Oreo Debuts New Choco Chip Flavor

This year, Nabisco has released a number of Oreo flavors, including Cinnamon Bun, Filled Cupcake, and Blueberry Pie. Now, the company is giving fans another sweet surprise: Nabisco revealed its newest limited edition Oreo Cookie flavor, Choco Chip, at its Oreo Wonder Vault pop-up shop in Los Angeles, according to TIME.

The new cookie—available in stores starting today and shown in the video above—features chocolate chip-flavored creme sandwiched between the company’s first ever dual-flavored wafer, a Golden Oreo with a chocolate chip flavor. Refinery29 says they're "extra dunkable." But Oreo hopes that the new flavor will do more than satisfy your taste buds. They also hope it will satisfy your nostalgia. According to TIME, Oreo believes the Choco Chip cookies will remind fans of their childhood when warm sensations and memories of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies wafted through the air.

To drive that point home, Oreo also started a new Twitter promo campaign for fans. To enter, simply tag @Oreo and use the #HomeAwayFromHome on Twitter. Afterwards, the cookie company will send 250 winners matching limited edition cookie jars: one for the winner and another to give someone who is home-away-from-home.

[h/t Refinery29]

Images courtesy of John Sciulli via Getty Images for Oreo.

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London Grocery Chain Encourages Shoppers to Bring Their Own Tupperware

Why stop at bringing your own grocery bags to the store? One London grocery wants you to BYO-Tupperware. The London Evening Standard reports that a UK chain called Planet Organic has partnered with Unpackaged—a company dedicated to sustainable packaging—to install self-serve bulk-food dispensers where customers can fill their own reusable containers with dry goods, cutting down on plastic packaging waste.

To use the system, customers walk up and weigh their empty container at a self-serve station, printing and attaching a label with its tare weight. Then, they can fill it with flour, nuts, or other kinds of dry goods, weigh it again, and print the price tag before taking it up to the check out. (Regular customers only have to weigh their containers once, since they can save the peel-off label to use again next time.)

Planet Organic is offering cereals, legumes, grains, nuts, chocolate, dried fruit, and even some cleaning products in bulk as part of this program, significantly reducing the amount of waste shoppers would otherwise be taking home on each grocery trip.

Zero-waste grocery stores have been popping up in Europe for several years. These shops, like Berlin's Original Unverpackt, don't offer any bags or containers, asking customers bring their own instead. This strategy also encourages people to buy only what they need, which eliminates food waste—there's no need to buy a full 5-pound bag of flour if you only want to make one cake.

The concept is also gaining traction in North America. The no-packaging grocery store in.gredients opened in Austin, Texas in 2011. The Brooklyn store Package Free, opened in 2017, takes the idea even further, marketing itself as a one-stop shop for "everything that you'd need to transition to a low waste lifestyle." It sells everything from tote bags to laundry detergent to dental floss.

[h/t London Evening Standard]

Jellyfish Chips Might Be Your Next Snack Obsession

When it comes to processed foods, the palate of the average American isn't very adventurous. A bag of pickle-flavored Lay's chips might be a radical snack option. But if researchers in Denmark are on the right track, we may soon be crunching a very different kind of treat: jellyfish chips, as Futurism reports.

The ethereal-looking marine animals are usually recognized for their squishy frames and sometimes as a threat due to their venomous sting. They're often prepared for human consumption in Asian cultures, with the body being marinated in salt and potassium for weeks to create a crunchy delicacy. Recently, Danish scientists at the University of Southern Denmark were able to expedite this process, using ethanol to create a crispy jellyfish chip in a matter of days.

A jellyfish chip is made from a jellyfish being dried out in ethanol
Mie T. Pedersen

Why bother? Due to overfishing, more popular seafoods are experiencing shortages. The jellyfish, however, have a flourishing population and are rich in vitamins and minerals.

Right now, researchers are focused on the microscopic changes that take place when processing a jellyfish from its gooey natural state to a hardened, crunchy form. It could be a while before any serious product development is conducted. And as far as taste goes, it might need a bit of seasoning. The current process for making jellyfish consumable results in a taste that some have compared to eating a salty rubber band.

[h/t Futurism]


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