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The Good, The Bad, and the Turkey: 8 Packaged Foods in Seasonal Flavors

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Pumpkin pie ice cream, peppermint potato chips,and gravy-flavored sodas—'tis the season for gimmicky packaged foods. Consumers love seasonal products so much that packaged foods companies can't resist pushing special flavors for the holidays. Would you try the foods below, or are you glad they're available for a limited time only?

1. Dreyer's and Breyers and Turkey Hill, oh pie!


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Baby, it's cold outside, and all this seasonal ice cream we're consuming isn't helping. But if you can't get a slice of pie, the ice cream version is usually the next best thing. Ben & Jerry's has been experimenting with offbeat flavors for years, but now even mainstream and discount brands are in on the yum. Dreyer's currently has three limited-edition flavors, from spicy Egg Nog and Pumpkin to cool Peppermint, while its competitor Breyers sells Apple Cinnamon Crumble. Meanwhile, Turkey Hill's Pumpkin Pie is such a hit that it might become a permanent offering.

2. Hershey's Kisses

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Back in the day, Hershey's broke up the monotony of solid chocolate Kisses with a single almond in the center. Then it introduced Hugs with swirls of white cream and chocolate. Today the brand really makes out with new flavors, especially during the holidays. Pumpkin Spice is the latest. But if pie isn't your thing, there's always Candy Cane Kisses, or newfangled fillings including caramel, mint truffle, and cherry cordial creme. Turns out, a Kiss isn't just a Kiss.

3. Pop-Tarts


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Even the richest holiday desserts aren't enough for some sweet teeth. Enter Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts stuffed with a lava-like filling of real nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. And don't forget the autumn-colored sprinkles on top! If this doesn't send you into sugar hibernation, we're not sure what will.

4. Silk

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Seasonal flavors aren't just for junky processed foods. Silk, the leading natural foods brand in the U.S., has also jumped on the bandwagon, so you can ditch the dairy and enjoy Seasonal Nog and Chocolate Mint soy milk over the holidays. (Pumpkin Spice was an option in the past, but it may have been discontinued.) If your milk mustache got any more festive, it'd be made of boughs of holly. And that would be weird.

5. Pringles


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In November, everyone's favorite potato-chip-in-a-can got festive. And by "festive" we mean, "This is supposed to taste like what?!" The Pumpkin Pie Spice flavor is available exclusively at Walmart, but you can find Cinnamon Sugar and White Chocolate Peppermint at fine grocery stores everywhere. Word on the street is that once you pop, you'll probably find it easy to stop.

6. Lays and Doritos


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Potato chips seem best suited for savory dishes. Unfortunately, if you want to try turkey and gravy-flavored Lays, you'll have to go to China. Roasted Turkey Doritos sold in Taiwan amp up the holiday spirit even more with Christmas tree-shaped tortilla chips. Meat-flavored crisps—with flavors like Steak and Onion, Smoky Bacon, and Turkey and Stuffing—are also a hit in the UK. Ho-ho-how long before we can buy them in America?

7. Jones Soda

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A holiday flavor doesn't have to taste good to be a hit. Case in point: Jones Soda. In 2003, the Seattle beverage company introduced a Turkey & Gravy flavor for Thanksgiving. Within two hours, they were out of stock. A year later, Jones brought back the meaty drink and added Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry, Mashed Potatoes with Butter, and Fruitcake flavors to make a boxed set. It sold out faster than you can say "indigestion" and crashed the company's website. Later, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Herb Stuffing, Brussels Sprout, and even Antacid were added to the mix. Some strong-stomached people had to try them. (These guys taste-tested them six years after they came out!) But consumers weren't just jonesing for yucky sodas—the biggest selling point was culinary shock value. If an affordable packaged food can't be delicious, make it weird.

Jones still releases fun, sometimes barftastic, seasonal flavors and has branched out to Halloween, Valentine's Day, Easter, and even Hanukkah (latke-flavored soda!). The gross-out schtick isn't everything, though. This year's holiday flavors—Candy Cane, Pear Tree, Sugar Plum, and Ginger Bread—actually sound pretty tasty.

8. Oreos

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For years, Oreo celebrated the holidays by covering its famous sandwich cookies in white fudge. The result was delicious, but not too obviously related to Christmas. It wasn't until 2008 that Nabisco finally realized that candy cane-flavored Stuf and chocolate cookie parts go together like ornaments and a tree ... or gift cards and people who are hard to shop for ... or you know, milk and cookies. But candy conversion doesn't always work out. Exhibit A: Candy Corn Oreos.

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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