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Celebrate Easter Like a Targaryen With This Giant Chocolate Dragon Egg

The long-awaited sixth season of Game of Thrones comes out April 24, but before that, there's Easter. As we all know, Easter is a time to gorge on chocolate, and HBO is pulling no punches on the sugar front this year. Just in time for the DVD release of the fifth season, a gigantic chocolate dragon egg is making a debut at Selfridges department store in London. 

HBO teamed up with the London-based chocolate shop Melt Chocolates to create a hyper-realistic chocolate replica of a dragon egg featured in Game of Thrones. While no dragons will be popping out, the glorious work of food art weighs a whopping 33 pounds and is 22 inches tall. The giant egg, which will be covered in detailed scales similar to the ones seen on the show, will be unveiled this Saturday. While you won't be able to sample the impressive creation, you can pick up a set of three miniature dragon eggs to eat in the safety of your own home. 

[h/t Hello Giggles]

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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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