These photogenic breakfast creations are way too pretty to eat

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Weekend baker Song Rattanakosate is winning new fans on Instagram every day, thanks to her adorable morning creations.

The 28-year-old Thai interior designer, who has been posting cute dishes as @songsweetsong on Instagram, where she now has 165,000 followers and counting.

She told Mashable she started baking to take her mind off studies when she was at Thammasat University.

“Every time I got stressed or ran out of creative ideas, I would bake. It was during the baking process that I’d often find the solutions to my school work,” she said. Read more…

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KFC’s candle might tempt you to eat the chicken-scented wax

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Forget walking into your home to the scent of something baking, how about walking in to the scent of something frying? You know, like chicken? 

That’s the reality one lucky New Zealand resident enjoys now, thanks to a limited-edition candle released by KFC. 

#KFC released a scented candle
My life is completepic.twitter.com/eR53i4YqSY

— Cruise (@CruiseZ953) December 6, 2016

Lucky Kiwis were able to enter the contest on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by following KFC New Zealand’s profiles and suggesting merchandise the company should make. There were reportedly more than 15,000 total comments and suggestions on the social media posts.   Read more…

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Burgers and burritos come together because goodness exists in the world

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From sushi donuts to Swedish Fish Oreos to the mufgel, 2016 has been the year of food mashups.

And now joining the ranks is the Burgrito, a burger and burrito mashup, with its own restaurant headed to Brooklyn.

The Burgrito is a stomach-busting concoction stuffed with tomato, bacon, lettuce, American cheese, onion, chipotle sauce, fries and hamburger meat. They also have a vegan Burgrito option, the Veg-rito.

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Mashable spoke with Lawrence Laby, owner of Burgrito’s, on why he is excited to expand the business from Long Island to Park Slope. Read more…

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Spaghetti source: Inside the history of pasta production

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A worker hangs pasta to dry in a factory in Italy.

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Pasta, the most famous staple of Italian cuisine, was first recorded in Sicily in the 12th century, a few centuries after Arab invaders brought a dried, noodle-like dish to the island.

Mainly made with durum wheat and eggs or water, pasta (from the Latin for “dough”) was for many centuries a food reserved for the rich and privileged. It was not until the 18th century that industrialized production made it a cheap staple food for large numbers of Italians.

Soft and pliable pasta dough is shaped into hundreds of different forms, from the simple strands and sheets of spaghetti and lasagne to bowties, seashells, wagon wheels and bicycles. Read more…

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Surprise wintery beverage debuts at Starbucks today

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Starbucks customers have been enjoying the 2016 holiday cups for nearly a month now – and the coffee company just launched a hot new winter beverage to accompany them.

Starting Dec. 2, Starbucks stores will offer their newest drink: Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa.

Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa is, “made with steamed milk, white chocolate mocha sauce and cinnamon dolce syrup topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon sugar,” Starbucks explained in a release sent to Mashable.

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The new beverage joins three other cocoas on Starbucks’ menu: Peppermint Hot Cocoa, Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa and White Chocolate Hot Cocoa. Read more…

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General Tso’s chicken inventor dies at 98

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It’s been a rough week for food pioneers. First the creator of the Big Mac passed away, and now General Tso’s chicken inventor Peng Chang-kuei died at age 98, reports Taiwan News

A photo posted by Seiyu Hosono (@seiyuhosono) on

The sticky, spicy dish is widely credited to the chef, who was trained from age 13Taiwan News reports, “After WWII, he was put in charge of running Nationalist government banquets, and in 1949 he fled to Taiwan after the Nationalist forces were defeated by the Communists in the Chinese Civil War.” Read more…

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This machine aims to dispense the perfect glass of wine for you

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A new machine aims to do for wine what Nespresso and Keurig have done for coffee at home. 

The D-Vine — from the French wine startup 10-Vins — puts wine in a 100ml test tube-shaped container called a ‘flacon’ (little bottle) and brings it to the optimum temperature and aeration recommended by wine makers.  

Within a minute, it can chill or warm the wine and aerates the drink via a long, coiled inner tube which passes through it. 

100ml flacons of red wine.

100ml flacons of red wine.

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Each wine tube has a label with an NFC chip embedded.

Each wine tube has a label with an NFC chip embedded.

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McDonald’s drive-thru employee can’t stop shrieking at a spider

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It’s a big week for McDonald’s news: the inventor of the Big Mac passed away AND an Instagram account dedicated to McDonald’s sign sunsets made headlines.

And now, the internet has gifted us a simply delightful video of a McDonald’s drive-thru employee’s encounter with a spider.

The dramatic employee was just trying to do his job when a spider appeared and halted his productivity, resulting in lots of shrieking and a co-worker coming to the rescue.

Luckily, an amused customer filmed the whole thing from his car. Read more…

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Pop-Tarts unveils Dunkin’ Donuts flavor collaboration

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You could drag yourself out of bed 10 minutes early, rush through your morning routine and sprint out the door to grab coffee before work. 

Or you could just toast one of these Dunkin’ Donuts coffee-flavored Pop-Tarts and get on with your day. On Thursday, Kellogg’s unveiled a limited edition collaboration with the coffee retailer.

Available in Frosted Chocolate Mocha and Frosted Vanilla Latte, Pop-Tarts’ latest product blends the choice breakfast of our youth with the cups of coffee we’ve come to rely on in adulthood. 

The new flavors hit grocery store shelves nationwide this month and will retail for $2.59 a box.  Read more…

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Burger King announces Cheesy Tots with help from Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro

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It’s impossible to forget the famous tater tots scene from the 2004 cult classic Napoleon Dynamite.

Burger King hasn’t forgotten about it. And apparently, the film’s stars Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez haven’t forgotten it either.

The original Napoleon and Pedro are currently spoofing the deadpan encounter in a new Burger King commercial advertising the fast food chain’s Cheesy Tots, which are back in stores for a limited time.

2004:

2016:

“Cheesy Tots are a bite-sized combination of warm potatoes and melty cheese inside with a crispy outside,” reads a press release Burger King sent to Mashable. Read more…

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