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Turn Your Kitchen Into a Pizzeria With a Portable Stone Oven

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True pizza lovers can now get that real Neapolitan pizza taste at home. A portable wood-fire stone pizza oven called the Roccbox, launching on Indiegogo, touts itself as the ultimate low-budget stone oven.

The Roccbox comes with both wood-fired and gas burners, and takes just 15 minutes to warm up to a toasty 930°F. Pop your pizza in for just 90 seconds, and you have dinner. You can also use it for vegetables, bread, roasted meat, and just about anything else that can withstand the heat. It's small enough for one person to carry and relatively cheap for an oven, making it accessible to businesses and individuals who don't have the space and capital to deal with a giant, multi-thousand-dollar contraption.

The company was founded by Tom Gozney who already owns an oven business, making it more likely that you’ll actually receive the product than some new tech that's sold via crowdfunding.

Get it for $489 right now on Indiegogo for June delivery.

Don’t forget to invite us to your pizza party!

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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Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error.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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