Starbucks is Bringing Ice Cream to More Than 100 Locations in the U.S.

Soon, customers at select Starbucks locations will be able to order scoops of ice cream to cool down their coffees. As Business Insider reports, the chain will be featuring new affogato offerings at more than 100 stores across the country, beginning this week.

The word affogato means “drowned” in Italian. To make one of these concoctions, baristas pour a shot of espresso into a cup of vanilla ice cream. The dessert is a popular treat in Italy, and soon Starbucks customers in Los Angeles, Orange County, Boston, and Washington, D.C. will get to try the delicacy for themselves.

The Roastery Affogato menu will be unveiled at 10 of Starbucks’s fancier Reserve bar locations. Their classic affogatos will sell for $6, and Cold Brew Malts, made with vanilla ice cream, cold brew, and chocolate bitters, will cost $8.50 each.

A less expensive version of the menu will also be made available at 100 classic Starbucks stores in Orange County, California. There, the Cold Brew Malt will feature Starbucks' Narino 70 cold brew instead of the pricier small-lot brew, and will cost $6.40.

Starbucks first experimented with ice cream-inspired offerings last summer. Their Affogato-style Frappuccino, with hot espresso poured over the iced drink, channeled the hot-cold temperature contrast of the original dessert. The newest offerings mark the first time actual ice cream has been sold at Starbucks across the country.

[h/t Business Insider]

Sorry, Kids: Soda is Now Banned From Children's Menus in Baltimore

The war on sugary drinks continues. Following several cities that have passed laws allowing them to collect substantial sales tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages, Baltimore is taking things a step further. A new ordinance that went into effect Wednesday will prohibit restaurants from offering soda on their kids’ menus.

Leana Wen, the city’s health commissioner, told the Associated Press that the ordinance was enacted to “help families make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Instead of soda, eateries will be expected to offer milk, water, and 100 percent fruit juices.

If you’re wondering what will stop children from sipping soda ordered by an adult escort, the answer is—nothing. Business owners will not be expected to swat Pepsi out of a child’s hand. The effort is intended to get both parents and children thinking about healthier alternatives to sodas, which children consume with regularity. A 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that 30 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 consumed two or more servings a day, which can contribute to type 2 diabetes, obesity, cavities, and other adverse effects.

Businesses in violation of this kid-targeted soda prohibition will be fined $100. Baltimore joins seven cities in California and Lafayette, Colorado, which have similar laws on the books.

[h/t The Baltimore Sun]

'Lime Disease' Could Give You a Nasty Rash This Summer

A cold Corona or virgin margarita is best enjoyed by the pool, but watch where you’re squeezing those limes. As Slate illustrates in a new video, there’s a lesser-known “lime disease,” and it can give you a nasty skin rash if you’re not careful.

When lime juice comes into contact with your skin and is then exposed to UV rays, it can cause a chemical reaction that results in phytophotodermatitis. It looks a little like a poison ivy reaction or sun poisoning, and some of the symptoms include redness, blistering, and inflammation. It’s the same reaction caused by a corrosive sap on the giant hogweed, an invasive weed that’s spreading throughout the U.S.

"Lime disease" may sound random, but it’s a lot more common than you might think. Dermatologist Barry D. Goldman tells Slate he sees cases of the skin condition almost daily in the summer. Some people have even reported receiving second-degree burns as a result of the citric acid from lime juice. According to the Mayo Clinic, the chemical that causes phytophotodermatitis can also be found in wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups, and other citrus fruits.

To play it safe, keep your limes confined to the great indoors or wash your hands with soap after handling the fruit. You can learn more about phytophotodermatitis by checking out Slate’s video below.

[h/t Slate]


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