Fried Pickle Chips? Lay's Is Releasing New Flavors Based on Regional Food Flavors

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Lay's—the beloved brand that created potato chip flavors like chicken and waffles, cinnamon bun, and cappuccino—is now releasing a series of eight new potato chip flavors inspired by regional American delicacies.

Among those flavors are Chicago deep dish pizza, New England lobster roll, Midwestern fried pickles with ranch, and Southern pimento cheese, the New York Daily News reports. According to a press release, the new flavors will only be available from July 30 through September 23 in stores in the regions that inspired them. So, unfortunately, you won’t be able to find Cajun spice potato chips at a store in Utah or Maryland crab spice at a store in North Dakota, but they're available online at Lay's website if you want to try them all.

All eight flavors were featured in a video on Food Network personality Hannah Hart's YouTube channel, who is partnering with Lay's on a potato chip road trip through America.

"I've seen firsthand how proud people can be of their hometown ingredients that have been used for generations," Hart said in a press release, "and I'm looking forward to hit the road with Lay's to connect with locals firsthand and celebrate their flavors!"

Along with the eight new regional flavors, Lay's is also bringing back four regional chip flavors from past limited-edition runs. Those four flavors—West Coast truffle fries, bacon wrapped jalapeno popper, fried green tomatoes, and ketchup—will only be available in stores in their respective regions.

Check out the full list of new flavors below:

Cajun spice (Gulf Coast): Described as featuring a mix of spices like garlic, paprika, onion, and oregano.

Chile con queso (Texas, Oklahoma, Mountain states, Southern California): Inspired by Southwest Tex-Mex flavors.

Crab spice (Mid-Atlantic): Inspired by crab shacks on the Chesapeake Bay.

Deep dish pizza (Heartland and Mid-America): Inspired by Giordano’s famous deep dish pizza recipe.

Fried pickles with ranch (Midwest): Inspired by the fried fare available at Midwestern state fairs.

New England lobster roll (Northeast): Inspired by lobster shacks in Maine and Massachusetts.

Pimento cheese (Southeast): Described as tasting like sharp cheddar with a hint of cayenne pepper.

Thai sweet chile (Pacific Northwest): Inspired by the food truck scene in Portland and Seattle.

[h/t New York Daily News]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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A Short, Sweet History of Candy Corn

Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
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Depending on which survey you happen to be looking at, candy corn is either the best or the worst Halloween candy ever created. If that proves anything, it’s that the tricolor treat is extremely polarizing. But whether you consider candy corn a confectionery abomination or the sweetest part of the spooky season, you can’t deny that it’s an integral part of the holiday—and it’s been around for nearly 150 years.

On this episode of Food History, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is tracing candy corn’s long, storied existence all the way back to the 1880s, when confectioner George Renninger started molding buttercream into different shapes—including corn kernels, which he tossed at actual chickens to see if it would fool them. His white-, orange-, and yellow-striped snack eventually caught the attention of Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly), which started mass-producing what was then sometimes called “chicken feed” rather than “candy corn.”

But what exactly is candy corn? Why do we associate it with Halloween? And will it ever disappear? Find answers to these questions and more in the video below.

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