Finally! Nestlé Toll House Releases Line of Edible Cookie Doughs

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Raw cookie dough lovers have more options than ever before. They can visit cafes that sell cookie dough by the scoopful, or make their own safe-to-eat cookie dough at home. But the classic store-bought cookie dough packages have remained off-limits—until recently. As Thrillist reports, Nestlé now sells premade cookie dough that's meant to be eaten unbaked.

The edible cookie dough tubs from Nestlé come in two flavors—chocolate chip, which is modeled after the original Nestlé Toll House recipe, and "peanut butter chocolate chip monster." Both products include the ingredients that make raw cookie dough irresistible, like real butter and chocolate, while leaving out any components that could make consumers sick, like raw eggs. The recipe was engineered to be spooned straight from the container and eaten as is, so shaping the dough into cookies and baking it isn't recommended.

Nestlé Toll House

In a news release, Nestlé Toll House associate brand manager Christyna Chandler said "we wanted to bring the experience of eating cookie dough straight from the mixer to consumers in a safe and convenient way." Despite how common it is to sneak a bite of cookie dough before sticking it in the oven, the CDC makes it clear that this a dangerous practice. Cookie dough not only contains raw eggs, which could carry Salmonella, but also raw flour, which could potentially harbor E. coli. Just this past June, flour sold at Aldi and Walmart was recalled due to E. coli concerns.

Fifteen-ounce tubs of the edible cookie dough are now available at Publix supermarkets in the refrigerated section. Nestlé plans to roll out the product in Meijer, select Walmart stores, and select regional grocery chains in the U.S. throughout July 2019.

[h/t Thrillist]

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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