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Avocado Meets Coffee in 'Avolatte' Trend

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As the unicorn-themed drinks from Starbucks have proven, being creative with coffee can be a minefield. Some appreciate the effort that goes into putting new twists on the hot beverage, while others can become put-off by messing with the basics.

It’s hard to know which way the masses will lean if the “avolatte” gets any traction. An increasingly popular sight in Melbourne, Australia, it’s a latte served inside the hollowed-out husk of half an avocado, and seems tailor-made for Instagram sharing.



The concoction was apparently the idea of an unnamed perpetrator at the Truman Cafe in Melbourne, who posted an Instagram video showing an employee pouring coffee and milk into an avocado. The video was intended to be a joke, according to News.com.au, but since then people have been coming into the cafe and asking for an avolatte; other shops are beginning to emulate the idea.

Whether consumers are sincerely interested in tasting the beverage or just morbidly curious is hard to say. You can decide for yourself if and when the avolatte comes to a coffee shop near you.

[h/t Independent]

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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Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error.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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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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