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The King of Easter Candy Is No Bunny
The King of Easter
Candy Is No Bunny
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The King of Easter Candy Is No Bunny

Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are most popular, according to Instacart and DoorDash

(Newser) - Think Easter candy, and marshmallow Peeps and chocolate bunnies likely come to mind. But that's not primarily what ends up in shoppers' carts. Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs were the top-selling Easter candy in 2023, according to data from both Instacart and DoorDash . The eggs were the top seller...

Your Snacking Habits Really Do Add Up
Your Snacking Habits
Really Do Add Up
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Your Snacking Habits Really Do Add Up

Study finds Americans eat roughly a meal's worth of calories in snacks each day

(Newser) - Those snacks you're grabbing between meals add up, or so says a new study out of the Ohio State University. A survey of nearly 24,000 Americans over age 30 indicates our snacking clocks in at an average 400 to 500 calories a day—or between 19.5% and...

Twinkies Maker Hostess Sells in $5.6B Deal
An Iconic Snack-Maker Sells

An Iconic Snack-Maker Sells

JM Smucker picks up a new acquisition, Twinkies maker Hostess, for $5.6B

(Newser) - Hostess, the maker of snack classics like Twinkies and HoHos, is being sold to JM Smucker in a deal worth about $5.6 billion, reports the AP . Smucker, which makes everything from coffee to peanut butter and jelly, will pay $34.25 per share in cash and stock, and it...

PepsiCo Sets 'Not Easy' Packaging Goal for Doritos

Company wants all packaging for its snack brands to be compostable or otherwise green by 2030

(Newser) - Most people like their chips crunchy, but one of the nation's largest food and beverage conglomerates wants the bags they come in to dissolve softly and safely into the earth and ether. On Wednesday, the head of PepsiCo Foods North America, Steven Williams, popped up during the virtual CNBC...

Another US Giant Is Splitting Into Stand-Alones

Kellogg will now have separate businesses dedicated to cereals, snacks, and plant-based foods

(Newser) - Kellogg is letting go of its Eggos. Rather, the frozen waffle brand will no longer fall under the general Kellogg's umbrella, but instead will be absorbed into one of three stand-alone businesses that the food conglomerate has announced it's splitting into. The Wall Street Journal notes the three...

The World Has a Cheetos Controversy
The World Has
a Cheetos Controversy

The World Has a Cheetos Controversy

Richard Montanez claims to be creator of Flamin' Hot variety, but company calls that 'urban legend'

(Newser) - It's such a good story that Searchlight Pictures is currently making a movie based upon it. But an investigative piece by the Los Angeles Times suggests the tale about the origins of Flamin' Hot Cheetos is, in fact, too good to be true. The short version: Richard Montanez claims...

Cheetos Lawyers Up Against Peatos
Cheetos Lawyers Up
Against Peatos

Cheetos Lawyers Up Against Peatos

Accuses healthier alternative of copyright infringement

(Newser) - They're orange, and they're called Peatos. The takeoff on Cheetos is unmistakable, and the snack behemoth isn't happy about it. The Wall Street Journal reports that Cheetos maker Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to World Peas Brand Peatos . The Cheetos lawyers say...

Snack at Night and Risk ... Sunburn?
Yet Another
Reason Not
to Snack
at Night

Yet Another Reason Not to Snack at Night

When we eat impacts certain skin genes

(Newser) - Eating when we should be sleeping could disrupt our skin's ability to protect itself from the sun's harmful rays, researchers now say. Specifically, per a ScienceDaily news release, noshing down late at night can mess with the skin's biological clock, which in turn can affect the effectiveness...

New Vending Machine Can Deny You Snacks

Facial recognition technology could 'remember' you're on a diet

(Newser) - In the mood for potato chips? In the future, you may need a snack machine's approval. The Luce X2 Touch TV vending machine has facial-recognition technology, meaning it can, apparently, identify customers and remember their snacking profiles. That means, for instance, that it could offer you your favorite chips—...

New from Lay's: Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips

Limited-time snack arrives for holidays

(Newser) - Finally, Frito-Lay is saving you the trouble of physically dipping your potato chips in chocolate sauce. The company is releasing milk chocolate-covered chips for the holidays, and they're set to hit shelves next week—though only at Target, and only for a limited time, USA Today reports. "When...

One Weird Thing North Korea Does Better Than the West

Pour a glass of its Asian pear juice, say 2 samplers

(Newser) - Is there anything North Korea can teach the US? Turns out ... juice drinks? At Foreign Policy , Justin Rohrlich got his hands on snacks and drinks from nations cut off from American junk food—North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Cuba. He enlisted food writer Mark Bittman to help him sample the...

America's Hot New Crop Is ... Chickpeas?

That's because hummus sales are booming, says Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Look out, US snackers, here comes the hummus. So says the Wall Street Journal , which declares that the relatively healthy Mediterranean dip made from chickpeas is "conquering America." The numbers are hard to dispute: Sales were up 11% last year to $530 million, and that's up 25%...

Coming Soon: Caffeinated Cracker Jacks
Coming Soon:
Caffeinated Cracker Jacks
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Coming Soon: Caffeinated Cracker Jacks

Called Cracker Jack'd, of course

(Newser) - Because the world needs one more caffeinated product: The maker of Cracker Jacks will be rolling out a Cracker Jack'd line that includes two varieties with coffee as an ingredient, reports Advertising Age . Each 2-ounce serving will have 70mg of caffeine, which is in the ballpark (on the low...

Strict School Snack Laws Linked to Slimmer Kids
Strict School Snack Laws Linked to Slimmer Kids
study says

Strict School Snack Laws Linked to Slimmer Kids

Kids gained less weight in states with tough laws: study

(Newser) - Kids probably hate state laws that regulate sales of candy, snacks, and sugary drinks in public schools, but those types of laws appear to work: Adolescents living in such states gained less weight over three years than those in states with no snack laws or weaker ones, a new study...

Sacrilege? World Loves Fruity Oreos, Crab Chips

Snack makers tweak classic flavors to find success in growing global market

(Newser) - Taste, it seems, is far from universal: Russians prefer their Lay's potato chips dusted in caviar and crab flavors. The Chinese like their Oreos stuffed with mango and orange cream. And in Spain, Kellogg's All-Bran cereal is served floating in hot coffee instead of cold milk. Americans might...

Moviegoer Sues AMC Over Crazy Snack Prices

Seeks refunds for those who've been overcharged

(Newser) - After paying almost three times the drugstore price for a Coke and candy, a Michigan man has had it: He's suing his local AMC cinema in an attempt to lower snack prices statewide. "He got tired of being taken advantage of," Joshua Thompson's lawyer tells the...

How Much Will We Spend on Super Bowl Snacks?
How Much Will We Spend
on Super Bowl Snacks?
hint: it's a lot

How Much Will We Spend on Super Bowl Snacks?

$1.02B, according to TurboTax

(Newser) - It's not nearly as much as we spent on Halloween candy , but it's significant: Americans will spend $1.02 billion on Super Bowl snacks this year, according to a TurboTax infographic obtained by AdWeek . That includes $184.4 million on potato chips, $40 million on pretzels, and $36....

Prof Ends Snack Demand After 39 Years

Requirement was team-building exercise, he says

(Newser) - For the first time in 39 years, Psychology 101 students at Sacramento State may find themselves being taught by a hungry Parrott. For decades, professor George Parrott has told students that if they fail to bring homemade snacks for the class to share, there will be no class. The university...

For True Addicts: Caffeinated Popcorn

Fans liken addictive snack to cocaine, inventor says

(Newser) - As huge popcorn fans and total caffeine addicts, Amanda and Matthew Fitch decided they could kill two birds with one stone—by putting caffeine in their popcorn. To make the final product palatable, though, they had to overcome caffeine's natural bitterness. "We tried over and over again, making tons...

'Hungry Girl' Rescues Nation of Snackers

Former dieter finds healthful recipes that taste great, and makes bank

(Newser) - With seemingly simple mantras, Lisa Lillien has become the heroine of those who would rather snack on chips than spend time transforming organic ingredients. Lillien’s standards—How does it taste? Will it make me fat?—have secured her cookbooks bestseller slots and brought fans in droves to her Hungry...

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