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From Foie Gras to Maple Bacon: 10 Bizarre Milkshake Flavors

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With record-breaking temperatures sprouting up everywhere this summer, there’s no better time to cool off with a nice refreshing milkshake. Of course, while some people are content with strawberry, chocolate or vanilla, others want more variety. Here are some of the weirdest milkshake flavors you’re likely to ever come across.

1. Foie Gras

Flip Burger of Georgia has some inventive and delicious shake flavors on their menu, including Krispy Kreme, Nutella & toasted marshmallow, and s’mores, but nothing compares to the weirdness of their foie gras milkshake. They're made with liquid nitrogen, so the presentation is as unforgettable as the drink itself. How good could a foie gras milkshake actually taste? The nutty, sweet shakes seem to be pretty popular with those brave enough to try them.

[Image courtesy of Yelp user Olivia W.]

2. Buffalo Chicken

The Buffalo Chicken Shake is a 30 Rock reference that most fans won’t even remember since it only appeared on a sign for a split second, but on the web, that’s all it takes to inspire someone to make a TV joke into a reality.

3. The McNuggetini

Is your McDonald’s chocolate milkshake too boring for your taste? Well, if you really want to class things up, try adding some vodka and serving the cocktail up in a BBQ-sauce rimmed martini glass garnished with a McNugget.

4. Caramel Popcorn

Admittedly, this popcorn-filled milkshake is one of the weirdest looking shakes you’ll ever see, but when you actually think about the flavor combination of sweet and salty, and the texture blends of smooth and soft with crunchy and chewy – it actually seems fantastic. According to the creator, it’s truly fabulous and, if you go by the recipe on the site, it’s actually one of the healthier options on this list.

5. Chocolate Avocado

To Westerners, an avocado milkshake sounds just plain bizarre, but it’s quite a popular drink flavor in Asia, and if you like the cool, rich, creamy flavor of avocado, you’ll probably like the way it tastes in a milkshake too. While I can personally vouch for avocado milkshakes, I’ll admit that I’ve never tried a chocolate avocado one, but given how good each is on its own, I can’t imagine that this would be a bad combination.

6. Sweet Potato, Candied Cashew and Bourbon

If the three flavors work as a Thanksgiving side dish, then there’s no reason they won’t go together in a milkshake. These are a popular treat at Chef Thomas Dunklin’s B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore, but for those who can’t make it out there to try their own, you can find the recipe here.

7. Maple Bacon

Slater’s 50/50 is a small burger chain in Southern California that is best known for their 50/50 burger, made from half ground beef and half bacon. If that’s not enough bacon for you, you can always top your burger with bacon and Baconnaise, enjoy your fries with bacon-infused ketchup, and then top it all off with a maple bacon shake and a bacon brownie.

8. Cap'n Crunch

When you spend the weekend in Vegas, it’s all too common to miss breakfast and come stumbling into a restaurant just in time for lunch. For those who are still dying to get their cereal fix though, you might want to consider Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers inside Harrah’s, where you can get a "Captain Crunch" milkshake. Personally though, I’m more inclined to try their banana split nachos, where fried flour tortillas fill in for chips and strawberry and pineapple syrup take the place of cheese sauce. Yum!

[Image courtesy of Yelp user Julia O.]

9. Strawberry Waffles

Don’t like Cap'n Crunch but still want to enjoy a delicious milkshake breakfast treat? Well, consider the strawberry waffle shake. Filled with Eggo and strawberry goodness, there’s no better liquid way to wake up in the morning.

10. Guinness, Chocolate and Espresso

Like your beer, chocolate and coffee dark? Then you’ll probably love the Shakin’ Jesse from Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café in the San Francisco Bay area. It combines Guinness Stout, chocolate ice cream and espresso into one smooth and frothy shake.
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Got any weird shake recipe ideas of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments. Personally, I’m curious what the aloe vera ice cream I made would taste like in a milkshake – the ice cream was pretty good, so I can’t imagine it would be any less tasty when blended with milk. If you’re inspired to try it out yourself, let me know how it turns out.

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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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