Thanksgiving-Inspired Ice Cream Line Includes Mashed Potato and Salted Caramel Turkey Flavors

Spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie ice cream.
Spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie ice cream.
Salt & Straw

Some people enjoy the hours of planning and cooking that come with hosting guests for Thanksgiving. If you’re not one of them, why not lay out a few tubs of ice cream and call it a day? With the new line of flavors from the West Coast ice cream chain Salt & Straw, you just might be able to get away with that plan. As Thrillist reports, the shop’s new seasonal line for November features flavors inspired by the sweet and savory portions of Thanksgiving dinner.

Salt & Straw is known for experimenting with unusual ice cream ingredients, so new varieties like sweet potato casserole with maple pecans, spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie, and apple cranberry stuffing fit right into their menu. But two of the new flavors are bizarre even by their standards.

The chain describes their buttered mashed potatoes and gravy ice cream as “hands down the most savory one we’ve ever served.” It contains flavoring from real potatoes and a homemade gravy fudge.

A scoop of ice cream.
Buttered mashed potatoes and gravy.
Salt & Straw

Their salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey ice cream also doesn’t skimp on the star ingredient: The distinct taste comes from turkey stock boiled down with sugar, spices, and onions into a rich caramel. Crispy, candy-coated turkey skin adds some crunch to the creamy treat.

A scoop of ice cream.
Salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey ice cream.
Salt & Straw

Ice cream gourmands who don’t live near one of the Salt & Straw locations in Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, or Los Angeles can order the package of flavors online for $65. For every pint that’s purchased from their November line, Salt & Straw pledges to donate a pint to the organization Urban Gleaners, which works to fight hunger in Portland. And if you're looking for an equally strange side dish to accompany your Thanksgiving feast, we suggest adding some turkey, cranberry, and pumpkin pie gumballs to your menu.

[h/t Thrillist]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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This Nifty Potato Chip Bag Hack Is Amazing the Internet

Keep that crispy, crunchy freshness inside the bag—no tools needed.
Keep that crispy, crunchy freshness inside the bag—no tools needed.
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If you don’t have enough chip clips to keep your snack bags shut—or if you have a habit of misplacing them—there’s no shortage of household items you can use instead. Clothespins, binder clips, rubber bands, and ponytail holders all get the job done, and you could even use an especially durable paper clip or bobby pin in a pinch.

But, as many people on the internet just discovered, all you actually need to seal your half-eaten bag of potato chips is the bag itself. Last week, actor and host of Bravo’s Top Chef Padma Lakshmi posted a video on Twitter of her tightly closing a bag of Fritos without any makeshift chip clips.

First you fold the two sides of the bag down as far as they’ll go, so the top of the bag is shaped like a triangle—similar to how you’d wrap a present. Then, roll up the bottom of that triangle a few times until you’ve created a pocket, under which you can tuck the triangle’s point. After that, simply roll the top of the bag down a few times, and you’ve successfully sealed the bag.

At the end of the video, Lakshmi turns the bag upside down and gives it a few shakes to show everyone just how secure it is. She tweeted the hack with the caption “How am I just finding out about this now?” and, considering that the video has been viewed more than 10 million times, it’s safe to say that she’s not the only one who didn’t know about the hack.

Wondering what other life hacks you might be missing out on? Find out how to chill a soda in three minutes, remove scratches on CDs, and more here.