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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.

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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.
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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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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]

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Solve a Murder Mystery (and Eat Cheesecake) with The Golden Girls
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Something is rotten in the city of Miami. A murder has been committed—and nobody knows who’s behind the dastardly crime. The police are likely no match for the killer, so it’s up to the Golden Girls characters to combine their wits (over cheesecake, of course) to crack the case. But they can’t do it without your help.

That’s right: Peddler’s Village, a quaint shopping village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, is now offering a Golden Girls Murder Mystery dinner and show every Friday and Saturday night through August 25, 2018. The whodunit takes place at Peddler's Pub at the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, at 7 p.m.

While the major plot details have been kept under wraps (it is a murder mystery, after all), we do know that Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia have "invited a couple of well known detectives to join the party and discuss their famous capers." And given that the show is titled "The Golden Girls: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher," we can only guess (and hope) that an amateur sleuth from Cabot Cove, Maine will be making an appearance.

It's not the first time Peddler's Pub has hosted the gals from Miami; the current show is a sequel of sorts to the original Golden Girls Murder Mystery that Peddler's Pub put on back in 2016. Fun fact: Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy beat out a room full of other Betty White sangria-drinking armchair detectives to correctly solve the mystery during its original run. (She has the mug to prove it.)

Tickets are $69.95 per person, and you can make a reservation (which is required) by calling 215-794-4051. As for what you'll be dining on: You can scope out the menu online (and yes, the Girls’ favorite dessert is involved).

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