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9 Questionable Straw Sips You Never Knew You Were Doing

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:54 PM


How do you sip from your straw? Straight on? Barely touching?

When the act of sucking is not being...

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Disneyland is Now Serving Mickey-shaped Pumpkin Beignets

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:37 PM


'Tis the season for everything pumpkin-flavored, so why should Disneyland be any different?

While usually available plain or with powdered sugar, for a limited time the happiest place on God's green Earth will be serving Pumpkin Beignets....

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10 Fancy Steak Rubs and Marinades That Go Beyond Salt and Pepper

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean steak season has to be. As we trade our grills in for stove tops, we also re-open ourselves to a whole world of opportunity, courtesy of our fridges and kitchen cabinets. From herbs to citrus fruits to spices, there are countless ingredients...

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Peel-and-Win, The Realistic Chances Of Winning A Fast Food Sweepstakes

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:56 PM

"Come to (insert restaurant here) and play (insert prize-eligible game with catchy name here). One-in-four wins a prize!"

Challenge accepted.

"One-in-four wins" is a claim that we often disregard as we peel the little sticker off the box and redeem it for our free small Coke. However, some of us call bullshit and say, "There's no way that's accurate."

We recently got a news release from Jack in the Box about a new Munchie Meal called the "Chick-n-Tater Melt" and a new "peel-and-win" game called Jack's Munchie Peel where they say they're giving away over $1,000,000 in food and prizes. We immediately questioned the one-in-four claim from the contest and wanted to find a way to test the validity of it.


Jack in the Box's latest addition to the Munchie Meal lineup, a Chick-n-Tater Melt

The contest seemed pretty straightforward. Stickers are found on the boxes of Jack's Munchie Meals, they ask you to peel them off, and you either jump for joy that you won some free tacos, or the more likely scenario, you get the depressing, "Sorry! You didn't win this time" message.

So, we channeled our inner statisticians and decided we should buy 150 of Jack's Munchie Meals, peel off the stickers, and keep track of all the winners and losers to see if the results came out to the 25 percent stat Jack brags about. We felt 150 was a large enough sample size to get a pretty accurate reading (they accidentally gave us four extra, so we ended up using 154).


Elie spent our entire monthly editorial budget buying 150+ Munchie Meals for this project

We rolled up to a couple different Jack in the Box locations, ordered 75 Munchie Meals at each location, confirmed with the workers that we weren't high and came back to Foodbeast Headquarters with a totally irresponsible amount of Jack in the Box.

So we began peeling off the stickers. All 154 Munchie Meal boxes. For two hours.

We ended up winning 48 times out of the 154 game pieces we peeled off, for a 31.2 percent rate. Which is actually well above the arbitrary 25 percent chance.

Grand Prize:

  • Two-night VIP experience for four in Las Vegas at the MTV Real World Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Apparently, it doesn't matter if you win or lose, you can still enter for this bad boy at

Non-Food Prizes:

  • Southwest Airlines round-trip ticket

  • Jack in the Box snowboard

  • $50 toward a Live Nation concert

  • Red Mini Jambox

  • Jack in the Box skateboard

  • gift card

  • $50 gas gift card

  • Wireless headphones

  • Neff gear

  • $25 toward a Live Nation concert

  • Movie tickets

  • $10 toward a Live Nation concert -1 win

  • 3-pack music downloads -5 wins

Food Prizes:

  • Jack's Munchie Meal -2 wins

  • Jack's Spicy Chicken -6 wins

  • Breakfast burrito -2 wins

  • Milkshake -1 win

  • Iced coffee -5 wins

  • Medium curly fries -5 wins

  • Jumbo Jack -6 wins

  • 16-ounce drink -2 wins

  • 5-piece churros -9 wins

  • Mini cookies -2 wins

  • 2 tacos -2 wins

Final Results

- 48/154 were winners for a 31.2 percent chance of winning

- 88 percent of winners were food items

- 5-piece churros was most frequent with 9 winners

- Only 6 non-food items won. Five downloads, and 1 $10 voucher toward a Live Nation concert.

Ok, so at least by our tests, Jack in the Box does stick to its word on the one-in-four chance of winning. We didn't win any of the larger prizes but the Jack's mini caramel churros are bomb though, so we ain't mad (and it's what we won the most of).

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A Death Row-Themed Restaurant Is About to Happen, People Aren't Stoked

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:47 PM

It's called Death Row Dinners and it's an eerily interesting pop-up restaurant concept opening up in Hoxton (London). For those who are continuously in a 1st-world rut about their life and contemplate what it'd be like to be incarcerated without the hassle of slapping a judge during a traffic...

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13 Fascinating Facts That Will Change the Way You Perceive Your Dishwasher

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:48 PM


We all love food. It's a universal truth. The only thing we don't love, however, is having to do the dishes after creating an epic Ramen Burrito. Thankfully for most of us, a dishwasher is a solid option...

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How to Pronounce Riesling, Sangiovese and 20 Other Tricky Wine Names

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:09 PM


If you walk into BevMo and have trouble pronouncing 90 percent of the wine in there, you're definitely not alone.

Even if you listen to an insane amount of Rick Ross and Drake, and feel like a...

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Ramen Donuts Combine the Two Most Popular Foods of the Moment

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Just when you thought the donut craze and ramen craze couldn't squeeze anymore ridiculous fusions, respectively, they've gone and joined forces. Yessir, Ramen Donuts. Though is anyone even surprised anymore?

Made with ramen noodles drenched in a savory sauce, the ramen is packed into a breaded ball and...

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Jimmy Dean Is Launching a Real-Life GIF Creator Powered by the Sun

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 3:57 PM


If you like solar-powered GIFs, you're probably lying, because they've never existed until now.

Jimmy Dean has put together this wacky solar-powered contraption that will produce animated GIFs, all in the name of their new lunch and...

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This Is What I Learned by Eating With My Las Vegas Escort, Instead of Sleeping With Her

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:11 PM


"I want to get a hooker tonight." That's how it all started as my friend Rudy and I waited for our bags in the Las Vegas airport a few days back.

Shocked by my sudden inquiry for...

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7 Beautiful Beef Sandwiches From Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:24 PM


Whether your cows go moo, meuh, ụm bò or eum-mae, it's hard denying the sheer pleasure of biting into a good chunk of beef. And thankfully, no matter where you go around the world, there's no shortage of ways...

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Biscuit Taco: Taco Bell is Testing a Shell That is Entirely Biscuit, Here is Where to Get it

(14) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:49 PM


The ubiquity of Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco has done some weird shit to Taco Bell's innovation team -- they are now testing a Biscuit Taco.


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10 Unconventional Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine, Including a Blowtorch

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:18 PM

You're out glamping, or at the worst party thrown by the worst, most ill-prepared host ever, and there is not a single corkscrew to be found. Rather than give up on your beloved Cab and buy a six pack, though (you're classier than that), why not MacGyver that...

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The Most American Grill Ever Includes 2 Beers Kegs, Seating for 8 and Cooks 100+ Hot Dogs at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:41 AM

It's summer, this is America, and that means we are all looking for ways to utterly and embarrassingly outdo each other when it comes to our summer cookouts. The summer food debauchery seemingly jumpstarted when the summer fair circuit started deep frying everything in sight and seems to...

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The 'Ramenritto' Combines Burritos and Ramen: Here Is the Obligatory Recipe

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:40 PM

If you were thinking of hitting the eject button after seeing the Ramen Lobster Roll, hold on a second until you try the Ramenritto we spotted at a New York teahouse a few months back. Burritos, the pride of Mexican cuisine, and ramen, the pride of broke...

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This Doughnut Has An Entire Cookie Stuffed Inside

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 9:26 PM


Just a few moments ago San Diego, California-based cookie shop The Cravory Instagrammed a photo of what appears to be an entire cookie baked right into a glazed doughnut.

Warning: The product doesn't seem to be available just yet and...

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18 Amazing Knott's Berry Farm Eats You Have to Try

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:32 PM

It's summer, which means between the barbecues and theme parks and county fairs, there's plenty of gorgeous, over-the-top eats to go around. But only a few of these warm weather meccas go above and beyond in blending old-fashioned fun with binge-worthy grub.

Since it was just a roadside fruit stand...

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How to Make Mochi S'mores, aka S'MOCHI

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:06 AM

With all the bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hurrah these days, it's easy to pass up on the simple, brilliant ideas. Cue in the S'Mochi -- an invention by Foodbeast reader Ryan Horikoshi. The clever take on the standard campfire s'more swaps the traditional marshmallow with mochi -- a small Japanese rice cake -- instead.

We decided to try out the recipe at the Foodbeast Kitchen, opting for vanilla and green tea-flavored mochi ice cream. Using a blowtorch, we were able to quickly toast the sticky rice cake layer on the outside before topping it off with a pad of butter and cinnamon sugar, then sandwiching it between chocolate and graham crackers.

The end result: a phenomenal bite of crunchy, sweet graham and chocolate, then soft, chewy mochi rice cake, and finally a cold burst of sweet ice cream. Lesson learned: it's the simple things in life that make your mouthbuds explode.


How to Make S'mochi

What You'll Need

  • Mochi, choose your favorite flavor

  • Butter

  • Graham Crackers

  • Milk chocolate Bar

How to Make It

1. Roast mochi over a campfire (or a blowtorch)  until it starts to brown ever so slightly.

2. Place it on top of a graham cracker and piece of chocolate.

3. Top mochi with a pad of butter and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.

4. Sandwich with another graham cracker.


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The Most Gluttonous Foods You Have To Try At The Fair This Summer

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Steeped in thick batter, then mercilessly deep-fried, so is the world of inglorious fair food. Naturally, when we got word that our local fair was serving Deep-Fried Doritos, Deep-Fried Pecan Pie-On-A-Stick, and some kind Deep-Fried Jack Daniels sorcery -- we had to get in on it.

Apparently aware of our gluttonous journey, the day before we set out to opening day of the Orange County Fair for our coverage, a company by the name of UrgentRx sent us the most hilariously-timed package we'd ever received: a box full of their over-the-counter heart burn relief powders. Also in the care package was Upset Stomach Relief, Head Ache Relief and, just in case we needed it...Critical Care Aspirin, which their fact sheet described "its 325mg dose of aspirin taken at the first sign of a heart attack can improve chances of survival by 23% - a wallet must-have."


Here's the new goodness we tried, where to get it, and how much it'll cost you:



Deep Fried Doritos


WHAT: Doritos covered in batter, then deep-fried. Somehow they get lighter and flakier in the process. Couple your order with some Ranch dipping sauce and have yourself a good time, probably one of the most necessary finger foods you should try at the fair this year.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's. You can't miss his booth, it's on the North side of the fairgrounds, and this dude has the easily the biggest, most ridiculous booth that makes all surrounding booths like like little Lego homes in comparison.

$: 8.75



Deep Fried White Castle Burgers


WHAT:  Exactly what it sounds like. If you like White Castle + fried things, split an order of this with a few friends so you don't kill yourself.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's, yeah we're still here.

$: 7.75



Deep Fried Chicken Skins


WHAT: Title speaks for itself, but if you've tried these things before

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's, we should leave soon.

$: Woops, was so excited didn't write it down.



Deep Fried Cookie Dough



WHAT: Amazing. My favorite dessert of the fair -- a crispy edge to warm, gooey cookie dough? So. Damn. Good.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's

$:  7.75




Deep Fried Chicken Skins + Deep Fried White Castle Burger + Deep Fried Doritos + Deep Fried Cookie Dough



WHAT: Geoff's eccentricities getting the best of him, and deciding he wanted to taste all of Chicken Charlie's new delicacies in one bite. Iff you decide to make and eat this bad boy, you're really going to need that UrgentRX Heartburn Relief med.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's

$: Add up the prices of all the things in there. You can make a couple of these after buying the plates separately.



Deep Fried Pecan Pie on a Stick


WHAT: An entire slice of pecan pie, deep fried, and delivered on a stick.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Fried Sweets, it's near the ferris wheel across from the photo booths.

$: 8




Giant Pop Rocks Donut


WHAT: A humongous, pancake-sized warm fluffy donut with a warm pink icing and topped with Cherry Pop Rocks. The donut is what makes this thing credible, the dough is perfect, the warm fry keeps it edible for awhile and it's a messy delight for everyone involved.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Texas Doughnuts, they have a huge banner with a giant picture of this thing. You'll see it.

$: 8.75



Pickle Dog: A Corn Dog with a Pickle Inside



WHAT:  A bit pricey, but one of the most delicious and unique things at the fair for 2014. This booth hollows out a giant pickle, sticks a weiner-on-a-stick through it, and then batters and fries the entire thing. If you're a fan of pickles and corndogs respectively, you'll relish in this extravagant new food item (get it?).


$: 10



Drunken Pickle Poppers


WHAT: Pickles and Jalapeno poppers had a baby. Fried pickles stuffed with cream cheese & jalapenos. Messy and delicious. Get an order of these.


$: 11



Tasti Chips w/ Nacho Cheese and Jalapenos


WHAT: Nothing extravagant or shocking, just a fantastically accurate baked potato chip with nacho cheese and jalapenos. Really delicious, deserved some shine.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Tasti Chips, across from all the animals and shit. Literally, it smells like shit in this part of the park.

$: 10.50



Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Turkey Leg


WHAT: We've seen turkey legs before. We've seen bacon-wrapped turkey legs before. But never have we see deep-fried bacon wrapped around an enormous multiple-pound turkey leg -- and frankly, it was absolutely delicious. The Guiness Beer-battered bacon really shines and the turkey leg remains ample. If you plan on enjoying the entire thing with multiple people, I'd recommend jumping on a table with a few plates, and start shaving the entire thing off the bone -- otherwise after a few bites you'll all be sharing the same, saliva-ridden meat dumbbell.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Bacon-A-Fair, but it'll linger in your arteries hardcore.

$: 20



Naked shrimp, rice and pineapple-pineapple bowl


WHAT: YES. I can't believe it either -- we're talking about a dish that's not deep fried and it won't immediately send you into a cardiac arrest, but it was one of the most delicious, fulfilling and scrumptious things at the fair. The shrimp has a crazy good marinade, the pineapples are cut fresh and the sticky rice absorbs the flavor of the half pineapple it's sitting in.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Pineapple Express (also a Chicken Charlie's booth), across from the big amp

$: 14.75



Deep Fried Pineapples


WHAT: If you like pineapples, these things are moist with a light crunch, in a good good way. The chocolate and coconut is a perfect touch.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Pineapple Express (also a Chicken Charlie's booth)

$: $6.75



Chili Relleno Chorizo Cheeseburger on a Pretzel Bun


WHAT: A chili releno, chipotle mayo, cheddar cheese, regular hamburger patty, chorizo burger patty, all on a pretzel bun. A bit on the expensive side for a burger, but damn was it tasty.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Grantburgers, right next to Tasti Chips from above, if you find that, you'll find this.

$: 15.75



Deep Fried Jack Daniel's


WHAT:  A bit mis-leading of a name, but it's a Jack Daniel's-infused churro, wrapped in bacon. It comes with a side of whipped cream and maple syrup, but I highly recommend trying the entire dish sans any of the fancy toppings and letting the Jack Daniel's shine through. The flavors are fantastic -- essentially breakfast in your mouth.


$: 6.50

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Research Shows More People Are Talking About 'Grilled Cheese' Than Cronuts, Poutine & Juicing Combined

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Apparently, if you're still craving Cronuts and tweeting about it, you're part of the 1% of netizens that still care. The rest have moved onto ramen-crusted chicken wings and grilled cheese sandwiches -- the next unspoiled "foodie" territory being conquered.


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