve.

So where can we get our hands on this caffeinated frozen dessert? Sure, it’s available at Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York City and the process to make it is pretty involved. Coffee flavor is “infused” into a house made milk-base overnight, then they strain it for another night. Then they mix that with their own cold brew base and let it rest for 12 hours. Still, think about it – if people go bonkers, other people in other places will figure out how to make it there!

"It's completely different from coffee ice cream: richer when it comes to flavor, without being bitter or sour,” Ansel explains. “It's a good, clean coffee taste, that's how I'd describe it."

If this sounds incredible to you, plan to get yours soon. These $7 cones are only available now through June, but Ansel says if the cold brew ice cream is a hit, he’ll consider bringing it back in September.

Source: Cosmopolitan

New survey reveals the brands Americans trust the most

  • More than 10,000 American shoppers voiced their opinion for the fourth annual BrandSpark Most Trusted Award
  • The survey reveals Americans’ most trusted Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Household & Pets and Kids & Babies brands

It’s no secret that consumers can be loyal to certain brands and a new survey finds exactly which brands are the most trusted by the public.

More than 10,000 American shoppers voiced their opinion for the fourth annual BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, naming their most trusted Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Household & Pets and Kids & Babies brands.

Among the winners (click here for a complete list):

  • Adult Sunscreen - Coppertone
  • Body Wash – Dove
  • Headache Pain Relief - Tylenol
  • Lip Balm - Chapstick
  • Toothpaste – Crest
  • Beer – Budweiser
  • Candy – Hershey’s
  • Ice Cream – Breyers
  • Coffee – Foldgers
  • Vodka – Smirnoff
  • Air Freshener – Glade
  • Dish Soap – Dawn
  • Dog Food – Purina
  • Fabric Softener – Downey
  • Landry Detergent – Tide
  • Baby Wipes – Huggies
  • Diapers – Pampers
  • Children’s Sunscreen – Pampers

Source: Yahoo Finance

Are you violating etiquette by planning your wedding on a holiday or over a holiday weekend?

  • Etiquette experts are split on holiday weddings.
  • Most Acceptable: Columbus Day and New Year’s Eve
  • Least Acceptable: Fourth of July and Christmas

As we head into a short work-week after Memorial Day, chances are your social media feed is FULL of wedding pictures from the long holiday weekend. So, what about holiday weddings, anyway? Are they tacky or acceptable?

People getting married might think it’s convenient for guests. No need to ask for time off work, because you’re probably already getting it, right? But what about increased travel costs over holidays? And what about family plans that have to get scratched?

USA Today has a breakdown of the holidays that are okay – and not okay – when it comes to wedding planning:

  • TOTALLY FINE: Columbus Day -  Pretty sure this is only a real long weekend in New England, so go for it, because most people won’t even have Monday off, anyway. 
  • GO FOR IT: New Year's Eve-  New Year’s Eve is awful, why not go to a wedding? You’ve got a built-in party, the food is free, and it’s the perfect excuse not to go to any dumb New Years Eve parties. 
  • NOT RUDE: President's Day -  If you have kids, I can see where this one would be annoying. But if you don’t, you’re probably not going to be heartbroken about giving up a long weekend in winter to go to a wedding. 
  • NOT THAT RUDE: Martin Luther King, Jr Day -  Don’t get married on that Monday so that people who want to go to an event honoring Dr. King can do so. But this is generally an okay weekend to get married, as the same logic as President’s day applies. 
  • BORDERLINE RUDE: Memorial Day -  Make sure the ceremony isn’t on Monday so that people can pay their respects to those who’ve served in the military. 
  • PRETTY RUDE: Labor Day -  It’s the last long weekend of summer, and making someone give it up to go to your wedding is pretty inconsiderate. 
  • SUPER RUDE: July 4th Weekend-  July 4th is the best party weekend of the year, don’t mess it up with your wedding. 
  • ALMOST RUDEST: Thanksgiving -  Are you insane? 
  • ABSOLUTE RUDEST: Christmas -  You better have a really, really good reason for getting married on a weekend that bookends Christmas or a) no one will come to your wedding and b) the ones who do will resent you forever.

Source:  USA Today

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The King of Belgium isn’t pleased with Burger King’s new ads.

Burger King is planning to expand abroad and their new ad campaign “playfully challenges” Belgium’s King Philippe, which doesn’t seem to please his majesty. Before their first fast food restaurant opens in the Western European country, BK has been asking fans to vote in a mock online contest called Who Is The King?

The ads pit the Burger King against King Philippe, asking, “Two kinds, one single crown, who shall reign?”

But even though this advertising is all in good fun, a spokesman for Belgium’s royal family explains that they’ve reached out to Burger King to express their disapproval for the ad, which shows a cartoon image of King Philippe. He says they would not have given their authorization, since it’s for commercial purposes.

But for now, the online election is still happening and votes can be cast until June 19th. May the best king win.

Source: Huffington Post

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