IKEA Channels Their Furniture Assembly Instructions in Recipe Posters

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Compared to putting together IKEA's furniture sets, assembling one of the brand's meals made from frozen food is easy. But a promotional campaign from the Swedish company aims to make preparing their food even simpler with help from recipe pages inspired by their instruction manuals.

As Co.Design reports, the IKEA Recipe Series features infographic-style cooking instructions that call for ingredients from the store’s frozen food section. Home cooks are meant to work directly on the sheet itself: The illustrations are sized for portioning out the exact amounts of each ingredient. The poster is made from parchment paper and its ink is non-toxic, so once all the components have been laid out it can be folded up and popped in the oven as is.

The steps are conveyed in IKEA’s typical image-focused style, but these recipes should take less time to put together than a seven-piece armoire. The posters were handed out in 18 Canadian stores during IKEA’s kitchen event in 2016, as part of the chain's recent trend of treating their food offerings as less of a random quirk and as more of a main attraction. According to one rumor, IKEA is even considering making stand-alone restaurants a part of their business model.

The limited-edition posters were claimed fast, and there's no word on whether or not a similar campaign will make its way to stores in the U.S. For now, you can take a look at some of the recipes that were featured in the video below.

[h/t Co.Design]

Wisconsin Brewery Rolls Out a Candy Corn Beer

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Move over, pumpkin ale. A brewery in the Milwaukee area has brewed up some candy corn beer just in time for Halloween. According to WMUR News 9, the sugary cream ale will be served on tap at the Westallion Brewing Company in West Allis, Wisconsin, throughout October.

The divisive confection is typically made from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and artificial coloring, but the brewery decided to make its own flavoring. “Instead of smashing up some candy corns and throwing them in our beer, we made our own candy corn out of less beer-destructive ingredients and threw them into our beer!” the brewery said in a Facebook post. “At the base, we created a cream ale using lactose sugars to keep some sweetness, but added Simcoe hops to create a bit of a bite and a balance (and maybe help remind us that it’s still beer?).”

While candy corn beer is likely to be less popular than its seasonal pumpkin counterpart, other breweries have taken on the challenge in the past. In 2016, The Star Tribune reported that a candy corn imperial ale was “scary popular” at Urban Growler, a microbrewery in St. Paul, Minnesota. "It started as a joke three years ago when we needed to come up with a fall beer," co-owner/master brewer Deb Loch told the paper. "It went over so well that we had to make it every year."

Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida, has also made a Candy Corn IPA in the past, and one brave soul sought advice from the Homebrewtalk.com community in 2009 on how to brew an appropriate beer for a “Hate Candy Corn Party.” Some inspiration for your next Halloween bash, perhaps?

[h/t WMUR]

Find the Best Wine to Pair With Your Favorite Halloween Candy

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When you're a kid, Halloween is all about the candy. Unfortunately, the more sophisticated palate that often comes with adulthood can dampen the former thrill of a holiday that’s largely about cheap scares and even cheaper candy.

Thankfully, the folks at Vivino, a popular wine app, have found a way to help elevate the Halloween candy game (and with it, your joy). Their “Halloween Candy and Wine Matchmaker” pairs popular candies, from Skittles to Swedish Fish, with wine selections, to make sure your many treats complement one another.

As Vivino founder Heini Zachariassen told The Huffington Post, "Our candy and wine matchmaker is a fun way for our users to learn and talk about wine in a way that feels relatable and fun. Besides, Halloween is scary enough, we don't think picking a wine needs to be."

The best news of all? Many of the wines and candies have multiple pairing options—which means you can try out different flavor combos faster than you can say “trick or treat.”

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