Want to Upgrade Your Pancake Recipe? Just Add Starburst

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There's no wrong time to eat a Starburst fruit chew, apparently. The bright candies are perfect for dessert, a mid-afternoon snack, and—after dressing them up with this easy pancake recipe—a playful breakfast.

A Starburst pancake recipe recently concocted by HelloGiggles is a great excuse to eat candy first thing in the morning. The recipe makes 24 pancakes, with an ingredient list that calls for 80 Starburst squares—20 of each color—coming out to more than three Starburst chews per pancake. (Suggested serving size: four pancakes per person.)

To make the colorful meal, unwrap and separate the Starbursts into red, orange, yellow, and pink piles. Then melt each color separately over the stove with milk and heavy cream. Pour the liquid Starburst mixtures into four separate bowls, then stir pancake mix into each until you have four bowls of yellow, orange, red, and pink pancake batter. Add a few drops of food coloring into the corresponding bowls to make the hues even more vibrant.

From there, cook the pancakes on a greased skillet as you normally would, flipping them after a minute or two. When they're fluffy and slightly brown on both sides, remove them from the griddle and, if the 80 Starbursts aren't enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, top with syrup.

You can follow the recipe step-by-step in the video below, and then check out our suggestions of more ways to use excess candy.

[h/t HelloGiggles]

A New Jersey Pizzeria Is Using Its Delivery Boxes to Help Find Missing Pets

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John Howard/iStock via Getty Images

You might overlook dozens of “Lost Dog” posters nailed to telephone posts on a weekly basis, but would you miss one pasted to the top of your pizza box? One New Jersey pizzeria owner thinks not.

John Sanfratello, owner of Angelo’s Pizza in Matawan, New Jersey, is asking people from all over the state to send him their lost pet flyers so that he can tape them to his delivery boxes, CBS News reports. The idea occurred to him after his neighbor’s cat went missing: Though that cat has since been found, Sanfratello started to wonder how he could help reunite other lost pets with their owners. Since the pizza was getting delivered around the city anyway, he thought, why not add a message?

One patron of the pizzeria told CBS News she thinks the practice has “triggered a community effort by everyone” to pay a little extra attention to their fellow residents. And Sanfratello’s sister has also adopted the idea for her own pizza shops in Florida.

Angelo’s Pizza is currently spreading the word about two other missing animals: a cat and a Seeing Eye dog in training named Ondrea, who recently escaped her yard while chasing another animal. The German shepherd puppy has been lost for almost four weeks, and her owners said they’ve done everything they could think of—searching the woods, putting up flyers around town, and posting on Facebook—to no avail.

It’s a new spin on the old practice of printing photos of missing children on milk cartons, Sanfratello said. Though that may have fallen out of fashion in the late 1980s, Sanfratello has high hopes for this new partnership between pizza and pet owners.

[h/t CBS News]

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