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]

Oscar Mayer Is Renting Out the Wienermobile on Airbnb For Overnight Stays

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Airbnb

Oscar Mayer is about to make all of your hot dog dreams come true. To celebrate National Hot Dog Day (today), the meat-industry titan has listed its legendary Wienermobile on Airbnb for overnight stays. Mark your calendars for July 24, when reservation opportunities will go live throughout the day, with prices starting at $136 per night.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

The 27-foot-long locomotive hot dog, parked in Chicago, can accommodate two people and includes a sofa bed, sitting area, and outdoor space with a bathroom and “hot dog picnic zone” where you can lounge in Adirondack chairs while enjoying a savory snack. The 'mobile will also be packed with all the hot dog amenities you didn’t know you needed: Highlights include a mini fridge stocked with hot dogs and Chicago-style fixings, a custom Wienermobile art piece by Chicago artist Laura Kiro, and an Oscar Mayer roller grill that you get to keep forever. And that’s not the only souvenir: each guest will also receive a welcome kit with as-yet-unidentified “hot dog-inspired accessories.”

Other features include air conditioning, free parking, breakfast, a hair dryer, and the essentials: towels, bed sheets, soap, shampoo, and toilet paper.

Interior of Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

Interior of Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

The booking dates overlap with Chicago’s famed Grant Park music festival Lollapalooza, which takes place from August 1 through 4. The lineup this year includes Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, The Strokes, and Kacey Musgraves, to name a few. What better way to stay nourished and well-rested after a musical marathon than in a cozy, oblong automobile filled with meat?

If you can't book a Wienermobile getaway, you can still celebrate July as National Hot Dog Month by hosting your own hot dog picnic wherever you are (just make sure you know the proper way to plate, dress, serve, and chow down on a plate full of frankfurters).

Check out the full listing on Airbnb.

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Why Are There 10 Hot Dogs to a Pack But Only 8 Buns?

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Watching competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut cram dozens of hot dogs down his throat would make anyone crave a grilled log of processed meat this summer. But shopping for hot dogs can be a confusing experience. The dogs are typically sold in packs of 10, but the buns are sold in packs of eight. What's behind this strange dog and bun inequality?

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council—yes, there is a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council—there’s a good reason for the discrepancy. For starters, distributors of hot dogs are almost always different from manufacturers of baked goods like rolls. The hot dogs are sold in packs of 10 because producers of meat (or meat-like) products selected that quantity when hot dogs started to sell at retail grocery stores in the 1940s. Oscar Mayer, which led the charge into direct-to-consumer hot dog packaging, sold hot dogs by the pound in accordance with how meat is typically priced. Having 10 dogs that weighed 1.6 ounces each seemed like the ideal distribution of weight.

Bakeries, meanwhile, have standards of their own. Buns and sandwich rolls are usually sold eight to a pack because the baking trays for the elongated buns are typically sized to fit that number. Two sets of four buns come off the tray, which is the reason why buns are often still attached to one another when you open a bag.

These standards were created independently of one another: Bakeries weren’t too preoccupied with hot dogs when they were settling on a four-roll tray standard, and hot dog manufacturers weren’t thinking about how difficult it would be for bakeries to break from their conveyor system to offer 10 buns to a pack.

It can be frustrating if you buy just one or two packages of each, but if you’re hosting a big enough party, the uneven number doesn’t matter. You just need to buy five packages of buns and four packages of hot dogs to have 40 matching pairs. No complicated calculations required.

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