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Spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie ice cream.
Spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie ice cream.
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Thanksgiving-Inspired Ice Cream Line Includes Mashed Potato and Salted Caramel Turkey Flavors

Spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie ice cream.
Spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie ice cream.
Salt & Straw

Some people enjoy the hours of planning and cooking that come with hosting guests for Thanksgiving. If you’re not one of them, why not lay out a few tubs of ice cream and call it a day? With the new line of flavors from the West Coast ice cream chain Salt & Straw, you just might be able to get away with that plan. As Thrillist reports, the shop’s new seasonal line for November features flavors inspired by the sweet and savory portions of Thanksgiving dinner.

Salt & Straw is known for experimenting with unusual ice cream ingredients, so new varieties like sweet potato casserole with maple pecans, spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie, and apple cranberry stuffing fit right into their menu. But two of the new flavors are bizarre even by their standards.

The chain describes their buttered mashed potatoes and gravy ice cream as “hands down the most savory one we’ve ever served.” It contains flavoring from real potatoes and a homemade gravy fudge.

A scoop of ice cream.
Buttered mashed potatoes and gravy.
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Their salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey ice cream also doesn’t skimp on the star ingredient: The distinct taste comes from turkey stock boiled down with sugar, spices, and onions into a rich caramel. Crispy, candy-coated turkey skin adds some crunch to the creamy treat.

A scoop of ice cream.
Salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey ice cream.
Salt & Straw

Ice cream gourmands who don’t live near one of the Salt & Straw locations in Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, or Los Angeles can order the package of flavors online for $65. For every pint that’s purchased from their November line, Salt & Straw pledges to donate a pint to the organization Urban Gleaners, which works to fight hunger in Portland. And if you're looking for an equally strange side dish to accompany your Thanksgiving feast, we suggest adding some turkey, cranberry, and pumpkin pie gumballs to your menu.

[h/t Thrillist]

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Job Alert: The UK Needs a Chicken Nugget Taste-Tester

Do you like highly-processed chicken molded into mushy, breaded bites? Are you willing to relocate to England? Can your palate distinguish a savory nugget from a mediocre one? Your dream job awaits, AJC.com reports.

British retail chain B&M recently posted a job listing calling for a "chicken nugget connoisseur" to help the company get feedback on their new line of frozen food products. The chosen applicant—or applicants—will get a monthly voucher worth £25 ($34) to spend on frozen goods. Job duties consist of eating nuggets and other items and then providing B&M feedback.

The post describes the position as "temporary," so it's unlikely there's opportunity for advancement. If you care to apply, B&M will accept a paragraph describing yourself and why you’d be good for the job—though if you actually have a CV full of previous nugget-related positions, we're confident they'd love to see it.

[h/t AJC.com]

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Switzerland Just Made It Illegal to Boil Live Lobsters
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No, lobsters don’t scream when you toss them into a pot of boiling water, but as far as the Swiss government is concerned, they can still feel pain. The path most lobsters take to the dinner plate is supposedly so inhumane that Switzerland has banned boiling lobsters alive unless they are stunned first, The Guardian reports.

The new law is based on assertions from animal rights advocates and some scientists that crustaceans like lobsters have complex nervous systems, making death by boiling incredibly painful. If chefs want to include lobster on their menus, they’re now required to knock them out before preparing them. Acceptable stunning methods under Swiss law include electric shock and the “mechanical destruction” of the lobster’s brain (i.e. stabbing it in the head).

The government has also outlawed the transportation of live lobsters on ice or in icy water. The animals should instead be kept in containers that are as close to their natural environment as possible until they’re ready for the pot.

Proponents of animal rights are happy with the decision, but others, including some scientists, are skeptical. The data still isn’t clear as to whether or not lobsters feel pain, at least in the way people think of it. Bob Bayer, head of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, told Mental Floss in 2014 that lobsters “sense their environment, but don’t have the intellectual hardware to process pain.”

If you live in a place where boiling lobsters is legal, but still have ethical concerns over eating them, try tossing your lobster in the freezer before giving it a hot water bath. Chilling it puts it to sleep and is less messy than butchering it while it’s still alive.

[h/t The Guardian]

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