Finally! Nestlé Toll House Releases Line of Edible Cookie Doughs

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Raw cookie dough lovers have more options than ever before. They can visit cafes that sell cookie dough by the scoopful, or make their own safe-to-eat cookie dough at home. But the classic store-bought cookie dough packages have remained off-limits—until recently. As Thrillist reports, Nestlé now sells premade cookie dough that's meant to be eaten unbaked.

The edible cookie dough tubs from Nestlé come in two flavors—chocolate chip, which is modeled after the original Nestlé Toll House recipe, and "peanut butter chocolate chip monster." Both products include the ingredients that make raw cookie dough irresistible, like real butter and chocolate, while leaving out any components that could make consumers sick, like raw eggs. The recipe was engineered to be spooned straight from the container and eaten as is, so shaping the dough into cookies and baking it isn't recommended.

Edible cookie dough in tubs.
Nestlé Toll House

In a news release, Nestlé Toll House associate brand manager Christyna Chandler said "we wanted to bring the experience of eating cookie dough straight from the mixer to consumers in a safe and convenient way." Despite how common it is to sneak a bite of cookie dough before sticking it in the oven, the CDC makes it clear that this a dangerous practice. Cookie dough not only contains raw eggs, which could carry Salmonella, but also raw flour, which could potentially harbor E. coli. Just this past June, flour sold at Aldi and Walmart was recalled due to E. coli concerns.

Fifteen-ounce tubs of the edible cookie dough are now available at Publix supermarkets in the refrigerated section. Nestlé plans to roll out the product in Meijer, select Walmart stores, and select regional grocery chains in the U.S. throughout July 2019.

[h/t Thrillist]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

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