These Lay’s Creamy Jalapeno Poppables Are A New Spicy Snack With A Crispy Crunch

By: Rachel Murphy

Elite Daily

Photo by:Courtesy of Lay’s

Try Lay’s new flavor : Creamy Jalapeño .

When it comes to the sweet versus salty debate, I’m always team salt. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good bowl of ice cream or a fudgy brownie. But when it comes to everyday snacks, I’m always going to reach for a bag of chips before I go for a cookie. So, when I found out that Lay’s Creamy Jalapeño Poppables are hitting store shelves in early February, I knew I had to learn more about them. Any snack that combines heat, salt, and a good crunch is A-OK in my book.

Lay’s new Creamy Jalapeño Poppables are coming soon and are going to be a permanent addition to the snack aisle, according to Lay’s. The company took to Instagram to announce the launch of the new flavor. According to Jan. 16 post, Lay’s plans to roll out the new Creamy Jalapeño Poppables starting on Monday, Feb. 4. Mondays are always such a drag, but this gives my palate something to look forward to. My guess is that you should be able to find this flavor anywhere Lay’s products are sold such as Target, Walmart, and your favorite local grocery store. This flavor of Poppables will be sold in 2-ounce and 5-ounce bags, according to Lay’s.

If you aren’t one to indulge in spicy foods, I invite you to reconsider. While I haven’t taste-tested this flavor for myself, the good people over at SnackGator have. SnackGator is quick to point out that you “get an instant whiff of zesty jalapeño,” but that the cream flavor kicks in and overpowers the spicy flavor of the pepper.

 

Remember, jalapeño isn’t the only flavor these crisps possess. There’s also the creamy aspect, which should help cut back on the jalapeño spice for those who don’t like to play with fire. I’m a fan of jalapeños. I like to eat them pickled, raw, and in my guac and other dips. Also, jalapeño poppers were a staple food of my childhood and I still love the friend snack. Really, any way is fine by me. I’ve never met a jalapeño that I didn’t like.

The packaging for the new snack touts “perfectly poppable crispy potato bites.” As I said, I haven’t been privy to trying this yummy snack just yet so I can’t confirm or deny the validity of the bag’s claim. If I’m going based off of images of the Creamy Jalapeño Poppables, the small oval-shaped chips look perfectly crisp and well seasoned with specks of spicy green flavor. You may have noticed the airy design of the Poppable. The unique criss-cross pattern helps to give the snack an extra big crunch with every bite. I’m already drooling.

 

Jalapeño Peanut M&M’s are finally here — and people are freaking out

By:  Alessandra Bulow

TODAY 

 

( Photo: Brent Timm/SnackChat Live)

Jalapeño flavored M&M’s are the new trend.

 

The makers of M&M’s have just released three new flavors — but there’s only one that’s really getting fans especially fired up: Mexican Jalapeño Peanut.
Brent Timm, the host of SnackChat Live, broke the news back in September on Instagram and showed off the deep-green packaging of the new pepper-flavored chocolate candy.

“So down for this idea,” one person wrote. “We want these!!” wrote another.

 

But the sweets, which are coated in yellow and green candy shells, didn’t elicit only positive comments.

“Nah I’m good” and “For the love of all that is holy” were just two of the thousands of comments from people who reacted with concern or disgust to the news.
The three new treats hit store shelves on Monday and, according to M&M’s, they’re all totally different.

“The Mexican Jalapeño Peanut flavor combines just the right amount of spice with chocolate,” the press announcement reads. “The Thai Coconut Peanut flavor is a savory sweet taste inspired by the tropics of Thailand. And there’s nothing more English than toffee, and the quintessential English Toffee Peanut flavor tastes as elegant as a trip to Great Britain itself.”
So how do they really taste?

“The Mexican Jalapeño M&M’s have the same classic crunch and milk chocolate flavor as traditional peanut M&M’s, but with a very mild jalapeño flavor that kicks in after a few bites,” Timm told TODAY Food. “They have a great, natural jalapeño taste, with just a subtle hint of spice. For all the snackers who are averse to spicy foods — don’t worry! — these spicy M&M’s won’t have you calling the fire department, or guzzling a glass of milk.”

M&M’s lovers will recall that a limited-edition spicy Chili Nut candy was released in 2016.
“The new M&M’s have a very distinct jalapeño flavor, but the spice factor, or ‘heat,’ is virtually identical to the chili flavor from years past,” Timm said.

 

“The English Toffee Peanut M&M’s were my absolute favorite out of the three new flavors,” Timm told TODAY. “The toffee flavor was incredibly bold and robust, with a delicious coffee and caramel essence. Highly addicting!” As for the Thai Coconut Peanut M&M’s, Timm said that they “have just the perfect amount of coconut flavoring and that the combination of coconut and milk chocolate is a match made in heaven.”

Fans will be able to vote for their new favorite candy at www.flavorvote.mms.com, or text the word “vote” to 84444. By voting in the contest, candy fans will be entered for a chance to win a trip to one of the three countries that inspired the flavors. The contest is open through May 17. In 2018, Crunchy Mint beat out Crunchy Raspberry and Crunchy Espresso M&M’s.
While Timm has a feeling the Toffee Peanut M&M’s will likely become the fan favorite, he doesn’t discount the novelty of the Mexican Jalapeño Peanut M&M’s.

“The jalapeño flavor will definitely raise some eyebrows and attract the more ‘adventurous’ snackers, but I don’t think they’ll have enough appeal to become a permanent flavor,” he said.
M&M’s will announce the winning flavor, which will be sold in stores for an extended period of time, in August.

Pickle bouquets are the best thing to happen to Valentine’s Day since chocolate

By: Erica Chayes Wida

Today 

Grillo’s Pickles created a bouquet made of its finest pickles. And it’s easy to make.

( Photo by:Grillo’s Pickles)

Guys, Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s a really big dill.

It’s a great time to remind all loved ones (spouses, moms, dads, dates, baes and kids included) how much they really mean to you. While a card or some roses often fit the bill, why not go the extra step on Feb. 14 with an edible bouquet made out of … pickles!

Sure, fresh flowers may smell like fairies bathing in a glistening glen, but pickles are also pretty magical. Plus, pizza bouquets are so last season.

A pickle can be sweet, it can be sour (anyone else drawing a parallel to love?) and best of all, it won’t wilt over time — as long as it’s eaten quickly.
Grillo’s Pickles, the Boston-based pickle company behind the novel idea, isn’t actually selling pre-made pickle bouquets, but their founder told  TODAY  Food why the brand wants its loyal followers to make their own this year.

“Not only is a pickle bouquet more beautiful than a dozen red roses, and healthier than a standard box of chocolate, it’s also far more creative,” Grillo’s founder and CEO Travis Grillo told TODAY. “Grillo’s Hot Italian Dill pickles make it easy for consumers to spice things up with their hottie, while the brand’s Bread & Butter pickles offer a low-cal treat for sweeties nationwide.”

Grillo said that his team drew inspiration for the bouquet from the traditional, 100-year-old Italian family recipe the company still uses today: Cucumbers, salt, dill, garlic, water, grape leaves and vinegar. That’s why they added whole bulbs of garlic and fresh dill to the pickled arrangement.

“We know there are a lot of pickle lovers out there that would love nothing more than to get a Valentine’s Day gift loaded with their favorite snack,” Grillo added.
If reactions on Twitter are any indication about the popularity of pickles, Grillo is spot on.
For years, pickle fiends have been fantasizing about a tangy edible arrangement.

Since Valentine’s Day is a holiday that celebrates love, it’s probably best if pickles are prepared to look pretty decent.
Straight from Grillo’s expert florists — pickle-ists? — here’s how to craft the ultimate pickle bouquet.

Pick up a selection of your favorite pickles. Grillo’s recommends using a few different kinds like dill, hot chips, bread and butter and a variety of spheres and whole pickles.
Arrange the pickle spears and chips into a bouquet shape using bamboo kebab skewers and toothpicks.

Garnish with your choice of festive (or delicious) extras, from fresh herbs to colorful peppers.
And if you really want to try your hand at craftiness, try rolling little slices of pizza into the arrangement. After all, pickle-topped pizza has won over pickle fans in the past.

 

 

Creamy Dill Pickle Dressing Is The Absolute Best Way To Use Leftover Pickle Juice

By: Marie Rossiter

Magic Valley 

( photo by: Sinful Nutrition)

Creamy dill pickle salad dressing is a great way to reuse pickle juice

 

Once reserved primarily as a burger topping, pickles have stepped into the spotlight for recipes including ice cream, cupcakes, quick bread, and even cocktails. But not all pickle recipes are on the strange side — for example, creamy dill pickle salad dressing is something we had never considered before, but it makes perfect sense. After all, pickles are just flavored-up cucumbers, right?Sinful Nutrition shared a creamy dill pickle salad dressing recipe she thought up because she couldn’t face dumping the leftover pickle juice down the drain. “You put vinegar in salad dressing, so why not pickle juice?!” Writes blogger Emily Cooper. “No more brines left behind.”

Cooper added one avocado, along with some olive oil, to come up with a tangy dressing that is paleo-friendly, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. The blogger behind Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen prefers to use the juice from fermented pickles as the base of her salad dressing recipe. Fermented pickles, also known as Jewish kosher pickles, have lactic bacteria — “good bacteria” — from its brining process. This bacteria is actually good for our digestive systems because of their probiotic qualities, Yang writes.

 

You can find fermented pickles in the refrigerated section of your favorite grocery stores. Why? They do not contain vinegar, which acts as a preservative. As a result, they cannot be placed on the shelves due to spoilage risk, she writes.

 

For this pickle juice salad dressing with summer herbs, Yang adds fresh ingredients such as garlic, dill, and parsley to brighten up the taste. Also, she adds a dash of Dijon mustard to kick up the salad just a little bit.If creaminess isn’t your thing, there are a few other dill pickle dressing recipes out there, including a vinaigrette from Tasting Table and another from Food 52.
Have fun dressing your salads!

Can Pickle Juice Really Cure a Hangover?

Health

By:Kasandra Brabaw

Here’s what you need to know before swigging brine from the jar in your fridge.

 

When you wake up with a pounding head and cotton-dry mouth the night after one (or a few) too many drinks, you’ll likely find yourself Googling ways to get rid of your hangover, fast. And when you do, you may stumble upon a suggestion to throw back some pickle juice.

Some claim that pickle brine is the reason Polish people don’t get hangovers. Even Dr. Oz has endorsed pickle juice as a hangover cure. According to him, the salts in pickle juice replenish electrolytes that you lose while drinking, which can make your headache disappear. But is getting over a hangover really as easy as taking a swig from the pickle jar in your fridge?

Well, probably not. “The main thing to understand with hangovers is that they usually happen because people are dehydrated, and then also you probably didn’t get much sleep,” Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, a practicing family physician in Long Island, New York, tells Health. So yes, salty pickle brine might help with the electrolytes you’ve lost if you peed a lot, or maybe even threw up, the night before. But taking a shot of pickle juice in the morning won’t make your hangover disappear if you’re not also drinking lots of water and nursing your hangover with a nap.

Alcohol acts as a diuretic, which means that it’ll make you pee more than usual. That’s why you may find you have to go so often during a boozy night out and one of the reasons you feel so dehydrated the morning after. Yes, you lose electrolytes in pee—but it’s the water that really matters. “When you’re losing water, you need to continue to replace that,” Dr. Iroku-Malize says. She suggests that people drink a whole glass of water with every alcoholic drink to make the hangover sting less.

The only way to really prevent a hangover is to not drink too much, Dr. Iroku-Malize says. Her definition of “not too much” is one drink a day for women and two for men. Of course, it’s not exactly realistic that you’ll stick to only one drink every day, especially when special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and New Year’s Eve roll around. The next best thing to do is drink lots and lots of water—not gulp down some pickle juice.

If you had a particularly sweaty drunken night, a sports drink might help the resulting hangover, Dr. Iroku-Malize adds. Sports drinks are specially formulated to balance athletes’ electrolytes. Once upon a time, scientists thought pickle juice might do the same thing. In 2014, a small study of nine runners tested whether or not drinking pickle juice before exercising would keep them from cramping. “This is maybe why people think pickle juice will help with dehydration,” Dr. Iroku-Malize says. There was one problem though: The study didn’t show any difference in performance or cramping between drinking pickle juice or drinking plain old water.

Then again, it didn’t do any harm, either. So if you’re invested in the idea of pickle juice as a cure—and you don’t mind the taste—go ahead and drink around a quarter cup next time you’re in need of hangover relief. But follow your pickle juice swig with a few cups of water, some aspirin or ibuprofen, and maybe a nap.

Why fermented cocktails are the next big drinks trend

By: Kate Strick 

Evening Standard 

Adding pickle juice to your cocktail can cure hangovers

Drinking a Bloody Mary to cure a hangover doesn’t sound groundbreaking but Florence Cherruault’s concoction is super-powered. The Hackney mixologist and founder of The Pickle House says her revolutionary new cocktails will boost your immune system, curb sugar cravings and save you from a deadly headache the next day. The secret, she says, lies in a dusty Mason jar at the back of your kitchen cabinet.

The wonder ingredient is pickle juice, which is the miracle elixir behind Cherruault’s award-winning cocktail mix company and the name of her new book. It launches this month and it’s a micro-manual for surviving party season: a master guide to the capital’s hottest fermented concoctions, from a fiery Hawksmoor Bloody Mary to Cherruault’s own signature blend: spice, tomato juice and The Pickle House’s Original Pickle Juice, served over vodka.

It’s the ultimate hangover cure, says Cherruault. “The pickle juice is full of electrolytes which help rehydrate the body with nutrients, so there’s a health side to adding it into cocktails.” It’s also proven to soothe muscle cramps, boost vitamins and help with weight loss — crucial for surviving December’s revelry.

But there’s more than Bloody Marys: the book covers 50 of Cherruault’s hero recipes including a crowd-pleasing Dirty Pickled Martini, a refreshing Cucumber and Ginger Shrub and a fiery Pickleback (a shot of whisky followed by a shot of pickle juice) inspired by a trip to New York. “It’s very much a love it or hate it thing,” Cherruault explains. It’s a bit like trying your first coffee. “If you don’t like it the first time, you should always try a second.”

She’s always liked the sharp, briny taste of pickles ever since that trip to the US but understands that it can be a little “harsh” for the uninitiated. Which is why she includes a whole section on shrubs: pickles’ sweeter, fruit-infused cousin.

 

“It’s an easier way into drinking vinegar,” says Cherruault, and perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Try the apple and cinnamon shrub for a festive tipple or join a cucumber shrub masterclass at Pickle Juice’s book launch this Wednesday at Coal Drops Yard.

It’s a customer favourite and pairs well with a G&T, though the beauty of a shrub is it makes a perfect mocktail if you want a night off drinking. “When you’ve got apple cider vinegar or pickle juice in your cocktail, it adds a depth of flavour to it,” says Cherruault. “It’s not like you’re just having Shloer.”

 

Which is important: people want that kick that makes them feel like they’re drinking something alcoholic. “The acidity from the vinegar adds a similar depth of flavour as spirits, so you can’t drink it as quickly as a really sugary drink,” she continues. Her mocktail of choice is one part shrub to three parts soda water, an alternative to sweet cordials, and a signature blend at neighbouring The Little Duck Picklery in Dalston.

Dirty Bones, Ping Pong and Sketch also offer fermented cocktails — some of which are in the book — but the beauty of pickle juice is how easy it is to make at home (and how colourful it looks in your cupboards). She wants Pickle Juice to be a beginners’ guide for mastering the art of fermented drinks but hopes that Londoners will start to get creative. Send in your own pickled elixir for a chance to be included on Cherruault’s website (or perhaps the next book). In the meantime, stock up Mason jars and get pickled, minus the hangover.

Pickle Juice Soda Is Actually Real, Here’s Where to Find It

By: Wide Open eats 

Rare

 

pickle juice soda be the perfect gift for your favorite pickle lover!

 

 

Pickles are just a magical thing. Whether you’re trying pickle ice pops or pickle vodka, the health benefits of pickles are what brings people back to the fermented jars every week and the grocery store. For those who just relish the taste of pickle juice, the latest concoction from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop will be a big dill: Pickle Juice Soda.

The store, with three locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, is now stocking 12-ounce glass bottles of the stuff for $2.65 a pop. However, if you can’t make the trip, Grandpa Joe’s will ship it to your front door for the pretty penny of $9.99 per bottle. You can also find it online at Soda Emporium for just $2.99 per bottle, without the shipping fees from Grandpa Joe’s. Could a six-pack of dill pickle juice soda be the perfect gift for your favorite pickle lover?

Believe it or not, demand has been out the door, and shipped orders could take between five and 10 days to make their way from the Midwest. The power of the pickle and the excitement around this soda is basically a lifestyle. Many say the soda tastes spot-on, and has even helped satisfy a pickle craving or two along the way for a real pickle fan.

While you could pay the price for pickle juice soda to get those health benefits, you could also try cooking with pickle juice. In fact, In-N-Out’s sauce has a secret ingredient that makes all the difference. Of course, that’s not all pickles appear in, apart from the pickled pop. Did you know people love peanut butter and pickle sandwiches?

 

This isn’t Grandpa Joe’s first foray into the world of weird and wild flavors in his candy stores in western Pennsylvania. They also stock items like bacon-flavored frosting and macaroni and cheese-scented air fresheners.

Would ever try this new soda? The carbonation with tangy pickle juice on your taste buds tastes delicious. Of course if you’re not into the idea of pure cane sugar and pickle juice together, maybe this gallon of pickle juice is for you to make your own pickle popsicles at home. That’s not all, either. Did you hear about Sonic’s Pickle Juice slushies from the summer? Now that’s an interesting way to use leftover pickle juice.

Walmart’s Pickle Lover Gift Packs Are A Dill-icious Dream Come True

By :Callie Tansill-Suddath

Bustle

If you thought pickle madness ended with the summer, think again. Earlier this year, the (internet) world was dazzled and confused by a focus on the deli counter staple. While jars of the sour spears are present in many refrigerators, rarely have they been used to flavor everything from slushes to popcorn, the way they were in the summer of 2018; if you know someone who was plugged into the trend, Walmart has created what might be the perfect gift for a devoted pickle head. The Deluxe Pickle Lovers Gift Pack is just that: packed with everything a pickle lover could ever need (and more!).

 

The Deluxe Pickle Lovers Gift Pack from Walmart is filled with essentials for anyone who claims to be devoted to the snack. For a little under $35, you get a (reusable) tin filled with pickle bandages, pickle lip balm, pickle mints, a pickle-shaped stress toy, an “I Love Pickles” Can Koozie, an “I Heart Pickles” Wristband, and some Dill Pickle Salt. So, not only does this gift set provide you with accessory essentials, it touches on lip care and cupboard essentials. There is not one emergency, pickle-related or un-pickle-related, it cannot meet. What more could you possibly need?

Deluxe Pickle Lovers Gift Set( Photo By : Walmart)

Well, now that you mention it, an actual pickle-flavored snack would be nice. Don’t worry, Walmart has that covered, too. In fact, there is an entire section of the website devoted to pickle gift packs. You can find it on the Walmart website if you search “Pickle addicts.”

 

In the EXTREME Pickle Lovers Gift Pack, you will find everything in the standard Pickle Lovers Gift Set, as well as a bag of pickle-flavored gummy candy. If on second thought you realize you ONLY want edible pickle gifts, that is an option, too! The Extreme Pickle Candy Sampler Gift Pack offers an assortment of pickle-flavored confections; it includes pickle-flavored lollipops, pickle-flavored mints, a giant pickle gummy, and not one but two varieties of pickle-flavored hard candies (in original and spicy).

Extreme Pickle Candy Sampler Gift Pack( Photo By : Walmart)

 

It goes without saying pickles have been around for a long time — back to the B.C. era, according to PBS! — but the archaic food preservation method found new life this past summer after an explosion of pickle-flavored oddities.
Drive-in chain Sonic made headlines and earned a feature in the Food and Wine with the addition of a pickle-flavored slush to its summer sweet treat menu. Apparently, the sip was pretty well-executed, too; it’s not like you got a mouthful of pickle brine. But if that sounds good to you, artisan small batch cocktail brine is also available from Washington, DC-based Gordy’s Pickle Jar. KFC even got in on the trend recently with the release of its Pickle Fried Chicken over the summer.

Unfortunately, none of these are ideal holiday gifts, seeing as most of them were seasonal (and it’s difficult to gift wrap fried chicken). So, Walmart’s specially-designed gift packs for pickle lovers are your best bet. Those detailed above are only a few of what the online store is carrying, so be sure to explore everything Walmart has to offer to satisfy your sour soul and tastebuds.

 

 

Pickle Bloody Mary Mix Is A Brunch Game-Changer

By Lindsay Funston

Delish 

A Pickle Bloody Mary is the new pickle trend!

 

Don’t trust people who don’t love Bloody Mary’s. It sounds dramatic, but it’s true. They’re the ultimate brunch partner—they cure your hangovers, they go great with everything from chicken & waffles to burgers, and they’re so complex: salty, spicy, and briny. I’m also someone who doesn’t trust people who don’t like a pickle in their bloody. When I heard that Gordy’s Pickle Jar—the brilliant minds behind canned pickle brine—were adding their prized brine to bloody mary mix, I was SO game.

I traveled to Washington D.C. to meet the power couple behind Gordy’s, Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain, and make some mix! This wasn’t my first rodeo making bloody mary mix (the Nashville hot chicken mix I made in Tennessee was insane), but the women’s recipe definitely sets itself apart. It’s super bright, thanks to fresh dill and cucumber juice (game-changer btw), intensely peppery, and has an intense kick; they stir in brine left over from their pickled cherry peppers.
The mix is a must-drink (and, ahem, perfect holiday gift) for any pickle or bloody mary lover.

 

Texans Eat Pickles At The Movie Theater, And They Think Everyone Else Does Too

By: Zachary

Shared 

Pickles are the best snack at the movie theater!

 

They say you learn something new every day, and sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that we don’t know as much about the world (or even our own country) as we think we do.
Take the great state of Texas for example.

 

If you ask anyone in America to describe the Lone Star state, they’ll tell you about 10-gallon hats, pickup trucks, and ropin’ dogies.
But mention “movie theater pickles” to someone from another state, and you’ll probably get a few confused looks.

The truth is Texans do eat pickles at movie theaters, and they’re actually surprised that the rest of us don’t.

 

The internet actually examined Texas’ love for eating pickles in front of the big screen back in 2015, when a few articles about the strange fad appeared online.

But the news “broke” again this month, drawing surprised reactions from movie-goers in the 49 states that don’t offer pickles at the multiplex.

 

Even native Texans aren’t clear on how the pickle phenomenon started or why. Most just guess that pickles are salty, so they’re meant to encourage customers to buy more soft drinks.

Still, the trend is so widespread in Texas that many Texans can’t believe movie theaters in other states don’t serve pickles.

 

“I only learned this was different once I moved out of Texas!” shared one Reddit user.
Movie fans have even created rituals for enjoying their pickle at the theater. Some chains sell them in jars, while other sell loose pickles, or hand you a paper bag to keep your fingers dry.

But older movie fans have memories of when the pickles were stored in a big jar, and theater employees would “fish one out of the jar with tongs” for a quarter. (These days, theater pickle will set you back at least two dollars.)

 

Other locations will actually ask if you want the juice drained at the concession stand.
A few pickle-lovers even drop their snack into a popcorn bucket, maybe to blend the salty and sour flavors together.

While the movie theater pickle may be most popular in Texas, pickle sightings have been reported in other states as the news spreads online.
Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Utah, and Virginia also seem to be prime pickle territory.